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Bringing a dog into your home is a huge commitment.  The love and devotion a dog can give is unlike any other relationship. A dog is capable of unconditional love. Even dogs that are treated poorly will continue to offer loyalty.

I often hear people say “I just don’t have time for him/her any more. They need to be with someone that has a yard so they can run and play.”

I have seven dogs of my own. I would love to spend all day frolicking and hanging out with my dogs. This isn’t possible with work and the many responsibilities I have in my life. I give them a safe and wonderful home. I save them from bad circumstances. But I also know that its the quality of time and not the quantity.  Fortunately I work at home and my dogs get to see me everyday.

If you work all day away from home it would be wonderful if you could get up 30 minutes earlier to take a short walk with your dog. If this isn’t possible even a few minutes sitting with them, petting and talking to them. When you get home you do the same thing. Whenever possible you take your dog along with you. Many stores and even cafes now allow leashed well mannered pets.  Here is a list of some.

Socializing with friends who have dogs is a great way to bond and connect with your dog. Well socialized dogs are happier and healthier. The emotional well being of animal and human has been proven to effect health. When you go away for the day consider leaving soft music playing. I think its important for a dog to have a dog or cat companion.  Its just as easy to take care of two dogs as it is one. They keep each other company and you get double the love!

Open your heart up and really connect with your dog. The rewards are unbelievable!

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Do you love stories and pictures about dogs? There are the wonderful inspirational stories that melt your heart or the silly captioned pictures that make you laugh so hard you cry. Which are your favorite and what do you like to see?

Are you interested in articles about dog health and behavior? Do you enjoy sharing with others about dog care or tips on loving care? We are ramping up our blog and would love to hear your comments on what you’d like to see here at Dancing Creek Farm.

 

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I found these unknown chunks in in a bag of Purina One

Just like humans, dogs can become constipated. It may seem like a relatively mild condition, but if left untreated, constipation in dogs can lead to much more serious health problems. Veterinarians have been researching remedies for canine constipation for several years, and have made some useful advances in treating this condition. There are many identified causes of constipation in dogs, most of which are able to be treated by good lifestyle habits and attentive health care.

Constipation is a condition that can be defined by a visible difficulty in your dog’s bowel movements.

Click here to go to a free site about Dog Constipation

 

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Throughout the year I have to deal with pet hair daily, however nothing compares to the amount of hair I clean in the summer. Brooms push it all over the place and swifter is more trouble than its worth. I’ve gone through a few vacuums the past year. I like using  a vacuum but most are cumbersome and don’t suck hard enough.
Then I found  Eureka 3684F Pet Lover Mighty Mite for only 89 bucks with free shipping at Amazon. The reviews were strong so I figured I’d give it a try. I LOVE this vacuum. It cleans bare floors great and sucks up pet hair as it was made to do. The only thing that sucks about it is the crappy hose. Its cheap and will sometimes twist BUT I’d still buy it over again. I’ll just shop around and find a better hose.
Also if you’re in the Danville area make an appointment with Tina over at Petco by Target. Tell her you’re with Dancing Creek Farm for VIP treatment. Some breeds its best not to shave them but if you have a lab retriever, or most thick long hair breeds then whack it off! If your dog stays outdoors or is in the sun there is rosk of sun burn so be careful. Your dog will feel so much better and you’ll have a little less hair and easier to clean. Petco in Danville also offers 15.00 baths during the week. If you can’t make it because of work set up a pet sitting service call and we’ll take them.

Pros-

  • your dog will stink less if they tend to get odors trapped in their long fur
  • fleas can be easier to see
  • shaving can reduce shedding (although not eliminate it)
  • dog will feel cool and comfortable in summer heat, but many will continue to pant if it is hot outside
  • it is much easier to clean or groom your dog after shaving, especially if they had long fur

Cons-

  • sunburn is more likely
  • fleas and mosquitos can reach your dog’s skin more easily
  • your dog may look funny with the typical “lion cut” (that means that they shave everything except the head, feet, and tail)
  • it can take a while for the fur to grow back depending on the breed

Here at Dancing Creek Farm we take dog food and health very serious. Over the past 15 years I have taken care of countless animals, especially dogs that had skin problems, allergies and even more severe cases – Diabetes, cancer and tumors. Although I am not a Vet there is no doubt in my mind that food and environment play a major part in the health and longevity of  pet and family.

Commercial foods are filled with harmful chemicals and ingredients that are not beneficial to your pets health. I urge you to take the times and research this. Please read this one article CLICK HERE however do your own research. Each year I learn more and see the results not only in my own dogs but dogs I take care of. I know at least a dozen dogs I’ve recommended food and supplements that have had amazing results and off harmful medications.

Any pet food company, even the highest rated can experience a recall. It even happens with out own human food supply, however the base ingredients, preservatives, food quality and additives in most commercial dog foods are just awful.

We choose Taste of The Wild because it’s a grain free food filled with excellent quality ingredients. Click here read them. Because it;s grain free and filled with healthy fibers from fruits and vegetables your dog will eat less and within a short time you’ll see changes in their coats, muscle tone and overall well being. In addition I also add additional fish oil and vitamin E. Sometimes I add sweet potatoes (cooked and mashed) , sometimes a little natural REAL yogurt, chopped apples, etc. If you’re unsure just email me.

Dog Food Reviews: http://www.rateitall.com/t-353-dog-food-brands.aspx

Other harmful chemicals found in cleaners and pesticides which are commonly used around the home could be harmful to you and your pet. Cleaner like “Simple Green” found at Sam’s Club or many stores or what we use is Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds, 32-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 2). This stuff is highly concentrated and safe enough to to clean your fruits and veggies, countertop, floors, everything! You’ll be amazed how will it cleans, although you may need to use a clear rinse water after cleaning floors.

Harmful pesticides you spray on your lawn and yard can cause illness or even death. As mentioned in my article on natural tick and flea treatments we use a garlic spray Mosquito Barrier – Liquid Spray Repellent – 1 Gallon it says Mosquitoes, however we use it for ticks, fleas, all types of insects that raid our gardens. It helps cut down on flies but we still use fly traps because flies can carry all types of disease. This is another reason to use Vinegar and Garlic as a tick and flea treatment because its often given to horses to keep flies away.

Considering your dogs health by feeding healthy food, supplements, healthy environment, LOTS of fresh water (change several times a day to encourage drinking) and lots of one on one times, love and affection will extend your dogs life and you’ll save lots of money on Vet bills.

If you live in Danville you can buy Taste of The Wild at Legget’s Town & Country. Please tell them we sent you. We’re working on a discount!

I’ll be covering more on this as well as natural healing herbs and supplements soon. Please subscribe to my blog and tell your friends.