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Grain Free Dog Food Diet

Grain-free is becoming an increasingly popular dog food diet. Some critics believe humans are simply mirroring their own food habits in their pets, but there are cases where a grain-free diet can be beneficial for your furry friend, mainly: allergies.

So what are the symptoms of a pet with allergies?

  • Itchiness
  • Excessive hair loss
  • Bald patches
  • Inflamed skin
  • Sores
  • Scabs

If your dog is experiencing the above symptoms, it’s possible they’re allergic to something, but don’t assume the culprit is grain. In a recent study conducted by Veterinary Dermatology, only 7 of 278 dog allergy cases were found to be caused by corn; 95 dogs were found to be allergic to beef.

Some pet owners believe that since the ancestral dogs ate a grain-free diet, so should the dogs of today. This is not necessarily true. Modern dogs have evolved, and so have their dietary needs, just as we humans have seen our nutrition needs change.

The most important thing to consider when choosing a grain-free diet for your dog is that the meal provides balanced and complete nutrition. Some dog foods are grain free, but the ingredients used to replace the grains is simply filler, and not ideal nutrition for your pet. If your dog has inappropriate nutrition, he’ll be unhealthy, and as a loving pet parent, this is the last thing you want!

When choosing the right grain-free dog food for your dog, do your research read the labels, and talk to your veterinarian to make sure you’re taking the right steps to help keep your four-legged friend as healthy as possible. dogfoodadvisor.com is a great resource with third-party analysis of every dog food on the market. Your pet food should have a healthy mix of protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, even if it is grain-free!

bogo_bagshot_grainfreeBOGO Bowl Grain-Free Chicken Formula and Whitefish Duck dog foods provide the right blend of all natural protein, healthy vegetables, and fruits. We don’t use corn, soy, or weight, or artificial ingredients. Learn more here.

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Foods Dog Can Have at Your Labor Day Cookout

Labor Day = play day!By Lyndsay Marvin

It’s officially Labor Day Weekend! Labor Day is often associated with the end of summer, which is a bummer, but also a time for amazing cookouts, which is great! If you’re anything like us, you’re going to bring your dogs to your cookouts and gatherings. Dogs make everything better, especially when you have a plate of food that you can’t quite finish. They’re the best dishwashers! Since your dog is going to be surrounded by delicious food you and your friends/family are cooking,

Here’s a list of foods dogs can eat (within moderation of course).

  • Eggs (fully cooked)
  • Turkey
  • Chicken
  • Cheese (in moderation)
  • Shrimp
  • Peanut butter (without xylitol)
  • Popcorn (okay in moderation; always unsalted, unbuttered, plain air-popped)
  • Pork/Ham
  • Corn
  • Shrimp
  • Bread (small amounts)
  • Plain yogurt
  • Tuna (in moderation)
  • Honey
  • Salmon
  • Coconut
  • Peanuts
  • Cashews

Fruits and Veggies dogs can have:

  • ApplesWaiting for something to drop!
  • Bananas (as a treat only; bananas are high in sugar)
  • Watermelon (no rinds or seeds)
  • Oranges (peels aren’t toxic, but they’re rough on dogs’ digestion, so don’t feed)
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries (less than one cup)
  • Mangoes (remove the pit)
  • Blueberries
  • Peaches (fresh, not canned; cut up)
  • Pears (without pits or seeds)
  • Carrots
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Potatoes (fully cooked)
  • Broccoli (very small amounts)
  • Celery (freshens breath, too!)
  • Cucumbers

Of course, most people foods should be in moderation only. Hopefully this list gives you an idea of what Fido can and cannot eat, so you’ll both have a safe and happy Labor Day!

What people foods do you give your dog? Share in the comments below!

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HEALTHY ESSENTIALS: FOOD AND WATER

Food and water are two of the most essential things your pup needs to survive. Making sure a dog has the right amount and good quality of each is essential to ensure you and your dog can live a happy and full life together. Feeding your dog better quality dog food can add three to five years on to his life. Isn’t a few extra dollars’ worth a few extra years?

Labels

Gourmet, super-premium and natural, these words may jump out at you when browsing through the pet food isle. They sound appealing, but in actuality mean absolutely nothing. If you want quality dog food for your pet you’re going to have to read the label.puppy-bowl

Protein and carbohydrates are very important for a dog’s healthy lifestyle, so make sure you can find a food that’s jammed pack with them. Remember, if you read a label and the first ingredient is a type of meat that doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s a lot of protein. According to the FDA meat is made up of 75 percent water, without that water weight meat would probably be lower on the list of ingredients.

Meat meals are different, this means most of the water weight has been removed from the meat packing it more full of the actual protein the dog needs. BOGO Bowl’s first ingredient is always a type of meat meal to give your dog enough protein to live a happy and full life. BOGO Bowl also makes sure to put in plenty of carbohydrates to keep your dog’s energy and body working just the way it should.

Also, be aware of artificial colors and byproducts. They are completely unnecessary in your pooch’s food. Byproducts are just there for filler and have no nutritional value for Fido. Artificial colors are just added to be appealing to the eye. BOGO Bowl contains no byproducts or artificial colors; because really your dog probably dosen't minds what color his food is, as long as it’s delicious!

Quanity 

In a dog’s perfect world food would be available to them at all times and they could eat to their hearts continent. As appealing as that might sound to your pooch, in order for them to stay healthy this fantasy can’t happen. Never over feed your dog, no matter how much you want to make them happy. In the long run an overweight dog is an unhappy dog.

Feedings vary with your dog’s size, age and activity level. If you are unsure on how much you should be feeding your dog consult your vet. It is also recommended that you use measuring cups instead of eyeballing it. The truth is, your eyes might be bigger than your dog’s stomach!

Water

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Water makes up 60-70 percent of an adult dog’s body, if that is not maintained it could result in the death. To avoid that, make sure your dog gets plenty of water. People and dogs alike need water to cool off, rehydrate and live a healthy life. A dog needs an ounce of water for every pound of body weight he has daily. Also, always make sure your dog has fresh and clean water available.

It’s not hard to keep your dog happy and healthy; it just takes a little knowledge. You may think that those dog foods with the happy dog running on the bag looks good for your dog, but looks can be deceiving. Always make sure you read the labels and know what you’re filling your pooch’s stomach with. BOGO Bowl is proud to make a brand of dog food available that is healthy and will add some extra years of love and companionship to your dog’s life.

 

 

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