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February 2, 2012     Volume 3, Issue 5 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, have I ever told you the story about how my dog, Chewy was saved by the BARF Diet?

Chewy is a rescue that was found wandering near a busy road, scavenging for food. When we first got him at the age of 3, he was in horrible shape. He was malnourished and had a very poor digestive system that caused him to suffer from frequent bouts of diarrhea and vomiting.

We tried numerous brands of “high end” kibble and canned food diets but they never seemed to improve his digestion. Over time, Chewy became a very picky eater and would regularly refuse to eat his meals for fear that his digestion problems would return.

As luck would have it, a friend of mine introduced me to the BARF Diet. I was worried that a raw diet would be full of bacteria and cause his digestive problems to worsen. But I was desperate and out of options so I decided to give it a try.

Fast forward to today: Chewy is now 8 years old and full of life! He gets so excited to eat his BARF patties that he will stand on his hind legs and watch me prepare it. No more finicky pup! He no longer has “accidents” in the house or throws up after eating (except if you count the one time he got into the cat’s litter box, but that’s another story).

Today’s article is about the relationship between diet and disease and what we can do to help minimize the risk of illness in our pets. Please share this important article with all your pet-loving friends and family. It could quite possibly change the life of a pet and their owner for the better…like it Chewy and I.

To perfect pet health now and always,

Amber Keiper and the rest of the BARF World Team

P.S. You’ll also be invited to join BARF World co-founder and raw diet guru, Robert Mueller and holistic veterinarian and founder of Dr. Dobias Healing Solutions, Dr. Peter Dobias for a very special, FREE webinar on natural nutrition and holistic healthcare for our companion animals.

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 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.
  • 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 an 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.

 Raw Knowledge

The Secret to a Healthy Dog Can Be Found In Their Bowl

By Robert Mueller

"I became aware of BARF through my brother, Pat McGovern, who is a distributor in Redwood City, CA. I began feeding it to my 11-year-old dog that had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and degenerative heart disease. His prognosis was estimated at a few months or less. Now, a year and a half later, he is still alive and well to the amazement of his vets who refer to him as ‘the miracle dog.’ I believe BARF has been a major factor in his ability to overcome these diseases.”
-Beth McGovern from Sacramento, CA

What is our first reaction when we discover that a severe disease, such as cancer, has presented in our pet and is spreading throughout their body? Hopefully, the answer is we change their dietary habits and become more aware of what we allow their bodies to be exposed to. While it may be too late to make a drastic difference in the outcome of the disease, we hope that a diet change can at least help to slow its progression.

Unfortunately for many, the connection of diet relating to disease is often realized after the fact. This is why we must be proactive about our pets’ health. Making the change to a biologically appropriate diet BEFORE there is a problem is the best way to prevent disease in our animal companions.

The benefit your pet receives from a biologically appropriate diet is similar to those you receive from consuming a healthy, whole food diet. The important difference between our pets and us however is the factor of choice. We can choose to eat an unhealthy diet and we can elect bad habits that may eventually lead to a diseased state, yet our pets do not have the benefit of having a choice in what we feed them or what they are exposed to.

If left to forage for themselves, dogs would scavenge for whatever is necessary to meet their nutritional needs. Modern pets, however, are forced to eat the food that is presented to them by their guardian. Therein lies the difference between the diet of a wild dog and one of a domesticated pet. The domesticated pet is subjected to the choices made by their human to complete their nutritional needs. Make the wrong nutritional choice for your pet and you can expect to see some serious health problems down the road.

You’re probably thinking, “This all makes perfect sense. So why do so many people continue to ignore such a simple concept like nutrition?”

In most cases it’s not the pet owners fault at all. The truth is that they just don’t realize the magnitude that proper nutrition and holistic healthcare have on their pets. They think that the kibble and canned food diets they are feeding their dogs are good for them. They don’t realize that excessive vaccinations and exposure to chemicals and other toxins can be depressing their pet’s immune systems and leave them vulnerable to disease. These pet owners are not being given the proper knowledge they need to make an informed decision about their pet’s health. To become a knowledgeable pet guardian requires a fair amount of education and research.

BARF World’s main goal is to provide education on nutrition and natural pet healthcare. We provide this information a number of ways: We also conduct webinars and radio interviews from time to time to further expand on the topics of nutrition and natural healthcare for our pets. We’d like to invite you to share in the experience of raw feeding by attending our upcoming webinar on Saturday, February 11th at 5:00pm Pacific. This is a FREE webinar about diet and disease and will address the common questions people have when contemplating the switch to a raw diet for their pets. This is your chance to hear from two authorities in the field of raw diet nutrition and holistic healthcare for our animal companions. You’ll have the opportunity to ask them the questions that have been on your mind about nutrition and holistic healthcare for your pet.

Don’t miss your chance to make a positive improvement in your pet’s health and well-being. Click here to reserve your spot for the FREE webinar next Saturday, February 11th at 5:00pm. Due to the interactive nature of the webinar, there are only a limited number of spots available. Click here to reserve your spot today!

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

Pet Owner Tased for Walking Dogs Off Leash

"A California man walking his two small dogs off-leash was arrested after a park ranger used her stun gun on him."

Click here to read the full article

Wags of Wisdom:

"The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat. "

-Albert Einstein

The Ten Commandments of Dog Ownership

    By Stan Rawlinson, written from a dogs perspective
  1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years; any separation from you will be painful for me. Remember that before you buy me.

  2. Give me time to understand what you want from me; don’t be impatient, short-tempered, or irritable.

  3. Place your trust in me and I will always trust you back. Respect is earned not given as an inalienable right.

  4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment; I am not capable of understanding why. I only know I have been rejected. You have your work, entertainment, and friends, but I only have you.

  5. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice and your tone. You only have to look at my tail.

  6. Be aware that however you treat me, I’ll never forget it, and if it’s cruel, it may affect me forever.

  7. Please don’t hit me. I can’t hit back, but I can bite and scratch, and I really don’t ever want to do that.

  8. Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right foods or I’ve been out in the sun too long, or my heart is getting old and weak. It may be I am just dog-tired.

  9. Take care of me when I get old. You too will grow old and may also need love, care, comfort, and attention.

  10. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, “I can’t bear to watch” or “Let it happen in my absence”. Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember, regardless of what you do, I will always love you.

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