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How to Read a Dog Food Label

Merrick Grain Free DuckWith all the latest news about bad dog food, we thought it was important to do a post on reading dog food labels. There are so many dog foods out there today. How do you pick the right one for your dog?

The best way is to start by reading the dog food label for the list of ingredients. Dog food manufacturers are required by federal law to list all ingredients on the dog food label in descending order of their pre-cooking weights. Unfortunately, they do not have to list the exact amount or percentage of the ingredients, so this is not really an exact science, but it’s a good guideline and definitely the place you want to start. Also check the bag to see where the dog food is manufactured. To be safe, we recommend staying with U.S. produced dog food and avoiding foods made in China due to some prior quality issues.

Wellness CoreAs stated by the Dog Food Advisor and many other experts, when evaluating any dog food you want to look for high quality, digestible meat-based proteins. These should be at the top of the list. Proteins such as beef, chicken, turkey, lamb and fish are ideal. Avoid foods that list “meat” or meat by-products as these are often a combination of unwanted meats and have little nutritional value for your pet.

It’s fine to have some good vegetables in your dog food, for example sweet potato, green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, squash, carrots and peas. Fruits such as apples, cranberries and bananas can also be included.

Tuscan Natural Carne Grain Free Dry Dog Food You want to avoid preservatives and dog food “fillers” which contain little to no nutritional value, for example: wheat, corn, cornmeal, white flour, soy, wheat gluten, cottonseed hulls, peanut hulls, citrus pulp, screening, weeds, straw, BHA, and BHT. In addition, avoid added sugar, artificial flavors, colors and dyes.

Last but definitely not least – make sure your dog likes it. There are so many choices out there you should be able to find a dog food your dog likes!

Now that we have dog food covered, learn about which human foods dogs should avoid.

7 Great Tips to Care for Your Senior Dog

by Celebrity Dog Groomer Jorge Bendersky

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Jorge and Tito the Pom

1. Stop Slips!

Remove extra hair between the pads of the feet, with round end scissors or small clippers, to ensure more tracking and less slipping!

2. Fresh & Flexible!

Keep the bottom of the paws moisturized to give them maximum flexibility and traction, you can massage it in with a paw therapy cream (by Jorge Bendersky at M Boutique) to keep the paw surface fresh and flexible.

3. TLC! Brush time is massage time!

Brushing not only removes the dead hair and makes them look and feel beautiful but it also reactivates the circulation of the hips.
Plus, regular brushing helps to loosen up the muscles before the dog park. Try a curry rubber brush.

4. Walk don’t run!

If you are going to take your senior dog to an off-leash park, try walking them on leash for a while to warm up their muscles. Stretching and pacing your dog will help ease them them into the pack to put less stress on their aging joints.

Senior Dog5. Short and sweet!

Running or walking on pavement with long nails is the equivalent of running with rocks in your shoes. It is uncomfortable for your dog and keeping your dog’s nails short can help prevent back injuries.

6. Keep them close!

Avoid retractable leashes, they create a false sense of freedom. Finding the end of the leash while they are mid-leap can lead to discomfort and injury.

7. Bladder control!

Be aware that your dog’s bathroom visits may need to be more frequent. Increase the bathroom breaks when going shopping with your dog, you wouldn’t want to miss a sale!

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Jorge BenderskyJorge Bendersky was born in Argentina. After moving to New York City, he began grooming dogs and achieved Certified Master Groomer status. Jorge is a pet stylist, best-selling author, pet product spokesperson, philanthropist and groomer to the (pet) stars. Jorge is talking his way into millions of homes across America with his appearances on national TV, including Kelly & Michael, The Meredith Vieira Show, Rachael Ray and several of his own reality shows.

 

Today, Celebrity Dog Groomer & Best Selling Author Jorge Bendersky travels around the world discovering the hottest trends for dogs. He is best known for starring in Animal Planet’s TV Show “Groomer Has It” and for his book “DIY Dog Grooming: From Puppy Cuts to Best in Show, Everything you Need to Know“. He lives in Chelsea, NYC with his dog Tito the Pom!

Top Dog Water Fountains

It’s important your dog gets enough water. If your dog isn’t drinking enough, a dog water fountain might put him more in the mood. Not to mention, it’s quite relaxing to hear the flow of water not just for your dog, but for you too.

Here are our Top Dog Water Fountains:

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drinkwell dog water fountain Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain
We wanted to start off this list with a top rated, classic favorite, the Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain. With its 5-inch falling stream of water the fountain continually aerates the water and encourages your dog to drink more. A charcoal filter also removes bad tastes and odors giving your dog a very appealing way to stay hydrated.
PetSafe Multi-Tier Dog Fountain
The Multi-Tier Dog Water Fountain provides your dog with 100 ounces of fresh, filtered water. The free-falling stream aerates his water, and an activated carbon filter removes bad tastes and odors, helping your dog stay hydrated and healthy.
Drinkwell Red Dog Water Fountain Drinkwell Red Stoneware Pagoda Fountain
One of the most stylish dog water fountains we’ve seen. It’s a beautiful red ceramic design and will look great in your home. Please note, it’s for small dogs. The upper and lower dishes provide two drinking areas for pets, and the dual free-falling streams aerate the water for freshness, which encourages your dog to drink more.
Dogit Dog Water Fountain Hagen Dogit Design Fresh and Clear Dog Drinking Fountain
The Dogit Fresh & Clear Drinking Fountain provides your dog with a continuous source of fresh-tasting, filtered water that will encourage your dog to drink more water. This BPA free dog water fountain is designed with multi-stage filtration that collects debris, food, hair and sediment. The fountain is elevated to provide a better drinking position–ideal for larger breeds.
naturespa 2 NatureSPA Premium UV Pet Fountain
For the dog that deserves the latest in technology, UV natureSPA Fountain is a state of the art, modern pet fountain. Designed for smaller dogs, the water fountain offers Ultra Violet water filtration, a low water shut-off and a blue LED light for nighttime visibility. Water flows at a set rate through UV chamber to maintain the UV cleaning power reducing micro-organisms and bacteria and resulting in high quality clean, clear water.

Sunscreen for Dogs – They Need Protection Too!

sunscreen for dogsSunscreen for dogs…this might sound a bit crazy, but just like us, dogs can get sunburned and suffer from pain, peeling and skin cancer. Severe burns may also cause skin infections. So it’s possible your dog might need some sunscreen, especially if you’re going to the beach where there is a lot of sun due to sand and water reflection.

If you have a dog with a thin coat (or shaved) and pink skin, you might need to consider putting dog sunscreen on your dog (after you lather up yourself). Some breeds are more susceptible to burns, such as, Boxers, Frenchies, Bulldogs and Bull Terriers. If you have a really furry dog like a Bearded Collie or a Chow, their hair is likely going to give them enough coverage.

Make sure you use a sunscreen made for dogs. Do not use human sunscreen on them, especially if it has zinc oxide, which is toxic for dogs.

Here are 3 great Dog Sun Protection options:

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When applying sunscreen on your pooch, you’ll want to put it on those areas that are prone to sunburn, e.g. nose, ears, eyelids, abdomen, groin and inside the legs. Just like with us humans, remember to reapply, especially if your dog is going in and out of the water.