Dogs and cats get allergies just like us humans! Seasonal allergies……yes those too! For this particular allergy, I would start by giving her a 25mg Diphenhydramine pill in the morning, hidden in a piece of her favorite sliced cheese. Keep this going until the rash is gone for a total of 5-7 days. In addition, try rubbing some Aquaphor on the affected area and then distract her for a short walk so that she doesn’t try to lick it off! Those two things combined should do the trick until the redness is gone for two weeks. Another suggestion is to have your dog or cat allergy tested. Talk to our nutritionist at The Garden for additional insights. A raw diet may help to clear things up as well. If the allergies continue, see your favorite veterinarian.

This can be caused by a few things. Your dog may be getting into something that is not agreeing with his tummy. The most likely culprit is changing his diet or the particular food you have chosen does not agree with him. Come in to Garden Of The Paws Natural and talk with one of our nutritionists. To make an immediate impact, put a tablespoon of plain pureed pumpkin into whatever you are feeding him. And when you change a dogs food, always do a slow transition starting with an 80/20 ratio of current to new food. If the stool challenge persists, see your favorite veterinarian.

So I’ll answer the 2nd question first. Salmonella poisoning. No. Not to the dog or cat eating it unless you have left it at room temperature for a long period of time (over 30 minutes…..which you will not have to worry about when you see your dog dive into it). But, if he/she decides they aren’t ready for their meal, pick it up and put it in the refrigerator. Find a Tupperware container, read the back of the bag for how much to feed, and defrost enough for 5-7 days. The Salmonella is more likely a “potential” hazard for the human by handling the food and not washing your hands afterwards. But you really dont even need to handle the food. Just break up the frozen raw food in the bag, pour into container and use a fork to port it to their favorite food bowl.

Digestion, Allergies, Shinier Coats With Less Shedding, Healthier Skin, Energy, Dental Health benefits, Cleaner Teeth, Better Breath, Smaller Stools,Less Smelly Stools, Less Flatulence, Improved Weight, Increased Energy, More Mealtime Excitement. Additionally….a raw diet can drastically improve canine cognitive and mental health, leading to improved behavior and an overall higher quality of life. Come in to Garden Of The Paws Natural and talk to our nutritionist on staff to assess whether this would be a good choice for your dog or cat and why.

Dental health is just as important as any other aspect of their wellbeing. Depending on your pet’s size, you should have your dog’s teeth cleaned by a licensed professional around once a year. Dogs usually need to start receiving regular cleanings around two years of age and for cats it is three years of age. Colorado is lucky to K-9 Smiles Anesthesia Free dental cleaning. This group travels the Pet Market circuit and does them at a reasonable rate. Talk to your nutritionist at The Garden!

There is no clear consensus on whether grain-free dog food is better than grain-inclusive dog food. Some pet owners and veterinarians believe that grain-free diets can be beneficial for dogs with certain health conditions, such as food allergies or sensitivities to grains. Grain-free dog food has a higher protein ratio than grain-inclusive dog food, which can lead to weight gain in less active pets. However, grain-free dog food uses legumes and potatoes instead of whole grains, which have less fiber and can be less filling. Grain-free diets also lack some nutrients that are important for heart health, such as fiber, vitamins, and amino acids. A higher fiber diet may be better for older and less active pets. Think of it like this: In the wild, dogs and cats eat birds. Birds eats seeds and grains. Hmmmmm. We carry Ancient Grain In Foods and Grain Free at Garden Of The Paws. Which grains you go with can be important. Ask our nutritionist about this!

Keep checking back with us for additional frequently asked questions (FAQs). We will add them to this list regularly for you. Garden Of The Paws places a strong emphasis on the importance of the health, happiness and longevity of your companion. We want them with us forever, right? Feeding your dog or cat a complete nutritional diet along with local organic natural treats and the Raw Bar at Garden of The Paws Natural is second to none in the Denver area.
Future Topics:
Bone Broth
Benefits of Raw and Baked Bones…..its all about the bone marrow!
How to keep hydration an active part in your companion’s diet and the benefits of strong hydration.
A Super idea on the perfect bedding for your Dog and Cat……its all about your scent and their “happy place”.
What are “Super Foods”?