Dog Food and Treats

Asheville Restaurants with Menus for Dogs

ID-100236412Western North Carolina residents and visitors alike know that Asheville is a very dog-friendly city. In addition to lots of stores for dogs, including a dog bakery, most any Asheville restaurant with outdoor seating allows dogs to accompany diners. Now some restaurants have taken it a step further -- they even offer special menus for dogs.

According to this recent story in the Asheville Citizen-Times, several Asheville restaurants feature canine cuisine, including:

  • Twisted Laurel (entrees and treats) - outdoor seating
  • Posana (entrees and treats) - outdoor seating
  • Avenue M (treats) - outdoor patio
  • Battery Park Champagne Bar (treats) - outdoor seating
  • The Hop (doggie ice cream) - doggie socials
  • Ultimate Ice Cream (doggie ice cream)
  • Purple People Feeder (food truck; special dog bowl)

Of course, that doesn't even include all the places where you can take out a meal and enjoy it with your pup at Pack Square Park, Pritchard Park, or Carrier Park.

So next time you eat out, you can pick a place where you can feed Fido too!

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ReTail Scene: NC Company Offers Dog Nutrition and Health App

Screen Shot 2018-02-20 at 3.51.06 PMPetrics, a Wilmington, NC pet technology company, is now offering a health and nutrition application for pets that "gives you the tools necessary to ensure proper diet and safety for your pet." The application features:

  • A database of over 15,000 pet foods and treats that can be scientifically matched and personalized to your dog's individual needs
  • A comprehensive ingredients analyzer
  • At home delivery and auto-ordering of pet foods
  • Pet food recommendations based on genetic risks and pre-existing medical conditions
  • Schedule reminders for vet visits and medications
  • Recall alerts

The app can be downloaded free. More information is available at: https://www.petrics.com/

This company has also just introduced the world's first connected pet bed, which maintains a comfortable temperature for your dog and also reports on body temperature, heart rate, and other data.


The Benefits of Grain-Free Dog Food

Guest Post by Olivia Williams

ID-10049938Dog-lovers everywhere simply want the best for their pooches. And when it comes to providing our four-legged, furry friends optimum nutrition, many of us would rather choose grain-free dog food for a variety of reasons, many of which are tied to the benefits of grain-free dog food. Here are some of them:

  • More nutrients per gram of dog food

 Ancestral dogs always preferred meats over any other type of food. However, today’s dogs aren’t necessarily carnivores; in fact, they are omnivores like you and me.

Sadly, with the commercialization of dog food, companies sometimes minimize production costs. Instead of putting high-quality ingredients in sufficient amounts into dog food, some companies use ‘fillers’ in the form of wheat, corn, and other cereal grains for the simple fact that these are generally ‘cheaper’ than protein like beef or chicken. That is why low-quality dog foods will have a greater proportion of these so-called ‘fillers’ that do not necessarily contain all the right amounts of nutrients needed by your pooch.

But when you give your dog grain-free food, you are almost certain that the ‘fillers’ have been significantly replaced with more nutritious ingredients such as wholesome grains, vegetables, and fruits as well as more protein like chicken, beef, turkey, and others. This simply means you are giving your dog more nutrients for exactly the same amount of dog food.

  • Less incidence of food allergies

 Wheat, corn, and soy, as well as other cereal grains, are considered allergenic. Chicken, pork, and beef as well as any other food that has protein in it can also be allergenic. The good news is that the digestive system of a dog is naturally designed to digest proteins from animal sources a lot more efficiently than they do proteins coming from cereal grains. This leads to fewer incidences of food allergies and other forms of allergies in dogs. The reason is simple. Because an allergic reaction is triggered by the exposure of a protein molecule to immune system cells, digesting large proteins into peptides and amino acids eliminates this antigen-recognition capability of immune system cells.

 Since dogs are able to digest animal proteins into amino acids, they experience less stomach upsets and other symptoms of food allergies. On the other hand, since they cannot process cereal grain proteins into amino acids that efficiently, some of the undigested proteins are ‘sensed’ by the immune system of the dog, triggering an allergic response.

  • More energy to support your dog’s lifestyle

 It is important to distinguish the difference between a grain-free and carb-free dog diet. Dogs, like us, rely on carbohydrates for energy. This is especially true if you’re the type of dog-owner who goes on a trek with your pooch on the trails of the Blue Ridge Mountains or even the Great Smoky Mountains. They will need energy for the adventure. While cereal grains are a good source of carbohydrates, these are not the only sources. For instance, sweet potatoes and rice, often found in grain-free food, are excellent sources of carbohydrates for your pooch. They’re generally friendly to the tummy, too. This can help support your dog’s active lifestyle.

  • Healthier skin and coat

 Trekking in the Blue Ridge Mountains means exposing your dogs to the elements, not to mention objects and particles that can irritate its skin and make its coat frizzled. Since a grain-free dog diet has more nutrients that come from healthier grains, fruits, and vegetables, you can feel more confident about promoting healthier coat and skin for your pet. This is the function of antioxidants that are mostly found in many fruits and vegetables. As such, dog foods that are rich with these kinds of nutrients can help improve the condition of your pet’s skin and coat.

  • Less shedding

 Because your dog’s coat is naturally healthier brought about by the various nutrients that are supplied to every hair root, your pooch will have lesser incidence of shedding. Your dog will still shed its fur, but this will be significantly less than if your pet were on a dog food that contains cereal grains. This can also translate to easier cleaning of your upholstery and carpet at home.

There are many other reasons why pet parents today would want grain-free dog food for their beloved pets. You only want to give your dog the best nutrition possible, just like any responsible parent would give to her kids.

Olivia Williams is mum of 2 and a true animal lover with 3 dogs, 2 cats and a parrot called Charlie. Heading up the content for MyPetNeedsThat.com amongst a busy family schedule, her goal is to try help people all around the world become better pet owners.

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New Canine Nutrition Resource

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The Pet Food Institute (PFI), whose members make 98 percent of all U.S. pet food and treat products, recently launched a new series of interactive infographics showing the ways the key nutrients found in a complete and balanced dog food recipe help our pets. The new web resource, 'Nutrition from Nose to Tail,' provides fast facts about the essential nutrition that fuels our dogs' growth and supports their body systems, as well as non-essential nutrients that can also serve important functions. 

 "PFI's new 'Nutrition from Nose to Tail' resource was designed to assist pet lovers in understanding how a carefully formulated recipe will help their dog," said Cathleen Enright, PhD, president and CEO of PFI. 'Nutrition from Nose to Tail' shows the ways that the essential nutrients support pet health, for example by providing energy or promoting vision or healthy joints, and also reviews other important non-essential but functional nutrients such as carbohydrates. 

Check out this free resource here: https://www.petfoodinstitute.org/pet-food-matters/nutrition-2/nutrition-nose-tail/


Dog Food and Feeding Myths

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There is a lot of misinformation floating around when it comes to dog food and feeding your dog. As you may know, dog food is big business, so some misleading information may be coming from dog food manufacturers who are trying to convince dog owners that their product is better than a competitor's. Other misinformation is spread via undependable online resources.

TopDogTips.com has put together a nifty infographic called "32 Dog Food and Feeding Myths" that debunks some of the commonly held myths. It covers such topics as human food, prescription food, hypoallergenic food, grains, raw food, and more. It should be a helpful resource for all dog owners.

Find the infographic here: https://topdogtips.com/dog-food-myths/


What Do You Really Know About Dog Food?

ID-100114357The number of dog food brands and options is overwhelming, and food for dogs has become big business for the pet industry. To keep ahead of the brand "pack," Reviews.com did extensive research into dog food to come up with a very selective list of the best dog food brands. The Reviews.com team invested over 1,400 hours into research, which included surveying experts and dog owners and reviewing the ingredients of more than 100 brands.

The results of this study are both troubling and informative. You will learn quite a bit about what is and isn't in dog foods, and you're also likely to discover that some of what you think about certain brands may not be correct.

The Reviews.com study covers what to look for and what to avoid in dog foods, pros and cons regarding types of dog food, the best dog food formulas, and the best dog food products. There is also some helpful information about dog food recalls.

Check out the complete study here: http://www.reviews.com/dog-food/

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Posana in Asheville Creates Menu for Dogs

ID-10055327Hooray for Posana, a restaurant at 1 Biltmore Avenue in Asheville. Recognizing that plenty of dog lovers dot the Asheville streets, Posana has not only welcomed dogs to their outdoor patio, the restaurant has also created a menu especially for culinary canines, according to a recent report in Mountain Xpress.

The menu was kicked off on March 7 in a nod to "Dine to be Kind," a fundraising event in which Posana, along with over sixty other local restaurants, contributed a portion of sales to Asheville Humane Society. Martha Pollay, co-owner of Posana, "worked really hard to find things that were pretty lean and good for dogs to eat," says Peter Pollay, co-owner and executive chef.

"Homemade biscuits, grilled Carolina Bison burgers, grilled Ashely Farms chicken breast, Brasstown Beef doggie meatloaf and a dessert dish of bacon soy doggie ice cream make up the canine menu," reports Mountain Xpress. "Prices range from $3-$8. All orders are served in dog dishes."

So next time you're in downtown Asheville with your doggie, remember that you'll find both a warm welcome and a special menu at Posana.

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3 Baked Doggie Treats Perfect for a Mountain Hike

Guest Post by Joe Hughes, the Village Baker

3 Baked Doggy Treats The Carolina mountains are the perfect getaway during the spring and summer months. Beautiful wildflowers grow across the mountains, the Biltmore is teeming with tourists, and the Blue Ridge Mountains are waiting to be explored.

And who better to take with you on a hike or to the top of a mountain than your dog? A walk in nature is all many dogs need to overcome their behavioral problems: digging, chewing, fear of people, etc.

If your pet is afraid of people (mine is), a treat is a good tool to reinforce your dog's good behavior.

You can even bake a few delightful treats using your handy dandy bread maker.

1. Homemade Beef Dog Biscuits

Homemade dog biscuits are a great way to know what your dog is eating. You'll be able to make the same (or better) dog treats you find in the store right in the comfort of your own home. A few necessities before we get started are:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups wholemeal
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup instant oats
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk
  • 1 tsp. yeast

If you have a bread machine, you can add all the ingredients, starting with the water, and mix until a dough is formed. Sometimes, the humidity in the room will cause the dough to be too dry, and in this case, you'll want to add more water to the mixture.

Knead the dough until smooth and tender.

Roll the dough out, cut into shapes and allow the dough to rise for 30 minutes. You'll want to bake the biscuits for one hour at 325F. Do not give to your pup immediately. Allow the biscuits to cool overnight.

2. Peanut Butter and Parsley Treats

You've planned a trip to the dog park, and now your dog is getting all excited. You'll want to pack some water with you along with dog treats before heading out for the day. Peanut butter and parsley treats are a great option for your pup.

And they smell super good, too.

You'll want to make sure you understand how to bake at higher elevations before proceeding. Water boils faster at higher elevations because of the pressure.

Now, you'll need to grab a few essentials to get the ball rolling:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup quick rolled oats
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. dried parsley

Preheat your oven to 300F and grease a few baking sheets or cover them in parchment paper before beginning.

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, dried milk, salt, oats and parsley. Add in the eggs and peanut butter, mixing to combine the mixture. You'll have a crumbly consistency at this point. Now, add in the water, adding enough for the dough to come together.

Roll the dough to 1/4" thickness and cut into desired shapes.

Bake for 40 – 60 minutes, or until done.

Allow to cool for an hour before giving to your pet.

3. Chicken Dog Biscuits or Cookies

Dogs love chicken. One of the things I was told was to have a lot of treats available when my mother adopted a dog. A lot of seniors forget how energetic dogs can be, and this leads to dogs barking, chewing and crying.

A treat, or two, can help correct these issues pronto.

Chicken treats are my dog's favorite, and the treat I make is so simple. Place the following ingredients, in this order, into a bread machine:

  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup dry milk powder (nonfat)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup instant oatmeal
  • 1 cup flour (all-purpose works well)
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 3 tbsp. Fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup of shredded cheese

Select the dough option and hit start to begin mixing the dough. Allow to knead for 5 minutes before removing the dough. Dust your countertop with flour and allow the dough to sit for 15 minutes.

Roll the dough to 1/2" thickness and cut into the desired shape.

Bake for 45 minutes at 250F on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper.

Let cool before serving.

You can also rip off clumps of dough and shape them into balls, bones or any other shape. I promise, your dog won't care what shape the treat is.

Joe Hughes, known by most as the Village Baker, is an expert in homestyle cooking techniques, with a primary interest in baking. He runs the very popular website, http://www.village-bakery.com, which provides the latest homestyle cooking news, techniques, tricks, and recipes. He can be reached at Joe@Village-Bakery.com

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ReTail Scene: How to "Shop Green" for Your Dog

ID-100229372Not surprisingly, the same people who own dogs often care about the environment. Loving and caring for an animal demonstrates a certain respect for living things and a sensitivity to our earth and its precious resources. Dog owners who share nature with their pets are especially aware of their environment.

So how can you, as a dog owner, "shop green" and do your part to protect the environment? The website RetailMeNot has a helpful, detailed article called "The Ultimate Guide to Shopping Green for Your Pet" that shows you how to do just that. The article discusses the things that make a pet product green, how to find "green" pet food (with some great advice about food ingredients and additives), shopping for green playthings, choosing the right kind of pet beds, and more. It even has a handy green checklist for buying pet products.

Read this great article here.

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Does Your Dog's Food Contain Dangerous Ingredients?

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You may have noticed the recent movement toward "healthier" dog food. For example, there seem to be many more dog foods available today that are "natural" or highlight "grain-free" ingredients.

In addition, the number of choices can be overwhelming. Dog owners can now choose foods designed for their dogs' size, age, and specific medical condition. There are even companies that will custom design a dog food for you.

As you evaluate different foods for your dog, you should be aware of dog food ingredients that can potentially be dangerous to your dog. A handy infographic, "The 10 Most Dangerous Ingredients in Pet Food," from MySweetPuppy.net offers you some good tips on what to look out for on a dog food label.

You can view and download a copy of the infographic below, or link to it here: http://mysweetpuppy.net/dangerous-ingredients-pet-food/ 

 

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"Feed the Good" Campaign from Pedigree

Pedigree, the world's largest dog food brand, launched a brand campaign earlier this year in Brazil and Australia. Now the brand is taking the campaign global via YouTube.

The first ad to appear is called "The Walk." As you'll see when you watch it (below), the ad has a lofty goal: to demonstrate that dogs bring out the good in people.

What do you think of the campaign? Feel free to comment.

 


Why Pumpkin is Good for Your Dog

ID-10060091This is pumpkin season -- but pumpkins are good for more than just Fall decorations. In fact, fresh cooked or canned pumpkin (the kind that is 100 percent pumpkin, not the canned variety that has additives for pumpkin pie) is a healthy food for both humans and dogs.

According to a recent article on PetPlace.com, pumpkin has at least nine benefits for dogs, including:

  • Improving digestion and preventing dehydration
  • easing both constipation and diarrhea
  • Augmenting weight loss
  • Providing antioxidants that are good for a dog's coat
  • Controlling parasites.

To learn more about the wonders of pumpkin, read the entire article here.

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ReTail Scene: Hill's Science Diet Fruity Snacks

ScreenHunter_02 Jan. 08 10.17Dog owners are always looking for all natural, made in the U.S.A. healthy snacks to use as treats for their pups. Here's a great product that fits the bill: Hill's Science Diet Fruity Snacks.

Created by Hill's, the leading maker of high quality dog food, Fruity Snacks are naturally preserved, with no corn, artificial colors or flavors. Fruity Snacks are available in two flavors: Apples & Oatmeal and Cranberries & Oatmeal. Both flavors offer natural sources of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. The snacks are just the right size for medium and large dogs. Chester, the Carolina Mountain Dog mascot, thinks the Apples & Oatmeal snacks are just yummy!

You can get Hill's Science Diet Fruity Snacks from Chewy.com, on sale now for $4.79 per bag. Chewy.com is an online store for pet lovers with over 200 brands of dog food, treats and other great stuff. Everything you purchase from Chewy.com is conveniently delivered to your door, with 1 or 2 day delivery, and free shipping on orders of $49 or more. Chewy.com offers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, and Chewy.com's customer service is open 24/7 and aims to please. 


ReTail Scene: Natural Balance Gift Pack is Perfect for Holiday Giving!

NaturalbalanceThe holidays are here and it's time to celebrate! We found a great low-cost, high-value gift that's sure to please any doggie on your gift list.

It's the Natural Balance Holiday Pack for Dogs and it lets your four-legged friend test all the best Natural Balance has to offer at a very reasonable price. The sample pack includes a bag of limited ingredient treats, a can of ultra premium chicken formula food, and a delicious turkey food roll - a great mix for the holiday season, all packaged in a nifty carry box. (Chester, the Carolina Mountain Dog mascot, is very fond of the food roll!) Natural Balance is a brand known for the highest quality ingredients.

You can get the Natural Balance Gift Pack from Chewy.com, on sale now for $5.99. Chewy.com is an online store for pet lovers with over 200 brands of dog food, treats and other great stuff. Everything you purchase from Chewy.com is conveniently delivered to your door, with 1 or 2 day delivery, and free shipping on orders of $49 or more. Chewy.com offers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, and Chewy.com's customer service is open 24/7 and aims to please. 


Free Pet Food for Those in Need in Buncombe County

Dog-food-imageAsheville Humane Society is expanding its service to the Buncombe County community through the pet food assistance program.

Through Asheville Humane Society's union with Animal Compassion Network, they are now able to offer pet food assistance through thirteen local food pantries, making it more accessible to citizens in need. According to Asheville Humane Society, "We often hear stories of people who are struggling financially who either go without eating themselves in order to feed their pets or relinquish them to the shelter. Our hope is that by providing free pet food, we can help to ease some of their burden and keep pets in their homes."

If you or anyone you know needs this service, you can come to the Buncombe County Animal Shelter, where they can offer you an initial one week supply of pet food and then they will direct you to the partnering food pantry in your area.

For more information about the program and a list of partner food pantries, visit: http://www.ashevillehumane.org/pet-food-assistance-program.php

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ReTail Scene: True Chews from Chewy.com

ScreenHunter_03 Jul. 06 14.19If you're looking for a line of healthy, tasty chews for your dog, give "True Chews" a try. These products are 100% natural, rawhide-free, and made with no fillers. They're also produced in the U.S.A. -- so you can be confident of product quality.

True Chews features treats your dog will love to chew on, including chicken jerky fillets, beef bully sticks, beef bully spirals, swirls, twists and braids, and pig ears. True Chews includes "Lils," designed especially for dogs up to 20 lbs. Our very own tastes testers tried "Lils Beef Bully Swirls" and they were a big hit.

You can get True Chews from Chewy.com, an online store with over 200 brands of dog food, treats and more, conveniently delivered to your door, with 1 ro 2 day delivery and free shipping on orders of $49 or more. Chewy.com offers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, and Chewy.com's customer service is open 24/7 and aims to please. ScreenHunter_02 Jul. 06 14.18


ReTail Scene: New YaffBar is for You and Your Dog

YaffBarCarolina Mountain Dog recently learned about a unique new product -- an energy bar designed for you to share with your dog. "YaffBar" is produced by a Vermont company called Mudd + Wyeth (named after two dogs). And in case you're wondering, "yaff" is an old English word meaning "to bark," according to the company.

Says Mudd + Wyeth, "Now you can snack and stay on the go with the world's first 'people food' bar designed to be shared with your best friend! This is pure puppy love in a bar: wholesome, hand-baked, and seriously delicious. And it's full of healthy ingredients for both of you." 

YaffBar comes in three flavors, Blueberry Carob, Banana Peanut Butter, and Honey Almond Cranberry. Mudd + Wyeth includes an endorsement from a veterinarian on its website. YaffBars are not yet available in North Carolina, but they can be ordered online from the company. A sampler pack of 6 bars, 2 of each flavor, is available for $18. The company also sells some pretty cool-looking reflective gear (an absolute necessity during hunting season in the mountains) and dog toys.

In a Carolina Mountain Dog taste test, my two dogs went bananas over the YaffBars; in fact, they were particularly fond of the Banana Peanut Butter YaffBar. I thought they were tasty, moist and chewy, but the bars were just a bit too dense and fat-laden for my liking. Still, YaffBars could certainly compete with much better-known energy bars, and they were a big hit with my dogs -- and it is nice to know there's a product that's truly safe to share with your dog.


What to Do if Your Dog Won't Eat

By the Editors of Exceptional Canine for Exceptional Canine

Dog Won’t Eat? Manage His Feeding Issues

Super-skinny models might have food issues. So do the majority of children under the age of 4. Then, there’s your brother who hasn’t tasted a carbohydrate since 2001. He definitely has issues. But what if your dog won’t eat?

Your dog might be finicky. Or perhaps he possesses the appetite of a lumberjack. Wherever the problems lie, take heart. You can help your dog eat a nutritionally sound diet -- without the aid of a high-priced doggie psychologist or canine chef.

What Your Dog Needs
Before we tackle idiosyncrasies, let’s step back and look at good dog nutrition. All dogs need a balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates like those found in high-quality pet foods. Feed your dog according to its size, breed and stage of life.

Feeding the Dog That Won’t Eat
If your dog sniffs its bowl then rejects all but a few bites, analyze your dog’s behavior. Like kids, dogs will eat when they’re hungry. A few things could be happening:

  • Too many snacks Is your dog fed people food or extra dog treats that suppress his appetite? Feeding table scraps is a no-no, and too many treats can dull your dog’s appetite for the nutritious food he needs.

  • Illness Neither people nor canines eat if they’re ill. Make note of whether or not your dog is pooping regularly and playing normally. Recording such information in a notebook could help you and your vet determine a pattern and thus lead to a diagnosis. “Some dogs actually have a dental problem, and it’s painful to eat,” says Dr. Bruce Silverman of Village West Veterinary in Chicago. “These dogs need this problem addressed at the vet’s office before they can go back to their food dish and eat without discomfort.”

  • Overfeeding Your dog might be eating all it needs and leaving the rest alone. Check to make sure your portions are on target.
  • Yucky food Cheaper dog food brands might be made with low-quality ingredients that may not suit your dog’s palate -- or his body. Your dog might not like the taste or likely has difficulty digesting it. “Some dogs are just picky eaters because they don’t love the food in front of them,” says Silverman. “If you haven’t experimented with different-quality diets, perhaps it’s a good time to do so.”

Feeding the Dog With a Big Appetite
We know Irish Wolfhounds that can pack it away -- and Miniature Schnauzers that can keep up with them. If your dog seems truly hungry (you’ll know if he inhales supper in five minutes flat then begs you for more) there could be a reason:

  • Food quality Is your dog getting the right kind of nutrition to feel satiated?

  • Adequate portions Are you feeding your dog enough? If you’ve recently taken up cross-country skiing and your dog joins you in the adventure, he is burning more calories. Take a look at the feeding guidelines on the package or consult with your veterinarian.
  • Water Like people, dogs often eat when they’re actually thirsty. Make sure your dog’s water bowl is clean and contains fresh water at all times.

Silverman recommends training exercises with treats before mealtime (you can use the same kibble you use for food), both for dogs that won’t eat and dogs that overeat. “It gets dogs in the mood for eating, they respond better to the training exercises, and some of their appetite is satiated before they dive into the food dish,” he explains.

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Custom Dog Food - 15% Off and Free Shipping

ScreenHunter_01 Dec. 07 12.20If you're looking for a way to give your dog exactly the nutrition he or she needs (and food that your dog will love too), then consider trying RedMoon. RedMoon offers you an easy online process so you can actually create your own custom dog food. All of the food is grain and gluten-free, so it's an especially good choice for dogs with allergies or digestive problems.

Until December 25, RedMoon is offering Carolina Mountain Dog readers 15% off your order, plus free shipping. Just click on the RedMoon square ad in the right hand column on this page and enter the coupon code Holiday15 when you order.


Holiday Pet Food Drive in North Asheville

ScreenHunter_01 Nov. 25 16.26Animal Hospital of North Asheville is accepting donations of canned or dry pet food, blankets, pet toys, and cash donations for the holiday season on behalf of three local animal welfare organizations -- Asheville Humane Society, Animal Compassion Network, and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Donations will be evenly distributed among the three organizations.

Donations can be dropped off by the public at the veterinary hospital's location at 1 Beaverdam Road, Asheville during normal business hours (Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 8:30 PM and Saturday, 8 AM - Noon). Donations will be accepted until December 24.

For further information, call Animal Hospital of North Asheville at (828) 253-3393.