It's another hot July in Minneapolis! With the heat it is a good reminder that it is not a good idea to leave your dog unsupervised in your back yard. Dogs can get into things in your yard such as tree debris and insects. In Golden Valley, MN, we have coyotes that have actually jumped fences to gain access to your back yard and that isn't a good thing for your unattended dog. Other ways your dog can get into trouble is fence fighting with a neighbor's dog or incessant barking. Some dogs will dig holes to get under your fence. Someone could open the gate to your yard without your knowledge and then your dog could end up lost. Supervision is key especially if you have an new puppy or an aggressive dog, Prevention is a lot easier than trying to fix destructive behaviors later on. There are a lot of things your dog can get into and when the weather is hot, it's better to make sure they are kept healthy, supervised and in your good hands.
There has been a lot of focus and discussion about grain free pet foods and heart failure in dogs. The FDA has been involved and has been investigating certain grain free pet foods that contain peas, lentils and potatoes. Although it seems that this is still being studied, here is a link to an article that helps to explain the current status and what we can do.