Healthy Treat Alternatives You Can Feel Good About

The Great Dane Lady, Linda Arndt, has more than 40 years of experience as a canine nutritional consultant and breeder. In our Great Dane Lady Approved series, Linda will talk about her research and work with Precise. You can explore Linda’s website at GreatDaneLady.com

Over the last five years, chicken jerky treat recalls have been an ongoing problem. In an effort to keep your dogs and cats safe, the Great Dane Lady is advising owners to steer clear of any meat jerky type pet treats, using baked or homemade treats as a healthy alternative.

While there are many types of these treats on the market, the most important factor when selecting a brand is if it’s manufactured in the United States. Beyond manufacturing, the ingredients sourced should also be from the U.S. When purchasing a pet product, look over the information and bag labels to ensure the contents are not from China.

Additionally, human foods healthy for pet consumption can also be served as treats. Foods such as frozen berries, peas, apple pieces, melon and cheese are all safe when fed in moderation. Real foods – those outside of a pet’s usual formula – remain important as they bring the living component back into the diet. Always be mindful as to not overfeed your pets when rewarding them with treats.

The FDA continues to look into the source of the contaminated chicken jerky strips, yet they are still being sold in major box retailers and pet stores. Precise Pet Products are only found in the best independent retailers.  When possible, purchase your pet foods and treats from these smaller, privately owned stores. When in doubt, make your own treats at home! For recipes and inspiration, check out The Great Dane Lady website.

 

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Great Dane Lady Approved: How to treat pancreatitis and gastritis through diet

The Great Dane Lady, Linda Arndt, has more than 40 years of experience as a canine nutritional consultant and breeder. In our Great Dane Lady Approved series, Linda will talk about her research and work with Precise. You can explore Linda’s website at GreatDaneLady.com

Recently, I have received questions on pancreatitis and gastritis in dogs and how to treat these conditions through diet. Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas and requires a low-fat diet during the time the pancreas is inflamed. A common misconception about pancreatitis is that protein can be harmful. However, protein is not the issue in pancreatitis, it is the fat content of the diet.

The only food formulas within our line that are suitable for dogs suffering with pancreatitis would be the Precise Light Formula, containing 7% fat, or the Precise Senior Formula, containing 10% fat. Unless the pancreatitis is a chronic condition, I would not suggest the Precise Light Formula be used for more than a month or two because the lack of fat within any formula can cause the dog to shed and have itchy skin. Once the pancreas is no longer inflamed but you still want to be cautious about fat content, the ideal situation is to use the Precise Holistic Complete Senior Formula which is 25% protein with 10% fat. It’s low enough to be gentle on the body, yet the coat does not suffer.

When dogs are affected by gastritis, the lining of the stomach becomes inflamed or swollen. Gastritis can be treated through a more gentle diet and additional Probiotics (such as BakPacPlus). I would recommend the Precise Sensicare Lamb and Rice Formula, dry and/or canned food that provides a balance of natural antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. The Sensicare Formula is easier to digest because it is a single source of protein, and lamb is easy in the digestive tract.

Also, keep in mind that if a dog is suffering from either pancreatitis or gastritis and being fed a low-quality grocery store level diet, then simply moving to a quality Precise food can help solve the problem. One example would be the Precise Wild at Heart lineup, Duck/Turkey or Salmon, which would be an excellent option for the dog.

If you are unsure on whether your dog is suffering from a chronic condition or a possible food allergy, visit http://nutriscan.org/ to learn about an at-home saliva allergy test available through Hemopet at a much more reasonable cost and with more accuracy than most allergy tests.

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Great Dane Lady Approved: Tips for treating stomach disorders

The Great Dane Lady, Linda Arndt, has more than 40 years of experience as a canine nutritional consultant and breeder. In our Great Dane Lady Approved series, Linda will talk about her research and work with Precise. You can explore Linda’s website at GreatDaneLady.com.

It can be frustrating and discouraging when a pet is suffering from poor health and traditional treatments seem to be failing. I recently received an email from a disheartened pet owner who was desperately looking for answers when it came to her dog’s poor health. Suffering from vomiting, gas and diarrhea, the Great Dane was not responding well to a new diet. If your pet has tested positive for food allergies, I recommend trying the Precise Sensicare formula. The Precise Sensicare Lamb & Rice formula is a “single source protein” formula and was specifically developed for dogs with food allergies and contains no wheat, corn, soy, beef or poultry products. The balanced combination of natural antioxidants, vitamins and chelated minerals, and important prebiotics and probiotics provide all the nutrition for your sensitive dog’s needs.

However, if your pet is experiencing diarrhea like the dog mentioned above, it may be due to giardia which is a waterborne protozoa and difficult to detect. Here is more info on giardia. Another problem could be systemic yeast problems rather than food allergies. Your pet might be experiencing a systemic yeast overgrowth in the gut. This article from my website helps to further explain systemic yeast overgrowth. There are several Precise foods suitable for systemic yeast issues, and the Grain Free lineup is highly recommended for dogs with this problem.

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Great Dane Lady Approved: Precise Seniscare for skin issues

The Great Dane Lady, Linda Arndt, has more than 38 years of experience as a canine nutritional consultant and breeder. In our Great Dane Lady Approved series, Linda will talk about her research and work with Precise. You can explore Linda’s website at GreatDaneLady.com.

Skin issues are one of the most common health problems for pets today, and there are few things more frustrating than battling your pet’s stubborn symptoms. These issues are often mistakenly diagnosed as food allergies. Food allergies in pets share similar symptoms with systematic yeast infections, so it is important to consider both possibilities. Here’s a story from a fellow pet owner who switched to Precise as part of her dog’s treatment for food allergies:

A pet owner noticed disquieting changes in her once energized Great Dane. After a trip to the vet and months of irritated skin, ears and feet, she began treating her lethargic pup for food allergies. The antibiotics seemed to work in the short term, but symptoms returned thereafter. After much frustration and research, she came across an article on GreatDaneLady.com that recommended trying Precise to treat yeast problems. One month after switching to Precise Lamb & Rice Sensicare and completing a healthy skin kit, the Great Dane showed noticeable improvement. Three months later, all symptoms were cured.

In my 38+ years devoted to the wellness and nutrition of large and giant breeds, it’s always a pleasure to hear how Precise products are improving your pet’s health! Our high-quality, nutritious pet food is made to promote pet health and wellness. A healthy pet is a happy pet after all!

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Great Dane Lady Approved: Switching your puppy’s food safely

The Great Dane Lady, Linda Arndt, has more than 38 years of experience as a canine nutritional consultant and breeder. In our Great Dane Lady Approved series, Linda will talk about her research and work with Precise. You can explore Linda’s website at GreatDaneLady.com

Recently, I have received many comments and questions about a previous blog post on the different approaches used for switching your dog’s food versus your puppy’s food. Many puppy owners have heard it’s better to switch food slowly to allow adjustment. However, in my experience, it’s better to switch your puppies quickly.

Large and giant breeds grow very quickly from birth to six months of age. At times, you can see a significant difference in just 24 to 36 hours, so changing foods can be tricky with these dogs. It is best not to stretch out the transition period on very young puppies (8 to 20 weeks of age) because it can throw them into developmental orthopedic disease. One such condition is hypertrophic osteodystrophy (HOD), a bone disease that usually affects young, rapidly growing, large breed dogs. Puppies could also experience panosteitis also known as Pano, “self limiting” bone disease characterized by wandering lameness that switches from leg to leg. A faster food transition tends to avoid these problems, but probiotics are essential to the process as well because switching foods quickly can often cause digestive upset so probiotics help prevent this problem.

Each dog food company uses different vitamin/mineral premixes, and there can be an enormous difference in the “quality” from brand to brand. This is another reason why it is important not to stretch out the transition past three meals on very young dogs. By mixing together different foods (adult & puppy) or different brands, you are sacrificing the integrity of each diet diet. This can be very problematic and cause a drastic growth spurt. Additionally, inferior minerals can tie up other quality minerals needed for development.

As long as you use a high-quality, multiple bacteria-based probiotic product combined with digestive enzymes, the transition will be very easy in the early ages, often better than with a mature dog, which may take a little longer. Probiotics that I recommend to ease the transition are ProBio Pac, BakPakPlus or 4 in 1 Probiotic from www.firstchoicenaturals.com.

Remember, Precise Pet Products are rich with nutrients and made with quality ingredients your puppy or dog needs. Each of our lines of dog food also comes in formulas specially made for specific sized puppies.

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Great Dane Lady Approved: Top Posts from 2011

A valuable resource to the Precise Team, Canine Nutritional Consultant Linda Arndt, or The Great Dane Lady, filled The Dish with some great tips for our pooches and kitties! Here is a look back at some of Great Dane Lady’s most memorable posts from 2011.

Thanks to The Great Dane Lady for providing such valuable information!

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Great Dane Lady Approved: Variety is the Spice of Life – Pt. 4

The Great Dane Lady, Linda Arndt, has more than 38 years of experience as a canine nutritional consultant and breeder. In our Great Dane Lady Approved series, Linda will talk about her research and work with Precise. You can explore Linda’s website at GreatDaneLady.com.

In my previous posts, I’ve discussed how eggs, berries, fruit, homemade yogurt, sardines and dairy products can make your pet’s meal time new and exciting. In my last variety post, I focus on spicing up the mix by adding vegetables!

Vegetables

There is nothing on the planet that my dogs love better than Mom’s homemade veggie soup chocked full of veggies. By using cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower and adding the foods listed below, you can make a delicious and healthy snack for your pet:

  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Squash
  • Green beans
  • Wax beans
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Zucchini
  • Cabbage
  • Kale

You can even add flavor with garlic – but not onions. Garlic is very safe!

Remember to use spinach very sparingly due to the oxalates in it, which are not good for dogs prone to bladder stones. Once a week in small amounts is ok. As long as these are cooked in a veggie soup, there really is not issue with gas, especially if you are using a probiotic/dietary enzymes combination product. Using 1 in 4 Probiotics or ProBio-Pack helps break down foods for easy digestion.

Other things I use as mixers for my kibble are Precise Canned Meats. I will often rotate that with The Honest Kitchen dehydrated raw meat, which is tested for pathogens and parasites before sold.

Rotating Precise food is good for dogs that are past growing, especially the giant breeds over 8 months old. They have a nice variety like the Lamb/Rice Sensicare, the Precise Holistic Complete Wild at Heart Duck/Turkey and Precise Holistic Complete Wild at Heart Salmon, which can be rotated with their regular Adult formulas to add variety to a diet.

We have lots of healthy options for our pets because variety is the spice of life! If you missed them, make sure to check parts 1-3 of my posts about how to spice up your dog’s meal time!

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Great Dane Lady Approved: Variety is the Spice of Life – Pt. 3

The Great Dane Lady, Linda Arndt, has more than 38 years of experience as a canine nutritional consultant and breeder. In our Great Dane Lady Approved series, Linda will talk about her research and work with Precise. You can explore Linda’s website at GreatDaneLady.com.

In my previous posts on variety, I discussed how berries and fruit could be used to spice up your pet’s meal time. There are a few ways you can add fish into the mix!

Fish: Sardines/Salmon/Mackerel

Thanks to the omega-3’s and high levels of DHA and EPA, sardines are one of the best foods on the planet for humans and pets! Sardines, along with salmon and mackerel are good for skin, coat and brainpower. Use those packed in water, not in oil.

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Great Dane Lady Approved: Variety is the Spice of Life – Pt. 2

The Great Dane Lady, Linda Arndt, has more than 38 years of experience as a canine nutritional consultant and breeder. In our Great Dane Lady Approved series, Linda will talk about her research and work with Precise. You can explore Linda’s website at GreatDaneLady.com.

In my previous posts on variety, I discussed how eggs, homemade yogurt and dairy product benefit your pet’s health. Now I’m excited to tell you how to incorporate berries and fruit into the mix!

Berries
Berries are a great way to increase real antioxidants. Freeze blueberries and use them as treats. Strawberry slices are a big hit in our house. Raspberries and blackberries are full of Ellegic Acid, which has been shown to have anti-cancer properties.

Fruit
In addition to berries, I use apple slices, small amounts of banana, peaches, pears, plums and tomatoes for treats. These do not add extra calories. Start slow because too much can cause loose stools until your dogs are used to these foods. Also remember that grapes or raisins are a no-no for dog and cat consumption!

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Great Dane Lady Approved: Variety is the Spice of Life – Pt. 1

 The Great Dane Lady, Linda Arndt, has more than 38 years of experience as a canine nutritional consultant and breeder. In our Great Dane Lady Approved series, Linda will talk about her research and work with Precise. You can explore Linda’s website at GreatDaneLady.com.

Would you like to eat the same bowl of cereal every single morning and evening of your life? No, and neither does your pet! That’s why using certain human foods to top their kibble is a good way to incorporate some “living nutrition” without a lot of calories.

Eggs

Wash the shell first and put it in a blender – shell and all. The shell is a natural form of calcium, and my latest feed trials on Egg Shell Membranes (ESM) have shown there are many benefits to ESM for joint and cartilage support. Take the whole egg and put it in the blender to have a complete nutritional package. Scramble it in a little olive or coconut oil and give to your pet 1 -2 times a week.

Homemade Yogurt

Use only a culture from a natural food store – not a regular grocery store because that yogurt is not processed as well. You can buy large containers at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and other privately owned natural food stores.  A dollop per day is a healthy treat. However, it should not be used as a sufficient replacement for probiotics, especially if your dog is on antibiotics or under stress.

This is why I prefer to provide my dogs with a powdered probiotics, like 1 in 4 Probiotics or ProBio Pac (which I designed) for First Choice Naturals.

Dairy: Cottage Cheese/ Cheeses/ and Buttermilk

Many pets love these products. They can be higher in calories, so if you have a dog with weight issues, cut back a bit on the kibble if you are using cheese of any kind.  Again, buy your milk products from a good health food store such as Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods or other natural food stores that have organic and all-natural products.

Please note: Some dogs can’t tolerate milk products due to lower levels of lactose, an enzyme that helps the body digest lactose.

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