Snout Soother vs. Vitamin E – Let’s Tackle Dog Nose Woes

image shows dogs rough nose and suggests use of snout soother or vitamin e to relieve the dog's chapped nose

Today we are going to compare 2 products that are often recommended by veterinarians to help dogs that are suffering from a dry, cracked or chapped nose. While both products offer relief, we’ll take a look at some unique factors that might help you decide which product might be most appropriate for you and your dog’s unique situation. Before we get into the pros and cons and look at the comparison table, I know some of you are just looking to find out where to buy the stuff (especially the…

Can Dogs Eat Brussel Sprouts?

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Not every dog likes the bitter taste of brussel sprouts, but some dogs go absolutely crazy for them! For those dogs you’ll be glad to know that “Yes,” dogs can eat brussel sprouts but cooked brussel sprouts will be much easier for your dog to digest. Dogs Eating Brussel Sprouts From Garden Some worried gardeners have said their dog will steal brussel sprouts right off the stalk if they’re left alone in the garden and I always thought this was funny….until it happened to me. My brussel sprout stealing experience…

Movoflex vs Dasuquin

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If you’re considering Movoflex for dogs vs Dasuquin for dogs and want a quick but detailed comparison from someone who uses both; look no further. In this article, I’ll share my personal experience with both products (taken by my 12 year old dog) and point out the factors I found most helpful in making my selection. We’ll use a quick table comparison and then discuss each topic contained in the table. At the end of the comparison, I’ll provide affiliate links to TWO online retailers that sell both Movoflex and…

Can You Give a Dog Mouthwash to Freshen Stinky Breath?

Can you give a dog mouthwash image showing dog breath and teeth

One of the most common problems we address at Senior Dog Days is stinky, malodorous dog breath.  And with over 70% of dogs over the age of 3 showing signs of periodontal disease, it stands to reason that bad dog breath is a top concern of dog owners. Can you give a dog human mouthwash?   Many mouthwash and toothpaste products made for humans contain the artificial sweetener called Xylitol (Zy-la-tall) which even in tiny amounts can kill a dog. If your mouthwash doesn’t contain xylitol, it probably contains alcohols,…

How to Help a Dog With Arthritis At Home

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If you’re like me, you’re always looking for a new way or the best way to help treat your dog’s arthritis so they are pain-free and as mobile as possible. All of these suggestions come from my TRUE experience helping dogs with arthritis at home. These are 20 things that help a dog with arthritis at home. The first 10 are either completely free or just require a few supplies at the grocery store. The 2nd group of 10 are products that greatly assist you or your dog when dealing…

Can Dog’s Eat Cheddar Cheese?

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It’s bound to happen, backyard BBQ, family get-together, block party and someone inevitably brings a beautiful cheese plate. Or maybe your fridge is always stocked with a cheese selection and you’re wondering which ones should be offered to your dog for being so amazing. Today we’re going to rank 5 cheeses that are typically found on a cheese plate. But first, let’s answer your question: Can Dogs Eat Cheddar Cheese? Dogs that don’t have dairy, calcium and sodium restrictions can be given cheddar cheese as a small, bite size treat.…

Can Dogs Eat Almond Butter?

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With many households making the switch from peanut butter to almond butter a common question is beginning to appear across the internet and we’d like to help raise awareness. Can Dogs Eat Almond Butter? Yes, When you buy an almond butter that contains 100% almonds and nothing else, you may share this type of almond butter with your dog. However, if your almond butter contains added palm or hydrogenated oils or sugars, do not give it to your dog. And if it contains Xylitol, consider removing this dog toxin from your home permanently.…

How to Put Weight on a Dog on a Raw Diet

image of homemade dog treat that helps to put weight on a dog on a raw diet

I understand the challenges of keeping good weight on your raw-fed dog, especially when your dog is a senior. The last thing you want is for your dog to be overweight, followed closely by underweight. If you’re wondering: How to put weight on a dog on a raw diet? Rather than increase your dog’s raw food intake, it’s more interesting and more cost-effective to add weight by incorporating healthy, homemade treats that are are filled with good fats, healthy vitamins and probiotics, and of course that taste great. My 12…

Where to Buy Krill Oil for Dogs

Image for article where to buy krill oil for dogs. Captains Krill Omega 3 Oil which I give my dog for joints and arthritis.

You’ve probably wondered why it is that as soon as something is marketed for “dogs” – the cost skyrockets. Well it doesn’t always have to be that way. One of the best things my veterinarian ever told me was that most human supplements were perfect choices for dogs because they are likely to be higher quality and they cost a lot less money. Krill Oil for Dogs Can be Bought Online So when someone asks where to buy krill oil for dogs? I’m delighted to say that my dog takes…

Adequan Canine Reviews

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updated to reflect results of trial (stop monthly injections) June 2019 It’s not very often when a product has consistent rave reviews, but Adequan Canine is one of those times. I personally give it to my 12 year old senior dog and find it to be a remarkable product. Basis for My Review of Adequan Canine My 12 year old dog is 90 pounds and a German Shepard, Husky, Borzoi, Boxer mix. He’s a very “leggy” dog and has arthritis in his spine and hips. As a fellow dog owner,…

Dog Too Old for Teeth Cleaning? Anesthesia vs. Mouth Rot

safe for old dogs to have teeth cleaned

Other than cost, the most popular reason pet owners are reluctant to get their older dog’s teeth cleaned is the fear of putting their dog under (anesthesia) and thinking that their dog is too old to survive the procedure.  As a result, a lot of older dogs are living out their senior years with smelly mouths that contain potentially rotting teeth and painful gums. Research shows that numerical age is a point of consideration, but it is not the deciding factor for whether or not a dog is too old…

Is it OK to Move a Dog’s Bed Around? 3 Reasons to Move a Dog Bed or Crate

dalmation dog happy in dog bed. is it ok to move a dog bed around.

Dogs are like people in so many ways we really do think of them as our kids don’t we?  It isn’t until we catch them “in the act” of doing something so unhuman; like eating gross things, or lifting their leg on our friend’s pant leg that we come face to face with that fact that they are (in fact) canines through and through.  So it stands to reason that we wonder if things that bother us (like moving our bed around) would have the same effect on our dog. …

Starting an Older Dog on Raw Food: An Ultimate Beginners Guide ( Methods, Recipes, Ratios, Benefits)

image of raw dog food preparation. All the raw meat was put through the grinder and now the vegetables will be added.

This article is LONG because we are going to dive deep into what it’s like starting an older dog on raw food.  If your dog isn’t old, that’s okay…you’ll still learn exactly what’s involved in making the switch. We’re going to cover a lot of ground on this topic so grab your favorite beverage before settling in.  These are the things we are going to cover when it comes to starting an older dog on raw food: Best Raw Food for Senior Dogs – 3 Popular Homemade Methods Feeding Whole…

Best Dog Bed for Older Dogs: Pain Free Designs (Elevated,Bolster, Mat)

best dog bed for older dog

This is an in depth read and discussion regarding the best dog beds available for older dogs based on STYLE and we are going to cover a lot of ground.  So, grab a cup of your favorite beverage and make sure you’ve allocated some time before heading into this lengthy article.  Dog beds are an expensive investment and this is meant to be a detailed, helpful guide for choosing the right dog bed (the first time) for your older dog.  Would your dog be better off in an elevated bed…

Best Orthopedic Bed for Dogs: (After Surgery, Arthritis, Hip Dysplasia, Seniors)

best orthopedic dog bed after surgery, for hip dysplasia, and for arthritic dogs.

There are at least a handful of companies who are leading the pack when it comes to making the best orthopedic bed for dogs and this article will highlight these dedicated, US based manufacturers. Companies Leading the Pack on Orthopedic Dog Beds Our focus will be on FOUR companies who operate, design and manufacture their orthopedic dog beds in the United States. They have received overwhelmingly positive reviews from dog owners whose pet suffers from hip-dysplasia, arthritis, post-surgery pain, immobility, paralysis, and/or muscle weakness or muscle loss. All of these…

How Long Does Parvo Stay in Soil: (Snow, Sun, Shade)

how long does parvo stay in soil

While parvo is a year round problem for our dogs, spring time is when we begin to see parvo outbreaks.  As snow melts and temperatures rise, the once dormant parvovirus particles are waking up to wreak havoc. So how long does Parvo live in Soil? The Canine Parvovirus can last in soil several months and even a year or years when conditions are favorable for the virus to survive.  Parvo is hearty and can survive snow, ice and extreme heat.  Lifespan of parvo on soil varies and 2 factors that…

Removing Dog Pee From a Foam Mattress: (Wet Pee or Dry Pee)

how to get dog pee out of a foam bed

As our dogs age, they will likely begin to have urine leakage while they sleep.  It may be just a little leak, or a full blown bladder release.  Whichever the case may be, there will come a time when you have to get dog pee out of a foam mattress.  This post will guide you through removing wet dog pee from a foam mattress as well as how to remove dry dog pee from a mattress.  Since you’re reading this online, we will start with removing dry dog pee from…

Unchewable Dog Beds: (Tear Proof, Indestructible Makers)

these brands of dog beds are unchewable. they have a warranty to protect your purchase if your dog chews up his or her dog bed

What’s more annoying than coming home to a chewed up dog bed?  Having to shell out good money to buy a new one.  In this article we will cover 3 dog beds manufactured by companies who put their money where your dog’s mouth is when it comes to their confidence in tear proof, indestructible, unchewable dog beds! Of course any dog bed is technically “chewable” and I’ve known a few dogs who successfully chewed on rocks…but these companies make it much harder for dogs to sink their teeth into their…

How Many Beds Should a Dog Have? And Should a Dog Have Their Own Bed?

how many beds should a dog have

One thing is for certain; as our senior dogs journey through the aging process, they sleep more and more.  And as sleep increases, a dog’s need for a comfortable place to rest her arthritic, achy bones becomes paramount to having pain free mobility. How many dog beds should a dog have?  Generally speaking your dog should have a bed available in each location where family members spend time sitting or sleeping.   For instance, if some of your family spends several hours watching tv in the living room while others play…