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Here are some of our Top Tips to help you keep your very best friend in optimum health.

If you are thinking of changing your pet’s food remember to do it slowly over about 3-4 days. Add the new food to your dog’s old food gradually, increasing the amount of the new food each time you feed your dog. If you change your dog’s food too quickly it’s likely to upset your dog’s tummy.

Protein is important to your dog because it contains the essential amino acids that your dog must obtain from its food to stay in optimum health. To ensure your dog obtains sufficient quantities of these essential amino acids ensure you feed digestible forms of proteins such as meat and fish from identified meat types.  
Some pet foods contain “meat and animal derivatives”, or, “animal by-products”. By law meat and animal derivatives and animal by-products may contain connective tissue, feather, hooves, hides, wool and tails. At Happy Dog Food, we believe you should feed your best friend the same meat you would buy for yourself, thus ensuring the quality.

All dogs scratch and itch from time to time and there is nothing wrong with your dog having the odd scratch, provided that is all it is. Atopic dermatitis is an allergic and chronic skin reaction to specific allergens found in your dog’s environment. Dogs are more prone to atopic dermatitis than cats; however, both can suffer from atopic dermatitis. 

Sometimes dogs have sensitive stomachs. Unfortunately, most of the commercial dog food brands on the market today contain many chemicals and ingredients some dogs simply can’t handle. Introducing a limited ingredient food will give your dog's digestive system a break. A food made from a simple recipe allows their stomach to stop worrying about digesting too many weird things. Most limited ingredient foods don't contain any dairy or soy, instead they only contain one type of protein and limited complex carbohydrates.

Here’s what most dog owners really want to know about their dogs’ teeth: “Do I really have to brush them?” Although veterinary dental specialists would prefer that all owners brush their dogs’ teeth, the fact is that some dogs need it more than others. The accumulation of plaque and tartar is not just unsightly, it’s unhealthy. Start out slow, with an extra soft toothbrush using a toothpaste designed for dogs. Dip the brush in water frequently to help rinse the plaque away.

Bones have always been a dog’s all-time favorite treat. For years, we have fed our pooches raw or cooked bones, and have delighted in seeing them enjoy every bit of it. 

Bones to Feed:

Raw Bones, almost any raw bone is safe for dogs. 

Recreational Bones, this generally refers to a large joint bone that is offered not as a meal but to provide your pooch long hours of chewing satisfaction. Some of the most common recreational bones are the knuckle bones and the beef leg bones.

Bones to Avoid:

Cooked fish and poultry bones.

Cooked or raw pork bones. These raw bones are more likely to be contaminated with trichinosis as compared to other meats

So, as a standard rule of thumb – only give your dog raw bones, except pork, or bones sold and labeled specifically for dogs. Always make sure you give your dog a bone that is appropriate for his or her size to avoid any choking hazards. And, always monitor him while he’s gnawing away to avoid any potential dangers.

And remember, have fun with your dog! Get out and go for walk, go to the beach or your local dog park. Having fun with your dog

A good walk does wonders for you and your best friend.
They will reward you at the end of day with wags and wet-nose kisses!