Pets Make People Better

Posted on November 02, 2016 by Michael Moll | 0 comments

The Power of Canine Companionship

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Most of us with pets already see living proof of how our dogs, cats, bunnies, birds, fish (and any other of nature's little creatures) make us better people. Not only do they bring out the best in our personality, but our health too! There have been a ton of studies over the years proving that pets can help to lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety from simply petting them. They have also shown that a few minutes of petting our pets promotes a release of hormones such as serotonin, prolactin, and oxytocin. All of these are knowns as "feel good" hormones.

For years, dogs have been used in nursing homes and hospitals to help humans of all ages recover from conditions that require ongoing care.  Dogs have proven to be good for the mind and soul, because they provide companionship - and because it's impossible to ignore the love and contentment deep within compassionate canines eyes. They have also played an important role with managing depression, by providing a relationship founded on acceptance and unconditional love.

When we partake in our passions or indulge in our favorite method of exercise, the human body increases its' level of serotonin and dopamine. The same thing happens to our bodies when we play, hug, kiss or simply pet our canine companions.

Take a look at this heartwarming article written by a young lady who suffered from depression and anxiety. See how her canine companion helped her manage this unfortunate condition.   


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Dog Meme Monday!

Posted on October 31, 2016 by Michael Moll | 0 comments

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE! Hers is a little laugh to start off your week. Be sure to keep those tasty Halloween candies away from your 4 legged friends. Visit Bullwrinkles website and do some trick or treating for your pup!

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Fun Fact Friday! A Dog's Dentition

Posted on October 28, 2016 by Michael Moll | 0 comments

Fun Fact: Puppies have 28 baby teeth and adult dogs have 42 permanent teeth.

Puppies have a total of 28 baby teeth. There are 14 in the lower jaw and 14 in the upper jaw. These teeth start to appear in the puppies mouth around a month of age. They usually lose these teeth as the permanent ones emerge.

puppy dentition

Adult dogs have a total of 42 permanent teeth. There are 22 in the lower jaw and 20 in the upper jaw. Just like people, sometimes dogs can get extra permanent teeth that grow in or baby teeth that do not fall out.

adult dog dentition

It is extremely important that we take care of our dog's dental health, it is as important as ours. Gum disease is the number 1 diagnosed condition in dogs and cats. 80% of dogs by the age of 2 have some sort of dental disease. Most people believe that there is nothing wrong with their dog's mouth because they don't show symptoms. Advanced dental disease can affect our dog's internal organ function. It is important to take your dog's dental health seriously.   

Daily tooth brushing, regular veterinary examinations, high-quality diet, dental appropriate toys, and treats are all ways to ensure you are doing your part in maintaining your dog's dental health. At Bullwrinkles we carry a number dog bones, treats, and chews with dental benefits.


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Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Posted on October 26, 2016 by Michael Moll | 0 comments

Keeping Your Dog Safe On Halloween!

Halloween dog

Hide The Treats

As we prepare for Halloween it is important to remember to find a keen hiding spot for the treats. Dog’s have a knack for finding the “good stuff”, all of it can be very dangerous if ingested. When it comes to Halloween night, be sure to place your trick-or-treat bowl somewhere far out of reach from your furry friends. Chocolate of all types is toxic to dogs. Sugar free candies can also be very dangerous as they contain xylitol which can also cause serious problems for our pups if ingested.

Costume Stress

As much fun as it is for us to dress our pup’s up in a cute or scary costume, it can sometimes bring great stress to them. If you choose to dress up your pup, make sure it is not restrictive in any way. If your pet's demeanor changes drastically (fear, panick, depression), consider skipping the costume. The designers of these costumes do not always think of the risks, make sure there aren't any pieces that can be easily chewed off creating a choking hazard.

Keep Your Pets Calm

As Halloween brings many strangers in strange costumes to the door, our pets can sometimes get stressed. Be sure to keep them in a separate room where they can relax. If your pup is very social, it is very important to make sure that he/she is wearing proper identification in case he/she decides to escape from the stressful situation.

Don't Leave Your Pets Outside

The odd prankster has been known to tease and or upset pets in the yard while walking by, to prevent your pup from getting upset or unfairly approached, keep him/her inside. Unsupervised outdoor animals are susceptible to stress, inhumane practical jokes and theft.

Keep Decorations Out Of Reach

As most pups are generally curious about anything new hanging inside or outside the home, be careful not to leave decorations in reach of your furry friend. A lot of decorations contain wire or cords that can cut or shock them.

Keep Them Busy

If your pup has a favorite chew toy or bone, use that as a tasty distraction. This way you will be including them in the treat giving while keeping them safe and calm.


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Dog Meme Monday!

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Michael Moll | 0 comments


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Fun Fact Friday! A Dog's Sense of Sound

Posted on October 21, 2016 by Michael Moll | 0 comments


Dog with ear up listening


Fun Fact: A dog's sense of hearing is 4 times greater than humans!

Aside from a dog's super-smell power, hearing is their second most powerful sense. Dogs have a frequency range that is double that of the human ear. That is why we notice our dogs being alert to sound seconds or even minutes before you can hear the same sound. On the downside, loud and abrupt noises that may be totally normal to our ears can prove to be very uncomfortable to our canine companions. A lot of dogs grow super agitated and timid during thunderstorms - and this is why.  

Dogs have roughly 18 working muscles in their ear allowing them to rotate, raise, lower and tilt them in many different directions. They are able to move their ears around with a tremendous level of flexibility, playing a huge role in their ability to focus on exactly where a specific noise is coming from.

Unlike humans, dogs also have the ability to hear two different sounds at one time, one sound in each ear. So the next time you think your pup is ignoring you, remember that they are probably listening to you and another sound, they are just more interested in what they are hearing with the other ear.


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Dealing With Dog Shedding

Posted on October 19, 2016 by Michael Moll | 0 comments


husky dog in pile of hair


Almost every dog owner deals with the ongoing frustration of hair everywhere. Some dog breeds shed more than others and for different reasons - other than just being furry. The most common reasons for shedding are old, damaged or extra hair (double coated breeds). Although hair kinda comes with the territory of having a pup, there are ways to help reduce floating hair in your home.

Regular Brushing- daily brushing helps to remove the loose hairs before they have a chance to find a nice spot to land, like all over your black couch. Be sure to talk to your local groomer or pet store for the right type of brush for your dog's coat. This makes a big difference in successfully catching up all those loose fly-aways while brushing.

Regular Bathing- frequency of bathing depends on how “dirty” your dog gets on a regular basis. Typically once a month (if your dog is not constantly rolling in mud) is a good guideline to follow. A clean coat is generally a healthier coat. Make sure to get a gentle and moisturizing shampoo, conditioner is not a must, but it doesn't hurt!

High Quality Diet- feeding your furry friend a high quality balanced diet is key to maintaining healthy skin and therefore a healthy coat. Speak to your veterinarian regarding the best diet recommendation for your dog.

Bug Control- prevent your pet from unwanted parasites like fleas, mites and ticks. These are all parasites that will affect the health of your pet’s skin and coat. They cause itching, redness and irritation which leads to shedding.

Allergy Control- if your dog has seasonal or environmental allergies be sure to address these based on your veterinarian's recommendations. Typically it just takes medication or medicated shampoos. Itchy skin means increased shedding - aka more hair!

Vacuum Often- vacuuming as often as possible will obviously help with the hair and debris in the environment. Don’t forget to vacuum your dog's bed.

Regular Veterinary Visits - there are many skin conditions and internal diseases outside of the scary ones that can cause hair loss in patches. Regularly visiting your veterinarian will help to ensure that if any conditions arise, they will be treated accordingly.

You will never be able to eliminate shedding, but being mindful of these basic points can help to significantly reduce the daily hair balls flying around your home!


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