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. 

What to Do When You Find a Lost Dog: 4 Critical Steps

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Jan 30, 2020
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Discovering a lost or abandoned dog can be disheartening, especially when they don’t have any visible identification that will lead them back to their home. 

I read about this issue often in the social media platforms in which I participate. While I feel bad for the dog and the person who discovered them asking for help, I can only imagine the difficulty that the dog’s parents must be going through. 

Because losing a dog is like losing a family member. In this post, I will layout precisely what to do when you find a lost dog. This easy to follow four-step action plan will hopefully reunite you with your beloved dog in no time! 

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. 

What Can Cause Diarrhea in Dogs?

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Jan 8, 2020
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The only thing worse than knowing your dog is not feeling well is not knowing why they’re not feeling well. And when it comes to our dogs experiencing diarrhea, it can become challenging when we’re unable to rule out the usual suspects for the source of illness. 

So what can cause diarrhea in dogs? The leading causes are due to dogs ingesting substances like food, poisonous plants, or having an adverse reaction to a medication, etc. 

But sometimes the source of illness or the reason does not fall neatly into one of those categories. Continue reading as we explore some of those pesky uncommon causes for diarrhea in dogs. Understanding these unusual causes will arm you with the ability to diagnose and remedy the problem quickly, ultimately restoring your dog’s health. 

8 Things to Know Before Adopting a Dog

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Jan 6, 2020
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So what are the most important things to know before adopting a dog?

Generally, there are mainly two points of contention to explore. The first is whether or not you’re a good fit for dog parenting. The second is to determine if your dog of interest is a good fit for your temperament and lifestyle. It’s a bit more complicated than that which we’ll drill down into by my presenting you with eight essential questions to ask yourself. 

Still, the first point of contention (if you’re a good fit) is of vital importance because it naturally precedes your choosing a potential dog. It also requires much more analysis. 

Failing to assess your fitness and ability to commit to dog parenting often results in your regretting the decision, your possible neglect of the dog, and finally, the relinquishing of the dog to a shelter, or worse, to a friend or family member. 

Avoid becoming a statistic: