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Oatmeal Rice Dog Food Recipe for Sensitive Pups: 101 Dog Care Tips- Tip 26

pugfaceIs your dog experiencing  diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain after eating? Then your dog probably has a sensitive stomach. Belly aches are come complaints among the canine community and belly rubs may be in order.

Some dogs are prone to sensitive stomachs and require a stricter diet. Luckily, we came across a wonderful Oatmeal Rice Dog Recipe from ehow that is perfect for dogs with sensitive tummies & digestive problems.

Ingredients:

1 cup oatmeal

1 cup of cooked brown rice

1/8 cup wild rice

1/4 cup pinto beans

2 tbsp. honey-sweetened peanut butter

2 tsp. sunflower seeds

1 tsp. flax seeds

1 tsp. canola oil

Instructions:

1. Place the oatmeal in a medium bowl. Add 1 cup of hot water and let it sit for five minutes. While the mixture is standing, mash the pinto beans in a small bowl. Add the pinto beans and peanut butter to the oatmeal and rice mixture and stir well.

2. Grind the sunflower and flax seeds in a grinder. Add to the mixture along with the canola oil and stir.

3. Microwave for one minute just before serving.

4.  Serve:  This recipe feeds one small dog for a day. For larger breeds, double or triple the recipe.

Please make sure to check out our growing selection of dog treats, dog chews, and of course our bully sticks .

 

Owning a New Puppy: Vaccines

shutterstock_79959028Owning a new puppy can very exciting, but also overwhelming.  You always want to start off on the right foot and here are few tips for vaccinating your pooches.   This is coming from owners that were very excited about their first pooch, but ended up being very sad after a vaccination reaction almost ended very badly.

1.  Your puppy may not need every vaccination out there.  Remember, the veterinary pharmaceutical companies are in the business to make money, so the more vaccinations sold, the more money made!  Discuss with your veterinarian whether all vaccinations need to be given.  Depending on your pooches lifestyle and where you live, you may not need them all.

2.  Smaller breeds, such as Chihuahuas, Pugs, Toy Poodles, Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apsos, are more likely to have reactions to vaccines. It is very important to minimize the number of vaccines given to small breeds.  It is also recommend to space out the vaccinations.  They should not all be given all at the same time.  It is also recommend to use a quarter to a half dose of the vaccine per visit rather than the entire dose.

3.  Homeopathic remedies, such as thuja and lymphomyosot which minimize toxicity, may be given to reduce the chance of a vaccine reaction.

4.  Certain supplements, such as antioxidants, may improve your puppy’s immune response to a vaccine, offering stronger protection against infectious diseases.

5. Once your dog is 2 years or older, consider a blood test (vaccine antibody titer test).  This will give you an idea of how long the vaccine is protecting you dog for.  This way you can reduce the time between vaccination (the vaccine companies may recommend yearly vaccinations, but the vaccine might be protecting your dog for longer). Current research shows that most pets only require a few vaccines throughout their entire lives because of the excellent immunity vaccines produce.

Please check out our all growing selection of dog chews and treats like bully sticks and if you have recommendations for future dog care tips please pass them along!

101 Dog Care Tips: Fish Oil For Dogs

shutterstock_107501672-smVets originally used fish oil to treat dogs with allergy problems, but more recently they have found it to benefit many different aspects of our canines’ health.  Since our pooches cannot produce the fats contained in these oils themselves, they rely on their diet to supply the needed fats.

Much like it’s benefits for humans, omega 3 oils (fish oil) support heart, vision, and joint health, along with providing important nutrients for proper immune function, and a healthy skin and coat.   The icing on the cake is that… it’s a natural source of all sorts of other vitamins and minerals.

We have seen two forms of fish oil.  One is in pill form that can be taken in a piece of cheese or some peanut butter and the other is in liquid form.   We have found the liquid form is more calorie friendly (those pieces of cheese and peanut butter can add up) and just plain easier to give (putting over their food has worked well for us).

We do recommend that you consult with your veterinarian about specific doses for your pooch, although there are dosing instructions on most bottles.  Some dogs require more than others based on certain conditions.  Stay tuned to our website… we will be adding some very unique salmon treats and jerky’s to the site really soon!

We carry the Plato Salmon Oil for dogs which can be found by clicking the link, however there are many great oils on the market; and the important thing is to make sure to add it to your pups daily regimen!

101 Dog Care Tips: Oral Care for Your Dog

oral care for dogsMay dog owners overlook the value and importance of oral care when getting a dog and seldom include it in their pets routine maintenance like regular grooming.  Dogs are like people in that the more their teeth are brushed the better their oral hygiene will be! Oral care for your dog is just as important as your own. Adding this habit to your dogs maintenance regiment can add years to their life, keep their breath fresh, and alert you to any potential oral related problems early.

Many experts agree that owners should brush their dogs teeth about 3-5 times per week to keep them in optimal shape.  Many pet stores sell dog friendly toothpaste and brushes that are specifically designed to accomplish this task.  Failure to do this can lead to periodontal disease, and the sad fact is that 7 or 8 out of pets at their time of passing suffer from some stage of this disease!  Make sure that when brushing you don’t use your typical toothpaste (it can be harmful to dogs), but instead buy dog specific toothpaste or you can make your own with baking soda and water.

There are also many kinds of new supplements out now that you can add to your dogs water which will help in oral hygiene and reduce the natural build up of plaque, however, as a natural dog treat and chew company we recommend keeping it as simple as possible.  Bully Sticks are also great when chewed because they become soft and act as a sort of natural floss.

Bully Sticks vs. Rawhide: The Great Debate

As more and more pet owners search for treats and chews that their pets will enjoy and are good for them at the same time, the debate between two popular types of dog treats is raised once again.  Which is better – bully sticks or rawhide?  While each dog treat has supporters and detractors, a more in-depth look at both may help to make the decision easier when you’re looking at both in the aisles of your local pet supply store.

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Rawhide treats and chews have been around seemingly forever.  Lining the aisles of pet supply stores, rawhide chews are available in a huge variety of sizes for both puppies and larger dogs, shapes that range from bones to twists and ties, and flavors including chicken, beef, lamb and duck.

The biggest appeal of rawhide is how affordable it is.  Available both individually and in bulk, rawhide dog treats can cost less than a dollar a piece, while lasting for weeks and sometimes even months at a time.  Considered suitable for dogs both small and large, compressed rawhide is generally reserved for smaller breeds as it can become a choking hazard for larger dogs when they attempt to swallow pieces of it whole.

Rawhide dog treats are often criticized for a number of different reasons, not the least of which is the choking hazard they can present if broken into smaller pieces through use and the inability of most dogs to actually digest the rawhide they do ingest, instead having pass through their digestive tract where it can cause damage if there are sharp ridges on the ingested piece.  Because of this, more and more dog owners are turning to dog treats that don’t present a choking hazard and that can be digested by their pets as they would their food.

bully sticksBully Sticks

 

With the panic caused by contaminated pet food in 2007, there grew a huge demand for all natural dog chews and treats.  Because of that, bully sticks have grown in popularity with pet owners all over the country in search of dog treats that they feel comfortable with and that their dogs will enjoy.

Unlike rawhide treats, bully sticks are made from the beef of the cow, not the hide, allowing for it to be digested and processed by the dog as it would their food instead of passing it through their system like rawhide.  Much like rawhide, bully sticks are available in numerous sizes, from just a few inches for smaller breeds to nearly a yard long for larger dogs, styles including braided bully sticks as a way to work the teeth and jaw muscles, and flavors that include chicken treats for dogs and lamb treats for dogs among others.

Much like rawhide treats, bully sticks can last from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the size of the treat given to the dog, and while with larger breeds and rawhide you have to be wary of the choking hazard from broken pieces, bully sticks are easily digested by breeds both large and small and won’t chip and break to present a choking hazard like rawhide.

Which One to Choose

 

While technically neither choice is incorrect, when it really comes down to it, the trend of dog treats and chews seems to be moving more towards bully sticks simply because of their status as an all natural treat that can be digested just like food without any worry of contamination.  With plenty of flavors, sizes, and styles to suit every size and type of dog, bully sticks are quickly taking the place of rawhide on the aisles of pet supply stores around the country.

About the Author

 



Avrum Elmakis CEO TDBBSAvrum Elmakis is the president of Best Bully Sticks, a leading provider of dog treats, bully sticks, beef trachea, and other all natural dog chews and treats. He and his family own two adorable pugs named Espy and Sushi, the canines who were the motivation for affordable natural dog treats!

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