It is easy to be taken in by pet food marketing that often presents images and messages that tug at your heart, like recipes that closely resemble the makeup of the human diet, or seem to be made of natural ingredients but are in reality heavily processed.
It’s essential to use common sense and look carefully for the truth. Supporting your dog’s health is clearly an important matter, especially when you take into account the expense of vet treatment as well as your adored animal having to suffer. There is more to dog nutrition than simply choosing the right food.
Dog’s eyes are sensitive and, like humans, are susceptible to infection, which can be caused by vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Checking your dog’s eyes can help determine your dog’s current health. So the next time you look with love upon your pet, look into his eyes and see if they are as they should be.
Give your pets pads and claws a regular visual inspection, paying special attention to paw care, and to help ensure your pet has healthy digestion from a young age, be sure to keep their teeth healthy.
Your vet may give you a prescription dog food diet, but if you feed raw and avoid byproducts and gluten, you may avoid a trip to the vet’s office.
Raw Food & The Parasite Myth: The wrong-doings within the pet food industry which resulted in pets being fed toxic ingredients has caused many pet owners to turn to raw foods for their animals. The BARF diet is not harmful to your pet although many people who are not educated on this matter initially believe that the raw diet could be harmful due to parasitic infection.
Raw food can contain parasites and bacteria, like; Roundworms, Hookworms, Tapeworms, Trichinella – Trichinosis, Protozoa, Trematodes, Toxoplasma (cats only), and Salmon Poisoning Disease (dogs only).
When we discuss Bones and Raw Food (BARF) for dogs however, we are discussing meat and meaty bones that would be suitable for humans to eat. When non-raw aficionados discuss the risks of parasites, they fail to mention that the level of parasites is practically non-existent in human grade quality raw dog food.
Freezing raw dog foods such as meat and bones generally kills most bacteria and parasites, such as the parasite found in salmon, which has been known to kill dogs. By deep-freezing salmonids (including trout) for 2 days, one can effectively kill that particular parasite.