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Savvy Summer Snacking for Pets and Their People!

Dana Humphrey

It’s summertime and for many of us, this calls for more outdoor exploring and exercising with your pet. On the flip side, this also means it’s BBQ and patio season, which can lead to you both indulging in unhealthy foods and treats. Obesity is a major problem for both people and pets in the U.S., with the adult obesity rate topping 40%, according to the CDC. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention estimates 55% of dogs as overweight or obese. Like humans, pets need to be at a healthy weight in order to combat diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, to name a few.

With warm and fun months here, let’s vow to make health a top priority by keeping up with an active lifestyle and not falling victim to overeating. Stock up on these savvy snacks and products that will be sure to keep you and your pup on a healthier track!

Crunch on this.

Chewing is normal behavior for dogs and is essential for keeping their teeth cleaned and their minds mentally stimulated. This may explain why dogs love crunchy treats. Bow Wow Labs, Inc. (BWL), was determined to create a treat that resembles a dog biscuit texture, all while meeting high-quality standards. Their new Crunch Puffs are a nutritious single-ingredient crunchy treat that lasts longer than most.

Crunch Puffs satisfy your dog’s instinctual need to chew within a few bites. These wholesome and tasty treats support oral health by removing plaque build-up and providing high-quality protein that is low in fat. Not only will dogs love the crunch of these new treats, but pet parents will too. They are high in protein, low in fat, and crafted in the USA. Give your pup something healthy and satisfying to crunch on during those hot dog days of summer! https://www.bowwowlabs.com/

Chill out. 

Traveling, fireworks, and hosting backyard get-togethers can be a nerve-wracking experience for some dogs. One of the fastest-growing health trends in pet care is using Hemp and CBD products to help treat dogs with anxiety. With the demand for CBD products skyrocketing, pet owners are seeking transparent companies that they can trust. Suzie’s CBD Treats are full spectrum, certified organic, properly tested, and made with CBD from their USDA Certified Organic partner farms in Colorado.

Suzie’s believes all CBD companies should provide third-party lab tests on all of their products, and they make sure to do just that! They’re easy to administer and affordable. No cheap fillers, no preservatives, no gluten, no corn, no soy, non-GMO, and no artificial flavors. Your pup will love the delicious flavors: Pumpkin, Apple, and Original. They also offer Chicken and Tuna (for cats) and Oats and Molasses for horses. When things get busy or overwhelming for your pup, share a wholesome Suzie’s treat with them and let them kick back and relax. https://www.suziespettreats.com/cbd-pet-treats/

Eat smart.

Diets for humans seem to ramp up during the spring season in hopes to get into shape for the summer; however, once summer hits, many find it hard to maintain that beach bod.  Regardless of the time of year, sticking to a structured nutritional plan can be a battle of the mind. The bottom line: Diets don’t work. This summer, set yourself up for diet and health success with SmartPlate®, the world’s first accurate and easiest food technology that combines artificial intelligence with elegant hardware. This groundbreaking plate was created to help users take charge of their nutrition once and for all.

SmartPlate® consists of a combination of 3 highly precise food scales matched with AI and advanced food recognition technology. The three partitions of the plate help you balance your protein, fat, and carbohydrate intake and each partition can weigh up to two pounds of food. Its easy-to-use system tracks your diet for you 4 times faster and 65 times more accurately than all calorie and carb counting apps. Users simply load their plate and take a photo of their meal to receive nutritional information within just five seconds! It’s hard to have willpower during the summer months… but with SmartPlate®, anything is possible! https://getsmartplate.com/

A happy tummy. 

Digestive issues are unfortunately a common problem for dogs, especially in the summer months due to scavenging. The center of health lies in your pup’s stomach, so it’s important we stay mindful of their tummy needs. Whether your canine accidentally gets a hold of something at the backyard BBQ, or if they suffer from stomach issues regularly; you can take care of your dog’s digestive system with HAPPYBOND’s natural Elixir – Tum Tamer.

Tum Tamer is packed with powerful plant ingredients that will soothe your pup’s tummy. One of the main ingredients, chlorophyll, is a prebiotic, digestive aid and improves nutrient absorption. Other ingredients include dried okra containing vitamin B and C, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and folic acid, which will support the health of your dog’s immune system. Pumpkin seed extract acts as a natural dewormer and the fiber content improves and regulates digestion to prevent constipation. The papaya juice powder with vitamins and minerals strengthens your dog’s immune system and helps with a stomach ache. Tum Tamer will be sure to support a healthy functioning gut and help with digestion issues as you cruise through the summer with your best friend! https://happybond.com/.

Dana Humphrey
Dana Humphrey

Dana Humphrey is a respected life coach, mentor and teacher. She ran a successful PR company for pet product manufacturers for 12 years and was a guest on TV stations across the country from NBC to CBS to ABC to Fox as "The Pet Lady @tm". She received her BS from San Diego State University in Public Relations and Political Science. After moving to New York City she has been a professor of Social Media Marketing at Baruch College and facilitator and adjunct professor of the Pet Product Marketing Program at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology). Dana has studied bikram yoga, meditation, vippassana, Latihan, religion, spirituality, plant medicine and pets. She has also completed the NYC marathon, NYC triathlon and an Ironman. Dana was born in Canada, raised in London England and grew up in Northern California. She identifies as a global citizen and resides in Rockaway Park, on the beach in Queens in NYC.

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