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Does Your Dog Eat Healthier than You?

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My dog's facial expressions can make me do things I know I shouldn't. Her eyes turn into tractor beams and in a moment, I'm leaning over the counter giving her a treat for "being so cute." Cleo is a senior dog, and she has diabetes. I know I need to be conscious of her diet, but sometimes it's hard to listen to my brain and not those sweet doggie eyes asking for a taste of what we're eating or cooking.

“Like people, dogs require a properly balanced diet to ensure they are receiving all of the nutrients necessary for proper health,” said Preston Buff, Ph.D., PAS, Dipl., Chief Natural Nutrition Officer at The Nutro Company.

Did you know that dogs are fed scraps under the table in 70% of households? According to a new survey by the makers of NUTRO® ULTRA™ Food for Dogs, I'm not alone in trying to do the right thing for Cleo's health and diet:

  • Only about half (54 percent) of owners say they feed their dog the exact serving size listed on the dog food packaging
  • 40 percent of dog owners rarely or never check the ingredients in their dog’s food
  • 36 percent of dogs eat dinner when their owners do
  • Only 29 percent of dogs follow an all-natural, holistic diet

Read the press release for more details.

Do you struggle with your dog's diet or does your dog eat healthier than you? How do you take to make your dog(s) nutritional health a priority? Share in the comments!

This post is written by a member of the Nutro Knowledge Network.

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Feb 8-10 San Francisco SPCA Annual Be Mine Adopt-a-thon!

The San Francisco SPCA is hosting the second annual Be Mine Adopt-a-thon weekend, February 8th - 10th. Adoption fees will be waived all weekend for animals from the SF SPCA and select rescue partners, including SF Animal Care & Control, Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, and Family Dog Rescue.

The festivities will kick off Friday evening with a FREE Be Mine Tattoo Cocktail Party, 4:30pm - 9:00pm, at the SF SPCA's Adoption Center (250 Florida Street).

Beer, wine, cocktails, and snacks will be complimentary. Flexx Bronco's Voodoo Van and Manna Japanese Comfort Food will also be on site serving up tasty treats from their food trucks.

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Good Ideas: Simple sticker could save your pets life in an emergency

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - "Lucky" the dog lived up to his name Tuesday, after surviving a fire in his owner's Lexington home. But firefighters say usually, pets need more than luck to make it through an emergency.

First-responders say they don't always know to search a home for a beloved dog, cat, or any other pet for that matter. Pet owners don't normally post signs to alert emergency responders that their animals may need help too. But Dr. Kate Algiere, with Banfield Pet Hospital in Hamburg, says a simple sticker could save your pets life.

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Therapy dogs bring joy to Hospice and Palliative Care patients

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Via NBC11News

Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) – They never talk about themselves they just listen, and around the Grand Valley man's best friend is bringing comfort to those who need it the most.

Sparky is a Hospice therapy dog and part of a program at Hospice to bring cheer to those who need it the most.

Sparky has gone through a training program to be a therapy dog. Now he and his owner Pattie Rich try to visit patients in the program at least once a week. Sparky is just one of a handful of therapy dogs that visit about twenty different patients in the Hospice program.

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Service dogs walking in Presidential Inaugural Parade

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Via Voice of America News

THE PLAINS, VIRGINIA — After the public swearing-in of President Obama on Monday, thousands of people will line a 2.5 kilometer route through downtown Washington to enjoy the inaugural parade.  Besides bands and dance troupes, some four-legged marchers will also take part.

Caroline Elgin in The Plains, Virginia, got her service dog Sajen when she was almost 10 years old.  Elgin has cerebral palsy, which has affected her speech and motor skills, but not her intelligence.  Now 19, she says Sajen makes her happy. 


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Vermont has the highest percentage of pet owners of any state

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BENNINGTON -- Virginia is for lovers, Vegas is for gamblers, and now Vermont is for pet owners. According to a new study released by the American Veterinary Medical Association, Vermont has the highest percentage of pet owners of any state.

More than two-thirds of Vermonters (70.8 percent) own at least one pet, which is more than three percent higher than the next state on the list, New Mexico. And Vermonters also have the highest rate of cat ownership at 49.5 percent, topping Maine, where 46.4 percent of homes include a feline.

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US Army mine-detection dogs

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U.S. Army Sgt. Garret Grenier, a dog handler, gives U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Drake, a mine detection dog, his favorite toy as a reward after a successful training session at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Jan. 8, 2013. Drake and Grenier are members of the 49th Engineer Detachment (mine dogs).

A military working dog's rank is always higher than its handler in order to promote the welfare of the animal. If the handler abuses the dog, he can be punished for hurting a superior noncommisioned officer. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Christopher Bonebrake, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)


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3-legged rescue dog saves new family from fire

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When Genevieve Campbell rescued Melba from the Longview Animal Shelter in 2012 there was no doubt she saved the dog’s life. More than a year later, Melba would return the favor: a life for a life.

The big crossbreed was struggling through life on three legs with failing eyesight. Her owner gave her to the animal shelter, which, at the time, euthanized hundreds of animals each month.

“It broke my heart knowing she got dropped off because she had one leg missing,” Campbell said. “Owner-surrender dogs don’t last long in any shelter. They’re under pressure to adopt and most people don’t want a dog like that.”

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