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Big Barker Orthopedic Dog Bed Review
With one senior dog, Izzy (13 years old), and two three-legged dogs, Jayne and Meatball, a flimsy dog bed just won't cut it for these three. Enter: the Big Barker dog bed. The dogs were gifted an orthopedic Big Barker dog bed to try out to see if it would help them...
How to Do an Elimination Food Trial for Allergy Dogs – Elimination Diet
The need for an elimination diet for dogs often comes when a dog who is experiencing red inflamed ears, itching, vomiting, IBD, rashes, loose stools, etc. It can be a very frustrating time for both dog and owner. So what do you do? How do you help your dog? Getting to...
Essential First Aid & Preparedness Kit for Dogs
With all the news surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, I felt it's a good idea to put together a list of ways to be prepared for an emergency with your dog. With businesses such as pet stores and potentially animal hospitals shutting down the safety of your pet may...
Heart Healthy Foods for Dogs
There are many foods that are heart-healthy and can be used in your dog's complete and balanced homemade diet, or added to existing commercial food diets to give your dog a boost! Below are some of my favorite heart-healthy foods to incorporate into my dog's...
How to Calculate Your Dog’s Metabolic Weight + Calorie Intake
Calculating a dog’s Metabolic weight (MW) is the first step in determining how much to feed your dog. It also allows you to determine the amount of calories to feed your dog a day. MW is determined based on- Your dog’s weight / metabolism Your dog’s activity...
Testimonial: Stanley & Twinkie’s Commercial Raw Diet Transition & Guidance
"I had always been intrigued by the raw food diet, but too nervous to make the switch. The negative information out there worried me. Additionally, my dogs, Stanley and Twinkie, don’t have any major health issues where I felt like they needed to switch. But, like any...
Jayne & Meatball Try NomNomNow for the First Time
As an advocate for fresh food diets, I really wanted all my pups to get the benefits of a fresh food diet - including Meatball, our foster! I've known the folks at NomNomNow for awhile now, about three years. That's what has led me to develop a great deal of trust in...
Raw Milk for Dogs: Benefits & Info
Raw Milk for Dogs🥛has a lot of benefits (listed below) but it should be noted that not all dogs can tolerate raw milk for various reasons. I see a lot of people in groups say, 'give raw goat or cow's milk for xyz issue' - while well-intentioned, raw milk isn't always...
Testimonial: Bree’s Allergy Diet
Bree is a rescue dog whose rescue group was at a loss for how to improve her issues being underweight and having allergy issues. She had gotten the Hemopet Nutriscan done but the rescue was having trouble with interpreting it and finding the right food. I was able to...
Testimonial: Proactive Diets for Bill & Jarvis
"Bill and Jarvis are doing so great on your recipes (not to mention they absolutely LOVE the food). We had our annual wellness exam about a month ago and our vet was raving about how good their skin/fur/muscle mass/etc is! The first time I told her I was home feeding...
Testimonial: Chuck’s Allergy Diet
"In July 2019, Chuck, an adult male beagle, was surrendered to CACC by his previous owners because they could not manage his severe allergies. With patches of fur missing and bloody scabs all over his body from scratching, I agreed to foster Chuck through Fetching...
Three Reasons I Love Swimming as My Dog’s Exercise + the Best Dog Life Jacket
If you follow me on social media you'll notice I take my dogs swimming a lot over the summer. I take them any chance I can get! Not only do they love it but swimming is also really good for them, especially for my wise seniors and three-legged dogs. Here’s why I love...
Testimonial: Tulip’s Diabetic Dog Diet
Tulip, female, 10 year old diabetic pug mix Tulip's owner was struggling to regulate her dog's blood sugar levels and had been making a homemade diet that was not complete and balanced. Her owner is a health conscious person and in the human nutrition field so she...
Testimonial: Nero’s Diabetic Dog Diet
Nero, male, 11 year old diabetic pug Nero's owner came to me after she had been struggling with regulating Nero's blood glucose levels. The diets she had tried made Nero's levels spike and she was constantly dealing with the effects of high blood glucose. The diet I...
My Diabetic Dog is Skinny – 6 Things to Consider
As dog mom to Mylah who was diagnosed with diabetes at 10 months old, I’ve seen her go through many stages of ups and downs throughout her life dealing with this disease. Now that she is 8 years old, she’s actually doing the best other than when she was between the ages of 2-4 years old. Mylah’s life with diabetes has been challenging from many aspects but one area I want to talk about in particular is when she was so skinny. Some days, she looked emaciated.
7 Facts You Should Know About CBD for Dogs Before Making a Purchase
When it comes to CBD, there is a lot of misinformation floating around the web and social media. Many promote CBD as a cure-all for dogs without acknowledging the actual scientific proof we have about how CBD works within the bodies of dogs. For example, there is no scientific study that exists right now to prove that CBD works effectively to reduce anxiety in dogs. There is a lot of anecdotal information about this but that evidence only proves that sometimes it works to lower anxiety in dogs and sometimes it doesn’t.
Canine Bladder Health + Why It’s Important
This post is sponsored by Herbsmith, all opinions are my own and I only discuss products I personally use. As many of you know, my second youngest dog, Mylah, was diagnosed with diabetes at 10 months old. She's lived with this disease for the past seven years of her...
Pumpkin for Dog Diarrhea or Constipation?
Izzy is sitting at one of my favorite places to buy local produce and of course, pumpkins! With all the love for decorative pumpkins this time of year, I thought I’d share some tips on the pumpkin we feed to our dogs. Pumpkin is classified as a Cucurbitaceae, belonging to the gourd family of flowering plants. Pumpkin contains many anti-oxidants including Vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is what gives orange veggies and fruits its color. High in fiber too, pumpkin is usually what dog parents seek out for tummy troubles.
My List of All Natural Flea/Tick & Heartworm Remedies for Dogs
Flea and tick season is here and it has many pet parents worried about how to tackle these pests from an all-natural standpoint. As many of you know, there is an abundance of harmful, chemical filled, and downright toxic flea/tick meds available at vet clinics and big retailers. Just doing a simple google search on deaths from flea and tick medicine is enough to never allow that stuff near my dogs again.
DIY Veggie & Blueberry Dog Treats
These nutrient-rich veggie and blueberry treats are what I use to balance my dog’s daily raw meals. They can also be used as a treat though! A very healthy dog treat 🙂
Food Energetics for Dogs – Warm, Hot, Cold Food & Proteins
There’s a simple way to look at your dog’s food – through Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) food energetics. Food energetics are used to look at how food affects our bodies from a neutral, cool and warm standpoint. So instead of evaluating foods based on protein, calories, and carbs like Western culture does, TCM looks at vitamin and mineral content in addition to the sensations foods have on our bodies. For dogs suffering from allergies – warm and hot foods must be avoided. When you look at your dog’s behavior and then pair it with TCM food energetics I bet you might see some ways you can improve your dog’s diet.
How to Feed Your Dog Raw Meaty Bones
Feeding your dog bone as part of a raw diet can be intimidating and flat out nerve-wracking, especially for first-timer raw feeders. When you feed a dog a raw diet of ground meat and bones that can take away from the scary aspects of things going wrong like choking. However, raw meaty bones are great for dogs to enjoy for a few reasons.
Sardines & Oily Fish for Dogs
There are so many health benefits your dog receives when you feed him/her sardines or other oily fish like herring or mackerel. The #1 benefit is that your dog is receiving a natural source of rich omega 3 fish oils – you are literally feeding the source of the fish oil. I stopped feeding fish oil to my raw fed dogs Izzy and Hudson
5 Ways to Make Your Dog Healthier & Live Longer
We all want our dogs to receive the best care so they can live forever right? Well, some of that care starts at home and you can incorporate into your dog’s daily lives! I’ve put together a free series of email tips to get you and your dog on the right path.
Choosing the Best Raw Food to Feed Your Dog
When I first started feeding my dogs raw food I was overwhelmed and somewhat confused. That was over five years ago. I have learned a ton and made it a priority to educate myself to benefit my dogs and so I could teach other dog parents about feeding raw food. And the raw feeding learning curve doesn’t happen overnight. There is a transition for dogs and humans that must take place.