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5 Common Myths About Feeding Dogs

5 Common Myths About Feeding Dogs

There are several different myths that have evolved over time about feeding dogs. Some have a basis of fact while others are simply a combination of misinformation and perhaps a bit of folklore and urban legend. However these myths came about it is important for dog owners to be able to determine fact from fiction and choose the healthiest option for their dog.

Myth 1. All human food is bad for dogs

Some people have very literally taken the “don’t feed dogs table scraps” wisdom and created a much bigger issue. In fact some human food or table scraps may be very good for your dogs and provide additional opportunities for the dog to get vitamins and minerals as well as protein. The good types of human food include steamed or raw veggies without salt or seasoning, raw fruits, small amounts of whole grains such as brown rice and oatmeal as well as lean meats that are broiled, baked or boiled. Avoid feeding dogs any salty, sweet or processed foods or any foods that are spicy or hot.

Myth 2. Dogs can’t have poultry bones

Dogs should never, ever have cooked poultry bones, but raw poultry bones are just fine for your dog. The best option is the neck and backbone, avoid the thin bones of the wings and the ribcage. Feeding raw poultry, even giving the dogs the whole carcass is not uncommon in BARF diets and feeding programs. The same is true for turkey or duck bones, just be careful to never give cooked bones and remove any thin or easily splintered types of bones prior to giving the meat to the dog.

Myth 3. Never feed your dog pork

Dogs should not eat raw pork but pork that is broiled or baked without seasoning that has the fat removed and the bones taken out is fine to feed your dog. In addition those that feed raw food diets recommend freezing pork bones for at least three weeks before feeding to avoid any risk of Trichinosis, a parasite that is very rarely found in pork. By freezing the bones or meat for three weeks the parasite will die and there is no risk at all.

Myth 4. Dogs can’t have any dairy products

Most dogs can tolerate small amounts of dairy products, especially those that are low in lactose. Dogs should not be fed large quantities of milk, cheese, butter, ice cream, cream or half and half but most dogs can eat small amounts of plain yogurt and cottage cheese. Yogurt in particular can be a good source of Probiotics that help regulated the digestive tract. It is important to feed low fat and low sodium types of cottage cheese and only unflavored low fat yogurt.

Myth 5. Dogs should never change food

There is no need to feed a variety of different brands and types of food to your dog provided you are feeding a high quality food. However, there is also no risk or danger involved in switching your dog to another brand that is better or more suited to your dog. You don’t need to change brands to give your dog a new taste as most dogs will do very well with the same nutritionally balanced food all their lives.…

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Dog Eye Care

Dog Eye Care

How often do we get something in our eyes? There are so many opportunities to have eye irritation just by outdoor factors and sometimes, we accidentally poke our eyes as well. Regardless, it’s an easy enough matter for us to wash eye gunk off and be done with it. Unfortunately with our pets, there is more to dog eye care than that.

Think about it, what would you do if you were a dog that got something in his eye? You would scratch that area in an attempt to free yourself from the irritation, right? Well, just imagine all the places our dogs have been and the many dirty things that they might have handled. That means that if they scratch or poke their eyes, they might further irritate it and possibly make it worse.

Healthy canine eyes are clear and just a bit damp. You will know that you need to bring your pet to a vet for an eye check-up if his eyes are red, swollen, inflamed, cloudy and opaque. Many times their eyes have discharge and you can find them rubbing their faces with their paws or against furniture/ground to alleviate itchiness and soreness. More often than not, canine eye-conditions are not as life threatening as other dog diseases, but they are very inconvenient and painful for the dog. When you regularly interact with your dog, check the organ that they see with, to see if they are as healthy as healthy can be.

What are some of the common eye-problems that our dogs encounter? Dog cataracts, inflammation, corneal ulcer, ingrown eyelids, dog pink eye and dog dry eyes are fairly common occurrences that our pets experience. Fortunately, there are dog eye care homeopathic treatments that can be availed of to effectively cure them of their condition.

Some of these dog eye care homeopathic treatments are conventional drops, liquid capsules and herbal washes. You can find these products in many reliable pet care sites that give free advice, great discounts and useful tips for your dog’s best health. Choose a product that contains natural ingredients with essential vitamins, minerals, oils and herbs that specifically target to rectify eye problems.

There are some things you can do to prevent these types of conditions. One of them is to regularly trim the hair around your dog’s eye to prevent accumulation of dirt and irritation to get in his eyes. The strands of hair can also cause scratches in the dog’s cornea. Be very careful in cutting his hair because active dogs can suddenly jump or turn and scissors in the eyes will definitely not help your dog’s eye condition.

As soon as you see your dog with a problem of this nature, consult with the vet right away. Aged dogs are more susceptible with health problems concerning the eyes so be prepared to make the necessary adjustments in their lifestyle and diet to help him. Dog eye care is an essential part of his life and it would benefit your dog greatly to have you be on top of things in this area.…

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How to Properly Eliminate Poor Behaviors in Your Dog

How to Properly Eliminate Poor Behaviors in Your Dog

Even the best dog owners experience unwanted behaviors from their canine friends. It happens to all of us. Dogs aren’t perfect and we can’t expect them to be. The most commonly encountered problems with dogs and puppies are either jumping on people or escaping from the house or yard.

While some people think a puppy jumping up on you can be adorable, not everyone shares these sentiments. Plus, once the dog becomes a little bigger, jumping can get old very quickly. A heavy dog can easily knock a child over or an adult off their feet. It is a bad behavior which needs to be nipped in the bud.

The reason dogs jump on us is because they are excited and happy to see that person. Sometimes we are a little reluctant to discourage this cute behavior, but it is important to redirect that happiness in a more positive manner. Many well meaning owners sometimes unintentionally promote jumping by picking the puppy up or providing some other form of encouragement. This inconsistency is a problem. Everyone must be aware of and accept the importance of the dog training. If just one person allows the dog to jump up while others don’t, the dog will just become confused and irritated. Proper dog training has to be firm and consistent yet kind and understanding in order for it to be effective.

You would never dream purposely allow your dog to roam the neighborhood on its own. So what makes an easy escapable backyard any different? Letting the dog to wander the neighborhood and the streets on its own is reckless, unsafe, and more than likely illegal. You could face some stiff fines if the police find your dog is found walking around the neighborhood unattended.

Of course sometimes that wandering dog is not the owner’s idea, and many dogs perform amazing feats of escape when left on their own. The temptations for unattended dogs are many, including passing bicycles, joggers, children, cats and other dogs. It is much easier to prevent escapes than to recapture a loose dog, so let’s talk about some preventative measures every dog owner can take.

The best way to deal with a dog that is dead set on escaping all the time is to get rid of the incentive to escape. An uninterested dog is much more likely to get into trouble or get out. Try surrounding your dog with things like lots of toys, dog beds, and plenty of fresh water. They will be more likely to spend their time contentedly sleeping or playing with those toys.…

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Will There Be Pets in Heaven?

This topic has been debated time and time again. And the answer still seems to be a mystery. Some of us have pets that are considered family members and have brought love and attention to our lives. When we get home from work, they are always there to greet us with licks of love and wagging tails of delight or purrs of approval. Pets today come in all forms, such as: dogs, cats, fish, turtles, snakes, guinea pigs and the list goes on. Our children have grown so attached to their pets, that they may even treat them like a brother or sister. Unfortunately there comes a time when we all must die. And when a pet dies, do they go to heaven or not?
The Bible does not give an explicit teaching on whether pets or animals have souls or if they will go to heaven. But the Bible does say that both man and animals have the breath of life. Genesis 2:7 says, “the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” God shows us that man is a compound being, having a body and soul distinctly and separately created. And Genesis 1:30 says, “And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all creatures that move on the ground- everything that has the breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food. And it was so.” The difference between humans and animals is that man was made in the image of God and animals were not. We are capable of spirituality with our mind, our emotions and our will or choices. Genesis 1:26-27 says, “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” We have a part of our being that will continue even after death. Since animals were not created in the image of God and are not capable of spirituality, this difference could mean that pets do not continue in existence after death or go to heaven.
Because the Bible doesn’t really speak on this subject, we should consider that when God created animals in Genesis 1:25, he said “they were good.” When the new earth and heaven form, we could find animals there. Because of his good creation, he may not want them destroyed. During the millennial or thousand year kingdom, Isaiah 11:6-9 says, “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down and the yearling together, and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper’s nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” This scripture suggests that animal life will exist during this time.
We don’t know all of what God’s plan will be concerning our pets in heaven. We would love to know that our pets, that we loved so dearly here on earth, will dwell forever with us in heaven. But who knows? Because our God is a just God, whatever decision He makes on this issue, will be in complete agreement with His will in heaven.…

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The Easiest Ways to Travel With a Small Dog

The Easiest Ways to Travel With a Small Dog

For many of us, our dogs are an integral part of the family. So when we plan our vacations, it is only natural that we include our pets in those plans. Traveling pet has never been more popular, especially with smaller breeds of dogs since they are easier to transport. However, while it may be growing in popularity that doesn’t mean it’s easy in any way.

There are some necessary steps to take in the planning stages of your trip when you are traveling with dog. You have a number of questions to think about and several provisions to make. If you are a pet owner who has never traveled a long distance with your dog, it can seem a little overwhelming at first. As long you plan right and get the correct information, you can undoubtedly avoid any possible problems.

Overall, you will want to put some thinking and time into planning on how to make the trips comfortable, safe, and stress free for your dog. A smaller breed of dog is typically excited at home. Put it into a new surrounding with new experience and it is probably going to be very anxious to say the least. Similar to how you would plan for traveling with a child, you need to do the same with your dog’s comfort and entertainment. Make a list of what pet supplies are essential for your journey, for example treats, toys and puppy pads. Dog treats are a wonderful way to calm or relax the dog.

It is important the dog is secure. This can be either in a harness or a dog crate. Just don’t forget that like you, the dog will have to stop for bathroom breaks as well as stretch its legs occasionally. If you begin to feel a little cramped after sitting in the car for several hours, imagine how your pet feels. So always make planned stops on your trip for your dog.

After you finally reach your destination, you know need to think about a place to stay. Unless you are staying with friends or family, then it is important to keep in mind that not all hotels are pet friendly. Always check beforehand making any kind of reservations. Plus it always helps to check if there are fees or restrictions regarding your dog. While you may unconditionally love your dog, not everyone is an animal lover. It is up to you to have your dog feel loved and comfortable during the trip.…

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Provide the Best of Care and Feeding for Your Pet Boxer Dog

Provide the Best of Care and Feeding for Your Pet Boxer Dog

Learn About the Best Ways to Care for & Feed Your Pet Boxer Dog

Boxers are intelligent, high-spirited, playful, happy dogs. Sometimes when a breed is intelligent, it is more difficult to train them. Not so with the Boxer. They are quick-learners and eager to make their owner happy. They bond closely to their human families and love to be around children, making them high on the list of best family dog breeds. When a Boxer pet is well-trained, they will get along with other pets in the family such as cats. Mainly because of their size difference it’s a little riskier to hope that he would not harm a small pet, like a hamster, or a pet mouse. They would need to be supervised in the company of such small animals.

Boxers are normally stocky, short-coated, large dogs. Their coats are generally fawn or brindle. They have broad, short heads and strong jaws, and about 18% of Boxers are born deaf in one or both ears. The name “Boxer” is supposed to have come from the fact that Boxers sometimes like to stand on their hind legs and “box” their front paws in the air. Learn more about Boxers at Wikipedia.

When your Boxer pet is still a pup, be sure to play with it and allow your pet to be around your friends and relatives. This will help it get used to people outside the family and realize that it can be at ease around most human beings. Boxers are somewhat suspicious of strangers, making them good guard dogs.

Health issues with Boxers can include: cancer, heart problems, hip conditions, spinal cord disease, allergies, and epilepsy. They need to have regular veterinary checkups although many of these issues can be treated with natural remedies at home. Also, a healthy, organic food will be a preventive measure to keep your Boxer healthy and disease-free. Be especially careful about any dog food products that contain fat stabilizers such as BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) or BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene), as both known to cause liver and kidney dysfunction along with Ethoxyquin, which is suspected to cause cancer and a cousin to antifreeze, Propylene glycol, which destroys red blood cells. Check out the Dog Food Project website.

If the above information doesn’t convince you to make your own dog food I don’t know what will. Making your pet Boxer’s food at home will allow you to make sure you feed them the best natural ingredients possible without any artificial fillers or harmful ingredients. If you are not able to make it at home be sure to buy the best natural pet food you can afford.

Once your pet Boxer has reached adulthood, and their bones are strong and healthy, they love to exercise and enjoy running, jogging, or walking with you. They make wonderful helper dogs, excellent therapy dogs, and great seeing-eye dogs. In fact, the military often uses Boxers for carrying messages, guarding, and other jobs.

This muscular, easy-going, handsome dog will win you over. A little brushing, an occasional bath, good food, water, exercise, play, and affection will assure that your family has a healthy pet for years to come. Boxers are brave, courageous, obedient, alert, and funny. You will be proud to have a pet Boxer as part of your family.…

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Preparing For a Dog – 6 Key Questions to Ask Yourself Before Bringing a Dog Into Your Life

Preparing For a Dog – 6 Key Questions to Ask Yourself Before Bringing a Dog Into Your Life

Please don’t buy a puppy on an impulse. You need time to think things through and be completely honest with yourself. Yes, they are so irresistible, but they grow up and the time between being a puppy and an adult can wear you down to a point of exhaustion if you don’t have the right training for them. Here are some key questions to ask yourself.

Are Dogs Welcome Where You Live?

If you rent a home or an apartment/condo, do you know for sure that dogs are welcome? You need to find out because there are landlords that do not like dogs due to the fact that puppies can be destructive. Your home and the grounds need to be dog friendly. Speak to your landlord and scout out the grounds.

Have You Lived With A Dog Before?

Do you really know what to expect from a new puppy? Get ready, because they can shed, (there are breeds that don’t shed) drag in dirt, mud and leaves, they may kill a rodent and drag it into your home, not to mention throw up on your couch.

Do You Have The Time?

You better make sure you set aside lots of time for your dog. They need a lot of training, affection, companionship and play time. One thing you can’t do is hurry through the door, throw food in your dogs bowl and then leave again. That just isn’t fair to them. They are waiting for you to come home so they can have some attention. You’re all they have in their lives.

Are There Frail Seniors Or A Baby Living In Your Home?

If you have someone who is older and very frail, they cold trip over the dog, lose their balance and have a serious fall. You must keep this in mind because puppies don’t realize their strength. If you have a baby in the house are you going to be able to put your baby on the floor to play when you have a puppy running around?

Does Everyone Agree On Getting A Dog?

If you have other family members living in your home you must make sure everyone is on the same page about getting a dog. What if one of your children is afraid of dogs? That child would be miserable.

Do You Have The Money?

This is a very important question. Do you have any idea how much it costs to keep a dog healthy and happy? They need vaccines, veterinary care, they need to be spayed or neutered, they may hurt themselves and need emergency care. Not to mention they need a crate, leash, collar, toys and excellent premium dog food. (very important)

Now, you’re probably thinking that I’m trying to talk you out of getting a dog. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I am a pet owner and love every second of it. Yes, I went through all those trials and tribulations. If I had more time and more room, I would have at least two more dogs. They give you nothing but unconditional love every day. However, you MUST give them love back.

There is nothing that breaks my heart more than a dog owner that has no time for his dog other than a slight pad on the head every other day. That dog leads a very sad and lonely life. Please don’t be one of those owners. Be smart and prepare for your new dog and you will see just how much you will enjoy him/her.…