13 Science-Based Ways to Deal with Worms in Dogs

Need a way to keep your dog clean then please keep reading below as they have some great tips and tricks to keeping your dog clean and looking smart . 

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Dogs can be victims of intestinal parasites known as worms. These parasites can cause mild symptoms such as stomach upset and diarrhea, but if left untreated they can ultimately lead to death of your pet. Worms in dogs are more common than you think, so it’s important for every pet owner to know the symptoms and treatments to get rid of these pests.

In one study, it was shown that the prevalence of worms in the dog population can be as high as 54.3%, depending on the geographical location (Katagiri et al. 2008). In a pet store in Atlanta, it was found that 52% of puppies had at least one type of parasite.

The most common types include roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms. Some of these worms can be seen in your dog’s stool or vomit, while others can only be discovered through testing at your veterinarian’s office.

Signs your dog might have worms include:

  • diarrhea, sometimes with worms or blood
  • weight loss
  • dry hair
  • vomiting (sometimes with worms)
  • general poor appearance
  • bloated stomach or belly

This article will review the different types of worms and ways to help prevent them. As with any medical problem, it’s best to seek veterinary care if you need help preventing, diagnosing and treating worms in your pet.

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13 Ways to Deal With Worms in Dogs

Ways to Prevent Worms in Dogs

1. De-Worming Drugs

Deworming drugs are also referred to as anthelmintics, and for decades they have been shown in clinical trials to be effective to fight off pinworms, hookworms and whipworms in dogs (McCowen et al. 1957).

In general, deworming drugs work by selectively target a particular site on the parasite, such as a protein, forcing them to release hold of your dog’s intestinal wall. This makes it easier for your dog to excrete the worms from its body.

The most commonly prescribed canine deworming medications include the following:

  • Levamisole
  • Niclosamide
  • Praziquantel
  • Albendazole
  • Diethylcarbamazine
  • Ivermectin
  • Tiabendazole

However, it is important to note that deworming drugs for dogs typically contain a chemical called Fenbendazole.

Fenbendazole does have some side effects, which have been shown in studies. For example, it may cause bone marrow hypoplasia (Gary et al. 2004), vomiting, depression and lethargy, diarrhea, anorexia and even death in some animals (Gozalo et al. 2006). Other common ingredients in dog deworm drugs, pyrantel and praziquantel, have similar negative side effects. They’re not common, but it’s something to keep in mind.

2. Fruits and Vegetables

Feeding your pet fruits and vegetables may be an effective way to treat and prevent worms. Raw carrot, watercress, greens, squash, fennel, papaya, or pumpkin can help make your dog’s intestinal tract less attractive to worms.

Carrots contain Vitamin A, which can help eliminate roundworms. For example, one study with animals showed that a Vitamin A deficiency reduces the frequency of antibody secretion by B lymphocytes that target parasite antigens (Carman et al. 1992).

Papaya at 2, 4, and 8 g per kg has an antiparasitic effect to eliminate intestinal worms in mammalian hosts (Satrija et al. 1995). Who knew that feeding your pooch fruits and vegetables could have such amazing health benefits?

Deworming your dog using fruits and veggies isn’t the only reason to add them to your dog’s diet, either. There are plenty of research pointing at the benefits of both vegetables and fruits for dogs, and how they can improve your dog’s diet.

3. Coconut and Coconut Oil

Coconut is a vermifuge, meaning it can help eliminate tapeworms from the body. There’s plenty of research available on the health benefits of both coconut and coconut oil. In one study in particular, the addition of 60g coconut for 8 days resulted in the complete elimination of worms from the animal’s feces after 9 and 20 days (Mehlhorn et al. 2011).

Coconut shells have also been traditionally used in Indian cultures for deworming. This is due to an alcohol extract in the shell that has antifungal properties, which may lead to effectively fighting off many types of parasites in the body (Venkataraman et al. 1980).

Several other studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of coconut extracts and coconut oil when fighting off intestinal parasites in different animals (Lima 2015; Costa 2010; Ghaffar 2011). The bottom line is that as long as coconut oil is known to be safe for canines, it can help to fight worms in dogs as well as improve many other health factors.

4. Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes

Probiotics are microorganisms, such as bacteria or yeast, that can be supplemented in food to control the intestinal flora of the host. Probiotics help maintain a good balance of healthy gut bacteria and strengthen your dog’s immune system. Now we’ve also seen how maintaining canine’s good gut microbiota is important for dealing with dog worms.

Studies show that supplementation with Enterococcus faecium, a common probiotic, has an immune stimulating effect on young dogs which may lead to more effectively fighting off these parasites (Benyacoub et al. 2003). Supplementing with Lactobacillus acidophilus positively enhanced gut health in dogs by modifying the gut microbial populations (Swanson et al. 2002). A healthier intestinal system can make it easier for your dog to fight off parasitic infections, particularly the most common types of dog worms.

While some dog food brands include probiotics in their formulas, studies show that the amounts are so insignificant that they will not affect the dog in any way (Weese et al. 2003). The only way to add probiotics into a dog’s diet is through exact dosage of probiotic supplements and some foods.

Digestive enzymes provide additional support for your dog’s digestive system to help eliminate parasites. For example, papain can kill worms and are best taken 30 minutes before or after meals. Digestive enzymes in general can keep your dog’s gut in a healthier state which lets the animal’s body fight off worms more easily.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar for worms in dogsApple Cider Vinegar has been a favorite of dog owners for decades now, and it turns out that there’s a scientifically proven reasons for that. For starters, it has a natural alkalizing effect on the body (Shahidi et al. 2008).

An alkaline system can prevent diseases, and cure existing infections by increasing the body’s oxygen intake in dogs. Cutting down on acidic foods and increasing foods that alkalize the system can help eliminate parasites when they’re present in the gut. Some studies suggest that other similar acidifying products may be helpful for dogs to fight off yeast and intestinal infections (Matousek et al. 2003).

6. Pumpkin Seeds

A few days ago we’ve published a full science-based review of pumpkin seeds for dogs and their effect on the canine population. Other than their health effects, it turns out that feeding raw pumpkin seeds can also help to prevent or expel worms.

In one study, pumpkin seeds were tested to evaluate its effect on Schistosoma japonicum, a parasite. In animals, pumpkin seeds were observed to reduce the worm load to one quarter that of the control group. Pumpkin seed treatment in subjects with severe schistosomal liver and heart damage resulted in a 22.6% parasite sterilization rate.

Pumpkin seeds have been studied as an anti-parasitic remedy for decades (Xiao et al. 2010). More studies are now showing up demonstrating the effect of pumpkin seeds against parasites in dogs, humans and livestock (Grzybek et al. 2016).

To get the best results from pumpkin seeds, it is recommended to roast and grind the seeds, and mix it with your dog’s regular food to prevent worms. In fact, while pumpkin is a good and healthy treat for dogs, based on what we’ve seen so far in research, it doesn’t come close to the powerful effects of pumpkin seeds.

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7. Diatomaceous Earth (DE)

Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a naturally occurring siliceous rock that can be crumbled into a fine powder that has many health benefits. In one study with livestock, DE fed to animals reduced the number of parasites in their fecal eggs (Bennett et al. 2011). DE also improved overall health of the animals, as seen by increased weight and feed efficiency.

Diatomaceous Earth hasn’t been well studied in dogs yet, with one study demonstrating its safety in dogs when administrated correctly (Wagner et al. 1968). But in many other animals, particularly farm animals, DE has been shown as an effective tool to fight off worms, other parasites as well as used as insecticide (Hosseini 2004; Alves 2006).

8. Chamomile

Chamomile for worms in dogsChamomile is a traditional medicinal herb that has been used for a number of ailments, including inflammation, muscle spasms, worms, parasites and gastrointestinal disorders. It’s been studied for years and its effectiveness for killing worms and their eggs was demonstrated in several studies (Kheirabadi et al. 2007Hajaji et al. 2017).

In addition, chamomile has been shown to be an effective treatment in eliminating leeches, another natural parasite. In fact, chamomile was able to kill leeches after only 232.22 ± 45.19 minutes (Buhmani et al. 2015).

Chamomile has other benefits to peoples’ and dogs’ gastrointestinal system as well. These benefits include soothing the stomach and relaxing the muscles that move food and parasites through the intestines (Srivastava et al. 2010).

9. Black Walnut

Black Walnut contains an active ingredient called juglon that is highly toxic to insect herbivores (Dama et al. 1997). Studies have shown that juglone can eliminate parasitic worms from the body. However, there are some side effects to black walnut ingestion if given at the wrong dose, including vomiting, diarrhea, and gastritis.

In particular, it may be dangerous to dogs due to its negative effects and potentially cause syndromes with muscoskeletal and neurologic signs. In one study of 93 dogs, exposure to a higher amount of black walnut tree results in all of these signs, including vomiting (Coleman et al. 2016). Thus, a consultation with a vet must be necessary beforehand.

10. Garlic

The anti-parasitic effects of garlic have been known for decades. Use of a garlic clove juice was shown to be effective in inhibiting Fusarium, a pathogenic bacteria that can produce spores, thus, showing anti-fungal properties. Garlic treatment in Swiss mice had an anthelmentic effect against A. Tetraptera, wuth a 91.24% success rate (Ayaz et al. 2008). In vitro data also suggest that garlic has antiviral and antibacterial effects.

We know that onions and garlic are toxic to dogs, and even in small dosages can be extremely dangerous. This is important to keep in mind. However, there are proponents (usually holistic veterinarians) that claim that very low dosage of garlic may be beneficial for dogs’ health as well as to fight off worms in dogs.

Dangers of garlic cannot be understated, however. Further to already known toxicity (Salgado et al. 2011), although there are no studies to confirm it, ingestion of cloves may also be associated with miscarriages in pregnant dogs, too.

11. Olive Leaf

Olive leaf has anti bacterial, anti-viral and antioxidant properties. Olive leaf at a dose of 600mg was shown to kill parasitic leeches in an average time of 145 ± 77.57 minutes (Karamati 2013).

The active ingredient in olive leaf is a chemical called oleopurin. Oleopurin triggers cell death of unicellular protozoan parasites, such as Leishmania. Oleopurin also exhibits anti-inflammatory properties, which can help with the side effects, such as bloating, caused by worms in the gastrointestinal tract.

12. Slippery Elm

Slippery elm is an herbal remedy that has traditionally been used in North America to coat and sooth the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines. In general, slippery elm is a laxative that can sooth mucous membrane irritations caused by intestinal worms (Hawrelak et al 2010).

Furthermore, use of a proprietary formula containing slippery elm bark lead to several pleasant and unpleasant gastrointestinal effects: a significant increase in bowel movement frequency, bloating, abdominal pain, and improved stool consistency. Increased bowel movements can help to expel parasites from the dog’s body.

Some proponents of the use of slippery elm for dogs and cats have been touting about its benefits for years, some of which include dealing with worms and tummy troubles.

13. Keep Your Dog’s Area Clean

Clean area to prevent worms in dogsFinally, and most importantly, take care of the environment around your dogs. Although there are various foods or supplements that can help prevent parasites, perhaps the best way is to keep your dog’s area clean.

Not that we need evidence for that, but studies show over and over how fecal samples may harbor parasites; in some cases, parasites in stool samples can be as high as 51% (Bugg et al. 1999).

In general, worms are contracted through contact with contaminated soil or dog feces. In fact, there is evidence that dog feces are the primary reason for the high prevalence of the transmission of parasites to other dogs and even humans (Traub et al. 2002).

A survey shows that approximately only one third of dog owners do not understand the means of transmission for worms. Therefore, proper education and management may help to minimize the zoonotic transmission of parasites (Robertson et al. 2002).

Intestinal worms in dogs are as unpleasant as they sound. A canine that has them may act benign at first, but the discomfort and irritation to their intestinal tract will only grow if left untreated. Once these parasites enter the muscular tissue and bloodstream, the danger to your pet only increases.

Fortunately, there are natural and pharmaceutical treatments that can help ward off the spread of worms and eventually fight them off. The key is to notice the signs and act quickly, and try to prevent dog worms as often as possible.

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What Does It Mean When a Dog’s Nose is Dry?

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You have probably heard that dry nose on dogs means that they are sick. While it’s true that a dry nose may be a sign of some medical problem, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your pooch is actually ill and there are other reasons why the pet’s nose isn’t as wet as usual. Here are some possible reasons for why your dog’s nose is dry.

The Myth of Dry Nose

A dog’s nose is normally cold and wet because dogs lick their nose to make it so. They do it because the moisture helps them improve their sense of smell and determine where the smells are coming from. That is why it is unusual for dogs to have a dry and warm nose.

This led to the belief that dry or warm nose is a signal that a dog is sick. While the exact origin of this idea remains unknown, it is probably rooted in the fact that one common symptom of advanced canine distemper, which is a disease that was once very prevalent, is a hard and dry nose. However, this disease is rare today thanks to vaccinations.

What Are the Reasons for a Dog’s Dry Nose?

Dog's dry noseNow that we have established that moisture and temperature of a dog’s nose should not be used as measurements for the pet’s health, let’s look at some of the most common reason for any dog’s dry nose.

1. Sleeping

Unless your dog licks his nose in his sleep, he will wake up with a dry nose. This is completely normal and your dog’s nose should be back to wet again as soon as your pooch start licking it after waking up, which usually happens in the first ten minutes.

2. Dehydration

A dry nose can be a sign of dehydration. Your dog should always have access to fresh drinking water. If he does have water available at all times but he doesn’t drink it, there might be an underlying health issue and a trip to the vet might be needed.

3. Warm Air

Warm air has the same effect on your dog’s nose as it does on your throat. When you wake up with a dry throat during the winter months, it is caused by the warm airflow from the heating vents. Your dog’s nose should become moist again when he moves away from that area.

4. Allergies

A dry nose is a common symptom of allergies in dogs, which are also prevalent in winter. If you notice other symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, coughing, red eyes or skin rash on your pet, take them to the vet to get a diagnosis and prescription allergy medication.

You can also put some coconut or olive oil or petroleum jelly on your dog’s nose to keep it moist because his skin can start cracking if the nose is left dry for too long.

5. Sunburn

Your dog can also have a dry nose due to sunburn. Put some doggy sunscreen on his nose to prevent this problem before you take your dog outside. There are many balms made specifically for dogs’ noses. You can even use a regular baby sunscreen too.

6. Aversion to Plastic

If your dog has plastic bowls, it might be the reason behind his dry nose. Many dogs have an aversion to plastic. Not only that, but recent studies show that plastic bowls are some of the worst for pets for more than one reason. Switch your dog’s plastic bowls for stainless steel or ceramic. If he has some plastic toys, get them away from him too.

When to Worry?

While dog’s dry nose itself is rarely a thing to worry about, it can be a signal for a more serious health issue if there are other symptoms present, like vomiting, diarrhea or lethargy. A dry and warm nose can be a symptom of fever in dogs, as well as other conditions like dry eye. If you notice any additional symptoms or changes in your dog’s appetite or behavior alongside a dry nose, contact your vet for advice.

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Homemade Dog Food Recipe Calculator

Need a way to keep your dog clean then please keep reading below as they have some great tips and tricks to keeping your dog clean and looking smart . 

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Providing fresh, homemade food for your dog is one of the best things that you can do for his health and well-being. Whenever pet owners broach this subject with me, they often bring up how difficult it can be. Yes, creating recipes to meet your dog’s nutritional needs can be a challenge. But, this homemade dog food recipe calculator will make the process a little easier.

Many pet owners believe that they can feed their dog the same quantity of homemade food as recommended by their old commercial kibble brand. That could not be more wrong! Homemade dog food is more nutritionally dense than most commercial foods. This means that your dog won’t need to as much to get the same nutritional benefits.

I’ve also heard pet owners share misinformation about watching a dog’s weight and adjusting the serving sizes accordingly. If the dog is gaining weight, lessen the serving size. If he’s losing weight, increase the serving size.

Homemade Dog Food Recipe CalculatorWRONG!

The consequences of feeding your dog too much food are obvious. He’ll become obese, which could lead to a slew of other health conditions like diabetes, joint problems, certain types of cancer and heart and respiratory issues.

Did you know that feeding your dog too much food can also lead to nutrient toxicity? In the case of nutrition, too much of a good thing could be very bad! For example, Vitamin A toxicity can cause bone spurs, lethargy, constipation, stiffness and limping.

On the other hand, if you’re not feeding your dog enough, he could become nutrient deficient quite quickly. If you don’t realize your dog isn’t getting the proper nutrients, he may become weak and his organs could start to fail. Ultimately, nutrient deficiency can lead to death if it’s not corrected.

In short, it’s crucial that you discuss a switch in your dog’s nutrition with your veterinarian. It’s also important to use this homemade dog food recipe calculator as a guideline for figuring out how much food to feed Fido at each serving.

Homemade Dog Food Recipe Calculator

Homemade Dog Food Recipe CalculatorThe first thing you’ll need to do when following a homemade dog food recipe calculator is to figure out your pet’s Daily Energy Requirements (DER). This is the amount of energy (also called calories) that your dog’s body burns in a typical day.

Before you can find the DER, you’ll need to find Fido’s Resting Energy Requirement (RER). RER is the energy that your pooch needs to perform essential bodily functions like heart functions, brain functions, digestion and respiration.

To find your dog’s RER, you’ll need to multiply his body weight in kilograms raised to the 3/4 power by 70. In equation form this looks like:

70(bodyweight in kg. ^.75)

Homemade Dog Food Recipe CalculatorLet’s take a look at an example. If your dog weighs 53 pounds, that converts to 24 kg. Now, raise 24 to the .75 power and you get 11.2 (rounded to the nearest tenth). The last step is multiple 70 x 11.2, which equals 784. A 53-pound dog’s RER is 784.

Once you figure out the RER, you can move on to the DER. This gets a little trickier. To find the DER, you’ll need to multiple the RER by a certain factor that meets Fido’s description.

According to The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, these are the factors that you can choose from:

Neutered adult =1.6 x RER
Intact adult =1.8 x RER
Inactive/obese prone =1.2-1.4 x RER
Weight loss =1.0 x RER for ideal weight
Weight gain =1.2-1.8 x RER for ideal weight
Active, working dogs =2.0-5.0 x RER
Puppy 0-4 months =3.0 x RER
Puppy 4 months to adult = 2.0 x RER

 

Remember, these are just estimates. They can vary by as much as 50%, so you have to understand that these numbers are just a general starting point. The best thing that you can do is discuss your homemade dog food diet with your veterinarian or a canine nutritionist who can help you understand your dog’s caloric needs better.

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Owner Abandons Dog Inside Car on a Scorching Hot Day to Buy Pet Food

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Excessively panting dog abandoned in a car on a scorching hot day gets rescued by good Samaritans while owner left him to buy some pet food.

In hot weather, the temperature inside cars can shoot up to deadly levels. That’s why leaving anyone in a car without air conditioning, even with the window open, is heavily discouraged and can result in severe injury and even death. In some countries and U.S. states that’s also illegal.

Kaz Bam was going about her business outside of a Coles supermarket in Byford, Perth, on a casual Saturday morning when she noticed something very wrong. It was just around 11:30 in the morning and the sun was raging outside. Temperatures were hitting 35 degrees Celsius, or 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

What did Bam see? An innocent pet dog stuck inside a car and left alone! Bam immediately knew she had to help the pup. Along with another passerby who noticed what was wrong, Kaitlyn Murphy, as well as a third worried male witness, Bam tried to see what could be done to help the dog.

Luckily, the car door was unlocked and the strangers were able to team up to open the door and get him out. They brought him outside, and Bam when to get water for the poor hot pup to drink. It must have been a huge relief to him!

Dog rescued from a hot car
Facebook / Fire and Rescue NSW Lidcombe

The dog’s owner soon returned and was surprised to see three total strangers with his dog outside of his car. They berated him angrily, and also went on to report what happened to the RSPCA. According to the poor pup’s owner, he had ducked in to buy dog food in the supermarket and didn’t think he’d take long. He apologized for his mistakes to the trio, according to Yahoo.

Within just ten minutes, the temperature inside a car can double even on not-very-hot days, leading to heatstroke and fatalities. Although the owner didn’t mean to harm his dog, his ignorance on what is typically a commonly known fact is reason enough for anger. His pup could have been severely hurt!

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Recipe: Homemade Dog Food for Skin Allergies

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It can be difficult to feed dogs with allergies. There are a number of ingredients that could cause or irritate skin issues. Feeding a homemade diet is the best way to avoid allergens, but you need to be sure you’re also providing balanced nutrition. This homemade dog food recipe for skin allergies may need additional supplements to be nutritionally balanced for your pet.

Canines allergies are becoming a very common problem. Whether it’s the food you’re feeding, an environmental stimulus or genetics, hypoallergenic dog food may help soothe skin irritation.

homemade dog food recipe for skin allergiesMost experts recommend staying away from the following ingredients if your dog is showing signs of skin allergies:

  • corn
  • eggs
  • wheat
  • soy
  • beef
  • chicken

If you believe that your dog is suffering with allergies, food or otherwise, you need to seek assistance from your vet. Do not try to diagnose the condition yourself. While you’re going through the trial-and-error process to determine what is causing the allergy, your dog will continue to suffer.

Your veterinarian will examine your dog and ask about the symptoms your dog is showing. If they believe that allergies are the culprit, they’ll perform a blood test to determine what your dog is allergic to. Blood tests will be most accurate when the allergy is in full swing.

Once your vet figures out the allergen(s), they can help you create homemade dog food for skin allergies that excludes the culprit and meets all of your Fido’s nutritional needs. Before switching to this recipe (or any other dog food for allergies), you need to discuss it with your vet. They will be able to tell you if the recipe meets the right nutritional requirements and/or recommend supplements to add to the food to make it balanced.

Homemade Dog Food for Skin Allergies

homemade dog food recipe for skin allergiesIngredients

  • 2 lbs. lean ground turkey
  • 2 tbsp. turkey liver
  • 2 medium carrots (chopped)
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1/2 cup zucchini (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil

Directions

Steam the carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and zucchini for 10 minutes. Puree the turkey liver in a food processor. Cook the ground turkey and turkey liver in a skillet over medium heat until brown.

homemade dog food recipe skin allergiesDrain the fat from the turkey and liver. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the cooked meat with the steamed vegetables. Toss with the olive oil and serve once this homemade dog food recipe for skin allergies has cooled.

If you have a very small breed or your dog suffers from dental problems, you can mash this food to make it easier to eat. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

The recommended serving size for this homemade dog food recipe for skin allergies is about 1/2 cup for every 20 pounds of body weight. You should feed 2 servings per day.

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Ketogenic Dog Food Recipe (And What You Need to Know About this Diet)

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We are seeing a common trend in the pet industry of owners feeding their dog a similar diet to the one they eat themselves. For this reason, the Paleo, vegetarian, raw and other diets are becoming popular with pets. This Ketogenic dog food recipe is not an acceptable diet for all dogs, so be sure to check with your veterinarian before switching to it.

The Ketogenic diet offers a high fat content, moderate protein and low carbohydrates. The high fat content leads the body to convert the fat to ketones (short-chain fats produced by the liver). Then, the body can use the ketones in place of carbohydrates.

Ketogenic Dog Food RecipeThe one thing that I cannot stress enough about this diet is that you MUST work with a veterinarian and/or canine nutritionist before switching your dog to this diet.

Promoting Ketosis in dogs is a delicate balancing act. You must accurately calculate the fat, protein and carbohydrates needed to start the process in your dog.

Because every dog is different with their own unique nutritional needs, this calculation will be different for every dog. Some of the variables that will effect this calculation include your dog’s age, weight, breed, activity level and health condition.

Ketogenic Dog Food Recipe
and what you need to know about this diet

Ketogenic Dog Food RecipeA Keto diet is most commonly used in humans to treat seizure disorders. Some animal experts say that this diet is similar to the ancestral diet of wild dogs. Wild dogs eat a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates. They also may go long periods of time without food, which puts their bodies into ketosis naturally.

Research is currently being done, but there aren’t any conclusive studies to show this diet is beneficial for dogs at this time.

If you do choose to switch your dog to this ketogenic dog food recipe, it’s imperative that you discuss this change with a canine nutrition expert. You will also have to monitor your dog’s blood glucose closely when he is on a keto diet. This diet could result in nutritionally deficiencies, so it’s important that you get an expert’s opinion before making the switch.

The following is an EXAMPLE RECIPE for a 4-year-old Dachshund weighing 15 pounds that is highly active (borrowed from The Pet Parent’s Handbook To A Ketogenic Diet & Canine Cancer by Daniel Orrego – President of Keto Pet Sanctuary). This is just an example. You will need to do specific calculations before creating a Ketogenic dog food recipe for your pet.

Ketogenic Dog Food RecipeKetogenic Dog Food Recipe

This recipe makes enough food to feed the Dachshund for one day. The recipe should be split in half to make 2 meals – one for the morning and one for the evening.

Ingredients

  • 3/8 cup 80/20 ground beef
  • 1/8 cup coconut oil
  • 1/16 cup red cabbage (shredded)

This is a RAW dog food recipe. All you have to do is mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl. Split the food into 2 portions, and feed 1 portion at each meal.

The total daily calories in this recipe are 308 kCal with a 2:1 Ketogenic ratio, at 20 calories per pound. This recipe provides 28 grams of daily fat, 14 grams of daily protein, and the net carbs are 5 grams.

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The Ultimate Guide to Hunting Dog Training

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The initial aspects of training a hunting dog can seem daunting. But when you break down the process into its key goals and basic timeline, any dog owner can become a training professional, just as almost any puppy can grow into a hunting professional.

While many within the hunting community recommend a full-blood breed that comes from a reputable breeder that may or may not specialize in breeding and raising hunting pups, the truth is, any motivated owner and puppy can grow into each other’s ideal hunting companions. The below hunting dog training tips will work for nearly any canine.

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Key Elements of Hunting Dog Training

Gauging their interest

1. Gauging their interest

A great way to test your pup’s future abilities or interests in hunting it so gauge their reactions to animals and birds while out on walks. Do they freeze up and stare with a passionate concentration at squirrels in the park? Do they stick their tails straight up into the air and go rigid with alert, intelligent ears perked up?

Maybe your pupper even raise one of their front paws, in a classic “pointing” posture. All of these are good signs that your puppy may have the fundamental building blocks of a future hunting dog.

2. Steadiness

You want your dog to be interested in and to enjoy hunting with you. But what’s more important is their steadiness. Steadiness is a term you may commonly hear in the hunting community that could easily be replaced with “obedience” or “restraint”.

You want your canine companion to understand the meaning of the words “No” and “Whoa” (meaning to stop immediately and await further instruction). If your dog is not properly raised to respect your commands and be obedient then they will not be a steady hunting dog. Instead, their zeal for the job will result in them going after prey before you command them to.

Teach your puppy steadiness by building their ability to perform around distractions: take them to a park and request that they sit and stay while distractions occur around them and treat them heavily for compliance.

Continuously change up your dog’s environments while practicing steadiness. In your hunting career together, it’s likely you will explore many different outdoor environments and keeping them on their toes and keyed in on you while around new places and smells will strengthen their ability to obey and show some restraint.

Positive association for gun dogs

3. Positive association

Positive association is one of the most useful and efficient ways of conditioning a dog to behave in ways we want the dog to perform certain tasks. The most important characteristic for a good hunting canine companion is someone who will listen and follow instructions; you want your puppy to always come when called. Therefore, the hunting dog training tool known as “positive association” will be one of your most used devices.

Dogs are motivated in different ways. Some love toys; the squeaker, the better please! While others are extremely food-motivated. Through trial and error, you’ll find what most motivates your individual pupper and when you do, you’ll use that source to create positive association moments. There are several key moments that will help you mold a great hunting dog utilizing positive association, including the following points I mention.

4. Off-Leash training

Off-leash training is crucial. Take your dog to a relatively quiet, distraction-less outdoor environment and let them walk alongside you, leash-free. When they wander off, even just a little, call them back to you using a whistle or calling their name or use the command “Come!” When they return to you, give them plenty of treats and attention.  Repeat this process.

Eventually, when you get a reliable recall, you can take them to more populated trails or parks. To ensure a reliable recall, never call your dog to you while they’re in pursuit of something (sniffing the ground) or relieving themselves. You want to only call the dog to you when you’re 100% sure they will respond as you want. Otherwise, you’re just teaching them to ignore you.

5. Kennel training

It’s likely you’ll be transporting your dog in a travel crate for your hunting excursions and so positive association can be utilized to help them love their crate. Keep a soft blanket in the dog crate; not only does this help absorb any moisture or mud they obtain in the field, it also provides comfort.

Additionally, you can hide strong-smelling treats within the folds of the blanket, giving the dog a fun, time-occupying game to look forward to. Introduce your pup to the kennel not by forcing them inside of it, but by allowing them to explore it themselves.

Every time they sniff or walk toward the kennel, praise and treat them. Then you may throw a treat or two just on the edge of the kennel’s threshold, even if they put just one paw inside the kennel to timidly retrieve the treat, praise them. Continue this positive association training until you can get them all the way inside the kennel and with a shut door.

Gun training a dog

6. Gun training

More on the association of loudness to the gun a little later. For now, positive association with guns should start not with it being fired, but with it simply being seen by the dog.

Because it’s not safe to have a gun laying around the house, employ a toy gun, something they closely resembles the real thing but is made from plastic. Now have the toy gun with you or around the puppy whenever something fun occurs. This could be feeding time; you may choose to sit beside your pup as they eat, pretending to clean or shoot the gun. This could be walks, but be sure to not startle your neighbors. Either way, you want your dog to positively associate the sight of a gun as well as begin to see it as an extra limb of yours.

7. A strong bond

Rarely overlooked yet always under-hyped, a strong bond with your canine companion will make for an easier time training. Why? A dog that loves and respects you will be keener to pay attention to you and make you happy, meaning you receive not only the limitless affection and loyalty from them, but also a higher success rate when teaching them new tricks or tasks.

Facilitate a strong bond with your dog at an early age by giving your puppy undivided attention. Pet, play, and walk them as often as your day allows. Reinforce their desire to seek you out by always paying attention to them when they walk or run up to you. You may do this in the form of giving them treats, verbal affirmation, and/or a well-deserved scratch behind the ears.

Controlled freedoms in hunting dog training

8. Controlled freedoms

Since one of the core qualities of a good hunting dog is obedience, it should come as no surprise that you may have to deny them some of the freedoms other puppies enjoy. Because you will rely on your companion to either help you track, point, and/or retrieve, you may want to consider banning certain games from your household.

A puppy that learns how good of a time it is to play tug-of-war or keep away may be more inclined to do the same with the fowl or game they retrieve in the future. For many dogs, it’s difficult to discern where playtime ends and begins, which is why a game of tug-of-war is best not encouraged.

Another means of controlling your hunter-in-training is to not allow them to wander. It will be easier to train obedience if the dog associates being outside with loyally staying by your side unless otherwise told to. For this reason, dog parks may be visited at your discretion.

While canine-to-canine interaction is vitally important to not only a dog’s happiness and social skills but also plays a key factor in their temperament, dog parks may give your pet a chance to pick up a few bad habits. It’s better to find a close friend or family member with a well-behaved dog and facilitate play dates in the comfort and safety of your home or yard.

Another normality for the puppy should be their crate or kennel. Early crate training is essential in conditioning a reliable and happy hunting dog. With the correct means of introduction, your pet will come to associate their crate with positive experiences and therefore positive expectations.

To  begin crate training, fill the kennel with soft, comfortable blankets and their favorite toys and treat them excessively whenever they’re inside the crate. In the future, this will make it easier for you to transport canine companion during excursions. Additionally, not allowing your pet to wander around the house freely while you’re not home will keep them out of trouble, safe, and understanding of the hierarchy of the home.

Proper introduction of dog to gun sounds

9. Proper introduction of gun sounds

The use of guns is the last part of proper hunting dog training, once you’ve gone through everything above. Because a key part of hunting will be the loud noise of a gun or multiple guns going off at once, it’s important to properly introduce your future hunting partner to gun sounds.

For starters, you should never fire a gun just to see how the puppy reacts. You’re more likely to create irreparable damage, not only to their hearing, but also to their new-gained fear of loud, booming noises. Instead, start with simple, more routine sounds.

You need to desensitize your pooch to these loud sounds starting with least intrusive ones. You may choose to clap your hands or stomp. You could clang some pots around in the kitchen or even just play loud music. Your intention is not to scare the pup, but rather normalize loud sounds.

It’s important to create these noises while the dog is occupied and not just staring up at you. Let them become entertained and preoccupied in play with another household pet or with a family-member as they throw a ball around the living room or back yard. During their playtime, randomly make a loud sound. Continue this throughout their puppyhood.

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A Helpful Training Timeline

A Helpful Training Timeline for Training Puppy Hunting

2-4 months old

The first few months of puppyhood are crucial to the outcome of the animal’s temperament. While there isn’t too much training – of the mental or physical sort – occurring at this early stage of their lives, there is still plenty being learned, albeit subliminally. Simply put, you’re chaperoning your puppy’s life and ensuring they’re learning how to be a dog. Socialize your pet and slowly introduce your puppy to people of all sizes, smells, races, and ages.

At the same time, make a point to foster positive experiences with subjects that may be frightening: meeting another, much larger dog (be sure your puppy is only interacting with good-natured dogs that you know well and trust), going to the vet for the first time, hearing loud sirens or fireworks, seeing someone with an odd object, like a bike, umbrella, or crutches. Slowly but surely, your puppy’s fear with the world will be replaced with confidence, making them a well-rounded, trainable, lovable pet.

For a future hunting companion, your puppy will benefit from playing and walking outdoors. You may also purchase toys specifically designed with hunting breeds in mind: pheasant pelts, fowl or rabbit dummies and/or durable rubber toys that float in water.

Additionally, you may consider purchasing scents, which contain the essence of anything from quail to rabbits to deer. These breaking scents can be rubbed onto your pet’s training toys, familiarizing them with what will one day become their greatest objective. Avoid plush or squeaking toys that promote chewing as it could result in them gnawing on retrievals in the future.

4-6 months old

By this point your pup should be able to adequately walk while on a leash and be comfortable wearing a collar and/or dog harness. They may or may not have one to two acquaintances for puppy play dates, and they’ve received all their necessary vaccinations from their first couple visits to the vet.

4-6 months old puppy hunting trainingTime to begin the very first steps into hunting dog training and introducing sights, sounds, and smells that they will one day become all too familiar with while out hunting with you. One of the most important of these is the sound of gunfire which can be especially frightening to animals.

As I have explained above, this should be a slow and steady introduction; at first, beginning with common household noises that are loud and sudden and working your way to the sound of a fired gun.

6 months to 1 year old

Slowly ease your pup into the cacophony of actual gunfire. Try to find a park or trail that’s a safe distance from a shooting range. The dog will hear the sounds but from a distance and as a much more muted sound. Every time they hear the sound, give them plenty of treats and belly-rubs.

You may also choose, once they get closer to a year old, to start gunfire training with .22 blanks and work your way up to the sound of a shotgun. It’s also during this time that your puppy is likely to experience their “adolescence” stage, which comes with pronounced bursts of energy.

While it’s always necessary to give a dog plenty of outlets for activity, it’s especially important here as their muscles and personalities are still developing. Honor this time of growth with long walks, challenging hikes, and/or long, heart-pumping games of fetch.

1 to 2 years old

While many hunting enthusiasts and dog training professionals claim all basic, essential hunting skills are learned by the age of two, it’s important to note that every dog is different and not every trainer they look to for coaching is created equal.

In truth, training your dog for hunting or otherwise should never end. However, with consistent and intentional training, your canine companion should have the gist of what you expect from them while on the field.

2+ years old

Through your mutual enjoyment of the pastime, you and your pup should be continuously learning together. Dogs, especially hunting breeds, love to please, which means their quality of life is always improved when they’re learning and being rewarded for accurately applying what they’ve been taught.

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What’s Wrong With My Dog? The 5 Best Symptom Checkers Online

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It’s normal to be worried about your dog if you notice some changes in his health or behavior. If the issue doesn’t appear urgent, knowing what is wrong with your dog can help you address the problem better and help him get well faster before making a trip to the vet.

So the next time you wonder, “what’s wrong with my dog?”, try a canine symptom checker to help you pinpoint the potential problem. While online dog symptom checkers should not be a replacement for a vet checkup, they can still provide valuable insight and advice. So, here are some of the best symptom checkers for dogs you can find online.

PetMD Symptom Checker

PetMD Symptom Checker

The great thing about PetMD is the fact that they have a very extensive database for pet health information, probably bigger than any other site. They are also a part of a worldwide network of veterinarians who create content for this website, which means that their information is delivered by professionals and can be trusted.

Their symptom checker is extremely easy to use. All you have to do is choose the type of pet you have, dog in this case and then click on the affected body part. After you select the body part, you will see a list of the possible ailments on the right. Check the symptoms your dog is showing and you will get a list of articles related to those symptoms.

This can give you some idea on the possible medical issue your dog has. PetMD has more than 2.000 articles on pet health issues, which is more than enough to get you started. While there are other good symptoms checkers out there, PetMD is probably the best one.

Vets4Pets Symptom Checker

Vets4Pets Symptom Checker

While this website doesn’t have a lot of great content on dog health since there are no articles to read, it does have a very good symptom checker. Since they deal with many different pets, you first have to select the type of pet.

Once you choose dogs, you can then choose the symptoms. However, you can only select one symptom at the time and there are only around 30 symptoms you can choose. When you choose the symptom, you will then get additional questions. After you answer them, you will get advice on your next steps and if the situation seems urgent, they will provide you with the location of the nearest vet.

PetsWebMD Symptom Checker

PetsWebMD Symptom Checker

This is a part of the well-known symptom checker for humans, WebMD, dedicated to pets. It is full of amazing content and you can find any health-related information on this website.

As far as their symptom checker goes, it is very extensive and allows you to choose from many symptoms, sorted by alphabetical order. However, the checker only allows you to choose one symptom at the time.

When you select the symptom, you will get to the article about that symptom, possible underlying causes and treatment options.

The symptom checker also allows you to browse possible health conditions and behavioral problems, once again in alphabetical order.

Pet Coach Symptom Checker

Pet Coach Symptom Checker

Previously known as PetEducation, this website is also a great resource for dog owners when it comes to the health of their furry friends. There are many great articles written by veterinarians and their staff which focus on canine health issues and provide a lot of insight.

The symptom checker is similar to the one on PetsWebMD, but it is not nearly as extensive since it only lists around 20 most common symptoms. However, that is enough in most cases and when it is not, you should consider going to the vet anyway.

When you find and choose the symptom your dog is experiencing, you will open a helpful article with possible health conditions and advice on further steps to take.

K9-Wellbeing Symptom Checker

K9-Wellbeing Symptom Checker

This is another website where you can find reliable information regarding canine health. However, that information is not backed by vets like on PetMD, which doesn’t mean it isn’t trustworthy but it does lack a bit of credibility.

Their symptom checker has a lot of symptoms listed. However, you can only search one symptom at a time, which doesn’t always provide you with the most accurate results. The symptoms are organized in alphabetical order and each symptom has a list of multiple links to the articles about the most common health issues associated with that symptom.

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What Sound Does a Dog Make?

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While dogs can’t talk, that doesn’t mean that they can’t communicate with you or other animals. In addition to their body language and verbal signs they use to display their emotions, they also make different sounds to communicate with each other and with humans. Here’s what sounds dogs make and what those actually mean.

Barking

Barking Dog barkingis the most common way in which dogs communicate. However, not all barking has the same meaning. In fact, there are differences in barks and not all barking sounds the same even to us, which is why there are many different words that describe barking. There are multiple words for barking sounds even in a single language, while every language has a specific word for barking as well.

Dogs bark to express different emotions. They bark when they are anxious, bored or excited. They also bark when they are seeking attention, or to communicate with other dogs. One study showed how humans interpret dog vocalizations and determined that low-pitched barking means that the dog feels threatened or anxious, while high-pitched sounds display the desire to engage with something or someone.

Another interesting study showed that humans guided the evolution of dogs’ barks. The researchers noticed that barking is a common way for domesticated dogs to express themselves, while it is not so common in wild dogs. Since no evolutionary trait can explain this difference, the conclusion was that domesticated dogs developed barking to better communicate with humans.

Growling

Dog growlingAnother common sound that dogs make is growling. It can sound pretty scary and in many cases it is a warning that dogs send to humans or other dogs, which might lead to an attack. However, offensive aggression and guarding behavior are not the only reasons why dogs growl, they also do it when they feel scared or insecure.

Even playful banter can make a dog growl. It is all about the context and, once again, tone and pitch of the growl.

Dogs also use growls to determine the size of another dog. This was shown in research by Tamás Faragó, PhD, and his team at the Family Dog Project at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. They also showed that dogs know how to interpret different growls by vocalization alone, without any visual component.

Howling

Howling Dog howlingis the probably the truest form of communication among dogs. In fact, research has shown that howling is a part of a dog’s genetics, which they share with the wolves. That is why ancient dog breeds, like huskies or malamutes, tend to howl the most. One of the oldest dog breeds in the world, Basenji, doesn’t bark at all but it does howl instead, even though  the sound they emit sounds more like yodeling.

Dogs can howl for many different reasons. It can be caused by separation anxiety or attention seeking. Some dogs will howl if they are in pain or feel sick. However, the most common reasons for howling are copying behavior and communication on greater distances.

Whining and Moaning

Whining Dog whiningis another form of dog vocalization that can have different meanings. Dogs often whine when they are in pain, but that should only be temporary. When dogs whine for a longer period of time, that usually means that they are bored or anxious but it can also signal fear or even excitement. If your dog whines for a long time and doesn’t stop if you provide some entertainment to him, it might signal a medical condition, even a mental problem.

Low-pitched moans are a common way for puppies and some adult dogs to express content. Puppies usually do it when they are near their mother or their humans.

In conclusion, dogs are capable of making many different sounds. In addition to the ones we mentioned in this article, dogs can also yelp, yip, huff or whimper. While type of the sound they make can tell you a lot about what dogs want to communicate, each sound can have different meanings. That’s why it is also important to pay attention to the tone and pitch as well to properly understand what your dog is trying to say to you.

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My 6 Essential Tips for Making Homemade Dog Food

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We all know that homemade dog food is the healthiest option for our pets. Making meals at home is the only way to know for sure which ingredients are going into the food and how the meals are prepared. If not done properly, however, it can quickly cause severe health problems that could result in your dog’s death.

Like anything else, there are pros and cons when it comes to making homemade dog food. Homemade dog food uses fresh, human-grade ingredients. You can even include some canine superfoods that can offer major boosts to your dog’s overall health and well-being.

There are a number of reasons why pet owners choose this diet, including:

  • a desire to provide their dog with better nutrition
  • catering to a dog with allergies
  • fear of dangerous ingredients in commercial pet food
  • unique health/dietary needs of a dog with health concerns

6 Essential Tips for Making Homemade Dog FoodWhile it can offer some great health benefits, it can also be extremely dangerous to feed your dog a homemade diet if you do not know what you are doing. It’s not enough to just look up recipes on the internet. This may come as a surprise, but you cannot trust everything you read online.

Sadly, a recent study from the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine proves that recipes created for canines are not usually nutritionally balanced. They selected 200 recipes from 34 different sources, including dog care books, veterinary textbooks and dependable online resources.

Of the 200 recipes that they looked at, only 9 of the recipes provided balanced nutrition in concentrations meeting the minimum standards established for adult canines by the Association of American Feed Control Officials. Of those 9 recipes, only 5 provided adult dogs with essential nutrients in concentrations that met the National Research Council’s Minimum Requirements.

Today, I’m sharing my 6 essential tips for making homemade dog food. These aren’t all the guidelines that I recommend, but if you don’t follow these essential rules, you’re not going to be able to make a nutritionally balanced diet for your dog.

My 6 Essential Tips for Making Homemade Dog Food

My 6 Essential Tips for Making Homemade Dog Food1. Consult Your Vet or A Canine Nutritionist

It’s absolutely imperative that you consult an expert before switching your dog to a homemade diet. First, they will evaluate your dog and his medical history. Then, they will help you create recipes that will meet all of his nutritional needs.

Like humans, dogs are all different. Each dog has their own unique nutritional needs based on factors such as:

  • age
  • weight
  • activity level
  • breed
  • health condition

You would need to do extensive research and learn about the specific nutritional needs of canines in order to make these choices yourself. Every dog has unique needs when it comes to how much protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins and minerals their body will need in a day.

Essential Tips for Making Homemade Dog FoodIt’s also important to remember that your dog’s nutritional needs will change over time. For example, a puppy will have different nutritional needs than an adult dog. If your dog is diagnosed with a health condition, like arthritis or a heart condition, his nutritional needs will change.

For all of these reasons, it’s crucial that you work with a canine nutrition expert to create the homemade dog food recipes that you feed your pet. You can get ideas from recipes that you find online, but an expert will likely recommend that you substitute certain ingredients or add supplements to make the meal nutritionally balanced.

2. Ensure Recipes Are Nutritionally Balanced

As I mentioned in the introduction to this article, most recipes that you find online or in published cook books are not nutritionally balanced. I highly recommend using these recipes as a starting point and asking a canine nutritionist about any necessary supplements needed to make them balanced for your dog.

While the main concern is usually nutritional deficiency, meaning the recipe lacks necessary nutritional requirements, nutrient toxicity is also a major problem. Nutrient toxicity occurs when a recipe offers too much of a needed ingredient. Over time, these excessive nutrients can build up in your dog’s body and cause major health problems.

3. Use Supplements

DO NOT add supplements to homemade dog food without consulting a canine nutrition expert. As I just stated, nutrient toxicity can be lethal to your pet or result in lifelong health problems. For example too much calcium (known as hypercalcemia) in dogs can lead to severe symptoms like pain when urinating, blood in the urine, muscle weakening or uncontrollable muscle twitching.

With that said, most recipes that you find will not be nutritionally balanced and will require the addition of supplements. Some of the most common supplements used in the making of homemade dog food include calcium, Vitamin E, Vitamin B and Zinc. Just be sure that you get dosage recommendations from a trained professional.

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Essential Tips for Making Homemade Dog Food4. Change Things Up!

Would you like to eat the same meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day for weeks at a time? Of course not! So, what makes you think that your pets would enjoy this mealtime monotony?

When working with an expert to create recipes for your pooch, make sure you have a repertoire of at least a dozen meals. You can prepare multiple meals and serve different foods daily or just switch things up every couple of days. Trust me, your dog will be a lot happier with some variety in his diet.

5. Educate Yourself On Dog Friendly Ingredients

You may be able to substitute certain ingredients when making homemade dog food. If your dog doesn’t like chicken or has a protein allergy, it’s possible for you to substitute bison, ostrich or venison instead.

Essential Tips for Making Homemade Dog FoodSimilarly, your dog may be picky about the fresh fruits and vegetables that you include in certain recipes. If your dog isn’t a big fan of broccoli, for example, you may be able to add squash, green beans or peas to the recipe instead.

Educate yourself on dog-friendly ingredients and which ones can be easily substituted. Start by focussing on the ingredients that your dog cannot eat or does not like. As you continue with your homemade dog food journey, you’ll learn more about the best ingredients for your dog and the possible substitutions.

6. Mix Homemade Food with Kibble To Save Money

I often hear that pet owners are leery about feeding homemade dog food because of the added expense. While it is true that feeding a homemade diet is more expensive than feeding the average kibble, it is actually less expensive than feeding a commercial diet of the equal quality.

If you’d like to save a little money and provide higher nutrition for your dog, you can use homemade dog food as a topper instead of a full meal. Again, you’ll need to discuss this addition with your veterinarian or a canine nutritionist, because you don’t want to provide an abundance of certain common nutrients.

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