Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe for Dogs

Dogs love peanut butter and while store bought peanut butter is easy, most recipes made at home are almost always healthier and free of preservatives. This peanut butter recipe is incredibly easy to make, and you can make sure it’s salt-free and organic for your pup. While sodium isn’t beneficial for dogs, your pooch can easily digest honey and it’s actually incredibly antioxidant for canines. Try out this delicious and healthy peanut butter recipe for your pup!

Ingredients
2 cups peanuts
1 ½ teaspoons honey
1 ½ peanut oil

Place all the peanuts and honey into a food processor and blend until they are well mixed. Scrape down the sides and add in the oil, blending until the peanut butter is creamy and smooth in consistency. Keep your peanut butter in an airtight container or freeze some in a kong as a frozen treat for your dog!

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Retired Blind Guide Dog Gets Own Guide Dog

This is an oldie-but-goodie type of story, and seriously, it gets us a little sniffly every time we hear it. Graham Waspe's guide dog, Edward, had given 6 years of wonderful and loyal service to his legally blind owner when the dog, an eight-year-old Labrador, contract a rare form of Glaucoma and was left blind himself. Though Waspe and his wife were devastated at first, their grief quickly turned to joy when Edward's replacement guide dog, Opal, turned out to be a guide superdog.

Not only is Opal capable of carrying out Edward's former tasks, she's also able to help Edward get around and has become a close canine companion for him. Upon becoming fast friends, Edward now follows Opal closely and listens to her foot-fall to help guide him around.

Edward lives with the Waspes as a retired guide dog and family pet nowadays, and he and Opal make school presentations together where Edward gets to enjoy his favorite activity—getting lots of love, attention, and belly rubs from the kids at school.

 

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3 Ways to Get Your Dog to Take Medication

Photo: Eric Lubbers

Giving your dog medication can be stressful for both you and your pup, but with these three tricks, getting your pooch to take her medication should be a little easier.

Use Food
This is probably the easiest method to giving dogs their medication. Double-check with your vet to make sure your pooch can take the medicine with food, and if she says it's fine, you should definitely try this method first. The best way is to add the liquid medication to peanut butter or cream cheese, or crush the pill up and mix it in with the small bit of food to ensure that your dog won't eat around the pill.

Use a Pill Dropper or Syringe
A pill dropper is pretty similar to a syringe for liquid medication, only in this case it drops a pill into the dog's mouth. With this method, gently guide the dropper or syringe about two-thirds into your dog's mouth, then drop the pill or squeeze out the liquid. Rub your pup's neck immediately to encourage her to swallow.

Use Your Hands
This method is the most difficult, but a good one to master in case you need to give your dog emergency pills without equipment. Hold your dog's jaws open, slightly tilting back his head, and then drop the pill into his mouth. You want to then hold his jaws together with his head still tilted and rub his neck at the same time with your other hand. When you see him lick his nose, you'll know he has swallowed the pill.
 

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Winners of the Shamrock Dog Contest

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Congratulations to our lucky winners of the Shamrock Dog Contest! Thank you to all the pups and their owners for participating!

Brett's adorable baby has a trusty St. Patrick's Day sidekick (and a matching beanie baby!).

Brett's adorable baby has a trusty St. Patrick's Day sidekick (and a matching beanie baby!).

Casie's dog is green from his heart all the way to the hairs on his mustache!

Casie's dog is green from his heart all the way to the hairs on his mustache!

Olivia's two pups representing their Irish pride.

Olivia's two pups representing their Irish pride.

Kelly's little pomeranian is fresh and lucky!

Kelly's little pomeranian is fresh and lucky!

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Tips for Cleaning Your Dog's Ears

Photo: Tim Simpson

We've given you tips before on how to keep your dog's teeth healthy, and today we've compiled our favorite tips for cleaning your dog's ears. Because of the many delicate curves that make up the structure of a canine ear, it's easy for bacteria and parasites to build up and thrive inside, especially if your dog has floppy ears. Regular cleaning will prevent infections from trapped debris, so follow these simple steps to keep your pup healthy!

Comfort Is Key
Dogs aren't particularly excited about getting their ears cleaned. Before you touch their ears, make sure your hands are washed and warm (cold hands can be uncomfortable on delicate ears!), and try to use the gentlest solution possible to clean your pup's ears. Formulas specifically made for ear cleaning work well and are available at most pet stores, but if you don't have that on hand, you can also use mineral oil or hydrogen peroxide diluted with warm water to clean her ears.

No Q-Tips
You may use them to clean your own ears, but don't stick anything in the pup's ears! Instead, wrap a piece of gauze around your finger and saturate it with cleaning solution to wipe off the inner ear. Keep a very gentle touch and don't be afraid to use multiple pieces of gauze to really thoroughly clean out the dirt that easily accumulates inside the ear.

Don't Forget the Outside
The outside of your pup's ear can get just as clogged with bacteria as the inside. Using cotton balls or gauze, make sure you thoroughly and gently clean the outer ear to prevent an buildup and possible infections. Try to clean your dog's ears at least once a week, and don't forget to give him lots of praise and maybe even a treat after you're done!
 

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