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Kick Cabin Fever: 7 Tips when being Indoors with Your Dog

By Stephanie Minturn

The winter months can be tough! We’re inside a lot more with our pets and being stuck indoors can drive anyone crazy after so long and our pets are no exception. They experience cabin fever just like us! As the snow is falling, we have gathered 7 of our favorite activities and tips to help you boot the boredom!

 

  • Play Hide and Seek. Hide treats around your home and let Fido sniff them out! This will definitely keep him busy!
  • Work on some simple obedience training. Just a few short sessions per day can help teach your dog new tricks and burns lots of mental energy!
  • Make some frozen treats! Feeding your BARF patties or nuggets frozen will delight your pup and give him a little something to work on. Freezing pumpkin is a great treat as well!
  • Alternate Toys. Put your dog’s toys out of his sight and only introduce one or two at a time.
  • Open Curtains and Blinds and allow in as much light as possible. This helps to balance the body’s natural rhythm and aids in preventing symptoms of seasonal blues or Depression.
  • Try to get a change of scenery. For example, sit in the kitchen with your laptop and your pup then move to the livingroom and then the bedroom. Changing rooms and positions can alleviate boredom for your pet.
  • Talk and Sing to your dog! They love hearing your voice and this will help relieve anxiety!

 

Stephanie, is a Registered Nurse and proud mother, of 4 whom has always loved animals and the purity and beauty they bring into the world. She enjoys researching current trends and evidence based practice in the pet industry and relating it to the healthcare industry for humans. She has passion in discovering new found knowledge with other pet owners like herself.

 
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Emergency Preparedness Tips for Dog Owners

 

By Stephanie Minturn

Disaster can strike at any moment, anywhere in the world. It is important to not only be prepared for yourself and your family but for your pets as well. Here are a few tips that will help in the event of an emergency…

  • Prepare a pet emergency kit including items such as at least seven days worth of food, water, medications and treats. Barf World offers freeze dried nuggets that are perfect to keep on hand just for these instances! They have a long lasting shelf life and if you are a  raw feeder, feeding freeze dried won’t disrupt your pup’s routine! Its also a good idea to pack basic first aid supplies, waste bags, feeding dishes, flashlights, toys or comfort items, extra blankets, Vet info and extra tags and collars.
  • THE ASPCA recommends placing a rescue alert sticker on or near your front door, alerting rescue workers that there are animals in the home, how many and what types. To receive a free sticker visit www.aspca.com.
  • Arrange a safe place to go if exactuation is necessary. Contact your Vet for a list of preferred boarding kennels and emergency shelters and facilities. Even certain hotels accept pets! Making a plan ahead of time will prevent more complication during a chaotic situation.
  • Be sure that your dog has up to date tags and identification and keep a copy of his medical records.
  • Pets tend to flee or wander during a crisis situation so be sure to keep leashes nearby.

A disaster situation is a stressful time but being prepared can reduce that stress and help keep you and your pets safe!

 
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New to Raw Feeding? 5 Reasons You’re Making the Best Choice for Your Pet

By Stephanie Minturn

New to Raw feeding? You are probably excited to get going! Beginning on this new diet journey can be very exciting but it can be a little scary at first and you may be feeling a little apprehensive. The Raw Specialists here at Barf World are here to help! We can help you get started with your new pup or even assist you in transitioning your senior dog to BARF. We want you and your pet to have the best experience and take full advantage of all the amazing benefits a Raw diet has to offer!

 

 

We have put together our top 5 reasons why you are making the best choice for your pet by choosing or switching to Raw:

  1. The life expectancy has shown to be prolonged in a Raw fed dog. We have seen dogs live up to 19 years, just as wolves do in the wild! You are providing a diet for your dog that is free of the toxins and fillers found in the common store bought kibble. Because of this, you’re helping to create a healthy, lean dog, full of energy and life! This allows you to love him longer!
  2. Enchanced Immune System. Who doesn’t want a better immune system? The BARF diet is full of pre and probiotics for your dog’s digestive tract and is packed with living enzymes! This means Fido will be getting sick much less than kibble fed dogs and is at a significantly lower risk for developing degenerative diseases. You will be staying out of the Vet’s office and out in the park with a frisbee where you belong!
  3. Kibble keeps the body in a constant state of dehydration. The Barf diet corrects this and helps to balance your dog’s natural electrolytes. This also enhances the immune system and allows your dog to live and perform to their full potential.
  4. Raw Diets satisfy the itch! Raw diets have shown time and time again that they are the answer to food related and environmental allergies. If you have a dog who can’t stop itching, has skin problems, including dry skin and hot spots then Raw is your answer, providing anti-inflammatory qualities that are unmatched by prescription medications and even prescription diets!. You will notice a difference within just a few days of ceasing the dry feedings. Barf provides a soft, silky coat and healthy skin. You won’t be disappointed!
  5. Raw diets are to thank for your pup’s smaller and disintegrating bowel movements. There isn’t much for the body to waste when it is using all the provided nutrients! Yep, you can give that pooper scooper a vacation!

Boosting the immune system, eliminating digestive issues, allergies and inflammation, lowering the risk of degenerative diseases, balancing pH and electrolytes and providing your pet with the utmost quality of life? There isn’t anything better that you could be doing! Congratulations on such a great choice!  Please call us at 1-866-282-BARF (2273) if you have any questions or anything you would like to share with our team!

Stephanie, is a Registered Nurse and proud mother, of 4 whom has always loved animals and the purity and beauty they bring into the world. She enjoys researching current trends and evidence based practice in the pet industry and relating it to the healthcare industry for humans. She has passion in discovering new found knowledge with other pet owners like herself.

 
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Why You Should Pet Your Pet

By Stephanie Minturn

It is believed that touch is extremely important and abundantly beneficial among all living species. Our pups are definitely no exception and they often let us know when they want some affection and even where on the body they want that affection. Have you ever began patting a dog’s head and before you know it he’s on his back suggesting that his belly is a much better spot to rub? Dog’s listen to their bodies and they know what relaxes them just as we do as humans.

A good rub or massage can increase your dog’s circulation, decrease blood pressure, improve lymphatic fluid movement, strengthen his immune system, aid in digestion, reduce pain, improve mood, stimulate the kidneys and liver, and encourage deeper breathing.

So why wouldn’t you want to know more about how to “pet your pet?” After some careful research, I’ve found five fantastic tips on how to massage your pet while providing the greatest amount of relaxation and satisfaction!

  • First, remember to use gentle pressure in a slow, circular motion. You don’t need to massage deeply, just a light touch will do the trick. Keep your fingers together, forming a pad and to avoid using your fingertips. A soft touch using the palm of your hand will also pamper your pooch just right.
  • Start at their neck and work downward toward chest and front legs and paws. Then massage down the back and spine and down the back legs and tail area. This promotes a good lymphatic flow, reducing pain and swelling from arthritis or weak joints.
  • Massage your dog’s ears and face with a gentle, light touch. Don’t forget behind the ears, under the chin, and down the nose as long as he will allow this.
  • Add in some gentle stretching. Stretching out your dog’s legs is also good for muscle aches and pains. Always do it gently and do not put pressure on the joints. Your dog will pull away from you if he does not like it, giving you a que to stop.
  • Be sure to speak in a calm tone and choose a quiet environment. Praise your dog during the session. Five or ten minutes will suffice. Longer increments can actually worsen issues and create sore muscles rather than relieve them.

Remember, speak to your Vet if your dog seems to be in pain unrelieved with natural pain relief measures. Only massage gently, watching and listening to your dog’s response. Stop if he exhibits any signs of discomfort.

Stephanie, is a Registered Nurse and proud mother, of 4 whom has always loved animals and the purity and beauty they bring into the world. She enjoys researching current trends and evidence based practice in the pet industry and relating it to the healthcare industry for humans. She has passion in discovering new found knowledge with other pet owners like herself.

 
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