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Three Qualities of an Ideal Dog Food

Three Qualities of an Ideal Dog Food

There are several thousand commercially available dog foods to choose from in the United States alone.  Almost every one of these contains long lists of ingredients and hard to understand “guaranteed analysis” and imprecise feeding recommendations.  Unfortunately, this plethora of information and fo... »

Feeding a Senior Dog: Seven Functional Foods

Feeding a Senior Dog: Seven Functional Foods

Like humans, as a dog ages, their body will be less able to fight off disease and recover from daily physical and mental stress.  As a result, it is crucial that a senior dog is fed a healthy and functional diet, so that they will live a long and high quality life.   From a macro perspective, m... »

Can Turmeric Help Stave off Obesity in Dogs?

Can Turmeric Help Stave off Obesity in Dogs?

What we eat and how much of it we eat can have a major impact on our overall health and lifespan. The same is true for our dogs. Our decisions on which foods to buy, and how much to serve at each meal, will have a marked impact on the dog’s overall health and wellness.   If you or your pet need... »

The Best Time to Work Out with your Dog

The Best Time to Work Out with your Dog

Exercising your dog consistently is one of the keys (along with diet) to keeping them fit and healthy.  Heck, consistent exercise and proper diet is the key to your own health and fitness as well.  One of the behaviors that I have noticed over the years when it comes to fitness is a “start then stop... »

Canine Fitness Equipment: Caveletti Poles

Canine Fitness Equipment: Caveletti Poles

Caveletti poles are a staple for agility dog fitness and skills training.  Indeed, they are often the first piece of equipment purchased for home use by an aspiring agility handler.  Despite the perception that Cavelettis are “for agility’, they in fact are an extremely useful and versatile piece of... »

Canine Fitness Equipment: Water Treadmill

Canine Fitness Equipment: Water Treadmill

Many years ago, when I was recovering from a strained Achilles tendon, my physical therapist had me use their water treadmill as part of my return to walking and running.  This was an interesting experience for me.  Although it didn’t quite feel like real running, I could tell that my muscles were b... »

Canine Fitness Equipment: Cones

Canine Fitness Equipment: Cones

When it comes to canine fitness equipment, cones and poles are a versatile option that many pet owners don’t immediately think of.  Yet, these portable products can be used in many different ways for dogs of all ages and athletic ability.  Look no further than human fitness for validation.  Many spo... »

Canine Fitness Equipment: Weights

Canine Fitness Equipment: Weights

To the surprise of many, dogs can lift weights as part of a well-rounded fitness program.  Of course, I don’t mean barbells and dumbbells, pullup bars or kettlebells.  Sorry, dogs just don’t have that opposable thumb that is so key for grabbing and holding heavy objects.  However, there are a few op... »

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Protein Part 3

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Protein Part 3

Evaluating the protein in a dog food requires a multi-faceted approach.   Besides looking for named meat and fish as the primary protein source, one must also watch for other added protein sources that, while helping increase the total protein content of the dog food, might not be really species app... »

Canine Fitness Equipment: Balance Discs and Boards

Canine Fitness Equipment: Balance Discs and Boards

As I discussed last time, adding some level of instability to a canine exercise can make it more challenging while also requiring the recruitment of stabilizer muscles to control the body.   Balance discs and balance (wobble) boards are another excellent choice when it comes to canine fitness equipm... »

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Protein Part 2

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Protein Part 2

I have previously discussed protein and how specific, named proteins (e.g. Chicken) should be fed to a dog instead of non-specific proteins (e.g. Poultry).  Yet, there are more ways to scrutinize protein sources in dog foods besides this rule of thumb.     Proteins in dog food, whether spe... »

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Vitamins & Minerals

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Vitamins & Minerals

Commercially available dog foods will typically contain long lists of ingredients.  In fact, the average dog food contains over 40 different ingredients in a single recipe.  One of the reasons that dog foods contain so many ingredients is due to the fact that they are generally formulated to be “com... »

Canine Fitness Equipment: Stability Balls

Canine Fitness Equipment: Stability Balls

Keeping a dog active through regular exercise is one of the most important things a person can do to ensure that their dog is healthy and happy.  Walking and running are two of the more common exercises that people use to keep their dog in shape.  However, by no means are walking and running the onl... »

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Coloring

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Coloring

One of the most senseless ingredient functions in dog food is coloring.  Dog food color can be enhanced in many ways, but when ingredients are added specifically to add color while adding no nutritional value, then those ingredients are at best, useless and at worst, harmful.   Why Colorings ar... »

Exercising your Dog in the Summer

Exercising your Dog in the Summer

Here in the U.S., we will be celebrating the Memorial Day holiday this weekend.  Besides being a nice 3-day break, Memorial Day weekend is also traditionally viewed as the unofficial kickoff to summer. It is somewhat amazing how, once Memorial Day arrives, people will almost automatically spend more... »

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Sweeteners

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Sweeteners

Like in the case for humans, a dog’s taste buds allow them to taste sweetness.  And for many dogs, some sweetness is considered to be a good thing when it comes to their foods.  Pet food manufacturers are well aware of this fact, and in an attempt to improve palatability, will often include ingredie... »

Pet Obesity in the U.S. 2015, Part 2

Pet Obesity in the U.S. 2015, Part 2

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) has recently released the results of its latest annual pet obesity survey.  I had contacted APOP because their site did not provide much detail on this year’s survey.  Dr. Ernie Ward was kind enough to send over more detailed data, which I will be sh... »

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Preservatives

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Preservatives

Preservatives are, unfortunately, a critical component in most pet foods, especially the dry variety.  A bag of dog food might not actually be purchased and opened by the consumer for 6-9 months or longer due to the industry’s long (slow) supply chain.  As a result, dog foods must have relatively lo... »

Pet Obesity in the U.S. 2015

Pet Obesity in the U.S. 2015

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) has recently released the results of its latest annual pet obesity survey.  Unfortunately for dogs (and cats) in the U.S., the news is not good.   According to APOP, in the U.S., 58% of all cats and 54% of all dogs are overweight or obese.  For ... »

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Carbs

Feed Your Dog This Not That: Carbs

Although dogs will eat like omnivores, they are descendants of the carnivore wolf and thus will thrive on diets high in protein and fat.  By definition, this also means that dogs require little in the way of carbohydrates.   Canine Ancestral Diet = Low Carbohydrates A canine ancestral diet, the... »

Dogs Keep Older Humans Healthy

Dogs Keep Older Humans Healthy

There is much evidence in the scientific community that links dog ownership to improved health.  One of the ‘problems’ with many of the studies is that of a small sample size.  In essence, the study might indicate a linkage between do ownership and improved health, but the relatively small number of... »

Feed Your Dog This, Not That: Fat

Feed Your Dog This, Not That: Fat

Most healthy dogs are meant to thrive on a diet that is high in protein and fat.  Adequate amounts of fat will provide a variety of health benefits to a dog.   Benefits of Dietary Fat to a Dog: Fat is a dense source of energy (calories) that is necessary to keep a dog active. Fat provides essen... »

Physical Rehabilitation for Dogs Part 4: Laser Therapy

Physical Rehabilitation for Dogs Part 4: Laser Therapy

Laser therapy burst onto the human physical therapy (PT) scene over the past ten years.  Laser machines, once novel equipment, began to appear in virtually all PT clinics.  I know this from first-hand experience.  Back in 2007, I made the 80-mile round-trip to a sports doctor to get laser treatment ... »

Feed This, Not That: Protein

Feed This, Not That: Protein

In theory, every single ingredient in a dog food formulation has a purpose, a specific reason or benefit that made the food company include it in the recipe.  It could be that the ingredient is to provide protein, or perhaps it acts as a preservative.  Whatever specific role needs to be filled, ther... »

Physical Rehabilitation for Dogs Part 3: Ultrasound

Physical Rehabilitation for Dogs Part 3: Ultrasound

Like with electrical stimulation, ultrasound therapy is a physical rehabilitation modality that has been used in human PT for many years, and is now becoming common in canine rehabilitation programs.   I remember back almost 10 years ago when I had my first troublesome injury, a strained Achilles te... »

Three Pet Food Additives to Avoid

Three Pet Food Additives to Avoid

When choosing a food for your dog, it is just as important to consider what should NOT be in the food as to consider what should be in the food.  Today, I am focusing on some ingredients that should not be in a dog’s food.  And when it comes to ingredients to avoid, there are several food additives ... »

Physical Rehabilitation for Dogs Part 2

Physical Rehabilitation for Dogs Part 2

Last week, I wrote about temperature therapy and how it is used in canine physical rehabilitation.  Today, I will provide an overview of electrical stimulation, another physical therapy modality that has been used for years in human therapy and that is now becoming quite common in canine therapy as ... »

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Average Protein, Fat, and Carb Content in Dog Foods

When choosing an appropriate dog food for a dog, the first indicator of suitability for the species is the macronutrient profile.  The macronutrient profile is the percentage makeup of the macronutrients—the protein, fat, and carbs—in the dog food.  Because dogs are of carnivore descent, they will t... »

Physical Rehabilitation for Dogs Part 1

Physical Rehabilitation for Dogs Part 1

I recently had a minor sports related injury to my c-spine (i.e. neck) and have started a physical therapy program.  It is interesting to observe the therapists in action on all of the patients, and the range of modalities that are used to heal the injuries and prevent re occurrence.  Interestingly,... »

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Average Calorie Content in Dog Foods

It has been some time since I have published updated statistics on key dog food indicators and today’s post will do this, focusing on the average calorie content in dog food.  I used our pet food database, which currently consists of near 3,000 dog foods along with their calories, ingredients, macro... »

The Final FitDog Friday Post

The Final FitDog Friday Post

As you probably know, today is the last FitDog Friday blog hop.  We started this canine fitness oriented blog hop as a way to bring the blogging community together on the important topics related to canine fitness. Along the way, we hope that we have inspired readers to not only get their dogs in sh... »

Do You Really Want to Feed your Dog a Diet Food?

Do You Really Want to Feed your Dog a Diet Food?

Last week, in the final post on the top things that people don’t know about dog food series, I made mention of the fact that weight control foods are not necessarily a good option for an overweight dog.  I wanted to expand on that topic a bit this week with updated data on calories and carbohydrates... »

Things People Don’t Know About Canine Fitness Part 5

Things People Don’t Know About Canine Fitness Part 5

Today is the fifth and final installment (we think) of a five-part series on things people don’t know about canine fitness.  You can read the first four installments: part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4.   Dogs need a strong core to be athletic and reduce injury risk I have covered this topic man... »

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Purina Dog Food Recall, March 2016

Purina announced on March 8, 2016, that some of their products were being recalled because, according to the Company website, “some of our 10-oz. wet dog food tubs may not contain the recommended level of added vitamins and minerals.”  The recall includes select wet dog food 10-oz. tubs under the Be... »

Fromm Family Dog Food Recall, March 2016

Fromm Family Dog Food Recall, March 2016

Fromm Family Pet Food, of Mequon WI, US, is voluntarily recalling three of its products sold in the U.S. due to improper vitamin and mineral content.  The voluntary recall, announced on March 18,2016, was specifically made due to elevated Vitamin D levels in the recalled foods. The three Fromm Famil... »

Things People Don’t Know About Canine Fitness Part 4

Things People Don’t Know About Canine Fitness Part 4

Today is the fourth part of a five-part series on things people don’t know about canine fitness.  You can read the first three installments part 1, part 2, and part 3.   Injured dogs require rehab and retraining Because of their seemingly boundless enthusiasm, and their inability to speak, dogs... »

Things People Don’t Know About Dog Food: Part 5

Things People Don’t Know About Dog Food: Part 5

This week is the last part of the continuing series on things that people don’t know about dog food.  The first four installments are available by clicking the links below: Things People Don’t Know About Dog Food: Part 1 Things People Don’t Know About Dog Food: Part 2 Things People Don&#... »

Things People Don’t Know About Canine Fitness Part 3

Things People Don’t Know About Canine Fitness Part 3

Today is the third part of a five-part series on things people don’t know about canine fitness.  You can read the first two installments here: part 1 and here: part 2.     Senior dogs need exercise Just because a dog reaches their senior years, doesn’t mean that they should stop exercising... »

Things People Don’t Know About Dog Food: Part 4

Things People Don’t Know About Dog Food: Part 4

This week is part 4 of the continuing series on things that people don’t know about dog food.  The first three installments are available by clicking the links below: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3   Dog food contains an average of 39 ingredients. Anyone who has looked at a dog food label knows that the ... »

Things People Don’t Know About Canine Fitness Part 2

Things People Don’t Know About Canine Fitness Part 2

Last week, I started our series on things that people don’t know about canine fitness.  This multipart series is meant to uncover some interesting tidbits of information that most people are not aware of when it comes to keeping their dog fit.   Without further ado, here are two more things tha... »

Things People Don’t Know About Dog Food: Part 3

Things People Don’t Know About Dog Food: Part 3

This week is part 3 of the continuing series on things that people don’t know about dog food.  The first two installments are available here and here.   Meat as the first ingredient is a good rule, but by itself is not a true indication of a foods overall quality or appropriateness.  Ingredient... »

Things People Don’t Know About Canine Fitness Part 1

Things People Don’t Know About Canine Fitness Part 1

I recently started a series on the top things that people don’t know about dog food (part 1 and part 2 are here).  Which made me think that a similar type of format would also work for canine fitness.  After all, as readers of this blog will know, exercising with a dog can be so much more than just ... »

Top Ten Things People Don’t Know About Dog Food: Part 2

Top Ten Things People Don’t Know About Dog Food: Part 2

Last week, I began a list of things that people don’t know about dog food. Continuing on with this theme, here are two more facts that are not common knowledge to pet parents.     Grain free dog food is not low carb dog food, nor is it necessarily better.  Grain free diets are all the rage... »

Top Ten Things People Don’t Know About Dog Food: Part 1

Top Ten Things People Don’t Know About Dog Food: Part 1

Over the past several years, there has been a sea change in the pet food industry.  Driven by the humanization of pets and the fact that more homes in the U.S. now have pets than have children, the premium pet food market has exploded and more and more pet owners are educating themselves on how to r... »

Calculating a Dog’s Body Mass Index?

Calculating a Dog’s Body Mass Index?

The body mass index, or BMI for short, is a quick way to ascertain whether a person is overweight, underweight, or just right.  For humans, the BMI is calculated by the formula: BMI = weightlbs / (heightinches )2 * 703   The resulting value is used to classify the person’s body condition.  A sc... »

Best Protein Sources for Dogs

Best Protein Sources for Dogs

Last week, I wrote about amino acids and why some are considered essential from a dietary perspective – the essential amino acids are those that the dog’s body can’t produce on its own and therefore these aminos must be supplied via diet.  The implication of this is that a dog should be fed fo... »

Is Your Dog a Weekend Warrior?

Is Your Dog a Weekend Warrior?

The expression “weekend warrior” is a term used for people who do little physical activity during the work week and then go out on the occasional weekend and attempt to play sports (e.g. like basketball or tennis) intensely or exercise strenuously.  Often the result of such a strategy is a very sore... »

Amino Acids the Building Blocks of Protein for Dogs

Amino Acids the Building Blocks of Protein for Dogs

When it comes to a dog’s diet, protein is the starting point when building a species appropriate feeding regimen.   But while feeding a dog adequate amounts of protein is important, feeding a dog the correct type of protein is just as important (if not more important).  Like it is with carbohydrates... »

Will a Dog Lose Fitness if they Stop Exercising?

Will a Dog Lose Fitness if they Stop Exercising?

Most dogs are natural athletes and it is easy to assume that they are ready and able to handle virtually any type of exercise load.  Let’s face it, part of the reason this is true is because most dogs, especially the younger ones, will act as if they have an unlimited supply of energy and are enthus... »

Why Carbohydrates are Bad for Dogs

Why Carbohydrates are Bad for Dogs

Last week I discussed the reasons why some carbohydrates are actually good for a dog’s health.  However, not all carbs are created equal and there are many which are generally unhealthy for a dog’s body.  These carbs, which are often included in many commercially dog food recipes, should be avoided ... »

How Much Exercise Should a Puppy Get: Part 2

How Much Exercise Should a Puppy Get: Part 2

Last week, I wrote about the reasons why a puppy should be exercised differently from an adult dog.  Due to the fact that their bone growth plates have not fully formed (closed), a puppy’s body cannot safely withstand long duration or high intensity exercise. Thus, a puppy who is over exercised can ... »

Why Carbohydrates Are Good For Dogs

Why Carbohydrates Are Good For Dogs

I am a big believer in feeding a dog in a way that is appropriate for their carnivore ancestry.  This means feeding a diet that is high in protein and fat and relatively low in carbohydrates (e.g. carbs should not make up more than 40% of the macronutrients in a food). However, there are many health... »

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Carnivore Meat Company Dog Food Recall Alert, Jan 2016

On January 15, 2016, the Carnivore Meat Company announced that it is recalling a select lot of Carnivore Vital Essentials Frozen Chicken Patties Entrée for Dogs because they have tested positive for Salmonella in a July 2015 FDA sample collection initiative. It is not clear why it took six months fr... »

How Much Exercise Should a Puppy Get? (Part 1)

How Much Exercise Should a Puppy Get? (Part 1)

We had a reader recently ask about how much exercise a puppy should get. This is a great question and certainly worthy of a post or two. Speaking from experience, I wish that I had this knowledge many years ago when raising our Chocolate Labrador, Sally. Sally was an energetic lab (aren’t they all?)... »

Feeding a Dog to Lose Weight

Feeding a Dog to Lose Weight

Every other dog, and then some, in the United States is overweight according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). That means that there are around 44 million overweight or, worse, obese dogs in this country. These dogs need help and that help needs to come from their family in the f... »

Three Factors to Modify a Dog’s Exercise Levels

Three Factors to Modify a Dog’s Exercise Levels

Like humans, dogs require a reasonable and progressive training program in order to ensure that they build capability in the target area (e.g. strength, endurance) and limit their risk of injury. There are three main factors that a pet parent can manipulate in order to progress a dog through a progr... »

Wellness Pet Food: Marketing vs. Food Ingredients

Wellness Pet Food: Marketing vs. Food Ingredients

Several weeks ago, I introduced the idea of using a word cloud analysis to check if a given pet food Brand’s marketing messages are consistent with the actual ingredients in their product portfolio.  In today’s post, I will share the results of my analysis of the Wellness Pet Food Brand.   Abou... »

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Big Dog Natural Dog Food Recall Alert

Big Dog Natural of Brick, NJ is voluntary recalling a select production lot of Big Dog Natural raw dehydrated dog food Chicken Supreme potentially contaminated with Salmonella and Fish Supreme potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes that was shipped in the week of 10/31/2015 to 11/13/20... »

Creating an Endurance Training Progression for a Dog

Creating an Endurance Training Progression for a Dog

Dogs are natural endurance athletes.  Their bodies contain significant proportions of slow twitch muscle fibers and thus, they are able to engage in long duration physical activities.  However, like with humans, dogs need to gradually build up their endurance training so that they can safely and eff... »

New Year’s Resolutions to Feed Your Dog Better

New Year’s Resolutions to Feed Your Dog Better

New Year’s is a time that most people review the past year and resolve to make improvements for the coming year.  With that in mind, I offer 5 resolutions that will help a dog parent ensure that their dog is fed the proper amount of food and fed healthier, more species appropriate food.  ... »

Herbs and Spices in Dog Food

Herbs and Spices in Dog Food

Herbs and spices can be an important but often overlooked ingredient category when it comes to pet food. Herbs and spices have been used for centuries by humans add flavor and coloring to food and in many cases, to treat illness. They are also commonly used in commercially available dog food recipes... »

Endurance Training for Dogs

Endurance Training for Dogs

Endurance training, also commonly referred to as aerobic training, is an important aspect of canine fitness. Whether they know it or not, most dog parents provide their dog with some form of regular endurance training, the most common form being the regular walk. Like there is with strength training... »

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Stella and Chewy’s Dog Food Alert, December 2015

Stella & Chewy’s is voluntarily recalling four of its products sold in the U.S. and Canada due to concerns of a possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The recall affects a total of 990 cases (964 cases in the U.S and 26 cases in Canada). The recall was prompted by a positive test con... »

Hydrolyzed Soy in Dog Food

Hydrolyzed Soy in Dog Food

I was recently updating some pet food recipe information in our pet food database and happened to be updating a handful of prescription recipes when I noticed the ‘allergen free’ and ‘hypo allergenic’ (and similar) foods. Most of these types of foods use hydrolyzed proteins as a key ingredient that ... »

How Much Water does a Dog Need?

How Much Water does a Dog Need?

Last week, I wrote about why it is important to keep a dog properly hydrated and some of the health risks that can result from too little, or too much water. This week I will share some tips on how to keep a dog properly hydrated.   How Much Water does a Dog Need? Making sure that a dog gets th... »

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Bravo Pet Food Recall Alert, December 2015

Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester, CT is recalling a select lot of Bravo Chicken Blend diet for dogs & cats with a best used by date of 11/13/16 due to concerns of the possible presence of Salmonella . Out of an abundance of caution, Bravo is also recalling three additional items that did not test p... »

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Grains in Dog Food

The humanization and overall consumer preference for premium pet food has led to the growth in grain free pet foods, which are marketed as being better and healthier than foods containing grains. Although dogs do not need grains for their bodies to function properly, grains are not necessarily bad i... »

Importance of Proper Hydration for a Dog

Importance of Proper Hydration for a Dog

Having a fit and healthy dog requires a combination of regular exercise and proper feeding of appropriate foods. Most readers of SlimDoggy.com are well aware of this. There is another aspect to ensuring a fit and healthy dog that does not get as much attention as diet and exercise: proper hydration.... »

4 Ways a Dog Can Improve Your Child’s Health

4 Ways a Dog Can Improve Your Child’s Health

Today’s post is written by a new contributor, Vee Cecil, a fitness advocate and dog lover. Most parents consider getting a family dog because they help to teach responsibility and empathy to children. Chores such as giving the dog food and water, taking him for walks, giving him a bath and bru... »

Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs: Chinese Medicine

Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs: Chinese Medicine

Like proteins, fruits and vegetables are also categorized by Chinese medicine into one of the three categories: warming, neutral, and cooling. As we showed last week, there are some fruits and vegetables that are commonly used in commercial pet food recipes. Today we will look at the Chinese medicin... »

Thankful for Having Dogs as Workout Partners

Thankful for Having Dogs as Workout Partners

Given that it is Thanksgiving week, I thought it would be appropriate to share some fitness related thanks in recognition of how lucky I am to have been able to exercise a lot the past year with our 2 great rescue dogs, Jack and Maggie.   Jack and Maggie are both senior Labradors of around 11-1... »

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Common Fruits and Vegetables in Dog Food

Fruits and vegetables are becoming an increasingly popular ingredient in commercial dog food recipes. Most dog foods contain one or more of these, with some of the higher quality foods containing a half-dozen or more. Which raises a question: which vegetables are the most commonly found in commercia... »

Core Strength Training for Dogs: Roll Over

Core Strength Training for Dogs: Roll Over

When it comes to strengthening a dog’s core, there are many exercises that a pet owner can choose from. Few of these are as fun (for the dog) as the roll over. Roll over is one of those commands that many dog parents use when they begin training their dog. It is commonly used after sit and down, and... »

Can I Give my Dog Holiday Food at Thanksgiving?

Can I Give my Dog Holiday Food at Thanksgiving?

Holiday Food Calories and the Exercise Your Dog Will Need to Burn it Off Holiday season is once again upon us. In the U.S., we will be celebrating our Thanksgiving holiday in less than two weeks and will soon follow this up with Christmas/Hanukkah, and New Year celebrations. Most people will tend to... »

Core Strength Training for Dogs: Balancing

Core Strength Training for Dogs: Balancing

Due to its role in protecting the internal organs and spine, as well as it being the conduit to movement and power transfer, a dog’s core is really one of the most important areas to target with regular exercise. Keeping with that theme, today I will introduce another canine core exercise that can b... »

Which Proteins are Best for a Dog with Cancer?

Which Proteins are Best for a Dog with Cancer?

As mentioned in previous posts, I recently consulted with holistic veterinarian Dr. Patrick Mahaney as part of our dog Maggie’s treatment for Osteosarcoma. Dr. Mahaney believes that when treating a serious disease like cancer, a combination of modern medicine and smart nutrition is the best approach... »

Core Strength Training for Dogs: The Touch Drill

Core Strength Training for Dogs: The Touch Drill

One of the easiest ways to work a dog’s core is to force them to stabilize their body against external stimuli, which means forces or factors ‘outside’ of the dog’s control. One very effective method to do this is to use gentle touches to perturb the dog’s body while they are in various positions. I... »

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Most Common Proteins in Dog Food

As a pet parent of a dog with Osteosarcoma, I have been forced to deal with the reality that my dog Maggie is in need of modern medicine and modern medical care to enable her to live a high quality of life for the time she has remaining. Yet, my belief in using food as a ‘weapon’ to fight disease is... »

Core Strength Training for Dogs: The Snoopy

Core Strength Training for Dogs: The Snoopy

I have recently written about the different types of strength training that can be done with a dog, and have shared some of my favorite exercises for the front legs (including the upper back and shoulders), and the hind legs. Today, I will introduce the first of several exercises that will target a ... »

Costs of Having a Fat Dog

Costs of Having a Fat Dog

I recently discussed some of the common health risks that dogs face from being overweight. The list of diseases and ailments that are associated with a dog being overweight is both long and serious, and will likely contribute to a lower quality of life for the pet and a shorter pet life span. If the... »

FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge Wrap Up

FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge Wrap Up

The FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge, sponsored by ABOUND Pet Food, has come to a close. But we don’t want that to be an excuse for anyone to start slacking when it comes to their or their dog’s exercise and diet. There were many great ideas shared by our blog partners and readers on how to keep... »

Health Risks of an Overweight Dog

Health Risks of an Overweight Dog

Continuing with our pet obesity awareness theme, I wanted to share some of the primary health risks that dogs might develop as a result of being overweight.   Much like with humans, carrying excess weight in the form of fat is not healthy for dogs and can impact their quality of life. Simply st... »

FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge Week 3

FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge Week 3

Sponsored by ABOUND Pet Food   We are now at the final week of the FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge.   To summarize the challenge, we have partnered with ABOUND Pet Food for the month of October to create our own and have our readers share tips that will help you and your dog remain fit and... »

A Few Extra Pounds on a Dog can Change Their Life

A Few Extra Pounds on a Dog can Change Their Life

Pet obesity is a major problem in the U.S. and other countries and it can lead to shortened life spans and lower quality of life for overweight pets. Many dog owners do not think about their pet’s excess weight in proportion to their pet’s overall body size, which is one reason why the pet obesity p... »

FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge Week 2

FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge Week 2

Sponsored by ABOUND Pet Food We are now headed into week 2 of the FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge. To summarize the challenge, we have partnered with ABOUND Pet Food for the month of October to create a series of tips that will help you and your dog remain fit and healthy as we head into the fa... »

Pet Obesity Awareness: Some Statistics

Pet Obesity Awareness: Some Statistics

October is Pet Obesity Awareness month, and October 7, 2015 is Pet Obesity Awareness day, and it is the perfect time to review some of the key statistics and information related to pet obesity. I would argue that the single most impactful thing that pet owners can do to improve the health of their p... »

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K-9 Kraving Dog Food Recall Alert

K-9 Kraving Dog Food of Baltimore MD., has announced a voluntary recall of their Chicken Patties Dog Food shipped between July 13th and July 17th, 2015 because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes can affect animals eati... »

FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge

FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge

This week, we are happy to announce the FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge, which is sponsored by ABOUND Pet Food. The purpose of the challenge is to help pet owners from falling into the ‘end of summer’ fitness trap that they, and their pets often succumb to.   The end of summer fitness trap... »

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Hill’s Pet Food: Marketing vs. Food Ingredients

I recently started to use a word cloud analysis to compare a pet food Brand’s marketing messaging to the actual ingredients in the Brand’s pet food. The goal is to look for consistency in messaging versus the ingredients to determine if the marketing is just talk or is it backed up by the quality of... »

OC Raw Dog Food Recall Alert

OC Raw Dog Food Recall Alert

OC Raw Dog of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA is voluntarily recalling 640 lbs. of Chicken, Fish & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation. The product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported and no other OC Raw Dog manufactured products are affected.  ... »

Strength Training for Dogs: Hind Leg

Strength Training for Dogs: Hind Leg

As discussed in my last post, the hind legs are a particularly vulnerable area for many dogs, especially as they age. As with humans, the notion of “use it or lose it” certainly applies. The key to preserving (or building) a dog’s hind leg strength is to focus the exercises so that they target these... »

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Royal Canin Pet Food: Marketing vs. Food Ingredients

Last week, I introduced the idea of using a word cloud analysis to check if a given pet food Brand’s marketing messages are consistent with the actual ingredients in their product portfolio. In today’s post, I will share the results of the first analysis, which was done on the Royal Canin Brand. &nb... »

Strength Training for Dogs: Sit Progression for Hind Legs

Strength Training for Dogs: Sit Progression for Hind Legs

For many dogs, the hind legs can become a problem area, especially as the dogs get older and move into their senior years. The primary reason for this is because many dogs will tend to load their body weight more onto their front limbs than their back limbs. Over time, this can lead to a strength di... »

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Dog Food: Marketing Messages vs Food Realities

In my role as Vice President, Food, at Petnet.io, I am responsible for the Petnet SmartFood program, which is a pet food subscription and automated delivery service for those pet owners who use the SmartFeeder, a web connected “intelligent” pet feeder. Among other things, we learn the specific Brand... »

Strength Training for Dogs: Working Upper Back with the Crawl

Strength Training for Dogs: Working Upper Back with the Crawl

One of the most infrequently targeted muscles on a dog’s body is the upper back or lat. This doesn’t mean that the upper back is not an important muscle. Rather, it is indicative of the fact that the motion that is needed to target the lat, are not part of the movement patterns in most of the common... »

Adjusting a Dog’s Food Portions

Adjusting a Dog’s Food Portions

Over the past few weeks, I have detailed the steps that are needed to determine the proper amount of food to feed a dog each day. The steps involve a few calculations but are well worth the effort in the long run.   For those pet parents who have worked through the steps, determined a daily pet feed... »

Strength Training for Dogs: Working Shoulders with the High Five

Strength Training for Dogs: Working Shoulders with the High Five

There are many different exercises that can be used to strengthen a dog’s body and improve their muscle tone and athletic performance. I generally classify canine strengthening exercises into 3 categories: front leg focused, hind leg focused, and core focused. For most dogs, the front limbs take the... »

How Many Cups of Food Should I Feed My Dog?

How Many Cups of Food Should I Feed My Dog?

Last week, I provided some benchmark values that can be used to estimate how many calories a dog needs each day to maintain a certain weight. The next step in determining how much food to feed a dog is to use this calorie estimate in conjunction with the caloric values of their foods and treats, to ... »

Strength Training for Dogs: Types and Progression

Strength Training for Dogs: Types and Progression

Strength training a dog is a great way to improve their overall fitness and to build strength and muscles, all of which can help keep a dog healthy and living long. Just like with humans, there are many strength exercises that a dog can perform, each of which can target a specific area (or muscle gr... »

Calculating a Dog’s Daily Calorie Needs

Calculating a Dog’s Daily Calorie Needs

Determining how many calories a dog burns each day is crucial for knowing how much to feed the dog. Most people are not aware of how many calories their dog really needs, and the result is that many pet owners are over feeding, which can cause a multitude of health problems for the dog.   Today... »

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