Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Keeping your Pet Healthy~ obesity, food and tips!

Introduction:

Staying fit and trim benefits pets just as it does people. Eating nutritious food and avoiding obesity helps animals stay healthy and live longer.

How do you know if your pet is overweight? When viewed from the side, there should be a distinction between the dog's ribcage and stomach; the abdomen should taper in. When viewed from above, some tapering should be evident and the waist should not look bloated. And when petting the dog, you should be able to feel his ribs a bit.

Obesity can lead to diabetes, joint pain, liver problems, heart disease and other medical conditions. So if your dog is overweight, it's time for more exercise, less fattening food and better nutrition.

Use These Tips To Slim Down Your Pet:

* Take an objective look at the food you are feeding your dog. Many commercial foods lack sufficient nutritious ingredients in addition to lacking freshness. As a result, the dog continually craves more food and is more prone to health problems. It may be time to upgrade to a super premium food or to a home-made diet, or something in-between, such as supplementing a super premium dry food with whole foods such as fresh vegetables and yogurt.

* You can help an overweight dog lose weight by cutting back on the regular dog food and adding vegetables. The vitamins and extra roughage will help. Suggestions about healthy foods appear later in this article. As for healthful dog foods, read articles on the internet, such as those listed at the end of this tipsheet.

* If you stick with the same food, reduce the amount by 25 percent. You should see results in two weeks. If he hasn't slimmed down, cut back his food a little bit more, but do not make drastic reductions. Gradual weight loss is preferred; for many breeds, one pound a week is plenty. If you don't see results in a month, consult your vet -- and reconsider the type of food you're using.

* You should not try to eliminate all fat from a dog's diet. Just reduce the amount of fat intake. Remember, some fats are better than others. For example, flaxseed oil, fish oil and other foods that contain omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are beneficial and essential for humans and canines alike. The same cannot be said for things such as animal fat and the trans fat prevalent in cookies, chips and certain dog treats.

* Feed your dog at least twice a day. You can try an approach that works for many humans: break up daily food allotment into 5 or 6 small meals.

* Always have your dogs earn their treats and food, and have them sit before you set down the food bowl. Details about this practice appear below in the "Feeding Tips and Tricks" section.

* Is the dog overly excited or impatient about getting fed? As you prepare the meal, ignore whining, pawing, barking and jumping. Then push the bowl to the back of the counter, and sit down and read for 15 minutes. By ignoring the dog, you give her a chance to calm down and to learn that her demanding behaviors will no longer be rewarded. When she finally settles down, give the sit command, then calmly put down the bowl for her. By practicing this tip, you'll get more respect from your dog and help her eliminate undesirable begging behavior.

* If your dog eats too fast, make him slow down. Even if your dog does not eat too fast, the following techniques can add variety to the dieting dog's dining. Smear the food all over the inside of the bowl so it takes more time for the dog to lick up the food. Or instead of using a bowl, pack the food into open-ended rubber Kong-type toys. (These versatile toys are available at our shoppe.)

You can add the kibble dry, or soften the food a bit by adding water or juice from any vegetables mentioned later in this tipsheet before stuffing the food inside the Kong. You can even freeze the Kong overnight. You can augment the stuffing with healthy supplements such as no-fat cottage cheese, no-fat plain yogurt, fruit bits or veggies. Another idea: two or three spoonfuls of canned pumpkin makes a tasty, filling and healthy mix-in.

To make mealtimes more fun for your dog, you can place his meal in several Kongs and hide them throughout the house, prompting him to seek out his food. Naturally, you need to help the dog learn where to find the Kongs. Buster Cubes also work if you are using dry food; they require the dog to do more thinking to get the food to release.

* Prepare and have handy at all times healthy treats and high fiber snacks to substitute for biscuits, which usually have lots of calories. Easy treats for dieting dogs include:

*Rice cakes (the plain variety is best)
*Baby carrots or carrot chips
*Frozen green beans (lower-calorie than carrots, and when frozen, there's added chewing satisfaction)
*Watermelon chunks

* By the way, you can also use kibble as a treat...useful especially if your pet is on a special, restricted diet.

* Garlic aids the digestive system and can help support weight loss. Depending on the pet's size, crush from one-half to two cloves a day into their food. By cloves, we mean the small chambers, not an entire garlic bulb.

* Do not give into begging and stop feeding the dog table scraps. Even slim dogs should not be fed fatty foods, poultry skin, hot dogs, bacon, pizza and the like.

* If you have more than one pet, be watchful. Your dieting dog may try to steal food from other bowls.

* Keep your food away from counter and table edges. Put garbage cans totally out of the pet's reach. Remember, your dieting dog will be hungrier than usual.

* Feed your dog less if you are expecting visitors in order to compensate for the treats your guests will feed him. Tell your guests your dog needs to stick to his diet.

* Treats do not have to be edible. Instead, use playing and walks as treats and as rewards for good behavior. Increase the amount of attention you give the dog that does not involve food treats.

* Spaying and neutering do not make pets fat. Weight gain and lack of muscle tone come from overeating and from insufficient exercise.

* Weight gain can signal a medical problem. If this is a possibility, see your veterinarian.

Exercise:

* Give the dog more exercise, indoors and outside. If your chubby pet is not used to exercising, start out slowly with short walks and light ball-fetching sessions, then increase the exertion level over time. Avoid over-exerting elderly dogs or those of delicate health. Healthy dogs can advance to sports such as agility and flyball, which can improve their owners' fitness at the same time.

* Remember, playtime and walks can be used as rewards, substituting for food treats.

* Some breeds such as beagles, border collies and golden retrievers are prone to weight gain, partly because as housepets, they do not get to engage in the intense outdoor activities for which they were originally bred (hunting, herding sheep). Plus they are skilled at using their doleful eyes to charm food out of their owners.

Some Good Whole Foods for Dogs:

* Apples (they contain potassium, which stimulates the immune system, and pepsin, which helps the stomach)
* Brewers yeast (health aid and can help remedy some skin conditions)
* Carrots (rich in vitamins, great treats to substitute for biscuits)
* Cucumber (good for teeth and bones due to potassium content; can combine with carrots to promote a healthy liver and kidneys; in juice form, a good diuretic ... peel cucumbers unless organically grown)
* Celery (chopped or juiced; can help with arthritis)
* Flaxseed oil, fish oil, omega 3 and 6 supplements (beneficial and essential fatty acids)
* Garlic (removes waste from blood, can help repel fleas; use fresh garlic finely minced)
* Green beans (lightly steamed; healthy and low-cal treat)
* Parsley (can reduce allergy symptoms and aid kidney function; chop finely or boil parsley and add the juice over food)
* Kale (rich in antioxidants and can help reduce allergy symptoms)
* Green or yellow squash, asparagus and spinach (very healthy; serve chopped)
* Another veggie snack idea: cooked skins from organically grown potatoes
* Bananas (in small quantity; a coveted treat)
* Whole grains including oats, oatmeal, brown rice, millet
* Cereal grasses, such as barley grass, and barley supplements
* Tofu
* Plain low-fat or no-fat yogurt
* Olive oil, sesame oil (a tablespoon a day is good for skin and fur)
* Preparation suggestions: Many veggies can be served raw, lightly steamed or in juice form. For most vegetables such as broccoli and carrots, it is far better to steam them instead of serving raw for improved digestibility and nutritional value. Also, since dogs have small digestive tracts, you can puree vegetables to enable your pet to digest more. If you use canned vegetables, get the salt-free kinds.

* Organically grown benefits: Due to their smaller size and more compact body systems, pets can be more prone to the toxic effects of pesticide contamination than are people. So it is best to feed them produce that is organically certified, which also has higher nutritional value for everyone.

Feeding Tips and Tricks:
* Teach your dog to always come and sit before placing the food bowl on the floor.

* It is good practice to always have your dogs earn their treats and food, so make mealtime a learning opportunity. Teach your pet commands such as come, sit and down, then give a command for the dog to obey before you provide the meal or treat. Dogs like the opportunity to show that they understand their people and enjoy interaction that leads to rewards and praise. Other advantages of teaching dogs to take food only upon your command: your pet will be less likely to try to steal others' food, ingest unauthorized substances indoors or outdoors, or accept treats from strangers.

* Is the dog overly excited or impatient about getting fed? Ignore whining, pawing, barking and jumping. After preparing the dog's food, push the bowl to the back of the counter, and sit down and read for 15 minutes. This gives the dog a chance to calm down and to learn that her demanding behaviors will no longer be rewarded. When she settles down, give the sit command, then calmly put down the bowl for her. By practicing this tip, you'll get more respect from your dog and help her eliminate undesirable begging behavior.

* You can also teach your dog to "go to your place/bed" before getting fed, which is especially helpful for dogs prone to begging at kitchen counters and dinner tables. "Go to your place/bed" is an extremely useful command when you're cooking, cleaning or engaged in any activity in which the dog's interference could lead to distraction and injury. You can designate a place, say, in the far corner of the kitchen or family room, and place a mat or dog bed there. Teach your dog to associate that place with a special word, such as "place," "spot" or "bed." Then, using positive reinforcement, incorporating praise and small treats as rewards, teach him to "go to your place." This gives the dog something good and acceptable that he can do.

* Does your dog dislike dry kibble, or does he gulp water after eating it? Mix a little water, juice from the vegetables listed in this tipsheet, or wet food into the kibble.

* Cooked rice and vegetables add healthy variety to any diet. Rice and vegetables can be a great diet for older dogs who tire of regular dog food.

* Steaming is healthier than microwaving. More of the nutrients are preserved. Steaming also helps make more of a vegetable's nutrients accessible during the digestive process.

* You can help a dog lose weight by reducing regular dog food a bit and adding vegetables. The extra roughage is good for dogs.

* For dogs who crave grass, satisfy them with barley grass, rye grass, oat grass, wheat grass and other cereal grasses or sprouts. Cereal grasses are appealing as well as nutritious for dogs. They contain vitamins, enzymes and chlorophyll, which can help prevent and treat infection, skin disorders, anemia, diarrhea, flea problems, hair loss and pain.

* Baby food in jars offers a great, handy way to supplement pet food, especially for small dogs or when you're on the road with your pet. But check the label; some baby food has ingredients and additives you may not want to feed your dog.

* A low protein diet can help hyperactive and dominant dogs. Eliminate canned food for these dogs. Too much protein can be hard on any dog's organs. However, certain medical conditions such as pregnancy require more protein, so check with your veterinarian or canine behaviorist/trainer.

* For dogs prone to struvite crystals, some vets advise limiting vegetable intake because vegetables could turn their urine alkaline.

* It is typically better to feed dogs twice a day instead of once. Feed half in the morning and half in the early evening. When dogs sleep, their digestive systems slow down, so some dogs have stomach upsets when they wake up in the morning. For those dogs, feed a larger portion at breakfast and a smaller meal in the early evening.

* Young puppies should be fed three times a day. FYI, puppy food contains a higher fat content than does adult dog food.

* Don't be alarmed if a new dog does not eat for awhile, or if a dog skips a meal, unless the dog has a medical condition.

* A technique that often works for picky eaters: if he doesn't eat within 15 minutes, take up the bowl. Don't feed again until the next regularly scheduled meal. Take the bowl up again after 15 minutes. Usually after one to two missed meals, the dog will get back on track - and have a renewed appreciation for his food.

* Avoid free feeding, or leaving the food bowl out for hours. The food can get stale, attract bugs or, in multi-pet households, be eaten by another pet. Dental health is another reason to not to free feed, since the food stays on the teeth longer, leading to tooth decay.

* If your dog constantly leaves some food in the bowl, you are probably feeding too much food. Reduce portions a bit.

* Use porcelain or stainless steel bowls. Bacteria tends to grow in plastic bowls. In addition, many dogs will chew plastic bowls.

* Keeping a feeding routine is helpful for any dog, particularly young dogs or newly adopted dogs. Canines thrive on routine. Furthermore, a reliable feeding and elimination/walking schedule is critical to successful housetraining.

* Many behavior specialists advise that if you have a dominant or pushy dog, or a dog who does not understand the structure in the household, you should feed yourself first before feeding the dog. This is one of several steps you should take to reinforce your role as the leader. For more information, email us at http://www.leadingthewaydogtraining.com/

* If the dog respects you, but does not listen to your spouse, or is fearful of your spouse, have your spouse feed the dog. This will help build a healthy bond.

* To have the dog work for his food, or to make a healthy game of mealtime, you can stuff his meals inside a Kong, a hollow rubber toy carried by most pet supply stores. You can slightly moisten the food with water or juice from one of the vegetables mentioned in this article, and then stuff the food into one or more Kongs. You can also stuff Kongs with low-fat or no-fat cottage cheese, plain yogurt, chopped fruit, veggies or a few spoonfuls of canned plain pumpkin. You can use some peanut butter or cream cheese to help make kibble and veggies stick inside the Kong if the dog doesn't have a weight problem.

You can also place the meal in several Kongs and hide them throughout the house, prompting the dog to seek out his food. Naturally, you need to help the dog learn where to find the Kongs. Buster Cubes also work if you are using dry food; they require the dog to do more thinking to get the food to release.

* For multi-pet homes, it is wise to feed animals in separate places to avoid distractions, food stealing and fights. Many behaviorists recommend feeding the more senior pets first, and to keep a routine. Keep watch as they eat, particularly if you have any food aggressive, bossy or vulnerable animals. Pick up the bowls right after they finish. FYI, cat food is particularly appealing to dogs.

* Do not allow children or guests around dogs at feeding time. And never tease dogs who are trying to eat meals or treats.

* Do not let pets lick food cans; they can cut their tongues.

* Do not leave food unattended on the table or counter. Dogs have been known to pull pans of pasta off stoves and whole turkeys off tables. Whenever preparing or serving food, keep it away from counter and table edges and out of pets' reach. Also make sure pets cannot reach family members' lunch bags.

* To discourage begging and pawing when you're cooking or preparing meals, have a squirt bottle of water handy. Better yet, teach your dog to "go to your place."

* Cook food on back burners whenever possible.

* Be careful when using knives around dogs, especially tall dogs.

* Wrap food debris carefully and dispose right away. Block access to garbage and trash cans.

* Tell guests to keep food and medications out of dog's reach.

* Also tell guests and remind household members not to feed the dog any unauthorized foods. Have healthy pet treats handy for guests so that they can indulge your pet safely.

* Fatty foods can lead to gastrointestinal upset, digestive disorders and pancreatitis, a deadly inflammation of the pancreas. Dogs do not need much fat at all. Again, remember that some fats are better than others. Animal fat contributes to obesity and health problems. In contrast, flaxseed oil, fish oil and other foods containing omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are essential for humans and canines alike.

* Do not feed pets any chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, bread dough, meat and poultry bones, salty foods, nuts, onions, tomatoes, avocados, raisins, grapes, rhubarb or spoiled or moldy food. For more on food dangers, see the Food and Kitchen Safety tipsheet.


Treating Indigestion and Diarrhea:

Each dog is an individual. But we've received reports of successful home remedies. They include feeding the dog canned plain pumpkin, which contains many vitamins, especially helpful in restoring nutrients lost with diarrhea. Others have fed mashed potatoes and rice (brown has some fiber lacking in white rice). Sometimes plain unsweetened yogurt can calm upset stomachs. If a health problem continues more than a day or is severe, contact a holistic or conventional veterinarian.

Related Articles:

What Not to Feed Dogs and Kitchen Safety
http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_FoodAndKitchenSafety.php

Selecting a Commercial Pet Food
http://www.api4animals.org/doc.asp?ID=689

Pet Food Facts and Healthy Alternatives
http://www.emagazine.com/may-june_2002/0502gl_consumer.html

Sample Diets for Homemade Foods
http://www.api4animals.org/doc.asp?ID=508

Bones and Raw Food Diets/Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods Diet
http://www.drianbillinghurst.com/barf%20diet.htm
http://www.barfworld.com/html/learn_more/what_is_barf.shtml
http://www.bluegrace.com/barf.html

What's Really in Pet Food
http://www.api4animals.org/doc.asp?ID=79

Polluted Pet Food
http://www.nexusmagazine.com/Petfood.html

Pet Food Reality
http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_PetFood.html

Canine Wellness and Alternative Health Information
http://www.animalwellnessmagazine.com
http://www.whole-dog-journal.com
http://www.holisticmed.com
http://www.homeopathic.org/

Health Supplements, Vitamins, Natural Products Sources
http://www.earthdogz.com
http://www.goodpet.com
http://www.preciouspets.org
http://ihelppets.com
http://www.DoctorDog.com
http://www.outoftheearth.com
http://www.theherbpeddler.com
http://www.theherbsplace.com/

Premium and Natural Dog Food Sources
http://www.companionnaturalpetfood.com
http://www.happytailspetmart.com
http://www.naturaldogfoodonline.com
http://www.petfooddirect.com
http://www.sojos.com
http://www.auntjeni.com/

New Book
Throw Me a Bone: 50 Healthy, Canine-Tested Recipes for Snacks, Meals and Treats by Cooper Gillespie
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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Honest Kitchen...what we feed our dogs

www.thehonestkitchen.com
Minimal Processing
By using a gentle dehydration process, we are able to maintain the integrity of our core ingredients. Our fruits and vegetables are harvested at the peak of their ripeness then gently dried. Dehydration ensures that the enzymes, vitamins and nutrients are still intact, so our fruits and vegetables are actually considered raw. Our meats and eggs are dehydrated at a high enough temperature to kill any pathogenic bacteria that may be present which essentially means that these ingredients are considered 'cooked' during dehydration. Dehydrated foods are highly nutritious, easy to prepare and store, and light-weight to ship. It also means that you don’t have to worry about feeding your pet any harsh preservatives. Essentially, our only preservative is the lack of water– how cool?

Human-Grade Ingredients and Production - from farm to bowl
All our ingredients are chosen directly form the human food chain - this is a requirement for entry into the human food facility where our products are made. Each of our diets are carefully blended to encompass a broad array of amino acids, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and enzymes to help achieve and maintain optimum health. Production occurs in a FDA inspected human food facility right here in in the USA, alongside products such as breakfast cereals and beverage mixes for human consumption. Learn more about the ways we control the quality of our raw ingredients and finished products.

Whole Food ingredients from Suppliers Who Care
All chickens are not created equal; while some have never seen the light of day, ours are free range. Read more about our sustainably raised, free-range chicken from Petaluma Farms right here in California. We choose suppliers who care, because we care. Many ingredients are carefully sourced from farms in their 'native' countries, such as Fair-trade Organic Quinoa from Bolivia, Sweet Potatoes from their native Peru and Bananas from the Philippines. We're also a proud member of Green America, whose mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. You can read a bit about where each of our ingredients comes from, here.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Doggie Dinner and snacks! YUMMMMMY!!

Doggy Fish Dinner
1 can of salmon (bones removed)
1 egg beaten
3 Tbsp cornmeal
1 potato
1 carrot
1 stick celery
1 Tbsp peanut butter
Combine salmon, egg, and cornmeal and mix well, form into patties, and coat them with a little more cornmeal. Fry in a tiny amount of canola oil until brown on both sides. Chop patties into small bites and stir together with chopped and boiled vegetables. A spoonful of cottage cheese may be stirred in for moisture if desired. Finish off dinner with peanut butter as dessert.

Doggy Hamburger Helper
1 cup hamburger meat, stir-fried in 1 tbsp canola oil
2 boiled eggs, chopped
½ cup cooked plain oatmeal
1 jar baby food green beans
1 jar baby food carrots
2 Tbsp cottage cheese
Combine all ingredients and serve at room temperature. A good doggy multivitamin/mineral supplement may be added for good measure. Be sure to store unused portions in a covered container in the refrigerator and discard any remains after 3 days.

Doggy Casserole
1 cup boiled poultry, chopped
½ cup cooked brown rice
½ cup boiled mixed vegetables
3 to 4 Tbsp unsalted chicken broth
(Note: Salmon may occasionally be substituted for boiled poultry, with chicken broth omitted.)
Stir together and serve at room temperature. A good doggy multivitamin/mineral supplement may be added for good measure. Be sure to store unused portions in a covered container in the refrigerator and discard remains after 3 days.


Homemade Dog Treat Recipe
Apple Cinnamon Drops
1 large apple
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup of water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 cup oatmeal
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/8 cup whole wheat flour
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 ° F (180 ° C).
Core, slice and mince the apple (use a food processor if you have one). In a large bowl, combine the minced apple bits, honey, water, cinnamon, and oatmeal. Gradually blend in the wheat flour, adding enough to form a stiff dough.
In a small bowl, add 1/8 cup wheat flour. Spoon the dough by rounded teaspoon onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches (5cm) apart. Using the bottom of a glass dipped in the wheat flour (to prevent sticking), flatten each spoonful of dough into a circle. Adjust the size of the drops based on how big a treat you like to feed your dog.
Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and flip each cookie to brown evenly on both sides. Reduce oven temperature to 325 ° F (180 °C). Return to oven and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Let cool overnight.
Makes about 3 dozen crunchy cookies, depending on how big you make them.
Homemade Dog Treat Recipe
Archie Squares

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup powdered dry milk
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. brown sugar or honey
6 tbs. meat or bacon drippings, cold right from refrigerator, not melted or soft!
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 cup Ice water
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly oil a cookie sheet. Combine flour, dry milk, garlic powder and sugar. Cut in meat drippings until mixture resembles corn meal. Mix in egg. Add enough water so that mixture forms a ball. Using your fingers, pat out dough onto cookie sheet to 1/2" thick. Cut dough into squares appropriate for your dog size. Prick each cookie with fork. Bake 25-30 minutes. Remove from tray and cool on rack. Store in airtight container.

Homemade Dog Treat Recipe
Frozen Doggie Yums

2 cup water
2 cube chicken or beef boillion (dog's favorite)
10-15 small pieces of chicken or beef
Disolve boillion in water and tear meat into smaller pieces about 1/2 inch squares. Pour into ice cube tray. Freeze for about 12 hours or until solid. Great for hot days!! My dog loves these!!!
Ingredients:
2 cups Whole wheat flour
1/3 cup Butter -- melted
1 Egg -- beaten
6 tablespoons Water
1/4 cup liver -- dried or jerky-style treats -- chopped
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, butter, egg, and water. Mix well.
Blend in liver bits. Turn onto a greased baking pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes. Cool
and cut.
Liver Brownies

2 lbs chicken livers
2 C corn meal
2 C wheat germ
2 eggs
2 1/2 tsp. granulated garlic (not salt)
1/2 C dried parsley
Liquefy livers in food processor, pour into mixing bowl and add other ingredients. Mix until smooth like a brownie batter. Spread on a cookie sheet (1/2 sheet cake size) (I use parchment paper to line the pan) until it's evenly spread about 1/3 inch thick. Bake at 350 F for about 35 minutes. When cool cut into squares, or whatever shapes you prefer. I keep them in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator.

Monday, November 1, 2010


"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive."
- Gilda Radner
Leading the Way offers doggie daycare and all types of training, including private, group classes and a residential training program. Behavior assessment and modification is done using ONLY positive methods focused on shaping behavior.

We have over 25 years of professional experience, dedicated to enhancing the relationship of both ends of the leash, through knowledge, compassion, and building long term relationships with our clients, both two and four legged.