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January 26, 2012     Volume 3, Issue 4 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.

Hi Everyone,

Love is in the air this month as we celebrate Valentine's Day on February 14th. Most people automatically think that this holiday is only for those with a significant other in their life, but that's not true at all.

As a pet owner, you know firsthand that the love between our furry children and us is very real. Our dogs are always happy to shower us with all the love and kisses we need to make a bad day better. They are always very patient and are often more forgiving than a spouse or lover when we've done something wrong.

So don't leave your pooch out of the fun this Valentine's Day – do something extra nice to show them how much you care. A scrumptious treat, an extra long head rub, or a quiet stroll outside are some of the best ways to show your dog some love.

Another great way to show your dog you care is to read this week's Raw Knowledge article, which covers a very important topic – your dog's health. Often times we try to blame our pet's health issues on breeding, old age, and just plain old dumb luck. While in some instances this is may be true, sometimes we simply need to take a closer look at what we are feeding our pets.

Enjoy!

Amber Keiper and the rest of the BARF World Team

P.S. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, we'd like to invite you to share the love of proper pet nutrition with your friends and family by gifting them a FREE sample of the BARF Diet. Please visit www.barfworld.com/sharethelove to learn more.

Important Dates to Remember

February is Heart Health Month

  • February 2 – Groundhog Day: If that furball sees his shadow today, it'll be another 6 weeks of winter for us!

  • February 14 – Valentine's Day: Time to show the people (and pets) in your life how much you love them. Remember, actions speak louder than words

  • February 23, 1997 – Dolly, the cloned sheep's "birthday": Dolly was the first clone created from and adult animal and had the exact same genetic makeup as her mother.

  • February 22-28 – International Friendship Week: Write, email or call your out-of-country friends this week and wish them well. Don't have one? Well now's the perfect time to make an international pen pal. That's what Facebook is for!

  • February 11, 2012 – FREE Raw Diet Webinar at 5:00pm Pacific: Free webinar discussion about the relationship between diet and disease in our pets. Holistic veterinarian, Dr. Peter Dobias and raw diet expert, Robert Mueller explain how we as pet owners can promote optimum pet health and nutrition for our companion animals. You'll also have an opportunity to ask your most burning questions relating to your pet's nutritional and healthcare needs.

 Raw Knowledge

Don't Blame the Dog - Proper Pet Nutrition is Our Responsibility

By Robert Mueller

We hear it all the time; "We are what we eat". You may have even observed this many times yourself, especially after the holidays. If you eat poor-quality foods over a long period of time, you may begin to feel sluggish, depressed, and often times will even experience some weight gain.

I propose we change this common catchphrase to also relate to our pets. Something like, "We are what we eat and our pets are what they are made to eat". If you think about it, it's true. Our beloved animal companions are only allowed to eat what we decide to put in front of them. If they are made to eat a poor diet similar to one that we feed ourselves, it is no wonder that many of our nation's population of pets will often exhibit a sluggish, depressed, overweight existence.

Proper Pet Nutrition Is Our Responsibility

We know from our own experience the kind of damage that continuous ingestion of pre-packaged, highly processed foods has on our bodies. This is no different for our pets. There are detrimental effects that may result from feeding highly processed kibble and canned food diets, which are loaded with indigestible ingredients, preservatives, fats sprays and artificial flavors.

Take a look at the ingredients list on your pet's current brand of dog food. Are there meals, by-products, preservatives, artificial flavors and colors? If so, it may be time to start looking for a better food for your pet. While we may choose (despite our best interests) to continue to eat this way, our pets have an unfair disadvantage, as they must consume whatever we choose for them to eat.

Listen to Your Pet's "Body Language" for Signs of Optimal Nutriton

Okay, I'll admit you that a dog can't speak English, Spanish or any other human language, but that shouldn't stop us from "asking" our pets what their nutritional needs are. We must instead listen to what our pets are saying with their "body language".

Feeding your pet an inferior quality diet that is not biologically appropriate for them can have long-term ramifications. A dog is a carnivore that has been partially-converted by nature to eat as an omnivore and forcefully trained by man to survive on a grain-based diet.

A dog possesses the necessary physiological equipment to digest and utilize meat or grain ingredients. The question is - which is better for the dog? To answer this, you must ask the dog himself.

Teeth

Is your dog a herbivore, omnivore, or carnivore?



(Scroll over the image you think is correct.)
HerbivoreOmnivoreCarnivore

As you can see, the dental structure of the dog is designed to rip and tear flesh, not grind down grain ingredients like a cow or a horse.

Digestion

Long-term ingestion of grain ingredients will overstress the dog's digestive system and harbor a larger amount of undesirable toxins to build up in the body. This is because it stays in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract for a much longer period of time before being utilized or eliminated. Why? Because it takes longer for the dog's digestive system to break down the foreign matter, which means that the ingested grains must stay in the digestive tract for much longer than normal.

Stool

The proof of this digestive difference is also in the stool of the animal. The difference in consistency and volume of a dog's stool that has been fed a raw, meat-based diet and that of a dog fed a dry, grain-based kibble diet is significant.

Dogs fed a raw diet tend to have smaller, more compact stools that are less odorous. Their owners also note that their dog's stools are of a gray, ash-like color. This is a result of maximum nutrient absorption of the diet by the animal. The dog's body better digests a raw diet so all that really remains in the stool are ash and fiber.

Make the Right Choice For Your Pet's Long-Term Health

A biologically appropriate raw food (BARF) diet is much different from kibble and canned food diets. A BARF diet is completely raw and never exposed to any heat processing (cooking). For your dog this means that all the enzymes, vitamins, and micronutrients found in the whole food ingredients are kept as close to their natural state as possible. Also, the proteins in a BARF diet have not been denatured by heat processing as they are fed in a raw state.

As the guardians of our pets, it becomes our responsibility to make the right choice in feeding them a healthy, complete and balanced diet. Feeding your pet a biologically appropriate diet only makes good sense.

Here is a list of some of the benefits we have seen from feeding dogs a BARF diet:
  1. Healthy, shiny and glowing coats.
  2. Good strong teeth and fresher breath.
  3. Older dogs displaying an increased amount of energy and a greater zest for life.
  4. A strong, healthy immune system - the body's best defense mechanism.
  5. Healthy weight maintenance.
  6. A lean, more defined body build and appearance.
  7. A noticeable reduction in stool volume, and odor.

It is easy to see the reasons why a grain-based, heat processed diet simply does not gain favor over the long haul. The further we stray from feeding our pets a diet they are naturally designed to eat, the more health problems they are at risk of facing. Most of these problems can be prevented or reversed by taking the positive step of switching from a processed-food diet to a raw meat diet, such as the BARF Diet.

A biologically appropriate raw food diet just makes sense. It is Mother Nature's first choice for our canines…and you can't mess with Mother Nature because she knows what is best for her babies.

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

Jesse, the Wonder Dog

"Whoever said tricks can't be useful? Jesse loves helping around the house, and I just love his happy attitude and smile on his face!"

Click here for the video

Wags of Wisdom:

"The difference between "trained OK" and "trained perfectly" doesn't really matter at all that much to me. I once did a film with Lassie. When that dog got excited he jumped all over Rudd Weatherwax [Lassie's trainer]. Now that's the smartest dog in the world. If the world's best-trained dog can jump around to show he's happy then my dogs should be allowed to do the same."

-Jimmy Stewart, actor

 Hot Dog Products
When traveling with your furry friends, there are extra things that you need to add to your travel checklist, one of which is an emergency first aid kit. You never know when you or your pet may encounter a medical emergency so it's always smart to be prepared, especially while on the road.

That's why we've developed a top-notch pet first aid kit just in time for the holidays. The K-911 Pet First Aid Kit is the very best first aid kit on the planet! Each remedy has been carefully tested on both humans and their dogs making it a perfect first aid kit for both you and Fido. These remedies are the best-of-the-best when it comes to being fast, effective and as least invasive to you and your pet as possible.

Here's what's included:
  • A complete 71 piece pet first aid kit (a $30 value)
  • Rescue Remedy Spray for stress, anxiety and trauma
  • Lavender Noni Lotion for hot spots, cuts, and scrapes
  • Traumeel Oral Drops for natural pain relief
  • Nux Vom Oral Drops for tummy upset and vomiting
  • Luxolite Bentonite Clay for digestive issues and diarrhea
  • Cut Rescue Powder - a natural, non-damaging styptic powder for cuts, scrapes and bleeding
  • A comprehensive first aid handbook with detailed step-by-step instructions on how to handle the most common pet emergencies
  • And much, much, more!

All this for the low, low price of only $149.97! (a $200 value)

The K-911 Pet First Aid Kit also makes a perfect gift so don't forget to get one for all of your pet-loving friends and family too.

Preorder your kit today - Go to barfworld.com/k-911 now!!!



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