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Our question today comes from Leanne and her chocolate Labrador Bailey, 32kgs of pure joy
Question: “I have a question I have been meaning to email you and ask. Can dogs have seafood? Salmon and basic white fish? Do you think dogs get allergies to that type of thing?
Most Dogs love fish and most kinds of seafood too in my experience. There are no reported allergies and white fish is often recommended for dogs that do have allergies. It is often high in zinc which is great for skin.
For food safety, unless you are sure of the freshness and the source, I recommend that seafood is cooked. However you do need to be aware of bones. I run my fingers over raw fish and it is pretty easy to feel bones and remove them – often just pulling them will get the bones out. Salmon tail doesn’t usually have bones, so I like to buy it to share with the fur kids.
The bones in sardines and other tinned fish, salmon, tuna, mackerel are fine to eat as they are softened by the extreme heat required in the cooking of tinned fish and still are a good source of calcium. Try to buy low salt when possible in the tinned variety. I often have tinned fish as a standby when not sure what we are having for dinner or a good quick breakfast.
Dogs also like calamari, white bait – whole tiny fish – is another quite affordable fish and available frozen in the fish mongers usually. Smoked salmon, nom nom nom, is a delicious treat and something I have resorted to when it is particularly nasty medicine to get down. (more…)
- Sound nutrition. What you provide for you dog to eat is the major factor in their long term positive health, more than just the absence of disease, ageing well without suffering is what we want for our beloved dogs. Good health starts with good food, real food, made with love
- Exercise. Whether a lounge lizard or a working dog, all need some exercise, for the body and the mind. Healthy dogs need to be out with you exploring the world, and remember if they are left to exercise themselves it will probably involve getting into mischief.
- Safe and secure. Dogs need both a physical place in your home to call theirs, a bed, a special mat, that is out of the way of feet and human traffic. And they need to know their boundaries of how you want them to behave. There is only one way to teach a dog anything and that is with love. A ‘canine companion’ knows the 5 basic commands, sit, down, stay, heel, recall(come to you when called). I like ‘give’ (or drop) too. With these essentials your dog will be confident of themselves and you will have a companion who is a joy to be with. “Give a dog a job or they become self employed.” That is up to you.
- Play. Dogs are the very essence of spontaneous fun and joy and are ever ready for a game, for play, even if that is watching the sunset together. They can bring out the child in us, the sheer delight in being alive. Fun toys, squeaky toys, smart toys, toys to catch and toys to cuddle needn’t be expensive. (and a toy box!)
- You. The most fundamental essential that a dog needs to lead a happy healthy life is your love and your companionship. They give so freely of themselves, they open our hearts, giving our love back freely is the greatest joy for both you and your dog.
1. 10% moisture.
Kibble, as commercial dry dog food is called, has almost all the water removed, it is dehydrated so that it keeps, it’s cheaper to transport (less volume) and easier for you to store at home. Nothing in that system is about the end consumer, your dog. The dog’s internal system has to re-hydrate the kibble in order to break it down and utilise it, the kidneys work the most, and the moisture must be taken from somewhere in the body.
- Solution? Re-hydrate it yourself before feeding it to your dog. For every cup of kibble, add at least a cup of water or stock or milk. Whatever your dog likes most. It isn’t necessary to soak it, although that is better, the dog often won’t eat it once soaked as the intensity of flavour from dehydration (and flavour enhancers) makes it more appealing to the nose of the dog. Yes most dogs will drink water later, but not usually until the kidneys tell the dogs body that they desperately need water. By then damage is done.
2. Highly processed food is pro-inflammatory.
Simply put it doesn’t matter how expensive or how fancy it is, it is still a highly processed food and we know that highly processed food humans eat ie ‘fast food’ has long term consequences. We refer to these highly processed foods as ‘empty calories’ meaning it is converted into ‘energy’ for the body, but not the true nutrition that we think of with food and its complexity.
My darling boy Marley passed away – I had to make that terrible decision and let him join the angels.
He was a magical little entity, much bigger in life than his tiny frame would suggest. Bringing this little puppy into my life almost 15 years ago changed my life forever, is the reason for the business of Wellbeing for Dogs and the guiding light in my heart, where he remains.
He will remain the company mascot and our logo as he always did represent everything this company is about. Joy, integrity, fun, health, generosity, loving and kind. He epitomised love.
He was smart, had an insatiable curiosity, goodness was in his heart, and he made everyone his friend. A new little soul for a star was created, angel dust indeed.
I know many of you will have suffered this kind of sadness at loss – to have a dog in your life inevitably means losing them, and the pain of that can be unbearable. My heart goes out to you.
For me though, the joy I have experienced from that one little soul makes up for the pain I endure at its loss. I think the angels are rejoicing, a favourite has returned.