How We Improved Our Supplements

See how we changed the formulas on our top-of-the-line dog supplements for the better.

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For over two decades, the folks here at K9POWER have been dedicated to providing dog owners with the highest quality supplements to improve their K9 companions’ health, wellness, appearance and overall nutrition. There’s a reason discerning pet owners have chosen our supplements over our competition all these years, but even so, we thought we’d take that extra step to make our products that much better.

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You may have noticed a change in our packaging and website (sexy, right?), but did you know that we improved all of our formulas too? That’s right, friends, K9POWER got a complete makeover and we’re so proud to say that we offer the absolute best products possible. We hired a top animal nutrition specialist, Dr. George Fahey, to inspect each of our formulas and make key recommendations to improve our product line. Backed by Dr. Fahey’s years of experience, we made each of these changes to improve the performance of our already stellar products.

How do these changes affect the quality of the products our customers have grown to love and trust? Read on for evidence as to how we have materially improved the performance of each of our upgraded dog dietary supplements and why.

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Show Stopper – Show Stopper is our flagship product made with essential nutrients to improve your dog’s skin and coat, and the following adjustments were made to improve its formula:

  • Chicken is now our number one ingredient, not to be confused with chicken meal or chicken byproducts
  • Added coconut oil as a source of medium chain triglycerides, which protects against coat damage and conditions the skin
  • Removed creatine to be in line with AAFCO and the NASC guidelines
  • Increased amount of whole egg by over 5 times as the fatty acids in eggs improve skin and coat health and reduce flaky, dry skin
  • Reduced rice bran to levels supported by research to provide the maximum benefit
  • Changed overall formulation of fats, while maintaining an optimized ratio in our product by reducing chicken fat, beef fat and safflower oil and increasing olive oil, camelina oil and cod liver oil — resulted in an improved ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3
  • Increased plant-based antioxidant levels dramatically through the addition of ingredients like powdered carrot, blueberry, tart cherry, beet juice and broccoli sprouts — antioxidants help reduce seasonal allergies and support a normal inflammatory response
  • Added Icelandic kelp, which has easily digestible vitamins, minerals and protein to aid with amino acid absorption — helps with allergies, dry skin and alopecia
  • Added prebiotics, the fiber that supports key intestinal bacteria
  • Increased probiotics and digestive enzyme levels — same ingredients, just a more effective level
  • Reduced salt and potassium levels
  • Added vitamin E as minor deficiency results in itchy skin
  • Added lutein, which improves skin hydration, elasticity and lipid content
  • Replaced silicon dioxide with rice concentrate as a flowing agent to reduce clumping

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Joint StrongWhen it comes to joint health, K9POWER Joint Strong was already the leading product on the market, and we made it even better. Here are the changes we made:

  • Increased MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), a natural analgesic that blocks the transfer of pain impulses through the nerve fibers and blocks the inflammation by enhancing the activity of cortisol, a natural anti-inflammatory hormone produced by the body.
  • Increased agave nectar to improve taste
  • Added milk protein isolate to help reduce inflammation
  • Increased CMO (Cetyl Myristoleate) levels to maintain joint flexibility by lubricating joints and softening tissue
  • Increased curcumin levels, which comes from Turmeric and is a strong antioxidant with potent anti-inflammatory effects
  • Added cod liver oil and increased camelina oil concentrations which are both good sources of EPA and DHA (omega fatty acids)
  • Increased plant-based antioxidant levels by adding ingredients like powdered tart cherry, pomegranate and vitaberry mix, which can help with allergies and inflammation
  • Added calcium ascorbate (vitamin c), which is necessary for collagen, the main structural protein found in connective tissue
  • Added Icelandic sea kelp, which contains fucoidan, a complex carbohydrate that is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent
  • Reduced salt and potassium
  • Replaced silicon dioxide with rice concentrate as a flowing agent to reduce clumping

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Go Dog – Our water-soluble hydrating formula, Go Dog, is the premier hydration drink for dogs. It’s like a sports drink for dogs! It’s great for competing athletic dogs as well as your everyday hiking pup. Here’s what changed:

  • Balanced formula of electrolyte and calcium replacement elements based on canine requirements — magnesium, sodium, potassium and calcium levels are optimized for proper absorption during and after exercise
  • Adjusted lipid ratios by adding medium chain triglycerides (coconut oil) to help store glycogen better and serve as an energy source to discourage muscle wasting and fatigue
  • Upped the flavor quotient with more real chicken and beef
  • Added quercetin which fights protein breakdown in the body during stress
  • Updated key amino acid contributions adding L-threonine to help maintain proper protein balance in the body and L-tryptophan, to improve athletic performance.
  • Replaced silicon dioxide with rice concentrate as a flowing agent to reduce clumping

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Digest Forte – It’s often your dog’s “output” that indicates health issues first since the digestive tract contains up to 90% of the body’s total cells. Digestion is crucial to proper nutrient absorption, and Digest Forte’s balance of fiber, pre and probiotics helps things run smoothly (and keeps the house less stinky!). Here’s how we improved the formula:

  • Increased our concentration of probiotics and digestive enzymes
  • Optimized the balance of digestible and indigestible fibers (prebiotics) by reducing the rice bran content and adding psyllium fiber, kelp and yucca, which stimulates circulation, improves digestion, reduces inflammation, relieves pain and reduces stool odor (when used for 6-8 weeks) in some dogs
  • Added real chicken as the first ingredient, which improves flavor and is a source of collagen, gelatin, glycine and proline, which contribute to good intestinal health
  • Added agave nectar to improve taste and act as a strong prebiotic
  • Added mannanoligosaccharides (MOS), which improves gastrointestinal health as well as overall health, improving energy levels and performance
  • Added ginger, basil and kelp, which aid in digestion and help support normal gastrointestinal functions
  • Replaced silicon dioxide with rice concentrate as a flowing agent to reduce clumping

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Carnivore Cookies – Our dog treats, Carnivore Cookies, are a longtime favorite of pet owners, and we set out to make them not only healthier but also more delicious for your furry friends.  Dogs rely heavily on smell to enjoy flavor since they have far fewer taste buds than humans, so we added natural hickory smoke flavor to our cookies to give them that that barbecue smell that pups love. Here are the other improvements:

  • Doubled the amount of real chicken in our recipe, giving them a great source of easily digestible protein rich in B vitamins
  • Tripled the amount of egg, a good source of protein, vitamin A, riboflavin, folate, vitamin B12, iron, selenium, biotin and fatty acids
  • Added carrots, which are packed with vitamin A, C, D, E, K, B1 and B6
  • Added real blueberry powder, which is an excellent source of antioxidants, selenium, zinc and iron and is high in vitamins C, E, A and B complex
  • Added tomatoes, which contain many healthy substances, such as lycopene, an important antioxidant which is known to work against cancer, oxidative stress and other diseases
  • Added honey, which healthy for them especially when it comes to digestion, allergies and boosted energy levels
  • Added coconut oil, which helps their skin, digestive and immune systems, metabolic function, bone and brain health
  • Added chicken fat, a quality source of essential fatty acids and an excellent source of energy
  • Added agave nectar, which acts as a prebiotic and replaces fructose in the recipe as the sweetener
  • Added natural hickory smoke extract to improve the treat’s smell and palatability

Top 5 Ways To Improve Your Dog’s Skin & Coat

The best ways to keep your pup’s coat thick and shiny and her skin healthy and itch-free.

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When your face starts to peel or your hair feels dry, you find a remedy, right? It’s only fair to help your pup out with her dog skin care if she starts itching, biting at herself or starts developing skin abnormalities, too! If you notice a change in your dog’s coat, it could mean a lot more than, “oops, I skipped bath time.” There are lots of internal and external factors that could be irritating your dog, but here are five tried and true ways to improve your dog’s coat and skin right now.

shutterstock_4738338941. Up the Omegas

A huge defense for dog allergies, inflammation and dry coat is feeding your dog omega fatty acids. These are types of polyunsaturated fats, and dogs need omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids specifically. For inflammation, autoimmune issues and allergic reactions associated with dry, itchy coat, omega-3 is going to be most effective and for a shiny coat, omega-6 comes in handy. The general recommended ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is 5:1.

  • Omega-3 sources: fish oils (salmon, mackerel, menhaden, sardines, tuna), flax seed, chia and kukui (candlenut) oils, hemp seed oil, pumpkin seed oil, canola oil, walnut oil, or Omega-3 supplements (K9-Power Omega Dog)
  • Omega-6 sources: sunflower oil, safflower oil, soybean oil, corn oil, evening primrose oil

**for dandruff or seborrhea, supplement with zinc, folate, and retinoids in addition to omega fatty acids

shutterstock_5283087522. Check the Ingredients

With tons of dog food options, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and just grab one. Unfortunately there are tons of subpar formulas though, so be sure to check the label first. The following ingredients could be detrimental to your dog’s healthy coat:

  • Corn – Many commercial dog foods use corn as a main ingredient because it’s abundant and cheap, and while high-grade corn in addition to protein sources is not necessarily harmful, it doesn’t add much nutritional value. There is controversy about whether corn is likely to be an allergen to our K9 friends — if you suspect your pup has a food allergy, however, be sure to work with your vet. The real problem with corn is the low-grade variety. Lower grade corn contains more moisture and is more likely to grow mold, making it more susceptible to aflatoxins. Reputable companies screen for these deadly toxins before accepting corn as an ingredient, but be wary. These lower grades are also more likely to attract grain mites which are a large factor in dog allergies resulting in itchy skin, hives or worse.  
  • Soy – Theoretically soy is a wonder ingredient for pets since it’s an inexpensive protein source that contains omega 3 fatty acids, which are great for dogs’ skin and coat! The problem, however, is that studies show 90% of the U.S.’s soy production is genetically modified and doused in pesticides, some of which are linked to cancer. The unfermented, non-organic form of soybeans most often found in dog foods also contain anti-nutrients (soyatoxin, saponins and phytoestrogens) which deplete dogs of minerals, decrease protein digestion, can contribute to pancreatic disorders and lead to thyroid problems. The fermentation process (which soy undergoes for soy sauce, miso, etc.) breaks down the anti-nutrients, but this is not the case in standard dog food.

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3. Supplement

Even if you’re feeding your pup top-of-the-line dog chow, it’s still important to supplement their diet to ensure their skin and coats are in top condition. K9-Power Show Stopper is the perfect defense for seasonal allergies, nutritional deficits and outside factors. The powder nutritional supplement, made with the highest quality human grade ingredients, is added to your pup’s regular food and is well loved by dogs. Show Stopper contains ingredients like coconut oil, olive oil, egg, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins C and E to promote shiny coats, itch-free skin and optimal mental function. It also contains antioxidants for boosted immune health.

Regularly supplementing your dog’s food with Show Stopper can provide the following benefits:

  • Supports pigmentation and highlights in coat color
  • Promotes a healthy immune system
  • May help with occasional or seasonal allergies
  • Protects and supports sensitive skin
  • Contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids
  • Promotes a healthy immune system
  • Tastes delicious

shutterstock_5183704754. Brush, brush, brush

It may sound obvious, but consistently brushing your pooch will not only minimize shedding all over your couch, but it’ll also add shine to your pup’s fur by properly distributing natural oils. Brushing helps rid your pup of any itchy irritants like dirt or bugs while giving you an opportunity to check your best friend for an abnormalities, not to mention the extra bonding time. Try to brush your pup at least once a week to keep a healthy coat for your dog.

shutterstock_5236575975. Bath Time  

Unlike humans who feel the need to bathe every day, bathing your dog too much can actually increase her skin sensitivities by depleting her coat of natural, protective oils. On the other hand, not bathing enough can lead to skin and coat issues as well. Bathing your pup every six weeks is the perfect compromise. Try using a natural shampoo that doesn’t contain sulfates to further protect her skin, and if she’s already itchy, try a gentle, soothing formula made with oatmeal which contains polysaccharides that leave a film on the skin preventing dryness and itching. You can even make your own oatmeal bath by blending a cup of dry oats in a food processor and adding it to your pup’s bath water. Simply soak for 10-15 minutes and dry off without rinsing first.

Make Sure Your Dog Has a Great Boarding Experience

Here are some tips for making sure your dog has the best boarding experience possible!

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The holidays are such a magical time of year where everyone is constantly traveling to visit friends and family. While traveling can be fun and exciting for most, it can be pretty stressful for our K9 friends and their parents, too. Many dog parents enjoy the thought of a multi-day trip for just a few seconds before reality sets in: they’ll have to make accommodations for their fur-babies. Unless you have a small pup who easily fits in a carrier or you have a road trip-distance destination with a dog-friendly place to stay at on the other end, you’ll have to decide what the best dog holiday care option will be. Then it’s a combination of having to leave one of your cherished family members behind during family time plus worrying that your pup is being well taken care of while you’re gone! Finding the right way to board your dog can be an extra layer of unnecessary stress, so here are some 8 tips for boarding your dog to ensure your pup has the best possible time while you’re away!

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Know Your Options

Depending on your prior experiences and your dog’s specific needs, you may already know what the best option for dog care is while you’re away. If you’re new to the whole process, however, know that there are plenty of dog boarding options to choose from! If your pup has trouble adjusting to sleeping in a new place, you can even use services like Rover, DogVacay or Care to find someone to come to your house to feed, walk and care for your pup while you’re away. These sites, which allow all users to rate one another after each stay, also offer overnight care at the sitter’s house if that sounds like a better option – these sites are great because they offer cage-free stays and often even have other dogs around that your pup can play with! If your dog has medical needs or requires special treatment, check out your trusted vet’s facilities, or look on Yelp to find the best (and most affordable) options in your area.

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Do Your Research

Before deciding which boarding method you’ll use, make sure to do some thorough research. Ask your friends what their preferred facility is or which specific dog-sitters they’ve had good experiences with in the past, then check reviews. Rover, DogVacay and Yelp are all review based, so you can ease your mind by only booking sitters who have received many 5-star reviews already. For extra peace of mind, you can ask to meet up with the caregiver before your drop your fur-baby off (many sitters prefer this anyway), to make sure it will be a great fit. This goes for a boarding facility as well; you’re definitely entitled to take a tour beforehand.

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Ask for Updates

When using dog-sitting services, you’re dealing with bonafide dog people, meaning they’re down to take and send you photos of your pup having a great time while you’re away. If you let them know ahead of time that you’re nervous about leaving your pup, they’ll be extra diligent about sending you daily updates on how your little buddy is doing.

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Tell Them Everything

Be super open with your sitter about any issues your pup may have while you’re away, and do your best to prepare them for anything that might happen. If your dog is never around other dogs, for instance, let her know that you’re unsure how your dog will react at mealtime or if your dog doesn’t get along with cats, let her know that she’ll have to be careful on walks. They are always very willing to accommodate special needs.

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Bring Comfort Items

Regardless of where you’re dropping your dog off, make sure you bring some comforting items for them to enjoy in case they have a hard time adjusting. It’s smart to bring your own food to avoid any upset stomachs, but it’s also nice to bring along your dog’s favorite toy, dog bed or blanket that brings him comfort (since it smells like home!).

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Eating Incentive

Sometimes dogs refuse to eat when they’re away from home, so make sure your boarders have a backup plan. With your permission, some facilities will add chicken broth to their food to encourage dogs to eat, but you could also send along some super tasty K9POWER supplements that can easily be mixed into dry food and your pup will gobble it up right away.

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Don’t Forget Treats

Another way to make sure your dog warms up to the sitter right away is to leave behind some treats! Let your sitter know how many you allow your dog to have in an average day and order some K9POWER Carnivore Cookies for the occasion!

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Relax

It’s easier said than done, but now that you’ve done all the research and made sure your pup is under the best possible care, try to relax. Don’t linger too long when you’re dropping him off and try to remain calm as your dog will pick up your emotions and feel stressed if you are. Trust that your dog is in good hands and enjoy your vacation knowing that your fur-baby will be enjoying his vacation too!

 

20 Thoughts Every Dog Has On A Walk With Its Human

Here are 20 thoughts every dog has on a walk with his human.

shutterstock_204860863As soon as you become a dog parent, walks quickly become a part of your daily routine. It’s easy to zone out as you slip on the leash, walk down the sidewalk, stop to pick up a pile or two and go through all the motions. For you, walking with your dog can be great bonding, extra exercise and sometimes extremely inconvenient (like when you’re late for work), but for your furry friend it’s a completely different experience. In case you’ve ever wondered what goes through your dog’s head while you’re out for a walk, we’ve gone ahead and compiled our best educated guesses for you. Here’s a look at the 20 thoughts every dog has on walks.

1. As soon as you pick up the leash:

Is that the sweet, sweet jingling noise of a leash? DO I HEAR A LEASH? There’s no way. It couldn’t possibly be. But is it?

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2. When you clip the leash onto his collar:

I HAVE THE BEST HUMAN IN THE WORLD! We’re going on a walk! We’re going on a walk! This is the best day of my life!

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3. As soon as you walk outside:

I cannot believe I’m outside. This is real. This is actually happening right now. I AM OUTSIDE.

There are so many smells out here. Grass, grass, grass. Mmmm garbage.

4. Passing by the beautiful scenery:

Fresh air, people, birds tweeting..

MUST KILL THAT SQUIRREL!

Oooh, that looks like a great place to pee.

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5. As soon as he’s done peeing:

WALK FASTER, HUMAN! GO GO GO!

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6. When another dog walks by:

STOP!

Heeeey, dog, you look like you need a sniff.

7. When the dog growls:

Mean, doggie! No no no.

I swear my tail wasn’t between my legs a second ago.

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8. When you pass a garbage can:

I smell something delicious. Must. Eat. Now.

YAS! CHICKEN BONE!

Aw man, human took it away from me.

Over it!

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9. As you pass a water bowl:

I’M SO THIRSTY! How did human know I was so thirsty? Why is this wet stuff so good?!

10. Once he’s done hydrating:

Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go! Faster! What are you waiting for??

WAIT! Must pee on this bush.

Oh, I thought there would be more pee in there.

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11. As another dog passes:

Hi friend! Want to play? Let’s play! Want to? Want to? C’mon!

Let’s run circles around each other so our humans can never untangle our leashes!
FRIENDS FOREVER!

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12. When you pull him to keep going:

Nevermind! We’re walking! Sayonara, sucker!

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13. After you pass by all the grassy areas on your walk:

HUMAN! I have to go number two! Right here. Right now. Sidewalk poop.

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14. Once you’ve cleaned up the sidewalk mess:

Umm I need to go again.

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15. As you’re walking back to the house:

I still can’t believe I’m outside right now! This is nuts. I just love my human so much– SQUIRREL!

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16. When you pass a dog lover on the sidewalk:

HI OTHER HUMAN! LOVE ME, PLEASE! Yessss, back scratches are the best.

17. Heading back to the house:

OMG, this smells so familiar! It feels like a memory. Can I smell memories? This is all so exciting.

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18. Walking up the stairs:
Walking, walking, walking. I could walk forever and ever. I could never get tired of walking.

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19. As soon as you walk inside:
I FOUND MORE WET STUFF! I’m going to drink all of it.

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20. Once he’s done drinking:

That bed looks so fluffy! I’m just going to feel it for a min–zzZzzZZzzzZ

10 Dog Friendly Recipes To Make This Fall

Check out these easy to make dog treats perfect for fall!

shutterstock_221659057Fall is, without a doubt, the best time for baking. The chill in the air, the gorgeous multicolored leaves, the abundance of pumpkins and apples, and everyone’s insatiable sweet tooth make it an ideal time to hop in the kitchen. While you’re busy treating your human friends and family members, don’t forget to show your faithful K9 companion some autumn love as well! Here are 10 dog-friendly recipes for Autumn you can whip up for your puppies today because they deserve to be pampered this season, too! Warning: your humans may try to steal these fall dog treats as well, so watch out.

 

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1. 3-Ingredient Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats

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These deliciously adorable DIY dog treats couldn’t be easier to make with just three ingredients: peanut butter, flour and pure canned pumpkin. Simply combine, cut out cute shapes and bake for 8-10 minutes at 350F. You can’t go wrong, and your dog will definitely be begging for more. You don’t have to feel guilty giving in either because pumpkin is great for your pup with plenty of fiber and beta-carotene.
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2. Pumpkin Apple Dog Treats

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Apples are packed with fiber and vitamins A and C AND they helped clean your pup’s teeth, so these pumpkin apple treats are a double whammy. Combine flour, baking powder, diced apples, pumpkin, water and an egg, cut into biscuit shapes and bake at 350F for 30 minutes. An easy peasy dog-friendly recipe! Plus, you could always make an extra batch with some sugar to let your humans enjoy as well.

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3. Apple Carrot Dog Biscuits

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These apple carrot dog biscuits are incredibly cute, and your dog will love the sweet and crunchy carrots mixed with oats and apples. Cut them into heart shapes to add some extra love.

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4. Apple Cinnamon Dog Donut Cookies

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Biscuits made of apples, cinnamon, oat flour and apples are great by themselves, but cut them into donut shapes and add a Greek yogurt/honey glaze to take things to the next level. There’s no way you’ll be able to keep the humans from getting in on this donut action.

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5. Oat and Apples Pretzel Dog Treats

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Ready to get uber creative with your dog treats? Try this fancy oat and apple pretzel recipe! The ingredients are simple and healthy for your pup, but the technique comes when skillfully twisting the dough into the pretzel shape. You got this!

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6. DIY Edible Apple Kong

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You know those Kong toys filled with treats that keep your dogs occupied for hours? They’re incredible, but instead of forking over the money for a new treat every time your pup succeeds in extracting it, try making your own! This DIY Edible Apple Kong is easy and genius. Simply core an apple and stuff it with peanut or almond butter for a cheap and delicious doggie treat.

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7. Frozen Pumpkin and Banana Dog Treats

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If your pup is into ice cubes, he’ll love these frozen pumpkin and banana treats. All you need to do is blend together plain yogurt, canned pumpkin, banana and honey and freeze. Bonus points for adorable ice molds!

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8. Pumpkin Dog Cookies

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You feed your kids thumbprint cookies, so why not feed your dogs paw print cookies? These pumpkin dog treats rely on our tried and true ingredients: pumpkin, egg, oat flour, peanut butter and cinnamon.  

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9. Pumpkin Doggie Donut Holes

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Bring the excitement of taking your pup through the Dunkin Donuts drive through home by baking up your own doggie donut holes! This recipe is hypoallergenic and pretty darn photogenic too.

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10. No Bake Peanut Butter Dog Treats

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Is baking not your forte? Try making these easy no-bake peanut butter dog treats so you don’t risk burning the house down.

What Are Dog Supplements?

Have you ever wondered about dog supplements? Here’s everything you need to know!

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What do you think of when you hear the term “dog supplements?” Perhaps an image of a meathead dog benching 300 pounds comes to mind, or an exasperated overweight pup who is willing to do anything to drop those extra pounds? Maybe you simply laugh and think, “People have too much time on their hands,” or maybe you already spend hours a week perfecting the ratios of vitamins, minerals and nutrients missing from your dog’s food and your ears perk up knowing it might simplify your life. Regardless of how you think of dog supplements right now, we’re here to clear any misconceptions and explain exactly how they can make your life easier while making your dog’s life better. Sounds great, right? Read on for some dog nutrition advice.

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What are dog supplements?

Dog supplements are just like people supplements in that they make your dog’s body and mind function better! Just like you may realize that your diet doesn’t include enough protein or calcium as it is, so you drink protein shakes or take a daily calcium supplement, many dogs don’t get all the of the nutrients they need from their dog chow, so they need some help to achieve optimal nutrition.

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Does my dog need supplements?

If you are conscientious about the type of commercial dog chow you feed to your pup, it may not be necessary to supplement with extra dog vitamins or minerals as many food producers create formulas that are already well balanced for your pup’s health. High quality dog foods are made with at least one whole meat or meat meal (chicken meal, beef meal, turkey meal, etc.) and whole, unprocessed grains from one or more sources. Adding too many vitamins your dog’s diet can actually be harmful, so it’s important to do your research and follow your vet’s dog nutrition advice before tossing any pills at your pup. The following situations definitely require supplements for proper dog nutrition:

  • Home cooked meals: If you cook meals for your dogs instead of feeding them high quality commercial food, it is important to add supplements to your dog’s meals to ensure you aren’t missing out on any essential nutrients.
  • Low quality food: We never recommend feeding your dog low-grade kibbles, but if you suspect your food is not of the highest quality, be sure to supplement to ensure your dog is getting proper nutrients.
  • Health issues: If your dog has stiff joints, itchy skin, is extremely active or has any sort of vet-prescribed deficiency, supplements can be a life-saver.

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How do I know what to supplement with?

You can find tons of recommendations online for how you should be supplementing your dog’s food, but the ratios are difficult to get right, the various pills/powders might taste terrible to your dog, and with so many options to choose from at the health food store, it’s bound to get confusing. You can cut the confusion by supplementing your dog’s food according to its individual needs all in one easy-to-administer formula. That’s where K9POWER comes into play!

What kind of dog supplements are there?

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The most common types of dog supplements are multivitamins, supplements that support joint health, reduce shedding and improve your dog’s coat. Here are some of the most popular K9POWER dog supplements and their main functions:

  • Joint Strong – If your dog has ever experienced any hip or joint pain, which is indicated by limping or labored movement upon waking, Joint Strong just might be your solution. Joint Strong is a supplement that eases joint inflammation with a unique blend of plant antioxidants, omega-3s, glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM/CMO and hyaluronic acid. This combination fights off free radicals, increases joint flexibility and lubrication, and helps build cartilage to keep your dog jumping, running and playing catch without pain regardless of age or other factors.
  • Young At Heart – As your dog ages, many of the compounds that abound in his youth decline, decreasing joint and brain function, muscle mass and cellular activity. The Young At Heart supplement is made with amino acids, vitamins, probiotics and phytonutrients that can help reverse the effects of aging by fighting muscle loss, increasing metabolic rate, and improving joint, mental and eye health. This is the perfect way to allow your dog to age with grace.  
  • Show Stopper – Any number of factors could lead to your dog’s itchy skin and dull coat, and instead of simply accepting it, you can ease their discomfort with Show Stopper. The Show Stopper supplement is formulated with top-of-the-line human grade ingredients like coconut oil, olive oil, egg, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins C and E to make your dog’s coat shine and skin feel great. It also contains an optimized blend of fibers, digestive enzymes, prebiotics and probiotics to aid in your pup’s digestion. This is a great option for any dog!
  • Puppy Gold – For puppies, proper nutrition is key for healthy growth. Like most mammals out in the wild, pups nurse off of their mothers for many months providing them with nature’s perfect formula for growth, but we send our pups to their new homes at just eight weeks, weaning them off of breast milk earlier than their mother would. Puppy Gold is formulated just like a dog’s breast milk with bioactive proteins, micellar casein and colostrum to help them transition smoothly to a commercial diet while also providing immune system boosters like lactotransferrin to avoid infection. It’s also great for pregnant dogs!
  • Super Fuel – Dogs who are very active, whether they’re service dogs, competitors or lovers of playtime, will benefit from the Super Fuel supplement, which aids in recovery, reduces chances of overuse injury, supports muscle growth and burns fat while boosting the immune system. It’s not just for athletic pups though, Super Fuel’s unique blend of antioxidants, protein and vitamins is also a great option for dogs recovering from surgery, chemo and other traumas.
  • Go Dog – Running, hiking and spending time outside are wonderful ways to bond with your dog, but to ensure your dog’s safety when it’s hot or activities are rigorous, supplement with K9POWER’s hydrating Go Dog supplement. This water-soluble formula contains electrolytes, short-burst/long-range energy fuels and buffering agents that help neutralize metabolic acid (H+) build up and keeps your dog in the performance safety zone. It will keep your dog stay energized during a hike and aid in recovery afterward. It’s also delicious, so it will incentivise your dog to stay hydrated even when drinking water seems like a chore.
  • Digest Forte – The Digest Forte supplement promotes healthy gut bacteria for enhanced nutritional absorption and optimal digestion. If your dog suffers from incessant gas, it not only affects the humans who have to smell it, it’s also uncomfortable for your dog. Digest Forte promotes healthy digestion with enzymes and probiotics, meaning less gas, and more consistent, solid and less stinky bowel movements.
  • Omega Dog – The Omega Dog supplement is made of 100% extra virgin camelina oil, which is an incredible alternative to fish oil as it’s completely earth-based, making it more sustainable and safer since it doesn’t contain any mercury, PCBs or heavy metals (plus, no fish smell!). The Omega-3 fatty acids will reduce inflammation, support joint, heart and brain health while giving your pup a gorgeous, glossy coat.
  • Immune Dog – When your dog is faced with allergens, harmful bacteria and other damaging pathogens each day, an immunity boost is very helpful in keeping your dog healthy. The Immune Dog supplement utilizes antioxidants and probiotics to improve nutrition and provide a powerful shield to keep your dog in great health regardless of his surroundings.

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Can I afford dog supplements?

While doing a bunch of guesswork to see which products will or won’t improve your dog’s health, the bills can definitely add up. Figuring out proper ratios and combinations can be a spendy venture, but keeping your dog’s health in tip-top shape can certainly save money on medical bills in the long run! To make sure you’re getting your money’s worth, pick pre-formulated dog supplements that have been approved by a reputable source. At K9POWER, we not only adhere to the strict requirements of the National Animal Supplement Council, but we employed a top animal nutrition specialist, Dr. George Fahey, to review all of our supplement formulas and ensure that every ingredient had a purpose and provided optimal nutrition for your pet. We also have a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so if you don’t see results or are dissatisfied with your product in any way, we are happy to refund you. Finally, we offer free shipping on orders over $75 and discounts on combinations of products, so the answer is: yes, you can definitely afford to supplement your dog’s food.

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10 Ways to Protect Your Dog In Colder Weather

How to take extra care of your furry friends when it’s cold out!

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As temperatures drop outside, it’s important to protect your furry friends from the elements with these cold weather tips. There are several risk factors for pups when it’s freezing out, so it’s imperative to prepare before you’re caught off guard. Fall is the nice in-between time when you start switching out your closet and decor, so take this time to ensure your dog enjoys the change of seasons as much as you do. Here are 10 ways to keep your dog warm in the winter!

shutterstock_2643541251. Protect the Paws

As sidewalks start to freeze over, there will be lots of salt out when walking you’re dog in the winter. Make sure to rinse off and wipe down your pup’s paws after a walk to prevent any cracks or incessant licking on the pads of their feet. Additionally, longer walks or hikes may require footwear, such as winter dog boots, to prevent frostbite and ensure your dog enjoys your outing!

shutterstock_5151358212. Avoid Antifreeze 

Antifreeze is highly toxic to dogs and unfortunately it’s also sweet, so dogs are interested in tasting it. Just a small amount of ingestion can result in kidney damage. Be very cautious of any car spills or strange spots your dog wants to lick outside. To be safe, you can use a less toxic alternative that uses propylene glycol, which is biodegradable and has a taste that isn’t as enticing to pets, instead of ethylene glycol found in traditional antifreeze products.

shutterstock_5278855963. Break out the Sweaters

Small and short-haired dogs may need an extra layer to help maintain a healthy body temperature. There are tons of sweaters and waterproof jackets (some of which are pretty dang adorable) on the market to keep your dog warm in the winter, so you’ll have plenty to choose from. You should also limit outdoor activities during extreme weather conditions as windchill can be very dangerous for dogs, especially on exposed skin on their noses, bellies and ears.

shutterstock_5222866994. Limit Grooming

During the winter months, try to bathe your pups less as it’s more difficult for them to return to a normal body temperature after getting wet, and never shave down their coats. A little extra dog hair around the house is a small price to pay for keeping your pup cozy and warm, plus you’ll still want to brush them regularly to distribute natural oils on their skin, which will help prevent shedding!

shutterstock_2871314125. Feed them More 

Dogs tend to burn more energy trying to stay warm for the next few months, so you may want to consider giving them more food at mealtimes or adding supplements to their normal meals to ensure they’re eating enough and receiving proper nutrition.

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6. Avoid Dry Skin

Before heading out on a walk, try rubbing your pup’s paws with petroleum jelly to avoid dry and cracked paw pads. It’s like Chapstick for your doggie’s feet! Stop their coats from getting dry and itchy as well by supplementing mealtime with K9POWER’s Show Stopper supplement that contains omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins C and E for a healthy, moisturized and beautiful coat. Your dog will love the taste too, so it’ll promote healthy eating habits as well. Keeping your home humidified may also help as the conditions from inside to outside won’t be as drastic.

shutterstock_5293087697. Cuddle Up 

Make sure your pup has a warm place to sleep! Even if you don’t want your furry friends in your own bed, make sure they have dog beds of their own that are safely out of the reach of drafts. You can even throw an old blanket in there for good measure!

shutterstock_5281798278. Report Irresponsible Pet Owners 

If you see animals that are left outside when you think the conditions are unsafe, try to reach the owner to express your concern politely. If the owner is not receptive to your concerns, document as many details as possible (time, date, location, type of animal, photo and video) and report the incident to your local animal control agency or police department.

shutterstock_5254098739. Indoor Exercise 

To make up for spending less time outside, try to incorporate exercise into your indoor routine! Try playing fetch, tug-of-war or good old fashioned puppy wrestling inside to make sure your dog’s muscles don’t start to deteriorate.

shutterstock_53013061010. Stay Out of the Car 

It’s well known that a hot car can be extremely hazardous for an animal, but cold cars can be just as damaging as the temperature inside drops very quickly. Never leave your dog out in the car during extreme temperatures!