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Healthy Dog Treats Reviews

Icelandic+™ Capelin Whole Fish Dog Treat Review

 

Icelandic+ Whole Fish Dog Treats are not only healthy, but can be used to supplement the omega-3 fats in your dog's diet! Learn more by clicking through. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Icelandic+™ and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to help share information about Icelandic+™ and their all-natural dog chews and treats, but Raising Your Pets Naturally only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Icelandic+™ is not responsible for the content of this article.

Dexter The Dog was a happy camper today. When it comes to testing and reviewing holistic and natural pet products, Dexter would like to skip the natural dog grooming reviews and head straight to the all-natural dog treats! Today was his day.

When Icelandic+™ asked me to review their all-natural fish dog treats, I first had to be sure it was a product that met my personal criteria for my pets. With all of the products I use or feed my furry kids, the very first thing I do is read the entire ingredient label. It’s always important to me to know exactly what’s inside a pet product, not just what’s on the front of the fancy packaging, but everything.

Icelandic+ Capelin Ingredients: Icelandic Capelin Whole Fish

Yes, that’s it. Just whole Capelin fish from the pure waters of Iceland. Icelandic+ dog treats and chews are manufactured within FDA, USDA, EU, and MAST standards and regulations, to ensure the freshness, purity, and integrity. I happily agreed to review Icelandic+ Capelin Whole Fish.

When our bag of Capelin treats arrived, I actually did not have time to test them right away, so I placed them in my closet. Dexter, on the other hand, was more than eager to get to work. For three days, he kept going to my closet door and sitting there, looking at me. When I opened the door to get my clothes for the day, he would dart inside, looking up at the bag of Icelandic Fish Dog Treats in anticipation.

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Pure. Natural. Unspoiled.

Finally, it was time to try Icelandic+ all natural dog treats. These whole fish dog treats are pretty impressive in size, ranging from about five to six inches long. My first thought was how Dexter would handle the size. Would he chew the fish or try to swallow it whole? To ensure safety and to see how Dexter consumed the treat, I held the end as I gave it to him to chew.

Dexter’s eyes bugged out with delight as he carefully chewed the Capelin fish. I was happy with the way Dexter chewed, so provided him with a second fish treat to eat on his own. Once again, he chewed it up bit by bit.

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Chew. Chew. Chew.

If you have a small dog or a gobbler, I would recommend this process to ensure chewing safety. If it’s a concern, you can easily break the natural fish up into three or four bite-sized pieces.

Since Dexter was so impressed with the Capelin fish, I decided Nutter The Cat and Delilah would also enjoy this healthy fish cat treats. First up was Nutter. I watched as Nutter sniffed the treat and quickly started to lick the fish. Within seconds, he was chomping on the fish and taking off bits to eat. I allowed him to eat half of the fish, then I went to Delilah.

Unlike Nutter, Delilah is a bit shy, so she wondered why I was there watching her. But the fresh aroma of the natural fish took over and she, too, started to lick the fish. Unlike Nutter, she quickly swallowed her part whole, and before I could even get up, she puked it back up. This shows me again how important it is to supervise pets who are eating new things to ensure they manage a product as expected. I will reintroduce the treat to both cats, but in bite-sized portions.

Amazing facts about Icelandic+ Capelin Whole Fish

Did you know that people living in Iceland live longer on average than people in many other countries? Maybe it’s because of their organic approach to farming and fishing, and their focus on sustainable living. Iceland is one of the cleanest fishing grounds in the North Atlantic. Iceland’s coastal waters have strict rules and regulations to ensure purity. Pure. Natural. Unspoiled.

Icelandic+ Capelin are not only a single-ingredient, but they are also line-caught fresh daily in Iceland. Everything that goes into Icelandic+ healthy dog treats are ethically sourced from Iceland. They are never bruised or damaged from nets. Each Capelin is immediately air-dried and are manufactured within FDA, USDA, EU, and MAST standards and regulations, to ensure the freshness, purity, and integrity. I love the way Icelandic+ Capelin Whole Fish are pure, clean and a natural, high-quality dog treats.

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Capelin are small, oily fish that are a great source of protein, minerals, Omega-3 fatty acids, and calcium. Providing whole fish to your dog or cat is a much healthier way to supply Omega-3 fatty acids than processed fish oils. Smaller fish like Capelin also contain fewer toxins than do larger fish. Icelandic+™ fish dog treats are available in four different flavors and varieties.: Capelin whole fish, Cod fish chips, Cod fish skin rolls and Redfish skin rolls. Each flavor and variety is 100% pure fish treats for dogs, from the cold waters of Iceland.

Icelandic+ Capelin Whole Fish are not just healthy dog treats, but also can be used to balance a fresh dog food diet. I provide Dexter a balanced, home-cooked diet. While balancing his diet, I often rotate in small, oily fish to help meet his nutritional and fat needs. I am happy to know I have another healthy fish option to include in Dexter’s rotation.

I am totally impressed with the quality of Icelandic+ ingredients and sourcing of their Capelin Whole Fish treats. They were a big hit with all of my pets. If you are looking for all natural dog treats, I can highly recommend these natural fish from Icelandic+™. It’s a huge bonus for me that I can incorporate this healthy dog treat into Dexter’s food preparation. But don’t take my word for it—give them a try for yourself.

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

Dexter and I love to take dog-friendly day trips from Ohio. We are fortunate enough to be just over an hour away from Put-in-Bay, which is located on the western end of Lake Erie. In 2014, we took a great dog-friendly day trip to Put-in-Bay, and when we read about their Octoberfest, we knew we had to go again!

When we were looking for a ferry to Put-in-Bay, we contacted Miller Boat Line. Dexter had such a great time riding the dog-friendly ferry a few years back, I felt they would be a great fit for this excursion. The Miller Boat Line is dog-friendly, family-friendly and budget-friendly, so perfect for our family. 🙂

What I really appreciate about riding the Miller Ferry Boat Line is their friendly staff, smooth ride, and quick service. Dexter? Well, he enjoys the ferry ride and smelling all the fresh air. On this trip, a little girl was feeding the seagulls, and Dexter was intrigued watching them follow the boat.

Once we arrived on the island, it was a quick walk up the hill to E’s Golf Carts for our Put-in-Bay golf cart rental. Put-in-Bay, also known as South Bass Island, is approximately 3.5 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. Given that Dexter has some mobility issues, having wheels was a definite must.

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E’s Golf Cart Rentals

Our first Put-in-Bay activity was to drive around the island in our golf cart. This was a great way to explore the island and make our game plan for the day. Dexter is a pro when it comes to riding a golf cart. I’m telling you, there is something about the wind in his ears and nose that really relaxes him.

We decided to hit the 24th annual Octoberfest in Put-in-Bay. Admission to the tent was $4 a person for all day. There wasn’t an extra charge for Dexter. The tent was lined with many food vendors. If you enjoy German-styled food such as brats, potato pancakes, apple dumplings, stuffed cabbage, pierogi, cabbage and noodles, schnitzel, and pies, this was the place to be. A lot of tables were available both inside the tent and outside. Dexter was impressed by the live polka and German band.

After lunch, we hopped back in our golf cart and headed to the Perry Peace Memorial Visitor’s Center. Put-in-Bay isn’t just a fun place to visit in Ohio; it is also rich in Ohio history. I asked if Dexter could accompany me, and we were given the green light.

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During the War of 1812, western Lake Erie was front and center in the war between the United States and Great Britain. Put-in-Bay served as the base of operations for Oliver Hazard Perry. It was from this harbor that Perry sailed and defeated the British fleet under Robert H. Barclay. If you enjoy American history, Put-in-Bay is a great place to visit.

After a little Ohio history, we jumped in the golf cart once again, and headed to Scheeff Point Park. The preserve has a lot to offer, including a walking path, bird watching, and fishing access. We took the time to walk around the shoreline, and Dexter enjoyed all the smells of Lake Erie. By this time, we were all bushed and decided it was time to call it a day and head back to the Miller Ferry Boat Line.

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Dog-friendly islands

Once again, we had such a great dog-friendly day trip to Put-in-Bay. Dexter and I are already planning for our next trip; maybe next time we will visit another one of the islands. If you are heading to Put-in-Bay with or without your dog, check out the Miller Ferry Boat Line and E’s Golf Carts! You will be happy you did.

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Put-In-Bay Adventures


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Natural Dog and Cat Anxiety Treatment

Pet Remedy Essential Oils Spray and Diffuser Review

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Dog and cat natural anxiety treatment

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

As a professional pet behavior counselor, I see a lot of scared dogs and fearful cats. It’s sad, really. I, too, have been in this boat with my golden retriever, Theo. He suffered from dog separation anxiety and he was scared of thunder and storms. It can be really tough emotionally on the human and furry family. Luckily, dog and cat anxiety treatment is available.

I take a multi-pronged approach with each pet, whether I’m working with a client or my own pets. There are five main pillars that I address with my clients.

  1. Veterinary Health Check
  2. Management
  3. Behavior Modification
  4. Food Therapy
  5. Natural Calming Aids

Within the natural calming aids pillar, some of the remedies we look at can include aromatherapy, homeopathic remedies, various massage techniques, acupuncture, flower essences, calming wraps, vitamins, or calming music.

Today, I will discuss one of the products I recommend to clients and use with my own pets, Pet Remedy. Pet Remedy is a special blend of various essential oils used to help relax and calm an anxious or stressed pet.

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Pet Remedy
  • Valerian (Valeriana officinalis): Valerian is an herb commonly used for sleep disorders and restlessness. This herb helps to calm the nervous system and acts as a mild sedative, without decreasing reaction time. Approximately 5% of people respond to Valerian with hyperactivity. This herb has a distinct ‘musk-like’ smell.
  • Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides): Vetiver is commonly used in calming blends offering a centering and grounding effect. A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Plants Studies states that Vetiver has a soothing effect and can help someone recover from a severe strain, shock, fear, or panic.
  • Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilcum): Basil oil is a good tonic for treating nervous disorders and stress-related headaches, migraines, and allergies. It is helpful for restoring the mind’s focus and clarity.
  • Spanish Sage (Salvia lavandulaefolia): Spanish Sage offers a general relaxant effect. The herb can be used to help with nervousness and excitability.

If you have read any of my reviews in the past, you know I don’t just stop with the helpful ingredients in a product. I provide the entire ingredient panel for your review.

  • Pet Remedy Spray Ingredients:  valerian oil, vetiver oil, basil oil, sage oil and water (pH neutral)
  • Pet Remedy Diffuser Ingredients:  valerian oil, vetiver oil, basil oil, sage oil, inert carrier oil (Augeo) and water (pH neutral)

But does Pet Remedy work with scared dogs or fearful cats?

As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I have been using Pet Remedy with success for my own pets for quite some time. I first started using Pet Remedy with our family’s new rescue kitty, Delilah, about 3 years ago. Currently, I use Pet Remedy with Dexter.

Delilah’s story and experience: Delilah was rescued from a local cat shelter as a kitten. She came into our home very stressed and lacking any confidence. We started to use Pet Remedy by spraying her bedding and a few toys that were around the house. Delilah would always gravitate to the items that were sprayed. Whenever she lay next to the bed or the toys, it seemed to help her come out into the main part of the home. We did also add confidence-boosting flower essences to her daily routine, along with play therapy.

Now, she’s been part of the family for three years and still is not totally confident, but she is no longer fearful or stressed. Whenever we have a home event that is a bit stressful for her (family gatherings, home improvements, etc.), we spray her bedding with Pet Remedy.

Dexter’s story and experience: Dexter has no fear. He is one of the most confident dogs I know, and his fearless personality is a true blessing. However, he does have a neurological condition, and on days that his disease is a bit more painful, he scratches his head a bit obsessively because of discomfort. He also has seasonal allergies, and some days he just wants to dig at his feet.

These are the times that I use our Pet Remedy spray. I spray my hands and do a once-over rub around Dexter’s head and neck. He quickly settles down and relaxes—no more scratching or digging. The calming effects of the essential oils help to soothe and ease Dexter’s mind.

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Pet Remedy Diffuser

I’m definitely a fan of the Pet Remedy spray. They also have a calming plug-in diffuser. The diffuser works in a 650 square foot room, and lasts about 8 weeks. If Delilah still had ongoing anxiety, I would definitely consider using the diffuser in her bedroom. When I started using this product, I was unaware of the diffuser.

I will continue to use it for my own pets and will continue to recommend the product to my clients working with pet anxiety. If you have a pet with anxiety, I urge you to seek professional help to learn how to help your pet cope and build up confidence. You can safely add Pet Remedy to your training program with confidence.

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Dog-friendly Chicago activities

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Extended Stay America and Shoreline Sightseeing. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

For those of you who have been following Dexter’s dog-friendly vacations, you probably already know that Dexter loves his boat rides! Whenever we visit a dog-friendly city with a body of water, we always look for a boat tour, and Chicago was no different. Not only did we feel the need to find a boat tour, we also chose Shoreline Sightseeing once again! You see, we took our first ever boat tour with Shoreline Sightseeing when we visited Chicago in 2013 and had such a great time, we felt the need to do this tour justice and write a full article about our experience. 🙂

We decided to take the Architecture River Tour so we could really get a feel for the Chicago skyscrapers. We picked up our tickets early so I had plenty of time to take photos of Dexter and could be first in line. I wanted to get that front row seat to allow plenty of foot space for Dexter and his pal Levi to rest during the ride. All the folks on staff at Shoreline Sightseeing were very friendly and helpful. Not only were they dog-friendly, but the staff doted on the dogs, which the pups always appreciate.

Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture Tour did not disappoint! This 75-minute dog-friendly Chicago boat tour was full of surprises. I was looking forward to a relaxing evening viewing the amazing skyscrapers, but had no idea that our tour guide Ben would do such an amazing job narrating and explaining about each building, including history and architecture design styles. And he was a hoot and so entertaining! I think one of my favorite things about Ben’s insider’s glimpse into the buildings is that I could tell he enjoyed what he was doing and truly knew what he was talking about. It was a real experience.

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Our tour guide, Ben

How did the dogs enjoy their Chicago boat cruise? After all the air sniffing, they were lulled to sleep. These boys are so relaxed during their rides, they go right to bed. Something about the gentle rocking of the boat, the lake breeze, and the scent of the open water just mesmerizes these boys into a deep relaxation. It’s a great way to end our dog-friendly Chicago trip.

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Levi almost asleep

Whether you are looking for dog-friendly things to do in Chicago or want to leave Fido at home, Shoreline Sightseeing has the perfect cruise for you! Plan a group trip, architecture tour, or even a fireworks tour with Shoreline—they have something for everyone. Tell them Dexter sent you.

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

One of my favorite pastimes is traveling with my dog, Dexter. Dexter and I love dog-friendly weekend trips. Dexter and I were invited to speak about cats at Anderson Animal Shelter’s Pets-a-Palooza Pet Festival, so we made a weekend trip out of it. Once again, we took our good friends Levi and Chris. It’s always more fun to travel with friends.

When I’m searching for a dog-friendly hotel, I look for five things I want in my dog-friendly accommodation.

  1. Safety
  2. Location
  3. Refrigerator
  4. Cleanliness
  5. Friendliness

When I was looking for a dog-friendly hotel in the Chicago area, I found Extended Stay America – Chicago – Lombard – Oak Brook. The hotel is located at 2701 Technology Dr., Lombard, IL, which is about 30 minutes from Chicago. After reading some reviews, I decided the hotel sounded like it would be a clean, friendly, and safe hotel to call home for the weekend.

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Dexter and I have stayed at various Extended Stay Americas over the years, and we have always been very happy. One of the best attributes for us is that all the Extended Stay Americas are designed for longer stays (and are great for shorter stays too) and include a lot of great perks. The rooms are spacious and feature an amazing kitchen area with a full refrigerator/freezer, microwave, stovetop, and dining and cooking utensils. Because Dexter eats fresh food, this is so important to me. I really appreciate the kitchen space.

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Large kitchen and living area

The Extended Stay America – Chicago – Lombard – Oak Brook offers free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, iron and ironing board, on-site guest laundry, grab-and-go breakfast, large in-room work space, and updated bathrooms. While checking in, I was offered full-service cleaning, but I declined this service since I prefer not to have housecleaning in my room when I’m traveling with Dexter.

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Grab-and-go breakfast

We booked the studio suite with 2 queen beds. Our Extended Stay America room was amazing and perfect for our weekend trip. We had lots of great foot space, chairs, large closet space, lots of dresser drawers, and a great eating bar. The room was clean and fresh, including the bathroom and the kitchen area. The beds and pillows were comfortable and clean, including the mattresses.

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Comfortable and clean beds

It’s all about the doggie potty breaks for Dexter. Our Extended Stay America had a lot of great walking areas and green space for Dexter to relieve himself outdoors. Hotel safety is so important to me, since I tend to travel alone and Dexter needs frequent potty breaks through the day and night. During the evenings, I prefer to stay in well-lit areas, close to the hotel entrances, and the hotel had plenty of walking and green space right up front on both sides of the entrance. I felt perfectly safe walking Dexter there at night. During the day, I was able to walk the hotel grounds with Dexter and even around the pond adjacent to the hotel. I had zero concerns walking Dexter around any part of the hotel, which was very comforting.

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Lots of safe green areas to walk.

Once again, our stay at Extended Stay America was a wonderful experience. This dog-friendly hotel was well-maintained, safe, and in a perfect location for our adventures. The hotel staff was extremely friendly and always asked how we were when we came in and out, and checked if we needed anything. The TV and Wi-Fi had great reception, the bedding and linens were clean, and the bathroom was stocked. The hotel met my five criteria of being safe and clean, in a good location, with refrigerator and friendly staff. I would certainly stay at the Extended Stay America in Chicago – Lombard – Oak Brook. again. For more information on finding a dog-friendly Extended Stay America on your next vacation, visit their website.

 

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

Have you ever wondered when the right time is to spay or neuter a dog? There is no doubt that overpopulation is a huge issue here in the United States, but is it healthier for your dog to spay or neuter early, or is it more beneficial for your dog to wait until he or she has reached social maturity, typically one to two years of age? Today, I wanted to touch on some of the pros and cons of early spaying and neutering. A little food for thought for a later discussion.

Pros for Neutering or Spaying a Dog

  • Controls unwanted litters
  • Females won’t go into heat
  • Prevents most reproductive organ disease
  • Helps prevent male wandering

Cons for Neutering or Spaying a Dog Prior to Maturity

  • Higher risk of hip dysplasia
  • Higher risk of cranial cruciate ligament tear
  • Higher risk of lymphosarcoma
  • Higher risk of mast cell tumors
  • Higher risk of bone cancer
  • Higher risk of incontinence
  • Higher risk of cystitis, i.e. bladder inflammation

When is the Best Time to Spay or Neuter a Dog?

Asking when is the best time to spay or neuter a dog is not as simple as it may appear. This is also a decision you should not take lightly—due diligence, research and knowing your specific dog are key. There are also other non-traditional ways to sterilize a pet without desexing. Speak with your veterinarian before making your final decision.

If you decide to wait until your dog has reached full maturity, responsible dog parents must ensure your dog does not wander and your female does not have an unintentional pregnancy. If you have a female dog, our friends at PABS Delay Her Spay have a unique product to help ensure a female dog in heat does not get pregnant!

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Delay Her Spay pet-breeding prevention harness is a unique natural dog harness that covers the girl parts, preventing any male from gaining entry. 😉 As a bonus, the Delay Her Spay harness also comes with its own Sani-T Pad™, which acts in the same way as a human sanitary pad. These pads are washable and reusable. And don’t worry—the harness still allows your dog to urinate and defecate while wearing the system.

Yes, I tried it out on my dad’s dog, Vanessa. Although Vanessa is an eleven-year-old spayed female, she agreed to be my model and guinea pig. The first thing I noticed about the Delay Her Spay harness was the cute black-and-white gingham print and soft, flexible straps.

The harness offers an eight-point buckle system, which is adjustable to ensure a comfortable fit. I have to admit, my eyes bugged out a bit when I saw all the buckles. But luckily, it came with an easy-to-follow instruction sheet, so it really wasn’t that difficult once I got rolling.

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Covers private parts

After I fitted Vanessa, she sort of just looked at me, like “now what?” My dad encouraged her to walk around for treats, and once she realized she could move, she moved easily in her normal gait. She even ran barking to the door when a neighbor came over! Lol

The Delay Her Spay harness comes in five sizes, for dogs from 8-120 pounds. It is also highly recommended not to leave your female and male together unsupervised.

Delay Her Spay is an innovative, safe, and natural solution to keep a female dog from getting pregnant. The Sani-T Pad™ also keeps your home clean when your dog is in heat. By using this harness system, you may safely wait to spay your dog when the time is right, allowing you to spay your dog when it’s best for her health, not just your convenience. Visit PABS Delay Her Spay today and use promo code: RaiseYourPetsNaturally10 for 10% OFF your first order. They offer a variety of videos, including seeing the system in action.

Check out Vanessa’s Moves

 

References:

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0055937

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2017/01/11/age-of-spaying-neutering.aspx

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2013/04/10/early-spaying.aspx

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Changing to a Raw Dog Food or Raw Cat Food Diet

Species Appropriate Diets and Pet Nutrition

How to Switch to a Raw Pet Food Brand from Dry Pet Food

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Disclaimer: This is a post is sponsored by Darwin’s Natural Pet Products. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

I am so happy you are looking to switch your dog or cat from a dry, highly-processed pet food to a fresh, natural raw pet food diet. Yay! You should be extremely pleased with yourself that you are ready to make the leap. Your dog or cat’s health will improve dramatically after you change to a raw pet food, such as Darwin’s Natural Pet Products. But the big question is always, HOW. SLOWLY.

If your pet has been eating dry dog food for most of his life, his gut may not be in the best shape. But don’t worry, by switching to a raw dog or raw cat food, you will be working at restoring his gut microbiome, which is essential to good health.

Transitioning Your Dog to a Raw Dog Food Brand

Plan on transitioning your dog full time to raw over about 7-10 days. By changing your dog’s food from dry kibble to raw slowly, you will help prevent gastrointestinal upset. However, don’t be surprised if your dog’s stools change. You may even notice a little mucus coating as your dog goes through a detoxification and his body eliminates toxins he has built up over time. As your dog eats more fresh food, he will also start to utilize the nutrients and eventually his stools will likely become firmer and smaller. This is all good!

  • Raw dog food should be served at room or body temperature
  • Days 1-3: Start your dog’s transition with a 75/25 split of his old food and new food.
  • Days 4-5: Increase the raw food to a 50/50 split.
  • Days 6-7: Increase the raw food to a 25/75 split.
  • Day 8: You did it! 100% raw.

Transitioning Your Cat to a Raw Cat Food Brand

Oh, the finicky cat! It’s not necessarily that your cat is finicky; it’s just that cats can be leery of change, especially when their cat food is changing. But changing your cat from a dry cat food or a canned cat food to a raw cat food diet is worth the time and effort it may take.

No More Free-Feeding Cats

If your cat is used to having a bowl of food available 24/7, that’s the first thing to change. Start with four regular feeding times per day. Place your cat’s current food down for about 30 minutes, then remove what he doesn’t eat until his next feeding. Be patient with your kitty. However, it’s important to realize that cats will starve themselves, so do not allow more than 24 hours in between meals.

Once you have established a cat feeding schedule, add about ½ tablespoon of the raw cat food to your cat’s current food. At this point, you just want your cat to start getting accustomed to the taste, smell and texture of the food. Just like raw dog food, the food should be at room temperature, not cold. If your cat refuses, add even less raw with your cat’s regular food.

Once your cat is eating his raw and dry cat food, very gradually increase the amount of raw and decrease the dry. SLOWLY. You can expect this transition to take about four weeks. If your cat is eating a mix of raw and kibble, but not quite making the 100% switch, that’s okay. Just keep going, but a bit slower. Your patience will be worth it in the end!

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Raw cat food diet

Pro Tip from Darwin’s Natural Pet Products“Feed you cat on a small plate. Put their usual food in the middle and dab half moon shapes of Darwin’s around the lip of the plate. The cat will eat it. We don’t know why, It has zero scientific backup, but has worked for most customers in the past.”

Transitioning Tips, Concerns and Reminders

  • Raw pet food should be served at body or room temperature. To achieve this, stir in a little warm water.
  • Most prepared raw diets can be lightly cooked (raw), which can help during the transition period. Once transitioned, lessen the cooking to get back to raw.
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Lightly cook raw pet food
  • Use a flat plate to feed your cat.
  • Not all pets tolerate a raw pet food diet. Some pets have a weakened immune system and they cannot process raw food. In this case, consider lightly cooking a prepared raw or a home-cooked diet.
  • If you are concerned, speak to a holistic vet specializing in fresh diets.
  • Be patient, but don’t starve your cat.  Cats must eat every 24 hours.

Once you have successfully switched your dog or cat from a dry pet food to a fresh, raw pet food brand, you should start to see your pet’s health improve. His coat will likely get shiny, his energy will improve, and he will be so happy he is eating a fresh and healthy pet food. But don’t stop at one protein source; it’s important to rotate proteins and other ingredients to ensure optimal health and nutrition. More on that topic soon!

If you’re looking for a fresh, healthy pet food, check out Darwin’s Natural Pet Products! Try Darwin’s for Only $14.95 for 10lbs. Darwin’s has an introductory offer that an assortment of our premium raw pet food meals – free-range and cage-free meats (with organic vegetables in our dog meals.)


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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

If you are anything like me, you are always trying to find the best pet products, natural dog grooming supplies, and the healthiest dog food brand for your favorite canine. But the reality is, there is not a “one size fits all” answer to what is “best.” Every dog needs a diet that is specific to his health, behavior, and lifestyle. Personally, I’m a huge believer in frequent rotation of healthy, homemade dog food, raw dog food, and holistic pet pre-mixes. I never feed dry dog food or dry cat food. Dry pet food is heavily processed at high heat, removing all the moisture and goodness of the food. A balanced homemade dog food or raw pet food is the only way to provide a fresh, healthy diet.

If you have visited Raising Your Pets Naturally in the past, you probably know that I home-cook for Dexter almost exclusively. However, I do occasionally recommend and use great dog food brands, especially when traveling. Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm Superfood Pre-Mix filled this need when Dexter and I traveled to Minnesota for a week. Instead of traveling with a week’s worth of frozen dog food, I brought Dr. Harvey’s dehydrated pre-mix with me, and purchased organic beef upon my arrival.

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Before I go into how easy it is to make this healthy dog food, I want to discuss all the health benefits of Paradigm and why I choose Dr. Harvey’s for Dexter. As you know, I’m very particular in what I feed Dexter, and I do not cut any corners when it comes to his health.

The formula contains powerful ingredients, each of which has been chosen to provide vital nutrition for health and healing. Paradigm is a grain-free dog food mix that provides a holistic blend of nutritious dehydrated vegetables and powerful healing herbs that improve health and act as natural blood purifiers. Inside, you will find bone broth; herbs such as turmeric, spirulina, ginger, red clover, milk thistle, slippery elm, dandelion and cinnamon; and absolutely no dyes, fillers, preservatives, wheat, corn or soy.

Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm is a pre-mix base for a nutritionally complete dog or cat food. This low-carbohydrate, low-glycemic pet food mix may be helpful for pets with a variety of health issues such as obesity, weakened immune system, diabetes, cancer, and neurological conditions. Paradigm is a blend of low-glycemic vegetables that digest slowly to prevent glucose level spikes combined with an abundance of powerful and nourishing antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that support all body systems and aid in healing. I felt this would be a great pre-mix, since Dexter suffers from a neurological condition and weakened immune system.

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Paradigm is a ketogenic diet for dogs and cats. A ketogenic diet is low in carbohydrates. A low-carb formulation robs cancer cells of their sugar (glucose) energy supply, so instead of using carbs for energy, your pet will start to use stored fat for energy instead. A ketogenic diet can essentially starve cancer cells, decreases seizures, lowers blood sugar levels, burns fat, and increases mental focus. Holistic vets agree that a low-carb or ketogenic diet may be helpful in the management of canine cancer.

Paradigm Ingredients-Broccoli, Green Beans, Bone Broth, Red and Green Bell Pepper, Cabbage, Pumpkin, Celery, Kelp, Alfalfa, Turmeric, Spirulina, Ginger, Red Clover, Milk Thistle, Slippery Elm, Dandelion, Cinnamon, Tricalcium Phosphate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Proteinate, Vitamin A Acetate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid

Watch how easy it is to make healthy dog food in your own kitchen!

Paradigm makes it easy and safe to prepare fresh meals in a matter of minutes, right in your own kitchen.

  1. Add hot water to Paradigm and let sit for approximately 8-10 minutes.
  2. Add your choice of quality protein, either lightly cooked or raw.
  3. Add your choice of healthy oil.
  4. Mix well and feed.
  5. Watch your dog or cat lap up their healthy, real food!

Dexter’s favorite part was diving into his bowl of Paradigm. Dexter is a foodie, and loves to eat healthy and tasty food. If there was such a thing as smell-a-blog, I would love it right about now. The Paradigm smelled amazing! The mix of healthy herbs made this healthy dog food a real treat for Dexter. He gobbled up each meal and licked the bowl so clean it almost looked unused!

Paradigm empowers you to take your dog’s health into your own hands by adding a quality protein and oil sources that you pick to meet your dog’s needs. It’s really easy to prepare a healthy, fresh dog food with Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm Superfood Pre-Mix. You can easily prepare a week’s worth of food, portion into daily servings, and freeze.

I’ve been a fan of Dr. Harvey’s for as long as I can remember. As a pioneer and the very first companion animal food producer in the ultra-natural and all-natural category of pet food, the team at Dr. Harvey’s has dedicated itself over the past three decades to a powerful vision: helping guardians give their companion animals a better, healthier, happier, longer, and more fulfilling life.

If you are looking for a quality pre-mix for your dog or cat, I can’t recommend Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm enough. Hop on over to Dr. Harvey’s website and see for yourself. Tell them Dexter The Dog sent you.

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

From the beginning of my 20-year career in dog behavior, I have been asked, “What is the best dog food?” Over the years, my answer has remained the same: “It depends.” Truly, finding the best dog food for your dog depends on a lot of factors. Are you looking for the best dog food for skin allergies, homemade dog food recipes, raw dog food recipes, or a prepared holistic pet food?

When people ask me what the best dry dog food is, I basically cringe. I get it. I know some people are always going to feed a dry dog food, but I don’t think a dry pet food is the healthiest option for your dog and certainly not for your cat. Dry pet food is heavily processed at high heat, removing all the moisture and goodness from the food. Fresh food, whether from a balanced home-cooked diet, balanced home-prepared raw, raw pet food company, or home-cooked pet food company will always provide a fresher, healthier diet.

When people ask me for the best dog food, I assume they want to feed their dogs a species-appropriate, high-quality dog food. I personally look for several things when evaluating the quality of a dog food. In a good dog food, I’m looking for meat, meat, and more meat. I shoot for 70% or more meat in Dexter‘s diet. I look for meats free of antibiotics and hormones. The remaining portion of Dexter’s food can be healthy fruits and vegetables, and I’m not opposed to healthy grains or carbohydrates in small quantities. Ideally, I look for ingredients that are organic, human-grade, and sourced in a country with a good quality-control program.

Figuring out all the details when choosing a pet food brand can be time consuming, but Dexter is well worth the time. If you have visited Raising Your Pets Naturally in the past, you probably know that I home-cook for Dexter almost exclusively. However, I do occasionally recommend and use great dog food brands, especially when traveling. Darwin’s Pet Products is one of those brands.

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I’m a big fan of a raw-food dog diet. However, it’s not for every person, and it’s not for every dog. Dexter is one of these dogs. With Dexter’s neurological condition and weakened immune system, he does not tolerate a fresh raw diet very well; he tends to get the scoots. However, Darwin’s raw dog food can be gently cooked “rare” (i.e., cooking the meat, but not the ground bones). This is what I do when feeding Darwin’s to Dexter, and he does great, with no digestion issues.

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Gently Cooked Dog Food

Does Dexter like Darwin’s Natural Pet Products? Seriously? You have to ask? Dexter is a huge fan. He gobbles up every last morsel and looks at me for seconds. The question should be whether or not I like a particular pet food brand. I have been a fan of Darwin’s Natural Pet Products for a few years, and even rotate their cat food into Nutter The Cat‘s diet.

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Gobbled every last bit

Darwin’s raw dog food is 75% meat, 25% vegetables, and under 1% trace minerals and vitamins. No guesswork on how much meat your dog is getting. And it’s not low-quality meat that you might find in a rendering plant or low-quality pet food manufacturing facility. Darwin’s offers two dog food lines: Natural Selections and ZooLogics. Their Natural Selections line contains high-quality, antibiotic- and hormone-free meats from New Zealand, Australia, and the USA, with organic vegetables. Their ZooLogics line is a more economical line of raw dog food, made with conventionally-grown meats and vegetables from the same farms that supply your supermarket.

Currently, Darwin’s offers raw dog food made with chicken, duck, turkey, beef, or lamb. Darwin’s eliminates the middle-man by shipping directly to the customer. They even include a pre-paid return label so you can return the special insulated shipping container back to Darwin’s. If you live in the Seattle and Portland Metropolitan Areas, you receive free home delivery!

Darwin’s raw dog food is super simple to feed. Each 8-ounce frozen, vacuum-sealed bag has an EZ Peel tab in the corner, making it a breeze to open without a mess. They also provide a nice container with a lid to store any unused food. Frozen food can last at least six months when kept frozen. Once defrosted, keep the raw pet food in the refrigerator for up to two days.

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Darwin’s Natural Pet Products

The first step in our transition was to thaw two packages of the raw Natural Selections turkey. This was easy—I just placed a block in the handy container provided, and popped it into the refrigerator for the day. The next day, I gently cooked Dexter’s food and allowed it to cool. Because Dexter is used to a variety of foods, I was able to quickly transition him to test out Darwin’s gently cooked dog food. I started with a 50/50 mix of his current food and Darwin’s. By day two, Dexter was happily eating Darwin’s raw turkey, but gently cooked. He was a happy camper!

Darwin’s Raw Turkey Dog Food Ingredients: Free-Range Meat (76.90%): Turkey Necks (including bone), Turkey Thigh Meat, Turkey Livers, Turkey Hearts, and Turkey Gizzards. Organic Vegetables (22.34%): Romaine Lettuce, Yams, Zucchini, Carrots, Yellow Squash, Celery, and Parsley (vegetables may vary based on seasonality). Special Nutrient Mix (0.77%): Organic Flax Seed Oil, Sea Salt, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B12, Iodine, Vitamin D3. Free-Range Meat (76.90%): Turkey Necks (including bone), Turkey Thigh Meat, Turkey Livers, Turkey Hearts, and Turkey Gizzards. Organic Vegetables (22.34%): Romaine Lettuce, Yams, Zucchini, Carrots, Yellow Squash, Celery, and Parsley (vegetables may vary based on seasonality). Special Nutrient Mix (0.77%): Organic Flax Seed Oil, Sea Salt, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B12, Iodine, Vitamin D3.

If you are unsure where to start in your selection or transition, Darwin’s offers a free menu consultation. Darwin’s Intelligent Design™ Veterinary line is a great option for dogs who need a special formulation for a medical issue. These are specialized formulas designed to provide extra support to dogs facing certain health issues. Unlike your typical “veterinary diet,” these meals are actually made with high-quality, real food! Darwin’s Natural Pet Products raw dog food is a total hit with both Dexter and me. If you are looking to find a high-quality raw diet for your dog, I urge you to check out Darwin’s Natural Pet Products. Tell them Dexter sent you.


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Dog-Friendly Annapolis Boat Cruise

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Extended Stay America. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

During our dog-friendly vacation in Maryland, I knew I wanted to take Dexter on a boat ride. Dexter LOVES taking boat rides. I think there is something about the gentle rocking of the boat, the breeze in his ears and the scent of the open water that just mesmerizes Dexter.

While searching online for a dog-friendly boat cruise, I found Cruises on the Bay℠ by Watermark®. I messaged them about bringing Dexter aboard their boat, and they were very helpful and friendly in our conversations. With over 45 years of experience, this was the Annapolis dog-friendly cruise I wanted to take Dexter aboard.

Watermark’s cruises are pet-friendly as long as dogs are friendly and leashed, and the dogs cruise free of charge! The boat also had restrooms and a full bar and cruise mementos. I have to admit, I wanted to purchase a souvenir, but totally forgot.

Dog-Friendly Annapolis, Maryland Activities. We enjoyed a great dog-friendly cruise on the Annapolis Harbor thanks to Cruises on the Bay by Watermark. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Dog-Friendly Annapolis Activities

While purchasing our ticket, the nice gentleman was telling me all about his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Everyone was very happy to see Dexter and Levi board the cruise ship. Our 40-minute narrated cruise left from the City Dock at 7 pm.

We sat on the upper deck to get the most out of our dog-friendly boat cruise. It was a sunny and warm evening, but the breeze cut down the heat and Dexter and I positioned ourselves in the shade. We learned so much of the area’s history listening to the narration while sightseeing the waterways of the Annapolis Harbor. Seeing the U.S. Navy Academy was a treat, too.

Dog-Friendly Annapolis, Maryland Activities. We enjoyed a great dog-friendly cruise on the Annapolis Harbor thanks to Cruises on the Bay by Watermark. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Levi sleeping

Both Dexter and his travel buddy, Levi, enjoyed smelling the fresh air and looking around. Eventually, both dogs were lulled to sleep. Whether you are looking for dog-friendly things to do in Annapolis or want to leave Fido at home, Watermark has the perfect cruise for you! Plan a group trip, field trip, or private charter with their team of specialists. Tell them Dexter sent you.

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