Food

Are Carbs Good or Bad for Dogs?

Are Carbs Good or Bad for Dogs?

We have already established that dog’s need a diet high in protein and with adequate fat.  But what about carbohydrates- is this macro-nutrient essential to a dog’s diet?  To answer this question, let’s first discuss the role of carbohydrates and then look at what the canine’s ancestral diet might h... »

Sources of Fat in Dog Food

Sources of Fat in Dog Food

Just as protein is a crucial component to a dog’s diet, so too is fat, which provides many health benefits as we discussed last week. Talking about fat may not be too “Tasty”, but it is important. So, today we will look at some of the more common sources of fat in commercial dog food pro... »

Why Fat is Important for Your Dog

Why Fat is Important for Your Dog

After our last two Tasty Tuesday posts, we all know that protein is an important ingredient in a dog’s diet and what kinds of protein sources we should look for in our dog’s food.  Today we will focus on the macro-nutrient “Fat”. Just like with humans, not all fat is bad, but it’s the right ki... »

Get the SlimDoggy Widget!

Get the SlimDoggy Widget!

We are pleased to announce that the SlimDoggy web widget is now available. This widget provides some of the features available in the SlimDoggy iPhone App. Check it out below. Use the widget to: Estimate your dog’s daily calorie requirements so you can feed them the proper servings. Look up a ... »

What KIND of protein is best for my dog? (Part 2)

What KIND of protein is best for my dog? (Part 2)

Here we are again, joining the Tasty Tuesday Blog Hop. Tasty Tuesday is about celebrating ‘good food’ and to us good food also means healthy food. We continue our discussion about Dog Food Proteins. Click here if you missed part 1. Protein is the foundation for a quality dog food.  Today... »

Dog Food Protein, Why Should I Care? Pt 1

Dog Food Protein, Why Should I Care? Pt 1

Tasty Tuesday is about celebrating ‘good food’. Good food can mean many different things. To SlimDoggy, our goal is to help our friends understand the essentials of quality food, food you want to feed your pets every day. What makes it ‘good’ vs. what makes it not so good. We... »

Dog Food Ingredients Overview

Dog Food Ingredients Overview

Dog Food Ingredients – an Introduction Today, we are embarking on a long series of posts on dog food and dog food labels.  We kick-off with an overview of our dog food criteria (and why). We thought that these would be a fitting entry in the Tasty Tuesday blog hop, hosted by our friend Sugar, ... »

FitDog Friday #4 – Keys to a Fit & Healthy Dog

FitDog Friday #4 – Keys to a Fit & Healthy Dog

Happy FitDog Friday and thanks for stopping by! Today we want to discuss the two primary keys to having a fit and healthy dog: exercise and diet. (You can also link up to the Saturday Pet Blogger Blog Hop at the bottom of this post). Exercise We often say that “movement is life”, and it’s true!  Bot... »

What’s New in the App – Food Ingredients and Ranking

What’s New in the App – Food Ingredients and Ranking

Today we will focus on our new features relating to your dog’s food: 1) an expanded dog food database, 2) addition of ingredients and an ingredient search capability, and 3) our new SlimDoggy Dog Food Ranking Index. Expanded List Of Foods We have updated our data to include an additional ~ 500... »

Top 5 Healthy Snacks for your Dog

Top 5 Healthy Snacks for your Dog

Slimdoggy’s mom is not much of a cook, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have Tasty Treats As long as they are good for us. Here’s SlimDoggy Jack’s TOP FIVE HEALTHY snacks (in no particular order) Carrots: Can’t say enough about carrots…healthy, good for their ... »

What’s New in the SlimDoggy App – Weight Change ETA

What’s New in the SlimDoggy App – Weight Change ETA

We wrote recently about some of the new features in the SlimDoggy app.  Today we will focus on what we call the Weight Change ETA feature, which provides a time estimate for how long it will take your dog to reach their target weight.   Weight Change Scenarios Whether your dog needs to lose or ... »

What’s New in the SlimDoggy App – Social Sharing

What’s New in the SlimDoggy App – Social Sharing

We have made several enhancements to the SlimDoggy app recently.  Today we want to share some details on how the Social Media Sharing feature works. Why We Added This Based on feedback we have received from our users, we learned that for many people, sharing their dog’s weight ‘change... »

Tasty Tuesday 4-16-13

Our friend, Sugar over at Golden Woofs has a great collection of Tasty Treats and sponsors a weekly Tasty Tuesday Blog Hop along with Kol’s Notes. We try to join each week to share our thoughts on food & nutrition, and this week I want to bring your attention to Sugar’s collection of... »

Do you feed your dog table scraps?

Do you feed your dog table scraps?

SlimDoggy’s blog is all about having fit and healthy pets. What to feed them, how to exercise them – we write about that all the time. Even our App is designed to monitor what goes in and what goes out. So of course we don’t feed table scraps! Or do we? I have to admit we do someti... »

What Dogs Taste

What Dogs Taste

Did you ever wonder what dogs actually taste when they eat?  I do, and just assumed that everything tasted like chicken to them. Amy Shojai wrote a piece that discusses this and shares several interesting facts.  You can read the whole piece here: What Dogs Taste | Amy Shojai’s Blog What Dogs ... »

A Better Way to Buy Dog Food?

A Better Way to Buy Dog Food?

We had the pleasure of interviewing Keith Johnson, Founder and CEO of Petbrosia, a new company that is changing the way people shop for dog food.   Petbrosia, which was founded in July 2012 and recently opened their website for business, lets dog owners order custom made food blends based on th... »

Are You Feeding Your Dog Sardines?

Are You Feeding Your Dog Sardines?

I read this piece on Dogster by Julia Szabo about feeding your dog sardines.   You can read the full story here: Are You Feeding Your Dog Sardines? You Should Be! | Dogster The author points out that sardines make a great addition to your dog’s meals.  She suggests 1 sardine for every 20 lbs. ... »

5 Shocking Truths About Your Pet’s Food.. Or Not

5 Shocking Truths About Your Pet’s Food.. Or Not

Based on the title alone, I was excited to read this post on Yahoo about Pet Food. 5 Shocking Truths About Your Pet’s Food | Pets – Yahoo! Shine Yet, despite the fact that this was written by a veterinarian, I was extremely disappointed by the depth of knowledge (or lack thereof) exhibited by ... »

The Importance Of Water For Dog Nutrition

The Importance Of Water For Dog Nutrition

It is easy to overlook the importance of proper hydration when thinking about dog nutrition. Trust me, as an athlete who has found out the hard way, lack of proper hydration can lead to a myriad of problems including cramps, reduced mobility and function of joints and soft tissue components (tendons... »

Exercise as Magic – Update on Angel

Exercise as Magic – Update on Angel

We recently wrote about our volunteer work with a local dog rescue and how we help foster families deal with hyper-active dogs, by exercising them, and over weight dogs by providing feeding consultations. In our last post in that series, we spoke about Angel, the Black Lab that was weighing in at ar... »

Angel Getting Up

Exercise is Magic- Part 3- Plotting a Course for Angel’s Weight Loss

In our previous installment of this series we talked about Danny, the high energy foster that really needed some exercise.  Today, we will focus on Angel, his mellow and overweight counterpart. First Impressions As mentioned in our introduction piece, Angel is an approximately 8 year old black lab r... »

Exercise as Magic

Exercise as Magic

You have heard me say it many times but I will say it again: proper exercise is such an important component to a dog’s (and human’s) health and well-being.  Today we are starting a short series that will document real live cases (foster dogs) that we are currently working with and examin... »

On The Subject of Paleo Dogs… | Paleoista

We stumbled on this article about dog diets by Paleoista, a blog that normally focuses on all things Paleo for humans. The author, Nell Stephenson, a triathlete who practices what she preaches,  does a great job here with a common sense evaluation of what to feed your dog (and yourself). On The Subj... »

Pet Food Recalls & Withdrawals

For those who don’t know, here is the link to the U.S. FDA website with a complete list of pet food recalls and other actions.  Salmonella is a frequent culprit, at least recently.  Make sure that your dog’s food doesn’t show up on this list by checking back frequently. USFDA Recal... »

Why dogs develop food allergies

Why dogs develop food allergies

We found this piece by Suzanne Phillips, posted on The Retriever, Dog, & Wildlife Blog very interesting and worth the read. Guest Post: Suzanne Phillips: Why dogs develop food allergies « The Retriever, Dog, & Wildlife Blog. Ms. Phillips talks about dogs and what causes their food allergies.... »

Pet owners allege dog treat maker is censoring backlash

Pet owners allege dog treat maker is censoring backlash

This is an interesting if not inflammatory story from WTOP in Washington DC. Pet owners allege dog treat maker is censoring backlash – WTOP.com. Dr. Katy Nelson, the host of The Pet Show, which airs on WJLA (ABC 8) in DC on Saturday mornings at 11 AM provides sound advice regarding pet treats.... »

Just What Are These Dog Food Ingredients?

Just What Are These Dog Food Ingredients?

Primer on Dog Food Ingredients For a quick and simple read on what to look for in dog food ingredients, check out this piece at healthydogs4life.com Just What Are These Dog Food Ingredients? | HealthyDogs4Life. As you may know, we at SlimDoggy are working on some exciting things regarding dog foods,... »

Primer on Calories

Primer on Calories

A Primer on Calorie Expenditures. In our last post, we discussed some of the common behaviors (in humans) that lead to an overweight dog and some tips on how to change them.  Today, we will talk about calories and how your dog’s weight and activity level impact the amount of calories that are used e... »

Ok, so my dog is FAT…what do I do?

Ok, so my dog is FAT…what do I do?

In our last post, we provided some tips on how to determine if your dog is overweight as well as some common reasons for this to occur.  Today, we will provide suggestions on how to change your behavior so that you are setting up your dog to succeed with a healthy weight loss program. To recap, we i... »

Bully Stick Dog Treats High In Calories, Bacteria: Study

Bully Alert Pawnation.com wrote a piece on the study on Bully Stick dog treats by Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in the U.S. and the University of Guelph in Canada.  Bully Stick Dog Treats Contain High Calories, Bacteria: Study – PawNation The news was not good.  As... »

Testing for food aggression ~ Poochie Project

Testing for food aggression ~ Poochie Project

Here is a fantastic article about food aggression testing from our friends at Poochie Project.  Some dogs will show food aggression depending on the newness of the environment and the food itself.  This article discusses some ways to test for aggression before it becomes a problem. Testing for food ... »

Maggie’s Waistline

Maggie’s Waistline

We adopted Maggie about 8 months ago from a local Labrador Rescue organization. Maggie had been a ‘breeder’ dog and the rescue organization had convinced the owner to surrender her now that she was past her puppy breeding prime. She was skinny, scrawny and undernourished. Her coat was du... »

Feeding Pets a Variety of Food Ingredients Help Them Stay Healthy

Feeding Pets a Variety of Food Ingredients Help Them Stay Healthy

Dr. Greg, from Dogdishdiet.com wrote a piece recently about dog’s diets and how it can impact your dog’s health.  Even minor issues like skin itchiness can be ‘cured’ with an adjustment to diet.   When we first got our (now passed) Chocolate Lab Sweet Sally Brown, we noticed ... »

Problems With Artificial Preservatives

Problems With Artificial Preservatives

From Whole Dog Journal, an interesting and technical piece on dog food preservatives.  The authors start by saying: “We have long advised owners to pass over dog food that contains artificial preservatives such as butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), tert-butyl hydro... »

The Bacteria and Obesity in Pets Connection

Dr. Tudor writes about a recent study linking a stomach bacteria (Enterobacter cloacae)  to obesity. Interesting stuff. But realize that the primary cause of being overweight is that your body is burning less calories than it is consuming. I wonder, too,  if there is any causation between being over... »

Dog Obesity- Keep the Tail Wagging

Dog Obesity- Keep the Tail Wagging

Kimberly from keepthetailwagging.com posted about dog obesity and how the SlimDoggy app can help.  As you can read, she, too had an overweight dog but did something about it.  Also, Kimberly wonders how many  dogs  are labeled “unadoptable” because of health issues brought about by dog obesity.  Gre... »

Weight Control Foods Do Not Make Pets Thin

Weight Control Foods Do Not Make Pets Thin

This is a thoughtful post by Dr. Ken Tudor on pawsnation.com and worth the read. http://www.pawnation.com/2013/01/15/weight-control-foods-do-not-make-pets-thin/   Of particular note is the doctor’s observation that dog weight loss is similar to humans– it doesn’t happen in a s... »

How Much Does it Cost to Have a Chubby Puppy?

How Much Does it Cost to Have a Chubby Puppy?

Fat Dog = Slim Wallet  Having an overweight dog can not only lead to a shorter lifespan and a lower quality of life for the dog (and you?), it can also be very costly to the dog owner.   Here’s a look at exactly how costly it can be.   Medical Costs As reported by BankRate.com, according ... »

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