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Must Have Pet Products on Amazon

Let’s face it, most people shop on Amazon now. In fact, CNBC reported that more than 75% of US online consumers shop on Amazon. This was reported in 2017 and I can only imagine the percentage is higher today. It is reported that 197 million people visit every month. While I would love for you to make purchases from my online shop and support my small business, the fact of the matter is while you may do this and support me (and I would very much appreciate it), you are more likely to make purchases from Amazon. I get it, I make purchases from Amazon myself. Since so many of us make purchases from Amazon and we all want what is best for our pets, I am dedicating this post to listing the Amazon purchases I have made and that I highly recommend.






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Dog Allergies and Natural Solutions

French bulldog running outside

Having a dog with allergies can be confusing and knowing what to do about it can be even more confusing. Dogs can develop different types of allergies including environmental allergies, food allergies, and flea allergies. So, what are allergies anyway? How can you tell if your dog has allergies? And finally, what can you do about it? This last question is what I hear the most and we will get to that. But first, let’s discuss what allergies are and how to tell if your dog has allergies.

What are allergies?

Dogs, not unlike humans, have this amazing system of cells and proteins called the Immune System. The immune system is a complex system that is very efficient at fighting off infections and diseases. Immune system cells are continuously searching for foreign invaders. Once these invaders are recognized, the immune response kicks in. Without this immune response, bacteria and virus’ would wreak havoc. Sometimes, the immune system incorrectly identifies an object as a foreign invader. And, this is where we get allergies. Here is a common example: Pollen gets into your system, your immune system cells recognize it (mistakenly) as foreign invading germs, and the fight starts! So, what does this look like?

How Can You Tell if a Dog Has Allergies?

Just as we can have differing responses to allergies, so can dogs. The symptoms can include itchy paws, red irritated and itchy ears, hives, swelling, red irritated skin, skin infections, ear infections, and loss of fur. Allergies can even cause diarrhea and vomiting in dogs. Just as you get an itch from time to time, so do dogs. Just because a dog itches here and there does not necessarily indicate they have allergies. However, if the itching is incessant and accompanied by other symptoms such as redness and ear infections, you most likely have a dog suffering from allergies. So, the big question is: What can you do about it?

What Can You Give a Dog with Allergies?

The way in which you treat allergies in dogs is highly dependent on the severity of the allergies. I am all about the natural paths to solutions so I would personally start with the natural route. I would start by bathing your pup with Itchy Dog Shampoo and providing them with a Skin & Coast supplement daily. If your dog has redness and particularly itchy areas, I highly suggest using this Skin Soother. These are the products I use for my dogs, and they work wonderfully. Before starting this regime, I gave my pups Benadryl every night before bed. This also worked for me. However, as I mentioned, I prefer the natural route, so I changed it up. If the natural route does not work from you, it may mean that your pups allergies are just a little more pronounced. If you have been attempting the natural route for over a week and see no change, try the Benadryl route. I used the grape flavored children’s Benadryl. Each chewable tablet is 12.5 mg. While they state you can give 1 mg per pound of body weight, one tablet worked for my pups. Of course, if it is not sufficient for yours, you can up the dose to a max of 1 mg per pound so if they weigh 25 pounds, 2 tablets would work. If the Benadryl does not work, you may have to go through your veterinarian and your dog may need to get Cytopoint injections or Apoquel tablets. In my opinion, Cytopoint and Apoquel should be your last resort options as there have been adverse reactions reported with these allergy medications. Additionally, there are age and weight requirements when administering these drugs. In most cases, the natural route works, and your pups will thank you for it!

If you have natural options that have worked for you, feel free to share! Knowledge is Power!

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The Health Benefits of Spirulina

Three French Bulldogs by the river

Have you heard about Spirulina? Do you know what it is? Do you know the many benefits that come from Spirulina which has been proclaimed a “super food”? If not, keep reading as I’m going to cover what Spirulina is along with its plethora of health benefits not only to humans but to dogs.

What is Spirulina?

Spirulina is a blue-green algae which can be found free floating in many fresh and saltwater systems. At first mention, Spirulina may not seem all that impressive. However, once you understand how it works and the plethora of vitamins and minerals it provides, it becomes apparent how special this alga really is. Let us start with what Spirulina provides. Spirulina provides several vitamins such as Vitamin A which is important for eye health and healthy immune systems. Spirulina is also a great source of Vitamin B. Vitamin B supports healthy cells and let’s face it, that’s pretty darn important. Every part of the body is made up of cells including but certainly not limited to our brains, our blood, and our nerves. Spirulina also contains Vitamin E which is an important antioxidant protecting tissues in the body. Tissues also make up organs and vitamin E is important for the proper functioning of organs. In addition to Vitamins A, B and E, Spirulina also contains several minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, and iron.

Health Benefits of Spirulina for Humans

As you may have already deduced, Spirulina has many health benefits due to the vast array of vitamins and minerals it contains. First and foremost, it supports healthy cells. If our cells are healthy, we are healthy and conversely if our cells are not healthy, we are not healthy. Spirulina aids in the regulation of metabolism which is of course important for converting our food into the energy we need. Spirulina protects the tissues in your body. There are different types of tissues in the body all of which are important and carry out functions such as body movement and organ protection. Spirulina supports a healthy immune system in a variety of ways and is said to contain anti-cancer properties. It supports healthy bones and teeth. It supports healthy blood vessels and aids in keeping blood pressure in a normal range. It aids in muscle function and increases oxygen and energy. As you can see, there are many health benefits for humans from Spirulina, but what about our canine companions? Does it help them in the same manner?

Health Benefits of Spirulina for Dogs          

Spirulina is not only proclaimed to be a superfood for humans, but also a superfood for dogs. Just as it supports a healthy immune system in humans, it also supports a healthy immune system in dogs. The antioxidants present in Spirulina provide an anti-inflammatory response. Due to the immune system aid and anti-inflammatory responses, Spirulina is said to be helpful for dogs with allergies providing allergy relief. In addition to its main benefit to dogs of supporting a healthy immune system, Spirulina is good for digestion, supports organ health, and removes toxins from the body. Spirulina supports brain function, nervous system function, and aids in creating healthy skin and coat. Last, but certainly not least, Spirulina can be beneficial to dogs with heart disease. Heart disease in dogs is becoming more prevalent so any help in this area is more than welcome.

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The Human-Canine Bond

Frenchie Mama and French Bulldog

The bond between dogs and humans goes back thousands of years. In fact, there have been several instances of human and dog remains found buried together dated back to 8,000, 10,000 even 14,000 years ago! Maybe even more interesting is the fact that there have been scientific studies proving that dogs and humans shared common migration patterns from those early times. This shows further indication that the human-canine bond began incredibly early on. Humans and dogs have shared similar evolutionary pressures, and this had led to a deep understanding of one another. The human-canine bond is unique, it is special, and it is strong!

What does it mean to be bonded with your dog?

Being bonded with your dog basically means that you understand your dog and your dog understands you. You and your dog are in tune with each other’s emotional state. You recognize each other’s gestures and respond appropriately to them. You trust each other and you love each other. This bond stems from the thousands of years humans and dogs have been co-evolving together. This co-evolution has ultimately led to dogs and humans having many groups of genes that have also been co-evolving. Have you heard that interactions between dogs and humans increase the oxytocin levels in both species? This is the result of groups of neurological genes evolving in parallel patterns in dogs and humans.

How do I bond with my dog?

Due to the co-evolution of neurological genes, dogs bond with humans in much the same way humans bond to other humans. The more love and support you provide them, the closer the bond. Watching them and listening to them allows you to better understand them thereby strengthening the bond between you and them. Routine and consistency are key so another way to strengthen the bond is by creating a routine so they know what is expected of them making them feel more self-confident. Give them consistent attention. Spend time training them. Believe it or not, dogs love learning new tricks! Spend quality time with them. Just as you must learn what your significant other enjoys, you must learn what your dog enjoys. If they enjoy toys, buy them toys and play with them. If they love cuddling on the couch, cuddle on the couch! If they love to exercise, do that! Exercising together is not only a great bonding tool, but a well exercised dog is a well behaved dog! Neuroimaging has shown that dog brains function very similarly to ours (due to the co-evolution of the neurological genes) when processing emotions so it boils down to whatever makes you feel loved will likely make your dog feel loved.

How do you know if your dog is bonded with you?

Does your dog run around and jump up and down when you come home? Well, this probably means they are bonded to you. Dogs that are bonded to you often make eye contact. Dogs make eye contact with humans to connect with them. Bonded dogs will turn to check on you on walks. They will follow you around and seek you out if you are in another room. Another way your dog will show they are bonded to you is by leaning against you. They will want to be touching you in some way. If your dog loves toys, like my Dozer does, they will bring their favorite toy to you. This is just another sign of affection. Finally, if your dog sleeps with you, they are bonded to you. Dogs are very vulnerable when they sleep so if they are comfortable sleeping with you, you can bet they are bonded to you.

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The human-canine bond is an amazing relationship that has spanned thousands of years. Let’s hope that it’s one that will continue for thousands more to come!

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The Ugly Truth About Mange

The Ugly Truth about Mange in Dogs

Mange is an unsightly and extremely uncomfortable condition for your dog. Mange can be highly contagious not only to other dogs, but also to humans. Yes, you can get mange from your dog! So, what is mange? What do the symptoms look like? How do you cure it? Are there any natural remedies? Read on for answers to these questions.

What is Mange?

Mange is a type of skin disease caused by microscopic parasites called mites which burrow into the skin and hair follicles. There are two types of mange named for the species of mite causing the condition. Demodectic Mange is caused by the mite Demodex canis and often occurs in dogs with a compromised immune system. The compromised immune system of the dog allows for the rapid spread of the mites. Sarcoptic Mange is caused by the mite Sarcoptes Scabiei (also known as scabies). Remember me saying you can get mange? Well, Sarcaoptic Mange is the type that is highly contagious to dogs and the type that can be contracted by humans. Sarcaoptic mange occurs in healthy animals. In dogs, we tend to call it mange, while in humans, we tend to call it scabies. These mites are spread through contact so it’s important to thoroughly clean any area the dog has come into contact with.

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What are the Symptoms of Mange?

The most obvious signs of mange are itching and hair loss. Intense and frequent itching may cause bleeding and scabbing. Intense rashes on a dog’s underside are also an indication of mange. Additionally, you may be able to observe raised bumps or blisters caused by mites burrowing into the skin. The best way to know for sure if your dog has mange is to have your veterinarian conduct a skin scrape and test for mites.

How do you cure mange on a Dog?

The first step in managing mange is getting rid of the mites that are causing the problem in the first place. In the case of Demodectic Mange, it is also important to determine to underlying causes that led to the case of mange. Your veterinarian may prescribe medication to kill the mites and their eggs. Hair clippings and topical ointments to soothe the itchy irritated skin may be required. It is important to keep your dog away from other pets you have in the household and clean all areas he or she has encountered. If you are dealing with Sarcoptic Mange, be sure to handle your dog with care and be sure to wear gloves.

What is a natural cure for mange?

While it is always best to use the medication prescribed by the veterinarian, there are a couple of things you can do at home to help relieve your dog’s extreme itchiness. Itchy Dog shampoo is an amazingly effective shampoo alleviating the extreme itchiness experienced by your pup. Itchy Dog shampoo works best when used with this Skin Soother which is antibacterial, antifungal, and has anti-inflammatory properties. Skin Soother heals, soothes, and nourishes even the most stubborn skin conditions using all natural ingredients.

A home remedy you could use is Apple Cider Vinegar. A small amount of Apple Cider Vinegar may be added to your dog’s food to balance their PH levels to fight off the mites.

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A Few of My Favorite Things

Frenchie parents are continually looking for recommendations on products other frenchie parents use so I am dedicating this post solely to listing and providing the links to some of the products I use on a regular basis and that have worked well for me.

So without further ado, here are a few of my favorite things:

Favorite toys:

KONG 41938 Classic Dog Toy, Large, Red, KONG Classic Large #ad

KONG KP24 Puppy Toy – Natural Teething Rubber – Fun to Chew, Chase and Fetch (Colors May Vary), 035585131214, Medium, Assorted Pink or Blue #ad

EASTBLUE Dog Chew Toy for Aggressive Chewers: Nearly Indestructible Natural Rubber Puppy Toy Durable and Tough for Medium and Large Dog #ad

KONG Floppy Knots Fox, Dog Toy, Medium/Large #ad

Kong Wild Knots Bears Durable Dog Toys Size:Small/Med Pack of 2 #ad

My frenchies all love stuffed animals. However, it is usually only a matter of minutes until they rip them open and I have to pull the stuffing out. I have found that the Kong Knots are the only stuffed animals that last any amount of time and all three of my frenchies love them.

Favorite treats:

Tylee’s Freeze-Dried 100% Salmon treats #ad

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Trail Treats Wild Bits Grain Free Soft-Moist Training Dog Treats, Duck Recipe 4-oz bag, Model:800068 #ad

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Trail Treats Wild Bits High Protein Grain Free Soft-Moist Training Dog Treats, Salmon Recipe 10-oz bag #ad

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From this list of treats, the Tylee salmon treats are my favorite. All three of my frenchies love them and it is a single ingredient treat. They also love the Blue Buffalo treats and they do not upset my Dozer’s sensitive stomach. However, they do have ingredients that are not on my preferred list making them my second favorite dog treat. In addition to these treats, my frenchies love carrots, watermelon, and bananas. There are many fruits and veggies that are healthy choices for occasional treats. Make sure you research first though because there are some fruits and veggies that are toxic to dogs.

Favorite care products:

For weekly cleaning of face wrinkles: Natural Dog Company – Wrinkle Balm

For weekly cleaning of the tail pocket: Squishface Wrinkle Paste – Cleans Wrinkles, Tear Stains and Tail Pockets – 2 Oz, Anti-Itch, Great for Bulldogs, Pugs and Frenchies #ad

For daily cleaning of the face, bum, and girly areas: Baby Wipes, Pampers Aqua Pure Sensitive Water Baby Diaper Wipes, Hypoallergenic and Unscented, 12x Pop-Top Packs, 672 Count #ad

For bathing: TropiClean Hypo Allergenic Puppy Shampoo 2 Pack, Gentle Coconut, 20 fl. oz. or Natural Dog Company Sensitive Skin Oatmeal Shampoo

For ear cleansing after bathing: Animal Pharmaceuticals Sweet Pea

Favorite toothpaste: Well & Good Dental Health Kit for Dogs, Chicken Flavor #ad

Favorite all natural tooth powder: Keep Your Dogs Teeth Healthy, Try a Sample of 100% Natural Toothpowder! #ad

Favorite nail trimmer: Dog Nail Grinder, 2-Speed Electric Dog Nail Clippers Trimmer Grinder, Portable Rechargeable Low Noise Pet Nail Grinder for Small Medium Large Dogs Cats Pets Painless Paws Grooming, 2 Grinding Wheels #ad

Favorite bedding:

MIXJOY Orthopedic Dog Bed Comfortable Donut Cuddler Round Dog Bed Ultra Soft Washable Dog and Cat Cushion Bed (36” x 36”) (Brown) #ad (the small size works for me)

Extra Softness and Fluffy 350 GSM Lightweight Microplush Fleece Throw Blanket for Small, Medium and Large Dogs, Puppies, Cats and Kittens, Multi-Colored, 40 x 32 Inches #ad

Favorite products for walks:

Adjustable Dog Harness, No Pull Dog Harness Outdoor Vest with Easy Control Handle, Hook and Front Reflective Straps – No More Pulling, Tugging or Choking for Small Medium Large Dogs #ad

Max and Neo Reflective Nylon Dog Leash – We Donate a Leash to a Dog Rescue for Every Leash Sold (Orange, 6×1) #ad

Favorite life jacket:

Vivaglory New Sports Style Ripstop Dog Life Jacket with Superior Buoyancy & Rescue Handle, Camo Blue, S #ad

Favorite doggy cam:

TOOGE Pet Dog Camera Wireless Home Security Camera FHD WiFi Indoor Camera Pet Monitor Cat Camera Night Vision 2 Way Audio and Motion Detection #ad

Favorite pet trailer:

Schwinn Rascal Bike Pet Trailer, For Small and Large Dogs, Small, Green #ad

Favorite pill wrap:

Wrap a pill

Favorite supplement:

Natural Dog Company – Skin & Coat Supplement

This supplement is a must have for allergy prone frenchies. It treats allergies and overall health from the inside out!

Favorite probiotics:

Purina pro plan FortiFlora

Zesty paws probiotic bites #ad

I sprinkle Zesty paws on their food daily and use the Purina Pro Plan as needed to firm up their stool.

As the title of this post suggests, these are a few of my favorite things. I hope this list and the links help you in your search for the perfect products for your frenchie. As we know, not all frenchies are made alike. However, after testing many products, these are the ones that have worked best for me.

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