Top 8 Foods that are Healthy for Your Dog

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homemade dog food recipe albuquerqueWe always talk about what is toxic to dogs, but what about foods that are really good for them? Here is a list of food that is great to add to your dog food to promote good health.

  1. Eggs: Adding eggs into your dog food is a great way to add more protein. Typically 1 egg will replace 1/5 cup of dry dog food. You can add the eggs raw, but we typically recommend scrambling them. Your dog will love it either way.
  2. Hearts and Gizzards: Stop throwing away that organ bag when you cook a whole chicken. Those hearts and gizzards are great for your pup. Just boil them for 15 minutes and then you can cut up the meat and mix it right in, or pour the liquid over their food like a gravy. You can substitute gizzards and heart with dog food in equal measure.
  3. Fish: So long and thanks for all the fish…Fish is a great source for omega-3’s which is good for your dogs coat, brain, guts, heart, and joints. With fish, make sure you buy high quality and then you can cut it up and give it to them raw. Make sure your fish is properly de-boned as those little bones are easily chocked on.
  4. Squash: Pumpkin and butternut squash are great for dogs and they taste super yummy so it is a nice little treat for them. It gives them some good fiber, potassium, and beta-carotene. Typically do 1 tablespoon per 10 pounds of body weight and just mix in cooked pumpkin or butternut squash into their food.
  5. Yogurt: There are so many good probiotics in yogurt. It is not just good for your belly but good for theirs too. Greek yogurt is the best, but any plain yogurt will do. Just add 1/2 a teaspoon per 10lbs of body weight for a nice treat for your dog.
  6. Spinach and Kale: These greens are super foods for a reason. They are cancer fighting and great for getting things moving in the digestive tract. We recommend chopping up your spinach or kale leaves, which will make it easier to eat. You can feed it to them raw or cooked. A great way to cook it is to steam it and mix it in with your turkey and rice home made dog food.
  7. Blueberries are a antioxidant laden treat. You can add a few to their food or just give them as little treats. Your dog doesn’t need to many and if he eats too many might get the runs. So start of with 2-4 and see how he reacts.
  8. Carrots are another great treat. Your dog will eat them raw. Instead of giving them a dog biscuit, try tossing them a baby carrot.
We have a lot of great dog food recipes which use healthy food that is great for your dog.
If you have any questions about what foods are safe to give your dog, make sure you speak with your Albuquerque Vetco vet.

Don’t Be Scared of Home Made Dog Food

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BARF diet for petsHome made dog food can seem like a really scary task. I mean, look at the dog food you buy in the store. Anything you make home won’t look like that. It must be really complicated with lots of food processors and pressure cookers and strange dog food molds to make it look like niblets. Don’t worry, it is a lot easier than you think and it doesn’t need to look like what you buy at the store.

First you need to be aware of nutrition. If you are making your own dog food you want to make sure that they are getting the proper nutrition. Thankfully, all the Albuquerque Vetco dog food recipes that we share meet nutritional requirements. Also, it is a good idea to check with your Vetco vet to make sure that you are feeding them the proper food. Depending on their medical issues, they may need an individualized nutrition plan which the vets can help with.

Nutritional Breakdown

This is the general nutritional breakdown for an adult healthy dog.

  1. High protein diet – about 20% of the meal
  2. Fat – 5 to 8%
  3. Manganese – 1.2 mg in a 1000 calorie diet
  4. Lysine
  5. Phosphorous – 0.75 grams
  6. Calcium – 1 gram in a 100 calorie diet
  7. Iron – 7.5 mg
  8. Zinc – 15 mg
  9. Vitamins – A, D, B12 and E
  10. Thiamine
  11. Niacin – about 4 mg in a 1000 calorie diet
  12. Folic Acid – 68 micrograms (12)

So now that you have read that and likely are too intimidated to coo a meal, don’t worry about it that much. If you were to look at your own dietary needs broken down like this you would likely never cook for yourself again either.

Most dog food recipes simply contain fresh ingredients. Typically a meat, a grain and a vegetable. Just follow our recipes and you will have no troubles home cooking your dog food.

Dog Safety for the 4th of July

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4th of july albuquerque pet safety

The 4th of July is right around the corner. As we get ready to celebrate our Nations independence lets make sure we know how to celebrate safely so all of us, including our fur babies, have a good time.

Fun Fact: More dogs go missing on the 4th of July than any other day of the year! The loud noises are really scary and with all the BBQ’s and parties, it is easy for our fur-balls to get overlooked. Make sure you dogs are microchipped so if they do get separated from you they can be easily returned.

  • Keep your pets at home. It can be fun to bring them, but all the activity can be more upsetting than enjoyable. If you do bring them, make sure to give them somewhere they can retreat to, like a kennel. Keep them on a leash or in an enclosed area. DO NOT leave them in your car.
  • Keep your pets inside. If you go out, keep your pets in the house rather than in your yard. He will be a lot happier indoors, and not tempted to leap over a fence to find you. When the fireworks start going off, even the home one’s your neighbors are shooting off, they can be very scary and your dog might try to jump the fence in an attempt to find you.
  • Fireworks are loud and can be scary to your pet. Keep your pet in a safe room where he can feel comfortable. If he is crate trained put him in his crate covered with a blanket to make him feel secure. If your pet is use to the television, put on the TV or radio to drown out the sound of the fireworks. Try putting lavender oil on their collar, as lavender is a natural calming agent and good for anxiety.
  • Quell anxiety. If your pet seems overly anxious, spend some time with your pet, speaking soothingly to help them to relax. You can give them rescue remedy to help calm their anxiety as well. Adding a couple of drops of lavender oil to their collar, or putting a lavender sachet in their crate, may help sooth them as well.
  • No food scraps from the grill or anywhere else. While tempting to our pets, any sudden change to your pets’ diet can cause stomach upset. If you do give them scraps, make sure not to give them things like  onions, avocado, grapes and raisins can be toxic. Watch out for bones as well. Remember, not all bones are safe for your dog to chew. Having your dog throw up all over your party is not much fun for anyone.
  • Watch for chemicals. Avoid spraying your pet with insect repellent and only use special sunscreen that is intended for animal use. Keep your pets away from matches and lighter fluid. They can be extremely irritating to the stomach, lungs and central nervous system, if ingested. If you dog does ingest lighter fluid, call your vet immediately! Just because it works for us does not mean it is ok for your dog.
  • Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. We know that a lot of dogs like beer and other sweet alcoholic beverages, but alcoholic drinks can poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases. If your pet drinks an alcoholic beverage, call your vet immediately!
  • Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets. Fireworks are very toxic. Keep any fireworks out of the reach of your pets. If your pet eats some fireworks, call your vet immediately.

If you do bring your pet with you to a fireworks show or bbq, make sure they have their microchips. That way if they get lost, they can easily be found.