Enhancing the Commercial Diet

On Wednesday, August 22nd, I will be at Swim Doggie Swim in Carlsborg, offering a short workshop in adding fresh foods to complement a commercial diet.  We will briefly cover reading labels for nutritional content, and focus on adding fresh foods in appropriate portions, supplements, and practical grocery items for every budget.

As part of her summer Yappy Hour series, Jennifer invites you to come, relax, meet new and old friends, talk dogs and enjoy light evening snacks.  If you would like a tour of the spa facility – just ask!

Mark the date: August 22nd from 6:00 to 7:00 ( but we will probably go over since we all like to talk dogs).  RSVP not required but appreciated. Text or call Swim Doggie Swim at (360) 582-9663.  There is no charge.  This is a people only event.

Swim Doggie Swim
261043 Highway 101
Sequim, Washington 98382


Mark the date: Yappy Hour July 17th

Elicia Casey, owner of doTERRA-4-DOGS, will be at Swim Doggie Swim on Tuesday, July 17thfor a Yappy Hour workshop at 12 noon and again at 6 PM.  Learn how essential oils are a safe and effective means for supporting your dog’s immune system, joints, skin conditions, calming digestive issues and allergies and repelling insects.

Look here for more info:   https://www.facebook.com/swimdoggieswim/photos/pb.1087609831302635.-2207520000.1530897103./1937875522942724/?type=3&theater

This workshop is held at no charge, but please RSVP to Jennifer at (360) 582-9663 and let her know which session you would like to attend.  http://swimdoggieswim.com

Yappy Hour at Swim Doggie Swim, Carlsborg WA

Starting June 20th, Jennifer Paul of Swim Doggie Swim will begin hosting monthly Yappy Hours at the spa for pet guardians to mix and mingle, and hear a short presentation on dog health topics.  There is no charge to attend.

Please save the date; 6:00 to 7:00 PM.

Liz Cortner, Heart to Hands Holistics, Melissa Smith, DVM, Country Care Veterinary and Acupuncture, and myself will be participating and have suggested these topics.  Jennifer would appreciate your input on which of the following interest you most:

  • Deciphering your dog’s food label
  • Supplements basics for dogs
  • How to enhance a commercial dog diet
  • Weight management for dogs
  • How to use essential oils safely on your dog and save $ on vet bills
  • Get certified in a pet CPR class
  • Canine Acupressure Points for immune support and stress management
  • Supplements for arthritis in dogs

Please Text Jennifer your preference or ideas for topics at
(360) 582-9663


Pet Food Product Labeling News

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) meeting in January 2018 considered and approved new regulations to allow carbohydrate claims on pet food labels. This is BIG news as pet food manufacturers have done nothing in the past to specifically list or describe or quantify carbohydrate content of their pet food products.

I’m not getting overly excited, because the approved proposal allows for comparison labeling only – such as “ % less carbohydrates than (fill in the blank).”   The regulation does spell out the claim must be supported by guarantees for maximum starch and sugar content.

I am encouraged as this seems to be progress.  The pet food industry has recognized pet guardians are reading labels and making purchasing decisions with carbohydrate content as a factor.

Pet Food Industry; vol 60, number 3; March 2018; PetFoodIndustry.com

Decoding Food Labels

This summer, I participated in a local Pet Day celebration and talked to many people about deciphering food labels, for both cats and dogs.

People are so much more aware of ingredients and food intolerances than 10 years ago, but still struggle with food labeling.  Current labeling practices don’t make it easy.  The guideline used to be to look for meat as most of the first four ingredients.  It’s gotten a little trickier. Continue reading “Decoding Food Labels”