When Sedation Gets Scary
by Al Skender
Occasionally we get horror stories from fellow dog owners about dogs who undergo anesthesia and unfortunately never wake up. After recently speaking with yet another customer with a similar tale to tell, it seemed only right to do some more research about this subject and inform our readers about how to be ready and the important steps to take before your vet performs anesthesia on your lovely pet.
Halloween is right around the corner, yet this month’s article is not intended to be spooky in any way. This is an article where you can learn a lot of great information and take proper precautions when having your vet perform anesthesia on your pet.
Anesthesia is traditionally the condition of having sensation, including the feeling of pain, blocked or temporarily taken away. This allows our pets to undergo surgery and other procedures without the distress and pain they would otherwise experience.
According to various dog health sites, before any major surgery it is suggested that you have your veterinarian perform:
So why all these tests? Well, it is extremely rare for all these tests to be normal in a dog that is a high anesthetic risk. The more your vet knows about your dog, the more they’ll know how to provide the correct anesthesia and protect your pet’s health.
- A B.U.N. (blood urea nitrogen) and creatinine test to gauge your pet’s kidney health
- An ALT (alanine aminotransferase), AP, bilirubin, and cholesterol tests to detect liver problems.
- Glucose analysis and total blood proteins detect diabetes or other debilitating diseases.
- And an EKG (or electrocardiogram) may detect heart problems. Include a hematocrit, a differential and total white blood cell count.
There are several things that you as a pet owner can do to help your veterinarian plan for successful general anesthesia and surgery. First of all, if you have any fears about your pet’s ability to tolerate anesthesia, tell you vet a week or two before surgery occurs. Your veterinarian will be more than happy to explain to you the risks and benefits of anesthesia.
One of the important factors is to make sure you tell your veterinarian if you’ve noticed any changes in your dog’s health such as: weight loss, changes in body that are unusual, exercise intolerance, etc. Most importantly, be sure to let your veterinarian know if you pet has had any reaction to medications in the past. Make sure to fast you dog for twelve hours prior to any surgery. This will help to prevent the dog from vomiting, etc. during surgery.
By following these steps above and you will reduce the risk of having things gone wrong before or during your pet’s surgery. Remember to consult your veterinarian first and don’t be afraid to ask questions and get all the information you need in order to make an informed decision about your pet’s health. Your vet is there to help guide you in making the best possible decision for your pet’s care.
Al Skender is a Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc. He’s a self-proclaimed expert on the German Shepherd breed, owning several of them throughout his life. He enjoys being outdoors and prefers it to being stuck in front of the television, unless The Office or CSI is on. 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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The History of Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang
by Christopher Hampson
October 2nd marks the 61st anniversary of the Peanuts comic strip (formerly known as “Li’l Folks”) featuring a clever gang of children led by Charlie Brown – an insecure little boy with a heart of gold, and his smart-alecky dog, Snoopy.
Did you know?
The original drawings of Snoopy were inspired by Spike, one of Schulz's childhood dogs.
Snoopy debuted in the Peanuts comic on October 4th, 1950. He is one of the most beloved internationally recognized dogs - imaginary or otherwise. The black and white beagle has been charming his way into our hearts for over 60 years. His birthday is celebrated all over the world on August 28th to commemorate the day in 1950 when creator, Charles Schulz, put pen to paper with heart and imagination, giving birth to Snoopy the dog.
We love Snoopy! Being a dog gives him points right off the get go, but our affection for this doggie doodle goes much deeper than that. We identify with this beagle.
Obviously, he is not completely like us. He is a dog - a cartoon. But Snoopy FEELS like us. When he is served a dish of gross food in a bowl on the ground, his face gags in revolt, tongue shamelessly arching out of his mouth. We “get” Snoopy…and he get’s us too.
Snoopy’s happy dance always puts a grin on our faces, making you feel as though you got up out of your chair and did the dance yourself (and some of you actually do).
Charles “Sparky” Schulz, the father of the Peanuts comic strip, gave us nearly 50 years of laughs and witty thoughts before passing away in February of 2000.
Schulz grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his parents, Dena and Carl. From an early age he knew that he wanted to be a cartoonist.
He placed his dream on hold though to serve his country in World War II as a machinegun squad leader.
Later, despite many rejections from comic strip carriers, Charles diligently pursued the career he knew he was destined for until Charlie Brown and Snoopy became the worldwide icons that we know and love today.
Schulz once described his thoughts on the art of cartooning as this: "Drawing cartoons is a great way to share your ideas. A cartoonist is no different from any other type of artist - he or she wants to express him/herself. There is a joy in playing the piano or painting a wonderful watercolor. There is also a joy in communicating a thought, whether serious or funny, to another person."
To celebrate this momentous occasion, why not watch the classic Halloween film, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” with your kids? Or if you’re in the Northern California area, go up and visit the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California.
To honor Charles Schulz’s memory, local cartoon historian, Mark Cohen, the cartoonist’s wife, Jeannine, and Schulz’s longtime friend and attorney, Edwin Anderson opened the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center as a tribute to this marvelous artist and local town hero.
For more information about the Charles M. Schulz Museum or the history of the Peanuts comic, visit www.schulzmuseum.org or www.peanuts.com.
Christopher Hampson is the Manager of Customer Relations at BARF World Inc. and aspiring artist. He and his wife love to take their Poodle/Chihuahua mix, Sakaki, to the local dog park to keep her fit. 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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Feeding Raw Pork – Not As Scary As You May Think
by Robert Mueller
This controversial subject is another matter that requires education and an assessment of the risk. There are numerous articles written about the risk of feeding pork to humans because of the filth and potential health risks associated with the "other white meat."
As October is celebrated as National Pork Month, it seemed appropriate to address the common hesitation that many new BARF diet feeders (BARFers) seem to have when it comes to the question of whether to incorporate pork in their dog's diet. There are many reasons why we include pork as an important ingredient in our Juicy Combo Recipe. The choice to use a combination of four proteins - beef, chicken, lamb, and pork - in our Combo diet provides a natural blend of nutrients topromote muscle building and cell repairing amino acids in the body.
Having been in this business now for over 35 years, I have gained valuable insight and knowledge from the dog racing side of this industry. Dog sled riders (aka mushers) have learned that it is critical for the dogs to build muscle mass and allow for quick repair of the body. Using lean pork is an ideal way to provide a hypoallergenic, antibiotic-free, and hormone-free protein base to their racing dogs.
Over 20 years ago, mushers learned that pork protein is the best choice to build the muscle mass in their working dogs. Sled dogs, hunting dogs and performance dogs need this type of protein to meet the high demands made on these animals. In comparing the different protein choices, pork has more of the essential amino acids present, which provides the building blocks for increased muscle mass and body repair. Pork is also a very digestible protein for both dogs and cats.
For many years, the poultry industry took a back seat to beef as an ingredient in processed dog foods. With growing interest in health issues for people and their pets, many consumers began to search for alternatives. As a result, the poultry industry has blossomed and now has overcome the stigma that poultry was a second-class meat source. Now the pork industry is working hard to change it's image and is becoming a more acceptable protein choice for our pets.
The most common concern new BARFers have about feeding raw pork to their pets is the possible risk of trichinosis exposure.
Trichinosis (aka trichinellosis or trichiniasis) is a “parasitic disease that is caused by eating raw or undercooked pork or wild game infected with the larvae of a species of roundworm.” Back in the early 20th century, pigs would come into contact with the roundworm larvae in raw garbage that was being fed to them. Luckily, this is now very uncommon here in the United States where, over the last 50 years, the USDA has put strict protocols in place to prevent trichinosis exposure in our meat supply. The few cases of trichinosis that are reported in the U.S. each year are mainly the result of eating undercooked bear or other game meats. 
Anyone that decides to feed a raw meat diet to their carnivorous friend is accepting the philosophy of giving their pet the most appropriate diet for his species, allowing him to thrive as nature intended on a natural, raw food diet. We know that Mother Nature has provided our animal companions with the “right equipment” to be able to handle foods in their natural, raw state. Hopefully this helps to give you a better understanding of the benefits of including pork in your pet’s diet and will allow you to make an informed decision for your own animal.
 Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trichinosis
 USDA: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/trichinae/docs/fact_sheet.htm
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, Moxie – a Yorkshire Terrier/Maltese mix. 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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Trick Or Treat With Etta Says!
by Evan price
As I’m sure you already know, here at BARF World, we are dedicated to providing the best possible service that we can to our customers. We pride ourselves on our ability to educate, resolve issues, as well as implement the best programs we can for our customers. And of course, we take a ton of pride in the quality of our diet and our supplements.
In an effort to keep in touch with the needs of our clients, we recently surveyed our members to find out what other products they wanted to see from us next. The answer was overwhelming…healthy, natural, delicious TREATS!!!
Finally! A Raw Diet Friendly, BARF-Approved Treat
The BARF World Team went to work trying hard to find a treat supplier that not only shared our raw diet philosophy but also met our strict standards of nutrition and quality.
Let me tell you, it was not easy! But since we are committed to pleasing you - our faithful customer - we continued on. After reviewing through dozens of treat companies, we finally found one that we felt confident recommending.
Just to make sure that the treats are up to snuff, we did numerous taste tests using our own beloved pets. All eleven dogs we had sample these treats (and one cat) ate them without any hesitation.
So, at this time, we are proud to announce BARF World’s new treat supplier: Etta Says!
What is Freeze Drying?
Freeze-drying is the next best thing to raw because it does not cook the food. The freeze-drying process freezes the raw livers so that the moisture is safely removed from it. This process helps maintain many of the natural enzymes and nutrients you would find in raw liver. Etta Says! treats are all sourced from the USA and are human-grade quality. Another reason the treats are so tasty is because they are all natural. In fact, the only ingredient is liver making them perfect for pets with allergies or digestive issues.
So make sure to add these delicious treats onto your next order…or try a sample pack (while supplies last).
Since we are a company that LOVES to hear from our customers, please shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call (1-866-282-2273) and let us know what you think of these treats. And we’re all ears when it comes to the next big thing you want to see us come out with.
Thanks again, and 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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