Propylene Glycol in Dog Food?!

Being involved in “everything dog”, sometimes I think that I have heard it all.  Sure, I know that there are ingredients in dog food and dog treats that are less than edible, unhealthy and unappetizing.  But after researching an ingredient I found in a dog food on our supermarket shelf, I was floored.  Propylene Glycol? Isn’t this the stuff they use in some anti-freezes?  Sure.  Is.  Although the websites of the food containing this ingredient state a long explanation skirting around the issue,  likening this ingredient to salt.  Is this acceptable to you?  It’s not to us. Why do dog...

A Clean House May Be Killing Your Dog

  I am the kind of person that you may call a “clean freak”.  Having two large, shedding, active dogs in my home presents a challenge to my sanity.  I used to buy every household cleaning product on the market that claimed to deodorize, sanitize and get rid of every bacteria know to man.  After having two of my rescue dogs die from cancer, I began to question everything.  One of the things I questioned was of course what I fed them (part of why I started Your Dogs Diner), and the second was the environment they lived in.  No,...

Are You Feeding Your Dog Fast Food?

  It’s no secret that I love to cook.  I cook for my friends, my family, myself and my dogs.  Yes, my dogs.  I love them as much, if not more, than some people I must say.  And their happiness, nutrition, and overall well-being depends on me, their caregiver. When I started on a road to healthier eating for me and my husband, that is when I started really researching what I was feeding my dogs.  I was a person that was shopping for organic and healthy food for us, but then would head over to the dog food aisle...

How To Get Your Older Dog To Eat

When I was first married, we had two rescue dogs, Skanky (yes, that was his name) and Mr. Scotty.  These two fellows were as different as night and day, but were the best of friends. Skanky was a labrador retriever mix with a ferocious appetite for…everything!  Mr. Scotty was a distinguished mix of who knows what breeds with a discriminating palate.  I sure did love these boys. As they got older, the way they aged were as different as they were.  Although Skanky had an aggressive form of cancer, his appetite never waned.  The day Skanky passed away, he still...

Back To Basics On Feeding Your Dogs

As I was watching cooking shows as I always do this morning, I heard the terms “back to basics” and “comfort food” numerous times. I saw people taking and MAKING the time to cook for their families and quality ingredients being of prime importance. When did this way of thinking become unnecessary for dogs? When did people decide that what they fed their dogs was any less important than what they were feeding their families? Many of us have had pets that made a huge difference in our lives. I know I did. When I think back to these pets,...