Is Your Pup an Insomniac? Here’s How to Improve Their Sleep

Sleep is a surprisingly difficult thing to master for many people - and dogs, too. Sometimes, you may find that your dog is restless when they should be laying down for bedtime. This insomnia can manifest itself with other destructive behaviors, like chewing on forbidden items, random barking, digging, and so on. Instead of becoming frustrated with your dog over this destruction, it’s best to attack the issue at the source.

Lack of sleep can be an issue for dogs of all ages. Here are a few tips that might help your dog - and you - grab a couple extra z’s:

  • Try crate training. How is it that the smallest of dogs seem to take up the largest amount of space in a bed? You might want to let your dog share your bed with you, but if you have a varying sleep schedule or toss and turn a lot, that might be one of the things keeping your dog awake at night. Crate training is one of the best ways to help your dog set a schedule, give them a safe, happy space of their own, and reinforce boundaries. When your dog has adapted to their schedule, then you can try bringing them to your bed again.

  • Make sure their other activities are on a schedule. Dogs respond well to routines! There’s a good chance your dog might not be able to sleep if the rest of their daily schedule is off kilter. Do your best to set their feeding, walking, and bathroom time on a schedule, and do the same with their sleep. Once they adjust, they’ll be ready for sleep time when it comes.

  • Give them plenty of exercise time during the day. There’s no better sleep than a sleep after a long, exhausting day - and the same goes for your dog. Your dog needs plenty of quality exercise during the day, whether that comes from playing fetch, going on walks, swimming, or some other activity. Going without this exercise can leave them frustrated and hyperactive at night.

Providing your dog with a quality diet is another way to make sure they’re sleeping well and staying happy. A diet rich in proteins and vital nutrients helps ensure their digestive system is working the way it needs to be while supporting all their other internal systems. To learn more or to get your dog started on a quality human-grade diet, browse through our website today.

Fun Ways to Exercise Your Dogs This Spring

We’re guessing that Florida’s mild winter didn’t deter you from going outside entirely during the winter season, but still, there’s something magical and inviting about the way the sun shines when springtime rolls around. The birds are singing, the squirrels are chasing each other in the trees, and the days are getting longer and warmer. So how are you and your dog going to celebrate the season?

Just like you, your dog needs exercise to maintain a healthy weight and enjoy an active lifestyle. However, not everyone wants to go jogging with their pups - and not every pup wants to go jogging, either! Here are a few creative ways to get some exercise in for you and your dog as spring transforms into summer:

  1. Try an agility class. Agility classes aren’t just for puppies! If your dog has a lot of energy to burn, try taking them to an agility course. A number of dog parks around the Orlando have agility and climbing equipment, but if you want your dog to get the most out of their playtime, there are plenty of places that offer classes and training. Take a look at Dog-On-It Agility Club of Central Florida, who take on any dog who wants to boost speed and have fun.

  2. Play fetch. One of the best things about playing fetch with your dog is that you can do it just about anywhere! Most dogs love the opportunity to catch a frisbee, a ball, or their favorite toy. Just make sure the location you choose is dog-friendly and they aren’t in any risk of running into traffic or going somewhere dangerous. Try the park, the beach, or even just your backyard.

  3. Let them spend some time with friends. Most animal behaviorists will tell you that the best exercise an animal can get is exercise that mimics what they would do in the wild. For dogs, this means running, playing, and wrestling with others in their pack! Social time is a great way for your dog to expend some energy while getting in some healthy socialization.

Be creative with how you schedule your exercise time with your dogs! If your dog is older or has bone or joint issues, something more gentle like hydrotherapy is a great choice. Still not sure what kind of exercise is best for your furry friend? Have a conversation with your veterinarian to see if they recommend any locations around Orlando. Get your dog started on a human-grade diet. Browse through the Pawsitively Pure shop here.

How Your Dog’s Diet can Protect Them from Fleas

As the weather continues to warm up, pet parents everywhere are overjoyed at the chance to bring their furbabies outside more often for fun and exercise, but they’re also gearing up for flea season. Fleas tend to thrive in warmer weather, which makes them a problem almost year-round here in Florida. But did you know that your dog’s first defense against fleas can start with their diet?

Preventing flea infestations is not only important for your dog’s comfort, but it can also help protect your dog from infections and diseases carried by the parasites, as well as keeping you and your family safe from flea bites and allergic reactions. Here are a few things to know about how your dog’s diet affects their susceptibility to fleas:

  • Fleas are more likely to latch on to dogs with nutritionally deficient diets. A healthy, balanced diet includes a variety of important vitamins and nutrients that keep your dog’s immune system strong. These nutrients help keep your dog’s skin healthy and supple, protecting them from the elements and parasites like fleas. Without a healthy diet, your dog’s first line of defense is easily broken, making them a choice target for hungry fleas.

  • A natural diet offers more of the nutrients that help keep skin healthy. Natural, unprocessed meats like chicken are full of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are just some of the nutrients your dog needs for healthy skin. In fact, dogs need much more fat in their diets than humans do, which is why a real-food diet can be so beneficial to their health.

  • You can add supplements to your dog’s food to help keep them safe from fleas. Here at Pawsitively Pure, we really love Mercola supplements to give our dogs the best nutrition they can possibly get. Try adding an immune booster to their daily meals to help them stay guarded against fleas and other pests. Supplements that add Omega-3s, as well as seaweed and kelp supplements, are great for healthy skin.

Want to learn more about supplements you can add to your dog’s diet? Here’s a list of some of our favorite Mercola products. Before you change your dog’s diet or add any supplements to their meals, we recommend you have a conversation with your veterinarian. To learn more or to order natural food and treats your dog will love, browse through our website!

How To Give Your Dogs Medication (INFOGRAPHIC)

Have you found yourself begging your dog to swallow their pills? Have they outsmarted you and picked their meds right out of a glob of peanut butter or cheese? Veteran dog owners know that medication time is not always the easiest of tasks. However, the experts at CompoundingRX USA have smart and easy tricks to try the next time your furry friend needs to take their meds:

Life With Your New Dog: The Importance of Spaying or Neutering

Congratulations on bringing a new dog into your home! There’s nothing quite as exciting and heartwarming as welcoming a four-legged friend into your family. You’ve probably been thinking about this occasion for weeks, preparing your home with treats, toys, and food to keep your pup happy and healthy. But before you bring your dog home, you need to consider some important medical issues, including spaying or neutering.

There’s a good chance that if you’re adopting your dog from the local shelter, they will take care of the necessary vaccinations and spaying or neutering for you before you bring your dog home. But if they don’t or you get your puppy from another source, it’s important you make these arrangements yourself. Here’s why it’s so important for your dog to be spayed or neutered:

  • Fixing brings health benefits for both male and female dogs. For males, the risk of testicular and prostate cancers are both greatly reduced. For females, spaying prevents uterine infections and breast tumors. For both, not having to worry about these types of complications is a great first step in living a longer, healthier life.

  • Spaying or neutering helps remove wanton mating behaviors. Even though they’re domesticated, your dogs still have some wild animal left in them. When they get to mating age, their desire to find a mate can make them behave a little recklessly. Neutering helps remove the males’ desire to run away, while neutering can help stop your female dog from howling to attract a partner.

  • Spaying and neutering is ultimately more cost effective for you! The one-time cost of having your dog spayed or neutered is much less than the cost of taking care of a litter of puppies. If you decide to allow your dog to breed, you’ll need to have good medical care during their pregnancy, vaccinations, and may even need to enlist the help of a veterinarian for a c-section. By having your dog spayed or neutered before you bring them home, you’re making a financially sound decision.

By having your dog spayed or neutered before you bring them home, you’re making a responsible decision for your pet’s health and for yourself. Spaying and neutering is one step in giving your dog the long, active, healthy lifestyle they deserve to live. It’s best to have your dog neutered between the ages of six and nine months, but your veterinarian will be able to guide you int he right direction.To learn more, get in touch with your veterinarian or your local animal shelter!

Lex Burton
Studies Show Overweight Dogs Live Shorter Lives

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 56% of all dogs in America were considered obese in 2017. This is an increase from 2016, when 54% of dogs were considered obese. While many people may think it’s cute to see a “chunky” dog with a few extra pounds, obesity can present serious health problems for our furry friends, and shouldn’t be treated as a laughing matter.

While our dogs have unique appetites and flavor palettes like we do, it’s important to remember that their nutritional guidance comes primarily from us. Here are just a few notable things from this scientific study and how we can use this info to help improve our dogs’ lives overall.

  • 54% of pet owners give in when their animals beg. A majority of pet owners noted that they gave their dogs or cats food whenever they begged for it. At first glance, it may seem cruel to deny our animals food when they’re hungry, but if you keep your animal on a consistent feeding schedule, you won’t have to worry about whether or not they’ve gotten enough nutrients for the day. If they beg when you know they’ve gotten their allotted meals, they may just want a little extra love and attention. Satisfy them with a treat for a trick.

  • 22% of animal owners noted they overfeed their pets because it makes them happier. Sure, tasty food is a wonderful treat for any dog or cat. Since most people use food and treats as training rewards, it can be difficult to wean your pet off of the extra snacks. Just keep in mind that helping your dog maintain a healthy weight will keep them happier in the long run and give them extra years of running, playing, and doing all the things they love most.

  • 4 in 5 pet owners estimate the amount of food their animals receive at mealtime. When you have a pet, it seems like the easy solution to just eyeball how much kibble they get at mealtime. However, lack of careful meal tracking can easily lead to chronic overfeeding and weight gain. Using prepackaged human grade pet foods for your dogs makes the measuring and tracking process easy as it’s already done for you.

If you’re anything like us, you want your dog to stay around as long as possible. Give them the opportunity for a healthy, active life by taking an active role in monitoring their mealtimes. Feeding them natural, responsibly sourced, human-grade foods with wholesome proteins can make a huge difference in their quality of life, as well. To learn more, get in touch with Pawsitively Pure dog food. Purchase tasty, natural food for your dog here.

Lex Burton
Understanding Your Dog’s Body Language

They say that it takes a matter of seconds to form a first impression of someone. In mere moments, our brains analyze a person’s body language and demeanor to form a comprehensive impression of the person we’re meeting. Whether this impression is completely correct or not, it’s a huge indicator of how the rest of the relationship with this new person may play out. But dogs display emotion a little differently - and getting better at understanding them on first meeting can pave the way for a smoother relationship.

A recent study by the University of Lincoln demonstrated that both children and adults have a tendency to misjudge dogs’ demeanors based on their body language. Misinterpreting a dog’s body language can lead to stress for both you and the dog, so getting a handle on what dogs’ body language means is an important step in dog ownership. Here are a few tips on understanding your dog’s body language:

  • Watch the way your dog’s ears are pointed. When they’re pointed up and perky, your dog is in a great mood. If your dog tilts their ears forward, they’re alert, maybe trying to pick up a noise. If they’re laid back flat, your dog is displaying signs of fear and submission. If your dog has floppy ears, it may be a little more difficult to tell which way their ears are tilted, but pay attention to the positions of their ears when they’re in different situations and you’ll be able to recognize the patterns.

  • What teeth can tell you: When your dog shows its teeth, it’s probably not smiling. Nose curling and showing the teeth and gums is a sign of aggression and can indicate that your dog is ready to snap. You may have seen some videos of people telling their dogs to “smile,” but don’t accept this as the norm! Showing teeth is not a good sign.

  • The tail tells a tale. Your dog’s tale is also a huge indicator of his mood. When your dog is relaxed, his tail will be relaxed. An alert or aggressive dog will have a tail that stands up and maybe even bristles, while a fearful, submissive dog will tuck its tail between its legs. Of course, a lot of wiggling and wagging is a good sign, but you’ll notice even an excited dog’s tail won’t stand up like an aggressive one’s.

When you learn to read your dogs’ body language, you’ll find that your dog is a very expressive creature who lets you know exactly what he wants! Especially if you have children, it’s a great idea to read a few books and do research on dogs’ body language before you welcome a new dog into your home. Having a clear understanding of what your dog is telling you will help avoid accidents and lead to a happy, healthy relationship. To learn more about Pawsitively Pure, click here.

Lex Burton
How to Find the Right Vet for Your Dog

Just like it’s important to find the right physician for your family, it’s also important to find a vet who has your dog’s best interests in mind! While many people tend to put off well visits to the vet and only go to the clinic in an emergency, giving your dog regular checkups is an important part of their overall healthcare regimen. A good vet will take preventative measures against common illnesses and cancer as well as helping you keep your dog at a healthy weight and activity level.

Finding the perfect vet for your dog can be daunting. Many first-time pet owners tend to choose big box in-store vets, like Banfield. While these are affordable options, you may be able to find better care elsewhere. Here are a few of our tips to help you find the right vet for your pet:

  • Check for word of mouth recommendations. The best recommendations are ones you know you can trust. Chances are, if you’re a dog owner, you have a few other friends who are dog owners, as well. Ask them who they use for their pets’ primary care needs if they’re in your area, and check to see if their vet is helping their dogs with specific health concerns your pups may be experiencing.

  • Have a conversation with your vet and bring your dog in with you for an introduction. Bringing a new vet into your life is much like introducing your dog to a new family member. Make sure you and your vet are on the same page when it comes to key issues affecting your dog’s quality of life. At the same time, you can gauge how comfortable your dog is around their new vet.

  • Convenience is a big plus, especially when it comes to matters of your dog’s health. Choosing a vet that’s nearby and has more flexible hours of operation can help you get your dog to the clinic in cases of emergency. If your vet offers emergency drop-off options and can work with you on appointments during the work week, there’s a good chance they’re the right fit for you.

A good vet will help educate you as to the right choices for your dog when it comes to nutrition, supplements, activity levels, and more. Find a vet that makes you feel comfortable enough to ask questions so you’re never in the dark when it comes to your dog’s well-being. Speaking of nutrition - did you know that you can find Pawsitively Pure human-grade dog food in certain veterinary offices in Central Florida? Click here to find out where you can find our food.

What Kind of Protein Does Your Dog Need?

While dog’s diets are fairly different from human diets, they still need to include some of the basic food groups we eat every day. Fats, carbohydrates, water, and protein are all important parts of your dog’s nutrition. Not only is it important to make sure your dog is getting enough of each of these food groups, it’s a good idea to make sure they’re coming from wholesome sources, too.

About 18% of your dog’s daily caloric intake should come from nutritional proteins, and the source really matters - your dog is able to digest and utilize proteins from certain sources better than others. Here are a few trustworthy sources of protein for your dog:

  • Eggs: For both humans and dogs, eggs are a great and easily-digestible protein when cooked. Many people used bits of cooked egg as a treat for highly active dogs, but we like adding it as an extra morsel for the occasional mealtime. When cooked properly, eggs are a great way for dogs with upset stomachs to get the protein they need to live happy, healthy lives.

  • Lean-muscle meats: Lean meats like chicken and turkey are great sources of protein for your dog as they don’t add an excess of fat to your dog’s diet and they keep them fueled for the day. Human-grade dog foods like our whole food products provide your dog with healthy sources of protein that are easy to digest and responsibly sourced.

  • Vegetable sources, like beans and lentils, can be healthy additions to your dog’s diet in small amounts, but they should never be used to replace whole-meat sources of protein. Additionally, be careful about what beans you give to your dog - green beans are a great treat, especially when frozen. But avoid fava beans, baked beans, and any kind of beans in sauce as a treat for your pup. Try making some lentil-based treats!

The easiest way to know that the proteins you’re giving your dog are right for them is by feeding them a human-grade food you can trust! Pawsitively Pure features the nutritional information you need on the package so you can keep track of your dog’s healthy diet. Get your dog on the right track to a healthy lifestyle this year! To learn more about Pawsitively Pure, browse through our website, or contact us here.

Lex Burton
3 Goals for Your Pet’s Health for the New Year

Can you believe the new year is just weeks away? As we tie up loose ends from 2018 and prepare for the beginning of 2019, many of us are writing a list of New Year’s Resolutions to help us lead our best lives. Whether it’s dieting, exercise, or simply flossing more, improving health is one of the top-cited resolutions on everyone’s lists. This year, why not take your dog’s health into consideration?

Taking small steps to improve your dog’s health is a great way to boost their overall quality of life and ensure they’ll be part of your family for years to come. Here are 3 items to add to your list of pet resolutions this year:

  1. Exercise more. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, over half of all dogs in the United States are overweight or obese. Obesity in your dog can cause joint issues, lack of range of motion, heart disease, and lung problems. Increasing exercise doesn’t mean you have to commit to long, drawn out walks - simply schedule more time for play or take your pup to the park more often. Give them more chances to run around and get out their pent up energy.

  2. Check regularly for lumps. One of the easiest ways to detect cancer in your dog is to check for unusual lumps and bumps beneath the skin. Keep in mind that a lump doesn’t always indicate cancer, and it’s also not the only indicator - but it’s a good head start when it comes to keeping an eye on your dog’s health and taking preventative measures if necessary.

  3. Make improvements to their diet. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: a healthy diet is your dog’s first line of defense against illness. Giving your dog a diet that’s packed with nutrients can help increase their lifespan, boost their energy, and ward off common diseases. This year, commit to cutting off the table scraps and give them nutritious bone broth - they’ll love the flavor just as much!

While your dog’s health should be on your mind every day of the year, the new year is a great time to start taking small steps toward a healthier lifestyle. Improving your dog’s quality of life can help you improve your own at the same time! To learn more, contact us or browse our website to see our great products.

Lex Burton