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Benefits of Hemp Seeds and Hemp Oil for Dogs

Hemp is considered a superfood, meaning that is packed full of awesome nutrition that benefits not only humans, but our canine companions as well. In this post, I want to dive into the benefits of hemp seeds and hemp oil for dogs and how to boost the nutritional content of your dog’s food by adding hemp. What is Hemp? Hemp is one of the oldest… {Read More}

Fermented Foods for Dogs and Cats

Lately, I have become obsessed with the gut microbiome – those trillions of bacteria that inhabit the intestinal tract and play a critical role in the health of ourselves and our companion animals. So, when I continue to see so many dogs with digestive disorders, I naturally think about ways to heal them by supporting the beneficial bacteria in their gut. Enter fermented foods for… {Read More}

Health Benefits of Buckwheat for Dogs

One of the primary reasons clients contact me is because their dog has a gastrointestinal issue that often accompanies food intolerances or sensitivities. Many dogs have sensitivities to grains and gluten, and therefore I encourage clients to avoid these common antigens. In addition to possible sensitivities, starchy grains are high-glycemic and can contribute to a variety of health issues in dogs, including systemic inflammation, overweight/obesity… {Read More}

Diet and Fecal Health in Dogs: Meat vs. Kibble-Based Diets

It seems that dog enthusiasts and various “experts” are continuously debating whether meat-based diets are really healthier than kibble for dogs, but a revealing new study on the interaction between diet and fecal health is an important research-based step in putting this debate to rest once and for all. Today, I would like to bring to you an interesting new study revealing how diet affects… {Read More}

Pancreatitis in Dogs: Save Your Dog from this Common Threat

Pancreatitis in dogs is something dog guardians should be informed about, as symptoms of pancreatitis may not be as obvious as one would think, and leaving this condition untreated could be deadly. The symptoms of pancreatitis could be confused with other conditions, but with an awareness and some background information, you could be your dog’s best advocate against this serious health issue. In this article,… {Read More}

Organic Food for Pets: A Good Idea or Hype?

I have a confession to make. I own a t-shirt that says “Kale University” on it. I eat a lot of kale. I have even made kale brownies (hint: kale does not belong in brownies). The point is that because I eat so much kale, I purchase it organic. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit organization that provides research-based information about the… {Read More}

Benefits of Warm Food for Pets

Picture this: You’ve just peeled off your scarf, heavy coat, gloves and snow shoes after spending the afternoon shoveling cold, wet snow from your driveway. Your mind drifts to images of the perfect food to thaw you out – a steaming cup of soup, or perhaps a hearty, warm casserole. Have you ever noticed that as the seasons change, so does your taste in food?… {Read More}

Turkey Tips for Pets: Is Turkey Safe for Your Dog or Cat?

When I was growing up, my “sister” was an apricot-colored Toy Poodle named Taffy. Taffy lived almost 17 years on a varied homemade diet lovingly prepared each day by my mom. But one food mom never gave Taffy was turkey. She always told me that dogs shouldn’t eat turkey, although she never specified a reason. As I entered adulthood, adopted my own dog and delved… {Read More}

The Wonders of Winter Squash for Pets

Autumn is such a lovely season for its cool breezes, beautiful leaves and harvest picking. We conjure idyllic images of ourselves sipping hot cocoa, wearing a cable knit sweater and cozy scarf while picking apples at an orchard or pumpkins from a patch. We take the pumpkins home, carve them for Halloween, and roast the seeds. Pumpkin is a particularly prevalent ingredient this time of… {Read More}

Comparing Protein in Commercial Pet Foods

Comparing protein in commercial pet foods is critical to determine which food is best for your dog or cat – and determining how you spend your money. Comparing protein in commercial pet foods can be confusing, no matter how savvy a pet food consumer you are. That’s why, in this post, I want to get back to basics and, in particular, discuss the “trick” of… {Read More}