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November 2nd, 2012     Volume 3, Issue 44 Follow Us   Facebook Twitter Youtube
 Editor's Note

Did you know that there is a magical food that makes even the finickiest dogs and cats go bonkers at mealtime? This wonderful ingredient helps curb “diva dog” syndrome (aka picky dog disorder) as well as providing some wonderfully healthful benefits for your pet.

It’s important to make sure that any complete and balanced pet food you feed your pooch contain this amazing ingredient. (Rest assured that our BARF Diet® formulas, as well as our favorite pet treats from Etta Says!, do contain this yummy ingredient).

Find out what this superfood is and how your pet can benefit from it in this week’s issue of The Intelligent Pet!

Bon Appétit,


Amber Keiper & the rest of the BARF World team

 Pet Alert!
11/1/2012 - Charlee Bear Products Recalls "Protein Crunch Bars"
10/13/2012 - Nature's Recipe - Oven baked biscuits with Chicken Jerky
10/2/2012 - Nature's Deli Chicken Jerky (Kasel Associated)
9/24/2012 - Dogsbutter Peanut Butter for Dogs
9/21/2012 - Boots & Barkley Beef Bully Sticks, Pigs Ears, Variety Treats
9/11/2012 - Avoderm Lamb Meal & Brown Rice (Breeder's Choice)
8/24/2012 - Bil-Jac Adult Select Formula
On going - Sweet Potato Treats Added To FDA Watch List.
 Raw Knowledge

Benefits of Liver For Dogs

Doctor Balance
By Al Skender

When it comes to our pets, proper feeding is critical for their health. In turn, improper feeding leads to various diseases, such as ones of the digestive system, and related metabolic disorders, intoxication, etc. Often these diseases develop very slowly (sometimes for years), due to compensatory mechanisms of the body.  As a result, clear clinical signs sometimes appear only after significant damage has been done to the body.  Unfortunately, by this time, it may be too late to react. So, a responsible dog owner should always be sure that his or her pet receives every chance to be healthy.
Dogs are known to be carnivorous animals that feed on other animals. Yet, no predator, even in the wild, eats only meat. In order for the dog to be healthy, it should receive all vital substances in its daily diet necessary for long term health. These are not just proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, but also minerals and vitamins. Therefore the composition of a healthy canine diet includes not just muscle meat, but also fruits, vegetables, and organ meat (liver, kidney, heart, offal, etc.).
And whereas it cannot provide itself with food, the mission of every owner is to make sure that its feed contains all the necessary nutrients for continued health. 

Liver is a nutrient- rich in organ. In addition to being considered tasty (the consensus of many dogs), liver can provide them with fat, protein, and vitamin A. All these can help your pet to stay healthy if given in moderation. Liver also contains a great deal of copper, niacin, iron, and phosphorus, along with B vitamins, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, as well as basic amino acids (such as DHA and arachidonic acid) which every dog needs to obtain in its diet to keep healthy.

Nevertheless, in addition to a large number of microelements and other nutrients, liver can also cause damage to the pet, if fed in excess. Too much liver can lead to an overdose of vitamin A (or hypervitaminosis A), which can lead to bone deformity, digestive upset, weight loss, and muscle weakness. So, a responsible owner should only give liver to his or her pet once or twice a week when fed as a treat.

Pet owners who feed BARF World’s complete and balanced BARF diet nuggets and patties can rest assured that their pet is getting the proper amounts of liver necessary for long term health. So when you feed them any extra liver on the side (such as Etta Says liver treats) just keep in mind that feeding these once or twice a week is ok.

So whenever you are feeding your dog any diet, make sure it contains the right amount of liver as well as other important vitamins and minerals so that you pet is on the road to good health. Diets that are labeled complete and balanced, use no artificial ingredients,  and are made from real fresh whole foods are the safest and quickest way to good health.

Al Skender is a Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc.For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet weekly e-zine at www.barfworld.com/ezine.

 Bark Out Loud

Simon's Cat - Fetch

A classic showing the different personalities of dogs and cats.


Wags of Wisdom

"The dog has no ambition, no self-interest, no desire for vengeance, no fear other than being displeasing." - Count of Buffon, French naturalist and biologist

"He never makes it his business to inquire whether you are in the right or wrong, never bothers as to whether you are going up or down life's ladder, never asks whether you are rich or poor, silly or wise, sinner or saint. You are his his pal. That is enough for him." - Jerome K. Jerome, English writer
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