Incredible Health Benefits of Having a Dog

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May 15, 2020
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Did you know that pet parents fare much better when it comes to health in comparison to non-pet parents? Well, according to research and scientific studies, there are several health benefits of having a dog.  And spoiler alert, these benefits aren’t just limited to dog parents being more physically active.

Nevertheless, there are some significant health differences between the two groups. As you read, hopefully it will shed some light on this phenomenon for our non-dog parents, who may not understand why so many people choose to share their lives with dogs. Especially in the U.S., where approximately 75.8 million Americans have a pet dog, and consider them to be members of their families.

And for you existing dog parents, you’ll gain valuable insight into just how much your beloved dog is helping to improve your health, ultimately causing you to cherish them even more.

So continue reading as we discuss some incredible health benefits of having a dog.

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.

How Much Exercise Does A Dog Need Everyday?

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Feb 21, 2020
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If you landed on this page, you probably fit into one of three categories. You’re a new dog parent and are confused about how much exercise your dog needs every day. Or, you’re here to compare notes and see if you’re on the right track. Finally, the last group is fully aware that you’re not giving your dog enough exercise. You’re at your wit’s end, especially after finding a pair of your favorite shoes left chewed up in the corner of a room.

Fortunately for you, I have something of value to offer everyone.

There is no cut and dry answer to this question. But the bright side is that it’s not that complicated either. Here at The Dog Care Guide, we want to offer you sustainable tips for providing care for your beloved pups. 

So even if you are the dog parent of a high energy working dog, don’t worry, I won’t suggest that you run five miles a day to meet your dog’s exercise needs.

Because that’s not sustainable unless you’re an athlete, and it’s apart of your daily routine. And running long distances may not be healthy for your dog. Also some dogs have boundless energy so they often require more than just physical exercise

So skip the exercise calculator and breed exercise charts. A computer can’t determine how much exercise your dog needs. But you and your vet can.  

So continue reading as we explore how you can determine how much exercise your dog needs and a simple way to implement a workout into your dog’s daily routine.

Can Dogs Eat People Food?: The Farmer’s Dog Food Review

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Feb 13, 2020
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Welcome back for part two, the final part of this blog post series! 

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

Otherwise, let’s get started. 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 kinds 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. 

Embark DNA Tests For Dogs- What’s The Point?

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Jan 14, 2020
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Q: Is that a puppy Greyhound or an Italian Greyhound? 

Q: Are those Cairns? I’ve never seen them with all-black faces before! 

In my line of work, I get questions like these daily. I can barely get down the street without being stopped by someone who wants to say hello (to the dog) and inquire about their breed. And now, more than ever, pet parents and aficionados want to know the genetics behind these adorable and attractive looking dogs. 

With the plethora of DNA tests for dogs on the market, the answers are just a few clicks away. However, all dog DNA testing kits are not created equal. Some may even argue -what’s the point?

In this post, I’ll provide you with some insight into the tremendous value that DNA tests for dogs can offer you as a dog parent. And in addition to the benefits, I’ll share some insight into Embark DNA Testing Kits. Embark is one of, if not the best, DNA testing kit for dogs on the market today.