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Is Your Dog Getting The Proper Nutrients? Supplements Could Help.

Is Your Dog Getting The Proper Nutrients? Supplements Could Help. 0

Your dog may have a glossy coat, a cold nose, and a constantly-wagging tail -- but is he really as healthy as he could be? Just as we humans need proper nutrition if we want to stay well and function correctly, our dogs need to get the right mix of nutrients to optimize their everyday health. You can't always count on your dog's food containing the right quantities of those essential nutrients. But don't worry, because nutritional supplements can step in to fill the gaps where nature could use a helping hand.

Your Dog's Nutritional Needs

Every dog needs a combination of macronutrients and micronutrients in order to stay healthy. Macronutrients include categories such as proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Micronutrients include specific vitamins, minerals, and amino acids (the building blocks of proteins). Like humans, dogs can't manufacture all of their necessary amino acids internally; 10 of those amino acids have to be present in the foods they eat.

The list of vitamins and minerals your dog needs may sound familiar, especially if you take supplements yourself. Dogs need Vitamins A, D, E, and K -- but not C, which their bodies can manufacture. Their mineral requirements include potassium, zinc, calcium, and phosphorus.

When Food Can't Get the Job Done

You might think that a decent brand of dog food would supply all the basic nutrition most pets need -- and in many cases, you'd be right. Pet foods that conform to the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) standards for nutritional content may offer a balanced mix of nutrients. But if you're feeding your dog meals of your own devising, you may have no idea whether you're really giving him the nutrients he needs.

It's also important to note that some dogs have particular nutritional requirements. For instance, a working dog who leads a highly active lifestyle may need extra portions of calcium and phosphorus for optimal health and performance. Pets who suffer from chronic pain or inflammation may need specific nutrients with anti-inflammatory properties. Dogs who have trouble absorbing nutrients due to a digestive condition may need to ingest more nutrients than a dog who suffers from no such problem.

Specific Supplements for Specific Needs

The first step in making sure that your dog's nutritional needs are being met is a consultation with your veterinarian. If nutritional supplements seem like a good idea, you'll find a wide variety of products right here at Doggie Dailies. For instance:

  • If your dog has trouble with arthritis or inflammatory joint pain, our Hip & Joint Formula contains nutrients such as glucosamine, chondroitin, and omega-3/omega-6 fatty acids to help those aching joints feel and move better.
  • Dogs with malabsorption or immune system issues will get a welcome boost in function from our Probiotics for Dogs product. This product fills your dog's gut with healthy bacteria to aid digestion and ward off unhealthy bacteria.
  • If your dog just needs some all-around nutritional enhancement, our 5-in-1 Multivitamin for Dogs will fit the bill nicely. This peanut-butter-flavored product includes a full complement of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, as well as premium-quality fish oil for skin and coat health.

Nutritional supplementation for dogs can make good sense under the right circumstances. Do the right thing for your beloved friend by making sure he's getting those building blocks of health!

  • Jennifer M
Dogs On The Silver Screen - The 10 Best Doggie Flicks

Dogs On The Silver Screen - The 10 Best Doggie Flicks 0

The silver screen has always been one of the best places to celebrate our love of our four-legged friends. From the very beginning of filmmaking, Hollywood has brought dogs to life on screen in films full of humor and heart. Just this year, the box-office hit A Dog's Way Home brought the journey of Bella to cinemas around the world.

If you enjoyed that film, try checking some other pooch-related flicks out! Here's our list of the ten greatest dog films ever made.

  1. Lady and the Tramp
One of Disney's greatest animated films, this 1955 hit is a lovely, charming tale of romance between an upper-class Cocker Spaniel (Lady) and a streetwise mutt (Tramp). It's sure to have a special place in anyone's heart, both young and old. Take a look out for a live-action remake of the film premiering soon.
  1. Marley and Me

One of the great tearjerkers of all time. This 2008 film is an adaptation of the fine book by John Grogan, which tells the story of one family's beloved and mischievous yellow lab named Marley. With an exceptional cast (Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston are the leads) and some fine direction, this is a worthy and emotional watch.

  1. Best in Show

Christopher Guest turns his satirical mockumentary eye to the dog show circuit in this uproarious and incredibly quotable movie. The cast is incredible - especially Fred Willard as the joking and off-kilter dog show commentator.

  1. Beethoven

The great John Hughes wrote this 1990s hit about a beloved St. Bernard wreaking havoc on a straight-laced suburban family. It's got a tremendous comic cast - Charles Grodin and Bonnie Hunt play the parents - and the family-friendly humor of Hughes at its heart. It was followed by a boatload of sequels.

  1. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

A remake of a 1960s film, this 1993 film follows three creatures - a bulldog, golden retriever, and Himalayan cat - as they adventure through the Sierra Nevadas to get back home. It's a well-made, heart-warming film, with plenty of great celebrity voice acting from Michael J. Fox and Sally Field.

  1. White Fang

There are two filmed versions of this film, with the more popular being the 1994 American version (the 1970s Italian one is also worthy if you can find it). This adaptation of Jack London's story of friendship between a Yukon gold miner (Ethan Hawke) and a wolfdog is bolstered by a great cast and some amazing cinematography.

  1. Where the Red Fern Grows

Another classic tearjerker. This 1974 adaptation of the classic children's books is an epic and emotional story of one boy's love for his two coonhound hunting dogs.

  1. Benji

The first in a hit series of movies, this 1974 film is a light-hearted tale of adventure and family with the lovable golden mix named Benji at its heart. Fun fact - the same dog that starred as Benji also starred in the Petticoat Junction TV series.

  1. Lassie

The classic TV series got an acclaimed reboot with this 1994 feature film. This version brings the fabled golden retriever to a struggling rural family and into a face-off with an evil sheep farmer. Look out for a very young Michelle Williams in one of her first roles.

  1. 101 Dalmatians

You can't go wrong with either of the fantastic Dalmatian movies. The 1960s animated film or the 1990s live-action film are both superb adaptations of the classic novel, following two Dalmatian parents as they save their puppies (and loads of others) from the evil Cruella De Vil. Glenn Close (having a wonderful time) plays De Vil in the live-action film.

            • Jennifer M
            My Dog's Breath is Bad - What Can I Do?

            My Dog's Breath is Bad - What Can I Do? 0

            Dogs shouldn't have bad breath. If your canine friend is healthy and eating the right things, there should be little or no odor. While doggy halitosis can be a sign of an underlying health issue, it's usually a result of poor dental hygiene.

            The good news is that, in most cases, the solutions are simple. But if you're going to take the best course of action for your dog, you need to know about the possible causes of their bad breath.

            The Main Causes of Bad Breath in Dogs

            While there are many potential causes of your dog's bad breath, here are a few of the most likely:

            Teething

            When a puppy is teething, food (and bacteria) can collect along the gumline. This causes bad breath, but the problem usually disappears over time.

            A gastrointestinal problem

            While rare, a potentially serious problem in the stomach, gut or esophagus may be to blame for your dog's bad breath.

            Gum disease

            A range of diseases that affect the gums and mouth can be the cause of bad breath in dogs. On ailment that may be to blame is stomatitis -- inflammation of the gums and oral tissues. Other diseases that may be causing the problem include growths and gingival hyperplasia (overgrown gums).

            Periodontal disease

            A large percentage of dogs suffer from periodontal disease during their lifetime. This painful condition is caused by the build-up of plaque and bacteria.

            What to Do if Your Dog's Breath is Bad

            The simplest way to prevent or eradicate your dog's bad breath is to brush their teeth at least once a week. It's always best to start brushing from day one. This gets the dog used to the procedure over time.

            Brush Your Dog's Teeth Regularly

            Do not use human toothpaste -- it can be harmful to dogs. Go to your local pet store, and ask for a toothpaste specifically formulated for dogs. You will also need a special toothbrush with a long handle and soft bristles.

            Start by giving your dog a little taste of the toothpaste. Lift the upper lip gently, and brush your dog's teeth and gums gently -- in the same way you brush your own. Once you've cleaned every upper tooth, move to the lower set. And be sure to reach the molars at the back of the mouth.

            Your dog may hate this process at first. However, you should persist with it as often as possible. At the end of every clean, reward your dog with a tooth-friendly treat.

            Give Your Dog Healthy Treats

            Ask your vet or local pet store owner about treats that aid good dental hygiene. Some of the products available today actually help to minimize plaque, tartar and bacteria accumulations. Use these treats to reward good behavior -- which should include sitting still for teeth-brushing sessions.

            Ask Your Vet About Supplements and Additives

            There are a few food supplements and water additives that can improve dental hygiene over time. The great thing about these products is that they can be hidden, and don't involve wrestling your dog to a standstill.

            If the Problem Persists, Speak to Your Vet

            Try the steps listed above for a week or two. If your dog's bad breath persists -- or it's accompanied by other symptoms -- speak to your vet as soon as possible. A vet will examine your dog, check its mouth and ask you about the dental hygiene steps you take at home. It may be necessary to take a biopsy from the dog's mouth to rule out more serious problems.

            If your dog has bad breath, don't ignore the problem. It could be a sign of a serious health problem.

            • Dana S
            Hard at Woof: Dogs in Your Office

            Hard at Woof: Dogs in Your Office 0

            People tend to marry late and delay having children these days. Consequently, they choose pets to keep them company. They feel more secure and happier when they are able to bring them to work. Along with other incentives, such as flexible working hours, people now look forward to working in pet-friendly work environments.

            Seven in 10 millennials own pets and over half of them own dogs. The companies that have allowed dogs at workplaces say that the benefits are worth the special efforts made in doing so.


            Benefits of Dogs at Office

            Dogs help improve employee wellness and overall growth at workplaces.

            Health

            Research found a significant decline in the stress levels of employees on days when their dogs were present in the office. Several studies have shown that petting dogs can increase levels of the happy hormone oxytocin and decrease the stress hormone cortisol. They often bring levity in tense situations.

            Dog owners need to take their dogs outside and walk them. If you own a dog, this means you have to take a break and do so. Walks provide you with good exercise and boost creative thinking.

            Productivity

            Lower stress means you are healthier and can work better. Banfield Pet Hospital's PAWrometer 2017 findings showed that 73 percent of employees believe having pets at work benefits them.

            It also revealed that people prefer working at pet-friendly workplaces and that 82 percent of employees at pet-friendly offices are more loyal to their companies. Another study showed that dogs promote unity, bonding, and trust among teammates.

            Also, if you bring your dog to work, you need not worry about him/her being alone at home. You will be able to work comfortably until you finish what you were doing. Moreover, it saves you money you spend on dog day care.

            Social Connections

            Dogs help de-stress you as well as your customers and increase camaraderie between you and your clients. This is especially so in customer-facing businesses, such as shops, where customers are attracted by them.

            Bringing dogs to work can help promote a sense of community and improve business growth.

            Unconditional Companionship

            Dogs don't need chargers or cables. They are not distracted by social media. They don't care about data, applications, algorithms, or reports. Although they are least interested in your jobs, they make great collaborators.


            Making Your Office a Dog-Friendly Place

            Many companies, including Amazon and Google, allow dogs at work. However, making workplaces dog-friendly can be daunting. Many employees have allergies and phobias. Besides, work environments can be full of potential safety hazards. The following are some measures that make the transition smooth.

            Survey employee opinions anonymously: You need to know if there are serious objections to bringing dogs to your workplace.

            Review your insurance terms: Since you are responsible for any injury or damage caused by your dog, check if your policy covers any pet-related event at work.

            Spread awareness: Discuss the advantages of bringing dogs. Mention acceptable and unacceptable pet and human behavior. Set clear rules.

            Prep your workplaces: Designate dog-free zones for your colleagues who are allergic to them or uncomfortable around them. Pet-proof your workplace by securing loose wires, placing equipment and cleaning supplies out of dogs' reach, ensuring that all trash cans have lids, etc. Also, invest in carpet cleaners and dog pens.

            Offer basic necessities to dogs and their owners: Insist on flexibility for owners to tend to their dogs' needs. Dogs should have access to food, water, litter boxes, and health checks. Ensure that they are comfortable around other humans and animals.

            Check periodically: Schedule regular checks to ensure that everyone is happy with having dogs around, nobody has had any bad experiences, and that you comply with all necessary legal regulations.


            Many businesses have successfully integrated dogs into the workplace. By doing so, they have given their employees soothing workplaces and themselves, greater chances of success.

            • Jennifer M