Dogs Gone Wild

Posted by on Sep 4, 2012 in Health & Wellness, Nutrition, Paws for Thought | 0 comments

You know the saying, “when the cats away the mice will play.”  Well, that is exactly what happened in my house this weekend.  My son and I left for a couple of days to enjoy time with my parents and my husband and fur kids stayed home.  Eating, walking, playing and tackling a minor honey-do list. When I say dogs gone wild…it was really only one dog that went a bit loony and my husband was home the entire time.  Hmmmm…..maybe it wasn’t dogs going wild.  Rather, pack leader not paying attention. 🙂 Abe, our first child succeeded in eating two pieces of strawberry cake with whipped cream icing which he pulled out of the garbage.  It was in the garbage according to my husband…but I suspect that it wasn’t fully in there with the lid closed.  Perhaps on top of or even on the counter waiting to be put in the garbage is more like it.  Abe ended his Labor Day feasting on a wonderful second dinner of a Jimmy John’s gourmet sandwich.  Specifically, a #12 Beach Club, low on mayo and no cucumbers.  This, my husband left on the couch while he answered a work call.  As soon as I pulled in my driveway last night I was met by my husband and the two dogs.  The first words out of my husband’s mouth were, “Abe was so incredibly bad this weekend.”  After learning the details, I do believe Abe was mischievous and my husband might have been laying down on the job.  🙂 Dog trainer needed?  I don’t think so.  Jenn’s dog school was back in session this morning.  And, a power walk and healthy dog food were the only things on the menu.  Everyone is happy and healthy although both hounds look a bit plumper than they were before I left.  And my husband?  We are giving him the day off....

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Zukes Dog Treats Wins with Lil Links

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in Health & Wellness, Lifestyle, Nutrition, Paws for Thought, Products | 0 comments

If you are a pet owner and haven’t tried a Zukes pet treat with your dog or cat…well…. you are just one treat away from treating smart.  With Zukes, you can treat smart and with heart because these premium treats are healthy and delicious.  Take it from my dogs Abe and Chico.  Just the mention of Zukes dog treats  in our house turns on Niagra Falls. Zukes sources and produces their products in the USA  and uses high quality protein, fruits, veggies and whole grains as their ingredients. Their latest creation, Lil Links, have been flying off of our shelves.  Pet parents are thrilled to see a healthy sausage treat on the market.  Check out Lil Links’ ingredients here.  The first five ingredients are:  Chicken, Apples, Carrots, Potatoes, Maple Syrup.   Now, compare to another sausage treat on the market today whose first five ingredients include:  Wheat flour, beef, soy, flour, corn syrup.  !@?#!  Which sounds better to you? Zukes dog or cat treats are a nice compliment to a high quality, all natural dog food or cat food. Remember…Healthy Pets Wag….or purrrrrr!...

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The ABC’s of Pet Supplements

Posted by on Aug 20, 2012 in Health & Wellness, Hips and Joints, Nutrition, Paws for Thought, Skin & Allergies | 0 comments

Many of us add supplements to our diet to aid our digestion, joint mobility, arthritis, etc.  How about our pets?  Believe it or not, there are wonderful pet supplements on the market today that assist your pet in living to his full potential.  I take my palm full of vitamins, fish oils and the like in the morning and my dogs, Abe and Chico, do the same. The extreme heat in which pet food is extruded (cooked) lends to the loss of many vital nutrients found in food in its uncooked state.  Although, pet food manufacturers add nutrients to the food post extrusion, the inclusion of a multi vitamin and/or supplement to address a specific need might give your pet exactly the extra boost he needs.  In fact, giving your pet a digestive aid complete with digestive enzymes and probiotics, will help your pet get the most out of the food you give him. Supplements are made to enhance pet wellness in a variety of areas.  Therapies to calm, assist digestion, support healthy joint function, detox, omega 3 and more.  They are available as pills, powders, capsules, droplets, etc.  O.k, so where should we begin? PetAge magazine recently ran an insightful article about this topic and interviewed some of the brand manufacturers.  They also interviewed me for a store owner’s perspective.  Take a look!...

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Pet food- what is the right choice for my pet?

Posted by on Mar 22, 2012 in Health & Wellness, Nutrition, Paws for Thought, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Have you purchased that same green bag of pet food for the past 10 years?   If you are asked the brand of your pet’s food or if it is made with chicken, beef or other protein would you know the answer?  Or, do you feel like taking a double dose of headache medication when you cruise through the pet food aisle thinking “Too many choices…where do I begin?”   No matter your pet food knowledge, the bottom line is there are options a plenty.  After many years of studying pet food and working in the industry, I have seen the effects of good food and, unfortunately, the results of feeding the wrong diet.  I know one thing for sure; there is not one food solution for every pet.  How do you know which nutritional choice is right for your dog or cat?  The first questions to ask are:  1.      What is my pet’s age and energy level?  2.      How much exercise does my pet get a day?  3.      Are there any underlying health conditions?  (if so, ask your veterinarian for pet food advice) 4.      Does my pet suffer from seasonal or annual allergies?  Once you know these answers, you are on the right road.  The next two questions will help narrow your search:  5.      What am I comfortable feeding my pet (dry food, canned food, raw food, a combination thereof)? 6.      What can I afford to spend on pet food? A few food trends right now are:  natural, holistic, large breed, small breed, grain free, limited ingredient and more.  All can be found as either dry (kibble) or wet (canned) and some foods are offered as a raw diet as well.  To begin this conversation there needs to be clarification on probably the biggest trend…feeding a natural and holistic diet.  Natural– A natural pet food typically means a food that has no artificial ingredients, dyes, artificial preservatives or chemically synthetic products. Words to avoid on the pet food label are:  Propylene Glycol and BHA, or butylated hydroxyanisole.  These are two common examples of chemically synthesized ingredients found in some pet foods.   Holistic– Holistic diets treat the whole pet and not just the symptoms.  With that in mind, feeding a high quality diet is the first step to a healthy pet.  Usually, when a food is marketed as “holistic” the ingredients are of a higher quality and usually there is more true meat protein in the diet rather than grain.  Chicken or chicken meal as a first ingredient rather than corn is one good example.  Products are natural, easy to digest, nutritionally packed and today often include ingredients like berries and leafy greens which are antioxidant and vitamin rich. Food panel examples (top four ingredients): Natural/Holistic diet:  Chicken, Chicken meal, barley, brown rice Non Holistic diet:  Corn, poultry by-product meal, corn gluten meal, animal fat Recommendation:  By all means, pet owners should feed their puppy, adult dog, senior dog, and kitten or cat a “natural” diet.  We all know that chemicals can have harmful effects on the body and oftentimes lead to disease. There are many natural foods on the market and price levels vary.  You might be surprised at how affordable a natural diet can be. I have seen tremendous results when a pet parent switches from a non-holistic diet to one that is holistic.  Shinier coat, brighter eyes, “more life,” healthier weight and reduced itching are a few examples of the positive outcomes.  I highly recommend a holistic diet and again, there are many affordable options on the market. Typically, you will feed your pet less food on a holistic...

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Bow Wow Brownies

Posted by on Sep 14, 2011 in Health & Wellness, Nutrition, Pet Forum, Uncategorized | 0 comments

My dog Abe is not a picky dog…not in the least.  He is just as happy with a raw piece of meat as he is with his bowl of dry dog food.  When I bake Bow Wow Brownies however, he is one happy guy!  I think he actually smiles. If you are looking to try your hand at baking for your dog, this is a sure winner.  Is your dog intolerant of wheat?  If so, try an alternate grain source and add the carob elements.  I don’t think one dog has turned these bad boys down! 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 tablespoons honey 1 cup whole wheat flour 4 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 cup carob chips 1/4 cup carob powder 1/2 teaspoon baking powder Directions:=1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees.2 Blend oil and honey in a bowl.3 Mix in remaining ingredients. Pour into greased 15- by 10-inch baking sheet. Bake 30-35 minutes. Read more:...

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Stuff the Turkey Not the Dog

Posted by on Jul 25, 2010 in Health & Wellness, Nutrition, Paws for Thought | 0 comments

It is so tempting to “give a dog a bone”…or a piece of juicy turkey, or, gravy covered mashed potatoes or….you get the point.  They look at you with those sad, sad eyes and there is absolutely food everywhere!  I know!   Although the average American gains a pound or two over the holidays, that shouldn’t hold true for our canines and felines. The fresh aroma of turkey basting in the oven, along with creamy gravy simmering on the stove and pies on the table will have your dog drooling.  During this month and the next, it is important to watch the health and safety of our pets.  Here are a few tips to help avoid an unwanted trip to the emergency vet or a sick pet at the party. Keep your pet on their standard diet.  Avoid giving them turkey or other meats, since this can cause an upset stomach, vomiting, or diarrhea, all of which can ruin the celebration. Keep aluminum foil, plastic wrap, plastic bags and wax paper away from pets.  Disposing of these items properly can prevent accidental intestinal blockage while trying to lick the last morsel of gravy from the cover. While a wishbone may bring you a great wish, it can bring your dog an unwanted problem.  Any brittle or splintering bone, wish or otherwise, can become lodged in their esophagus as well as puncture a hole in their intestines. Discourage friends and family from feeding your dog extra snacks and scraps.  Snacks that are high in salt (chips and peanuts) and other fatty foods can cause Pancreatitis, which is a life-threatening condition. While chocolates may taste great, they contain theobromine which can be hazardous to your pet’s health.  Baker’s chocolate is the highest in theobromine and can cause the most problems. As with any holiday, see that your pet has a safe haven to move to…away from the festivities.  This will give your pet a much needed “Time-Out” from the hustle of the holiday. Make sure that your pet has their identification tags on during all parties or get togethers.  With people coming in and out of the house it is very easy for your pet to wander through and open door.  It is also helpful to get your pet micro-chipped.  Most animal shelters have devices to scan for these chips and to identify the owner...

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