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Your Pup’s a Meat Eater – Throw Him a Bone

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There’s a reason the old adage is, “throw a dog a bone” and not “throw a dog a handful of greens.” Bones smell like meat! And dogs are carnivores – meat eaters, first and foremost.

That’s why it’s so important to make sure they get enough meat in their diets. As dog owners, we’re responsible for their health and overall well being, much of which is decided by what food they eat; kibble, wet food, homemade, or something in between, like Chef’s Best Pet Food.

Now, dogs – like all animals – have evolved over the centuries in an effort to boost their odds at survival. They’ve experienced physical adaptation and adjusted to the environment in order to optimize their health too. 

So we know they can stomach more than just meat – they had to adapt when there wasn’t any meat around. But, when it comes to the ways their bodies function best, it helps to take a look at their guts – which were indeed built to process animal protein.

A dog’s gut
When it comes to digestion, it’s one thing for your pup’s system to breakdown plant foods, but it’s quite another to digest meat. You see, plants are full of starches and an insoluble substance called cellulose. So, to break these substances down, a dog’s body not only needs the right kind of teeth to begin the process, it also needs special digestive enzymes like cellulase and amylase.

Plant eaters happen to secrete such enzymes in their saliva, therefore glucose and starch breakdown begins immediately. However, because meat eaters don’t take in too many plant foods, they haven’t adapted to produce those enzymes.

Also, a dog’s gastrointestinal tract is also pretty short – usually two feet or so. That’s a lot shorter than most herbivores (with GI tracts reaching around 100 feet in length). And dogs don’t have the section of the GI tract where cellulose can be broken down – because a meat eater has no need for it.

A dog’s teeth
Another great indicator that pups need meat is the shape and size of their teeth. If an animal like a cow is going to munch on grass all day, it needs big, wide, flat teeth to grind its food into smaller, more manageable bits.

But, take a look in your pup’s mouth. Carnivores have teeth meant to rip apart meat from a bone. That’s why a dog’s teeth are sharp and pointy, so they can latch onto their prey. Their teeth also lock into one another – the way our fingers do when we clasp hands – in order to allow the dog to rip flesh away from the prey. In fact, dogs don’t grind – it’s just chomp, chomp, gulp.

Dog licking Bone

 

So, what can you do to give your best friend the food she’s built to love?

Well, you’ll want to start by feeding your pup a complete and balanced diet. A diet that combines the best meats with the gut-friendliest produce will give your dog the best blend of vitamins. Not to mention, you want your dog to eat grain-free. Many dogs have wheat allergies, which makes sense given their difficulty digesting it. Knowing your dog is a carnivore, why would you want to fill him up on fattening grains that will be tough for him to process?


Chef’s Best Pet Food is a feast for your furry friend. The folks at Chef’s Best Pet Food take care to mix the most delicious blend of –

  • Ranch-raised chicken
  • Ranch-raised beef
  • Wild venison
  • Wild elk
  • Wild bison

Chef’s Best Pet Food also also includes quality produce selected for the purpose of nourishing your pup and helping her digest with the most comfort and ease. Chef’s Best Pet Food includes –

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Apples
  • Carrots

It’s like a home-cooked meal for your dog! But there’s something even more special about Chef’s Best Pet Food …
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It’s freeze-dried.

Basically, Chef’s Best is as close as you can get to “raw food”. Turns out, freeze-drying is the only way to dry food that doesn’t rely on nutrient-stripping heat. So, the ingredients retain all of their original, beneficial nutrients and essential vitamins.

When your dog eats heat-dried kibble, the important vitamins and minerals get destroyed. In addition, over-heating food can change its molecular structure and even produce possibly dangerous chemical reactions.1

But, the process of freeze-drying ensures your pet will get all of the benefits of the raw ingredients. Chef’s Best Pet Food is flash frozen, then placed in a pressure chamber, and the solid ice becomes a gas, leaving behind a dried, but fresh, all-natural ingredients.

Then, when you rehydrate your pup’s food, it reverts to its original flavor, texture, and even shape.

And, Chef’s Best Pet Food is full of essential vitamins like –  

  • Vitamin A to boost your dog’s immunity.
  • Vitamin D to help bones and teeth grow.
  • Vitamin E to promote strong skin and a healthy coat.
  • Vitamin K to support liver function.
  • Vitamin C for tissue growth and repair.
  • B Vitamins to aid digestion.
  • Calcium to build and fortify nails, bones, and teeth.

It’s also chock full of healthy minerals such as –

  • Magnesium to help with your pup’s metabolism
  • Zinc to help your dog’s immune system and accelerate healing
  • Iron – a key component in hemoglobin to help your dog’s red blood cells carry oxygen
  • Manganese for  healthy nerves and  blood sugar regulation
  • Copper for healthy bone and connective tissue

The Takeaway

Your dog doesn’t want to eat the corn, wheat, rice, and other toxins found in kibble. He wants meat first and foremost. He’s been a meat eater since the beginning of time. And, if you want your best friend to feel like he matters – and to stay in tip-top shape – you’ll want to give him a pet food that gives him all his faves and supports his meat-loving teeth, digestive tract, and gut.

Sources

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25088431

The Botox App, Dermdash iPhone App

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The Botox App, Dermdash iPhone App

It’s the 21st century and apparently the increase in the use of cosmetics is considerably high. Everyone wants to look young and have a flawless skin despite aging and sun exposure. There are numerous ways of looking young of course, there are many dermatologists out there performing cosmetic procedures and restoring that youthful appearance in everyone. The problem is the hustle of trying to find the right doctor to perform such procedures, having to actually bare with traffic because well its LA and no one actually loves traffic, the problem of waiting for your call to be picked, booking appointments which is not appealing at all. Fortunately, there is a solution to that: an app called dermdash is here to do all the hustling for you!

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Dermdash is an easy to use app, very convenient and here is to why. The app allows the user to have all the information one needs about the approved and highly qualified doctors. All one has to do is select the kind of treatment one wants, whether chemical, botox or laser treatment and choose the product they’d want used provided by the listed doctors and then compare the prices like laser hair removal to botox cost and make a decision on what they’d want used. The app provides the user with several options to choose from and saves you from the hustle of actually having to beat traffic and driving all over LA trying to find a suitable facility.

Seeing is believing and I know that for some of us believing that an app can actually get you a genuine doctor is quite hard right! Way ahead of you though, quite a number of people have actually had treatments by doctors they got through the app. The users normally have a chance of rating the doctors who have treated them. The rating is often five star and these ratings will allow a new user to select an appropriate doctor and actually convince a new user that this app is legit and that the doctors listed have all been pre-approved.

Since our days are normally busy with errands to run and duties to attend to, we usually lack time to perform some necessary procedures like laser treatment. Because of this we do not actually get the time to look for a doctor to perform these procedures causing some decide to forego. Well dermdash is here and it provides you with doctor’s addresses so you actually do not have to forego them. Aside from the ratings and also the list of doctors provided by the app, the location of each doctor’s office is often given and even the address. It really saves one the time of having to drive around the city aimlessly trying to find a doctor. 

It is no doubt that cosmetic procedures are quite expensive. Despite the expense though everyone wants to show off during summer, we all have those sexy bikinis waiting to be worn during summer and most people actually strain to pay for these treatments. Well dermdash knows your struggles and it provides users with savings, it ensures that the user does not struggle with paying for the treatment. Dermdash App is actually a free app and the only charges are for the purchases a user makes. The purchases are however greatly discounted and by actually simply signing up each user are given a $20 discount for their first purchase and afterwards one is given a 15% discount which is applied on your next purchase. If one is vigorous enough and actually notifies more people of the app, the chances of increased savings with dermdash actually go up.

Dermdash is actually so convenient as you have seen, gone are the days of hustling for a doctor for days on end trying to book an appointment. Now you can actually communicate with a bunch of doctors anywhere and anytime, hustle free and appointments are so easy to make. Unfortunately the app is only available for people who reside in Los Angeles but other cities will definitely have a chance to use the app too sooner than you can tell. Let us all take advantage of these app good people and actually enjoy the savings. So head on to the app store now and download the dermdash app and save yourself the hustle! Let’s all get ready for the summer and show off those abs we have all been sweating for at the gym unhindered because dermdash is here to make your dream come true.

 

NBA Legend Dikembe Mutombo Renting Out His Trump Place Condo

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    Dikembe Mutombo (2014 Taylor Hill)

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For a mere $12,000 a month, NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo can be your landlord. Famous for wagging his finger after rejecting a shot, Mutombo is setting out the welcome mat for his Trump Place condo in New York City.

Mutombo retired from the NBA in 2009 after an 18-year career. During his time in the league, he was an eight-time All Star and a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

A charitable man, Mutombo has devoted much of his post-retirement time to humanitarian work. He’s the founder of the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, dedicated to helping his native Democratic Republic of Congo.

His condo — a three-bedroom, three-bathroom unit — has impressive city views from nearly every room. In the dining room, wall-to-wall windows on both sides offer an expansive view of the Hudson River.

A bright and airy living room shines thanks to a large picture window. The room also features parquet floors. The kitchen is modern, with open-faced glass cabinetry, black cabinets, and stainless-steel appliances.

Prospective tenants also must consider the amenities that come with the prestigious address. Trump Place offers plenty of luxury perks, including a billiard room, library, and European spa.

Toyota Prius Prime plugs in with 22 EV miles

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Originally, the name “Prius” meant something like, “to go before.” Toyota chose the name for it’s first mass-market hybrid car to emphasize its gas-electric leadership. Today, Toyota is unveiling the second-generation of the Toyota Plug In Hybrid, and the name might as well mean, “to follow in others’ footsteps.” Say hello to the Toyota Prius Prime.

Starting with the revamped style of the fourth-gen Prius to a new extreme, the Prius Prime adds a bigger battery pack to the new look. The new powertrain means that the Prime can go up to 22 miles in electric mode. That’s about a doubled improvement over the EV range of the first-gen Prius Plug-In, but it’s small potatoes compared to the rest of the plug-in hybrid competition. The Chevy Volt gets 53 miles of EV range, the Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid can go 27 miles and even the modest Ford Energi models can go 20 miles. With the new Prius, Toyota is no longer in last place, but it’s certainly not at the head of the pack.

The Prius Prime does do well in the miles per gallon equivalent race, though, with an estimated 120 MPGe. If that turns out to be accurate, then Toyota will be able to lay claim to the highest MPGe for any PHEV. Toyota isn’t saying what the mpg rating will be once the 8.8-kWh battery runs out, but it does say it is, “targeting a hybrid MPG equal to or better than the Prius liftback.” That means at least 54 mpg in the city, 50 on the highway, and 52 combined from the same 1.8-liter, Atkinson-cycle, four-cylinder engine found in the new Prius.

Speaking of the new Prius, apparently the Toyota designers were not as happy with that look as they might have been, since one of the most controversial aspects – the front end – has been radically changed. The spiky headlights are gone, replaced with the boxy ones from the hydrogen-powered Mirai. The taillights are also different in the Prime, as was teased last week. Inside, an 11.6-inch touchscreen dominates the center stack.

The Prius Prime name was outed last summer in a patent filing. The new PHEV will be available in the fall.