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 on: Today at 01:45:03 am 
Started by dhill757 - Last post by Caitlin Cone-Hoskins
Sorry about poor little Candy, she had a face like an angel.

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 on: Today at 12:24:57 am 
Started by dhill757 - Last post by April Kincaid
How commercial dog food affects your dog's health

Every day, unhappy dogs parade through veterinary offices. They suffer from:

    itching
    hot spots
    dandruff
    excessive shedding
    foot-licking
    face-rubbing
    loose stools
    gassiness

What are these dogs eating? Virtually every one of them is eating an artificial diet.


VeterinarianListen to what Dr. Richard Pitcairn D.V.M. has to say about the connection between health problems and artificial diets:

"Since I graduated from veterinary school in 1965, I've noticed a general deterioration in pet health. We now see very young animals with diseases that we used to see only in older animals. Without the perspective of several decades, vets just coming out of veterinary school think these degenerative conditions in younger animals are "normal." They do not realize what has happened over the passage of time.

I believe, along with poor quality nutrients, the chemical additives in pet food play a major part in that decline. Pet foods contain slaughterhouse wastes, toxic products from spoiled foodstuffs, non-nutritive fillers, heavy-metal contaminants, pesticides, herbicides, drug residues, sugar, and artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives."

Dog food recommended by vetsDr. Martin Goldstein D.V.M. sums it up:

"When I tell an owner that a change of diet can affect her pet's health in a matter of days, the first reaction is usually delight, sometimes even exhilaration."

BUT...

You shouldn't just set another place at your family dinner table for your dog! There are important differences between what's healthy for humans and what's healthy for dogs.

The specific information you need on HOW to prepare your dog's meals is laid out for you in my 11-step Dog Health Program. Step-by-step recipes, what should be cooked, what should be left raw, what supplements dogs need to prevent dangerous deficiencies – please be aware that it's HARMFUL to feed meat without adding bone meal (I'll fully explain this...), which foods you SHOULDN'T feed your dog, how often to feed, and more.

It's not rocket science. But it's NOT as simple as just whipping up a batch of beef stew for your family and ladling out a portion for your dog.




Let's review what we've learned so far....
Taking your dog to the vet
Back to the vet's office...

Most dog owners have chosen a brand of kibble or canned food because they were told (often by their vet, who happens to sell it) that it was the best – when in fact it's one of the worst.

Now their dog has loose stools, or dandruff, or gas, or he's shedding a lot, or licking his feet, or rubbing his face on the carpet. They take their beloved dog back to the vet, who never mentions the diet but suggests a monthly steroid shot to suppress the symptoms. The scratching stops, but now your dog is panting all day, drinking gallons of water, and needs to go out to pee every hour. Yuck!

Obviously none of this is good for your dog, but sadly, it's typical of the sorry state of health care information for dogs today – and not just about feeding. In my 11-Step Dog Health Program (see below), feeding is just one of the 11 things.

If you're truly interested in the best care for your dog, you need to get ALL 11 things right.

Most dog owners don't even suspect that what they're doing can cause chronic health problems and shorten their dog's life. It's not their fault that they've been following bad advice, because there's so much misinformation offered (everywhere). Cruising around the internet looking for quick "tips" will not solve the misinformation dilemma. It just exposes you to more bad advice copied from one website to another.

It's important to understand how interrelated many health issues really are. Feeding your dog healthy food is a big piece of the health care puzzle, but it's only one piece. What are some of the other pieces? Well... let me tell you what's in my book.

book cover

How to prepare healthy meals....the best dog food brands (in case you decide to feed some dry kibble)....getting only the right vaccinations (not the ones that are either useless or risky).... preventing fleas, ticks, and heartworm....healing or improving current health issues....avoiding known causes of diseases and shortened lifespan....getting dangerous (to dogs) products out of your home.... even reducing stress in your dog's life has a health-promoting effect, and you'd be amazed at what a dog perceives as stressful....these are among the things I write about in



11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy.

The book is a real eye-opener, and bargain priced, too. I think it's my best book. You won't want to miss it.


http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/health/articles/feeding-homemade-dog-food.html

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 on: Today at 12:22:29 am 
Started by dhill757 - Last post by April Kincaid
The awful ingredients in commercial "dog food"


Cereal boxTHE GRAIN

Virtually all dog food brands are heavily based on fibrous grains and cereals. But dogs do not have the long, winding digestive tract required to digest fibrous grains and cereals. Dogs have a short straight digestive tract designed to digest meat.

Many dogs who eat corn, soybeans, or wheat develop health problems. Excessive shedding or dandruff. Loose stools. Gassiness and flatulence. Itchy skin, where your dog licks his feet or rubs his face against the carpet, trying to ease the itch. You might never think to associate these problems with the grain in your dog's diet, but that is often the case.

To make matters worse, GOOD grain is reserved for the human market. What goes into the pet food bin is deemed unfit for human consumption because of mold, rancidity, or contaminants – yuck!

THE MEAT



Cow
Unless a dog food brand says its meat passed USDA inspection...it didn't.

Contrary to what the dog food companies show you on TV commercials, your dog doesn't get sirloin from a healthy cow who spent its life cropping grass, nor does he get white chicken breast from a hen who spent its life pecking happily around the barnyard.

No, your dog gets the meat that didn't make the cut for the human market – 4D meat from livestock that was Diseased, Disabled, Dying, or already Dead when it arrived at the slaughterhouse. It won't pass USDA inspection, so into the pet food bin it goes....

....along with the growth hormones that were fed to the livestock to make them grow faster...and with the antibiotics fed to the livestock to prevent massive outbreaks of disease in their crowded living conditions. These hormones and antibiotics trickle through to your dog.

THE GREASY FAT

You know that pungent smell that wafts up from a freshly opened bag of kibble? That's greasy fat sprayed onto the hard little pebbles to tempt your dog to eat it. Otherwise, it wouldn't be recognizable to him as food. So dogs gobble up their kibble for the same reason kids gobble up french fries. But we don't let our kids eat only french fries just because they love the smell or taste, do we?

Dog food preservatives
Bags of kibble can sit on a shelf for so long because of the chemical preservatives.

THE PRESERVATIVES

Preservatives make the bags and cans last longer That's convenient for the dog food company, which can leave it sitting in their warehouse for a long time. Convenient for the retailer who can leave it sitting on his shelf for a long time. Convenient for the owner who can leave it in the pantry for a long time, then pour it into his dog's bowl and leave it sitting there all day if necessary.

But what is this stuff that keeps ingredients from spoiling?

Pet food preservatives include BHA and BHT (both of which are associated with liver and kidney dysfunction, and bladder and stomach cancer) and ethoxyquin, which is manufactured as a rubber preservative by a giant chemical corporation, Monsanto. The Department of Agriculture lists it as a pesticide. OSHA lists it as a hazardous chemical. The containers are marked POISON.

All 3 chemicals are banned in Europe, but because their manufacturers have so much legislative clout here in the U.S., they're still tolerated here. Sad, but true.

"Good news!" you say. "None of those preservatives are in MY dog food brand." Well, not so fast. Even when it's not listed, it could be in there anyway. A legal loophole, you see, allows dog food companies to only list what they themselves put into the bag. If they buy some of their ingredients from a supplier who has already added the chemical, the dog food company doesn't have to disclose that on the bag.

Isn't that nice?

THE UNRECOGNIZABLE INGREDIENTS

Puzzled personBrewer's rice? Wheat bran? Beet pulp? Corn gluten? Do you know what any of that stuff is? Can you see yourself picking up a bag of corn gluten or a carton of beet pulp for your dog's supper?

What about animal digest? This ingredient is officially described as "material which results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed animal tissue." Doesn't that sound tasty? It's actually a boiled concoction from the rendering plant, and the "animal tissue" can include anything from cattle to rats to roadkill to dogs and cats euthanized at the animal shelter. Yes, the FDA has found sodium pentobarbital – the chemical used to euthanize animals – in some brands of dog food.

Dog food recommended by vetsAustralian veterinarian Dr. Ian Billinghurst says:

"If you look at the ingredient list on a can or a bag of pet food – with understanding – you will realise that what is being listed is a heap of rubbish. Definitely not the wholesome nutritious food you would want to feed to a valued member of your family!"


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 on: Today at 12:19:33 am 
Started by dhill757 - Last post by April Kincaid
The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Dog

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014



Meat
Real meat is the best food for your dog....nothing else even comes close.....but not just "muscle" meat (pictured above)....your dog also needs organ meat and bone.
1.1K

The best food for your dog is . . .

Real food.. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, lamb, fish. Fresh vegetables and fruits. Occasionally yogurt and eggs.

No, this is not "people food." Calling real food "people food" makes it sound as though people are the only living creatures entitled to eat real food. That's not true.

ALL living creatures deserve real food. You can give real food to your dog by making homemade meals for him.

Dog dishNot interested in making homemade food for your dog? Okay, here's my advice on
dry kibble and canned dog food.

If you DO have some interest in feeding homemade food, read on! By the way, a multitude of veterinarians are in full support of feeding homemade. For example, Dr. Martin Goldstein DVM says ....



Veterinarian"You can boost your pet's health profoundly by making one simple decision. All you have to do is change his diet from commercial-brand fare to something you may never have imagined giving him – real food. The fresh food you buy at the market for yourself is the food you should give your pet, too."

Generations of dogs lived to ripe old ages on fresh foods...before the pet food corporations came along and changed (ruined) everything.

Dog food corporations. "Just say no."

Dogs have been domesticated for about 15,000 years (that's amazing, isn't it?) and up until the 1930s, they were NEVER fed "kibble" or "canned" brands from a store. Dogs were fed real meat and vegetables, and a little homemade bread. On this diet they thrived, frequently living into their late teens.



Kibble
Dogs didn't eat kibble until the 1930s when the grain and meat industries needed a market for their rejects.

That all changed in the 1930s, when cereal and grain manufacturers were looking for something profitable to do with their rejected cereals and grain – their wheat and corn that failed USDA inspection because of mold, rancidity, and other contaminants.

These companies discovered that hey, the meat industry faced the same dilemma – meat that failed USDA inspection because it had spoiled or because the livestock was diseased.

Sad faceThe ingenius idea of mixing the rejects together and calling it "dog food" was born.

Marketing firms spent an enormous amount of money planting this lamentable idea in the public's mind, and today commercial diets are promoted by multi-billion dollar pet food corporations and the veterinary industry, both of whom have a huge financial stake in getting you to feed these products.

But processed kibble and canned products were not then – nor are they now – "dog food."

Real dog food was, is, and always will be real food.
That's what your dog should be eating.

VeterinarianListen to what Dr. Richard Pitcairn D.V.M. says about artificial diets:

"The whole concept of Insta-Meal for humans is repulsive. Most people would soon be climbing the walls in frustration, desperate for a salad or some fruit – anything whole and fresh, or just different. Perhaps the thought of eating kibbles for the rest of your own life helps make the point that pets forced to do so are being shortchanged. All of us – humans and animals – should have fresh, wholesome, unprocessed food in our daily diet."


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 on: Today at 12:13:46 am 
Started by dhill757 - Last post by April Kincaid

 Foods not fit for Fido

dog looking at a donut
Keep chocolate away from your pet. (Photo: successo images/Shutterstock)

    Chocolate: You've likely heard that you're never supposed to feed a dog chocolate, and there's a reason for that. That delicious candy contains caffeine-like stimulants known as methylxanthines. If ingested in large amounts, chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, irregular heartbeat, seizures and even death.
    Grapes and raisins: While this fruit is nutritious for you, it's toxic to dogs and can cause kidney failure.
    Onions: They may make you cry, but they can make your dog very sick by causing damage to his red blood cells.
    Avocado: Avocado leaves, fruit, seeds and bark contain a toxin called persin that can cause upset stomach and breathing difficulties.
    Alcohol: Even drinking a small amount of alcohol can result in significant intoxication for a dog, which can lead to vomiting, seizures and even death.


http://www.mnn.com/family/pets/stories/11-human-foods-dogs-can-eat-and-5-they-shouldnt

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 on: Today at 12:12:54 am 
Started by dhill757 - Last post by April Kincaid

    Peanut butter: Giving your dog the occasional tablespoon of unsalted peanut butter is a treat you can both enjoy. (Just make sure your brand of peanut butter doesn't contain xylitol.) It's a great source of protein and healthy fats for dogs, and it's a perfect photo opportunity for you.
    Yogurt: High in protein and calcium, plain yogurt is an ideal treat for dogs, especially if your pooch suffers from digestion problems. Make sure you opt for yogurts that don't contain added sugar or artificial sweeteners.
    Oatmeal: Oatmeal is a good source of fiber, making it great for dogs with bowel irregularity issues, and it's also safe for dogs with wheat allergies. Before serving it to your pet, cook the oatmeal and don't add any sugar.
    Chicken: If your dog requires extra protein in his diet, cooked, unseasoned chicken is an easy addition to his regular food. It also makes a good meal replacement if you're out of dog food.
    Salmon: Dogs can benefit from omega 3 fatty acids too, so slip some cooked salmon into the food bowl for a healthier, shinier coat.
    Broccoli: This vitamin-rich vegetable can be a great occasional nutrition boost for dogs. However, it shouldn't make up more than 10 percent of a dog's diet as it could cause gastrointestinal irritation.
    Pumpkin: You can serve your dog pumpkin — raw or in a can — as a source of fiber or vitamin A. It's also a helpful addition to doggie diets if your pooch is experiencing digestion problems.
    Green beans: Nutritious and low in calories, green beans are a good choice that will load dogs up with iron and vitamins. Make sure to feed your dog only fresh beans or canned ones with no added salt. Something to consider: Most types of beans contain a type of protein called lechtins that, depending on the amount, can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea if not destroyed by cooking. Green beans only contain 5 to 10 percent of the lechtins in kidney beans, which cause the most problems, and green beans are typically safe when eaten raw. If you're still concerned, you may want to cook your green beans before serving them to your dog (or your family).
    Cottage cheese: This bland food is high in calcium and protein, so it can be a good addition to dog food. However, avoid it if your dog has issues digesting dairy.
    Other cheese: In small quantities, cheese is a great treat for pets, says the American Kennel Club, as long as your dog isn’t lactose intolerant (which is rare for dogs, but possible). Choose lower-fat options like mozzarella.
    Carrots: This vegetable is low in calories and high in fiber and vitamins. Plus, crunching on carrots can be good for dogs' teeth.
    Eggs: If your pooch needs a protein boost, scramble an occasional egg for a healthy snack. Eggs are high in protein, but they're also high in fat, so don't give your pet too many of them. Don't feed raw or undercooked eggs to your dog, cautions the American Veterinary Medical Association. There's the risk of contamination from bacteria such as salmonella, and that can make your dog sick.

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 on: Today at 12:12:42 am 
Started by dhill757 - Last post by April Kincaid

    Peanut butter: Giving your dog the occasional tablespoon of unsalted peanut butter is a treat you can both enjoy. (Just make sure your brand of peanut butter doesn't contain xylitol.) It's a great source of protein and healthy fats for dogs, and it's a perfect photo opportunity for you.
    Yogurt: High in protein and calcium, plain yogurt is an ideal treat for dogs, especially if your pooch suffers from digestion problems. Make sure you opt for yogurts that don't contain added sugar or artificial sweeteners.
    Oatmeal: Oatmeal is a good source of fiber, making it great for dogs with bowel irregularity issues, and it's also safe for dogs with wheat allergies. Before serving it to your pet, cook the oatmeal and don't add any sugar.
    Chicken: If your dog requires extra protein in his diet, cooked, unseasoned chicken is an easy addition to his regular food. It also makes a good meal replacement if you're out of dog food.
    Salmon: Dogs can benefit from omega 3 fatty acids too, so slip some cooked salmon into the food bowl for a healthier, shinier coat.
    Broccoli: This vitamin-rich vegetable can be a great occasional nutrition boost for dogs. However, it shouldn't make up more than 10 percent of a dog's diet as it could cause gastrointestinal irritation.
    Pumpkin: You can serve your dog pumpkin — raw or in a can — as a source of fiber or vitamin A. It's also a helpful addition to doggie diets if your pooch is experiencing digestion problems.
    Green beans: Nutritious and low in calories, green beans are a good choice that will load dogs up with iron and vitamins. Make sure to feed your dog only fresh beans or canned ones with no added salt. Something to consider: Most types of beans contain a type of protein called lechtins that, depending on the amount, can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea if not destroyed by cooking. Green beans only contain 5 to 10 percent of the lechtins in kidney beans, which cause the most problems, and green beans are typically safe when eaten raw. If you're still concerned, you may want to cook your green beans before serving them to your dog (or your family).
    Cottage cheese: This bland food is high in calcium and protein, so it can be a good addition to dog food. However, avoid it if your dog has issues digesting dairy.
    Other cheese: In small quantities, cheese is a great treat for pets, says the American Kennel Club, as long as your dog isn’t lactose intolerant (which is rare for dogs, but possible). Choose lower-fat options like mozzarella.
    Carrots: This vegetable is low in calories and high in fiber and vitamins. Plus, crunching on carrots can be good for dogs' teeth.
    Eggs: If your pooch needs a protein boost, scramble an occasional egg for a healthy snack. Eggs are high in protein, but they're also high in fat, so don't give your pet too many of them. Don't feed raw or undercooked eggs to your dog, cautions the American Veterinary Medical Association. There's the risk of contamination from bacteria such as salmonella, and that can make your dog sick.

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 on: Today at 12:10:48 am 
Started by dhill757 - Last post by April Kincaid

12 human foods dogs can eat and 5 they shouldn't
Whether you feed your pet table scraps or supplement his diet, here are good and bad foods for Fido.
Laura Moss
October 8, 2014, 11:55 a.m.

dog eating human food It's OK to give your furry friend a treat from your plate now and then. (Photo: Scott Barron/flickr)

We know it's best to avoid feeding man's best friend with table scraps, but sometimes those puppy-dog eyes get the best of us and we can't resist slipping them a treat from our plates.

But just because a food is good for us doesn't necessarily mean it's safe for dogs.

Here's a list of dog-approved people foods, as well as some items you should never share with your canine companion.

Keep in mind though that every dog is different, so try these foods in small amounts, and if your dog has a reaction to any of them, consult a veterinarian.
Do-your-doggie-good foods




Give your dog some peanut butter and watch his tongue go nuts. (Photo: Madeline G/Shutterstock)

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 on: Today at 12:06:20 am 
Started by dhill757 - Last post by April Kincaid
So sorry about Candy, dhill757, she looked like a sweet little doggy. I can picture her crying, the way you described it.

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 on: Yesterday at 10:33:13 pm 
Started by dhill757 - Last post by dhill757

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