If your dog feeding schedule has you filling a bowl even once a day, chances are your dog is not, by any definition of the word, “hungry.” According to veterinarian Dr. Lou Budik, as long as they have ready access to fresh water, dogs that are “relatively healthy can go three, four, five days without […]

Healthy fats

Garlic (dehydrated or powder): “Giving dogs small amounts of fresh garlic is safe and beneficial,” Dr. Beug says. She advises avoiding the powdered form, however, due to its increased concentration and potency. Onion powder: Thiosulphate, a compound in onions, can cause hemolytic anemia in dogs, a condition in which the red blood cells burst. “Play […]

Healthy fats

vitamins; protects the internal organs; regulates body temperature; and promotes a healthy nervous system. Special considerations: Too much fat can trigger pancreatitis or gastrointestinal issues. Avoid fatty table scraps. Be aware that coconut oil does not supply essential fatty acids. Get it from: Low-mercury fish and fish oil; plant-based oils, such as flaxseed and hempseed. […]

Problems with grains in dog food

The definition of herbs and spices differs whether you are talking about them from a TCM perspective or a cooking perspective, according to Dr. Beug. “In TCM, herbalists use formulations from all parts of the plant to create herbal therapies,” she says. “However, in cooking, herbs come from the leaves of plants, while spices come […]

Why feed grains to dogs?

temperature; hydrolyzing protein, fat and carbohydrates for digestion; cushioning the organs and nervous system; flushing waste from the body. Special considerations: A dog’s water requirements vary based on health, activity level and environmental temperature. Most dogs self-regulate their water intake to meet their needs. Dogs fed high-moisture foods typically drink less than kibble-fed dogs. All […]

First: What are grains?

Grains can reduce a diet’s calorie content while providing satiating fiber, serving a useful purpose in weight reduction. Carbohydrate-based energy from grains benefits dogs with certain medical conditions, such as those with kidney or liver disease who require a protein-reduced diet or those with pancreatitis and intestinal bowel disease that require a low-fat diet. According […]

Safe and beneficial spices for dogs

Beware of peanut allergies If your dog shows signs of an allergy, visit your vet immediately. If your dog shows signs of an allergy, visit your vet immediately. Like people, dogs can suffer from a life-threatening peanut allergy resulting in anaphylaxis, a severe, whole-body hypersensitivity reaction. Signs include difficulty breathing; difficulty swallowing; swelling of the […]

Environmental factors also influence dog hunger

Wild rice is not really rice but actually an aquatic grass. Grains can be either “whole” or “refined.” Whole grains have the entire seed left intact, including: Bran. The seed’s hard fiber-rich outer layer, or shell. Rich in B vitamins and trace minerals. Germ. The seed’s core, or embryo. Contains vitamin E, B vitamins, antioxidants, […]

Puppies: Three small meals per day.

A dog that exercises regularly moves and processes the food he eats more efficiently than a sedentary dog. Environmental factors also influence dog hunger Even weather affects how much a dog should eat! I typically feed Baby twice a day. During the hot summer months in North Carolina, I’ve noticed that a bowl of food […]

Beware of peanut allergies

Are sometimes used in place of more bioavailable animal protein in dog food. Gluten has been implicated in contributing to a variety of inflammatory health issues. For example, Irish Setters from the United Kingdom are predisposed to gluten-sensitive enteropathy, a condition similar to celiac disease in humans. To avoid problems, grains should be considered in […]