Yappy Hour at Swim Doggie Swim

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.

This is also a social gathering, so there will be refreshments and a chance to visit and meet new friends.  There is no charge, but please RSVP to Jennifer at (360) 582-9663 or reserve a spot on her FaceBook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/swimdoggieswim/posts/?ref=page_internal

Citizen Science

The Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois is currently collecting data from an online survey aimed at dog owners.

The study is designed to capture the practices of pet owners in terms of their lifestyle, dietary choices, and food behavior, and how they translate those practices to their pets.

They will use the survey results to develop educational materials addressing dog’s nutritional needs and wellbeing. Published results may also assist the pet food industry in developing products tailored to owners’ habits and preferences, as well as dogs’ nutritional needs.

I was encouraged as the questions were inclusive to those feeding commercial diets as well as those who feed home cooked or raw diets. I see it as another opportunity to let industry know what we as pet guardians are looking for in commercially available choices.  Another vote, so to speak.

They need 1000 more participants before the end of August.  The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.  Please consider taking the time to participate:


Direct link to the survey:


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