Doggie-Friendly Instant Pot Bone Broth – A Perfect Topper For Dry Food!

When the winter wind blows, we need to keep our favorite furry friends warm and cozy. One easy way to do this is by making a bone broth “topper” for your YaDoggie dog food. Have you ever made your own broth or stock before? It might sound hard and complicated, but it really couldn’t be easier. Simply put bones (chicken, turkey, beef, or a combo) in a pot, cover in water, add a splash of something acidic, like lemon juice or apple cider vinegar, and cook. For hours – even days, for the ambitious.

While some folks like to have it simmer on the stove all day, here at YaDoggie HQ we make ours in a slow cooking device, such as a CrockPot. Except then somebody* scored an Instant Pot over the holidays, and has been going to town whipping up doggie-friendly dishes. Do you have one? It’s a pressure cooker, and can make things like bone broth or stock in a couple hours. It’s amazing.

However you cook your bone broth, you’ll simply spoon it over your doggie’s serving of food in their bowl for serving. Note that it’s nicest if you can have the broth slightly warmer than room temp, but not hot. No scalding mouths, please! It shouldn’t be anywhere close to steaming. As for serving portions, depending on the size of your doggie, a few tablespoons to half a cup would be a good place to start.

Also, if it’s not cold where you are, you can freeze broth into ice cubes, and give them to your doggie for a nutrient-dense, yet refreshing treat.

Here’s a recipe for slow-cooked doggie-friendly bone broth we like from our pals at Rover.

If you’re interested in using your Instant Pot, we like this tutorial for human-focused recipes. We’ve adapted a doggie-friendly version from that article.

Instant Pot Bone Broth for Doggies
Adapted from Instant Pot Bone Broth by Amy+Jacky
Ingredients:
Optional: 1 tablespoon olive oil
3 pounds animal bones (turkey, chicken, beef)
8 cups water
2 carrots
2 celery stalks
Handful of spinach
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice

Optional First Step: Sautéeing The Bones

  1. Sauté your bones in olive oil using the saute function on your Instant Pot. This step creates a depth in flavor that is nice but not necessary.
  2. Once the bones are browned, deglaze the pot with ½ cup of water, scraping up the browned bits with a wooden spoon and stirring them in.

Regular Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients (minus olive oil and ½ cup water if you skipped the optional sautéeing step) in the Instant Pot.
  2. Close the lid and cook at high pressure for 2 hours.
  3. Next, allow for a Full Natural Release (~45 mins).
  4. Strain the broth through a colander, into a large pot or bowl.
  5. Allow broth to cool, and skim as much fat as you can; discard the fat.
  6. Serve slightly warmer than room temp, poured over dry YaDoggie dog food, and store as ice cubes, or in a sealed container in the fridge.

*It was Sol.  🙂

Is Your Doggie the Best Dog Ever?

Is your dog the next YaDoggie Best Dog Ever? Of course they are!

They’re cute, maybe quirky, with a penchant for fast walks and sweet snuggles. Your doggie is most definitely qualified to be a YaDoggie Best Dog Ever (#BDE) because they love you and you love them.

Which means we love them, because we love you.

And we want to share the love.

Mostly, we want to know more about your favorite furry friend!

A #BDE is a hero, a super-pup, a best friend, and a constant companion. Our doggies bring us such happiness, and we want to share that with the rest of the world.

Yes. We want to make your doggie famous.

Once selected to be a #BDE, we’ll share your doggie’s photo and personality with our Instagram and Facebook communities, and we might even feature them in our weekly YaDoggie Digest email.

All you have to do is fill out this quick form. Just 10 questions – a few minutes – and your doggie might be the next  YaDoggie Best Dog Ever!

Enter your doggie now and revel in the fame and glory.

DIY Doggie Art | Showcase Your Doggie With Bright and Bold Colors

We’re about to venture into cheesy doggie love land, who’s ready to come along with us on this ride? It’s gonna be fun, we promise. But be warned, sappiness lies ahead.

Okay, so the other day we went a *tiny* bit overboard with ideas on how to incorporate your doggies’ paws in your home decor. #SorryNotSorry

Today we’re looking at projects we can do (or we can get our crafty friends to help us with) that are classic and classy and will adorn our walls with dose of dapper doggie-ness. I mean, that’s the goal, right? We love our doggies – they bring so much joy and love to our lives – we should absolutely give them a special place in our homes, with a loving tribute.

Taking notes on Pinterest, we came up with three DIY art projects to showcase your doggies AND that do no suck. Some of these are more detailed and perhaps difficult than others, but you can do it. Do it for your doggie.

Gold Leaf & Lovely
Whether you are able to get a silohuette of your doggie, or draw a basic outline a breed you love, you can make a statement piece of art with just canvas and gold leaf. You will need time and confidence that you can create the dog shape you want… this is where you may feel inclined to phone a friend. Or you can make a template by enlarging an image on a photocopier, cutting it out, and drawing around your template in pencil. Then, apply gold leaf adhesive per directions, then gold leaf. Head to the blog Lovely Indeed for more details and instructions. Whether gold leaf on white, or painted canvas, we know you can do this, and we know you’ll love the final look.

Pop-Art Pet Prints
Want a little more color in your home? These pop-art style prints are amazing and super simple to put together. Andy Warhol would be so… proud? We think? The good news is that you needn’t paint anything to make an amazing print like this – just colored cardstock, and a color copier… and some time to play with contrasts and brightness of your image. Get the full instructions over at the blog A Beautiful Mess. Dogs and colors you love? This is a win-win for your walls.

DIY Doggie Silhouette
A big impact, yet simple work of art is to hop aboard the silhouette wagon, and make an oversized print and painting of your pup. Admittedly, this project is a few steps depending on how big you want to go with the print. The idea is that you make a template of your dog from contact paper and cut it out. Stick the sticky contact paper cut-out doggie onto canvas, and paint over it. Use one, two, or many colors – get creative! It’s your doggie, and your house. Then gingerly, carefully, pull the contact-paper template off the canvas, leaving a white space for a striking, contrasting image of your doggie. Check out the step-by-step tutorial here, and get to work on your next work of art.

Do you have any tried and true ideas to showcase your best furry friend in your home? How do you mix your love of your doggie with art? Tell us in the comments below!

 

DIY Doggie Art: Put Their Paws Up On Your Walls

We’re about to venture into cheesy doggie love land, who’s ready to come along with us on this ride? It’s gonna be fun, we promise. But be warned, sappiness lies ahead.

There’s a quote that we see every now and then, and while it might have been written for humans, we’d be lying if we said it didn’t make us think of our doggies.

“What I love most about my home is who I share it with.”

Sure, humans are cool, but doggies are the best. We’re not saying you can have pictures of your favorite people on your walls, we’re just saying – don’t leave your doggie out of your artful expressions of love. If your doggie has a certain face that makes you happy – print it! Blow up that picture to huge levels! Turn it pink! We’re here for how much you love your dog, and how you decorate your house to show that love. We like it all. There’s lots of art you can make of your doggies with which to adorn your walls, but let’s talk about art YOUR DOGGIE can make for YOU.

That’s right your doggies are beautiful creatures, and can be highly creative if provided the proper circumstances. Here are a few of our favorite ways to make fun art for your home, using your dog as the artist-in-chief. (Thanks, Pinterest, for the inspiration!)

Pawfully (sorry!) Cute Canvases
Guys. Did you wake up one day and think: “I’m going to buy a big ol’ canvas – and some paint – and then I’m going to let my dog walk around in that paint, and then all over that canvas”? Because someone did and gave us this killer idea! It’s abstract, it’s original, and depending on the color palettes you use, and how sure-footed (or not) your doggie is, the end-result will be spectacular. One color is striking – think black paw prints on clean, white canvas. Or, use multiple colors but only one at a time, allowing each application of color to dry in-between painting sessions.

Framed (Foot)prints
If a dog walking around in paint isn’t your jam, take a more streamlined approach, and apply paint to only one paw, before pressing onto high-quality paper. This looks particularly nice when you’ve written or printed out their name above or below the print – like this or this. Choose any color in the rainbow, but black on white is a classic. You could even get human feet or hands involved, and showcase one of each side-by-side.

Paws as Flowers
Okay, bare with us. At first this seems a little beyond our capabilities, but if you have a flower and dog lover in your life, this crafty project could be perfect for you. And it’s totally A Thing! Check out all the inspiration on Pinterest. It’s not too hard, really – all you’re doing is turning paw prints into flowers by adding stems, leaves, grass, or other natural elements to your picture. Pick a floral color for your paw prints – yellow, pink, purple, orange – and paint one of your doggie’s paws. Then carefully press down onto high-quality paper. Make one flower, make five. Wipe the paint off of your doggie’s paw and apply a new shade – the world is your oyster! Get creative! Once your flower-paws have been applied, and your doggie’s paws are clean again, you can go back and paint in the stems or grass and leaves you wish.

Have you gotten creative with your doggies’ paw prints? Tell us how you create your own art in the comments below!

YaDoggie Recipe 101: Treats

Wondering what’s in the recipe? We are always happy to chat about what *exactly* gets put into YaDoggie dog food. We put a lot of thought and research into each recipe, and love to list the nutritional benefits so dog lovers and owners like you know what you’re doggie is eating. Below, we’re digging into the details of the recipes for our all-natural Jerky Treats. Curious about our other offerings? Check out Lamb, Buffalo & Duck, and our (limited-ingredient) Turkey dog food recipes as well!

Does your dog love the taste of smoky, tender, meaty treats?

Of course.

Of course they do – the answer is always YES.

Yes, you dog goes crazy for smoky, tender, meaty treats. In fact, our treats are so good that when you (human dog parent) smell our Jerky Treats, you will want some of your own. Apologies, folks, we only make treats for dogs because dogs are our favorite.

You might be wondering what exactly goes into our jerky treats – well, we have two flavors:

YaDoggie is all about feeding our doggies the best, most nutritious ingredients we can get out hands on. We don’t add filler and junk to our dog food, and we sure aren’t going to add any garbage to our treats. We’re proud to say that both Straight-Up Beef and Beef & Sweet Potatoes has only the good stuff, and no nonsense foods.

  • Both are made from grass-fed beef.
  • Both are high in protein.
  • Neither bag contains grain, corn, wheat, or soy fillers.
  • There are zero artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives in the treats.
  • We never add nitrates or nitrites to our treats… because gross.
  • Treats come in bite-sized snacks great for dogs of all sizes.

In fact, both recipes contain a very simple list of ingredients, including: Beef, Brown Sugar, Garlic Powder, Salt, Apple Cider Vinegar, Paprika. Add sweet potato for the bag of treats that doesn’t claim to be “Straight-Up Beef.” Want more details? Head to our website to get the full breakdown of nutrition and ingredients.

Our goal here at YaDoggie is twofold: ensure all doggies across the land have access to the high-quality food – and that we empower their parents, owners, and caretakers with knowledge to feed them well. We love the doggies in our lives, and food is love. We want to make sure we show them love by feeding them with healthy, hearty, delicious dog food every day. If some of the ingredients are unfamiliar to you, please check out our website. We’ve listed out each ingredient, and its benefits, so that you know what’s in the bowl.

And if something is still confusing, or you’re curious about an ingredient – drop us a line! We’re always happy to chat about our recipes. Email us @ hello@yadoggie.com.

YaDoggie Recipe 101: Turkey & Pea (Limited-Ingredient Recipe)

Wondering what’s in the recipe? We are always happy to chat about what *exactly* gets put into YaDoggie dog food. We put a lot of thought and research into each recipe, and love to list the nutritional benefits so dog lovers and owners like you know what you’re doggie is eating. Below, we’re digging into the details of our limited-ingredient Turkey recipe. Curious about our other offerings? Check out Lamb and Buffalo & Duck recipes, and our all-natural Jerky Treats as well!

Does your doggie require a carefully-crafted meal made from high-quality, but limited ingredients? Maybe you’re looking for a lower calorie alternative to our other foods? Well,  we have good news for you! YaDoggie’s Turkey & Pea dog food is grain-free, and features a streamlined list of ingredients for doggies with more sensitive systems. And at 340 calories per cup, it’s the lowest calorie dog food we make.

As you know, our dog food is made for dogs by dog owners. We love our doggies. We love feeding our doggies. And we want to give them the best food to fuel their bodies. YaDoggie Turkey & Pea recipe is grain-free, and packed with protein, vitamins, minerals to keep your doggie healthy and happy.

YaDoggie Turkey & Pea dog food is made up of the five following categories:

  1. Core Proteins
  2. Veggies & Carbs
  3. Additional Protein Sources
  4. Other Important Ingredients (such as healthy fats & natural flavorings)
  5. Vitamins & Minerals

1. Core Protein
We call it a core protein if it’s written right there on the bag, so turkey it is! Since we wanted to make a recipe for selective or sensitive doggies, we wanted to keep it simple. Tukey & Pea features both turkey meat and turkey meal as the first and second ingredients listed. This tells you that the main source of protein is coming straight from pure turkey, in its natural form, and meal form. What’s the difference?  The meal is essentially a concentrated (water and fat removed) version of the protein source. Most foods contain quite a lot of water, so when we take that out, you’re left with nutrients and rich flavor. As a result, turkey meal contains 300% more protein than fresh turkey meat.

Note: The Meal Is Real
You might have heard “meals” are unhealthy or bad for your dog – this can be true if you don’t know what meat they’re made from. With our food, you know that “turkey meal” is made from fresh turkey meat, without any “by-products”, “digests”, or unspecified meats – just high quality concentrated turkey. Our meal is the real deal. We promise.

2. Veggies & Carbs
No grains, just wholesome goodness. Keeping it simple here, too – we don’t want your doggies with a more selective palette or sensitive digestion to scoff or suffer at the flavor of our food. We only added peas, pea starch, and dried beet pulp to the recipe, keeping the flavor clean and sweet. Plus, peas and beets will help fill your doggie up on fiber, and keep their energy going thanks to clean carbohydrates. Plus, the natural sweetness derived beets will make for fantastic flavor.

3. Other Protein Sources
We know your dog might have digestive issues or allergies, but we want to ensure they get all the protein they need, so we include pea protein in this recipe. A vegetable based protein source loaded with high quality, palatable, and digestible proteins, pea protein also has a fair amount of important amino acids.

4. Other Important Ingredients
Every doggie’s favorite category: other important ingredients include healthy fats and delicious, natural flavors. Poultry fat, sunflower oil, and flaxseed provide beneficial nutrients and boost the flavor for your doggies. Herbs like rosemary extract and a little salt, too, will make this mix a hit for doggies at home. We want your doggies to be satiated and satisfied with their meals, so we add a couple ingredients that deliver big time when it comes to bold flavors. Check them all out on our website – we’ve made sure to include every single ingredient.

5. Vitamins & Minerals
Ready to talk supplements? Your doggie has already gotten all the macro-nutrients they need: Protein, Carbs, and Fats. Now, we need to make sure your doggie is also getting proper vitamins and nutrients to thrive.We worked with experts to create the perfect blend so that if your dog only eats YaDoggie – they’ll get everything they need. Things like calcium Iodate that protects and helps to build healthy bones and teeth as well as maintain a regular heartbeat and prevention of muscle cramping. Or Vitamin B12 supplement that helps to prevent anemia, and protects the nervous system. Take a look at our website for the complete list. And we know, some of these words are science-y and sound strange, we offer simple explanations so you know exactly what your doggie is getting.

Our goal is twofold: ensure all doggies across the land have access to the high-quality food – and that we empower their parents, owners, and caretakers with knowledge to feed them well. We love the doggies in our lives, and food is love. We want to make sure we show them love by feeding them with healthy, hearty, delicious dog food every day. If some of the ingredients are unfamiliar to you, please check out our website. We’ve listed out each ingredient, and its benefits, so that you know what’s in the bowl.

And if something is still confusing, or you’re curious about an ingredient – drop us a line! We’re always happy to chat about our recipes. Email us @ hello@yadoggie.com.

YaDoggie Recipes 101: Buffalo & Duck

Wondering what’s in the recipe? We are always happy to chat about what *exactly* gets put into YaDoggie dog food. We put a lot of thought and research into each recipe, and love to list the nutritional benefits so dog lovers and owners like you know what you’re doggie is eating. Below, we’re digging into the details of our Buffalo & Duck recipe. Curious about our other offerings? Check out Lamb and (limited-ingredient!) Turkey recipes, and our all-natural Jerky Treats as well!

Bring on the buffalo! And duck. And all the other deliciousness doggies like. Today we’re talking about our Buffalo & Duck recipe – which doggie doesn’t love this one? It’s rich, it’s meaty, it’s hearty — we’re sorry you can’t have it for lunch. As you know, our dog food is made for dogs by dog owners. We love our doggies. We love feeding our doggies. And we want to give them the best food ever. For many doggies out there – that’s means our Buffalo & Duck recipe; it’s grain-free, and packed with protein, vitamins, minerals to keep your doggie healthy and happy.

YaDoggie Buffalo & Duck dog food is made up of the four following categories:

  1. Core Proteins
  2. Veggies & Carbs
  3. Other Important Ingredients (such as healthy fats & natural flavorings)
  4. Vitamins & Minerals

1. Core Proteins
We call it a core protein if it’s written right there on the bag, and in this case Buffalo & Duck features meal made from? You guessed it! Buffalo AND duck. Buffalo meal is a unique, exotic, and highly-digestible, nutrient-dense source of protein. Duck meal is also super easy for your doggie to digest, and has a low fat content. Duck is hypoallergenic, too, meaning that Duck is proven to cause less allergic reactions in dogs as compared to other more common proteins like chicken. It also provides essential fatty acids and minerals. What’s the difference between the animal and the meal? The meal is essentially a concentrated (water and fat removed) version of the protein source. Most foods contain quite a lot of water, so when we take that out, you’re left with nutrients and rich flavor. As a result, buffalo meal contains 300% more protein than fresh buffalo meat, just as duck meal contains 300% more protein than fresh duck meat!

Note: The Meal Is Real
You might have heard “meals” are unhealthy or bad for your dog – this can be true if you don’t know what meat they’re made from. With our food, you know that “buffalo meal” is made from fresh buffalo meat, without any “by-products”, “digests”, or unspecified meats – just high quality concentrated buffalo. Just like “duck meal” is a concentrated, nutrient-dense, highly digestible way to eat duck meat. Our meal is the real deal. We promise.

2. Veggies & Carbs
No grains, just wholesome goodness. We’re talking chickpeas, green peas, lentils, dried beet pulp, dried carrots, and dried spinach. All of these veggies and naturally starchy carbs fill your doggie up with fiber, and keep their energy going thanks to clean carbohydrates. Plus, the natural sweetness derived from each ingredient boosts the flavor in every bite.

3. Other Important Ingredients
Mmmmmmmm healthy fats; chicken fat, fish oil, and flaxseed will make this recipe taste super delicious to your doggie. Add a little turmeric for anti-inflammatory properties, and salt for flavor, and your doggie will be begging for more. We want your doggies to be satiated and satisfied with their meals, so we add a couple ingredients that deliver big time when it comes to bold flavors. Check them all out on our website – we’ve made sure to include every single ingredient.

4. Vitamins & Minerals
Okay, let’s get down into the details. Your doggie has already gotten all the macro-nutrients they need: Protein, Carbs, and Fats. Now, we need to make sure your doggie is also getting proper vitamins and nutrients to thrive.We worked with experts to create the perfect blend so that if your dog only eats YaDoggie – they’ll get everything they need. Things like biotin that promotes healthy skin and coats, or zinc sulfate,a source of zinc which is essential for insulin formation and immune function. Take a look at our website for the complete list. And we know, some of these words are science-y and sound strange, we offer simple explanations so you know exactly what your doggie is getting.

Our goal is twofold: ensure all doggies across the land have access to the high-quality food – and that we empower their parents, owners, and caretakers with knowledge to feed them well. We love the doggies in our lives, and food is love. We want to make sure we show them love by feeding them with healthy, hearty, delicious dog food every day. If some of the ingredients are unfamiliar to you, please check out our website. We’ve listed out each ingredient, and its benefits, so that you know what’s in the bowl.

And if something is still confusing, or you’re curious about an ingredient – drop us a line! We’re always happy to chat about our recipes. Email us @ hello@yadoggie.com.

YaDoggie Recipe 101: Lamb & Sweet Potatoes

Wondering what’s in the recipe? We are always happy to chat about what *exactly* gets put into YaDoggie dog food. We put a lot of thought and research into each recipe, and love to list the nutritional benefits so dog lovers and owners like you know what you’re doggie is eating. Below, we’re digging into the details of our Lamb recipe. Curious about our other offerings? Check out Buffalo & Duck, and (limited-ingredient) Turkey recipes, plus our all-natural Jerky Treats as well!

Does your doggie love our Lamb recipe? They have great taste. YaDoggie’s delicious food was created for dogs, by dog lovers – and our team has put a lot of thought and care into crafting a truly exceptional food for your dog. All of our recipes are grain-free, and packed with protein, vitamins, minerals to keep your doggie healthy and happy.

YaDoggie food is made up of the five following categories:

  1. Core Proteins
  2. Fruits, Veggies & Carbs
  3. Additional Protein Sources
  4. Other Important Ingredients (such as healthy fats & natural flavorings)
  5. Vitamins & Minerals

It’s important to note that doggie families living in the Western United States will have a slightly different recipe than those in the Eastern United States; this is due to product availability. We’ll note any differences below.

1. Core Protein
You know it’s a core protein if it’s written on the bag; for the Lamb & Sweet Potato recipe, the core protein is indeed pure lamb. Specifically, we use lamb meal for a flavorful dose of protein that’s also very highly digestible. What’s the difference between lamb and lamb meal? A “meal” is a concentrated (water and fat removed) version of a protein source. Most foods contain quite a bit of water, so the meal versions are concentrated and are far more rich, without being watered down. As a result, lamb meal contains 300% more protein than fresh lamb!

Note: The Meal Is Real
You might have heard “meals” are unhealthy or bad for your dog – this can be true if you don’t know what meat they’re made from. With our food, you know that “lamb meal” is made from fresh lamb, with no “by-products”, “digests”, or unspecified meats – just high quality concentrated lamb. Just like “pork meal” is a concentrated, nutrient-dense, highly digestible way to eat pork, and “herring meal” is all herring – and packed with omega-3s and omega-6s to promote a healthy coat. The meal is the real deal. We promise.

2. Fruits, Veggies & Carbs
No grains, just wholesome goodness. If you and your doggie live in the Eastern part of the States, your bag of Lamb food will be full of starchy carbs like sweet potatoes as well as natural protein and fiber sources: peas, lentils, and chickpeas. Then we sweetened the deal (and lamb meal) naturally with tomato pomace (a mixture made from crushed skins, seeds, and pulp), dried cranberries, and dried blueberries. Living it up on the West Coast? Your doggies is dining on peas, pea starch, sweet potato, tomato, and dried blueberries. You might be thinking, sure, but what is pea starch? It’s an extremely digestible, gluten-free, tasty carbohydrate that will give your doggie long-lasting energy.

3. Additional Protein Sources
Doggies in the Eastern United States dine on duck meal, salmon meal, and pea protein. Delish! Doggies in the Western US will enjoy Lamb recipe made with pork meal, dried egg, and herring meal. All of these are nutrient-dense sources of protein that are easily digestible for most doggies.

4. Other Important Ingredients
Here’s where we get to the good stuff – your doggie loves our food because we include healthy and hearty fats and natural flavorings to every single batch. Things like chicken fat, fish oil, dried kelp, and salt. We want your doggies to be satiated and satisfied with their meals, so we add a couple ingredients that deliver big time when it comes to bold flavors. Check them all out on our website – we’ve made sure to include every single ingredient.

5. Vitamins & Minerals
This is where we get into the nitty gritty. Your doggie has already gotten all the macro-nutrients they need: Protein, Carbs, and Fats. Now, we need to make sure your doggie is also getting proper vitamins and nutrients to thrive. We worked with experts to create the perfect blend so that if your dog only eats YaDoggie – they’ll get everything they need. Things like folic acid that’s good for blood building, and manganese sulfate, which is necessary for the development of strong bones. Take a look at our website for the complete list. And we know, some of these words are science-y and sound strange, we offer simple explanations so you know exactly what your doggie is getting.

Our goal is twofold: ensure all doggies across the land have access to the high-quality food – and that we empower their parents, owners, and caretakers with knowledge to feed them well. We love the doggies in our lives, and food is love. We want to make sure we show them love by feeding them with healthy, hearty, delicious dog food every day. If some of the ingredients are unfamiliar to you, please check out our website. We’ve listed out each ingredient, and it’s benefits, so that you know what’s in the bowl.

And if something is still confusing, or you’re curious about an ingredient – drop us a line! We’re always happy to chat about our recipes. Email us @ hello@yadoggie.com.

Get Your Doggie To Take Their Meds With These Tips and Tricks

Having a sick doggie is so sad – it sucks when our best buds don’t feel well, and it particularly stinks when you have to give them medicine they hate. There’s no explaining or reasoning with a doggie – you just gotta figure out how to get them to take the meds. Doggies are a lot like children in this regard.

Think about what would make your doggie happy and convince them to eat the pill… the answer? Their favorite foods. Treats. Meats. Things they rarely or never get to eat. What you need is a vessel, and these five options will help you camouflage any pill so your doggie takes the medicine and gets better soon.

Peanut Butter Makes It Better
If you’ve done “the peanut butter thing” with your doggie to great success – meaning, if you’ve let them lick peanut butter off a spoon and they’ve come back wanting more – this could work for you. Peanut butter has a potent smell and strong flavor, so it can mask many medicinal capsules. Plus, the consistency is great for containing a pill; since the butter is tacky, the pill won’t likely slip off the spoon or fall out of the doggie’s mouth. Simply scoop some peanut butter onto a spoon, then nestle a capsule in the middle, tucking it in so that it’s not visible. Then, offer the delicious bite to your doggie, and have a bowl of water nearby – they’ll likely be thirsty after that savory treat!

Sausages Are Super
If your doggie is a meat-lover, special sausages might be the perfect thing to use. Check the ingredients on store-bought variety, picking the cleanest one you can; you know how we are here at YaDoggie – we think food should be food, so steer clear of sausages containing artificial flavors, additives, and preservatives. (You can make your own at home, too, if you’re so inclined.) Warming up the sausage just a little bit will make it extra tasty and juicy, then just cut a chunk of it big enough to enclose the pill, and offer it up to your doggie. They’ll likely be so excited to have such a treat, they won’t notice the pill inside. The more tasty the vessel is, the more it will mask that medicinal flavor.

Cheese, Please
Another food that could work, especially and only if your doggie doesn’t have any dairy allergies, is regular old cheese. Try a plain piece first, to make sure your doggie will eat all of it without issue, and then use cheese to disguise pills whenever you need to. You’ll want to use a common semi-hard cheese, like cheddar or Jack – something you can easily push a pill into. Then, just cut a cube or two, give your doggie the cube without the treat to get them interested, and then follow up with the medical one. Two bites, and you’re done!

Homemade Pill Pockets
If you’re feeling up for a project on top of having a sick doggie – something to keep you busy while they’re resting could be making your own pill pockets. A quick search on Pinterest provides you with a variety of shapes and flavors and ideas to get those pills into your doggie’s system.  From straight-forward to rather ambitious, you can find a project that will suit you and your doggie.

Trick With Treats
If you have YaDoggie treats on hand (which obviously you should), or any of the options above aren’t working, you might need to trick your doggie with treats. Your doggie may have caught onto your motives, and now you need to get a little creative to encourage them to take their medicine. One way to go about this is to have multiple treats at the ready, and give them a few plain – no medicine. Then, slip them a bite with the medicine, either wrapping the medicine up in a treat, or using any of the examples above. After that? Follow up with another plain treat.  Basically, you’d get them interested in eating more, convince them that there’s nothing they don’t like coming, and then give them the pill. It’s not an ideal option, but sometimes you gotta do what works for you and your doggie.

Do you have tricks and special treats that help your doggie take medicine more easily? Let us know in the comments below.

How To Keep Your Doggie Warm In Cold Weather

Fall is here, and while that means some glorious days ahead for us, here on the California coast, we know many parts of the country are starting to see temperatures drop. When the weather turns cold, we humans bust out a new wardrobe, as well as change some of our routines and eating habits – it’s super important to do the same for our doggies.

If you live in a climate that gets cold and windy – we’re talking snow and ice on the ground, especially – think about how you’re going to keep your doggie happy, healthy, and warm this fall and winter.

Proper Attire
It’s coat and sweater season for everyone! Besides being distinguished and dapper, dress your doggie in a warm layer and they’ll feel warm regardless of the elements. Small, short-haired doggies have harder times maintaining a comfortable temperature when it’s cold, so definitely prepare to dress them well. Senior dogs and puppies struggle with this as well, so plan accordingly for those pups.

Proper Hydration
We often think of warmer months being the time to ensure one’s doggie is drinking enough water, but the truth is – hydration is crucial year-round. And in the cold and winter months, we need to make sure that doggies have access to clean, fresh water so their systems keep chugging along smoothly. Also, if their water bowls are typically kept outside,bring them in, or check frequently to make sure the water hasn’t frozen over.

Outside + Active
Keeping your doggie inside during the worst of the weather is your best bet. Even dogs with thick coats should not be exposed to freezing temps all day. Limit their time outside, and plan to be outside only when they are going to be moving – going for a walk or getting exercises in other ways. And, as noted above, bundle them up and make sure they have access to drinkable (i.e., not frozen) water.

Outside + Protected
If your doggies must stay outside for extended times during rough weather, you can do a couple things to keep them safe from the worst weather. Providing shelter from the wind is crucial, so a small a cozy dog house, raised off the ground, would be good. Plus, cover the door with something waterproof, like a heavy plastic, so keep out rain, sleet, and snow. Covering the floor of the space with hay or cedar chips will also cozy it up.

Clean Feet
Just like you’d wipe your boots after being out in the rain and snow, wipe off your doggie’s paws, too. Especially if you live somewhere it snows, ice, salt, and anti-freeze could be on your doggie’s paws. The latter is poisonous if doggies ingest it, and the other two would be just uncomfortable.  

Pay Attention To Signs
The biggest threats that inclement weather can bring to your doggies, are the same ones we humans face, too. Hypothermia and frostbite can happen to doggies, so watch your doggie to see if they are shivering, or trying to get warmer, or if they have painful patches of skin.

Does it get really cold where you live? How do you keep your doggie comfortable? Tell us in the comments below.

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