My wife and I have been trying to feed our dogs more whole foods and home-cooked meals. The simple reason for this is that most dog foods are full of junk ingredients. For example, the first three ingredients in Purina Dog Chow – one of the most popular commercial dog foods – are: whole grain corn, meat and bone meal, and corn gluten meal. In other words, it's basically … [Read more...] about Why You Shouldn’t Feed Your Dog Canned Beans (But Dried Beans Are OK)
My wife and I frequently use ground cumin in our cooking – it's actually her favorite spice. So that got us wondering: is cumin good for dogs? Even though cumin is safe for dogs in small amounts, it doesn't appear to have any health benefits. On the other hand, in large amounts, it can upset their stomach and cause digestive issues. If you're looking for herbs and spices … [Read more...] about Is Cumin Good for Dogs?
Some dogs will literally eat anything and everything. It doesn’t matter how much you spoil them, or how much love and money goes into preparing their favorite food; they just can’t resist sampling any number of random things, and hair ties are no exception. In May 2019, a Goldendoodle from Texas, US, had to have surgery to remove over 100 hair ties from his stomach. This is … [Read more...] about What to Do if Your Dog Swallows a Hair Tie
Vaseline, which is a brand name petroleum jelly, is a common household product with many uses. But, did you know vets also use and recommend petroleum jelly to treat dogs in various ways? For example, one of the most common ways petroleum jelly is used for dogs is to put a little bit on their paws when they go outside in the winter. The petroleum jelly acts as a water … [Read more...] about What to Do if Your Dog Has Eaten Vaseline (Symptoms and Treatment)
As dog owners, we're used to our furry friends energetically greeting us when we walk through the door; getting excited any time we mention going for a walk or car ride; and buzzing around like little bees when they're bored and restless... But what if your dog stops behaving this way for no apparent reason? What if one day, out of the blue, they just don't seem interested … [Read more...] about What to Do If Your Dog Has No Energy
My Pit bull-mix, Morty has chewed up and scarfed down plenty of garments over the years. Everything from t-shirts to underwear to socks. In fact, socks are one of the most common items dogs like to swallow. Thankfully, this hasn't caused him any serious problems, but that's not always the case for every pup that snacks on a sock. While it's not exactly clear why this … [Read more...] about What to Do if Your Dog Swallows a Sock
Some dogs will swallow anything they can fit in their mouth, including Ziploc bags. Though, it's worth noting dogs don't have brand loyalty – any plastic bag will do. In fact, I was once friends with a guy who's Boxer loved to eat plastic bottles. If your dog swallowed a Ziploc bag, don't panic. Wait two hours to see if your dog throws up the bag. If it has been more than … [Read more...] about What to Do if Your Dog Swallows a Ziploc Bag
So, you've got a rat problem, and you decide to do what most people do, and you get some rat poison... It makes sense, but as a pet owner, you should be warned that dogs and cats sometimes like to eat or lick rat poison. Continue reading for more information about the symptoms and treatment... If you have witnessed your dog eat or lick rat poison; eat a rat that has been … [Read more...] about What to Do if Your Dog Has Eaten Rat Poison (Symptoms & Treatment)
As humans, it's easy for us to underestimate just how important a dog's teeth are to them. If we chip a tooth, it's usually a vanity problem more than anything else. We go to the dentist, get the tooth repaired or replaced, and move on with our life as if nothing happened. However, what if your dog chips a tooth? It's usually a much more serious health problem for them. A … [Read more...] about What to Do If Your Dog Breaks a Tooth (Symptoms & Treatment)
So, you're eating some chicken or pita bread with za’atar on it, and you're wondering if it's safe to give your dog a bite? I wouldn't do it, and this is why... In general, it's usually a bad idea to feed a dog anything that has lots of herbs and spices on it. If you want to give your dog some "human food," it's best to give them whole foods without any seasoning, such as … [Read more...] about Can Dogs Eat Za’atar Spice?