The average dog owner spends $65 on dog treats each year, yet the healthiest and least expensive treats for your pet could already be in your fridge! Many vegetables and fruits can provide a perfect chewy crunch. Especially in light of the recent rawhide recalls, asparagus spears and celery stalks are great chew-toy alternatives for dogs. Yes, really! You might need to give it a few tries if your dog is new to produce. Any crunchy or chewy vegetable can also spark a cat’s interest.
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Probiotics for dogs have flooded the market as the importance of "good" gut bacteria becomes clearer. Probiotics are the good kind of bacteria, found naturally in fermented foods like yogurt, kimchi and sauerkraut. There has been lots of promising research around probiotics and humans but is the same true for your four-legged best friend?
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Every time I take my cat Chispa to the doctor, my vet exclaims over how sleek and shiny she looks, while still staying slim and trim for her age. (Plenty of time spent outside prowling around and keeping an eye on the local mouse population seems to be doing the trick for keeping my 10-year-old cat in prime condition.)
You may slip a bite or two of human food to your pup as a treat, but it's important to keep in mind not everything we eat is safe for dogs.
If you've ever had a job working from home or have spent a lot of time home alone, you already know how hard it can be to stay away from the refrigerator. Without the added stimulus of other people to talk to, problem-solve with—or simply to keep you away from the staff fridge—it's easy to fall into bad habits, like snacking all day long.
One of the greatest joys in owning a dog is witnessing how excited he or she gets when you return home from being away for a period of time (even when it's only 10 minutes!). There's nothing better than seeing a whiskered face at the window jumping up and down in anticipation of your arrival—which may make you wonder: Is my dog bored while I'm away from the house? Does he sleep all day, or has he been waiting for me at that window for hours?