Senin, 31 Januari 2011

How to Construct an Automatic Dog Feeder

How to Construct an Automatic Dog Feeder

Automatic dog feeders are a necessity for diabetic dogs that need to eat throughout the day. Young puppies that need to eat several times a day benefit from automatic dog feeders as well. Working owners can rest assured that their dog is getting its needed food while they are at work. You can make a fancy automatic dog feeder that requires the use of woodworking tools, or you can make a simple automatic dog feeder that only requires the collection of common household items, such as a 1-gallon plastic milk bottle.

Instructions

    1

    Rinse a 1-gallon plastic milk bottle to clean it of any residue.

    2

    Cut a 0.5-inch tall slit at the bottom of one side of the plastic milk bottle. This slit should run the whole length of the side you have chosen. You can use either scissors or a utility knife for this.

    3

    Set the plastic milk bottle on one end in a large tray with sides that are raised to keep the food in. The slit should face the open area on the tray to allow the food to freely flow onto the tray.

    4

    Fill the bottle with dry dog food until it is full. Gravity will pull the food down as it is eaten.

Minggu, 30 Januari 2011

How to Stop Your Pet From Overeating

How to Stop Your Pet From Overeating

Obesity in household pets is becoming a greater issue for pet owners. Overeating can contribute to a slow metabolism and shortened lifespan for pets. It is important to monitor and supervise some pets who have a history of eating too much or too quickly. There are ways to help your pet slow down and eat less.

Instructions

    1

    Get medical clearance from a vet if your pet displays signs of overeating, obesity or insatiability. Have your vet do a complete medical check-up to scan for diseases such as Cushing's, adrenal issues, hypothyroidism and liver problems. All of these medical issues can contribute to an overeating problem.

    2

    Reduce boredom in your pet's daily life. Stress and boredom can increase the likelihood of some pets to overeat. If you have a dog, play with him on a daily basis to give him adequate attention and exercise. If you have a cat, give her toys that she can play with throughout the day, and play with her when you have time. Find toys or companion animals for your other pets to reduce boredom.

    3

    Change the food you give your pet if he tends to quickly chow down. Adding water to dry food can create a thicker paste that will make it more difficult for your pet to eat quickly.

    4

    Set a feeding schedule. Instead of putting out food every time the food bowl goes empty, feed your pet only at set times. This might include setting out a small bowl of food in the morning before you leave for work or school, and another small bowl when you return home at dinner time. This will allow your pet to adjust to the schedule, and you will have greater control over how much she eats in a day.

    5

    Make the food more difficult to eat. Place a large, heavy object in the food bowl at meal time so your pet isn't able to gobble his food in a few large bites. You can use heavy rocks or weighted balls that your pet will have to eat around, causing him to slow down, take smaller bites and eat less food.

Sabtu, 29 Januari 2011

How to make homemade DOG BONES

How to make homemade DOG BONES

if your dog loves dog biscuits, it may become an expensive hobby. However, by making the dog bones at home, you not only save money, but create healthy treats for your dog. The key is to bake the treats long enough that they are crunchy for your dog. This makes it more fun for them to eat. They last longer and your dog will enjoy them more as a result.

Instructions

    1

    Mix the butter, water, milk and beaten egg in a bowl. Add the flour a bit at a time and keep mixing by hand.

    2

    Mix until the dough is thickened and fully mixed. When you have a thick dough, drop it onto a floured board or clean counter top. Roll out the dough until it's about 1/2 inch thick using a rolling pin, hard plastic cup or a very strong glass jar like a pickle jar.

    3

    Cut out the bones. Use a bone shaped cookie cutter or any shape cookie cutter or just cut the dough into strips or squares or triangles.

    4

    Place the biscuits on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes and let them cool. Store them in a paper bag or in an old cereal box so they do not build up moisture and stay rock hard.

Gluten-Free Dog Foods

Gluten-Free Dog Foods

As people turn away from foods containing gluten due to allergies and digestive problems, they are also looking for similar foods for their canine companions. Gluten is found in wheat, soy, barley, oats and rye. Dog foods generally advertise themselves as grain-free rather than gluten-free. To make certain a dog food is gluten-free, it is important to read the label carefully. A gluten-free diet is especially helpful for dogs with sensitive stomachs and other digestive disorders.

Taste of the Wild

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    Taste of the Wild's grain-free dog foods include the High Prairie Canine Formula, for all stages of a dog's life. This product contains roasted venison and bison, sweet potatoes, a berry blend, peas, tomatoes, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. There is no soy or corn in the formula. The canned version, in gravy, also contains lamb. The Pacific Stream Canine Formula, made with sweet potatoes and salmon, is grain-free. Taste of the Wild products are available at most major pet-food retailers. For more information, contact:

    Taste of the Wild Pet Food
    P.O. Box 156
    Meta, MO 65058
    800-977-8797
    tasteofthewildpetfood.com

Force

    Force, designed by The Honest Kitchen, is dehydrated raw, grain and gluten-free dog food. It was designed for dogs with sensitive stomachs and is suitable for adult dogs, sensitive dogs and those of moderate activity level. Ingredients include free-range chicken, potatoes, celery, flaxseed, apples, alfalfa, honey, cabbage and green beans. Due to dehydration, shelf life for Force products is one year. For more information, contact:

    The Honest Kitchen Inc.
    145 14th St.
    San Diego, CA 92101
    619-544-0018
    thehonestkitchen.com

Wellness CORE Dog Food

    The Wellness CORE dog food variety is protein-focused nutrition. The grain-free diet includes deboned turkey and chicken, chicken liver, and a proprietary blend of fruits, vegetables, oils and botanicals. CORE has no wheat or wheat-gluten, soy, corn, dairy, artificial colors or preservatives. It is available at most major pet food retail stores. For more information, contact:

    Wellness/Old Mother Hubbard
    200 Ames Pond Drive
    Tewksbury, MA 01876
    800-225-0904
    wellnesspetfood.com

How to Add Omega-3 to your Dog Food

How to Add Omega-3 to your Dog Food

In response to increased allergies in dogs, omega-3 fatty acids were initially introduced to dogs' diets. Veterinarians have since discovered other benefits, including lowered cholesterol, easing arthritis pain and treating kidney disease. Eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA, and docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, both active fatty acids, create positive results when added to your dog's diet for at least six weeks. Processed dog foods are high in omega-6 fatty acids--also beneficial to canine health--but low in omega-3 fatty acids. Supplements to increase your dog's omega-3 intake are recommended if you feed your pet store-bought food.

Instructions

    1

    Read the ingredients of your dog's food. If fish oils are listed, your dog is getting omega-3 fatty acids. If flax seed or flax seed oil are listed, your dog may or may not be benefiting from omega-3s. The acid in flax seed must be converted to EPA and DHA to be beneficial and some dogs may not be capable of creating this conversion.

    2

    Purchase omega-3 supplements specifically designed for dogs and other pets. Both liquid and pill forms are available.

    3

    Add the correct dose of the supplement to your dog's meal based on his weight. Doses are generally different for dogs under 20 pounds than for those 20 pounds and over.

    4

    Consult with your veterinarian on the proper dosage if you wish to use fish oil capsules intended for human consumption. Puncture the pill and pinch the oil out onto your dog's food if he is averse to swallowing pills.

    5

    Select a supplement that includes vitamin E or add it along with your fish oil. Increasing omega-3 fatty acids in the diet requires an increase in antioxidants, of which vitamin E is an excellent source.

    6

    Feed your dog fish--either fresh or canned. Salmon and white fish are often used in commercially-produced dog food and are considered safe for dogs.

Jumat, 28 Januari 2011

Home-Cooked Hypoallergenic Diets for Dogs

Home-Cooked Hypoallergenic Diets for Dogs

Dogs can develop allergies owing to various factors, including food. Allergic reactions in dogs are generally manifested in the skin --- a food-sensitive dog experiences extremely itchy skin that turns red and sore as a result of excessive scratching and licking. Your dog may be allergic to different foods such as grain, protein and dairy. It could also develop sensitivity to preservatives, colorings and additives from commercial dog foods. Relieve your dog's food allergies by combining food elimination with a home-cooked hypoallergenic diet.

Food-Elimination Trial

    A food-elimination trial process can determine the food that is causing your dog's allergy. Replace existing commercial foods as well as grain, vegetable and meat with new sources of homemade protein and carbohydrates. Do not revert back to feeding the old diet, and refrain from offering edible chew toys such as rawhide, bones or commercial treats. If you desire to feed treats, ensure that they are prepared from the same food source as the elimination diet. If your dog does not experience an allergic reaction after six weeks on the elimination diet, let this food form part of its new, hypoallergenic diet.

Home-Cooked Food

    Create an effective home-cooked diet that blends hypoallergenic protein and carbohydrate sources with vitamins and minerals. Get creative in home cooking --- combine unusual sources of carbohydrate that you haven't fed your dog before, such as sweet potatoes or oats, with new protein. For instance, mix one part lamb, rabbit or venison with two parts of rice, potatoes or sweet potatoes. Quite often, your dog may be allergic to the carbohydrates in the food. If the dog experiences sensitivities, withdraw the food and replace it with different foods until the offending food allergies are identified.

Hypoallergenic Recipes

    Once you have confirmed your dog's food allergies, eliminate them completely from its diet and rotate the hypoallergenic food that you feed it every two weeks. Prepare nutritious and tasty hypoallergenic food by building on simple recipes. Make a turkey casserole by steaming a pound of turkey meat and combining it with one cooked chopped potato, carrot and a few broccoli florets. Add half a tsp. of bonemeal powder, cool and serve. Replace the turkey with another meat, or add rice and different vegetables every two weeks, to ensure that your dog receives a balanced hypoallergenic diet.

Raw Food

    Some dogs experience allergy relief when fed a raw food diet. This diet entails feeding the dog raw meat, bones and organs of a variety of animals such as chicken, lamb, duck, rabbit, lamb, pig and cow. However, raw foods carry the risk of bacterial contamination. Consult your vet before feeding raw food to ensure that your dog benefits from a nutritionally balanced diet.

The Eating Habits of a Bichon Frise

The Eating Habits of a Bichon Frise

The eating habits of the Bichon Frise dog breed are determined by its owner. Like most other canines, this breed will eat more than it needs if food is put in front of it. It is the owner's responsibility to feed it a balanced diet containing the vitamins and nutrients the dog needs and to instill good eating habits by eliminating junk food and feeding it at the same time every day. An adult Bichon Frise usually requires one meal a day, or two small meals. High-quality commercial dog food, or home cooked meals containing a combination of proteins and cereal grains supply all the dog's nutritional needs.

Eating Habits

    You can instill good eating habits in your Bichon Frise by discarding any food that it doesn't eat within 15 minutes of receiving a meal. Leaving food out for longer periods can lead to finicky and erratic eating habits, according to Richard G. Beauchamp in his book "The Bichon Frise Handbook."

Altering Eating Habits

    If your Bichon Frise joins your household when it is already an adult, it might be necessary to introduce a new diet or change its eating habits, particularly if the previous owners indulged it with treats or fed it on demand. Introduce the new food gradually to avoid digestive upsets and feed the dog at the same time and in the same place every day. Don't worry if the dog initially refuses the food you give it. Healthy dogs don't starve themselves to death and it will eat when it's hungry, Beauchamp notes. Leave food down for 20 minutes, then discard leftovers. Don't offer any more food until the next mealtime and don't succumb to the temptation to give the dog treats. Your Bichon Frise will soon realize that you mean business and adapt itself to a healthier new diet and eating routine.

Treats

    It's best to give treats in moderation because this dog has a tendency to become obese. Give treats during training sessions and refrain from giving it fried, fatty or sugary snacks as a treat. Fish, pork and chicken bones should also be avoided because they can cause intestinal damage. If feeding just once a day, you could supplement the dog's diet with healthy treats, such as dog biscuits.

Life Stages

    The dog's eating habits and caloric requirements also depend on its age. Puppies need small but frequent daily portions to help them develop and gain weight. Feed a puppy four portions until it is three months old, three portions when it is between three and six months and two portions until it reaches adulthood. The caloric needs of an adult dog depend on its activity level. A dog that spends hours in the park or playing with children needs larger portions than one that spends all day in the house while its owners are at work.

Selasa, 25 Januari 2011

How to Cook a Beef Heart for a Dog

How to Cook a Beef Heart for a Dog

Dog owners do not have to stick to using only dog foods purchased in grocery and pet stores. Foods, such as beef hearts, are cheap enough to purchase and cook as a treat for your beloved pooch. In fact, beef hearts are a beneficial treat because they digest easily, and are low in fat. You can also cook a large batch of the beef hearts and save the excess for treats later on in the week.

Instructions

    1

    Place 1 lb. of beef hearts in a large bowl.

    2

    Coat the beef hearts with 2 tbsp. of olive oil and 1 tbsp. of garlic powder. Rub the mixture in, and let it sit for 1 hour.

    3

    Bring a pot of water to a boil, and add the marinated beef hearts. Boil for 2 1/2 hours before removing the beef hearts.

    4

    Slice the beef hearts into cubes and wait for them to completely cool.

    5

    Feed your dog a handful of cooked beef hearts as a treat. Freeze the rest of the beef hearts for future use.

List of Poisonous Vegetables for Dogs

List of Poisonous Vegetables for Dogs

Certain vegetables that humans relish as an ingredient in their everyday dishes can cause serious illness when eaten by dogs. Onions, garlic and mushrooms are good examples of vegetables that are safe for human consumption but are poisonous to dogs. The aftereffects of canine consumption of these vegetables can range from mild, such as vomiting and diarrhea, to deadly.

Onions and Garlic

    Onions and garlic contain thiosulphate, which is toxic to dogs. Because onions contain higher concentrations of thiosulphate, they are more of a danger than garlic. All variations of onions are poisonous to dogs, including raw onions, cooked onions, dehydrated onions and table scraps containing cooked onions or garlic. Common dishes containing onions that may cause illness in dogs include pizza, Chinese food and commercial baby food containing onions.

    If your dog eats onions or garlic, it may develop haemolytic anaemia, a condition where red blood cells burst while circulating the body. Gastroenteritis with vomiting and diarrhea are early signs of onion poisoning. Dogs affected by onion poisoning show no interest in food and may appear lethargic, weak and depressed. The red pigment from the burst blood cells gets passed to the urine, and your dog may experience breathlessness from the reduced number of red blood cells carrying oxygen through its body.

Garden Vegetables

    Vegetable gardens are a dangerous environment for dogs. If dogs consume tomato vines, rhubarb leaves and potatoes, serious medical conditions, such as kidney disease, and even death, may result.

Mushrooms

    Although only poisonous mushrooms are toxic to dogs, all mushrooms, including those safe for human consumption, may cause illness in dogs. The symptoms of mushroom toxicity include excess salivation, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and lethargy. Some dogs that ingest large quantities of mushrooms experience seizures and coma.

    To maintain the good health of your dog, do not feed it any type of mushrooms. When outdoors, keep your dog away from mushrooms with white spores or wart-like scales on the umbrella-like cap. According to the Wayne's Word website, an online textbook of natural history facts, these are typical characteristics of poisonous mushrooms.

Senin, 24 Januari 2011

How to Feed a Rottweiler Puppy

How to Feed a Rottweiler Puppy

Within a short span of time, a Rottweiler puppy will grow quite large. They weigh one pound at birth and can weigh up to 16 pounds in two months. To accommodate their rapid growth, it is important to balance your puppy's nutrients during feedings. When puppies lack nutrients, their bones and joints will not develop properly. Feeding your Rottweiler puppy properly is the key to starting him on the path to good health.

Instructions

    1

    Allow the mama Rottweiler to feed her puppy for the first three weeks. Your puppy will get all of his required nutrients from her. Start the weaning process between weeks three and four.

    2

    Buy premium puppy food. Purchase puppy food with natural ingredients. Make sure that the food has a high protein content. Purchase food with real meat instead of meat by-products.

    3

    Use puppy formula. Cow's milk can cause diarrhea and is hard for puppies to digest. Use formula for puppies that still need milk and water.

    4

    Feed your puppy according to the guidelines outlined on your dog food package. Feed him at the same time each day and increase the amount of food given as your puppy grows.

Minggu, 23 Januari 2011

How to Put Your Dog on a Vegetarian Diet

Unlike a cat, dogs are actually omnivores, not true carnivores. This means that they can be healthy without eating meat, but you must make sure your dog is getting enough protein and all the other nutrients he needs.

Instructions

    1

    Buy a natural health book for dogs or, better yet, one that specializes in vegetarian diets. Follow the diet given.

    2

    Make sure your dog is getting enough of all the amino acids he needs and vitamin B-12. For this reason it's important to follow a prescribed diet.

    3

    Speak to your vet about testing your dog's urine periodically. You can do it at home very simply, and there are products on the market for this purpose. A vegetarian diet can make a dog's urine more alkaline; this may predispose them to urinary tract infections.

    4

    Give your dog cranberry capsules if the urine is too alkaline. This will make it more acidic and help prevent urinary tract infections.

    5

    Buy a prepared, high-quality vegetarian dog food. This is a good alternative if you're unsure what to feed your dog or don't have time to properly prepare a homemade meal.

    6

    Supplement with veggie dog treats and biscuits. These are available at most health food or pet stores.

    7

    Find a veterinarian who supports your decision and who is knowledgeable about vegetarian diets.

Jumat, 21 Januari 2011

The Best Dog Foods for Chihuahuas

The Best Dog Foods for Chihuahuas

Chihuahuas are the smallest breed of dog, and their nutritional requirements are substantially different from those of other dog breeds, in terms of what they eat and how they eat. As a result, the owner of a chihuahua needs to determine which of the many available types of dog food is best for his pet.

Nutrients

    A chihuahua requires dense, high-calorie food to accommodate its active metabolism, and the chihuahua's short digestive tract means food must also be easy to digest. A chihuahua's diet should be high in protein, and its food shouldn't contain non-nutritious fillers, such as cheap grains, found in many commercial dog foods. As a result, some chihuahua owners eschew store-bought food, opting instead for homemade dog food or the bones and raw food (BARF) diet.

Frequency

    Chihuahuas often are difficult to feed because of their small stomach capacity, making it difficult for them to eat a large quantity of food in one sitting. The small amount of food they are able to eat provide enough energy to last 4 to 5 hours, meaning a chihuahua needs to eat several times daily to avoid hypoglycemia. If a chihuahua is on a diet of raw meat, it's important that you ensure the type of meat stays consistent, as switching from lamb one day to beef the next may result in digestive difficulties.

Puppy Food

    Store-bought dog food, while not universally recommended, is an option, especially if it is rich in protein. The most important factor to consider with commercial pet food is that the kibble isn't too large for the dog's tiny mouth. Large-bite dry food is difficult for a chihuahua to chew, and the dog may not eat enough to satisfy its nutritional needs. One way to avoid this is to feed your chihuahua small-bite kibble designed for small breeds.

Homemade Food

    If raw food or store-bought food aren't viable choices, the healthiest option is to create your own homemade chihuahua food. Grill or roast lean beef, pork, turkey, chicken or lamb, drain off the fat and chop it up into portions small enough for the dog to eat. To ensure your chihuahua is meeting its nutritional needs, supplement the meat with a little bit of brown rice along with sweet vegetables such as carrots or yams.

How to Dehydrate Chicken in the Oven for Dog Treats

How to Dehydrate Chicken in the Oven for Dog Treats

Dehydrated chicken jerky is available in pet food stores as treats for dogs, but you can save some money by making it it yourself. Making your own also gives the added bonus that you know exactly what went into it. Some pet store brands of chicken jerky come from China, where laws regarding food are not as strict as in the United States. While it's easier to make the jerky using a dehydrator, you can use an oven.

Instructions

    1

    Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

    2

    Clear the area where you will be working, and put down a cutting board. A plastic cutting board is best because it is easy to sanitize afterward.

    3

    Place the chicken breast on the cutting board, skin side up. Hold your knife in one hand and use your other hand to grab the edge of the skin.

    4

    Remove the skin by peeling it back as you slice between the skin and the meat. Discard the skin.

    5

    Slice the meat into strips about 1/4 inch thick and brush them with olive oil to prevent them from sticking. Arrange the slices on a cookie sheet so that they are not touching.

    6

    Bake until they are dry and firm. This usually takes around 20 minutes.

    7

    Wash your hands in hot, soapy water. Also wash the cutting board, knife, cookie sheet, and any other material that came in contact with the raw chicken.

Kamis, 20 Januari 2011

Forbidden Foods for Dogs

Most dogs love to eat. While most foods are safe in moderation, there are certain foods dogs must never eat. Some of the forbidden foods will cause discomfort for the dog. Other foods are very harmful to the health of the dog and may even cause death.

Avocado

    Avoid feeding avocados to a dog. A toxin in the avocado may cause heart muscle damage or inflammation of mammary glands.

Chocolate

    Chocolate causes intoxication in dogs. The dark chocolate poses the worst threat. A veterinarian needs to evaluate unusual behaviors after ingesting chocolate.

Bread Dough

    The live yeast in bread dough will multiply and expand in the dog's stomach. The expanded stomach decreases blood flow and may cause death to tissue in the stomach.

Grapes and Raisins

    Grapes and raisins may cause kidney failure in dogs. Some dogs will experience no ill side effects.

Alcohol

    Dogs should ingest no alcohol in any form. The effects of alcohol are stronger in dogs than in humans.

Garlic and Onions

    Garlic, onions and any related plants cause damage to a dog's red blood cells. All forms need to be avoided, especially powered varieties. In severe cases, the dog will require a blood transfusion.

Organic Meat for Dogs

Organic Meat for Dogs

Companion animals are part of the family, just as precious as the human members. Organic foods that are preservative- and chemical-free provide healthy options for your dog, and a natural diet resembles the dog's original habits in the wild. Prepare home-cooked foods using organic meat, or feed your dog raw food that combines balanced quantities of human quality meat, chicken or fish with organically-grown vegetables and fruits.

Certified

    Order fresh, organic meat for your dog from your local butcher or farmer's market. Buy meat that is marked "certified organic"' and bears the seal of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This means that the livestock has been raised according to the national organic standards. These standards ensure that the animal has received no antibiotics or hormones, was not exposed to pesticides and comes from a farm that is inspected annually by the USDA. The animals are not confined to feedlots and eat only organic feed.

Cost

    Organic meat is usually more expensive. Animals are not fed growth hormones and therefore yields tend to be smaller. In addition, because organic farming takes place on a smaller scale than commercial farming, it is more labor-intensive. Organic feed for the livestock costs more than regular feed, and certified organic processing facilities are limited. Certification requirements, such as the cleanup of polluted water also contribute toward the higher cost of the final product. These factors raise the price of organic meat, for both humans and dogs.

Processed

    If you are unable to buy or store fresh organic meat for your dog, purchase frozen meat from qualified pet stores or online pet food retailers. The meat is frozen raw, and after thawing, you can either cook it or feed it raw. Alternatively, buy freeze-dried or dehydrated meat, which you can feed "as is" or reconstitute by adding warm water and letting it stand for a few minutes.

Treats

    Offer homemade, organic meat treats to your dog as a reward.
    Offer homemade, organic meat treats to your dog as a reward.

    Once you switch your dog over to an organic diet, carry it through to the treats you give as rewards. Treats are available in organic jerky, organic liver chips (chicken and beef). Alternatively, order fresh liver and make your own organic treats by boiling the meat for 1 hour in lightly salted water, and then drying them uncovered for seven days on a greased baking tray in your deep freeze.

Rabu, 19 Januari 2011

How to Make Wholesome Dog Cookies

Canine carrot cookies are a wholesome alternative to store-bought dog treats. Homemade cookie treats made with carrots are nutritious and tasty treats with no artificial additives that are healthier for your canine friend. You can make a batch of cookies for your dog in different shapes or just leave the cookie dough round. Either way, your dog will enjoy the homemade treat.

Instructions

    1

    Boil the carrots in a pan of water until soft and mushy. Place the carrots in a food processor or blender and puree.

    2

    Remove the outer skin from one clove of garlic. Chop and mince 2 tbsp. of garlic.

    3

    Mix together in a medium-sized bowl the garlic, eggs and pureed carrots. Continue mixing until the batter is smooth. Add the unbleached flour, rolled oats and wheat germ. Mix until the batter is blended and smooth.

    4

    Sprinkle some flour on the counter. Remove the batter from the bowl and place on the counter. Using your hands, flatten out the batter so it is about 1/2-inch thick.

    5

    Spray a cookie sheet with a non-stick spray. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

    6

    Cut bone-shaped cookies out of the batter using the bone-shaped cookie cutter. Place the bones on the cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet in the oven for 45 minutes or until the cookie has the desired firmness.

    7

    Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and let the cookies sit to cool. As the cookies cool, the centers will start to harden. Serve as treats when needed.

Minggu, 16 Januari 2011

How to Make Professional Looking Dog Biscuits

How to Make Professional Looking Dog Biscuits

Treating our four-legged best friends like a part of the family can become expensive, especially when it's time to spoil them with doggie treats. Instead of spending a small fortune on gourmet store-bought dog biscuits, manufacture your own sweet surprises for your dog or puppy to enjoy.

Instructions

    1

    Mix 1 cup of flour and 1/2 cup of milk into a large bowl. The mixture should remain lumpy.

    2

    Mix 2 tbsp. of peanut butter and 1 tbsp. of chicken broth into the flour concoction.

    3

    Pour one egg white and 1/4 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese into the bowl and mix.

    4

    Continue to mix the batter for two to three minutes.

    5

    Mix in 1 tsp. of baking powder.

    6

    Place several biscuit-shaped cookie cutters onto a greased cookie sheet.

    7

    Pour the batter into each of the cookie cutters until each is 3/4 full.

    8

    Bake the biscuits in a 400-degree oven for 15 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden brown.

    9

    Allow the biscuits to cool before removing them from the cookie sheet and the cookie cutter.

Sabtu, 15 Januari 2011

Kibble for Diabetic Dogs

Kibble for Diabetic Dogs

Choosing the right kibble to feed your dog is an important decision to make. It becomes even more important when your dog has diabetes. Just as is the case with humans, diet is a critical part of managing diabetes, and the wrong diet can cause serious problems no matter what the species. A good kibble can give your dog the nutrition he needs and can help in managing his blood sugar. Your best ally for controlling your pets diabetes is your veterinarian, so always check with the vet before changing your dogs diet.

Protein

    Diabetic dogs can benefit from any type of high-quality protein in their kibble. Protein is low in carbohydrates as well as being a natural food for dogs. Canine nutritionists recommend that the first three ingredients in any diet for diabetic dogs should be high quality protein such as chicken, beef or lamb. The suggested protein level is 25 percent or greater, and the fat level should be in the range of 12 to 18 percent, for most diabetic dogs. Kibbles that are grain-free can be a very good source of protein.

Carbohydrates

    Carbohydrates can be a problem for a pet with diabetes, since consuming them triggers the release of insulin. Dog foods for diabetic dogs should contain only carbohydrates that have a low glycemic rating, which means they have a minimal impact on blood sugar and insulin. These are typically whole grains with the least amount of processing. Some kibble diets sold for diabetic dogs are very high in carbohydrates, so it is best to discuss your pets specific needs with a veterinary nutritionist before choosing a food.

Fiber

    Fiber is important to help your dog feel full and to stabilize digestion, but it needs to be high-quality fiber that is low in carbohydrates. It can come from whole grains, but it can also come from other foods; it may be either part of the kibble or added to the kibble. Add vegetables and fruits such as berries, bananas, melons and apples in moderation, and only after checking with your dogs veterinarian. Try to be consistent with the dog's daily routine, and avoid adding a lot of extras one day and then nothing for a few days, since that can make blood sugar harder to control.

Considerations

    Once you have chosen a kibble for your dog, dont change from it unless you have to, and never change it abruptly. Sudden switching of a dogs diet can wreak havoc on his blood sugar and may cause him to become seriously ill. Also be very careful of what you add to the kibble. Many people like to use gravy or canned food to make dry food more palatable, but adding the wrong thing can result in your dog getting sick. Always check with your veterinarian before adding anything to your diabetic dogs diet, even if you dont plan on adding very much.

Jumat, 14 Januari 2011

How to Fix Your Dog Natural Food

How to Fix Your Dog Natural Food

In 2007, thousands of dogs and cats across North America died after being poisoned by food contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine, reigniting a long-standing controversy about the safety of commercially prepared food. If you want to be sure that every meal your dog eats is healthy and wholesome, home-cooking meals using ingredients from the supermarket is one way to go.

Instructions

    1

    Consult your vet before changing your dog's diet. Like people, dogs need a nutritionally balanced diet consisting of meat, vegetables and starch to thrive but the optimum ratio will depend upon your dog's age, activity level, breed and overall health. Your vet will advise you on the best balance of ingredients and how to make a smooth transition from commercially prepared to home-cooked food. One common formula is to mix starches, meats and vegetables in a 50/25/25 ratio.

    2

    Experiment with shortcuts. Making your dog's food need not take much extra time and effort. By using a crock pot or rice cooker, you can toss all the ingredients in at once, add water to make a gravy, and prepare big batches to label and freeze in meal-sized zipper bags or containers.

    3

    Try different combinations of ingredients. Another similarity between dogs and people: some will wolf down almost anything while others prefer to stick to a few favorites. You might find that your dog prefers chicken to beef, rice to potatoes, and won't touch certain vegetables. If so, there's no harm in sticking with two or three winning recipes, meaning less work for you and less wasted food.

    4

    Make friends with the butcher. There are cuts of meat that most people don't find palatable (for instance, some organ meats, tripe, sheep's trotters) but your dog might love and your butcher might give you free for the asking. Beef, lamb or pork marrow bones can be cooked in the same pot as your dog's food to add flavor but dropped into the bowl separately as a special after-dinner treat.

    5

    Save kitchen scraps to mix into the stew. Leftover rice, vegetables and peelings, scraps of meat and crusts of bread all make perfectly wholesome additions to cooked dog food.

    6

    Mix powdered nutrients into the food after cooking. One more way to ensure that your dog is getting the best possible nourishment. Ask your vet to recommend which supplements are best for your dog and how much to add per meal.

Kamis, 13 Januari 2011

How to Switch Your Dog's Food

How to Switch Your Dog's Food

Not even the best commercially produced dog food is best for every dog. Life stage changes, allergies, and activity levels leading to weight gain and loss can make a change in food necessary. But don't make the switch all at once. Change from one food to another over a period of a week to 10 days.

Instructions

    1

    Mix the food your dog is currently eating (75 percent) with the new food (25 percent). Your dog should be eating no more and no less than what it normally eats.

    2

    Feed this mixture for two or three days. If the dog experiences no digestive upsets or loose stools, move on to the next step.

    3

    Change the mixture to 50 percent of the food your dog was eating and 50 percent of the new food.

    4

    Repeat Step 2. If the dog experiences no digestive upsets or loose stools, move on to the next step.

    5

    Change the mixture to 75 percent of the food your dog was eating and 25 percent of the desired food.

    6

    Repeat Step 2. If the dog experiences no digestive upsets or loose stools, then begin feeding the dog meals consisting entirely of the new food.

Help for Dogs With Food Aggression

Help for Dogs With Food Aggression

Your loving and devoted pooch stiffens and snarls when you happen to be near his food. This is the natural behavior of a dog who feels he needs to guard his possessions. However, this behavior is very dangerous, especially if children who do not understand your dog's warning signs are near your dog's food. If your dog stiffens, growls or snaps when you approach his food, you need to take action to help his food aggression.

Prevention in Puppies

    Prevention is the number one way to help food aggression. If you have a puppy and hope to prevent her from becoming aggressive around food, you need to teach her right away that you (and anyone else) being around her food bowl is a good thing. Do not free feed your puppy (leave food in the bowl for her to eat as she pleases). In the beginning, you may even consider hand feeding her kibble. You, your children, your friends and anyone else you can recruit should make a habit of being around your puppy when she is fed. Everyone can take turns putting more kibble into her bowl as she eats. Sometimes you can even slip a special treat into her bowl, such as hot dog bits or grated cheese, as you reach your hand into her bowl. She will begin to learn that human hands near her bowl equals yummy treats. As she accepts your hands and the hands of everyone else around her bowl, start removing her bowl while she is eating. Again, throw down some kibble or yummy treats as you remove the bowl so that she does not feel she is losing anything.

Mild Food Aggression

    If your dog stiffens and moves around his bowl to block you when you are near his food, he is exhibiting early warning signs of food aggression. You need to pay attention to these signs and act fast before he escalates. Start keeping his food bowl on the counter and, if you are comfortable doing so, feed your dog out of your hand. Do this for as long as it takes to get you and your dog comfortable with you being around his food. When you feel you are both ready, give your dog a portion of his food in his bowl and put more in with your hand while he is eating. In addition to kibble, throw in yummy treats on occasion. Do this for as many weeks or months as you need to before ever attempting to remove his bowl while he is eating. When you are to the point where you can remove his bowl, throw down a special treat for him as you remove the bowl. If your dog's food aggression gets worse instead of better, stop your work with him and seek professional help.

More Serious Aggression

    If your dog is showing more serious signs of food aggression--such as raising her hackles, showing teeth, snarling or snapping--but you are still comfortable working with her, enroll in a dog training class to learn how to be your dog's teacher. Classes will help you to teach your dog the basics, which will come in handy as you work with her food aggression. At home, you should not only remove her food bowl but also begin feeding her in an entirely different area. She should not get any food or treats without working for them. Have her sit and stay several feet away as you set her empty food bowl on the ground. If she breaks her stay, remove the food bowl and walk away. If she stays, toss some food into the bowl, release her with a command such as "okay" and praise her. When she has finished her food, have her sit or lay down before feeding her more food. Never feed her without making her sit, stay or lay down first. As she becomes better behaved around her food bowl, continue with the process of teaching her that good things happen when you are near her food bowl. If she shows signs of back sliding to guarding behavior, go back to step one and start over. If her food aggression escalates or you begin to feel unsafe around her, consult a professional trainer immediately.

Rabu, 12 Januari 2011

Hypoallergenic Dry Dog Foods

Dog food allergies are common and cause things like itchy, irritated skin, hair loss, watery eyes, vomiting and diarrhea. Finding the right hypoallergenic food can sometimes be challenging. There are special dog foods made with limited numbers of natural ingredients and no common allergy causing ingredients such as corn, wheat and soy. Though these dog foods are usually more expensive, they will save you money in the long run on veterinary bills, treatments and medications.

Blue Buffalo

    All Blue Buffalo dog food contains no corn, wheat or soy since so many dogs are allergic to these common cheap filler ingredients. They use only real meat, whole grains, vegetables and even fruits to make their high-quality dog food. In addition, every variety of Blue Buffalo dog food contains LifeSource Bits, which are a mixture of vitamin, minerals and antioxidants to help strengthen your dog's immune system.

Royal Canin

    Royal Canin uses all natural ingredients, vitamins, minerals and no fillers. They have a specific Hypoallergenic HP dog food that is a complete and balanced hydrolyzed protein diet. The diet is specifically formulated to assist in the diagnosis and management of adverse food reactions.

Solid Gold

    Solid Gold offers dry dog food with bison or lamb in them. Going with more exotic proteins such as these increases your chances of finding a suitable food for your dog. Their food has all natural ingredients in them along with rice, some fruits, and minerals and vitamins, which also help with your dog's growth and coat.

Canidae

    Canidae also has hypoallergenic dog food. They offer things like turkey, chicken, lamb and fish with brown rice, herbs, vitamins, minerals, probiotics and other natural ingredients that are all good for your dog. They do not use corn, wheat, soy, grain fractions or other fillers.

Eagle Pack

    Eagle Pack dog food offers antibiotic-free lamb, pork and fish meal for a hypoallergenic protein. Their natural dog food also has whole grains, fruit orchard and herb garden ingredients, fibers, purified fats, quality oils and fatty acids.

Hills Science Diet

    Hills Science Diet also offers a line of dog foods called Prescription formula diets, which are made specifically for dogs with food allergies and skin conditions.

Nature's Recipe

    Nature's Recipe offers dog food with carefully selected grains, protein sources, fat sources and antioxidants. They have canine allergy formulas to provide the nutritional needs of your dog and help alleviate and prevent allergic reactions to food.

Tip

    There are also many other brands of hypoallergenic dog foods on the market. The best thing to do to find the right hypoallergenic food for your dog is to check with a veterinarian, your dog food supplier and to check and compare the ingredients on the bags. It may take time trying out different formulas to figure out what ingredients your dog is allergic to and what brand works best for him.

Homemade Dog-Food Recipes for Kidney Failure

Homemade Dog-Food Recipes for Kidney Failure

A dog diagnosed with canine kidney failure should have a different diet from healthy dogs. Dogs with kidney failure require a diet low in phosphorus, sodium and, often, protein. Low phosphorus reduces mineral deposits in the dog's kidneys, and with low-protein diets, dogs suffer fewer problems from nitrogenous wastes.

Recipe One

    An egg-and-potato diet is a high-potassium, low-phosphorus and low-protein meal for your dog suffering from kidney problems. Use one cooked egg, three cups of broiled potatoes, a teaspoon of chicken fat, 600 mg of calcium and half of a multivitamin.

Recipe Two

    For a similar low-protein, high-potassium and low-phosporus meal, prepare a canine chicken-and-potato diet. Cook a quarter cup of chicken breast, three cups of potatoes, 600 mg of calcium, a teaspoon of chicken fat and half a vitamin.

Selasa, 11 Januari 2011

How to Make Your Own Dog Food With Raw Meat, Carrots & Potatoes

By making your own dog food out of meat, carrots and potatoes, you can give your pooch a healthier and tastier meal and save money in the process. According to veterinarian Dr. Pitcairn, an improved level of health was observed in dogs that were fed raw meat, possibly because it is their natural ancestral food. Vegetables like carrots and potatoes are especially well-liked by dogs, according to Pitcairn, and offer high amounts of vitamins and carbohydrates.

Instructions

    1

    Buy a bag of potatoes, a bag of carrots and good quality lean chuck. If possible, purchase grass-fed beef, as it contains higher amounts of healthy omega-3 fats.

    2

    Slice the potatoes into bite-sized pieces and boil them for 20 minutes.

    3

    Grate the carrots into the large bowl. One or two carrots per dog should do.

    4

    Add raw meat to the carrots, about half a pound for a 50-pound dog. Mix the meat and carrots together.

    5

    Add the boiled potatoes to the bowl and stir everything together. Then call Fido to dinner.

How to Choose the Best Mature Dog Food

While young, growing dogs need additional protein and fat to grow, older dogs need reduced calories as their bodies begin to slow down. Your mature dog may even have special needs as it grows older, such as food for liver and kidney damage or diet dog food. However, this doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice quality. It's even more important to choose high-quality food as your dog ages so its body can operate at peak level.

Instructions

How to Select Mature Dog Food

    1

    Select a food free from meat byproducts, corn, wheat, preservatives and dyes. Your dog can't digest these and some veterinarians suggest that certain preservatives may even be harmful.

    2

    Look for food with a lower percentage of protein. Though it's important to choose a food with high-quality protein such as turkey, chicken or beef, selecting a brand with a lower protein percentage -- lower than 20 percent -- will cut additional calories. This will help your dog keep the weight off.

    3

    Selecting brands with fish as the main protein is a good way to cut calories while still giving your dog an ample amount of protein. High-quality senior foods are often supplemented with high-quality grain, such as barley and oats.

    4

    Look for brands with healthy fruits and vegetables, which provide extra vitamins and antioxidants. Healthy vegetables include green beans, squash, zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli and potatoes. Dog-friendly fruits include apples, bananas and most berries.

    5

    If your dog is losing teeth or suffering from dental problems, select wet food rather than dry food. However, if your dog has teeth, eating kibble helps clean your dogs teeth, so continue feeding it as long as possible.

Senin, 10 Januari 2011

How to Make Homemade Dog Food for Labradors

How to Make Homemade Dog Food for Labradors

As large dogs, Labradors require good nutrition to live long, healthy lives. Some Lab owners feed their dogs homemade diets to avoid common fillers found in commercial dog food, including meat byproducts, corn, wheat, artificial colors and additives. Feeding a Lab from your kitchen requires careful attention to preparing balanced meals for this breed's high energy level. Consult your veterinarian before switching to a homemade diet for your older Lab or starting such a plan with a new puppy.

Instructions

    1
    Eggs provide protein for your Lab, and the shells offer calcium.
    Eggs provide protein for your Lab, and the shells offer calcium.

    Include the amount and kind of protein a Labrador should consume for good muscle mass. Your Lab can eat meat, fish and cottage cheese for protein, as well as boneless chicken and eggs. All About Labradors recommends your dog eat 25 to 30 percent protein at each feeding.

    2

    Add good fats to each meal. Your Labrador needs approximately 5 percent fat in its diet, and the best fats are omega-3, fish and wheat germ oils. Flaxseed and walnut oil also provide good fats. Younger Labs may need a little more fat in their diets, as they burn off more energy than older dogs.

    3

    Feed your Lab whole grains, such as brown rice and oatmeal, and fresh or frozen vegetables. You can use carrots, cabbage, celery, asparagus and broccoli, but if your Lab experiences gas problems you may want to rotate the vegetables to see which one causes the problem, and then eliminate that ingredient.

    4

    Combine pre-cooked ingredients for faster meals. A sample recipe for one meal combines 1 cup cooked poultry with no bones, cup steamed vegetables, cup prepared brown rice and several tablespoons of no-sodium broth. If you want to cook one meal from scratch, gather 2/3 cup cubed uncooked meat, cup raw sweet potato or carrot, cup instant brown rice and 1 cup water. Boil the meat and vegetables in water until tender, add the instant rice and continue cooking until the rice is done, adding water as needed.

    5
    Yogurt provides calcium and good bacteria for your dog's digestive system.
    Yogurt provides calcium and good bacteria for your dog's digestive system.

    Include a spoonful of plain yogurt with one meal a day to provide your Labrador with calcium and good bacteria needed for a healthy intestinal tract. Also sprinkle one meal per day with a tablespoon of ground flaxseed or break open a fish oil capsule and drip oil into the food.

    6

    Supplement with a vitamin and mineral complex for at least one meal per day. Pet shops sell a variety of brands, and your veterinarian can recommend the best one for your Labrador. Calcium is particularly important for healthy Lab teeth and bones. In addition to providing calcium via a supplement, you can also add buttermilk or egg shells to your dog's meals for an extra boost of this mineral.

Minggu, 09 Januari 2011

How to Feed a Coonhound Puppy

How to Feed a Coonhound Puppy

Coonhound puppies are a large breed of robust dogs. Their genetic makeup makes them durable hunters and great athletes. Although the dietary needs of your coonhound puppy will depend on its activity level, all puppies should receive a good diet for healthy growth. A coonhound puppy has dietary needs different from those of an adult dog. Although quantity is important, the quality of food and frequency of the feeding are also very important for this breed. Various diets, including commercial brands and homemade diets, are available as choices for feeding your puppy.

Instructions

    1

    Feed your coonhound puppy depending on the amount of daily activity and exercise that your puppy gets. To provide your puppy with lasting energy, feed it food high in protein. The best protein sources for your puppy include animal-based proteins such as chicken, chicken meal, or even eggs. In addition, make sure that your puppy's food has sufficient fat content. A coonhound's food should contain at least 20 percent fat. To ensure a healthy and shiny coat on your puppy, make sure that its food contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

    2

    Purchase the best quality food that your budget allows. High-quality dog food will include a protein source as one of its three primary ingredients. High-quality dog food is nutritious because it provides the necessary protein, fat and energy that the puppy requires. It is better to feed your puppy high-quality food because low-quality food contains fillers, which will pass undigested through the puppy's system. As such, your puppy will require additional quantities of food. Thus, instead of trying to save on bargain dog food, feed your puppy high-quality food as the puppy will eat less (less than the amount it would eat of the low-quality dog food) and still get the necessary amount of nutrition.

    3

    Arrange several small meals for your puppy instead of one large meal. Because coonhound puppies are very active, they require a high caloric daily intake. It is better for their digestion to receive small quantities of food throughout the day. The small quantity of food helps stabilize your puppy's blood sugar level throughout the day and helps control any bloating. Also, because coonhound puppies tend to eat large amounts of food very quickly, it is advisable to raise their food bowl a few inches off the ground. This prevents the puppy from swallowing large amounts of air with its food, which can cause bloating, a condition that can be life-threatening.

Nutrition for Poodles

Nutrition for Poodles

Poodles are a breed of dog famed for the woolly appearance of their coat and their sharp intelligence. They originated in Germany where they were used as a gun dog or retriever, retrieving game on land or jumping into the water. The German word "pudle" from which "poodle" is derived literally means "to splash about." Poodles are very obedient and are ideal dogs for shows and come in standard, miniature and toy sizes.

General

    Poodles -- like any dog -- need a balanced nutritious diet to be healthy. Any balanced diet for poodles will include a good mix of carbohydrates, protein, fats, minerals and vitamins. Poodles have small stomachs so need regular feeding in small portions. When considering how to feed your poodle take into account its age, reproductive status, size and activity level.

Puppies

    Growing poodle puppies will need to be treated differently from fully grown poodles. It's important to ensure they eat enough protein, calcium, minerals and phosphorus. Check the labels of tinned foods to select foods rich in these elements. Puppies have lots of energy but very small stomachs so will need more regular feedings than adult poodles -- about four to five meals a day will be needed until they are 3 months old. From 3 to 5 months three to four meals is ideal and after that they should eat as regularly as an adult with about three meals a day.

Adult

    Adult poodles will enjoy dry foods, tinned foods, bones, fresh meat and plenty of fresh water. Dry foods are usually bulkier and can make the poodle feel fuller while many owners prefer a mix of dry food and tinned foods, which taste better for the poodle. Some poodle owners prefer the BARF diet (Bones and Raw Food) although this method can be expensive and time-consuming. Try to treat your poodle as well with such items as knuckle bones, pig's ears, tripe sticks, dried liver and other tasty chews. Not only will your dog enjoy this variation to its diet but the chewing is good for its health and teeth.

Avoid

    There are some foods you should never feed your poodle such as cooked bones or bones that can easily fracture. Chocolate should never be fed to a poodle and try to avoid table scraps as well, as many human foods are highly processed and can be harmful to dogs. Also avoid feeding poodles artificial sweeteners, processed sugars, grapes, raisins and onions.

Safety of Plastic Pet Food Dishes

Plastic pet food dishes can pose a health risk to the animals who eat from them. If you don't want to take a chance, there are a variety of alternatives that may be safer for your pets.

Chemicals

    Bisphenol A is a chemical found in plastic bottles and containers that may be dangerous. According to Whiner & Diner, colorants and phthalates, substances added to plastic to make it more flexible and durable, also may be unhealthy.

Leakage

    If a plastic pet dish gets scratched or damaged, chemicals or by-products from the materials can leak into the contents; namely the pet's food and water supply.

Health Issues

    The National Institutes of Health reports that long-term exposure to bisphenol A can affect the brain and behavior.

Allergies

    Some pets are allergic to plastic materials and just being near the material can cause problems such as skin allergies. Plastic is porous and has a tendency to harbor germs, odor and dirt.

Alternatives

    Safe products for pet dishes include ceramic or stoneware. Stainless steel is the most durable of all options. These are less porous and decrease the likelihood of bacteria growth.

Sabtu, 08 Januari 2011

Food Aggression Behavior in Dogs

Many dogs that become food aggressive have a history of neglect or were improperly socialized. Aggression for any reason is a dog's way of asserting dominance and controlling his environment. Food aggression is the most basic way of demonstrating dominance. Retraining a dog with this issue should be done by or under the supervision of a professional. Some dogs cannot be retrained out of this negative behavior.

Cause

    Dogs are pack animals. Packs are composed of a social hierarchy. In the pack hierarchy, the leader eats first regardless of who found the food. Dogs that are food aggressive tend to falsely believe they are the pack leader and it is appropriate to guard their food. The other common reason dogs become food aggressive is the dog has been starved to the point he has developed a serious fear of starving again thus will aggressively protect his food.

Aggression

    Aggression in general occurs when a dog that is nervous in his environment acts out when he begins to feel overwhelmed. In the case of food aggression, the dog is insecure about the availability of food and becomes aggressive due to this insecurity. Once the dog has found some success in controlling his environment through aggression, he will routinely become aggressive to protect his food. Dogs that have been allowed to become very aggressive can be extremely hard to retrain and are a safety issue for anyone in contact with them.

Food aggression

    Food aggression can manifest several ways. For instance, if you try to remove food you have placed in front of the dog, he may growl or snap. Sometime he will do this to other family pets but in extreme cases will show aggression towards humans as well. Another manifestation of food aggression is when the dog will actively take food that is not offered to him from someone's hand. A lesser form of food aggression is when the dog eats in a frenzy as he is worried he won't get enough food. Anything that gets in his way can be accidentally bitten.

Retraining

    Retraining dogs with food aggression should be done carefully and meticulously. Retraining carefully, because you do not want to get bitten or to elevate the aggression. Meticulously, as it can be a very deep seated problem where any aggressive events during retraining can set your training back to square one. Often, focusing the training on obedience in other areas will help the dog understand his place in your family's hierarchy, and will lessen his aggression during meal times as he no longer thinks he is the leaders and entitled to the food.

Severe cases

    For very severe cases of food aggression a professional trainer should be consulted. The most severe cases are often seen in severely abused dogs and can not be dealt with by the average dog owner. Most adoption agencies will test a dogs food aggression as a main determination of a dogs adoptability.

How to Stop a Dog From Scattering Food From the Bowl

Most dog owners wouldn't want to pay more than $10 for a dog dish. Yet when your dog scatters food on the floor every time he eats, you might be willing to spend money to fix the problem. The solution is not expensive, although it's often overlooked. While pet owners will deliberate over the material used to make dog dishes -- stainless steel, ceramic, plastic -- they don't usually consider the shape of the dish. However, it's the shape of a dog food dish that can mean the difference between a clean floor and a floor covered with food.

Instructions

    1

    Obtain a straight-sided bowl or dish, big enough to hold one meal for your pet. Check your cupboards before buying. Many covered, glass storage containers are designed with straight sides. The gradually sloped sides of many dog food dishes and standard soup bowls will not contain food as a dog eats. The sides of the bowl should not slope and the bottom of the bowl should have a defined radius.

    2

    Purchase an elevated or raised dog feeder, as another option. There are many types available online and through pet supply catalogs. These feeders are often adjustable, or they may be purchased in different heights. They raise food and water bowls off the ground, making access easier. Elevated feeders help keep food and water off floors. They're often sold as a specialty product for dogs with arthritis, as dogs using them don't have to bend their legs while they're eating.

    3

    Place a large, washable, lipped tray underneath your dog's food bowl. Make sure the tray's lip is high enough to contain large bits of kibble or other foods. The tray should prevent any spilled food from scattering on the floor. A plastic tray is easily washable, but make sure your dog is not inclined to chew on it after eating.

Kamis, 06 Januari 2011

Can Mice Contaminate Dog Food?

Can Mice Contaminate Dog Food?

As soon as you lift up Spikes bag of food, kibble starts falling out from a small hole. Looks like some unwanted critter made its way in there for a midnight snack. Mice, as well as other varmints, can easily contaminate your dogs food. But taking a few cautious measures ahead of time should help prevent the issue from occurring again.

Signs of Contamination

    The initial sign of mice lurking around Spikes kibble is damage to the bag. Mice can easily chew through paper, plastic and even foil-lined bags of food. Youll see a bit of shredding that looks like someone took a cheese grater to the corner of the bag and, of course, a small hole for an entry way. Mice also leave a trail of droppings behind. Watch for small black pellets that look like tiny black rice grains. When mice are spending time in your environment, youll notice a trail of droppings along the walls and around objects, like the food bag. These little cues let you know you have some unwanted house guests.

Why Its Dangerous

    If you suspect that a mouse has been nibbling on Spikes kibble, youll probably want to throw it out, to be safe. Mice are scavengers by nature, feasting on trash and living in filthy conditions. Because of their wretched lifestyle, they bring transmittable diseases with them. Once Spike chomps down on the infested kibble, he can become very ill if the mouse was infected. Additionally, mice can carry around pests such as fleas, causing an itchy outbreak once your pooch comes in contact with the contaminated food.

At the Pet Store

    Inspect each bag of food carefully before bringing it home. While food manufacturers and pet stores do their best to keep rodent control in check, varmints can sometimes sneak in and get into the food supply. Ensure the bag you purchase is clear of tears and holes. While the mouse is probably not still in the bag by the time you lift it up, the food could be contaminated with mouse saliva and droppings.

Prevention is Key

    Your local pet store should have an entire aisle of sealable pet food containers. Rather than keeping Spikes food in the bag, dump it into a durable plastic bin and keep the lid sealed shut. For further protection, place the container up off the floor -- even if its just on a stack of old plastic milk crates. Mice will have a harder time getting inside the container if they cant get to it.

Senin, 03 Januari 2011

Answers to How to Feed an American Foxhound

The American foxhound is a breed of dogs developed in the U.S. for fox hunting. George Washington was an early champion of the breed and had several dogs of his own, according to the American Kennel Club. The American foxhound resembles a tall beagle, and stands 21 to 25 inches at the shoulder. Bred for chasing foxes, they require a lot of exercise to stay fit. A foxhound kept at home as a pet can follow a normal, well-balanced diet recommended by a veterinarian. If your foxhound will be used in field trials or as a hunting dog, you'll need to increase some vital nutrients in its diet.

Instructions

    1

    Select a dry dog food with high-quality meat ingredients and protein levels between 32 and 40 percent. Avoid dog foods that list soy or corn products as one of the first five ingredients. While these ingredients may be fine for a pet, meat products offer better nutrition for canine athletes, according to Martin Coffman, DVM.

    2

    Select a dog food that is high in fat, approximately 20 percent. Your dog will be burning a lot of calories. Avoid any foods labeled "diet" or "low-calorie."

    3

    Select a dog food that has the proper balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Dr. Coffman recommends a ratio between 5:1 to 10:1 omega-6 to omega-3. If the ratio is not listed on the nutritional panel, the food was probably not formulated with these requirements in mind.

    4

    Select a dog food with fiber levels between 4 and 7 percent. Ideally, the fiber will come from a source like beet pulp.

    5

    Encourage your active dog to drink water by adding a dash of flavored gelatin or a few pieces of dog kibble to the water bowl. However, do not allow your dog to drink large amounts of water when it is overheated or about to go on a run, because this may cause stomach upset.

Protein Sources for Dogs

Protein Sources for Dogs

Proteins are a necessary nutrient for the proper growth and development of your dog. Proteins are made up of amino acids---of which there are 22. Dogs can synthesize 12 of the amino acids themselves, but the other 10 must be ingested through food sources. Not all proteins are created equal so be sure to investigate the source of protein in your dog's food.

Animal Origin

    Most dogs thrive on a meat-based diet---though it must be balanced as too much of a good thing can actually be bad for their health. Meat sources include poultry (chicken, turkey, duck), lamb, beef, fish (salmon, herring) and dairy products (milk, eggs, cheese). Other protein sources of animal origin include meat by-products such as the spleen, liver, heart, intestines and kidneys of other animals.

Plant Origin

    Protein may be derived from plant sources including corn, barley, wheat, rice, soybeans and oatmeal. Dogs need fibrous protein which is found in the non-digestible cellulose of plants, such as a peanut hull. Nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables and legumes are all plant protein sources.

Biological Values of Protein

    The ability of a protein and its amino acids to be used by a dog's body is called its biological value. Biological value is ranked out of 100. Eggs have the highest biological value at 100, setting the standard against which all other proteins are judged. Dog food with egg as its main source of protein is a nutritious choice. Fish meal and milk have a biological value of 92. Beef's biological value is approximately 78 and soybeans are 67. Bone meal and wheat have a value of 50 and corn falls just below that with 45. Generally, animal protein sources have the highest biological values because they contain certain amino acids that plant protein sources do not. The best way to include protein in your dog's diet is to balance a variety of both plant and animal protein sources.

Minggu, 02 Januari 2011

Adjustable Elevated Feeders for Dogs

Adjustable Elevated Feeders for Dogs

Adjustable dog feeders are a necessity for people with medium or large dogs. If a dog has to bend over to eat, it puts tremendous strain on its necks, shoulders, back, forearms and hips. Adjustable feeders allow for better posture and improve digestion, allowing food to move more easily to the stomach. Since these feeders are off the floor, they also keep the dog's dining area tidier.

Cantilevered Bronze Adjustable Feeder

    The Cantilevered Bronze Adjustable feeder has a steel base, which makes it sturdy and durable. There are three height adjustment levels, so it's easy to find the perfect level for the dog. The feeder comes with two stainless steel bowls, which are dishwasher safe. This particular feeder has a contemporary look, and the adjustable piece is only on one side, which is different from many of the other feeders. It can be purchased at www.fetchdog.com.

Posture Pro Adjustable Double Diner Feeder

    If you want to have the feeder match your home's interior, the Posture Pro Adjustable Double Diner feeder makes the perfect choice. It comes in many different wood stains, as well as black, is water repellent and is easy to clean. It comes with two stainless steel bowls, and the legs can be adjusted to grow with your dog. This particular feeder can be found at www.amazon.com.

Stainless Steel Raised Dog Feeder

    Made by Best Choice Products, this raised dog feeder can be used from puppyhood to adulthood. It is sturdy and can be adjusted as the dog continues to grow. The feeder is easy to move by holding with one hand and raising or lowering the bowls. The stainless steel bowls are dishwasher safe, which makes them easy to keep clean. It can be purchased at www.buy.com.

Store-N-Feed Adjustable Dog Feeder

    This type of feeder allows the food to be stored in the same container the dog eats from, which saves on space. Adjustable from 8 to 12 inches, the feeder comes in two parts and is excellent for travel. It also comes in a 5-inch model. The top piece, which holds the two bowls, comes off to expose the food storage area. Because it's made of heavy plastic, it will not tip over easily. This particular feeder can be purchased from www.officialdoghouse.com.

Feeding Instructions for Pit Bulls

Feeding Instructions for Pit Bulls

It's important to feed your pit bull quality food in the right portions to keep it healthy, but feeding time can also provide structure and teach it that you're in charge. This breed has a big heart and an appetite to match, and satisfying that appetite is your responsibility as a pit-bull owner. A pit bull does best with a strong leader, and controlling meal time is a good way to show your dog that you control the resources in your home.

Instructions

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    Purchase a dog food that is high in meat content and low in carbohydrates. Pit bulls are large and muscular and need high-quality protein. Because meat-based protein is more easily digested than grain, it's more easily turned into energy.

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    Prepare your dog's food in bowl designed to slow down its eating. There are bowls with raised sections inside; the sections force your dog to eat around them, preventing it from gulping down all its food at once. Pit bulls have large mouths and can swallow a meal in just a few bites, which can lead to stomach upset.

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    Adjust the quantity of food you give at each meal based on your dog's body condition. Each dog has a unique metabolism and energy requirements, so the amount listed on the food bag may not be correct for your pit bull. If your dog looks as though it's gaining weight, reduce the amount of food you're giving, and vice versa.

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    Feed your pit bull twice a day and don't leave the food bowl down all day. Large breeds of dog need large amounts of food, and dividing the amount in half is less likely to upset your dog's stomach. Keeping feeding times on your schedule maintains your leadership position, which is important with a strong-willed breed like the pit bull.

How Much to Feed a Golden Retriever Puppy?

How Much to Feed a Golden Retriever Puppy?

Feeding your golden retriever puppy the right amount of food keeps him happy and healthy. Avoid the temptation to load him up with treats or too much food as this breed is prone to packing on pounds, which creates health problems later in life. Moderation is key. Adhere to a rigid schedule in puppyhood and you will promote a balanced metabolism that sets the foundation for a healthy dog for the rest of his life.

Early Puppyhood Feeding

    Puppies nurse from their mother until about six to seven weeks old. At three weeks of age, breeders introduce puppies to dry puppy food thats moistened and made into a gruel for easier digestion. Ask the breeder which brand of food he is feeding the puppies and plan ahead. Purchase the same puppy food your breeder feeds to maintain a consistent diet when you bring your puppy home.

Schedule Regular Feedings

    Puppies should eat three times daily to support a balanced metabolism. Feed in the morning, midday and in the evening. The final feeding should be approximately 90 minutes before bedtime to allow a few potty breaks before everyone retires for the night. Schedule morning feedings after youve taken your puppy outside to eliminate and take him out within 10 minutes following breakfast. Arrange a midday meal about halfway between your puppys breakfast and dinner.

How Much to Feed

    Serve your puppy between 3/4 to 1 cup of dry food softened with warm water at each meal. Keep the food available for 20 minutes and remove it if your puppy hasnt eaten it. Dont be alarmed. Many puppies dont have hearty appetites when they first arrive at a new home. Give it a few days. Your puppy should regain his interest in food within a day or two, once he settles in.

Increase the Food Portion Gradually

    Once your puppy consistently eats everything in his bowl, increase the food portion by 1/4 of a cup at a time. According to breeders Rebelcreek Golden Retrievers in Ontario, Canada, Growing golden retrievers can eat what seems to be a phenomenal amount (we've had a couple of male golden retriever pups which actually got up to 8 or 10 cups a day in their seventh and eighth months). Just be careful not to overfeed, the breeders warn. It is important that golden retrievers not become overweight. You should be able to feel its ribs quite readily when s/he is standing, by running your hands along its sides. You should not have to 'poke in' with your fingers.

Switch to Twice a Day Feeding

    Eliminate the midday meal when your puppy reaches between 12 and 20 weeks old. Rebelcreek breeders say if your puppy regularly shows a disinterest in a meal, usually the midday feeding, take the same amount of food youve been feeding daily, divide it into two portions and serve in the morning and at night. Maintain two meals a day to promote a healthy gastrointestinal tract, unless otherwise advised by your veterinarian.

Is Giving Rice With Puppy Food OK?

Is Giving Rice With Puppy Food OK?

Puppies often have more energy than sense, and a proper diet helps them grow while maintaining that high energy level. Rice is safe to give to most puppies, but check the food you're already giving him. Many puppy foods include rice or other types of grains, so add rice only if you can do so and maintain the proper amount of protein in your pup's diet.

Getting Full

    Some puppies seem to be hungry all day. With those large expenditures of energy, you pup needs plenty of food to keep his body moving. When it seems like your dog just won't get full, adding some rice to his food helps fill him up, according to petMD. It adds a bit more substance to his food and helps with his digestion.

Protein

    Protein should be the main component of your puppy's diet. The Merck Veterinary Manual recommends most average-size adult dogs receive about 25 grams of protein per day. Puppies of average-size breeds, however, need more than twice that -- 56 grams of protein per day. Giving your puppy rice along with his food might help him feel full, but it shouldn't stop him from getting the right amount of protein his body needs to grow properly.

Carbohydrates and Fiber

    While protein should make up the majority of your puppy's diet, carbohydrates, such as rice, also are important. His little brain uses the glucose from the carbohydrates to function at full capacity, and this is essential when he's still growing. The fiber helps your pup's system stay regular, helping him to avoid problems such as constipation. However, fiber fermentation sometimes can cause more gas. Rice is considered only moderately fermentable, so it's a good choice as a carbohydrate option.

Brown vs. White Rice

    When picking the right rice for your dog, consider his needs. If he's prone to tummy upsets, white rice might be the better choice. It's more gentle on his stomach and doesn't contain as much fiber, which can reduce diarrhea episodes. White rice is the best choice for newly weaned and young puppies, according to the ASPCA. Brown rice has more protein, although not enough to replace meat in your pup's food bowl. The extra fiber in brown rice makes it helpful for puppies who don't poop on a regular schedule or are prone to constipation.

Sabtu, 01 Januari 2011

How to Make Dog Treats Out of Hotdogs

How to Make Dog Treats Out of Hotdogs

If you have hot dogs, you have a dog treat. Rather than spend the extra money to go get gourmet dog treats, spend a few minutes with your microwave and you will have tasty dog treats for your best friend. Making your own dog treats out of hot dogs is very easy; your dog will love them, and you.

Instructions

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    Slice the hot dogs long ways into four quarters with a pizza cutter. Then cut them into smaller pieces about 1/8-to 1/4-inch thick.

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    Spread out the cut pieces of hot dog onto a paper towel. Then stack another paper towel on top of this, and then place more pieces of hot dogs on top of the paper towels like the first layer. You can layer them six or seven times, and put a final paper towel on top.

    3

    Place your paper towel layers of hot dog in the microwave. Put the microwave on full power for three minutes.

    4

    Check the hot dog pieces in each layer of paper towels. When they are done, the hot dog pieces will be crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. If the hot dogs are not finished, put them in the microwave for a minute or two longer.

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    Remove the pieces of hot dog from the paper towels and let them cool. Once the hot dog pieces are cool you have dog treats. You can store them in a Tupperware container on your counter.

Dog Breeders Recipes for Puppy Milk

Raising healthy, happy puppies starts with what you feed them. Puppy milk should contain nutrients that will help the young dog function and supplement growth. There is more than one recipe to achieving healthy milk, and each contains eggs, which are important as a source of protein. Give your puppy the nutrients it will need with a breeder-approved recipe for puppy milk.

Puppy Milk with Yogurt

    Take a teaspoon of honey and place it in a mixing bowl with two tablespoons of natural yogurt and a cup of evaporated milk. Next, boil water and set it aside to cool. Once cooled, pour the water into the bowl and mix in the yolk of one large egg. Whisk until frothy, and serve this to the puppy once a day. It is important that you do not leave out the egg, as puppies need the protein.

Standard Puppy Milk Recipe

    This recipe is simple enough for multiple batches for multiple puppies. Empty a can of evaporated milk into a bowl and fill the can with water. Pour the water into the bowl and a use spoon to mix it with the milk. Add in an entire egg while stirring, and then finally drizzle a large teaspoon of honey in to sweeten. Puppies usually enjoy the taste of sweetened milk.

Goat Milk Recipe

    Goat milk is a delicious alternative to evaporated milk, and your puppy will like the sweeter taste of it. Take one cup of goat's milk and mix it with one egg yolk in a mixing bowl. Stir in two tablespoons of mayonnaise, and slowly add in half a cup of whole fat yogurt. Whisk until smooth and creamy.