Farm-To-Bowl: Quality Starts at the Farms

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Our customers tell us that one of the most important reasons they choose to feed Darwin’s meals to their pets is the quality of the ingredients we use. We agree that good ingredients are the foundation for nutrition, so we thought you’d like to know more about how we get our ingredients.

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7 Human Superfoods to Share with Your Dog

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Superfoods, which are foods packed with nutrients, aren’t just for humans. Humans and dogs can share several common foods that are nutritionally dense and pack a lot of healthful benefits into a serving. These super foods can help you and your pet fight disease, boost energy and maintain good health in general. They make great additions to your diet - and your dog’s diet too!

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4 Easy Steps to Improve Your Dog’s Health – Feeding the Right Balance of Fats: Part 3

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Steve with four generations of dogs. From the left, Popeye, his daughter Zowie, his Mom BeeBop and his Grandma, Grandma Daisy.

In my two earlier posts on fats, I introduced the concept that improving the balance and types of fat that your dog eats is the best thing you can do to improve the chances that your dog lives a long, healthy, happy life.

Here are four easy steps you can take to feed your dog the right balance of fats:

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Why Balanced Fats Are Critical to a Dog’s Health – Part 2

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The balance of fats that a dog consumes has a profound influence on the dog’s cell membranes, those semi-permeable layers that allow cells to receive nutrients and eliminate wastes. Because every cell in the body has a cell membrane made mostly of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, consuming the proper amounts of omega-6s and -3s has the potential to affect every organ system in the body.

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The Importance of the Balance of Fats in a Dog’s Diet: Improve your Dog’s Health – Part 1

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Steve with four generations of dogs. From the left, Popeye, his daughter Zowie, his Mom BeeBop and his Grandma, Grandma Daisy.

About the Author: Steve Brown, a consultant for veterinarians on formulating pet foods that meet European and North American guidelines. In 1998, he developed the first AAFCO-compliant, frozen, raw-meat based diet. After developing national distribution, Brown left the company to focus on research and education. He has authored the book Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet and co-authored See Spot Live Longer.

In this three part series, I will discuss how to improve your dog’s health, why balanced fats are critical and ways to improve the health of your dog.

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Darwin’s Foster Dog Program – Help Us End Animal Homelessness

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Pet overpopulation is a serious issue, both for the country and for our region, one that Darwin’s is committed to doing something about. King County’s shelter does a great job of finding homes for the animals in their care, placing over 80% of the 7,000 dogs and cats left with them[1]. While this is a considerable achievement, it still leaves over a thousand adoptable animals each year in the Seattle area without a home.

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Valentine’s Day – Fur the Love of Pets

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Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated to showing others how much you love them, so don’t forget your four-legged best friend. Who else waits patiently for you to come home and then dances with excitement at your arrival? Dogs love humans unconditionally, even if we sometimes don’t always have the time to give them the attention they deserve.

So this Valentine’s Day, here are a few ways to show your pet you love them.

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Pet Dental Month – It’s Time to Brush Up on Your Pet’s Oral Care

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February is pet dental month, which means it’s time to pay extra attention to your pet’s oral care. Dental disease is more than just yellow teeth, red gums and stinky breath. It may be a sign of a serious oral disease. If left untreated, it may affect your pet’s quality of life. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reports that 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some kind of oral disease by the age of three.

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Raw Food vs. Cooked – Which Is Better For Dogs?

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When you visit Darwin’s website, you’ll see that we refer to our meals as “raw," as this is the common term used for our kinds of meals. Having said that, we believe that the whole “raw vs. cooked” controversy is an unnecessary distraction from the real issue that should be focused on, which is “fresh food vs. processed food."

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How Darwin’s Started – Max’s Story

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I’ve been feeding real food to my pets for more than 20 years. Like most pet owners who go down this path, I found my way to this approach because of a pet with health problems. In my case, the pet was Max, my Old English Sheepdog. Although he was only 10 years old at the time, Max was so arthritic that he could barely stand up. After trying everything that western veterinary medicine had to offer, I turned in desperation to a naturopathic vet.

Keep in mind, this was quite a while ago, and naturopathic medicine was somewhat unusual for humans, let alone for pets. But I was willing to try anything.

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