My name is Beth and my companion’s name is Yuri. He is a two year old mix breed rescue. He is a remarkably happy, outgoing boy considering what he had been through. He was abandoned at about four weeks of age in a shopping cart in the blistering heat of a parking lot for an undisclosed amount of time. He was shy and afraid to eat. He now has a forever home with me, an affinity for frisbee and squeak toys, a yard to play in, and a creek to swim in. All of the pictures on my phone are of him. He loves cuddling people and pillows, diving underwater for rocks in the creek, and sitting in laps. He is the most loving dog I have ever met. Submitted by Beth C.
Ahhh, summer: You can finally safely take your dog out for long walks and to the park. You can even let your cat (if he or she is an outside kitty) onto the deck or other outside space.
But just because the weather is warmer doesn’t mean it’s entirely safe for your animal. In fact, summertime can present real health challenges for your furry friends. For example, have you ever seen your dog pant—really really panting, almost seemingly without relief? That’s one of the signs that they may be overheating and need your help. In fact, overheating can be so extreme with pets that they can suffer seizures.
Of course, the very best way for you to help your pet stay out of the dangers that heat presents is to not get them stressed to that point at all. If it’s too hot for you outside, it’s too hot for your animals. And remember: They are wearing a fur coat. Here are some tips to use…
We get it. Not every pet parent has the time to cook each and every meal for their furry pooches. Sometimes it’s just easier to scoop out a few servings of dog food and place it in a bowl. The common criticism against feeding your dog store-bought dog food is that you really don’t know if they are healthy or not. You want a dog food that closely resembles a dog’s natural diet, which is mostly animal protein.
Unfortunately, pet food manufacturers know that consumers look for certain keywords in the labels. That’s why they use clever words and phrases to fool pet parents into believing what they are buying is healthy. This is why we recommend seeking out expert pet health advice from reputed sources before buying any dog food. Create a habit of looking up the ingredients in the label. To help you decode these gimmicky terms on pet food labels, following are 4 common dog food ingredients that seem healthy, but they are not.
Meat Products/Meat By-Products: Cheap food brands know that consumers look for words like “meat” and “protein.” This is why a lot of them use terms such as meat products or meat by-products. There is no real way of finding out if the “meat product” is made from quality portions of an animal, and therein lies the problem. The lack of regulation gives pet food manufacturers the liberty to add poor-quality portions from varied animal sources. For example, meat products can also include meat from diseased animals. The lack of information about these “meats” should be enough reason for you to avoid pet food that contains them. Most good quality dog food brands will not use an ambiguous term such as meat. Their labels would simply read “turkey,” “chicken,” or “beef.”
Anything Corn: Your dog doesn’t need corn. Full of fast-burning carbohydrate, corn is used as cheap fillers to make dog food. While they do contain some vitamins and minerals, these benefits are grossly outweighed by the sheer amount of carbohydrates they deliver. Grain-based dog food can cause some serious health problems as they often lead to obesity and even diabetes. The common misconception is carbohydrates from grains are necessary for energy. Truth be told, the opposite is true. Dogs don’t need carbs for energy. In fact, their bodies do an excellent job of converting protein into energy. Corn, on the other hand, quickly raises the blood sugar levels before it comes plummeting down. The sudden crash in blood sugar may cause dogs to feel hungry and lethargic.
Brewer’s Rice: Brewer’s rice is another filler that has almost zero nutritive value for dogs. The only thing it does have is high quantities of fiber, which is good for bowel health. However, the problem with brewer’s rice is that it’s a carb-laden ingredient. Unless your dog is specifically allergic to rice, brewer’s rice would probably do no harm, but it’s not something that can be termed as healthy. While a small portion of brewer’s rice is probably okay, it’s important to know that they are nothing but fancy fillers. This means if you find a dog food that features brewer’s rice as one of its top three ingredients, the food may contain too much carbohydrate.
Natural Sweeteners: Just because the pet food manufacturer crammed in the word “natural” doesn’t make these sweeteners healthy. The reason pet food companies use sweeteners, natural or otherwise, is because it gets your dog addicted. Even natural sweeteners such as molasses and honey can end up causing harm. They encourage your dog to overeat and they open doors for diabetes and obesity. Look out for ingredients such as corn syrup, fructose, licorice extract, molasses, and natural sweeteners.
This is is Macaw. He is a sweet, friendly, happy, playful little three month old boy. He loves everyone he meets. He is looking for a family to grow up with. He is pretty easy going, and likes to tag along during activities. Look at that face… it’s irresistible! Submitted by the Humane Society of Morgan County, Georgia.
Skully is a female mix breed. She is half Terrier, a quarter Chihuahua, and a quarter Shih Tzu. She’s definitely a unique girl! She loves car rides and being wherever her humans are. She has a big dog bark, but she only weighs about 35 pounds. Skully is an absolute bundle of joy to have around. She can never get enough cuddles, and that is perfectly fine with me. Submitted by Miranda S.
This is Salty. She is seven years old. She loves to play with our other dogs, loves to go on walks, and she is the most obedient dog you will ever meet. She loves cheese and ice cubes. Salty has been with us since we moved all the way from North Carolina to Louisiana. Submitted by Maddie S.
This is Darwin. He’s 11 years old and has been waiting for his new family for a while now. He likes casual walks, sniffing and then coming home for cuddles and belly rubs. He can be shy with lots of activity and new people so he would love a quiet home. He has a sassy personality, and when it comes to other dogs, he’s more of a ladies man but can get along with any well-behaved dog. Submitted by the Humane Society Silicon Valley.
Meet Cody. Cody is a very sweet and friendly five year old boy. He’s very affectionate, and gets along well with other dogs. He likes to go for walks, but he especially loves to run. This guy wants to go on daily walks, or for a run, hike, or camping, or just any kind of adventure. Submitted by the Humane Society of Morgan County Georgia.
PB & J are the most perfect dogs, and they are looking for a new family. They are nine year old litter-mates and they are inseparable. They are amazing with children of all ages and great with other dogs. Let’s hope these boys can find a place to live out their senior years. Submitted by Petaluma Pet Pals.
Jack is a Mastador boy (an English Mastiff and Labrador Retriever mix). Very smart, curious and stubborn, the best friend I ever had. Sophia is a Neapolitan Mastiff. She thinks she’s a kitten. A very soft and sensible big girl. Submitted by Teodora M.