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Seven Steps to a Consistent Recall

We all know the joy of taking our dogs on an adventure, unclasping the leash and watching them frolic in the tall grass, chase grasshoppers, and revel in the freedom of being outside and off-leash. However, before we can even get to this point there is one big thing we...

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Seven Steps to a Consistent Recall

Does Your Dog Come When Called? We all know the joy of taking our dogs on an adventure, unclasping the leash and watching them frolic in the tall grass, chase grasshoppers, and revel in the freedom of being outside and off-leash. However, before we can even get to this point there is one big thing we need to make sure we are comfortable with - the recall. You must be certain your dog will come when called.

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Treat Placement Trumps When Leash Training

You’ve got to get the timing right! How many times have you heard that from a dog trainer when trying to teach your dog something new? Timing is important, of course, when you are teaching sit, stay and the like. But treat placement trumps when training your dog to walk on a leash.

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Endurance Nutrition for Hiking and Summer Recreation

Living at the southern terminus of the famed Colorado Trail, I have many clients who have embarked on trekking the scenic 500-mile trail with their furry companions. I have consulted with these adventure seekers regarding how much—and what type of—food they need to bring on their journey for their dogs. And although many people are not cut out for a 500-mile hike, there are times during regular hikes and backpacking trips when your dog will still need endurance nutrition. Allow me to share some tips for properly fueling your pup.

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Boost Your Dog’s Energy with Healthy Calories

If you lead an active lifestyle, you’ve probably bonked at some point. Not a great feeling, right? Extended activities fueled by fruit, a sweet energy drink or an on-the-go, sugar-in-a-tube energy product will give a quick energy peak followed shortly by a crash after each carbo “hit.” Well, the same is true for dogs. It may seem like your dog has boundless energy, but he needs healthy calories on the go just like you.

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Favorite Dog-Friendly Beaches in Southern California

If you're taking a road trip to Southern California this summer or anytime at all, make a stop at one of these three dog-friendly beaches. Enjoy the sun, the surf, and romping with your dog.

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A Natural Approach to Flea Prevention and Treatment

Flea treatment should begin with prevention. Although there are a wide variety of flea products on the market, many contain noxious chemicals, which is why I prefer a natural and holistic approach to flea prevention and infestation treatment. The healthier your pet is, the more resistant he or she will be.

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Dr. Jen On-Call:  A Day In the Life of a Veterinarian

You may know Dr. Jen Deming from her helpful blogs on dog health, but what you may not know is that she is Zuke's go-to veterinarian here in Durango, Colorado for health-related customer questions or concerns. We appreciate her medical expertise and are happy she's able to fit Zuke's into her busy schedule as a veterinarian.

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Zuke’s Celebrates 20 Years! Founder Patrick Meiering Remembers the Past and Looks to the Future

“’Do I sell my car this week so I can make sure I have labels for the packaging later? Do I move out of my house and live in my office?’ There were all those challenges,” Patrick says. “Of course, looking back 20 years later, it’s ‘Oh, that was fun!’”

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A Gluten-Free Diet for Your Dog: Is It Hype or Truth?

Gluten has been a notorious topic over the last several years. Is it all hype or is there truth in the idea of feeding your pooch a “gluten-free” diet.

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Dr. Jen On-Call: My Dog Ate What?! The Strange Things That Pets Eat.

With childlike curiosity, both puppies and adult dogs love to check out new people, places, scents, and tastes with gusto! As you can imagine, this can lead them into trouble – the kind that involves eating some very interesting objects. Let me tell you about a few dogs that I’ve met in my career who have lived to tell the “tail.”

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Teenage Artist Raises Money for Heartworm Awareness and Shelter Dogs

“What made me really upset was dogs that have heartworm are on the top of the list to be put down in the high-kill shelters. More than 1 million dogs have heartworm disease in the United States … and it’s completely preventable. So I decided that I would raise awareness and share Teddy’s story.”

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Pooch Poisons in Kitchen, Home and Garden

In recognition of National Poison Prevention Week (March 15-21), let’s look at some potential pooch poisons, with a focus on foods and common house and garden plants.

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The Top Dogs in Dog Friendly Companies Have Been Named

As the sponsor of Bark Magazine's annual Bark's Best Places to Work contest, Zuke's is proud to present the three winners - innovative companies who welcome and enjoy dogs in their everyday workplace.

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Dr. Jen On-Call: Should You Be Worried When Fido Eats Your Chocolate Chip Cookies?

“My dog just ate a batch of chocolate chip cookies!” and “I dropped my blood pressure pill on the floor and Molly ate it!” are some of the most common after-hours emergency phone calls I receive. How worried should you be?

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Healthy Ways to Deal With Doggie Allergies

It’s heading into allergy season here in Southwest Colorado and many folks are getting prepared. Did you know that dogs can have allergies, too? Like people, they may be allergic to certain plants, pollen, foods, chemicals, dust mites, mold or other substances.

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Lights, camera, good boy! How Mathilde de Cagny trains Hollywood’s canine stars

Mathilde de Cagny is one of the industry’s most successful animal trainers, with credits including TV's Frasier and films “Steel Magnolias,” “Marley & Me,” “Hotel for Dogs,” “Back to the Future” sequels, “Hugo,” and “My Dog Skip." “Training is all about timing, it’s got to be a game.” - Mathilde de Cagny

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Zuke’s Goes Steampunk for Durango Snowdown

Zuke’s joined in the Durango Snowdown festivities on Friday night with a float in the Snowdown Light Parade. This year’s Steampunk theme inspired us to design a steam-powered Zuke’s train to celebrate our “train”ing treats and our 20th anniversary. Snowdown is a Durango tradition, founded in 1979...

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Get Your Dog in the Game: Activities for a Doggone Good Day

Whether your pup is a super athlete or planning to join you in game-watching festivities, here are some tips from our pals and active dog parents at DogTipper, To Dog With Love and All Things Dog Blog to help you enjoy game day and everyday with your furry companions.

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Thinking Positively About Dog Training with Victoria Stilwell

The #1 thing pet owners should know about dog training is, "It should be fun and positive both for you and your dog."-Victoria Stilwell.

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Natural Ways to a Healthy Skin and Shiny Coat

Scratch, scratch, scratch...is this a common sound in your house? Is your dog constantly scratching and chewing at her skin? Is her coat dull and flakey? She could be having a reaction to a variety of things. Identifying the reason and dealing with it will result in a happy dog.

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Dr. Jen On-Call: Connecting Bad Teeth to a Heart Murmur

It may seem like an unlikely relationship, but bad teeth often lead to a bad heart. Learn from Dr. Jen about the healthy mouth - healthy body connection.

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Achoo! Banish Your Dog’s Cold or Flu with Helpful Herbs

It’s that time of year! No, I don’t mean the holiday season. I mean cough and sniffle season. And you aren’t the only one in your household who can catch a cold!

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Zuke’s Super Holiday Dog Cookies

One of the best parts of the holiday - cookies! Make sure your pup can join in the yummy fun with this recipe.

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Dr. Jen On-Call: The Puppy with a Broken Heart

This story about little Eva and her broken heart is a gentle lesson for families thinking of adopting a puppy.

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An All-American Mutt Brings Home the Westminster Trophy

In honor of National Mutt Day, we're introducing one of America's mutt superstars: Roo! This energetic husky mix made history as the first "All-American" dog (i.e. mutt) to win a Westminster Kennel Club competition.

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Feeling Stressed in an Airport? Look for Therapy Dogs!

If you get stressed when traveling, look for airport therapy dogs.

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Muscles, Joints and Bones, Oh My!

Without his musculoskeletal system, your dog would just be a furry blob on the ground! The health of his bones, connective tissues and muscle are factors that significantly contribute to his quality of life.

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Sassy Seniors: Keeping Your Elderly Pet Spry

Just because a dog has reached the 7-year-old milestone, when a dog goes from “adult” to “senior,” it doesn't mean they have to start acting like an invalid.

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Homeless Dogs Become Heroes

Freedom Service Dogs is an organization that rescues shelter dogs and trains them to become service dogs.

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Herbal Support for Doggy Digestive Upset

Like us, dogs can have upset tummies, or to be more technical...indigestion. Sometimes, there's a quick fix.

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5 Reasons Dogs Make Better Co-Workers

Here's just a few reasons why our canine companions make better co-workers.

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

One of my favorite aspects of being a veterinarian is seeing newly adopted shelter dogs come in with their families. It's a good opportunity to troubleshoot issues and ensure a lifelong bond between a homeless dog and their new forever family.

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Has Work Gone to the Dogs?

Zuke's is celebrating canines who punch the clock and the innovative companies that are leading the way.

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The Skinny on Fats & Oils

Healthy fats and oils are critical to both human and hound health. So, adding a little bit of oil to your dog's food is a good idea, right? It depends!

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Celebrate Your Dog on National Hug Your Hound Day!

Studies show the health benefits of hugging and petting your dog, so let's learn how to spread the happiness.

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Put Out that Fire! Inflammation and Diet

Science has recognized that chronic, low-level inflammation in humans contributes to a number of disorders, so it’s not so surprising that dogs also suffer from issues related to chronic inflammation, too.

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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 choices on the shelves of pet stores and even our local mega-marts, people want to know if any of these supplements are worthwhile for their pets.

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Swim Season - Treating Canine Ear Infections Naturally

Now that it’s warm outside, getting in the water to swim, or just cool down, is part of many dogs’ daily get-out-and-go activities. Sometimes this means ear infections, but ear infections can be relatively easy to deal with if you catch them right away.

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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 Colorado, but a fun day outside can quickly become uncomfortable and dangerous to your pet.

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SQUIRREL! – Is Off Leash Worth the Risk?

Learn the safest way to practice off leash and recalls with your dog.

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Road Trip Herbal First-Aid Kit

Road tripping with your four-legged friend can be a great adventure! Sometimes the unexpected happens and help may not be nearby, so you should always carry a first-aid kit. Did you know there are some handy plants that you might want to include for Rover?

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

There are differences in diets designed for adult dogs of all ages and sizes, large, small, working/sporting, and senior dogs.

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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 affect dogs of all shapes and sizes. But, let’s face it, bigger dogs are held to a higher standard than small dogs. A large dog is given...

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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 same influences: diet, chemical exposure, inactivity, genetics and what sometimes seems like plain old bad luck. Even though taking preventative steps doesn't guarantee that you or your 4-legged companion will...

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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 plodding feet, floppy ears, and puppy breath in spades! Have you thought about bringing in a new puppy into your household? Perhaps you have already started searching for the perfect...

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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 complex behavior issues like fear and aggression. When I’m presented with a behavior problem in an animal, it’s usually with a request to make unwanted behavior...

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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. Seven months off of work; just us, our dogs and the Appalachian Trail stretching 2,200 miles.

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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 in your kitchen! Many folks are surprised to hear that vegetables are good for dogs and that many dogs actually like vegetables. Despite being meat-eaters, dogs in the...

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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 mental and physical adventure. Seemingly simple things like hiding treats throughout the house for the dogs to find, or throwing a piece of kibble onto the floor and having...

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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, saturated fat is the most evil of all nutrients. By the next week, it’s not so bad after all. Coffee will flip-flop on a regular basis between the...

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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 adjustments during the transition occurs between current canine family members and the new puppy. Sometimes pet parents plan it right, or get downright lucky, and the puppy is...

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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, roll in some snow, then burst into a run again? Turns out, this innate movement pattern – we know it as interval training – is the...

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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 almost smell summer a comin’. Take advantage of these last days of winter to set your sights on a time-honored tradition: a family summer roadtrip. What better...

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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, including your dog. This year at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando, there were so many new products that jumped out and said, “Hey, buy me for...

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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 functional food is one that provides health benefits beyond its content of macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fats) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). Beyond these nutrients, functional foods contain a variety...

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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, balanced, and high-quality. In this follow up blog, I want to revisit the label, this time looking at the ingredient list to not only decipher...

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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 donate over $66,000 (over 3,300 bags) of Zuke’s Z-Bones to deserving rescues and shelters. Z-Bones help fight doggie breath and keep teeth clean. These potato-based chews not...

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“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 between familiar dogs is one of the most common behavior issues that as a trainer I'm called on to address. One of the greatest predictors on how a relationship...

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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 Health Month to this important subject. This article gives an herbalist's natural approach to dental care, and supplements Dr. Jennifer Deming’s informative article, 5 Must Know Facts...

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#ZukesChillyPaws Pinterest Contest

Zuke’s has teamed up with the fabulous Pointer Brothers from @IfItWags to create a fun, winter-themed photo contest. Enter now to win a gift pack full of Zuke's treats!(See contest details below.) If you don’t know the Pointer Brothers, they are an awesome pair of hunting dogs...

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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 about youthful, endearing “puppy breath,” but rather a more pungent, offensive odor that can make them difficult to be near. Ever wonder how they came to have...

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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 be too much. That secret (which is not really much of a secret with an estimated one million visitors per year): Moab! Just 2.5 hours west...

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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 behaviors that become routine response. Jumping up when greeting, pawing legs for attention, barking at other dogs and pulling on leash are just a few of the bad...

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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 all, bioflavonoid is just a fancy way of saying flavonoid. Sticking the “bio” in front makes it sound more impressive! Flavonoids are a large group of chemicals produced by...

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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 this question is that if an animal is regularly changed from one food to another, they won’t become sensitized to the food and proceed to develop an allergy...

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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 garage, and we’ll be wondering where December went as well. So pop the New Year’s champagne, belt out some Auld Lang Syne, and consider...

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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 is especially true in locations with all four seasons, like where I live in North Idaho. It's rather tempting to become slack with walks and spend more time indoors...

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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 herb that’s been used for centuries as a food preservative, flavoring, health-supporting tonic and medicine. Sage is also an ingredient in Jerky Naturals, Lil Links, andZ...

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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 get dogs into trouble. With a veterinarian as a father, I know it's far too common for pets to get into the holiday meal and become sick, or dash...

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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 beds to snuggle in, toys to play with and, of course, treats to devour. But at Zuke’s, we believe that some of the best presents...

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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 cousin Billy who was out on parole) got together for the holidays? It was a whirlwind of drooping tinsel, bad reindeer sweaters (is there such a thing as a...

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Open Sesame!

Discover the Health Benefits of Sesame for Your Dog! Sesame (Sesamum indicum) is an African and Indian native that is now grown in tropical climates all over the world. Sesame has enjoyed popularity for millennia. In fact, this was one of the plants found in Tutankhaman’s tomb, and there...

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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 cherished pets healthy and happy throughout the next few months. Holiday dinner: What a delicious feast! Quite often we don’t want to deprive our animals the joy of...

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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 where nature, history and weather combine to guarantee an unforgettable adventure for you and your dog. The Marin Headlands is at the southern most tip of Marin...

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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 their beloved pets: cancer. There are numerous stressors in the process of cancer extending far beyond the diagnosis. Cancer is not only taxing for the pet, but...

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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 AKC has a dog and cat fest called “Meet the Breeds” that allows people to walk the aisles of the Jacob Javits Convention...

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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 garlic has even been used topically for infections, abcesses and the like in dogs and their 2-legged companions (1) but you have to be careful, garlic can burn the skin. In the book, “All you...

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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. There is so much fun to be had by people and their dogs, which is why Central Park is one of our favorite places. This probably goes...

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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 intensely interactive ways to connect with your furry table is fetch. To take that a step further, throwing a flying disk for mid-air K9 interception is...

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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 and healthier lives. Preventative medicine and good nutrition have helped extend their life expectancy by months, even years, beyond what they were 20 years ago. This also means that due...

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Smart Training with Low Waistline Impact

Being an effective motivator is essential for successful dog training. Whether training a new trick or seeking to make behavior change last long term, dogs are more likely to do desired behavior when given reward incentives. Rewards used in training can vary. Incentives can span from attention and toys, to...

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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). Where I live in Colorado, alfalfa is frequently found along trails and other disturbed areas where it quickly gains a foothold. Alfalfa resembles it’s cousin, Wild Sweet Clover,...

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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, sunny winter vacation. Visions of snow-covered yards, slushy streets and single-degree days have us searching for warmer weather and sandy beaches where we can watch our...

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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 have been getting (please stay safe up there!), our flora is greener than it has been all year. There are some years we go from dust to snow, so seeing...

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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 the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for (specific life stage).” AAFCO is the Association of American Feed Control Officials and their agency establishes guidelines...

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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 comes out, expending mental and physical energy in the process. The variety is endless; from puzzle boards to balls. You can even create your own food puzzles,...

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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 dozens—if not hundreds—of bags and cans claiming to contain the most delicious, healthy foods available. I would like to help you navigate this sea of choices and to...

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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 giant boulder headed his way (why didn't he just dive to the side?), what do you think of? For our pets, adventures are everywhere. A trip to the...

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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 appearance, from the petite Chihuahua to the towering Mastiff, they share 99.8% genetic similarity to their common ancestor, the wolf. The .2% difference has made a significant...

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Dogs are Nuts for Berries!

Who doesn’t like those nutritional powerhouses we call berries? Think blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries, strawberries and the like. Lots of things are called “superfoods”, but dark berries truly fit the bill with micronutrients like vitamin C, fiber for digestive health, and beneficial phytochemicals. Wild or domesticated dogs will eat...

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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 vacation isn’t a vacation without our pups and so, as we plan our road trips, we are meticulous in making sure that the places we...

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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 swirling slower with an eye on settling, and I am sitting stationary in front of a computer, here is some recappage of what the past few weeks and tradeshows have...

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“Treat-ing” While Dieting

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 her step? You’re not alone. Approximately 54% of pets in this country are overweight or obese. Why? In large part, it is because...

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Creative Ways to Keep Canines Active

Exercise naturally benefits pets with feel-good endorphins that are released with physical activity, and it also boosts serotonin, a natural mood regulator. Here are six creative ways to incorporate more exercise into your and your dog's lives.

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From the Inside – Industry Tradeshow Season!

‘Tis the season for nametags, handshaking, high-fiving, eating meals out, unpacking and repacking booth crates, unpacking and repacking suitcases, reconnecting with peers, and coffee. Lots of coffee. That’s right folks, tradeshow season is upon us! Tradeshows are a big part of our calendar, and we put a lot of...

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“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, particularly in older dogs and in toy breeds. Parsley leaves (Petroselinum crispum) are an old fashioned bad breath remedy and can be found in Z-Bones along with other...

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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 businesses. There are many different ways in which companies go through this process. I will turn to my friend the World Wide Internet for some assistance in formal definition… New...

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Diabetes and Kidney Disease: Can My Pet Still Have Treats?

A common concern among my clients is how to feed their pets properly during periods of illness. Kidney disease and diabetes are two of the most commonly diagnosed metabolic diseases in companion animals. For both diseases, the cornerstone of treatment in most cases involves prescription dietary therapy. In my personal...

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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 not able to bring your fur posse to work, how many times have you left for work in the morning and thought “I wish...

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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 everything, the people you don’t know, the bathroom without a fan placed directly across from the President’s office, trying to parallel park...

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