Unlike cats, dogs are not pure carnivores. They are opportunistic carnivores - naturally eating a little of everything with the emphasis on meat. That's why people say that their dogs raid vegetable gardens. If your mom doesn't want to go with the raw diet, and lots of folks don't, she might want to try cooking food for her dog. A blend of brown rice cooked with a few veggies (like celery, parsley but NEVER onions) and turkey or chicken is a great diet for most dogs. It's easy to prepare, usually made of the best quality ingredients (you aren't going to buy junk) and can be scooped into baggies and frozen in portion size sections. Sprinkling a little brewers yeast on top, maybe mixed with a little non fat yogurt is good for the dog, and tasty too. Maybe your mom's dog won't suffer from all the allergies and it's a great bonding experience to cook for your dog.
Love the picture you have on your blog - what a beautiful lab! Cooling vests are really terrific, particularly for dogs with dark coats and for bracecephalic (squashy faced) dogs like bullies, frenchies, pugs, bostons, boxers, etc. Another really terrific brand is the Cooler Doggie vest from www.SaltWaterLicks.com. It's a small company in California, and their vests are made in America and are really cute. My frenchie loves his cooler doggie vest! (I found out about SWL because the gal that owns the company has a frenchie too)
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