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January 12, 2012     Volume 3, Issue 2 Follow Us   Facebook Twitter Youtube
 Editor's Notes
 Pet Alert!
12/8/2011 - Advanced Animal Nutrition Recalls Dry Dog Food
12/13/2011 - Feeders Supply, Inc. Recalls Arrow Brand Dry Dog Food
12/14/2011 - Updated New Release With Corrected Lot Numbers Petrus Feed and Seed Stores, Inc. (Louisiana) recalls its 21% Dog Food

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

I have to confess something,

I was pretty bad this past holiday...

All the food, snacks and goodies that were going around definitely did not help me stay good and stick to my diet. The worst thing about the holidays was that they didn’t only affect me; they did a number on my dog Chewy too.

Being the expert beggar that he is, Chewy made short work of the friends and family that visited with us. I'm not kidding - this guy is a pro! He really knows how to pull off those "puppy dog eyes" making it hard for our visitors to resist giving him a "piece of this" and a "taste of that".

Needless to say, Chewy and I both put on a couple of pounds, but you know what? It’s a brand new year so I’m using the opportunity to get us back on track.

If you and your dog happen to be in a similar situation to my dog and I, then make sure to read this week’s issue of The Intelligent Pet. Robert Mueller outlines the dangers of canine obesity and offers some simple tips on how to prevent this from happening to your pets.

Stay strong and stay healthy,

Amber Keiper and the rest of the BARF World Team

P.S. You'll also notice a new section in The Intelligent Pet e-zine called "Tail Us What You Think" where we will be posting your comments about past articles, stories and jokes. Feel free to contribute by emailing us at ezine@barfworld.com!"

Important Dates to Remember:

  • Jan 1st - New Year's Day
  • Jan 2nd - BARF World office is CLOSED
  • Jan 13th - Friday the 13th
  • Jan 16th - Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
  • Jan 22nd - Answer Your Cat's Questions Day
 Good Dog

NEWS FLASH: Canine Obesity Is On The Rise!

By Robert Mueller

Veterinarian Dr. Denise Elliott DVM, PhD of Banfield Pet Hospital in Portland, Oregon recently published a report noting that diabetes is on the rise in our pets. This disease can include symptoms of excessive urination, increased thirst, lethargy and sudden blindness. Surgery and anesthesia are even more hazardous for your pet if they must have undergo these procedures, for instance when spaying/neutering your pet.

Did you know that diabetes is closely tied to obesity and often requires lifelong veterinary treatment? Obesity in dogs has many other negative implications:
  • Obesity can lead to further complications such as cardiovascular disease, skeletal problems such as hip dysplasia, spinal compression, eventual pain, lameness, and a lack of agility.

  • Musculoskeletal problems greatly influence a dog’s ability to exercise thus contributing to further weight gain and weight-related problems, and - just as in humans - lack of physical exercise affects emotional, endocrine, and neurological states of your dog. .

  • It is estimated that 95% of digestive issues leading to vomiting and diarrhea are actually caused by overeating and making poor diet choices for your pet. Balancing fats, proteins and reduced carbohydrates along with the necessary enzymes for digestion are essential for weight control and overall health. Avoid grains and unnatural food products not intended for animals, which can exacerbate diabetes, bone and skeletal problems, digestive issues and of course gum disease.
What Can I Do To Protect My Dog Against Canine Obesity?

We tend to feed our pets like we feed ourselves. The result is that an overwhelming amount of both humans and pets in this country have become obese.

In the US, it is estimated that 20 to 40% of all dogs are considered obese. This, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s statistics of 33.9 percent of adults over the age of 20 being obese, creates an alarming picture of this nation’s health. The biggest difference between the two scenarios is that a human can make a choice on what they should eat, whereby the dog is forced to consume what is given to them.

A dog whose weight is controlled may not exhibit the symptoms of an overweight dog and as a result will feel good, be mentally sharp, have more energy, and be better able to give affection.

By following these 5 simple guidelines you can prevent obesity in your pet:
  1. Prevention is key – some suggestions include strictly feeding a raw meat-based diet and avoiding foods with additives, preservatives and food coloring. It’s important to maintain a proper balance of proteins, fats and carbohydrates that are specifically blended for a healthy canine diet. This ensures that your dog is not deprived of the natural source of enzymes that are beneficial for healthy digestion.

  2. Feed your pet regularly and at specific times each day. This helps prevent overfeeding and keeps your pet satiated throughout the day.

  3. Treats should also be kept to a minimum because this additional calorie load can add to the problem. The following are suggestions of treat and other food items that should be completely eliminated from your pet’s diet:
    • Ice cream
    • Processed cheese
    • Candy, cookies and other sweets
    • Cooked bones as they can tear intestinal walls (raw bones are okay)
    • Salty crackers, meats, and hot dogs
    • Avocados
    • Tomatoes
    • Cashews, pistachios and other nuts that are high in fat
    • Chocolate*
    • Tylenol or medications containing ibuprofen*

    *NOTE: These items can be very harmful and even fatal for your dog. Consult your veterinarian immediately if your pet has ingested these foods.

  4. Make sure to make time in your busy schedule to exercise your dog regularly. Remember, some high-performance dog breeds like border collies and German Shepherds require more exercise than others so a short walk around the block might not cut it for these breeds.

  5. Feed your dog a biologically appropriate raw food (BARF) diet that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates. A BARF diet helps your pet maintain proper digestion to keep him nutritionally satisfied throughout the day and gives him the right amount of enzymes, vitamins, minerals and natural dietary ingredients he needs to stay healthy and strong.

As your pet’s guardian it is important to give them the best chance of living a long and healthy life. Though some find feeding a high-quality BARF diet a big investment in the beginning, you will find that the cost of medical treatment, x-rays, labs, teeth cleaning, expensive medical complications that lead to surgical interventions, etc. should be dramatically reduced and/or eliminated. This notable reduction makes pet ownership the joy it was meant to be.

So you see, it’s not that hard to keep your pet’s weight in order if you stick to the tips outlined above. If you do, you will have yourself with a healthy, happy animal that will perhaps enjoy a longer life and maintain a healthy weight for the long haul.

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.
 Bark Out Loud

Science Confirms Dog's Intuition

I knew it - or perhaps my dog knew it before I did. Check out this video from abc.com that confirms what many of us have suspected of our canine family members all along.

Wags of Wisdom:

"If dogs could talk, perhaps we would find it as hard to get along with them as we do with people."

 Tail Us What You Think
Last week, we shared with you an article about hybrid dog breeding that received so many responses about that it prompted us to add a new section to The Intelligent Pet e-zine, "Tail Us What You Think".

Here are some of the responses below:

“People looking to get a "designer dog" should consider the weaknesses of the breeds as well as their strengths. For instance, many goldendoodles are prone to ear infections and allergies because both Golden Retrievers and poodles are prone to them. Thus, the blend of the 2 breeds can be even more susceptible to them." –Trudy H. (via email)

“If you cross one breed with another, you have no idea what the merger of the recessive portions of the two different gene pools is going to produce, or what the progeny of the crosses will produce…You don't know what health problems to look for, you don't know whether the mother will have puppies so large they can kill her during whelping, you don't know how big the dog will be, what kind of space it will need, what temperament it will have, or what kind of home it will need. You never hear about the "failures" of designer dog breeding. They never see the light of day." –Linda L. (via email)

“The best way to pick a dog that is not a rescue is to look at the lines the breeder has produced, look at the test results, see the offspring and how healthy they are. Get to know different breeders and different lines. You can learn a lot about the breed of dog that you are about to buy." –Natasha P. (via barfworld.com/blog)

Wanna be heard? Feel free to send your comments about our articles to ezine@barfworld.com. You can also share stories, jokes or whatever dog-related content you like. And we may even post it on the next issue of The Intelligent Pet!

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