How to Organize A Dog Birthday Party

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So, when can we tuck in?

Birthday parties are great. You could arrange a birthday party for your dog as well. Some people might think that arranging a birthday party for a dog is really unnecessary, but it is not true. We love our dogs, so we should do something special for them whenever we get a chance. You will receive a lot of praises from your friends if you can organize a dog birthday party successfully.

Choose A Nice Theme: Themes are of paramount importance. Like human birthday parties, dog birthday parties should have specific themes. All activities will be done around the theme. A good theme can make a dog birthday party very much enjoyable. In fact, a party without a suitable theme might be very dull. When choosing theme, always think about the personality of your dog.

Record and Capture Photos: This is also very important. We all should capture special moments. Make sure you don’t miss any special moment. You could hire a professional for recording and capturing photos if you want to get the best output.

Manage Some Toys: Dog birthday parties are not all about foods for dogs and your friends. You should give some toys to your dog to play with. Remember, some dogs might start showing their anger, so it is always safe to use some toys to keep them busy in the party. They will have some fun as well.

Make or Order A Nice Cake: No dog birthday party is complete without a nice cake. There are 2 options. You could make a cake or order. When making a cake, always be aware of the ingredients. Also, there are many online bakeries to order dog birthday cakes.

We have to acknowledge that dogs are like our friends. We should try our best to treat them well. Arranging a dog birthday party is a nice thing to do.

How to Take Care of Your Dog’s Teeth

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dog teeth brush

We all love our dogs. We need to take care of them well. Sometimes, we are very much unaware of their health, so they get sick. Taking care dog’s teeth is of paramount importance. If you don’t do it, your dog might face oral problems, gum disease, etc. So, you need to brush your dog’s teeth regularly. This article talks about how to brush your dog’s teeth properly. Read it attentively for the proper dental care of your dog.

Timing: Timing is very important. It is believed that brushing your dog’s teeth everyday is the best way to go, but if you can’t do it, then do it 3-5 times per week. Remember, to get the best result, you need to do it regularly. In fact, initially, you may have to struggle little bit to brush teeth as it is a very new thing to your dog.

Tools: Tools are also very important. There are toothbrush and toothpaste designed for dogs; you need to use them. You should also buy finger brush and other tools as well. Buy something which looks comfortable to use. You will find them in a pet store or go to a veterinarian. Don’t even think about using human toothpaste for your dog. Chances are very high that it will create gastrointestinal problems.

How to Brush the Teeth: This is the most important part. It may not be very comfortable to your dog, so take your time. You need to brush gently. It will be really nice if you reward your dog with some treat after brushing teeth. Doing so will pass a positive message to your dog, so your dog will be more interested. You need to use either a dog toothbrush or a finger brush.

Put some toothpaste, lift the lips, and start brushing. If your dog struggles, then take a break; then start again. Then, open your dog’s mouth, and brush lower teeth. Brush both outer and inner surfaces of the teeth.

Keeping your dog healthy is very important. To keep your dog healthy, taking care of the teeth is very important. Hope, this article will help you a lot.

How to Take Care of Your Dog in the Summer Season

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dog summer

For many people, summer is a great season while others hate summer because of high temperature and humid weather. During this season problems like dehydration, heat stroke, etc. are seen. Like human, dogs do feel problems during the summer season. This article is about how to take care of your dog well in the summer season. Hope, the tips stated below will be helpful to you.

  • Never forget to bathe your dog twice or thrice in a week. Remember, some dogs don’t know how to swim, so you should not use family swimming pool for them; use kids swimming pool for them.
  • Never tie your dog inside the dog house because your dog will definitely feel uncomfortable because of the extra heat.
  • If your dog has thick fur, then air conditioning would be the best choice for him. It will let your dog breathe easier.
  • During the summer season always walk early in the morning or before evening so that your dog does not get the scorching heat.
  • While traveling don’t keep your dog inside the car when you are out of the car as the temperature is higher inside the car. Doing so will make your dog feel very uncomfortable. If you do so, make sure the windows are rolled down.
  • Put ice packs and fresh water to drink inside its crate. Also, make sure the crate is well ventilated.
  • Don’t let your dog drink salt water or lake water. Always bring fresh water for your dog when you go out.
  • Make sure your dog take rest in shady spots in the summer season. Scorching heat could make him very tired.
  • Always choose shallow water if you want to play with your dog.

These are most basic things you need to do during the summer season. Make sure you follow them properly to avoid any unexpected incidents in the summer season. Good luck with your dog!

How to Take Care of Your Dog Properly

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dog care

Pets are like our friends. Out of all pets, dogs are very friendly. We should take care of our dogs properly. In fact, if we don’t take proper care of them, they will not look healthy and happy. This article talks about how to take care of your dogs properly.

Provide Good Food: Like human, dogs also need good food. Their food must be nutritious. They need proper food and water. Remember, dogs are not very active, so they need small amount of food and water. If you don’t provide your dog with good food, then it will feel sick in the near future.

Dogs Need Good Places to Sleep: Sleep is also paramount importance for dogs. Make sure your dog has a good place to sleep. The place must be comfortable. Without proper sleep, no dogs can be in good health.

Play with your Dog: This part is also very important. You should try your best to play with your pet. Sometimes, walk in the park with your dog. These types of recreational activities are very important for the well being of dogs.

Show Some Love: You should also show some love to your pet. Dogs need to cuddle. You must show that your dog is very important to you.

Take Care of Its Health: You need to take proper care of your dog’s health. Remember, you will feel really bad if your dog dies because of lack of care. Visit veterinary’s office regularly to make sure your loving dog has no diseases. He will also give you some valuable information to treat your dog well. Don’t forget to bathe your dog with clean water.

Dogs can be our friends if proper care is taken. If you have a dog, then you should try your best to treat it well. The above tips could be helpful to treat your dog properly.

How to Find A Good Dog Breeder

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dog breeders

Today, there are lots of dog breeders around us, but not all of them are good. If you buy dog from puppy mills, then chances are very high that you will receive low quality dogs. Finding a good dog breeder is not difficult if you know certain tips.

Below is a list of some tips and tricks to find out a good dog breeder.
At first you need to decide what type of breed you have been looking for. There are many things to consider such as schedule, temperament, health problems, etc. Then start searching.

Try your best to find out a well-known dog breeder. Contact few breeders and do interview. Usually, an experienced breeder is better, but don’t ignore other factors. Do check their registration. They must be registered with well-known, legal organization. In the USA, all dog breeders should be registered with American Kennel Club—AKC.

Sometimes, dogs might have certain health problems. You need to ask to the breeder to know everything about health. You should know that today, many good dog breeders do genetic tastings and offer health guarantees. You could also contact past customers to know about the quality of the dogs.

Environment is also of paramount importance. You can’t know ins and outs of a dog breeder if you don’t visit it. Have a close look at the environment. Dogs can’t be healthy in bad environment. If it looks messy or overcrowded, then you should leave it.

Also, try to see the parents. If father is not available, then try to see the mother. Look at the behavior. Chances are very high that your dog will have the same behavior.

One of the best ways to find out a good breeder is to contact veterinarians. They do have good knowledge about it. You may need to go to a distant place to collect good dogs. Do it if your local providers are not good enough. Good luck!

Your Dog Needs Proper Foods

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Dinner Time

We all love our pets. Pets are like our friends. Like us, our pets need proper foods. Without good foods, they can’t be in good health. Some masters might think that dogs are not human, so they don’t need high-quality foods. To be honest, it is a completely wrong idea. You will definitely notice some problems if your dog doesn’t get proper nutrition. Giving proper nutrition to your dog is very important. As a master, you should give a lot of attention to your pet’s health. This article covers some tips on choosing dog foods properly. You should read it if you have a dog.

Plenty of dog foods are available on pet shops. You will get all sorts of dog foods. When you buy food, do check the labels. Labels tell everything about the nutrients. You could also take assistance from a vet to get more idea on nutrients. He could give you some important information about your dog food. His suggestion will be exclusively focused on your dog, so your dog will get the best treat.

When choosing foods, do consider about protein like chickens, turkey, and meat. For dogs, protein is extremely important. Without proper protein, no dogs can be strong. Also, protein helps live longer.

Another very important thing that you should give a lot of attention to is good bacteria. You need to consult a vet to know about them. It is known as probiotics. It boosts digestive system. Another benefit of probiotics is that it can destroy bad bacteria which might cause digestive problem. Remember, digestive problem could create a lot of problems for your dog.

For maintaining a good health, dog foods are very important. You should focus on the health of your dog—your friend. Foods are both important for physical and mental stability. Dogs are like our friends; we should treat them well.

Homemade Diabetic Dog Food

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For anyone who is knowledgeable with the routine of creating homemade dog food, then you’ll find absolutely no problem in fixing dog food with nutritious choices. If you aren’t, then below are several dos and don’ts you’ll want to bear in mind to avoid harming your pet. The most significant advantage of fixing homemade diabetic dog food would be to supply your pet with nutritious and above all, natural food sources. It’s also possible to consider raw diet after prior consultation with your vet. In planning homemade dog food recipes, you may use wholesome and low-fat meat sources such as skinless and reduced fat turkey, chicken and fish. You may include eggs, veggies and fruits (leaving to one side raisins and grapes), soluble carbohydrate sources like brown rice, oats, barley and corn, additional natural sources of vitamins and minerals like vitamin E, omega 3 fatty acids, etc. You may like to use nutritional supplements which should strictly be advised by the veterinarian.

Diabetic Dog FoodIn terms of foodstuff to be avoided while fixing best diabetic dog food at home are concerned, there are several essential factors to keep in mind. To start with, steer clear of sugars and its forms like fructose, sucrose and sweet syrups if you are using them. Get rid of all traces of baked foods including dog treats and biscuits. It’s also wise to avoid an all meat diet or all carb diet, which is the most detrimental thing for a diabetic dog. Soft wet dog food, canned wet dog food and dry dog foods also need special attention. For anyone who is incapable to determine, then its safer to talk to the vet. Finally and most importantly, be sure that you are using skinless and reduced fat meat sources and are avoiding meat sources of high saturated fats, like beef and pork. If you have to include high fats, go with fish oils that are healthy fats.

On the Rush Foodies for your Good Old Buddies

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Can’t get enough of home-made recipes for your dogs but has less time to prepare? Here, try these!

Nice Rrrrice – 40 minutes

Ingredients

2/3 cup meat, cubed

¾ cup carrot and sweet potato, cubed

¾ cup instant brown rice

1 cup water

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients except rice to a large pot to boil
  2. When tender, add rice, cook until done
  3. Add more water as needed

 

healthiest dog foodPupper Fish – 30 minutes

Ingredients

1 can salmon, deboned

1 beaten egg

3 tbsp cornmeal

1 potato

1 carrot

1 celery stalk

Cottage cheese or plain yoghurt

Directions

  1. Combine salmon, egg and cornmeal
  2. Form into patties and press into cornmeal
  3. Sauté until cooked through
  4. Chop and steam vegetables
  5. Cut salmon patties into bites and mix with vegetables
  6. If a bit dry, add yoghurt or cottage cheese

Ready with your aprons over that executive suit. Do the rush and happy cooking, fellas!

A Solution in No Time

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Last year, my dog suffered awfully from dog skin problems. He had dry skin, dandruff and hair loss. It was horrible watching him in such distress. He frequently could be seen biting his own skin. He was scratching and itching almost all the time. His hairs could be seen all across our front room, on the chairs, the carpets, the cushions. Areas of his skin were open to the extreme cold we were suffering at the time. I felt so sorry for him.

I am more than sure that as a dog owner you have noticed the same symptoms and dog hair loss, but not known what could be causing it. And I’m sure, like me, you have watched you dog suffer and just wished you could do something about it but not known what. Well wonder no more.

Your dog may be suffering from an endocrine disorder. And endocrine disorder in a dog can see his skin becoming darker, cracked and inflamed. His skin may lose its smoothness and instead was rough and sore. You may even see the occasional weeping sore. It really is one of the worst skin conditions in dogs. The most common endocrine disorder in dogs is autoimmune destruction, or lymphocytic thyroiditis. The symptoms of this are not only found in damaged skin and hair loss, but also drop in temperature, lack of appetite, weight gain and even lethargy. If you suspect your dog is suffering from an endocrine disorder, it is imperative that you book your dog in for an appointment at the vets. It turned out that this was the cause of our dogs’ problems, and he was prescribed an ointment to sort it out, as well as medicine which helped to cure his thyroid problem.

However that’s not to say an endocrine disorder is the cause of your dog’s dandruff, dry skin or hair loss. It could be one of many things. It could simply be a poor diet. This is more likely. If your dog’s diet is lacking in certain vitamins and minerals, its skin can dry up and its hair can fall out. A simple addition of such products as Yumega dog to your dog’s diet can clear up these issues in no time.

What should my puppies eat?

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feeding puppiesPuppies, fragile as they are, they need to be given utmost attention, most especially when it comes to their nutrition. These little ones have immature systems and need to be given extra care, their intake should be able to supply enough their dietary needs to meet growth and development demands.

Put in mind that these puppies are not be fed with canned foods, pre-moistened foods, and table scraps. We recommend dry dog food for this matter. The dry texture of the food creates an abrasive action to the dog’s teeth and gums, which means lesser chances of plaque build-up and tartar, abscesses, tooth loss, bad breath and gum disease.

There are three forms of commercially produced dog foods: dry kibble, semi-moist (sealed packages) and moist (canned). Dry kibble is mostly recommended since it has meat protein sources. In addition to the prevention of oral problems, and that these are easy to chew, dry food is easy to store, less expensive than alternatives, more conveniently served, palatable and has less odor.

Barney’s Problem: Itching and Scratching Doesn’t Always Mean Fleas

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Barney is, in almost every way, a healthy and loving canine. He enjoys walks in the park, just as much he enjoys curling up in front of the TV. His muscles and joints are well-managed, and he is never aggressive or confrontational. However, despite this outward display of normalcy, Barney’s coat is getting him down; he scratches constantly and the itching and irritation that hides underneath his long fur is contributing to a certain lethargy that is both frustrating and worrying.

Barney’s problem is one that will be recognisable to many dog-owners, and it’s all- too-easy to jump to the conclusion that Barney is suffering from the dreaded ‘F’ word. Sure, a healthy dose of flea treatment cannot hurt matters, but it is worth considering that the problem may lie elsewhere.

What Dogs Should and Shouldn’t Eat

Firstly, Barney would benefit greatly from adopting a healthy and wholesome new diet, and premium dog food can prove remarkably beneficial when it comes to promoting and maintaining a healthy coat. A product such as James Wellbeloved, with its hypo-allergenic formula, is great at calming itchy and irritated skin; the presence of seaweed, alfalfa and yucca is effective at calming itchy and irritated skin. Barney’s problem may not be a result of his diet, but by improving the quality of what your canine eats, you can certainly ease matters considerably.

Another potential factor that can lead to difficulties such as Barney’s, may lie with the presence of dust mites and other such irritants. The frantic nature of modern life means that many households simply lack the time to adequately fight against household allergens, and Barney’s symptoms may be a result of this. A product such as Atopica is an effective treatment for dogs who suffer with atopic dermatitis (or atopy); a diagnosed condition caused by inhalation of house dust, dust mites, and pollen grains. This treatment comes in the form of a capsule that should be given on an empty stomach, and has proven remarkably valuable in treating dogs who suffer from such allergies.

Barney’s problem is not a unique one. Many dog-owners will recognise the signs of excessive scratching, and many will see this contribute to a noticeable lack of energy. It’s worth remembering that fleas are not always the problem, and with the right knowledge, it’s not too difficult to hand Barney the solution he so desperately craves.

Types of Dog Food

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Dog foods come in a variety nowadays and we sometimes get confused on what these foods are, what they are for, and how they differ from the other. To knock off the confusion, let’s define the different dog food categories:

 

Commercial Dog Food

best food for dogs Whatever these foods look like, feel like or come up like, they are all fine for healthy mutts. Combined or taken solo, whatever your preferences are, there’s no problem with it.

  • Dry Food. This type is considered to be the most popular commercial food. It has 90% dry matter and 10% water, the most digestible form of dog food with ingredients such as grains, meat, vitamins, fats, minerals and by-products combined and cooked. Much preferred, too, due to its lower cost, digestibility, and fewer adverse effects on the oral cavity.
  • Canned Dog Food. Canned dog foods have ingredients similar to those of dry food, but with a different processing method. It contains 68% water and 32% dry matter. And with high amounts of frozen or fresh meat. Considered to be more expensive than dry food, but with long shelf life, very much palatable, and stored in durable containers.
  • Semi–Moist Dog Food. This type has 25 – 40% water and 60 – 75% dry matter. These are mainly composed of simple sugars and salts plus necessary components, and preserved using humectants. These are convenient and digestible, but are expensive and may cause digestive problems in some dogs, due to the acidification of components.

 

Home-Cooked Dog Food

Home-cooked food contains fresh, reliable and quality ingredients, especially when nutritional ratios are followed in the course of the preparation. It is common in home-made foods that deficiencies or excesses may occur in terms of vitamins, minerals or food group composition, creating problems in digestion and weight.

Analyzing Dog Food Labels

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When we go for grocery on weekends, we get fond of checking food labels of products new to us and often advertised on TV. We find it confusing already even if we are familiar with the contents. How much more when we go over those of our dog’s? To aid you in looking into food labels, and differentiating them, here are some terms you might want to be familiar with:

 

feeding puppiesNamed ingredients. When these appear next to the name of the food, it must give you an idea that this comprises at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the product by weight.  For example, the word “Beef” was listed next to the words “Dinner”, “Entre”, “Formula”, “Nuggets”, “Platter”, and “Recipe”. Then it implies that Beef is making up at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the product.

 

With. If a label says “with”, such as “with beef”, then the ingredient must be three percent (3%) or more of the named ingredient.  For example “Gourmet Fillets with Beef” — the product must be three percent (3%) beef.

 

Flavor. If a dog food indicates a specific flavor in its label, then the food must have that flavor well represented.  With this matter, no specific criterion indicated here.

Top Healthiest Dog Foods

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Getting too conscious on your doggy’s diet? Throw those problems out and start checking these brands:

feeding puppies1. Karma Organic

This brand is considered ninety-five (95) percent organic. Its main source of protein is organic, free-range chicken, not “poultry by-products.” Secondary source of protein is organic brown rice, plus vitamins E and C as preservatives.

2. Newman’s Own Organics

Newman’s Own is 95 percent organic as well. The formula contains chicken and chicken meal as its first two protein sources, with chicken liver as part of the ingredient list. Vitamins C and E are used as preservatives.

3. Orijen

The first five ingredients in their adult dog formula are fresh boneless chicken, chicken meal, fresh boneless salmon, turkey meal, and herring meal. A combination of vitamin E and airtight is utilized for packaging to preserve its freshness.

4. Blue Buffalo

Blue’s Adult Chicken and Rice formula contains deboned chicken and chicken meal as the main sources of protein.

5. Fromm Adult Gold

Duck, chicken meal, chicken and brown rice are the first four ingredients and protein sources. Whole egg is also included. This brand preserves their product with the use of mixed tocopherols and citric acid.

6. Wellness

Lamb is the number one ingredient and protein source in this mix, followed by Menhaden fish meal. Salmon meal weighs in at number nine. This formula is free of artificial preservatives, flavors or dyes.

7. Timberwolf

This formula contains chicken meal, chicken and turkey meal as the first three ingredients and protein sources. This also contains brown rice, whitefish meal and dried chicken liver. Mixed tocopherols, a source of vitamin E, are used as preservatives.

8. California Natural

This has one of the simplest ingredient lists, making it suitable for dogs suffering from food allergies. Lamb meal is listed as its only meat source, with additional protein provided by a combination of brown and white rice respectively. No preservatives are added to their formula.

9. Innova

Turkey, chicken and chicken meal are the first three protein sources plus brown rice and eggs. This formula does not contain any chemical or artificial preservatives.

Getting The Right Brand For Your Buddy

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For us, owners, we always find ways to get the right brand for our dogs, yet it makes it hard for us to see a long line of advertisements claiming to be the right one. In going over brands, here are some things to consider in selecting and comparing them:

  • Price

Dog foods can range from 0.38 cents per day to $3 per day for gourmet organic foods. If your dog is healthy, then a cheap dog selection is fine as long as it is AAFCO certified

  • Ingredients

how to make dog food Check the label for AAFCO (American Association of Feed Control Officials) certification. It must be “complete and balanced”, equivalent to the highest level of certification

  • Organic Dog Foods and other Features

Special or specific diets are created per preference of your pets or as required by his health condition such as intolerances, food allergies or diabetes mellitus

  • Age Specific

Dog food varies as well, catering to different age group since they have different nutritional demands, as in puppies and pregnant dogs

  • AAFCO Certification

AAFCO or the Association of American Feed Control Officials is the organization which certifies all dog foods based on manufacturing and labeling standards. Make sure you read the labels indicating what AAFCO has to say.

Be guided and good luck in choosing the right one for your little buddy.

Getting More Mix of These Fun Dog Food Recipes

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Can’t get enough of home-made dog foods? Well, here are more recipes that you can try to get his little tummy running and his tail wagging.

BUFFALOAF

Ingredients

  • 3 cups ground buffalo (lean) or ground turkey, chicken or beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups old-fashioned oats
  • ¾ cup grated mixed vegetables (zucchini, broccoli, carrots, sweet potato)
  • ½ cup cottage cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Hand-mix all ingredients and press into loaf pan
  3. Bake for 40 minutes
  4. Refrigerate

 

how to make dog foodRAW MEAT MIX

Ingredients

  • 1 lb raw ground meat
  • 2 cups ground or pureed vegetables
  • 2-4 oz raw organ meat (gizzard, liver, etc)
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 T ground kelp
  • ½ cup plain yoghurt
  • 3 eggs with shells
  • A palmful of parsley

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients
  2. Refrigerate

What makes up your dog foods?

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In choosing your dog foods for your buddies, always and always consider the following: their energy level, their body weight, their age and their health (some dogs have special conditions such as diabetes and intolerance to some food components). It is our responsibility as dog owners that they are ensured of their physiological needs with regards to intake. Below are the components of canine food, components that would keep your dogs healthy and kicking (But not all brands have this so be sure to read the labels at the back).

 

dog obedience classesü  Water – it should be fresh and clean. Mammals require 44 – 66 mL/Kg body weight of water daily, therefore you offer your dog water 2 – 3 times a day with dry dog food, while making water continually available throughout the day.

ü  Carbohydrates – Beet pulp is most suitable source of carbohydrates for dogs. It contains both soluble and non soluble forms of carbohydrates.

ü  Proteins – these are sources of amino acids, essential components to increase nitrogenous compounds in a dog’s body. Adult dogs usually require almost 2g/Kg body weight of protein daily. 22 – 25% protein is required for growing puppies, and 11 – 14% of proteins in dry matter for adult dogs.

ü  Fats – these are condensed source of energy in canine food, and are also needed to help digest some essential fat soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A, D, E & K. to keep it balanced, food should contain 5 – 15% fat.

ü  Vitamins & Minerals – Vitamins, both water- and fat-soluble. Dietary minerals in food are macro minerals (sodium, potassium, calcium & phosphorus) & trace minerals (iron, zinc, copper, iodine etc.). Whether it’s a deficiency or an excess, it may cause problems, therefore amounts should be related with the energy level of a selected food.

 

 

 

The Frequently-asked Questions in Feeding Puppies

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Puppies, as they grow, require a lot of food, that is why they eat a lot and often. He eats two to four times as much as his mommy or daddy to grow big like them. So here, we answer your common queries in feeding your pups.

 

What kind of food do I feed them?

Puppy food should generally be high in protein and with lots of vitamins, minerals and fat essentials to support his growing body. For bigger puppies, large-breed puppy formulas are also available. This helps to grow at a rate gradual enough for them to develop strong bones and joints. Small-breed formulas provide concentrated nutrition in small, bite-size kibbles enough to meet a smaller puppy’s needs. But if you’re in the middle, we also have medium-breed formulas. Confused on where your buds belong? It’s not a problem at all.

 

How much do I feed them?

Puppies, with their small body frame, do not require a bulk of food to be served for them, or else they’ll look like walking balloons. When feeding them, take note that you should be able to feel but not see their ribs, and they should have a visible waist when you look down at them. This applies to all breeds. Adjust amount served depending on your puppy’s appetite and condition.

 

When should I feed them?

feeding puppies At eight to twelve weeks, he’ll be eating three to four times a day, or only twice a day, still observing the amount that should be fed in the rate of three to four times a day. After six months, he can be fed twice a day. If it’s too much, he’ll leave some behind in his bowl.

 

To monitor his growth, take note of this: When his weight doubles from his birth weight, a puppy should gain one to two grams per pound of anticipated adult weight each day. This means that if your German Shepherd puppy weighs 75 pounds as an adult, he should gain three to five ounces per day as a puppy.

 

What Dogs Should and Shouldn’t Eat

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What might be good to you might not be good to your pet. You have to be very careful on what you mix on his dog food, or what you throw at him at snack time, or else you’ll end up frequently visiting the veterinarian for a checkup. Below are foods to keep you guided on what to put into his little tummy.

            What Dogs Should and Shouldn’t EatWhat SHOULDN’T be in buddy’s diet:

  • Chocolate – has Theobromine, toxic, may cause cardiac arythmias leading to myocardial infarction. Intake of chocolates may also cause GI bleeding.
  • Walnuts – has high phosphorus content which can possibly cause bladder stones
  • Potato Sprouts and Green Potato Skins – Solanum alkaloids are poorly absorbed which is toxic
  • Turkey skin – has high fat content which may cause inflammation in the pancreas or Pancreatitis. In severe cases, autodigestion happens, affecting the surrounding organs in the GI region.
  • Onions and garlic – has Thiosulphate which is toxic to dogs, cats and other livestock. Toxicity causes haemolytic anaemia, where the pet’s red blood cells burst while circulating in its body, and gastroenteritis, characterized by vomiting, diarrhea, and lack of interest in food.
  • Pear pips, the kernels of plums, peaches and apricots, apple core pips (contain cyanogenic glycosides resulting in cyanide poisoning)
  • Potato peelings and green looking potatoes
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Moldy/spoiled foods
  • Alcohol
  • Yeast dough
  • Coffee grounds, beans & tea (caffeine)
  • Hops (used in home brewing)
  • Tomato leaves & stems (green parts)
  • Broccoli (in large amounts)
  • Raisins and grapes

 

What SHOULD be in buddy’s diet:

  • Vegetables – potatoes (cooked), carrots, lettuce, green beans, peas, and yams are good and easy to digest for most dogs. Carrots and yams should be cut in small pieces or ran through a food processor, and green beans sliced. Some may be mixed with wet or dry food.
  • Fruits – apples (not the core), bananas, cantaloupe, and watermelon are perfect for small treats.
  • Grains should not be given in large amounts, ten percent is what’s recommended.
  • Yogurt – make it plain and non-fat. It could be mixed with fruit as treat.
  • Dry Food for dogs – corn starch or corn by-products should not be first on the list.
  • Wet Food – this may depend on your pet’s taste
  • Water – lots of it!

Snacks for Your Little Vegetarian Buddy

Posted in Dog Health Care by Randall

According to the American Veterinary Association, the healthiest meals of dogs are comprised of forty percent (40%) meat, fifty percent (50%) vegetables and ten percent (10%) grain. But if you want to get him go veggie, then you can try meat substitutes without getting the nutritional requirement ratio affected. Meat substitutes you can try as follows: Beans, Dairy Products, Eggs, Soy products, and Protein supplements.

Better get your apron ready, here are some vegetarian dog food recipes you can make for your buddy:

Doggie Biscuits

Ingredients

1/2 cup shortening

3 Tbsp. honey

4 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup carob powder

1/2 tsp. baking powder

Directions

  1. Cream shortening and honey together thoroughly.
  2. Add remaining ingredients.
  3. Beat well.
  4. Bake in a greased cookie sheet (10×15″) for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
  5. Cool completely.

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Healthy vegetarian dog food Dog Bulgar Biscuits

Ingredients

3 cups flour

3 cups whole wheat flour

2 cups bulgur wheat

1 cup corn meal

3 cups chicken broth

Directions

  1. Mix flours, bulgur wheat and corn meal.
  2. Add 2 cups broth; mix well with hands until dough gets stiff. Add more broth as necessary.
  3. On lightly floured surface with floured rolling pin, roll dough to 1/4″ thickness.
  4. Cut out biscuits. Place on ungreased baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 300 for 45 minutes. Turn off oven; leave biscuits in oven overnight.

 

Oatmeal Wheat Dog Biscuit Treats

Ingredients

1 cup uncooked oatmeal

1 tablespoon bouillon granules (Beef, Chicken or vegetable)

1 egg, beaten

1 1/2 cups hot water

3/4 cups cornmeal

3 cups whole wheat flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. In a large bowl pour hot water over oatmeal and bouillon granules: let stand 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in cornmeal and egg. Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  4. Knead 3 to 4 minutes, adding more flour if necessary to make a very stiff dough. Pat or roll dough to 1/2 inch thickness.
  5. Cut into bone shapes and place on a greased baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes. Allow to cool and dry out until hard. Store in an airtight container