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Can Coconut Oil Improve My Dog’s Health

by Lorna Ladd 14 Comments

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We hear a lot about the benefits of coconut oil from the human holistic community. They share tips like: a tablespoon of coconut oil ingested regularly (or rubbed into our skin or hair) bring a variety of benefits; everything from healthy, supple skin and glowing hair to raising the natural insulin levels of diabetics and improving overall metabolism.

But can coconut oil have the same effects for our dogs? Many holistic veterinarians are studying the human research and saying “yes” to recommending coconut oil for our pets.

Coconut oil is almost exclusively (more than 90%) saturated fat and is one of the few foods that can be classified as a “superfood”. A medium chain triglyceride (MCT), coconut oil consists of a series of fatty acid molecule chains that are easily digested and absorbed, without causing the pancreas to go into overdrive producing digestive enzymes that absorb saturated oils.

This is of particular importance to dogs suffering from digestive disorders (Irritable Bowel Disease, Pancreatitis) and metabolic disorders (Diabetes Mellitus, Cushing’s Disease) as it puts less strain on the animal’s digestive system.

Additionally, coconut oil gently elevates the metabolism, provides a higher level of energy and vitality, protects your dog from illness, and speeds healing. As a bonus, coconut oil can improve dog’s skin and coat, improves digestion, and reduces allergic reactions

Giving coconut to your dog is easy! You can either buy dried coconut and sprinkle it on your dog’s food. They might not even know it’s there. Alternatively, DOGSBUTTER, an all natural peanut butter for dogs, is infused with coconut oil which makes it really easy. Not all dogs love coconut but most dogs adore peanut butter!

Some of the other benefits of giving your pup coconut oil with a meal include

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For healthy skin and coat:

  • Clears up eczema.
  • Aids flea allergies, contact dermatitis and itchy skin.
  • Minimizes doggy odor.
  • Reduces allergic reactions.
  • Creates sleek and glossy coats
  • Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections.
  • When applied topically, coconut oil promotes wound healing.
  • Also can help with hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings.

To improve digestion:

  • Improves digestion.
  • Increases nutrient absorption.
  • Helps with colitis and inflammatory bowl syndrome.
  • Reduces or eliminates bad breath.
  • Helps with coughing.

“Superfood” benefits:

  • Assists with weight loss.
  • Provides powerful antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal agents.
  • Balances insulin and promotes normal thyroid function.
  • Helps prevent or control diabetes.
  • Aids arthritis and ligament problems.
  • Helps prevent infection and disease.
  • Increases energy.

Veterinarian Karen Becker, known for her holistic wellness veterinary practice, recommends administering ¼ tsp. of coconut oil for every 10 lbs. of body weight twice a day for optimal effect.

Peanut Butter and Your Dog’s Health and Safety

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Peanut Butter and Your Dog’s Health and Safety

Peanut butter is the treat of choice for many pet parents! It’s great for filling up hollow toys, making pupsicles, and hiding medication. Just remember, not all peanut butter is created equal! Here at DOG for DOG, we formulated DOGSBUTTER just for dogs, because many popular brands contain unhealthy and sometimes dangerous ingredients in their peanut butter.

When looking for the best peanut butter for your pup, we suggest our own DOGSBUTTER (of course!), however, if you can’t get your paws on our PB, here’s everything you need to know about keeping your pup safe!

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Here are a few of the many awesome DOGSBUTTER reviews & bonus –– with every purchase of DOGSBUTTER, we donate an equal amount of food to dogs in need.

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Coconut Oil is Good for Dogs, But What About Coconuts?

by Kristen Duvall 0 Comments
Coconut Oil is Good for Dogs, But What About Coconuts?

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We’ve all know that coconut oil is good for dogs and humans, but what about regular, straight up coconut? Can dogs eat coconut? And if so, what are the benefits of eating coconut for our canine companions?

The answer to that first question is YES! The oil isn’t the only part of the coconut that’s beneficial and healthy for our canine friends. And I’ve discovered recently that my dog simply loves the taste of coconut oil, so why not branch out with other treats containing this superfood?

And to answer the second question, what are the benefits of dogs eating coconut? Here are just a few benefits to treating your pup to some good, old-fashioned coconut every now and then.

1.  Coconut is made up of Lauric acid. This substance helps fight against viruses, which in turn helps boost their immune systems.

2.  Coconut also contains albumin which helps in the formation of red blood cells.

3.  It can clear up skin conditions including flea allergies and itchy skin.

4. It can help with bad breath.

5.  It’s even believed to help speed the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots and more.

So yes, it’s safe. It’s yummy. And it could potentially help your dog in many different ways. The next question is, how should you give it to them?

Some owners apparently like to give their dog a whole coconut to chew on like a toy. That’s safe and could save your slippers, but don’t let them actually eat the shell or swallow any of the little hairs on the outside, as these can get lodged in your dog’s throat or digestive tract. After your best friend is done playing with the coconut, you can open it up and feed them the pulp from the inside.

If you’d prefer not to deal with the mess of a whole coconut, you can also mix in coconut chips with their dog food or give it to them as a treat. Or you can use coconut paste to make your dog a special treat, perhaps mixing it with some DOGSBUTTER and freezing it. And of course, you can always give your dog coconut oil, either by the spoonful or by dipping a treat in it.

Also, you may not have thought about coconut milk or coconut water, but both can be added to dog treats and food recipes.

One question that often comes up regarding coconuts and coconut oil is about the high level of saturated fat. Yes, it’s true that coconuts are high in saturated fat and typically, you do want to avoid saturated fat with your dog. But the fat in coconut is a bit different and is considered safe, in moderation, for your dog. Of course, you don’t want to give your dog too much. Too much of anything can be a bad thing, and coconut is no different.

When it comes to the oil, a good rule of thumb is 1 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight or 1 tablespoon per 30 pounds. But you don’t want to start with these amounts. It’s best to introduce coconut and coconut oil to your dog gradually as it can cause runny poop.

In case you’re wondering, dogs love coconut so it shouldn’t be any problem to get them to eat it. It’s just another yummy human food you can delightfully (and safely) share with your best friend. The options are pretty much limitless. So why not find a recipe for some coconut milk ice cream and share a cool treat with them today? And don’t forget to throw in some delicious DOGSBUTTER while you’re at it! They’ll absolutely love it!

How to Make the Switch to a New Dog Food

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How to Make the Switch to a New Dog Food

Transitioning to a new dog food can be taxing on your pup’s digestive system. How can u avoid diarrhea, gas, and an upset stomach? If you take the switch to a new food step by step, your pup will be happy (and you will, too!).

The following guide & 3 tips can help ensure your pup’s transition to a new dog food is a smooth one!

1. Pro(biotic) Tip! If you want to make this transition even smoother, add a bit of yogurt and pure pumpkin puree.

2. Pro(tein) Tip! If your dog is currently on a lamb based protein, switching to another lamb based food, like DOGSFOOD Lamb Meal & Brown Rice would be a great move.

3. It can take up to 12 weeks for a dog to fully adjust to a new food. If your pup has worsening belly issues, chat with your vet!

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If your dog’s stomach is a bit upset throughout this process, that’s pretty normal. You may want to stick to the stage you’re on  for an extra day or two.

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Stop Your Puppy From Chewing On Your Shoes (And Everything Else Too)

by Lorna Ladd 0 Comments
Stop Your Puppy From Chewing On Your Shoes (And Everything Else Too)

Puppies. They’re cute, adorable as heck, and as many people know, a lot of work. From the moment your new puppy comes home, they’re learning where they fit in. Considering that they’ve only been alive for a couple months, it’s understandable that they need to learn what they can – and can’t – do. There’s potty training, of course, but one of the biggest issues owners seem to face with a puppy is the dreaded chewing stage.

It’s a known fact that puppies chew up everything in sight. They’re not picky. They don’t care if it’s your $5 flip flops or your $100 pumps, they just like shoes. And cell phone chargers. And furniture. Well, pretty much anything they can get their mouths on. Not only is this an expensive problem because you’re losing a lot of stuff you’re probably attached to, it can also be an expensive trip to the vet’s office. Every time your dog chews something up, there’s a chance of a blockage or obstruction from whatever they’ve ingested. Their stomachs can handle a lot, sure, but shoelaces and socks can cause major problems, and in some cases, even death, for puppies.
puppiesSo needless to stay, it’s important to stop puppy chewing before it becomes a problem. But the question is, do you know how to stop your puppies from chewing things up?

Training a Puppy to Stop Chewing.

puppy chewing shoesBefore you can fix the problem, you need to understand the reasons behind it. Most of the time, puppies chew because they’re bored or teething. Separation anxiety may also come into play with both puppies and older dogs alike. Once you’ve determined the reason for their chewing, then you can take it from there.

If your dog is bored, give them something to do. This may mean more playtime or longer walks to wear them out. Or perhaps, another option might be to put your puppy in doggy daycare while you’re away at work. In addition to this, you may also want to purchase a puzzle toy that makes your dog work for their treats. You can find these toys at your local pet store. Brands such as Kong, Twist ‘n Treat, or a Buster Cube can be filled with delicious treats that keep them busy. It also keeps their mouths on the toy and not your new shoes or your laptop cable. It’s a win-win for both owner and dog. The dog has fun and enjoys a delicious treat, and the owner is less likely to come home to find their couch cushions torn to shreds.

You would just need to fill these toys with puppy or mini-dog treats such as these delicious mini peanut butter treats  Another interesting and useful tip is to take a Kong and fill it with DogsButter  before popping it in the freezer. The frozen DogsButter will take time for the dog to eat, keeping them busy for a long time, as well as providing them with a healthy and yummy treat.

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Both of these options also work for teething puppies and those with separation anxiety as well. Teething puppies merely need something safe to chew on, and redirecting them away from the items they’re not supposed to eat, in favor of their toys, is the best way to break bad habits early on. Reward your puppy every time they chew on their toy by praising them and letting them know that’s what they’re supposed to be doing.

For separation anxiety, it can be a bit more challenging. If your dog suffers from severe separation anxiety, you may need to seek out a training professional to help them overcome their fears. However, if your pup is only mildy upset when you leave, you may be able to teach them that you leaving isn’t such a scary time – in fact, it can even be a fun time. By providing them with special toys (including the puzzle toys mentioned above filled with food) that they only get when you’re gone, you start giving them a reason to actually appreciate being only, rather than fear it.

While giving your dog bones and dental chews is a common practice, I urge you to be wary of all of those things. Many bones and dental chews specifically warn of dog’s ingesting the product and the possibility of an obstruction if they do. For this reason, if your dog or puppy is an intense chewer, it might be better to seek out a tough, high-quality toy that’s meant for the toughest of canine teeth. If you notice your dog is breaking off large pieces of the bone or chew and eating them, take it away immediately. And never give your dog bones not intended for chewing. Stay clear of any cooked bones as these can lodge themselves in their throat and gastrointestinal tract, sometimes leading to death.

But there is light at the end of the puppy tunnel! Most dogs outgrow the chewing phase, and puppies stop teething at around six months of age. Most likely, this is a temporary blip and a minor annoyance. While there are times you’ll wonder if the puppy stage will ever end, sadly, it will be over before you know it. And then, you’ll look back on that time and miss it.

So, stop focusing on the frustrating parts and take the time to bond with your new puppy while you have the chance. Because trust me, it’s over in a blink of an eye.

5 Unique Dog Bowls to Treat Your Pup

by Lorna Ladd 0 Comments

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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.

 

Help Us Feed Pups in Need with Double the Donation

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Always wanted to try our all natural, made in the USA DOGSFOOD? Now’s the perfect time! When you purchase our Grain Free Ocean Fish & Salmon DOGSFOOD (great for active dogs!), we’ll DOUBLE the donation we make to dogs in need.

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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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Like Layla and Grandpa Gus at Old Friends Senior Dogs Sanctuary

Curious about switching your dog’s food? It’s pretty easy! Here’s how to make the switch…

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FAQ- The Benefits of a Protein Meal

by Cate Burnette 0 Comments

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.