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Homeless Dogs Become Heroes

Homeless Dogs Become Heroes

I always say I didn’t believe in love at first sight until my husband and I walked into an animal shelter in New Mexico and...
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Herbal Support for Doggy Digestive Upset

Herbal Support for Doggy Digestive Upset

Like us, dogs can have upset tummies, or to be more technical...indigestion. Maybe the mutt snuck a meal from the cat’s bowl...
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5 Reasons Dogs Make Better Co-Workers

5 Reasons Dogs Make Better Co-Workers

If your workplace is dog friendly, nominate your business on Bark's Best Places to Work by October 31. You could win a year's...
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Dr. Jen On-Call: 7 Helpful Tips When Adopting a Dog

Dr. Jen On-Call: 7 Helpful Tips When Adopting a Dog

October is Adopt-a-Pet Month! One of my favorite aspects of being a veterinarian is seeing newly adopted shelter dogs come in...
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Has Work Gone to the Dogs?

Has Work Gone to the Dogs?

We sure hope so! We’re celebrating canines who punch the clock and the innovative companies that are leading the way by...
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The Skinny on Fats & Oils

The Skinny on Fats & Oils

How many of you have added oil to your dog’s food to help with a dry coat? Healthy fats and oils are critical to both human...
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Celebrate Your Dog on National Hug Your Hound Day!

Celebrate Your Dog on National Hug Your Hound Day!

I love any excuse to celebrate dogs, so I was excited to learn that this Sunday, September 14 is National Hug Your Hound Day!...
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Put Out that Fire! Inflammation and Diet

Put Out that Fire! Inflammation and Diet

Science has recognized that chronic, low-level inflammation in humans is a contributing factor to essentially all of the...
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Supplements: A Sea of Choices

Supplements: A Sea of Choices

A common question I get as a veterinarian is regarding supplements and their benefits. With a steadily increasing variety of...
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Swim Season - Treating Canine Ear Infections Naturally

Swim Season - Treating Canine Ear Infections Naturally

Swim season! Now that it’s warm outside, getting in the water to swim, or just cool down, is part of many dogs’ daily...
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Hot Dogs: Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke in Dogs

Hot Dogs: Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke in Dogs

One of the great joys in life for my dog and me is to be able to enjoy the plethora of trails and rivers around southern...
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SQUIRREL! – Is Off Leash Worth the Risk?

SQUIRREL! – Is Off Leash Worth the Risk?

Close Your Eyes and… Imagine yourself out walking your dog in the neighborhood. It’s a perfect day. Not only is the...
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Handy first aid plants for road tripping with your dog!

Handy first aid plants for road tripping with your dog!

Road tripping with your four-legged friend can be a great adventure! Though, sometimes the unexpected happens and help may...
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Not all Dogs are Created Equal: Feeding Large vs. Small Breed Dogs

Not all Dogs are Created Equal: Feeding Large vs. Small Breed Dogs

In my last blog entry, I discussed the types of food available on the market today for puppies. This month I want to touch on...
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Sizing Up the Pup: Training for Large and Small Breeds

Sizing Up the Pup: Training for Large and Small Breeds

Many people wonder: does size of dog matter when it comes to training? The answer is: both yes and no. Behavior problems...
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Food for Health: Preventing Canine Cancer

Food for Health: Preventing Canine Cancer

Cancer is an insidious disease that doesn't afflict just people. Unfortunately, dogs are also susceptible due to many of the...
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Keeping Puppy Healthy: Nutrition for Youngsters

Keeping Puppy Healthy: Nutrition for Youngsters

It’s officially springtime and that means that soon the shelters will be teeming with furry bundles of cuteness. Big...
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Behavior at a Crossroads: Where Training and Medicine Meet

Behavior at a Crossroads: Where Training and Medicine Meet

As an animal trainer I work with numerous issues in dogs and cats, from prevention and manners training up to addressing more...
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McAfee Knob, Virginia: Do-able Appalachian Trail with a Four-Legged Pal

McAfee Knob, Virginia: Do-able Appalachian Trail with a Four-Legged Pal

It’s a fantasy many of us have, but a few lucky (or foolhardy in Bill Bryson’s case) souls actually go through with it....
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Veggies Key to Canine Health

Veggies Key to Canine Health

Looking for something do do with those broccoli stalks you are about to toss? Feed them to that drooling beast stalking you...
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Feeding Both Mind and Body: Challenging Mealtime Games for Dogs

Feeding Both Mind and Body: Challenging Mealtime Games for Dogs

In a recent post, Mikkel Becker featured ways to keep dogs active in the wintertime, including turning treat time into a...
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How Nutrition Affects Genes: Links Between Nutrition and Optimal Health

How Nutrition Affects Genes: Links Between Nutrition and Optimal Health

In a sea of news headlines and television sound bites, we hear conflicting nutrition information all of the time. One week,...
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Keys to a Harmonious House: Positive Puppy Introductions

Keys to a Harmonious House: Positive Puppy Introductions

When a new puppy is adopted there is a dichotomy of joyful celebration alongside the stress of adjustment. One of the greatest...
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Spring into Fitness: Interval Training Tips for Dogs from Mikkel Becker

Spring into Fitness: Interval Training Tips for Dogs from Mikkel Becker

Have you ever hiked with your dog off leash and noticed how they burst into a run, trot for a while, stop and sniff a bush,...
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Roadtrip to the Rockies: the Grand Tetons

Roadtrip to the Rockies: the Grand Tetons

It’s that time of year, again. Days are getting longer, crocuses are pushing their way up through the snow, and we can...
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Must-Have Gear for Adventurous Dogs

Must-Have Gear for Adventurous Dogs

Dogs on the go need cool gear. Okay, maybe “need” is a bit strong, but everyone loves to sport the latest and greatest,...
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Finding the Fun in Functional Foods

Finding the Fun in Functional Foods

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” -- Hippocrates All foods are not necessarily created equal. A...
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Back to Basics: Demystifying the Pet Food Label, Part 2

Back to Basics: Demystifying the Pet Food Label, Part 2

A while ago I wrote about key things to look for on a pet food label, and specifically how to ensure a food was complete,...
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Zuke’s and PetValu Donate Z-Bones to Shelters and Rescues

Zuke’s and PetValu Donate Z-Bones to Shelters and Rescues

As we wind down Pet Dental Month at Zuke’s, we are thrilled to announce that in partnership with PetValu, we were able to...
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“My Name is Buttons. What’s Yours?”:  5 Tips for Successful Dog Introductions

“My Name is Buttons. What’s Yours?”:  5 Tips for Successful Dog Introductions

Harmony between all dogs in a multi-pet home is a desirable state, but not one always achieved by pet parents. Fighting...
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Beautiful Chompers = Extra Healthful Life

Beautiful Chompers = Extra Healthful Life

Dental care is so important to a dog's overall health, that we here at Zuke's are dedicating another blog in honor of Dental...
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#ZukesChillyPaws Pinterest Contest

#ZukesChillyPaws Pinterest Contest

Zuke’s has teamed up with the fabulous Pointer Brothers from @IfItWags to create a fun, winter-themed photo contest. Enter...
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5 Must Know Facts about Doggie Breath

5 Must Know Facts about Doggie Breath

Have you ever leaned in to snuggle with your canine companion only to recoil in horror over the halitosis? I’m not talking...
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Dogs Love the Desert: A Canine’s Guide to Moab

Dogs Love the Desert: A Canine’s Guide to Moab

Winter can be long, cold and snowy in Southwest Colorado, but we have a secret getaway in our back pocket when it just gets to...
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Four Steps to Changing Chronic Behavior Problems in Dogs

Four Steps to Changing Chronic Behavior Problems in Dogs

Dogs carry bad habits just like people. Even though a dog doesn’t cuss, smoke or drink excessively, they pick up unwanted...
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Bioflavonoids and Dogs: Hype or Helpful?

Bioflavonoids and Dogs: Hype or Helpful?

Flavonoids are all the rage. What are they? Are they different from bioflavonoids? Are they useful for my pet? First of...
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Does Food Rotation Prevent Allergies in Pets?

Does Food Rotation Prevent Allergies in Pets?

I have been asked frequently if rotating an animal’s diet is beneficial to help prevent food allergies. The thought behind...
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New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pet from a Vet

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pet from a Vet

November flew by and before we know it, the presents will be unwrapped, holiday décor will be back in their boxes in the...
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Transform Doggie Winter Blues into Funtime! by Mikkel Becker

Transform Doggie Winter Blues into Funtime! by Mikkel Becker

Behavior problems in the home often escalate during the winter season when dogs are taken out less frequently on walks. This...
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Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme. Or, Just Sage, Actually…

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme. Or, Just Sage, Actually…

Sage is more than just the second herb in the famous Simon and Garfunkel song, stuck between parsley and rosemary. It is an...
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Keep Your Dog on the Nice List!  Easy Solutions For Holiday Challenges by Mikkel Becker

Keep Your Dog on the Nice List!  Easy Solutions For Holiday Challenges by Mikkel Becker

December is one of the most behaviorally challenging months for dogs, as it’s full of distractions and temptations that can...
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Priceless Gifts for Dogs by Zuke’s

Priceless Gifts for Dogs by Zuke’s

So many magazines and blogs are telling you all about the great things you can buy for your pet this holiday season. There are...
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From the Inside: Fantastic Fido Photoshoots

From the Inside: Fantastic Fido Photoshoots

Do you remember the time your dad orchestrated a family picture to commemorate the fact that your whole family (even 2nd...
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Open Sesame!

Open Sesame!

Discover the Health Benefits of Sesame for Your Dog! Sesame (Sesamum indicum) is an African and Indian native that is now...
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Why We #FuelTheLove

Why We #FuelTheLove

We know it’s hard to believe (wink, wink), but we really do love dogs. We love to see them happy, playing, carefree, loved...
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10 Pet Safety Tips for a Safe Holiday Season by Dr. Jennifer Deming

10 Pet Safety Tips for a Safe Holiday Season by Dr. Jennifer Deming

The holidays are steadily approaching and I thought that it would be appropriate to discuss some ways to help keep our...
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Top 5 Adventures with Your Dog: San Francisco Area

Top 5 Adventures with Your Dog: San Francisco Area

Just north of San Francisco, on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, lie the Marin Headlands. It is a magical place...
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Addressing the Health and Heart of Canine Cancer Patients by Mikkel Becker

Addressing the Health and Heart of Canine Cancer Patients by Mikkel Becker

An Interview with Dr. Gregory Ogilvie There’s one word no person wants to hear in relation to their human family members or...
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From the Inside: Meet the Breeds

From the Inside: Meet the Breeds

Have you ever seen every breed of dog and cat recognized by the AKC or TICA in one place? Would you like to? Once a year the...
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Garlic - One clove, two cloves, ah ah ah ah! by Anna-Marija Helt, Ph.D.

Garlic - One clove, two cloves, ah ah ah ah! by Anna-Marija Helt, Ph.D.

Garlic has traditionally been used to support multiple body systems, including cardiovascular, immune and respiratory. Raw...
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Top 5 Reasons for Your Dog to Visit Central Park

Top 5 Reasons for Your Dog to Visit Central Park

Nestled in a city of cement is a lush, green playground that beckons to locals and visitors alike to come frolic and cavort....
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From the Inside: Skyhoundz World Championships

From the Inside: Skyhoundz World Championships

We believe that there are nearly an infinite number of fun ways to get active with your dog. One of the more interesting and...
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Be Vigilant for Cancer in Your Pet by Dr. Jennifer Deming

Be Vigilant for Cancer in Your Pet by Dr. Jennifer Deming

Thanks to the marvels of modern medicine as well as attentive and devoted pet owners, our beloved companions are living longer...
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Smart Training with Low Waistline Impact by Mikkel Becker

Smart Training with Low Waistline Impact by Mikkel Becker

Being an effective motivator is essential for successful dog training. Whether training a new trick or seeking to make...
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Alfalfa: Not the Little Rascals Variety by Anna-Marija Helt, Ph.D.

Alfalfa: Not the Little Rascals Variety by Anna-Marija Helt, Ph.D.

Driving through rural areas in the summer it’s not uncommon to pass by bright green fields of alfalfa (Medicago sativa)....
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Top 5 Winter Beach Vacations for You and Your Dog

Top 5 Winter Beach Vacations for You and Your Dog

Summer is winding down, kids are back in school, Halloween will be here before we know it…and we are already craving a warm,...
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From the Inside – Rain? We’re outta here!

From the Inside – Rain? We’re outta here!

Durango has been getting some serious moisture lately. Though our rainfall pales in comparison to what Boulder and Denver, CO...
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Top 5 Things to Look for on Pet Food Labels

Top 5 Things to Look for on Pet Food Labels

Is there a nutritional adequacy statement on the label? It will say something like “(Name of product) is formulated to meet...
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5 Easy Games to Challenge Your Dog

5 Easy Games to Challenge Your Dog

Opt for food puzzles instead of a bowl. With food puzzles, dogs use their mouth and paws to manipulate the toy until food...
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Keeping Pets Healthy: What to Look for on a Pet Food Label by Dr. Jennifer Deming

Keeping Pets Healthy: What to Look for on a Pet Food Label by Dr. Jennifer Deming

Pet food choices have become incredibly complicated over the past few years, haven’t they? Store shelves are packed with...
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From the Inside – Adventurists

From the Inside – Adventurists

When you see or hear the word “adventure”, what comes to mind? Ok, after you picture Indiana Jones trying to outrun a...
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Five Easy Games to Challenge Your Dog by Mikkel Becker

Five Easy Games to Challenge Your Dog by Mikkel Becker

What are some creative ways to use feeding time as a way to stimulate your dog’s body and brain? Though dogs vary widely in...
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Dogs are Nuts for Berries! by Anna-Marija Helt, Ph.D.

Dogs are Nuts for Berries! by Anna-Marija Helt, Ph.D.

Who doesn’t like those nutritional powerhouses we call berries? Think blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries,...
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Fuel the Adventure: Crested Butte

Fuel the Adventure: Crested Butte

If you are familiar with Zuke’s, then you already know that we have a great passion for finding adventure with our dogs. A...
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From the Inside – Summer Tradeshow Recaps

From the Inside – Summer Tradeshow Recaps

As described in a previous blog, the new-fangled ‘summer’ tradeshow season has come and gone. Now that the dust is...
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“Treat-ing” While Dieting by Dr. Jennifer Deming

“Treat-ing” While Dieting by Dr. Jennifer Deming

Has your dog or cat become a little more rotund over the years? Does your pet have more of a waddle than a spring in his or...
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Creative Ways to Keep Canines Active by Mikkel Becker

Creative Ways to Keep Canines Active by Mikkel Becker

Exercise is not only important, but essential for creating a well-balanced dog. As a dog trainer, I incorporate exercise...
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From the Inside – Industry Tradeshow Season!

From the Inside – Industry Tradeshow Season!

‘Tis the season for nametags, handshaking, high-fiving, eating meals out, unpacking and repacking booth crates, unpacking...
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“Dog Breath” is Not a Compliment ... Parsley to the Rescue! by Anna-Marija Helt, Ph.D.

“Dog Breath” is Not a Compliment ... Parsley to the Rescue! by Anna-Marija Helt, Ph.D.

Does your dog have bad breath? It’s probably not shocking to you that bad breath is common among our canine friends,...
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From the Inside – New products

From the Inside – New products

Developing and launching new products is an exciting and necessary piece of the puzzle that sustains and expands most growing...
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Diabetes and Kidney Disease: Can My Pet Still Have Treats? by Dr. Jennifer Deming

Diabetes and Kidney Disease: Can My Pet Still Have Treats? by Dr. Jennifer Deming

A common concern among my clients is how to feed their pets properly during periods of illness. Kidney disease and diabetes...
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From the Inside: Keeps Me Occupied!

From the Inside: Keeps Me Occupied!

I don’t think it could ever be said that most dogs and cats lack creativity or don’t enjoy play time. For those of you...
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From the Inside: New Dogs!

From the Inside: New Dogs!

Starting at a new job can be a very stressful event in one’s life. Stress can come from a variety of places: the newness of...
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From the Inside: Do Dogs Get 7 Frequent Flyer Miles Per Mile Flown?

From the Inside: Do Dogs Get 7 Frequent Flyer Miles Per Mile Flown?

As I locked the door and peeked back through the window, I could clearly see that he was pouting. He had the unmistakable look...
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Rosemary does it all! by Anna-Marija Helt, Ph.D.

Rosemary does it all! by Anna-Marija Helt, Ph.D.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), a Mediterranean native, has long been used as an anti-aging herb. With strong anti-oxidant...
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Fueling the Canine Athlete by Dr. Jennifer Deming

Fueling the Canine Athlete by Dr. Jennifer Deming

As warm weather springs into Durango so do swarms of energetic pooches with their humans onto the local trails. From hiking...
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From the Inside: Dominion Riverrock Festival

From the Inside: Dominion Riverrock Festival

Getting out and connecting with our customers and their people is one of my favorite things to do. There is never a shortage...
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Bark’s Best Places to Work presented by Zuke’s

Bark’s Best Places to Work presented by Zuke’s

Here at Zuke's, we believe that all aspects of life are better with our dogs by our side. We take them on outdoor adventures...
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Keeping Dogs, Cats & Their People Moving by Anna-Marija Helt, Ph.D.

Keeping Dogs, Cats & Their People Moving by Anna-Marija Helt, Ph.D.

Spring is in full swing, which means that we and our 4-legged companions here at Zuke’s have been outside playing. We like...
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From the Inside: Zuke’s in the Spring

From the Inside: Zuke’s in the Spring

Spring in the mountains, like fall, is a completely optional season. Sometimes it shows up and hangs out for a while....
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Grain-Free Nation? by Dr. Jennifer Deming

Grain-Free Nation? by Dr. Jennifer Deming

One of my biggest pet peeves as a veterinarian is being in a pet supply store and overhearing an employee brag that they are...
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From the Inside: The Furry Scurry

From the Inside: The Furry Scurry

The first weekend of May is reserved on our calendars for a really special event: The DDFL (Denver Dumb Friends League) Furry...
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From the Inside: We Have Our Favorites

From the Inside: We Have Our Favorites

Grocery store, road trips, jaunts to the lake, pet store, trailheads, and grandma and grandpa’s house are all important...
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From the Inside: Our Office

From the Inside: Our Office

We do things a bit different at Zuke’s. For starters, our namesake and also our past and current inspiration was a chocolate...
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Functional Food Friday: Eggceptional Joint Support! by Anna-Marija Helt, Ph.D.

Functional Food Friday: Eggceptional Joint Support! by Anna-Marija Helt, Ph.D.

Eggshell membrane (EM), an ingredient in Hip Action, is receiving a lot of attention in the supplement world for reducing...
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What’s the Whole Scoop on Whole Foods? by Dr. Jennifer Deming

What’s the Whole Scoop on Whole Foods? by Dr. Jennifer Deming

As a veterinarian, I am excited about the improvement I’m seeing in diets for companion animals. More people than ever...
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From the Inside: We Walk Away Our Stress

From the Inside: We Walk Away Our Stress

At Zuke’s, we believe in sharing everything with our dogs and cats. Ok, nearly everything. Last week I breezed into the...
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From the Inside: A Love of Independent Films

From the Inside: A Love of Independent Films

The mountain town of Durango, Colorado has played a significant role in defining who we are at Zuke’s. From the early days...
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Functional Food Friday: Turmeric - Curry for Dogs?? by Anna-Marija Helt, Ph.D.

Functional Food Friday: Turmeric - Curry for Dogs?? by Anna-Marija Helt, Ph.D.

People have been using turmeric as food and medicine for thousands of years, particularly in Southeast Asia. Even if you...
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From the Inside: Global Pet Expo

From the Inside: Global Pet Expo

Welcome to a brand spankin’ new feature on the Zuke’s blog you’ve come to know and love: “From the Inside”!...
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What’s All The Hoopla About Antioxidants? by Dr. Jennifer Deming

What’s All The Hoopla About Antioxidants? by Dr. Jennifer Deming

Imagine a substance that attacks our bodies at the microscopic level, altering cellular structural integrity and directly...
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What’s All The Hoopla About Antioxidants? by Dr. Jennifer Deming

What’s All The Hoopla About Antioxidants? by Dr. Jennifer Deming

Imagine a substance that attacks our bodies at the microscopic level, altering cellular structural integrity and directly...
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Zuke’s and the Global Pet Expo on The Today Show!

Zuke’s and the Global Pet Expo on The Today Show!

Each year the Global Pet Expo brings together all of the manufacturers, buyers, retailers and media outlets that make up the...
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A Rockin’ Review of Mini Naturals

A Rockin’ Review of Mini Naturals

Our friends at The Philly Dog tried our Mini Naturals! See what they had to say: The Philly Dog by Rebecca Braglio February...
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Zuke’s Has Never Been Recalled!

Zuke’s Has Never Been Recalled!

Established in 1995, Zuke's is proud to say we have never been recalled. Your pet is our top priority. Everything we do, from...
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Dogs Know Dogs

Dogs Know Dogs

Have you ever been watching TV and your dog, who previously seemed completely unaware that there was a television in the room,...
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In Celebration of Our New Website!

In Celebration of Our New Website!

We are excited to officially launch our new, improved website; but no celebration seems complete without a contest and some...
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200 Miles Home on Four Tiny Paws

200 Miles Home on Four Tiny Paws

People often speak of a dog's devotion and loyalty. Lovingly dubbed man's best friend, canines seem to hold this distinction...
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A Tasty Solution to Boredom

A Tasty Solution to Boredom

What's more fun than a puzzle? A puzzle with Zuke's treats inside!!! This combination is great for dogs that need a mental...
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Zuke’s: A Diabetic Cat’s Dreams

Zuke’s: A Diabetic Cat’s Dreams

When your cat is diagnosed with diabetes, so much in her life changes. There are new medications, new foods and, sadly, a need...
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