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Editor's Note
October 31st, 2011
Volume 2, Issue 11


Gobble Gobble! Thanksgiving is just around the corner…and while you’re busy running around getting everything done for the holidays, don’t forget to take a moment to stop, sit down and relax with a cup of tea and the latest issue of The Intelligent Pet because this is one thing that you don’t have to feel guilty about having seconds of this year.

Here’s what we have in store for you this month:
  • Good Dog –How To Tell If Your Dog Is S.A.D.
  • Raw Knowledge –Can Convenience Be Destroying Your Pet’s Health?
  • Bark Out Loud – Chinese Dog Owners Turn “Domestic” Into Majestic
And being that Thanksgiving is all about “giving thanks” let us take this opportunity to THANK YOU for being such a pro-active pet owner and subscribe to our e-zine. By reading The Intelligent Pet each month, you are ensuring that you have the right tools to make an informed decision about your pet’s health.

From all of us at BARF World Inc.,

Al, Evan, Christopher, Amber, Ed, Jose, Natasha, Lily & Rob
The BARF World Team

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Raw Knowledge

Good Dog

If Dogs Could Talk

Hot Dog Products

Bark Out Loud

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Pet Alert!

10/4/2011MThumb Oilseed Recalls Soy Flour (Utilized To Manufacture Human and Animal Food) Due To Salmonella Contamination

8/8/2011Merrick Pet Care Recalls Doggie Wishbone Due To Possible Salmonella Health Risk.

**For a list of current pet food recalls, click HERE.

Mark Your Calendars:

Important Dates to Remember

November is National Healthy Skin Month
  • November 11th – Veteran’s Day.
  • November 15th – America Recycles Day. Why not take this opportunity to de-clutter your house and recycle broken and unused electronics that may be taking up extra space?
  • November 18th – Happy Birthday to Mickey Mouse! Mickey (created by Walt Disney) turns 83 today.
  • November 24th – Thanksgiving Day. BARF offices and fulfillment centers will be closed.
  • November 25th – BARF offices and fulfillment centers will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • November 30th – Stay Home Because You’re Well Day. Enough said.
If Dogs Could Talk

A $3,000 Vet Bill - Are Allergy Tests Really Worth It?

By Robert Mueller

"Last week I took my dog into the vet clinic to have him checked out for a severe skin and allergy condition. What I thought was just going to be a routine examination turned out to be an expensive medical work-up. Unfortunately, the costs of performing the routine examinations and the follow up tests are just as expensive as they are for a human exam. The equipment needed to perform the tests are the same cost and the lab costs to have the tests done are just as expensive.

I had given my permission to find out what was causing the problem without asking up front what the cost would be. Now I have a bill that is owed that I will have a problem paying.

I sure wish that I would have heard about the BARF DIET before I had all the tests done because since I have been feeding the raw meat diet, my dogs symptoms and allergies have gone away. I feel it was a waste of time and money to have subjected my dog to the allergy shots, steroid treatments and lab tests."

These are the type of stories that we hear about every week from our clients and it reinforces our efforts to promote proper nutrition as a way of naturally healing the body rather than simply treating the symptoms. If you can rebuild the immune system then the body’s internal healing process can be the best medicine there is.

Allergies and skin conditions usually occur as a result of the continuous ingestion of heat processed, chemically laden, and grain based diets. The addition of preservatives, artificial flavor enhancements, chemicals, fat sprays found in kibble, canned and semi-moist foods can over time cause your dog’s body to finally say, “WHOA! I’ve had enough!”

Human nutrition is no different. If you continue to abuse your body, it will eventually break down and not function properly. You may begin to develop digestive problems such as acid reflux or IBS. Your weight can get out of control and you may begin to develop allergies or skin conditions that you never had before. But if you’re proactive about it, you may still have enough time to reverse the trend by simply nutrition so that the body works efficiently and properly and can naturally fight the allergens that are aggravating it.

Steroids, antibiotics and topical treatments are the most common methods used in conventional medicine to treat allergy symptoms. Yet the treatment of individual symptoms is only a short-term solution. The real benefit comes from applying a long-term therapy program with the cornerstone being to switch your dog’s food to a species-appropriate raw diet. A biologically appropriate raw food diet (BARF) that rebuilds the immune system is the body’s very best defense mechanism. Antibiotics and steroids can work to temporarily relieve allergy symptoms…but these are nasty treatments that over time, tend to further break down the body’s immune system. This can make your pet more susceptible to more aggressive allergy conditions or further diseases down the road.

Before you look into having your pet tested for allergies, why not take the 30-Day BARF Diet® challenge first and see for yourself if a switch to raw works? You don’t lose anything for trying and in the end you may be able to save a TON of money by not getting that expensive allergy test done after all!

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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Good Dog

How To Tell If Your Dog Is S.A.D.

By Evan Price

It is amazing how our pets can exhibit some of the same behavioral characteristics as their human counterparts. Some dogs are mellow and low-key, others are commonly described as “high-maintenance”, and (just like most of us) most dogs often fall somewhere in the middle.

Do you remember how you felt on your first day of school? Were you excited to meet new people or were you nervous about leaving the safety and security of Mom and Dad? If the latter sounds like you, you may have had a little case of separation anxiety.

Separation Anxiety Disorder or SAD (not to be confused with Seasonal Affective Disorder) is a disorder characterized as exhibiting an extreme fear or anxiety about being left alone for prolonged periods of time. The anxiety can be so severe that it interferes with the functions of daily life. Of course, it isn’t always this severe. If the anxiety symptoms don’t necessarily inhibit daily life, it is simply referred to as separation anxiety and the word “disorder” is dropped. While this condition is the human standard, with canines there is no documented “disorder” yet many of the symptoms are quite similar to those of a human experiencing SAD.

Humans can begin to display characteristics of separation anxiety if they are detached from someone they have a profound emotional connection to. This is no different for your dog. Since dogs are “pack” animals, it is only natural for them to want to be near their owners, who are the leaders of the pack. While being apart for a few hours is usually not a problem, a period of more than eight hours can certainly trigger separation anxiety.

The types of behavior that your dog might exhibit may vary, but can include:
  • Excessive whining, barking, or howling
  • Urination or defecation
  • Chewing of household items and furniture, such as table legs, pillows, couch cushions, blankets, and shoes
  • Digging in the yard, or clawing and scratching at doors. This is an attempt to escape captivity and locate the pack leader
There are a few ways to avoid this issue if you have a dog that is a little on the destructive side.

One is to crate your dog in the house. This way, property damage is kept to a minimum. The best way to do this is to keep your pet in a fenced off room where there are no dangers present and make it as comfortable for your pet as possible. Include his favorite toys, blanket and some water within easy reach. You can also play some soothing music to help calm him.

Another is to bring your dog with you whenever you can. Even if your dog has to wait in the car for a few minutes, it is often less stressful for the dog, and your pet will feel less abandoned. Just make sure that you don’t leave your pet in the car for long periods of time, especially during warm weather environments! Heatstroke is a very real danger when leaving your pet in the car because dogs have very minimal sweat glands and can overheat quickly. Also the internal temperature in your car can rapidly escalate, turning a mildly warm day into a hot inferno within a matter or minutes.

For these reasons, you can alternatively enroll your pet in doggie day care while you’re away at work. Doggie day care provides your pet the avenue of expelling pent up energy and allows him to engage in social interactions with other friendly dogs while helping to fill the void for a pack environment.

When you have an easily anxious dog, you can use a few sprays of Nelson Bach Rescue Remedy under his tongue or rub some in his ears (mucous membranes). Rescue Remedy is an effective blend of flower essence which can help naturally calm your pet without any harsh side effects.

For more information on separation anxiety, please visit the following websites:

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/separation_anxiety.html
http://www.dogseparationanxietyhelp.com

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

Can Convenience Be Destroying Your Pet’s Health?

by Robert Mueller

Human and animal nutrition is one of the sciences about which man is blissfully ignorant - even though his welfare, existence, health and life depend upon it.

Isn't it a shame that in today's busy lifestyle, convenience takes precedence over logic? Think about it…is it logical that your pet’s dog food can stay nutritionally stable within a bag that has been opened for 30 days without being frozen or refrigerated? What would one expect to find on a dog food label that would guarantee this stable condition? Artificial preservatives of course!

The preservatives used in canned and kibble pet foods – in combination with the other harmful additives such as pesticides, flavoring agents, fat sprays, fillers, and other chemicals – merely offer the convenience of a “pour into a bowl” product. Yet we often fail to stop and think of what negative effects convenience-based foods really play on the nutritional value of our pet’s meal.

Let’s face it - you can't fool Mother Nature. Yet that is exactly what kibble manufacturers are trying to do. They are utilizing inexpensive ingredient sources and adding flavor-enhancing fat sprays to their products to entice your dog to eat it, all the while promoting their blends as the ultimate nutrient-rich, convenience-based diet. They try to promote their products as the optimum nutrition choice despite the harmful additives and inferior ingredient sources they truly contain.

Doesn't it make more sense to feed a diet that is biologically designed to fit your dog’s nutritional needs?

That is actually our philosophy here at BARF World and is what “BARF” really stands for: Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. Raw diets are what our canines were designed to eat and offer all the nutrients our pets need to live longer and healthier than dogs fed poor-quality kibble and canned food diets.

But what about convenience?

Many pet owners who see the true value of feeding their pets a raw diet will often start by attempting to make a raw food diet at home. While making your pet’s food yourself can be a rewarding experience for you and your pet, after a while it can be tough to continue, especially with the hectic lifestyles we lead now a days. Busy pet owners who wish to feed their dogs a raw diet find the home-prepared raw process time consuming, messy, and troublesome as they continuously struggle with reliable ingredient sources and the proper nutritional balance.

That is how BARF World began. By getting the best animal nutritionists, veterinarians, and raw diet feeders together to collaborate and create a properly balanced raw food diet for our pets, we have effectively solved the problem of feeding inappropriate convenience-based foods to our animals and instead created the ultimate solution to convenient, easy-to-feed yet nutrient-rich raw food diets.

Yes, the BARF Diet® is the answer!

Frozen, raw, and properly balanced, BARF World’s BARF Diet® patties and nuggets contain the ultimate blend of raw diet nutrients in a convenient, easy-to-feed form for the busy pet owner - simply thaw and serve. That’s all it takes to ensure proper nutrition and a healthy diet for your pet.


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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Hot Dog Products

No Muss, No Fuss with BARF World’s Chicken Nuggets

By Amber Keiper


Not very many people know this but one of the founding partners of BARF World is actually a strict vegetarian.

Now you’re probably wondering how a vegetarian who has sworn off meat for good could possibly create a company that makes raw dog food with MEAT being the main ingredient. Well, the reality is that after Lily Noon, President of BARF World Inc., saw first hand the magic that meat had on her black lab, Quinn she decided to change her idea about this particular protein source for her dog.

Of course, it is still hard for some vegetarians to feed raw meat even though they know of all the benefits that the BARF Diet® will provide their pets. Many vegetarians struggle with the thought of handling raw, bloody meat on a daily basis. That’s one of the reasons why we created the BARF Diet® Juicy Chicken Nuggets recipe. With BARF’s Juicy Chicken Nuggets, you’ll never have to touch raw meat again! It’s as simple as:

Step 1: Measure,
Step 2: Pour,
Step 3: Defrost,
Step 4: And Serve!

And if you have a small dog, the BARF Diet® Juicy Chicken Nuggets recipe is the perfect size for your tiny pup. You no longer have to mess around with cutting up and thawing more BARF than you need. Simply measure out the right amount of nuggets for your pooch, put them in a closed container to thaw in the refrigerator and serve them to your dog at mealtime.

Plus the nuggets come in resealable 2 lb. bags to ensure they stay as fresh as possible in your freezer until you’re ready to use them.

As always, BARF World’s diet lines are complete and properly balanced so you’re always guaranteed that your pet is getting every essential nutrient he needs to grow happy and healthy. We even back our products with a 100% Money-Back Guarantee. Try some BARF Diet® Juicy Chicken Nuggets today - click here to order.

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Amber Keiper is the Marketing Assistant and Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc. She and her husband have two rescue animals that are now healthy and proud BARF brats – a terrier mix named Chewbacca (“Chewy”) and a tabby mix named Chiquita (“Chiqui”).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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Bark Out Loud

Chinese Dog Owners Turn “Domestic” Into Majestic


The only thing more unbelievable than the story itself are the pictures of these pets, dyed to look like Bengal Tigers or Giant Panda Bears. This is something you must see to believe.

Click HERE for the full article and images

Tickle Your Funny Bone:


A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store, but couldn't find one big enough for her family. She asked the stock boy, "Do these turkeys get any bigger?" The stock boy answered, "No ma'am, they're dead."

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims!



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