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Preventing, Recognizing and Treating Frostbite in Dogs

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Can dogs suffer from frostbite like humans do? The Polar Vortex of early 2014 brought wind chills in the single digits as far south as the Florida Panhandle and recent winter blizzards have even managed to bring parts of North Dakota to a standstill. So, clearly, knowing the answer to the question of whether dogs can get frostbitten is potentially vital to tens of millions of dog owners. The answer is, unfortunately, yes. Dogs can experience extreme suffering as the result of the pain of frostbite. Making matters worse is the fact it may actually take a couple of days for you to realize the extent of the malady. Taking the time to learn what symptoms to look for may be enough to save your pet from at least some pain and suffering.

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Walk Your Dog Month is Every Month

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January is National Walk Your Dog Month. While we think that every month should be national walk your dog month, we'll settle for getting into the habit through January. There are many advantages to walking dogs. Let's take a look at a few of them here:

Health Reasons

When you take your pet outdoors, you're introducing them to a new environment and distracting their focus from you. You are also allowing them to get mental and physical stimulation - which helps naturally increase endorphins and helps fight off depression. This is particularly important during wintertime when the wintertime blues come into play.

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Treating Your Pets with Healthy Treats from Hills

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This is a sponsored post; we have been compensated by Hill’s Pet Nutrition. Hill’s Pet Nutrition is not responsible for the content of this article.

Food is a universal language that is one of the few that expand between pets and people. Our dogs and cats know that we are the holders of all food, and when we want to show love, we can often be found distributing out pet treats.

It’s human nature to show our pets how much we love them through toys and treats, just as it would be human to show our love to our humans through food and gifts. We give our pets treats before we leave the house, upon our arrival home from work, we can even treat electronically these days.

But treats are doing as much to create a national obesity epidemic as fast food joints are doing to create a similar problem in humans. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, out of the 77.5 million dogs in the USA, an astonishing 35 million of these dogs are considered overweight and 6.7 million are considered clinically obese.

That's staggering... HALF of our dog population is overweight and nearly 1 in 10 dogs are clinically obese. But, there’s a solution.

Ideal Balance treats are made with all-natural ingredients like real chicken and they’re grain-free. There is no corn, wheat, soy, added artificial preservatives, colors or flavors. What’s more, all of Hill’s Ideal Balance treats are manufactured locally, right here at home in the USA.

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The Benefits of Coconut Oil for Pets

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Nature is filled with great supplements for pets and coconut oil is one of the best out there for overall pet health. As a neutraceutical (a natural product with pharmacological benefits), it’s one of the most highly touted.

Coconut oil naturally contains anti-viral, antibiotic, anti-fungal properties. It can support thyroid function, promotes heart health, improves your pet’s digestion, increases metabolism to support weight loss, combats yeast infections, relieves arthritis, and improves skin conditions. It can speed healing, support joint health and helps support a pet’s immune system.

Coconut oil can be applied directly to a pet’s cracked paws to help speed healing, or directly onto an abscess or scrape. The natural anti-viral and anti-fungal properties will fight infection and naturally destroy yeast.

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Protecting Our Water with PoopBuddy

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Water is a precious resource for every species on Earth. We’re fortunate because in North America, we have many water resources. But, probably because we have the ability to turn on a faucet and pour ourselves a cup of water, we tend to take it for granted. It’s a resource we should be fiercely protecting, and if you have pets of any kind, it’s part of our responsibility to care for resources.

Most of our contamination comes from humans. But, dog waste is the third largest cause of water pollution.

Every gram of dog poop becomes home to 23M fecal bacteria. Bacteria seeps into the soil, are absorbed by groundwater, washed into storm drains, are filtered through the waste-water treatment system and flow out the tap.

If that's not enough reason, Seattle Public Services estimates, "there are bacteria and micro-organisms in pet waste such as Roundworms, E. coli, and Giardia that can make people sick if they’re ingested. Some can last in your yard for as long as four years if not cleaned up." When pet waste is eventually washed into the storm drain it ends up in lakes, streams or marine water, and people can accidentally swallow bacteria and other disease-causing organisms while swimming or playing in the water.

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