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News Alert: Pet Food Recalls Affecting Infants

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Recent pet food recalls highlight pets are part of our families, and keeping them safe helps protect the rest of your family.

Please note: No Life’s Abundance products are included in this or any other recall.

In the world of pet care, hearing about product recalls can be unsettling, especially when they're not widely publicized. Unfortunately, we find ourselves in one such critical situation now, where the stakes are high - not just for our pets but also for the youngest members of our families.

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported seven human illnesses linked to a specific pet food recall by the FDA. Alarmingly, six of these cases involved children aged one year or younger.

This raises a significant red flag about the potential impact of pet food recalls on your entire household’s safety. In this blog, we'll tell you what you need to know, immediate actions you can take, and how Life's Abundance is proactively addressing these events to ensure your peace of mind.

Who’s Affected & What You Need to Know

This recall, an expansion of earlier ones initiated on September 3 and October 30, 2023, involves a range of pet foods. As of November 1, seven reported cases of illness linked to this issue have been reported in seven different states, predominantly affecting infants.

Mid America Pet Food issued the recall, and it includes several brands (list updated as of November 12, 2023):

  • Victor Super Premium Dog Food: 17 varieties, 57 products
  • Victor Super Premium Cat Food: 3 varieties, 8 products
  • Wayne Feeds Gold Dog Food: 6 varieties
  • Wayne Feeds Gold Cat Food: 2 varieties
  • Eagle Mountain Pet Food for Dogs: 1 variety
  • Member’s Mark Dog Food: 2 varieties

The contamination in question is Salmonella, found in these dog and cat food varieties. Salmonella is a bacteria causing infection in pets and people. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and lethargy in pets and abdominal cramps, fever, and diarrhea in humans.

3 Immediate Actions You Can Take

Here are three things you can do right now if you suspect you, your pets, or your family have come in contact with one pet foods above:

  1. The FDA and CDC recommend disposing of the affected products immediately.
  2. Clean and disinfect anything that comes into contact with the food.
  3. For a comprehensive, up-to-date list of affected products, you should visit the FDA’s website.

At Life’s Abundance, we take a proactive stance. Our quick notification system and stringent controls ensure your family’s safety and the quality of our pet foods, from manufacturing to when it's delivered to your door. This incident, though unfortunate, underscores the importance of vigilance in pet food manufacturing and consumer awareness - and we’re on top of it!

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Life’s Abundance quick recall notification ensures your family’s safety.

A Misguided Notion

There's a new, emerging belief, even among some manufacturers, that pets can resist Salmonella more effectively than humans, implying a minimal risk in their food. This assumption has gained traction with the popularity of raw diets for pets, but it ignores important points.

While dogs are generally more resistant to Salmonella than humans, this doesn't mean they’re immune. It's important to state this clearly: Even if your pet doesn't show symptoms, they can still be a carrier of Salmonella and potentially spread the bacteria to humans and other animals in your household.

This recent incident highlights the reality that our pets are part of our families, and keeping them safe helps protect the rest of your family.

To Our Customers: Stay Alert and Informed

While these situations are concerning, they also remind us of the importance of staying up-to-date for the sake of our furry friends and families. At Life's Abundance, we're committed to helping you navigate these moments with ease and confidence. Remember, together, we can keep our beloved pets healthy, happy, and safe. Thank you for trusting us to be part of your family’s journey - we're here for you every step of the way!

[1] "FDA and CDC Investigate Cases of Salmonella Linked to Pet Food Made by Mid America Pet Food; Multiple Brands Recalled." U.S. Food and Drug Administration. November 9, 2023.

[2] "Mid America Pet Food Issues Voluntary Recall of Victor Beef Meal & Rice Dog Food Due to Possible Salmonella Health Risk." U.S. Food and Drug Administration. October 30, 2023.

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The Real Scoop on Canned Dog Food: Pros & Cons

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The tantalizing aroma and taste of canned dog food will keep every pup coming back for more.

Everyone remembers that classic scene from 'Lady and the Tramp' – the star-crossed lovers, a moonlit night, and a can of wet dog food. Wait, that’s not right. While that may not be the spaghetti and meatballs you remember, in your dog’s world, canned food is just as epic!

Selecting the perfect meal for our pups is a tale as old as time, filled with plot twists and turns - and yes, a whole lot of sniffing. Every dog owner knows the path to your pooch’s heart is through their stomach and the choices are endless.

In this blog, we're serving up a dish of reality: a hearty scoop of the pros and a dash of the cons of canned food for dogs. Let's make our way through the details and chew over the facts to discover if canned food should be on the menu for your canine companion.

Pros of Canned Food for Dogs

Pop open a can of dog food, and you're serving up a culinary masterpiece worthy of the dog version of Gordon Ramsay - yes, it's that good. Here's the breakdown of why canned food for dogs will have your furry friend's tail wagging:

  • For picky pooches, the tantalizing aroma and flavor of canned food can make mealtime irresistible again. It's perfect for dogs who turn up their noses or older gents and ladies who have less sniffing power.
  • If your dog avoids food because of sore teeth or is a puppy transitioning from milk, the soft texture of canned food is easier to gobble up.
  • Concerned your dog isn't lapping up enough water? Canned food is high in moisture and helps keep them well-hydrated, supporting overall health with every savory bite.
  • Ward off the guilt of not sharing your dinner with your pup. Clever pet owners use canned food as an exciting addition to the regular menu at your dog’s table.
  • With canned food, introducing new flavors to your pet’s regular rotation is a breeze and makes it easy to add variety to your pet’s diet - without having to do the old “dry food switcheroo.”

Canned dog food offers a buffet of perks for your pooch, from succulent flavors to hydrating benefits. Yet, as you know, every coin has two sides. Up next, we'll explore the less savory sides of canned cuisine - all to ensure your furry friend's feast is truly top-dog!

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Life’s Abundance canned food for dogs offers premium, grain free recipes packed with wholesome proteins and robust flavors dogs love.

Cons of Canned Food for Dogs

After serving up a spoonful of the pros, it's time to flip the can and spill the cons. Yes, there are a few bones to pick when it comes to canned dog food. Let's dive into the less appetizing facts that every pet parent should chew over:

  • Plot twist: Canned food's high water content is both a pro and a con. Because it contains around 70-80% water, dogs need a larger serving to get the right amount of nutrition.
  • Canned food doesn't offer the same dental benefits as kibble because it lacks the crunch, and that mechanical chewing action can help reduce tartar. Fear not, though! By mixing in some kibble or having a chat with your vet, you can easily navigate these first two concerns for a happy, healthy pup.
  • Some cans contain BPA. While Life’s Abundance uses BPA-free cans, this is a common and growing concern for many pet parents (and rightfully so!).
  • Canned food may spoil, transforming a tasty treat into a science experiment in the back of the fridge. Pro tip: Mark the can with the date it was opened, and remember to use it within two days of refrigeration.

Armed with these insights, you're well on your way to becoming a savvy shopper in the pet food aisle. The main thing is to ensure your furry friend's menu is both delicious and nutritious!

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The Dos and Don’ts: Pet Ear Cleaning at Home

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Massaging your pet’s ears after using an herbal ear wash will help break up debris and wax.

We all love our pet’s furry ears, whether they perk up or flop around. But did you know behind those cute flaps lies a complex maze of tubes, bones, and muscles? Their soft ears not only capture your loving praises like "Good boy!", but also tend to collect dirt, debris, and even pesky mites.

After this short read, you’ll have handy tips for home-based prevention and the scoop on an effective herbal ear wash for dogs and cats. Let's embark on an auditory journey and discover how to keep your beloved friend’s ears as clean as a whistle!

Pet Ear Anatomy 101

Let’s start at the beginning. What exactly is going on inside your pet’s ears? This is sound knowledge for pet lovers! Let’s take a walk through the anatomy of your pet’s ears.

  • Outer ear: the pathway that takes the world’s sounds straight to your pet’s eardrum. This includes the pinna, which is the floppy part made of cartilage - you know, the part you love to pet.
  • Ear canal: a funnel that connects to your pet’s eardrum. Unlike human’s shorter canals, dogs have long, narrow ear canals that make an almost 90-degree bend before they travel to the deeper parts of the ear. Think of this part as that hard-to-clean area of your bookcase that collects dust (or in your pet’s case, ear gunk). Interesting fact: That longer ear canal is why dogs can hear up to four times better than us! [1]
  • Middle ear: where all those sounds bounce around on the eardrum, an air-filled chamber with three tiny bones inside. There are also two muscles that connect to your pet’s nose. Who knew there was so much going on in those tiny ears?!
  • Inner ear: made up of the cochlea which translates sound into brain signals, plus the vestibular system which helps them with balance.

From the floppy pinna to the deep cochlea, every part of your pet’s ear plays a note in this auditory orchestra. Next, you’ll learn the ins and outs of herbal ear care for dogs and cats at home.

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‘Otitis externa’ is one of the most common reasons for small animals (especially dogs) to be taken to their veterinarian.

Dos and Don’ts of Cleaning Your Pet’s Ears at Home


  • Understand your pet’s ear anatomy. Thanks to the section above, consider this one done!
  • Clean when your pet is calm and sleepy. Just before bedtime is the best time to attempt an ear cleaning. Your pet will be relaxed after a busy day.
  • Use a pet-friendly ear cleaner. A good herbal ear wash for dogs and cats should swoop into both the horizontal and vertical parts of your pet’s ear canal. Holistically formulated, our Ear Care Formula features a unique botanical mix and mild cleansers made to do just that. It effortlessly dissolves wax and banishes dirt, while aloe vera comforts and moisturizes the inner ear.
  • Warm it up. Place the cleaner bottle in a bowl of warm water. While this is optional, your pet will thank you because the warm liquid feels more comfortable.
  • Massage the ear. Once you've poured the liquid in your pet’s ear, channel your inner massage therapist. Give those ears a gentle rub at the base. This helps break up the dirt inside (and your pet will love it!).
  • Stay prepared for the shake-off. Your pet’s ear finale involves shaking out the dissolved goo. Pro tip: Do this outside, stand back, and wear something you don't mind getting messy.


  • Use human products. Remember, your pet's pH balance and skin sensitivity differ from yours.
  • Use cotton swabs. Especially for deeper cleaning, you could do more harm than good.
  • Put the tip of the bottle into the ear. If the bottle tip brushes against your dog's ear, no worries! Swipe the tip with a cotton ball soaked in alcohol to prevent bad bacteria from entering your cat or dog’s ear canal.

With these pointers, your pet will be all ears (and squeaky clean ones at that!). But what happens when our best efforts at home don't quite cut it? Read on to learn what to do when home care isn’t enough.

When Home Care Isn’t Enough

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, things can go a little off-key in your pet’s ears. ‘Otitis externa’ is one of the most common reasons for small animals (especially dogs) to be taken to their veterinarian. Don’t worry, you don’t need to know how to pronounce it - but you do need to know the symptoms.

Here are some signs that it's time for a professional:

  • Your pet can't stop shaking their head or pawing at their ears.
  • They shy away from ear play and don’t want their ears touched.
  • You notice an unusual odor or funky-colored discharge.
  • Their ear canals look red and irritated.

If your furry friend is showing any of these symptoms, it’s vet time! Your vet can examine, do an otoscopic exam, prescribe the right meds, or even perform a deep clean. Sometimes, it's more than just a dirt issue - allergies, foreign bodies, or more sinister issues can lurk behind those cute ears.

As we draw this earful journey to a close, remember this: regular ear cleaning is like tuning a musical instrument. With the right care, not only will you keep dreaded 'stinky ears' at bay, but you'll also help ensure your pet’s ear health stays in perfect harmony. Until next time, happy ear cleaning!

[1] Barber, A. L. A., Wilkinson, A., Montealegre-Z, F., Ratcliffe, V. F., Guo, K., & Mills, D. S. (2020). A comparison of hearing and auditory functioning between dogs and humans. Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews, 15, 45–80.

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Why Do Dogs Chew? How Bully Sticks Can Help

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Chewing is a natural behavior for dogs, especially puppies, and helps them relax.

Humans are creatures of habit. Whether you’re sipping your gourmet coffee while catching up on the latest news or tending to your garden on the weekends, you have rituals. And your furry pals are no different. Their chewing habits might involve mistaking your couch cushions for a new, exciting snack, especially if they're enthusiastic chewers! But there’s more to the gnawing madness - it’s their natural instinct.

Here we share exactly why your pup loves to chew and how you can redirect that playful nibbling to healthier alternatives. Plus, we'll introduce you to the unsung hero of canine entertainment that doubles as a dental health superstar (and your home decor’s savior). Sink your teeth into that!

Why Do Dogs Chew?

Every dog owner knows what that intense stare on your shoes or the corner of your couch means. Your pup is signaling their next chewy adventure is about to begin. Understanding why your dog has a knack for ripping things up can help curb their enthusiasm for destruction.

Here's why chewing is your dog’s favorite pastime:

  1. Natural behavior: Puppies chew during teething and explore their world with their mouths (a lot like human babies). Older dogs chew to maintain jaw strength. Plus, your dog’s ancestor, the wolf, feeds on larger food items that require chewing and chomping. So it’s no surprise that dog food served in bowls can’t truly satisfy their basic motivation to gnaw. It’s just not enough.
  2. Stress relief: Chewing helps them relax, kind of like how some of us enjoy cooking after a long day.
  3. Mental stimulation: Chewing is like solving a puzzle for dogs. It keeps them entertained and engaged.

Fortunately, research shows that long-lasting chews not only keep them busy, * they also soothe their loneliness while you’re away, beating out electronic treat dispensers. [1] It's wonderful to know you have options that both entertain and comfort your pets, ensuring their happiness and well-being.

*Results vary based on your dog's size, age and breed.

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Life’s Abundance Pork Bully Sticks were created to give your pup a healthy alternative to chewing your belongings.

Bully Sticks: Nature’s Toothbrush

The most significant benefit chewing provides dogs is dental health. It helps remove tartar, ensuring a bright canine smile. That’s where our bully sticks come in!

If your dog is the gourmet type who appreciates the finer things in life, then our Water Buffalo Bully Sticks are just the treat. Sourced from free-range, grass-fed water buffalos, these chews are:

  • Effective in reducing tartar.
  • A great alternative to rawhide.
  • Gentle on sensitive tummies.

For pet owners with petite pooches or young puppies, our Pork Bully Sticks are a match made in heaven. Made with one ingredient and multiple benefits, these bully sticks are:

  • Perfectly sized for smaller jaws.
  • Effective in maintaining dental health.
  • A great way to introduce wholesome pork into their diet.

As always, our treats are made with no artificial ingredients - only the good stuff. These bully sticks for dogs are entertainment and health rolled into one! Besides keeping your shoes safe, these sticks also promise to keep your dog's dental health in tip-top shape.

Chew On This: Prevention is Key

While many believe young pups don’t need dental care, it's like saying kiddos don't need to brush their teeth. Introducing dental care early can make a world of difference.

Even if your dog's teeth look pearly white and clean, studies show that 80-90% of dogs over the age of three have some component of periodontal disease. [2] It's worse in smaller breeds and the chances increase with age. Unfortunately, periodontal disease is usually not recognized until it’s advanced.

Investing in your dog’s dental health is more than a choice - it's a commitment. And with our bully sticks, it’s also a treat. Your dog gets the fun and you get the peace of mind. Win-win! So why wait? Give them a chew they'll love and watch them flash that healthy, bright smile back at you for years to come.

[1] Flint, H.E., Atkinson, M., Lush, J., Hunt, A.B.G., King, T., González-Martínez, Á., & Rosado, B. (2023). Long-Lasting Chews Elicit Positive Emotional States in Dogs during Short Periods of Social Isolation. Animals (Basel), 13(4), 552. doi: 10.3390/ani13040552

[2] Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. (2016). Dreaded dental disease: If your dog is more than 3 years old, they likely have periodontal disease. DogWatch Newsletter. Retrieved from:

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5 Secret Healing Powers of a Cat’s Purr

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A cat’s purr is proving to be more than just a happy sound. New research shows that purrs have healing properties with a unique frequency.

Ever snuggled up with your favorite feline and heard their calming purr start up? You might even experience a wave of calm wash over you, wondering why they purr like that. As a cat lover, this is a sign you have happy cats.

But it’s not just an “aww” moment - there’s new science behind why you feel so blissful when your kitty is purring! And these healing properties are deeply fascinating for both our whiskered companions and us.

In this blog, you’ll learn why your cat purrs and how it benefits them. Plus, you’ll discover why you turn into a cuddle puddle when they rev up their little motors and their potential to heal. We always knew they had secret powers!

Why Do Cats Purr?

For most of you, when you think of a purring cat, you probably picture a kitty sprawled out in the sun, basking in blissful contentment. And most people rightly associate this soothing sound with your cat's expression of happiness and satisfaction. But as researchers dive deeper into feline behaviors, the story behind purring proves much richer.

Research from the King’s College in London discovered the gentle hum of our feline friends is a harmony of physiology and emotions. [1]

Cats purr in a variety of situations depending on the emotion they’re experiencing. It could be:

  • Joy
  • Anxiety
  • Fright
  • Pain

And as you know, treats are always a great way to get their purr going (who doesn’t love a tasty bite?). Most shockingly though, cats have also been observed to purr when they sense their human caregivers aren't feeling well - almost as if they're trying to comfort them with their therapeutic hum.

But what actually causes this universally recognized sound? The current theory suggests the sound starts with a constriction of the glottis, a part located within the larynx (aka the “voice box”). As your cat's larynx muscles relax, it creates a rhythmic vibration whenever they inhale or exhale. That’s what makes that melodic resonance we have come to recognize and love!

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Cats experience a number of emotions like joy, fear and pain that can trigger their purring mechanism.

The 5 Healing Properties of Purring

Fun fact: Cats suffer from far fewer incidences of joint problems and bone cancer compared to their non-purring counterparts (we’re talking to you, doggos!). And it’s well-known in veterinary circles that cats have the ability to heal quickly from their own broken bones. With new research, it's exciting to learn that cat purrs can possibly help humans heal faster too.

This new research shows a cat’s purr has the following potential benefits for themselves and maybe us humans too:

  1. Endorphin booster: The gentle purr of a feline triggers the release of "feel-good" endorphins within their brains, elevating their mood. But this effect isn't limited to our four-legged friends. Humans can experience reduced stress hormone levels too, promoting health benefits like blood pressure reduction.
  2. Healing frequencies: Cats possess a unique purring frequency between 25 and 140 Hz. Early research shows this is a game-changer for humans! In fact, humans exposed to similar frequencies have shown enhanced tendon repair, wound healing and bone repair.[2]
  3. Easier breathing: Felines with respiratory issues often see improvements when they purr. Such soothing vibrations could be why cats face fewer heart issues related to respiratory distress compared to dogs and ourselves.
  4. Stress reduction: Our feline companions do more than keep mice at bay, their purrs work wonders in keeping our anxiety away too. The calming vibration of their purr is a proven antidote to human stress and anxiety.
  5. Migraine relief: Got a thumping headache? Anecdotal evidence suggests people with migraines find relief when they’re close to a purring cat. Some folks swear by this feline cure! Just another reason our fuzzy friends are simply purr-fect for the job.

So the next time you're curled up with your whiskered buddy, remember it's more than just a cozy moment; you might be soaking in some therapeutic vibes. Beneath those twitchy whiskers and playful glances, our cats offer a unique kind of wellness boost that make our days purr-tastic!

Unlocking the Secret Healing Power of the Cat's Purr

In the age-old battle of cats versus dogs, with these new findings, cats might just have a secret advantage. Their subtle vibrations, often felt during your quietest moments with your feline friend, do more than just symbolize contentment. They’re being discovered as a natural healing mechanism that not only benefits your kitty cats, but potentially you as well - their doting owner. As we continue to explore this intriguing area, one thing remains clear: cats, with their soothing purrs, truly are a remarkable gift to our lives.

We're here to share insights and revel in the wonderful world of pets with you, but always remember to check in with professionals regarding pet and personal health.


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7 Essentials for Your Pet's “Bug-Out” Bag

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With a well-prepared to-go bag for your dog, you and your pup can rest easy knowing the essentials are taken care of if an emergency arises.

We've all been there - caught off-guard by an unexpected turn of weather, eyes glued to the news and suddenly realizing, "Wait, what about Fluffy and Max?!" Whether it’s a twister touching down too close for comfort or a snowstorm turning your driveway into the North Pole, our pets rely on us to be ready.

Let’s make sure you have everyone’s tails covered when nature throws a curveball. Find out the must-haves in your pet’s disaster kit and how to comfort them during a natural disaster. After this article, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your pet's unique needs are packed, zipped, and ready for action!

Building Your Pet’s Disaster Kit

Just like you wouldn't leave the house without your trusty phone, keys and wallet (and that cherished bar of chocolate for the road), our furry friends also need their own grab-and-go kit.

Let's get packing and make sure your pets are prepared for any unexpected situation that comes their way with what they call a “bug-out bag”. Named so because when disaster strikes, you’ll want to “bug out” and evacuate as quickly and safely as possible.

Seven essentials to include in your pet’s disaster kit are:

  1. Harnesses, leashes, and collars with ID tags. Make sure to have these on hand, even if your pet is microchipped. They’re crucial for immediate identification and ensuring the safety of your pet and those around them.
  2. Food and water. Like us, cats and dogs get hangry too! Pack at least a three-day supply of fresh water and their favorite food in airtight, waterproof containers.
  3. Medications and medical records. When faced with an emergency, having your pet's medications and medical records readily available is a must. You never know when you’ll need them.
  4. Dog treats or cat treats. Of course, we couldn't leave out the treats! A little snack can provide comfort and distract your pet during stressful times.
  5. Sanitation. Let's not forget about clean-up duty. Keep poop bags handy for your canine companion and a litter box for your feline friend. Everyone around you and your pet will thank you.
  6. Photos of your pet. In case you and your pet become separated, having recent photos is invaluable. These images help others identify and reunite you with your furry family member.
  7. Toys. Lastly, don't forget to pack a favorite toy! A familiar plaything can provide comfort and security for your pet during uncertain times. You know their favorite chewy thing brings them joy, but did you know that playtime can also alleviate stress?

With these essentials in tow, you're not just "ready," you're totally prepared for any unexpected turns. Remember, on the grand stage of life, your furry sidekick looks to you for their next cue. With a well-stocked bug-out bag, you can keep their tail wagging, even when the plot thickens!

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Cats especially need safe places to help them feel comfortable if their regular routine is disrupted by a natural disaster.

Providing Emotional Comfort During Crises

No one likes having their routine disrupted! Natural disasters can turn your pets' world upside down. Their usual routine gets disrupted, and the familiar sounds and smells they're accustomed to suddenly change. But there are a few ways you can make sure they feel more comfortable when home life is mixed up.

Here's how to ensure your pet’s emotional comfort during trying times:

  • Provide safe spaces. Cats, in particular, find solace in confined spaces when scared. A portable cat carrier with a soft blanket can make them feel safer. For dogs, a travel crate can serve as their personal haven amidst the chaos.
  • Limit exposure to loud noises. If possible, keep pets away from loud noises like high winds, heavy rain or sirens. Soft, calming music or white noise machines can help drown out distressing sounds.
  • Stay calm and cuddle on. Our pets are experts at picking up on our feelings. If they see you panicking, they will also feel more stressed. Maintain a calm demeanor, offer lots of cuddles, and speak in a soothing tone.
  • Use distraction techniques. Engaging your pet in playtime can divert their attention from the distressing situation outside. Those treats we mentioned earlier? They’re not just for munching, they can be used to engage with your pets when things aren’t so fun outside.
  • Practice makes purr-fect. Consider doing mock disaster drills with your pet just as you might conduct a fire drill. Familiarizing them with the process, their bug-out bag and safe spaces can make the real deal less scary.

Our pets aren’t just animals - they’re family. Just as you'd buckle up every family member during a road trip, ensuring our furry friends are prepped for disasters is a non-negotiable.

With your newly packed bug-out bag, a clear plan and treats in hand, you’re ready to tackle whatever nature sends your way. Remember, in the world of disaster prep for pets, it’s always better to be a whisker ahead than a tail behind!

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Discover the Power of Holistic Therapies for Pets

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Life’s Abundance Fish Oil liquid pet supplement is premium and high-quality, making it easy for your cats or dogs to benefit from this powerful pet supplement.

Let's face it - we all know how it feels when our beloved fur baby looks at us with those big, soulful eyes, clearly not feeling their best. It's like getting a pawp-up notification from your dog or cat saying, "Hey, something's not right here!" Of course, you want to do everything possible to make them feel better, but sometimes, traditional treatments might not hit the mark.

This is where alternative and holistic therapies for pets come into play. It's like a well-stocked pantry when you're out of milk. You look inside and realize you've actually got almond, soy, or oat milk instead - a number of healthy alternatives at your fingertips!

These treatments, ranging from acupuncture to herbal medicine, can often complement traditional care or be a fantastic option when other treatments haven't worked. So buckle up and get ready for a joyful romp through the land of alternative pet therapies! If you've been scratching your head over what else you can do to help your pet, read on.

Why People Choose Alternative Therapies for Pets

Alternative therapies can be a game-changer for your pet's health. Many pet owners choose these therapies because they boost the body's healing mechanisms. These types of wellness-boosting treatments are also popular because they’re:

  • Natural and less invasive
  • Less likely to have side effects
  • Tailored treatments for unique needs
  • Complementary to conventional care

Traditional treatments can sometimes feel like a roller coaster ride - full of ups and downs as you and your vet try different things. But with alternative therapies, it's like a gentle stroll through the park. Pet owners love these treatments because they take a more gentle approach, minimizing the stress on their furry friends.

Remember: every pet is unique. What works for one may not work for another, and that's where alternative therapies shine. Let’s explore some of the most popular therapy options for cats and dogs.

Fish Oil, Magnesium and Zinc for Pet Behavioral Issues

Fish oil is not just for humans to keep their heart health in check anymore. For your pets, it's a powerful supplement that can help with a multitude of issues, including behavioral problems. This solution from the sea is the perfect catch for your pet's wellness, especially if they suffer from behavior issues like anxiety.

A study in 2018 found two big benefits for dogs who took fish oil, magnesium and zinc for four months:

  1. This combo of supplements positively affected dogs' behavior.
  2. Dogs with reported behavioral issues showed a decrease in fearfulness, destructiveness, and inappropriate elimination.[1]

When looking for a fish oil supplement for pets make sure you’re getting one that is:

  • Potent and pure. Fish oil that has at least 30% EPA and DHA is an ideal concentration for your pet's overall health. Make sure it’s also purified to eliminate harmful environmental contaminants.
  • Easy to administer. Liquid supplements are easier to feed your pet compared to gel capsules. Products using an easy-to-measure dropper or a cup will make giving it to your pet easier.
  • Unquestionable in its quality. Make sure each batch of the product is rigorously tested by an independent organization to ensure its quality, concentration, and purity.

Acupuncture for Pets and a New Point of Relief

Yes, you read that right - acupuncture is for pets too! This ancient Chinese medicine practice is now extending its healing touch to our beloved furry friends, and the results are nothing short of paw-some. Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow and promote healing.

This traditional practice can offer incredible relief for pets suffering from various conditions, including:

  • Arthritis. For senior pets or those with joint issues, the discomfort of arthritis can be a real downer. But acupuncture can help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain, giving your pet a new lease on life!
  • Digestive issues. Digestive problems can wreak havoc on your pet's well-being, but thankfully acupuncture can help restore balance to the digestive system, helping them feel better and, of course, leading to more wagging tails and joyful purrs.
  • Anxiety. Whether it's thunderstorms or separation anxiety, our furry pals can feel stressed and anxious. Acupuncture shines as a natural and drug-free solution, helping your pet's nerves and bringing a sense of calm and tranquility.

While the idea of needles might make you and your pet feel squeamish, fear not! Acupuncture for pets is a gentle and minimally invasive treatment that can work wonders for various conditions. Many pets find the experience so relaxing that they might even doze off during the treatment.

But before you embark on this alternative therapy adventure, finding a certified veterinarian with training and experience in pet acupuncture is essential. They'll be your pet's personal energy protector, ready to restore balance and harmony to their little universe.

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Herbal supplements for cats and dogs are growing popular as a safe, effective therapy for ailments like anxiety and digestion.

Nature's Pharmacy and Herbal Medicine for Pets

Mother Nature has given us a bounty of herbs that work wonders for human and pet health, offering a natural approach to pet wellness. Some of the most common herbal medicines and their uses are:

  • Ginger for digestion
  • Chamomile for anxiety
  • Lavender for relaxation
  • Turmeric for joint pain or inflammation
  • Peppermint for fresh breath and effective pest repellant

With this herbal arsenal, your dog or cat is ready to embark on their natural wellness journey. From chamomile's calming effect to turmeric's anti-inflammatory properties, these herbs will nurture your pets' well-being, helping them flourish and wag their way through life!

The Future of Pet Wellness: The Paw-sibilities are Endless

The future of pet health is bright with an increasing number of alternative therapies becoming more mainstream. As a pet owner, you have an ever-growing toolkit to keep your furry family members happy and healthy. Whether using fish oil for behavioral issues or acupuncture for pain management, these treatments can profoundly affect your pet's well-being.

But remember, while these options are exciting and promising, any new treatment or supplement should be discussed with your vet first. After all, every pet is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. Here's to a future where pets can live their best, healthiest lives!

[1] Niyyat, M. R., Azizzadeh, M., Khoshnegah, J. (2018, August 30). Effect of supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, and zinc on canine behavioral disorders: Results of a pilot study. Science Direct.

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The Secret to Successful Training: Healthy Dog Treats

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By incorporating both food and praise into your training sessions, your dog’s learning will reach new heights.

If you’ve ever had a puppy, you know the sinking feeling of walking into your living room to find it full of last night’s garbage: the coffee grounds, the banana peels, and the leftovers. That’s because your adorable (and now dirty) puppy found something rewarding in the bottom of your trash can. And they’ll likely be back at it tomorrow if there’s any chance of yummy leftovers again!

What explains this devilish behavior? Is your otherwise lovable pup trying to ruin your day? Well, they’re actually pretty innocent in this case and are playing by the rules of a concept called “reinforcement” - the key to shaping desired behaviors in pets.

In this blog, you’ll learn how reinforcement and motivation are key in bringing out your dog’s best behavior and what your dog really wants as a reward. We’ll also share our best training treats for dogs. Bonus: they’re grain free! Get ready to see what really drives your pup’s behavior and discover the magical world of rewards-based training.

The Power of Reinforcement

In the world of dog training, reinforcement plays a crucial role in getting your dog to learn new commands or a cool party trick. But what is reinforcement exactly - and how do you do it?

Reinforcement is based on one simple principle: reinforced behaviors are more likely to be repeated. This training strategy is the key to getting your dog to “fetch” and “roll over” on command. When a behavior is reinforced with praise or treats, your pup will be more eager to do it again in the future - just like when you get a bonus at work. Getting regular rewards keeps you motivated and driven to do great work, and it’s not much different for your canine companion.

But the same goes for bad behavior too. Reinforcement also explains why dogs engage in behaviors like counter-surfing or raiding the trash. If your dog discovers fresh steak on the counter, you know exactly what will happen when you leave the room. A meaty treat reinforces this behavior, potentially turning it into a habit. But of course, it goes both ways. That’s where training comes in - where the goal is to reward the good behaviors more often so the bad ones don’t have room to stick.

Praise vs. Treats: Discovering What Makes Dogs Wag Their Tails

Picture this: you're armed with a delicious dog treat, a savory morsel that could make even the most stoic of canines weak at the knees. As you hold it in your hand, your four-legged companion looks at you with those adorable puppy eyes that say "I'd chase my tail for just a taste of that!"

Dogs are natural scavengers, forever driven by their primal urge to seek out and devour food. It's in their DNA! This makes food an exceptional tool for training, as it taps into their innate instincts. Just like how a double scoop of your favorite ice cream can make you feel extra special, a delicious snack holds an irresistible appeal for our furry pals.

But let's not forget about tried and true praise. A pat on the head, a warm smile, and a resounding "Good job, Fido!" can work wonders for boosting your pup's spirits. Scientific research even tells us that the rewards center in a dog's brain responds similarly to both praise and treats.[1] Imagine that! A kind word can light up their neural pathways almost as much as a tasty morsel.

So, should you choose praise or treats? The answer is simple: both! Showering your dog with praise and offering delectable rewards are a dynamic duo that can elevate their training to new heights. By combining the power of positive reinforcement, you're not only strengthening their good behaviors but also creating a harmonious bond built on trust, love, and, of course, scrumptious snacks.

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Life’s Abundance Lamb & Venison Recipe dog treats are a great dog training treat for dogs who love natural flavors.

The Formula Behind Our Best Training Treats for Dogs

Here's the thing - optimal dog training goes beyond just using positive reinforcement. We all know treats are the backbone of a successful training sesh, but let's take a moment to talk about their nutritional value. When looking for healthy dog treats, you want pocket-sized bites that not only tantalize your dog’s taste buds but also nourish them from the inside out.

That’s why we created our grain free Lamb & Venison Recipe dog treats. These hearty, chewy treats have a savory flavor and irresistible texture dogs of all ages love.

The health, flavor and nutrition in these treats come from:

  • Lamb. A superstar of protein sources for dogs. It's packed with essential amino acids that help build strong muscles. Not only that, lamb is a goldmine of vitamins and minerals like vitamin B12, zinc, iron, and selenium. Plus, it's often a go-to choice for dogs with food sensitivities or allergies.
  • Venison. A lean meat and protein powerhouse. This ingredient is ideal for dogs who need a lower-fat diet. Like lamb, venison delivers those essential amino acids for brain and muscle power. It's another winning option for dogs with dietary sensitivities.
  • Organ meats. Not everyone's cup of tea, but trust us - dogs go wild for them! Organ meats like lamb lung and liver are not only packed with protein but are also low in fat and irresistibly tasty. They bring a whole bunch of vitamins, including A, C and various B vitamins to the table. It's like a nutritional kickstart packed in one delightful bite.
  • Dried chicory root. A natural ingredient with potential tummy benefits. This prebiotic fiber is a well-kept secret for supporting digestive health in dogs. Prebiotics in chicory root help your pup absorb all the nutrients they need and keep that gut microbiome in top-notch shape. And you know a healthy belly equals a happy pup

But remember, dear pet lovers, while these ingredients make for fantastic treats, it's crucial to consider your dog's unique dietary needs. Keep in mind treats should be seen as a delightful supplement to your dog's regular diet, not a full-on replacement.

Reinforcement is Only One Piece of the Puzzle

In conclusion, understanding the power of reinforcement and motivation is crucial for bringing out the best in our dogs, but that’s only half the story. You now know both praise and treats activate the rewards center in a dog's brain, making them equally effective in reinforcing positive behaviors.

To further support your furry friends' overall well-being, it's also important to provide them with a nutritionally balanced diet. When choosing treats, choose high-quality products made with real ingredients, avoiding fillers and artificial additives. At Life’s Abundance, we provide your cats and dogs with holistically-formulated foods and treats so they can live happy, healthy lives. Repeat after us: celebrate their progress, shower them with praise, and indulge them with wholesome treats!

[1] Arhant, C., Bubna-Littitz, H., Bartels, A., Futschik, A., & Troxler, J. (2010). Behaviour of smaller and larger dogs: Effects of training methods, inconsistency of owner behavior and level of engagement in activities with the dog. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 123(3-4), 131


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Brain-Boosting Bites: Nourish Your Pup with Healthy Dog Treats

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Phospholipids are an integral part of your dog’s brain and are beneficial for supporting cognition.

Hello, science-curious readers! Let’s take a fun walk down Dog Brain Lane today. It starts at the dog park, that wonderful gathering of dogs of all shapes and sizes. On a nice day, there’s not much else that can top being outside and watching dogs run as fast as they can, hearing each dog’s uniquely cute bark and seeing them rolling in the grass like little kids - it’s a roaring paw-ty!

You think to yourself…what’s going on in their brains with all that action? Then you think, I wonder if there’s a way to support their brain health, so they can keep playing fetch and doing their best “sit” and “stay” for many years to come.

This blog reveals the little-known molecules called “phospholipids” and why they’re important to brain health. Yes, it can be hard to pronounce - but after reading this blog, it’ll be easy to see why these essential brain boosters may play a significant role in supporting canine smarts.

We’ll also share a chewy dog treat that contains this molecule and where to find those mighty phospholipids in the ingredient list. This is for all you curious minds out there! Let’s get started.

Keeping Your Dog’s Brain Healthy

Researchers have found dogs’ brains–even the little ones–have about 500 million neurons! In comparison, humans have 16 billion neurons because we have to juggle a lot more decision-making than animals do. But we all know dogs can be really smart too - just ask Lassie!

These millions of neurons are like super fast messengers, made up of even tinier cells. These cells are best friends who always work together, helping your dog think, move, and even dream about chasing squirrels. So next time you see a happy dog wagging its tail, remember it's all thanks to those brain cells running around in their cute noggins.

As a pet owner, keeping your dog’s brain healthy is an act of love and care for your pet. Fortunately, scientists are finding more information about how to keep our brains healthy - and while there’s not a lot of research on your pup’s brain yet, the initial findings are promising.

Phospholipids: The Building Blocks of the Brain

This is where phospholipids enter the scene. Microscopic research has proven these molecules are major players in our brains (dogs too!). Think of it this way: phospholipids are like the sturdy fences in the dog park, separating different areas and ensuring a safe and organized environment. Protector mode: ON!

They’re essential components of brain cell membranes, regulating the flow of other molecules and protecting the brain cells from harm. And you can play an active role in keeping them strong, resilient, and ready to build new neurons by eating certain foods. Food sources of phospholipids include:

  • Egg yolks
  • Sunflower lecithin
  • Red meats
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Spinach[1]

These busybodies of the brain are also the masters of delivering omega-3 fatty acids to the rest of the body’s system. It’s like they went to school for it! That means all those good fats go not only to the brain but to all the other excellent body parts that keep you moving and grooving too.

Ongoing Research: The Health Benefits of Phospholipids

Unsurprisingly, these little guys have been making waves in the scientific world because they seem to positively impact various diseases.[2] Our brains are 60% lipids, meaning these tiny specks under a microscope are vital to having a sharp mind - but wait, there are other benefits as well!

Potential benefits of dietary phospholipids include:

  • Improved brain function. There’s good news for mice (and maybe people and dogs too!). Phospholipids act like little brain trainers, flexing those memory muscles, fine-tuning brain function, and even slowing down cognitive decline. One study found these benefits in mice, which could translate to you and your pets - pending more research. [3]
  • Enhanced cellular membranes. Phospholipids have the ability to change our cells - for the good! They team up with mighty membranes, improving their shape and function. It's like having an army of flexible, high-performance bodyguards defending your cells. Now that's what we call cellular power!
  • Improves the overall balance of good and bad fats. Phospholipids have shown benefits in various health conditions, potentially stabilizing normal phospholipid and fatty acid levels in the entire body - not just the brain. Whether it's in your brain or beyond, these phospholipids know how to get your fatty acids back on track.
  • Safe and side-effect-free. Phospholipids have no reported side effects, making them a safe and well-tolerated option for improving overall health.

Please remember that the scientific understanding of phospholipids is still developing, and ongoing research is underway to uncover their full potential within our complex metabolisms. While there’s still more research needed on dogs and humans alike, the preliminary findings are exciting and show the many ways this one, membrane-building molecule can make a big difference in how our brains function.

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Life’s Abundance Tasty Rewards chewy dog treats are a wholesome, nutritious treat for dogs of all ages and sizes.

Chewy Dog Treats That Support Brain Health

We will end our walk down Dog Brain Lane back at the dog park. Remember those strong fences that are needed to keep things organized and functioning properly?

When looking for healthy dog treats that may support brain health, look for ingredients containing dietary phospholipids. At Life’s Abundance, we created a perfect recipe to ensure a well-rounded training treat for dogs - Tasty Rewards.

Crafted with love from premium New Zealand-raised lamb and mouthwatering chicken, these scrumptious snacks aren't only tasty (yeah, it’s in the name!). They’re also made to give your dog a wholesome, healthy treat.

A bag of Tasty Rewards is a nutritional powerhouse packed with:

  • Proteins
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Minerals and vitamins
  • And…you guessed it - phospholipids from pumpkin seeds and lecithin!

These treats are the ultimate canine smarts booster. And here's the best part: no fillers, artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors. We believe in keeping it au naturel, just like your pup deserves. It's pure goodness in every bite, ensuring your furry friend gets the nutrition they need and the flavor they crave.

Give Your Dog The Best Nature Has to Offer

In conclusion, while we may not have all the answers about what's going on in our furry friends' brains, we're starting to uncover the importance of phospholipids in supporting canine brains. By incorporating phospholipid-rich foods into your dog's diet, you may actively contribute to their brain health.

If you're looking for a tasty treat that supports your dog's brain health, consider Life's Abundance Tasty Rewards. Give your furry friend the nutrition they need to maintain a healthy brain. It's a win-win situation allowing you to show love and care for your beloved pet. Cheers to healthy brains and happy hearts!

[1] Dr. Bill's Pet Nutrition. (n.d.). Phosphatidylcholine. Retrieved from

[2] Küllenberg, D., Taylor, L. A., Schneider, M., & Massing, U. (2005). Health effects of dietary phospholipids. National Library of Medicine.

[3] Chung, S. Y., Moriyama, T., Uezu, E., Uezu, K., Hirata, R., Yohena, N., Masuda, Y., Kokubu, T., & Yamamoto, S. (1995). Administration of phosphatidylcholine increases brain acetylcholine concentration and improves memory in mice with dementia. National Library of Medicine. Retrieved from

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The Meat Question: Do Dogs Need It? Plus a Natural Treat Solution

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Dogs need a well-balanced diet of protein, fat and fiber to lead healthy, happy lives.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if your beloved canine companion could make their own dietary choices? With a thoughtful expression on their face, they may ponder over the contents of their food bowl. Like you, your foodie furry friend understands a healthy, well-balanced diet is essential - but does that include meat? Should they embrace their inner herbivore or unleash their wild side as a true meat enthusiast?

Some pet owners lean toward feeding their dogs a diet that’s all or mostly plant-based–spoiler alert: that’s a big miss because dogs need a diet that offers the right combination of nutrients to stay healthy. This includes making sure dogs eat enough protein, fats, and fiber from the right sources.

Understanding the importance of a canine diet and meat can help you choose the best healthy dog treats and food for your pets. In this blog, you’ll learn why your dog needs protein from meats rather than veggies alone. Let's journey through the world of doggy nutrition and sniff out the truth!

The Benefits of Protein in a Dog’s Diet

Proteins can come from meat or plants but don’t have the same nutritional value. It’s like comparing “apples to oranges”…or should we say “apples to meat”? Plant-based proteins may sound good on paper, but they can put your dog at risk of missing out on all the good essential amino acids their bodies need.[1] And dogs need these amino acids like an Australian Shepherd needs to herd something - it’s a must!

What are the other benefits of meat proteins for dogs?

  • They’re a complete package of amino acids. Ten important amino acids in meats can’t be made by the body alone. These amino acids provide dogs with many health benefits - from their wet noses to their waggily tails! They also provide tons of nutritional value, leaving your dog feeling satisfied.
  • They’re easier to digest. Unlike some plant-based proteins that can leave your pooch's stomach feeling unsettled, meat proteins are generally easier for dogs to digest, ensuring they can savor every bite without any digestive hiccups.
  • They promote muscle maintenance and growth. Meat proteins are vital in supporting muscle growth, helping your pup maintain a lean and dashing physique to show off at the dog park. Proteins also play a role in forming soft tissues and skin cells in dogs.
  • They provide energy galore. Your pup's boundless energy is supported by power-packed proteins found in meat, giving them the vitality to chase their tails for days - or embark on those epic squirrel-stalking adventures!

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Life’s Abundance’s variety of jerky-style, healthy dogs treats are created with your dog’s optimal health in mind.

Optimize Your Dog’s Health with Natural Dog Treats

So how can you make sure your dog is getting the nutrients needed for optimal health? Protein can’t be the only character here - your dog needs a holistic approach to their diet, which includes the magical trio of protein, fats, and fiber. These three amigos work together like a dog sled team, bringing well-rounded nutrition to their tummy and keeping them feeling full and satisfied. While protein is often the star of the show, we'll give fats and fiber their well-deserved moments in the canine diet spotlight.

Okay, so let's talk about fats. They're the juicy secret to a healthy, happy wagging tail. Good fats, like omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, found in fish oil and flaxseed support skin, coat and brain health. These healthy fats are the doggie equivalent of avocado toast - super tasty and oh-so-nutritious!

Now, let's give a round of "appaws" for fiber. Fiber might not be the most glamorous nutrient, but it's the unsung hero of your pup's digestion. Think of fiber as the loyal janitor, sweeping away all the waste and keeping those intestines squeaky clean. Fiber promotes regular bathroom breaks (cue the doggy bag jokes) and also helps regulate blood sugar levels.

So, next time you're pondering over your dog's diet, remember this powerful team of three and strike the perfect balance in protein, fats, and fiber. Make sure to consult with your veterinarian and tailor your dog's diet if they have specific needs.

Try These Healthy Treats for Dogs

Whether you’ve got a pup in training or an older gent or lady, treat time is always a good time to provide your canine companion with optimal nutrition. Are there any treats out there that check off all the boxes when it comes to canine-specific dietary needs?

Our healthy dog treats are made with holistic formulas that provide numerous health benefits from meats, fruits, and vegetables. These babies bring the best of both worlds—meats and other essential nutrients—to your doggo's plate!

Grain Free Turkey & Berry Chewies

  • Made with free-range turkey, pumpkin, cranberries, raspberries, and blueberries
  • Features a bold smoky flavor and chewy texture with a touch of sweetness
  • 23% protein / 21% fat / 4.5% fiber

Tasty Rewards

  • Made with New Zealand-raised lamb and flavorful chicken
  • Also contains ground pumpkin seeds, ground brown rice, and dried chicory root for additional nutrients, enhanced flavor, and soft texture
  • 24% protein / 22% fat / 2.5% fiber

Lamb & Venison Recipe

  • Made of venison and lamb lung, liver, and heart
  • Also contains dried chicory root, a prebiotic fiber with a taste dogs love
  • 30% protein / 25% fat / 2% fiber

Give one of these to your dog during training sessions - or any time, really! Feeding them nutritious dog treats and foods, means you’re doing your part to ensure they stay as healthy and happy as possible.

Meat in a Dog Diet: Balance is Key

Let's face it, meat proteins are simply delicious for dogs! They satisfy their carnivorous cravings and make mealtime an eagerly anticipated event, leaving your pup with a smile as wide as their food bowl and a belly full of nutritious amino acids. But as we conclude this exciting adventure through the world of doggy nutrition, let's remember - the key to keeping our furry friends healthy and happy lies in a well-balanced diet.

Protein, fats, and fiber are the perfect fuel for their bodies and promote overall well-being. By embracing the benefits of meat proteins, the wonders of healthy fats, and the digestive power of fiber in healthy dog treats, you provide your pups with the foundation for a vibrant and energetic life.


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