Top Healthiest Dog Foods

Posted in Dog Health Care by Randall

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.

Treating the Jumping Problem

Posted in Dog Training by Randall

Getting annoyed of being jumped at and getting pawmarks on your clothes? Break the jumping mania before somebody gets knocked off.

training a dogIn treating the jumping behavior of dogs, you have to first know why they are into such behavior. Below are the following reasons to explain such:

 

  • They’re simply excited — it just shows that they’re happy to see you
  • Your dogs are seeking attention
  • To assert dominance over you and your guests — rare but it happens

Dogs couldn’t get the idea that jumping is not acceptable, or inappropriate at some point. It becomes a challenge to the owner to relay the message that it is

 

Correct the behavior before it’s too late. How? Try some of these tips:

 

  • Start as early as possible — better prevent behavior problems as early as possible
  • Communicate with your dog clearly, implying that the behavior is unaccepted, and always remember to be consistent
  • Never reward the dog that jumps on people by giving them the attention they want. This sticks to them the idea that rewarded behavior is reinforced behavior

 

Always be consistent with your actions, and you’ll see results soon.

Dog Trainer 101: Learning the Principles of Training Dogs

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When starting off training sessions with your buddy, make sure that you are fully equipped with the knowledge you need to understand your dog’s behavior. By knowing their behavior through principles, it would be easier for you to train your dog, as methods and techniques are grounded on these. Whatever method you use, it all falls on the same principles. Ready to start your training? Let’s get started then.

  • Most behavioral problems are due to separation anxiety
  • Behavioral problems are a result of lack of communication, or miscommunication between you and your dog
  • Obedience training at an early stage the most effective technique to correct any behavior problems, and prevent future problems
  • Let him know what is acceptable and unacceptable for your dogs, and be consistent with it
  • Be clear that you are always the alpha dog or leader in your owner-dog relationship
  • Know the cause of such behavior. There are factors that may trigger the behavior, before you modify the act, know why he is doing this, and deal with it first.
  • Be careful you are not inadvertently rewarding the behavior you are trying to eliminate. Be clear on how you want your dog to act.

As long as you are guided with these principles, you will keep yourself on the right track… and your dog, too!

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Getting The Right Brand For Your Buddy

Posted in Dog Health Care by Randall

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

Posted in Dog Health Care by Randall

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

Top Five Behavioral Problems of Dogs

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Dogs, like us, have behavioral problems and here are the top five problems we usually encounter living with these mutts.

1. Barking

Barking is part of the canine nature but an excessive display of it makes it a problem. Before you act on the problem, know why your dog barks too much. He may be alerting you, feeling all excited, seeking attention, anxious, bored, or simply responding to his same kind.

You can learn to control the behavior — just be consistent, and most especially, be patience. Teaching them takes a lot of time and effort, but soon, they’ll get things right, just be patient.

training your dog 2. Chewing

Chewing is normal for them. However, chewing it can become a problem when he starts chewing your slippers and other furniture at home. Here are some common reasons why they do such: puppy teething, boredom / excess energy, anxiety, or curiosity (especially for puppies).

To stop this, encourage your dog to chew on the right things by providing plenty of chew toys. Keep personal items away from your dog. Crate him when you are not home. And, if you catch your dog chewing the wrong thing, quickly correct him, startle him, then, and replace the item with a chew toy. Tiring him works, too!

3. Digging

Having holes at your lawn certainly is a problem. To correct this habit, know the reasons behind it first: boredom or excess energy, anxiety or fear, hunting instinct, comfort-seeking (such as nesting or cooling off), hiding possessions (like bones or toys), or to escape or gain access.

Deal with this by spending more time with your dog, give him more exercise, and work on extra training. If it is really unavoidable, set aside an area where your dog can do the act, as in a sand box.

4. Separation Anxiety

This may be characterized by vocalization, chewing, inappropriate urination and defecation, and other forms of destruction happening when he is separated from his owner. But for some, the dog displays anxiety when owner prepares to leave, misbehavior occurs in the first 15-45 minutes after owner leaves, he follows the around constantly, and tries to be touching his owner whenever possible.

True separation anxiety needs training, behavior modification and desensitization exercises to be properly dealt with. For extreme cases, medications are utilized already.

5. Inappropriate Elimination

Frustrating as it may seem but yeah, it’s part of them. This may be due to medical problems or just behavioral.

Inappropriate elimination is unavoidable especially in puppies, usually before 12 weeks of age. For older dogs, they may need serious behavior modification with this problem.

What makes up your dog foods?

Posted in Dog Health Care by Randall

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.

 

 

 

Ripping off the Biting Problem

Posted in Dog Training Courses by Randall

Dogs are always into biting, it’s simply part of their nature, their mentality. Even as puppies, they are already fond of biting and nipping on other dogs and people to explore their environment and their place in the pack. For us, owners, we should be mindful of teaching our dogs, especially when they are still puppies, that mouthing and biting are not acceptable acts. Common causes of biting, aside from the usual behavior are the following:

  • Fear or Defensiveness
  • Predatory Instinct
  • Pain or Sickness
  • Protection of Property
  • Dominance Assertion

training your dogBut we can help them decrease their tendencies to bite with proper training, socialization and breeding practices.

Here are some tips to help you deal with it:

ü  Redirect the biting from your flesh to a toy or chew bone

ü  Use a command and associate it with a specific act such as to stop biting.

ü  In bad biting cases, as soon as he bites you, say NO and quickly put your thumb inside his mouth and under his tongue, and your other finger under his chin to make him uncomfortable.

ü  Startle your dog with your voice, pull away and stop playing with him. This gives him an idea that when he bites, you’ll be gone.

 

The Frequently-asked Questions in Feeding Puppies

Posted in Dog Health Care by Randall

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

Posted in Dog Health Care by Randall

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!

Your Diabetic Dog: Understanding His Condition And How To Deal With It

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Diabetes Mellitus is a disease characterized by lack of insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas for blood sugar regulation. Some dogs lack insulin, and are therefore, unable to use their energies since glucose is not available in their cells. Usually, your dog urinates and drinks a lot, and loses weight when he’s diabetic.

           diabetic dog food It is important that we consider and be meticulous with the management of this condition. Consider the following as your guide:

  1. Give the dog shots of Insulin. He lacks insulin, give him insulin.
  2. Regulate his menu. Give him high protein and low carbohydrates and fat. Control the portions of diabetic dog food and the amount of total food.
  3. Meals are at small and frequent feeding at a regular pace. Two to four small meals a day, depending on the dog’s size and number of shots.
  4. Minimize salt content in diabetic dog food. This helps the thirst and urination problems get better.
  5. Avoid homemade diets — they need consistent nutrition daily.
  6. Avoid canned dog foods. These not only can contain sugar but high salt content as well.

To help you with the food, here are eight diabetic dog food you may check and include in your cart the next time you buy your buddy some supplies:

ü  Iams Weight Loss

ü  Iams Weight Control D

ü  Royal Canin Diabetic HF 18

ü  Royal Canin Calorie Control CC High Fiber

ü  Hill’s Prescription Diet r/d

ü  Hill’s Prescription Diet w/d

ü  Purina Veterinary Diets DCO

ü  Purina Veterinary Diets OM

 

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

Dealing with Dog Coprophagia

Posted in Dog Health Care by Randall

It drives us nuts when we see our dogs pulling out diapers from the trash bins or simply eating their poop — a habit they just love to do. It disgusts us, to think that we are feeding them right but still they get extra meals from their poops. To deal with this problem, let us first understand the “why’s” of this filthy habit.

dog behaviorist Two main theories why dogs eat their poop are, one, it’s simply behavioral, and two, there’s a medical problem behind it. If it’s behavioral, keep updating your dog’s vaccinations and deworming schedules to avoid GI problems since diseases can be fecally passed. Or if you suspect a medical problem, visit your veterinarian to confirm a diagnosis.

To keep dogs from eating their poop, try the following techniques, and see which one works for you:

ü  Feed him with well-balanced and nutritious meals

ü  Feed him twice a day at regular times

ü  Ensure that your place is poop-free and keep his mouth busy with chew toys

ü  Adequately exercise and stimulate your dog mentally and physically

ü  Training your dog commands to follow — “leave it”. Be consistent and you’ll keep him obeying.

ü  Always reward a desired behavior. That’s just how they learn.

ü  When your dog is about to act on a poop, distract him.

ü  Put pineapple in his food (poop doesn’t taste good with it for them), or tabasco sauce or cayenne pepper on his poop.

Whatever you technique you try, remember to stay consistent, and you’ll soon break the habit in no time.

Understanding the Barking Problem

Posted in Dog Training by Randall

It gives us headaches when we can’t quit our dogs from barking — it’s never easy to deal with and we end up getting angry over our pets. The best way to deal with this problem is to trace the root cause of it. Why do dogs bark?

training your dog Dogs bark to express their needs or their excitement, some to express territoriality, or to alert others of impending danger. Some dogs are bred to bark, as for terriers and hounds. Some, if they are isolated or separated or trapped, or with other animals, or simply need your attention.

To stop the barking problem, you need to keep in mind the cause of the barking, show him you are the alpha, and clearly communicate with your dog. If you want to modify the behavior, especially on excessive barking, relay to your dog what is accepted and what is not, reinforce the acceptable behavior — convey a clear and consistent message to your dog at all times.

Home-Made Dog Food Recipes: Time To Give ‘Em A Treat!

Posted in Dog Health Care by Randall

Want to treat your buddy a meal with some TLC (Tender Loving Care)? You might as well try these easy recipes that would keep your dog’s tail wagging and keep him wanting for more.

 healthiest dog food

MEATBALL APPETIZERS

You’ll need:

1/2 lb ground meat (chicken, turkey, or beef)
1 carrot, finely grated
sprinkle of low-fat grated cheese (optional)
1/2 c up whole wheat bread crumbs
1 egg (beaten)
1 tsp tomato paste

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Mix all ingredients well. Roll into balls and place on a greased cookie sheet.
3. Bake until brown and firm, about 15 minutes.

4. Cool and transfer to an airtight container. Store in fridge or freezer.

CANINE CASSEROLE RECIPE

You’ll need:

1 cup cooked chicken or turkey

½ cup steamed vegetables (carrots, broccoli, squash, spinach, sweet potato)

½ cup prepared brown rice

4 tbsp. no-sodium broth

 

Directions:

Simply combine all ingredients.

Feeding Your Dog Right According To Your Vet

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Part of responsible dog ownership is the responsibility to provide for the physiologic needs of your dogs. Food comes first among all, and not just plainly food but healthy foods able to meet their dietary needs. The American Veterinary Association says that the forty (40) percent of meat, fifty (50) percent of vegetables and ten (10) percent of grain make up the healthiest dog foods. So to assure you that your buddies are getting the right nutritional levels they need for proper growth and development, then check these five food categories for dogs:

 

Organic dog food

best food for dogsServing organic food would ensure you a carcinogen-free, preservative-free meal, but be sure to skim along the labels at the back if it really is organic. Vet recommends the following brands: Newman’s Own Organics, Karma Organic.

 

Dry foods

One featured dry dog food most recommended by vets and even other dog-owners is Innova EVO. This dog food is rich in lean protein made from turkey and chicken — a sure health-hooker and a yummy!

 

Wet foods

For the wet dog foods category, Eagle Pack Duck and Chicken Formula make most of the votes. Made from chicken broth and duck meat, it has always been your buddy’s favorite. It comes in an oxygen tight sealed bag and preservative-free. For leftovers, just refrigerate and serve after 48 hours. Indeed, a sure saver.

 

Raw foods

Getting a dose of the usual diet of the wild, dogs may enjoy this type. Raw giblets, livers, chicken neck fat and odds and ends from the butcher, raw eggs and potatoes mixed with uncooked rice, are healthy and natural foods your dog may get for a meal.

 

Basic dogfood

California Natural Lamb Meal & Rice, Wellness Lamb, Super5Mix and Timberwolf are just some of the most top-rated. They’re preservative-free and contents are close enough to the required 40-50-10 percent nutritional ratio.

Good foodies for the good boy. Start checking your menu and feed your buddy right.

 

 

Why You Shouldn’t Feed Your Buddy With Some Skin From A Turkey

Posted in Dog Health Care by Randall

Having some leftovers from a reunion? Well, these leftovers, if their too much for us, they’d head off to buddy’s tray. But be careful on what you put to his tray. If you Turkey leftovers, strip of the skin and let him get all the meat. You’ll know why when you continue reading this.

healthiest dog foodTurkey skin is known to have very high fat content. Digesting this may cause a large load for the pancreas to work, and eventually get inflamed. The dog gets Pancreatitis. If the inflammation goes to severe level, autodigestion of the surrounding organs may possibly result as the pancreatic enzymes get released in large number, causing a permanently damaged pancreas. Symptoms may include a very painful abdomen, abdominal distention, lack of appetite, depression, dehydration, a ‘hunched up’ posture, vomiting, diarrhea and yellow, greasy stool. Fever often accompanies these symptoms.

History-taking, a physical exam, and laboratory testing are used to diagnose the condition. Laboratory results usually reflect an increased level of pancreatic enzymes, amylase and lipase, in the serum. Liver enzymes may also increase as soon as the liver gets affected. The white blood cell count is generally increased in acute pancreatitis.

To treat this condition, IV fluids are given in large amounts, since these mutts are dehydrated and have lost a large amount of body fluids. In severe conditions, shock may result. IV administration of diluted salt solutions is done then. Stop the intake of water and food to rest the pancreas for at least 24 hours during the treatment. After a couple of days, best food for dogs and water intake may be slowly initiated with best food for dogs low in fat and easy to digest.

So be careful on what you give to your dog, his health is always your responsibility.

Going Grain-Free For Your Doggy

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According to the American Veterinary Association, the healthiest dog foods are made of forty percent (40%) meat, fifty percent (50%) vegetables and ten percent (10%) grain. But if your buddy is suffering from grain intolerance, better go for lower than the required ten percent or go zero to be safe. I know it’s taxing to read labels just to ensure your dog food’s grain-free, so here are some dog foods you may want to check out — they’re all grain-free and they’re all yours!

healthiest dog foodOrijen is one of the most recognized dog foods with very high grade grain-free dry dog food content. It has 70 percent meat and 30 percent fruit and vegetables. Fresh salmon, salmon meal, herring, herring meal, walleye, peas, russet potato, sweet potato, Lake Whitefish, organic kelp, carrots, spinach, pumpkin, blueberries, apples, cranberries and licorice roots are some of the ingredients. No artificial colors and preservatives, just fresh and natural ingredients, easy to absorb plus friendly bacteria for healthy digestion — high-protein, low carbohydrates and above average fat content — now you’re worry-free to keep you dog in perfect shape.

Wellness Core is another grain-free formula with high protein content and low carbohydrate. It is rich in fruits and vegetables. It is composed of the following ingredients: deboned turkey, deboned chicken, chicken meal, chicken liver, potatoes, spinach, parsley, salmon oil, flaxseed, carrots, apples, blueberries, chicory root extract, rosemary extract, and probiotics which aid in the digestion.

Innova Evo also rates high in the dog food ratings. Innova Evo is a grain-free dog food with high protein content. This has turkey, chicken, turkey meal, chicken meal, herring meal, chicken fat, apples, potatoes, carrots, alfalfa sprouts, vitamins and minerals. It also has omega three and omega six fatty acids plus friendly bacteria which ensures a healthy digestion.

Fromm’s Surf & Turf is another grain-free dog food. It does not contain corn, wheat and soy and is well-suited for dogs suffering from grain intolerance. The main sources of animal protein are salmon, duck meal and salmon meal.

Enough with the worrying on what to buy next time in the market for your sick buddy. You have names already, start checking.

 

Top Five Dog Food Brands

Posted in Dog Health Care by Randall

It has always been a problem to us, dog owners, on what to feed our best buds with the variety of dog foods available in the market. Well, I hope this could help you narrow your list and get to the brand you want for your dogs:

healthiest dog food Orijen. A recognized very high grade grain-free dry dog food. This has 70 percent meat and 30 percent fruit and vegetables. Fresh salmon, salmon meal, herring, herring meal, walleye, peas, russet potato, sweet potato, Lake Whitefish, organic kelp, carrots, spinach, pumpkin, blueberries, apples, cranberries and licorice roots are some of the ingredients. No artificial colors and preservatives, just fresh and natural ingredients, easy to absorb plus friendly bacteria for healthy digestion — high-protein, low carbohydrates and above average fat content — now you’re worry-free to keep you dog in perfect shape.

 

 Blue Buffalo. A dog food rich in protein. It contains deboned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, whitefish meal and salmon meal, and has small amounts of oatmeal. Other ingredients include carrots, sweet potatoes, flaxseed, barley grass, alfalfa meal, blueberries, cranberries, herring oil, vitamins and friendly bacteria.

 

Canidae. A brand which offers good quality of dry and wet dog food. Components of their food are lamb, chicken or beef, flaxseed, peas, millet, sunflower oil, brown rice, rice bran, cracked barley, cranberries, blueberries, chicory root, guar gum, carrageen an and various nutrients which gives you the relief that you’re dog has right nutrition.

 

Wellness. Wellness Core is a grain-free formula with high protein content and low carbohydrate content, rich in fruits and vegetables. Ingredients include deboned turkey, deboned chicken, chicken meal, chicken liver, potatoes, spinach, parsley, salmon oil, flaxseed, carrots, apples, blueberries, chicory root extract, rosemary extract and probiotics. Wellness Super5Mix, another product of this brand, contains deboned whitefish, sweet potatoes, ground flaxseed and de-hulled barley. This recipe of theirs is to ensure you of a healthy digestion for your buddy.

 

Innova Evo. A grain-free dog food with high protein content. This contains turkey, chicken, turkey meal, chicken meal, herring meal, chicken fat, apples, potatoes, carrots, alfalfa sprouts, vitamins and minerals, omega three and omega six fatty acids plus friendly bacteria for digestion — a formula for your dog’s dietary needs.

 

 

Why You Shouldn’t Feed Your Dog With Chocolates

Posted in Dog Health Care by Randall

A lot of us are fond of eating chocolates, and when our dogs see us chewing something, they’d always rush to us, show that adorable face and a wagging tail, and they get a piece of what we eat. But did you know that chocolates are a “no-no” to dogs?

healthiest dog food Theobromine, a naturally- occurring compound in chocolate and cocoa, both a stimulant and diuretic. Toxicity in this substance depends on a milligram-kilogram basis — the amount of chocolate intake and the weight of the dog. Since it is a cardiac stimulant, this may precipitate a cardiac arrhythmia which may lead to a heart attack. Also, its composition is irritating to the gastrointestinal tract of your pet, which may cause internal bleeding and eventually, death. Under 200mg theobromine per kilogram body weight, no deaths have been observed, so better if you begin reading labels of different chocolates since they vary in theobromine concentration. Milk chocolate has 44-66 mg/oz, dark chocolate 450 mg/oz and baking/bitter chocolate or cocoa powder varies as much as 150-600 mg/oz. If ever you have fed your dog with chocolates, try inducing vomiting or take him to the vet ASAP. Theobromine stays in the bloodstream for 14 to 20 hours. Whereas in the absence of major symptoms, administer activated charcoal. The unabsorbed theobromine will chemically bond to this substance and soon be eliminated in the feces. No activate charcoal? Burnt toast will do.