How to Pick the Best Food for Your Dog

Yellow licking snoutDo you grab a big bag of pet food from your local supermarket without looking at the label? Or are you overwhelmed by the seemingly countless number of ingredients you can’t even begin to pronounce or recognize?

Picking the best food for your dog can be a challenge. Some subtle—and not so subtle— ingredients in your dog’s food could be depriving him of proper nutrition or even be making him sick. We talked to holistic veterinarian Dr. Patrick Mahaney to break down the hidden dangers lurking in pet food and lay out some simple steps to improve your furry friend’s diet.

Quality over quantity

You would never give your dog low-quality junk food that could cause cancer, but sadly many pet parents are unknowingly doing just that. Many popular commercial foods are filled with ingredients dogs have difficulty digesting—like corn, beef, soy, and wheat—or even known carcinogens.

“The most important thing owners need to think about is the quality of the ingredients that go into their pet’s mouth every day,” Dr. Mahaney explains. “Most commercially available pet foods are made with feed-grade ingredients—those are the ingredients that have been deemed unfit for human consumption.”

What’s wrong with feed-grade ingredients?

There’s a higher allowable level of toxins, which then penetrate the food.

“Especially mold-based toxins that commonly grow on grains,” Dr. Mahaney adds. “These cause long-term problems like kidney disease, liver disease, and digestive problems.”

Feed-grade ingredients include:

  • By-products
  • Non-specified meat meal
  • So-called 4-D meat.

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The Best Way to Stop Dog Allergies

Itching, scooting, sneezing, redness—these are all signs your dog may be an allergy sufferer! Environmental allergies are on the rise for our furry friends but our dogs don’t have to suffer in silence. Yellow Dog Blog’s most recent article for Rover.com details how to spot and stop dog allergies with expert advice from veterinary dermatologist Dr. Nicole Eckholm.

You’ll learn what allergies might look like in your dog:

allergies collageWe talk about all the treatment options—yes, you can give your dog Benadryl but you must consult your vet for dosage information. Also learn about the most effective way to treat allergies—immunotherapy (a.k.a allergy shots). We’ll cover the testing process and what you can expect. Check it out!

allergy testing

 

How to Keep Your Dog Safe from Deadly Diseases

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Poor Yellow Dog after emergency surgery. Avoid this harrowing experience by arming yourself with the right knowledge.

Our furry friends can’t tell us when they don’t feel well. If they could, chances are we could prevent serious illnesses or complications. But since our pups can’t tell us when they’re sick, we’ve got you covered with a list of some serious, yet preventable, diseases and how to catch them early. From kidney disease to cancer to the little known but dangerous fungal diseases, check out our latest article for the Rover.com blog covering 8 Potentially Deadly (and Preventable) Dog Diseases.

And if you haven’t seen the Rover.com blog yet, check it out! It’s full of fun tips and resources for pet parents and animal lovers.

The “Bat Dog” Dies of Cancer

Chase the bat dog

Photo by mtstradling on Flickr

CBS Sports reports a 13-year-old Golden Retriever who served as a “bat dog” for a minor-league baseball team has died of blood cancer just three days after his retirement.

“Chase That Golden Thunder” retrieved bats from home plate for the Yankees’ Double-A affiliate and trotted around the field with a basket full of water for umpires.

Chase’s son Derby takes over as the team’s new bat-retrieving dog.

Check out this video tribute to Chase!