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No two dogs are always the same size. Dog sizes can vary not only between a Chihuahua and a Labrador Retriever, but they can often vary within the same breed. And, regardless of whether you’ve been eyeing up a cute jacket to help keep your pup warm or are in need of a new harness, it’s important to know how to accurately measure your dog since there is no universal sizing chart for dogs.

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While you generally could order a small for a Chihuahua or a large for a Labrador Retriever, double checking the exact measurements will help to keep your dog from slipping loose out of his harness or avoid trying to squeeze your dog into a shirt that’s just too tight. With so many various dog brands on the market, sizing often varies.

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Measuring your dog is actually easier than you may think. To get the best and most accurate measurement, you’ll want to pick up a tailor’s measuring tape, if you don’t already have one. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy, just soft enough that you can easily bend it to loop around your dog.

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Another option if you don’t have a tailor’s measuring tape, but are pretty crafty and have some string or ribbon in the house and a ruler nearby, you can use that as well. Simply use the string or ribbon as you would the tailor’s tape, then measure the length against the ruler.

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There are 3 main measurements you will want to measure: neck, chest and length.

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Neck: 
Measure your dog’s neck at his widest point. Dogs have a sensitive trachea and having a collar or harness that is too tight around a dog’s delicate neck area could cause breathing difficulty or even worse, it could lead to a collapsed trachea.

Chest:
This measurement is sometimes referred to a dog’s “girth” measurement. Again, you will want to measure around your dog’s widest point. The chest area is where your dog’s harness will lay. Too tight of a harness is like wearing pants that are a size too small. Not only do you want your dog to be safe, you want your dog to be comfortable as well.

Length:
To measure your dog’s length, start at the base of your dog’s neck and measure to the end of your dog’s tailbone (not the tail, just the tailbone).

If you have a long dog such as a dachshund or corgi, check around for specially made clothing, as most of the clothing sold in stores will likely be too short for your dog.

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If you are ordering clothing or p.j.’s for your dog, you may also want to measure your dog’s legs.

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Leg Length:
Start in between your dog’s shoulder blades and measure down to the top of your dog’s paws. If you’d prefer to measure your dog’s back legs, begin at the center of your dog’s tailbone and measure to the top of your dog’s back paws.

Generally, you should omit at least ½ inch to allow ample space between the length of your dog’s clothing and the top of his paws to keep your dog from slipping while your dog is walking or running.

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Obviously, if your dog is a puppy, you’ll need to remeasure him as he grows. If your dog is an adult, it’s a good idea to measure him twice a year: winter and summer. Dogs, like humans, tend to be less active in the winter months, which can lead to a little extra fluff.

We’d love to see your dog’s latest fashion outfits, collars or harnesses. Tag us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with #benebone and we may just share your photo.

It’s that time of year again. With a new year comes new resolutions!  Have you considered making a difference for good in 2019? Maybe you’ve made previous resolutions of donating to help dogs in need, but it just didn’t work out as you hoped? We’ve got 8 ways for you to help dogs all throughout 2019.

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The first step is to find a cause that is important to you! The cause you support should be something that is truly important to you or close to your heart. This will help keep your resolution alive and well even into the later months of September and October.

Next, you’ll want to figure out exactly how or what you want to donate. This can be the part of the resolution that often trips people up, so we’ve put together a list of ways you can make an impact on a dog in need’s life.

1. Monetary Donations

If you’ve hit the lottery and are able to donate large portions of money to your favorite dog charity or shelter, go for it! Unfortunately, despite our tries, most of us are not lottery winning millionaires, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make monetary donations.

There are many ways to make monetary donations – the easiest is to go to your charity’s website and make a one-time donation. To help keep your resolution going throughout the year, many charities make it easy for your to setup a monthly recurring donation.

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Another great way to make monetary donations that directly impact your fellow community members is to check your local Veterinarian’s office for a emergency fund. These funds are often labeled as “Frank’s Fund, Lucky’s Kisses”, etc. Any monetary donations added to the jar are put into a fund for fellow client’s unexpected emergencies. No one expects to have an emergency, but payment is still due at time of service at most Veterinarian offices and this fund helps families in need that may be either low income or hard on their luck.

2. Recycle, Reuse!

Dog shelters are always in need of many items you probably have laying around your house or in storage. A hot item always in need are blankets or towels. Maybe you’ve been saving old Winnie the Pooh blankets from your childhood? While Winnie the Pooh may not work in your guest room, dog shelters will happily welcome your old blankets and/or towels. Dogs are easy to please and don’t care if the blanket you donate is themed. All that matters is that the blanket is comfy, not ripped and doesn’t have any holes. These blankets and towels help keep shelter dogs warm and cozy while waiting for their forever home.

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3. Your Time!

There’s no greater gift you can give a dog shelter than your time! Dog shelters rely on the kind hearts of their neighbors to help keep the dogs happy while in their care. Often, dog shelters are functioning solely on donations so unfortunately, it is not in the budget to have a large staff, even though a large staff is often necessary.

Dog shelters are always in need of dedicated dog walkers. As we learned from our MD SPCA shelter visit, becoming a volunteer dog walker takes many hours of training.  If you’re looking to volunteer, but might not have as much spare time as needed for dog walkers, ask you local shelter if you can volunteer at an upcoming event or fundraiser. Also, an even more fun way to volunteer is to be a dog cuddler! These volunteers come in and spend time with the dogs in their run. You can read the dog a book, tell him about your day or simply just snuggle with him. 

4. Toy & Food Donations!

Despite many shelters having trained dog walkers that volunteer on their own time to come in and walk the dogs outside, dogs are still left in a run for hours on end. Toys not only help keep dogs busy, but toys can be a great exercise for their minds as well. Before you buy or donate toys, check with your local dog shelter. Dog shelters will often have a wish list of toys that are best suited for the dogs in their care. And, while you might not see Benebone on a wish list, if your shelter lists “chew toys”, you can be sure that they will welcome Benebones! (Fun Fact: Benebone sends over 50 donation boxes a month to various US dog shelters and organizations. Keep an eye on our Instagram account for shelter donation giveaways to nominate your favorite non-profit or let us know in the comments below who we should send a box to next.)

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Many dog shelters run a food bank, which is solely dependent on donations. Food banks help low income, homeless or families having short-term financial hardship to feed their dog. Since these food banks do not have access to refrigerators or freezers, the food donated often has to be a dry kibble. Again, you’ll want to check with your local dog shelter to see which brand of food they ask you to donate.

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5. Foster A Dog!

Maybe it’s not the right time for you to adopt a dog, but have you considered fostering a dog? Many dog shelters are sadly overcrowded or certain dogs may have medical issues which prevent them from staying at the shelter. That’s when dog shelters look to the community for vital help. Fostering helps dog shelters take in and care for more dogs than possible on site. Another benefit to dog fostering is that you can set the parameters for which kind of dog you want to help foster. Maybe you’re on a puppy high and have the time needed to devote to only fostering puppies.

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Or, maybe, you have a soft spot for anxious seniors. Either way, fostering gives you a unique opportunity to help dogs of diverse backgrounds in which you may have never had the opportunity to interact with.

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6. Participate In Events!

Attending a fundraiser events is probably the easiest and social way to support your local dog shelter. Visit your dog shelter’s website or Facebook page and take a look at their upcoming events. Typically for these events, you will have to purchase a ticket to attend, however, all the proceeds go back to helping the shelter. It’s a win-win: you and your dog get to mingle with other local pups and the shelter raises funds to continue helping dogs in need.

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7. Put Your Talents to Work!

Do you have an Instagram account for your dog? With that, comes dog photography experience. Whether you’re a professional photographer or a novice, lend your talent to your local dog shelter. One of the toughest battles for shelter dogs is getting a good photo online. Let’s be honest, many of us look online for adoptable dogs. Much like human dating apps, dogs need to have their best paw forward and this is where you come in. Lend your talents to help shelter dogs get adopted. It can be something as little as finding a better background within the shelter to take the dog’s photograph to bringing in a light kit to help brighten up your subject’s cuteness.

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8. Drive or Fly Dogs In Need!

As dog shelters become progressive and mobile, the need to transport dogs has greatly increased. Shelters have begun broadening their reach beyond their state lines and have also began partnering with shelters in various states to help combat overcrowding.

It’s becoming more frequent for dog shelters to ask volunteers to help transport dogs to another state, across the country or even from other countries. While private pilots often donate their time and expertise to fly dogs from one shelter to another, everyday citizens can also volunteer to help fly a dog in need. Often, a rescue may be in dire need to save a dog at a high kill facility. However, in order to save the dog’s life, they need someone to fly the dog to the rescue’s home state. Many of these dogs cannot fly in cargo and rely on someone traveling to help transport them in the cabin safely.  

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If you’re someone who likes road trips, consider helping a dog shelter by driving their newly adopted dogs to their new forever home. While this can be a long distance drive, this added benefit to dog adoption has helped save more dogs than originally possible when limiting adoptions to local residents only.

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Ultimately, there’s no wrong way to help shelter dogs in need. This year let’s resolve to help give back to dogs who give us so much unconditional love and support! We would love to hear how you help dogs in need. Leave us a comment below or tag us in your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter posts with #benebone.

For most people, the term “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” refers to the holiday season. For us dog lovers, we often refer to the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” as puppy season! The holiday season is often the time of year when a new furry member is introduced into the family. Not only are people bringing puppies home, but there is also an increase in dog shelter adoptions. We encourage you to help make a shelter dog’s holiday extra special this year.

Regardless if you are bringing home a 8 week old puppy or 10 year old “young at heart” pup, you’ll want to find a Veterinarian that you can take him to for checkups or illness. While your dog may be healthy now, you don’t want to be rushing around trying to find a Veterinarian if he were to suddenly become ill. It is important to find a Veterinarian that is not just close to you based on location, but someone who you are comfortable with. After all, you and your Veterinarian will be making important health decisions for your dog. We put together these 5 must ask questions when interviewing Veterinarians, so that you can be sure you find the perfect match.

1. Where did you attend veterinary school?

This is a basic question that any pet parent should be asking. This gives you insight into your Veterinarian’s education. This is also a good way to inquire about any continuing education that your Veterinarian may participate in and his surgery experience. Not all Veterinarians perform surgeries outside of routine spay and neuters.

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2. How many doctors are in the practice?

It is important to not only know how many Veterinarians are in the practice, but also who they are. There may be times when your Veterinarian is out of the office and you will need to see another Veterinarian within the practice.

In addition to knowing who the other staff Veterinarians in the practice are, it is a good idea to inquire about any services they may or may not perform and if they see emergency cases when your Veterinarian is out of the office.

3. What are your payment options/package deals?

It’s good to know if your Veterinarian’s office offers any type of payment plans or if payment is due up front. This can help you to prepare for unexpected Vet bills.

And while most practices require payment at the time of service, many practices offer puppy and/or senior packages. Puppies require frequent veterinary care, which leads to higher than normal veterinary bills. To offset this expense, many practices offer puppy packages, which give you discounts on exams during your puppies vaccination series and/or bundled vaccine pricing.

As for our “young at heart” senior dogs, many practices will offer discounts on certain days for senior dogs or offer a senior package that mimics the puppy discount package with discounts on annual exams and testing. It’s just as important for your senior dog to have routine blood work tests as it is for a young dog.

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4. Who do you recommend during off hours/emergencies?

More than likely, your Veterinarian’s office is not open 24/7, 365 days a year. In addition to asking who your Veterinarian recommends in case of an emergency, ask if his practice has a magnet for the 24/7 pet hospital that he recommends for your home. While it may be unsightly, keep this magnet on the side of your refrigerator in case of emergency or better yet, add the animal hospital as a contact in your phone so you can easily access it. It can be hard to remember the name of an animal hospital that you do not regularly go to during a stressful emergency.

Along with this, you should inquire about overnight stays if your dog needs to have surgery at your Veterinarian’s office. Not all practices have staff members that stay overnight. This may require you to transport your dog to a nearby pet hospital for overnight monitoring.

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5. Does your practice offer an on-site pharmacy?

Most of the time, it’s ideal for you to get any prescriptions your dog may need while your at your Veterinarian’s office. Ask your Veterinarian if they are able to give you same day prescriptions for any medications they may prescribe to your dog.

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A cheaper alternative to buying your medications from your Veterinarian’s office for non-emergency prescriptions is to ask your Veterinarian for a written script for any prescribed medications. You can have your dog’s prescription filled at your local pharmacy. Unfortunately, you can’t use your insurance to fill these medications but they are often much cheaper than your Veterinarian’s office.

These are the basic starting point questions to help you decide which Veterinarian you are most comfortable seeing. Keep in mind that this person will be helping you care for and prolong the life of your dog, so you may want to go into further detail when interviewing for a new Veterinarian. (i.e. vaccine protocols, raw food stance or anything else that may be important to you as a dog parent!)  And don’t be shy, ask your fellow neighbors or local social media dog parents who they recommend.

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What are some of the questions you asked your Veterinarian when you first met or how did you decide on the Veterinarian that you are currently seeing? We’d love for you to share with other dog parents by leaving a comment below or tagging us on your Instagram, Facebook or Twitter posts with #benebone!

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There’s no doubt that we are full swing into pumpkin season. It’s hard to go into any store without seeing some type of pumpkin spice product. And, while your dog cannot enjoy a yummy PSL (pumpkin spice latte) with you, there are other delicious ways for your dog to enjoy pumpkin this season.

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Besides the yummy taste, there are many health benefits for dogs that eat pumpkin. But, before you begin giving your dog some of grandma’s famous pumpkin pie, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Dogs can only eat unsweetened raw or cooked pumpkin. This generally means no human pumpkin snacks.
  • Canned pumpkin is fine – just as long as it’s organic and does not contain any added sugar!
  • Dogs can eat both the seeds and/or flesh of a pumpkin. Keep in mind that pumpkins spoil quickly, be sure to inspect your pumpkin carefully.
  • Always consult your Veterinarian before introducing new foods to your dog.

One of the biggest health benefits pumpkin provides is aiding in upset stomach or diarrhea issues. Pumpkin is rich in soluble fiber and also contains vitamins A, E and C. The soluble fiber aids in absorbing the excess water in your dog’s stool. This fiber also serves as a prebiotic for your dog’s intestines and gut lining, which kickstarts the growth of beneficial bacteria while decreasing the harmful bacteria.

Pumpkin can also help to entice your dog to eat his meals if his upset stomach may be keeping him from eating. Simply add 1 – 2 tablespoons of pureed pumpkin to your dog’s meal. When starting out, it’s best to start with a smaller quantity and work your way up.

Hopefully, your dog is happy and healthy! In which case, pumpkin is still a great addition to your dog’s diet. Pumpkin isn’t just for “sick” dogs, there are different ways you can (and should) give your healthy dog pumpkin.

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TREATS!

The easiest way to provide your dog with pumpkin is by buying premade treats. During this time of year, there are an abundance of pumpkin dog treats, just as there are for humans. Not a fan of premade treats? Grab a fresh pumpkin and you can make your own dog treats.

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When making your own fresh pumpkin treats, don’t throw out those seeds. Not only do pumpkin seeds make a great treat for dogs, but they also help aid against worms in your dog’s intestinal tract. Pumpkin seeds contain cucurbitin, an amino acid, that stops any worms from progressing and eliminates them.

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When feeding pumpkin seeds, you will want to get them fresh or untreated. Often, the grocery store pumpkin seeds come pre-salted, which you want to avoid. If your dog doesn’t want to eat them raw, try roasting them with some coconut oil – this will also help to prolong the seeds shelf life. It’s as easy as putting the pumpkin seeds onto a baking sheet and baking them for 10 – 15 minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you have a picky eater that doesn’t want to eat the pumpkin seeds whole, try grinding them to a salt like texture and sprinkle on your dog’s meal.

DINNER!

If your dog already gets enough treats, try steaming some fresh cut pumpkin and adding it to your dog’s dinner. Cut your pumpkin into small cubes, add some water to your steamer and let your pumpkin cook for about 10 – 12 minutes. Let the pumpkin pieces cool and serve.

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Whichever way you give your dog pumpkin is up to you! It may take some trial and error to see what your dog prefers. But, you can rest assured that not only is pumpkin safe for your dog – it’s healthy too!

We’d love to hear how you feed pumpkin to your dog. Let us know in the comments below or share a photo of your dog with his pumpkin on our social media pages. Tag us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with #Benebone so we can see your pumpkin treats or meals.

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We can finally say that fall is upon us …. Well, at least our calendars say so. As we make our way through the year, now is the time that many of us are trying to exercise our dogs while battling the rain, chilling temperatures and even snow! While the weather may not always be ideal, it is still incredibly important to make sure that your dog gets an ample amount of exercise.

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Lack of exercise can not only increase your dog’s shirt size, but can also lead to joint discomfort.

To keep your dog not only active, but healthy, don’t let the weather determine if your dog exercises that day. It is just as easy to exercise your dog indoors as it is outdoors. Keeping your dog active throughout the year will not only be beneficial to your dog’s overall weight, but is also a great bonding experience for you and your dog.

Keep these indoor dog exercises in mind next time you look outside and think you can’t take your dog for his daily walk.

Stair Runs

Yup, these are as easy as it sounds! Running up and down the stairs will not only provide cardio exercise for your dog, but will also help to increase your dog’s muscle strength and joints. The pushing off motion that your dog’s back legs use to go up the stairs will help to strengthen his joints and help prevent knee problems in the future. A great way to entice your dog to do stair runs is to stand at the top of the stairs, throw his favorite ball or plushie at the bottom of the stairs and call him to come back up to you once he’s received it. Essentially, you are playing a game of fetch, but with the added exercise of the stair climbs.

 

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Hide and Go Seek!

Hide and go seek is not only a great physical exercise, but provides mental stimulation for your dog as well. Since we are using hide and seek as a exercise, it’s best if you can avoid hiding multiple treats. Instead, try hiding yourself and calling your dog’s name once you’ve hidden.

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Tug-Of-War

It doesn’t get much more fun for a dog than playing tug-of-war with his human companion. Tug-of-war is not only is a fun game, but also increases your dog’s endurance and jaw strength. Make sure you take breaks in between rounds, dogs can become overly excited and not realize that they in fact, they do need a break. Not to brag, but our dental chew makes for a great tug-of-war toy. 😉

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Puzzle Games

Just as important as it is to exercise your dog physically, so is offering mental stimulation. Many dogs get their daily dose of mental exercise through outdoor walks simply by sniffing the ground. However, with the change in weather, many dogs do not get to go on their daily walks. Puzzle games will help keep your dog mentally active. Don’t have any puzzle games on hand? Not to worry. You can just as easily provide mental stimulation for your dog with 3 colored (non see through) cups and a treat. Let your dog smell the treat, then hide the treat under a cup. Mix the cups out of order and allow your dog to sniff out the treat.

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Obstacle/Agility Course

Putting together an obstacle/agility course in your house is much easier than you think. What does every agility course have? A tunnel. This is where all your online shopping comes in handy. 😉 Remove the top and bottom of any empty cardboard boxes you have and line them up back to back. Voilà, you now have a tunnel for your dog to run through.

 

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Next, you’ll need a jumping obstacle. Grab your broom and line up two chairs next to each other with a gap in the middle. Simply lay the broom across the chairs. This gives your dog a clear point to jump over. If you have a smaller dog or senior dog that cannot jump as high, move your broom onto small canisters, pillows or whatever you deem height appropriate. To make it a little more challenging, add an extra jump using another broom or mop. Back to back jumps will really get your dog’s heart pumping.

Finally, you’ll want to add in some weaving poles. But, how many of us actually have weaving poles in our house? For this, you could easily use those small cones that you may have used for soccer practice if you have kids in the house. For those that don’t, place a few candles lined up in a row. Have a treat in your hand to help guide your dog learn how to “weave” in and out of the obstacles.

 

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The change in weather doesn’t have to hinder your dog’s daily exercise. Fall and winter are when dogs tend to gain the most weight, which can lead to health concerns for your dog. Keep them healthy and happy with these fun indoor activities. We are always on the lookout for other fun and creative indoor exercises. Show us how you exercise your dog during the colder months by leaving a comment below or tagging us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with #benebone.

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It’s that spooky time of year again ….. Halloween! Time to break out your arts and crafts supplies and get your creative juices flowing. By far, our favorite part of Halloween is seeing all the fun, creative, scary and cute costumes dog parents create.

Regardless of what direction your dog’s Halloween costume takes you in, it’s most important to make sure your dog is safe in his costume. These safety tips below will help assure that both you and your dog have a great night of Halloween fun!

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Safety Tips

  • Regardless if you are making or buying your dog’s costume, make sure you properly measure your dog and always go slightly larger to account for your dog’s furry fluff. This is most important around your dog’s neck. Always add an extra ½ inch to allow for any fabric to fit loosely around your dog’s neck. Keep your dog’s eyes, nose and mouth free of any fabric to allow him to see, smell and breath properly.

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  • Stay away from sharp objects. This applies to both objects that could potentially hurt your dog and objects attached to your dog’s costume that could potentially hurt others. Keep in mind that dogs are very social and will often run up to another dog or human quickly. Any costume “props” should be made with soft, safe materials.

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  • Check the ingredients of any face or body paint. There are many non-toxic, safe or even water-based paints that you can use safely on your dog. A few days before Halloween, test a small amount of paint on your dog’s fur to make sure your dog doesn’t have any skin irritations to the paint.

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  • LED collars can help save your dog’s life! While these might not match your dog’s costume, this safety precaution is highly recommended if you are taking your dog trick-or-treating with your family during the late evening hours. These brightly lit collars help drivers see your furry friend while crossing the street.

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  • Just say no to candy! Candy is an absolute no-no for dogs. Many candies are toxic for dogs and can lead to an unwanted ER visit. If you want your dog to partake on the Halloween treat fun, try giving him some fresh fruit such as blueberries. Luckily, your dog won’t know what he’s missing out on.

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  • Make sure your dog’s ID information is up to date! It is important to make sure that your dog is not only microchipped, but also has a current ID tag on his collar or harness.

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Remember, Halloween can be a scary and confusing time for dogs. You know your dog best and know if a costume isn’t right for him or if he should stay inside during trick-or-treat time.

In hopes of inspiring you to have a fun and safe Halloween, we’ve collected some of our favorite dog costumes of years past. Check out the gallery below to see all the fun dog costumes and make sure you tag our Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter accounts with #benebone so we can see your dog’s costume! Happy Halloween!

 

Finally! The answer to all our stick loving dog friends problems have been solved. With the introduction of our newest family member, The Maplestick, we are helping to put an end to the great debate of “no sticks in the house”. Made from real maplewood and high quality nylon, The Maplestick will help satisfy your dog’s stick chewing obsession without the mess. And, since The Maplestick is available in three sizes: small, medium or large, dogs of all sizes will finally be able to find their perfect sized stick.

If you follow us on any of our social media pages, you may have seen our posts highlighting our new Maplestick but, now, we want to see yours. There’s nothing we love more than seeing our friends happily chewing or hearing how one of our products have helped keep your furry best friend from chewing on your favorite pair of shoes. So, we’ve gathered some of our favorite photos of dogs with their Maplestick for your viewing pleasure.

Does your dog like to chew their Maplestick inside in the cool air conditioning or outside sunbathing under the summer rays? Show us where your dog chews by tagging us in your post with #bbmaplestick on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

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When you think about your family, if you have a dog, you probably think of your dog as a member of your family and not “just a dog”. There is no scarier feeling than a family member missing and not being able to locate them. But, what if we told you that if your dog goes missing, there is way to double your chances of being reunited with your furry bff! According to Petfinder.com, roughly only 22% of lost dogs that are turned into shelters are reunited with their owners. However, when a dog is microchipped the reunited percentage rate jumps to over 52%! A quick, minor procedure could help reunite you and your dog should your dog ever go missing.

What is a Microchip?

A microchip is exactly what it sounds like. It is a small, tiny transponder about the size of a grain of rice that is encoded with a unique code for your dog and your dog only. No two codes on a microchip are ever the same. This assures dog parents that there will never be any mixups when it comes to your dog. This code is then used to help identify your dog should they ever go missing, stolen or any other unfortunate event.

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Veterinarians, shelters and animal organizations have a “scanner” device, which varies in size and shape, that can be waived over any dog to retrieve the unique code. Once the code is retrieved, the Veterinarian or staff member can then contact the microchip company that in turn contacts the registered dog parent.

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How is the Microchip Inserted?

A microchip should only ever be inserted by a Veterinarian. Ideally, you should have your regular Veterinarian insert your dog’s microchip. Having your Veterinarian implant your dog’s microchip assures your dog’s safety and you have peace of mind knowing that the microchip being inserted is trustworthy and legit. Another added benefit is that your dog’s microchip number is in your dog’s vet file and it is one less step you have to manage to keep your dog’s records up to date.

Most dogs are usually microchipped at the time of they are spayed or neutered, while the dog is already under anesthesia. However, a dog does not need to be under anesthesia to have a microchip implanted. This is a relatively quick and simple process that at most, can cause some mild discomfort. Having a dog microchipped is much like having your dog vaccinated. Microchips are inserted underneath your dog’s skin between your dog’s shoulder blades with a syringe. Once your Veterinarian has located the desired injection spot, your Veterinarian will then pinch your dog’s skin to help minimize any discomfort and inject the microchip.

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While the majority of dogs that receive a microchip have no side effects or experience any downtime, should your dog’s skin or injection site become red or irritated, it is important to contact your Veterinarian immediately.

Once your Veterinarian has implanted your dog’s microchip, you will receive paperwork regarding the company that your dog’s microchip belongs to. Completing this paperwork is of utmost importance and the information it contains is the how you are notified if your dog goes missing and someone finds your dog. If your Veterinarian’s office does not give you a form to complete with your contact information, be sure to ask the front desk staff before you leave the office. Some Veterinarian offices will complete your microchip registration for you, while some may give you a website to visit to complete your microchip registration. It is important to clarify whether you or your Veterinarian’s office will complete the registration so that your contact information is accurate.

What is the Price for a Microchip?

The current average price for your dog to be microchipped is $45.00. This is a one-time fee for the service of inserting the microchip and registering your information with the microchip company. Often, you can also have your dog microchipped at local government vaccine clinics or even at your local shelter for a discounted price. However, don’t forget to copy all the information and give it to your Veterinarian’s office to put into your dog’s file. For $45.00, should your dog ever go missing, you could potentially double your chances of being reunited!

How to Maintain Your Dog’s Microchip

Once your dog has been microchipped, you are set for the dog’s life. Your dog will never need another microchip and this is a lifelong service. However, it is the dog parent’s responsibility to keep his or her contact information up to date. A good idea is to bookmark the website of your dog’s microchipping company. Should your dog go missing, it can often be hard to remember the company of your dog’s microchip during that stressful situation. This will also make it easier for your to keep your contact information current should you move or change your phone number.

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If you rescued your dog from a shelter or rescue organization, many times part of the adoption price includes a microchip. In some cases, a dog that has been surrendered may have a microchip that is linked to the previous owner. In these circumstances, call the company that the microchip is registered to and have your current contact information put in place of the previous owner’s.

At your dog’s yearly health exam, ask your Veterinarian to scan your dog’s microchip to make sure everything is working as it should be. A quick scan can help deter any problems that may have risen since your pet was microchipped. For instance, microchips can often migrate through your dog’s body. Most commonly, a microchip will “fall and migrate” around your dog’s underarm. If your dog is small, less than 20 pounds, this shouldn’t be a cause for concern, as the microchip scanner will still be able to pickup and read the electric scan. However, if you have a large dog, this could result in someone missing your dog’s microchip when scanned. Having your Veterinarian scan the back shoulder blades of your dog will tell you if your dog’s migrated microchip is still in working use or if you need to take other action. If further action is required, your Veterinarian will discuss your options with you.

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What to Do if You Find a Missing Pet!

If you find a lost dog without any identifying tags and are able to approach the dog, take the dog to your local Veterinarian or nearby shelter. Any incoming dogs that are not being surrendered by the actual owner are always scanned for a microchip. If you happen to find a dog during non-business hours, pet emergency hospitals are also equipped with a microchip scanner and can even keep the dog overnight in most circumstances. Regardless if you take a stray dog to your regular Veterinarian or emergency pet hospital, there is never a charge to you to perform a microchip scan.

We would love to hear any of your microchipping stories of being reunited with your dog! Comment below or tag us in your Instagram, Facebook or Twitter posts with #Benebone.

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You may have seen us comment and mention on social media that we would love to meet all our furry friends and their awesome parents. So, we’ve started taking our social media presence on the road! It’s always exciting to meet our social media friends and introduce ourselves to dog parents that might not yet know about Benebone.

First up was the Baltimore BarkHappy event hosted at Monument City Brewing Company.

If you’re unfamiliar with BarkHappy and their events, they host dog events in various cities throughout the country at local restaurants or bars. While you do need to buy a ticket to attend, a portion of the proceeds will go to a local dog shelter in that area. For the Baltimore events, BarkHappy teams up with the Baltimore County Humane Society.

These meetups are a great way to make new friends, check out local vendors and socialize your dog.

We were lucky to meet and talk with over 40 dogs and their parents. We met dogs as small as yorkies to dogs as large as a Great Dane. We’ve gathered a collection of photos from the event taken by Natalie of Landrum Photography, LLC for your viewing pleasure.

We would love to hear what city you are in and where we should travel to next! Please leave a comment below or tag us on your Twitter, Instagram or Facebook photos with #Benebone showing us where you call home.

 

Besides the classic dog bone, what’s out there that dogs simply cannot resist chewing on?

You guessed it… STICKS!

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Small sticks, large sticks, fat sticks, muddy sticks. It seems that our four-legged best friends have a natural penchant for all things woody. (It’s probably why as puppies, they like to sink their teeth into the wooden legs of our expensive sofas).

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All dogs have a natural urge to chew. It’s part of their nature as a way to relieve stress and excitement. As puppies, dogs use their mouths to explore the world, learning about everything in front of them with their mouths.

We’ve captured their hearts with our bacon, chicken, and peanut flavored chews. Now we’re introducing a brand new tree-inspired product: the Maplestick!

Just like all of our other Benebone products, our Maplestick is sourced and made right here in the USA! And, of course, we are sticking to our minimal ingredient promise to you. The Maplestick is made with only 2 ingredients: our high quality, durable nylon and real maple wood infused throughout the stick. Not only will The Maplestick satisfy your dog’s desire to chew on wood, but it also helps keep your house clean of those pesky wooden pieces that seem to easily fall off the sticks your dog drags in.

The Maplestick is available in 3 sizes: small (for dogs 30 lbs and under), medium (for dogs 60 lbs and under) and large (for dogs 90 lbs and under).

The Maplestick will be available at most local pet stores and select online retailers. You can also try your luck on our Instagram page where we host weekly giveaways. We hope you are as excited as we are to introduce our latest member of the Benebone family! We would love to see your photos and/or videos of your dog with The Maplestick. Tag us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with the #BBMaplestick and we just might share your post.