Dog Tips: PETA’s New Online Thrift Store—Shop with a Conscience

Here at Greenbark Gummies we strive to offer you dog tips that help you be a responsible, happy dog owner—with a conscience. Our dog tips this week revolve around checking out PETA’s new online thrift store—WebThriftStore (link: http://peta.webthriftstore.com/). If you aren’t aware of PETA, which stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, these valiant animal soldiers work tirelessly towards saving animals from human-imposed cruelty and torture. Of course, our cherished customers are huge proponents of their work in animal rights (because animals—of course—have rights!!!), and we as a community have a deep love and appreciation for animals.

None of us ever want to see an animal in distress…which is why we LOVE this new concept from PETA…but this doesn’t happen in bubble. PETA needs our support.

PETA’s wonderful new store lets you put all your excess clothes, accessories, furniture and children’s toys shopping to a wonderful cause—the protection of beautiful, defenceless animals (because not all animals are as blessed as our pampered pooches). The beauty of this new fundraising effort is that it allows you to raise money for a good cause—with the purchases you’ll be making anyways.

But wait—there’s more! PETA doesn’t just want the power of your well-intentioned purchases—it also wants you to shed unwanted, lightly-used items by donating them to the cause! PETA’s WebThriftStore is always in need of donated items, especially clothing, electronics (have an old cellphone?), household items and more. So—let’s all get to some ahead-of-the-curve spring cleaning and dig out a few things that are cluttering our homes…and donate them to a cause that is near and dear to us all.

“PETA’s members and supporters are very passionate about our mission, and many will jump at the opportunity to support us by donating their excess stuff, while de-cluttering their homes at the same time,” says Michelle Cehn, Community Fundraising Manager at PETA. Doug Krugman, CEO of WebThriftStore echos PETA’s enthusiasm for PETA’s effort when he says that “to partner with [WebThriftStore] such a substantial global brand reinforces the significance of our platform as a complementary way for raising money and not having to ask supporters for more cash.”

Dog Tips: Our PETA Store Conclusion

We here at Greenbark Gummies strongly encourage all our beloved clientele to consider making your online purchases with PETA’s WebThriftStore, and to donate any unneeded items. After all—they will put your hard-earned money to better use than Ebay…who’s CEO, Pierre Omidyar, is already a MULTI billionaire. So, our dog tips from this week is to allow animals to prosper and be happy….by supporting PETA’s noble mission.

If you accept this animal-loving challenge and make a purchase or donation—PLEASE let us know about it by commenting on this blog post, sending us a quick email or by proudly announcing it on our social networking pages!

The Top Health Benefits of Chia Seeds for your Dog or Puppy

The health benefits of Chia seeds, an ancient seed from Mexico, have been touted in recent years as a superfood—but did you know that it’s as good for your dog as it is for you?

Chia seeds offer numerous nutritional benefits to your pet….life-saving, nutrition-boosting elements—like those we’ve listed below…

The Top Health Benefits of Chia Seeds for your Dog or Puppy
Chia seeds can benefit your dog’s nutrition and digestion in a number of ways…

  • Omega Fatty Acids

One of the biggest and most important health benefits of Chia seeds is the omegas they contain. Chia seeds contain a large amount of omega fatty acids, including the ever-critical omega 3 and 6 nutrients. These nutrients help support, build and maintain healthy cellular function, a healthy immune system, your dog’s skin and coat, joint care and to aid in healthy growth functioning.

  • Fibre

A large amount of commercial dog foods may advertise that they have ‘antioxidants’, ‘protein’ or other important food elements—but chia seeds actually deliver…and beyond the ‘nice-to-have’ vitamins. Chia is also extremely high in the dietary fibre that helps support good digestion and proper bowel movements.

  • Vitamins, Protein & More

Chia seeds are rich in a large variety of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Just to give you an idea of some of the more important vitamins and benefits that chia seeds can offer your dog…they include:

  • A range of B vitamins
  • Skin and fur support
  • Omega fatty acids
  • Protein
  • Digestion and immune system support

Just in case you needed more convincing, Chia also has nutrients that helps your dogs’ brain and immune function, while supporting their blood-sugar levels, weight management, skin, joints, vision, immune systems, digestion and more.

So—chia seeds are obviously a healthy product for your dog. Great. But, how do you add Chia to your pets’ diet? The instantaneous way is to incorporate food and treats that already contain Chia, like Greenbark Gummies. Another way is to sprinkle it into your dog’s wet dog food (as it won’t stick to dry and the expensive Chia will end up in the bottom of the bowl).

Now that you know the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of the health benefits of Chia seeds….go forth and be Chialicious!

Dog Food and Treats: How to Improve your Dog’s Digestion

Dog food and dog treats can help—or harm—your dog. Unfortunately, many dog food and treats on the market are manufactured for profit and not for optimal health. Foods filled with fillers and preservatives damage your dog’s body and digestion, just as it can damage your own health.

If you’re sobbing into your dachshund right now—never fear. You can fix this! To improve your dog’s digestion…and therefore overall health (since up to 70% of your dog’s health depends on their digestion)…simply follow the tips below.

Dog Food and Treats: How to Improve your Dog’s Digestion

There are a number of ways to improve your dog’s digestion and overall health:

1. Good Bacteria

Your dog’s stomach, like yours, has healthy bacteria in it that helps them break down and absorb the nutrients in their food. Managing this bacterial health is critical, which is why you need to feed them probiotic and prebiotic foods like bananas, honey, rye, wheat, raw oats, soy, beets and inulin.

2. Fibre

If you’ve ever gone a week without sufficient fibre intake then you know exactly what happens—you cut down your trips to the bathroom…and you bloat. Dogs need fibre too, so add fibre-rich foods to their diets. This includes: Chia, flax, oats, sorghum, barley, beet pulp and vegetables.

3. Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Many dogs eat far too fast for healthy digestion, so try to slow that down. So, if your dog is a rapid eater, slow things down a bit. When giving your dog their dog food and dog treats, do so in smaller quantities, doled out over time. There are also some great feeding technologies that can slow your dog down, like the Spiked feeding bowl.

4. Phytonutrients

Phytonutrients are important to maintaining healthy digestion, but—unfortunately—are found in foods that dogs don’t generally gravitate towards. Phytonutrients are found in the skin of raw fruits and veggies, which can be added to your dog’s diet by mixing in grated fruit and veggies with your dog’s food. If you have a particularly fickle eater then try combining shredded raw fruits and veggies with meats.

If you can incorporate the above 4 tips you will improve not only your dog’s digestion—but also their overall health. For a healthy snack that will aid your dog’s digestion while offering them the vitamins, nutrients and minerals that will keep them happy—and healthy—then consider feeding your beloved pup our Greenbark Gummies for their ‘treats’.

Chia Seeds Nutritional Value

Chia seeds’ nutritional value is so high that they’re considered a ‘superfood’. A superfood is a food item that is incredibly nutrient-dense and contributes to your overall health and well-being. This is exactly why a number of food-conscious pet owners are realizing that Chia seeds can help their dog to be in the best health they possibly can.

If you’re considering adding nutrient-dense Chia seeds to your dog’s diet—fantastic! The information below will help you understand the nutritional value and benefits of Chia…

Chia Seeds Nutritional Value

The below is an introductory guide to the nutritional value that Chia seeds contain…

Fibre

Chia seeds are a great source of fibre as a 28-gram serving (a one-ounce serving) contains a whopping 11 grams of much-needed dietary fibre.

Omega 3’s

These precious seeds are jam-packed with omega 3’s—which are an essential fatty acid that your dog needs to support a number of their daily bodily functions. In a single serving (28grams) there is 4915mg’s of omega 3’s and 1620mg of Omega 6’s!

Minerals

Chia seeds are rich in minerals that often are not contained in dog foods, including manganese, copper and zinc. They contain so much manganese that it accounts for 30% of daily needs. Chia also contains potassium, phosphorus, calcium (18% of your dog’s daily needs in a single serving!) and more.

Protein

Dogs need protein. Luckily, Chia has tons of it. In fact a single serving contains 4.5 grams of protein!

Chia Seeds Nutritional ValueThe Benefits of Chia Seeds

The above content spoke about the nutritional value of Chia seeds, but how does this affect your dog? Well, there are a number of benefits of adding Chia seeds to your dog’s diet…

1. It helps build stronger bones and teeth—something extremely important in aging dogs.

2. It fights belly fat (something that both ourselves and our dogs are, sadly, afflicted with) as Chia helps stabilize the blood sugars that cause belly fat.

3. It can also help your dog loose weight as the amino acid that it contains, tryptophan, makes you feel fuller, faster.

4. It supports a healthy heart as it can help lower blood pressure, LDL, triglycerides and cholesterol.

5. It offers your dog a big boost in energy.

So—ready to add Chia seeds nutritional value to your dog’s diet? Great—pick some up today, or order a pack of our delicious Greenbark Gummies treats for an easy way to Chia to your dog’s diet.