Foods That You Should Never Give Your Dog

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From table scraps to common fruits and vegetables, there are some foods that your dog is better off without. We know that you just melt and give in when he looks at you with those puppy eyes, but these foods that are seen to be healthy for humans are unhealthy, and some even toxic to canines. The effect of these foods, again, varies based on the breed and size of your pet. Even so, your dog can enjoy a longer and healthier life without these foods in its diet. Be sure to take special care to ensure that your dog does not get access to any of these foods.


A sweet and even comforting treat for humans, chocolates can be downright toxic to dogs. Chocolate contains methylxanthine compounds- theobromines and caffeine, which are known to cause dehydration, vomiting, seizure, irregular heart rate, abdominal pain, increased body temperature, and even death in some cases. Dark chocolate is believed to be the most toxic of all chocolates. Be sure to stock all those chocolates at home out of reach of your canine.

Raisins and grapes

Raisins and grapes are toxic to dogs, although scientists are yet to figure out which of the compounds in these foods are responsible for the toxic effects. These foods can initiate rapid kidney failure, and it takes just a couple of grapes or raisins to do the damage. Some symptoms that canines show when they are affected by grapes and raisins include loss of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration; not all dogs show these symptoms. A kidney failure can cause dogs to die within a couple of days.

Garlic and onions

Garlic and onions damage the red blood cells in dogs causing anemia. The symptoms of anemia show up as breathlessness, vomiting, weakness, dullness and loss of appetite. Your dog may develop a lethargic tendency and may not actively move around. Garlic has worse effects than onions for every ounce consumed. In case the condition is severe, a blood transfusion may be required. Bottom line, garlic or onions should not be given to dogs in any form, whether it is raw, cooked or powdered.


The next time you are feeding your dog scraps from under the table as you enjoy your breakfast, you want to make sure that bacon is not on the list. Bacon contains a large dose of fat which can cause pancreatitis in canines. The condition causes inflammation of the pancreas, ultimately impairing its ability to function. Dogs will have difficulties with absorbing nutrients and digestion problems due to which they become weak.

Keep these foods off your dogs’ diet and help them lead a healthy life.


Looking After Your Senior Dog’s Food Needs

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Dogs are usually considered to be old when they are halfway through their expected lifespan. The lifespan of dogs varies depending on the breed. Smaller dogs age relatively slowly when compared to larger dogs. Small dogs can live anywhere between 15 and 20 years, while large dogs live for anywhere between 12 and 15 years. Let’s take a look at how you can modify your dog’s diet to match its needs once it starts aging.

What should their diet include?

As dogs age, their metabolism rate also slows down. They may easily gain weight and grow obese as a result of this. Then again, your dog’s physical activity may greatly reduce because of joint pain and other ailments. This could further worsen conditions like obesity. It helps to include low-calorie food in your dog’s diet. Along with low-calorie food, it’s also important to include more fiber in the diet. You can look for senior dog-specific diets that meet the nutritional requirements.

Senior dogs also tend to have a lower appetite than they did in their younger days. If your senior dog is not eating, you have to consult a vet to see if it is due to loss of appetite or some underlying health issue. If it is the former, you can try using flavor enhancers to improve its taste, or appetite stimulants, if needed. Make sure that your senior dog gets adequate amount of water, as its ability to retain water balance reduces as it grows older.

Health conditions and supplements

If your senior dog is suffering from health conditions, then you want to consult a vet to decide on an appropriate diet. For instance, diabetes happens to be a common medical condition in older dogs, and you will require a special diet where the food is absorbed slowly in case your dog has diabetes, so that the blood sugar levels do not instantly shoot up. Similarly, a dog with heart condition will require a diet that has low sodium and calories.

Supplements may be a good addition to your dog’s diet, and you should consult the same with your vet before you take a call. Many dog owners supplement their pet’s diet with vitamins as they age. Others use supplements like chondroitin and glucosamine to treat joint problems. While supplements do help, it’s also important to support it with the right lifestyle habits. For instance, if your senior dog has arthritis, it helps to keep its weight in check, instead of just supplementing its diet with glucosamine. While we’re on the subject of supplements, it is important to note that you should use veterinary supplement formulations and not what is prescribed to humans.


Nature’s Variety Issues Voluntary Recall for Salmonella

A voluntary recall was issued by popular pet food brand Nature’s Variety on select lots of their Instinct Raw Chicken Formula dog food. The recall was announced after the company learned about a possible salmonella contamination from the FDA.

On a routine inspection, seven pounds of food tested positive for the deadly bacteria. So while the vast majority of Nature’s Variety food remains untainted and therefore still safe to consume, the following lots are being pulled off the shelves:

  • UPC# 769949611431 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 4 lb.; Best By 04/27/16
  • UPC# 769949611448 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 7 lb.; Best By 04/27/16
  • UPC# 769949611486 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Patties for Dogs 6 lb.; Best By 04/27/16

If you feed your dog the Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Chicken Formula, please check to see if any of the markings on your bag match with the aforementioned UPC codes or expiration date. If so, please dispose of the food quickly and safely, and stop feeding it to your dog immediately. Also, if you have been feeding your dog from one of the bags being pulled off the shelves, you might consider taking them to the vet to have them tested for salmonella.

What is Salmonella?

Salmonella is a bacteria that lives in food and can affect a number of species of animals, from cats and dogs to people. A salmonella infection manifests itself as such:

  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloody stool
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Decreased appetite
  • Abdominal pain

In some rare cases, Salmonella can cause the following complications in people:

  • Arterial infections
  • Endocarditis
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle pain
  • Eye irritation
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)

Threat Level


No infections have been reported as a result of this contamination, and the fact that the recall was issued by the company and not the FDA supposes that this recall is largely preventative and is not of tremendous concern.

What should I do?

If you have any unused product that is listed above as contaminated, dispose of it immediately and keep an eye on your dog and your family for any of the aforementioned symptoms. If you detect any signs of Salmonella, contact a vet or doctor right away.


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Are You Feeding Your Dog Poison?

 Feed Your Dog Healthy FoodA new study on pet food shows that most pet foods on the market contain substances that are hazardous to your dog. Common problems like dry, itchy skin, gastrointestinal issues, or eye infections could all be linked back to the poor quality of the ingredients in your pet’s food.

In the study, hundreds of dogs were put on a diet of standard dog food containing industrially farmed meat. The study showed that, before long, many of the dogs were showing signs of skin irritation, conjunctivitis, weakness, and other pain. And it was only until the dogs were switched to a diet of organic grains and proteins (fresh-caught fish) that these issues subsided.

The problem with standard dog foods is they contain meats from animals treated with drugs and antibiotics, like oxytetracycline. The drug residue left in these animal’s bones and tissues, used in meat meal during dog food production, ends up being ingested by our pets, who have adverse reactions to the medicine. This is known as food residue syndrome.

How can I deal with food residue syndrome?

To undo the damage caused by food residue syndrome and maintain good health, follow these 3 easy steps:

  • Eliminate the unwanted chemical residues (stop using contaminated food)
  • Add what is missing: Omega3 (anti-inflammatory nutrient that counteracts the inflammatory response of Omega6, prevalent in feed used in today’s farming )
  • Restore and maintain the correct function of the immune system (choose food with select natural ingredients that enhance immune system function)

Most common health problems require a very simple change – a change in diet. Many pet owners can benefit from this approach before they try a drug regimen. While a drug regimen can be successful, as soon as it is stopped, the problem can reoccur as the underlying cause – contaminated food – has not been eliminated.

“I love my dog and want them to be healthy, but does this mean I have to catch them a fish every day to eat?” you might be thinking. As it happens, acquiring fresh, organic protein that is free of chemical residue is actually much simpler – and cheaper – than it sounds.

Know (and Trust) The Source

Preparing a raw diet, or homemade meals, is a great way to ensure you know what your dog is eating – and it doesn’t have to be all that difficult. However, with this approach, it is your responsibility to make sure that they get all the nutrients their body requires.

For those who enjoy the simplicity of factory made dog food, but want to avoid the harmful drugs and by-products commonly found in them, don’t give up hope just yet! There are a few brands out there that hold themselves to a higher standard when it comes to ingredient selection and food preparation. Our favorite is Forza 10.

Forza 10 was created after Sergio Canello, D.V.M., became disheartened with the poor quality of commercial dog food. All of the focus was on sleek marketing, with no concern for the contents of the food. People were feeding their dogs garbage and they didn’t even know. So Dr. Canello decided to fight back.

He developed a proprietary blend of key ingredients to be both the most nutritious and delicious dog food on the market. With nothing but ocean-fresh fish, organic meats, and whole vegetables, Forza 10 promises a well balanced, by-product free diet that is sure to cleanse your dog’s system and keep their engine burning clean.

Forza is the first European pet food ever approved by the USDA.

Forza is the most prescribed food in Italy by Vets over household names like Science Diet and Royal Canin

Forza has the optimal balance of Omega3 and Omega6 nutrients

There are multiple studies done that show Dr. Canello’s special food as helping dogs slim down and boost their immune system. They prove the link between contaminated food and health issues is real, as does the fact that Forza’s OTO product can effectively treat an ear infection without any assistance from prescription drugs.

Dr. Canello and his team at Forza are truly doing something amazing with pet food. That is why we are proud to feature their products on PetPlus.

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Top 4 Reasons Why Your Dog Is Always Hungry


The Top 4 Reasons Your Dog is Always Hungry

Does your dog devour their food the second the bowl hits the floor? Do they then beg for scraps at the table, scavenge for snacks in the trash, or cruise for crumbs under the couch?

You might wonder what’s making your dog so hungry. Are you feeding them enough? Are they sick? Do they simply have a big appetite?

Let’s take a look at some reasons why Rover might seem so ravenous.

1. A Dog’s Biological Appetite

Dogs started out as scavengers, and some canine behaviorists suggest that dogs continue to act as if they have limited access to their most vital resource — food. Therefore, dogs seize any opportunity to eat food because it might not be there the next time they need it.

Another theory suggests that if your dog was rescued off the streets or from a situation in which they didn’t have regular access to food, they may more easily remember what it feels like to go hungry and thus may be more likely to scavenge.

2. Giving Your Dog Attention + Rewards

You know that if you slip your dog a piece of chicken from your dinner plate, they’re only going to be more inclined to beg for another morsel; yet sometimes it can be hard to resist feeding that friendly, furry face! Many dogs beg for food because they know it works, and that they’ll instantly get attention and a reward. So even if your dog isn’t actually hungry, they might still beg because it’s a fun and tasty game.

3. Improper Feeding In Dogs

In some cases it may be true that your dog isn’t getting enough to eat. The type of food that your dog eats and the portion size will depend on a number of factors, including your dog’s size, age, and activity level. Ask your veterinarian to recommend an appropriate food and portion size for your unique pup.

4. Dog Medical Issues

There are certain medical conditions that can contribute to an increased appetite, including diabetes, Cushing’s disease, and pancreatic disorders. Some dogs may also develop an increased appetite in old age or as a result of a medication they are taking. If you notice that your dog is hungrier than usual or is exhibiting other unusual symptoms, contact your veterinarian.

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RECALL ALERT: Hill’s Science Diet Recalls 62 Bags of Food

Hill’s Science Diet Has Recalled Dog Food

June 4 – Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. of Topeka, Kansas is voluntarily recalling 62 bags of their Hill’s Science Diet Adult Small and Toy Breed dry dog food due to a possible contamination with salmonella.


The limited production, consisting of only 62 bags suspected of contamination, can be identified as such:

Product NameBag SizeSKU“Best Before” Date/ Production Code
Science Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed15.5 lbs.909708 2015 M094


The SKU number of Hill’s Science Diet can be found on both sides and the bottom of your bag.


The product was accidentally released to the public, even though it was deemed unfit for consumption



Only 62 bags have been identified as contaminated, 17 of which have already been identified and collected.


If you have a bag of the aforementioned dog food, stop feeding it to your dog immediatly and contact Hill’s directly at 1-800-445-5777 to have them come and collect the contaminated product directly. Upon collection, Hill’s will issue a full refund. You should also consider seeking medical attention if you or your dog begin to exhibit symptoms of salmonella. To read more about salmonella, visit this page.


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