Posted by & filed under Guest Blogger, Natural Pet Food, Pet Health, Pet Nutrition, Talk Radio, Tracie Hotchner.

newtraciepicThere are many challenges for our dogs in cold winter weather, but people don’t always consider the problem of ice balls! These hard balls can form under and between our dogs toes when they go outdoors.

When a dog leaves a warm indoor environment and goes outside into very cold temperatures, he can get ice balls on his feet. Because dogs have sweat glands in their toes, the moisture there can form into balls of ice from the abrupt change in temperature. These ice balls can be so uncomfortable that a dog will hop or limp, and they can even bruise or cut the foot pad as they try to walk on the ice ball.

Doggy Pedicure
* To keep your dog’s feet comfortable in the winter you’ll need to add a cold weather personal grooming chore to your calendar: removing the hair between the foot pads.
* Get a pair of small, round-tipped dog-hair scissors from a pet supply store: they resemble the ones men use to snip their nose hairs, but they’re tougher, for thick dog hair.
* Some dogs have hair growing between their toes or the pads at the bottom of their feet – hair that can cause trouble if you live where there is ice and snow.
* Ice and snow won’t be able to build up if you snip the hair tufts from between the footpads.
* To get your dog to enjoy his pedicure (or encourage a reluctant pooch to allow you to handle his feet with the scissors) you can sit on the floor with your dog and encourage him to lie down next to you.
* Have a jar of Halo Liv-a-Littles open next to you.
* With every snip you make with the scissors, give him a small piece of the freeze-dried chicken, beef or salmon.
* Tell him what a good boy he is in a soothing tone of voice, offering him a piece of Liv-a-Little as long as he remains calm and cooperative.
* If your dog cannot lie still for all four feet, try doing one paw at a time and then taking a break to play.

FilmCoat the bottom of your dog’s feet
If you live in a very cold climate, you can avoid damage to your dog’s footpads the way sled-dog trainers do, by applying a layer of protection to the bottom of his feet.
* Musher’s Secret is a brand of foot salve for use in very cold climates, but you can also spread a thin layer of petroleum jelly or aloe gel on the dog’s footpads before you head out into the bitter cold.
* You can spray Pam or a generic vegetable-oil cooking spray underneath his feet right before you go out.
* It’s advisable to apply the protective layer just outside the door or your floors might get pretty messy!
* Even if your dog licks his feet later, the reside of these products will not be harmful.

How to Get Relief from Ice Balls
* If ice does form between your dog’s toes or pads, you can give him relief with a hair-dryer.
* Put the dryer on the lowest warm setting and hold the blower at least six inches away from the dog’s foot.
* You don’t want to heat the dog’s foot, only melt the accumulated ice.
* Dry off the melted ice.
* Rinse his feet in warm water if there was any salt or ice-melting chemical on the ground outside.
* Gently rub the feet to get the circulation going.

Next week: Advice about getting your city or country dog to wear winter booties.

Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires. Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.


Posted by & filed under Belkis Cardona-RIvera, Natural Dog Food, Natural Pet Care, Natural Pet Food, Natural Pet Products.

halodogShort-dated products are on the Halo web site at half price. Of course, these usually sell out extremely quickly, so grab what you can use. Currently available:

• Liv-a-Little Healthsome Dog Biscuit Treats with Real Chicken
• Spot’s Chew Dental Treat Nutty Banana for Sm/Md dogs
• Spot’s Chew Dental Treat Mint Flavor for Sm/Md dogs
• Spot’s Chew Dental Treat Pumpkin Flavor for Sm/Md dogs

Take a look and check back often

Please remember, while these products are wonderful, they are not the same as what you can buy at the store. You’ll find earlier formulas, old labels, or short-dating.

Short-dating means that the product will reach its “Best if Used By” date within 1-2 months of purchase.

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Posted by & filed under Caroline Golon, pet adoption, Pet Shelters, Pet Stories.

dexter2-lgWhen families look to adopt a cat, often the last cat they’d choose would be a senior, much less one that’s 20 years old.

But then again, often the cat chooses you.

That’s what happened when Jill Williams and her family were looking at Best Friends Animal Society for an addition to their brood. With two small children and three dogs, the family never dreamed their perfect feline addition would be a super senior!

But, Williams couldn’t ignore the cat who was clearly interested in going home with her. “Dexter” meowed and wove in and out of Williams’ legs. He was skinny and scraggly and had a heart murmur. Plus, there was his age to consider. What 20-year-old cat would be happy in a home with two rambunctious young boys and three dogs? It turns out that Dexter would.

Click here to read the complete story.


Posted by & filed under Bethany Meissner, Events.

americas_got_talent_the_olate_dogs_live_season_8On February 1st, the Dayton Flyers played the Fordham Rams in men’s basketball game at 2:00pm.

During halftime, the players were off the court and the Olate Dogs treated southern Ohio to one of their fantastic performances.

We’re sure that every fan in the University of Dayton Arena enjoyed the show.

Not in the tri-state area? Check the Olate Dogs’ tour schedule to see if they’ll be visiting your area soon.

You can also catch the Olate dogs in Halo’s #RescueFilms. Halo is proud to know that the Olate dogs get the energy they need by eating only Halo Vigor.


Posted by & filed under Caroline Chang, News, Video.

If you live in the Beverly Hills area you may be able to help with the search for a missing dog. Hillary Duff and other celebrities are in search of Charlie. Please read more about this story on the CBS News web site.

Click here for complete details.


Beverly Hills Dog Stolen – Charlie the Maltese