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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.

January 26th, 2011
Volume 2, Issue 2

Love is definitely in the air this month!

The most romantic holiday of the year, Valentine's Day is February 14th but don't think that it's only for couples. No way! Valentine's Day is the perfect holiday to show all of those people in your life just how much you love them...and that includes your pets as well.

If you need some creative inspiration on how to make this lovely holiday special for your pets then the "Good Dog" section is perfect for you. Evan gives you some special tips on how to include your pets in the heartfelt festivities.

We also have a very special guest writer this month in the "If Dogs Could Talk" column. Dr. Lorre Eaton of Eaton Energetics shares with us an important first aid item that you should NEVER be without. This crucial item can truly save you or your pet!

And for those of you who are currently experiencing "puppy love" with the addition of a new puppy to your household, make sure to read Rob's article on proper puppy nutrition in the "Raw Knowledge" section of the e-zine.

Lots of to you and your furry friends,


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

Important Dates to Remember:

February is Love Your Pet Month


  • February 2nd - Groundhog Day

  • February 3rd – Chinese New Year

  • Februrary 14th – Valentine's Day

  • February 21st – President's Day


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If Dogs Could Talk

This Trusty First Aid Item

Can Save Your Pet's Life

by Dr. Lorre Eaton

This is a true story that happened a few years ago and it has changed my life in a few ways.

Living in California we have the pleasure of having lots of wonderful places to walk our dogs. I had recently adopted a lab mix named Schroeder and would often take him out to a large pasture near my house for long walks. My friend Lisa decided to come along one day with her two standard poodles.

The dogs were chasing balls and frolicking in the Spring sunshine – it was quite a sight!
About half a mile from the car, Schroeder suddenly yelped and started to shake his head frantically. Lisa exclaimed, “Shoot, he just got stung by a bee. I saw it!”

I quickly went over to check him out. Schroeder looked a little weird and spaced out. Then he abruptly collapsed.

Being a chiropractor I know a bit about medicine, so right away I thought, “Oh my God, he’s having an anaphylaxis reaction!” In a panic, my mind began to race as I tried to figure out what to do next. I suddenly remembered that I always carried Benadryl antihistamine dissolvable strips in my belly bag ever since my niece and I got chased and stung by a swarm of bees the previous year.

I quickly fumbled through my belly bag and found the strips. I got them out and shoved three Benadryl strips into Schroeder’s mouth praying that they would help. I knew that it was a pretty large dose for a dog his size - he’s about 45 lbs. or so - but I was desperate.

It is amazing what the human body can do in a life or death situation. Moving as quickly as I could, I carried him towards the direction of the car. Luckily by the time we reached the vehicle, he started to become a little more conscious.

In the end all was well. Though Schroeder survived that challenge, I ALWAYS carry dissolvable antihistamine strips with me wherever we go. It can save a life...and not just your dog’s life either.

Schroder

Sometimes people and animals will have an unexpected anaphylaxes reaction. My brother-in-law, who is a physician, had a friend who had an unexpected anaphylaxis reaction on an airplane. The airline didn’t carry any adrenaline or major antihistamine products on board and regrettably, he died as a result.

It is simple to keep a number of Benadryl strips in your wallet, in your car, and in your household pet first aid kit. It could save your pet’s life, and perhaps even your own. Though, at the very least, having some dissolvable antihistamine strips on hand will possibly give you a little extra time to get your pet to the emergency room.


Dr. Lorre Eaton is a licensed chiropractor, metaphysical healer and owner of Eaton Energetics based in Lafayette, CA. She currently maintains a practice for adults and children, with a focus on autistic and developmentally delayed children and young adults. She and her lab mix, Schroeder are firm believers in proper nutrition for people and pets and are advocates of the BARF Diet for our canine companions.


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Good Dog

5 Ways To Show Your Dog

Some Love

by Evan Price

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and already you can see the store shelves are stocked with flowers, candies and other love-inspired gifts for that special person in your life.

But did you know that Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to just be just about romance? You can use this holiday to celebrate the love between friends and family.

There is also another special someone who would love a little extra attention on this day (or any day for that matter) and that “someone” is of course your dog.

Here are a few creative ways to help you make Valentine’s Day a little more special for you beloved pet:

  1. Throw your Pet a Valentine’s Day Party.  Print out some cute invitations and send them to all your dog-loving friends.  It is a good idea to make sure all the dogs are familiar with each other and that they all get along before the big event.  Have plenty of balls, Frisbees, and other toys on hand for the dogs to share.  You are also going to want to be well stocked on plastic bags and pooper-scoopers.
  1. Read Your Dog a Story.  Children aren’t the only ones who enjoy being read to.  The sound of a master’s voice is often calming and soothing to a dog.  Plus they love being cuddled with so curl up on the couch or floor and grab one of you old favorite books to read - maybe there is a story you used to read to your children when they were little.
  1. Spend a Little Extra Time Doing the Familiar Stuff.  Take an extra-long walk or make that morning rub just a little bit longer than usual.  Just be careful about adding extra treats into the mix.  If you are going to put a little extra in the bowl, make sure that the snack is a healthy one.  BARF World’s Juicy Chicken Nuggets are great to use as a snack in between meals.  As always, please make sure to keep candy - especially chocolate - out of reach of your dogs as this can be dangerous and potentially fatal to canines.
  1. A Little Grooming Goes a Long Way.  Part of feeling good is looking good!  Take your pets to the groomer or local pet salon.  Even if you do your own grooming, this can be a special treat for the ones who love you unconditionally.  If you insist on doing your own grooming, give your furry friends a bath and an extra-long brushing so that they look their best on Valentine’s Day. Once your pet is looking sharp you may even consider taking Valentine’s Day pictures together.
  1. Go on a Mini Shopping Spree. There are loads of specialty shops out there that cater to the pampered pooch.  Even if your dog isn’t as spoiled as most BARF pets are, going out and splurging on your pup one day a year can’t really hurt, right?  You can go out and buy your dog a new outfit or even something as simple and functional as a new collar or feeding bowl. A friend of mine recently went out and bought his girlfriend’s pet a new bed and instantly won brownie points both with his girlfriend AND her pet!


If you have any other creative tips on how to show your dog some love this Valentine’s, send us an email at info@barfworld.com. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your furry friends. Until next time…Happy BARFing!


Evan Price is a Raw Diet Educator for 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. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet monthly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.


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Raw Knowledge

Puppy Love - Guidelines for Puppy Nutrition

by Robert Mueller

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The first 6 to 12 months of a puppy’s life are the most critical because it is during this life stage that the pattern for the dog’s future health is set. The development of the skeletal frame is especially vital for the large and giant breed dog.

We often receive a variety of inquiries from new pet owners related to puppy health issues - the most notable are usually related to issues of digestion, musculoskeletal development, and coat/skin condition.  It is interesting to note that the majority of the health problems that our puppies encounter are mainly nutrition related which is commonly caused by the continuous ingestion of heat-processed, commercial pet food diets.

After seeing the development of puppy growth patterns over the last 35 years, I have observed is that the ingestion of high levels of soluble carbohydrates found in most commercial pet foods cause these irregular growth spurts to happen at different intervals.  

What basically happens is because of these sporadic growth spurts, the muscle and bone development is completely out of sync. This can generate major stress on the skeletal structure of the animal. If the muscles, tendons, cartilage and bone all develop at different rates the result is structural damage in the form of hip dysplasia, arthritis, and other musculoskeletal conditions.

By feeding puppies a raw food diet, like the BARF Diet, you tend to slow down these growth spurts and instead allow the muscle and bone development to happen at a slower, more defined pace. This minimizes the risk of developmental issues in the dog.

We get questioned regularly whether or not we sell a puppy formula, a maintenance diet, or a senior formula like many other pet food companies will commonly offer the consumer. The great thing about the BARF Diet patties and nuggets is that your dog is getting the proper balance of nutrients from the SAME diet whether your pet is a puppy, adult or senior.

Based on your pet’s nutritional needs during his or her various life stages, only the feeding amounts need to really be adjusted and not the actual formula.

Puppies require more food than adults as they need the extra energy for proper body development. As your dog gets older and his or her activity level decreases, we advise that you adjust the formula to lessen the amount of food being fed to your pet to avoid weight issues.

This is similar to the way that Mother Nature balances the internal nutritional requirements of your pet – it is simply a matter of portion control.

At BARF World, we have formulated the diet in a way that mimics the evolutionary blend found in nature. We offer convenient, complete and balanced raw food diet blends for modern day pet guardians who want to provide their pet a natural, biologically appropriate diet.

I often suggest a twice daily feeding approach by offering the BARF Diet patties and/or nuggets as a morning meal and again in the evening. Many pet parents will also incorporate a six day feeding, one day fasting dietary schedule. This allows their pet’s body a chance to completely utilize the nutrients ingested as well as expel all excess toxins that may have built up in the body.

Feeding your pet the BARF Diet patties and nuggets from puppy to adult to senior, you ensure that your pet has the best chance of a healthy and happy life. Plus, there’s the added bonus of lifelong canine/human loyalty as you continuously show your animal companion just how much you really care.



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, Ube - a sheltie/beagle mix.


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Bark Out Loud

Wags of Wisdom


A man may smile and bid you hail
Yet wish you to the devil;
But when a good dog wags his tail,
You know he's on the level.
-Author Unknown


Comic

Firefighter Saves Family's Dog

With Mouth to Snout Resuscitation


While at a call for a house fire, Colorado Springs firefighters found three dogs stranded inside the burning building. The smallest dog - a Chihuahua - was beginning to go stiff. Acting quickly, firefighter Darrel Pellet applied a similar technique to mouth to mouth resuscitation and was able to revive the family's dogs.

Most firefighters are trained to provide first aid to humans but not to canines. Pellet's thinking was that the principles should be the same and as luck would have it, they were.

Click HERE to read the full article.



Raw Tip of the Month:


Since animals dog not communicate through spoken language like humans do, an owner's emotional response to their pet is important - so much so that it can affect their overall health and immune system.

Speaking to one's pet in calm, positive manner relaxes and reassures them - lowering anxiety and improving the immune system.


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