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The Truth About “People Foods” for Dogs
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Feeding “people food” to dogs has long been a controversial topic. Across the internet, you’ll find a variety of posts telling you which foods are safe, which foods should never be fed to dogs, and which foods are hotly contested. All this information becomes even more confusing when you consider that many dog food companies that produce human-grade, raw dog food are hitting the scene. Are dogs supposed to eat human food or not?!

Everyone is different with their dogs’ behavior standards. While some people are laxer with table scraps, others have more rigid rules about where and when their dogs can eat people food. Whichever way works for you is fine! If you have questions about what human foods you can feed your dog, here are some quick tips:

  • There are a number of human foods that have nutritional value for dogs. Human foods and dog foods aren’t as mutually exclusive as you may have initially thought. Lots of our whole, natural foods provide the same nutrients for dogs as they do for us. As a rule of thumb, processed human foods should not be added to your dog’s diet. Stick to whole nutrition as much as you can.

  • Some foods are absolute no-gos. While a lot of human foods are fine for dogs to eat, they don’t process all foods the same way we do. To that end, there are a handful of foods you should keep away from your dog at all costs. These include chocolate, avocado, grapes, onions, and xylitol. The ASPCA has a helpful list of foods to avoid when it comes to feeding your pup.

  • Snacks should never replace your dog’s regular diet. Never rely too heavily on snacks as dietary supplements for your dog. You should only be giving your dog table scraps on occasion. If you’re concerned or confused about the best treat-giving schedule for your dog, have a conversation with your veterinarian. No matter how healthy your table scraps are, your dog should get the majority of their calories from their dinner.

Human food generally isn’t as bad for dogs as people make it out to be, but it shouldn’t be your dog’s main source of nutrition. Feed your dog treats in moderation! If you want human-grade food that you know will be good for your dog, grab a bag of Pawsitively Pure dog treats. Browse our shop now and bring some home!

Ingredient Spotlight: Oats
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With grain, or without grain? For pet owners around the world, that is the question when it comes to choosing the right diet for their pups. Many owners are concerned that commercial dog food brands use wheat and corn byproducts as a filler, giving their dogs less nutrients per tasty bite of food. However, grains are an important part of a balanced diet for every dog, as they provide critical vitamins, minerals, and fiber to keep your dog happy and healthy.

Here at Pawsitively Pure, we like to find the right ingredients for every dog’s diet. One of our treat flavors, blueberry and oats, prominently features oats in the recipe. Here are a few reasons why oats are a healthy grain to include in your dog’s diet:

  • Proteins are higher in proteins and fats than other types of grains. Proteins and fats are extremely important to your dog’s diet. They’re what help give your dog its energy levels, a shiny coat, healthy skin, and more. Adding in a grain that gives your dog an extra boost of those healthy fats to keep them happy!

  • If your dog does have a gluten sensitivity, oats are a good alternative grain to add to their diet. Oats still pack the punch of fiber your dog needs to keep their gut healthy. Currently, oats do not undergo any genetic modification or engineering. Furthermore, oats that haven’t been processed with grains like wheat, barley, and rye, are completely gluten free.

  • Oats are packed with vitamins and minerals. Take a look at the health benefits of oats and you’ll see a long list of important vitamins and minerals, like zinc, iron, selenium, vitamin B, and vitamin E. The best way to get your nutrition - or for your dog to get their nutrition - is to get it through whole foods rather than supplements.


Any dog will benefit from a diet that’s high in protein and lower in carbohydrates, so we don’t recommend that you make up large portions of your dog’s diet with oats. However, in moderation, oats can be a healthy snack or a great addition to daily meals. Try our blueberry and oat dog treats and we know your pup will love them! To learn more, send us a message or browse through our products.

Developing the Best Diet for Your Dog
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Picture this: Your best friend has been on the latest fad diet for a few months now, and it’s really showing some great results for them. Eager to see the same for yourself, you ask them for all their tips and steps to succeed on the same diet. You follow everything to the letter and...nothing happens. It’s frustrating, but every body is built differently and reacts differently to a variety of nutrients, ingredients, and eating practices. In much the same way, every dog will react differently to different types of food.

Your veterinarian is the best first point of contact when it comes to developing a diet for your dog. If you’ve taken their recommendations into consideration, here are a few of our tips for finding the perfect food for your pup:

  1. Consider any food allergies your dog might have. The telltale signs of food allergies include excessive paw licking, itchy skin, and red, smelly ears, among others. To diagnose your dog’s food allergies, most vets recommend starting with an elimination diet, which involves feeding them a very simple diet and slowly reintroducing other proteins and components to find out which items they can tolerate. The diet you build for your dog will need to eliminate any ingredients that irritate them.

  2. Check the wording on the food packaging. Believe it or not, the wording on your dog’s food packaging can tell you a lot about the amount of protein they’re getting. A bag that says “chicken for dogs” means that the protein comprises 95% of the product, not including water content. “Chicken dinner,” on the other hand, usually means that the protein only comprises about 25% of the product. Finally, “chicken flavor” means the product includes a minimal amount of the protein - just enough for taste.

  3. Do your research on your chosen brands. If everything looks ok on the ingredients label, do your due diligence and research your chosen dog food brands to make sure they use sustainable production practices and source their proteins ethically. This is the information that’s not required to be on the label, so a few hours of research is a good idea for you and your pup!

You want to make sure your dog is on a diet that keeps them happy and energized. If your dog is picky about their food, we offer delicious, sustainably sourced bone broth to make any meal a little more appetizing. Click here to get some for your pup, or browse through our store for more treats and foods!


Ingredient Spotlight: Lamb
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If you’ve kept up with our blog, or you’re big into dog health issues, you probably know that one of the most important components of your dog’s diet is protein. It’s important to note that not all protein sources are equal. Some proteins, like eggs, deliver a lot of protein in a small package, but also have increased cholesterol compared to other sources. Other proteins, like beef and chicken, are not necessarily responsibly sourced, preventing you from giving your dog the best quality protein available.

Lamb has become increasingly popular in dog food over the last few years, both in dry food options and in whole, natural food choices. Here’s why people are turning to lamb as the main source of protein for their dogs:

  • It doesn’t trigger food allergies. Many people believe that grain is the top source of food allergies for dogs, when in reality, protein sources are more likely to trigger allergic reactions. In studies, lamb was far less likely to cause dogs to have an allergic reaction than sources like beef and chicken. Lamb is considered hypoallergenic and is just as delicious as other meats for your dog.

  • It’s packed with nutrients beyond protein. Lamb has shown higher concentration of key minerals like calcium than other similar proteins. It’s also a significant source of omega-3 fatty acids, like the kind you would usually source from fish oils. In addition, responsibly-sourced lamb is high in zinc, which is great for your dog’s metabolism. Overall, lamb is a great meat for healthy bones, skin, and hair!

  • Lamb is considered a complete protein, meaning that it contains all the available amino acids. In the case of incomplete proteins, much of the material isn’t used efficiently and is cast off as a waste product. The presence of all amino acids, however, aids in the delivery of nutrients to the right system and the more complete absorption of proteins, meaning your dog gets a huge nutritional punch from lamb.


As always, consult with your veterinarian before switching your dog’s food. A lamb-based food may be a great choice if you find your dog suffers from allergies. Keep an eye on our shop for our new lamb dog food, coming soon! To order your first set of food or treats, take a look at our store.


3 Ways to Celebrate National Pet Wellness Month
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Did you know that October is National Pet Wellness Month? After the excitement of the summer, the fall is the perfect time to slow down and give your pet an overall health and wellness checkup. Here at Pawsitively Pure, we like to treat Pet Wellness month as a new beginning for our pets’ health goals and find new ways to improve quality of life for Jackson and Finley as they grow older together.

This year, we want to take it back to the basics and make sure our pups are living their best lives when it comes to their everyday needs. Here are the 3 ways we’re celebrating National Pet Wellness Month:

  • Make sure your pups are following healthy, balanced diets.  The number one thing you can do to keep your pup happy is to ensure the food they eat is fresh and free from unnecessary fillers and sugars. The best way to do this is with whole, human-grade foods. Your dog wasn’t designed to live on kibble; make the switch to natural food and you’ll see increased energy levels and much more alertness in your pup.

  • Give your dog an enriching environment. No matter how often you try to give your dog outdoor playtime, they’re still spending most of their lives inside the house. Make sure your dog isn’t bored and provide him with a variety of toys and puzzles. Also, as often as possible, take your dog on different routes for your daily walk. Any training sessions are also great opportunities for both enrichment and bonding.

  • Give your dog an at-home wellness checkup. Your dog can’t tell you when he’s experiencing a health issue; instead, you have to rely on your own observations to discern that your pup is under the weather. Usually, by the time symptoms get serious, the issue has been present for a while. This is why it’s so important to regularly give your pet a simple at-home examination from tip to tail. Here’s a great guide from Healthy Pets by Mercola.

Give your pup a little extra love for National Pet Wellness month! If you’re not sure where to start, your pet’s diet is the biggest factor in their overall health and wellness. Review your food and treat choices and determine what areas might need a little extra healthy nutrition. When you’re ready to switch your dog to natural, human-grade food, click here to shop Pawsitively Pure’s products.


Smile! Human-Grade Food and Your Dog’s Teeth
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If you’re a dog owner, you’ve probably experienced your fair share of halitosis coming from your furry friend. Yes, we love our pups, bad breath and all; but whether you realized it or not, bad breath doesn’t have to be the default for dogs. While your pup may never have minty-fresh breath, severe halitosis and odor from the gums and teeth may be a sign of a health issue that can develop into something bigger if left unchecked.

One of the many reasons why we feed our dogs with human-grade dog food is because it’s been proven to support better oral health. Here’s how:

  • No added sugars. Just like processed human foods, processed kibble tends to include a lot of sugar-based fillers to make it more appealing and preserve it for longer. All that extra sugar leads to buildup and tooth decay - yes, just like it does to humans! Reducing the amount of sugars in your dog’s diet can be a huge helper in staving off plaque and freshening their breath.

  • It includes tooth-protecting enzymes and nutrients. The nutrients found in fatty acids, COq10, and folic acid, have been shown to strengthen gum tissue and help stave off periodontitis. Our bone broth and dog food are chock full of healthy ingredients including these nutrients, leaving your pup with a more comfortable mouth.

  • It makes it easier to add in supplements. If you have a picky dog, you’ve probably gone through the struggle of trying to add supplements to their kibble, only to have them pick around it. Flavorful bone broth is a great way to disguise additional supplements in your pup’s food and can blend completely so they can’t pick around it. They may even learn to love their supplements in time!

While oral health isn’t always at the forefront of a dog owner’s mind, it’s an important part of your dog’s overall wellness. Keeping the teeth and gums strong can help dogs lead active lifestyles and keep their body safe from other infections. To learn more or to browse through our human-grade dog products, click here. Want to know where else you can find Pawsitively Pure? Check out our blog here!


Where Can I Find Pawsitively Pure Dog Food?
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If you’ve been keeping up with Pawsitively Pure on our social media accounts, you’ve probably seen that we’ve been out and about in Orlando! We love how dog-friendly our hometown is and try to attend as many pawtastic events in the area that we can find. From farmer’s markets to dog washing parties, we love to see wagging tails and give pups and their parents the chance to try natural, healthy food.

Wondering where you can find us in person? Here are a few of the events we’ll be attending over the next few months:

  • Maitland Farmers Market: Pawsitively Pure dog food often has a tent set up at the Maitland Farmers Market on Lake Lily. This is one of the most dog-friendly farmers markets in Orlando! Bring your furry friends, try a few treats, and take a leisurely stroll around the lake.

  • Oviedo Farmers Market: Every first Saturday of the month, the City of Oviedo hosts a farmers market at historical Lawton House. Find us there and get some special treats for the holiday season!

  • Lake Mary Farmers Market: Starting in Mid-November, Pawsitively Pure will be joining the Lake Mary Farmers Market. This is another fantastic dog-friendly outdoor market that features loads of wonderful handmade goods and pet supplies. Make a day of it and join us one Saturday when the weather starts to cool down!

  • Integrative Animal Hospital of Sanford: Our food and treats are carried at IAHCF in Sanford, FL! Their physicians recommend our healthy ingredients as part of your pup’s balanced diet.

  • 7th Annual FLDR Wienerfest: What better way to celebrate Oktoberfest than with some wieners - wiener dogs, that is! Florida Dachshund Rescue is hosting their 7th annual Wienerfest on October 20 at Lake Lily Park. Come by and see us. Dogs of all breeds are welcome!

  • Howl-o-Ween Walk-a-thon and Canine Costume Contest: One of our favorite Halloween events, the Howl-O-Ween walk-a-thon is hosted by Franklin’s Friends and is the perfect opportunity to see lots of adorable pups in costume! Lots of treats for this trick-or-treat season. This event is on October 27 at Secret Lake Park in Casselberry.

We hope to see you at one of these upcoming events around Orlando! Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more news on events as it arises. To view our full list of human grade dog food and treats, click here.


Ingredient Spotlight: Perfectly Amazing Pumpkin
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It looks like fall is officially here! Everywhere, we’re seeing people and businesses trade in their beach towels and sunscreen for pumpkin spice lattes and scarves. Well - maybe not scarves here in Florida, but it’s undeniable that the air is starting to get a little more crisp, and the days are getting shorter. As October approaches, we’re getting ready for the holiday season to begins.

You may not have realized that a holiday staple for many is also a great source of nutrition for your dog! Pumpkin is one of the main ingredients in our peanut butter and pumpkin dog treats, and it’s not just the tasty flavor that pups love. Here are just a few ways your dog can benefit from a little pumpkin:

  • It’s great for upset tummies. If your dog has ever had an upset stomach, your veterinarian may have recommended you to feed them some pumpkin puree from the can. Pumpkin is a particularly effective ingredient for dogs who have sensitive stomachs, making it a great addition for any dog who is transitioning from kibble to a raw diet.

  • It’s full of fiber. Pumpkin is a miracle food for dogs, as it treats both diarrhea or upset and constipation. Pumpkin is full of fiber - nearly three grams per cup of puree. Substituting part of your dog’s diet with pumpkin is a great way to help them lose weight while still providing them with all the nutrients they need to live healthy lives.

  • It’s an important source of beta-carotene. You may have heard of the benefits of beta carotene in your own diet; provided by foods like carrots, sweet potato, and spinach, it supports healthy vision and works as an antioxidant. The great news is that it does the same for your pup! Supporting healthy vision is so important for active dogs who like to spend time outside.

Introducing a small amount of pumpkin to your dog’s daily diet is a tasty way to help them get all the nutrients they need to live healthy lives. It’s a good addition whether they’re eating kibble or living on a natural food diet! Order some of our peanut butter and pumpkin treats and see the difference for yourself. Visit our website to learn more.


Noticing These 3 Symptoms in Your Dog? They May Have Food Allergies.
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As you probably know by now, your dog’s diet has a lot to do with their activity levels and overall well being. Food is your dog’s first source of energy and nutrition. It’s also their first source of irritants and pollutants. Often, your dog will let you know that they’ve eaten something they don’t like by vomiting or displaying other gastrointestinal distress. Sometimes, however, symptoms may show up differently than you’d expect.

Beef, dairy, and wheat are among the three most common food allergies dogs experience. Here’s how you can tell your dog’s system doesn’t agree with some of the ingredients in their food:

  • Constantly itchy skin. Itchiness is one of the most commonly cited symptoms of food allergies, usually accompanied by pink skin underneath. If your pup seems to itch without relief or is losing patches of hair due to too much scratching, there’s a good chance the cause is a food allergy - especially if over-the-counter shampoos and solutions don’t seem to work.

  • Reddish-brown stains around the mouth and paws. Generally, these red patches can be attributed to yeast colonies, which are better able to grow at infection sites. These patches are often itchy and you may notice your dog licking its paws more than usual.

  • Frequent ear infections. While dogs that are frequent swimmers are prone to swimmer’s ear, food allergens can also cause recurring infections in your furry friends. Check the ears for dark brown or black, stinky buildup. This, too, is usually caused by a yeast infection triggered by the appearance of an allergy.

What’s the next step if you think your dog has a food allergy? The most reliable test is through an elimination diet, which can take about 4-6 months to complete. In a program like this, you’ll take your dog’s diet back down to the very basics and slowly reintroduce each ingredient to determine how it affects their overall wellness. As always, consult your veterinarian before going on a program such as this.

Human-Grade Dog Food for Healthy Coat

Many pet parents find that their fur babies have healthier skin and coat after switching to a human-grade diet. Keeping your dogs on a simple, natural diet makes it easy to tell what ingredients work in harmony with their systems. Get human-grade dog food delivered to your door from Pawsitively Pure. Click here to browse our products.

Transitioning Your Dog to Natural Food
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So you’ve read the blogs, you’ve seen the results, and you’re ready to get your own dogs started with natural, human-grade dog food. Congratulations! You’re on the way to a long life with a happy, energetic pup. Pet owners around the world have been turning toward whole foods as the best way to keep their furry friends satiated and healthy, in much the same way as they’ve been rethinking their own diets.

Dogs take a little longer to transition to a new diet than we do, however, so it’s important that you take the proper steps to transition to your human-grade foods. Here’s a quick and easy guide to get your dog started on their new diet:

  • Don’t get rid of the kibble just yet! The best way to start the transition to new food is by blending small portions of the new food into your pup’s usual bowl of food. At first, you’ll add just a handful; as time goes on, you’ll decrease the amount of your dog’s kibble and increase the human-grade food until you have a bowl full of nothing but Pawsitively Pure food!

  • Don’t add additional new ingredients, if you can avoid it. Your dog’s stomach is very sensitive, so it’s best to take this transition one step at a time. If you introduce too much human-grade food too quickly, you might find your dog experiencing digestive issues or needing to go to the bathroom more often. Once your dog is fully transitioned, then you can try different recipes or new treats!

  • Is your dog being a picky eater? Commercial kibble is often coated with animal fat, making it more appetizing and even addictive to dogs. Human-grade dog food strips away all the unnecessary additives, but it may take a little while for your dog to warm up to the idea. If you find your pup is being picky about the natural food, try adding a little bit of bone broth or a sprinkle of shredded cheese for an extra tasty incentive.

The time it takes to transition your dog to human-grade dog food is worth all the enjoyment they’ll get out of life! We love hearing stories about how your dog is thriving on natural dog food. To find the right food for your pup, click here, or browse our Facebook page for more information!