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A Veteran’s Solid Gold Story: Tom and Sam

By now, you’re probably familiar with one of our favorite organizations, Warrior Canine Connection. The Maryland-based program helps recovering military veterans reconnect with life, their families, their communities, and each other through a therapy program with dogs. For years, the program has chosen to feed their dogs Solid Gold. With that, has come many success stories and testimonials from the veterans themselves.

Matt Faulkenberry returned home after 12 years at sea with the U.S. Coast Guard, he knew something wasn’t right. That’s when he began exploring treatment options and soon came to the realization that he could benefit from WCC’s services. That’s when he met his match in Sam, a lovable black Labrador.

“I’m so happy to share the generosity and quality of food Solid Gold is providing for Sam and the blessing it is to my family. We are on very tight budget. We don’t cheat ourselves on food nor would we for Sam, so he is eating better than we could afford! Sam has been a huge part of my recovery with mobility issues as well as improving how I relate to people in patience & tuning into emotions. Brain injuries and trauma can have complicated drawbacks. For not being able to use words, Sam is a great teacher. If Sam and I are out of sync, I know it is I that has a problem. He has not just bonded with me; he loves my whole family. He also has a highly attuned emotional antenna and seeks to cheer up anyone he meets who might be needing some affection.

Sam is the man. Twice I have fed him other high-value healthy foods…his coat wasn’t as shiny, his breath stunk, he shed more and his BMs weren’t nearly as healthy. He is almost six and has the energy of 3 year old lab; so glad he is well trained! He still has zoomies every day and “challenges” me to try and juke him in the yard (LOL). He stays very lean and energetic, he is very healthy. It doesn’t take much wisdom to know that what goes into a body has an effect…Solid Gold Wolf King is Sam’s preferred dog food as well as what I WANT to feed him. Peanut butter and banana is his favorite treat, but he likes his Solid Gold!”

Lt. Thomas Faulkenberry,
U.S. Coast Guard

Click here to learn more about Tommy and Sam’s journey together: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/dog-based-therapy-helps-veterans-recover/

The Benefits of Protein for Your Pet

What is the first thing you look at on a Guaranteed Analysis when shopping for pet food? Odds are your answer is protein. We have protein bars, protein powders, protein supplements, the list goes on and on. But what exactly does protein do, and why is it significant to our fur baby’s health and longevity?

Made up of building blocks called amino acids, protein is found in your skin, muscles, bones, pretty much everywhere in your body. Let’s just say Nicholas Cage would not have a hard time finding this treasure since it is virtually in every body part or tissue. One of the key importance’s when formulating canine and feline diets is understanding that not all proteins are equivalent. This is where essential amino acids come into play- arginine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. Cats are obligate carnivores and have an additional essential amino acid, taurine, which is found in especially high quantities in red meat and poultry. Because of this, it is important to feed your pup or kitten high quality, lean proteins to ensure their health demands are met.

Protein has a key role in several bodily functions, from building and repairing muscles and tissues to supporting skin and coat health. This macronutrient is also at work where you can’t see it, combating diseases and creating natural chemicals and hormones your body needs for regulation. Protein is particularly important in growth, reproduction, and lactation stages of life. Without enough protein, your pup will never be able to jump the fence after the mail man, and your kitten won’t be able to stay awake to run through your halls at 3 in the morning.

Higher protein diets are a perfect option for those over achievers out there, the ones who believe the early dog gets the bone and late night mouse hunters. These high protein diets, such as our Indigo Moon and Barking at the Moon recipes deliver high quality, lean protein to increase stamina, bodily functions, and replenish that never-ending energy tank your Jack Russel wants to remind you of the second you pour that much needed glass of antioxidants.

Unfortunately, your mom was right. Too much of a good thing, is a bad thing. As beneficial as protein is to your fur baby, you do not want to feed excess amounts. Excess protein is excreted via urine, and can lead to urinary stones if there is too much. This is most concerning with fixed male cats, which is why we recommend plenty water and a diet with moderate protein such as Winged Tiger. Speaking of health concerns (and to end on a high note), high protein/low carbohydrate diets can be beneficial to cats and dogs with diabetic concerns.

As always, if you have any questions about how much protein you should be feeding your fur baby, we are here to help sort through options with you.

How To Prepare Your Pet For Colder Weather

I don’t know about you, but the only time I like hearing the words “colder” and “weather” together are when sung by Zac Brown. As your typical Southerner, it hits 60 degrees and we pull out our heaviest jackets and bibs and crank up the fires. My bones get achy, I feel sluggish (because obviously I can’t go outside when it’s that cold- talk about lacking Vitamin D), and, if we’re being honest here, it gets really hard to stick to the healthy routine I know I need to be in. However, thinking about how rough cold weather makes me feel makes me super motivated to keep my fur babies happy, healthy and obviously WARM. I’ve listed my top two tricks of the trade below:

SeaMeal

Supporting the three most common health concerns in our fur babies (that especially seem to flare up in winter weather), skin and coat, digestive, and immune system health, SeaMeal is a kelp-based supplement available in powder and chew form that can be given to your cats and dogs every day. This supplement is loaded with Superfoods, such as 3 different types of vitamin and mineral rich seaweed, red, brown and green, sourced from the northern Atlantic Ocean to help support the immune system and Omega Fatty Acids for skin and coat health. Speaking of skin and coat health, SeaMeal also contains flaxseed which can help to reduce dry skin and dandruff that we see this time of year. SeaMeal also contains natural digestive enzymes to help pets utilize more of the nutrients they consume and supports a healthy digestive tract. Not only is SeaMeal beneficial for cold months, but warm months, hot months (August in FL am I right?) and every month in between.

Joint Health

Nothing like some winter stiffness in the morning! To help combat the toll cold weather takes on joints, I recommend feeding a diet that suits your fur baby’s needs and promotes a healthy body condition (don’t worry, if your fur baby over indulged this holiday season like I did, Solid Gold has you covered with our Fit as a Fiddle weight control formula for cats and Fit and Fabulous recipes for weight control in dogs). Additionally, Solid Gold has recently launched our joint supplements! Available in standard Joint Health and Advanced Joint Health (for those needing a little bit more joint support), these chews contain proven joint support ingredients such as glucosamine, MSM, and chondroitin to keep your fur babies less stiff, and more ready to riff (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Y3LxoMGXIw).

As always, we want your pet to be living its best life. Here is a guideline from Pet MD with regards to colder weather.

Now go enjoy that fire and snuggle up with the number one cuddler in your life!

 

Does Your Pet Need a New Year Detox?

Does Your Pet Need a New Year Detox?

So, it’s 2018! A new year and a fresh start. And with lots of us having overindulged during the holiday season, now’s a great time to skip the naughty treats and detoxify our bodies for the year ahead.

But it’s not just humans who can benefit from a detox. Toxins can accumulate in your pet’s body over time, causing chronic health issues when the ‘toxic load’ becomes too heavy for their body to manage.

Pets are exposed to toxins from a variety of sources. These include chemical toxins such as pesticides and household cleaning products, toxins in medicines and vaccines, and allergenic ingredients in poor-quality pet foods.

When these toxins build up in your pet’s body, they can compromise their immune system and lead to a wide range of illnesses including liver and kidney problems, infections, and digestive disorders. All this adds up to needless suffering for your pet – and costly vet bills for you.

How to Detoxify Your Pet

Now for the good news. There are lots of ways you can minimize your pet’s exposure to toxins and reduce their toxic load. Here are our top tips:

Feed a Balanced and Nutritious Diet

The problem with many commercial pet foods is that they’re made with cheap filler ingredients such as corn and wheat. They also contain artificial colors, flavors, flavor enhancers, and preservatives to extend their shelf life and make them more palatable to pets. These chemical additives are just plain nasty – and contribute to your pet’s toxic load.

Feeding your pet a balanced and nutritious diet will enhance their overall health and wellbeing while reducing their toxic load. Our Solid Gold holistic pet foods are made with 20 nutrient-dense superfoods that provide nutrition for your pet to thrive. All our holistic pet foods are formulated with no added corn, wheat, or soy. They also contain no artificial flavors or preservatives.

Provide Plenty of Fresh Water

Water is an important part of any detox regimen because it flushes out toxins and hydrates the body. Be aware that water straight from the faucet contains traces of heavy metals and chemicals such as fluoride and chlorine. These can actually contribute to your pet’s toxic load – so it’s always better to provide filtered water.

Exercise Your Pet Regularly 

Regular exercise has lots of benefits for your pet, including helping their body detoxify and eliminate waste. Exercise improves the movement of waste through the digestive system, reducing buildup of toxins in the gut. It also improves the circulation of blood and lymph fluid, moving toxins through the body to be processed and eliminated.

Minimize Exposure to Pollutants and Chemicals

Pollutants in the home and outdoor environment can contribute to your pet’s toxic load. Minimize exposure to toxins around the house by avoiding harsh chemical cleaning products and solvents. It’s also important to keep your home smoke-free and well ventilated.

When outside, keep a close eye on your pet and prevent them from eating plants and grass that are likely to have been treated with chemical pesticides, weed killers, or fertilizers. If you know that an area is heavily treated with chemicals, it’s a good idea to avoid it altogether.

Avoid Overmedicating Your Pet and Feed Natural Supplements

Overmedicating your pet can contribute to their toxic load and put a strain on their body. Of course, many conventional medicines are necessary to treat illness, but always choose natural alternatives wherever possible. One way to avoid overmedicating your pet is by using natural pest preventatives instead of harsh chemical flea and tick treatments.

Natural supplements support your pet’s health and help their body detoxify. As well as natural, holistic pet foods, we offer a range of natural supplements to support your pet’s health.

Solid Gold SeaMeal is an excellent choice for detoxifying your pet. It combines red, green, and brown seaweed species to deliver transformational health benefits for dogs and cats. The cleansing supplement is rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and provides natural support for three common pet health issues: skin and coat, digestive, and immune system health.

You can find out more about Solid Gold holistic pet foods and natural supplements by visiting our website.

We hope you enjoyed today’s post, and found some useful information to help your pet detox this January. And no excuses – if your pet’s detoxifying for 2018 you’re choosing salads over donuts, right?

New Year, New Us

What a better time to start a wellness journey for you, and your pet, than the New Year? Join me and my fur babies, Bella and Rusty, as we set ourselves up for success this year. We will be supercharging our health with Superfoods, pet friendly work outs, and everything in between to make sure we are both living our happiest, healthiest life!

Bella is your typical lab, she loves to use those “puppy dog eyes” to make you stay and cuddle another hour. The answer to Netflix’s infamous question is always “Yes.” Bella spends most of her time upside down begging for attention.

Rusty is one of the most active labs I have ever met. He is obsessed with playing ball, especially with golf balls or whatever you are playing with. He earns his keep by getting the newspaper every Sunday morning.

We’ll start this series off talking about diet—we’ve all heard that “abs are made in the kitchen,” and well, we agree. Luckily for these two, they are already on Solid Gold so they will not need to make any drastic changes to their meals. They have been enjoying Hund-N-Flocken for quite some time, but I do change it up pending on their body condition. Hund-N-Flocken is a wonderful moderate protein based formula, perfect for maintenance. However, sometimes Rusty is a little too active for it and needs some extra protein and calories in his life so I add in some Star Chaser or Barking at the Moon, and sometimes Bella is a little well, too lazy, so I substitute some Fit and Fabulous for her. For treats they are fed Solid Gold Superfoods Chewy Dog Treats, which I love because they are not only healthy with real meat as the first ingredient and functional ingredients following, but come in a variety of flavors and two sizes!

Now, to be honest with you, my pups eat a LOT healthier than I do. In a striving effort to eat better, we have teamed up with chefs for recipes that are not only delicious, but healthy too. Join me in making these tasty recipes found here, and let me know what you think!

The Benefits of Protein for Your Pet

What is the first thing you look at on a Guaranteed Analysis when shopping for pet food? Odds are your answer is protein. There’s protein bars, protein powders, protein supplements—the list goes on and on, but what exactly does protein do and why is it significant to our fur baby’s health and longevity?

Made up of building blocks called amino acids, protein is found in your skin, muscles, bones, pretty much everywhere in your body. Let’s just say Nicholas Cage would not have a hard time finding this treasure since it is virtually in every body part or tissue. One of the key importance’s when formulating canine and feline diets is understanding that not all proteins are equivalent. This is where essential amino acids come into play- arginine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. Cats are obligate carnivores and have an additional essential amino acid, taurine, which is found in especially high quantities in red meat and poultry. Because of this, it is important to feed your pup or kitten high quality, lean proteins to ensure their health demands are met.

Protein has a key role in several bodily functions, from building and repairing muscles and tissues to supporting skin and coat health. This macronutrient is also at work where you can’t see it, combating diseases and creating natural chemicals and hormones your body needs for regulation. Protein is particularly important in growth, reproduction, and lactation stages of life. Without enough protein, your pup will never be able to jump the fence after the mail man, and your kitten won’t be able to stay awake to run through your halls at 3 in the morning.

Higher protein diets are a perfect option for those over achievers out there, the ones who believe the early dog gets the bone and late night mouse hunters. These high protein diets, such as our Indigo Moon and Barking at the Moon recipes deliver high quality, lean protein to increase stamina, bodily functions, and replenish that never-ending energy tank your Jack Russel wants to remind you of the second you pour that much needed glass of antioxidants.

Unfortunately, your mom was right. Too much of a good thing, is a bad thing. As beneficial as protein is to your fur baby, you do not want to feed excess amounts. Excess protein is excreted via urine, and can lead to urinary stones if there is too much. This is most concerning with fixed male cats, which is why we recommend plenty water and a diet with moderate protein such as Winged Tiger. Speaking of health concerns (and to end on a high note) high protein/low carbohydrate diets can be beneficial to cats and dogs with diabetic concerns.

As always, if you have any questions about how much protein you should be feeding your fur baby, we are here to help sort through options with you.