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Can Dogs Eat Berries?

By Frances Brien

Most dog guardians want to feed their dog a healthy diet, but aren’t always sure exactly what foods are healthy. Take berries, for example. If you check the Internet, you will find lots of different information about berries. People seem confused about whether or not berries are good for dogs, or even safe to feed dogs. You can rest assured that there are many kinds of berries that are perfectly safe and healthy for your dog to eat.

Dogs Love Berries

Dogs love many of the same kinds of berries that you probably like yourself: blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries. All of these berries are healthy and safe for your dog to eat.

Some Poisonous Berries

When people refer to berries that dogs should avoid, those berries include fruit that contains pits, such as cherries. It is possible for a dog to choke on these large pits or “stones.” Additionally, some of these pits contain chemicals which can be harmful for your dog if eaten. Dogs should also avoid eating holly berries, juniper berries, baneberries, poke berries, and mistletoe berries.

Health Benefits of Berries

Just as there are health benefits for you when you eat blueberries and other berries, there are also lots of health benefits for your dog. Berries are known for their antioxidant properties, which means that they can protect your cells against the effects of “free radicals.” Free radicals are normally produced when your body goes through the process of breaking down food, or whenever it’s exposed to many everyday assaults from things like tobacco smoke or ordinary radiation in the atmosphere. Free radicals can cause damage to our cells. It is believed that these harmful molecules can cause us cancer, heart diseases, and other health problems. So, antioxidants which come from berries, can help protect us, and our dogs, from the harm caused by free radicals. Giving your dog berries may help prevent cancer, heart diseases and other health issues.

Studies have also suggested that blueberries are beneficial to older dogs and help them keep their cognitive functions. This is especially important for dogs that might be experiencing canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome.

Cranberries offer dogs the same benefits that they offer humans and can improve urinary tract health. These are especially beneficial to dogs experiencing kidney issues. Cranberries are particularly high in vitamin C. Cranberry juice is acidic and when you give it to your dog it helps to lower the pH of your dog’s urine. This makes the urinary tract inhospitable for bacteria.

Trying Berries

Many dogs enjoy eating berries right from your hand, or you can put some berries in their dish with their dog food. In other cases, as with cranberries, you can give them some cranberry juice. Berries can be fed in berry form, or you can add them to a favorite dog cookie recipe. Berries also make excellent treats for your dog.

If you haven’t offered your dog berries yet, purchase a couple of different kinds and see how your dog responds. Chances are that your dog will quickly become a big fan of berries. And you’ll be a big fan of their health benefits to your dog.

Hi, I am Frances Brien. I have been raising dogs for past 30 years. To get any kind of help, tips and useful suggestions related to raising your dogs, you can visit my website http://raisinghealthydogs.com

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Aug 05, 2012 | 0 | Dog health, Dog nutrition

How Long Is Too Long To Leave A Raw Dog Food Diet Out?

By Robert Mueller

The preservation of meat and fish is a science that has evolved for centuries. The purpose of preservation is to allow food to be stored for longer periods of time without risk of spoiling. Preserving food is a critical step to ensure abundance during certain times of the year when food is scarce.

Man and animal are both dependent on foods of plant and animal origin. As nature has taught us, food obtained in a fresh, raw state will spoil quickly. Because of this, the methods used to properly preserve foods and extend the shelf life of food have improved over time.

Freshness Factor Affecting Nutrient Density:
Some people are concerned about the fact that preserved food is not as healthy as fresh food. Preservation techniques such as freezing and dehydrating foods decrease their nutritional value. It’s true that fresh food is always preferable because it contains the maximum nutrient levels, however preserved food is always a better choice than processed and heat-treated food.

At What Temperature Do Nutrients Become Damaged?:
Foods that are heated to a temperature exceeding 118° Fahrenheit will be subjected to a destruction of the vital enzymes and “good bacteria” needed for proper digestion and utilization of nutrients by the body. For this reason, the preferred methods to preserve food (especially raw meat and fish) are through the procedures freezing and freeze-drying.

How Long Can Meat And Fish Be Kept From Spoiling?:
Fish spoils quickly and in climates with above normal heat temperatures, it will often spoil in less than 12 hours. A popular method for extending the storage life of fresh caught fish is to cool it with ice or freeze it.

The speed that meat spoils depends on several factors such as: storage temperature, acidity of the meat, structure of the muscle tissue, and the overall hygienic conditions used to process the meat. For example, a firmer muscular tissue, such as beef, spoils less quickly than organ meats. Proper hygiene and clean handling of the carcass has a positive effect on storage life. A good rule of thumb is to preserve the meat as soon as possible after slaughter.

Signs of Spoilage:
Spoilage is the deterioration of food, which changes the taste and smell and makes it a carrier of disease and germs. A typical sign of spoilage is when the meat smell is similar to that of rotten eggs.

Consumption of spoiled foods can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pains and nausea. Serious cases can even lead to death.

Bacteria’s Role in Spoilage:
Bacteria can only cause spoilage if it is allowed to grow within the fish or meat. Several factors contribute to bacterial contamination:

1. Damage to the skin of fish or meat allows the bacteria easy access to the flesh, causing it to grow.

2. Fish and meat contain high levels of internal water content (around 60 to 80% water). Ingredients with this level of moisture allow bacteria to grow rapidly.

3. Oxygen content is important when processing minced meat. The flesh will spoil very quickly because a lot of air has been mixed into it. Aerobic microorganisms need oxygen for their growth.

4. Acidity (the normal pH range) of meat and fish is neutral, i.e. 7 Bacteria grow between a minimum pH of 4.5 to a maximum of 8-9. Optimum growth is at 6.5 to 7.5. As a result, fish and meat are very susceptible to spoilage.

5. One of the most critical factors is the processing temperature. Equally important is the time between contamination and processing or consumption. The best temperature to grow bacteria is between 14°-158° degrees Fahrenheit. Freezing will inactivate microorganisms while long-term heating will destroy all microorganisms, both good and bad. At temperatures above 176° degrees Fahrenheit, they usually die.

The actual rate at which bacteria grow depends on a combination of all the factors listed above. A high moisture product will spoil much quicker than a dry, acidic product.

The Effects of Preservation To Food:
Preservation practices can have two important effects on food…

1. Retention of the original qualities and properties of the food (such as freezing raw dog food).

Or

2. Creation of a radical change in the composition of the food, which results in a product with completely new properties and quality (such as through the extrusion and heat processing of kibble dry dog food diets).

While there are other preservation techniques such as smoking, drying, corning, canning, and extrusion processing, nothing compares to the quality and integrity that freezing has to food.

Freezing Raw Meat For Optimum Results:
The ideal method of preservation meat and fish is to store it at a low temperature of -4° degrees Fahrenheit. This method is one of the best preservation techniques used today.

Special care should be given to fish because it does have a tendency to dry out quicker than other meats. Glazing fish with ice or cold water prior to freezing are both good methods of freezing fish. Freezing reduces enzyme activity in meat and poultry and stops the growth of bacteria and molds. Another great bonus is that it does not tenderize or sterilize your meat guaranteeing it to be as close to it’s fresh state as possible.

Freezing Raw Bones:
Fish and meat bones for canine consumption should also be frozen. This offers one of the safest ways to reduce the bacterial contamination levels and extends their shelf life considerably.

What About Freeze-Drying?:
Another very popular method of preservation is freeze-drying. This method combines the advantage of minimal heat and vacuum that in combination lowers the moisture content of the food to approximately 2%. Bacteria have a much harder time growing in a low moisture environment. The only disadvantage that I can see with this method is the cost to preserve. Because the freeze-drying process takes quite a bit of time to do, it can significantly increase the ultimate cost of the product.

Proper Handling of Raw Meat – The Best Prevention Method:
While manufacturers can do everything right from slaughter to end product, it is also important for the consumer to practice safe handling procedures for raw meat for both their family and pets. Paying attention to the details of handling meat and fish will ultimately render a safe, superior quality product.

We regularly educate consumers to not leave raw meat diets unrefrigerated for long periods of time. If the meat is not going to be consumed right away, it should be stored in a container with a lid and placed in the refrigerator for no more than 24-48 hours. Food left out for long periods of time, especially during the hot summer months or in warmer temperature climates can result in spoiled food and bacteria growth.

When feeding a BARF diet to your pet, it is best to not leave the food left out for too long. If your dog does not eat the food right away, cover their serving dish and put the food back in the refrigerator to be served later in the day. At the end of the day, you should dispose of any uneaten food. This helps to keep food at its peak freshness and avoid any digestive upset.

Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF diets patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. He and his wife love to travel around the world with their dog, Moxie – a Yorkshire Terrier/Maltese mix. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” monthly e-zine at http://barfworld.com/ezine.

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May 17, 2012 | 0 | Dog health, Dog nutrition

The Different Types of Dog Food

By Bernard Yao

If you want to care for your pet properly, you need to make sure that it gets the proper nutrition at all times. The right nutrition guarantees that your dog will remain healthy, energetic and very happy. This is the main reason why it is very important that you give your pet dog the right food. Often times, this requires you to do some research as well as consult with your local veterinarian. This way, you will be able to get the best kind of dog food that will nourish your dog properly without requiring you to spend a lot of money. In order to help you on your search, here are the different types of food that are available for dogs.

Kibble – this is the most popular kind of food for dogs. It is often called as dry dog food and it comes in bags. The great thing about kibble is the fact that it can last a very long time. This makes it very convenient for pet owners because they can go to the store and buy a large bag of dog food that will last their pet for months. This is the main reason why Kibble is a very popular form of dog food. Pets also like Kibble because it’s easy to chew for them.

Canned food - also known as wet dog food, this is the first kind of commercial dog food. Wet dog food is basically composed of unwanted animal parts that are processed and canned. Dogs like eating wet food because it often tastes like fresh meat for them. Unfortunately, many pet owners do not like using canned food because they need to make sure that the food will be consumed by their pet as soon as the can is opened. If left unfinished for more than a day, the food will spoil. Canned dog food is also more expensive than Kibble.

Raw food – many pet owners prefer to give their dogs raw food. They feed their dogs raw meat and bones. They subscribe to the theory that the natural food of dogs in the wild is the meat of the animals that they hunt down. This means raw meat and bones provides dogs the best kind of nutrients there is. While there may be some truth to this, the only problem with raw dog food is the fact that it can be very expensive to maintain. Dogs can eat a lot of fresh meat in a day. Sometimes they eat more meat than humans.

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May 03, 2012 | 0 | Dog nutrition

4 Tips When Feeding Your Dog

By Alan Dugger

Rule 1: A dog should be fed by the same person at every feeding. This rule is not nearly as important where a couple of house pets are being fed by several members of the same family, as it is where large numbers of dogs are being fed by numerous different kennel personnel. It is particularly applicable where dogs are in strange environments such as boarding kennels, veterinary hospitals, or show arenas. Dogs that have become accustomed to one feeder may exhibit all sorts of erratic eating behavior if that person is changed.

Rule 2: Every dog should have its own food and water container. This precaution is not only sound behavioral psychology, it also is just plain good hygiene. It is especially wise to assign food bowls on an individual basis when your feeding containers are noticeably different from one another. Besides improved feeding technique, certain practical benefits are to be gained from following this rule. In racing stables, for example, where maintenance of body weight is so important, feeding instructions can be written on the bottom or the side of each dog’s feeding container, right next to its name or number.

Rule 3: A dog should be fed in the same place every time it is fed. Whether it be the corner of the kitchen, beside the back-door steps, at the rear of a kennel run, or along the left-side wall of a cage, the site where the food container is placed should remain the same every day. In fact, everything that’s done with the food container should be identical at each feeding. If you use a push cart or wagon to carry the tub of food to the dogs, always use the same cart and tub. If you pre-fill food bowls in the diet kitchen and carry them on the cart, don’t decide one day to carry the tub of food on the cart and fill each bowl as you reach the dog. It may have become boring to you, but to your dog it has become the way of life. A change only serves to disrupt his way of life and to create cause for insecurity.

Rule 4: No dog should ever have its food changed without a good reason. Contrary to popular opinion, dogs do not need a change in food from time to time to keep them from growing tired of the same food all the time. Many dogs have lived normal, healthy lives by eating the same food throughout their entire lifetimes. In many instances where a dog owner thinks a dog has gotten sick and tired of a food, the dog has just gotten sick from the food. Not so sick, perhaps, that it really showed, but sick enough to stop eating. When a dog food is deficient, it is not uncommon for a dog eating that food to lose its appetite. Of course, nutritional deficiencies are not the only thing that will cause a dog to lose its appetite.

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Apr 23, 2012 | 0 | Dog nutrition, Looking after your dog, Tips

Protein For Dogs – Things You Need To Know That The Pet Food Industry Won’t Tell You

By Sarah J Preston

Protein for dogs, in their diet, is essential for optimal health…

Why are proteins essential?

  • without enough protein the body will not function properly
  • protein is responsible for all growth, maintenance and repair
  • it is the major component of muscles, organs and tissues
  • it is important for the digestion process
  • essential for regulating the metabolism
  • maintains healthy skin, hair and nails
  • transports oxygen, vitamins and nutrients around the body in the blood
  • essential in the production of antibodies that fight disease

Why do dogs need protein in particular?

Protein is the main category of food that is consumed by wolves in the wild and our domestic dogs only differ, by a mere 2%, genetically, from their wild ancestors; their digestive systems are just the same.

In the wild a wolf will mainly live off the prey they have caught. From this, they will eat various parts including muscle meat, organ meat (kidney, heart, liver etc) and the stomach. In eating the stomach, the contents are also consumed, which can include semi-digested grains and vegetation…

So, with that in mind, would it not make sense that to thrive, a domesticated dog’s food should simulate, as much as possible, the natural diet?

The answer is, of course – yes!

However, the majority of commercial dog food today falls way short of providing your dog with the essential health foundation of protein that he or she will need in order to thrive. And I mean ‘thrive’ not just ‘survive’…

But what if my dog food says it meets the minimum required amount of protein?

You must be aware that the minimum amount of protein that must be in commercial dog food is ONLY 9% of the entire food! As long as the food meets this standard, then they can claim it is ‘balanced’ and meets all requirements…

But those requirements are not ‘to keep your dog healthy’, those requirements are only a legal obligation, and in many cases, the companies do not have any interest in depleting their profits any more than they have to – so will provide the minimum, or only just above it.

This is not enough – as I have mentioned above, protein for dogs is essential, and in LARGE amounts. This should equate to at least 70-80% of their diet.

What exactly is a good source of protein for dogs?

Good quality protein for dogs can be found from many sources, including:

  • chicken breast
  • turkey thigh
  • beef steak
  • lamb steak
  • calf or lamb liver
  • chicken, lamb or calf kidney
  • salmon fillet
  • sardines
  • cottage cheese
  • yoghurt
  • eggs

As well as low protein levels, a lot of commercial dog food has LOW QUALITY protein which comes from undesirable sources such as soy, wheat and corn. These are all extremely hard for your dog to digest – if at all – and provide no nutritional value whatsoever.

Why do they use these forms of protein? Quite simply…because it’s cheaper.

Conclusion: If you feed your dog commercial dog food, then please look at the label – for more help deciphering it, you can visit my posting here.

Make sure your dog is getting a good quality protein, as without it, your dog could be facing the future with a multitude of health problems such as cancer, diabetes, allergies, heart failure and even death at an early age, as the body wears out from lack of proper nutrition.

Keep your dog safe and healthy and make an informed choice.

To your dogs health!

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Apr 22, 2012 | 0 | Dog health, Dog nutrition

Amazing Raw Dog Food Diet Nutrition

By Cameron Abel

We absolutely love our dogs! If you don’t have any kids then dogs can be an amazing substitute and if you do have a family, you already know the tremendous benefits that the family dog can bring!

With that in mind, it makes perfect sense to want your favourite furry friend to be well looked after, feeling healthy and energetic with and a bright and shiny coat, and of course you want them to be with you as a crucial part of the family for as long as happily possible! When it comes to addressing those factors, putting your dog on a raw dog food diet is one of the best decisions you can make in ensuring he or she gets the best nutrition possible.

Basically, a raw dog food diet is food in its natural state which allows it to provide the correct nutrients that are all important for your dogs’ health. When given in the correct portions, a raw dog food diet provides optimum nutrition ensuring your dog is healthier for longer. It is a great diet for all dogs including puppies, adult dogs, pregnant dogs, dogs with diseases – pretty much for all dogs that need to maintain good health!

Bu what exactly makes up the right raw dog food diet that contains enough of the proper nutrients? For a start, obviously plenty of raw meats and big juicy raw meaty bones! Dogs get plenty of protein from the raw meats which are important for a pooch’s immune system and overall health. Thanks to the meaty bones, your dog gets heaps of calcium and phosphorus. These two important minerals helps keep your dogs bones strong and healthy as well as assisting pregnant dogs help build strong puppies.

It’s not all meat but, like any balanced diet there should also be plenty of raw vegetables and fruit. Vegetables will give your dog essential vitamins A; B, C as well as K which helps keep eyesight in good condition as well as other sensory organs. A raw dog food diet also gets a lot of fiber from vegetables which also assist in your dogs’ digestive system.

Fiber is crucial to a dogs health as it helps flush out toxins from their body quickly and efficiently through regular bowel movements. Good levels of fiber also do the groundwork for the digestive system, getting it ready and in the most optimal state for its next meal.

Still, there are two more foods that you really should include in your raw dog food diet – fruit and liver!

Liver is full of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients such as b12, zinc, iron and omega 3 fatty acids that all contribute to helping your dog maintain strength as well as keeping its body lean and at the correct weight.

Fruit on the other hand supplies your dog with good levels of vitamin C which helps the immune system to function at the optimum level. Free radicals are blamed for causing cancer and advancing the signs of aging. The good news for your dog is that by feeding them plenty of anti-oxidant containing fruits such as berries; these conditions can be slowed and or prevented.

The correctly prepared raw dog food diet provides your dog with all the vitamins and minerals it needs for every stage of life. Furthermore, when fed in the right proportions, you won’t need to worry about giving your dogs’ vitamin supplements or any other health additives – apart from love of course!

But how do you know if you are doing everything right? The right combinations? The right volumes? How can you tell if your dog is thriving on a raw dog food diet or actually suffering ill affects?

Although it might sound easy and all you have to do in theory is just give your dog raw food to eat, it is not quite as simple as that! J Portion control is very important and also there are plenty of raw foods that won’t produce the desired effects.

Putting your dog on a raw food diet can also cause some interesting side affects especially when you first start so it makes sense to do your homework before you rush out and get started!

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Feb 01, 2012 | 0 | Dog nutrition

Human Foods That Are Good For Your Dog

By Karen Soukiasian

According to statistics compiled by the American Pet Products Association (APPA), between the year 2009 – 2010, dog owners in the United States spent approximately $18.23 billion, on pet food and treats! That is a lot of zeros!

We are bombarded with all kinds of advertising and warnings from the pet food industry and veterinarians for what is good and not good to feed our dogs. Granted, there are some human foods, which some dogs cannot tolerate. The key word is “some.”

That is not to say, knowing certain human foods may cause problems, raises our awareness, just in case our individual pet cannot eat for example, chocolate, onions, or grapes.

But let’s face it, before the pet food industry blasted off into a multi-billion dollar gold mine, dogs ate and survived quite well on homemade foods and/scraps.

So, before we get all upset about what we are feeding our pets, let’s take a look at a number of human foods that are actually good for them. Keep in mind dogs are not strictly carnivores. They are omnivores. Even in the wild, they naturally seek out berries, fruits and greens to supplement their diets. Ever wonder why your dog eats grass? Yes, they may have an upset tummy, but usually it’s because they like the taste.

Remember, if you plan to start feeding your puppy or dog human foods, always start with small quantities, to see how well they tolerate what you are offering. Keep the human foods supplement to 25% or less of your pet’s diet.

If you have a puppy, start them off to the taste of fruits and vegetables, by using them as training treats.

Many of the following suggestions can be frozen and used sparingly as refreshing treats.

DAIRY

As some dogs are lactose intolerant, start with smaller quantities.

Yogurt is full of calcium and protein. Use only yogurts that are plain, sugar-free and with active bacteria. Yogurt is a great way to build up the flora in your dog’s intestines. A spoonful of yogurt added to their food, is a good way to motivate a dog whose appetite is what it should be. Freeze it…they’ll love it.
Cottage cheese, as with yogurt, is full of calcium and proteins. A spoonful mixed in with their food, will get their attention and make them members of “The Clean Bowl Club!

EGGS

Unless your dog is on a raw diet, eggs, an excellent source of protein, should be cooked. Don’t throw out the shells…they are good for your dog!

PEANUT BUTTER is full of protein! It’s a sneaky way to give your dog their pills. Give a little glob as a tease, and then bury the pill in a second glob of peanut butter. Peanut butter can also be spread on apple and banana slices as a special treat. Don’t throw out the “empty” jar…it’s like a free KONG toy…let your dog work at getting every last bit!

VEGGIES – Raw, Frozen, Canned or Freeze-Dried

Dogs like them sliced, diced or julienned. They are a terrific source of fiber and loaded with vitamins and minerals your dog needs for healthy skin, coat and digestion.

Green and yellow beans also make a great filler when mixed in with their regular food, for that dog who is always hungry, but can afford to lose a pound or three.

Again, don’t over do with the veggies. Your dog may not like all of them, but most dogs will like at least one or two. Try giving your pet: broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, green/yellow beans, lettuce, kale, parsley, peas, pumpkin/squash (remove seeds), red/green peppers, and sweet potato/yams.

FRUITS – Fresh, Frozen, Canned or Freeze-Dried

Apples should be washed well, but leave the skin on; it’s an anti-oxidant. Apples have oodles of Vitamin A and C. They are an excellent source of fiber, and they “crunch.” Smear some peanut butter on the slices for added protein. Do not feed your dog the apple seeds…they contain arsenic.

Bananas contain Vitamin A and C. They also have phosphorous and potassium and manganese.

Berries, including blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. Blueberries are a known anti-oxidant. Berries contain Vitamin A, potassium and phosphorous.

Melons are an excellent source of fiber. They also contain Vitamin A, potassium, and phosphorous.

Pineapple is a tasty frozen, fresh or canned treat. They contain Vitamin A, fiber, potassium, phosphorous, iron and manganese.

FISH – Fresh or Canned

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish caught in cold water. Cook it, do not serve it raw as some fresh fish carry parasites. Make sure you remove all the bones. A little canned salmon, mackerel or tuna are a good way to make a boring, dry meal interesting and healthier.

MEATS – Poultry, Lean Red Meats and Organs

Unless your dog is on a raw diet, all poultry, red meats and organs should be cooked.
Never give your pet cooked chicken bones! Kidneys and liver should be offered sparingly, as a special surprise or motivator to get your dog to eat.

RICE (Brown and White), BULGAR, and OATMEAL – Cooked

These three offer an excellent option for adding carbohydrates for energy, especially if your dog has wheat allergies. White rice is good for dogs with upset bellies. Oatmeal is a fantastic source of fiber for senior dogs having problems eliminating.

OTHERS

It’s true! There are dogs that like tofu as a treat. Brewers Yeast is not only good for your dog, it also seems to be an appetite stimulant. If you’re having problems getting your dog to eat, sprinkle a little on their food.

Bottom Line: Adding human foods to your puppy or dog’s diet now and then, will be a nice surprise and treat. Don’t over do it. As with everything, moderation is essential. Always start with small amounts, to see how your dog reacts. Using fruits and vegetable as treats, will help prevent packing on the pound for those dogs whose owners simply can’t resist giving their pampered poochies treats! If you have a puppy, start with healthy training treats. It’s usually easier to get them to appreciate that a chunk of apple or a piece of broccoli is a more desirable treat than a bacon flavored biscuit.

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Oct 04, 2011 | 0 | Dog health, Dog nutrition

Homemade Dog Food for Allergic Dogs – 5 Essential Tips

By Richard E Weiss

Contrary to what many people believe, dogs are allergic to various things. That is why every owner should know what suitable foods to feed their pet to avoid future allergy breakouts. To ensure that your best friend is only eating the right type of food, learn how to make homemade dog food for allergic dogs yourself.

Pet owners are often nervous that when they make homemade dog food it won’t have the proper balance vitamins and nutrients. But you don’t have to worry about this as you can seek help from your veterinarian. Preparing homemade dog food for allergic dogs assures that all the ingredients are safe to your beloved pet.

Tip #1

When making your own food for a sensitive dog, pass up ingredients that can cause allergic reactions. Dogs are said to often have problems with wheat, corn, gluten and barley. No ingredients in your homemade food should include these to ensure your dog’s safety.

Tip #2

Don’t be scared that you won’t be able to cook up something healthy for your dog. Take your pooch to the vet to learn more about his daily needs. Ask about the good and bad ingredients for your dog’s allergies. Although making homemade dog food for allergic dogs can be more expensive, you will have the peace of mind knowing that your pet is safe. It is less expensive to feed your dog correctly than to fight an allergic reaction

Tip #3

The best food that you can feed your dog is cooked and ground meats like chicken, fish and beef. To give him all the needed vitamins and nutrients, mix some steamed vegetables like carrots and spinach with your homemade food. Bear in mind that onions and corn are not particularly good for your dog and should be avoided. Also, do not add extra salt in your dog food recipes.

Tip #4

Allergic dogs tend to have more sensitive stomaches so they should eat smaller meals. Once you have mixed the meat and vegetables, divide them to 3-5 small meals per day. Your dog doesn’t mind eating the same thing every day but you can add variety in his daily meals by changing the meat or vegetable mixture. If you plan on giving him beef and broccoli today, you can change it to chicken and broccoli tomorrow.

Tip# 5

When your dog finishes the food you have cooked up for him, occasionally give him an additional treat. He knows that this is a reward for finishing his food and he will be motivated to eat everything every time. But be careful doing this as he might start looking for yummy treats too often.

For most dog owners their dogs aren’t just pets. They are often your best friend. Your pooch is a part of your life, isn’t he? That is why it is important that you take care of your dog nutrition the best way possible. Feed him healthy food so he can grow healthier and stronger and live longer. Keep his allergies at bay by preparing homemade dog food for allergic dogs.

Richard Weiss is a dog food expert. To get more information about homemade dog food for allergic dogs visit http://ratingdogfood.net

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Aug 03, 2011 | 0 | Dog health, Dog nutrition, Tips

A Home Made Dog Food Recipe Of Your Own

By Glenn Huey

Can you really make a difference in the health and wellbeing of your dog by providing a home made dog food recipe of your own?

Well, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’. All it takes is a little research and you could very easily do much, much better than anything provided by the commercial pet food industry.

I won’t go into it too far here since the facts about the lack of quality and the reality of actual danger to pets from feeding them commercial pet foods is very well documented in abundance in print and on the net. However, it’s safe to say that, with a little homework about what dogs need to eat and what dogs should never eat, it will be very easy to provide perfect nutrition for your dog.

You don’t need to spend any money for special foods or special equipment. You will probably want to have some kind of guidelines to follow about the kinds and quantities of macro and micro nutrients your dog needs and the foods that they can be found in.

I would very much recommend that you bring your dog to the vet and see what they can tell you about your dog’s physiology concerning foods. Some foods are known toxins to dogs and it’s possible that your dog may have food allergies. This is important information that you will want to have.

Some compelling reasons why you would want to do this for your dog:

• Your dog hasn’t had a healthy meal since it was weaned.

• It’s the reason that your dog seems underweight, smaller and weaker than most dogs of its breed and age.

• All dogs love to run and jump and play, but yours just doesn’t seem to be able to keep up or show any interest.

• Your dogs coat doesn’t look as nice as it could.

• Dogs that are fed only or mostly commercial dog foods recover from injury or illness a lot slower and are likely to die sooner than other dogs of its breed that are eating healthier meals and getting more exercise.

There are more reasons; but these are the ones you can see with your own eyes and be able to judge from this whether you should take on the responsibility of personally seeing to it that your dog is getting the very best quality food from your own home made dog food recipe files.

You don’t need to be concerned about extra costs for things like foods you don’t already buy or expensive food processing equipment you don’t already have. My dog owner costs have actually dropped. I can make my own food cheaper than I can buy it and I don’t spend as much money on my veterinarian these days.

It’s a little harder to keep up with Pepper now and that’s for sure; but, I need the extra exercise anyway. It only took him a few months to teach me that I needed to change my diet and fitness practices, too.

Glenn Huey has been an enthusiastic dog owner for over 50 years. He is sharing all he has learned on his website ‘Dog Food Recipes Home’. For more great information on ingredients in dog food visit http://www.dogfoodrecipeshome.com/ingredients-in-dog-food/

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Jul 30, 2011 | 0 | Dog nutrition

Dog Food Recipes for Dogs With Allergies

By Steven A Wright

Dogs with allergies need special consideration and part of that is a change in diet. This can be easily accomplished by a simple search for dog food recipes for dogs with allergies. Dogs that have allergies in the large part have a serious sensitivity to commercially prepared food, which is the food that is generally available for a fairly low cost in your local supermarket.

Although commercially prepared dog food may be convenient, there is actually very little that the manufacturers take into consideration when it comes to your dog’s health and need for a nutritious food. Dog food recipes for dogs with allergies tend to be a more healthy choice for several reasons.

  • The ingredients that are used in these recipes are usually whole or fresh foods, or foods, lean meats and broths for flavoring. There are no added preservatives or fillers. Fillers are added to commercially prepared dog food to increase their bulk and weight, but provide absolutely no nutritional value whatsoever.
  • You can control exactly what goes into dog food recipes for dogs with allergies by choosing the recipes that you deem appropriate.
  • Large batches of these recipes can be prepared and then divided into individual serving sizes which can be frozen for future use.

Many dog owners find that dog food recipes for dogs with allergies are readily available in many popular sources.

You may go to your local bookstore and purchase a book, download one online or even find recipes for free. The recipes in themselves are great; however, you will need to supplement the food by adding minerals and vitamins to ensure that your dog is getting all of the nutritional value that he requires daily.

There are many ways to prepare dog food recipes for dogs with allergies.

The best thing to keep in mind is that you want to prepare large quantities of the recipe as mentioned earlier, so that you do not have to prepare it repeatedly throughout the week. You may wish to prepare enough for several weeks, and you also may wish to prepare more than one recipe to give your dog some variety.

Eating the same thing day in and day out can become very mundane, as you are probably quite aware. In addition, if you are supplementing, be sure to keep the vitamins and minerals separate from the recipe, adding it in only at the last moment in order to ensure optimum benefit from a fresh supplement.

Once you stop feeding your dog a commercially available food and begin feeding him a restaurant quality home recipe dog food (restaurant quality when compared to the garbage available for purchase in a bag). You will begin to notice many changes for the better. Your dog will probably stop scratching, hot spots will disappear, there will be no more paw licking and his skin will begin to become less dry. Your dog deserves to be healthy and happy and you have a responsibility to feed him as best as you can, while also ensuring he is receiving the proper nutrition.

Following dog food recipes for dogs with allergies is a simple and cost effective method of enhancing your pet’s general wellbeing.

If you own Dogs With Allergies then dietry Dog Food Recipes will help provide better health and increase your dogs quality of life.

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Jul 21, 2011 | 0 | Dog nutrition