Can Dogs Eat Bananas: Raw, Dried, or Chips?

Bananas are high in Potassium, Calcium, Iron, and vitamin C. This fruit is also high in fiber, which is known to solve various tummy issues. And it all sounds like a good thing for any pup. However, like with any not-really-dog food, we have to dig deeper. And uncover all the pros and cons of feeding bananas to your pet. So, can dogs have bananas? According to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Food Database, the 100g of raw banana contains 89 calories, 1.09g of protein, 0.33g of fats (0.11g is saturated), 22.84g of carbs, including 2.6g of fiber...

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Can Dogs Eat Cranberries?

Cranberries are antioxidant-rich fruits that may help to boost the immune system and reduce inflammation. They are high in vitamin C, fiber, and potassium, and low in calories, so they can be a healthy snack not only for humans but also for dogs. But let’s try to source more facts to come to the final conclusions. Dogs and cranberries. Input from the scientists These red sour berries are exploding with nutrients and vitamins. The healthy fiber contained in cranberries helps reduce the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and a lot of gastrointestinal disorders. One study investigating the effect...

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Indestructible Dog Toys: from Rubber to Plush

Why do dogs like to chew, anyways? Chewing on things as they explore the universe is typical behavior for puppies and dogs. And it has many benefits for a dog. It is a way for young dogs to alleviate the pain that may be caused by new teeth. For older dogs, it is a natural way to keep jaws strong and teeth clean. Chewing can also ease mild stress or frustration. Among the common reasons that can cause chewing are early weaning (before seven or eight weeks of age), lack of mental and physical exercising, boredom, stress, and even hunger....

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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 Eat Walnuts?

Walnuts are the type of nuts that comes from any tree in the Juglans species. Juglans regia, the prevalent or English walnut, originally comes from Asia but is now cultivated all over the globe. The black walnut, Juglans nigra, is indigenous to the United States. It has a thicker shell and a better flavor than the English walnut. This sort of nut includes plenty of natural antioxidants and other nutrients. Both humans and dogs can take benefit of these antioxidants, right? Well, let’s first attempt to find out all the facts.  So, can dogs have walnuts? According to the USDA...

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The Healthiest Dog Breeds: Small, Big, Smartest, Hypoallergenic, and More

There are no two dogs alike. Each is different in character, size, and health. Although it is not absolute, some breeds are known to have longer lifespans than others. Although PedMD did a good job in figuring out the “average” – which is, apparently, is between 8 to 11 years, depending on the breed’s size. (So unfair to proud dog owners, imagine this, cats’ average lifespan is 15.1 years!) To be honest, when I started working on this article, I found that even the most influential media in the space are quite controversial in their ratings of the most and...

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5 Common Reasons Why Puppy is Licking His Paws

While it’s common for dogs to refresh their paws from time to time an excessive licking is usually indicating that there’s a problem.  Pups who lick their paws too much can create stains on their feet (if they are light-colored). And may even develop swollen wounds that can be tricky to cure.  The most typical 5 reasons why puppy licking paws #1 Something hurts Not necessarily something visible, like the burr in pup’s toes. It may be an inflammation or skin infection. Or even joint pain. More thorough examination performed by the vet is needed in this case too identify...

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Best Dog Food for Golden Retriever (the Good, the Bad, and the Greatest)

The American Kennel Club defines the Golden Retriever as one of America’s most common dog breeds. They say it is friendly, smart, and dedicated. These characteristics make it ideal as a guide dog and when not working as your family pet for search and rescue job. But you should feed him or her well to make it work and achieve the best performance, health, and temper of the pup. Just like us on a lousy diet, your four-legged buddy might get sick and cranky. So let’s attempt to find out how to avoid that from occurring and select the best...

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