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A Thriving Life And Healthy Body Is Not In A Bag!


Importance of Moisture In Mammal's Diet

Moisture level in the body is an essential part of every living being. For humans and animals the body constitutes of 60 to 70 percent of moisture, depending on amount of fat. The heavier the body due to obesity the less moisture content. The body needs moisture to nourish healthy skin, coat, organs, and prevent future illnesses.  The healthy functioning of the body organs depends on a hydrated body. Moisture in the body is not only made up of ingesting water, but consuming an unadulterated diet. For instance, raw beef has min 70% moisture and raw tripe has minimum 80% moisture.  Eating or feeding a fresh diet and avoiding processed food is most beneficial to maintain good hydration in the body -

  • Helps the body to maintain a stable body temperature

  • Aids in digestion of food – taking the food from the body and helping it to absorb the food

  • Lubricates and hydrates the body

  • Removes waste from the body

  • Keeps the organs going effectively

The body suffers if moisture is not present in food. Having a good moisture content diet keeps the entire body healthy. Help your pets to be hydrated by giving them a high moisture diet with no fillers, preservatives, and a conservative amount of processing, which will result in a cleaner, healthier body.  pawsTHRIVE’s replenishing raw diets, have a minimum of 70% moisture and include meat, bone, and organ for feeding and benefitting the health of your carnivore.


Dehydration and its Effects:

Dehydration happens when your pet’s body fluid drops to less than normal.    It can either happen due to less moisture intake or an excessive fluid loss in the body from heat exposure and over exertion. Your pet becomes dehydrated when it rehydrates a processed diet with its own body moisture trying to obtain nourishment.  The pet’s body, now dehydrated, becomes in a deficiency of moisture and the body’s system is reduced to a poor performance. Continuous vomiting, fever, diarrhea, illness, can also lead to dehydration.  If you have chosen to feed a processed diet, help your pet by adding water to the meal till the product is rehydrated.  Dehydration will affect the body’s organs and lead to some unhealthy consequences like -

  • The healthy nutrients ingested will not be completely benefitted by the body

  • Presence of less moisture in the body will not allow the harmful toxins to be flushed out. Toxin build up in the body, can harm the liver, kidney, skin, and the bowel function.

  • Dehydration can result in lethargic, inactive, and depressed behaviour.


Dehydration and Effects on Digestion:


It is observed that the pets that eat a processed diet drink more water than a raw fed pet.  Also documented is the urine in raw pets have less odor and not concentrated.  A pet consuming processed food, tends to have a darker urine and drinks excessive amounts of water.  This behavior is a sign of dehydration that could eventually lead to kidney problems. Giving them high moisture diet adds the moisture that they are actually required to drink which ultimately goes in the digestive tract. Intracellular moisture is imperative for the digestive tract, for proper digestion of food and breakdown of food nutrients. Moisture is closely associated with all the organs in the body and helps them perform their day to day functions. Digestion of food being the most important functions of all. It is a moisture intensive process, from saliva to gastric juices, if your pet’s body doesn’t have enough moisture it will pull it out from the other organs, which leaves less moisture to flush out the toxins and also leads to dehydration. If the body doesn’t get enough moisture while digestion is happening the intestines will soak up its limited supply leaving a dry and hard food by product which leads to constipation and bloating.


Raw Diet:


Having a good diet leads to healthy lives, whethther it be you or your pet. There are numerous options to choose and decide on a certain diet. For proper absorption and assimilation of food ingredients a meal should contain at least 70%  of moisture. Raw food diet is in great demand for conscious pet owners.  pawsTHRIVE’s diets have 80 percent fresh local beef, 10 percent bone(finely ground) and 10 percent organ included in cubes appropriate for individual portions.  If you choose to prepare meals from fresh meats, always remember for dogs, the ratio is 80/10/10.  Do not exceed bone content or a blockage could occur.  I cannot promote any other type of commercial product, not because of competition but simply pawTHRIVE adds nothing other than meat, bone and organ. Many other products include binders and fillers to gain profit.  pawsTHRIVE is not available in stores. All purchases are custom order to type of meat, size meals, and packaging.  Fees vary based on special request but can always accommodate the customer’s request and the dogs desire.  Orders can be made by emailing attention “order”


Benefits of Raw Diet:

Raw diets that include no fillers and are chunked, whole, or ground. I use only an animal source that is at the simplest state and maintains high amounts of moisture.  A species appropriate diet is important to meet your pet’s specific needs. If your pet has certain allergies to ingredients, you can always request specific meats. Currently pawsTHRIVE offers fresh farmed rabbit, chicken, and guinea fowl for the meat ingredient and soon to come is pheasant, quail, and turkey farmed here at pawsTHRIVE/HOMEGROWN.  A raw diet from pawsTHRIVE will reward your pet’s body with fresh ingredients and a high moisture content that will aid in meeting your pet’s nutrient necessities.  Processed foods contain preservatives and are intended to increase shelf life, again to make more profit.   pawsTHRIVE prepares your pet’s order and has it delivered to your door within 15 days, with no preservatives.  All of pawsTHRIVE’s  diets and supplements require refrigeration for no more than 5 days after removing from the freezer, and the remaining order is to be frozen till ready to use for upcoming week’s meals.  pawsTHRIVE has fresh bones, cut to chosen size. Always remember to only feed bones to your pet bigger than their head, remove small chunks, and always supervise.  Bones which are 10% of all of pawsTHRIVE’s  raw diet, are fine ground when added to diet. Raw bone with marrow either for a treat or included, fine ground, in our diet will provide your pet with fundamental amino acids, calcium, phosphorous, protein, and fiber at its truest state.  Providing a bone as a treat once a week is great for maintaining strong healthy teeth and fresh breath, again supervised. It is always important to remember the dog does not have a thumb, therefore does not brush it teeth daily. If your pet has loose teeth, abscesses, infection of the gums it is introduced into the body every time the pet swallows.  A clean mouth is very important for a healthy body.  When feeding pawsTHRIVE’s diets, supplements, treats, and bones you are proactively helping your pet thrive rather than just survive.



The Conscientious Dog-Owner’s Guide

to Being a Good Neighbor



Your dog is the best friend you could ever ask for. It only makes sense that you want to be the best dog-owner in return. Besides spoiling him with treats and attention, the best dog-owner does what he can to provide healthy boundaries for his pooch and takes care to make sure he isn’t a neighborhood nuisance. The following tips and advice can help prepare dog lovers for the responsibilities that come with dog ownership for a happy and harmonious relationship.


Public Etiquette for Dogs


Socializing your dog helps give him the confidence he needs to meet new people and other pups around the neighborhood. While puppies tend to pick up on training rather naturally, you can still teach these skills to an adult dog you’ve adopted. All it takes is patience and a little bit of positive reinforcement to help it stick. Of course, dogs have unique personalities including likes and dislikes. Not all dogs want to be pet by strangers. Some are not as fond of other dogs, as well. It is important to pay attention to your dog’s likes and dislikes and prevent putting him in situations where he may feel anxiety.


Tips for canine public etiquette:


  • Start with basic leash training. Taking your dog on multiple daily walks helps provide him with exercise and mental stimulation that can prevent behavioral problems. Establish rules that your dog must always follow and stick with them.
  • Always keep a bag of training treats on you when bringing your dog in public. Introduce your dog to new people by giving them treats to pass on to him.
  • Fine tune his basic commands including sit, stay, come, and down.
  • Ignore behaviors like begging for food to discourage them.
  • Always keep your dog on a leash unless in a designated off-leash area or fenced in park that allows pooches.
  • If you want to work on socializing your dog, start with low pressure situations and observe how your dog behaves. He may not like spending time in restaurants or on patios. If these places make him anxious, it is your responsibility to remove him.


Scoop the Poop


Perhaps one of the most important things a dog-owner needs to do in order to be a responsible and polite neighbor is pick up after his dog’s-- ahem-- messes. Whether he goes while walking around the neighborhood on leash or when he’s darting around and having fun at the off-leash park, it is the dog-owner’s responsibility to carry bags, pick up the poop, and dispose of it properly.


Not only does scooping the poop prevent it from getting on your neighbor’s shoe, it also helps protect the environment. Dog poop contains parasites and harmful microorganisms that can be passed on to other animals and contaminate the water supply. These nasty creatures include:


  • Parvovirus
  • Whipworms
  • Hookworms
  • Roundworms
  • Threadworms
  • Heartworms
  • Tapeworms
  • Campylobacteriosis
  • Giardia
  • Coccidia


Cleaning up after your dog helps keep the neighborhood clean and prevents the spread of disease, but in most places it is also the law. If your neighbors notice you do not pick up your dog’s poop, they can report you to the city and you will have a hefty fine and citation to deal with.




Your dog gives you so much joy. Return the favor by doing all you can to be a responsible dog owner by teaching him proper etiquette and socialization. Helping him learn how to walk on a leash, deal with crowds, and meet new people will help promote a happy lifestyle for the both of you. Finally, as a dog owner it is your duty to pick up the doody. Always scoop the poop out of respect towards your neighbors, the environment, and the law.

Aurora James



Take Your Dog to the Great Outdoors


Traveling the wilderness can be greatly enhanced by bringing along your canine companion. Dogs are fully led through the world by their noses, and what better place to use that nose than the outdoors? Like any other endeavor, it takes planning to do it successfully. Here are some tips to help you get ready.



Additional Resources:




Is my pet ready for an outdoor excursion?


If you’re a hiker and a dog owner, then you and your furry sidekick are likely destined to be great trail buddies. But, especially at first, this is a hiking companion who’s going to need a lot of care and feeding. Remind yourself that this is what you signed up for, then consider the advice below as you begin to create a more perfect trail dog.

  • Pre-hike readiness: Consult with your vet, brush up on obedience training and trail etiquette, pick appropriate trails, and build up your dog’s stamina.
  • The dog pack (the kind your pooch wears): Fit it right, watch the weight and load it evenly.
  • Other gear considerations: Your trail partner might also benefit from one or two other essentials, from a roomier tent to a special first-aid kit.
  • Food and water planning: This is especially important on backpacking trips, when your dog needs more fuel and is likely to be the one carrying it.
  • Beware trail hazards: Think about water safety, as well as concerns about heat, creatures, plants and pathogens.





For starters, puppies aren’t ready to carry a load, nor are their immune systems ready to take on the world. So you need to work out exactly when your dog will be ready.

Visit the Vet: Ask your veterinarian some key questions before you and your dog head into the wilds:

  1. Is your dog physically ready? You need to wait until a young dog’s bones are fully developed. That might be at a year of age, plus or minus several months, depending on size and other factors.
  2. Does your dog need any specific vaccinations or preventative medicines? In the city, you might not worry about things like your dog drinking water in a lake or pond that an infected animal has contaminated with Leptospirosis or even giardia. Ask the vet about preventative measures for outdoor destinations.
  3. Is your dog’s immune system ready? Factoring in the rate of natural immunity development and your dog’s vaccine schedule, your vet can advise you about the safe age for you two to hit the trail.

Know Your Trail Regulations: Always check on the regulations for the areas where you’ll be hiking or backpacking. Most U.S. national parks, for example, do not allow even a leashed dog to share the trail. Many national forests, as well as state and local parks, do allow dogs on their trail systems, though rules vary. Leashes are mandatory almost everywhere.

Bone Up on Obedience Training and Trail Etiquette: You have to maintain control of your dog at all times. Step off the trail to yield the right of way to hikers, horses and bikes. And having your dog on a leash isn’t enough. You also need to be able to keep your dog calm as other people and pooches pass by.

Leave No Trace: On day hikes, always pack out filled poop bags. It’s also bad form to leave 'em by the trail for later pickup. If you’re worried about a breach, double-bag on the trail, then remove any intact outer bags after you get home.

On backpacking trips, humans and canines have the same Leave No Trace rule: Bury pet waste in a 6- to 8-inch hole that’s at least 200 feet away from trails, camps and water sources. Enforcing the 200-foot rule for urination breaks isn’t practical, but be prepared to interrupt things and move away if your dog begins to pee in or next to a water source.

Start a Trail-Training Regimen: Ease into the routine of hiking. Start with hikes of an hour or so, then monitor the energy level afterwards. If your dog is still super active, increase the time for the next training hike. Your goal is to work up to the amount of trail time you plan to do on future day hikes or backpacking trips. This slow approach also helps toughen up citified paws.



It’s not the only gear your hiking buddy needs, but it truly separates going on a walk from going on a hike. And while your inner backpacker can’t help but fuss over features and design, getting the fit right and getting your dog accustomed to the pack are your most important tasks. One feature that’s worth drooling over, though, is a top handle to keep your dog close during trail encounters and creek crossings.

How to Fit a Pack

measuring dog harnessMeasure the circumference of your dog’s chest around the widest part of the rib cage. Most packs come in a range of sizes that will correspond to this measurement. Adjust all straps to snug the pack’s fit. Don’t pull too tight, though: Your dog needs to breathe. But you also don’t want a too-loose pack that can slip off or chafe.

For pack training, start by having your dog wear it empty around the house, then on walks. As soon as wearing the pack becomes routine, load in a few pounds (evenly on each side). Gradually increase pack weight on each walk after that until you reach your target weight. A maximum of 25 percent of body weight is a rough guideline, but factors like age, size and strength will alter that up or down. Check with your vet.



First-Aid Kit

A vet won’t be handy when you’re on the trail, so a doggie first-aid kit and the knowledge to use it are essential. Organizations like the Red Cross also are a resource for dog owners, providing checklists, and selling first-aid kits and training materials.

Be sure to add special medicines your vet has given you to your kit. Another handy addition is old, clean wool socks that can be taped on as “bootie bandages” in a pinch.

Some pet owners also pack Pedialyte in case their dog gets diarrhea. Don’t do this, though, without getting both permission and dosing guidelines from your vet.

Your Sleep System

This starts with the size of your tent—now “one-person larger” to accommodate your dog. A piece of closed-cell foam and a crib-size (down) comforter make an excellent backcountry doggie bed. Plan to do several backyard sleepouts, too, so your dog will be fully comfortable with whatever sleep system you choose before you hit the trail.

Other Essentials

A lot of your dog’s usual gear can come along. You’ll also need to consider some additional items for the backcountry:

  • Water container: Hydration for your dog is best handled by fresh water carried by you. Some owners train dogs to drink as they pour from a bottle. A lightweight, collapsible dish also works.
  • Booties: They offer protection from sharp rocks, thorns and snow. It’s not uncommon, though, for a dog to lose a bootie. So if you choose booties rather than simply toughening up paws on training hikes, you need to pack spares. And you’ll still need to allot time for your dog to get used to wearing booties.
  • Dog towel: You need one dedicated “hiker towel” to wipe off muddy paws before your dog joins you inside the tent. Bring an extra towel, too, to dry fur if your dog jumps in a lake or is soaked in a downpour.
  • Nail clippers and file: Dog paws can wreak havoc on tent fabric, so it’s important to keep nails neat and trim.
  • Safety light: This seemingly urban-area accessory is a great way to help you keep tabs on your dog after sunset and during nighttime potty breaks.
  • Dog coat: Definitely bring one if your dog lacks thick fur and temps will be low.
  • Cooling collar: All dogs struggle to dissipate heat, so this soak-and-wrap accessory is worth every added ounce when the temps start to climb.



Being on the trail all day requires you to provide more food and water than your dog typically consumes.

Larger dogs might drink 0.5 to 1.0 ounces of water per pound per day. Dogs 20 pounds and lighter will be closer to 1.5 ounces per pound per day. These are general guidelines, though, so you need to be watchful and offer water often, especially on hot days. If the nose is dry, then you’re under-hydrating your dog.

The rule of thumb for feeding is that you need to start with the usual amount of food, then add one cup for every 20 pounds of dog weight.

Tip: If you’re thirsty, hungry or tired, then chances are that your dog is, too. Take a trail break to chow down, drink up and catch your breath together.


                      Now that you know how to camp safely with your pooch, it’s time to get planning and packing. You and your four-legged buddy will love exploring, hiking, swimming and                                                                                                                   mountain climbing.  At the end of the day, he’ll curl up next to you and keep you warm at night. Happy camping!

Aurora James


How to check for injury or wounds on your pet


Dogs incur minor skin injuries all the time, especially the more adventurous breeds. This may occur from scraping against a rock or hard surface (abrasions), bumping against a blunt object which damages small blood vessels (bruises), or a cut from a bush, a thorn, or other sharp object (lacerations).


What To Watch For


Always check your dog from head to tail after he goes outside, or when you return home from work, to see if it acquired any cuts or bruises. If you should find any, re-examine him more thoroughly to see if there are deeper wounds.


Primary Cause


Minor injuries occur most frequently on the legs and paws, especially after exercising in the woods or areas with overgrown shrubbery.


How to Treat a Cut or Bruise on a Dog


Note: If a joint or paw is bruised and swollen, do not follow these guidelines -- assume there are deeper injuries and consult a veterinarian immediately.


  1. If the injury is dirty, which is often the case, clean with a non-stinging antiseptic diluted in warm water.
  2. Use a cloth or towel to clean the injury; avoid cotton and other loose-fibered materials, as the threads often stick to the wound.
  3. Apply a cold compress, such as a bag of frozen vegetables or even just a cold, wet towel. Keep it in place for a few minutes, especially on bruises.
  4. Bandage the wound to keep the dog from licking it.
  5. Call your vet for further advice, describing the injury and, if you know, what caused it.


You will need to change the bandages every day until the wound heals and keep them from getting wet. If you notice an unpleasant smell coming from the bandages when you change them, contact your vet immediately. When treating minor injuries, a small film of triple antibiotic ointment can be applied to the affected area two to three times a day. Do not, however, apply a large amount of ointment on the area, as your dog may be tempted to lick it.


Other Causes


Playing and fighting with other dogs can also cause minor injuries. Be extra cautious if your pet is wounded by a strange or stray dog, as it may be infected with a contagious disease such as rabies.


Living and Management


Dogs try to lick their wounds because their saliva contains a mild antiseptic ingredient. This is normal, but should still be limited as excessive licking can become compulsive and cause severe problems.  Aurora James

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