Better Protect your Pooch!

For most of us, the very last thing we would ever want to do is cause harm to our fur babies, in this case, canines. I have now lived with a dog for over a year and only want to protect her. As health issues continue to rise in our four-legged companions, we need only look at a few factors to understand why and easily shift things to avoid potential health threats.

Our homes offer the most hazards for exposure to toxins from wood and tile/linoleum cleaners and polishes to carpet deodorizers and emissions from air “fresheners” and candles. Any non-natural cleaners are to be avoided because if they walk upon it, lick it or inhale it; they are exposed to it. The concern carries over to include second-hand smoke and vapor from e-cigs too.

Most of us know about the dangers from a dog ingesting chocolate, grapes, onions, garlic, raisins, and human medications, but did you know that if you are feeding them canned dog food the BPA’s found in most can cause serious issues. Some companies offer BPA-free cans, but a fresh diet is best.

Please note that rawhide treats are not safe for a dog of any size due to possible death by choking, intestinal blockage and poisoning. It is not a meat treat but rather a leather industry by-product, the backside of leather hides and are often finished with a myriad of non-food-grade glues. If you feed these to your dog or ever would, you owe it to all concerned to review it or investigate them further. Here is a terribly cute and effective video that explains it all. To view the video click HERE.

Too many vaccines can cause harm as well, and you can investigate online to learn more but just know there is controversy around how much and how often some are given when a simple titer test could be taken to assess if your pooch has been effectively inoculated rather than over medicated.

GMO ingredients in dog food should be avoided with the most coming through corn and soy grown in America. Also, canines require no grains in their diets, and some dog food companies use them as inexpensive fillers. Always buy the best food you are able/willing to, with no byproducts and a focus on meats and vegetables. Ever wonder why allergies in dogs have risen and it is often GMO’s and may be the same for humans.

One of the largest culprits of exposing dogs to toxins is through fertilizers, pesticides, etc. used on grass, in gardens and carried in the water flowing next to curbs. Like humans, the dog can uptake whatever their flesh, including paw pads and nose, is exposed to as well as through licking and inhalation.

In one study at Tufts, it was proven that a canines exposure to grass that has been professionally treated by a lawn care company increased their risk for death-inducing canine malignant lymphoma by as much as 70 percent! If your neighbor is having their lawn treated the drift of it into parts of your yard are very likely. Large parks, schools, apartments, etc. are potential toxic areas since so often they use poisonous products to treat the grass. Please investigate this further.

I understand how much our canine companions mean to us and wanted to ensure that you knew what I did in how to keep your love healthier and safer. Happy Cinco-De-Mayo amigo and enjoy your weekend! Feel free to follow Nutritional Truths here or on Facebook and share as you care to-Be well!

Top Ten Reasons for Canine Companionship

When it comes to dogs in America, we love them. We love them as family members and not as some do in China, Korea, Mexico or Indonesia and half-dozen other places, as a meal. They come in many shapes, sizes and temperaments. They all share several things in common regardless of lineage or breed.

Many folks think dogs are strict carnivores, but they are not. They are opportunistic carnivores and can live long healthy lives without critter flesh. Many of today’s dog foods and treats are high in carbohydrates, filler and very little nutrition.

If you want the very best health for your dog considers making sure, the following ingredients are not in their daily kibble: corn anything, wheat anything, soy anything, critter byproduct of any kind, BHA & BHG, and propylene glycol. Investigate Dr. Mercola Pets for more healthful information.

There are tons of recipes for tasty, nutritious treats online made from plants that will serve your dog well. Also, consider looking into a quality probiotic for your canine friend to allow them to make the very most of the nutrition you give them. No one will ever love you like a dog does so show them, love, too.

Dogs to me are a gift from our creator and allow us to see better how we are in the world. Although I will always love cats, dogs may have become my favorite of the two:) Here are the top ten reasons I have found to invite a canine into ones life. Many of my friends have several of them, and now I know why.

10. They are always up for a good time.
9. They can exercise with you.
8. They can watch TV with you.
7. They love giving kisses.
6. They are easy to please.
5. They are quick to forgive.
4. They will clean the dishes if you let them.
3. They can listen to you for hours without judgement.
2. They love their humans more than anything, except maybe food.
1. They become part of the family.

I recently learned of a situation where neighbors “share” a dog. One has children with parents working, so the dog stays with its second family a retired couple next door during the day. So the dog benefits from all the companionship as do both families! Something to consider if you leave your pup home alone all day or know someone who does. Share as you wish, Happy Easter, enjoy your weekend and Be Well!

Rebounding for puppies

Rebounding for puppies