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Ten of the Healthiest Human Foods for Dogs

Dogs love veggies too! Callie loves bananas and blueberries and recently I wondered what other ‘human’ foods I could give her, so I did some research and wanted to share the list. ūüôā

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1. Cantaloupe 

Believe it or not, the same fruit salad staple that humans have come to know and love is just as good for dogs. They’re full of vitamins that will help with your canine’s eyesight, as well as lots of vitamin A and lots of beta carotene, which helps reduce the risk of cancer and prevents cell damage. It’s also a good source of vitamins B-6 and C, fiber, folate, niacin and potassium.

2. Green Beans
Getting your dog to eat his green beans will probably be easier than getting your kids to do the same. Green beans are good for your pooch because of their omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, C, and K. They’re also a good source of calcium, copper, fiber, folic acid, iron, niacin, manganese, potassium, riboflavin and thiamin, as well as beta carotene. Essentially, they’re the superpower of vegetables for your pooch.

3. Spinach
Although it’s high in iron (with almost twice as much of it as most other sources), spinach is a particularly good option for your dog since it helps fend off inflammatory and cardiovascular issues, along with cancer.

4. Apples
Besides the fact that it’s super fun to watch a dog eat an apple, the powerful antioxidants and loads of vitamin C will do wonders for your dog’s diet, as well.

5. Pumpkin
Feed your dog pumpkin to load him up on fiber, vitamin A and anti-oxidants to help alleviate diarrhea and constipation and to promote his overall cardiovascular health.

6. Sweet Potatoes
A great source of vitamins E, A, B-6 and C, as well as calcium, iron, folate, potassium, copper, thiamine and iron, sweet potatoes are a wonderful (and super tasty!) addition to any pooch’s dinner bowl.

7. Blueberries
Blueberries, with their high levels of resveratrol and their anti-cancer and heart disease fighting qualities, make a great option for your dog’s diet. As an added bonus, the tannins found in blueberries also help prevent urinary tract infections.

8. Watermelon
Give your pooch a piece of this delicious summer treat and you’ll be loading him with up with tons of healthy vitamin A, B-6 and C, as well as thiamin.

9. Asparagus
When cut into bite size pieces, Asparagus makes a healthy veggie option for your dog because of its vitamin K, A, B1, B2, C and E, along with the folate, iron, copper, fiber, manganese and potassium that’s found in them. Yum!

10. Brussels Sprouts
Maybe if your kid sees your dog eating her brussels sprouts, she’ll hop on board and eat them, too? And your dog should be eating brussels sprouts for their vitamins K and G, manganese, folate, fiber, potassium and vitamins A, B1 and B6.

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Five Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe in the Snow

Walking dogs is a great way to get exercise while appreciating the frozen terrain. However, it’s important for dog owners to pay attention to common wintertime hazards. And with most of the United States currently under a deep freeze, I thought I would share these helpful tips!1381955_31947046

Here are five easy ways to keep your pet happy, healthy, and safe on every dog walk this winter.

1. Look for Signs of Exposure
Smaller breeds with less fur are more susceptible to cold weather, but the AAHA  recommends that all pet owners look for the following signs of exposure while walking dogs in cold temperatures:

  • Whining
  • Shivering
  • Appearing anxious
  • Slowing down
  • Stopping movement
  • Looking for places to burrow

If you notice any of these signs, return indoors immediately. As a general rule, it’s good practice to remember that if you’re cold, your dog is too!

2. Always Use a Leash
According to the APDT, more dogs are lost in the winter than in any other season. Use a leash when walking a dog in the winter as unleashed dogs may run onto semi-frozen lakes or ponds.
3.  Keep Your Dog Hydrated
Dogs are just as likely to get dehydrated in the winter as they are in the summer, according to the AKC. Be sure to provide plenty of fresh water before and after walking a dog walk during the winter season. Keep in mind that snow is not a suitable alternative to fresh water.
4. Be Aware of Chemicals
Sidewalks and driveways are frequently topped with chemicals like antifreeze and ice melters throughout the winter. These chemicals can get onto dogs’ feet and cause abrasions. Dogs may also lick chemicals off their feet, resulting in stomach problems.Consider dressing your dog in booties when going on a walk. If your dog will not wear booties, use a warm cloth to wipe their paws immediately after you return from a walk.¬†ASPCA¬†also suggests Musher’s Secret as an alternative to booties. The waxy substance can be applied to your dog’s paws and will protect toes and paw pads outdoors.

5. Check for Frostbite
A dog’s footpads, nose, ear tips, and tail are at the highest risk for frostbite during the winter, according to¬†PetMD. After each walk, check these points on your dog for frostbite. Frostbitten skin will stay pale and cold — even after being inside. The skin may also swell and turn red. Always consult a veterinarian if you believe your dog has frostbite.Preparing for these common cold-weather hazards can help you create a safe and pleasant walk for your pup, even as the temperatures drop.

Stay warm!