I don’t know about you, but I used to LOVE the old GEICO insurance commercials – especially the cave man saga.
Do you remember those?
Insurance is all about protecting some pretty important things in our life: our homes, our cars, our health, even our lives. Some people go to extreme lengths to protect that which is precious… Apparently, Bruce Springsteen (The Boss himself) has even insured his voice – for $6 million!
So, if you are reading this article right now, I think it is pretty safe to assume that you have a precious pup (or several!) in your life.
Did you know that you can insure your dear ol’ doge?
Wow. Such Doge. So Meme. Photograph: Know Your Meme
So, as we like to do here at Poodled.com, I wanted to provide a guide to the best pet insurance options out there.
But before we do that, I want to introduce my new favorite insurance spokesperson since GEICO’s cavemen: Progressive Insurance’s Dr. Rick, Parenta-Life Coach!
Here are the top 7 pet insurance plans I have found:
From Petplan’s own website: “As animal lovers ourselves, we strive to give our pets long, happy lives. As a pet insurance provider, we strive to deliver the most comprehensive coverage available, giving families peace of mind. Simply put, we aim to be the kind of company that will make our pets proud.”
Petplan provides comprehensive pet insurance for a single monthly payment that covers up to 90% of your costs.
Some areas that Petplan Pet Insurance covers, that other companies often don’t include the chronic and hereditary health issues that plague certain breeds of cats and dogs.
This is doubly true of purebreds (like some of our beloved poodles!), where health issues are almost guaranteed.
You can also protect your pupper’s chompers, with insurance policies costing as little as $1 per day.
According to their website: “PetFirst helps take the worry out of covering the cost of unexpected visits to the vet with your furry family members.”
Dog insurance begins at only $15/month, and PetFirst policyholders save hundreds each year, even thousands, on a range of different accidents and illnesses, including everything from vestibular syndrome to cancer and heart disease.
PetFirst’s journey began back when Brent Hinton, co-founder of PetFirst, had to put his beloved dog to sleep in 2003. He decided to find a way to make money less of an issue for pet owners.
Eusoh could be considered somewhat of a disruptor in the pet insurance space. Theirs is a crowd-sourced insurance program, where the aim is to empower their members to share costs between themselves.
As for the unique name, according to their website: “Eusoh’s name is derived from the biological term ‘eusociality’, the highest level of social organization in nature. A key feature of eusocial species is their cooperation in caring for each other – just like Eusoh!”
Here is how Eusoh works, in a nutshell: the community pays into a “pool”, and that pool then pays for veterinarian bills. Their system is fully transparent and algorithmically balanced to ensure no member pays an unfair amount.
How much does this cost?
On average, members pay $32 per month, and never more than $65 per month, regardless of how much coverage pet owners need.
They aren’t leaving anything up to the imagination with that name, huh?
Pet Insurer provides you animal lovers with multiple options for your pet, according to some high level details you provide them up front (where you live, details about your dog or other pets). Simply plug this information into their website – et voilá! – their algorithm will show you the most competitive insurance providers for your pupper.
It’s pretty much Expedia, but for pet insurance!
Over 1 million people have used their algorithm in the past 10 years – so there’s gotta be something there; why not give it a shot?
These guys have been around the block a few times. As you can read on their website: “Since 2000, Trupanion has been innovating in the pet insurance industry. Our staff is comprised of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and doting pet owners. We care passionately about pets and make sure our policy has what it takes to serve them and you.”
Similar to a couple other providers we have highlighted in this article, Trupanion offers one simple plan that covers 90% of actual veterinary costs for eligible claims once you meet the deductible.
Additionally, your pet receives unlimited lifetime insurance coverage without caps, and pets with hereditary and congenital health issues are also covered by their policy.
Speaking of having been around the block, the founder of Pets Best Pet Insurance started the first ever pet insurance company back in 1981, after veterinarian Dr. Jack Stephens was asked to euthanize a family dog because the owners couldn’t afford treatment.
Pets Best is the net result of that decision, the same business he’s been part of since 2005.
Pets Best fills the gaps in other insurance policies, like routine care, a 24/7 helpline, and being able to pay your veterinarian directly.
But even better is that they don’t place an upper age limit on their accident and illness plans. So your frosty-faced friend can get the care they deserve in their later years.
Well, there you have it – Poodled.com’s top 7 picks for pet insurance options in 2020. What do you think? Have you used any of these providers?
When we choose a bed for ourselves, there are many things on our list. The most important being that it’s comfortable. We also tend to choose one that matches the rest of the furniture in our room and of course, one that will fit in the room nicely. Having personalized poodle beds for your pooch will make it both very cozy and comfortable, and happy to have their place to lay down.
Like us, Poodles also like to have a nice comfortable bed to sleep in once the day is done. It helps them rest their joints and feel safe during the night. When it comes to our favorite furry friends, we may as well get them the best of everything, and that starts with a personalized Poodle bed.
This is hands down one of the most important things to consider when buying a dog bed. A dog can have a busy life too, and when it comes time to relax, they should have somewhere super comfortable to sleep. Dogs age much quicker than we do and so a comfortable bed will help to support their bones and joints. For optimum comfort, a bed that contains memory foam is a great choice. Our dogs can get arthritis just like us and so by getting them a quality bed. We are putting them at ease as best we can.
Many owners compare having a dog to having a child. While they don’t require quite as much work, they definitely have some similarities. One of those similarities is how they treat their beds. When its time to go to bed, your dog might not want to go. Yet, when its time to leave the house, they may decide they want to lie in bed. So you can probably guess what happens when a dog gets scared or feels vulnerable, that’s right, they generally head straight for their beds. Most dogs prefer to snuggle into their beds, which is where they do differ from humans. We usually like to have loads of room in our beds whereas a dog doesn’t like having too much space. Having said that, they usually don’t like having too small of a space either. Lying down in bed much bigger than they are can sometimes make them feel exposed. But, when the bed is just right, they feel safe, protected, and cozy.
Most people think of a dog bed as simply a place for their dog to sleep. But that isn’t the only thing a dog uses its bed for. Just like us humans, dogs can also get bouts of anxiousness. Poodles are particularly known for being a bit anxious and wary. Usually, these emotions fade over time, but they can still come back when circumstances change, or new people are around. When they do get these types of feelings, and they are at home, they usually get into their beds and lie down for a while. Dog beds with raised edges help dogs to feel secure and protected. Having a few cuddly toys in their beds enable their pack instincts to remain. Going back to what we were saying about dog beds providing a sense of security, these elements also help to reduce feelings of anxiousness.
Not only can a low-quality dog bed cause discomfort to your pet, but it can actually result in injury or strain. Sleep is one of the most important things in all of our lives, and we all rely on it to keep functioning. It helps us to recharge our batteries and heal our wounds so it definitely shouldn’t be taken for granted.
During the day, dogs typically spend a lot of time lying on the floor, which of course, isn’t the most comfortable. It’s important to remember that dog beds don’t last forever. It is never a one time purchase, or at least it shouldn’t be. The padding and foam in a dog bed will get worn down over time, and once it is, then you might want to consider buying a new one. Some beds are made from more durable materials than others.
How to Know which Size of Bed Your Poodle Needs?
Every dog sleeps differently. Some prefer to spread out. Others like to curl up. There is reasoning behind how a dog sleeps, and it could be down to their body temperature. If they are feeling slightly hot, then they will likely spread out on their back. Because this is a temporary reaction that causes a temporary sleeping position, a bed that can accommodate both stretching out and curling up would be ideal.
Going back to what we said earlier, having a bed that is far bigger than your pooch isn’t great and having one that just fits them when they are curled up isn’t practical. So, to choose the right size bed, you will first need the measurements of your dog. Standard Poodles usually stand around 15 inches tall so you will probably need a fairly large bed. Again, they will need to have enough room to spread out but not too much that they end up feeling exposed.
Things to Think about When Buying a Dog Bed
What may seem like a simple task at the start actually requires a lot of thought. A bed is very important to your Poodle, and so it needs to be just right. Here are some things to consider when buying a bed for your Poodle.
Again, it seems like an obvious answer, but before buying a bed, you should think about what you need it for and where it is going to go. For example, if you travel a lot, you will want a bed that is easy to move, or perhaps one that fits inside of a carrier. If you already have a dog bed or basket but wanted additional padding, then you need to think about the size that you get.
This one is incredibly important. Before buying a dog bed, take some time to look into the fabrics that are used. Some are more stain-resistant than others, which will come in handy when its time to clean your dog’s bed.
We all know that dogs can be messy, and the personalized poodle beds will be the main place where they sleep. Whether they got wet during their walk or they dug a hole in the garden, inevitably their dog beds are going to get dirty fairly often. With that in mind, you must get a dog bed that is easy to clean. Otherwise, you will find yourself with a lot of extra work.
Whether they mean to or not, dogs can get their claws caught in fabrics. This could mean ripping their dog beds, which isn’t always repairable. To prevent this, try opting for a dog bed that has scratch-proof material to keep your pooch’s bed in one piece for longer.
Buying a dog bed isn’t always a one-time thing, and it shouldn’t be. But with that said, no one wants to be buying a new dog bed every month or so. Making sure that the materials used are of high-quality and are durable will make all the difference.
The support of a dog bed and the comfort of it are slightly different things. Some dog beds can be classed as comfortable by the materials used on the outer surfaces. But, the support of a dog bed will largely come down to the padding. There are several types of foams and polyester out there, one of the best ones being memory foam. Dogs can have achy joints and muscles just like we can so its important that they have somewhere comfortable and supportive to rest.
The Best Personalized Poodle Beds
When buying a bed for your favorite animal, you may as well personalize it, especially for them. Most of the time, this option is free, so you may as well take advantage of it. Here are our top picks for personalized Poodle beds.
This dog bed doesn’t come with the personalized feature, although it is very easily done. The Friends Forever Orthopedic Dog Bed Lounge Sofa is a very hard-wearing and supportive bed that Poodle parents are raving about. It has slightly raised sides and back that provide a cushion for your dog’s head.
The materials that are used ensure comfort and includes a human grade memory foam mattress. Inside the bed is a water-resistant liner that will protect water from getting to the foam and the poly-fill bolster. This Friends Forever dog bed is perfect for dogs that are prone to arthritis and joint pain. The outer cover is anti-tear, so if your Poodle is having a playful five minutes, you won’t have to worry about them ripping it. Additional features include,
Easy to personalize
Machine washable cover
Provides proper joint support due to the memory foam design
Available in four sizes, the Majestic Pet Personalized Bagel Style Dog Bed is the perfect choice for a comfortable yet stylish bed for your pet. Its bagel shape means that the outer edges are raised. This is making your Poodle feel safe and secure while having the option to elevate their head.
The base of the bed is completely waterproof, and the cover is made from faux suede material. Inside the bed, there is High Loft Polyester Fiber Fil that provides ultimate comfort. What better way is there for your pooch to rest than in a soft bed? Additionally, it is a comfortable dog bed with their own name proudly embroidered on the front.
For owners on a tighter budget but still, want a personalized touch for their best doggy friends then the Custom Catch Personalized Dog Bed Mat is the way to go. Ideal size for cages, baskets, carriers, or existing dog beds, this personalized dog mat offers is really comfortable.
The padding consists of 100% polyester, and the outer cover is a soft fleece material. Not only is this dog bed mat available with a free personalized name, but you also have a choice of six fonts. It’s practical, comfortable, stylish, and more importantly, affordable. Additional features are as follows,
Not quite a stand-alone dog bed but definitely worth being included in this list is the Dibsies Personalized Sofa Saver Pet Bed. This product does exactly what it says on the tin. It keeps your dog happy and comfortable while keeping your sofa clean and free from dog hair.
The Dibsies Sofa Saver is a very easy to use pet mat that you put on top of the sofa cushions for your Poodle to lie on. It has a bolster back and sides further keeping dog hair away from your sofa as well as providing a place for your dog to rest their head.
The mat is available in a range of colors and is personalized for free upon ordering. A perfect product for your dog to cuddle up next to you while keeping your sofa clean.
Bolstered sides and back for support
Personalized name printed at the bottom of the sofa saver
There is no better feeling than seeing your beloved Poodle happy and healthy, and a dog bed can provide both of those things. Our dogs need their beauty sleep as much as we do, so its only right that they get to have a comfortable and supportive place to sleep and feel safe.
Buying personalized poodle beds isn’t always an inexpensive thing, so when doing so, you may as well do it right. Treat your pooch to a bed that’s not only cozy, warm, and supportive but one that has their name printed on it.
Poodle vaccination is an important part of keeping your dog healthy, but not all vaccines are right for all dogs. Much of what your poodle needs depends on where he or she lives and what he or she will be doing, especially when outside.
There are several things you need to know if you are adopting a poodle or you’re already a poodle owner and you aren’t sure how to proceed with vaccinations.
Table of Contents
Importance of Vaccinations
What Should You Know about Vaccinating a Poodle Puppy?
What Vaccines Does Your Poodle Need?
Safe Vaccine Protocol
Importance of Poodle Vaccination
Poodle vaccination is one of the most important health issues you deal with as a poodle owner. Vaccines protect your dog from serious illnesses, such as distemper ad parvovirus. Prior to having the ability to inoculate our dogs against these diseases many of them died because of their exposure.
In many cases, certain vaccinations are required by law. For instance, poodles and other dogs in the United States are required to be vaccinated against rabies and in most cases, owners must show proof to their local government of the vaccination in order to receive a license for owning their dog.
Other vaccines might not be required by law, but they are necessary if you wish to enroll your poodle in training classes, take them to the groomer, or allow them to participate in playgroups. It might also be necessary to show proof of certain vaccines when flying with your dog.
Some of the most common vaccines required by law or recommended before allowing your poodle to interact with other dogs include kennel cough, leptospirosis, and Lyme disease.
What Should You Know about Vaccinating a Poodle Puppy?
Newborn puppies are not immune to all diseases. They might carry some immunity from their mothers from the placenta and from nursing for certain issues, but not everything that can hurt your dog is part of this mix. If you are concerned about giving your puppy too many vaccinations, you can ask that his or her blood be tested with a titer that will show which vaccinations are necessary and which they already have natural protection for.
It’s also important to remember that even once your puppy is vaccinated there might still be some risk if your pup is exposed to certain diseases. This is why it’s recommended that younger pups avoid socializing too much with strange dogs that are not guaranteed to be immunized. Your veterinarian can help you determine when it is safe for your poodle puppy to enjoy all of the activities an adult vaccinated dog can participate in. In the meantime, keep your puppy on a leash at all times and utilize a crate if your dog needs to be alone with other dogs, even those in our own home.
There are several vaccines you should consider administering on your poodle puppy. Many of these need to be re-upped as your dog grows older.
Important vaccines include:
Canine Parvovirus or Parvo: Prior to 1977-78, Parvovirus has only been a health issue for dogs since the late 1970s. The virus is similar to feline Panleukopenia (feline distemper) and some believe it actually mutated from the cats.
Canine Distemper – Canine distemper is a common issue wherever there are dogs. It is the single biggest disease threat to dogs throughout the world.
Para-influenza Virus: This is a vaccine usually recommended for poodles that spend time with large groups, including adoption groups, boarding kennels, or veterinary clinics.
Bordetella: Dogs that spend time in high-risk environments, such as dose in dog parks, boarded kennels, or at dog, shows could benefit from this vaccine.
Rabies: This vaccine is for a serious infectious disease that puts all animals and humans at risk. The vaccine is required by law.
Kennel Cough Canine infectious tracheobronchitis (kennel cough), which is linked to Canine Adenovirus-2 (CAdV-2), is one of the most prevalent infectious diseases in dogs. Most cases are not serious resolve on their own within a couple of weeks. However, some dogs are at risk for developing life-threatening complications, so you might want to consider vaccinating your dog against the disease.
In addition to those listed above, some veterinarians recommend vaccinating poodles for leptospirosis, which is a bacterial infection, and Lyme disease, a potentially serious health problem. Much of whether these vaccines are necessary for your poodle pup depends on where you live and the activities in which your dog will participate. Your vet can provide more information about your dog’s lifestyle and his or her need for these vaccines.
Chili is a vaccinated little boy so he can play with friends outside – from @chiliandpeanut
Safe Vaccine Protocol
It’s entirely understandable why poodle parents might be concerned about vaccinating their dogs. There is a great deal of debate in the media about the safety of vaccines for humans and for animals at the moment, and there are cases in which dogs have experienced bad reactions to vaccines.
However, it’s also important to consider the potential ramifications of not vaccinating your pup. Many of the diseases listed above are far more serious than the reaction your dog might experience to the vaccine. The good news is there is a way to find balance. You can provide your poodle with the vaccinations he or she needs without putting their health at risk due to any vaccine reaction.
If you are concerned about your dog reacting poorly to vaccines or about over-vaccinating, speak to your vet about your options. Many vets recommend titer testing dogs to see if the antibodies are already present in the dog’s blood. If this is the case he or she might not need vaccines. In some cases, vets recommend the initial round of important puppy vaccines and then promote titering for older dogs.
You might also consider an altered vaccine schedule. Some veterinarians have found that lengthening the puppy vaccine schedule so youngsters aren’t receiving rounds of vaccines too closely together helps to cut down on reactions.
Also, keep in mind that not all reactions are serious – though you should contact your vet if you notice a reaction. Some mild reactions might include soreness, sleepiness, or a bit of quivering that passes within a few hours to a day.
Poodle vaccination is one of the best things you can do to protect his or her health. It’s important to speak to your vet about any concerns and to ensure your dog is vaccinated against all serious diseases.
Vegan treats are a great option for small dogs because it helps to keep their caloric intake under control. It’s also a great way to supplement their main meals which likely consist of higher amounts of protein. Vegan treats can be especially beneficial for miniature poodles who are eating a single-source protein diet for their regular daily meals because it helps to add fruits and veggies into their diets.
Choosing the best treats for your miniature poodle is an important part of maintaining good health. Though your dog will get the majority of his or her nutrition from regular meals, it’s important to opt for treats that are also healthy. They might be eating treats, but you don’t want to be introducing anything into your dog’s diet that is not beneficial.
Table of Contents
How to Choose the Best Vegan Treats for Miniature Poodles
Is a Vegan Diet Healthy for Dogs?
Feeding a Little Dog
Best Vegan Treats for Miniature Poodles
Isle of Dog Calming Treats
Zuke’s SuperFood Blend Dog Treats
Fruitables Natural and Vegan Dog Treats
Vdog Breath Bones
How to Choose the Best Vegan Treats for Miniature Poodles
There are several things you should take into consideration when choosing the best vegan treats for your pup. Obviously, your miniature poodle needs to like the taste of the treats. It doesn’t matter what benefits a treat offers if your dog won’t eat it because it tastes bad it isn’t doing anyone any good.
The great thing about vegan treats is that you can determine how they taste by eating them yourself!
They are made from fruits and veggies and other wholesome ingredients that are perfectly safe for humans to consume. Not only that, many humans find they are tasty – albeit not as sweet as some of the treats we’ve grown accustomed too.
Though your taste in treats and your poodle’s taste in treats might be different, it can help you to sample what you’re offering your pup to get an idea of whether or not it seems tasty in general.
In addition to taste, you’ll also want to look for treats that have healthy, wholesome ingredients that are safe for your pet and good for his or her health. The fewer unfamiliar ingredients in treats the better. Look for a brand that includes food ingredients you recognize like fruits and vegetables. It’s even better if the treats are organic.
Finally, look for treats that offer supplementary nutrition. Like humans, dogs need to eat a varied diet. This can be a challenge, especially when you’re feeding your dog the same basic meals every single day. (Remember, changing your dog’s diet drastically and suddenly can cause health problems, so consistency is a good thing!) You can supplement your dog’s regular meals with a variety of vegan treats that give your pup a boost of nutrition from superfoods and other high-quality ingredients they might not get in their regular meals.
Is a Vegan Diet Healthy for Dogs?
Whether or not a strictly vegan diet is right for a dog is a hotly debated topic in the pet community. Many believe that dogs fare best on diets that are similar to what their ancestors ate and what they would eat in the wild. This means a diet made up primarily of meat products.
Of course, eating only meat means your dog isn’t enjoying the benefit of foods that can promote good health. It’s possible for a dog to survive on a meat-only diet, but they might not be as healthy as a dog that is eating a blend of foods. On the other hand, some people believe that eliminating meat from a dog’s diet could actually improve health. This is especially true if your dog is eating foods that are known for using low-quality, factory-farmed meats.
There’s no denying that dogs need a lot of protein – approximately 25 grams per 1000 calories. The total amount of protein needed per day will vary based on your dog’s weight. Obviously, a miniature poodle needs less protein than a standard poodle but they still need it. It’s important to realize that without enough protein, your dog will lack important components of his or her diet including taurine and L-carnitine, B vitamins, phosphorus, calcium, and iron.
In general, dogs can be vegan. Cats have been known to perish on a non-meat diet, but dogs can survive and thrive. Of course, this doesn’t mean a vegan diet is right for every dog.
Only you, your dog, and your vet can decide what’s best. Like humans, every dog is an individual. What works for one breed might not be right for another and what works for a single dog within a breed might not be beneficial to his or her counterparts.
If you are unsure how to proceed and you don’t feel as if eliminating a food group from your dog’s diet is the right direction, there’s no reason why you can’t feed your dog high-quality meat-based foods for his or her regular meals and supplement with vegan treats.
Just as we tend to do with human diets, there’s no sense getting tangled up in the “weeds” of eating. Instead of worrying about what foods are good and what foods are bad and what should be eliminated, etc., make food choices that are chockful of healthy ingredients. If your dog is getting everything he or she needs, chances are they’ll be happy and healthy, and not be begging for unhealthy treats. A diet packed with nutrients doesn’t leave a lot of room for junk.
The list we’ve compiled below of vegan treats for miniature poodles is great for supplementing your dog’s meat-based diet or for adding to a vegan diet. The great thing about treats is your dog can sample a variety of different options. It’s important not to change your dog’s primary food quickly because it can affect their digestion, but tossing in the occasional new treat doesn’t usually have too much of an impact.
Feeding a Little Dog
Miniature poodles, like many small dogs, tend to be picky eaters. Treats are a great way to supplement their diets and ensure they are getting enough nutrients and calories when they are being picky with their main food. This doesn’t mean you should rely on treats to nourish your dog, but these treats can be a lifesaver on those days when your little guy or girl just isn’t willing to consume all of their regular meal.
Vegan treats are also a great option for training little dogs because they tend to be lower in calories. Many of the treats on our list are perfect training treats and taste good enough that they’ll motivate your miniature poodle to perform as commanded. Many of them can also be broken into smaller pieces, which allows for longer training sessions without concern for over-feeding your pup.
Best Vegan Treats for Miniature Poodles
The key to feeding your dog properly is finding foods that are considered high in quality. This is important for their regular meals and for their treats.
What are some of the best vegan treats available for miniature poodles?
The Isle of Dogs makes calming treats that are a great option for dogs that have a tough time coping with stress and anxiety – something that is common among smaller breeds. Poodles tend to be smart and friendly, but they do occasionally suffer from separation anxiety or just some anxious feelings in general. These treats from the Isle of Dog can help ease that anxiety and soothe the dog’s rattled nerves.
These treats feature a blend of natural and organic ingredients that can help with anxiety symptoms such as pacing, chewing, and licking. Owners have found them helpful for dogs that experience anxiousness when they are left alone, put in a kennel, or are being groomed.
These treats contain a blend of calming ingredients, such as vanilla, lemon balm, and lavender extract. They are also made up of healthy ingredients including whole grains, apples, sweet potatoes, and whole flax.
Halo is known for making healthy pet food and these vegan treats are no exception. They are made with peanut butter and pumpkin and are grain-free. Little breeds tend to love these treats. They have a crunchy texture that promotes teeth cleaning and are low-fat and gluten-free. Halo also donates dog food to shelters for each bag you purchase.
These treats are not only vegan they are made with superfood ingredients, so your dog is getting a nutritionally packed treat with every bite. Superfood treats are available in three flavors: Vibrant Veggie, Great Greens, and Bold Berry. Both are filled with fresh, healthy ingredients your dog will love. They’re free of corn, soy, and gluten – common allergy triggers for dogs – and they come in re-sealable packages to guarantee freshness for as long as possible.
Fruitables makes a variety of crunchy and chewy treats for dogs, many of which include only vegan ingredients. There are several vegan flavors available, all of which include pumpkin and fruits like banana, blueberry, and cranberry. Each of the treats is less than nine calories, so you don’t need to worry about your miniature poodle overdoing it if he or she is only eating a few treats per day. They also make great training treats because they are so low in calories. Fruitables are free of corn, wheat, and soy, and feature nothing artificial in their ingredient list. You’ll be giving your dog healthy vegan treats packed with antioxidants and fiber, and your miniature poodle will love you for it.
Packed with antioxidants
Made from fresh ingredients
Plenty of great flavors
Dogs might be sensitive to pumpkin, especially if they are battling pre-existing stomach upset
These treats not only give your dog something tasty to enjoy between meals, they also help to freshen your pup’s breath. They include all-natural vegan ingredients such as pumpkin and chia seeds and are 100 percent plant-based. They’re also free of common dog allergens, such as dairy, gluten, soy, and corn.
The ingredient list for Vdog Breath Bones includes:
Brown Rice Flour
Fat Product (Natural Source of DHA from Algae)
They are packed full of healthy ingredients and provide your dog with plenty of added nutrition that’s great for supplementing their regular daily meals.
Improves dental health
Vegan alternative to Dentastix
Contains ingredients that are beneficial and not usually found in dog food
Whether or not to feed your miniature poodle a vegan diet is a personal decision that should be based on your beliefs, your veterinarian’s advice, and your dog’s health and preferences. If you decide a vegan diet is something you’d like to try for your dog, speak to your vet about easing into it and keeping a careful eye on your dog’s health. Your best bet is to be open-minded and see how your dog reacts to the change in diet.
If a non-meat diet doesn’t work for your pet or you’re looking for even more ways to “beef” up to a vegan diet with plant-based foods, treats are a great option. There is an endless array of flavor profiles and plenty of ways to get your miniature poodle the nutrition he or she needs on a daily basis. Treats can be viewed as just that – treats that are like splurges or indulgences – but they can also be used as supplemental nutrition to help your miniature poodle live his or her healthiest and best life.
If you don’t know much about Poodles, you probably at least know that they come in different sizes. Their sizes dictate their names – The Standard Poodle, The Miniature Poodle, and The Toy Poodle. Each of these have poodle health differences that affect it either as a puppy or once it is older. It is extremely important to understand the size of Poodle you own/want to own to ensure that you’re giving your Poodle the happiest and healthiest life possible.
Let’s explore the different sizes of Poodles and what health differences they bring to the table.
Common Health Concerns Regardless of Poodle Health Differences
There are some common health concerns that all Poodles share regardless of their size. These issues include:
Poodles suffer from hip dysplasia when the hip joints become weak or deteriorated. Most veterinarians believe that the condition is caused by genetics and usually arises when the hip socket doesn’t properly form.
While hip dysplasia is thought to be hereditary, it can be exacerbated by too much weight on the hip joints as well as too much exercise over an extended period of time. Poodles are very active dogs, which means that Poodles are more likely to experience hip dysplasia as they age.
Difficulty getting up and down off of the floor
Hesitancy when walking
Lack of interest in exercise
Lack of interest in play
Inability to climb stairs
Seek professional veterinarian advise if you are concerned that your Poodle may be suffering from hip dysplasia, regardless of their size or age!
This neurological disorder is found in dogs when recurrent seizures begin to become a common theme in a dog’s life. Sometimes, these seizures are caused by a traumatic event, a toxin in their body, a brain tumor, and possibly an infection in the body. However, some other underlying health causes could bring epilepsy to the forefront if not treated appropriately. These issues include (but are not limited to) blood, kidney, or other organ issues.
Should you notice any of the following symptoms in your Poodle, take note of exactly what occurred during the epileptic episode and take it with you to your veterinarian.
Unresponsiveness when called or prompted
Walking in place
Sudden and unexpected unconsciousness
Erratic behaviors otherwise unexplained
Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Poodles suffer from retinal atrophy that comes on slowly and progressively gets worse. It is a very serious eye disease that can lead to eventual blindness. The retina of the eye is affected, and, unfortunately, affects both eyes whenever it strikes.
There are no known cures yet for progressive retinal atrophy, but there are some treatments that you can give your Poodle to make life a little easier. There are antioxidant supplements you can give your dog, but it only slows down the progress and doesn’t actually stop your Poodle from going blind in the long run. You can, however, get many more years of life full of joy and happiness with your Poodle with treatments.
Problems seeing at night
Bumping into furniture
This condition affects all sizes of Poodles and is very serious. When the adrenal glands don’t produce enough of the hormone cortisol, your Poodle is suffering from Addison’s Disease. At times, severe cases of Addison’s Disease can lead to hospitalization. Luckily, that is not often the case. Poodles with Addison’s Disease can live a healthy lifestyle with the appropriate treatments and medications prescribed by their veterinarian.
Surprising to some, Poodles can suffer from thyroid issues just like their human counterparts. When a Poodle suffers from canine hypothyroidism it means their thyroid isn’t producing enough thyroid hormones to keep the body balanced. It is not typically a life-threatening condition, but it can cause the quality of life to decrease if not treated.
Weakened Immune System
Need for Warm Spaces (even in warmer months)
Now that we’ve looked at some of the common health issues for all Poodles (no matter their size), let’s dive deeper into the different health concerns each size of Poodle faces on their own.
These are not the only health differences Poodles see, but they are the most common. If you’re concerned about anything related to the health of your Poodle, please seek medical attention from your veterinarian immediately.
As the largest Poodle in the breed, the Standard Poodle typically measures over 15 inches in height at the shoulder. Any Poodle over that height is considered a Standard Poodle. Most Standard Poodles are about 22 – 27” tall at the shoulder.
The number one health issue for Poodles is bloating. It is more common in Standard Poodles simply because of their body structure. With deeper chests, Standard Poodles tend to have more room to allow for things to expand and move about more freely. This can cause issues such as bloating or gas. It can be fatal if not treated as soon as possible. The stomach can potentially twist on itself and trap air inside of the stomach itself. To resolve bloating issues, a Standard Poodle typically has to undergo surgery to relieve the bloating pressure.
Swollen or distended stomach
Sounds of Pain (groaning, moaning, crying, etc…)
Cataracts and/or Glaucoma
If you notice your Standard Poodle’s eyes start to become cloudy and exhibiting signs of vision loss, it is most likely that she is suffering from cataracts and/or glaucoma. This type of eye disease is more common in Standard Poodles but can be found in any size Poodle (or canine for that matter). Cataracts can derive from diabetes, as well, so it is important to pay attention to symptoms that could lead you to believe other issues may be occurring, too.
Cloudiness of the eye
Extreme Thirst (when connected to diabetes)
Frequent Urination (when connected to diabetes)
Weight Loss (when connected to diabetes)
Less Common Health Concerns
These three health concerns are less common in Standard Poodles, but it doesn’t mean they don’t pop up from pup to pup. Keep an eye out for any warning signs that something is amiss and discuss with your veterinarian as soon as possible!
Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Canine Hip Dysplasia
The Miniature Poodle
Coming in at a whopping 10 inches in height at the shoulder, Miniature Poodles are extremely popular and in high-demand across the world.
von Willebrand’s Disease
This blood-clotting issue is a very serious health concern for Miniature Poodles and should not be taken likely. Most Miniature Poodles will have vWD type 1 if they have it at all. It is the most common type of the disease and the mildest of all three types.
While the disease cannot be cured, it is easy to manage on a day-to-day basis. As with human bleeding, applying pressure to the bleeding area can stop and/or control the bleeding until it is done. There are some rare cases when sutures may be needed, but this is not common.
Frequent Nose Bleeds
Bleeding from the Gums Unprovoked
Excessive Bleeding in Females during Heat/Whelping
Urine or Stool Blood Present
The Toy Poodle
The tiniest of all of the Poodle breeds is the Toy Poodle. It is only (at its max height) 10 inches tall at the shoulder and most likely shorter. It does come with its own health concerns, but they’re really no different than the other Poodles and/or small breeds as a whole.
A very common problem for all small breeds is dental issues. Because their mouths are so small, teeth become crowded and crammed in small spaces. This can lead to gum irritation, crooked teeth, missing teeth, etc… Your veterinarian will know what to do to keep your Toy Poodle’s teeth as healthy as possible.
Lack of Interest in Food
Chewing on One Side
Whimpering and/or Crying while Eating
All Poodles will have their own set of health concerns to watch out for as do any other canine breed around the world! Knowing the poodle health differences will make it easier to treat them, and you will know what to expect. Keep up with your pup’s health, and you’ll find that owning a dog is a lot easier than it sounds! When they’re happy and healthy, so are you!
Nobody wants to see their dog suffer, especially when that suffering is a result of food. Unfortunately though, millions of dogs across the world suffer from food allergies. But with some simple adjustments in diet, it’s easy to get your dog back to its normal, playful self. Poodles with allergies are no different.
Specially designed for sensitive stomachs and skin, this affordable brand is a convenient bulk option
Royal Poodles with Allergies
Royal poodles are not the only dogs that are affected by allergies. Millions of dogs around the world suffer from some form of allergic reaction at some point in their life.
Dogs, like people, can experience allergic reactions in a number of ways. For dogs, the five categories of allergic reactions are contact, fleas, food, inhalants, and bacterial.
While all of these are important and can make your dog uncomfortable, one of the most common is food allergies. Though it sounds surprising, dogs can be allergic to a wide variety of things, including different types of meats, grains, soy, dairy, and more.
Symptoms of dog food allergies can vary greatly, but the biggest indicator is a change in personality or habits. Some of the most common include diarrhea, vomiting, signs of an upset stomach, bloated tummies, constipation, weight loss and weakness, dull coats, dry skin, itching, and trouble breathing.
All in all, if something seems “off” about your dog each time you feed her, you might want to investigate what is in your dog’s food and take her to the veterinarian.
Diagnosing Poodle Food Allergies: Bland Diets
Your veterinarian will likely tell you that a “bland diet” is the best way to diagnose the food allergy. This is the same process that humans will go through to discover their own food allergies.
Bland diets, also known as elimination diets, start by cutting out everything that could be a potential allergen. For dogs, this typically means going back to the basics and creating a mix of white rice and white chicken. Every two weeks you can add a new element to your poodle’s meal, such as a different type of meat, for an example, then watch for adverse reactions.
Food elimination diets are the best way to discover what precisely your dog is allergic to, but they can be extremely time-consuming. You will need to cook for your dog every day, and may potentially need to purchase expensive types of meat to test on your dog.
Dog food manufacturers though have made many attempts to create dog foods that have simple ingredient lists or which use unconventional sources of protein to provide the proper nutrition to your dog.
While these foods are by no means a replacement for an elimination diet, they do save you time and hassle in home-cooking for your dog. And if you’ve been through the elimination diet process and know what your dog is allergic to, the right food formula can be a huge time-saver.
What Makes Good Dog Food for Allergy-Prone Poodles?
There are a few things to consider when buying allergy-friendly dog food.
A number of ingredients: Most allergy-friendly dog food formulas will boast a limited number of ingredients, and for good reason. Reducing the number of ingredients means reducing the number of potential allergy threats for your dog. Commercial dog food isn’t able to totally eliminate all additives and preservatives, but some brands are better than others in this regard.
Nutrient base: You should also think about what lies at the base of your dog’s food, especially for the protein source. Dogs can be allergic to different kinds of meat like beef and chicken, so allergy-friendly dog foods tend to have unique protein sources. In the following list, you’ll find options for chicken, lamb, turkey, salmon, and more.
Grains: Grains are a common allergen, and are particularly associated with skin irritation. If your poodle’s food gives her dry skin, you might want to look for grain-free options.
How to transition your royal poodle to an allergy-friendly food?
It’s important to remember that dogs need to transition slowly to a new food. If you suddenly overhaul your dog’s food, he will likely get sick, and you won’t know whether it’s because of the allergen or the transition.
Start by replacing ¼ of your dog’s current dish with the new food, and slowly decrease the amount of old food over the course of a week while increasing the amount of new food.
Buffalo Basics Limited Ingredient Grain-Free food is one of the highest-rated limited ingredient dog foods on Amazon. With almost 750 reviews this product is well-tested by thousands of dogs, and 78% of reviews are 5 stars. Blue Buffalo is a well-known and trusted brand, and the reviews reflect the high quality of the product.
Owners rave about this formula. It doesn’t have any soy, chicken, beef, corn, wheat, dairy, or eggs, but does have extra vitamins and minerals to ensure your dog gets all the nutrients he needs.
The limited ingredient formula comes in four different varieties: duck and potato, lamb and potato, turkey and potato, or salmon and potato. So if you know what your dog is allergic to, it’s easy to find a variety your dog will enjoy. The company also sells smaller bags so you can try out the formula with your own dog without committing to a 24-pound bag.
With over 190 reviews on Amazon, the vast majority of which are 5-stars, the Purina ONE SmartBlend Natural Sensitive Systems formula is another great option for royal poodles. The crunchy kibble adds texture and fun to the eating experience, though it might be diffcult for older dogs to chew. This dog food is produced in the United States by one of the biggest names in pet-food, so you know it’s a trusted source.
It’s worth noting that the large bag of Purina ONE does not come with a zipper to close it. In order to block out the strong fishy scent, you’ll need to keep the bag closed with a large clip.
Well reviewed on Amazon, with an average of 4-stars across 127 reviews, Diamond Naturals Real Meat Premium Specialty dry dog food is a perfect, affordable solution for owners looking for a more natural dog food.
Diamond Naturals doesn’t use any artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives in their foods, and include superfoods like kale, chia seeds, pumpkin, blueberries, and more to make sure your dog is getting all the nutrients she needs. Choose from cage free chicken protein, pasture-raised lamb and beef protein, or wild caught salmon.
If you want something that’s highly reviewed, affordable, and gives you plenty of options for all stages of your dog’s life look no further than NUTROMax Natural adult dry dog food. This is one of the more highly-reviewed natural dog foods on Amazon, with almost 500 reviews and an average of 4.5 stars.
Though not intended specifically for allergy-prone poodles, this dog food avoids the use of wheat, soy, corn, and chicken by-products, all common allergens for dogs. There is also a grain-free version if that is better for your pooch. You can choose from chicken or lamb flavors, and can decide if you want the large breed version, mini chunks, or a senior option.
Is your dog allergic to one of the more common meat bases in dog food? If so, the NUTRO limited ingredient dog food is the choice for your pet. This dog food has over 230 reviews on Amazon and an average of 4.3 stars.
This food comes in four different gourmet flavors—duck and lentil, lamb and sweet potato, salmon and lentils, venison meal and sweet potato—and for most of them you can choose between a 4-pound, 11-pound, or 22-pound bag option. With only 10 key ingredients and added flavors, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, it’s one of the simplest formulas you will find on the market.
For older poodles, or poodles with sensitive teeth, dry dog food is tough to handle. Canned food is great for certain dogs, but it is unfortunately more expensive than dry dog food. The costs of this particular brand is comparable to other canned brands.
This wet dog food will be gentle on your dog’s mouth and allergies. It has an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon, and uses turkey as a main source of protein. But it’s worth noting that this brand isn’t as transparent about its ingredients as other companies. This dog food does have some filler ingredients, like guar gum, carrageenan, and pea protein.
If you’re certain you need canned dog food and prefer to buy in bulk, Hill’s has the solution for you. Specially designed for sensitive skin and stomachs, this formula comes in three unique flavors and uses natural fibers to promote better digestion. It has an average of 3.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon and over 400 reviews. Your purchase of Hill’s also does good. The company has a Food, Shelter, and Love program that helps thousands of shelter animals find forever homes each year.
The largest complaint for this food was that it is a bit dry for many dogs’ tastes. Several reviewers suggested adding water to the mixture to make it more pleasant for your poodle to eat. The turkey flavored option can also stick to the can, though the other flavors slide out easily.
If your dog is extremely sensitive, a pre-made dog food might not be the right choice. Though it does require more labor on your end, home-made meals are the only way to completely understand what is making your dog sick.
That being said, if you know what your dog is allergic to, one of the above mentioned dog foods might be perfect for your pup. They all come from trusted brands and have high reviews, and thousands of dogs elsewhere thrive on them. But always consult with your veterinarian before making big changes to your dog’s diet because the vet might be able to give you more guidance on which formula to choose.