Acid Reflux in Dogs: Diet Dos and Don’ts

Did you know your dog can get acid reflux? Many people probably don’t even consider the fact that like humans, dogs can also have problems with acid indigestion. No, they don’t get it from eating Indian food or buffalo wings like we do, but food does play a large role in reflux for dogs.

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The first question you may ask is, what are the symptoms of acid reflux in dogs? The most common symptom is spitting up or regurgitation of their food. However, you my also witness your dog whining when they swallow, or they may even go as far as not eating. After all, if something hurts, you want to avoid doing it, right?

But the problem is, dogs can’t thrive without eating, and this may cause weight loss. When the problem gets too bad, you may notice severe salivation and perhaps, even a fever. If your dog shows any of these symptoms, especially frequent vomiting or weight loss, you should see a veterinarian right away for a definitive diagnosis.

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Once you have the diagnosis, however, you may wonder what you can do to help your dog’s condition. Many vets will undoubtedly suggest switching your dog’s food to something that’s easier to digest and less likely to cause problems for your canine friend. A good vet will suggest eliminating potential allergens from your dog’s diet, which means that you’ll want to look for a dog food that doesn’t have gluten, rice, soy, and GMOs. In addition, you’ll also want to stay clear of preservatives, colorings, additives, and emulsifiers, all of which are common in commercial dog foods.

While this sounds daunting, it really isn’t so bad. Finding a good, high-quality, grain-free food is important for your dog anyway, even if acid reflux isn’t an issue. But if you feed your dog food that contain any of the ingredients listed above, it can cause other gastrointestinal problems for your canine companions.

Think of it this way – all those unnatural colorings and flavors commonly found in dog food are similar to eating your favorite fast food meal. While it may be delicious in the moment, how do you feel when you eat a steady died of processed burgers and fries with artificial ingredients? Do you suffer from stomach upset and/or acid reflux sometimes? Well, the same goes for your dog.

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We can’t stress it enough. You really need to know everything you can about the different dog food brands and what goes into your dog’s food in order to keep health problems at bay. Look into the different types of diets out there, including grain-free dog food, which many experts agree is key to a healthy dog’s diet. And you can find a great a grain-free formula that fits the above criteria here

In addition to grain-free food, you will want to look at the different meat sources available. For dogs with sensitive gastrointestinal tracts, lamb is a gentler protein source that’s easier to digest. For this reason, we also suggest checking out DogForDog Lamb and Brown Rice Formula.

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When switching dog food, always make sure to gradually transition from the old food over to the new. This is especially important for dogs with acid reflux and other gastrointestinal issues. But even for healthy dogs, it’s always a good idea to take things slow. The entire process should take between 7-10 days, as you start out with 75% old food/25% new food. Do this for 2-3 days before doing a 50/50 mix, which you will then continue to do for 2-3 days more. After that, you move up to 75% new food, and after a few more days, transition your dog completely over to the new diet. And as long as you’re picking a good-quality food, transitioning slowly will keep the tummy issues to a minimum, making for both a happier human and a happier, healthier, more comfortable dog!

Coconut Oil: Is It An Effective Treatment Against Giardia?

None of us like it when our canine friends get sick. Yet, it’s inevitable that at some point in your pet’s life, they will catch something and get sick. And of all the things your dog can catch, intestinal parasites are one of the most common and easily spread infections. Giardia is a common one, especially in puppies.

But don’t freak out if your dog has a parasite. Often times, it comes with the territory of owning a pet, especially if your dog visits the park or other places where they can come into contact with infected dogs.

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Giardia, or rather Giardiasis, is a parasitic infection caused by Giardia Lamblia. These little critters often contaminate water and can be spread that way, or through the soil, other animals, and even direct human contact. The parasite has a hard shell, which allows them to survive for long periods of time in water, soil, and yes, even in your dog’s intestine. Because of how tough these little guys are, it’s important to treat any dog suspected of having the infection.

Giardia treatment in dogs is usually done under the supervision of a vet, and if you suspect your dog is sick with anything at all, please don’t hesitate to visit your veterinarian. Giardia can often be mistaken for other types of parasites and infections if you’re just basing it on the symptoms you can see with your own two eyes. Usually, your vet will have to run tests to figure out the culprit before prescribing treatment. If left untreated, Giardia can cause severe diarrhea, weight loss, and even death, so it’s not something you will want to mess around with.

That being said, there may be a way to prevent a Giardia infection in your dog. Of course, the first step would be the make sure your dog doesn’t come into contact with feces and that they have access to clean drinking water. Prevention is key. But you can also up your dog’s defenses to the nasty bug with some simple items you may already have in your cupboard.

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Savvy owners in the know are raving about using coconut oil on dogs these days. And yes, coconut oil has a lot of nifty uses, including moisturizing their skin and coat. But did you know that coconut oil contains Caprylic Acid, which is a short chain fatty acid that stops the growth of bacteria and parasites? Well now you do! Coconut oil also contains lauric acid which the parasites consume, and it literally causes them to explode and die. Bye-bye parasites!

So in addition to using coconut oil for your dog’s skin, now you can consider it a handy tool in preventing – and maybe even treating – Giardia and other parasites as well. Of course, if your dog is heavily infected already, it may take too long for the effects to help, and you may still need to consider conventional medicine. In severe cases of Giardia, as we mentioned above, severe weight loss and malnutrition can cause serious problems and would need to be treated as soon as possible. Additional medicine may also be needed to stop the diarrhea so your dog feels better while fighting off their parasitic hitchhikers.

How do dogs help people in Stress Reduction?

Chances are, if you’re here reading this, you’re a dog lover. And if you’ve ever had a canine (or feline) companion in your life, you don’t need us to tell you that pets are great at relieving stress. Most dog lovers can’t imagine their life without their best friend, and they say that dogs simply bring more joy to their lives.

dog-lovers--dogs-stress-relieversImagine this: You just had a stressful day at work. Your boss yelled at you for a simple mistake. Your co-workers are talking about how layoffs are coming. Maybe you were so busy, you rushed through lunch, barely having time to taste your tuna sandwich. Or maybe you were so busy, you missed lunch altogether. The phone was ringing off the hook. Nothing seems to be going right.

I’m sure everyone reading this has experienced a day like this at least once in their life. Some live it daily. And overall, humans are more stressed now than ever before. Not only can stress give you a headache, too much stress can also kill you. High blood pressure is a dangerous problem, far too many people face. Sure, some if it comes from poor diets, but too much stress can also be a culprit.

How can dogs be a natural stress reliever copyAnd it’s no wonder that so many people are looking into natural stress relievers. Yoga. Exercise. Herbal remedies. All of these have been touted as natural stress relievers, and have been credited with having some degree of success. But you can also add one more item to that list. Dogs.

Go back to the scenario above. Now picture yourself coming home, defeated, stressed, and utterly worn down. When you get home, you probably just want to crash on the couch, flip on the TV, and forget about life for a moment. But then, once your key hits the lock on the front door, you hear the scampering of paws or the sound of a familiar bark. And as the door opens, your best friend is there waiting for you, their tail wagging nonstop, and their tongue out, ready to cover you with kisses. Your dog is there to tell you they love you no matter what, and they’re so happy to see you!

How can you not feel at least a little better after that?

There are many health benefits associated with owning a pet, not the least which is a reduction of stress. And while many of us probably knew that owning a dog or cat could lead to a happier life, based solely on our own lives and experiences, we now have science backing this up.

A 2001 study found that patients with high blood pressure were able to keep their blood pressure down during periods of high stress simply by owning a pet. In fact, you don’t even have to own a pet to experience the natural relaxation an animal can bring.

The reason for this is when you interact favorably with an animal, the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin is released, while your body decreases production of the cortisol – what is often called the stress hormone.

And there’s more good news for pet owners. Another study showed that people who owned pets were more likely to survive at least a year after having a heart attack.

Natural Stress Reduction- with dogs copyAs far as how to reap the benefits of having a pet, all you really have to do is play with one or pet one. Or spend some quality time with them, sharing some yummy treats  or laughing when they get DogsButter  stuck to the roof of their mouths! This is, of course, good news for all of those folks who can’t have a pet right now. Volunteer at a shelter or hang out at the dog park for an hour or two, and you’ll reap the same benefits and feel much better physically and mentally.

5 Unique Dog Bowls to Treat Your Pup

by Lo Lankford

Your pup might not truly care what their bowl looks like (as long as the thing has food, who cares!?) but you have to look at it everyday too, taking up space in your house and (possibly)wrecking havoc on your floors. The good news is that there is a seemingly endless amount of dog bowls available for purchase out there, both in local shops both large and small near you and online. It’s never been easier to find something that works well for both your pup and you! Display both of your personalities while finding a bowl that’s functional and appropriate for your space.
We started the hunt by tracking down five unique and fun bowls we hope you’ll like too. Now it’s just up to you to decide between them. Happy shopping!

1. For the speedy eater

Bloat stop dog bowlIf your dog charges his meals like its the last drop of water in the Sahara, it might be time to purchase a slow feeder. These inexpensive bowls help slow an animal’s intake by creating aunique eating experience that requires them to work a bit for their food. Highly rated on Amazon and Petsmart, the bowls have quickly gained in popularity recently as they’ve been a breakout fixer for bloat and regurgitation due to quick eating. We love this pink bowl from SloBowl, the top rated company for this type of bowl on Amazon. Looking for something more simple (and cheaper?) JW Pet makes one for $5! (Amazon, $17)

2. For the pups who need some height

If your dog is a tall one, reaching a bowl on the ground might be straining for his back and neck. Help him out with an elevated feeder, which allows him to amble over for dinner time and barely bend down to reach his food and water. Bonus points for you less sloppy mess on the floor to pick up after, though we do still recommend keeping a mat below the feeder. Get the height you need in a color you love and take a load off you just made life a little easier for your favorite furball. (Petsmart, $27-45).

3. For the designer dog

Henri Bendel Bone Dog bowlYour pup might not know who Henri Bendel is, but if you do (and you love the place!), why not get your dog bowl there too? This ceramic bowl is designed with the company’s signature brown and white stripes and features gold accenting for a fashionable finishing touch. Bone Appetit? Heh. Pretty good, Henri. (Henri Bendel, $58).

4. For the messy eater

neater feederDoes your dog eat his food like he’s making an art project with each bite he takes? Never fear there’s a bowl for that! Neater Feeders are a line of patented “mess proof pet feeders” that offer a mess proof and pleasant dog dining experience. With stellar reviews on Wag.com and Amazon, you have to think they’re working! Protect your floors and walls from water and food morsels and never look back from mopping the floor after each feeding. (Wag.com, $50).

5. For the handmade lovers

handmade loversIf you love buying handmade or simply want something monogrammed and/or totally unique,Etsy should be your first stop. A simple search for “dog bowl” yields over TK results, and you could easily spend an hour sifting through the pages of choices. Everything from elevated wooden feeders to ceramic bowls and everything in between. It was hard nearly impossible to pick just one, but if this is your thing we strongly suggest seeing what all the site has to offer and finding your own treasured handmade pick. Obsessed with what you find? Etsy is also a treasure trove of handmade leashes, collars, dog tags, food canisters, you name it! (Claylicious, $32)

BONUS: Looking for an automatic feeder? We recommend the Dog Mate D3000, available from Petsmart for $80.

 

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So for every bowl you pour for your own dog, we’ll be able to pour 2 for rescue dogs!

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FAQ- The Benefits of a Protein Meal

Because we want to keep our dogs healthy and happy, we know that feeding them the best food available is high on our priority list as responsible pet parents. The ingredient list on the package is one of the first things we look at when picking a high-quality diet. But what is that stuff labeled “protein meal” or “meat meal,” and is it good for our dogs?

Why do dogs need protein Why do dogs need protein over other nutrients?

Dogs are designed by nature to eat protein from meat sources, not grains. A dog’s four sharp and pointed “cuspids,” what we call the canine teeth, are intended to grasp and hold food. When looking for the best diet for your pet, meat and a named meat meal, like beef, chicken meal or lamb meal, should be listed before any grains.Many veterinary nutritionists believe the high grain content of some manufactured pet foods is a primary contributor to the growing obesity and allergy problems in pets, so if grains are listed above an animal protein, you’re looking at a lower quality of food. 

What is protein meal?

Protein meal is a dried end product of the dog food cooking process known as rendering. Rendering is a lot like making stew – except that this stew is intentionally overcooked.With rendering, you start with a meat stew, cook away the water and bake the residue. In its simplest, purest form, protein meal is meat with the water and fat removed. The dried meat is then ground into small granules or powder for use in pet food. And you end up with a highly concentrated protein powder– or protein meal. 

How nutritious is protein meal?

A high-quality grade protein meal can actually be a more abundant source of protein than the whole meat from which it was made. For example, whole chicken contains about 70 percent water and 18 percent protein. Yet after rendering, the resulting chicken protein meal contains just 10 percent water and a whopping 65 percent protein.That’s nearly four times more protein than the whole chicken.Fish meal contains 92 percent protein and pure beef meal is around 78 percent. 

What are the health benefits of protein meal?

Pure protein meal, as opposed to a combined meat and bone meal or meat by-product meal, is a good source of the concentrated protein that is considered nutritionally excellent for your dog. Proteins are necessary for all aspects of growth and development and are very important in structural makeup and the immune system. In addition, they are burned as calories and can be stored and converted to fat.

Are there grades of protein meal?

Pure meat meal cannot contain blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, or stomach or rumen contents, except for amounts that may be unavoidably included during processing. It cannot contain any added extraneous substances, and may not contain any more than 14 percent of materials that are not easily digested. Also, no more than 11 percent of the crude protein in the meal can be ingredients the dog cannot digest at all, for example feathers, beaks, or hooves. 

How do we recognize low-grade materials?

Avoid dog foods containing any meat meal that includes the words “ by-products” in its name and/or fails to identify the specific source animal. Some examples of inferior meat-based protein ingredients include meat meal, animal meal, chicken by-product meal, meat and bone meal, glandular meal, poultry meal, and blood meal.Notice the generic nature of those phrases.When you see components like these in any ingredients list, it’s a sign you’re probably looking at a lower quality dog food.

 

A Cure in Your Cabinet: Apple Cider Vinegar on Dogs

It’s been an ongoing joke in my house that I’ve become obsessed with apple cider vinegar. And it’s true. Recently, I discovered that it helps with a number of ailments – not just for me personally, but also for my pets.

And honestly, it’s no laughing matter. While I’m not one to throw around words like “miracle cure,” because it sounds a little hokey – not to mention that it sounds like the claims of a snake oil salesman – I’m pleased with how apple cider vinegar has helped me, mainly with my skin condition and itchy ears.

apple-ciderBecause of this, I’ve done extensive research on using apple cider vinegar on dogs, and needless to say, there are a lot of potential uses for this common household product. As I mentioned above, it cured my own itchy ears, and it’s commonly used as a natural remedy for dog ear infections.

You may be asking why apple cider vinegar works for dogs? And what it can help treat? If those are questions on your mind, you’ve come to the right place.

A few common maladies that apple cider vinegar can help with include:

Ear infections

As mentioned above, a tiny bit of apple cider vinegar in the ears can help with itchy ears and even ear infections in dogs. Floppy eared dogs tend to get a lot of ear infections, and you may not even realize it until they start having severe issues such as bleeding, usually because of excessive scratching or shaking their head too much.

Apple cider on dog ear infectionsBut you don’t have to wait until medical attention is necessary. Apple cider vinegar is both harmless and helpful in preventing, and yes, even curing ear infections in dogs.

Look into your dog’s ears. Are they caked with dirt or a brown sludge? If so, it’s a good chance they have yeast in their ears. Simply getting water in their ears can lead to this, and for many dogs who enjoy swimming, ear infections are super common, especially during the summer months. But they don’t have to be!

Dilute the apple cider vinegar with some water, just a small capfull to about twice as much water, and pour directly into the ear. Try to let it sit for as long as your dog will allow, scratching and rubbing the ear to help it get deep down into the ear canal. Your dog will probably want to shake his head to get the water out, and that’s fine. It’ll help get the gunk out now that you’ve loosened it up. You may also want to dry the inside of the ear with a cotton swab, but don’t get too deep into the ear. Just clean the outside part you can see.

apple-cider-dilutionThis should help stop itching almost instantly, but you will want to keep it up for a few days, at least, to make sure any sign of infection is killed off once and for all. You can also regularly clean your dog’s ears with this solution even when no sign of irritation is present. It’ll help keep the bacteria at bay.

 

Allergies and tear stains

It’s so pitiful to look at your pooch and see what looks like tears coming from their eyes. They look so sad, and chances are, they’re miserable too. As miserable as you would if your allergies were acting up at least.

apple cider on tearstainsThe good news is that apple cider vinegar also helps get rid of those sad eye stains as it helps cure their allergies as well. It’s incredibly simple. Just apply a tiny bit of apple cider vinegar to their food or water – a capfull will usually suffice. It will work from the inside out to help with all the common signs of allergies including tear stains, itchy skin, and hair loss.

 

Fleas and ticks

Who likes to apply nasty chemicals to their dog’s skin monthly? If you’re looking for a more natural way to control fleas and ticks, the solution might be as simple as apple cider vinegar applied to the skin after a weekly bath. Just dilute the apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle with some water (about a cap full again), and spray directly onto your dog after bath time. Applied weekly, it might also help with skin conditions like hot spots, pimples, thinning hair, all while deterring pests.

apple cider on dog fleasWho knew that a simple solution to so many common problems was a product most of us keep around the house for salad dressings and the like? There are also people who swear that apple cider vinegar helps aid digestion and weight loss, and as we mentioned above, it’s absolutely harmless, so it’s always worth a try. Especially if you’ve tried everything else and can’t figure out a solution. Who knows, ACV might be the “miracle” cure you’re looking for.

But as with all things, please talk to your veterinarian before starting any sort of medical regimen, holistic or otherwise, just in case your pet has special needs. After all, no two canines are alike, and while apple cider vinegar may be safe for most dogs, it’s always best to check with your vet just to be on the safe side.

 

 

 

 

Post Your Paws For A Cause!

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UPDATE: We were so blown away by your support that our #DOGforDOGpaws campaign is now running for the entire month of June! Each week, we’ll donate a meal to a dog in need for every Instagram photo of your pup’s paws. Just be sure to add the tag #DOGforDOGpaws, so we can find you!

On Wednesday May 27th, we challenged our Instagram dog friends to post a pic of their paws, and in exchange DOG for DOG would donate a meal to a dog in need. We thought this would be fun, but we never thought this would be called “the next ice bucket challenge”!

When our friends at The BarkPost posted about our campaign, and was their first piece of content to make to trend on Facebook, after being shared over 55,000 times! And by the end of the first week, nearly 35,000 tiny, large, spotted, painted dog paws were tagged #DOGforDOGpaws promoting this campaign.

As the campaign came to a close on June 2nd, paw pics were popping up in our Instagram feed at a steady rate. Dog parents were just too excited about this campaign, so we decided to restructure the promotion, and allow those who were just finding out about #DOGforDOGpaws to be able to join our mission.

How can you get your pup’s paws involved? Post an Instagram photo of your pup’s paws before midnight on Monday, each week in June, to have it counted towards that week’s 1,000 meal donation! Remember to add the hashtag #DOGforDOGpaws, and DOG for DOG will donate a meal to a shelter dog. Keep an eye on our own Instagram account, we’ll have exciting #DOGforDOGpaw updates and news to bring to you every week! Let’s get those paws the air! 

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The Fine Paw Print:
When do I have to post? One photo per Instagram user, per day. So post daily if you like! Each week, DOG for DOG will donate 1 meal for every pup paw on Instagram tagged #DOGforDOGpaws, up to 1,000 meals a week. Promotion ends June 30, 2015 at 11:59pm.

Do they have to be DOG paws? Uh, if you can fool us, then fine, we’ll count them. But we do know the difference between turtle feet and dog feet. (We’re lookin’ at you Rocket Larry.)

Where will the meals go? DOG for DOG donates to rescues and shelters like Villalobos Rescue Center, helping keep shelter dogs full and healthy with premium DOGSFOOD. If Villalobos can get every bowl of food donated, they save more than $300k a year! When a group like this can put their funds towards operating costs, like kennel upkeep, staff salaries, and vet bills, they can save more dogs.

How can I help even more dogs? (We know you’re wondering!) Just buy a bag of natural, made in the USA DOGSFOOD™ on Petsmart.com and an equal amount of food will be donated Villalobos Rescue Sanctuary. Join the movement and help us feed dogs in need.

A Brief History of Dog Rescue: How People Started Saving Man’s Best Friend

The way people view pets has changed dramatically over time. Today, many pet owners are proud to pamper their fur babies with high-end grooming, engaging toys, and adorable outfits.

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On top of that, dog rescue is bigger than ever, with people all over the globe working hard to save animals in need. Whether it’s a chained dog outside in the cold or a pup in a shelter who was previously abused, there are millions of dogs in need of rescue, and people who are willing to step in, foster, rehabilitate, and adopt these animals.

But this wasn’t always the case.

How Did the Dog Rescue Movement Begin?

  • 1824: The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is formed in Britain, giving birth to an organized welfare group for dogs. This sets the foundation for a shift in people’s perspective about dogs.
  • 1866: The SPCA makes its way to the US. Henry Bergh forms the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Most people ridicule and oppose him, or simply show indifference towards animal welfare, but the ASPCA continues to grow.
  • 1869: The very first official animal shelter in the country is formed by the Women’s SPCA of Pennsylvania.
  • 1877: The American Humane Association is formed.
  • 1954: The Humane Society of the United States is formed.
  • 1960s and 1970s: Private animal shelters are formed in addition to the municipal ones available in an effort to bring in strays and find them homes. Public opinion about strays starts to shift and people begin to view them as potential pets rather than public health hazards.

Today’s Statistics

Now that you know a bit about the overall history of the animal rescue movement, you may be really happy to be living in the 21st century. But let’s take a look at what still needs to be done to save more dogs.

The Good News:

The good news is that euthanasia rates are down, even though there’s still a lot of work to do.

Whereas the number of cats and dogs euthanized in shelters annually used to be anywhere from 12-20 million, the number has dropped to 3-4 million.

That’s thanks to groups who come in and rescue dogs before they’re put down, as well as more pet owners choosing to adopt rather than shop for their new canine companions.

The Bad News:

The sad news is that about 2.7 million healthy pets never get adopted every year. This is out of the 6-8 million dogs and cats that enter shelters annually.

So even though we’ve made tremendous strides in how people view strays, in the number of dogs adopted, and in the laws created to protect dogs, millions of perfectly loveable canines are needlessly put down, and that’s just in the US.

Adopt, Don’t Shop!

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Many pet owners want a purebred dog, and they think that the only place to get a purebred is from a pet shop or directly from a breeder.

But the truth is that about 25% of the dogs that are in shelters are actually purebreds, so people are encouraged to adopt even if they’re looking for a particular breed.

There are thousands of independently operated private shelters and rescue groups all over the country. Some focus solely upon housing animals until they’re adopted (following a no-kill policy), while others run foster networks without a physical shelter.

The focus today continues to be on educating the public on the importance of adopting dogs. It’s also on the number of dogs who are in shelters, as well as those who are euthanized because they aren’t adopted in time. With outreach, advocacy, and a solid group of dedicated volunteers, animal rescuers are making a difference.

So if you’re planning on bringing a dog into your family to be your forever friend, check out the many local rescue groups and shelters in your area—and around the country—to find a doggie in need who will love you unconditionally.

Or, if you already have a dog, then support products and businesses that support dog rescue. DOG for DOG makes all natural food and treats that dogs love. But the best part is that for every item you buy, a meal is donated to a dog in need. You have to buy food for your dog anyway, why not choose a brand that feeds a less fortunate dog as well?

 

Five Reasons Why Donating Dog Food to a Shelter Makes a Difference

DOG for DOG has one mission: to feed as many shelter dogs as possible! Here are five reasons why we think feeding shelter dogs makes a huge difference.

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DOG for DOG and PetSmart: Help us keep Villalobos Rescue Center’s dogs fed + healthy with another 10k pound dog food drop! When you purchase DOGSFOOD from PetSmart, we donate the same amount to Villalobos Rescue Center.

1. To Helping a Rescue Stay in ‘Business’

Not so fun fact: Villalobos Rescue Center (most well known as the team behind Pit Bulls and Parolees) feeds their 250 rescue dogs 700 pounds of food every single day. That’s over $300,000 of dog food a year. If Villalobos can get every bowl of food donated, that’s $300k they can save and put towards operating costs, like kennel upkeep, staff salaries, and vet bills.

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2. Keep Shelter Dogs Healthy

Sometimes shelters do get donations of dog food from community members or companies – sometimes this is expired food, or food that is not made in the USA, lower quality and not as healthy. Rescue dogs, more than any other dogs, need to be nourished! Their immune systems are constantly under attack. Stress from being in a new environment can also hurt their immune systems, so having high quality, natural dog food is ideal!

3. Keep Dogs Out of the Shelter

Some shelters have a shelter prevention program and assist dog owners in financial crisis who may think surrendering their animal is the only option. Donations of food and basic supplies can be the difference between a dog safe in his home and one left by a loving family in a shelter.

4. Gives a Dog a Chance to Meet the Right Family

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Imelda Suriato from I’m Not a Monster, works her tail off (pardon the pun) every year to raise donations for shelters across the US over the holiday season. Why? She says, “One bag of food means a dog has a full belly, is vetted to stay healthy, gets socialized and also gets to meet prospective families. It is a mighty bag of food because it saves and makes lives.”

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5. It’s a constant reminder to do good.

When you buy your pup their dog food and drop a bag off at a pet food bank, OR even easier, switch your dog food over to DOGSFOOD, every time you pour your pup a bowl, you know you’re also pouring a bowl for a shelter dog. There are little things we can do on a daily basis that really do make a difference in the lives of others. And the good you do rubs off on others! Not only will a rescue know that you have their back, your community will feel it, too.