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  • 3 Ways Dog Food Companies Are Lying To You
  • It should come as no surprise to our readers that pet food companies are not the most trusted institutions in the world.
    In a recent survey performed by the research team here at iHeartDogs, we found that only 6.9% of respondents trust that major market pet food brands are delivering a quality, safe pet food product for their dog. In addition, only 17% of consumers think that pet food manufacturers do a good job of educating consumers about pet nutrition.
    While there are many lies and half truths perpetuated by individual dog food companies, we’d like to narrow in on three in particular that we believe are rampant across nearly all manufacturers of dry dog food.

    Lie #1: How Much Protein Their Product Really Contains

    The ingredients on a dog food label are listed by weight, from most to least. Meats have a moisture content of around 75% when added to the pet food. However, after a food is processed and dried, the meat will have a moisture content of less than 10 percent! In other words, the chicken or beef loses up to 70% of its weight after it’s manufactured into kibble.
    Most dry dog foods can have a meat source listed as the first ingredient, but still contain very low amounts of high quality protein. Instead, they use fillers like corn, soy, or wheat to bulk up their product with low cost ingredients that are not biologically suitable for a dog.
    The lack of protein in dry dog food is one of the major reasons so many dog owners are switching to raw diets, or at least starting with adding raw protein toppers or “mixers” into their dog’s kibble.
    Also be careful of ingredient splitting, another sneaky tactic used by manufacturers to disguise less desirable ingredients. Ingredient splitting consists of breaking an ingredient into several different smaller ingredients and listing them individually.
    For example, a product list could contain chicken, ground corn, corn gluten, and corn bran. If we were to group all of the corn ingredients together as one, they would outweigh the amount of chicken substantially. By splitting them up, manufacturers are allowed to show chicken as the first ingredient.

    Lie #2: Implying Their Product Contains Sufficient Levels of Glucosamine

    Most of us understand the importance of the joint enhancing nutrient known as glucosamine. Not only is it important for aging dogs, but humans as well.
    Many well marketed pet food brands include glucosamine in their product. In fact, many highly specialized, expensive prescription brands that focus on senior dogs brag about it on their labels. “Contains glucosamine, which naturally helps alleviate joint pain and promote mobility!” Sounds great, right?
    But do these claims add up? Is the amount of glucosamine added sufficient to actually make a difference in your dog’s joint health?
    For a dog in need of glucosamine supplementation (which is nearly all dogs over 7, and some breeds as early as 12 months), most veterinarians recommend at least 1000 mg a day. Knowing this, how much glucosamine does the typical “joint support” kibble contain?
    According to research done by Rodney Habib of Planet Paws, the typical dog food that markets itself towards dogs with joint problems would require serving your dog 18-29 cups of kibble in order for them to obtain the recommended 1000 mg of glucosamine!
    Obviously, no sane pet parent is going to give their dog this much kibble, regardless of their size and weight. However, the implication of many joint care or senior focused dog food brands is that their product contains enough glucosamine to make a difference in your dog’s mobility. The sad truth is it does not, and further supplementation would be required to obtain the recommended amount.

    Lie #3 – Adding Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Fully Knowing the Manufacturing Process Will Destroy Them

    Omega-3 Fatty Acids, also known as essential fatty acids, have a myriad of health benefits for both people and pets. So much so, that they have become a magnet for pet food marketers to use when promoting their product.
    Many premium brands of dog food include a source of Omega-3’s in their formula. The problem, however, is the way in which dry dog food is manufactured.
    Take a look at the ghastly device below, called an extruder. Used in the manufacturing of dry dog food, a mixture is forced through the extruder at extremely high temperatures. The steam then cooks the mixture and “extrudes” it through a small opening, forming it into the well-known kibbles shapes we see in the dog food bag.

    Omega-3’s are highly susceptible to heat, and tend to break down and become useless during a high heat manufacturing method. Is it any wonder how any ingredient survives this, let alone fragile omega-3 fatty acids?
    If by some miracle the omega-3 fatty acids survive the high heat of extrusion, their next trial comes from the risk of spoiling. Once omega-3 fatty acids come in contact with oxygen and light, they have a strong tendency to become rancid quickly.
    From the very moment that we open that bag of dog food kibble, the timer starts ticking on its life. Keeping your food in an airtight container helps, but ultimately it’s impossible to prevent the fatty acids from coming into contact with oxygen and light, which can lead to spoiling over time.
    Again, we find that the marketing of pet food brands implies your dog’s nutrition is being met, but that is not the case. Omega-3’s in particular are incredibly vital to your dog’s immune health, skin and coat, brain health, and so much more. It is often recommended that if you only give your dog one supplement, to make it an Omega-3. If you do not use a commercial supplement, be sure to add a source of fresh fish to your dog’s diet.

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  • Is Your Dog A Picky Eater? Try These 6 Tips & Tricks!
  • When it comes to food, there are two types of dogs: those who live to eat and those who eat to live.
    If your pooch lives to eat, pickiness is definitely not a problem in your household!
    But for dogs who aren’t motivated by food, convincing them to eat a healthy, well-rounded diet can be quite a challenge.
    A dog’s eating personality is usually established early on, so it is best to insist on a strict feeding routine right from the start. These 6 tips can help you get off on the right foot or inspire your already-picky-pup to get back on track!
    Note: Picky eating can be a symptom of a serious health problem. Dogs that have always been picky, but maintain a healthy weight, active lifestyle and a shiny coat are not as concerning as those who suddenly go off their food and have additional symptoms like a dull coat, poor energy and weight loss. When in doubt, consult your veterinarian.

    Tip 1: Get the Entire Family on the Same Page.



    Are you thinking of adding a new canine family member to your household? Dr. Louise Murray, director of medicine for ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City, recommends discussing a feeding plan with the entire family first.

    “You and your family need to sit down and decide what the rules will be,” Murray says. “And you must all be on the same page. If mom gives food off the plate, but dad plays by the rules, it won’t work.”

    Tip 2: Don’t Feed From the Table.




    Fresh meat, veggies, beans and whole grains can be excellent nutrition options for your dog. Deciding to feed a raw diet, a homecooked diet, or a mixture of dog food and “human foods” is fine, but skip the rich/fatty/spicy/fried options!
    Not only will table foods inspire your pup to hold out for these options over his own healthy food, they can also lead to begging, diarrhea, constipation or serious health issues like pancreatitis.

    Tip 3: Keep Dog Food and People Food Separate.


    Want to share your healthy dinner of lean meat and fresh veggies with your dog? That’s fine! Just be sure to serve his portion in his dog bowl, not from your plate or from something you are preparing for yourself. Dogs should never associate your food with their food.

    Tip 4: Stick to a Schedule.



    Dogs should eat anywhere from once to three times per day depending on their individual needs. Decide on a feeding schedule and stick with it. If your dog does not eat within 15 to 30 minutes, pick the food up and try again at the next scheduled meal time. Stubborn pups may hold out for something better, but if they get hungry enough, they will eat!

    Tip #5: Provide One or Two Healthy Options, Not A Full Menu.


    Dr. Murray says that the reason for a dog’s picky eating habits can usually be found by looking in the mirror.

    “If you asked your child would she rather eat spinach or a Twinkie, the answer is obvious. If you’re going to sometimes give your dog bacon for breakfast or steak from your plate, why would you blame him if he shies away from dry dog food?”

    Remember, your kitchen is not a restaurant! Decide on one or two meal options that are best for your individual pup and stick with them!

    Tip #6: Go Easy on the Treats.

    We tend to give our pups too many rewards in the form of food which allows them to turn up their nose at dog food and wait for treats and table scraps instead. Every little morsel outside of meal time helps quell their hunger and inspire pickiness. Instead of a treat after every potty break, try rewarding them with a brief play session or a good old-fashioned “Atta boy!”

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  • Dog food? Toilet paper? Coronavirus frenzy makes unexpected items scarce on S.I.


  • STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Islanders are still unable to buy hand sanitizers and surgical masks at most pharmacies on the Island, and other items, such as bottled water, non-perishable foods and even dog food and toilet paper have become scarce as residents stock up while the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in New York grows.
    Shoppers this week have been greeted with sights too familiar before a hurricane or blizzard, with packed parking lots, crammed aisles and empty shelves.
    Employees at supermarkets say they have been experiencing this kind of volume for some time now, as some people have been preparing for weeks for a potential outbreak.

    WHAT’S LEFT

    “Probably two weeks now we’ve been this busy,'' said a manager at ShopRite in New Dorp on Wednesday. “We’re trying to fill the holes in the shelves as quick as possible but it’s tough when people keep sweeping the shelves of almost everything we got as soon as we replace stock. It’s mainly been water, hand sanitizer, pasta, cans, things like that. Even dog food actually.”
    When the Advance/SILive.com visited the ShopRite again on Friday, an employee told us that they’re starting to get some of the sold out items back in, but those items are going quick again. “Dog food is back, but almost gone again. Water came back yesterday but we’re almost through that now too."
    The CVS pharmacy in Dongan Hills was out of surgical masks, hand sanitizer, hand wipes and Lysol spray. An employee told us that they’re also out of rubbing alcohol and aloe vera due to people making their own hand sanitizer. When the rubbing alcohol sold out, people quickly turned to hydrogen peroxide.
    The situation is similar at Walgreens in Grasmere -- they have no masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, Lysol and rubbing alcohol. Even toilet paper was nearly out.
    Stop & Shop in New Dorp has just recently received shipments of water, but soap is nearly gone, there are no hand sanitizers or wipes and pet food has been limited.

    HIGH TENSIONS

    As an Advance/SILive.com reporter walked down the aisle for soup and canned foods on Wednesday, a man was trying to pass a woman wearing a medical mask, but the carts didn’t fit. An aisle 12 curse-word battle erupted.
    Many people were trying to make a quick trip to the supermarket but were trapped on long lines.
    “It’s coming, it’s inevitable. There’s so many people here who work in Manhattan,” said one woman who wished to remain anonymous. “I just tried coming here for some water and some other quick things because I already did my shopping. I knew the lines were going to be long -- the parking lot was crazy."
    The Advance/SILive.com reporter was met with questions from concerned Staten Islanders asking us whether we knew some sort of inside information about if there were any confirmed cases of coronavirus on the borough.
    “They don’t want to tell us, if the government told us these lines would be doubled in size. People would be going crazy,” said a woman on line at ShopRite.
    On Friday many shoppers were back in supermarkets getting items that they forgot or just building to their already large stockpiles.
    “We did our shopping at Costco, this is just some extra things," said 65-year-old Joe Suarez. “Shopping was crazy, every place I’ve been is out of toilet paper, low on water. People are getting whatever they need."

    SECOND THOUGHTS?

    “My kid’s birthday party is coming up and we wanted to go to Manhattan but we’ve been having second thoughts," said Vinessa Graulich, 43, Dongan Hills. "We were going to go to Times Square, then take the train to a steak house but I want to stay away from the subway. We’re just going to walk up to the steak house.”
    A couple of Staten Islanders who spoke with the Advance/SILive.com this week told us that they had no fears at all. They were just doing their regular weekly grocery shopping.
    “I don’t think there’s anything to really worry about. I’m just doing my shopping. If it (coronavirus) gets me, oh well," said Arrochar resident, Nancy, 49. “It’s not something to live in fear over. We’ve lived through so many viruses. Next year it’ll be a new virus with a funny name.”
    Another shopper at ShopRite on Friday took a similar stance: “The only way I’m preparing is with a twelve-pack of Corona (beer).”
    Local officials all the way up to nationally-known politicians have urged citizens not to panic over fears of the virus.
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo has cautioned that the rise of confirmed cases in New York should not cause panic.
    “Remember: We have been expecting more cases and we are fully prepared. There is no cause for undue anxiety,” he said, adding, “We have an epidemic caused by coronavirus but a pandemic caused by fear.”

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  • Mistakes You Might Be Making When It Comes To Dog Food


  • Naturally, owners want what’s best for their pets when it comes to nutrition. But, you may be making mistakes when it comes to dog food without even knowing it. Here are eight common dog food mistakes and how to remedy the situations.

    1. Buying Too Much Dog Food

    Generally speaking, you don’t want to buy an enormous bag of dog food for a smaller dog. Excess dog food can turn rancid before your dog gets a chance to eat it. Dr. Carly Fox, a staff doctor at New York City’s Animal Medical Center recommends buying dog food in appropriate-sized bags, based on the size of your dog.

    2. Not Storing Food Properly

    Although Fox sympathizes with owners who don’t want to run to the store every six weeks to buy a fresh bag of dog food, she says what’s even more important is where you keep the food you already have. She adds that many people simply open a bag of dog food and just take cups out of it. What you really want to do is properly store and seal the dog food in an air-tight container so it doesn’t go rancid or stale. An air-tight container also will help keep the food fresh and prevent insects from getting to it.
    “Not storing food properly, so it doesn’t go bad, is a big mistake that most people make,” says Fox. “Most people should invest in a good Tupperware-like container that prevents food from going bad. You’ll want to store it someplace cool and dry so there’s no excess moisture.”

    3. Not Checking the Expiration Date

    If your dog suddenly stops eating their food, check the expiration date on the bag. It can be helpful to mark the expiration date on the calendar or set a reminder on your phone so that you know when you should stop feeding your dog food from that bag.

    4. Overfeeding Your Dog Treats

    Although many dog treats are small in size, they tend to be higher in calories. Fox says she’s seen many pet owners with overweight dogs who don’t feed a ton of dog food but give way more treats or table scraps than they should.
    “Treats should only be about 10% of your dog’s diet,” says Fox. “I think it’s a huge source of calorie intake that people just don’t realize. Treats are not to be mistaken for complete and balanced dog food. Pet owners shouldn’t rely on treats just like you wouldn’t rely on like on snacks for yourself to maintain a healthy diet.”
    She realizes that many owners use treats as a key part of training, but even this should be done mindfully. Two low-calorie treats she recommends are air-popped popcorn and snap peas. You can even just feed them pieces of dry dog food.
    “Some dogs respond to rewards,” says Fox. “A lot of people train their dog with treats, but they should do so with low-calorie options.”

    5. Playing Into Marketing Gimmicks

    Many pet owners will purchase dog food that’s being marketed as healthier, even if there’s no scientific proof that those diets actually are better for dogs. A recent example of a marketing trend is “grain-free diets,” which have not been scientifically proven to be healthier.
    “Everyone plays into advertising on a daily basis no matter what they’re looking into, but pet food is notoriously not finely regulated,” says Fox. “The pet food companies use that to their advantage. They use a lot of words with no legal definition that are purely used for marketing purposes, like ‘human-grade food’ or ‘holistic ingredients.’ A lot of those mean nothing in real life, but appeal to people buying dog food.”

    6. Feeding From a Boutique Brand

    When it comes to picking a nutritionally sound dog food, a bigger company is often the better option. Don’t assume that a more expensive food from a boutique brand is inherently better.
    “Bigger companies — although they’re less ‘sexy’ to the regular consumer — have a veterinary nutritionist on staff and people with PhDs actually doing research that goes into formulating this food,” says Fox. “That’s super important. They’re people that are putting these ingredients together and making sure that it’s an acceptable food for your dog. They also have higher quality controls.”

    7. Not Looking for Food Endorsed by AAFCO

    One way to ensure you’re feeding your dog a high-quality dog food? Check the fine print on the bag to ensure it meets standards set by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). The AAFCO is a voluntary membership association of local, state, and federal agencies that regulate the sale and distribution of animal feeds and animal drug remedies.
    Food that has been put through an AAFCO feeding trial is even better, says Fox, and is likely complete and balanced for your dog’s life stage.

    8. Cooking Dog Food Yourself

    If you’re planning on feeding your dog a home-cooked diet, it’s best to consult with an expert first.
    “The nutritionist can help you formulate a balanced diet for your dog,” says Fox. “It’s very important, if you plan on home cooking for your dog, that you speak to a veterinary nutritionist and make sure that what you’re feeding them is complete and balanced.”


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  • With Dog Obesity Becoming More Prevalent Is A Whole Food Diet The Answer?
  • Just like being overweight for humans can lead to serious health conditions—the same applies to dogs. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), 55.8% of dogs are classified as over weight. To make matters worse, 95% of owners don’t even know their pets are overweight, which the APOP refers to as the “fat pet gap.”
    Dr. Alex Schechter, DVM at Pure Paws Veterinary Care of Hell’s Kitchen tells me, “Dog obesity is a major problem with our New York dog population. Limited exercise, high calorie intake, and non-nutritious foods tend to be the major culprits. In general, most pet parents actually think an overweight dog is a normal healthy baseline.”

    The Farmer's Dog

    Courtesy of The Farmer's Dog



    “It’s very prevalent,” Dr. Joseph Martins DVM and Certified Fear Free Professional at Belle Mead Animal Hospital tells me of the dog obesity he sees in his practice. “My guesstimate is over 50% of dogs and cats are overweight and over 20% are obese. So 70-80% of pets weigh too much and this problem is growing. It’s getting worse nationwide every year and especially the past few years.” 
    So what makes a dog obese, what kind of health issues can obesity cause, and with all the brands popping up promoting whole food diets for dogs are these a viable solution?
    The American Kennel Club says that figuring out whether your dog is overweight or not is a matter of both appearance of the body constitution and touch. You should be able to feel your dog’s ribs when you press the sides of their body. Extra weight can lead to a variety of issues including Type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, a range of orthopedic issues, skin disease, heart and respiratory disease, and even decreased life expectancy. 

    The Farmer's Dog

    Courtesy of The Farmer's Dog



    While there aren’t many lifetime studies on dogs, Martins’ tells me, “There is one on Labrador retrievers that shows that labs who are over fed get overweight and consequently get more painful arthritis at earlier ages. Many of these pets require life long arthritis meds for pain years earlier than if they were kept lean. Another shocking part of this study also showed that 50% of overweight dogs were dead by 10 years of age and that dogs kept at an ideal weight lived 2-3 years longer than overweight dogs. This is a huge statistical fact every pet owner needs to know—lean dogs on average live years longer.”
    Schechter is a fan of The Farmer’s Dog, a breed-specific customized dog food made from fresh ingredients that’s delivered to your door, for his adult dog patients because he believes the nutritional value of fresh food is far superior than processed dog food. “I recommend The Farmer's Dog for all of my adult patients. I think they have revolutionized the pet food industry with a simple concept—feed our pets fresher nutritious foods. We vaccinate our patients to prevent disease and have them on monthly medication to prevent against gastrointestinal parasites and ticks. However, I think we often forget that food can also be preventative medicine!”

    Before and after pic of Jasmine

    Courtesy of Linda Glass, dog mom to Jasmine



    Pet owner Linda Glass transitioned to The Farmer’s Dog when her Dalmatian, Jasmine, who suffered from persistent diarrhea was diagnosed with various infections and put on antibiotics, but the diarrhea continued.  “I tried a variety of food changes and combinations,” explains Glass. “I added wet food to dry food. I even started boiling chicken and rice. Nothing worked. Then I came across an ad on Facebook for Farmer’s Dog. After the first week of eating their food, Jasmine went to the vet and she weighed 82 pounds. Two months later they weighed her at 64 pounds. The vet was so impressed. Her coat was shiny, she didn’t have flaky skin, and she had very little shedding. I told the vet about the food change and provided them a leaflet with the ingredients, which is now part of her chart.” Glass says the only thing that changed to achieve these results is the dog food and the diarrhea is gone. “It’s worth every penny.”
    Brett Podolsky, Co-founder of The Farmer’s Dog tells me, “We’ve heard thousands of success stories from customers over the years. It’s one of the most rewarding parts of our day! It’s a constant reminder that making a simple change from highly processed products to real, fresh food can have a transformational impact on health. We hear how easy it becomes for people to manage their dog’s weight and help eliminate all kinds of other health issues like allergies and stomach problems.”

    The Farmer's Dog

    Courtesy of The Farmer's Dog



    What’s unique about The Farmer’s Dog’s subscription-based fresh food plans is that they allow people to tailor their dog’s daily caloric intake to their very specific requirements based on breed, age, and a variety of other factors which are asked about during the online questionnaire. Furthermore, the plan allows people to adapt their plan to their dog’s changing needs. 
    “A kibble bag offers broad, and vague guidelines that don’t take into account an individual dog’s needs, making it very easy to over-feed and kibble-bag guidelines will always err on the side of too much food, so you end up buying more,” continues Podolsky. “Dr. Ernie Ward who runs APOP has told us at Farmer’s Dog that he hears about so many pet owners feeding exactly what they suggest on the bag and those suggestions are too much.”
    The Farmer’s Dog is made from human-grade meat and vegetables that provides more bioavailable nutrients for a dog. “Because our food is gently steamed, not processed multiple times at high heat like kibble, it also retains a lot of moisture and the natural nutrients from our whole food ingredients, which is another factor in keeping a dog healthy and satisfied,” explains Podolsky. Kibble type dog foods, on the other hand, are dried and devoid of moisture, which is what allows for the long shelf life.

    The Farmer's Dog

    Courtesy of The Farmer's Dog



    On why a customized diet is the way to go for our pets, Podolsky tells me, “Customized plans allow people to precisely control their dog’s caloric intake based on their very specific needs. If you have a 16-pound elderly Pug who needs to lose weight, that’s a VERY different caloric demand than a 25-pound Rat Terrier who is younger and extremely active. Yet the guideline on a kibble bag might recommend that any dog ‘between 16 and 25 pounds’ is fed ‘between one and two cups’. That’s a massive gap, and into that gap falls the health of too many dogs, even though the owner has the best intentions.”
    Martins’ is also a fan of whole food diets like Freshpet, which creates meals from 100% natural farm-raised poultry, beef and fish and incorporates fiber-packed vegetables and anti-oxidant rich fruits that are gently cooked without preservatives and kept refrigerated (and can be found at major retailers nationwide). 

    FreshPet

    Courtesy of FreshPet



    “I am a fan of whole food diets like Freshpet that are properly nutritionally balanced using fresh ingredients that are prepared and cooked according to FDA and USDA standards, Martins’ tells me. “Actually pets age 7-10 times faster than we do and don’t live as long so maybe its even more important for them. So feeding fresh foods like Freshpet that are gently cooked but provide more moisture, high quality protein, more natural fiber, and highest quality antioxidants makes good sense and pets seem to feel better and look better.”
    “Veterinary nutritionists know now more than ever that cats and dogs have their own species specific trace nutrient requirements different from each other and definitely different from humans, to keep their hearts and other vital organs healthy,” continues Martins. “It’s imperative that owners know you cant just feed pets what people eat long term and keep up with their vital micronutrient needs. We are all constantly looking to keep our pets healthier, happier and living longer. One piece of the puzzle to do that right now is to keep pets from becoming overweight by feeding them the freshest, most balanced measured meals daily along with exercise.” 
    Protein in the diet is essential for dogs. Dr. Gerardo Perez-Camargo DVM, VP of Research and Development at Freshpet tells me,“Freshpet delivers to the pet twice the amount of protein and half the amount of carbohydrates than dry foods. Pets need protein to maintain, repair and grow muscle. Muscle is metabolically active, that means that it consumes energy. A dog with muscle will be able to burn more energy and maintain a healthier body weight than the same dog with a lower level of muscle in its body.”

    Courtesy of Laurie Duncan, dog mom to Barkley Doodles



    Like The Farmer’s Dog, Freshpet has heard stories from thousands of pet parents who’ve experienced incredible transformations once their pets have transitioned to Freshpet. Pet parent Melissa Stewart’s 9-year old overweight Chihuahua Benji had a complete turnaround with his weight once she switched over to Freshpet.  She tells me, “After switching, he slimmed down and acts like he did as a puppy! It really is a miracle! He loves to go on walks and can jump on to the couch again. Benji is a happy dog and so am I!”

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  • Is Your Dog Picky About Food? Try This Healthy Trick!
  • You know the scene, it’s meal time and your pup is excited about what you’re putting into his bowl. You fill it up and his tail is wagging so fast it’s a blur but when you put the dish down right where you always do he takes a few sniffs and turns around uninterested.
    You’re not feeding your dog old, spoiled food – it’s fresh from the container! Even if you never feed your dog human food, he’s somehow got it in his head that the dog food you thoughtfully picked out is beneath him.
    If your dog has no interest in food all of the sudden and isn’t eating at all, take your pup to the vet immediately. But if he’s excited about feeding time yet won’t touch the food until hunger sets in, chances are he’s just a picky eater. Don’t worry, this is common. Fortunately, there is one simple, healthy trick to get your dog to eat his food.

    The Easy, Healthy Trick For Any Dog Picky About Food

    Here’s the trick: Just add some nutritious food mixers into your pup’s meal and you’ve suddenly made his bowl of food irresistibly delicious! He’ll be devouring his food in no time. This works with both wet and dry food.
    There are a wide variety of food mixers out there but the best ones for your dog are going to be the wholesome, one-ingredient meaty options, such as the Project Paws™ Protein Boost Food Mixers, which are 100% raw, freeze-dried meat – the perfect food for Fido!

    Why Raw?

    Did the word “Raw” freak you out a bit? It’s understandable as raw chicken and beef are not considered fit for human consumption. However, dogs (and cats) are perfectly capable of consuming raw meat, and when packaged and handled properly it is even better for your pup than cooked meat.

    Raw Food Mixers

    Project Paws™ Protein Boost Food Mixers are raw, single-ingredient chunks of meat that have gone through a 48-hour freeze-drying process to ensure that the maximum amount of nutrients stays trapped inside each morsel while protecting against pathogens. The result: each meaty bit is a wholesome, nutritious, all-natural flavor bomb for your pup. On top of that, the meat comes from livestock raised on family farms in the USA.
    Any dog picky about food is going to love these food mixers! To learn more, check out the following products:

    These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional.


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  • If You Only Give Your Dog One Supplement, It Should Probably Be This
  • We’re always searching for the next “miracle product” that can guarantee our dogs’ health. Unfortunately no such product exists, but the natural compounds found in Omega-3 essential fatty acids come pretty darn close!

    10 Reasons Why So Many Dog Owners Are Supplementing with Omega-3 Fatty Acids

    Fish oil contains two essential Omega-3 fatty acids – EPA and DHA. The canine body is only able to synthesize them in limited quantities so many pup parents turn to supplements to give their dogs a boost. In addition, while many dog food companies mean well by putting Omega-3 in their formula, it likely does not survive the high heat production method that dog food kibble undergoes.
    Our research shows that Omega-3 is one of the most frequently supplemented nutrients among dog parents. Here’s 10 reasons why:

    1. Anti-Inflammatory Properties

    Both EPA and DHA are important components of cell membranes. They signal cells to decrease inflammation. Less inflammation means less pain, redness, swelling and irritation of the skin, joints and internal organs.

    2. Helps Ease Arthritis Pain

    With their powerful anti-inflammatory properties, the Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can have profound benefits for senior dogs with old, achy joints. Even if your dog does not have arthritis, adding a fish oil supplement as your pet ages can help prevent joint problems and keep your pooch comfortable longer.

    3. Promotes Nervous System Development In Puppies

    DHA is an important ingredient in human prenatal vitamins because it promotes nerve growth, brain development and vision in mammals. Just like babies, puppies benefit from this Omega-3 fatty acid while in the womb, nursing and as they grow and develop into adults.

    4. Reduces Skin Allergies

    Skin allergies are another form of irritating inflammation. The redness, itching and painful hotspots that come along with chronic allergies may be significantly reduced by adding fish oil to your pet’s diet.

    5. Promotes A Healthy Shiny Coat

    If your dog is lucky enough to be free of skin allergies, he or she can still reap the skin benefits of fish oil. Fat supplements reduce shedding and dandruff and promote soft, shiny coats.

    6. Helps Picky Eating Dogs Eat

    Dogs love stinky fish and high quality Omega-3 fish oils are derived from doggy delicacies like krill and anchovies. If your pooch is a finicky eater, fish oil just might do the trick!

    7. Strengthens a Dog’s Immunity

    Fish oil has been shown to enhance B-cell activity, a type of white blood cell that aids in the immune response. This, combined with its ability to improve blood chemistry and reduce inflammation makes it a powerful immunity booster.

    8. Acts As A Powerful Antioxidant

    While Omega-3 fatty acids do not rank among the “super” antioxidants, a study in the August 2002 Journal of the American College of Nutrition reports that they do lower free radical levels and may also increase the body’s ability to manufacture antioxidant enzymes.

    9. Promotes Cardiovascular Health

    Although the claim that fish oil reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke is unfounded, there is evidence that it can help lower blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood – all of which promote a healthier heart.

    10. May Slow The Growth Of Certain Cancers

    Many veterinarians have started recommending fish oil to their patients with cancer or at high risk for cancer. Recent studies have shown that fish oil may slow the growth of tumors, although more research is still needed in this area.
    As pet parents ourselves, and also concerned about the lack of Omega-3’s in most canine diets, the team at iHeartDogs worked closely with a holistic vet to develop our own line of Omega-3 supplements. We can honestly say we believe this is the most complete formula on the market today. And even better, it’s the only product that also helps shelter dogs!

    Learn More About the Project Paws ™ line of Omega-3 Supplements



    These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional. 


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  • Dog Won’t Eat the Expensive Food You Buy for Him?
  • Does this paint a familiar picture? It’s meal time and your pooch is excited by the sounds of food filling his bowl. His behind is wiggling in anticipation but when you put the dish down in front of him he sniffs the food and looks up at you mournfully. Your dog won’t eat the pricey food you bought for him even though he is hungry!
    You’re offering your pup quality, fresh food – not old, stale food. You may rarely if ever give your pup human food and yet he’s clearly thinking that the food you thoughtfully purchased is not his only option. Outrageous!
    If your dog suddenly has no interest in meal time and is avoiding food entirely, take your pup to a veterinarian pronto. However, if he’s doing a happy dance when you prepare his food yet won’t touch it until serious hunger sets in, he’s probably just a picky eater. This is common so don’t worry. In fact, there is one easy and healthy trick to get your pup to chow down.

    The Healthy, Simple Trick For When Your Dog Won’t Eat

    Here’s the solution: Just dish out some nutritious, delicious food mixers on your dog’s next meal and he’ll gobble up his food happily. This method works with wet and dry food!
    It may seem silly to supplement the pricey food you bought for your pup but at least this way he’s enjoying that food and further benefits from a boost of nutrition from the mixers!
    There are many types of food mixers available but the best ones for your beloved pup are the wholesome, single-ingredient meaty products, like the Project Paws™ Protein Boost Food Mixers, which are 100% raw, all natural freeze-dried meat. It’s the ideal food for any dog!

    Did You Say Raw?

    If you’re a bit taken aback by the word “raw,” don’t worry, it’s ok – and no, that wasn’t a typo. It’s understandable that ready to eat raw meat might give us humans the heebie jeebies as raw chicken or beef is certainly not suitable for human consumption. However, dogs (and kitties) are completely capable of eating raw meats. In fact, when handled and packaged with care, raw meat is even better for your pup than cooked meat.
    Just take a look at the GIF above showing Winston, one of the beloved pets in the iHeartDogs.com staff family, focused solely on the food mixer and kibble combo over plain kibble.
    Winston has refined taste to be sure. He will often leave his high quality gourmet kibble untouched in his bowl all day right up until his pawrents head to bed and he’s sure he won’t be getting any table scraps, which he rarely gets! When he’s presented with kibble plus raw, single-ingredient freeze-dried food mixers he is instantly at his dish eating up his food excitedly.

    Raw Food Mixers

    Project Paws™ Protein Boost Food Mixers are single-ingredient, raw meat morsels that have been freeze-dried for 48 hours in a USDA certified facility to preserve maximum nutrition within each meaty chunk, while protecting against bacteria. Dogs LOVE the taste – it’s the most wholesome meal flavor enhancer there could be! On top of that, the meat comes from livestock raised on family farms in the USA.
    If your dog won’t eat the quality food you lovingly selected for him, don’t worry, he is going to love meal time with the addition of these food mixers!




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  • The Easiest Way to Start Your Dog on a Raw Diet
  • If you’re the type of pet parent who reads the ingredients list of your pup’s food to make sure you know and understand exactly what’s in it then you’ve no doubt heard about the growing movement towards raw feeding through social media channels or through the media, such as via the viral documentary Pet Fooled. Once rejected by seemingly all vets, a raw diet is now gaining acceptance in wholistic veterinarian circles.
    It makes sense – a raw diet is what your pup would have eaten in the wild. He may not be a wolf (my fur baby is a chihuahua), but his digestive system is built very much the same way. Even if you’re convinced, (and you’re not easily convinced) switching to a raw diet is easier said than done, right?
    Converting to a raw diet is anything but easy. As soon as you start thinking about it, a series of questions come up. Where do you get affordable, quality raw meat? Will your dog even eat that particular type of meat? How do you store the meat if you can’t go to the store that frequently?
    It can be so daunting that you give up completely and postpone the switch. However, there is one easy way to get your dog started on a raw diet. Simply start supplementing with raw foods. The easiest way to get raw meat in your pup’s diet is with the Project Paws™ Protein Boost Food Mixers, which are freeze-dried 100% raw quality meat morsels that your dog will go crazy for. Just mix some into your pup’s food and he’ll be gleefully scarfing it down.

    There are a few different camps when it comes to which fruits and vegetables are actually good for dogs, if any at all. Typically apples, raw carrots, green beans, cucumbers, oranges, peas, and pears are considered to be very good for your pup. However, it’s a good idea to educate yourself further on what’s okay for your pet to eat and get in touch with your vet if you aren’t sure!
    Why not try it out with your pup’s next meal?
    These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional.

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  • The Health Benefits of Raw Diets For Dogs
  • Every time there’s another dog food recall, raw diets start to look a little better. Few questions, especially the ones concerning what is best for one’s dog, ever have one totally RIGHT answer. There are drawbacks as there are with anything – raw food diets are often more expensive than your bulk bag of kibble on the shelf. But those who have switched to raw food diets swear by them, and claim some notable health benefits, such as the following.

    No Potentially Harmful Chemicals

    Processed foods contain several chemicals that don’t have any nutritional value. Your dog’s kibble, regardless of what brand you use, probably contains a preservative to keep it good without refrigeration. Preservatives have been linked to cancers, obesity, and several other health issues over the years. One such preservative, ethoxyquin, which was developed by Monsanto, is found in pesticides and is approved for consumption in regulated amounts in the USA for both humans and animals, but not in Australia or the European Union.
    With raw food, what you see is what you get. There are no ten-syllable chemicals you wouldn’t know from one another listed on the label. Beef is beef, lamb is lamb, and you know exactly what is going in your dog’s stomach. Buying your raw foods from your local farmer’s market not only keeps you informed of what your dog is eating, it is as fresh as you can get without owning your own farm and supports your local farmers.

    Avoid Obesity and Disease

    Dogs on raw food diets are less likely to become obese. This may be because they don’t eat as many sugars and carbohydrates as kibble-fed dogs do and are less likely to overeat as their food doesn’t sit in a bowl all day, there for the taking. This makes them less prone to diseases that we’ve come to associate with obesity, or may be exacerbated by extra weight like diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, etc. A pudgy puppy can be cute, but he could also be a lot healthier.

    Cleaner, Healthier Teeth

    Those who feed their dogs raw diets claim that their dogs have cleaner teeth and better smelling breath than kibble-fed dogs. Clean teeth mean less of a chance of periodontal disease, which is incredibly painful and can be expensive to treat. This may be because the bones in your dog’s raw food scrape the tartar off the surface of the teeth the same way a toothbrush does, and the lack of tartar-causing carbohydrates in their diet. All evidence of cleaner teeth in raw fed dogs is anecdotal (no scientific evidence exists) but the claims are consistent.

    More Energy

    People who have healthier diets tend to have more energy, feel better about getting out of bed in the morning and don’t depend on daily caffeine. It stands to reason that if your dog eats better, he’ll feel better too. People claim that even their senior dogs are less lethargic and more playful than their kibble-fed friends.
    We all love our pets and we want what is best for them, and the best gift you can give your dog is a healthy lifestyle. Your dog relies on you for love, companionship and care, and his well-being lies in your hands. A raw diet will contribute to your dog’s health, and a healthy dog will live longer and be happier.
    For anyone considering starting your pup on a raw diet but are not ready to dive in just yet, one easy way to get started is by adding raw foods gradually into your dog’s diet. It may also lessen the chance of upsetting your pup’s tummy with a big change in diet. Introducing a freeze-dried raw mixer made from 100% whole raw meat chunks, such as the Project Paws™ Protein Boost Food Mixers, to supplement some of your pup’s meal will make the transition super easy and delicious (dogs go CRAZY for these healthy morsels).
    These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional.


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