Spring Cleaning & Your Dog

Posted by sitstaydogs

Mar 31, 2014 1:32:55 PM

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Groans. Spring cleaning. The time everyone can anticipate when the weather starts to turn, the dust bunnies are starting to multiply, and that dreaded loss of the precious hour of sleep and turning our clocks forward. It's finally time, we are shedding our winter coats, boots and clutter for shorts, longer days and warmer weather! YES!

When making your checklist of necessary cleaning supplies, don't forget about Fido & the kiddos! Be sure that cleaning products are made of all-natural products or are NON-toxic. These two labels are very important to ensure that when our favorite family members are crawling/walking around the ground and cleaned areas they are protected from harmful chemicals.

It is so easy for children (four-legged children included) to get in to mop buckets and open containers when your back is turned for 1 second. So, make sure to set your pack up with a fun activity in the backyard or a confined space where you won’t have to worry about them coming across cleaning agents! (and this prevents them from creating more mess while you are trying to clean one up)

It is also a good idea to watch for any flare up of allergy symptoms. Cleaning can expose mold spores, dust, etc. Signs of allergy symptoms: excessive itching, runny nose, dry nose, biting, irritated eyes, etc. Properly throwing away materials cleaned with or doing a second spot clean can help these symptoms subside.

ALSO make sure you are always cleaning up after your favorite four-legged friends! SitStay has all of the essential receptacles to make sure the job is done! Including a few adorable poop bag dispensers that can easily be attached to leashes so a bag is always on hand - literally.

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Also, in the spirit of spring cleaning keep it fresh and bright with lavender scented poop bags! And for the human varieties: Poo Pourri for your own bathrooms: the before you go poo spray to ensure only pleasant odors!

Welcome, Spring!

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Spring Cleaning: Don't Forget Fido's Pantry

Posted by sitstaydogs

Mar 31, 2014 1:30:42 PM

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Spring cleaning is in full swing around SitStay (and at home)! We all remember to cover the bases: sweeping, mopping, dusting (yes, that means dusting under things too!) and removing as much clutter as we can.

Spring cleaning can also mean a fresh start for your pantry, AND Fido's pantry. When was the last time you got your favorite furry friends a new bag of treats? What is the expiration date on the old ones? While spring cleaning you always want to be checking labels. Feeding Fido (and yourself and other humans) old or expired food can be harmful, and just isn’t enjoyable for your dog, and surely won't be enjoyable for you when cleaning up the result.

After checking the date on the label, be sure to check the quality of the ingredients. To ensure that your pup is actually getting the benefits from the superfood or featured ingredient, make sure that ingredient is near the top of the list. Ingredients are listed by the percent content it makes up the product.

While ingredients are important, what is the brand telling you? Is this brand environmentally and pet friendly? Are they trying to make a difference in the life of your dog or just trying to make a buck? SitStay believes in only featuring brands that are beneficial to your pup! Remember, we only recommend products that we also feed our own dogs!

A few of our favorite brands include:
- Max & Ruffy’s
- Wet Noses
- Evanger’s
- Scout & Zoe’s

 

Happy Spring, and happy cleaning!

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Topics: Wellness, Treats

Your Dog: The Perfect Exercise Partner

Posted by sitstaydogs

Mar 18, 2014 10:32:00 AM

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At the end of a long work day, we often come home to dinner that needs to be made, children that want to play, or a lengthy to-do list. When it’s cold outside, the couch and a blanket sound far more appealing than working out (trust me, been there!). Exercising is easy to push down the list. Thank goodness spring is just around the corner (March 20!). And thank goodness for that brown-eyed, heavy breather at your feet right now.

According to the World Health Organization, adults 18 to 65 years old need 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise five days per week, along with strengthening exercises two days a week. A study conducted at the University of Western Australia found that 7 in 10 adult dog owners achieved 150 minutes of physical exercise per week, compared to only 7 in 10 non-owners. Your dog is the perfect exercise partner. Buddy won’t cancel on your workout plans because of cold weather or a long to-do list. Hitting the pavement or trail with him is beneficial for the both of you.

We know that walking burns calories and wards off heart disease, but did you know that it’s also a great stress reliever? Getting outside, breathing in some fresh air, taking in your surroundings, and savoring a break before you dive into your evening activities, is a great idea for you and your dog, especially after a long day at the office.

If Buddy is getting himself into trouble at home or barking and whining a lot, he’s probably trying to tell you that he needs more exercise to help him burn off some energy and feel less restless at home. But your nightly walks won’t just benefit him. Walking, like any other cardiovascular exercise, produces stress-busting endorphins and boosts energy. Just being outside and spending time in nature, studies have found, can reduce stress. Walking your dog is also a fantastic way to meet other people in your neighborhood.

If you’re an avid runner, walker, or hiker, or simply need your hands free to deal with the kids, the Buddy System is a great leash system. With your hands free, your movement isn’t restricted and you can focus on the trail ahead. Or maybe your hands or pockets are often full when you leave for a walk. The DOOG Walkie Utility Belt comes complete with built-in pick up bags, anti-bacterial handwipes, a clip, pocket for valuables, and even a velcro patch for Buddy’s tennis ball, so you don’t have to juggle everything.

If you're looking for a bright, new collar or leash this spring, SitStay has plenty of colors and sizes to choose from so you can find Buddy the perfect gear. If Buddy's a puller, consider an Easy Walk Harness, which gently discourages him from pulling while walking.

If Buddy’s big brown eyes don’t always send you running to grab the leash, consider making a walking schedule to hang on your fridge. It doesn’t matter how or when you walk, whether you take three 10-minute walks or walk for 30 minutes straight, just be sure to get out and enjoy the spring weather.

See you out there!

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Dog Joint Issues Inspired High Quality Products

Posted by sitstaydogs

Feb 18, 2014 4:58:13 PM

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We all want the best for our family. Whether it be a two-legged or four-legged member, we hate to see our family members in pain. Who better understands that than a family-owned company on a quest to help provide a higher quality of life for people and animals? Response Products is an innovative company dedicated to the development of progressive joint health and nutrition products for people, pets, and livestock. Since its beginning in 1998, the company has grown by leaps and bounds. Headquartered in Broken Bow, Nebraska, the company now serves customers on a global scale.

Response Products has developed an effective family of joint action formulas featuring cetyl myristoleate (correct pronunciation not required) and other tested joint health ingredients. Its proven products are scientifically formulated to help with joint health, meaning your dog will have a much easier time getting around on his own.  

Devoted to creating products that support a better quality of life for people and animals of all ages, Response Products takes quality seriously. It’s simple: quality ingredients lead to quality products which lead to quality results. Because all of the company’s products are made in an FDA approved and cGMP facility, and are audited by NASC (National Animal Supplement Council), the company proudly holds its products to a higher standard (the more acronyms the better, of course).

With its embrace of quality and results, it’s no surprise that Response Products has success story after success story to its name.  The story of JAP (video below) shows the remarkable turnaround a dog suffering from joint problems can have after only a short amount of time on Cetyl M.

One customer was told by her vet to ‘face the fact’ that her 14-year-old dog would likely die because he had so much trouble getting around by himself, due to years of arthritis. Within weeks of being on Cetyl M, the dog was not only able to get around by himself, but was wagging his tail again, something his owner explained he hadn’t done in months. Others have deemed Cetyl M to be a “miracle” and a “success all-around,” as they have seen change in their dogs after only a day. Still others have watched as their dogs have been given a “second life” or older dogs have been able to “play like a puppy again.”

It’s always a relief to know we can do something to help those we love most. Advanced Cetyl M® Joint Action Formula for dogs is an amazing solution to your dog’s joint pain.

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Hustling With a Hound Dog: exercising with my beagle

Posted by Sara Dreamer, CEO

Jan 6, 2014 11:30:00 AM

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The Day the Journey Began: Series 1:1

55 pounds! Today my husband Derek, beagle Dexter and I weighed in and tallied 55 pounds lost between the 3 of us. 9 weeks ago my husband had a doctor’s appointment that didn’t fair so well. His triglycerides where through the roof and his doctors were concerned about his weight and overall health.

Derek & I are in our upper 30’s. We live in rural Nebraska and spend most of our free time running after 2 teenage boys and 1 beagle. Both former college athletes, we know the value of exercise and eating well but excused our lack of both due to our busy lifestyle (and lack of amenities – we have running water but not gyms). We’ve never been “dieters” and never will be, but the day we had that conversation with our concerned doctor, we knew something had to change. Immediately.

Our thoughts were plenty on the ride home, the opposite of our conversations. Neither sure of what was next … until we got home. When we walked in the front door, Dexter - our fun-loving beagle, was there to greet us. His tail was wagging with sheer joy and his face didn’t have a care in the world. Dexter ran right to Derek, as though he knew he needed some lovin’ and Derek said , “Dexter, will you help me lose weight?”. Dex responded with a good ol face lick and a bark that must have meant, “YES”.

Let me take a moment to share the thoughts running through my mind at the time. Been away from work for a doctor appointment, did the promotion calendar get updated, sales are up today- yeah, doctor tells me my husband might not live to 40 – be compassionate, I don’t have much time to be because what’s for supper, did I flip the clothes from the dryer before they started to stink, crap, I didn’t … add detergent and “rewash” (again, I think!), how can my iPhone battery be low I only read and sent 65 emails in the waiting room and, oh, today we are starting a workout plan with our dog. Today. Today, with our dog that doesn’t have a harness.  (I know, I am the CEO of a pet products company but didn’t have a harness; unprepared and stubborn buyer!)

We changed our clothes; put on our stylish sneakers (that I picked out because they matched Brady’s baseball team colors), latched onto Dexter’s collar and off we went. 1 mile, 2 miles, 3 miles …. on our journey to lose weight with the help of our dog.

3 miles on our first day! What were we thinking? Here’s what we were thinking … the doctor said he should lose 30 pounds and we must have heard him say that 30 pounds were missing in our neck of the woods and we were the search committee. We walked the gravel road like passerbys that broke down, or someone searching for a needle in a hay bail (we don’t call them stacks these days). 

We learned lots along the way; excited to share with you. Tell me about your weight loss goals. Do you hustle with your hound?

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The Wonders of Salmon

Posted by sitstaydogs

Nov 4, 2013 11:30:00 AM

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Salmon is a great, lean protein that has a lot of added healthy fat and nutrition, and pups  LOVE it! Because of it’s fishy flavor, it is very palatable to your pooch, but little does he know of all of the added benefits and nutrition that are hidden in the scrumptiousness!

  • Protein: Necessary for Fido’s energy supply, and keeping him strong with long and lean muscles.

  • DHA and EPA: filled with these essential omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are important for immune function (making sure that your pooch stays healthy), and also great heart health--insuring that cardiovascular function is at its best.

  • Vitamin D: necessary for calcium and phosphorus absorption in the diet to insure big, strong bones and healthy joint function.

Notes on Salmon:

  • Cook the salmon prior to feeding it to them (if you choose to feed them yourself), many proteins can be served raw to dogs, but make sure salmon is cooked to ensure that all parasites are removed

  • Cooking salmon is not required when in treat or food form, as is has already been processed, but please be aware of where the ingredients come from and how they are handled! Read more about INGREDIENTS.

Fun Facts about Salmon:

  • They are born in freshwater, travel to the ocean, and return to freshwater to reproduce.

  • They return to the exact same spot to birth as they were birthed! How cool is that!?

  • Bears in the forest and other mammals get nutrients from the ocean (nitrogen, sulfur, carbon) from the salmon that are caught traveling back from the ocean!

Favorite Salmon Foods:

Salmon Paws
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  Wildside Salmon
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  Yummy Chummies
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  Salmon Fillets
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Wellness
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  Zuke's Mini's
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  Addiction Salmon
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Pumpkin Isn't Only For Pies: Dog's Benefit, Too!

Posted by sitstaydogs

Oct 7, 2013 11:02:00 PM

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There is a good reason that pumpkin is a fond ingredient in dog food and treats. after hunting through patches of information we summarized three takeaways for you to keep top of mind when making healthful decisions for your pooch.

3 OF THE MANY WAYS PUMPKIN BENEFITS DOGS

1. Digestive Health

Pumpkin is abundant in both water and fiber which provides dual roles in a dog’s digestive health. The water content can serve as an absorptive lubricant to aid in constipation whereas the soluble fiber can also be a solution for occasional diarrhea. We can never go without saying severe or continuous behaviors need to be consulted with your veterinarian. But, isn’t it good to know there is such an accessible fruit that is as active as the pooper scooper when it comes to your dog’s digestive “activity”.   

2. Weight Loss

This tidbit requires a bit of common knowledge to go with it. Pumpkin for dogs is getting popular chit-chats when it comes to weight loss. Here’s the “skinny” on that … pumpkin is a low fat, low calorie ingredient that serves as a healthy filler to help satisfy fido’s hunger. It doesn’t replace the core nutrients, proteins and other dietary needs but may prolong the time between the puppy dog eyes begging from your hungry fella.  

3. Urinary health

Pumpkin seeds are very high in polyunsaturated fatty acids, these “good fats” are essential in combating against cardiometabolic disorders, support urinary health and keeping blood sugar levels at their optimum levels.

A few product recommendations for rockstar pet parents:

Overall, pumpkin continues to be somewhat of a mystery. Not because the known benefits aren’t concrete, it’s because pumpkin has the highest number of unknown compounds by percent - numerous proteins, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, all of which have fully defined functions. So, when discussing the health benefits of pumpkin in dogs, rather than saying “what we don’t know won’t hurt us”, we should be shouting,  “what we don’t know will help our pups”.

Happy Pumpkin Feeding to You!

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Topics: Wellness, What's in The Bag?

Health Benefits of Cranberries for Dogs

Posted by sitstaydogs

Sep 30, 2013 10:14:00 PM

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Lets start from the top: cranberries are dominantly found in United States and Canada, and also in a few other locations across the world. These vine-grown, water-and-sun-harvested fruits hold benefits for you AND Fido!

Why add cranberries to your dog's healthy diet?
Cranberries contain anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial qualities which prevents the growth of E. coli, H. pylori, and many other GI related pathogens. The cranberry holds benefits to your dog’s pearly whites - proteins found in cranberries inhibit acid production and allow teeth to defend against oral bacteria, which means those doggy kisses we all love will come with fresh breath (well, most of the time).

Cranberries also contain a high level of the antioxidant, polyphenols. Recent findings show that cranberries interact with cellular signaling cascades, regulating the activity of transcription factors and consequently affecting the expression of genes. They have been shown to affect the expression of microRNAs (miRNA). miRNAs are small, noncoding RNAs implicated in the regulation of gene expression that control both physiological and pathological processes such as development and cancer. We never really know if or how we can truly prevent, but making quality choices on behalf of our faithful friends is a great way to do our part in trying.

Additional Benefits
Just like humans, dogs can contract urinary tract infections. And, just like humans, including cranberries in their diet helps cure or prevent a UTI. Cranberry is a natural cleanse for dogs with urinary problems, but should be consumed in the form of a healthy dog treat, food or supplement containing cranberry, NOT in the form of cranberry juice meant for human consumption.

A few of our favorite cranberry-kissed products that we feed our SitStay.com dogs:

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Natual Balance Turkey, Oatmeal & Cranberry
These treats offer a unique combination of protein, carbs, and anitoxidants.  


Sam's Yams Sweet Potato Chews

 

Homestyle Venison & Cranberry Dinner
Addiction's Raw Dehydrated food combines the superior nutrition of raw food with the convenience of dry food.

Buy now: Snooks Sweet Potato Chew

 

Chicken & Veggie Jerky Bars

USA-made Jerky Bars feature real meat as the first ingredient and combine premium fruits and vegetables for a balanced, grain-free jerky treat your dog is sure to love. 

Buy now: Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Fish


See more of our cranberry products >
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Topics: Wellness, What's in The Bag?

Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes for Dogs

Posted by sitstaydogs

Sep 23, 2013 10:52:09 PM

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They don’t call it “sweet” because it will rub Fido’s belly, or give him treats for good behavior (that’s what you’re for!). It’s “sweet” because of all the added benefits and nutrition. . .  read on, you might be yelling “SWEET!” when you’re done. Your good dog deserves good health!

AMINO ACIDS

  • Sweet potatoes contain the highest amino acid content of any of its cousins in the starch family.
  • Amino acids are essential in your dog's diet to maintaining healthy and strong, lean muscles. The amino acids also increase the bodies’ antioxidant activity.
  • Antioxidants are essential for ridding the body of free radicals that can cause cancer and other harmful diseases. Research has shown that sweet potatoes help rid the liver of fatty cells and keep vital organs healthy and at their best.

DIGESTIVE HEALTH

  • The high fiber content of the sweet potato makes it great for the digestive system.
  • Sweet potatoes are a great alternative to raw hide also, because they are vegan and not made from animal byproducts.

Product selection is imparative to the success of SitStay.com and there are many factors we consider when adding products to the family. But, of all the factors, selecting products that we are proud to feed to our own dogs is #1 on the list. Sweet potato chews for dogs is not a trend or a fad that will pass, it is a simple, natural dog chew that skirts past the manufacturing process that often increases the safety of a product. Dirt, water and good old fashion sunshine are the key components needed to make many of the sweet potato products we offer.

You can also learn more about the products below by visiting their websites. A few articles we enjoy most:

 

Here's a few of our favorite sweet potato treats for dogs:

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Sam's Yams
This sweet potato is transformed into a chew that has characteristics similar to rawhide or jerky. 1lb bag contains approx 30 chews.

Sam's Yams Sweet Potato Chews
  Snook's Sweet Potato Chews
The interactive and intuitive chew is also includes natural Vitamin E, chemical free hemp and a whole "knot of love".

Buy now: Snooks Sweet Potato Chew
  Natural Balance
Sweet Potato & Fish Formula Treats are a proven formula for dogs with allergies based on a unique blend of a premium protein source not commonly found in dog foods.

Buy now: Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Fish


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How Hot is Your Car?

Posted by sitstaydogs

Jul 25, 2013 3:52:15 PM

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Summer months mean lots of things, camping, swimming, pools, picnics, endless outdoor activities. But, it also means that a car has become a very dangerous place to leave a dog (also applies to children!).  The Animal Protection Institute & RedRover.org conducted a study in a number of situations during hot temperatures. They took temperatures on 2 thermometers, both inside and outside the car, and also added elements like what the temperature was like with 2 windows cracked and 4 windows cracked. To humans, these temperatures may not seem too bad, but what we can forget is that a dog's skin is very different than ours. Dogs only sweat out of their paw pads, and in most cases, have much more hair and fur to add to the heat.

Leaving a dog in a car for even a few minutes can result in severe heat exhaustion, and the high body temperature can cause liver damage, brain damage, seizures, increased heart rate, or worst case scenario, death.

We have provided 2 files below to help raise awareness about the dangers:

1) "How Hot is Your Car" Poster - 8.5x11 - Download the file, print it off and hang it on community boards throughout your area

2) "It's Hot! Leave Fido at Home!" Cards - This file contains 4 mini-posters. Keep them in your car, and when you see an animal in a hot car, leave the flyer on the windshield for the owner, or go inside the store to try and find the owner by having an employee page the license plate number.

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We don't own dogs at Sitstay - the dogs own us.

The products we share are healthful, enriching and good-dog-approved. Everyday we strive to do our part in improving pet lifestyles and make it a point to have loads of fun along the way.

Join our mission to raise the most spoiled-rotten dogs on the planet … somebody’s got to!

Cheers from Nebraska!