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Benefits of a Grain-Free Diet

Pet Parents Are Switching to a Grain-Free Diet

Pet parents are voting with their dollars, and are buying only pet food without corn, rice, wheat or soy. After switching from grain-based diet to a grain-free diet, pets (cats, dogs and horses) are getting healthier!

Here is a list of symptoms pets have from eating a grain-based diet:

Itchy skin allergies
Irritable bowel syndrome
Inflammatory bowel disease

Your Pet May Be Sensitive to Its Food

Being sensitive or intolerant to food is more common than having a food allergy. Your pet may only be sensitive to the grains that he/she is eating.  Actually, having a food allergy is rare in pets.

How did this sensitivity to food happen? Pet food manufacturers added grains as a filler to decrease their costs. Adding fillers does save pet manufacturers money, but it causes digestive problems in your pet!

100 years ago, pets only got table scraps. No one really cared then what their pets ate. Today, pet parents care more about their pets and about their pets’ health. Since more grain-free pet food is being purchased, pet food manufacturers needed to pay attention to this new demand. As a result, there are more grain-free recipes for pets than ever before. Be careful though. There are still high quality grain-free pet food and low quality grain-free pet food.

Test Your Pet’s Food

Dr. Jean Dodd has invented a NutriScan test. Since this test is a salivary test, it can be done at home or at your vet’s office. This test does not test for food allergies; it only tests for food sensitivities. (Check with your pet insurance company to find out if this diagnostic test is covered.) The test is $298. Click on the link to request the NutriScan test.

Obesity Problem among Pets

If your pet is overweight, replacing the grain with protein will make your pet less hungry. Laura Duclos, PhD, Director of Research & Development, Nature’s Variety recommends rotational feeding. This means changing the protein in the food so that your pet isn’t eating the same food every day.

How to Get the Perfect Dog Food

Rick Ketcham is retired, and is doing what he loves to do. Rick Ketcham is a doggie chef who will cook homemade dog food, and deliver it personally to your front door. Your dogs will love his homemade food. Check out his website ocDoggieDinners

In Conclusion

Grain-free pet food is the trend, but not all grain-free diets are the same. Pet food manufacturers continue to find short cuts to decrease their costs. For instance, and this is shocking, pet food manufacturers add meat that is obtained from a vet, and I’m describing euthanized pets. If your dog is acting lazy, it could be from eating anesthesia. Here is the link to back up this claim. In addition, GMO (genetically modified organisms) also could be added to the pet food in order to decrease the cost to the pet food manufacturer. GMO foods is still a mystery. No one really knows how your pet (or even you) will react to a genetically modified organism. Blue Freedom stands out as a high quality grain-free diet.

Poisons in Your House

The number one household danger, when you have pets, is the trash can. Inside your trash can is food, paper, plastics… I’m sure that you can see the picture. Your pet smells the foods in the trash can, and eats the onion, garlic, paper, plastics, cans and whatever else you have in there. Plus, onion and garlic, which is  toxic food can make a dog sick. If you see trash scattered across your floor, then, your dog or cat is the guilty one. Make sure that your trash can is secured and tucked away.

The bathroom is another area where smells can make your pet curious. The smells of blood from your bathroom trash can is attractive to a dog. Also, personal hygiene items can really cause serious damage. Acetaminophen, which is found in Tylenol and other medicine, can cause liver damage in dogs and anemia in cats. Your cat will die if it digests too much Acetaminophen.

Laundry detergents used to be in liquid form on the top shelf. Today, there are laundry pods. People are storing these pods under the sink, easily accessible to a dog. Eating a pod will cause mouth ulcers and stomach ulcers in your dog.

Chewing gum, mints and toothpaste, that are not put away, are an easy target for a dog. These products contain Xylitol. The sweetener tastes good to dogs, but Xylitol will cause liver damage.

One of the most common household dangers is pesticide and insecticide. When you have pets, please use an organic pesticide and insecticide. You might not use pesticides and insecticides, but your neighbor might use these products. If your cat acts sick, it might have eaten something toxic in the neighbor’s yard.

Some garden stores sell cocoa mulch. Cats and dogs love the smell of the sweet chocolate, and will eat the mulch, which is toxic to your pets. Fertilizer and plant food are also toxic to pets.

Outdoors in your garage, your dog is going to be attracted to anti-freeze, which contains ethylene glycol . (Snow Globes also contain ethylene glycol so keep Snow Globes away from your dog.) Dogs love the sweet taste of anti-freeze, and will lick it up in a second. Unfortunately, digesting anti-freeze only a little bit is a common cause of death of dogs. There is a safe anti-freeze for your automobiles that contains propylene glycol. You can read more about anti-freeze hazards here.

Many over the counter flea and tick remedies are toxic to pets. May I suggest here an excellent flea and tick remedy. The Seresto Collar is a flea and tick remedy that your pet cannot ingest.

In conclusion, it seems like keeping the toxic products away from your dog to be such burden. It really isn’t. All you need to do is close cap of your toothpaste, close cabinets, and put away items. It’s easy to be neat.

How to Find a Missing Cat

1) Not all missing cats are lost or want to be found. Cats are notorious for hiding in impossible places. Before you assume kitty is missing, search indoors, around the porch, and your neighbor’s yard. Bring with you a flashlight and a tasty, smelly treat. This is when a cat trained to respond to the “come” command pays off. If a cat is injured, trapped or hyper-stressed, they may not respond to a command but it improves the odds.

2) Don’t waste time. If you know your cat is missing, grab your cellphone with a photo of your cat uploaded, flashlight and treats and head out. Ask pedestrians, knock on your neighbor’s doors and show the photo. This is no time to be shy. Leave a missing cat report with your vet, Animal Control, all the other local vets, shelters and rescue groups.

3) Wear comfortable clothes and comfortable soft-soled shoes. Don’t panic. Breathe, try to be calm and think like a cat. If you were a cat where would you go? Begin around your house and spread out to the immediate neighbors on all sides. Where does your cat normally head? What is the most likely escape route? What are their favorite bushes or hiding spots? Crouch low under porches, scan high on roof lines and tree branches. Could something have recently happened to spook them? Construction or a new neighbor’s cat or dog will make a cat escape? Or has anything happened recently in your home to upset them; like the chemicals from getting your carpets cleaned, bringing out the cat carrier or bringing out suitcases for a trip?
4) When you return home, leave food and water outside your door. Fearful cats will often slink out after dark. Leaving a baby monitor near the food may detect faint meows. Go outside one last time to check and call your cat’s name before bedtime. Try to get some rest. In the quiet darkness, try to communicate with your cat. Imagine their face, call their name and connect heart to heart. Try to tune into where they might be. It may be a feeling, an image or sound. Reassure them that you will help get them home.

5) If you haven’t already made a missing cat poster, make one. It doesn’t have to be fancy but make sure the words “Lost Cat” are large enough to be visible from a passing vehicle or pedestrian. Luckily most of us have a gazillion photos of our cats of. Choose or crop a large close-up showing details of the face and another photo showing the entire body, ideally standing up. If you’re not computer savvy, you can glue a photo on a piece of paper and use a marker to write the text by hand. Color photos are preferable especially if your cat has a unique color or markings. Copies printed on neon bright paper show well and use plastic page covers in case of rain. Your poster includes your cat’s name, description, any special identifying marks or collar, and where last seen, specifying cross streets. Include your phone and e-mail, but for security reasons do not add your name, address or amount of reward. Add contact the contact information at the bottom of the page cut into four or five vertical strips that can be easily torn off.

6) Enlist family and friends to help post flyers and spread the word. Have push pins, tape and a staple gun depending on the surface. The best posting spots include street intersection poles, local bulletin boards at grocery stores, library, laundromat and community center.

7) Post missing cats reports at online at Tabbytracker Craigslist, or Use social networking like Facebook and Twitter. Ask everyone to share.

8) Visit all your local shelters even if say they don’t have a cat of your description.

9) If you’ve recently moved, extend your search to your old neighborhood.

10) Persevere! Cats have returned weeks and months later. Keep networking, and asking neighbors if they’ve noticed anything. Keep your flyers or posters fresh with a “Still Missing” header.

11) Take a large cardboard box and flip it over. Cut a cat sized hole in the side and place it outdoors with some soft bedding inside. Weight the bottom down and make this a safe place your cat can return to. Place food and water and litter pan nearby and shirt/shoes with your scent.

12) The best time to search for a lost cat is when the world is asleep, which is 2 AM. Go out with a flashlight and food. You can take a few cans of cat food with you, stand out in the open and pop the cans, or shake a treat jar. You will be surprised how the sound can travel in the quiet of the morning, and oftentimes your cat will appear within minutes of the first can being opened. Enterprising cat owners have also recorded the sound of their can openers opening a tin of food, and played the tape over and over while looking for their lost cat.

13) Check the trees on your property; if you live near the woods, then the soiled litter is the best attractant for your cat. She will scent her scent over the wild critters and come to the comfort zone she is used to.

Not every cat will return home, but if you cover all your bases as completely as you can, you can lessen the probability that your cat will stay lost. As hard as it sounds, you have to stay focused and not become stressed. Your cat will sense any stress coming from you, and may stay hidden until you calm down. Most cats go to ground immediately-which means they hide close to the home they know- unless they get chased off or scared away. If you can hold your emotions in check, you increase the odds in your favor.


Your Pet May Need a Buddy

Having a buddy for your dog resolves several problems. For instance, a shy pet will gain confidence with a buddy. A lonely dog will no longer be lonely. A cat buddy will also solve the loneliness problem for your cat. (Even though some cats don’t appear to like each other, they really do like having another cat around house.)

CadieandMaxIt’s depressing for your dog when it is home alone. Dogs are sentient creatures. In other words, scientists have proven that dogs have the same emotions as humans. Being home alone is depressing for humans so you can understand that it is also depressing for your dog.

In addition, a dog’s emotional and mental life is actually more complicated than a human’s emotional and mental life. Exciting scientific research has proven the benefits of having a dog in the house.   The following are benefits to having a happy dog. Can you foresee and anticipate a future event?  Animals can foresee natural disasters. (Click on the link to read more.) Animals can also smell first stage cancer. If your dog is behaving strangely, pay attention. A catastrophic event is probably in your future, or you may need to go to the doctor. Only a happy dog will communicate, through body language, what it senses.

Ever since cave people days, a dog’s temperament has enabled it to live with humans in order to provide companionship and to provide protection. This personality trait in dogs still exists today. Dogs still need to be around other dogs and people.

ChipTo ensure compatibility, make sure that your personality is compatible with your dog’s personality. Schnauzers, German Shepherds and other strong breeds are good dogs for assertive people. Standard Poodles, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and other gentle breeds are good dogs for gentle people, or people who have difficulty being a leader. Regardless though of the breed, all dogs want a buddy, whether a canine or a human.  A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, for instance, will go crazy if it is left alone by itself. When you do need to leave your dog at home, at least, hire a dog walker for a thirty minute walk. That will keep your dog’s tail wagging, and you’ll arrive home to a happy pet.

In conclusion, what is the point of having a dog if it sleeps in the corner miserable. A dog walk, some attention and a squeaky toy are all a dog needs to be happy. It really doesn’t take much at all to make a dog happy. And sometimes it takes a buddy to ensure your dog is well-balanced. Having a happy family dog enhances a family because the family dog teaches the family members virtues such as,  being calm and gentle. These virtues you cannot learn from a text book.

Uncontrollable Barking

Non-Stop Barking Solution

Your dog’s future will be insecure when you don’t control its barking. The following are ideas to stop barking.

  1. Hold your puppy’s muzzle shut, and say, “No.”; then, say “Good Dog” and give your dog a treat.
  2. Every time your dog barks, shake a can filled with coins or stones. The unexpected sound will surprise your dog, and it will stop barking.
  3. A citronella collar is another option, when the first two solutions don’t work. The dog needs to be wearing the collar so that you can remotely release the citronella. The surprise squirt will make your dog stop barking. Plus, your dog will smell good. Do not use the Shock Collar because the Shock Collar traumatizes a dog.

Do not use the surprise technique on a shy or nervous dog because the dog will end up being aggressive. Fearful and insecure dogs require another solution.

Bark Genie

Do you wish you could just push a button, and your dog will stop barking. The Bark Genie is a device that will stop you dog from barking with a push of a button. It works using an ultrasonic sound that only a dog can hear. The user knows that the device is working because you can hear a short beep and see a green  LED light. The sound will surprise your dog to stop barking, jumping, chewing and other bad behaviors. You can purchase the Bark Genie at or call 877-956-7387.

Fearful and Insecure Dogs Need Special Considerations

Genetic factors, limited socialization, a bad experience or mixed messages during puppy training will result in a fearful, insecure or shy dog. Over the counter, organic products such as, Composure relax dogs.

Dog training can turn a nervous dog into a confident dog. Insecure dogs need to have a strong leader. When you establish yourself as the leader, your dog will feel safer. Remember to use your friendly voice during training. After your dog has been training, you can put your dog in a sit-wait position, and it will stop barking.

One Big Mistake

A common mistake is comforting a barking dog. To a dog, you are saying, “You are right to be afraid. Let me protect you.” Essentially, you are unintentionally rewarding a dog for barking!

The goal is to desensitize your dog to things that make it scared. It sounds funny, but pet parents get down on all fours, and show the dog that being calm is okay; then, the dog won’t bark at the object.

In Conclusion

Dogs bark because they notice something unusual, and they want to warn you about it.  This is beneficial when there is a burglar at the house. Uncontrollable barking is due to a dog being anxious, bored or has excess energy. Sometimes, all a dog needs is a 30-minute dog walk.

Peace Out

Why Do Dogs Lick?

Licking is Body Language

Licking, when there is no food nearby, is a dog’s way of sending you a message. An anxious or fearful dog will lick because it wants comfort, and a bored dog will lick you because it’s entertaining. Also, a dog licks to show you that it is friendly and submissive.

Is Licking like Kissing?

When a dog goes to the vet, it may lick its human because it is anxious, nervous, or stressed.The licking behavior comforts your dog like a kiss so this behavior could be similar to kissing. A dog walk will before a vet visit will calm your dog.

Many dogs lick in order to show submissiveness and friendliness. Your dog, showing a benevolent gesture, is hoping to receive positive attention, like a scratch under the chin or a pat on its side. Be careful though of unintentionally training your dog to lick. When you reward your dog with a pat, you are rewarding the dog for licking you.

Submissive  or nervous dogs are naturally nervous and compulsive lickers; they spook at everything. These dogs lick the floors, walls, furniture. It is essential to de-sensitize the dog to everyday stimuli. Teach your dog that vaccum cleaner sounds, traffic noises and children playing are no big deal. Also, there are organic products that calm your dog. Check out this link: Calming Products  *Do not force your dog to confront what is spooking it; that is cruel; simply, remove the dog from the sound.* Nervous dogs can improve by learning dog commands. Learning boosts confidence, and confident dogs are an asset to the family.  

Dominant Dogs Don’t Show Goodwill When They Lick

These dogs lick in order to demand attention from you. Specifically, dominant dogs want to be center stage, and this is a bad behavior. A dog demanding attention indicates that the human-dog relationship has broken down. In other words, the human is no longer viewed as the leader by the dog. To resolve this bad behavior, it is necessary to give the dog the command “No lick.” Then, stand up straight to show your dog that you are alpha. Your dog will respect you, and it will see you once again as the leader. 


The following are suggestions to help stop excessive licking. Introduce interactive toys, chew bones or a crate to stop a dog from licking. When a nervous dog is licking because of anxiety, a massage or calming products help your dog to relax. When your dog is anxious because it has excess energy, then, take your dog for a walk and a run. 

Make sure that you do not reward your dog for licking, unless you want your dog to lick you. Only reward your dog with attention and treats when the dog is doing something that you want. A dog trainer can help you to correct a bad behavior such as, licking.

Peace Out

Common Mistakes

Humans make mistakes that result in a dog having bad behaviors. For instance, your dog spooks, and you crouch down to soothe and pet your dog. “It’s okay.” you say not realizing that you are unintentionally rewarding your dog for spooking. When you are comforting your dog, your dog is interpreting the petting as, “Wow. I was right; I do need to be scared.” If your dog spooks at something,ignore your dog’s reaction; then, your your dog will interpret this to mean that it is no big deal.

A second mistake, even dog trainers make, is to get on the ground and pet the dog. Anytime that you are on the ground, you are an easy target for a bite. Notice, in the picture above, how close the person’s face is to the dog’s mouth. In this scenario, if you get bit, it is not the dog’s fault; it is your fault.

A third mistake humans make is not to update the change of address or change of phone number on the microchip. Out of sight and out of mind makes it is easy to forget that your dog has a microchip embedded under its skin.

A fourth mistake humans make is not to take their dog for a yearly exam. This mistake happens a lot because your dog is presenting with no medical issues so, yeah, skip the exam and save a few bucks. Unfortunately, many diseases such as, cancer and diabetes don’t have symptoms until the disease has completely blossomed. Realistically, you will save money by remedying the medical condition early and preventing the onset of the disease.

A fifth mistake humans make is buying cheap dog food. You may save a couple of dollars, but your dog is being denied good nutrtion. For instance, corn is not part of a dog’s diet; nevertheless, pet food manufacturers use corn as a filler. A grain-free and high protein diet will prevent weight gain. Also,a proper nutrtion for your dog doesn’t cost that much more; however, you will need to drive to a pet store to purchase high quality food.

A sixth mistake humans make, that just amzaes me, is letting your dogs run free and roam the neighborhood. You will hear on the nightly news how a child or person got serverly mauled by a dog that was allowed to run free. In one case, the human was warned several times by the Animal Control officer. Unfotunately, this person did not heed the warning, and a child was attacked by her two dogs.

A seventh mistake humans make is not noticing medical symptoms. Pets do not like to go to the vet . For this reason, your pet will hide medical symptoms or an injury. Also, in the wild, it is the sick and injured animal that will get attacked by a predator so it is instinct that your pet will hide any symptoms. There will be clues that something is wrong. Look for signs in your pet’s attitude, appetite, defecations and urine.

Lastly, dog proof your house because dogs will eat your prescritpion drugs, pest control product, anti-freeze and rat poison.

In Conclusion

Here is a list of things to do in order to keep your dog safe.

  • Make sure your dog wears a collar that has its ID tag.
  • When your dog is on a walk, make sure your dog is on leash.
  • Avoid medical issues by serving your dog high quality dog food and by taking your dog to its annual exam.
  • And, lastly, dog proof your house.


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