Is peanut butter safe for your dog?

IMG_7114Hi, it’s Fergus again and today I’d like to talk about a subject which is especially important to me and all dogs, healthy dog treats. If you are a regular Customer of One Lucky Dog Bakery you already know that we have six dog treats that have peanut butter. These are Peanut Butter, Monkey Bones, Finn’s Chocolate Dream, Garbage, Bark Bone, and Riggs. In recent years Peanut Butter suppliers have eliminated sugar and added a sweetener called xylitol because of its dental benefits for people as well as a sugar substitute for people with diabetes. The good news is xylitol is perfectly safe for you humans but it is extremely dangerous for us dogs. A little bit ( 0.007 teaspoon) can cause a big drop in a dog’s blood sugar and we can appear disoriented, stagger, collapse, and even get a seizure. Double that to 0.014 teaspoon and a dog’s liver can fail. Today peanut butter manufactures do not have to tell you that they use xylitol.

The good news is at One Lucky Dog Bakery we use natural peanut butter with no sugar, salt, or xylitol. We want all dogs to live a long and healthy life which is why we are very careful regarding all the ingredients of our dog treats.

I’m sorry but I have to leave you now because as usual I’m at the bakery and some Monkey Bones (Peanut Butter and Banana) are coming out of the oven and I must do my duty and make sure they are up to our high standards. Monkey Bones is our most popular treat and all the Deerhounds at the Bakery agree, they are the best.

Please check the labels on your peanut butter jars or call the manufacturer  before you give your dog a taste of your favorite peanut butter you put on your toast in the morning.

Thanks for listening.

Fergus

Does your dog have joint issues?

IMG_7114Hi, it’s Fergus again and my topic today is dog health. Every dog Mum out there wants their dog or dogs to live a long, healthy, and active life. That is our main objective at One Lucky Dog Bakery which is why we carry so many products that will maintain or improve the health of your very important dog.

How will you know if your dog has joint issues?

Certain breeds like Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, and Newfoundland are known to have hip sockets which are not formed correctly and develop arthritis from that poor fit. All Dog breeds are like humans in that as we age the wear and tear on joints causes osteoarthritis and this affects our quality of life. Trouble getting up or down, slow or stiff movements that are not normal, difficulty climbing stairs, joint swelling, excessive panting, holding a leg off the ground, and favoring one leg are all signs that we need help.

What are the solutions?

  1. Control your dog’s weight – Excessive weight will make the joint issues worse so research the the target weight for your breed and do everything you can to keep your dog at that weight.
  2. Find a USA made natural product that has been proven to work. – As you probably know Mum likes to prove that the products she carries at One Lucky Dog Bakery actually work and her dogs become the test subjects after she completes all her research and feels the product has great possibilities. Myristin is the product she decided was the best one to stock. Finn had joint issues and the difference in him was amazing. After three weeks he was running and playing with us again and could even get up and down on the couch with ease. The same difference has now been evident in Knight and Mum is so convinced that Myristin is the best that she now started Tegan, Glenda, and me on it as a preventative.
  3. Surgery – You need to talk with your Vet if the first two solutions do not work.

What is Myristin?

Myristin is a natural nutritional supplement that contains Cetyl Myristoleate, Glucosamine Sulfate, and a coated MSM that work together with other joint nutrients to create optimum joint health. The product was tested by Vets and has a long list of satisfied Customers. There is even a Myristin for horses and our Customers in the Medina area are using the horse and dog versions. We also have some Customers on the people version.

If you have a dog or horse with some of the issues listed above please ask us about Myristin on your next trip to One Lucky Dog Bakery and we’ll be glad to answer all your questions. We are sure you will be another satisfied Customer. There is only one caution. If you have a pet that is allergic to bacon this is not the product for you. Myristin is flavored with bacon.

Thanks for your time.

Fergus

Pet Food Buying Tips

IMG_7114My blogs on pet food hopefully get you to investigate, think, and question what you feed your pet. Feeding your pet is a very personal decision and my intent is to arm you with the information you need to make an informed decision. My Mum wants all pets to live a long and healthy life. Diet and exercise is why humans live a long life and is also the key for pets.

When looking at pet food labels you need to concentrate on the first three or four ingredients because by law they are the biggest part of the food by weight. If you see a filler (corn, wheat, oats). gluten, meal. or a by product you need to know that all these have very little nutritional value and just might be hard to digest. After you eat corn on the cob in the summer you may feel bloated and have a stomach ache. This is exactly how many pets feel after eating these same things. Proof that these items are hard to digest can be seen after they have been “digested” and come out as waste. If you see whole food like corn in the waste it is a good tip that your pet can’t digest it. If your pet eats one day and not the next, throws the food up, or is throwing up green or yellowish bile the food is probably bothering your pet and it is time for a change. Pets will not starve themselves even if the food bothers them.

When buying food for your pet don’t just look at the cost. Check all the ingredients, the long words you can’t pronounce are probably chemical preservatives, a really bad item for your pet. Where is the food manufactured? Do they have their own plant or do they use a common facility? This is important because when a recall happens cross contamination between different brands happens. Has this food ever been recalled, how many times? In the opinion of Mum if a food has been recalled there is a very good chance it will happen again.

Mum did careful research on food which is why the store only carries two brands plus raw. If your pet is on a good diet you will make fewer trips to the Vet and your pet will live longer , feel great, and look good. One of our Customers recently told us that after changing foods her Vet trips are down to one a year. In the past the trips were many and added up to almost $1,000. A good diet is the reason for the change!

Mum is very passionate about food and will be glad to answer any of your questions or concerns. We would love it if all our Customers purchased their pet food at our store but that is not being realistic. If you are educated about food and your pet is healthy Mum will be happy.

We have food for dogs and cats at the store. Get your questions ready for Mum   While you do that I will be thinking of new and exciting ways to get into trouble.

Thanks.

Fergus

Does your dog have dry skin?

IMG_7114Since we can’t speak dogs have a lot of ways to tell us that something is wrong. I thought I would talk a little today about how we tell you we have an issue with our skin or coat. If you see us scratching, licking, or chewing we probably have a skin issue. Here are some of the things that can cause us problems.

  1. Food Allergies – As we have talked about in other blogs there are a lot of bad things in some dog foods. Things like wheat, corn, yeast, food coloring, and fillers can cause some dogs some real problems. If you haven’t seen my blog on comparing your dog food, please click compare.
  2. Seasons – Now that we are in winter our skin may simply be dry due to the house low humidity. When we are outside in other seasons we could have allergies to pollen, weeds, dust, grasses, and mold. Most of the time a simple bath will eliminate the issues caused by the seasons.
  3. Food – Adding olive oil, coconut oil, or peanut oil to your dog’s food bowl helps with some dogs. Try one to three tablespoons depending on the size of your dog.
  4. Shampoos – If you are using shampoos that are not made for dogs you will actually increase the skin problems of your dog. These shampoos will dry the skin and remove the oil from your dog’s coat. Mom researched the market and found some great dog care products that are all natural, will not dry the skin, and provide natural essential oils for the coat. Check out the Lavender & Eucalyptus conditioning shampoo at this link or ask Mom about it when you stop at the store.
  5. Fleas – Some flea collars can cause more problems than they solve.  If you do not want to add chemicals to kill fleas and want an all natural product you need to select a product that is proven to stop fleas from landing on your dog while not irritating the skin. Ask Mom about the products she found that are excellent solutions.
  6. Dog Treats – Of course I know you are only eating the dog treats from One Lucky Dog Bakery since these do not have wheat, corn, soy, or preservatives. Just in case you didn’t see my dog treat compare blog click here.

I hope this helps, if not talk to Mom when you are in the store.

Thanks.

Fergus

Dog Treat Comparison

IMG_7114My objective today is to make things easy for you when you are shopping for a dog treat to reward your best friend between meals. Of course dogs are always the perfect companion and we always are doing the right thing so we certainly deserve a healthy dog treat. If you watch TV you will see some great looking dog treats advertised by some very large companies and of course we always assume that these treats must be healthy for us dogs. Of course those ads are made for humans and the first clue to a problem is they add dyes to the treats to make them appealing to the human eye. Problem is we dogs could care less if the dog treats appeal to the eye. The only things we are looking for is do they smell good, taste good, and they do not upset our sensitive stomachs. The chart included with this blog compares two national treats you see on TV all the time and Chicken MacKnight which hasn’t made the big time TV ads to this date. The question we should all ask ourself is; “If every ingredient in those national treats has a high probability of harming our dogs why are these products called dog treats”? You should also know that the other 30 dog treat flavors at One Lucky Dog Bakery also have 100% good ingredients for your dog.

Just click on the link and you can view the file.

DogTreatCompare

Finn’s top 13 worst ingredients in dog food

IMG_5623If you have been reading my blog you already know how important I think it is to read dog food labels. To make things easier for you I am going to list Finn’s top 13 worst ingredients in dog food. If you see any of these on the label of your dog food it is time to run to One Lucky Dog Bakery and talk to Stacey about the health of your dog.

  1. Wheat – #1 allergen for dogs.
  2. Corn – #2 allergen for dogs.
  3. Animal Fat or Meat & Bone Meal (MBM)- These are products of rendering(could be diseased animals), the Food & Drug Administration found that these products are most likely associated with the presence of sodium pentobarbital, drug used by Vets and Shelters for euthanasia.
  4. Chemical Preservatives – BHA,BHT, or Ethoxyquin which are all linked to cancer. Why is Ethoxyquin banned for human foods but ok for dogs?
  5. By-Product meal – Any part of animals that are not muscle tissue. Can be heads, feet, feathers or in other words parts which add weight to the food but no value.
  6. Brewers Yeast – Can cause yeast overruns in your dog. Yeast infection will be seen in the ears and the skin.
  7. Soy – #3 allergen for dogs.
  8. Egg Product – Whole eggs are extremely good for dogs. Egg product refers to egg shells, eggs that have gone rancid or eggs that have spoiled.
  9. Digest – Poultry digest and meat digest actually refers to roadkill animals and euthanized pets.
  10. Cellulose – Just another name for sawdust.
  11. Soy Flour – A filler with little nutritional value.
  12. Animal Digest – Animal byproducts with little nutritional value.
  13. Yellow 5 or 6, Blue 2, Red 40 – These dyes will cause allergic reactions, behavior problems, and cancer.

Hope this helps with the confusing world of dog food labels. At One Lucky Dog Bakery we carry Fromm, Orijen, Acana, Zignature, and Primal because we did the research for you and found none of these 13 items, plus these companies have never had a recall.

You should also know that you will not find any of these ingredients on the Ohio approved dog treats we make every day at the store.

Thanks.

Finn

Three question we always get about dog collars

IMG_7114I know you think I’m sleeping at the Bakery but believe me I hear almost every conversation you have with Stacey. We carry a lot of really unique collars at the store and today I thought I would talk about the three most common questions we get about collars.

  1. Why don’t you carry leather collars? Leather quality varies widely and to be a good collar for dogs only the best leathers should be used and this drives the price too high for most Customers. If your dog spends a lot of time around water (especially salt water) the collar will not last very long. If you have a dog that loves to get wet you should check out our Cycle Dog collars which are made from recycled bike tires. Wet doesn’t harm these collars. The biggest negative is leather collars usually use a buckle closure and in the opinion of Mum these closures are too dangerous. I think Mum has found a USA leather collar with a quick release, watch Facebook for more information. Please read question 2 about buckle closures.
  2. Why do all your closures have a quick release closure rather than a buckle closure? The one word answer is safety. Two of Mums dogs had buckle collars and were rough playing as us dogs will do. The problem is the buckles from each collar got caught and if Mum wasn’t there she might have lost one or both because they would have choked each other trying to get away.
  3. Are all your collars and leashes made in the USA? Yes. We believe the quality and designs are much better for USA made collars and our Customers are looking for quality and a great design to make their dog look good.

Thanks for listening. Time for me to get a Chicken MacKnight dog treat.

Fergus

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

12 foods dogs should not eat

IMG_5623If you have been reading my blog you are well aware that I am a champion counter surfer and if your dog has the same capabilities I suggest that you be extra careful about what people foods you place within our reach. If it smells good you can be assured that we will pick it off the counter in a flash. Here is Finn’s list of foods that you must keep out of the reach of your dog.

  1. Grapes & Raisins – These foods contain a toxin that can cause kidney failure.
  2. Yeast Dough – Yeast dough can result in an intestinal obstruction and alcohol poisoning. As a side note check the label of your dog food because many dog foods contain yeasts. In dog food it is not as dangerous but many dogs have allergies from yeasts in dog foods.
  3. Alcohol – These beverages or foods with alcohol can be very danerous for dogs. Vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, and even death can occur if alcohol is given to your dog.
  4. Tobacco – If you are a smoker you must be extra careful around your dog. If we chew one of your cigarette butts, your chewing tobacco, or your nicotine patch it can be fatal to us. Tremors, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and possible seizures are the symptoms.
  5. Macadamia Nuts – These are common in cookies and candies and can really cause problems for your dog. Symptoms are weakness, depression, vomiting, and tremors.
  6. Avocado – This fruit contains Persin, which is very poisonous to dogs. Breathing problems will occur and if enough is eaten death can occur.
  7. Fruit pits and seeds – The fruit is great for your dog but the seeds and pits contain Cyanogenic Glycosides which can poison your dog.
  8. Salt – Large amounts of salt can cause vomiting, diarrhea, depression, and seizures in your dog so please keep those salty potato chips to yourself.
  9. Cat Food – Cat food usullay contains higher fat and protein than dog food. If your dog consumes cat food on a regular basis it may cause vomiting and diarrhea.
  10. Chocolate, Coffee, Caffeine – These all contain methylxanthine which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, and seizures in dogs. The darker chocolate is the most dangerous.
  11. Mushrooms – Be careful on those walks in the woods because many mushrooms found in the wild have toxins that will affect your dog’s kidneys and digestive system.
  12. Xylitol – This is a sweetener found in gums, candies, and baked goods and peanut butter; it can cause liver failure in dogs.

When your dog sees you eating a snack more than likely he will sit next to you with those sad eyes, whine, and open his mouth begging you to share. Please resist and if you think he or she really needs a treat then head to the kitchen, open the refrigerator and get a treat you can trust, a Monkey Bones from One Lucky Dog Bakery.

Thanks for your time.

Finn