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September 1, 2010
Volume 1, Issue 5

Hello fellow animal lover,

This month’s issue of The Intelligent Pet e-zine is sure to get you in spirit of the fall season!

The month of September is when most people begin vehicle maintenance to get ready for the colder months ahead and one of those maintenance procedures is filling up your vehicle with antifreeze. This month’s Raw Knowledge article focuses on the very real danger of antifreeze poisoning so be sure to read it and get some tips on how to spot the symptoms as well as how to treat your pet fast.

The first day of fall is September 23rd and with it comes a multitude of fall activities. Learn more about the sport of dog carting in the Good Dog section and discover how much fun these dogs have exercising and training for the big race.

And if you ever wondered if sweet potatoes are a good veggie to feed your pets, then make sure to check out the If Dogs Could Talk section for the pros and cons of this ingredient.

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Don’t forget that Labor Day is September 6th and that September 11th is Patriot Day in remembrance of those lives lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Flags will be flown at half-mast on this day and there will be a moment of silence observed throughout the country at 8:46 am Eastern.

All the best to you and your pets,


Amber Keiper
Marketing Assistant and Raw Diet Educator
BARF World Inc.


REMINDER: Our office will be closed on Monday, September 6th in observance of the Labor Day holiday. We will return to the office on Tuesday and will be promptly returning all calls and emails missed during the extended weekend.


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If Dogs Could Talk

Sweet Potatoes - Good

or Bad For Dogs?

Question : I heard that sweet potatoes are good for dogs. Is this true and if so, what are the benefits?

Answer: September is the fall harvest time for sweet potatoes and as such, questions come in asking for reassurance that sweet potatoes are an acceptable diet ingredient for dogs. You may be surprised to know that the answer to this question is both yes and no.

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This vegetable ingredient is commonly used as an acceptable filler source - one that normally doesn’t cause stomach upset or other digestion problems. Sweet potatoes have much more nutrition than regular potatoes. They're rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients, and are classified as an anti-diabetic food. They received this title because animal studies have found that sweet potatoes help stabilize blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance. They contain vitamin A which also protects against emphysema.


Notable Nutrients: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Manganese, Copper, Fiber, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Iron.


However, there are a few things to be cautious of when using sweet potatoes as an ingredient in your pet’s diet. A sweet potato is full of starch so weight gain is a possibility if too much is fed. Another thing to be weary of is that the skin of the sweet potato could contain harmful chemicals if moldy. Be sure to inspect all sweet potatoes to prevent feeding a moldy sweet potato to your dog and make sure to use them sparingly.


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

Dog Carting: As "Mush" Fun You Can

Have On Dry Land

When was the last time you went Mushing? No, mushing is not something that comes off the bottom of your shoe or something you do to the BARF patties before you feed it to your dogs.  Trust me, it is not nearly as disgusting as it sounds. 

Mushing is a sport or method of transportation powered by dogs.  Most commonly, this pertains to dog sledding and dog carting, although other forms of mushing include weight pulling, skijoring (or ski driving), freighting, pulka, and scootering. 

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While dog sledding has seen its place in popular culture with movies such as “Iron Will” and “Eight Below”, dog carting remains relatively unknown throughout the United States.  My spellcheck does not even recognize the term “mushing”, even though it is the state sport of Alaska and is currently being considered as a potential Olympic sport.

While dog sledding is very popular during the winter months, dog carting is utilized mainly during the fall and spring. 

In dog carting, a cart with wheels is used instead of a sled although both operate at roughly the same speed.  In many northern states, mushers begin running their dogs as early as September as soon as the summer heat begins to fade. 

Carting season lasts until first snowfall and it resumes when the ice melts, while the temperature is still nice enough to permit tons of healthy canine exercise.  Carting (also known as dryland mushing) is popular in the northeastern United States, especially in Vermont.   Several Vermont dog sled tour companies offer carting in the absence of snow.

A carting team consists of 1 or 2 lead dogs that are charged with the task of setting the pace for the other dogs and steering. 

Lead dogs must be intelligent, exercise good judgment, and be able to locate trails - even in bad conditions. 

Next comes the swing dogs (also referred to as point dogs).  As the name would imply, they are responsible for swinging the rest of the team behind them, especially on turns.  It is common for a team to have 1 or 2 of these as well. 

Then comes the team dogs and wheel dogs.  The wheel dogs are the closest to the sled, and as a result, must be cool, calm, and collected in the presence of loud noise.  They also must be strong and be able to help navigate the cart around tight turns.  There are generally 1-2 wheelers, depending on if it is a single hitch or double hitch team. The musher will sit or stand in the cart (depending on how it is constructed), and yell out commands, such as “hike” or “mush”, and the fun will begin. 

So if you are an outdoor person who typically enjoys hiking, camping, and beautiful scenic trips or even if you just love animals, carting may be a new way to get out and about as we transition into the fall season.  What better way to stay cool and check out some great local scenery?  Not to mention, you would get to spend some time with some awesome dogs!  Happy mushing, and until next time…happy BARFing!     

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

Beware This Tasty Pet Poison

AntiPoison

Hopefully by now it is common knowledge that antifreeze (Ethylene Glycol) is a toxic poison for both humans and our pets. Unfortunately for pet owners, dogs and cats are far more susceptible to become poisoned by this toxic chemical because of the taste and the careless use of the substance.

Because September is the time of the year when many people add antifreeze to their automobiles to get ready for winter, the exposure to this poison is more eminent. It could also result from a leak in the coolant system, an overfilling of the coolant, or even the residue left in the plastic jug. Dogs and cats will be attracted to this tasty chemical and even floor residue could be enough to be fatal.

Every year more than 10,000 dogs and cats are accidentally poisoned with automobile antifreeze. This poison is toxic to all creatures including people. Less than 3 ounces of antifreeze is sufficient to poison a medium size dog and once the chemical is ingested, it is like a time bomb waiting to go off.

The poison attacks the brain, liver, and mostly the kidneys. The diagnosis of antifreeze poisoning is not difficult especially if the guardian has seen or suspects their pet has consumed the antifreeze. The classic symptoms of antifreeze poisoning include a staggering, drunken appearance, excessive drinking and urinating, depression, and wobbly gait.

The biggest hurdle in treating this condition is the essence of time.

A dog or cat can only be cured if the poisoning is detected before the extensive damage has occurred. The longer this poison remains in the body without treatment, the more damage that is caused to the kidneys.

After about 6 hours, the symptoms will begin to disappear and it will seem like the problem is over…but it is not over. That’s just how long it takes for the chemical to do its damage to the kidneys. Once the ethylene glycol is converted to formic acid and oxalate, the damage is done and at this stage it is rarely reversible.

TREATMENT

The immediate first aid treatment is to induce vomiting.

This can easily be done with a hydrogen peroxide solution of one teaspoonful per five pounds of your pet’s body weight. The hydrogen peroxide treatment can be given three times spaced at 10 minute intervals. Just make sure to only use this first aid treatment if you know that the antifreeze was consumed within a span of two hours.

If your pet has not vomited after the third dose, stop the treatment and seek veterinarian assistance immediately. Time then becomes the critical factor in saving the life of the animal. Whether the dog vomits or not, it is best to seek the advice of your veterinarian.

In most cases, dogs and cats that have consumed antifreeze in very small quantities may survive but will develop kidney failure within days of ingestion. The best suggestion we can give is to be totally aware of the danger of this chemical and take the necessary precautions to keep the pets clear of this extremely dangerous element.

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

Air Travel For Pets Can Be

Dangerous, Even Deadly.

In early August 2010, American Airlines announced that it will be launching an investigation to determine the cause of death of seven puppies that were traveling from Oklahoma to Chicago.

Animal deaths during air travel are unfortunately common. 142 deaths have been reported since May of 2005.

The Director of Comminications for the Animal Legal Defense Fund stated that the cargo areas of a plane are not temperature controlled and can be uninhabitable, especially in the winter and summer months.

Click HERE to read more


Wags of Wisdom

"When you feel dog tired at night, it may be because you've growled all day long." - Unknown

"I think we are drawn to dogs because they are the uninhibited creatures we might be if we weren't certain we knew better." - George Bird Evans, "Troubles with Bird Dogs"

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