Fermented Fish Stock – Superfood?

Fermented fish stock.  Just the name of it sounds, well, icky and sort of smelly.  Once you realize the good that it can do for your pet, your feelings of ‘ick’ might just change.

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Your first question might be “What is it?”.  Answers Fermented Fish stock consists of fish stock and ground fermented sardines.  That’s all.  Simple.  Nothing artificial, no preservatives.  So now that we know what it is, what on earth does it do?

Fermented fish stock is a multipurpose feeding supplement for dogs and cats.  Its benefits are many.  Time to break it down…

  • It contains a substance known as glycoaminoglycans or GAGs.  Basically, GAGs are a major component of joint cartilage, glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid – all things you use for optimal joint support.  It is also high in anti-inflammatory amino acids which helps reduce the swelling that causes arthritis.  Also contained within, is gelatin, whose job it is to coat the joints and act as a shock absorber between joints.  In short, fermented fish stock might just help your dog who suffers from any sort of joint ailments or prevent your healthy dog from ever having issues.
  • It is a natural source of iodine and thyroid nutrients – perfect for dogs that are pre-disposed to hypothyroidism, dogs that are borderline or dogs who actively have hypothyroidism.
  • Fish stock has been shown to be beneficial for dogs with kidney issues.  If you currently have your dog on a low protein prescription kibble and have not made the switch to an appropriate raw kidney diet, fish stock will help reduce your dog’s need for protein by 50%.  It contains high amounts of arginine which is required by the body to metabolize protein waste.  It also reduces blood pressure, both of which take stress off of the already weak kidneys.
  • Both the digestive system and the liver are impacted by the fish stock in beneficial ways.  First, gelatin has the ability to line the digestive system which acts as a barrier to bad bacteria, helps heal leaky gut syndrome and helps ease colitis.  It holds digestive juices in the belly longer which aids in digestion of nutrients and aids in increased absorption of vitamins and minerals.  It is high in glycine which encourages liver detox.
  • All Omega fatty acids are concentrated in the fermented sardines which leads to better skin and coat health
  • Insulin secretion is stimulated naturally by the fermented sardines.  They are also quite high in magnesium which aids in insulin sensitivity making this a perfect addition to a diabetic pet’s diet.

Answer’s Fish Stock, when used as a supplement to your pet’s regular diet, will enhance immune function, provide easily absorbed minerals and nutrients, and promotes healing from within.  It can help with joint function and kidney issues as well as give your pet a gorgeous coat.  Most pets LOVE the taste and it can be mixed right into their food or fed alone.  The smell?  Not nearly as bad as one would think.  Fish Stock is yet another way to enhance your pet’s quality of life – and who doesn’t want that?

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Have you tried fermented fish stock or something similar for your dog? Leave your answer in the comment section below.

Debunking the “Crates are Cruel” Myth

Since the use of a crate for training hit the dog world, its detractors have been hard at work convincing people that crates are cruel.  Many believe them, too many.  Half-truths and misinformation have created a sect of dog owners who are convinced that using a crate is akin to animal abuse.  They couldn’t be more wrong.

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Using a crate does not mean that you are an inattentive or lazy pet owner who abuses their dog for convenience sake.  It means you are a great pet owner who is interested in keeping your dog safe and sound and out of trouble.

Using a crate will not speed up the amount of time it takes to house train your puppy because they will just go anyway.  Actually, they generally won’t unless you break the rules and crate them for far too long.  With few exceptions, by confining your pup when you can’t watch him and taking him out at appropriate times, you indeed help to solidify the idea in the dog’s mind that outdoors is the best place to pee.   Allowing them to remain loose, roaming the house, peeing and pooping at will?  Yeah, that will slow down the house training process alright – it might make it barely possible at all.

Dogs don’t hate crates.  They really don’t, and we aren’t just saying that.  Sure, a dog can learn to hate his crate if you handle things poorly, but it takes some effort on your part for that to happen.  Dogs naturally like a ‘den’.  A crate is a safe quiet place that should mean only positive things to a dog.  Can you train a dog to hate his crate?  Yes.  People do it quite often.  Sometimes without knowing they are doing it.  If you have trained your dog to hate his crate, you are not allowed to claim that your dog hates his crate.  It’s that simple.  The responsibility for their dislike sits firmly with you.

Pet owners don’t just use crates to make their lives easier and so that they can be ‘lazy’.  We use them because it is what is often safest for our dogs.  We use them because we don’t want our dogs hurting themselves by eating inappropriate items.  We use them because there may be a time when our dog needs to spend time at the vet in a small enclosed space (sort of like a crate?) and we don’t want them to be more stressed than they already are.  We use them because disasters and emergencies happen and we never know when it will be an absolute necessity for our dogs to be able to handle being confined for a set amount of time in order to save their lives and ours.  Does it, at times, make our lives easier?  Yes.  Is that a bad thing?  Nope.

Crate training does not cause any of the following: Aggression, withdrawal, hyperactivity, depression, eating disorders, obsessive licking, separation anxiety, inability to bond with humans or muscle atrophy.  Lots of factors can cause one or more of these issues, but proper use of a crate doesn’t cause any of them.

Any tool can be misused.  Using the crate in a proper manner is anything but cruel – it might be one of the greatest things you can do ‘right’ with your dog.

Have you sucessfully used a crate in your dog training? Leave your answer in the comment section below.

5 Ways To Get Your Dog Moving

So you have reconfigured how and what you feed your tubby dog in hopes that you can reverse the wrong and get him back to an optimal (healthy) weight, but that’s is just the first part of it.  Exercise is nearly as important as feeding them right.  People don’t truly become fit and healthy without watching their diet as well as engaging in regular exercise, and this holds true for dogs as well (heck, it holds true for any mammal!).

fat you exercise too 5 Ways To Get Your Dog Moving

Let’s face it, how many among us can honestly say we don’t need more exercise?  If you don’t exercise already, you should be (and so should your dog) and if you do, you should be taking your fat dog along for the ride.  Exercise for a dog isn’t a fenced in yard to go out and pee in – because, more often than not, that’s all they are doing.  Wandering, peeing, and maybe taking a lap.  That isn’t truly exercise – not the kind that will help him be all he can be.  Even if you have more than one dog, random playtime for 20 minutes here and there just doesn’t cut it.  Walking is great – but not if your walks with your pooch consist of an easy stroll around the block and then home again.  A fenced yard and an occasional leisurely walk do not an exercise regime make.

So what do you do?  What actually helps?

  • Plan on 30 minutes of actual exercise with your dog daily (if not more) 30 minutes should be your minimum goal in order to facilitate any real change.  Remember, this means actual exercise, not 30 minutes of your dog wandering the back yard.  Things like biking and jogging are fine once your dog is in shape, but don’t start your chubby puppy out with such high impact exercise.  Learn to walk before you run.
  • Walking is great exercise.  Make sure your walks are brisk, with a purpose and for a decent length.  The distance is certainly dictated by different factors – age of your dog, physical limitations of your dog, and to a lesser extent, the size and/or breed of your dog.  Walk with a purpose at a brisk pace.  Keeping your dog at a sustained trot is the best way to burn calories and build lean muscle.
  • Swimming is a fantastic way for any and all dogs to tone up and burn calories.   It is completely low impact which means it is perfect for dogs with arthritis or joint issues.
  • Play a game.  The best kind of exercise involves the mind AND the body.  Play fetch, hide and seek, do tricks, do SOMETHING.  Don’t let your dog wander the back yard alone – get out there with him.  Make it up as you go along.  These games can also be adapted to be inside games when it is too hot or too cold to spend time outdoors
  • Doggy Daycare.  What exactly do you think your pudgy dog does all say while you are at work?  He sleeps.  He sleeps long hours.  Daycare is the cure for sleeping the day away.

Get up.  Get moving.  Not only can you add years to your dog’s life but maybe some to your own as well.  Lazy isn’t an option.

What are some of the ways you exercise your dog? Leave your answer in the comment section below.