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To Treat or Not To Treat?

Treats for dogs

The dish on giving your dog “people food”

Our dogs can be so darned cute that it’s tempting to lavish them with the finest things possible… but remember: they’re dogs. What may be our idea of a delicious treat may not always be the healthiest option for our little friends… and the way we give it to them can affect their behavior more deeply than we might expect. Finally, before you give your pet a special treat, ask yourself exactly who you’re rewarding: your dog, or you?

“People foods” warrant really careful consideration. Know that certain foods, even in tiny amounts, can be toxic, even fatal, to dogs. Raisins, for instance, may cause kidney failure, and only a few macadamia nuts can cause muscular tremors or paralysis — a huge price to pay for a seemingly innocent snack. Before you decide to give your dog any food that isn’t expressly prepared for dogs, be sure you’ve done your homework and investigated a few educated opinions on the subject, by asking veterinary experts or studying online.

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2nd week of Eukanuba food challenge

Hey packpeople out there,

the Eukanuba challenge weeks are not over and Lilly (French Bulldog) seems to be very happy with my new food choice (Naturally Wild, Venison & Potato). She always finishes her bowl very accurately. Samson checked the food as well, but he doesn’t want to eat it (he is very picky with food). I also feed a cup to the neighbors dog and he can’t wait till I put the bowl down (he gets bad food from Pedigree).

Here are Lilly’s results end of the 2nd week.
The food smells good when I open the very stylish designed 30 lbs. bag.
Her defecation is smaller than before we started and it has a good texture and a dark brown color, which is good. She had no diarrhea after the food change and I’m feeding her just the dry food at the moment.
I can’t see any other changes yet. Her coat is the same (she could use a bath), no allergic reactions (thank god) and her energy is the same.
She is the same old Silly-Lilly.

Let’s see, if we can notice something end of week 3.

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Dry food challenge: Lilly’s Eukanuba 28 Days challenge

Hey packpeople out there,

Lilly is attending the 28 – DAY Eukanuba Challenge from today on. Lilly is 2 years old, healthy, very active and happy french bulldog and she is ready to try this food and let you know on a weekly basis. DAY – 1 is today, Friday 25-02-2011. Our food arrived yesterday and we’re excited to give Eukanuba a chance. Usually I feed Blue Buffalo for dogs.

The mailman dropped the box in front of our house, yelled something to me and disappeared in his van. There is this big box in front of our house and I knew what’s in it, so I dragged it into the house and my dogs came by to inspect the invader. They sniffed the box and they already knew that, there is food in it. Yes, I saw the sign on the top of the box “Do not open with sharp object”, but I pulled out my sharp knife and cut the box, of course I cut to deep and I cut a little of the food package.

I was surprised how nice and appealing the design of the food package was. One point for the packaging, but how is the product? With Samson and Lilly we opened the 30lb bag of dry food. I choose Wild New Zealand Venison and Potato formula, because I wanted to stick to my principles to feed my dogs natural balanced or holistic food and I thought this is the best choice of what Eukanuba was offering on their website. I’m always a little skeptic with new food. First ingredient is Vension, but what about the others…let’s see what we have. This is how Eukanuba is advertising on their website, I couldn’t find the detailed list of ingredients on the website first:), but I found them on the back of the package:

Venison, Potato, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Brewers Rice, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Chicken Meal, Fish Meal, Dried Egg Product, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dried Beet Pulp, Natural Flavor, Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dicalcium Phosphate, Salt, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Choline Chloride, Fructooligosaccharides, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), DL-Methionine, Rosemary Extract.

And this is how Eukanuba is advertising for this food on the website:

  • Venison as the #1 Ingredient: 100% Real venison provides an excellent source of protein that helps promote strong, lean muscles. That’s why it’s the #1 ingredient.
  • Healthy Carbohydrates: Potatoes are rich in minerals and are an excellent source of highly digestible carbohydrates that help maintain healthy energy levels.
  • Natural Prebiotics: Natural FOS (fructooligosaccharides) works in your dog’s digestive tract to support strong defenses.
  • Antioxidants:Made with a unique antioxidant blend including vitamin E to help dogs stay healthy and live long lives.
  • Only the Good: No Fillers, corn, or artificial preservatives.
  • DentaDefense®: Clinically Proven to reduce tartar by up to 55%.

I opened the bag and a nice and pleasant smell came out of it, the dogs sniffed more excited and started to beg for it. I heard that this food is very new on the market and couldn’t find reviews about it. Small sized kibbles and a nice texture, not very different from the other foods I know. The appearance is nice as well (a dark brown). What does Lilly think about this food? For the first 3 days I’m going to add just a cup of it to her food to let her digestive system get prepared for the new food. After day 3 I’m going to feed her only the Eukanuba food. I gave her a handful after I made my opinion and had my first impression, she ate it right away and liked it. I poured a half cup in her bowl added her normal food and the fish oil…she sniffed and ate it without any kind of prudential complaints. I like the feeling when my dogs finish their bowls and look at me satisfied. I’m always feeding once a day in the evening and I add Omega 3 fish oil.

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Dry food challenge: Lilly's Eukanuba 28 Days challenge

Hey packpeople out there,

Lilly is attending the 28 – DAY Eukanuba Challenge from today on. Lilly is 2 years old, healthy, very active and happy french bulldog and she is ready to try this food and let you know on a weekly basis. DAY – 1 is today, Friday 25-02-2011. Our food arrived yesterday and we’re excited to give Eukanuba a chance. Usually I feed Blue Buffalo for dogs.

The mailman dropped the box in front of our house, yelled something to me and disappeared in his van. There is this big box in front of our house and I knew what’s in it, so I dragged it into the house and my dogs came by to inspect the invader. They sniffed the box and they already knew that, there is food in it. Yes, I saw the sign on the top of the box “Do not open with sharp object”, but I pulled out my sharp knife and cut the box, of course I cut to deep and I cut a little of the food package.

I was surprised how nice and appealing the design of the food package was. One point for the packaging, but how is the product? With Samson and Lilly we opened the 30lb bag of dry food. I choose Wild New Zealand Venison and Potato formula, because I wanted to stick to my principles to feed my dogs natural balanced or holistic food and I thought this is the best choice of what Eukanuba was offering on their website. I’m always a little skeptic with new food. First ingredient is Vension, but what about the others…let’s see what we have. This is how Eukanuba is advertising on their website, I couldn’t find the detailed list of ingredients on the website first:), but I found them on the back of the package:

Venison, Potato, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Brewers Rice, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Chicken Meal, Fish Meal, Dried Egg Product, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dried Beet Pulp, Natural Flavor, Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dicalcium Phosphate, Salt, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Choline Chloride, Fructooligosaccharides, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), DL-Methionine, Rosemary Extract.

And this is how Eukanuba is advertising for this food on the website:

  • Venison as the #1 Ingredient: 100% Real venison provides an excellent source of protein that helps promote strong, lean muscles. That’s why it’s the #1 ingredient.
  • Healthy Carbohydrates: Potatoes are rich in minerals and are an excellent source of highly digestible carbohydrates that help maintain healthy energy levels.
  • Natural Prebiotics: Natural FOS (fructooligosaccharides) works in your dog’s digestive tract to support strong defenses.
  • Antioxidants:Made with a unique antioxidant blend including vitamin E to help dogs stay healthy and live long lives.
  • Only the Good: No Fillers, corn, or artificial preservatives.
  • DentaDefense®: Clinically Proven to reduce tartar by up to 55%.

I opened the bag and a nice and pleasant smell came out of it, the dogs sniffed more excited and started to beg for it. I heard that this food is very new on the market and couldn’t find reviews about it. Small sized kibbles and a nice texture, not very different from the other foods I know. The appearance is nice as well (a dark brown). What does Lilly think about this food? For the first 3 days I’m going to add just a cup of it to her food to let her digestive system get prepared for the new food. After day 3 I’m going to feed her only the Eukanuba food. I gave her a handful after I made my opinion and had my first impression, she ate it right away and liked it. I poured a half cup in her bowl added her normal food and the fish oil…she sniffed and ate it without any kind of prudential complaints. I like the feeling when my dogs finish their bowls and look at me satisfied. I’m always feeding once a day in the evening and I add Omega 3 fish oil.

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Food and Treat Recipes Lilly Recommends

Healthy and happy cooking for your dog

Enjoy cooking for your dog! Lilly’s favorite recipes.

Dinnertime! Let your dog benefit from small amounts of fruits and vegetables, providing vital nutrients and fiber to help you and you dogs to stay healthy and happy. Home made food should not replace your dogs daily food and never put your dog on a home made diet. Reward your Fido, on special days or if you feel like cooking for your dog. Your dog should be always on balanced nutrients and make sure that your dog is healthy, doesn’t have specific health conditions and gets his daily calorie intake.