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Django Dog Blog | Distemper in Puppies and Adult Dogs: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention

Distemper in Puppies and Adult Dogs: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention

September 28, 2022

Canine distemper is one of the most common and lethal dog diseases. The airborne virus targets unvaccinated puppies under 6 months old and young adult dogs. While distemper can be prevented through a series of shots, it kills a large majority of unvaccinated puppies and a significant proportion of unvaccinated adult dogs.

What causes distemper in dogs, and how does the virus spread? What are the symptoms of canine distemper, and is your puppy or dog at risk? How effective is the canine distemper vaccine?

Here is everything you need to know about the causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of distemper in dogs.

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DJANGO Dog Blog Review: The Best Orthopedic Dog Bed and Waterproof Dog Blanket - djangobrand.com

Paw.com Review: Best Orthopedic Dog Bed and Waterproof Dog Blanket

August 09, 2022

Our adorable sausage dog Django recently had back surgery for Intervertebral Disc Disease. Four weeks after Django's surgery, our family moved into a new home with hardwood floors everywhere. Although Django has been recovering nicely after his surgery, his back legs are still wobbly at times, and he tends to slip on smooth surfaces—especially hardwood! Since moving, our goal has been to find top-quality pet products that not only help Django be comfortable in the home but also protect our new floors and furniture.

In addition to looking for a new orthopedic dog bed for Django, I began searching for high quality and nice looking pet blankets for the couch and bed. In my search, I soon discovered Paw.com and the high quality pet products they offer. Paw.com offers modern orthopedic dog beds and matching faux fur waterproof pet blankets, among other original designs. After reading reviews from passionate Paw.com customers, I ordered the PupRug Bundle for Django which includes both Paw.com's memory foam pet bed and faux fur blanket. Django has been obsessed with his bed and blanket ever since we opened our Paw.com boxes!

The following is an honest review and in-depth overview of Paw.com’s PupRug Faux Fur Orthopedic Dog Bed and PupProtector Waterproof Blanket based on our experience with both. If you have any questions about our Paw.com experience or want to share a story of your own, please leave us a comment below!

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DJANGO Dog Blog Dog Swimming 101: The Beginner's Guide to Teaching Your Dog How to Swim - djangobrand.com

Dog Swimming 101: The Beginner's Guide to Teaching Your Dog How to Swim

August 03, 2022 1 Comment

Does your dog jump for joy when he hits the pool, beach, or anything wet? Maybe he crashes kiddie pools or belly flops into any body of water like our sausage dog Django. Or maybe your dog is downright afraid to dip his paw in the pool. Every canine is unique, and not all are dripping with excitement at the thought of getting wet. Depending on your dog’s breed, personality, and experiences, he might be a natural swimmer or water-shy.

Whether your dog is a seafarer like Django or a landlubber, he needs to learn how to be safe in the water. You might want to catch a wave or backcountry canoe with your dog. Maybe you even have an inflatable kiddie pool or a swimming pool in your backyard. In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we discuss the best and worst dog breeds for swimming and look at how long your dog can safely stay in the pool. We also explain how to teach your dog to swim and provide water safety tips.

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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 4 Comments

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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