10 Tips For Running With Your Pup

Running with your dog is a gratifying experience for you and your pup!

Pounding the pavement with your pup by your side can be an incredibly motivating and mutually beneficial activity. Dogs are made to run, and with their boundless enthusiasm, what’s not to love about a K9 running companion? The positive effects of training with your pup on both human and beast are numerous, but there are some precautionary steps you should take to ensure your partner is feeling as pumped up on endorphins as you are by the end of the workout. Here are 10 tips for running with your dog.

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Not all dogs are natural born runners, but that doesn’t mean your pooch can’t complete that 5K with you! Just like it took time for you to build up your stamina, you have to let your pup go at her own pace and improve with time. If your dog has never run with you before, you should start with a 10 to 15-minute jog and increase the time by 10 minutes each week evaluating your dog during and after the workout. Slowly building your mileage together will help prevent injury to both parties! On the other hand, some dogs are sprinters to the core and have no idea how to pace themselves or even slow down enough to stay with you. Even these high energy dogs may run out of steam after a couple miles, so again, start off with a shorter distance and slowly build up to those goal distances. This takes time and patience, but with the right training (and gear), you’ll get working out with your dog down.

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2. Get The Right Leash

Training your dog to behave well on a leash is a pretty important factor to becoming successful running buddies — if he’s great on his leash when you walk, chances are he’ll transition to running pretty easily. Even if he’s not perfectly trained to stay at your side every time he’s on a leash, there is still gear you can utilize to make running easy and painless! Try using a body harness instead of a traditional collar so if he does start to pull, it doesn’t put potentially harmful pressure on his neck (which can also create eye pressure) and it encourages him to focus and not jump or pull. Be sure to use a short leash as well; the more leeway a pup has on a run, the more likely they are to trip you or passersby.

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3.  Pick a Good Route 

Once your running buddy has built up the mileage and you’re confident she can go on a longer run with you, be sure to pick a good route that doesn’t take you super far away from shelter. Any number of factors could affect your dog’s running ability, and you certainly don’t want to be stranded three miles away from your home if your dog starts to overheat, develops a limp or otherwise can’t make it all the way back.

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4. Check The Weather

Even if you’re used to running in the middle of the day with the sun beating down, take note that your dog is covered in hair and doesn’t have the cooling mechanism (AKA sweat) that we do. Your pup’s primary way of cooling off is by panting and cooling off paws, so it’s incredibly important to not expose your dog to elements he can’t handle. Remember that his paws are touching that hot concrete over and over again while your feet are protected by layers of rubber. The same goes for extremely cool temperatures as well! There are plenty of paw protecting shoes you can put on your dogs, but be sure to test them before going on a run as many dogs find these shoes very bothersome.

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5. Bring Bags!

Running jars the bowels and gets them moving, so whatever you do, don’t forget the poop bags! Watching your dog relieve herself in the middle of the sidewalk with people everywhere and no bags in sight is one of the worst feelings. You would hate to step in a stinky pile on your way to work, so be cautious so you don’t ruin someone else’s day!

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6. Doggie Water Bottles

If you’ve ever tried to get your dog to drink out of your water bottle, you know how difficult it can be, but running with a dog bowl plus water bottle plus leash is just too much unless you have a backpack. Invest in a doggie water bottle with a fold out dog bowl to make sure your pup stays hydrated during, not just before and after, your run. You could also plan your route strategically to make sure you’re hitting a dog water bowl every couple miles whether it’s a park fountain or a doggie boutique that offers free refreshments outside the shop.

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7. Extra Hydration in Heat

For extra hydration, energy and quick recovery for your pooch, try K9POWER’s Go Dog supplement. This water soluble powder contains electrolytes for dogs (the good stuff that helps you perform when you drink sports drinks), short-burst/long-range energy fuels and buffering agents that help neutralize metabolic acid (H+) build up (the stuff that slows your pup down). Go Dog acts like a dog energy drink to help keep your dog in the performance safety zone and ensure your run doesn’t include any lies-down-and-refuses-to-move stops!

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8. Pay Close Attention

Running with headphones in can definitely make a run fly by, but it’s a good idea to skip the noise cancellers, especially on the first few runs with your dog. It’s important to pay close attention to your dog as you’re running. With clear ears you’ll be able to hear any whimpering, and of course if you notice your pup limping, lying down in shade, or slowing down significantly, don’t force anything. These are all signs to take it easy and possibly go back home to avoid possible injury.

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9. Recovery Mode 

After a run, help your dog recover by letting her rest in a cool place and adding K9POWER’s Super Fuel supplement to her food. This formula is specially designed to support muscle recovery from exercise and reduce overtraining injuries as well as soreness after vigorous activities. It also has immune system support and provides optimal nutrition for dogs who are not necessarily competing in doggie muscle man competitions.

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10. Check for Fleas/Ticks

Trail running and hikes are amazing ways to bond with your pup on your jogging adventures, especially since many trails don’t require dogs to be on leash. Be sure to check your dog thoroughly after a hike for fleas and ticks, and bathe your pup if you suspect he may have been exposed to poison oak while out in nature.

Tips For Traveling With Dogs

Everything you need to know about traveling with your dogs, whether you’re driving or flying!

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The decision to bring or board your furry family members while traveling is a tough one unique to each person and the needs of their pups. If you decide boarding is the right decision for you, be sure to read our tips for a great boarding experience here! If you’re lucky enough to be traveling with your pets this season, read on for some tips for traveling with a dog, whether you’re driving a couple of hours or flying cross-country.

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Flying

If you have a small dog and a far off destination, flying with a dog is usually the best option for traveling with your pup. Most airlines allow you to bring your dog on the plane as a carry-on as long as they are in a carrier and fit the size requirements. This is ideal since you can keep them close and comfort them if they start to get anxious. Big dogs are a little trickier to bring on planes as many airlines have deemed transporting animals in the under carriage unsafe. Be sure to check the rules and regulations regarding dog travel for your airline thoroughly before leaving on your trip. Here are some pet travel tips for flying with your furry friends:

  • Book early – To ensure that you are on a dog-friendly flight with all the right accommodations for you and your dog’s needs, be sure to book your flight early. If you have any questions or concerns about flying with your dog for the first time, this will give you plenty of time to ask questions and save you the stress of booking last minute.
  • Fly direct – Booking a direct flight will save you and your pup the hassle of getting off of one plane where you’re already settled and comfortable and rushing to the next. Plus, for your dog who can’t use the plane’s restroom, the less time spent in the air the better.
  • Find the right carrier – Dog carriers come in all shapes and sizes, so be sure to find the right one for you. If you’re bringing your small pup as a carry-on, a soft-sided carrier that fits your airline’s size requirements will be most convenient as it will better mold under your seat for takeoff and landing. For large dogs traveling in cargo, you must get a hard-sided carrier that gives your dog enough room to stand up, lie down and turn around. Again, make sure you check specific requirements of your airline before you head to the airport. The last thing you want is to get all the way there just to be turned away for a technicality.
  • Include identification – Attach your contact information, yours and your dog’s names, and any important medical information to your carrier in case you are ever separated.
  • Practice first – If your dog will be traveling in a new carrier for the first time, try a few practice runs first to make sure everything goes smoothly on the big day. Put your dog in the carrier and bring her in the car on a few road trips of a similar length of time as your flight.
  • Feed four hours prior – To make sure your dog doesn’t get sick on the plane or need to go number two as soon as there’s nowhere for him to go, try feeding him four hours prior to arriving at the airport.
  • Exercise well beforehand – In addition to feeding him well, you should try to get lots of exercise in before takeoff as well. The less energy they have, the better because he’ll be more likely to fall asleep and less likely to whine and bark the whole trip.
  • Don’t give new medications – It may seem like giving your dog a sedative medicine may be helpful in calming his nerves before travel, but unless your vet has specifically ordered you to do so, do not give your dog any new medications. These types of drugs, while fine for humans, can affect dogs strangely in the air, and a stressful flight is not the time to find out your dog has an unknown allergy.
  • Bring health records – Keep your dog’s health records on you at all times when traveling. You never know when you may have an emergency and need to be able to recover these documents quickly.
  • Buy bottled water at the airport – Since you can’t bring liquids through security check in, you’ll need to buy water bottles or fill up your empty water bottles once you’re in the terminal. Keeping your pup hydrated should be a number one priority while traveling.

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Driving

When your holiday destination is driving distance, a road trip is the easiest and most convenient way to travel with your dogs. In the car you can easily transport bedding, food, water, toys and anything else your pup may need without worrying about weight requirements. Here are some things to consider before you start your road trip:

  • Test drive – To make sure your dog doesn’t get motion sickness on the big day, be sure to bring him in the car for smaller trips and keep him in the area he’ll be in when it comes time to travel longer distances. If he does tend to get sick in the car, you can make sure to stock up on ginger tablets and feed them to your dog about 30 minutes before you head out.
  • Seat belt or carrier – If your dog gets a little rambunctious when sitting still for too long, be sure to get a pet seat belt or a carrier to keep your pup restrained while you’re driving. Even if it seems cute, having a dog jump in your lap while you’re driving is a huge safety hazard.
  • Stay hydrated – Bring plenty of water jugs/bottles, a bowl and maybe even some ice if you’re traveling somewhere warm. If your dog doesn’t seem to want to drink water while you’re on the road, add K9POWER’s Go Dog hydration supplement to his bowl! Not only will he be happy to drink it up since it’s flavored with real chicken, but it’s specially formulated to provide your dog with electrolytes, protein and carbohydrates for long lasting hydration and muscle health. He’ll be ready to stretch his legs and run a bit at all the rest stops.
  • Plan rest stops – Check out your route before you take off and make sure there are safe spots to stop for potty breaks as well as human food along the way that will be dog-friendly. You should try to stop every four hours to let him stretch, move and maybe indulge in a Carnivore Cookie or two.
  • Be mindful at stops – When it’s time to pull over to eat, use the restroom or otherwise leave your furry friend in the car, make absolutely sure that your dog will be comfortable when you go inside. Never leave your dog in a super hot or cold powered off car.

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Accommodations

One of the hardest things about traveling with your dogs is finding places to sleep that are dog friendly! Websites like Bring Fido do a great job of listing all the hotels and dog-friendly accommodations available in the area you’re traveling to. Here are some things to consider when picking a place to stay:

  • Do you need a yard? – If you would like to stay in a more traditional house setting for whatever reason, try checking Airbnb for dog-friendly places to stay! These houses may or may not already have a dog home, but you can find out all the details on the website before you go.
  • Check the reviews – Whether you stay at a hotel or an Airbnb, be sure to check the reviews particularly from other dog owners. Be sure that you are near an exit and that you’ll have easy access to a grassy area so your pup can relieve himself easily. If your dog barks a lot, you may want to call the hotel beforehand to discuss whether this will be any trouble for other guests.
  • Keep the routine – With time zone changes and all the chaos of travel, it’s difficult, but try to keep your dog’s routine the same. Your pups thrive off of consistency and they will be comforted by the same food at the same time as it was at home. If your pup doesn’t like to eat while you’re away from home, add one of K9POWER’s health and wellness supplements to his food. He’ll love the real meat flavor and you’ll get tons of nutritional benefits while you’re at it.
  • Vet recommendations – Check with your vet to see what offices they recommend in the area you’re traveling to. Have your medical records handy and be aware of the location of the recommended veterinarian in case of emergency.

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Packing List

Whether you’re driving or flying this holiday season, use the following checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything vital!

  • ID tags
  • Health records
  • Any medications
  • Plenty of food and water
  • K9POWER Dog Supplements
  • Leash (plus an extra in case you leave one at a rest stop)
  • Poop bags
  • Your pup’s favorite toys
  • Treats (like Carnivore Cookies)
  • Dog bedding (if it fits!)
  • Carrier/Seat belt

How We Improved Our Supplements

See how we changed the formulas on our top-of-the-line dog supplements for the better.

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For over two decades, the folks here at K9POWER have been dedicated to providing dog owners with the highest quality supplements to improve their K9 companions’ health, wellness, appearance and overall nutrition. There’s a reason discerning pet owners have chosen our supplements over our competition all these years, but even so, we thought we’d take that extra step to make our products that much better.

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You may have noticed a change in our packaging and website (sexy, right?), but did you know that we improved all of our formulas too? That’s right, friends, K9POWER got a complete makeover and we’re so proud to say that we offer the absolute best products possible. We hired a top animal nutrition specialist, Dr. George Fahey, to inspect each of our formulas and make key recommendations to improve our product line. Backed by Dr. Fahey’s years of experience, we made each of these changes to improve the performance of our already stellar products.

How do these changes affect the quality of the products our customers have grown to love and trust? Read on for evidence as to how we have materially improved the performance of each of our upgraded dog dietary supplements and why.

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Show Stopper – Show Stopper is our flagship product made with essential nutrients to improve your dog’s skin and coat, and the following adjustments were made to improve its formula:

  • Chicken is now our number one ingredient, not to be confused with chicken meal or chicken byproducts
  • Added coconut oil as a source of medium chain triglycerides, which protects against coat damage and conditions the skin
  • Removed creatine to be in line with AAFCO and the NASC guidelines
  • Increased amount of whole egg by over 5 times as the fatty acids in eggs improve skin and coat health and reduce flaky, dry skin
  • Reduced rice bran to levels supported by research to provide the maximum benefit
  • Changed overall formulation of fats, while maintaining an optimized ratio in our product by reducing chicken fat, beef fat and safflower oil and increasing olive oil, camelina oil and cod liver oil — resulted in an improved ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3
  • Increased plant-based antioxidant levels dramatically through the addition of ingredients like powdered carrot, blueberry, tart cherry, beet juice and broccoli sprouts — antioxidants help reduce seasonal allergies and support a normal inflammatory response
  • Added Icelandic kelp, which has easily digestible vitamins, minerals and protein to aid with amino acid absorption — helps with allergies, dry skin and alopecia
  • Added prebiotics, the fiber that supports key intestinal bacteria
  • Increased probiotics and digestive enzyme levels — same ingredients, just a more effective level
  • Reduced salt and potassium levels
  • Added vitamin E as minor deficiency results in itchy skin
  • Added lutein, which improves skin hydration, elasticity and lipid content
  • Replaced silicon dioxide with rice concentrate as a flowing agent to reduce clumping

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Joint StrongWhen it comes to joint health, K9POWER Joint Strong was already the leading product on the market, and we made it even better. Here are the changes we made:

  • Increased MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), a natural analgesic that blocks the transfer of pain impulses through the nerve fibers and blocks the inflammation by enhancing the activity of cortisol, a natural anti-inflammatory hormone produced by the body.
  • Increased agave nectar to improve taste
  • Added milk protein isolate to help reduce inflammation
  • Increased CMO (Cetyl Myristoleate) levels to maintain joint flexibility by lubricating joints and softening tissue
  • Increased curcumin levels, which comes from Turmeric and is a strong antioxidant with potent anti-inflammatory effects
  • Added cod liver oil and increased camelina oil concentrations which are both good sources of EPA and DHA (omega fatty acids)
  • Increased plant-based antioxidant levels by adding ingredients like powdered tart cherry, pomegranate and vitaberry mix, which can help with allergies and inflammation
  • Added calcium ascorbate (vitamin c), which is necessary for collagen, the main structural protein found in connective tissue
  • Added Icelandic sea kelp, which contains fucoidan, a complex carbohydrate that is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent
  • Reduced salt and potassium
  • Replaced silicon dioxide with rice concentrate as a flowing agent to reduce clumping

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Go Dog – Our water-soluble hydrating formula, Go Dog, is the premier hydration drink for dogs. It’s like a sports drink for dogs! It’s great for competing athletic dogs as well as your everyday hiking pup. Here’s what changed:

  • Balanced formula of electrolyte and calcium replacement elements based on canine requirements — magnesium, sodium, potassium and calcium levels are optimized for proper absorption during and after exercise
  • Adjusted lipid ratios by adding medium chain triglycerides (coconut oil) to help store glycogen better and serve as an energy source to discourage muscle wasting and fatigue
  • Upped the flavor quotient with more real chicken and beef
  • Added quercetin which fights protein breakdown in the body during stress
  • Updated key amino acid contributions adding L-threonine to help maintain proper protein balance in the body and L-tryptophan, to improve athletic performance.
  • Replaced silicon dioxide with rice concentrate as a flowing agent to reduce clumping

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Digest Forte – It’s often your dog’s “output” that indicates health issues first since the digestive tract contains up to 90% of the body’s total cells. Digestion is crucial to proper nutrient absorption, and Digest Forte’s balance of fiber, pre and probiotics helps things run smoothly (and keeps the house less stinky!). Here’s how we improved the formula:

  • Increased our concentration of probiotics and digestive enzymes
  • Optimized the balance of digestible and indigestible fibers (prebiotics) by reducing the rice bran content and adding psyllium fiber, kelp and yucca, which stimulates circulation, improves digestion, reduces inflammation, relieves pain and reduces stool odor (when used for 6-8 weeks) in some dogs
  • Added real chicken as the first ingredient, which improves flavor and is a source of collagen, gelatin, glycine and proline, which contribute to good intestinal health
  • Added agave nectar to improve taste and act as a strong prebiotic
  • Added mannanoligosaccharides (MOS), which improves gastrointestinal health as well as overall health, improving energy levels and performance
  • Added ginger, basil and kelp, which aid in digestion and help support normal gastrointestinal functions
  • Replaced silicon dioxide with rice concentrate as a flowing agent to reduce clumping

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Carnivore Cookies – Our dog treats, Carnivore Cookies, are a longtime favorite of pet owners, and we set out to make them not only healthier but also more delicious for your furry friends.  Dogs rely heavily on smell to enjoy flavor since they have far fewer taste buds than humans, so we added natural hickory smoke flavor to our cookies to give them that that barbecue smell that pups love. Here are the other improvements:

  • Doubled the amount of real chicken in our recipe, giving them a great source of easily digestible protein rich in B vitamins
  • Tripled the amount of egg, a good source of protein, vitamin A, riboflavin, folate, vitamin B12, iron, selenium, biotin and fatty acids
  • Added carrots, which are packed with vitamin A, C, D, E, K, B1 and B6
  • Added real blueberry powder, which is an excellent source of antioxidants, selenium, zinc and iron and is high in vitamins C, E, A and B complex
  • Added tomatoes, which contain many healthy substances, such as lycopene, an important antioxidant which is known to work against cancer, oxidative stress and other diseases
  • Added honey, which healthy for them especially when it comes to digestion, allergies and boosted energy levels
  • Added coconut oil, which helps their skin, digestive and immune systems, metabolic function, bone and brain health
  • Added chicken fat, a quality source of essential fatty acids and an excellent source of energy
  • Added agave nectar, which acts as a prebiotic and replaces fructose in the recipe as the sweetener
  • Added natural hickory smoke extract to improve the treat’s smell and palatability

Top 5 Ways To Improve Your Dog’s Skin & Coat

The best ways to keep your pup’s coat thick and shiny and her skin healthy and itch-free.

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When your face starts to peel or your hair feels dry, you find a remedy, right? It’s only fair to help your pup out with her dog skin care if she starts itching, biting at herself or starts developing skin abnormalities, too! If you notice a change in your dog’s coat, it could mean a lot more than, “oops, I skipped bath time.” There are lots of internal and external factors that could be irritating your dog, but here are five tried and true ways to improve your dog’s coat and skin right now.

shutterstock_4738338941. Up the Omegas

A huge defense for dog allergies, inflammation and dry coat is feeding your dog omega fatty acids. These are types of polyunsaturated fats, and dogs need omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids specifically. For inflammation, autoimmune issues and allergic reactions associated with dry, itchy coat, omega-3 is going to be most effective and for a shiny coat, omega-6 comes in handy. The general recommended ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is 5:1.

  • Omega-3 sources: fish oils (salmon, mackerel, menhaden, sardines, tuna), flax seed, chia and kukui (candlenut) oils, hemp seed oil, pumpkin seed oil, canola oil, walnut oil, or Omega-3 supplements (K9-Power Omega Dog)
  • Omega-6 sources: sunflower oil, safflower oil, soybean oil, corn oil, evening primrose oil

**for dandruff or seborrhea, supplement with zinc, folate, and retinoids in addition to omega fatty acids

shutterstock_5283087522. Check the Ingredients

With tons of dog food options, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and just grab one. Unfortunately there are tons of subpar formulas though, so be sure to check the label first. The following ingredients could be detrimental to your dog’s healthy coat:

  • Corn – Many commercial dog foods use corn as a main ingredient because it’s abundant and cheap, and while high-grade corn in addition to protein sources is not necessarily harmful, it doesn’t add much nutritional value. There is controversy about whether corn is likely to be an allergen to our K9 friends — if you suspect your pup has a food allergy, however, be sure to work with your vet. The real problem with corn is the low-grade variety. Lower grade corn contains more moisture and is more likely to grow mold, making it more susceptible to aflatoxins. Reputable companies screen for these deadly toxins before accepting corn as an ingredient, but be wary. These lower grades are also more likely to attract grain mites which are a large factor in dog allergies resulting in itchy skin, hives or worse.  
  • Soy – Theoretically soy is a wonder ingredient for pets since it’s an inexpensive protein source that contains omega 3 fatty acids, which are great for dogs’ skin and coat! The problem, however, is that studies show 90% of the U.S.’s soy production is genetically modified and doused in pesticides, some of which are linked to cancer. The unfermented, non-organic form of soybeans most often found in dog foods also contain anti-nutrients (soyatoxin, saponins and phytoestrogens) which deplete dogs of minerals, decrease protein digestion, can contribute to pancreatic disorders and lead to thyroid problems. The fermentation process (which soy undergoes for soy sauce, miso, etc.) breaks down the anti-nutrients, but this is not the case in standard dog food.

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3. Supplement

Even if you’re feeding your pup top-of-the-line dog chow, it’s still important to supplement their diet to ensure their skin and coats are in top condition. K9-Power Show Stopper is the perfect defense for seasonal allergies, nutritional deficits and outside factors. The powder nutritional supplement, made with the highest quality human grade ingredients, is added to your pup’s regular food and is well loved by dogs. Show Stopper contains ingredients like coconut oil, olive oil, egg, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins C and E to promote shiny coats, itch-free skin and optimal mental function. It also contains antioxidants for boosted immune health.

Regularly supplementing your dog’s food with Show Stopper can provide the following benefits:

  • Supports pigmentation and highlights in coat color
  • Promotes a healthy immune system
  • May help with occasional or seasonal allergies
  • Protects and supports sensitive skin
  • Contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids
  • Promotes a healthy immune system
  • Tastes delicious

shutterstock_5183704754. Brush, brush, brush

It may sound obvious, but consistently brushing your pooch will not only minimize shedding all over your couch, but it’ll also add shine to your pup’s fur by properly distributing natural oils. Brushing helps rid your pup of any itchy irritants like dirt or bugs while giving you an opportunity to check your best friend for an abnormalities, not to mention the extra bonding time. Try to brush your pup at least once a week to keep a healthy coat for your dog.

shutterstock_5236575975. Bath Time  

Unlike humans who feel the need to bathe every day, bathing your dog too much can actually increase her skin sensitivities by depleting her coat of natural, protective oils. On the other hand, not bathing enough can lead to skin and coat issues as well. Bathing your pup every six weeks is the perfect compromise. Try using a natural shampoo that doesn’t contain sulfates to further protect her skin, and if she’s already itchy, try a gentle, soothing formula made with oatmeal which contains polysaccharides that leave a film on the skin preventing dryness and itching. You can even make your own oatmeal bath by blending a cup of dry oats in a food processor and adding it to your pup’s bath water. Simply soak for 10-15 minutes and dry off without rinsing first.

How to Have a Dog-Friendly Thanksgiving

Keep your furry family members safe over Thanksgiving!

shutterstock_344025578Turkey day is fast approaching, and as you start to plan out your elaborate meals and decorate your table with Pinterest-level precision, don’t forget to plan around the hungriest, most enthusiastic eaters in your family: your dogs. Unfortunately your furry family members who are most excited about this food-centric holiday may be exposed to some potentially dangerous factors on the big day. Here are some Thanksgiving safety tips for dogs before bringing everyone over to gobble up some turkey. Show your pups how grateful you are for them with these Thanksgiving pet safety tips!

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While prepping ingredients, like peeling potatoes or gutting pumpkins, make sure you keep an eye on your little furry scavengers. Many raw veggies and meat scraps can be less than ideal for your dog’s digestive system, but raw potatoes are particularly harmful and raw pumpkin can give your pup diarrhea — no fun when you’re already stressed about getting all the food cranked out!shutterstock_5306357982. Synchronized Feeding

To avoid incessant begging once you’re all sitting down to enjoy your Thanksgiving meal, give you dogs their meals at the same time that everyone sits down at the table. Maybe even throw a little plain turkey in their bowls for an extra treat, but remember to cut down on their portions of regular food when you know they’ll be snacking on people food throughout the day.shutterstock_4878862513. Set Expectations

If you have strict rules about what your pets can and cannot do during meals, make an announcement to all your guests before the meal starts. Everyone is different when it comes to what they allow their dogs to get away with, so make sure your guests aren’t sneaking spoonfuls of gravy under the table if you’re discouraging begging or trying to keep them on a strict feeding plan.shutterstock_5170541414. Keep Bones Contained

It seems like Thanksgiving would be the perfect time to dispose of your bones in a mutually beneficial way, but despite your dog’s enthusiasm to devour your turkey bones you should keep them contained and out of reach. The cooked bones can easily splinter in your dog’s throat which can potentially be very dangerous, especially for small dogs. shutterstock_3731132295. Brush Up On the Do-Not-Feed List

The following foods are never to be feed to pups:Turkey Skin – The turkey skin, which holds onto marinades, butter and other ingredients high in fat, can be very difficult for your dog to digest.

  • Cooked Bones – Turkey and ham bones become very brittle after cooking and can splinter in your pup’s digestive tract.
  • Walnuts and Macadamia nuts – Various nuts contain toxins that could cause vomiting or seizures in your dogs. Not all nuts contain them, but be sure to do your research before feeding nuts to your pup and always avoid walnuts and macadamia nuts. Here’s a guide to nuts for dogs!
  • Onions – Onions contain sulfides which are toxic to dogs.
  • Nutmeg – Nutmeg can cause seizures and central nervous system damage to dogs, so make sure there isn’t much in any pumpkin or sweet potato dishes you might want to share with your dog.
  • Chocolate and Dough – Chocolate is a well known carcinogen for dogs, but dough can also be dangerous as it can rise inside your dog’s stomach, leading to lots of discomfort.

shutterstock_5116407556. Avoid Anxiety

Some of our furry friends are sensitive to noise, strangers and new situations. Be sure to account for any anxiety your pets may be feeling with new people, loud situations and possibly young children running around. If you see your dog is having trouble coping with the large gathering, put him in an area of the house where he feels safe with his comforting toys, dog bed or treats. Don’t force your pets to participate in the celebration if they are uncomfortable with it.

shutterstock_4671575696. Treat Your Pups

Since you’ll be in the kitchen baking anyway, you might as well throw a few festive dog treats together while you’re at it! Ingredients like pumpkin, apple and cinnamon are great for pups. Here are some quick, easy and beautiful treats you could feed the pups this year, or if you’re low on time order some delicious and healthy Carnivore Cookies! Follow these Thanksgiving safety tips for your pets to ensure an enjoyable holiday for you and your pooch.

Make Sure Your Dog Has a Great Boarding Experience

Here are some tips for making sure your dog has the best boarding experience possible!

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The holidays are such a magical time of year where everyone is constantly traveling to visit friends and family. While traveling can be fun and exciting for most, it can be pretty stressful for our K9 friends and their parents, too. Many dog parents enjoy the thought of a multi-day trip for just a few seconds before reality sets in: they’ll have to make accommodations for their fur-babies. Unless you have a small pup who easily fits in a carrier or you have a road trip-distance destination with a dog-friendly place to stay at on the other end, you’ll have to decide what the best dog holiday care option will be. Then it’s a combination of having to leave one of your cherished family members behind during family time plus worrying that your pup is being well taken care of while you’re gone! Finding the right way to board your dog can be an extra layer of unnecessary stress, so here are some 8 tips for boarding your dog to ensure your pup has the best possible time while you’re away!

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Know Your Options

Depending on your prior experiences and your dog’s specific needs, you may already know what the best option for dog care is while you’re away. If you’re new to the whole process, however, know that there are plenty of dog boarding options to choose from! If your pup has trouble adjusting to sleeping in a new place, you can even use services like Rover, DogVacay or Care to find someone to come to your house to feed, walk and care for your pup while you’re away. These sites, which allow all users to rate one another after each stay, also offer overnight care at the sitter’s house if that sounds like a better option – these sites are great because they offer cage-free stays and often even have other dogs around that your pup can play with! If your dog has medical needs or requires special treatment, check out your trusted vet’s facilities, or look on Yelp to find the best (and most affordable) options in your area.

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Do Your Research

Before deciding which boarding method you’ll use, make sure to do some thorough research. Ask your friends what their preferred facility is or which specific dog-sitters they’ve had good experiences with in the past, then check reviews. Rover, DogVacay and Yelp are all review based, so you can ease your mind by only booking sitters who have received many 5-star reviews already. For extra peace of mind, you can ask to meet up with the caregiver before your drop your fur-baby off (many sitters prefer this anyway), to make sure it will be a great fit. This goes for a boarding facility as well; you’re definitely entitled to take a tour beforehand.

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Ask for Updates

When using dog-sitting services, you’re dealing with bonafide dog people, meaning they’re down to take and send you photos of your pup having a great time while you’re away. If you let them know ahead of time that you’re nervous about leaving your pup, they’ll be extra diligent about sending you daily updates on how your little buddy is doing.

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Tell Them Everything

Be super open with your sitter about any issues your pup may have while you’re away, and do your best to prepare them for anything that might happen. If your dog is never around other dogs, for instance, let her know that you’re unsure how your dog will react at mealtime or if your dog doesn’t get along with cats, let her know that she’ll have to be careful on walks. They are always very willing to accommodate special needs.

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Bring Comfort Items

Regardless of where you’re dropping your dog off, make sure you bring some comforting items for them to enjoy in case they have a hard time adjusting. It’s smart to bring your own food to avoid any upset stomachs, but it’s also nice to bring along your dog’s favorite toy, dog bed or blanket that brings him comfort (since it smells like home!).

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Eating Incentive

Sometimes dogs refuse to eat when they’re away from home, so make sure your boarders have a backup plan. With your permission, some facilities will add chicken broth to their food to encourage dogs to eat, but you could also send along some super tasty K9POWER supplements that can easily be mixed into dry food and your pup will gobble it up right away.

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Don’t Forget Treats

Another way to make sure your dog warms up to the sitter right away is to leave behind some treats! Let your sitter know how many you allow your dog to have in an average day and order some K9POWER Carnivore Cookies for the occasion!

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Relax

It’s easier said than done, but now that you’ve done all the research and made sure your pup is under the best possible care, try to relax. Don’t linger too long when you’re dropping him off and try to remain calm as your dog will pick up your emotions and feel stressed if you are. Trust that your dog is in good hands and enjoy your vacation knowing that your fur-baby will be enjoying his vacation too!

 

20 Thoughts Every Dog Has On A Walk With Its Human

Here are 20 thoughts every dog has on a walk with his human.

shutterstock_204860863As soon as you become a dog parent, walks quickly become a part of your daily routine. It’s easy to zone out as you slip on the leash, walk down the sidewalk, stop to pick up a pile or two and go through all the motions. For you, walking with your dog can be great bonding, extra exercise and sometimes extremely inconvenient (like when you’re late for work), but for your furry friend it’s a completely different experience. In case you’ve ever wondered what goes through your dog’s head while you’re out for a walk, we’ve gone ahead and compiled our best educated guesses for you. Here’s a look at the 20 thoughts every dog has on walks.

1. As soon as you pick up the leash:

Is that the sweet, sweet jingling noise of a leash? DO I HEAR A LEASH? There’s no way. It couldn’t possibly be. But is it?

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2. When you clip the leash onto his collar:

I HAVE THE BEST HUMAN IN THE WORLD! We’re going on a walk! We’re going on a walk! This is the best day of my life!

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3. As soon as you walk outside:

I cannot believe I’m outside. This is real. This is actually happening right now. I AM OUTSIDE.

There are so many smells out here. Grass, grass, grass. Mmmm garbage.

4. Passing by the beautiful scenery:

Fresh air, people, birds tweeting..

MUST KILL THAT SQUIRREL!

Oooh, that looks like a great place to pee.

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5. As soon as he’s done peeing:

WALK FASTER, HUMAN! GO GO GO!

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6. When another dog walks by:

STOP!

Heeeey, dog, you look like you need a sniff.

7. When the dog growls:

Mean, doggie! No no no.

I swear my tail wasn’t between my legs a second ago.

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8. When you pass a garbage can:

I smell something delicious. Must. Eat. Now.

YAS! CHICKEN BONE!

Aw man, human took it away from me.

Over it!

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9. As you pass a water bowl:

I’M SO THIRSTY! How did human know I was so thirsty? Why is this wet stuff so good?!

10. Once he’s done hydrating:

Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go! Faster! What are you waiting for??

WAIT! Must pee on this bush.

Oh, I thought there would be more pee in there.

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11. As another dog passes:

Hi friend! Want to play? Let’s play! Want to? Want to? C’mon!

Let’s run circles around each other so our humans can never untangle our leashes!
FRIENDS FOREVER!

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12. When you pull him to keep going:

Nevermind! We’re walking! Sayonara, sucker!

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13. After you pass by all the grassy areas on your walk:

HUMAN! I have to go number two! Right here. Right now. Sidewalk poop.

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14. Once you’ve cleaned up the sidewalk mess:

Umm I need to go again.

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15. As you’re walking back to the house:

I still can’t believe I’m outside right now! This is nuts. I just love my human so much– SQUIRREL!

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16. When you pass a dog lover on the sidewalk:

HI OTHER HUMAN! LOVE ME, PLEASE! Yessss, back scratches are the best.

17. Heading back to the house:

OMG, this smells so familiar! It feels like a memory. Can I smell memories? This is all so exciting.

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18. Walking up the stairs:
Walking, walking, walking. I could walk forever and ever. I could never get tired of walking.

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19. As soon as you walk inside:
I FOUND MORE WET STUFF! I’m going to drink all of it.

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20. Once he’s done drinking:

That bed looks so fluffy! I’m just going to feel it for a min–zzZzzZZzzzZ

10 Dog Friendly Recipes To Make This Fall

Check out these easy to make dog treats perfect for fall!

shutterstock_221659057Fall is, without a doubt, the best time for baking. The chill in the air, the gorgeous multicolored leaves, the abundance of pumpkins and apples, and everyone’s insatiable sweet tooth make it an ideal time to hop in the kitchen. While you’re busy treating your human friends and family members, don’t forget to show your faithful K9 companion some autumn love as well! Here are 10 dog-friendly recipes for Autumn you can whip up for your puppies today because they deserve to be pampered this season, too! Warning: your humans may try to steal these fall dog treats as well, so watch out.

 

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1. 3-Ingredient Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats

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These deliciously adorable DIY dog treats couldn’t be easier to make with just three ingredients: peanut butter, flour and pure canned pumpkin. Simply combine, cut out cute shapes and bake for 8-10 minutes at 350F. You can’t go wrong, and your dog will definitely be begging for more. You don’t have to feel guilty giving in either because pumpkin is great for your pup with plenty of fiber and beta-carotene.
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2. Pumpkin Apple Dog Treats

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Apples are packed with fiber and vitamins A and C AND they helped clean your pup’s teeth, so these pumpkin apple treats are a double whammy. Combine flour, baking powder, diced apples, pumpkin, water and an egg, cut into biscuit shapes and bake at 350F for 30 minutes. An easy peasy dog-friendly recipe! Plus, you could always make an extra batch with some sugar to let your humans enjoy as well.

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3. Apple Carrot Dog Biscuits

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These apple carrot dog biscuits are incredibly cute, and your dog will love the sweet and crunchy carrots mixed with oats and apples. Cut them into heart shapes to add some extra love.

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4. Apple Cinnamon Dog Donut Cookies

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Biscuits made of apples, cinnamon, oat flour and apples are great by themselves, but cut them into donut shapes and add a Greek yogurt/honey glaze to take things to the next level. There’s no way you’ll be able to keep the humans from getting in on this donut action.

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5. Oat and Apples Pretzel Dog Treats

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Ready to get uber creative with your dog treats? Try this fancy oat and apple pretzel recipe! The ingredients are simple and healthy for your pup, but the technique comes when skillfully twisting the dough into the pretzel shape. You got this!

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6. DIY Edible Apple Kong

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You know those Kong toys filled with treats that keep your dogs occupied for hours? They’re incredible, but instead of forking over the money for a new treat every time your pup succeeds in extracting it, try making your own! This DIY Edible Apple Kong is easy and genius. Simply core an apple and stuff it with peanut or almond butter for a cheap and delicious doggie treat.

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7. Frozen Pumpkin and Banana Dog Treats

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If your pup is into ice cubes, he’ll love these frozen pumpkin and banana treats. All you need to do is blend together plain yogurt, canned pumpkin, banana and honey and freeze. Bonus points for adorable ice molds!

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8. Pumpkin Dog Cookies

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You feed your kids thumbprint cookies, so why not feed your dogs paw print cookies? These pumpkin dog treats rely on our tried and true ingredients: pumpkin, egg, oat flour, peanut butter and cinnamon.  

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9. Pumpkin Doggie Donut Holes

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Bring the excitement of taking your pup through the Dunkin Donuts drive through home by baking up your own doggie donut holes! This recipe is hypoallergenic and pretty darn photogenic too.

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10. No Bake Peanut Butter Dog Treats

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Is baking not your forte? Try making these easy no-bake peanut butter dog treats so you don’t risk burning the house down.

What Are Dog Supplements?

Have you ever wondered about dog supplements? Here’s everything you need to know!

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What do you think of when you hear the term “dog supplements?” Perhaps an image of a meathead dog benching 300 pounds comes to mind, or an exasperated overweight pup who is willing to do anything to drop those extra pounds? Maybe you simply laugh and think, “People have too much time on their hands,” or maybe you already spend hours a week perfecting the ratios of vitamins, minerals and nutrients missing from your dog’s food and your ears perk up knowing it might simplify your life. Regardless of how you think of dog supplements right now, we’re here to clear any misconceptions and explain exactly how they can make your life easier while making your dog’s life better. Sounds great, right? Read on for some dog nutrition advice.

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What are dog supplements?

Dog supplements are just like people supplements in that they make your dog’s body and mind function better! Just like you may realize that your diet doesn’t include enough protein or calcium as it is, so you drink protein shakes or take a daily calcium supplement, many dogs don’t get all the of the nutrients they need from their dog chow, so they need some help to achieve optimal nutrition.

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Does my dog need supplements?

If you are conscientious about the type of commercial dog chow you feed to your pup, it may not be necessary to supplement with extra dog vitamins or minerals as many food producers create formulas that are already well balanced for your pup’s health. High quality dog foods are made with at least one whole meat or meat meal (chicken meal, beef meal, turkey meal, etc.) and whole, unprocessed grains from one or more sources. Adding too many vitamins your dog’s diet can actually be harmful, so it’s important to do your research and follow your vet’s dog nutrition advice before tossing any pills at your pup. The following situations definitely require supplements for proper dog nutrition:

  • Home cooked meals: If you cook meals for your dogs instead of feeding them high quality commercial food, it is important to add supplements to your dog’s meals to ensure you aren’t missing out on any essential nutrients.
  • Low quality food: We never recommend feeding your dog low-grade kibbles, but if you suspect your food is not of the highest quality, be sure to supplement to ensure your dog is getting proper nutrients.
  • Health issues: If your dog has stiff joints, itchy skin, is extremely active or has any sort of vet-prescribed deficiency, supplements can be a life-saver.

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How do I know what to supplement with?

You can find tons of recommendations online for how you should be supplementing your dog’s food, but the ratios are difficult to get right, the various pills/powders might taste terrible to your dog, and with so many options to choose from at the health food store, it’s bound to get confusing. You can cut the confusion by supplementing your dog’s food according to its individual needs all in one easy-to-administer formula. That’s where K9POWER comes into play!

What kind of dog supplements are there?

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The most common types of dog supplements are multivitamins, supplements that support joint health, reduce shedding and improve your dog’s coat. Here are some of the most popular K9POWER dog supplements and their main functions:

  • Joint Strong – If your dog has ever experienced any hip or joint pain, which is indicated by limping or labored movement upon waking, Joint Strong just might be your solution. Joint Strong is a supplement that eases joint inflammation with a unique blend of plant antioxidants, omega-3s, glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM/CMO and hyaluronic acid. This combination fights off free radicals, increases joint flexibility and lubrication, and helps build cartilage to keep your dog jumping, running and playing catch without pain regardless of age or other factors.
  • Young At Heart – As your dog ages, many of the compounds that abound in his youth decline, decreasing joint and brain function, muscle mass and cellular activity. The Young At Heart supplement is made with amino acids, vitamins, probiotics and phytonutrients that can help reverse the effects of aging by fighting muscle loss, increasing metabolic rate, and improving joint, mental and eye health. This is the perfect way to allow your dog to age with grace.  
  • Show Stopper – Any number of factors could lead to your dog’s itchy skin and dull coat, and instead of simply accepting it, you can ease their discomfort with Show Stopper. The Show Stopper supplement is formulated with top-of-the-line human grade ingredients like coconut oil, olive oil, egg, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins C and E to make your dog’s coat shine and skin feel great. It also contains an optimized blend of fibers, digestive enzymes, prebiotics and probiotics to aid in your pup’s digestion. This is a great option for any dog!
  • Puppy Gold – For puppies, proper nutrition is key for healthy growth. Like most mammals out in the wild, pups nurse off of their mothers for many months providing them with nature’s perfect formula for growth, but we send our pups to their new homes at just eight weeks, weaning them off of breast milk earlier than their mother would. Puppy Gold is formulated just like a dog’s breast milk with bioactive proteins, micellar casein and colostrum to help them transition smoothly to a commercial diet while also providing immune system boosters like lactotransferrin to avoid infection. It’s also great for pregnant dogs!
  • Super Fuel – Dogs who are very active, whether they’re service dogs, competitors or lovers of playtime, will benefit from the Super Fuel supplement, which aids in recovery, reduces chances of overuse injury, supports muscle growth and burns fat while boosting the immune system. It’s not just for athletic pups though, Super Fuel’s unique blend of antioxidants, protein and vitamins is also a great option for dogs recovering from surgery, chemo and other traumas.
  • Go Dog – Running, hiking and spending time outside are wonderful ways to bond with your dog, but to ensure your dog’s safety when it’s hot or activities are rigorous, supplement with K9POWER’s hydrating Go Dog supplement. This water-soluble formula contains electrolytes, short-burst/long-range energy fuels and buffering agents that help neutralize metabolic acid (H+) build up and keeps your dog in the performance safety zone. It will keep your dog stay energized during a hike and aid in recovery afterward. It’s also delicious, so it will incentivise your dog to stay hydrated even when drinking water seems like a chore.
  • Digest Forte – The Digest Forte supplement promotes healthy gut bacteria for enhanced nutritional absorption and optimal digestion. If your dog suffers from incessant gas, it not only affects the humans who have to smell it, it’s also uncomfortable for your dog. Digest Forte promotes healthy digestion with enzymes and probiotics, meaning less gas, and more consistent, solid and less stinky bowel movements.
  • Omega Dog – The Omega Dog supplement is made of 100% extra virgin camelina oil, which is an incredible alternative to fish oil as it’s completely earth-based, making it more sustainable and safer since it doesn’t contain any mercury, PCBs or heavy metals (plus, no fish smell!). The Omega-3 fatty acids will reduce inflammation, support joint, heart and brain health while giving your pup a gorgeous, glossy coat.
  • Immune Dog – When your dog is faced with allergens, harmful bacteria and other damaging pathogens each day, an immunity boost is very helpful in keeping your dog healthy. The Immune Dog supplement utilizes antioxidants and probiotics to improve nutrition and provide a powerful shield to keep your dog in great health regardless of his surroundings.

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Can I afford dog supplements?

While doing a bunch of guesswork to see which products will or won’t improve your dog’s health, the bills can definitely add up. Figuring out proper ratios and combinations can be a spendy venture, but keeping your dog’s health in tip-top shape can certainly save money on medical bills in the long run! To make sure you’re getting your money’s worth, pick pre-formulated dog supplements that have been approved by a reputable source. At K9POWER, we not only adhere to the strict requirements of the National Animal Supplement Council, but we employed a top animal nutrition specialist, Dr. George Fahey, to review all of our supplement formulas and ensure that every ingredient had a purpose and provided optimal nutrition for your pet. We also have a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so if you don’t see results or are dissatisfied with your product in any way, we are happy to refund you. Finally, we offer free shipping on orders over $75 and discounts on combinations of products, so the answer is: yes, you can definitely afford to supplement your dog’s food.

What are you waiting for? Shop now!

 

10 Ways to Protect Your Dog In Colder Weather

How to take extra care of your furry friends when it’s cold out!

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As temperatures drop outside, it’s important to protect your furry friends from the elements with these cold weather tips. There are several risk factors for pups when it’s freezing out, so it’s imperative to prepare before you’re caught off guard. Fall is the nice in-between time when you start switching out your closet and decor, so take this time to ensure your dog enjoys the change of seasons as much as you do. Here are 10 ways to keep your dog warm in the winter!

shutterstock_2643541251. Protect the Paws

As sidewalks start to freeze over, there will be lots of salt out when walking you’re dog in the winter. Make sure to rinse off and wipe down your pup’s paws after a walk to prevent any cracks or incessant licking on the pads of their feet. Additionally, longer walks or hikes may require footwear, such as winter dog boots, to prevent frostbite and ensure your dog enjoys your outing!

shutterstock_5151358212. Avoid Antifreeze 

Antifreeze is highly toxic to dogs and unfortunately it’s also sweet, so dogs are interested in tasting it. Just a small amount of ingestion can result in kidney damage. Be very cautious of any car spills or strange spots your dog wants to lick outside. To be safe, you can use a less toxic alternative that uses propylene glycol, which is biodegradable and has a taste that isn’t as enticing to pets, instead of ethylene glycol found in traditional antifreeze products.

shutterstock_5278855963. Break out the Sweaters

Small and short-haired dogs may need an extra layer to help maintain a healthy body temperature. There are tons of sweaters and waterproof jackets (some of which are pretty dang adorable) on the market to keep your dog warm in the winter, so you’ll have plenty to choose from. You should also limit outdoor activities during extreme weather conditions as windchill can be very dangerous for dogs, especially on exposed skin on their noses, bellies and ears.

shutterstock_5222866994. Limit Grooming

During the winter months, try to bathe your pups less as it’s more difficult for them to return to a normal body temperature after getting wet, and never shave down their coats. A little extra dog hair around the house is a small price to pay for keeping your pup cozy and warm, plus you’ll still want to brush them regularly to distribute natural oils on their skin, which will help prevent shedding!

shutterstock_2871314125. Feed them More 

Dogs tend to burn more energy trying to stay warm for the next few months, so you may want to consider giving them more food at mealtimes or adding supplements to their normal meals to ensure they’re eating enough and receiving proper nutrition.

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6. Avoid Dry Skin

Before heading out on a walk, try rubbing your pup’s paws with petroleum jelly to avoid dry and cracked paw pads. It’s like Chapstick for your doggie’s feet! Stop their coats from getting dry and itchy as well by supplementing mealtime with K9POWER’s Show Stopper supplement that contains omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins C and E for a healthy, moisturized and beautiful coat. Your dog will love the taste too, so it’ll promote healthy eating habits as well. Keeping your home humidified may also help as the conditions from inside to outside won’t be as drastic.

shutterstock_5293087697. Cuddle Up 

Make sure your pup has a warm place to sleep! Even if you don’t want your furry friends in your own bed, make sure they have dog beds of their own that are safely out of the reach of drafts. You can even throw an old blanket in there for good measure!

shutterstock_5281798278. Report Irresponsible Pet Owners 

If you see animals that are left outside when you think the conditions are unsafe, try to reach the owner to express your concern politely. If the owner is not receptive to your concerns, document as many details as possible (time, date, location, type of animal, photo and video) and report the incident to your local animal control agency or police department.

shutterstock_5254098739. Indoor Exercise 

To make up for spending less time outside, try to incorporate exercise into your indoor routine! Try playing fetch, tug-of-war or good old fashioned puppy wrestling inside to make sure your dog’s muscles don’t start to deteriorate.

shutterstock_53013061010. Stay Out of the Car 

It’s well known that a hot car can be extremely hazardous for an animal, but cold cars can be just as damaging as the temperature inside drops very quickly. Never leave your dog out in the car during extreme temperatures!