Posted on: September 08 2015
We recently posted about the benefits of including olive oil in your dog’s diet. If your dog is aged seven years or older, you should also consider including coconut oil in their diet as well. Research has shown that when added to the daily diet of dogs age 7 and older, a type of fat called “medium chain triglycerides” or “MCTs” promoted memory, attention and trainability.
Pet food manufacturers are starting to supplement their foods with “MCTs” however this can often be in the form of manufactured oil, extracted through industrial process. Instead, we prefer to use the most natural source we can find – coconut oil, which is a rich source of all four MCTs (caproic acid, caprylic...
Posted on: August 24 2015
Olive oil, the staple of most kitchens, also makes a great addition to your dog’s diet. And that’s why, with the exception of another superstar fat coconut oil, the only fat we use in our Tribal daily dog treats is olive oil. Here are three great reasons to include olive oil in your dog’s diet.
Healthy on the inside and out
Unsaturated fatty acids play an important role in the life of our tribe to ensure proper development of the nervous system and skin. Olive oil has long been recognised for its unusual fat content, with approximately 75% of its fat in the form of oleic acid - a monounsaturated, omega-9 fatty acid. Compare this with sunflower oil which only has 20% of its fat...
Posted on: August 11 2015
Food and diet have long been linked to human behaviour, impacting the way we feel and the way we behave. Many of us might be all too familiar with the 3 o’clock energy slump held at bay only momentarily by a sugary sweet pick-me-up. Sugar is known to wreak havoc on our energy levels, fuelling quick bursts of energy only to be following by periods of sluggishness and lethargy. And how many of you remember the controversy surround blue Smarties? Linked to hyperactivity, bad behaviour and skin rashes; a result of the artificial colour Brilliant Blue or E133.
So does this link between diet and behaviour transcend to our canine friends? Whilst there is currently no scientific evidence...
Posted on: June 05 2015
A recent study carried out by Direct Line Pet Insurance claims that many dog (and cat) treats rival the calorie content of fast food, and reports that some brands of dog treats contain around 53% more calories than a McDonald’s Big Mac burger. You can read more about the study here in Pet Trade Extra.
Reports like this frustrate me because I fear they’re somewhat missing the point. Whilst most of us will agree that a McDonald’s Big Mac burger is not that healthy, the calorie content is only half of the story.
For the moment, let’s ignore whether we’re talking about dog food or human food. Let’s just go back to looking at food in general, it’s purpose as a source of energy, and ask...
Posted on: October 20 2014
Halloween can be a dangerous time for curious dogs who can find chocolate or sweet wrappers left behind by excited children. Remember, the theobromine found in chocolate can sicken and even kill your dog, and consuming chocolate is one of the most common forms of poisoning in dogs today.
For feisty pups who want to join in the trick-or-treating, our Cheese, Carrot and Sunflower Seed biscuits are a seasonal and colour-appropriate treat for tricksters of the four-legged variety, while also being kind on their waistline!
- Sunflower seeds are a great source of vitamin E, an essential nutrient which protects cell membranes from damage and helps to maintain health & wellbeing
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