Cooking Vegetables For Your Dog

July 19, 2014 by  

While certain vegetables such as carrots can be served raw to your dog, most vegetables can benefit from some form of cooking to make them more digestible (softens the fibrous parts) and enhances flavour.


The best cooking method is to steam as it minimizes nutrients from leaching into the water. Plus, there is a slimmer chance of overcooking the vegetables, which may further destroy some of the nutrients. When cooked, cut into small pieces and serve at room temperature.


Baking or roasting would be another good cooking method, especially for pumpkins or sweet potatoes. You can also dehydrate thinly sliced vegetable strips using the oven (on low heat for several hours) to create your own dried food treat.


Vegetables can be a low-calorie snack packed with a good dose of fiber, vitamin and minerals and antioxidants. It is a natural, wholesome choice and a better option than most commercial treats in my opinion!

On a side note, there will be a nutrition workshop happening at Barking Babies in downtown Vancouver in August, be sure to stay tuned for more details!

Dog Treats

July 4, 2014 by  

Giving out treats to your furry friend can be a great way to reward good behaviour, but giving too many treats can lead to weight gain since the calories can quickly add up!

It is recommended treats make up no more than 10% of a dog’s daily calorie intake – how much that will be varies depending on each individual dog (based on breed, size, their activity/exercise level, and age). In Vancouver, there is an overwhelming selection of dog treats in all the pet stores that I have visited, and I have noticed that not all treats are created equal, so be sure to read labels to find out the quality of the products. Or even better, make your own treats at home using natural, wholesome ingredients.

Need homemade treat ideas? Check out our previous posts for inspirations!

Berries for Dogs in Vancouver!

June 12, 2014 by  

Next time you pick up berries from the grocery store or the farmer’s market for yourself, why not save a handful for your pup!

Berries are a rich source of antioxidants, which is beneficial for preventing cell damage. Berries are also high in vitamin C and fiber. You can feed fresh berries straight out of your hand, or bake them into treats or even serve them frozen as a crunchy snack in the summer.

Blueberries, strawberries and blackberries are safe to feed, but never feed cherries, hollyberries, juniper berries, baneberries, poke berries, and mistletoe berries.

Dog Nutrition Workshop in Vancouver

April 9, 2014 by  

Come join us for an evening of fun at Barking Babies in downtown Vancouver on Thursday, April 24th at 7pm!

Our dog nutritionist will be conducting a workshop at Barking Babies covering the following topics:

• Complete and balanced nutrition for dogs
• The best dog treats
• Good and bad human foods for dogs

As a bonus, we will also have a short segment on human nutrition to help you spring clean your diet and discover some strategies to plan healthy meals and snacks for you and your dog!

Cost is $20 – register today in person at Barking Babies (1188 Homer Street in Yaletown, Vancouver) before all the spots are gone!

Check out our workshop flyer for more details.

Feeding your dogs in Vancouver

March 17, 2014 by  

A good diet for your canine will help keep your dog looking and functioning at their best. Dog food producers incorporate different ratios of nutrient in their feed to obtain a certain purpose. Varying levels of nutrients may be beneficial to your dog’s gender, breed or age.

With a huge variety of dog food on the market it can be overwhelming selecting the correct food for your dog. Keeping track of traits such as energy level, skin and coat health and stool firmness can help determine if the feed is doing its job.

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