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What Our Dogs Mean To Us

To kick off National Dog Week (Sept. 24-30) we asked three TropiClean Employees what their dogs mean to them and their family. Here are their responses:   Corey Hackmann, Central Accounts Manager Name: Phoebe Breed: Great Dane We got Phoebe when she was just 6 weeks old and a tiny little baby. Now she’s 2 and around 140lbs. My wife, Natalie, and I love her so much. She’s a part of our family and we try to take her...

Brushing Up on Oral Care for Cats

Did you know that cats are North America’s most popular pets? Over 30% of households in North America own a cat. (A). Did you also know that only 8% of cat parents currently own a dental product for their furry feline? (B) Despite cats reigning in popularity among pet parents, we lack the responsibility of taking care of their oral care. Cats, unlike dogs, groom themselves and at times can be finicky to deal with when it comes to...

Six Reasons to Hike with Your Dog

Many pet owners love to take their dogs hiking. If you haven’t tried yet, here are six of the best reasons to hit the trail with your pup this weekend! 1. Exercise Walks are great exercise for your pup, of course, but hiking offers a different experience that will stretch different muscles (for you and your pet), especially if you have access to an area with elevation or rugged terrain. If you have a high-energy dog, hikes are a...

Dog Agility Training Drills You Can Do at Home

If you have an active, intelligent dog, agility training can offer benefits for you and your pup. It’s a great source of exercise for you both, as well as a way to develop a strong bond between you through practicing a complex skill. If you would like to get starting doing agility training with your pup but don’t know where to start, here are five simple drills you can do at home. 1. Walk a puppy dogwalk For puppies...

Tears – More Than Meets The Eye

Tears-More Than Meets The Eye Tears have a purpose; to lubricate and moisten the eye. Many pets have facial staining from excessive tear production. We often see it in small breeds, brachiocephalic and large round eyes. This can happen if eyelashes rub against the eye, irritating it. But there are other underlying reasons too. Tears will be reduced in a sympathetic (fight or flight) state, where circulation and attention are being routed to the muscles of extremities and heart...

Why Grooming is Crucial for Your Dog’s Health

Although most pet parents appreciate that good grooming helps keep their pups attractive and pleasant to be around, they may not realize that grooming also has an effect on health. If you want to keep your dog healthy, a regular grooming regimen is essential. In particular, grooming helps with coat and skin health, as well as giving you an opportunity to spot other underlying health problems. Healthy Fur Regular brushing distributes your dog’s natural oils throughout the coat to...

5 Active Dog Breeds You May Not Know

Love the outdoors? Looking to become a pet parent? Many breeds make great companions for running, hiking, camping, and other types of active living. Here are a few for consideration that you may not have encountered before. 1. Norrbottenspets The Norrbottenspets is a spitz-type dog from Sweden and Finland, originally bred for hunting in the rugged landscape of Scandinavia. Tough and very agile, they can hunt even large game, like moose, despite their small size. At the same time, they...

5 Great Pet-Friendly State and National Parks

If you’re a pet parent who loves to camp, you may have thought of bringing your pup along. Although many campsites and parks allow pets, it can be challenging to find parks that offer good amenities for human and dog alike. So, we’ve put together a list of a few lesser-known parks that are both pet- and pet-parent-friendly to consider for your next getaway. Acadia National Park, Maine Acadia National Park on the coast of Maine is the oldest national park east of...

Dog-Friendly Outdoor Adventures

So many of our dogs love the outdoors, from exploring new scents on a hiking trail to enjoying time on the water. If you enjoy outdoor adventures, but haven’t taken your pup along, you could be missing out on a lot of fun for you both. Of course, it’s important to make sure that the activity you choose is appropriate for your dog, and that you’re prepared to make sure everybody stays healthy and has a good time. If you’re...

What You Can’t See, Can Hurt

  It’s easy to ignore things that are not visible, like your pets teeth. Their cute muzzle lips cover the teeth so well that it takes effort and intention on your part to actually observe what is going on inside their mouth. What you can’t see can be hurting their very existence. It’s important to become familiar with your pet’s oral cavity. Starting at an early age, you should pull up their lips, touch the teeth, and examine the...