Thursday, Dec 12, 2013
Here at Oscar’s Organics Dog Treats, we make and sell fresh, hand-made, healthy dog treats and our website is a central place where dog owners can come to get honest, impartial advice on all aspects of “How To Treat Your Dog The Healthy And Natural Way”.
Be sure to check out our blogs below that cover many aspects of caring for your dog – from the truth of what is in commercial food, to tips on training and grooming. If you’re interested in making treats yourself, be sure to get our FREE beginners guide on making healthy homemade treats… And of course, if you have a specific question, we’d love to hear from you – just visit our contact page.
Raw Feeding Dogs – Can They Get Constipation?
I was with a friend yesterday and talking about raw feeding dogs and ‘stools’ – not the variety you sit on, unfortunately, but those produced by our beloved dogs!
On our walk we came across a ‘deposit’ that was (and sorry if this is grossing you out) strangely orange in colour, smelly, sloppy and fairly huge. Our conclusion? Well, left by a dog fed anything other than raw, that was for certain! Whether it was kibble or wet, it was commercial and obviously full of colourings.
You can tell a raw fed dogs’ stool a mile off, in so much as they are usually well formed, a ‘natural’ colour, pretty much odourless, sometimes ‘crumbly’ from all the bones and normally a lot less is produced as the digestive system is able to pull out more, good, usable nutrition. All together, a fantastic indication that your dogs gut is in good order.
There’s a more in-depth post below that popped in my inbox, coincidentally, this week from BARF World – a great source of trusted raw foods. Continue reading
And God Made A Dog - ”Can lift spirits with a lick…”
This is a great video I saw on FB today and I thought I’d share it with you…
“Somebody who, no matter what you didn’t do, or couldn’t take, or didn’t win or couldn’t make will love you without judgement just the same so God made a dog…”
That sums it up for me – the unconditional love you get from your dog is unmatched, if only we humans could learn to live without judgement, chances are things would be a bit better in this world.
I’m currently sat working away with Oscar and his fried Milo round my feet – couldn’t be happier…well, maybe if I wasn’t working… Ha!
Be More Dog – What Great Advice!
I love this advert – very few adverts make it onto my radar these days (ironic I know seeing as though I was the face of one for about 2 years), but after receiveing a text from my neice saying “…you’ve got to see the new O2 ad, you’ll love it” my interest was peaked. The next day I turned on the TV and as I waited for a programme to start an advert about a cat came on…
Be More Dog – such a great phrase.
Take pleasure in the small things in life. And even better, is enjoying them with your dog
Protein For Dogs: Do You Know What’s Hot and What’s Not?
After a discussion about protein for dogs, I made this short video while at the Summer Farmers Market at Aberdour School.
I was just talking to a lady that has a dog that has digestive issues. Her dog is constantly being sick and eating grass and throwing up around the house. And it seems to be an ongoing concern.
The conversation turned to raw food diets and she seemed interested in it. Her vet did mention that if she wanted to create her own food it would need to be an unusual protein (i.e. one that he hadn’t had before) as he suggested the sickness was due to possible allergies and intolerances to the food he is on (kibble – and a hypoallergenic one).
On that note, she mentioned that our treats were the only thing he’d eaten and not thrown up after…great validation, but more importantly, more evidence that a move to a raw or homemade cooked diet would hopefully return him to health.
The vet mentioned venison as a possible meat, which morphed into the conversation about hot, cool and neutral proteins. Venison is hot, so would possibly aggravate any inflammatory conditions like arthritis (which she suspected he might have) and digestive issues (which he definitely has!).
Protein for dogs – some examples:
- Cool – rabbit, duck or cod, clam, crab, scallop
- Hot – chicken, lamb, sheep kidney, mutton, venison, trout
- Neutral – turkey, beef, goose, tripe, makerel, salmon, sardiines, tuna
Remember whatever protein you feed them, to rotate it, so your dog gets a variety throughout it’s life – this will mimic the natural feeding habits of a dog in the wild with migration of prey animals and seasonal changes.
Does your dog enjoy a raw diet? Which protein do you feed them? Let us know below…
Neutering Dogs: Effects on Joint Disorders and Cancers
When I read this headline about neutering dogs in a medical article recently, my heart sank…
Oscar was neutered at an early age – purely because I didn’t know of any medical reason why not (in fact the opposite was promoted) and I thought the only solution to his increasing dominance over other dogs was to chop his bits off…where was Doggy Dan 12 years ago!?
It did calm him initially, I think more due to the fact he felt vulnerable while he was healing, but after a while he resumed his alpha status – granted, not as bad – but enough that I always regretted the decision putting him under the knife and exposing him to a large dose of anaesthetic.
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Dog Treats Recipe: Finding One That Suits Your Dog
Not all dog treats recipes are created equal… I had a customer, who purchased my 7 Smashing, Super-Healthy Dog Treat Recipes eBook the other day, ask which recipe was good for IBS.
It’s great interacting with readers, like you, as it broadens my understanding of what other people want for their dogs and also solidifies what I have learnt as well as encouraging me to research more and to continually learn – which is a great thing.
I have experience with an IBS-like condition, from years of dealing with Oscar’s ‘grumbly’ tummy’. This is one of the symptoms of when his intestines spasm the wrong way and like IBS he has had his fair share of pain, sickness and diarrhoea from it. Thankfully, over the years, I’ve learnt what works and what doesn’t in helping him through his bouts. Namely Continue reading
Raw Feeding Dogs – Is It Worth Moving My Dog To A Natural Diet?
“Tell me about raw feeding dogs…” This is a question I’ve been asked a couple of times this week alone, one by a friend and another a new customer to Oscar’s Organics Dog Treats.
Both owners have had this question because of medical reasons – one, limphoma and the other, mysterious lumps that are going up and down.
Can a change in diet help? Continue reading
Oscar’s Organics Healthy Dog Treats Hit The Printed Press Yesterday…
A really great article, about our healthy dog treats, was printed in the Surrey Mirror yesterday, which we are really proud of. After a few months of plugging away, the company is now in full stride and going from strength to strength
This will be the first of many articles, I’m sure and we look forward to spreading the word about what we stand for and helping other dog owners to have the healthiest pet they can.
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Our vision, here at Oscar’s Organics, is more than just selling dog treats.
The selling of healthy dog treats is just the starting point. This website was developed as a central place where dog owners, like you, could come to get honest, impartial advice on all aspects of how to treat your dog the healthy and natural way.
For example, I want this site to be a place where anyone looking for specific holistic treatments for their dogs can find the name and contact details of a trusted practitioner in their area, or maybe a veterinarian open to less conventional methods, or a dog trainer who uses techniques without force, fear or aggression…
Oscar’s Oasis is my idea of taking it a step further.
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Healthy Dog Treats: Cracking Carrot & Cinnamon Crumble – A Well Deserving Desert!
This is the latest in our range of healthy dog treats. These are currently been trialled at the farmers markets that we do.
They are made from mainly vegetables & fruit, and as such, not one of our high protein treats (although it does include eggs, so there is some protein in there). We were asked quite a few times if we had a ‘desert’ treat, so we decided to sell the ones I made for Oscar with cinnamon and Continue reading