Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Digestive Health

Digestive Health is SO important for us dogs. And with commercial food cooked at high temps, a lot of good enzymes
and nutrients are lost.
In your dogs digestive track, (as they age) are probiotics (healthy bacteria) Also knows as: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifido-Bacterium bifidum and Lactobacillus bulgaricus. This healthy bacteria is VITAL for your dogs good health. They aid in the digestive process and provide enzymes and support an overall healthy immune system = healthy, longer-living dog!
But there are also not-so-good bacteria that live in your dogs digestive track, this causes weak stomachs, digestive upsets, and can ultimately lead to compromising the immune system, and disease.
In healthy pets, the preferred balance is 85% good bacteria to 15% bad bacteria.
So what makes your pet have an unhealthy digestive track? The most controllable is diet: IMPROPER DIET- Feeding a cheap, low quality dog food, is the fastest way to degrade your pets health. Look for a food that has no corn, wheat, soy or by-products in it. Human grade meat, and a company that stands by their product. Some premium brands I love are: Wellness, Merrick, Innova, Orijen, Solid Gold, and Timberwolf Organics.
Note- if your pet has been prescribed antibiotics, that can also change up their digestive track. Antibiotics are helpful when needed to get rid of infection, but they also do no know good bacteria from bad, therefor killing both the GOOD and bad bacteria. (other influences are: stress, too much exercise, and illness)

Your dog should have firm stools, and a healthy gut.
To strengthen your pets digestive health, consider putting him/her on a good probiotic supplement, giving fresh foods, feeding a high quality dog food, exercise & love :) I also like a tablespoon or two of Stoneyfield Farms plain organic yogurt with my breakfast!

This post is dedicated to my pal Jaspee, who gets an upset tummy very easily. Take it easy pal, and start on those probiotics!

My Family

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Snack on this

Feeding high quality treats is just as important as feeding a high quality dog food!
Wellness WellBites are the #1 choice around my house. Made of healthy ingredients such as: lamb, salmon, sweet potatoes, apples, blueberries and flaxseed...these soft treats are perfect for training or snacking!

Also made by Wellness are the oven-baked crunchy WellBars, made with real ingredients like Whitefish, Oatmeal and Sweet Potatoes. And packed with vitamins E, C and Beta-Carotene. Join the WellPet club for coupons & special offers!

Some Great finds

Who doesn't like to shop? I am always on the hunt for new toys, tags, bedding, treats, you name it.

A few items I really dig are:

These Honey Bee ID tags from wagginggreen.com (they also have TONS of other cool Green products!)

I also love these beautiful hand stamped ID tags from etsy seller: PoochyCouture www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7190224

Lastly, Hide-A-Toys are a MUST have for all dogs. These interactive toys will have your pups entertained and happy.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Show off your **BLING**

We pups need a little bling too don't we? We got a very special package from our Friend Amy in Norway. It was full of the most beautiful, hand-beaded collars! They are durable, stunning and addicting! Check out her site at: pawfectlypawsh.com

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Bring back the FRESH foods

While there are some great kibble diets on the market, we should still get some fresh food in our diet. Kibble is cooked at very high temps and a lot of the nutritional value that raw veggies and fresh meat contain, is cooked out.
So what can you add? Cooked chicken breast, lean turkey, whitefish, salmon, lean beef, or lamb. As for fruits & veggies, green or red peppers, unsalted green beans or sweet peas, carrots, broccoli, baby spinach, cauliflower, bananas, apples, blueberries, etc. Just be careful not to feed onions, macadamia nuts, raisins, or grapes = toxic.
I also add all natural garlic granuals to meals. Garlic is a controversial herb that many people think is toxic to pets. BUT many holistic vets say it is not. It supports a healthy immune system and is a natural flea deterrent. Add some fresh to your pet's food, they will thanks you :)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Holidays are exhausting

Well the Holidays are finally over....long over, I have just been too lazy to up-date. Just a quick note to say 'Woof' and show you all my Holiday Card photo.
Mr. Buddy