So you finally found your soulmate: a fluffy, loving, bark-full doggo who remains loyal and happy to see you even when you’re being your worst self. Now that you’ve found the one, what steps can you take to keep them healthy and elongate your partnership?
We know that our health as humans is very dependent on our diets, yet we seem to forget that the same is true for our furry friends. Here are some shocking facts about dog nutrition that you may not have been aware of:
Researchers estimate that more than 100 million dogs and cats are currently overweight or obese, scaling in at 56% of dogs and up to 60% of cats. Since the stigma that goes along with obesity tends to fall away when we think about our pets, pet owners often dismiss obesity as being “cute” or simply not recognizing it as a problem. However, being overweight can cause breathing issues, joint pain, liver and kidney diseases, and even shorten the life span of your pup.
We know that overly processed foods can wreak havoc on our health. The same is true for our dogs, and dog food brands that are currently on the market offer little to no healthful alternatives.
Commercial pet foods can legally contain what is known as “4D” foods – this includes dead, dying, diseased and disabled livestock, as well as meat and meal “by-products” instead of real meat and whole grains. Generally speaking, you end up feeding your dog leftovers – the almost unusable parts of the meat that you certainly wouldn’t feed your family.
Making Dog Food Safe
But what can you do to help? Well, you can start by turning to organic alternatives and, better yet, having a role in how your dog’s food is made. The Barkery was created with your pet’s best interest in mind, offering a healthy alternative to those commercial foods that do nothing but add to your doggo’s health problems.
Here’s what’s in our dog treats:
All you need is one egg and some water and you can handcraft your buddy’s treats. Oats are high in protein, fat, fiber, and antioxidants that are easily digestible and help to create the right balance of amino acids in your pet’s body. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory that can help reduce joint degeneration, relieve arthritis pain, and even prevent the growth of cancer in your canine companions.