Top Dog Pet Blog
(Practical Advice for pet owners.)
Tips on keeping your pets Healthy and Safe
Issue 2 April 21, 2018
To Trip over the dog, just fantastic
Hello again from the Dog Pound. And the Dog Pound Gang. If you live with more than 1 dog or cat meal times can be a challenge some times. The logistics of getting them all fed and making sure they don't each others food can sometimes get crazy. We have four dogs. Two large, 1 medium and 1 small dog. They all eat in the same room at the same time. I am able to do this because I lay down the dinner time rules.
The meal time rules are in place because issues arose during the meal time. I once tripped over one of our pups because they had worked their way into the kitchen and laid right behind me and when I turned to move I tripped and when flying. Hence the first rule is No dogs in the kitchen while meals are being prepared. Second rule. Every dog has his or her own permanent spot to eat at. This just made sense so they had their own space. Kind of like having your own table at a restaurant. This also helped with rule No. 3. Rule 3 one dog enters the kitchen at a time and once that dog is at his food the next dogs food is put down and that dog ushered to their food and so on. Doing it this way assured that each dog would be going to their food spot and not anyone else. Rule 4. I have to be in the kitchen during meal times to monitor the meal. Just because I have them separated doesn't relieve me of making sure they eat their own food.. The larger dogs eat fast and are always looking for more. This also helps with rule No. 5 which is each dog is ushered out of the kitchen after they finish eating so that only the dogs still eating are in the kitchen by being there in the kitchen with them while they eat I see when a dog is done and They have set places I send them off to. They are escorted out of the kitchen and send in the direction the need to go. They know where they are supposed to go but sometimes they will stop and try to turn around. A quick point of the index finger and words of encouragement always seem to get them going in the correct direction. And the most important rule, rule 6 feed the little dog first because he takes forever to eat. One other rule I have is that they have to sit or lay down while waiting to be served.
I chose my kitchen to feed my dogs because it had clearly marked entrances that I make them sit or lay down that keeps them outside of the kitchen. The key to all of this is repetition and consistency. For me it is well worth the effort because everyone can coexist in the same space and meal time take no more that 15 minutes and they are all off playing once again.
Eat your Fruits and Veggies there good for you
There will always be the debate about whether we should give our pets Human food. I say some Human food is good for them. Now I am not talking about processed food. I am talking about raw foods. Fruits and vegetables in particular. Here are a list of 10 fruits and vegitables and why they are good for your pet.
Asparagus: When cut into bite size pieces, Asparagus makes a healthy veggie option for your dog because of its vitamin K, A, B1, B2, C and E, along with the folate, iron, copper, fiber, manganese and potassium that’s found in them. This one for the real chow hand put it in with their dry kibble
Watermelon If it’s lycopene that you’re looking to add to your dog’s diet, watermelon is your best source for that. The health benefits don’t stop there, though. Give your pooch a piece of this delicious summer treat and you’ll be loading him with up with tons of healthy vitamin A, B-6 and C, as well as thiamin. This is one my dogs really love. Watermelon is also a very cool treat on hot days.
Blueberries, with their high levels of resveratrol and their anti-cancer and heart disease fighting qualities, make a great option for your dog’s diet. As an added bonus, the tannins found in blueberries also help prevent urinary tract infections. I have two dogs that love Blueberries and two dogs that don't.
Sweet Potato. A great source of vitamins E, A, B-6 and C, as well as calcium, iron, folate, potassium, copper, thiamine and iron, sweet potatoes are a wonderful (and super tasty!) addition to any pooch’s dinner bowl. This is a favorite for everyone in our house. When we have Sweet Potato the dogs have it too.
Pumpkin. Feeding your dog pumpkin helps load him up on fiber, vitamin A and anti-oxidants to help alleviate diarrhea and constipation and to promote his overall cardiovascular health. Again for our dogs this is like having sweet potato, thy love it.
Apples. the powerful antioxidants and loads of vitamin C will do wonders for your dog’s diet, as well. I do like to core them because the seed are not good for them. Cut up some refrigerate and serve on hot days.
Spinach: spinach is one of the Super vegetables this green, leafy vegetable can be powerful for your dog. Although it’s high in iron (with almost twice as much of it as most other sources), spinach is a particularly good option for your dog since it helps fend off inflammatory and cardiovascular issues, along with cancer. I find a little finely chopped up spinach mixed in with their food works well..
Green Beans. Green beans are good for your pooch because of their omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, C, and K. They’re also a good source of calcium, copper, fiber, folic acid, iron, niacin, manganese, potassium, riboflavin and thiamin, as well as beta carotene. Essentially, they’re the superpower of vegetables for your pooch. My Lab and my Irish love these our Giant Schnauzer Husky mix toys with them. And the little one Chihuahua turns his nose up at them.
Cantaloupe. Cantaloupe is very good for dogs. They’re full of vitamins that will help with your canine’s eyesight, as well as lots of vitamin A and lots of beta carotene, which helps reduce the risk of cancer and prevents cell damage. It’s also a good source of vitamins B-6 and C, fiber, folate, niacin and potassium. Again this is another good hot day treat.
Brussell Sprouts, The reason your dog should be eating Brussel Sprout even if you don't like them is Brussels sprouts have vitamins K and G, manganese, folate, fiber, potassium(it helps control nerve impulses, brain function, muscle activity, and heart function ) and vitamins A, B1 and B6 It helps with eye sight, and many other things associated with having a healthy dog.
Banana's. Bananas are loaded with potassium it helps control nerve impulses, brain function, muscle activity, and heart function it is good for them and all of my dogs love them. One thing to watch out with Potassium is making sure your dog doesn't get to much as it can cause Hyperkalemia which can cause some serious health issues so we limit the bananas as a special every once in a while treat,
For more on Hyperkalemia
Not all dogs are going to like all of these. But all dogs will love some of these and it is a good way to help keep your dog healthy.
Here is one other Summer day treat you can give your dogs. Ice. Put crushed Ice in their water bolws or just give them ice cubes if the will eat them but either way it helps to keep them cool on those hot summer days that will be here before we know it,
For more information on the Vitamins in the vegetables and fruits listed above please see the Following reference links : 7 Vitamins for your dog .
So what vegies and Fruits are Bad for Fido?
The list isn't long but it is important. These are the things that can cause serious damage or death to your dog Grapes, Raisins, Currents, Onions and Garlic are all extremely toxic to dogs. Rhubarb depletes their calcium while Cherries, and Apricots have seed, Stems and Leaves that are toxic to dogs the fruit itself is not. Wild mushroom are also very bad for dogs. Supermarket Mushrooms are okay as long as they are the stander variety white mushroom. The Tomato is safe but the plant all of the green leafy are toxic. Apples while not bad for dogs have seeds that are as toxic as cherry seeds because they have arsenic in them so Apples need to be cored. Instinct helps to keep our dogs away from the bad stuff most of the time but it is also our responsibility to keep the bad stuff away from our dogs.
Do Cats need their Vegies too?
The fact of the matter is they only need vegetables if they enjoy them or are getting a bit overweight. Cats are carnivores not herbivores. But here are a list of the Good Veggies you can give your cat to help keep them healthy. chopped carrots, peas, frozen corn, broccoli florets, green beans, zucchini, lettuce, spinach and catnip
Of course with every good list there is a bad list and here are fruits and Vegies you should keep kitty away from. garlic, onions, tomatoes, avocados or mushrooms These things can cause Vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, death and more.
Here are a few other things kitty might like. Got some salmon that is getting a little long in the tooth? Maybe you have some Chicken that you just can't eat any more of because 4 meals of chicken in a row is to much. Chop is up into small chunks and add it to their kibble. You can also take the chicken (if it's a big enough piece.) and shred it like you would cheese with a cheese grater and mix it in with their kibble.
It keeps me running.
Fitness is as import to your dog as it should be to you. I see a lot of people take their dogs out for a walk. The Before work walk, The after work walk and the just before bedtime walk. That is nice but for most dogs you are doing them a complete disservice if you don't get them out for runs as well. I get that some of us (myself included) have a hard time with the whole “get them out for a run” thing. But, here is the thing. I never said you had to run with them. Huh? It is called a Dog park. It is a place you can take your dog let them run with other dogs or play fetch with them. You can also do this in your own yard if it is big enough and fenced. One walk a day replaced with a 20 minute game of fetch or ½ hr running with the dogs at the dog park will do wonders. Runs help them to expel energy, keep muscle fit and lean and in turn help Fido to live longer. They will love you for it as well. Also lets dispel the Myth that only big dogs need to run. Little and medium sized dogs need it as well.
Well that is all for today.
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