Option One, use natural oils that offer protection targeted to screen out most of the sun’s harmful UVA rays for relatively reasonable periods of time (not all day exposure) without the serious side effects of many commercial sunscreens. This oil has a very high rating for sun protection – said to be between “30” and “38” SPF. Wheat germ oil is lower on the SPF range but is still a good alternative also offering excellent levels for vitamin E making it a great choice for dogs already suffering from dry skin, irritated or inflamed skin. Option Two, you can make your own essential oil sunscreen – some essential oils have excellent sun-blocking properties and are also natural anti-inflammatories. To make your own essential oil sunscreen you will need an organic carrier oil and a high quality therapeutic grade organic essential oil. I am a Dog Whisperer, Dog Behaviorist and Holistic Canine Wellness Adviser with a wealth of real-time, real-life experience living and working with dogs. If your pooch is pudgy, make sure that you pick fat-free yogurt but not one that contains fat substitute. Dairy foods are high in fat and may upset your dogs’ stomach, and cause them to become overweight. Also, for a lot of dogs out there, dairy products act as natural laxatives so I would really look out and not feed too much of it to my dog- especially, if you know your dog gets an upset stomach quite easily!
Bacterial enzymes created by the culturing process, partially digest the milk protein casein, making it easier to absorb and less allergenic. The bacterial cultures in yogurt have also been shown to stimulate infection-fighting white cells in the bloodstream.
As you can see, our friends Kitty and Coco approve of yogurt, so I am sure it is good for your health!:) I trust my pals way more than online research.
We were in search of pictures for the article because as you can see I don’t have any of mine eating yogurt.
Some dog owners have been known to give coconuts to their dogs as toys to play with and then later they open the coconut up for their dog to eat. Dogs can eat the coconut pulp and the coconut milk; however, their poop will usually turn runny, greasy, and pale.
Some people say that dogs chewing on coconut shell have stopped their show chewing habits, which is great! Coconut contains albumin, which is also found in egg whites and is good for red blood formation.
If you want to learn more about coconut oil, check out the article called Coconut Oil by Ray Peat, who has a Ph.D. Despite very light consistency, its water has much better composition of minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc than some of the fruits like oranges (Compare the mineral composition of oranges). Because we do not give Bunk coconut straight from the shell, we will often serve it to him in a variety of manners.
Thank you so much for the very detailed information on the benefits of the coconut to humans and dogs. I had no clue about coconut for dogs… but I am constantly looking things up that I do not know when it comes the pups (3 in my family, more than the people). We live in Thailand and our dog eats or chews on any part of the coconut we don’t everyday! When we bought the new dutch shepherd pups for our kennel, I thought they are a bit under weight.
When I visited our farm last week, I did not see the loss of body mass as described by my dad. Years ago, my Miniature Schnauzers were 19, and had become picky eaters in the last six months of their lives. There are a few reasons why it is not a good idea to feed your dog directly from your plate, no matter how cute we look as we give you a big smile and sad puppy eyes. Here is my top 10 favorite human foods (in no particular order) that are not only safe for dogs to eat, but are actually SUPER Foods that provide amazing nutrition that keeps us healthy, fights disease, provides building blocks to a long life and bring lots of yummy to our tummy. Mommy and I have done extensive research, gleaning information from expert resources including well known veterinarians, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and professional dog sites known for their scrupulous knowledge and information. My basic meal at home is a foundation of fat free ground up chicken & a little white rice, then Mommy "mixes it up" for me with different fruits and veggies. My sisters, Peanut Pumpkin Pie and Dixie Mae Doxie, have fallen in LOVE with a new all natural fruit combo that is a mix of bananas, blueberries and beets. So, look in your cabinets, run to the store, visit your farmers market or dig in your garden and get YOUR pup some super foods to add to their daily diet. Canine sun burns can be just as painful and damaging as sun burns experienced by us humans. Just like people, some dogs are more sensitive to the damaging effects of the sun’s UVA rays.
Lycopene is a very powerful phytonutrient and antioxidant that occurs naturally in fruits and vegetables. Keep in mind that a dog’s species appropriate diet is 56% to 60% protein, 25% to 30% fat and 11% to 14% appropriate carbohydrates – including appropriate fruits and vegetables.
Natural oils also nourish the skin while allowing UVB rays through – thereby supporting the production of vitamin D. Carrot seed oil is also packed with vitamins and antioxidants including carotene and vitamin A. This oil is also rich in vitamin E making it a good choice for dogs that are prone to skin issues. When choosing yogurt, pick one that has live active bacteria and no sugars or artificial sweeteners.
Sometimes, you can also feel free to add some fresh blueberries, strawberries, apples, bananas or other safe fruits that dogs can eat to the yogurt to make it more delicious. The lactic acid in the yogurt aids in the digestion of the milk calcium, making it easier to absorb. Some studies have shown yogurt cultures to contain a factor that has anti-tumor effects in experimental animals. This may be because the live cultures in yogurt can assimilate the cholesterol or because yogurt binds bile acids, (which has also been shown to lower cholesterol), or both. The hard shell or husk isn’t really good for dogs to eat, because it’s hard and has “hairs”, although it shouldn’t be toxic. Its water is one of the nature’s most refreshing drinks, consumed worldwide for it’s nutritious and health benefiting properties. Inside, it’s clear liquid is sweet, and sterile and composed of unique chemicals such as sugars, vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, enzymes, and a lot of other good things.
It clears up skin conditions such as eczema flea allergies, contact dermatitis, and itchy skin. I do have a question though… can you recommend any other coconut products, especially for deodorizing? I don’t think much of it got to his pads because his face was constantly in the way trying to lick every little bit off of my hands!
I initially gave them unrefined sugar from sugar cane but later realized they could be susceptible to diabetes. He has told me in the past that our 2 ten-month old female Belgians seem to have very little appetite and as an effect there is a noticeable reduction in body mass. He told me that after he began giving them grated coconut meat (mixed with the usual puppy food), the dogs regained body mass.
Although, VCO is not subjected to chemical processing, the drying of the meat to extract the oil could potentially destroy some of the micronutrients in the meat.
Because even though they have no pestisides they have chemicals on the outside to preserve them, that’s why they are white. Some foods have damaging high fat, high salt, or ingredients that dogs either can't process or are toxic to us, such as onions, raisins and certain spices. Good source of calcium, copper, fiber, folic acid, iron, niacin, manganese, potassium, riboflavin and thiamin, beta carotene. Blueberries - high levels of resveratrol, which helps fight against cancer and heart disease.
Some of these foods are best cooked a certain way for optimum nutrition absorption, while others can be raw or just lightly cooked. Some dogs have sensitive stomachs and are not able to digest the skins of things like raw or even cooked peas or blueberries. The moisture from the pureed fruits and veggies (sometimes additional water is added as needed) gives it a great consistency when mixed with the chicken!
Trust me, if you weren't already their favorite (of course you are!) then you surely will be once you start adding these tasty bonus treats to their daily routine! If you'd like special instructions on cooking some of the veggies listed, or info on where Mommy orders some of the items we mentioned, leave a comment and we'll contact you! So, does your dog need natural sunscreen and sun protection? A simple homemade sun protection program offers the best protection against sunburn. Lycopene, a member of the carotenoid family is a red pigment that gives some fruits and vegetables their red colour.
Many dogs that cannot tolerate milk, either because of a protein allergy or lactose intolerance, can enjoy yogurt. It has been observed that children who cannot tolerate milk can often eat yogurt without any intestinal upset. You don’t need to worry about pesticides because coconuts don’t need any thanks to their protective outer shells. Sometimes “hairy” particles can get stuck amongst the intestines and mess up the digestive tract! There is a bit of controversy surrounding the healthfulness of coconut oil for dogs due to its high levels of saturated fat. In general, young and slightly immature coconuts harvested when they are about 5-7 months of age for the drink.
Like we mentioned before, we sometimes enjoy mixing coconut oil with his treats or even sprinkling Coconut Therapy Chips on his kibble.
Many dog owners are discovering its wonders, as shown by its nutritional value and healing content.
As I have numerous coconut trees in my yard, I fill their water bowl with half coconut water and have boiled tap water.
There was an improvement but I thought they needed more in terms of nutrients as they are not as healthy looking as our Belgians of the sage age. By giving the dogs fresh coconut meat, all of nature’s goodness are made available to the dogs.
Anyway, my vet is a big fan of The People’s Pharmacy, a newspaper column published here in NC, and in select other markets.
But just because we can't eat some human foods, does not mean that dogs can never have people food at all!
Contains tannins which help prevent urinary tract infections similar to what cranberries do.
Just like people, dogs can have finicky tastes, though generally, we're happy with most any snack or food you give us. Plus, it makes each of us look like we're wearing lipstick when a family member squeezes it out of the package and we lick it up with joy! For more information regarding ingredients to avoid in commercial sun protection products go here. In addition to acting as the skins natural sunscreen, lycopene is important in disease prevention as it helps reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and macular degeneration.
The only caution – carrot seed oil can have an orange tinge – for dogs with white or light fur and skin temporary color transfer may be experienced while the oil is present. Red raspberry oil also has excellent anti-inflammatory properties due to its high content of vitamin A and alpha linolenic acid.
Of course, dogs cannot eat ice-cream because it’s too much fat and sugars so the yogurt will serve as a great substitute.
While the amount varies among brands of yogurt, in general, yogurt has less lactose than milk. My Mom is getting use to my periodic bursts of gas and odor, but her fear is that when company arrives I might let off a few in the presence of her guests, which for me would not be embarrassing becuase this is what I do.
It is important to note, however, that while saturated fat is something you usually want to keep away from your dog, coconut oil is unique and beyond the scope of this article. Due to its high level of fats, however, we will generally not give Bunk coconut with anything else and give it to him only on special occasions.
Also, I would love to know the best way to give coconut to help with arthritis, my pup Sinbad is 7 has slowed down a bit and I took him in for x-rays and found out he has arthritis in his hips and knees and I want to do whatever I can to help him not be in any pain. Glad to find out that it’s so good for them but just like any fat, no matter how healthy it is, you can expect issues if they get too much. As for humans, my elderly aunt would become dehydrated and this resulted in her mind wandering and becoming forgetful. I would like to find out though because unfortunately Coco Therapy coconut flakes are kind of expensive. I believe they have a radio show and website, too, for just different kinds of medical advice. We both have several smaller meals and a couple of snacks a day, equaling up to what we should have total in a day. In fact, lots of dogs have their daily meals made all out of human foods exclusively, such as my friend Susie-Belle from England, who was rescued from a terrible puppy mill and now lives the good life with her Mum & Dad (a chef). It's already pureed for you, so it makes for easy snacking and food preparation, depending on your needs, for your dog. The live active cultures create lactase, the enzyme lactose-intolerant dogs lack, and another enzyme contained in some yogurts (beta-galactosidase) also helps improve lactose absorption in lactase-deficient dogs. The culturing process has already broken down the milk sugar lactose into glucose and galactose, two sugars that are easily absorbed by lactose-intolerant persons. For my Mom this would be most embarrassing, so she would like to know if feeding me some yogurt which has probiotics would be OK for me to injest. It was her electrolytes that were out of whack so she would be admitted to hospital for IV.
Plus, if it's good enough to feed babies and toddlers, it is certainly good enough to feed your dog. Happy Baby Foods and Gerber are two of our favorite brands!
We do loooooooooove our frozen yogurts but Mom agrees that is is very impawtent to give this as an occasional treat, though skinny Kitty could use a bit more fat on her. Also, would it be safe to give me one probiotic 2 Billion, 4 strains of beneficial bacteria capsule per day? One day a doctor suggested she drink a glass of coconut water if her mind seemed hazy and it would restore her electrolytes immediately. Always worked for her and I make sure when I am pouring coconut water for the dogs, to drink a large glass myself. It’s not 100%, but the fresher varieties do calm my tummy down some, especially during an Irritiitible Bowel attack. So of course I don't grab food off of Mommy's plate and she does not give me any of her prepared foods.
My main problem is my dogs won't eat out of bowls or off a plate - they will only eat if the food is on the floor.
And my very favorite is when Mom puts plain, non-fat yogurt mixed with peanut butter in our Kong and freezes it. It speeds health of cuts, wounds, hot spots, and insect bites and stings when applied topically.
My skittish Yorkie (Simon) jumps at all noises (no idea why - I did not know about Yorkies rescues in 2007 and bought him and his brother Joey from a small backyard breeder) so he's not been abused or lived in a scary shelter. There are some foods on your list that we haven't tried yet but the green beans we just can't get used to! No matter, as long as you eat healthy.ReplyDeleteJan KAugust 16, 2014 at 4:57 PMThis is great information, Pixel, thank you!!
Healthy snacking is so important in contributing to a strong immune system, ultimately adding years of happiness & health to our pups' lives!
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