Sweet Potato Dog Treat – Is it Healthy for your Pekingese or Not?

 


Sweet Potato Dog Treat – Is it Healthy for your Pekingese?

With all the ruckus recently about sweet potatoes and its effects on dogs, let us clarify everything first. After this post, you would be able to determine if should you or should you not make a sweet potato dog treat for your pet.

Let us first discuss about the good side, here. September is the harvest time for sweet potatoes and yes, they are an acceptable diet for your pet. This root crop is usually used as an acceptable filler source – one that won’t cause any digestive problems. Compared to regular potatoes, sweet potatoes are more nutritious. They are rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and are considered as an antiodiabetic food. Experts found out that it aids in stabilizing the blood sugar levels as well as lowers the insulin resistance. It is also rich in Vitamin A which fights against emphysema. Furthermore, it is also rich in vitamin C, Potassium, Iron, Manganese, Vitamin B6, Copper and Fiber.

However, you should also be cautious when you are incorporating sweet potatoes in your pet’s diet. Take note that sweet potatoes are full of starch so weight gain is a big possibility if you give him too much, too often. Another thing to consider is that its skin contains harmful chemicals once moldy. To inspect all the sweet potatoes you’re using and prevent feeding him a moldy one. Just use sweet potatoes sparingly.

Furthermore, a sweet potato treat from China is associated with a certain disease. According to VIN (Veterinary Information Network), vets are now reporting health related issues that is linked with sweet potato treats that are made in China (same goes for the Chicken jerky treats).

Laboratory tests show on sick canines that they have kidney problems and their showing symptoms are similar to Fanconi Syndrome. Though most patients recovered, there are still a considerable number of deaths related to this issue.

Signs and symptoms would immediately show up within hours or even days after your pet has consumed the treat. Symptoms would include decrease appetites, diarrhea, lethargy, increased thirst/urination and vomiting.

Sweet Potato Dog Treat

Doggy Treats to Avoid

These brands are the ones allegedly implicated in the sweet potato treat health issues:

  • Canyon Creek Ranch Chicken Yam Good Dog Treats (Nestle Purina)
  • Beefeaters Sweet Potato Snacks for Dogs
  • Dogswell Veggie Life Vitality (4 varieties)

If you Opt for Commercially Prepared Treats…

Just know that if you go for ready made treats that are made in China, your pet may be at risk. Chicken jerky treats, Chicken tenders, sweet potato treats or chicken treats all pose a potential threat towards your beloved pet. If you really insist on buying prepared treats, be safe and go for brands that are made in the US.

Also consider making your own sweet potato treats at home, it is healthier that way. Simply buy fresh sweet potato produce and create various kinds of treats out of it. You can always Google for home-made treat recipes as your guide in cooking.

Making your own sweet potato dog treat for your pet is much safer and healthier. FDA found out that the sweet potato dog treat that were made in China were contaminated with a highly toxic pesticide, Phorate. You don’t want your pet to ingest on this, do you?

Have you ever given your pekingese a sweet potato treat? If so, I sure hope not the one from China. How did you cook it? Feel free to share your recipe and knowledge with us below.

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Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin Seeds – Is it good for your Pekingese?

Can dogs eat pumpkin seeds? What do you think? Is it good for them? After reading this post, you would know all the answers to those inquiries.

Pumpkin seeds are nature’s cure for canine parasites. It is beneficial for dogs as it is for humans in various ways. It is a great source for unsaturated fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins B complex, D, E, C, K and carbohydrates. It also contains potassium, calcium and phosphorus. To be precise, pumpkins contain a specific type of amino acid called cucurbitin which is very effective in eliminating worms. These agents which are bountiful in the seeds would tend to paralyze and eliminate the parasites from the digestive tract in both humans and pets.

And the most effective way to use it as a de-worming agent is to ground fresh seeds into powder form then sprinkle it on top of your pet’s food. Or you can make it into paste form and mix it with their wet dog food for them to eat. As a de-wormer, it is advisable to give it 3x per day until you can see the worms eliminated from his system.

Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin Seeds?

Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin Seeds – Is it good for your Pekingese?

Benefits of Using Pumping Seeds

  • Urinary Health. According to the experts, pumpkin seeds are high in antioxidants (which is good for their fur and skin) and essential fatty acids, and also the oil found in the seeds and flesh support the urinary system. It is also a good souce of beta carotene, Vitamin A, potassium and iron, thus reducing your pet’s chance of developing cancer.
  • Digestive Health. Pumpkin is a wonderful source of fiber. Pureed pumpkin (no spice or sugar) can greatly help your pet with diarrhea and constipation issues. Giving your pet a tablespoon or two in their meal would aid them in becoming regular.
  • Weight Loss. If you have an obese pet, and you want to help him lose weight then minimize their food and replace it with canned pumpkin. They tummy would feel full just like their regular food does and would even love the new flavor.

Consideration

There are no known side-effects or adverse reactions that is associated with pumpkin seeds. However, roundworms and tapeworms can cause serious problems if not treated immediately. It is still wise to drop by your vet for a follow up just to be sure that you have managed to eliminate all of the parasites from your pet’s system. Also know that only fresh and properly preserved pumpkin seeds should be used in treating your pet’s parasitic issues.

I sure hope that I have managed to answer the question, can dogs eat pumpkin seeds. If you can see your pet being curious at the pumpkin at your porch during Halloween, then don’t hesitate to give him his own dose of this beneficial vegetable. Canned natural pumpkin, cooked fresh pumpkin or pumpkin seeds, all have many benefits for you and your pet.

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Pekingese Diet: Raw vs. Dehydrated Dog Food

What is your chosen pekingese diet? Is your pekingese’s diet healthy? Can you really say that you are giving him only the best? There are several dog feeding options really, and dehydrated dog food is not your only choice any more. Raw diets have become a trend these days – so popular that most pet stores already sell commercial and frozen raw diets, which was really unheard of in the 90’s era. And the simple dry dog food has also evolved – you choose from dehydrated raw food, grain free and grain based varieties.

There are several types of raw food really. Though most people would greatly rely on the grocery store meat section or butchers as their source. If you are not aware of it, there are many pet stores these days that offer ground raw diets for your dog. These would be a simple mixture of organs, bones, meat, some vegetables and other added supplements. Buying raw foods commercially may be more expensive compared to buying beef, chicken, or pork meat by the case at the grocery store.

Dehydrated dog food comes in various ranges from the brands of kibble you usually see on the store to the specialty dry foods using less human-grade ingredients and preservatives with no grains and even dehydrated raw vegetables and meat. There are a number of companies that offers dehydrated foods that when added to a cooked or raw meat would then form a complete meal for your dog.

Pekingese Diet

Pekingese Diet: Raw vs. Dehydrated Dog Food

Advantages

Most canines do exectionally well with high-quality dehydrated diet. It is convenient and cheaper for the pet parents compared to feeding them raw diet, especially during traveling. Most vets are also comfortable when their clients would feed commercial dog food since dehydrated diers are generally safe. It is usually tolerated well by your pet and you can also add different types of protein or safe table scraps and nutritious fruits and vegetables according to your pet’s liking.

On the other hand, dogs that are on raw diets were observed to have cleaner teeth, which then leads to a more healthier dog. An expert once stated that chewing bones would scrape his teeth clean while eating dry food would just end up in between his gums and teeth which would induce bacteria build up thus leading to heart and other organ damage.

Disadvantages

Sorry to break it to you but most pet owners are not aware or only know a little of the sources of the ingredients that are present in most dehydrated food products. In the US alone, there were 979 pet food recalls between the dates of January 1, 2006 to June 10, 2010. There are also owners who are wary about the preservatives present in the food which some were proven to be carcinogens.

Raw diet is not without danger either since raw meat itself already contains bacteria which would make your pet ill. That is why some pet owners would go for the expensive ground raw food or grind it on their own just because they are afraid of the dangers of the bones may pose. There are also concerns that includes the daily handling of the raw meat as it would pose as a health risk to the family in the household.

Cost Comparison

Although there are some specialty dehydrated dog foods that are quite expensive, bottom line is that raw diet costs more to feed than the dehydrated diet. Those who are living in a multi-dog household, or one that has a large dog should also consider the cost of having an extra freezer for it. A dog approximately needs 1 pound per day for each 50 pounds of his weight. So, a 100-pound dog should eat 2 pounds of raw dog food daily.

Whatever your chosen pekingese diet is make sure that it is the best for your pet. After all, it is your call since you are the one doing the budgeting. Just consider your pet’s needs and what is the best for him to have. You may not want to overfeed him since it would only pose more health issues in the long run. Think twice and think wise about this matter.

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Best Food for Dogs – The Ideal Diet for your Pekingese

What is the best food for dogs? This is a question the vets face everyday from the pet parents. It is a sincere inquiry since most of us would want only the best for our pet babies. And good health would always begin with proper and adequate nutrition, regardless of the price tag.

And the best answer to that question? It depends. However a complete and well balanced diet would be ideal. That kind diet would mean no table scraps for your pet since he would become undernourished and overweight at the same time. Meat is not good for your pet for long periods of time since meat contains low calcium and high phosphorus which would lead to major health issues.

Reflect what your dog’s diet is based from. Is it grain/corn-based or meat based? The most ideal one is the meat based. That is if your pet doesn’t have any health issues. Choosing chicken as the main ingredient is the very best as what the experts said. Other good choices would include lamb, beef, fish, venison and turkey.

Best Food for Dogs – The Ideal Diet for your Pekingese

 

Best Food for Dogs

How to Choose the Right Dog Food

  1. The Proportions. Know that the best ratio for a canine’s diet would be 50% meat, 50% vegetables, no wheat, no grain, no corn or other cheap fillers. So, take the time to read the regulated part of the label as it is the guaranteed analysis of the ingredients.
  2. Meat Protein. See to it that the meat protein is high on the ingredients list. Look at the first 3 or 5 ingredients found on the label that is in the form of protein, may it be venison, lamb/chicken meal, etc…
  3. No Grains. Grains can be a long-term energy source for your pet but they can also be used as cheap filler to increase the protein percentage. So, better watch out for this! Any grain that should enter in your pet’s system should be in whole form and not as an ingredient. The whole form can supply more minerals, fibers and vitamins to your dog. However, there are grains which are good for your dog if given moderately such as: millet, barley, brown rice, rolled oats, and quinoa.
  4. No Meat By-products. Scrutinize the label and you will notice that the meat would come first in the list then followed by fillers. Avoid these bad ingredients as much as possible.
  5. Pro Vegetables. Canines are carnivorous by nature but a vegetarian diet can work for them too. But experts say that they may last long on such a diet. Dogs need animal meat, so give them what their body needs.
  6. No Cancer-causing Agents. Preservatives are needed in order to keep the food edible for long periods of time but avoid foods that contains Ethoxyquin, BHT and BHA. Try to look for Vitamin E & C which are wonderful preservatives that are way better for your pet.
  7. Go Holistic. Holistic foods are 100% nutritious and 100% organic. Try to look for the term “human grade” on your dog’s pet food as it is the marketing term for “holistic.”
  8. Common Sense. Rule of thumb, if you don’t want to eat it then your pet shouldn’t be eating it too. But don’t go thinking that all human foods are good for your pet because foods such as grapes, raisins, chocolates, onions and white flour are all toxic for them.

The best food for dogs can always be recommended by the experts but it all boils down to you, the owner. Since you are the one who would decide on what to give your pet. And a good way to evaluate if your pet’s diet is suitable is to check for his poop. Check for the consistency and appearance. It should be firm and without mucus, parasite and blood.

How is your pekingese’s poop? Is it ideal? If so, then congratulations since you are doing good with his meals. Otherwise, you have to go to the expert and seek for advice and guidance. Did you learn something from this post? Feel free to share your ideas and views on the space provided below.

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My Pekingese Is A Picky Eater: What To Do?

At some point in every owner’s life, you’ll find out that your Pekingese is a picky eater. The only difference is that it varies from dog to dog on how picky they are. It’s not just the Pekingese breed that are picky eaters, most smaller breeds are, so you aren’t alone out there. What happens when your Peke is so picky that they refuse to eat?

My Pekingese Is A Picky Eater

My Pekingese Is A Picky Eater

My Pekingese Is A Picky Eater

Now, there are always going to be some people who will just say “When they get hungry they’ll eat, no matter what you put out there”. But when your baby is suffering because they won’t eat and are basically refusing to eat anything you put out, you can’t simply wait until they break and eat. Finding something that they like and possibly rotating it with other foods that they like can also be frustrating as it means more time and money for you to hope that they like something. So what do you do? Well, here are some tips and advice from professionals that can help you:

Tip #1: Make sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to feeding the dog.

According to Louise Murray, DVM, on WebMD Pets, you want to make sure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to feeding, and not feeding, the dog. For example, if you’re giving your Pekingese only dog food, but your spouse is giving them treats off their plate, an eating schedule won’t work at all. Plus, they will know they can go to that person and they’ll get treats.

Tip#2: Keep “people” food and dog food separate.

Margaret Hoppe, DVM, recommends that you keep your food and a dog’s food completely separate. Don’t let your Pekingese associate your eating with them eating. If you feed them in their bowl while you are eating or worse, feed them scraps from the table, then your dog is going to associate you eating with them eating. According to Hoppe on Pets.WebMd.com: “You have to keep it very separate. Otherwise they’ll start to think they can eat their food and their owner’s, too.”

Tip #3: Don’t feed your Pekingese from the table

Always make sure that you have a separate food and water dish for your Peke and that you don’t feed them while you’re at the table. Otherwise, they will see you sitting and believe that you’re going to give them something good if they just hold out.

Tip #4: Schedules are key

Even if your dog is older and no longer a rowdy puppy, schedules are still key to getting any picky Pekingese to eat right. Feed them a couple of times a day or ask your vet to recommend a schedule for your dog. As your dog gets bigger, you can increase the amount of food that they get.

Tip #5: Help them with the transition

To get your Pekingese to go from people food to dog food, try to mix in some people food with their normal breakfast or dinner. However, you want to make sure that it’s healthy people food, such as fresh vegetables and small bits of grilled meat. Keep in mind that corn is not a good food for your dog, so don’t give them corn when you’re trying to transition.

When To Call Your Vet

If your dog has suddenly gone from eating well to not eating at all, it’s time to call your vet, even if you’ve switched dog foods recently. If you feel that your dog might not be well or you notice a change in their behavior, it’s time to take them to the doctor. Trust your gut, if you think that your Pekingese is a picky eater that’s one thing, but if you think that there is something wrong, always check with your vet.

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