Healthy Dog food and Your Dog's Digestion

Posted by Pet MD on 12/23/2014 to Your Pet's Health
We all know dog food is essential for the health of our dogs. But what's more important is what is in the dog food. A dog's digestive system, which is mainly responsible for breaking down food, absorbs the nutrients from the dog food and distributes it throughout the body and prevents toxins from entering the bloodstream. In fact, research indicates that 70% of a dog's immune system lies in the digestive tract. So then, what are some of these ingredients in dog food that can help maintain proper digestive health for your pet?

Allergies

Posted by Administrator on 7/24/2014 to Your Pet's Health
Allergies
The symptoms of an allergy include skin rash, hives, itching, paw biting, obsessive licking and sometimes nausea or vomiting.

What Would the Ideal Dog Food Look Like?

Posted by Administrator on 6/12/2014 to Your Pet's Health

The Bottom Line

Keeping in mind this picture of the ideal dog food, here are seven characteristics you may wish to look for when shopping for a good dog food…

  1. Higher in quality meat-based protein
  2. Higher in natural fats and oils
  3. Lower in carbohydrates
  4. Formulated from a named (non-generic) animal source
  5. Free of animal or vegetable by-products
  6. Free of artificial flavoring, coloring or preservatives
  7. Complete in all essential vitamins and minerals

Ingredient Myth Bust

Posted by Mike Sagman on 5/22/2014 to Your Pet's Health
Ingredient Myth Bust
I’ve heard rosemary extract causes seizures. Is this true? Can beet pulp cause ear infections or stain a dog’s fur? Which ingredients most likely contain ethoxyquin? As a pet food ingredient, is yeast bad for dogs? I’ve heard that yeast ingredients causes ear infections in dogs. Is this true? Is garlic good or bad for a dog? Is selenium or selenium selenite good or bad for a dog? How can one be sure the vitamin and mineral content of a food is safe?

Food Allergies 101

Posted by on 4/16/2014 to Your Pet's Health
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At a Glance

Some of the breeds most prone to food allergies include: Boxer, Cocker Spaniel, Springer Spaniel, Collie, Dalmatian, German Shepherd, Lhasa Apso, Miniature Schnauzer, Retriever, Shar Pei, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, Dachshund, and West Highland White Terrier

Most common food allergens include: beef, dairy, and wheat.

Least common food allergens are fish and rabbit.

General signs and symptoms of allergies include: dry itchy skin, excessive scratching or licking, bald patches, a high frequency of hot spots, ear infections, skin infections, diarrhea, and vomiting.

- See more at: http://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/food-allergies-101/15131#sthash.dTzfLuEB.dpuf

Best Grain Free Dog Foods

Posted by on 2/13/2014 to Your Pet's Health

Grain free dog foods have become a favorite for those wishing to more closely mimic a dog’s natural ancestral diet… and to lessen the risk of food allergies.

Grains for Dog FoodAnd it’s easy to see why…

Compared to the typical kibble or canned food, the best grain free recipes contain more meat based protein as well as easy-to-digest animal fats.

And usually fewer carbohydrates, too.

Not only are grains like corn and wheat a frequent cause of canine allergies1they can also be more difficult for a dog to digest.

Dogs are Nuts for Berries!

Posted by Administrator on 1/14/2014 to Your Pet's Health
Who doesn’t like those nutritional powerhouses we call berries? Think blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries, strawberries and the like. Lots of things are called “superfoods”, but dark berries truly fit the bill with micronutrients like vitamin C, fiber for digestive health, and beneficial phytochemicals. Wild or domesticated dogs will eat berries given the opportunity. Zoe, my late, great lab, would daintily pluck blackberries right from the bush, carefully avoiding the stickers while enjoying the juicy berry goodness

BHT in Dog Food

Posted by Administrator on 12/9/2013 to Your Pet's Health
It seems the same chemical qualities which make BHT an effective preservative can also make it a suspect for causing cancerous tumors.2 Some evidence has suggested certain individuals may have difficulty breaking down the chemical in the liver — which is capable of causing notable behavioral changes.

Meat vs. Meat Meal ?!?

Posted by The PetWay on 11/14/2013 to Your Pet's Health

For a dog food, what could contain more protein than whole meat?

Well, surprisingly… in commercial dog food… a high grade meat meal can actually be a better source of digestible protein… than the whole meat from which it was made.

Here’s why…

Cinnamon

Posted by Administrator on 1/28/2013
Benefits of Cinnamon