When our beloved dog comes staring up at us with sad, beseeching eyes as we sit at the dinner table, and wistfully sets his sweet face and maybe even a gentle paw on our lap, how can we not give him a treat from the table? We think a piece of cheese, or a sliver of meat can’t hurt, right?

The problem is: What we eat, is not what dogs eat, and feeding them human food can not only start them down the road to major health issues but shorten their lives altogether.

Our dogs don’t get to choose what they eat the way we do. Humans often choose to eat a lot of unhealthy foods. That’s our choice. But do we want to be responsible for causing liver, heart, pancreas, bone and so many other problems for our dogs? Do we willingly want our actions to lessen their lives? Of course not. We want them to be happy and healthy.

Most people just don’t realize they are damaging their dog’s health, so it’s important to be informed.

When Linda Carr, of Providence Labradoodles, got her Golden Retriever, Tucker, she knew even then that his road might be a rocky one. She got him from a “backyard” breeder and realized he was bound to have some health troubles along the way. She adopted him anyway because she fell in love with him and wanted to give him the best doggy life possible. So, she prepared herself for the problems that might arise from a dog not properly bred.

That was an understatement. Tucker was allergic to just about everything he ate. Linda went through various veterinary recommended foods, but none seemed to last very long before his allergies kicked in again. He itched all over, chewed himself raw, and would end up with open sores. As he got older, the situation grew worse. A few years back she tried him on raw venison, which is recommended for dogs with severe allergies. It was a gruesome meal preparation every day, but Linda did this for Tucker, yet in time, even this didn’t work.

Tucker ended up on Apoquel, which he stayed on for many years. The problem with Apoquel is the long-term and some short-term effects it has on a dog’s body. In the short-term, it causes a lot of gastrointestinal issues, which in turn can and usually do become major gastrointestinal long-term problems. Also, Apoquel can eventually destroy the liver and kidneys. It is also an immunosuppressant drug, which leaves your dog open to other types of illnesses and infections.

When Tucker was twelve, he started to really go downhill. He was chewing himself raw and ended up with a huge open wound on his one elbow and a swollen paw. He couldn’t stand and Linda had to use a body harness to lift him to a standing position. There were many tears as the Carr family realized Tucker’s quality of life was slipping away.

During this time, and for several years up to this point, Linda had been feeding her other dogs, as well as her breeding dogs, pawTree food. After years of research and trying other highly rated foods with her dogs, she discovered pawTree and found a gold-mine.

“pawTree changed the health and vitality of my breeding program,” says Linda. “My females were healthier. My litters were bigger and stronger. I noticed a difference immediately.”

She put all her dogs on pawTree, but not Tucker, because it contained some of the ingredients he was allergic to. However, when he started to go dramatically downhill at age 12, she decided to stop giving him the numerous medications he was on and put him only on pawTree food to “just see” what would happen.

I am witness to the amazing and dramatic and wondrous change in Tucker that occurred and bought him another year that was a better-quality year than he’d had since he was young. The wounds healed. The chewing stopped. He was chipper and happy and followed Linda around the house.

What couldn’t be undone was the damage already done. Although Tucker was physically much healthier, his mind became quite senile. He was confused and panicked if someone wasn’t right with him. His mind went before his body did, but we are grateful for that extra year we got to have with him, thanks to pawTree.

pawTree isn’t a food you can buy at the grocery store. The company wants to maintain control over their ingredients. The CEO of pawTree, Roger Morgan, worked in pet food retail for years, but was tired of the “make it cheaper” mantra, which meant cutting back on the quality of the product. Thus, pawTree was born in 2014.

In the next blog, we will go into the specifics of what pawTree food offers our pets and how it compares to other dog foods.

For more information on pawTree, see this information video: Why pawTree?

For information on pawTree products, go here: Linda’s pawTree page

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