What Is the Best Food for my Dog?

Picking the right dog food for your pet can be a daunting task! Just walking into a pet store and gazing up and down countless aisles of food can give a pet owner the “heebie-jeebies”. That’s probably why most people pick one food and stick with it. It’s just too hard for the lay person to know which food is best.Knowing that a friend, relative, or neighbor feeds one type of food, or looking at a healthy coat in an active dog at a dog park may sway anyone to pick the same brand or type. In reality each individual dog may fare better with one type or another of dog food. As the saying goes, “one man’s meat may be another man’s poison.” In the case of pets that means that certain ingredients are tolerated better by different dogs.

leanmeatsfatburningfood.jpgHeavy dogs need less fat and less carboydrates in the diet. That translates to leaner pieces of chicken or beef that you are sharing, and less of those carbohydrate laden  biscuits. The extra fat and extra carbs just add extra calories that they need to burn off! I always remind my clients to feed baby carrots, small pieces of lean meat, chicken jerky, freeze dried raw fish or other veggies and fruit or high protein/ low fat treats.biscuits

Allergic or itchy dogs need a limited ingredient diet that does not include common allergens like wheat, beef, barley, and chicken. Blue Buffalo, Natural Balance, Merricks, Fromms, Halo, and Evanger have a great assrtment of “grain free” limited diet dog foods that may help dogs with chronic itchiness, ear infections, or diarrhea (stomach upset and seizures too.) Good choices for the allergic type are salmon/sweet potato, rabbit/ potato, duck/potato, and venison/ potato.  Image result for fish potato taste of the wild

I’ve always tried to feed my dogs a combination of quality dog food, healthy human food, healthy omega oils, raw food, and homecooked dog food. I pick foods with a higher protein and lower carb percentage ( protein>30%, carbohydrates< 40%, dry food and protein> 8%, carbohydrates< 10% canned food) and avoid wheat, barley, and beef.(Some dogs are allergic to chicken and tolerate beef!) I add fish oil and sardines frequently along with my own home cooking! I usually feed canned food, raw food, and home cooked food because I think moisture in food is real important and helps prevent medical problems.

For more information on the best dog food for your dog , check out Dog Dish Diet and Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet.

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Radio Trent remembered with 40th birthday party

Radio Trent remembered with 40th birthday party
"I recall an embarrassing interview with Craig McLachlan (of Australian soap Neighbours fame) in 1990 at the time of his hit Mona. "Shortly after he'd been in the news for doing something in just shorts or Speedos. "So in my naive efforts to sound
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Anacor Pharmaceuticals Lowered to "Hold" at Zacks (ANAC)
Its three lead product candidates include two topically administered dermatologic compounds-AN2690, an antifungal for the treatment of onychomycosis, and AN2728, an anti-inflammatory for the treatment of psoriasis, as well as a systemic antibiotic for
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Smithsonian Portrays Civil Rights Struggle Through Dolores Huerta
Huerta, cofounder of United Farm Workers union with Chavez in 1962, said the hospital bed photo symbolizes a lot. it shows the "unwarranted reactions from police" that people protesting and engaging in civil disobedience encounter, a theme that is
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Nov 7, Content on your site – Dog Digestion Journey

Barbara, Your site is fun to read. I really enjoyed the information you have here, so I want to help you (I noticed some Japanese content on your site,
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I was shocked by that first photo, because the eco…

I was shocked by that first photo, because the economy is really improving, so I actually went on Zillow and searched for foreclosure and pre-foreclosure homes in Oakland, and there were plenty (over a 100) but not nearly as many as your visual seems to show? What am I missing? In my neighborhood in Oakland (not a great neighborhood, definitely not the toughest), houses are almost back to early 2008 values now and foreclosures are way down from where they were a few years ago.

Regardless, it is still a sad reality that many dogowners are forced to give up their beautiful dogs involuntarily when they lose their home, and I strongly support providing dog owners (rich and poor!) with as much support as possible. Thanks for all your hard work.
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Update

We got the results last week – it was a grade 1 tumour that hadn’t spread to her lymph node.  So it was the best we could have hoped for. We did not get clean margins (as expected) and it has a 12% chance of returning.  If that happens, we’ll have to decide what to do then.  Our options would be to do radiation, remove the tumour again or take the whole leg.  We aren’t going to worry about it unless it happens.

We went back this week for a bandage change and a recheck on the skin graft.  It’s looking good.  She thinks it is still all alive.  :)

For the most part Lacey is doing well.  She isn’t going too stir crazy, she doesn’t pout in the cone and when I take it off, she doesn’t lick at her bandages much. The stitches on her flank look fantastic and the ones from her lymph node are also doing OK.  She’ll be in a cone for about another 1.5 weeks and then we’ll get the stitches removed and she’ll be able to go back to life as usual.

That’s pretty much it. Life is feeling rather dull at the moment!
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CAT TOY WARNING… Crunchy Foil Balls Made by Go!CatGo! Contain Unknown Yellow Chemical

A yelCRUNCHY BALL YELLOW ON TOWELlow chemical or substance is bleeding from the foil balls and causing cats’ mouths and gums to turn yellow… but the balls are purple and green; so, what is it?   I can’t seem to find out because no one has returned my calls from the company!!! Has this happened to your kitty?  Did I mention the balls have such an awful taste?

On the day I became a kitty mommy, a little foil crunchy ball also came home with us… and for 12 years, I’ve been purchasing various sizes of crunchy foil balls.  They are one of the very few toys my furry baby has played with… ever!  My fiancé jokes how he uses them to floss, as Simon would eat a few bites then floss, eat a little more and floss his teeth again by crunching.  And that was his routine throughout the day, every day!

Needless to say, there has always been a lot of crunchy balls around my house and plenty of extras in the cabinets when a ball needs to be replaced.

On one occasion, dye from a green ball ran.  From that point forward, as bizarre as this may sound, before giving Simon a new ball, I licked each one as a test… don’t ask me why I didn’t just run it under water; I’m trying to think back if there was a reason for that weirdness!

My kitty has been very ill, but recently showed interest in a new ball… wooohooo!!!  With great excitement, I handed it to Simon, hoping to see him begin crunching away.  But he made a face… and I saw his mouth was yellow.  In disbelief that I hadn’t licked it first… I put it to my mouth and — blech!!!  I still taste that horrible mouthful of — chemicals is only way to describe it!  I flushed my kitty’s mouth and wiped the yellow coloring off of his gums, teeth, tongue and “tried” to swab the roof of his mouth.  If anyone has a suggestion to accomplish that… please do share!

Having read about this some time ago… unfortunately, this happened to another kitty and it underwent numerous tests to determine why his mouth suddenly turned yellow…. thankfully, I was aware and knew exactly what it was.   (And my lick test confirmed it.)   I still can’t rid my mouth of the horrible taste!!!

Please tacrunchy ball frontcrunchy ball backke a look at the photos inserted in this blog and view this video to see exactly what I am describing, sans the yellow mouth!  Remember, don’t panic if your pet’s gums, teeth, mouth, and even their paws suddenly turn yellow… first see if they have a crunchy ball that’s bleeding.  Whether the substance is toxic, I cannot answer that because I am still trying to ascertain what it is…  but will provide that info upon receipt.  If there’s no crunchy ball… I’d call the vet immediately, and internally, I, too, would be panicking!!!

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Helping to keep beloved furry babies healthy and safe… and pet parents informed!

Lori
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2015 Pet Sitting Business of the Year, Recipient – Awarded by NAPPS

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Soybean integrated pest management continues

Soybean integrated pest management continues
BATON ROUGE – LSU AgCenter entomologists are evaluating integrated pest management programs that crop consultants and farmers use to control pests in soybeans across the state. The project evaluates the tools growers are currently using and …
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School integrated pest management training set July 28 in Dallas
“All Texas public school districts must have an integrated pest management program and must appoint and train a pest management coordinator to oversee all pesticide and pest control operations,” said Janet Hurley, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service …
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#TruLoveIs Fresh Summer Food #Spon

This post is sponsored by Wellness. As always, we only share products that we use with our own pets. I love summer. It’s my favorite season for all the usual reasons: long days, outdoor fun,…



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DR. DONNA ON HALO’S VIGOR™ PET FOOD

Halo Pets’ in-house vet, Dr. Donna Spector, introduces Halo’s brand, Vigor™. Vigor is a way that Halo is helping health conscious pet owners include their pet in a healthy whole food lifestyle.

Watch the video to learn more about Vigor and its health benefits.

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Nothing Much

Not much is new or different….

Lacey’s fur has almost all grown back in on her back leg.  She has a small hard lump at the top of her skin graft that I’ve been telling myself is scar tissue.  It hasn’t changed in size at all so we are just keeping an eye on it for now.

Coulee is still on a restricted exercise diet.  Everything other than a 15 minute walk makes her stiff so we just go every few days for about 30 minutes or so.  We don’t play any fetch at all anymore but will occasionally engage in a game of catch.  It isn’t quite the same, but she still enjoys it.

I’m enjoying my summer off from photographing events.  Every time I see an agility photo I just smile and am thankful that I’m not spending weeks at the computer this summer.  I am however increasing my photography rates and sent my clients a notice about that, so I’m suddenly booking lots of sessions before the rates go up.  LOL

We have not been out camping nearly as much as I’d hoped yet, but we still have lots of time. We are still trying to figure out our summer vacation…  We can’t decide what to do or where to go but we are brainstorming ideas.

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