the saying, “The proof is in the pudding," because
I’m a keen
observer of your furry friends’ poop, which sometimes looks
like pudding. It
turns out that some
dogs can eat anything and always produce healthy yard bombs, yet
of my own included, have a variety of issues
skin and coat problems, itchy paws, chronically goupie eyes, infection
or stinky ears, low or excessive energy, bad breath, flatulence, loose,
really smelly mushy poop... it's just a plain fact. Some dogs
missing important nutrition in their diets. I believe
in my heart
that these problems can be corrected with proper food and
some dogs may be on medications that cause a lot of
these symptoms. That is not what this information is about.
the causes and solutions to the health problems of
animals has become my passion. This has led to intensive
research into dog
food ingredients, brands of foods, high end vs. low end brands, and
even a bit
into the raw diet. Here are my findings:
The Truth about Most Grocery
Store Brands of Dog Food
grocery store and veterinary approved prescription diet dog food
formulas contain "meat and bone meal" which has been known to contain
dead dogs and cats that were euthanized in animal shelters. Their
picked up and bought by the truck load to "rendering plants”
pick up road kill, dead live stock etc. They are shredded, and boiled.
skim off the fat on the top of the "soup" -- collect it and sell it
to pet food companies as "animal fat" while the rest of the animals'
remains are crushed up, dried and sold to dog and cat food companies as
and bone meal.
can read more about it here: Earth
Island Journal - Book Excerpt: Food Pets Die For
you are ready to face the cold hard facts-- look at the many sites that
from a simple google search: rendering dead pets into pet food
Junk Food for Pets
are taught by T.V. commercials, media ads,
and most pet care professionals that feeding our dogs’ one
brand of food, and
staying with that one brand is the proper way to feed our pets.
Andrew Turkell, owner and partner of Calusa
Veterinary Center of Boca,
“Dogs are descendents of wolves, which are
omnivores.' In other words, they will eat whatever
we feed our dogs one brand of
food and never offer alternatives, then, if the dogs sneaks a
meat from a dinner plate, or gets into the garbage, or counter surfs
him/herself a huge roast, you can be sure that the next few times the
poops, it isn't going to resemble anything normal. We know.
all seen that happen.
picture yourself eating
one brand of breakfast cereal and drinking only water for 6 months;
down to a nice rib eye steak. You can pretty much guess what is going
people, born before the 1950s, can still
remember feeding their pets’ dinner scraps without concern
that they were not
getting the right balance of protein, fats and carbohydrates.
If we ate
the food, we figured it was good enough for our dogs and cats.
pet food industry has been in existence for
more than 100 years, but only has gained real success since the 1950s
America's food giants - cereal manufacturers and meat packers - found a
lucrative market for disposal of their byproducts.
giants soon gobbled up small pet food
companies. By the mid -1970’s, pet food began to
imitate human food -
hamburgers, meat balls in gravy and more recently, pasta.
These humanized foods
were designed to appeal to pet owners, not the pet.
in the 1990s, some pet food
manufacturers advertised "all natural" food to cater to
health-conscious pet owners. Most contain the same dubious ingredients.
aware that "All Natural" in pet food ---
can mean just about anything.
What to Feed
There is not
one single brand of food that has
every nutrient that every dog needs.
Turkell advised me to feed my dogs a wide variety of high protein, low
grain kibble with many different sources of protein to ensure my dogs
diet close to what nature intended. There are many holistic
brands of food
available today. Fins, Furs, and Feathers, in Boca Raton, on Federal
NW 20th Street is the store I recommend. They carry a large variety of
can order just about anything. Go in and talk to Debbie or
call her at: 561-391-5858.
the high end foods are not in everyone's budget. At home, we have been
our dogs a staple of one brand of kibble available at most pet stores,
and a rotation
of 2-3 high end holistic kibbles, frozen store bought raw dog
even some raw chicken, beef, and other raw treats. Within just a couple
our dogs have not had any health problems or diet related issues and
vitality and energy has increased dramatically. As I said
proof is in the pudding."
in mind, any change in diet should be done gradually by mixing in the
with the existing food --- a little at a time. Then begin
amount of the existing food while raising the amount of the new food
dog is completely transitioned to the new food.
is not one sure-fire diet that works with
every dog. It takes time and experimentation with many
until you find the perfect diet for your pet.
Now that we
know what to feed our dogs, we also need to know what NOT to feed them.
so many ingredients to avoid when choosing a food that is right for
your dog. Rather than list them here, I will direct you to
the best source of info on this subject I have found. The Dog Food Project
Food For Beginners
feeding is not for everyone. If you're thinking about getting
raw feeding thing, there is a great site to help get you started.
Raw Food FAQ's
not wish to handle raw food for your dog, there are now dry
alternatives to raw
food. Some even come in kibble form. Others are dehydrated,
and you just
add water. Be sure to
ask the folks at Fin’s Furs, and Feathers for more
information. You’ll see for
yourself… The proof is in
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