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Top Dog Water Bottles to Keep Your Dog Hydrated

When you’re on the go, cupping your hands to make a water bowl for your dog isn’t easy and you usually end up wasting a lot of water. It’s important to keep your pet hydrated, so we’ve put together a few of our favorite Top Dog Water Bottles:

Popware H-DuO
We love the Popware H-DuO with collapsible travel bowl. The bottle has two 12-ounce watertight chambers so you can hold two different drinks simultaneously. Or if you prefer, put water on one side and small doggie treats (or food) on the other. The H-DuO is made of BPA-free material. The collapsible travel bowl clips onto the bottle, which makes it ideal for travel.
H2O4K9 Stainless Steel K9 Water Bottle
If you’re looking for a dog water bottle which is high tech and modern, check out the H2O4K9 Stainless Steel K9 Water Bottle. It’s designed so that the lid is the bowl. Your dog also gets his own bottle of water if you’re not into sharing your own. H2O4K9 products are designed for rugged use and years of re-use.
Highwave Dog Mug
This is an easy to use travel mug for your dog. Gently squeeze the bottle and water will fill the bowl. Release your squeeze and the water returns to the bottle. The adjustible velcro strap makes it easy to carry while on the go. This mug fits in a standard car cup holder and holds 20 ounces of fresh water. BPA free and made in the USA.
Gulpy Water Dispenser
The Gulpy Water Dispenser is part bottle and part bowl. Just flip to open and flip to close. If needed, gently squeeze the bottle to start water flow. Place the bowl on the ground or hold it in your hand and allow your dog to drink.
Pyrus Pet Travel Bottle
The Pet Travel Bottle from Pyrus is a portable bottle with a bowl which also doubles as a lid. It’s made from silicone and ABS plastic materials, which are safe and durable. Comes with a with carabiner clip.

Tips for a Dog Hike – Fun Outdoor Adventure

dog hike We’re sure your best friend would love to go on a dog hike. All dogs, even urban dogs, enjoy some fun in the sun and new adventures. Here are some great tips:

1. Check in advance to ensure the trail or park allows dogs

Not all trails or parks are dog friendly so definitely check in advance.

2. Make sure your dog can handle the exercise

Hiking is more strenuous than walking, especially since the terrain is uneven. Make sure your dog’s fitness matches the distance and level of hike you’re planning to take. Otherwise, you might end up carrying your dog half way through the hike.

small dog hikeSome factors you’ll want to consider is their age and overall health. Dogs that are in shape and over 40 lbs generally are well adapted for hiking. Smaller dogs can be good hikers too, but they do need to take a lot more steps to cover the same piece of ground, and they cannot stretch as far up or down a rock, so they may need a lift where a larger dog would not. If you’re not sure, start with an easy, flat hike that’s not too long.

3. Bring the right gear for your pooch
Summit Backpack

Summit Backpack

  • If you have a strong, fit dog and you want him to share the load and get him to wear a dog backpack.
  • If the hike you’re considering does not have much shade and you have a dog that could easily sunburn, bring some sunscreen made for dogs.
  • If your dog overheats, consider using a dog cooling vest.
  • Remember to bring water not just for yourself, but also for your dog. Check out our recommended travel water bottles.
  • We believe it’s also good to bring some treats for your dog. It’s a great way to get their attention and they might need some nourishment if it’s a strenuous hike – just as you would bring trail mix for yourself.
4. Follow Dog Hike Etiquette
  • Clean up after your dog just as you would after yourself, using the Leave No Trace principles.
  • Give dog-less hikers the right of way. When you meet others on the trail, put your dog on a leash.
  • Do not allow your dog to disturb plants or wildlife.
  • Keep your dog on the trail.

Top Nose and Paw Balms for Your Dog

A dog’s nose is highly sensitive and can become very painful when their nose tissues are dry, chapped, burnt or cracked. Same with their paws, your dog doesn’t wear shoes, so they need to keep their paws in good shape.

No dog owner wants to see their best friend in pain or discomfort, so the easiest way to remedy this is to use a dog nose &/or paw balm. Here are some great dog nose and paw balms:

My Dog Nose It! – Sun Protection
Last year our dog Kobi went to doggie camp and he came back with a burnt nose. So this year, we bought My Dog Nose It as sun protection for his nose. The doggie camp, Eva’s Play Pups, did a great job of applying it to Kobi’s nose. When he returned from camp, his nose was a bit lighter, but definitely not burnt. We’ll definitely continue to use this natural, safe and water resistant sun protection for Kobi’s nose!
snout soother balm Snout Soother
This dog nose balm is the perfect combination of 100% all natural nourishing, healing and moisturizing ingredients. It can be applied to a dog’s nose as a preventative measure for dryness and cracking or it can be used to treat painful cracking and dryness that has already occurred. Snout Soother is to dogs what ChapStick is to people.
Oatmeal Natural Paw Butter I Love Pet Head – Oatmeal Natural Paw Butter
Oatmeal Natural Paw Butter is an all-natural butter that you can use on your dog’s paws to get rid of dryness and cracking.
Just like humans, animals also need a little help to keep their bodies well-moisturized and nourished.It’s made with oatmeal, shea butter, jojoba oil, vitamins F and E, aloe vera and olive oil. It’s also free of parabens, petroleum derivatives and sulfate.
Espree Paw Balm For Dogs Espree Paw Balm For Dogs
Espree Paw Balm for Dogs takes care for your dog’s paws and reduces the chances of injury on difficult terrain such as rocky trails, hot concrete, salt and ice. This paw balm conditions and protects, to keep your dog’s paws in top condition.
Nose Balm for Dogs Snoutstik Nose Balm for Dogs
Did you know that a dog’s nose is at least a million times more sensitive than our own? Imagine how painful a dry or irritated dog nose can be!Snoutstik was created to help alleviate dry dog noses caused by exposure to the elements, allergies or heredity. Any dog’s nose will find relief with Snoutstik’s core combination of healing, natural sunscreens, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil and Jojoba Seed Oil.

Itchy Dog? Here are our anti-itch / anti-insect solutions!

lyme disease - stop itchy dog

Prevention – the first line of defense

There are countless reasons why you might have an itchy dog. Here are some solutions for common aliments, but if your dog has a more serious case, please go to your veterinarian.

First, please make sure your dog is using some sort of treatment for the prevention of ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, biting flies, and lice. We use and recommend K9 Advantix II (check out our product review).

 

Relief for your Itchy Dog

Start by getting your dog some relief with a bath and anti-itch shampoo, try one of these:

 

If there’s no time for a bath, consider something topical, such as:

 

Additional Itch / Insect Prevention Solutions

Get additional anti-itch support with an insect repellent made for dogs:

 

If your dog is still itchy, you might want to see if your dog has any food allergies. Our dog was an itchy puppy until we figured out that he was allergic to grains. We’ve now gone grain free with his dog food (he regularly eats Merrick Backcountry) and he no longer has those itchy bouts.