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It is no secret that protein is important in a person’s diet. However, it’s just as important for a dog’s. There are many questions that pet owners have in regards to protein and the significance of a good protein diet for a dog.
Although you may think that your dog is getting enough protein from regular kibble, there is a possibility that they may not be. And if your dog isn’t consuming enough protein, this can cause several health issues.
What are the Hazards of Low Protein?
Low protein can cause many health hazards for dogs. One factor is the effect that the lack of protein will have on a dog’s coat. Without enough protein, a dog’s fur can become brittle or dry and even show signs of hair loss. Skin can also become darker and fur can lose its
If the lack of protein continues, dogs will then experience a lack of energy, loss of weight and strength, and even experience a longer time period for wounds to heal. Also, if a dog is younger, they’ll have slower bone and muscle development without proper levels of protein.
This poses the question: Does your dog have enough in their diet?
Proteins are defined as chains of small building blocks called amino acids. And without the right amount, dogs can suffer from a number of issues including hormonal imbalances, skin issues, tissue problems, and behavioral changes.
There are many food products that may satisfy your dog’s appetite. However, it may not satisfy their protein levels. And one of the complex decisions that a dog owner will have to make is to choose between raw or cooked foods because both have different effects in regards to protein.
Raw Vs. Cooked: Which Should You Choose?
There are arguments that claim that cooked foods have a decreased risk of bacteria. By cooking the food, there is less of a chance of bacteria lingering inside of it and a lesser possibility for a case of salmonella. The theory is cooked food would give a pet owner more control and it would be safer to handle, but that's simply not true.
Raw foods are proven to be more nutritious and in turn have better protein. For raw food still contains their natural vitamins and minerals and if cooked, it would decrease the nutritional value.
Raw foods are also minimally processed and most importantly, contain more, vitamins, nutrients and moisture than cooked foods. This in turn will improve protein levels for your dog. In a future post, we will discuss the best raw foods to feed your dog, but first we will discuss the significance of added moisture within raw foods.
However, many people believe that moisture content is similar within every dog food. But, it turns out there are significant differences in moisture within various foods.
Is your dog loving their kibble? Although it may fill your dog up, it actually only provides 6-10% of the moisture that your dog needs. And the less moisture that is in your dog’s food, the less protein your furry friend receives.
However, there’s no need to fear!
There are many food options that can meet your pet’s protein needs and we will continue to discuss those options in next week’s post!
For now, we will leave you with 3 questions to ponder:
1.) What am I feeding my dog
2.) Am I feeding my dog raw or cooked foods?
3.) Does my dog’s diet have enough moisture?
In further posts this month we will delve deeper into the importance of protein and the best foods in which your dog can receive it.
Until next week...continue to be awesome Pet Parents!
We know exercise is beneficial. Endorphins, draining excess physical energy, all that good stuff. And we know most dogs enjoy walks.
They're incredibly mentally stimulating, and work with dogs' natural curiosity.
Walking together as a pack is a very non-confrontational way for dogs to interact, a good experience for dogs who otherwise only meet their buddies head-on during walks.
Walking together can reduce young dogs' natural exuberant urges to play contact sports with every dog they meet!
Group walks with tons of dogs can be constructive and hyper fun for many daycare dogs!!!
Here are 3 Benefits of Pack Walking with us!!
1. They Learn To Socialize!
Dogs are social animals and they thrive when they are able to be part of a heathy pack. Allowing you pooch to participate in a group walk can help balance your dogs behavior and even teach them a new skill or two
For example, we love to pair up a puppy who is not the best walker on leash with a balanced pack.
Suddenly the puppy is walking along and enjoying the freedom and stimulation that comes from being part of that pack. It can also help with many other situation like pulling, fear or shy behaviors.
The benefits are endless!!
2. Your Dog Makes Friends
Dogs who spend time interacting, exercising, and playing with other dogs and people lead healthy and happy lives. The motto “a tired pup is a good pup” rings true – and is more easily achieved by social dogs.
If a dog is worried or anxious about an encounter, they are spending less time having fun and burning energy and more time feeling stressed. Dogs that walk together form a bond that we call a “pack”.
They enjoy seeing their friends everyday and have fun on their walks while getting in some socialization in a monitored and Safe environment.
I often hear from owners that they get to know other owners because their dog pulled them to their fur friends houses or towards each other when the encounter on the street.
3. It's Cheaper than a private walk!!
Just About Pets, Adventure Walks is a Doggie Daycare Add-On Feature.
If you bring your dog to daycare, your pup could easily join us on our outdoor adventures for just an extra $14 On top of your daycare day!!
its gives daycare dogs a change of environment for a couple hours, a little something extra to get them EXTRA tired for you guys at home!!!
1. The Road Runner Leash
It’s Hiking Season!! Are you and your dog hitting the mountains soon?! If so, here is a list of our top essential products, perfect for walks,hikes and time in nature with your pup!!
🐶 Introducing The EzyDog Road Runner Leash!! 🐾 With a focus on style and fashion, the dog accessories in our new Friday Collective have one goal in mind - to source unique, sustainable raw materials from around the globe and expertly craft them into the highest quality dog accessories!!
It’s packed with features!!
With the use of a sliding side-release buckle, the size of the handle can be extended - allowing you to set your own length. 🥳
The use of this buckle in the handle means it can also be unclipped, so you can wear the leash around your waist/shoulder or use as a temporary tether. 🤗
Built into the handle is a D-ring and a barrel lock, ensuring you can attach your favourite accessories when using the leash as a running belt. When in leash mode, the length of the Road Runner is 1.8m
It has the latest ZEROSHOCK technology!
When you're running with your dog, the last thing you need is to be pulled around by your pooch.
So to make your walks more comfortable, we have included our Zero Shock technology in the Road Runner Leash, giving it shock absorbing properties. Like any good outdoor fitness accessory, we line the product with a reflective trim for night time safety
Plus it’s super soft on your hands and around your dog!
The RoadRunner leash is made from our own EzyDog blend of soft touch webbing, making it the most comfortable, strong and durable dog lead on the market.
The handle also is lined with neoprene making it extra soft to hold in your hand.
Come in store and gets yours today!
2. First Aid Kit (Travel Size)
🏥 If you own a pet, you should also own a basic Dog First Aid Kit in case of emergencies. 🚨
Wether you’re hiking, travelling or at home, This essential kit is stylish, functional, and can easily go wherever you and your dog adventure.
Included is a Pet First Aid Guide with directions on how to assist your dog with everything from choking to lacerations to poisoning.
Comprehensive 50-piece kit with Dog First Aid Guide
Unique hook w/integrated bottle opener closes the kit and allows it to be hung on a hook, door, or tree when open
3 interior mesh compartments for organization
Exterior zipper pocket
Oxford 600D fabric with twill tape binding for durability.
California Proposition 65 WARNING
Parachute Cord (1)
First Aid Guide (1)
Sting Relief Pads (4)
Tweezers (Plastic) (1)
Tape Role (1)
Crepe Bandage - 2" (1)
Cotton Swab (10)
Tongue Depressor (4)
Antiseptic Towelette (4)
Instant Cold Pack (1)
Disposable Rubber Gloves (2 pairs)
Gauze Pad - 4" x 4" (3)
Gauze Pad - 2" x 2" (3)
Gauze Roll - 2" (1)
Trauma Pad - 5" x 9" (1)
Alcohol Prep Pad (4)
Thermal Foil Emergency Blanket (1)
Iodine Prep Pad (4)
Bottle Opener (1)
First Aid Bag (1)
Come in store and get equipped!! 🚨🐾
3. Pawsitive FX
🐾 LETS TALK PAWSITIVE FX!!
Dogs, unlike humans, typically brave the world in their bare feet!
Even when the weather’s hot or freezing cold, your pooch still treks the trails with his or her paws while we wear shoes and boots to protect our soft soles.
This is because your pet’s feet are designed to withstand much more than yours!
Their pads are layered with fatty tissues that help to insulate and protect their feet from a range of temperatures. The surface of the paw is much more durable than human skin, as it meant to help protect your pup from rough terrain.
For starting at Just $5.99, get your pup a Pawsitive Fx Paw Wax/Balm and Nose Moisturizer! 🌲
4. Adventure Light
The Adventure light is the lightest, brightest, toughest light in its class! It can be either Flashing or Steady-On. It's easily seen when practicing your favorite outdoor activities such as kayaking, surf skiing, cycling. Just clip it on and go! Very lightweight, yet tough and durable, it will not restrict movement and may be attached anywhere. Affordable, wearable safety whenever you need to be seen in the dark. Thanks to the patented Reverse Polarity program Switching TM technology, the function of the light can be changed between flashing and steady on modes by simply flipping the battery over.
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Checkout our line of natural homeopathic oils for pets!! 🌿
Just About Pets Wellness Center Presents Parazap!...Parazap was designed as a method to eliminate parasites and the toxins they secrete from the system, but also to act in a preventive capacity.
Parazap may help with elimination of parasites, pinworms, tapeworms, thread and intestinal worms. It's safe to use as a cleanse for pets, as well.
JAP’s Parazap may also be able to help prevent dust mite allergies.
Come in and arm yourself against bugs! 🐾
6. Fido Flash Collar
Fido flash collar
Keep your dog safe!!
Looking for a long lasting light for your dog?
Keeps your pet visible from dusk till dawn!
These are just some of the Items we use on our walks!!
All of these useful hiking products are sold at our store!! 🌿
Has this ever happened to you?
You return home from a long hike with your dog and sit down to relax, As your faithful trail companion rests beside you...
You reach down to give him or her a belly rub. You’ve got that “Life is Good” feeling going on,
until you feel a little bump on your dog’s skin. You separate his fur to investigate and discover a blood sucking tick has embedded itself into your sweet dog. EW!!!
The warm weather and hiking season is BACK & so are the critters!!
Ticks can be located just about anywhere in the world – from sea level to higher altitudes (although they do not really like colder temps). There are hundreds of different species of ticks and according to scientists they can “range in size from nearly invisible to the size of a pencil eraser.” Ticks are often smaller than you think and to protect yourself you need to be knowledge about how to avoid ticks while hiking or playing outdoors.
When your dog gets close to or brushes up against tick infected vegetation, a tick can drop off and hitch a ride.
It then begins seeking out a warm, dark feeding site before attaching its jaws and inserting a blood sucking feeding tube.
Sounds Uncomfortable, right? Since ticks are usually found in hiking areas, here are some ways to protect yourself and your dog from these little bugs!
1. Avoid Off-Leash Tick Thriving Areas
Dogs love to sniff and investigate along the edges of trails where ticks are waiting on blades of grass or brush.
Ticks are typically found in bushy, grassy, and forested areas that are often shady and humid. Ticks then like to climb to the top of long grass or branches and then jump on you when your swish by.
You can avoid picking up ticks by keeping your dog on a leash and by walking in the middle of the trail, especially during the height of tick season.
If you stick to the middle of the trail and avoid bushwhacking, you’re more likely to avoid ticks while hiking. Seek sunny areas and you’ll improve your chances of having a tick free day.
2. Wear Proper Clothing; You and Your Dog
Wearing light colored clothing can help detect areas that are infested with ticks.
By tucking your pant legs inside your socks and tucking your shirt inside your pants, you’ll have a better chance of seeing any dark colored ticks that attempt to crawl up your legs.
You can easily flick them off before they get to your skin. Yeah, you might look a little weird, but you probably won’t run into the fashion police while out hiking the trails.
Stop occasionally and check for any crawling ticks, especially when entering a new area of your hike. If you suddenly notice a lot of the little crawlers, change your route if possible. Permethrin spray is an effective tick repellent that can be used on clothing, but it can be toxic (especially to cats and fish) and should be used with caution. A better alternative might be to buy commercially treated pants if you do a lot of hiking.
3. Know Your Types Of Ticks
The Most Common Tick we have on our West Coast is the Black Legged Tick, also known as the Deer tick.
These guys can transmit Rocky Mountain Spotted fever, Lyme Disease Tularemia, Ehrlichia, and Tick Paralysis!! So Beware of those two kinds of ticks especially!!
Below is a chart to help you indentify the different types of Ticks!!
Tick identification is important. Everyone is worried about Lyme Disease.
We've attached the poster below to to avoid unnecessary worry and unnecessary trips to the vet.
The tick that primarily carries lyme disease is I. Scapularis, also called the Black-Legged Tick, or the Deer Tick.
The deer tick is very very very tiny, approximately the size of a fleck of black pepper. They are very nearly impossible to see on a dog, and can still be difficult to see even when engorged.
The common dog tick can range in size from very small, but clearly visible, to quite large. Then when they're engorged, they blow up like a big greyish/greenish blob (green or grey color tick).
4. Inspect yourself & your dog when you get home!
Do constant checks as you make your way through the trails but also do a more thorough tick inspection of your dog when you get home, as it is needed.
Even if you use an oral or spot-on preventative treatment. Do a visual inspection and use your fingers to feel for bumps that may be attached ticks.
Ticks can be found anywhere on your dog, but popular hiding areas are on the head, neck, legs, armpits, belly, chest, tail, between the toes, and in and around the ears.
Since it can take several hours before an attached tick can transmit a disease to your dog, you can eliminate most of the risk by performing a thorough inspection and removing any ticks soon after arriving home from your hike.