Our mission at Dogs Naturally is to give dogs a long, happy and naturally healthy life.
And our commitment is to give you the knowledge and tools you need to manage common health issues at home without drugs or chemicals.
Every year we reach millions of dog owners who are dealing with health issues and not getting results. As we reflect back on the year, we thought we’d share the top posts this year … the ones that generated the largest number of success stories. Let’s face it … nobody else has your dog’s best interests at heart.
Dogs today are struggling to stay healthy despite over-vaccination, processed foods, antibiotics that harm their immune system … and toxic drugs to kill heartworms and parasites … and many dogs fail.
That’s why millions of dog owners are turning to natural care. And that’s why you need to take an active role in deciding what’s best for your dog.
So to help you get started, here are our top posts from 2020. Each one has a tip you’ll want to keep.
1. New Research Says To Stay Away From Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is celebrated by dog owners for its amazing health-boosting properties. Heck, we’ve even posted here on DNM about how great it is.
But is it? Is coconut oil good for your dog?
As it turns out, coconut oil might not be as good for your dog as we first thought. There’s new research that says your dog’s gut probably doesn’t like coconut oil either.
Not only can coconut oil upset your dog’s stomach, cause loose stools, and possibly diarrhea … this new research shows that coconut oil can be inflammatory to your dog’s gut lining. And that means it can cause leaky gut syndrome. Leaky gut often causes food sensitivities … and can lead to chronic disease.
Find out more about why you shouldn’t be feeding your dog coconut oil here.
2. Manage Yeast Infections In Dogs With These Simple Steps
Does your dog suffer from itchy skin or hot spots? What about food sensitivities? Or stinky feet and infected ears?
If he does, there’s a good chance that your dog might have a yeast infection. Yeast overgrowth is a common issue in dogs … and it’s not all that easy to treat. But there are 4 steps you can use to help rid your dog of yeast for good!
Step 1: Fix The Itch
First, let’s get your dog comfortable … yeast can make him itchy and uncomfortable. Here is a recipe to help soothe his yeasty skin:
Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
Apple cider vinegar is a great solution for yeast, especially for dogs who love the water (because yeast loves water and moist, damp skin). Here’s what to do:
1. Fill a squeeze bottle (the kind with a long pointy end) with Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.
2. Stick it in your dog’s fur and squeeze. Massage it around your dog’s body, and don’t forget the belly area too. This will help restore your dog’s healthy pH levels and discourage yeast overgrowth.
3. Be sure to apply after a bath or a swim.
(Recipe courtesy of canine herbalist Rita Hogan)
You can read Steps 3 through 4 along with other tips for managing yeast in our blog post here.
3. When Probiotics Can Help & When They Harm
Your dog has a sybiotic relationship with the bacteria that live on and inside him. In fact, for every cell in your dog, there are about 10 bacteria. The bacteria in your dog’s gut have a symbiotic relationship with your dog.
The bacteria has a comfortable place to stay. They get fed well. And in return, that gut bacteria can benefit your dog’s health.
Probiotics are live microorganisms that can colonize in the host and provide health benefits. But there are so many probiotics available? How do you know which one will help your dog?
4. Omega Oils For Dogs: More Than Just Fish Oil
When kibble first hit the market, many people noticed how it changed their dog. Dogs would develop terrible skin and coats from the food they were eating.
This led to researchers discovering that a number of fats were essential to the health of your dog. As the research has continued over the years, we discover more and more about these fats, especially in terms of omega oils.
Omega oils are essential for the health of your dog. They can help reduce inflammation in your dog that can lead to numerous health issues. Getting fats wrong might rob your dog of these health benefits. Do you know the differences between omega-3 and omega-6 oils?
In our post, you’ll discover the benefits of omega oils. Learn the differences between the different omega oils, how to use them and how they benefit your dog’s health.
5. Inflammaging Can Take Years From Your Dog
Chronic inflammation in your dog can cause premature aging … and it’s called inflammaging. Inflammaging is triggered by a number of different factors like waste build up, DNA damage, genetics and oxidative stress.
As hard as it might be to imagine, there are small changes you can make that may extend your dog’s lifespan.
By removing inflammatory triggers, adding anti-inflammatory foods to your dog’s diet and helping to build a diverse and healthy microbiome, your dog may live a healthier and longer life.
To find out how to reduce inflammaging in your dog, you can read about the steps in our blog.
6. How Metabolic Endotoxemia Is Making Your Dog Sick
As researchers take a closer look at how your dog’s gut impacts his health, they’ve found a surprising hidden cause of disease …
Your dog’s immune system can be activated every time he eats. Diets high in the wrong fats can help open a door for toxins to dump into your dog’s bloodstream. This is called metabolic endotoxemia and it can lead to inflammation that can cause an increased risk of:
- Kidney disease
- Heart disease
- Mood disorders
- Autoimmune disorders
You can find out more about metabolic endotoxemia … and how you can limit the after-meal inflammation that can harm his health by clicking here.
Here are a few more posts that our readers thought were important over the course of 2020.
7. Top 3 Reasons Your Dog Vomits Yellow & What To Do About It
Is your dog’s vomit yellow? Find out why and how you can take care of it …
8. Getting to the Bottom of Why Your Dog’s Eyes Are Red
9. Benadryl: Not As Safe For Dogs As You Think
Benadryl is often used to treat everything from hives to separation anxiety. Here’s why you shouldn’t.
10. Is Peanut Butter Toxic For Your Dog?
Peanut butter has been the go to treat for your dog for years. But should it be? Click here to find out the truth about peanut butter.
11. Natural Alternatives To Antibiotics For Dogs
Antibiotics can do serious damage to the beneficial bacteria in your dog’s gut. We’ve got 11 natural antibiotic alternatives for you.
12. Hot Spots On Dogs: The Ultimate Guide
Hot spots are a nightmare for you and your dog. This is a guide on hot posts, what they are and how you can treat them.
13. Giardia In Dogs: How To Get Rid Of It Naturally
Giardia is a parasite that can cause infection and weaken your dog’s small intestine. But, it’s a parasite that can be dealt with naturally. Check out our blog for more info on how to deal with giardia.