Dear Dog Lover,
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the survey about dog allergies!
There are a lot of you who are dealing with this issue. Sadly, itís not surprising.
One veterinarian said pet allergies were so common these days that he expected every pet parent would have to face them at some time.
Where are these allergies coming from and what can you do to prevent them? And if you dog already has them, can you get rid of them?
Hopefully you wonít have to deal with these health issues and youíll enjoy a happy, healthy pup.
But, for those of you still looking for solutions, look for an ebook in the coming months. Itíll be filled with natural remedies and one surprisingly simple solution thatís proven to heal about 30% of dogs!
Thanks again for your generous contributions. :)
What Fruits and Veggies are Good
For Max and Lucy?
Lately, several people have written to ask this question.
Since Iíve wrote about foods to feed your dog in the last ezine (if you missed it, click here) I thought other people might be wondering this too.
You can add some of these a few times a week to your petís kibble to boost the nutritional value.
Fruits and veggies are just as good for your dog as they are for you.
Hereís a list of some of the most common foods that can help your dog thrive. Theyíre in no particular order.
Asparagus Ėa mild diuretic so donít feed too much!
Winter squash --acorn and butternut squash
Zucchini and other soft squash (you can grate the zucchini leaving the peel on if you want)
Lettuce and other leafy greens
Any hard vegetable
Avoid grapes and raisins, they can make some dogs sickóeven affecting the kidneys.
Some dogs enjoy slices of apples and baby carrots as treats.
Donít feed much spinach, swiss chard and rhubarb. These are high in oxalic acid which reduces calcium absorption.
According to veterinarian Dr. Pitcairn, many dogs like dried fruits like figs, prunes, dates and apricots. Baggins liked blueberries but I never could get him to eat any other fruit.
Itís easy to incorporate these into your petís diet.
Lightly cook them. You donít want to make them mush but you do want to warm them and make them easy to digest. You can cook a lot at once and freeze smaller portions.
You can add a scoop of veggies to your dogís kibble to boost his intake of vitamins and minerals.
Holistic vets say nutrition is the underlying factor in your petís health.
They also say commercial dog food does not give your pets the nutrition they need.
It canít. Itís highly processed. But, if you feed a high quality kibble and supplement it with veggies and fruits, youíll go a long way towards increasing your petís health.
Take any combination of these veggies, lightly cook them. (Or bake, until done, if potatoes) Mash them up and serve!
You can do this a few times a week. Just add ľ to Ĺ cup of veggies to the kibble and decrease the amount of kibble so youíre not overfeeding. An easy way to get more vitamins into your pet!
Recipe for a Doggie Frittata
Yours in Treats and Good Health,
In loving memory of Baggins