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What is Kibble?

by Lorna Ladd

New dog owners have undoubtedly posed the question: What is kibble? Utter the word in front of your pet and they’ll most likely wag their tail with glee. Put quite simply, kibble is ground up ingredients shaped into pellets. Comprised of meat, grains, vegetables and other materials, kibble is the most popular type of food for dogs and, compared to wet dog food, can prove to be the best nutritional source for your beloved pet.

This History of Kibble

So, what is kibble exactly? Let’s dive right into its history. The first batch of kibble was derived from a crumbled biscuit. The brain child of James Spratt, an electrician and salesman from Cincinnati, this crumbled biscuit was baked and transformed into a tasty treat for dogs. Dubbed “Meat Fibrine Dog Cakes,” this dog food was the first of its kind and paved the way for a number of new dog food products, including dry kibble– small pieces of ground up meal. Through a process called “extrusion,” ingredients were cooked together in liquid form and then mechanically pushed through an extruder.

Choosing the Healthiest Kibble

When asking, “What is Kibble?” and “What is the best kind?” there are a number of factors to consider in choosing the most nutritious kibble for your pet. Carefully read food labels and make a commitment to shun brands who pack their kibble with an overabundance of preservatives, byproducts and fillers. These are unhealthy for humans and certainly unhealthy for dogs. Take a stand and feed your pet the most nutritious food on the market. There are all-natural options to choose from and these will prove best in aiding the growth of your dog.

Dental Hygiene

Dog kibble provides more than stable nutrition for dogs. In addition to packing a mean punch of protein and vitamins, dried kibble cleanses the teeth, resulting in pearly whites for your furry pal. While you may notice your dog looking slightly uncomfortable as he chomps away at a delectable bowl of kibble, the rough texture and crunchiness does a great service of removing plaque and tartar from your dog’s teeth. This consistent nibbling of kibble results in less frequent trips to the dentist for your pup– a valuable perk when you’re strapped for time and cash.

In addition to an inexpensive price point for kibble, there are other advantages to feeding your pet this crunchy dry food. With a longer shelf life than wet dog food, kibble is easy to measure, convenient to store and can be purchased in bulk. Though we’d do anything for our pets, convenience is something to be embraced. Less frequent trips to the pet store means more bonding time for you and your pet. Score!

Get the Best for Your Dog at DOG for DOG

When you love and adore your pet, you’ll stop at nothing to give them the best. DOG for DOG carries the best products with a mission to better the lives of dogs in need. For every bag of DOG for DOG food sold, we’ll donate a bag to provide other dogs with the same shot at a happy, healthy life. Place your order today.

Tales of Amazing Dogs | Healthiest Dry Dog Food

by Lorna Ladd
Tales of Amazing Dogs | Healthiest Dry Dog Food

Stories of dogs performing noteworthy feats abound throughout history. While some of these tales may have been embellished over time, all of them demonstrate a dog’s capacity for love, loyalty and courage, among other virtues. These five deserving dogs stand out in particular, worthy of accolades and only the healthiest dry dog food.

Gander

When you see a Newfoundland, or “Newfie”, the phrase that comes to mind is “war dog”. That’s precisely what Gander was, and he participated in no less than World War II itself.

Gander used to be a family pet named Pal, until he accidentally injured a child. Afraid that Pal would need to be put down, Pal’s owner gave him up to the Canadian Army’s Royal Rifles regiment. He was renamed “Gander”, after the Gander International Airport where the army was stationed, and quickly gained the rank of sergeant. He participated in the Battle of Hong Kong on December 8, 1941.

Being a canine sergeant was the least of his achievements, however. Not only did he manage to fight off three waves of Japanese attacks, but he also caught a hand grenade thrown by the enemy and rushed with it towards them. Although Gander lost his life in the ensuing explosion, the lives of several Canadian soldiers were saved. For his courage, he was posthumously awarded the 2000 Dickin Medal.

Chancer

At first, Iyal’s family feared for the future of their adopted son. Iyal suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), a condition which delayed his emotional development, caused him to fly into rages, and generally made him a nightmare to care for.

That was, until Chancer, a golden retriever specifically trained to deal with FAS, came along.

Whenever Iyal was about to have one of his temper tantrums, Chancer would either crawl beside him or lie on top of him. Since then, the family has had an easier relationship with their adopted son. (Who thinks Chancer deserves a nice pack of the healthiest dry dog food for his efforts?)

Luca

Luca, a pit bull, is compelling proof that a disability is not an obstacle to living a quality life.

Luca was deaf, but that didn’t stop him from inspiring at-risk and disabled young people. His owners, Brooke Slater and Dave Goldstein, trained him to make eye contact based on signed commands, thereby making those young people feel—perhaps for the first time—that they were human beings who deserved recognition and acknowledgement. Luca was the inspiration for the “Bruised, Not Broken” Facebook page dedicated to the rescue of pit bulls.

Trakr

Trakr didn’t become one of Time magazine’s most heroic animals in history for nothing.

In fact, the German Shepherd was instrumental in finding Genelle Guzman, the last survivor of the 9/11 attacks, in the aftermath of the tragedy. With off-duty Canadian officer James Symington, Trakr dug through several layers of debris before finding Guzman, who was trapped in the rubble for almost 26 hours.

Trakr died in 2009 at the age of 16. He was successfully cloned into five puppies for his feat.

Hachiko

Every day since 1924, Hachiko, a golden brown Akita, would greet his owner Hidesaburo Ueno, a professor in the University of Tokyo, at the Shibuya Station. This routine went on until May 1925, when the professor died of a cerebral hemorrhage.

Hachiko continued to wait for his deceased owner at the station for ten years, until his own death on March 8, 1935. He has since become a national symbol of loyalty to the Japanese people.

Don’t these stories inspire you to care for your dog and give them only the healthiest dry dog food? If you’re looking for a place that sells the healthiest dry dog food, look no further than DOG for DOG. We recognize that the dogs we rescue today may be the heroes of tomorrow, and thus we make it a point to donate to local shelters and rescue organizations. For more information, call 855-448-3225.

Pet Food Blog: Your Pup and Holiday Leftovers – The Do’s and Dont’s

by Lorna Ladd
Pet Food Blog: Your Pup and Holiday Leftovers – The Do’s and Dont’s

You’re not alone if your dog begs for table food leftovers ─ most do. Saying no to those puppy eyes can be a challenge, but sometimes it’s necessary. The pet food blog post, “Pet Advice: Do’s and Don’ts with the Leftover Holiday Foods,” in the Gaston Gazette notes the importance of not giving into all your dog’s requests.

Human food does not always sit well in a dog’s stomach. In fact, some foods can actually cause your four-legged friend to become ill. Many veterinarians see a huge increase in food-related illnesses in dogs during the holiday season, says the pet food blog post. While some table scraps are perfectly acceptable for dog consumption in moderation, others are not.

Adding bits and pieces of meat to your dog’s food ─ such as turkey, prime rib, and ham ─ is typically fine, although if your dog has a sensitive stomach, you may want to think twice. Vegetables, such as green beans are usually safe, while others, such as corn, aren’t the best idea, as it’s difficult for pooches to digest, explains the pet food blog post. It’s also typically fine to feed your pooch whole cranberries, cooked pumpkin or squash, plain soups, broths, and gravy.

Grapes and onions can be toxic, so avoid feeding them to your dog at all costs. Also steer clear of cooked bones. Never let your dog chew on these as they present multiple hazards. It’s perfectly fine to give them a taste of pure diced sweet potatoes and skinned white potatoes, but be sure there’s no skin left on the latter. Other food to keep away from your dog include cranberry sauce, stuffing, dressing, chocolate, and other candy, notes the pet food blog post.

Feed Your Dog Well with DOG for DOG

You want to eat foods that taste good and so does your dog. At DOG for DOG, we make dog food so good, your pooch will ask for seconds. Our delicious line of dry dog food includes delicacies like DOGSFOOD Pork & Brown Rice, 4.5lb, DOGSFOOD Grain Free with Ocean Fish & Salmon 4.5lb, and DOGSFOOD Lamb & Brown Rice, 4.5lb.

We also make all natural dog treats that are both tasty and healthy, so expect your dog to beg for more. When you purchase our dry dog food and dog treats for your four-legged friend, you’re also feeding other pooches in need. For every bag of dog food you purchase, we donate an equal amount to a local pet shelter or rescue organization in need. At DOG for DOG, we make the health and best interests of all dogs our business.

Kibble is a Great Source of Nutrition for Puppies | DOG for DOG

by Lorna Ladd
Kibble is a Great Source of Nutrition for Puppies | DOG for DOG

 

Make Your Own Puppy Kibble

Seriously, who doesn’t love puppies? Cute, cuddly, often confused—it’s hard not to be obsessed. The best thing you can do for your little pup is to care for and nurture them, all while implementing good eating habits to ensure a long, happy, and healthy life. In addition to proper grooming and training, you’ll want to start your pup off with a healthy eating regimen. This entails choosing the perfect kibble to fit your pet’s specific needs. In order to make informed decisions affecting the digestive health of your little furry loved one, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the different types of kibble out there.

What is kibble, you ask? Let’s break down the ever-complicated chemistry of what constitutes “kibble.” Kibble is a dry food specifically comprised of ingredients to benefit fast-growing puppies. A premium product with minimal processed materials is the absolute best thing to feed your pup.

Advantages of a Healthy Diet

You don’t need to tell a seasoned dog owner what a healthy diet can do. Parents of pets are well aware. Bright eyes and a soft, shiny coat are just a couple of the perks of healthy eating habits. In addition to the joy that comes with caring for a happy, healthy pup, there are other pros to feeding your pet properly. In addition to regular, firm stools—yay!—it will also be conducive to a dog’s healthy, active personality. While mellow puppies are no doubt adorable, optimal health manifests itself in energetic, rambunctious pups with an adventurous side.

Try any of DOG for DOG’s DOGSFOOD (link) flavors: Lamb and Brown Rice, Pork and Brown Rice or Grain Free: Ocean Fish! All of our dog food kibble is suitable for ALL LIFE STAGES (including puppy) and for every bag that you purchase, we will donate a bag to a dog in need!

Homemade Puppy Kibble

For a fun, do it yourself project, you can also make homemade kibble for your pup! Follow this simple recipe to bake up a batch of delicious puppy kibble.

4 cups cooked lean meat (chicken, turkey, beef, lamb or rabbit)

5 cups cooked vegetables (sweet potatoes, green beans, carrots)

2 cups of flour

1.)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place cooked lean meat into a food processor or blender. Add a small amount of oil if needed.

2.)

Place cooked vegetables into a food processor and puree. Place in a large bowl along with the pureed meat.

3.)

Add flour 1/2 cup at a time until you create a thick dough. Roll onto a cookie sheet. Bake for one to three hours, inspecting every so often to evaluate consistency. The mixture should now be brown and in the beginning stages of hardening. Remove from oven. Allow for cooling and hardening before breaking into small pieces. Store in an airtight container and feed your pup as needed.

Buy DOG for DOG for Your Healthy Pup and Feed Another Pup In Need

Besides unconditional love, a tasty, heart-healthy meal is the best thing you can give your pup. When a happy, healthy dog is the goal, check out the whole line of DOG for DOG’s dog food and treats! Always made from healthy and high quality ingredients, when you buy any DOG for DOG product, we donate a product to a dog in need. To positively impact the lives of other dogs as well as your own, order from DOG for DOG today!

Dog Food Without Corn: Nine Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat

by Lorna Ladd
Dog Food Without Corn: Nine Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat

Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but that doesn’t mean they should eat the same foods we do. Some foods that are edible for humans may be harmful (and even fatal) for dogs.

Milk and Other Dairy Products

Yes, even dogs can be lactose intolerant. If your dog vomits or has diarrhea after consuming dairy products, it’s best for him to switch to other types of meals, such as dog food without corn.

Avocado

Nearly every part of the avocado plant contains a toxin called persin, which is known to cause gastrointestinal problems, respiratory distress, and fluid accumulation around the heart. Although the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) says that avocado ingredients in pet foods are generally not hazardous, it’s better to err on the side of caution when it comes to meals for your beloved dog.

Chocolate

Does your dog wag his tail every time he sees you open a Hershey’s bar? Tempting as it is to share with him the heavenly taste of chocolate, keep in mind that this food has caffeine and theobromine. Together, these substances can cause toxicosis (which, in turn, can lead to death) in dogs.

Fruit Seeds and Pits

When you throw away apple seeds, persimmon seeds, plum pits, peach pits, and cherry pits, make sure you don’t let your dog get anywhere near them. Otherwise, your pup will suffer from a host of gastrointestinal problems, such as obstruction, enteritis, and diarrhea. You can use dog food without corn to distract your dog from the garbage bin where you dumped these seeds and pits.

Mushrooms

Commercially sold mushrooms appear to have no negative effects on canines. However, the ones that grow in the wild can poison your pooch, so it’s a good idea to regularly clear your yard of these. In case your dog displays signs of mushroom poisoning (e.g. vomiting, diarrhea, nervous system abnormalities, fever), bring him to the veterinarian along with a sample of the offending mushroom.

Onions and Garlic

All members of the onion family—scallions, garlic, shallots, leeks, and (of course) onions—are off-limits to your dog. According to the ASPCA, these foods have compounds that destroy a dog’s red blood cells. In severe cases of toxicosis caused by onions, your veterinarian may recommend blood transfusions

Tree Nuts

Tree nuts include Brazil nuts, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts. Although they only contain low levels of the poison Aflatoxin, your dog’s hypersensitivity to this toxin can be problematic in case of ingestion. Peanut butter treats are fine, but raw peanuts aren’t.

Xylitol

Ever wondered what makes those low-calorie snacks sweet, despite the lack of sugar? It’s xylitol. This sweetener is safe for humans, but it can make your dog’s blood sugar levels drop. Bring your dog to the veterinarian as soon as he swallows products with xylitol.

Corn

There are four reasons you should choose dog food without corn. First, corn raises your dog’s sugar levels. Second, it’s one of the identified food allergens that affect dogs. Third, it’s not easily digestible in its whole grain form. Fourth, it has little, if any, nutritional value to your dog.

For the best dog food without corn, choose any one of our DOGSFOOD flavors . Not only are you choosing a healthy and nutritious food for your dog, but you’re also contributing to the well-being of dogs under the care of dog rescue organizations!

Top Dog Food Blogs to Give Your Pet a Healthy and Happy Life

by Lorna Ladd
Top Dog Food Blogs to Give Your Pet a Healthy and Happy Life

 

Top Dog Food Blogs

Just as new parents speed-read through “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” as they prepare to welcome their bundle of joy, dog owners would do well to hunker down and get to work reading the internet’s best dog food blogs. There’s nothing we wouldn’t do for our dogs, and this includes uncovering the loads of tips available for keeping them healthy and happy. Unsurprisingly, what your dog consumes has the potential to dramatically affect their quality of life. Help them live the best life they can by arming yourself with the knowledge you need to make smart choices for your beloved canine companion.

Whether it’s up-to-date information on the latest canine products to hilarious anecdotes about the adventures in the day of other dogs, take a peek at the internet’s top dog food blogs to educate yourself and grasp much-needed insight about the best products and recipes for your dog.

The Dogington Post

http://dogingtonpost.com/food-diet/

You’ll have a hard time finding a better resource for dog owners than the trusty folks at The Dogington Post. Nominated for Best Dog Blog and Best Designed Blog at the 2013 Petties (What are The Petties, you ask? They’re the Oscars of pet blogging, in a nutshell). The Dogington Post specializes in informative articles and heartwarming dog stories certain to tug at your heart strings. Whether it’s the latest doggie massage techniques, the most recent celebrity dog sightings, or an informative review on their dog food blog that sparks your interest, The Dogington Post is your go-to outlet for all things dog and more.

Dog Food Advisor

http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/choosing-dog-food/canned-or-dry-dog-food/

Dog Food Advisor does just that—advise. Having a go-to resource for the latest dog food information is an incredibly valuable tool in ensuring a long, healthy life for your pet. With hundreds of pet food reviews representing several thousand products, this site welcomes reader reviews as well. This blog’s main mission is to ensure no pet ever suffers due to inadequate information about food. With information regarding the latest recalls to dissecting recent studies on the nutrition of dogs, Dog Food Advisor’s commitment to the proper nutrition serves as a wonderful guide toward optimal health for your loved one.

Dog Star Daily

http://www.dogstardaily.com/blogs

An awesome resource for training and grooming information, Dog Star Daily is an online magazine for dog owners, providing free reviews, articles, and blog posts revolving around our furry friends. Featuring a comprehensive digital dog training book available for free download, Dog Star Daily’s mission to spread the importance of dog care is accomplished through this highly interactive website containing podcasts, videos, and a store with instructional and educational videos for download.

Choose DOG for DOG

These dog food blogs are doing their part to contribute to the well-being of today’s beloved canines. You can help, too. When you order DOG for DOG products, we donate the same amount to a dog in need. Check out DOG for DOG’s online store or use our store locator to find an outlet near you.