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  • PupLife Product Review: Nom Nom Fresh Dog Food

    Posted on by PupLife Staff

    Nom Nom Fresh Dog FoodGood Enough To Eat: Nom Nom Fresh Dog Food Is A Convenient & Healthy Choice

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    With Americans coping with a pandemic, more people are taking advantage of fresh pet food delivery services. Nom Nom is one of the leading dog food delivery services out there, so we decided to give it a try. Spoiler alert: our dog loves it, and so far, so do we.

    Grubhub, Instacart, UberEats, you name it, Americans are hopping on board with the fresh food delivery trend and we don't see any turning back now. With fresh food delivery all the rage, it only makes sense that fresh dog food delivered to your door would be the next big thing. But how did we get here, and what's the future for dog food?

    America's transition from bagged kibble in bulk to fresh dog food has been slow, but inevitable. Dog owners that have discovered a food that their pet likes are resistant to change. However, change can be good for your dog (and for the owner), especially when the switch is to a higher quality, more convenient solution. We think Nom Nom dog food offers both.

    Since starting PupLife back in 2003, the dog food industry has shifted towards quality and convenience. The adoption of human-grade dog food really took off with the mass distribution of Newman's Own Organics brand in the U.S. The raw dog food movement followed right after that, with frozen raw food being sold in freezers at select retailers. Dehydrated raw dog food was easier to ship, store, and prepare, and brands like Honest Kitchen and Stella and Chewy became all the rage. Add some water, wait a few minutes and voila, you have fresh raw dog food.

    Nom Nom Fresh Dog Food is the next natural step for pet owners searching for healthy, convenient meals. Nom Nom is a frozen dog food that is shipped to you, ready to thaw out and stock your fridge. No rehydrating needed, and it looks and tastes exactly like something you would make in your kitchen. All Nom Nom dog food is USDA-grade and restaurant quality. In fact, on a day that you are starving, you may have to resist the temptation to take a bite yourself!

    Nom Nom Fresh Dog Food: Turkey Fare

    Above: A closeup of the Turkey Fare Dog Food by Nom Nom. Yes, it is restaurant quality, but please remember to save some for your dog!

    Getting started on a two-week trial is simple: fill out a quick survey on their site and get their recipe recommendations (our dog Hugo prefers the Turkey Fare and the Chicken Chow). If you are in a gluten-free house (whether for Celiac Disease or just for health), the Turkey Fare is perfect, because it is gluten-free. Place your order online and you'll get fresh, ready to eat dog food delivered to your door.

    The food arrives packed in a recyclable box, kept cold and fresh, with dry ice. As pointed out in our article How To Switch Your Dog's Food, it is best to change your pet's diet gradually. Fortunately, Nom Nom comes with transition meals that you can use to blend with your dog's current food. This ensures that your dog will enjoy the food, and not have any digestive issues during the switch.

    If you are not sure which flavor to go with, check out their Variety Pack, that contains 150g sample bag of each of these four recipes for dogs, plus samples of each of single-ingredient Chicken and Beef Jerky treats.

    All Nom Nom food is made with American ingredients, in their own FDA compliant facilities in California and Nashville. Everything ships in dry ice, keeping the food cold, fresh, and ready to eat. The packaging is recyclable, and you don't even need scissors, simply pull it open!

    If you are considering trying Nom Nom fresh dog food, make sure to Save 50% On Your First Order by clicking over to their site, directly from this article. Love it? Make sure to let us know.


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  • COVID-19 & Dogs: What We Know About Dogs & The Coronavirus (Updated April 9th)

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    Can Dogs Catch The Coronavirus?

    (April 9th, 2020) Here is what we currently know. We are learning more and more about COVID-19 each day, and this deluge of information can feel overwhelming for dog owners. In addition to worrying about the health and safety of our friends and family, dog and cat lovers are concerned about the safety of their furry loved ones.

    Dogs and Coronavirus: What We Know about COVID-19

     

    Dogs Cannot Catch The Coronavirus

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that as of today, there is no evidence to suggest that our pet dogs and cats are a source of COVID-19. That being said, it's important to understand that coronaviruses comprise a large family of viruses that affect a range of animals including humans. Some coronaviruses cause cold-like symptoms in people, other types of coronaviruses cause illnesses in cattle, camels, and bats. And, there are specific coronaviruses that affect dogs and cats but do not infect humans and are not related to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

    The United States Department of Agriculture's Veterinary Services Laboratories has confirmed one case of COVID-19 in a Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo. The 4 year old tiger, named Nadia, is believed to have contracted the disease from an infected zoo worker who was asymptomatic at the time. Six additional big cats are showing signs of respiratory illness but all are expected to recover. The Bronx Zoo has been closed to the public since March 16, 2020.

    Cats Are Susceptible To Coronavirus

    Cats, both domestic and wild, are susceptible to feline coronavirus. A study Published In The Journal Science backs this up. But according to Paul Calle, Chief Veterinarian at the Bronx Zoo, this is the first instance of a wild cat catching the disease from a human. Zookeepers and conservation groups around the country are working hard to protect the animals in their care.  

    Two types of coronaviruses, SARS and MERS, are zoonotic - diseases that originate in animal populations and then spread to humans. This is what scientists believe has happened with COVID-19, however, they have not yet pinpointed the source of origin. We know that the first cases of COVID-19 were linked to a market where live animals were sold, but the virus is now spreading from person to person. 

    Researchers from the Centers For Disease Control & Prevention provide a great resource on the Coronavirus. They have stated that there is no evidence suggesting a link between pets, livestock or wildlife and COVID-19. But it is important to practice good hygiene around animals at all times. 

    This includes:

    • Washing your hands thoroughly after handling pets and livestock, preparing their food and cleaning up their waste and/or supplies.
       
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    • Keeping you and your pet and livestock living areas clean.
    • Making sure your pets and livestock receive regular veterinary care.

    While there have been no reports of pets becoming sick with COVID-19, the CDC continues to recommend that people infected with COVID-19 limit their interaction with people and pets. Other recommendations include:

    • Limit your contact with pets and livestock if you are infected with COVID-19.
    • Ask a family member to care for your pets until you have recovered. 
    • If you must care for your animals yourself while you are sick, be sure to wash your hands regularly before handling pets and their food. 
    • Physically separate yourself from your pets in the home as much as possible. This means creating a "sick room" away from pets and people and use a separate bathroom if possible. 
    • Avoid close contact with your pets including petting, snuggling and sharing food.

    If you have specific questions about your health or the health of your pets and livestock, please contact your doctor and/or veterinarian.

    For more ways to keep your dog safe, please read Ten Common Dog Poison Hazards: Keep Your Dog Safe. With proper precautions and smart handling of your pet's health, you can give your dog a safe, loving home.


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  • Why Chocolate Is Toxic To Dogs

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    Valentine’s Day is a wonderful time to show your loved one just how much they mean to you. Gifts often include chocolate, and most of us love this delicious holiday treat. However, it is wise to keep in mind that chocolate is toxic to dogs and if ingested, it can be fatal.

    A recent article by our friends at Sojos Dog Food points out why chocolate is indeed toxic for dogs:

    “Chocolate contains theobromine, which is a naturally-occurring molecule found in the cocoa beans, coffee, tea, and cola and is related to caffeine. In the medical field it has been used as a drug to treat high blood pressure because of its ability to dilate blood vessels. Because of its diuretic effect, it is also sometimes used in cases where cardiac failure has resulted in an accumulation of body fluid. What makes it poisonous for dogs and not humans is the fact that dogs are unable to metabolize the chemical effectively.”

    It is remarkable just how little chocolate a pet needs to ingest before becoming dangerously ill. Two ounces of bakers chocolate can be poisonous to a pet of twenty pounds, and one pound of milk chocolate can be poisonous to a dog weighing twenty pounds. While milk chocolate is twenty times more poisonous to dogs than white chocolate, it is smart to keep all chocolates away from pets.

     

    Why Chocolate Is Toxic To Dogs

    If your pet has ingested chocolate, please contact your vet immediately. If your dog has ingested large amounts, vomiting may be induced by your vet to help save your pet’s life. When in doubt, always contact your vet to get the best health and safety advice for your dog.

    As Spring approaches, please remember to keep chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies away from your dog. Cocoa bean mulch is also becoming quite popular in parts of the U.S. and this can be fatal if ingested. Steer away from this particular style of mulch if you or a neighbor has pets.

    Please remember to keep your chocolate safely out of your dog’s reach. The American Veterinary Medical Association is also a great resource for health information about your pet.

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  • Canine Hydrotherapy For Joint Care

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    According to the Canine Hydrotherapy Association, extensive work in human physiotherapy has demonstrated that a suitably monitored course of hydrotherapy acts similarly in canines by encouraging a full range of joint motion in reduced weight conditions, thus improving muscle tone and promoting tendon repair without imposing undue stress on damaged tissues and improving cardiovascular stamina.

    It has long been established that hydrotherapy is beneficial in a comprehensive recovery program for certain injuries in the veterinary field including arthritis, hip dysplasia and other degenerative joint diseases. Until recently the use of hydrotherapy in animals was restricted to performance horses and racing greyhounds.

    However, hydrotherapy can be very beneficial for our companion animals in many ways. From rehabilitation after surgery or an accident to the treatment of an acute or chronic condition as well as the prevention of injury for dogs that participate in competitive sports. While hydrotherapy is low-impact, the water creates resistance that greatly intensifies a work out at both a cardiovascular and musculoskeletal level. Hydrotherapy also engages additional muscles and joints beyond those used for your pet’s daily walks and can also increase normal range of motion.

    Trained hydrotherapists always take a full patient history before any treatment and talk with you before before each hydrotherapy session so they can determine if adjusting speed, duration and water height is appropriate according to your pet’s progress.

    If you live in the Chicagoland Metro area, you will find an excellent hydrotherapy center at Integrative Pet Care.

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