Can Dogs Eat Raw Chicken? Bone Up On The Real Story!

Can dogs eat raw chicken? We all know that they CAN, so the real question is about feeding our dogs natural ingredients in a safe way. Is raw chicken GOOD for dogs? Before we answer your question, here’s something to consider. You know that vegetables are good for you, right?

And you know that potatoes are vegetables. Unfortunately, you also know that eating French fries every day is bad for you. So it is with raw chicken and your dog. The answer to your question is “Yes, but …” In other words, raw chicken can be a delicious and nutritious part of your pooch’s diet but only when you prepare it right.

As the Wicked Witch of the West said in The Wizard of Oz, “These things must be done delicately.” Not only will we explain how to feed your dog raw chicken, but we’ve even got three recipes to try.

Canine Nutritional Needs & What a Balanced Diet Means

What is a natural diet? Although the ancestors of dogs were carnivores, their diet consisted of much more than muscle meat. They ate whole animals including bones, digestive system contents, other organs, and fur and feathers, too. They ate eggs with shells and decayed bodies. As pups, they ate the stomach contents vomited by their mothers.

Not only that, we’ve all seen our dogs eat grass and poop. The natural canine diet contains a rich variety of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, fiber, antioxidants, and even necessary intestinal microorganisms essential for health. Today’s dogs make dietary choices based on the choices of survivors over thousands of years.

Nowadays you’re not easily able to provide the same kinds of foods for the pooch in your life. A well-balanced diet not only has to be balanced in the right proportion of ingredients, but it also has to be free of medication residue, lawn pesticides, and other toxic chemicals. To prolong your dog’s lifespan, you may also need to consider the special requirements of elderly dogs, puppies, dogs with medical conditions, pregnant and nursing females, or the unique issues of certain breeds.

So is raw chicken good for dogs? The answer is yes but in balance with other foods. Another thing: while organically raised chickens from humane environments are more nutritious than chickens raised on crowded factory farms, they are less likely to carry salmonella and antibiotic-resistant strains of other harmful bacteria. Small organic farms are also much less damaging to the environment, especially to our waterways.

Can Dogs Eat Raw Meat?

Not only can dogs eat raw meat, but they’ve been eating raw meat for thousands of years. As we’ve pointed out, though, “meat” refers to all animal body parts. Raw. What’s more, wild canines never had just one prey animal to feed upon. The environment is filled with birds, many different kinds of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects.

Some pet nutritionists describe the ideal pet diet as consisting of a combination of parts from different animals. Canine digestive systems have evolved to process such a diet. It’s important to avoid feeding too much fatty meat because most of today’s dogs are not as active as their predator ancestors who had to devote most of their waking hours to going after food.

Is raw chicken good for dogs? Absolutely yes, but it’ll be best when obtained from a farm that doesn’t give its poultry preventive antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals, spray its poultry with parasite toxins and inject its poultry carcasses with chemical-laden brine. The next time you buy packaged chicken from your grocery store, read the label.

Is Raw Food Safe For Your Pooch?

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Living isn’t safe. Every decision we make carries risks, but we decide based on the best information available to us at the time. We also assess our ability to follow through effectively. In the case of choosing how to feed our dogs, if we want the benefits of a raw diet and are aware of the ways to provide it properly, then the chances are good that our pets will blossom with increased energy, a shiny coat, a healthy weight, and a happier spirit.

Offal Isn’t Awful!

“Offal” is another word for “innards.” It refers to internal organs and glands including the heart, liver, kidneys, stomach and tripe, brain, lungs, testicles, and more. Offal provides a concentrated source of high-quality protein as well as B vitamins, iron, manganese, selenium, phosphorous, zinc, and fatty acids.

Offal should be purchased from a clean source rather than used from wild game due to the risk of transmitting parasites. Freezing it below 20F will kill most worms and eggs. Feed it in small quantities (5%-10% of the diet) to prevent diarrhea.

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How Does A Raw Diet Support the Immune System?

A BARF diet — Biologically Appropriate Raw Food or Bones And Raw Food — is formulated to supply nutritional needs with fresh, unprocessed ingredients in their most natural form. When the necessary nutrients are readily digestible, they’re easily absorbed by the body and utilized by the cells and tissues.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower once commented that “wars have been won or lost primarily because of logistics.” Think of logistics as the supply chain or as the bioavailability of nutrients. In other words, the immune system can’t fight invaders unless its “troops” have the supplies they need.

Why Is Raw Chicken Beneficial For Dogs?

According to the American Kennel Club, “the movement toward raw food, including raw chicken and raw chicken bones, is growing.” Chicken is universally available, comparatively inexpensive, and acceptable to the canine digestive system.

The Myth of Salmonella

Salmonella is a very real health risk for humans, but this is one of the ways that our dog buddies are different from us. Many common animals are resistant to the effects of Salmonella infection even though they can be carriers of the bacteria. Humans are not resistant. One of the most common sources of salmonellosis is contamination of dry kibble. The bacteria are everywhere, but they thrive in warm, moist canine intestines filled with slowly digesting starches. Things humans can do to prevent salmonellosis:

  • Feed fresh, clean natural food when possible.
  • Don’t taste your dog’s kibble.
  • Wash hands after playing with any kind of mammal, bird, reptile, or amphibian.
  • Wear gloves and wash your hands with soap and water after handling poop, kibble, and any kind of raw animal product.
  • Wash utensils with soap and water after preparing food made with raw animal products.
  • Safely discard any foul-smelling raw meat and wash hands with soap water.
  • Keep your hands out of your mouth. Wash your hands a lot.

Dog Food To Avoid

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According to veterinary surgeon Dr. Ian Billinghurst, “It is important to realize that processed foods are biologically inappropriate.” You yourself know that even the most basically nutritious ingredients can be made into something toxic through processing. Even simple cooking, while killing bacteria, denatures some proteins and destroys certain vitamins.

Dr. Billinghurst is an active educator about Biologically Appropriate Raw Food (BARF) for pets as well as humans to ensure a variety of fresh foods with their nutritional content intact.

The pet food industry is worth tens of billions of dollars and growing. To mass-produce pet chows in a highly competitive market, the manufacturers have to find a low-cost way to ensure a long shelf life for a product that smells good and looks appealing to consumers. After cooking discarded animal products not used in human food production, manufacturers add preservatives, dyes, and lab-created supplements as well as inert bulking ingredients.

Although the final product is beautifully packaged and legally “complete” according to current regulations, those regulations are neither comprehensive nor economically enforceable. The final product is not biologically complete. The sad fact is that many of our canine companions are obese while being malnourished at the same time. It’s no wonder that they are so often unsatisfied after eating and demonstrate ongoing hunger.

How Is Raw Dog Food Made?

Without endorsing any particular company, Tips for Happy Tails found a video that demonstrates the procedure of making nutritionally balanced raw dog food. You see that the food is clean, the preparer is wearing gloves to prevent contamination, and the finished bags are stored safely to ensure freshness.

Chicken Bones: Raw Chicken Bones vs. Cooked Chicken Bones

Make no bones about it. Giving bones to pets is a hot topic. Can dogs eat raw chicken bones? The diet of the dog’s original wolf ancestor certainly contained bones from many different prey animals. But how is the modern dog different from the wolf ancestor and how are the available bones different from those of the ancient prey animals? Read our post on Can Dogs Eat Raw Chicken Bones? Why They Should!

The wolf ancestors spent their lives catching a variety of prey, so their teeth and jaws were accustomed to chewing. Modern dogs are accustomed to a much softer diet, but we can still improve what we’ve been giving them so their nutritional needs and chewing needs are satisfied.

Humans have food processors and meat grinders! We can combine a variety of fresh, raw ingredients and partially “pre-chew” them so our dogs can become accustomed to eating a more natural diet.

The real danger of bones is giving cooked bones to your dog. Don’t. The heat melts the fat and leaves hardened minerals that can splinter and cause damage to tender tissues. The warnings about cooked bones also apply to bones from the pet store. You can give your buddy bone broth as well as dried powdered bone for flavor enhancers and nutritional supplements.

AKC Standards Regarding A Raw Diet

According to the American Kennel Club, AKC: raw bones provide minerals and other nutrients, satisfy your dog’s natural chewing instinct, and promote oral health by preventing plaque and gum disease. You can offer raw necks, wings, and thighs from poultry and necks, ribs, and tails from larger animals. Small whole animals such as rabbits and fish are also extremely nutrient-dense.
Here are a few AKC recommendations:

  • Never give cooked bones.
  • Supervise your dog and remove any chunks or small pieces.
  • Don’t give bones to pets with stomach conditions.
  • Don’t ever offer a bone when another dog is around.
  • Limit chewing sessions to 10-15 minutes.
  • Give big dogs big bones.

Can Dogs Eat Raw Chicken Bones? Why They Should!

Transitioning from Processed Food to Raw Food

If you’ve spent years eating carry-out food and frozen meals, then you understand what it means to switch over to fresh homemade foods. You definitely feel better, but learning a new lifestyle takes time. So it is with switching over your dog’s diet. Changes should be made slowly in small steps while staying observant of your dog’s physical responses.

In addition, you want to ensure that you’re providing the right balance of ingredients. Without being able to go hunting or shopping, your companion is entirely dependent upon you to supply everything.

The Medicinal Power of Non-Chemical Water

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Did you know that your beloved hound is 80% water? And that you are, too? It’s easy to see why water is the most essential nutrient. You can provide your dog with the most perfectly balanced diet money can buy, but he won’t be able to digest it without clean water. Clean water helps flush out toxins as well. Bottled spring water vs. tap water is one of the best options for your canine friend. Just think about the water you drink . . . why would you give your dog anything different?

To give your dog nine lives, keep the bowl clean and change the water often. The best type of water for your dog is clean spring water from a trusted source or filtered water. While tap water may be reliably treated in some jurisdictions, it is highly contaminated in others.

Resisting Puppy Eyes & Training Your Dog to Follow Directions

Your furkids are going to love trying out this delicious and satisfying diet, so part of your job is to resist those alluring puppy eyes and teach your buddy that you are the Top Dog. They must learn to obey you because in a healthy pack you are the alpha leader.

For example, if you both are out together and you come across a dead animal that might have been poisoned, your dog mustn’t be allowed to assume that it’s a snack from you.

Raw Chicken Recipes for Dogs

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Raw Chicken With Necks Adult Dog Food Recipe

Your dog will be able to smell and taste the mixture of wonderfully nutritious foods in this recipe which meets the Association of American Feed Control Officials’ standards of nutrition for adult dogs.


3 lbs. 92% lean ground chicken (pasture-raised is the most nutritionally balanced)
3 lbs. skinless turkey or chicken necks (approximately five turkey necks/33 chicken necks)
2 lbs. turkey livers (not chicken livers)
1 lb. chicken hearts
10 pasture-raised eggs with shells removed
8 oz. broccoli
1.5 lbs. kale
12 oz. blueberries or mixed berries such as cranberries, blackberries, raspberries, with blueberries


  • Grind the liver, heart, and necks. If you can’t grind the necks, set them aside.
  • Puree the broccoli, kale, and berries.
  • Combine ground chicken, livers, hearts, and veggie/berry mix, including the ground necks.
  • Mix thoroughly after adding the eggs.
  • Freeze the mixture into small containers along with the poultry necks if left whole.
  • If the necks have not been ground, feed them alone for one meal, then feed the mixture for the next meal.

Notes from the website:

“If you use poultry that isn’t raised on pasture, this recipe will have an omega-6/omega-3 ratio of 6:1. This is a bit rich in Linoleic Acid, a fatty acid that can cause chronic inflammation if not properly balanced with anti-inflammatory fatty acids including GLA and EPA. We recommend feeding Safe-Sea daily to help balance your dog’s fatty acids. This will bring the omega-6/omega-3 ratio down to 4:1. But don’t add any oil to the recipe directly. To reduce oxidation, you don’t want to expose the oil to oxygen for too long. Instead, give it daily with your dog’s meal.”


How Much To Feed:
In general, dogs should eat about 2-3% of their body weight daily in raw food. Approximate feeding guide for this particular recipe:
10-lb. dog: 22 days
25-lb. dog: 11 days
50-lb. dog: 6-7 days
75-lb. dog: 4-5 days
100-lb. dog: 3-4 days

Healthy Raw Dog Food Recipe for All Ages and Breeds

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Healthy Raw Dog Food Recipe for All Ages and Breeds

Just like humans, dogs love and thrive on variety in their diet. This is a basic recipe meant as a dietary supplement whose ingredients can be varied depending on your dog’s age, weight, health conditions, and other factors. You may want to add certain nutritional supplements.


2.5 cups boneless chicken breast (Can dogs eat raw chicken breast? Yes, yes, yes!)
1 cup chicken livers
1/2 cup ground chicken bone
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped green beans
1 egg including shell


  • Combine! That’s it!
  • May be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to five days or kept frozen up to three months.
  • Steaming the vegetables is an option to make them easier to chew for dogs with oral health issues. Light steaming can make the food more tempting to dogs with selective preferences.
Author: Samantha Randall

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Raw Dog Food Patties Recipe #2


2 ½ lbs. ground beef
4 oz. chicken livers
1 small apple, cored
1 carrot, chopped
2 eggs with shells
½ cup baby spinach
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. ground flax seed
½ cup plain yogurt


  • Blend spinach, apple, and carrot in food processor until finely chopped.
  • Add all other ingredients except for the ground beef and process until well-blended.
  • Combine mixture in large bowl with ground beef using hands or spatula.
  • Form palm-sized patties. Place on parchment paper on baking sheet.
  • Freeze until solid, then transfer into storage container.
  • Before using, thaw in refrigerator the night before.

Not only are meaty bones an excellent source of protein, but also organic human-grade raw muscle meat, fish, and organ meats. Options include turkey, duck, chicken, and game bird necks, wings, thighs, and feet. Beef, bison, pork, lamb, rabbit, and venison are also good choices.

Organ meats are rich in nutrients. Whole fish is very beneficial but due to the possibility of parasites, wild-caught fish, as well as raw salmon, should be frozen first. Freeze trout and raw salmon for only 24 hours, but freeze other fish for three weeks.

Canine systems can better digest raw veggies when they’re pureed or finely ground; lightly steaming them provides the optimum nutritive value. Too many onions can be gas-producing and cause uncomfortable gas, but safe choices include cauliflower, carrots, green beans, okra, parsley, clergy, Romaine lettuce, pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes, and small amounts of peas.

Preparing Fruits

Prepare fruits the same as veggies to make the nutrients most digestible. Popular options include blueberries, strawberries, pears, apples, bananas, and melons.

Additional healthful ingredients for one or twice weekly include plain yogurt and cottage cheese, peanuts, sunflower seeds, and unsalted kelp. Keep in mind raw eggs are beneficial but the shells are safest when ground to a powder.

FAQ — Frequently Asked Questions: Can Dogs Eat Raw Chicken?

Can dogs eat raw chicken thigh bones?
They really can! Chicken thighs must be RAW so they’re soft and flexible. Cooked bones easily splinter. Remember to be present to supervise while your dog is chewing.

Can dogs eat raw chicken wings?
Clean raw whole wings from minimally processed chickens are good for canines. Because they’re chewy and flexible, they function like toothbrushes.

What about raw chicken fat for dogs?
It depends on the source of the chicken. Fat from a clean chicken raised in a natural environment and packaged with minimal processing is less likely to contain concentrations of toxic chemicals. Be sure you’re aware of the total fat percentage in your dog’s meal so you don’t give too much.

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Final Thoughts

So . . . . can dogs eat raw chicken? Now you know that the answer is not only a resounding YES but that raw foods are very good for your dog. You also understand what it means to serve it safely because the foods don’t contain any preservatives. Your dog already loves you, but now your dog is REALLY going to love you for putting so much attention into providing the best opportunities for a long and healthy life!

Additional Resources

Information about FDA pet food regulations:,that%20for%20other%20animal%20foods.

Information about the Association of American Feed Control Officials:

Supporting your dog’s immune system:

Raw bones:,splinter%20and%20cause%20internal%20injury.

Great Dane Lifespan: Complete Guide To A Long Life

How long do Great Danes live? Not long enough! The world would be a better place if there were more of these friendly, affectionate, playful, gentle giants. Although the average Great Dane lifespan is only 7-10 years, you have it within your power to add to it. And we’re going to tell you all the ways you can do just that!

Why Do People Love Great Danes?

In addition to their comically expressive faces, Great Danes have an endearing temperament and personality. First, do you know the difference between temperament and personality? Temperament refers to an inborn genetic tendency toward certain behaviors.

In other words, temperament is a natural predisposition. Personality, on the other hand, is one’s identity based on temperament but developed over the years. It includes learned behaviors from parental upbringing, cultural surroundings, and exposure to other influences. Here are a few of the especially lovable traits that Great Danes possess:

  • Playfulness and Humor: Dane lovers observe that their dogs seem to respond to the sound of human laughter and quickly learn to keep doing things to make people laugh more.
  • Loyalty: Sometimes called “velcro dogs,” Danes bond closely with their humans with a high level of affection and devotion. They like to lean on you and want to cuddle in your lap.
  • Companionability: As a breed, Great Danes are generally accepting of new friends of all ages.
  • Tolerance and Gentleness: They demonstrate amazing patience toward the antics of small children, puppies, and other such lively creatures. As adults, they seem to sense the need for gentleness and care during play. A word of caution: as exuberant puppies, not so much!
  • Big Hearts: These sweet dogs have sensitive feelings so don’t make fun of them. As a matter of fact, they literally do have big hearts! The dog is the animal with the largest heart-to-body-mass ratio, more than elephants and humans.

Great Dane Breed Characteristics & Interesting Facts

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Why Are Great Danes So Big?

Dogs have been partnering with humans all over the world for thousands of years. Just as humans adapted to the demands of the local climate and activities of survival, so did dogs. Big hunting hounds appear in ancient Egyptian art as well as in ancient Chinese literature. By the Middle Ages, several different kinds of muscular dogs were used for hunting boars, bears, and other large animals.

It was only natural that dogs were included as valuable commodities traded among the various kingdoms. Many of the dogs were kept indoors to guard the families against invaders and assassins. Since most of the bloodlines came from Germany and England, the reason for the breed’s name change in the 1800s is unknown. Although originally bred to corner and hold game during the hunt, today these hounds are known for lacking a strong prey drive.

The Great Dane Body

Great Danes characteristically stand out not only for their size but for their powerful, heavily boned, smoothly muscled bodies. They can stand well over 40 inches at the shoulders and weigh 100-200 pounds. Males are generally larger than females. They have big heads, big mouths, big teeth, and big drool.

Their ears are typically big, too, and naturally floppy. For protection against boars’ tusks, hunting dogs’ ears were cropped. Today, since Danes are mostly companion animals, the practice of cropping has been banned in many countries or only legally performed by veterinary surgeons. There’s no health reason to deprive anybody of their ears.

Coat and Grooming Needs

The Great Dane coat is short and flat and comes in a variety of colors. The only color to avoid is pure white because it’s frequently linked genetically to vision and hearing disabilities. Do Great Danes shed? Not only are they moderate to heavy shedders, but there are also many more square inches of furry skin compared to most other dogs.

Almost all dogs shed. Canine coats are divided into two types: single and double. Double coats have a thick, soft undercoat covered by a long, thick overcoat of guard hairs. Danes have single coats without the insulating undercoat. They shed year-round but usually more during spring.

Besides good nutrition and general health maintenance, the best thing you can do to manage shedding is to brush your pooch’s coat often. Brushing is also a wonderful bonding activity to share because it’s calming and soothing.

A large shedding brush or bristle brush used a couple of times weekly is good, although using it daily is even better. Bathing too often will cause dry skin, so it’s important to use a pH-neutral shampoo formulated for dogs with natural ingredients instead of dyes and artificial additives.

Natural Tendencies of Great Danes

  • Barking: Low
  • Digging: Low
  • Drooling: High
  • Energy Level: Average
  • Guarding Ability: Althogh naturally protective of their households and intimidating with their size and deep bark, Danes are not naturally aggressive.
  • Heat Tolerance: High; they like hot weather
  • Metabolism: High; they grow fast and their bodies require lots of energy to function
  • Playfulness: High
  • Snoring: Low
  • Shedding: High; easy to groom but need regular and frequent grooming
  • Social Needs: High; they easily become lonely and need your company
  • Trainability: Generally eager to please but need attentive training due to size; can understand 150-250 words and hand signals; however, thinking beings with brains are susceptible to boredom
  • Water Behavior: Varies from individual to individual; can swim but not genetically bred to work in water; although their body shape is good for swimming, lean muscle is dense and heavy

Activity & Exercise

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The right kind of regular activity and exercise will not only extend the Great Dane life expectancy but their quality of life as well. In addition, sharing active fun together will strengthen your shared social bond and probably extend your own life expectancy. Although your Dane might be content to lie around like a giant bag of couch potatoes, the pent-up energy will break loose sooner or later.

For optimum health provide up to two hours of activity daily in separate sessions lasting 20-40 minutes. One to three walks every day plus some form of brisk freestyle activity is recommended. Unlike some breeds, a Great Dane’s bones and joints, especially in rapidly growing puppies, can be harmed by too much exercise.

Daily Walks And Plenty Of Cardio

Hip damage in the first year or two will last a lifetime. While daily walks provide physical, mental, and social stimulation, humans walk too slowly to give long-legged dogs the level of activity they need. Jogging and visits to dog parks can supplement the daily walks as well as games such as fetch and opportunities to swim.

Be ready to slow things down if your Great Dane starts getting tired; an exhausted animal risks becoming injured. When Shakespeare commented that “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak,” he might have been thinking of the welfare of an exuberant giant hound. Instead of asking about the Great Dane lifespan, you might ask about what age they’re considered to be seniors.

By age seven most of them have developed joint problems such as arthritis, pain, and lameness in the hips. Your dog’s veterinarian can help you adjust the kinds and amounts of activities accordingly.

Signs Of Lack Of Exercise

If your Great Dane isn’t getting enough exercise, you might observe:

  • Obesity: You should be able to see ribs under the muscle.
  • Abnormal restlessness: Pacing, barking, and other signs of unrelieved energy.
  • Destructive behaviors: Chewing and even aggression are often caused by frustration.

Walking Big Dogs Safely

To walk your big dog safely, train your dog from an early age — taking a training class together will be one of the best investments of your life. The rest of this section is about choosing the right gear for your safety. To have physical control of your dog, you need a good-quality collar or harness that fits properly without causing pain.

You also need a strong non-retractable leash. Slip your thumb through the leash loop and use your other hand to control the amount of slack between you and your dog. While you don’t want your dog to escape, neither do you want surgery to repair your fractured hand. You’ll need to wear snugly fitting footwear with good traction in case the dog lunges or pulls.

You may even want knee protectors. Because both hands need to be free for handling the leash, some people wear a fanny pack for reward treats, cleanup bags, and other belongings. Remember that walking is not just for your dog “to do his business” or to hurry through 20 minutes of required exercise. It’s an opportunity for bonding as you and your buddy explore the world together.

Can Great Danes Swim?

Hundreds of years ago, the mastiff-like hunting dogs were bred to chase down and corner large game animals on land. Consequently, the modern Great Dane is not automatically compelled to gallop into bodies of water the same way retrievers often do. However, many enjoy getting wet. You can gradually introduce your Dane to water with the garden hose or sprinkler if the water isn’t frigid and the spray is gentle.

Many people start with a kiddie-type wading pool in the security of their backyard without distractions or loud, frightening noises. The idea is to make the first experiences pleasant. Since you and your dog belong to the same pack, you can enhance the experience by getting wet together.

Share the joy! This is where training comes in handy because when you direct your dog to HEEL, fear is replaced by the need to follow. Bring a favorite toy into the water as an added temptation.

If your Great Dane has joint problems, or any issues with pain or stress, hydrotherapy might provide a welcome activity option. The water is relaxing, offering buoyancy as well as resistance without stressing the joints. To learn more about recreational hydrotherapy at home or a supervised rehabilitation program, talk to your dog’s vet.

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Medicinal Benefits of a Biologically Appropriate Diet

A natural, nutrient-dense diet of fresh ingredients is one of the key factors in the Great Dane lifespan and quality of life. Scientists aren’t fully sure why large dogs have short lifespans but research is ongoing. It seems related to a high metabolism — needing more energy to carry out cellular functions while battling oxidative stress.

An ongoing invisible war rages in all of our bodies as antioxidants try to stabilize the damage caused by an overabundance of free radical molecules. Free radicals are generated by both internal and external sources. Although some enzymes scavenge free radicals, a large number of certain antioxidants are supplied by a biologically appropriate diet.

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BARFing is good! A BARF diet (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) means fresh, natural, unprocessed food containing a balance of proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other ingredients necessary for optimum health. The nutrients are bioavailable in a form that is easily absorbed by the body. For example, it’s not enough to give your dog protein: shoe leather is protein but it’s barely digestible and it contains toxic chemicals.

The ideal BARF diet contains no fillers, only useful and usable nutrients. Tragically, many dogs forced to consume certain popular commercial dog brands are not only overweight but malnourished and hungry at the same time because of the excessive amount of non-nutritive additives designed to preserve the food, make it palatable, and alter the appearance so consumers find it visually appealing.

Avoiding Preservatives And Fillers Create Longevity

Because foods manufactured in bulk are difficult to market fresh, they require shelf-stable ingredients such as cornmeal and preservatives in order to last for months instead of days without molding or becoming rancid. Although cooking destroys most bacteria, it also destroys many vitamins and proteins, which then have to be added later in synthetic form during the processing.

So what should you feed your beloved Great Dane for a longer lifespan? Avoid foods causing gas. Read labels so you understand what’s in your dog’s food. Research unbiased reviews of commercial dog foods online. Learn to add natural foods as supplements for a healthier, happier dog. (While you’re at it, check out some of our Tips for Happy Tails posts including the one on seaweed for dogs!).

Not only will your pooch enjoy the variety, but will benefit from the needed nourishment. Because a natural diet is satisfying, it aids in maintaining a healthy weight for your Great Dane. Weight control is a major factor in extending the Great Dane life expectancy.

Clean Purified Or Spring Water A Must

A word about water: opinions differ about the best water for your pets. Many experts believe that if your local tap water is safe for you, then it’s safe for dogs, and local water suppliers can provide information on state regulations and compliance records. Home filtration devices and bottled spring water are alternatives to tap water. A greater concern is poor hydration due to the lack of available fresh water at all times.

Canine Mental & Emotional Health

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Canines are pack animals, and you’re the pack. What’s more, Great Danes are “people persons” and want to be with you. They want physical contact with you. Because you’re the pack, you have the responsibility of learning to understand their body language and vocal sounds as well as to teach them some of yours.

Have you ever been in love and cherished every glance, every smile, every touch, every message? Great Danes love their humans and crave frequent contact throughout the day.

To strengthen your bond of trust, take advantage of every opportunity to include your pooch in everyday activities. Talk to your dog … express your feelings … show your dog the computer screen … play music to your dog … it’s all good. You can also have fun with toys and games together. Some Dane lovers report that their dogs especially love small squeaky toys. Finally, you can teach your dog things, as we’re going to explain next.

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Training Your Great Dane

Training is not boot camp and you are not a drill sergeant! Training represents communication and teamwork. There is no punishment, yelling, or name-calling. Your dog wants to please you but neither one of you is fluent in the other’s language so things will get easier as you learn to work together.

The benefits of training include safety, control during crisis, and the pleasure of working together. Good training classes are available through dog clubs, pet stores, and online. Although many training techniques exist, the most successful ones emphasize a good learning environment, communication, consistency, repetition, and rewards.

  • Learning Environment: The best time for anyone to learn is when they’re comfortable, rested, relaxed, and feeling safe in a distraction-free setting. Knowing that learning will be rewarded with snacks provides a good motivation. Creating teachable moments is important in childhood education but it works for your big dog children, too.
  • Communication: Teacher and pupil need to share a relationship of respect and willingness to communicate. The first step is learning how to learn and learning what to expect in future sessions.
  • Consistency: Consistency breeds confidence. Inconsistency breeds confusion.
  • Repetition: Repeating the steps often will reinforce the desired behaviors.
  • Rewards: Rewards clinch the deal! Choose small, nutritious tidbits for formal training but reward good behavior anytime with affection or a playtime session.

Learn Basic Commands First

Teach these basic commands first for safety, then have fun teaching tricks after these are mastered:
1. Come!
2. Heel!
3. Sit!
4. Down!
5. Stay!
Begin communication training early and reinforce it often. Most trainers use a hand sign with each verbal command. These life-saving directions extend the Great Dane lifespan by ensuring that these big dogs are never out of control because your Dane knows that you’re the top dog providing leadership for the welfare of the pack.

A final point: consider choosing universal terms that other people would use automatically in an emergency if you’re not around. While issuing commands in another language or choosing funny words might seem like fun, your dog’s life might depend on being under control.

Special Considerations for Big Dogs

The growing trend in nursing homes and other medical facilities is “person-centered care” that focuses on the individual needs and preferences of each patient instead of using a “one size fits all” philosophy. The best practices in pet care are tailored in the same way.

Large breeds have special needs. Because of their high metabolism and extra stress on their hearts and joints during rapid growth, you’ll add to the Great Dane lifespan by making some adjustments just for them. How long do Great Danes live? They live longer when their special needs are met.

  • Eating: To prevent orthopedic strain, put food and water bowls on a low table or in a custom elevated dish holder.
  • Bathing: Don’t force a giant dog into a slippery bathtub. A shower stall, basin bath while standing, or outdoor set-up is safer.
  • Nail Trimming: Reread our section on training. If you start early with short, positive sessions, your dog will become conditioned to nail trimming as a regular part of grooming. Trimming your dog’s nails is another way to establish leadership and trust, therefore, reinforcing the bond.
  • Stairs: If your Dane becomes ill or disabled, you’ll need to find a way to navigate stairs in and out of the house as well as into rooms on different levels.
  • Space: Have you been the parent of a teenage boy? Known a teenage boy? Been a teenage boy? Are you a teenage boy? It’s challenging to be unaware of your own size, and nobody should get impatient with you for something that’s not your fault! That’s how it is with Great Danes: they need ample space for zoomies, flinging drool, all those big legs, and their muscular, wildly whipping tails. And don’t be surprised to see a big head resting on the countertop or even stovetop.

Genetic Health Tendencies

How are big dogs different from little dogs? Big dog bodies are prone to unique health issues. Orthopedic problems such as arthritis, hypertrophic osteodystrophy (HOD), and hip dysplasia are unfortunately common in large, fast-growing animals. Arthritis develops over the Great Dane lifespan but can be slowed down or minimized in the ways we’ve discussed.

HOD is a painful autoimmune bone disorder appearing in puppyhood. Hip dysplasia is a genetic condition in which the knob at the top of the thigh bone doesn’t fit correctly into the hip socket. Giant canines can also acquire cardiomyopathy, a serious heart condition commonly known as enlarged heart. You see why weight control is so important for your Great Dane.

One of the most severe conditions requiring emergency treatment is bloat. Often but not always the result of a large meal, gas becomes trapped in the twisted digestive tract as pressure builds up. Bloat can also result from gas-producing foods, allergens, poor quality kibble, eating too quickly, exercising after eating, and swallowing air. Dogs following a BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Diet) are much less prone to bloat.

If your dog develops a firm, swollen abdomen or begins retching without vomiting, get veterinary help immediately.

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About Great Danes

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Are Great Danes dangerous?
1. Their tails (Some of their enthusiastic “happy tails” run over a foot and a half long and sting like a whip.)
2. Their farts (Large dogs don’t suffer from excessive flatulence but might make the humans around them suffer! Many commercial food ingredients cause indigestion and gas. Anxiety or stress can cause dogs to swallow air as well.)
3. Their size
4. Their drooling

How Old Was the Oldest Great Dane?
Pirate was a handsome gray gentleman in the UK who lived to be 11-1/2 years old. His human, Sarah attributed his longevity to cuddles, love, and happiness. She also said that he wouldn’t have lived so long without a natural diet made of chicken, vegetables, whole grains, and balanced nutrition without artificial ingredients and specially formulated to his age, weight, medical conditions, and taste preferences.

What Is the Difference Between a Watch Dog and a Guard Dog?
A watchdog is like a burglar alarm, ready to alert you to the presence of invaders. A guard dog may or may not bark; some silently go after a perceived threat, either cornering or attacking the offender. Great Danes are protective of the ones they love and appear menacing with their size and deep bark, but since they’ve been bred as companion animals for centuries, they’re not likely to attack without special training.

Do Great Danes Need Another Great Dane to Be Happy?
One of the reasons that dogs inspire the best in humans is their sense of gratitude. Dogs appreciate everything good in their lives even when their needs aren’t being met. In the perfect world, your Dane would have another Dane companion along with you, and you’d all be together all the time!

FACT: If not the same breed or breed type, most dogs do like having at least another compatible pooch of some kind in the household.

How Fast Can Great Danes Run?
They’ve been clocked at 30 miles per hour (48 kilometers per hour), around the average speed of a galloping horse! That’s why the Great Dane lifespan depends on adequate exercise, the right kind of nutrition, and obedience training.

So How Long Do Great Danes Live?

Five years? Twelve years? Some people wonder if smaller Danes live a little longer than larger individuals, and the answer is that they do. And similar to the human species, female Great Danes tend to live a bit longer than males. None of us knows how long we’re going to live, but we’re grateful for whatever time we have.

In fact, think about all the short-lived things in life you enjoy: holidays, parties, meals, sunrises and sunsets, favorite songs, pet hamsters … the list goes on and on. You focus on quality over quantity. Check out this peek into life with a Great Dane.

Final Thoughts

Is a Great Dane right for you? Are you right for a Great Dane? What is the Great Dane lifespan, and how can you extend it? Now you have some answers. You and your Great Dane are members of a very special pack, and you’re very privileged indeed to be adopted by such a gentle giant.


General Info about Great Danes and Choosing a Healthy One

Information about the BARF Diet

Online Dog Training Courses

Can Dogs Eat Raw Chicken Bones? Why They Should!

Bones and dogs said in the same sentence have been a controversial topic ever since the inception of processed dog food. The purpose of this post is to dispel the myth that bones, raw bones to be specific, and raw chicken bones to be even more specific are not good for dogs. Quite the contrary. Read on to fully understand the answer to the question, “Can Dogs Eat Raw Chicken Bones?” You’ll learn not only that raw chicken bones and other raw bones are good for dogs but Why they are a beneficial and necessary part of a balanced species-specific diet.

Can Dogs Eat Raw Chicken Bones And Raw Chicken?

To get a thorough understanding of why dogs can eat raw chicken, raw meat and raw bones let’s look at exactly what a species-specific diet means. Well, species-specific means just that, it’s specific to its species. We are humans and eat a human diet, but unlike our canine companions, we don’t require raw meat nor bones in any form to meet our nutritional requirements. They DO.

The domesticated dog has evolved from its ancestor the wolf, who thrived in nature, living as a carnivore and omnivore eating all forms of raw flesh and bones to plant matter. Though there are thousands of dog breeds bred to perform an ever-widening scope of functions and tasks – there still remain two basic inherent traits.

  1. Physiological Need For Specific Nutrients
  2. Pack Mentality – The need to lead or be led

Physiological Need For Specific Nutrients

The first inherent trait: Raw bones are the number one source of minerals for dogs. Minerals in the raw bones are completely bioavailable, meaning they can be absorbed and digested easily. Raw bones are actually living tissue and contain complex sources of nutrients. If the bone is from chicken or turkey it will contain high amounts of essential fatty acids. In addition, fat-soluble vitamins are contained within the fat part of the chicken or turkey bone.

Pack Mentality – The Need To Lead or Be Led

The second inherent trait: Pack Mentality. Dogs by nature are designed to follow or lead, this is what ensures survival from the alpha to the omega. It explains the unwavering loyalty a dog engenders, hence the saying, ‘dog is man’s best friend.’ Be Your Own Dog Trainer For Dogs ~ Beginners Guide.

There is a reason this saying gave rise to its popularity. Equally as important as it is for a dog to have a pack leader, whether human or fellow canine, is the importance of a species-specific diet. So you ask, “Can dogs eat raw chicken bones?” of course they can and they should for optimum health.

Benefits of Raw Chicken For Dogs

can dogs eat raw chicken

Continuing to answer the question, “Is raw chicken good for dogs”? Chicken is mostly considered muscle meat that is high in protein. Dogs being primarily carnivorous but also omnivorous, require a high protein diet consisting of various meats, organs, glands, BONES, vegetables, and fruit.

Chicken in particular is high in essential fatty acids but lacks enough of all the minerals to meet mineral requirements. Consequently, this is where the importance of raw bones comes in. In a species-specific diet, whether feeding chicken, beef, lamb, fish, or wild game, the diet is balanced with ground bones, organs, glands, and vegetables.

Can Dogs Eat RAW Chicken Breast?

Yes, the breast is one hundred percent muscle meat and has the highest degree of Omega 6 of all meats. You can feed some raw chicken breast with their balanced raw food meal or in addition or as a snack. Raw chicken breast can be bone-in or boneless and either is fine.

The bone of a raw chicken breast is smaller and has fine bones that are easy to break and crunch down. And the boneless chicken breast will provide for a high protein, muscle meat snack containing generous amounts of potassium and Vitamin A.

>>Learn How To Feed Your Dog By The BARF Principle – The Book And Guide By Dr. Ian Billinghurst>>

Can Dogs Eat Raw Chicken Thigh Bones

can dogs eat raw chicken thighs

Yes, but start with raw chicken wings. (see paragraph below this one) If your dog has not had raw bones before, a chicken thigh bone is not the best to start with because of its size.  It’s much larger than a wing bone. Another interesting thing with larger raw bones is that if your pup has not had them before they may be inclined to bury the bone immediately rather than chomp on it. A raw chicken bone is a much better choice than chemical-laden rawhide pseudo bone (see the section below on rawhide bones).

Natural Instincts

Some people may be inclined to call this a phenomenon but it isn’t. In the wild, dogs, wolves, coyotes, and the like eat their prey immediately while it’s fresh or they may bury it for later. Furthermore, and just as important or more so, is the fact that fresh prey, blood, bones, and carcass attract predators. 

This instinct can arise in your domestic dog and they may panic and want to hide the smell of bone fearing predators – therefore, overriding the urge for a good chomp. I actually had this happen with my Queensland Healer. The first time and every time thereafter I fed her marrow bones she get a worried look on her face almost paranoid and then run off to bury the bone immediately. 

She never went back to dig up the bones and partake.  For her, because she also had Dingo breed in her which is a bit wild, her inclination was to preserve her life by burying the bone instead of consuming it. Can dogs eat raw chicken thigh bones? Yes, but start with a smaller bone or chicken wing for first-timers!

Can Dogs Eat Raw Chicken Wings

YES, raw chicken wings are one of the best raw bones to start younger dogs and adult dogs out on. They are small and can be crunched down easily. Start by offering them a chicken wing from good clean-sourced chicken such as organic or grass-fed or both. At first, if they have not had a raw diet before with bones, they may not know what to do.

1. Remove the skin from the wing
2. Offer the wing either in their bowl of food or separately
3. Use a meat cleaver and cut it in half if they don’t eat it right away
4. Allow only a few minutes for them to take the bone
5. If not put the piece away back in the refrigerator and offer it at a later time or the next day

NEVER Ever Cooked Bones Only RAW

Dogs in the wild do NOT eat cooked bones so our domestic dogs have not evolved to eat them. Most importantly is that they splinter and can cause damage to the throat, esophagus, and digestive tract. Dogs can choke on them. Also the nutrients have been cooked right out of the bone there is no nutritional value left in the bone.

KEY POINT: Dogs Should NEVER Eat Cooked Bones Of Any Kind!!! EVER!

Why Raw is Better Than Cooked?

can dogs eat raw ground beef

The Major Key To Raw Food ~ ENZYMES

What raw foods contain that cooked foods do not are living enzymes. And what are living enzymes? First, enzymes are a form of complex proteins found in the body that provide the energy to sustain life and allow the body to function. So, they are kinda important.

Second, they are energy catalysts producing over 150,000 biochemical reactions primarily assisting the digestion of food and delivery of nutrients. But enzymes also strengthen the immune system enabling it to fight off disease.1

Here is a brief list of the other important functions of enzymes:

  • convert carbohydrates into fat
  • deliver nutrients
  • digest food
  • purify the blood
  • deliver hormones
  • feed the brain
  • protect the endocrine system
  • break down and carry away toxic waste
  • balance cholesterol
  • turn protein into muscle
  • life-saving because they establish homeostasis

And How Does Raw Food Benefit Dogs?

Enzymes are beneficial only if they are living. Hence, cooking destroys enzymes and so does processing the food. Eating cooked and processed kibble put stress on the pancreas to create more proteins to be able to function. Living enzymes occur naturally and are found only in a raw diet where they repair, restore and sustain health.


All of this occurs organically without cooking, baking, or processing. Animals continually replenish the enzymatic systems by eating a raw unprocessed diet. By the way, humans benefit exactly the same way from raw foods except that we don’t eat raw beef, liver, and bones to attain the enzymes.

For people, they are found in raw, unprocessed fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted beans, legumes, and grains. It’s no different for your dog, just the source is different. Conveniently feeding dogs bags of highly carbohydrated, processed, cooked kibble is completely missing out on the living enzymes that sustain life.

>>Learn How To Feed Your Dog By The BARF Principle – The Book And Guide By Dr. Ian Billinghurst>>

A Raw Diet Influences The Immune System

can dogs have raw chicken

As mentioned above in our discussion about living enzymes making the world go around, if the list of enzyme functions wasn’t enough to convince you we’ll add some more benefits related to the immune system. Feed your dog a balanced raw food diet and watch their health improve. Raw food can reduce inflammation thereby having a tremendously positive effect on inflammatory conditions. Many difficult skin conditions can be reversed by switching to an enzyme-rich diet and adding in a quality Omega fish oil.

  • reduced allergies
  • effective digestion
  • absorption of nutrients
  • breakdown and utilization of food
  • skin conditions
  • weight control
  • lean body mass
  • smaller stools & less stinky (due to adequate absorption of nutrients/minerals)
  • decreased arthritis
  • less aggression/better mood
  • successful training

Bones, Teeth & Gum Health

Eating an enzymatic rich natural diet will break down the tartar build-up on teeth preventing unnecessary expensive routine veterinary teeth cleanings. In addition, due to the lack of tartar build-up from living enzymes, your dog’s breath will be much better. Periodontal disease is almost non-existent where it’s prevalent in grain-fed diets.

Due to the high content of protein, calcium, and phosphorus, these rich mineral sources are dentally abrasive acting as a toothbrush removing plaque. “Good” bacteria as well are naturally found in a raw diet which significantly contributes to shiny white teeth and a clean mouth. Aka – better doggie breath!

What’s Wrong With Raw Hide Bones

rawhide bones not good for dogs

Rawhide isn’t all it cracked up to be though it keeps your dog happily chewing for hours, doesn’t smell, and comes in a nicely convenient package. Ahhh, so easy as a wonderful stocking stuffer or the perfect distraction to keep your pup blissfully chewing away. All the while, thinking you are doing wonders for his or her teeth and gums!

First of all, rawhide is heavily processed with chemicals and contains leather industry leftovers. Rawhide bones are massively marketed without this knowledge. Direct from the slaughterhouse the rawhides are placed in brine to slow the decay, note it doesn’t STOP the decay, only slows. Seriously, unfortunately, the hides can come from any animal used in leather manufacturing, not just cows.

Fat and hair are removed from the brined hide with chemicals such as sodium sulphide liming and ash-lye solution. Research these . . . they are highly toxic. In order to ‘puff’ the hide, more chemicals are used and finally to color the hide bleach is used to make them a pretty white color and remove any remaining fleshy scent.2

Healthy Options For Your Best Friend

So basically what you have is a rotten piece of leather that is chemically treated and preserved. It’s a natural instinct for a dog to want to chew on a bone, they are designed to do so so give them real, fresh, unchemicalized meaty raw bones including raw chicken bones. Your canine companion will be much healthier for doing so.

Or as a second option, you can give them quality sourced raw freeze-dried treats and snacks. I love this company and the first time I gave my cats the freeze-dried lamb lungs they became so calm and peaceful it was like giving them a tranquilizer. Why is this so? Because they are getting what they evolved to eat, a raw food diet! The absorption of minerals and nutrients can’t be understated.

Dispelling the Salmonella Myth

One of the biggest concerns people seem to have about a raw food diet for their dog is a salmonella bacterial infection. Although salmonella exists and breeds in certain conditions, it is mostly found in low-grade meats, milk, and polluted drinking water. Ingestion of the feces from another infected dog can cause a salmonella infection as well.

It doesn’t so much have to do with the raw chicken itself but the source, quality, and care of the chicken is the key factor. Chicken obtained from good clean sources, including organic and/or grass-fed, are important to assure quality control.

Why Dogs On A Raw Food Diet Are Less Susceptible To Salmonella

Remember all the functions of living enzymes, well they are designed to digest food rapidly. It doesn’t sit in the gut for long being shuttled off to the bowel to be eliminated. Salmonella flourishes in moist environments where it can hang around and proliferate.

Conversely, in an enzyme happy environment, there is no time to proliferate. And consequently, a high carbohydrate kibble meal takes much longer to digest and pass through.

KEY POINT: raw meat contains the exact living enzymes needed for its own digestion. There is no time delay here. Once again enzymes, enzymes, enzymes. Equally, poor digestion, slow digestion, and partially digested food can become a breeding ground not just for salmonella but for any microorganism. In addition, there are few undigested sugars and starches in the digestive tract for salmonella to feast on.

A dog’s digestive system in itself is quite different from humans. Dogs by nature are biologically designed to digest raw food. Dogs, wild and otherwise have been thriving and surviving in nature eating what nature provides from the food chain. I think they had it right from the beginning. They didn’t need human processing plants to come along and save them, they were here before processed, heat-treated food.

BARF ~ Biologically Appropriate Raw Food

Have you heard of the acronym BARF? Its two common meanings are Biologically Appropriate Raw Food and Bones and Raw Food. Nutritionist and veterinarian, Dr. Ian Bliinghurst founded the principle of feeding dogs the appropriate diet they evolved to eating. The raw diet – consists of greens and meats that are wild, fresh, and uncooked.

This principle is based on a diet high in protein, minimal carbohydrates, and moderate fat and consists of the following:

  • Muscle meat
  • Raw meaty bones
  • Organ meat
  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Select Supplements

>>Learn How To Feed Your Dog By The BARF Principle – The Book And Guide By Dr. Ian Billinghurst>>

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Concluding Thoughts

Can dogs eat raw chicken bones? Unequivocally, dogs should eat raw chicken bones and other raw bones to ensure a healthy immune system, metabolism, digestive tract, and strong teeth and gums. Always choose chicken, chicken bones, and any meat for your dog from a clean, quality, source. In the same way, a good rule of thumb feed your dog what you would choose for yourself and you should be good to go!

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Can Dogs Eat Olives? Best Olives For Dogs & Medicinal Uses

Can dogs eat olives? If you have canine companions, then you know that dogs can eat about anything they want. They make a habit of trying at every chance they get! Maybe what you’re really asking is, “Are olives okay snacks for dogs?” The short answer is yes.

You asked the right question by asking about snacks. Olives pack a lot of nutrition, as we’ll describe in a moment. They’re tasty and filling, too, so they give your pooch the feeling of being well-fed. We’ve got a few recipes for you to try, but first, let’s find out more about olives.

What’s Special About Olives?

Olives are so special that women have been named after this Mediterranean fruit for centuries. Even Popeye’s girlfriend Olive Oyl is named for them! People have been cultivating them in the Mediterranean for over 7,000 years, although remnants of olive pits with barley and fruit dating back 19,000 years have been discovered in Israel.

If dogs were with any of those people, then undoubtedly some dogs ate some olives. In ancient Greek mythology, the goddess Athena’s gift of olives to the god Poseidon was more valuable than the horse he implored to give her.

However, the olive not only represented food, but its precious oil meant medicine, perfume, and fuel for light and heat, ultimately representing wealth and power for mankind. And dogkind.

Can Dogs Have Olive Oil?

can dogs have olive oil

Positively yes! Olive oil has several health benefits you should know about. It contains “healthy fats” including omega-3 fatty acids and oleic acid as well as antioxidants including vitamin E, carotenoids, and polyphenols that support a healthy immune system.

The nutrients from a teaspoon for every 20 pounds of body weight twice daily will promote brain function, cardiac function, and healthy skin and coat. If your pooch has never had it before, consider checking with the veterinarian first and then starting slowly.

Using EVOO is best — Extra Virgin Olive Oil. You can also use olive oil as a skin moisturizer by mixing 5-10 drops in a cup of water and massaging it into your dog’s coat daily until it’s looking good, especially during cold or dry seasons. Continue thereafter as needed.

Can Dogs Eat Black Olives?

Olives are nutritious, especially black olives. Are black olives poisonous? No. Are black olives toxic to dogs? No. Be sure to remove the pit. The only problem with olives is that salt is used in the curing process, but we’ll tell you how to de-salt them in a moment.

Can Dogs Eat Kalamata Olives?

First, you might be wondering what a kalamata olive is. It’s a cultivar, or an olive type, from southern Greece, big and brown and meaty and very nutritious. It contains hydroxytyrosol, an antioxidant valued for its ability to regulate blood cholesterol levels.

Olives are like grapes in that climate makes a difference in the nutritional value and taste of the fruit. Yes, your dog can have kalamata olives as an occasional snack when you remove the pit, but be aware that they contain a large amount of sodium.

Can Dogs Eat Green Olives?

can dogs eat green olives

Yes, but green olives aren’t as nutritious as the black ones and they contain more sodium. Can dogs eat olives with pimentos? You’re really asking, “Can dogs eat pimentos?” The answer is yes! Check out our post on dogs eating bell peppers!

What’s important to remember is that many strongly flavored plants such as onions and garlic are poisonous to dogs, potentially causing digestive distress in small amounts and death in large amounts.

Can Dogs Eat Olives and Garlic?

Olives, yes, garlic NO.

How Many Olives Can Dogs Eat?

One. Two. Occasionally. Without the pit and without any stuffing except pimento.

Will Olive Pits Hurt My Dog?

are olives bad for dogs

YES. They’re sharp, hard, and indigestible. Depending on the size of your dog, the pit can lodge itself in the esophagus or intestinal tract, causing pain, damage, and/or blockage.

Can Dogs Have Olives from a Jar? Can Dogs Have Olives from a Can?

Yes, the olives are good, but the problem is in the liquid. The brine is full of sodium (the major component of salt). Dogs require much less sodium than humans; too much causes overload that can result in dehydration, high blood pressure, or fluid buildup, especially if your pet has heart, kidney, or liver problems.

You Can Take the Olive Out of the Brine but Can You Take the Brine Out of the Olive?

Can Dogs Eat Olives in Brine? The answer is YES after you unsalt them! Here is the general technique to desalinate (unsalt) your olives:

  • Drain and rinse olives.
  • Place in a bowl.
  • Cover with water.
  • Replace water hourly.
  • Repeat several times.
  • Taste for saltiness.
  • Store unused olives in olive oil (EVOO not necessary). When olives are gone, the oil can be used for cooking.


Can Dogs Eat Raw Olives? Can Dogs Eat Olives Off The Tree?

Yes, as long as the pit is removed. Raw olives are exceedingly bitter and your dog may not like the taste. If you have a small dog that likes them, slice them so they don’t get stuck.

Why Are Black Olives In Cans And Green Olives In Jars?

Black olives are ripe, and the canning process is meant to cook and sweeten them. Green olives are unripe and uncooked, so the packing process that retains their fresh flavor uses glass jars. Both curing methods use salt.

Where Are Unsalted Olives Sold?

The curing process to remove the natural bitterness of olives involves salt, vinegar, or lye. Internet research can provide current resources as well as information on purchasing raw olives.

What Happens If My Dog Has Too Much Sodium?

Although dietary intake of too much salt (sodium) is rare in healthy dogs, symptoms of salt poisoning can be serious in puppies, older dogs, pregnant females, and dogs with medical conditions. Contact the veterinarian if you suspect a problem.

Can Cats Have Olives?

Cats can have olives if they choose to eat them, but they’re not very nutritious to the feline digestive system. What’s more, in addition to the high salt content, olives can cause an upset stomach. If the pit is consumed, it can block a small cat’s intestines.

Benefits of BARF

Before we share some delicious and nutritious dog treat recipes with you, we want to offer you information on the benefits of BARF. No, not about barfing, but about Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods. Many dog lovers are finding that their companions thrive when provided with a fresh, natural, unprocessed, balanced diet that includes the right amounts of the right nutrients.

You know that many pet food companies cut corners by adding artificial ingredients such as dyes and preservatives along with minimally digestible forms of processed leftover food sources. We know you love your dog and want what’s best.

Recipes for Treats to Use For Training And Bonding

Olive Oil Dog Biscuits
Adapted from:


2 cups of whole wheat flour (You can substitute a gluten-free blend or chickpea flour which works well in this recipe)
1 cup rolled oats ½ cup wheat germ *Optional if you are baking gluten-free
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup peanut butter – no additives, unsweetened (If you prefer not to use peanut products, you can substitute banana or pumpkin puree here)
⅓ cup McEvoy Ranch California Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 large eggs
Water to bind the dough (chicken or beef stock can be used here, too, or substitute vegetable stock if your pal is a vegetarian)



  • Preheat oven to 300F.
  • Line a sheet pan or cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine all dry ingredients: flour, oats, wheat germ, sunflower seeds and cinnamon. Combine all wet ingredients: peanut butter, olive oil and eggs.
  • Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  • Add water or stock as needed to form a thick dough that holds together but is not sticky.
  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead together.
  • Pat into a flat round or rectangle and roll approximately ¼ “ thick.
  • Cut into desired shapes and place on the parchment-lined sheet pan.
  • Gather scraps together, roll and cut again. (I have it on good authority that our little pals are just fine with the odd scraps as well as the perfectly cut shapes). Bake 40 to 60 minutes.
  • The biscuits will not color but you can touch-test them to see if they are firm. They will be nice and crunchy if they are firm to the touch when you pull them out of the oven. Cool and share. Tails will be wagging!

Healthy Homemade Dog Treats
Adapted from:


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2 3/4 cups (372 grams) whole wheat flour
1 cup (75 grams) wheat germ
1/2 cup (43 grams) ground flax seed
3 large eggs (153 grams, weighed out of shell)
1/2 cup (106 grams) olive oil
1/2 cup (122 grams) unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup (122 grams) pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon (20 grams) honey


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, wheat germ, and flax seed.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, olive oil, applesauce, pumpkin, and honey until smooth.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until thoroughly combined. Form the dough into a disc.
  • On floured parchment paper, roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thick.
  • Cut shapes with a cookie cutter and place them an inch apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the treats are deep golden brown and very hard.
  • Cool completely on a rack before letting your pup enjoy.

If the dough is sticky or hard to work with, refrigerate it for 30 minutes and/or knead in an extra tablespoon or two of flour.

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.


Pet-Friendly Woof Loaf
Adapted from:

1 pound lean ground turkey
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup peas
1/2 cup oats
2 eggs
3 hard-boiled eggs

Notes from HappyTails: If desired, add 2 rinsed, chopped black olives (preferably after desalinating)


  • Preheat your oven to 350ºF.
  • In a bowl, mix together the lean ground turkey, chopped carrots, and peas.
  • Both are healthy for cats and dogs, giving them the nutrition they need for strong eyes and good digestion.
  • Add the oats and eggs. Mix until the loaf mixture comes together. Oats help your pet’s coat shine, and eggs offer extra protein. Lightly grease a loaf pan with olive oil and then add half the mixture to the pan.
  • Place the three hard-boiled eggs along the center of the loaf and then cover with the other half of the ground turkey mixture.
  • Pop in the oven and bake for 45 minutes.
  • Cut a half-inch slice from the cooled loaf and offer it to your pet. He’ll be woofing for seconds! If feeding a slice to your feline, it’s a good idea to chop it up before adding it to her feeding dish.

Makes 12 servings
Total Time
45 minutes

Final Thoughts

Can dogs eat olives? YES! And so should you! Together! Without the salt! See a few recipes below.

Milan Kundera (The Unbearable Lightness of Being): “Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring – it was peace.”

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Can Dogs Have Kiwi? Down Under? Yes And No

Can dogs have Kiwi? If you’re talking about those flightless floofy birds, then the answer is both NO and YES! Check out the link at the end of this post to read the sad/happy story about how dogs are helping save New Zealand’s unique but endangered birds.

What you’re really asking is, “Can dogs eat kiwi fruit?” The answer is yes, but … Don’t worry, though, because we’re going to explain the “but” part and tell you exactly how your dog can get the best health benefits from this nutritious fruit. We’ll tell you what other fruits dogs can have, and we’ve even got some kiwi fruit recipes just for pooches.

What Kind of Food Do Dogs Like to Eat?

You already know that your dog wants to eat whatever you’re eating. At the very least, she wants you to give her some of what you’re eating even if she doesn’t like it. Descended from wolf ancestors, canines are pack animals and require bonding with other members of the pack.

Since you’re the pack leader, you’re strengthening the tribal membership when you share food with your dog. Domesticated dogs have learned to use this to their advantage, especially by turning on the cuteness, although you can use that to your advantage, too.

More about that later. Through the process of domestication, dogs have become omnivores, meaning that although animal protein is their most preferred primary source of nutrition, they also eat different plants including vegetables, fruits, and grasses in smaller amounts. Can dogs eat kiwi among the plants in their diet? Keep reading.

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Dogs have a much more acute sense of smell than humans. However, did you know that for each scent receptor a human has, dogs have around 50? Their sense of taste is also different from ours. They can’t taste salt very well, but they can taste water with special receptors on the tips of their tongues.

FUN FACT: Taste buds extend to the back of their throats where more receptors for sweetness are clustered. Can dogs eat kiwi? Yes, and unlike us, they can taste it with their whole mouth!

Given their instinctively omnivorous diet, they thrive on fresh, natural, unprocessed foods provided in the right balance. That’s why it’s beneficial to give them nourishing treats that are low-fat and low-sugar. All that being said, each dog’s food preferences are as individual as humans’ food preferences are.

What Are Dogs’ Nutritional Needs?

Just as kiwi birds eat roly-poly bugs and worms, canines seek animal protein and fats. Some studies indicate that they generally prefer beef and pork over chicken and lamb. Other studies show that a diet high in meat promotes more effective digestion and absorption than diets that are carbohydrate-based.

Canine energy requirements vary through the lifespan: puppies, nursing mothers, active adult dogs, and those healing from illness or injuries need more calories than inactive, overweight, and older dogs. Feeding a balanced diet is important because it means that necessary vitamins and minerals are available in a digestible form.

For example, termites can digest the carbohydrate cellulose found in wood, but dogs and humans can’t. Many overweight dogs are unhealthy and perpetually hungry because even with full stomachs, they aren’t getting enough of the right kind of nutrition.

Many dog lovers have found that feeding their pets BARF improves their health. “Whaaaat?” you’re asking. “BARF” stands for “Biologically Appropriate Raw Food.” It refers to fresh, unprocessed, clean food of the right variety in the right proportions.

Along those lines, they feed their dogs home-grown veggies and fruits from their own gardens, free of harmful additives, toxic pesticides, and fresh as fresh can be. Can dogs have kiwi as part of a BARF diet? Yes!

What Is Kiwi Fruit?

To better answer your question — can dogs eat kiwi — first let’s explain what kiwi fruit is. The Chinese have been eating it for thousands of years. Servicemen in New Zealand during World War II liked the “Chinese gooseberries” growing on woody vines. Technically the fruit is classified as a berry because of the way it develops from the flower.

Why Would Anybody Want to Eat a Kiwi Fruit?

When you first see the brown, hairy-looking thing you wonder how it could be edible. But the inside looks like emeralds! It tastes as sweet as melon.

can dogs have kiwi

Yes! Use the succulent kiwi flesh, minus skin and seeds, as an occasional supplement or treat.

Is Kiwi Good For Dogs?

As we’ve mentioned, canine and human systems are different but kiwi provides many vitamins and minerals. Can dogs have kiwi? We’re going to explain how.

Can Dogs Eat A Whole Kiwi Fruit?

No. While large dogs can easily fit a whole kiwi into their mouths, they run the risk of choking on it. Additionally, the skin and seeds aren’t safe for dogs to eat.

Can Dogs Have Kiwi Skin?

They’re physically able to eat it but it might irritate their mouths or cause choking. Canines can’t digest the tough, fibrous skin. Although fiber adds bulk to the stool and helps push it along, too much causes diarrhea, cramps, gas, constipation, or even dangerous obstructions. While pureeing and cooking are two methods of helping soften indigestible fiber, the doggie digestive system is better off without kiwi skin.
What should you do if your dog devours some? Use the BEAM method of monitoring your pet:

What Is BEAM? A Tool To Evaluate Your Pet

  • Behavior: Eating, drinking, and pooping
  • Energy: Changes from what’s usual
  • Attitude: Sleepiness, hiding, abdominal pain, attempts to communicate with you
  • Mood: Increased aggression, depression, withdrawal

What Happens If a Dog Eats Kiwi Seeds?

Like apple seeds and peach pits, kiwi seeds contain a small amount of amygdalin which is metabolized into cyanide. A few won’t hurt but too many will make your dog sick. How many are too many? It depends on the size, age, and physical health of your dog.

How Much Kiwi Can My Dog Eat?

Kiwis contain a lot of sugar. Dogs consuming too many carbohydrates easily gain weight. In addition, sudden ingestion of too much sugar can produce spikes in blood sugar that are dangerous for dogs with diabetes.

What If My Dog Eats Too Much Kiwi Fruit?

If your pooch eats more than a few slices, it’s BEAM time for you: make time to observe his behavior, energy, attitude, and mood for several hours, especially if the skin and seeds were consumed. Holistic Veterinary resources are found here American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association

Can Dogs Eat Yellow Kiwi?

Golden kiwifruit is a cultivar, meaning a specially developed strain of kiwi. It has sweet yellow flesh, fewer seeds, and almost no fuzz. Yes, your dog can eat it, but since it has more sugar, less is better. They can taste how different each cultivar is.

Can Dogs Eat Raw Kiwi?

can dogs have kiwi seeds

Yes, cut into pieces without skin or seeds.

Kiwi Dog Food (It’s Not What You Think)

It’s not made with kiwi fruit! It’s a brand from New Zealand. Did you know that New Zealanders call themselves kiwis? We’re not advertising, but letting you know about it to prevent confusion.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Fruit Good For Dogs?

Although dogs don’t eat much fruit in the wild, they do ingest it indirectly by eating their prey’s stomachs and intestines.

What kind of fruit can dogs eat?

A few beneficial fruits include:

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Kiwis (of course!)
  • Pineapples
  • Strawberries.

Organic fresh fruit is more healthful than canned. They should be served in moderation, cut into pieces, and free of hard seeds and tough skins. Since little dogs have very narrow gullets, blueberries are safer when squashed.

What’s the Best Way to Introduce a New Food to My Dog?

Start with a small amount in a calm environment. If the BEAM observation technique (see above) reveals no problems after at least a day or two, then repeat with a little more.

Since you know the answer to the question “Can dogs have kiwi?” you can introduce the new food by taking the time to eat it together and create a positive sharing experience.

Why Do I Need to Wash Fruit for My Dog When He Eats Gross Things Outside?

For the same reason that you need to wash fruit for yourself and the ones you love: you want to remove bird droppings, animal urine, pesticide residue, parasite eggs, slug slime, and bacteria.

How Do I Wash Fruits and Vegetables?

Even though you’ll be peeling the kiwis, it’s still good to wash the fruit first and then wash your hands afterward. Can dogs have kiwi? The answer is CLEAN Kiwi! Contamination is like glitter in that some of it always sticks around and spreads. Here are four ways to wash produce:

How To Wash Produce

  • Soak in saltwater for 20 minutes, then rinse.
  • Soak in a bath of 1 teaspoon baking soda (also called bicarbonate of soda or bicarb) added to 2 cups of water for 15 minutes, then rinse.
  • Soak in 1 part vinegar (any type) with 4 parts water for 20 minutes, then rinse.
  • A less effective shortcut is running the produce under the tap for 20 seconds.

Dog Recipes with Kiwi
Remember that these treats are meant to be a supplement and training reward rather than a meal substitute. Because they contain no preservatives, uneaten portions should be refrigerated or frozen. Finally, be sure your pet isn’t allergic to any of the ingredients.


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Kiwi Chicken Dog Treats

1 chicken breast, cooked and chopped
2 ripe kiwis, peeled and chopped
1/2 teaspoon basil
1 cup spelt flour
1/4 cup Water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined.
Knead dough into ball and roll onto a floured surface 1/4 inch thick.
With a straight edge, score the dough horizontally and then vertically to make a grid (a pizza cutter will work).
Place on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until browned at the edges.
Allow to cool. Break into pieces and refrigerate.

Can dogs have kiwi chicken treats? Oh, yes!


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Tomato Mint Kiwi Chicken Dog Treats

1 chicken breast, cooked and chopped
1 kiwi, peeled and chopped
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
1/2 tablespoon dried mint leaves
1 cup whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined.
Knead dough into ball and roll onto a floured surface until 1/2 inch thick.
Cut with a cookie cutter of your choice and place on your prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes. Cool and refrigerate.
Makes 3 to 4 dozen.

Can dogs have kiwi chicken tomato treats? Oh, yes!


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Frozen Kiwi Strawberry Banana Dog Treats

1 kiwi, peeled and chopped
1 banana
1/2 cup chopped strawberries
1 1/2 cup water, divided

First Layer:
1 kiwi, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup water
Add kiwi and water to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Second Layer:
1/2 cup chopped strawberries
1/2 cup water
Add strawberries and water to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Third Layer:
1 banana
1/2 cup water
Add banana and water to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Pour an inch or so of your first kiwi layer mixture into the bottom of each cup.
Place in freezer and allow to freeze for an hour or more.
Repeat pouring the layers, allowing them to set an hour or more in between until they are all used.
Freeze for 8 hours to allow them to fully set.
Run warm water around the mold to remove the popsicle.
Makes 4 popsicles.

Can dogs have kiwi popsicles? Oh, yes!


Final Thoughts

Now, about dogs helping save kiwi birds in Zealand: two German Shorthaired pointers are working for the New Zealand Department of Conservation to locate kiwis and their nests. Can dogs have kiwi? Neo and Beau are helping prevent their extinction so the whole world can have kiwi. T

hese two beloved pooches may actually hold the future of the endangered birds in their paws. Or in their sniffers. As ambassadors for conservation efforts throughout the country, they’re ambassadors for the canine species as well. Check out their story here, and then go treat your own doggos to kiwi treats. They deserve it.

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Can Dogs Eat Plums? Life Is The Pits!

Our friend asked us the other day if dogs can eat plums? His pooch found some laying under his tree in the backyard and decided to try some out. He was not sure how much his dog had consumed and was worried about the possible consequences. This led us to a great question-and-answer conversation that we thought we could bring forward here “Can Dogs Eat Plums”?

Can Dogs Eat Plums?

Of course, dogs can have plums. There is nothing wrong with plumbs as a supplement to their diet occasionally without the pit. These tasty treats are a delightful way to uptake nutrition and we can consume these wonderful snacks together.

There are some things to take into consideration before we feed plums to our furry friends that are important to know before plums become a supplemental part of their doggie diet.

Because plums are in most cases considered safe for dogs to eat, it is important not to go overboard with these tasty treats. Eating too many plums can cause tummy upset and or diarrhea in your four-legged friend.

Typically if your dog is eating a species-specific diet, plums are not something that they have a natural drive for eating unless they are hungry or they have an unnatural diet that is mostly basic kibble that is high in carbohydrates and creates a drive for sweets.


It is important to note here that if dogs are eating the whole plum, the pits of the plumb contain amygdalin that converts to cyanide in the absorption process, and should not be consumed at all.

There is not enough amygdalin in one pit to be lethal to your dog but more importantly, we don’t want our faithful companions choking on the pit either not to mention intestinal issues.

If you think your dog has consumed a plum with a pit, they have a short digestive tract and in most cases will pass the pit in their stool. But keep a close watch for intestinal discomfort and the possible need to see your holistic vet.

Dried Organic Plums Without the Seed Are Best

Dried organic plums without the seed are the ticket if you want to share with your dog. Or take a bite out of the plum remove the pit and give your dog the meat of the plum.

If I am eating something and my dog asks me for a sample, most of the time they sniff it and eat it or they pass on the offering. This goes for plums as well.

Just remember NO PITS!

Can Dogs Eat Plum Pits?

NO! Always remove the pit from the plum before giving your dog the plum piece. Not to mention that the seed is a choking hazard and can create an intestinal blockage. Also, the pit of a plum contains amygdalin which when digested converts to cyanide in their body which is toxic to dogs.

The plum flesh itself is very nutritious. Never give or allow your dog to ingest the pit. AGAIN! NO PITS!

Are Plums Good for Dogs?

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What’s the Nutritional Value of Plums for Dogs?

We like Plums which are very nutritious for us and our dogs. Plums have beneficial levels of important vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C, Thiamine, Calcium, Potassium, Manganese, and Iron. 

A good rule of thumb is that nearly all fruits and vegetables contain some amounts of nutrition and antioxidants. These help to promote your pet’s overall health and wellbeing. So, introducing fresh fruits and vegetables into your dog’s diet is a great way to maintain their overall health.

Each dog will have their own taste for the new variety of food that you introduce to its diet. Some will accept it while others will turn their nose up at the new offering.

Plums aren’t poisonous for dogs but the contents of the pit are. Eating too much of the meat of the plum can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, and other uncomfortable digestive issues. This is especially true if your dog eats more than one plum in a short period of time.

Do Plums Have Any Other Health Benefits? Yes! In addition to promoting better health, there are a few other reasons why plums are great for dogs. For example, plums can help increase your pet’s natural immunity. This is very important, especially during peak allergy seasons.

Plums also contain large amounts of fiber – making it much easier for constipated pups to maintain regularity and avoid painful bowel issues. Again, always in moderation.

How Can I Introduce Plums to My Dog?

It’s important to start slow when introducing your pup to new foods. Start by offering your dog a small amount of plum. Also, allow them to get used to the taste before making it more available.

For best results, introduce plums into your dog’s diet gradually over time. Do this while paying attention to any signs of stomach upset or sensitivities.

Are There Any Other Things I Need to Know About Feeding Plums to my Dog?

Yes! While plums are generally considered safe for dogs, there are some precautions you should take. Do this before deciding whether or not this is the right fruit for your pup.

For example, plums should never be given to dogs with diarrhea. Why? the fruit could worsen their symptoms. Additionally, you should always keep an eye on your dog’s overall health after feeding them new food. This is important because some dogs may have reactions to the new fruit.

Plums are incredible fruits that provide pups with lots of healthy vitamins and minerals – which makes them great for promoting good health!

For example, while plums are generally safe for dogs, feeding them too many could lead to unwanted weight gain. Furthermore, keep a close eye on your pup after introducing plums into their diet because some pups may have stomach upset.

With that being said, if you’re looking for a healthy way to add fruit to your dog’s diet without worrying about the effects it might have on their digestive system, then plums can definitely be a great addition!

Can Dogs Eat Plums When Pregnant?

Another good question is! “Can Dogs Eat Plums When Pregnant?” The straight answer is yes! However, you should only give a small serving of plum to mom’s meal and only if she wants it or has asked for it.

Are Plums Safe for Puppies?

Yes, if given in moderation, plums are safe for puppies! Some holistic veterinarians even go so far as to say that you should feed this fruit to nursing mothers because it can help increase milk production. That being said, you still want to ensure that you always give your puppy these fruits as a minimal supplement in moderation to prevent stomach upset and loose stool.

What If My Dog Is Allergic to Plums?

If your dog is allergic to plums, do not feed them this fruit. If an allergic reaction has occurred contact your local holistic veterinarian. Plums can in sensitive dogs trigger digestive issues if consumed in excess.

Plums can trigger certain skin sensitivities in some pets. If your pup seems extra itchy after eating this fruit, stop feeding the fruit and again contact your holistic veterinarian for advice on how to proceed.

Can Dogs Really Eat Plums If They Have Diabetes?

If your dog has diabetes, some vets say absolutely not and some say that they could eat small amounts of plums to help regulate blood sugar levels and promote overall well-being. However, you should still make sure that if your pet is dealing with a health condition consult your holistic vet or animal health nutritionist for guidance.

Can Dogs Eat Plums While On A Diet?

can dogs have plums while on a diet

Yes! Plums may even aid in weight loss because they contain large amounts of fiber and other nutrients, making them a nice supplement to their diet.

Plums are incredible fruits that provide pups with lots of healthy vitamins and minerals – making them a great supplement for promoting good health! If you’re looking for a healthy way to add fruit to your dog’s diet, then plums are a great addition in moderation!

The Importance Of A Raw Food Diet For Your Dog

In this post, can dogs eat plums we would also like to add the importance of a raw food diet on the overall health and longevity of your dog. We have had tremendous success with our animal’s ailments and illnesses by learning about and implementing raw food diets for our dogs and cats.

A raw food diet is a complete and balanced blend of raw meat, fruits, vegetables, and bone.

We can not emphasize enough the necessity of clean water. Not tap water! But clean water preferably spring water to complement the diet. Reverse Osmoses water if the minerals have been restored to the water if you have to use tap water.

When we started our raw food diet journey for our animals it was walking out of the darkness into the light of health for our animals and ourselves.

Our Personal Lessons Related To Feeding Kibble

From our personal experience, we fed bags of pure kibble to our dogs and cats for the sake of simplicity. We did not know the ramifications of feeding this type of diet to our animals. Over time, we began to make the correlation of feeding kibble to the physical ailments and behavioral attributes in our animals and it was a journey of love to relearn how to feed a species-specific diet.

It is important to note here that we started to make changes to our own diets because we were brought new insights through our animal’s diets at the time and how we began to seek out the knowledge necessary for our own recoveries to personal health and well-being.

Our animals were and are our greatest teachers.

It is really important to know how dogs systems have evolved from the wild to now and in that evolution lies the key to what and how we should feed our dogs cats and animals.

Plums Can Be Great For Your Dog But…

Take heed that moderation is imperative with plums and any fruit. So, while plums can be great for your dog, be sure to speak with your holistic veterinarian or animal nutritionist before offering them any fruit.

How To Feed Plums Safely to Dogs

While plums are generally considered safe for dogs, it’s important you keep the following ideas in mind before deciding to treat your four-legged friend! With that said we have had many dogs and they all have had different ways of approaching food and snacks in general. From dumpster divers that had no discretion and ate everything to full blow foodies that would only eat certain foods prepared for them.

Don’t feed your dog too many plums at once. This fruit contains high amounts of sugar so not too much when introducing them to your dog’s diet. Also, plums have a lot of fiber that can help things move along, so to avoid loose stool eating more than one or two is all that is necessary as a snack or meal addition, and that is if your dog is interested in plums anyway.

Always remove the pit when eating plums raw. Just as we would remove the pit from the plum for our own consumption whether raw or dried. Also, do not forget dried plums are a great snack for us and we can introduce small pieces as a treat or a garnish to our dog’s meal.

Tips For Making Plums Part Of Your Dog’s Diet

The following tips will help you make the best choices about whether or not to feed your pup this delicious fruit. Keep these in mind before adding plums to your dog’s food bowl!

Watch them closely – depending on your dog’s tummy and their ability to eat and digest new foods plums can give them indigestion.

Give Your Dog Time To Adjust – Many dogs aren’t used to eating fruits, so it might take time before they become accustomed to consuming this ingredient in their diet. Many dogs love plums straight away, but others need to get used to the taste.

If you notice any discomfort when feeding your pup these fruits for the first time, stop feeding the plums and at the next feeding reduce the portion size and mix them in across other meals so that they can acclimate. You may find that plums don’t agree with your dog’s diet as a treat or food supplement.

Limit Their Intake – It’s common sense, but it needs to be said…plums are still a type of fruit and shouldn’t make up a significant portion of your dog’s diet. They should only serve as a tasty treat or a garnish to the food bowl from time to time!


In answer to the question, “Can Dogs Eat Plums?” The answer is that plums are generally considered safe for dogs to eat in moderation.

The truth is, plums are an enjoyable fruit that can be safely fed in moderation to dogs. Remember, your dog will likely need some time to adjust to this new fruit. So, as you introduce plums to their diet be patient and add slowly if they approve!

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Can Dogs Have Zucchini? This Veggie Packs A Powerful Punch

Does this sound familiar? You’re trying to eat more nutritious food for good health, so there you are with your plate of veggies in front of you … and there’s your dog staring up at you with big eyes … adoring you … wanting what you’re eating … and you’re wondering, “Can dogs have zucchini?”

The answer is YES. But wait – there’s more!

Dogs are omnivores, meaning that they need to eat different kinds of foods to meet their nutritional needs. They’re also pack animals like their wolf ancestors so they share food with each other. Dogs want to eat what you’re eating because that’s what pack buddies do! You can use this fact to your advantage in improving their diet with veggies such as zucchini.

Read on to find answers to all of your zucchini questions. Extra bonus: Two easy-to-make zucchini recipes just for your dog!

What Do Dogs Naturally Eat?

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Our canine companions are omnivorous and naturally consume a variety of plant material along with animal protein. Among some academics, there is a heated debate going on. The anti-omnivore people contend that dogs’ teeth and digestive systems most closely resemble those of carnivores such as wolves instead of omnivores such as pigs and humans.

The anti-carnivore people, however, firmly believe that the domesticated animal we know today has been associated with man for over 30,000 years and has adapted to the lifestyle of a camp follower.

Research seems to indicate through testing as well as observation that the modern dog responds best to a balanced omnivorous diet consisting primarily of fresh meat and animal products but also including vegetables, fruit, and good quality grains.

According to AKC “Feeding dogs a diet made with natural, real ingredients, such as beef, chicken, lamb, peas, spinach, carrots, and blueberries, can do wonders for their overall well-being — promoting heart health, increasing energy level, making coats shiny and breath smell better, improving eyesight, and even impacting a dog’s stool.” Now let’s get back to your “can dogs have zucchini” question.

Can Dogs Have Zucchini?

One veterinarian states that zucchinis are one of the best vegetables to give your dog because they’re extremely nutrient-dense. Many canine nutrition experts would answer your question “Can dogs have zucchini?” by enthusiastically telling you that dogs SHOULD have zucchini. In addition to fiber, they contain beta-carotene, folate, vitamin C, potassium, and calcium.

They’re a great alternative to doggie junk food snacks because they’re low in fat and calories. Moderation is important, though, because eating too much could cause abdominal pain and distention from gassiness.

Can I Give My Dog a Whole Zucchini?

Your dog might love the idea of such a giant-size treat, but you know that dogs often gulp their food down in big chunks. Zucchinis are soft inside, but the skin can be tough, meaning that big bites are a choking hazard. You can chop the zucchini into small pieces and offer bits.

Steaming the vegetable will make it softer and easier to digest while still preserving the vitamins that heat can destroy. You want to make your dog extra happy?

Divide the zucchini into portions so that you both get to share the same snack at the same time. Dogs love to share food with the humans they love! By dividing the zucchini down smaller and then taking some away, you multiply the love by strengthening the bond between you.

It really does work that way! You can even let him smell your breath to communicate that you shared.

Can Dogs Have Zucchini Raw?

Can Dogs eat Zucchini raw

Canines can enjoy zucchinis raw or cooked. Only young, tender small plants cut into pieces pureed should be served raw. Steamed or braised zucchinis are fine as long as the rinds are tender or pureed. Strongly flaored plants including onions, leeks, and garlic should never be given to dogs.

Can Dogs Have Zucchini with Skin?

Yes — most of the vitamins and fiber are concentrated in and under the skin. When you choose small zucchinis, their tender skins are easy for dogs to eat and digest. The larger they are, the tougher the skin. Zucchinis are most easily digested when they’ve been cut into small pieces.

The most recommended method of cooking is steaming because it softens the rinds but preserves most of the vitamins that break down in the presence of heat. WARNING: DISCARD ANY ZUCCHINIS THAT HAVE BECOME BITTER! Chemical changes causing bitterness are potentially toxic.

Nutritional Benefits of Zucchinis for Dogs

Here’s precisely why the answer is “Yes!” when someone asks, “Can dogs have zucchini?” The water and fiber they contain promote healthy digestion but also provide a feeling of fullness so your dog won’t feel hungry again for a while. What’s more, zucchini has a low glycemic index, meaning that it helps stabilize blood sugars instead of contributing to sharp up-and-down spikes. Here are some of the main vitamins and minerals:

Vitamin A: Vision, growth, immune function, antioxidant
Vitamin B6: Glucose regulation, red blood cells, nervous system, hormone production, immune function
Potassium: Nervous system, enzymes
Zinc: Enzymes, cell growth, metabolism, healing
Manganese: Enzymes, bones, nerves
Magnesium: Enzymes, muscles, nerves, bone/teeth formation
Copper: Connective tissue, nerves, blood cells, tissue repair
Phosphorus: Bones, DNA, energy

How Much Zucchini Can a Dog Have?

First of all, you want to introduce any new food in small amounts to be able to observe for signs of allergies. Another consideration is the fact that the canine digestive system isn’t the same as ours, as we’ve mentioned before, so pooch tummies often develop uncomfortable abdominal bloating and gas after ingesting too much of something they’re not used to having.

In general, think in terms of spoonfuls rather than entire vegetables. It’s best to choose small, tender young zucchinis with soft skins.

Can Dogs Eat Fried Zucchini?

Oils and fats add calories that your beloved canine companion doesn’t need. Another reason to avoid fried zucchini is that the pieces often cook up hard, especially the skin. Finally, as you know by now, the longer and hotter that food cooks at high heat, the more extensive the nutrient destruction.

Can Dogs Have Zucchini Bread?

can dogs have zucchini bread

No, and here’s why. Bread and other bakery items nearly always contain an excessive amount of sugar and fat, both of which are bad for your dog. What’s more, some of the “low-sugar” or “sugar-free” baked foods contain artificial sweeteners such as xylitol, which is known to be extremely toxic to dogs as well as some other pets.

Can I Feed My Dog Seasoned Zucchini?

Certain foods that humans eat all the time are bad for dogs, sometimes even fatal. Onions and garlic, often used in zucchini dishes, are two such foods. Other ingredients you want to avoid sharing are salt and hot pepper.

Check sauces and other food products for the presence of Xylitol, which can be fatal.  Asking “can dogs have zucchini?” refers to the zucchini by itself without other additives. When in doubt, leave it out.

Are zucchini plants toxic to dogs?

This is a good question. Some sources say yes, others say no. Humans eat the flowers. When in doubt, it’s safest to err on the side of caution. What is definite is that bitter-tasting chemicals called “cucurbitacins” can accumulate in the leaves, stems, and roots of zucchini plants but are most dangerous in the fruit (technically zucchinis and other squashes are fruits because they bear seeds and come from flowers). To avoid cucurbitacins, choose small, young organically grown zucchinis that are fresh from being locally sourced.

Can Dogs Eat Courgette?

Yes, because courgettes are what people who speak British English call zucchinis. The word comes from French. Outside of the United States, they’re also called “baby marrows.”

Can Dogs Eat Yellow Zucchini?

Yes. There are many different kinds of summer squash, which are harvested early while their skins are soft and edible. One is zucchini, which is long, straight, and generally green. Yellow summer squash comes in a straight neck as well as a longneck variety. Their nutritional content and taste are similar.

Can Dogs Have Squash?

can dogs have squash

Dogs can have all kinds of squash after the hard seeds have been removed. Each variety provides different benefits. Organic produce will be free of pesticide residue.

Can Dogs Eat Other Vegetables?

Good vegetables for dogs include carrots, peas, green beans, sweet potatoes, and cucumbers. Shortlist of not-so-good vegetable asparagus (fibrous, but useless cooked) broc, cabbage, Brussels sprouts in small amounts but cause gas so; celery; not mushrooms; not much spinach because of oxalic acid cause kidney issues.

How To Cook Zucchinis for Dogs

Steaming, baking, and grilling are the most recommended methods because they best retain the many health benefits.

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Peanut Butter and Zucchini Dog Treats from Alaine in Texas who adapted it from Doggy Dessert Chef
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

1 cup zucchini grated
½ cup peanut butter
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ tsp. cinnamon


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Spinach, Carrot, and Zucchini Dog Treats from Chungah at Damn Delicious (
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes

1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 large eggs
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
3 cups whole wheat flour, or more as needed
1 carrot, peeled and shredded
1 zucchini, shredded
1 cup baby spinach, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter, and eggs on medium-high until well combined, about 1-2 minutes.

Gradually add old-fashioned oats and 2 1/2 cups flour at low speed, beating just until incorporated.
Add an additional 1/4 cup flour at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky. Add carrot, zucchini, and spinach, beating just until incorporated.

Place into oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.*
Let cool completely.


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How Many Times A Day Should I Feed My Dog?

Your dog would probably like to eat as some humans do, but obesity is a very real health concern. In the wild, canines manage well eating every 12 hours to prevent acid eroding the empty stomach. A predictable routine will promote a peaceful household as well as an effective training incentive. Dogs being pack animals, and you being the pack, your dog will feel the most connected with you when you share tidbits from your meals – the value is not in the quantity but the action of the Top Dog (you) sharing.

How Is Organic Dog Food Different From Natural Dog Food?

“Organic” for humans is different for canines. The legal definitions and regulations are still in the process of being developed by the FDA for pet foods. Is a raw diet good for my dog?  you choose to buy organic, look for a seal of certification from the USDA and any other accredited bodies approved to issue such a seal.

The word “organic” appearing in front of one ingredient in a list does not indicate that the rest of the ingredients are certified organic. Being organic refers to the production and handling of ingredients. “Natural” is a broad term describing something unadulterated and unaltered without any synthetic additives.

According to the American Association of Feed Control Officials, you should look for dog food labels that include the words “complete and balanced.” While the AAfCO can’t regulate or police animal feed laboratories, it has established guidelines by which third-party labs analyze pet food companies’ products.

Is a raw diet good for my dog?

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Some people mistakenly think that a raw diet means tossing your dog any old hunks of uncooked chicken. No! The optimum canine diet is a balanced eating plan made up of a variety of fresh, safe, properly handled nutrient-dense ingredients. Nutrient density refers to the number of health benefits packed into a serving of food.

A good human example is watermelon: it contains calcium but you’d need to eat 500 melon balls to get enough to fulfill the recommended daily calcium requirement. Watermelon is good for you but it’s not considered to be nutrient-dense. Dogs benefit from carbohydrates and other nutrients in whole grains, but grains should not be the primary nutrition source.

What dogs DON’T need is lab-manufactured preservatives, scent-enhancing chemicals, artificial dyes, sweeteners, or filler carbohydrates from milled grains. The wolf and dog lineage has survived millions of years by consuming high-quality animal proteins and fats along with vitamin-rich plants containing digestible fiber and minerals.


Before You Go Off to Cook Something Mouthwatering and Nutritious ..

Can dogs have zucchini? Now you know that the answer is absolutely, positively yes — you should have some together!

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Boston Terrier vs. French Bulldog: Which One Is For You?

Boston Terrier vs. French Bulldog, which one is for you? If you’re considering getting a dog and are stuck between these two breeds, this post is for you! I’ll compare and contrast the two dogs, to help you decide which one is right for you.

Boston Terrier vs. French Bulldog: Which Dog Is Right For You?

A Boston Terrier and a French Bulldog are two breeds of dog that look similar. They’re both small breeds with big heads, short legs, and massive ears. Both dogs come in a variety of colors and patterns, but some of the most common include brindle, white, and black & white. But despite their similarities, there are several important differences between them as well! Before you decide which one to get as your new pet, let’s take a closer look at these two dogs.

What Breeds Makes A Boston Terrier

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A Boston Terrier is a cross between an English Bulldog and an American Pit Bull Terrier. Therefore, the Boston Terrier is actually a mix of two different breeds! The result is a small dog with lots of spunk and personality.

What Makes a French Bulldog

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A French Bulldog is not the same as a Frenchie (which is what many people call French Bulldogs). A Frenchie is actually just one specific type of French Bulldog. However, now that we know this distinction exists, let’s take a closer look at them.

A French Bulldog is a cross between an English Bulldog and a Pug. In the same way that Boston Terriers are a mix of two different breeds, so too are French Bulldogs! This explains why they look similar to Boston Terriers – but there are some significant differences as well. For example, Frenchie’s typically have shorter muzzles with smaller noses than their American counterparts.

Difference in Terrier and Bulldog Size

When it comes to size, Boston Terriers and French Bulldogs are both small breeds. A full grown French Bulldog weighs an average of 30 lbs (13.5 kg), while a grown Boston Terrier weighs 38-50 lbs (17-23 kg) on average. That’s quite a difference! Of course, there are always exceptions – some dogs will be larger or smaller than that – but those measurements can serve as a general guideline for what to expect from them as adults.

Boston Terrier vs. French Bulldog Price

Another difference between the Boston Terrier and the French Bulldog is price. A French Bulldog will typically cost more than a Boston Terrier, though it’s not uncommon for these prices to overlap. Depending on where you buy from, this can be $200-$1000+ difference in price. The reason for this is that both breeds are becoming increasingly popular, so breeders have been increasing their prices in recent years.

Boston Terrier vs. French Bulldog Health

Both breeds of dogs are prone to certain health conditions, but there are some specific concerns worth noting between them! There are several genetic diseases that affect both breeds or one breed much more often than the other.

For example, French Bulldogs may experience patellar luxation more frequently than other breeds, whereas Boston Terriers are prone to the skin conditions demodectic mange and zinc responsive dermatitis.

Boston Terrier vs. French Bulldog Exercise

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Does this sound familiar? Your new dog will need several long walks a day! This is one of the biggest things that differentiates these two breeds apart. While both dogs enjoy exercise, they do it in very different ways. For example, French Bulldogs have shorter legs than other dogs, which means it takes them longer to get around.


The biggest difference between these two breeds is temperament. While both dogs are friendly and intelligent, the Boston Terrier is much more active and playful than the French Bulldog. For example, a Boston Terrier enjoys going on walks in order to explore their surroundings and get a little extra exercise in.

They’re also known for being very enthusiastic when it comes to playing with other dogs – which makes sense considering their history as a fighting dog! 

How does this compare to the French Bulldog? Well, while they certainly enjoy walks too, these dogs are much lazier than the previously mentioned breed. That’s not to say they’re lazy, but you can expect them to appreciate exercise more than actively seek it out!

As a result, they tend to move at a slower pace when on walks or playing with you. In contrast, Boston Terriers have long legs that allow them to move around quickly. This makes them more suited for activities like jogging or playing fetch, where they can release all their pent-up energy!


Both Boston and French breeds have fun personalities and love to interact with their people! They’re both extremely social, so they do well living in an apartment or other type of home where they have a lot of human company.

They do best with at least one walk per day, preferably more, to keep them active and happy. But be aware that they need some time to warm up to strangers – they can be friendly but also protective of their parents!

Excercise & Training Needs

Both breeds need exercise and mental stimulation, in order to stay healthy and happy! This means taking them out for several walks every day, and spending time playing with them indoors. A bored dog will get into trouble quickly! Be sure to supervise your new friend when you take it outdoors too, because both breeds are likely to wander off if they’re not on a leash or in a fenced area.

Grooming Requirements

Both breeds have short coats, which are relatively low maintenance. They typically need to be brushed every couple of days to get rid of loose fur and prevent tangles from forming. Dogs that don’t get brushed often enough can end up with a dull coat, flaky skin, and lots of other problems! The reason they develop so much dander is because they don’t shed very much, unlike dogs like Labs or German Shepherds .


The breed you choose could matter in terms of popularity at your local dog park. There might be certain things you enjoy doing with your pet that aren’t as well-suited for one breed or other, such as agility competitions. 

For example, the Boston Terrier has a lot of energy and loves to play fetch with their human parents – which might make them better at activities like flyball than other breeds. On the other hand, French Bulldogs can be stubborn and independent so they may not enjoy playing fetch as much as other dogs do!

Adoption & Rescue Costs

Both breeds are fairly common in shelters across the country, but don’t expect to pay anywhere near retail prices if you adopt one. There are many Boston Terriers available for adoption through rescues and shelters, where they’re either mixed-breeds or purebreds without papers .

You can also find French Bulldogs available for adoption online, although some of these dogs come with pricey shipping fees if you don’t live near the breeders.

Boston Terriers are generally pretty healthy breeds but they do suffer from certain conditions including cataracts, patellar luxation, and possible brachycephalic problems. 

French Bulldogs are also reportedly prone to certain dental issues, which might be one reason why they snore so much!


boston terrier vs. french bulldog health

Both breeds have fairly long life expectancies. The average Boston Terrier can live for about 12 to 16 years, while the average lifespan of a French Bulldog is somewhere around 10 to 15 years. However, there’s quite a bit of variation here depending on whether your pet has purebred parents or not – mixed-breeds typically live longer than purebreds do.

This means that if you adopt from a shelter or rescue organization then your dog could potentially live twice as long as its expected lifespan.

 Energy Levels

The Boston Terrier is a very active breed. They enjoy playing fetch, jogging alongside you, or taking trips to the dog park. The French Bulldog doesn’t get too hyper. They do like lounging around with their favorite humans.

Of course, it depends on the individual dog – some French Bulldogs will happily join you for a jog while others prefer snuggling up and napping all day instead. And depending on how old your Frenchie is when you bring them home, they may need much-needed rest rather than extra exercise! 

Grooming Requirements

Both breeds require regular grooming and clipping. The Boston Terrier needs to be brushed at least twice a week and bathed when necessary, while the French should be bathed, brushed, and given nail trims about every two weeks (or as needed).

Barking Levels

French Bulldogs are very vocal dogs – they bark, howl, snort, growl, and make all sorts of other odd noises. Some might say that’s just part of their charm, but it can still be annoying for those who live in close quarters with these pups! On the other hand, the Boston Terrier is much less noisy but will still let out a high-pitched yelp if it’s scared or feels threatened. Besides that, they don’t bark very often.

Both breeds will probably be well-behaved and quiet when they’re left alone. However, some Boston Terriers start to whine or cry if they’re not getting enough attention.


The Boston Terrier was bred as a companion dog, which means that it can be fairly easy to train them into good behaviors. This breed learns new tricks faster than most other canine companions but does require consistent training sessions at least 2 or 3 times per week. 

French Bulldogs are more stubborn but they are quick to learn. With enough patience and dedication, you can teach your Frenchie just about anything!

Health Issues/Complications

The Boston Terrier is generally a healthy breed although they are prone to certain health conditions. This includes cataracts, patellar luxation, glaucoma, heart issues, allergies, and maybe even brachycephalic problems. They should be fed a good-quality diet (high in protein) with limited treats because obesity can also cause other serious medical conditions like diabetes or heart disease. 

French Bulldogs suffer from quite a few genetic disorders including obsessive-compulsive disorder, dermatitis, cataracts, respiratory problems, patellofemoral luxation (knee dislocation), and hip dysplasia. They have a higher risk of heat stroke, seizures, bronchitis, or pneumonia so be sure to take precautions during warmer seasons.

Breeding Compatibility

Both breeds can successfully mate with each other and produce healthy puppies. While Frenchie-Boston Terrier breedings are not uncommon, it is advised to avoid them in order to reduce the risk of genetic disorders. Also, be sure to choose a reputable breeder. Get one who screens their breeding dogs for health conditions and temperament problems.

Compatability With Humans

Both breeds are very sociable and get along well with kids, strangers, other pets, and dogs. French Bulldogs are more tolerant of children who mishandle them but generally don’t enjoy rough games like tug of war. These two breeds make wonderful companions for the right family!

Boston Terriers love attention from their humans while French Bulldogs are less needy – they typically prefer lounging over cuddles. 

Overall Freindliness

The Boston Terrier is not as stubborn as other breeds – they are very easy to train and make excellent pets for first-time dog owners. They can be cautious around strangers but should warm up quickly if their family welcomes them into the home. These dogs are naturally gentle, affectionate, and loving toward their humans.

French Bulldogs are friendly, playful, outgoing pups who love socializing with other dogs or people! The only real downside of this breed is that they need a ton of attention because they become destructive or sick without it. So if you’re looking for a pet to hang out in one room while you work – the Frenchie might not be for you.


Both breeds require minimal grooming and upkeep, making them great for first-time dog owners! A simple brush down once a week will help keep your Boston Terrier from getting matted. Their short coat makes them a low-maintenance breed as far as brushing goes. They don’t shed much but they do blow their coats twice a year – be prepared to clean up some fur! 

French Bulldogs have smooth single-layered coats that only need occasional brushing. If you neglect their coat, they can develop a unique odor similar to wet hay or grass which is caused by yeast overgrowth. 

Boston Terriers are healthier than French Bulldogs because of their larger size. Meaning, they have less hereditary health problems than the Frenchie. 

Both breeds are quick to housetrain and can be walked on a leash. However, French Bulldogs do better in warmer climates than cooler cold climates.

Final Thoughts

These breeds make wonderful pets for the right family! The Boston Terrier is more of an “inside dog” that doesn’t enjoy long periods of time alone. On the other hand, the French Bulldog is more independent and active outside. 

If you’re looking for a fiesty, tough-looking breed – either of these dogs might not be for you. They are both cute, cuddly pups who will bring plenty of love into your home. Good luck with your search and welcome to the world of doggy companionship!

Do Golden Retrievers Shed? How To Care For Your Golden’s Coat

Do Golden Retrievers, Shed? Unequivocally yes!

If You’re a proud owner of a Golden Retriever, you may have wondered: just how much does your pooch shed? The answer? A lot! But there are ways to manage and minimize the amount of shedding your retriever does. Keep reading to learn more!

In this post, we are not only going to answer your question, “Do Golden Retrievers Shed?” We are also going to give you practical tips on how to manage your Golden’s shedding patterns. We’ll show you how to minimize excessive shedding by proper grooming techniques you can do yourself. And you’ll pick up pointers on what to expect through different growth stages and seasonal changes.

Last but not least, are the basics of how to keep your Golden healthy from the inside out. The condition of your dog’s coat is a major indicator of its state of health. Shedding patterns and cycles are signs of the health of your Golden companion so it is important to take note of any unusual amounts of hair loss that could indicate your attention to your loved one.

Exacly How Much Do Golden Retrievers Shed?

Every dog sheds, and that’s the truth. There are simply some dogs that shed more than others, like Golden Retrievers. It’s important to understand that not all dogs shed in the same way. Some breeds will shed their entire coat at once, which can leave your home looking like a snowstorm blew through it.

A healthy Golden Retriever that is eating a healthy diet will generally shed between 1 and 2 pounds of fur per year so it is important to maintain good grooming habits by brushing their coats and cleaning up after them.

How Often Do Golden Retrievers Shed?

Now that you know that Goldens do shed, you might ask yourself, “How Often Do Golden Retrievers Shed?” The answer is, “it depends.”

There are many factors that can influence how often your Golden will shed and the amount of hair he will lose in the process. Diet, stress, environment, exposure to chemicals, tap water are just a few of the reasons that your Golden can shed in more than normal amounts.

Speaking of tap water, It is really important to have good clean water available for you Golden at all times. Do not let them drink tap water because of the fluoride, alum, and copper in the water just to name a few that can create a toxic build-up that starts a macromineral imbalance in their system.

With that said it is important to note that Golden retrievers always need a job to do, This helps keep their fantastic minds in order. A happy Golden is a dog working with you and your family. Also, it brings a level of predictability to your relationship with them. They can count on you being there. Also, they know where they belong.

For an adult dog, you should expect large amounts of shedding throughout the spring and summer months when temperatures rise. Adult dogs and puppies should receive regular grooming sessions. This will help with enhancing your relationship and bonding with your Golden. Grooming is a great way to spend some quality time with your companion while controlling shedding and maintaining a healthy coat.

‌Why is my Golden Retriever Shedding So Much?

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Golden‌ ‌Retriever‌ ‌Shedding‌ ‌Season-‌ ‌What‌ ‌Does‌ ‌This‌ ‌Mean?

Another‌ ‌thing‌ ‌that‌ ‌most‌ ‌people‌ ‌don’t‌ ‌realize‌ ‌is‌ ‌how‌ ‌much‌ ‌Golden‌ ‌Retrievers‌ ‌shed‌ ‌throughout‌ ‌the‌ ‌year.‌ There‌ ‌are‌ ‌variations‌ ‌between‌ ‌individual‌ ‌dogs‌. ‌Golden‌ ‌Retrievers‌ ‌typically‌ ‌go‌ ‌through‌ ‌two‌ ‌major‌ ‌shedding‌ ‌seasons‌ ‌every‌ ‌year.‌ ‌The‌ ‌first‌ ‌is‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌fall,‌ ‌and the‌ ‌second‌ ‌is‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌spring.‌ ‌

These‌ ‌seasons‌ ‌are‌ ‌typically‌ ‌when‌ ‌your‌ ‌retriever‌ ‌will‌ ‌shed‌ ‌most‌ ‌heavily‌ ‌-‌ ‌so‌ ‌be‌ ‌prepared‌ ‌to‌ ‌do‌ ‌a‌ ‌little‌ ‌extra‌ cleaning!‌ ‌But‌ ‌there’s‌ ‌no‌ ‌need‌ ‌to‌ ‌worry‌ ‌too‌ ‌much‌ ‌about‌ ‌it.‌ ‌If‌ ‌you’ve‌ ‌got‌ ‌a‌ ‌Golden‌ ‌Retriever‌ ‌Shedding‌ Brush‌ ‌and‌ ‌some‌ ‌patience,‌ ‌you’ll‌ ‌be‌ ‌able‌ ‌to‌ ‌minimize the quantity and frequency of shedding.

Keeping A Clean House

People‌ ‌who‌ ‌don’t‌ ‌own‌ ‌dogs‌ ‌often‌ ‌wonder‌ ‌why‌ ‌owners‌ ‌try‌ ‌to‌ ‌keep‌ ‌their‌ ‌homes‌ ‌clean‌ ‌even‌ ‌though‌ ‌they‌ have‌ ‌furry‌ ‌friends‌ ‌running‌ ‌around.‌

However,‌ ‌there‌ ‌are‌ ‌other‌ ‌reasons‌ ‌to‌ ‌try‌ ‌and‌ ‌keep‌ ‌your‌ ‌retriever‌ ‌from‌ ‌leaving‌ ‌fur‌ ‌everywhere!‌ ‌For‌ ‌one‌ thing,‌ ‌Golden‌ ‌Retrievers‌ ‌often‌ ‌get‌ ‌very‌ ‌attached‌ ‌to‌ ‌their‌ ‌toys‌ ‌and‌ ‌blankets‌. ‌This ‌means‌ ‌that‌ ‌you‌ ‌may find‌ ‌them‌ ‌buried‌ ‌beneath‌ ‌a‌ ‌mountain‌ ‌of‌ ‌dog‌ ‌hair‌ ‌daily.‌ ‌And that‌ ‌every‌ ‌step‌ ‌you take‌ ‌will‌ ‌make‌ ‌a‌ ‌terrible‌ ‌mess‌ ‌underfoot!‌ ‌

This‌ ‌is‌ ‌why‌ ‌‌it’s‌ ‌so‌ ‌important‌ ‌to‌ ‌keep‌ ‌up‌ ‌with‌ ‌your‌ ‌Golden‌ ‌Retriever’s‌ ‌shedding!‌ ‌If‌ ‌you’ve‌ ‌been‌ wondering,‌ ‌‌“How‌ ‌often‌ ‌should‌ ‌I‌ ‌brush‌ ‌my‌ ‌retriever?”‌‌ ‌The‌ ‌answer‌ ‌may‌ ‌be‌ ‌more‌ ‌often‌ ‌than‌ ‌you‌ ‌think.‌ To‌ ‌make sure ‌that‌ ‌he‌ or she ‌doesn’t‌ ‌leave‌ ‌a‌ ‌huge‌ ‌mess‌ ‌in‌ ‌your‌ ‌house‌, here’s what we recommend. ‌

We‌ ‌recommend‌ brushing‌ ‌him‌ ‌every‌ ‌day‌ ‌(we’ll‌ ‌emphasize‌ ‌this‌ ‌more‌ ‌below).‌ ‌That‌ ‌way,‌ ‌you‌ ‌can‌ ‌minimize‌ ‌his‌ ‌shedding‌ ‌and‌ avoid‌ ‌all‌ ‌of‌ ‌these‌ ‌problems‌ ‌at‌ ‌once!‌ ‌

But‌ ‌even‌ ‌if‌ ‌you‌ ‌don’t‌ ‌have‌ ‌time‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌full‌ ‌grooming‌ ‌session‌ ‌every‌ ‌day, make‌ ‌sure‌ ‌that‌ ‌you’re‌ ‌brushing‌ ‌your‌ ‌dog‌ ‌at‌ ‌least‌ ‌three‌ ‌times‌ ‌per‌ ‌week!‌ ‌

Tips‌ ‌to‌ ‌Keep‌ ‌Your‌ Golden Locks ON Your Retriever:‌ ‌

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1.)‌ ‌Keeping‌ ‌Your‌ ‌Dog‌ ‌Healthy‌ ‌

Exercise‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌key‌ ‌factor‌ ‌if‌ ‌you‌ ‌want‌ ‌to‌ ‌minimize‌ ‌your‌ ‌retriever’s‌ ‌shedding!‌ ‌Make‌ ‌sure‌ ‌they‌ ‌get‌ ‌regular‌ walks‌ ‌and‌ ‌playtime‌ ‌every‌ ‌day. All dogs including retrievers require adequate exercise to maintain proper weight. Exercise also has a positive effect on metabolism, cellular health, hormones, and a positive mood.

Golden‌ ‌Retrievers‌ ‌are‌ ‌generally‌ ‌pretty‌ ‌healthy‌ ‌dogs.‌ ‌Exercise and a balanced diet are keys to a healthy pup. But that’s not all. Emotional and mental health are critical. Do they get enough daily attention? Are they getting proper nutrition? Are their beds and laying quarters clean and large enough?

Golden Retrievers need ‌between‌ ‌30‌ ‌and‌ ‌60‌ ‌minutes‌ ‌of‌ ‌aerobic‌ ‌exercise‌ ‌each‌ ‌day‌.

If‌ ‌your‌ ‌retriever‌ ‌is‌ ‌spending‌ ‌the‌ ‌day‌ ‌indoors,‌ ‌make‌ ‌sure‌ ‌he‌ ‌has‌ ‌plenty‌ ‌of‌ ‌space‌ ‌to‌ ‌run‌ ‌around‌ ‌and‌ ‌play!‌ Just‌ ‌be‌ ‌careful‌ ‌not‌ ‌to‌ ‌leave‌ ‌him‌ ‌in‌ ‌an‌ ‌area‌ ‌where‌ ‌he‌ ‌could‌ ‌get‌ ‌into‌ ‌something‌ ‌dangerous. Because ‌Golden‌ ‌Retriever‌s love to play ‌and run and jump make sure that you retriever proof their play place that you choose to leave them for the time that you are gone. Set them up for success.

2.)‌ ‌ Keep Their ‌Coat‌ ‌in‌ ‌Good‌ ‌Shape‌ ‌

Much‌ ‌of‌ ‌your‌ ‌retriever’s‌ ‌fur‌ ‌will‌ ‌fall‌ ‌out‌ ‌in‌ ‌spring‌ ‌and‌ ‌fall. Then, maintaining‌ ‌his‌ ‌coat‌ ‌during‌ ‌these‌ times‌ ‌can‌ ‌help‌ ‌limit‌ ‌shedding.‌ ‌By‌ ‌brushing‌ ‌him‌ ‌every‌ ‌day‌, you’ll‌ ‌remove‌ ‌loose‌ ‌fur‌ ‌before‌ ‌it‌ ‌starts‌ ‌falling‌ ‌off‌ ‌all‌ ‌over‌ ‌the‌ ‌place.‌ ‌

And‌ ‌if‌ ‌brushing‌ ‌doesn’t‌ ‌keep‌ ‌his‌ ‌fur‌ ‌in‌ good‌ ‌shape,‌ ‌try‌ ‌bathing‌ ‌your‌ ‌retriever!‌ ‌Some‌ ‌dogs‌ ‌will‌ ‌shed‌ ‌less‌ ‌if‌ ‌you‌ ‌bathe‌ ‌them‌ ‌every‌ ‌week‌ ‌or‌ ‌two.‌ Just be careful not to dry out their skin by over bathing.

This‌ ‌isn’t‌ ‌difficult‌ ‌since‌ ‌retrievers‌ ‌like‌ ‌to‌ ‌swim‌ ‌and‌ ‌play‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌water.‌ ‌However,‌ ‌you‌ ‌mustn’t‌ ‌use‌ ‌the‌ ‌wrong‌ kind‌ ‌of‌ ‌shampoo!‌ ‌Harsh‌ ‌chemicals‌ ‌will‌ ‌take‌ ‌all‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌moisture‌ ‌out‌ ‌of‌ ‌your‌ ‌dog’s‌ ‌coat. This will make ‌it‌ ‌much more‌ ‌likely‌ ‌for‌ ‌him‌ ‌to‌ ‌lose‌ ‌hair‌ ‌when‌ ‌he‌ ‌starts‌ ‌shedding‌ ‌again.‌ ‌

Instead,‌ ‌we‌ ‌recommend‌ ‌using‌ natural‌ ‌shampoos‌ ‌made‌ ‌from‌ ‌aloe‌ ‌vera,‌ ‌tea‌ ‌tree‌ ‌oil,‌ ‌and‌ ‌other‌ ‌gentle‌ ‌ingredients.‌ ‌These can be just as economical as regular commercial shampoo. More importantly, they contribute to a healthy quality of life and a beautiful coat.

3.)‌ ‌ Maintain‌ Cleanliness

Since‌ ‌Golden‌ ‌Retrievers‌ ‌will‌ ‌shed‌ ‌a‌ ‌lot‌ ‌of‌ ‌hair,‌ ‌they‌ ‌must‌ ‌stay‌ ‌clean.‌ ‌Brushing‌ ‌your‌ ‌retriever‌ ‌at‌ ‌least‌ ‌once‌ a‌ ‌day‌ ‌can‌ ‌really‌ ‌help‌ (see below). ‌If‌ ‌you‌ ‌can‌ ‌manage‌ ‌to‌ ‌bathe‌ ‌him‌ ‌on a regular schedule ‌too,‌ ‌he’ll‌ ‌drop‌ ‌even‌ ‌less‌ ‌fur.‌ Just‌ ‌be‌ ‌careful‌ ‌to‌ ‌use‌ ‌something‌ ‌safe‌ ‌and‌ ‌gentle!‌ ‌He‌ ‌should‌ ‌feel‌ ‌completely‌ ‌comfortable‌ ‌and‌ ‌happy, regardless of all other factors. ‌

**A note on bathing: You don’t want to bathe too frequently. It can dry the coat and skin out. Every retriever will have its own schedule for bathing time. It could be once a week or once a month or more. It will vary but only bathe when needed.

If‌ ‌your‌ ‌retriever‌ ‌is‌ ‌spending‌ ‌time‌ ‌outdoors,‌ ‌you‌ ‌might‌ ‌want‌ ‌to‌ ‌consider‌ ‌getting‌ ‌him‌ ‌a‌ ‌pool!‌ ‌NOT A CHLORINATED POOL THOUGH. Chlorine absorbs right into the bloodstream. This is a health hazard for your dog. Just a plain water pool is perfect. This‌ will‌ ‌help‌ ‌keep‌ ‌him‌ ‌cool‌ ‌during‌ ‌the‌ ‌hot‌ ‌summer‌ ‌months‌.‌ ‌Plus,‌ ‌he’ll‌ ‌have‌ ‌fun‌ ‌too!‌ ‌‌

4. Professional Grooming Equipment For Goldens

Using‌ ‌the‌ ‌right‌ ‌equipment‌ ‌can‌ ‌help‌ ‌you‌ ‌keep‌ ‌your‌ ‌retriever‌ ‌from‌ ‌shedding‌ ‌too‌ ‌much!‌ ‌Brushes‌ ‌can‌ ‌be‌ ‌a‌ big‌ ‌help‌ ‌when‌ ‌it‌ ‌comes‌ ‌to‌ ‌keeping‌ ‌your‌ ‌dog’s‌ ‌fur‌ ‌in‌ ‌good‌ ‌shape.‌ ‌We‌ ‌recommend‌ ‌using‌ ‌a‌ ‌slicker‌ ‌brush‌ with‌ ‌soft‌ ‌bristles‌ ‌and‌ ‌a‌ ‌rubber‌ ‌handle‌.

These‌ ‌brushes‌ ‌are‌ ‌great‌ ‌for‌ removing‌ ‌small‌ ‌knots‌ ‌or‌ ‌tangles. Which‌ ‌prevents‌ ‌them‌ ‌from‌ ‌breaking‌ ‌your‌ ‌dog’s‌ ‌fur‌ ‌or‌ ‌even‌ ‌causing‌ ‌him pain.‌ ‌

Brushing‌ ‌helps‌ ‌remove‌ ‌excess‌ ‌fur‌ ‌from‌ ‌their‌ ‌body.‌ ‌Bathing‌ ‌will‌ also‌ ‌help‌ ‌significantly!‌ ‌When‌ ‌they’re‌ ‌wet,‌ ‌brush‌ ‌them‌ ‌gently‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌slicker‌ ‌brush‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌direction‌ ‌of‌ ‌hair‌ growth.‌ ‌

This‌ ‌will‌ ‌get‌ ‌out‌ ‌stubborn‌ ‌clumps‌ ‌that‌ ‌may‌ ‌have‌ ‌been‌ ‌missed‌ ‌otherwise!‌ ‌If‌ ‌you‌ ‌don’t‌ ‌have‌ ‌time‌ for‌ ‌a‌ ‌full‌ ‌bath,‌ ‌just‌ ‌use‌ ‌a‌ ‌damp‌ ‌towel‌ ‌or‌ ‌washcloth‌ ‌instead.‌ ‌This‌ ‌will‌ ‌still‌ ‌clean‌ ‌away‌ ‌any‌ ‌loose‌ ‌fur.‌ ‌

Of‌ ‌course,‌ ‌there‌ ‌are‌ ‌plenty‌ ‌of‌ ‌other‌ ‌options‌ ‌such as grooming gloves, for a quick effective go-over when you are short on time. ‌Using‌ ‌one‌ ‌can‌ ‌make‌ ‌brushing‌ easier‌ ‌because‌ ‌all‌ ‌of‌ ‌his‌ ‌loose‌ ‌furs‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌safely‌ ‌removed‌ ‌beforehand!‌ ‌Plus,‌ ‌it‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌much‌ ‌easier‌ ‌to‌ ‌dry if‌ ‌any‌ ‌water‌ ‌gets‌ ‌in‌ ‌his‌ ‌coat.‌ ‌


golden retriever shedding

One Cause Of Excessive Shedding: Improper Diet

Excessive‌ ‌shedding‌ ‌in‌ retrievers‌ ‌can be ‌related‌ ‌to‌ ‌diet.‌ ‌Just as people need to eat food that is nutrient-dense so do our beloved furred friends. Dogs are omnivores and designed to eat a mix of protein and veggies and certain fruits. They also significantly benefit from a variety of ‘greens’ whether cooked, raw or contained in Superfoods like this greens Super superfood.

Look for quality dog food or make your own dog’s food by cooking and adding supplements or providing your dog with the absolute best; a species-specific diet. Dogs in nature or in the wild eat other animals and that makes them raw food connoisseurs! Discover and find out what is best for your Golden and why.

Also, give your pup an Omega oil. This cannot be understated, as it will amazingly improve the quality and health of the coat. But not only do Omega’s or fish oils produce healthy coats but they produce calm minds and an improved mood. Omega oils support joint health and are particularly important for this breed.

Become your best friend’s advocate and create the highest quality of life possible. Return the unconditional love only given by a dog and in particular, here we are talking about Goldens. Retrievers have an incredible capacity to love like no other and are loyal to a fault. Love them back!!

Do Golden Retreivers Shed As Puppies? Baby Stages . . .

do golden retrievers shed as puppies
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Although‌ ‌it‌ ‌may‌ ‌be‌ ‌beneficial‌ ‌to‌ ‌try‌ ‌and‌ ‌limit‌ ‌shedding‌ ‌as‌ ‌much‌ ‌as‌ ‌possible‌. ‌ It’s‌ ‌important‌ ‌to‌ ‌remember‌ ‌that‌ ‌all‌ ‌puppies‌ ‌are‌ ‌going‌ ‌to‌ ‌shed‌ ‌-‌ ‌this‌ ‌is‌ ‌completely‌ ‌normal.‌ ‌Like‌ ‌any other‌ ‌breed,‌ ‌Golden‌ ‌Retrievers‌ ‌have‌ ‌their‌ ‌timetable‌ ‌for‌ ‌growing‌ ‌up.‌ ‌

Expect‌ ‌your‌ ‌puppy‌ ‌to‌ ‌go‌ ‌through‌ ‌a‌ ‌few‌ ‌stages‌ ‌where‌ ‌his‌ ‌coat‌ ‌changes.‌ ‌This‌ ‌includes‌ ‌the‌ ‌”puppy”‌ ‌or‌ “baby”‌ ‌stage,‌ ‌which‌ ‌will‌ ‌last‌ ‌anywhere‌ ‌from‌ ‌6-18‌ ‌months!‌ ‌During‌ ‌this‌ ‌time,‌ ‌there‌ ‌may‌ ‌be‌ ‌some‌ ‌patches‌ of‌ ‌fur‌ ‌missing‌ ‌on‌ ‌your‌ ‌retriever’s‌ ‌body.‌ ‌Remember‌ ‌that‌ ‌this‌ ‌isn’t‌ ‌due‌ ‌to‌ ‌grooming‌ ‌or‌ ‌skin‌ ‌conditions‌ ‌either‌ -‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌natural‌ ‌during‌ ‌puppyhood!‌

‘Coat Blowing’ With Puppies And Climate Changes

Puppies‌ ‌also‌ ‌go‌ ‌through‌ ‌another‌ ‌stage‌ ‌called‌ ‌”‌blowing‌ ‌their‌ ‌coat‌.”‌ ‌This‌ ‌typically‌ ‌occurs‌ ‌around‌ ‌six‌ months‌ ‌of‌ ‌age,‌ ‌and‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌when‌ ‌your‌ ‌retriever‌ ‌sheds‌ ‌the‌ ‌most.‌ ‌He‌ ‌will‌ ‌shed‌ ‌a percentage ‌of‌ ‌his‌ ‌entire‌ ‌body‌ weight‌ ‌during‌ ‌this‌ ‌time!‌ ‌But‌ ‌don’t‌ ‌worry‌ ‌-‌ ‌this‌ ‌too‌ ‌shall‌ ‌pass.‌ ‌It‌ ‌may‌ ‌take‌ ‌up‌ ‌to‌ ‌a‌ ‌year‌ ‌for‌ ‌your‌ ‌retriever‌ ‌to‌ reach‌ ‌full‌ ‌maturity.‌ ‌

As‌ ‌he‌ ‌gets‌ ‌older,‌ ‌though,‌ ‌you‌ ‌can‌ ‌expect‌ ‌these‌ ‌patches‌ ‌to‌ ‌grow‌ ‌back.‌ ‌But‌ ‌there’s‌ ‌a‌ ‌good‌ ‌chance‌ ‌he’ll‌ ‌still‌ experience‌ ‌shedding‌ ‌now‌ ‌and‌ ‌then.‌ ‌For‌ ‌most‌ ‌Golden‌ ‌Retrievers,‌ ‌this‌ ‌usually‌ ‌occurs‌ ‌during‌ ‌certain‌ ‌times‌ ‌of‌ the‌ ‌year‌.

Concluding Thoughts

when do golden retrievers shed

In answer to your question, “Do Golden Retrievers Shed?” we’ve given you lots of advice for caring for your Golden. Complete with references to links for everything from the best nutritional diet to supplements to professional grooming equipment for Goldens.

Always remember,‌ ‌Golden Retriever pups go ‌through‌ ‌a ‌natural‌ ‌process‌ ‌of‌ ‌losing‌ ‌old‌ ‌or‌ ‌damaged‌ ‌hairs‌ ‌from‌ ‌their ‌coat.‌ ‌This‌ ‌is‌ ‌done‌ ‌to‌ ‌make‌ ‌way‌ ‌for‌ ‌new,‌ ‌healthy‌ ‌hairs.‌ ‌These are natural cycles and processes.

Important‌ ‌Note:‌ ‌There‌ are‌ ‌many‌ ‌reasons‌ ‌why‌ ‌dogs‌ ‌might‌ ‌start‌ ‌getting‌ ‌bald‌ ‌patches. ‌It‌ ‌could‌ ‌be‌ ‌due‌ ‌to‌ ‌thyroid‌ ‌problems,‌ ‌skin‌ parasites,‌ ‌or‌ ‌even‌ ‌hormonal‌ ‌imbalances.‌ ‌It may be time to reach out to experts such as professionals from American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.

One‌ ‌last‌ ‌thing‌ ‌-‌ ‌there’s‌ ‌no‌ ‌way‌ ‌you‌ ‌can‌ ‌stop‌ ‌Golden‌ ‌Retrievers‌ ‌from‌ ‌shedding!‌ ‌But‌ ‌with‌ ‌some‌ ‌time‌ ‌and‌ patience,‌ ‌you‌ ‌CAN‌ ‌reduce‌ ‌the‌ ‌amount‌ ‌of‌ ‌fur‌ ‌that‌ ‌your‌ ‌dog‌ ‌sheds.‌ ‌With‌ ‌proper‌ ‌care‌ ‌and‌ ‌attention,‌ ‌you‌ ‌and‌ your‌ ‌Golden‌ ‌buddy‌ ‌will‌ ‌make‌ ‌it‌ ‌through!‌ ‌

Can Dogs Eat Bell Peppers? Find Out WHICH Ones

Can Dogs Eat Bell Peppers? Which peppers can dogs eat? And specifically can dogs eat BELL peppers? In general, dogs can eat any kind of sweet peppers but should avoid the more spicy peppers.

Here we’ll explain which peppers are good and what their nutrient benefits are, how to prepare them, and which ones to avoid due to dogs having sensitive digestive tracts not designed for hot spicy foods.

Canine nutrition is important for a long, healthy life, it’s important to remember they have slightly different dietary needs from humans.

Can Dogs Eat Bell Peppers? Green, Yellow, Red

Dogs can eat any color of bell pepper – not only green, yellow, and red, but also orange, purple, and striped ones! However, red bell peppers contain the most vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients, being especially high in Vitamins A and C.

In fact, did you know that red bell peppers have nine times the amount of beta-carotene as other colors of bell peppers? Something else useful to know: the riper the pepper, the more nutritious.

What About Bell Pepper Seeds, Stems, And Pith?

are peppers good for dogs

Eating the stems would be like eating wood! Dogs don’t have the right kind of grinding teeth for chewing bell pepper stems. They don’t have the digestive enzymes to process them, either. The seeds produce GI (gastrointestinal) upset in some dogs.

The pith is the soft, spongy, light-colored center of the pepper. Did you know that it’s also called the placenta because it attaches the seeds to the body of the pepper? It’s generally tasteless in bell peppers, but in the hot varieties, it’s where the most heat is concentrated.

Glands producing capsaicin, the irritating component of chili peppers, line the pith.

How Do You Know If Your Dog Has Indigestion?

Bloating and gas are two signs that might indicate indigestion. The gas might smell different from its usual odor. Some dogs might exhibit discomfort in the abdominal area. More severe cases can result in vomiting and diarrhea.

Many veterinarians recommend giving your dog cooked, pureed pumpkin — either canned or fresh — for a few days to help soothe the digestive tract and ease any offensive substances out the back door, so to speak.

Can Dogs Eat Bell Peppers Raw?

Yes. Because raw bell peppers are crispy and crunchy, they may help satisfy your dog’s natural instinct to chew. Be sure to wash them well first to rinse off any residue of pesticides or soil that might contain parasite eggs. Using organic produce is always recommended but you still want to wash it to be sure it’s clean.

How Often Can Dogs Eat Bell Peppers?

Canines are omnivores, meaning that they eat a variety of foods that include both animal and plant materials, but the bulk of their diet needs to contain protein and other nutrients that aren’t readily available in the right balance in most plants.

Dogs can eat bell peppers often, even daily, but in small amounts. Any new food needs to be introduced gradually over time so you can check for indigestion, allergic reactions, intestinal blockage, or any other problems. Large dogs can have up to half a bell pepper daily, while smaller dogs can have one to three slices every day, no more than a fourth of the pepper.

The Nutritional Benefit Of Bell Peppers

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Bell Peppers are full of Vitamins, minerals, beta carotene, and other good things that canines need. At the same time, they’re low in fat, sugar, sodium, and calories. After you read this, you’ll never ask “Can dogs eat bell peppers?” again!

  • Vitamin A: Good for eye health, skin, and coat
  • Vitamin B6: Necessary for a healthy nervous system
  • Vitamin C: Although an antioxidant that supports the immune system support, dogs’ bodies make their own vitamin C so they don’t need much from outside sources
  • Vitamin E: Aids in healthy skin, coat, and immune system
  • Vitamin K: Helps blood clot and form scabs to aid in healing
  • Carotenoids such as beta-carotene and lycopene: Antioxidants; convert to vitamin A during digestion
  • Pantothenic acid: Vitamin B5; Plays a role in energy metabolism and synthesis of proteins and fatty acids
  • Capsanthin: A carotenoid that promotes eye health
  • Quercetin: Antioxidant; anti-inflammatory effects beneficial for arthritis and some heart conditions
  • Potassium: Mineral that helps transmit electrical charges in the heart, muscles, and nerves; also aids in maintaining appetite and energy
  • Magnesium: Mineral with many functions found everywhere in the body; helps metabolize protein and carbohydrates to produce energy and manufacture fatty acids; vital for bone and cartilage in joints.
  • Manganese: Mineral necessary for digestion and enzyme functions
  • Carbohydrates: Sugars, starches, and fiber that provide short-term and long-term energy as well as aid digestion

How To Make Stuffed Peppers For Your Dog

can dogs eat red peppers

Your dog is going to love you for this! Your dog adores you anyway, but will adore you more for a unique meal filled with a variety of odors, flavors, and textures, especially with the added ingredient of love! Dogs are like us in that they love variety, so that means you can also create variations on basic recipes.

For example, with this recipe, you can cut the stuffed peppers into nuggets to freeze for later. You can also add more protein by including hard-boiled eggs and any kind of boneless chopped, cooked unprocessed meat such as chicken, pork, or fish, especially salmon.

Felissa Elfenbein, in sharing her recipe, comments that “the one downside to stuffed peppers is that I’m a clumsy oaf. It’s pretty much impossible for me to eat them without spilling all over myself and dropping a good snack on the floor for my dogs to clean up.”

Dog-Friendly Stuffed Peppers


5-6 medium red or green bell peppers
3/4 cup uncooked rice or quinoa
1 lb. extra lean ground beef or turkey (or beans for the vegetarians in the crowd)
8 oz. roast red bell pepper sauce (make sure it’s pure roast pepper with no added seasonings)
½ tbsp. each fresh basil, oregano & thyme
Pinch of salt
¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese [mozzarella contains less fat]


Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Remove tops, seeds and skin from your peppers. Drop peppers in the water and cook for 4-5 minutes. Remove and put in a cold water bath to stop the cooking process.

Cook rice or quinoa according to package directions and set aside. Brown turkey, beef or beans in a skillet. Drain off fat, and then stir in rice/quinoa, roast red pepper sauce, cheese and herbs.

Stuff peppers with your filling, being careful not to break the pepper. (If you do, you can wrap them with kitchen twine to ensure they don’t fall apart on the grill.) Store in refrigerator until ready to cook.

When you’re ready to cook, heat the grill to medium and place peppers directly on the grill. Cook until skin has browned (about 20 min), turning frequently. (If your grill is too hot, they’ll start to fall apart a bit. Just wrap them in foil and keep going)
Remove from heat and serve! Top with more roast pepper sauce, if desired.

Notes: If you prefer to bake them, preheat your oven to 350. Put a little water in the baking pan and pour over some sauce. Bake around 45 minutes, covered with foil during the first half of baking time to prevent over-browning.

How to prepare peppers for your dog

  • Can dogs can eat bell peppers raw? Here’s how to prepare them: Wash them well to remove traces of pesticides, etc. Remove or puree the skin, then cut into pieces. Raw bits of skin can become trapped in the gums. This is less of a concern if you brush your dog’s teeth. If you remember a time when you had a paper-like sliver of pepper or peanut skin in your teeth, then you know how uncomfortable it can be.
  • Pureed bell peppers: Wash thoroughly, then remove the stems, pith, and seeds. Use a blender or food processor, adding meat or vegetable broth for extra nutrition and flavor. Serve as is or add to kibble.
  • Never: Never add seasonings except those that are vet-approved to be canine-friendly. Plants from the garlic and onion family, which includes leeks and chives, are toxic for dogs. You may have heard people laughingly assure you that “Oh, I give my dog that stuff all the time and he’s fine!” He’s not fine.
  • He can’t communicate the discomfort he may feel. In addition, a toxin may not kill but it may cause damage that adds up over time. It also can weaken the immune system so when your dog is exposed to a germ or a parasite, he’s unable to fight it off efficiently.
  • Cooked bell peppers: Cooking makes bell peppers softer and more digestible, but overcooking destroys some of the nutrients. Steaming is the best cooking method for preserving nutrition because there’s no boiling water to leach out the vitamins. Roasting is similar but often produces scorched areas that are tough to chew.

Can Dogs Eat Bell Peppers In Treats?

can dogs eat green bell peppers

Can dogs eat green peppers, you asked? By now you see that they certainly can, but red peppers are better for them. Here are two different recipes to share with other dog lovers:

Red Bell Pepper Dog Treats from DogTipper


3-1/2 cups rice flour
1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 cup minced carrots
1/2 red bell pepper
1/4 cup homemade chicken broth (without any onion or garlic)
2 eggs
2 tablespoons plain low-fat yogurt
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil


Dehydrated Vegetable Dog Treats from Kiki Kane

You can dehydrate any dog-safe veggies and fruits but in this recipe we walk you through the processing technique for dehydrated bell peppers.


2 red bell peppers


Rinse all your veggies well.

Prep sweet bell peppers by removing seeds and white pith. Slice into 1/4″ strips.

Layer dried veggies onto dehydrator trays, taking care to make sure nothing is touching.

Dehydrate between 110-140 degrees for at least 8 hours.

You can use your oven instead of a dehydrator, set to the lowest possible setting. Start checking dryness at 4 hours and every 30 minutes or so thereafter.
When fully dehydrated, allow veggies to cool to room temperature, then pack loosely in an airtight container or bag.

Veggies dried crisp will last longer than veggies dried to the chewy state.
Chewy veggies should be eaten in the next couple of days or kept in the fridge ideally.
Crispy-dried veggies should last 2 weeks in an airtight container.

Can Dogs Eat Green Peppers?

Absolutely yes, but only bell or sweet peppers, nothing hot with capsaicin. Be sure to wash them clean of pesticides, agricultural wax, soil, and other contaminants.

Can Dogs Eat Jalapeño Peppers?

can dogs have jalapenos

Absolutely not! No! Never! All hot peppers contain capsaicin, a compound that is very irritating to mucous membranes in the eyes, nasal passages, mouth, and all along the digestive tract. It will definitely cause your dog pain, later if not sooner.

What About Chili Peppers?

No. Granted that people in Mexico, Indonesia, and other places feed their babies hot peppers from infancy on, but humans have different digestive systems.

Is Raw Or Cooked Bell Pepper Better For Dogs?

Raw peppers are crunchy and retain more nutrients but contain more indigestible fiber. Cooked peppers are easier to digest but heat breaks down the chemical bonds of some nutrients. Pooches who aren’t accustomed to eating vegetables or fruits might like cooked peppers, especially with a doggy gravy or sauce.

Can Dogs Have Peppers In Stir-Fry?

Yes to all bell peppers but no to any hot peppers and no to garlic and onion. Some cooking oils are very beneficial for canine health, and you can add most kinds of low-fat, unprocessed meats as well as clean seafood. Dogs enjoy many kinds of vegetables as long as they aren’t gas-producing or too starchy.

Can Dogs Eat Black Pepper Seasoning?

NO. Black pepper should not be fed to dogs because their digestive system isn’t designed to process it. Black pepper isn’t even related to bell peppers but is a dried seed from a totally different plant. When in doubt, remember that any food that bites, stings, burns, or fumes is not good for your dog.

How Many BTUs Are In Bell Peppers?

No pepper contains any BTUs, which are British thermal units measuring energy required to raise the temperature of water. However, in 1912 Wilbur Scoville devised a scale to measure the amount of spicy pungent heat generated by the capsicum in peppers.

The scale is based on Scoville heat units or SHUs. Bells, sweet banana peppers, and pimentos rank 0-100. The hottest peppers rank over 1,000,000 SHUs.

Do Dogs Need Variety In Their Diet?

Yes. Nutritionally they need variety to be sure they get an adequate amount of the right nutrients. Psychologically, as intelligent beings they need stimulation and new experiences.


What’s The Difference Between Capsaicin, Capsicum, And Capsanthin?

Okay, so maybe this isn’t a frequently asked question but the answer might be helpful to know. Capsaicin is a compound made by plants of the Capsicum genus that causes a sensation of heat and stinging. In some countries, a bell pepper is commonly referred to as a “capsicum.”

Capsanthin is a natural red dye found in certain Capsicum species including red bell peppers, some chiles, cayenne, and paprika. It also is a nutrient promoting eye health.

Concluding Thoughts

are bell peppers safe for dogs

In answer to your question – can dogs eat bell peppers? – the answer is a big YES for several reasons. Being pack animals, and you being the pack, your dog loves to share activities and foods with you. It’s bonding.

We’ve discussed some ways you can give your dog bell peppers, but we haven’t suggested how much it would mean to your dog for you both to eat the same meal together. Bell peppers are good for both of you.