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A Cure in Your Cabinet: Apple Cider Vinegar on Dogs

by Lorna Ladd 0 Comments

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.

 

 

 

 

Dog Treats 101: What Kind, When, and How Many

by Lorna Ladd 0 Comments

Admit it, you’ve never met a dog that didn’t like treats. And who can blame them? Even we humans enjoy a tasty treat from time to time – even if our treats are very different from theirs. Or at least, we hope they are. And just because Fido can’t have ice cream or Oreos, it doesn’t mean he can’t have something tasty and good for him too.

Dog treats on the marketThere is an endless variety of dog treats on the market, and while you want to make sure you get something your dog enjoys, you should be aware of what’s in those treats as well. You may remember that there have been a number of recalls within the last few years involving jerky treats with ingredients sourced from China, for instance. Knowing what’s in your dog’s treats, as well as where these ingredients come from, is very important.

tasty treats for dogsBut I know, it can all be a bit confusing for someone who doesn’t know what they’re looking for. And that’s why we’re here to help. Hopefully this article will give you some insight into what kind of dog treats are best, when you should use them, and how many you should give your furry friend. After all, just as with cake and ice cream for humans, too many treats can cause problems of their own for your dog.

dog treats ingredients First things first though. You should always look at the ingredients in your treats. If at all possible, find brands that are made in the United States, and avoid any that source their ingredients from China. Also, due to the potential for allergies or reactions, the more natural the product the better. Just like with human food, a whole lot of fillers aren’t healthy.

Fillers include ingredients like corn, wheat, or soy which some dogs have trouble digesting properly. Also, anything that adds in sugar, salt or artificial flavors should be used sparingly, as these ingredients can also cause reactions in dogs, just like they can in humans.

See, in many ways we’re not that different than dogs, are we? It makes buying food or treats much simpler when you think about it like that.

So knowing that, what are your options for healthy, but tasty treats?

If you’re training, you should look for small, soft treats that the dog doesn’t have to spend a lot of time chewing. Just a quick little bite so they’re ready to continue training without much distraction. DogForDog Dogstreat Mini’s are great for this, and they come in two great flavors – dogtreats mini peanut butter and dogtreats mini duck .

These are also great for small mouths even when you’re not training by the way!

If you have a medium-sized or large dog, and you’re not training, you may want something more substantial to give as a treat. There are many great soft and crunchy treats out there on the market, but again, you’ll want to be mindful of the ingredients and always include treats as part of a healthy diet, not as a replacement for high-quality kibble. Many dogs enjoy peanut butter, just like we humans do, and it’s why you’ll find it in a number of treats such as this one  from DogForDog. And for the dog that enjoys meatier treats, these bars also come in chicken.

There are other treats which last longer, perhaps giving your dog something to do while you’re away (you know, other than destroy your house). Freeze-dried or jerky treats fall into this category, as well as dental chews, pig ears, and other bone-like treats. It’s best to be cautious with treats like these. Not that they’re all bad, but before purchasing any kind of jerky treat, do some research about any possible recalls and find a brand with high standards when it comes to ingredients.

Dogs Eating TreatsFor treats that are meant to be chewed like dental chews and bones, you also need to watch out for the dog ingesting large pieces they may happen to gnaw off. Many owners believe that if it’s made for a dog, it’s automatically safe for them, but that’s not necessarily true. Many of these specifically say that these treats aren’t meant to be eaten, and that you must supervise your dog so you can remove the treat if they happen remove large chunks. The reason for this? These large pieces don’t digest easily like food would, and can lead to blockages within the dog’s gastrointestinal tract. A blockage is a life-threatening emergency, and not something to take lightly. For heavy, hardcore chewers, it’s best just to avoid these types of treats completely, and always supervise even the gentlest of chewers just to be safe.

Also, anything too hard can damage your dog’s teeth, especially if they’re an aggressive chewer. So be aware of that when picking out treats for your pooch.

Or just give your canine friend a resilient toy with some Dogsbutter frozen inside. It’ll keep them busy for hours and you don’t have to worry about blockages!

You may be asking, “What about giving my dog human food as a treat?” and yes, there are some human foods you can safely feed your dog. However, I urge you to be very careful when it comes to giving them food off of your plate – no matter how adorable they make look. You dog may love bacon and hot dogs, but these things can cause health problems down the road including pancreatitis (which can be fatal and can occur with even a small amount of human food). Also, some of our favorite foods are toxic to dogs including grapes, raisins, chocolate, onions, nuts (except peanuts, they’re legumes actually), and anything with caffeine.

Instead, stick to fresh fruits and veggies like carrots, raw green beans, banana slices and even pieces of watermelon (without seeds). These are also low in calories – which leads us to our next point.

As far as how often you should give treats, the general rule is that treats should not make up more than 10% of a dog’s calories in a given day. You may need to consult with your vet to get a specific number since each dog has different caloric needs.

Remember, just like humans, dogs need to get most of their nutrients from real food, and treats should be a sporadic thing. Just like we can get sick from having too many cupcakes, dogs can develop tummy issues (and other problems such as malnutrition) if their diet is focused more on treats than it is on quality kibble.

 

Are Giant Breed Dogs a Giant Responsibility?

by Lorna Ladd 3 Comments

There are big dogs, and then there are the giants. And let’s face it, giant breeds aren’t for everyone. Just because you might be a dog lover doesn’t mean you want a Godzilla-sized dog romping through your house, clearing off tables, counter tops, and leaving a trail of slobber everywhere they go.

But for those of us who love the giant breeds, we can’t think of anything better than curling up in bed with a dog who takes up most of it. While there are no official height or weight requirements that differentiate a giant dog from – well – just another large dog, there are certain breeds that are known for being larger than life (truly). These are the dogs that get attention wherever they go due to their size (and often the size of their heart as well). Great Danes, St. Bernards, Irish Wolfhounds, Newfoundlands, and Mastiffs are just a few of the more well-known breeds that are often classified as “giants”.

Huge dogs - English Mastiff Learn the basics in taking home a Giant Breed dog

In order to reach their massive size, giant breeds usually take longer to mature, growing more slowly than their smaller canine cohorts. Also, because many of the giant breeds often have health-disadvantages smaller dogs don’t, it’s important to pay extra special attention to their health and nutrition. Problems like hip dysplasia, digestive issues, and bloat are common problems for these breeds. Because of this, many may even require a specific diet that focuses on weight and joint management in addition to every day nutrition.

Great Dane puppyBut first, let’s start from the beginning. Let’s say you just brought home your Great Dane puppy. He’s 8 weeks old and is currently, a manageable size. Of course, he won’t stay that way for long, but believe it or not, he won’t be fully grown until he’s about two years old. As he grows, it’s important to find a diet that’s suitable for his growing body, to make sure his joints and bones can handle his body weight when he reaches his adult size. Also, you want to make sure that your puppy doesn’t grow too fast because it puts more pressure on his bones and joints, which is something you definitely don’t want since it can lead to serious problems later on and even shorten your dog’s life span.

With any dog, no matter the breed or age, choosing a high-quality kibble is incredibly important. But with a growing puppy, you need to go the extra mile when looking at food labels. And don’t think you can just pick up any random puppy food and call it a day. Mainly because while puppy food may work for most dogs, you need to look at the label. Oftentimes, even puppy food made specifically for large breeds contain too much protein, fat and calories, which can accelerate growth – which as we mentioned earlier, is something we don’t want to do.

There are large breed puppy formulas out there that are fine, you just need to read the labels. Finding a large breed puppy food that says it’s “Approved for all life stages” is one way you can cut down on issues, since these foods are intended not only for puppies, but also adult dogs as well.

So what should you look for in a puppy food? Many of the same things you’re going to look for in an adult dog food as well.

St. Bernard - adults and puppies

For both adults and puppies, you’ll want to start with the list of ingredients. The first item listed should be some sort of protein source. And while you may be scared away by pork or chicken meal, don’t be. Meat meal is often a better source of protein than just chicken or pork itself. Typically, looking at the first five ingredients gives you an idea about the quality of the food. The more meat ingredients listed within those first five, the better.

From there, you should look at the protein levels. Unless you’re feeding a raw or grain-free diet, protein levels should not be higher than 24%. Fat levels need to be between 12-14% at most. You can find this information on the label, and for an example of a dog good that fits these requirements, check out DogForDog Pork and Brown Rice.

If you are feeding raw or grain-free, a higher protein content isn’t likely a concern as the food is less likely to contribute to weight gain (think of it like a high-protein diet in humans versus one high in carbohydrates). While many pet owners fear protein, it’s not so much the protein that causes the issues – it’s the weight gain. If you feed your beloved pooch a high-quality, grain-free kibble such as DogForDog Ocean Fish and Salmon Meals, you should be golden.

 

Ten Toxic Foods You Shouldn’t Give Your Pet

by Lorna Ladd 2 Comments

by Amber Kingsley

Pet Toxic Foods

Toxic Pet Foods

We all love our pets and want to make them happy. However, sometimes the best intentions can have unfortunate results. The good news is that, when it comes to foods for your pets, a little bit of knowledge can guarantee your good intentions are rewarded. Before slipping your dog or cat that extra morsel under the table, it’s important to know which human foods your beloved pet can digest, and which ones could result in a hasty trip to the vet.

1. Chocolate

Most people have heard the “don’t feed your dog chocolate” mantra before. But you’d be surprised by how many pet owners give their dogs the occasional bite chocolate anyway, thinking it to be as much of a reward for their canine friend as it is for them. You’ve probably heard it before: “Well my dog had chocolate, and he was fine afterwards. It’s just a myth.” Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Even if your dog has had chocolate once and digested it without severe side effects, you’re still putting his/her health at risk.

Why? Chocolate contains theobromine, an alkaloid that dogs can’t metabolize in the same way that humans can. When a dog eats too much chocolate too fast, it can cause damage to the nervous system, kidneys, lungs and heart. In puppies, toy dogs and senior dogs, the risk is the greatest, and death from theobromine poisoning is a real possibility. To keep your dog as safe as possible, keep him or her clear of your chocolate stash. If your dog has a sweet tooth that just won’t be denied, try making him or her a doggie-safe sweet treat.

2. Caffeine

Caffeine is dangerous to most pets, so keep your dogs, cats and small animals caffeine-free. Like chocolate, caffeine is more difficult for animals to process, and its side effects can be deadly. While most of us would never give our pets caffeine intentionally, we don’t think twice about throwing used tea bags and coffee filters in the trash. Since many dogs love nothing more than to raid the trash can when no one is home, catastrophic levels of caffeine consumption can often happen unintentionally. Protect your pets by disposing of caffeinated products safely, and never leave an unfinished cup of coffee, energy drink or caffeinated diet pill on an easy-to-reach surface.

3. Milk and Eggs

Contrary to popular myth, milk and eggs are both dangerous for your cat. Why? Cats are actually lactose intolerant, meaning that their digestive system can’t break down the sugars contained in milk properly. Although a small amount of milk probably won’t kill your cat, it can cause digestive issues, dehydration and diarrhea. In kittens, excessive milk consumption can prove deadly. Similarly, raw eggs are a big red flag. As well as posing a salmonella risk, raw eggs contain avidin, which inhibits the absorption of vitamin B in cats. Over time, this can cause skin problems and fur loss.

4. Macadamia nuts

Macadamia nuts are snacks that you wouldn’t want your dog to get their paws on. This type of nut is 100% off-limits for dogs. Most dogs experience different kinds of symptoms if they consume a decent amount of these. Macadamia nuts aren’t often deadly to dogs, but they can cause hypothermia, joint pain, tremors and weakness.

5. Onions, Garlic, Chives and Leeks

Although most pets aren’t inclined to feast on them, onions, garlic, chives and leek are all of the Allium family, and are toxic to both dogs and cats. In any form, these foods can cause red blood cells to rupture, resulting in anemia, lethargy and weight loss. Certain Japanese dog breeds, including Akitas and Shiba Inus, are more susceptible to this kind of poisoning, so take special care to keep them away from any foods that may have been seasoned with garlic or onion-based products.

6. Avocado

Some breeds of dogs have negative reactions to eating avocados. It’s not really recommended for pets and is sometimes considered unsafe for them. Avocado contains Persin that may cause illness to different types of pets. For canines and felines, we don’t expect to see serious signs of illness. However, rabbits, birds, rodents, and some other large animals are very sensitive to the substance that can be found in it.

7. Grapes, Raisins

Grapes, raisins and macadamia nuts are the kind of little tidbits that most pet owners don’t think twice about feeding to their dogs. Unfortunately, they are all toxic to canines. Just 4-5 grapes can make a dog sick, causing side effects such as vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal pain and dehydration, and possibly even resulting in kidney failure and death.

8. Raw Eggs

We should be careful when giving our pets food that’s meant for human consumption. For humans, eating eggs can provide you vitamins and minerals. But we can’t say the same for our pets. Raw eggs contain a substance called avidin. It lessens the consumption of vitamin B. It can also cause skin and fur coat problems.

9. Alcohol

Alcohol is dangerous for almost all types of pets. When a dog or cat gets exposed to alcohol, the effects that it causes to the pet’s nervous system is similar to that of a human’s. They become drowsy and lose coordination. If they get exposed to a higher level of alcohol, their breathing and heart rate slow down.

10. Bones and Fat

Dangerous to dogs, cats and small animals alike, never give your pet scraps with the bones still attached. Dogs in particular will not think twice about chewing on a turkey carcass, but the fallout can be fatal. Small, brittle bones and bone shards can splinter, choking your pet, or even causing abdominal perforation. Raw meat and bones can also be a breeding ground for bacteria, carrying dangerous salmonella and e-coli bacterium. Similarly dangerous, fat trimmings can cause pancreatitis.

If you suspect that your pet might have ingested a toxic food, then call your veterinarian or the Pet Poison helpline immediately. If you don’t have an emergency vet in your area, then the Pet Poison helpline can aid you to identify the level of toxicity that your pet is experiencing, and walk you through the appropriate response procedure.

To keep your dog healthy feed  a grain-free diet, like DOGSFOOD Ocean fish and Salmon  which is the pefect diet to keep your dog’s weight in check and to help eliminate food allergy-related itching.

Ask the Vet: Is Grain Free Food Helpful for an Overweight Bulldog?

by Lorna Ladd 0 Comments

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Question:

I have an 8 year old extremely over weight bulldog. She also suffers from acid reflex. I am looking into changing her food. Would it be helpful for her digestion to try grain free and gluten free food?

Answer:

Undoubtedly, a grain-free, gluten-free dog food would help her digestion.

Acid reflux in dogs is usually congenital, caused by a condition known as hiatal hernia. A hiatal hernia is a protrusion of abdominal contents into the chest cavity through the esophageal hiatus, a natural opening through the diaphragm. Younger pets are at greater risk of developing this condition because their esophageal sphincters are still developing. Your older dog may have an undiagnosed hiatal hernia and that should be checked out by your vet.

Many holistic veterinarians recommend starting dogs with acid reflux on a low-residue, balanced, home-prepared diet consisting of cooked bland veggies and meats to avoid any underlying food sensitivities. Eliminating allergenic ingredients like gluten, rice, soy, and all genetically modified (GM) foods also seems to help. Additionally, getting rid of all preservatives, colorings, additives, and emulsifiers used in commercial dog foods is recommended.

I would suggest looking at the grain free food here: http://www.dogfordog.com/grain-free-with-ocean-fish-salmon-14-lbs/

The link I gave you shows you all the natural ingredients and tells you how to transition your dog safely from her old dog food to the new food.

I hope this helps.

Cate RVT

Healthy Treats For Small Dogs

by Lorna Ladd 0 Comments
Healthy Treats For Small Dogs

If you’re the pet parent of a miniature or toy dog, you know that finding doggy treats for small dogs that are easily chewable, yet still nutritious, can be problematic. Most dog treats are too large and too hard for tiny teeth and are manufactured with chemicals and fillers that have no nutritional value. However, a solution can be found right in your own refrigerator or pantry.

Treats for small dogs  already in your frige

Baby carrots fit perfectly into smaller dog mouths and, with their crunchy texture, help keep your dog’s teeth clean while adding the fiber to her diet that benefits a strong digestive tract. Believe it or not, my maltese can’t eat enough carrots. So carrots have been a great snack for our entire family! Additionally, the beta-carotene that gives the carrot its bright orange color is an anti-oxidant that builds the immune system and converts to Vitamin A during digestion. Vitamin A works to supple the skin, improve hair growth, and maintain your dog’s healthy eyesight.

Small bites of peeled apple or pear are a rich source of Vitamin C (necessary for a healthy immune system), all of the B-Complex Vitamins (key elements in maintaining red blood cells), and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. Studies have shown that apples and/or pears help dogs with heart disease by reducing high blood pressure and lowering bad cholesterol.

Broccoli contains high levels of both soluble and insoluble fiber and is a rich source of Vitamin C that is necessary for the over-all health of your dog. Broccoli is also rich in vitamin A, iron, vitamin K, B-complex vitamins, zinc, phosphorus and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are compounds that lower the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.

Rich in antioxidants and vitamins, blueberries are known to alleviate and protect against various forms of intestinal inflammation in dogs, including diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, and colitis. Blueberries are rich in polyphenols, which have an antimicrobial and antioxidative effect and are necessary to help increase your dog’s immune system.

Green peas are low in fat and calories, and high in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Omega-3 fatty acids that make them a perfect treat for the little dog that doesn’t need to gain weight. The generous amounts of Vitamin B1 and folate, B2, B3, and B6 reduce your dog’s risk factor for heart disease by lowering an amino acid in the blood that can cause blood clots, strokes and heart attacks.

The perfect treat for small dogs

If you’re pressed for time and the chopping of fruits and veggies seems endless,   try an all-natural peanut butter mini-treat that is made with all the nutritious ingredients listed above. Dogs love the taste of peanut butter and these mini-treats are made to fit in a smaller dog’s mouth. Additionally, they have a soft, moist consistency suited for older dogs, are low in fat and calories, and are wheat, corn, and soy-free. This smaller size is also perfect to use as training treats when working with a new dog or puppy.  Check out DOGSTREAT mini, you’re small dog will love them!

Kibble, Dog Food, Animal Feed – The FDA Finally Cracks Down

by Lorna Ladd 0 Comments
Kibble, Dog Food, Animal Feed – The FDA Finally Cracks Down

After the biggest pet food recall in history, the FDA has finally wised up to contaminated kibble dog food -but are they doing enough? Read on to decide.

The FDA Wises Up to Bad Pet Food

Six years later, the FDA has finally gotten the memo on contaminated, processed kibble dog food and other treats for pets. If you haven’t felt a reason to switch to natural dog food, like the kind we whip up at DOG for DOG, this New York Times article on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s slow move to regulate food for animals might finally get you to see things our way.

First, let’s get you up to speed: in 2007, the biggest pet food recall in history occurred, because Chinese producers disseminated food that contained melamine. This is a compound used in plastics – the last thing you’d ever want to feed your pet. This caused the deaths of countless animals across the US – and got the FDA to notice.

 Their Findings (Not for the Faint of Heart)

Fast forward to six years later, present day, when the FDA finally cracked down and took action. It’s a victory, for sure, but leaves one wondering what else has been present in kibble dog food all these years, or in those Jerky treats you keep around as a snack for your pooch.

Those Jerky treats, it turns out, have received some of the highest levels of backlash. Among other dangers, they’re known to cause Fanconi syndrome, a kidney disease – and account for nearly 600 pet deaths in the past six years. On top of that, all these detrimental food sources are also bad news for humans. Maybe that’s what got the FDA moving in the first place. One hook, though, is that antibiotics for pets – which are found in products like kibble dog food and can also wreak havoc on the people population – are not considered in the FDA’s proposal. So it seems as though these manufactured, and sometimes malformed, food products are not out of the woods yet.

 What Do You Think?

If you’re still not convinced that natural food items are the way to go, you can rest easier knowing that checks on how long the products are cooked will be made mandatory, as will record keeping of these procedures. Don’t think that’s enough? Let the FDA know your thoughts. For three months, they’re listening to the public’s feedback about the new regulations.

How Our Products Help

Whatever your choice is regarding natural or processed kibble dog food, it’s a no brainer that this story supports DOG for DOG’s mission to give one food item to a dog in need for every purchase you make. Sure, you might be making a concerted effort to ensure your pet’s health, but if plastics are found in mainstream food items, who’s to say what the rest of the animal population is eating?

Buy a bag of healthy DOGSFOOD from DOG for DOG to ensure a good meal for your pet. For each bag you buy, we donate an equal amount to a local pet shelter or rescue organization. With the purchase of any DOG for DOG item, you play an active role in improving the lives of dogs everywhere. Make the world a better place with us!

No Wheat Dog Food: Why Pet Owners Spend Big

by Lorna Ladd 0 Comments
No Wheat Dog Food: Why Pet Owners Spend Big

 

Man’s best friend is getting a crack at the good stuff now that their companions have shown an interest in all natural, no wheat dog food, and companies are more than happy to comply.

Good Food and Good Will

Online stores like DOG for DOG are feeding canines the good stuff and are giving plenty of goodwill as a side dish. DOG for DOG also donates a bag of dog food to a rescue organization for every bag of dog food purchased. While it is their mission to help dogs in need, they aren’t alone in offering no wheat dog food. Many are clamoring to sell similar fare to a growing customer base that is increasingly health conscious not only for themselves, but for every member of their families. And that includes

Better Ingredients for a Better Life

But why are customers shelling out extra bucks to ensure their dogs are getting all natural, no wheat dog food? According to a recent article featured on the Christian Science Monitor, it has to do with a tendency to humanize pets. In the wake of studies linking human health to diet, and ill health to pesticides and processed foods, people are also more conscious of what they Considering the ingredient list in many conventional dog foods, it’s not hard to see why they’d choose a healthier product for their loved ones. Animal by-products like hooves, guts and other possibly diseased parts, agricultural leftovers consisting of grains unfit for human consumption, and plenty of other unsavory bits are routine fare in dog food.

While research has shown that eating a diet rich in nutrients can stave off illnesses and cancers, the same could be true for canines, who share a similar diet to humans and who also suffer a host of ailments that could possibly be improved or prevented by eating right, from arthritis to

Grain Free Dog Food

For example, DOG for DOG corn, soy, and wheat free dog food contains items that sound familiar and even appetizing to people. An Ocean Fish/Salmon combo called DOGSFOOD is a grain- free blend consisting of  fish, and fruits and veggies like blueberries, apples, beets and spinach. It even boasts of flax seeds, which contain omega fatty acids, as well as probiotics (good bacteria that aids in digestion). By doling out the bucks now, consumers might actually be saving money on vet visits later if the hype about all natural, wheat free dog food is true. And a healthier, happier Fido is reason enough for many pet owners.

It appears that the emphasis on well-being by way of nutrition that’s sweeping the nation of consumers is now being extended to the animal kingdom. When it comes to healthy eating, man’s best friend may be the leader of the pack.

 

 

 

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