Nutrition

Nutrition – What is Good and What is Bad for Your Dog.

Home Made Dog Treats
Since we’ve learned we can’t trust many treat makers, why not begin making your dog’s treats at home? I know what you’re thinking… that sounds overwhelming right!?  Read More

Healthy Fruits and Veggies
In many households, dogs are looked at as a furry family member, not just a pet. We love our dogs and care for them almost like we would a child. It is important that our dogs get a good amount of exercise, be clean and free of ticks and fleas, and to get fed a healthy and nutritious diet. Although there are dog foods out there advertising a brand as “made with healthful vegetables,” there is nothing like feeding your loyal friend a real piece of fresh vegetable. It’s good for his teeth, coat, bones, eyesight, and overall health. Read More

Toxic Fruits and Veggies
You have just finished preparing a delicious home-cooked dinner complete with a dessert chilling in the fridge. If your dogs are anything like mine, they will sometimes listen when you say, “out of the kitchen!,” but even if they do exit the area, it’s all over if a piece of food drops to the ground from the chopping board. To dogs, the sound of the dropped food is like a piñata busting open that is filled with crunchy doggie treats! Thought bubble: is that piece of vegetable that just dropped and gobbled up by your dog safe for him to eat?  Read More

Plants Poisonous to Dogs
It’s often said that the way to a dog’s heart is through its stomach.  That may be true, but the combination of a voracious appetite, natural curiosity and indiscriminate taste can lead to trouble for our canine companions.  Plants that are poisonous to dogs can be found in our homes, our yards and in the wild, and sometimes all it takes is a little bite to lead to an emergency trip to the veterinarian. These 10 plants are among the most toxic to dogs:  Read More

Caution – Don’t Let Your Dog Eat This…  
In the past few years, more items have been added to the list of dangerous toxins for dogs. It is important to know everything that you should to keep your dog away from potentially harmful substances. As always, if you suspect your pet has eaten any of the following foods or a plant in your backyard, try to note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426.4435 or Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680. Have these numbers posted somewhere in the event of an emergency. Staff is available 24-7. I do mention cats, but mainly focus on dogs, so if you own a cat, please make sure you know what is dangerous for them, too. Some of the items listed below should never be given to your dog, while others are okay in small amounts. Reactions will differ from dog to dog, with some being able to tolerate more than others (this also depends on the size of your dog, diet, and overall health).  Read More