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Can Dogs Eat Raw Meat?

Raw dog diet is controversial. But its popularity keeps increasing. We have those racing greyhounds on the one side, and sled dogs that were doing fine with the raw food diet for a long time. So, naturally, somebody might have suggested that it could be useful for more domesticated dogs too.  And this concept was proposed by Australian veterinarian Ian Billinghurst in 1993. He called this a BARF diet, an abbreviation for Bones and Raw Food, or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. Billinghurst stated that adult dogs would flourish on a diet that they were eating before domestication: raw, meaty bones,...

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Can Dogs Have Almonds?

Most of the times dogs are quite sure – anything you eat is worth eating and is as pleasing as a chunk of melting juicy steak — even in cases, you are munching on lettuce leaves or nuts! But the truth is that our pets can’t benefit from everything we eat, almonds included. According to the research database of the United States Department of Agriculture 100g of roasted almonds has 607 calories, 21.43g  of proteins, 53.57g of fats (including 3.57g of “questionable” saturated fats and the rest being “good” poly- and monosaturated), 23.33g of carbs including 10g of fiber and...

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Surprising Benefits of Bone Broth for Dogs

Bone broth has been getting popularity amongst the dog owners lately, with some curious claims including huge nutrients density that can assist enhance your dog’s immune system and improve joint health.  As well there were tons of articles doing “myth busting” about the benefits of the broth going so far out of the line that even claiming that bone broth doesn’t have ANY nutrients. Which is quite ridiculous. So, we’ve tried to cut through all that noize and establish some truths about bone broth and its potential benefits for dogs. What makes a perfect bone broth for dogs? Before answering...

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Can Dogs Eat Salmon? It Can Be Toxic or Healthy, so Here’s the Truth…

Salmon is great for humans. It includes essential omega-3 acids that support brain and bones’ health. And indeed, the following scenario happened at least once: while you were savoring that delicious salmon fillet,  your dog was asking for a piece using all the tricks up his furry sleeves. You might have questioned yourself in that second: Can I feed my dog Salmon? Well, let’s try to research the subject together before rushing into conclusions. Is Salmon bad for dogs? Can it be poisonous? Giving that fish to your dog can be an act of kindness with deadly consequences. Salmon Poisoning...

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Why Do Dogs Love Stuffed Animals?

Dogs adore stuffed toys. How many of you have observed a puppy bearing around a stuffed animal about as big as the puppy him or herself? Various dogs like to play with those toys, chewing, shaking, and cuddling them. They also carry them around and even use them as cushions during the sleep. Why? One theory is that dogs, particularly retrievers, like taking items in their mouth. Another possible explanation is that they are training hunting that way. But for the most part, a dog’s obsession with a specific toy is pup’s own sweet mystery. Is it the smell? The...

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Can Dogs Eat Steak?

Dogs evolved directly from some of the weirdest and wildest creatures: wolves. We might simply assume that our little pup will never harm a fly, but we can’t help thinking about their carnivorous cousins if we can see them furiously ripping the new stuffed toy apart. The pets with whom we share homes most of the diet munching on some kibbles and carrot, but we can always see the glimpse of their meat-eaters nature from time to time. So can dogs have steak? The answer is yes; dogs can enjoy a modest portion of steak if it’s cooked appropriately. Lean...

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Claritin Dosage for Dogs (+Handy Chart Included)

Just like any other animal, over several thousands of years dogs have developed a sophisticated immune system that keeps their bodies healthy and free of disease. Through being inhaled or eaten, or through the skin or mucous membrane millions of particles enter our bodies daily. It is the task of the immune system to sort these particles, remove the bad ones and release the safe ones. But this process can go wrong sometimes, and it perceives a non-harmful particle as a danger. An allergic reaction occurs when this happens. Ever seen your dog scrap too much, bite feet and legs,...

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Can You Declaw a Dog and Why Would You Do It?

There is no medical procedure intended to declaw canines. It’s completely unnecessary since dog actively uses their nails for a wide variety of activities from digging to scratching. Not everyone knows what precisely surgical declaw requires, leading them to think dogs can have their nails eliminated easily. When kittens are declawed, their knuckle bones are fully removed from their toes. It isn’t just tearing the nails out.  Imagine your fingertips are chopped off. Declawing a dog is pretty much the same. That’s why there’s so much controversy around this procedure amongst both vets and pet owners. What’s dog declaw? Dewclaws...

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