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BARK Bright Dog Dental Kit Review | Our Experience With the World’s First Dog Toothpaste and Dental Chew Combo

BARK Bright Dog Dental Kit Review | Our Experience With the World’s First Dog Toothpaste and Dental Chew Combo

June 27, 2022

Most dogs detest having their teeth brushed. Many pups won't even let their owners come near them with a doggy toothbrush! Brushing your dog's teeth is obviously not always easy or enjoyable. It is also very easy to forget to brush your pup's teeth on a daily basis. Fortunately, one very reputable company, BARK, came up with a way to make doggy dental health much easier for us pet parents.

We discovered BARK Bright’s enzyme-powered monthly doggy dental kit last year and have been fans ever since. BARK Bright's chicken-flavored dog toothpaste and dog sticks turbocharge the enzymes in dogs' mouths to keep their teeth clean and breath fresh. They are incredibly simple and effective, and the kits are conveniently shipped straight to your door.

Is BARK Bright right for your pup? In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we provide an in-depth overview and review of BARK Bright. It is based on our own experience getting the dog teeth cleaning kit for our sausage dog Django.

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DJANGO Dog Blog Interview Dr. Ian Billinghurst, the Father of the Raw Dog Food Diet - djangobrand.com

Interview: Dr. Ian Billinghurst, the Father of the Raw Dog Food Diet

June 22, 2022

Dr. Ian Billinghurst is the father of the raw dog food diet and the founder of the BARF ('Biologically Appropriate Raw Food' or 'Bones and Raw Food') diet. In late 1993, he wrote Give Your Dog a Bone. The worldwide best seller is one of the most important books on dog nutrition ever written. It discussed why raw, whole food is best for your dog.

As an Australian veterinary surgeon with 50 years of experience, Dr. Billinghurst has one consistent message: raw-fed dogs are healthier than their kibble-fed counterparts.

We caught up with the long-time raw food champion and international lecturer to discuss the controversial raw dog food diet. We also dig into how gray wolves evolved into modern dogs, and we weigh the benefits of the raw dog food diet against safety risks like foodborne pathogens. Finally, we chew over how to solve the companion dog population boom and why so many veterinarians have raw emotions about raw pet food.

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Tumble Rugs Review: Best Washable Rug for Toddlers, Pets, and Modern Living

Tumble Rugs Review: Best Washable Rug for Toddlers, Pets, and Modern Living

June 15, 2022 1 Comment

When Mike and I (Steph) moved into our new home earlier this year, we reveled in the spacious layout. Compared to our previous 650 square foot apartment in New York City, our modest new home felt like a palace. We soon realized, however, we had a lot of furnishing to do. Our hardwood floors, in particular, needed immediate protection. We have a boisterous 3-year old toddler, a long-haired dachshund, and a newborn. The last thing we wanted was for our toddler's toys, our baby's spit ups, and our pup's nails to destroy our new hardwood floors.

While researching the best rugs for families with kids and pets, Mike and I (Steph) came across Tumble. Tumble offers machine washable and spill-proof area rugs with modern patterns and colors. Mike and I ordered 3 rugs for our home—a kitchen runner and two area rugs—and we never looked back.

The following is an honest review and in-depth overview of Tumble rugs based on our family's personal experience using several of the rugs in our home.

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BarkBox Review and Unboxing: Is the Subscription Dog Box Worth It? - djangobrand.com

BarkBox Review and Unboxing: Is the Subscription Dog Box Worth It?

June 08, 2022

Since bringing home our adorable dachshund Django in 2015, Mike and I (Steph) have signed up for countless monthly dog subscription boxes. Two of our favorites are BarkBox and Super Chewer. They provide a fun assortment of original, themed dog toys, treats, and chews.

Here is a detailed overview and review of BarkBox. It is based on our own experiences after receiving treat- and toy-filled boxes for our sausage dog Django. To give you an idea of what to expect in each BarkBox, we have included personal feedback, details, and photos.

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What is the Best TV Channel for Dogs? (Get a 1-Month DOGTV Free Trial)

What's the Best TV Channel for Dogs? (Get a 1-Month DOGTV Free Trial)

June 01, 2022

Picture this: you are lounging on the couch, binge-watching tv with your pup. He hogs the covers while nibbling on your plain popcorn. As you are whittling down your watch list, you notice your dog glance at the TV and tilt his head. Then, he barks and starts wagging his tail. What is going on? Can your dog see and hear TV the same way you do? What shows attract his attention? And maybe, more importantly, would your canine be interested in tv for dogs?

To answer these questions, we are diving into the science behind your dog's sight and hearing. We are also digging into why there is a TV channel for dogs, what is on DOGTV, and where you can stream doggy television.

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10 Best Products for Dogs Recovering from IVDD Surgery - djangobrand.com

10 Best Products for Dogs Recovering from IVDD Surgery

May 25, 2022

Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) is a diagnosis that all dog owners dread. We (Mike and Steph) unfortunately saw our long-haired dachshund Django go through IVDD surgery earlier this year after suffering a serious back injury.

The path to recovery after an IVDD diagnosis is never easy. Dogs with IVDD always need strict crate rest, and many also need complicated and expensive back surgery like our dog Django. While recovering, your dog's movement must be restricted to a crate or pen, and he or she may not be able to walk without support. Your pup may also experience incontinence for several weeks and need help going to the bathroom via bladder expression. In other words, the recovery process can be difficult and daunting for us loving dog parents.

Fortunately, there are dog products on the market that help make your dog's IVDD journey and recovery easier. Here are 10 products that we found helpful and essential throughout Django's IVDD recovery.

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The Best Dog Walking Fanny Pack, the Nolita Belt Bag, is Here!

The Best Dog Walking Fanny Pack, the Nolita Belt Bag, is Here!

May 10, 2022 2 Comments

DJANGO's Nolita Belt Bag is a modern, functional, and thoughtfully-crafted dog walking fanny pack. With a nod to trendy dog parents, the Nolita Belt Bag has numerous features that upgrade dog walking and outdoor adventures with four-legged family. From sustainably sourced fabrics to premium hardware to meticulous design details, everything about the Nolita Belt Bag is an upgrade from your standard accessory.

Learn more about DJANGO's Nolita Belt Bag here.

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DJANGO We Feed Raw Dog Food Review: Our Experience with the Minimally Processed Raw Pet Food Subscription Service

We Feed Raw Dog Food Review: Our Experience with the Minimally Processed Raw Pet Food Subscription Service

April 21, 2022 2 Comments

The popularity of raw dog food has exploded in recent years. More than ever, experienced dog owners are showing preference for the biologically appropriate, minimally processed, and nutrition-dense dog food. Many point to the health benefits of the diet. To name just a few, raw-fed dogs often have smaller and firmer stools, healthier skin and coats, better digestion, and fewer allergy symptoms.

We've always been incredibly picky when it comes to Django's diet. We only feed our hairy little sausage dog high quality and often organic foods. We tend to favor fresh dog foods and never hesitate to top his dinner bowl with wild alaskan salmon, boiled organic chicken, half an egg, or even fresh organic strawberries (his personal favorite!).

Recently, we decided to try We Feed Raw. This company is one of the more reputable ones in the raw dog food industry. It cuts out mystery ingredients and unpronounceable additives and replaces them with easily digestible, human-grade meat. Unlike other dog food brands whose recipes have endless and often unrecognizable ingredients, you can easily count and identify all We Feed Raw recipe components.

Here is an honest and in-depth review of We Feed Raw dog food. All opinions expressed are solely our own and are based on our personal experience feeding We Feed Raw to Django.

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DJANGO Dog Blog - What is the Cost of IVDD Surgery for Dogs? - djangobrand.com

What is the Cost of IVDD Surgery for Dogs?

April 13, 2022

Earlier this year, our long-haired dachshund, Django, had back surgery for Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD). Within 48 hours after his back legs became paralyzed, Django underwent spinal surgery, and a canine neurologist successfully removed herniated disc material from Django's spinal canal. You can read all about Django's IVDD experience here and learn what to immediately do if you suspect your dog is suffering from IVDD.

For the first time, we (Mike and Steph) became very familiar with the true costs surrounding dog back surgery. While the price of IVDD surgery varies greatly, we learned that the total bill is far bigger than just the operation cost; it also includes exams, boarding, medication, anesthesia, etc.

In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we examine the “all in” cost of IVDD surgery for dogs. We also compare the success rate of IVDD surgery to non-surgical IVDD treatment options. And finally, we discuss which IVDD treatments are typically covered by pet insurance.

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10 of the Best Calming Aids and Anti-Anxiety Products to Help Reduce Your Dog’s Stress - djangobrand.com

10 of the Best Calming Aids and Anti-Anxiety Products to Help Reduce Your Dog’s Stress

April 04, 2022

Dogs can have anxiety, just like humans do. In fact, nearly 75% of dogs show some type of anxious behavior. Some walk around subway grates or dart behind furniture during thunderstorms. Others tuck their tails between their legs in unfamiliar locations. Many also have indoor "accidents" when they are left alone. Symptoms vary widely and can include barking, destructive behavior, excessive panting, or pacing. To make matters worse, more than 30% of dogs have “out of the blue”, generalized anxiety that does not have a cause or trigger.

While your dog’s living environment can cause canine anxiety, some breeds are just more likely to suffer from emotional problems. Do you have a dog that is generally anxious, fearful, or snaps out of nervousness? If yes, this article is for you!

In this DJANGO Dog Blog post, we round up 10 of our favorite dog calming aids and anti-anxiety dog products.

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DJANGO Dog Blog Interview: Dexter, the Brittany Spaniel, Learned How to Walk on his Back Legs After a Tragic Accident - djangobrand.com

Interview: Dexter, the Brittany Spaniel, Learned How to Walk on his Back Legs After a Tragic Accident

March 21, 2022 6 Comments

Dexter is an adventurous and strong Brittany spaniel dog from Ouray, Colorado with an incredible story. When he was not even a year old, Dexter was hit by a van and had to have his front right leg amputated. While going through rehabilitation, Dexter taught himself to walk on his back legs, just like a human! Although Dexter's three remaining legs are healthy and strong, to this day Dexter prefers getting around on his back legs.

Dexter's incredible talent and unique gait has made him a doggy celebrity on social media, and he has helped teach the world about the resilience and positive spirit of disabled dogs. Followers are inspired by Dexter's story, amazed by his two-legged skills, and uplifted by his happy and friendly disposition.

We had the pleasure of catching up with Dexter and his loving dog mom, Kentee Pasek, to learn more about Dexter's injury, rehabilitation, and special story.

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DJANGO Dog Blog: My Wiener Dog Is Suddenly Shaking and Can't Move His Front or Back Legs. What's Wrong? - djangobrand.com

My Wiener Dog Is Suddenly Shaking and Can't Move His Front or Back Legs. What's Wrong?

February 28, 2022 4 Comments

We (Steph and Mike) recently experienced what most dachshund owners dread happening. Our long-haired "tweenie" dachshund, Django, underwent spinal surgery for Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD).

Django had IVDD surgery on January 10th, approximately 48 hours after he lost function in his back legs, to remove all of the disc material in his spinal canal which was causing him pain and partial paralysis. As of writing (March 2022), Django is thankfully recovering nicely, albeit slowly. He finally started getting more feeling and function in his back legs about 3-4 weeks after surgery and is now starting to use them again! His back legs remain wobbly and weak, but we and Django's neurologist continue to expect Django to see a full recovery over time.

In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we address what to do if you suspect your dog is suffering from IVDD. We cover what steps you should immediately take if your dog has symptoms of IVDD, explain what IVDD is, and also address additional frequently asked questions about Intervertebral Disc Disease in dogs.

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