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My List of All Natural Flea/Tick & Heartworm Remedies for Dogs

Flea and tick season is here and it has many pet parents worried about how to tackle these pests from an all-natural standpoint. As many of you know, there is an abundance of harmful, chemical filled, and downright toxic flea/tick meds available at vet clinics and big retailers. Just doing a simple google search on deaths from flea and tick medicine is enough to never allow that stuff near my dogs again.

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Your Dog Should Drink Bone Broth, 8 Health Benefits

Everyone has heard me talk about bone broth by now and why I love to feed it to my dogs. I have even posted some DIY recipes to make your own. I’ve never listed out every benefit in detail and thought this would be the perfect time to do that! 1. Healthy gut = healthy dog. Bone broth contains gut healing properties of gelatin plus the amino acids proline, glutamine and arginine which help heal and support any gut issues. If your dog is having digestive upset start them on bone broth right away.

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Food Energetics for Dogs – Warm, Hot, Cold Food & Proteins

There’s a simple way to look at your dog’s food – through Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) food energetics. Food energetics are used to look at how food affects our bodies from a neutral, cool and warm standpoint. So instead of evaluating foods based on protein, calories, and carbs like Western culture does, TCM looks at vitamin and mineral content in addition to the sensations foods have on our bodies. For dogs suffering from allergies – warm and hot foods must be avoided. When you look at your dog’s behavior and then pair it with TCM food energetics I bet you might see some ways you can improve your dog’s diet.

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How to Feed Your Dog Raw Meaty Bones

Feeding your dog bone as part of a raw diet can be intimidating and flat out nerve-wracking, especially for first-timer raw feeders. When you feed a dog a raw diet of ground meat and bones that can take away from the scary aspects of things going wrong like choking. However, raw meaty bones are great for dogs to enjoy for a few reasons.

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The Smarter, Digital Pet Tag

I was introduced to Pawscout a few weeks ago and have been loving this interactive app that allows me to connect with my dog’s whereabouts from wherever I am. I’m also able to keep track of walks we take and notify the app and people in the area if one of my dogs gets lost. If one of them did get lost and is wearing the Pawscout tag, I can track

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Does My Pet Blog Need a Media Kit?

The short answer to that question is yes. Yes, your pet blog needs a media kit! Your media kit can be used in the following ways: 1. To connect with potential sponsors 2. It shows you’re credible and invested in your work 3.

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Sardines & Oily Fish for Dogs

There are so many health benefits your dog receives when you feed him/her sardines or other oily fish like herring or mackerel. The #1 benefit is that your dog is receiving a natural source of rich omega 3 fish oils – you are literally feeding the source of the fish oil. I stopped feeding fish oil to my raw fed dogs Izzy and Hudson

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Editing Photos for Instagram Doesn’t Have to be Hard

Yes, we’ve all been there – angrily staring at a computer trying to edit photos. Until I got into the flow of editing photos for my blog and Instagram, I was on the struggle bus. I knew how to use photoshop and edit but I couldn’t figure out a solid look for my photos. I felt like they were all coming out differently. I realized I was making it harder on myself than it needed to be. I needed to develop my branding aesthetics completely and then translate them into the photo taking and photo editing. 

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A Pet Blogger’s Secret Weapon: Pinterest

It is no secret I love Instagram – it’s how I got my start in this whole blogging and owning my own pet business world. BUT I will tell you that there is a secret weapon that I find many bloggers don’t understand and therefore goes under the radar and unused. That secret weapon is Pinterest. If you have an online business, particularly a blog, particularly a pet blog you should be utilizing Pinterest. Pinterest done the right way will equal success.

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Choosing the Best Raw Food to Feed Your Dog

When I first started feeding my dogs raw food I was overwhelmed and somewhat confused. That was over five years ago. I have learned a ton and made it a priority to educate myself to benefit my dogs and so I could teach other dog parents about feeding raw food. And the raw feeding learning curve doesn’t happen overnight. There is a transition for dogs and humans that must take place.

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DIY Holiday Backdrop

As the holidays approach, you may be starting to think about this year’s holiday card. Now you can take pro-quality pet pictures to use for special pet photo holiday cards with this DIY holiday backdrop! Creating your own holiday backdrop is an inexpensive and convenient option. You can choose colored fabrics that match your holiday décor and holiday picture outfits, and it will make your holiday posts on social media picture perfect. Your friends will think you and your pets went somewhere for professional holiday pet photos with this stylish backdrop!

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Why You Need a Great Biography in Your Instagram Profile

Many Instagrammers overlook the importance of their bio and focus solely on their feed – and I get why. With so much information being thrown at Instagrammers to have the perfect looking feed and produce great content it can get overwhelming to focus on anything else. But there are SO many other aspects of Instagram that when combined become a total force for your brand. One of those elements being your bio. Those 150 characters are super important because it is the first thing users are drawn to when they go to your profile.

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Turkey Neck Bone Broth for Dogs

I LOVE feeding my dogs bone broth because it is so easy to pop the ingredients in the crockpot and then 24-48 hours later I have healthy, immune boosting broth to feed alongside their regular meals. I try to make bone broth for them each week using different...

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Raw Dog Food Specialist Certified

The month of October has been dedicated to a lot of learning and I am so glad I decided to take this step to take the Raw Dog Food Certification course through Dogs Naturally University. I decided it was time to ramp up my learning even further, for my own dog’s sake and for my blog. I am already pretty knowledgeable when it comes to canine nutrition but I want to be as well versed on this subject as I can be.

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The Best Carpet for a Multi-Dog Household

I have gone through my fair share of throw rugs, area carpets and tried just about every stain protector or stain remover for carpets. Life with three dogs has always meant that our carpets have the ability to be destroyed at any moment! Now that we own our house, I have learned A LOT about flooring and carpets, probably more than I wanted to know. But with a

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Why I Started on Instagram + Free Webinar

If you’ve heard a bit about me and my business you might know that I started this dream idea for DIY Dog Mom on Instagram first. I want to explain a little bit more about why I chose to do that. Reason #1: I wanted to build a community and be seen. In short, I wanted…

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Vitamin B12 Injections for Dogs

B12 for dogs can be lifesaving if your dog has malabsorption issues and therefore is unable to absorb the nutrients you are feeding to him/her. Dogs suffering from malabsorption typically have an underlying issue like exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) and/or…

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What’s with the Sponsored Posts Lately?

If you’re a regular around this place or on my Instagram and Facebook, you’ve probably seen an increase in content that is sponsored by a brand or product. That’s because I’ve been working my butt off to make this blog profitable AND grow my readership to help more…

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DIY Paw Wipes, Travel Friendly

I wanted to create some easy paw wipes that are anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory that I can take with me when traveling and keep in my car. This is a super easy DIY for natural paw wipes that can clean irritated paws, or be used for everyday dirty paw cleanings.

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Plantain Oil for Dogs: Bug Bite Treatment

Plantain is a such a fun and useful natural option for bug bites and stings that your dog (or even you!) might encounter. You can have plantain oil on hand like I do, or use straight plantain leaf from the ground. The plant itself is all over and can be found in almost any climate.

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Did Hudson’s Skin Improve After Eating NomNomNow?

You’ve read my two previous posts about feeding Hudson NomNomNow’s Chicken Chow Wow meals and I am excited to share more about our entire experience. Remember, I really wanted to try NomNomNow’s food to see if it would help him with his skin problems and support healthier skin and coat. I am super excited to report that after feeding him NomNomNow, his coat is healthier and shinier!! 🙂

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Ear & Skin Compress Home Remedy for Itchy Dogs

This is a super easy remedy to help your dog if he/she has seasonal allergies or irritations on the ear or skin. I use this tea bag compress a lot on my dogs because both green and peppermint tea have great soothing and anti-inflammatory properties to help the skin. I made a video with all the info you need and instructions on how to do the compress.

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Sweet Potato Birthday Cake for Dogs

Every year I try to host a dog birthday party around the time of Izzy’s birthday so we can celebrate all the dog’s birthdays! Since Hudson and Mylah’s birthdays are in the fall/winter we can’t really be outside that much with all the dogs. It is much easier to throw one big dog birthday party with their dog friends in our backyard.

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Help us Help Hurricane Harvey Dogs

The foundation I started in Mylah’s name, Mylah Medical Foundation, is teaming up with our rescue partners, Fetching Tails Foundation and Players for Pits, to assist in saving homeless dogs who have medical needs that are affected by Hurricane Harvey. Our goal is to raise at least $2,000 that can be used for medical supplies and veterinary needs of homeless dogs who will be rescued from the hurricane devastation and brought back to Chica

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DIY Outdoor Dog Bed Lounger

I decided to go to work on a DIY outdoor dog lounge. You can customize this to look how you want it to fit your yard aesthetic. So far my dogs, especially Hudson, have loved this giant diy outdoor raised dog bed! I outline the steps below!

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DIY Soothing Wound Cream for Dogs

If your dog has a wound, burn or scrape this healing cream can soothe and heal skin scrapes and injuries. It is so easy to make and each of the ingredients are ones I highly recommend having on hand in your house for other uses for your dogs.

Mix the following together in a container that can be sealed and keep in the refrigerator for freshness. This can last a few months.

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Fresh, Healthy Dog Food with Real Ingredients | NomNomNow Unboxing Review

At first, I was nervous to start feeding raw or home cooked food but I’m so glad I took the plunge and just did it years ago. That was before the pet food industry started to change a bit – in a better direction. Now you can buy real food for your dog made from real, whole ingredients. So if you don’t have the time to make your dog’s food, or worry about making a balanced diet with vitamins, then I highly suggest you order from NomNomNow.

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Tails Magazine: The People Behind Chicago’s Most Famous Pets

I’m so honored to be included in TAILS Pet Magazine’s list of top bloggers and Instagrammers in Chicago! In just two short years I have put so much work and passion into this blog and it feels amazing to be recognized for that. Check out the full article online here, or pick up a copy if you are in the Chicagoland area!

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Dog Paw Soak for an Itchy, Irritated or Cut Paw

I use this paw soak anytime one of my dogs has an irritated, itchy, inflamed paw or a cut paw pad. It is super simple and you only need two things: warm water and betadine. You can purchase betadine at any local grocery store or pharmacy. This is a great remedy for dogs who have a paw yeast infection or if your dog is chewing their paw because of allergies. I explain how I do the soak and the benefits in a quick video, check it out below!

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Portable Bathing with BISSELL | BarkBath Review

You know we are usually outside or at the lake, most days during the summer and the dogs are constantly swimming or getting messy in the yard. With big dogs, it’s tough to give them a bath inside and dry them – it’s always a mess. My husband and I either give them a bath with the hose, which isn’t ideal because you can’t control the temperature and it’s too much water flow and we end up with soap suds all over.

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DIY Anti-Itch Spray for Dogs

If your dog suffers from itchy skin or skin allergies like my dog Hudson does, then this topical spray can definitely help! It has a few simple ingredients that soothe skin while disinfecting it and calming any inflammation down. What you'll need: 8oz spray bottle 1/2...

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Arnica for Dogs: All Natural Pain Reliever

Arnica is an all natural pain reliever that comes in oil, gel or pill form derived from the plant Arnica montana. Arnica has been used in holistic practice for centuries to help heal injuries, bruises, etc. I keep arnica oil in my home to use on my dogs if they have any muscle soreness or stiffness.

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CBD for Anxious Dogs: Treatibles Review

I've been meaning to learn more about using CBD for dogs (short for Cannabidiol), an all natural, non-psychoactive concentrate extracted from hemp. And no, this is not marijuana. I got the opportunity to dive into understanding CBD for dogs thanks to the company,...

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  I love all-natural, holistic health for dogs! I'm a Canine Wellness Practitioner with a focus on aromatherapy and natural nutrition. I blog about a holistic and healthy lifestyle for dogs and coach pet business owners in the Pet Pro Society.  

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