The Dog Visitor & News Magazine 2022 & : Dog Food The Dog Visitor & News Magazine 2022 & : Dog Food en Copyright 2022 & All Rights Reserved. The Ultimate Guide to Winter Dog Grooming Winter is just around the corner, and with it comes a whole new set of dog grooming challenges! Although many people believe that dogs don’t need as much grooming in the winter, this isn’t actually true. In fact, dog owners should be taking just as much care of their pet’s coat and hygiene during the […]

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Mon, 28 Nov 2022 02:22:13 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Can Dogs Eat BBQ Sauce? What You Need To Know there This is really an important question while cooking different foods for dogs, can dogs eat BBQ sauce?

So before adding to removing barbecue sauce from your grocery list, read this guide, then decide.

Will a low quantity of BBQ sauce make your pup sick? Are any specific types or brands which offer safe BBQ sauce? Dive into this piece of content and find the answer

Can Dogs Have BBQ Sauce

If you are searching for the answer to “can dogs eat barbeque sauce”, you are not the only person.

The exact answer is BBQ sauce is not safe for dogs due to its high sugar level, onion and garlic. Dogs who take extra sugar in their diet can achieve weight gain the same as human beings.

I hope you want to get the answer to why chilli pepper, garlic and onion content is not safe for the pups.

Is BBQ Sauce Bad For Dogs

There are different ingredients used in BBQ sauce. Some of them are toxic to dogs’ health. Avoid using BBQ sauce with toxic content. It will damage the health condition of your dog badly.

Commonly BBQ sauce is prepared with some ingredients which are not recommended for a dog’s health like

  • Chilli pepper
  • Crushed onion or powder
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic
  • High ratio of salt
  • Artificial agents as sweeteners

If you want to get detailed information about the spice’s suitability for dogs, you can check the spices guide for the dog.

Will BBQ Sauce Hurt My Dog

The addition of a small quantity of BBQ sauce is not dangerous for your dog.

It all depends on the age of the dog, the quantity added to the food and how much a dog can digest at a time.

All dogs should stay away from spicy foods. It can upset their stomach.

According to the veterinarian’s suggestions, a high ratio of salt can be dangerous for the pup’s health. Sodium poisoning is a common issue if taken with an excessive ratio of spices and salts. 

There are different symptoms you can observe in your dog diarrhea, allergy, urinary infection, incoordination and lethargy. Excessive salt can lead to liver failure.

Also, in the preparation of BBQ food, too much fat is used, which may lead to weight gain and heart conditions.

Sometimes dogs suffer from garlic poisoning, also.

Types of Barbeque Sauce And Dogs

There are different types of BBQ sauces all have some bad effects on your dog due to the high ratio of spices and salt.

  • Honey BBQ Sauce
  • Mustard sauce
  • White Mayonnaise Based
  • Vinegar 
  • Ketchup or Tomato-Based

My Dog Ate BBQ Sauce

If a dog eats BBQ sauce in any form, chances are your dog will stay safe, but if you feel uncomfortable in your dog. Call the veterinary doctor for better suggestions and prescriptions. 

Can Dog Eat BBQ Chicken

Chicken is always related to BBQ recipes. It might be kabobs, breast roast, or wings, so you can not feed your dog BBQ chicken of any type.

Especially chicken with the spread of different spices can badly affect the stomach of a dog. It can cause a poor digestive system. Small bones in different recipes are the reason for choking dogs.

Can Dog Eat BBQ Ribs

Do not let your dog eat BBQ ribs. This guide explains why ribs are bad for dogs. Small splinters from pork ribs might get stuck in your dog’s digestive tract.

BBQ ribs are not safe for dogs. Pork ribs’ small parts can get stuck.

Conclusive Thoughts

 The answer to the question “Can dogs eat BBQ sauce?” is no; BBQ sauce is not safe for dogs due to its high sugar level and onion and garlic content. Dogs who take extra sugar in their diet can achieve weight gain just like human beings. Additionally, the spices in BBQ sauce can upset a dog’s stomach. If your dog has eaten BBQ sauce, call your veterinarian for suggestions and a prescription.


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Sun, 27 Nov 2022 18:10:31 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Professional Canine Nutritionist for Raw Feeders Are you a raw feeder (or aspiring raw feeder) but the cost of feeding your dog a fresh food diet is too expensive? Check out raw food co-ops. This page has a list in the United States and it's always growing.

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Owning a pup vs dog: what’s better for first time owners Are you thinking about bringing a new dog or puppy into your home, but aren’t sure which is best for you? It’s true that dogs do require more care than puppies. But both are great for companionship! In this article, we’ll talk about how to choose between the two and what else you can expect […]

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Sat, 26 Nov 2022 01:41:34 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How Cold is Too Cold to Walk Your Dog? I wish I could give you an easy answer to this question! One of those “when the temperature is ** degrees, stay inside, wrap up warm and curl up on the sofa and watch trashy films instead of taking your dog out” answers… But it isn’t anywhere near as straightforward as that, so the best I can do is… “it depends”!

What to think about

First of all, it depends on your dog’s breed or type. Some breeds have thick coats with an undercoat and enough body fat to easily cope with lower temperatures – and many even love the cold far more than they enjoy a summer’s day. Others have thin coats and light builds and so can’t cope with even the hint of a draft without feeling the chill and demanding a jumper to even go out for a quick pee.

As a quick rule of thumb, look at the country where your dog’s breed (or breeds) was originally developed, and what they were bred to do there. Was it a cold climate where they were bred to be outdoors and working all day? Or was it in sunnier climes where the most they had to do was be a treasured indoor companion?

To give you an idea, the Siberian Husky, with their thick double coat, was bred to pull sleds all day every day through the harshest snows of the frozen north – and so for them even the coldest UK winter is no challenge whatsoever, and in fact is probably their idea of the perfect day. Whereas, the tiny Italian Greyhound, with their slight build, thin skin and fine coat was bred to be a rather cosseted ladies’ companion in the palaces of the Mediterranean – and so the slightest hint of a chill will see most of them diving under the nearest duvet until spring!

Our most popular breeds in the UK come from the gundog group, and while they might not be quite as extreme as the sled dogs, they were still mostly bred in harsh climates and were developed to work happily and enthusiastically all day every day whatever the weather, and so a snowy day in Swindon isn’t going to cause them any problems whatsoever – in fact they probably won’t even notice!

Also consider your dog’s age. The very young and the very old do not cope well with extremes of temperature, and in addition are less likely to be highly active and keep warm with exercise, and so for the babies and the veterans, it is definitely best to err on the side of caution when it comes to winter walks.

Ice, ice pavement

A bigger consideration than temperature is ice. Icy pavements can cause considerable damage to your dog’s paw pads and can also be hard to walk on – and the rock salt mixed with sand or gravel that’s used to de-ice roads and pavements can cause dryness, chemical burns and cracking to paws (and also to noses if your dog is an enthusiastic sniffer) and so should be avoided.

For the hairies, snow can ball up on the legs, feet and in between the toes. Paw balm or boots can help prevent this if it becomes an issue with your dog on those rare (and thanks to climate change, increasingly rarer) snowy UK days.

Tips for Winter Walking

  1. Remember that whatever your dog’s view of the cold is, they still need just as much exercise, stimulation and enrichment on cold days as they do every other day of the year – otherwise they will get bored, depressed or frustrated.
  2. If you have a breed that is happy in the cold, wrap up warmly yourself and enjoy your usual long walks. Play games and keep active so your dog stays warm.
  3. Watch out for snow drifts, ice, grit, antifreeze, frozen ponds and other winter hazards – and remember when crossing roads or walking around traffic that drivers might not be able to stop as quickly as usual.
  4. Use a reflective collar, harness and lead – and wear reflective clothing yourself – so you can be seen.
  5. If you have a dog who is very much a hot house flower, or an older dog or young puppy, replace their daily walks on the colder (below freezing – or cold, wet and windy) days with indoor games, training, enrichment, problem solving tasks, and your company.
  6. If you don’t like going out in the cold and the wet, that’s fine but see above. Your dog needs just as much stimulation on days when you don’t want to venture out – and they’ll enjoy interacting with you on training games, sniffaris, and enrichment toys far more than you dashing out and dashing back in again on a rushed dog walk that you hate every minute of.
  7. When you come home, dry your dog off with a towel, as lying around wet is when they are most likely to get chilled – and if it has been snowy, check their paws for balls of snow between their toes.

The reality, however, is that in most cases, our dogs are far happier to go out on cold winter days than we are – and often we use them as an excuse not to just put a few more layers on and enjoy a wintery walk.

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Fri, 25 Nov 2022 17:09:21 -0800 Dog-Fancier
What are the signs your dog loves you? Love is one of those strange things that you recognise when you see it but can’t really put your finger on describing exactly what it is… It’s just a ‘feeling’. A feeling of belonging, of security, of the world being a better place when you are with your beloved, and of knowing in your heart by how the other treats you, looks at you and acts around you that you are loved.

How do you know?

When we ask “does my dog love me?” it is exactly the same. You just know.

You know in the way they greet you when you’ve been away (even if only to the toilet!), in the way they look at you, in the way they check in with you to make sure you are still there or to see how to behave, in the way they want to be with you and close to you.

More than that, you see it in their body language when they are around you.

Love is pretty easy to spot in most dogs because almost every part of your dog’s body language expresses how they are feeling! Their eyes are soft and gentle when they look at you, and almost seem to be in soft focus with none (or very little) of the whites of the eyes showing (and they may even close slightly in pleasure). Their forehead and eyebrows are relaxed, and their ears are either floppy or else moving forward and back also in a gentle relaxed way.

While dogs don’t (generally!) smile like we do, a dog around the person they love will have loose lips, no tension around his mouth (especially at the corners) and their mouth will most likely be closed.

When it comes to their body, they are moving fluidly and with a bit of a swing to them. Again, there is no stiffness anywhere in their back or legs, just a bit of a joyful bounce! Or maybe a lot of excited Tigger-type bouncing…! Or maybe a relaxed sprawling out, secure in your company. It depends on your dog and how they show their love.

When we are around those we love, the world seems safe and a better place, and our dogs feel the same when they are with us – and it shows in relaxed body language that radiates contentment.

Some need to be close to you, even on you… Some solicit affection. Others love from afar – just as strongly, but without the need to be touching you all the time.

And as for the tail… When a dog is with someone they love, their tail is usually at mid height and is either swinging about in rhythm with the movements of their body, or it’s being deliberately wagged from side to side (and of course some dogs wag so hard the entire dog wags too!). Even when a dog is wagging ecstatically though, the tail is still relaxed and not stiff.

Once you have really looked at the body language of a loving dog, you will always be able to recognise it. Even if the dog is bouncing around or contentedly sleeping beside you, the key words are fluid and relaxed… Relaxed eyes, relaxed ears, relaxed mouth, relaxed body, relaxed wag!

Need some help?

If you are worried that your dog doesn’t love you, talk to a behaviourist. Often it takes very little to change indifference or insecurity into love – and love is always worth working for. For most of us though, we can rely on our dogs when we want unconditional love and devotion. It is then up to us to be worthy of it.

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Is there dead dog meat in my dog’s food? YES THERE IS!!! Is there dead dog meat in my dog’s food?  YES THERE IS!!! Did you know that these Dangerous Dog Food Ingredients in Commercial Dog Food Cause Diseases, Illnesses, Allergies, Cancer and Death. They are legally allowed, approved and added to our companion animals food by government agencies that monitor our pet food industry. Allergies, cancer, ... Read more

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What is 4 – D in Pet Food? Red Flag Ingredients in Dog Food.   4-D is short for dead, diseased, disabled, or dying animals that are allowed in pet food! What does 4-D mean in pet food? What is Denaturing in pet food? About other junk food in pet food? .    

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Nature Gnaws introduces first plastic&neutral&certified dog treats brand Fri, 25 Nov 2022 10:37:55 -0800 Dog-Fancier How to Make Homemade Cat Food The range of benefits that come with homemade cat food are vast, and can help improve your cat’s health immensely. Understanding your cat’s dietary needs and nutritional requirements can give any pet owner peace of mind.


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Side by Side Dog Food Comparison, Acana to Ziwipeak Side by Side Dog Food Comparison       NAME OF FOOD – Listed Alphabetically  INGREDIENTS, PRICE & PROTEIN FEATURES & WARNINGS WHERE TO BUY   ACANA Review     Better Food for Dogs Best Picks: Acana wholsome grains  is on our best grain friendly dog food list . Acana grain free  made our top ... Read more

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Top 10 Best & 10 Worst Dog Foods Dog Food Comparison Chart compares best and worst dog food brands side by side. See the difference between good ingredients and bad ingredients. *Comparison Chart # 1 – 10 Best and 10 Worst Dog food brands side by side. *Comparison Chart # 2 – The first 10 ingredients in over 50 best dog foods listed here

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Extensive Guide about Dog Health Issues Our dogs are the best companions, the health of dogs depends on food care. To live your dog healthy, you should know about their common health issues.

Like humans, dogs can also face many health problems.

Many people search on the internet for their dog’s issues and their solutions.

Some common questions are as follows:


What dog has the worst health problems?

Your pets are living beings, so, they can face the same problems as humans face.

Your lovely pet may suffer from eye problems, Dysplasia, Obesity, Cancer, Back problems, Heart problems, Ear infections, and skin allergies.

What are the first signs of parvo in a dog?

Parvo is a highly contagious viral disease.

The pets who are sick or recovering from parvo has many viruses like they have severe virus attack in their faeces.

They cant survive permanently but lasts for months in the environment.

However, dogs will be infected when they come into contact with the contaminated area.

What are the signs of a dog dying?

There are different things which indicate, your beloved dog is dying:

  • Loss of interest
  • Extreme fatigue or loss of energy
  • Loss of bladder and bowel control
  • Appetite change or loss of appetite
  • Odd breathing

What illnesses are Labradors prone to?

The Labrador is a popular dog breed in the US for many reasons.

They are sociable, mild-tempered, easily trained, loyal, and playful.

Your Labrador may have some health problems, which include joint problems, bloat and obesity, ear infections, and heart diseases.

What breed of dog is more likely to get cancer?

Cancer can strike on any breed at any age. Different breeds have a higher chance of cancer.

The names of these breeds are as follow:

  • Rottweiler
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Bouvier des Flandres
  • German Shepherd
  • Great Dane
  • Labrador Retriever

What breed of dog is least likely to get cancer?

Any dog breed can suffer from cancer. Some have lower chances, and others have higher chances to get cancer. Here are some breeds with the least chances to get cancer:

  • German Pinscher
  • Siberian Husky
  • English Springer Spaniel
  • Border Collie
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Cardigan Welsh Corgi
  • Australian Cattle Dog
  • Chihuahua
  • Belgian Malinois

What is the healthiest dog to own?

You can’t predict the age and health of your dog exactly. Some breeds have lower chances of adopting the disease so we can predict that they are the healthiest breeds. These breeds are as follows:

  • Australian Cattle Dog
  • Foxhound
  • German Shorthaired Pointer
  • Border Collie
  • Mixed Breed
  • Chihuahua
  • Havanese
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Labradoodle
  • Siberian

What breed of dog lives the longest?

It’s hard to predict the lifespan of any living being.

It’s the greatest tragedy of life your loyal and sweet companion doesn’t live as long as you want.

Some pooches share a common lifespan, which is roughly 10-13 years.

Here is a list of longest living dog breeds:

  • Chihuahua
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Pomeranian
  • Dachshund
  • Toy Poodle
  • Maltese
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Pug
  • Beagle
  • Miniature Schnauzer

Can dogs survive parvo?

Parvo is a fatal disease. After getting treatment from a veterinarian, the survival rate is 68 to 92% in puppies.

Many puppies that survive the first three to four days make a complete recovery.

What is the average age for a dog to die?

When it comes to a specific individual, we have no exact answer, but we can predict averages which are available for many well-known breeds.

Some famous breeds are Golden Retriever, Bulldog, Dachshund, German shepherd, and Pug.

Here are some dog breeds mentioned which have average life span:

  • Afghan Hound 12
  • Golden Retriever 12
  • Airedale Terrier 11
  • Great Dane 7
  • Akita 10
  • Great Pyrenees 9
  • American Cocker Spaniel 11
  • Greyhound 9
  • Australian Shepherd 12
  • Irish Setter 12
  • Basset Hound 11
  • Irish Wolfhound 7
  • Beagle 12

Ways to recognize a dying dog?

  • Long pauses in breathing; dog breathing may also be very irregular
  • Your dog is in a coma, or semi-coma, or can’t get up by himself
  • Urinary and bowel incontinence or decrease in urine; the urine may also be discoloured
  • Blood pressure drops significantly
  • Dog’s skin changes colour and the temperature of the body turned cold
  • The build-up of fluid in the lungs, may cause unusual gurgling sounds

Are labs difficult to train?

They are the most famous breed of dog in the US according to the American Club. They are known as family-friendly and gentle dogs who are easy to train.

What is the Suitable age to start training a Lab puppy?

You can start the training Labradors at the age of 8 weeks.

At this time you should do paper training. You can start it as soon as the dog is weaned and walking about the area.

At the age of 6 to 9 months, you should start obedience training with a professional trainer.

What is a good age for a Labrador to live?

The average age of Labrador Retrievers is approximately 10 to 12 years. After the age of seven years, they are considered to be entering the winter of their lives.

What is the dumbest breed of dog?

Following are the dumbest breeds of the dogs:

  • Border Collie
  • Poodle
  • German Shepherd
  • Golden Retriever
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Papillon
  • Rottweiler
  • Australian Cattle Dog

What are signs of cancer in dogs?

Like humans, dogs can also face health issues. The dogs can also suffer from cancer. Following are some common signs of cancer in dogs:

  • Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
  • Sores that do not heal
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty in eating or swallowing
  • Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
  • Offensive odor
  • Reluctance to exercise or loss of stamina
  • Persistent lameness or stiffness
  • Difficulty in breathing, urinating or defecating

Is Cancer painful for dogs?

Dogs cannot speak, but they can feel the pain. Dogs can feel pain in cancer, just like humans.

Why did my dog get cancer?

Your dog may suffer from cancer due to many reasons. They may have cancer due to some genetic factors, family history, environmental factors, age, viruses, carcinogens, and other known causes of cancer.

How will a dog die of leukaemia?

Leukemia is a form of cancer in dogs which leads to an increase in white blood cells in the bloodstream and bone marrow. It could be chronic or acute. Acute is more malignant. Following are the symptoms of leukemia:

  • Pale gums
  • Pale or white color in the tongue
  • Lack of appetite or weight loss
  • Weakness
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Increased thirst or dehydration
  • Irregular breathing and heart rate
  • Lethargy
  • Bruising or bleeding easily
  • Recurring infections or delayed healing
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Lameness
  • Aggression

What is the unhealthiest dog?

Following are the unhealthiest breeds:

  • Doberman Pinscher
  • English Bulldogs
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Bloodhound
  • Weimaraner
  • Chow Chow
  • Rottweiler
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Basset Hound
  • Saint Bernard

What is the least aggressive dog?

Following are the least aggressive dog breeds:

  • Basset Hound
  • Beagle
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Brittany
  • Bulldog
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Collie
  • Retriever
  • Newfoundland
  • Poodle

What dog breed is the smartest?

Following are the smartest dog breeds:

  • Border Collie
  • Poodle
  • German Shepherd
  • Golden Retriever
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Papillon
  • Rottweiler

What is the lowest maintenance dog?

Following are the lowest maintenance dog breeds:

  • Chihuahua
  • Australian Cattle Dog
  • Ibizan Hound
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Dachshund
  • Russell Terrier
  • Toy Fox Terrier
  • Miniature Pinsch


Before having any pet you need to know which breed you can carry according to the weather conditions, your budget and location. Try to read all compulsory questions to get proper knowledge about each and every step of owning a dog it might be dog food, dog accessories and dog health.

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2022 Holiday Gifts for Dogs 'Tis the season for holiday shopping. We've put together a list of gifts for every pup (and the people who love them) to get you through the season!

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Can a dog eat Paprika? Can a dog eat Paprika? I would say NO, although Paprika is not poisonous to dogs. But don’t get panic if your dog eats a small amount of Paprika in its food. It will not affect the dog, but it can cause minor irritation, allergy.

If we talk about the nutritional value of Paprika, it is entirely safe for the dog, and It is not toxic for the dogs.

What is Paprika?

Paprika is a fine powder with red color made with dried peppers coming from the capsicum annuum plant. It has a delicious smell and taste.

The paprika powder has many verities, and Hot Paprika forms with spicy capsicum depending on the capsicum’s taste. Usually, this capsicum has chili seeds that make the spicy powder of Paprika.

Sweet peppers make sweet Paprika that does not contain chili seeds. It reduces the spiciness of the paprika powder.

Nutritional value of Paprika

Although we should not give Paprika to the dog, if the dog eats a small amount of Paprika in its diet, it will not harm the dog.

Because this powder has many vitamins and minerals, here is a list of some nutrients:

Vitamin A 985%
Vitamin C 1%
Vitamin B-6 104%
protein 14g
Calcium 22%
sodium 68mg
Magnesium 44%
Iron 117%
Dietary fibers 35g
carbohydrates 54g
calories 282
Total fat 13g

How Paprika affects the dog?

Dogs are susceptible animals; they need more care in their life. Everyone who have pets always cares for them and treat them as a family member.

You should know that what is suitable for your dog and what not. So, before giving anything, make sure that it should not harm your dog. Do proper research about that thing and then allow it to your dog.

Here are some problems that your may face due to the paprika powder:

  • Heat sensation
  • Eye infection
  • Nasal irritation
  • Shortening of Breath
  • Gastrointestinal Problems

Heat sensation

Even though dogs have fewer taste buds, this is not enough to give Paprika to the dog. Dogs also feel a heat sensation; it could be more dangerous for them.

Paprika could be allergic to your dog; in this condition, a small amount of Paprika can also affect your dog. It also depends on the type of Paprika that how much it reacts with your dog.

Your dog may start scratching his face, coughing, dripping saliva from his mouth, and watering in his eyes. The dog may react abnormally to ignore or reduce the pain.

Eye infection

If accidentally the paprika powder gets in touched with the eyes of your dog, it can harm your dog’s eyes. This reaction could be temporary or permanent, and your dog has to face some severe eye diseases or lead to eye blindness.

Nasal Irritations

Paprika is a fine powder that has no weight. Sometimes while working in the kitchen, Paprika can dust into the air, and it often happens. We inhale it from the air, and it irritates our nose. We start sneezing due to this inhalation.

Same with the animals we have, like dogs also inhale it and start sneezing. Due to this inhalation, dogs can suffer from nasal irritation. Sometimes this nasal irritation leads to some severe infection that can harm your dog’s health.

Shortening of breath

Paprika is a spice so, it is hazardous if the dog inhales it during breathing. Your dog’s throat may infect with it severely, and it can cause swelling of the throat, pain, water moles.

It can irritate your dog and cause a shortening of breath, and the dog may react very badly. In this condition, you have to get your dog to the nearest veterinarian immediately.

Gastrointestinal Problems

Paprika, just like other spices, can cause gastrointestinal issues like pain, diarrhea, and gas. This powder can also increase the thirst of your dog. If your pup has consumed large amounts of Paprika, watch out for symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, indigestion, and dehydration.

Paprika has a chemical compound, and its name is solanine, that is dangerous to dogs. Suppose your dog has taken food made with a large amount of Paprika. You may face some symptoms in your dog, including a weak nervous system, sleepiness, and breathing difficulties.


Can dogs eat paprika vegetables?

YES, your dog can eat the paprika vegetables. When we talk about the nutritional of paprika vegetables, many nutrients are perfect for the dog. They are not toxic, even though healthy for your dog.

What happens if my dog eats Paprika?

The answer is a little complicated if you give the food made with Paprika, and it does not harm the dog’s health. Then no worries, it means the paprika suits your dog.

But if you are going to offer the food made with Paprika, first consult your dog’s veterinarian. If you want to give the delicious food having Paprika in it, try a little bit from that food and after that, notice your dog’s activities.

Can dogs eat paprika spice?

Although Paprika is not poisonous to dogs, it is better to avoid offering this spice to your dog. This powder can cause heat sensation, nasal irritation and disrupt the dog’s gastrointestinal system.


Paprika is a well-known spice that enhances the taste of your food. We like to eat the dishes made with this Paprika, and we also want to offer the same delicious food to our dogs.

But before giving anything, we have to get knowledge about such thing (food) that it should not harm the dog. Paprika can disturb your dog’s health, and your dog can suffer from some diseases like irritations, allergic infections, and gastrointestinal problems.




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Hey, no judgments, we get it. In this busy season, what's convenient is always good.

Sometimes, it's even difficult to squeeze in prepping your own meal, more so prepping healthy food for your dog.

Good thing, with just a click on your mobile phone, you can already order different kinds of dog food online.

Not only that, but it'll also take only minutes to choose which fits your dog's needs and your budget!

All it takes is scrolling down your screen to select fresh dog food delivery, which offers the cheapest dog food in terms of price, or if there even is free delivery.

In this article, we listed down our recommended dog food delivery services in the country you can definitely order from online!

But before that, let's discuss first what are the benefits of having your dog's food delivered not just for your pooch but for you, the dog owner, as well.


Why Dog Food Delivery is Best for Both You and Your Dog

The industry of online food delivery has seen a boom in sales in the last couple of years not just in the country but almost in the entire world.

And no wonder, how can anybody dispute the convenience of having food delivered right to your doorstep?

Especially when the Covid-19 pandemic hit almost every single country in the world, everybody pretty much relied on buying food online. And the same goes for dog owners!

At least, you won't have to drive around loading sacks and boxes of dog food in the car.

Apart from the convenience, you're also offered a plethora of options that you can't easily find in a brick-and-mortar store.

You'll be able to personalize the food you're ordering—the quantity, ingredients, and frequency of the delivery.

Not only that, but it's also easier to look for different variants that will not only suit your dog's needs the best but your budget as well.

Price comparisons are definitely easier online than in physical stores!

Also, online deliveries often offer more promos and discounts that we can take advantage of.

But perhaps the most important of all is the benefits your dog may get from their new, nutritious food.

You'll notice how their energy increases, their coats, and skin should be shinier and healthier, and they'll just be happier overall.

Who wouldn't want those for our dogs, right?

Different Types of Dog Food Delivery

Just like there are different restaurants offering a variety of cuisines, dog food delivery services also offer different types of meals they are specializing in.

Whether you're looking for a custom blend, organic, fresh, raw, or cook-at-home dog food, there's definitely going to be one online that fits the bill.

This is especially important for dogs with special dietary needs, allergies, or sensitivities.

Also, some dogs have their own preference just like humans have our favorites. Beef, chicken, seafood—name it, they got it!

Apart from that, what's good is most of the dog food for delivery available online is curated by Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist.

So you'll be sure that whatever they're feeding dogs is generally beneficial for our canine friends.


How to Choose the Best Dog Food Delivery Service

With plenty of options, choosing the best dog food delivery service can get pretty overwhelming.

But here are the things you can keep in mind to help you pick the best one for your pup.

Your Dog's Nutritional Needs

Before hitting that add to cart button, do prior readings first to know what exactly the kind of meal each delivery service is offering.

Does your dog need to bulk up? To lose weight? To increase his protein intake? Perhaps, you want to start him off with organic, farm-to-table style food preparation?

Whatever dietary needs your dog requires, you'll surely find one that can cater to these.

Just a reminder, though, to not switch your dog's diet suddenly as this may upset their stomach and lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and a decrease in appetite.

Vet Approval

Another important thing to consider is having your veterinarian's approval as to which dog food delivery service you can subscribe to.

Discuss with him the subscriptions you are considering, and what kind of food you want your dog to eat.

Through this, you'll further be educated and perhaps enlightened about the pros and cons of getting your dog's meal delivered.

Remember to ask about how many servings a day is appropriate for your dog's weight, age, and build.


Of course, it's also important to consider how much money you're going to have to spend on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis for your pup's meal delivery.

Sure, we love our dogs, but it's not practical to earn money just enough for their food, you know?

As you may have guessed, some personalized, gourmet food can be more expensive compared to ready-made ones.

On the other hand, there are those that offer quality, fresh meals yet are cheap in price. Some even offer free deliveries!

Check which is the most realistic option budget-wise so that you'll know you'll be able to sustain having your dog's meal delivered.


All animal feeds, pet foods and drug remedies have standard ingredient definitions and nutritional requirements that all manufacturers and producers have to follow.

The Association of American Feed Control Officials establishes the nutritional standards for complete and balanced pet food.

As most states use their recommendations in creating pet food regulations, you'd be assured that AAFCO-compliant food subscriptions are safe for your dog.

Reviews and Recommendations from Fellow Dog Owners

Any kind of review or recommendations from fellow dog owners can also help you decide which food delivery to subscribe to.

Whether it be a chat with someone you personally know or only one comment on the feedback section of the site, their insight will give you an idea of the experience and the effect it has on their pets.

Top 17 Dog Food Delivery Service

Without further ado, here are 17 of the best dog food delivery services we recommend for you to check out!

1. Nom Nom NowNom Nom Now logo

Starting Price: $120+ per month

Nom Nom Now offers the best fresh dog food delivery service for pooches all around America.

Subscribers can choose from 4 different recipes all guaranteed healthy for all breeds: Beef Mash, Chicken Cuisine, Pork Potluck, and Turkey Fare.

These are individually packed in eco-friendly packages which you can just pour and serve.

Dog eating Nom Nom dog food deliveryApart from offering personalized plans, Nom Nom Now also offers probiotic supplements for gut health.

And oh, they're also AAFCO-compliant!

Check out what their customers say here.

2. PetPlate

Starting Price: $92+ per month

PetPlate offers 6 different signature recipes for dog owners to choose from.

There's Barkin' Beef, Chompin' Chicken, Tail Waggin' Turkey, Lip Lickin' Lamb, Power Packed Pork, and Lean & Mean Venison.

Unlike other dog food delivery services, each day’s meals also include organic treats and supplement cookies that are meant to help with digestion and mobility.

What's more, each meal can be served either cold or warmed-up, thanks to the microwavable-bowl packaging it comes with.

And to help transition your dog to a new diet, you can start him off by ordering PetPlate's Topper Plan to mix with their current food.

More reviews are on this link!

3. OllieOllie logo

Starting Price: $40+ per month

Ollie also offers 4 human-grade beef, chicken, turkey, and lamb recipes.

What's good is they don't use any fillers, preservatives, or artificial flavorings.

Instead, they include each recipe with fruits, plant-based proteins, leafy greens, and root vegetables.

Ollie Fresh Beef is made with fresh ingredients like beef, sweet potatoes and more

With their convenient packaging, you can order up to 2 weeks' worth of food to store in the freezer without taking up too much space.

These are also AAFCO-Compliant and are perfectly customizable based on your dog's caloric needs and allergies.

Check out the reviews of customers for Ollie.

4. The Farmer's Dog

Starting Price: $64+ per month

The best pick for human-grade food delivery service is The Farmer's Dog which offers 4 pre-portioned recipes for dogs of all shapes and sizes.

You'll already know that you got a personalized meal for your dog just with the package—his name will be printed on it.

Not to mention that the package is completely sustainable and eco-friendly, made from cornstarch wrap.

The Farmer's Dog also only does minimal processing of the food to keep it as fresh as possible.

Fresh, human-grade dog food is proven to help improve a dog's overall health condition—and that's what we want for our pooch!

Read here what customers say about The Farmer's Dog's products.

5. We Feed RawWe Feed Raw | LinkedIn

Starting Price: $150+ per month

Some owners feed their dogs raw meat—and that's fine! There are certain benefits that raw foods provide to the overall wellness of pets.

Good thing, We Feed Raw provides the best raw food delivery service that's not only convenient but safe, too.

The options for the meal plans are customized but mostly contain 80% muscle meat, 10% organ meat, and 10% edible bone, plus a mix of vitamins and minerals.

Because they put the ingredients under high-pressure processing, you'll be assured that unwanted pathogenic bacteria that cause illnesses are neutralized.

There are no preservatives, artificial flavors, and added antibiotics or hormones.

Apart from the meal plan, We Feed Raw also offers bulk patties, treats, and bones.

However, raw food diet is not fit for all dogs—make sure to ask your vet first before shifting your dog to this lifestyle.

Check out the reviews and testimonials of other dog owners about We Feed Raw.

6. Just Food For Dogs

Starting Price: $65-$95+ per month

Just Food For Dogs is the perfect option for pets who have special medical and dietary needs.

They offer prescription meals where you'll have to send your dog's medical records.

This will be reviewed by their nutritional team consisting of veterinary experts to build a customized diet for your dog.

After this, you'll have 2 options to choose from: whether you want them to send over a ready-to-eat meal or a do-it-yourself kit.

Just Food For Dogs also offers 15 different recipes, homemade food kits, treats, and PantryFresh foods that are all AAFCO-compliant.

7. ChewyChewy - Crunchbase Company Profile & Funding

Price varies according to product brand

Of course, we can't talk about dog food delivery services without including Chewy.

This online pet retailer can rival even Amazon with its wide selection and variety of dog kibble to choose from.

If your dog (and his vet!) is happy with his commercial dry food, maybe it's wise to continue feeding him with that.

10 Best Chewy Blue Box Event Pet Deals (2022): Cat and Dog Supplies | WIREDGood thing, you can have it delivered right to your doorstep.

You won't even have to manually order it—you can just opt to use the AutoShip feature to have them delivered on a customized, recurring schedule.

Plus, Chewy almost always has promos and discounts—who doesn't want that?

Apart from kibble, you can also purchase here all other dog supplies like toys, accessories, apparel, and many more.

8. Spot & Tango

Starting Price: $28+ per month

Spot & Tango is famous for its UnKibble product—it's like your regular dry kibble but without the powdered “meats.”

There are 3 selections of flavors for the UnKibble: Duck & Salmon, Beef & Barley, and Chicken & Brown Rice.

Apart from this, they also offer ready-to-eat meals which also come in 3 recipes: Turkey and Red Quinoa, Beef and Millet, and Lamb and Brown Rice.

These are also human-grade fresh food, locally sourced and without any additives, preservatives, or fillers.

The dog food arrives frozen and just needs to be defrosted before serving.

Here's what customers have to say about Spot & Tango's products.

9. Jiminy'sJiminy's

Price: $46/ 10-lbs bag

Another dog food delivery service you can consider for your dog is Jiminy's.

This is perhaps the most sustainable dog food option on our list.

Instead of the traditional protein sources from pork, beef, chickens, etc., Jiminy's uses insect protein added with complex carbohydrates.

dog-eating-jiminy'sDon't worry, insect protein is a superfood and is still within AAFCO standards.

Besides, apart from protein, insects also contain essential amino acids necessary to keep your pooch healthy!

This is the perfect option for eco-friendly and environment-conscious dog owners because of the small footprint this product leaves compared to others.

Apart from ordering via their website, you can also easily add this to your cart in your Amazon account.

10. Hungry Bark

Starting Price: $14+ per month

Not only Hungry Bark asks for your dog's age, weight, and build, but they also ask what's your health goals for your dog. This allows them to build a custom meal plan for your pet.

Their products consist of dry foods mixed with supplements and high-protein mix-ins.

You can also choose from different flavor variants: Superfoods with Lamb and Turkey, Superfoods with Salmon, Superfoods with Chicken, Turkey, and Brown Rice, and Superfoods with Turkey and Duck.

Check out the reviews from their customers!

Dog Food Delivery – Honorable Mentions

Apart from the 10 above, there are still a lot of options for dog food delivery services out there.

Some even have treats, toys, and more to spoil your pooch just a little. Trust us, they're worth checking out, too!

11. PetFlow

Just like Chewy, you can also order different brands and products in PetFlow and can have them shipped on a recurring schedule.

But what's good about this is for every shipped order, they donate a bowl of food to animal shelters across the country.

12. Bark Box

If you want to go beyond food delivery for your dog, you can try this monthly-themed collection of toys and treats to surprise him!

Each box contains 2 toys, 2 full-size bags of treats, and chew—all made in the US or Canada.

You can also choose a box free of any allergens your dog may be sensitive to.

13. Box Dogs

Box Dogs is another subscription-based box of handmade dog snacks, vegan skincare products, and two items of dog gear, gadgets, or toys.

Its difference from Bark Box is it comes on a quarterly basis instead of monthly.

14. Sundays for Dogs

A jerky-like treat/food that dogs will surely enjoy, Sundays for Dogs is vet-developed food using dried USDA meats without any added fillers like wheat, corn, soy, or gluten.

15. PetCo

Another online retail store you can browse is PetCo. They also offer different health and wellness products for all kinds of pets.

What's different is PetCo has its own line of dog food known as WholeHearted.

16. Pet Smart

Pet Smart is an American chain of pet superstores that does both online and physical retail stores across North America.

Compared to its competitors, Pet Smart mostly offers cheaper products.

17. PetFood Express

Apart from the premium brands and holistic and organic pet food that PetFood Express offers, they also have different available services—like self-service dog washing facilities.


FAQs on Dog Food Delivery Service

Is it cheaper to buy dog food online?

Not necessarily. There are online stores that have a marked-up price compared to physical stores, not to mention the delivery fee you'll also have to pay.

However, promos and discounts are sometimes better in online retail stores.

Not to mention the convenience of just waiting for them to be delivered straight to your house.

Before buying anything, it's always best to look around first to check which can give you the best deal and the best bang for your buck.

Do dogs get tired of the same food?

Because dogs have fewer taste receptors, they don't easily get tired of eating the same food again and again.

However, they'd still appreciate having a new smell, texture, and flavor every now and then.

If you're feeding them fresh food, swapping a protein source could be your best bet in giving them something new.

But if they're eating kibble, consult your veterinarian first for his recommendation.

Remember that it's unwise to suddenly change your dog's food as it may cause them an upset stomach.

What food should dogs eat daily?

Dog Food Delivery Service — Final Thoughts

Ordering dog food online is easy.

What's not is deciding which one to pick considering the plethora of options available just at your fingertips.

Whether you're thinking of getting fresh dog food delivery or kibble, there are plenty of choices that will fit your dog's nutritional needs and your budget, too!

READ NEXT: 10 Homemade Dog Food Delivery Services from around the Globe

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Wed, 23 Nov 2022 01:09:18 -0800 Dog-Fancier
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Mars Petcare launches “Pets for Better Wellbeing” report Tue, 22 Nov 2022 18:12:13 -0800 Dog-Fancier Ask Dr. Aziza: How Your Dog’s Nutrition Needs Change Throughout Their Lives Nutrition plays an important role in health and longevity at every stage of your dog’s life. Let’s take a look at Dr. Aziza’s explanation of how dog nutrition needs can change throughout their lifespan.

Dog nutrition needs during the puppy years

The best puppy food options are formulated to meet the three key nutritional needs of young dogs:

  • Frequent meals throughout the day: Puppies are young balls of energy that require frequent meals throughout the day to help maintain their blood glucose levels.
  • Calories match their energy use: They also require a certain amount of calories to keep up with their young and robust metabolism.
  • Takes their breed size into consideration: Because dog breeds come in different sizes, it’s also important to ensure the diet helps regulate the calories and calcium intake, preventing nutrition-related diseases like hip dysplasia and osteochondrosis. This is why it’s strongly recommended to choose diets labeled for large or giant breed puppies when indicated.

Knowing this, I would recommend trying Freshpet® Select Puppy Recipe with Chicken, Egg, and Vegetable or Vital® Grain-Free Chicken, Beef, and Salmon Puppy Recipe, both of which are formulated to meet your dog’s nutritional needs during this early stage of life.

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Dog nutrition needs during the adult years

As a puppy becomes an adult, two key changes occur that directly affect a dog’s nutritional needs:

  • Health challenges: Medical issues like osteoarthritis, kidney disease, and even bladder stones alter the nutrition necessary for treatment and disease management.
  • Energy levels: A dog who was active as a puppy can turn into a couch potato, decreasing its activity level. Maintaining the same consumption of calories can lead to obesity which further increases the risk of developing diabetes mellitus in the future.

During your dog’s adult years, it’s important to monitor their weight and activity level, as well as schedule annual physical exams to see if any adjustments to your dog’s nutritional needs are recommended.

For an adult dog in good health and with average energy levels, it’s more about finding a diet that is made with high-quality ingredients in a format they enjoy. I recommend taking a look at the different lines of Freshpet recipes and trying a few to see which your dog enjoys the most.

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Dog nutrition needs during the senior years

Senior dogs are more likely to have chronic diseases that require long-term management. They also need different nutritional needs compared to younger dogs, including:

  • Good fatty acids
  • High-quality protein
  • Higher levels of vitamins C and E
  • Fiber
  • Minerals

Research studies also show that adding antioxidants to your senior dog’s daily diet helps to improve memory and cognitive function. Senior dogs are also more likely to be dehydrated throughout the day, so increasing their water intake is a great way to decrease age-related changes.

Based on the nutrition needs of senior dogs, I would recommend trying Freshpet® Select Fresh from the Kitchen™ Home Cooked Chicken recipe as it has a high moisture content, antioxidant-rich cranberries, and high-quality protein that is a healthy dog food option for senior dogs.

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Tue, 22 Nov 2022 16:44:57 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Can a dog eat Cabbage? Yes! Cabbage is one of the healthiest vegetables. It is totally safe for the dog. In fact, it is a good source of fiber, Vitamin K, and Vitamin C. Such supplements aid combat illness and improve the metabolism and immune system of your dog.

Dogs can eat the same food every day. Introduce new food to them slowly so that their stomachs do not get upset due to any change in food.  The excessive use of Cabbage may trigger gas or suppress the thyroid gland, so introduce this veggie to your dog slowly and feed just a little bit.

Do you know? Cabbage is also good for your dog’s skin. It is rich in Sulphur, which is perfect for drying oily skin. Cabbage provokes safe keratin development, which is important for good hair, nails, and skin of the dogs.

It doesn’t need to be the key component of your dog’s diner. It is best viewed as an add-on or added less. If your dog likes the flavor of Cabbage, go ahead and feed them. There is actually no risk in feeding it to your dog; in fact, it has so many advantages. But do not make it a large part of his everyday diet. If your dog has any health problem, especially a thyroid disorder, make sure you speak to your veterinarian about food modification before adopting something different.

Research has also shown that Cabbage contains proven cancer-fighting properties. Its ingredients improve the development of enzymes, which slow down the growth of cancerous tumors.

Raw Vs. Cooked Cabbage

The limited quantity of raw Cabbage is absolutely fine for your dog. Cooked one is better though. Avoid adding any flavors to Cabbage like herbs, salts, or butter because your puppy may find it difficult to eat. Experts recommend that simply boil or stream it in hot water and feed it to your puppy.

The issue with the raw one is that it has a natural compound named thiocyanate that cracks down on the thyroid gland, which may cause hypothyroidism, mainly if you feed them frequently in large quantities. Boiling the Cabbage deactivates the thiocyanate and prevents all from occurring.

How to feed Cabbage

A dog can eat green Cabbage happily if you serve

  • Cooked instead of raw. It is easy for your puppy to digest.
  • a home-cooked meal paired with a healthy protein source
  • Sprinkled on the dog’s food as a topping.


In the end red cabbage and cabbage are healthy vegetables for dogs, just cooked little light before giving dogs. It is a healthy food for dogs.

You can check different resources here to find which food dogs can eat and which food a pup can avoid.


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Tue, 22 Nov 2022 15:57:32 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Things Your Dog Can Eat Can Dogs Eat Pumpkins? What About Other Fall Vegetables?

With Halloween coming up soon, most dog guardians are pondering: “Can dogs eat pumpkins?” Keeping that in mind, are other fall fruits and vegetables alright for dogs to eat? Let’s take a look at a representative sampling, including such autumnal favourites as:

  • Apple
  • Broccoli
  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Green beans
  • Lettuce
  • Pumpkins
  • Oats
  • Radishes
  • Zucchini
  • Spinach
  • Sweet potatoes

Can dogs eat pumpkins?

Can dogs eat pumpkins? It has been long and generally recognized that pumpkin has definite advantages for dogs, particularly the individuals who are experiencing temporary trouble executing effective defecations.

Shockingly, little goes far. We suggest just a tablespoon of pureed pumpkin blended in with a dog’s customary food for the alleviation of both diarrhea and constipation. Note that it ought to be as plain as would be prudent, so pumpkin-pie rounding is out since it is usually immersed with sugars that may just compound loose stools.

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Can dogs eat apples?

The following inquiry you may have after, “Can dogs eat pumpkins?” is, “Can dogs eat apples?” — another fall-most loved vegetable? While apple stems and seeds have exceptionally modest quantities of Amygdalin — a synthetic intensify that separates into cyanide when pounded and digested — the seeds are so durable, and your dog would need to eat such huge numbers of, that they present no genuine peril.

No different, wash the skin of an apple completely to expel any waiting synthetic medicines and cut the organic product into effectively bit cuts. Note that a lot of any sweet organic product can cause a temporary stomach upset.

Can dogs eat beets?

As per each source I counselled, including the ASPCA, beets are non-lethal for dogs. New, washed and home-prepared beets are continually going to be desirable over canned.

This is because of the nearness of included salt and additives, which may trouble your dog’s digestive system. As indicated by one vet, repeated beet eating by dogs may perform a slight color work on their hair and skin, however no antagonistic impacts!

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Can dogs eat broccoli?

We’ve secured broccoli and dogs previously. Cooked or boiled broccoli, free of flavors, cheddar, or that farm plunge you adore, is sheltered, as is crude. With raw broccoli, however, keep the small amount; the heads, or florets, of broccoli contain a substance that can cause stomach bothering when discharged during assimilation.

Can dogs eat cabbage?

Once, for St. Patrick’s Day, I asked whether corned beef and cabbage, a customary occasion repast, was sheltered to impart to dogs. For its very own part, cabbage is flawlessly alright for dogs to eat in constrained segments. The severest outcome of an excessive amount of cabbage is expanding of the thyroid, and the least appropriate is an uptick in your dog’s fart.

A few of the vegetables on our list are:

  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Kale

These are the members of the Brassicaceae family of flowering plants.

Can dogs eat green beans?

On a scene of The West Wing, the White House Press Secretary needed to stem contention from Oregon ranchers when the President said he couldn’t have cared less for green beans.

There’s little to contend about with green beans; in the same way as other of the vegetables we’re taking a gander at, with some restraint and as an occasional treat, they are alright for dogs cooked just or given crude.

Perhaps because of the crunch factor, dogs that do eat green beans appear to appreciate them crude.

Can dogs eat kale?

Kale is one of the fall vegetables we planted at the urban ranch this year. Like its cousins and kin in the Brassicaceae family, kale is ok for dogs in exceptionally modest quantities.

As indicated by one Massachusetts veterinarian, kale ought to be maintained a strategic distance from because of the danger of bladder and kidney stones in dogs, so utilise your best judgment and continue with alert.

Can dogs eat lettuce?

Similarly, as with some other vegetable which dogs are not familiar with eating, lettuce may not be dangerous to dogs. However that doesn’t mean you should stick ahead of it in the dog bowl before you get down to office toward the beginning of the day.

If your dog is constipated, a lot of the digestive “issues” displayed by produce on our list may help move things along, yet a higher amount of that when we get to oats and pumpkins.

Can dogs eat oats?

Prepared plainly, a bowl of oats has some stomach related advantages for dogs, especially those with bowl movement inconveniences. Consult with your dog’s veterinarian before rolling out wholesale improvements to a dog’s ordinary eating regimen.

While oats and cereal are ok for dogs, keep raisins, sugar and milk out of the dog’s bowl. While the risks that raisins and grapes present to canine life and health are typically given whole-world destroying alarmism, we’ll let it get the job done to say that both ought to be kept away from dogs.

Can dogs eat radishes?

Whether grown in your fall garden or fresh from the product segment of your nearby grocery, radishes are alright for dogs in modest quantities.

Sources assert that dogs may discover the flavor of a radish undesirable, yet like carrots, these extreme, tough veggies can also fill in as common bite toys and teeth cleansers for ambitious dogs. Give your dog a chance to avoid wild radishes and their blooms.

Can dogs eat spinach?

The nearness of oxalates in spinach drives a few people to dither, realizing that they play a role in kidney stone development.

Your dog would need to eat a genuinely ludicrous measure of spinach to encounter any unfriendly impacts. A couple of leaves of crisp, well-washed, raw spinach may work well for your dog, similarly as several leaves of lettuce will, as a rare treat.

Can dogs eat sweet potatoes?

As long as the sweet potato is completely developed, matured and arranged basically, your dog may appreciate a touch of this plump orange fall vegetable.

Boiled, baked or even dehydrated sweet potato cuts are ok for dogs to eat. They are high in sugars, which dogs don’t bother with an exorbitant measure of in their diets. Keep your serving sizes little or cutoff the quantity of prepackaged sweet potato dog treats you offer your dogs.

Can dogs eat zucchini?

At long last, zucchini is both sheltered and solid for dogs, whether filled in as solidified lumps, crude bits, or ground and sprinkled over a dog’s ordinary food. Although they don’t have a similar kick as radishes, a few dogs may wrinkle their noses at zucchini on first taste.

Can dog eat salmon?

Boneless salmon is safe for dogs, and it has a great source of fatty acids omega-3, which reduces inflammation and helps the dog skin fur healthy .avoid to give the raw salmon to your dog because it contain parasite, which is salmon poisoning diseases.

You can check different resources here to find which food dogs can eat and which food a pup can avoid.


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Tue, 22 Nov 2022 15:57:31 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Spices Dogs Can and Can’t Eat& A Detailed Guide 2023 It’s important to know which spices dogs can and can’t eat when you want to cook for your pup. You need to know this about dogs and spices because they are essential for dogs’ health and safety. 

While cooking for your dog, you need to remain extra careful about spices.  When you want to add spices to dogs’ food, you must also know their effects. Because some herbs/species are very strong, some are dangerous, and some don’t affect them at all. 

Things you need to know about dog spices

Preparing an extra portion of your dog’s dinner and feeding it to your dog may be tempting. Always remember that, when it comes to your pet, too much spice is not a good idea, so, it is good to use some safe spices in your dog’s food. But you still need to be careful also about safe spices.

Here’s a comprehensive list of spices dogs can and can’t eat:

Spices Safe For Dogs

Below are many spices that are either safe or completely toxic for your dog. First of all, we start viewing at all the spices that are totally protected for your puppy and how they are used:


Cinnamon powder is non-toxic to dogs, according to the ASPCA. Dogs can take Ceylon cinnamon without any risk and side effects.

Some spices can help to decrease your pup’s blood pressure, which manages the risk of heart conditions . Anti-inflammatory properties can also help to reduce joint pain in dogs. 

You need to be aware while cooking your dog food because many ingredients are often combined with cinnamon which is bad for your dog. Avoid giving your dog macadamia nuts, nutmeg, chocolate, or raisins.


Its other name is cilantro, this dry and ground coriander is safe for dogs. It can help to calm the upset stomach.

Ground Ginger:

Dogs can also eat ginger as it is safe for dogs. Some holistic veterinarians use ginger to treat pain in dogs.


Eating saffron in small quantities is usually safe for your dog. On the other side, if your pup eats a full container of saffron, it can lead to an disturbed stomach.


Turmeric is best for humans for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is considered safe for dogs to eat, but there haven’t been many studies on whether turmeric is good for dogs. However, some dog foods list turmeric as an ingredient. 

It is a very common additive that increases food flavor and gives dog food a natural color.

Spices Bad For Dogs

Spices like these should not be fed to dogs. Keep these spices out of your dog’s food and prevent your dog from eating human food containing these spices by carefully reading this list.


The dried berries of the Pimenta dioica plant, which belongs to the myrtle family, are used to make allspice. Dogs are poisoned by all varieties of myrtle. Eugenol, which is found in the ground allspice and dried berries, can harm dogs’ livers.

Chili Powder:

This powder is not suitable for dogs. Chili powder may cause severe stomach upset in dogs, which are extremely sensitive to spicy foods.

Dogs are not particularly toxic to chili powder. They might start to sneeze a lot and have an upset stomach if they accidentally eat something that has chili powder in it. Make sure they get plenty of water and keep an eye out for symptoms getting worse.


Eugenol, which is found in cloves and bay leaves, cannot be absorbed by dogs. Therefore, cloves are thought of as poisonous to canines. It may cause serious issues with the liver.

According to some sources, cloves may not pose a significant threat to dogs. However, as there is still a possibility that it could harm them, I advise completely avoiding it and consult your veterinarian before administering it to your dog.

Cocoa Powder:

Cocoa powder should not be fed to dogs. It is extremely toxic to dogs and contains up to 26 milligrams of theobromine per gram.

Caffeine in cocoa powder can also cause a significant rise in a dog’s heart rate and stimulate the nervous system.

Curry Powder:

This is too strong for dogs to digest. Curry, like chili powder, can cause diarrhea and other issues like stomach upset.

Garlic Salt or Garlic Powder:

In any form, garlic is a dangerous element that should never be given to your pup. Thiosulfate, which is harmful to dogs, is found in garlic.


Another dangerous spice for dogs is marjoram. It might irritate the stomach, which could cause diarrhea and vomiting.


Another type of spice that is dangerous to dogs is nutmeg. This is due to the presence of Myristicin in it.

Very much like with different flavors in this rundown, it takes an enormous portion to truly hurt your canine. Nutmeg can cause confusion, hallucinations, rapid heart rate, and elevated blood pressure when consumed in large quantities.

Just keep an eye on them if they eat just one cookie with a little nutmeg in it. They are likely to be fine. An upset stomach may still occur in dogs with extremely sensitive stomachs.

Onion Powder:

N-propyl disulfide, which leads to the splitting of red blood cells and it leads to anemia in dogs, is present in onions in all forms, including powder. Your dog should not be exposed to onions or anything that contains onion powder.


paprika is not as dangerous for dogs as some of the other spices on this list, it is still dangerous to give to your dog.

It has been known to irritate the skin and eyes. Additionally, it may irritate your dog’s stomach. Avoid feeding your dog anything containing paprika and keep your dog away from the jar of paprika.


The high alcohol content of vanilla extract and imitation vanilla makes them unsafe for dogs.

Alcohol cannot be broken down by dogs’ bodies. They could get alcohol poisoning if they drink too much vanilla extract.

Spice Mixes and Dogs

Additionally, numerous spice and seasoning mixes are available. You are aware that serving plain or unseasoned dog food is a good idea. Here is some information about common spice mixes and whether or not they are safe for pets.

Poultry Seasoning: 

This also has marjoram, a dangerous ingredient. Try not to give it to your canine.

Taco Seasoning: 

Onion and garlic powder are typically included in this blend. Taco seasoning-seasoned food should not be given to your dog.

Adobo Seasoning: 

Your dog should not eat this because it contains garlic and salt. 

Hot Sauce: 

This sauce contains chili peppers, which could make your dog cough and hurt its stomach. Keep it away from your pet.

Italian Seasoning: 

Pre-made Italian seasoning typically contains marjoram, which is toxic to dogs.

Lemon Pepper:

Since canines shouldn’t have dark pepper, don’t utilize lemon pepper.


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Why We’re Thankful for Everything Pets Do Tue, 22 Nov 2022 09:54:17 -0800 Dog-Fancier Illinois Pet Stores, Dog Parks, Grooming, And More In this article, we'll discuss the best Illinois pet stores, dog parks, pet groomers, and more.

If you're moving to a new state or traveling to an unknown place, it can be quite a hassle for pet owners.

Today, if you're traveling to Illinois, there's no need to worry because we're here for you. This blog will discuss everything about pet essentials in Illinois.

Relocating to a new house is not just challenging for us but also for our dogs.

A new place means you'd have to find new pet stores, groomers, dog parks, and more.

All the dog groomers and vets you trust are far away from you. You'll be needing a new contact for any emergencies.

That's why we've compiled every bit of dog essentials you'll need to make your change as smooth as possible.

If you're looking for dog treats, accessories, new toys, or maybe adopting a dog along the way, you'll find all of them here!

Without further ado, let's talk about the best Illinois pet stores!

So if you're looking to buy some pet supplies or any other pet essentials you need, you better scroll down!

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Best Pet Stores in Illinois

If you're having a hard time finding dog foods, dog treats, dog toys, dog treats, or any other dog supplies, try and visit some of the pet stores listed below.

Take note that these lists are not in a particular order. Without further ado, let's start things off with the following:

Healthy Pet Natural Market

Location: 2620 N FARNSWORTH AVE, AURORA, IL 60502

Contact Number: (630) 851-5187

First, on our best Illinois pet stores list is the Healthy Pet Natural Market in Aurora, Illinois.

If you're relocating to this area, you can buy your pet food and other pet supplies in this store.

If you're unsure about what food to get, no need to worry because the staff here is very knowledgeable and they'll be able to help you pick out the right dog food.

Furthermore, they also offer services like Dog Training, Self-Service Dog Wash, Nutritional Counseling, Pet Adoption, and Dog Grooming.

Best Pets

Location: 939 MAIN STREET, ANTIOCH, IL 60002

Contact Number: (847) 838-2378

Store Hours: MON-FRI: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
SATURDAY: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

If you're moving to Antioch or near Antioch, Illinois, you can visit Best Pets for all your pet essentials. They also offer nail-clipping and wing-clipping services.

Moreover, if you need Aquarium Equipment parts or repairs, you can contact Best Pets.

They also provide boarding for small animals, reptiles, and birds. So if you're here for a nice vacation, you can leave your pets here.

The Feed Loft


Contact Number: 815-467-9040

If you need any pet supplies, you can check out The Feed Loft. This pet shop is one of the best Illinois pet stores.

They offer a wide range of products for cats, dogs, reptiles, fish, and more.

Also, they offer different accessories and pharmacy products, and they also offer dog training and dog grooming.

Liz’s Pet Shop

Location: 2403 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL, 60622

Contact Number: (773) 772-4011

Opened in 2000, Liz's Pet Shop has been providing high-quality pet foods and accessories for so many years now.

Owner, Liz Gabriel, has come a long way since then and is now offering nutritional counseling for pet owners out there.

If you're moving to Chicago, make sure to drop by Liz's Pet Shop. it is for sure one of the best Illinois pet stores out there.


Location: Lakeview East
3337 N. Broadway St.
Chicago, IL 60657

Contact Number: (773) 528-3337

Location: West Loop
1137 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60607

Contact Number: (312) 226-1137

Store Hours: Mon-Friday 10 am-7 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10 am-6 pm

Last on our list of the best Illinois pet stores is the Wigglyville pet store. This pet shop has two locations.

One in Lakeview East and another in West Loop. If you're moving or you're near that area, you don't have to worry. All your pet needs are here.

Just like the ones above, they also offer Grooming services. Here, you can shop for their treats while they get cleaned up.

And that's it for our list of the best Illinois pet stores. Next, let's tackle the best dog rescue groups and organizations in Illinois to help you find your new best friend.

Dog Rescue in Illinois

Best Dog Rescues in Illinois

Are you searching for the best dog rescues in Florida? We got just the list for you!

On the off chance that you don't own a pet and you're relocating to Illinois, we've compiled the best dog rescues in Illinois.

Remember it's best to adopt rather than to shop for a pet. Try out these shelters and dog rescue to help save a canine life.

Chicago Canine Rescue

Location: 5272 N. Elston Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630

Contact Number: (773) 697-8848


Founded in 2001, Chicago Canine Rescue has saved over 6000 dogs. This rescue is committed to saving dogs from overcrowded shelters.

If you're moving to Chicago and you currently don't have a pet, you can check out their adoptable dogs here. Moreover, you can also donate through this link.

Mama Zoey & Puppies Rescue

Location: Romeoville, IL 60446

Contact Number: (630) 410-9571


Founded in 2017, Mama Zoey and Puppies Rescue is a non-profit organization that has been saving dogs all over Illinois.

They rescue dogs from all breeds, health statuses, ages, or other factors.

If you're planning to adopt from this rescue, you can check out their available dogs here. Also, you can donate to their group through this link.

Wags 2 Wishes Animal Rescue

Location: 23907 W Industrial Drive N, Plainfield IL 60585

Contact Number: 815-254-3110


Founded in 2013, Wags 2 Wishes Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization that dedicates its time and lives to the safety of all animal species, sizes, ages, and breeds.

Their main focus is to save abandoned or sick animals from overcrowded shelters.

You can check out their adoptable pets here.

Wright Way Rescue

Contact Number: (847) 728-5434


Location: 5915 Lincoln Avenue
Morton Grove, IL 60053

Hours of Operation: Monday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

If you're moving to Morton Grove, Illinois, you can contact Wright Way Rescue.

What's unique about this rescue group is that they focus on rescuing animals in rural areas.

Their goal is to help homeless pets in highly isolated regions. Because all pets deserve a beautiful home to spend the rest of their lives in.

If you're looking to adopt a new pet, you can check out their adoptable pets here.

Starfish Animal Rescue

Contact Number: (815) 267-8867


Starfish Animal Rescue's main goal is to save animals from overcrowded, high-kill shelters where they face euthanasia.

This non-profit organization is also committed to educating the public about responsible pet ownership to lessen the number of animals that end up in shelters.

Best Dog Parks in Illinois

Best Dog Parks in Illinois

Choosing the right dog park is not as easy as it sounds.

When it comes to picking a dog park, we must ensure that the place is safe, clean, and big enough for dogs to play.

Below is a short list of the best dog parks in Florida where your dogs can play and run around safely.

Jackson Bark

Location: 6000 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL

Hours: Open Everyday 6 am-11 pm

One of the largest 100% enclosed dog parks in Chicago is Jackson Bark.

If your dog enjoys running up, down, and through all the agility training equipment, your pup will have fun in this dog park.

Whalon Lake Dog Park

Location: 1490 Royce Rd Bolingbrook, IL 60565

Hours of Operation: 6 a.m.-Sunset (April-October)
8 a.m.-Sunset (November-March)

If you and your dog are fond of nature, you can check out Whalon Lake Dog Park.

Whalon Lake Dog Park is a 2.5-acre area that has an exclusive area for dogs under 30 lb.

One unique thing about this dog park is you'll need to buy a dog park permit online before visiting the park.

Lakewood Dog Park

Location: 27473, 27511 N Fairfield Rd, Wauconda, IL 60084, United States

Hours of Operation: Open daily, 6:30 am until 7 pm or sunset

Next on our list is Lakewood Dog Park in Wauconda, Illinois. This park is a 66-acre area where your pup can enjoy running around and socializing with other pups.

Pet owners can enjoy restrooms, a water hand pump, a pavilion for shade, and a parking area.

Greene Valley

Location: 3S580 Naperville Road
Wheaton, IL 60189

Contact Number: 630-933-7200

Greene Valley has a 16-acre fully fenced off-leash dog area. They have separate areas for small and large dogs.

However, you'll need to have proof of a valid Forest Preserve District permit for each dog you bring.

Prairie Wolf Dog Park

Location: 1917-2075 S Waukegan Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045, United States

Hours of Operation: Open daily, 6:30 am until 7 pm or sunset, whichever is later.

Prairie Wolf Dog Park is a 44-acre area fenced-in area that features training enclosures, large fields, trails, toilets, water, and a drinking fountain.

An annual or daily permit and a dog are required for entry.

How To Find Local Dog Groomers in Your Area

Best Pet Groomers in Illinois

Moreover, as pet owners, we should know that grooming is still essential when it comes to dogs.

Grooming can not only help maintain your dog's cleanliness and aesthetics but dog grooming can also lower the risks of other potential health issues.

With that being said, if you're new to Illinois, you can visit some of the best pet groomers below:

Yuppie Puppy

Location: 1042 Chicago Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302

Contact Number: (708) 358-2200

Hours of Operation: Tues – Saturday 8:30 am – 3 pm

First on our list of the best pet groomers in Illinois is Yuppie Puppy.

If you're relocating to Oak Park, Illinois, contact this shop for all your grooming needs.

They offer a relaxing oatmeal bath, Ear Cleaning, Hair Drying, Thorough Hair Brushing, Nail Trim, Paw Hair Trim, Sanitary Shave, and Finishing Spray/Coat Shine.

PurrFurred Pet Styling

670 W. 5th Ave, Unit 104
Naperville, IL 60563
Phone/Fax: (630) 577-7652 Ext. 1

2849 E. New York St.
Aurora, IL 60502
Phone/Fax: (630) 577-7652 Ext. 2

3S005 Illinois Rte 59
Warrenville, IL 60555
Phone/Fax: (630) 791-9815

Salon Hours
Sunday & Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Saturday: 8:30 am – 5 pm

Mobile Hours
Monday – Thursday: 8 am – 8 pm
Friday – Saturday: 8 am – 6 pm

Next on our list is PurrFurred Pet Styling. If you're too lazy to go out, you can contact them for Mobile pet grooming.

However, they also have Salons in Naperville, Aurora, and Warrenville.

They offer standard grooming packages, but they also have add-on packages like the Oatmeal Plus Package and PurrFurred Pet Package.

Pampered Pet Grooming Services

Location: 31 East Kenyon Road, Champaign, IL 61820

Contact Number: (217) 352-0595

E-mail: cupamperedpet@gmail.

Hours of Operation: Mon to Friday 08:00 am – 04:00 pm
Sat By Appointment
Sun Closed

If you're looking for a grooming service that is also a daycare, you've come to the right place.

Here at Pampered Pet Grooming, not only will your pup be cleaned, but they can also stay for the night.

Their facility is video monitored 24/7 with fire and smoke detection, and the staff makes sure the pets are snug in their beds at night.

Bark Avenue Playcare

Location: 1959, West Fulton Street, 1st floor, Chicago, IL, 60612

Contact Number: 312-455-8582

Based in Chicago, Illinois, Bark Avenue Playcare is not just offer grooming services, but also training sessions and daycare for your pup. They also offer boarding, bathing, and haircuts.

If you're traveling to Chicago, we recommend visiting Bark Avenue Playcare for your grooming needs.


Location: 3608 North Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613

Contact Number: Main (773) 839-5313
Fax (773) 549-9001

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 7 am – 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm

Last on our list is another one from Chicago Illinois, Dogaholics. Just like the ones above, Dogaholics also offer doggy daycare, boarding, and grooming.

They offer grooming services like bathing, handheld blow-drying, brush-outs, touch-up haircuts, and full haircuts.

Moreover, they also have ear cleaning, nail trimming, and teeth brushing services.

papillon doing agility training

Puppy Training in Illinois

All dog owners know that dog training is essential. Proper dog training can decrease the chances of behavior issues in dogs.

However, finding the right dog trainer is not as easy as it sounds, especially when you're new in town.

Of course, we don't want to invest in someone who doesn't know what they're doing.

That's why we've compiled a short list of trainers that can help your dog grow and be the best boy that he is.

Suburban K9 Dog Training

Contact Number: 847-232-1269

First on our list is the Suburban K9 Dog Training. They serve around the Chicago metro area.

Their trainers go the extra mile to give the best dog training service to all their clients.

If you're relocating to areas like Schaumburg, Barrington, Medinah, Oak Brook, Plainfield, and more, be sure to contact their dog trainers.

Downtown Dogs Chicago

Location: 2440 W Hubbard St
Chicago, Illinois 60612

Contact Number: (312) 436-2122


Hours of Operation: 8 AM – 10 PM

If you're based in Chicago, you can contact Downtown Dogs Chicago for basic training, positive reinforcement, behavior modification, impulse control, and more.

Here in Downtown Dogs Chicago, you can enroll your pup in puppy preschool or board them to get the training that he needs.

They also offer private training lessons so you and your pup can learn new things together.

Perfect Manners

Contact Number: (630) 420-7070

Business Hours: 9 am-5 pm Mon.-Sat.

Thirdly, we have Perfect Manners Dog Training. Perfect Manners can be found in surrounding areas of Chicago like Naperville, Plainfield, Aurora, Wheaton, Lisle, Bolingbrook, Warrenville, West Chicago, Winfield, Woodridge, Downers Grove, and more.

They offer general obedience training, behavior modification, boarding, and more.

Alpha Dog Training Center

Location: 2630 Spring Lake Rd, Quincy, IL 62305, United States

Contact Number: (217) 430-2515

Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 7 am to 6:30 pm, Sat-Sun 10 am or 6 pm

Alpha Dog Training Center in Quincy, Illinois has a large facility that offers doggy daycare, boarding, and training services.

It is located on a 10-acre estate where dogs can learn various skills with the help of certified professional trainers.

Canine Perspective

Location: 2700 North Campbell
Chicago, IL 60647

Contact Number: 773.661.6762


Hours of Operation: Mon to Fri 7 AM – 7 PM / Sat & Sun 8 AM – 6 PM

Based in Chicago, last on our list is Canine Perspective Dog Training. They offer in-home training programs that serve multiple Chicago neighborhoods.

Enroll your pup in their training packages varying from puppy training, adult obedience, leash training, behavioral modification, and more.

Best Animal Hospitals in illinois

Best Veterinarians and Animal Hospital in Illinois

Unfortunately, there are occasions when our dogs get sick too.

If you're in a new state, it might be difficult for you to find the right vet for you.

Luckily for you, we have a few recommendations below on the best vets or animal hospitals in Illinois.

Summit Animal Hospital

Location: 6050 S. Harlem Ave
Summit, IL 60501

Contact Number: (708) 458-2970

Hours of Operation: Mon: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Tue: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wed: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Thu: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Fri: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sat: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Firstly, we have Summit Animal Hospital. Founded in the early 1960s, this animal hospital has been serving the pets of Summit, Illinois for many years.

They offer preventative care such as deworming, flea and tick prevention, heartworm prevention, microchipping, wellness exams, and vaccinations.

They also offer diagnostic laboratories, dermatology, medicated bathing, geriatric care, and more.

Burnham Park Animal Hospital

Location: 1025 S State Street, Chicago, IL, 60605

Contact Number: (312) 663-9200

Hours of Operation: Mon to Thu 8 AM – 8 PM
Fri & Sat 8 AM – 6 PM
Sun Closed

Established in 1994, Burnham Park Animal Hospital was founded by Dr. Lawrence M Fox, a native of the South Side, and Dr. JB Bruederle.

This animal hospital offers preventive care, dentistry, diet & nutrition, parasite control, vaccinations, microchipping and more.

They also have Diagnostic services such as Radiography, Ultrasounds, Laboratory services, and Allergies.

Moreover, they have surgery services and holistic & therapy services.

Village West Veterinary

Location: 840 N Western Ave Chicago, Illinois 60622

Contact Number: (773) 207-1209

General Practice Hours: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Fri: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

At Village West Veterinary, their vets and staff are dedicated to providing the highest quality medical and surgical care to animals.

They also provide education and assistance in all aspects of pet care and pet parenthood.

They offer services such as heartworm prevention, spaying & neutering, dental care, vaccinations, and more.

Best Friends Animal Hospital

Location: 1203 N. IL Route 83,
Grayslake, IL 60030

Contact Number: (847) 548-2626

Hours of Operation: Monday & Friday 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday to Thursday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sunday Closed

Best Friends Animal Hospital has been serving Lake County and surrounding areas since 1997.

This hospital is a full-service animal hospital with complete diagnostic, treatment, and preventive healthcare capabilities.

If you're relocating to somewhere near Grayslake, Illinois, we recommend saving their contact number for healthcare emergencies.

March Animal Hospital

Location: 1000 E. Central Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Contact number: 847-670-8470

Hours of Operation: Monday and Thursday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

Lastly, if you're moving to the area of Arlington Heights, rest assured that you have March Animal Hospital on your emergency contact.

They offer a wide range of veterinary services such as surgical care, dental care, senior wellness, and more.

They also offer in-house ultrasound and in-house surgical procedures.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Illinois require a health certificate for dogs?

If you and your dog are moving to Illinois, they'll be needing a few things to enter this state.

Dogs entering this state must have a Certificate of Veterinary inspection issues within 30 days of entry.

This will show their age, sex, breed, and description of the animal. You'll also have to provide a complete address within Illinois.

How many dogs can you legally have in Illinois?

The state of Illinois doesn't have a statewide limit on the number of dogs you can own. However, certain municipalities have specific laws.

For instance, in Aurora, 4 domesticated animals are allowed. It should be specifically 2 dogs and 2 cats.

In Colona, no more than 4 dogs and cats are allowed in any combination.

Can I bury my dog in my backyard in Illinois?

As long as you are the property owner in Illinois, you are allowed to bury your pet there. Pets need to be at least 6 inches under the dirt.

It must be at least 200 feet away from a stream, a private well, or any other source of drinkable water.

Illinois Pet Stores, Dog Parks, Grooming, And More: Summary

If you're preparing to move to Illinois or you're from here, we've assembled the best pet essentials for you.

We've compiled everything you'll need—from the best Illinois pet stores to vets and animal hospitals.

Moving to a new place can be quite a hassle for pet owners. It's because we're leaving every constant thing that we know in our town.

When moving to a new state at first, we don't know where to buy dog food, where to go for grooming, or where to go for a walk.

That's why we've compiled a list of the best of the best Illinois pet stores that you should visit.

This article can be your ultimate guide through the streets of Illinois with your dog.

Moreover, if you don't own a dog yet, we can still help you out. We've got a list of the best dog rescues or adoption centers that you can check out.

And if you're new to being a dog owner, you can consult a few of the best and most excellent dog trainers in Illinois.

If ever your dog gets sick, you can look into this blog and try and contact a few of the best animal hospitals in Illinois.


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Small Business Saturday 2022: The Ultimate Day of Deals! Don’t miss out on Small Business Saturday – shop local and support your community!

Brookside Barkery & Bath first opened its doors in Brookside in 2003. We were founded by people who were inspired to find the highest quality products and services to bring to our city. At The Barkery we are proud to know your pets and consider them a part of our family. Which is why want to thank you for your patronage with some pawsome deals beginning Friday, November 25!

This weekend sale includes:

  • One Fur All Candles 
    Free Pet House car freshener with purchase of any 9oz candle
    Offer valid 11/25/22 – 11/28/22
  • Momentum Pet Treats 
    Buy one, get one 1/2 off in-stock dogs & cat treats
    Offer valid 11/25/22 – 11/28/22
  • Tucker’s Raw Frozen 
    20% off in-stock Tucker’s frozen & freeze-dried formulas
    Offer valid 11/25/22 – 11/28/22
  • Fussie Cat 
    Buy 3 get 1 free on 2.8oz cans, mix & match while supplies last
    Offer valid 11/25/22 – 11/27/22
  • Nature’s Logic 
    $15 off large bags of dog food
    Offer valid 11/25/22 – 11/28/22
  • Zignature Dog Food 
    Free Zignature soft treats with purchase of Zignature kibble
    Offer valid 11/25/22 – 11/28/22
  • Nulo Dog & Cat Food 
    $10 off large bags and $5 off small & medium bags
    Offer valid 11/25/22 – 11/28/22
  • Primal Pet Food 
    Bone broth is BOGO Free and $7 off 14oz freeze-dried formulas
    Offer valid 11/25/22 – 11/28/22
  • Collars & Leashes 
    15% off in-stock merchandise
    Offer valid 11/25/22 – 11/28/22
  • Boots & Sweaters 
    20% off in-stock dog boots and sweaters
    Offer valid 11/25/22 – 11/28/22

** Offers are available in-store only, on in-stock merchandise during specified dates

Other fun happenings this weekend include:

  • Farmina will be at our store Saturday November 26th handing out goodies at our Brookside location and at our Lee’s Summit location on Sunday!
  • We will also be handing out Stella & Chewy freebies to everyone who joins us on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday!

We hope to see you #shopsmall and #supportlocal with us this weekend!

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Pet Safe Thanksgiving Treats “Hey Siri, Are Thanksgiving Foods Safe for My Dog?”

“What Thanksgiving Treats Can I Feed My Cat?” “Are Thanksgiving Foods Okay for My Pet?”

Every year, family and friends gather to give thanks. The dogs couldn’t be more ecstatic about the company and the cats…well, they’re a bit more perturbed. In the midst of the merriment, however, pets can be overlooked. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is a time of year that sees a rise in accidental pet poisonings.

Dogs and cats alike tend to get into the delectable human feast. Whether consuming human foods from the counter or receiving them from unwitting dinner guests, pets are at risk for food poisoning this holiday.

Not to worry – Barkery & Bath is here to help! Keep reading to learn which foods are pet-safe and which to avoid!

Thanksgiving Foods Dangerous for Pets

  • Turkey bones, dark fatty meat, and skin: please be aware that both turkey and chicken bones are not only a choking hazard. They can also splinter inside your pet’s digestive tract and cause serious harm.
  • Desserts: Chocolate is well-known to be toxic for dogs, but so is the common sugar-substitute xylitol. Even in small amounts, xylitol is very toxic for dogs so please keep that sugar-free pie or keto-friendly dessert bar to yourself.
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Raisins and grapes
  • Onions, garlic, scallions, leeks, and chives: these are toxic for both dogs and cats and can be found in many casseroles, mashed potatoes, stuffing dishes, and gravies.
  • Ham and any other dark meat
  • Yeast dough, especially unbaked: yeast rises and expands and may cause a digestive blockage in your poor pet’s tummy. Additionally, the natural fermentation of yeast may cause alcohol poisoning.
  • Fatty foods
  • Any food with seasoning or spices

Keep pets out of the kitchen and dining area where they may be tempted to hop on the counter and help themselves. Also, be sure to secure any trash can lids so they can’t go dumpster diving for Thanksgiving tidbits when you’re not around.

In addition to keeping these foods from your pets, you’ll also want to make sure your guests are aware of these restrictions. Well-meaning friends or family may be tempted to slip a treat under the table for your pet, so let them know ahead of time that this is to be avoided. Instead, have pet-safe Thanksgiving treats on hand; guests are still welcome to bribe your pet’s affections as long as it’s with pre-approved, pet-safe goodies.

Thanksgiving Treats Safe for Dogs and Cats

The list of foods to avoid is certainly long, but rest assured – the Barkery has a number of excellent, pet-safe treats your pups and kitties will certainly enjoy. Vital Essentials Turkey Necks, OC Frozen Turkey Necks or maybe even the Koha Big Easy Feast Stew will let your pet enjoy their own Thanksgiving feast in a safe and nutritious way. Raw marrow bones are also a tasty treat and provide a welcome distraction for your furry friends. If you prefer to prepare your pet’s meal, these suggested treats should be served raw or slightly cooked but with NO seasoning, butter, sweetener, or additives.

  • Sweet Potatoes: dietary fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and beta-carotene make these a great choice!
  • Potatoes
  • Baby carrots
  • Apples: full of vitamin A, vitamin C, and great fiber; just make sure to remove stem and core prior to serving. Apple pieces should also be small enough to prevent choking.
  • White Turkey meat: again, this must be offered without bones or skin and in small amounts without any seasoning.
  • Turkey bone broth: a great way to promote a healthy gut for your pet and they will love it – the best part is it’s chock full of minerals and nutrients! Click here to learn more about making turkey bone broth for your dog… or if you don’t want to make it yourself you can purchase pet safe bone broth at either of our locations!
  • Green beans: again, without seasoning or butter.
  • Peas are a-okay as long as they are not creamed peas; the fattiness of creamed peas can upset your pet’s stomach.
  • Pumpkin: great for digestive health, as well as skin health. However, do not give pets the puree form. Pumpkin pie with sweetener and spices is, of course, out of the question.

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Other Pet Safety Considerations:

Watch the Doors.

With a  busy house full of people, there’s plenty of coming and going. During the busiest times, consider shutting the pet in a backroom or a kennel to keep the pet from running out the front door. Or, keep your pet on a leash to prevent jumping on guests or escaping.

Keep Bags Out of Reach.

Have a predetermined shelf or rack of hooks to keep guests’ bags out of reach. This is the easiest way to keep your pet from consuming candy bars, medication, or pet-toxic xylitol gum from guests’ belongings.

By following these pet safety tips this Thanksgiving, you and your pets can celebrate a safe and happy holiday. For any questions, feel free to call the Barkery or drop by today! If you’d prefer to avoid any human food treats, check out our in-store options for pet-safe treats!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Barkery!  

Mon, 21 Nov 2022 09:44:05 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Advantages of Grain&Free Dog Food Our team at Animush Raw Pet Food understands that you care about your dogs, and we want to help you take the best possible care of them. To do this, we offer a range of high-quality, all-natural dog food, and we encourage you to feed your dog a grain-free diet. In this article, we will go over some of the benefits of grain-free dog food to encourage you to give it a try.

Advantages of Grain-Free Dog Food

  • Easy to Digest. One advantage of grain-free dog food is that it is easier for your pet to digest, and gentler on their digestive system as well. While dogs are capable of digesting grains, their stomachs and intestines are not well-suited to the task, and they will generally be more comfortable with a high-protein diet with no grains.
  • Reduced Allergy Risk. Another advantage of feeding your dog grain-free food is that they are less likely to experience allergy symptoms. Allergies to corn, wheat, and other grains are common in dogs, and eating these grains can cause symptoms, such as skin rashes, diarrhea, constipation, and vomiting. If you want to keep your dog healthy and comfortable, you should consider switching to grain-free dog food.
  • More Nutritional Density. A third advantage of grain-free dog food is that it has greater nutritional density than standard dry dog food. What this means is that the food contains more nutrients by volume and contains fewer empty calories. This makes grain-free dog food a great choice for keeping your dog at a healthy weight.

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Mon, 21 Nov 2022 09:36:22 -0800 Dog-Fancier
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE DOG FOOD Mon, 21 Nov 2022 06:26:25 -0800 Dog-Fancier How We Formulate Our Raw Dog Food There’s more to a great diet than just quality ingredients. How the recipe is formulated is just as important. A great recipe improves overall health, reduces inflammation and is easy to digest. The shiny coat and firm poos are the icing on the cake!

Tory and I are accredited canine & human nutritionists. We have taken great care in formulating and perfecting our recipes so you don’t have to. Whoa Nelly! contains everything your pup needs to thrive - it’s an amazingly healthy diet for your dog!

Here’s how we formulate our food:
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⚖️ Balanced fats & minerals
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Nutrition standards

A great diet starts with good nutrient guidelines. These guidelines outline the required nutrient levels for optimal health, as well as the ideal fat and mineral balance. While they are not perfect, standards help to avoid deficiencies and health problems down the road.

We formulate our food to be AACFO “complete and balanced”, and to meet the much more precise NRC standard. Most vets require the diet to be complete and balanced as a minimum.

Here’s a simplified version of the NRC guidelines.


NRC nutrient guidelines, per 1000kcal


We formulate our food using only whole foods. It would be easier to meet the guidelines using vitamin and mineral supplements, but the nutrition in whole food is better absorbed by the body. Great nutrition will always be whole food based.

To be able to meet the standard, we need to know the nutrient profile of our food. We’ve had our ingredients tested by Symbol Labs so that we know their exact make up when formulating our food. It means we can be very confident about the nutrition in our food.

High quality meat

High quality animal protein is the biggest part of the diet, so this is where our recipes begin. We use a variety of ethically sourced proteins in our food, including grass fed beef and wild sourced kangaroo, buffalo and venison. These meats have different nutrient profiles which effect how the recipe is formulated. 

For our non-hypoallergenic recipes, we also use bone-in organic chicken. This provides the the calcium and phosphorous content in it’s most bioavailable form.

Read more: Can My Dog Eat Buffalo?

Sustainably sourced fish

The next addition to our recipes is fish. We use sustainable sourced sashimi-grade salmon. Because fish contains a relatively high amount of fat, it is quite calorically dense. Canine nutrition is measured by energy, not by weight, so we add the higher calorie ingredients first to make the balancing part easier later.

Fish contains the essential fats EPA & DHA which cannot be found in other sources. These fats are really important to your dogs health, so all dogs need to eat fish. We use fish in all of our recipes.

Read more: Can My Dog Eat Fish?

High quality organs

The next addition is organs, which are incredibly nutrient dense foods containing lots of vitamins and minerals. It is extremely difficult to formulate food without using organs. We use organs that are the same as the main meat where possible - so beef organs in our beef recipe.e

This completes the animal protein in the recipe. All together we are aiming for the meat, fish and organs to be about 75%-80% of the total recipe. 

Organic fruit & veg

Fresh produce is an important part of a healthy diet. This is because fruit and veg contain phytonutrients - compounds that have health benefits for dogs.

For example, green veggies contain chlorophyll which has been shown to help delay the onset of symptoms of liver cancer caused from consumption of aflatoxin contaminated grains.

In addition to their beneficial properties, fresh produce is needed to meet the nutrition standard. We also use fresh produce to to meet the nutrition standard - its quite difficult to do using only meat.

Whoa Nelly! is made with locally sourced organic fruit and veggies.

Fermented probiotics

With great gut health as our primary aim, it’s important to have a source of good bacteria (probiotics) in the diet. We make our Nelly Belly and Baby Belly fermented foods to add these beneficial bacteria. A healthy gut is the key to a better immune system, healthier coat and healthy firm poos. 

Read more: Why Healthy Dogs Have Healthy Guts

Balance the fats

Fat is a very important and often overlooked part of the diet. It is critical to have the right level of fat in the diet. Our recipes are between 8% and 12% in total fat content as this is the optimal range. Beware very low or very high fat diets! 

There are several types of fats and it’s important to have all of them in the food. The ratio between these fats is important to immune function and reducing inflammation so we are very precise with how we balance our fats.

We’re looking to have a relationship between Omega 3 and Omega 6 of about 1 : 3. This helps to reduce inflammation and promote the proper functioning of the immune system. 

The way to achieve this obviously depends on the fats that are in the diet. Beef, chicken, kangaroo and buffalo all contain different fats so need to be treated differently. We use organic chia seeds, flax seeds, coconut oil and sunflower seeds to precisely balance the fat in our recipes.

Balance the minerals

Mineral balance is also an important consideration. We are primarily focused on the relationship between calcium and phosphorous. We’re looking to have it at a ratio of about 1 : 1.3. To achieve this, we can change the amount of chicken or fish bone, or we can add a pure calcium powder we make with left over egg shells. This is an often overlooked part of recipe formulation and has a big impact on health over the years.

The other issue is that minerals like calcium are not excreted, so if there is too much they will accumulate and likely cause serious health problems down the line. It’s important that just the right level of minerals is present in the diet.

Functional foods

Despite all that has gone into the recipe so far, it still isn’t nutritionally complete. We need to add additional ingredients so that there is adequate iodine, vitamin E, selenium, manganese and more. To do this we use superfoods like organic kelp and wheatgrass.

We also use ingredients that have scientifically proven health benefits, which are called functional foods. These ingredients have a positive impact on health beyond just nutrition.

For example, spirulina helps to provide relief from allergies. Each recipe is formulated differently, using different functional foods that work together.

Here’s the blend we make for Beef & Chicken:

  • Organic Blueberries (antioxidants, improve cognitive function)

  • Organic Turmeric (reduces inflammation)

  • Organic Reishi (beta-Glucans, immune & gut support)

  • Organic Flax (omega-3 fat balance)

  • Organic Wheatgrass (magnesium, Zinc, Vitamins E, B2, B3)

  • Diatomaceous Earth (improves nutrient absorption and anti-parasitic)

  • Organic Kelp (iodine)

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Sun, 20 Nov 2022 12:43:51 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Can Dogs Eat Spam? What You Need To Know Every dog is a food lover, but here is a question can dogs eat spam ? Come here and read everything about spam.

This type of processed meat looks like canned dog food. But this processed food is safe or not is an important question.

Continue reading and get the answer is it safe, or how much quantity is required for the better health of your dog?

Can a dog eat spam?

Have you seen your dog look at spam and wish to have it? Have you ever thought can I give my dog spam?

The precise answer is no because spam is not suitable to eat for dogs. A high salt ratio makes it dangerous for your dog. In this content, you will learn what spam is and why this is not recommended as pet food. Also, you will take the answer to why we should dog limited to taking spam as a routine diet.

What is spam made of?

Spam does not only consist of one component; it’s a combination of salt, potato starch, ground pork salt and different spices.

An interesting fact is attached to this food; it was a famous food at the time of world war I. This processed food helps to feed the soldiers on the ground.

Can I Feed My Dog Spam?

As I mentioned above, nutritional ingredients. It is concluded spam is not safe for dogs. Although ham and pork is the source of protein, the rest of the components are not safe for pups.

Dogs are really sensitive to salt, and spam has a large quantity of salt. If the dog takes spam, he can suffer from sodium ion poisoning.

Common symptoms of ion poisoning are mentioned here like

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Depression
  • high temperature
  • seizures

Salt is a dangerous element for dogs. On the other side, sugar in spam is also not recommended for the dog. Having a lot of sugar can develop spikes in blood levels and accumulate some extra calories for weight gain. Potato starch in the spam is also provided extra calories for the weight gain of the canine. One can of spam has more than 1000 calories hope you can imagine what it is going to work for the dog’s health.

Can Dogs Eat Spam Lite?

According to vets, spam lite is a better form of normal spam. It has only 70 calories per serving. This is the combined dish of chicken and ham instead of only pork and salt But keeps in mind it has many chemical additives added in the lite spam.

Can Dogs Eat Low-Sodium Spam?

If you want to feed your pup with lite spam, make sure 25% less sodium must be mentioned on the label. Low-sodium spam is a mixture of ham and chicken. As it is mentioned, the less amount of sodium, but still, it is not recommended for the dog.

Can Dogs Eat Turkey Spam?

There are different types of spam available for dogs, but you can feed your dog turkey spam. According to experts, this is less harmful to dogs. But keep in your mind 520mg still has in the 2 ounces of turkey spam.

Feed your dog according to the consultancy of the vets. They recommend how small an amount you can give your dog.

Can Dogs Eat Cooked Spam?

Cooking spam means you can boil or fry the spam may be on the stove or in the oven. So there is no method to keep the nutritional value of spam safe.

Can Dogs Eat Spam Raw?

Raw spam means uncooked spam, this is safe for human beings, but for dogs, it is a risky item.

Is it safe to give ham to the dogs?

Ham is a type of pork that is cured and often smoked. It is a popular dish for humans, but is ham safe for dogs? The answer is yes and no. Ham is safe for dogs to eat in small quantities, but it is not the best choice for a dog’s diet.

Too much fat can lead to weight gain and pancreatitis, while too much salt can cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. If you do give your dog ham, make sure it is lean and has no added salt.

What happens if my dog eats spam?

It’s high in sodium, but as long as your dog doesn’t have any health problems that could be exacerbated by eating a lot of salt, it should be able to digest it without any problems.

It’s not exactly a nutritious meal, and there are plenty of other foods out there that are better for your furry friend. If they seem to enjoy the taste of spam, though, there’s no harm in giving them the occasional treat.

Conclusive thoughts

Spam is not a recommended food for dogs because of its high salt content. Dogs are sensitive to salt and can develop sodium ion poisoning from eating spam. Spam also contains sugar and potato starch, which can lead to weight gain in dogs.





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Tips & Strategies to Help You Pick Out the Perfect Puppy Treats If you are a pet owner, you know there are different dog treats available in the market. Every pup food has different nutrients and ingredients. The selection of food totally depends on age, health feasibility, and personal standards.

Some people prefer to use dry dog food because it is easy to store food. Also, it has a very low smell and messes as compared to wet dog food. On the other hand, some people have proper awareness about the doggie treats they feed their pups balanced food like some ratio of dry and wet dog food. Also, if your dog has a deficiency of water in the body, wet food is recommended by vets.

Let me cut down the discussion with the exact point, and you need to have some points clear in your mind before selecting pup food. Come here and dive into the tips and tricks for the selection of dog treats.

  1. Make sure you read the label of the food properly to evaluate the ingredients.
  2. You must have an idea of the weight of your puppy. In this way, you can give a proper portion of your diet to your furry friend.
  3. Keep an eye on your dog during mealtime to ensure he is eating normally.
  4. Follow the rules. Nothing is free in life, and this will help to keep the focus on the dog’s diet. When your dog fulfills their appetite with proper nutritional ingredients, the dog will show very good behavior to the owner.
  5. Assure your dog’s activities are normal like he is eating with proper speed. Exercise quickly, right after eating. This can cause a fetal condition named gastric dilation. If your dog finds any bloating and gastric issues, don’t waste time. Immediately take them to the doctor to release the discomfort of your pup.
  6. Elevated feeders can be a great risk for some breeds of dogs. According to animal experts, these elevated feeders need to use for dogs who have some health conditions.
  7. If you want to maintain the proper health of your dog, keep the focus on the quality of food, frequency of treatments, and ingredients. This is all decided according to the size of the dog and nutritional requirements.
  8. You need to contact the veterinary doctor to calculate the proper weight of your pup. Also, get a proper idea about the healthy weight of your dog. In this way, you can decide how much food and energy are required for proper weight management.
  9. Sometimes you need to change the diet plan of your dog according to the health condition of the dog, especially when dogs are suffering from diabetes and diarrhea. Before changing any diet plans, discuss them with the doctor of canine.
  10. If you decide to change the food of the dog, never implement your new plan suddenly. It will be a great risk for the dog. You need to add a new diet gradually. It will help the dog’s stomach easy to adjust.
  11. Avoid feeding your pup food with high spice and fat because it can cause serious diseases in the dog’s body. Some common diseases are Diabetes, Obesity, and dental issues in dogs.

I hope you got what we need to keep in our mind before selecting of best dog food. This can save your pup’s life.


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A Guide to Diarrhea in Dogs: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment Do you worry when your dog has diarrhea? You’re not alone! Diarrhea in dogs is fairly common, so if you own a dog, chances are you’ve had to contend with loose stools at one time or another.

While it might be difficult to stop your dog from having diarrhea from time to time, there are ways you can prevent it if you avoid some of the most common causes.

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What’s a normal poop, and what’s not?

Under normal circumstances, your dog's poop should have a log-like shape, be brown in colour and firm, and leave no marks when scooped up.

Diarrhea, on the other hand, is the occurrence of loose or watery stools, and typically, diarrhea in dogs is categorized by the following:

  1. Acute diarrhea, or diarrhea over a short duration
  2. Recurring diarrhea, which can be short or long bouts of diarrhea
  3. Chronic diarrhea, which is diarrhea lasting more than three weeks

While many cases of diarrhea can be chalked up to simple, easy-to-treat incidences such as consuming something they shouldn’t have (i.e. grass, table scraps), diarrhea can also be a sign of illness and life-threatening diseases. 

What Causes Diarrhea in Dogs?

First, it’s important to establish that diarrhea is not a disease itself. Rather, it is a symptom or a result. 

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Some common causes for diarrhea, most often acute diarrhea, can include:

  • Consuming spoiled food
  • Change in diet 
  • Consumption of a foreign body (i.e. rocks, toys, fabric)
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Overeating

Diarrhea, usually recurring or chronic, can be a symptom of serious conditions and diseases:

Other causes of diarrhea, acute, recurring, or chronic, can be due to:

  • Viral infections
  • Bacterial infections 
  • Parasites (i.e. roundworms, hookworms)
  • Certain medications 
  • Antibiotic use

Diagnosis for Diarrhea

Diarrhea does not always require a call or trip to your veterinarian. Acute diarrhea will usually resolve itself within 24-48 hours. However, when a pup is brought in due to diarrhea, acute or chronic, there are a few diagnostic tests that can be performed to help find the root cause. 

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Your veterinarian will first ask for a diet history, information on activities over a small period of time, and also discuss whether your pup has come into contact with other pups. This helps them to decide where to aim their tests and rule out factors that could be contributing to the diarrhea. 

Diagnostic tests can include fecal samples, blood tests, and DNA tests. In addition, they may require an X-ray, ultrasound, endoscopy, a biopsy, or in rare cases, an exploratory abdominal surgery. 


For healthy dogs with acute diarrhea, treatment is quite simple. Withholding food for up to 24 hours and slowly reintroducing food in small frequent meals is step one. Water is to be provided at all times. 

Tom&Sawyer’s Tummy Tamer recipe, though not complete and balanced, can help during this transition time. This recipe is made with carefully selected tummy-soothing ingredients, including chicken, rice, and pumpkin — which is highly palatable, easy to digest, and contains both soluble and insoluble fibres which can be beneficial for gut health and diarrhea. You can read more about our Tummy Tamer recipe here.

Tummy Tamer recipe

A dietary change may also be necessary at this time. You should look for a highly digestible food that is easy on the digestive system with prebiotic fibres. Gently cooked pet food can be a great option as it checks all of the boxes! Check out our menu of fresh pet food for dogs here.

If diarrhea persists, a probiotic supplement may be recommended. Antidiarrheal agents may be applicable such as Metronidazole (Flagyl®) and Tylosin (Tylan®). In some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed or a dewormer. 

Written by: Hannah Godfrey
Animal Nutritionist
BSc.H. | MSc. Animal Nutrition

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Can Dog eat Pasta? A Detail Guide for the Health of your furry Friend Yes, dogs can eat pasta. It is not harmful to them and is actually a good source of carbohydrates. Also, avoid giving your dog pasta with sauce, as the sauce can contain harmful ingredients like onions and garlic.

Can Dogs Eat Buckwheat Pasta?

Buckwheat pasta is a type of pasta made from buckwheat flour. This is a good choice for persons with gluten sensitivities. Buckwheat pasta is also a useful origin of different nutrients like fiber and protein.

Dogs can have buckwheat pasta, but this cannot be the regular diet plan. Uncooked buckwheat pasta is really difficult to digest for the pups.

Can dogs have Cauliflower Pasta?

Yes, dogs can safely have cauliflower pasta. In fact, cauliflower is a nutritious, low-calorie treat for pups that is full of vitamins and minerals. When it is properly cooked, cauliflower is soft and effortlessly digestible for dogs.

Cauliflower pasta is a wonderful method to add some extra vegetables to your dog’s daily meal.

Just be sure to boil the pasta until it is soft and to evade adding any garlic or onion, which can be toxic to canines.


Can a dog eat chickpea pasta?

Most individuals likes to have pasta. The answer is a vibrant yes! Chickpea pasta is not just secure for puppies, but it’s actually quite beneficial for them.

Chickpeas provide enough vitamins, fiber, and proteins. They are preferable for dog treat because it has low calories. If you want to give your dog cook this ingredient with low spice and sauces. You can consider this meal the most healthy and full of nutritious food.

Can Dogs Eat Edamame Pasta?

Dogs are known for their love of pasta, but can they eat edamame pasta?

t is also low in fat and calories, making it a healthy option for your pup.

Soybeans are an important part of this pasta it also a source of antioxidants and phytonutrients.

While edamame pasta is good for dogs, there are a few things to keep in mind. Edamame pasta should be cooked before feeding it to your dog. Raw soybeans can be toxic to dogs. Edamame pasta should also be served in moderation. Too much pasta can lead to obesity and other health problems.

Can Dogs Eat Lentil Pasta?

Yes, you can give the Lentil pasta to your dog but in little amounts according to the age of the dog. After all, lentils are healthy food for humans. pasta is, well, pasta. Most dogs love it. So it stands to reason that lentil pasta would be a hit with our furry friends, too, right? Wrong. Lentil pasta is not a good choice for dogs if not used in an appropriate quantity. In fact, it can be dangerous. Here’s why: Lentils are a legume.

Lectin is found in all plants, but they’re especially concentrated in legumes.

When an animal eats a plant that contains lectins, the lectins bind to carbohydrates in the animal’s digestive tract. This can cause an immune reaction and gastrointestinal distress. Lentils also contain phytic acid.

Can a dog eat potato pasta?

Can dogs eat potato pasta? This is a question that many pet owners may find themselves asking at some point. potato pasta is not toxic to dogs, it is not the best food for them either. Potato pasta is high in carbohydrates and can cause weight gain in dogs if they eat too much of it.

Give them only a small amount as part of a balanced diet.

Can a dog eat pulse pasta?

Pups can eat pulse pasta but keep in mind dogs have great allergies to legumes. If your dog is allergic to legumes, it may have an allergic reaction to pulse pasta. Second, pulse pasta is high in carbohydrates. 

that is also not suitable for every dog breed.

If you’re concerned about your dog’s weight, talk to your vet about the best way to incorporate pulse pasta into their diet. 

Third, pulse pasta is a relatively new food, so there’s not a lot of research on its safety for dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Quinoa Pasta?

As a pet owner, you may be wondering if quinoa pasta is safe for your furry friend to consume.

Quinoa pasta is made from quinoa flour and is a gluten-free, healthy alternative to traditional pasta. So, can dogs eat quinoa pasta?

The answer is yes, dogs can safely eat quinoa pasta.

When feeding your dog quinoa pasta, be sure to cook it first. Quinoa pasta can be boiled or baked. Do not feed your dog uncooked quinoa pasta, as it can be hard for them to digest. Quinoa pasta is a healthy, nutritious food for your dog that can be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet.

Can Dogs Eat Rice Pasta?

 Many people are now feeding their dogs a grain-free diet, but is this really the best option for your furry friend? Some experts say that grain-free diets are actually not that healthy for dogs, and that rice pasta is a much better option.

 Rice pasta is a great source of complex carbohydrates and fiber, both of which are essential for a healthy digestive system.

The biggest benefit of feeding your dog rice pasta is that it is very easy to digest. This is especially important for dogs with sensitive stomachs or those that are prone to gastrointestinal issues.

So, if you’re looking for a healthy and affordable option for your dog’s diet, rice pasta is a great choice!













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How To Choose The Vet For Your Pet? Choosing a veterinarian is among the most important decisions you will make for your pet. Veterinarians are extremely important for the pet’s health, but also for its proper growth and development while the pet is still at its youngest age. These “pet doctors” successfully diagnose and solve the health problems of our furry friends, even […]

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Mars Petcare appoints new North American regional president for pet nutrition business Mars Petcare, a global leader in veterinary health, pet nutrition, innovation and technology, announced Alanna McDonald as the regional president for its Mars Pet Nutrition division in North America. 

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Why Grain&Free Food is a Great Choice for Dogs and Cats To feed grain-free, or grain-inclusive? In the past few years, there has been much confusion about what type of food is best for our furry friends. The FDA investigation into dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and certain grain-free dog food in July of 2018 brought even more concern among pet parents. As further research has come out, this correlation has been disproven and the FDA has not identified a link. What the FDA has found is that the high level of legumes, peas, and plant protein found in low quality pet foods has been one of the leading causes of DCM and other health issues in dogs - not grain-free food itself.

The reality is, pet food should be full of only necessary, beneficial ingredients. Grain-inclusive pet foods inherently include unnecessary ingredients, like rice, wheat, and corn. These ingredients provide no nutritional benefits for pets, and in some cases can be digestive irritants and cause food allergies. That’s why grain-free dog food and cat food are an ideal choice for pets: they're free from these filler ingredients.

Although it’s a great way to feed, not all grain-free recipes are created equal. It’s important to opt for a high quality, grain-free food. But how do you know if your grain-free pet food is up to par?

Here are a few key things to look out for:

  1. Real Meat is the Main Ingredient: Dogs and cats are carnivores that naturally thrive on a high protein diet. When selecting a grain-free dog food or cat food, always make sure real meat is the first ingredient. Real meat contains the essential amino acids that dogs and cats need to thrive.  Many low-quality grain-free pet foods will be full of potatoes, starches, and other filler ingredients that are unnecessary. This can cause health problems, so it’s important to do your research and understand all of the ingredients in your pet’s food, whether it’s grain-free or not.
  2. No Low Quality Ingredients: As previously mentioned, pet foods with filler ingredients should be avoided. But there are also several ingredients that, although high in protein, can be digestive irritants for your dog or cat. This includes meat and bone meal, soy, plant protein, and carrageenan. These ingredients are lower quality, highly processed, and can cause health problems in your pet. To learn more, check out our blog, here. Always opt for a recipe that is free from these common ingredients - your pet will thank you.
  3. Minimally Processed: Your grain-free cat food or dog food should use natural ingredients and be formulated to retain all of its nutrients during cooking. What does this mean? Traditionally, dry dog food (i.e. kibble) is cooked multiple times at high heat, which can destroy the nutrients and flavor of the ingredients. That’s why a minimal ingredient wet food will always be a great option for your pet - it’s cooked naturally and retains the highest nutritional value. 
  4. High in Protein: A dog and cat’s diet should always consist of mostly protein. But many pet food manufacturers unfortunately incorporate much more carbohydrates in their recipes than protein, as it keeps costs low. This is biologically inappropriate for pets, and can make them prone to weight gain and obesity. When choosing the best grain-free pet food, make sure that the protein content is high. Meat should always be the main ingredient in your dog food or cat food.
  5. Moisture-Rich: Traditional kibble lacks moisture, and can actually be dehydrating for your pet. Many pets, cats especially, do not get enough hydration from water alone - that’s why wet food is so beneficial. It matches the moisture content of their ancestor’s natural diet, and helps their bodies function well. Poor hydration is associated with symptoms such as diarrhea and lethargy in the short term, and conditions like diabetes and kidney dysfunction in the long term. Feeding grain-free, wet food (in combination with daily access to water) ensures your pet is hydrated and thriving. 

A high quality, grain free pet food will always be a great choice for our furry friends. But make sure the recipe you choose meets all of the criteria above. 

It can be daunting to find the right recipe for your pet - that’s why we made KOHA Limited Ingredient Diet Recipes for dogs and cats. These grain-free entrées contain 90-96% meat, are moisture-rich, and are always filler-free and minimally processed. We offer several single meat options (including novel proteins) that your pet will love. 


If you’re concerned about your dog or cat’s diet, please schedule a visit with a trusted veterinarian. This text cannot and should not replace advice from a licensed veterinarian. This blog is for educational purposes only.

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JBS, World’s Largest Pet Food Ingredient Supplier, Caught Using Child Labor Read more ]]> Thu, 17 Nov 2022 02:38:15 -0800 Dog-Fancier How Do I Know if My Dog is Dying from Diabetes? Diabetes is no doubt a very dangerous disease in canines if it is not treated properly. it can be complicated and even become the reason for death. As it is a serious disease you need to take care of your dog in a diabetic situation.

What are the last stages of diabetes in dogs?

As time passes with this dangerous disease your dog will become feebler, they look like lazy animals. His eating routine become more dull 

  • Loss of appetite
  • Regular Vomiting
  • Breathing issue
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach Upset 
  • Kidney issue
  • High blood sugar level

Above mentioned all symptoms are common in diabetic dogs. In some dogs, excessive protein in urine can block the flow of the urination process. This action may cause kidney failure.

Due to the weak renal system dog have a chance to impact by other diseases like bladder stones, skin issues, and even cancer.

If you find any final stage on your dog must keep an eye on your pup because these conditions are life-threatening and need some urgent treatment or veterinary checkup.

What is Diabetic Ketoacidosis? (End Stage of Diabetes)              

Diabetic ketoacidosis, or DKA, is the last dangerous stage of this disease when the dog’s body feels not respond to the insulin. There are some chemicals developed inside the dog’s body that resist insulin.

Insulin is a hormone to convert glucose into energy. A lack of insulin means the dog’s body can’t get enough energy to survive. When insulin is not utilized properly body release some extra fats which are called ketone bodies. They are accumulated in different layers of the body.


DKA usually happens when there is an illness or stress that causes your body to produce more hormones like cortisol. This can happen when you have an infection, are pregnant, or have a heart attack. DKA can also happen if you miss doses of insulin or take too much insulin. You can test your dog’s ketone levels with a urine test or a blood test.

What happens if the dog misses an insulin dose?


If the dog misses an insulin shot, the dog’s blood sugar levels will rise. This can cause the dog to become lethargic, have seizures, and eventually die.

How long after starting insulin will my dog feel better?

If your dog diagnosed with diabetes, you may be wondering how long it will take for them to start feeling better after starting insulin. The answer to this question depends on a number of factors.

Including the severity of your dog’s diabetes and how well they respond to insulin therapy. Most dogs with diabetes will need to be started on insulin therapy right away.

When your dog’s pancreas is not able to produce enough insulin on its own, its blood sugar levels can become dangerously high. Starting insulin therapy will help to bring your dog’s blood sugar levels back into the normal range.

 In most cases, you will start to see an improvement in your dog’s energy levels and overall condition within a few days of starting insulin therapy. If your dog is very sick when they are first diagnosed with diabetes, it may take a bit longer for them to start feeling better.

The vet can help you to better understand how insulin therapy will affect your dog and what you can expect in terms of their treatment.

How Long do Dogs Live after Being Diagnosed with Diabetes?

While the life expectancy of a dog with diabetes is typically shorter than that of a healthy dog. Early diagnosis and treatment can help to improve their quality of life and extend their life expectancy.

Bottom Line

While there is no cure for diabetes, early diagnosis and treatment can help to improve the quality of life for dogs with the disease and extend their life expectancy. Dogs with diabetes typically require insulin therapy to control their blood sugar levels and may need to be monitored closely by a veterinarian.


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Untraining Your Pet: No More Jumping on People Tue, 15 Nov 2022 08:08:27 -0800 Dog-Fancier Holiday Season Is Approaching! Here’s How to Prepare Your Pup for The Festivities Believe it or not, the holiday season is fast approaching! Between family events, parties, out-of-town travel, and anything in between, this time of year can be overwhelming for our four-legged friends. To avoid unnecessary stress, you’ll want to prepare your dog for the holidays before the season is in full swing.

Give them some pampering

Before the festivities begin, why not treat your pup to a day of pampering? Start by choosing a low-scent or scent-free shampoo designed specifically for dogs or cats, such as the one by Burt’s Bees, and grab your water-safe brushes to help remove excess hair. To keep your pup distracted while you give them a good scrubbing, it can be helpful to spread some of their favorite Freshpet rolls on a lick mat, like the one by Lickimat. If this is the first time you’ve given your dog a bath, check out these tips for grooming your dog at home.

Get used to being around smaller family members

If you don’t usually have children around the house, get familiar with the process of introducing them so that your dog is prepared for the holidays. When introducing your dog to children and babies, you’ll want to follow these steps:

  • During the first introduction, keep your dog secured with a leash
  • Allow them to initiate the approach at their own pace
  • Give them lots of praise and keep a good supply of Freshpet treats on hand to help them develop a positive association with children
  • Repeat this process a few times until everyone seems comfortable around each other
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Of course, even after proper introductions, it’s important that children and dogs are always supervised when they’re together. For more tips, take a look at our guide for introducing your dog to babies.

Practice your basic commands

Another way to prepare your dog for the holidays is to brush up on their basic commands. Knowing that your dog will respond to key commands such as “off”, “leave it”, “stay”, “go to your bed”, and “come” will give you peace of mind when the holiday season is in full swing. Especially if your dog joins for any parties, there’s a lot of things they could get into and having your dog respond consistently to these commands can help you prevent problems before they occur.

Do your best to stick to a routine

While days during the holiday season are often much different for you, try and minimize the changes that your dog experiences. Dogs thrive when their days follow a predictable routine, so whenever possible stick to their regular daily schedule during the holidays – especially if they will be traveling with you. This includes:

  • Feeding them at their regular times
  • Taking them for walks at their regular times
  • Making sure that they can sleep in their normal bed
  • Ensuring they have access to their favorite toys and other comforts from home

If parts of your dog’s routine have to change, do your best to prepare your dog for this before the holidays. For instance, if you’re traveling somewhere with a time change which will impact when your dog is fed, start to slowly shift their schedule ahead of the holidays.

Mother in a gray sweater. Family with christmas gifts. People near fireplace. Family with dog.

Find a trusted dog sitter

Despite your best efforts to prepare your dog for the holidays, sometimes they still won’t be comfortable being involved in all of the festivities. If this is the case, it’s best for everyone involved if they stay with a dog sitter temporarily. While it can be hard to celebrate the holidays without your pup, knowing that they’re being cared for by a pet sitter you trust can make a big difference. When conducting your search, ask prospective sitters the following questions:

  • Do they provide client references?
  • Do they make you fill in a detailed intake form?
  • Do they want to meet your dog before the official sitting period?

Asking questions like this will help you find and choose a sitter that has your dog’s best interests at heart. For a full list of questions to ask, take a look at our checklist for what makes a great dog sitter.

Taking the extra time to prepare your dog for the holidays will help ensure that everyone is able to enjoy a stress-free festive season.

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Idaho Pet Stores, Dog Parks, Grooming, And More Moving to a new state can be hard extra hard for pet owners.

If you're moving to Idaho, we've made the best guide with the best Idaho pet stores, dog parks, pet groomers, and more.

In this blog, we'll tackle everything about pet essentials in Idaho. So if you're planning to move or travel here, we got you!

Dog owners may encounter significant hassle while moving to a new place or going on a vacation.

And if you're worried about this transition for your pet, we're here to help you out.

In this blog, we'll tackle everything about Idaho's pet situation—from the best pet stores to the best veterinary clinics.

As dog owners, we all want nothing but the best for our dogs.

It's our instinct that we're trying our best to give them high-quality products that they can enjoy.

Unfortunately, when it comes to relocating, all the pet groomers and vets that you trust are now long far gone and now, you'll be needing a new contact for any emergencies.

That's why we've compiled every bit of dog essentials you'll need to make your transition as smooth as possible.

If you're looking for dog food, dog crates, new toys, or maybe adopting a new pup along the way, you'll find all of them below!

Scroll down and let's get things started with the best pet stores in Idaho.

Best Pet Stores in Idaho

Are you out of dog food? Or maybe you need a new crate perhaps?

Or do you want to buy a dog toy souvenir while you're here?

Well, here are the best pet stores in Alabama. Also, these lists are not in a particular order.

Molly’s Healthy Pet Food Market

Location: 817 W Idaho St, Boise, ID 83702, United States

Contact Number: 208-336-9618

Store Hours: Mon-Fri 10 AM to 7 PM
Saturday 9 AM to 6 PM
Sunday 12 PM to 5 PM

Owned by Katie and Brian, Molly's Health Pet Food Market has been a go-to pet store for pet owners in the Boise area.

If you're looking for healthy and nutritious pet foods, you can't go wrong with this one.

They can also hook you up with toys and clothes for your pet.

And another thing that's unique about this place and makes them top on our Idaho pet stores list is that they offer dog tea, beer, and wine.

Bark n’ Purr

Location: 1036 S VISTA AVE, BOISE, ID 83705

Contact Number: (208) 345-8886


Store Hours: Mon 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tue 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Similarly to Molly's Health Pet Food Market, Bark n Purr is one of the best pet stores in Boise, Idaho.

If you're relocating to the area, make sure to check out this pet shop for all your dog food, pet accessories, and more!

Moreover, they also offer nutritional counseling, self-service dog wash, baked goods for dogs, and pick-up services.

Northwest Pets

Location: 3060 E. State Street Eagle, ID 83616

Contact Number: (208) 939-8119

Store Hours: Monday:10:00 – 07:00
Tuesday:10:00 – 07:00
Wednesday:10:00 – 07:00
Thursday:10:00 – 07:00
Friday:10:00 – 07:00
Saturday:10:00 – 07:00
Sunday:10:00 – 05:00

Third, on our list of the best Idaho pet stores is Northwest Pets. This store has three locations throughout Idaho.

There's one in Overland, one in Meridian, and one in Eagle, Idaho.

Their offer mainly accessories, toys, equipment, and food for dogs and cats.

Northwest pets also provide pet education workshops and vaccination clinics at all of its locations.

Also, the Eagle and Boise location offer high-quality dog wash if ever your dogs need cleaning.

Pets Are People Too

Location: 428 TROY RD, MOSCOW, ID, 83843, US

Contact Number: (208) 883-0690

One of the veterans when it comes to Idaho pet stores is the Pets are People Too pet store.

This pet shop has been helping pet owners with pet essentials for over 30 years.

If you're moving to Moscow, Idaho, you can contact or visit this store for high-quality pet products like toys, treats, terrariums, water pumps, and other dog supplements.


Location: 3115 N Government Way,
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815

Contact Number: (208) 664-4364


BUSINESS HOURS: Mon to Sat 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The last on our best Idaho pet stores list is from Coeur d'Alene. GoodDog pet store is great for shopping all things related to dogs and cats.

This store focuses on holistic treatments and all-natural ingredients.

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Best Dog Rescues in Idaho

Furthermore, if you’re from Idaho and you don't own a pet, we can still help you.

Below, we’ve compiled a short compilation of the best dog rescues or organizations where you can adopt and save a dog.

Always remember that it's better to adopt than to shop when it comes to pets.

Visit these shelters and dog rescue organizations to find your new best friend.

Snake River Animal Shelter

Location: 3000 LINDSAY BLVD IDAHO FALLS, ID 83402

Contact Number: 208-523-4219

Hours of Operation: Monday: 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday-Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: CLOSED

First on the list is the Snake River Animal Shelter.

Based in Idaho Falls, this non-profit organization’s main goal is to rescue animals and provide shelter until they find their forever homes. 

Also, they offer educational opportunities and events about the humane treatment of animals and methods of reducing pet overpopulation. 

You can check out their available pets here

Meridian Canine Rescue

Location: 501 E Scenery Ln, Ste 100

Meridian, ID 83642

Contact Number: 208-794-0944


On the other hand, if you’re relocating to Meridian, Idaho, you can visit Meridian Canine Rescue.

This rescue is not only great for rescuing abandoned dogs, but they are very vocal on public education for reducing the number of dogs that end up in shelters. 

Once a dog is rescued, they are given medical care (if necessary), undergoes temperament evaluation, and is cared for until it found its true home. 

You can check out their adoptable dogs here

Idaho Humane Society 

Adoptions, Education, and Veterinary Hospital Location: 1300 S Bird Street, Boise, Idaho 83709

Animal Care Location: 4775 Dorman Street, Boise, Idaho 83705

Contact Number: (208) 342-3508

Hours of Operation: Mondays: Closed

Tuesdays-Saturdays: 11 am – 7 pm

Sundays: 11 am – 5 pm

Moreover, one of the biggest rescue groups in Idaho is the Idaho Humane Society.

It is a non-profit organization and veterinary charity that helps the community rescue and re-home animals all over Idaho. 

If you’re looking to adopt a new friend, you can check out their adoptable pets here. Or if you’re looking to donate, you can check this link here

Take Me Home Dog Rescue

Location: 141 N PALMETTO AVE, UNIT 2143 | EAGLE, ID 83616-8086

Contact Number: (208)866 2402

If you’re relocating to Boise, Idaho, you can contact Take Me Home Dog Rescue.

Take Me Home Dog Rescue is a non-profit organization that rescues dogs from high-kill and overcrowded animal shelters. 

These rescued dogs are now taken care of until they find their suitable homes.

This organization educates the community on the importance of spay and neuter programs to lessen the number of unwanted pets. 

You can check out their adoptable dogs here

Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary

Location: 2948 N Hwy 93 Challis, Idaho

Contact Number: 208-879-6500


Hours of Operations: Monday to Friday 10 AM – 4 PM

Saturday 10 AM – 3 PM

Sunday Closed 

Lastly, if you’re relocating to Challis, Idaho, you can check out the Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary when it comes to adopting pets.

They are a non-profit organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and re-home abandoned pets.

They also promote animal welfare, and responsible pet ownership, and give the community education and advocacy programs that push further their goals. 

Moreover, you can check out their available dogs here.

Dogs hiking in the Boise foothills Idaho

Best Dog Parks in Idaho

If you're new to the state of Idaho, it'll be hard to choose the right dog park for your pup.

As dog parents, we all want what's best for our dogs.

Choosing a safe and fun dog park is important in making sure your pup gets the socialization and exercise they need.

And without further ado, here's a list of the best dog parks in Idaho:

Amity Dog Park

Location: 2nd Street S and E Amity Avenue NAMPA, ID 83686

Park Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Opened in 2009, Amity Dog Park has been providing a safe place for dogs of all sizes to play, exercise, and socialize.

They offer a separate area for large and small or older dogs so you don’t have to worry about that.

Nampa’s Amity Dog Park also has benches for dog owners, drinking fountains, a swimming pond for dogs, and walking trails. 

Central Bark Dog Park

Location: 3889 W Nez Perce Rd, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815, United States

Contact Number: 208-769-2252

If you’re moving to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, you and your dog can visit Central Bark Dog Park which opens at 5 AM.

Central Bark Dog Park is a 1.8-acre park where you and your dog can enjoy some quality time and exercise.

Centennial Dog Park

Location: Centennial Way, Caldwell, ID 83605, United States

Opened in 2016, the Centennial Dog Park has been a great place to walk your dog for pet owners in the Caldwell area.

This fenced-in dog park offers benches, trails, and picnic tables so that dog owners can also relax while their dog has their much-needed exercise and socialization. 

Also, this dog park has poop bag stations, but it’s much better to bring one just in case they’re out. 

Baxter Park Dog Park

Location: 240 Shoup Ave W, Twin Falls, ID 83301, United States

If you’re from Twin Falls, Idaho and you’re looking for a place to relax with your dog, you can visit Baxter Park, Dog Park.

This off-leash dog park has also a separate fenced area for small dogs.

Storey Bark Park

Location: 430 E Watertower Ln, Meridian, ID, United States, Idaho

Contact Number: 208-888-3579

Last on our best dog parks in Idaho list is the Storey Bark Park in Meridian, Idaho.

This off-leash dog park is one of the best dog parks in not only Meridian but in the whole of Idaho state.

This 2.25-acre dog park offers a lot of amenities like shaded shelters, agility equipment, tables and benches, separate areas for large and small dogs, and more!

This park is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

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Best Pet Groomers in Idaho

Dog grooming is one of the most important parts of owning a dog.

It can not only help maintain your dog's cleanliness and aesthetics but dog it can also lower the risks of other potential health problems.

With that being said, if you're new to Idaho, you can visit some of the best pet groomers below:

Peaches' Parlor

Location: 1585 Hollipark Dr, Idaho Falls, ID 83401, United States

Contact Number: 208-529-5075

First on our list of the best pet groomers in Idaho is Peaches' Parlor Grooming.

This establishment has been making Idaho Falls pets clean and suave for over 30 years!

What's unique about this parlor is that instead of hot cage dryers, they use cool cabinet dryers and hand dryers which were made to eliminate more shed fur than other dryers.

Spot On Dog Grooming

Location: 10451 W Woodhaven Ct, Boise, ID 83704, USA

Contact Number: 208-323-9095

Business Hours: Tues-Sat, 9 AM – 6 PM by appointment only

Are you moving near West Woodhaven Court? If you are, we recommend Spot on Dog Grooming for all your grooming needs.

They offer full-groom and full-bath services.

What's good about their full bath is that this already includes services like ear cleaning and nail clipping.

Dirty Paws

Location: 1704 S Five Mile Rd, Boise

Contact Number: (208) 672-9274

Location: 602 E Boise Ave, Boise

Contact Number: (208) 343-9274

Moreover, Dirty Paws has two branches in Boise City, Idaho. There's one on Five Mile Rd and another on Boise Ave.

Dirty Paws allows you to choose between a self-service dog wash or a professional grooming service.

If ever you choose a self-service wash, you'll be able to use their specialized tubs and necessary bathing supplies.

Classic Cuts Pet Grooming

Location: 178 E. Maine Ave Nampa

Contact Number: 208-505-7442

Business Hours: Tuesday to Friday 9 AM – 5 PM

Saturday 9 AM – 6 PM

Established in 2013, Classic Cuts Pet Grooming has been helping dog owners in the Nampa area.

They offer shampoo, baths, haircuts, nail trimming, ear cleaning, anal gland expressing, and many more.

The Royal S’Paw Dog Grooming

Location: The Royal S'paw
2100 E Fairview Ave
Meridian, ID 83642

Contact Number: (208) 898-1300

Business Hours: Mon – Fri 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sat – SunClosed
By Appointment Only

If you're new to Meridian, Idaho, you can check out The Royal S'Paw Dog Grooming at E Fairview Ave.

You can't go wrong with choosing this one because all of the essential pet grooming tools and equipment is available there.

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Puppy Training in Idaho

Dog owners should know training and exercise are essential. Because without proper training, your dog can develop some behavioral problems in the future.

When it comes to choosing the right dog trainer, you'll need to pick someone that you can fully trust and who can help you achieve the best results for your dog.

This could be a bit of a hassle if you're in a new area as you're a bit unfamiliar with the place.

Tip Top K9

Boise Contact Number: (208) 437-8360

Meridian Contact Number: (208) 308-8778

First on our list is one of the most popular dog trainers in Idaho, Tip Top K9.

If you're moving to Boise or Meridian, you can contact them for all your dog training inquiries.

They offer puppy training, basic obedience, potty training, and more.

Positive Pets Dog Training

Boise Location:6675 S Eisenman Rd
Suite 140
Boise, ID 83716

Meridian Location: 2374 E Cinema Dr
Suite 100
Meridian, ID 83642

Contact Number: (208) 888-0708

Business Hours: Monday: closed
Tues – Sat: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: Closed


Just like the Tip Top K9, if you're relocating to Boise or Meridian, you can't go wrong with trusting Positive Pets Dog Training.

They offer plenty of training services like Stay & Train, Day Train, Private Training, Puppy Pre-School, Basic Obedience, and more.

Save The Mailmen

Contact Number: (208) 996-3501

If you're from Eagle, Nampa, Meridian, or Boise, Idaho, you can contact Save The Mailmen for your dog training needs and pet-sitting needs.

They offer dog training for dogs of all ages, sizes, and breeds.

If you're planning a trip without your pet, Save The Mailmen also offers pet sitting so you don't have to stress out on your vacation.

Scotch Pines Dog Training

Contact Number: 208-484 5284 / 907-290-5648

Started in 1993, Scotch Pines Dog Training was owned by Will and Vivian Stoppel.

Now, it's being managed by their daughter April Stoppel Jantz.

If you're moving to the Twin Falls, Burley, Hailey, or Ketchum area, you can contact Scotch Pines Dog Training for dog training expertise.

If you're still unsure about picking them, their trainers receive support from local vets, law enforcement officials, and humane societies of the Treasure Valley.

Clever Paws Dog Training

Location: 7487 West Settlers Avenue, Boise, Idaho 83704, United States

Contact Number: (208) 340-6674

Last on our list is Clever Paws Dog Training in Boise, Idaho.

Enrolling your pup in them means that they'll be handled by certified trainers that use science-based training methods to help your pup.

They also offer special training like snake avoidance, canine good citizen classes, rally, and agility courses.

Idaho Animal Hospital

Best Veterinarians and Animal Hospital in Idaho

Unfortunately, there are times when our pets get sick too. And if you're new to Idaho, it will be hard for you to find someone you can trust your pup's health with.

Below, we've collected a list of the best vets and animal hospitals in Idaho.

Idaho Veterinary Hospital

Location: 1420 N Midland Blvd, Nampa, ID 83651

Contact Number: (208) 466-4614

There comes a time that our dog might feel a little bit ill. And when that time comes, pet owners should always have an emergency animal hospital or vet contact.

In Idaho Veterinary Hospital, they offer Exotic Animal Medicine, Senior Health, Dental Care, Vaccines, and more. You can schedule an appointment here.

Meridian Veterinary Hospital

Location: 421 W. Franklin Road
Meridian, Idaho 83642


Contact Number: (208) 888-3444

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday: 7:00 am-6:00 pm
Saturday: Closed Temporarily
Sunday: Closed

If you're moving to Meridian, Idaho and you need assistance, you can check out Meridian Veterinary Hospital on Franklin Road.

With over 75 years of combined experience, this animal hospital has been providing help for pets all over Meridian, Caldwell, Nampa, and Boise, Idaho.

They offer general wellness exams, dental care, vaccines, ultrasound services, soft tissue surgery, X-Ray, and many more!

River City Veterinary Hospital

Location: 2250 W Everest Ln,
Meridian, ID 83646

Contact Number: 208-888-7300

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 7:00 AM -6:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

Furthermore, another great animal hospital in Meridian is the River City Veterinary Hospital.

This hospital offers wellness plans, preventative care, dental care, nutritional consultation, behavior, bathing, and surgery.

Countryside Veterinary Hospital

Location: 3120 S Woodruff Ave
Idaho Falls, ID 83404

Contact Number: 208-522-8010


Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 7:30 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
​Sunday: Closed

If you're relocating to Idaho Falls, you should check out Countryside Veterinary Hospital.

This hospital offers Acupuncture, Boarding, Cancer Treatment, Dental Care, In-House Diagnostics, Laser Surgery, Microchipping, Orthopedic Surgery, Soft Tissue surgery, and more.

They also have an online pharmacy that helps make your life way easier.

Eagle Animal Clinic

Location: 344 W. State St., Eagle, ID, 83616

Contact Number: (208) 938-3383

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Last on our list is the Eagle Animal Clinic.

If you're from Eagle, Idaho, rest assured that this clinic is available to cater to any medical attention your pet needs.

They offer General Wellness like Diet & Nutrition, Dental Care, and Parasite Control.

If you're looking for diagnostic services like Radiography, they got you covered.

Moreover, they also offer special health services, travel certificate services, and end-of-life care.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Idaho a dog-friendly state?

The answer is a big, fat yes! Idaho loves dogs. A lot of their cities are dog-friendly with hiking trails, restaurants, and hotels.

Dogs can have the time of their lives when the spring and summer season kicks in.

They have a lot of exciting events for dogs and dog owners to enjoy.

What pets can you own in Idaho?

There are plenty of pets you can choose from when you're from Idaho. Here's a quick list of a few of these pets:

Birds – Parakeets, Parrots, Canaries, Pet Chickens (Up to 3 pet hens are allowed)

Mammals – Dogs, Cats, Domestic mice and rats, Gerbils, Guinea pigs, Hedgehogs, Ferrets, Squirrels, and Hamsters.

Can you bury your pet in your yard in Idaho?

According to IDAPA 02.04.17 “Rules Governing Dead Animal Movement and Disposal,” all dead livestock, and any parts or pieces of such animals, must be properly disposed of within 72 hours after knowledge of death.

Choosing a burial ground will require approval from ISDA. The requirements are:

  • Depth of at least 3 feet;
  • At least 300 feet from wells, surface water intake structures, and drinking water supply lakes or springs;
  • At least 300 feet from any residences;
  • At least 50 feet from property lines;
  • At least 100 feet from public roadways;
  • At least 200 feet from any body of surface water (lake, river, stream, pond, etc.); and
  • Not located in a low-lying area that may flood or in areas with a high water table where seasonal high water may contact the burial pit.

Idaho dog swimming

Idaho Pet Stores, Dog Parks, Grooming, And More: Summary

If you're new to Idaho or you're from Idaho, we've compiled the best pet necessities for you.

We've gathered everything from the best Idaho pet stores to vets and animal hospitals.

When you're unfamiliar with your new environment, you need to know where to find the best place to buy dog food or find dog parks where they can roam around freely and safely.

This should be one less thing to worry about when you're in Idaho.

This blog can be your guide whenever you are wandering through the streets of Idaho with your dog.

Relocating to another state means you'll need to know where the best vets, groomers, and trainers are out there.

The good thing with our comprehensive list of the best Idaho pet stores, you'll have the best pet essential areas that you need.


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Toss Your Dog’s Bowl | DIY Raised, Flat Dog Dish (Steps) So, this isn't really DIY, but it's as close to DIY as I can get outside of making dog food and treats. I made flat dog dishes for my dogs. In 2022, I saw many people using the MINE Pet Platters. I purchased four platters for my dogs and was inspired to introduce them to […]

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Badlands Ranch Superfood Complete Dog Food Review – 5 Things We Love Recently I stumbled across the Badlands Ranch Superfood Complete dog food, and I must say, my three dogs absolutely love this food! In this article, find out the 5 things we love about this dog food.

About Badlands Ranch

Badlands Ranch is a brand founded by actress Katherine Heigl. Badlands Ranch Superfood Complete is a premium dog food product that provides high-quality nutrition to ensure optimum health.

Badlands Ranch Superfood Complete dog food

The brand is named after Heigl’s family ranch in Utah, where her family shared their love of rescuing animals. Heigl has seen firsthand how impactful proper nutrition is for dogs of all ages.

Badlands Ranch has partnered with Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, an amazing dog and cat charity that raises money to end animal cruelty. The Badlands Ranch brand truly understands what is most important to every dog lover: keeping them healthy and happy.

Nutrition & Ingredients

Superfood complete ingredients

This dog food is artfully crafted to provide the very best nutritional benefits, with premium proteins and vital vitamins.

We tend to think that dogs should not eat human food and should stick to their bland, boring kibbles. Well, Badlands Ranch will make you think again.

There are plenty of “people foods” that are great for dogs. Badlands Ranch realized through research what a healthy and diverse doggy diet should include. They innovatively added turmeric, lion’s mane mushrooms, flax seed, and more to the Superfood Complete recipe.

Along with high-quality beef, omega-packed salmon, and gut-healthy fruits and vegetables. Below are some of the health benefits that these ingredients provide.

  • Skin & Coat
    • Flax seed can help support a shiny coat and healthy skin.
  • Heart & Muscles
    • Protein-rich beef supports muscles to help your dog stay healthy, lean, and happy.
  • Immunity Support
    • Multiple antioxidants are included to support your dog’s immune system and keep them healthy year-round.
  • Vision
    • Beta carotene from sweet potatoes supports clear eyes and healthy vision in older dogs.
  • Organ Health
    • Beef liver and beef heart are nutrient-rich and can help support your dog’s organ health.
  • Digestion
    • Prebiotics from powerful Lion’s Mane mushrooms can help support a healthy gut.

5 Things We Love

Kashi with Superfood Complete
My dog Kashi excited to try his new dog food
  1. This dog food is crafted with ingredients that have been researched and proven to improve a dog’s skin, coat, digestion, immune function, and energy.
  2. I love the versatility of Superfood Complete. It can be served in two different ways. Either completely dry, or if your dog prefers wet food, you can rehydrate the morsels with warm water.
  3. All food sourced is from suppliers who ensure the humane treatment of animals.
  4. The food is freeze-dried, keeping all the nutritional benefits without the need for refrigeration or preservatives.
  5. Dogs love it! My three dogs can’t wait to chow down on Superfood Complete, turning dinner time into treat time.

How to Serve Superfood Complete

Check the bag for the correct serving size based on your dog’s weight (Superfood Complete is dense, so a little goes a long way).

You can also mix it in with your old food 50/50 to enhance the dog food. You can serve dry or with warm water to make wet dog food.

Our dogs enjoy dry food, so we did not mix it with water. We also chose to slowly transition to Superfood Complete using the recommended schedule from Badlands Ranch shown below.

Superfood complete transition chart

How to Purchase Badlands Ranch Superfood Complete

You can purchase the Badlands Ranch Superfood Complete as a monthly subscription or as a one-time purchase. You get the best bang for your buck if you subscribe monthly or purchase a multi-pack.

Badlands Ranch offers free shipping on all US orders and a 90-day money-back guarantee.

Badlands Ranch Superfood Complete

Use the button above to get a special discount on Superfood Complete. We chose to order three bags to receive additional savings.


Saying my three dogs loved the Badlands Ranch Superfood Complete dog food would be an understatement.

Our dogs waiting to eat Superfood Complete dog food

They have never been so excited to eat dog food before. It feels so refreshing to know my dogs enjoy what they are eating and that it is keeping them healthy.

I know firsthand how a delicious meal can bring so much joy, and I want that same enjoyment out of life for my dogs while still providing a natural whole diet.

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Feast 2017 – Portland’s Greatest Food Festival This post by Jason Price can be seen at The Hungry Dog Blog - Seattle's Finest Blog on Food, Farming, Chefs and Charcuterie by Jason Price

Feast Portland is a decadent food festival dedicated to Pacific Northwest chefs, purveyors and food lovers. If you don't have fun here you're a communist.

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Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinics CT 2021 Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinics In CT By Sarah's Pet Sitting Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinics In CT Spaying or neutering your pet provides a number of benefits, most important of which is that they will not produce more pets. However pet ownership and veterinary services can be very expensive [...]

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The Use of Supplements in Canine and Feline Veterinary Medicine 2012 A Fourth Year Nutrition Elective Assignment

 1 The Use of Supplements in Canine and Feline Medicine


A variety of supplements are available to feline and canine veterinary patients with professed health benefits for a number of disease conditions. In order to determine the type of supplement product available to cat and dog owners in both the veterinary and commercial markets, a brief survey of local veterinary practices and pet supply stores was conducted. A formal discussion of the supplements available for different disease conditions are included in articles pertaining to the individual disorder or supplement class written by the individual students.

Materials and Methods

A brief survey was developed and distributed to 22 veterinary clinics and seven local pet supply retailers in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The survey contained questions pertaining to the type of supplements or diets recommended for apparently healthy animals and animals with joint disease, skin and allergic diseases, gastrointestinal disease, liver disease, cardiac disease or urinary tract diseases, as well as the rationale for the recommendations. Additional questions investigated the most common supplements sold, the source(s) of information used to evaluate available supplements, where clients were directed in order to purchase supplements (i.e. veterinary clinic, pet store, or human pharmacy), and information regarding to use of alternative or naturopathic therapies within the clinic. When specific supplement formulations were recommended by a pet store or veterinary clinic, the ingredients and health claims pertaining to the supplement were obtained from the manufacturer’s label in order to determine the type of supplements contained within each product. The mean number of respondents recommending a given type of supplement was tabulated based independently on the survey results obtained from veterinary clinics and retail pet stores.


Although information regarding available supplements was provided by all of the pet supply retailers surveyed, inconsistent knowledge of available products or managerial intervention preventing disclosure of product recommendations made it difficult to evaluate the nature of supplement recommendations in the majority of the stores. As such, data pertaining to supplements in the retail pet supply market was limited to an analysis of the ingredients of different supplement formulations available in local pet stores relative to health claims made by the manufacturer.

Of the local veterinary clinics approached to complete the survey, only 41% (9/22) veterinary clinics responded. Only 78% of the veterinary clinics surveyed reported referring clients to human pharmacies or pet stores as alternate sources for pet supplements. The most common sources of information regarding the use of supplements in canine and feline patients were journal articles and product representatives, which were each used by 56% of the respondents from veterinary clinics, followed by veterinary conferences or continuing education (44%), non-peer reviewed veterinary literature (33%) and from senior clinicians or colleagues (22%). According to the responding veterinary clinics, the most common supplements purchased by clients, with or without a veterinarian’s recommendation were glucosamine (56%), chondroitin (44%) and omega fatty acids (44%). Over half of the respondents from local veterinary clinics reported recommending the use of supplements in apparently healthy animals, including glucosamine and chondroitin, omega fatty acids, cranberry, lysine and amino acid supplements. Alternative or naturopathic therapies including therapeutic laser treatments, acupuncture, chiropractic care and herbal medicine were used by 78% of the veterinary respondents.

Supplements for Joint Support and Mobility

In retail pet stores, 16 different supplements were available with alleged or perceived benefit for joint disease, as outlined in Table 1. According to evaluation of the ingredients contained in joint supplements available through retail pet stores, the most common ingredients encountered in supplements for joint disease available to the pet stores surveyed were glucosamine (81%), chondroitin (69%), methylsulfonylmethane or MSM (56%), and vitamin C (44%). Additional ingredients contained within commercially-available joint supplements with alleged therapeutic benefit include omega fatty acids (19%), hyaluronic acid (13%), vitamin E (13%), green lipped mussel (13%), Boswellia extract (13%), Grape seed extract (13%), yucca extract (13%), turmeric extract (6%), rosemary extract (6%), ginger extract (6%), miscellaneous herbs (6%) and cetyl myristoleate (6%).

2 The Use of Supplements in Cats and Dogs

Table 1. Supplement Formulations for Joint Support in Cats and Dogs Supplements Available through Retail Pet Stores


Manufacturer’s Claims and Ingredients

Advanced Cetyl M (Response Products)

Marketed benefits include joint support, and relief of pain and discomfort associated with athleticism. Contains cetyl myristoleate, glucosamine hydrochloride, garlic root, and ginger root extract.

BioJoint (Biologic Vet)

Supplement marketed for dogs with joint discomfort and reduced mobility. Contains Boswellia serrata extract, vitamin C, grapeseed proanthrocyanidins, chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine hydrochloride and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM).

Cosequin for Cats (Nutramax Laboratories)

Supplement marketed for joint support and bladder health. Contains glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulfate.

Cosequin DS (Nutramax Laboratories)

Supplement marketed for maintaining mobility. Contains glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulfate.

Flax Forward (Juka Organics)

Marketed for improved pet nutrition. Contains omega fatty acids, lignans, protein, minerals and fiber.

Glucosamine/Chondroitin (21st Century)

Supplement marketed for joint health and support. Contains glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid.

Glucosamine HCl (Ubavet)

·          Marketed as a preventative for all pets. Contains glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate, green lipped mussels, Yucca, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), vitamin C, vitamin E, and flax.

Hip & Joint Plus Paw Gel (Nutri-Vet)

·          Marketed to maintain healthy cartilage and joint function. Contains glucosamine, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), chondroitin sulfate, Yucca extract, and vitamin C.

Hip & Joint Level 2 Canine (Nutri-Vet)

Supplement marketed for support of joint function and connective tissue. Contains glucosamine hydrochloride (from shellfish), methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), and green-lipped mussel.

Hip & Joint Level 3 Canine (Nutri-Vet)

Supplement marketed for support of joint function and connective tissue in dogs with long-stranding joint problems. Contains glucosamine hydrochloride (from shellfish), chondroitin sulfate (from bovine trachea), methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid.

Hip & Joint (Pet Naturals)

Marketed benefits include mobility support, comfort and exercise tolerance. Contains glucosamine hydrochloride, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), chondroitin sulfate and vitamin C.

Joint Stress (Homeopet)

Marketed benefits include for relief of joint stiffness, lower back and joint pain, and muscle tension. Contains monkshood, leopard’s bane, pot marigold, witch hazel, St. John’s wart, chick pea and poison oak.

Liquid Joint Care (Spring Meadows)

Marketed benefits include joint lubrication, cartilage repair, anti-inflammatory and improved mobility. Contains glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate, bioflavinoids, and grape seed extract.

Stride Powder (TRM Pet Products)

Supplement marketed for the maintenance of cartilage and joint health. Contains glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) and vitamin E.

Muscle & Joint (Vet’s Best)

Supplement marketed for support of normal joint function and muscle discomfort during normal activity. Contains methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Boswellia extract, Turmeric extract, Yucca extract, Rosemary extract and a proprietary antioxidant blend.

Vita-Glo Hip & Joint Supplement (Halo)

Supplement marketed for the maintenance of hip, ligaments and joint health. Contains glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate, vitamin C, and flax seed meal.

 Table 2 Supplements Recommended by Local Veterinarians


Manufacturer’s Claims and Ingredients

Adequan (Novartis)*

Marketed as a veterinary product with demonstrated empirical efficacy for IM use in dogs with osteoarthritis. Contains polysulfated glycosaminoglycans.

Chondroflex (Sogeval)

Marketed for the support of healthy joint function and alleviation of pain associated with normal activity in cats and dogs. Contains glucosamine hydrochloride, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), chondroitin sulfate, vitamin C, and shavegrass.

Cosequin (NutraMax)

Marketed benefit for maintaining optimal joint function by supporting cartilage production and preventing cartilage breakdown. Contains glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulfate.

Dasuquin (NutraMax)

Supplement marketed for comprehensive joint health management. Contains glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate and avocado/soybean unsaponifables (ASU) powder.

Flexadin (Vetoquinol)

Marketed for the support of joint function in cats and dogs. Contains glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate and Harpagophytum procumbens (Devil’s Claw).

Liquid Plus (Ubavet)

Marketed as a fast-acting supplement suitable for all pets. Contains glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), green lipped mussels, bioflavinoids, Angelica pubescens, Rehmania glutinosa, Gentiana macrophylla, Acantopanax gracillustylus, and Piper futokadsura.

Omega-3 Pro (Pro Concepts Animal Health)

Manufacturer’s label not available. Contains omega fatty acids.

Hip Action (Zukes)

Supplement marketed to help prevent decrease joint pain and improve mobility. Contains glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate, flax seed and vitamin C.

* Despite its recommendation as a supplement, the manufacturer’s product label limits the use of this product to licensed veterinarians.

In patients with joint disease, 90% of responding veterinarians recommended the use of a veterinary diet formulated for joint support, including Royal Canin Mobility Support (56%), Hills J/D (56%) and Purina JM (33%). Nutritional supplements for feline and canine patients with joint disease were recommended by all of the veterinarians surveyed. Rationale for the inclusion specific supplements recommended by veterinarians included anti-inflammatory effects, evidence of benefits for joint health and the need to supplement deficiencies in the normal diet of veterinary patients. Specific formulations were outlined in recommendations from some of the veterinarians surveyed (Table 1). Flexadin (Vetoquinol), Adequan (Novartis), and Liquid Plus (Ubavet) were the most commonly recommended supplements for joint disease by veterinarian practitioners, however there was considerable variability in the specific product recommendations among clinics. The most common supplement ingredients recommended by veterinarians for feline and canine patients with joint disease were glucosamine hydrochloride (89%), chondroitin sulfate (78%) and omega fatty acids (56%). Methylsulfonylmethane or MSM (33%), polusulfated glycosaminoglycan (33%), devil’s claw (22%), miscellaneous herbal supplements (22%), vitamin C (11%), and ASU powder containing avocado and soybean unsaponafiables (11%) were also found in the supplements recommended through local veterinarians. Chondroflex, Dasuquin, Flexadin and OmegaPro-3 are veterinary exclusive products.

Supplements for Skin and Allergic Diseases

Supplements for skin and allergic diseases were available through 71% of the retail pet stores, with specific reference to dietary changes noted by 40% of the pet stores surveyed (Table 2). The majority of the products surveyed contained omega 3 (73%) and omega 6 (53%) fatty acids, derived from fish oil (47%), flax seed (20%), sunflower oil (27%), safflower oil (13%), soy (13%), olive oil (0.7%), wheatgerm oil (0.7%), and garlic oil (0.7%). Additional supplemental ingredients with suggested benefit for patients with skin disease or allergies included vitamin E (53%), vitamin A (27%), antioxidants such as rosemary extract (27%), vitamin D (20%), omega 9 (0.7%), vitamin B6 (0.7%), bioflavinoids (0.7%), zinc (0.7%) and mixed herbs (0.7%). The nutrient content of omega 3 (DHA/EPA) and omega 6 was not available for all of the formulations, making it difficult to determine whether the guaranteed analysis was sufficient to achieve potentially therapeutic levels of fatty acid supplementation and the recommended dose.

Supplements recommended by veterinary practitioners were based on the anti-inflammatory properties of the ingredients within the supplements. All of the veterinary practitioners surveyed recommended at least some form of supplementation in veterinary patients with skin disease or allergies. Based on recommendations and ingredients available from specific product references the most common supplements used by veterinarians in patients with skin disease are omega 3 fatty acids (100%) and omega 6 fatty acids (56%), as well as vitamin E, vitamin A, and vitamin D. The majority of specific supplement formulations recommended by veterinarians (Table 2) contained omega 3 fatty acids (67%), omega 6 fatty acids (33%) derived from fish oil (33%), flax seeds (17%) or other essential oils such as hemp, tea tree or primrose oil (33%). Vitamin E (50%), vitamin D (17%), vitamin A (17%) and antioxidants such as rosemary oil (17%) were also found in these supplements. One supplement, Oximunol (Avivagen) contained OxCbeta 5, a proprietary ingredient.

Several veterinary and commercial diets were recommended by veterinary practitioners for the treatment of allergic and skin disease. The most common recommendations with regard to diet were Royal Canin Hypoallergenic (89%), Royal Canin Hypoallergenic HP (44%), Royal Canin Skin Support (44%) and Royal Canin Sensitivity RC (22%). Additional dietary recommendations included Acana Lamb and Apple, Orijen 6 Fish, Purina Dermatologic Management (DRM), Iams Skin & Coat Plus Response FP, and Hills Prescription Diet Duck and Potato d/d. The most common ingredients were encountered in these diets were single protein sources (90%), omega 3 (80%) and 6 (40%) fatty acids from fish oil (80%), vegetable or soy oils (40%) and sunflower oil (10%), novel proteins (40%), hydrolyzed proteins (10%) and digestive aids (60%) such as prebiotics and probiotics. Additional ingredients suggested to improve skin condition or to alleviate allergies include pathothenic acid, inositol, nicotinamide, choline, histidine, curcumin, taurine, vitamin C, vitamin E, aloe vera extract, rosemary extract, marigold extract and various other herbal supplements.

Supplements for Liver Disease

None of the retail pet stores surveyed contained supplements with claimed benefits for patients with liver diseases. In contrast, 78% of the veterinary clinics surveyed had specific supplement recommendations with regard to patients with liver disease including s-adenosylmethionine or SAMe (56%), milk thistle (44%), and vitamin E (22%). With regard to s-adenosylmethionine, specific reference was made to commercially available products including Zentonil (Vetoquinol) and Denosyl (Nutramax Labs). More than half (56%) of the veterinarians surveyed also recommended the use of a liver-specific diet including Royal Canin Hepatic (44%) with soy protein and restricted dietary copper, sodium and zinc, and Hills Prescription Diet Liver Health L/D (11%) containing L-carnitine, antioxidants and reduced sodium.

Supplements for Gastrointestinal Disease

Supplements for gastrointestinal disorders in dogs and cats were available through 89% of the retail pet stores surveyed. Commercially available gastrointestinal supplements available through retail pet stores are summarized in Table 3. The most common supplement ingredients contained in formulations available through retail pet stores included dietary fiber sources (46%), probiotics (38%) and prebiotics (38%). Additional ingredients included probiotic fermentation products or digestive enzymes (15%), slippery elm (15%), colostrum (15%), miscellaneous herbal supplements (15%), ginger root (8%) and omega fatty acids (8%). In addition to supplements, 43% of the retail pet stores surveyed also recommended dietary changes or specific diets for patients with gastrointestinal disease.

Of the veterinary practioners surveyed, 89% recommended at least one supplement for use in patients with gastrointestinal disease and 78% of practitioners recommended a specific dietary formulation. Rationale for supplement recommendations included anti-inflammatory properties of the supplement, restoration or augmentation of normal gastrointestinal microbiotia and vitamin supplementation. The most common supplement ingredients included probiotics (67%), prebiotics (56%), vitamin B12 (22%), dietary fiber (22%) and omega fatty acids (11%). Specific formulations recommended by veterinary practitioners included Purina FortiFlora (44%), Iams Prostora Max (22%), Vetoquinol Progut (22%), Aventix Florentero (22%) and Metamucil (11%). Within these supplements, the most common ingredients with supposed benefit for patients with gastrointestinal disease included probiotics (60%), prebiotics (40%), and psyllium fiber (20%). Specific diet recommendations included Royal Canin Gastro, Royal Canin Fiber Response, Royal Canin Hypoallergenic, Purina Dual Fiber Control, Purina Hypoallergenic, Purina Diabetes Management DM , Purina Gastroenteric and Iams Skin Support FP.

Table 3. Supplement Formulations for Gastrointestinal Diseases in Dogs and Cats Supplements Available through Retail Pet Stores


Manufacturer’s Claims and Ingredients

Digestive Support Probiotics (21st Century)

Marketed to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the digestive tract. Contains dried whey, cellulose, probiotics (Lactobacillus salivarius, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Streptoccous thermophilus), frutooligosaccharides, citrus pectin.

Digestive Upsets (Homeopet)

Marketed as a homeopathic remedy for minor digestive problems. Contains silver nitrate, arsenic oxide, bitter cucumber, St. John’s wart, pasque flower and white hellbore.

Esbilac (PetAg)

Marketed as a complete food source for orphaned or rejected puppies.

Gas Buster (Vets Best)

Marketed for the maintenance of a healthy digestive system. Contains slippery elm bark, parley, ginger root, apple pectins and allzyme.

Groundwork (Juka Organics)

Marketed for a healing energy and synergism within the cell and cell membrane. Contains flax hulls, black currant, raspberry, blueberry, alfalfa, papaya, spirulina, kale, milk thistle and green tea.

Holistic Solution (Eagle Pack)

Marketed for the prevention and relief of diarrhea, loose stool or gastric upset. Contains probiotics (Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Bifidobacterium subtilus, Bifidobacterium subtillus, Bifidobacterium coagulans, Aspergillus niger, Enterococcus faecium), digestive enzymes (A.niger extract, A. Oryzae extract), inulin and rice bran.

Holistic Transition (Eagle Pack)

Marketed to maintain a healthy digestive system under normal conditions. Contains rice bran, probiotics (Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Enterococcus faecium, Bifidobacterium subtillus, Bacillus licheniformis, Bacillus coagulans, Aspergillus oryzae).

KMR (PetAg)

Marketed as a complete food source for orphaned or rejected kittens.

Milk Replacer for Kittens (21st Century)

Marketed as a food supplement for newborn kittens. Contains dried colostrum.

Milk Replacer for Puppies (21st Century)

Marketed as a food supplement for newborn puppies. Contains dried colostrum.

Probiotics Capsules (NutriVet)

Marketed to support a strong immune system and promote vitality. Contains dried whey, cellulose, probiotics (Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus salivarius, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Streptococcus thermophilus), frutooligosaccharides, and citrus pectin.

Proviable DC (Nutramax)

Supplement claims to re-establish a healthy intestinal flora. Contains fermentation products from several probiotic species (Bifidobacterium bifidum, Streptococcus thermophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei and Lactobacillus plantarum), as well as fructooligosaccharide.

Slippery Elm (Urban Carnivore)

Marketed claims to sooth, coat and lubricate the mucous membranes of the digestive tract. Contains slippery elm bark.

Table 3. Supplement Formulations for Gastrointestinal Diseases in Dogs and Cats Continued Supplements Recommended by Local Veterinarians


Manufacturer’s Claims and Ingredients

Florentero (Aventix)

Marketed to improve overall health and defenses against pathogens, as well as for use in patients with gastrointestinal disorders. Contains niacin, probiotics (Lactobacillus acidophilus, Enterotoccus faecium, Lactobacillus sporogenes), prebiotics (fructo-oligosaccharides, manno-oligosaccharides), and B vitamins (cobalamin, thiamine and vitamin B6).

FortiFlora (Purina)

Marketed for the management of patients with diarrhea. Contains probiotics (Enterococcus faecium), and vitamins (A, E, and C).


Marketed for humans for a number of health benefits including promoting digestive health and reducing cholesterol. Contains natural psyllium fiber.

Prostora Max (Iams)

Marketed for the maintenance of digestive balance in dogs. Contains probiotics (Bifidobacterium animalis) and whey.

Progut (Vetoquinol)

Marketed as a nutritional supplement for patients with intestinal disease. Contains fructi-oligosaccharides.

Supplements for Cardiac Disease

Flax Forward (Juka Organics), which contains flax seed oil with omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, was recommended by one retail pet store for patients with cardiac disease. Specific supplements recommended by 44% of veterinary practitioners surveyed including L-carnitine (22%), vitamin E (11%), taurine (11%) and coenzyme Q-10 (11%). In contrast, 78% of veterinarians surveyed recommended specific diets for patients with cardiac disease including Royal Canin Cardiac Diets (67%), which are marketed for patients with hypertension and cardiac disease or cardiac failure, and contain polyphenols, moderate phosphorus, restricted sodium, taurine and L-carnitine. Royal Canin Reduced Protein (22%) and Royal Canin Mature (11%) were also recommended.

Sun, 13 Nov 2022 01:53:21 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Pumpkin Seeds: Natural Dewormer For Dogs? If you are looking for a natural dewormer for your dog, you might have come across pumpkin seeds. It’s reported as a way to get rid of worms without the toxic side effects that come with drugs. The problem is if you google it half the articles say it works, and the other half say it’s bogus!

So, are pumpkin seeds an effective natural dewormer?

Pumpkin seeds contain an amino acid called cucurbitin, the compound responsible for their bitter taste and is the plant's defence against being eaten. It is thought that cucurbitin kills worms and removes them from your dog’s digestive tract.

There have been several studies looking at this. One study showed that pumpkin seeds destroyed canine tapeworm membrane and eggs. Another study shows that cucurbitin kills H. bakeri roundworm larvae. A different study shows that pumpkin seed extract kills Ascaridia galli - another type of roundworm. Finally, a 2019 Saudi Arabian study found that pumpkin seed extract to be more effective that the drug PZQ in mice, with no side effects and toxicity.

Overall the research suggests that pumpkin seeds can be used to kill the following parasites:

  • Ascaridia galli

  • Ascaris suum

  • Fasciola gigantica

  • Hymenolepsis nana

  • Schistosoma mansoni

  • Taenia

  • Trychostrongylus

So are pumpkin seeds an effective natural dewormer? It seems likely.

The thing to keep in mind is that many of these studies are using a pumpkin seed extract. Your results may vary depending on dose and how much cucurbitin is in the pumpkin seeds you are feeding. Based on the research it seems likely that cucurbitin is an effective natural dewormer, you just need to get enough of it in the diet from pumpkin seeds. 

There are other foods which can help to prevent worms in dogs, including apple cider vinegar and parsley. Both of these are in our Whoa Nelly! dog food, so we have you covered. There is a reason why dogs do so well on our food!

Other Health Benefits

There’s more to pumpkin seeds than just being a dewormer. They also have lots of other beneficial properties beyond deworming, so are a good addition in moderation to most dogs diets.

Pumpkin seeds can help your dog to:

How To Feed

When feeding use the raw seeds, not salted or cooked. Make sure you are feeding just the green pumpkin seed, not the kernel which can cause digestive problems. If you can, choose organic.

Pumpkin seeds are mostly fat, so it’s important to store them away from heat. You can put them in your pantry if it’s cool, otherwise store them in your fridge.

There isn’t a definitive dose amount, but most sources suggest feeding around 1/4 teaspoon per 5kg bodyweight. Raw pumpkin seeds can be hard for dogs to digest, so you need to break them down before feeding. Grind the seeds in a spice grinder or blender before feeding - otherwise they will not be digested properly.

We include pumpkin seeds in our Kangaroo & Chicken, Beef & Chicken and Kangaroo & Beef recipes.

What do we do?

At home we use Hartguard during the warmer months (when mosquitoes are around) to kill any heart worm eggs. We do not give Nelly any other drugs. She is extremely healthy and thriving on our diet, which we believe this is the most important thing. Great gut health and immunity take time to build up but are the best defence against most health problems.

Of course, no one can promise that feeding pumpkin seeds will eliminate any possibility of worms in your dog. If you have any concerns it’s always best to talk with your holistic vet. 

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:10:54 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How To Choose The Best Dog Food How do you choose the healthiest diet for your dog? With so many brands to pick from, it can be really difficult to decide which one is the best to feed. It doesn’t help that almost every dog food company claims to make the best diet in the world!

There’s much more to a healthy diet than just quality ingredients. How the food is formulated is just as important. This article examines the five keys to healthy dog food, and how to choose the best diet for your dog.

1. Nutrition standards

The food that your dog eats fuels their body, as well as regulates systems like digestion and immunity. What you feed you dog has a profound impact on their health and wellbeing. We want to get it right! 

On a macro level, dogs need large amounts of high quality protein, a moderate amount of fat and low levels of carbohydrates. And just like people, dogs need a minimum amount of vitamins and minerals each day to be healthy. 

If your dog’s food meets the minimum amount of nutrients according to the Association of American Feed Controls (AAFCO) then it is “complete and balanced”. This is the standard that most vets recommend when discussing nutrition for your dog. However, the AAFCO guideline has a wide range of allowable levels, so it’s really just the minimum acceptable level. The best dog food meets the more precise National Research Council (NRC) standard for “optimal” nutrition.

As a non-negotiable minimum, the food you feed your dog needs to meet the AAFCO “complete & balanced” standard. If you can find it, it’s better to feed food that is formulated to meet the NRC “optimal nutrition” standard (but it’s hard to find, so don’t worry if you can’t).


2. Quality ingredients 

A good diet does not contain rendered meat products, anything with numbers, or any ingredient you can’t buy at a supermarket. If you don’t know what an ingredient is, don’t feed it!

A healthy diet for dogs consists of these ingredients:

  • meat

  • organ

  • bone

  • fish

  • fruit & vegetables

  • eggs (optional)

  • seeds & nuts (optional)

  • functional foods (optional)

The quality of ingredients which are used in your dogs food are going to have a huge impact on the overall nutrition it provides. Good quality ingredients are not only more nutritious, but are more easily absorbed by your dogs body. 

Contamination is a huge issue with pet foods, as we’ve seen many deaths and recalls in Australia over the last few years due to bad ingredients. Earlier this year meat in dog food was contaminated with toxic camel. 25 dogs died in Victoria because of this meat came from a knackery, which doesn’t have the same standards as a human grade facility. 

For produce, feeding organic is the best way to avoid pesticide contamination and improve overall nutrition. Studies show that organic produce is more nutrient dense than conventionally farmed food. Feeding organic means there are no pesticides, no hormones, and no chemicals in your dogs diet. These can all impact negatively on your dog’s health, so are absolutely worth avoiding if possible.

Only feed food made with human grade ingredients. This is the only way to avoid contamination issues as human food is heavily regulated, and animal food is not. Feed the best quality food you can afford, ideally organic (but don’t worry if that’s to expensive - just make sure it’s human grade).

3. Balance The Fats

Fats provide a source of energy, help the absorption of vitamins, and regulate the immune and metabolic systems. The fats your dog eats become part of the cell membranes throughout their body, so again quality is important. Ensuring that your dogs diet has balanced fats is critical to minimise inflammation and the damage it causes.

There are several types of fats, including essential fatty acids (EFA) Omega-3 and Omega-6. These fats are called “essential” because your dog is unable to produce them on their own. This means that they must be found in the diet, otherwise your dog will be deficient.

Different sources provide different types of fat. For example, DHA is found almost exclusively in oily fish. For this reason it’s a good idea to provide fat in the diet from varied sources. Ideally, you want fat from animal, plant and marine sources to make sure that all the required fats are present in the diet. 

The balance of the fats is very important. There needs to be enough Omega-3 to balance the Omega-6 for the body to work effectively and to reduce inflammation. A ratio of between 1:3 and 1:6 is best. This means not too much chicken! Chicken is great, but it contains a large amount of Omega-6 which makes getting the fat balance right incredibly difficult. Be wary of an all chicken diet.

Ask your dog food company about their fat balance. If they are unable to provide any information, it is likely a poor choice for your dog. Ideally they will respond with an Omega 3: Omega 6 ratio of between 1:3-1:6.

4. Balance the minerals

Minerals have a wide variety of functions in the body, from activating enzymatic reactions, to the formation of bones, to controlling nerve impulses. The most abundant minerals are calcium and phosphorous, which are mostly found in meat and bone. It’s one of the main reasons that feeding fresh meat is so important.

The wild prey your dog’s ancestors ate had a much higher mineral content that in modern farmed animals, which means dogs have a relatively high requirement for minerals. And unlike with some vitamins, dogs can’t make minerals themselves, so they need to be present in the diet. 

Beware though! Excess minerals are hard to excrete and will accumulate in your dogs body. It’s important to feed the right level of minerals in the diet - hence meeting the nutritional standard.

The balance between minerals is as important as their individual levels. In fact, too many minerals are as harmful as to little. Getting the ratios right is key. The most important ratio is calcium and phosphorous, with dogs needing slightly more calcium. A ratio of between 1.2:1 and 1.4:1 is ideal.

Ask your dog food company about their mineral balance, in particular their calcium to phosphorous ratio. If they are unable to provide any information, the food is not well formulated. Ideally, they will respond with an Ca: Pa ratio of between 1.2:1 - 1.4:1.


5. Minimal processing

The final consideration is how these ingredients are treated. Processes like cooking or extrusion have a negative impact on the nutrition that remains in the food. Heating food changes it’s molecular shape and means that it is less easily digested. For this reason it’s important to feed food that is in as close to natural state as possible.

To make kibble, the ingredients are mixed together and then heated to over boiling point under extreme pressure. This is pushed through a screw and cut into pieces. The result is “shelf-stable” but dogs won’t eat it, so it is sprayed it with a palate enhancer. The processing also destroys much of the ingredients nutrition so synthetic vitamins are also added.

The problems with this approach to making food are numerous. It denatures the protein and creates harmful byproducts like acrylamides. Even expensive kibbles go through this process.

Compare this to raw food which is made by simply combining human grade ingredients and freezing. The freezing process has a minimal effect on the nutrition and is a traditional method of food storage for humans. Once defrosted the food is as close to it’s original state as possible. For us, freezing raw food is the best way to minimise processing your dogs food.

Feed your dog a diet made with fresh ingredients, in as close to natural state as possible. Choose a high quality diet that is fresh or frozen. 

6. Optional: add functional foods

Food is medicine, so it should come as no surprise that many ingredients have scientifically proven health benefits. These foods are known as functional foods, and can improve brain function, modify gut function and can reduce the risk of illness. While they are not essential for survival, functional foods can significantly improve your dog’s health and wellbeing. 

Functional foods include:

  • Turmeric

  • Coconut Oil

  • Reishi Mushroom

  • Spirulina

  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Before feeding functional foods, make sure you are feeding food that is properly formulated, made with quality ingredients, has balanced fats & minerals, and is minimally processed. If you are ticking all these boxes then adding functional foods will be more effective.


Choosing a commercial diet

If you can find a commercial dog food that meets all these criteria, you have found an amazing diet for your dog! The food we make at Whoa Nelly! meets all of these standards. Our food is formulated to meet AAFCO and NRC nutrient guidelines, is made with organic and locally sourced ingredients, has properly balanced fats and minerals, and is minimally processed.

We utilise functional foods like turmeric and spirulina for an additional health boost. In addition our food contains our own probiotic Nelly Belly and Baby Belly for gut support. It’s the best diet available for your dog! 

If Whoa Nelly! is not available were you live, this article should provide a good way to find the best diet for your dog. I’d suggest getting in contact with any dog food company you are considering and grilling them on these points. If they are completely transparent about their food then you can be more confident their diet will be good for your dog.

Homemade diets: use a reputable recipe

While the fundamental elements of canine nutrition are quite simple, formulating a diet to meet the nutritional standards is not easy. Be very wary of advice you find on the internet (yes, irony noted). I have seen an unbelievable amount of unbalanced, nutritionally incomplete recipes and wildly incorrect advice online. 

Please find a reputable source of information.

The best book on the subject is Steve Brown’s “Unlocking The Canine Ancestral Diet” which looks at the ancestral nutritional requirements for dogs and how to formulate a balanced raw diet. What I love about this book is the depth of information and a scientific approach to recipe formulation. It contains several great recipes that are easy to make at home. If you are making your dogs food reading this book will improve your dogs health and longevity.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:10:54 -0800 Dog-Fancier
When Should My Puppy Eat Adult Dog Food? As your dog grows their needs change - once they are fully grown you’ll need to start feeding them adult dog food. How long this is depends mostly on the size of your dog, but also on their breed and their individual growth and diet. Smaller dogs reach maturity faster than larger dogs.

There’s no hard and fast rule for when to make this jump, it’s really about waiting until your puppy has fully developed. 

Here’s a rough guide:
Small Breed - 12 months
Medium Breed - 15 months
Large Breed - 18 months

Keep an eye on your dogs development, and once they have stop growing after 12 months you can transition them to our adult food. There’s no wrong answer here! Just use your gut to make the decision after they are at least 12 months old. 

Transitioning to adult food

If your dog has eaten mostly Whoa Nelly then they will move very smoothly to our adult food. You can just start feeding our adult recipes, no need to transition.

If your dog has not eaten our puppy food (or has eaten a diet of mostly kibble) then it’s a good idea to transition them gently to our adult recipes. Dietary changes effect the digestive system so we want to minimise any stress while they shift to our high quality raw food. 

Treat this the same as any other change in food and take 7-10 days to make the transition. Just feed a small amount of our food for the first day, and then slowly increase it until you are feeding only Whoa Nelly. There may be loose stools during this transition but your dog will quickly adjust and feel great. It’s all part of growing up.

Lots of people feel a bit overwhelmed when making changes to their dogs diet, and we know you want to do the best for your puppy. If you aren’t sure about when to switch your puppy to adult food, or if you’d like to talk anything through we’re always happy to chat. You can contact us here or call/text Jimi on 0449 573 632.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:10:54 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Can Dogs Eat Broccoli? Most definitely, dogs can eat broccoli safely and every day too. Not only that, but they can also eat cauliflower which is the same family of Brassica oleracea. You are allowed to give it to them cooked, uncooked, or frozen but not the raw stem; this part of the vegetable may cause a choking hazard or become partly digested as it passes through their track. So make sure to chop it up fine. While broccoli is an excellent source of fiber, it is best to limit the amount of this vegetable to less than 10% of their daily calorie intake. There are many healthful ways to cook broccoli for your dog because some commercial dog foods don’t have the proper nutritional content.

Cooked Broccoli For Dogs

There are many healthful ways to cook broccoli for your dog, and mixing it into dog food is an excellent way for him/her to enjoy a wholesome meal. Steaming is one of the best ways for your pet to get all the nutrients without losing them. Boiling, pan-frying with a bit of olive oil, the only oil that is not harmful to them, butter, or even oven-roasted, is also an excellent way to go when it comes to adding this delicious vegetable to their daily diet.

Some owners like the fact that they are able to prepare homemade dog food recipes with broccoli and other assorted vegetables and meats. Here is a list to feed your pet; let’s start with plant-based. You can combine it with collard greens, sweet potatoes, cabbage, green beans, kale, peas, brown and white rice, golden yams, cucumbers, carrots, kohlrabi, celery, spinach, and brussel sprouts. Other foods to add in are beef, turkey, chicken, lamb, salmon, eggs, and fish. Unseasoned broths are a fantastic choice too.

Benefits Of Broccoli

Broccoli is good for dogs with pancreatitis, a condition in which the pancreas becomes inflamed and stops producing enzymes that aid digestion. When this happens, your dog’s body cannot break down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates—which means they don’t get all the nutrients thats needed from their food. Pancreatitis can develop when they have high blood sugar levels, which can happen after a meal consisting of high-fat foods or foods containing carbohydrates that are not broken down entirely in the digestive tract. It’s also possible for dogs with diabetes to develop pancreatitis as well. Fortunately for your pup, broccoli contains vitamins A and C, which are known to help prevent inflammation in the body and lower cholesterol levels. That means it may be able to help relieve symptoms associated with it. It also contains glucoraphanin, which helps protect against cancer by activating enzymes that destroy carcinogens. Everyone should know that dogs can have the same health issues as humans, and sometimes those issues can be managed through diet.

Broccoli is good for dogs with liver disease because it has a great source of antioxidants, which helps to combat the free radicals that can damage your pet’s liver. It also contains vitamins K1 and C, which are beneficial for liver health. Too much broccoli contains oxalates that can be harmful to dogs with certain types of kidney stones. If your dog has no kidney issues or other conditions that make eating broccoli a problem, then adding some cooked broccoli to their diet should be fine!

Broccoli is a good source of several types of vitamin B, a folic acid, which can help in the formation and healthy growth of red blood cells. It also structures the division and production of DNA in the cells of a dog. B1 or Thiamine Can help your dog’s cells convert their intake to energy. Another vitamin that broccoli has is B2 and b5, and their role is to break down fats, protein, and carbohydrates. B3, also known as niacin, is suitable for dogs because it has blood-thinning properties that can help lower cholesterol. The Health Benefits of Vitamin B6 include the support of healthy behavior, normal menstruation, and a balanced brain. It also helps with many metabolic processes, such as fat metabolism, energy production, and carbohydrate metabolism. B7 can help your dog’s liver in combination with Biotene. This vitamin can help with better skin, more robust claws, and a shiny coat.

So, in conclusion, When we change the diet of our pets and give them new foods, there’s a chance that the dog will reject the new food. Allergies and awful taste may occur initially, but heartier dogs don’t usually suffer from these problems for long. If you look at it from a human perspective, broccoli is not something that we would regularly consume, although the nutritional value of broccoli far outweighs its comparable.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:10:47 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Can Dogs Eat Potted Meat? While the taste of potted meat is similar to that of deli meat, it’s a meat product in a jar or can and is not something to be celebrated. Moreover, some dogs may have allergies or intolerances to the ingredients found in potted meat. Besides, it’s not healthy for a dog’s digestive system, especially if it has kidney disease. It’s best to avoid giving large amounts of potted or canned meat daily to ensure your pet’s health is in good shape.

When feeding this processed meat to your dog, make sure it is fresh. Canning or preserving meats can be unhealthy for your pet since they contain high salt and animal fats. Moreover, if it’s expired, the food can accumulate toxic substances that make your dog sick. If your dog eats this product daily, you should consult a vet and ask for advice.

Can Dogs Eat Armour Potted Meat?

Wonder if your dog can eat it? This food has beef, chicken meat, bone, skin, and various oils and seasonings. While it’s safe for humans, it is best to avoid giving your pet a portion of this product because it contains high levels of saturated fat. You should make sure the meat is entirely fresh before feeding it to your dog.

Although potted meats contain high-fat levels, they are also very nutritious for your pup in small portions and not fed to them every day. When provided in moderation, your dog can enjoy a variety of foods, and this is one of them. You can serve potted meat to your dog as a food topper or a standalone meal. But always keep in mind that potted meat is not an alternative for a balanced diet.

Can Dogs Eat Spam?

While it’s not harmful to dogs in small amounts, it isn’t a good idea for your dog to ingest spam. It is a common ingredient in canned meat, and the sodium content of spam can cause severe problems in your dog. Despite its popularity, it is best to keep spam to a minimum or avoid it altogether. The meat contains too much sodium, which is not suitable for dogs. If you give your dog a small piece of spam, it will be safe for your pet.

Giving your K-9 friend too much spam can lead to health risks. The chemical ingredients in spam may be toxic for dogs, and the flavorings can cause allergic reactions. The sodium content in spam is very high and can be harmful too and lead to salt poisoning. A single serving contains 790mg of sodium, and the entire can contains about 4740mg of sodium. As a result, your dog should never eat it in large quantities and on a day-to-day basis.

Another health concern with giving them too much spam is that it can lead to pancreatitis, a potentially life-threatening condition. The pancreas swells and is a sign of a severe problem. Dogs are at risk of developing this chronic illness, which can be mild to severe. While the symptoms of this condition vary from dog to dog, the most common symptom is diarrhea. In extreme cases, the situation may be irreversible.

Will Vienna Sausages Hurt Dogs?

If you wonder if Vienna sausages hurt dogs, you aren’t alone. They can cause problems for your dog. Viennas contain chicken, beef, or turkey, with high fat and sodium content. Some Vienna sausages have toxic seasonings that can harm your dog’s digestive tract—not recommended for daily feeding. Have an overweight dog? It is time to change its diet. Instead of giving your dog Wieners, switch to a more nutritious diet free of wheat, corn, and soy. If your dog eats these sausages regularly, it can cause kidney damage and even cause death. You should also check for possible side effects.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:10:46 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Can Dogs Eat Cucumber Thinking about giving your dog a nice piece of cucumber? It’s a great idea to watch its reaction first. Most dogs don’t have an extreme response to cucumbers, but some have some concerns. Cucumbers are high in water, and this may make them experience diarrhea and loose stool. If your dog shows any symptoms, it’s probably a good idea to discontinue feeding it to your pet. Cucumbers are low in fat and calories and are a refreshing snack for dogs. However, you’ll need to ensure that you’re washing and preparing it properly before feeding it to your dog.

Cucumbers can also be eaten raw or cooked, but cooking them destroys many nutrients. The best way to serve your dog cucumber is to slice it into small pieces. Your dog may like the taste of cucumber and be less likely to experience adverse reactions. Mixing other plants, such as broccoli, is a great way to get your dog to love more plant base products. Dogs are not known to be great chewers, so serving only a few slices at a time is advisable.

Can Dogs Eat Cucumber Skin

Yes they can; cucumber skins are good for dogs, So you don’t have to remove them from the plant before giving it to them. Many dogs don’t have any problem eating cucumber skin and seeds because that’s where most of the nutrients are. One cup of chopped cucumber, with skin on, provides 1 g of fiber. Fiber helps lower cholesterol and protect against cardiovascular problems. These parts of the fruit are also known for their many benefits, such as revitalizing dogs’ fur and skin One of the many health benefits of cucumbers.

The fruit peel contains antioxidants and a high concentration of phytonutrients, which help their bodies fight free radicals. These compounds have inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. This is because they contain beta-carotene and Vitamin C, which promote new cell growth and fight environmental toxins by aiding the immune system, especially in older dogs. However, some dogs may have an allergic reaction to cucumbers. Symptoms may include vomiting, stomach aches, diarrhea, and hives. In addition, dogs may also experience sneezing and itchy skin. As a result, cucumbers should only be fed in moderation to avoid causing gastrointestinal upset.

Is Cucumber Good For Dogs

The answer to that question is yes, and it can help dogs with kidney disease and other health conditions. Cucumbers have low-fat content and high levels of potassium. This plant can help regulate blood pressure and increase the feeling of fullness. Not only that, but cucumbers are also great for reducing fevers. The cooling effect of cucumber juice helps soothe the body and lower fever. One cup of chopped cucumber, with skin on, provides 1 g of fiber. Fiber helps lower cholesterol and protect against cardiovascular problems. Cucumbers can also help prevent diabetes. Cucumbers are high in Vitamin K, which helps strengthen bones and joints. A dog’s active lifestyle puts a greater burden on the joints, so Vitamin K is especially important to keep the bones strong. Another benefit of cucumber for dogs is its anti-bacterial properties. Cucumbers contain phytonutrients, which help fight bacteria that cause bad breath.

The first benefit of cucumber is that it can help diabetic dogs control their blood sugar levels. The vegetable is low-calorie and high-fiber, which helps with the feeling of fullness. Cucumber is a complete source of potassium and vitamin B. Its low-glycemic index also means that there are little or no carbohydrates. It is also high in cucurbitacins, which can regulate the release of insulin and the metabolism of hepatic glycogen, the hormone responsible for processing blood sugar. A study showed that in mice, consuming the peel of a cucumber helped manage the symptoms of diabetes. If you’re not sure whether or not dogs can eat cucumber, you should start by giving a small amount to him and then monitoring his reaction for 24 hours. Remember to cut the cucumber into bite-size pieces to avoid choking your dog. If your dog shows any sensitivity, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:10:43 -0800 Dog-Fancier
“Preservative&Free” Pet Food? Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:09:28 -0800 Dog-Fancier All About Ash Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:09:28 -0800 Dog-Fancier What Treats Can I Give my Dog with Calcium Oxalate Stones? Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:09:28 -0800 Dog-Fancier Green Smoothie Bites For Dogs Your pup(s) will LOVE these super healthy & delicious Green Smoothie Bites!! You might even like them, too ???? They are so easy to whip up and it is probably the cutest thing ever to watch your fur baby eat one... It's pretty hilarious. These smoothie bites are... Vegan Gluten-free Oil-free & contain no added...

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Banana Oatmeal Cookies For Dogs These Banana Oatmeal Cookies are the perfect, healthy treat for your sweet fur babies! They are beyond easy to make and require only 2, simple, wholesome ingredients. Ready in under 30 minutes! Guaranteed to result in tail wags and kisses all day long! This recipe is... Vegan Gluten-free Low-fat Oil-free & contains no added sugar....

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:09:25 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Pupcakes These simple, 4-ingredient Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Pupcakes are the perfect, healthy, homemade dog treat for your sweet fur babies! They are vegan, gluten-free, low-fat, oil-free, and contain no added sugar.   Your sweet fur baby is going to LOVE these super simple Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Pupcakes!   They are so easy to make - just...

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:09:24 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Mars Petcare to Purchase Orijen and Acana Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:08:37 -0800 Dog-Fancier Another Worry, PFAS Found in Pet Food Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:08:34 -0800 Dog-Fancier The Price Shelters Pay for Hill’s Pet Food Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:08:30 -0800 Dog-Fancier Recipe: Simple 5 Ingredient Homemade Dog Food

Experts in canine nutrition will tell you that homemade dog food is the only way to provide your pet with the exact nutrition that he needs. When done properly, making homemade meals allows you to provide your pet with a diet that meets his needs through every life stage. This simple homemade food won't be appropriate for all dogs, but your veterinarian can help you add supplements or additional ingredients to cater the recipe to your pup's needs.

Unless you plan on studying canine nutrition yourself, it's imperative that you speak with your veterinarian and/or a canine nutritionist before switching your pet to a homemade diet. Even homemade dog food recipes that have been formulated/recommended by veterinarians may not provide all of the essential nutrients that your dog needs.

If the diet you feed isn't nutritionally balanced, your dog can become nutritionally deficient within just a matter of days. Similarly, eating too much of a certain nutrient could actually poison your pet over time.

It’s important that you work with a professional to figure out the right balance of carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, and minerals that your dog’s body requires each day. They can also help you figure out how many calories are in the recipes you're feeding and how many calories your dog should be eating each day.

Simple 5 Ingredient Homemade Dog Food Recipe

Simple 5 Ingredient Homemade Dog FoodYour dog's nutritional requirements are based on a number of variables including:

  • age
  • weight
  • breed
  • activity level
  • metabolism
  • overall health condition

This is why it is so important to discuss this (or any other) homemade dog food recipe with an expert. Before you switch your dog's diet, whether you're going with a commercial food or a homemade option, you need to be sure that it will give him the nutrition that his body requires.


Recipe: Simple 5 Ingredient Homemade Dog Food

Making your dog's food at home allows you to have full control over all of the ingredients used. You can choose to use organic ingredients or make a grain-free recipe. I recommend using the healthiest ingredients that you can afford, and adding variety to your pet's diet to keep him healthy and happy.

This simple recipe uses just 5 ingredients. Your vet may guide you in adding more ingredients to provide the exact nutrition that your dog requires. Either way, this recipe is simple to prepare and store.

  • Author: Samantha Randall
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: about 14 cups of food
  • Category: Cooked Food
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Dog Food


  • 3 cups cooked organic brown rice
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 4 hard boiled eggs
  • 3 medium sized carrots (diced)
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil


Cook the ground beef fully in a skillet. Drain the grease. Cook the rice according to the instructions on the packaging. Hard boil the eggs, and dice the carrots into small pieces. If your dog will not eat raw vegetables, you can steam the carrots until soft.

Mix all of the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl and stir until evenly combined. When all of the ingredients are completely cooled, you can serve this homemade food to your pet.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 144
  • Sugar: .7 g
  • Sodium: 31 mg
  • Fat: 4.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17.1 g
  • Fiber: 1.2 g
  • Protein: 7.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 20 mg

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How much to feed: I recommend feeding about 1/2 cup of food for every 20 pounds of body weight. This recommendation is for 2 servings per day. This is just a guideline. Lazier pets and senior dogs may not need as many. It is extremely important to consult your veterinarian about the best serving size for your dog.

How to store: You can store the leftover homemade dog food in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or freeze them and they’ll keep for up to 3 months. Keep in mind that this recipe includes no preservatives, so it won't last nearly as long as commercial dog food.

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We publish many homemade dog food and treats recipes every month. For more recipes, pet food cooking tips and advice, see our “Recipes” section. If you're new to home cooked dog food subject, I recommend you read more about “How Much To Feed” to understand serving sizes, “What Supplements To Use” to create well-balanced meals, and “How To Store” for tips on simple and easy homemade dog food storing in a fridge or a freezer.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:08:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Does Pet Insurance Cover Vet Visits? Is your dog's regular vet visit coming up? Are you on a tight budget right now?

You're maybe wondering, does pet insurance cover vet visits?

The answer to your questions lies below this article. In this blog, we'll discuss if pet insurance can help deal with the expenses of your vet visit.

Pet health insurance has gained popularity over the years. However, many people can't afford their health insurance, let alone their pets.

According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA) in 2021, pet parents spent over $34.3 billion on vet care, surgical procedures, and prescription medications.

That's a lot of money, don't you think? That's why a lot of pet parents are now resorting to pet insurance.

They turn to pet insurance because they want to have a safety net if ever their dog needs emergency care.

But what about vet visits?

Furthermore, when it comes to pet insurance and its benefits, you'll need to choose the best insurance plan that fits your budget and your needs.

For instance, if you're wondering whether pet insurance covers regular vet visits? It will depend on the pet health insurance plan policies that you chose. 

Without further delay, let's find out if pet insurance can help with the expenses of your dog's regular vet visits.

Do You Need Pet Insurance?

Does Pet Insurance Cover Vet Visits?

The short answer is Yes, but it's much more complicated than that. This will depend on the pet health insurance policy that you have.

Because there is still a lot of pet health insurance policy that doesn't cover annual vet visits.

By paying minimal payments every month or paying annually (which is cheaper), owners can rest assured that their dog has medical care.

And if any emergencies arise, they have the financial support to cover them.

Pet health insurance doesn't work like life insurance for humans. Especially when it comes to checkups.

Even though the benefits of pet insurance are important and numerous, there are still some surprising factors pet owners should be aware of so that they can maximize their return.

Generally, in these cases, you'll have to pay a premium for the plan, and the insurer will help you reimburse the costs associated with routine vet visits, like physical exams, vaccines, spay or neuter, and more.

For instance, Pet's Best's Routine Care and Pet Wellness Coverage can help to pay for their regular scheduled veterinary visits.

How does pet insurance cover visits?

Pet insurance is a unique form of protection for owners and their pets.

And as we've discussed above, pet insurance can still help with vet visits, but not on the same day.

What do you mean by not on the same day? This is because pet insurance works on a reimbursement model. For example:

  1. Once you've reached the vet, you'll be the one paying for any services that will happen. You'll pay for the medicine and other procedures. So ready your wallets or your credit card on that day.
  2.  After that is where your pet insurance provider will come in. They will reimburse you for the money you spend depending on your policy and the coverage that you've agreed upon.
  3. You'll need to file a claim and submit it. Then, your insurance provider will now process it and send you the funds that you spent on the day of the vet visit.

According to Fetch by The DoDo, there are two documents pet owners need to submit for them to be able to get their money reimbursed.

The first document will be a finalized invoice from your vet showing the treatment your dog got and its costs.

The invoice must show a zero balance or that it was fully paid for them to accept it.

The second document is detailed medical records from your pet's most recent checkup.

And claims are usually processed within 15 days from when they'll receive your documents.

Does pet insurance cover vet visits

What’s Covered by Pet insurance?

Again, this will all depend on the coverage plan that you chose.

You can opt for a comprehensive policy that covers a broad range of health-related issues.

Some plans cover microchipping and some cover end-of-life expenses for dogs.

It's all about doing your homework as a pet parent. It's your responsibility to choose the best possible plan for you and your pup.

Here are what pet insurance plans normally cover:


  • Bite injuries
  • Broken Bones
  • Cuts
  • Harmful toxic Ingestions
  • Accidentally swallowing objects
  • ACL ruptures

Chronic illnesses

Common and Serious Sicknesses

Tests and Diagnostics

Medical Procedures

  • Surgeries
  • Chemotherapy
  • Endoscopies
  • Hospitalizations
  • Laser Therapy
  • Chiropractic

Wellness Procedures

What’s Not Covered by Pet Insurance?

Unfortunately, there are some conditions that pet insurance has exclusions. For instance, they will not cover pre-existing health problems.

If your dog has been sick for a while or got injured before your coverage started, it will not be covered by your pet insurance.

Another thing would be experimental treatment. That is, if your pet is undergoing a treatment that is considered experimental, investigational, or not within the standard of care.

The next thing is grooming. Pet insurance doesn't cover pet grooming like a bath, shampoos, or nail trimming.

Moreover, food and nutritional supplements are also out of the conversation. However, some plans cover prescription food and supplements.

Other factors to consider

  • The coverage plan that you chose will determine how much you will get reimbursed. Research the right plan for you and your pup.
  • Pet insurance is a great investment for pet owners right now. Research suggests that it's best to get one now since it will only grow more expensive as time pasts.
  • It's best advised to talk with your vet. Ask them for advice on what coverage plan is best or if they think that pet insurance is worth it.

However, if you're on a tight budget, you can opt for Pet Wellness plans. They are also sometimes called Preventative Pet Care plans or Pet Care Coverage plans.

Keep in mind that a Wellness Plan is completely different from a Pet Insurance Plan.

pet insurance guide

What is a Pet Wellness Plan?

There might be a lot of confusion when it comes to Pet Wellness Plans and Pet Insurance.

A lot of pet parents choose pet insurance to be prepared for unexpected accidents, sickness, and other emergencies while some pet parents resort to wellness plans.

Dog parents are choosing Wellness Plans because these are designed to spread out the expenses of routine care of their pet over the year, rather than spending a lot of money at their annual or bi-annual vet checkups.

Pet Wellness Plan Coverage

Pet wellness plans are designed to help cover the costs of routine wellness care. But just like a pet health insurance, the coverage of a pet wellness plan will vary on the one you chose.

Wellness plans can be bought for an additional fee from pet insurance providers and veterinary hospitals that will be used only at their hospital or within their other network of animal hospitals.

A few of the things that a pet wellness plan covers are:

  • Spay or Neuter
  • Annual Wellness Exams
  • Vaccinations
  • Preventive Care
  • Routine dental care (teeth cleaning)
  • Flea Preventions
  • Heartworm Prevention

Pet Wellness Plans vs Pet Insurance

The main difference between a pet wellness plan and pet insurance is that Pet Insurance is designed to help cover unplanned veterinary visits.

This includes diagnostics, proper treatment, and medication for injuries or sicknesses that can easily become very costly.

As we've tackled earlier, pet insurance helps with veterinary costs to diagnose and treat unexpected injuries or illnesses. For instance, skin problems, cancer, diabetes, UTI, digestive problems, and more.

On the other hand, wellness plans are for expected veterinary costs such as exam fees, vaccination, preventative care, dental cleanings, microchipping, spaying, neutering, and flea and heartworm prevention.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Pet Insurance Worth it?

This all depends on who you're asking. But every pet owner should consider getting pet insurance.

Even if you think you can afford veterinary costs, pet insurance can still save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

Pet insurance is like a safety net for you and your pet. It can also help if you own numerous pets.

How much does pet insurance cost?

One of the most common questions about pet insurance is how much it cost. Again, this will all depend on the plan you're getting.

You can pay monthly, but you can also pay annually.

Pet insurance's monthly premium can range between $30 to $50 for dogs and $15 to $30 for cats.

Does my indoor pet need pet insurance?

If you're on the fence about getting indoor pets pet insurance, consider that even if they are at home sleeping all day, they can still get sick.

These pets are still susceptible to emergency veterinary care.

And this is where pet insurance comes in handy. Remember that it's better to be safe than sorry.

pet insurance guide

Does Pet Insurance Cover Vet Visits: Summary

To sum it all up, if you're asking does pet insurance cover vet visits, yes it does. However, not all of them offer this coverage.

As pet owners, we all want what's best for our up. We all want to give them the best care and treatment if ever they encounter any illnesses or accidents.

Some pet insurance offers additional fees so that routine vet visits are associated with your designated plan. So yes, pet insurance covers regular vet visits as well.

Pet insurance was designed to help cover the expenses of an unexpected vet visit.

For example, pet insurance can come in handy if ever there's an accident, chronic illnesses, tests, diagnostics, medical procedures, and more.

You can also go for a wellness plan. A wellness plan is like insurance for the “expected” veterinary costs.

For instance, a wellness plan can help with regular vet visits, microchipping, spaying or neutering, vaccines, dental care, and flea and heartworm prevention.

Either way, you can always call and ask your vet for advice regarding your pets.


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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:08:00 -0800 Dog-Fancier
16 Things About Prescription Dog Foods You Didn’t Know Things You Didnt Know About Prescription Dog Food

When your dog is diagnosed with a disease that requires diet change, a vet may recommend a prescription dog food brand.

These foods are costly.

Sometimes, it's your only option, but only sometimes.

Here's what you probably didn't know about prescription dog foods

Prescription Dog Food: 16 Things You Didn't Know 

What Are Your Dog's Needs?

Sometimes your dog will need a significant change in his diet, whether due to allergies, new or older health conditions, a sensitive stomach, or other reasons.

If you (and your pet) are in this position, start by looking into veterinary products and over-the-counter solutions for different dog food diets before deciding what's right for you and your dog. 

Do your own research using your vet's diagnosis as a starting point.

There's a lot of misinformation floating around the internet about pet nutrition. 

Research, learning, and understanding are essential to avoid being duped into something you don't need.

Even though your vet will often advise prescription dog food diets for specific illnesses, you most likely don't need to buy these expensive dog food brands.

That's just reality.

I'll explain why below, but mostly it comes down to the fact that there are good foods for the money that are formulated similarly to prescription foods.

Differences Between Over-the-Counter and Prescription Dog Food Diets

Obviously, prescription veterinary dog foods are only available from veterinarians.

Prescription dog food manufacturers are regulated by a patchwork of individual state feed control officials under the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine

Other labeling standards are set by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) for prescription pet food diets and over-the-counter products.

If a product says, it can prevent or treat a disease, research to prove it should be submitted to the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) under the FDA.

Sadly, many dog foods use more general terms to get around that.

They will say they support and promote good health in dogs rather than making specific medical claims. 

Pet owners, in the meantime, assume this will help their dogs with a specific disease, which is often not the case.

The bottom line is to be vigilant, read those labels closely, and do research.

Pet Food is Big Business for Veterinary Clinics

I've written this article before about how closely related veterinary clinics and vets are to pet food manufacturers and how they work together.

It's important to be aware that your veterinarian may have a vested interest in getting you to buy prescription dog food diets at their clinic. 

Moreover, it might surprise you that many vets only have basic animal nutrition education.

Since the 1980s, pet food sales have bumped their profits significantly. 

The trend peaked between 2000-2005, as pet food costs increased by more than 30 percent.

This stalled sales, pushing pet food manufacturers to become even more involved in veterinary care to stay in the loop.

We need to voice our concern over this and remain skeptical.

Pet Food Manufacturers, Retailers and Veterinary Chains are Sometimes Connected

Pet Food Manufacturers, Retailers and Veterinary Chains are Sometimes Connected

Some large pet goods retailers in the USA own certain veterinary chains. This makes vet hospitals the largest veterinary chains in the country.

According to Banfield Pet Hospital, Mars is the owner of Banfield Pet Hospital and Blue Pearl under its veterinary health division.

These are separate from its pet care division, which includes prescription and over-the-counter pet food (source).

As these multinationals are showing the way to higher profits, other pet food conglomerates are following their example and buying up veterinary clinics too.

Prescription Pet Food Manufacturers are Sometimes Sued for Price-fixing

Due to the incestuous nature of the prescription dog food business, it is easy to falsely promote its use, and control its price.

The following companies have been named in a lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to do so, illegally:

  • Nestle Purina,
  • Mars Petcare,
  • Hill's Pet Nutrition,
  • PetSmart,
  • Banfield Pet Hospital and
  • BluePearl Vet.

The plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit want restitution, treble damages, and to stop how the defendants market their prescription pet food diets.

Prescription Dog Food Doesn't Contain Drugs That Require a Prescription, All by Themselves

Another bone of contention is that prescription dog food diets (as well as cat foods) shouldn't need a prescription at all, since they contain no special drugs, controlled substances, or unique ingredients, compared to over the counter products.

Many aren't even evaluated by the FDA.

Since the product comes with a prescription, most pet owners assume it will treat and prevent health problems better than what's available over the counter.

Many dog owners also fear the consequences for not following their veterinarian's advice, giving the products what's argued as an unfair advantage.

PetSmart Allegedly May be Illegally Charging Tax On Prescription Animal Foods

A lot of pet food manufacturers have been in hot water over the last few years.

PetSmart has a separate and unrelated class action lawsuit against them.

They were sued because their receipts show that prescription pet food is non-taxable, but tax is still charged.

Plaintiffs want sustained monetary compensation, court costs, and further relief from the court, but looking at the history of how these things turn out, it doesn't look good for the pet owners either way.

Pet Food Labels Aren't Always Accurate

Did you know that what you read on the label of your dog's food isn't always the truth?

Both prescription dog food brands and over the counter pet food can be contaminated with ingredients not on the label, and the FDA doesn't seem to have an issue with that.

For example, the Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition published a study in 2011 where three of the four soy-free, venison pet foods they tested had soy in them

One pet food product had unlisted beef in it as well.

Hydrolyzed Proteins in Prescription and Specialty Foods May Contain Meat Byproducts and Feathers

A product's price and the quality of its ingredients don't always follow each other like consumers might expect. 

Some special over-the-counter and prescription dog food brands use hydrolyzed meat, particularly allergen-free and limited ingredient formulas. 

This is also known as feather meal.

The feathers and other meat-by-products are broken down into basic amino acids under very high heat, and then “palletizers” are added to make it taste more attractive.

The theory behind this is that some pets are sensitive to certain kinds of intact animal protein. Still, such problems are often caused by poor quality protein and other ingredients in many pet foods in the first place.

The digestibility of the resulting amino acids is different from the essential nutrients' bioavailability, though. 

Along with other ingredients not natural for our pet's bodies, like corn, wheat, soy, potato, and other starches, the resulting products are not biologically appropriate or nourishing, according to some experts.

They create waste products in the blood that the kidneys and liver have to deal with.

Dogs and cats fed too much, or only dry pet food, are dehydrated at a low level. 

That's hard on their organs and results in many diseases in dogs.

Let's cover a few most common diseases and health issues in dogs and when prescription dog food is often advised for these illnesses.

You'll also discover how you can pick alternative or even better dog food brands that are not expensive prescription dog food diets).

Kidney Disease & Chronic Renal Failure Foods

Dogs with kidney disease and renal failure required a very specific dog food diet. 

Prescription dog food diets for kidney and heart diseases are common solutions prescribed by veterinarians, as well as some weight loss and senior dog food formulas.

But expensive prescription dog foods aren't the only way to go in this case.

The safest option for dogs with renal problems are high quality foods with moderate to low levels of protein. 

These foods must also have little to no phosphorus and sodium. There are plenty of low-protein dog foods that fit well and will not cost you an arm and a leg.

Homemade dog food (specifically designed for dogs with kidney problems) may also be a great treatment, although it often turns out to be more expensive than store brands.

Allergy Diets and Gastrointestinal Disease Dog Foods

Many dog breeds are very susceptible to allergies and gastrointestinal diseases.

As a result of these diseases, symptoms in dogs may include skin problems, allergies, intolerances, or gastrointestinal issues. 

Once you see these symptoms and visit your veterinarian, you'll be advised prescription dog food, but you don't actually need it.

To fight this, look for limited ingredient dog foods and novel protein formulas.

Hydrolyzed protein dog diets are a common solution for this, but a controversial one.

Moderate or low fat and soluble fiber levels are often recommended for dogs with these problems; however, some pets may need more fiber, not less. 

There are special products for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, but trial and error is often needed to find the right diet.

Foods for Canine Arthritis, Hip & Joint Problems and Diseases

Canine arthritis is a disease that most dog owners fear as their pet ages. 

Fortunately, there are ways to prevent it or alleviate the symptoms using a proper diet.

One proven way is giving fish oil to dogs.

Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA), which have been shown in clinical trials to be highly effective against canine arthritis and joint problems (source).

Some supplements for dogs with arthritis will also contain glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and vitamins, all of which are the key ingredients to a healthy diet for dogs. 

New Zealand's green-lipped mussels are popular, too, for their glycosaminoglycans.

But when it comes to prescription dog food, it's a bit different.

The dog's weight must be carefully controlled, so always check the number of calories and portion size. 

Over-the-counter and prescription dog food senior formulas, large breed puppy foods, or other diets for joint support are usually “recommended.”

But glucosamine and chondroitin levels in prescription dog food diets are usually so low that they may have little or no effect whatsoever (source). 

Therefore, it's a waste of money.

Furthermore, they've never even been approved by the FDA or AAFCO as pet food ingredients.

These supplements don't get approved because there isn't enough scientific evidence that they prevent or treat joint issues or arthritis in cats and dogs. 

The dose is also challenging to control if your pet doesn't always finish his food.

Weight Control & Diabetes Management Dog Food Brands

Obesity and weight problems in dogs are becoming increasingly common in the US. 

But choosing a costly weight loss prescription dog food diet isn't your only option.

You need to know that the key to weight loss in dogs without starving them is choosing the right type of nutrients that will keep them full and satisfied.

Higher fiber will always make dogs (as well as humans) feel more full without more calories. Between 200-300 calories per cup are common. 

It also slows digestion, which is excellent for maintaining steady blood glucose levels.

In addition, some dogs' weight will improve with high protein diets that are very low in carbohydrates. 

This will require some thinking and calculating on your part. 

If you're not up for it, prescription dog food formulas are made specifically for dogs with diabetes and glucose control.

Senior Prescription Dog Food vs. Over-the-Counter Diets

I have written before about why you must always consider your dog's age before picking the correct type of diet. 

Senior dogs will need specific nutrition to keep them healthy.

As indicated above, fish oil will be highly beneficial to senior dogs. 

Omega-3s help with joints and arthritis in older dogs. These fatty acids and antioxidants support dogs' brain health and many other bodily functions. 

Most senior dog foods will contain these ingredients.

Low-fat and calorie recipes are usually advised for older dogs, but not all senior pets are overweight.

Thus, some senior dogs may need the opposite. 

Many of these prescription dog foods will include glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate for the joints, but remember what I said about these additives above (i.e., they may not necessarily work).

Urinary Tract Disease and Kidney Stones Dog Foods

Problems with urinary tract disease and kidney stones are less prevalent, but they're still around, and you should know how to change your pet's diet if you encounter this.

Wet dog food is the best choice in these cases due to the higher level of liquids.

Canned dog food will dilute the urine better than kibble. 

Prescription dog food is specific to the type of minerals found in a urinalysis or the stones. 

Over-the-counter solutions for these issues are rare, so in this case, prescription brands may be the way to go.

Cardiac Diets for Dogs

This is another issue that senior dogs are more likely to have. Still, not all veterinarian-recommended prescription dog food diets will work to deal with this.

Kidney and geriatric prescription diets and dog heart disease-specific products are sometimes recommended. 

Low sodium is the common factor in these dog food recipes. 

Still, there isn't much scientific evidence proving its benefits for hypertension in dogs.

Its effects are even doubtful in human blood pressure, other than in rare individuals sensitive to sodium (source).

Taurine and Carnitine are two ingredients with possible (but still unproven) benefits for heart disease in dogs, and fish oil with omega-3 fatty acids.


Conclusion on prescription dog food brands

Prescription Dog Food: A Final Word

My contention in this article is not that veterinarians aren't essential partners in the treatment and prevention of health problems of our dogs.

You should never try to diagnose issues yourself, no matter how tempting that is with the ease of use of the internet. 

But, since it is a partnership, you need to do your part.

Always read dog food labels, then talk to your vet about anything you don't understand, especially the ingredients. 

Ask them specific questions and address your concerns.

Your veterinarian's responses will tell you a lot about how much they know about canine nutrition and the product they recommend for your dog.

Follow that up with your own research, checking for:

  • The quality of the ingredients;
  • If the protein, fat, and calorie level is good;
  • If the ingredients are natural and biologically appropriate for canines;
  • Where the ingredients come from;
  • Where the food made;
  • Who it's actually made by;
  • Does the company outsource or share manufacturing plants with others;
  • How it's made and if nutrients are destroyed or difficult to absorb;
  • The recall history of the product line;
  • The history of the parent corporation and/or the manufacturer;
  • Whether the product has gone through food trials;
  • Any research to support the food's or its key ingredients' effectiveness;
  • Customer and professional reviews and/or complaints about the product;
  • Outstanding and settled lawsuits against the parent company or those who make that specific brand of dog food.

If your pet's health doesn't improve after a few weeks, it might not be the right product.

He might do better with supplements or a different approach. 

Every pet is different, and it might take trial and error to find the best way to help your dog.

Never feel you're limited to the products available from your specific veterinarian. 

There are many health products for dogs, and the numbers are constantly growing. 

Most importantly, if you don't see any positive changes and your veterinarian does not address that, go to a different vet clinic or find a better professional.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:07:59 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Dog and Cat Food Toppers: Why Gently Cooked Food is the Paw&fect Choice There are so many benefits to fresh, gently cooked pet food. While feeding 100% gently cooked pet food gives your pet the best results, your dog and cat can still get benefits from consuming our recipes as a healthy dog or cat food topper! 

What is a cat or dog food meal topper? A meal topper is a food that you can add in small amounts to your dog or cat’s normal diet. This means there are a variety of things that can be used as a topper such as bone broths, gravies, small portions of meat or fruits and veggies, kibbles, or even gently cooked fresh pet food!

Bone Broth for dogs

Why feed my dog or cat a topper? The most common reason pet parents will provide their pet with food toppers is to elevate their pet’s mealtime experience. Unsurprisingly, pet owners are starting to see value in providing their pets with variety rather than the same old bland kibble day in and day out. 

Watch all the fun and creative ways you can feed Tom&Sawyer as a topper

Other reasons to provide toppers can be to:

  1. Add protein to their pet’s meal, or other nutrients that can be supplemented in dog and cat food toppers
  2. For health benefits of targeted toppers i.e. hip and joint support, digestive support, or calming effects, and to improve skin and coat health and reduce itchy paws
  3. Increase palatability of their pet’s food and to encourage picky eaters

What makes a good dog or cat food topper? Because of its loose definition, many things can be used or sold as a topper. However, not all toppers are created equal. 

Here are the top 5 reasons to use Tom&Sawyer’s gently cooked pet food as a healthy topper for your dog or cat:

1. Increased Moisture

Moisture is often the forgotten nutrient, but it’s probably one of the most important nutrients for us and our pets! Because of the high moisture content in fresh, gently cooked pet food (typically >70% moisture), your pet gets some much needed hydration. Hydration is key to a healthy pet, improving digestion, energy levels, skin and coat health, and more!

cooked pet meals

2. Picky Eaters and Improved Palatability

Gently cooked pet food is a highly palatable option for your pets, which makes their meal time fun and exciting! Tom&Sawyer meals are irresistible for pets because of our high-quality ingredients. Our first ingredient is always protein, which is a fan-favourite! It can also help encourage those picky eaters to dig in! Even better? We have a variety of highly palatable cat and dog food recipes to provide your pets with variety in their diet!

3. Protein

One of the main reasons pet owners choose to add a meal topper is to increase the protein content of their pet’s diet. Protein can be quite beneficial for a variety of things such as muscle maintenance, satiety, weight loss, immune function, and skin and coat health. Our meals are protein-first and we choose the best quality ingredients every time!

Kangaroo dog food

4. Fibre 

Another benefit to Tom&Sawyer meals compared to your run-of-the-mill topper is our high fibre content. Both soluble and insoluble fibres are beneficial for digestion and gut health and is crucial for healthy poops! Read more on fibre here: Dietary Fibre for your Pets

5. Digestibility

Research has shown that fresh, gently cooked pet foods are often more digestible than kibbles! This means that your pet is able to better digest and absorb the nutrients in their food rather than have them exit the body via their poop. This is something that not many other toppers can boast, and part of what makes Tom&Sawyer a unique meal topper choice for your pet. 

And what puts us over the edge compared to other meal toppers? Our meals are complete and balanced, which means you can feed your pet our meals as a topper or as a full meal for happier, healthier, longer lives!

Written by: Hannah Godfrey
Animal Nutritionist
BSc.H. | MSc. Animal Nutrition

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:07:48 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Benefits of our Wild West Kangaroo Recipe for Cats A perfect combination of lean kangaroo meat, healthy pumpkin and coconut milk puréed to perfection, our Wild West Kangaroo recipe will have your cat hopping to their food bowl at every meal.
  • Novel Protein
  • All Life Stages
  • Gluten-Free


  • Kangaroo

GOOD FOR: Cats of all life stages (kitten >4 weeks of age, adult, senior), cats with protein allergies, cats with gluten allergies, cats with sensitive digestive systems, may be beneficial for weight loss, skin and coat health.

* For a cat undergoing an energy restriction, this recipe should only be used when in consultation with a veterinarian.

Our Wild West Kangaroo recipe for cats pairs lean kangaroo meat with delicious pumpkin and coconut, creating a hearty meal for your cat. 

kangaroo cat food

Here are the top 4 benefits of our Wild West Kangaroo for cats:

  1. Hydration: With a moisture content greater than 75%, the Wild West Kangaroo keeps your cat hydrated! It is no secret that cats are poor regulators of their own hydration, usually avoiding water even when they need it! They prefer to get their water through their food and that’s why we ensure our Wild West meal is rich in water to keep your cat healthy and hydrated without stress!

  2. Healthy Poops: Pumpkin is great for cats! It provides a source of both soluble and insoluble fibres, which can be beneficial for your cat’s digestive system and bowel movements. Fibres are also beneficial for moving those pesky hairballs through the digestive tract and out the other end rather than having your cat cough them up.

  3. Novel Protein: By choosing kangaroo as our main protein source, we aim to provide cats with meat allergies a novel protein that is still highly palatable. In addition, we have included ingredients that contain high levels of anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe the digestive tract and reduce the inflammation associated with allergies. 

  4. Shiny Coat: Skin and coat health is a common concern for cat owners. That’s why this recipe includes a lean protein source to help keep their coat healthy and shiny. Coconut milk is healthy for cats as it is high in omega fatty acids, which play an important role in skin health and function. Together, these can help promote a healthy skin and coat for your cat. 

So hop to the freezer and add our healthy Wild West Kangaroo recipe to your cat’s menu today.

See our full menu line up for cats here.

Did you know that Tom&Sawyer offers one of the only cat food subscription programs in Canada? Click here to start getting your cat's fresh food delivered straight to your door. 

Written by: Hannah Godfrey
Animal Nutritionist
BSc.H. | MSc. Animal Nutrition

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:07:47 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Pawliday Turkey Gobbler: Holiday Turkey Recipe for Dogs Do you like to sneak your pup a taste or two from your holiday dinner? Now you don’t have to!

Made with ground turkey (dark meat), butternut squash, russet potatoes, chicken giblets (heart, liver), spinach, dried cranberries and our supplement blend, our Pawliday Turkey Gobbler is a complete and balanced holiday meal that your dog can enjoy all to themselves. 

  • Complete & Balanced
  • Gluten Free
  • Grain Free
  • Low Fat

Main Protein: Turkey

Good For: Adult dogs, dogs with gluten/grain allergies, dogs requiring a low-fat diet

Is turkey good for dogs?

Yes! Our Pawliday Turkey Gobbler is a low-fat, holiday treat for your pup so they can join in on all the yummy holiday traditions! 

dog with Santa hat                                                                                    Photo by Jakob Owens

This recipe is great for pups who may need: 

  1. A Low-Fat Diet: Even dogs who require a low-fat meal can enjoy our Pawliday Gobbler! This recipe contains less than 25 g fat per 1000kcal, which is perfect for dogs prone to pancreatitis. This holiday treat can also be incorporated into weight loss plans so even pups on a diet can enjoy a treat!
  2. A Grain or Gluten-Free Option: Butternut squash and potatoes are the main carbohydrate source in our Pawliday meal so all pups can enjoy this holiday meal, even those with gluten intolerances!
  3. Something Nutritious, and Delicious: Developed to be especially yummy, even picky-eaters will be hard-pressed to say no to this meal! The inclusion of the best quality, highly palatable ingredients such as turkey and organ meats will keep your dog coming back for seconds. 

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And while this can be a delicious holiday meal for all, there are also additional benefits of our Pawliday Turkey Gobbler:

  1. High Fibre for a Healthy Gut: Holiday meals can take a toll on your pup’s gut. But with ingredients full of both insoluble and soluble fibres, our Pawliday Turkey Gobbler recipe can be enjoyed worry (and mess) free. Fibres can help with appetite control, promoting a healthy microbiome, and providing bulk and firmness to your pup’s poop for easy scooping!
  2. Supports Skin & Coat Health: The high moisture content of our gently cooked meals supports hydration which is often overlooked for healthy skin. By incorporating lean turkey and organ meats, this meal is high in protein, containing amino acids to support a healthy coat. 
  3. Healthy Lifestyle: Gently cooked meals are easier for your pups to digest, which means more nutrients are absorbed than conventional pet foods. Our Turkey Gobbler is no exception. This can help support energy levels and regular function and immune systems!

Pawliday Turkey Gobbler - festive dog food

And best of all, the Pawliday Turkey Gobbler is Complete & Balanced: This year, we decided to take the extra step and make our Pawliday Turkey Gobbler a complete and balanced meal. This means that it can be fed all holiday season without jeopardizing your pup’s nutrition! All the nutrients essential for your dog are in this recipe at the right amounts for a healthy, happy, longer life. 

Ready to get your paws on our Pawliday Turkey Gobbler? Sign into your account or start our Meal Plan Questionnaire here. 

Check out our other delicious recipes for dogs we have on the menu. 

Written by: Hannah Godfrey
Animal Nutritionist
BSc.H. | MSc. Animal Nutrition

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:07:47 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Fundamental Coffee’s Summer Solstice Blend Release This post by Jason Price can be seen at The Hungry Dog Blog - Seattle's Finest Blog on Food, Farming, Chefs and Charcuterie by Jason Price

Scott McMartin founded Fundamental Coffee Co. in Seattle after years of overseeing bulk purchasing and roasting at coffee behemoth Starbucks. Now, he's bringing the art of the blend back to small scale roasting one batch at a time.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:05:37 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Hungry Hollow Farm This post by Jason Price can be seen at The Hungry Dog Blog - Seattle's Finest Blog on Food, Farming, Chefs and Charcuterie by Jason Price

Hungry Hollow Farm is located in Shelton, Washington and was founded in 1888. Chicken Farmer Grant Jones left big city life and started his journey towards restoring the pastoral farm and began his mission to bring the best pasture raised chicken money can buy - straight to your door!

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:05:34 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Is it Okay to Share a Cookie with Your Dog? Is it Okay to Share a Cookie with Your Dog? 

If your dog loves their ‘cookies’ and they like to gaze lovingly at you when you enjoy the human version, you might be wondering: can dogs eat cookies? 

While it may be tempting to slip your pooch a piece of your sweet treat, it’s generally not a good idea to share human desserts with your four-legged friend. Cookies are high in sugar and fat, and may contain ingredients that are toxic to dogs like chocolate, certain nuts, and spices. But, there are some cookies that aren’t dangerous to dogs, just unhealthy, and it’s good to know the difference. 

Are Cookies Safe for Dogs To Eat? 

Most of the time, if your dog gets ahold of a single cookie they will be totally fine. If, however, they end up eating a large number of any human cookie, they will likely experience an upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and general discomfort. While the worst-case-scenario for most dogs who eat a cookie is gastrointestinal distress, cookies that contain toxic ingredients could cause serious health issues that require the help of a veterinarian. 

To keep your dog safe, happy, and healthy, it’s best to avoid giving them any human cookies. 

Cookie Varieties

As mentioned, some cookies have more potential to be harmful to your dog’s health than others. Here’s a rundown of some of the most popular cookies and whether or not they pose a threat to your dog if consumed. 

Type of Cookie

Is it Safe for Dogs?

Harmful Ingredients

Animal Crackers

Yes, in moderation

Artificial Flavorings, Canola Oil, Sugar



Chocolate*, Nuts*, Sugar

Black & White Cookies

No - toxic

Cocoa*, Sugar

Butter Cookies

Yes, in moderation (if homemade)

Butter, Sugar

Chocolate Chip Cookies

No - toxic

Chocolate*, Sugar

Fortune Cookies

Yes, in moderation

Almond Extract, Artificial Flavorings, Sugar

Gingerbread Cookies


Butter, Clove*, Sugar



Butter, Clove*, Sugar

Graham Crackers

Yes, in moderation

Artificial Flavorings, Oils, Sugar



Almonds, Butter, Sugar







Molasses Cookies

No - possibly toxic

Molasses with added xylitol*, Sugar

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

No - toxic

Raisins*, Sugar


No - toxic

Artificial Flavorings, Cocoa*, Oils, Sugar

Peanut Butter Cookies

No - possibly toxic

Sugar, Xylitol*

Shortbread Cookies

Yes, in moderation (if homemade)

Butter, Sugar



Butter, Cream of Tartar*, Sugar

Sugar Cookies

Yes, in moderation (if homemade and not frosted)

Butter, Sugar

Wafer Cookies


Artificial Flavorings, Butter, Chocolate*, Sugar

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

No - toxic

Butter, Macadamia Nuts*, Sugar, White Chocolate

*Potential to be toxic to dogs

Can Dogs Eat Cookies? The FAQ

Here are some more fast facts about dogs eating human cookies, and tips for how you can choose dog-friendly options so your pup never feels left out. 

Can Dogs Eat Shortbread?

Dogs shouldn’t eat any human cookies, but if they get a piece of shortbread, it won’t be the end of the world as long as it doesn’t contain any added toxic ingredients.

Can Dogs Eat Butter Cookies?

As long as the butter cookies don’t contain any chocolate or other toxic ingredients, butter cookies are relatively safe for dogs. But again, dogs shouldn’t eat any human cookies if you can prevent it. 

Can Dogs Eat Chocolate Chip Cookies?

No! Chocolate is toxic to dogs, and the chocolate chips in chocolate chip cookies can be a serious problem for your pup. Even if they don’t react to the chocolate, the sugar isn’t good for them in the long run. Here are more details on what to do if your dog eats a chocolate chip cookie

Carob chip cookies are a safe, dog-friendly alternative so your dog can still enjoy a delicious treat.

Can Dogs Eat Sugar Cookies?

Like butter cookies and shortbread, sugar cookies are generally safe for dogs as long as they are plain and don’t include frosting, chocolate, or other ingredients. Remember, cookies aren’t a good treat for dogs, but if your dog eats a sugar cookie on accident they will be completely fine. 

Can Dogs Eat Oatmeal Cookies?

There are some oatmeal cookies dogs can eat, but the ones you can buy at the grocery store or make for the holidays aren’t a good option for your dog. Oatmeal raisin cookies are especially bad for dogs since raisins are toxic to them. 

Can Dogs Eat Snickerdoodle Cookies?

Many snickerdoodle recipes contain cream of tartar, which can be problematic for some dogs. Because of this, it’s best to not let your dog eat snickerdoodles, unless, of course, they’re our dog-friendly snickerdoodles made with canine-approved ingredients!


Did you know that you can make dog cookies at home? Check out these simple bacon dog treat recipes!

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:04:03 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Should You Be Feeding Your Dog Honey? Should You Be Feeding Your Dog Honey?

Is Honey Safe For Dogs?

So, can dogs have honey? Yes! Honey is not only safe for dogs, it can be beneficial for them, too! 

Honey is a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties which make it just about the healthiest sugar alternative out there. Eating local honey has been effectively used to help treat the symptoms of allergies in humans, which suggests the possibility of the same benefits for canines, and honey has even been used topically in clinical settings on dogs to treat wounds and protect the skin. 

While studies on the long-term benefits of adding honey to your dog’s diet are sparse, it is perfectly safe to give your dog a little bit of honey, and they could even enjoy a health boost!

Nutritional Value of Honey

Source: @ASpoonFullOfHope

Because it is mostly sugar, honey isn’t a particularly nutritionally dense food, though it does contain a variety of valuable compounds that can make it a beneficial part of your dog’s diet. The naturally occurring antioxidants in honey are the biggest reason to give your dog honey, and can help to:

  • Enhance wound healing
  • Reduce allergy symptoms
  • Boost energy
  • Soothe gastrointestinal distress

How Much Honey Can My Dog Have?

The amount of honey you can safely feed your dog each day depends entirely on their size. 

Size (in pounds)

Honey Per Day

<10 lbs

¼ tsp

10–20 lbs

½ tsp

20–50 lbs

½ – 1 tsp

50–75 lbs

1 – 1 ½ tsp

75+ lbs

1 ½ – 2 tsp

Note that not all dogs can safely eat honey. Dogs that are diabetic, immunocompromised, or suffering from an underlying condition should not be given honey without first consulting with a veterinarian. 

Likewise, puppies should not be given honey, since it can contain botulism spores that their developing immune system may not be able to process.

Common Types of Honey

Here are the most common types of honey you’ll find at your local grocery or pet store and whether or not they’re safe for dogs to have. 

Type of Honey

Safe for Dogs? 

Key Features

Clover Honey

Yes–in moderation

Made by bees who collect nectar exclusively from clover flowers

Comb Honey (honeycomb) 

Yes–in very small quantities

Honey that has not been extracted from the waxy comb

Creamed Honey (whipped)

Yes–in moderation

Honey that has been processed to create a creamy, spreadable texture

Hemp Honey

Yes–follow dosing instructions

Honey infused with cannabinoids (typically CBD) and beneficial compounds from the hemp plant

Hot Honey

NO–can cause gastrointestinal upset, vomiting, diarrhea, and discomfort

Honey infused with chili peppers to create a spicy/sweet flavor. Contains capsaicin.

Manuka Honey

Yes–in moderation

Made by bees who collect nectar exclusively from mānuka trees. Considered especially healthy and beneficial.

Raw Honey

Yes–in moderation

Honey that has only been extracted from the comb and strained with no additional processing.

Unfiltered Honey

Yes–in moderation

Honey that has only been extracted from the comb with no additional processing. 

Wildflower Honey

Yes–in moderation

Made by bees who collect nectar exclusively from mixed wildflower varieties. 

Banana & Honey Dog Treat Recipe

Created by TheBritishBaker for her Cocker Spaniel puppies Brie and Henri, this recipe features honey and banana as the key flavors and utilizes whole wheat flour to create a crispy, crunchy dog biscuit. 


  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 medium bananas, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp honey of your choice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 ½ cups whole wheat flour + more for dusting


  • Baking sheets
  • Parchment paper
  • Stand mixer (or a hand mixer + a large bowl)
  • Wire cooling racks


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Combine water, bananas, egg, honey, and vanilla extract in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix thoroughly on a medium setting to combine.
  4. Add baking powder and mix to combine.
  5. Add the flour ½ cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. A rough, slightly sticky dough should form.
  6. Dust a clean surface lightly with flour and dump the dough out onto it. 
  7. Knead the dough for about 6-8 minutes or until the dough is no longer sticky. Dust lightly with more flour as needed. 
  8. Roll the dough into a ¼-inch thick rectangle and cut. Gather scraps and repeat the process until you have used all of the dough. 
  9. Place the cut dough pieces onto the prepared baking sheets and bake in a preheated oven until golden brown or about 20 minutes. Cook time will vary depending on the size of your cookie cutters. 
  10. Turn off the oven but leave the treats inside. Allow the treats to dry and become crisp for 30-40 minutes.
  11. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking trays for 10 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely. 

Can Dogs Have Honey? The FAQ

Looking for more answers to your honey-related questions? Here’s everything dog owners like you are asking. 

Can honey be toxic to dogs?

No! Honey does not contain anything that is toxic to dogs, but you can feed them too much. Too much honey could cause vomiting, diarrhea, elevated glucose levels, and upset stomach. 

Can dogs have raw honey?

Yes. Dogs can have raw honey.

What should I do if my dog licks some honey?

Nothing! Your dog just enjoyed a sweet treat, and as long as they didn’t eat a large amount of honey, they will be completely fine. 

What are the benefits of honey for dogs?

Honey can offer a number of benefits to dogs when regularly added to their diet including:

  • Anti-inflammatory benefits
  • Reduced allergy symptoms
  • Boosted wound healing

Can I give my dog honey for a cough?

It’s not a good idea to treat a dog’s cough with honey. While it may ease some discomfort, it won’t treat the root cause of anything. Additionally, dogs with compromised immune systems should not eat honey, so it’s best to get your dog checked by a vet if they are coughing. 

What is topical honey?

Topical honey products are used to treat external wounds, irritation, rashes, etc. Many dog skincare products contain honey as a key ingredient, but there are also varieties of honey sold specifically for topical use. 


Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:04:02 -0800 Dog-Fancier
3&Ingredient Cakes To Make For Your Dog 3 Ingredient Dog Cakes

As much as we love the delicious pup-friendly cakes at The Dog Bakery, there’s something special about making your own treats. It’s like making your own dinner, but you’re making something special for your best friend!

To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of the best and simplest ways to treat your pooch! These recipes are simple to make and only require 3 ingredients, making them perfect for every budget.

The Easy-to-Make Doggy Birthday Cake

Celebrating a special occasion like a birthday, gotcha-day, or training graduation?

The gourmands of Garlic Head have a fantastic three-ingredient recipe for your pooch! This is a simple recipe with only a few steps, and the results can be frozen for reuse.



  • ⅓ cup cooked brown rice
  • ¼ cup plain cooked chicken, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons raw unsalted peanut butter
  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened greek yogurt (optional)

You won’t need any special supplies or appliances for this recipe!


  1. Use a toothpick or fork to poke some holes in the sweet potato before microwaving it for 6–8 minutes. Remember to stop the microwave at the halfway point to flip the potato.

  2. Remove the sweet potato from the microwave. Once it has cooled, scrape out the orange flesh. You’ll likely have about ½ cup of sweet potato when you’re done.

  3. Mix 1 tablespoon of peanut butter into the scooped-out mashed potato. As you stir, add in the chicken and rice.

  4. Place the mixture onto a plate and mold it into a cake shape. Allow it to cool until firm.

  5. If desired, use the second tablespoon of peanut butter or the greek yogurt to frost the resulting cake.

The Basic Dog Cake

For dogs with a refined palate, there’s Pastries and Pets’ three-ingredient cake. This simple recipe is perfect for any occasion, including birthdays, and dogs are always huge fans of the results.



  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder (optional)

You’ll also want to prepare a medium or large baking sheet.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

  2. Using a bowl, mix together the eggs, oil, water, and flour. 1½ teaspoons of baking powder can be added to help the batter rise, but its inclusion is your choice!

  3. Spray or spread some oil on your pan to prevent sticking.

  4. Divide the batter into batches. You can make small balls or use cookie cutters to create unique shapes.

  5. Bake for 18 minutes and allow the cakes to cool before serving.

Easy-to-Make Pupcakes

Finally, we have More Than Cocos’ fantastic pup-friendly pupcake recipe. Don’t let their simplicity fool you! These quick-and-easy pupcakes are always a hit with pups.



  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup oat flour
  • ¼ cup peanut butter

This recipe requires an oven and mugs or molds to shape the results.


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

  2. Combine the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together. The result will be a bit runny, like cake batter.

  3. When you’re happy with the consistency, pour the batter into two small mugs or the molds of your choice. Place these in the oven for about 12–15 minutes, cooking until firm.

  4. Allow the cake to cool before serving. You can also store them in the fridge for up to a week.

Looking for something a little more complicated? Check out this dog-safe pumpkin pie recipe that’s perfect for the holidays!

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:04:02 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Should You Feed Your Dog a Raw Diet? Pros of feeding your dog a raw diet. I interviewed four dog owners who feed their dogs raw and they told me the benefits they have seen after switching their dogs.

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Darwin’s Venison Jerky Treats for Dogs – Venison Meat for Dogs Find Out Why Venison Meat is Healthy for Dogs + Safety Precautions When Feeding Your Dog Wild Game or Other Raw Meat.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:03:17 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Best Diet for a Cat With Kidney Disease What to feed a cat with kidney disease - prescription diets and raw diets for cats with kidney disease.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:03:16 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Autumn LickiMat recipe As the nights draw in and the weather gets cooler, you may find your pup needing a little something extra to keep them occupied – that’s where our autumn LickiMat recipe comes in! 

LickiMats are perfect for mixing up mealtimes, and can also help slow down those dogs who like to wolf down their food in one go – we love them so much, you can now add one to your delivery.

Got some leftover squash from that soup or casserole that needs using? No problem! Boil it, mash it and stick it on a LickiMat for an occupier packed with fibre, beta-carotene, potassium and vitamin C – yum.

Our quick and easy recipe takes minutes to make, but will keep your dog busy for longer, giving you plenty of time to do some dinner prep or sit and have a cuppa.


  • 1 LickiMat

What you’ll need:

  • 100g cooked butternut squash (boiled, steamed or roasted)
  • 100g of your dog’s favourite wet food
  • Tasty treats for topping (optional)


  1. Place the cooked squash and wet food in a bowl, mashing and mixing until well combined
  2. Spoon onto the LickiMat, spreading evenly
  3. Top with a few treats if using
  4. Serve right away or pop in the freezer for a few hours for a longer lasting treat

Looking for more LickiMat inspiration? We’ve put together some of our favourites and yours too!

If you give this recipe a go, we’d love to see! Don’t forget to share your pictures with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and use the hashtag #tailsdotcom or send them into our Facebook group, the Wet Nose Nation.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:02:21 -0800 Dog-Fancier
5 tips to keep your dog happy this Halloween All Hallows’ Eve can be a tricky time for our canine companions. Door knocking, unfamiliar faces and spooky costumes. It can all be a little… well, scary. So we’re here to help, with 5 top tips to keep your dog happy on Halloween. 

We all like to celebrate spooky season in our own ways. You might be preparing for a big costume party. Or you might be choosing which classic film to curl up on the sofa with.

Our dogs are much the same. Some are the life of the party and will enjoy lapping up the attention of guests and visitors. But many can find the commotion and door knocking a little stressful.  

Taking this into consideration, how can you keep your dog happy and calm on Halloween? Here are our top tips.

1. Prepare with a walk

It’s a great idea to give your dog the chance to burn off any excess energy before the evening begins. That way they’re likely to be in a more relaxed state of mind. 

Try letting them lead you on a sniffari walk. Or plan to add in an extra training session to satisfy them mentally too.

2. Create their happy place

If it’s likely your dog will find the trick or treating stressful, create a cosy, quiet place for them to relax with you, that’s preferably away from busy areas (like that front door!). 

You can also play some calming music or white noise, and give them a chew to occupy them. Yakers chews are a great option. All natural and super long-lasting, sure to keep them busy during those peak hours.

If you’re hosting a party, it’s still a great idea to have somewhere quiet for your dog to go – in case they need a break.

Keep your dog happy on Halloween with a Yaker's chew.

3. Use distraction techniques

If your dog likes to alert bark, be sure to get stocked up on high-reward treats to help distract them from the door. 

Try the following:

  • Set yourself up in a room where your dog won’t be able to reach the front door – an appropriately sized baby gate can work well.
  • Have a treat jar nearby or a treat bag on your waist. You might want to break the treats up into small pieces beforehand. 
  • When that door goes off, immediately scatter a handful of treats.
  • This way you can hand out some treats to the kids, while your dog will be sniffing around for every last morsel. 

If you live in a busy area, you could even use your dog’s evening kibble portion. This way you have plenty of distraction material to work with.

4. To costume or not to costume

Is it okay to dress up your dog on Halloween? That’s up to you to decide. After all, you know them best.

If your dog is used to wearing functional coats or booties in winter, they may tolerate wearing a costume well. Just make sure they can move freely and aren’t showing any signs of stress.

A spooky bandana or bow tie would be our top choice. These are likely to feel much more comfortable and familiar to your dog than a full costume. 

Better yet, there are plenty of other ways to get them involved in the festivities. Like trying your hand at some dog Halloween treats recipes for example!

5. Cover the Halloween dog safety basics 

A quick reminder, especially if you’re hosting a Halloween party of your own:

  • Swap candles in pumpkins for battery-operated lights to account for wagging tails.
  • Remind guests that sweets and chocolate need to stay out of your dog’s reach.
  • Keep their collar and tags on at all times – just in case.

If you know your dog is likely to get really stressed by trick-or-treating, then feel free to opt out. You could put a sign on your gate or door and leave a box of treats out for kids to help themselves instead. That way there won’t be any interruptions to Hocus Pocus either…

What are your strategies for a happy dog during Halloween? And how do you celebrate together?

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:02:21 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Winter wardrobe Working on the GILL x charity project to create a waterproof dog coat prompted some wider thinking about what really makes sense for the breeds that benefit from a winter coat.

While our dogs (mostly!) come with their own weatherproof fur coats, there’s no doubt that there are some who need a bit of help when it comes to staying dry and warm. Couple that with the unpredictability of the British climate, and our dogs’ desires to be out in all weathers – and of course their passion to be doing whatever we are doing and our desire to not have a dripping wet dog on the sofa! – and it’s easy to see there are benefits to having a good quality dog coat to hand.

Choosing the perfect dog coat, however, can be as much of a mystery as choosing the perfect harness or bed, so how do you decide what would be right for your dog?

First of all, it has to be comfortable – that must always be the number one consideration. You need to find a coat that fits properly, that has padding or soft material at key places and contact points to ensure it won’t rub their chest, neck, or under their stomach or legs, that it has a design that won’t slip, and that allows your dog total freedom of movement. They need to be able to move their shoulders fully without any restriction and be able to fully stretch their backs, even when running at full speed.

The lining should be soft and not itchy or hard (imagine you were choosing a jumper for yourself here), and the outside has to be flexible, so it moves with the dog.

Then be clear in what you need the coat to do – so ask yourself a few questions.

  • Do you have a thin-skinned dog who feels the cold?
  • A dog who hates getting wet and won’t go out if there is even a drip of rain?
  • Do you have a mud magnet and you want to try and keep them a little bit cleaner?
  • Or are you about to head off on an extreme sports adventure in the middle of winter?
  • Will your dog be running and being active – or do they just want to hang around with you and be warm and dry?
  • Is this for dark winter walks – and if so, do you need the coat to have enhanced visibility so your dog can be seen?

Once you’re clear on this, you can choose something that will fulfil you and your dog’s needs.

Don’t forget that active dogs will warm up quickly whatever the weather (and many of our more popular breeds were designed to work all day in all weathers in the harshest winters) – and so while you might want to wrap up in plenty of layers, it’s easy for your fur-coated dog, who might be running 10x further than you in the excitement of the great outdoors and with the joy of all the sights and sniffs, to overheat very quickly.

Remember that dogs can’t sweat, and so for an active dog, any coat you use has to be extremely breathable and let the air in and the heat out. Even then, watch your dog when you are out and look out for signs they are overheating (this is quite possible even if you are freezing cold and dripping wet!).

Also think about how the coat goes on. Most dogs don’t like things pulled over their ears and so a coat that you can put on and then fasten around your dog is usually preferable – and try to avoid particularly noisy clips that can be startling, especially if they are near your dog’s ears, or ones that your dog’s coat (or worse, skin) could get caught in. A coat should be easy to put on and simple to take off, as you might have to do this while you are out and about.

Be aware that you will need to be able to clip a lead onto your dog when they have the coat on – so make sure this is possible.

And of course, it helps if it looks good too!

Just like good outdoor clothing can transform our outdoor experiences, a well-chosen dog coat can help your best friend stay warm and dry – and make sure they don’t bring too much of the great outdoors back inside with them!

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 13:02:21 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Cat Treat Recipe For Crispy Liver Morsels

As carnivores, cats used to get their main source of vitamin A from the liver within their prey.

A small bird or a mouse could have a little liver which the cat could have eaten. The odd bit of liver that we give our cats can give them a vital vitamin A boost as well as iron which is good for the blood.

Vitamin A is an essential vitamin for cats, which means it must be part of their diet in order for your cat to maintain optimal health.

However please be careful not to over feed liver to your cat. Too much liver in your cat’s diet can result in a vitamin A toxicity.

If your cat likes a bit of liver, rather use it as a way to treat, which means giving your cat liver in a small dose as they would have in the wild.

Liver is full of protein and also contains calcium, vitamins D, E, K and vitamins of the B group.

Cats can eat chicken liver either raw or cooked. They can eat them on their own or mixed in with other meat such as beef chunks.

Ingredients for Crispy Liver Morsels:

  • 1/2 cup cooked chicken livers
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup cooked carrot
  • 1 tablespoon soft butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C .
  2. Place well-done livers and cooked carrots in a blender with the 1/4 cup of water, then blend until fine.
  3. In a bowl, combine liver mixture, flour and butter, then knead dough into a ball.
  4. Roll dough to about a 1/2 cm thick with a bit of dusted flour and cut into 2 cm size pieces.
  5. Place cookies on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. this recipe makes between 12 and 15 cookies.

Make sure that you use this recipe only for treating your cat and do not make it a staple part of your cat’s diet.



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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:59:15 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Are You thinking of making homemade cat food?

Treat your cat by preparing them some nutritious food.

An increasing number of vets offer nutritional consultations to help owners assess their cats’ specific needs in their diet.

As with humans, keeping to the same eating routine week in and week out can get boring. Some home made food can go a long way to complement your cat’s regular diet and keep things interesting.

Here are some recipes for some well balanced healthy food and some guidelines to go along with it. You can also serve dry food with the following recipes.

Ingredients to avoid before making any meal for your cat.

The following ingredients can aggravate your kitty’s stomach and can become toxic in the long term.

  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Raw egg whites
  • Raisans

While the above ingredients should be completely avoided, any regular cat food diet must include animal protein.

The essentials for a well balanced homemade meal for your cat.

Animal protein: 

Protein you can give your cat can come from chicken (or any poultry), beef, pork, rabbit, fish or liver.

Liver is full of vitamin A, and cat’s cannot produce this vitamin on their own. Too much of one thing such as liver can also become toxic and result in vitamin A toxicity. Remember, that variety is critical, so you should not exclusively feed your cat liver or fish only .


Homemade cat food should be hydrated and have 10% to 30 % water weight.


All good recipes for felines should contain less than 10% carbohydrates. White rice, barley, oatmeal or peas all work well.

Animal fats:

Animal fats are an essential ingredient for healthy skin and fur, as well the circulatory and urinary systems.

Calcium to phosphorus ratio:

The ratio between calcium and phosphorus should be 1 part calcium to to 1.3 parts phosphorus. The easiest way to accomplish this ratio is to add a calcium or mineral supplement. You can also ask your local butcher for bone meal (not the one intended for gardening). Bone meal is a great source of calcium for your cat.

Basic Cat food recipe

  • 1/4 teaspoon olive oil or salmon oil
  • 2.7 g of feline vitamin/mineral supplement or bone meal.
  • 20 g of potato or grated carrot, cooked without skin
  • 40 g of carbohydrates — choose one: cooked white rice, barley, oatmeal or peas
  • 83 g of cooked animal protein, such as whole meat chicken, lamb, beef, pork, tuna, sardines, rabbit or salmon


  1. Sautée the meat chunks in olive oil or salmon oil.
  2. Add the cooked carbohydrates and potato/carrot.
  3. Once meat is cooked through, add vitamin/mineral supplement or bone meal.
  4. Mill it up – a blender works really well for this purpose.
  5. Once cool, serve to your cat.
  6. Store the rest in an airtight container in the fridge.
  7. Discard after 4 days.

Sardine Patty Recipe

  • 1 can of sardines in oil
  • 1/2 cup boiled rice
  • 1/4 cup pureed liver cooked
  • 2-3 sprigs of parsley chopped


  1. Drain the sardines and mix and mash all ingredients together.
  2. Form the mixture into little balls and then press them into patties.
  3. Serve to your cat, or store in airtight container in the fridge.
  4. Discard after 3 days.



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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:59:14 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Step away from the chocolate!

A bit of chocolate for us humans is an indulgence and a delicious treat.

However, even a small amount of chocolate to some cats and dogs can be quite devastating to their health.

As well as a high fat content, chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine. This is the most toxic component in chocolate that have a negative effect on our pets’ health.

Humans can easily metabolise theobromine, but dogs and cats process it much more slowly, allowing it to build up to toxic levels in their system.

A small amount of chocolate will probably only give your dog or cat an upset stomach and possibly the risk of vomiting or diarrhoea.

How much chocolate is toxic for my pet?

This will depend on the weight and size of your pet. It also depends on type of chocolate.

White chocolate has the least amount of stimulants and dark chocolate has the highest, of which cooking or baking chocolate will cause the most severe symptoms.

A lethal dose of theobromine is 80-200mg/kg, cooking or baking chocolate has 14.1mg/gram of theobromine, dark chocolate has 5.3mg/gram, milk chocolate has 1.4mg/gram, and white chocolate has very little real chocolate in it.

A large dog can consume more chocolate than a small dog or cat before suffering ill effects.

Depending on the weight and size of your pet, chocolate poisoning will only show symptoms between 30 minutes and 2 hours after consumption.

Symptoms resulting from too much chocolate.

When a large amount of chocolate is consumed, theobromine can produce muscle tremors, seizures, an irregular heartbeat, internal bleeding or a heart attack. .

If your 20kg dog gets their paws on a single chocolate-chip cookie, it probably will not cause your dog a serious problems. However, if they gobble up enough of your favourite chocolate treats they may develop symptoms such as:-

  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • increased urination
  • restlessness
  • hyperactivity
  • muscle twitching
  • and in severe cases or where left untreated seizures.

Veterinary assistance 

If you know your pet has eaten your chocolate, be ready to tell your vet:

  1. How much chocolate you think your pet ate.
  2. What type of chocolate it was.
  3. How long ago it was.

It is helpful to bring the chocolate wrapper, if it is available.

The sooner you seek help better for your pet.



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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:59:13 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Why Does My Dog Hump My Boyfriend? Humping, also known as mounting, is normal canine behavior, especially among puppies during play. But it can embarrass owners and cause fights among dogs if the other pooch does not appreciate your dog’s advances.   Understanding the underlying causes of this behavior can help you correct it.   Why Does My Dog Hump My Boyfriend? […]

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:59:11 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Why Does My Dog Smell My Breath? Whether it be good or bad breath, our dogs seem to love to catch a wiff! From when we wake up and throughout the day, our dogs seem to enjoy checking in on us by smelling our breath. Why Does My Dog Smell My Breath? It may seem odd to us, but for our dogs […]

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:59:10 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Is Ortho Weed&B&Gon Safe For Pets? Ortho Weed-B-Gon contains harmful chemicals for your dog. Here we’ll explore a variety of weed killers, natural alternatives, how a healthy lawn can coexist with pets and symptoms of chemical poisoning.   Is Weed-B-Gon Poisonous To Dogs? When it comes to herbicides most need to be handled with discretion. They contain chemicals that are not […]

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:59:09 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Holiday Safety Tips For Pets Holiday Safety Tips For Pets By Sarah's Pet Sitting Pet Safety During the Holidays Previously working at a veterinarian hospital I can tell you from experience, hospitals see more pets around the holidays than any other time of the year. With so much going on with the holidays, COVID and just life [...]

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:58:36 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Ice Melt Precautions With Dogs Ice Melt Precautions With Dogs By Sarah's Pet Sitting Ice Melt Precautions With Dogs Brrr! It’s icy! As winter makes its way to the northeast, shoppers are stocking up on all the essentials; including ice melt. Now, ice melt is a fantastic invention, but not the best to walk on in bare [...]

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:58:34 -0800 Dog-Fancier
12 Summer Activities To Do With Your Dog Summer is finally here! The days are longer, the sun is brighter, and your dog is ready for fun-filled days. Warmer weather also brings more outdoor activities that you can do with your four-legged friend. So pack your doggie snacks, bring some extra water, and check out our list of 12 Summer Activities to Do With Your Dog!

1. Make Dog-Friendly Ice-Cream 

Who doesn't enjoy a scoop (or two, or three) of delicious ice cream on a hot summer day? Let your dog enjoy this classic treat with some homemade dog-friendly ice cream! The Dog Tipper has an excellent recipe for Peanut Butter & Banana ice cream, and check out a tutorial by Bigger Bolder Baking for more refreshing doggie treats made with fruit.  

2. Have a Sprinkler / Kiddie Pool Day 

Do you have a dog that loves water but you don't have access to a nearby pool or beach? A sprinkler is an excellent solution! Your dog will love the cool relief, and you can water your lawn and flowers at the same time. It's a win-win! Need another solution? Purchase your dog a plastic kiddie pool for them to play in! You can often find them for under $15 at most retail stores and even pet stores.

Dog playing with water squirting from sprinkler

3. Throw a Doggie Barbecue

Heat up the grill and invite your dog's favorite pals over for a fun doggie barbecue! We recommend you pass on seasoning the meats to avoid any toxic ingredients and upset tummies, as well as throwing away any fatty pieces of meat. The smell of grilled chicken and hot dogs is all they need! Don't forget to have plenty of toys to play with, and maybe even get the kiddie pool out for the dogs to play in.

4. Share Some Summer Fruit  

One of the best parts of summer is the delicious, sweet summer fruit that's in season. There are several fruits your dog can safely enjoy with you, like blueberries, watermelon, strawberries, and more! Fruit is full of vitamins that benefits your dog's nutrition, plus, it's always fun to see their face when they try something new and sweet. Take a peek at our blog on 7 Safe Summer Fruits for Dogs to learn more! 

5. Drive-In Movie 

Going to a drive-in movie is a summer-time favorite and an activity your dog can enjoy too. It's great quality time to sit and give your dog the pets and belly rubs they love so much. Be sure to call your local drive-in theater to make sure dogs are allowed!

Popcorn in movie theater popcorn holder

6. Day At The Lake / Beach 

Pair the perfect weather with the perfect day at the lake or beach! You'll love soaking up the sun and getting some fresh air, while your dog enjoys all the new smells and possibly meeting doggie friends. Here are some things to bring along: 

  • Clean, fresh water for both you and your dog.
  • Travel food/water bowl.
  • Dog treats (we highly recommend our 4oz, travel-sized Rolled Food and Lamb Lung Training Treats).
  • At least two towels for your pup.
  • A beach umbrella - make sure your dog doesn't get too hot!

If you do go to a public beach, be sure to check that it's dog-friendly! 

7. Get a Summer Haircut 

It's going to be getting warmer and warmer for the next couple of months, which means your dog's fur may need trimming. Whether you cut your dog's hair yourself or take them to a groomer, getting them a fresh cut is a great way to relieve them from the heat, keep twigs out of their fur from hiking, and avoid matting on the fun water days. 

8. Make Summer Art

Do you know what's better than art? Art made by your favorite furry buddy! Your dog's paw print is unique, and using pet-friendly paint to make art from their special print is a wonderful keepsake. Press their painted paws on rocks for your garden, or put them on paper and make beautiful flowers. The possibilities are endless!

Two dogs posing with artwork made with their paw prints

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9. Take a Day Trip 

Change up your dog's daily routine and take them with you on a fun day trip! Visit a nearby city you've been wanting to explore, go see a good friend who may be a state away, or find an event happening a town over. Your pup will love all the new sights and smells, and you'll love their company. Don't forget to pack a bag for them (food, treats, water, chews) and research dog-friendly restaurants and stores.

10. Enjoy a Picnic Together

Another great way to have some quality time with your pup is by taking them out for a picnic. Head to their favorite park with a blanket, a lunch for yourself, and a special lunch just for them like cooked, unseasoned chicken, brown rice, and dog-friendly fruits and veggies. Don't forget to bring a frisbee or ball along and have some playtime too! 

11. Go Hiking

Adventure is out there! Hiking is a great activity you and your dog can enjoy together, providing you both with fresh air, exercise, and a chance to clear your head. Be sure to bring treats and water for your pup, and maybe even some dog shoes/coverings if you're going to a rocky or heavily wooded area. With flea and tick season in full swing, we highly suggest your talk to your vet about flea and tick prevention if you haven't already. 

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12. Garden Dog-Friendly Vegetables 

Gardening is a summer hobby many families partake in, and just like summer fruits, there are several veggies that are healthy for your pup to eat. Break out the gardening tools and let your dog enjoy some quality time in the backyard with you as your plant some vegetables for the both of you. Who knows, maybe they can help dig some holes! Here are some summer vegetables perfectly safe for your pup to eat:

  • Carrots
  • Green Beans
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Zucchini
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower

Have some summer activities you do with your dog that we didn't mention? Comment below and give us your suggestions! 


Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:58:00 -0800 Dog-Fancier
9 Tips Before Going To The Dog Park Dog parks are one of the happiest places in the world. Cute pups playing, exploring, and running together, what's not to love? Dog parks are also a great outlet for high-energy dogs to get the exercise they need, while also building their socialization skills. Whether you are a dog park connoisseur or planning to go for the first time, there are several things you should know before taking your dog off-leash in this fun-filled place. Here's our checklist of the dos and don'ts of the dog park!

1. Be Up-To-Date on All Vaccinations 

To protect your dog and others, having your dog completely up-to-date on all of their shots is essential when going to the dog park. According to Preventive Vet, these are the core vaccinations your dog should have: 

  • Canine Parvovirus
  • Canine Distemper
  • Adenovirus
  • Hepatitis
  • Rabies

Puppies under 4 months old should never enter a dog park as it could expose them to viruses like Canine Parvovirus (Parvo), a dangerous canine sickness with a high mortality rate if left untreated. Veterinarians even recommend waiting one week after your puppy has completed all of their "puppy shots" (around 17 weeks old) before going to the dog park, giving their body time to build up immunity, 

Note: 4 Paws Veterinary Care also recommends your dog have their Bordetella, Canine Influenza, Lyme, and Leptospirosis vaccines for extra protection. Please consult with your veterinarian about recommended vaccines for your area, as these can vary from state to state. 

2. Know Your Dog’s Temperament 

Every dog has a different temperament, and it’s important to know your dog’s before taking them to the dog park. Are they uneasy around large groups of unfamiliar dogs? Are they a runner and need to be in a fenced-in park? How do they react to large dogs versus smaller dogs? These are all questions you should ask yourself before taking your dog to the park.

If your dog is new to your family, we recommend you wait until you get to know their behavior before taking them to the park. Let them meet your friends and family to see how they are with new people, and take them on walks to see how they react to unfamiliar noises and being outside your home. Want to learn more about temperament testing? Check our WikiHow.Pet's article on How To Temperament Test A Dog for more information.

Larger dog touching noses with small Shih Tzu.

3. Big Dogs vs Small Dogs 

Many dog parks have different sections for large dogs and small dogs, and it’s important to respect this rule. While small dogs are typically welcome in the large dog park (at your own risk), bigger dogs should not enter the small dog park. A small dog park is meant for dogs typically 30 pounds and under, and having large dogs present can put stress on the smaller dogs, and could even be dangerous.  

4. Fenced-In Parks vs Open Parks

Choosing between fenced-in parks and non-fenced parks comes down to your dog's temperament off-leash and the relationship between you and your dog. While some dogs thrive on giant, open fields, playing frisbee and sprinting, it's not suitable for all dogs. Taking your dog off-leash to a park that's not fenced means they could potentially run off without you and become lost. If your dog tends to run away, isn't fully trained, or is new and doesn't have a strong bond with you yet, we highly recommend visiting a fenced park.

However, if your dog tends to stay near you when off-leash, comes when called, and you both have a strong relationship, open parks could be a fun opportunity to explore and get some exercise, but always make sure they are microchipped or have a collar on with current identification tags!

5. Treats: Yes or No? 

If your dog is food motivated, it may be wise to bring some easy, light treats with you to the park in case your dog is still in training. We highly recommend our Protein Puffs as a great dog park treat! However, it’s important that you do not feed treats to other dogs in the dog park without their owner’s permission. Just like people, some dogs have food allergies that you may not be aware of, so always ask first and keep your treats with you at all times. 

Hand holding Redbarn Protein Puffs with happy dog patiently waiting for a treat

6. Don’t Dress Up Your Dog

While a coat or sweater may be necessary for your dog in the colder months, it's best to leave the cute tutus and more extravagant clothes at home. Other dogs at the park may think of clothing as a toy and rip it off your dog. The clothing could also get caught on fencing, bushes, or even on other dogs' collars which could be frightening to them. 

7. Bring Your Own Water/Water Bowl

Keeping your dog hydrated at the dog park is important, and helps prevent heatstroke, upset stomachs, and dry noses. While most dog parks have water bowls available, dozens of dogs drinking out of the same bowl in a day increases the chance of viruses and bacteria spreading. It is best practice to bring your own water and travel bowl to the park to help prevent any sicknesses and be guaranteed fresh, clean water.

Woman giving water to her dog with transportable dog bowl

8. Understand The Risks 

Incidents are bound to happen at the dog park. Dogs will occasionally get into fights, dogs may knock you over, and some dogs may hop the fence or sneak out through an open gate. It's not wise for young children to attend the dog park, as they could get knocked over or jumped on by excited dogs who might not be used to kids. Most dog parks are not responsible for any incidents that take place, and it’s up to you as the pet parent to be responsible for all your dog’s actions.  

9. Clean Up After Yourself and Your Dog 

Poop happens, and it’s important to clean up your dog’s messes, especially at the dog park. Viruses can easily spread through fecal matter which could affect dozens of dogs. Always bring poop bags with you to clean up your dog’s messes and throw them away in the nearest trash can. 

If you bring any treats, food, or toys with you, be sure to also throw those away or take them with you to avoid other dogs eating food they shouldn't or choking on trash or ripped-up toys. 

BONUS: Have Fun! 

Going to the dog park is a great way for not only your dog to make new friends, but you as well. There's no better ice-breaker than talking about your pets! Parks are a wonderful way for your dog to learn and improve on unwanted behavior, teaching them how to be a better dog. Plus, there's nothing quite like the feeling of watching your dog have so much fun, and then look around for you to make sure you're still there. 

Have any advice you'd like to share? Let us know in the comments! 

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:58:00 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Redbarn Gives Back As our family-owned business grows larger and larger, it allows us the opportunity to give back to animals in need and organizations making a difference. 

We've partnered with several organizations across the country by donating food and treats, volunteering at their facilities, or bringing awareness to their organizations. Here are some of the organizations we partner with:

Golden Belt Humane Society

Next door to our Redbarn facility in Great Bend, KS is the Golden Belt Humane Society. Golden Belt is a nonprofit animal rescue that provides shelter and medical care to animals from all over Kansas.

Being so close allows us to donate thousands of products to the shelter including treats, chews, dog food, and cat food. We currently send bags of dog food and treats each month to support the pups in the shelter, and even donated over 10,000 pounds of canned cat food in January 2022! 

The Golden Belt Humane Society also has connections with many other shelters in the state, and is able to send supplies, food, and care to them when they are in need. Learn more about the Golden Belt Humane Society on their Facebook page!

Collagen of the different products Redbarn has donated to the Golden Belt Humane Society


The spcaLA is an independent, nonprofit animal welfare organization serving Southern California since 1877! The organization not only rescues animals of all species, but also provides services like Cruelty Investigations, Disaster Animal Response Teams, and Violence Prevention & Humane Education. 

Redbarn's first home, and current corporate office, is located in Long Beach, CA, and is surrounded by many of spcaLA's locations. We've not only been able to donate hundreds of pet products to their shelters, but also support their local events and volunteer at their Long Beach shelter. On National Rescue Dog Day, our team visited the shelter and spent the day repainting benches and tables, cleaning their market, and visiting with the adoptable animals.

We've also been able to share the adoptable animals on social media, in hopes to spread awareness of the animals who need new homes. Meet all the animals for adoption at the spcaLA at

Right now, you can use the promo code SPCALA on our website to have 10% of your order total donated to the animals at the shelter. As a thank you, you will also receive 5% off your order!

Collage of Redbarn donating products and volunteering at spcaLA

Hindi's Libraries

Hindi's Libraries is a nonprofit organization on a mission to provide books to children all over the world who otherwise wouldn't have them available. They have collected over 275,000 books which they've donated to more than 650 organizations throughout the world.

In 2022, we partnered with Hindi's "Pages for Paws" fundraiser, promising a full day of food for a shelter dog for every book about animals donated to their cause. During the fundraiser, Hindi's collected over 3,000 animal themed books, totaling 30 days of food for 100 shelter animals! 

Read more about Hindi's Libraries' mission and learn how to donate books at

Collage of Hindi's Libraries Pages for Paws Fundraiser Promos and Redbarn Dog Food Donated

National Institute of Canine Service and Training

Previously known as Dogs4Diabetics, the National Institute of Canine Service and Training (NICST) is a "trailblazer in the field of medical and wellness service dogs." For 15 years, NICST has been training dogs to alert their diabetic owner of changes in blood sugar through verbal and physical cues. The training process takes many months of hard work and dedication from both the trainer and the dogs.

Redbarn has been a treat sponsor for NICST since 2019, donating training treats on a monthly basis. With the training process being so repetitive, our Protein Puffs are the perfect low-calorie training tool, with less than one calorie per puff. 

Learn more about NICST at

Announcement of Redbarn becoming the treat sponsor for NICST

Semper K9

Another amazing organization we've partnered with is Semper K9. Veteran Christopher Baity and his wife, Amanda, founded Semper K9 in 2014 as an organization that rescues dogs from shelters and trains them to be service dogs for disabled service members. Best of all, these service members receive their trained companion at no cost. 

Redbarn has been partnered with Semper K9 since 2020, and has donated hundreds of treats for the service dogs in training. We've also had the opportunity to donate treats for their graduation gift bags, celebrating the accomplishments of these incredible dogs, and providing treats for their new owners.

Learn more about Semper K9 and their mission at

Semper K9 staff and Volunteers, and products donated by Redabarn

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:57:59 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Dog Food Comparison Chart – Top 10 Best &amp; 10 Worst Dog Foods Dog Food Comparison Chart compares best and worst dog food brands side by side. See the difference between good ingredients and bad ingredients. *Comparison Chart # 1 – 10 Best and 10 Worst Dog food brands side by side. *Comparison Chart # 2 – The first 10 ingredients in over 50 best dog foods listed here

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:57:52 -0800 Dog-Fancier
7 Worst dog food brands to Avoid Worst Dog Food Brands to Avoid = Beneful, Alpo , Ol’ Roy, Kibbles N Bits, Dog Chow, Pedigree, & Iams, all use CORN as the protein. Not Recommended. Bad dog food ingredients = Shortened life span for your dog. Any dog who is fed a consistent and regular diet of corn will be more prone ... Read more

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:57:50 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Homemade Dog Food Feeding Chart * Serving size by dog’s weight. A feeding chart is provided to show portion sizes of homemade dog food according to your dog's weight.
These interchangeable homemade dog food recipes are adaptable from 20 pound dogs to 100 pound dogs.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:57:46 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How Much Raw Food Should I Feed my Dog? Many pet owners are now making the transition towards raw pet food for their dogs and cats. The one question that comes up often is how much raw food should be given to dogs and cats.

There are a number of opinions regarding how to feed raw food to your pets: factors such as metabolism and activity level of your pet are important to consider.

However, one of the best ways to determine the amount of raw food to feed your dog is to look at your pet’s weight. Spend the first four to six weeks observing your dog on the new diet: check their weight and how they look physically for signs of weight gain or loss to help adjust feeding practices.

Dogs Raw Food Feeding Guide

How much should I feed my dog?

The general rule of thumb when it comes to feeding dogs and cats is that they should be eating roughly 2-3% of their body weight daily.

Raw and Fresh has a small table to help you start off with feeding your pet raw food.

However, this is merely a starting point. It’s important to track how your pet is responding to the amount of food it’s being fed.

The amount can also vary depending on your dog’s activity and energy levels. For pets that are overweight, you should opt to feed them closer to 2% of their body weight with more exercise, while pets that are underweight should be fed closer to 3% of their body weight.

Our recommendation for larger breeds is to feed your dog the required amount of raw food over two meals. This helps with better digestion and ensures your dogs aren’t scouring for food throughout the rest of the day. However, if necessary, you can feed them in one sitting.

If you have any other questions about raw dog food, our FAQ page can help you understand more about feeding your pets and the benefits of biologically-appropriate raw food (BARF).

Let Raw & Fresh Help You Reinvent Your Pet’s Diet

At Raw and Fresh we create food that helps your pet feel fuller for longer. We use real food and avoid using fillers/additives that your pet will pass very quickly. Our food is made with high-quality products, so your pet gets all the nutrients they need.

Try out our raw dog food starter pack and notice how your dog transforms. For any enquires send us an email at or call us on 0403 073 884.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:57:45 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Why Feed Your Cat A Raw Food Diet? Why Feed Your Cat A Raw Food Diet?

To understand why it's important to feed your pet cat a biologically appropriate raw food diet, we first need to understand a cat's biological makeup and nutritional requirements.

Domesticated Cats Vs Wild Cats

Domestic cats have been around for thousands of years. Evidence of their domestication can be found in Egyptian hieroglyphs and paintings. They were also domesticated in China and Japan as early as 10,000 years ago.

All cats, both domesticated and wild, are members of a family or tribe known as Felidae. This includes lions, tigers, ocelots, and lynxes among others. Even though domesticated cats look vastly different from their relatives (size being the biggest contributing factor), they still share over 95% of the same DNA and the same biological setup. This means their digestive systems and nutritional requirements are still very similar to wild cats.

Humans have not only managed to domesticate cats to live in our homes, but we intentionally breed certain traits into their DNA that you wouldn’t usually find in wild felines. But even with these differences, they still share a majority of similarities with their wild ancestors.

Understanding A Cat's Biology

Cats (domesticated or otherwise) are obligatory carnivores, which means they are required to eat meat and can only get certain essential vitamins and minerals from certain carnivorous foods and cannot divert them from other foods. If their diet is not fed as complete and balanced, they will have nutrient deficiencies and will likely suffer serious health issues down the track as a result.

Everything about a cat is designed for hunting and killing. Here are a few interesting facts about how a cat's biology  idea that they need a raw meat diet for optimal health:

  • Cats have sharp claws designed to kill prey by piercing their necks or crushing their skulls when they jump on them from above.
  • They have excellent night vision due to their tapetum lucidum which reflects light back through the retina giving them high-resolution night vision for hunting mice and other nocturnal prey.
  • Cats have a short digestive tract and lack the enzymes necessary to digest plant-based protein. Their stomach acid is very strong to digest raw meat.
  • They don't have as many taste buds as humans do, so they don't need to eat food with strong flavors.

The Benefits Of A Raw Food Diet For Cats

In Australia, approximately 37 per cent of pet-owning people have a cat according to a study conducted by the University of Melbourne. That's a lot of pet owners needing to feed cats! But there's still a huge gap in understanding what the optimal diet for cats looks like.

Feeding your cat a raw food diet has many health and wellbeing benefits.

  • A study conducted by Cornell University found that feeding cats a raw food diet can reduce their risk of developing kidney disease by up to 80%. Kidney issues are one of the highest causes of death in cats.
  • A raw food diet can also help with dental health because it reduces tartar buildup and reduces the amount of plaque on teeth.
  • When cats eat cooked food, their teeth become brittle and susceptible to plaque buildup. A raw food diet can help prevent this from happening.
  • Taurine is an essential amino acid that's crucial for a cat's health but sadly, also the most common nutrient deficiency in cats because of their processed modern diets. The most optimal way for a cat to obtain taurine is through raw meat. If you feed your cat Raw & Fresh raw cat food meals, then you don't need to worry - they will get sufficient taurine in their diet naturally.
  • Some cats might need a raw food diet because they have digestive issues or they are too sensitive to certain ingredients in conventional dry food and processed kibbles.
  • Raw food diets reduce the risk of obesity and diabetes in cats, which are usually caused by processed pet food.
  • Feeding your cat raw meat is good for their health because it provides them with the protein that they need without any added sugars or fillers.
  • A raw food diet provides the most nutritionally-dense food for your cat, in the most bio-available way.

Cats thrive on a fresh raw diet. For more information about buying our raw cat food online, please get in contact with us today!

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:57:44 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Does the Coronavirus Affect My Dog? Does the Coronavirus Affect My Dog?

In the past few months, we’ve unfortunately seen the outbreak of a new strand of Coronavirus effecting humans across continents.

We’ve seen many infographics and alerts teaching the public how to take precautions and reminders to be vigilant about hygiene practices. In times like these, pet owners are probably also worried about the health of their dogs and cats; especially as the recent strand of virus has been said to have originated from animal species.

In this blog, Raw & Fresh aims to answer burning questions from dog owners like, ‘Can my dog get Coronavirus?’ and, ‘Can I give my dog coronavirus?’.

What is the coronavirus?

Coronavirus actually refers to a large family of viruses and can cause illness in animals as well as humans. Previous major outbreaks from this family of viruses include Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2002 and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 2012.

The recent strand of the virus that came from Wuhan city in China, has been named the 2019-nCoV.

How does it affect pets?  

At the present moment, there has been no evidence to suggest pets/dogs can be infected with the new, 2019-nCoV as stated by the World Health Organisation.

However, dogs can contract certain types of coronavirus, such as the canine respiratory coronavirus. This usually only spreads from dog-to-dog contact.

The current, newfound strand so far poses no threat to your pets.

Ways you can take precaution

Many pet owners, especially those in China, have started buying their dogs face masks, in hopes of reducing the possibility of a virus contraction. However, most advice from professionals claim dogs don’t actually need a mask for protection.

Pet owners, especially those in Australia don’t have to be too concerned and only need to follow regular health precautions when taking care of pets. If you are concerned about the health of your dog or pet, take them to see your local vet for further advice.

In the meantime, just make sure to maintain good hygiene practices with your pet and make sure they get the right nutrients to keep them healthy. 

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:57:44 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Natural Flea Repellent With summer just around the corner, nobody wants their dog to get fleas or ticks!
These little friends can be picked up virtually anywhere outdoors and we’d like to help you avoid the pesky intruders. It would be amazing if conventional flea and tick repellents were all-natural, single ingredient products but unfortunately, they are really just chemical pesticides.

Maybe you’re wondering if they’re really that bad since they’re prescribed from the vet…

…Ok, well let’s take a look at 3 commonly used active ingredients found in pharmaceutical flea and tick products and then you can draw your own conclusion on how you feel about their safety, or ask a holistic/alternative vet for a second opinion.

We’ve been told for a long time that flea and tick preventatives like meds, sprays and spot ons are safe for dogs. But there is more and more evidence that ingredients in these products can do more harm than good!

1. Fipronil

Dr Deva Khalsa VMD, citing the EPA’s Pesticide Division, says that fipronil enters the body and can be contained in the fat, organs, urine and feces of dogs. According to Khalsa, lab tests have shown that with long-term exposure at low doses, fipronil has still the potential to cause (from most dangerous to least) :

  • nervous system and thyroid toxicity
  • thyroid cancer
  • altered thyroid hormone levels
  • liver toxicity
  • kidney damage
  • convulsions
  • whining
  • barking or crying
  • loss of appetite
  • locomotor difficulty
  • reduced fertility
  • fetus mortality
  • smaller offspring
  • loss of hair
  • moist inflammation
  • chemical burn
  • itching

When exposed to light, fipronil breaks down into a molecule called fipronil-desulfinyl which, according to the EPA, when altered becomes 10x more toxic than the fipronil itself. In other words, you don’t want to keep vials of fipronil products in the sun, don’t let your dog sit around in the sun after applying said products and short-haired dogs should probably avoid the sun altogether.

Products containing fipronil include : Frontline Plus, PetArmor, Sentry and FiproGuard. Please note that Fipronil is the main ingredient in Frontline and its adverse effects are well reported.

2. Pyrethrins and Pyrethroids

These two compounds, pyrethrins (naturally occurring compounds from the chrysanthemum plant) and pyrethroids (the synthetic counterpart) are just as dangerous as fipronil, if not more…

Data from The Center for Public Integrity found that from 2002-2007 at least 1,600 pet deaths from pyrethroid spot-on treatments that were reported to the EPA. That’s almost twice the number of reported deaths linked to flea and tick products without them. CPI’s data was based on an analysis of 90,000 adverse reaction reports, so that’s roughly 2%. Dr. Khalsa specifies that many deaths or just adverse reactions are not reported so the number might actually be a lot higher. Pyrethroid spot-on treatments have also accounted for more than half of the major pesticide pet reactions, including: brain damage, heart attacks and seizures.

Products containing pyrethrins and pyrethroids : permethrin, pyriproxyfen and etofenprox: BioSpot Active Spot-on, Defend EXspot Treatment, Zodiac FleaTrol Spot On and K9 Advantix II

3. Imidacloprid

Imidacloprid belongs to a class of chemicals called the neonicotinoids and is a systemic insecticide found in flea and tick products that acts as an insect neurotoxin, explains Khalsa. While they’re said to present lower toxicity to mammals, lab studies show that imidacloprid has been found to cause: thyroid lesions, liver toxicity and has the potential to damage the kidneys, liver, thyroid, heart, lungs, spleen, adrenal, brain and gonads. (So many vital organs!) After it was introduced in 1994, researchers also found an increase in the occurrence of birth defects while tested on rats, mice and dogs.

Products containing imidacloprid: Advantage II, Seresto Flea and Tick Collar and K9 Advantix II.

Our holistic motto is this — if your dog is healthy, it’ll attract less bugs. While that may be frustrating when you’re in the middle of dealing with a situation, it’s a good place to start when you’re not in the thick of things. Here are a few tips to avoid the problem to begin with, according to Dr Khalsa:

  • Feed a raw, whole foods, species-appropriate diet. (Hey, hi!)
  • Avoid chemicals, including pesticides, fertilizers and toxic cleaners.
  • Minimize vaccines and pharmaceutical drugs.
  • Use a natural tick repellent spritz with oregano, thyme or citronella.
  • For dogs who are more at risk for fleas and ticks because of their environment (good ‘ol farm dogs) try amber collars or electromagnetic tags instead. You can also spray your dog’s underside lightly with a natural protective spray or try food-grade diatomaceous earth into your dog’s coat. Make sure to ask your holistic veterinarian about these alternatives if you aren’t sure.

Natural tick repellent DIY :

  1. 4 oz spray bottle
  2. apple cider vinegar (fill ⅓ of the bottle)
  3. water ( ⅔ distilled, filtered, or spring water is best)
  4. geranium essential oil (10 drops)
  5. cedarwood essential oil (5 drops)

Mix all ingredients together!

If your dog is exposed to tick-y environments often, spray him 1x a day or every other day, otherwise use as necessary.

In our opinion of course, it all really starts with a healthy dog eating what he’s supposed to be eating – a raw, species-appropriate diet. Beyond that, we hope that some of these natural solutions helped!

*Please note that PLDF does not give any medical advice, we simply suggest a natural approach prior to a conventional one. You should always check with your vet before making any decisions surrounding your pups health to help you choose what is best for you and your dog.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:57:43 -0800 Dog-Fancier
IS YOUR DOG ANXIOUS? Much like us humans, angst and fear are amongst emotions dogs deal with. Sadly, it can stop your dog from enjoying normal doggie activities like going for a walk around the neighborhood or spending some time alone when you leave the house. Although it is common, it’s not the most comfortable state of being so it’s important to find a way to help him/her relax and take a chill pill.

While some vets may prescribe your dog conventional meds, they may not be the best option for your puppers. Medications for anxiety like medications for anything can have some pretty crummy side effects or long term effects on your dog’s organs and overall health. Luckily, there are lots of natural remedies you can try first. Before we explain what kind of natural remedies could help your dog stay zen, let’s get a background on pup anxiety.

For the most part, there are 2 types of dog anxiety, behavioral and situational.

Behavioral anxiety is when your dog has continuous anxiety about something in particular. Separation anxiety is a perfect example and happens to be the most popular anxiety amongst dogs. Some experts estimate that about 15% of dogs suffer from it. These dogs are afraid of being at home alone or separated from you altogether. They’ll start showing signs of stress when you pick up your keys or grab your coat. However separation anxiety is just one example, there are many other causes of behavioral anxiety, including:

  • Past or puppy trauma
  • Abuse
  • Rehoming
  • A loss of a loved one

Another common type of anxiety is situational anxiety. Situational anxiety is when your dog is afraid of something very specific. Triggers of situational anxiety in dogs include:

  • Storms or other loud noises
  • Car rides
  • Going to the vet or groomer

Sometimes it’s easy to tell when your dog is anxious. Other times you may have to pay extra close attention. These are some of the most common signs of dog anxiety:

  • Chewing or destructive behavior
  • Barking or crying
  • Restlessness, pacing
  • Excessive licking
  • Aggression
  • Loss of appetite or refusal to eat
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Excessive panting or yawning

If your dog is responding to a stressor in an anxious way, you can try to distract him/her while exposed to said trigger or simply remove them from the stressful situation. Giving your dog a treat or toy, petting them or moving them to a safe space are good solutions in the moment. Leaving on calming music in the house while you’re away or purchasing a weighted blanket can also help.

Long term, you can try to slowly desensitize your dog to the stressor. If your dog has separation anxiety, build up his/her trust by slowly increasing the amount of time you leave the house and giving lots of positive reinforcement to reward good behaviour. This will help them get used to you coming and going and have them associate treats, toys, cuddles with the experience. (Fun fact, that is called counter-conditioning and if you use desensitization and counterconditioning together, they can be even more effective.)

Aside from these tips, there are also many natural alternatives you can safely use to calm your dog. Let’s go over a few!

#1 CBD Oil

The use of CBD oil is becoming very popular (especially with dog owners) because it has so many benefits. It can help with pain management, seizures and even cancer.
But most importantly, it can help keep your pup zen. How does it work?

Ok let’s get a little scientific here — It’s all about the endocannabinoid system. The body, canine and human alike, has cannabinoid receptors throughout the central nervous system. Your dog’s body releases endocannabinoid chemicals on its own. These connect with the receptors that stimulate his/her natural ability to create serotonin and serotonin is a natural mood stabilizing hormone. In short, research suggests that CBD increases the ability of these interactions with the nervous system to soothe and calm your dog’s nervous system.

What’s great about CBD is that it works fairly quickly. If you know you’ll be in a situation where your dog could be triggered, give your dog some CBD oil 30-60 minutes before and make sure to always follow the dosing instructions on the bottle. We fully support the use of CBD and the many benefits it may bring to dogs so much so that we may just have a calming blend for dogs in the works, stay tuned!

#2 Herbs

There are a few herbs that can help soothe your dog’s stress.

Chamomile – Chamomile does wonders! It’s one of the most gentle herbs and is a powerful sedative. It can help your dog relax and soothe his/her digestive system when he/she is nervous. Tip : great for dogs who get nervous in the car or get carsick.

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) – Valerian is a widely recognized herbal sedative. It’s safe, gentle and is great to calm the nerves. It also promotes physical relaxation.
Tip : great for stressful events like large crowds or construction sites or if your dog gets hysterical or overexcitable.

St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) – St John’s Wort is a safe, effective alternative to anti-depressants. Tip : great for dogs with fear-based or separation anxiety (thunderstorms or longer hooman work schedules).

You can find all 3 herbs in a tea form, tincture or capsule, consult your holistic vet for more information.

#3 Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathic remedies are awesome because they target specific symptoms. They’re also very safe and are derived from natural plant extracts. Speak to your local holistic or alternative vet for specifics about dosage, options and administration.

#4 Bach Flower Essences

These flower essences are gentle, non-toxic and your dog can’t overdose on them. You can use individual essences that fit specific anxiety and fears or you can use Rescue Remedy. Consult your holistic/alternative vet for more info!

If your dog has to deal with anxiety, it can be very stressful for him/her but it can also be difficult to manage for you. Hopefully these natural remedies and solutions may help relieve your pup and help you offer them a better quality of life.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:57:43 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Has your dog ever had a UTI? Urinary tract infections can be common in dogs and as they are uncomfortable and frustrating to deal with, we think it’s important to discuss what could be the underlying cause of your dog’s bladder problem. You’d be surprised to know that it might not really be what it seems...

Contrary to popular belief, not all UTI’s are from a bacterial infection. While they can be, many bladder issues are from inflammation and there’s actually no bacteria associated with them. This is the reason why in some cases, prescribing antibiotics doesn’t help ‘cure’ the bladder infection in question. To a vet who leads with integrative medicine and who looks at all possibilities before prescribing meds, the I in UTI doesn’t necessarily stand for infection, but rather inflammation.

First, let’s talk about the signs of UTIs in dogs. UTIs can include organs such as the kidneys, ureters, urethra and bladder. Common signs of UTIs in dogs include:

  • Frequent desire to urinate and in small amounts.
  • Urine could contain blood. Sometimes you may see a little blood at the very end or it could be unnoticeable. Getting your dog to pee on paper towels is a good way to see if there’s blood present or not.
  • Seeing your dog licking before she/he urinates or he/she may lick when she comes back inside the house.
  • Urination accidents in the house.
  • General restlessness.
  • Waking up a couple of times in the middle of the night needing to go outside.
  • Trying to pee again right having peed.
  • trying a few times and squatting or straining a few different ways.

If left untreated, UTIs can cause complications like stones, dysfunction, infertility, kidney infection and even kidney failure. So let’s try to make sure your dog’s bladder function is as clean as a whistle. If your dog is showing symptoms of a UTI, it’s a good idea to have your integrative vet run a urinalysis. The reason being that the UTI in itself could be a symptom of a more serious problem. These problems are much less likely, but it’s always good to rule out, catch and treat something as early on as possible. Sometimes your veterinarian will recommend a urine culture, urine cultures help identify the type of bacteria to treat so your vet can choose the right antibiotics for treatment. If you aren’t planning on using antibiotics or you want to try naturally first, you can ask to wait before having a culture done.

We’re not against antibiotics, but we do recommend trying a natural approach prior to jumping right into the meds. The problem with antibiotics is that they don’t just destroy the possible bacteria causing the infection, they also destroy a lot of the good bacteria in your dog’s gut. As we mentioned at the beginning of this blog, some urinary tract infections in dogs are actually inflammation or a symptom of a more serious problem. In those cases, the antibiotics are destroying your dog’s microbiome without effectively treating the real cause of your dog’s UTI. This is why we see dogs that have recurrent UTIs come back frequently. Another thing to take in consideration is that antibiotic resistance is a real thing and the more your antibiotics your dog takes, the less effective they become over time.

So what do we do? Luckily, there are lots of natural options available to prevent and resolve UTIs. Let’s review some natural remedies that can help.

NOTE: For homeopathic or herbal remedies, you will still need an expert’s help, so please consult an integrative or alternative vet prior to trying any of these remedies.

  1. Couch grass is a common weed in North America and is sometimes called quack grass. According to ‘Herbs for Pets’ by herbalist and homeopathic expert Gregory L. Tilford, it is a go-to for urinary tract problems. Couch grass is an anti-inflammatory, mild antimicrobial and pain soother. It’s also a diuretic, which means it can help encourage urination and toxin elimination.
  2. Parsley leaf is another diuretic that can help with UTIs. It has magic antiseptic properties, plus it’s easy to give your dog. How do you give your dog parsley for a UTI? Tilford recommends you juice the parsley leaf. Feed the juice at 1 teaspoon per 20 pounds of your dog’s body weight, he also says it’s best to give it by mouth and on an empty stomach. (We also add parsley in all of our meals!)
  3. Marshmallow is one of the most versatile herbs for dogs. It’s a demulcent that soothes and protects irritated and inflamed tissue. This makes it a perfect remedy for urinary tract infections in dogs. It helps reduce inflammation and creates a barrier between the lining of the urinary tract and harmful bacteria. 
  4. Cranberry is a well known natural remedy for UTIs in humans, and it turns out it can work for your dog too. The sugar in cranberries is called D-mannose, studies show that D-mannose stops bacteria from attaching to the urinary tract. Studies also show that D-mannose can improve UTI symptoms. The flavonoids in cranberry may also stimulate the innate immune system, which can help battle bacterial infections more efficiently.

Now that we’ve given you some useful treatments/remedies, can we talk prevention?  One of the best ways to help prevent UTIs in your dog is through the food you feed her/him! (No surprise here, your dog’s health starts with it’s micro biome.) Probiotics encourage the growth of healthy bacteria, which help crowd out harmful bacteria.  They also produce short-chain fatty acids that boost your dog’s overall health. This can help prevent bacteria growth to reduce the risk of UTIs caused by infections.

PS : you can find pre/probiotics for dogs in foods like yogurt or kefir or in capsules as supplements.

Fruits and vegetables are also full of antioxidants, and antioxidants help the immune system run way more efficiently, cranberries, broccoli and blueberries are all antioxidants that you can find in our fresh blends. High carb diets can upset the gut flora because of all the sugar and starch and one of the biggest sources of unhealthy carbohydrates for dogs is kibble. In fact, processed food can contain 30 to 60% starch. That number becomes even more concerning when you realize that dogs don’t need starch... So if you feed your dog kibble, that means that more than half his/her diet could be food that he doesn’t actually benefit from and, well, could be what’s making him/her sick!

So what do you feed your dog instead?

Raw, species-appropriate diets are the best choice when it comes to all aspects of your dog’s health and that most certainly includes UTI prevention. Raw diets give your dog a complete, balanced, natural source of the vitamins and minerals she/he needs to boost his/her immune system and there are no starchy carbohydrates that promote inflammation or bacterial growth in our meals. Feeding your dog a PLDF diet puts all the chances on his/her side to avoid infections like these and keep your dog wagging, healthy and happy.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:57:42 -0800 Dog-Fancier
What Vaccines Does My Pup Actually Need? Overvacinating and overdosing pets has become a global issue. Veterinarians such as Dr. John Robb have spoken out over this issue:

Over vaccination of pets has become an epidemic because there is technically no limit to how many times you can vaccinate your pet for the same disease. As a result of this, vets worldwide are seeing complications in pets due to over vaccinating. This is due in large part to the fact that dogs receive the same size dose of a vaccine regardless of whether they are 5 lbs or 150 lbs.

According to the top pet immunologist (aka a vaccine expert) Dr. Ronald Shultz “Annual vaccination has no benefit and may increase the risk of adverse reaction”. Some of the negative side effects of over vaccination can include neurological disorders, increased susceptibility to infection, unprovoked aggression and seizures.  Research shows that one rabies vaccine is generally all a dog needs for their entire life. 

How can you find out if your pup has a sufficient amount of a vaccine in their system?

Instead of vaccinating your pet annually, you can request that your vet run a “Titer Test” instead. Titer tests measure the level of antibodies your pup has in their body (ie their ability to ward of the disease) Basically, this test will inform you whether your pup is due for a vaccination or not. Though vaccination again rabies and other illnesses IS important it is always recommended to take a titer test to avoid the risks associated to over vaccinating your pet. ]]>
Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:56:35 -0800 Dog-Fancier
What To Do If Your Pup Is Overweight Did you know that over 50% of dogs in North America are obese? Obesity can lead to an array of other health issues such as joint strain or being at risk of developing serious disease/illnesses such as diabetes.

 There are many factors that contribute to this however, various studies conducted on overweight dogs and the two factors that impact weight the most are: 1) how and what we are feeding them 2) how much exercise they are getting.

Having an understanding of how the pet food industry has become a 60 billion dollar fast food industry can help us understand the obesity epidemic in our pets. 

Firstly, dogs don’t have a requirement for carbohydrates and the average bag of grain-based food is often more than 50% 50% carb primarily from insulin raising corn or potatoes. As Dr. Karen Becker states in her book The Forever Dog that is essentially like diabetes in a bowl. 

These carbohydrates rich foods are also high in calories and highly palatable due to chemicals on the kibble to make the food more appealing/addictive to your pups (similar to the addictive nature of fast food in humans) making the food easy to overeat.

Even if you are trying to control your pups portion sizes by following the recommended feeding guidelines on a bag of kibble you are still at risk of overfeeding your pup. These guidelines are a general recommendation only and do not take into consideration factors that influence your pup’s caloric needs such as their age, breed & activity level.

What to do if your pup is overweight?

Start by switching them to a minimally processed, whole foods diet. Even replacing as little as 10 percent of our dog’s daily processed food with fresh food creates positive changes in your dog's body. (The Forever Dog, p.14)

You can change the types of treats you give your pup by swapping out commercial treats with fresh fruits and vegetables such as carrots or blueberries.

Monitor your pups portion control. EVERYTHING your pup eats should be included in their daily calorie intake. So, if you are feeding your pup treats throughout the day ensure you reduce the amount of food you are giving them. 

Ensure your pup is getting adequate exercise. For a healthy, active dog aim for at least 60 min of daily exercise!

What you feed yourself or your dog has the potential to either heal or harm you. By incorporating minimally processed whole foods into your pups diet and giving them adequate exercise you can reduce the risk of disease and illness and help them live longer and healthier lives! Try incorporating Puppy Gang Fresh Foods meals as either a whole meal or nutritious topper to your pups meals today! ]]>
Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:56:35 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Why you need pet insurance Pet ownership has been on the rise with over 50% of households in Canada having a dog. This is great news for us dog lovers, especially since we know this means a lot of love, kisses, long walks and play time. But it also means increased household expenses on dog toys, treats, jackets, booties, food….and the big one….VET BILLS.

With the increase in illnesses, vet bills are on the rise and pet insurance is more important now than ever before.

Unfortunately with the rise of feeding processed dog food diets in the last 60 years we have seen a significant increase in illnesses in dogs. From obesity, heart disease, pancreatitis, liver disease, IBD, diabetes, allergies, and the list goes on.

As dog mom’s we have done our homework on pet insurance, and we want to share a new pet insurance company that we love.

Furkin is a Canadian pet insurance company that is changing the pet insurance industry. They focus on customer care, transparency and supporting you and your pet.

Why do I need pet insurance? The unexpected costs!

We know that small incidents such as your dog eating a sock, can cost you up to $7,000 if they require surgery all the way through to serious illnesses such as cancer treatment costing upwards of $15,000 (see article with cancer treatment cost!). For most people, this is a large and unexpected expense to pay ourselves and having pet insurance will ease your mind to be able to get the best treatment for your pup.

Pet insurance plans help you cover the cost of these unexpected injuries and illnesses and you can usually select what kind of coverage you want for your pet. 

One of the reasons why we like Furkin is that most pet insurance companies cover between 50-90% of the cost, and Furkin ranks near the top of that range with 80% reimbursement of your eligible veterinary expenses.

They are also different to other insurance companies as they have added services beyond the standard coverage. Check out their website to see the benefits they offer for pet insurance in Canada. They also reimburse exam fees and taxes, telehealth support and over $3,000 in pet parent support benefits each year. 

And….from our own experience with pet insurance companies, we know this is unique!

What can I do to reduce vet bills?

We know for ourselves that if we eat healthy, take our vitamins and exercise we have a better chance of being healthy, developing less illnesses and living longer. The same is true for our pups. Up front preventative care is critical to help your pup live a healthier and longer life.

Some things you can immediately do:

  1. Flea and tick treatment for your pup (we prefer natural blends)
  2. Regular exercise through walks and play time
  3. Brain activities to support their mental health
  4. High quality whole foods. Adding whole foods like Puppy Gang Fresh Foods to your pups meals can significantly reduce the risk of illness and will help to give your pup more energy and a longer life.   

So what now?

Make the changes mentioned above, and when reviewing pet insurance options ensure you read through the policy and coverage information.

We also heard Furkin is waiving their $35 enrollment fee, to learn more you can go to their website or contact their customer care team.

If you are looking to switch your pup to a whole foods diet, we are offering 40 percent off your first 7 packs using code 7NEW and you can get started here

Furkin and Puppy Gang Fresh Foods are independent third parties.  Furkin does not endorse, provide advice on, or in any way promote the use of Puppy Gang Fresh Foods nor is this a solicitation of insurance by Puppy Gang Fresh Foods. Material provided herein is for informational purposes only.

by Sarah Tritsaris, BComm, CIVT Natural Animal Nutrition CPD

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:56:34 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Canine Freeze&Dried Raw Pronto&lt;br&gt; Select Recipe

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Type: Balanced Bases
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A complete & balanced, safe raw diet. Available in Adult & Puppy formulas, specially crafted with high-quality proteins & certified organic produce for tailored, whole-food nutrition. Easy to use—just scoop, hydrate, and serve!
Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:55:46 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Freeze&Dried Raw Pronto &lt;br&gt; Puppy Recipe

Vendor: PrimalPetFood
Type: Balanced Bases
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A complete & balanced, safe raw diet. Available in Adult & Puppy formulas, specially crafted with high-quality proteins & certified organic produce for tailored, whole-food nutrition. Easy to use—just scoop, hydrate, and serve!

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:55:46 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Freeze&Dried Raw Pronto &lt;br&gt; Lamb Recipe

Vendor: PrimalPetFood
Type: Balanced Bases
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A complete & balanced, safe raw diet. Available in Adult & Puppy formulas, specially crafted with high-quality proteins & certified organic produce for tailored, whole-food nutrition. Easy to use—just scoop, hydrate, and serve!

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:55:46 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Mars Petcare’s Sustainable Seafood Pet Food Campaign Sounds Great Until You Do a Little Digging Read more ]]> Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:54:34 -0800 Dog-Fancier USDA Certified Organic Pet Food: A Regulatory Mess Read more ]]> Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:54:33 -0800 Dog-Fancier A Hippie’s Guide to Shopping For Sustainable Pet Food Read more ]]> Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:54:33 -0800 Dog-Fancier TCVM Warming Food for Dogs With Kidney Failure It’s sometimes sad to look at dogs with kidney failure. Dogs with kidney failure become weak and thin.

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:54:02 -0800 Dog-Fancier
How to Home&Cook a Limited Ingredient Ketogenic Diet for Dogs Why Feed a Ketogenic Diet for Dogs? You may be interested in a ketogenic diet for several different reasons. You may feel feeding a ketogenic diet is a more “primal diet” for your dog. You believe feeding accordingly will keep your dog healthier. Other times, you may choose a ketogenic diet to help with specific […]

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:54:02 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Soothe Your Pet’s Joints Naturally With a Sea Cucumber Supplement Millions of older pets suffer from arthritis and joint pain. Could the answer to the problem be a sea cucumber supplement?

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Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:54:01 -0800 Dog-Fancier
What Dog Food is Best For Your Doberman?  

Dobermans are very intelligent and active dogs breeds. Dobies do well as watch & service dogs and are also used in rescue operations. This dog can fit well in loving homes to perform the role of a loyal companion to responsible owners. The breed is better off with proper training, daily exercise, activities that keep it mentally stimulated/engaged and last but not the least a good diet. Dobie owning families have to most importantly focus on offering the best diet to their pets to keep it going and to prevent unwanted health issues.  In order to select the best food for your Doberman you will have to consider things like your dog’s level of activity, age, weight, health status and nutritional requirements. Below mentioned are some pointers that’ll help you ascertain the best dog food options for your Dobie:

1) In Terms of Daily Caloric Intake:

An active adult Dobie that weighs close to 90 pounds will require approx 2100 calories each day as suggested by the National Research Council of the National Academies. Older dogs will require precisely 1333 calories a day. Also the ones that are spayed or neutered require lesser calories to prevent obesity. A young adult weighing 70-80 pounds & getting sufficient exercise would require 1876 Cal per day. A puppy would need about 1800 calories a day for its healthy growth.

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Males can weigh between 75 to 100 pounds and their height is around 25 to 28 inches at the withers. Female Dobies weigh from 60 to 90 pounds and are slightly shorter compared to their male counterparts.

2) In Terms of Nutritional Requirements:

Protein intake: The breed requires food with higher protein content and its diet should comprise of 25% – 30% protein. When purchasing food for your active Dobie make sure the top two or three ingredients include meats such as whole chicken, lamb, beef or fish. Meat meal is also a good source of Protein. Completely avoid foods that compose of meat by products as main ingredients. This nutrient should be the main component of the product you wish to select for your canine. On the flip side a very high protein diet can make matters worse for this dog that is prone to kidney disease. This makes it important to get the veterinarian’s opinion on the matter. He/she will be able to determine the amount of Protein suitable for your pet in accordance with its weight & activity level.

Fats intake: Doberman’s diet must constitute 30% of fat. The food you select must comprise of omega3 & omega 6. Flaxseed oil, Chicken and Salmon oil are great sources of these essential fatty acids. The fat content in food will help the short-haired Dobie keep warm as well as keep its coat healthy & shiny. It has been seen that their short fur is susceptible to drying out.

Carbohydrates intake: Their diet must include 25% of complex carbohydrates that burn gradually. Sweet potatoes serve as an excellent source of carbs that are easily digestible and release energy slowly to keep your pup active for a longer time. The breed can also be offered good quality grains like brown rice. Since Doberman Pinschers can get afflicted with low blood sugar, carbs that burn steadily are ideal in avoiding blood sugar highs and lows.

Vitamins and Minerals intake: When opting for food for your adult pooch, make sure it comprises approximately 2% calcium. Calcium helps puppies develop strong bones. Vitamins and Minerals help strengthen the immune system and must form a total of 10% of your dog’s diet. Leafy green vegetables, carrots, green beans, pumpkin, etc offer dogs ideal amounts of vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants.

3) In Terms of any Health-related Issues:

Hypothyroidism: If your pooch is suffering from this condition its best to avoid grains such as corn & wheat as well as red meat. Hypothyroidism can cause weight gain.

Bloat: Big deep-chested dogs are prone to this issue that can turn fatal. To avoid the build up of gases in the tummy offer your dog three or four small meals a day. Another way to reduce gas is to add wet meal to its dry food. Do not exercise the pet dog one hour prior to or after eating. The pooch must have access to drinking water at all times.

Wobbler’s Syndrome: A tiny percentage of this breed may suffer from this condition that commonly affects large dogs. This disease affects the spinal cord that causes the dog to lose balance, wobble and fall. Weight management must begin at a very young age to prevent this ailment from afflicting the dog later on in life. The pooch mustn’t be fed puppy food after six months of age. Weight gain should be a gradual process. It has also been suggested to avoid extra intake of calcium and phosphorus. When it comes to large & giant breed puppies supplemental minerals and vitamins are best avoided to prevent such problems from cropping up during middle age.

Optimum food for your Doberman:

Large breed puppy food focuses on lesser calories so that the pup grows steadily, since large dogs can grow very rapidly. Also the special calcium to phosphorus ratio leads to slow growth of bones. NutriSource, Royal Canin maxi junior and Holistic select are some good options for your large puppy. For an adult Doberman Pinscher you could consider dog food brands such as Taste of the Wild, Royal Canin maxi adult, Orijen, Canidae Life Stages, and Pedigree Professional.

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The above guide is a great way to understand your Dobie’s dietary needs and how adjustments in food/nutrients can help tackle health issues. Feeding the right amount of premium quality food ensures your pet stays at an ideal weight and enjoys good health throughout its lifetime.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:53:52 -0800 Dog-Fancier
5 Benefits Of Turmeric To Boost Your Dog’s Health Benefits Of Turmeric for pets

The bright yellow-colored spice in your kitchen can prove to be the perfect health supplement for your canine partner. You have guessed it correctly, we are talking about ‘turmeric’ and its innumerable health advantages for your furry friend. As a widely-used spice and cooking ingredient in Asian as well as Middle Eastern culinary specialties, turmeric has been there for quite some time now.

Apart from its bright yellowish tinge and the taste it adds to palatable platters, turmeric is also popular for its notable health benefits. Whether it is your pet dog or their human counterparts, turmeric can ensure good health for one and all.

Research reveals

Regular intake of turmeric can lead to detoxification, anti-inflammation, and a sound digestive health. If you want your pet dog to stay healthy, happy, and hearty, adding turmeric to its diet will be the smartest thing to do. The prime ingredient in this spice is curcumin, which makes up almost 3-6% of turmeric. When your four-legged companion takes it regularly, it develops a sound immune system along with achieving effective relief against several canine conditions.

Majority of dog owners wonder about the ways to add turmeric to their pet’s diet. With some of the leading pet food suppliers like Pets World offering a range of exclusive dog food and health products, it becomes easier to supplement your pet dog’s diet with the right amount of turmeric.

Identifying the health advantages of Turmeric

Turmeric can be beneficial for your dog in ways more than one. With unique medicinal properties, turmeric can ensure good health, a strong immune system, and a healthy digestive process. Here are some of the benefits of this ingredient:

1) Anti-inflammatory

Chronic inflammation is a potential health issue in dogs. It can turn out to be devastating as critical ailments such as arthritis, cancer, dental disease, renal issues, and digestive problems are caused by it.

Bacterial or viral exposure can lead to severe inflammation. However, the WBCs present in your dog’s body can heal it quickly. Low-grade and chronic inflammation plays the villainous part here. Such inflammations lead to degenerative disorders which can affect dog health to a great extent.

It’s right here that turmeric proves to be the perfect ingredient. With curcumin as its main constituent, turmeric has the potential to outperform ibuprofen as well as aspirin. As a result, your canine friend will get targeted relief against critical and severe inflammation.

2) Relief from arthritic pain

Stiffness and unbearable pain in the joints can affect your pet dog severely. Medical research reveals the importance of turmeric in curing arthritic pain in dogs. According to several clinical studies conducted in Thailand, turmeric proved to be as beneficial as ibuprofen in curing critical joint pain. The presence of curcumin is the main reason for this therapeutic quality. If your pet dog is suffering from joint aches or severe arthritic pain, treating it with turmeric will help the creature a lot.

3) Combating cancer

Turmeric displays exceptional properties when it comes to fighting against cancer. Repetitive and generative cell inflammation can lead to the birth of cancerous cells. It’s here that you need to take note of the issue in the early stages and start the treatment. Reports from a popular and reliable UK study reveals the role of curcumin in treating cancer.

Since the chances of adult dogs getting affected by this deadly disease is quite high, addition of turmeric to their daily food will be a prime requisite. By halting and stopping the growth of cancerous cells, turmeric can keep cancer at bay.

4) Replacing steroids

Some of the dogs suffer from critical joint pains and chronic arthritis. Vets can prescribe steroids as effective treatments for these health conditions. However, the side effects of steroids might not be that conducive to your dog’s health.

Turmeric is a natural and safe replacement of steroids. It works excellently when supplemented with regular food and can perform better than many of the popular OTC dog medications. The natural ingredients and pure extracts of curcumin retain the medicinal value. As a result, you and your pet dog can do away with the nasty side effects of steroids.

5) Treating gastrointestinal disorders

Gastrointestinal disorders are quite common amongst the canine species. If you have a dog at home, you will surely come across this particular issue once in its lifetime. IBD or ‘inflammatory bowel disease’ can lead to serious discomfort in dogs and the consequences will be quite severe.

Adding turmeric supplemented food can help your canine partner to a great extent. You will surely not like to leave your pet dog in such a state and that’s when you need to opt for this unique spice. Issues like gut permeability and inflammation can affect your pet’s health and turmeric is known for its exceptional impacts on them. It works wonders against gastrointestinal disorders and can cure your four-legged friend completely.

Treatments for other health issues

Other than these severe ailments, turmeric is also the best cure for cataract, fungal disorders, and bacterial inflammations. The spice with its outstanding properties and unique herbal benefits also works as a potential antioxidant. Those planning to ensure good health and holistic wellbeing for their canine partners should choose turmeric thus including it in their pet’s regular diet plan. Associating with leading pet-food suppliers like Pets World will help as their dog food and supplements have the right balance of turmeric and other useful ingredients.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:53:50 -0800 Dog-Fancier
Golden Retriever: Top Dog Food &amp; Feeding Patterns To Know Golden-Retriever

Did you know? Golden Retrievers are the most cherished types of breeds you’ll ever see! The breed is known for their sheer intelligence which makes them excel in obedience training sessions. Owing to their quick learning skills and people pleasing nature, they are ranked 4th in the list of Top 100 Smartest Dog Breeds in the world. Their highly affectionate nature and a special fondness towards kids make them great family dogs.

Golden Retriever – An Intro of the Breed

  • Origin – Scotland
  • Weight – Male: 29 – 35 kg / Female: 25 – 29 kg
  • Height – Male: 56 – 61 cm / Female: 51 – 56 cm
  • Coat – Straight or moderately wavy
  • Skin Colour – Any shades of gold or cream
  • Life Span – 10 -12 Years

Golden Retrievers have a wolf-like appetite. As they are a highly active breed and possess good cognitive functions, Golden Retrievers require a diet having top-notch nutrition to thrive.

You should also know that Golden Retrievers are among those large breed dogs, whose dietary requirements change significantly as they progress in their life.

To make pet parents like you well aware about the right kind of nutrition and also the feeding pattern of Golden Retrievers, we shall see below some of the best foods and feeding plan for Newborn, Puppy, Adult as well as Senior Golden Retrievers.

Dog Food & Feeding Pattern for Golden Retrievers age-wise

A) For New Born (0 to 2 months)

A mother dog’s milk fulfils all the nutritional demands of the pup during their first four weeks of life. If for any reason, the maternal milk is not available, the newborn Golden Retriever pups can be fed a high quality commercial puppy milk replacer, which imparts all the nutrients provided by the mother’s milk.

Nutritional Profile of A Baby Dog Milk

  • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: Boosts Cognitive skills and eyesight in pups.
  • FOS Prebiotics: Keeps excellent digestive health and regulates bowel movement.
  • Highly Digestible Proteins: Build healthy muscles and fortify the nervous system in puppies.
  • Essential Vitamins and Anti-oxidants: Vitamins like A and D strengthens bones and joints, whereas anti-oxidants boost the overall immunity of the pups.

Which Milk Replacer Is Ideal For Newborn Golden Retrievers?

A diet like Royal Canin Baby Dog Milk has all the vital nutrients in it to support steady and harmonious growth in newborn pups. The benefits of Royal Canin Baby Dog Milk:

  • Exclusive homogeneous formula makes the milk powder get dissolved instantly.
  • Ultra-digestible proteins enhance muscle mass and bone density in pups.
  • DHA (an Omega 3 fatty acid) promotes learning functions and excellent eyesight in pups.

How Much To Feed A Golden Retriever Newborn Pup?

The Golden Retriever at birth averagely weighs around 500-600 grams. As the pups gain weight daily, their feeding amount changes from week to week.

Puppy Age (Weeks) Feedings Per Day Amount Per Feeding Time Gap

Puppy Age (Weeks) Feedings Per Day Amount Per Feeding Time Gap
1 8 7-8 ml Every 2 hours
2 5 25-30 ml Every 4-5 hours
3 4 45-50 ml Every 4-5 hours
4 4 50-60 ml Every 4-5 hours

The weaning time of Golden Retriever doggies is a crucial stage in their improvement as they change from mother’s milk to substantial sustenance.

Best Starter Foods for Golden Retriever Newborn (1-2 month old):

After your Golden Retriever puppy completes 1 month, they should be introduced to a good starter dog food which is an ideal transition from maternal milk to solid foods. These foods meet both the energy and dietary needs of the pups during their weaning phase.

The starter foods can also be served to lactating mothers, fulfilling their high energy demands during the nursing period. Here are a few starter food options:

1) Royal Canin Maxi Starter

Imperial Royal Canin Maxi Starter is healthfully complete starter nourishment meant exclusively for a large breed dog like Golden Retriever. It has all the significant components for keeping great wellbeing in both the lactating bitch and her little puppies. The benefits of Royal Canin Maxi Starter:

  • The kibble rehydrates rapidly into porridge-like consistency, making it very delicious.
  • Supports excellent digestive health.
  • Strengthens the natural defence of both the mother and pups.

2) Fidele Puppy Starter

An eating regimen like Fidele Puppy Starter contains vital minerals like Calcium, Phosphorus, and Magnesium which keeps a steady metabolism in puppies as well as in the lactating bitch. The benefits of Fidele Puppy Starter:

  • Consists of DHA which promotes brain and eye development in pups.
  • Contains essential vitamins and minerals which improve cellular health and immunity.
  • Prebiotics and probiotics in the diet assist gentle and healthy digestion.

3) Hills Science Diet Puppy Chicken and Barley Entre

Hill’s Science Diet Puppy Chicken and Barley Entre is yet another excellent starter food for Golden Retriever pups, having chicken and barley as their primary constituents, offers incredible taste and an unequivocally balanced sustenance. The benefits of Hills Science Diet Puppy Chicken and Barley Entre:

  • Boosts vitality and maintains an ideal body weight in pups.
  • Contains lean proteins to build strong muscle mass.
  • Consists of natural ingredients that support a higher nutrient absorption and a healthy bowel activity.
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B) For Puppy (2 to 15 months)

Golden Retriever Puppies eat more in respect to the adult Golden Retriever. Consequently, they should be fed at least three times each day. A typical Golden Retriever Puppy consumes around 2200 calories a day.

Nutritional Requirements of Golden Retriever Puppy

1. 25-30% Of Protein Content: A rich diet in protein fabricates lean muscle mass and quality in the Golden Retrievers.

2. 12-18% Of Fat Content: Golden Retriever pups are a bundle of energy and vitality. Having a good measure of fats in their diet gives them a consolidated energy source for keeping up a functioning way of life. The unsaturated fats too help to brace their skin health.

3. Omega Fatty Acids: Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids are vital elements in their diet for keeping strong bones and joints. It also offers good anti-inflammatory effect, that reduces pain and swelling in the joints.

Best Foods For Golden Retriever Puppies

1) Royal Canin Golden Retriever Junior

Royal Canin Golden Retriever Junior is a diet tailor-made for Golden Retrievers puppies above 2 months of age. The kibble size and shape perfectly adapts to the jaws of a puppy Golden Retriever. The benefits of Royal Canin Golden Retriever Junior:

  • The EPA and DHA in the diet reinforce the skin’s barrier and make the coat radiant.
  • Consists of natural fibres to promote excellent digestion in pups.
  • Anti-oxidants build a strong defence mechanism in the pups.

2) Orijen Puppy Large Breed

One of the best foods for Golden Retriever, Orijen Puppy Large is a diet that nurtures your Golden Retrievers puppy by fulfilling their evolutionary and biological needs. The benefits of Orijen Puppy Large Breed:

  • Biologically appropriate food that maintains supreme health and wellbeing in pups.
  • Protein content of 38% builds good muscle mass and supports skin and hair growth.
  • Infusions of freeze-dried chicken and turkey liver make the food highly palatable.

3) Hills Science Diet Puppy Large Breed

Hills Science Diet Puppy Large Breed contains a precisely balanced and easy to digest nutrition that fortifies the overall health of Golden Retriever Pups. The benefits of Hills Science Diet Puppy Large Breed:

  • Consists of optimal levels of calcium to assist controlled bone growth.
  • Natural sources of Glucosamine and Chondroitin keep strong muscles and joints.
  • Clinically proven anti-oxidants maintain a strong immunity in puppies.
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C) For Adult (above 15 months)

A typical adult Golden Retriever consumes daily calories of around 1500. Unlike puppies, most grown up Golden Retrievers are satisfied with 2 meals per day.

Nutritional Requirements Of Adult Golden Retrievers

1. 30% Protein Content: An ample amount of protein content improves bone density and endurance in adult Golden Retrievers.

2. 15-20% Fat Content: Fats reduce shedding in the Golden Retrievers and also restore the natural radiance of the coat.

3. 30-35% Carbohydrates: A substantial amount of carbohydrate in the diet provides a dense source of energy, which is ideal for an active dog breed like Golden Retriever.

4. EPA and DHA: These are important Omega fatty acids which keep supple bones and joints, improving overall mobility in the dogs.

Best Foods For Adult Golden Retrievers

1) Royal Canin Adult Golden Retriever

In order to complete all the dietary requirements of your grown up Golden Retriever, a food like Royal Canin Adult Golden Retriever proves ideal for them. The benefits of Royal Canin Adult Golden Retriever:

  • The Exclusive complex of EPA-DHA makes your Golden Retriever’s skin healthy and shiny.
  • Taurine keeps good cardiac function and also healthy eyesight in the dogs.
  • Contains dietary fibres that keep healthy gut and excellent digestive functioning.

2) Pedigree Meat and Rice Adult Dog Food

Pedigree Meat and Rice Adult Dog is a wholesome diet for adult Golden Retrievers, having all the vital nutrients for maintaining superior health and wellbeing. The benefits of Pedigree Meat and Rice Adult:

  • Calcium strengthens the bones and joints of the adult Golden Retrievers.
  • Extensive protein content to enhance muscle mass and strength.
  • High quality meat and rice offering greater taste and nutritional value.

3) Farmina N&D Grain Free Pumpkin and Blueberry Adult

Farmina N&D Grain Free Pumpkin And Blueberry Adult is a top quality diet, having Grain Free Pumpkin, Lamb and Blueberry as the primary constituents, makes iot highly delectable and nutritious for grown up Golden Retrievers. The benefits of Farmina N&D Grain Free Pumpkin and Blueberry:

  • Offers good anti-inflammatory effects in adult Golden Retrievers.
  • The low glycemic index of the food eliminates obesity and diabetes in the dogs.
  • Pumpkin as an ingredient regulates intestinal motility.
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D) For Senior Age (above 8 Years)

The Golden Retriever is viewed as a senior at around eight years of age. They become less active and therefore a little vulnerable to obesity. It is critical to nourish them with low-calorie sustenance as it keeps an ideal body weight and consequently puts less pressure on the joints.

Nutritional Requirements Of Senior Golden Retrievers

1. Low Calorie Diet: Senior Golden Retrievers experience a decline in Metabolism. Also owing to their low exercise requirements, they only consume around 1000 Calories daily.

2. Moderate Protein and Fat Content: A protein content of around 20% and a fat of 10% is ideal for elderly Golden Retrievers.

3. Low Carbohydrate Content: A diet that has low carbs keeps a healthy blood sugar level in the dog, thus eliminating diabetes and obesity.

4. High Fibre Content: Nature Fibres are essential for Senior Golden Retrievers for keeping an ideal body weight and excellent digestive health.

5. Glucosamine and Chondroitin: Having traces of Glucosamine and Chondrotin in the diet of a senior Golden Retriever, alleviate pain produced in bones and joints.

Best Foods For Senior Golden Retrievers

1) Orijen Senior Food

In case you are searching for organically proper sustenance that has a low glycemic record that keeps diabetes and obesity at bay in your senior Golden Retrievers, you can have Orijen Senior Food which is effectively the best eating regimen for senior Golden Retrievers. The benefits of Orijen Senior Food:

  • Consists of 38% protein content that maintain strong muscles and fixes the damaged tissues in older Golden Retrievers.
  • A low carb content keeps an ideal weight and a healthy blood sugar level.
  • Highly delicious meal having fresh Free Run Chicken and Turkey tempts the fussiest of eaters.

2) Fidele Light and Senior Adult Dog Food

Fidele Light and Senior Adult Dog Food is another diet which is ideal for senior Golden Retriever dogs. It comprises of edible protein supporting pure osmosis of supplements and furthermore has L-Carnitine which consumes the abundance of fat stores in the body. The benefits of Fidele Light and Senior Adult Dog Food:

  • Consist of Glucosamine and Chondroitin for improving the lubrication in bones and joints of senior Golden Retrievers.
  • The ideal ratio of Omega 3 and Omega 6 controls blood clotting and maintains the health and sheen of the coat.
  • Essential vitamins and minerals keep a robust immune system.
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Foods That Are Bad For Golden Retrievers

You should also be mindful of certain foods that trigger allergic reactions in Golden Retrievers and hence should be avoided at all costs. Below are some of the foods that should not be given to a Golden Retriever:

1. Raw Eggs
2. Chocolate
3. Coffee
4. Corn
5. Wheat
6. Soy
7. Grapes
8. Onion
9. Garlic

Wrapping Up

Golden Retrievers are among the most joyful dog breeds around. Having good awareness about their appetite and nutrition goes a long way in keeping them healthy and happy. With this piece of information, you can be assured of providing balanced and wholesome nourishment to your beloved Golden Retriever and thereby elevating the quality of his life considerably.

Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:53:48 -0800 Dog-Fancier
DO phytonutrients really work? Meg Smart DVM , PhD "Processed foods represent nature stripped away with little bits added  back as fortification” (Prescott and Logan 2016)

While doing research for the advanced on line nutrtion course  for Dogs naturally magazine I came across a review section on the role of a healthy gut microbiome in the production of active phyto chemicals from the relatively indigestable phytonnutrients found in the cell wall of  inggested plants (The Secret Life of  Your MIcrobiome Prescott S.L. and Logsn A,l.2017 New Society Publishers).I felt that this was important as I feel just feeding a natural source of phytonutrients to pets that are  nutririnally  and/ or environmentally stressed and sufferiing for symptoms of  chronic inflammation (diabetis,allergies, obesity, auto immunity), may not be effective unless the  associated disfunctional gut mircobiome is corrected. Life is far removed  from the benefits derived from nature. Urbanization results in diets filled with sugar, rich foods, and beverages, ultra- processed, fast foods. Our moods and that of our children are being controlled by antidepressants, anti-anxiety, attention deficit and sleep enhancing medications. 30,000 dietary supplements emphasize our need for a fix. All market propaganda promising us a better life. Stress related problems are on the rise especially in children. We see these problem in our pets as a reflection of ourselves.

Phytochemicals and the microbiome

Phytochemical (nutrients) are natural chemicals found in the plant’s cell wall that give plants their taste, vivid colours and textures. They  are also chemical compounds produced by plants to help them thrive and thwart competitors, predators, and pathogens. Phytochemicals have been used as poisons and others have been used in traditional medicine.They are classified into the major categories such as carotenoids and polyphenols which include phenolic acid, flavonoids, and stilbenes/lignans,.Most are divided into groups based on a similar chemical structure such as anthrocyanins,flavones, and isoflavones. Flavanols  are further classifies as Catechins, epicatechins and proathocyanidins. .The structure is often complex.  An example of a beneficial phytochemical is salicin commonly known as aspirin.  found in the bark of the white willow. .
The adsorption of the phytonutrients is poor and microbial transformation of phytonutrients’ plays a significant role in the bioavailability. Microbes including Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium help to convert the phytonutrients’ to metabolites. These metabolites are better absorbed and transported to the cells where needed.

For example in animal studies about half of the polyphenols transformed by the gut microbes arrive in the brain. Foods rich in polyphenols promote the growth of beneficial bacteria and contribute to microbial diversity. Examples of vital nutrients are quercetin (green leafy vegetables) resveratrol (grapes) and tannins from .Pomegranates. They also stimulate the growth of lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.

Question: Is  a healthy gut microbiome required to transform the phytonutrients found in supplements containing herbs, mushrooms etc. into biologically active metabolites? Most of these types of holistic supplements do not mention that a healthy gut microbiome is required.

The relationship between the polyphenols and the microbiome is very complex. The microbiome changes associated with the westernized diet leads to less bioavailability of certain polyphenols. Microbial Dysbiosis in this case is not favourable to nutrient bioavailability. The polyphenols,  importance in increasing the energy expenditure by keeping the body lean and resistant to obesity, appeared much less bioavailable. This cycle was broken by adding a blend of flavonoids. Research has found antimicrobial polyphenols in certain herbs support the growth of beneficial microorganisms and suppress or repel the harmful microorganisms. 

Extracted poly saccharides are not as effective prebiotics as those found in the whole plant. Inulin is an excellent prebiotic found in thousands the plants but when it is purified the associated phytonutrients are lost. Purified prebiotics can help to restore the gut microbial ecology but they fail to prevent damage to the mucous layer which protects the intestinal lining. This can only be repaired by adding fibre rich whole foods. The plant cell wall is exactly where the phytonutrients are most abundant.

Polyphenol metabolites appear to stimulate the conversion of Omega-3 fatty acid alpha linolenic acid to the more biologically active omega 3 eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). This indicates the beneficial microbes work on polyphenols making new biologically active chemical.

“Proc"""essed foods represent nature stripped away with little bits added  back as fortification” Prescott and Logan 


Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:53:15 -0800 Dog-Fancier
The Use of Nutraceuticals and Dietary Supplements for Joint Support and Health in Cats and Dogs Presented to: Dr. Meg Smart, Small Animal Nutrition Elective By: Karen Choptain

The Use of Nutraceuticals and Dietary Supplements for

Joint Support and Health in Cats and Dogs

Presented to: Dr. Meg Smart, Small Animal Nutrition Elective

By: Karen Choptain


The use of nutraceuticals and dietary supplements, either in manufactured pet foods or as adjuncts to diet, are not necessarily new to the domestic animal world. There have, however, been more recent use of advertisements and promotions of diets and supplements being sold that tout the benefit of such products to aid in the area of joint health and stabilization.  These products have become quite popular with the public, as they allow for adjunctive therapy or alternative therapy in cats and dogs that suffer from osteoarthritis (OA) or degenerative joint disease (DJD) (1).

What is a nutraceutical?  A nutraceutical, as defined by the North American Veterinary Nutraceutical Council, is “a nondrug substance that is produced in a purified or extracted form, administered orally, to provide compounds required for normal body structure and function with the intent of improving health and well-being” (1,2). More specifically, a nutraceutical used in the aspect of joint support can be referred to as a chondroprotectant.  This term has been applied to substances such as glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, combination products of the two, New Zealand green-lipped mussels (GLM), omega-3 fatty acids, anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E and other dietary compounds such as P54FP, Avocado/soybean oils, Boron, Boswellia Resin, Cat’s Claw, Creatine, and Special milk protein concentrate (3).  Chondroprotectant agents base their purpose on providing the following three primary effects: 1) to support or enhance metabolism of chondrocytes and synoviocytes, 2) inhibit degradative enzymes within synovial fluid and cartilage matrix, and 3) inhibit formation of thrombi in small blood vessels supplying the joint (1).

In humans, the use of dietary supplements is regulated under the Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act (1). This is in order to allow consumers the opportunity to purchase a variety of products that are marketed for joint health and support.  The products themselves must be safe; however, they do not have to achieve pre market approval, in contrast to pharmaceuticals or “drugs”.  The aforementioned act does not apply to dietary supplements in the veterinary market. While the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association withholds the right to remove products from the market, providing the product is safe and does not pose a threat to human safety it may be sold (1). The product also may not advertise claims such as being used to treat, cure, prevent or mitigate a disease (1).

In addition, label claims and quality control of these products has been documented (1, 4, 5). Due to the lack of quality assurance, the consumer cannot be guaranteed that the product itself is of the concentration listed on the label or of its purity (1).  A large variety of products are available to consumers.  Despite the number of products, there is a drastic lack of scientific evidence that promotes any on of these products over the other.  This paper serves to provide some clarity to the commercial foods and supplements that are available to consumers and critically evaluate their efficacy for the use of joint support and health in cats and dogs.

Osteoarthritis in Dogs and Cats

In order to fully appreciate and understand the proposed use of chondroprotectants one must first have an idea of the function of a healthy joint and how it differs from a diseased joint.  Understanding the pathophysiology of a diseased joint can help to show areas in which chondroprotectants may act to mitigate the disease process and alleviate the pain, discomfort, and debilitating effects of OA. 

Unlike in the human species where OA is attributed to a normal aging process, in our domestic species an underlying process is generally at play.  OA itself is defined as being a non inflammatory disorder of moveable joints (6, 7). In dogs and cats an underlying pathology is suspected to be the predisposing factor for the development of OA. Obesity causing excessive load bearing on joints, cruciate ligament tears, fractures, and developmental disorders such as Legg-Perthes-Calves disease, osteochondritis dessicans, osteochondral disease, hip dysplasia and patellar luxation are all factors which can lead to the development of OA (1, 6). 

The normal diarthrodial joint is composed of a joint capsule, synovial fluid, articular cartilage and subchondral bone (1).  The joint in question serves the purpose of providing a smooth surface that is able to distribute the load from one bone to another.  The two opposing bones are covered on the surface by an avascular and aneural articular cartilage. 

Articular Cartilage

The articular cartilage is divided histologically into multiple zones and is composed of chondrocytes surrounded by a matrix. This lies on top of the subchondral bone and assists in the deliverance of load bearing forces to the underlying bone. The chondrocytes themselves are the primary cell within the articular cartilage.  The matrix that is surrounding these cells is composed of 70-80% water with collagen and proteoglycans (PG) being the residual make up (6, 8). Chondrocytes produce the PG within the Golgi apparatus (6). They also are responsible for the production of the collagen within the matrix. These cells are essential as they possess little mitotic ability and thusly are not readily replaced as they die (1).The PGs make up 35% of the matrix on a dry matter basis and are composed of a core protein with side changes of glycosaminoglycan (GAG) molecules that make up a further 10% of the matrix (6, 9). The four primary GAGs present are chondroitin-4-sulfate, chondroitin-6-sulfate, keratin sulfate and dermatan sulfate (6).  The GAGs are made up of repeating disaccharide units of six unit sugars, primarily glucosamine or galactosamine that alternate with glucuronate, iduronate or galactose (11). The PGs present are linked by the protein hyaluronan and it is this protein that forms the backbone of the large molecule aggrecan (6, 10). The primary collagen types present in the cartilage are Type I and Type II with the later making up as much as 90% of the joint, however types III-XI are also present (6, 9, 10). 

A functioning joint serves for load bearing based on the makeup of the articular cartilage. When a load is applied to the joint, water is released from the cartilage. This helps to lubricate the joint and disperse the load to the underlying bone. When the force is released, the water returns to the articular cartilage. This process also serves the function of removing waste from the cartilage and returning nutrients to the chondrocytes.

In a diseased joint, loss of articular cartilage occurs. This contributes to pain and loss of function. On gross evaluation, articular loss can be seen with fibrillation, erosion and wear lines on the surface of the articular cartilage (11, 12). On radiographs, this can be seen as a narrowing of the joint space. In addition, other radiographic signs can be seen in OA which include periosteal bone proliferation, osteophyte/enthesophyte production, subchondral bone loss and effusion of the joint. It has been proposed that initial changes in load bearing forces leads to disruptions of the collagen cross-linkages and subsequent PG loss (6, 14). Another cause of the cartilage loss is due to degradation enzymes affecting the extracellular matrix leading to loss of PGs and Type II collagen (11, 13). These enzymes include matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and aggrecanses (11). These enzymes are normally present and aid in cartilage turnover. Their control is via tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs) which unfortunately are decreased in production with OA (11). These substances are produced from the chondrocytes when inflammatory mediators are released from the synovial cells (6).

Joint Capsule

The joint capsule is also several layers thick and surrounds the diarthrodial joint. The inner vascular and neural surface is lined with synovial cells called the synovium. The cells are broken down into Type A and Type B. Type B cells function to provide the makeup of the fluid within the joint. They serve to provide nourishment, remove waste products and lubricate the joint. Lubrication of the joint is provided by the production of hyaluronic acid and lubricin (6, 9).  Conversely, Type A cells serve the function of phagocytosis.

When loss of the articular cartilage begins with fibrillation, the synovium serves the purpose of phagocytosis and clearing of the cartilage fragments (6). This occurrence leads to inflammation of the synovium and is referred to as synovitis (6, 15, 16).  This inflammation leads to a cascade of effects within the joint. First, the inflammation leads to an increased vascular permeability which can contribute to edema within the joint (6, 9). Consequently, with the increased permeability, inflammatory cells are able to enter the joint space. The synovitis also leads to a number of cytokines released by the synovial cells. Synovial cells stimulate the production of the previously mentioned proteases (MMPs and aggrecanase) by chondrocytes (6, 17). The main MMPs are collagenase and stromelysin (6). Collagenase is responsible for the breakdown of collagen and stromelysin breaks down PGs (6, 18). In vitro studies have shown that stromelysin is also capable of breaking down Type II collagen (11, 22).The synovial cells, as well as chondrocytes and monocytes, are responsible for increased secretion of cytokine IL-1, IL-6 and TNF-α (6, 18, 19, 20). While these cytokines are normally present within the joint and help to maintain homeostasis, in OA they are secreted in excess.  IL-1 has been shown to have inhibitory effects on TIMP and thusly contributes to the overproduction of MMPs by the chondrocytes (6, 21). It has also been speculated that IL-1 decreases production of collagen and PG by chondrocytes and increases the production of PGE2 (6, 19, 20). IL-6 has been shown to decrease cartilage matrix synthesis and may stimulate TIMP (6).  Increased neutrophil migration into the joint space is detrimental, as these cell release elastase and cathepson-G which further degrade cartilage (6). Phospholipases can act on cell membranes to activate the COX and LOX cascade which results in production of prostaglandins (namely PGE2) and leukotrienes (6). These substances further exacerbate inflammation and can be attributed to the production of pain.

In vitro studies were carried out Siminaro and colleagues (23) and they reported increased secretion of MMP-2 and MMP-9 by arthritic chondrocytes.  They found that while increased MMP within tissue may also increase TIMP-1 secretion, the effect of NO and pro-inflammatory cytokines was inhibitory on TIMP-1.  In addition to this, they also found the IL-1, and TNF-α that were produces by chondrocytes, synoviocytes and macrophages leading to up-regulation of the MMP gene expression (23).

Treatment of OA in Dogs and Cats

While the disease processes underlying OA in dogs and cats are rather complex, understanding the signalling cascade present within the joints provides a basis for potential use of nutraceuticals in the aid of treatment of the disease.  A multimodal approach is preferred in treating these patients.  Correction of an underlying congenital abnormality or traumatic injury surgically must be considered. The use of NSAIDs, nutraceuticals, dietary supplements, physical therapy and weight loss are all also key to alleviating symptoms of the disease. Currently there is a large appeal to clients for using adjunctive therapy other than prescription medications for their pets. Nutraceuticals and dietary supplements are in the forefront of products which are available to consumers. Oral administration provides an easy method for people and their pets to employ. As an estimated >20% of dogs over 1 year of age are reported to be affected by OA (3), there is certainly a need for products that may help to decrease the pain associated with the disease.

Currently Reported Nutraceuticals/Dietary Supplements:

1) Glucosamine

Glucosamine is a mono amino monosaccharide that once modified to N-acetylglucosamine is a precursor to the disaccharide units of GAGs, hyaluronan and keratin sulfate (11). Conversion of glucosamine to galactosamine provides a component of chondroitin sulfate and dermatan sulfate (11). In vivo, glucosamine is produced by chondrocytes, however; in cases of OA, chondrocytes appear to have a decreased ability to synthesize glucosamine (1, 25, 26). There are no dietary sources of glucosamine, rather it is produced commercially from chitin; a component of the exoskeleton of shrimp lobsters and crabs (24). The product of glucosamine is available commercially in three forms: glucosamine sulfate, glucosamine hydrochloride and N-acetyl-glucosamine.

Mechanism of Action

Since glucosamine is a precursor for the formation of GAGs, it is been reported that supplementation may increase the production of PGs. Cell culture studies have shown the exogenous glucosamine stimulates the production of PG as well as collagen by chondrocytes (1, 27, 28). In a rabbit model, glucosamine was shown to significantly restore levels of GAGs within damaged cartilage (24, 29).  In cultured human OA chondrocytes, it was suggested that stimulation of messenger RNA and protein levels of aggrecan core protein, as well as inhibition of MMPs were possible mechanisms of action of glucosamine (24, 30).  In an abstract for a model of cartilage collage, lipoxidation was also inhibited by glucosamine thus attributing to the claims of its use for anti-inflammatory properties (24, 31).  Glucosamine has also been shown to reduce the transcription factors involved with IL-1 (11).

Bioavailability, Recommended Doses and Toxicity

In both dogs and cats the oral availability of glucosamine is rather high. An intestinal absorption rate of 87% has been documented (1, 32) with distribution to tissues being highest in the liver, kidney and articular cartilage (1, 33, 34). When evaluating in vitro effects and correlating the data with bioavailability, it was determined that the effective recommended dosage of glucosamine HCL be 22mg/kg (11, 35). Toxicity of glucosamine appears to be minimal.  At doses of 5g/kg the only reported adverse effect was mild gastrointestinal upset including flatulence.

It should be noted that glucosamine products are not required to be monitored.  In a review of 14 OTC products available, the amount of actual glucosamine present varied from 59-138% (24).

Evidence Based Medicine with Glucosamine

Human efficacy:

In a review by Neil and colleagues of a meta-analysis and quality assessment of 15 randomized double-blind placebo controlled studies, 14 out of the 15 studies revealed beneficial effects with regards to decreasing pain and improving mobility (11, 36). That being said, when glucosamine was compared to the use with glucosamine and chondroitin, benefits were greater in the later.

In a 3 year long administration of glucosamine vs. placebo, 20-25% improvement of pain and function were reported (11, 37, 38). This may however show bias, as when a similar short term trials were carried out, glucosamine showed no significant improvement.

In a randomized, controlled, double-blinded trial comparing placebo and glucosamine on knee OA, Hughes and Carr discovered that there were significant effects on glucosamine for lower pain and improving function (11). The trial was compared to a similar trial that had previously been carried out with the result that glucosamine had no significant effect.

 In 2010, the Annual rheumatoid Disease journal published the results of a 2 year study which attempted to show the clinical efficacy of glucosamine, chondroitin sulphate, a combo of the two, celecoxib and placebo (39). The trial was a double blinded, placebo controlled study of 583 patients followed over a 6 month period. The intent was to compare all groups and evaluate the ability to reduce pain and improve function based on the Western Ontario and McMaster University Osteoarthritis Index. Patients were then followed for a further 18 months to evaluate radiographic changes to joint space width.  Those in the glucosamine HCL group received 1500mg daily. There were no significant changes noted within any of the groups. There were however, trends that were noted within the study. In all groups (including that of the placebo group) improvement occurred within the first 18 weeks of treatment with celecoxib providing the most rapid results.  At the end point of the trial, glucosamine and celecoxib groups both showed a trend for being highest at the end point. With respect to the 2 year study, celecoxib showed the best pain and function repair.  There were also a group of patients that at the beginning of the trial showed the most intense symptoms. Of these patients it was shown that the combination of glucosamine and chondroitin showed the best effects.  Again, none of these results were statistically significant.

Canine efficacy:

There were no studies found that evaluated the use of glucosamine as a sole agent in dogs.  Clinical trials of canine patients all involved the administration of glucosamine in combination with chondroitin.  More information on these studies to follow. A study of the effect of glucosamine on experimental rat osteoarthritis was found.  After OA was surgically induced in rats, treatment groups were based on treatment with glucosamine, without glucosamine and a sham group. The rats receiving glucosamine were administered 1000 mg glucosamine HCL/kg/day. The elevated dose was based on poor metabolism of the drug and poor bioavailability in the species (46). Statistically significant reduction in degenerative changes on the surface of articular cartilage was seen in the group treated with glucosamine (46). In addition, biomarkers of OA were also decreased in the group treated with glucosamine (46).

2) Chondroitin Sulfate

Chondroitin Sulfate is a GAG composed of glucuronic acid and sulfated N-acetylgalactosamine (11).  Chondroitin is produced in vivo by chondrocytes of articular cartilage. Exogenous sources of cartilage can be used as a supplement.

Mechanism of Action

Use of chondroitin sulfate has been advocated as it has been determined it can decrease IL-1 production, block complement, inhibit MMPs, inhibit histamine-mediated inflammation and stimulate GAG and collagen synthesis (11, 40, 41).

Bioavailability, Recommended Dose and Toxicity

Oral absorption in dogs has been reported to be as high as 70% (11, 42). When evaluating in vitro effects and correlating the data with bioavailability, it was determined that the effective recommended dosage of 8.8mg/kg (11, 35).  Plumb’s Veterinary Handbook reports a dose of 13-15mg/kg for dogs and 15-20mg/kg for cats (43, 44). Chondroitin appears to accumulate in the serum leading to an estimated bioavailability of 200% (1, 33, 45).

The author was unable to find any evidence based medicine including the use of chondroitin alone.  The combination of chondroitin with glucosamine was available.  This is likely attributable to the fact that a great deal of products available have the two compounds supplied together.  A synergistic effect can be extrapolated by an in vitro study on equine cartilage. The use of the two components together decreased nitric oxide production, PG degradation and inhibited MMP-9 and MMP-13 (11, 45).

Human efficacy:

As previously mentioned, in 2010 a 2 year human study was carried out comparing glucosamine, chondroitin sulphate, a combination of the two, celecoxib and placebo.  While there was no scientific significance between groups, the chondroitin and glucosamine combination showed the most benefit in a subset of patients that had more severe signs attributed to OA (39).

Canine efficacy:

A randomised double-blinded, positive-controlled trial published in 2006 by McCarthy and colleagues showed the efficacy of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate used in the treatment of OA in dogs.  The study included the use of 42 dogs recruited from private practice.  The dogs were in treatment groups receiving carprofen or Synoquin SA (glucosamine/chondroitin).  The dogs received the manufacturer’s recommended doses of active ingredient. Animals were assessed prior to initiation of treatment by both veterinarians and their owners and subsequently on days 14, 42, 70 and 98.   Dogs in the Synoquin SA group showed significant improvement in disease score at day 70 for pain, weight-bearing and overall condition when compared to pre-treatment score; however lameness and joint mobility were not significantly improved (47).  It should be noted that the Carprofen group had a greater mean reduction in disease. Limitations of this research are the lack of quantitative ground force reaction testing. The results are rather based on subjective assessment. The data of the placebo group was also not reported. There is no means of evaluating if a placebo effect was seen by either the clinicians or their owners.  Based on this data, one can extrapolate that while Synoquin SA did not provide a better means of improvement in OA over Carprofen, there were statistically significant changes seen. This supports the recommendation of this nutraceutical as an adjunct in the treatment of OA.

Conversely, in a review by Budsberg and Bartges (3) contradictory results were found. In a study by Moreau and colleagues, 71 dogs were evaluated in a prospective double-blind study (48). Dogs were divided into groups given glucosamine/chondroitin, carprofen and Meloxicam.  The evaluation was similar to the above study, however; ground force reaction was also measured.  Changes in the ground reaction forces were statistically significant in the dogs receiving the pharmaceuticals; however they were not in those receiving glucosamine/chondroitin (3). Clinicians felt that there had been an improvement with carprofen and Meloxicam, differing from the owners’ opinions that improvement was seen only with Meloxicam (3).

In another review by Aragon and colleges (49) a trial of 19 dogs receiving chondroitin, glucosamine and manganese ascorbate revealed no improvement either subjectively or objectively.

 3) New Zealand Green-Lipped Mussels

New Zealand Green-Lipped Mussels (GLM) has been known for some time as a dietary supplement in canine diets.  It was not until 1986 that dried mussel extracts were stabilized with a preservative (3). Prior to this date no there were no published studies able to provide evidence of beneficial effects of this substance and it has been speculated that the lack of stabilization of the product may be a contributing factor in contradictory results of clinical studies (3, 50).

Mechanism of Action

GLM are published to contain GAGs, omega-3 fatty acids, amino acids, vitamin and minerals (1, 51).  Despite these varied properties, the benefit of use of GLM in OA is thought to be from the anti-inflammatory effects of the omega-3 fatty acid tetrenoic acid (3, 51).

Canine efficacy:

As reviewed by Budsberg and Bartges (3), a randomized controlled clinical study of 31 dogs with OA was carried out with 0.3 % GLM powder added to a generic diet (52). The dogs were evaluated with subjective arthritis score for joint swelling, pain, crepitance and range of motion.  Statistically significant results for improvement of joint swelling and pain were seen in the dogs that received the GLM powder.  This article was also reviewed by Beale (1). In his review, he highlighted the points that the dogs included in the study were not officially diagnosed as having OA (1). Further to this, he also mentioned that control dogs showed worsening of their joint pain and swelling over the 6 week study period which is uncommon of the slowly progressive disease of OA (1). In another review by Johnston and colleagues (54), two trials conducted by Aragon and colleagues showed that in prospective and randomized trials of GLM showed a subjective positive effect on dogs with OA.  These trials however, did not have positive or negative controls and lacked scientific evidence (54).

In a second study reviewed by Budsberg and Bartges (3), 71 dogs were divided into groups of chondroitin sulfate, GLM and a placebo (53). The study included 58 dogs that completed the 12 week trial. In this trial it was reported that none of the groups showed any significant improvement of clinical signs (3).

4) P54FP

P54FP is an extract of Indian and Javanese tumerics with active ingredients that include curcuminoids and essential oils (3, 54).

Mechanism of Action

Evidence is present supporting the capability of anti-inflammatory effects of P54FP. Curcumin has been documented to inhibit PGE2 and cyclooxygenase-2 (3, 55, 56, 57).

Canine efficacy:

In a randomized, blind, placebo-controlled, parallel- group clinical trial 61 dogs were recruited (58). The dogs were allocated to the P54FP group and a placebo group for 8 weeks. Treatment was assessed using both clinical assessments of lameness and joint pain by the authors as well as quantitative measurements of affected joints, and overall response by the owners. No statistical significance was seen in the quantitative measurement of the affected joints (58). Interestingly, while the authors subjective assessment of improvement showed statistical significant, the assessment of the owners did not (3).

5) Boswellia Serrata

Resin extracted from the tree Boswellia serrata has been shown to decrease leukocyte infiltration, decrease antibody synthesis and inhibit the complement pathway (59).Sharma ML, Khajuria A, 1. Kaul A, et al. Effects of salai guggal ex-Boswellia serrata on cellular and humoral immune responses and leukocyte migration. Agents Actions 1988;24:161-164.

Budsberg and Bartges commented on a study of this compound. In an open, multicentric clinical trial of 29 dogs with OA 400mg per 10 kg was administered once daily for 6 weeks (3, 60). Statistically significant improvement was observed in 17 of the 24 dogs (3).

6) Avocado and Soybean Oils

The unsaponifiable fractions of both avocado and soybean oils have in vitro been shown to be beneficial in OA by inhibiting IL-1 and stimulating collagen synthesis (3, 61, 62). As reviewed by Budsberg and Bartges, clinical trials in humans have shown both positive effects and also no benefits for the alleviation of clinical symptoms of OA (3).

7) Boron

Boron deficiency in human diets has been suggested as a cause of arthridities in humans.  Budsberg and Bartges referred to a double-blind placebo and boron supplementation trial in 20 patients with OA (3). A significantly positive response was seen with diets supplemented with boron.

8) Cat’s Claw

Budsberg and Bartges refer to the plant Uncaria tomentosa. Although studies have not been reported in dogs with OA, based on the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects seen in humans with rheumatoid arthritis, they suggest its potential for the use in domestic pet species.

9) Creatine

Creatine has been used in instances of rheumatoid arthritis in human for the production of ATP and improvement of skeletal muscle weakness (3). Its evidence has not been published for dogs with OA.

10) Special Milk Protein Concentrate

Anti-inflammatory properties have been attributed to inhibition of neutrophil migration (3, 63). Components found within this concentrate have been immunoglobulins, cytokines, enzymes, hormones and growth factors (3). Budsberg and Bartges report that clinical trials have shown subjective improvement in dogs with OA when administered SMPC when compared to placebo (3).

11) Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids have been considered essential nutrients for decades. The health benefits which have been attributed to their dietary addition have been on cardiac, renal, hepatic and integumentary health as well as the reduced in rate and recurrence of neoplasia. Omega-3 fatty acids have also been shown in clinical studies to aid in the support of joint health in those affected with OA.

The parent compound of omega-6 fatty acids in linoleic acid (18:2n-6) or LA. Primary sources of LA are vegetable oils, examples of which being soy, corn safflower and canola oils (64). LA can be metabolized by the body to form arachidonic acid (20:4n-6). In cats, the conversion is decreased and thus, they must receive some AA supplementation in their diets (65). AA can be provided with animal fats as well as the precursors to AA via black current, borage and evening primrose oils which contain γ-linoleic acid (18:3n6) (64).

The parent compound of omega-3 fatty acids is alpha linoleic acid (18:3n3). Dietary sources of ALA are from plants, flax and flaxseed oil (64). Metabolites of ALA include EPA, DPA and DHA. These three metabolites can be found in fish meal and cold water marine oils (64).

Bioavailability, Doses and Toxicity

Ranges in the ratios of omega6:3 fatty acids have ranged anywhere from 25:1 to 5:1 in the past. New research has shown that this ratio has steadily been decreasing in commercial pet foods.  Metabolism of LA and ALA are both via the same enzymes. Of these, a higher affinity is present for ALA leading to the higher recommended proportion of omega6:3. While a lower ratio has been advised, excessive levels of DHA of more than 1.5% can lead to reduced growth, reduced language development, behavioural changes, reduced cognitive function, and a delay in reflexes in rodents when an adequate amount of AA is not provided (65, 69, 70, 71, 72).

In a study reviewed by Bauer (66) comparing conversion of ALA, 84 dogs were fed with either a diet containing 3% sunflowers seed or 3% flaxseed (67). The sunflower seed diet had 9.3% calories as LA and 0.4% as ALA versus the flaxseed diet with 7.4% LA and 2.5% ALA (66). In the flax seed diet accumulation of EPA began after 4 days post initiation of the feeding trial with peak plasma levels reached at 28 days (66). DPA was also detected but did not accumulate in the plasma as DHA.

In humans, when flax oil was compared to fish oil, flax showed 7% efficiency in increasing plasma levels of EPA when compared to the fish oil (65). Fish oil was also able to increase not only EPA plasma levels, but also DPA levels.  Dogs appear to be even more less efficient than humans in the conversion of ALA to DHA (65).

Based on most research showing the inefficient conversion of ALA to DHA, a large proportion of diets promote the use of fish oils over flax seed oil. It has however been suggested that 1) DPA formed from ALA may be delivered to the cells directly, which then convert it to DHA limiting an accumulation within plasma and 2) DPA can be converted back to EPA and contributes to the accumulation of EPA plasma levels (66).

In a study reviewed by Bauer (66), dogs were fed diets containing ALA from flaxseed oil and EPA from fish oil, beef tallow and safflower oil (68). While diets containing fish and flax seed oil contained similar omega-6:3 ratios and both showed an increase in omega-3 incorporation into neutrophilic membranes, a higher level was seen with the fish oil diets (66).

In an unpublished study by Bauer and colleges, fish oil supplemented diet fed to dogs with OA resulted in significant increased in both EPA and DHA in the plasma and synovial fluid AND a decrease in AA. Reductions in MMP-2, MMP-9 and PGE2 were also seen (66).

Mechanism of action

Upon inflammatory insult, cytokines are released from the cell membranes. These cytokines can act as inflammatory mediators and stimulate the production of eicosanoids which further exacerbate inflammation. PGE2, IL-1, IL-6 and TNF-α levels all increase in plasma levels of OA patients.

EPA and DHA have been shown to decrease these inflammatory mediators (65, 73, 74, 75). As reviewed by Budsberg and Bartges (3), an unpublished study had 18 dogs randomly assigned into three groups with identical diets except for the omega-6:3 ratios. The dogs were fed the diet prior to and after surgical transaction of the cranial cruciate ligament. The group that consumed the diet that was highest in omega-3 (0.7:1.0) had lower serum cholesterol, triglycerides and phospholipids (3). They also had decreased levels of PGE2 in the synovial fluid and had stronger ground reaction forces (3).

In a prospective, uncontrolled study of 146 dogs with OA, 88% of the dogs showed clinical improvement in lameness after 2 months of being fed Purina JM which contains omega-3 fatty acids from a fish oil source at a dose of 250mg/100Kcal (65).


Use of antioxidants in the clinical situation of OA has been described primarily in human literature.  Vitamin E and vitamin C have been reported in clinical trials; however they both have significant contradictory results. In addition, dogs are reported to be able to synthesize endogenous vitamin C and so its addition to diet would be redundant (3).

Commonly recommended nutraceuticals/dietary supplements:

In March, 2012 an unpublished, collaborative survey was conducted by the author and three other fourth year veterinary students in the small animal nutrition elective at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.  The survey was conducted in order to establish what kinds of supplements and/or diets were being advised by both veterinarians and pet stores across Saskatoon. Of the 22 veterinary hospitals only 9 responded to the survey request.  Out of the 7 pet stores, 6 responded to the survey. The remaining store, Petsmart, refused to answer any of our questions as they were instructed not to by the store owner.  Our questions pertained to the products used (brand name) as well as if any products were advised to be purchased at health food stores. We also wanted to know why these particular products were advised, and where the information about the products in question was received.

Veterinary Dispensed/Recommended Supplements:

All of the clinics that responded either advised or sold products containing glucosamine, glucosamine/chondroitin and omega-3 fatty acids. The majority of these products were sold in clinic.  A small number of clinics advised for them to be purchased at health food stores in the city. The main reason these products were recommended were because of published literature stating the significant effects of these products on joint health.  The table below lists the products that we were given brand names of. The most commonly sold products were glucosamine (56%), chondroitin (44%) and omega fatty acids (44%).

Veterinary diets were also highly advised by the veterinary hospitals surveyed. The diets were primarily the same for all clinics and were exclusively sold veterinary diets. The diets were recommended based on information supplied from the various food company representatives. The foods advised by the hospitals were Hill’s j/d (canine), Royal Canin/Medi-cal Mobility Support (canine and feline) and Purina JM.

The recommendation for the diets was apparent when there was a diagnosis of OA in patients. Omega-3 fatty acids and glucosamine/chondroitin were also recommended as supplements for apparently healthy animals as a preventative measure by more than 50% of the surveyed clinics.

Table 1 Brand Name Products Recommended by Veterinary Hospitals









Omega Pro 3

Pro Concepts

Animal Health

Ubavet Liquid





Zukes Hip Action


Chondro Flex

Champion Alstoe

Animal Health

Pet store available supplements/diets:

7 pet stores were also surveyed within Saskatoon. Two were larger stores and five were more intimate/specialty pet food/supply stores.  The larger two, Petsmart and Petland, were unable to fully answer the survey but the products available in the store were reviewed. The small specialty stores were extremely knowledgeable about the products that they carry. We were informed that their information regarding the products was supplied by the manufacturers, nutritionists and own research. Local products seem to be more popular staff were more readily available to answer any questions. In addition, the sale of locally produced products was beneficial to the local economy. Suppliers also had personal experience using the products that they more readily advised to their clients.

Table 2 Brand Name Products Sold by Pet stores



Spring Meadows

Spring Meadows

liquid joint care

Naturvet Hip and


Joint Formula

Biologic Vet

Biologic Vet

joint support

Flax Forward


 Cetyl M


Glucosamine +

21st Century Pet


Halo hip and joint


The specialty pet supply stores advised the use of a high quality ingredient pet food.  One store advocated the use of raw diets, in particular the brand Spring Meadow’s. Their explanation is that they felt it provided the best products for a balanced diet and that the company was locally based with all ingredients being locally grown. If raw diets were not an option a fish based diet high in omega-3 fatty acids would be preferred. Brand names that were repeatedly brought up in all the specialty stores were Acana, Orijen and Horizon.

A Discussion on Commercial Veterinary Diets:

A trend become quite apparent in the veterinary hospitals in regards to the diets that they recommended.  All of the clinics suggested the use of a commercially available veterinary diet for the aid in treatment of dogs and cats with OA. A comparative look at the four main canine diets revealed that they did differ slightly in composition.  All of the diets compared claimed to improve mobility in affected dogs. They all advertised the presence of high omega-3 fatty acids. They all presented the aspect of being low in caloric density which would be beneficial in weight reduction. Two of the diets had the advertisement of having L-carnitine to maintain lean muscle mass. One of the diets contained GLM as a joint support ingredient and antioxidant.  All of the diets contained glucosamine and two of the diets also contained chondroitin. Table 4 outlines a comparison of the available information online for clients to view.  Added is the amount of glucosamine/chondroitin for Hill’s j/d and Purina JM. This data was received from the company representatives. Table 3 displays the advertising claims of the four diets reviewed.

Table 3 Claims Supporting Use of Commonly Prescribed/Recommended Veterinary Diets

Hill’s j/d

Purina JM

Medical Mobility


Royal Canin Weight

& Osteo

1) Improve dog’s ability to run, walk, jump in as little as 21 days

1)improve mobility

1) improve mobility and reduce pain with omega fa ratio

1) enhance joint support

2) excellent source of omega-3 fatty acid EPA

2) high EPA and omega-3 fatty acids

2) high in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids

2) enriched with EPA and DHA

3) controlled calorie content

3) high protein/calorie ratio, moderate fat content

3) reduced calorie content

3) restricted calorie

4) added L-carnitine to maintain healthy weight

4) appropriate levels of omega 6 fatty acids

4) GLMP support joints and is anti-inflammatory

4) L-carnitine added

5) high levels of antioxidant vitamins E and C

5) omega3 and 6 promote healthy skin and coat

5) Vitamin E and C for antioxidant + taurine

6) natural source of glucosamine

6) glucosamine added

7) excellent palatability

7) highly digestible protein

8) aids in dental health

 Table 4

Comparison of Commonly Prescribed/Recommended Veterinary Diets for Joint Support/Health

Nutrient and Caloric

Hills J/D dry

Purina JM

Medi Cal Mobility Support

Royal Canin Weight & Osteo


% dry matter













Crude Fiber





















349 ppm

Vitamin C

203 mg/kg

100 mg/kg


Vitamin E

582 IU/kg

800 IU/kg

597 IU/kg








Omega -3 FA total











1435 mg/kg



chondroitin sulfate

Caloric density

356 kcal/ cup

408 kcal/cup

324 kcal/cup

246 kcal/cup

Ingredient List of Commonly prescribed/recommended Veterinary Diets

Hills j/d:

whole grain corn, chicken by-product meal, flaxseed, soybean mill run, brewers rice, soybean meal, pork fat

preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), chicken liver flavour, powdered cellulose, fish oil, lactic acid

potassium chloride, L-lysine, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, iodized salt, DL-methionine,

vitamin E supplement, vitamins (L-Ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Vitamin E supplement, niacin,

thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine

hydrochloride, riboflavin, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement,

), L-threonine, taurine, soy lecithin, glucosamine

hydrochloride, minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, cupper sulfate, magnesium oxide, calcium iodate, sodium

selenite), L-tryptophan, L-carnitine, preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid

Purina JM:

brewers rice, salmon meal, corn gluten meal, poultry by-product meal (natural source of glucosamine), dried

egg product, oat fiber, animal digest, animal fat preserved with mixed tocopherols (form of Vitamin E)

fish oil, chicken, potassium chloride, vitamin E supplement, salt, choline chloride, taurine, zinc sulfate,

L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, niacin, calcium carbonate,

vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement,

vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin

menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), sodium selenite

Medi Cal Mobility

brewer's rice, chicken meal, brown rice, corn, corn gluten meal, natural flavour, chicken fat, diet beet pulp,


fish oil, calcium carbonate, pea fibre, potassium chloride, vegetable oil, salt, green lipped mussel powder,

L-lysine, choline chloride, taurine, glucosamine hydrochloride, vitamins (DL-alpha-tocopherol (source of

vitamin E), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), biotin, D-calcium, pantothenate, pyridoxine

hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin A acetate, niacin, thiamin mononitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B12),

folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement and vitamin D3 supplement), trace minerals (zinc proteinate, manganese

proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulphate, copper proteinate, copper sulphate, manganous oxide, calcium

iodate, and sodium selenite), marigold extract (source of lutein), and chondroitin sulphate. Naturally preserved

with mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract and citric acid.

Royal Canin

Weight & Osteo:

chicken meal, brown rice, wheat gluten, barley, powdered cellulose, rice, chicken fat, natural flavors, dried beet

pulp, fish oil, brewers dried yeast, sodium silica aluminate, potassium chloride, dried egg product, vegetable oil,

sodium tripolyphosphate, calcium sulfate, salt, choline chloride, DL-methionine, taurine, glucosamine

hydrochloride, marigold extract, vitamins (DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), L-Ascorbyl-2

polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), biotin, D0calcium pantothenate, vitamin mononitrate (vitamin B1),

riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement), L-carnitine,

trace minerals (zinc oxide, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, copper

proteinate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, tea (green tea extract), chondroitin sulfate, rosemary extract,

preserved with natural mixed tocopherols and citric acid.

Addressing the claims of these diets:

Hill’s j/d:                The first claim provided by Hill’s was based on a randomized, double-masked, practice based 6 month feeding study (76). In this study, 131 completed the study which were representatives from 18 different veterinary hospitals.  The dogs were fed either a control food or the prescription diet Hill’s j/d in the dry form for 6 months. Results of the study showed a significant higher serum concentration of total omega-3 fatty acids and EPA in dogs fed Hill’s j/d (76). In addition, these dogs also had lower arachidonic acid (although not statistically significant) and a significant lower serum omega-6:3 ratios. Subjectively, dogs fed Hill’s j/d had significant improvement in their ability to rise from a resting position, running, and playing. In comparison, while the mean subjective scores given by clinicians improved with the Hill’s j/d diet, they were not statistically significant (76).

                Hill’s claimed to have an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acid EPA. This report is likely true as compared to the Royal Canin, the EPA levels were higher. This is likely attributed to the flaxseed present in the diet. The presence of DPA was not mentioned.

                The next claim of controlled calorie content is again questionable. This diet ranked third out of the four compared diets with a caloric density of 365 kcal/cup.

                The final claim was L-carnitine to maintain healthy weight. In dogs, the permitted maximum amount of L-carnitine is 750 ppm for dogs. Typically in diets it is supplied in a range of 100-350ppm. At the level of 349 ppm, this diet has a moderate amount which may be beneficial.

An important note is that the diet does contain glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate. This is not advertised as a benefit by the company. When contacted by the representative, it was stated that there is no scientifically proven benefit of this supplement in the diet, however; it has been placed in the food to be on the label for clients that want this supplement in the food.  Based on the feeding requirement for a large breed dog (40lbs) if supplying dry formulation 2 1/3 cups (230 g) - 3 1/4 cups (320 g) would need to be fed to meet the required daily intake. In this quantity of food 225.4mg-313.6mg of glucosamine and 155.02mg-215.68mg of chondroitin sulfate are present. Based on the advised doses of these, a dog of this size would require 400 mg of glucosamine and 272 mg of chondroitin sulfate. The diet thusly does not provide adequate amounts of either of these components as a supplement if fed at the recommended feed quantity of feed.

Purina JM:             Purina’s first claim is that the diet improves mobility. This claim is based on findings of an increased force plate gait analysis when dogs with OA were fed a diet with higher omega-3 fatty acids. P value for this study was 0.08 (77). In a two month long clinical feeding trial, subjective assessment of owners and clinicians felt that dogs with OA showed a significant improvement in mobility. Clinicians were more inclined to recommend the diet based on these observations.

                The diet claims to be high in EPA and total omega-3 fatty acids. The total EPA was not listed on their product website, however, information provided by company representatives stated that 8oz of diet contained 287mg of EPA and 445 mg of DHA. The total omega-3 fatty acid content was significantly less than Hill’s j/d.

                The diet touted its high protein/calorie ratio. Oddly, when comparing the data published on the product website to the literature provided by the company representative, inconsistencies were present with the nutrient composition. The provided information from the company (vs. the website) stated that the protein % was actually 34.25 and the fat was 14.18%. While the protein content was highest of all four diets, the caloric density was also the highest when using the website. The literature provided from the company did state that the caloric density was less than internet amount and was 351kcal/cup. This would then place the diet second for highest caloric density. It may be more beneficial to explain that the high quality meat protein would lead to a more digestible calorie source. This was not mentioned.

                The omega 6 fatty acid content could not be discussed as these levels were not provided in the diet analysis.

                The levels of vitamin C were lower than that of Hill’s j/d, but the levels of vitamin E were double. The internet product guide listed the vitamin E content as 800IU/kg but the provided data sheet listed it as 1000IU/kg. The vitamin C level was not provided but may potentially be higher as well.

                Glucosamine was not listed on the internet product guide; however literature stated it was 1435mg/kg. If we use the body weight of a 40lb dog once again 2 ¾ cups of feed is advised. With this volume the dog would receive approximately 360 mg of glucosamine.  This is actually more than Hill’s j/d but it still is not the adequate dose for that size of dog. The downside is that there is no chondroitin in the diet and as previously reported, the two supplements have been shown to act synergistically.

                The final claim was that of palatability. One can extrapolate that if dogs were fed this diet then it must have been palatable.  No reports of gastrointestinal upset or lack of product ingestion was found. On a personal note, this diet was fed to dogs owned by the author and it did seem to be extremely palatable.

Medical/Royal Canin Mobility Support:

                This diet also stated that it would improve mobility and reduce pain with the presence of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It also stated that it was high in these compounds. The information provided failed to state the % of omega-3 fatty acids on a dry matter basis so this statement could not be confirmed.

                The diet was decreased in caloric content when compared to the other commercial diet companies at 324kcal/cup.

                The diet contained GLM powdered and was advertised to support the joints and serve anti-inflammatory purposes. The diet contained 0.3% on a dry matter basis. Research has shown this compound to show a positive effect on joint health at levels of 0.3%.

                Although not advertised, the diet did contain glucosamine.  A feeding guideline of 3 2/3- 4 ¼ cups of the diet was recommended for a 40 lb dog. Based on this, the diet also does not contain significant glucosamine unless it is fed at the highest recommended volume (360-425mg).  It does not contain chondroitin.

Royal canine Weight & Osteo:

                This diet is one that is manufactured to be sold in pet stores. It states it has evidence of enhanced joint support. No evidenced based medicine could be found and none was able to be produced by the company when approached.

                While it has the lowest levels of Omega-3 fatty acids of the diets compared, it DOES have a large amount of LA (the precursor to inflammatory eicosanoids).  It also has less EPA and DHA than the veterinary produced version of Mobility Support.

                The diet claim to be restricted calorie is substantiated as it has the lowest caloric content of 246kcal/cup while maintaining a high protein level. The diet itself seemed to be beneficial for a weight loss protocol, which in turn may help to improve the load bearing on the joints and subsequently improve clinical signs associated with OA. L-carnitine is advertised to be added but is not listed in the nutrient profile.

                Vitamin C and vitamin E levels are consistent with the compared diets.

                Glucosamine and chondroitin are advertised components of the food. With the proposed feeding guidelines provided, a 40lb dog would only receive 225mg glucosamine and 25.3mg of chondroitin. Both below the recommended daily intake.

                The statement of the diet being palatable and supporting dental health could not be evaluated as there was no literature in regards to either claim.

Horizon Complete Senior and Weight Management:

                For curiosity, the diets above were compared to a locally produced, high ingredient grade pet food. The following information was obtained from the bag label.

Crude Protein (min) 24.0 %                                     Mid range when compared to veterinary diets
Crude Fat (min) 10.0 %                                            lowest of all diets
Crude Fibre (max) 4.0 %                                           lowest of all diets
Moisture (max) 10.0 %                                            
Calcium (min) 1.1%                                                  slightly higher than other diets
Phosphorus (min) .85%                                            slightly higher than other diets
Omega 3 (min)** 0.44 %                                          lowest of all diets
Omega 6 (min)** 3.62 %                                         
Glucosamine* (min) 600 mg/kg                                                lowest of all diets
Chondroitin Sulphate* (min) 400 mg/kg                  highest of all diets

                While the diet did not contain as much omega-3 fatty acids as the veterinary diets, it is one of lower end diets of this company. It also contained significantly higher amounts of chondroitin sulphate.


Commercially available supplements sold or recommended by the veterinary hospitals and pet stores in our survey:

Dasoquin( Dasoquin is a veterinary exclusive product that is manufactured by Nutramax laboratories.  The product is available for both dogs and cats. It contains not only glucosamine HCl and chondroitin sulfate, but also avocado/soy unsaponifiables. The product for dogs is supplied in either a chewable treat or chewable tablets. The feline product is in the form of a capsule that can be given directly or sprinkled onto the food.

Canine chewable treats contain:


Large Dogs

Small to Medium Dogs

Glucosamine Hydrochloride* 99%

900 mg

600 mg

Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate*

350 mg

250 mg

Avocado/Soybean Unsaponifiables* (ASU) Powder

90 mg

45 mg

Canine Chewable tablets: Each Chewable Tablet Contains:


Large Dogs

Small to Medium Dogs

Glucosamine Hydrochloride* 99%

900 mg

600 mg

Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate* (Low Molecular Weight)

350 mg

250 mg

Avocado/Soybean Unsaponifiables* (ASU) Powder

90 mg

45 mg

Recommended daily doses are 1-2 daily (based on body weight) for the initial 4-6 weeks and then decreased to half daily.

Feline Capsules: Each Capsule Contains:

Glucosamine Hydrochloride* 99%

125 mg

Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate* (Low Molecular Weight)

100 mg

Avocado/Soybean Unsaponifiables* (ASU) Powder

25 mg

Cosequin DS ( Cosequin is another joint support product that is manufactured by Nutramax laboratories.  In contrast to Dasoquin, this product is not veterinary exclusive which make it more readily available to consumers and also at a lower cost. In contrast to Dasoquin, this product does not contain the unsaponifiables.

Feline Cosequin: Each Capsule Contains:

Glucosamine Hydrochloride* minimum

125 mg

Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate* minimum

100 mg

Manganese minimum

1 mg**

 *  manganese is a cofactor for multiple enzyme functions and detoxification of superoxide free radicals

Canine Cosequin: Each Chewable Tablet/capsule Contains:

Glucosamine Hydrochloride*

500 mg

Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate*

400 mg


5 mg**

Cosequin DS + DSM Each Chewable Tablet Contains:

Glucosamine Hydrochloride*

600 mg

Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate*

300 mg

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)

250 mg


5 mg**

* MSM adds sulfur and has reported anti-inflammatory properties

Cosequin DS Each Soft Chew Contains:

Glucosamine Hydrochloride*

600 mg

Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate*

300 mg

Cosequin Regular strength Each Capsule Contains:

Glucosamine Hydrochloride*

250 mg

Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate*

200 mg


2 mg**

Comparatively, these products all contain relatively similar amounts of glucosamine and chondroitin. The variety of products is likely to provide appeal to clients. The differing product lines also allow for distribution of various markets.

The company states that their production is carried out with similar standards to the pharmaceutical industry. It also advertises that the product has been shown to be safe, effective, and bioavailable in the labelled amounts as per peer reviewed studies. Evidence of these studies could not be located.

Flexadin ( Flexadin is a veterinary exclusive product that is manufactured by Vetoquinol. The tablet is advertised for the use in both dogs and cats.

Each tablet contains:

Glucosamine HCl


Chondroitin Sulfate


Devil’s Claw




The recommended dose is one tablet per 20 kg of body weight daily, with loading dose of twice that for the first 2-4 weeks.

Chondroflex ( Is a veterinary exclusive product that is manufactured by Champion Alstoe Animal Health.  The product is advertised for the use in both dogs and cats.

Each tablet contains:

Glucosamine HCl


Chondroitin Sulfate




Ascorbate (as Manganese Ascorbate)


Manganese (as Manganese Ascorbate)


Liquid Plus ( Produced by Ubavet, this product is advertised for the use in all pets. It contains not only glucosamine, chondroitin, manganese and MSM, but also contains GLM, bioflavinoids, as well as a number of herbs.

Each 5mL of product contains:

Glucosamine HCl


Chondroitin Sulfate






Ascorbic Acid








OmegaPro-3 ( OmegaPro-3 is a veterinary exclusive product produced by Pro Concepts Animal Health.  With fish oil being the source of omega-3 fatty acids, the product it advised for the use in dogs and cats.

Each 1mL pump (300mg) contains:

Vitamin A

200 IU

Vitamin D

50 IU

Vitamin E

4 IU

Eicosapentaneoic Acid

180 mg

Docosahexaenoic Acid


Hip Action( Hip Action is a chewable supplement produced by Zuke’s. The product is advertised for the use in dogs and comes in a variety of flavours.  The chewable treats are noted to contain 24 kcal per treat.

Each chewable contains:



Chondroitin Sulfate


Preceding products are summarized in the following table.  Due to the number of products that were available at pet stores within Saskatoon, the products and contents are also supplied summarized in a table.

Table 5 Summary of Advised Supplements for Joint Health by Local Veterinarians



Cosequin (K9)

Cosequin DS



Liquid Plus


Hip Action


Champion Alstoe Animal Health






Pro Concepts Animal Health












1 tablet

1 tablet

1 tablet

1 tablet

1 tablet



1 chew



























ASU powder


Devil's Claw






Ascorbic acid


Vitamin A

200 IU

Vitamin E

50 IU


180 mg


120 mg

Table 6 Summary of Products Available of Local Pet Stores in Saskatoon, SK






Cetyl M

Garlic root


Ginger Root


Ascorbic Acid


Advanced Cetyl M


1 tablet



15 mg




Biologic Vet


5g 1scoop


144 GDU



Cosequin feline


1 tablet





Cosequin DS


1 tablet





Flax Forward+

Juka Organics



21st Century


1 tablet






Glucosamine HCL


1 tablet






Hip+Joint Plus paw gel++





Hip+Joint Level 2 canine+++



1 tablet


Hip+Joint Level 3 canine



1 tablet




Hip + Joint

Pet Naturals


1 tablet






Joint Stress


contains monkshood, leopard`s bane, pot marigold, witch hazel, st. John`s wort, chick pea and poison oak

Liquid Joint Care!

Spring Meadows








Stride Powder

TRM Pet Products


10 g







Muscle & Joint!!

Vet`s Best



Vita-Glo Hip + Joint







(*) also contains Boswellia serrata Extract, Vitamin C, Grape Seed extract, Vitamin D3

(+) contains flax oil and flax solids (product ingredients unavailable online)

(**) also contains zinc, copper, hyaluronic acid and vitamin E

(++) also contains yucca schidegera extract, sea kelp and vitamin C

(+++) all hip and joint canine products also contain vitamin C, antioxidants, zinc, manganese and copper

as well as GLM (500mg)

(!) also contains yucca schidegera, collagen, grape seed extract, citrus bioflavinoids, copper, zinc and calcium

(!!) also contains Boswellia extract, tumeric extract, yucca extract, rosemary extract, antioxidants


As one can seen, there are a large amount of choices available to consumers. While there is scientifically significant data supporting the use of a lot of the aforementioned supplements, there are equally confounding results that have been published. An educated client on the causes of OA and the consequences of it may help to make them more informed about treatment additives. It is the opinion of the author that glucosamine/chondroitin, omega-3 fatty acids have the most convincing evidence supporting their use as adjuncts in the treatment of OA. If an animal is on a diet that the owner feels it does well on I do not advocate changing the food. Instead, the addition of glucosamine at 22mg/kg, chondroitin 15-20 mg/kg and a supplement of omega-3 fatty acids (both fish and flax seed oils) should be considered.  Conversely, if the owner is open to diet change, the recommendation of Purina JM can be considered. Glucosamine and chondroitin supplementation should still be considered.  More research in the area of dietary supplements is most definitely needed.  Despite the lack of scientific data unequivocally supporting the use of supplements, the numerous subjective reports by owners and clinicians cannot be ignored.  These substances are not detrimental to the animal. Despite the fact that they MAY not actually be contributing to the improvement of a given animal, they are not detrimental. As there seems to be a chance that they can contribute to joint health and the overall improvement of animals with OA, the use of these supplements can be justified.


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Do Turtles Have Nipples? A Look Into Turtles And Breeding When it comes to animals and breeding, a lot of people (surprisingly) often assume that it’s the same for all – that every animal has a similar sexual anatomy to humans that they undergo the same process but that is not true.

Sexual anatomy varies from creature to creature and while there are some animals that care very alike humans when it comes to breeding, others are completely different.

A turtle swimming and looking at the camera

So, here we are going to discuss turtles and breeding because many people have questions about turtles and their young.

How do turtles feed their young when the mothers have a hard shell? Do turtles even lactate or have nipples at all?

If you want to find out more concerning breeding turtles and how turtles care for their young, then keep on reading because we are about to cover these topics in detail!

Do Turtles Have Nipples?

This is a relatively common question and some people are often surprised at the answer – no, turtles do not have nipples.

This is because, unlike us humans, turtles are not lactating animals. This means that they do not feed their young milk.

Mammals are a group of animals that produce milk from special glands known as mammary glands. They have nipples that connect to these glands and act as a ventral opening for the milk to flow through.

Mammals feed their young through breastfeeding, where their young will latch onto the nipple and suck the milk from the mammary gland.

This process and presence of mammary glands are what defines the group as mammals and every animal in this category, from lions to dogs to us humans, follow this rule.

When the female is pregnant, she begins to produce her own milk and the area around her nipples swell (we call this area the breast on humans, but not all mammals have ‘breasts’).

Once the young are born, the female can then feed her young the milk she has produced through breastfeeding.

There are only two exceptions to this rule in the mammal kingdom known as monotremes – the Echidna and the Platypus, both of which lay eggs.

They do, however, produce milk from mammary glands but they do not have nipples.

Instead, their young will suckle milk from hairs especially connected to their mother’s mammary glands.

Turtles are not mammals – they are reptiles. This means that their breeding process follows the rules of reptiles and not mammals.

So, turtles do not have nipples or breasts nor do they produce milk and breastfeed their offspring – these features are limited to mammals and are not shared with reptiles.

How Do Turtles Care For Their Young? 

Baby turtles looking up

To be pretty blunt – they don’t.

Most baby turtles will never meet either of their parents because unlike mammals, they are not born through the same process. Baby turtles hatch from eggs and are not alive or conscious when they are laid.

Turtles often lay their eggs on land or nearby water. The female will build a nest for her eggs when she is nearly ready to lay them.

She will do this by digging a hole in the ground, laying her eggs inside (the number of eggs can vary from numbers as low as ten to as high as a hundred!), and sometimes covering it up again.

This is to hide the eggs from predators who will eat the eggs for nourishment.

Once the eggs are laid and hidden, the turtle will then wander away and never see her babies.

Her part in their life is over before it has even begun – she has laid them, given them all the protection she can, and will go on to live her life until another breeding cycle.

There are some species that will stay and guard her nest, but they will not stick around for hatching.

Over time, the eggs will hatch and the babies will have to survive on their own. Luckily, they are born with the absolute instinct and drive to do this.

They will already know how to swim and how to hunt for food without needing to be taught – meaning that there was no need for their parents to be in their life at all!

What the baby turtles do next is dependent on their species.

The most famous hatching process is those of sea turtles, who are born on beaches and have to scramble to the sea while birds and other predators try to snatch them up as snacks.

Most baby turtles won’t make it and the mortality rate for the early period of their life is high – but honestly, there is not anything their parents could do.

Until the babies grow large enough to be too big a target for some predators, they are easy pickings and there is not much a mother can do to protect all one hundred of her babies.

So it is better for the survival of the species that she goes off and starts to prepare to lay another batch of eggs.

Do All Reptiles Abandon Their Young?

A baby turtle being held

Abandon may be a strong word, but not all reptiles will leave their young before they have even hatched.

Some species of reptiles like crocodiles and alligators stick around and help care for their young until they grow big enough to fend for themselves.

They will provide them with food by catching prey for them to eat – but they do not produce milk nor do they feed their babies through breastfeeding.

Only mammals do this. Other creatures like birds will lay eggs and feed their young regurgitated food or bring them prey to eat, but only mammals have nipples and feed their young milk that they produce themselves.

They do this because their babies are often born without the instinct to hunt for their own food and thus, they must remain to care for them.

Most of the time, their stomachs are not developed enough to handle solid foods so they must survive on their mother’s milk until they grow enough to handle actual food.

Turtles are not like this – their young hatch with the instinct to hunt and find their own food, meaning that they can fend for themselves from the moment they emerge from their egg.

This makes their mother staying around pointless – they don’t need her to survive.

This can be a difficult concept for us to wrap our heads around. After all, imagine a baby being born and then immediately standing up and walking out of the delivery room to find a house and get a job.

Of course, this is impossible – human babies are not strong nor mature enough to support themselves and thus they rely on their mother.

Baby turtles are not helpless. They don’t need their mother for protection or food – and so it is pointless for a mother turtle to have nipples or produce milk when her babies are already strong enough to find their own food.


So, if a turtle was to remove their shell, you would not find a pair of nipples anywhere on their body.

Turtles do not have mammary glands because they are not mammals, they are reptiles.

They never have to feed their young because baby turtles are capable of hunting and eating their regular adult diet from the moment they are born.

So, the mother turtle only has to lay her eggs somewhere safe and move on – she is no longer necessary for her babies’ survival.

In fact, it’s almost impossible for a turtle to ensure the safety and survival of all her children because she can lay up to one hundred eggs!

It is better for the mother to move on and lay another batch of eggs to ensure her species survival as she would only be wasting her time trying to protect the babies she had already had when there is little to nothing she can do.

So, mother turtles are not being cold or careless when they leave their unhatched eggs behind.

This is just part of their breeding cycle that offers the best possible chances of survival for all turtles.

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An Introduction to the Lovely German Shepherd Husky Mix Thinking about getting yourself a new dog? Looking for an active companion?

Well, I’ll have to say that the German Shepherd Husky mix should be on your list of breeds to check out!

The good looks of the Siberian Husky meet the temperaments and traits of the beloved German Shepherd in this dog breed, and the pups are known to be loyal, alert, friendly, and loving, and make for excellent guard dogs.

In this blog post, I aim to share with you several facts about the adorable German Shepherd Husky Mix.

For instance, this mix sheds a lot, so you’ll want to protect your vehicle with a custom dog cargo liner. So if you drive a Jeep Grand Cherokee, you’ll want to grab a custom Jeep Grand Cherokee cargo liner.

So, keep reading to learn more!

German Shepherd Husky Mix

It’s All In the Genes: All about the Beloved German Shepherd and Husky Mix Parents!

The Gerberian Shepsky is a hybrid dog and hence, isn’t formally recognized by the American Kennel Club.

Also sometimes called the Siberian Husky German Shepherd, this dog breed is officially recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club and also by the Dog Registry of America.

Let’s quickly talk about Gerberian Shepsky’s parentage.

The thing with mixed breed dogs is that it is hard to predict how a puppy will turn out to be and which of the parents it would take after more.

There’s no predictable pattern, as the dominant genes take time to play out.

Let’s start.

The German Shepherd

The German Shepherd, or the GSD, is a herding dog that was bred in the 19th century.

The dog was created to be an intelligent, smart, strong, and quick companion, but rapid industrialization during those times decreased the demand for herding dogs, and the industry experienced a setback.

Breeders then decided to get the German Shepherd a job in the police and military, where these dogs assisted humans as their messenger dogs, guard dogs, sentries, pack carries, and more during the Great War!

This dog breed quickly gained popularity and found its way to the United States of America!

German Shepherds in this day and age are known to be hardworking, extremely smart, energetic, and loyal companions.

The dog is typically reserved and doesn’t really mix with new people quickly but isn’t overly aggressive, either.

This dog is known to be affectionate, loving, and protective of his loved ones and family.

Other popular German Shepherd mixes include:

The Siberian Husky

The harsh and tough climates of the Siberian Arctic are home to the Siberian Husky, as it is his place of origin.

And this is largely why the German Shepherd Husky Mix doesn’t do very well in warmer climates.

The Siberian Huskies were bred to help humans by pulling heavy weights on sleds and covering vast distances – which required them to have endurance and strength.

These dogs gained popularity in the US and Canada and were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in the 1930s.

In this day and age, the Siberian Husky is known to be a pack animal who does well with families.

Huskies and many Husky mixes do not do well when left alone and are known to get destructive if they aren’t given the right mental and physical outlet.

This friendly, charming, and loyal dog needs firm handling.

The Children: The Siberian Husky German Shepherd

The offspring of the two parents are the Siberian Husky German Shepherd mix.

The breed is a powerhouse of energy, agility, and high stamina, a championed dog with a strong work ethic and a guardian of their loved ones.

Remember, this active dog needs room and ample time to play. Keeping this breed tucked away in an apartment for long hours is highly advised against.

Keep reading below for more specifics on the breed!

If Looks Could Kill: The Cuteness Scale!

Exercising a German Shepherd Husky breed

The German Shepherd Husky Mix is medium to large in size, and the average height of the fully grown adult dog is between 20 – 25 inches, and the average weight falls between 45 – 88 pounds.

However, one thing that I want you to keep in mind is that with a mixed breed or designer dogs, it can be hard to predict which parent they’ll take after—especially if they’re a first-generation mix (a puppy that has one German Shepherd parent and one Siberian Husky parent).

So, take everything I tell you in this blog post with a grain of salt.

The average lifespan of a German Shepherd Husky Mix is 13 years, but they are known to live up to 18 years if they lead a healthy lifestyle.

Following are the German Shepherd Husky Mix colors:

  • White
  • Cream
  • Red
  • Pepper
  • Blue
  • Gray
  • Light Brown
  • Golden

As for the coat, the German Shepherd Husky Mix has a double coat that may either be long or short and has a fluffy appearance, just like Huskies.

The sole purpose of the double coat is to provide protection from the cold environment.

Determining the German Shepherd Husky Mix’s eye color is where things get a little tricky…

I’ll explain.

The thing is that the German Shepherd Husky Mix is known to have dual-colored eyes, which may resemble either the GSD or the Husky.

It is generally a gamble.

This dog is known to be a moderate shedder and sheds the most during seasonal change.

This dog also requires regular grooming, so it is advisable that you brush your dog regularly and grind his nails.

You can look at some of the best dog brushes for Huskies here and find the right one for your German Shepherd Husky Mix.

German Shepherd Husky Mix Fact Sheet
Average height 20 – 25 inches
Average weight 45 – 88 pounds
Coat type Double, straight, short to long
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Moderate to fairly high
Average weight 45 – 88 pounds
Major Health Concerns Epilepsy, cancer, EPI, DM, blood disorders, Von Willebrand’s, PRA, bloat
Other Health Concerns Eye problems, dwarfism, joint dysplasia, digestive issues, allergies, and eczema.
Life Span 10 to 13 years
Exercise Needs Fairly high

Err…How Often Will I Need to Walk the Dog?: Activity Level, Dietary Needs, and General Care

The German Shepherd Husky Mix is the product of mixing two active dogs known to be full of energy.

So, obviously, the German Shepherd Husky Mix has high activity needs!

German Shepherd Husky Mix Puppy Outside

These dogs are required to be walked a minimum of once a day but generally, walking them twice is better.

These dogs love to play games such as fetch, tug of way, frisbee, etc., and love to take out all of their energy!

This dog breed is known to be mischievous…

German Shepherd Husky Mix owners recommend agility training and maybe a mental workout of some other kind to keep the doggy busy.

These dogs do best when living in a house with enough space for the doggy to run around freely and, thus, do not do well in smaller spaces such as an apartment.

A potential German Shepherd Husky Mix owner should know that exercise is extremely important for these dogs.

These dogs are full of energy, and you need to find a healthy channel for all this energy, or else the dogs start indulging in destructive behavior.

This is exactly why you should train your doggy well.

Did Someone Say Food?: The Dietary Needs Requirements

As I mentioned earlier, the German Shepherd Husky Mix is an active dog that needs the right balance of nutrients to accommodate all that activity.

Usually, it is the puppies that require higher nutrition, and as the dog grows older, the lesser calories his body demands.

The German Shepherd Husky Mix is known to have a healthy appetite, and it is recommended that you test a few different dog food brands before committing to one to find a brand your dog loves.

Ideally, I would recommend you choose any dog food curated for the parent breeds or large breed dogs.

My personal recommendations include the following:

# Food Name Grade Pros Price
1. Wellness CORE Natural Grain Free Dry Dog Food
High protein
Real food ingredients
2. Taste of the Wild Grain Free High Protein Dry Dog
Very high quality
Meat is the first ingredient
3. Hill’s Science Diet Senior Dog Food
Best for ages 7+

You may also check out my list of the best dog food for German Shepherds for more details.

The one thing that you need to look out for when selecting dog foods is the macronutrients.

It is recommended that dog food for the German Shepherd Husky Mix must contain the following:

  • A minimum of 25% protein in foods that contain grain
  • A minimum of 30% protein in grain-free foods

These dogs generally prefer canned foods over normal kibble as they’re easy to chew and digest.

There’s one thing you need to keep in mind, though.

You should always consult the vet before making any adjustments to your German Shepherd Husky Mix’s diet, as they can help you determine whether or not the change is beneficial.

Moving on…

General Care Tips for the German Shepherd Husky Mix

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The Gerberian Shepskys are a mix of working dogs and herding dogs.

So, it is safe to say that these dogs are built to be active but also need to be around people or other dogs in order to be satisfied with their lives.

They generally don’t take isolation very well.

They also have high exercise requirements!

It is generally true that when these dogs don’t get a positive outlet, they channel their energy into destructive behaviors such as digging, excessive barking, chewing on household items, etc.

One of the most common complaints about the Gerberian Shepskys is that they are barkers.

This makes them not-so-popular with the neighbors.

Even though barking shouldn’t really be counted as a problem, it is something that you can easily tackle by obedience training, using a remote-controlled shock collar with beep and vibration modes.

You should ideally begin when your puppy is still young. I’ve written a blog post that’ll help you train your puppy without facing any hurdles. You can read it here.

Moving on…

The German Shepherd Husky Mix is known to be a chewer and to have a powerful jaw which, if not channeled correctly, could mean the demise of your furniture.

I recommend that you use some good-quality chew toys that last long.

My top picks include Pet Qwerks Bark Bone for Aggressive Chewers and Fuufome Dog Chew Toy.

The Personality Matters: What are the Temperamental Traits of the German Shepherd Husky Mix?

The German Shepherd Husky Mix is known to be calm and gentle, but the dog’s look makes him look bold and muscular and a dog to be feared.

These dogs make great pets and working companions for humans.

The following are the traits:


The dogs are as loyal as they come and will never disappoint you. They’ll always put you before themselves.


These dogs have higher cognitive abilities than some other breeds and catch onto things rather quickly, making them easy to train for difficult tasks.

Make for Good Guard Dogs

They make for excellent guard dogs—a trait inherited from both of their parents. However, they’re known to be excessive barkers.


These dogs mix well with people and are friendly and trusting when they get to know someone (and aren’t threatened by them).

Family Dogs

These dogs do well with families and mix well with children and other pets.

Active and Powerful

These fur-balls are full of energy and need regular exercise and at least one walk per day—or else they indulge in negative behaviors such as barking, chewing, mouthing, etc.


These dogs are really loving and affectionate and will demand to be pet all day long!

The Potential Health Problems That German Shepherd Husky Mix Owners Must KNOW

It is common knowledge that crossbreeds are healthier than purebred dogs due to genetic variation.

After all, that’s how evolution works, right?

Certain health problems are commonly seen in the German Shepherd Husky Mix. These include the following:

Elbow and hip dysplasia

Easily preventable, this condition leads to unstable or loose joints in dogs.

This is mainly caused due to obesity and can be controlled if you keep your dog’s weight in check so that the joints aren’t stressed.

Eye conditions

Following are certain eye conditions common to the German Shepherd Husky Mix:

Juvenile cataracts: The onset occurs when the dog is older than 6 years of age.

These cataracts involve the opacity of the lens of the dog’s eyes and can even result in blindness if they are severe enough. Read more about this on PetMD.

Corneal dystrophy: This condition leads to the accumulation of certain abnormal materials in the dog’s cornea (the outer layer of the eye) and causes some visual impairment.

This condition is acute and develops over a course of time and ultimately causes visual impairment by affecting both eyes.

Progressive retinal atrophy: This condition occurs in the dog’s twilight years, and the symptoms include dilated pupils, night blindness, inability to see in bright light, etc.

The hereditary condition is incurable, but an early diagnosis can assist in protecting your dog’s vision.

There are some other uncommon issues that the German Shepherd Husky Mix faces.

These include eye problems, dwarfism, joint dysplasia, digestive issues, allergies, and eczema.

The Final Say on the German Shepherd Husky Mix

The German Shepherd Husky Mix is a sweet, fun-loving, charming dog known to be extremely loyal and intelligent.

A product of the two most popular breeds, this dog is a great companion and service dog for individuals and families.


This dog isn’t for those who live in small apartments, can’t take their dog out for at least one walk per day, or are not home for most of the day.

What are your thoughts on the German Shepherd Husky Mix?

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How Do Bearded Dragons Stay Warm At Night? Do They Need Extra Warmth? Any lizard lovers out there will know that lizards are cold-blooded creatures and need to have a sufficient amount of sunlight and heat to function properly.

Some forms of reptiles struggle to regulate their body heat and will often need some help to stay alive and comfortable.

Bearded Dragons Sleeping Under A Tree

However, bearded dragons might be different.

At night, lots of these reptiles will take precautions to ensure that they stay warm, otherwise they could become cold and very uncomfortable.

Do lizard owners need to take extra precautions to ensure their scaly friend is sleeping soundly or is it best to let them get on with regulating their sleep?

Follow the rest of our guide to find out what the best course of action is.

What Is A Bearded Dragon?

If you’re unfamiliar with bearded dragons, this might all seem confusing.

So, before we delve into the benefits of letting your bearded dragon go to bed at night without needing any extra warmth, we should explain exactly what this little critter is.

The best way to understand something is to research it!

Bearded dragons are one of many species of lizard known as Agamidae (or ‘Agamas’).

These animals can grow up to 1 m long, although most only reach around 75 cm.

They come from Australia and New Guinea, where they live in tropical rainforests and swamps.

They are quite common across the globe but are found predominantly in these two countries because they can adapt to climates where temperatures drop below freezing during the winter months.

They are classified as arboreal lizards, which means they spend much of their time high up in trees and shrubs.

As well as being agile climbers, bearded dragons also have excellent vision, hearing, and sense of smell – making them highly intelligent reptiles.

What Is Regulating Body Heat?

When we think about our lizard friends, we tend to picture them basking in the sun.

But although they enjoy basking, they are still fairly cool-blooded creatures.

To keep themselves warm at night when the sun isn’t shining, bearded dragons use a process called thermoregulation.

This involves a creature’s ability to control its temperature by altering how much heat it generates internally.

The best way for a reptile to do this is through shivering, which causes muscles throughout the body to contract and release energy.

When this happens, the animal creates tiny blood vessels, allowing heat to travel to those areas.

If this process proves too difficult, they can also produce sweat glands to remove excess moisture and toxins from the skin.

Thermoregulation – A Brief Insight Into How It Works

Small Bearded Dragon Enjoying The Light

One of the main differences between reptiles and mammals is that reptiles don’t generally generate enough internal heat to maintain their body temperature naturally.

Instead, they rely on external sources of heat to keep them warm.

And when the environment becomes cold, reptiles will take certain measures to try and avoid becoming dangerously chilled.

For example, if a bearded dragon loses its ability to regulate its body temperature, it may start to lose muscle strength and eventually die.

Therefore, just like humans, reptiles can suffer from hypothermia if they aren’t kept safe and warm.

On top of this, there are other dangers faced by reptiles such as overheating or overheating combined with dehydration.

If they become dehydrated, they could even die from heatstroke.

So What Does All Of This Mean For Your Loved One?

In short, bearded dragons need to be kept warm at night to survive.

If they fail to do so, they could easily succumb to a host of health problems, including:

  • Skin irritation
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dehydration
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver damage
  • Heart disease

Bearded Dragons In The Wild

Of course, not all bearded dragons live in captivity.

Some wild populations inhabit temperate regions of Australia and New Zealand, where temperatures rarely dip below freezing during the colder seasons.

However, they do need a way of keeping warm at night.

But while some bearded dragons live away from human influence, others prefer to stay close to us.

Some people choose to keep them as pets, whereas others simply appreciate their presence.

Either way, you should always make sure your bearded dragon has somewhere comfortable to sleep at night.

What Bearded Dragons Need At Night

To ensure they have everything they need at night, you must provide them with some kind of enclosure.

They won’t be able to properly regulate their body temperature without adequate space to move around freely.

You should also give them access to water, food, and shelter.

Since many reptiles require high humidity levels, you should also consider adding plants or moss to their habitat for comfort.

While these basic needs are important, you shouldn’t stop here. To help your bearded dragon thrive, you should also regularly monitor its activity level.

If they seem lethargic, you might want to check what they’re eating. Another thing worth considering is whether they need additional lighting.

On top of this, you also need to make sure that you have some sort of temperature gauge somewhere in the enclosure so you know the temperature that your lizard is living in.

Having as much control over their home is important to keep them alive and happy.

What Temperatures Are Best For A Bearded Dragon?

Bearded Dragon Lying On Wood

When it comes to temperature, most experts recommend that bearded dragons should be kept at temperatures between 65°F and 85°F (18-29°C).

The higher the temperature, the better the chances of survival, within reason.

But if you’re in doubt then the best thing to do is to contact your local vet and make sure you get professional advice on the best course of action.

However, research suggests that a daytime temperature of 70°F (21°C) seems to work best for bearded dragons.

So if you think your lizard looks chilly, you could raise the temperature slightly.

Alternatively, you could use an infrared thermometer to see what temperature your reptile is experiencing at any given time.

Options For Heating At Night

Heat Rocks

These can be used by themselves or inside larger enclosures. Simply place them in a corner and leave them there overnight.

Their heat will slowly dissipate throughout the day.

Heated Reptile Beds

You can buy heated reptile beds online or visit your nearest pet store. These usually come complete with heating pads.

Place one next to your bearded dragon’s enclosure and let it run overnight.

Infrared Bulbs

If you don’t like the idea of using heat rocks or heated beds, then you could try placing a battery-operated bulb near the end of your bearded dragon’s enclosure.

This will create enough heat to keep him comfortable.

Other Ways To Keep Your Bearded Dragon Warm At Night

There are lots of other ways that you can keep your bearded dragon warm at night. One option is to build a small log cabin for them to climb into.

You could even add a heater to the bottom of the box, which would trap the warmth close to your bearded dragon.

Another option is to put a blanket over the cage at night. You could also cover it with insulation foam and place a fan underneath to circulate air.

While these options may sound extensive, they all work in creating a comfortable home for your bearded dragon.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, making sure your bearded dragon is warm at night is very important.

By using different methods like heating pads, warm rocks, and even infrared bulbs, you can have complete control over the comfortability and the warmth of your reptile.

However, you need to make sure that you do everything within reason.

If you take too many measures to ensure that your lizard stays warm, then it might become too warm.

Trusting your bearded dragon to regulate its heat is half of the job, you just need to make sure that you monitor their behavior and their health to keep them healthy and happy.

If you can do this, then you’re in a good position.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does A Bearded Dragon Need Heat At Night?

Yes, they need heat at night.

They need the right amount of heat and not too much heat, so make sure you know what temperatures work best and try to keep control over them.

How Long Should My Bearded Dragons Heat Lamp Be On For?

The lamp needs to stay on for about 12 hours per day, but you might find that some days it’s more

Can You Leave A Bearded Dragons Heat Lamp On At Night?

No, this isn’t advisable. It’s too easy to accidentally turn up the heat too high, causing harm to your bearded dragon.

Other methods work just as well and will make sure your lizard doesn’t feel too warm at night.

After all, when you’re asleep, you can’t watch your bearded dragon yourself.



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Your guide to kitten behavior: What to expect and how to troubleshoot

Kittens love to pounce, chase and bite. These actions appear to originate from their predatory instincts. But these behaviors are important to kitten development, and they help with coordination, bite inhibition as well as social skills.

In this guide, you’ll learn what to expect during their growth and development, followed by a troubleshooting guide to some of the most problematic kitten behaviors, like biting, clawing, and peeing outside the litter box.

Quick guide to kitten development milestones

Note: For optimal social development, kittens should stay with their mother until they’re weaned at six or seven weeks, and live with their littermates until 12 weeks of age.

0 to 2 weeks: Neonatal

What to expect: Starts showing a response to sounds in the first week. In week two, they start to (adorably) paw their littermates and make wobbly attempts to walk and explore.

3-7 weeks: Socialization

What to expect: Social play kicks off at week three, as kittens start pouncing and wrestling with their littermates. The kittens demonstrate an alert and open curiosity about the world and the beings that inhabit it.

7-14 weeks: Peak play activity

What to expect: This period is peak kitten action, with lots of pawing, scooping, mouthing, bunny-kicking, chasing, pouncing, and leaping. Their targets can be littermates, other pets in the house, or your feet as you cross the room. Whew!

3-6 months: Ranking

What to expect: Ranking is the kitten’s growing awareness of their social standing — and a desire to increase it for more attention and more resources. They’ll start showing signs of submission by flattening their ears and crouching to appear smaller.

But they’ll also have bold moments by exhibiting dominant behaviors, including upright ears and posture, stealing toys, rubbing their face on “claimed items,” and chasing other cats from preferred sleeping nooks.

6-18 Months: Adolescence

What to expect: Some parents find this stage to be most challenging. As they reach physical and sexual maturity, they gain youthful swagger and confidence. You may see more bids for dominance, which can make them overbearing to you and other cats in the house. Behaviors can include: scratching, spraying (and peeing in inappropriate places), attempts to dart out the door, and meowing for food and attention at 2 a.m.

Why and how kittens get socialization

What happens if your kitten is away from its littermates? Kittens can still get socialization from other cats in the house, as well as from you.

Older cats in the house can also help your kitten socialize, especially if you ended up with a young kitten that left the litter earlier than 12 weeks. Sure, some adult cats will want nothing to do with kitty. Ideally, kitty will find an adult “mentor” willing to engage in play while also setting limits. Because at some point, the kitten must learn not to initiate play by pouncing on the other cat’s head in the middle of a snooze. The hissing and swatting may seem alarming. But that’s how cats correct each other.

If your kitten doesn’t have a willing cat mentor around, it’s important for humans to step up and be their play partner. The constant ambush of your hands and feet can get tiring. But because play is important to their mental and social development, the best thing you can do is embrace their playful nature and set aside time for it.

On the same token, you can also set boundaries and correct your kitty. In fact, as they grow, they can become a handful while they’re learning about the world around them. Lovingly redirecting all their energy during play time will aid in setting boundaries.

Attention-seeking disobedience: What it is, what to do about it

One normal but annoying adolescent kitten behavior is committing targeted acts of naughtiness known as attention-seeking disobedience. If it seems like they’re pushing your buttons, you may not be wrong. Particularly if you’ve noticed they loooove placing their paws on the TV screen when you start up a movie.

Attention-seeking behaviors can be a sign your kitten is feeling bored, lonel,y and craving a little fun and stimulation. And they figured out you’ll come running whenever they paw at your stack of vinyl records or your favorite art print!

Don’t worry. As your kitten enters adulthood, you’ll notice a drop-off in the attention-seeking behaviors, but do expect flareups along with the occasional new tactic.

Ignore the naughtiness

Ignoring your kitten is your best response when they are misbehaving to get attention. You may see their demands intensify as they work harder to provoke a reaction. As long as kitty is safe, be consistent and don’t give in.

Quiet intervention

If kitty’s attention-seeking behavior is destructive or dangerous, like clawing your loveseat or knocking items off the counter, you can intervene. Be calm and in control. Transfer kitty to a safe place, but don’t show emotion, don’t scold and don’t make an event of it.

Make time for play

Adolescent kittens need plenty of exercise and stimulation. Making yourself available as a play partner socializes growing kittens while helping them burn off excess energy. Set aside two to three 15-minute blocks a day for playtime. Also, consider investing in a cat wheel so they have a place to gallop and let the sillies out.

Know their patterns

You may notice your kitten’s attention-seeking behaviors show up at specific times or are triggered by situations. When you can, head them off. Have an extra-vigorous play session ahead of time to the point of tiring them. Then follow it up with a big dinner because cats often nap after mealtimes.

How to respond to common kitten misbehaviors

As the above indicates, it’s important to maintain a calm, cool demeanor when you need to respond to unwanted kitten behaviors like scratching, biting, and peeing in unwanted places. Kittens don’t understand if you scold, yell or punish. In fact, they could learn to be fearful of you. But natural consequences, redirecting, and treats are all good starting points for showing kitty how to be a good cat.


Scratching and clawing are normal cat and kitten behaviors, so it’s important to provide a scratching post. Better yet, offer various textures and surfaces so your kitten can explore and discover what they love best. Whenever your kitten scratches something they shouldn’t, immediately (and calmly) redirect them to the appropriate scratching surface.


Biting can be extra exasperating in kittens. It’s important to teach early and often that your hands and feet are not objects of play, while also providing the right feedback that teaches kittens about bite inhibition — understanding how much pressure to apply without hurting or breaking the skin.

  • Say ouch! As you remove your hand or foot, go slowly or you’ll encourage your playful kitten to chase and pounce.
  • Redirect the needle-sharp teeth to a toy. Keep one handy so you’ll have a ready response to any ambush.
  • End the game. If your kitten isn’t playing nice, turn and walk away into another room.
  • Give rewards. If kitty returns without biting, “mark” it by giving kitty a tasty treat.
  • Be patient! Teaching kittens to play nice takes time and patience, and there will be times when progress feels slow.

Hyperactive nighttime activity

Kittens can be extra active at nighttime, which can interfere with your sleep.

  • Before bedtime, wear them out with play and then get some food into their belly, so they’ll settle in for a nap. This is a great time to serve wet food to tempt their appetites.
  • At bedtime, shut your bedroom door to prevent middle-of-the-night visits. If needed, wedge a washcloth or two in the frame so they can’t wake you by pawing the door to make it rattle. Of course, make sure the rest of their nighttime area is safe and kitten-proof.
  • During the night, ignore the meowing, or you’ll teach them you’re available for wake-up calls when they get bored. Of course, you would not ignore a distress call, but you’ll quickly learn to discern the difference. Otherwise, wear earplugs, use a white noise machine, and stay put until it’s time to get up.

Peeing outside the litter box

Kittens are easy to litter train, but accidents happen. Keep your favorite throw rugs rolled up.

Here are some reasons kittens pee outside the litter box and what to do about it.

  • Cats and kittens sometimes pee in inappropriate places when they’re feeling stressed. Pay attention to sources of ongoing stress so you can advocate and intervene.
  • Your kitten may be reaching sexual maturity and want to “mark” their territory with urine.
  • Kittens and cats can be picky about their litter. If it’s too dirty, they’ll look for a new place to “go.” If the litter is otherwise clean and well-maintained, try a new brand or type of litter.
  • Kittens are tiny, so like children, the need to “go” can be more frequent and urgent. Keeping a couple of extra cat boxes around for the kitten can help.

Giving kitty the right start in life

Kittens are adorable, cuddly additions to the family. When you understand their development, you’ll have what it takes to guide your kitten into becoming a happy, well-socialized adult cat. It takes determination and patience, particularly if kitty seems stuck in a naughty stage. But it will be worthwhile.

Give your kitten the right start with high-quality food. NutriSource Cat & Kitten Chicken Meal, Salmon & Liver Recipe is packed with high-quality proteins and our proprietary blend of Good 4 Life supplements. With every bite, your itty bitty kitty gets the minerals and nutrients they need to build a healthy body from the inside out.

Good for Life is just one of the ways that NutriSource is a family like no other. Find NutriSource at your local, independent pet supply retailer.

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What natural instincts do dogs have?

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What natural instincts do dogs have?

With proper training, dogs can learn a whole host of commands, from sitting and speaking to more complex skills. But it’s the behaviors we don’t teach that can be the most fascinating — and often frustrating. Like all animals, dogs are born with a range of natural instincts. These instincts developed because they served the dogs in some way. So, let’s explore some of the most common natural instincts in dogs and the reasons behind the behaviors.

Digging holes

When dogs are digging just for digging’s sake — not burying a bone (more on that below) — it can quickly turn into a nightmare for lawns and gardens. But for the dog, it may just be a way to express themselves and get some mental and physical stimulation. According to the American Kennel Club, dogs may dig just for fun, because they are stressed, bored, or to relieve anxiety. They may also be following their natural urge to create a den because it provides shelter and comfort. Some dogs are more genetically predisposed to digging because some breeds — like terriers and other small hunting dogs — were bred specifically to dig prey out from their holes or other small hiding spaces.

Guarding people or things

Everyone knows that house in the neighborhood you can’t walk past without getting an earful from their trusty guard dog. Other dogs aren’t concerned with pedestrians but will protect their toys with their life. But why do dogs feel the need to guard people or things so fiercely? The reason dogs guard people is fairly simple: they see their owners as part of the pack and are naturally inclined to protect them. For toys and other items, the behavior is known as resource guarding. Like other animals, dogs developed a natural instinct to protect things they see as valuable; particularly food. How they express this instinct — growling, barking, stiffening, or lunging — may vary. But the heart of the behavior is simply a desire to keep the things they value safe from harm.

Sniffing butts

The traditional greeting of the dog world may seem disgusting to humans, but it’s just common courtesy for canines. And it’s not just a greeting. When dogs sniff each other’s butts, they’re actually learning important information about the other animal. Secretions from a dog’s anal glands contain information about the animal’s identity, gender, mood, diet, and overall health. Butt sniffing can also help dogs establish dominance as the submissive dog will typically wait their turn for the dominant animal to be finished.

Turning around before lying down

One of the more mysterious of dog behaviors, many owners have wondered why their dog takes so long to lie down. Unfortunately, there is no scientific consensus on the reasons behind this behavior, only theories based on observations. Some think it’s related to dogs living as pack animals in the wild, and the spinning allows them to take one last look for predators or missing pack members before sleeping. Others suggest it’s a way to access cooler earth or create a little nest for a more comfortable sleep. Spinning around before lying down has been observed in wild dogs and other canids, so perhaps further research will ultimately reveal the definitive answer.

Burying bones and other items

Burying treasured items like bones or toys can seem counterintuitive to humans. After all, why put something you value in the ground where you can’t chew or play with it? The reason dogs bury bones and other items is likely a holdover from their days in the wild. Because wolves, dogs’ canine ancestors, don’t always know where their next meal is coming from, they will sometimes bury leftover food underground. This behavior is known as “food caching” and is common in other animals like birds and squirrels. Burying bones and other tasty items underground may also help hide the scent so that other animals don’t steal a dog’s precious treasure.

Rolling in gross things

Many dog owners have experienced the regrettable task of needing to clean their dog after they rolled in something stinky or gross. The reason dogs are attracted to rolling in gross things isn’t fully understood, but there are some theories, all of which tie back to their days as wild animals. Many people think it is a way for wolves and dogs to hide their scent, making it easier to catch prey. Others believe it is a way to share information with their pack, while others think it may simply be a way for the pack to bond by all rolling in the same stink. Regardless of the reason, it’s one natural instinct many dog owners wish their pets would’ve left to the wolves.

Element: Nature’s intention perfected

Dogs are truly in their element when you serve up a hearty meal packed with animal protein. As they can instinctively surmise, meat provides what their bodies need to thrive. NutriSource Element Series starts with premium-sourced meat that entices their appetites. And only Element Series recipes perfect nature’s intention with cutting-edge nutrition concepts that restore gut health and optimize digestion of this high-protein diet.

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Our proprietary Good 4 Life system includes 4 key ingredients that work together to support gut health and the overall well-being of your pet.

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  • As a member of our grain inclusive series of dog foods, NutriSource® Small & Medium Breed Puppy Food is formulated to meet AAFCO guidelines for all life stages. See the size of this kibble.
  • NutriSource® grain inclusive formulas deliver compact nutrition and include prebiotics and probiotics to help support a healthy gut.
  • Balanced Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids along with L-Carnitine, taurine, choline chloride and DL Methionine supplementation to promote heart health make NutriSource® grain inclusive formulas stand out.
  • For more information please visit your local independent pet retailer.

Feeding Guide (Small & Medium Breed Puppy)

Your Pup’s Weight 0 to 3 Months 3+ to 6 Months 6+ Months to Adult
Lbs. Kg. 8 oz. Cups Grams 8 oz. Cups Grams 8 oz. Cups Grams
0 – 1 0.0 – 0.5 1/4 – 1/2 32 – 64 1/8 – 1/3 16 – 43 1/8 – 1/4 16 – 32
1 – 5 0.5 – 2.3 1/2 – 1 64 – 129 1/3 – 3/4 43 – 97 1/4 – 1/2 32 – 64
5 – 10 2.3 – 4.5 1 – 1 3/4 129 – 225 3/4 – 1 1/4 97 – 161 1/2 – 3/4 64 – 97
10 – 20 4.5 – 9.1 1 3/4 – 2 1/2 225 – 322 1 1/4 – 2 161 – 258 3/4 – 1 1/2 97 – 193
20 – 30 9.1 – 13.6 2 1/2 – 3 322 – 386 2 – 2 1/2 258 – 322 1 1/2 – 1 3/4 193 – 225
30 – 40 13.6 – 18.1 3 – 4 386 – 515 2 1/2 – 3 322 – 386 1 3/4 – 2 225 – 258
40 – 50 18.1 – 22.7 4 – 5 515 – 644 3 – 3 1/2 386 – 451 2 – 2 1/2 258 – 322
50 – 60 22.7 – 27.2 5 1/4 – 5 1/2 676 – 709 3 1/2 – 3 2/3 451 – 471 2 1/2 – 2 2/3 322 – 343
60 – 70 27.2 – 31.8 5 1/2 – 5 3/4 709 – 741 3 2/3 – 4 471 – 515 2 2/3 – 3 343 – 386
Divide the amount shown into 2 – 3 feedings daily.

Amount of food consumed will vary based on activity level, age, breed, and environment. Standard 8 oz. (250 cc) measuring cup holds approximately 4.54 oz (129 g) of NutriSource® Small & Medium Breed Puppy Food. At 5-7 months and again at about 12 months, your puppy will automatically reduce the amount consumed. This is due to a natural reduction in growth rate and the reduced need for calories. Consult your veterinarian if you believe your dog is too thin or overweight. Remember it is important to have clean, fresh water available for your dog at all times.

Ingredients & Nutrition


Chicken meal, chicken, brown rice, chicken fat (preserved with tocopherols and citric acid),menhaden fish meal (a source of fish oil), oatmeal, barley, sunflower oil (preserved with tocopherols), flax seeds, dried plain beet pulp, brewers dried yeast, natural chicken flavor, potassium chloride, dried tomato pomace, salt, DL methionine, minerals (zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, selenium yeast), choline chloride, vitamins (vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), lecithin, lactic acid, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), yucca schidigera extract, taurine, L-carnitine, calcium iodate, rosemary extract, yeast culture, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation extract.

NutriSource® Small and Medium Breed Puppy Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages except for growth of large size dogs (70 lbs. or more as an adult).

Guaranteed Analysis US Metric
Crude Protein (Min.) 32.0% 320 g/kg
Crude Fat (Min.) 21.0% 210 g/kg
Crude Fiber (Max.) 5.0% 50 g/kg
Moisture (Max.) 10.0% 100 g/kg
Eicosapentaenoic (EPA) + Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) (Min.) 0.05 % 0.5 g/kg
Iron (Min.) 130 mg/kg 130 mg/kg
Copper (Min.) 12.5 mg/kg 12.5 mg/kg
Manganese (Min.) 11 mg/kg 11 mg/kg
Zinc (Min.) 120 mg/kg 120 mg/kg
Selenium (Min.) 0.35 mg/kg 0.35 mg/kg
*Omega – 6 Fatty Acids (Min.) 3.9% 39 g/kg
*Omega – 3 Fatty Acids (Min.) 1% 10 g/kg
*DL Methionine 0.25% 2.5 g/kg
*Choline Chloride (Min.) 0.2% 2 g/kg
*Taurine (Min.) 0.15% 1.5 g/kg
*L-Carnitine (Min.) 20 mg/kg
*Total Microorganisms (Min.)
(Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Enterococcus faecium)
100 million CFU/lb **

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.
** Colony Forming Units per pound

Moisture 9.5%
Protein 32.8%
Fat 22.0%
Fiber 2.8%
Calcium 2.2%
Phosphorus 1.5%
Potassium 0.9%
Ash 10.2%
Lysine 1.9%
Linoleic Acid 4.5%
DHA + EPA 0.1%
Taurine 1748.5 mg/kg
Sodium 0.3
Chloride 0.8%
Copper 18.4 mg/kg
Iodine 5.5 mg/kg
Iron 217.6 mg/kg
Magnesium 0.1%
Manganese 26.0 mg/kg
Selenium 0.8 mg/kg
Zinc 239.9 mg/kg
Vitamin A 16.7 KIU/kg
Vitamin D 1591.5 IU/kg
Vitamin E 140.9 IU/kg
Vitamin B-12 159.5 UG/kg
Vitamin C 80.0 mg/kg
Choline 3779.3 mg/kg
Folic Acid 2.8 mg/kg
Niacin 80.0 mg/kg
Pantothenic Acid 24.9 mg/kg
Pyridoxine 7.5 mg/kg
Riboflavin 7.6 mg/kg
Thiamine 15.3 mg/kg
Linolenic Acid 1.0%
Carbohydrates 23%
Ounces per cup 4.5 oz.
Kcal/cup 535
Kcal/kg 4,150
Calorie Distribution
Protein 32%
Fat 48%
Carbohydrates 20%
Carbohydrates 26 g/cup
pH 5.5
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Canine Red Cell for Dogs Canine Red cell supplement for dogs is promoted by the manufacturer as a liquid vitamin and mineral supplement for dogs, fortified with iron and zinc.

This product is manufactured by Limelight Associates LLC, a Texas-based company that sells several products in pet supplies and sports and outdoors departments.

Some of the brands associated with the company include AniMed, Agrilabs, WF Young, Corta-Flx, Farnam and many others. Limelight Associates LLC joins an endless list of sellers on Amazon. 

Canine Red Cell is a supplement is fortified with iron and zinc which keep dogs performing in the show ring, on the track, and on the hunt.

The product claims to boosts the immune system and encourages fast recovery and also claim it's safe for puppies, racing greyhounds, show dogs, field dogs, hunting dogs, old dogs, worn out dogs, pregnant dogs and lactating dogs.

According to the manufacturer, this product is designed to deliver a liquid source of minerals and vitamins for dogs that want to benefit from a nutritional boost. This formula was also designed to meet high performance of racing greyhounds, show dogs, hunting and field dogs, old dogs, and worn-out dogs. It also provides additional nutritional boost for puppies, old dogs, worn-out dogs and puppies.

You can feed your dog with this supplement directly or mix it with your dog’s regular feed. For puppies, the preferred quantity is 1 teaspoon for 10 pounds of body weight. If you want to fee kennel, the right quantity is 4 ounces of this supplement mixed with 10 pounds of food. If your dog is experiencing gestation or lactation, double the amount.

However we have uncovered some precautions when using the product from customers online.

Red Cell Supplements for Dogs are intended for supplemental use only. You need to follow the manufacturer’s feeding dosage and instructions. This product contains selenium as one of the harmful ingredients. You must therefore not feed your dog high amounts of this supplement to avoid possible side effects. This product is designed for dog use only, so do not attempt feeding your household, cattle or other ruminants with it.

This product can be purchased directly from Amazon or a number of retail sites. The price of a 32 oz bottle ranges from $8.49 to $15.99, varying depending on where you order it from.

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Bully Performance Dog Food Review Bully Performance (We Feed Champions is their slogan) is a line of dog food products specially created to meet the nutritional needs of the Bully Breed dogs.

Bully Performance currently has 5 products under their line. Dog Food, Freeze Dried Raw (called Game Changer), Supplements (a 90 chewable tablet called Working Dog System) and Bully Bites ( a freeze dried raw treats) 

While the general composition of the dog food makes it ideal for all high-energy breeds, Bully Performance products are specially favored by Bully owners raising purebreds.

According to the manufacturers of the dog food, Bully Performance is specially formulated to inject the right amount of protein, vitamins, and minerals needed by a Bully to grow strong and healthy. Utilizing meal concentrates, the food delivers 300 percent more protein compared to the typical dog food.

Some of the more dominant ingredients included in the product: chicken meal, chicken fat, whole brown rice, dried beet pulp, flax seed, fish meal, and various vitamin supplements.

Bully Performance have also added barley, eggs, and flax seed in their ingredient list. These ingredients are included in very small amounts so that they’ll produce results without causing digestion problems. In fact, studies suggest that both barley and flax seed are high in fiber and help keep a dog regular. No artificial coloring or gluten is added to the mix.

While they cater primarily to the United States market, they are also well known outside the country as a provider of Pet Health products especially for the working breed. With years of experience in the market, Bully Performance is known for formulating several lines of dog food product, each one certified by the proper authorities.

Designed to give a strong boost of energy, help develop muscles, and provide for a quick recovery time, following the top benefits of this product:

1. Energy and muscle - Chicken meal is different from basic chicken meat which contains less protein. Chicken meal is actually a chicken concentrate which means that it contains 300 percent more protein than basic chicken. The increased protein intake allows for more energy to burn during the day while stimulating the build of lean muscles.

2. Improved Digestion – ingredients such as beet pulp, brown rice, and flax seed, are all added in to provide necessary amounts of fiber in the body. The inclusion of these helps make the dog more regular and prevent digestion problems.

3. Better Coat – omega 6 fatty acids and fish meal are two ingredients targeted towards the Bully’s healthier skin. Exposed daily to dirt and grime, these two stimulate the production of oil that promotes a thick, shiny, and healthy coat.

4. Good Teeth - the product is dry, making it ideal for teething purposes. Dry dog food is known for helping maintain a dog’s dental hygiene as well as lasting longer in storage.

As the name suggests, the Bully Performance is specially designed for Pit Bulls. Created to meet the unique requirements of this breed, Bully Performance is ideal for Bully owners who want to maintain the strength, size, and health of their pets. However, Bullies aren’t the only ideal users of this product. Bulldogs, Siberian Huskies, German Shepherds, Rottweiler’s, and other large breeds with energy levels equal to Bullies will also benefit from this product.

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Sure Grow 100 Review

Sure Grow 100 is a nutritional supplement that is targeted to different breeds of dogs. It features a lot of essential nutrients that help speed up the growth of your young dog.

Manufactured by PetAg, Inc., the Sure Grow 100 is used by a lot of pet owners in the United States. This company has been in the business operation since the year 1986. For more than 30 years now, PetAg has been creating products that have revolutionized the pet care industry. A few of their most popular products are nutritional supplements, milk replacers, household pet management tools as well as grooming equipment. They also have treats available for dogs, cats and even goats.

The Sure Grow 100 is marketed especially for dog owners who have puppies.

According to the product’s manufacturer, the Sure Grow 100 has a growth and development formula that helps build the dog's bones and muscles. Each tablet was created with essential acids, vitamins as well as minerals that will be beneficial to the rapid growth of the puppy. Additionally, the Sure Grow 100 is also designed to meet the nutritional and dietary requirements that pregnant as well as lactating dogs need.

Sure Grow 100 claims to help puppies with:

1. Bone Development

The tablet has been fortified with minerals that aid in the development of bones in the young puppy’s body. Each 2.7 gram of the tablet contains a minimum of calcium and phosphate content of 166 mg and 210 mg, respectively.

2. Strengthening the Immune System

Any dog in its rapid growth period will also need to improve its immune system as it will be the foundation of its body’s fight against sickness later on when it is older. The Sure Grow 100 claims to aid in this regard as it has Vitamin A Acetate as well as Vitamin D3. The tablet also has d-Activated Animal Sterol, which can be a Vitamin D supplement.

3. Aid in Lactation and Pregnancy 

Is your pet dog pregnant for the first time? Then the Sure Grow 100 may be able to help your dog as it claims to be “helpful for pregnant and lactating dogs.”

To make it easier for the tablet to be consumed, the Sure Grow 100 tablets can be either fed free choice or even mixed with food. A few of the ingredients mixed in to make the products also improves its edible taste. The tablet has blood meal, animal liver blend as well as cornstarch.

Other ingredients in the Sure Grow 100 product include monocalcium phosphate, stearic acid, dextrose, silicon dioxide, Vitamin A Acetat, d-Activated Animal Sterol, Zinc as well as brown lake blend.

Those interested customers who want to know more about the benefits of Sure Grow 100 can have additional readings on their website, which is accessible at They also have a Facebook page (

You may also contact the company via call at their customer service line at 800-323-6878 as well as at their technical service line at 800-323-0877.


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What’s the Best Dog Food? Most people’s dogs are either overweight, have allergies, or are picky eaters when they come to us and people want

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4Health Dog Food vs. Blue Buffalo: Which Dog Food Is Better? As pet parents, we want the best for our furry companions. Quality dog food is especially important for dogs and can be key to preventing future health complications. You may be familiar with the popular brands 4Health and Blue Buffalo, but which should you choose to give to your dog?

If you care about transparent ingredient sourcing and manufacturing, go with 4Health. If you want a wider range of products for dogs with special dietary needs, go with Blue Buffalo. Both are high-quality dog foods with similar ingredients, but 4Health may be the safer, healthier option.

Still unsure of which dog food to choose? This article will break down the differences between 4Health and Blue Buffalo’s dog foods to guide you toward the best decision for your pet.

4Health Dog Food vs. Blue Buffalo: Brand Comparison

Blue Buffalo offers a broader range of products for dogs with special dietary needs. Each formula line features options for puppies, adults, and seniors in all shapes and sizes. Ingredients in each formula are chosen for their ability to aid specific issues.

Blue Buffalo is a prominent manufacturer purchased by General Mills in 2018. Some of their claims to have natural, healthy dog food have been rejected by dog owners. Their products have not always lived up to pet owners’ expectations for nutrition and ingredient sourcing. 

4Health is a relatively small dog food brand owned by Tractor Supply company. Their ingredients are comparable to Blue Buffalo, but their transparency in sourcing and manufacturing makes them more trustworthy.

What To Look For in a Quality Dog Food

The nutritional needs of dogs are different from those of humans. If you feed your dog the same food every day, make sure they are getting all of the nutrients they need from their dog food. 

These are a few key factors to consider before purchasing a dog food to assess its quality:

  • Healthy grains or grain-free
  • Meat is the first ingredient
  • Probiotics, vitamins, and minerals
  • Manufacturing information

Below I will discuss each of these factors in detail. 

Healthy Grains or Grain-Free

Firstly, you should shop for healthy grain or grain-free dog food. Unlike humans, dogs don’t need grains as part of their diet. Not only is grain in their food unnecessary, but it’s difficult for them to digest and can lead to gastrointestinal issues down the line.

The best dog foods will contain no grain ingredients. Common grains used in dog foods include soy, corn, and wheat. Healthy grains like wild rice and potato are acceptable for dogs in small amounts, but the ideal dog food will be free of grains and carbohydrates. After all, dogs in the wild would not have had access to these ingredients.

Meat Is the First Ingredient

A specifically described animal meat should be listed as the first ingredient in any quality dog food. This means products made with “meat meal” or simply “meat” are not the best foods for your dog. Animal by-products tend to be low quality and more susceptible to contamination.

Look for ingredients like chicken, beef, duck, lamb, salmon, liver, or heart. Some dog foods boast more exotic meats like venison or quail. As long as the meat is specifically listed as the top ingredient, the food is likely high-quality.

All in all, we know that most dogs aren’t picky eaters, but their bodies require a high protein diet that resembles what they would eat in the wild. “Meat meal” and animal by-products like skin, hooves, organs, and fat don’t contain sufficient protein for dogs.

Includes Probiotics, Vitamins, and Minerals

Additional ingredients like probiotics, fruits and vegetables, and vitamins and minerals are also essential for your dog. Dogs don’t typically consume fruits and vegetables in the wild, but many of these ingredients are safe for dogs and provide a boost of healthy vitamins.

Due to its processed nature, kibble may be unappealing to dogs on its own. Natural flavorings from pet-safe herbs and spices are great to get your dog interested in the food, but you should avoid any artificial flavors, preservatives, or additives.

You can also consider supplementing your dog’s food with vitamin-rich treats or broth. Broths are a great way to add extra hydration to a meal and flavor kibble without artificial ingredients.

Quality dog foods will offer ample vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B, glucosamine, vitamin E, B12, iron, manganese, omega fatty acids, vitamin D3, and more. These are essential for your dog’s health and happiness.

Manufacturing Information

Before purchasing any dog food, research the manufacturing locations and conditions. Dog foods made in the USA are generally sourced from fresher ingredients. Manufacturing rules and regulations keep these products safer for your dog’s consumption.

Imported dog foods are subject to looser regulation. Dog foods manufactured in other countries must endure the importation process. This makes them more likely to get wet, grow mold, or pick up trace chemicals before they reach your dog’s food bowl.

More recalls occur for imported dog foods due to contaminants like Salmonella, E. Coli, and pest control poisons. The wrong batch of food can result in serious health consequences for your dog, including gastrointestinal problems, seizures, or even death.

4Health Dog Food vs. Blue Buffalo Comparison

Blue Buffalo and 4Health are both highly sought-after dog food brands. Veterinarians often recommend them for their high-quality natural ingredients. Both brands also offer a broad range of products for dogs of all ages and sizes.

Refer to the table below for an in-depth comparison of the brands and their features.

4HealthBlue Buffalo
Meat as the First IngredientYesYes
Grain-free FormulasYesYes
Other IngredientsProbiotics, vitamins and minerals, omega-3 fatty acidsVitamins and minerals, healthy oils
AccessibilityTractor Supply Company stores and onlineAll major pet supply retailers, grocery stores, and online
Product RangeDry Food, Wet Food, Supplements, TreatsDry Food, Wet Food, Treats
Size RangeSmall Breed, Adult, Large BreedSmall Breed, Standard, Large Breed
Age RangePuppy, AdultPuppy, Adult, Senior
Flavor VarietySalmon, Chicken, Whitefish, Beef or Lamb + Potato or RiceSeveral formulas with wide flavor variety in each
ManufacturingUSAUSA and Imported
Other NotesGreat for food allergies, food sensitivities, and grain-free diets; excellent omega-3 fatty acids and probioticsGreat for food al