Safe Bowls for Good Dogs

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stainless steel dog bowlsHello all, CEO Olivia here. I’ve barked out in the past about the importance of always having clean food & water bowls. Both can become a petri dish of bacteria if not cleaned regularly.  That can lead to health issues.

Today I want to discuss what your food & water bowls are made from. Turns out there are many that should not be on the market. First off, plastic bowls are not a good choice. Aside from the environmental impact, it turns out that plastic dog bowls can cause a dermatitis called Plastic Dish Nasal Dermatitis. It is a loss of pigment on the nose & mouth due to the chemical p-benzylhydroquinone which is in many plastics. This substance inhibits the production of melanin, a chemical that produces dark pigment in the body. Interfering with normal melanin production leaves the nose & mouth with pink blotches. So a black nosed dog might end up with a pink nose!

A chemical known as Bisphenol A, or BPA is a synthetic estrogen commonly used to harden polycarbonate plastics. Research shows that even in low amounts it can cause serious health issues. The resulting harm to the body includes disruption of the endocrine system & can cause a wide variety of problems that may result in cancer, cardiovascular system damage, diabetes & impaired neurological functions.

There are ceramic bowls, however I learned that pet bowls do not have to be certified as safe for food use in the same way that bowls & dishes which are intended to be used by humans are. As a result many ceramic bowls, especially those made in China, can contain lead & other harmful chemicals.

So, what’s a good dog to do? My suggestion is stainless steel. That’s what Suzie Q & I use. Both plastic & ceramic bowls will get tiny grooves over time from being scrubbed & these grooves can prove an ideal spot for bacteria to grow. The same goes for bowls made from bamboo or yes, hemp. A stainless Steel bowl can be cleaned without scratching the surface & is dishwasher safe.

Once you get a proper stainless steel bowl you still have to be vigilant. Our bowls get cleaned right after we eat & our water bowls are changed daily, sometimes more than once in hot weather. A few minutes of effort can mean a lot for your good dog’s health.

CEO Olivia

Suzie Q, Our Geriatric Good Dog

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Suzie & Olivia hanging out

Welcome to the final week of August. CEO Olivia here. The other day, I was asked how old fur-sister Suzie Q is. The truth is, we don’t know how old she is but our best guess is she’s in her mid teens. That makes her a senior or geriatric dog & therefore, she requires a little extra care.

Suzie is in very good health. Her coat is full, shiny & her weight is good. She can still zoom about in short bursts, just not for what seemed hours, as she once did.

We know she has pain in her back hips & shoulders. In order to help her, our huMom has added a few extras to her diet. At dinner, Suzie gets a natural pain relief supplement for dogs called “E-Z Mobility“. It’s made by a company called Omega Alpha. It supports healthy joints, flexibility & healthy muscles.

We both get  Turmeric paste every meal. It’s a good natural anti-inflammatory. We also both get CBD oil with our meals. In the morning we get a drop of pure CBD derived from hemp & at night with dinner we get a drop of CBD oil with a hint of THC derived from Cannabis. We’ve all noticed the latter seems to help Suzie a lot. Her posture has improved & she seems more relaxed.

Suzie will soon be seeing the vet for her geriatric profile which is a check-up for older dogs. She will be checked for overall body condition such as: eyes, ears, mouth, feet, hair coat, muscle mass & palpates for any abnormal growths. Also, we will look at blood chemistry profile, CBC, urinalysis, & thyroid test, all of which are important.

Suzie is much loved & gets great care. She is fed well, gets short walks every day, she has play time with her Knotty Toys For Good Dogs & she has a thickly padded dog bed to make her old bones more comfortable.

She may be a little hard of hearing & she doesn’t see as good as she once did, but her nose is still at 100% & together we sniff out wonderful stinks on our walks. I think having a family helps her too. She was alone for a very long time & we feel being a part of a larger pack means a lot to her. We all hope she has many happy years ahead of her still.

CEO Olivia

Apple Cider Vinegar for Good Dogs

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dog sitting beside apple cider vinegar bottles

Hi there, CEO Olivia here. Today I want to bark about the benefits of apple cider vinegar. There are humans that begin every day with it. Many swear it keeps them healthy. I was curious if it’s good for us dogs. Turns out it is.

On the pH scale, water is neutral at 7.0, tomato juice is acid at 4.1, distilled white vinegar is more acid at 2.4, and the pH of lemon juice is 2.2. Apple cider vinegar tends to be less acidic, with a pH between 4.25 & 5.

Some popular brands, such as Bragg, Spectrum, Eden Organics, Solana Gold Organics, & Dynamic Health, are made from organic apples that are crushed to make cider, then aged in wooden barrels.

Apple cider vinegar is raw & unfiltered, so it’s not clear like distilled vinegar. Instead, it contains a dark, cloudy substance that resembles dusty cobwebs. This substance is called the “mother” or “mother veil,” & consists of naturally occurring pectin & apple residues whose protein molecules are connected in strand-like chains. The presence of the mother shows that the vinegar contains active enzymes that processed vinegar doesn’t have due to over-processing & filtration.

Nearly all of apple cider vinegar’s human uses can be applied to good dogs. Many natural health experts prefer raw organic apple cider vinegar for topical applications, including muscle aches & bruises; sunburn, abrasions, insect bites, & stings.

It’s also very good for our coats & can be an effective treatment for hot spots.

After shampooing your dog, give a final rinse with 1 cup vinegar diluted in 2 to 4 cups water. Experiment with different dilutions for best results.

-Reduce your dog’s dander by massaging full-strength cider vinegar into the coat before shampooing.

Apple cider vinegar can help keep a dog’s ears clean & healthy too. Place a few drops on each ear & gently massage, or apply with a cotton swab. For a more medicinal ear drop, make or buy a cider vinegar tincture containing ear-friendly herbs like garlic or mullein blossoms.

So, is a daily dose of apple cider vinegar good for your dog? Unless your dog is allergic to apples, he or she isn’t likely to suffer a serious reaction, & within a month you should be able to tell whether it’s helping. You should see improvements in skin & coat condition, less itching & scratching, increased mobility in older dogs, reduced flea populations, & an improvement in overall vitality. A simple tablespoon of apple cider vinegar & raw honey a day could be enough to show marked improvements in the quality of your dog’s health.

Suzie Q & I both get a daily dose of Apple Cider Vinegar. HuMom says it makes our coats thick, soft & we smell really nice. Have you tried it for your good dog?

CEO Olivia ❤