Sabtu, 31 Juli 2010

How to Feed and Water Your Puppy

Your puppy will learn whatever you teach her: She is eager to please and you are in charge of what she learns. Train her to eat and drink on a schedule to make house training quicker and easier on you and your puppy.

Instructions

    1

    Feed and water your puppy twice a day. A puppy that eats and drinks all day long will pee and poop all day long. A puppy will have to relieve himself within 10 to 30 minutes after his meal so feeding him twice a day will cut down on the number of potential accidents.

    2

    Practice consistency when you feed your puppy. Feed her at the same time, in the same manner and in the same place every day. She will feel more secure with a set schedule and will learn her routine more quickly.

    3

    Put your puppy's food and water bowls down and stay with him while he eats and drinks. This will enable you to know when he has eaten his fill.

    4

    Pick both bowls up when she walks away. Not only will this aid in her housebreaking but will discourage her from becoming a picky eater. Put the food down again at the next scheduled feeding.

    5

    Remove all food and water by 7 pm so your puppy goes to bed with nothing in his stomach or bladder. This will increase the likelihood he will not have to potty once he goes down for the night.

Jumat, 30 Juli 2010

How to Make Homemade Dog Food with Chicken

How to Make Homemade Dog Food with Chicken

For some dog owners, no canned or bagged dog food seems sufficient for providing the nutrients and vitamins necessary for a strong and healthy dog. When you want to ensure you give your dog the best diet possible, making your own dog food may be the answer. When you make your own dog food, you know precisely what ingredients make up the food and you can keep harmful additives and fillers out of your dog's diet. Make homemade dog food with chicken to tempt your pooch and feed him a high-quality diet.

Instructions

    1

    Dice and chop the chicken, garlic and vegetables and place everything into the stockpot. Add the remaining ingredients. Pour in the water, making sure the ingredients are covered completely.

    2

    Place the stockpot onto the stovetop and set the burner to medium-high. Boil the ingredients and then reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer the ingredients, stirring occasionally, for approximately two hours. Remove the stockpot from the heat when the vegetables become soft and the ingredients thicken.

    3

    Allow the ingredients to cool completely. Use an immersion blender to puree the ingredients in the stockpot. Alternatively, remove small batches to a food processor and puree the ingredients well.

    4

    Store the food in single-storage containers, keeping it in the refrigerator for up to three days. Store the food in the freezer for up to six months.

Kamis, 29 Juli 2010

How Do I Feed My New Puppy & My Dog at the Same Time?

Feeding time may be one of the major concerns about bringing a new puppy into a home with existing dogs. There is the worry that the older dog will steal the food that the puppy needs, or even that a fight could occur. To properly train your dogs to eat together without having these problems, you will need a new routine for feeding time.

Introducing Your Dogs To Feeding Time Together

    When you go to pick up your new puppy, feed your older dog about half of what you would normally feed it. This will prevent hunger from driving its instincts when you do try to feed the new puppy. Introduce the two dogs in an area where the existing dog will not become territorial, like a dog park or even at a neighbor's house. Once they are acquainted, which will involve a lot of sniffing, take both dogs home. At feeding time, put both dogs in the room where you keep the food bowls. Feed your older dog the other half of its usual serving. Allow the puppy to watch, but keep it away from the older dog and the food. Once your dog has finished eating, pick up its bowl and set it aside. Fill the puppy's bowl and allow it to eat. Keep your older dog in the room, but do not allow it to get close to the food or the puppy. This will teach the dogs to respect each other at feeding time.

    Continue this feeding routine until the dogs are able to sit and stay away from each other while eating. Feed the older dog ahead of the puppy, as problems are less likely to occur during the puppy's feeding when your older dog is not hungry. Once mutual respect is apparent, feed them together. Keep a close watch so you can intervene if either dog tries to fight or take food from the other.

Selasa, 27 Juli 2010

How to Make Your Own Biscuits for Dogs

How to Make Your Own Biscuits for Dogs

The rising price of groceries has driven shoppers to cut extras at the checkout counter. Often, that means family pets go without treats or biscuits. The economy, weather-affected crops and gas prices have all had an impact on the cost of dog feed and dog treats. Don't let your beloved pup go without a reward -- make your own dog biscuits. By making your own treats, you can tailor the flavor to your dog's preference and ensure that they're fresh. And homemade dog biscuits cost a fraction of what they would in a store. They can be made using everyday ingredients, and baking them is a fun kitchen activity for families.

Instructions

    1

    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. The oven can heat as you're preparing the biscuits.

    2

    Lightly grease the baking sheet or pizza pan with the vegetable shortening. Swipe a folded paper towel in the container and evenly glaze the sheet with shortening.

    3

    Combine the flour, baking powder and oats in the medium-sized mixing bowl. Stir well using the large spoon.

    4

    Add the peanut butter and milk to the mixture. Keep stirring until the mix binds together and forms dough.

    5

    Sprinkle flour lightly onto the countertop. It will prevent the dough from sticking to the surface.

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    Transfer the dough from the bowl to the counter.

    7

    Knead the dough with your hands. Dust your hands with flour if the dough is sticking to your fingers. Knead until the dough is pliable and less firm.

    8

    Roll the dough out with a rolling pin. Roll over the dough, working it in every direction, until it's 1/4-inch thick.

    9

    Use the cookie cutter to cut biscuits in the dough. You can also use a pizza cutter to cut strips. Once the dough is in strips, cut it into smaller squares.

    10

    Place the biscuits onto the greased baking pan or pizza pan and insert the pan into the oven.

    11

    Bake the biscuits for 20 minutes or until they're golden brown.

    12

    Remove the biscuits from the pan with the spatula. Let the biscuits cool thoroughly on the wire rack.

    13

    Give a couple of treats to your dog and transfer the rest of the biscuits to an airtight jar for storage.

Minggu, 25 Juli 2010

Homemade Foods for Dogs With Urinary Tract Problems

Homemade Foods for Dogs With Urinary Tract Problems

Untreated urinary tract infections in dogs may result in kidney damage or even kidney failure. Urinary tract infections occur when bacteria disrupt the urinary tract. Unsanitary food storage, inadequate water consumption or infrequent urination leave a dog susceptible to urinary tract infections. Dogs suffering from recurrent infections due to overly alkaline urine may develop struvite crystals, which are dissolved by making the urine more acid.

Cooked Food

    Feeding the dog a diet consisting of 1 cup of cooked brown rice or mashed potatoes along with 1 lb. cooked lean beef and 1 to 2 tsp. of canola oil helps to lower urinary pH. Feed the dog 1/2 to 1 cup of this mixture daily, adjusting the amount for smaller or larger dogs. Adding water to the mixture encourages additional water consumption, helping to flush bacteria from the urine. Use small amounts of cottage cheese or boiled eggs as snacks. Eliminate vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower, as they produce alkaline urine.

Garlic and Onion

    Garlic is known for its antibiotic effect and some dog owners give their dogs small amounts of fresh garlic and onion to stave off urinary tract infections. However, large amounts of garlic or onion cause hemolytic anemia. According to Dr. Michael Richards, DVM, dogs are able to tolerate small amounts of onion, such as meat that has been cooked with onions. R.B. Cope, Ph.D., says onion toxicity is noted when animals ingest more than 0.5 percent of their body weight in fresh onions. According to Dog Health Guide, if the dog consumes 1 tsp. of garlic per 10 pounds of body weight, damage to red blood cells may occur.

Salt and Potassium Chloride

    Dogs that drink more water maintain more dilute urine, thereby discouraging recurrent infections and kidney stone formation. Add salt or potassium chloride to the dog's food to encourage him to drink more water; however, be careful not to add too much salt as it is taxing on the kidneys. Taste the beef mixture you prepare to determine its saltiness before feeding to the dog.

Cranberry and Apple Cider Vinegar

    As with humans, cranberries and cranberry juice are helpful in preventing urinary tract infections by interfering with bacterial adherence to the urinary tract wall. Add just enough cranberry juice to the dog's water daily to lightly color it. Feeding the dog dried cranberries or adding it to dog treats is another way to add cranberry to the dog's diet. Adding 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar to the dog's water bowl helps resolve the infection by lowering the pH of the dog's urine.

Jumat, 23 Juli 2010

Is it OK for Humans to Eat a Dog Biscuit?

Is it OK for Humans to Eat a Dog Biscuit?

As a child you may have been tempted to try one of those tasty bone-shaped biscuits that your dog seemed to like so much. You may have even been tempted to trick your younger siblings or friends into trying them as well once you discovered precisely how unappetizing they were. Dog biscuits are not designed for humans or intended to appeal to human taste buds, so the bad news is that you are unlikely to enjoy sampling one. The good news is that dog biscuits are generally pretty harmless.

So You Ate a Dog Biscuit

    Dog biscuits are designed to be completely safe for your canine companion to consume. Foods that are safe for your dog are generally pretty safe for you to eat as well. Dog biscuits are non-toxic and pretty well processed during production, so unless you are allergic to one of the ingredients in the dog biscuit, you should be perfectly fine after eating one.

The Bad News

    You do not want to make a habit out of eating dog biscuits. Dog foods are not held to the same safety and sanitation standards that human foods are legally required to meet. When you eat a dog biscuit, you are likely eating something that contains very low quality ingredients and may not have been produced or stored in the kinds of conditions you want to see your food prepared in. You can become sick if there is a problem with the dog biscuit. For example, illness is likely if your dog biscuit was contaminated by some sort of bacteria or fungus. Dog food just isn't put through the same safety testing human food is, so illness is more likely to result from consuming dog food.

Nutrition

    From a strictly nutritional standpoint, dog biscuits do not provide a balanced diet for your canine companions. This is why dog biscuits are used as treats rather than as the main component of your dog's diet. Dog biscuits are even worse for humans than they are for dogs. They contain plenty of ingredients humans do not eat and a few more that humans probably shouldn't eat. Dog biscuits include ingredients such as fat, bone and meal from horses, dogs and other animals which are not commonly consumed by humans.

The Worst Case Scenario

    Most people will be fine if they eat a dog biscuit or two, but there is always the chance that you will be allergic to something in the dog biscuit. The ingredient labeling requirements are not as strict for pet foods as they are for human foods, so you may not even know what it is you have suffered a negative reaction to, which can be dangerous.

Kamis, 22 Juli 2010

When to Start Feeding Puppies Dog Food

Having a litter of puppies in your care is a large responsibility. While the mother dog will do most of the work, you still must keep an eye on her, plus the babies, to ensure that all is going well. Eventually, a time comes when the puppies, like human children, must make the switch from mother's milk--or formula if you are rearing them by hand--to solid foods. It is important to not rush them into eating solid food before their stomachs are ready to handle it.

Weaning Puppies

    Once the puppies are about three to five weeks old, their interest in nursing starts to diminish. They spend more time walking around or playing. In addition, they may begin trying to sample their mother's dog food as she is being fed. The mother may also begin trying to discourage them from nursing. Once this happens, it is time to start the process of weaning the pups.

    To begin, you will need a shallow dish and some food for them. Wet food is recommended, as it is easier for them to eat. However, if you have dry food, you can add hot water to it to make it softer Let it soak in for about five minutes. Around normal feeding time, introduce the shallow dish of food to them. Place some of the food on your finger to let them taste, then show them where the rest of the food is. Don't be discouraged if they don't immediately take to it; it will take some time to get them used to the idea of food. After about half an hour, pick the food back up and clean any messes that they may have made. The puppies may initially refuse the new food, but they will get hungry soon enough.

    You will need to repeat this process a few times a day for at least a week for best results. Once the puppies become more responsive to food, you can allow the mother to be away from the puppies more often. By eight weeks of age, the puppies should be almost exclusively on dog food. Don't rush the process, however, as it can be detrimental to both the mom and the puppies.

Rabu, 21 Juli 2010

The Best Diet Dry Dog Food

Recent studies indicate that 30 to 40 percent of pets in America are overweight. Like their human counterparts, overweight dogs are at risk for a range of health problems. A dry kibble that is low in fat and high in fiber is the best diet to get your dog to reach a healthy weight. While there are many options available, ranging from commercially-available kibble to cooking your own, these four brands (listed in alphabetical order) are consistently ranked as some of the best diet dry kibble.

Blue Buffalo

    Blue Buffalo's BLUE Weight Control Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe (www.bluebuff.com) is a diet dry food containing a mix of chicken and grains. High in protein (20 percent) and low in fat (6 percent), this food provides a healthy balance of protein, grains and vegetables. Blue Buffalo also claims a specialized blend of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals designed to protect dogs from environmental toxins.

Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul

    This brand (www.chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com) offers an Adult Dog Light formula that is high in protein (20 percent) but low in fat (6 percent). In addition, this food provides a high level of fiber. While many high-quality diet dog foods can be expensive, this is reasonably priced, though sometimes difficult to locate.

Innova

    Naturapet's Innova EVO Reduced Fat formula (www.naturapet.com) has a very high meat content---the first four ingredients are meat---and the kibble is grain-free. The food is very high in protein (52 percent) and low in fat (15 percent), though the ratio makes this food particularly suited to adult large breed dogs. While this food is low in fat, the formula preserves healthy fatty acids.

Old Mother Hubbard Wellness Core Reduced Fat

    Old Mother Hubbard's Wellness Core Reduced Fat (www.wellnesspetfood.com) is another grain-free option. This dry food has a high level of protein (33 percent) delivered through five different meat sources, and it also has a very low level of fat (9 percent). The ingredients that comprise the rest of the formula include good-quality fruits and vegetables including potatoes, sweet potatoes and blueberries.

Royal Canin

    Royal Canin (www.royalcanin.us) offers several diet dry dog food options, including formulas specialized for small and large breeds. In addition, Royal Canine has two specialty Calorie Control products, one with High Fiber and one with High Protein, each designed to meet a dog's specific set of health requirements. With the wide array of options, Royal Canin's dry diet dog foods meet any specific health needs.

Considerations

    Regardless of which food you choose for your dog, any high protein dry food, especially one with a large quantity of meat, requires a transition period. Begin by feeding your dog her current food with a small amount of the new food to see how she reacts. If she seems to transition without digestive upset, slowly shift the ratio until you've successfully phased out her current food.

The Best Pet Food for Dogs

In recent years, dog food recalls and illnesses caused by tainted food have prompted dog owners to learn more about the food they are feeding their beloved companions. By cooking at home and learning to read pet food labels, dog owners can offer their canine companions nutritious and tasty food without the worry of contamination and malnutrition.

Home-Cooked Meals

    The best option for feeding your dogs is to cook the food at home. Meals of fresh, organic meat (raw or cooked), fruits, vegetables and grains are healthy and high in nutrition.

Pet Food Labels

    Learn to read and understand pet food labels. Ingredients are listed in the order of their percentage of the total food. Foods named on the packaging--such as chicken and rice formula--are only required to be 25 percent of the total ingredients.

Proteins

    Almost all commercial dog foods contain some form of meat product. But not all proteins are equally nutritious. Look for named meats (chicken, beef, turkey) and avoid generic meats (poultry, animal). Avoid products with meat meal and byproducts.

Fats and Oils

    Look for specific named fats and oils, such as chicken fat, salmon oil or beef fat. Avoid generic fats like animal fat and mineral and vegetable oils.

Carbohydrates

    Unlike true carnivores such as cats, dogs do need and can process carbohydrates. Good carbohydrates include whole grains, potatoes and peas. Avoid corn, flours, milled grains and unspecified grains, as these are usually remnants from the processing plants and hold no nutritional value.

Preservatives

    Dog food must be preserved. Look for natural preservatives such as vitamin E and rosemary. Avoid dog food preserved with several chemical ingredients.

How to Feed Canned Salmon to Dogs

How to Feed Canned Salmon to Dogs

Salmon is a fish rich in nutrients such as calcium, protein and vitamin E. There are many varieties of salmon. Some of the varieties include Coho, King Pink, Silver salmon and Ikura. These breeds of salmon produce the highest levels of nutrients and the best flavors. Salmon provides nutrition for dogs that they cannot get just from dry food. Adding salmon to a dog's diet is easy, and the benefits are great.

Instructions

    1

    Weigh your dog to determine its exact size. If you visit the vet regularly you should have an accurate weight recorded somewhere. If not, then weigh your dog on a scale. Make sure the dog stays still for about 30 seconds to receive an accurate reading. A digital scale produces readings that are more accurate. You might have to hold the dog in your arms while you stand on the scale, then weigh yourself without the dog and subtract your weight from the combined weight of you and the dog.

    2

    Write down the weight of your dog. If your dog is still a puppy, you will need to re-weigh it to keep up with its growth. The amount of salmon you give the dog will change with weight changes in the dog.

    3

    Purchase some canned salmon from a pet supply store. Determine if you want to use salmon as a feeding supplement or if you want to feed just salmon to your dog. Canidae brand canned salmon designed for dogs calls for a ratio of 75 percent dry food to 25 percent canned salmon.

    4

    Give the dog 5.5 ounces of canned salmon every day per 10 pounds of the dog's weight if feeding salmon only. If feeding along with dry food, feed the dog about 1.5 ounces of salmon every day for each 10 pounds of weight.

    5

    Mix the salmon in with the dry food to introduce salmon to the dog. You can place the salmon on top of the dry food, or mix it in.

What Should I Feed My Dog That Delivered Puppies?

During a dog's pregnancy, which lasts about nine weeks, she gradually eats more and more to nourish the puppies she's carrying. While often mother dogs lose their appetite right before, and sometimes right after, giving birth, once the puppies are nursing she needs a lot more food than she took in even in the last weeks of the pregnancy.

How Much?

    Once the puppies are born, everything the mom eats goes straight to them, through her milk. Depending on the size of the litter, she could need four times as much food as normal every day to keep herself, and them, alive. While you shouldn't give her bigger meals than usual, you should feed her more frequently than before she gave birth. It is also advisable to keep dry food nearby all day, so she can take in more nourishment at will if she needs it.

What?

    Regular dog food is formulated for adult dogs with average energy needs, so it is insufficient for your nursing dog and the three to nine puppies she is feeding. Your dog should be given puppy food, which is designed to be extra nutrient-rich. Do not use food for large-breed puppies, as this has less protein, fat and minerals. Another option is to feed food designed for "performance" dogs, that is, dogs that do a lot of hard work. It, too, is designed with extra energy needs in mind.

    She should also have constant access to water. If she becomes dehydrated, she will produce less milk for the puppies.

Where?

    The new mom probably won't want to leave her puppies, so you should keep her food near her living area. Do not put the dishes in the puppy box, though, because the little ones could crawl or fall into the bowls.

Weaning

    At about 4 weeks old, the puppies will start to want to eat Mom's food, and special mixtures can be made for them. At this point it's okay to start adding adult dog food back into your dog's diet. This will help decrease milk production as the puppies switch from nursing to eating solid food. By the time the puppies are 7 weeks old, your dog can be back to her regular, pre-pregnancy diet.

Is It Bad for Newborn Puppies to Eat a Lot?

Is It Bad for Newborn Puppies to Eat a Lot?

Eating too much isn't a problem for newborn puppies, but not eating enough can have serious consequences. Usually the mother dog provides plenty of milk, and puppy nourishment isn't something to worry about. However, if the mother can't produce milk or the puppies are orphaned, you'll have to arrange for intense puppy feeding for the babies to survive.

Colostrum

    It's important that newborn puppies receive colostrum, the nutrient-dense "first milk" that also offers them antibodies and temporary immunity from various diseases. If your dog experiences difficulty nursing her puppies or doesn't produce milk, contact your vet immediately. Before the birth, obtain some colostrum from your vet in case of emergency. Puppies must receive colostrum within their first 24 hours. After that time, the mother's milk changes in quality so that it provides plenty of calories but not immunity.

Inadequate Nursing

    Newborn puppies nurse approximately every two hours for the first seven days. During the first two weeks, they're basically sleeping and eating. If all the puppies are nursing regularly and quietly, assume all is well. If any of them cry a great deal or aren't sucking well, you might have to intervene. It's also important that puppies stay warm, as they can't regulate their body temperature. A puppy who feels cold or is not nursing requires warmth and veterinary attention.

Feeding Orphaned Puppies

    If something happens to the mother, prepare yourself for several weeks of puppy-feeding. Ask your vet to recommend a canine milk replacer, which she can provide or you can purchase at pet stores. Mix the formula according to the directions, making enough only for one day's use. For newborns, you might need to feed milk replacer via a medicine dropper. Within a few days, try using a bottle designed for puppies, also available from your vet or at a retail feed or pet store. Not only is milk necessary for nutrition, but without it puppies can quickly become dehydrated, with possibly fatal consequences.

Schedule

    Newborn puppies require feeding every three hours, so they must receive eight feedings per day. After the puppy finishes the formula, place him on your shoulder and rub his back gently until he burps. If you're familiar with human babies, the experience is similar. What's not similar is then stimulating the puppy so he can urinate and defecate. Since mother dogs lick their puppies' privates to stimulate elimination, you must imitate that action. Use a soft, lightly dampened cloth or cotton ball and gently rub the anal area until he pees and poops. He needs this stimulation until the age of 2 or 3 weeks.

Selasa, 20 Juli 2010

Diabetic Sweet Dog Treat Recipe

Just like their human counterparts, dogs can get diabetes. When diagnosed with this disease, dogs need to stay away from foods such as sugars and carbohydrates. But, also like humans, canines can get a sweet tooth. There are alternative recipes, however, you can use at home to give your diabetic doggy a sweet treat.

Pumpkin Muffin Recipe

    For this diabetic-friendly recipe, purchase small muffin tins instead of using regular-sized ones. This will allow you to give your dog a couple treats at a time without him overeating.

    Mix 2 cups of whole-wheat flour with 1 cup of oats. Add in tsp of cinnamon and tsp of nutmeg to this mix. Mix in tsp of baking soda and tbsp of baking powder. In a separate bowl, mix together four eggs and 2/3 cup of canola oil. Add 2 cups of pureed pumpkin. You can purchase pureed pumpkin by the can. Mix in tsp of vanilla. Add these wet ingredients to your dry ingredients. Pour the mix in your small muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. If you stick a toothpick or a knife in the center of a cupcake, it should come out clean. If it is clean, the muffins are ready.

Milk Bone Dog Biscuits

    The doggy biscuits you purchase from the grocery can be loaded with salt and sugar. Make your own at home with a cup of vegetable oil, a dash of garlic powder, cup of hot water, 1/3 cup of margarine, cup of powdered milk, teaspoon of salt, one egg and 3 cups of whole wheat flour.

    To begin, pour hot water over your margarine. Add powdered milk, egg, salt and garlic powder. Add your flour cup at a time and mix. Knead this dough until it becomes stiff. Roll out your dough until it's inch thick and cut into cookie shapes. Bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes. Let these cookies sit out until they become hard.

Meat Flavored Dog Cookies

    For canine cookies with a meaty flavor, mix 1 cup of wheat germ with two jars of meat baby food. Form a dough with these ingredients and roll into tiny balls. Flatten these balls with a fork on your cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 35 minutes.

Diet Control

    When your pet has diabetes, he must follow a certain meal plan. Your veterinarian may say to stay away from some dried dog foods and recommend giving your pet only diabetic dog food or carefully prepared food. With diabetic dogs, obesity may become a problem and you may need to decrease his food amount. Limit snacks to only once a day or less often if your vet says so. Always check with your veterinarian before introducing a new food to your dog's diet.

The Best Homemade Foods for a Dog That Won't Eat

When a dog won't eat, there is usually a good reason. First and foremost, determine the reason the dog is not eating. If the dog has normally been eating a particular food and has suddenly stopped, there may be something more serious going on than a finicky dog. Anytime a dog quits eating for more than one meal, he should be taken to the vet. If this situation crops up regularly and you know your dog is healthy and just finicky, then a few homemade recipes may clear up his eating problem.

Basics of Homemade Dog Food

    According to many veterinarians, dogs are not true carnivores and require carbohydrates along with proteins in their diet. An all protein diet can be hard on their kidneys. In general, many recipes you would fix for yourself can be fixed for a dog. Simply use a little common sense and avoid fixing them foods with sugar, potatoes or heavy sauces. Good, simple carbohydrates to add into their diet include brown rice and macaroni. The best homemade food for your dog will be very much like a simple meal you would eat.

Simple Meal

    Cook brown rice and mix in a tablespoon (or two) of peas and carrots. Use the frozen peas and carrots mix. The actual amount of rice and meat depends on the size of your dog. Add to this any cooked meat choice, chicken, turkey, or beef. You can use canned chicken meat, if you like. One night serve up chicken and another serve up beef. You can even use sausage if you choose a mild sausage and cut it into bite-sized pieces.

Try Raw Foods

    Ask your veterinarian if he thinks adding in some (and ask how much) raw meat might benefit your dog and possibly entice him to eat. At www.naturesvariety.com you can find their raw frozen diet for dogs. According to their site, raw foods provide for a healthier dog. The diet is 95 percent raw meat and organs with added fruits, vegetables, and ground bone for minerals. Although their foods do not contain grains, you can opt to serve your dog their foods as they come or try serving them on a dish of rice or elbow macaroni. Either way, be forewarned that introducing a raw diet to dogs can be difficult.

Try Making Meatballs

    Try making your dog a batch of meatballs. If the recipe makes more than he can eat in one meal, the meatballs can be frozen and served again later. Use two cups of quick rolled oats, mixed with two large eggs and two pounds of ground meat (chicken, turkey or beef). Add in one half cup of grated parmesan cheese, one teaspoon of oregano and one half teaspoon of garlic powder. Roll into meatballs. Cook on an ungreased baking pan for 40 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

How to Stop Food Aggression Between Two Dogs

How to Stop Food Aggression Between Two Dogs

Dog aggression over food can be dangerous, leading to dog and human injuries. Therefore, prevent aggressive behavior immediately. While various causes of food aggression exist, the behavior is primarily instinct driven. Dogs, like their wolf ancestors, have hierarchical social orders, in which there is a leader (the alpha-dog) and followers---other dogs in the household. The alpha dog expects to get his way, including being fed first. If humans don't abide by the canine social structure, which is determined by dogs not the owners, then dogs may exhibit aggressive behavior, especially over food.

Instructions

    1
    Alpha dogs stand with their chest forward, head held high and tail upright.
    Alpha dogs stand with their chest forward, head held high and tail upright.

    Identify the alpha dog and give food to it first. The alpha dog usually will exhibit one or more of these behaviors:

    Mount the other dog

    Steal or guard food and toys

    Take the prime sleeping area

    Push ahead of the other dog when entering a room

    Challenge the other dog, and get it to roll over and expose its belly

    Walk/stand with a dominant posture: head held high and tail upright

    2

    Separate the dogs during feeding time by using a sturdy pet gate or by putting them in different rooms---especially for large dogs. Or feed one dog outside and one dog inside of the house.

    3
    Feed dogs at approximately the same time every day.
    Feed dogs at approximately the same time every day.

    Establish a feeding schedule, such as twice per day, so the dogs get used to a set meal time. Remove their food bowls after five to 10 minutes. Do not leave their food out all day; it encourages aggression and competition for the food.

    4

    Mix dog food with something tasty so they will eat immediately (ask your veterinarian first to find out which foods are appropriate). Wean the dogs off the tasty food once they are used to eating at specific times.

    5
    Reinforce good behavior.
    Reinforce good behavior.

    Reward positive behavior. Tell them they are good dogs, pet them and/or give them a treat immediately after they have eaten without fighting.

How Much Organ Meat Do You Give a Dog?

Dogs, like people, need to eat well to stay healthy. Dogs can survive -- and even be healthy -- eating a diet of store-bought dry kibble. However, they require a diet high in meat-based proteins to truly thrive. Raw meat based diets provide the dogs with a mix of muscle meats, organ meats, and "raw meaty bones." Organ meats are good for dogs, however, they should not be fed too heavily or too often.

Organ Meats

    Some organ meats are also called "offal." Organ meats are comprised of liver, kidney, pancreas, lungs and green tripe (stomach). Heart and gizzard meats are considered muscle meat, although both are highly recommended for a raw diet. Tongue is rarely used in raw dog food diet. Brains, while organ meats, are usually excluded from raw diets due to the risks associated with eating them.

Quantity of Organ Meats

    According to the Prey Model Raw website, a raw canine diet should consist of "10 percent whole, raw bones, 10 percent whole, raw organ meats and 80 percent skeletal muscle meats." Ideally, the dog should eat the equivalent up to two or three percent of its body weight per day as an adult and about 10 percent of its body weight per day as a puppy.

Frequency of Organ Meats

    Many people feed their dogs twice per day, but it is just as natural for dogs to eat only once daily. According to DogAware.com, "It's better to feed smaller amounts daily or every other day than to feed larger amounts once or twice a week." Feeding large amounts of organ meats can cause loose stools, so it is important to pay attention to both the quantity of organ meats being fed and the frequency with which they are given as part of the dog's diet.

Benefits of Organ Meats

    Organ meats are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. They provide vitamin B, which supports nerve development. They are also a source of the antioxidant vitamin E, which aids in healing, cell regeneration and fighting cancer. Kidney and liver are also sources of iron. In addition, liver is a highly concentrated source of vitamin A and provides vitamins D and K, as well as iron, magnesium, selenium and zinc. Because they provide all of these benefits, among many other vitamins and minerals, organ meats are ideal additions to the performance or working dog's diet.

How to Get a Dog With Kidney Disease to Eat Food

Canine kidney disease can be the result of many things, including exposure to toxic chemicals, bacterial or fungal infections, or prolonged use of certain medications. Loss of appetite is a common symptom associated with canine kidney disease. However, it is very important that your dog continue to eat regularly to maintain good kidney health. If your dog has kidney disease, enticing him to eat may seem impossible, but with a little trial and error and some help from your veterinarian, you can help your dog on his way to a healthy appetite.

Instructions

Improving the Appetite of a Dog with Kidney Disease

    1

    Speak to your veterinarian about putting your dog on medication to stimulate his appetite. These include Meclizine, Mirtazapine, Ondansetron, Cerenia and Cyproheptadine. Also ask about a nutrition replacement supplement such as Nutrical, a paste which contains nutrients for pets who refuse to eat.

    2

    Begin a trial and error process by offering your dog any food you think he may eat. Make a note of foods that work so you know to try offering them again. If your dog has a favorite food, use it to tempt him to eat.

    3

    Cook up a nutritious broth containing both nutritious and palatable ingredients for your dog. Offer the broth througout the day to keep up your dog's strength.

Nutritious Dog Broth

    4

    Chop bones (and feet, if using) into several pieces using a cleaver or break the bones using a hammer.

    5

    Place all meat and bones into a stainless steel stock pot, add vegetables and enough water to cover the ingredients.

    6

    Bring ingredients to a boil, then reduce heat to medium. If frothy "scum" rises to the top of the pot, remove it,

    7

    Allow the broth to reduce. As it reduces,the pot will be only half full. Add enough water to fill the pot once more. Cover and simmer broth for 12 to 24 hours, adding more water as needed.

    8

    Refrigerate. Once cold, fat in the broth rises to the top. Skim this off as well. Use broth within one week.

Senin, 19 Juli 2010

Raw Dog Diet

Raw Dog Diet

Due in part to recent commercial dog food product recalls, many dog owners are looking to alternative diets for their pet friends. The raw food diet, containing raw meat, raw bones, eggs, fruits, vegetables and dairy, is one such alternative advocated by more and more holistic veterinarians. Some dog owners and pet care professionals swear by the raw diet while others are hesitant to feed their pets raw foods, especially raw meat and bones.

What's In It

    Ingredients in a raw food diet often include raw meat, poultry, fish, bones and organ meats. Fruits and starchy vegetables like carrots, spinach and broccoli are often shredded or ground. Raw eggs, cheese, cottage cheese and yogurt round out this protein-rich feed. Although these ingredients are found in raw diets offered by several pet food companies, many pet owners and dog professionals prefer to make the meals ahead of time and freeze.

What's in it for the Dog?

    The raw diet offers a natural, nutritious feed based on what dogs have eaten for thousands of years. Some of the benefits cited by dog owners include healthier coats, cleaner teeth, better digestion, weight control, healthier immune system, more energy and improved disposition. Carbohydrates--often the cause of digestive and allergy problems--make up a very small part of raw diets as opposed to common commercial foods which are heavy on high carbohydrate ingredients, preservatives, sweeteners, additives and fillers.

Disadvantages of Raw Diets

    The alleged benefits of the raw food diet tend to be based primarily on owners' testimonies and are not necessarily scientifically proven. Bones included in raw diets may cause choking, and there is potential for the growth of harmful bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella. Raw diets are time consuming and many of the ingredients can be costly.

Making the Transition

    There are a few different ways to transition your dog from commercially produced kibble to a raw food diet. Many owners prefer a gradual approach--slowly switching over by mixing some raw food into the regular feed. By increasing the raw ingredients slowly, your dog will get used to the new taste and the dog's digestive system has time to adjust to the change. Some owners have reported success in simply switching over cold-turkey.

Keep a Diary--Consult Your Vet

    It is advised that you keep a diary of the raw foods you feed your dog, observing and recording his likes and dislikes, as well as any signs of allergies, diarrhea or gas. Before making the switch, take your dog in for a physical and consult the vet about a raw diet.

Minggu, 18 Juli 2010

How to Get a Dog to Eat a New Dog Food

When a dog needs to go on a diet, start a prescription food or change styles of food, you will need to introduce him to a new dog food. Dogs are creatures of habit, and any change in their diets may make them refuse to eat or get diarrhea. However, there are a few tricks to getting a dog to eat a new dog food, making the transition a little easier.

Instructions

    1

    Buy one last bag or case of cans of your old dog food. Buy the new dog food. One the first day of the change over, change your dogs rations to 80 percent old dog food and 20 percent new dog food. Offer this ratio for the next three days. Watch to make sure he is eating the new dog food, and not leaving it behind in the bow, or hiding it under furniture. Watch for any signs of sickness, such as vomiting and listlessness. Soft stools are common when changing foods.

    2

    Mix 50 percent of the old dog food and 50 percent of the new dog food for the next week. Offer the mixture to the dog and pay attention to how he eats. Does he eat both varieties at once? Is he eating just the old food, and then going back for the newer food once he is hungry? Be sure he is eating both foods.

    3

    Measure out 75 percent of the new dog food, and add 25 percent of the old dog food for the next three days. Observe your dogs feeding patterns. After the three days, begin giving your dog 100 percent new dog food.

    4

    Add a little hot water or dog food gravy to dry kibbles. This will help young puppies switching from soft canned food or mother's milk to dry kibbles. Hot water will soften the chunks, making them easier for an old dog with poor teeth or a young puppy with few teeth to chew. The aroma of dog food gravy (available at pet stores) will entice the dog to try the new food if he is a picky eater.

Jumat, 16 Juli 2010

Foods That Give Dogs More Energy

Foods That Give Dogs More Energy

Dogs need a balanced diet to live a healthy and happy life. From time to time you may notice that your dog is lethargic or tired, which could be due to a poor diet or underlying medical reasons. In many cases, it may be advised to feed your dog some more high-energy foods to give them a pick-me-up and get them back to their best. Your dog needs this energy to support their body functions and to maintain a constant body temperature.

Raw Meat

    Protein is vital should account for 20 percent of their overall diet. There is no better source of pure protein than raw meat. Lamb meat is a popular option and it is best to feed it on the bone to dogs. Dogs will easily eat meat off the bone as long as it is raw -- do not give your dog cooked bones because they are softer and can become a choking hazard. Frozen meat is a good option and they can also eat cheap meat cuts like hamburger.

Rice

    Carbohydrates are compounds used for energy and digestion, and they supply the body cells with glucose, making them essential energy foods for dogs. A cheap and easy source of carbohydrates is rice. As well as being a good source of energy, white rice is also known to improve a dog's digestive system and is often fed to dogs who are suffering from diarrhea. Many commercial dog foods contain rice, so proving your dog with it is simple.

Fats

    Fats are concentrated forms of energy and should make up between 9 and 15 percent of your dog's diet. Essential fats are commonly found in most commercial dog foods, so by buying a good brand will provide them with enough essential fats. Fish oil and hydrogenated coconut oil can cause vitamin E deficiency if fed in high concentrations. A lack of fats can also cause other problems including skin infections.

Vitamin Supplements

    Buy vitamin supplements from your local pet store. Vitamins are essential in any dog diet, and a lack of them can make your dog weak, which in turn will reduce their overall energy levels. Vitamin B is a B-complex vitamin that contains coenzymes, which are involved in energy production. Like essential fats, these vitamins are often found in commercial dog food although special supplements are available for individual purchase.

Kamis, 15 Juli 2010

What Kinds of Dog Food Are Bad for Dogs?

What Kinds of Dog Food Are Bad for Dogs?

The types and quality of the ingredients in dog food play an important part in determining which foods are good for your dog, but the overall health, condition, age and activity level of your dog also plays a significant part in what dog foods are "good" and what dog foods are "bad". Look beyond the front of the package to the nutritional analysis label to determine the good and the bad of canine feeds.

Ingredients

    Dog food ingredients, like the ingredients of human food, are listed in order from the most in quantity to the least in quantity. Any dog food with corn, soy, or another vegetable listed as the first ingredient is a poor choice for feeding your dog, as those ingredients provide nothing but an excess of empty carbohydrates and can lead to an increase in the amount of excrement produced by the dog. If at all possible, meat or a meat by-product should be the first ingredient in a quality dog food. That can be cost prohibitive for some; at the very minimum, meat should be within the first five ingredients, according to Woodhaven Labs.

Added Nutrients

    Dogs require certain nutrients in their daily diets. According to the American Association of Feed Control Officials, or AAFCO, growing or reproducing dogs need their diet to contain a minimum of 22 percent protein, 8 percent fat, 1 to 2.5 percent calcium, and 0.8 to 1.6 percent phosphorous.

    An adult dog that has finished growing and is not reproducing requires about 18 percent of its diet to be protein, 5 percent fat, 0.6 to 2.5 percent calcium and 0.5 to 1.6 percent phosphorus.

    The package of your dog food should list the minimum and maximum amounts of those nutrients in the food's recipe. Choosing one that closely resembles the AAFCO's nutritional requirements is an easy way to ensure your dog is getting the proper amount of nutrient.

    The activity level of a dog also plays a significant part in what specific nutrients a dog needs. A working dog or dog that has a higher energy level will require more nutrients, and thus more food, while a less active dog requires fewer nutrients and food.

Labeling

    Labels regarding the safety and nutrition properties of dog food should be taken into consideration. Look for dog food with an AAFCO-certified label that guarantees the food meets nutritional requirements for each stage of a dog's life--puppy, adult, geriatric. AAFCO determines those requirements by laboratory or computer analysis and by feeding trials.

    Famous brand names do not necessarily indicate that a dog food meets the minimum nutritional standards a dog needs to maintain health, nor does a generic brand not. Beware of labels that claim to do certain things, such as improve the quality of your dog's coat or decrease obesity. Those claims often cannot be substantiated. There's also no way of substantiating the words "premium," "quality," or "natural," so do not choose based solely on these words alone.

Considerations

    The source of ingredients does not so much matter. Animal, vegetable or mineral should not be a concern, unless there is a chance of food allergies or other adverse reactions. Your veterinarian is in the best position to inform you of such hazards and counsel you if and when they occur. Your vet can also make a recommendation as to a quality food and what to avoid when feeding your dog.

Nutritional Supplementation

    Nutritional supplementation should not be necessary if your dog is receiving a quality food that meets all of its daily nutritional needs. Added nutrients can cause a variety of musculoskeletal problems, conditions of the nervous system, and an overall decline in the health of your animal. A veterinarian will tell you if and when a nutritional supplement is needed.

How to Make Dehydrated Dog Food at Home

Before you buy your next bag of dog food, consider making your own homemade dehydrated dog food. Many commercial dog foods are recalled because they contain additives that are harmful to a dog's health. By making your own, you are ensuring that it is safe for your dog to consume. It is important to include the necessary vitamins your dog needs to grow and be healthy. Many varieties of homemade dehydrated dog food recipes exist, so follow each recipe step carefully to ensure that your dog will enjoy a delicious and nutritious meal.

Instructions

    1

    Cut the liver into -inch strips that are 1/4-inch thick. Place the liver in a food dehydrator. Dehydrate the liver for 6 hours.

    2

    Remove the liver and cut each -inch strip into 1/4-inch squares. Dehydrate the liver for an additional 6 hours.

    3

    Test the liver to make sure there is no moisture left by gently squeezing 1 or 2 pieces. If any moisture is present, put the liver back in the dehydrator for 20-minute intervals until it is dehydrated.

    4

    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

    5

    Place 6 tbsp. of water, 1/3 cup of melted butter and 1 egg into a large bowl. Mix these ingredients until they are blended well.

    6

    Add 2 cups of whole-wheat flour slowly. While you add the whole-wheat flower, stir it gently into the other ingredients.

    7

    Combine 1/3 cup of the dehydrated liver chunks with the other ingredients in the bowl. Once they are blended together, pour them into a greased baking pan.

    8

    Bake the dog food mixture for 20 to 25 minutes. Allow it to cool, and then cut or break it into small pieces.

    9

    Store the dehydrated dog food in an airtight container.

Rabu, 14 Juli 2010

Low Protein Dry Dog Food Kidney Diet

Canine kidney disease is most common in older dogs, but it occurs at any age from many causes, including genetics, other diseases, infections, parasites, poison, injury and kidney stones. Kidney disease prevents the kidneys from removing toxins from the body. Diet is an important part of managing your dog's kidney disease.

History

    The concept of a low-protein diet for animals and humans who had kidney disease was based on old testing methods. However, as new testing and research has been developed with better technology, the need for low-protein diets for kidney disease has failed to be supported. The National Research Council dropped its 1972 recommendation of a low-protein diet for those with kidney disease.

Research

    Research shows that low-protein diets may not provide enough nutrition. Furthermore, research has shown that dogs on low-protein diets do not live longer and that normal protein helps improve kidney function. Iams and university studies found normal protein helped dogs with kidney disease keep higher energy levels and improved muscle mass better than low-protein diets.

Low Protein

    Many companies have created low protein diet dog food. Veterinarian Kenneth C. Bovee believes that because many owners and veterinarians continue to believe in the low-protein myth, these dry dog foods are still popular even though no research supports them as beneficial. Bovee noted that even for dogs with severe kidney disease, a low-protein diet did not statistically slow their kidney disease.

Damage

    Bovee states that research shows low protein is not only unproven to help in kidney disease but may harm kidney function, decrease renal plasma flow and affect chemical balances.

Protein

    Dr. David S. Kronfeld's research showed that high quality, easily digested protein is important for both nutrition and kidney function in dogs. Meat and organ tissues are high quality. Chicken is more easily digested than other meats, but any meat is appropriate. Read the ingredients label on dry dog food with normal levels of protein and select one with high-quality meat as the main ingredient and meat byproducts and carbohydrates second and third. If the food recommended by your vet does not meet that standard, ask for other recommendations. Most kidney prescription foods that are not low protein are adequate.

Dietary Supplements

    Check the dry dog food for supplements. Some supplements such as omega-3 and omega-6 may help high blood pressure, which is common with kidney disease. Vitamins E, B complex and C and iron may help kidney function. If you choose to use more supplements than are in the dry dog food, ask your veterinarian for safe amounts to use for your dog.

Options

    If your veterinarian recommends a low-protein dry dog food, ask about her reason and discuss research. It may be helpful to request a referral to a kidney specialist for a second opinion.

Selasa, 13 Juli 2010

Do I Dilute Goat's Milk for My Dog?

Do I Dilute Goat's Milk for My Dog?

Whether you need to dilute goat's milk before giving it to your dog depends the source and type of goat's milk. You should also take into consideration the age and size of your dog. Furthermore, it is hard to make a blanket statement for all dogs, because they are as individual as humans when it comes to things like allergies and food sensitivities.

Why Goat's Milk

    Goat's milk is purported to be more digestible than cow's milk, and is frequently recommended by various books on nutrition for feeding human babies. Powdered goat's milk is often used in manufacturing milk substitute for orphaned puppies and kittens. It is rich in butter-fat, calcium and other vitamins.

Fresh, Raw Goat's Milk

    Fresh goat's milk from your own milch animals should be safe to feed to your dog without being diluted. Give moderate amounts at first, and watch your canine companion for diarrhea, constipation or other signs of dietary distress. Healthy adult animals do not need milk as part of their diet, but it can be offered as an occasional treat.

Powdered, Tinned or Frozen Goat's Milk

    Read the directions on powdered, tinned or frozen milk. Some brands or types of tinned milk may have been condensed, in which case it will need to have water added to bring it to the consistency of whole milk.

Check With Your Veterinary

    You local veterinary will be happy to give dietary advice, especially if you are raising orphaned puppies. He will be able to provide information specific to the breed, age, size and medical needs of your canine friend.

Senin, 12 Juli 2010

How to Buy Dry Dog Food Storage Containers

Storage containers for dry dog food are a necessity for every pet owner who wants to keep their pet's food fresh as long as possible. Storage containers are also popular with owners who have problems with vermin and moisture in their homes. Read the following tips to learn how to buy an appropriate dry dog food storage container.

Instructions

    1

    Choose a storage container made of durable plastic. Heavy plastic helps keep pests and other unwanted invaders out of your dog's dry food when it's left unattended. In addition, this type of plastic ensures that your dog's food remains protected and dry.

    2

    Consider the size of the storage container you need. Storage containers come in a variety of capacities, but some of the most popular are 10 lb., 20 lb. and 40 lb. Buy a container that's a little larger than your usual dry dog food bag size.

    3

    Select features that help you easily dispense dry dog food when needed. Spouts capable of being flipped and made with rubber make for easy handling and may reduce wear on the container.

    4

    Take advantage of decorative storage containers. Some manufacturers design dry dog food storage containers to look like a part of your kitchen. These designs allow you to keep the storage container out and handy without sacrificing the look of your kitchen.

Minggu, 11 Juli 2010

How to Create a Dog Treat Recipe

Homemade dog treats can be fun for both you and your pet. You can experiment with a variety of meats, vegetables and fruits and, best of all, you can control what goes in (and what stays out of) your pet's treats. If you have a basic recipe to start with, you'll be able to use your imagination and the ingredients you have on hand to create a dog treat your little Fido will love.

Instructions

Making the Treats

    1

    Preheat the oven. Experiment with temperatures, but 350 degrees F is a good place to start.

    2

    Lightly grease a baking sheet. This will prevent the treats from sticking as they bake.

    3

    Start by mixing dry ingredients with yeast. Sometimes, you may just have flour, or you may want to add spices, such as parsley.

    4

    Add other ingredients of your choosing with the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Try healthy fats, such as olive oil. You might also want to add eggs, as well as meats, fruits and veggies. Chicken or beef broth can be used to thin the dough. Mix well.

    5

    Transfer to a floured surface and knead the dough. Roll out and cut either into round cookies or into fun shapes using a cookie cutter.

    6

    Transfer to baking sheet and bake until treats are lightly browned. This will probably take around 30 minutes, depending on what combination of ingredients you chose. Let cool completely before serving.

How to Dehydrate Pork Skins in a Microwave for Dogs

How to Dehydrate Pork Skins in a Microwave for Dogs

Dogs love pork skins. And that goes double for dehydrated pork skins. Not only is it a tasty treat, but it is also something to gnaw---which dogs need. Dehydrated pork skins can easily be found at your local pet store. But, it is just as easy to make them at home in the microwave. However, because a microwave does not allow any moisture to escape, the pork skins will not become fully dehydrated like the ones in the store. For added crisp, pop them in the oven for 20 minutes at 200 degrees Fahrenheit and leave the door ajar so that moisture can escape.

Instructions

    1

    Place the pork skins on the rack.

    2

    Set the microwave on high.

    3

    Microwave the pork skins for four minutes (time will vary depending on the microwave).

    4

    Check the pork skins' consistency. If they are not leathery and stiff, microwave them again---at 30-second intervals---until they achieve that consistency.

Jumat, 09 Juli 2010

What to Feed a Sick Dog

What to Feed a Sick Dog

The Very Best Food Recommended for Older Dogs

The Very Best Food Recommended for Older Dogs

As dogs grow old, their teeth and gums may be less equipped to handle the same tough, crunchy food they once could. It's important to assess your dog's diet and chewing ability throughout its development, in order to determine how you can accommodate its changing needs. Older dogs typically require different foods than younger dogs.

Dietary Habits

    As part of the natural aging process, older dogs develop weaker jaws, teeth and gums, and so the food for older dogs should be chewier and require less strength. Keep in mind that if a dog continues to eat crunchy food with no noticeable change in pace or amount consumed, there is no need to change the dog's food.

Types of Food

    Dogs that require softer food have a lot of options, including canned food, softer dry food, liquid food (similar to a human smoothie) or a combination of some of these. When you're switching from hard food to softer food, veterinarians recommend that you mix dry food with wet food at first, in order to make sure that the transition is smooth.

Nutrients

    Food labels for dog food might have confusing lists of random and unfamiliar ingredients, but the key is that older dogs need certain nutrients. A balanced diet of fats, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals and water makes for a healthy dog. You may want to increase your dog's protein consumption as well because older dogs typically do not absorb protein in their system as well as younger dogs. Be sure to choose high-quality protein.

What to Buy

    Always check the side of your dog food package to ensure it has an AAFCO nutritional adequacy statement that guarantees the proper nutritional value that dogs need. Pedigree, Iams, Natural Choice and Blue offer healthy AAFCO-approved choices for older dogs. Keep in mind that, when you buy dog food, you may not need to buy as much food. Wet food fills up a dog much more than dry food, and although wet food may be more expensive, you'll probably have to buy less quantity.

Kamis, 08 Juli 2010

Diet for Dogs With Lymphoma

Diet for Dogs With Lymphoma

It is devastating when your dog is afflicted with lymphoma. No doubt you want to do what is best for your dog's health, which includes the food that goes into its body. According to dogcancer.net, it is important to provide nutritional food, such as protein and vegetables for your dog rather than grains, sugars and carbohydrates, which feed cancer cells.

About Lymphoma

    Because lymphoma is the most common cancer that can affect your dog, it also has the best results for treatment and the highest rate of remission, according to dogcancer.net and caninecancerawareness.org. Lymphoma is malignant tumors in dogs, usually in the lymph nodes, the liver, spleen, and even the digestive tract. It is not uncommon for it to also affect the skin and eyes. As of 2010, there is a high rate of remission in canine lymphoma due to improved technology.

Diet Significance

    As with humans, it is important what you put in your dog's body. Putting your dog on a special diet can have a significant effect on his overall health, keeping cancer cells at bay. According to dogcancer.net, most cancer side effects can be avoided by controlling your dog's diet. Every part of its body is restricted by the foods it eats. During the convalescent stage, it is important to build your dog's immune system back to normal. The body tissue has been damaged, and with the help of sufficient proteins, along with supplements of Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, new healthy tissue can build and grow.

Diet Features

    Cancerawareness.org states that diet is extremely important to the maintenance of a dog with cancer, such as lymphoma. Your dog's diet should consist of limited amounts of simple sugars, moderate complex sugars, high quality proteins and specific amounts of certain types of fat. It also should include proteins, such as egg whites, white chicken meat, lean beef, beans, skim milk and lamb. A recommended food by the Morris Animal Foundation is the Hills Science Diet n/d, which is cancer specific.

Benefits

    The cancer diet has tremendous benefits of building healthy tissue, blood cells and muscles along with building your dog's immune system. It will inhibit tumor growth as it fights the adverse effects of the cancer and cancer therapy. This diet improves your dog's quality of life by reversing the harmful deformities created by cancer.

Warning

    Cancerawareness.org states that as well as the danger of grains, is the danger of simple and complex sugar and any ingredients that end in "ose," such as glucose and dextrose. Cancer cells feed on sugar and you want to starve those cells. Also, restrict the intake of complex carbohydrates that contain complex sugars.

    As stated in vetinfo.com, be aware when your dog first starts on the diet, it may experience nausea or vomiting. Take it slow, don't push it into eating and talk to your veterinarian regarding medication for nausea. Also consider small meals several times a day, change mealtimes and feeding places, should it associate the eating experience with previous pain it has gone through. The objective is to make eating fun for your dog, avoiding medications or treatments during mealtimes.

Sabtu, 03 Juli 2010

How to Feed a Dog With No Lower Jaw

Owning a dog with a physical deformity or traumatic injury can be a daunting task. Feeding, cleaning up after, even routine tasks such as walking and grooming are much more difficult when your beloved pet has a handicap. Feeding a dog with no lower jaw can be an especially challenging duty, although seeing your canine companion healthy and happy is well worth all your time and effort.

Instructions

    1

    Speak with your vet regarding your dog's diet. Without a functioning lower jaw, it will be nearly impossible for him to eat from a bowl like a normal dog, so your vet will advise you on the best way to feed him. Your dog's meals will need to be broken down into small sessions throughout the day to make sure he is getting enough nutrition, so plan your schedule accordingly.

    2

    Choose a nutritionally-balanced, soft dog food and place the proper portion for your dog in the bowl. He may not be able to eat from the bowl himself, but he will still associate the sight of his bowl with feeding time. Stir it with your spoon, adding a dose of calorie supplement to the dog food. Supplements such as NutriCal, are full of vitamins and nutrients that your dog may not get from a straight canned diet, and will help him maintain an appropriate weight and energy level.

    3

    Offer your dog a small amount from the spoon, allowing him to investigate the food. He should open his mouth and attempt to take a bite, although you may have to place the food on the back of his tongue in order for him to get it. If he does not readily open his mouth, gently place the spoon inside his mouth and let the food sit on his tongue. It may take three or four force-fed bites before he realizes he can eat off the spoon himself.

    4

    Continue feeding him small bites until he seems full. If the food is sticking in his mouth, gently rinse his tongue to remove the stuck food. Fill your syringe with warm water and slowly squirt a small amount onto his tongue, allowing him to move it around and loosen the food. He may not want to eat more than a few bites in a single feeding, so store the remaining food in the refrigerator and try again later if he becomes disinterested.

    5

    Brush your dog's teeth after he's finished eating. A diet of exclusively soft dog food can quickly cause tooth decay, so brushing is vital to optimal tooth and gum health. Dampen your brush in water and gently brush each of his teeth, taking care to remove any stray bits of food. Rinse his mouth again with the syringe, using the towel to wipe off any rinse water or food that may have fallen on his coat during feeding.

How to Balance a Raw Diet for Dogs

Feeding your dog a diet comprised entirely of raw food can have many health benefits, including better digestion and a healthier coat and skin. It's also a nice variety for the dog to enjoy rather than the same bland kibble every day. However, when feeding a raw diet to your dog, you have to be vigilant about nutritional balance so that the dog doesn't end up with a vitamin deficiency or worse.

Instructions

    1

    Make sure that you understand the basics of nutrition before putting your dog on a raw diet. Each meal needs to have an even balance of proteins, vegetables and starches -- just as a human's diet should.

    2

    Use protein as the base of each meal. You can feed your dog beef, chicken, duck, turkey, rabbit or pork. Try to periodically switch the type of meat being fed to your dog, both for variety's sake and so that the dog doesn't develop any sensitivities from being fed the same food constantly. For a 20- to 35-pound dog, each day's food should consist of approximately one-third of a pound of meat. Adjust this amount accordingly, depending on the size and weight of your dog.

    3

    Add about 2 cups of vegetables such as carrots, spinach and peppers for every 1/3 pound of meat. You can also feed your dog beans, cabbage, broccoli or brussels sprouts, but be aware that these vegetables may cause gas. Vegetables can be fed in their intact form or pureed in a blender to make them easier for the dog to digest.

    4

    Include a source of starch in the meal. Macaroni, potatoes, oats and rice are all excellent starches to add to your dog's food. You should include 1 to 2 cups of the starch source for every 1/3 pound of meat.

    5

    Make substitutions occasionally to give your dog some extra nutrition. You can replace half of the dog's regular meat source with liver once a week, and also add in cheese, yogurt and fresh fruits periodically. Additionally, the meat in a meal can sometimes be substituted with vegetarian proteins such as tofu, soybeans and lentils.

Birthday Cake Ideas for Your Dog

Making a birthday cake for your dog can seem like a complex task. Dogs cannot eat all the same foods we do and they have limitations on sweets as well. Finding a mix between a healthy and delicious birthday cake for your dog doesn't have to be a challenge. Knowing a few basic ingredients will put you well on your way to making your dog his very own birthday cake.

Cake Mix

    Recipes with flour, wheat flour, wheat germ, oats, vegetable oil, cornmeal, margarine, eggs and baking powder are safe for dogs. If you are not making the cake from scratch, read the entire list of ingredients before making the cake for your dog.

    Add some more nutrition for your dog with shredded carrots, chicken and bananas. To increase the drool factor with flavor you can use bacon crumbles, peanut butter and some dog kibble.

Icing

    Two simple recipes for icing involve the base ingredient of yogurt. Plain vanilla yogurt is not only delicious to your dog but also makes for healthy icing. In a large bowl, mix pureed bananas or melted peanut butter with vanilla yogurt. Don't worry about making too much, leftovers can be frozen and given as a treat later. Any dog would love peanut butter ice cream with or without their birthday cake.

    Dogs love chocolate but it is toxic for them to consume. Try making a fake chocolate frosting with carob. Carob tastes like chocolate but is safe for dogs to eat. Party-photo-favors.com lists this tasty recipe:
    2 cups mashed banana
    1 tbsp. butter
    6 tbsp. powdered carob
    2 tsp. vanilla
    3 tbsp. unbleached flour
    1 tsp. cinnamon
    Beat all the ingredients thoroughly and ice your cake.

Decorating

    You can also try shaping the cake with a serrated knife or spatula. Carve the cake into a bone, a pile of bones, a cat's face or even their favorite metal food dish. With the food dish cake you can freeze the yogurt flavored icing and then break it into little pieces. The cake will look like a food bowl and the icing will look like pieces of kibble.

    Try adding sprinkles to your dog's cake. Mix your ingredients in a food processor to get very small pieces. Use things such as carob, dog kibble, peanut butter treats, dried bananas, carrots and pecans.

    Pipe a message for your dog onto her birthday cake. Make a homemade piping bag with a sandwich bag. Put your frosting into one of the corners of the bag. Use scissors to cut a small portion of the corner off. Then squeeze the frosting out of the corner. Practice on a paper towel first to get familiar with how the frosting will come out of the bag.

Dangerous Foods

    When making a cake for your dog's birthday keep this list of dangerous foods in mind. Dangerous foods can cause death, gastrointestinal complications and organ failure. Among these are alcoholic beverages, bones from meat sources, chocolate, citrus oil extracts, garlic, grapes, raisins, human vitamins with iron, large amounts of liver, macadamia nuts, dairy products, mushrooms, onions, persimmons, fruit seeds, fruit pits, green potatoes, rhubarbs, tomato leaves, tomato stems, raw eggs, raw fish, salt, string, sugary foods and yeast dough. This list does not include all dangerous foods and is not specific for each dog.

Jumat, 02 Juli 2010

How to Pre-Moisten Dry Dog Food

How to Pre-Moisten Dry Dog Food

Dry dog food is healthy for your dog's teeth because it helps remove plaque and tarter when he eats it. That being said, some dogs are resistant to eating dry dog food and they may not consume enough dry dog food to maintain their caloric needs. If your dog is not eating the recommended amount of dog food for his size you may want to try pre-moistening his food before you serve it to him.

Instructions

    1

    Pour the recommended amount of dry dog food into your dog's bowl.

    2

    Add warm water to your dog's food bowl. Add water slowly, generally 1/4 cup water to 2 cups of kibble works best.

    3

    Allow the kibble in the water to sit for a few minutes so the water soaks up the taste and color of the kibble.

    4

    Stir the dry dog food and water to make a broth.

Kamis, 01 Juli 2010

Low Residue Dog Foods

Low Residue Dog Foods

Choosing the best dog food for your pet can be complicated, especially since some dogs require special diets to stay healthy. If your dog experiences digestion issues, a veterinarian may recommend feeding a low-residue food until the problem clears up. Ask your veterinarian for brand recommendations or a prescription.

Function

    Low-residue dog foods contain ingredients that are easier to digest. The dog's body breaks down more of the ingredients in low-residue food than in normal formulas. After breaking down the ingredients, the dog's body absorbs and uses most of the nutrients, leaving little residue behind in the digestive tract. Because the dog uses more of the food, it produces less waste, and the digestive system doesn't have to work as hard.

Uses

    Veterinarians recommend low-residue dog foods in cases of intestinal upset. Some dogs with constipation benefit from low-residue foods. Because this type of food contains less insoluble fiber, it also reduces gas in dogs that suffer from excessive flatulence. In dogs with chronic diarrhea or inflamed intestines, low-residue foods help by producing smaller, harder stools that dogs pass less often. A dog recovering from a prolapse may also need low-residue food while recovering. Prolapses occur when a dog strains too much while trying to eliminate stool, most often because of diarrhea, parasites, constipation or fecal impaction.

Ingredients

    Low-residue dog food tends to contain more meat than insoluble fiber and grains. Meat leaves less residue behind for the dog to pass, while grains contribute to larger, looser stools. Common ingredients include fish, eggs and chicken fat. Low-residue foods may contain additional vitamins and minerals so that dogs obtain balanced and complete nutrition. Some companies add artificial flavors to improve the food's taste.

Considerations

    Not all dogs need special diets. Before deciding to feed your dog a low-residue food, consult your veterinarian. The nutrition requirements and best treatment options for individual dogs can vary. For example, in some cases low-residue diets contribute to constipation rather than helping it. If you do put your dog on a low-residue diet, monitor his health. Ear infections, allergies and kidney or liver problems can occur if the food contains beet pulp. If your dog exhibits any problems, contact a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Tip

    To prevent additional upset in your dog's intestines, switch to the new brand of food gradually. Unless your veterinarian recommends otherwise, mix a small amount of the new food in with the old. Over the course of a week, increase the amount of new food you feed the dog and decrease the amount of old food.