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Halloween is always a fun and popular time for kids and families to receive lots of chocolate and candy.

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Unfortunately, this is also a dangerous time for your dog. Chocolate and candy containing xylitol can be deadly for dogs if ingested and should absolutely be avoided. Typically, chocolate ingestion does not pose a deadly threat to your dog, but it can make your dog very sick. Why, you may ask? Chocolate includes a chemical known as theobromine, as well as caffeine.

As much as you try to keep your dog away from those Halloween treats, accidents can happen. Below are some tips for keeping your pup safe from the dangers of those oh-so-sweet human treats.

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1. Keep your pup separate from the festivities

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During the hours of trick-or-treating, it may be best to keep your pup tucked away in his own room or safely crated, so that they are separated from the festivities. Many dogs are not fans of the constant doorbell-ringing and knocking on doors anyway, so your pup may be more comfortable staying in the comfort of his own room.

2. Safely store your Halloween candy

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Make sure you store your Halloween candy safely, whether it’s being given out or you’ve just come back home with a new collection. Dogs can sniff out anything delicious, so it’s important to use a dog-proof container, such as a screw-top jar. Store your Halloween candy in the upper cabinets of your kitchen where your pup cannot reach. If you’ve got a smart pup on your hands, try using kid proof safety locks on your kitchen cabinets.

3. If an accident happens, record notes immediately

If you call or take your dog to the Vet, the first thing they will ask is what your dog ate and how much. This can be a nerve-wracking time, so take a minute to write down exactly what your dog has ingested.

With candy, it can be hard to tell how much was exactly ingested, however, a good idea is to take note of how much is left. For instance, if your dog ate some of your M&M’s, write down if there’s a half bag left, ¾ of the bag left, etc. This will help give your veterinarian a good idea of how much could have been ingested.

4. Know the number to the ASPCA Poison Control

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Unfortunately, not all towns have a 24 hour Emergency Vet Clinic near them. Luckily, the ASPCA offers a poison control phone line that is operated 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. While they may charge a $65 consult fee, this is often less than what an emergency vet trip would cost and they can potentially help you over the phone. Save their number (888) 426-4435 to your phone or put it on your refrigerator so that it’s always handy and available.

The best advice we can give is prevention! We want holidays to be fun and safe for all family members.

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If you have any tips or tricks to prevent your dog from raiding the candy cabinet, we would love to hear them. Leave a comment below or show us on social media. Tag us on Instagram and Facebook with #benebone so we don’t miss your post!

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Halloween just isn’t Halloween without some cute, scary and funny dog costumes! And, because we are dog obsessed here at Benebone, we wanted to throw a spooktacular Halloween pawty of our own. 

We decided to host our Halloween pawty and costume contest at Dacha Navy Yard in Washington, DC. This waterfront, dog-friendly, venue made for the perfect spot to unleash all our furry, boorifiic friends. 

As guests strutted in, each dog parent was treated to a free drink ticket and Benebone swag bag complete with a Benebone bacon wishbone, bandana and water bottle. 

Before our costume contest began, dogs had the opportunity to pose and showcase their good looks in front of the camera for dog photographer, BashHaus Studios. This dark and spooky backdrop was a perfect fit for Halloween memories. 

For even more captured fun, we brought 2 dog caricature artists to draw the attending dogs. Look how well these dog models sat for their drawings!

After drinks were drank, photos were taken and doggos were drawn, it was time to start the costume contest. Our very own VP of sales, Bob Lee, emceed the contest and kept us laughing throughout the contest. 

To determine winners of our costume contest, we invited 4 local celebrities to judge the contest: @sebastianloveslluna, @sheepadoodlebear, @moogle_the_fluffy_corgi and @with.love.kaden.and.adalynn all had a ruff time judging all the great entries! 

First up was the “scary” category, which was nearly impossible to judge since all the contestants were also so darn cute! 

Our scary category winners were: 

  • 1st Place – Pennywise & child (prize: GoPro Hero 7 & dog mount harness)
  • 2nd Place – Spider Dog (prize: $50 Visa gift card & box of Benebones)
  • 3rd Place – Dracula Frenchie (prize: $25 Dacha gift card & box of Benebones)

Up next were the Most Creative costumes. This is always a fan favorite category since most of the costumes are homemade, you’re really able to see the thought and hard work that goes into dog Halloween costumes. 

Our most creative category winners were: 

  • 1st Place – Needle & Thread (prize: Canon DSLR bundle kit)
  • 2nd Place – Weightlifting Dog (prize: $50 Visa gift card & box of Benebones)
  • 3rd Place – Spider Dog (prize: $25 Dacha gift card & box of Benebones)

Finally, our last Halloween costume contest was Best Group. Best Group consists of either a dog and a human or multiple dogs. This is a popular category for couples and kids, which always adds an extra cuteness factor to category. 

Our best group category winners were: 

  • 1st Place – Dunkin’ Donuts & Cop (prize: 2 night weekend cabin getaway)
  • 2nd Place – Lady Superheroes (prize: $50 Visa gift card & box of Benebones)
  • 3rd Place – Beekeeper family (prize $50 Dacha gift card & box of Benebones)

If you have any event photos that you would like to share in our fan submitted gallery, please send photos to meesha@benebone.com. The full gallery of Washington, DC event  photos can be found on our Facebook page, as well as our Events page. As always, we would love for you to tag @mybenebone with #benebone with any event photos you share on social so that we can share them as well. 

We had such a fun time at our spooktacular Halloween pawty and hope all our furry friends have a fun and safe Halloween! If you missed any of our events this year, keep an eye on our Events page to see which cities we will be visiting in 2020. 


Not even mother nature could stop our kayak pawty! Despite having to delay our New York City kayak and stand-up paddleboard event one day due to the weather, we still had a great time meeting current Benebone fans, new Benebone fans and their humans!

To celebrate the end of a wonderful summer, we rented out the Manhattan Kayak facility to allow dogs and their humans to come kayak and paddleboard through the iconic Intrepid Bay. 

We loved seeing all the different dogs that came out to enjoy the day. We kayaked with small dogs, large dogs and every size in between. 

One of our favorite fans and former Benebone Ambassador, @the_daily_ollie, even drove into New York City from New Jersey to show off his fluffy kayaking skills! 

Not to be outdone was @nyyankeedog, Shaggy, who skateboarded his way into our hearts! 

And, it wouldn’t be a summer pawty without a weiner (dog)! We had the pleasure of meeting @edgar_the_mighty and his Mom, Christa, at our past Boris & Horton event. We were thrilled when they made arrangements to come see us again at our kayak event. 

We also received fashion tips from none other than the fashionista herself, @hollyhappyhavanese. Holly even traded in her designer threads to pose in our Benebone bandana for the day!

We also got to meet Instagram celebrity, @thedailywalter! As you can see, Walter Cronkite knows exactly how to work it for the camera. 

Once everyone worked up an appetite kayaking and paddleboarding, the dog parents were treated to a catered dinner from Dig Inn, while the pups got to chew on their bacon flavored Benebones. 

Every attendee received a Benebone tote bag, which included: a bacon wishbone, bandana, tennis ball and water bottle to keep the pawty going throughout the weekend. 

Check out all the fun we had and cuties we met through the gallery below (or check out our Facebook gallery).*

If you attended the Manhattan Kayak event and would like to share the photos you took, please send any photos to meesha@benebone.com, so that we can share your gallery with other attendees. And, as always, we kindly ask that you tag us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with #benebone so we don’t miss your post. 

If you missed this kayak and paddleboard event, don’t worry, we will be back next summer! Be sure to keep an eye on our events page to see when and where we will be popping up. 

*All photos are credited to: Amiee Stubbs Photography

Since we are a New York-based company, New York City will always have a special place in our hearts. When we heard the buzz around Boris & Horton, we knew that we wanted to host a pawty there to engage with our current fans and meet new ones. 

We were honored to meet so many New York dog parents and even a few that drove in from New Jersey! 

For this event, we invited Social Tees NYC – a local NYC dog rescue. This no-kill organization is unique in that they rely solely on foster parents. That’s right, Social Tees NYC does not have a facility, so they rely on dog events and social media to help raise awareness to have their dogs adopted. We are happy to report that all of the visiting Social Tees dogs had an attendee put in an adoption application! 

With the help of our amazing social media fans, through our Bandana Campaign, we donated a check in the amount of $500 to Social Tees NYC! We encourage everyone to check out the adorable, adoptable dogs Social Tees NYC has in their care. 

It was great to see so many dog parents mingling with each other – sharing dog stories and a common love for all things dog! Attendees were also given the opportunity to take home a new piece of art to hang in the house …. Because, dog art is the best art! 

To keep the pawty going through the weekend, each attending dog received a Benebone swag bag complete with our durable bacon wishbone, a Benebone bandana, tennis ball and a Benebone water bottle.

We would love to meet you and your dog at our next event. Check out our events page to see which city we will be popping up at next. In the meantime, enjoy the photos below from our Boris & Horton pop-up event.

You know the saying ….. TINY but MIGHTY! Just because a dog is pint sized, doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have a giant desire to chew. And, as you know, size knows no limit when it comes to chewing on your kitchen chair legs, bedroom dresser or your favorite pair of shoes. These tiny but mighty dogs served as our inspiration when designing our new tiny Benebone chew toys. 

We’ve seen many social media pictures of your adorable tiny dogs chewing on our small wishbone and even though our small wishbone is recommended for dogs under 30 pounds, we saw that it was still a little too big for our tiny friends. Give these tiny chewers credit though, for years they’ve made it work and figured out tricks to finding the perfect chewing form with a Benebone that might be slightly too big. 

With all that in mind, we are happy to announce our newest edition to the Benebone family …. the TINY 2-PACK! This perfectly sized 2-pack is ideal for adult dogs under 15 pounds with a hefty chewing addiction. This Tiny 2-Pack delivers the same strength and durability that you’ve come to expect from Benebone.

We’ve packaged our wishbone and dental chew together to give your tiny chewer double the chewing pleasure. 

Our wishbone is a classic, it was the first Benebone product on the market. Our wishbone’s ergonomic shape makes it easy for your tiny dog to easily hold his wishbone and go to town chewing! No thumbs required. 

Our dental chew was our second member of the Benebone family. Our dental chew’s ridged ends help to keep your dog’s teeth and gums clean of unwanted tartar buildup. It’s like flossing with bacon …. Every dog’s dream! 

Just like the other members in our Benebone family, our tiny Benebones are made with only 2 ingredients: high quality, durable nylon and food-grade bacon. These tiny Benebones are also proudly manufactured and sourced within the USA! 

We know your tiny dog is anxious to get his paws on our Tiny 2-Pack. You can find our Tiny 2-Pack at your local pet specialty store. If it’s not on the shelves just yet, simply ask a store employee to add it to their next order.

We want to see your tiny chewers in action! Be sure to tag us (@mybenebone) on your Instagram and Facebook posts with #benebone so we don’t miss your tiny chewer.

We came, we partied and your dog chewed! 

This year, we decided to take Benebone on the road! We realized that while we have such great social media friends, we have never met many of you in person. At the same time, there are so many great dog parents who may not know about Benebone and we want to personally introduce our brand to you.

We kicked off our chewing tour in Nashville, Tennessee. What better way to start our events then with some southern hospitality, great music and fun dog parents. 

Photo Credit: @emily.danielle.jones

Our first day in Nashville was spent visiting dog parks. In total, we visited 3  dog parks: Centennial Dog Park, Edwin Warner Dog Park and Riverfront Dog Park. During our last dog park stop, we invited professional dog photographer, Amiee Stubbs, and local Thai rolled ice cream truck, Rolled 4 Ever Ice Cream. Each dog and their human were treated to a free ice cream (yes, there was dog-friendly ice cream) and a free Benebone bacon wishbone, all while having fun and having their photo taken. 

Our second day in Nashville was spent at Nashville Pet Products’ Cruzen Street store, where we hosted a Instagram Workshop for dog parents. We invited 4 local Instagram celebrities: @jackthewallaby, @jim_bear_rigney, @chessonchairs and @wildingwandersto come speak with pet parents about how to start, maintain and grow their Instagram account. 

We wrapped up our Nashville trip with a Yappy Hour at the Nashville Pet Products’ Franklin, TN store. Why let humans have all the fun?! Being that we are a dog-inspired company, we wanted this Yappy Hour to be for the dogs! 

We setup a Benebone Tasting Bar, which included bacon martinis, peanut butter and “crackers” and chicken jerky, which all highlight Benebone’s flavors: bacon, peanut and chicken. 

Since dogs don’t have thumbs to take selfies to commemorate the experience, we bought along a local dog caricature artist to draw each attending dog. 

And, because, what’s a Benebone event without a Benebone? Each attendee went home with a free Benebone tote filled with a bacon wishbone and some Benebone swag. 

We are happy to announce that we will be visiting other cities throughout the year and will continue the Benebone parties throughout 2020! Be sure to check out our events page on our website to see if we will be throwing a party near you! 

Photo Credit (unless otherwise stated): Amiee Stubbs

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.

Photo Credit: @crusoe_dachshund

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.

Photo Credit: @lextasyy

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.

Photo Credit: @furbabyfostermom

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.

Photo Credit: @amandastrozeskiphotos

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.  

Photo Credit: @humanerescue

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.

Photo Credit: @jenn_ziesk

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.

Photo Credit: @skylakeanimalhospital

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.

Photo Credit: @drscrewloose_toy

Photo Credit: @drscrewloose_toy

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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