8 Reasons Never Feed Your Dogs from Same Bowl

This article from green Pets is on 8 Reasons Never Feed Your Dogs from Same Bowl.

Food bowl sharing in a multi-dog household is a really bad idea. While some owners of more than one dog feed them from the same bowl, it’s a really bad idea. All dogs in the family should be fed from individual bowls, and in separate areas of the house.

  1. One reason is that if two or more dogs are fed from the same bowl, unless the owner is standing over them at every meal, he or she can’t know how much each dog is eating.
  2. It’s important to monitor your dog’s appetite as a sign of her or his general well-being. In fact, one of the first questions most veterinarians ask when you bring your pet in for an exam is, “How’s he eating?” or “Have you noticed any change in his appetite?”
  3. Another reason to feed your pets from their own bowls is to prevent a more dominant dog from eating his meal and then pushing others out of the way so he can help himself to their meals as well. Many animals over-consume calories if fed in the presence of other animals — it’s almost a form of competitive eating. This can quickly lead to obesity in a bossy dog and lack of adequate nourishment in the more submissive dog in the family.
  4. If you have two dogs and one of them has a food sensitivity or allergy. Do you make him eat the trigger food anyway because your other dog isn’t sensitive to it, or do you deprive the other dog to avoid triggering a GI disturbance in your allergic dog? Clearly neither of these solutions is ideal.
  5. The biggest risk of a shared food bowl, though, is food aggression between dogs.In a worst-case scenario, food aggression can result in injuries to a dog and/or an owner who tries to break up a dogfight. But before the “big event,” there are usually a series of smaller skirmishes occurring at mealtime.
  6. It’s the nature of dogs to compete for resources, even when there are plenty of resources to go around. Dogs view many things as worth fighting for, including favorite toys, a special napping spot or “their” human. Food, of course, is a resource, and for many dogs it’s the most important resource in their world.
  7. This is especially true of high-value foods like recreational bones or extremely tasty treats.
  8. Dogs Prefer to Dine Alone. All household dogs, even visiting dogs should be fed from individual bowls in separate areas of the home. If you can’t physically close them off from each other, constant supervision is your only option. It’s also a very good idea to pick up the bowls as soon as the dogs have eaten, even empty bowls can trigger a problem.


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Are Pet Probiotics Needed

People ask us on a regular basis at green Pets are pet Probiotics needed. We tell them they are vital for the similar reasons we need Probiotics for our total holistic wellness.

Probiotics provide optimum and total holistic wellness.

Probiotics maintain your pet’s ideal “good” to “other” bacteria ratio by promoting the optimal environment for the growth of good bacteria.

Supports your pet’s production of B vitamins, especially folic acid and biotin, and vitamin K.

They promote mineral absorption. Support protein and carbohydrate digestion via probiotic enzymes.

Aids metabolism and the removal of toxins. Helps your pet maintain appropriate bowel transit time.

Supports your pet’s immune system function by helping them remove toxins.

Produces lactic acid for support of digestive processes and colon pH balance.

Supports normal immune response. Helps promote oral health.



So now that you know why your pet needs probiotics order them today. Your pet will feel good, look good and live long. You will feel wonderful knowing you are giving your pet good health and overall wellness.
There are many good brands available. We like Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotics for Pets, but most all premium Probiotics are excellent.
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Can You Feed Your Dog A Paleo Diet?

At green Pets we were wondering, Can You Feed Your Dog A Paleo Diet?

So we did some research. We read some new books and we read some articles. One book we particularly liked was Paleo Dog, by Jean Hofve, DVM and Celeste Yarnall, Phd. At green Pets we first research the Science. And this book is written by two well educated experts.

We learned as their book talks about is from the tiniest teacup poodle to the most massive Great Dane, dogs’ digestive systems are pure wolf. Fido’s ancestors enjoyed a diet that was 45 to 50 percent protein, 40 to 50 percent fat, and less than 10 percent carbohydrates.

But as they say, walk down the pet food aisle, however, and you’ll find that low cost dry food is made mainly of starchy ingredients like peas, potatoes, corn, wheat, rice, and oats-nothing a prehistoric pup would dream of eating. At green Pets we only carry the premium brands, high protein, low carb dry and can food.

In the book they say that 85 percent of dogs are overweight or obese, with cancer killing 42 percent of all dogs and half of dogs over the age of 10.

So how do you feed a wolf disguised as a pug? Paleo Dog – by Jean Hofve, DVM, and Celeste Yarnall, PhD – guides readers through an assessment of their dogs’ diets and helps them find the right balance of healthy ingredients.

In addition to recipes and nutrition info, the book offers advice on what treats are safe, training tips, the benefits of exercise, massage, and how to ensure dogs are receiving the love and attention they need.

At green Pets we read Paleo Dog and both enjoyed it. There is a lot of expertise and time needed to feed your dog raw food as in the Paleo Dog book, but if you want to go raw over dry, or can food, this is a must read.

Check it out for yourself on Amazon Books.

Can You Feed Your Dog A Paleo Diet?

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Pet Food Reviews Acana versus Rachel Rays Nutrish

Pet Food Reviews Acana versus Rachel Rays Nutrish.

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ACANA 5 Stars

Acana contains excellent amounts of meat-based protein, fat-to-protein ratio of 75% or lower, a good ratio carbohydrate content, no controversial chemical preservatives, no strange meat ingredients, no artificial coloring agents, and no generic animal fats.Yes, it is pricey but the best is the best.

Here are recent reviews on Acana from Amazon purchasers.

on December 9, 2016
My Irish Jack loves the lamb and apple formula. He often licks his bowl repeatedly after he’s finished, then looks up at me to give him more.
on November 28, 2016
My dog loves this brands food. We mix it together with Costco brand dog food. Our dog will wait for us to pour in the Acana food before digging in. The food itself smells like healthy dog food–not like sour chemicals that you find in some dog food. The acana bits are filled with rich oils and you can definitely see the difference in quality.
on October 26, 2016
Love this dog food! Have been using this dog food for our 2 dogs for 4+ years and wouldn’t feed them anything else. Grain free and great for their health! It was delivered in a timely manner.
on September 19, 2016
My dog loves the Acana line. The lamb is her favorite!



Rachael Ray Nutrish 3.5 STARS

We like that the Nutrish formula contain meat, or meat products at the top of the ingredient list. Canines need a great deal of protein in their diets for optimum health. In addition it contains egg products and healthy vegetables to add additional protein, fiber and nutrients.

However, both the wet and dry versions contain some ingredients that offer little nutritional value for dogs. For example, brown rice is not necessarily bad for dogs, but it offers few vitamins, minerals or proteins. Overall, Rachael Ray Nutrish dog food is a 3.5 STAR review. However, adding in cost and value it is still better than average. Nutrish is less costly than high premium dog foods. So if you cannot afford the 5 STAR brands this is a good choice.



 


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Holistic Pet Food Review Rachel Ray Nutrish

Holistic Pet Food Review Rachel Ray Nutrish. And Acana.

Holistic Pet Food Review Rachel Ray Nutrish


ACANA 5 STARS.  We give Acana the MFP-5 Star review as Acana contains excellent amounts of meat-based protein, fat-to-protein ratio of 75% or lower, a good ratio carbohydrate content, no controversial chemical preservatives, no strange meat ingredients, no artificial coloring agents, and no generic animal fats.Yes, it is pricey but the best is the best.

Here are recent reviews on Acana from Amazon purchasers.

on December 9, 2016
My Irish Jack loves the lamb and apple formula. He often licks his bowl repeatedly after he’s finished, then looks up at me to give him more.
on November 28, 2016
My dog loves this brands food. We mix it together with Costco brand dog food. Our dog will wait for us to pour in the Acana food before digging in. The food itself smells like healthy dog food–not like sour chemicals that you find in some dog food. The acana bits are filled with rich oils and you can definitely see the difference in quality.
on October 26, 2016
Love this dog food! Have been using this dog food for our 2 dogs for 4+ years and wouldn’t feed them anything else. Grain free and great for their health! It was delivered in a timely manner.
on September 19, 2016
My dog loves the Acana line. The lamb is her favorite!


Rachael Ray Nutrish 3.5 STARS. We give the MFP-3.5 STARS. We review Rachael Ray Nutrish dog food 3.5 STARS. We like that the formulas contain meat, or meat products at the top of the ingredient list. Canines need a great deal of protein in their diets for optimum health. In addition it contains egg products and healthy vegetables to add additional protein, fiber and nutrients.

However, both the wet and dry versions contain some ingredients that offer little nutritional value for dogs. For example, brown rice is not necessarily bad for dogs, but it offers few vitamins, minerals or proteins. Overall, Rachael Ray Nutrish dog food is a 3.5 STAR review. However adding in cost and value it is still better than average. Nutrish is less costly than high premium dog foods. So if you cannot afford the 5 STAR brands Nutrish is a good choice.


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The Meals Fur Pets Story

The Meals Fur Pets Story is not your basic “rescue the dogs” kind of nonprofit. In the day to day area that means we seek to fill in the gaps that exist in making sure there are the needed resources to keep a families pet and the family together in hard times.

It may be providing funds to pay for medical care for a beloved pet. Or pay medical bills a family cannot pay for a dog run over by a car, needing emergency vet care. It means paying for spay and neuter to reduce  the number of puppies abandoned, winding up in our local animal shelter.

Or providing healthy, holistic, organic pet food so no family pet goes without at least one healthy and nutritious meal a day.

The Meals Fur Pets Story

We believe dogs and cats; the animals we call our pets or companion animals, are an extension of our family. They deserve the same respect, care, nutritious food and love provided to all in our family and in our community.

The Meals Fur Pets Story for over 10 years has worked with local food pantries to ensure a family that finds themselves on hard times shouldn’t mean they give their furry companions up.  Would you give up your kids if you lost your job?

MFP helps families pay medical expenses of a loved companion animal ensure their loved one stays as healthy as possible.  A loyal and faithful companion should never be given up because they get sick, injured or hungry.

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We’ve even helped honor our working K9s by providing a fenced in area as their very own “break room”.  Our police K9 is on the job protecting us 24/7 and at Green Pets America we want to help care for and celebrate these working officers, with the dignity, honor and respect they deserve.

And, we have even been recognized by the State Senate of Georgia and City Council of Woodstock for our work for Georgia’s families and pets.

What will the next 10 years bring?

Meals Fur Pets has always been about pets and green living. Starting now in 2017 we will grow and expand our vision of a green, organic, healthy and holistic lifestyle for people and their pets.

Great strides have been made in peoples desire to bring shelter and homeless animals into their homes the last decade. We see our mission as now helping those families care for their new family members…and themselves as well.

We have a lot of experience in wellness and nutrition and will be providing articles, courses, community programs and even healthy green products for pets and families.

Meals Fur Pets bringing Green, Organic, Healthy & Holistic Living to People & Pets.

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