Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat


Your dog is more than just an animal that lives in your home — it’s a part of your family. Chances are your four-legged companion enjoys eating some of the same foods you do, perhaps even eating food straight from your kitchen table. But not all foods are permissible for a dog. In fact, your canine’s dietary restrictions include many common household foods that could prove toxic for your pet.


Avocados contain Persin, which is potentially toxic to dogs. The good news is that avocados are only toxic to dogs in large quantities, so don’t be too anxious if you have been guilty of letting Fido lick the bottom of the guacamole bowl after your last party. Just don’t let it happen again.


These tiny little fruits are notorious for falling out of the refrigerator or slipping out of the hands of toddlers and preschoolers. But if you have a dog in the house, you may want to keep a careful eye out for rogue grapes. All varieties of grapes, as well as their shriveled counterparts, raisins, are capable of causing kidney failure in dogs.


This is one of the most dangerous foods for a dog, due to its caffeine content and the presence of theobromine. Each of these components work as stimulants that can cause the heart to race. Because theobromine is digested very slowly in the canine body, it can cause your pet to become very ill or even die.

Macadamia Nuts

These nuts, as innocent as they seem, are highly toxic to dogs. Just one or two traditional macadamia nut cookies could be enough to make your dog very ill, potentially causing neurological debilitation and vomiting.

When it comes to your pet’s diet, it is always better to be safe than sorry. If you are not positive that a food is safe for your pet to eat, don’t give it. And as always, ask your pet’s veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet or introducing a new food.

Dog Skin Allergies

Just like people, dogs can have allergic reactions to a wide variety of things in their world. Many dogs suffer from seasonal allergies, where things like pollen and grass can affect them. Other dogs are allergic to certain insects and might even be allergic to their food. The most common dog allergy symptom is itching, and a dog who suffers from allergies will often have skin that becomes red and irritated. If your pet is exceptionally furry, you might want to check if your pal seems to be biting or chewing their leg. They could be suffering from allergies and you might not notice because of their fur. 

Your veterinarian may have several suggestions to help your dog with their allergy problems, but it is important to recognize that sometimes a natural treatment is the best way to go both for you and for your pet. Steroids that are commonly used to treat pet allergies such as prednisone can have serious long-term impacts on your pet. In addition, you will want to use a product for your dog that is safe and healthy for everyone else in your family as well. Some topical allergy sprays contain chemicals that are dangerous for infants and children. 

If you find that your dog seems to be suffering from skin allergies, it is important to act sooner rather than later. If the itching gets out of control, your dog can break the skin and it can open them up to a risk for infection. It is best to start with a natural dog allergy treatment. There are chewable natural treats that you can give your dog that will help with the itching, and they will think they are receiving a reward for doing something good. It’s a win-win situation for everyone. There are also herbal supplements you can create yourself. For instance, if you dip a cotton ball in witch hazel, you can gently rub it on your dog’s skin. It will provide them with instant relief, and you won’t have to worry about any harmful side effects. The most important thing to do is prevent your dog from itching, and then treat the allergy so that your favorite family pet is comfortable once again. 

Why Do Dogs Hump?

Dogs hump for a number of reasons, the simplest of which is that they get into a sexual position when they are excited. When a dog is under a year old and is humping, they are trying to have sex. If they are older, the dog has not learned that this behavior is not acceptable when out at the dog park.

Older dogs hump when they are excited, as a form of playing and because they are proving that they are dominant over another dog.

Although it can be funny when a dog begins to hump your leg, a pillow or another dog for no apparent reason, this behavior quickly becomes embarrassing as it continues.

Dogs that are not properly socialized might exhibit this behavior because they have not learned how to play with other dogs. Humping feels good to the dog and if they have not been social with other animals in the past, they just don’t know what to do.

Dogs that are not neutered and under a year are humping because they are sexually excited. Dogs will outgrow this behavior if they are neutered and are trained properly that this behavior is not acceptable.

If you have a dog that has started humping benign objects, stop the behavior as soon as it starts. Without quick intervention, this behavior becomes a habit that is much harder to break as time passes.

Although it’s funny or cute at first, no one wants to have the dog that is constantly humping other dogs, people or toys. Keep your dog regularly exercised and on a routine to minimize excitement and anxiety.


Why feed your dog a natural food?

Your pooch is more than just an adorable ball of fur, he’s a prized member of the family. As such, you want him to live a vibrant life and bring your family many years of joy. Just like his human family, your canine companion needs a nutrient-dense diet to fuel his romps around the park. A natural dog food can give your pet the nutrients he needs without the nasty additives and fillers.

Why Natural Dog Food

When it comes to pet food, the fewer additives, the better. Food that is free from artificial colors, pesticides, fillers and chemicals gives your dog the best chance at fighting allergies, infections and illnesses.

Your dog relies on the nutritional value in food to stay energetic, muscular and healthy. Natural dog foods are more nutritious because they contain high quality proteins and grains instead of bulk fillers.

Many of the additives in traditional pet food can cause digestive issues because they are not fit for animals to eat. Natural foods break down in the system properly so your pooch can digest them easier. Your pet will appreciate not being crumpled up in a corner because he’s constipated . . . again.

In addition to feeding your pet a natural dog food, you must keep his portion sizes reasonable. If you feed him too much, he’ll end up overweight. If you are having a tough time calculating Fido’s calories, talk to your vet. She will take your animal’s age and weight into consideration and help you figure out the right amount of food to feed him.

How to Read Dog Food Labels

Shelves of dog food. Includes Beneful and Pedigree

Shelves of dog food. Includes Beneful and Pedigree (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Much like us humans, the food that dogs eat can either positively or negatively affect their physical and mental well-being. Foods closest to natural and wholesome can encourage a glossier coat, stronger immunity and a longer lifespan while foods closer to synthetic can cause health problems and sluggishness. Food labels on all edibles (both human and animal) have been a requirement for quite some time now. The purpose of such descriptions is to provide valuable information such as ingredients list, weight and nutritional content. Armed with this knowledge, you can confidently compare between liked-products, then make the best decision for your pet.

How to Read Dog Food Labels:

  1. Consider your dog’s requirements: When shopping for new dog food, you need to first consider their age, per-existing health conditions and their ideal weight. With those factors in mind, you will be able to narrow your choices after comparing labels.
  2. Ingredient list: The list of dog food ingredients are coded in order by heaviest first, therefore the first ingredient is the most important. The first ingredient should be a protein such as chicken, beef, lamb or turkey. Another valuable ingredient that should be high on the list is carbohydrates such as brown rice, barley and peas. Fats like omegas, sunflower oil and canola oil should also be present in quality dog food.
  3. Understanding byproducts: The term “byproduct” has gotten a bad reputation because it has come to represent inedible ingredients and valueless fillers. While it is true that many byproducts are unnecessary, some do pose nutritional value. When reading dog food labels, byproducts should be completely absent or lower on the list. If byproducts are listed choose a variety that contains meat byproducts and avoid brands that contain soy and corn gluten meal.
  4. Unreadable ingredients: The unreadable ingredients lower down on the dog food labels represent the preservatives and the artificial colors and flavors that are added to enhance shelve-life and taste. It is important to choose a variety that has little to no synthetic flavors or colors added, and the preservatives added should be derived from natural sources.

Choosing the right dog food for your fury friend won’t be as difficult once you know what to look for on the food labels. Your dog needs a complete mix of whole protein, vegetables and healthy carbohydrates to live a long and healthy life.

Testimonial Tuesday: Itchy Skin Edition

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English bulldog chillin.jpg (Photo credit: Eyenvent)

We’re loving this great testimonial from Karla about Skin-Eze:

We were pet sitting daughters Old English Bulldog last year for 6 months. Bella came to us with red toenails, itchy and always stinky. I was told by the vet to bath her daily, then 3 times week, then 2X week, etc. Because I’d had back surgery and Bella’s size this was an impossible task. I found Skin Eze online, within 1-2 days Bella stopped itching, eventually her toenails, eyes and feet were no longer red. Skin Eze has been the best product ever! I wish I had found skin eze when my cocker spaniel was alive, back then I did what the vet told me to do and it never worked once we got to the bathing once a week.

Shop Skin-Eze from Allergic Pet.

How to Improve Your Dog’s Coat

American Eskimo Dog

American Eskimo Dog (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You probably love your dog no matter how he or she looks on the outside. However, it will not take you much to improve the appearance of your furry friend’s coat.

Here’s some practical ways to make your dog’s coat healthier:

  • Give your dog the right kind of food. Your pet needs a rich source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Your beloved animal also needs plenty of protein. If you’re switching to a new food, just observe your dog’s hair condition carefully. In the process, give your dog smaller amounts of the new brand along with some of the previous food. Then, slowly increase the new product over a period of six to eight weeks if it has a positive effect.
  • Brush your dog every day. You especially need to do this if your animal has longer fur. It will help remove dead hair and improve the color of the remaining strands. A good grooming for about 15 minutes daily should do the trick. However, you may need to brush your dog twice a day during shedding season.
  • Apply olive oil to your dog’s food. This could help in between times you have limited means for purchasing new dog food. Olive oil has omega oils in it that keep the dog’s skin and coat strong and healthy. However, only add about a tablespoon for a large dog and a teaspoon for a small dog. You don’t want to give your pet too much. Otherwise, they could end up suffering diarrhea.
  • Give your animal a qualified fiber supplement. It helps regulate the digestive system so your dog can absorb more consumed nutrients. It also promotes healthier fur growth and causes your dog’s hair to appear shinier. We recommend Vet Select Healthy Fresh.
  • Give your dog plenty of exercise. This also helps make the digestive system work better. Furthermore, it leads to healthier skin, bones and hair. As a result, your dog’s fur will look healthier than it ever did.

Our Favorite Pet Blogs

We admit it. We have a problem. We love pet blogs. We love the cute pictures, we love the great stories, we love the pet blogs that give great advice, the blogs that tell us the best new pet toy, really – we love it all. Whether it’s a pet blog all about your family dog or blog about the latest in cat nature, they all have a place in our heart. We wanted to spread the love, so below we’ve complied a list of some of our favorite reads:

Catladyland Banner 1We love the quick photo posts and captions that Angie shares at CatLandLady. Her cats Saffy, Cosmo, and Phoebe are full of daily entertainment.

greendogWant to know if your dog’s food is safe or if their toy is free of harmful chemicals? Consult Raise a Green Dog first. Originally a Squidoo lense, RAGD has expanded as pet owners have become more and more concerned with environmental pet safety and health.

cropped-blog-header-v1Champion of my Heart is the real-time memoir of Lilly, Roxanne Hawn’s border collie. Lilly suffers from vaccine-induced brain inflammation and and Roxanne regularly posts updates on Lilly’s condition and struggles. Roxanne is a heartbreaking beautiful writer. A must read.

DogMilkLogoTMDog Milk, a branch of Design Milk is the leading source for trendy, cool pet product reviews. We love finding the latest trends and hot products from Dog Milk.

allthingsdogAll Things Dog Blog is a great resource for all dog-related articles, reviews, and fun adventures. Carrie is great at helping readers solve  pet problems and her writing always inserts her fun, happy attitude.

Pretty-Fluffy-Blog-Dog-BlogPretty Fluffy is our go-to source for the latest in trendy, luxurious dog lifestyle products and ideas. The founder, Serena and her pup Soda have great features: from pet treat ideas to stylish pet photography.

lets-talk Under the Blanket is the blog of BlanketID. Blanket ID is a great tag that holds a record of pet details and photos online so that if your pet is ever missing or stolen you can immediately send alerts with the information to your local animal shelters and hospitals.

love-meow-badge-small Love Meow is one of our favorite places to see adorable cat photos and videos. Ever having a rough day? Just check out Love Meow and we promise you’ll feel better almost instantly.

Did we miss any blogs? We sure to share your favorites in the comments below.

Gluten Free Dog Treat Recipes

If your dog suffers from a gluten-intolerance, you know first-hand how difficult it can be to find food and treats that won’t cause an allergic reaction. Reading ingredients and researching new dog foods can be exhausting. Sometimes it’s just simpler to make the food and treats yourself. Worried you aren’t a master chef? Think again. This gluten free dog treat recipes are simple enough for anyone to make.

Here are some of our favorites we’ve found around the web:

IMG_5403 These Grain-Free dog treats from A Cozy Kitchen feature banana and peanut butter as main ingredients. We’re especially partial to the cute heart cookie-cutter shape.

a227f537-d1f1-490d-a409-12adf0045a33 Rice flour is the star in these Gluten-Free Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Puppy Treats from Betty Crocker. Get in the festive spirit and cut these puppy treats into adorable candy cane shapes.

2736 The homemade Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Treats from Whole Foods have a secret ingredient – parsley. Sneak parsley into the treat to improve your dog’s breath.

1277454.large Pumpkin seems to be the name of the game for gluten-free dog treats, and this recipe from Cleo is no exception. Your pup will jump for these delicious snacks!

Do you make your dog’s treats yourself? Will you now that you see how easy it is?

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