Advantageous Benefits of Fish Oil For Dogs

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May 6, 2020
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With so many supplements on the market today for humans and our furry companions, you may be wondering, is fish oil for dogs necessary or not?

Personally, I’m not a major advocate of adding a variety of supplements to my dog’s diet. Because here at the Dog Care Guide, we stress the importance of providing your dog with optimal nutrition through their diet. And there is very little need to supplement an already optimally balanced diet. 

However, some dogs may require dietary supplementation due to health issues. And in general, there are some essential vitamins and nutrients that cannot be synthesized by your dog’s body. They can only be obtained through their diet. And there are vital components of fish oil that fall into this category. 

So read on as we discuss what’s the most advantageous benefit of providing your dog with fish oil, what to look for when purchasing a fish oil supplement, safety precautions to consider, and how to determine the appropriate dosage for your dog.

The Farmer’s Dog Food Review and Trial Offer: Part 2 of a Series

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Feb 13, 2020
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Welcome back for part two, the final part of our “Can Dogs Eat People Food” blog post series! 

If you missed part one, you check it out here. Part one lays the foundation for understanding the dog’s natural diet, which  makes choosing one for your dog so much easier.

Otherwise, at this point, you should have already ordered or conducted your Embark Breed + Health Kit and are awaiting the results. Again, the benefits of taking this test are that it will inform you of any potential health risks that your dog may have. And sharing the results with your vet will help you determine the best appropriate care for your dog, including what kind of foods may or may not be suitable.

With that in mind, let’s dive right in and learn about one of the best kinds of diets and brands for dogs on the market today.

Can Dogs Eat People Food? Part 1

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Feb 8, 2020
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Q: You give your dog people food?

A: Absolutely!

I don’t think people hear themselves when they ask can dogs eat people food. And while there is some subtle judgment implied along with their inquiry, I try not to judge the person back. But, sometimes I carry on an inner dialogue that goes something like: 

  • How do you think “dog food” is made? 
  • What do you think dogs ate before there was “dog food?”
  • What do you think dogs ate before they were “dogs” and were just “wolves” living in the wild? 

So yes, we’ve been feeding our dog Mina “real food,” “human food,” or “people food,” as many refer to it, and proudly so. We recently purchased an Embark Dog DNA Breed + Health kit, which cleared Mina of all 181 health conditions common for her breed. And she’s 11 years old

She also gets rave reviews after every vet visit. Mainly for her shiny coat of hair and her pearly whites. She’s a real “people food” eater, or “real food” as I like to call it. I think the care that we provide for our girl speaks for itself. And the foundation for exceptional health begins with a balanced nutrient-dense diet.

In short, the answer to the question is yes, it is okay to feed your dog “people food.” But the key is to understand why it’s okay and how to do it properly.  

In this post, I will share a few key concepts with you, including:

  • How to determine what diet is most suitable for your dog
  • A brief history of the dog’s natural diet
  • A brief history of commercialized “dog food.”
  • And what’s one of the best diets for dogs on the market today.

These concepts will lay the groundwork for helping you understand what to consider when selecting a diet for your dog.