BREAKING NEWS RECALL ALERT – Carnivore Meat Company Recalls Raw Food Due To Salmonella

Carnivore Meat Company is voluntarily recalling a single limited lot of Vital Essentials Frozen Chicken Patties Entrée for Dogs. The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) selected and tested product as part of a national collection initiative, which was issued by the Center of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) on June 3, 2015. The FDA notified Carnivore Meat Company that one of the samples collected, tested positive for Salmonella, bacteria commonly associated with fresh and frozen poultry, in human and in pet … Read more

What’s Really In A Dog Treat? How Do I Know What Is Safe?

These days, it can be pretty hard to know what to look for when it comes to buying dog consumables. What should and shouldn’t be in them? How do I know they are safe? It can be downright frustrating and sometimes even scary. After all, buying the wrong product can literally kill your pet. That’s what happened to Veronica Glynn. Her cat “Kitty” passed away of liver failure due to melamine in her food. That’s when Glynn decided to do … Read more

RECALL ALERT – Big Dog Natural Recalls Dog Food Due To Possible Health Risks

The FDA (Food & Drug Administration) just announced that Big Dog Natural of Brick, New Jersey is voluntary recalling a select production lot of Big Dog Natural raw dehydrated dog food Chicken Supreme potentially contaminated with Salmonella and Fish Supreme potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Big Dog Natural became aware of a potential issue after receiving notification from the FDA that a sample of Chicken Supreme tested positive for Salmonella and a sample of Fish Supreme for Listeria monocytogenes. Affected Product These products were … Read more

10 Ways To Celebrate Christmas With Your Fur Babies

Celebrating the holidays just isn’t the same unless you include your fur babies. But finding ways to incorporate your pups into the festivities without stressing them out can be difficult. The stress of having a Christmas tree in the house alone can be enough to send even a well mannered dog over the edge. All those smells, food, and people can be enough to overstimulate most dogs.  That’s why planning ahead with a few dog-friendly activities can be good for … Read more

Bravo Pet Food Is Recalling Batches of Dog and Cat Food Due To Salmonella

Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester, CT, is recalling a select lot of Bravo Chicken Blend Diet for dogs and cats due to concerns of a possible salmonella contamination. The recall was initiated after routine testing of a 2lb. chub of Bravo Chicken Blend diet for dogs and cat (Item #21-102) by the Colorado State Department of Agriculture, collected at a single retailer, revealed the presence of Salmonella. According to a release made by the company, they are also recalling three … Read more

10 Ways Your Dog’s Food Can Affect Their Coat and Skin

We all know that what we feed our dog can affect their coat and skin. That’s why we often see dog food products that advertise “coat and skin health”. However, even the best commercial dog foods can’t provide the right balance of nutrients for every dog out there – especially for the ones with allergies or sensitive skin. Knowing how your dog’s food can affect their skin will help you identify problems and get it fixed faster with the help … Read more

Cranberry Is A SuperFood For Your Pup And These Products Have All You Need

Cranberries are a wonderful food with many health benefits including lowering risk of urinary tract infections, improved immune function, decreasing blood pressure and even helping prevent certain types of cancer. In addition, a half cup only contains 25 calories! Sounds great doesn’t it? So next time you are at your vet’s, ask if your dog would benefit from having a bit of cranberry added to their diet. They can tell you how much your dog should get a day. Here … Read more

9 Ways To Make Your Senior Dog’s Life Better

Loving an old dog is truly a privilege. We’ve all seen heartbreaking stories of old dogs whose “owners” discard them on city streets or deposit them at the local pound in favor a new, bouncy puppy. These individuals have a lot to learn about loyalty and love yet in life. Senior dogs are a wonderful part of the family. If you’re sharing your heart and home with a senior dog, you know their needs change as the years tick by. … Read more

Surprisingly SImple Ways To Improve Your Dog’s Health

If you love your dog like I do, the idea that she won’t be around for the rest of your life is excruciating. I can’t make her live forever, but I can help her live the healthiest, happiest life possible for as long as I have her. Years ago, it was not uncommon for a dog to live for ten years and die of some unknown disease because we honestly didn’t take very good care of our dogs. We didn’t … Read more

What If Dogs Could Live Forever?

Can you imagine how wonderful life would be if our dogs could live forever? Sometimes it seems like a cruel joke that our dogs live such short lives, and most of us will care for 5-10 dogs in our lifetime. Each one takes a huge piece of our hearts with them when they go. But thanks to scientific research, our dogs can now live longer than ever (and no, I’m not talking about cloning your dog). We now understand how … Read more

Sorghum – Should It Be In Your Dog’s Food?

I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word “sorghum” I think about old-fashioned recipes and The South, sorghum on pancakes and lazy Sunday afternoons. Which is why I was so surprised to see a whole booth just for “sorghum” at a recent pet industry trade show. Why would I want my dog (or cat) to eat a food with a sugary syrup in it? My curiosity was peaked. Sorghum – the grain It turns out, that sorghum … Read more

Don’t You Wish You Knew What Your Dog Was Thinking?

If only our pets could talk. Sometimes I wonder what my dog would say and other times I’m glad she can’t talk because I’m sure I’d hear an earful about what our cats and potbellied piggy did all day. Some things are just better left unknown. But when my dogs have a problem or seem sick, I would give anything if they could talk and just tell me what’s wrong so I could fix it. I have to play detective … Read more

From The Vet: 6 Questions You Need To Ask About Your Dog’s Food

Nutrition is vitally important to the health, happiness and longevity of your pet. The old adage “You are what you eat” still applies whether human, dog, or cat. The impact of proper nutrition at all stages of life both in health and sickness has been proven by many studies. When choosing a pet food, be sure that you read the label. Any product that is not labeled “complete and balanced” for your pet’s life stage should surely be avoided. Labels … Read more

Why Do Dogs Eat Poop, Grass, And Sometimes Even Lick Dirt?

Some experts say a lonely, bored or stressed out dog may eat poop. Others immediately check to see if the dog has internal parasites. Some vets might even suggest over feeding could be causing your dog to eat poop. This school of thought teaches since your dog can’t absorb all the excess food they have eaten, they might try to consume the ‘food’ again. And while there are varied opinions on the disgusting habit of dogs eating poop, half-heartedly eating … Read more

Bravo! Pet Food Co-Founder Explains The Pet Food Hierarchy

The “what should I feed my pet” conversation is one of the most heated in the pet industry. Doesn’t matter who you ask (even non pet owners!), they are going to have their own very strong opinion on the subject. We met Bette Schubert, Bravo! co-founder and senior vice president of sales, new product development and education at a trade show last month and were impressed – not just by her passion (all pet business owners have that) but by … Read more

How To Get Your Dog To (REALLY) Listen

Wouldn’t it be great if your dog obeyed your every command? Studies show the average dog is quite intelligent and understands a vocabulary comparable to a two-year-old human. So if your dog understands what you want him to do, why doesn’t he do it? The answer may be lack of proper motivation. Dogs, like humans, are motivated to take action for two basic reasons: to earn a reward, or to avoid a punishment. Dog experts have determined that dogs respond … Read more

Do You Believe In The Power Of Nutrition?

Is your dog lazy? Has he lost his pep, or maybe he never had any? Does he have hotspots, shed excessively, or lick or chew obsessively? What if it’s not really a case of nerves or allergies? What if all these things are a sign of a nutritional deficiency in your dog?   Nutritional deficiencies can occur in any dog- any breed, any size. Just like with people, even though they are eating adequate portion sizes of what we think … Read more

5 Pet Owner Hacks That Will Add Years To Your Dog

If you’re a pet parent, the thought that your dog will live somewhere between 10 and 13 years is not something you like to think about. We don’t ever want to face life without our pups! But did you know your dog can have a longer, happy life simply by adjusting a few things in his lifestyle right now?   Your dog’s longevity depends (largely) on you and the decisions you make for him. Your dog loves you so much, … Read more

TRENDING: Are There Really “Wires” in This Popular Name Brand Dog Food?

More and more reports are coming in around the country as a photo from social media has brought something to the attention of pet owners across the country: There may be wire in Pedigree Dog Food. The images were posted on the Pedigree Facebook page, as well as to the Dog Food Advisor site, all showing what appear to be tiny wires (or in some cases, plastic tubing) sticking out of the pieces of kibble. For example, the following image … Read more

7 Tips For Buying Dog Treats Like a Smart Dog Owner

In today’s market we definitely have choices when it comes to dog treats. In fact, there may be too many choices – it can easily be overwhelming if you are wondering what treats to buy your dog that are safe, within budget and that he will like. Tommy Gay, president of Look Who’s Happy Dog Treats, provide us with the following tips on how to buy dog treats so you and your dog will both by happy. (NOTE: pictures shown … Read more

Your Dog Should Eat Crickets… Yes, Crickets – But It’s Not What You Think

When I first heard about the idea of making pet treats out of crickets, it caught my attention. I had visions of the smelly little creepy crawlers that my parents fished with when I was a girl. But then I remembered the attentiveness my childhood pets always showed to leftover crickets. They seemed to want those bugs, though I never considered actually offering them back then. But now that I am a pet expert, I am always thinking about natural … Read more

Share Thanksgiving Dinner With Your Dog (Recipes Included!)

It might seem a bit unconventional, but since most of us consider our dogs part of the family, why not make a meal they can enjoy right alongside you this holiday? Lisa Hennessy, Celebrity Pet Chef and the owner/creator of Your Pet Chef, which makes personalized dog food, has simple tips and recipes to help you create a wonderful Thanksgiving meal for you and your dog. “We don’t recommend sharing rolls, stuffing or other Thanksgiving menu items that contain grains or gluten with … Read more