Early #tucklifetuesday post because it’s been so long since I’ve hit on the importance of dog fitness.
I’ve always fed my dogs commercial dog food, and always kibble. Say what you want about Hill’s Science Diet but I work at a vet and it’s always worked for these guys and our family dogs before them. Once Ranger was a year I switched them to Hill’s j/d prescription diet (joint health food = packed with so much fish oil it literally makes them smell like fish). They both did really well for a long time on it, but I figured I’d switch it up for a food that was better suited for dental health (Ranger has awful genetics - his teeth started developing a ton of plaque when he was maybe a year and a half). Not long after I switched their food did I notice both of them had gained some weight and their hair coat wasn’t quite as shiny. Nothing had changed besides their food and I typically feed on the low end of the spectrum because that’s where their daily k-cals fall. Anyway, I switched back to the j/d food (I brush their teeth in lieu of dental food) about a month ago and they’re back to looking as sveldt and shiny as ever. Joint health and having dogs that are a healthy weight is priority over dental health. The moral of this really long and possibly pointless story is - not all food is suited for every single dog. I suppose one can pick and choose which aspects are most important to them. I won’t feed raw (I hear all the time about all the health benefits that come from feeding raw but it literally comes down to the fact that I won’t touch raw meat even when cooking for myself - not gonna do it for them either), so I choose joint health as the most important. If you have a small dog, you might choose dental health. A dog with allergies will need skin health to be priority. Every dog has different needs and it’s about finding what works best for them and for you.
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Meet Belle tomorrow, 5/26 at our At our Petsmart Arlington adoption event from 11-3. Belle is a stunning German Shepherd who is around 70 lbs and approximately 4 years old. She had a rough start to life-- spending her first few years on a chain outside. She was ill from exposure to the elements, her coat was in poor condition (it's doing beautiful now) and her teeth were worn from chewing at the chain in boredom. In addition, black flies bit off the top of her ears during her time outside. Poor girl.
Belle has been in foster care for awhile now and we noticed that she is very athletic, but will not jump a fence, dig or chew. She's incredibly smart and LOVES to play. Belle has excellent play, prey and food drives. Her favorite game is soccer/football - she loves to run around with that ball. Belle also love water and playing around with a water hose. Overall, she is very outgoing and a happy dog. She is well behaved, crate trained, house trained and knows how to sit on command. She doesn't bark too often either. Belle loves to play with other dogs that are not dominant to her, but does not like cats. She does well with humans and isn't phased by kids at all!
Belle is definitely a sweetheart and is now very healthy and looks beautiful! She has decided she likes being inside. She is still currently HW+ and is taking heartgard chewables every month- we think she is almost at the end of her treatment.
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