Back to school and Doggy Separation Anxiety

Judge rules against prescription dog food companies

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Summer is the perfect time for your dog. Lots of outside activity and lots of people around for entertainment. Dogs are social creatures and having access to their people is the most wonderful thing in the world to them.

So now that the routines are changing, don’t be surprised to see your dog feeling some anxiety. They are very empathetic. So if you are worried about taking your son to college or the little ones off to kindergarten for the first time, your dog will feel it.


Watch for signs of stress:

  • chewing
  • loss of appetite
  • lethargy
  • excessive licking
  • whining or barking
  • diarrhea
  • pacing and panting
  • accidents in the house

What to do:

  • Take him for a walk before you head off to work. Exercise helps calm your dog.
  • When you are at home, spend quality time to help her know that she is still an important family member.
  • Consider a dog walker during alone times or investigate a doggy day care.
  • Practice leaving your best friend alone for a couple of hours at a time.
  • Leave a radio or TV on for background noise.
  • Always make sure there is fresh water
  • Feeding a natural whole food diet can help with behavioral issues


Separation anxiety is real and for some dogs, a very difficult situation. If your child has been a constant companion and now is gone for long periods of time, your dog can mourn the loss of contact. Be aware that changes in routine are hard on us all. Pay attention to your dog and he/she will get through it …and help you adjust too!


A great way to include your dog into an every day activity can be as easy as including them in the family BBQ

Outdoor Grilling and your Dog

If your dog is anything like mine, they love to be included in absolutely everything we do! Outdoor grilling is no exception…it’s the best according to them. Lots of people and lots of food!

Here a few tips to make sure you all have a safe and fun time.

5 Foods to avoid

  • Absolutely no rib or chicken bones! These are dangerous and can lodge in the throat and cause choking and can tear the intestinal or stomach lining.
  • Some of us love onions on our burgers. But onions contain thiosulphate. Eating this can cause hemolytic anemia where the red blood cells are damaged and can actually burst. So NO ONIONS.       Ok for us but not for dogs and cats.
  • Chips and pretzels – these are way too salty for your furry family. They can cause sodium ion poisoning where you can see vomiting, diarrhea and seizures. Not a good scenario at a family function!
  • Grapes and raisins. We are not sure what the toxic substance is in these delicious goodies but they are known to cause kidney failure in dogs.
  • Nuts like almonds, pecans and walnuts contains lots of fats. Too much at a time, combined with other fatty indulgences can cause diarrhea and possibly pancreatitis. On the same note, do not give the fat off your steak to your dog!


3 Easy ‘Yes’ foods

Remember, all things in moderation. Watch out that too many people may be treating Fido

  • Grilled boneless meats and chicken. We have a great recipe for burgers for your dog that you can share with him at the end of this article.
  • Grilled or raw zucchini. These are high in water content and great way to stay hydrated and included some vitamins and minerals.
  • Watermelon and blueberries. Fresh, cool watermelon along with frozen blueberries are healthy, nutritious snacks your dog and rest of the family will love! Watermelon contains lycopene, an antioxidant that helps protect the skin from sun damage.

Remember, always stick to whole foods for all your family members!

Keep an eye out to always make sure that your dog stays away from trash, lighter fluid and hot surfaces. When lots of people are around, sometimes we forget about the 4 legged family. Keep them safe and you will all have a wonderful grilling season!


Here’s a great recipe for Burgers you can safely share with your dogs.

BBQ Burgers

  • 4 lb. grass fed ground beef
  • 1 cup quick cook oats
  • 1/2 cup of organic flax seed meal
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 medium carrot grated
  • 1 medium zucchini grated
  • 4 oz of grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh, chopped parsley


Combine all ingredients in a large bowl

Form into patties

This recipe makes approximately 12 burgers

Grill on medium heat for 5 minutes per side until no longer pink.


Nutrition Facts per 145 gram serving

  • 26 grams of protein
  • 5 grams of carbohydrates
  • 19 grams of fat
  • 2 grams of fiber
  • 290 calories


Grass fed beef is high in omega 3 fatty acids which help reduce inflammation. It also contains co-enzyme Q10, a powerful anti-oxidant.

This recipe provides whole foods for your dog. Natural, whole foods provide the correct environment for vitamins and minerals to work together as a team. They work with existing phytochemicals and nutraceuticals which act as cofactors for balanced absorption and digestion.


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Dr. Janice Elenbaas

Founder Lucky Dog Cuisine Inc



The use of Presciption dog food is one of my pet peeves and shows that the
phrase “Marketing over Mother Nature’ holds true.
If you are a dog owner, you may have heard about the class action suit
against prescription dog foods. Hills, Science Diet, Royal Canin and Purina
are some of the brands that are accused of misleading consumers and
veterinarians about the benefits and ingredients of their products. The
lawsuit claims that:

  • these companies charge premium prices for prescription dog foods that are not significantly different from regular dog foods. In fact, they are made in the same facilities, using the same suppliers as low-quality grocery store brands like Alpo and Beneful.
  • they do not have any scientific evidence to support their claims of treating or preventing various health conditions in dogs. They are not made in facilities that follow traditional drug manufacturing protocols.
  • that these companies have violated consumer protection laws and engaged in false advertising.

The class action suit was filed in 2019 by a group of dog owners who purchased prescription dog foods from these brands for their pets. They are seeking refunds, damages and an injunction to stop the companies from selling prescription dog foods without proper authorization and
. The suit is currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Prescription dog foods are supposed to be specially formulated to address specific health issues in dogs, such as kidney disease, diabetes, allergies, obesity and more. However, according to the lawsuit, these products are not
regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or any other agency,
 and they do not require a prescription from a veterinarian to be sold.

The lawsuit claims that these companies have exploited this loophole to market their products as prescription dog foods, even though they are not approved or tested by any authority.

This suit also accuses these companies of using low-quality ingredients and fillers in their prescription dog foods, such as corn, wheat, soy, by-products and artificial colors and flavors. These ingredients may not only be ineffective for treating or preventing health conditions in dogs, but they may also cause adverse reactions and allergies in some dogs. The lawsuit cites several examples of dogs that suffered from health problems after
consuming prescription dog foods from these brands, such as vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, skin infections, kidney failure and death.

The lawsuit seeks to hold these companies accountable for their deceptive and unlawful practices, and to provide compensation and relief to the dog owners who have been harmed by them. It also aims to protect the public interest and the welfare of dogs by ensuring that prescription dog foods are properly regulated and labeled, and that consumers and veterinarians are informed about their benefits and risks.

Please be aware that the FDA does not review or verify the health claims on any veterinary diet.

Take a close look at the ingredient list and ask your vet for evidence that the foods in the prescription diet are any better than most regular diets. Also please keep in mind that while your vet has the best intentions, they get little or no nutrition training and often what little training they do get comes from the very companies that are named in these lawsuits. 

Ultra processed foods made with poor quality ingredients are not what your dog needs if they are suffering from an illness. Give your dog a fighting chance with fresh, quality foods for a long and healthy life. 

This lawsuit was settled in July of 2021. Hills Pet Food paid $12.5 million to participants.

Is it any wonder that here at Lucky Dog Cuisine we believe wholeheartedly “Fresh is Better”
The food we send your dog is the exact same food we feed our own beloved pack. 


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