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Mixing Up the Raw Diet
Friday, 17 October 2014 13:48
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Variety is the key to building a balanced natural raw diet for your cat or dog and it's something you can do daily. The starting point is ensuring that have a variety of protein meats, 4 - 5 different kinds would be ideal. I'd include 2 - 3 red meats (beef, horse, lamb, elk, bison), one or two poultry products (chicken, turkey, duck) and fish. (If your dog doesn't like fish then you should try adding a little fish oil over his food. He needs those omegas to keep his coat shiny and to ward off allergies).
 
The protein meats are the base of the diet and should account for approximately 70% of each feeding portion. Next, you need to add about 20% veggies (the dark green, purple and orange ones like broccoli, cabbage, carrots) and finally top it off with about 10% organ meat like liver, heart and kidney.
 
I like to take my protein meats for the week and mix them up in a big container. That way my dog gets a veritable smorgasbord for each meal bursting with flavor.When you mix it up like this, flavors inevitably rub off the different products. This is a good way of getting your dog to eat something that he may not ordinarily like. For example, say your dog doesn't like turkey, but when you include a few cubes of it in this "tossed salad," flavors of products that he likes will rub off on the turkey. He will probably gobble up that turkey without even realizing what it is. We actually use a variation of this trick in our veggie balls. We mix up the veggies with beef and "fool" the dog into thinking that he's eating meat.
 
Once we have the protein meat mix, we then add the veggies and organ meat and voila, we have a balanced diet bursting with flavour.
 
Just one more thing: Unless some of your protein meats contain bone, either in a crushed format or whole, like  duck or chicken necks, your dog or cat will need some bone. In which case, you can use snack time as an opportunity to give him his needed dose of calcium. Meaty marrow bones, duck or chicken necks or lamb bones can be used.
 
In any case, don't get overwhelmed with this way of feeding. After a few times you will get the swing of things, find the best mix for your pet and you will even have fun doing it. Feeding your best friend shouldn't just be scooping out a few cups of kibble, it should be an experience for all to enjoy!
 
 
How to Treat a Picky Eater
Friday, 03 October 2014 14:12

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Do you know why you like one type of food over another? For example, I like zucchini but I don't like cucumbers. I remember once having dinner with my family and hearing my mother say that my father won't eat cucumbers. That piece of information lodged itself deep inside my brain and to this day, I have a hard time eating cucumbers.

I think that dogs are the same way. For example, an owner throws a leftover piece of chicken to his dog, but the meat has been sauced up and that doesn't agree with the dog. He vomits it out soon after eating it. The owner realizes that it's probably the sauce that he smeared all over the chicken. Next time he'll make sure that he gives his dog a plain piece of chicken untouched by any sauce.

A few days later he gives his pooch a plain piece of chicken, but the dog won't touch it even though it's as bland as bland can be.

Like humans, dogs get locked messages imprinted within the folds of their brains. A "chicken is bad" message has now become wired within the dog's brain and it will likely stay there for a long time.

Still,  there are ways to get around these "don't like" blockages. You can try mixing the food non grata with another product that your dog loves. Do something like wrapping the chicken in minced meat. If that works, you can gradually cut down on the beef portion until it's mainly chicken.

In any case, even if that masking approach doesn't work, it's not the end of the world. You should be feeding your dog a varied menu anyways, gun for  4 - 5 different protein meats a week and always be open to trying out new meats. Look at your dog's diet as continuous project that needs tweaking and adjustments and your dog will always be on the right balanced diet.

 
Clean Teeth for Your Pet on a Natural Raw Diet
Monday, 15 September 2014 18:27
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Imagine the plaque build-up you'd get on your teeth if you ate hard dry cereal everyday and didn't brush. And even if you did, you'd better be flossing like mad, because the residue from the cereal would find happy homes  between your teeth. This is what happens when a cat or dog is on kibble.
 
Even if you're one of the few who has the patience, discipline and resolve to brush your pet's teeth, do you also floss? Any dentist will tell you that flossing is as important, if not more important, than a simple brushing. This why most vets offer dental cleaning services. Plaque has become an epidemic. It's also going to cost you a good $350 - 400 a pop.
 
But plaque build-up is not the only problem caused by eating kibble. There's also the gum issue to consider: kibble is abrasive and chewing it grinds away at the gums. Have you ever had periodontal problems? If so, you know how bad that can be. Worse yet, there's also a linkage between bad gums and heart disease.
 
The beauty of a natural raw diet is that it cleans the teeth while the animal eats and doesn't leave a residue. It's also not abrasive against the gums and it flushes the mouth with water. A raw diet is after all, more than 70% water, like our bodies.
 
The good news is that a raw diet can clean up most of the plaque caused by a kibble diet. In fact, that's how I became a convert. My last dog's teeth looked like Halloween candy before I switched him to raw, which eventually cleaned up his teeth in a matter of months. My current dog doesn't have that problem, he's been on raw since he's been eight weeks old. If you saw his sparkling choppers, you'd think he's been using whitening strips. And he doesn't have that stinky doggy breath.
 
The key to attaining maximum dental benefits with a raw diet is to feed it frozen and to include bones like chicken or duck necks, or veal tails. Not only do bones do the trick, but they are all natural. But hey, don't take my word for it, take the raw challenge and see for yourself. No doubt it will make kissing your dog a lot more pleasant.
 
Why Duck is a Great Food for Your Cat or Dog
Monday, 11 August 2014 15:31
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I'm crazy about duck meat, but it's off the charts for my dog, DJ. He'll demolish a bowl of duck necks like an industrial grinder. And it's no wonder - duck is by far the tastiest of all poultry products. The meat is darker and almost has the texture of a red meat.
 
Duck meat helps your dog or cat boost their protein intake. Like other meat and delivers complete protein. This means that duck meat's amino acid profile includes each of the amino acids your pet needs in its diet. Each 3.5-ounce serving -- measured raw -- of domesticated duck meat, with the skin removed, contains 18 grams of protein. Protein supports your pet's immune system, helps maintains tissue and keeps its coat and skin strong and healthy.
 
Adding duck meat to your pet's diet also boosts its mineral intake -- duck is an especially rich source of selenium and zinc. Both of these minerals play a role in enzyme function and activate enzymes needed for healthy cellular metabolism. Zinc also boosts the immune system, while selenium helps the thyroid function properly. Including duck meat as a staple of your pet's diet is one of the best feeding choices you can make.
 
(Source: Livestrong.com)
 
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How to Cure Your Dog's Upset Stomach
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 20:37
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Curing your dog's upset stomach is a common occurence for most dog owners, (cats too).
 
Sometimes I think that the dog evolved from the catfish and not the wolf. I mean, have you ever noticed during a walk how they are constantly scanning the ground like mine-sweepers? Understand that dogs  basically explore the world through their smelling and tasting senses. Let's just say they don't get put off by much. The more disgusting the matter looks, the more appealing. I recall talking to a farmer who told me that his dogs would take the fresh meat he fed them, bury it somewhere in the dirt and then go back and eat it a couple days later. He said they prefer it " kinda gamey."
 
All this to say that during the course of a day, your dog will probably ingest, inhale and gobble up a cornucopia of "gamey" stuff, most of which is not typically edible. Consequently, there are a multitude of icky street treats that can upset your dog's tummy. No wonder they are constantly getting diarrhea or constipated! Makes sense that a dog's gastric acid could give you a second degree burn - they need it to kill all the slop passing through!
 
My point is that digestive issues are inevitable. In any case, here are few tips to naturally cure the common issues:
 
For diahrrea and loose stools, try chicken with crushed bone or plain chicken necks. They are both easy to digest and the crushed bone will soak up the unecessary liquids.
 
Pumpkin is also an effective stomach stabilizers, for both runny stools and constipation.
 
Another wet-stool buster are bananas. Feed them whole or mix them with some meat.
 
For constipation I like beef with veggies, or beef with certain fruit mixes such as berries, mangos and apples. Fish is also a good way of ensuring that your dog's stools aren't too dry.
 
Of course if the digestive ailment lasts more than a few days, you should see you vet. But try out these holistic blends first, they are easy and readily available.
 
Watermelon for Dogs
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 15:44
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What creature on earth doesn't lust for juicy watermelon in the summer? It's the ultimate natural thirst-quencher, something your dog will go gaga for...
 
Try our famous Watermelon 'n Beef - your dog's indispensable summer treat! Beef wrapped around a sweet and juicy watermelon chunk. A healthy, high-protein, low cal snack that will make your dog feel cool and happy. Also great for incontinence because watermelon is basically water wrapped in a thin skin of fruit.
 
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