The Top Causes of Your Dog’s Digestive Problems

Every dog owner knows how sensitive a dog’s stomach can be, and it’s never fun dealing with a dog suffering from digestive problems. From acute discomfort caused by your dog’s predilection for table scraps to virus-related digestive disorders, here’s what you need to know about your dog’s digestion and how to improve it with dog digestive problem remedies.

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Causes

There are many factors that could affect your pup’s digestive system, but here are some of the top causes of discomfort:

  • Eating All The Things – Dogs don’t usually discriminate when it comes to eating things that seem delicious to them. Whether it’s garbage, another animal’s droppings or a plastic food container that smells like chicken, this reckless consumption is the most common cause of digestive upset. Vomiting, constipation, incessant gas and diarrhea can all be the result of your dog’s indiscriminate binges.
  • Viruses, Parasites or Bacteria – More concerning is when your dog hasn’t been nosing through the garbage before the digestive problems occur. Occasionally these symptoms are caused by viruses like parvovirus or coronavirus and parasites or worms which are all contracted by eating an infected dog’s feces. These conditions can be scary, but they are treatable, so if you suspect your dog has been exposed to them, be sure to bring him to the vet right away. Another less common cause of digestive disorder is bacteria from food poisoning, such as salmonella, E. coli, campylobacter and clostridia. These conditions can lead to extreme dehydration and even be passed on to humans, so again, consult your vet immediately if you suspect food poisoning.
  • Pancreatitis – This condition occurs when your dog’s pancreas is unable to function properly from medications, an inflamed digestive gland or high-fat foods. The inflammation disrupts the flow of enzymes to the digestive tract and can be very damaging if left untreated long-term. It can, however, be treated without any side effects.

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Symptoms

Your dog may have acute or severe digestive disorder if any of the following symptoms occur:

  • Vomiting, gas and diarrhea – These are the most common signs of digestive upset, and there’s no need to panic right away if you see these symptoms. If these symptoms continue for longer than 24 hours or are accompanied by any of the other symptoms, monitor closely and consult your vet.
  • Loss or change of appetite – If your dog is uninterested in food or water, it could implicate digestive problems. It’s possible that food is making him feel nauseous, but if your pup refuses to drink water, watch very carefully as dehydration can be extremely dangerous for dogs. You can try to entice your dog into drinking or eating by adding K9 Power’s Go Dog supplement to his water or K9 Power’s Digest Forte supplement to his food. The smell and taste will motivate him to try to eat/drink.
  • Bloated belly – A bloated abdominal area is a sign that your dog’s digestive system is not functioning properly, so be sure to pay attention to your dog’s belly. If you notice him arching his back or an usually hard abdomen, call your vet immediately.
  • Colitis – Colitis, or irritation of the colon, is a pretty common side effect of digestive disruption. Be sure to monitor your pup when he goes out and note if he is rubbing his bum on the floor.
  • Constipation – If your dog is straining but is unable to defecate, it is likely a sign that he has eaten something that is difficult to digest. This is not necessarily a product of a gastrointestinal condition, however, if your dog seems to be constipated for a couple days, consult your vet for advice.

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Treatments

There’s really not much you can do about diarrhea besides let it run its course and cross your fingers for no accidents along the way, but here are some things you should keep in mind when your dog’s digestive system is acting up.

  • Provide Water – As mentioned earlier, dehydration can be incredibly dangerous to dogs, so be sure to provide plenty of water for your dog at all times. If you notice that the water level doesn’t seem to be going down throughout the day, add K9 Power’s Go Dog water-soluble hydration supplement to his water. The smell and taste will entice him to drink and the hydrating formula will help replace nutrients he’s been missing out on.
  • Digest Forte – To improve your dog’s digestive system and reduce the amount of gas he emits on a regular basis, add K9POWER’s Digest Forte supplement to his food once a day. The formula provides the necessary enzymes and nutrients for healthy digestion while normalizing your dog’s stool. Plus, it’s made with real chicken, so he will love the taste.
  • Therapeutic food – If the diarrhea continues, consult your vet and try feeding him a therapeutic dog food made for this purpose. These types of foods are sold at vet offices, and after a couple days try slowly reintroducing your dog’s normal food. Avoid feeding your pup any human food at this time.
  • Vet-prescribed medications – For chronic or more serious digestive disorders, your vet may prescribe oral steroids or other medications to treat the symptoms. Always consult your veterinarian before giving your dog any type of medication.

15 Surprising Foods to Never Feed Your Dog

Many dog owners are incredibly cautious about what they feed their fur-children, but unless you grew up with dogs or do your research, there are bound to be some surprising foods not to feed dogs along the way. It’s hard to resist the big puppy dog eyes that beg for a taste of whatever you’re eating at any given time, but when it comes to the following 15 foods you should never give your dog, you must learn to say no for your dog’s own benefit. Be sure to explain this to guests at dinner parties as well so they don’t end up sneaking grilled onions or macadamia nuts to your dogs under the table.

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The artificial sweetener found in sugar-free sodas, gum and candy can make your pup’s blood sugar drop drastically leading to liver failure. Your dog probably loves the taste and smell of sweet things, even the artificially sweet kind, so be sure to keep the diet sweets far out of Fido’s reach.

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Avocados, while super healthy for humans, may contain a toxin called persin that can be harmful to dogs. Not all species contain the toxin, but persin is present in the skin, core and meat of certain types of avocado, so be extra careful if you grow avocados in the backyard. Don’t panic if your dog gets a hold of a little piece that jumps off your cutting board though!

shutterstock_254066752Alcohol

It should be a no-brainer that alcohol shouldn’t be fed to dogs, but since pups love the taste of wine and beer, it’s worth mentioning that it can be highly toxic. Alcohol affects the liver and brain of dogs just like it does humans, but it takes a lot less to affect them. Avoid feeding your dog dishes that were cooked with alcohol as well.

shutterstock_401767609Onions

Onions contain a toxin called thiosulphate that can damage your dog’s red blood cells leading to hemolytic anemia. Make sure any leftovers you feed your pup is completely free of onions.

shutterstock_530521633Caffeine

Dogs are far more sensitive to the effects of caffeine than humans are, so it’s important to keep them out of your coffee grounds, used tea bags and more. If your dog drinks a little bit out of your coffee cup, it won’t be enough to hurt him, but if he gets a hold of a few caffeine pills the result could be fatal.

shutterstock_36556129Grapes and Raisins

There is still some mystery as to what exactly it is in grapes that is so toxic to dogs, but even ingesting a small amount can lead to sudden kidney failure, characterized by anuria or the inability to urinate as well as many other awful side effects. Never feed grapes or raisins to your dogs!

shutterstock_232234891Macadamia Nuts

Again, it is unknown why but only in dogs macadamia nuts can lead to weakness, difficulty walking especially in the hind legs, hyperthermia, depression and more.

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It seems counterintuitive to keep a bone away from your dog, but cooked bones can splinter in your dog’s throat which can be highly damaging to your pup and even become a choking hazard.

shutterstock_457244119Fat Trimmings

High fat foods like bacon, the fat trimmings from your steak or baked chicken skin can cause pancreatitis in dogs leading to severe digestive problems.

shutterstock_251490646Yeast Dough

If you do a lot of baking and give in to your dog’s begging eyes, stay away from unbaked dough that contains yeast. The yeast rises in your dog’s stomach and ferments which can lead to alcohol poisoning.

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On the subject of baking, do not feed your dogs any baked goods that contain a lot of nutmeg, baking powder or baking soda. These can all be toxic to dogs.

shutterstock_296920706Chocolate

While most people already know that chocolate is poisonous to dogs, they may not realize why. The theobromine found in chocolate can lead to seizures, muscle tremors and irregular heartbeat when eaten in large amounts.

shutterstock_296250110Dairy Products

Many dogs, like some humans, are lactose intolerant meaning they don’t have the enzymes to break down the sugars found in cow’s milk. This means feeding your dog cheese or other dairy products could lead to bloating, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal discomfort.

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Traces of cyanide are found in apple seeds, which are toxic to humans too, but since dogs are smaller and more likely to be indiscriminate about eating the sides/cores of things, they are more dangerous to our K9 friends.

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Pits are a choking hazard to dogs and they contain the same toxin that apple seeds have. If you chop up the peach or plum and discard the pits, however, your dog will love the sweet treat.

Interview with Dr. Sharon Lynch

At K9POWER, we like to stay active on social media and meet people who use and love our products in the real world. We came across Dr. Sharon Lynch when she used our hashtag #K9SUPERPOWER on Instagram, and we quickly fell in love with her beautiful and extremely talented dog Maise. Dr. Lynch is a veterinarian located in MA, and Maise is a  labrador who wins dock diving and agility competitions on the regular. Dr. Lynch agreed to do an interview with us to help us learn more about how Maise uses K9POWER products to win blue ribbons (plus, we wanted to share some adorable photos of her dressed up). Read on for the full interview.

1. Tell me a little bit about yourself and your history with dogs! Where are you from? How did you become a dog lover? 

I am originally from Connecticut and currently living in Washington MA where I own a vet clinic.  Growing up in CT, we always had a dog and I was a huge animal lover – I can’t count the number of cats that “followed me home” when I was doing my paper route, or just out with my friends.  I knew I wanted to be a vet from a young age.  I went to vet school in Dublin Ireland, and was amazed at how dogs in Ireland were treated  – there were amazing working dogs and then much-loved pets.  Nutrition was always something I was really interested in, especially watching the working dogs.  I got my first dog, Phoebe, a black Labrador, my final year in vet school and she went everywhere with me, even lectures!   She was a world traveler – having been born and raised in Ireland, she moved back to the US with me a few years after vet school.  After working at two of the biggest emergency clinics in New England, I decided that I wanted to buy my own practice, and purchased Hilltowns Vet Clinic, in Washington, MA. We are located in the Berkshires of Western MA, and in my off time, I am generally hiking in the beautiful surrounding area with the dogs.
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2. Can you give me some background on your dog Maise? What is her breed, how long have you had her, how did you come up with her name, etc.?

Maise is my third Labrador – she arrived as a puppy on a snowy day in January 2012.  When Phoebe was about 7, one of my clients brought in a litter of Labrador puppies for their first vaccinations, and I fell in love with Emma, and somehow convinced her breeder to let my husband and I have her  – she was promised to another family.  She and my husband Fred soon started competing with agility.  Her breeder also competed in agility and took Fred under his wing and loved watching Emma at trials.  It was a given that we would get our next puppy from them. We began thinking about a puppy in 2011, as Phoebe turned 14 and Emma was 6.  Our breeder was having another litter in November 2011, which would be his last as he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a year or so prior to this.  I first met Maise when she was 2 weeks old, and the rest is history.  Her full name is Case Pond’s Maise Madra Bui which loosely translates from Irish to beautiful yellow dog.  I did not take into consideration that Maise rhymes with crazy, and hence she became Maise the Leaping Lunatic!

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3. Which events does Maise compete in?

Maise competes in DockDogs, Dueling Dogs and does a little bit of disc competition as well.  We also just began doing some training for Trick Dog titles with AKC as well, and she has done some agility as well.  One of her littermates went to a family that was already competing in DockDogs and lives nearby, so we would get together at their lake house and let the two puppies play – Maise quickly learned from Trey that launching at speed into the water and swimming was the best thing in the world to do! We started competing with DockDogs when she was about a year and a half old – she refused to jump at her first competition, but since then she has never looked back!  She competes in all three disciplines in DockDogs – Big Air, Speed Retrieve, and Extreme Vertical, thus making her an IronDog.  Speed Retrieve is her absolute favorite and she loves it! She has been to World Championships the last three years in a row – 2014 for IronDog and Speed Retrieve, 2015 for IronDog and Speed Retrieve, and 2016 for Big Air, Speed Retrieve and Dueling Dogs.  She finished 6th in Class 1 finals in Dueling Dogs in November, competing against the best of the best! Dueling Dogs is the newest sport in dock diving for dogs, where two dogs go head to head and race for the bumper. Maise has truly found her love with this – she is amazing and loves the competition. We have already scheduled a few events with Dueling Dogs this summer! I started playing disc with Maise as a way to help keep her conditioned in the off season and she really seems to love it!  She had one competition last year and we are hoping to do a few this summer as well!

4. When and how did you realize she had this talent?

I started to realize how fast she was and how much she loved to swim as a puppy, and started to look for an outlet for her energy. It wasn’t until she was about 2 and started competing for her second season of DockDogs that I realized that she was a big jumper and a fast swimmer. I love to joke that she can keep up with the big boys in the water as she is a little Labrador – only about 53 lbs! She amazes me every day with her accomplishments – she gives me her heart and soul in anything we do!
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5. Which K9POWER products does Maise use?

Maise currently gets Show Stopper and Super Fuel every day and Go Dog after a workout and at events (so almost every day except in the winter!)

6. How does she like the products she has tried? 

She loves her food with Show Stopper and Super FuelGo Dog is expected/ demanded  when she comes in from a workout or off the treadmill – she actually runs to the counter where it is kept until we make her “Juice” – I mix Go Dog with water and a handful of kibble for her.
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7. Have you seen differences in her performance, mood, coat, etc. in times when she has and hasn’t been using these products? Which ones?

We started using Go Dog at events in the summer as she seemed to be getting tired after a couple of jumps in the heat.  She seems to have much more energy during competition and it takes her less time to recover after a weekend on the dock – she used to be tired for a couple of days after an event.  She is no longer tired after events and is ready for more play the next day.  As I was pleased with how she was doing with the Go Dog, I started looking at Super Fuel – she has improved dramatically since I started giving it to her – her average jump went from 18 feet to almost 22! Her Speed Retrieve times dropped by 0.5 seconds as well. She has developed muscles that are comparable to a well trained intact male dog! The Show Stopper seems to help with her coat and I have always committed to giving the Omega 3 and 6’s to my dogs for healthy immune systems and recovery from exercise.

8. How did you hear about K9POWER nutritional supplements? 

I started researching electrolyte supplements after trying a sample of a different company’s product.  Go Dog seemed to be the best out there and Maise loves the taste. Seeing the results of this with her, it seemed like a natural progression to look at the other supplements made by K9POWER!
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9. What’s a funny Maise story? 

Maise is a really silly dog, so finding one story is hard.  We did pick her as a baby as she was the fattest, laziest puppy in the litter! The litter was purposely bred to be agility dogs, so we knew they were going to be fun active dogs, just had no idea how much of a lunatic she was going to be!  Her littermates are all just as active, but I think she takes the cake in terms of drive and desire to work.  All of the puppies in her litter compete in numerous sports!  Another funny story occurred at an event a couple of years ago – I was packing up the car and had the trunk open along with the door.  I asked her to get in the car – she hopped into the trunk and sat there almost laughing! She loves to go visit our chickens and kisses them all on the head – needless to say, they are not that impressed!
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10. Does Maise have any brothers or sisters? And do they use K9POWER products too?

We have two other dogs Emma and Scout.  Emma is almost 13 and  a black Labrador.  She currently gets Show Stopper and loves it.  She has a fantastic coat and looks great.  She also tends to have some seasonal allergies and her itching has drastically improved in the summer since being on it.  She also jumps a bit with DockDogs and will get some Go Dog in the summer at events if it is really hot!  At her age, she is in great health and still loves jumping and competing in agility and although not a huge jumper, she is a crowd pleaser as she has so much fun playing on the dock.   Scout is a 2 year old Belgian Malinois that we rescued last summer – we became foster failures with him.  He came to us with some major health problems and we agreed to foster him in the clinic for treatment, then fell in love with the crazy boy! He had both heart-worm disease and a horrendous injury to one of his back legs, where he was missing a huge amount of skin.  I started him on Show Stopper right away and swear it has helped with the healing of his leg – he now has a scar, but his coat looks amazing and the scar is really only a fraction of what it should be given his injury!  He is going to start training for DockDogs and Disc – fingers crossed he will be a big jumper like his sister!  Once we start training with him this spring, he will be on the same regimen as Maise, getting Super Fuel and Go Dog regularly.  He is currently in obedience classes and loving Rally.  He also had some major fear issues with people, so he is a work in progress and really a great fit in our house!

11. What does Maise love to do when she’s not winning blue ribbons? 

Maise’s favorite thing to do when not competing is to retrieve – anything, anywhere, anytime – be it a bumper, a ball, a Frisbee – if there is water involved, that is even better! She really loves to play baseball – she drops the ball at your feet, turns around and waits for the home run which she then retrieves at full speed!  I keep trying to get the Red Sox to watch some footage…  She also loves working out on Fit Paws equipment and learning new tricks!

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12. We know Maise loves to dress up! What would you say is her best costume she’s worn so far?

Maise will pretty much wear anything I ask her too – I love her Red Sox jersey, she was a turtle for Halloween this year.  She has an ER Vet costume, a princess costume, a pirate costume!  She jumps in a supergirl suit and cape at Dockdogs, along with a couple other suits – her first one has a pancreatic cancer ribbon in honor of her breeder.  I have to say that my favorite was probably Halloween in 2015 where she went Trick or Treating with my nephew, who was 11 months old – she was a raptor and he was a triceratops!  We somehow didn’t get pictures of them together!
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13. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Maise is just the best little yellow dog!  I can’t say enough good about her and what a great dog she is!  She is a great ambassador for dogs and dog sports and loves to be out and about. She has been amazing with teaching Scout how to behave in public and boosting his confidence.  She makes me smile every day and my life is better because of her!
Thank you so much for sharing with us, Dr. Lynch. Maise is such an amazing pup, and we are so proud to provide products that help her perform her best!
If you’d like to see more of Maise’s leaping adventures on social media, follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Plus, if you’re interested in sharing your K9POWER experiences with us, be sure to leave your email address in the comments!

A Guide to Your Dog’s Joint Problems

Keep your dog healthy and active–recognize the symptoms of joint pain and inflammation so you can treat it right away!

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There are few things scarier than realizing your dog is in pain and not knowing where it’s coming from or how to help. Even if it’s just a thorn in his paw, a limp can send a wave of panic through any dog parent in a matter of seconds. Most of the time a little limp is nothing to worry about, but sometimes it’s an indication of joint inflammation. Unfortunately joint problems in dogs are super common, especially in larger breeds, and without treatment, they can become incredibly debilitating. Here are the facts you need to know about joint health for dogs: the risks, symptoms and treatments.

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Symptoms

Joint issues don’t just pop up overnight. Since it’s a gradual process, it’s really important to pay close attention to your pup’s behavior over time so you can identify your dog’s joint pain symptoms right away. Indication of joint inflammation may start with your furry friends taking their sweet time getting out of bed in the morning — seems innocent enough, how quickly do YOU jump out of bed when your alarm goes off? Then again, you may start to notice your dog slowing down and trying to turn back quicker than usual on walks or runs, and then you might notice them struggling to jump in or out of your car for outings. Any of these indications are troubling for older dogs, but when you see your pup limping or favoring one leg, it’s definitely time to take action. If you notice any of these symptoms in a pup under 2 years old, it may be a larger problem that should be tended to immediately.

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Causes

The most common types of K9 joint pain fall into two categories: developmental and degenerative. Developmental issues that lead to joint pain include maladies like hip or elbow dysplasia, osteochondritis dissecans or Legg-Pethes disease, where the joint is unable to develop correctly. The most common degenerative problems, however, occur when the cruciate ligaments degenerate over time. This degeneration causes instability and osteoarthritis, which is very common and luckily treatable. Other causes of joint pain include dietary and hormonal diseases, metabolic disorders and joint inflammation diseases.

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Treatment

The treatment for your dog’s joint pain will vary greatly depending on the severity, cause and advice from a trusted vet. In general, treatment plans are either surgical or non-surgical. If your vet recommends the surgical route, the procedure could be anywhere from a minimally invasive arthroscopic cleaning of a joint to a total replacement of the joint. This is not ideal, of course, so it’s important to explore your non-invasive options as well. Sometimes alleviating the pressure on your dog’s joints is as simple as cleaning up his diet and improving his health for weight management. Not only will a lighter weight decrease the pressure on his joints, but ridding his body of fat will help as it’s a source of joint inflammation. Plus, improving muscle mass/function will help protect his joints from further damage. Other common non-surgical treatments include anti-inflammatory drugs, injections, massage/physical therapy and supplements. An incredibly effective way to speed along this healing process is by enhancing your dog’s food with an all-inclusive dog supplement for inflammation like K9POWER Joint Strong.

K9POWER’s Joint Strong supplement is a formula based on wild diets designed to protect and maintain cartilage and connective tissues by providing your dog with essential nutrients to fight inflammation and improve his immune system. The delicious meat-based powder has a taste dogs love and helps fight inflammation with powerful plant antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, CMO and hyaluronic acid. The science-backed formula and perfected ratios simplify the process (no more giving your dog four different pills a day!) and improve the quality of your furry friend’s life.You’ll love watching your dog jump, run and play without pain almost as much as he’ll love chowing down on the delicious powder in his food bowl.

How to Perfect Your Pet Selfies

shutterstock_465796652We’ve all seen those immaculately dressed dogs on social media. You know the ones, they are the perfectly poised pups who perfected the duck-face long before you even knew what a “selfie” was and have more followers than you could ever hope to. Sometimes they’re smiling wide, or lounging provocatively, or sitting up human-like, but no matter what they happen to be doing in the photo, they’re looking straight at the camera like they’re getting paid to pose! I don’t know how many times you’ve ever tried to dress up your dog, let alone point a camera at him afterwards, but most of the time he’s not having it! Not sure how to take a selfie with your dog? Whether you’re trying to become Instafamous or just get a cute family photo, here are some pet photo tips for getting your pooch to pose for that IG-worthy shot.

shutterstock_471910502The tennis ball phone attachment

When selfie sticks and forward facing cameras are all the rage, it only makes sense that the pet attachments would follow suit. One of the original pet selfie assistants was the tennis ball phone attachment. The big green ball clips onto the top of your cell phone so your pooch looks excitedly at the eye of the camera while you smile and snap away. Genius!

 

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Fancy gadgets are great and all, but you could always do it the good old fashioned way by using treats. A strategically placed treat can be a total game changer when taking dog selfies. You could try balancing it on top of your phone like the tennis ball, or get a friend to hold the treat up while clicking away on the camera. Of course, if you’re just taking photos of the pup and not yourself, you can leverage the treat for all sorts of poses, from play dead to sit and stay.

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To get that million dollar smile from your pup, have a rowdy play session first! Get your pup’s heart rate up with a quick, energetic game of tug of war or fetch. Sneaking in a little exercise before the photoshoot will get your pup to perk up her ears and smile wide for that #tongueouttuesday grin! Don’t play too hard though, because if she’s exhausted, she’ll likely rather lie on the cool, tile floor than pose for your camera.

shutterstock_189909905Get a tripod

If you don’t have another person willing to do the dirty work for you, a tripod can be your very best friend. Not only will you get consistent, shake-free shots, but you’ll be able to set your camera at whatever height, angle or strange spot you’d like. There are tons to choose from too, from little and cheap to monstrous and expensive ones. There are even highly adjustable octopus-looking tripods that have flexible legs that can wrap around a tree branch or pole if that helps secure the shot. This is the easiest way to get sweet candid shots of you and your pooch. Be sure to switch to the self-timer, multiple shot setting on your camera so you have time to get situated before it starts clicking and you have plenty to choose from.

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If your camera is equipped for it, a remote can be another game changer when using a tripod. Not only will you not have to run from the frame to the camera between each shot, but you can even place yourself out of the frame and cue your pup from various angles getting those shots you’d never be able to capture from behind the lens.

shutterstock_526548775Shutter speed

When it comes to photographing pets, it’s important to accept that motion is an obstacle you’ll face. Those pups are not going to want to stay still, and even when they do, chances are that tail will still be going full speed ahead. Set your camera at a higher shutter speed to better capture this motion, but be sure you have plenty of natural light to work with too since this setting will not capture nearly as much light as a lower shutter speed would.

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For every beautiful photo, there are tons of less-than-perfect tries that came before and after. Don’t settle for one or two clicks. In the digital film world, there’s no need to be stingy with your photo taking. For the best chances of getting a great dog selfie, take lots of photos for each pose you try. You can, and probably should, delete all the outtakes afterward.

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Taking photos of or with pups is not an easy task. It’s easy to get frustrated and want to give up, but remember that your furry pal has no idea why you’re making him wear human clothes and stay still while your black box makes funny noises. Be patient and know that as time goes on, it’ll become easier to capture your beautiful doggie moments.

10 Ways Dogs Are Better Than Humans

We all know dogs are the best, but here are all the ways dogs are superior to humans.

Pretty much every dog person out there knows that when it comes down to it, our K9 friends are superior to us in almost every way. From their unbridled excitement the moment your keys jiggle the door handle to their extraordinary cuddling skills, dogs know exactly how to steal your heart every single time. Here are just 10 ways dogs are far better than humans.

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1. Dogs never judge

In a world where even Netflix tries to shame you for binge-watching trashy TV shows for five hours straight, your dog is cuddled up next to you with nothing but love in his judgement-free eyes. He loves when you drive through McDonald’s (can I haz a French fry?!), he’s ALL about that solo Saturday wine night in, and he cares zero percent that you skipped the gym for the 12th week in a row.

shutterstock_4033124982. Dogs are ALWAYS happy to see you

Even if you scolded your pup for chewing your shoes or knocking over the trashcan just an hour beforehand, there’s no way to contain his whip-like tail wag and Pointer Sisters-level excitement at your triumphant return to the front door.shutterstock_329612270

3. They never bail, reschedule or make plans without you

As far as your dog is concerned, you are the king of the world and what you decide to do is the best decision ever. Whether you want to go running in the rain, take a car ride to the grocery store or lie on the couch, your dog is down no matter what.  shutterstock_296922116

4. Your dog LOVES your cooking

It doesn’t matter if the smoke alarm is going off and your place smells like a bonfire while trying to cook lasagna, pups still think you’re a culinary genius. They’ll beg, whine and cry for those charred noodles baked with love and they’ll be forever grateful if you simply let them lick your empty plate.shutterstock_511325281

5. You don’t have to impress them

Your dog doesn’t care that you didn’t shower after you ran six miles (“YUM! Your legs are delicious!”) or if you’re wearing the same PJs on Sunday that you were wearing Friday night (“Wow, mom! You look beautiful!”), they are easily and infinitely impressed by everything you do.shutterstock_524212318

6. They’re not worried about germs

Even if you’re bedridden with pneumonia, your dog will jump right up onto the bed with you and lick your congested face like it’s nothing. They don’t think twice about the soiled tissues all over the carpet or the constant sneezing.shutterstock_528200398

7. They don’t hold grudges

Dogs love you unconditionally no matter how mad you get at them for pooping in the living room or chewing your favorite Jimmy Choos. You can raise your voice or forget to let them out in the morning, but it will take no time at all for them to jump right back onto your lap with full forgiveness.shutterstock_518769835

8. No adventure is too small

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9. They always know how to comfort you

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10. They are happy to clean up your messes

When was the last time you dropped crumbs all over the floor and your human friends came over and started cleaning it up for you? Dogs have those messes covered.

Dogs are the best friends humans could ask for! Shop the K9POWER Combo Packs to show them how much you appreciate them

 

5 St. Patrick’s Day Accessories Your Dog Needs

Dog lovers know that holidays, no matter how big or small, are never complete without getting the furriest of family members involved. Any excuse to dress up your dog, right? In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we rounded up 5 of some of the cutest, must-have St. Patrick’s Day accessories for your pups to wear.

1. The Knitted Leprechaun Hat

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This masterpiece of a leprechaun hat was knitted with love by the folks behind the Aegean Drawn Etsy shop, and if your dog looks even half as handsome as this golden retriever does, consider yourself lucky. The shamrock on the side is such a nice touch.

2. The Golden Clover Collar

 

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These gorgeous St. Patty’s Day-ready dog collars, created by the Sewciopath Etsy Shop, are super cute without going over the top. Sure, some dogs are down for an orange beard and green sweater, but sometimes your dog just needs to subtly say, “Kiss me, I’m an Irish Setter.” These collars are only $9 a piece, and you can even add gold hardware for an extra $4.

3. St. Patty’s Day ID Tags

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If there was ever a time to bling out your dog’s collar, this is the day. With people overindulging in every direction, you can’t be too careful. Give your dog’s ID tag some festive flavor with these cute charms from the Bad Tags Etsy Shop.

4. The Green Bowtie Collar

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Perhaps your dog is more of a dapper gentleman that a boisterous party animal. In that case, this classy houndstooth bowtie dog collar from ThePetalAndBow Etsy shop is the option for you.

5. Rainbow and Gold Outfit

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If you’re the whimsical type, this overt rainbow and gold dog shirt is the perfect option, especially if you’re celebrating St Patrick’s Day in a snow storm. A rainbow shirt is definitely the best way to keep your furry friend warm, but be careful–they’re always after your lucky charms!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Here’s Why Your Dog Food Isn’t Enough

 

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Just like people have very specific dietary needs and restrictions, your dog’s nutritional needs cannot possibly be lumped into a one-size-fits-all bag of dog chow. When it comes to properly caring for your pup’s health, supplementation is crucial and, when done correctly, can save you time and money in the long run. Here are 4 problems with dog food and why its missing the mark.

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Every Dog Is Different

Imagine forcing your gluten-intolerant sister, your peanut-allergic son and your iron-deficient BFF to all eat the same food each day. It would not be a pretty sight. They would not only be unhealthy, they’d probably be pretty angry at you too. Your furry friends are the same way. Each dog has specific needs, and if you’re simply feeding your pooch generic dog food every day, they’re missing out on crucial dietary elements.

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Not All Kibble Is Created Equal

Many high-quality kibble brands and healthy dog food do contain many of the nutrients dogs need to maintain a healthy balance. However, others are created with tons of fillers and low-grade ingredients we would never find acceptable in human food. Since the pet food industry is run by the same folks who run the human food and agriculture industry, plenty of corners are cut for the sake of saving money. Check the ingredients carefully, and note that the Association of American Feed Control Officials require that ingredients are listed in order of weight, so the most predominant ingredients will be listed first. Be sure to check the ingredients and avoid formulas that contain high amounts of:

  • Artificial ingredients including flavors, colors and preservatives
  • Meat or bone meal of an unspecified source
  • By-product meals
  • Soy and corn fillers

The best dog food formulas will contain:

  • At least one whole meat or meat meal – chicken meal, beef meal, turkey meal, etc.
  • Whole, unprocessed grains from one or more sources

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Nutrition is Key

Improper nutrition can lead to behavioral issues in addition to discomfort for your pup (think itchy skin, allergies, dull coats, joint problems and more). Not everyone has the funds to feed their dog a raw diet or cook gourmet meals, but one way to decrease costs without compromising your dog’s health is to supplement their diet with the nutrients they’re missing out on each day. With the proper vitamins, minerals and nutritional elements, all in an easy to administer formula, you end up saving money while giving your K9 friend the chance to feel fabulous.

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Your Dog’s Needs Change

Nutritional needs vary from breed to breed as well as from stages of life. Here’s a breakdown of some of the best supplements to fit your dog’s dietary needs so they feel their best at each stage of life:

  • Puppies – K9POWER Puppy Gold – For growing dogs, proper nutrition is key to allowing them to be healthy puppies and grow into strong, happy adults. 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 traditionally we send our domesticated puppies to their new homes at just eight weeks. Weaning them off of breast milk too early certainly isn’t a death sentence, but it’s definitely not ideal. 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. You can even feed the pure white powder to your sweet puppy with or without additional food.
  • Expecting Moms – K9POWER Puppy Gold – Just like puppies benefit from the Puppy Gold formula once they’re out of the womb, pregnant dogs as well as their unborn pups will reap the benefits of the formula as well. Supplement your expecting pup’s food with Puppy Gold to produce big, healthy puppies and a strong, healthy mom by supplying essential nutrition to grow puppies and produce milk without exhausting the reserves in her muscle and bone mass. Not only will she feel better and recover quickly after giving birth, but she’ll look fabulous as her coat shines throughout pregnancy.
  • Adults – K9POWER Show Stopper – Your full grown dogs may need a little extra lovin’ when it comes to their itchy skin or dull coat. That’s where the Show Stopper supplement comes in. Show Stopper is formulated with top-of-the-line human grade ingredients like coconut oil, olive oil, egg, omega-3 fatty acids, 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.
  • Adults and Seniors – K9POWER Joint Strong – If your dog is super active or getting older, hip and joint pain is likely going to creep up due to inflammation, but there’s no reason to let your pup suffer or spend hundreds of dollars on various cures. Joint Strong is a miraculous 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 throughout the years.
  • Seniors – K9POWER 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 different nutrients for dogs, such as 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.   

 

5 Ways To Speak Your Dog’s Love Language

Show your dog how much you love him in a way he understands!

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Dogs are arguably the most lovable creatures this world has to offer, and they’re constantly showing their humans love. Whether it’s tail wagging, face licking or couch cuddling, your dog intuitively knows your love language. Dogs are champs at wearing their hearts on their sleeves, but do you know how to show your dog the unconditional love he shows you? Here are 5 of the best ways to make your dog love you.

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1. Consistency

It may seem like a special treat to bend the rules every once in awhile for your pup, like letting him jump on the couch on his birthday or feeding him human food from the table when you’re feeling extra loving. This sort of thing comes naturally to us since breaking the rules for us is fun and exciting, but it’s actually pretty confusing for our furry friends. Sticking to the routine is one thing dogs like. It’s comforting to your pet, so by being consistent you’re actually showing your pup the love he craves!

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2. Touch

Dogs are definitely the touchy-feely types. Cuddling up, scratching behind his ears and rubbing his belly are great ways to remind your dog that he’s loved. Even regular grooming like brushing or extra massages during bathtime is great bonding time. Not only will your pooch appreciate all of the physical touch, but you’ll also show your care by checking for any abnormalities on his body.

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3. Body Language

Paying attention to your dog’s body language is a great way to look out for him. While most pups are into cuddles and belly rubs, not all dogs like being hugged or patted on the head. Some pups are wary of meeting strangers too, so you can show him love by letting other humans know what is and isn’t comfortable for him.

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4. Food

The quickest way to your pup’s heart is through his stomach. Most dogs think food is the greatest gift they could ever receive, so on special occasions, giving your dog an extra treat, like K9POWER’s delicious and healthy Carnivore Cookies, is a quick and easy way to say, “I love you!” To give your dog a special treat every day, add K9POWER supplements, such as our K9 Power Show Stopper, to your pup’s food. Your dog will not only love the taste, but he’ll be receiving essential nutrients to make him feel great with every meal.

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5. Say it Out Loud

Many studies suggest that dogs understand a lot more of what we’re saying than we realize, so go right ahead and tell your pup how much you love him! It may feel silly at first, but it won’t be long before saying, “Bye! I love you! Have a great day,” before you leave for work each morning becomes second nature.

 

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