We want to inform you that two of our product manufacturers, BIXBI and The Honest Kitchen, have made voluntary recalls on a limited number of their products.
Both companies are issuing voluntary recalls as a precautionary measure to insure the safety of the pets, but no products have tested positive for salmonella. There have been no reported cases of illness from the affected products.
We always want to stay proactive and will be sharing this information through our staff in store, social networks, and newsletter. Needless to say as precaution, we recommend and will gladly take back any product returns involved in the recall that were purchased from us. We are here for our customers.
Bixbi is issuing a voluntary recall on some of their BIXBI jerky products produced in 2012 because salmonella was found in the production facility where select BIXBI products are made. You can read their official letter here.
We spoke with the owners of the company yesterday regarding this matter to better understand what was the cause, how it happened, and what is being done to remedy this from happening. BIXBI is in the process of changing facilities away from the production facility involved in the recall and the products will no longer be made there. They feel the upgraded facility should help to reduce the risk of a similar reoocruence.
The owners emphasized that no BIXBI product has been tested positive for salmonella and that there have been no reports of illness associated with BIXBI products.
These are the BIXBI products affected by the recall.
|091037018021||BIXBI Skin & Coat Beef Liver Jerky 5oz||04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN|
|091037018045||BIXBI Skin & Coat Lamb Jerky 5oz||04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN|
|091037018007||BIXBI Skin & Coat Chicken Breast Jerky Treats 5oz||04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN|
|091037018069||BIXBI Skin & Coat Pork Jerky 5oz||04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN|
|091037018144||BIXBI Hip And Joint Pork Jerky 5oz||04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN|
|091037018120||BIXBI Hip And Joint Lamb Jerky 5oz||04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN|
|091037018083||BIXBI Hip And Joint Chicken Breast Jerky 5oz||04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN|
|091037018106||BIXBI Hip And Joint Beef Liver Jerky 5oz||04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN|
If you have purchased BIXBI products from us and have concerns, please feel free return them, we will gladly exchange them for you or issue a full refund.
The Honest Kitchen
The Honest Kitchen is voluntarily recalling five lots of their Thrive, Verve and Zeal pet food products produced between August and November 2012 due to a potential Salmonella contamination. You can read their official press release here and FAQs regarding the recall here.
They are taking action after learning that one of their raw ingredients suppliers has recalled a batch of the human-grade parsley that many contain Salmonella. This batch of parsley was used in the production of the five lots of finished Honest Kitchen products.
The Honest Kitchen does have quality control tests and did not find evidence of Salmonella in any of their finished products. They have not received any reports of illness associated with these lots of products. Nonetheless, they are proceeding with this action in order to ensure the full safety and quality of their products.
As you may know, Salmonella can appear in many human foods, from pistachios to mangoes, but it trends high in meats, eggs and leafy greens such as spinach and herbs including parsley. The dehydration process is a gentle cooking process that is specifically used by the Honest Kitchen to maintain the nutritional integrity of the raw ingredients. This dehydration does not reach high enough temperatures to kill off all pathogen content. The raw ingredients are to go through a prior kill process from the suppliers to remove all pathogen content. There is a signed affidavit by the product supplier that this is to take place with each batch of raw ingredients before arriving at the human grade manufacturing facility. In this specific instance, the supplier failed to put this particular batch of parsley through this kill process, which resulted in the possible Salmonella contamination.
We know the ownership and The Honest Kitchen team well. We have spoken directly to them after learning about this situation. After long discussions, we feel confident that this particular issue will be resolved. They will no longer be buying from this supplier and have switched to another human-grade supplier of leafy greens (parsley, basil, dandelion, spinach and alfalfa), which will be steamed, to eliminate pathogens before arriving to their facility.
In addition, they will be conducting additional tests for pathogens on all leafy greens when they arrive to the manufacturing facility. We believe these measures combined will remedy this particular issue from occurring again.
The recalled batches are the following:
Verve: Item Code: V4, VR Production Date: 8/20/12 Expiration Date: 8/20/13 Size: 4 lb. box, 10 lb. box Lot Number: 2332A (batches 1-3)
Item Code: VR Production Date: 11/1/12 Expiration Date: 11/1/13 Size: 10 lb. box Lot Number: 3062A (batches 8 & 9)
Zeal: Item Code: Z4, ZR Production Date: 8/14/12 Expiration Date: 8/14/13 Size: 4 lb. box, 10 lb. box Lot Number: 2272A (batches 1-5)
Item Code: ZR Production Date: 9/21/12 Expiration Date: 9/21/13 Size: 10 lb. box Lot Number: 2652A (batches 1-4)
Thrive: Item Code: TM Production Date: 9/18/12 Expiration Date: 9/18/13 Size: 1 oz. sample Lot Number: 2622A (batch 3)
If you have purchased Honest Kitchen from us and have concerns, please feel free return them, we will gladly exchange them for you or issue a full refund.
Healthy Spot’s Commitment
At Healthy Spot, we understand that our four-legged friends are family. We have historically and will always strive to partner with you and not the manufacturer, in order to provide you the highest quality, safest, and healthiest nutrition for your family.
As pet parents ourselves who use these same brands, we realize that these recalls may bring concerns regarding the product lines affected. We want to assure you that when making decisions on what products to carry, avoid, or discontinue that we research and take several elements into our selection criteria before they reach Healthy Spot shelves including the integrity of the company, ingredients, and the manufacturing process. Our family, friends, customers, and our local community entrusts us to only provide the best for our best friends and we take this responsibility very seriously.
We are transparent in how we handle these situations because it is the responsible thing to do. We want you to be able to continue to have a high level of confidence in Healthy Spot. Despite all our due diligence and best efforts to screen all the products that are put on our shelves, there will always remain a very small margin for potential issues to occur with the products selected.
We try to minimize these risks for our pets as much as possible, but even the best of our brands may come across a rare recall. How these issues are communicated, the speed and transparency in which they are addressed, how they will improve, the likelihood of the incident repeating, and their company history and values, all help us determine whether we will continue to carry the brands after these incidents occur. If we feel there are any doubts or susceptible risks with the brands we will not hesitate to remove them from our offering as we have done with other past, varying incidents.
At this time, we maintain a high level of confidence with these companies and their product lines. Based on our knowledge and relationship with the owners of these companies, we do believe they truly care about the pets and the integrity of their products. We do not feel these incidents have come about due to negligence or a lack of standards. These companies provide a healthier alternative to the traditional products in their respective categories and are personal favorites with the Healthy Spot family. Rest assured, we will only continue to carry their products, if they continue to meet our ongoing, stringent selection criteria. We will keep you posted with any changes in the status of these products.
Please let us know if we can be of any assistance or if you have questions with regards to these recalls.
We appreciate your continued support.
Andrew and Mark
We want you to be aware that there have been a string of recalls regarding Chinese Chicken Jerky products. The products were being recalled due to trace amounts of residual antibiotics.
The chicken jerky products affected and recalled thus far are the following:
- Milo Kitchen Chicken Jerky & Chicken Grillers
- Waggin Train Chicken Jerky
- Hartz Chicken Chew
- Canyon Creek Chicken Jerky
- Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky
According to one manufacturer, “The use of antiobiotics to keep chickens healthy and disease-free while raising them is standard practice for both human and pet food. However, the antibiotics found in the products were unapproved and should not be present in the final food product.”
The New York Department of Agriculture that originally discovered the reason behind dogs getting sick from jerky products, reported that the drugs found in the treats are “sulfaclozine, tilmicosin, trimethoprim, enrofloxacin and sulfaquinoxaline.” Some of these antiobiotics are commonly known as “sulfa drugs.”
These “sulfa drugs” are illegal for use in animal feed in the US. The primary is that many humans and animals have allergies to these drugs. As a result, in some cases, they can lead to serious health complications including renal function impairment and death.
We are very sad to report that unfortunately, some of these brands affected are the top selling lines of chicken jerky. As a result, there have been several reported cases of pet illnesses and deaths in the past year. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those families affected.
Healthy Spot has not and does not carry any of these product lines affected in the recalls. However, due to the serious issues surrounding Chinese Chicken Jerky products, we will be discontinuing sales of Dogswell products effective immediately, as this has been our only treat line from China.
Dogswell has not been listed in any recall to date but we feel that due to the risk potential, it is better to take a more conservative route in the products we offer to our valued clients.
If you have purchased Dogswell treats from us and have concerns, please feel free return them, we will gladly exchange them for you. We carry several high quality and healthy US chicken treat alternatives including Primal, A Dog’s Life, Plato, Bixbi and Stella and Chewy.
At Healthy Spot, we understand that your four-legged member is family and we have historically and always will strive to partner with you, not the manufacturer, to provide you the highest quality, safest and healthiest nutrition for your family.
Please let us know if we can be of any assistance with regards to this matter.
Andrew and Mark
As of September 25th, Sunland voluntarily recalled over 100 products, which includes peanut butter and other products made with nuts and seeds. This included the Dog for Dog’s product, Dogsbutter, that we carry at our stores. Please see their company release here.
The voluntary recall originally started from Trader Joe’s peanut butter lines and was initiated by Sunland. There were 29 reported cases of salmonella matching illnesses in approximately 18 states including, Washington, California, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut, New Jersey and Maryland according to a report issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on September 22, 2012. You can find the recall on the FDA website here.
Sunland is the #1 of the 2 largest peanut butter manufacturers in the nation. Along with the top 2, there are only about 5 manufacturers in total that operate upon government regulations and certifications for peanut butter processing. Dog For Dog has chosen to only produce Dogsbutter at these type of facilities as they are human food facilities and not dog food.
Salmonella can get in to peanut butter in two main ways. The first way there can be salmonella contamination is from the crops, which is supposed to be very rare. The cleanliness of the fields, workers using the bathroom in the fields, animals using the bathroom or dying in the fields, and cleanliness of the facilities of course can cause this. This type of contamination is more common with fruits and vegetables and not so much peanuts, as it is more a dry product.
The second way of contamination is in the processing of the peanuts into peanut butter, which is more common. Water and heat is used in the processing of peanuts into peanut butter. Water is the major vessel for salmonella and other bacteria. Heat is applied but it is not a true cooking process. As a result of the absence of the cooking process, the peanut butter is not guaranteed to be free of salmonella. Different brands use different temperatures for their proprietary recipes.
Another possible way of contamination is the production facility being compromised. One example of this happened a few years ago. Skippy, a large well known peanut butter brand, had a major recall because their water was being contaminated due to leaks that they did not take care of in their facility.
There are only a handful of peanut types used for peanut butter but 98% of it is sourced from the “Peanut Belt” in Georgia. Companies usually buy it by the crop, so salmonella issue can be more isolated to specific crops.
According to Dog For Dog, Sunland as a precautionary measure to be safe, offered a product credit to all their other brands to help with the recalled product. To be sure of safety, Dog For Dog has decided to voluntarily recall their Dogsbutter product.
Dogsbutter does not use the same ingredients as the Trader Joe’s peanut butter. Unlike what we commonly see with dog food co-packing, the company stated that they do not share the same ingredients. Dogsbutter used a different crop of peanuts and was produced on a separate run. In adddtion, the equipment producing the peanut butter is cleaned between the manufacturing runs.
Dog For Dog says they have voluntarily recalled their peanut butter and you can find their website and statement here. According to Dog For Dog, the risk is less than .0014% and that the FDA has not required them to recall their product or even send out any notifications or statements on their recall. The batches that may have been affected are products with the BEST BY DATES between May 1, 2013 and September 24, 2013.
Healthy Spot has removed the Dogsbutter product off the shelves as part of the recall process. In addition, we are posting this entry to provide the information we have researched and will continue to keep people informed. Although at this time the risk associated with this product seems low, we always want to stay proactive and will be sharing this entry through our staff in store, social networks and newsletter. Needless to say, we will gladly take back any product returns involved in the recall. We are here for our customers.
We did speak directly with the owner of the company, Rocky Keever, and he informed us that they plan to switch manufacturers as a result of this recall. They also have second sourcing for their ingredients. This is mainly pertinent to the flaxseed and palm oil, since the peanuts basically all come from the same area in Georgia.
Dog For Dog’s business model revolves around donating product for product. When a customer purchases a jar of peanut butter or one of their dogsbars, another jar or dogsbars are donated to a shelter. So far, they have helped over 24,000 dogs in need with their charitable cause.
Dog for Dog’s also produces Dogsbars which are sold at our store. These products are not affected at all and have not been involved in this recall. The Dogsbars are manufactured using peanuts and not peanut butter. The products are also produced through a different process and manufactured by completely different company.
This is a really unfortunate as we are big supporters of the company and what they are doing. Rocky and Dog For Dog are committed to the cause of helping dogs in need and wants to continue their mission. They are hoping to find alternative sourcing and production as soon as possible. At this time, we will continue to monitor the situation and keep you posted with any developments from Dog for Dogs.
As always, we continue to be here for your dog’s mind, body and bowl.
Healthy Spot Founder
One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions made year after year, is drum roll please.. getting fit and staying healthy! Whether you intend to lose a little extra flab, or tone up those pecs – chances are you may have thought at the start of this year, that you were going to defeat all odds and stick to a regular exercise routine and feel better about it! I researched the percentage of people and when they break their resolutions, and apparently a whopping 20% of people can’t stick to their resolutions even after the first week. As a matter of fact, by the end of the year, 80% will have broken their resolutions.
Now that we’re rolling into April soon, wow, imagine that, the first quarter has just crept up on us and gone by just like that, let’s do some self-reflection shall we? How many of you readers out there have actually stuck to your resolutions thus far? I’m not trying to be a debbie-downer. On the contrary, let’s look at the glass half full, and figure out how to get back on track if you have strayed a little off the road to a fitter, healthier you. If you’re a dog owner, one way to get back in it, is to incorporate exercising with your dog on a regular basis.
Did You Know?
Having our dogs by our side, helps keep us active? As dog owners, we are responsible for not only the upkeep of our own health, but looking out for our best buds as well. Your dogs may be cooped up indoors for quite some time throughout the day, especially if you’re a working individual. It’s only natural that we come home and reward our dogs with a good walk around the neighborhood. If you don’t, well shame on you.
Why Exercise is Good for your Dog
1) Behavior Changes
You can imagine if you were cooped up at home all day and didn’t get proper exercise, you’d probably go a little crazy yourself. Getting inadequate amounts of exercise have shown negative behavioral changes in dogs. Frustrated dogs may learn to take their anger out elsewhere, whether it’s excessive barking, digging holes in your backyard, tearing up the house, or even becoming more aggressive around humans. Getting your dog out and about is a good way to release their pent up energy.
2) Nature Intended
Dogs have evolved from nomadic dogs, as wanderers by nature. Dogs have always been known to run in the wild, hunt for their food, etc. It shouldn’t come as a shock to you, that our dogs are pre-programmed like us, to require some form of exercise to not only keep our bodies strong, but as a natural part of life.
3) Live Long and Prosper
Exercise in both humans and dogs are critical to keep our bodies in tip-top shape. Regular exercise can help keep our hearts, bones, lungs, liver, kidneys, you name it, fully functional. By staying healthy, we can help prevent disease and complications – especially those brought on by bigger problems such as obesity. Prevent obesity by staying fit and eating right.
Obesity is not only common in humans, but as the hands that feed our own dogs, often times we ourselves, are the culprit when it comes to obese dogs as well. You may find yourself becoming defensive when your vet breaks it to you if your dog is obese, say it ain’t so! But sometimes, we have to accept reality, and if your dog is diagnosed as being on the heavy side, don’t ignore it. Change starts from within you. Be conscious of the type of food you are feeding your dog and how much of it you should be giving him. This includes treats. Come talk to us at Healthy Spot, we can find foods that are lower in fat, nutritious and just plain good-for-you to whip him back up into shape. But just like humans, diet alone isn’t going to cut it. Weight loss whether you are a dog or human begins with exercise.
4) Show your Dog the World
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wanted to share the world with my dog. I want to show him there’s more to life than meets the eye. It isn’t just confined to our living spaces. There’s a whole world out there, that your dog must indulge his senses in! The people, the trees, the grass, other animals, the buildings, the snow, the beach… Why deny your dog of the world that exists beyond your immediate one?
Are you a lazy bum by nature? It’s not too late to change your habits! To those who are fit and fab, hats off to you. But to the rest of us who need a little extra prodding to go out there.. have no fear. It takes baby steps. It’s recommended you take your dog out for a mild stroll everyday for at least 30-minutes, twice a day. If it’s your first time out on the sidewalk together, you can start off easy, with a 15-minute walk. Slowly increment your walks to the ideal 30-minute walk. They actually recommend we as humans should get at least 1-hour of exercise in a day, so just think of it this way, you AND your dog can check it off your list.
Strength in Numbers
They always say it helps to have a buddy-system when working out to motivate each other. Consider your dog your exercise-buddy! Have you seen the ridiculously extra happy tail wag they give when they see you reach for their leash? It’s always nice to have someone else accompany you. In my dog’s primetime, we used to run together all the time. He wasn’t just my running partner, he was also my bodyguard, I always felt safer out there knowing my dog was by my side.
According to a recent article in the NY Times, one-third of dog owners don’t walk their dogs regularly and excuses ranged from people believing they a) had a big enough yard for their dog, b) they simply didn’t have time, c) they hired dog walkers, d) their dogs were too ill-mannered to go for walks. Really? Let’s scold ourselves for making one too many excuses. You can make the time. If you’re worried they are ill-mannered, then you should probably look into behavioral training. This is more important than sacrificing their health and well-being for the sake that they won’t be angels while they’re outdoors.
Diversify your Workout
I can’t imagine anyone exclaiming they love getting stuck in a rut. Don’t bore yourselves! While daily walks are always important, here’s additional exercise you can add to your routine.
1)The Classic Fetch or Frisbee
We all know most dogs go goo-goo over fetching that ball or flying frisbee! If they’re down for a game or two, this would be a classic way to have some fun at a local park or dog beach.
Dogs are inquisitive, too. Have them accompany you on a beautiful hike on a dog-friendly trail. Make sure you stay safe though, some trails are more dangerous than others. Keep your dogs supervised for any surprises along the way.
Speed it up a bit. If your dog is able to run, try short runs or even trots with your dog. Just keep in mind, excessive running can be bad on the joints, so know how much your own dog can handle. Pay close attention while on your jog. Check your dogs paws once in a while, as they can get blisters or injuries, too. Keep away from hot pavement. We may have shoes to protect us, but our dogs feel the scorch on hot days.
Never run with puppies or senior dogs. Remember, puppies are still developing and seniors might already have joint issues so you don’t want to strain them with running. Stick to walking and milder forms of exercise for older dogs and younger pups.
It is a myth that all dogs can naturally swim. Although certain breeds may be more adept to swimming, that does not necessarily guarantee your dog will also be skilled at it. But it’s another fun form of exercise. Swimming may require you to slowly introduce your dog to shallow water. In fact, some dogs don’t even like the water and will not go near it. But for those dogs that do swim, keep them supervised. They also make canine lifevests which are recommended for use in lakes. Make sure you wash your dog off thoroughly after a good swim and dry out ears to prevent infection. Other things to remember, dogs may not necessarily know where the steps are in a pool to get out. If they tire, they may not be able to get out, so you will have to train them how to get to the steps. Dogs just like humans, can drown, so just be sure to supervise at all times. There are different precautions you should heed whether you are at the lake, pool, or beach, so be sure to research before you go.
5)Playtime at the Park
At some parks which allow you to go leash-free, your dogs will have a great time running amok with their fellow canine friends. Not only do they get a chance to be social, they get some free time to roam free out in the sun! As we’ve touched on in an earlier article, different parks have different rules, so pay attention and play it safe!
At our doggie daycare, we ensure our dogs not only get in some regular walking time, but they also have ample room to play around and go, go, go. They’re surrounded by friends who will be sure to keep them busy all day. Don’t be surprised if your dog is tired out from a long day of daycare fun.
7)Bicycling with your Dog
Be careful with this one. You will have to train your dog to be very obedient while on a leash as any sudden tug or pull could be dangerous to both of you. They do have “springer” devices which you can attach to your bike as a form of release in case your dog does decide to pull unexpectedly. It’s difficult though, imagine trying to bicycle with your dog, and your dog getting distracted by a squirrel in the distance.
It’s about you AND your Dog
Ultimately, it’s a lifestyle change. At Healthy Spot, one of our core values is we love our family, whether they’re our canines or humans, and the more conscious we are about what we eat, how often we exercise, we can extend our lives and spend more time with the ones we love. Staying healthy helps us enjoy our lives. This is what we stand for. It’s all about our dog’s mind, body, and bowl.
Good tidings for a fresh new year! As we embark on 2011, let’s keep an eye on our loved ones and we’ll be sure to keep you updated on more fun tips, places to go, the latest and greatest for our dear doggies.
As we return from the holidays, there was probably a little more foot traffic than usual. Just think of all the gifts and snacks left laying around the house! There is no way we can keep our dogs in protective little bubbles (nor should we! dogs deserve to roam freeeeee!) but there are always simple safety measures we can take to make sure our mischievous pups don’t get themselves into trouble.
Here is a list of things you should be sure to keep AWAY from your dogs. Dangerous foods can cause more harm than good. You can eat, drink, and be merry together as long as you don’t let your pup get into things he shouldn’t.
- Chocolate. Chocolate IS toxic. Everyone seems to already be aware of this one. But it’s quite common for dogs to mistakenly get excited and get into bags of chocolate by mistake. Leftover from the holidays, you might have some chocolate laying out, be sure to keep it out of your dog’s reach. Store extra snacks and junk goodies in your cabinets, out of sight, out of dog’s mind.
- Bones. Not bones that are actually MEANT for dogs, we’re talking bones from leftover meals. Whether you just had a plate of fish or chicken, these are the bones that can become choking hazards for your dog, so keep away! Just one little bone mistakenly lodged in your dog’s throat can be threatening. Even the dog chews and bones that are actually meant for your dogs can on extreme rare occasions become potential choking hazards, in this case keep them supervised as they get their gnaw on.
- Grapes. A lot of people I tell this casually to usually look at me like I’m crazy. Grapes? Yes. Grapes can cause kidney failure, and should be avoided at all costs. Some things that are perfectly safe for humans are just plain no-no’s for our four-footed friends. This includes raisins.
- Macadamia Nuts. These have been proven to be fatal or cause paralysis. If you can avoid nuts all together, don’t give them raw nuts. Peanut butter as we know is a common treat however, and is fine. But no on the macadamias, for sure.
- Marijuana. One day when I was at the emergency clinic, a distraught couple brought in a poor little terrier that had gotten into their share of marijuana. The symptoms from marijuana intoxication are severe ranging from damaging the nervous system, pupil dilation, coma, and in some cases death.
- Alcohol. Blame it on the alcohol. Dogs are smaller than humans and their tolerance to alcohol is minimal compared to ours. A little alcohol can do far more damage than you think, such as coma, nervous system damage, breathing trouble, vomiting, and diarrhea. I don’t see why you can’t train a dog to fetch you a beer, but don’t let him drink it.
- Pesticides, Fertilizers, Traps. This includes snail bait. Perhaps you have a green thumb, or you choose to use certain tools outdoors to maintain your turf. I recently sat at an emergency animal hospital and met a beautiful 5-year old black labrador who happened to get himself into some snail bait by accident. Symptoms are devastating – uncontrollable seizures take over, and my heart broke because you just want the uncontrollable pain to pass and you can’t do anything about it. Just be sure to fence off areas you wouldn’t want your dog getting into by mistake.
- Guacamole and Avocado.Sure, you and your friends might like to bust out the guac for your chips but don’t sneak any to your dog. Avocados contain persin which in large amounts can be toxic to your dog.
- Garlic and Onions.While delicious for human consumption, it is highly discouraged to give dogs any type of garlic and onion especially in large amounts because they contain sulfoxides which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia.
- Fruit Pits. Peaches and plum pits when swallowed can obstruct your dog’s esophagus/digestive tract.
- Tobacco. If he gets a hold of your cigarettes, nicotine can cause symptoms such as coma, rapid heart beat, and in severe cases, death.
- Gum, Candy, Sugary Junk. This is bad for you and me already, but for dogs “xylitol” which is found in many gums and candy can cause low blood sugar resulting in vomiting, collapsing, and liver failure in severe cases. Keep away!
- Decorations, Trinkets, Gifts. Though your dog may be used to his surroundings, there’s no telling why they may get into certain things in a random spur of the moment. Now that the holidays are over, you’ve probably put away all the holiday decorations already. Just make sure everything gets put away.. this includes ribbons, lights, etc.
- Table Scraps. I’m not going to point fingers or anything, but we all know we’ve been there, done that. As tempting as those puppy-dog eyes of his are, don’t give in. The food we eat, is meant to be food we eat (though even sometimes that isn’t even the best for us either), but it certainly isn’t meant for your dogs.
Watch out for friends, roomies, family members, or just someone you invited over for dinner, too.. they may think it’s all cute to save a scrap of whatever they have for them, but deter them afterall, you are looking out for your dog. Dogs just have more sensitive stomachs than humans do, and it’s best to keep them on their own food. Check out some of the food and treats we offer at Healthy Spot to see if your little (or big) guy could use some good food for his tummy.
These are just some of the major items that can affect your dog’s well-being. There are plenty of things in the world that can be unsafe, especially in large amounts, just try to at least keep these in mind as a general guideline of keep-away’s. Don’t forget dogs are pretty resourceful. They know how to jump and leap any bounds to get to what they want. Your dog may be smart enough to jump on tables or chairs and still get into these off-limit items and foods. Be sure to keep food items sealed and locked down tight, and if possible up and away in cabinets or inside refrigerators rather than readily accessible.
If you start noticing anything strange about your dog’s behavior, remember dogs can’t tell us if something is wrong but you’d be able to tell immediately if something is out of the ordinary. Is he more lethargic than usual? Vomiting or diarrhea? Shaking? Whimpering? There are telltale signs, and better to be safe than sorry. If there are any severe warnings, don’t hesitate to take your dog into your vet. As an added precaution, make sure you have jotted down the address and phone number to the closest animal emergency hospital, in case something should happen to your dog in the middle of the night when your vet isn’t available. Chance favors the prepared mind. Keep our loved ones safe and sound throughout the year.
No, this isn’t a line from the Mario Brothers. This is for your dog!
Although we make reference to a video game, we are not playing around when advocating mushrooms for your companion animals. Mushrooms provide so much goodness. They give our dogs nutrients, proteins, minerals and vitamins it needs to generate energy and repair cells.
Here are some key attributes about mushrooms you may not know.
-Low in carbohydrates, calories and sodium
-High in fiber and protein
-Rich in Vitamin B, riboflavin, niacin and selenium
-Cholesterol and Fat Free
-Excellent source of potassium
It is important to know that Selenium is an antioxidant that helps to fight off the damaging effects of free radicals. As a result, regular ingestion of mushrooms has been proven to decrease the amount of cancerous cells in the body. They not only fight and reduce cancerous cells and tumors, but they help prevent more of those cells from forming in the body.
Mushrooms keep the body, through the boosting of immune cell function, in a state of vigilance. This helps your dog fight off disease, prevent cancer and generally keeping your animal in optimal health.
Since we recognize the importance of mushrooms for your pets health, we our giving our seal of approval to Organic Pet Superfood. The company provides 4 lines of mushroom whole-food daily supplements for our pets’ health.
1. Immunity – safeguards against free-radical damage and immune system imbalances.
2. Joints – potent nutrition for joint health.
3. Skin and Coat – for a healthy skin and glossy coat.
4. Digestion – efficient digestion and enhanced wellness for your pet.
The supplements are made in the USA, USDA certified organic, safe and non toxic and veterinarian approved. The mushroom blends are also adaptogenic. Just a fancy word for saying that, it gently adapts for your pet’s specific nutritional needs.
We are also fans of the brothers behind this company. No, not the Mario Brothers. We are referring to James and Michael Crouch. They come from a family that has been in the mushroom farming business since 1985. They married the family business with their passion for pets to come up with this great supplement line. The icing on the cake is that purchases also go help fund Cancer Treatment for working dogs.
After personally researching this line, I use the supplements for myself. Not just my dogs, but for me, too. Yes, I take this pet supplement for myself. Dog gone crazy? Maybe. But who doesn’t want to
Has your dog had their cranberry a day today? No, I’m not in a post Thanksgiving haze. Taken on a regular basis, cranberries are a great antioxidant that can help your dog stay healthy.
Native Americans were the first to discover the benefits of cranberries. Though the pilgrims and early settlers did not understand the scientific reasons, they used cranberries to fight off scurvy. Scurvy, we now know, is a result of extreme vitamin C deficiency.
This is my third installment in my series of food rotations I give to my dog. Stella and Chewy’s is the maker of raw and freeze dried dog food and treats. I’ve met with the founder Marie Moody a few times and she started her rescue Chewy and Chewy’s best friend Stella on raw diet. This was the start of Stella and Chewy’s!