Recreational raw bones are excellent for your pets. Chewing provides psychological satisfaction as well as excellent dental health. Every 4 to 5 days, give dogs either raw knuckle bone or raw neck (beef,lamb,veal) bones.
Avoid morrow bones (the hard none form cows legs which have no ‘give’ to them. Cats, if not already getting them for regular meals can enjoy raw chicken necks and chicken wings.
Do NOT feed cooked bones. Unlike raw bones , which are relatively soft, cooked bones are brittle and can splinter into dangerous fragments.
When buying treats, be sure to reach for those that are derived primarily from meat, poultry or fish sources.
Leave behind those snacks that are high in grain by-products, fillers and preservatives. And, try to divide larger treats into several smaller ones, to keep your dog or cat fit and trim.
CONGESTION IN DOGS
Does your dog seem congested, or appear to have a clogged nose?
This is especially common during winter when there’s a lot of dry heat in the home. If you feel your dog is uncomfortable, let him or her sit in a closed bathroom and run a hot shower.
The steam generated from the shower may help alleviate the congestion. You can also place a vaporizer near your dog’s bed, and add few drops of eucalyptus oil the vaporizer’s water.
Diet decisions are not a matter of right or wrong. If you understand what is ideal, you can then create a feeding program that will help move your pet closer to the healthiest diet options. In general, the more real food your dogs and cats eat, the healthier they will be
About 35 percent of the total pet population is overweight or obese, and it takes just a few pounds of extra weight for an animal to fall into the overweight category. Five extra pounds on a dog the size of a beagle is equal to nearly 25 pounds on an average woman, and four extra pounds on an average-size cat is equivalent to nearly 45 pounds on an average woman. This extra weight can lead to all sorts of health problems, so Dr. Marty Goldstein shares the following advice to keep your pets healthy.
It’s simple to determine if your pet needs to lose some weight. You should be able to feel the backbone and palpate the ribs in an animal of healthy weight. If you can’t feel the ribs without pressing, there’s too much fat. Also, you should see a noticeable “waist” between the back of the rib cage and the hips when looking at your pet from above. From the side, there should be a “tuck” in the tummy — the abdomen should go up from the bottom of the rib cage to inside the thighs.
Contributing Factors to Overweight Pets
Regulate your pet’s diet. The order of ingredients on a nutrition label is so important, because whatever is listed first is the most prominent ingredient. The serving size your pet should get might be far different from the recommended amount on the bag or can.
Above all, limit treats. Many people question whether wet food is better than dry food. It generally takes more processing of the food to get it into a bag than into a can. Processing destroys the vitamins, enzymes, and natural integrity of the food, and it makes it less whole, so generally wet food is healthier.
Metabolic deficiency can be treated with fat-burning enzymes called L-carnitine and chromium picolinate, both of which can be found at health food stores. They work well and are all-natural. Before giving your pet any sort of supplement or medicinal remedy, consult your veterinarian.
The best exercise for a dog is jogging with him or having him retrieve a stick or ball. At least 20 to 30 minutes of vigorous exercise a day is recommended. For cats, increase play and encourage movement around the house.
Aim for the Ideal
Diet decisions are not a matter of right or wrong. If you understand what is ideal, you can then create a feeding program that will help move your pet closer to the healthiest diet options. In general, the more real food your dogs and cats eat, the healthier they will be.
The chart below outlines how our feeding choices for our pets (companion carnivores) can affect their health. The closer to the upper level choices, the better the chance for optimal health. You will likely be in the middle ranges most of the time. That is fine, as long as you always press toward the ideal.
- Hunted, raw prey (not realistic in modern society)
- Fresh raw meats, bones, organ meats with very small amounts of fresh vegetables. Include a well-rounded vitamin/mineral mix and omega 3 essential fatty acids (salmon oil). You can prepare your own raw diet using meat/bone pieces and parts, or you can use pre-prepared ground products such as Bravo! and Nature’s Variety.
- Fresh cooked meats, calcium, organ meat, with very small amounts of fresh vegetables. Include a vitamin/mineral mix, and omega 3 essential fatty acids (salmon oil). There are several books on the market that help you create your own home-cooked diet. It’s best to follow the recipes in these books.
- Ultra Premium commercial canned foods and augmented with some fresh, raw foods. Canned foods, which are lower in carbohydrates, are much better for your pet than dry kibble. Some of the brands I like are Nature’s Variety, Merrick, and Evanger’s. These products are mostly meat, are usually grain-free, and very low in carbohydrates. The meat they use is human quality and they do not use by-products or chemical preservatives.
- As in #4 above, but adding fresh cooked foods
- Ultra Premium canned commercial foods WITHOUT fresh raw or cooked foods added
- Super Premium canned foods are very much like the brands above, but they use more grains. They still use good quality meats and don’t contain by-products. Brand examples: Solid Gold, Innova, Pet Promise.
- Super Premium grain-free dry food (kibble) like Instinct by Nature’s Variety
- Premium canned foods. These brands use substantially less meat. Water is often the number 1 ingredient (in the Ultra Premium brands meat is the number one ingredient), they use meat by-products (poor quality waste parts) and they usually contain significant amounts of grains and chemical preservatives. Often, if all the grains are added together, they would equal or exceed the meat. The meat quality is OK, but just barely.
- Super Premium kibble like Innova, Prairie, Canidae, and Timberwolf
- Grocery store brands – canned or dry. These contain very little meat, are made with substantial amounts of meat by-products, and primarily consist of grain and grain by-products. The rendered meat used in these products came from condemned animals, ie – animals that were deemed unfit for human consumption. These products normally contain artificial colors, flavors and chemical preservatives.