Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The Weight is Over!

   Did you know that obesity is a growing epidemic in the United States? It’s not just a human problem either. Our pets are gaining weight and it is a real cause for concern. Even five extra pounds on a dog can put them at risk of serious health problems. There is good news though. Obesity is a completely treatable problem and thanks to Dr. Harvey’s, it is now delicious!
Introducing Healthy Weight
Dr. Harvey’s Specialty Diets
The Healthy Alternative to Kibble
Before & After Dr. Harvey's food pic of Basset
   Nobody wants to be told their dog is overweight. I once had a woman stop her car to tell me that Bentley was fat. It made me furious but also made me take a realistic look at him. It is not easy to put a Basset Hound on a diet. Bentley is ALWAYS ready to eat. Thankfully, I met the amazing Dr. Harvey’s family and began feeding the boys their awesome foods. As you can see in this photo above, he lost weight and has maintained it for five years! If their regular foods made this big of a difference in him, can you imagine what a food specially formulated for weight loss will work?
Dr. Harvey's Healthy Weight
   Healthy Weight is a clean, healthy diet that will help your dog to reach and maintain their ideal weight. Most kibble contains high amounts of empty calories, processed starches and are highly processed. They are cooked at high temperatures that destroy any nutrients. Simply put, feeding junk food lead to junk bodies.
Dr. Harvey's quote
Gut Health & Weight Loss
   A dog’s digestive system is much like ours. It is made up of hundreds of different types of bacteria. Most of these are good and play a powerful role in a dog’s weight loss. If there is an imbalance, it makes it harder to lose those pounds. Processed kibble can harm the microbiome (the community where colonies of bacteria live) which leads to inflammation, a weakened immune system, and a plethora of other health issues.
Let’s Talk Ingredients
Dr. Harvey's Healthy Weight is full of healthy all-natural ingredients
   You can lead a dog to their food bowl, but you can’t make them eat. I’m sure you have felt that way when you try to introduce a new food to your dog. That shouldn’t be a problem when you set down a bowl of Dr. Harvey’s new Healthy Weight. It’s available in chicken or beef and I’m not talking about artificial flavors. No way! The first ingredient in both recipes is freeze-dried REAL meat.
   All of these ingredients make a complete and balanced diet for your dog. It has gut-friendly probiotics and is a holistic solution to your pet’s obesity. This fresh homemade recipe will naturally boost their metabolism with nothing artificial to weigh them down. That is important when you’re trying to shed a few pounds.
Making the Meal
A bowl of Dr. Harvey's Healthy Weight
I always add extra water to Bentley's food to ensure he is getting enough water during the day.
   There is not an easier way to feed your dog a homemade meal. You won’t even need to write down the instructions. All you do is measure the correct amount of food according to the chart included. You can choose from the Weight Loss or Maintenance diet plan. Then, you add the recommended amount of warm water and wait 12 minutes before serving. Everything is in the bag. The Bayou Boys are certain the waiting is the hardest part and I have to agree. This food is so easy and will be great for traveling!
   If you are transitioning from another food, you will want to introduce Healthy Weight over four days. It is never advisable to switch your dog’s food suddenly. Of course, Dr. Harvey’s has made it simple with this helpful chart.
The Time is Now
Basset hound eating
Don't worry, the boys clean up every bit of food.
   Losing weight is a battle for many dogs. We love them and when they give us those sad puppy-dog eyes, it is difficult to say “no”. The problem is YOU are the only one that can help your dog lose weight. You are the one who decides what, when and how much they eat.
   Stop giving treats that are filled with artificial flavors and colors. There are as many or more dog treats available as there are dog foods, so you need to be careful in selecting one. We recommend Dr. Harvey’s LeDogue Bites. They are a single ingredient treat. Available in beef and chicken with no added salt or sugar, these treats are a favorite here on the Bayou. As hard as it might be, please do not give your dog table scraps. Those dropped French fries and little bites of cookies or cake are not doing them any favors. Love handles aren’t cute and can shorten your pet’s life expectancy.
   As with any weight loss journey, proper exercise will help. If your dog is extremely obese, consult your vet for the best exercise to avoid injury. Begin with a short walk or a game of catch. It’s important they stay active on their weight loss journey and you will enjoy it too.
We Can Help!
   We want to help you get started so we are giving away a prize package that includes:
• 5 lb. bag of Healthy Weight
(Makes 20 lbs. of food)
• Bag of LeDogue Bites
(Your dog is going to LOVE these!)
(A fantastic herbal relaxing supplement)
Badge for giveaway
   We make entering quick and easy with the Rafflecopter below. Follow the instructions beginning with leaving a comment. The rest of the form will open when you click “I commented”. If you have any questions, shoot me an e-mail. Good luck!
   If you are a cat person but know a dog who could stand to lose a few pounds, enter, and share!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Be sure to join us for this week’s Pet Parade blog hop. All pet bloggers are welcome, and you can select your subject or stay totally wordless with just a photo. We’d love to have you join in the fun! Visit Dash Kitten and Basil & The B Team today.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

A 4th of July Declaration for Pets

To our friends north of the border we say
Happy Canada Day!
Here in America we are preparing to celebrate our 244th birthday. Over the past few years, we have said happy 4th of July in a variety of ways. As I was looking through my photos, I came across the Pet’s Declaration of Independence from way back in 2014. The boys voted to share it again this year along with one of our favorite photos.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Summer is Here!

Summer is here and we are ready for some fun!
We have had enough of the sad 2020 so we’re ready to start the second half on with a smile.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Let's Discuss Treatibles and Your Pet

   I have been an affiliate of Treatibles Full Spectrum Hemp Oil products since 2017 for one simple reason. The results I have seen in Bentley are nothing short of amazing. Here is the link to our first post about Treatibles.   
   He has gone from panting, pacing, and trying to climb behind our couch to simply wanting to be close to us. He no longer trembles and will actually go to sleep during a storm. That means WE can get some sleep when overnight storms hit. After being awake during overnight storms for years, this was a welcome improvement!
   Here are a few questions that I thought we could answer in case you are still undecided if Treatibles CBD products are for you and your pet.
Treatibles Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Chews
How can Treatibles benefit my pet?

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Pierre's Pooped

We have been staying busy with the grandbabies and Pierre could not be happier. He has dubbed himself their best friend and stays right beside them. They throw his toys, play tug and love to run!
I have a funny feeling these two are going to be a pretty mischievous duo. Audrey calls them “her dogs” and neither of them would deny it.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Be the Good

   Like most of you, I am rather shell-shocked at what has transpired in America over the past few days. To see a video on television showing a man being murdered by a police officer is something none of us should be able to get out of our heads.
   It is important to believe there is more good than bad in the world but sometimes it is difficult. I pray that we can come together as a nation and world to begin the long journey of healing and acceptance. It is past time. 
Be the Good meme with Basset Hound

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

DIY Dog Bed/Children's Chair

Every child, dog and cat know that there is nothing more fun than an empty box. All it takes is a little imagination for a box to become a rocket to Mars, a school bus, or playhouse. The possibilities are endless!
What if I told you that making a child’s chair or a pet’s bed is one of the simplest handy dandy craft you can make? Well, hold on to your hats because that is exactly what we are making today. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

What's the Deal with My Dog's Anal Glands?

    If you live with enough dogs or cats in your life, sooner or later you are going to have to deal with their anal glands. It is not a pleasant subject but today we are going to “clear the air” so to speak on what’s the deal with anal glands.
What are anal glands?
   Anal glands are basically scent glands located between the layers of muscles that make up the rectum. When they are working properly, the dog expressed these “anal sacs” naturally through a duct that connects the gland each time the dog poops. It is nature’s way for a dog to mark their territory and leave a smell for other dogs to discover. That’s why your dog can ALWAYS find poop that thoughtless owners leave behind.