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A message from Amber…


Time For Those “Dog Days” Of Summer!

Sunny days always give us more options for exciting outdoor activities. Chewy and I are always on the hunt for our next grand adventure - looking for the next best, dog-friendly hangout.

One special activity that we will save for an especially gorgeous day is going to the beach with our family and friends. Unfortunately, it can be difficult finding beaches that are “dog-friendly”. That’s why I searched online looking for the best dog beaches in the area. Santa Cruz, CA (about an hour drive from us) has a few beaches that do allow our furry friends to come along. However, one beach in particular – Mitchell’s Cove beach – does allow dogs to run free off-leash.

Matsi

Chewy and Matsi romping through the water at Mitchell's Cove in Santa Cruz, CA.


So as a fun surprise for Chewy, I invited our friends TJ and Matsi to come along with us for a day at the beach.  (By the way, Matsi - a 50 lb. husky mix - is Chewy’s love of his life. It doesn’t bother him at all that she’s four times his size!) There were many other breeds of dogs there and both Chewy and Matsi wasted no time getting to know EVERYONE on the beach. They had such a great time playing - chasing each other around and sniffing everything (and everyone) in sight. It wore us out just watching them! As you can imagine, they both
collapsed in the big, furry pile in backseat on the ride home.

I ‘m sure as a fellow dog-lover, you also have a few favorite “hot dog” spots that you and your pooch love to frequent. Send us an email at info@barfworld.com and share your favorite ones and I will add it to our list of Intelligent Pet Places To Visit!

Amber Keiper

Raw Diet Educator and Chewy’s loving dog mom

Raw Knowledge

Protecting Your Pet Against Pests

TickThe summer season officially starts June 21st and brings with it many exciting activities – delicious backyard BBQs, swimming at your local pool, camping under the stars, and family vacation road trips – but one thing that summertime also brings (which isn’t very fun) is fleas and ticks.

I just returned from a recent trip to Canada and boy, I think they grow larger and hungrier breeds of pests in that country. Mosquitoes, black flies, gnats, and ticks were plentiful there. My dog, Ubi (short for “You Be Good”) and I were exposed to the ultimate challenge trying to stay away from these pests.

Fleas and ticks carry a multitude of diseases that can be transmitted to both pets and human - Lyme Disease, Tapeworms, and Cat Scratch Fever, just to name a few. Needless to say, these nasty pests can cause much discomfort in both humans and their pets.

The first step to flea and tick prevention is to ensure that you and your pet build up your immune systems. A healthy, strong immune system and high nutrient levels of antioxidants, B complex, selenium and zinc in the body help repel insects in pets and humans. (Source: www.alternativemedicine.com)


Here are some tips on how to effectively be flea and tick free:

  1. The very first thing you must make sure of is that your pet is being fed a balanced, high quality raw food diet, like BARF World’s Juicy BARF Diet patties and nuggets.

A bones and raw food diet (BARF) is what your pet is naturally designed to eat. Feeding your dog BARF relieves stress on the digestive system and results in maximum absorption of nutrients to support a healthy immune system.

  1. Supplement your dog’s diet with E-BARF Plus - an added digestive aid and overall health support supplement from BARF World. E-BARF Plus helps give your pet’s immune system an added boost during the flea/tick and allergy season. Plus it contains Brewer’s Yeast and Garlic Powder – two ingredients fleas and ticks absolutely detest!
  1. Be sure to include omegas 3, 6, and 9 (like those found in BARF World’s E-Omega Coat oil) in your pet’s daily meals to strengthen skin, coat and heart health.

Greenfield

Dr. Ray & Kathi Greenfield's BARF pup, Emmy.

It is quite rare to find a BARF fed dog with a serious flea and tick problem. Fleas and ticks seem to prefer unhealthy animals as they are less able to fight an infestation. Healthy puppies raised on natural raw food (like the BARF diet), do not exhibit the range and severity of skin issues that their artificially-fed cousins suffer from.

Of course, when you go outside, you may encounter areas that are already infested with fleas, ticks and other pests. If your dog becomes plagued by fleas or ticks, wash your pet with a natural shampoo or natural dish soap to kill any fleas or ticks on the body. You can then spray your pets down with a natural, topical spray made from essential oils.

 

 



Here are a couple of recipes recommended by Dr. Stephen Blake, DVM
(Source: www.thepetwhisperer.com):

For fleas and mosquitoes - not recommended for cats:

Mix one drop each of Lemon, Lemongrass and R. C.* per ounce of water. Spray this on your dog after they are dried off. You can also spray them with this any time they are going into an area that is flea/tick or mosquito infested to help repel them. I do not recommend spraying essential oils on cats because of their sensitivity to strong odors, such as essentials.

* R.C. is a blend of essential oils containing four blends of Eucalyptus species, Pine, Lavender, Cypress, Spruce, Myrtle, Marjoram and Peppermint.

For the yard: Put 2 ounces of dish soap in an Ortho hose sprayer bottle and fill the rest up with water. Spray the entire yard once or twice per week to kill adult fleas. Repeat as needed or weekly for prevention during flea season. Do not spray succulent plants - if you do, rinse plants off after spraying. To kill flea eggs, mix 1/4 tsp Wintergreen per ounce of water in your hose sprayer and spray after the soap mixture. Do this once per week until there are no fleas on your pets and then repeat as needed.

For ticks – also not recommended for cats:
 
Mix one drop of each of the following oils in water and spray it on them each day they go out in tick-infested areas: Lavender, Lemongrass, Sage and Thyme. I recommend using it in their bedding areas and places they sleep or hang out.

If you follow these natural care tips, I’m sure you and your pets will stay flea and tick free this summer!

"Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist and has been formulating raw diets for more than thirty years. Recognized as one of the early pioneers in promoting raw foods to pets, Rob's history of developing and promoting raw meat diets has exposed him to dogs, cats, and zoo carnivores worldwide. Rob and his wife love to travel with their dog, Ubi - a sheltie/beagle mix.

If Dogs Could Talk

Garlic

Forget what you have heard about garlic for dogs!

Q: I hate using harsh chemicals for my dog’s flea and tick problem. Do you have any suggestions for all natural flea and tick remedies?

A: One of the best, most natural of all treatments that can make your dog flea and tick-free for months is the use of garlic as a supplement.

Is this a miracle drug – NO.

Is it expensive - NO.

Does it work – YOU BET!

There is a misconception about garlic - that it is toxic for dogs at any level. Actually, garlic is one of the world’s most powerful antioxidant foods on the planet. It functions to boost the immune system which is the key to curing most diseases in dogs as well as in humans.

A Japanese study documented in the American Journal of Veterinary Medicine* concluded that a dog would have to consume unnaturally high amounts of garlic for long periods of time in order to become ill. These dogs were fed ½ lb. of garlic cloves for every 100 lbs of the dog’s body weight every day for a week. Results showed that no dogs became ill and only a small percentage of red blood cells showed oxidative damage. If these large quantities were continued to be fed long term, the researchers did believe that it could eventually cause anemia over time.

Using chewable garlic tablets as a supplement in addition to the BARF Diet can provide a 24-hour shield against fleas, ticks, gnats and mosquitoes. It is without question a safer and natural alternative to chemical treatments. It is worth a try and you might be pleasantly surprised at how effective it is!

HERE is a chewable supplement called Garlic Bug Off, which works wonders.

**American Journal of Veterinary Research Nov 2000, Vol. 61, No. 11, Pages 1446-1450: 1446-1450.

Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist and has been formulating raw diets for more than thirty years. Recognized as one of the early pioneers in promoting raw foods to pets, Rob’s history of developing and promoting raw meat diets has exposed him to dogs, cats, and zoo carnivores worldwide. Rob and his wife love to travel with their dog, Ubi – a sheltie/beagle mix.

Wallace

Rob and Barb Wallace's BARF Dog, Sagittarius (Sag)

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Tossing Fido A Frisbee Can Be Fun For You Both!

I’m sure you are always looking for new and exciting ways for you and your dog to have some fun in the sun. Whether you’re on the beach or in a park, there is always an opportunity for you and your dog to get in some exercise and play. Try adding a flying disc into the mix – it’s a fun and inexpensive way to get you both moving!

The disc dog sport started in the early 1970’s around the same time that flying disc sports became popular with us humans. Alex Stein and his dog, Ashley Whippet, made the sport famous on August 4, 1974 when he and his dog ran on to the field in the middle of a baseball game between the LA Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds. He began tossing the flying discs into the air for Ashley to fetch as she dashed after them at 35 mph and leapt as high as 9 ft. in the air!

For the beginner, there are training classes that you and your pooch can sign up for to get accustomed to the sport. Your pet must be over 18 months of age before attempt catching a disc. Younger pups can hurt themselves from excessive leaping if their growth plate* hasn’t yet closed. Confirm with your veterinarian that your pup’s growth plate has closed before you start training.

Some tips on choosing the perfect disc:

  • Make sure the disc is the proper size in proportion to your dog.
  • Lightweight discs are easier for your pet to carry in his mouth.
  • The best discs to use are made from soft but rigid materials. DO NOT USE discs made from hard, brittle material as they can shard and injure your pet.
  • There are even some cloth and/or nylon varieties that contain an outer rubber ring which are perfect for water sports

Once your dog has mastered the art of fetching the disc, you may consider joining your local disc dog club. There are even a variety of organizations that plan event competitions to participate in throughout the year such as the Ashley Whippet Invitational (AWI) World Championship, the Hyperflite Skyhoundz World Canine Disc Championship and the UFO World Cup Series**.

And don’t think that only certain types of breeds are destined to become perfect disc dogs. Take it from Jeff Perry – the 1989 Canine Disc World Champion: 

“Shelter and rescue animals make great disc dogs. Although most people think that Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, Labradors and Golden Retrievers make the best disc dogs, nothing could be further from the truth. A loved dog makes a great disc dog and very few canines are loved more than adopted shelter and rescue canines.” -Jeff Perry, 1989 World Champion

Whether you decide to professionally participate in the flying disc dog sport or just toss the old Frisbee around for fun, I’m sure that you and your dog will have a blast together!

*A growth plate is the soft area of immature bone near the ends of the leg bones. The growth plates close around 12-16 months of age when the calcium and minerals harden the soft bone areas. (Source: www.familyeducation.com)

** Learn more about the Ashley Whippet Invitational (AWI) World Championship at www.ashleywhippet.com, the Hyperflite Skyhoundz World Canine Disc Championship at www.skyhoundz.com, and the UFO World Cup Series at www.ufoworldcup.org

Amber Keiper is the Marketing Assistant and Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc. She and her husband have two former rescue animals that are now healthy and proud BARF brats – a terrier mix named Chewbacca (“Chewy”) and a tabby mix named Chiquita (“Chiqui”).

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Wags of Wisdom

"The greatness of a Nation and its moral progress
can be judged by the way its animals are treated"

-Mahatma Gandhi

"Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot about puppies."
-- Gene Hill

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