What Ingredients to Look for in Your Dog Food to Keep Your Pup Happy and Healthy

Different dogs have different nutritional needs, that’s why it’s important to find the right dog food to keep them healthy. But with so many different brands of dog food, finding the right one can be overwhelming. Because we believe in promoting a healthy life for our canine companions, we wanted to help with some great tips on what ingredients to look for in your dog food to keep your pup happy and healthy.

Check the Ingredients

Making sure your pet is eating well and getting the vitamins and nutrients they need is an important part in ensuring they lead a happy, active lifestyle. But how do we make sure what they’re eating has the right stuff? Knowing what to look for is important, but often the easiest place to start is looking at the list of ingredients. Companies are required to list the ingredients that go into their product, and with dog food, ingredients are listed by weight. This means heavier ingredients like proteins will be at the top, while nutrients and vitamins will be listed at the bottom.

What to Look For

Protein, vegetables, whole grains, fat and omega 3 fatty acids are all important parts of your dog’s diet, so it’s important to make sure they’re among the listed ingredients in your dog food. But how they’re listed is important too, so here’s what to look for to make sure your pup is getting quality ingredients.

Protein

Beef, lamb, and chicken provide amino acids that help dogs live happy, healthy lives. Do make sure to avoid anything with vague descriptions such as “meat,” as these likely from a low-quality source.

Whole Grains

Like humans, dogs’ bodies metabolize carbohydrates from grains and utilize them as a source of energy. True gluten allergies are rare in dogs, so make sure they’re included on the ingredients list.

Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are a great source of vitamins and antioxidants, so keep an eye out for ingredients like blueberries, pomegranate and tomato pomace. Pumpkin is also a great source to keep their digestive tract moving well. 

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 fatty acids are key for healthy skin and brain function. Look for salmon oil and flaxseed on the ingredients list.

If you’re having trouble deciding on the right food for your dog, researching different brands can provide the information you need. Company sites are a great way to find information on sourcing and quality control. But for expert advice, we recommend consulting with your local vet.

Eating and Living Well the Dog Day Way

At Dog Day, Every Day! we believe in promoting a healthy lifestyle for our furry friends, that’s why we work hard to create a positive, active environment that promotes their well-being. We provide a wide range of services that cater to each dog’s unique needs. So, enroll today or call us at 513-860-DOGS (3647).

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Medical Tips for Your Dog

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Medical Tips for your dog

Our dogs are our best friends. Whether it’s greeting us when we come home after a long day or snuggling with us on the couch, they’re there for us. Here at Dog Day, Every Day! we believe that part of keeping our canine companions happy is to keep them in tip-top shape, that’s why we wanted to share these medical tips for your dog.

Healthy Living Starts with Eating Right

Did you know that one ounce of cheese fed to a 20-pound dog is the caloric equivalent of a person eating two hamburgers? That’s why it’s important your dog snacks smart and is given a balanced and nutritious diet. Eating well means more than just a shiny coat and healthy skin, it can also lead to a stronger immune system, a healthier digestive tract, and stronger joints and muscles. It can also help make sure your dog maintains a healthy weight.

Watching Their Weight

Your dog’s weight plays an important role in their well-being, so it’s important to make sure they stay within a healthy weight range. Over time, obesity can lead to a number of health issues for your pet including joint, heart, liver and respiratory disease. Luckily, regular exercise such as walks or playing fetch can keep your dog active and healthy.

Importance of Oral Hygiene

Keeping your dog’s teeth in good shape means more than just making sure they look good, it also keeps them healthy, too. Without regular dental care, your dog has a greater risk of gum disease, which can make it difficult for them to eat and if left untreated can lead to bacteria spreading to the liver and kidneys. Pet-friendly toothpaste, along with rawhide chews and certain dog treats can help create a complete oral care routine for your dog.

Keeping Your Dog Parasite Free

Both external and internal parasites can pose a risk to your dog’s health. Ticks and fleas can irritate your pet’s skin and spread diseases such as Lyme disease and tapeworms, while heartworms can pose a serious risk to their health. The good news is vaccines and preventative medicine are readily available and regular checkups at your local vet will help make sure your pet is healthy and parasite free.

Regular Checkups

One of the best and easiest ways to keep your dog healthy is with regular visits to your veterinarian. Vets provide your dog with vaccines to keep them healthy, can identify potential health issues and make dietary recommendations to make sure your dog is eating right. Your vet can also spay or neuter your dog, which can help prevent certain kinds of cancers like breast or testicular cancer in pets. 

Promoting Healthy Living

At Dog Day, Every Day! we believe in promoting a healthy lifestyle for our furry friends, that’s why we work hard to create a positive, active environment that promotes their well-being. We provide a wide range of services that cater to each dog’s unique needs. So enroll today or call us at 513-860-DOGS (3647).

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We want to keep our furry friends as healthy as possible. That’s why we make sure they get plenty of exercise, get regularly groomed and are eating right. But did you know that your dog’s oral health can impact their overall health, and that practicing good oral hygiene habits can have a positive impact on their well-being? So how often should you clean your dog’s teeth?

The Importance of Good Oral Hygiene

Without regular dental care, your dog has a greater risk of gum disease, which can make it difficult for them to eat. If left untreated can lead to bacteria spreading to the liver and kidneys. Other dental problems that can occur due to lack of proper oral care include:

  • Broken teeth and roots
  • Periodontal disease
  • Infected teeth
  • Plate defects

Luckily pet-friendly toothpaste, along with rawhide chews and certain dog treats can help create a complete oral care routine for your dog.

Healthy Teeth Begins with Brushing

So how often should you brush your dog’s teeth? The answer is as often as possible. Just like with humans, the most effective way to keep your dog’s teeth healthy is with regular brushing habits with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You can find a canine toothbrush at your local pet store and there are a variety of dog toothpastes to choose from, so you can find the one that’s right for you and your dog. Because developing a routine is important, here’s a few helpful steps to keeping your dog’s teeth healthy, shiny and clean.

Comfort Is Key

Because you don’t want to catch your dog by surprise and have them get defense, before you start brushing, make sure your dog is comfortable and at ease. 

Test the Toothpaste

Let your dog try the toothpaste. This will help you find out whether or not it’s the right one to use.

Try the Toothbrush

It may take some practice but it’s important to get your dog accustomed to the feeling of a toothbrush.

Ease into It

Start by brushing only a few teeth each day, gradually working up to more.

Positive Reinforcement

Reward your dog for being good with a treat or their favorite toy.

While it may take some practice and patience on your part before your dog is completely comfortable with having their teeth brushed, you’ll eventually get your dog accustomed to regular brushings.

Promoting Healthy Habits and Healthy Living

At Dog Day, Every Day! we believe in promoting a healthy lifestyle for our furry friends, that’s why we work hard to create a positive, active environment that promotes their well-being. We provide a wide range of services that cater to each dog’s unique needs. So enroll today or call us at 513-860-DOGS (3647).

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Fun Grooming Styles

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Grooming your dog is an important part of keeping them healthy, but it can be fun, too. Finding a style that reflects your dog’s unique personality can seem difficult, but with so many options out there, it’s easier than you think. To help you find the cut that personifies your pet, here are a couple of fun grooming styles.

Avoid a Bad Hair Day

Nobody likes a bad hair day, so it’s important that when you’re choosing a new style, you find one that not only reflects your dog’s personality, but that style looks good, too. Because dogs vary in size and shape, they require different styles of grooming. Popular grooming styles include:

  • Retriever Cut

    This popular cut is great for curly haired dogs and keeps their coat short, about an inch in length.
  • Lamb Cut

    Hair on the body and head is trimmed short; perfect for warm summer months.
  • Poodle Cut

    Popular among dogs with a lot of fur, this cut keeps hair on the body short, while keeping it long around the top of the head and neck.
  • Kennel Cut

    This style keeps a dog’s fur the same length all over their body and is popular due to its low maintenance.

But what about a cut with a little bit more style and a lot more fun?

Try Something Fun

Rather than grooming your dog in the same style over and over, try breaking with your routine and trying something fun like:

  • Lion’s Mane

    Give your pooch the heart of a lion with a cut that keeps the hair on the half of your dog’s body long, for that trendy, king of the jungle look.
  • Top Knot

    This trend is popular with both people and dogs. This popular look will make your dog turn heads.
  • Mohawk

    While not everyone might be able to pull it off, your dog just might. Keep your dog rocking with this cool cut.
  • Updo

    This style works best on dogs with long hair, and has the added benefit of keeping hair out of their eyes.
  • Teddy Bear Cut

    This style keeps the hair around your dog’s face short while keeping the hair on the body long, for a cute and cuddly look.
  • The Magic Dragon

    Perfect for larger dogs, talk to your groomer about this colorful unique style.

These are just a some of the fun new styles you can try with your dog. Talk with your groomer about find a style that is best for you and your canine companion.

Talk to the Grooming Experts at Dog Day Every Day!

At Dog Day, Every Day! we’ve got the grooming experts to give your dog a cut that is cool and stylish. We provide a wide range of services that cater to each dog’s unique needs including spa treatments and doggy daycare. So, enroll your pet today or call us at 513-860-DOGS (3647) to schedule a grooming appointment.

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How to exercise your dog in the winter

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Is your dog going stir crazy because it’s too cold outside to exercise? If you notice your dog is suddenly misbehaving, vying for your attention or is annoying the cat more than usual, then chances are she needs some exercise.

Easy exercises to do at home

One of the best ways to exercise your dog is by mental stimulation. These 52 tricks can be more tiresome than physical exercise for some dogs. Another favorite is the tennis ball and muffin tin game. This is as simple as putting low-calorie treats in a muffin tin (just a few) then covering them with tennis balls and letting your dog devise a way of uncovering each treat to their delight! In contrast to mental stimuli, get indoor exercise at home with the standard game of fetch using the stairs.

Fun indoor facilities for exercising your dog

A less common but fantastic way to exercise your dog in the winter is by visiting dog-friendly places near you. Even places like a pet store can be used for stimulation and walking around on a wintery day. Try enrolling your dog in some agility training classes at Queen City Dog Training Club. Not only will your dog learn more commands, but he’ll get plenty of exercise running through hoops and over obstacles.

Another excellent way to exercise your dog is at Positive Paws. Give your dog a therapeutic exercise regime in the aquatic treadmill or enroll in some affordable dog training classes. The aquatic treadmill is a great low-impact exercise for athletic dogs and even helps improve behavior issues. Always check with your veterinarian before starting them on a new exercise program.

If an under-water treadmill isn’t how your dog rolls, then a popular option is dog day care services. Here at Dog Day, Every Day! we offer a large, high energy stimulation space where your dog is supervised and learns to play with a pack. It’s easy to get started by enrolling online or calling us at 513-860-3647. Who knows, your cat may even thank you, too!

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Simple cold weather tips for dogs

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Even though we’d all appreciate warmer weather, we do love seeing all the cute and creative winter wear on canines this time of year! Seeing your pups covered up so lovingly brings warmth to our hearts, knowing they are being cared for. Because we care for your dogs too, we wanted to share some simple cold weather tips for dogs.

Observe your dog in cold weather

Every dog is different and we’re sure you’d agree yours is no exception. It’s not as simple as taking the temperature into consideration when deciding how long to keep your dog outside. The wind chill factor and if it’s wet, icy or snowy matters, too. Another factor is your dog. Is he a puppy or elderly? Does she have any health conditions to consider?

Arthritis and hip dysplasia are worse in cold weather for dogs, too. Is your dog large with thick hair or is she a small, short-haired cutie? Here’s a more detailed guide created by a veterinarian with tips for how long each breed should typically be outside. If you notice your dog shivering, limping, raising a paw or just plain too stubborn to stay outside, then it’s a solid sign they’re too cold.

Winter paw care

We’d prefer to prevent any signs of discomfort for our furry ones so it’s best to keep their nails trimmed. This will keep their paw pads from spreading further apart during walks, thereby preventing more salt and snow from creeping into the crevices. Furthermore, dogs lose a lot of heat through their paws so keeping them snug as a bug will help. In addition, it’s best to keep excess paw hair trimmed. Long hair between paw pads collect more salt and ice. Just imagine ice balls forming between your toes! Make your life easier with professional spa paw care at Dog Day, Every Day!

If your dog won’t walk in or keep those adorable booties on, a great alternative is using a balm for their paws. This helps keep the heat in and helps keep their paw pads from cracking.Also, be sure to wipe their paws with a warm cloth after every walk so they don’t ingest salt meant to treat the sidewalks.

Above all, be proactive and observant when it comes to cold weather and your pets. If you prefer to skip the cold winter walks, enroll him or her at Dog Day, Every Day! for plenty of stimulation and exercise. Call 513-860-DOGS and we’ll warm their hearts with love and attention!

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Top 10 Practical Dog Products

Posted by Dawn Donaldson


We love all things dog, including products that make ours and our dog’s lives easier!We sniffed out the top 10 practical dog products that do just that. From better breath to training and mental stimulation, these products will unquestionably come in handy.

Practical dog training and tracking products

The DOTT Smart Dog Tag has you covered. If your dog gets lost, you report it to DOTT and an in-app auto-tracking system is enabled.

When it comes to training, managing the training treats and calorie intake is taken care of with a just lick of Leanlix. From flavors such as PB & J Time to Bark-B-Q, your dog will be begging for the next training session.

Dog products for cleanliness

OH Bowl tackles oral health during feeding time.When your furbaby licks the bowl clean, rubber tips along the bottom remove bacteria and freshen her breath, making hereven more kissable!

When you find the inevitable mess on the carpet, you need apet-safe cleaner that eliminates tough stains. Bac-Out uses essential oils and citrus extracts to remove odors, too.

Practical wearables for your dog

For those scorching summer days, the Swamp Cooler will keep your best friend from getting heat exhaustion. This is a cooling, reflective vest when it feels like 150 degrees outside.

If you thought that was cool, check out the fast drying, microfiber,Snuggly Dog Towel. A towel that doesn’t shake off easily, saving your furniture from getting a bath, too.

Fun and practical tools for exercising your dog

Playing fetch doesn’t have to be just for your dog. You can feel like a child again with the OxGord Bazooka Ball Dog Toy. Better yet, it can encourage your child to get off the screens and into the yard while exercising your furbaby, too!

Have two dogs and love walking them but always juggling your phone, keys and doggie bags? The Double Fozzy Dog Leash is the perfect fix! This holds all your belongings perfectly so you can enjoy the walk as much as your dogs do.

Practical Potty Tools

For dogs that try winning the Guinness Book of World Records for holding their need to pee the longest when it’s raining this is the ultimate solution. The LesyPet Dog Umbrella Leash will keep your furbaby safe from raindrops and you won’t have to share yours and get all wet either.

Our favorite practical dog product because it’s a two for one AND fits in with your home décor is the Merry Pet 2-in-1 Configurable Pet Crate n' Gate. This beauty can be used as a dog crate or a gate, keeping your dog from spoiling where he shouldn’t be when you’re not home.

We love all these products but think our services at Dog Day, Every Day! is the most practical of all! Our open play spaces are conducive to high energy stimulation and they learn dog manners all at once!

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HOLIDAY GIFTS FROM FIDO, TO YOU!

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

It’s easy to know what our dogs want for the holidays, but is it easy to know what gifts he would buy for you if he could? We asked people if your dog could shop, what holiday gifts do you think you’d receive. Here are some of our favorite answers!

1. TOYS! This is by far the most popular answer. Your dog might enjoy a tennis ball while others like stuffed toys or ropes. So it’s easy to imagine what brings Fido joy would bring us joy, coming from his eyes. Playing with toys means quality time with us, so it’s not that far-fetched that toys would be the perfect gift for human and canine alike.

2. New walking/running shoes Chances are your dog loves to take walks or run with you, and has probably heard you complain about your feet or back hurting after walking. It makes great sense that we heard this answer fairly often.

3. Big Fluffy Blanket Most dogs love to curl up on a big furry blanket but even more so, they love to curl up on one with you! What better gift than one that inspires more cuddle time and a comfy place to roll over for those belly rubs, right?

4. Lottery Ticket Another gift idea we might receive from our four-legged best friends and that we absolutely loved was a lottery ticket. Just think, if it was a winning ticket and you quit your job to travel endlessly, your dog wins, too! Endless exploration and adventure? Meeting new friends across the globe? Spending every day, ALL day with her BFF in the whole world? Wolf, wolf, wolf!!!

5. Most Creative This brings us to our most favorite suggestion of all because this survey participant really thought out of the box. Drum roll, please? How about pots and pans with holes in the bottom of them? Every time chef Mom or Dad cooks, guess who gets to be right by his or her side in the kitchen, helping to clean up!

We think it’s safe to say Fido would be a very thoughtful giver of gifts if he could! This calls for a thoughtful gift in return, of course. A day being pampered by your dog’s friends at Dog Day, Every Day! makes for a perfect gift! Contact us today to schedule your appointment!

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Woman feeding her dog a treat. Dog Day Logo. Teach Your Dog Table Manners The Easy Way!

The holidays are here again!  A time of joy, gratefulness, and food! Quite possibly, your dog’s favorite season.  Hence why we thought this would be a good time to teach your dog table manners the easy way! I mean, we wouldn’t want a rendition of last year when Rufus nearly broke Grandma’s hip while making the 50-yard leap for the turkey dinner you just put on the beautifully set table, right? Maybe this has never happened to you (something to add to your grateful list), but let’s make sure it never does with these easy tips!

To teach your dog table manners, bring on your leadership skills! These include patience, good vibes, confidence, and consistency!  When we lose our patience and yell at our dog we might as well have a neon sign on our forehead that flashes, “I’m not your leader!”  Our dog senses our lack of control and thinks this means that actually, they are clearly the leader. If yelling has seemed to work in the past, they were more than likely just confused and scared of you. Neither of which leads to long-term improvement in their table manners. Therefore, it’s important to approach them as a calm but strong, confident but kind, and patient but consistent leader. This is also when our dog is most ready to please us. So, have some fun with it!

Proper table manners start with teaching effective commands like “leave it”.

1.    Get your dog in a standard sit and stay position. 

2.    Take a mini training treat in your hand and relax your arm by your side. 

3.    When your dog starts to move toward your hand pull your hand up and, in a calm, but confident manner, say “No, leave it.”

4.    Repeat.

5.    (Enter patience).

6.    Do this until your dog hesitates, even just a millisecond, and immediately reward him with the treat while you say “Good, leave it!” in an excited voice.  By consistently repeating the command you are reinforcing it and associating it with a reward.

7.    Repeat this process gradually, increasing the amount of time he hesitates each time before rewarding him.

Do this at least ten minutes, twice a day for a week or two. Then you can decrease it to once a day.  This is likely to become your favorite command since you can use it in so many ways, besides just table manners. It can even save your dog’s life in some situations! 

Lastly, the day your guests arrive carve out time for your pooch to exercise before-hand.  They will be more likely to show off their new table manners when guests arrive if you take them on a new trail or include short sprints of jogging mixed in with the walk!  We here at Dog Day, Every Day! can help make sure your dog is properly stimulated the days preceding the holiday with our fun doggie daycare services.   Just call 513-860-DOGS (3647) or enroll here!  Happy tails!

4 Unique Ways Dogs Make Us Happy

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Woman holding her pug in the air. Dog Day Every Day Logo. 4 Unique Ways Dogs Make Us Happy

Happiness comes in many forms, but few things make us happy in ways man's best friend does. There are many ways a dog makes us happy, but in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we wanted to take a moment to be thankful for four unique and less obvious ways dogs make us happy.

  1. Dogs help us save money. If we don’t have a dog at home we tend to go out more often.  This can mean dining out more, which leads to spending more money. In contrast, if we have a dog, our outings naturally decrease. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2017 the average American spent $3,365 on dining out and $3,203 on entertainment.   While a dog costs money too, they don’t typically cost over $6,000 a year. So in a way, this means a dog brings us a greater return on our investment in them!
  2. Our dogs channel our inner happiness. Coming home after a stressful day without a dog to greet us makes it harder to destress.  Rather, if we have a happy, full-on tail wagging dog at our feet we can’t help but lighten up as we begin to engage and play with them.  Dogs remind us to bring out our inner child and lighten up a little.  This helps us tap into our creativity too!  It seems creativity and channeling our inner child always equals happiness.
  3. Dogs can teach us healthy lifestyle hacks. By default, dogs keep us exercising because they need to be walked too but I, like so many others, had a situation that forced me to get resourceful so to heal and add five happy years to my dog’s life! Not only did I find a life-saving dog food recipe for her, but I got one that improved my health and cured my allergies as well! Seems like eliminating an allergy ailment can’t help but spell H.A.P.P.Y!
  4. Dogs help us BE in the moment. Have you ever walked your dog in a rush because your to-do list was haunting you and your dog decides he’s going to plop down and take a break in the shade? Furthermore, no matter what you do he’s not budging.  Then you notice how relaxed and happy he looks. Suddenly you realize it’s a beautiful day! Deep breathing ensues, making you notice the floral smells of spring in the air. Before you know it, you’re smiling and thanking your buddy for making you stop and smell the roses.

These are just four ambiguous ways a dog can bring us happiness and in which we can be thankful for, but every dog owner knows there are many more!  Show your dog how thankful you are for him or her by calling 513-860-DOGS (3647) or enrolling them in Dog Day, Every Day!, where they can run freely and play in a happy and safe environment or be treated to a paws-itive spa day!