Superfoods for Dogs

Diets sometimes need some help. Even with the proper nutrition, it's important to get vitamins and minerals for your body. Our dogs also need additional nutrients and fiber to complete their daily intake.

Commercial dog foods usually make up a combination of crude proteins from both animal and plant sources. You can definitely give your dog a basic, healthful diet through the correct brands of either dry kibble or wet canned food, but supplements will have to come from other foods. Try to feed your dog a combination of both wet and dry food as the variety offers respective benefits. Dry food is good for your pet's bones and bodily systems, while wet food is helpful for the joints and fur. However, make sure you know the ingredients going into your brand of choice, as not all dog food brands were created equal.

Getting your pup essential vitamins and other nutrients means thinking outside the bag. Several foods right in your grocery store make a great addition to your dog's diet. Changing what your dog eats, or supplementing his meals, may also aid in treating environmental ailments commonly experienced by dogs like allergies.

Offer these superfoods as part of your dog's meal or as a reward:

Carrots have beta carotene and essential vitamins A, C, and K. Carrots are great for your dog’s heart, eyes, teeth and respiratory system.

Sweet potatoes also contain high levels of beta carotene for your dog’s coat, immune system, and digestion. The darker the potato, the more nutrients it has.

Blueberries contain essential antioxidants and fiber. These aid in digestion, moderate blood sugar, and help condition the nervous system.

Spinach is great for the bones and heart and is especially known for its anti-inflammatory properties.

Salmon has fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6. Fish oil helps with the skin and coat of your dog.

Cook vegetables so they're easy for your dog to consume. Boiling carrots with some water will soften them enough for serving to your pup, while peeling and microwaving will have the same effect on sweet potatoes. Some dogs will enjoy eating vegetables raw, too!

Be careful of what natural foods you feed your pet. Some fruits and vegetables contain toxins that are harmful for dogs, so be sure to do your homework on any foods you may wish to give your dogs. Though several of the superfoods mentioned are good for humans, too, not all people superfoods are beneficial for your pet.

Grapes and raisins are also thought to contain antioxidants, but don't feed them to your pets. Dogs can't digest either the fruit or its dried version, as it causes illness in the form of vomiting and diarrhea, sometimes ranging to serious adrenal failure.

Want to offer more at mealtime to your pet? Check out the following infographic for naturally-occurring superfoods to add to your dog's diet:

Superfoods for Dogs

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Introducing I'd Rather Be With My Dog Treats

I'd Rather Be With My Dog Treats

We are constantly looking for new brands of pet treats that are Made in the USA with high quality ingredients. This month, we are introducing “I'd Rather Be With My Dog” which come in a variety of flavors to please your finicky pup.

All the ingredients in these treats are sourced from the United States or New Zealand and are of high quality. Their recipes include protein sources such as Salmon, Duck, Lamb, Venison, Fish, Turkey and Beef. I'd Rather Be with my Dog is the first pet brand that formulates their recipes to comply with the Paleo diet.

In addition to great flavors, they also have treats that can help in a variety of ailments such as joint pain, digestive health, and skin health. All their treats have coconut oil which is known to help provide beautiful coats and can reduce inflammation. If you are looking for a grain-free healthy snack for your 4-legged friends, look no further than I'd Rather be with My Dog.

You can purchase I'd Rather Be With My Dog Treats at or by calling 877-595-5276.

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Summer Activities for Dogs

Summer Activities for Dogs

With warmer weather approaching most of the United States, we wanted to give some helpful ideas and tips on promoting fun and exercise for your dog this summer. You could stay in the air-conditioning all summer, but my bet is Fido would much rather get outside an do some activities with you!

#1. Take a walk
Taking a walk with your furry friends is not only a good source of exercise, but is also great bonding time. When the temperatures get hot, it may be a good idea to do early morning walks. Please remember that the pads on your pups feet can get burns from hot surfaces. If you do choose to walk during extreme temperatures, please provide your dog with protective foot wear.

#2 . Sprinkler Fun
While growing up, I remember my dad getting the yard sprinkler out to help cool us down and provide entertainment. The cool water was fun and refreshing to run through. Just as we enjoyed it as a children, our dogs also find it extremely fun to play fetch while running through a stream of water. This activity helps cool down dogs and provides refreshment.

#3. Go to the Beach or Lake
Playing fetch and relaxing by the water is a favorite hobby among dogs. Many canines enjoy jumping in the water to chase a stick or toy. Many dogs also enjoy to swim, which is a great form of exercise. This activity is perfect for cooling dogs down on a hot summer afternoon.

#4. Go Camping
When I was a child, my family would go camping on a regular basis. “Ginger” was our West Highland White Terrier, and she would come along on every trip. She loved exploring the woods and activities we would do as a family. Spending vacations with our furry friends is great for bonding and making memories you will always remember.

#5. Backyard Agility Fun
With some simple items you may have at your home, you can set-up a fun agility course. Some helpful items would be a child's play tunnel, PVC pipe, Flex Drain Pipe and Duct Tape. Do a Google search online for DIY Agility course and you will find many plans on how to create a budget friendly course that is fun and effective.

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