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Cleaning Your Dogs Ears : 101 Dog Care Tips- Tip 107

Listen up! Thorough and regular ear cleaning and maintenance can help your dog avoid ear problems and infections. Also it will help you familiarize yourself with your dog’s ears so you can recognize abnormalities. But many dogs dread getting their ears cleaned, making it difficult for you. Here are a few tips to make the ear cleaning experience a positive one for you both!

1. Trim or gently pluck hair inside dog’s ears. Some dog breeds have a great deal of hair inside their ears. Begin by plucking or trimming the hair inside the dog’s ears to improve air flow and visibility while cleaning the dog’s ears. It is generally not painful to pluck a dog’s ear hair, but pluck small bunches of hair at a time to avoid discomfort.

2. Apply ear cleaning solution to a cotton ball or Q-tip. To make the actual ear cleaning process quicker, begin by moistening several cotton balls/cotton pads and several Q-tips.

3. Wipe away ear wax and build up. Using the damp cotton pad or cotton ball, gently wipe away the dog’s ear build-up and ear wax. This will remove large portions of  ear gunk.

4. Clean the nooks and crannies of your dog ear gently with a Q-tip. To get in all those little nooks and crannies of the dog’s ear, use the damp Q-tips to clean away any remaining visible ear wax and ear build-up. Only clean the parts of the ear that are visible –  DO NOT stick the Q-tip down the dogs ear canal, which can damage your dog’s ear and hearing.

shutterstock_942890685. Give the dog a treat! Reward your dog with a treat for good behavior during and at the end of the ear cleaning process. Positive reinforcement with treats and a kind, encouraging voice will make for a positive experience for your pup.

6. REPEAT ear cleaning once a week. Regular ear cleanings are vital to prevent ear infections in dogs. This also enables pet owners to spot an infection and act quickly if the dog does develop an ear infection.

**If your dog has floppy ears then you will need to clean them more often due to poor air circulation, which can serve as the breeding grounds for ear infections.

***Ease your dog into ear cleaning by gently massaging their ears and rewarding with treat. Then once they are used to their ears being touched, attempt an ear cleaning.

What are signs your dog needs a to see a vet? If your dog is scratching ears constantly, ears are smelly & odorous, red or inflamed,  or if your dog is constantly shaking his head, seek vet assistance to rule our existing ear infection or other ear problem.

 

Facts About Dog Sunburn: 101 Dog Care Tips

Dogs are not immune to getting sunburn, in fact can just as easily become a burnt hot dog. Just like humans dogs are at high risk of suffering from skin damage and skin cancer caused by over exposure to the sun’s UV rays. Too much sun can leave a dog sunburned and miserable. So before your dog hits the beach, nap in their sunny spot, frolic along hiking trails and enjoy the great outdoors it is important to know the facts about sunburn. Most importantly don’t forget to lather Fido with doggy sunscreen. Here are few things all pet owners must know about recognizing, preventing and treating sunburn.

Which dogs are susceptible to sunburn?

  • Any dog that consistently spends time in the sun during the hottest parts of the day;
  • Dogs that have white or light colored hair;
  • Dogs that have very short hair, or no hair at all; and
  • Dogs that have suffered a loss of fur through allergies, hot spots or medical treatment.

What are the signs of sunburn?

  • Red skin; and/or
  • Hair loss; and/or
  • Sores;

What areas of the body are prone to sunburn?

Those parts where there is little hair covering and/or where the skin pigmentation is low; specifically:

  • Nose;
  • Ends of the ears;
  • Around the mouth;
  • Eyelids
  • Your dog’s underside – belly, groin and inside the legs; these areas are particularly at risk where your dog is on a reflective surface, such as walking on a concrete path.

What’s the best way to prevent dog sunburn?

  • Keep your dog inside in a cool room, or if he’s outside, in adequate shelter during the hottest parts of the day;
  • Use a sunscreen on those parts of his body susceptible to sunburn. Use a pet sunscreen because those produced for human use contain ingredients that are toxic to your dog. Remember to regularly reapply the sunscreen as it will wear, or be licked, off relatively quickly;
  • You can buy bodysuits for your dog that protect them from UV rays – if your dog is continually out in the sun, this may be the best option, and your vet should be able to provide you with more information on these products; and
  • If you regularly have your dog clipped in the summer, think about leaving his coat a bit longer so the hair offers some protection. Talk to your dog’s groomer about clipping your dog – some dog breed’s hair is designed to insulate the dog from the sun’s heat and if you clip it off, you may be doing more harm than good to your dog.

How do you soothe a sunburned dog?

  • Use aloe vera, nature’s ointment. The juice from the aloe vera plant will help reduce infection and scarring and speed the healing process. If you have a plant available, break off the tip of a leaf and squeeze out some gel. Apply it directly to the affected area. If a fresh plant is unavailable, a cream with aloe vera works well.
  • Speed healing with vitamin E. Puncture a Vitamin E capsule and squeeze out the oil, applying to the affected area to reduce scarring and speed healing.
  • Replace lost moisture on the skin. Applying a moisturizer can restore the moisture balance to the skin. Those products which contain coconut or jojoba oil are best. Apply three times per day.
  • Use witch hazel, it has a cooling property as it evaporates from the skin but doesn’t sting. Apply with a cotton ball three to four times per day.

 

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But what do you do for the pampered pup or feline that has everything? Hmmm..For the pet that has everything give a Best Bully’s Gift Certificate and take the guessing out of gift giving! This is a great way for you to give that furry special someone in your life or loving pet owner a special gift by allowing them to select the exact products their furry companion are looking for.

A picture is worth a thousand words, or shall we say free bully sticks!

Our photo gallery is growing constantly, please submit a photo of your dog enjoying any of our products to enter our twice monthly contest! Each month we will have a drawing on those customers who submitted pictures to the gallery and a winner will be chosen and posted on the site. The winner will win more bully sticks!

How to Train Your Dog To Use Doggie Door: 101 Dog Care Tips

Have you ever been right in the middle of a game and your dog wants to go out to play? Have you been awaken at night by your dog needing to go out and potty? Well, we have been there, and we have a solution for you!  Install a doggy door so your dog has quick access to the backyard when nature calls or when you dog has the urge to frolic in the backyard.  Although training your dog to use the doggie door takes patience their is much reward. Here are a few tips to help get your dog on the road to independence and pull you off the road of sleep deprivation so you can get back to catching some Zzzzz’s.

1. Follow the Leader. The fastest, easiest way to train a dog to go through a doggie door is to bring another dog who already knows how to use a doggie door, and let your dog watch him. You may need to still help a little by lifting the flap, and being outside with a treat, but most dogs will quickly follow another dog’s lead. In the event you don’t have another dog that already is trained to go thru a doggie door, follow the rest of the instructions.

2. Get Familiar with the Unfamiliar. Take the dog to the doggie door and just let him sniff it and investigate. Push the flap and show the dog how it moves and how it sounds when it moves, and let the dog see the outside thru the flap.

3. Bribe with treat & make sure to praise! Give the dog a very tasty, enticing and special treat that he or she can’t resist. And then go outside, leaving your dog inside to investigate the door, and push the flap from outside and call your dog. Show the dog a treat, and give it to him or her only if he or she comes out through the doggie door. Don’t expect your dog to run right through the doggie door on the first try, but most dogs will try it pretty quickly for a yummy treat. Make sure to reward the dog with the tasty treat and lots of praise and petting when going through the doggie door for the first few times.

 


 

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Take The Guessing Out Of Gift Giving With A Best Bully Stick Gift Certificate!

But what do you do for the pampered pup or feline that has everything? Hmmm..For the pet that has everything give a Best Bully’s Gift Certificate and take the guessing out of gift giving! This is a great way for you to give that furry special someone in your life or loving pet owner a special gift by allowing them to select the exact products their furry companion are looking for.

A picture is worth a thousand words, or shall we say free bully sticks!

Our photo gallery is growing constantly, please submit a photo of your dog enjoying any of our products to enter our twice monthly contest! Each month we will have a drawing on those customers who submitted pictures to the gallery and a winner will be chosen and posted on the site. The winner will win more bully sticks!

Hippity Hop Easter Pet Safety and Hidden Dangers: 101 Dog Care Tips- Tip 97

Easter is just a bunny hop away but so are hidden dangers. As you and your family prepare for Easter festivities here are some Easter Pet Safety tips. Happy Easter egg hunting!

1. Easter grass is a decorative must for Easter baskets but can signal danger for your pet if ingested. If eaten, it can cause a plethora of health problems, even death. Easter grass can wrap around your pet’s intestines and cut off circulation. It can also cause vomiting, choking, constipation, painful defecation and abdominal pain. Instead opt for a safer alternative, tissue paper or real grass.

2. No Chocolate Bunnies or Eggs. Dogs can’t resist something sweet to gobble on, including the infamous chocolate bunny. With such a keen sense of smell your dog can find your chocolate stash. Chocolate contains a highly toxic ingredient known as theobromine, making even small amounts of chocolate extremely hazardous to your pets health. Theobromine, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, seizures and an abnormally elevated heart rate. Although your dog should avoid all types of chocolate, dark chocolate contains the highest concentrations of theobromine making it the most toxic. Early symptoms of chocolate toxicity are vomiting, diarrhea and trembling. If your dog exhibits these symptoms, please seek vet help immediately.

3. Avoid Sugar Substitutes: Xylitol, an artificial sweetener used in many candies, chewing gums and baked goods, is potentially very toxic to dogs and cats. If ingested, it can cause a rapid drop in blood sugar and can lead to seizures & liver failure.

4. Poisonous Easter Bouquets & Plants. Lilies, amaryllis, and kalanchoe are just a few popular flowers used in Easter floral arrangements. While they make for beautiful centerpieces on your Easter table, certain plants and flowers can be deadly for pets. The beautiful Easter Lily is a plant commonly found in bouquets this time of year but highly toxic to cats if ingested. If eaten this flower can cause vomiting and lethargy, and if untreated, may progress to kidney (renal) failure and death. Please call your veterinarian immediately if you suspect that your cat has eaten any part of a lily plant. Other potentially poisonous flowers to avoid include tulips, calla lilies, daisies, chrysanthemums and baby’s breath.

5. Real or fake plastic eggs can be dangerous. This is the case of mistaken identity. Fido or Felix may confuse a shiny plastic eggs for their next chew toy or tasty treat. If chew and swallow the plastic can cause intestinal damage which may require surgery. While hard-boiled have a tendency to be misplaced or not found during those Easter egg hunts and can easily spoil. If the egg is discovered days later and eaten by your hungry dog can cause quite an upset stomach. Make sure you keep track of the number of eggs hidden and their whereabouts so you can easily inventory at the end of the hunt.

6. Cute Easter toys are not meant to be eaten: Festive bunnies and chick toys make cute Easter basket stuffers for the kiddies, but may be viewed as a mid afternoon snack for your pet. Small toys are a choking hazard and should be kept away from cats and dogs. Keep baskets off the ground or better yet keep your pet in an Easter free zone out of potential harms way.

 

How to Make a First Aid Kit for Pets: 101 Dog Care Tips

Although emergencies and accidents are unforeseen, one should  always be prepared for worst case scenario. That is why all pet owners should know canine first aid and have a pet first aid kit within paws reach. Preparedness, knowing what to do in an emergency, and acting swiftly could mean the difference between life or death and your pet sustaining additional injuries. Being prepared gives your pet a fighting chance of survival and most often a quicker recovery.

Making a basic DIY Pet First Aid Kit or purchasing a pre-made kit at your local pet store is a must. Pet First Aid Kit is great to have on hand for everyday use or in the event of a natural disaster resulting in minor or major injuries.  It is recommended that you have one for your home and your car for easy accessibility. If you prefer making your own first aid kit here are a list of essentials that should be include. Make sure your first aid preparedness disaster kit is well stocked and medical materials are stored in a durable, water proof container.

  • Sterile gauze pads (3″ x 3″ and 2″ X 2″) and gauze bandage rolls (1″ and 2″)
  • First-aid adhesive tape, 1″ roll
  • Masking tape
  • Cotton swabs (Q-tips®)
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Forceps
  • Plastic freezer/sandwich bags
  • Small bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • Styptic pencil or cornstarch (stems blood flow from minor cuts)
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Antiseptic cleansing wipes
  • Kaopectate® or Pepto-Bismol®
  • Flash light
  • Stethoscope
  • Saline Solution (clean out wounds and flush the eyes)
  • Muzzle (to help restrain your animal if it becomes aggressive due to shock and pain)
  • A current pet first-aid book
  • Eyewash
  • Eyedropper (dispensing liquid medication or for cleaning superficial wounds)
  • Mineral oil (a lubricant and laxative when given by mouth)
  • Ipecac syrup ( to induce vomiting in the event your pet is poisoned, consult your veterinarian before inducing vomiting)
  • Digital or rectal thermometer in a plastic case
  • Leather work gloves (to protect you from being bitten)
  • Latex gloves
  • Leash
  • Thin rope
  • Splint materials (tongue depressor, 12-inch wooden ruler or thick magazine)
  • Activated charcoal (good for poisoning or diarrhea and controls flatulence resulting from any stomach or intestinal upset)
  • Blankets
  • Phone numbers (your pet’s regular veterinarian and of a nearby emergency veterinary hospital)
  • Instant cold pack
  • Rags/rubber tubing for tourniquet
  • Emergency Heat Blanket (used if an animal’s temperature is decreasing due to shock or exposure. Always take the pet’s temperature first before using)
  • Thermometer & Vaseline
** Seek your veterinarian’s approval before using some of the medications.
***As you build your pet first aid kit, familiarize yourself with materials and methods that may be needed to help your pet in a minor or major emergency.

 

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Take The Guessing Out Of Gift Giving With A Best Bully Stick Gift Certificate!

But what do you do for the pampered pup or feline that has everything? Hmmm..For the pet that has everything give a Best Bully’s Gift Certificate and take the guessing out of gift giving! This is a great way for you to give that furry special someone in your life or loving pet owner a special gift by allowing them to select the exact products their furry companion are looking for.

A picture is worth a thousand words, or shall we say free bully sticks!

Our photo gallery is growing constantly, please submit a photo of your dog enjoying any of our products to enter our twice monthly contest! Each month we will have a drawing on those customers who submitted pictures to the gallery and a winner will be chosen and posted on the site. The winner will win more bully sticks!

6 Tips for Making an Oatmeal Bath for your Dog

Is your dog itching for some relief? Well we have just the thing, a nice, soothing and comfy oatmeal bath. Oatmeal nourishes, moisturizes and soothes the skin. An oatmeal bath leaves an invisible protective oatmeal coating on the skin, protecting it from further itching. Hey this is even great for us humans! Just cue the soothing music and light the aromatherapy candles and you have yourself a spa day. Here’s the simple instructions on making an oatmeal bath for your dog.

1. Blend one cup of plain uncooked oatmeal in a blender until it is a fine powder. Powdering the oatmeal makes the oatmeal dissolve in the water easily. Any type of oatmeal is suitable, as long as it is plain oatmeal. Do not use oatmeal that contains flavorings or sugar.

2. Fill up a bathtub with lukewarm water to a level that will reach the middle of your dog’s chest. Test the temperature of the water on the inside of your wrist. The water should feel comfortably warm. If the water feels cold or hot, adjust the temperature accordingly.

3. Add the cup of powdered oatmeal to the bath water. Use your hand to swish the oatmeal powder around in the water to dissolve the powder. Make sure to mix the oatmeal powder thoroughly so that it does not clump at the bottom of the bathtub. The bath water will turn a milky white color as the oatmeal dissolves.

4. Recheck the temperature of the bath water with the inside of your wrist to make sure that it is still at a comfortable temperature for your dog and adjust it if necessary.

5. Place your dog in the bath water to soak. With your hands, gently scoop some of the oatmeal bath water onto to your dog’s back. Continue to do this every few minutes. Allow your dog to soak in the oatmeal bath for 10 to 15 minutes. Talk to your dog, scoop water on its back and pet it while it soaks.

6. Remove your dog from the oatmeal bath without rinsing the mixture off and gently pat it dry with a clean towel. The oatmeal mixture will leave an invisible protective and nourishing coating on your dog’s skin that will help stop further itching.

You can give your dog an oatmeal bath once a day for up to three days. And once a month thereafter. More frequent baths can irritate your dog’s skin.

Talk to your vet if the itching is not relieved after a few days, chronic itch could be a sign of something more serious or a food allergy. Make sure to rule out flea’s as the cause of your dog’s skin irritation and itchiness.

 

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Give the gift of a good chew. Delicious & all natural, the way nature intended!

Please make sure to check out our growing selection of dog treats & chews, and of course our bully sticks. Try our odor free bully sticks!

Take The Guessing Out Of Gift Giving With A Best Bully Stick Gift Certificate!

But what do you do for the pampered pup or feline that has everything? Hmmm..For the pet that has everything give a Best Bully’s Gift Certificate and take the guessing out of gift giving! This is a great way for you to give that furry special someone in your life or loving pet owner a special gift by allowing them to select the exact products their furry companion are looking for.

A picture is worth a thousand words, or shall we say free bully sticks!

Our photo gallery is growing constantly, please submit a photo of your dog enjoying any of our products to enter our twice monthly contest! Each month we will have a drawing on those customers who submitted pictures to the gallery and a winner will be chosen and posted on the site. The winner will win more bully sticks!

Pet Dental Disease: 101 Dog Care Tips

Did you know that dental disease is one of the most common health issues in dogs and cats? Not only can dental disease be excruciating but also costly. Great news, dental disease can be reduced and prevented with some TLC. Like any health issue, prevention is key and knowledge is power. That is why it is so important to provide your pet with proper pet oral care both professionally and at home. As dogs age it is even more crucial to maintain that healthy smile. If you are a new pup or kitty parent it is important that you get your new fury bundle of joy use to having his teeth brush by starting their dental care at a young age. For those who have never brushed your pets teeth it is never to late to get your dog or cat on the road to a great smile. First step is a setting up an appointment for a  proper vet dental check-up and then having your vet speak to you about a regular at home oral care regime. There is no time like the present as we celebrate Feb. Pet Dental Month. Remember that if dental disease is left untreated it could lead to tooth loss, infection and much worse.  Here are a few dental diseases that you should be aware of.

Plaque: Dogs rarely get cavities, but are prone to gum disease and excess tartar build-up on the teeth. Food particles and bacteria collect along the gumline forming plaque. Routine home care 2-3x’s per week can remove this plaque.

Tartar: If plaque is not removed, minerals in the saliva combine with the plaque and form tartar (or calculus) which adheres strongly to the teeth. Plaque starts to mineralize 3-5 days after it forms. The tartar is irritating to the gums and causes an  inflammation known as gingivitis. This can be seen as reddening of the gums adjacent to the teeth. It also causes bad breath. At this point it is necessary to make an appointment with your vet in order to remove the tartar with special instruments called scalers, and then polish the teeth.

Periodontal Disease: If the tartar is not removed, it builds up under the gums. It separates the gums from the teeth to form “pockets” and encourages even more bacterial growth. At this point the damage is irreversible, and called “periodontal” disease. It can be very painful and can lead to loose teeth, abscesses, and bone loss or infection. As bacterial growth continues to increase, the bacteria may enter the bloodstream. This can cause infection of the heart valves (endocarditis),liver, and kidneys. If treated by your veterinarian with special instruments and procedures, periodontal disease can be slowed or stopped.

So paw pals let get brushin’!

 

How To Brush Your Dog’s Teeth: 101 Dog Care Tips- Tip 88

Animals teeth need love, too! Give your dog something to smile about by celebrating National Pet Dental Health Month all year round. Dental health is an important part of your canine’s overall health and well-being that oftentimes goes neglected until serious health issues arise. Dog’s teeth are much like a human’s, and just like you and me, they can develop bad breath, tarter and plaque buildup which can lead to gum disease. It is important that you brush your dogs teeth at least 2-3 times a week to maintain those pearly whites. Here is a short “How To” videos on brushing your dog’s teeth.

 

How to brush your dog’s teeth

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We brush them, bathe them and buy them tons of toys. But often we overlook one of the most important things about our dogs: their teeth. Celebrate February Pet Dental Month with us and get brushing!

Here are just a few of our pet dental products that will make cleaning your dogs teeth a breeze!

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How To Brush Your Dogs Teeth: 101 Dog Care Tips

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day, but so is bad breath. So, pups, if you are thinking about puckering up at the kissing booth, think again, it’s time to press the Pause button for a second. Don’t forget to brush those pearly whites. Canines beware of the bad breath police hounds on patrol, you don’t want to get an embarrassing citation for poor dental hygiene!

Make sure your breath is fresh and clean by brushing 2-3 times per week. Not only will this be a good hit with the ladies & gentlemen, but your overall health will improve as well. Here are some tips to make teeth brushing a breeze. The first step is to purchase doggy-specific toothpaste (comes in many dog-licious flavors) and a toothbrush at your local pet store.

1. Start  with small puppy steps by placing a small amount of toothpaste on your finger and allowing your dog to lick it off. This is the part your dog will love.

2. Next, apply another small dab of toothpaste to your finger. Sit beside your dog or straddle him from behind. Cup the top of his muzzle in your hand and gently pull back on the lips. Making sure you praise his or her good behavior.

3. Place your finger on the surface of one of your dog’s front teeth and gums. Massage gently in a circular motion. Your dog will probably be licking at your finger as you do this but that’s okay; he’s getting used to having his tooth & gums massaged.

4. Introduce him to the toothbrush. Allow him to sniff or lick at the brush (sorry, pups, this is not a chew toy). Place some toothpaste on the brush and allow him to lick it off. Be patient and take as much time as your dog needs to become familiar with the brush.

5. Position the brush against his tooth (whichever tooth is easier to reach and he’s most comfortable with) and move it gently in a circular motion.

6. Repeat the above steps for several days, until your dog is completely comfortable with the ritual.

7. Wet the toothbrush and apply a small amount of toothpaste to it. Sit beside or straddle your dog and gently pull back the lips. Begin by brushing the outside tooth surfaces (closest to the lip) of the fangs. Brush gently, in a circular motion, concentrating on the gum line. Spend at least five seconds on each tooth.

bobby lamb pizzle tongue8. Move on to the first large teeth in the back of the mouth on each side. Brush gently, in a circular motion, as you did with the fangs. Once you and your dog are comfortable with brushing the fangs and back teeth, you can expand your efforts to include the outer surfaces of the other teeth.

9. Reward your dog with a bully stick or other natural dog treat!

 

We hope that these steps make brushing your dog’s teeth a fun activity and not a chore for either one of you! Dental hygiene is important, so keep on brushing!

 

20 Pet Friendly People Foods Safe for Dogs : 101 Dog Care Tips

Being a responsible dog owner means knowing what to feed and not to feed your pooch since not all foods are good for your dog. Our friends at Moderndog Magazine has come out with a helpful list of 20 nutritious people foods that are safe for you to share with your dog. These pet friendly foods are sure to spice up your dogs meal and get that tails wagging. Remember a balanced diet & excercise is the key to good health. Chow hounds bone appetit!

1. Yogurt is a good source of available calcium and protein. When choosing yogurt, pick one that has live active bacteria and no sugars or artificial sweeteners. The active bacteria may act as probiotics. If your pooch is pudgy, make sure that you pick fat-free yogurt but not one that contains fat substitutes (e.g., Simplesse or Olestra). Frozen yogurt is a nice summer treat for dogs.

2. Flax seed (ground or oil) is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential fatty acids that are good for skin and coat. Whole flax seeds are best if ground right before feeding as this type of fat can go rancid quickly. Flax seed can also be added to your dog’s diet as a source of fibre. Flax oil is a more concentrated form of omega- 3 fatty acids without the fibre. Make sure that you store the oil or seeds in the fridge in an air tight dark container.

3. Salmon is a fatty fish which is also a good source of omega- 3 fatty acids. These fats support the immune system and can be beneficial for skin and coat health. There has also been some indication that they may benefit dogs with allergies. You can feed salmon or salmon oil. If feeding salmon, make sure it’s cooked before serving, as raw salmon can carry a parasite that can make your dog sick.

4. Pumpkin is a good source of fibre and beta carotene (a source of vitamin A). Dogs need fibre in their diet. The current trend is towards highly digestible diets that lower stool volume and this is not necessarily a good thing. Keeping the GI tract moving helps keep the cells lining the gut healthy.

5. Sweet potatoes are another source of dietary fibre and contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, beta carotene, and manganese. Sweet potatoes are great sliced and dehydrated as a chewy treat for your dog. There are so many dog treats on the market that we often overlook the simple, healthy, and reasonably priced treats available at our grocery store.

6. Green beans are a good source of plant fiber, vitamin K, vitamin C, and manganese. If your dog has a tendency to put on weight, then replacing some of her regular food with green beans is a great low calorie way to fill her up and help her maintain a healthy weight. Many dogs enjoy green beans frozen.

7. Eggs are a great source of very digestible protein, riboflavin, and selenium. For some dogs that are prone to digestive upset, eggs can give them a little protein boost. Adding eggs to your dog’s food is a healthy treat. Make sure to use cooked whole egg, as raw egg whites can cause biotin deficiency. If you do a lot of training with your dog, consider taking cooked eggs to your next class as training treats.

8. Brewer’s yeast is the yeast that’s left over from making alcohol. Dogs seem to really enjoy the tangy taste of brewer’s yeast. It’s full of B vitamins which are good for skin, coat, and carbohydrate metabolism. Make sure you’re using brewer’s yeast (available at health food stores), not baking yeast which will make your dog sick. Brewer’s yeast can spice up your dog’s appetite. Just sprinkle a little on the food of a picky eater and watch her dive into her food.

9. Apples are wonderful crunchy treats for your dog. Apples with the skin on are full of plant chemicals (phytonutrients) that are thought to be protective against some types of cancer in humans. They are a source of vitamins A and C and fibre. Apple seeds, however, contain cyanide so your dog should not be allowed to eat the core. Though the effects of a few apple seeds will likely not harm your dog, the deleterious effects can accumulate over time if allowed to eat apple seeds regularly.

10. Oatmeal is a good source of soluble fiber. This can be beneficial for some older dogs that may have trouble maintaining bowel regularity. Oatmeal is also an alternative source of grain for dogs that are allergic to wheat. It can be fed in conjunction with probiotics to enhance their function. Keep in mind oatmeal should always be fed cooked and plain with no sugar or flavouring. As always, check with your veterinarian before making any major changes to your dog’s diet, especially if they are on any medications. Upsetting the vitamin and mineral balances in your dog’s diet can have negative effects on your dog’s health and some medications interact badly with some nutrients. The aim of most dog owners is to give their dogs the best diet possible. Good nutrition coupled with a health care program may result in extending your dog’s life by as much as 15 percent. The suggestions above are not meant to replace your dog’s normal, balanced diet. Rather, they are ideas for alternative treats or for adding a little variety to your dog’s meals.

11. Rice is good to feed when your dog has an upset tummy and needs a bland meal. There are a variety of different types of rice. Brown rice is a little higher in protein and a little lower in fat when compared to white rice. White or instant rice is an easily digestible carbohydrate which makes it a good source of energy when your dog has an upset tummy or if you are feeding an older dog.

12. Squash, like pumpkin, can be added to bulk up his stool and is a good source of betacarotene (provitamin A). Hint: remove the seeds and then slice and freeze the squash to make it a fun, crunchy snack for your dog.

13. Popcorn that has been air popped with no butter or salt is a great lowcalorie treat for your dog. Popcorn contains potassium as well as the bone-building minerals phosphorous, magnesium, and calcium. So snuggle up and share that popcorn with your furry friend next time you watch a movie.

14. Lean meat (chicken, beef, or pork) with no visible fat and no added sauces or seasonings can be a great training treat or can add a bit of good-quality extra protein to your dog’s diet. Lean meat is an excellent, balanced source of amino acids, the building blocks of muscle in your dog’s body. Meat is also a great source of B vitamins (Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Pyridoxine, and Cobalamine). These vitamins are involved in energy metabolism in the body.

15. Liver is available freeze-dried in most pet stores and it is a great training treat. You can also buy it fresh in the grocery store to feed at home. Fresh liver can be cooked and then baked to make your own liver treats. Liver is an excellent source of B vitamins (Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, and Folic acid), Vitamin A, and Vitamin K. It is also a great source of iron. Warning: Too much liver may be toxic to dogs because of its high vitamin A content. Therefore, it is best to limit the amount of liver fed to your dog to not more than 1 g of fresh liver/Kg body weight per day.

16. Pineapple can be a special treat for your dog. Pineapple contains mostly sugar but it also contains calcium and potassium. Frozen pineapple can be a fun summer treat for your dog.

17. Cottage cheese is high in protein and calcium and it’s fairly bland, so it can be a good way to add some extra protein to your dog’s diet. Cottage cheese is a dairy product and some dogs don’t do well with dairy, so make sure you start with just a small amount.

18. Parsley has long been thought to improve doggie breath, so next time you are baking treats for your dog, try adding a few tablespoons of chopped parsley for added flavour and colour. Parsley can also be a good source of calcium, potassium, and beta-carotene.

19. Peanut butter is a healthy, high-protein treat for dogs. Try smearing some inside or on one of your dog’s toys, or let him lick out the container when it’s almost finished.

20. Peas can be added right to your dog’s food, frozen or thawed. Peas are a good source of the B vitamin Thiamin, phosphorous, and potassium.

 

 
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