Fresh Dog Treats or Up To A Year Old?

On a regular basis, I check out other online dog bakeries for marketing ideas.  Recently I came across a bakery that advertised their 100% human grade ingredients without any preservatives and was guaranteed a shelf life of at least one year.  This statement is a contradiction of offering a fresh and nutritional dog treat.  I don’t want to eat something that old and why should our dogs.

The Diabetic Dog Bakery prides itself on using fresh organic ingredients, hand-cut and baked to order dog treats which encourage our clients to get excited about tasting our delivered treats.  There are no good reasons (in our eyes) to keep dog treats for up to a year before eating.

Do you have a differing viewpoint?  Please share.

Can Omega-3 Help Our Arthritic Dogs?

I am always reading for alternative ways to treat our dogs or for reference in discussions with other dog owners. But that was not always the way we handled our dog’s health.  Recently, I found an article on giving Omega-3 supplements to dogs with arthritis. We had a basset hound that had arthritis in his spine when he was about 12 years old.  By the time he died at 14 years of age, he could not move and we had to carry him around but his personality was still apparent through his facial expressions and vocal responses.  We followed traditional veterinarian medicine at the time.

Results of a study completed by the Kansas State University, suggested that Omega-3 fatty acids can be beneficial in treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in dogs.  Additional benefit of giving Omega-3 to your dogs may be with heart health, joint movement, their immune function, a healthier skin/coat, weight management and some studies have mentioned eye & brain health.

In recent years, we have begun to feed our dogs fresh steamed salmon at least once per week.  We steam it in water and add to their dry food.  Adding steamed spinach, mashed cooked sweet potatoes, steamed peas or green beans to your dog’s good quality dry dog food weekly (if not daily) practice to enhance his vitamin/mineral intake.

We had a TX holistic DVM and we learned much about how to merge traditional medicine with holistic methods/herbs. Since everything that your dog has to eat may affect his body, we believe that quality ingredients in their meals and snacks/treats are extremely important.  If you were to compare a portion of food for your dog against a portion of your food, $2.10 per can is very reasonable at your vet’s office. I realize that vet’s vary in pricing but low-residue specialized dog food from your vet is worth your consideration.

In addition, owners of arthritic dogs may want to search the internet for more information and/or ask your dog’s DVM.

Bloat in Dogs – Are you prepared?

Until this past week, I had not heard of the word ‘Bloat’ and didn’t know what it was when I saw a blog titled “How to be prepared for Bloat in your dog”.  What an eye opener!  Since I personally have basset hounds, they were on the list of breeds at risk for developing bloat, so I continued reading.  These are a few of the things that stood out and how to prepare if it happens to your dog.

Interesting fact: #1 breed to develop bloat is the Great Dane, with the #2 breed being the St. Bernard and the #3 breed being the Weimaraner.

Bloat can happen if your dog eats too fast, or has too much water before or after one meal per day (they suggest you feed your dog twice to three times a day) or is under unusual stress.

The condition is extremely painful and could kill your dog in as little as an hour.

They suggest you have the closest emergency clinic contact information for nights and/or weekends. Plus to have GasX in your medicine cabinet for such a situation.

For further reading on this subject, this website had the most complete and easy to understand diagrams.  http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_bloat.html

Breeds most at risk:

bullet Afghan Hound
bullet Airedale Terrier
bullet Akita
bullet Alaskan Malamute
bullet Basset Hound
bullet Bernese Mountain Dog
bullet Borzoi
bullet Bouvier des Flandres
bullet Boxer
bullet Bullmastiff
bullet Chesapeake Bay Retriever
bullet Collie
bullet Dachshund
bullet Doberman Pinscher
bullet English Springer Spaniel
bullet Fila Brasileiro
bullet Golden Retriever
bullet Gordon Setter
bullet Great Dane
bullet German Shepherd
bullet German Shorthaired Pointer
bullet Great Pyrenees
bullet Irish Setter
bullet Irish Wolfhound
bullet King Shepherd
bullet Labrador Retriever
bullet Miniature Poodle
bullet Newfoundland
bullet Old English Sheepdog
bullet Pekinese
bullet Rottweiler
bullet Samoyed
bullet Shiloh Shepherd
bullet St. Bernard
bullet Standard Poodle
bullet Weimaraner
bullet Wolfhound
bullet Sighthouds
bullet Bloodhounds

Toxic Slug Bait

It may be that time of the season in your part of the country, but please be extremely careful with using “slug bait” in your yard or garden. “Slug bait” is extremely toxic to dogs and most will seek it out as a treat.

Symptoms can start as early as 15 minutes and could include –

  • Weakness
  • Heavy drooling
  • Shaking
  • Seizures and/or tremors

Any of these symptoms should be taken as an emergency situation and transport to the nearest Animal Hospital.

An organic method of dealing with slugs is to crush used egg shells and work into the soil.  Egg shells are not toxic to dogs and they are not nearly as interested in eating them.

If you have any additional methods to fight slugs in your lawn or garden and would not be toxic to dogs, please post a comment so that other readers can be informed.