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Are Nuts Good For Dogs?

pm_almonds2111We all love nuts, and now we have a reason to enjoy. This scientific article from the Harvard Gazette shows that Nuts are so good for us, they not only keep us slim, they also reduce the risk of death! Based on human research of course, and if you want a long healthy life eating a handful of nuts a day is a key.

Are nuts good for dogs?  Yes, they are!  Wellbeing Essentials includes almonds and brazil kernels, along with sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pepitas (pumpkin seeds) because they are such powerhouses of minerals, and now we know there is an added benefit, helping your dog to have a long healthy life. Yet another reason (if you needed it) to add the Wellbeing Essentials to their food everyday!

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7 Tips For Keeping Dogs Cool In Summer

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When the summer heat is on the menu here are 7 tips for keeping dogs cool and helping your fur kids to beat the heat:

  1. Use a spray bottle with water to wet their coat, especially around their head and chest area. A fan will cool them when they are wet
  2. Put ice cubes in their water
  3. Break up some liver treats and freeze into ice blocks
  4. Feel the pavement with your hand before heading out with your dog, if you can’t hold you hand on it, your dog can’t walk on it.
  5. Keep the activity level to a minimum, as this heats them up.
  6. Go for your walk/outing early morning or as the sun sets, you know “only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun”
  7. Add stock or extra water to their food to help keep them hydrated. Especially if feeding dry food, serve it wet.

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The Best Dog Food Is The One You Make Yourself

iStock_000004224152XSmall.1.1My passion is helping dog lovers feed their beautiful dogs with real food as I believe the best dog food is the one you make yourself.

But, and there is a big but, dogs do have special needs, different from humans, and this is why most vets will tell you not to feed your dog human food. It is easy to lose confidence, and with the pet food giants ‘balanced and complete’ mantra, many dog lovers resort to giving their dogs commercial pet food.

You don’t need to. That is why I made the Wellbeing Mix. Together with a Veterinarian and Technical food analyst we did R&D aiming to provide a safety net for the potential nutritional deficiency in home made food. It does other things as well, but most important was to take out the guesswork in making real food for our dogs, and giving you confidence that, coupled with the good food that you make, the dog is getting the vitamins and minerals, the micronutrients, they require for long term health.

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Homemade Dog Food Made Easy

poodle2The principle I follow when making what the poodles dinner is that it should have variety, be healthy, enjoyed and most importantly not take me much time to make!

I do this by making their dinner pretty much what I am eating for the evening, but I make their dinner without the typical seasonings that I use, like chilli for instance. But the basics are the same.

Tonight we are all having roast chicken and vegetables, and that is pretty easy homemade dog food. Between the two of them they eat a quarter of a small chicken, so that costs about $3 for the serve, or $1.50 each. The vegetables maybe another 50 cents each. So although it sounds expensive, it is actually quite affordable for the small dog family. Of course there are no cooked chicken bones served, very dangerous for splintering.

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Recipe – Cooking For The Fur Kids: Meatballs

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You may know by now that I like to feed my dogs basically what I am cooking for myself with appropriate modifications.

I think of it like feeding human kids, leave out the bits they don’t like, and keep it simpler. Of course I can do that because I rely on Wellbeing Essentials to be the bridge between my food and canine nutritional needs.

Recipe

Here’s what ingredients you’ll need: Read more about “Recipe – Cooking For The Fur Kids: Meatballs” here.

Choice

Choice. We think we have it, are making it, but without knowledge, true choice is not possible.

That is what started me on this journey, to share my knowledge and learning about how and what we should feed these loving companions of ours and to offer dog lovers information so they could have a choice and make informed decisions.

It is accepted wisdom now, passed on from Hippocrates even, that you are what you eat, and this no less applies to us as it does to our dogs.  What we feed them matters, matters to their health and wellbeing, their vitality, absence of disease and sickness, and to their longevity.  What you feed them matters.

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‘Balanced and Complete’ – what does it mean?

Part of advertising spin about why we need to feed our dogs commercially made pet food is because it is ‘balanced and complete’ and most vets will say (rightly) that dogs have different needs to humans and you can’t be sure that food you make will be ‘balanced and complete’.

Stepping back a bit, this concept comes from AFFCO (and other erstwhile bodies), the acronym stands for American Association of Feed Control Officials, the body that sets the standards for all livestock.

The first problem comes in that we no longer think of dogs as ‘livestock’.

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Why Cook?

“Life is filling in the time between meals” is something many humans feel, but for dogs, they love food so much it really is the hours between meals are when ‘other stuff’ happens.  Yes you get the odd dog (and they are odd) who ‘nah’, can’t be bothered, but mostly even then I would say it is because you haven’t found their favourite yet.

Food sharing, making food for others is perhaps the oldest tradition, the very thing that bonds us, connects us and it is still the way that we show love.

Cooking is fundamentally an act of love, and it is astounding how much love transforms food.  If you love cooking you will know what I mean and if you don’t yet cook, well you are just as lucky because you have the greatest pleasure to find.

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