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A Simple Guide To Dog Nutrition

Posted by dogliciousblogs2u on October 24, 2009

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Woof  There!

It’s me, Doglicious…I’m back with a quick primer on the essential elements of dog nutrition for feeding a dog.

 There are four fundamental elements you need to know about in order to maximize the nutritional value in what you’re putting in your dog’s mouth each day. It’s really pretty simple, and very similar to what you doggie persons think about for your own and your chilren’s nutrition.

These are the four fundamentals: * Proteins * Carbohydrates * Fats * Calories.

You already know how essential these are to your own health, but do you understand, as a doggie person, how important these things are to me and my doggy buddies’ health.

Let’s break each one down a bit…because you need as much knowledge as possible to ensure your dog enjoys a long healthy life. 
 

Protein

This is an essential component in every diet (dog or human) because it is an important component of every cell in the body. It makes the continued growth and development of the immune system possible. Amino acids, which are ingested as protein, are the key element to this nutrient. A deficiency in any of the amino acids can ultimately result in illness and death.

Your dog needs up to  a total of 22 amino acids (12 of which they can produce on their own). The rest can be delivered with a healthy diet. The amino acids your dog needs in his or her diet are: arinine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine.

Protein is an important component of every cell in the body. Fur (hair in doggie persons) and nails are mostly made of protein. The body uses protein to build and repair tissues. It also uses protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.

Protein (in addition to carbohydrates and fat) is a “macronutrient,” which means the body needs somewhat large quantities of it. Vitamins and minerals are also needed but  only in small quantities…they are called “micronutrients.” However, unlike fat and carbohydrates, the body does not store protein, and therefore has no reserves to tap into whenever it needs a new supply.

So you may assume the answer would be to eat protein all day long…nutritionists say no! We actually need less total protein than you might think, but we could certainly all benefit from getting most of our protein from high quality food sources.

So, how much protein do we need? We’ve all heard the false premice that extra protein builds more muscle. The fact is, the only way to build muscle is through exercise. Our bodies need just a modest amount of protein to function well. Extra protein doesn’t give you any extra strength.

So, the commercial dog food you buy that  has only “some” protein sources is not sufficient. Protein quality is known as the “biological value”, with eggs having the highest (100). In order to relate this to the amount of protein needed nutritionally for us dogs, beef has a biological value  of 78 with meat and bone meal at 50. What this means for your dog is that dog food with “real” beef instead of  obscure ” meat and bone meal”  or “meat/ chicken by-products” has a better protein quality and is certain to deliver more protein and amino acids that will benefit your dog’s health and longevity.

The commercial dog foods with better protein quality are always going to be the premium brands. Never buy dog food that has bone meal or by-products listed in the ingredients…learn to read labels! (I plan to have a post soon on how to read dog food labels, so please check back often)

My person gives lengthly descriptions of  the dangers in feeding a dog some of the low priced commercial dog foods here on her website.

* Carbohydrates

What about those nasty carbs that make you doggie persons fat? This is not about you, it’s your dog we’re focused on here and us dogs require carbohydrates, which include all sugars and starches. They provide us with the energy every dog needs and are also a source of fiber in our diet. They should comprise “not more” than half of a dog’s balanced diet and only 2-5% of that should come from fiber.

Your dog’s metabolism is able convert large amounts of carbohydrates into the same energy they get from proteins. This is a good thing, provided these carbs are in a digestible form.  Athough eating lots of carbohydrates can give dogs energy, the negative aspect of this is your dog “must”  have exercise in order to burn off those extra calories, or else those carbs will turn to fat. So use caution when you choose a commercial dog food…read those labels. Because of this, you should always buy Premium dog food. Or, a really healthful alternative would be to prepare your own homemade dog food so you know exactly what ingredients and nutrients are in it…my person does and I love it! My person has some great homemade dog food recipes on her website.

 * Fats

The word “fat” makes doggie persons cringe because it’s considered a bad thing in so many weight loss diets.  However,  fats are a required nutrient for feeding a dog a nutritious diet, as long as they are the right fats and provided your dog gets enough exercise.

 These are some of the benefits of fats:

* assists in temperature regulation* keeps coat healthy * helps skin  remain healthy * helps  kidney function * allows dog to store food

The fatty acids that make up dietary fats include arachidonic, linolenic, and linoleic. When looking for foods containing  fatty acids, look for vegetable oils that can be found in soy, peanuts, and corn…all of these are high in linoleci acid, while meat fats contain small amounts of this acid, along with arachidonic acid. Fats contained in vitamins such as F, D, E, A, and Khelp with hormones and Omega 3 and Omega 6 all help with the body’s response to swelling, and inflammation.

The amount of fat needed in commercial dry dog food is between 5% and 13%. Although this can vary with the type of food, any special circumstances or feeding needs. Always keep in mind that the fats in dog food can only be harmful if your dog doesn’t get enough exercise because fats contain twice as many calories of  carbs and proteins. You should not be feeding a dog fat free dog food…this type of dog food has chemicals in it that are toxic to your dog. Only premium dog foods contain the purest form of fats and fatty acids, unlike some of the other more inexpensive commercially made foods.

* Calories

Calories contribute an important  ingredient  in your dog’s diet. They measure energy and come from food intake through protein, carbohydrates, and fats. They should be given serious consideration because this will determine how healthy your dog is.

Every dog  requires a certain amount of calorie intake daily and if he or she is very active, they will need more calories. Puppies and younger dogs  need more calories because they are growing. Sometime they need up to twice the requirement for their body weight. Be careful because if calorie intake is more than what your dog can metabolize, they’ll surely be stored as fat. So be sure you exercise your dog…they’ll be much healthier!.

This is a general rule of thumb to determine how many calories your dog may need:

Small dogs who are generally active and who weigh less than 20 pounds (9.07 kg) will need around 40 calories per pound each day.

Larger dogs over 100 pounds (45.36 kg) will use 15 calories per pound daily.

The rule of thumb to maintain a dog’s healthy weight is: a dog will need 25 calories per pound each day for maintenance.

Important Notice! Although we are long time dog enthusiasts and dog advocates, we are not veterinarians or professional animal nutritionists. Our purpose is strictly to provide you with information, so that you can make your own informed decisions. Any and all information contained within or stated on this blog is provided for general information purposes. The information provided is not direct veterinary advice and should not be construed as such nor substituted for a consultation with a veterinarian or dog nutrition professional. Every dog and situation is different. If you have any concerns about your dog’s health, please contact your veterinarian’s office immediately.

We all love our dogs and want the best for them!

“In Dogs We Trust”

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What’s Really In Dry Dog Food-The Awful Truth!

Posted by dogliciousblogs2u on September 10, 2009

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It’s me again, your friend Doglicious!

In this post, I’m going to give you a detailed description of where dog food manufacturers get the “meat and fat” ingredients they use to make the dry foods that you doggie persons are feeding a dog.

I’ll go into much more detail about each of the additional ingredients ie: other by-products, fillers, additives, presevatives, contaminants, etc., in some of my next posts…but right now I’m going to focus on just the “meat and fat”.

So, if any of you have delicate stomachs, prepare yourself…this won’t be pretty! However, I think this is important enough that I let you have the awful truth about what’s “really” in those attractively packaged commercial dry dog food bags on store shelves.

If you consider your dog a cherished member of your family (like I fortunately am) and you feed your dog commercial dry dog food, you need to listen up and learn all you can about what’s actually in those bags. Once you read my posts and know the truth, I hope you’ll feel you should make whatever changes or adjustments you think are necessary in your dog’s food. Feeding a dog a safe and nutritious diet is essential in protecting him or her from anything that potentially can cause harm.

So, if you’re still reading this, I assume your dog’s health is important to you and you care about what goes into his or her mouth. In order to get (and keep) your dog in optimal health, follow me (I’m your “Seeing Eye Dog”, remember?)…I’m going to open your eyes to the messy world of dry dog food. After you read this entire post and watch the videos below…you’ll see what I mean.

What’s Really In The Bag? A Look At “Meat And Fat”!

Today, we’re going to take an in-depth look at “meat and fat” and the process of rendering.

With dog food manufacturers selling tons of dry dog foods every year, do you ever wonder what’s really in those bags and how the dog food manufacturers get their meat and other ingredients they put in them? Do you think they have big cattle ranches and poultry farms, or grain farms and vegetable gardens somewhere where they raise their own healthy livestock, wholesome grains and fresh vegetables?

Wrong!…the truth is very far from it!

For the “meat and fat” material, they depend on rendering plants to supply them with the tonnage they need to make their products. Rendering plants actually play a rather necessary role in society for public health reasons. Without them, our city streets, public highways and country roads would have diseased, dead and decaying bodies of animals pile up everywhere…it’s a filthy business but someone has to do it.

In the early part of the twentieth century, staughterhouses did much of their own rendering, but after the war it became a completely segregated industry and as a result, these separate rendering plants escaped many federal regulations required for meat processing plants. So now that the industry is not under any authoritative or public scrutiny like the slaughterhouses are, it primarily polices itself…not a good thing.

As stated in my previous post, animals that are dead, dying, diseased, or disabled prior to reaching the slaughterhouse (also known as “downers” or “4D” animals) and usually condemned, in whole or in part, for human consumption, are generally sent for rendering. Also sent, are other by-product parts and items that are unwanted or unsuitable for human use…these can include, but are not limited to, out-of-date or spoiled grocery store/supermarket meats (including their plastic wrappers and styrofoam trays), cut-away infected and cancerous tissue, and fetal tissue (which is very high in hormones).

In order for any raw slaughterhouse material (which is one of the renderers main sources of raw material) to be sent to renderers, government regulation requires that it be “denatured” prior to it being delivered to the renderer. That means it must purposely be contaminated and made unfit for human consumption, so as prevent it from ever being able to be used for human consumption. What “denatured” means literally is it must first be soaked in carbolic acid, creosote, fuel oil, kerosene, citronella, etc. (Grrrr!!! sounds very scary!), “before” it goes to the renderer.

Another huge source of material for renderers are veterinarians, sanitation workers and animal control people (me and my buddies call them “Dog Catchers”). They not only deliver euthanized dogs, cats and other pets (all in plastic bags, some with flea and leather or plastic collars still on), but also road kill like raccoons, skunks, rats, possum, deer, fox, rabbits, snakes….etc. I knew you’d be shocked…I was too when I learned this!…but that’s not all!

There’s the grocery/supermarket and restaurant industries. As I said earlier, grocery stores and supermarkets need a way to dispose of spoiled meat, fat, bones, etc (what dog persons think of as trash or garbage) and restaurants also need an outlet to get rid of their spoiled ingredients and used grease.

So, the rendering plant receives piles and piles of this waste, all of it considered eligible for conversion into the various named “meats” to be used in manufacturing dog food. There in those piles is a conglomeration of both whole and parts of animals, plastic bags, styrofoam packaging, metal tags, pet collars, flea collars…just about anything deemed waste, but yet all fine for recycling into byproducts to be used in your dog’s food.

Now let me explain the process of rendering, which is a means of removing all of the moisture and fat from the material. There are workers inside the plant wearing masks (because the stench is so bad!) and using huge farm equipment to load the raw material into enormous pits, where at the bottom a giant drill/grinding machine converts the large pile into smaller portions, so it can be transferred to another grinder for fine shredding. Everything goes into these grinders…plastic bags, pesticide ear tags from cattle, flea collars from pets, styrofoam and all…they don’t even bother to remove any of it, they just load it all in with the tractors and cook it for an hour at 280 degrees. I warned you it isn’t pretty!

This is a cooking process that enables a layer of yellow grease to rise to the top, which then gets skimmed off. The cooked gunk (including the metal, pesticides, etc.) is then sent to a pressing machine where any remaining moisture gets squeezed and pulverized into a gritty powder. After each batch is finished, yellow grease, “meat” and bone meal is what remains. This is a continuous process that goes on 24/7, producing tons and tons of this gunk!

Depending on the particular key ingredient of each batch, the gunk then becomes…beef, chicken, lamb, meat meal, meat by-products, poultry meal, beef fat, chicken fat, yellow grease, tallow, etc…it’s never labeled what it “actually” is ie: cat meal, dog meal, skunk meal, or any of the other gruesome ingredients that are included in those daily batches of raw material.

As for the fat sold to dog food manufacturers by the rendering industry, you should know that it does not only come from animal sources. Due to the enormous increase in the fast food restaurant industry, nearly half of the “raw material” is waste from used restaurant kitchen grease and frying oil. Pet food manufacturers depend on this source of fat, it’s what they spray on the kibble nuggets after it’s been through the drying process.

Although the entire rendering process kills beneficial enzymes, it doesn’t eliminate the sodium phenoarbital that was used to euthanize the animals that were rendered, and there’s also the real possibility that other dangerous chemicals were not degraded in the process either, which is of great concern. Maybe, instead of calling them rendering plants, it would be more accurate to call them “toxic waste” recycling plants.

So, I guess you figured out by now who some of the renders biggest customers are? That’s right…it’s the pet food manufacturers! The number one source of meat and fat in commercial pet food comes from renderers. Once they get through adding filler and their own, so called, “enhancers” ie: food dye, preservatives, synthetic vitamins, (grrrrr!)…who knows what else is in the bag.

What’s really frightening is that tons of this gunk also goes to dairy and hog farms, chicken farms, cattle feed lots, fish feed plants, etc and is mixed with other ingredients to feed the animals and fish, which are eventually eaten by you dog persons and your families. So, it’s not just us dogs who are at risk from all that processed gunk!

Once you learn by reading my blogs and watching the videos, what actually goes into the production of all commercial dry dog food you’ll understand why many of the health issues your dog may suffer are most likely due to poor nutrition and the harmful ingredients in commercial dog foods. You’ll also understand why so many dog health advocates, holistic veterinarians (I call them”dogtors”) and canine nutrition professionals are against most commercial dry dog foods.

There are some “dogtors” who claim that feeding a dog slaughterhouse waste increases their risk of cancer and other serious debilitating diseases. This is because the processing methods used by the dog food producers, such as rendering, extruding (a heat-and-pressure system used to “puff” dry foods into nuggets or kibbles), and baking, do not necessarily destroy the hormones used to fatten livestock or increase milk production, or the drugs such as antibiotics or barbiturates used to euthanize animals. What can feeding a dog ingredients like these, that actually are in commercial dry dog foods, do to your dog?

There are hundreds, if not thousands of different dog foods available, and although many of them are similar, not all of the manufacturers use poor quality or potentially dangerous ingredients. Some decent ones can be found out there. They are mostly the smaller, independent companies that produce high quality foods and are really careful to include whole, healthy ingredients and provide more than just minimal amounts of nutrients, plus they include other items (like enzymes, probiotics, balanced omega fatty acids) that offer really great health benefits but are often entirely ignored in poor quality brands.

Also, please keep in mind that the “quality” of any one particular ingredient is extremely important. Premium grades of ingredients will not be as likely to cause as many health problems for your dog as the poorer quality, feed grade ones that may be contaminated with all sorts of toxic substances that make them unfit for human (or canine!) consumption.

Your dog is more likely to develop allergies on a poor quality diet, which contains common feed-grade contents like corn, soy meal, wheat byproducts, beef byproducts, generic fats and synthetic preservatives than on a high quality food made from wholesome ingredients such as, non-condemned, antibiotic and hormone free beef and organ meats, human grade grains, whole, unfragmented soy and nutritionally valuable fats and oils that are preseved naturally.

An even better alternative to commercial dog food, for feeding a dog, may be a homemade diet (I get one and I love it!). Have you ever given any thought to feeding your dog a raw diet….or, maybe just adding some raw meat and fresh vegetables to dry food for nutritional value?

Think about it…there are some real nutritional benefits to feeding a dog a balanced diet of raw foods (meat and veggies, along with some whole grains). If you were to add some meat, chopped or shredded fresh vegetables and fruits to the dried food, it would really be beneficial and would contribute more nourishment than feeding a dog only the highly processed contents in commercial dry dog foods!

If, however, you prefer the convenience of a store bought commercial dog food diet over a raw one, and want to just keep feeding your dog commercial dry dog food, then at least add a digestive enzyme to give your dog some assistance with it’s already burdened digestive system.  And, if you must use a dry food, here are three pretty decent choices, recommended by holistic vets (“dogtors”), Wysong, Wellness and Precise.

You can find all three brands at my person’s website: Feeding A Dog in the “DogMall” section, located on the top menu bar. Once you are on the “DogMall” page, just click the link at the bottom to enter the mall and type one of those brand names in the search box…it will show you the various selections available for that brand and you can purchase whichever one you choose.

I’ve heard some dog persons say they’re afraid of raw meat and are reluctant to feed it to their dog because of the possibility of salmonella contamination. In that case, I suggest they visit a rendering plant and see for themselves just how bad that commercial gunk really is! I doubt (after seeing that) if they’ll ever buy another bag of dry dog food without knowing what they’re really getting in it. And, I doubt they’ll have any fear of using “fresh” raw meats, instead.

Have you been thinking about finally leaving commercial pet food behind and moving on to better, healthier feeding options for your dog. For those of you who have not switched to a raw or homemade diet and are not yet ready to, I suggest you visit my person’s website:Feeding A Dog and read more about raw and other homemade diets in the Dog Food Recipes section. You’ll get some great information there to help you make a fundamental decision about the type of diet you want to feed your dog.

So, there you have it, a graphic description of where the “meat and fat” components contained in commercial dry dog foods come from (did it open your eyes like I promised?). I warned you it wouldn’t be pretty! I truly hope you (and most of all, your dog) benefit from this post and my future posts and that I provided some valuable information you can utilize when feeding a dog. It’s my mission to help all of my doggie buddies and their persons find the optimal choices for healthy daily eating and long disease free lives…Dogs Rule!

*Remember!… have fresh water available to your dog at all times, especially in the warmer months, as they can easily become dehydrated.

Thanks for reading my “mutterings”! …See you back here soon…..

Your Buddy,

“Doglicious”

Here are the videos…

Click Here For “Dog Food Secrets And The “the dogfoodconspiracy.com”

Important Notice! Although we are long time dog enthusiasts and dog advocates, we are not veterinarians or professional animal nutritionists. Our purpose is strictly to provide you with information, so that you can make your own informed decisions. Any and all information contained within or stated on this web site and on our blog is provided for general information purposes. The information provided is not direct veterinary advice and should not be construed as such nor substituted for a consultation with a veterinarian or dog nutrition professional. Every dog and situation is different. If you have any concerns about your dog’s health, please contact your veterinarian’s office immediately.

We all love our dogs and want only the very best for them!

“In Dogs We Trust”

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Doglicious Blogs About Feeding A Dog

Posted by dogliciousblogs2u on August 31, 2009

 

 

 

 

Woof there!

My name’s Doglicious and I just love to eat and eat and eat and eat! Actually, I’ll eat anything if you let me. But, my” person” is very particular about what she puts in my bowl and gives me for treats…and I sure am glad she is! 

She has a website and a blog…full of pages about the fascinating subject of Feeding A Dog (I’m her mascot). There you’ll find Good Foods, Bad Foods, Homemade Foods and Recipes, Dogisms and there’s even a DogMall. You can go to the website by clicking here: Feeding A Dog

The reason I started this blog is because I want to share with my doggie buddies’ persons everything I’ve ever learned about feeding a dog a healthy and nutritious diet. I want my doggie buddies to be able to get all the pawsitive benefits of both a safe and a nourishing diet of really delicious food, just like I do. They all deserve to be and stay healthy too and, as my person always says about me, be “full of beans”!

Since I don’t want to overwhelm everybody with a whole lot of detailed information, and because the subject of dog nutrition can be somewhat complex and difficult to digest all at once (like the metaphor?), I’ll be blogging about only one important issue in each post. I want the information I share on this blog to inform, empower and motivate you dog persons, so that you can make the very best food choices for your dog.

I’m sure you’ve noticed the vast array of different kinds of dog foods available in the stores for feeding a dog….here are just some of them: Commercial (dry, wet or moist), Generic (store or chain store labels), Organic (natural), Holistic (whole), Premium (high quality or boutique), Super-Premium (even better than premium?), Niche (everything from puppy to senior or skinny to  fat or performance to pampered), Prescribed (for ailments by vets), Raw, BARF, etc., and then there’s Homemade (my personal favorite!…but that’s for later). Yikes!…it all makes me dizzy! 

With hundreds, if not thousands of different dog foods offered, along with some very clever marketing gimmics by dog food manufacturers, it’s not at all surprising if you’re confused, or even get lost when you walk through the “jungle” of dog food displays or try to find your way in the “woods” of supplements and vitamins on the shelves. Through this blog, I hope to be your “seeing eye dog”….so come, follow me and I’ll show you the way to find optimal nutrition when feeding a dog….

Commercial dog food is a real convenience for a great many dog persons and most of my doggie buddies seem to like it, too. However, concerned care givers, who want only the best for their dogs, are constantly bombarded with both a perplexing assortment of choices and the gross exaggerations (sometimes even blatant lies!) made by dog food manufacturers. So, how can you know what the best foods are for feeding a dog?….as I said before, it’s a “jungle” out there in those stores!

In this post, I’ll be giving you just a short description of what’s frequently in the different foods dog persons can purchase in bags or cans…you may be shocked! And, in future posts, I’ll give a much more detailed analysis about each of the various ingredients contained in them. Also, I’ll woof  (ooops, I mean blog) to you later all about homemade dog food and share with you some yummy recipes my person gave me.

So here below (in somewhat general terms) is just a short description of store bought commercial dog food and what’s commonly in it…..

Ingredients:

I’ll bet you have visions of delicious juicy whole roasted chickens, choice cuts of rare beef, fresh whole grains, and all the beneficial nutrition your dog will ever need when you think about commercial dog food; and that’s exactly what you’re supposed to envision. These enticing images are what pet food manufacturers portray on TV, in magazine ads and on the packaging of their products, and they are images of the ingredients they want you to believe you are purchasing in their products. The truth is very far from it!

The thing most dog persons don’t know is that the pet food industry is an adjunct to the human food and agriculture industries And, Pet food provides a very lucrative market for slaughterhouse and grain processing plant waste. Grains like ground corn husks or wheat dust swept up from storeroom floors and considered “unfit for human consumption, along with other disgusting refuse, are turned into profit for the dog food manufacturers. This waste also includes, but is not limited to lungs, intestines, cow udders, esophagi, and pawssibly diseased and cancerous animal parts that are sent to rendering plants to be converted into “by-products”….Yuck!!!

There are many suppliers (also known as renderers) who even accept other revolting things such as road kill, euthanized shelter dogs and cats, and other equally disgusting ingredients; render or process them, and then turn round and sell these processed (or rendered) “byproducts” to the dog food manufacturers. These items are not supposed to make it into our dog foods and are “supposedly” converted only for the manufacture of fertilizer, livestock feed, and industrial use. However, there have been numerous reports of these, and other disgusting things, being used in our dog food (watch the video below). The Center for Veterinary Medicine, a branch of the Food and Drug Administration, admits that dead dogs and cats are commonly rendered, and although there is no legal prohibition against using dogs and cats in pet food, they claim they do not “condone” the practice

All the large, reputable pet food manufacturers certify that they do not use these repulsive substances in their products. However, there are far too many poor quality commercial dog foods on the market that don’t meet even minimal standards of adequate nutrition and are reported to be using them. And while many brands on the market tend to be similar, not all pet food manufacturing companies use such poor quality or potentially dangerous ingredients. There are also some pretty good ones out there too, but in order to find them you’ll have to carefully search through the shelves and know what to look for on the labels.

So, if you want to find good dog food with decent nutritional requirements for feeding a dog, you’ll need to know how to read dog food labels, and even more importantly, how to decode them. Some of the ingredients listed can be very misleading, so it’s critical you understand the labels.

That’s what you’ve got me for…I have a pretty good nose for finding things. In future posts, I’ll sniff out the truth for you and let you know what the listed items actually are and I’ll be woofing (I mean blogging) in detail about some of the deceptive terminology dog food manufacturers use on their labels to mislead uninformed dog persons.

So, here are six things you can do, right away, to start working on a healthy diet for your dog?

* Visit my person’s website: Feeding A Dog…and learn more now…you’ll see me there too…I helped her with it.                                                                                

* Purchase a good quality dog food with meat (chicken, beef or lamb) listed as the first three ingredients on the label, until you have a very good understanding about what else you can do to provide a safe and nutritious diet for your dog’s overall health and longevity.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

* If you need to feed dry food to your dog, be sure not to let it get wet. Do not mix dry food with canned food or liquids. All dry foods have bacterial contamination on the surface and any moisture will permit it to grow (some are dangerous and can cause vomiting and/or diarhhea).         

* Most important!…supplement with organic raw meats, if you can….(the meat should be frozen at -4F for 72 hours, then thawed prior to use; be sure to follow safe meat-handling procedures at all times). Add lightly steamed and then pureed or finely grated vegetables (otherwise your dog won’t be able to digest them very well). If you wish, you can also supplement with tofu and cooked whole grains.

*Stop buying any commercial dog food, at all. Or, if that is not pawssible, purchase a high quality food, reduce the quantity of the commercial food and supplement with fresh foods (just don’t let it sit out too long because of  the potential of bacteria contamination). This will boost the healthy benefits provided in food when feeding a dog. Note!… any changes to your dog’s diet should be done gradually and your dog should be watched for any allergic reactions or other issues.

*Remember!… have fresh water available to your dog at all times, especially in the warmer months, as they can easily become dehydrated.

 So there you have it…that’s just a quick primer to get you started.

Please leave a comment and be sure to come back again soon for my next woof (ooops, I meant post).

    Watch the video below, it  will make you want to do all you can to avoid bad food and keep your dog healthy!!!

 

  Here’s a link to “Secret Dog Conspiracy”

 See you back here soon…

Your Buddy, Doglicious

Dogs Rule!

 

Important Notice! Although we are long time dog enthusiasts and dog advocates, we are not veterinarians or professional animal nutritionists. Our purpose is strictly to provide you with information, so that you can make your own informed decisions. Any and all information contained within or stated on this blog is provided for general information purposes. The information provided is not direct veterinary advice and should not be construed as such nor substituted for a consultation with a veterinarian or dog nutrition professional. Every dog and situation is different. If you have any concerns about your dog’s health, please contact your veterinarian’s office immediately. We all love our dogs and want the best for them!

“In Dogs We Trust”

 

 

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