Top 7 questions we get on dog food

Here are the top seven questions we get asked about dog food. If you do not see your question here just ask us at the store or send an email to sales@oneluckydogbakery.com

  1. Why do you only carry Orijen, Fromm, Acana, Zignature  and Primal at the store? Our objective at One Lucky Dog Bakery is to keep your dog healthy and looking good. We researched dog foods for over a year before we started offering food for our Customers. What we found was that these five companies kept all the bad stuff out of their food, (click here to read about the bad items to look for on your dog food label) and didn’t load up the food with useless fillers. More about fillers in items two and three. The bad stuff in many dog foods causes skin and coat issues for most dogs. Eating dog food without these items keeps your dog looking good. The other way we try to keep your dog looking good is with the unique lines of USA manufactured collars and leashes we carry at the store.
  2. My Vet suggested I switch dog food because my dog has gained some weight; should I do this? Weight gain in dogs is traced to three factors. The first over feeding; this happens a lot because there are no fillers in grain free food and you need to feed less. The second can be traced to excessive fillers in the dog food if you are not feeding grain free; these fillers add weight and zero health benefit.  The third is your dog may not be getting enough exercise.
  3. How can I tell if the dog food I’m using has useless fillers? The easiest way is to look at the daily feeding rate for the weight of your dog that is on the label. Here is an example for an active 22# dog:
    Feeding rate for Orijen is 1.25 cups per day.
    Feeding rate for Beneful Healthy Weight is 2.5 cups per day. This product has chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, soybean hulls, and ground yellow corn. All this items are useless fillers which is why you need to feed at a higher rate plus these items cause bad allergies in many dogs.
  4. Can I afford to switch to better dog foods, they seem to be too expensive? When you check the price of Orijen or Fromm against products such as Beneful, Pedigree, or Blue Buffalo you are correct that you will probably be paying more per bag. You need to take the pricing comparison to the next level and that is the cost per day based on the feeding rate per day. What you will find with these three products is you must feed twice as much per day and when you check that cost vs Orijen or Fromm you will find Orijen costs less that $.10 per day more against Beneful and Pedigree and is over $1.00 less per day than Blue Buffalo. We believe when you add in the bad things you find on the other labels it is the other dog foods which are too expensive. Click here if you haven’t seen Finn’s dog food comparison.
  5. Do all USA dog food suppliers produce their food in the USA?  Some USA companies actually manufacture their dog food in China which means you really do not know what is in the dog food. There are many USA companies that have multiple food lines with very different names all made by the same company. You switch foods after hearing about a recall on the brand you use but you just may change to a dog food made at the same facility. The list of dog foods that have experienced a recall is much too long and all dog owners need to be constantly alert to the plants and companies having these recall problems.  The 5 foods we carry have their own dedicated manufacturing lines.  All are made in the USA except Orijen which is made in Canada.
  6. I have a really small dog and it takes me a long time to use the large bags you stock, why don’t you stock smaller bag sizes? Actually we do. We don’t like to do this because your cost per pound is higher for those smaller bags but if it is easier for you to buy the smaller bags, you win. Just ask for the size you want and we will stock it.
  7. I have been using Orijen, feed by the rate on the label, and why is my dog gaining weight? The label is simply a guide and it appears that the feeding rate for your dog should be a little less. Just cut it back a little.

Does your dog have food allergies?

IMG_7114If your dog is itching excessively and shaking his head all the time there is a very good chance that the dog is allergic to something. If you have been reading this blog you know I’m a dog and not a Vet but at the risk of getting a lot of Vets mad at me I’m going to try to give you a few of Fergus’s tips on allergies, specifically food allergies.

The signs of a food allergy are, an ear infection that simply will not go away, chronic diarrhea, chronic gas, itchy feet or an itchy rear end. Food allergies are the biggest cause of allergy problems in dogs. The biggest causes of food allergies in dogs are wheat, corn, and soy. If you stop in at our bakery in Medina Ohio and talk with my Mum the first thing she will tell you is allergies are why she only makes dog treats that have zero wheat, corn, and soy and why she carries dog food that also does not have these ingredients. She also stocks frozen and freezed dried raw dog food that is a great supplement to your dog’s diet. There is also a chance that your dog is allergic to chicken, beef, or dairy and the only way to find this out is by eliminating items during a test period.

Retrievers, Shepherds, Dachshunds, and Cocker Spaniels are the breeds that have the most allergy problems but food allergies can occur in any breed.

I am going to do a little counter surfing since the Peanut Butter dog treats just came out of the oven. I know these contain no wheat, corn, soy, or preservatives that will cause me any allergy problems plus they smell and taste good. See you at the store.

Fergus

Dog Constipation and what to do about it

IMG_5623Even dogs don’t like to talk about some subjects and constipation is one of them but at the risk of upsetting a few of my dear friends and my grandfather I thought I should give you a few of Finn’s tips about this very delicate subject.

In my opinion the major causes of constipation in dogs are:

  • Lack of exercise – We dogs need lots of exercise to keep all our internal parts in great working order. The good news is we love it when you walk/run/play with us and all this exercise is keeping all our internal parts in great working order. We love it when we are healthy but we love it even more when our human friends/owners are healthy and felling great and if we exercise together we both win.
  • Lack of proper diet – Please have your owner check the label on the dog food you are eating. It should contain plenty of fiber and the first four items should be good sources of protein and vegetables not grains and fillers.
  • No matter how much we beg please do not feed us people food from your table, it probably contains sugar, salts, and bones and these are things we should not have.
  • We dogs also need lots of water so please have a handy bowl for us at home and when you travel grab a travel cup so we can get some water when we are out walking or playing at the park. we have great travel cups at One Lucky Dog Bakery that your owner can clip to a belt.
  • Fur/Hair – We dogs do a lot of licking and many times that means some of our fur is getting inside our bodies. The fur can get tangled with the feces and this may prevent a bowel movement. Mum has some great brushes and combs, just ask her.
  • Foreign Objects – We love to destroy those soft toys you buy for us but just like fur these bits and pieces from the toys can cause an obstruction.
  • Change in our routine – We do not like change and sometimes this can cause problems with our bowels.

Here are Finn’s tips on fixing constipation in your dog.

  • Fiber – If your dog food does not have enough fiber you may have to supplement with some form of bran. You can even use Metamucil but please keep in mind that we dogs are not as large as you humans so a little additional bran or metamucil will be enough.
  • Raw Goats Milk – Most easily digested food for dogs. Helps to entice picky eaters to eat. Contains over 60 different enzymes to ease digestion. Of course we carry raw goats milk at One Lucky dog Bakery.  Many of our Customers are using this as a normal addition to the dog bowl.
  • Grooming – To stop us from injesting all that hair a regular brushing will really cut down on the amount we can intake.
  • Pumpkin – A small amount of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) will really help to keep us regular.
  • Mineral Oil -This is not digested but simply moves through our systems and combines with the feces and helps loosen them. Try this if you see us really having trouble with our bowel movements.

If you are doing all the right things and your dog still cannot go, we have lost our appetite, or we have blood in our stool please get us to the Vet.

One of the reasons I love the dog treats that Mum makes is she finds a way to get a little extra health benefit in every treat. I understand it is not a lot but every little bit helps. Of course it doesn’t hurt that the treats smell and taste so good. Time for a little counter surfing.

Thanks for your time.

Finn

Finn’s top 10 people foods that are ok for dogs

IMG_5623Dogs Owners are great in that most of them really worry about what foods we dogs receive and are very careful not to feed us any human food that is bad for us. Since I am a very positive thinking dog I thought I would list a few of Finn’s favorite dog approved human foods.

  1. Peanut Butter – I listed this one first since it is my personal favorite. Peanut Butter is a great source of protein; it has healthy fats, vitamin B, vitamin E, and niacin. You can put peanut butter in a West Paw Tux and it will keep us entertained for hours. Please use unsalted peanut butter which is the healthly kind of peanut butter that we use in the bakery for Peanut Butter, Monkey Bones, Finn’s Chocolate Dream, and Garbage dog treats.  There is now a big issue with peanut butter so please read my blog about just peanut.
  2. Eggs – Another good source of protein. Of course you will find eggs in all the dog treats at the bakery.
  3. Pumpkin – This is a great source of fiber and beta – carotene. Pumpkin can really help if your dog has digestive issues. Of course we have a Pumpkin Spice dog treat.
  4. Carrots – Another high fiber food that is also low in calories. Carrots are found in multiple One Lucky Dog Bakery dog treats.
  5. Chicken – Many dog owners use this as a replacement for dog food if they run out of the regular dog food. This is another great source of protein. Since Knight loves chicken Mum had to name a dog treat after him, Chicken MacKnight (since he is Scottish). This treat also has carrots.
  6. Cheese – If your dog is not lactose intolerant this is a great food for dogs. Duffy, a One Lucky Dog Bakery regular loves cheese so we had to name a treat for him, McDuffin. We love you Duffy.
  7. Yogurt – This food is another great source of protein and also calcium. Make sure you feed yogurts without artificial sweeteners or sugar. Now that summer is almost here we plan on having frozen pupsicles at the bakery made with yogurt and fruit. Stop in after you visit Lemonberry in Medina and of course bring your dog.
  8. Bananas – As long as you don’t feed these in excess (more that 1/day) you will find that your dog loves the smell and taste of bananas. Bananas are a good source of vitamin K and potassium.
  9. Apple Slices – Good source of vitamin A and C plus will help to clean your dogs teeth.
  10. Good fishes like Atlantic Mackerel or wild salmon – We dogs love foods with a great smell and taste and fish is perfect. The added heath benefits of omega 3 fatty acids will keep our coats heathy plus support our immune system.

There you have Finn’s top ten people foods for dogs. If you read our ingredient labels on our dog treat bags you will find all these foods. If there is an ingredient on our treat bag that you do not understand please ask Mum to explain the health benefits of that ingredient. She did a lot of research to make sure that every ingredient had a health benefit plus would also keep the treats tasting and smelling great.

Thanks.

Finn

This will help dogs with joint pain

IMG_5623Just like humans we dogs think we can live forever and always be able to run and play in the same way we did as pups. Just like humans the years do take a toll on our bodies and just like humans some of us suffer from the affects of getting older more than others. The larger breed dogs like German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and of course me have more problems with joint pain as we age. Now that I have reached 10 years old, really old for a male Scottish Deerhound, I simply cannot jump around like I could even a few years ago. It got so bad I couldn’t even jump up on the couch and if you know us Deerhounds you know we love to be couch potatoes.

In 2012 we added a new product in the Bakery, Myristin, and If you have a dog with joint issues I can recommend it highly. The main ingredient in Myristin is Cetyl Myristoleate and it provides the most natural joint supplements to reduce inflammation and lubricate the old bones. It also serves as an immune system modulator. Vets have been using Myristin for dogs, cats, and horses since 1996. We have added horses to our list of satisfied customers this year.  We now have a treat for horses that includes Myristin as one of the ingredients and we have some really happy horse Customers

My personal experience with Myristin is after taking it for two weeks the swelling in my joints was reduced and I could run and play with Jane, Knight, Cookie, and Fergus just like the old days. I can even get to my favorite spot on the couch next to Mom with ease. We have many satisfied Customers who love and recommend this product.

Mom feels the only reason she has the Bakery is to make life better for as many dogs as she can which is why at One Lucky Dog Bakery, “It’s all about the dogs.” Stop in and talk to us about any issues your dog has and I’m sure that Mom can point you you toward a natural solution.

How to tell if your dog is at the correct weight

IMG_5623As I’m sure you know there are weight ranges published for every breed but the problem is those figures are for an average dog in that breed. The problem is that I’m sure your dog is not average and I sure know that I’m not. There is a very simple test that you should preform on your dog on a regular basis. Simply run you hands down the sides of your dog to feel the ribs. If you feel the ribs and they have a slight padding this is good news. Your dog is probably at the correct weight. If you can’t feel the rib cage then most likely your dog is overweight and you need to make adjustments in the feeding and exercise for your dog. If the rib cage is obvious and has almost no padding then your dog is probably underweight, unless you have a Whippet, Italian Greyhound, or Greyhound. These breeds show their ribs when at a normal weight.

Weight monitoring is important because it is a well known fact that overweight dogs live almost two years less than dogs who carry their normal weight. We want to be around as long as possible to give you the maximum amount of our love.

Dog food labels do not make it easy for us because most give a range of weight for the dog and a range of feeding. The feeding range is usually very wide so you need to do some testing. When you change food brands monitor your dog very closely with the rib test and adjust your feeding rate base on the rib test results. Remember that the feeding rate will be affected by the exercise your dog receives, how old your dog is, and is your dog female or male. Females usually need a lower feeding rate than males. Puppies usually need more food because of the activity level and the growth factor. Older dogs usually need less food because most of slow down with age and simply are not as active.

Dog treats are not a big factor in most of our diets and if they are healthy like the treats that I sample at the bakery they will not affect your weight. Right now Finn’s Chocolate Dream is coming out of the oven (all the treats have a unique smell and I love this one) so it is time for me to do a little counter surfing.

Does your Alpha Dog get nervous?

IMG_5623Hi it’s Finn again; as you may have guessed I am the leader of my pack of deerhounds. I must be the tough guy, strong, and ever watchful for problems because that is my job. Please don’t spread this around but at times , not too often, I become the biggest woose in town. Sometimes when we have a really bad storm with a lot of thunder and lightning I start pacing and panting. Mum knows I am upset so she gets this stuff we carry at One Lucky Dog Bakery. She puts six or seven drops on a Monkey Bone dog treat (I can tell by the smell) and of course the dog treat is gone in seconds. The other dogs think I am acting nervous to get a dog treat but of course I would not pull a trick like that.

The product is called Rescue Remedy. It is an all natural flower remedy (Mum is really into this all natural healthy stuff) and it isn’t like prescription drugs, you cannot harm your dog by giving too much. The label says four drops but since I am a big guy it takes a little more to calm me. Just experiment with the dosage to find what is correct for your dog. I know that after I get my special Monkey Bone/Rescue Remedy dog treat I am able to crawl on the couch with Jane & Mom and just relax.

This flower remedy helps with any stressful situation such as visits to the Vet, loud noises, excessive barking, shock, or mistreatment. If you have a dog like me who needs help sometimes just stop in the store and ask Mom about Rescue Remedy.

Does your dog have bad breath?

IMG_5623Dogs can get bad breath just like humans and the cause can be a build up of bacteria in the mouth or in the stomach. The cause can be:

  1. Your dog needs a a dental cleaning.
  2. The diet may be causing the bad breath.
  3. Gum disease.
  4. If your dog is drinking and urinating more than normal diabetes may be the cause.
  5. If the breath smells like urine this could be kidney disease.

The solutions to 1 & 2 are usually simple and inexpensive. Add fresh fruits and vegetables in your dog’s diet, add 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of parsley to the diet, or possibly change the dog food you are currently using. Plaque build up and teeth care can be handled by you or your Vet, whichever you feel more comfortable with. If you want to try cleaning your dog’s teeth please read my blog on cleaning your dog’s teeth. We carry a great product at One Lucky Dog Bakery to help you deal with plaque and bacteria in your dog’s mouth. Click this link to read how to stop tartar before it starts. You can order the product on line and we’ll ship it to you or pay for it on line and simply pick it up at the Medina store thus eliminating the shipping charge.

If you have tried all these solutions and you believe 3, 4, or 5 are the issue you must see your Vet.  For mild cases of bad breath try our Dragon’s Breath, Peppermint Pattie, or Sweet Pea & Mint dog treats.

Tips if your dog is fighting cancer

IMG_5623There is hope for dogs with cancer in that dogs rarely die from this disease. A dog who is fighting cancer has lower proteins and fats in the body since these are being used to fight the disease. Thus it is very important that you feed your dog the correct diet which will help the dog’s body fight the disease. The recommendations that I have listed below are general for all types of cancer but you should check with your Vet to make sure they apply for the specific cancer your dog has.

  1. If you are feeding your dog a dog food with grain you must find a high quality grain free dog food now. We carry these at the store. Make sure the first ingredient on the label is meat and you are looking for 50% to 60% fat and 30% to 50% protein. The fat and the protein help fight the cancer; carbohydrates will not help.
  2. You can feed carbohydrates that will feed the dog and not the cancer. These are the lower glucose carbohydrates such as apples, berries, bananas, pears.
  3. Raw bones are great.
  4. You can add raw broccoli, cabbage, carrots, and spinach but if you are supplementing with these vegetables on a daily basis they should be cooked.
  5. The type of fat you are adding to the diet should come from fish oil or sustainable marine algae derived omega 3’s.
  6. Currently there are no supplements which will cure cancer but modified citrus pectin and turmeric can assist in helping your dog fight this disease.
  7. Studies have shown that dogs that are carrying excessive weight have a higher risk for cancers. If your dog is over weight cut back on the feeding amount and take daily walks. If your dog’s weight has always been just right and is starting to lose weight get to the Vet. The body will lose weight as the fats and protein are used to fight the disease.

If you feed your dog treats make sure they are also grain free like Monkey Bones at One Lucky Dog Bakery.  We wish you and your dog the best in fighting this disease.

Tips if your dog chews things he should not

IMG_5623We dogs love to chew because it simply is in our DNA. Many of us love to hunt and if we catch an animal we don’t have the proper tools to properly prepare the animal for dinner so we simply get to the good parts by chewing. Since our main job now is to be your perfect companion we don’t get a chance to do what many of us were bred to do, hunt. Many of us may fall back on other items to get our chewing practice. Since these items might be your furniture, electrical wires, window trim, car seats, or your shoes it is up to the owner to make our chewing habit acceptable. Here are my suggestions.

  1. If we pick up something that is not acceptable for us to chew you must teach us commands like “drop” or “leave it”. This should be in a firm voice and you need to be consistent. If the item is unacceptable for us to chew one time, it must be unacceptable every time.
  2. Owners must understand that if you leave us alone with items like purses, briefcases, shoes, or socks that are readily available to us they may get destroyed with no supervision.
  3. If we do find an old shoe and destroy it with our chewing don’t allow us to keep it. We will think that since an old shoe is ok then all shoes are also fair game.
  4. Provide acceptable options for us to chew. One Lucky Dog Bakery has two great options. One is the Huck. This toy is made by a USA company, is tested for toxins that are harmful to dogs, and is guaranteed that your dog can not destroy it.
  5. The other option is raw frozen bones we carry in our freezer display case. These bones are tasty and help to remove the tartar from our teeth. Stop at the Medina store and ask Stacey about these bones.

There is one huge problem with writing a blog about chewing. All this talk about chewing has me thinking it must be time to chew on a healthy dog treat and my favorite Finn’s Chocolate Dream is coming out of the oven, I can tell by the great smell of this treat. Time for me to do a little counter surfing.