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8 Healthy Fruits to Share with Your Dog

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

watermelonSometimes it’s nice to find alternative, fresh, organic snacks for your pup. Did you know fruits can make a great snack and can supplement your dog’s diet with vitamins and minerals?

Whether you mash them up into their food or offer them in bites and slices, here are some great fruits that are canine safe:

  • Apples: These are a great source of vitamins A, C, and K. If offered in slices, they’ll also help keep your dog’s teeth clean! Make sure not to give them the core. Over time, the cyanide in the seeds can become unhealthy.
  • Bananas: Because they’re so sweet, bananas make a great treat for a dog you’re training—or maybe after a long hike. They’re full of vitamins B6 and C, amino acids, and fiber.
  • Blueberries: Often used in commercial dog foods, blueberries are low in fat and high in vitamin C and antioxidants.
  • Cantaloupe: This treat is full of Vitamins C and B-6, as well niacin and potassium.
  • Mangoes: Dogs seem to love mangoes, and that’s great! They’re full of vitamins A and E, potassium, as well as beta- and alpha-carotene.
  • Peaches: If you stay away from canned peaches (too much sugar) and pits (can easily create an intestinal blockage), peaches are a good source of vitamins A and D.
  • Raspberries and Strawberries: Not only are berries tasty for dogs, they can boost their fiber, potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper and iron. Strawberries even contain an enzyme that’s great for a puppy’s teeth.
  • Watermelon: This is a great treat for an active dog. It’s super low in calories but full of electrolytes and water to help them stay hydrated. On top of that, it supplies a lot of vitamins A and C, plus potassium and magnesium.

These are just a few fruits to get you started if you want to get some other healthy snacks into your pooch’s diet. Just be careful! If you overdo it, the natural sugars in these fruits can upset a sensitive tummy.

 

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Food Infographic for Dogs!

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

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Can Dogs Eat Apples?

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
Although it’s never a great idea to feed your dog table scraps, apples can actually be really good for dogs and they provides lots of vitamins and nutrients. Looks like not all human food is bad for your dog! Happy Woof Wednesday everyone!
Can Dogs Eat Apples?
We answer this commonly Googled question
By Elizabeth Pask and Laura Scott

Many dogs love apples which is great because apples can be a super, healthy treat. Apples contain calcium, vitamin K, vitamin C, and pectin (soluble fibre). One small apple contains 52 C.

Things to do with apples for dogs

There are many different ways to feed apple to dogs; you can serve it as a frozen slice, you can wedge it into a Kong, you can make apple pops with apple sauce, or serve grated as a dinner topping. Avoid large amounts of apple seeds and stems in fresh apples, as they contain cyanogenic glycosides which can cause tummy upset and more serious problems if consumed in large quantities. Also be cautious feeding dehydrated apples. Dehydrated apples contain all of the nutrients of the hydrated ones but they have no water, so only feed little bits of dried apple to prevent tummy upset.

– See more at: http://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/can-dogs-eat-apples/29085#sthash.e6BCNlBa.dpuf

Source: http://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/can-dogs-eat-apples/29085

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Dog Gravy Recipe (Modern Dog Magazine)

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

With the holidays coming up, it is hard not to be tempted to treat your dog by drizzling gravy over their food for an extra holiday love, but did you know that our gravy isn’t good for dogs? It is far too salty for our furry friends. Instead, Modern Dog Magazine provides a recipe for healthy gravy that is perfect for dogs-“meaty, rich, delicious and with some good antioxidants, so it’s healthy as well. Organ meat in the form of liver gives it a vitamin E boost, too. It does take a bit of time to prepare, but you can then pour it into an ice-cube tray, freeze it, and take out cubes to use when you need them.”

DIY Eat – Superfood Gravy
By Henrietta Morrison

Ingredients

1 Tbsp oil
1 lb (approx 500 g) ground turkey
4 oz (100 g) liver
¼ cup frozen peas
3 cups water
Directions

Step 1 Heat the oil in a frying pan and
brown the ground turkey and liver.

Step 2 Once the meats are browned, add
the frozen peas then pour in 3 cups of
water. Put a lid on the pan and leave to
simmer for 30 minutes.

Step 3 Remove the pan from the heat
and leave to cool slightly then place the
mixture in a food processor or blender and
blitz until smooth.

It may still look a bit grainy once you
have done this, but your dog won’t mind!
Frozen in an ice-cube tray, this gravy will
keep for up to two months. Warm to room
temperature before feeding.

For more of Henrietta Morrison’s super recipes check out her wonderful
cookbook, Dinner for Dogs (Ebury Press, 2012), $16.

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Source: http://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/diy-eat-superfood-gravy/35627

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Healthy Dog Biscuit Recipe

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

We love making treats for our furry friends and this dog biscuit recipe only includes six ingredient and it’s health for your dog also! It only takes about 20 minutes to make and I’m sure your dog will love these delicious snacks. Enjoy and happy Friday!

Healthy Dog Biscuits

Ingredients

2 eggs
½ cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons dry milk
¼ teaspoon sea salt
cups brown rice flour *
1 teaspoon dried parsley (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350. In large bowl, whisk together eggs and pumpkin to smooth. Stir in dry milk, sea salt, and dried parsley (if using, optional). Add brown rice flour gradually, combining with spatula or hands to form a stiff, dry dough. Turn out onto lightly floured surface (can use the brown rice flour) and if dough is still rough, briefly knead and press to combine. Roll dough between 1/4 – 1/2? – depending on your dog’s chew preferences, – and use biscuit or other shape cutter to punch shapes, gathering and re-rolling scraps as you go. Place shapes on cookie sheet, no greasing or paper necessary. If desired, press fork pattern on biscuits before baking, a quick up-and-down movement with fork, lightly pressing down halfway through dough. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully turn biscuits over, then bake additional 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely on rack before feeding to dog. * Brown rice flour gives the biscuits crunch and promotes better dog digestion. Many dogs have touchy stomachs or allergies, and do not, like many people I know, tolerate wheat. Makes up to 75 small (1?) biscuits or 50 medium biscuits

Source: http://www.keyingredient.com/recipes/318088525/healthy-dog-biscuits/

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Iams Cat and Dog Food Recalls

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Www.petmd.com has released a list of Iams dry cat and dog food because of possible Salmonella contamination. Very important to read this and pass it along!

The following lot codes are included in this recall:

  • 3186 4177
  • 3187 4177
  • 3188 4177
  • 3189 4177
  • 3190 4177
  • 3191 4177
  • 3192 4177
  • 3193 4177
  • 3194 4177
  • 3195 4177

No other cat or dog dry food, cat or dog canned wet food, biscuits/treats, or supplements are affected.

The following is a visual guide, provided by P&G, for reading the lot code on your product:

 

According to a letter issued by P&G, internal testing determined that several product lots were produced on a line that may have exposed to Salmonella.

 

If you or your pet had contact with the recalled product, you are advised to watch for symptoms that may develop. Common symptoms associated with Salmonella poisoning include diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain. If you, your pet, or a family member is experiencing these symptoms, you are urged to contact a medical professional.

At the time of this release, no health issues were reported.

Consumers who purchased a product affected by the Iams recall are advised to stop using the pet food and discard it. For more information contact P&G toll-free at 1-800-208-0172 (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST), or via website atwww.iams.com.

Source: P&G

Link: http://www.petmd.com/news/alerts-recalls/pg-recalls-select-iams-dry-cat-and-dog-food?icn=HP-HEALTH&icl=P&G%20Recalls%20Select%20Iams%20Dry%20Cat%20and%20Dog%20Food#.Ug0krpJQGxs

For more recalls, www.petmd.com keeps an up to date list of current recalls on pet food.

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