Saturday, March 25, 2017

Guest Article - The Surprising Benefits Of Adding Fiber To Your Dog's Diet

You might be surprised to discover that adding fiber to your dog's diet can actually be a very good thing, even though you're well aware of the fact that it's important for you to have sufficient fiber in your diet. There are a number of important, nutritional benefits that your dog can gain from dietary fiber, which is something that is only now being acknowledged given that fiber has long be thought of as being mere filler.

It is, however, vital to speak with your vet about the amount of fiber that your dog should be getting. Too much fiber can actually have an adverse effect on your pet's digestive tract, much like it can with people. If you make the decision to increase your dog's fiber intake, you'll need to carefully monitor the amount of fiber that your pet's getting to ensure that too much of this carbohydrate is never being consumed.

Adding a bit of fiber to your pet's diet will help him shed extra pounds, which can definitely be good if your dog happens to be obese and desperately needs to lose weight. Your pet can have a far higher quality of life and he or she can live longer as well if the right body weight is maintained, and so, adding suitable amounts of fiber to your pet's diet can really help to this end. Additional fiber will not dramatically increase the number of calories that your pet is consuming, but it can promote weight loss by making your animal feel full and less likely to overeat.

Adding fiber to your dog's diet will create a diet that's both satisfying and healthy. In addition to helping your pet reach his or her ideal weight, fiber can also assist with ongoing weight maintenance.

Fiber is even good for preventing constipation in your pet, which is something that animals can experience just like humans. Constipation is more likely to be a problem with older animals which is why you should increase your pet's fiber intake as he or she grows older. Many dog food brands that are designed specifically for senior dogs actually have a higher fiber content as the result of this fact.

Given that fiber absorbs water, it has the capacity to expedite movement in the intestines by creating additional bulk in this area. As such, as time passes, your dog will enjoy more comfortable and far easier bowel movements overall.

After fiber has been added to your dog's diet, your pet will enjoy regular bowel movements and more consistent stools. There is, however, always the potential to see loose and messy stools if you give your dog more fiber than necessary.

Blood sugar levels can be balanced by additional fiber as well by lowering the rate at which the body absorbs sugar from the intestines which mean that a modest amount of fiber can actually help in the management of diabetes.

Always be sure to buy top-quality food for your pet as your dog can suffer unnecessarily if he or she gets too much fiber. Soybean hulls, beet pulp, tomato, apple, peanut hulls, and pomace are some of the sources of fiber to check for when purchasing dog food. Rice, oats and many other grains are also indigestible fiber sources.

Increasing the amount of fiber that your dog gets can provide a number of benefits, but you still have to make sure that your animal isn't getting too much. When you aren't sure about how much fiber your dog should be getting, be sure to talk with your vet. Want to enrich your knowledge about dog care, consider stopping by Build Great Farms.



Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Guest Article - Benefits of Dog Beds

For some dog owners, dog beds may seem like an extravagance. After all, most dogs are allowed on the furniture or seem perfectly happy lounging on the floor.  However, there are numerous reasons to purchase a dog bed for your pet, and some of the benefits are described below.

Eases Joint Pain

As dogs age their bones and joints become stiff and sore, just like those of humans.  A comfortable bed is necessary for an aging dog, especially if no longer able to jump onto the bed or furniture.  If you would not want to sleep on the floor when your joints ache, how do you think your dog feels?

Better Rest

If the mattress industry has taught consumers anything, it is that a comfortable mattress is crucial for getting a good night’s rest.  The same is true for our dogs.  A comfortable bed can help ensure our pets sleep through the night without getting up multiple times to switch positions or find a warmer/cooler place in the house.  Not only does your get better rest, but you do as well!

Provides Safe Space

Dogs like to have a space to call their own when the house becomes chaotic.  A dog bed placed in a quiet corner is the perfect solution for pet owners hoping to provide sanctuary to their dogs.

Keeps Dog Off Upholstery

While some owner may believe that a dog covets your favorite spot on the couch because he or she is trying to display dominance over the household, the truth is that your dog is likely choosing that spot because it is most comfortable.  If you provide your pet with a comfortable dog bed of its own, you are less likely to have to fight your dog for space on the bed or couch.

Useful for “Place” Command

Teaching a dog the place command, in which you tell your pet to go to his or her “place” and it is expected to stay there until released, can be made easier when the dog has a comfortable area to practice this drill.

Temperature Regulation

In the cold winter months, dog beds help animals maintain body heat ensuring they stay warm and do not expend extra energy regulating their body temperatures.  In the summer months a cooling bed can help dogs that are prone to overheating by reducing their overall core body temperatures.

Makes Kennel More Comfortable

If your dog sleeps in a kennel at night he or she is prone to developing bed sores at contact points, as well as joint pain and stiffness (especially if your dog is advancing in age).  A kennel mat promotes more restful sleep while making the crate a more comfortable den.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Dog First Aid – Broken Bones

It’s heartbreaking to watch a dog in pain.

We want our dogs to be safe all the time but we can’t stop them from being dogs. They play rough, they explore, they run, they tumble and they sometimes have accidents.

Bones can break. Hopefully it won’t happen to your dog, but if it ever does, you'll want to get to a vet as soon as possible without risking more damage.

Causes:

  • Falls;
  • Accidents;
  • Playing;
  • Young bones;
  • Calcium deficiency;
  • Breeds with tiny bones;
  • Inherent defects;
  • Disease (cancer).


Signs or symptoms:

  • Swelling;
  • Bruising;
  • Limping;
  • Cries out in pain when moving;
  • Unusual movement of limb;
  • Refusal to walk;
  • Whining;
  • Anxiousness;
  • Fear;
  • Aggressive behavior when touched in a certain area.


Types of fractures:

  • Hairline fracture: the bone is partially split and is considered the least damaging unless left untreated.
  • Closed fracture: the bone is completely split in two but does not go through the skin.
  • Open fracture: the bone is split in two and breaks through the skin.


Handling a dog with a broken limb:


If you suspect your dog has a broken limb, first off it’s a good idea to muzzle him as the pain can cause an otherwise docile dog to lash out. Do not try to manipulate or reset the bone, you can make it worse. Use a straight firm object as a splint. Tie the limb securely to it but not too tight.

If the skin is broken cover it with a gauze or towel. Do not use ointment of any kind.

If a broken back is suspected you must secure the dog on to a flat board or surface with as little movement as possible. Do not try to bend the dogs back in any way.

Transport to a vet immediately.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Cozy Cuddlerz

Zzzzzzzz. Sleep is extremely important to humans, feeling refreshed and relaxed after a good night’s sleep.  Did you know your dog is no different? They may seem like they can get comfortable anywhere but I think they prefer a nice cozy bed to sleep in. If you’re like me, you have dog beds all over your house. Our furry friends love to sleep in any room we happen to be in.

If you are looking for a new bed for your dog, check out Cozy Cuddlerz pet beds. They have many dog beds to choose from that offer comfort, support and are filled with 100% recycled fibers. They offer wholesale pricing and have many inviting shapes to choose from to suit your dog’s sleeping preference. The large variety of designs will fit any home d├ęcor style too!

Christmas is coming so why not give your dog or the dog lover in your life the gift of good sleep! After all, every dog deserves to be cozy, comfortable and happy!

Envelope Cuddler Pet Bed



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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Useful Website - Natural Dog Guide

We all want to be healthy. And these days many of us are going back to basics and leading a more natural lifestyle. Our dogs deserve the same don’t they?

If you are unsure how to start your dog’s journey to a more natural health, the Natural Dog Guide can be a good resource for you. The most common topics are covered and include natural dog care and health information, natural dog food, treats and toys, green cleaning and natural training techniques.

It’s easy for you to help your dog to live a healthier lifestyle. Here are a few tips to get you started:


  • use filtered water;
  • avoid over vaccinating;
  • feed the best diet you can afford;
  • choose a good pro-biotic and digestive enzyme;
  • exercise, exercise, exercise; and
  • avoid toxins.


For more detailed information on each point above, visit the Top Dog Health Tips page.

Have a happier and healthier dog...naturally.






Friday, September 16, 2016

Do you brush your dog’s teeth?

Oral health is just as important for our dogs as it is for us. Did you know that dental disease can lead to problems with your dog’s organs? And in most cases, by the time you find out its too late; the damage has been done.

We brush our own teeth on average 2 to 3 times a day. And yet many people have dogs for years and never brush their teeth. How could a dog possibly have fresh breath!

I admit I have been guilty as the rest, but have recently turned over a new leaf and have been brushing both my dog’s teeth every day for the past several months.

While you may not be able to avoid an extensive teeth cleaning at your vet’s office all together throughout your dog’s life, you can certainly prolong the need for it. And you will be contributing to your dog’s overall health.

So how did I do it?

Here are some tips to help you to make brushing your dog’s teeth an enjoyable habit.
  1. Pick a time of day that you consistently have time.

    After dinner was the perfect time as I always make a tea and relax a little. So I started putting my brushing kit in the same place as I keep my tea to remind myself. Turns out that not only did I start remembering on my own, my dogs got used to the routine and started waiting for me after dinner.

  2. Pick the right toothbrush for you and your dog.

    Not all dog toothbrushes are created equally. Try different kinds to see what feels the best and allows you to brush your dog’s teeth for the longest time. There are some really cool and fancy looking ones but they felt quite awkward to me and kept slipping through my dog’s teeth. I found that a simple brush works best for us. You can also get a finger brush if you prefer.

  3. Make sure your dog likes the flavor of the toothpaste you choose.

    This is very important. If your dog doesn’t like the taste of the toothpaste, he will not be waiting every day for you to brush his teeth. My dogs both love the peanut butter and vanilla ginger flavors. And there are many more to choose from. You will pretty much know the second your dog licks it if he likes it or not. If not, move on. You want your dog on board with this. Never ever use human toothpaste!

  4. Make it fun for you and your dog.

    Okay it’s not going to be as fun as going to the dog park, but a little enthusiasm goes a long way. Get a little goofy and let your dog think this is a great thing to do!
I go over my dog’s teeth twice and then end things with a dab of toothpaste for them just to lick and enjoy. It’s good for them and ends things on a positive note!

Happy brushing!











Sunday, September 11, 2016

Qchef Natural Dental Chew

We all know how important dental care is for humans. And our dogs are no exception. A dog’s oral health is easy to overlook. We should be brushing our dog’s teeth everyday but do we?

Since it’s crucial to keep our dog’s teeth and gums clean, there are an abundance of products that complement our efforts to keep our furry friends mouths as healthy as possible.

Qchefs is one such product. Made in Germany, these dental chews were born by combining cottage cheese, buckwheat, rice, coconut oil and rapeseed oil.  They are easy to digest and contain no sugar, gluten, meat, lactose, flavorings, preservatives or additives. Rich is amino acids and vitamins and helps prevent plaque and fight bad breath.

There are four different varieties to choose from. Want to know more? Check out their full story and the FAQ section.