Salmon Oil for Dogs - The Ultimate Guide

Posted by sitstaydogs

Nov 13, 2014 1:17:00 PM

Salmon Oil For Dogs

People have been extremely responsive to our coconut oil for dogs post. It's gotten lots and lots of shares and comments on Facebook as well as a lot of views. And we couldn't be happier. We love giving our amazing pet owner customers the important information that can help ensure that their dog stays healthy.

But coconut oil isn't the only oil on the block to help dogs stay healthy; salmon oil for dogs is extremely beneficial as well. Salmon oil has shown benefits in both older dogs and puppies alike. Younger dogs can benefit from better brains and bones and salmon oil can be helpful as an anti-inflammatory supplement for older dogs suffering from arthritis. It may also help keep brain functioning sharp in aging dogs.

Our top sellers are Kronch Salmon Oil and Grizzly Salmon Oil.

They are two of the best products on the market.

Regardless of what type of diet you feed your dog, fish oil is one of the most important supplements that you can add. It is recommended for dogs with skin allergies and to help various skin conditions heal faster. Salmon oil as a cancer fighter has also been studied by Dr. Oglivie, DVM, at the Colorado State School of Veterinary Medicine.

 

 

Why Is Salmon Oil Good For Dogs

Salmon oil is very high in both EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which are omega-3 fatty acids.

There are the two main types of omega-3 fatty acids:

  • Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids are EPA and DHA. These are plentiful in fish and shellfish. Algae often provides only DHA.
  • Short-chain omega-3 fatty acids are ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). These are found in plants, such as flaxseed. Though beneficial, ALA omega-3 fatty acids have less potent health benefits than EPA and DHA. You'd have to eat a lot to gain the same benefits as you do from fish.

Salmon Oil for Dogs Benefits

EPA and DHA are helpful for your dog because if you have insufficient amounts of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, you can develop deficiency based diseases, including:

Gout, Allergies, Poor immune system, Eczema, Poor coat: cracked hairs, Increased shedding, Poor wound healing, Poor growth, Poor renal function, Liver disorders, Dermatitis and other health problems.

Proven benefits from EPA and DHA include:

  • Improves the coat and skin, making it soft and shiny.
  • Reducing inflammation that can lead to conditions such as arthritis.
  • Helps to prevent skin allergies.
  • Helps with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
  • Regulates the immune system.
  • Calming overactive immune systems for dogs with allergies or autoimmune diseases.
  • Aiding in mental development of fetuses and puppies.
  • Improves cognitive function in older dogs.
  • Lowers blood pressure and triglycerides.
  • Provides support for dogs with kidney disease.
  • Fights heart disease.
  • Is preventative against cancer.
  • Helps promote weight loss in overweight dogs.
  • Helps in producing more collagen.
  • Useful in the treatment of kidney problems (frequent urination, loss of appetite)
  • Appearance of joint problems is lessened.
  • Can help to slow cancer cell growth.
  • Helps cachexic (the muscle wasting associated with some cancers).

Salmon Oil for Puppies

Research has shown that the fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in salmon oils helps to promote better brain development in fetuses and in puppies. Because of this, several dog food companies are now adding it to their puppy formulas.

Salmon Oil for Dogs Side effects

While we've certainly listed the overwhelming benefits of salmon oil, not every dog takes well to it. You must be aware that some dogs do have some side effects.

Salmon Oil Side Effects Can Include:

  • Weight gain: this can be managed with a healthy diet and regular exercise
  • Bad breath (it is salmon oil); this can be resolved by regularly cleaning their teeth
  • Stomach ache and pain
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Loose stool and diarrhea

Please note, that not all dogs will have this reaction but you should watch your dog to be sure that they are compatible with salmon oil. If your dog is having some of these side effects it is not clear if this is lasting condidtion, but it could be a sign that your dog isn’t taking to the salmon oil and you should take your dog off the supplement.

Make Sure It's The Highest Quality Salmon Oil

The molecular structure and stability of the salmon is fragile and it is unlikely to survive storage in bags of kibble. That's why we carry Kronch and Grizzly Salmon Oil.

These are extracted by cold pressing fresh salmon at low temperatures. Cold pressing is a very gentle extraction technique, that ensures that the fatty acids do not decompose and lose their positive effects.

Cold pressing also produces very concentrated salmon oil, making it more economical to use. Fish oils are commonly extracted by boiling many different types of fish. However, fish oils extracted by boiling contain many more saturated acids, and therefore do not have the same positive effects.

Please make sure that if you do not use these brands, you use equally high quality products.

Salmon Oil Doses for Dogs

You may find that you are seeing that the recommended dose is different depending on where you check.

We recommend:

  • 4 ml for 0-26lbs dogs
  • 8ml for 26-53lbs dogs
  • 12ml for 53-106lbs dogs
  • 16ml for dog 106lbs and over

Note: If you are using salmon oil to help treat a specific condition with your dog, work with your veterinarian or an animal nutritionist. Also, as with all supplements, tell your vet what you are giving your dog if you are prescribed medication.

Salmon oil can go bad and you want to pay attention to a use by the recommended date on the bottle to make sure that you’re not feeding your dog expired salmon oil.

Real Salmon Oil Customer Reviews

If you're still on the fence about salom oil for your dog, check out some of our customers reviews.

"I seek out this particular brand of salmon oil, because it is simply the best quality available, and freshness is carefully monitored. Also, the oil comes with a great pump that doesn't drip (who wants salmon oil all over their hand?!). The Kronch salmon treats are great too."

"My dogs are each around 60 lbs., and they each get 6-7 full squirts of this oil each day. Really helps their coats too, but the real difference is in their joints."

"My orthopedic surgeon vet said to start giving dogs a HUMAN SIZED dose of salmon oil every day to help joints. My dog went from limping (she has bad hips and knees) to playing like a puppy again! Highly recommend."

Start receiving the many benefits of salmon oil for dogs today. Pick up a bottle from Kronch Salmon Oil or Grizzly Salmon Oil today. Your dog will thank you later.

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Coconut Oil For Dogs: The Ultimate Guide

Posted by sitstaydogs

Nov 5, 2014 1:16:00 PM

Because SitStay is all about good healthy dogs, we have many people ask us all the time about a variety of supplements for their dogs. One of the most common that comes up is coconut oil for dogs. Many of our customers want to know if coconut oil is good for dogs

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To help, we've decided to put together the best guide out there to answer all of your questions about coconut oil for dogs. After reading our guide and learning more, we hope you'll be excited to get some for your pup.

Is Coconut Oil Good For Dogs:

Can dogs have coconut oil? The short answer is Yes. Coconut oil is good for dogs and can help aid your pets' digestion, improve their coats, help prevent infection and more. But please note, it is important to follow the proper guidelines. As with most things, too much of even a good thing can end up having negative effects. 

Why Is Coconut Oil Healthy For Pets:

The big benefits of coconut oil comes from the type of fats it is made of. Coconut oil is almost exclusively (more than 90%) saturated fat and is one of the few foods that can be classified as a "superfood". I know what you're thinking, "Isn't fat bad for you?". In this case no. There are two groups of fats: saturated fats and unsaturated and within each group are several more types of fats. It can get a little confusing, for solid information all about fats, WEBMD has some good information

MCT's are coconut oils secret weapon. Medium chain triglycerides (MCT) is good fat, the kind that provides an array of benefits which include digestion improvement, immune system support, metabolic function that assists with weight loss, skin and coat health and thyroid health.

MCT is made up of Lauric Acid, Capric Acid, Caprylic Acid, Myristic Acid and Palmitic. Coconut oil also contains about 2% linoleic acid (polyunsaturated fatty acids) and about 6% oleic acid (monounsaturated fatty acids).

Lauric acid has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. Capric and caprylic acid also have similar properties as lauric acid and are best known for their anti-fungal effects

In addition, MCTs are efficiently metabolized to provide an immediate source of fuel and energy, enhancing athletic performance and aiding weight loss. In dogs, the MCTs in coconut oil balance the thyroid, helping overweight dogs lose weight and helping sedentary dogs feel energetic.

Ok enough of the science, now on to the fun stuff. 

Benefits of Coconut Oil for Dogs

As we've stated, coconut oil has several benefits for your dog. Let's go over a few of them. Coconut oil gently elevates the metabolism, provides a higher level of energy and vitality, protects your dog from illness, and speeds healing. As a bonus, coconut oil can improve dog’s skin and coat, improves digestion, and reduces allergic reactions.

HEALTHY SKIN & COAT:

 

    • Clears up eczema

 

    • Aids flea allergies, contact dermatitis and itchy skin

 

    • Minimizes doggy odor

 

    • Reduces allergic reactions

 

    • Creates sleek and glossy coats

 

    • Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections

 

  • When applied topically coconut oil promotes wound healing
  • Also can help with hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings

 

IMPROVES DIGESTION:

 

    • Improves digestion

 

    • Increases nutrient absorption

 

    • Helps with colitis and inflammatory bowl syndrome

 

  • Reduces or eliminates bad breath
  • Helps with coughing

 

"SUPERFOOD" BENEFITS:

 

    • Assists with weight loss

 

    • Powerful antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal agents

 

    • Balances insulin and promotes normal thyroid function

 

    • Helps prevent or control diabetes

 

  • Aids arthritis and ligament problems
  • Helps prevent infection and disease
  • Aids in increasing energy

How Much Coconut Oil for Dogs

How much coconut oil should you give your dog? When starting your dog on coconut oil, it is absolutely vital that you start slow. Begin slow, start with a tiny amount. Your dog needs to take time for their body to adjusts to the addition to their diet. If you start with larger amount of coconut oil, your dog could react poorly. Side effects can include diarrhea or greasy stools.

Start with Small Amounts:

  • ¼ teaspoon per day for small dogs and puppies.
  • 1 teaspoon for large dogs, or even just a dab if your dog's constitution is sensitive.

After you've let their body adjust, a general guideline for the optimal dose of coconut oil for dogs is: 

  • About 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight daily
  • Or about 1 tablespoon per 30 pounds

Again, DO NOT start with these amounts in the beginning!

 

Coconut Oil On Dog's Skin

In addition to giving your dog orally, coconut oil can be applied directly to your dogs coat and skin. As we stated earlier, because coconut oil contains lauric acid, it is a fabulous immune builder, both orally and topically.

A coconut oil treatment will leave your dog's skin incredibly soft, but it will also make it healthier. A coconut oil skin treatment about once a week can make a big difference in the health of your dog's skin and nails.

For good results, apply to the skin and let the oil absorb for about five minutes. After the five minutes, you can apply and a very light rinse. If you feel you haven't removed the excess oil, finish up with a light application of shampoo and another quick rinse.

Coconut Oil For Dogs Side Effects

Your dog may experience some side effects from coconut oil. Generally this happens if you give too much coconut oil to your dog too quickly. We recomend that you start slowly and see how your pet reacts. The most common side effects for your dog can include diarrhea or greasy stools.

Coconut Oil Dog Products

While you can give your dog straight coconut oil, what we REALLY love, are treats that have nutritional benefits for our four-legged family members. Here are some fantastic healthy products that your dog will love, with the benefits of nutritious coconut oil.

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Distinctive Dog All Natural Treats - treats built on the benefits of coconut oil.

Max & Ruffy's Organic Banana & Coconut Treat

Max & Ruffy's Tree of Life Organic Treats

Max & Ruffy's 24 Carob Gold Strawberry & Carob

Wow. There really isn't much more we can say about that, besides ... what are you waiting for!? 

If you've learned anything from this guide, be sure to share it with your friends!

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Spring Cleaning & Your Dog

Posted by sitstaydogs

Mar 31, 2014 1:32:55 PM

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Groans. Spring cleaning. The time everyone can anticipate when the weather starts to turn, the dust bunnies are starting to multiply, and that dreaded loss of the precious hour of sleep and turning our clocks forward. It's finally time, we are shedding our winter coats, boots and clutter for shorts, longer days and warmer weather! YES!

When making your checklist of necessary cleaning supplies, don't forget about Fido & the kiddos! Be sure that cleaning products are made of all-natural products or are NON-toxic. These two labels are very important to ensure that when our favorite family members are crawling/walking around the ground and cleaned areas they are protected from harmful chemicals.

It is so easy for children (four-legged children included) to get in to mop buckets and open containers when your back is turned for 1 second. So, make sure to set your pack up with a fun activity in the backyard or a confined space where you won’t have to worry about them coming across cleaning agents! (and this prevents them from creating more mess while you are trying to clean one up)

It is also a good idea to watch for any flare up of allergy symptoms. Cleaning can expose mold spores, dust, etc. Signs of allergy symptoms: excessive itching, runny nose, dry nose, biting, irritated eyes, etc. Properly throwing away materials cleaned with or doing a second spot clean can help these symptoms subside.

ALSO make sure you are always cleaning up after your favorite four-legged friends! SitStay has all of the essential receptacles to make sure the job is done! Including a few adorable poop bag dispensers that can easily be attached to leashes so a bag is always on hand - literally.

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Also, in the spirit of spring cleaning keep it fresh and bright with lavender scented poop bags! And for the human varieties: Poo Pourri for your own bathrooms: the before you go poo spray to ensure only pleasant odors!

Welcome, Spring!

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Spring Cleaning: Don't Forget Fido's Pantry

Posted by sitstaydogs

Mar 31, 2014 1:30:42 PM

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Spring cleaning is in full swing around SitStay (and at home)! We all remember to cover the bases: sweeping, mopping, dusting (yes, that means dusting under things too!) and removing as much clutter as we can.

Spring cleaning can also mean a fresh start for your pantry, AND Fido's pantry. When was the last time you got your favorite furry friends a new bag of treats? What is the expiration date on the old ones? While spring cleaning you always want to be checking labels. Feeding Fido (and yourself and other humans) old or expired food can be harmful, and just isn’t enjoyable for your dog, and surely won't be enjoyable for you when cleaning up the result.

After checking the date on the label, be sure to check the quality of the ingredients. To ensure that your pup is actually getting the benefits from the superfood or featured ingredient, make sure that ingredient is near the top of the list. Ingredients are listed by the percent content it makes up the product.

While ingredients are important, what is the brand telling you? Is this brand environmentally and pet friendly? Are they trying to make a difference in the life of your dog or just trying to make a buck? SitStay believes in only featuring brands that are beneficial to your pup! Remember, we only recommend products that we also feed our own dogs!

A few of our favorite brands include:
- Max & Ruffy’s
- Wet Noses
- Evanger’s
- Scout & Zoe’s

 

Happy Spring, and happy cleaning!

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Your Dog: The Perfect Exercise Partner

Posted by sitstaydogs

Mar 18, 2014 10:32:00 AM

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At the end of a long work day, we often come home to dinner that needs to be made, children that want to play, or a lengthy to-do list. When it’s cold outside, the couch and a blanket sound far more appealing than working out (trust me, been there!). Exercising is easy to push down the list. Thank goodness spring is just around the corner (March 20!). And thank goodness for that brown-eyed, heavy breather at your feet right now.

According to the World Health Organization, adults 18 to 65 years old need 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise five days per week, along with strengthening exercises two days a week. A study conducted at the University of Western Australia found that 7 in 10 adult dog owners achieved 150 minutes of physical exercise per week, compared to only 7 in 10 non-owners. Your dog is the perfect exercise partner. Buddy won’t cancel on your workout plans because of cold weather or a long to-do list. Hitting the pavement or trail with him is beneficial for the both of you.

We know that walking burns calories and wards off heart disease, but did you know that it’s also a great stress reliever? Getting outside, breathing in some fresh air, taking in your surroundings, and savoring a break before you dive into your evening activities, is a great idea for you and your dog, especially after a long day at the office.

If Buddy is getting himself into trouble at home or barking and whining a lot, he’s probably trying to tell you that he needs more exercise to help him burn off some energy and feel less restless at home. But your nightly walks won’t just benefit him. Walking, like any other cardiovascular exercise, produces stress-busting endorphins and boosts energy. Just being outside and spending time in nature, studies have found, can reduce stress. Walking your dog is also a fantastic way to meet other people in your neighborhood.

If you’re an avid runner, walker, or hiker, or simply need your hands free to deal with the kids, the Buddy System is a great leash system. With your hands free, your movement isn’t restricted and you can focus on the trail ahead. Or maybe your hands or pockets are often full when you leave for a walk. The DOOG Walkie Utility Belt comes complete with built-in pick up bags, anti-bacterial handwipes, a clip, pocket for valuables, and even a velcro patch for Buddy’s tennis ball, so you don’t have to juggle everything.

If you're looking for a bright, new collar or leash this spring, SitStay has plenty of colors and sizes to choose from so you can find Buddy the perfect gear. If Buddy's a puller, consider an Easy Walk Harness, which gently discourages him from pulling while walking.

If Buddy’s big brown eyes don’t always send you running to grab the leash, consider making a walking schedule to hang on your fridge. It doesn’t matter how or when you walk, whether you take three 10-minute walks or walk for 30 minutes straight, just be sure to get out and enjoy the spring weather.

See you out there!

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Dog Joint Issues Inspired High Quality Products

Posted by sitstaydogs

Feb 18, 2014 4:58:13 PM

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We all want the best for our family. Whether it be a two-legged or four-legged member, we hate to see our family members in pain. Who better understands that than a family-owned company on a quest to help provide a higher quality of life for people and animals? Response Products is an innovative company dedicated to the development of progressive joint health and nutrition products for people, pets, and livestock. Since its beginning in 1998, the company has grown by leaps and bounds. Headquartered in Broken Bow, Nebraska, the company now serves customers on a global scale.

Response Products has developed an effective family of joint action formulas featuring cetyl myristoleate (correct pronunciation not required) and other tested joint health ingredients. Its proven products are scientifically formulated to help with joint health, meaning your dog will have a much easier time getting around on his own.  

Devoted to creating products that support a better quality of life for people and animals of all ages, Response Products takes quality seriously. It’s simple: quality ingredients lead to quality products which lead to quality results. Because all of the company’s products are made in an FDA approved and cGMP facility, and are audited by NASC (National Animal Supplement Council), the company proudly holds its products to a higher standard (the more acronyms the better, of course).

With its embrace of quality and results, it’s no surprise that Response Products has success story after success story to its name.  The story of JAP (video below) shows the remarkable turnaround a dog suffering from joint problems can have after only a short amount of time on Cetyl M.

One customer was told by her vet to ‘face the fact’ that her 14-year-old dog would likely die because he had so much trouble getting around by himself, due to years of arthritis. Within weeks of being on Cetyl M, the dog was not only able to get around by himself, but was wagging his tail again, something his owner explained he hadn’t done in months. Others have deemed Cetyl M to be a “miracle” and a “success all-around,” as they have seen change in their dogs after only a day. Still others have watched as their dogs have been given a “second life” or older dogs have been able to “play like a puppy again.”

It’s always a relief to know we can do something to help those we love most. Advanced Cetyl M® Joint Action Formula for dogs is an amazing solution to your dog’s joint pain.

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Hustling With a Hound Dog: exercising with my beagle

Posted by Sara Dreamer, CEO

Jan 6, 2014 11:30:00 AM

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The Day the Journey Began: Series 1:1

55 pounds! Today my husband Derek, beagle Dexter and I weighed in and tallied 55 pounds lost between the 3 of us. 9 weeks ago my husband had a doctor’s appointment that didn’t fair so well. His triglycerides where through the roof and his doctors were concerned about his weight and overall health.

Derek & I are in our upper 30’s. We live in rural Nebraska and spend most of our free time running after 2 teenage boys and 1 beagle. Both former college athletes, we know the value of exercise and eating well but excused our lack of both due to our busy lifestyle (and lack of amenities – we have running water but not gyms). We’ve never been “dieters” and never will be, but the day we had that conversation with our concerned doctor, we knew something had to change. Immediately.

Our thoughts were plenty on the ride home, the opposite of our conversations. Neither sure of what was next … until we got home. When we walked in the front door, Dexter - our fun-loving beagle, was there to greet us. His tail was wagging with sheer joy and his face didn’t have a care in the world. Dexter ran right to Derek, as though he knew he needed some lovin’ and Derek said , “Dexter, will you help me lose weight?”. Dex responded with a good ol face lick and a bark that must have meant, “YES”.

Let me take a moment to share the thoughts running through my mind at the time. Been away from work for a doctor appointment, did the promotion calendar get updated, sales are up today- yeah, doctor tells me my husband might not live to 40 – be compassionate, I don’t have much time to be because what’s for supper, did I flip the clothes from the dryer before they started to stink, crap, I didn’t … add detergent and “rewash” (again, I think!), how can my iPhone battery be low I only read and sent 65 emails in the waiting room and, oh, today we are starting a workout plan with our dog. Today. Today, with our dog that doesn’t have a harness.  (I know, I am the CEO of a pet products company but didn’t have a harness; unprepared and stubborn buyer!)

We changed our clothes; put on our stylish sneakers (that I picked out because they matched Brady’s baseball team colors), latched onto Dexter’s collar and off we went. 1 mile, 2 miles, 3 miles …. on our journey to lose weight with the help of our dog.

3 miles on our first day! What were we thinking? Here’s what we were thinking … the doctor said he should lose 30 pounds and we must have heard him say that 30 pounds were missing in our neck of the woods and we were the search committee. We walked the gravel road like passerbys that broke down, or someone searching for a needle in a hay bail (we don’t call them stacks these days). 

We learned lots along the way; excited to share with you. Tell me about your weight loss goals. Do you hustle with your hound?

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The Wonders of Salmon

Posted by sitstaydogs

Nov 4, 2013 11:30:00 AM

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Salmon is a great, lean protein that has a lot of added healthy fat and nutrition, and pups  LOVE it! Because of it’s fishy flavor, it is very palatable to your pooch, but little does he know of all of the added benefits and nutrition that are hidden in the scrumptiousness!

  • Protein: Necessary for Fido’s energy supply, and keeping him strong with long and lean muscles.

  • DHA and EPA: filled with these essential omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are important for immune function (making sure that your pooch stays healthy), and also great heart health--insuring that cardiovascular function is at its best.

  • Vitamin D: necessary for calcium and phosphorus absorption in the diet to insure big, strong bones and healthy joint function.

Notes on Salmon:

  • Cook the salmon prior to feeding it to them (if you choose to feed them yourself), many proteins can be served raw to dogs, but make sure salmon is cooked to ensure that all parasites are removed

  • Cooking salmon is not required when in treat or food form, as is has already been processed, but please be aware of where the ingredients come from and how they are handled! Read more about INGREDIENTS.

Fun Facts about Salmon:

  • They are born in freshwater, travel to the ocean, and return to freshwater to reproduce.

  • They return to the exact same spot to birth as they were birthed! How cool is that!?

  • Bears in the forest and other mammals get nutrients from the ocean (nitrogen, sulfur, carbon) from the salmon that are caught traveling back from the ocean!

Favorite Salmon Foods:

Salmon Paws
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  Wildside Salmon
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  Yummy Chummies
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  Salmon Fillets
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Wellness
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  Zuke's Mini's
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  Addiction Salmon
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Pumpkin Isn't Only For Pies: Dog's Benefit, Too!

Posted by sitstaydogs

Oct 7, 2013 11:02:00 PM

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There is a good reason that pumpkin is a fond ingredient in dog food and treats. after hunting through patches of information we summarized three takeaways for you to keep top of mind when making healthful decisions for your pooch.

3 OF THE MANY WAYS PUMPKIN BENEFITS DOGS

1. Digestive Health

Pumpkin is abundant in both water and fiber which provides dual roles in a dog’s digestive health. The water content can serve as an absorptive lubricant to aid in constipation whereas the soluble fiber can also be a solution for occasional diarrhea. We can never go without saying severe or continuous behaviors need to be consulted with your veterinarian. But, isn’t it good to know there is such an accessible fruit that is as active as the pooper scooper when it comes to your dog’s digestive “activity”.   

2. Weight Loss

This tidbit requires a bit of common knowledge to go with it. Pumpkin for dogs is getting popular chit-chats when it comes to weight loss. Here’s the “skinny” on that … pumpkin is a low fat, low calorie ingredient that serves as a healthy filler to help satisfy fido’s hunger. It doesn’t replace the core nutrients, proteins and other dietary needs but may prolong the time between the puppy dog eyes begging from your hungry fella.  

3. Urinary health

Pumpkin seeds are very high in polyunsaturated fatty acids, these “good fats” are essential in combating against cardiometabolic disorders, support urinary health and keeping blood sugar levels at their optimum levels.

A few product recommendations for rockstar pet parents:

Overall, pumpkin continues to be somewhat of a mystery. Not because the known benefits aren’t concrete, it’s because pumpkin has the highest number of unknown compounds by percent - numerous proteins, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, all of which have fully defined functions. So, when discussing the health benefits of pumpkin in dogs, rather than saying “what we don’t know won’t hurt us”, we should be shouting,  “what we don’t know will help our pups”.

Happy Pumpkin Feeding to You!

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Health Benefits of Cranberries for Dogs

Posted by sitstaydogs

Sep 30, 2013 10:14:00 PM

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Lets start from the top: cranberries are dominantly found in United States and Canada, and also in a few other locations across the world. These vine-grown, water-and-sun-harvested fruits hold benefits for you AND Fido!

Why add cranberries to your dog's healthy diet?
Cranberries contain anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial qualities which prevents the growth of E. coli, H. pylori, and many other GI related pathogens. The cranberry holds benefits to your dog’s pearly whites - proteins found in cranberries inhibit acid production and allow teeth to defend against oral bacteria, which means those doggy kisses we all love will come with fresh breath (well, most of the time).

Cranberries also contain a high level of the antioxidant, polyphenols. Recent findings show that cranberries interact with cellular signaling cascades, regulating the activity of transcription factors and consequently affecting the expression of genes. They have been shown to affect the expression of microRNAs (miRNA). miRNAs are small, noncoding RNAs implicated in the regulation of gene expression that control both physiological and pathological processes such as development and cancer. We never really know if or how we can truly prevent, but making quality choices on behalf of our faithful friends is a great way to do our part in trying.

Additional Benefits
Just like humans, dogs can contract urinary tract infections. And, just like humans, including cranberries in their diet helps cure or prevent a UTI. Cranberry is a natural cleanse for dogs with urinary problems, but should be consumed in the form of a healthy dog treat, food or supplement containing cranberry, NOT in the form of cranberry juice meant for human consumption.

A few of our favorite cranberry-kissed products that we feed our SitStay.com dogs:

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Natual Balance Turkey, Oatmeal & Cranberry
These treats offer a unique combination of protein, carbs, and anitoxidants.  


Sam's Yams Sweet Potato Chews

 

Homestyle Venison & Cranberry Dinner
Addiction's Raw Dehydrated food combines the superior nutrition of raw food with the convenience of dry food.

Buy now: Snooks Sweet Potato Chew

 

Chicken & Veggie Jerky Bars

USA-made Jerky Bars feature real meat as the first ingredient and combine premium fruits and vegetables for a balanced, grain-free jerky treat your dog is sure to love. 

Buy now: Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Fish


See more of our cranberry products >
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We don't own dogs at Sitstay - the dogs own us.

The products we share are healthful, enriching and good-dog-approved. Everyday we strive to do our part in improving pet lifestyles and make it a point to have loads of fun along the way.

Join our mission to raise the most spoiled-rotten dogs on the planet … somebody’s got to!

Cheers from Nebraska!