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The Healthy Dog Blog

Science-based research about dog nutrition.

Beagle: Common Health Issues and Lifespan in United States

The beagle—that famously small but mighty hound dog—holds a special place in the hearts of millions of Americans. Yet, as we all know, every breed has its strengths and weaknesses. For example, the Alaskan malamute may be one of the strongest dogs in the world, but you wouldn't want to bring him along on a big city walk because he's so loud and obnoxious. The beagle, on the other hand, is perfect for walks through crowded neighborhoods but not so great if you're looking for strength or power. This article will explore both the pros and cons of owning a...

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Reiki Healing for Dogs: Does It Work?

If you've spent a lot of time hanging around the alternative medicine or complementary therapy area at your local health food store, you've probably come across Reiki. Founded in Japan in the 1920s, Reiki healing is a holistic method of treating ailments and injuries by channeling the energy of the practitioner into the patient. Because it requires no actual physical touch, no diagnosis, and no medication, dogs are great candidates for this treatment method. But some skeptics are still on the fence about this practice. After all, they can't say whether they're feeling better or not! To help you decide...

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5 Best Natural Dog Food Ingredients for Labrador Retrievers

As you well know, Labrador Retrievers are some of the kindest and most loving animals in the world. We all know that Labradors can be a great addition to any family—but it's up to us humans to take care of them. To do that, we need to feed our pets natural food (like this brand) with ingredients like antioxidants. These ingredients have been shown to help keep dogs' brains sharp, immune systems strong, and their teeth white! Let's look at five of the best natural dog food ingredients for Labrador Retrievers: Fish Oils Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids...

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5 Best Natural Dog Food Ingredients for Boston Terriers

You want nothing but the best for your Boston Terrier, and that includes making sure his diet is healthy and nutritious. There's a lot of conflicting information out there about what constitutes a "good" dog food, though. Should you feed him commercial kibble? Raw food? Or should you cook for him yourself? Luckily, whether you opt for a commercial brand or do it yourself, there are certain ingredients you can look for to ensure your dog gets the vitamins and minerals he needs to live an active life. In this post, we'll explore some of the best natural ingredients to...

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Can I Feed My Dog Rice and Chicken Everyday?

Dogs are carnivores, which means that their bodies require more protein than carbohydrates from the food they eat. Dogs can digest small amounts of carbs without issue, but if your dog is overweight or has any other health conditions, you should monitor the amount of carbohydrates she consumes. Not all carb sources are created equal. Some carbs are healthier for dogs than others. For example, dogs that have a very high-protein diet with low-carbohydrate food might have issues excreting excess nitrogen from their bodies and could develop a condition called blue blood syndrome. However, as long as you measure properly...

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