Archive for June, 2009

Mr. Townsend and Sport (dog)

A few nice sport dog images I found:

Mr. Townsend and Sport (dog)

Image by Toronto History
Photographer: Arthur Goss
1911
City of Toronto Archives
Series 372, Subseries 41, Item 575

sports dog

Image by needfire
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All Dog Foods Are Not The Same

All Dog Foods Are Not The Same

Introduction

Your dog’s health and wellbeing is important to you and your family. Not to mention keeping down the cost of veterinarian bills! So you need to carefully consider the food that you give your dog. People sometimes just pick the first dog food bag they see at the store. It’s easy to overlook the importance of dog food but it is essential to pick the right one for your dog.

To keep your dog healthy he needs plenty of fresh water and should be fed good quality dog food in amounts just right to meet his energy requirements. Always follow the guidelines on the dog food package for recommended feeding amounts.

Picking a dog food

The first challenge in choosing a dog food is picking one that has overall quality. The term that comes up a lot about dog food is human grade. Human grade implies that the dog food is good enough for us to eat. Many commercial dog foods are made from materials unusable or less desirable for human consumption. Often the meat that is used in dog food is of a quality considered unfit for humans to eat.

Major dog food companies try to provide balanced proportions of vitamins and minerals for maximum benefit to your dog. Although you may see that many brands of dog food have almost identical labels, a reputable dog food company will provide an explanation for each supplement and how it benefits your dog.

Always read the label to see what proteins, vitamins and minerals are being provided to your dog. Try not to use store brand dog food they may short change your dog on much needed nutrition.

Studies have shown that the primary ingredient in dog food should be meat-based protein, not corn meal, flour or corn gluten meal. According to reviews a better quality dog food results in a healthier coat, fewer digestive problems and firmer stools. Pet-nutrition experts agree that the best dog food is made from human-grade ingredients like meat, whole grains and vegetables. Premium dog food is so important because good nutrition is essential for a long, healthy life.

Types of dog food

There are many varieties of dog food to choose from. The three most popular types of dog foods are dry, semi-moist and canned products. Check the color of your dog food. Usually dog food made from natural ingredients will have soft earth tones and contain no preservatives, artificial colors and flavors.

Raw dog food is becoming more popular. More and more veterinarians recommend feeding your dog with raw dog food. They feel that this is the best choice and is the healthiest food for your dog. After all, you’ve never seen your dog enjoy commercial dog food the way he enjoys a good meaty bone.

Raw food advocates concede the diet costs more than traditional dog food, but they argue it’s worth it. You may find that locating free natural home made dog food recipes is not easy. Try making a mixture of ground turkey, rice and carrot as your own dog food. Your dog will thank you for it.

If you decide to go the commercial route, try and choose a good premium dog food since it contains more energy and protein than an economy brand. Unfortunately not all dog food brands contain high quality and natural ingredients, so always check the label. It is best if you seek advice from your veterinarian before deciding on which dog food to feed your dog or puppy. He will know your dog’s dietary needs and you will find that veterinary offices and feed stores often carry excellent and natural dog food.

All Natural Dog Food

Many natural dog foods contain only fresh, natural and wholesome ingredients for your dog. Not only are the protein ingredients digestible, but the carbohydrates in the dog food are digestible. Natural dog food has 100% nutritional value which is important for healthy strong dogs. Chicken, egg and fish are examples of protein that is provided in natural dog food. There are also ingredients in natural dog food that really help the health of your dog’s skin and also your dog’s coat. One of the main draw backs of natural dog food is that it has a shorter shelf life and may spoil before it is used.

Dried Dog Food

A good high quality dry dog food will work out to be more economical than the generic brands even though they cost more per pound. A vast majority of dog owners go for dry dog food for its convenience and ease of storage. The cheaper dry dog foods are made from soybean, corn or rice, while many premium dry dog foods are made with all-natural, human-grade ingredients.

Vegetarian dog foods

There are dog foods specially formulated for dogs that are allergic to wheat, corn, and/or chicken. There are also vegetarian dog foods marketed to owners who do not want their dogs to consume meat products. Most vegetarian dog foods use soy as a protein source. If your dog has allergies consult your vet before putting him on a specialized diet.

Conclusion

Overall it’s usually best to let dogs enjoy dog food and not our food, even though they may prefer what we’re eating! Of course you can feed your dog treats from time to time, every dog needs some TLC from time to time!

David Amos is a dog lover and long time dog owner. For more information about dog food click Dog Food and for more about dog care and keeping your dog happy and healthy click Top Dogs Online

What is the Best Dog Food?


by ahurtt

What is the Best Dog Food?

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind. Without question, the best dog food is one which is based on a wild dog’s diet. Dogs have evolved on this. It’s raw meat. There are no cookers in nature.

People are reluctant to believe this for a variety of reasons. So lets look at some of them, and dispel your fears.

Firstly, you may be worried about the presence os parasites and worms in raw meat. It’s been drummed into you that meat needs to be cooked to kill them off.

I can assure you, that dogs digestion is robust. They have no trouble with worms and parasites in raw meat. They have evolved to deal with this. What they haven’t evolved to deal with is cooked food, high fat content, preservatives, pathogens in cooked food, poor quality filler and the low grade food which passes for dog food.

Secondly, you may be concerned about bones perforating an internal organ.

Dogs evolved by crunching up on raw bones. They have absolutely no problem with raw bones, as long as they are raw and they gnaw them. If you have more than one dog and they gobble the bone down to ensure the other doesn’t get it, they may suffer some discomfort while the bone passes through their digestive system, but it won’t do more than cause them discomfort. So ensure your dog gnaws the bone in peace.

The other problem is with cooked bones. These can perforate your dog’s internal organs. Cooked bones are a definite no-no when working out the ingredients for the best dog food.

Thirdly, you may think feeding your dog a raw food diet is expensive. After all, the connotation ‘best dog food’ looks expensive.

It depends on what you take into consideration. If you are feeding your dog the cheapest brand of dog food from the supermarket, and don’t have any ailments treated, then you may be right. If you do, I doubt you’re reading this. So lets suppose you feed your dog a medium priced commercial dog food and do use the services of a veterinarian or other health professional, for ailments your dog may suffer.

Raw dog food is nutrient dense. Commercial dog food is nutrient poor. So you need to feed much more commercial dog food to come anywhere near (and it never comes close) to providing the decent diet that raw meat does. Which means you need much less volume of raw food compared with commercial dog food.

Then, if you include the fees you spend on health care, there’s no comparison. Commercial pet food keeps veterinarians wealthy. They hardly see the healthy dogs fed on raw meat, nature’s best dog food.

Fourthly, you may think that the purchase and preparation of the best dog food there is, is too much like hard work. You think it may be too big a hassle.

I’ve taken the hassle out of it, by telling you how to do it without making the mistakes I did.

Fifthly, you may think you dog doesn’t like raw food.

Have you ever tried? With decent food, I mean? I can assure you, there is no dog alive who doesn’t recognise the raw food as the best dog food. If you’re overfeeding your dog, he may refuse it initially. And if you leave food out all day, that’s likely. Keep in mind too, many commercial dog food manufacturers add appetite stimulants to the food. This may cause a short term problem, while he adapts.

Lastly, you may be concerned that you don’t know enough to be able to get the nutritional needs of your dog correct. After all, that’s what’s pushed by veterinarians and commercial dog food manufacturers – you don’t know enough. Just because the packet tells you this brand is ‘recommended by top vets’ or that brand is ‘scientific’, doesn’t mean they are selling the best dog food. Quite the opposite, in fact.

I can tell you from experience, it’s not as difficult as they make out. You do need to know some important facts, but once you’ve opened your mind to allowing your own inner wisdom to emerge, and by following certain natural laws, you’ll have no problem working it out.

If everyone started feeding their dog raw meat, many, many veterinarians would go out of business.

What are you waiting for?

Madeleine Innocent is a practicing homeopath, a specialised modality of natural health care. She treats both people and animals in her busy West Australian practice. Madeleine loves to spread the good work of homeopathy and other areas of natural health care and writes extensively on the subject.

For a complimentary ebook on how to have a healthy dog, starting today, visit http://naturallyhealthydogs.com or http://www.bestdoghealth.blogspot.com

LARGE SILENT DOG WHISTLE (CARDED)

LARGE SILENT DOG WHISTLE (CARDED)

  • Large dog whistle
  • With chain and metal cover
  • Adjustable pitch

Excellent training aid for your dog. Can be used to replace clicker training

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List Price: $ 9.99

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Dog Diabetes Treatment Decisions to be Made

Dog Diabetes Treatment Decisions to be Made

If your have a family pet that’s ever been diagnosed with a dog diabetes symptom, treatment at an early stage by a veterinarian can aid in preventing additional difficulties from this disease. The dog might be saved from the awful occurrence of any nerve damage in addition to averting the prospect of blindness. The conventional dog diabetes treatment can go a long way in maintaining the dog’s health.

Diabetes Dog Insulin Injections

Dependent on your dog’s requirements, injections of insulin will often be given one to two times per day. The measure of insulin applied in every dose and the frequency of these doses will depend on your veterinary surgeon. Some dogs can take tablets rather than being given shots in their daily dog diabetes treatment.

The diabetes dog insulin dose is often given in smaller measures at the beginning of treatment in order that the level of blood sugar may become stable. In extreme conditions this might involve your dog requiring treatment at a hospital for a couple of days. If her diabetes has become more stable, then the doggy could accept outpatient treatment.

Throughout this period, your pet’s blood sugar would be monitored each hour to verify the precise dosage of insulin she will require on a day-to-day basis. Once the ideal diabetes dog insulin measurement has been achieved, the vet’s will teach you to monitor the dog by checking her urine and on occasion, the blood.

Best Food For Diabetic Dog

After a dog diabetes symptom has been detected, there’s nothing more significant to step-up your pet’s life expectancy than with a rigid diet. In truth, it’s so essential to your doggy to eat appropriately when she has this ailment, as there is a possibility that the diabetes could go into complete remission simply from an alteration in diet alone.

The best food for a diabetic dog includes food that’s low to moderate in carbohydrates and high in fibre. This is the moment to begin cooking your pet’s meals from home with raw ingredients and meats.

Prior to deciding on what to feed her, it might be sensible to discuss with a holistic vet that has knowledge on nutrition. Your intention here ought to be to apply food as “medication” as part of the dog diabetes treatment in order to one day put a stop to your dog needing “official” medicine.

For a complete, encyclopaedic survival guide to all elements of dog health (like dog diabetes treatment), from the initial preventative care to selecting a vet to First Aid for your doggie, you ought to take a look at http://www.dogs-for-all.com

Question by Kuri: Question about “Fake Pregnancy” in a Dog?
Ok so a few days ago we had my Shih-tzu fixed. About two days later she started acting weird! Panting alot, shivering, whining, cramming herself deep into blankets, etc. Anyways her stomach did look kinda swollen, but being that she just had surgery, I didn’t think too much about it, but called the vet just in case. I was told to bring her in and they told me that she was experiencing a “false pregnancy” because she was about to go into heat right before her surgery, so it confused her body! *WTH* I’ve never heard of such a thing. Question is…Anyone out there heard of this and want to give any advice, how long this will last, etc.

Please no Mean answers!! Thanks in advance!!

BTW- -she is an inside dog and has NEVER been with a male dog!!
Sorry walking lady didn’t mean to give you a bad rating!

Best answer:

Answer by Chihuahuagurl
i have heard of it before, in people, horses, cats, so it happens a lot

i would think as long as the vet isn’t concerned, it will most likely correct itself…if you are worried i would call your vet and talk to them about it

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