Living with Dogs Blog

What Goes In… Must Come Out

Picture this: You have all your closest friends over at your house to hang out, and then BAM! A musty silent-but-deadly cloud of stench invades your nose that clears the room. You apologize for the dog. Embarrassing, right? To be honest, what comes out of our pup is the easiest (and grossest) way to determine what might be missing in his diet. So here it goes, the smelly truth about what’s needed in our pups gut.

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The Dreaded Yellow Box

There it is. The big yellow box filled with other tiny humans laughing and comparing sun tans. My humans are waiting to be taken away. There goes all my super fun adventures. My favorite noisy little footsteps throughout the house will be no more. I now stare through the window and hope for my humans to return.

Are these the thoughts running through your dog’s head, too? Back to school can be stressful on your pup.

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Doggie Day Out: Hitting the Dog Park!

Is your dog shy or had low exposure to people, places or other dogs? Teaching your dog to be more comfortable around others can be a slow process, but it’s worth it when you know your pup can handle settings and situations that include other dogs.

How does your dog react to seeing other dogs? Does he bark? Shy away? If you are unsure how your dog will react, there are ways you can test his comfort level around other dogs.

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The Dangers of Leaving Your Dog in the Car

The Dangers of Leaving Your Dog in the Car

Have you ever tried sitting in a car on a warm day without AC? Or thought about running into a store while your dog waits in the car? Think again! Even if it may be a 5-minute run into the grocery store, be sure to bring your dog with you, or leave him at home. Cars heat up quickly,

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Best Places to Bring Your Dog This Summer

Summer is the time for adventure, especially with your furry friend! Where are you headed? There are so many things to do and places to go with your pup. Remember: summer temperatures can be extreme, please be cautious of hot pavement and be sure to keep your pup hydrated!

Here are some great ideas for you and your pup to have a fun summer!

  • Swimming – If your pup enjoys the water,
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10 Pet Safety Tips for Fourth of July

Fireworks. Cookouts. Warm weather. Patriotic music. Pool parties. Fun in the sun. Fourth of July is one of the most enjoyable holidays to gather with your loved ones. Unfortunately, the holiday can be scary and potentially dangerous for our pets. Here are some Fourth of July pet safety tips to remember during your holiday celebrations, so you can have a fun and hazardous-free time with your pet.

  • Keep your pet away from alcoholic beverages.
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Tooth Truths: Facts About Dog Teeth

How much do you know about your dog’s teeth? It’s ok to admit it…you love when you catch your dog “smiling,” but you probably don’t know much about his pearly whites. At Ark Naturals, we take pride in creating products that help keep our pets happy and healthy, including dental products. Below are some fun facts about dogs’ teeth.

  • Dogs have 42 permanent teeth – 20 on the top, and 22 on the bottom.
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Dog Gone Problems: Dealing with Your Dog’s Excessive Licking

Most of us have a bad habit. Biting your fingernails? Picking your nose? Swearing? Well, your dog can have a bad habit too: excessive licking! All dogs lick, but it can become troubling when they do it too much.

Why is your dog excessively licking himself? It could be a medical reason. Your dog could be licking at his fur because of allergies, an infection, pain from arthritis, or gastrointestinal issues.

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Ditch the Itch: How to Keep Your Dog from Scratching

One of the best feelings in the world is scratching an itch. So much relief! Well, your dog feels the same way. Whenever you see your dog scratching, it’s because he’s itchy! Itchiness is normal, but sometimes it can be a sign of something more serious, especially if your pup is excessively scratching, or if you notice redness or swelling.

What can cause your dog to scratch so much? Some common itchy causes include:

  • Fleas
  • Food allergies
  • Mange
  • Bacterial infections
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Fungal infections
  • Ticks
  • Lice
  • Ear mites
  • Yeast infections

It’s important you talk to your vet about your dog’s itchiness to rule out any of the above causes.

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Is Your Dog Experiencing Joint Pain?  

Who’s the toughest member of your family? Probably your pup! Dogs are tough, especially when it comes to dealing with aches and pains. Here are a few signs to look for, so that you don’t let them suffer in silence.   

Has your dog been acting weird lately? Is he moving funny? Is he lazier than usual? Is he suddenly unable to jump on the couch with you? Does he seem sad? If so,

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