Here's a nice infographic breaking down what type of foods and amounts your pet will probably need. Keep in mind all dogs are different as well as cats depending on your pet these amounts and types will need to be adjusted. The best way to see what works for your pet is to experiment with their diets using quality whole foods. Remember your dogs food should be just that FOOD.
We found this great post from www.Buzzfeed.com on Dog-Care ideas that you can easily do yourself, enjoy!!
1. If you have a hard time brushing your dog’s teeth, squeeze some enzymatic doggie toothpaste onto a Nylabone or rope toy and let your pooch go to town on it.
2. Make your own pill pockets when you need to feed your dog some medicine.
This is a copycat version of the kind made by Greenies.
3. Learn how to make your own chicken jerky.
It’s a healthier alternative to the store-bought kind. Get the directions here.
4. A carabiner is a quick and easy way to leash your dog.
5. Got a lot of studying to do? Here’s how to read and play with your dog at the same time:
Put a rope toy around your foot.
6. Use baking soda to get dog urine out of carpet.
If you don’t happen to have a product like Nature’s Miracle on hand (maybe you’re traveling or at a friend’s house), pour some baking soda over the spot, let it sit, and then sweep or vacuum it up.
7. Put a ball in your dog’s food bowl if he or she eats too fast.
They’ll be forced to move the ball around to get to all the food.
8. For a dog who loves to tear apart stuffed animals, make a durable activity ball with a Hol-ee rubber ball, scraps of fabric, and treats.
Once your dog has removed all of the fabric from the ball, you can stuff the scraps right back in!
9. If your dog isn’t feeling well, add some low-sodium chicken broth to the drinking water.
10. To remove pet hair from upholstery, dampen a rubber glove and run your gloved hand over it.
The latex/rubber will attract the hair.
11. Use a teapot to rinse dogs off in the bathtub without getting water and soap in their eyes.
12. A shower caddy makes a great storage solution for all your doggie stuff.
13. Use a plastic pitcher to store and dispense dog food.
It takes less time and keeps the food fresher. I use the MUJI rice storage dispenser, which comes with a handy measuring cup.
14. If you’ve got a teething pup who loves destroying cords, spritz bitter apple spray onto a paper towel and wipe the cord with it.
This covers more surface area and wastes less product than simply spraying the entire thing.
15. Make an ice lick by freezing toys, bones, and chicken broth into a cake mold.
16. Invest in an escape-prevention harness if you have a small dog and a fenced-in yard.
A little silly looking, but it’s safer than risking a runaway dog. Buy it here.
17. Run a dryer sheet over your dog’s fur when there’s a storm — chances are, they aren’t freaked out about the storm but the static electricity built up in their fur.
According to Martha, this should work at least 50% of the time.
18. On a hot summer day, fill up an inflatable pool with water and ice.
19. Make a dog-walking station for the entryway if you have more than one dog.
See how this is done here.
20. Dilute your dog shampoo to make it last longer and easier to apply.
Fill the bottom of an empty shampoo bottle about ¼ inch. Fill up the rest slowly with warm water.
21. If you have a small dog, cutting up a lamb roll into tiny pieces is a cost-effective way to make healthy, bite-sized training treats.
A 1 lb. roll costs $6.98. Cut it up into the desired size, store most of it in a ziplock bag in the freezer, and leave the rest on the counter for immediate use.
22. Make your own hammock-style car seat cover.
The hammock style keeps the dog from getting hurt if he or she falls during any sudden stops or starts. Get the pattern here.
23. Print out and keep this handy chart of what foods your dog should NOT be given.
24. Make your own flea shampoo.
1 cup Dawn, 1 cup vinegar, and 1 quart of warm water. Massage in and let it sit for five minutes. According to one testimonial, “The fleas just floated in the water and died and best of all little Libby did not have any reactions at all to the process.”
25. For easy tick removal, apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball and swab the tick with the cotton ball for a few seconds.
The tick should come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you remove it.
26. Remove pet hair from carpet with a squeegee.
27. An inexpensive and easy summer treat for dogs: Cut up apples in chicken broth and freeze in an ice cube tray.
28. If you have an older dog with tooth troubles, add a little water or chicken broth to his or her kibble and microwave for 20-30 seconds.
This softens the kibble and makes the food much easier to chew.
29. Teach your dog to file his or her own nails by attaching sandpaper to a piece of wood.
Apparently, dogs can be trained to use a scratching posts just like cats! Get the directions for how to build a giant dog nail file here.
30. Read your dog’s body language.
31. Sprinkle parsley on your dog’s food for fresher breath.
32. Here’s an ingenious leash that has a built-in waste-bag dispenser and a compartment for keys, cards, phone, and treats.
$39.99 from Fozzy Dog.
33. Instead of buying special Kong stuffing, stuff a Kong with cheese cubes and place in the microwave for five seconds.
The cheese will melt just enough to stick to the inside of the Kong.
34. Turn an empty pancake-syrup bottle into a portable squirtable water bottle.
Use a carabiner to attach it to a belt loop for a long hike.
35. It’s certainly unpleasant to take your dog outside when it’s snowing or raining, but don’t forget that dogs’ paws are just as sensitive to heat as human skin.
On hot summer days, walk your dogs before 9 a.m. or after 8 p.m. — or walk them only in shady or grassy/dirt areas.
36. Have an extra kitchen drawer? Use it as a dog food holder.
37. Print out this guide and bring it with you when dog food/treat shopping.
38. Possibly the best use of old jeans ever: a lap pillow.
Stuff an old pair of jeans with stuffing to simulate a human lap that smells just like you!
Ingredients: 32 ounces of plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of honey, ⅓ cup of water, 1 large banana, Crunch ‘n Clean Dog Biscuits, Dixie cups
Directions: This one’s so good that any human may want to try it. Take yogurt, peanut butter, honey, water and the banana (chopped) and place them in a blender or food processor. Purée ingredients together then pour into Dixie cups. Stand dog biscuits in the cups of purée like you would a popsicle stick and then place them in the freezer. Your dog will love you for your culinary creations. They make the perfect after-walk snack or dessert before bed. If you’ve got kids, they might enjoy setting up a lemonade stand variation near the sidewalk for all those thirsty dog-walkers and overheated pooches!
via - http://blog.hartz.com
warning - Please keep in mind your dogs size with these treats and make them accordingly, some dogs may try to swallow if not sized properly.
- 3 tbsp whole wheat flour (see note below)
- 1/4 cup, plus 1 tablespoon applesauce, unsweetened
- 1/4 cup milk, low or fat free (see note above about milk substitutions)
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut, sweetened
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- Mix the first four ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Slowly add the rolled oats, about a 1/2 cup at a time. The mixture may be too loose (or dry) to clump together. If that is the case, gradually add one tablespoon of applesauce at a time. Check the mixture by squeezing a small cluster in your hand. If it does not stick together, add one more tbsp of applesauce.
- Scoop coconut clusters with a cookie scooper. Then, with damp hands, press into a cluster shape.
- Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Storing & Yield: This easy homemade dog treats recipe for coconut clusters can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks and can be frozen for up to 3 months. For more tips on dog treat and dog food storage, be sure to review our page of helpful hints. The yield is 32, 1 1/2" flat clusters.
Tips & Techniques
- Wheat Flour - If your dog has a wheat allergy, you can make your own oat flour. You can do this by using a food processor. Grind approximately 1/4 cup of rolled oats to make at least 3 tablespoons.
- Cookie Cutters - You can make these coconut clusters into shapes by using a dog cookie cutter. Pack the mixture tightly into your choice of cookie cutters and place them on a lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate for about 2 hours.
- Sheet Pan - You will need to fit these homemade dog treats in the refrigerator, so be sure to use a sheet pan, or other flat pan with a ridge, to cool these treats.
- Toasting Coconut - Decorate your coconut clusters with a light sprinkle of toasted coconut flakes. Heat your oven to 350° F. Spread a thin layer of coconut on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. It may need longer, but be careful, coconut goes from white to dark brown very quickly. Just check it often after the first 5 minutes.
Here's a quick view into our packs diet, our dogs live a really active lifestyle so we do our best to keep them healthy with the best nutrition possible. Before switching your dog's diet please do your research, a completely raw diet may not be suitable for your pup.
There is a lot of theory's when it comes to what your dogs should eat. Should you just buy a high-end kibble , go raw, raw with veggies, just raw meat, incorporate meaty bones, etc.. Most people prefer the convenience of just buying a good kibble but as in most cases the most convenient way is not necessarily the best way to go. Feeding your dog on a strictly kibble diet even at the highest grades is like us eating TV dinners or cereals everyday for every meal, we may be able to live and function but it would cause us not only health issues but it would affect our general moods. Your dog is no different his food will not only dictate his physical health but it will affect his mental being as well. When thinking of changing your dog's diet make sure to do as much reasearch as you would if you were thinking of changing your own diet. We don't recommend one type of raw or real food diet for all dogs, because what you would feed a 120lb Italian mastiff probably wouldn't be suitable for a 5lb Chihuahua. Think what raw food would your dog have access to in the wild if their small dogs I highly doubt they would be taking down any large prey, they may be getting the scraps from a bigger dogs meal or preying on small game animals such as chicken, turkey,etc.
The one thing we want you to take away from this is no one raw diet is suitable for all dogs but any raw diet is better than a strictly kibble diet!. Here's a short video we found on the raw model prey diet we think its pretty informative and could be of use when raising puppies on a raw diet.
from - ambassedor