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Recipe: Doggie Protein Bowl

February 28, 2018 petsupplies 0

Courtesy of Dogtopia of Commerce, this yummy dog recipe will help your pup stay fit and furry for life! This loaded protein bowl will keep your dog’s energy up while they play all day with their BFFF (Best Furry Friend Forever). This recipe could be a meal replacement or snack based on your dog’s daily caloric needs – check with your vet before adjusting your dog’s diet.


2 cups cooked brown rice

1 cooked chicken breast, chopped

1 – 12 ounce steamer bag of unsalted mixed veggies: corn, green beans and carrots (you can use canned or fresh veggies, too)

Prepare ingredients separately, mix together and serve!

Calories per serving: 676

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This Is Why Some Dogs Sneeze When They Play

February 26, 2018 petsupplies 0

Dogs definitely sneeze for the same reasons we do—sometimes, at least.

Environmental irritants like dust certainly cause sneezing, though dogs are less susceptible to allergens like the molds and pollens that typically affect human sinuses.

Dogs will also sneeze violently and frequently if a foreign object, such as a blade of grass, becomes stuck in the nasal passage.

But you may have noticed an odd sort of sneezing in your dog—one that comes right in the middle of a raucous play session with another canine friend.

But why would a dog need to sneeze during a bout of fun and excitement? Do their noses get itchy from all the bouncing around? Is it a defensive tactic to distract the other dog and gain the upper hand?
Dog behavior experts believe this particular sneeze is part of a set of a communication tools dogs use to relate to one another—to signal cooperation, warning, deference, or an invitation to play. The sneeze in this context is a reminder to the playmate that the scrimmage is just play, not a true fight.

You may notice a dog sneeze just as play begins to escalate and become more intense. The sneeze is a cue to the playmate to keep things fun, light, and safe. But it’s also a sign the dog is having a great time! And it’s definitely fun to watch.

It’s a particular joy watching dogs frolic, chase, and nip at each other. Their energy is remarkable, and their goofy dance with one another is nothing less than delightful. A few random sneezes thrown into the mix only drive up the entertainment value!