Disclosure: I received a bag of Nature’s Logic Duck & Salmon Meal dry kibble for free. But, as always, all opinions are my own. They are not influenced by the compensation.
Pluto, our Boston Terrier, is full of energy. He’s constantly running, jumping, and playing. To keep his energy going we sometimes buy him a dog food with higher protein. But, when considering a high protein dog food, you have to look at the dog, too. There are also a few more factors that come into play, too. I’ll be honest, when I first owned a dog, I had no idea. I just fed them whatever. They lived long, healthy lives, too.
The thought of a high protein dog food may make some pet professionals and owners shudder. The most important thing to remember is: proteins are essential, but in reasonable portions from top notch sources. So, when you’re looking at the protein amount in dog food, you have to factor in other things. Like the source of protein.
Too much protein in a dog’s diet is sometimes harmful. Their body has a hard time processing the protein. So, it’s found in the dog’s urine. So, when I got my bag of Nature’s Logic, I was a little worried. The protein seemed a big high. But, I had to remember it was important for me to look at the other factors, too.
Nature’s Logic Duck & Salmon Meal Dog Kibble Pros
- No synthetic vitamins
- No synthetic minerals
- #1 Ingredient: Duck Meal
- Fruit & veggie concentrated
Always remember, when you’re looking for a dog food. Consider your dogs age, weight, breed, activity level, etc. Your veterinarian will more than likely be happy to discuss a suitable diet for your dog with you.
Another great thing is the kibble size. It’s small. So, it’s great for smaller dogs. It’s also great for older dogs who can’t chew as well. For example, my senior dog Mack. We let him try some of Nature’s Logic, too. Just like Pluto, it’s hard to get a picture of them eating. They love to eat! But, I was able to get a picture of him begging for more. Even through those gorgeous, old man cataract eyes.
So, I feel like the crude protein (36%) is a little on the higher end. But, the great thing is, the protein is coming from good protein sources. Sources that must meet the Association of American Feed Control Officials standards. Plus, you can’t beat the veggies and fruits that are in the mix.
Nature’s Logic Veggie & Fruit Mix
- Dried Tomato
- Dried Carrot
- Dried Apple
- Dried Pumpkin
- Dried Blueberry
- Dried Spinach
- Dried Broccoli
But, what if your dog is sensitive to a certain protein? Nature’s Logic offers a variety of protein mixes. High protein diets are ideal for puppies and dogs with high energy. We sometimes gave dog’s high protein diets that suffered from pancreatitis at the vet office I worked at.
But, remember: I’m not a veterinarian. So, any diet concerns should be discussed with a veterinarian.
Overall, I’m pleased with Nature’s Logic. The protein is all good protein. You can’t beat the variety, either. I think Pluto and Mack give it two paws up. Because they demolished it!
Are you familiar with the Nature’s Logic brand? What’s your opinion? I’d love to know and share feedback with the brand!
My family has trusted Gerber for generations. The brand has stolen the baby industeries heart since 1927. We feel the same about their line of GERBER CEREALS, too. We used their cereals to introduce Haley to solid foods. Dray was introduced to solid food with their cereal, too. Plus, it’s easy to mix in your own purees. Making for a different experience for your baby every time.
Introducing Haley to solids was easy. She was a great eater. Dray is a different story. His first birthday was Sunday. He still has problems eating solid foods. We’ve talked to his pediatrician about it. She says to just give him time. It’s just a different experience for me. I guess because Haley was such a fierce eater. Now she is picky, picky, picky.
I used GERBER CEREALS for Haley quite often. Now, Dray has become a Gerber baby, too. Both of my little ones were introduced to the solid food world through their cereals. But, I must say, the flavor variety has expanded since Haley enjoyed the cereal. I found this out while visiting Walmart. They have a HUGE selection. Which is great. Because, Dray is texture and taste funny.
Dray loves fruit. So, when I saw the GERBER CEREALS Rice & Banana Apple, I was ecstatic! I knew he would love this. Plus, all of the benefits it offers is amazing. WalMart has a great variety of the cereal. So, if you’re in the market, I’d check them out.
The #1 food source of iron is GERBER CEREALS!
I mixed apple puree into the cereal. Dray absolutely loved it. He watched me every time I took the spoon to the bowl. He knew the good stuff was coming.
GERBER CEREALS Benefits
- The #1 food source of iron
- Two servings equals 90% of the daily iron baby need
- Made with calcium
- Promotes healthy bones and teeth
- No artificial flavors
- No artificial colors
- Has Zinc, Calcium, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and 6 B Vitamins
Are you just now introducing solid foods to baby? Or are you a professional at introducing them? Regardless of your rank, your baby or toddler will benefit from GERBER CEREALS. Since 1927, Gerber has helped build healthy babies.
Service dogs are vital to many people. They require special training. This training can be expensive. It also may be lengthy. But, these dogs have a job to do. The person with the service dog may not always look like they need assistance. But, not all illnesses appear on the outside. Service dogs, their trainers, and handlers have many rules to abide by, too.
During my 5 year stay at a local veterinary clinic, I met one service dog. Sure, I’ve heard of them. I knew they wore a vest, or something. But that’s where how familiar I was stopped. Which, to me, is pretty sad. Service dogs are a vital part of the medical community. They serve many purposes. The veterinarian field should be educated on this. Thankfully, thanks to an amazing trainer, I’m more familiar with them.
I met Elizabeth Brooks after I began working at a local grooming salon. She used the facility for her training classes. During my time at the shop, we grew a friendship. We are so different. But, at the same time, we’re a lot alike. She’s the mastermind behind Paw Pals Pet Dog Training. She dedicates her life to her business.
She began her training career in 1998. So, as you may expect, she’s seasoned. Elizabeth is also a graduate of Arizona Canine Academy. She’s a Certified Assistance Trainer and a Certified Dog Obedience Instructor. Paw Pals was also featured on Dateline NBC and The BBB Eye in Colorado Springs. This girl is well rounded! Her personality even shows that.
Elizabeth has the patience of a saint. I worked by her side for a while. She was in the process of training a New Foundland. Not to be a service dog. She was doing private in home sessions for basic training. I wasn’t introduced to a service dog until later. That’s when I met this huge, blue merle Great Dane. He was only 8 months old when I met him. Elizabeth couldn’t tell me what condition his handler suffered from. But, watching her train him was a life long lesson.
Service dogs are not pets. When you see one, they are working. It’s important not to distract them.
I think it’s important to educate others on the importance of service dogs. They are trained to help people. These dogs actually perform services for their handler. The services are based on what disability their handler has. Thankfully, there are laws that protect service dogs and their handlers.
Disabilities That May Benefit From A Service Dog
- Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD)
- Panic Disorder
- Neurological Problems
- Physical Weakness
- Social Phobia
Service dogs are trained to do amazing tasks. Being working dogs, that’s what they do. They work for their handlers. They’re providing them with a service.
Things Service Dogs Are Trained To Do
- Deliver handler’s medications during an illness episode or flare up
- Bring a drink to their handler so they can take their medicine
- y Carrphone to their handler during an emergency
- Answer the door when someone rings the doorbell
- Dial 911
- Help when there is a speech impairment
- Ask for help from someone in the workplace
- Assistance with going up and down stairs
- Get handler to stand up
- Call 911 if smoke alarm is going off
- Carry a backpack with medical information and must have supplies
- Medication reminders
- Helps manage emotional overload
- Crowd control
- Wake up a sedated handler
- Turn lights on
- Assisting with safety in public
The International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP) website has a lot of information on service dogs.
Identifying Service Dogs
Orvis has put together a great article and infographic. It focuses on how you can identify if it’s a service dog or a pet.
Check out the Orvis article on identifying service dogs here.
Is That a Real Service Dog? Developed by Orvis.
We all tend to daydream once in a while. But, is it daydreaming or seizures? Absence seizures can seem like someone is daydreaming. But, in reality, they’re having a seizure. Just like a daydreaming episode, these forms of seizures are also short lived. So, sometimes they may be hard to recognize. If you think your child is suffering from absence seizures, you should consult your pediatrician right away.
My daughter, Haley, was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was just 2 years old. Prior to the seizure that caught my attention, Haley didn’t seem to daydream much. She fell a lot. But, I figured that was normal. She was a wild toddler. But, one night she didn’t something strange. Something she has never done in the past. It was enough for me to prompt a call into her pediatrician. She suggested I bring her in right away. Within a week we were at an appointment with the top neurologist at the local children’s hospital.
The “Daydreaming” Episode That Made Us Call The Pediatrician
I remember that night so clearly. We were standing in the kitchen with the back door open. I was cooking, Haley was watching. Then Haley walked straight to the back door and looked out. She stared for a second or two. I thought she was just seeing what she could see. Then I called her name. No response. I called it again, still nothing. So, I started saying silly things. She wouldn’t respond. The only movement was her chewing on the inside of her bottom lip. I tapped her shoulder. She didn’t do anything. This lasted a good minute before I tugged her hair a little. About 10 seconds after the hair tug, she turned around. She was staring at me. She looked petrified. Then she just hung onto my leg.
Epilepsy.com has a load of information on seizures!
Haley’s Initial Pediatrician Appointment
The next day we went to see Haley’s regular pediatrician. After an exam, she referred us to a pediatric neurologist specialist. She explained to us what absence seizures were. She told us to be patient. Sometimes neurology is backed up. So, getting an appointment may take a while. The neurology office called us that day.
Haley’s First Neurology Appointment
Neurology got us in fast. Within a week we were meeting with the top neurologist at the hospital. On his initial exam, his first instinct wasn’t seizures. Since I had never noticed it before, he chalked it up to daydreaming. But, decided to order an EEG anyways. It took a while for us to get the EEG scheduled. It was almost a month before her first EEG.
Daydreaming or Absence Seizures?
I watched Haley a lot during the month prior to the EEG. I knew what I was looking for now. That’s when I started seeing the occurrences more often. I was honestly surprised that I hadn’t noticed them before. But, these only lasted 5 – 20 seconds.
Haley’s Diagnosed With Epilepsy
Haley’s pediatrician called us back two days later with the results of her EEG. They results were abnormal. She had abnormal activity in the right temporal lobe of her brain. She was diagnosed with epilepsy and we started her on medication.
Neurology called us in shortly after we got the results from her pediatrician. They informed us what absence seizures are. One of the rare, but possible, causes of the seizures is brain tumors. The neurologist wanted to do a MRI. Just to rule out any brain tumors. Thankfully, Haley was free of any abnormalities! So, Haley is part of that 60% that do not have a reason behind their epilepsy.
Haley had a second EEG a year after her first. They found the seizures had spread to the left side of her brain as well. She still enjoys every day just like any normal kid. She even started Kindergarten this year. So, before you say your child is just “daydreaming,” make sure you know the facts. Because, let’s be real, is it daydreaming or absence seizures? Epilepsy is the 2nd most common neurological disease in the world.
October is finally here. That means Halloween is right around the corner. We all know what comes with Halloween. The costumes, parties, and of course yummy treats. But, like with any holiday, staying safe is important. Halloween safety is important. We want to make sure all our loved ones are taken care of. That includes our furry family members, too. Chocolate, sour treats, and sweet treats are yummy to us. But, they also entice your furry family members, too.
I must say, our family loves Halloween. We love to decorate, dress up, and of course eat candy. Plus, right before Halloween we get to celebrate Dray’s birthday! But, candy doesn’t just make our mouths water. Our two dogs are famous for licking their lips when they see candy, too. Thankfully my 10 years in the pet industry has opened my eyes to HUGE “no no’s” when it comes to our pets.
For 5 years, I spent time at a local veterinary clinic. Often we had dogs come in that ate something they shouldn’t have. It may have been an object, a plant, or even a pork chop bone. The scary reality is, what we love may not be safe for our dog. There’s one case I saw at the clinic that I will always remember. It was a simple mistake on the pet owner’s behalf. A simple mistake any of us can make.
Buddy was a regular at the vet clinic I worked at. Not because he was sick. It was because his owners traveled often. So, Buddy would use our boarding services on a regular basis. He was a 5 year old, healthy petite Boxer mix. His owners were an older, retired couple. Buddy was wild. But, despite his wild personality, we loved it. So did his owners. We were all aware Buddy received table food at home. His owners would often send him with prepackaged home cooked meals to eat while boarding.
Buddy’s owners had a big trip coming up. So, naturally, he would be staying at the kennel. This trip was longer than their regular weekend getaways. They were traveling to England. So, Buddy would enjoy 15 whole days with us. Which isn’t an issue. I live near a military base. So, military pets boarded for quite a while, quite often. On his first night, I noticed something wasn’t right.
Buddy loved to eat. So, when he refused one of his owner’s famous home cooked meals, I worried a little. By day two, he still refused to eat. That’s when I knew I should bring it to the veterinarian’s attention. She examined him right away. Taking vitals, collecting blood. She even checked a stool and urine sample. Once the initial tests were done, she had to dig deeper.
Abnormal Results Buddy Had
- His bowel movements were runny
- Low temperature
- Abnormal blood levels
The veterinarian decided to do a x-ray. That’s where the problem was found. Buddy had something lodged into his esophagus and stomach. This prompted the doctor to perform emergency surgery on him. She removed many lodged shreds from his organs. As well as a decent sized pork chop bone. Upon talking to Buddy’s owners, they admitted to giving him a pork chop bone the night prior to boarding him.
Unfortunately, the damage was done for Buddy. Shortly after surgery, he got an infection. He bloated and his gums became pale. His treatment was intense. He got IV antibiotics, numerous bags of IV fluids, and constant vital monitoring. Even after his treatment, we still lost him.
Halloween Safety For Pets
Now, Buddy’s outcome is not always the outcome when it comes to dogs eating “no no” items. Take my Siamese cat, Shorty, for example. He ate a ton of my sewing yarn. The first sign was his lack of appetite. Then one day, I saw string hanging out his butt. True story. It took our part time veterinarian over 8 hours removing over a foot of yarn. It was wrapped around his intestines. Cutting off vital blood supply.
Shorty recovered from the whole ordeal. In a record amount of time it seems. You would have never known he enjoyed yarn as an entree. But, as you see, severity varies from case to case. So, it’s important to cover all your bases. It never hurts to have a plan, to be prepared. That’s why Halloween safety for pets is so important.
Dogs and Candy: Sweet Safety Infographic by Orvis.
The infographic above is a great visual tool for Halloween safety. Orvis gives you the facts. Plus, great tips on how to keep your Halloween candy safe. As we enter into the holiday season, remember to protect your furry family members, too.
Make sure you share your holiday pet safety tips below. Especially your Halloween safety tips. The fun night is just around the corner! As a parent, I’m always looking for ways to make sure my whole family is safe during late night trick-or-treating!