A Healthy Hiking Machine With #PinnacleHealthyPets

A Healthy Hiking Machine With #PinnacleHealthyPets
This post is sponsored by Pinnacle and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. While I am being compensated for helping create awareness about Pinnacle’s Newly Formulated Grain Free Dog Food all proceeds are going to the Wenatchee Humane Society for their work in helping the animals impacted by the 2015 WA state fires. I only share information I feel is relevant to our readers. Pinnacle® is not responsible for the content of this article. I hope you enjoy! #PinnacleHealthyPets

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Posing in Sunshine

This last month hasn’t been ‘ruff,’ because even though it’s been full of birds, it’s been of the duck kind! Nearly 20 days through transitioning to Pinnacle® Grain-Free Duck & Sweet Potato dog food and my furry siblings and I are doing pretty good. Why the switch? Because I wanted to have first-person (dogson?) experience to share with my readers. The great quality proteins and complex carbs have helped make this Shih Tzu a healthy hiking machine.

The Food Transition

Slow and steady wins the race – fast and quick will make me sick! Got it? Good. When you consider transitioning your dog (or any animal) to a new food there are three simple rules to follow:

  • 25% every 5 days: Serve 25% of the new dog food with 75% of your dog’s regular food for 5 days. Increase to a 50%/50% mix for another 5 days, followed by a 75%/25% mix for an additional 5 days; and then finally 100% of the new food most likely on the 20th day. Each dog is different, so pay attention and keep an eye out for loose stools, gurgle tummies, and the like – and make minor adjustments.
  • Serve high quality: Ensure that the new dog food is of the highest quality available as this will minimize discomfort. Pinnacle uses very high quality, limited ingredient, grain free ingredients carefully chosen and meticulously prepared in California, US.
  • Plan for sensitive tummy: Include some potato, quinoa, and or pumpkin as these are especially helpful for dogs with sensitive stomachs. Pinnacle uses potato and quinoa in their dog food; and we just added some pumpkin in ours as Shih Tzu’s can have sensitive tummies.
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Face Down!

Results

As you may recall from my previous Pinnacle post, I eat three times a day, so my meals are small and mixed with some pumpkin as well as my regular dog food – I’m just now moving in to my 20th day. I typically eat raw/rehydrated food combined with a rotational approach of other high-quality dog food. We mixed three different types of dog food along with some pumpkin -momma kept track and made regular and timely increases without any complaints or issues from me. 

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Enjoying Open Field

While I’m a small dog, 15 pounds and about a foot tall, I really enjoy exercise. My stamina appears to have increased, likely due to the variety of high quality proteins, complex carbohydrates, healthy Omegas, and vitamins and minerals; and just today I completed a 5 mile hike in a national forest near my home. On a typical walk I travel 3-4 miles and then give signs of wanting to rest, but not this week – my little feet are on fire. I’ve been enjoying this #PinnacleHealthyPets trial. I look good with a shiny coat and I feel good with strong little legs – I’m a lean mean, hiking machine!

Reasons to  Pinnacle

Quality ingredients like Quinoa, Sweet Potato, Pumpkin,Sea kelp, Cottage Cheese
Natural, healthy recipes that use high quality proteins
Antioxidants to support healthy immune system
Fiber to encourage healthy digestion and small stool
Promotes general joint health and overall muscle tone
Grain free, limited ingredient and made at their California plant
PinnaclePinnacle would love hear about your dog: TwitterFollow them on Twitter and FacebookLike them on Facebook, and remember to include the #PinnacleHealthyPets hashtag so they know you’ve learned about them through this campaign. You can purchase Pinnacle from your local pet store or online – give them a try, I know you’ll be pleased with the results you see and your dog will like what he/she feels!

With lub, MattieDog

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38 Comments

  1. We really love Pinnacle, too! Love the photo with her head in the bag. What a crack-up.

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    • Hee hee hee! I enjoyed exploring Pinnacle – it’s been a good change!

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  2. I like how there are so many good premium foods these days.

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    • I like dat nutrition – not just ‘flavor’ – is being better incorporated in to animal’s food!

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    • I was a bit surprised – but yep, it really was a great product!

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  3. It’s great that your stamina is increasing. When you visit, you and Mr. N can compete to see who wants to hike the furthest!

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    • Alright! Dat sounds like such a fun time!!

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  4. Duck is one of Charlie’s favourite foods – although he prefers it raw 🙂

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    • Duck! So tasty – I can’t blame Charlie one bit!

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  5. Duck and rabbit are our proteins of choice because they are “cool” and don’t aggravate Bentley’s allergies. Pinnacle sounds like a great solution.

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    • That is so awesome! Yup, duck and rabbit is good choices!

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  6. I am so glad all these premium foods are coming on the market. From all the reports I’ve read, it’s not just ad copy on the bag. I had this kind of experience with another premium food, so I know what a delight it is to find your dog has more get up and go! I rotational feed also, but as a home cook. As Tashi hit his teens I felt it necessary to make his second meal of two a quality food such as you describe. My 16 year old 16# Tashi, also Shih Tzu, has had a healthy life, until recently, not unexpected at his age. But his energy level and appetite have not flagged. I attribute this to a mix of genetics, fairly benign environmental exposures, and good food =) Glad you found a special food for your pup too!

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    • Thank you!! Momma has adopted lots of seniors, and she uses some organic raw honey, chopped up (salt-free) sardines, and sweet potato in der food. I get dat too – every now and again, but she gave it to our seniors regularly. I’m so happy dat Tashi has a good momma – he’s blessed!

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  7. I really like your Saying ” slow and steady wins the race…” So many pet owners transition to quickly and then get upset that the food is making their pet sick! This sound like a great option!

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    • Exactly! And sometimes what we’ve found, is you just don’t transition fully – but mix things up. I am starting tripe and buffalo now, just a little bit. It’s like a smorgasbord of pawesome nutrition!

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  8. Great info. I struggle trying to figure out what is best to feed our furries. So much information! Thanks for sharing your experience.

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    • You are so very welcome!!

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  9. Great post! I’m learning so much about this company and their products! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    • You got it Spencer – anything to help spread good info!!

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  10. I’m glad this food is working out well for you, great progress!

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    • Thank you so much – so far so good! But I always rotate with raw/dehydrated foods – so it’s all good in my house!

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  11. Sounds like the new food has been very positive. What a fit little fellow you are. Kilo needs to hike further- he tends to prefer lots of short sprints and walks in between snoozes.

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    • I like snoozes too! Shih Tzu’s can be much more adventurous than people may realize!

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  12. What an inspiring post. Pinnacle is a great food and we use it for board game fun in Dexter’s Nina Ottosson games on cold and rainy days.

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    • Oh, I betcha Dexter B having a lot of fun with his hidden Pinnacle treats!

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    • It is super tasty too!

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  13. I switched my dog Nelly to Pinnacle and she’s been doing really with it. She stopped itching and her eyes are clearing up.

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    • Yeah for Nelly!! I am amazed at how well the food is doing for everyone – it’s been a big plus to try it out!

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  14. I’m so glad to hear that you are doing well on Pinnacle dog food! It sounds like a wonderful food. It’s great that it already has a few ingredients to help with sensitive tummies. Transitions can be tough for pets!

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    • I was really glad to read dat Pinnacle had good tummy foods already incorporated – they are thinking about us pets!

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    • I totally am – and I lub dat I get all sorts of goodies for my meals, makes me a mean lean hiking machine!

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  15. WOW! Look at you on all your hikes! So cute!

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    • Thank you – I have super fun on our walks!

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