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Minding their Feet in the Heat

We see it every
year: an owner with wonderful intentions walking or running their pet in the
heat of day. Sure, the benefits of exercise aren’t to be ignored, but neither
should the blistering temperatures of the sidewalk, sand, or asphalt. Even the
most responsible pet owners, the ones who bring extra water on outings, know
the signs of overheating, and would never in a million years leave their pet in
a hot car, frequently space the fact that mid-day exercise isn’t the safest
choice for a few reasons.

It’s a common
misconception that our dogs still share a lot of the rugged and more resistant
traits of the wild dogs they evolved from, but most of the furbabes that sleep
with us and get served raw diets in a bowl twice a day aren’t quite so tough.
During high temperatures, their paw pads run the risk of burning and
blistering, much like our hands and feet would if we suddenly started walking
outside in the heat of day. Your dog’s paw pads play a big role in their sense
of survival and everyday functioning so avoid the risk of injury, discomfort,
and possible infection by waiting until the sun’s not blazing to take them on
their most-appreciated walk.

But not to worry!
We know you’d never intentionally harm your pet’s feet so we’re sharing the
very quick and easy way to tell if the walk should wait: place the back of your palm on the pavement for five seconds, if you
can’t keep it there: the pavement is too hot for your dog’s paws.
on grass may be safer, but the best thing to do is wait until a cooler time of
day to leash up. 

If your pet
suffers a paw pad injury, rinse the wound with cool/room temperature water and
do your best to clear any debris that may have formed. For minor burns, apply a
cooling balm that promotes healing and consider wrapping the paws if your pup
will let you. If the burns seem severe, let your veterinarian treat them and
vow to never walk your dog in the mid-day’s heat again!

Has your pet suffered a
paw pad injury? Tell us how you treated it on Facebook.

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Avoiding a Dry Coat this Summer

Just like humans,
pets can suffer dry scalp as the weather warms up and the air dries out. While
it’s mainly unsightly and not much of a medical concern, it may cause itchiness
or discomfort – and no one wants that when they’re already just trying to beat
the heat. As the weather warms up, if you’re starting to notice a few flakes
and flecks in your beloved’s coat, here are a few care (and prevention) tips.

  • Brushing! Keeping your
    pet’s fur brushed isn’t just so they look nice, it evenly distributes their
    skin’s natural oils and stimulates the skin. It’s imperative to find the right brush, as anything too soft
    will be useless but too firm will aggravate the skin.
  • Bathing. Ridding your
    pet’s fur of dirt and debris removes irritants and, so long as you don’t
    overbathe, also helps to distribute and produce their skin’s natural oils. Be
    sure to rinse and dry thoroughly to avoid further drying out the skin and
    consider a shampoo with moisturizing and healing properties, like our Colloidal Oatmeal formula.
  • Moisturize. If your pet will
    let you, massage a moisturizer into their skin that’s fortified with nourishing
    and healing ingredients, like Tea Tree Oil. Make sure to be
    gentle, like you’re giving them a little spawday.
  • Eating Right. Sometimes dry
    skin is an indicator of a bigger issue, possibly a nutritional imbalance or
    deficiency. Your pet requires a certain amount of good fats to keep their skin
    healthy; if your pet’s dandruff doesn’t subside with regular grooming, consider
    switching to a higher quality diet.

Has your pet ever
suffered from dandruff? What are some ways you treated it? We’d love to hear
your personal tricks and tips on Facebook.

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Can Dogs Experience Psoriasis?

Crossbreed puppy scratching itself (2 months old)

If you’ve noticed
your pet scratching recently, you may be wondering if it’s simply a passing
phase or something bigger – but what? Just like with humans, dogs can experience
psoriasis when a compromised immune system attacks normal skin cells. This
causes an accumulation of t-cells that surface in the form of red (or silver)
itchy patches on your pet’s skin. While it can be genetic, psoriasis is most
commonly the physical manifestation of an allergy. Here’s a brief breakdown on
the symptoms and treatments.

Symptoms of
psoriasis include excessive itching and dandruff and dry red or silver scaly
patches on the skin, usually on the scalp, legs, and elbows. If you observe any
of these or see signs of bleeding due to excessive scratching it’s time to
consult your veterinarian, as a physical examination is needed for an accurate

The good news is that treating psoriasis is totally doable with topical treatments, an improved diet, and nutritional supplements like zinc, vitamin C, and omega fatty acids. Talk with your vet about other natural treatment remedies but, most likely, switching up their diet should do the trick.

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Should Dogs be Shaved in the Summer?

German shepherd dog laying down on grass

As the weather
warms up, more owners become concerned with their pet’s comfort. That’s because
to us it seems like they’re wearing a mink coat in the heat of summer but, for
them, it’s just business as usual. So, it begs the question: should you shave
your dog during summer?

Think of your
pet’s fur as a natural thermostat, maintaining a comfortable temperature by
absorbing or diffusing heat through its layers. When you shave their coat too
low, it not only rids them of this natural regulation but increases their
chance of getting sunburned (which can cause skin cancer.)

That’s not to say
you can’t give your buddy a sweet summer cut, as a shorter coat is certainly
cleaner and more manageable (especially for those water dogs.) If you haven’t
groomed your pet at home before, it’s probably best to leave it to a pro; but
if you feel comfortable giving your pal a trim, it’s important to have the
right tools so we’ve carefully crafted all of our shears to be consistently sharp for
touch-ups around the face, paws, and tail. Be sure never to shave down to the
skin or rough cut the fur with scissors.

And, of course, it’s
fine to leave their coat alone – we’re sure you’re well aware that they’ll shed
the bulk of that undercoat as the weather warms up. But, if you opt to keep it
longer, just be sure to keep it cleaned and brushed to enhance air circulation
and keep skin healthy.

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Pet Bathing – Mistakes to Avoid

pet bathing

For pets who
require regular grooming, learning to do so at home is obviously the most
economic way for owners to keep up with their needs. But, like all things, you
run the risk of doing it wrong when you don’t enlist the help of a
professional. Not to worry, though! Not only do we make every grooming tool you could possibly
need, but we’re rattling off the most common bathing mistakes you should do
your best to avoid.

  • Water in their
    Do everything in your power to avoid water going into their ears, even
    if it means skipping the shampoo and using a washcloth to rinse their head.
    Even if you’re careful, do your best to dry inside their ears with a dry towel
    when finished. (And, of course, avoid their eyes too!)
  • Not Rinsing
    It’s important to make sure their fur is totally devoid of any soap or
    shampoo by thoroughly rinsing them.
    We know it can be a challenge to keep them in the tub, but it’s important in
    preventing skin dryness or irritation.
  • Not Brushing them
    Before Bathing.
    Giving your pet a good brush before bathing will help
    reduce shedding and matting.
  • Clipping the
    A painful and easy mistake to make is clipping their nails too short
    and causing bleeding. It’s important to use the right tools when clipping their nails or
    leave it to a professional if needed. If your pet will let you, just clip a
    little bit at a time to push the quick back which makes for trim, comfortable

We know at-home
bathing can be a challenge, but knowing what NOT to do can only make you
better! What are some of your grooming tricks and tips? Tell us more on Facebook!

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When Dog Breath Becomes a Problem

cute dog with toothbrush

Ah, the evolution of dog breath. It starts with that sweet puppy scent we can’t get enough of and slowly turns to… well, dog breath. As an owner, it’s important to pay attention to this evolution because your pet’s breath can be a strong indicator of underlying health issues. Of course their mouths aren’t going to be minty fresh, but their breath shouldn’t be noticeably foul. If you notice a funk coming from your animal’s mouth (think rotten-smelling), it could be:

  • Periodontal
    80% of pets over the age of 3 show signs of periodontal disease
    (which can cause organ damage in worst-case scenarios.) It’s caused by plaque
    buildup, making it preventable with an at-home dental routine.
  • Metabolic
    Caused by an imbalance allowing for abnormal levels of certain toxins,
    metabolic disease (the most common being kidney disease) can cause some
    seriously sour breath.
  • Oral Disease. Rank breath could
    also be signs of other oral diseases like stomatitis (painful inflammation of the
    gums and mouth common in felines), oral masses, or gingival hyperplasia (an
    overgrowth of the gums.)
  • Gastrointestinal
    While not nearly as
    common as periodontal disease, illness in the stomach, esophagus, or intestines
    can certainly cause foul breath.

The best way to monitor oral health and prevent plaque build up is to brush, wipe, or spray your pet’s teeth as regularly as you can – and pay attention to that breath!

How do you care for your pet’s teeth?
Post your tips and tricks on Twitter and mention us @miraclecarepet!

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Winter Dog Hygiene: Do’s and Don’ts

dog hygiene clean puppy

When cold weather hits it can bring up a lot of questions regarding what’s okay to do with your dog’s coat. Many people are hesitant to bathe or cut their dog’s fur because of the chill in the air, which is an understandable (and expected) concern. Not to worry folks, below is a quick checklist of acceptable winter dog hygiene – but we’ll give you a hint: you should be keeping up with everything regardless of the temperature.

Baths: Yes!

It’s okay to give your dog a bath in the winter, especially those with coats that easily mat. Just be sure your dog’s completely dry before going back outside. (Or, you can always opt for a waterless shampoo.)

Short Cuts: No!

Of course it’s recommended to keep your dog’s coat contained in the winter. But, we recommend going for a longer cut as their coat doesn’t just warm them. A dog’s coat also regulates their temperature in both directions through insulation and release, making some fur necessary.

Brushing: Yes! 

Remember to brush! Brushing helps avoid matting, reduce shedding, and distribute their natural oils. These oils can help keep skin moisturized in these drier months.

Paw Care: Yes!

Get into the habit of wiping your pet’s paws after a winter outing; not only for your carpets, but it’s a good opportunity to make sure there isn’t any ice or harmful salt wedged in their paw pads which can cause discomfort. And, of course, don’t forget to keep their nails trimmed enough that they clear the floor when walking.

PS – Fleas shouldn’t be forgotten. It’s important to maintain a regular flea prevention regimen to be safe – especially if you live in a place where winters are relatively mild. Remember that pesky fleas can still live in a warm pet bed, barn, or doghouse for months into winter, so don’t let your guard down.

What’s your winter regimen for grooming? Show us your pet’s
cold-weather cut on Facebook!

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5 Tips – Year-Round Coat Care For Dogs

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Coat care for dogs is important – Even when they don’t look dirty!

Different breeds have different grooming needs, but they all require regular maintenance to keep their skin and coat clean, healthy, and mat free. Depending on where you live and what outdoor activities you prefer may dictate which season requires more attention, but we know one thing: mud and snow make for one dirty, matted mess. Regardless of the time of year, below are a few tips for routine maintenance of your companion’s coat.

1. Bathe, of course.

Dogs should get regular baths (even in the winter), especially those with coats that easily mat. In cold weather, make sure your dog’s completely dry before going back outside – or you can always opt for a waterless shampoo.

2. Trim, if necessary.

Even in the winter it’s fine to keep your dog’s coat trimmed, but always leave some length throughout the year, as their coat doesn’t just warm them, it regulates their temperature in both directions through insulation and release.

3. Brush regularly.

If you’re wary of grooming when it’s cold outside or want to skip a bath during the summer, brushing is your biggest aid. Not only does it reduce shedding, it distributes their natural oils which can help keep skin moisturized in dry months.

4. Remember their Paws.

Get into the habit of wiping your pet’s paws after any outing where snow or mud can accumulate. It’s not just for the carpet, it’s a good opportunity to make sure there isn’t anything wedged in their paw pads which can cause major discomfort and matting.

5. Don’t Forget about Fleas.

It’s important to maintain a regular flea prevention regimen year round to be safe – especially if you live in a place where winters are mild. Remember that these pests thrive in the summer and can live in warm pet beds, barns, or dog houses for months in cold weather, so don’t let your guard down.

What are some ways you maintain your pet’s coat throughout the year? Tell us more on Facebook!

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Do You Hear What I Hear? Dog Ear Cleaning Tips

dog ear cleaning











While dogs’ ears certainly can’t be beat when it comes to hearing, they can absolutely get dirty and infected. If you see your dog digging at their ears more than normal, take a peek inside; if there’s dark buildup and an odor: chances are, your pet has an ear infection. In the case of an infection, your pet should be taken to the vet to gauge the severity and get a thorough cleaning. From there (or if it’s not a full-blown infection and just some build up) then it’s up to you to perform routine maintenance to keep their ears clean. Not to worry, here’s a quick how-to with the help of some carefully crafted MiracleCare products:

  • For starters: have everything ready. Gloves, cotton balls or tissues, cleaner, and treats.
  • Open your pet’s ear and squeeze the cleaner deep into the ear canal; try to massage it into the base of the ear before your dog shakes their head – you should hear the cleaner squishing around in there. Feel free to distract them with low-calorie treats throughout this process.
  • Close your eyes, cover your face, and wait for the inevitable head shake.
  • Re-open the ear and detail it with the cotton ball and/or tissues to really get the buildup out.
  • You can follow up with a drying cream to get rid of any residual moisture and thwart odor.
    • Pro-Tip: Use the drying crème after baths and swims, too, to help avoid odor and infection.

As a general rule, it’s recommended to clean pets’ ears at least once or twice a month. Of course this process isn’t just about the wax and odor, it contributes to their overall health. If left untreated, ear infections can cause permanent damage to the ear that may require surgery to correct… not to mention your pet’s in pain, and nobody wants that this holiday!

Do you have a foolproof trick for keeping pets’ ears clean? We’d love to hear more on Facebook or Twitter – mention us @miraclecarepet!


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Oldies but Besties: 5 Reasons Senior Dogs are the Best

sweet senior dog














Senior Dogs are the Best!

Maybe it’s just us, but we find older pets to be the most endearing animals on the planet. November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, intended to bring these classics to the forefront and get them into loving forever homes. It’s a sad fact that not only are older animals given up for adoption, but they’re often overlooked for the younger pups – giving them a sometimes sad and heartbroken final chapter. But you can change that! We know that caring for an older animal can be difficult, but we’re dishing up 5 reasons you can’t say no.

1. What You See is What You Get.

There’s no guessing with older pets, their personalities and physical traits are already established and anything you need to know about them is already known and available.

2. They Know their Manners.

Older pets have already learned what’s appropriate to chew, pee, and snack on, making them easier to incorporate into your household than a puppy or adolescent dog.

3. They Enjoy Relaxing, too.

A senior pet won’t be bouncing off the walls for a morning walk or breakfast. All they really want is to relax. And we think that’s perfect.

4. Affectionate and Loving.

Not only do older pets have years of experience in being buddies, they are some of the most appreciative adoptees at the shelter. Most senior pets have experienced a loving home at some point in their life so they recognize and appreciate the chance at another one.

5. Truly Gratifying.

Knowing you gave a senior companion a loving last chapter is a special and fulfilling feeling. While it’s may not be for everyone, adopting a senior pet is saving a life… and we have no doubt that it means everything to that animal.

Check with your shelter to see if they’re running any sort of special on adopting or fostering senior pets, it could be the best thing you do all year.

Like we said, we’re suckers for senior pets so show us your gray-faced babes on Facebook!

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