Did you know two in three dogs in the United States (or roughly 60 million dogs) are overweight? Woof. Dog obesity is the most common disease in dogs and can cause serious health complications. Research by Banfield Pet Hospital found that the lifespan of overweight dogs was up to 2.5 years shorter on average than the lifespan of dogs with healthy body weights.
The good news? Dog obesity is 100% preventable. Here’s how you can tell if your fur baby is a healthy weight:
- You can easily feel your dog’s ribs
- You can see your dog’s waistline when viewed from above
- You cannot see a sagging stomach when you view your pet from the side
Here’s how you can help your dog live a healthier life:
- Consult feeding amount guidelines on a brand’s website or packaging
- Limit scraps or excessive treats because extra calories can add up quickly
- Incorporate regular exercise and daily activity
- Ask a veterinarian or pet nutritionist for recommendations or discuss any preexisting conditions
- Consider establishing set feeding times if you practice free-choice feeding
Food, Recipes & Ingredients
(1) The information on the internet is based on a single report made in 1994 resulting from 2 acute canine deaths that mimicked symptoms of an avocado-related study done on goats. That research proved that avocado leaves and stems do contain large amounts of persin. Persin is an oil-soluble compound that can be toxic in large quantities to certain animals. Persin is found in avocado plants, primarily in the leaves, stem, skin and pit.
(2) In 2012, Proctor & Gamble funded and published study that took the pit, the flesh, and the skin of the avocado and concluded that feeding a diet with avocado extract was well-tolerated by adult dogs and resulted in no adverse health effects. Check out this FASEB Journal Abstract: https://www.fasebj.org/doi/10.1096/fasebj.25.1_supplement.778.1
(3) In 2013, more positive research was published in the book titled Bioactives in Fruit: Health Benefits and Functional Foods citing the toxic risk is primarily confined to the leaves and bark of the avocado tree. Check out this abstract: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/9781118635551.ch14
(4) The edible fruit part of the avocado is not harmful to dogs. There are several qualified professionals that have substantiated the safety of avocados as part of a dog’s diet. > Smashing Myths with Dr. Karen Becker: https://www.facebook.com/rodneyhabib/videos/are-avocados-toxic-to-dogs/10156435396957028/ > Are avocados poisonous to dogs? by Dr. Sandra Mitchell: https://www.petmd.com/dog/nutrition/are-avocados-poisonous-dogs > Can dogs eat avocados? from Avoderm https://www.avodermnatural.com/blog/can-dogs-eat-avocado
Feeding & Transitioning
Dog treats should be given in moderation (we know, it’s hard) and represent 10% or less of your pet’s daily food intake. The rest should come from a complete and balanced core diet of dog kibble.
When adding Dog Sauce, shake and pour over the dog kibble as desired to add a boost of flavor and moisture. If new to bone broth, we recommend your dog starts with a small amount (1-2 tablespoons), before serving regularly as you see fit.
Don’t forget to have a clean bowl of cool, fresh water available at all times. Water is crucial for cell function and tissue lubrication.
Manufacturing, Food Safety & Quality
Here’s how we ensure our food is safe:
(1) Formulation - Jinx worked with the best animal scientists, formulators, nutritionists, veterinarians, regulatory specialists, and manufacturing partners to meticulously craft a series of dog food products best suited for the modern dog.
(2) Ingredients - Along with our manufacturing partners, Jinx follows strict selection criteria to identify accredited suppliers that can help us maintain our best-in-class quality and safety standards. We have a comprehensive audit process to determine the nutritional value, production quality, traceability, and sustainability.
(3) Manufacturing - We vetted dozens of factories across the United States and landed on Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certified manufacturing partners that upheld the same standards and values as we do. We’ve teamed up with each of our manufacturing partners to establish controls and processes for everything, including facility maintenance, sanitation and pest control, employee training, in-house sampling and lab analysis, preparation of meat and ingredients, manufacturing, packaging, warehousing, and distribution.
(4) Product Release - Before any new product is released into the wild, it goes through a quality assurance control program to ensure that the diet meets the guaranteed analysis as stated on our labels. Additionally, safety tests are conducted both internally and through an independent, third-party lab for pathogens (e.g., Salmonella). All products are held and do not leave the facility until they are cleared by the lab results.
(5) Packaging & Warehousing - Our finished product is packaged in premium polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) bags with an inside lining that is designed to keep food fresh. Our finished products are warehoused in a facility with food-grade sanitation and product controls until they are delivered to customers.
(6) Traceability - Each product has unique coding that allows us to identify and trace it from formulation, ingredient supplier, manufacturing to distribution.