Making Your Dog An Adventure Dog

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The Adventure Dog

Your dog is a young and spry running machine. He runs trails with wagging tail in-tow, zig-zagging down talus slopes and over embankments that would give most pups a fair amount of pause. He is the kind of pupper that never turns his nose away at the thought of adventure, just like his adventurous human. 

While his heart has always been in the right place, he didn't always have the appropriate gear to adventure safely and in style. Fidobiotics knows all things about the digestive health of your dog - it's true. We will be reviewing products and supplements to help your adventure dog crush whatever nature throws his way. 

Joint issues

Bounding your way up a winding and worn familiar trail with your little Scooby every weekend can create memories that will last a life time - and plenty of healthy exercise for your pup. As that pup gets older, his step can get a little less springy. 

Your dog's joints allow him to live a life of adventure. They're always moving in one way or another, bending left and right, back and forth, constantly.

Unless your dog is a straight snoozer for most of the day, he is putting stress on his joints. While canines have joints that are built to deal with enormous physical stressors, an aging dog can struggle with inflammation recovery.

Joints are not the only area of concern when it comes to canine inflammation, as many health health problems in old dogs stem from an inflamed organ - including the brain.

It is hard to know when your dog is suffering from ow-grade inflammation, a biological response that can linger for months to years - causing unknowable damage.

The best thing you can do for your companion is to ensure he is receiving a diet rich in proper canine nutrition and giving him a probiotic supplement infused with turmeric.

Turmeric and Your Dog's Joints

turmeric for an outdoor adventure dog

Ever indulged in a piping hot yellow curry paste at your local Indian joint?

If the chef knew what he  was doing, your meal was bursting with the world renown spice known as turmeric.

Turmeric is a spice traditionally used by Indian and Middle-Eastern communities for cooking and medicinal purposes.  It is world famous for it's peppery kick and bright yellow coloring. Medicinally, turmeric has long been used as an anti-inflammatory and subsequently used to assist with a variety of ills.

Millions of people in both developed and under-developed nations are keenly aware of the purported benefits of turmeric. That knowledge has slowly seeped into the pet health world as dog owners are beginning to do the same for their graying woofers.

While turmeric does work to support healthy inflammation response, it is the curcuminoids (curcumin) within the turmeric that does the heavy lifting. 

On a cellular level, researchers have found curcumin to reduce inflammation within human cells. There is not a great deal of canine - curcumin  interaction, but many have purported similar inflammatory benefits. 

Giving your dog an immune supporting probiotic with turmeric will do wonders for maintaining proper inflammation response. 

Digestion

Ever embarked upon a week long camping trip- only to realize that you were more concerned with finding your sunscreen than bringing anything resembling food? You likely didn't get to far into your trek before making a pit-stop at the local grocery store. 

Like your grumbling tummy, your galloping growler won't go far if he is not being fed the proper nutrition before a howl-inspiring adventure. 

Dogs are omnivores and require more than just a hunk of meat and a pat on the head. There are quite a few vegetables and other foods to look for when preparing a raw-fed camp diet for your buddy. 

Certain mushrooms, carrots, sweet potatoes, coconut oil, ginger, broccoli, and brown rice are all excellent choices for Fido. When combined with high-quality meat, this smorgasbord will provide his GI tract with all the nutrients he can handle! 

You could give your dog the most amazing raw food diet in the world, if his gut is out of sorts, he will likely not be able to absorb all of that nutrition. This lack of nutrient absorption could spell danger for your fur-friend. 

Where Does The Nutrition Go?

Up in smokes, that's where - and the smelly smoke will be blowing out of his butt.

That is why it's imperative to monitor your dog's bowel movements for color and consistency and how much gas he is expelling. If his movements can't be easily picked up and his toots cannot be tolerated, he may just have a GI issue.

What Can I Do For A GI Issue?
You certainly are not the first dog owner to deal with a dog with an out of whack gastrointestinal tract, many dogs have dealt with it and have put their nightmare inducing liquid poops in the past.
Human grade probiotic powder for dogs are among the best ways to deal with GI issues. Probiotics are good bacteria that work to recolonize an upset gut with bacteria meant to keep them regular.  Probiotics work to help maintain healthy digestion, support a healthy immune system, and aid with proper inflammation response.
If your adventure dog is creating his own brand of mud puddles, do your best to get him on a daily probiotic.

 

Making Your Dog A Camp Dog

camp dog

Okay, so you are now at a point where your dog's health is more than stellar, his joints are jammin, and his gut is working better than ever- what's next? Getting geared up, that's what!

Camping with your dog is a romantic notion. Images of you and him sitting atop a mountain as a full moon glows brightly upon you. He howls, you smile - perfection.

That is the ideal, but it is important to be educated and geared up properly before you mark that moment off your bucket list. 

Dog Friendly Camp Areas

Before you pack up the car, do your research on the place you plan on hiking and camping, many state and national parks do not allow dogs, but a growing number do! Respect the rules and only bring Fido to places where he can legally roam.

Most dog friendly campsites and parks allow them to walk around off-leash, but some do not. Doing your due diligence will save you from a trip cut-short and a hefty fine.

Life Jacket

camp dog life jacket

Getting a life jacket for your Jack Russell may sound silly, but not all water holes are safe for dogs to swim in unassisted. If you are cooling down in a water hole with Fido, get him a functional floatation device. You'll rest easier and he'll save a much needed energy during his doggy paddle - more for the hike back to the tent!

Water Bowl

This may seem like a no-brainer but it is one of the most important dog related items you will bring! Guardia and other harmful bacteria may lurk in that very same swimming pool that cooled you two down. While you'll be hard pressed to keep your dog from swimming in the water, you can certainly train him to only drink from water you provide. Be sure to bring spring or tap water with you, or some kind of water filtration system and keep him as hydrated as possible!

Sleeping In Your Tent

Your dog is muddy and still somehow soaking wet from his doggy paddle dip. Yet, the moon is high, your energy levels are low and you are ready to retire to your portable abode, so you two enter into the canvased shanty. 

Camping in any forested area warrants an extreme level of care when getting ready to get some shut-eye. 

Be sure to take put all of the food nearby in an airtight container - preferably in your car and definitely away from your camp sight. This includes the dog food. Small animals, coyotes, or even bears are know to forage for food late at night. Keeping your dog's meaty dog food off of a black bears dinner menu will help to ensure that you too stay off of his menu.

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