There is a story about a man who wasn’t particularly fond of pets. Now he didn’t mind a small bird too badly, but he was not a ‘cat person’ or a ‘dog person.’ However, his wife brought home a dog one day and said the kids needed a pet. It was a Chesapeake Bay Retriever and he named it ‘Triever.’ Triever became a part of the family pretty quickly and followed the husband everywhere and especially liked to ride in his pick up truck.

Most people assume food pantries just give food to the poor and homeless. Many pantries actually provide many more services than an emergency food box. In addition to food, some pantries distribute diapers, soap, bus tickets, and paper products, and even best dog food for sheltie with hypothyroidism when it’s available.

It’s essential to know what foods are not good for dogs. Bones of any kind are very dangerous because they can splinter and choke your dog or the sharp fragments can become lodged in or puncture his intestines. Definitely stay away from feeding your dog chocolate, grapes, and raisins. They are toxic to dogs. In addition, milk products are bad because dogs don’t have enough of the proper enzyme to digest them properly. Corn should also be avoided because dogs can’t digest it at all. Can you believe it’s a main filler for many commercial dog foods? Other ingredients to steer clear of include onions, garlic, macadamia nuts, avocados, white bread, white rice, and any food that is going bad. Please remember that dogs are not garbage disposals!

The number one cause of dog skin rashes are external dog parasites such as ticks, fleas, lice and mites. To avoid these external parasites, do not let your dog play with strangers’ pets unless you are sure they are not infected. Always keep your furry friend’s house parasite free by cleaning it well and in case that parasites do attack, treat your dog with a tick and flea shampoo or cream.

You can do shorter walks during the day to let your dogs do their business, or they can do potty in the yard, if this is your situation. The 45 minute dog walk is for exercise, so make sure you keep focused on this.

Keep treats to a minimum, and make sure they do not have a high fat or calorie content. This is where a lot of people tend to falter. You must take into account the extra calories and fat that dog treats may have in them. This can put extra weight on your dog, even if you feed a good balanced diet at feeding time.

After some careful research into dog diets, I decided to give this diet a try with my own dog. I personally considered it to be much more of a natural diet for dogs, with more possible health benefits than commercially produced pet food could offer. And I’m glad I did. My dog experienced many of the benefits mentioned above and she is a much happier and healthy dog today as a result.

Ah yes! I’m the newest fan of dog food storage containers. Good looking, practical, inexpensive and the too-plump dog’s best friend?next to you, of course!