Easy-to-Make Homemade Dog Treat Recipes

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Easy-to-Make Homemade Dog Treat Recipes

No one knows your dog better than you do, so why buy treats that are made for the masses? These two recipes are easy to make, and include a gluten-free option in case your pup has a sensitivity to grains. We also like to make a few extra to use as hostess gifts for our friends’ pups. And the best part? These are so easy to make that even your human kids can help!

You could shape these treats as squares or rectangles, but check out these bone-shaped cookie cutters from Ann Clark. At $8.99, these tin-plated steel shapes will let Fido know just how special he is!

3-Ingredient Grain-Free Treats

1.5 cups chickpea flour

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 cup natural peanut butter (no added sugar or salt)

In a large glass bowl, combine all ingredients to form a dough ball. The dough should be smooth and not sticky. If it feels sticky, add an extra teaspoon of flour at a time until the texture is smooth. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour. 

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place an extra square of parchment paper on the counter, or use the plastic wrap you covered the dish with. Sprinkle a rolling pin and the plastic wrap or parchment paper with flour and roll until dough is a half-inch in thickness. Be sure to dust the cookie cutters with additional flour each time you cut a shape. If you’re not using cookie cutters, dust your knife with flour as you cut the dough into squares.

Place treats with about 1 inch of room between them and cook for 30 minutes, then leave in the oven for another 30 minutes with the oven turned off. Remove and allow to cool for about 4 to 5 hours.

Store in a container with the lid off for up to four weeks. Do not refrigerate.

Sweet Potato Jerky

These are terrific treats for your pup and are packed with fiber, vitamin C, potassium, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), niacin (vitamin B3), vitamin B6, manganese and magnesium. The best part? There’s just one ingredient: sweet potatoes!

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Wash and slice potatoes length-wise, about 1/4-inch thick. Either use non-stick spray or place on parchment paper. Cook for 1.5 hours, then turn the potatoes and cook for another 1.5 hours. After cooking, allow the potatoes to reach room temperature before storing them in a sealed container in the refrigerator. These will stay fresh for up to one week.

Baking treats for your dog is easy and fun, and the cost is significantly less than pre-packaged treats. Plus there are no added preservatives so they’re healthier than those mass-produced treats. At Dog Day, Every Day!, our experienced staff will care your pup while you’re at work and love them almost as much as you do. Give us a call at 513-860-DOGS to learn more about our full or part-time doggie daycare and spa.


How To Spot and Get Rid of Fleas

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

How To Spot and Get Rid of Fleas

Dogs can turn themselves into the funniest positions when trying to scratch that itch. And while it’s cute on occasion, when your pup starts scratching too often, it means there could be a problem with fleas that needs your immediate attention.


What are fleas exactly?

 According to WebMD, “More than 2,500 different species of fleas exist throughout the world, yet one is the most common among American dogs and cats. It’s called Ctenocephalides felis, or the cat flea. That’s right. If your dog has fleas, they’re most likely cat fleas.”

Fleas are the most common external parasites on dogs. Adult fleas are about an eighth of an inch long. They’re reddish-brown and very thin. It’s difficult to see what they look like without a microscope (though it’s easier on a light-colored fur), but they do have big back legs. They can jump, by some measurements, upward and outward at least a foot in a single leap. And one estimation finds that for every adult flea found on your pet, there are at least 100 immature ones hanging around.

The reason for the itch is that when fleas bite, their salivary glands release a substance that causes skin irritation. 


How do I know if the itch is caused by fleas?

Depending on your dog’s coat length and color, fleas can be difficult to find with the naked eye. Because fleas are so hard to find, you might need to rely on the presence of flea dirt to determine whether or not your dog has fleas. Flea dirt is actually flea poop, and it appears as specks of dirt on your dog’s skin. Fleas multiply extremely quickly, so it’s important to treat the infestation as soon as possible.


How to treat fleas

Fighting a flea infestation on your dog can be emotional and a lot of work. Treat your dog with a fast-acting oral flea treatment recommended by your vet. Then use a flea comb — dip comb in a mixture of dish soap and water to kill remaining fleas on comb. And follow up with a flea shampoo. 

But really, it’s best to use a flea preventive year-round. These are available from your vet and most come in simple chews that dogs actually like to take, thanks to their flavoring. Your vet will work with you to choose the prevention method that works best for you and your dog. Keep in mind that preventives work best when used regularly year-round; simply applying for one or two months can leave your dog unprotected.


At Dog Day, Every Day!, we know a healthy dog is a happy dog. Bring your pup in for services with our experienced groomers, who will give your dog a bath and blow dry. And try our Shed-less package, which combines our famous shed-less treatment along with 15 minutes of brushing with the patented FURminator tool. This reduces shedding up to 90 percent! Call us today at 513-860-DOGS to make your appointment. For more tips, check us out on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest!




Are All Dogs Good Swimmers?

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Are All Dogs Good Swimmers


Doggie paddling. A term so common we even use it to describe some swimming by humans. Some dogs are great natural swimmers and relish time in the water, but others, well, not so much. Although many dogs can swim a bit and there are always exceptions to every rule, some breeds are more likely than others to enjoy a dip in the pool.

Typical Breeds That Have Trouble in Water

All dogs will naturally begin to paddle when in water, but that doesn’t mean they can keep themselves afloat. Some dogs lack the physical anatomy to keep themselves above water, and others with extra thick or heavy fur also have issues. Pugs, Bulldogs, Pekingese, Boxers, Dachshunds and Basset Hounds are among the breeds who have more difficulty than others. Again, there are always exceptions, but the anatomy of these breeds tend to give them a harder time. Whether it’s shorter legs or the flatness of the face, these breeds have to work much harder than others to stay afloat.


No matter your dog’s breed, it’s always best to test them in water with you close enough to scoop them into your loving arms to avoid accidents until you know of your dog’s water skills. Even a little scare for them can cause unnecessary trauma that could scare them away from all water – including bath time.  


If you find out your dog isn’t a great swimmer but you do have a pool in your backyard, it’s best to invest in a life jacket. If your furbaby sees you in the pool having fun, he or she might jump in to be a part of the fun. RUFFWEAR’s life vests are highly rated and come in a variety of sizes. They help your dog stay upright, and have a sturdy handle so you can pull them out of water at the first sign of danger.

Other Pool/Fresh Water Swimming Issues To Watch Out For

Most dogs will look at any form of water, whether it’s a pool, lake or the ocean, as a giant water bowl. It’s important to have plenty of fresh water around when swimming, and encourage your dog to drink from their water bowl. Salt water isn’t good for humans or dogs to drink, and in pools, there’s another issue. According to Chief Veterinary Officer of American Kennel Club, Dr. Jerry Klein, “As far as chlorine: the amount in a pool is negligible, but the toxic concerns are with dogs getting into chlorine tablets, so they should be put in a safe location where a dog cannot ingest them.” And even if your dog could win a swimming medal in the Olympics, never let them swim unattended.


It’s always best to rinse off your dog after a swim. The salt or chlorine from the swimming water can irritate some dogs’ skin. You don’t have to give them a full bath with shampoo unless you have concerns the water may be contaminated. Go with your instincts. If your skin is irritated after a swim, follow up with a full bath for your dogs, too.

At Dog Day, Every Day!, we offer a full dog spa with baths, blueberry facials and Shed-Less treatments to care for your dog and his skin. Also, we charge by the pound for our spa services to help save you money. Check out our website or call us at 513-860-DOGS for details. And don’t forget to check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for more great tips!



8 Summer Dog Grooming Tips

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Summer Dog Grooming Tips


The dog days of summer are in full bark and this season is particularly challenging for us pet parents. This summer was already expected to be a “ruff” one for mosquitos and ticks, but the recent severe rains have made it even worse. Now that the heat is on and we’re able to be outside more, it’s more important than ever to be diligent about grooming our beloved furbabies.


Coat Length

Shorter hair not only keeps your dog cooler in the heat, but it’s also a must to more easily check for fleas, ticks and bug bites. It’s important to strike the proper balance though. If the hair is too short, your dog is more susceptible to sunburn. The professional groomers at West Chester’s Dog Day, Every Day! can guide you to finding the right style that protects your pooch.

Paw Care

We’ve talked before about the dangers of sidewalk heat on your dog’s paws, but extra time outside can cause other issues. Your dog’s paw pads are sensitive and the heat can cause dryness, which can lead to cracks and even small tears. In between professional pawdicure visits, apply a balm to avoid any issues. There are plenty of balms on the market, but the one we like best is the organic paw soother from the Natural Dog Company. This balm is handcrafted with no artificial preservatives or harmful ingredients, and it comes in a convenient stick for easier application. It also works on rough noses and elbows.

Jagged nails are also a big problem in the summer. While this might not cause your dog any serious issues, we’ve all felt the effects of jagged nails when our furbaby jumps into our lap. At Dog Day, we offer professional pawdicures where we trim the nails and dremel them to a smooth finish.

Bathing

Playing outside means your dog will get dirtier faster. Whether they’re rolling in the grass or in a dirt or mud patch, summer is the time for regular baths. Our baths include a blow dry and thorough brushing, but we also recommend a Shed-Less package. You’ve probably noticed an increase in shedding in your home. This is natural this time of year and while this is nature’s way of keeping your dog cooler, it certainly doesn’t make house-keeping any easier. Our Shed-Less package combines our famous shed-less treatment along with 15 minutes of brushing with the patented FURminator tool. This reduces shedding up to 90 percent. 

Having fun in the sun is a great way to bond with your dog and make memories that will last a lifetime. Show your dog how thankful you are for him or her by calling 513-860-DOGS (3647) to enroll them at Dog Day, Every Day!, where they can run freely, enjoy our water days and play in a happy and safe environment full or part-time when you can’t be with them. And don’t forget to check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for more tips and updates!