Category Archives: Dog Food

Halloween is Right Around the Corner!

This is the exciting time of the season for not just kids and adults, but pets too! Just imagine- the fun costumes, all of the various trick or treaters, the fun places to explore…

Pumpkin Patch

Did I Say Pets?

Of course I did! Halloween can be a time for our fur- kids too! Not only will your pet love the activity, but Halloween presents a wonderful opportunity to get out there and get some well-deserved exercise.

Halloween Dogs

Of course, there is always the potential for something unexpected to happen. Are you prepared if your pup eats something a pup shouldn’t eat? Believe it or not, chocolate and candies, especially candies with xylitol (a sweetener found in many sugar free sweets), can be toxic to dogs.

Your pup may ingest harmful food.
● If you aren’t sure, the first thing you should always do is Call Your Veterinarian! Explain the situation; they will tell you what your next steps should be.

Signs to Watch out for:

Be sure that these do not contain poisonous ingredients

Be sure that these do not contain poisonous ingredients

● Vomiting
● Diarrhea
● Lethargy
● Agitation
● Increased Thirst
● Elevated Heart Rate
● Seizures

What About Candy Wrappers?
Wrappers can cause bowel obstructions that might require surgery.

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Signs to Watch out for:

● Vomiting
● Decreased appetite

● Lack of defecation
● Straining to defecate

Do you like to bake your own creative sweets for the pup to enjoy? There is yet another fantastic activity to keep you and your furry pal busy this Halloween! But do be aware of hidden ingredients in that jar of peanut butter. Poison may be lurking!

But…

Do you know exactly what your pup should eat? Believe it or not, Homemade Dog Treats May Be Dangerous… or Deadly !

Hey- I’ve got you covered! Just in case the unexpected does happen:
Pet Poison Hotline: 1-800-213-6680
ASPCA Animal Poison Control: 888-426-4435

How often do we get to go out and have fun at night? Halloween is one of those few times. Though it may be a blast, this also offers possible dangers. Don’t worry; I’ve put together a few great Tips for Staying Safe Walking your Dog at Night to keep you and your loved ones out of harm’s way!

In the end, be prepared for a wonderful Halloween for everyone!

Petco Draws Attention To Pet Nutrition: Snacks’ Role in Dog Obesity

If you have read K9 Well Being’sK9 Well Being's Free Report Free Report– Hypothyroidism– (See the box on the right that has the arrow urging you to Get The FREE Report), you know that obesity is the number one symptom that prompts most vets to suspect thyroid dysfunction in dogs. That was true for Wil– (But you’ll find out that that was the least of his troubles when you read the report).

There is yet another cause for obesity though. The following introduction was written by Kaylee White of Ghergich & Co., which designed the graphics below for Petco in an effort to help people process the importance of keeping dogs thin. I’ve mentioned Petco in my posts before. Petco is a nationwide chain that has supplies and food for a myriad of critters. Petco states that they “believe in elevating the lives of animals and enhancing the connection people have with their pets.” They also state that they “are also committed to the highest standards of social responsibility.” I shop at Petco now and again.

What We Feed Them Matters – Petco Draws Attention to Pet Nutrition

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Homemade Dog Treats May Be Dangerous… or Deadly

T’is the season for DIY gifts –and a popular one among dog owners is homemade dog cookies. Whether you’re making them yourself or you’re the recipient of a batch of homemade goodies, you must be careful to screen the ingredients for toxins.

Skippy Natural Peanut Butter is one of the "back to basics" styles of peanut butter and contains only Roasted peanuts, Sugar, Palm oil, and Salt

Skippy Natural Peanut Butter is one of the “back to basics” styles of peanut butter and contains only Roasted peanuts, Sugar, Palm oil, and Salt

Perils of Peanut Butter

One would think that peanut butter is nothing more than pureed peanuts, and in a small percentage of peanut butter products, that is the case. More often, however, peanut butter has been adulterated with a myriad of substances, some of which cause disease, or, in the case of dogs, immediate death.

“Surely you jest: Death? Really!?” you say?

Yes!

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Should Dogs Eat Cooked Turkey Bones?

Let’s cut to the chase: Dogs should never be fed cooked turkey, chicken or other fowl bones. In fact, they ought not to eat any bones that have been cooked.

Image by Steve Johnson

Image by Steve Johnson

The reason is simple: Cooked bones are brittle and when the dog gnaws them, the bones are more likely to splinter. And these splinters can lodge in esophagus, stomach or even intestines.

However, the broth made from a turkey carcass (or other bones) is very nutritious and you can feed your dog a cup or so of this broth. You can add carrots, beets, greens, broccoli, squash and other vegetables too—But don’t add onions, garlic, grapes, avocado or seeds from apples or pears. Continue reading

Six Common Substances that Regularly Poison Dogs

PLEASE NOTE:
If you have an animal poison-related emergency, contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately. Their hotline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Call (888) 426-4435. A $65 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card.

 If you see any of the elevated symptoms in this pose, you have a medical emergency. If you suspect any of the “warm up” symptoms are due to poisoning, consider that a medical emergency and contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately.

All of the substances discussed in this post have the potential to be lethal. I’ll start with those that post the greatest threat, even in small quantities.

Billed as a safe food for humans, this one's a kller for dogs.

Billed as a safe food for humans, this one’s a killer of dogs.

Xylitol

Xylitol is a “naturally occurring”  alcohol and is widely produced in China. It is sourced from the woody plant material of corncobs or trees such as birch or hardwoods. It is billed as a sweetener that “aids in the prevention of dental cavities, and reduces plaque formation.”

The most widely recognized source is candy and gum

The most widely recognized source is candy and gum

Xylitol is used as a sweetening agent in foods such as:

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Kidney Failure is Caused by Old Age? Really?

My friend’s 13-going on 14 year-old Golden Retriever, Hanna, is dying of kidney failure.

When I asked the vet what caused this, he said, “old age.”

c 2007 -- In spite of her discomfort, Hanna has always been an exceptionally happy dog

Alice, Hanna and their terrorist friend, Molly-cule, c.2007

Hanna, Molly and Alice spent a lot of time up there on the wooded hill!

Hanna, Molly and Alice spent a lot of time up there on the wooded hill!

But this is a dog I’ve known since she was 6, and she wasn’t in in premium condition then. She was chronically, crazy-itchy, particularly her paws, ears and genital area. For as long as I’ve known her, she’d scoot her bottom along the ground, chew at her feet until they were pink, and claw at her ears that were puffy from inflammation.

We were told years ago that the dog had a yeast infection.

I knew a man 15 years ago who had systemic candida. It really knocked him down hard. He cured it by avoiding sugar, carbs, and all fermented foods. It took over a year before he began to believe he was going to live.

When I first met her, Hanna’s diet was far from high-end. She ate medium quality kibble—the medium-priced stuff from Costco.

In the summer of 2007 I insisted we try to detox her. We fed her organic chicken broth for a week, then cooked chicken and rice. She did not improve much—probably because of the rice. Too many carbohydrates.

In the summer of 2008 we fed her buffalo meat and sweet potatoes. Again, she showed a little improvement, but she did not get well. In this case it may have been due to the sweet potato that undermined our progress. Carbs again.

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Dog Food: Observations Regarding Meat Quality

This post will tell you what Alice has taught me about dog food.

As of this writing, my Bouvier, Alice, is 14 years old. She is still working cattle and protecting livestock and fowl from would-be coyote attacks.

Alice herding cattle

Alice herding cow and heifer

 

4 month old Muchkin, considers his options.

4 month old Muchkin, considers his options.

 

 

 

 

 

I got Alice when she was just 8 weeks old. And right from the beginning, she was unable to eat kibble. The quality didn’t matter. Every brand of kibble caused:

  • gross gas (very, very green air)
  • diarrhea (many explosions in the back seat of the car… I learned to carry a set of sheets, towels and other protective coverings that made my car look like a crime scene)
  • rancid coat odor (ewww-ey, BABY!)

And so, Alice grew up eating raw chicken.

When she was 10 months old, I was thrilled to find turkeys on sale for $0.19 per pound! I bought a great bird and chopped it into one-pound chunks.

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