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DIY Organic Shampoo for Your Dog

DIY Organic Shampoo for Your Dog

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There is a wide range of doggie shampoos available on the market these days, and choosing the right one to suit your four-legged family member’s needs can be extremely difficult. Imagine if you could formulate your dog’s own shampoo the way you want to, as much as you want and whenever you want. Fortunately for you, you can! Here is a DIY organic doggie shampoo recipe that you can easily follow at home!

Why Make Your Own Organic Doggie Shampoo?

There are several reasons that some people prefer to make their own doggie shampoo instead of buying commercially sold ones. For example, making your own organic shampoo can save time and money. The ingredients for the shampoo can be cheaply bought from the market and you can make as much as you want. Plus, you don’t have to take a trip to the pet store every time you run out.

Another benefit of DIY organic shampoo is that you know exactly what the ingredients are and where they’re from. You can even adjust the ingredients to fit your dog’s needs. By making your own doggie shampoo, it is almost as if you have an unlimited supply of tailor-made shampoo for your canine companion at home.

Ingredients and Materials

  • 1 empty squeeze bottle – 12-16 oz. (larger if you want to make 2x the amount)
  • 1/2 cup organic liquid castile soap – made from olive oil, this gentle substance will serve as the base for your doggie shampoo.
  • 1/4 cup organic apple cider vinegar – fights odor and repels fleas, keeping your pup smelling lovely. It also adds gleam to your dog’s fur.
  • 1 tbsp. organic olive oil – this essential oil is conditioning. It also helps prevent your dogs hair from drying out.
  • 2 tbsp. water – for mixing and diluting
  • Organic lavender essential oil – Lavender has a calming property, which could be beneficial during bath time. It is also a natural tick and flea repellant.
  • Organic eucalyptus oil – fights unwanted odor, fleas, ticks and can help soothe sensitive skin.

Procedure

  1. Using a funnel, pour 1/2 cup of organic liquid castile soap into the squeeze bottle.
  2. Add the apple cider vinegar to the castile soap.
  3. Put in a tablespoon of olive oil.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of water.
  5. Put in 4 drops of lavender essential oil and 4 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to the mixture.
  6. Shake well. Make sure to shake before use because the ingredients tend to settle at the bottom of the bottle.

Note: You can adjust the amount of the essential oils you put in the shampoo. You can play around with the ratio, depending on how you want it. If you want to add other essential oils, just make sure that it is safe for your pet and not to use too much of it.

How to Use

  1. Wet your pup with lukewarm water and apply an ample amount of shampoo. This is not a tearless shampoo so avoid the eye area.
  2. Lather well.
  3. Rinse thoroughly and completely.
  4. Towel dry and groom Fido any way you want.
  5. Enjoy the rest of the day with a fresh-smelling and happier pup!

Canine Shampoo

It will be fun creating your own shampoo for your dog, especially if you can see how effective it is in keeping your pup’s coat beautiful and healthy looking. However, if you prefer to leave shampoo making to the professionals, Nuvet has various shampoo products.

Some of the NuVet shampoo products include a hypoallergenic conditioning shampoo for dry skin, tearless puppy and kitten shampoo, soothing tea tree shampoo, and odor control pet shampoo. All of NuVet’s shampoo products are soap and detergent free so they will not extract crucial oils from your pet’s skin.

Aside from keeping your pet’s fur in top condition, it is just as important to maintain their inner beauty. To do this, give them a nutritional pet supplement such as NuVet Plus. NuVet Plus helps keep your pet healthy from the inside out.

NuVet Plus is made from natural ingredients and is manufactured in a FDA registered lab which is why more and more dog parents are choosing NuVet Plus for their pets. See what dog lovers have to say about NuVet products on NuVet’s Facebook page.


4 Ways To Keep New Puppy Costs Low

4 Ways To Keep New Puppy Costs Low

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In our continued efforts to help our readers, we are sharing 4 ways to keep new puppy costs low.

Inviting a new pup into your life is exciting, and you can get your home ready for your new furry friend with a budget. We’re confident that you will find these suggestions helpful while also bringing you closer to welcoming that new puppy into your home.

1. Add Puppy Items to Your List of Holiday Gift Requests

If you know that a puppy will be joining your home soon, why not add puppy items to your holiday gift list this year? So when grandma asks what you want for Christmas, instead of saying an iPad, why not ask for a dog crate or even a gift card to a pet supply store?

Also, instead of asking Uncle John for his annual Chanukah gift card to your favorite clothing store, request a bottle of NuVet Plus. You’ll be able to provide your pooch with high quality nutrients, with no cost to you. Visit NuVet Plus reviews to see what happy parents are saying these human-grade pet supplements..

2. Don’t Forget the Clearance Section and Goodwill

All types of stores, including pet supply stores, have sales. Some stores even have entire sections dedicated to products on clearance – take advantage! Don’t be afraid to visit this part of the store during your search for puppy items. Dishes, bedding, treats, grooming supplies – you name it – can be found at reduced prices.

Also, check out your local Goodwill or Salvation Army stores. Many times people donate new or barely used pet items. Purchasing doggie items at a local Goodwill or Salvation Army will allow you to get necessary items for a fraction of the cost. Garage sales and flea markets are also good places to check out.

3. Recruit Friends in Your Efforts

What are friends for if you can’t ask them for a little help? Let them know about your plans to bring a puppy into your life. Ask them to keep their eyes peeled for doggie deals.

See if any of your friends will be willing to puppy sit for you if necessary. If you are great at fixing computers and your best friend is a certified dog trainer, why not swap skills? It’s a win-win situation! Or if a pal insists on paying you for some home improvement help you supplied, why not ask them to pick up a couple bottles of your dog’s NuVet Plus instead?

4. Become Your Own Expert Dog Trainer

Don’t forget that you are going to need to train your pooch. Your local library, the Internet, and even your nearby pet supply store can provide you with the resources you need to make sure you have a well behaved pooch.

Many novice dog trainers have found a lot of help on YouTube where expert dog trainers share their techniques. The library has loads of books on dog behavior. Pet supply stores sometimes offer free classes to prospective long-term students. There are many options!

We hope that you find these tips helpful when it comes time to calculating your budget with your new canine family member. Just like excellent nutrition, we feel that owning a dog shouldn’t cost a fortune, which is why we created NuVet Plus.

Comprised of human-grade ingredients and produced in an FDA registered lab, you can feel confident that your pup is receiving the best when it comes to vitamins. Dog parents who already provide their beloved pooches with this excellent product have eagerly shared their thoughts and experiences with us on our testimonials page. If you would like to learn more about NuVet Labs and our products, please visit us here.


5 Ways To Show Your Dog You Love Them

5 Ways To Show Your Dog You Love Them

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Our canine companions benefit our lives tremendously. They help improve our quality of life through companionship and unconditional love. Our dogs express their love for us every day through an energetic wag of their tail, a slobbery kiss or an eager greeting at the door.

Therefore, why not do something a little extra special to show Fido how much you love him? You probably have a bunch of ideas on how to do this. However, if you are looking for some fresh suggestions, take a look at the following list. You might find something new to add to your toolbox of doggie affection tips.

1. Add an Extra Walk to Their Daily Routine

Nobody loves a good walk more than a dog. For your pooch, a walk around the neighborhood provides tons of sensory stimulation, as well as exercise for the both of you. It also gives your pup some time to stretch and burn off any pent-up energy he may have acquired. Take advantage of this extra walk by using the time to bond with your canine companion through a shared activity.

2. Pick Fido Up His Favorite Treat

Most dogs have a favorite treat that they enjoy above all others. If you know what that special treat is, why not pick up a few on your way home from work and surprise your pal. Not only will enjoying his favorite snack make Fido’s day, but it will add some good feelings to yours knowing how happy you made your four-legged friend.

3. Add a Nutritious Supplement to Their Diet

Providing your pooch with a nutritious high-quality diet is another way to show him how much you care. Go one step further and provide your pup with a pet vitamin supplement, like NuVet Plus, as well. Fido will love the taste, and the wafer can be given as a treat!

For more information about NuVet Plus and it’s nutritious human grade ingredients, watch the videos on the NuVet Labs YouTube page. Your pooch will be thrilled with the delicious flavor, and you can be happy knowing you are providing your dog with optimal nutrition.

4. Buy Fido a New Doggie Bed

If your doggie bed is looking a bit old, or your pup is getting up there in years, why not splurge a little and pick up a fancy memory foam bed for him? Your local pet supply store should carry them. We are sure that seeing your dog comfy and curled up on his new bed will have everybody feeling and sleeping much better.

5. Learn Doggie Massage

Humans are not the only ones who love massages, so do pups! Help ease your pet’s anxiety, reduce stress and relieve tense muscles by learning the art of doggie massage. There are many books available on the topic that can be found at the library, online or at your local pet store.

A relaxed dog is a happy dog, and as the masseuse, you reap the benefits as well! Petting a dog has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety and lower blood pressure in humans. It’s a win-win situation!

6. The Little Things

Don’t forget the little things. Show your dog how much you love him every day by spending time with him. Fido is a part of the family, and wants to be treated as such. Remember to talk to Fido when you get home from work, give him hugs or affection, play fetch in the backyard, or give him a good brushing. These little things will not go unnoticed, and will go a long way in showing your pooch that you care.

Just like with love and appreciation it is easy to provide your dog with good nutrition, which is why we created NuVet Plus and NuJoint Plus. Made with high-quality ingredients and produced in an FDA registered lab, you can feel confident that your dog is receiving the best.


What To Do When Your Dog Meets A Skunk

What To Do When Your Dog Meets A Skunk

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Like many dog owners, you probably have a fenced in yard. And like many dog owners you probably don’t give it a second thought when it comes to letting Fido out into the yard to do his business. Unfortunately, this fairly normal way of thinking can pose a problem if your pooch happens upon a skunk.

Your Pup and a Skunk

Chances are, your beloved pooch failed to recognize and retreat when Mr. Skunk gave his warning to back off, resulting in a dog that has been enveloped in the misery that is the distinctive, fetid smelling spray (mercaptan) of a skunk. Even if your dog was able to pick up on the warnings the skunk tried to communicate, the spray of a defensive skunk can travel a distance of up to 15 feet, which could mean even a pup with the instinct to stay away might still have been exposed.

If you were lucky, you made the stinky discovery before you let your pup back into the house. If not, as soon as you do realize Fido has acquired a new perfume, take him back outside immediately. Continue reading to learn how to help Fido in his post-skunked time of need.

What You Will Need:

  • Old cloth towels or paper towels
  • Rubber gloves
  • Eyewash – if your pup was sprayed in the eyes.
  • Garden hose or bucket of water

You may also want to invest in a skunk removal product like Nature’s Miracle Skunk Remover. You can also make your own skunk remover by following Chemist, Paul Krebaum’s recipe and mix the following ingredients together in an open bucket:

Skunk Removal Recipe

  • A quarter cup of baking soda
  • 1 tsp. of liquid soap
  • A quart (4 cups) of hydrogen peroxide

If you have a large dog, add an additional quart (4 cups) of water to the mixture.

Note: Use immediately, leaving this concoction sitting for too long can make it explode. Also, this recipe loses its effectiveness after awhile.

What To Do:

Read the following instructions thoroughly before beginning.

  1. DO NOT RINSE YOUR DOG WITH WATER FIRST!
  2.  Safely secure your dog with a leash or with the help of a friend or family member.
  3. Put on your rubber gloves to protect your hands from picking up skunk oil – make sure your helpers have gloves too.
  4. If using a store bought skunk remover, follow the directions on the bottle. If making your own proceed to step 6.
  5. Look for any scratches or bites. Note: If your dog has been bitten or scratched by the skunk, contact your veterinarian immediately.
  6. If you have made your own mixture: thoroughly work the mixture into your dog’s fur. Pay attention to where the skunk scent is the strongest on your dog. Note: Be careful of your dog’s eyes, skunk remover stings.
  7. Let mixture sit on dog for 5 minutes.
  8. Rinse your dog thoroughly and repeat if necessary.
  9. If your dog’s eyes (face) were skunked, use eyewash. Follow provided directions carefully on store bought eye wash.

Follow up with your veterinarian if your dog starts acting strangely and/or exhibits excessive squinting or vomiting.

Helpful Hints for Keeping your Dog Skunk-Free:

  • Skunks are more active at dawn and dusk so keeping dogs indoors during those times is a good idea.
  • Keep your dog on a leash with supervision.
  • Avoid high grass, as you never know where a skunk may be hiding out.

Discovering Fido has been skunked is never a pleasant experience. However, knowing how to handle the situation will definitely make it less traumatic for you and your pup.

Fortunately, providing your pup with a high quality vitamin supplement, like NuVet Plus canine, is far from traumatic. Comprised of human grade ingredients and flavored in a way that your dog will love, you can make sure that Fido is receiving his daily dose of good nutrition with NuVet Plus. Dog parents everywhere are using NuVet Plus to help combat dietary deficiencies and other things in their dog’s environment that could be negatively impacting their health.

As a result, we regularly receive happy reports on how NuVet supplements have helped to improve the quality of life for many dogs. If you would like to see what people have to say about NuVet Plus, please visit NuVet testimonials.


Fun Facts about Dogs and Cats You Didn’t Know

Fun Facts about Dogs and Cats You Didn’t Know

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It’s easy to think of your pet as a miniature person covered in fur. Sometimes the human-like attributes you apply to your four –legged companion aren’t too far off the mark. Other times, though, you couldn’t be more wrong. Here are some fun facts about pets that illustrate how alike and how different humans and their companion animals are. For more fun facts about pets, follow @NuvetLabsOfficial.

Dogs

• A dog’s intelligence is about the equivalent of a 2-year old child’s. Both understand 200-300 words and hand gestures.

• Five minutes is the extent of a dog’s memory. It’s why yelling at him for something he did an hour ago doesn’t make sense to him.

• Often involving their ears, dogs can make up to 100 facial expressions.

• Dogs have only 1,700 taste buds, compared to a human’s 9,000. Explains why they sometimes eat poop!

• Large breeds have a similar resting heart rate to humans: 60 -100 beats per minute. Smaller breeds are as high as 100-140 bpm.

• You may love to give your pup a hug, but most dogs interpret a limb over their bodies as a sign of dominance.

• Most dogs can run up to 19 mph, but greyhounds hit speeds of 45 mph, making them the fastest dogs on earth.

• Dogs experience similar sleep cycles to humans, including dreaming.

• A dog’s normal body temperature is between 101 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

• Canine nose prints are unique and identifiable, like a human fingerprint.

• About one million dogs have been named as the main heir to their owners’ estates.

• Puppies generally have 28 teeth, compared to the 42 teeth normal adult dogs have.

• Humans and dogs both sweat to regulate their heat. However, dogs only sweat through the pads of their feet.

• Dogs have three eyelids. Not one, not two, but three! An upper lid, lower lid, and third lid.

• The canine sense of smell is 10,000 times stronger than that of humans.

Cats

• Cats don’t sweat – they don’t have the glands.

• Felines make over 100 vocalizations, but they meow almost exclusively at humans.

• Front paws have five toes, but back paws only have four. Your cat is either right- or left-pawed.

• Your cat’s memory lasts for 16 hours, so, yes, he is holding a grudge.

• When a cat reaches 15 years of age, he’s slept for roughly ten of them.

• Like dogs, every cat’s nose print is unique. It can be compared to a human’s finger print.

• Cats enjoy hearing you talk, especially when you say their name.

• Feline kidneys are able to filter out salt, allowing them to drink seawater and stay hydrated.

• Cats cannot see directly below their noses.

• When kittens sleep, their bodies release a growth hormone. They begin dreaming at one week of age.

• Domestic cat’s are recorded to run up to 30 mph. That is 2.2 miles faster than Usain Bolt!

Cats, Dogs and Humans

The above fun facts show us that we share many similarities with our beloved furry friends. For example, felines and canines can benefit from a daily  nutritional supplement, just like us!

A nutritional deficient is often a main cause of health issues in cats and dogs. NuVet Plus for dogs & cats helps provide nutritional support for optimal health. As true “pet people”, we have used our passion for pets to produce the best nutritional supplement available. You can learn more about NuVet Labs as a company and about our mission to support pet health at NuVet Labs Overview.


How Dogs Experience the World Through Their Senses

How Dogs Experience the World Through Their Senses

Although we share the world with our canine companions, how we experience the world can be very different. For example, you may have heard that dogs only see in black and white or that they have poor sight but great hearing. The truth is actually more complicated. Dogs mainly use sight, sound, scents and body language. They use these senses to evaluate the world around them.

Sight

It is true that dogs perceive less of the color spectrum than humans. With two color-sensing cones to a human’s three, a dog’s eyes can’t perceive red and its relative hues. The sharpness of a dog’s vision is also lower. In general, canine eyesight is around 20/75. A human with 20/20 vision can see up to 75 feet clearly, while a dog can see up to 20 feet clearly.

Dogs are far better at motion detection, however. They can sense movement from a distance 10 to 20 times better than people. The canine eye has more rods, light-sensitive cells, than the human eye. Rods fill their retinas and give dogs superior motion detection in all variations of light and darkness. The surface at the back of a dog’s eyes reflect light back out, not only making them shine strangely at night, but also making canines better navigators in the dark. Combine all this with greater peripheral vision than humans and it’s no surprise that dogs are natural hunters.

Smell

Sense of smell is where dogs shine. Humans have roughly five million scent sensors in their nose. Dogs have anywhere from 100 to 300 million, giving them a sense of smell believed to be 1,000 times more receptive. It’s why dogs are so successful at sniffing out drugs, explosives, survivors of accidents and even some types of health concerns.

Despite being much smaller overall than a human’s brain, the canine brain devotes a substantially larger area to analyzing smells. The vomeronasal organ in a dog’s nose detects pheromones from other animals. That ridiculous amount of time your dog spends smelling one small patch of grass is giving him information you can’t imagine: the gender and health of other animals who urinated there, the critters living beneath the ground, even the mental condition of the area’s previous visitors.

Hearing

Although the difference is not as pronounced as with smell, dogs do have stronger hearing than people. Both species hear 20 hertz at the low end, but dogs hear up to 45,000 hertz versus 20,000 for humans. This perception lets canines hear prey animals that communicate in higher octaves. Dogs also locate the source of a sound better than people.

Dogs have 18 or more ear muscles that allow them to control their ears. These muscles allow them put their ears in the ideal position for superior hearing. Their movable ears detect sounds faster and at a greater distance, explaining why they react to things you don’t even see.

Other Senses

Other senses are less prominent for you furry friend. Your sense of taste is much more developed than your dog’s. Humans have roughly six sensors for every one of his. Dogs have a powerful sense of touch with many receptive nerve endings, but the sensitivity varies from dog to dog. Canines are also very reactive to body language, both from other dogs and humans. They express sadness, happiness, fear, nervousness and anger through their ears, tail, legs and eyes and often perceive those emotions in others using the same cues.

To help enhance your dog’s cell, gland and organ function, add a superior nutritional pet supplement to their daily diet. The high quality, human-grade ingredients in NuVet Plus are joined in a synergistic formula that improves quality of life for your canine companion. Learn how NuVet Plus can help put your pet on the path to perfect health at nuvetplus.com.