Choices: What Pet Food To Choose

Once you start looking at all the offerings, confusion is probably not far behind. You start questioning do I get freeze-dried, air-dried, or dehydrated. Let’s look at each. First and foremost they are all without moisture, but not interchangeable as terms go.

Air dried pet food is a unique process. It’s like making jerky, you hang it and let it dry at room temperature. The air drying process does not damage proteins, vitamins, nutrients, or enzymes. It simply removes moisture.

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Now freeze-dried pet food and the process is more complicated. Raw food is placed in a pressurized chamber and frozen. The process is known as sublimation (ice converts directly into a water vapor, skipping the liquid phase). This process has no changes to the food. It is a very slow process, but as stated, it does not change the food structure, and it gives the food very shelf stable. To feed simply crumble (patties or nuggets) and add water.

Dehydrated pet food basically takes raw food, and gently removes the moisture by utilizing low heat so as not to break down the nutrients and enzymes. Again like making jerky. Also to feed, you need to re-hydrate.

So what’s the difference? The temperature of the processes is the main difference. While freeze-dried foods don’t necessarily need to be rehydrated for feeding, Most will agree that increased moisture to any of these products is key to the health and wellness of our beloved pets.

Some will ask if these foods are considered raw. Air dried and freeze-dried would be considered raw, while dehydrated, due to the heat used, would probably not qualify. Questions regarding the ingredients or preparation should be directed to the company website. Most will detail ingredient information (sourcing, safety, and process used to manufacture).

Most of these products are complete and balanced diets. I can not stress enough to check the labels to ensure your pet is getting all the nutrients needed for a balanced diet. You can also see which food your pets like. I have a few finicky pets.

A few other considerations in making your choice are price, weight, storage. Freeze-dried foods are pricey, because of the process of manufacture. The lightweight and long shelf-life are the advantages. It gets your attention when a 5 lb bag of freeze-dried dog food rehydrates to about 25 lbs, or a 25 lb bag equals 125 lbs.

So do your homework on the products out there. See what your furry friend likes. And enjoy.

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My Dog Was Lost, But Now He Is Found

I realized after an hour that my nine year old Miniature Schnauzer was missing. To my dismay the door was left ajar after I had brought in a large bag of dog food into the house from the car. It was now getting dark and after several neighbors and I had searched up and down the street and in the alley, we did not find him. Friends called other friends making it a community effort. We had walked, then driven around our neighborhood. He was nowhere to be found.

It was hard to realize that my dog was missing. My emotions ran wild, thinking that something terrible had happened to him. I expected the worst of what may have happen, having him hit by a car or killed by a wild animal. Then when he didn’t come home and it was getting late, I didn’t know what else I could do. He is like family and I wanted him safe at home with me.

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Worried about how he must be feeling, all lonely and cold and hungry I reported his being lost to the police, the pet shelter, the radio station and also posted his disappearance on social media listing his description to reach out to others about my dilemma. He had a dog tag on his collar with his name “Sparky” and address and phone number. I know that if anyone would find him they would certainly call. I had a hard time trying to sleep wondering were he could be. He had never ran away to the point of not coming right back, before. Feeling so responsible I starting looking up information on the internet to pass the time away.

I kept reading because I felt strongly that I would recover where my dog has gone. I felt that I would find him and my instincts proved that to be true.

I did fall asleep and awoke to a phone call asking if my dog “Sparky” was lost. She had seen my post on social media. One of my friends was her friend but not knowing she would be the one to find my dog. He had wandered a mile and a half away crossing a major, busy avenue and was found in a women’s garage this morning under her car. She said they had left the garage door open during the night and her little girl saw a black dog run under the car from the window. They had a hard time getting him out from under the car. The little girl finally got him to come out to her.

They brought him to my house. He was a dirty dog and very scared, but so happy to see me and be home at last.

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Misfit Island

Deep East Texas needs animal rescues. Two committed places closed within the past few months and options are few for abused or abandoned animals. Wendi’s Misfits in Lufkin announced its closing recently and is currently placing animals. The founder of another passed away in February and most of her rescues have been re-homed.

My mother Nancy Daniel lived in Nacogdoches, Texas, for 10 years and I joined her for the last five. On a secluded property in Central Heights, dozens of dogs, birds, horses and even a few funny donkeys spent time on the property. Each animal came and gradually became part of our pack.

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My mother has been rescuing all of our lives. Losing Mom took the wind out of our sails. We drag through so many days under the fog of grief. Nothing was as gut-wrenching as watching the Misfits follow Mom in the hearse when the coroner came for her that late February morning.

My mother had the ideas and I executed them. At one point, we had 20 rescues running through our camp and it felt like a zoo. Placing seven brought us down to 13. After losing Lexi, Riley and Winston, there were ten of us surrounding her during her final days.

Her talking African Gray had been in a large, rolling cage next to Mom for 25 years. Buzzie spoke in her voice exactly (right down to the smoker’s cough.) When his new parents came for her, I held it in until they got him loaded and stepped inside and fell to the floor.

Soon, all 10 will be in new homes. I am the one that is not settled. My heart has absorbed so many losses so fast, it is almost numb. I can barely feel or eat. But, quitting is not an option. My story will turn. It has too. For now, I lift my spirits at a place called Oak Manor care facility on Ferguson Street. The residents are my soul mates at this point.

It is clear that the final pieces of the new design haven’t fallen into place yet. And, they won’t until the time is right for success. That’s the law of the universe. The past five years have been an education in rescuing, I’m ready to graduate with a ‘Masters in Misfit Care.’

A safe, secluded property with a livable structure is needed for the next version of Misfit Island. Kennels to separate sick or weak animals, a fund for vet costs and enough room for everyone to breathe need to be arranged.

Writing and rescuing may one day be expanded to include foster parenting. Kids and animals are a good combination if property monitored. So many goals and dreams. I believe it will come together.

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Train Your Dog to Play With His Toys In a Nice Way And Not Destroy Them

A dog that destroys his toys.

Do you have a toy destroyer dog? Are you spending a lot of money buying expensive dog toys and you see how he converts them to small pieces in just minutes? Well let me tell you that you might think this is a highly expensive dog hobby to afford, not to mention that it will harm you dog because he may consume the small destroyed pieces of plastic, wood or whatever the material of the toy is. It also makes your dog has less toys to play, thus he’ll start chewing bigger things like your home furniture. In this article I’ll try to help you solve that problem, so that your dog can still enjoy his toys in a safer way.

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The strategy to avoid this aggressive behaviour.

The strategy I’m about to explain you is excellent for that type of dog called “happy go lucky”, these type of dogs enjoy destroying things all the time. In case you have another type of dog: stressed and sensitive and toys protectors, this technique won’t work. So the first thing to understand is about the appropriate toys you should get for your strong chewing dog. Buying the proper toys for these kind of animals, will be more secure for him and less expensive for your pocket. The key here is to get bigger toys of what you use to buy him.

Teach him the right way to play with his toys.

So you get nice toys for your dog, now is the time to teach him how to have fun with them without destroying them. Sometimes the most strongest toys in the market are no challenge for strong chewing dogs. So to begin with ask him to do a trick he knows or just to sit. In the event he complies, just give him the toy and stay there with him. If he plays normally with the toy give him a treat as prize. When I say playing normally I mean mouthing the toy or moving the toy nicely. But if he starts to destroy the toy, just say eh! or hey! to make him stop. When he starts playing nicely with the toy again, reward him again and stay there with him until he stops playing with the toy. After that hide the toy so he can’t find it, and start the routine the next training session. Do this in front of the TV, to get better results.

What is he doesn’t pay attention to you when playing with the toy.

In case he doesn’t stop the destroying behavior when you say eh! or hey! you can try clapping your hands to change his focus to you. The most important thing here is not to punish your dog, but to stop him the aggressive behavior. Don’t do this in case your dog looks very tense when chewing, this means that your pet has very string issues of safeguarding. In the event the clapping doesn’t work, spray him quickly with a spray bottle containing water.

What to do when the toy is new.

Don’t leave your dog alone when you get him a new toy. You need to be sure that he has understand that a new toy is not something he just can destroy. You may experience that he might learn the lesson for old toys, but not for new ones, so apply the technique for new toys as well until you notice he plays nicely with the new ones as well. After you notice the progress start leaving him alone with the strongest toys for short periods of time. What will happen is that you’ll keep him busy and prevent him of getting anxious. After some time, you’ll notice your dog will start playing nicely with these strong toys, thus you can start giving him other types of toys he might enjoy to play with. Remember to apply the technique every time you bring him a new one regardless if it’s a strong one or a normal one.

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Grain or No Grain? That Is the Question

Over a period of time dogs can develop food allergies. Gluten intolerance affects all breeds of dogs. Some breeds may suffer from Celiac Disease. Gluten makes up about 80% of the protein found in wheat. A wheat allergy is often not considered by dog owners, even though gluten and lectins found in wheat can create big health problems.

Watch out for fillers, including wheat grains, gluten, barley, rye, corn, and contaminated oats. Responsible dog owners read the ingredient list printed on the dog food package to know what’s in the food they are feeding their beloved pets.

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On the No List of ingredients are artificial flavors and preservatives. The names are sometimes not easy to recognize. Some dog food companies try to hide or disguise these ingredients on the label. Learn the names of artificial flavors and preservatives so you can stay away from brands that use the No List ingredients.

Look for ingredients that are real, with names you can pronounce–salmon and beef. Your dog will like those, too! Your dog has an appreciation of taste and flavor just like you do, for example, some dogs like beef, other dogs prefer chicken. Don’t waste your money and your dog’s taste buds on sub-par food with lots of by-products and fillers. There are also antibiotic free meats such as turkey, venison, and bison that are hormone free. Try organic dog friendly vegetables like sweet potatoes.

Once you have decided on a grain-free food with all the vitamins and minerals, and none of the gluten and wheat grains, it’s time to begin the transition from the old food to the new food. For about a week, mix the old dog food with the new dog food, reducing the amount of old food to new food gradually until you are filling your dog’s bowl with only the new food.

When you feed healthier dog foods it might cost more in the beginning. But, you get more useable nutrition which will keep your dog more full and your dog will eat less in the long run, thus reducing the cost of food. Not to mention saving on vet bills. You might want to investigate the dog food manufacturer’s for recalls. Some have fewer recalls than others.

Buy your pet food from a reputable dealer rather than big box stores. You will get better service and more reputable manufacturers. Plus, employees will be more knowledgable and able to assist you with your choices.

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Physical Activities For Dogs

Everyone wants their pets to be fit and healthy. As wonderful as dogs can be, they are famous for missing the point. Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. There are many games and exercises that can contribute to the fitness of your pets. These activities will not only make them fit, but will also bring an excitement in both of yours lives.

Walk With The Dog – Instead of walking your dog, have your dog walk you. Go wherever your dog goes. It can be great exercise for you as well. You can also go for runs, which can increase your as well as the dog’s stamina.

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Tracking Clues – Not all dogs are tracking breeds, but just about any dog can participate in the sport of tracking, a competitive event for dogs and handlers. A scent trail is laid out hours before competition. Numerous clues are left for the dog to follow through and something as a reward is placed at the end of the trails.

Playing With Other Dogs – The best form of activity is the one where dogs can naturally move their body. Playing with fellow dogs can be one of them. They’ll not only exercise but also enjoy the time.

Teaching Fun Behaviours – Mental exercises are always the best. You can teach your dog exercises like high-fiving or bowing or command by hand. After obedience commands have been taught, cognitive challenges tend to drop off.

Dancing With Your Dog – A dance routine can really cheer you and your dog up. This can energize you and your dog as you both dance away to your favourite tunes.

Indoor Agility – You can set up a makeshift agility course in your house with things like chairs and broom poles (jumps), a mat (for a makeshift pause table), cones or boxes (weave poles), and blankets over the space between the couch and the coffee table (tunnel). Or you can buy an indoor agility set. Either way, it is very useful.

Hide and seek – You can have great fun playing hide and seek with your dog. Put your dog in stay until you can hide and then call him to find you. It can also enhance the dog’s mental abilities.

Stairs – One of the most effective exercise for your dog indoors. Make it go up and down the stairs to burn those extra calories.

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Yes! Dogs Get Emotionally Attached To You

Dogs are said to be man’s best friend. And undoubtedly, they are! They are always there when you need them and never let you feel alone. They can really lighten up someone’s mood. Their love is endless. The world has witnessed many stories which tell us how a dog is incomplete with its parent.

A man in New Jersey suffering from clinical depression, read about the beneficial presence of dogs and brought a golden retriever home. He suddenly started feeling responsible and felt this strong need to live.

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This is just one example. Dogs have been very faithful to men since ages.

It is seen that many times pet owners too develop a relationship with their pet, similar to that of a parent and child. This bond is called “secure base effect”.

Sometimes dogs are very cautious and careful in the beginning but they can sometimes be goofy and overdo it. But they will be fine once they get comfortable around you.

For most dogs, the attachment they feel towards their owner is fundamental to their well-being. It is studied that while dogs enjoy each other’s company, human attention is what they crave. You may not realize when your dog gets too much attached to you, and that attachment becomes intense to an extent that if you leave your dog for even a day or two, they stop behaving normal. They stop playing. They stop eating. All they need that time is you.

Puppies can sometimes get along with you immediately, if you spend time with them and treat them well. It is very natural for a dog to bond with its owner and if both of them trust each other, then the process happens very quickly. And from there start a happy love story as with time that puppy becomes an irreplaceable part of your life.

Sometimes when dogs are in stress due to some reason they can become very clingy. Older dogs can also show clinginess and over attachment because of deteriorating senses. That is the time when you need to understand them well and take proper care of them. They need you that time, and you should be there with them.

With all the love dogs give us, we should give them the same love in return. We should give them enough time, go on walks with them and play with them. Give them hugs and talk to them. It’s a beautiful world with a dog as a pet. Cherish that.

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Introduction To Dog Nail Grinders

If you have a dog, you may have to spend a considerable amount of taking good care of him. You may have to feed him, bath him and walk him on a regular basis. And then there is the most important thing you need to do. We are talking about grinding the nails of your dog so it won’t hurt you while playing with you. It is not easy to grind a dog’s nails, especially the time of the day when they are hyperactive.

For most people, it’s a tiresome and daunting job. If you are finding it hard to carry out this responsibility, you don’t need to worry. After all, it may cause a good deal of pain to your dog. Therefore, we suggest that you look for a smart solution to do the job.

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There are many solutions out there, but using a dog nail grinder is a great idea. It’s easy to use and will be easy on your pet.

What is a Dog Nail Grinder?

Some people use regular nail cutters to trim the nails of their pets. However, they are not a good choice for this purpose. Instead, you need special nail trimmers. They are designed specifically to grind the nails of animals, such as dogs.

Actually, the idea is that you need to trim your dog’s nail. If they are overgrown, they may create serious problems. Make sure the job is done quickly without cause any pain to the animal.

So, this is where the dog nail grinders play a great role. They are the right choice as they allow you to cut your dog’s nails quickly without hurting their sensitive cuticles. These devices have a lot of rounded grinders that look like the grinders on a common sandpaper. This is why they allow you to do the job pretty quickly.

Now, you might be thinking where you can buy them. The good news is that you don’t need to look for them as they are available online on many online stores.

Why should you Use a Dog nail Grinder?

If you are still thinking why you should opt for a dog claw grinder instead of using a regular nail cutter, do read the reasons given below.

Nail grinders allow a lot better precision while doing the job. These devices are easy to use. This is the reason they can perform the job without hurting your pet.

These trimmers feature special technology that helps you trim the nails safely.

At the end of the job, the nails of your dog will be smooth as the edges of the nails will be cleaner.

A dog nail grinder is an inexpensive choice if you want to trim your dog’s nails painlessly.

The Takeaway

If you are looking for a cheap device to cut the nails of your pet, we suggest that you give a go to a dog nail grinder. This will speed up the process and save you from all the stress involved. These devices feature LED lights that make it easier for you to use them. Hope, the device will help you get the job done the right way.

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CBD Oil for Dogs: A Miracle Medicine for All the Dogs Out There

Having a sick pet at home can be very stressful for their owners, as one spends all their time searching for the medicines and treatments for them. There are several treatments and medicines available, but it is not necessary that they will be effective on all kinds of dogs. Also, these medicines usually have a lot of side effects too which can lead to reduced functionality in a dog.

But in recent times, there is one medicine that is doing rounds in the pet world and that is CBD. There are several benefits of CBD on a pet’s health, especially it helps in promoting homeostasis which is important for balancing temperature and gives a therapeutic effect.

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What is CBD?

Before understanding all the benefits of the best CBD treats for dogs, let’s know what CBD is.

CBD is cannabidiol and is extracted from the cannabis plant.

The species of the cannabis plant that is used to extract CBD is hemp.

There are several cannabinoids that can be extracted from the cannabis plant and this is one of them.

Cannabidiol will not get pet high.

Lower amounts of THC.

It is non-psychoactive in nature.

It has no known toxicity level, which means no overdose.

How does CBD help?

Every mammal has an endocannabinoid system which handles various processes like immunity, sleep cycle, memory and other functions of a body. Dogs also have the same endocannabinoid system which can interact with endocannabinoids which are released by the brain. But to supplement this supply of endocannabinoid from the brain, one can introduce it externally. This is why it is effective in dogs too, and one can use CBD oil for dogs without any side effects.

What are the benefits of the CBD?

There are several benefits of using CBD for dogs. Let’s list some of the very effective ones:

Anti-inflammatory

Cbd helps in evoking immune responses and that is why it can reduce any kind of inflammation. It can help in reducing pain caused due to any kind of arthritis, bowel irritation etc.

Pain-killer

Cbd helps in stopping the absorption of anandamide, which is the natural pain killer. With increased levels of anandamide in blood it helps in reducing the pain sensations.

Anti-convulsant

It helps in restoring abnormal working of neurons. Abnormal working of the neurons usually leads to seizures and tremors, thus CBD helps in reducing seizures.

Anti-anxiety

CBD has an anti-anxiety effect and reduces stress and various phobias. Cbd targets serotonin receptors which helps in increasing the serotonin level which curbs any kind of anxiety and fear in all kinds of organisms and in this case dogs.

Anti-emetic

CBD is helpful in controlling vomiting and nausea in dogs. As it is very common to have nausea while undergoing certain treatments like chemotherapy, CBD can help in this situation and also curb loss appetite.

Anti-cancer

Malicious tumors are common in pets and it means the dog needs to undergo chemotherapy, which leads to various side-effects. Now it is proven that CBD also has anti-cancerous properties that it can slow the growth of the tumor and even reduce its size in some cases.

All in all, one can say that CBD is a miracle medicine for pets all around. They show exemplary effectiveness among dogs in treating their problems which otherwise would take a lot of medicines and hours with a veterinary. So do not think before choosing the best CBD dog treats to help them in their health troubles.

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Pack All Your Doggie Stuff Inside The Pet Stroller For Medium Dogs

It may seem to be a little “hoity-toity” to watch a woman enclose her pet dog inside a stroller and refuse to let his feet touch the ground. It may also seem to be snobbish or ridiculous and you may also laugh at this, but a dog stroller is a wonderful practical travel accessory for dog lovers. Let me explain why?

1) People with small sized dogs are often seen carrying their pets in their arms when they head to the markets. You may not realize but there are an undue pressure and weight that sits on your backbone. You get strained and tired at the awkward bungling so isn’t choosing dog stroller for small dogs a good option in the long run.

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2) Do you have a senior or ill dog who longs to step out into the fresh air? You can do this easily with a pet stroller. Outdoor air provides wonderful healing therapy for a sick dog. Not only will the boredom of your canine be cured, the bright therapeutic sunshine will definitely make him feel better. Your little poodle can be packed easily inside a pet stroller for medium dogs and then carried around.

3) Load up all the necessities you need for your furry bundle of joy and walk anywhere. You are not going to be bogged down by your little cute doggy paraphernalia wherever you go. The bowls, bottle, blanket etc all will be packed easily inside the pet stroller for small dogs. Shove whatever you need inside the carriage compartment and head outdoors. You are going to take a happy dog back home we promise you that.

4) People walking on the streets are petrified of errant dogs on the loose. You don’t need agitation or constant barking during your peaceful walk. Imagine your canine barking loudly and rushing after a small baby girl or an old man? Is it fair to terrorize the people around you because of your snarling dog? It is not! Keep your dog safe in a carriage and make sure that he gets to see and hear your voice for reassurance. The best way to keep your medium sized mongrel safe from others is to strap him inside the Pet stroller for medium dogs.

5) You openly advertise the pet strollers for small dogs when you carry your little doggie inside it. This gives an idea to people to carry their pets carefully from one place to the other.

6) Your dog is unpredictable and used to the free atmosphere of your home. If the pet is enclosed inside the stroller you can walk safely in the area where your canine is bound to react. He is definitely not going to tug you around the marketplace on the leash and neither will he yelp around prancing crazily if he sees a cat!

7) The strollers are made out of thick and sturdy material. They are not going to be ripped easily so don’t worry at all about rugged doggie behavior. Just purchase a good dog stroller after taking an online research. We promise you are never going to regret your decision.

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