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Healthy Gift Giving Ideas for Everyone on Your List

Healthy Gift Giving Ideas for Everyone on Your List

It’s that time of year again. And if you’re like me, you’re searching high and wide for the best gifts for your friends and family. Instead of reaching for yet another boring sweater or an uninspired box of chocolates, why not give them the gift of health this holiday season. To really show how much they mean to you, here are some healthy gift giving ideas for everyone on your list. Read more

Keep December Holidays Safe for Your Dog

Keep December Safe for Your Dog

The month of December is an extremely busy time for you and your family. You’ve got holiday parties, events at school, office events, and the usual hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. The key to having a successful holiday season is in keeping stress low and ensuring everyone is happy and content.

This holds true for the humans and dogs in your life. Yes, your dog does respond to stress and changes in daily routines. The increased activity in the month of December along with how this impacts the day-to-day, can make it hard for your dog to feel comfortable at home.

We’ve put together a few tips and guidelines to help you ensure that your dog is happy, healthy, safe, and content during the holidays. Remember, any increases in stress can impact the physical well-being of your dog – if your dog has arthritis or other joint mobility issues, keeping stress low is of extreme importance. Read more

Busting Winter Dog Myths

Busting Winter Dog Myths

Just as we change our wardrobes with the season, we have to do the same with our approach to dog care. The winter months mean change when it comes to protecting your dog from the elements and keeping your pet safe.

Along with the ongoing concerns over joint mobility and overall dog wellness, there are hidden dangers in the snow and the cold that need attention. Unfortunately, there are also a lot myths about the snow, cold, and your dog.

We want to bust these myths and make sure you have the facts on how to properly care for your dog during the winter months. If you have some winter dog care tips, do share them with us on our Leaps & Bounds Facebook community page.

Myth: A Thick Coat Is Enough

Many people mistakenly believe that a dog’s thick coat will protect them from snow, rain, sleet, and wind. While the thick coat on a Husky or Great Pyrenees does provide more protection from the winter elements than the coat on a Poodle or Dachshund – this thick coat is not always enough. Read more

Tips for Avoiding Temptation this Holiday Season

Tips for Avoiding Temptation this Holiday Season

Holidays are a time to enjoy with family and friends, reminisce on the past year and set new intentions for the year ahead. Unfortunately for some, the looming work deadlines and the endless Christmas parties is a stressful time of year that may lead to unhealthy snacking and overindulging in treats. Christmas celebrations happen once a year and it’s okay to indulge a little. We just need to remember not to make it a habit.

One bad snack will not undo all the good you’ve done in the recent days, weeks or months, just like doing a one day detox will not undo all the unhealthy habits you’ve adopted over the years. The key is to be aware of the situation, aware of your feelings and willing to let go once the moment has past.

If you decide to go ahead and have a sugar cookie or a slice of cake, take the smallest piece, enjoy every bite and tell yourself “This is what I needed at this moment” and let it go. If you decide you don’t want to cave in, here are a few tactics to avert the temptation and still embrace the festivities. Read more

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Dog Boarding Kennel

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Dog Boarding Kennel

It’s never easy to leave your dog behind when you’re traveling. However, depending on your travel plans and where you’ll be visiting, it’s often best to leave your dog at home in the care of others. The big question then becomes – who can look after your dog?

You might be fortunate enough to have friends or family members who are dog lovers like you and can willingly look after your dog. Or maybe you have a trusted dog walker who provides extra services such as dog care. For many dog owners, though, the best option can be with dog boarding kennel.

Knowing what to look for in a dog boarding kennel and the questions to ask is key in giving you confidence that your dog is well cared for while you’re away. Particularly if you have a senior dog or a dog with joint mobility issues – it’s very important that your chosen kennel can properly care for your dog.

When choosing a dog boarding kennel, put these questions on your list. Read more

Learning About Senior Dog Ailments

Learning About Senior Dog Ailments

Your senior dog is your constant companion. Always at your side and ready to snuggle up for a night of movies or to get out in the woods for a good explore. Your senior dog is your best friend.

However, it can be hard when you notice your beloved pet slowing down or having less enthusiasm for a favorite game. This is unfortunately the hard part of seeing your dog age and live as a senior dog.

We know how hard this can be and often it’s easy to not notice the subtle changes in your dog’s behavior. This is completely normal – just as we don’t notice our own slow-downs as we age. To help ease this transition, we’ve put together an overview of the common senior dog ailments and some advice on how to best care for your senior dog. As always, consult your veterinarian if you suspect an illness or are thinking of making an adjustment in activities, food, etc. Read more

Tips for Safe Winter Dog Walking

Tips for Safe Winter Dog Walking

It’s cold out there. There’s ice, snow, mud, and slippery surfaces. The days are also shorter – we go to work in the dark and we come home in the dark. All of this highlights the need to brush up on safe winter dog walking tips and strategies.

While the weather can be less-than-welcoming and the lack of sunlight can be limiting, with a few adjustments you can still enjoy your daily (or multiple) dog walks with your beloved pet. These dog walks give your dog much needed exercise, mental stimulation, joint health support, and fresh air – all ideal for keeping him fit and mobile. And for you, the time you spend outdoors with your dog is just as important in giving you exercise, a chance to destress, and much needed one-on-one time with your dog.

Don’t let the frosty weather and short days keep you from walking your dog. With our tips you and your dog can reap the rewards of dog walking – it’s a win-win for both you and your dog and your joints will thank you! Read more

Ways to Stay Fit During Winter

Ways to Stay Fit During Winter

Brrrrrr. Looks like Old Man Winter is on his way. And when the cold blustery weather does arrive, it sure can make it tough to keep up with your fitness routine. After all, who wants to go for a run when you have to bundle up in bulky clothing. But if you think winter means staying inside and missing out on a ton of fun activities, think again. Here are some great ways to stay fit and keep yourself motivated this time of year. Read more

Keep Your Dog Active and Healthy This Winter

Keep Your Dog Active and Healthy This Winter

Brr, the cold weather is right around the corner. The days are getting shorter, there is frost on the ground, and there is a bite in the air. Winter is coming and this means it’s time to think about how you can keep your dog safe and content this winter.

The good news is that it’s pretty easy to keep your dog warm and happy this winter. In fact, just as we wear winter boots and pull on a warm coat – similar adjustments can make a big difference for your dog. If your dog has arthritis or other joint problems, it’s extra important that you keep him warm while out on walks and playing outdoors.

We’ve put together a list of tips for you to think about when as we enter the cooler months of the year. We want to hear from you, share your best warm dog tips with us on our Facebook page. Read more

Antioxidants – Your key to a long life

Antioxidants – Your key to a long life

You’ve probably heard about the benefits of antioxidants in food, from helping prevent heart disease, cancer and other diseases to reducing the signs of aging. But what are antioxidants and what are the best food sources?

Think of your body as a car. Over time and during extreme weather, the metal reacts with oxygen and begins to rust. If you neglect to maintain the car with frequent washing and polishing, your car will inevitably rust at a higher rate. The same goes for your body. Free radicals are toxic byproducts of oxygen metabolism that can cause significant damage to living cells and tissues, and antioxidants are the protective “gear”. Read more