Did You Know? Healthy People Food – It’s Not Just for Humans!

One look into those “soulful angels eyes” and you’re ready to hand over your entire dinner! At Angels’ Eyes, we get it! Our sweet furry bundles of love have a way of “coaxing” us to giving them a bit of “people food” and some like it so much, it “begs the question” – is it okay to give our pets human food?

Absolutely! There are plenty of people foods you can share with your dog as part of routine pet care, and one of the best is peanut-butter. Put a “dollop on your finger” and watch the “lick fest” begin OR lightly smear it inside a “kong-like” toy for loads of fun. Packed with protein, healthy fats, niacin, vitamin B and vitamin E, just make sure you buy an unsalted variety AND it does not contain Xylitol. This sugar substitute has recently popped up in some “diet” types of peanut butter and can be fatal to animals. Peanut butter that you grind at the grocery store from fresh unsalted peanuts is an excellent choice.

One look into those soulful angels eyes & you’re ready to hand over your entire dinner! At Angels' Eyes, we get it! Our sweet furry bundles of love have a way of coaxing us to give them a bit of people food & some like it so much, it begs the question – is it okay to give our pets human food? Absolutely! There are plenty of people foods you can share with your dog as part of routine pet care. Read on...

Carrots are a guilt-free snack that is high in fiber and vitamin A! Give your sweetie a whole carrot for a “bone-a-licous” chew that’s great for your canine’s “canines” or baby carrots if your pampered pal prefers smaller bites. If your little friend could stand to “lose a few” (most of us have been there) green beans are high in fiber, low in calories and a healthy treat alternative that satisfies but won’t add weight. Apples are a healthy and tasty treat full of phytonutrients, vitamin A, and vitamin C!

Looking for an entrée worthy food? Chicken is a “people food” (when lightly baked, broiled or boiled “au natural”) that is an ideal protein source. Throw away any cooked bones as they splinter easily and can be very dangerous. If your pup is not “prone to tooting” (lactose intolerant), cottage cheese is easy to digest and high in protein. The incredible edible egg, when served hard or soft boiled, is also a protein-packed powerhouse; and unseasoned cooked salmon is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids for soft & shiny coats.

Does your fuzzy buddy have a rumbly tummy? Unsweetened and unflavored yogurt is full of protein, calcium and digestive cultures and can do “wonders” to improve your pup’s digestive health. Canned pumpkin (not the pie filling) or fresh, cooked pumpkin with no-added sugars or spices is also a great sensitive stomach soother and has been known to “firm up” less than ideal output! Sweet potatoes have a similar effect and are easily digestible when steamed or baked without any seasoning. Oatmeal is a great meal additive if your buddy seems “backed up,” as it is not only packed with vitamins & minerals but also an excellent source of dietary fiber. If your dog is really not feeling well, Web MD says boiled chicken mixed with a small amount of cooked white rice may help, but it’s always best to consult your vet.

Frozen blueberries on a hot SUMMER day are not only refreshing, they are high in anti-oxidants too. At Angels' Eyes, we recommend you share some with your best friend. Blueberries are good for both of you!

Other “healthy human” foods that you can feed to dogs & cats include turkey, spinach, broccoli, cantaloupe, and bananas. Frozen blueberries on a hot SUMMER day are not only refreshing, they are high in anti-oxidants too. At Angels’ Eyes, we recommend you share some with your best friend. Blueberries are good for both of you!

Well there you have it, the healthiest people food for canine citizens and some for your feline friends. At Angels’ Eyes, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention human food that could hurt your pet. You may have heard of at least a few. Chocolate, grapes, raisins, overripe bleu cheese and xylitol (an artificial sweetener) should be avoided at all costs as they are known to be toxic to pets. Avocados and raw potatoes can cause vomiting and diarrhea, corn-on-the-cob & pitted fruits could pose choking hazards or cause an intestinal obstruction. Garlic or onions, ingested in large amounts, have been linked to anemia in pets. Beer, wine, and mixed drinks should be kept out of “lapping distance” of your curious cuties because they don’t have the liver capacity to process alcohol. Besides, they would much prefer a nice bowl of cold water!

Routine, Reward, Repeat – Getting Your Puppy “to go” in the Right Spot!

Your new fuzzy “bundle of joy” is, no doubt, showering you with kisses, licks and cuddles, and probably some “puddles” or “presents” to clean-up. It comes with the territory until your “new baby” is at least 12 to 16 weeks old. That’s when he (or she) has enough control to learn how “to hold it” and ask you to go outside. Congratulations on your new puppy, we know you are over-joyed and probably asking a lot of questions including “how do I “potty-train” my pet?” At Angels Eyes, we believe the first step is remembering routine and reward are key! It usually takes about 4 to 6 months, and sometimes up to a year, for house-training to work; but given all the joy these sweet little furballs bring to us, it’s certainly worth every moment!

Your new fuzzy bundle of joy is, no doubt, showering you with kisses, licks and cuddles & probably some puddles or presents to clean-up. It comes with the territory until your new baby is at least 12 to 16 weeks old. That’s when he (or she) has enough control to learn how to hold it and ask you to go outside.

To increase your odds for success, prevent your puppy from “grazing” throughout the day by putting food bowls out of reach between meals (If we had a never-ending buffet, we’d probably do the same!). When you first get started, try to take your pet out first thing in the morning, and once every half hour or hour after that until he does “his business.” Reward him for a job well done; either with praise, a treat or a nice walk. If you see your puppy getting ready “to go’ in the house, take him outside by calling him or leading him gently by the collar. When he is finished, offer praise or a treat. Routine, reward, repeat. We know it sounds like directions on a shampoo bottle, but it’s the “secret” to success.

Once your pup marks a location, take him back to the same spot each time you go out, as his scent will prompt him ‘to go” as well as “drop off his calling card” to show other dogs that this is his territory. Take your little buddy outside after meals, before you go to bed at night and anytime you have plans to leave the house for a while. If your pup barks, whimpers, or circles to get your attention, hooray! These are all great indications that he’s “getting the hang” of house training. Hold on to the success because accidents will happen. When they do, use a pet-friendly cleaner with enzymes to destroy scents that would prompt your pup to use the same spot indoors over and over again. The stuff really works.

If you live in a hi-rise or are unable to take your pet “out” for some other reason, “pet pee-pee pads” may be the way “to go.” Simply place the pads in an out-of-the-way area inside your home or on a secure patio or porch and place your pup on them when its bathroom time. Routine, reward and repeat and you’ll have a potty-trained pup in no time.

If your puppy gets stained (it does happen) a gentle bath does wonders to bring back kiss and cuddle time. At Angels Eyes, we offer grooming products to keep your puppy “fresh as a daisy” while he masters the art of house-training. Once again, congratulations on your new puppy! No one will ever love you quite like a dog and as you both work together to refine his “bathroom habits” you will be strengthening a bond that will last a lifetime! Don’t you just love puppies?

From PERILOUS PUP to PRECIOUS POOCH – Dog Training TIPS that REALLY WORK!

Puppies – so cute yet so prone to jumping, nipping, chewing & barking. At Angels Eyes, we know of a few simple “dog training” techniques that can help you discourage undesirable behaviors before they become routine. These techniques, by the way, work well with adult dogs too! Guess that means older dogs can learn new tricks, so let’s get started.

First off, remember your pup is pure at heart, lives in the moment AND doesn’t know any better when he or she displays behaviors that might bother you. When you are patient, calm and consistent when training your beloved pet, you will reap the rewards of a sweet companion who is loved by you, your family and your neighbors.

Praise works wonders! When your dog displays a behavior, you’d like to stop – such as nipping at your hand while playing – come up with a command such as “no biting” and use it every time your pet nips. If he or she keeps nipping, gently remove your hand, repeat the command “no biting” and end playtime. Repeat the process everytime you play until he or she stops nipping (it may take several tries) THEN heap praise on your pet as a reward. Now that you’ve learned the “praise” technique – you can use it to change or encourage all types of behavior by devising simple appropriate commands such as “get down,” “no begging” – you get the idea.

Bribery is an option. At Angels Eyes, we know some behaviors can be harder to correct than others – like straining on a leash. When you get ready for a walk, carry a few treats with you and when your pet pulls on the leash, say “walk nice” or “heel” and when your pet slows down, offer the treat while praising the behavior. Because training with treats is so effective, it can be used as a reward when teaching your pet to sit, stay, roll over and more. On a side note, treats have calories, so we suggest you break them into tiny bites or use low-calorie blueberries or diced carrots to help your pup stay trim and healthy.

The Switcheroo. For behaviors like “chewing” – the replacement technique is touted by many pet lovers as a miracle worker. When you see your pooch chewing on a shoe or book, firmly say “no,” take the item away and replace it with a “chew toy!” When your dog starts chewing the approved item, praise your pet for chewing on the good toy. Soon, your pup will get the idea that your shoes or books are “off limits” and as a bonus, has gained a new toy! That’s what we can a win-win!

Just walk away. If your dog is displaying a behavior that other techniques have failed to correct, such as repeated barking, or constantly vying for your attention, simply move away from your pet and ignore the behavior. We know it may be hard to ignore that sweet little face, but when your dog fails to get attention, he or she will quickly learn that barking, jumping or whimpering does not result in attention. When your pet calms down, offer that attention as a reward and you and your pup will both enjoy yourselves.

Consistency Matters. Whether using praise, training treats, replacement items or walking away, remember to be consistent, always responding calmly and with the appropriate commands and training techniques. And always be effusive with your praise. At Angel Eyes, we believe you can never give your pet too much love. Also, one of the things we love most about our pets is that they really are eager to please, will lap up the praise AND reward you with lots of affection in return! No wonder our furry-family members are so well-loved.

Professional Training Requires Participation. If you are thinking about hiring a professional “dog trainer,” it’s important to note that a good trainer will actually be training you AND your dog. Go ahead and sign up for one-on-one or group training, but when classes are finished, remember that it will be up to you to continue with the techniques & commands your pet has learned for a lifetime of good habits, lots of snuggles AND tons of love.

A Word of Caution. Last but not least if your pet is displaying worrisome behavior such as over-zealous chewing, licking, whimpering or crying – don’t rule out the thought that it could be anxiety-related or caused by a medical condition. At Angels Eyes, we recommend a call or visit to your veterinarian if you suspect an underlying issue. We know you love your “furry family members” as much as we do ours AND we wish you both a lifetime of health & happiness. Happy Training AND Happy Life!
From PERILOUS PUP to PRECIOUS POOCH – Dog Training TIPS that REALLY WORK!

Panicked Pooch to Playful Pup: Dog Safety Tips to Weather Thunderstorms

When Thunder Roars, If Your Dog Goes Into a Tailspin as a Storm Approaches, Here Are Some Helpful Tips to Help Calm His or Her Fears.

From a drop in barometric pressure to the sound of thunder and a strike of lightning, if your dog goes “into a tailspin” when a storm approaches, here are some helpful tips to help calm his or her fears. As an immediate response, think “dog safety” and provide a protected area for your pet. Close blinds or curtains to muffle the storm and to keep your dog from seeing outside. If you have a pet crate, covering it with a sheet to provide a sanctuary can soothe a pet that is prone to hiding. Keep your demeanor calm and don’t try to overreact as this could reinforce the notion that there is something to fear. It is perfectly fine to comfort your dog by playing pleasant music, by cuddling, casually petting and massaging, or offering distractions such as play time or treats. If you remain upbeat, these enjoyable activities can go a long way to relieving stress. If despite these efforts, your pet remains agitated, remember the behavior is being caused by fear, so please resist the urge to dismiss, scold or punish your pet for displays of anxiety.

There are also products on the market that mimic “swaddling” or reduce visual stimulation as well as holistic & prescribed medications designed to reduce storm anxiety. Before trying these methods, it is best to ask your veterinarian to examine your dog to see if any medical issues could be involved and to suggest ways to best help your dog cope with storms. Bottom line – dog safety should always be top of mind.

Panicked Pooch to Playful Pup-Dog Safety Tips to Weather Thunderstorms

After storm season is over, you may want to consider playing recordings of thunder to get your dog used to the sound before the next round of bad weather rolls around. Start out at low levels that do not frighten your pet then take some time to engage in a pleasant activity. Over the next several weeks, gradually increase the volume if – and only if – your dog doesn’t show signs of anxiety. As dog lovers, we all know dog safety should always be the number one priority. If your pet responds negatively, it might be time to seek professional assistance from a pet behavior specialist.

Why are so many dogs, cats, and other animals afraid of thunderstorms? Veterinarians & Pet Behavior Experts don’t know all the “triggers” but most agree a mix of loud thunder, lightning, wind, barometric pressure, static electricity and low frequency rumbles humans can’t hear can combine to create “the perfect storm” which induces anxiety in many pets. It’s also important to note that pets with storm phobias can also be frightened by other disturbances caused by loud music, sirens, fireworks, and gunshots. With the holiday season right around the corner – please keep this in mind AND take the proper precautions to keep your dog safe. Avoid bringing anxious pets to holiday parades & New Year’s Eve Celebrations. If they could talk, they would certainly thank you for it.

Dog Safety Tips to Keep Your Canine Cool & Comfortable During Hot Summer Days

It’s that time of the year again! The summer sun is not letting up, and just as we should take precautions to protect ourselves from the summertime rays, we must do the same for our canine family members, too. Dog safety precautions are extremely important to ensure that your canine is protected from the heat, inside and out. As humans have the ability to sweat from most of their body to naturally release heat and cool down, dogs have just a few spots on their bodies to sweat it out, namely their footpads. Another way dogs release internal heat is by panting, although it should be noted that panting is not sweating from the mouth – it’s simply another way for them to relieve themselves of the heat. One more way dogs naturally combat the heat is through vasodilation. Vasodilation is when blood vessels widen to increase blood flow to areas of the body that need it more than others. Canine’s facial blood vessels (including the vessels in their ears) vasodilate to help cool them down by creating more blood flow closer to the skin, which allows heat on the inside to be swapped with cooler air from the outside environment. But despite these (pretty interesting) natural cooling mechanisms, the summer heat can still (and commonly does) overwhelm your dog’s systems without additional care and precaution by us, the owners. With the love of our pooches in mind, Angels’ Eyes wants to provide you with some dog safety tips and tricks to help your best friends beat out the devastating summer heat:

Dog Safety Tips

  1. Hydration

Dogs expend loads of energy and, as stated above, they do not have many ways to release the built-up heat, especially when they’re using lots of energy in the hot sun. The best way to make sure they are cool and comfortable is to keep them hydrated with fresh water that is slightly cooler than room temperature, but not too cold and not too warm. Water that is too cold can cause cramping as well as shock and bloating symptoms, which would only make them more uncomfortable. Dogs need at least one ounce of water per pound each regular weather day, so naturally, they would need more on hotter days. Be sure to keep a fresh water jug and bowl with you when bringing your dog out in the heat, and always have fresh cool water accessible so they can hydrate as needed.

  1. Child-Size Pool

Another way to provide means for your dog to cool down is to pick up a kiddie pool and fill it with cool water. This lets your dog have the option to jump in and chill out whenever they feel a bit too warm from playing in the sun. These pools are generally inexpensive and reusable, and will most likely last you the duration of the summer.

They fit most if not all canine sizes and can be found at pet stores like Chewy.com and PetSmart, retail centers such as Walmart and Target, and also outdoor and sporting goods stores such as Dick’s Sporting Goods.

  1. Frozen Treats

Frozen dog treats are a fun and delicious way to provide some temporary relief for your pup. Some scrumptious options include Peanut Butter Popsicles, Frozen Yogurt-Dipped Strawberries, and Frozen Pumpkin-Yogurt-Honey-Banana Treats.

  1. Cool and Shaded Surfaces

Another great way for your dog to cool down is with surfaces that do not easily hold heat, such as tile, marble, and cold-water soaked towels. These cool, large surface areas provide a way for heat to escape your dog’s body and “trade places” with the cool tile. This is a highly effective way to relieve your dog from overheating. Moreover, if you let your dog outside for extended periods of time in the summertime heat, you MUST make sure there are multiple shaded areas for your pup to lounge in. Whether it’s a covered patio or under a tree or even a hole your dog dug (soil and mud are cool materials protected from the sun’s rays), allow your canine to relax in and on cooler surfaces both inside and outside when the temperature rises.

Dog safety measures are imperative to a dog’s health, especially since dog safety, specifically related to overheating, is quickly gaining traction in mainstream media, with loads of reports of dogs being left in hot cars and left without the necessary components of keeping them cool, comfortable, and protected from the hot sun. We are responsible for keeping our dogs healthy, happy, and unharmed from the sun and other factors from which they cannot protect themselves without our aid. Before leaving you to play with your favorite furry family member, here are a couple last-minute dog safety tips that could help your pup escape the heat: have your pooch groomed regularly, especially in the summer, to ensure that their body is taking in and releasing heat evenly. Check out our grooming products here: Angels’ Eyes Grooming Products. Also, walk your dog in the early mornings before the sun beams down and heats up the sidewalks or in the evening after the sun retreats and the paths can cool down. This can help protect their footpads from overheating, which are one of their only spots from which they can naturally release heat in the form of sweat.

Now that you have some easy ways to safely relieve your dog of the hot summertime weather, we hope you and your pooch create wonderful, healthy, and safe memories this summer and for summers to come. For more information about caring for your canine, visit us at www.angelseyesonline.com.

How to Keep Your Dog’s Coat Shiny and Silky

Just like we take care of our skin by applying lotion and taking vitamins, we also have to be mindful of our furry friend’s coat. Part of owning a dog is the privilege of petting them especially when they have a soft, silky, and shiny coat. However, depending on the season, a dog’s coat can get flaky and lackluster. So it is up to the owners to take care of them and maintain or restore the dog’s coat.

Now, if you’re asking yourself what you can do to help your dog, look no further. We have some suggestions that can be easily added to your daily routine. They will also keep your four-legged friend healthy and be rocking with a shiny, silky coat for a long time.

  1. Food: Did you know that a dog’s coat is made mostly of protein? That means that a balanced diet is essential. Feeding your dog food that contains high levels of protein and amino acids makes a positive impact on their coat.
  2. Vitamins and Supplements: We can also give our fur babies vitamins and supplements to boost their system. Angels’ Eyes, Heavenly Coat™ Skin & Coat for Dogs, are natural vitamins filled with ingredients that help maintain and repair your dog’s coat. They are full of Omega 3 and 6, Biotin, Zinc, Vitamin A and E. The fatty acids found in both Omega 3 and 6 are good for dogs that have skin disorders, they help relieve itchy skin. If your dog has a zinc deficiency, these chewable tablets will help bring the shine back to their coat.  Lastly, just like humans, a lack of vitamin A and E causes dry skin. Angels’ Eyes Heavenly Coat™, has the right amount of vitamin A and E to bring some moisture back to your dog’s skin.
  3. Grooming: Regular visits to the groomer are not the only solution and way to keep your dog’s coat healthy. Yes, grooming and baths are essential to this process. However, brushing your pet at least three or four times a week also helps. Petting and brushing your dog will build a stronger bond between the two of you. It will also teach you about your dog’s feelings and more importantly their health.

Make sure you consult your veterinarian when it comes to food portions, as well as doses of vitamins and supplements. To learn more about Angels’ Eyes Heavenly Coat™ and other products to improve your dog’s coat visit www.angelseyesonline.com.

How to Keep Your Dog's Coat Shiny and Silky - with Angels’ Eyes, Heavenly Coat™ Skin & Coat for Dogs