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Adding Resistance for a Strength Workout for your Dog

Adding Resistance for a Strength Workout for your Dog

As I have already pointed out, having strong muscles could mean having a longer lifespan. Research on humans supports this and it is very likely to hold true for our canine companions as well. Many dog owners are unaware of the strength training options available to them when it comes to exercising ... »

How Much to Feed Your Dog: Importance of an Ideal Weight

How Much to Feed Your Dog: Importance of an Ideal Weight

Far too many people are not aware of the amount of food their dogs really require each day to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.   According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), a majority of dogs in the U.S. are overweight. Just like with people, an overweight dog will have a s... »

What is Strength Training for Dogs?

What is Strength Training for Dogs?

I recently wrote about the research on humans that links muscular strength to longevity. This research was interesting to me and had me thinking that dogs might also benefit from fitness routines that incorporate strength training more prominently than is current practice; current practice being pre... »

Are Large Bags of Dry Dog Food Cheaper than Small Bags?

Are Large Bags of Dry Dog Food Cheaper than Small Bags?

Dry food is by far the most popular form of pet food sold. I saw some data on petfoodindustry.com that said that dry food makes up almost 75% of all pet food sales in the world. There are several reasons for this. First of all, dry food is convenient and doesn’t require refrigeration. Second, dry fo... »

Canine Fitness Program with Bite

Canine Fitness Program with Bite

Interview with Krista Wickens I recently spent some time with entrepreneur Krista Wickens, the Founder and CEO of PetZen Products and President of Ball Dynamics. Krista has been in the fitness industry for many years and is an innovator in the canine fitness space. As always, it was nice catching up... »

Senior Dog Food: Protein, Fat, and Carbs

Senior Dog Food: Protein, Fat, and Carbs

Last week, I discussed one of the longstanding myths that says that senior dogs should be fed a lower protein food. Although this approach was recognized as viable for many years, more recent research supports the notion that older dogs in fact, require higher amounts of protein, not lower amounts. ... »

Can Strength Training Increase a Dog’s Lifespan?

Can Strength Training Increase a Dog’s Lifespan?

I recently stumbled upon some research on the relationship between muscular strength in humans and their life spans. I will provide some details shortly, but the research suggests that people who are stronger will have a much lower death rate, and this longer life span, then people who are not as st... »

Purina and Merrick Pet Food Deal & Dog Food Recalls

Purina and Merrick Pet Food Deal & Dog Food Recalls

There was a lot of news last week in the pet food industry, so much so that it deserved a recap. Besides the stunning news that Purina has purchased Merrick Pet Foods, there was also not one, but two pet food recalls announced late last week.   Purina Purchased Merrick Pet Care The announcement... »

natures variety recall

Nature’s Variety Dog Food Recall Alert

Nature’s Variety has announced a voluntary recall of their Instinct Raw Chicken Formula for dogs with a “Best By” date of 04/27/16 because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella.   The affected products are limited to the Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Frozen Diets as listed below: &n... »

Bravo pet food recall

Bravo Pet Food Recall Alert, July 2015

Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester, CT is recalling select lots of Bravo Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats due to concerns of the possible presence of Salmonella. This is the fifth recall by Bravo since 2013- there were recalls in March and April 2013, and May and September 2014. Yes, that is right, th... »

Can Exercising a Dog Before Breakfast Help them Burn Fat?

Can Exercising a Dog Before Breakfast Help them Burn Fat?

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than half of all dogs in the US are overweight. Keeping a dog fit and trim requires proper feeding and ample exercise. I often wonder if some of the techniques that humans use to optimize their calorie balance could also work on dogs. One... »

Feeding a Senior Dog: Do Older Dogs need Less Protein?

Feeding a Senior Dog: Do Older Dogs need Less Protein?

Over the years, there has been a lot of confusion, or at least uncertainty, about proper diets for senior dogs.   In a 2011 study by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, researchers polled more than 1,300 people online about their perceptions about senior foods. According ... »

Is the First Ingredient a Good Judge of a Dog Food

Is the First Ingredient a Good Judge of a Dog Food

One of the most common rules that pet owners use to choose a food is the 1st ingredient rule. The 1st ingredient rule simply means that the 1st ingredient in the ingredient list should be a meat or fish. At its core, this rule makes sense because dogs are carnivores and their food should contain ani... »

vital essentials dog food

Vital Essentials Dog Food Recall Alert

On July 8, 2015, the Carnivore Meat Company announced that it is recalling select products and lots of Carnivore Vital Essentials pet foods because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.   The effected foods are for the specific products and lots below: Vital Es... »

Exercising Outdoors with Dogs: Hind Legs

Exercising Outdoors with Dogs: Hind Legs

I recently wrote about the benefits of exercising outdoors with your dog. Fortunately, we were recently able to enjoy those many benefits in the mountain forests of Big Bear Lake, CA. We used the forest trails and landscape as the ‘gymnasium’ to make sure that SlimDoggy Jack got some good workouts i... »

FDA Approval of Dog Food Ingredients – Does it Matter?

FDA Approval of Dog Food Ingredients – Does it Matter?

Like with human foods, the FDA requires that ingredients in dog food are “safe” before they can be included in a recipe. Many pet owners think that if the FDA has approved an ingredient for use in pet food, it must be safe for their dogs. Some pet food companies will point to the fact that some of t... »

stella and chewy's

Stella and Chewy’s Dog Food Alert

On July 2, 2015, the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced on its website that they have issued a stop sale order on Stella and Chewy’s freeze dried chicken patties dog food, which has tested positive of Listeria monocytogenes. The lot number is: 111-15. The bags will have a use by date... »

Exercise for Independence

Exercise for Independence

This weekend is the July 4th holiday in the US. This holiday is also known as Independence Day, and it got me thinking about how exercise can bring independence to humans and dogs.   Webster’s Dictionary defines independent as “not requiring or relying on others”. This definition can cert... »

Overview of Carbohydrates in Dog Food

Overview of Carbohydrates in Dog Food

The three macronutrients (besides water) that make up the majority of a pet food are protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Pet food labels, which are required to report certain crucial nutritional data, list protein and fat percentages but rarely is there a reference to the carbohydrate content. This is ... »

Tips for Exercising Senior Dogs

Tips for Exercising Senior Dogs

Like humans, as dogs age and enter their senior years, they will generally lose athleticism and muscle tone and their bodies will take longer to recover from vigorous exercise. However, aging is really no excuse for becoming a couch potato, whether it is you or your dog. Unfortunately, far too many ... »

Is Coconut Oil Good for Dogs?

Is Coconut Oil Good for Dogs?

We have had many readers ask us about the benefits of coconut oil and whether it is good for their dogs. Even though we aren’t doing another ingredients series for awhile, we wanted to respond to our readers questions with our thoughts on coconut oil.   Fats are an important part of a dog... »

5 Benefits of Outdoor Exercise with your Dog

5 Benefits of Outdoor Exercise with your Dog

As a former “Northeast Coaster” now living in Southern California, I am fortunate to live in a climate that is generally warm and sunny and perfect for outdoor exercise year round. For many others, weather conditions are such that getting outdoors to exercise year round is more challenging. No matte... »

The Problem with Online Dog Food Reviews

The Problem with Online Dog Food Reviews

One of my ‘pet peeves’ when it comes to pet food is related to the online reviews. Over the years, I have stumbled upon these reviews while collecting data and doing my research on pet food ingredients, calories and macronutrients. To illustrate the problem with online reviews, I will use a recipe p... »

Exercise to Reduce Stress in Dogs. Part 2

Exercise to Reduce Stress in Dogs. Part 2

Last week, I wrote about the Italian research study that showed how daily exercise can reduce stress levels in shelter dogs. This week, I will examine the implications and possible cost savings from implementing a regular shelter exercise program.   In the U.S., somewhere near 8 million dogs an... »

Overview of Fats in Dog Food

Overview of Fats in Dog Food

Dogs require moderate amounts of healthy fats in their diet. Much like protein, fats are a crucial part of a pet’s diet. Some of the key benefits of fat include: Fat provides essential nutrients such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are vital to keeping your pet’s skin and coat healthy. Res... »

Exercise to Reduce Stress in Dogs. Part 1

Exercise to Reduce Stress in Dogs. Part 1

Like humans, dogs can feel stress and it can lead to changes in their behavior (e.g. undesirable behaviors like barking or biting) as well as changes in their body chemistry. For many people, the solution to stress is often found in a prescription and although not as common, the same can be said for... »

Overview of Dog Food Protein

Overview of Dog Food Protein

Dogs are carnivores by nature, which means that they are meant to eat a diet high in protein. However, when it comes to pet food, all protein sources are not created equal. This means that you can’t simply look at the total protein in a food and instead, must examine both the total protein and the s... »

How Much Exercise does a Dog Need?

How Much Exercise does a Dog Need?

One of the most common questions I hear is “how much exercise does a dog need?” My first reaction to this is normally “more than you are providing them”! Although I am kidding (sort of), the fact is that most people don’t have any idea how much exercise their dog really does need. One way to determi... »

Overview of a Good Dog Food

Overview of a Good Dog Food

When it comes to dog food, reading the labels can be complicated and when people ask me for some tips, I can often talk for hours on end about the nuances and tricks that are needed to decipher the label. With that said, I have created a simpler approach, a crib notes version if you will, that can b... »

Safely Exercising your Dog in the Summer

Safely Exercising your Dog in the Summer

With the summer quickly approaching in the Northern Hemisphere, the temperatures and humidity levels (in most places) will rise to their peak levels. Summer certainly lends itself to working out as the longer, warmer days provide a larger window of opportunity to get outside and exercise. However, a... »

Feeding a Dog for a Healthy Liver

Feeding a Dog for a Healthy Liver

One of the workhorse organs in the body, and one that normally doesn’t get much thought unless there is a problem with it, is the liver. A well balanced diet can ensure that the liver is functioning properly. There are specific food ingredients that are particularly supportive of proper liver functi... »

OC Raw Dog Pet Food Recall May 2015

OC Raw Dog Pet Food Recall May 2015

Pet food manufacturer OC Raw Dog is voluntarily recalling 2055 lbs. of Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet pro... »

5 Reasons to Exercise with your Dog

5 Reasons to Exercise with your Dog

Ensuring that your dog gets ample amount of exercise is a pet owner responsibility. Most dogs are well suited for endurance type activities, which means they are perfect workout partners for us humans. Not only can they keep up with us, but they can push us to work harder simply due to their enthusi... »

Beneful Dog Food in the Shopping Cart

Beneful Dog Food in the Shopping Cart

As a staunch proponent of the many benefits of using quality, healthy food to keep a dog healthy and happy, I often cringe when I walk down the pet food aisle in the grocery store. I realize that I am generalizing a bit with my next few statements, but I will say them anyway. Looking at the dog food... »

Can Exercise Boost a Dog’s Confidence?

Can Exercise Boost a Dog’s Confidence?

Regular exercise provides a plethora of health benefits, to both humans and dogs, including reduced disease risk and longer and higher quality lifespans. One of the indirect benefits of regular exercise, and one that doesn’t get as much attention, is that being fit and active can boost self-confiden... »

Healthy Dog Diets: Foods that Reduce Inflammation

Healthy Dog Diets: Foods that Reduce Inflammation

Chronic inflammation, which is internal inflammation that persists and serves no healing purpose, is linked to many health issues including obesity, heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. The inflammation that occurs after an injury is the body’s natural response to the trauma. Its purpose it to floo... »

Feeding Active Dogs and Canine Athletes

Feeding Active Dogs and Canine Athletes

Much like human athletes and generally active people need to fuel their bodies properly to ensure that they are able to train appropriately or keep up their activity levels, so do active dogs and canine athletes. When it comes to feeding an active body, there are 3 important considerations that shou... »

Feeding a Dog for a Healthy Heart

Feeding a Dog for a Healthy Heart

A healthy heart is (obviously) a precursor to a healthy body. As the engine that pumps the blood through the body, the heart needs to be in top working order to properly perform its job. Unlike the skeletal muscles (e.g. leg muscles), which can rest, the heart is always working, involuntarily, to ke... »

U.S. Pet Obesity: The Total Number of Pounds our Dogs are Overweight

U.S. Pet Obesity: The Total Number of Pounds our Dogs are Overweight

We recently wrote about the 2014 Association for Pet Obesity Prevention survey results, which were very disappointing. According to this year’s survey, the number of obese dogs has risen the past two years and the total number of overweight or obese dogs in the US is almost 44 million. I thought it ... »

U.S. Pet Obesity Statistics, 2012-2014

U.S. Pet Obesity Statistics, 2012-2014

Dr. Ernie Ward and The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) recently released the results of the 2014 pet obesity survey. The study, conducted in the fall of 2014, continues to show that Americans are over feeding their pets. By a lot.   Overweight or obese dogs make up 52.7% of all do... »

Energy Flux for Overweight Dogs?

Energy Flux for Overweight Dogs?

Whether for dogs or for people, achieving weight loss and keeping weight off requires the proper levels of net calories: calories consumed less calories expended. For weight loss, there must be a deficit and to maintain the optimal weight, there must be an equal balance between the calories consumed... »

Brain Foods for your Dog

Brain Foods for your Dog

The fairly well known expression, “a healthy body is a healthy mind”, implies that one’s physical health can have an impact on one’s mental wellbeing. This saying is actually derived from a work by Roman Poet, Juvenal based on the latin adage “Mens sana in corpore sano”. This phrase is often transla... »

Feeding a Dog for Healthy Joints

Feeding a Dog for Healthy Joints

A common ailment that afflicts both humans and dogs is osteoarthritis. This has led to an explosion in demand for NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Humans often use drugs like Naprosyn and Ibuprofen to reduce the pain, while dogs are often prescribed Rimadyl (carprofen) or Deramaxx (de... »

Feeding a Dog for Healthy Muscles

Feeding a Dog for Healthy Muscles

Continuing our series on foods that support a healthy body, today we are focusing on the nutrients that are required to support healthy muscle function. As most of us know, protein and the building block amino acids that protein is made of, are the foundations for muscle growth. However, there are s... »

Intense Workouts for You and Your Dog

Intense Workouts for You and Your Dog

As we discussed last week, short workouts are a great strategy for keeping a high level of fitness, even when you are pressed for time, as long as the intensity level is high enough. In today’s post, we will share some suggestions on how to structure a short, yet intense workout for you and your dog... »

Strong Bones: What Should I Feed My Dog?

Strong Bones: What Should I Feed My Dog?

Besides proving energy for basic metabolic functions and movement, food can help support (or hinder) the body’s ability to maintain a strong muscular-skeletal structure, support organ health, enhance the immune systems, and basically ensure that the body is running on “all cylinders”. Active dogs (a... »

Benefits of a Quick Workout with your Dog

Benefits of a Quick Workout with your Dog

The last of the seven habits of fit people and their dogs is probably the one that most people don’t utilize: having one or two “go to” quick (e.g. 15 minute) workouts to use when time is short.   Time is often the biggest limiting factor that prevents us from achieving our exercise and fitness... »

Feeding a Dog Cheap Dog Food Can Cost You

Feeding a Dog Cheap Dog Food Can Cost You

In the modern world, food is relatively abundant and there is a wide variety of convenient foods available on the grocery store shelf. More often than not, these foods may contain ingredients of dubious quality, yet the general public mostly chooses to ignore the ingredient label and will still purc... »

Core Training for Your Dog

Core Training for Your Dog

Fit people and their fit dogs generally have several exercise habits that are common with their fit brethren. One such habit is to consistently exercise the “core”.   Benefits of a Strong Core There are many benefits to having a strong core. Whether it is a dog or a person, a strong core is wor... »

Lessons from Beneful Suit: Importance of Reading Dog Food Labels

Lessons from Beneful Suit: Importance of Reading Dog Food Labels

If nothing else, the class action lawsuit against Purina’s Beneful brand of dog food has reawakened the general public on issues concerning the quality and ingredients in pet food. In the case of Beneful (and many other pet food Brands), the ingredient list is laden with artificial ingredients and f... »

Cross Training for Greater Fitness for You and Your Dog

Cross Training for Greater Fitness for You and Your Dog

Another of the habits that are common to fit people (and their dogs) is the habit of cross training.   Cross training means that the athlete (you or your dog) engages in a variety of exercise protocols. To be most effective, the different protocols won’t overlap in terms of the muscles or syste... »

Purina Lawsuit: Is Beneful Dog Food Harmful to Dogs?

Purina Lawsuit: Is Beneful Dog Food Harmful to Dogs?

In case you haven’t heard the news, Purina was recently named in a class action law suit due to alleged harm caused by its Beneful dog food product line. CNN.com has a good summary of the suit here.   Historically, there have been many consumer complaints about Beneful products. The customer co... »

Exercise Options for Time Constrained Pet Owners

Exercise Options for Time Constrained Pet Owners

One of the seven habits of fit people and their dogs is that they are able to effectively manage their time so that no matter how busy their day might be, they are able to fit in their exercise. One way to accomplish this is to workout multiple times per day, but for shorter intervals of time.  ... »

SlimDoggy is Acquired by Petnet.io

SlimDoggy is Acquired by Petnet.io

We are pleased to announce that SlimDoggy has been acquired by Petnet. Petnet is an innovative iOT (internet of things) technology company that is building a “Smart” line of pet products including the Smart Feeder and Smart Bowl. Petnet will be integrating the SlimDoggy pet food database of almost 6... »

Obesity in Dogs: Exercise and the Obesity Genes

Obesity in Dogs: Exercise and the Obesity Genes

We have been writing a lot about nutrigenomics, which is the study of how food can influence the gene expressions of a body. A related field is called epigenetics, which is similar, but more broadly studies the impact of exogenous factors, like lifestyle and environment, on gene expression.   While ... »

Influencing Obesity Genes in Dogs

Influencing Obesity Genes in Dogs

Nutrigenomics, the study of how food and nutrition can alter a body’s gene expression, is an interesting and relatively new field of study that can help uncover the true power of food as the first line of disease prevention, or in the case of poor dietary choices, the power of food as a facilitator ... »

Habits of Fit People and their Dogs: Scheduling

Habits of Fit People and their Dogs: Scheduling

One of the most overlooked, yet ‘easy’ of the seven habits of fit people and fit dogs is the concept of scheduling. By scheduling, I mean the act of putting workout times directly on a daily calendar so that the time is blocked off, just like a regular meeting or appointment might be.   Putting... »

Nutrisca Pet Food Recall February 2015

Nutrisca Pet Food Recall February 2015

Tuffy’s Pet Foods, Inc. of Perham, MN is voluntarily recalling specific lots of 4 lb. bags of Nutrisca Chicken and Chick Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Tuffy’s manufactured the product for Nutrisca.   Pets with Salmonella ... »

Can a High Lysine Diet Change a Dog’s Genes and Reduce Obesity?

Can a High Lysine Diet Change a Dog’s Genes and Reduce Obesity?

In our last post, we described some of the research performed by Hill’s Pet Nutrition that concluded that a diet with a high lysine to calorie ratio could change a dog’s gene expression from fat storing to fat burning. These results are certainly encouraging because they could potentially provide gu... »

High Intensity Workouts with your Dog

High Intensity Workouts with your Dog

The second of the seven fitness habits of highly fit people and dogs is to mix in high intensity training into their regular exercise schedule. Although it can be difficult, high intensity interval training, also known as HIIT, can provide you and your dog with many benefits including:   Improv... »

J.J. Fuds Pet Food

J.J. Fuds Dog Food Recall

UPDATE Feb 5, 2014: J.J. Fuds is expanding their recall. Expanding the recall announced Jan 20, 2014, J.J. Fuds an independent pet food company based in Valparaiso, IN, is now including all lots and products of J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks, Beef Tender Chunks and Duckling Tender Chunks Pet Food b... »

Can Diet Change a Dog’s Genes to Fat Burning from Fat Storing?

Can Diet Change a Dog’s Genes to Fat Burning from Fat Storing?

The idea of functional foods and, specifically, nutrogenomics (the study of how food and nutrition can impact gene expression), suggests that food can have a direct and marked impact on a person’s or pet’s health. One interesting study, performed at Hills Pet Nutrition, found that specific foods cou... »

Working Out in the Morning with your Dog

Working Out in the Morning with your Dog

One of the fitness habits that I have noticed fit people possess is an ability to work out in the morning. Exercising in the morning, especially with your dog, is a great way to build and maintain fitness for several reasons. Some of the best reasons to work out in the morning include: Morning worko... »

What are Functional Foods?

What are Functional Foods?

In our last article, we used the Hippocrates quote “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” to illuminate the idea that food can be a powerful deterrent and cure of many diseases and ailments.   Hippocrates (rightfully) believed that the things that you eat can help the body ... »

Benefits of a Little Running: Increased Life Span

Benefits of a Little Running: Increased Life Span

I recently found an article published by Iowa State reporting on a research study that calculated the life span increasing benefits of running. This article references a study performed at Iowa State University by Duck-chul Lee, PhD, et. al. that showed that running even for short durations can incr... »

Importance of a Balanced and Varied Diet for Dogs

Importance of a Balanced and Varied Diet for Dogs

We have all heard the expression, “you are what you eat” (paraphrased from the original quote by Frenchman Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, who said “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.”) This simple idea holds true for both humans and dogs. Eating a lot of junk foods will res... »

Seven Fitness Habits of Fit People and Fit Dogs

Seven Fitness Habits of Fit People and Fit Dogs

I often wonder why some people are able to stick with an exercise program more easily than others. After all, the many amazing benefits from regular exercise are available to any person or any dog for that matter, that incorporates fitness into their daily routine. I suppose that, as in most things ... »

Is Zucchini Good for Dogs?

Is Zucchini Good for Dogs?

We have reached the end of the alphabet for the second time and today’s post, on the letter Z, is all about zucchini.   What is Zucchini? Zucchini is a summer squash that belongs to the species Cucurbita pepo. Zucchini can be dark or light green. A related hybrid, the golden zucchini, is a deep... »

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Value of Rest

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Value of Rest

I haven’t written recently about “fitness tips I have learned from my dogs”. However, a recent run with our two Labradors had me inspired to share the experience and the associated learnings.   Over the past few weeks, a confluence of factors has made it more difficult for me to tak... »

Yellow Colors in Dog Food

Yellow Colors in Dog Food

Since we don’t have another ingredient beginning with the letter “X”, we will skip ahead to the letter “Y” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about the yellow colorings in dog food, specifically, yellow #5 and yellow #6.   What is Yellow Coloring? Yellow food coloring is an... »

Dog Fitness: Working Out for Change

Dog Fitness: Working Out for Change

Happy New Year to everyone. How many of you have made a fitness related resolution? Resolving to get in shape is a very common theme around the start of the new year, and it seemed an appropriate time to write about the final “C” in our 6 Cs Pyramid approach to fitness: Change.   Our “6 C’s Pyr... »

Is Wheat Bad for Dogs?

Is Wheat Bad for Dogs?

Moving on to the letter “W” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about wheat.   What is Wheat? Wheat is a cereal grain that is the third most produced grain behind maize (corn) and rice in the world.   Common names for Wheat Besides the generic “wheat”, other names inclu... »

Choosing the Best Leash for an Enjoyable Walk with your Dog

Choosing the Best Leash for an Enjoyable Walk with your Dog

One of the most popular ways to keeping a dog fit is the good old walk. Whether you are brand new to being a pet owner, or you’ve just introduced a new furry family member to your existing canine pack, mastering the art of dog walking is usually a “work in progress”. In the first of a two part serie... »

Is Vegetable Oil Good for Dogs?

Is Vegetable Oil Good for Dogs?

Moving on to the letter “V” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about vegetable oil.   What is Vegetable Oil? According to Wikipedia, A vegetable oil is a triglyceride extracted from a plant. The AAFCO definition of vegetable oil is: the product of vegetable origin obtained ... »

How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need To Burn 260 Calories?

How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need To Burn 260 Calories?

Today we continue our series on the exercise needed to burn off small portions of commercially available dog foods. The series was inspired by the Washington Post report of the Journal of Public Health study which suggests that people are more likely to make smarter food choices if they are made awa... »

A to Z: Understanding Dog Food Ingredients

A to Z: Understanding Dog Food Ingredients

For the first time since we began our series of posts on individual dog food ingredients, we have come up to a letter where there is no new ingredient to write about: the letter U. Last time through the alphabet, we took some liberty and used USDA as our U post. While there are several USDA ingredie... »

Trail Running Tips for You and your Dog

Trail Running Tips for You and your Dog

In our last post, we discussed the many benefits of trail running with your dog when compared to running on pavement and other flat, even surfaces. Yet, all of those benefits notwithstanding, trail running presents some challenges and other risks that you need to be prepared for. Use these tips to k... »

Is Turmeric Good for Dogs?

Is Turmeric Good for Dogs?

We are now up to the letter “T” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about the spice Turmeric.   What is Turmeric? Turmeric is a perennial plant of the ginger family that is native to southeast India. Derivatives of the plant are boiled and dried in hot ovens before being gro... »

Benefits of Trail Running with Your Dog

Benefits of Trail Running with Your Dog

Running with my dogs is one of my favorite things to do. Working up a sweat (or pant) together and bonding through the experience, releasing the endocannabinoids and endorphins, staying fit and mobile, and burning some extra calories are all some of the reasons I love it so much. We are very fortuna... »

Is Soy Bad for Dogs?

Is Soy Bad for Dogs?

We are now up to the letter “S” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about the somewhat controversial Soy, an alternative protein source in some dog foods.   What is Soy? Soy and its derivatives come from the soybean, a legume that is native to East Asia.   Common names ... »

Is Rosemary Bad for Dogs?

Is Rosemary Bad for Dogs?

We are now up to the letter “R” in our dog food ingredient series. As we are nearing the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, today’s ingredient is rosemary, a common component of many stuffing recipes.   What is Rosemary? Rosemary is an aromatic evergreen shrub that has leaves similar to hemlock ne... »

Dog Fitness: Capability Leads to a More Active Dog

Dog Fitness: Capability Leads to a More Active Dog

Our “6 C’s Pyramid” for fitness provides a framework upon which a lifestyle fitness program can be created. Once you and your dog have mastered the 1st level (convenience, cross training, and common sense), your workouts start to take shape and you will become more consistent with an exercise progra... »

Is Quinoa Good for Dogs?

Is Quinoa Good for Dogs?

We are now up to the letter “Q” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about the use of quinoa in dog food.   What is Quinoa? Although quinoa is consumed like a cereal grain (e.g. oats and wheat), it actually belongs to the same food family that contains spinach, beets, and Swi... »

Can I Give my Dog Turkey at Thanksgiving?

Can I Give my Dog Turkey at Thanksgiving?

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

Is Papaya Good for Dogs?

Is Papaya Good for Dogs?

We are now up to the letter “P” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about the use of papaya in dog food.   What is Papaya? Papaya is the fruit of the tropical tree-like plant. The papaya plant grows large with a single stem growing from 16 to 33 ft. tall (5 to 10 m tall). &n... »

How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need To Burn 197 Calories?

How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need To Burn 197 Calories?

Today we continue our series on the exercise needed to burn off small portions of commercially available dog foods. The series was inspired by the Washington Post report of the Journal of Public Health study which suggests that people are more likely to make smarter food choices if they are made awa... »

Is Olive Oil Good for Dogs?

Is Olive Oil Good for Dogs?

Moving on to the letter “O” in our dog food ingredient series, today we are writing about the use of olive oil in dog food.   What is Olive Oil? Olive oil is the oil (fat) obtained by pressing whole olives.   Common names for Olive Oil In dog food, we have not seen any other names besides ... »

Healthy Dog Treats or Tricks?

Healthy Dog Treats or Tricks?

In the spirit of Halloween, our fitness post today is about tricks or treats. Specifically, dog treats and how they can sabotage or support a healthy body.   Popularity of Dog Treats There is no question that dog treats are commonly used by dog owners. According to the American Pet Products Ass... »

What is Natural Flavor and is it Good for My Dog?

What is Natural Flavor and is it Good for My Dog?

As we are up to the letter “N” in our dog food ingredient series, today we are writing about the ubiquitous and ambiguous “Natural Flavor”.   What is Natural Flavor? Natural flavor is a flavoring additive that is present in many pet foods and treats. Even though natural flavors sound perfectly ... »

How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need to Burn 211 Calories?

How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need to Burn 211 Calories?

The Washington Post recently reported on an interesting study in the American Journal of Public Health which suggests that showing people the amount of exercise they would need to perform to burn off a sweetened beverage is more effective in curtailing consumption than is displaying that drink’s cal... »

Marigold as a Dog Food Ingredient

Marigold as a Dog Food Ingredient

Continuing our analysis of dog food ingredients, we are now up to the letter M. Today’s dog food ingredient is Marigold.   What is Marigold? Marigold, in the plant genus Calundula, is a short-lived aromatic and herbaceous perennial, growing to 80 cm (31 inches) tall. The marigold blooms in vivi... »

Upper Back Exercise for a Dog

Upper Back Exercise for a Dog

A reader recently asked for some suggestion on how to work their dog’s latissimus dorsi muscles (i.e. their upper back). The thought of SlimDoggy Jack doing pullups both made me smile and inspired me to write this piece.   What are the Lats? Commonly known as the “lats”, the latissimus dorsi is... »

Lecithin as a Dog Food Ingredient

Lecithin as a Dog Food Ingredient

We are now up to the letter L in our second pass through the A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series. Today’s dog food ingredient is Lecithin.   What is Lecithin? Lecithin is a fatty substance found in plants and animals. It is produced naturally in the body.   Common names for Lecithin The most... »

What if Every Dog Ran: Costs of Having a Fat Dog

What if Every Dog Ran: Costs of Having a Fat Dog

I recently wrote about the Mizuno sponsored study entitled “What if Everybody Ran”, which calculated the benefits of what would happen if everyone in the United States ran and was fit. The study is eye opening as it calculated numerical estimates, across the entire U.S. population, of the associated... »

Pet Obesity: The Cost of Having an Overweight Dog

Pet Obesity: The Cost of Having an Overweight Dog

National Pet Obesity Awareness Day was created by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) to help raise awareness of both the seriousness of and pervasiveness of the pet obesity problem we have in the U.S. It also provides the perfect opportunity to highlight the substantial financial cost... »

Should Dogs be Allowed to Adopt People: Benefits of Owning a Dog

Should Dogs be Allowed to Adopt People: Benefits of Owning a Dog

Kimberly Gauthier at Keep the Tail Wagging recently posted an article with a controversial title, Should Overweight People be Allowed to Adopt Dogs? This thoughtful piece, while extolling the benefits of exercising a pet properly, also emphasized that we should not be quick to judge others. It also ... »

How Much Should I Feed My Dog

How Much Should I Feed My Dog

According to Dr. Ernie Ward, the Founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), “The most important decision that you make each day regarding your pet’s health is what you feed them. What you pour into that bowl each morning has the greatest influence of anything else you will do to k... »

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Bravo Pet Food Recall September 2014

Pet food manufacturer Bravo is recalling select lots of Bravo Turkey and Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. &nbs... »

What if Every Dog Ran: Benefits of Running

What if Every Dog Ran: Benefits of Running

We have gone on record to state that owners of overweight or obese pets are not only shortening their pet’s lifespans, but they are also spending needless billions of dollars each year in extra food and medical costs. Our (conservative) estimate is that this cost is somewhere near $8 billion for dog... »

Protein in Dog Food: Common Non-Meat Sources

Protein in Dog Food: Common Non-Meat Sources

We have already looked at some of the more common named and unnamed meat based proteins in dog food. Today we will look at other protein sources in dog food, namely plant (or vegetable), legume, and grain sources.   Besides meat and fish, there are other dog food ingredients that can increase t... »

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