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by Dogs Naturally Magazine in Featured Articles, Nutrition And Diet. Looking back at the historical diets of dogs and their wolf ancestors, it is clearly evident that they are carnivores. Their teeth, gut and digestive physiology strongly support this. Dogs have hinged, powerful jaws along with canines and triangular shaped carnassial teeth for the ripping and tearing of flesh and crushing of bone.
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Nature's own miracle food! Raw green tripe is one of the best additions you can make to your pet's diet. Whether or not you feed a balanced raw food diet, homemade meals or commercial kibble; there are many amazing benefits to this smelly, healthy food!  

The Stink On Tripe- For Your Dog

by Dogs Naturally Magazine in Featured Articles

The Feeding Mistake Linked to the Cause of Most Disease - Are You Making It?

Part 1 of a 3-part series on raw food diets for pets, Dr. Becker begins the discussion by reviewing the ancestral origins of today’s dogs and cats.

Today's Cats and Dogs are Carnivores Just Like Their Wild Ancestors

In order to be optimally healthy, your pet's body requires nutrients -- specifically calcium and phosphorus -- provided by bones derived primarily from beef, pork, lamb, chicken and turkey.

What Does Your Dog’s Vet Know About Nutrition?

This Common Condition Can Shave 2 1/2 Years Off Your Pet's Life -

Feed a balanced, species-appropriate diet to your pet. Regardless of his weight, your pet needs the right nutrition for her species, which means food that is high in animal protein and moisture, with low or no grain content. Please be aware that many low-calorie or “diet” pet foods are filled with grains that may add to your pet’s weight problem. A high-quality raw food diet is an excellent choice for most pets in need of weight loss. 

Has Your Vet Told You to Do This? Be Very Careful

How To Make Raw Dog Food: A Primer

How to Make a Raw Food Diet for Adult Dogs and Puppies

The goal of feeding a raw food diet to dogs is to introduce all-natural homemade foods in place of kibble or canned dog food. Basically, owners who feed raw food to dogs want to replicate what wolves eat in the wild, which is the domestic dog's ancestor. By forgoing commercial kibble for a combination of uncooked bones, meat, small amounts of vegetables and fruit, and organs, raw food enthusiasts believe that this diet creates a healthier dog than ones feed kibble.

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I’ve been a homeopathic vet for 40 years, so how can I be seen as a fraud?’

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Looking for Information on the Very Best Nutrition for Your Pet?

If so, don't ask your veterinarian! Chances are, he or she is not a fan of fresh food diets for pets, and you may even be warned about all the (bogus) "dangers" of raw food. In the conclusion of Dr. Becker's interview with Steve Brown, one of the pioneers in the raw pet food industry, he reveals secrets the processed pet food industry would rather you didn't know.

Has Your Vet Told You to Do This? Be Very Careful

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Judy Morgan D.V.M

February 19 · 

Did you know that garlic is actually healthy for your pets? Garlic has anti-fungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps dissolve phlegm and move stagnation (dissolve and soften hard nodules like tumors). It helps keep away parasites like fleas, ticks, and worms. In order for those properties to be active, the garlic must be fed fresh, crushed. A 40-pound dog could eat a clove of garlic daily with no side effects. Garlic in large quantities can cause anemia, which is why it is always on the "Do not feed list". Cats are more sensitive to garlic than dogs. #garlichealth, #garlicforpets, #garlicisnottoxic

Krill oil

Potentially Toxic for Your Pet – Watch Out for This Popular Preventive Focus on keeping your pet's immune function in tip-top shape by feeding a species-appropriate, fresh food diet that helps bolster natural defenses. Unprocessed meats are rich in B vitamins (and a less allergenic option than offering brewer's yeast). 

Also, specific anti-parasitic foods, such as fresh garlic, can be added in small quantities to provide additional anti-parasitic support.

Educator, Formulator

Dr. Becker loves to teach. She gave her first educational presentation to a group of wildlife rehabilitators at the age of 13 and has been passionate about animal education ever since. Dr. Becker teaches and lectures worldwide to pet parents, progressive veterinarians, industry professionals and students. She is committed to improving corporate transparency and food quality within the Pet Food Industry, as well as the nutritional standards currently utilized for commercial pet food. 

Myths and truths of a raw food diet

Part one video

Part two video

Part three video

 a dog with cancer video


70-80% MEAT : 10-20% BONE : 10% ORGAN MEAT

The Pet Food Test Results

Association for Truth in Pet Food announces the publication of The Pet Food Test Results. This history making project is all thanks to some very determined pet food consumers. What we found is truly shocking and sad.

1001 Uses for Coconut Oil 

Planet Paws

According to – “It is important to note, however, that not all animals' needs can be met with this diet plan […] Additionally, some animals may not be able to tolerate a dental diet formula on a daily basis. In these cases, the dental food can be given as a treat instead [… ] You will need to abstain from sharing table scraps or extra treats with your pet, as this will defeat the purpose of the dental diet. […]

Wow sounds like a promising diet!

Let’s have a look at what actually goes into this bag of delicious dental kibble to form those gingivitis-punching bits:

Brewers Rice, Whole Grain Corn, Chicken By-Product Meal, Powdered Cellulose, Pork Fat, Soybean Mill Run, Lactic Acid, Soybean Oil, Chicken Liver Flavor, Calcium Sulfate...

Now research the ingredients:

Brewer’s Rice – carbs are the main ingredient. Rice has 810g of starch/kg, which the body converts to sugar! Cancer is 1 in 2 dogs & 1 in 3 cats, and guess what cancer thrives on? Sugar!

Corn : A known allergen and least cost grain. 99% of corn used in pet food is genetically modified and contaminated with aflatoxins.

Powdered Cellulose : “Powdered cellulose can be made from sources including recycled cardboard and saw dust. It is a cheap nutrition-less filler used to bulk up a pet food and a low quality fiber.

Soybean Mill Run : A by-product of soybean manufacturing, used as a cheap filler. Soy mimics estrogen and can wreak havoc on the hormonal system. Approximately 90% of soy crops are genetically modified, leaving long term health affects unknown.

There you have it, a cup of almost 60% carbohydrates to triple action fight away the plaque that builds up on your pet’s teeth!

Come on folks!

It’s time to wake up and understand that all these processed foods that are designed to try and clear up one problem only create more!

My advice: Avoid feeding highly processed pet foods and feed a fresh, species appropriate diet. Cutting out the starches and sugars it takes to make kibble can be a big help. Pets evolved on 4% carbs a day, not 40% to 60%.

Couple that with some sort of teeth maintenance chews like a raw bone, and of course a check up by your vet, seems like a way better option for all!

Food advice from Doctor Karen Becker: “Raw diets – even prepared, ground raw diets – help control tartar. Raw ground bone is a gentle dental abrasive, acting like fine sandpaper when chewed, which helps remove debris stuck on teeth. The meat contains natural enzymes, and in addition, raw food doesn’t stick to teeth, unlike starchy kibble.”

Pet Nutrition Blogger - Rodney Habib 

Pet Food Packaging Dangers

by Marcie DeWolf in Nutrition And Diet

Planet Paws 


Ranked in the top 10 most important food medicines, coconut oil is a must add to your pet’s diet! With over 13 Evidence-Based Medicinal Properties, the one we love the most is its yeast-bustin’ abilities!

Almost 50% of the medium-chain triglycerides found in coconut oil are lauric acids, saturated fatty acids that our bodies convert into monolaurin. Monolaurin is one of the natural world's greatest antivirals, antibacterials and antifungals. Because they come from natural sources, these fatty acids pose no danger to your pets' bodies, unlike man-made antibiotics and anti-virals.

Coconut has been used for wound healing for thousands of years. A new study published in the International Journal of Dermatology confirms that coconut oil aides in treating atopic dermatitis, a chronic skin condition characterized by scaly and itchy rashes.

Furthermore, one study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that “coconut oil is extremely effective at killing Candida albicans, a common yeast infection in humans.” Another study published in the Journal of Bacteriology discovered that “coconut oil can help kill Staphylococcus aureus, which is a common cause of skin conditions and respiratory diseases.”

The recommended dosage for feeding is:

• ½ teaspoon for every 10lbs of body weight daily but start slow to prevent the runs

Or, if using topically, just rub the oil on your hands and apply to your pet’s coat (remember not to over do it!).

For 34 more reasons why you should add this wonderful oil 

Pet Nutrition Blogger - Rodney Habib 

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Raw Meat: The Completely Healthy 'Pet' Diet Your Vet Probably Vilifies
In this video Dr. Karen Becker talks about raw meat diets for pets – why there’s nothing to fear and so much to gain by serving your dog or cat the food nature intended him to eat.
What this is saying, in a nutshell, is dogs and cats naturally have some Salmonella in their GI tracts much of the time – it's not some unknown foreign invader but rather one their bodies are familiar with.
Dogs and cats are built to handle bacterial loads from food that would cause significant illness in you or me. Your pet's body is well equipped to deal with heavy doses of familiar and strange bacteria because nature built him to catch, kill and immediately consume his prey.

The tip of the iceberg
The label on your pet food or treat may conceal a little lie – and this lie could cost your pet his health or even his life.  There is something inherently wrong with most processed foods that pet owners are unaware of.  The heating and processing that these foods undergo create a fundamental change that could have dangerous ramifications – it renders the food essentially dead.  What goes into the good is not what comes out once it is heated, sterilized, irradiated and extruded and nearly all dog foods will not meet AAFCO standards once they are heated.  As a consequence, the vitamins and minerals must be added back in for the food to pass AAFCO requirements.

In this article, I’ll present 10 reasons why dry food is so very bad for pets…and hopefully convince people who want optimal health and long life for their beloved cats and dogs that dry food isn’t going to get them there.

By Dr. Becker
Vegetables are important to the health of pets. Dogs need them because they contain essential nutrients (such as powerful antioxidants) not provided by other foods like meat and bones. Wild dogs, wolves, and coyotes consume grasses, berries, and wild fruits and vegetables to acquire these important nutrients.

If your pet isn't eating a balanced, species-appropriate diet -- for example, if the food you feed contains grain or the same protein source day in and day out, his system may be trying to get rid of the elements in his diet his body can't properly assimilate. Animals detox through not only their bowels, but also their eyes and ears.

Raw Diets For Dogs: Getting Enough Vitamins And Minerals
One of the main reasons pet owners are reluctant to switch their dog to a raw diet is the fear their dog wouldn’t get enough vitamins and minerals.

10 Healing Herbs for Hounds and Humans
Herbs offer cures for many common canine ailments. I've been using them for years, with the blessing of my homeopathic vet, and my dogs have all lived long and remarkably healthy lives. 

Pet Food: Ingredients and Facts You Should Know About

What Does Your Dog’s Vet Know
About Nutrition?
This free 5-part video guide will give you the tools to start feeding our dog a raw diet.

Oats for Dogs: Part I – Introduction
by Randy Kidd DVM PhD in Herbs, Holistic Care

Oats for Dogs Part 2 - 

Green Lipped Mussels: Why Your Dog Needs Them!
 “We know that over 50% of dogs over the age of eight start to develop arthritis in various joints. It is usually their hips, knees and elbows” and the usual route that is taken to help alleviate symptoms are daily anti-inflammatory drugs.
Well, this miracle from the sea is welcomed with open arms by pet owners who are constantly on the hunt for natural supplements for their pets. GLM is a natural food source and, unless you are allergic to shellfish, there are no negative side effects.

Soy In Pet Foods: The Unwholesome Truth

Raw Feeding Primer
by Dana Scott in Nutrition And Diet

Fast Growing and Far from Just a Fad - So Why Do These People Discredit It?
This is not just a passing fad... it represented the greatest growth rate in the industry last year. Pet owners say it leads to shinier coasts, healthier skin, improved immunity, and more. So why are some trying so hard to discredit it? Read on to unravel the controversy.

A high-quality raw food diet is an excellent choice for most pets in need of weight loss.

Story at-a-glance

Today, Dr. Becker talks with Pol Sandro-Yepes, a passionate pet lover who enjoys making his own homemade dog food. Pol sent Dr. Becker a video to demonstrate his food preparation process, and she enjoyed the video so much she wanted to introduce him to readers here at Mercola Healthy Pets. Sometimes seeing how the process goes can reduce apprehensions about making pet food and Dr. Becker believes sharing his video may encourage people who are thinking about switching to actually take the plunge and do it.

Typical daily meals for all our adult boys and girls at Bichon Lovers

Feeding Your Dog Raw Eggs – Good Or Bad? 

Raw Meat: The Completely Healthy 'Pet' Diet Your Vet Probably Vilifies
In this video Dr. Karen Becker talks about raw meat diets for pets – why there’s nothing to fear and so much to gain by serving your dog or cat the food nature intended him to eat.

How to Feed Your Aging Dog an Anti-Aging Diet
Contrary to what many pet owners and even some veterinarians still believe, studies indicate dogs (and cats) need more protein as they age, not less. 

 10 dog-approved people foods will provide your dog with variety and a nutritional boost! 

Can Dogs eat Raw Eggs

All protein has a biologic value, which is its usable amino acid content. Eggs have the highest biologic value at 100 percent. Fish is a close second at 92 percent (though I don't recommend feeding most fish to pets on a daily basis). Feathers, as you might guess, have zero biologic value.



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