Dog Experts – Dog Do Right Mon, 27 Jun 2022 23:10:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dog Experts – Dog Do Right 32 32 Dog dies after drinking water from Lake Jordan, NC environmental health officials conduct tests; warn pet owners Mon, 27 Jun 2022 23:10:49 +0000 RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) – This past weekend, Rick Cobb went on a boat trip with several other boaters, according to a comment he made on the NC Department of Environmental Quality website. His group was near the Farrington Point boat ramp.

Earlier that evening, Cobb said one beagle in the group he was with developed trouble breathing, a rapid heartbeat and bloating. In Cobb’s citizen report to the agency, he said he believes the dog entered the early stages of cyanobacteria toxin poisoning due to her vomiting, liver failure, excessive salivation, eventual seizures and premature death — all within an hour.

“I have witnessed this before and can confirm, in my estimation, that the death was caused by the blue-green algae bloom (cyanobacteria toxicity),” Cobb said in his complaint to the agency. “I have not personally witnessed the origin of the flower, and the pet may have injected (ingested) a branch or log on the beach with the poison. The water itself is believed to have been contaminated, but we check every source for that because.”

The NCDEQ received the complaint and had water samples taken on Monday.

Jordan Lake regular Bob Wehrenberg takes his dog to the lake almost every day. However, following news of the death over the weekend, he is reconsidering how comfortable he and his dog will be in the water.

“Now that I’ve heard that, he’ll have to stay out of the water for a bit until we know what’s going on out here,” Wehrenberg said. “Right now I think the most important thing is to let everyone know they know something is going on and everyone to be very cautious until we get a definitive response from wildlife or whoever.”

Other visitors to the lake were surprised Monday by officials’ lack of warning of the potential danger lying in the water.

“We just thought they were going to put up a sign out there to warn everyone… it’s concerning,” said one man. “I just wish they were more informative about what’s going on.”

Cyanobacteria are a dangerous toxin for humans and can be deadly for animals when blue-green algae blooms form. Traces of these bacteria are typical in summer, according to NCDEQ.

A water test conducted by field workers Monday found no visible signs of algae in the area. However, a quick test showed that some potentially toxin-producing cyanobacteria were present in the water. But the amount was not enough in “flower amounts” that could have resulted in the death of the dog.

The Division of Water Resources with NCDEQ will conduct additional testing in their chemistry lab to determine if a concentration of microcrystin is present and the number of algal cells present.

Environmental health experts urge pet owners to keep their pets away from discolored water, which can be green, blue, red, or sometimes brown.

Also, be on the lookout for water that looks like spilled paint and surface mud, mats, or film.

If you wish to report a concern to the appropriate authority, you can do so here.

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Trained animal shelter employees to become veterinary assistants Sun, 26 Jun 2022 09:39:13 +0000

Wilson County Animal Welfare Officers have a new tool in their toolbox.

Wilson County Animal Services Center Manager Sgt. Rodney Harper and Adoption Coordinator Alyssa Whitney became certified veterinary assistants after completing a five-month program at Nash Community College.

“Sending them was a good way to evaluate the program and bring the information back to us to see how it would benefit the entire shelter,” said Wilson County Sheriff Calvin Woodard.

The certification is not typical of animal welfare officials. But after researching and speaking to several experts, Woodard believed that doing so would strengthen his overall goal — to gain no-kill shelter status.

“We’re moving forward,” he said.

Woodard said the enhanced training will give Harper and Whitney a better knowledge and will help them spot and quickly identify diseases in an animal and be able to assess the animal’s temperament.

“Through this knowledge and extensive training, they can make valuable decisions that can help save this animal rather than kill it,” Woodard said.

He now plans to have every animal welfare officer certified as a veterinary assistant. This is not a current requirement for animal welfare officials, but Woodard believes in staying ahead of the curve.

The veterinary assistant certifications cost about $180 each. The welfare education budget was used to enroll Harper and Whitney in the course.

Prior to the program, Whitney and Harper relied on veterinarians they work with regularly and their own knowledge of what they see in the field to identify animal problems.

The veterinary assistance program expanded her skills.

“It brought everything together,” said Harper, who has served with the animal welfare agency for more than two decades.

Whitney and Harper said while there were things they already knew, some topics covered in the course helped tremendously.

For example, Whitney said the program helped her spot worms in feces. Knowing how to recognize the worms and identifying the type of parasite will help her determine how best to treat the condition.

The program also taught her how to securely hold an animal while taking a blood test that helps determine if the animal has heartworm, Lyme disease and even viruses like parvovirus.

Whitney said she better understands what kind of information shelter workers should share with the vet, which will also help her communicate more effectively with animal rescue groups.

Whitney said she can call these animal rescue services to learn exactly what an animal is dealing with and how the groups can work with the shelter to improve the animals’ health and prepare them for adoption.

“As they go through this course and training, it helps us identify the problem before we put this pet into a wonderful home and don’t have a situation later where this dog has worms or serious medical situations,” Woodard said.

Woodard said he’s excited to bring new programs on board at the shelter, including a trap-neuter-return program for community cats.

Such programs allow animal welfare officials to place traps on a complainant’s property. Once a cat is captured and neutered, it can be returned to the property and released.

A cat defense program is also in its infancy. This program will provide ultrasonic devices and motion-activated sprinklers proposed by Best Friends Animal Society, a national nonprofit working with Woodard and the Sheriff’s Office to reduce euthanasia rates and help Wilson’s shelter achieve a no-kill -to become a facility.

“Before, we didn’t have the space or the opportunities,” he said. “A lot was restricted by the old structure. We didn’t have the technology we have now. Going to a no-kill shelter, all of that will help us with that.”

]]> Boom in UK canine fertility clinics raises animal welfare and ethics concerns veterinary medicine Fri, 24 Jun 2022 16:45:00 +0000

Canine fertility clinics have boomed in the UK during the pandemic, experts revealed, as calls for more oversight of the industry mount.

The clinics offer services ranging from artificial insemination to ultrasound scans, semen analysis, progesterone testing and caesarean sections.

Such clinics can be used to support good breeding, but their rise has been a cause for concern due to a lack of regulation and the focus of many on flat-faced or brachycephalic breeds such as pugs and French bulldogs.

The President of the British Veterinary Association (BVA), Dr. Justine Shotton said there has been a huge increase in canine fertility clinics in recent years.

“It’s really a new trend,” she said, noting possible drivers were the rise in pet ownership during Covid and the increasing popularity of novelty dogs like hairless and flat-faced breeds.

The latter often have difficulty mating naturally due to their build and their puppies often need to be delivered by cesarean section due to their large heads.

“With that support, and because of the tremendous prices some of these puppies fetch, there is a financial incentive for clinics to exist and do this type of work,” Shotton said.

But the situation caused dismay, she said. “We are concerned about the welfare and ethics of whether we should help dogs giving birth and reproducing unnaturally, particularly when we know they have problems related to inherited diseases or conditions or conformation.”

It is estimated that there were at least 37 canine fertility clinics in the UK in 2020 and according to the work of the Naturewatch Foundation there were at least 120 in October 2021 and at least 339 in June 2022 – although the charity notes that some appear to be inactive or have ceased trading to have.

Naturewatch’s campaign manager, Natalie Harney, agreed that money was likely a motivator. “The pandemic demand for puppies has prompted more people to try dog ​​breeding as it is believed to have high profits,” she said. “For inexperienced breeders or those just looking to make a quick buck, canine fertility clinics seem like a convenient place to go, although those involved may be totally unqualified to provide the services and advice they offer.”

Harney also expressed concern about the focus on flat-faced breeds, adding that along with a lack of oversight or accountability, there has been a “perfect storm of canine fertility clinics helping people breed dogs indiscriminately using processes that… have the potential to pose serious risks to animal welfare in the wrong hands”.

Shotton said there is a huge spectrum of clinics, from those that operate under full veterinary oversight to those run by people with no veterinary qualifications, and even some that are fronts for organized crime networks that are involved activities such as puppy smuggling are involved.

One problem, she said, is that while some lay people have completed a training course, there is no official accreditation and such courses do not allow them to perform veterinary procedures such as blood sampling.

“The problem is that there isn’t that robust mechanism to investigate the legality of the clinics’ activities,” she said.

Harney also called for action. “We need to fill loopholes in the law to ensure these companies are properly regulated, and this needs to be backed up with training and resources for law enforcement officials,” she said.

Who is to blame for the surge in canine fertility clinics and what can be done will be debated at the BVA Live event at the NEC in Birmingham on Friday. A previous session examined whether there should be a ban on flat-faced breeds.

Recent research has shown that such dogs have some of the shortest lifespans and that the multitude of medical conditions that Pugs face mean they “can no longer be considered a typical dog from a health perspective”.

However, Shotton said a ban might not be the answer. “We’re really concerned that a ban like we’ve seen in other countries won’t necessarily solve the problems because it will potentially drive things underground. And if there’s still demand there, that could lead to even worse welfare and even worse breeding,” she said, adding that educating the public might be a better approach.

“They have a nice temperament, they’re cute dogs, but we really need to get people to think from the animal’s perspective and start breeding for better conformation,” she said.

]]> Does your dog suffer from separation anxiety? Thu, 23 Jun 2022 02:20:08 +0000

Dog owners returning to work put a strain on their four-legged friends.

Pandemic puppies are dogs adopted by families during the COVID-19 pandemic when many people were working and studying from home.

Now that things are returning to normal, local trainers and shelters say these dogs are having a hard time adjusting.

Unfortunately, this is something dog trainers and shelters say they’ve seen an increase in.

“They don’t like it when you first walk,” said Melanie Titzel, a dog owner.

Melanie Titzel has two dogs of her own, but she said her five-month-old golden doodler suffers from separation anxiety.

“I have long days. I’ve set them up at home with a little house and a dog door so they can go outside, but when I go to work they don’t like it much,” Titzel said.

Local dog trainers said they’ve been seeing more dogs suffering from separation anxiety now that their owners are returning to a more normal pre-pandemic schedule.

“Dogs love a structured day and that’s probably why they’re scared because suddenly their people are gone and now what,” said Els Cox, dog trainer and owner of dog school Something Els.

“He’s super relaxed when I’m home, but when I leave, no matter who I leave him with, whether he’s alone or with my husband, he’s very anxious. He cries for me all the time,” said Rebecca Zitalone, a dog owner.

Many owners work with trainers to try and help their four-legged family member adjust to spending more time alone at home.

Unfortunately, many families are seeing local animal shelters giving up their pets.

“Unfortunately, we’ve seen an increase in callers saying we just don’t have the time that we had when we were working from home now that we’re going back to the office,” said Ruth Thompson, owner of ANNA Shelter.

Experts say there are some tips and tricks you can do to help your dog when he’s suffering from separation anxiety.

“When they know they’re going back to work, start practicing letting the dog for five seconds or five minutes and see how that goes. Maybe set up a camera to see how the dog is doing,” Cox said.

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The Milwaukee Health Department is issuing a heat alert — here’s how to keep you and your pets cool Mon, 20 Jun 2022 21:21:00 +0000

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — The Milwaukee City Health Department and Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management in cooperation with the National Weather Service released a heat health advisory for Tuesday, June 21 from noon to 7 p.m. in southeastern Wisconsin. Experts say that keeping you and your four-legged friends cool is extremely important to your health and theirs.

While it may be tempting to sit outside in the sun, dermatologists say it can harm you in the long run if you’re not careful.

“The sun is UV radiation, and when that UV radiation hits our skin, some of those wavelengths can go deep enough to affect DNA,” said dermatology expert Apple Bodemer of UW-Health.

UW-Health dermatology expert Apple Bodemer said that over time this can lead to skin cancer, which is why the best way is to protect yourself from the sun or cover yourself with sheets that block UV rays.

If you must be in the sun, high SPF sunscreen is the way to go and you must use plenty of it.

“It’s a heaping handful, it’s not that tiny little smear that we like to put on and call good,” Bodemer explains of how much you need to match the amount used when companies test sunscreen.

For our friends who can’t wear sunscreen, veterinarian John Hallett and Hallett Veterinary Hospital in Oconomowoc said providing plenty of water and shade is key.

Never leave a dog in the car.

“If they’re in a closed car, which gets hot, it also gets humid, and they’re not going to cool down at all,” Hallett said.

He said dogs sweat through the balls of their feet and from panting, which is why it’s important that your dog doesn’t walk on hot asphalt, as his paws can even blister and peel off.

“It’s very, very painful to walk on,” Hallet said.

He said you don’t want to cover her feet either.

When both cats and dogs seem like they’re getting hot, Hallett said there are some simple things you can do to help them cool down.

“Using cool water on their foot pads can help, maybe a cool washcloth on their neck or armpits can also be good,” Hallet said.

To avoid heat-related illness or death, the Milwaukee Health Department advises citizens to take the following precautions, recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

stay calm

  • Slower. Limit physical activity and try to spend part of your day in air-conditioned spaces such as shopping malls, movie theaters, or libraries.
  • Never leave children or pets in a parked car. Temperatures can become life-threatening within minutes.
  • Wear light, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool baths or showers and use wet towels on your skin to cool off.
  • Don’t rely on fans as the primary cooling device.
  • Check the most vulnerable twice a day.

drink enough

  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day, regardless of thirst.
  • Avoid consuming caffeinated or alcoholic beverages as they can increase the effects of heat.
  • Remind others to drink enough water.

stay informed

  • Check local news and weather reports for extreme heat warnings and safety tips.
  • Watch out for symptoms of heat-related illness
  • Symptoms of heat exhaustion include: profuse sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, or fainting
  • Symptoms of heat stroke include: extremely high body temperature, hot and dry skin (no sweating), rapid heart rate, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, or loss of consciousness
  • Check relatives, friends, or neighbors, especially those most vulnerable to heat-related illnesses, including the very young, the elderly, and those taking certain medications (especially certain medications related to blood pressure, heart disease, and mental health).

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Labrador Demand Rises After Movie Release, Experts Call Trend ‘Unhealthy’ | India News Sat, 18 Jun 2022 21:13:00 +0000 MANGALURU: With the release of the heartwarming film 777 Charlie, the city is seeing a sudden surge in demand for Labrador dogs. Mangaluru City Police recently named their newest canine recruit charlie. The film had left Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai also in tears when he was reminded of his recently deceased dog. Prices for the breed have risen from around Rs. 9,000 to Rs. 12,000-13,000 for a male.
Animal activist and founder of Mr Rescuer Tauseef Ahmed regretted that the film had the opposite effect and that demand for Labrador puppies skyrocketed after ‘777 Charlie’ hit theaters. “The purpose of the film is lost when people go out and buy puppies from unethical breeders. We have received information that breeders are receiving several requests specifically for Labradors. If puppies are not available locally, they are transported from other cities in inhumane conditions,” he said.
Callen D’Souza from Boo Waggy kennel said demand for Labradors is sure to increase after the film’s release. The price is around Rs 12,000-13,000 for a male Labrador and Rs 8,000 for a female.
Swaroop Shetty from Pets and paws said people are definitely in an emotional zone after watching the film, but it could take some time to determine the true demand for Labradors in the city. He said there was a similar demand for pugs when an advert featuring the breed years ago and it became a hit. “People have rushed to buy pets during lockdown. When the situation returned to normal and office work resumed, many people gave up on the puppies,” he said.
dr Yashaswi Naravi, a veterinarian, Little Paws Mangaloresaid it’s too early to determine demand, but an increase in demand could lead to an increase in inbreeding, which in turn could lead to congenital defects in dogs, he added. ]]>
There is still time to buy the best gifts for dad Thu, 16 Jun 2022 21:39:51 +0000

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Father’s Day continues to be celebrated across the country Sunday June 19th. The annual holiday, designed to pay tribute to fathers, grandfathers and father figures, takes place on the third Sunday in June each year.

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The most popular Father’s Day gifts are the ones that are unique and special for your own father. If your dad enjoys fishing, you might want to gift him a new tackle box. If he’s more of a golf fanatic, how about a new range finder? No matter what your dad is into, we have gift ideas he will love.

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Amazon is our favorite shop for Father’s Day gifts for 2022. The online retailer sells some of our all-time favorite products and offers some pretty impressive prices too. No matter what you’re looking for, Amazon is sure to have your basic shopping needs covered.

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Deciding on a Father’s Day gift budget is almost as important as the gift itself. Shoppers are expected to spend an average of $171.79 on Father’s Day gifts this year, according to the National Retail Federation. If you want to treat your dad to something special, we’ve found tons of options at this price point, including our favorite Kindle and one of the best dog cams we’ve tested. However, for consumers on a budget, there are still plenty of quality products to choose from, such as: B. our first-class probe thermometer.

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Pet sitting options during your vacation Tue, 14 Jun 2022 21:48:00 +0000

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) — Are you traveling this summer? Thinking about what to do with your pets? You’re not alone.

Nearly three-quarters of Americans plan to travel this summer, according to a study.

A Facebook page will help you find a good pet care match.

Just a week old and 500 people strong: Omaha Area Pet Sitters. It connects users to a network of pet sitters, retirees and kennels. You fill out a form with your needs, then connect the organizers to three providers.

“To be able to offer that one stop shop where you just send in your information. Tell me what you are looking for, tell me if you need any special care, medication administration or anything like that. We have sitters who are experienced in this,” says Kristin Holzapfel, organizer of the network.

Pet sitters come to your home. Keeping them in a familiar environment may be best for dogs with anxious personalities. Another option is traditional kennels.

If you choose a kennel, be sure to visit it in person. Serina Rieckman, owner of Joyful Paws, suggests some questions to ask.

“Is it one person for 50 dogs or one person for 10 dogs? You also want to make sure someone is there overnight. Commercial kennels often have no one staying overnight. So that’s what you want to ask. And of course if there is an emergency, what is their procedure? Especially for fires,” she said.

Serina offers pet boarding at home. There you leave your pet with an experienced pet sitter. They often take in fewer pets, have more facetime with your dog, and are better able to address your pet’s needs, be they behavioral or medical.

A good practice is to be transparent about your dogs and their needs.

“I personally work with dogs that have aggressive behavior and a history of biting. That’s what I’m trained for. I feel comfortable with that. Not everyone will be comfortable with it. And it’s important to make sure you know nothing is going to happen and that your babysitter is experienced with this type of behavior,” Holzapfel said.

Pet experts also say there’s a limit to how much you can get out of text, email, phone calls, and even websites.

Meet and Greet are incredibly important to ensure your dog feels comfortable and safe when traveling this summer.

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The 9 Best High Protein Vegan Meat Substitutes Sun, 12 Jun 2022 14:37:33 +0000

The best vegan meat substitutes are high in protein and low in sodium and non-nutritive fillers.

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Plenty of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are the building blocks of a nutritious plant-based diet. And these days, there are so many vegan “meat” substitutes that not only taste great in recipes, but increase the protein content.

Plant-based diets have many nutritional benefits: In fact, according to Harvard Health Publishing, they’re linked to a lower risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.

If you still get cravings or don’t want to do without some of your favorite recipes completely, vegan meat substitutes are a great protein option – but only in moderation.

“I recommend limiting vegan meat alternatives to one or two servings per week,” says Christianna Gozzi, RD, LD. “Vegan meat alternatives are best enjoyed with fresh vegetables and whole grains to reap the benefits of a plant-based diet.”

When it comes to vegan meat substitutes, don’t believe all the hype. Some are more nutritious than others, and there are a few factors to consider.

To help us in our search for the best vegan meat substitutes, we spoke to five nutritionists and food experts to get their input and suggestions, and also selected products based on the following criteria:

  • ingredients
  • nutrient content
  • taste and texture
  • Easy to cook

1. Beyond plant-based ground beef

Use vegan ground beef alternatives like these in vegan meat sauce or for meatloaf.

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Beyond Meat products like this ground beef are among the most nutritious vegan meat alternatives. A 4-ounce serving of this has 20 grams of protein and offers iron and B vitamins, as well as some calcium, zinc, and potassium.

Also, Gozzi says Beyond Meat might be better for your heart compared to other popular brands. “I recommend Beyond Meat over other popular brands because it has a better fat ratio,” she says. “Beyond Meat gets the majority of its fat from heart-healthy unsaturated fats, while leading brands have most fat from saturated fats.”

2. All legendary plant-based burgers

Whole-food ingredients make these burger patties a top choice among the best vegan meat alternatives.

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With 21 grams of protein and low in total and saturated fats and carbohydrates, Gozzi says these plant-based burgers are a solid option for those looking to enjoy a tasty and nutritious burger. “Although this brand has a little more sodium than other brands, it has less total fat and saturated fat,” she says.

The folks at Everything Legendary are committed to making clean, plant-based food products, which you can see by reading the nutritional information for these burgers. Everything listed comes from real, whole foods — and that’s a good thing.

Better yet, one of these patties provides you with 35 percent of your daily requirement of iron, an important nutrient for vegetarians and plant-eaters.

3. dr Praeger’s perfect burger

Make these vegan burger patties in the oven during meal prep for easy lunches all week long.

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Use these meatless burgers for Sunday meal prep. “This burger has a healthier nutritional profile and recognizable ingredients. That means if you read the ingredients list, you should be able to identify everything as real food,” says Dana Ellis Hunnes, PhD, RD.

“Each burger has 20 grams of protein and offers some calcium, potassium and iron. These have a great flavor of their own and are delicious with a whole wheat bun.” The best part is that you can make them however you like, including baking them in the oven for a no-fuss meal.

4. Roasted Italian Garlic and Fennel Sausage

Slice and dice this vegan sausage for a tasty addition to pasta or salad.

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If you’re craving sausage and peppers, reach for these Field Roast Vegan Sausages. These artificial sausage chunks are packed with delicious Italian garlic and fennel flavors, as well as an impressive 25 grams of protein per serving.

“Field bratwurst has a desirable texture and comes in a variety of flavors,” says Dana Ellis Hunnes, PhD, RD. “The protein comes from wheat and includes other plant-based food ingredients like eggplant, dried peppers, garlic, potatoes, apples, and sage, depending on taste.”

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5. Bob’s Red Mill Textured Vegetable Protein

TVP, or textured plant-based protein, is a good staple for vegan meals.

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When you stock some textured vegetable protein (TVP) in your pantry like this one from Bob’s Red Mill, you can make all kinds of meatless meals in no time, says Kristi Ruth RD, LDN.

“TVP is a fantastic meat alternative because it can be used in a variety of dishes like chili, tacos, spaghetti, casseroles and stir-fries. It takes on the flavor of whatever you cook it with,” she says. “It also has no saturated fat, a negligible amount of sodium, and offers 13 grams of protein per 1/4-cup serving.”

6. Morningstar Farms Original Chik Patties

Make yourself a meatless chicken sandwich with these frozen patties.

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You don’t have to look far for a delicious vegan chicken sandwich patty – Ruth says this tastes very similar to the traditional crispy chicken patty you know and love.

These patties also have other nutritional benefits. “They’re low in saturated fat, reasonable in sodium, and have 9 grams of protein per serving,” says Ruth.

The best part is that making these patties is not time consuming at all. You have the option to just heat them in the oven or microwave and that’s it! “A vegan meat patty like this is great on a whole grain bun with mashed avocado, lettuce, and tomato,” says Gozzi.

7. Gardein Ultimate Frozen Falafel Burgers

If soy isn’t your thing, have these falafel burgers instead.

These vegan falafel patties offer another great way to enjoy a meatless burger—especially if you’re also soy-free and/or dairy-free.

“These vegan patties are soy-free and dairy-free and loaded with veggies like kale,” says Ruth. “Plus, they’re low in saturated fat and provide 12 grams of protein per patty.”

Enjoy this burger with a whole wheat bun, sliced ​​cucumber and tomato, some crumbled feta and a dollop of tzatziki sauce.

These vegan meat hot dogs are perfect for throwing on the grill.

  • Protein:7 grams per dog

Vegan hot dogs can be enjoyed anywhere you like to eat traditional dogs—with ketchup, mustard, relish, sauerkraut, or any combination of all. Our experts say these taste just like the real thing and will be a hit with even picky eaters.

These vegan hot dogs only have 50 calories and 7 grams of protein per dog. They’re also low in fat and sodium and a light option for kids or adults without the downsides of processed meats, says Kiran Campbell, RD.

9. Morningstar Farms Veggie Grillers Crumbles

Prepare vegetarian patties for the grill with these crumbles.

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Campbell says this is a great vegan meat option for any recipe that calls for ground beef, but is especially useful for making vegan burgers and meatballs.

“Each 1/2-cup serving has only 70 calories, 2.5 grams of total fat (none of which is saturated), and 210 milligrams of sodium. Plus, you get 10 grams of protein,” she says. These crumbles have about 76 percent less fat than ground beef, so they’re a good substitute for anyone trying to cut down on their fat intake.

Aside from the health benefits, this vegan meat is also pretty easy to cook. Simply sauté it in a pan, cover and stir occasionally until ready to serve.

Before you buy vegan meat substitutes

If you’re new to vegan meat, Gozzi advises choosing products with these factors in mind first:

Like many packaged foods, those of the “healthy” plant-based variety can be hidden sources of sodium.

“I advise my customers to always be aware of the amount of sodium in their vegan meat substitutes, as some contain a lot more than others,” says Gozzi. “Sodium is added for both flavor and food safety, but too much sodium in your diet increases your risk of heart disease.”

“I recommend aiming for less than 500 milligrams of sodium per serving of vegan meat,” she adds.

Gozzi says some vegan meat products are high in fat, particularly saturated fat, which poses a risk to your heart health.

“Another thing about vegan meat that surprises a lot of people is that the total fat to saturated fat ratio isn’t much different than 80/20 ground beef,” she says. “With that in mind, I suggest looking for a vegan meat brand that has no more than 5 grams of saturated fat.”

Above all, Gozzi says that the best way to choose the right vegan meat product for you is to experiment with different options and preparation methods. Look for different ways to cook vegan meat, go with quick methods, and choose flavor profiles you already love.

“The best way to choose vegan meat is to keep the preparation simple and try cooking different brands,” she says. “Maybe you like one brand more than the other because they use different spice blends.”

KAYAK honors Inn at Palm Springs with the 2022 Travel Award Fri, 10 Jun 2022 13:11:00 +0000

The private, dog-friendly hotel is recognized by a leading global travel provider.

PALM SPRINGS, California., June 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Inn at PalmSpringsa dog-friendly boutique hotel in the Palm Springs Uptown Design District, has been named one of Travelers’ Top Hotels by KAYAK.

KAYAK is a travel search engine that searches the Internet to provide travelers with valuable flight, hotel and car rental information.

KAYAK recognizes Inn at PalmSprings because the hotel consistently achieves high levels of satisfaction among guests and travel industry professionals.

“The inn at PalmSprings Team is proud to be recognized by some of the most prestigious travel brands. These recognitions are only possible through the combined commitment of our housekeeping, reception and maintenance teams, our suppliers and the support of the PalmSprings community and partners like Rick’s Restaurant, all dedicated to providing our guests with an outstanding experience,” says Samantha McDermottCo-Owner and Guest Experience Officer of Inn at PalmSprings.

inn at PalmSprings is now one of an elite group of hotels worldwide to have received both the KAYAK Travel Award and the HotelsCombined Recognition of Excellence. The criteria include:

  • The quality and consistency of reviews.

  • The lack of recurring or unresolved issues with customers.

  • The popularity of the property.

  • The resulting total score.

“We are truly grateful to our team and all of our partners who positively impact our business and share our mission of delivering exceptional guest experiences. We are delighted to be recognized by KAYAK and thank all of our guests for their positive feedback and for choosing to stay with us,” says Paul KurdianCo-owner and CEO of the Inn at Palm Springs.

More about Inn below PalmSprings

inn at PalmSprings is an independent, dog-friendly, 18-room hotel located in the Little Tuscany neighborhood of the Palm Springs Uptown Design District. The city’s first hotel, right after the Palm Springs Visitor Center and the world-famous Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the Inn served as the gateway to PalmSprings since the 1950s. All rooms are comfortable, clean, and private, with tile or hardwood floors and individual air-conditioning and heating units. A favorite spot for local and global travelers, couples, small families, solo travelers and those traveling with their dogs, Inn at PalmSprings offers full hotel buyouts for corporate meetings, retreats, micro weddings and other private events. Visit for more information.

More about KAYAK

KAYAK has revolutionized the travel industry since 2004. Metasearch for Travel? Nobody did until we did. Today, we process billions of travel information requests through our platforms every year, helping millions of travelers around the world make confident decisions. With each query, KAYAK searches hundreds of travel sites to show travelers the information they need to find the right flights, hotels, rental cars and vacation packages. In over a decade we have grown from a small office of 14 people to a company of over 1,000 travel-loving teammates working for seven international brands. KAYAK, SWOODOO, checkfelix, momondo, Cheapflights, Mundi and HotelsCombined. Together we make it easier for everyone to experience the world. In 2013, Booking Holdings, the global leader in online travel, acquired KAYAK.

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