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  • NicoleDeRosa

DOG Health + Nutrition

Updated: Nov 13, 2023


Did you know you can spray propolis in your dog's water? Propolis, aka "bee glue" is a sticky, resinous substance bees make to seal, disinfect, and protect their hive. They also use it to mummify intruders too big to remove.

Relatively unknown to most North Americans this potent bee medicine had been used for centuries as a natural alternative to antibiotics. And unlike the antibiotics we are familiar with, propolis does not disrupt the good bacteria and our body does not build up resistance against nature's antibiotic.

A great weapon against bacteria, propolis can help protect dogs from canine flu, kennel cough, and other infectious illnesses. When used topically it can prevent infection and speed the healing of cuts, wounds, burns, bites, stings, hot spots, and lick granulomas (its bitter taste helps deter licking).

Oral sprays developed for dogs to treat periodontitis and gingivitis that contain propolis have proven to be very effective. The buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth and gums is the source of these diseases that today are the number one health problem for dogs. I'm a fan Beekeeper's Naturals propolis spray which is good for humans and furry friends.

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Learn about your dog's breed, health, traits and relatives with the Embark Breed and Health Kit.

*Message me if you would like a discount code for $50 off when you order your kit!

There is also Wisdom Panel Dog DNA and Health Test. Chosen by over 2 million pet parents to help them provide smarter care. This one was recommended by my friend, Anne who says she thinks Wisdom Panel is more accurate than other brands.

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Try The Farmer's Dog and get real, preservative free, fresh, healthy cooked dog food conveniently delivered to your door with The Farmer's Dog Personalized Meal Plans.

(Above is just one example)

  • Real Food: Human-grade meat and veggies in simple recipes, made for dogs.

  • Vet Developed: Nutrition that exceeds industry standards for dogs (AAFCO)

  • Made Fresh: Maintain whole food and nutritional integrity

  • USADA Kitchens: Safety and quality never before available to pets.

*Message me if you would like a discount code when you order The Farmer's Dog Personalized Meal Plans for your furry fam!


With so many quarantine pups starting to get their first real taste of reality, Recess called up their friends at Maxbone to bring back their CBD dog treats to help your furry friends with the transition, because dogs need some calm in their weird new lives just as much as we do right now. Recommended for medium & big dogs. Break into smaller pieces. (*Be sure to check with your dog's veterinarian to make sure CBD & these ingredients are okay for your dog.)

Benefits of key ingredients:
  • 5mg CBD in each treat (100% THC-free)

  • 100% natural, organic & gluten-free

  • No artificial flavors, colors or preservatives

  • May relieve pet anxiety & pain

*Free Shipping on every order! Click link HERE then click on "Realitywear" section once you are on the Recess website.


Dr. Jacobs Naturals range of organic products are all pet friendly, especially loved by dogs because of the beautiful smell and lack of toxicity. All of the Dr. Jacobs Naturals Castile Soaps are 100% vegetable based (never any animal by products) & made from the highest quality natural & organic ingredients like olive & coconut oil, never palm oil, which is known for being harsh on skin. Antioxidant rich olive & coconut oil have the ability to naturally moisturize your skin, keeping it hydrated all day with no oily residue.

They also added aloe vera & Vitamin E to enhance the moisture experience. Keeping the sense of touch & the skin in mind, they wanted to create a luxurious feeling Castile soap, so they increased the viscosity two fold by adding the most natural of ingredients, sea salt & never adding any foaming agents. Keeping true to putting health first, none of Dr. Jacobs Naturals products ever contain any toxins like parabens, preservatives, phthalates, artificial dyes, or artificial fragrances. They are gluten free, cruelty-free, vegan, made in the USA & Non-GMO Project Certified.

Lastly, they wanted to holistically care for people on the inside as well as the outside, so essential oils with health & wellness properties were added. Through aromatherapy & skin absorption essential oils are known for healing properties & health benefits. (*Be sure to check with your dog's veterinarian to make sure your pet is not allergic to any of these ingredients.)

*For 10% OFF, use my Coupon Code: NICOLEDEROSA when you order Dr. Jacobs Naturals HERE!


A chemical used in Milk-Bones , Ol'Roy, Kibbles'n Bits, Hill's Pet Food and other pet foods should no longer be considered safe for consumption due to concerns about its ability to damage DNA according to a new animal model study.

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG)

"A scientific panel created by the European Food Safety Authorization found that titanium dioxide "can no longer be considered safe when used as a food additive."

The panel, citing concerns about titanium dioxide genotoxicity, or its ability to damage DNA, based its conclusion on a review of hundreds of scientific studies. EWG called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.)(.....who in my opinion, are useless) to quickly consider whether to ban titanium dioxide from use in food.

A chemical that may damage our furry friends DNA should not be fed to them. Titanium Dioxide is on The Forever Dog book's Dirty Dozen list of additives you need to avoid in your furry friends food. Read more at The Forever Dog book below.


Harmony Plastic Slow Feeder Dog Bowl

The Harmony Plastic Slow Feeder Dog Bowl extends dinnertime a little longer as it helps pups that eat a bit too fast to chow down at a healthier, slower pace. The design adds a pop of stylish fun to your home decor and is dishwasher safe for a convenient cleanup.

  • Fun design extends feeding time for dogs that eat fast

  • Dishwasher safe

  • Constructed with high-quality, BPA-free materials

  • Slow feeders can help to prevent bloat and regurgitation

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I just learned that Nude Beverages supports local animal rescue organizations by donating a portion of all their sales to rescues across Canada and the U.S.! They have already donated over $215,000 and have a goal to raise $1 million dollars by 2023. #pawsofnude

Flavors by include:

Raspberry Lemon Hard Seltzer / Lime Tequila Soda / Grapefruit Pamplemousse Tequila Soda / Cran Raspberry Vodka Soda / Lime Gin Soda / Mixed Berry Gin Soda / Strawberry Kiwi Vodka Soda
+ more!

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My friend, Kristin DeNicola (who is an amazing Real Estate Agent in N.J., P.A., MD & DE ) told me that her office supports Castle of Dreams Animal Rescue and they recently hosted some furry visitors at their office that were up for adoption! If you live in New Jersey, check out the Castle of Dreams Animal Rescue website HERE to find your furry forever friend! If you are unable to adopt, please consider fostering.

If you would like to mention your local animal rescue, please do so under this specific post on my Instagram HERE.


Veterinarian, Dr. Karen Becker (along with Rodney Habib & Kristin Loberg) aim to create vibrant health for cats and dogs in their New York Times best selling book, The Forever Dog. Dr. Karen educates the reader about health, diet and longevity for your furry friend.

Message me if you would like a discount code when you order Dr. Karen's book HERE!

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