PupLife Dog Blog

  • Cute Dog Photo Of The Day: Girl Hugs Dog

    Posted on by PupLife Staff

    Today we start a new project at PupLife: sharing cute dog photos. We'll try to post a new one every day, so let's call this the Cute Dog Photo Of The Day project. Because, well, right now we could all use something to smile about. Enjoy.

    Cute Dog Photo Of The Day: Girl Hugs Dog

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  • COVID-19 & Dogs: What We Know About Dogs & The Coronavirus (Updated April 9th)

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    Can Dogs Catch The Coronavirus?

    (April 9th, 2020) Here is what we currently know. We are learning more and more about COVID-19 each day, and this deluge of information can feel overwhelming for dog owners. In addition to worrying about the health and safety of our friends and family, dog and cat lovers are concerned about the safety of their furry loved ones.

    Dogs and Coronavirus: What We Know about COVID-19


    Dogs Cannot Catch The Coronavirus

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that as of today, there is no evidence to suggest that our pet dogs and cats are a source of COVID-19. That being said, it's important to understand that coronaviruses comprise a large family of viruses that affect a range of animals including humans. Some coronaviruses cause cold-like symptoms in people, other types of coronaviruses cause illnesses in cattle, camels, and bats. And, there are specific coronaviruses that affect dogs and cats but do not infect humans and are not related to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

    The United States Department of Agriculture's Veterinary Services Laboratories has confirmed one case of COVID-19 in a Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo. The 4 year old tiger, named Nadia, is believed to have contracted the disease from an infected zoo worker who was asymptomatic at the time. Six additional big cats are showing signs of respiratory illness but all are expected to recover. The Bronx Zoo has been closed to the public since March 16, 2020.

    Cats Are Susceptible To Coronavirus

    Cats, both domestic and wild, are susceptible to feline coronavirus. A study Published In The Journal Science backs this up. But according to Paul Calle, Chief Veterinarian at the Bronx Zoo, this is the first instance of a wild cat catching the disease from a human. Zookeepers and conservation groups around the country are working hard to protect the animals in their care.  

    Two types of coronaviruses, SARS and MERS, are zoonotic - diseases that originate in animal populations and then spread to humans. This is what scientists believe has happened with COVID-19, however, they have not yet pinpointed the source of origin. We know that the first cases of COVID-19 were linked to a market where live animals were sold, but the virus is now spreading from person to person. 

    Researchers from the Centers For Disease Control & Prevention provide a great resource on the Coronavirus. They have stated that there is no evidence suggesting a link between pets, livestock or wildlife and COVID-19. But it is important to practice good hygiene around animals at all times. 

    This includes:

    • Washing your hands thoroughly after handling pets and livestock, preparing their food and cleaning up their waste and/or supplies.
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    • Keeping you and your pet and livestock living areas clean.
    • Making sure your pets and livestock receive regular veterinary care.

    While there have been no reports of pets becoming sick with COVID-19, the CDC continues to recommend that people infected with COVID-19 limit their interaction with people and pets. Other recommendations include:

    • Limit your contact with pets and livestock if you are infected with COVID-19.
    • Ask a family member to care for your pets until you have recovered. 
    • If you must care for your animals yourself while you are sick, be sure to wash your hands regularly before handling pets and their food. 
    • Physically separate yourself from your pets in the home as much as possible. This means creating a "sick room" away from pets and people and use a separate bathroom if possible. 
    • Avoid close contact with your pets including petting, snuggling and sharing food.

    If you have specific questions about your health or the health of your pets and livestock, please contact your doctor and/or veterinarian.

    For more ways to keep your dog safe, please read Ten Common Dog Poison Hazards: Keep Your Dog Safe. With proper precautions and smart handling of your pet's health, you can give your dog a safe, loving home.

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  • 5 Great Movies For Dog Lovers

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    Nothing beats spending some quality time on the couch with our four legged friends. If your dog is a big snuggler, it can be a real treat to cuddle up and watch a dog themed movie with your pet right at your side. We're big movie buffs here at PupLife, so we are pleased to bring you our fail-safe list of favorite dog buddy movies.

    5 Great Movies For Dog Lovers

    Movies are the lingua franca of our times. Isn’t it interesting (and wonderful) that everyone in the house from kids to hubbies, and of course, our four-legged pals loves sitting down to a good flick?  When the weather turns frightful, we hope you’ll enjoy cuddling with your besties, the remote and our list of great movies that celebrate the relationship between humans and dogs. 

    Here are our top 5 dog movie picks:

    Lady And The Tramp
    Impossible love, The Notebook for puppies… Whatever you want to call it, this is a brilliant movie and a classic! It is the romantic tale of a sheltered Cocker Spaniel who lives with an upper middle class family and a streetwise, free-spirited mutt. The first Disney production to use the Cinemascope widescreen film process, it’s a feast for the eyes as well as the heart. 

    Marley & Me
    This movie is so cute it will melt your heart (but, unfortunately, not the icicles hanging from the eaves).  The story revolves around an incorrigible yellow lab and the newlywed couple who adopt him. Marley’s misadventures are legendary but it’s impossible not to fall in love with him again and again.

    101 Dalmatians
    This film is a classic caper movie and sure to set your heart racing. The story revolves around iconic villian, Cruella De Vil, who kidnaps adorable dalmatian puppies for their fur the amazing canine and human rescue party that ensues. 

    Cats & Dogs
    Cats & Dogs
    It doesn't get any better (or cuter) than this game of high-tech espionage waged between cats and dogs! The movie suggests that there is a top-secret war being waged between cats and dogs of which human-kind of completely unaware.

    Hachi: A Dog's Tale
    Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
    This movie will bring tears to your eyes and reminds us all of the true meaning of loyalty and friendship. Based on a true story of one man's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home. Poignant and beautiful, this film promises quality time for you and your puppy.

    Have your own favorite dog buddy movie? Let us know

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  • Planning An Eco-Friendly Holiday

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    Even though it’s snowing here in beautiful, southwest Michigan, everyone at PupLife.com is dreaming of a green Christmas. In addition to our wonderful selection of eco-friendly products for pooches and people, we wanted to share a few tips for “greening” your holidays. Enjoy!

    O Tannenbaum
    Who doesn’t love a Christmas Tree? While live trees (with the rootball) are great because they can be replanted or mulched, if you already have an artificial tree, by all means, use it. It’s better to enjoy it rather than send it off to a landfill. But, if you’re looking for an alternative, consider a potted evergreen or a fragrant rosemary topiary. You might even opt for decorating a tree in your yard!

    Lighting Is Everything
    All those beautiful, twinkling lights really set the holiday mood, but switching over to L.E.D. lights saves energy and money. L.E.D lights use only ten percent of the energy of traditional lights and generate less heat reducing potential fire hazards in the home. Be sure to turn off your holiday displays at bedtime or invest in a lamp-timer that will automatically turn your decorative lights on and off.

    Ornamental Ideas
    One of our favorite holiday projects is turning last year’s Christmas cards into holiday ornaments. With today’s hectic schedules it can be difficult to keep up with friends and family throughout the year. Sitting down with a stack of the previous year’s cards is a terrific reminder of how valuable those relationships really are and the perfect time to take a moment to appreciate the things that really matter in life – our loved ones!

    Green Giving
    Choose gifts made from recycled materials like our line of super comfy dog beds made from recycled pop bottles! From dog sweaters knit out of recycled cotton to organic dog food and treats to biodegradable pick-up bags, we’ve got you covered. Check out our full line of earth-friendly dog supplies here.

    Reconnect With Nature
    If you’re lucky enough to live in a balmy climate this shouldn’t be difficult, but even here in the frosty midwest, the great outdoors are simply magical at Christmas time. There’s nothing better than taking the dogs on hike through the woods with snow falling all around. So, gather up (or bundle up) the kids and dogs and enjoy some fresh air.

    There are many ways to reduce, recycle and reuse during the holidays and throughout the year. Got a great suggestion? Let us know!

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  • Why Chocolate Is Toxic To Dogs

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    Valentine’s Day is a wonderful time to show your loved one just how much they mean to you. Gifts often include chocolate, and most of us love this delicious holiday treat. However, it is wise to keep in mind that chocolate is toxic to dogs and if ingested, it can be fatal.

    A recent article by our friends at Sojos Dog Food points out why chocolate is indeed toxic for dogs:

    “Chocolate contains theobromine, which is a naturally-occurring molecule found in the cocoa beans, coffee, tea, and cola and is related to caffeine. In the medical field it has been used as a drug to treat high blood pressure because of its ability to dilate blood vessels. Because of its diuretic effect, it is also sometimes used in cases where cardiac failure has resulted in an accumulation of body fluid. What makes it poisonous for dogs and not humans is the fact that dogs are unable to metabolize the chemical effectively.”

    It is remarkable just how little chocolate a pet needs to ingest before becoming dangerously ill. Two ounces of bakers chocolate can be poisonous to a pet of twenty pounds, and one pound of milk chocolate can be poisonous to a dog weighing twenty pounds. While milk chocolate is twenty times more poisonous to dogs than white chocolate, it is smart to keep all chocolates away from pets.


    Why Chocolate Is Toxic To Dogs

    If your pet has ingested chocolate, please contact your vet immediately. If your dog has ingested large amounts, vomiting may be induced by your vet to help save your pet’s life. When in doubt, always contact your vet to get the best health and safety advice for your dog.

    As Spring approaches, please remember to keep chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies away from your dog. Cocoa bean mulch is also becoming quite popular in parts of the U.S. and this can be fatal if ingested. Steer away from this particular style of mulch if you or a neighbor has pets.

    Please remember to keep your chocolate safely out of your dog’s reach. The American Veterinary Medical Association is also a great resource for health information about your pet.

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