Treat your dog to Popcorn on National Popcorn Day

TGIF it is Friday! Guess what, today is National Popcorn Day! And did you know that your dog can have popcorn too! Yes, he or she can; however, make sure that there aren’t any popcorn kernels as they can damage their teeth or choke. (  So, when you either microwave or pop your popcorn on the stove, thoroughly sift through the popcorn and remove any kernels! And for dietary reasons, have it plain – no butter! Much healthier. [Read more…]

Follow up on the Interview with Dudley Beagle

Just to follow up on the “Interview of Dudley Beagle in Jupiter, FL” blog on bulk foods. I was asked by a reader:  “What are bulk foods?”  Bulk foods mean that the food is high in fiber. Therefore, when a dog eats foods that have a lot of fiber, fiber expands in the belly so the dog fills up faster and the dog does not have to consume so much food.  Hence, eating less over time, the dog will lose weight.   Some examples of bulk foods that are high in fiber are green beans (canned or raw)  and canned Pumpkin.   We prefer organic because you get the full nutrients and they don’t contain pesticides.  

I was asked by another reader:  Does the high fiber/bulk foods apply only to Beagles?  The answer is no!  Any dog can eat green beans and pumpkin.  However, the breeds that are prone to gain weight are Beagles, Labs, Jack Russells, Chihuahua, Dachshunds, Golden Retrievers, Rottweilers, Bassett Hounds, Boxers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Boxer, and Bulldog.  To read more go to  The Top 10 breeds Most Likely to Gain Weight.

The Next Question is how much to give?

With green beans you add about ¼ can or more, and you can either microwave them about ten seconds in a ceramic bowl or you can give them fresh out of the can and add as a topper to their kibble.  With pumpkin, you can give a tablespoon.  They will love it!

Another benefit of pumpkin is, it is good for their digestion.  If your dog has a slightly loose stool or diarrhea, pumpkin can bulk up their stool.  Meaning, it will make the stool more formed.  You can also give it as a treat to promote healthy digestion.

And, on a side note, if you want to make a treat for your dog, you can even mix pumpkin and goat’s milk yogurt and either scoop them in an ice tray or a bowl to freeze in the freezer and your dog would be so delighted to have a frozen doggy ice cream.  Why not give it a try!

And, lastly, you want to read about a happy beagle who loves his green beans and pumpkin, visit,

Below I have also attached two great articles relating to the benefits of Pumpkin and Green Beans for your dog: 

We recommend Whole Foods 365 Organic No Salt Green Beans 

For Pumpkin, we recommend Trader Joe’s Organic Pumpkin or Whole Foods Organic Pumpkin

Enjoy the process!  We want to hear your feedback on how these bulk or high fiber foods are benefitting your precious treasures!

An Interview with Dudley Beagle in Jupiter, FL

Dudley Beagle enjoying his dog walk in Jupiter, FL

Dudley Beagle on his walk!

What a handsome beagle he is!

This happy boy just had some carrots and green beans!

Yes, June, where is my treat?


   Enjoy the interview!

Q        Dudley, what is your favorite food?     

A        You know I am a beagle, I love everything I can get my hands on! 

But I love my green beans and pumpkin as these are bulk foods and keep my tummy full so I don’t get fat!

Q       What are my favorite treats? 

A        Love pumpkin, pineapple and carrots.

Q       Tell us about your Thanksgiving. 

A       Well, pet sitter June stays over at my house and spoils me with lots of love, treats,  long walks, and games.   Love her!

Q       What games does she play?    

A       One game she plays is hide the treat.  She puts the treats in different places in both the backyard and in the house. When they are all placed, she says, “Dudley, go, on your hunt!”  So, I put my nose to the ground and I find them.  I always look forward to this game!  It is so much fun hunting, having all those scents to look forward to.  And yes, I get lots of treats too!  Ha! Ha!

Q       What are your favorite activities?

A        You know I am a beagle, so I love to hunt, put my nose to the ground.  But love to walk with my Dad everyday!  We take lots of long walks; love them!

Q         What would be your perfect day?

A          That is easy, that it would be raining Beagles!  Having lots of scents around so I could put my nose to the ground and find a prize!

Q         Dudley, what is the lesson of this interview?

A.        I am so grateful that my Dad takes me on long walks and feeds me well, so I stay healthy and lean.  And yes, my Dad stays healthy too by those long walks on beautiful Tequesta Drive.


Feeding Your Pets Healthy

This blog we are privileged to have Al Reymann of Healthe Pets Market in Jupiter, FL to talk about the benefits of The Raw Diet.  As you all know my Maxwell and Presley are on the raw diet and their overall wellbeing has improved immensely.  Now, onto Feeding Your Pets Healthy.

Common sense would say that if we ate better quality foods it would lead to a healthier and longer life. Well the same is true for our pets. Don’t be fooled by television commercials, and magazine ads; most commercially available pet foods contain cheap fillers, dangerous preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, as well as meat by-products. The benefits of an all natural, organic, or raw diet are numerous and include the following…

  • Longer Lifespan – Because natural and organic options can help manage your pet’s weight, provide additional nutrients and boost your pet’s immune system, your cherished friend can expect a significantly longer lifespan when eating all-natural pet food.
  • Fewer Allergens –Animals eat a variety of processed food proteins, by-products, grain fillers, colorings, and preservatives when fed commercial-grade pet foods.  Proteins may be combined or changed into substances recognized by the immune system as foreign invaders to be attacked. The resulting inflammation may target the GI tract or other organ systems but, in dogs and cats, it is the skin that most often suffers. These allergies can suddenly develop even if you have been feeding the same food for years. The immune system must develop enough antibodies to trigger an allergic reaction and this requires multiple exposures to the food in question which typically take months or years. With an all-natural pet food, you don’t have to worry about questionable, by-products, fillers, or artificial substances.
  • Lower Weight – Whether your pet is currently overweight or you’re simply concerned about preventive weight management, an all-natural diet can help your pet stay fit. Healthy ingredients replace filler starches that are used in most commercially available brands. Animals eat more proteins and nutrients, which help them stay full and eat less while getting more from their food intake with each meal. Weight management can improve your pet’s heart health and overall quality of life.
  • More Energy – Along with maintaining an energy-boosting level of fitness due to managed weight, the nutrients found in all-natural and organic pet foods can actually increase your animal’s desire and ability to stay alert and active.
  • Healthier Skin – Because all-natural, and organic pet foods contain no chemicals or artificial substances, your animal is less likely to suffer from skin irritations or dryness. A well-balanced diet improves overall health, inside and out.
  • More Attractive Coat – Along with improved skin care, a healthier diet can add to the luster and thickness of your pet’s coat. Nutrients and vitamins contained in better quality foods make fur healthier and shinier. Not only are there simply more nutrients for your pet per serving, but your pet is more likely to absorb and retain these nutrients in their systems than with processed options.

In addition to the benefits described above when feeding better quality dry and canned pet foods additional benefits can be obtained from a raw diet. Dogs and cats are carnivores and nature has intended for them to eat small animals like rabbits and squirrels. When a carnivore eats an animal like a rabbit they digest some meat, bone, organs and the green vegetation in the prey’s digestive tract. A raw diet replicates nature’s perfect meal.

Additional benefits of a raw diet include:

Cleaner teeth, fresh breath, and reduced or eliminated need for veterinary dental work.

More consistent, smaller, less offensive smelling stools

  • Reduction of allergy symptoms
  • Increased mobility in older animals
  • Increased energy, and stamina

A raw diet for healthy animals is likely to help them avoid illnesses that are now becoming common in our pets. Switching a sick pet to a raw diet often produces an improvement in their condition and quality of life. Come into HealthePets Market at 155 Toney Penna Dr., in Jupiter or call 561-748-PAWS to learn more about the benefits of quality foods and treats.