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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

9/3/2010 - Hartz Mountain Recalls Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats Due to Possible Salmonella Health Risk

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

December 8, 2010
Volume 1, Issue 8


Welcome to another issue of "The Intelligent Pet" e-zine! This month's newsletter is jam-packed with tasty tidbits perfect for the holiday season!

The cold December weather can get a dog down if he suffers from canine arthritis. Rob offers some tips on how to relieve your arthritic pet's pain this winter. Check out the article in "If Dogs Could Talk" for a list of recommended supplements as well as some suggestions on how to minimize the risk of your pet developing this degenerative disease.

Meet Carol Davis from Canine Companions Dog Training School in the "Good Dog" section. Carol discusses the benefits of proper dog training for dogs of any age and also explains how any dog can be a 'good dog' with the right training!

Discover how to use food to cure disease by reading Rob's article in the "Raw Knowledge" section. He explains the ancient practice of traditional Chinese medicine and how some foods can help your pet heal naturally from disease and illness.

So go ahead and read on! You're sure to find some great tips and suggestions for your pup :)

Happy Holidays from all of us at BARF World,

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

Important Dates to Remember:

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month


Thursday, December 2 - Thursday, December 9: Chanukah
Tuesday, December 21: First Day of Winter
Friday, December 24: Christmas Eve. BARF World office and fulfillment centers are closed for the holiday.
Saturday, December 25: Christmas Day
Sunday, December 26: Boxing Day
Sunday, December 26 - Sunday, January 1: Kwanzaa
Friday, December 31: New Years Eve. BARF World office and fulfillment centers are closed for the holiday.


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If Dogs Could Talk

Arthritis Can Be a Real Pain

by Robert Mueller

Many times dogs are affected by canine arthritis (osteoarthritis) which is caused by the degradation of the cartilage within a joint. The cartilage functions as a buffer between the bones - once the cartilage breaks down, it reduces the function of the joint and creates pain and/or stiffness. While minimal breakdown of the cartilage can produce an uncomfortable condition, severe arthritis - which can progress to bone on bone contact - can become a debilitating and extremely painful disease.


All dogs will inevitably exhibit some signs of arthritis in their senior years, normally between the ages of 10 to 15 years old, but canine arthritis is not only limited to older dogs. Inactive and overweight dogs are the most likely candidates for canine arthritis though it can appear in younger dogs as well - sometimes due to an accident or injury. Hip dysplasia for instance, is a condition characterized as the malformation of the hip socket and is one disease that may leave a young dog crippled by arthritis.

There are several different types of arthritis - the most common variation being osteoarthritis. There are several symptoms that can be used to diagnose this condition. Some of the most common ones are:

  • Stiffness of the joints after exercise
  • Difficulty sitting, standing, or jumping
  • Hesitancy to jump
  • Reduced activity level
  • Lethargy
  • Trouble getting up in the morning
  • Lameness
  • Lagging behind on walks
  • Yelping in pain when touched
  • Personality change resisting touch
  • Loss of appetite or unusual weight gain
  • Unusual urinating in the house
  • Depression or withdrawn behavior

 

Minor relief from arthritis conditions can be gained by adding a glucosamine and chondroitin supplement to your pet’s daily food regimen, but be aware that it takes time to gain the benefits from these supplements. Using omega essential fatty acids - like those found in BARF World’s E-Omega Coat oil - have also been successful to control inflammation. This is a much safer approach than the use of harmful steroids which only provide temporary relief.

Diet plays an important role in arthritis treatment especially in controlling the dog’s weight. Excess weight causes more stress on the joints and exacerbates existing arthritis pain. For puppies, it is important to prevent too rapid weight gain which can be caused by kibble diets that contain high levels of carbohydrates.

Arthritis and stiff joints can also be a telltale sign of a nutrient deficiency. A subclinical deficiency means that the body’s nutrient stores of vitamins, minerals and trace elements have been drained, resulting in a loss of optimal health and impairment of body processes leading to a variety of degenerative diseases. (1)

The destruction of many of the vital and essential nutrients in processed canned or kibble diets have led to a subclinical deficiency in many of our higher performance dogs. Obviously, the more stress that is put on the joints, the higher demand for greater nutrient levels to maintain the animal’s mobility. The fact that most of today’s commercial pet food choices are deficient in these essential nutrients compounds the problem. Thus our veterinary offices are now filled with cases of arthritis, obesity and allergy issues.

Canned and kibble diets - which are heat-processed - do not provide a 100% balanced diet for our dogs and cats. Once the vital nutrients are altered or destroyed by extreme heat, you cannot substitute synthetic vitamins and minerals back in and have them be anywhere as effective and utilized in the body compared to the way nature has provided them. So it is best to feed your pet fresh, raw foods like the BARF Diet, and eliminate as many processed pet foods as possible. This will provide the best possible defense against a subclinical nutrient deficiency.

(1) Bergner, P., The Healing Power of Minerals, Special Nutrients and Trace Elements (Prima, 1997)

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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Good Dog

You CAN Teach an Old

Dog New Tricks

by Amber Keiper

Every dog owner knows that proper training is one of the most important things that we can give our pets. Good training ensures that the animal’s transition to the family is a positive experience for everyone.

I had the privilege of chatting with Carol Davis, the founder of Canine Companions Dog Training School in Hamilton, MA to learn more about the various aspects of dog training and why obedience classes can help a puppy or troubled dog transform into the friendly, well-behaved pet they have the potential of becoming.

Since 1981, Canine Companions Dog Training School has been teaching dogs and their owners the fundamentals of dog obedience and proper pet manners. Carol has trained over 5,000 dogs and is a member of the National Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) as well as a member of Old Colony Obedience Club in Danvers, MA. In 1988, Carol decided to add beginner and intermediate agility training classes after her students expressed an interest for it.

Amber: What form of training do you find most effective?

Carol: I believe in positive training and using small group classes. There is a big advantage of offering distractions for a dog in a class environment rather than one-on-one training. Dogs don’t generalize very well so it’s good to offer some distractions during training. It’s good for the people too because they see that their dog isn’t the only one with (behavior) issues.

Amber: What are some of the greatest challenges that you or your clients face during dog training?

Carol: The most frustrating and saddest part of my job is often dealing with people who really don’t want to spend the time to achieve what they could achieve. They see the problems, they give it a short try and then they just disappear. You have to wonder what that dog’s life is going to be like.

My goal is for everybody to have dogs that can be in their home – not in the basement, or in the garage, or in the backyard. Dogs that are not destructive but that are friendly: get along with people, other dogs…maybe cats – and as a result get to have a wonderful life.

Amber: Do you have a dog training success story that you are most proud of and would like to share with our readers?

Carol: I had a Welsh terrier many years ago who was bent on self-destruction. He was incredibly sound sensitive…if the telephone rang, he would attach the phone and try to chew it up. If the owners flushed the toilets, he would attack the toilet seat. The worst one was if the oven door creaked, he would try and jump into the oven. In class, if another dog’s collar rattled, he would go berserk and try to attack the dog.

I remember years later when nobody else knew what the dog had been like – and he kept coming to classes – everybody would say, “Oh what a wonderful, well-behaved dog that is!” And the owner would look at me and I would look at her and we’d both laugh. That was a case of basic perseverance.

Amber: Is there a particular breed or personality trait that would make for an ideal agility dog candidate?

Carol: I don’t really think that there is a breed that is best for agility unless you’re really trying to compete. We can have someone with a Great Dane do it and another person with a Corgi do it. The point is to have the dog and the owner do something fun together that they look forward to doing together…and it’s exercise!

It’s meant to be fun. There are times when I literally teach until it snows outside. Around the middle of December when it hasn’t snowed yet, I have to tell people, “Go home and enjoy Christmas!” They have a lot of fun.

I have also found that agility training has been wonderful for shy or timid dogs - the dogs that come in and go, “What’s that? I can’t do that. Are you crazy?” After eight weeks, 99% of them are happily bounding around and doing the things that they were scared of doing in the beginning. Agility really helps bring dogs out of themselves and make them more confident - I have had many cases of that!

Amber: Why do you recommend the BARF diet to your clients?

Carol: What I try to do is educate people. Before we talk about (pet nutrition) I sit down with them and say, “These are the things that are really bad for your dog.” I explain to them that grain and starch are probably the worst things that they can give their dog BUT that it’s also one of the cheapest things to feed a dog which is why dry dog food is always the cheapest and also the worst for their dog.

We talk about by-products, we talk about meals, sugar, and food coloring – we talk about all those things. I explain to them that canned food is still cooked food and that cooked food is dead food and that their dog’s digestion, coat, teeth - everything will benefit from live enzymes.

Then I explain the BARF diet and I show them what’s in it. I explain what a wild dog would eat. At the very least I want them to be educated consumers. Do the best you can for your dogs and understand what you are feeding your dog.

Canine Companions offers puppy classes, beginner and intermediate obedience classes and beginner and intermediate agility classes. There are also private lessons available for those who prefer one-on-one coaching.

For more information you can visit Canine Companions’ website, www.ccdts.com or call (978) 468-4321.

-Amber Keiper

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”).

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Raw Knowledge

Chinese Medicine: Using Food to Cure Disease

by Robert Mueller

There seems to be evidence that the traditional Chinese diet is a healthy one. The various studies that have been conducted by Oxford University, Cornell University and several others have recently found that the eating habits of the Chinese have produced far less obesity than the average American diet, though they consume more calories daily (per pound of body weight). I contend that the reason is the excess consumption of carbohydrates relating to the amount of “junk food” that our culture tends to eat.

Unfortunately, we feed our pets the same way we feed ourselves. I am referring to the grain-based processed pet foods that the majority of our household pets consume.

Is it any wonder why 40% of our pets today are obese?

Traditional Chinese medicine has long recognized the important connection between food and good health. The Chinese have learned that certain foods have healing properties and can be used to replace traditional medical treatments. Specific foods will often be recommended as part of the treatment plan for certain disorders.

Yang ---------------------------------- Yin


Hot < Warm < Neutral < Cool < Cold


According to Chinese medicine, every food has a different “temperature”. Some foods are considered “hot” while others are classified as “cold. It’s all about balance - Yin and Yang. Balancing the body's yin and yang by consuming foods with the proper “temperature” can effectively treat the disease and correct the imbalance the body is suffering from.

Holistic veterinarians will often look to Chinese medicine when treating idiopathic diseases that have no definitive cause. When a condition in the body is caused by an inflammation (allergies), the vet will usually recommend feeding the animal a cooling food to counteract the condition, such as duck or turkey. Hot foods like chicken and lamb may aggravate an inflamed condition and will normally be removed from the pet’s diet completely. Other ingredients that can also cool the body are bananas, cucumber, kelp, lettuce, and oranges.

The following are examples of hot, cold and neutral proteins (1):
 
HOT: Beef Kidney, Chicken, Chicken Egg Yolk, Ham, Lamb Kidney, Lamb Liver, Lobster, Mutton, Pheasant, Prawn, Shrimp, Venison

COLD: Alligator, Clam, Cod, Conch, Crab, Duck, Egg White, Oyster, Rabbit (raised), Scallop, Shark, Turkey, Turtle

NEUTRAL: Beef, Carp, Catfish, Goose, Mackerel, Pigeon, Pork, Quail, Salmon, Sardines, Tripe, Tuna, Wild Rabbit

The Chinese philosophy is to use frugality, simplicity and balance to effectively treat the condition - a lesson we all need to learn!

(1) List supplied by the Chi Institute website: www.chi-institute.com

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

Terrier Terrorizes US

Airways Flight


A flight destined for Phoenix made a precautionary landing in Pittsburg after an elderly woman let her dog out of its carrier, which bit a passenger and a flight attendant.

Despite instruction not to let her dog out, it was set free and ran amuck. The woman and her dog were removed from the plane once it landed in Pittsburg. They were both released after the flight had continued and were later allowed to board a different plane.

Click HERE for the full story and video


Wags of Wisdom

"No man can be condemned for owning a dog. As long as he has a dog, he has a friend; and the poorer he gets, the better friend he has." - Will Rogers

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