Category Archives: Nutrition

Canine Thanksgiving Dinner

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I know, we all want to share a little of our Thanksgiving feasts with our dogs, especially because we may not have as many visitors in this virus-filled year. Just keep in mind there are some things on your table that may not be suitable for your dog.

The biggest problem may be herbs and seasonings. Garlic is a big no-no for your dog. Onions, too, can cause a problem. Grapes, raisins, avacadoes, and nuts are also on the no go list. And no chocolate or alcohol!

So, what can you feed your pup? Continue reading Canine Thanksgiving Dinner

Pet Food Pantries

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From the good folks at Alley Cat Allies, a searchable directory of food pantries that can help you feed your dog while stimulus / relief funds are stalled in Congress.

On the other hand, if you’re flush, you can follow the same link and scroll down to make a donation in support of Alley Cat’s work or use the directory to locate your local pantry and donate to them.

Although Alley Cat Allies is (obviously) focused on felines, most of these pantries assist with dog food as well as cat food.

As the virus surges, please, please, please #StayHomeStaySafe if you can.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Do Sled Dogs Need Lots of Carbs Before a Race?

When we humans prepare for a marathon, we eat lots of carbs in the days before the race to increase stored muscle energy. But sled dogs have much different metabolic needs. For them, fat content is far more important, with fats making up as much as 60 – 70% of their diets.

How do I know this? Because the Iditarod has launched a new Ask an Iditarod Vet feature, answering all your questions about sled dog health.

I know there are people who think these endurance-based sled dog races are cruel, but these athletic dogs love their jobs and are probably treated better than yours and mine. And it’s not just about racing; I heard today that some of Alaska’s ballots were delivered to their election boards by sled dog!

You can send questions for Iditarod veterinarians to Krystin at [email protected]

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Saturday Survey: Drive-Thru Food

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As you may recall, National Coffee Day was this week, and we talked about how dangerous it is to give caffeine to a dog. Which doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy Starbucks with you; you just have to be smart about what you get for them.

Many of us take our dogs out for car rides, and car rides often include a stop at a drive-through. Do you indulge your dog when you’re there?

Do you buy your dog food from drive-throughs?

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Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Happy National Coffee Day

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For many, that morning cup of coffee is an absolute necessity, so I hope you are enjoying a free cup today from one of the many retailers offering that perk.

However, please remember that caffeine is toxic to your dog. Even decaf can cause some stomach upset.

Although there are a few brands of “dog coffee”, they are really more of a collection of herbs that just look like coffee.

It’s much better to stick with the occasional “puppuccino” cup of whipped cream if you want your dog to enjoy your Starbucks with you.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Saturday Survey: Dog Brew

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I posted earlier this week about a new product from Busch called Dog Brew, which quickly sold out its first run. What do you think of the idea?

Dog Brew - Yea or Nay?

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Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Dog Brew from Busch

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The good folks at Busch have created a dog brew that will let you have a cold one with your best friend. From their website:

Busch Dog Brew is an all-natural product and contains only fresh ingredients. Made with vegetables, herbs, spices, water, and pork broth to provide your best buddy with a nutritious and tasty snack that helps to promote a healthy digestive system. Bone broth is also a great way for dogs who struggle to eat solid food to get all of their extra nutrients. Your best friend is going to love it. We’re pawsitive.

Ingredients: Bone-in pork butt, Whole corn, Celery, Basil, Mint, Turmeric, Ginger, Water

The first batch is sold out, but you can join the waitlist to be notified when they make more.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!