January 5th, 2011
• 12/18/2010 - Kroger recalls pet foods due to possible health risk
• 10/21/2010 - Western Milling Recalls Universal Turkey and Kruse G.B. Turkey Grower Feeds
• 10/8/2010 - Blue Buffalo Recalls Limited Productions of Dry Dog Food Because of Possible Excess Vitamin D
**For a list of current pet food recalls, click HERE.
Volume 2, Issue 1
Happy New Year!
This month is full of new beginnings and new resolutions. Many of us choose diet and exercise as one of our top New Year’s resolutions for 2011. So in the spirit of getting fit and healthy, this month’s issue of “The Intelligent Pet” e-zine is all about proper weight management for our pets.
Robert Mueller explains the 5 quick ways you can keep your pet trim in the “Raw Knowledge” section.
Of course the weather outside isn’t always ideal for exercising your pet, especially if you live in an area that has been experiencing some heavy snow blizzards recently. That’s why we asked Evan to take a closer look at how some people will get creative with their pets and find ways to exercise their dogs when they can’t go outside. Read more about this in the “Good Dog” section below.
And if you’ve ever wondered if your pet is overweight or just “Pleasantly Plump”, scan through “If Dogs Could Talk. This section goes into great detail about how to prevent many common health ailments by regulating your pet’s weight as well as how to recognize the signs of pet obesity.
Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to get fit, get healthy and stay happy!
All the best to you and your furry friends for 2011,
Marketing Assistant/Raw Diet Educator
BARF World Inc.
Important Dates to Remember:
January is Pudgy Pet Prevention Month and National Hot Tea Month
- January 1st - New Years’ Day
- January 2, 1788 – Cuba Gooding Jr.’s birthday (Snow Dogs)
- January 8, 1935 – Elvis Aaron Presley’s birthday
- January 17th – Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday Observed
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3 Sure Signs of a Healthy Weight
by Amber Keiper
According to the US Census, 67% of adult Americans are overweight or obese. In a country where 62% of households own at least one pet, is it any wonder why over half of the dogs and cats in the United States are also overweight or obese?
In a culture that prides itself in treating their household pets as they do their own children, it does seem as if this way of thinking has as many risks as it does benefits.
Similar health issues that currently plague the human population are now also affecting our beloved animal companions. Take a look at the following list of common health ailments that our overweight pets are being diagnosed with. You may see some similarities in this list in relation to the list of human health ailments related to obesity today.
(show both lists side by side here)
Common Health Issues Related to Pet Obesity
- Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes
- Kidney and Liver Disease
- Respiratory Disease
- Reduced Life Expectancy and Death
- Various Forms of Cancer
Common Health Issues Related to Human Obesity
- Coronary heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Dyslipidemia (for example, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides)
- Liver and Gallbladder disease
- Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
- Osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint)
- Gynecological problems (abnormal menses, infertility)
So how can you tell if your pet is truly out of shape? Look for the following signs of a healthy weight pet:
Healthy Weight Pet Checklist
- Ribs and backbone are not seen but are easily felt when touched
- A side view of the animal shows a tucked abdomen (no sagging stomach)
- An overhead view of the pet’s body is an hourglass figure instead of rounded at the waist
You can also check out www.petobesityprevention.com for a chart of Ideal Pet Weight Ranges based on your dog’s breed (cat breeds also included in this chart).
What if your pet doesn’t pass the Healthy Weight Pet Checklist?
There are a few simple things that you can do right away to get your pet back on track towards his or her ideal weight:
- Switch your pet to BARF World’s BARF diet patties and nuggets. The BARF Diet is a high protein, low carb raw food diet - which is what your pet is designed to eat - and will result in a leaner, more toned pet.
- Be sure to add E-BARF Plus enzyme supplement with probiotics to your pet’s daily meals. E-BARF Plus will help aid digestion and maximize the absorption of nutrients which will satisfy your pet’s hunger and prevent overeating.
- Eliminate all treats, snacks, and in-between meals. Though it seems harsh, snacks and treats are a common culprit of overweight pets. Instead of reaching for another treat, why not give your pet some extra special attention or do a fun activity together like going for a walk in the park?
- Make sure your pet gets plenty of exercise. If your pet is obese, it is highly recommended to gradually increase their exercise over time so that your pet does not get overstimulated or injured.
Following these simple steps can help your pet shed those extra pounds and prevent more serious health issues down the road. By maintaining your pet’s weight appropriately you will ensure that you and your furry friend can enjoy many happy and healthy years together.
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by Evan Price
With the start of the New Year, many of us are beginning to give thought to our “New Years Resolutions”. One of the biggest resolutions made every year is to get to the gym, start a diet, and shed a few unwanted pounds.
Though I don’t necessarily need to lose any extra weight, even I feel the need to hit the gym after all the holiday feasts and treats. Maybe it was the honey-glazed holiday ham or the many, many boxes of See’s candies…
Exercise is important for our pets as well…but it is not always so easy. This winter has left many parts of the U.S. with record breaking low temperatures and even some extremely high snowfall.
What To Do When It’s Too Cold For A Walk
While indoor exercise is unlikely to be on par with a 45 minute walk or a 30 minute fetch-fest at the local park, there are some things that you and your pet can do to make sure he doesn’t get bored or restless (and maybe tear up the furniture).
One idea is to get your hands on a treadmill or tread-wheel. A tread wheel (you know, those things that hamsters run in) is a great way for your pet to be able to control the speed, duration, and intensity of the workout. You may be surprised to hear that some pets will voluntarily walk quite far in these devices. Treadmills give the owner or trainer more control, and many pet stores stock these machines for dogs of any size. Just be sure to consult a retailer about the proper length of the belt, which should be at least 50% longer than the length of the dog.
When the weather outside prevents you and your pet from going out for some exercise, you can opt for some indoor obedience training or practice some tricks instead.
Mental exercise is often more tiring than physical exercise. Start with simple commands, such as “sit” or “roll over” and see if you can progress to something more difficult like “play dead” or “shake”. Not only will this help your dog get a little mental stimulation, it will also help to strengthen your relationship with your pet. Certain commands such as “beg” and “shake” will require a dog to stand on his hind legs, strengthening core and leg muscles and improving balance.
Lastly, I want to leave you with a few extra ideas that you can try when no one, including the dog, wants to go outside. You could try some interactive puzzles. Many toy stores will sell puzzle toys that provide a challenge - and sometimes a tasty treat - as a reward for a job well done.
It might also be a good idea to check around for a local indoor agility facility. Agility training is a great combination of physical and mental activity. If all else fails, throwing a tennis ball or a toy around the living room for a few minutes is still way better exercise than none at all.
Until next time…happy BARFing!
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5 Quick Tips to Keep Your Pet Trim
by Robert Mueller
Many concerned pet parents will often ask me for the best way to get their pets back to good health. They come to me with animals suffering from a wide variety of ailments – allergies, irritable bowel disorder, cancer – the list goes on and on.
Believe it or not, proper weight management is one of the best ways to improving your pet’s health and longevity. Many health problems such as arthritis, diabetes, respiratory issues, and heart disease can be prevented simply by reducing the animal’s weight.
Here are 5 quick tips to keep your pet trim, healthy and enjoying life:
Tip #1- Eliminate the “Free Feeding” Habit.
Excessive weight issues are created when your pet is allowed to graze on kibble (free feeding) over a long period of time. Dogs are not meant to “graze” on kibble throughout the day and are in fact naturally designed to hunt and scavenge for their food. Most adult dogs do best on a 6 day feeding, one day fasting meal schedule. The day of fasting allows the body to detoxify and start fresh for the next week’s feeding schedule.
Tip #2- Switch Your Dog to a Grain-Free Raw Food Diet (BARF).
The high levels of soluble carbohydrates contained in dry food diets are largely responsible for the overweight pet epidemic that currently plagues our canine and feline companions. Feed your dog a diet that he is designed to eat instead – one that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates. BARF World’s BARF Diet patties and nuggets are what your pet needs to safely slim down and become more toned. This tip - along with tip # 1 - is the very best control mechanism to keep your dog trim and fit.
Tip #3 - Incorporate Routine Physical Activity & Exercise.
Our pets are no different than us when it comes to the need for physical activity and exercise. Exercise is especially important to combat the over indulgence of soluble carbohydrates from grain-filled, dry food diets. Plus it gives your pet mental and emotional stimulation as well. Go for a long walk with your pet or try taking an agility course together. Not only is it a great way to get your bodies moving and heart pumping…it can also be a great bonding experience for you both.
Tip #4 - Ensure Proper Digestion & Maximum Utilization of Nutrients with E-BARF Plus.
BARF World has formulated the perfect blend of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and probiotics in the E-BARF Plus supplement. This product is intended to replace the nutrition that is lost by heat processing nutrients and is a necessary supplement for pets currently being fed a kibble, canned, or cooked diet. It can also be used along with the BARF diet as a dietary digestive aid for dogs that have had their immune systems compromised from antibiotics, steroids or vaccinations.
Tip # 5- Repair Your Pet’s Skin & Coat by Including E-Omega Coat to your Pet’s Meal.
The condition of your pet’s skin and coat is an indication of what the current state your pet’s internal health is in. A poor skin and coat condition is indicative of an underlying health condition. By adding E-Omega Coat oil to your pets’ daily meals, you not only provide them with the essential fatty acids that their body needs - you also provide additional lubrication of the joints which helps prevent arthritis and other bone and joint issues. Just make sure not to over supplement your pet with this delicious coconut flavored oil as too much E-Omega Coat can cause weight gain.
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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After 3 Years Husky Reunited
With Original Owner
While out on a walk with her new owners, Bridget, a German short-haired pointer and husky mix, pulled free and took off. She spent the next 3 years surviving in the Alaskan wilderness before being reunited with her original owner, Amanda Byrd.
Though missing a left paw, Bridget was back to her cuddly personality once home.
Click HERE for the full amazing story!