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7/15/2010 - Feline's Pride Expands Nation wide Recall of Natural Chicken Formula Cat food

6/22/2010 - United Pet Group Voluntarily Recalls Pro-Pet Adult Daily Vitamin Supplement for Dogs Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

6/18/2010 - Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc. announces a voluntary recall of Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Food Due to a Possible Health Risk

6/9/2010 - P&G Recalls Specific Iams Canned Cat Foods Due to Low Levels of Thiamine (Vitamin B1)

 

August 4, 2010
Volume 1, Issue 4


Bringing Awareness To

Animal Adoption

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) estimates that animal shelters around the country admit between 6 to 8 million dogs and cats annually with approximately half of those having the ill fate of being euthanized. Though the number of pets euthanized in this country has been greatly reduced compared to numbers in previous years, 4 million animals euthanized a year amounts to about eight animals being put to sleep every minute!

Two Key Factors That Cause

Animal Homelessness


The number one reason that there are so many orphaned animals in United States is that adoption rates are morbidly low. Though most peolpe think of going to a breeder for a purebred dog, many people don’t know that 1 in 4 shelter dogs awaiting adoption are actually purebred.


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Another big factor is that there are still many animals out there that are not being spayed or neutered. Did you know that from all of the animals that our shelters rescue each year, only 10% of them are actually spayed or neutered? It’s no wonder that our animal shelter population is still so high.

Luckily there are many organizations that help bring awareness to the public about the importance of animal adoption and spaying/neutering your pet.

Since 2008, every third Saturday in August is known as the International Homeless Animals Day.

This year the event falls on August 21, 2010 with groups around the world getting together to hold candlelight vigils, adopt-a-thons for shelter rescues, and microchip clinics.

If you and your animal loving family and friends are interested in participating in this year’s event, check out the International Society for Animal Right’s (ISAR) website at http://www.isaronline.org/vigils_2010.html where they’ve listed all of the scheduled events around the country as well as some internationally.

If you do decide to attend, make sure to take your pets along if you can. Not only will they have lots of fun meeting other animals at the event, by showing those around you the bond that you and your pet share, you both will surely help raise more awareness to the value of becoming a pet parent!

-Amber Keiper

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If Dogs Could Talk

Dealing With Doggie

Digestive Disorder

 

Ruthy Ruth Carlin and her BARF dog, Sid.

Q: My dog has Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and I heard that a raw food diet like BARF will help. Can you give me some insight on this disease and if BARF can help?

A: Other than skin and allergy issues which are the #1 problem that plagues our companion animals, the second most troubling issues relate to digestion and gastrointestinal (GI) disturbances. 

We receive calls every week that relate to a condition called Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It is also classified as a form of colitis, a condition that is characterized by inflammation or swelling of the large intestine. 

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is called a disease of exclusion. This means that because IBS is difficult to diagnose, several other disorders have to be eliminated before a proper diagnosis of IBS can be made. The symptoms include passage of small amounts of mucous stool, a watery discharge or very soft stool and it can be sometimes associated with painful defecation and an increased frequency of defecation.

As the disease progresses, it can trigger intermittent bloating, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. It comes as no surprise that a dog with this condition is reluctant to enjoy his/her normal meal which can lead to underweight issues or inappetence (lack of appetite).

There is a major difference between the occurrence of this disease between wild and domesticated dogs.

Wild dogs search and find foods that are biologically appropriate and available. They eat what nature intended for them and as a result do not normally suffer from these types of digestive issues.

On the other hand, domesticated dogs are fed whatever their companion guardian elects to feed them. In this case, the domesticated dog may be subjected to many factors that he wouldn’t normally be exposed to in the wild such as a diet full of chemicals, pesticides, flavoring agents, fat sprays, and fillers. Do you suppose that a dog whose diet that is excluded from all these harmful agents would have less chance of getting this disease?

In my experience in feeding the BARF diet for over 35 years, I have found this to be true. I’ve seen firsthand the dramatic effects that our customer’s dogs have had in being able to turn around many digestive and IBS-type conditions just from making the switch to a bones and raw food diet (BARF). Changing your pet’s diet along with a specific supplement regimen approved by your veterinarian is the key to your pet overcoming IBS and other digestive problems.

The conventional vet treatment for this condition includes diarrhea medication, antibiotics, and steroids to reduce any inflammation. This may be necessary in the most extreme cases however; alternatively, the holistic vet approach is to supplement the animal’s meals with dietary fiber. Many holistic vets will recommend adding crushed flaxseeds to the raw food diet for its fiber and omega-3 content.

-Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF diets patties, nuggets and supplements - the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere.  He and his wife love to travel around the world with their dog, Ubi – a sheltie/beagle mix. To learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, visit www.barfworld.com

Rob Ubi

Robert Mueller with his dog, Ubi.

 

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Good Dog

The Top 25 Dog-Friendly Dog

Beaches in America That Your Dog

Is Sure To Love!

During the dog days of summer, it is hard to find a cooler activity for you and your pet to enjoy together than going to the beach. 

I used to love to romp along the shore with my Dachshund, Rusty.  We would find a local, pet-friendly beach and spend an afternoon chasing tennis balls and barking at seagulls.  Sadly, Rusty is no longer with us, but in his honor (and for your enjoyment) my very first article is a countdown of the Top 25 Dog-Friendly Beaches in America:

Honorable Mention:  Stinson Beach in Stinson Beach, CA, which was Rusty’s favorite!

25: Anne’s Beach in Islamorada, FL

24: Jekyll Island Beach in Jekyll Island, GA

23: Arroyo Burro Beach in Santa Barbara, CA

22: Brandt Beach Dog Beach in Brandt Beach, NJ

21: Huntington Dog Beach in Huntington Beach, CA

20: Fort Fisher State Recreation in Kure Beach, NC

19: Town of Duck Beaches in Duck, NC

18: Algiers Beach/Gulfside City Park in Sanibel, FL

17: Myrtle Beach State Park in Myrtle Beach, SC

16: Montrose Dog Beach in Chicago, IL

15: Key West Dog Beach in Key West, FL

14: Pistol River State Viewpoint in Brookings, OR

13: Block Island in New Shoreham, RI

12: Cannon Beach in Cannon Beach, OR

11: Sunset Beach at Cape May Point in Cape May, NJ

OK - here come the heavy hitters with a brief description about what makes them stand out among the rest!

10: Fisherman’s Cove Recreation Area - Manasquan, NJ:

The residents of this town fought developers to preserve the serenity of “dog beach” for locals and their pets.

9: Fort Funston State Park – San Francisco, CA: 

One of the most popular beaches in San Francisco plus it’s dog-friendly too!

8: St. George Island – Apalachicola, FL:

Nestled in the Florida Gulf, this white sand beach is a popular getaway spot with tons of activities and accommodations just waiting to be explored.

7: Del Mar Beach - San Diego, CA:

This area is known for its gorgeous beach, fairgrounds, and its upscale village…oh, and great food too!

6: North Beach - San Diego, CA:

A 6-foot leash is mandatory for your pet during the summer but fortunately no leash is required at any other time throughout the year.  The nearby Del Mar Village has plenty of outdoor activities PLUS there are two major parks nearby.

And finally, the Top 5 Dog Beaches in

the United States

5: Carmel City Beach - Carmel, CA:

A very popular coastal getaway, Carmel City Beach is also within close proximity to several other dog friendly beaches in the area.  The city of Carmel boasts several hotels and restaurants in the area making it a perfect place for a getaway or family vacation.

4: Huntington Island - Beaufort, SC:

A 6-foot leash for your pet is required. Connected to the peaceful state park, this area is teeming with wildlife.

3: Cape San Blas - Port St. Joe, FL:

The end of this beach leads to a state park.  The area is generally peaceful and underdeveloped.

2: Dog Beach - Ocean Beach, CA:

No leash required!  This dog beach can have upwards of 100 dogs at one time.  There are free concerts, great restaurants, and over 40 pet friendly hotels nearby.

1: Fort Desoto Beach - Desoto, FL:

No leash required! Fort Desoto Beach is attached to Paw Playground Dog Park. This beach is growing in popularity, but is still less crowded than other local hotspots.

I hope that from this list you were able to find a beach or two nearby for you and your furry friends to go visit and beat the heat this summer.  Please let me know if I have made any glaring omissions (this means you, Texas) and I’ll be sure to update this list accordingly. 

And if you don’t happen to be near the coast this summer, take a look at some nearby lakes and camping areas that allow pets. You’ll be surprised to find that there are many pet-friendly spots for you and your furry friends to have a splashing good time!  Until next time…happy BARFing!

- Evan Price

Evan Price is a raw diet educator at BARF World Inc. He is a true dog lover at heart with a particular interest in Daschunds. Evan is also an avid sports enthusiast and bridge player.

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Raw Knowledge

Water From The Food vs. Water From The Bowl

Drink Dog

Do you know what the most important nutrient the body needs is? The nutrient that is necessary for all living things to survive? Well, you may have guessed it – the vital nutrient that all living things require is water.

An animal can lose almost all of their body fat and more than half of their protein but a loss of just 10% of their body’s water will result in the death of the animal.

So why is that?

All animal life forms consist of almost 65% - 75% water, and many tissues in the body are composed of between 70% - 90% water. The presence of water within the cells and in many tissues is essential for the occurrence of most metabolic processes and chemical reactions. (This is explained further in chapter 4 of my book, “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret.” )

Water is essential for regulating many different body functions such as body temperature, hydrolysis the splitting of large molecules into smaller molecules, which aid in digestion and the elimination of waste from the kidneys.

As you can see, maintaining a proper balance of water in the body is vitally important for all animals, human and canine alike!

Many new raw diet feeders or BARFers who are aware of the importance that water has in their pet’s daily diet will express their concerns to me when they notice their dog will begin to consume a whole lot less water.

Fortunately, there is a very easy-to-understand reason for this difference.

You see, these new BARFers are used to their dog consuming A LOT of water when eating a cooked, dry dog food diet and after they switch their beloved pet to a water-rich, raw meat diet (BARF), the dog’s requirements for additional water is significantly reduced.

That is because dry dog food diets only have a moisture content of about 10% while a BARF diet will contain an average of 70% moisture content.

So a BARF fed dog will get the majority of his daily water intake from the diet instead of an external water supply, like his water bowl.

The wonderful thing about your pet getting his water from the food rather than the bowl is that his body can utilize the moisture coming from the food much more effectively. Our pets are naturally designed to obtain their primary source of water from their meals. This is an important difference and becomes just another reason why feeding a raw food diet makes total sense.

Of course, our pets still need an external water source to ensure that the proper moisture requirements of the body are met. It is equally important to use distilled water (instead of tap water) to provide the external moisture requirement for your companion animals. A chlorinated water supply creates a toxic environment for the dog that is best to be avoided if possible.

It is little wonder why so many dogs are suffering from allergies and skin reactions today.

The food our pets eat and the water they drink can be precursors to bad health!

So let the food be your dog’s water source and supplement with distilled water in his bowl and watch your dog’s health begin improve dramatically.

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. He is also the author of the book Living Enzymes: The World's Best Kept Pet Food Secret. Rob and his wife love to travel with their dog, Ubi - a sheltie/beagle mix.

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Bark Out Loud

Medical Treatments For Pets

Advance - Even Surpass Human

Treatments.

As a pet's roles and importance in society continues to grow, so do the options for their medical procedures. Among the lastest available advancements is stem cell transplants, which has not yet been approved for human use.

Americans spent over $12 billion in pet medical bills in 2009, twice as much as we were spending 10 years ago according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Many pet owners now have pet insurance to help cover the cost of these expenses for our furry family members.

Of course, prevention from illness is what we all strive for, so it is comforting to know that technical advances in pet medical procedures and treatments do make it possible to save a life in an emergency. . .

Click HERE to read more

Wags of Wisdom

"If you don't own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life."
--Roger Caras

"I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons."
-Will Rogers

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