Some of you may have had food and environmental trigger tests done for your pets; typically a hair and/or saliva test. My preferred test provides a page on environmental stressors that show household cleaners and good information on grasses, pollens and general chemical agents. I’ve attached a copy of my dog Hercules’ test for reference.
Awareness about food intolerances and itchy ears, skin and other symptomatic issues, far outweigh discussion about environmental triggers.
Reading labels for ingredients also applies to cleaning products. If it’s an artificial color, scent, or surfactant, it probably isn’t good for you or your dog. If you can’t pronounce it . . .
Jennifer, owner of Swim Doggie Swim is hosting her Happy Hour series again this summer. This week, Wednesday, June 5th from 6 – 7 PM, I’ll be there to talk about natural cleaners made with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. I’ll be mixing and giving away samples and recipes. Kind of a Mr. Clean channels Julia Child event. Please RSVP to Jennifer by text, call or email at 360-582-9663 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat. Admission is $10.
Last December’s wind storm, and recent snowfall have made it clear Peninsula residents need to plan ahead. Saturday, May 11 is National Disaster Animal Preparedness Day. I’m posting today to hopefully give everyone reading a gentle nudge on a preparedness kit for your household.
Approach this project creatively, and you may find you’re better prepared for yourself as well. And please keep in mind you may not be able to shelter in place.
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
Jennifer, owner of Swim Doggie Swim, is hosting the first in a series of this summer’s Yappy Hours, Wednesday June 20th from 6:00 to 7:00 at the spa in Carlsborg; 261043 Highway 101, Sequim, Washington 98382 (just west of Hwy 101 and Carlsborg Road).
I’m excited to be the first guest speaker, talking about how to decipher the label on commercial dog food products, so you know nutritionally what you’re feeding. I’ll have some printed material, but you might want to bring a notepad.
Briefly, I’ll cover decoding the ingredient list, what the Guaranteed Analysis means and what it doesn’t tell you, and what the math means nutritionally for your individual dog.