To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate?

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  To vaccinate or not to vaccinate… The vast majority of people want to do what is right for their pets. With the recent and abundant information about over-vaccination in animals comes the need for alternatives. One alternative: titer testing. … Continued

Deaf Dogs Rock!

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Back in May, Lindsey and I attended a pet blogging conference where we met all sorts of incredible people (and dogs. And cats. And rats. And ferrets). We felt so at home—these people adored their pets and shared a passion … Continued

Why do cats hate water?

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  Why Do Cats Hate Water? Not all cats have an aversion to water, but for most, bathtubs and unexpected swims are likely last on the list of enjoyable things. But why does an animal that spends nearly half of … Continued

Is my cat dehydrated?

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Your kitty may be 100% sass, but physically she’s 80% water (or she should be). Cats are especially prone to dehydration, which happens when their percentage of water drops below normal levels. Though its much more obvious when a dog … Continued

The Point of the Joint

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Joints Have Two Duties The joint is where two bones meet and can be a fairly vulnerable place in the body. This is because it serves dual purpose: it must allow for maximum movement, flexion, and extension, but it also … Continued

Ginger Cat Appreciation Day!

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  Happy Ginger Cat Appreciation Day! We have some ginger cats in our own office family, and we want you to appreciate them as much as we do (as well as some of their most sassy stories). Get to know … Continued

The Eyes of a Dog

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While secondary to the nose for the dog, the eyes are an incredibly fascinating feature of our canine companions. We’ve all wondered at least once how our dogs see the world (or why they inexplicably bark at nothing). Take a … Continued

The Nutrition of Vision

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Image from 3bscientific.com Eyeballs Are Crazy When I found out I needed glasses, I was a little nervous to go get my eyes checked. All I could picture was some person in a long white coat poking and prodding my … Continued

Dad Jokes: Animal Edition

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  yay dads! Happy Father’s Day to all the fantastic dads out there! We’ll always appreciate your punny humor and how we could come to you for a ‘yes’ after Mom said ‘no’. Thanks for all the support and life … Continued

Look for Herbsmith in the June SaddleBox!

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Great news! We’ve partnered up with SaddleBox for the month of June to send subscribers some of our (really awesome) Sound Horse Liniment. SaddleBox is a monthly subscription box chock-full of treats and supplements, grooming products, and fun things for horse-lovers and their horses. Here’s … Continued

Mommas

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Moms are the best.   They play with us     They snuggle with us     They put up with our shenanigans…   Time…   After time…   After time…     They teach us important things     … Continued

Scootin’ Dogs

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  Let’s get down to the nitty gritty of bowel health. There are elements of an animal’s behind that are really important to understand when looking at the larger scale of the digestive system (though they may not be so … Continued

Digestive Health

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You are what you eat We’re familiar with this saying because our moms would always so graciously interject it whilst we gobbled down a sleeve of cookies and half a bag of chips. While it’s easy to shrug off, I challenge … Continued

Bladder Health

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An animal eats some food The animal’s body digests the food Through digestion, the food is absorbed into the blood stream The process of digestion causes the liver to produce ammonia, which combines with other elements in the body (like … Continued

The Bottom of the Food Chain

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Salmon and salmon oil are often the first foods recommended for a daily dose of Omega 3. Being high in protein, potassium, Vitamin B and EPA/DHA (two active forms of Omega 3), salmon is indeed a great source for a … Continued

Omegas: The Key to a Shiny Coat

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The Story of Oils Oils have long been used for maintaining hydrated skin. They are a natural way to restore moisture to the surface of the body, promoting health skin and a shiny coat. Oils are derived from fats, which … Continued

Milk Thistle: Liver’s Super Sidekick

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If you’re familiar with herbal supplements, you’ve likely heard of Milk Thistle. Sometimes considered a weed, milk thistle presents a wide array of benefits for the human and animal body alike. It’s traditionally native to Southern Europe and Asia but … Continued

The Hunt for Food Allergens

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While we cannot so easily control inhalant allergens like pollen, dust mites, mold, or grasses, we do have much more control over what foods our animals eat. If your dog seems unusually itchy or uncomfortable on a day to day … Continued

Food Energetics

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For the allergic dog, food is medicine. Some foods have cooling properties, while others are warming. Animals experience allergies may benefit from a diet that is concentrated with cooling or neutral foods. These types of food can help bring down … Continued

Allergy Management: Western vs. Eastern

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(If you haven’t already, check out our precursor post – Boiling Over: An Intro to Allergies) If you’ve ever been around an allergic dog, it’s difficult not to empathize with his discomfort: constantly itching to the point of scratching himself … Continued

Boiling Over: An Intro to Allergies

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As spring approaches, some pet parents will grow increasingly anxious about their pet’s comfort level. Dogs and cats can experience allergies just as humans can (and yes, it can be equally as miserable). Animals can develop allergies to a variety … Continued

How it works: Dog Breath

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Since it’s Dental Health Month and we’ve been promoting our Dog Breath, we thought it might be a good time to give you the low-down on how our product works. (Bear in mind, this is mostly imaginative illustration… but we … Continued

The best of dog AND cat GIFs

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  1.   2.    3.    4.    5. *Boop*   6.   7.   8.   9.   10. Dogs AND Cats?? I wanted just Dogs! Dogs AND Cats?? I wanted just Cats!

The best of dogs GIFs

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  1.   2.   3.   4.    5.    6.   7.   8.   9.   10.   11.   12.   13.   14.   15. Dogs?? I wanted Cats! Just dogs?? I wanted Dogs AND … Continued

The best of cat GIFs

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  1.    2.    3.    4.     5.   6.   7.   8.   9.   10. Cats?? I wanted Dogs! Just cats?? I wanted Cats AND Dogs!

11 Smooches From Your Fluffy Valentine

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It’s Valentine’s Day! The mushy-gushy holiday full of flowers, chocolates, and kisses for some (and lots and lots of wine for others 😉). Whatever our relationship status today, we can all relish in the sweet, sweet love of our fluffy friends. … Continued

The Cognitive Health of Aging Pets

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  We have a wonderful population of geriatric dogs, in part due to the work of so many wonderful people–owners, retailers, veterinarians, and scientists–who have gone above and beyond to provide the best care for our beloved pets. Our pets … Continued

He’s just bored!

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You come home from a long day of work, ready to pop your feet up and relax with your pooch. As you crack open the door, your heart almost falls out your butt… Stuffing. Everywhere. Three pairs of shoes in … Continued

Supporting Joint Health

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Humans and animals alike all deal with joint discomfort. It’s a common musculoskeletal issue that can result from a lack of necessary nutrients or from fierce & frequent play. Proper joint care can be key to an animal’s long-term well-being. … Continued

It’s wise to socialize

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When you think of pet training, you probably think of things like potty-training, crate-training, and verbal commands. However, training takes on so much more than just that – training means helping your dog become a “well-rounded” member of society. It’s not … Continued

10 Really Impressive Dog Tricks

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For training inspiration during National Train Your Dog Month, we’ve compiled a neat list of the coolest and most impressive tricks we’ve ever seen a dog do. Enjoy! 1. This dog who can maneuver cones on two legs. On his … Continued

Teeth-Brushing 101

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Sometimes keeping your dog in line with good pet hygiene practices can be a daunting task. “When do I know that this pile of fluff needs a flea & tick bath? Should I cut or grind those long nails? How … Continued