5 Simple But Essential Things To Remember About Your Dog

Your dog is often your best friend and one of the most important things in your life. You have a relationship with them of sorts. And, interestingly, both parties seem to derive a lot of pleasure from it. 


Most owners, though, don’t know a great deal about the inner workings of their dog’s mind. They think they know them well, but are often surprised to find out things about them they never expected. A relationship with a dog is always an exciting journey. 


So what do owners need to remember about their dogs? Let’s take a look. 


Your Dog Sees The World Through Its Nose

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As people, we tend to believe that the world out there is what we can see. But for dogs, it’s more about what they can smell. 


Dogs have relatively good eyes for mammals. Historically, wolves used them for hunting down prey and working together in packs. 


Dog eyesight, however, is nothing like as advanced as ours. They don’t have the same visual fidelity as we do. And they can’t see as many colors as we can. Seeing through the eyes of a dog would feel a little bit like watching the world through an old television – not great. 


Dogs, though, have a much more highly refined sense of smell. In fact, just processing sensory information from the nose takes up a vast chunk of a dog’s brain. It requires tremendous computing power!


Owners, therefore, need to remember that dogs are primarily smelling creatures. And often, that means that the most exciting things in the environment are undetectable to you. 


Dogs Sweat Through Their Paws


There’s no point trying to sweat through fur-covered parts of the body. That’s because water can’t evaporate and offer cooling action for the skin below. That’s why dogs sweat through their paws


Dog’s Breath Shouldn’t Smell


Just like people, dogs shouldn’t have smelly breath. If they do, it could be a sign that something is wrong.


Occasionally, their smelly breath results from something they’ve eaten that they shouldn’t. If they’ve been chewing their way through sugar snacks without you knowing, for instance, then this can alter their oral microbiome. But if it carries on long-term, it could indicate oral health issues. 


Your best bet is to head down to the pet store and find some tasty chew sticks to clear out any excess plaque. 


Dogs Can Get Food Allergies, But They’re Not Common


Just like people, dogs can get food allergies, but they’re uncommon. Most dogs are allergic to the proteins in meat – if anything- and not refined grains. So next time you see a dog food company advertising itself as grain-free, take it with a pinch of salt. 


Dogs Often Worry About Strangers When They Get Older


Most puppies are fine with meeting new people when they’re young. As they get older, though, they start to worry more and more, leading to barking. Therefore, as an owner, it’s best to get all the meeting and greeting out of the way early, instead of waiting for later.

Hidden Health Issues You May Not Even Realize You Have!!

When it comes to our health, it’s always good to be diligent. However, there are problems and illnesses that many people have but aren’t always aware of. Unfortunately, when this is the case, the person affected misses out on treatment and management strategies that can vastly improve their quality of life. With that in mind, check out our guide to recognizing some of the most common health issues and what can be done about them below. 


Hearing loss


First of all, one of the most common health issues that are often hidden is hearing loss. This is because it is something that can often happen gradually over time. So the full extent of the issue isn’t so noticeable. 


The good news is that it is straightforward to diagnose and treat hearing loss problems, as all you have to do is go to a specialist and get a test. You can even do these online now, so you won’t have to leave the comfort of your own home to get a check-up. 


Of course, if your specialist does find there is an issue, then there is a range of treatment options to consider, including inner or behind the ear hearing aids. In some cases, surgery can restore a good amount of hearing. 




Allergies can come in many forms and range from inconvenient to very serious. In fact, some allergies can result in a condition known as an anaphylactic shock, which can be life-threatening. Also, allergies can show up at any time, even if you have not experienced them before. 


The good news is some things can be done if you are suffering from allergies. Of course, if you have a severe kind, then it’s vital that you see a specialist right away, as they will be able to provide you with an epi-pen that can save your life.

However, even if you have less severe allergies, they can impact on the quality of your life. With that in mind, seeking out a diagnosis and treatment is a good idea. Something that may include being patch tested, taking antihistamines, or even cutting out the things you are allergic to from your life.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

CFS is another term for the illness myalgic encephalomyelitis, and the main symptoms are feeling exhausted and ill a great deal of the time. However, CFS can cause a range of symptoms, including headaches, sore throat, dizziness, flu-like symptoms, mind fog, and sleep issues.


CFS is also a chronic condition, which means that it rarely ever disappears entirely and that treatment is based around managing it and providing the best quality of life possible despite having the disease. 


CFS can be particularly problematic because no one test can show you have it or not. In fact, the process of diagnosis consists of ruling out other similar conditions. However, despite this complication, some treatments can help those with CFS, including medication to help with sleep and pain, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and graded exercise therapy (GET). 

Flooding: 4 Health Dangers Homeowners Need To Be Aware Of


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Flooding has made its way into the national consciousness recently, thanks to the battering from two successive hurricanes. Irma and Harvey, impacting Florida and Texas respectively, and their aftermath is still wreaking havoc on the US. The cost of repairing the damage could be overwhelmingly high.


Even if you weren’t affected by these two storms, it seems a pertinent time to consider the possible aftermath of catastrophic flooding. Given how rare widespread flooding is, you might not be aware of the risks this phenomenon can pose to your home — so let’s dive on in, so if the worst happens, you know what you have to do to cope…


  1. Disease


Where there is standing water, there is the potential for the disease — it really is that simple. That’s why the aftermath of widespread flooding is often not truly tallied until months or years later; it might not be obvious in the initial moments after a flood, but eventually, the effects will be obvious. Standing water leads to an increase in the mosquito population, which puts residents at risks long after the flood waters have eventually receded — that increase in population doesn’t just drain away with the water.


In the aftermath of a flood, it’s essential that you take all steps necessary to protect your home from the potential population growth of unpleasant bugs and flying insects. Steps such as mosquito misting are vital, as soon as possible after the flood itself. It’s also important to make a mental note to wear insect repellent when you’re out and about in your local neighborhood.


  1. Black Mold


If any area of your house is left too wet for too long, then the risk of black mold because ever-more likely. Black mold can be incredibly toxic, so don’t underestimate how potent it can be in the moment and also as a trigger for allergies. Inspect all areas that have been affected frequently, even after the flood water has receded.


  1. Weak Floorboards


Water and wood don’t tend to mix well. You could find that the floorboards have been weakened by prolonged exposure to water. Even the ground floor of your home could be damaged, so peel back the flooring and check everything still looks as it should do. If in doubt, contact a flooring specialist to do a thorough assessment.


  1. Subsidence


If your house was sitting in water for any longer than a couple of days, there is always a chance it may damage the structure of your house. If this is a situation that you experience, it’s vital you seek the advice of a structural engineer to ensure your house is still safe.


There’s very little you can do to prevent catastrophic flooding, but as the above show, you do have some control over how you respond to it occurring.

Spider-man Bath Bombs Recipe Fun in the tub!! Easy!! DIY

I have three grandsons who all love Spiderman. They are also extremely active and have sinus issues, so I came up with an idea to make them “Spider-man Bath Bombs” and adding sinus and calming essential oils to help them at night time.

The reason we call them Spider-man bath bombs is simple, because they are red and blue like Spider-Man. I have found adding little mini toys inside them so they find them in the tub is a fun way for them to play while the essential oils do their job!

Most of the time you can find mini figures at Dollar Tree, or their own toy box, they don’t care!! But be careful if too small with your little ones, make sure they are age appropriate!

How To Make Your Own Bath Bombs:

Ingredients and Supplies:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1/2 cup Epsom salts
  • 1/2 tsp. Corn Starch
  • 1 tsp. water
  • 2 tsp. essential oil
  • 3 tsp. oil (olive oil)
  • food coloring (any color you want)
  • bowl
  • whisk
  • cup
  • bath bomb mold

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl, then divide it in two if you want two different colors.

Mix all the wet ingredients together in a cup, if more than one color, I separate into more than one cup.


Pour the wet into the dry mix and stir until smooth.

Put into the mold and wait.

Usually about 5 minutes later, I remove the top.

After sitting out over night I bag or box them individually.

If they begin to swell then you have too much moisture in them, add a little more cornstarch.

If they begin to crack then add a few drops of water to the mixture.

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