Does Your Pet Need a Limited Ingredient Diet for Tummy or Allergy Issues?

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Limited Ingredient Diets for Pets

Just like people, pets can have allergies, food sensitivities and tummy troubles. Once you’ve seen your veterinarian to rule out other medical conditions or health problems, he or she may suggest you try a special diet. For Daisy, this took some trial and error but we eventually figured out that a grain-free pet food was best for her and saw a huge improvement in her skin rashes and digestion.

Every dog and cat is different, and if going grain-free isn’t enough to see results, you might consider one of single source protein, single source carbohydrate formulas, L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets available from our blog sponsor and Daisy’s food provider, Natural Balance Pet Foods.

Limited ingredient diets minimize the number of ingredients that pets are exposed to, which can be helpful for pet parents looking for simple formulas with simple ingredients.

Natural Balance LID Limited Ingredient Diets foods provide unique alternatives for pets, including:

  • True limited ingredient formulas, with single-sources of animal protein and limited carbohydrate sources
  • The most extensive selection of unique proteins including venison, bison, and wagyu beef
  • Puppy and Large Breed Bites formulas are also available just for our tiniest and biggest best friends too!
  • Complete lines of limited ingredient offerings for both cats and dogs, including dry and canned formulas and treats

How should you go about trying a limited ingredient diet for you pet?

Do a food trial on a limited ingredient diet for at least 10-12 weeks, using a novel protein and carbohydrate source that your dog or cat has not had before. No other treats or food items should be fed during this time period. [Learn more about Limited Ingredient Diets for Pets]

Pet Food Safety Program

In addition to paving the way for limited ingredient diets, Natural Balance has also been a long-time leader in pet food safety. Every production run of Natural Balance pet food is tested before distribution so that you can “Buy With Confidence”.

Not only do they test all products in their state-of-the art in-house laboratory for nine known contaminants before they reach store, but pet parents can also find the Best By Date on your Natural Balance product and read your product’s actual test results on their website.

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Real Life Dog Weight Loss Stories + WIN #PerfectWeight Pet Food

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10 week weight loss pets

For the past 10 weeks, we’ve been letting you know about the importance of helping your pet maintain a healthy weight. We’ve shared Tips on Creating a Healthy Routine for Your Dog, a link to a cool FREE Printable Calendar to help you stay on track, and even news about how to WIN your own supply of weight loss pet food for your dog or cat.

Well, during these past 10 weeks, several pet bloggers took the 10 Week Turnaround Challenge for themselves to help their dogs lose weight by feeding them Hill’s Science Diet Perfect Weight dog food.

By sharing their experiences, we hope it will help motivate and encourage all of you to think about what steps you can take to keep your own fur kid at their perfect weight! Want to find out how they did?

Check out these 3 Real Life Dog Weight Loss Stories:

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Hazel started the 10 week dog weight loss challenge at 28 pounds. The ideal weight for a miniature schnauzer is between 10-15 pounds. On her first check-in, Hazel had lost 2 pounds. Then on her second check-in, she was down another pound. Her final check-in has her down a total of 4 pounds. Hazel now weighs 24 pounds and she feels great!

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Helping Your Dog Achieve and Maintain Their #PerfectWeight

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Is your dog overweight? Finding out and learning what to do about it is an important part of being a pet parent. It’s our job to keep our fur kids healthy, and that includes helping them maintain a healthy weight since this adds to quality of life and life expectancy.

How do you know if your dog is at their healthy weight? Start by checking out this video from Dr. Ashley Gallagher:

Did you watch it? If so you might have been surprised or even shocked to learn that more than 50% of pets are overweight…I certainly didn’t know that!

Dr. Ashley also mentioned this Healthy Pet Weight Tool where you can go to check your dog’s weight online. Be sure to go give that a try.

And the big takeaway from the video is to talk to your dog’s veterinarian for professional medical advice on whether your pet is overweight. It’s important to their overall health and wellness. If your vet says your dog needs to lose some weight, they will tell you the steps you need to take, including diet and exercise.

They may also recommend a special weight loss food like Hill’s® Science Diet® Perfect Weight. With a breakthrough blend of natural ingredients, prebiotic fibers for gentle digestion and 100% precisely balanced nutrition, 70% of cats and dogs who used Science Diet Perfect Weight lost weight within 10 weeks.
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Get Healthy, Stay Healthy with CVS MinuteClinic #MC

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Since I know we are all trying to make healthy changes and keep our families well, I’m participating in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for CVS/pharmacy MinuteClinic to help spread the word about their programs and services to help you get healthy and stay healthy. I received promotional items as a thank you for participating.

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How are YOU doing with your New Year’s resolution so far? This year, the hubby and I resolved to continue our healthy eating, keep up the exercise and look for some new hobbies and activities to join. It’s going pretty well so far, but I remember how hard it was back a few years ago when we both started to think about making serious changes to our lifestyle. We were lucky that we had each other, as well as the support of great doctors to encourage us and provide us the tools we needed to both get serious about weight loss AND to quit smoking. It’s been over 4 years now since we quit smoking (after many previous attempts) and I still remember how tough it was even with professional help! And the battle with weight and healthy eating is an ongoing challenge for us and many other people we know.

That’s why, when I heard about the new Weight Loss Program and Quit Smoking Program offered at CVS MinuteClinic, I jumped at the chance to help spread the word!

The Weight Loss Program at MinuteClinic is personalized, provides ongoing coaching and medical supervision. The program is easy to follow, focuses on healthy eating and is clinically proven to promote weight loss. It also has the added benefit of lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. With your initial assessment, you’ll receive membership to DASH for Health™, a great online resource to help you stay on course between visits to MinuteClinic. The Weight Loss Program is covered by most insurance plans, but contact your insurance company prior to visiting MinuteClinic to verify coverage as well as any copays, co-insurance or deductibles.

Want help quitting smoking? Studies show that smokers assisted by a health care provider have a greater chance of kicking the habit. MinuteClinic created this program that’s covered by most insurance plans to help those over 18(and you don’t even need to make an appointment). The program includes one-on-one consultation with a practitioner, including a nicotine dependence assessment. You’ll get an individualized smoking cessation plan and education based on your needs and goals, ongoing coaching and support in your efforts to quit smoking, plus Nicotine-replacement recommendations or prescriptions, based on what’s appropriate for your needs and situation.

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Want other help keeping yourself and your family healthy? In addition to weight loss and smoking cessation, MinuteClinic has a series of wellness services designed to help you identify lifestyle changes needed to improve your current and future health, including screenings and monitoring for diabetes, blood pressure and high cholesterol.

MinuteClinic is also there to help you with year-round common family illnesses such as strep throat and ear, eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections. Minor wounds, abrasions, skin conditions and joint sprains are treated, along with common vaccinations and walk-in camp, sports and school physicals are available.

Whatever you need to get healthy and stay healthy, MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics, located inside more than 800 CVS/pharmacy stores nationwide, are there to help you stay on track with inspiration and support along the way! They are open 7 days a week with evening hours and you don’t need to make an appointment. Go HERE to learn more & find your nearest CVS MinuteClinic location.

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What’s In Daisy’s Bowl? Natural Balance ALPHA Grain-Free Dog Food!

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Daisy with Natural Balance

Regular readers probably already know about Daisy’s favorite food and how happy we are with feeding her Natural Balance, but I sometimes receive questions from new followers, our friends and even family asking about what dog food Daisy eats, and how we decided on a brand and formula.

Over the first year and a half after adopting Daisy, we struggled with getting her healthy. She was a scrawny, sick little puppy who didn’t like to eat and had trouble when she did. In addition to the tummy troubles, she also had terrible skin rashes that constantly got infected, and after seeing our first few vet bills, we began to suspect that all this was why she was abandoned at the shelter in the first place!

The veterinarian suggested that before we start running more invasive and expensive tests, or put her on prescription food, that we try experimenting with a few premium wheat-free brands to see if we could find one that suited her. We tried a few, allowing enough time for her system to adjust and even though her tummy troubles  diminished, we didn’t really see an improvement in her appetite or skin until trying Natural Balance’s ALPHA. It’s a grain-free formula and comes in 3 varieties: Chicken, Turkey Meal & Duck; Lamb, Chicken Meal & Rabbit; and Trout, Salmon Meal & Whitefish.

Daisy eats the Trout variety and has been since March of 2012 when we first discovered Natural Balance. You can read the original post about how Daisy started eating Natural Balance for more info. Since that time, Daisy’s appetite and weight have become much more healthy and we’ve seen great improvements in her skin allergies as well.

Besides finding the right combination of ingredients for her sensitive system, she really loves the taste. And that’s super important when you have a dog who struggles with lack of appetite! We used to have to take Daisy in for monthly weight-checks just to make sure she wasn’t wasting away (seriously)…now we measure her meal  portions and limit her treats so she doesn’t overdo it with her enthusiasm!

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