Is peanut butter safe for your dog?

What Kind of Peanut Butter is Safe for Dogs?

For the most part, peanut butter can be awesome for dogs and most dogs LOVE it! Peanut butter is great as an occasional “high value” treat, it’s useful for hiding pills, and it can even be used to distract your dog while giving them a bath or trimming their nails.

While most peanut butter brands are safe for dogs, not all types of peanut butter are safe and not all amounts of peanut butter are safe, either.

Do Not Give Your Dog This Type of Peanut Butter

It’s no longer easy to say whether it’s safe to give even a small amount of peanut butter to your dog. And there’s a one-word answer as to why… Xylitol!

Xylitol is an increasingly common sugar-replacement sweetener that’s in hundreds of products, including some brands of peanut butter. It’s an “all natural” sugar substitute that’s fine for people, but it’s extremely poisonous to dogs and poisons thousands of dogs each year. We at Preventive Vet are happy to report that there has been an increase in awareness about xylitol – both in peanut butter and in the more than 700 other products xylitol is found in – and we have been able to influence some companies to change their labeling and warning practices. (Skip to the end of this article to see the progress made so far.) But there’s still far-too-many people that remain unaware of the very severe danger that xylitol poses to dogs, and so we all must do everything we can to continue to raise awareness and affect the important changes that will save dog lives and dog lover heartbreak.

Why Xylitol Is Dangerous to Dogs

Xylitol is a sweetener that’s gaining in popularity because of its dental benefits for people as well as its suitability as a sugar substitute for people with diabetes. Yet thousands of dogs are accidentally poisoned by xylitol every year.

In fact, the toxic dose of xylitol in dogs is even less than chocolate! For example, as little as 1.37 grams of xylitol can cause a rapid drop in a dog’s blood sugar (“hypoglycemia”) and result in staggering, disorientation, collapse, and seizures in a 30-pound dog*. If a dog of the same size ingested 6.8 grams, it could be enough to cause a debilitating and likely deadly destruction of the dog’s liver cells. Now consider that it would take about 22 times more (150 grams) dark chocolate to result in the same level of severe toxicity.

*Sources: New Findings On The Effects Of Xylitol Ingestion In Dogs from ASPCA-APCC 2006Acute Hepatic Failure And Coagulopathy Associated With Xylitol Ingestion In Eight Dogs from ASPCA-APCC 2006, published in JAVMA (J Am Vet Med Assoc 2006; 229:1113-1117)

Brands of Peanut Butter That Contain Xylitol and Are Not Safe for Dogs

There are still four known peanut/nut butter brands that contain xylitol (down from five brands) and more may spring up — so please read labels carefully. (Update April 13, 2018: Another brand has sprung up and been brought to our attention! So the list is back up to FIVE brands. This brand is called “No Cow” and it’s been added to the searchable list on our site, as well as the list of dog-dangerous peanut butter/nut butter spreads below.) 

When selecting a peanut butter or peanut-flavored spread, keep these xylitol-containing brands far away from your dog:

The increasing popularity of xylitol as an ingredient in a growing number of products — including gums, mints, chewable vitamins, ice creams, common supplements, and many others — highlights the importance of reading ingredient labels, as well as the danger of assuming that what’s safe for you, or even your kids, is also safe for your pets. See our list of over 700 products that contain xylitol — many will surprise you!

Now that you know what to avoid, want to learn about the benefits of peanut butter and how much is OK to give your dog?

Check out “Is Peanut Butter Good for Dogs?” to learn more.

What Type of Peanut Butter is Best for Dogs?

Generally speaking, any peanut butter that doesn’t contain xylitol (or chocolate) should be fine for a dog. It can be a good source of protein and healthy fat for your dog — in moderation, of course. However, some peanut butters are healthier than others.

A lot of peanut butter you find on the shelves has good qualities when it comes to your dog, but probably contains preservatives and extra sugar that aren’t great. Your best bet is to find a peanut butter (or other nut butter) that is low on or completely free of additives. And read labels and ingredient lists carefully – don’t assume that “all natural” or “no artificial sweeteners” on the front label means it’ll be safe for your dog. Xylitol is technically an “all natural” sweetener!

If you have a decent blender or food processor, you can easily make your own peanut and nut butter at home! It will be healthier for your dog and they won’t know the difference.

Homemade Nut Butter Recipe

If you want to make a great homemade nut butter here’s a recipe from our friends at Show Me The Yummy. The recipe includes notes to make it dog-friendlier by cutting down on or eliminating ingredients like salt and sugar. Teddy, the photogenic dog in our article, is their nut butter taste tester.. Enjoy!

How Much Peanut Butter is OK for Dogs?

A little bit of xylitol-free peanut butter for your dog will likely be perfectly fine — overdo it though, and you can give your dog a nasty (as well as painful and expensive) case of pancreatitis and/or contribute to obesity.

So you need to be careful how much peanut butter you give your dog — or any treat for that matter.. The rule of thumb is to give no more than 10% of your dog’s daily calories in treats.

The exact amount of peanut butter will vary from dog to dog and from peanut butter to peanut butter (check the caloric count on the label). Generally speaking, small dogs should get no more than about 1/2 tablespoon of peanut butter per day and larger dogs should get no more than about 1 tablespoon. You can find a more detailed breakdown in “Is Peanut Butter Good for Dogs?

* Note that in dogs with chronic pancreatitis or those at increased risk for developing acute or chronic pancreatitis – like Miniature Schnauzers and Yorkshire Terriers – even a very small amount of a high-fat treat like peanut butter may be enough to bring on or worsen their pancreatitis and should be avoided completely.

Creamy or Crunchy Peanut Butter for Dogs?

You may have read that crunchy peanut butter can be a choking hazard for dogs. This is pretty unlikely, unless you’re giving a very small dog a very large amount of crunchy peanut butter.

But as you learned in the section above, even a decent-sized dog should only be allowed about a tablespoon of peanut butter per day, so it’s unlikely you’ll give enough at any one time to present a choking hazard.

So go ahead and give your dog whichever peanut butter—creamy, crunchy, super crunchy, or any other variation — you have. Creamy peanut butter tends to be easier to smear if you plan to use it to distract your dog during a bath (you can smear peanut butter on the bathtub/shower wall to distract your pooch) or while trimming their nails (you can smear peanut butter on a plate so your dog will be so busy licking they won’t notice or care that your cutting their nails).

Is Peanut Butter and Jelly OK for Dogs?

Peanut butter is one thing, but jelly should be off-limits to your dog. Why? First, there’s a lot of sugar in jam, jelly, and preserves — if you’re already giving your dog peanut butter, adding extra sugar will further increase the risk of obesity and diabetes. Second, some jelly contains dog-dangerous xylitol. Third, some types of jelly are made from fruits that you shouldn’t give your dog.

For example, while strawberry jelly may not be toxic to dogs, grape jelly could be. Grapes are poisonous to some dogs and can cause acute kidney failure. The same goes for raisins and currants.

Either way, it’s best to hold the jelly and jam when it comes to treating your dog.

Can Dogs Be Allergic to Peanuts?

Unlike some humans, dogs do not appear to have an allergic reaction to peanuts. I’m not aware of any documented cases of allergic or anaphylactic reactions to peanuts in dogs, nor to other nuts or seeds for that matter. But that doesn’t completely rule out the possibility.

So, if it’s your dog’s first (or second) time having peanut butter, or another nut butter, and you’re concerned, give them just a small amount to start (like a lick off the tip of your finger) and keep an eye on them. Concerning signs to watch for are listed below. As long as you don’t see any of these signs within about an hour, you’re likely OK.

  • Signs of an acute allergic reaction (severe) in dogs:
    • Hives or small areas of swelling on their body
    • Swelling around their eyes and/or muzzle
    • Rapid breathing or difficulty breathing
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Collapse
    • Severe itchiness
  • Signs of a chronic food allergy (mild to moderate) in dogs:
    • Chronic/recurrent ear infections
    • Thin fur coat
    • Chronic itchiness and/or chewing of their paws
    • Recurrent problems with impacted anal glands 

Companies That Have Removed Xylitol From Their Products

We will continue to reach out to companies that use xylitol to discuss this dog hazard and try to get formula changes or, at least, increased awareness on their product packaging and websites. Below is a summary of the successes so far in getting brands to remove xylitol from their products or do a better job of notifying pet owners about the potential dangers.

Update (April 2018): The list of peanut and nut butters that contain xylitol is back UP TO FIVE!

On April 12, 2018, we received a “xylitol-containing product submission” from a pet lover who was reading our Which Products Contain Xylitol list. They brought to our list a peanut butter spread company that uses xylitol in their spreads. The company is called No Cow (previously called D’s Naturals) and their Fluffbutter spreads contain xylitol – so please be sure to keep them far away from your dogs and help spread the word.

Update (August 2017): The list of peanut and nut butters that contain xylitol is now DOWN TO FOUR!

*On August 3, 2017, we received a message from Hank Capasso, of Hank’s Protein Plus Nut Spreads, announcing that he had taken the wonderful step of removing xylitol from his company’s peanut and other nut butters.

“I have always been an animal lover, never to the extent of being an advocate for the rights of animals, until recently,” Hank wrote in the closing of that letter. “In doing my research and in making myself open to their rights, it only makes sense. Why put them in danger, and why would we hurt the ones that we love?”

We have checked their labels to confirm that their nut butters no longer contain xylitol and have removed them from our list of xylitol-containing products. We’d like to extend our sincerest thanks to Hank and the rest of the team at Hank’s Protein Plus Nut Spreads for taking this fantastic step toward protecting dogs from the dangers of xylitol.

Update (August 2015): We have been in discussions with Nuts ’N More and they have agreed to take some good initial steps to improve awareness of the hazard that xylitol poses to dogs. They have added a new warning about the dangers of xylitol to dogs in the “What Is Xylitol?” section of their FAQ page (though note that there truly is no “maybe” about it, xylitol IS dangerous to dogs).

The even bigger news is that they have agreed to add a “not for pets” warning on all of their xylitol-containing product labels, and they have also agreed to disclose the amount of sugar alcohol per serving on the new labels! This is great awareness and will help tremendously, both to keep these products out of the mouths of dogs and also to aid in the treatment of those dogs who do get access. We have been assured that the new labels should start showing up on store shelves and their website in the next couple of months. Your concern, messages, and sharing helped to make this happen — thank you! We will continue to keep you updated on any further progress with Nuts ’N More, as well as the other companies we are in contact with. In the meantime, you can help to further the effort to encourage all manufacturers to provide this important information and awareness by signing and sharing our two petitions.

Other things you can do to help protect your dog (and others) from the dangers of xylitol include:

  1. Help us get xylitol out of sugar-free gums — the most common source of xylitol poisoning in dogs. Helping is as easy as signing and sharing our petition and reading and sharing our article “Xylitol in Gum is Killing Dogs… Erythritol Can Help Stop That.
  2. Help us improve labeling of products that contain xylitol by signing and sharing these two petitions— one is to the FDA, the other is directly to the manufacturers.

More Help on Dog Food and Treat Safety

Why Your New Puppy Isn’t Eating and What You Can Do About It

3 Simple Steps to Choose the Best Chews for Your Dog

Changing Your Pet’s Food— It Should Be Done Gradually!

VOHC – A Seal Of Approval to Look Out For When Buying Pet Dental Products

Why you should not judge dog food by the ingredients

Although this article is a couple of years old, the material is still germane.

Why you shouldn’t judge a pet food by its ingredient list

Although ingredient lists are commonly used by pet owners and most pet food rating sites to determine the quality of pet foods, this approach has many pitfalls and usually is not a good way to select a food.

There are specific regulations that govern how ingredient lists must be presented on the label. Ingredients must be listed in order of weight, including water, so ingredients with high water content (like fresh meats and vegetables) are going to be listed higher than similar amounts of dry ingredients even though they may contribute fewer nutrients to the overall diet. So a diet with chicken (70% water) as the first ingredient may have less actual chicken than a diet that has chicken meal (< 10% moisture) as the second or third ingredient. Additionally, ingredients from the same source (i.e. chicken meat, chicken fat, chicken by-product meal) can be split into component parts, further complicating assessment of how much of each ingredient is actually present in the diet.

Many pet food manufacturers take pains to make sure that their ingredient list is appealing to pet owners. They know that many pet owners are looking for meat as the first ingredient, so they may use just enough fresh meat to get it listed first on the ingredient list. Some manufacturers may add ingredients to diets solely for marketing purposes, to increase the appeal of the diet to consumers. These ingredients may have unproven benefits, be present in miniscule amounts, and provide nothing to the diet but added expense. More ingredients also mean more quality control (and more time and expense) is necessary to ensure that the finished product adheres to the desired nutrient formulation.

One good example of adding ingredients to a diet solely to make the diet sound more appealing is ingredient lists that have fruits and vegetables or other whole foods listed after the salt or other vitamin and mineral supplements. These ingredients may be present in the diet in amounts less than a few grams per pound of food (amounts that we call “fairy dust”) and are often contributing no measurable nutrients, yet the food looks more appealing to pet owners because it has fruits and vegetables.

Also beware of companies using the term “human grade” to describe their ingredients, as to use this term, all of the ingredients, as well as the final product, must be “stored, handled, processed, and transported” in ways that meet federal regulations for human foods. If the entire food isn’t human edible, then companies should not be claiming that individual ingredients are. Once an ingredient is destined for inclusion in pet food, then it is no longer fit for human consumption by definition, unless it never leaves the human food chain and the pet food is made in a human food plant. More importantly, ingredients sourced from the human food chain are not necessarily any more nutritious, wholesome, or safe than ingredients initially destined for pet food. Therefore, manufacturer’s claims of “human grade” ingredients should be taken with a grain of salt at best.

In summary, while we may feel better about feeding a diet full of great-sounding ingredients, these diets are usually similar or even potentially less nutritious than diets containing less appealing (to people) ingredients. There is no way to determine diet quality from the label or the ingredient list. The only thing that is certain is that you will pay more for the food with the more appealing ingredient list. It’s critical to have high quality ingredients and to have a company that has the expertise to put them together in a way that meets all your pet’s nutritional needs. However, this isn’t something you can tell from the ingredient list. Think of it this way – a terrible cook can make even the most expensive ingredients inedible, while an excellent cook can work magic with basic ingredients.

Don’t worry about whether the ingredient list of your pet’s food sounds like something you’d eat in a gourmet restaurant – look for more useful information on the label so you don’t get tricked by ingredient lists.  This will help you to select the food that is truly best for your pet – not just the one with the best marketing!

August 2017: This post was updated to reflect recent regulatory changes for pet foods, specifically related to how “human grade” is defined for pet foods in the 2017 Association of American Feed Control Officials Model Regulations.

clean up your dog’s toys

the dogs I’ve had over the years, including rescues from abusive trainers or, ones who were too much for the previous owner, all have played with nyla bones.  regardless this is good information.,_.__

your dog at sleep

  • Most dogs sleep for 12 to 14 hours out of a 24-hour day
  • The major difference between human and canine sleep has to do with the amount of time in REM, or rapid eye movement, sleep
  • Humans spend about 25 percent of their night in REM sleep, compared to about 10 percent for dogs
  • Generally speaking, your dog will listen to her body and sleep when she needs it, but don’t expect her to nod off for a solid eight-hour stretch
  • During an eight-hour nighttime period, dogs averaged 23 sleep-wake episodes, with the average sleep-wake cycle consisting of 16 minutes asleep followed by five minutes awake

Dogs’ sleeping patterns are remarkably similar to humans, but while you need about eight hours of sleep a night, your dog may sleep for 12 to 14 hours out of a 24-hour day. Some of this will be at night, which is why your dog probably curls up to slumber when you do, but your dog will also nod off during the day. How long she sleeps overall depends on a number of factors, including her age, breed and health status.

The major difference between human and canine sleep has to do with the amount of time in REM, or rapid eye movement, sleep. During REM sleep, the most restorative stage of sleep, your brain is active and you may dream. REM sleep also plays a role in learning and memory. Humans spend about 25 percent of their night in REM sleep, compared to about 10 percent for dogs.1

“The result is that they need more total sleep in order to log enough of the restorative kind that they need,” according to the National Sleep Foundation.2

Your Dog May Spend 50 Percent of the Day Asleep

It’s not unusual for dogs to spend half of a 24-hour period sound asleep. However, you needn’t worry about getting your dog to bed on time or up by a certain hour. While humans thrive by having a set sleep-wake schedule, dogs are much more flexible sleepers. Generally speaking, your dog will listen to her body and sleep when she needs it, but don’t expect her to nod off for a solid eight-hour stretch.

If it seems like your dog can go from deep sleep to alert in the blink of an eye, and in response to even the slightest noise or disruption, it’s not in your head. During an eight-hour nighttime period, one study found that dogs averaged 23 sleep-wake episodes, with the average sleep-wake cycle consisting of 16 minutes asleep followed by five minutes awake.3

As a result, the researchers pointed out that dogs’ frequent awakenings contributed both benefits and drawbacks for the humans sleeping alongside them:

“The pattern of sleeping and waking in dogs was quite different from that known to occur in humans. These different sleep patterns sometimes led to dogs being a nuisance to people in the neighborhood, but were welcomed by owners who kept their dog for protection as well as companionship.”

Age, Activity and Other Factors That Influence How Much Sleep Your Dog Needs

Like humans, each dog has sleep needs that are unique to her and influenced by a number of factors. Age is a big one, as both puppies and senior dogs tend to sleep more than other dogs. Senior dogs (11 to 14 years) were 17 percent less active during the daytime than late adult dogs (7 to 9 years) and 42 percent less active than early adults (1.5 to 4.5 years).4

Likewise, puppies also sleep more ­ up to 18 to 20 hours a day ­ because they spend so much time exploring and playing and need more energy for growing. Larger breed dogs, such as Great Danes, Newfoundlands, St. Bernards and Great Pyrenees, also tend to sleep more than smaller breed dogs, perhaps because their larger muscles and organs have higher energy demands and therefore require more rest to function optimally.5 What else influences how much sleep your dog needs?

  • Activity levels ­ Working dogs, such as police dogs or service dogs, may sleep less during the day because they’re busy. Dogs bred for working, such as border collies, may also sleep less on average, simply because they’re wired to be more alert than dogs bred to be lap dogs.
  • Your schedule ­ Your dog will adapt to your schedule, such that she sleeps when you do. If you’re gone for a long period during the day, she’ll likely sleep more during that time than she would if you were home interacting with her. Likewise, boredom can also increase the time your dog spends asleep.

As Dr. Joan C. Hendricks, the Gilbert S. Khan Dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, put it, “They’re not strictly nocturnal or diurnal. They’re social sleepers.”6

When Should You Worry About Your Dog’s Sleep?

If your dog’s sleeping habits change suddenly in either direction, you should see your veterinarian to rule out possible health problems. Diabetes, depression and hypothyroidism may contribute to excessive sleepiness, for instance, whereas cognitive dysfunction syndrome or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may make your dog restless.

Aside from obvious changes in the amount of time your dog is sleeping, it’s believed that dogs exhibit many of the same signs of sleep deprivation as humans (although there isn’t much research on this topic). This means your dog may become irritable, disoriented or unable to focus normally if she’s not getting enough sleep.

If you’ve ruled out health problems and your dog is still restless, be sure she’s getting plenty of vigorous exercise during the day, along with mental stimulation, such as taking an obedience class or engaging in nose work.

Food sensitivities can also contribute to restless behavior, so make sure your dog is eating a nutritionally balanced, species-appropriate diet. Your dog may also sleep better if she’s in your bedroom (be sure to provide a comfortable sleeping spot), and try using a grounding mat, which can help balance her circadian rhythm, and unplug wireless routers to give her a break from EMFs.

As long as your dog has periods of activity, inactivity (where she’s awake but not necessarily active) and sleep during the day, and sleeps mostly at night when you do, there’s no need to stress over how many hours of sleep your dog is logging each night. Most dogs will naturally sleep when they need to.

Author Karen Becker

no snow tires

because we’ve had about 2 feet ( 60 cms) of snow and we have no snow  tires.  We had to move the Monday dog run to today.  aAll dogs enjoyed their romp through the snow.  The Vizsla loves playing hockey with the nylo bone.  Because we have bamboo flooring, the nylo bone slides on the floor. He loves batting it and chasing it. Shades of Buddy the Golden Retriever star of the movies.

If it sounds too good to be true it probably is.

B-Naturals Newsletter – February 2019

If it Sounds Too Good to be True, It Probably is!

By Lew Olson, PhD Natural Health


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B-Naturals Newsletter – February 2019

If It Sounds Too Good to Be True, It Probably is!

By Lew Olson, PhD Natural Health


The title of this newsletter has become a common statement of mine over the past several years. Part of having a Facebook Page with over 13,000 members (K9Nutrition), means hearing about many of the new Internet dog food claims, supplement claims, feeding claims and even ‘cures’ for everything and anything, all rolled up into one supplement, one diet, or one magic potion.

K9Nutrition has been in existence since 1998. It first started as a group on Yahoo Groups, which was replaced by its Facebook page that started on October 16, 2013. In almost 21 years, I have seen and heard almost everything! And by that, I am referring to ‘fads and myths’ on claims for remedies and/or diets that will help dogs. These include the ‘outlandish and bizarre’ that seem to develop a ‘cult’ following of devotees and believers. To give you a small taste of these ‘amazing’ ideas, please read on as they include some of the following:

Willard Water. Water from South Dakota that claims to cure ‘everything’. Just drink it or apply it to the affected area. Even though this product was debunked by ‘60 MINUTES’ and was forced to shut down by the FDA, it continues to sell today.

Black Salve. This was sold as a ‘cancer cure’. What was discovered, however, is that it is simply a caustic acid, and ‘burns’ off skin tumors which is surely risky without a Medical Doctor or Veterinarian monitoring such a thing.

As time went on, other fads occurred such as bovine colostrum, which does not do much for dogs and is truly only of value to baby calves during the first 48 hours after birth. It may very well carry hormones that are great for calves, but it could be dangerous for humans.

Apple Cider Vinegar. This contains potassium and is not acidic. It actually turns alkaline in the body. It has no miracle cures and if given to dogs daily, it can erode their tooth enamel.

Newer fads and health claims include coconut oil, which has NO benefits for dogs or people when taken internally, however, it can help with dry skin when applied topically. Bone broth, while it is a tasty treat for dogs, it does not have any magical properties. Recently, other fads have come out, such as feeding dogs a lot of carbohydrates, including red and yellow vegetables, and stating that high-fat diets such as the ‘keto’ diet will cure cancer. NO! Dogs as carnivores are different than humans (omnivores), and these things do not work the same for dogs. This diet won’t ‘cure’ humans or dogs of cancer. Additionally, saliva testing on dogs does not tell you what they are allergic to, nor does it pinpoint ‘intolerances’.  It was determined by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, that IgG and IgG subclass antibody tests for food allergies does not have clinical relevance, are not validated, lack sufficient quality control, and should not be performed’. While this practice should not be used, as it is ineffective, this practice has now made its way into the dog world. Unfortunately, many of these bogus medical claims and ideas simply wind up garnering a lot of money for the sellers, but produce no results for the consumer trying to help their dogs. For more on these, check out the following links:–ToEkjT-2bCwwRGzeMFraWhbXKISs

Before the ‘age of the Internet’, only a few products that had no scientific studies run or background to support claims, sold so well or so fast. ‘Home remedies’ have been around for a long time and many of them can be valuable, but when you see claims that a ‘single remedy’ will cure cancer, asthma, HIV, eliminate pain, cure shingles and arthritis, you are looking at ‘snake oil’. It is simply impossible for any single product to cure all these ailments and illnesses. When someone has a sick dog, they become desperate. They tend to believe the wording and claims of the advertisements and buy anything they can in their desperation if they think it will help their dog. That is how marketers reel you in. Sadly, they take your money to make their money with no concern for the consequences or health of your dog.  They may put exciting, compelling claims in their ads, such as it ‘Cures everything! Nothing else is needed! Guaranteed results! Absolute health!’ They may use testimonials and show you ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures of dogs, but how do you know these are real? They may use short videos with exciting language and colors to compel you to buy expensive video sets, books, or supplements and to subscribe to their magazine or blog. They may convince you they have designed a ‘fool proof’ diet plan or premade food that contains the perfect balance. Be cautious, as these gimmicks abound for these tactics! Just check out any human health or nutrition site, particularly body-building sites or human supplement sites. Some will even get you to join Facebook pages or download free ‘pamphlets’ or ‘books’ and then use guilt and shame tactics to get you to buy their remedies or feeding techniques, or to pay to subscribe to their page, blog, or magazine.

What you generally won’t find with these marketing tactics are valid resources, citations, or other real data that supports the claims of the products, diets or remedies as being effective. I have seen some large companies show research data, but when I looked carefully at the research, I found the company paid for the research. Therefore, they got the conclusions they wanted and needed to market the product, rather than providing the full and real facts!

If it sounds too good to be true, it is indeed too good to be true! When you find a product that sounds interesting, do your research! Do a google search on the product, the ingredients or the recipe. Don’t rely on ‘opinion’ sites or blogs. Look for research articles. Well researched articles will contain citations to back up what they have found and they will describe their research techniques. Citations are generally found at the end of the article or paper. These citations are not written by the company who is selling the product or the writer who may work for, and receive money from, the company trying to sell the products. I also suggest going to the listed citations in the article, and reading them, to gather further information!

Fads, myths and old wives tales will come and go, but please don’t be fooled. There is good information that can be found on the internet, as well as information with false claims, gimmicks and sales techniques. You can check on many of these claims on my Facebook Page, K9Nutrition. We go over these all the time to find valid citations on various remedies, ingredients and foods. We post real data so you can make an educated decision! Please, NEVER rush off to buy something without doing your research first! Your dog deserves the best care possible and in today’s world, you also need to be smart with your money! Always research carefully what you put into your dog’s mouth and onto their skin and bedding carefully – just as you would (or SHOULD) do for those things you choose to use for yourself. ALWAYS check side effects of prescription medications as well.

Education is the best tool to understand the reality and effectiveness of the claims and safety of what you choose to buy for the health of your dog. Don’t second guess or hope for the best! Do your homework!


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Guide dog team gets hit by hit and run driver

 another guide dog team hit by a car! It happened Monday night in Salem, Oregon to a man named Steven and his guide dog, Amelia. The dog will be fine, but Steven has a long road to recovery ahead of him. I didn’t know this was the third person with a guide dog hit by a car in the last month in Oregon. I think two of the hit and runs were in Portland.   All three of these accidents had one thing in common: the drivers fled the scene.  There is a guide dog school in Boring Origon GDB (Guide Dogs for the Blind)  Years ago one of their guides was hit by the sky train in Vancouver BC. The handler was on the sky train, her guide was not.

oh, goodie its snowing again

Carmine got to play in the snow one more time before having his night time feeding.  Like most dogs he gets goofy in the snow, with the usual antics of diving head first into it,rolling in it and generally having a good time,  I am sure he misses the GS x we had for years and who, Benny taught that all men  were not bad and I could be trusted to take care of her.

cleaning up pet hair

  • Living with pets means living with pet hair; however, there are many ways to keep your home relatively fur-free and ready for guests
  • There are steps you can take to reduce the amount your pet sheds; it’s also a good idea to have a few blankets designated only for your dog or cat
  • Consider covering upholstered furniture; also be sure to keep a supply of lint rollers and rubber gloves on hand, along with a handheld vacuum
  • Vacuum and dust as frequently as necessary to stay on top of pet hair around your home

Pet hair here, there and everywhere is a part of life when you share your home with furry family members. But with that said, you don’t have to resign yourself to living with fur-lined furniture, bedding, rugs or drapes. A small amount of pet hair around your home is to be expected, but there are many things you can do to keep the situation under control. This is obviously especially important for people who live in or visit your home who have allergies to pet hair and dander.

5 Pet Hair Management Tips and Tricks

1.Reduce the amount of hair your pet sheds ­ Preventing your pet’s coat from shedding isn’t possible, nor is it desirable because shedding is a natural and necessary function.

However, you can do a lot to manage the amount of hair your pet deposits around your home with regular brushing or combing and by feeding a nutritionally balanced, species-appropriate, fresh food diet with healthy amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Supplementing with coconut oil can also be very beneficial in reducing the amount of hair loss.

If your pet is a heavy shedder, daily brushing is a must ­ especially during shedding season. Short-coated shedders can benefit from brushing with either a grooming glove or a curry brush.

In addition to grooming themselves, many kitties really enjoy being brushed or combed. If yours does, try to spend five to 10 minutes each day brushing her because it can really help reduce the amount of fur she deposits around the house. You’ll also be improving the condition of her coat, and as an added bonus, you may find that little hairball issue also disappears.

Keep in mind that if your pet is stressed for any reason, she’ll tend to shed more hair. This can be stress caused by illness, surgery, a visit to the boarding kennel, groomer or veterinarian, moving to a new home, or the addition or loss of a family member (two- or four-legged).

2.Give your pets their own blankets ­ Designate one or a few blankets or quilts “for the dog or cat only” and cover the areas where your pet likes to snooze, such as the couch, the bed or a favorite spot on the floor. This will cut down on the pet hair that collects on your furniture and bedding, and you can clean the blankets with a lint roller or hand-held vacuum (or a regular vacuum with the right attachment).

You can also toss them in the washing machine and dryer as needed. Try to select natural, easy-to-clean fabrics that haven’t been treated with flame retardants. Another trick you can try is to throw your pet’s blanket in the dryer on low or no heat for 10 minutes. This can loosen up the hair, making it easier to remove either in the washing machine or by some other method.

3.Cover upholstered furniture ­ You can put a slipcover over your upholstered furniture to protect it and make it easier to clean. Canvas fabrics are a good choice for this purpose. Another option is to use washable furniture throws draped over your pet’s favorite couch or chair.

An alternative is to cover all the furniture your pets snooze on with bedsheets when you’re not expecting company. Just move the sheet out of the way when you want to sit or lie down in that spot, and put it back in place when you get up. If your pets get up on your bed, cover your comforter or bedspread with a sheet as well. Throwing sheets in the washer and dryer is a lot easier than cleaning your furniture or king size bed furnishings.

4.Invest in a supply of lint rollers, rubber gloves or a squeegee, and a handheld vacuum ­ For small areas of pet hair on furniture, bedding or even rugs, lint rollers are great for quick pick-ups. Just don’t try to do a big job with them because it will take forever, and if you use the rollers with adhesive sheets, you’ll go through a ridiculous (and expensive) amount of them.

To use rubber gloves to remove pet hair, dampen them with water (take care not to soak them), and wipe your hands across the furniture to lift up the hair. Rinse the gloves as often as necessary and keep at it until your furniture is no longer fur-lined. There are squeegees specifically designed to remove pet hair, or you can use a regular window or bathroom squeegee. Gently rake the rubber strip along the fabric and remove the wads of hair either manually or with a vacuum.

Instead of dragging your upright or canister vacuum out of the closet every day, use your small, lightweight handheld vacuum instead. To make this an ideal solution for quick cleanups, consider buying the best-quality, most powerful handheld you can afford.

5.Dust and vacuum often ­ It’s a fact of life that dusting and vacuuming chores must be done frequently when you share living quarters with pets. In order to keep your home relatively free of pet hair, it needs regular attention. It’s much easier to stay on top of it than to let things slide.

Vacuum regularly ­ daily if necessary. Even if you have hard floors and little or no carpeting, the best way to pick up pet hair and dander is with a vacuum. If you’re in the market for a new vacuum cleaner, do some research to find the brands most popular with pet owners.

If you have a large home, buy more than one vacuum. When the equipment you need is handy and doesn’t require lugging up and down stairs, it provides incentive to vacuum more often.

Developing a weekly or more frequent dusting and vacuuming habit will make your house a more welcoming place for all members of the family and guests. And when those inevitable situations arise where you’re pressed for time, a quick spot-cleaning will take care of it.

Also, keep in mind that most furniture polishes contain petroleum products that are toxic, and furniture polish sprays pollute the environment in your home. As a safe alternative, I recommend a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice. Use 2 parts olive oil to 1 part lemon juice. Apply it sparingly to your furniture with a soft cloth, and then follow up with a clean dry cloth. This will also leave a clean, fresh scent in your home.

Close off rooms you don’t use regularly, like guest bedrooms. As much as you love your furry companions, why make extra work for yourself by allowing them to lounge around in rooms you don’t even use?