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Blog: JoAnna Lou
Problems with Imported Chicken Treats
Illness is on the rise due to products such as chicken jerky
It seems like every month there’s a new pet food product that gets recalled. According to the FDA, the number of dogs getting sick from imported chicken flavored treats has been on the rise. The FDA ran extensive tests, but can’t identify the specific contaminant, nor can they attribute the rash of illness to a specific brand. Symptoms have included decreased appetite and activity, vomiting,...
Wellness: Food & Nutrition
Raw Food Primer
Raw feeding isn’t just for experts anymore [Expanded]
The web is crowded with passionate bloggers extolling the benefits of the raw-food diet: cleaner teeth, less odor, shinier coats, more energy and far fewer visits to the vet’s office. But when we move beyond anecdotal evidence, does science support it? And what exactly constitutes a healthy home-cooked canine diet anyway? For more than two years, Sir Robert McCarrison, a doctor whose work is...
Wellness: Nutrition Primer
Important Vitamins and Minerals for Your Dog
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Adapted from Allegretti and Sommers, Fougère, and Ackerman   Vitamin A Carrots, spinach, liver, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, fish oil, eggs, turnip greens Vitamin D Marine fish oil, fatty fish, egg yolks, dairy products, liver, beef, cottage cheese Vitamin E Plant oils, leafy green vegetables, seeds, wheat germ, bran, whole grains, liver Vitamin K Liver, leafy...
Wellness: Nutrition Primer
Canine Nutrition Basics
Whether you feed your dog a premium commercial food or prepare homemade meals, it is important to understand the fundamentals of canine nutrition. Here is a review of the basics to help you get started in making the right and informed choices for your dog. There are six major classes of nutrients: protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and water. It all begins with energy, the basic...
Wellness: Nutrition Primer
Lessons in Healthy Eating
A primer on nutrition and label reading.
One of the most important and challenging decisions we make as pet guardians is what to feed our dogs. Providing them with a wholesome diet is vital to maintaining their good health and quality of life, so it is incumbent on us to be well informed about their nutritional needs and how best to fulfill them. There are more choices than ever these days when it comes to top-quality commercial foods...
Dog Culture: Reviews
Bark Likes This: Pet Fairy Noshers
Organic Schmear Delights
Pet Fairy Noshers is another new product that Kit and all her doggy housemates, including old-guy Lenny, are simply gaga for. This tasty “schmear” is just right for hollow-toy and sterilized-bone stuffing (we’ve used it in the TreatToob, too). Ingredients include pumpkin, unsweetened applesauce, organic honey and cinnamon, plus other luscious goodies. Lovingly made in small batches in northern...
Blog: Guest Posts
How Do You Treat Your Dog?
A plain old biscuit just doesn't cut it.
treat dog ice cream vanilla custard catahoula rescue
Desoto was a fast food fiend. It started out innocently enough. Years ago, after each obedience class, my late Catahoula and I would take a trip through the McDonald's drive-through where he would receive his own small fries. I savored watching him enjoy them almost as much as he enjoyed devouring them. As he graduated to more advanced sports and skills, his treats became more varied, including...
Wellness: Recipes
Recipes for Dogs: Gluten-Free Amaranth Waffles
Tasty Snacks for Your Dog
Every dog deserves the occasional cookie, but some treats can trigger allergies or tummy trouble. Dog Cookies comes to the rescue with 30 easy-to-follow recipes for healthy, allergen-free treats—including vegetarian and gluten-free treats—so you can find the perfect cookie no matter your dog’s diet. Ingredients 3 ½ Tbsp soft butter or margarine 1 free-range egg 2 cups amaranth flour 1 cup...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Aussie Lab Weighs in at 187 Pounds
Rescued pup became obese from a junk food diet
At 187 pounds, Samson, a recently rescued Black Labrador in Australia, is easily the most obese dog in the country. Unsurprisingly, Samson is showing signs of high blood pressure, a common side effect of packing on the extra pounds. Making matters worse, Samson can't even safely exercise until he looses some weight. Samson got to his current state because his previous family fed him a diet of...
Dog's Life: Humane
How to Raise Humane Dog Food
Meeting the needs of food and companion animals alike
My wife Alayne and I are dog lovers. We have 35 of them at Rolling Dog Farm, our nonprofit sanctuary for disabled animals in New Hampshire. We care deeply about their health, their happiness and their overall well-being. Then, several years ago, we began asking ourselves a difficult question: What about the animals we feed our dogs? What kind of life do they deserve? When we first started our...

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