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Raw Food For Dogs Suppliers

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are the benefits of a RAW dog food diet?
    What are the benefits of feeding my dog Raw dog food?
    What has it got to offer that food from pedigree,orijen,royal canin and other high name brands cannot offer.
    They hate raw?
    Or they hate the others?
    I had to post this.

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL at pedigree bottom.

    • ANSWER:
      No fillers
      No worries of recalls
      YOU control what is in your dog's food
      Cleaner teeth
      Stronger Jaw and neck muscles from actually chewing and tearing their food
      Better coats
      Better health
      Smaller and less fragrant piles to pick up
      Less money once you find a good supplier of food
      less 'doggy' smell and breath
      better health overall

  2. QUESTION:
    Do I need to buy raw dog food from a supplier, or grocery chicken is fine?
    I've started a raw diet for my 10week old puppy. I give him one chicken leg in the morning and one at night which is approximately 4 oz his weight is 10 lbs, recommenced feeding amount. Can I keep buy my own chicken at the grocery or do I need to buy from a raw food supplier..?

    • ANSWER:
      Most of what my dog gets is from the grocery store. Its fine.
      If you haven't already do research. You cannot just feed chicken.

  3. QUESTION:
    I live in Tucson Arizona and want to start my dogs on raw food diet. Are there any suppliers in Tucson 4 this?
    Is there a supplier in Tucson that caters to people feeding raw diets? Or should I just buy the stuff from my local grocery store? Anyone else in Tucson doing raw diet?

    • ANSWER:
      Here you go-
      The Tucson Raw Feeders Co-op

      http://www.tucsonraw.com/

      cathy@tucsonraw.com

      Tucson Raw was founded in September of 2002 by less than a dozen members.
      We worked together to make feeding raw foods to our animals cost efficient and convenient.
      Since then we have grown to over 200 members and have access to 27 different items on a monthly basis.

  4. QUESTION:
    Anyone know some uk suppliers of raw meat for dogs?
    I feed fresh home made food to my dog but don't want to have to keep feeding her tesco value chicken and stuff just because its all they ever stock that I can afford. The butcher's round here aren't great either. She does get a balanced diet but am looking for a better deal.

    • ANSWER:
      Domestic dogs aren't wholly carnivorous, a meat-only diet especially if it lacks bones is going to harm her as it lacks the balance of nutrients she needs to remain healthy.

      Feed her a "complete dog food". These words will be on the label of any nutritionally suitable foods and contain all she requires. These are typically canned or dried foods; if it doesn't have those precise words on the labelling then you have to assume it's a supplementary food which requires complementary feeding of your dog to maintain a balanced diet. They don't have to be expensive brand-names either.

      As for cheap meat, the only stuff cheap enough based on what you've said is unfit for consumption and there's a risk it will harm your dog. However, as a one-day-weekly treat traditional butchers shops used to sell "pet mince". This was a minced assortment of all the waste bits which were considered unfit for human consumption, but I think few do it these days for fear of legal/human health repercussions as real cheapskates used to feed their families on it or stick it into kebabs and curries.

      The only other thing you may be able to do is to see if there's a dairy farm near you. They pay to slaughter unwanted male calves which there's virtually no demand for and only get paid about £10 per carcase which often more than they cost to produce and kill. As long as you can beat what the pet-food/fertiliser company offers your dog gets a few weeks of cheap food, but you're still going to have to skin and butcher it and will need a large freezer. If you burn the hairs off the skin and dry it you also end up with dog-chews. To make the diet a more balanced one you'd still have to mix in some kind of dried dog food though. Don't use poultry farm waste though as their dead birds have normally died of disease and may harm your dog.

  5. QUESTION:
    Is feeding a raw, prey model diet cheaper than premium dry food?
    I am getting a springer spaniel and just wondering. Also, how do you know how much of the raw food to give him?
    @ Lorraine - how much would you say one of your rottweilers weigh? Just wondering so I can compare :)

    • ANSWER:
      An adult dog will eat approx. 15% of its bodyweight per week - or some say between 2 & 3% per day.

      A puppy will eat not far off of that as they eat a lot more when growing.

      As for how much - I find feeding raw far cheaper and obviously more healthy. I feed my adult rotties for approx. £1.25 per day and that is including organic chicken carcass which would be more expensive than normal butchers or supermarket.

      There are plenty of pre-packed frozen foods for dogs as well of which I will use some such as tripe and these can range in price by a fair amount and depending on whether you buy one or two or have it delivered from a supplier as some people do.

      Source butchers now and start planning

      I also think you gain anyway as your dog will be healthier and not have to visit the vets so often.

      Average about 40 kgs. The amount they have depends totally on the dogs age and metabolism. The youngest smallest b*tch of 32 kgs would eat as much as the oldest biggest male of 50 kgs purely because of metabolism. They now eat only approx. 1 1/2 lb of meat a day average.

      Obviously a springer's metabolism is quite high and therefore would burn off a lot, but that would happen whether raw or complete.

  6. QUESTION:
    When feeding whole carcasses are you suppose to thaw them first?
    I bought my 3 dogs a whole rabbit for them to eat (fur,tail head and all). I gave it them while it was still frozen and I have idea if you're suppose to defrost it or not.
    I am no troll! Why the nerve!

    • ANSWER:
      Some people feed raw, some people feed thawed. I prefer thawed. I heard from one breeder that she "feeds frozen, when I forget to thaw." It's just a matter of preference. If your dogs liked it frozen, then go with frozen.

      You probably already know this but it's just some information about raw feeding.
      http://hare-today.com/ and http://www.prey4pets.com/servlet/StoreFront are good suppliers of raw food. Prey 4 pets is recently having a sale on whole, (feathers, head, feet and all) Quails on sale this week. They also sell baby chickens, and adult chickens as well as all sorts of cow, bison, pig, and other animal parts. As well as ground animals, fur, bones, organs and all, ground up into BARF. I prefer prey model, like you gave, but some people like BARF.

      d do you care? is obviously seriously mistaken. Dog food, regardless of quality, is bad for dogs. It has too much protein, deplenshes their intestines from helpful bacteria and is cooked and heavily processed. Raw is so much better than cooked and much much much better than store bought dog food. I applaud you for feeding raw.

  7. QUESTION:
    Can you get Canidae dog food in Western Australia? If so where?
    Does anyone know if canidae is avalible in WA? I`ve heard that this dog food is very good and worth the money. Also could you tell me of any other dog foods that have met your needs or think is the best!!

    Thankyou
    Yes, you can get naturapet products including Innova, Innova Evo, Calafornia Natrual and Healthwise in Western Australia but they are extremley exspensive but in the us they are much cheaper!

    • ANSWER:
      I could not find any retailers or wholesalers; my suggestion is to contact Canidae @

      www.canidae.com

      and ask them if they have a supplier - if not, why not start a drop ship business for yourself.

      It's a great food (though I feed raw) - no chinese (poison) foods. One of the few kibbles I'd recommend.

  8. QUESTION:
    where can i find raw/natural food for my cats online?
    i want to start feeding my cats raw food, but i dont know where to find it. Any online suppliers you know of?

    • ANSWER:
      Feline's Pride is one of the best. http://www.felinespride.com

      Also I think you can order Nature's Variety Instinct raw frozen from various places. it is for both dogs and cats. it has a small amount of vegetables (I think just 5% )

      If you want to make your own raw cat food, check out this section (including recipe) on Dr. Lisa Pierson's website http://www.catinfo.org/?link=makingcatfood
      Some people feed other types of raw diets . Here is a forum thread with some links where you could start to research those. http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=199599

  9. QUESTION:
    How do I feed my dogs a raw meat diet?
    I am switching to raw meat, but I need to know a little bit more before I do.

    How do I switch it? My dogs have a bowl that is always full of dog food so they can eat whenever they want. How can they get used to only eating (how many times a day?)?
    What food do I get and where do I get it?
    How do I store it? Just like any kind of food in the freezer?
    Any more information please??

    • ANSWER:
      A raw food diet is very healthy, as long as it is balanced. Your first task is to find suppliers. Your second is to understand the 80/10/10...that's 80% meat, 10% bone, 5% liver and 5% other organs. You can balance over a week or two, so you don't need to feed bone for example every day. This is a good thread to start reading:
      http://www.dogster.com/forums/Raw_Food_Diet/thread/431875

      -stop free feeding your dogs and feed kibble twice a day (I'd do this even if I wasn't feeding raw)
      - join the yahoo groups
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfeeding/
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/RawChat/
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/CarnivoreFeed-Supplier/ (this last one will help you find places to get your food)
      -you can switch cold turkey or you can fast 24 hours first.
      -it can be stored in the freezer yes:)

  10. QUESTION:
    Is there a TRULY cost effective way to do a raw, prey model diet?
    I have three large breed dogs and want to do the raw, prey model diet. Is there ANY really cost effective way to do this?
    How do you manage, if you feed a raw, BARF, etc diet, to save money but still fulfill your dogs dietary needs???

    Thanks!

    Do you shop in bulk? What goed into your dogs daily feedings, and how much of each food item? How often do you switch the primary protein source? Which protein foods do you feed to your dog?

    Thanks!
    lol, I just noticed my typo... "goes", not "goed". Sorry, it was just bugging me so I needed to fix it.

    • ANSWER:
      Meat is cheap. I don't get why most people think otherwise.

      Let me break it down for you for my one three year old 85lb GSD. I use to feed blue buffalo. 45$ for a 30lb bag. He went through two bags a month, so that was roughly 100$ a month on dog food.

      With raw, dogs should get 1-2% of their adult body weight. My boy is a bit lazier, so he gets only 1% or he starts to put on weight. That's roughly 1lb a day. I NEVER spend over 1$ per lb of food. So figure, that's 6lbs of food a week (I fast for 1 day), 24lbs of food a month. Therefore, no more then 24$ a month to feed him.

      His main protein source is chicken because it's EXTREMELY cheap, and then he gets another protein source or two once a week or so. I can get a pack of chicken quarters from ANY local grocery store for under 75 cents a lb. My main store sells it for 64 cents a lb. So that lowers my monthly fee by over a third in the protein department. I know Walmart sells a 10lb pack of chicken quarters for 6$.

      Pork is also really cheap, but it does not agree with my dog. I have a local game meat supplier that sells 10lb rolls of trimmings for 10$, and this is the other main protein source. My average monthly spendings are around 15$ a month.

      Here is a website I've created. On the recipes page is a weekly diet that I was following, but it has changed slightly because he was putting on weight gain and because I started using richer game meat instead of the hamburger and pork. However, it will give you a good idea
      http://diaryofarawfeeder.angelfire.com

  11. QUESTION:
    Where can you buy whole rabbits, chickens, etc. and bulk meat for raw-feeding?
    And not from the internet suppliers that sell extremely overpriced meat.. Skin, fur, feathers and everything.
    Omg dogs are illegal to own in the U.S.? And yes, I would need a hefty amount of meat considering he is tipping the scales in at about 100 lbs, which would mean he requires around 90 lbs of meat a month. I'd call that bulk.. Anybody heard of rawfeeding dogs and cats?

    • ANSWER:
      Wow people - talk about some strange (and ridiculous)answers!!

      I buy for my pets at bulk butchers, supermarkets, ethnic and food markets - that way I get to purchase different things everywhere - marked down steaks at the butcher and chicken hearts at the Asian grocer!!

      I've answered this more fully on the dogs list.....

  12. QUESTION:
    Are There Companies Where I Can Buy Pet Supplies In Bulk For My Business?
    I am in the process of opening my own little Pet Shop.
    I will be selling Blue Ridge Beef (Raw Food for Dogs and Cats), offering Custom Crochets (dog sweaters, blankets, etc), Hand-Made Pet Beds, as well as supplies.

    I wanted to know if there was a place that I could buy dog and cat items in bulk, at a discounted amount, to sell inexpensively, but still make a profit.

    Also, if you could help suggest names for my Pet Shop, that would be great too :)

    My name is Brittany and I live in the U.S.- Alabama -- in case this info would help with a name or finding a place that I could buy in bulk from

    • ANSWER:
      What you do is go onto a pet food manufacture's supplier's web site and contact their sales office and explain that you are starting a business retailing to the public. It may be that they only supply in bulk by the pallet (dozen bags or more) in which case you'll be left with doing a deal with a farmers tractor store or big garden center with a pet food department. These may be listed as approved outlets/resellers on the manufacturer's website.

      Why not call your business something like (Hometown) - PetStop.

  13. QUESTION:
    Are there any raw food/prey animal suppliers in california?
    I am looking for a raw food supplier in California who ships. Specifically, a prey-model type, one that supplies whole carcasses as much as possible, NOT "barf". This is for my dogs, however reptile or bird-of-prey suppliers are very similar. Because it is summertime, other companies have very expensive shipping, due to the heat causing the food to thaw so quickly.

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest that you try doing a search on the net or call your Better Business Bureau

  14. QUESTION:
    I am considering trying the raw diet for my 6 month old great dane?
    For a dog this big, how much would it cost to feed him weekly?
    How many pounds of food should I feed him daily? (I'm not sure how much he weighs 70-100 pounds)

    Also, he has been eatting kibble his whole life..... are there any transitions i need to know about or worrys?

    I'm not really looking for websites just someone telling me about raw feeding, who raw feed their dogs, and know a lot about it.

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing to start with is chicken. For your Dane, whole chickens will probably be on the menu. In the beginning you may want to hold off on skin, extra fat, and organs, until your dog is adjusted.

      It would be a good idea to get your dog weighed so you know exactly what to feed. Growing puppies should be fed 2-3% of their ideal adult weight daily, or if you're not sure of that 5-10% of their current weight until they're about 9-12 months. But of course feed to correct body condition first; numbers are only a guide. Also, dogs should eat roughly 80% meat, 10% bone, and 10% organ, but some dogs may need more bone content in the beginning to control stools during adjustment. (For reference, a chicken quarter contains a little less than 30% bone.)

      Cost is going to vary per your area and what kind of shopper you are. I know locally I can get whole chickens for about [FAQ-ANSWER].69/lb from an ethnic market, and if I ordered in bulk from a supplier I may get it even cheaper, but I only have my refrigerator freezer so I don't buy in bulk. I think I calculated the other day that by feeding mostly pork and chicken, with some beef, turkey, and fish, also including organs, I spend about .20 per pound of food for my dogs. And I feed about 45 lbs. of food per month.

      Meat can be found cheaper or free if you can make friends with a butcher, processor, taxidermist, or hunter. Or you could even ask friends or make a post on Craigslist for freezer-burnt meats that are no longer desirable for human consumption. I scored about 15 lbs. of free game meat the other week from family, my dad has promised organs and scraps from an upcoming deer hunt this weekend, and I've recently found a contact who can give me deer scraps from a processor, probably to the tune of 20-30 lbs. of meat. Free! Wild game (while it should be frozen first) is some of the best meat because it's grass-fed, and hormone / antibiotic free.

      I know you said you're not really looking for websites, but I promise they will become importance resources for you. Here's the ones that have been the most helpful for me:

      http://www.rawmeatybones.com/petowners/whatisrmb.php
      http://www.rawmeatybones.com/diet/exp-diet-guide.pdf
      http://www.ukrmb.co.uk/images/ww.pdf
      http://www.rawfed.com/myths/
      http://preymodelraw.com/how-to-get-started/
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfeeding/
      http://dogfoodchat.com/forum/raw-feeding/

      Good luck with your pup!

  15. QUESTION:
    How to take the best care of your Shih Tzu?
    Three months ago I got a wonderful Shih Tzu. He is now 6 months old. I always brush his fur everyday and wash him every 1-2 weeks. But thats all I know. I not sure on what products either. I wants his fur to be long and silky but I don't know what to get. So please help me Shih Tzu lovers! :D

    • ANSWER:
      You're bathing the dog too often. A dog should only be bathed once a month so its skin will not get dried out. I recommend FURminator's Waterless Shampoo & Conditioner and Cloud Star's Buddy Wash (shampoo) and Buddy Rinse (conditioner), which come in lavender & mint and green tea. If it isn't smelling so fresh, just buy a dog spray at the pet store. Make sure you have a bristle brush or comb and a slicker brush to finish up for grooming. You can also give your dog multi-vitamin supplements or salmon oil capsules for omega 3, which is good for skin & coat health. It should also be on a quality holistic food or the raw diet. Avoid foods with corn, wheat, soy, beet pulp, vitamin K (synthetic), and other synthetic preservatives/dyes/flavors, etc., so be sure to read the ingredients of your food. The first ingredients should be a meat meal alone or fresh meat backed up by a meat meal. If there's fish meal in the food, you should make sure the manufacturers and suppliers don't use Ethoxyquin, a chemical preservative and rubber stabilizer.

      If you need more information on dog nutrition, nail clipping, grooming products and coat clipping, exercise, etc., feel free to contact me.

  16. QUESTION:
    Owners who give their dogs raw food: how do you prepare and store the meat?
    What do you buy and how do you prepare and store them (freezer? )

    • ANSWER:
      In UK there's supplier who delivers raw mince containing ground bone - might be worth Googling to see if anyone in your part of the world can do similar.
      My butcher gives me all his offcuts as he usually has to pay to have them taken away. This includes chicken carcasses, soft lamb neck bones and the odd beef knuckle bone for chewing. Everything is frozen (in plastic bags) and defrosted to room temperature before feeding to dogs.
      I do not add pasta, rice or any other carbohydrate - it's not needed and doesn't do any good.
      I scald the veggies with hot water (to break down cellulose) blend and add to mince - this helps to line the stomach ready for the bones and in this you can put any supplements. Feed carcasses after mince starter. Couple of times a week they have offal (liver, hearts etc) and raw sardines.

      Adult dogs should eat 6 days a week and fast on the 7th.

  17. QUESTION:
    I have a two and a half year old staffordshire bull terrier?
    What is the best food to feed him as he is very fussy

    • ANSWER:
      It's always worth consulting the Vet, but first of all, what kind of diet do you want to give your dog? You have a basic choice of:
      - Raw meats
      - Dried foods (biscuits/kibble/etc)
      - Wet foods (cans/pouchs/chubb/etc)

      I have never tried a raw meat diet, but there are advocates for it and more information can be found at http://www.rawfed.com/. Many people hold that because of the chewing and crunching involved, dry foods are better for mouth health (& bad breath) than wet food. Wet food is generally supposed to have more additives and hold "questionable" meat quality. Although I would point out that part of being a dog/wolf is having the stomach to cope with meat cuts that human beings wouldn't dream of! If your dog is prone to allergies or is "hyper" check out the ingredients and try to avoid too many additives as they could encourage either. Brands such as James Wellbeloved can be good for this but can be expensive, depending on your local supplier. Most dog books will have some discussion on food, and I like the Dogs for Dummies guide.

      Other than that, I suppose it depends on your dog's habits and preferences. Coming from a working dog background (sheepdogs and gundogs) I tend to start with the theory that they will eat it if they're hungry enough. It can take days to bring a dog round to this way of thinking, depending on their size and it is not for the faint of heart. It doesn't really harm them, any more than sending a wilful child away from the dinner table, but it is a heartbreaking thing to do.

      I have been a nicer to my pets and have caved in to my current pup's demands slightly. Finn is a 21 week old staffie mix and eats as follows:
      - Tesco's premium complete dry food down at all times (he's eating at a rate of about 3-4 cups a day atm).
      - 1 bowl (about 3/4 - 1 human adult serving) porridge cooled with 2 desert spoons of natural yoghurt for breakfast . Sometimes he also has apple chunks - no more than twice a week tho'.
      - 1/2 roll of chubb mashed up with 2 desert spoons of natural yoghurt. If I have any food left over from my own meals, I mix it in, giving him less chubb if necessary.

      The previous incumbant was a full staffie and had the following diet:
      - Tesco's premium complete dry food down at all times.
      - An egg for breakfast - raw or scrambled, both ways with milk.
      - 1/2 roll of chubb mashed up with 2 desert spoons of natural yoghurt, some mint and some garlic. If I had any food left over from my own meals, I mixed it in as for Finn.

      I rely on Finn, and his predecessor before him, to regulate his own food intake over the day and thankfully, he is the kind to only eat when he's hungry and not just because it's there. It may not be the best doggy diet in the world but he hasn't ignored any food I've put down and is full of beans without being uncontrollable.

  18. QUESTION:
    What kind of raw food?
    I want to beef up my boxer since he is tall but still really skinny even though he has a healthy diet and eats a lot. He just has a lot of energy, only being a year and a half. So what kinds of raw food can I give him to help him gain some more muscle/fat? I know I do not want to give him red meat. My vet mentioned raw gizzards (sp?), has anyone tried that with their dog? Thanks for any help.

    • ANSWER:
      You cannot feed a proper raw diet without providing red meat. Red meat is ESSENTIAL to a raw diet because it is what wolves eat in the wild. Red meat should ideally make up about half of the diet. Dogs cannot get all their nutrients from a poultry-based diet. Raw gizzards are just muscle meat. Solely feeding gizzards will not make your dog gain muscle/fat. This can be done with exercise and a proper diet, which I will explain below. My dog, whom I feed raw, has become very toned since I fed her raw. She is lean and muscular and overall, very healthy.

      A raw diet consists purely of 80% meat, 10% bone, and 10% organs. The idea is to feed a species appropriate diet, one that wolves eat in the wild. I personally don't feed vegetables because dogs are carnivores, but if you do just make sure it doesn't make up more than 5-10% of the diet. You feed RAW meat, RAW organs, and RAW bone. The rule of thumb is to feed 2-3% of your dog's body weight, depending on his/her activity level. You get your meat from the butcher, the grocery store, etc. Asian markets tend to have a lot of weird, good items not available in your usual grocery store. Raw is as expensive as you make it. We generally try to stay under /lb, and for some people it ends up being cheaper than kibble. I like to think that you end up saving money in the long run because of reduced trips to the vet's office and no need for anesthetic dental therapy (which can cost a lot of $$$)

      Half of the organ allotment (5%) should be liver, and the other half should be another organ (pancreas, thymus, spleen, kidney). Heart and lung don't count as organ because they don't secrete, but you can feed it as a muscle meat.

      As for bones, all RAW poultry bones and rabbit bones are edible. Cooked bones are always a no-no, no matter what diet you're feeding. Raw bones are soft and pliable and are perfectly fine. Pork bones are edible as well, depending on the size of your dog. Beef bones (and lamb/venison/etc bones) are not recommended because they're very dense and can wreck your dog's teeth. However, if they're nicely covered with meat, then it's fine for your dog to eat them (but take the bone away after the meat is gone). Weight-bearing bones (hooves, legs, etc) are especially dense and I don't recommend them.

      Most beginning raw feeders stick with chicken for the first couple weeks so that their systems adjust to raw. After that, progress slowly to organs and other proteins. Liver and other organs are VERY rich and can cause runny poop if they are given too soon. Pork and lamb also tend to be rich. The key to raw feeding in the beginning is to take it easy and slow. If you don't want to switch your dog cold turkey, then feed kibble in the morning and raw at night (or vice versa) and slowly decrease the amount of kibble while increasing the amount of raw. It is not recommended to feed kibble and raw at the same time because cooked and raw digest at different rates.

      I get almost all my meat from Asian markets for under .00/lb. Try to avoid buying meats that are injected with antibiotics and hormones. Do-it-yourself raw is always cheaper than pre-made raw, especially if you have large dogs. Some premade raw brands include Nature's Variety, Stella & Chewy, Primal, and Bravo. You can also get meat for free if you have friends who hunt. Make sure to freeze meat for at least 2 weeks to kill off parasites if the meat you're feeding is fresh-killed meat. I also recommend buying in bulk. Do you have any local raw-feeder co-ops in your area? There are many online raw suppliers as well, but shipping can get expensive, depending on where you live.

      Here's a list of some online raw suppliers. The more you buy, the less you pay for shipping (generally). It also helps to have a large chest freezer to store meat, but it’s definitely not necessary. Meat lasts indefinitely in the freezer (dogs don't care about freezer burn), so it's good to stock up during hunting/holiday season when meat is cheap.

      West Coast:
      www.greentripe.com
      www.crestonvalleymeats.com
      www.wholefoods4pets.com
      www.socalbarf.com
      East Coast:
      www.hare-today.com
      www.prey4pets.com
      www.aplaceforpaws.com
      www.mypetcarnivore.com

      As for actual feeding time, you can either feed on a towel (train your dog to keep the meat on the towel), toss the meat outside, or feed inside the crate. Make sure to take proper precautions when handling raw meat. Dogs can handle raw just fine (their systems were meant to handle bacteria), but humans should still wash their hands and wipe down things appropriately.

      My dog eats the following proteins regularly: beef, chicken, turkey, duck, eggs, salmon, sardines, venison, lamb, and rabbit. Fish and green tripe each make up about 5% of her diet. Keep in mind that all this variety is not necessary, but you increase the chance of providing the necessary nutrition by feeding different kinds of protein. Raw feeders generally like to make red meat (beef, pork, venison, lamb, etc) at least 50% of the diet. A poultry-based diet (chicken, turkey, duck, quail, etc) can lead to nutrition deficiency. For me, poultry makes up about 20-30% of her diet.

      If you have any questions, feel free to email me or check out http://www.dogster.com/forums/Raw_Food_Diet This thread is also helpful for beginning raw feeders: http://www.dogster.com/forums/Raw_Food_Diet/thread/431875
      You can also go to http://www.rawfed.com and http://www.rawlearning.com for more info.

      Hope that helps

  19. QUESTION:
    What's the best dog food for my Bulldogs?
    I usually feed my 2 English Bulldogs Eagle Pack Holistic dry dog food but my supplier is no longer carrying that brand. Are there any Bulldog owners out there who are particular about what they feed their Bullys? I need Bulldog Advice here...please tell me what you consider to be the best brand for your Bully. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I do not own a Bulldog, but I do know a lot about dog food!
      All dogs are different in what they like, and if it agrees with their stomachs.

      Some good quality foods are :

      Canidae
      http://www.canidae.com/

      Wellness
      Wellness CORE
      http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/

      Taste of the Wild
      http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/

      Blue Buffalo
      http://www.bluebuff.com/

      Solid Gold
      http://www.solidgoldhealth.com

      Innova
      Eagle pack Holistic
      Chicken Soup for the dog Lovers Soul
      Orijen
      EVO
      Merrick
      Avoderm

      Never get low quality foods like :

      Cesar, Ol' Roy, Purina, Pedigree, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, BilJac, Nutro , Dad's, Royal Canin, Mighty Dog
      Or ANY grocery Store brand!

      This website should be able to help you on picking out a good quality food. Stick on the 4-5-6 star range.
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

      Never get a dog food with Corn, Soy, and By-Products. But I would also suggest a wheat free dog food. When you change your dogs food to a better quality, you will notice these things :
      Firmer Stool, Glossier Coat, and better overall health.
      _____________________

      Raw Feeding is also good, but it can be pricey. Learn more at:
      http://barfworld.com/
      http://www.raw-dogs.com/
      http://www.rawfeddogs.net/
      http://www.rawlearning.com/

  20. QUESTION:
    sourcing raw meat for the dogs?
    Please no "you should feed your dog pre-made food" comments - They'll just be ignored!

    My dogs have been raw fed for the past year, and we've just moved right across the country - I used to get loads of meat and bones for my pups from a friends farm. Ive spoken to all the local butchers and NONE of them are willing to order in different meats for me!

    Does anyone have any ideas where I can source more meats for my dogs? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on where you are and your price range...

      You can often order various meats/meaty bones online. Some places can be pricey, but I've seen EVERYTHING on there, elk, bison, alligator, kangaroo...
      Are there any farms in your area? Try talking to them and see if you can get any leads.
      You can also check Craigslist, hunters often clear out their freezer every year, and sometimes you find people wanting to go in on a half or quarter cow order, stuff like that.
      Depending on how big your dogs are, you can try order feeder animals intended for snakes- rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, sometimes even goats/pigs, can usually be ordered and shipped frozen.

      Good luck, we're having the same problem right now trying to track down good meat suppliers. :-/

  21. QUESTION:
    Is it really true that Taco Bells meat is graded lower than dog food?
    I've heard that this is true, but instead of joking around, what is the honest answer?

    • ANSWER:
      No, the taco meat in Taco Bell is fine to eat. In fact, they have pretty strict specifications for their suppliers. The meat is fully inspected and comes from USDA inspected facilities. In addition, to raw ingredient specs, they have strict finished product specs. They have specific salt, fat and moisture ratios that the meat must conform to. The meat is also micro tested prior to shipment to individual stores.

  22. QUESTION:
    Could i feed my APBT of 4 month old raw food?
    see i feed my red nose NATURAL BALANCE but it just not getting him bulky enough..don't get me wrong my dog is beautiful and also friendly with everybody. is there anything i could give him?

    • ANSWER:
      He's a baby. Right now he should be about 1/2 his adult size. The whole food debate is a personal preferance. If you are willing to shop, weigh, measure, etc. Go for it.

      The only drawback I hear about is bacteria from raw food. You have to trust that your meat supplier has not contaminated or cross-contaminated your purchase. Bringing a dog back from gastroenteritis or other infection is wildly expensive.

  23. QUESTION:
    what do you put the naturvet tear stain supplement for cats and dogs in for it to work?

    • ANSWER:
      Not sure that I really understand your question.

      Ordinarilly you would just add your Naturvet Tear Stain Supplement to your dogs food, mixing it in.

      As suggested by another poster- you might find that a raw food diet will help to reduce the staining to a degree, this means that the Naturvet tear stain supplement will work even faster.

      It is a good product. just dont expect it to work over night. It is natural and so takes a while.

      if you need more info contact my local supplier at

      http://www.naturaldogs.co.uk/shop/naturvet-natural-dog-and-cat-products/naturvet-natural-tear-stain-remover.html

  24. QUESTION:
    Ferrets - Can Anyone Explain Them If You Have Them?
    Ive done my homework but i need to hear reviews about them from people who have/had them. =]

    • ANSWER:
      Aleasha's post is great, but she didn't really explain the main source of these problems.

      It isn't domestication that is severely reducing the lifespan of these ferrets, it's massive amounts of inbreeding, poor diets, and an almost total lack of exposure to proper lighting.

      In the USA, Marshal Farms has almost completely monopolized the ferret industry. They are the biggest supplier of pet ferrets in the world and all the animals they sell are already spayed and neutered. This means that small private breeders in the USA are few and far between. Marshall Farms ferrets only live to be approximately 5-7 years old, whereas ferrets in other areas like Europe and Australia frequently live to be 10+. More on that below.

      Diet is also a huge problem with ferrets. Most people feed their ferrets a diet of mostly processed ferret kibble they bought at the pet store. Ferrets have very specialized digestive tracts and they absolutely can not digest vegetable matter. Since most processed foods contain high amounts of corn, wheat, barley, or rice, too much of the typical ferret diet contains foods that make them sick or harm their gut. The most appropriate diet for a ferret (cats and dogs too, for that matter) is a species-appropriate diet of whole pre-killed prey animals like mice, rats, fish, poultry, egg, and even insects. Most people call this Raw-feeding or BARF diets. Ferrets on these natural diets live a lot longer than ferrets being fed cereal, even the good brands like EVO.

      A third and less-mentioned problem with the way typical ferrets are kept is that they rarely ever get outside in the sunshine. Most ferrets are kept in climate-controlled houses with artificial fluorescent lighting. This contributes to several diseases brought on by nutritional deficiencies.

      In other places where there are many ethical private ferret breeders, healthy long-lived ferrets aren't hard to come by.

      For some really great information on ferrets, I highly suggest the Ferrets for Dummies book.

      They are a lot like kittens who never grow up. They are totally fearless and infinitely curious about everything. Even if they live in a gigantic cage, they still need a few hours to run around and play every day. This means your house needs to be ferret-proof. Ferret-proofing isn't as hard as say..rabbit-proofing, because they aren't gnawers. But they are bad about getting into small spaces and getting stuck, getting crushed in the mechanical parts of reclining chairs, and escaping your house. They don't have any kind of homing instinct so if they get loose, they rarely come back. They also often eat small objects like pennies and things so you have to keep things picked up. They also are bad about taking small things and stashing them. My dad's beeper ended up under my sisters bed for about 3 years. One great thing about ferrets is that they usually aren't aggressive towards other carnivores like cats and dogs. Still, some dogs should be kept separated from ferrets because they will just see them as prey. But, ferrets have a HUGE prey-drive. You can never leave them unsupervised around other small pets. They WILL kill your rodents, birds, reptiles/amphibians, etc. They will even get in your fish tank and eat your fish. So it's imperative to keep them away from any other pets you have. My ferrets live in the family room, while all our other caged pets are safe in their own bedroom.

      When it comes to caring for them, the first thing people need to know is that they aren't legal in most places. In the USA, they are not banned on a federal level. But some states forbid them. Some counties have bans on them. Cities can ban them. Or if you live in a suburb, you might have a Housing Association that doesn't allow them. If you rent a home, you may not be able to have one, depending on your landlord's rules. In most places, ferrets are required to have a yearly rabies vaccination and may have to be registered yearly with the city/county. It's also a good idea to get your ferret vaccinated against Distemper. You have to go to an Exotics vet for this as the cat/dog distemper vax are NOT safe. In areas where there are wild minks or mink farms, it's also a good idea to get your ferret tested for ADV. It's a highly contagious disease that eventually kills them (kind of like FeLV or FIV?) so if your ferret has it, you should take steps to keep him from contaminating others.

      You should also microchip them if you can since it's nearly impossible to keep a collar on them.

      The ferret cage should be a multi-level cage with solid (not wire) floors. A cage for one ferret is about the equivalent to what you might put 4 rats in. For Americans, I like to recommend the SuperPet Deluxe cages or the Midwest Ferret Nations. If your ferret is potty-trained, you don't need any kind of particle bedding in the cage. You can provide hammocks, blankets, and any manner of tubes and things, but they are fine on a plastic bottom. Litter-training is probably the most difficult thing about getting a ferret. They have one-track minds and can be hard to train. They have a very short digestive tract so they poop often, and like puppies, when they have to go, they have to go RIGHT NOW. We keep at least one litter pan in every room to prevent accidents. And they have two in their cages.

      They can also be nippy as babies and it's important to train them out of biting before they become adults.

      http://www.mdferretpaws.org/care/food_treats.html

      Ferrets need their nails trimmed often, and many of them will benefit from frequent tooth-brushings. Their teeth should be pearly white all the time. Ferrets DO have a smell, and this can be controlled by keeping their cage clean and bathing them. But more than one bath a month is going to strip their fur of it's natural oils causing them to actually smell WORSE.

      Choosing which gender depends on where you get them. If you get them from a private breeder, you have a chance at getting on who isn't fixed yet. Intact male ferrets can be great, but like dogs, many of them develop aggressive or gross behaviour. Female ferrets should ALWAYS be fixed unless you plan on being a breeder. When a female ferret goes into heat but doesn't breed, the hormones can actually kill her. In the USA, it's almost impossible to get unfixed ferrets (I'll get to that in a second) so gender doesn't really matter. Males are generally larger, but that's about the only difference.

      In the USA, most ferrets come descented already. But in reality, descenting is a relatively useless procedure. It does NOT change the way they smell. Un-descented ferrets are able to excrete a pretty foul-smelling goo if they are frightened or in severe pain, but if a pet ferret is being kept properly this almost NEVER happens. Descenting can actually increase the risk of prolapsed rectum problems and potty-training and I wish they wouldn't do it.

      In the USA, Marshal Farms is the number one producer of ferrets. They came in and bought up almost all the stock in the country and started breeding ferrets in mass. They are able to offer ferrets for a much lower price (around 0) than the typical private breeder (about 0) so almost all the private breeders who are left have a really hard time getting business. Not only that, but they wont sell any ferrets who are not already fixed, ensuring a continuing reduction in the amount of competition. Since they are a true mill-breeder, many of their ferrets suffer from congenital defects like Waardenburg's Syndrome (deafness, usually associated with high-white markings on the head). They are also highly prone to contagious disease and parasites. These problems have cut the average ferret lifespan in half or worse in the last 10 years or so. Marshall Farms sells to Petco and almost any "local" shop that sells ferrets also buys from them. PetSmart supposedly has their own line of ferrets that they are selling, but they aren't any better than Marshall's. Marshall ferrets can be identified by two small dot tattoos in one of their ears. It's also important to know that the food Marshall's sells and uses is one of the worst on the market. Not only is it unhealthy, but it makes them smell about 10x worse than normal.

      And I'm not sure what else I can really say. They can be leash-trained. They are very fun. They can play with cat and dog toys, but avoid anything edible. Sick ferrets are bad about not eating solid food, so most people recommend getting your ferret used to eating Duck Soup so that they wont starve if they ever need surgery. You can find recipe's online. They can get just about any parasites that dogs and cats can get.

      There are tons of great ferret communities online. The FerretAttitude community on LiveJournal is AWESOME, as is the NaturalFerrets group on Yahoo (especially for finding private breeders and feeding raw).

      If you don't live in the USA, please say so and I can get you some information that is more specific to you.

  25. QUESTION:
    My dog keeps biting his back legs and crying. What could this be?
    He has been doing this for most of the day now and we are getting worried.
    It is only his back legs.
    He sounds frustrated and upset.
    Please help.
    Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      My sisters dog had that problem and it turned out to be a food allergy. Vets blamed it on everything else. She had to wear a cone all the time to keep her from eating herself raw and seemed to have a tingling sensation like bugs were crawling on her. Remember dog food companies can change the food, change the supplier and you won't ever know. The new supplier could have more pesticides or chemicals, how can you tell? The dog was so bad by the time I stumbled across the answer that she had an appointment to be put to sleep because it had gotten that bad. She began to walk like her hind legs were weak and since we knew the dog has a hole in her heart due to a birth defect, the vet thought it was her heart not pumping enough oxygen to her hind legs anymore. Now she has gone from acting half crippled and headed for the great dog house in the sky to just being a happy elderly dog. But it all started with just her back legs.
      Strangely enough, my sister who lives a few hours away was having much the same problem with her hands. She'd been to rheumatologists who told her that she had a strange auto immune disorder that was causing her tendons and ligaments in her hand to corrode. she had strange skin rashes on her body and her hands were swollen and at times she could barely hold a pen. She kept having allergic reactions to the meds they tried and my other sister and I finally convinced her to go get a blood allergy test. The results were that she was allergic to wheat, corn and dairy. she removed them from her diet and in less than a month all her symptoms disappeared. She no longer needs medication and is back to normal. Her allergist is actually studying all her tests because he could not believe an allergy could do so much damage. Food allergies cause our body to self destruct parts of our body because the allergen is in our cells.
      My cat will scratch herself until she bleeds if I feed her certain cat food. That took me a 6 months of thinking she had a parasite problem to figure out. Buy an all natural dog food with no wheat or corn and try feeding it to him for a week, it can't hurt. If you don't know of one or where to buy it, then try mixing up some rice, eggs, peas, carrots and tuna and feeding him that for a week. If he improves, you have your answer. It certainly can't hurt to try this out.

  26. QUESTION:
    how is vf compete puppy food for a 13 week husky?
    my husky has had very soft stool, constipated at times, hard stool, and sometime he coughs up clear fluid. i have him on purina pro plan chicken and rice puppy. he still loves to play, run, jump so his fine phyicaly. i have a friend that owns and feed store and a supplier recommended VF complete (Veterinarian formulated) i really cant't afford a high price food. plase help and advise

    • ANSWER:
      my first suggestion to you is to worm the dog. and i don't mean with the single dose pill from the vet. there is a product called Panacur, it is a powder and you worm the dog for 3 days. this will likely solve the stool issue.

      my second suggestion:
      avoid purina foods at all costs. they use a synthetic ingredient called; menadione bisulfate complex (source of vitamin k activity). this synthetic vitamin eats away at the liver in many dogs. i've seen dogs who have been on the same food for 5 years or more drop dead over 3 days at random. and some dogs have died within a week of switching to a food with this ingredient. it is a lot like allergies in humans, not necessarily going to happen, but i for one wouldn't want to go through it. the dogs exhibit parvo symptoms, but no parvo. the vets can't do anything and they drop dead. when appetite loss occurs many people will change the food, and oddly those dogs tend to survive.

      suggestion 3:
      if you can't afford a high end food (such as evo, or innova), i would look into Diamond Naturals or Taste of the Wild. both can be found at most specialty and feed stores. taste of the wild is a moderate protein no grain food. consumption is about half of what it is with other high quality foods because of the lack of grain (the pacific stream formula is great for the huskies!), and Diamond Naturals is a step down from taste of the wild. it cuts out corn, wheat, soy, and by-products. manages to be healthier than most of your "high end foods" (science diet, anything purina, nutro, etc.). again, you will see a decrease in eating, but it is because of the lack of grain. it's like the difference we see in humans when it comes to meat and veggies. you get full faster and stay full longer if you have a steak for dinner. if you have a salad you tend to get hungry very soon after. dogs are the same way, they don't have teeth for grinding, so why are we giving them grains and veggies? they need meat.

      suggestion 4: my siberians are on an all raw diet called prey model. it has actually cut my food bill down quite a bit. it is not for everyone but joint development has improved in the puppies we've put on this diet, the older dogs aren't needing joint supplements anymore, coats are fantastic! and poop is minimal.

      www.rawfed.com is a wonderful website for information, as well as the yahoo group: rawfeeding

      if you have any questions about your siberian feel free to e-mail me! they are the love of my life, and i can answer just about any question about the breed.

  27. QUESTION:
    How Much Does It Cost Per Pound To Feed 1 45lb Adult Dog A Barf-Raw Type Diet?
    I,m Trying To Figure out The differnce between the cost of store kibble and do it yourself

    • ANSWER:
      Technically he needs between .9 and 1.35 lbs. of food daily (that's 2-3% of his body weight). You could probably start off with 1 lb. a day and be fine.

      Cost depends on your location and shopping habits. I shop at a local ethnic grocery store and tend to get everything for around / lb. Feeding my two dogs costs me -25 every 2-3 weeks. It varies depending on what's on sale, if I buy more red meat, etc. If you have a deep freezer you could buy in bulk from a supplier and save lots of money in the long run.

      In case you haven't seen these before, here are some really great resources for raw feeding:

      http://www.rawmeatybones.com/petowners/whatisrmb.php
      http://www.rawmeatybones.com/diet/exp-diet-guide.pdf
      http://www.ukrmb.co.uk/images/ww.pdf
      http://www.rawfed.com/myths/
      http://preymodelraw.com/how-to-get-started/
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfeeding/
      http://dogfoodchat.com/forum/raw-feeding/

      Hope that helps!

  28. QUESTION:
    what is best home made food for german shepard dogs puppy?

    • ANSWER:
      That's one of the troubles with accepting a "german shepard dogs" instead of waiting for a German Shepherd Dog - you get no guidance from the supplier.

      If your idea of "home made" is cooking stuff for just the pooch - forget it.

      GSDs are canids.
      The canid digestive system (acid strength, available enzymes, gut length) evolved to perfectly suit raw animal-proteins - birds, eggs, fish (but not those needles), insects, mammals, reptiles - whether fresh-killed or as carrion.
      During the millennia of domestication, dogs adapted to thrive on cooked table scraps (but not baked or roasted bones, please) supplemented by whatever blowflies, lizards, mice, moths they could catch.

      In addition, AGE matters.
      Being mammals, puppies require bit.ch's milk during the early stages. Don't feed straight cow's milk or goat's milk - use the milk to dilute the powders needed to make the milk rich enough for a fast-growing puppy.

      In the Links => Feeding section of the first group below you will find plenty of ideas on how to feed a pooch. DON'T be sucked in by the "spin" put out by kibble manufacturers. Don't be sucked in by the finicky fetishism of fad diets such as BARF and RAW.

      By 5½ weeks old, my pups are chomping strips of raw beef or lamb that I stirred into their enriched mix milk. By 5 months old, their diet is mostly raw meat. Cooked table scraps (apart from those hardened-by-high-heat bones, and food that is mouth-burning spicy) is very good.

      Avoid those massive ox-leg bones that supermarkets love to sell. The bones a pooch needs are smaller, mostly from animals such as rabbits, lambs, fawns.

      ◙ Add http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/The_GSD_Source to your browser's Bookmarks or Favorites so that you can easily look up such as rescue groups, feeding, vaccinations, worming, clubs, teething, neutering, size, diseases, genetics.

      ◙ To ask about GSDs, join some of the 400+ YahooGroups dedicated to various aspects of living with them. Each group's Home page tells you which aspects they like to discuss, and how active they are. Unlike YA, they are set up so that you can have an ongoing discussion with follow-up questions for clarification. Most allow you to include photos in your messages.

      [Bruce]: The wolf line and the domestic dog line SEPARATED some 133,000 years ago, apart from an occasional cross-breeding. Dogs didn't evolve FROM wolves - dogs & wolves evolved from a COMMON ancestor. That ancestor had itself evolved from an earlier ancestor from which the lines of foxes and jackals etc also evolved at various periods. Evolution continues to occur in response to spontaneous mutations plus the pressure from surviving in specific environments.
      Les P, owner of GSD_Friendly: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/GSD_Friendly
      "In GSDs" as of 1967

  29. QUESTION:
    Suppliers of raw dog food?
    im looking for a good raw dog food supplier that deliver around the London area..

    I have used Landywoods but dont think much of their products

    Anyone know of any other suppliers?

    Thanks
    have asked at my local butchers but they are not willing to supply bones, off cuts etc

    • ANSWER:
      Butchers....slaughter houses....road-kill....farmers
      Meat's meat.

  30. QUESTION:
    I have a 2 month old female japanese spitz, I want her coat to be thick & healthy.?
    Please give me advise on what to do. Do I need to give her vitamins? what shampoo can i give her? & what type of food should be avoided because sometimes i give her human food as her treat.

    • ANSWER:
      These dogs are also known as American Eskimo and as German Spitz

      Popular notion is that these dogs were given a new name around the time of WW2 for obvious reasons.

      I own two of these dogs and their coats are different even though they come from the same litter so it is all about genitics.

      One looks like her father and the other more like her mother.

      First and formost these dogs will be harmed if you bathe them too often the oil in their natural coat will help them to shed most dirt and soil even the offensive stuff if you give it enough time.

      I live 30 minutes from the beach and when they roll and play in the surf and sand you cannot even tell they are white. By the time we travel the 30 minutes back home most of the dirt has fallen off and they are their shiny white selves again.

      Have you noticed that the dog does not have that dog smell? that is again because of the oils in the coat and most smells do not have anything to cling too.

      These dogs should be bathed at most two to three times per YEAR.

      They will need daily brushing with a pin brush get your puppy used to the brush early and you will have less trouble as she gets older.

      The Full coat will not grow in for at least a year and there will be a time during her 5-8 month that she will look really funny as her body and legs catch up with each other.

      Depending on the genitics you will either have a fox or a bear and there is nothing you can do to change it. The bear has a shorter nose and a fuller mane the fox has a longer nose and a bushier tail but side by side you can hardly tell the difference between my two beauties.

      The BARF diet is without question the best diet to feed your dog but it is more expensive and many vets frown on it but I do not let them even discuss it with me any more as my dogs are healthier and have better teeth than dogs half their age and it is because of the diet. Find a good book or a good supplier or e-mail me and I can help you with this.

      Adding supplimental oils to these dogs diet will only give you runny poops as they have plenty of oil in their systems anyway. It does work for some dogs but not for these.

      A little human food is OK as a treat but NO COOKED BONES.

      Raw beef leg bones sliced into 2-3 inch circles by your butcher are great chew toys and will help their teeth be strong and stay white for a long long time and will give them better breath too. I leave a bag of them in the freezer and if I will be gone for a long time I will leave them each with a bone and they will be occupied for hours and not get into any mischief.

      Good luck with that beautiful pup

  31. QUESTION:
    Dog food contains such poisons .... do you know where to get cheap fresh meat offcuts in the UK?
    Do you know what you are actually feeding your dog with dog food? Check out this website www.secretdogvideo.com .... even the expensive and upmarket brands use base dog food made from euthanised cats and dogs. Does anyone know any cost effective alternative foods I can buy in the UK?

    • ANSWER:
      Pet minces from butchers are not advisable- they are full of fat. They chuck in great big lumps of suet from beef carcasses, they are crap, really.
      But tripe is ok.

      Butchers are often happy to help you. Look up the BARF diet, there are various opinions on what exactly you should feed, but it advises you cut out all grains and cereals. Dogs don't need carbohydrate, but they do need roughage- something to keep their poos firm since their digestive system will digest muscle meat nearly 100%, leaving nothing to keep their bowels healthy.

      Therefore you should feed plenty of bone which also requires a fair bit of chewing which keeps the teeth clean and provides ESSENTIAL calcium- muscle meat alone contains very little calcium, and a dog fed on this alone will become deficient. Feed raw chicken cuts with the bones left in (bones are fine as long as they are raw), Tescos do cheap turkey legs which I find are good. Minces are ok, but unless you buy them online from Raw Food suppliers they are likely to be VERY high in fat and they require no chewing so don't do anything for oral health.

      Various cuts of meat with the bone still in should form the majority of the diet, but a couple of times a week add in some offal- ie, heart, liver, kidney, tripe...Do not go overboard with liver it is very rich. Raw eggs, fish etc are also great.

      Through my reading I have found different opinions on vegetables. Some feed loads, some feed hardely any or none. If your dog likes raw fruit and veg great, if not try feeding pieces of dried fruit (NOT sultanas or raisins) like apricot, apple, banana chips. Always include nuts and seeds, for example sprinkle sesame seeds over their food- sounds odd, but these would be present in the gut of their prey and provide vitamins, calcium, and oils. Herbs are good as is a bit of garlic, and if don't feed oily fish very often then cod liver oil as well.

      Cooked leftover vegetables from your meals are also good as are any other scraps you have lying around like potatoes or meat- you don't need to be paranoid about how scientifically balanced this diet is. Some people advise vitamin supplements but most say it is not necessary if you are feeding a varied diet- they are just trying to make money since these things are often very expensive to buy.

      There is a fair choice of stuff in the supermarkets, and butchers. Don't feed pork- it is too fatty and often makes dogs sick. I can get rabbits from the butchers in my town for £1.99 and they are really good, they'll also have offals, including lungs. If you ask for offcuts they'll give you loads but often of poor quality, including a lot of fat so it is best to ask for individual things.

  32. QUESTION:
    where is everyone buying their raw meat for dog food, other than grocery stores?

    • ANSWER:
      I get almost all my meat from Asian markets for under .00/lb. Sometimes I get pork necks and turkey at Ralph's.

      Some people use premade brands such as Nature's Variety (http://www.naturesvariety.com), Stella & Chewy (http://www.stellaandchewys.com), Primal (http://www.primalpetfoods.com), and Bravo (http://www.bravorawdiet.com/). Others are successful by putting up listings on Freecycle and Craig's list for free unwanted meat.

      You can also get meat for free if you have friends who hunt. Make sure to freeze meat for at least 2 weeks to kill off parasites if the meat you're feeding is fresh-killed meat (roadkill or hunter's meat).

      Do you have any local raw-feeder co-ops in your area? If you search through Yahoo! Groups, there may be a local co-op through which you can order cheap meat in bulk.

      There are many online raw suppliers as well, but shipping can get expensive, depending on where you live. Here's a list of some online raw suppliers. The more you buy, the less you pay for shipping (generally).

      West Coast:
      http://www.greentripe.com
      http://www.crestonvalleymeats.com
      http://www.wholefoods4pets.com
      http://www.socalbarf.com

      East Coast:
      http://www.hare-today.com
      http://www.prey4pets.com
      http://www.aplaceforpaws.com
      http://www.mypetcarnivore.com

      I myself live on the West Coast, so I occasionally split an order from Creston Valley Meats with another raw feeder.

  33. QUESTION:
    Dogs that are gassy, does raw feeding stop this?
    My dog seriously smells so bad. In a few months im switching to raw feeding. Im praying and hoping it doesn't cause gas?
    I have to wait for a few months, thats when im moving into my own place. It makes my mum cringe thinking about a dog eating raw meat.
    she still believes the old myths "once a dog tastes blood it will want more"

    • ANSWER:
      Gas is usually caused by the high amount of cereal, carbohydrates and other unnatural fillers in commercial dog food.

      My dogs have been fed on raw for 15 years almost and rarely (if ever) have gas. You may find a few "stinks" after first converting, but it should stop after a while and your dog with have a cleaner and healthy gut to boot. Don't go the pulped veggie route either.
      #
      Why wait, convert now!

      EXTRA - I am also including some links of raw food suppliers in the UK.

  34. QUESTION:
    anyone have a good supplier of raw dog food meat in NH?
    I have researched, and decided to put my new shelter dog on a raw meat diet. I don't even know where to buy meat except the supermarket and I don't think I can afford that. I would rather find a wholesaler and freeze some. Anyone know a place? Ilive in the Manchester area.

    • ANSWER:
      try a butcher shop? Sometimes they have better deals. Also, look for deals and specials.. if some meat goes on sale, buy and freeze.

  35. QUESTION:
    Raw food diets for dogs?
    So, can I go shopping in the grocery store for ingredients? If so, what do I need? She's a 40lb dog, very active. How much will this cost monthly? What are the pros and cons?

    I tried googling all this stuff, but google seems to be very unhelpful these days. All I get are controversies surrounding the raw food diets for dogs.

    Thanks in advance.
    Also, what are the risks of disease?
    Also, how much will this cost weekly?

    • ANSWER:
      You receieved a few inaccurate answers here. Ultimately, you will need to do your own research and decide what is best.

      1. Grocery store is fine if there is a variety of meat, meaty bones, and organs. One of the organs must be liver.

      This is the prey-model feeding guideline:

      80% of the diet is meat of proteins that should be varied as much as possible and half should be red meat such as beef, pork and lamb.

      10% of the diet is bones, which must be covered by meat, such as a chicken quarter. The only bones that should not be fed are meat-less bones and weight baring bones of large mammals (for example, beef marrow bones aka soup bones, should not be fed)

      5% of the diet must be liver, where beef is more nutritious than chicken but you can mix it up.

      5% is made up of other organs, most commonly kidneys (there is one exception to organs: heart, stomach, tripe, lungs and gizzards don't count as organs for this percent. but they do count as meat.).

      Raw feeders can also buy from local butchers, or join local co-ops or find distributors through http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/CarnivoreFeed-Supplier

      2. Pros- it's the least processed, most nutritious way to feed and you know the real source and quality. No cons except perhaps putting more thought into the diet. (I for one do not think that is a con however)

      3. No more risk of disease than feeding kibble ( http://rawfed.com/myths/bacteria.html ) Actually if you look at FDA food recalls, there is more of a risk feeding kibble.

      4. Cost will depend on your area, availability and storage. If you have extra room in your freezer, or better yet an extra freezer, you can buy in bulk for better deals.

  36. QUESTION:
    POLL for people who feed their dogs a raw food diet?
    How many dogs do you have and what are their weights----------------------
    How much is the total cost per month-----------------------
    How much do you usually pay per month for their food-------------
    How much do you pay per pound?--------------------------
    How many types of meat do you feed and what are they?--------------------
    Which meat is the most expensive for you?-------------------------
    Which meat is the least expensive for you?------------------------------

    • ANSWER:
      Hey I missed this q sorry it didn't show up in my q's from contacts.

      How many dogs do you have and what are their weights----------------------
      2 dogs. 1 is 67 lbs the other is 25 lbs

      How much is the total cost per month-----------------------
      Well I bought enough for almost 2 months, and that cost . It took me a while to find low prices but still pasture raised/hormone and antibiotic free source. You have to shop around for distributers in your area. The Carnivore feed supplier yahoo group helped a lot.

      How much do you usually pay per month for their food-------------
      wait ..how is this diff from the last q? You mean per pound? I pay around /lb mostly a little above and only get one special thing for each dog above /lb a month.

      How much do you pay per pound?--------------------------
      LOL ok I'm messed up with the questions.....see above...

      How many types of meat do you feed and what are they?--------------------
      It depends, I vary it every couple months, as much variety as I can.
      My staples are beef, chicken and pork. I feed bison alot too because it's the dogs favorite it seems. They don't like rabbit (thank goodness it's expensive anyway!)
      I also usually feed turkey and lamb every month, I have some turkey from a free turkey I got on easter still in the freezer.
      I've fed some venison over the months, the dogs love it. And I've fed 1/2 an ostrich and a few quail once before.
      I fed salmon, smelt, and white snapper a couple times. I just give canned sardines(wild caught in water) once a week though instead of pay so much for raw fish.

      Which meat is the most expensive for you?-------------------------
      Order from most to least expensive:
      Goat (like /lb..i never fed goat because of price), Fish, rabbit, lamb, bison, venison, turkey, quail, ostrich, beef (including heart and tripe which is cheaper), pork, chicken.

      Which meat is the least expensive for you?------------------------------
      chicken

      You didn't ask about organs but since I can talk forever about a raw food diet I will add my organs in:D
      I currently feed a mix of beef liver, kidney, pancreas and spleen. The dogs LOVE this.
      In the past I only fed beef liver and kidney or the organs if I had whole prey like the quail and rabbit.
      remember though it's not how much different meats you feed but the parts too. Like try to feed heart, feet, trachea, shoulder, tripe, etc.

  37. QUESTION:
    is it good for my dog's health to let her eat raw meat and bones?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes! My dog eats raw and she's in amazing health, as are other raw dogs.

      Benefits of raw:
      Shiny, soft, glossy coat
      Amazingly clean, white teeth (I've never brushed her teeth and they're probably cleaner than mine, sadly enough)
      My dog's pure muscle, and no fat!
      No doggie smell/doggie breath
      My dog will actually eat her food (refused kibble)
      Boosted immune system
      Tiny poop
      Good energy

      A raw diet consists purely of 80% meat, 10% bone, and 10% organs. The idea is to feed a species appropriate diet, one that wolves eat in the wild. I personally don't feed vegetables because dogs are carnivores, but if you do just make sure it doesn't make up more than 10% of the diet. You feed RAW meat, RAW organs, and RAW bone. The rule of thumb is to feed 2-3% of your dog's body weight, depending on his/her activity level. You get your meat from the butcher, the grocery store, etc. Asian markets tend to have a lot of good items. Raw is as expensive as you make it. We generally try to stay under /lb, and for some people it ends up being cheaper than kibble.

      Half of the organ allotment (5%) should be liver, and the other half should be another organ (pancreas, thymus, spleen, kidney). Heart and lung don't count as organ because they don't secrete, but you can feed it as a muscle meat.

      As for bones, all RAW poultry bones and rabbit bones are edible. Cooked bones are always a no-no, no matter what diet you're feeding. Raw bones are soft and pliable and are perfectly fine. Pork bones are edible as well, depending on the size of your dog. Beef bones (and lamb/venison/etc bones) are not recommended because they're very dense and can wreck your dog's teeth. However, if they're nicely covered with meat, then it's fine for your dog to eat them (but take the bone away after the meat is gone). Avoid bare bones with no meat on it. Weight-bearing bones (hooves, legs, etc) are especially dense and I don't recommend them, especially if your dogs are chew-crazy. A good example of a weight-bearing bone are those soup/marrow bones sold by butchers. AVOID those! The marrow inside is fun for dogs to eat, but they're REALLY rich and can cause diarrhea. Bare bones are not good for your dog.

      Most beginning raw feeders stick with chicken for the first couple weeks so that their systems adjust to raw. After that, progress slowly to organs and other proteins. Liver and other organs are VERY rich and can cause runny poop if they are given too soon. Pork and lamb also tend to be rich. The key to raw feeding in the beginning is to take it easy and slow. If you don't want to switch your dog cold turkey, then feed kibble in the morning and raw at night (or vice versa) and slowly decrease the amount of kibble while increasing the amount of raw.

      I get almost all my meat from Asian markets for under .50/lb. Do-it-yourself raw is always cheaper than pre-made raw. Some premade raw brands include Nature's Variety, Stella & Chewy, Primal, and Bravo. You can also get meat for free if you have friends who hunt. Make sure to freeze meat for at least 2 weeks to kill off parasites if the meat you're feeding is fresh-killed meat (if it's from hutners). I also recommend buying in bulk. Do you have any local raw-feeder co-ops in your area? There are many online raw suppliers as well, but shipping can get expensive, depending on where you live. Here's a list of some online raw suppliers. The more you buy, the less you pay for shipping (generally). It also helps to have a large chest freezer to store meat. Meat lasts indefinitely in the freezer (dogs don't care about freezer burn), so it's good to stock up during hunting/holiday season when meat is cheap.

      West Coast:
      www.greentripe.com
      www.crestonvalleymeats.com
      www.wholefoods4pets.com
      www.socalbarf.com

      East Coast:
      www.hare-today.com
      www.prey4pets.com
      www.aplaceforpaws.com
      www.mypetcarnivore.com

      As for actual feeding time, you can either feed on a towel (train your dog to keep the meat on the towel), toss the meat outside, or feed inside the crate. Make sure to take proper precautions when handling raw meat. Dogs can handle raw just fine (their systems were meant to handle bacteria), but humans should still wash their hands and wipe down things appropriately.

      My dog eats the following proteins regularly: beef, chicken, turkey, duck, eggs, salmon, sardines, venison, lamb, and rabbit.

      Feeding raw does take more time than dumping kibble into a bowl, but I enjoy watching my dog eat species appropriate food. I love meat shopping for my dog and knowing the fact that she's eating something so healthy and appropriate.

      If you have any questions, feel free to email me.

  38. QUESTION:
    Medium - large breed dog owners that feed raw?
    Can you give tell me a couple of days meals for your dog? I have been reading about raw feeding and I know all the meats and bones you can feed but im finding it hard organising the meals. I know your not meant to but I can't go into anything without being organised, that's just me.

    Today and yesterday what did your dogs meal contain?

    • ANSWER:
      I feed pre-ground formulas, simply because they make it easier to obtain a variety of meats from one place. I buy venison, turkey, chicken, quail, and beef, all ground with bone, muscle, and fat. I also buy organ mixes. Then I rotate through the flavors, so each day they get 1-2 flavors, and by the end of the week they've eaten all 5. I add the organ meats every day, and every week I give whole bones- knuckle, marrow, meaty, all kinds. I also give whole raw eggs, usually once or twice a week (you shouldn't give them every day), and any raw meat scraps when I'm cooking- fat, skins, leftover, etc. I don't pay a lot of attention to organizing a "meal plan" so to speak, the foods I buy are pretty much a full diet, so everything else is just goodies for extra nutrition.

      Yesterday, my dog got beef, with bone and organs, today he's had turkey for breakfast and I'm thawing venison for dinner.

      If you can find a local supplier of a good raw food pre-made, it's not a bad idea to grab some, even if it's just to supplement a whole foods diet with different protein sources. It can be much more difficult and expensive to find things like quail and venison as whole foods, while there are many food companies that use less common meat sources for their formulas.

      Best wishes!

      Edit: Should have added, this is for a male GSD, currently 11 months old and been eating raw since 8 weeks. I feed the same diet to my Papillons, just much smaller portions. :-)

  39. QUESTION:
    Please help me with raw food diet~~~~ Dog lovers help?
    can any one tell me were i can buy
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    whole pigs foot
    cows foot
    ox tail
    and pigs tail
    sarah raw food is the best thing to feed a dog it helps with skin allergies and what not plus keeps them from getting over weight

    • ANSWER:
      when buying from a place like Walmart, make sure the meat doesn't say "enhanced"
      also try buying in bulk from a restaurant distributor/wholesale meat distributor.
      i find that my local Saturday morning farmers market has the best buys - I can get hearts (pig and beef), chicken necks and backs for a buck a pound. IF you have a farmers market, take your dog, and a talk to the meat vendors - you might just be able to get a good cheap supplier.
      good luck!

  40. QUESTION:
    what should i feed my turtle?
    hi i have a red ear slider about 2.5 years old and probly like 3.5 inches in length...what should i feed her i usually give her about 10 pellets in the moring and some after school a i give her raw shrimp about every couple days or so.should i get her some feeder fish?or whatever you recommend. thanks alot

    • ANSWER:
      turtles need a varied diet and need to be fed in the water;

      Hatchlings
      Hatchlings should be fed everyday for the first year of their lives. They should be given as much as they can eat in 10 to 15 mins time or as much as you could fit into their head if hollow. You can feed them all of it at once or you can slit it up into 2 feedings.

      Hatchlings tend to be more Carnivorous than adults, so make sure to check out the suggestions of live and protein-rich foods below for how to supplement accordingly. (Make sure you still give fruits and veggies at this stage!)

      Juveniles/Adults
      Once your turtle reaches the 4" mark, we recommend that you change their feeding schedule to every other day. Giving them greens or live plants in between.

      Adults tend to become more Omnivorous, so make sure to check out the suggestions of fruits and vegetables below.

      Vitamins and Calcium
      You should supplement your turtle's diet with both vitamins and calcium, every third feeding or once a week. To give them vitamins many people will give them a Vitamin Bath once a week. You can also either soak the pellets in a liquid vitamin or dampen them and roll them in a powder vitamin before feeding.

      It is recommended you have a light that supplies UVA and at the very least a 5.0 UVB output. The UVB is necessary for the absorption of calcium and vitamin D3. Turtles need both calcium and Vitamin D3 for strong bones and shells.

      **Feeding Tip Feedings should be done in a separate container so that you do not have to frequently change the water nor the filter media.

      Common Diet Errors

      Feeding Cat or Dog Food
      Despite what some pet store employees may tell you, turtles should not be fed dog or cat food (Sounds insane, but we've heard it!)

      Pellet Only Diets
      Pellets provide many benefits, but variety is key!
      Supplement their diet with veggies, live foods and some fruits. Check out our safe list below.

      Giving in to Beggars
      Turtles will always beg whether you give in or not- they know you are the supplier of food!
      Supplement between feedings with greens or live foods they have to chase to eat. ( Iceberg lettuce is a common filler that doesn't contain much nutritional value, but will keep them content.)

      Safe Feeding List

      Commercial Foods (This is just a few of them on the market)
      * Tetra Reptomin
      * ZooMed's Aquatic Turtle Food
      * Exo Terra
      * Wardley's Reptile Premium Sticks
      * HBH Turtle Bites

      Frozen/Canned (For treats)
      * Spirulina-enriched Brine Shrimp
      * Bloodworms
      * Plankton
      * Krill
      * ZooMed's Can O'Crickets, Grasshoppers, or Meal Worms

      Live Foods (Carnivorous)
      * Guppies or Rosies Reds (no goldfish they are too fatty and have very little nutritional value)
      * Crickets (Gut-Loaded)
      * Pinhead Crickets (for smaller turtles)
      * Earthworms, Night Crawlers
      * Ghost Shrimp
      * Aquatic Snails/Apple Snails
      * Slugs
      * Wax Worms, Super Worms

      **Be careful about Wild-Caught foods, they can carry parasites that can be transferred to your turtle. Freezing Wild-Caught foods for a month will help to kill off some parasites.

      Fruits (small amounts for treats only)
      * Apples
      * Bananas
      * Grapes
      * Melon
      * Tomato
      * Strawberries

      **Should be cut up in small, bite-size or match-like sticks that will be easy for the turtle to bite into and not choke on.

      Veggies
      * Squash
      * Zucchini
      * Carrots
      * Greens- Red Leaf, Romaine, Collards, Kale, Dandelion Greens

      **Stay away from Spinach. Make sure to cut the veggies in bite-size or match-like sticks so your turtle can eat them easily. Iceberg lettuce is a good filler, but contains little/no nutritional value!

      Aquatic Plants
      * Anacharis
      * Duckweed
      * Water Hyacinth
      * Water Lettuce
      * Water Lily

  41. QUESTION:
    what dog foods are best for Great Danes ?
    i know they have to be on a certain diet for there health
    can anyone name some dog food brands that are okay for them to eat

    also what are the ingredients for the Great Dane raw food diet

    thanks (:

    • ANSWER:
      Recommended Foods for great danes - (No straight Lamb & Rice foods)
      Adult maintenance only for puppies (NO PUPPY FOOD)

      Eagle Pack Brands of Holistic or Super Premium
      Natures Recipe
      Natura Pet Products brands : Calif Naturals - Health Wise & Innova
      Chicken Soup For The Pet Lovers Soul (made by Diamond)
      Wellness Dog Food
      Back to Basics,
      Prescise Plus,
      Nutro ULTRA - Adult only
      Kirkland Chicken & Rice (made by Diamond)

      If 18 months & older - Grain free kibble is wonderful.
      Will help to condition her quickly
      Orijen, Taste Of The Wild & Innova EVO

      BARF/RAW is great for danes. Start with chicken. I buy mine at Walmart, Winco and sams club. Look for co-ops in your area.

      Book by Sue Johnson "Switching to Raw" Very easy to follow. http://www.switchingtoraw.com/

      Tom Lonsdales book 'Work Wonders, Feed your dog raw meaty bones

      http://www.rawmeatybones.com/

      There are raw/barf groups on Yahoo for danes

      wholseomedane@yahoogroups.com

      GreatDanesNaturally@yahoogroups.com

      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfeeding/

      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/CarnivoreFeed-Supplier/

  42. QUESTION:
    Raw Food for dogs?
    We wanted to try a raw food diet for our dog,I dont need any negative thoughts.Does anyone have their dog on a diet like that?What do you mix together for them and how often??
    What are the benefits and the downside of it?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, first, you need to know that there is a difference between the BARF diet and a natural, raw diet (NRD - aka the Prey Model diet). For a NRD, you just simply try to match nature as closely as possible by feeding big pieces or raw meat, raw meaty bones, raw offal (organs), and whole prey. BARF diets, OTOH, use ground meats, raw meaty bones, dairy, and supplements. That is not what your dog would find, or do, in nature.

      The idea of grinding up veggies for the BARF diet is based off of the false idea that wolves consume the stomach contents of their prey. They will only do this if they are desperate or if they consume a small animal whole. What they do do is they consume the stomach itself - called green tripe, not the same as the bleached tripe you find at the store - after shaking the contents from it.
      http://rawfed.com/myths/stomachcontents.html

      Also, dogs are carnivores, not omnivores, so you would be wasting your time and money on adding unnecessary things such as fruit, veggies, yogurt, etc...
      http://rawfed.com/myths/omnivores.html

      ****Use this link to learn how to convert your dog****
      http://www.skylarzack.com/rawfeeding.htm

      You should join these groups:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfeeding/
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NaturalRawDog/
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CarnivoreFeed-Supplier/

      Great pics and ideas of items to feed:
      http://rawfeddogs.net/Recipes

      Great sources of goodies that you may not have access to in your area:
      Creston Valley Meats:
      http://crestonvalleymeats.com/shop_dogfood.html
      Elk USA
      http://www.elkusa.com/petfoods.html
      Hare Today
      http://www.hare-today.com/
      Monster Cages - has feeder pigs and piglets
      http://monster-cages.com/feeder-animals.php
      My Pet Carnivore
      http://www.mypetcarnivore.com/
      Prey4Pets
      http://www.prey4pets.com/servlet/StoreFront
      Taylor Pond Farms
      http://www.taylorpondfarms.com/

      If you dog is small and/or if you have cats you want to convert:
      American Rodent Supply
      http://www.americanrodent.com/
      Big Apple Herptological
      http://www.bigappleherp.com/REPTILE-SUPPLIES/Frozen-Feeders;jsessionid=ac112b6b1f438a3446fec60143caa8bfdc74fc9a46ad.e3eTa3aSaxmTe34Pa38Ta38RaN10
      Vermont Quail (site is under construction)
      http://www.vermontquail.com/quailbones

      Here is my food list for med/lg breed dogs:
      RMBs:

      Beef:
      Ribs, tail, neck, throat/weasand

      Buffalo:
      Neck, ribs, throat/weasand

      Chicken:
      Whole fryer

      Duck:
      Whole fryer

      Deer:
      Head, leg (hide on/off), neck, ribs, throat/weasand

      Emu:
      Head, neck, ribs

      Fish:
      Head (2lb+ fish)

      Goat:
      Head, leg, neck, ribs, shank, throat/weasand, various parts

      Lamb:
      Breast, flank, head, leg (hide on/off), neck, ribs, shank, throat/weasand

      Ostrich:
      Head, neck, ribs, wing

      Oxen:
      Tail

      Pork:
      “Green” Ham, head, hock, leg, neck, ribs, roast (some meat can be removed for a meat only meal), shoulder (some meat can be removed for a meat only meal), throat/weasand

      Rhea:
      Neck, ribs

      Sheep (Mutton):
      Head, neck, ribs, throat/weasand

      Turkey:
      Legs, necks (Tom), wings

      Veal:
      Head, leg (hide on/off), neck, ribs, tail, throat/weasand

      Offal:

      Brain:
      See Heads

      Gizzard:
      Chicken, turkey, ostrich

      Green Tripe:
      Beef, goat, lamb, mutton, venison, (Pork/Hog Maw)

      Heart:
      Beef, buffalo, elk, goat, lamb, mutton, venison

      Kidney:
      Misc.

      Liver:
      Misc.

      Lung:
      Beef, deer, goat, mutton, pork

      Pancreas:
      Beef, goat, mutton, pork

      Spleen:
      Beef, deer, goat, mutton, pork

      Sweetbreads:
      Beef, deer, goat, mutton, pork

      Testicles:
      Pork

      Tongue:
      Beef, buffalo, elk, goat, pork, mutton

      Boneless:

      Beaver:
      Ground

      Beef:
      Blood, brisket, cheeks, chunked, ground blend, gullet (has cartilage and needs lots of meat left on)

      Boar:
      Ground

      Buffalo:
      Ground, gullet (has cartilage and needs lots of meat left on)

      Chicken:
      Ground blend

      Duck:
      Ground

      Goat:
      Chunked, ground

      Llama:
      Ground

      Pork:
      Blood, chunked, chunked (see pork shoulder and roast), jowls (w/ or w/o rind)

      Sheep:
      Chunked, ground

      Turkey:
      Ground blend

      Venison:
      Blood, ground, gullet (has cartilage and needs lots of meat left on), leg (remove when meat gone)

      Whole Prey:

      Deer:
      (several days) Fallow or young White Tail

      Fish:
      Dourade
      Herring – (weigh .33-.50lbs, so can give several as a frozen clump)
      Mackerel – (1lb – can feed one or 4 or more as a frozen clump for a gorge meal)
      Salmon – Chum < 10lbs / Coho < 15lbs / Pink < 5lbs / Sockeye < 7lbs
      Sardines – 4oz – 1lb (may need to give several small ones as a frozen clump)
      Talipia – 2-3lbs
      Trout – Rainbow 2-4lbs

      Game Birds:
      Duck (Muscovy – male 10-15lbs / female 5-7lbs, Peking – male 8-9lbs / female 6-8lbs),
      Goose, Pheasant (Jumbo Ringneck – male 4-7lbs / female 3-5lbs)

      Livestock: (several days)
      Calf, goat, lamb, pig

      Poultry:
      Chicken (Plymouth Rock – cock 9.5lbs / hen 7.5lbs / cockerel 8lbs / pullet 6lbs), Turkey
      (Royal Palm – male 15-20lbs / female 10-12lbs)

      Rabbit:
      Californian – 9-10lbs
      Champagne D’Argent – 10-15lbs
      FL White – 4-6lbs
      New Zeland – 10-13lbs / 4-5lbs @ 8wks

      Recreation:

      Cow’s foot
      Ostrich tail
      Pig’s foot
      Pig’s tail

      Treats:

      Chicken feet
      Eggs: in or out of shell and can be frozen in or out of shell
      Frozen blood cubes
      Frozen fruit cubes (rarely)
      Kong: filled w/ ground green tripe or peanut butter and frozen
      Liver: baked or dehydrated
      Lung: baked or dehydrated

  43. QUESTION:
    whats the best dog food for my great dane?
    she is 8 months and i dont know how much to feed her or what kind of dog food

    • ANSWER:
      Great Danes are a Giant Breed, not large. They should never be fed large breed puppy formulas.

      Recommended Foods for great danes - (No straight Lamb & Rice foods)

      No puppy food of any kind! Adult maintenance only. It's ok to feed up to 25% protein
      with these kibbles below. Usually about 6 cups a day in two meals.

      Eagle Pack Brands of Holistic or Super Premium
      Natures Recipe
      Natura Pet Products brands : Calif Naturals - Health Wise & Innova
      Chicken Soup For The Pet Lovers Soul (made by Diamond)
      Wellness Dog Food
      Back to Basics,
      Prescise Plus,
      Nutro ULTRA - Adult only
      Kirkland Chicken & Rice (made by Diamond)
      TOTW Pacific Stream Protein: 25% Fat: 15%
      http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/products/dogs/pacific_stream_canine_formula/

      18 months & older - Grain free kibble is wonderful.
      Orijen, Taste Of The Wild & Innova EVO
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=grain_free

      RAW/BARF is great for danes. Start with chicken. I buy mine at Walmart, Winco and sams club. Look for co-ops in your area.

      Book by Sue Johnson "Switching to Raw" Very easy to follow. http://www.switchingtoraw.com/

      Tom Lonsdales book 'Work Wonders, Feed your dog raw meaty bones

      http://www.rawmeatybones.com/

      There are raw/barf groups on Yahoo for danes

      wholseomedane@yahoogroups.com

      GreatDanesNaturally@yahoogroups.com

      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfeeding

      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/CarnivoreFeed-Supplier/

  44. QUESTION:
    Which is better a raw meat diet or a dry food diet for dogs?
    also which one is less expensive

    • ANSWER:
      Oh dear .... now here's a question that always throws up some contradictory answers, but in my opinion there is absolutely no comparison.

      It is raw all the way.

      If you choose raw you then have to read more and decide whether you feed BARF - with veg and fruit and a few other things like yoghurt and cottage cheese, or whether you go for prey model diet and feed totally meat along with offal, fish etc.

      It all depends where and how you source your raw food, but I again think there is no comparison. You can get a raw diet through raw suppliers or you can go to your friendly butcher who is often quite happy to sell you chicken carcasses, rib bones, pork trotters and endless other stuff for next to nothing or often nothing at all. They have to pay to have some of it taken away so it helps them.

      I personally would never go back to a commercial diet for various reasons.

  45. QUESTION:
    Is select woolthworths puppy food best choice for 10 wk old maltese/shih tzu?
    Hi

    I just got a 10 wk old maltese shih tzu puppy and I am wondering whether the select woolworths
    puppy food is the best choice for her or whether to continue buying "my dog" brand food as that is what the previous owner was feeding her? Plus when is it the right time to start feeding puppies dry food as well?

    Any informatio would be much apreciated

    Thanks :)
    Plus there is a budget, so I cant spend a fortune on food as i am a uni student
    Plus there is a budget, so I cant spend a fortune on food as i am a uni student

    • ANSWER:
      These questions always bring out the idiots who have some cockeyed fad diet, like raw meat. Do NOT listen to them.

      I'm not familiar with Woolworth's brand, so I can't say.

      However, the people who INVENTED the science of canine nutrition are Purina. You can't go wrong with anything they make. They are the ONLY major commercial dog food that hasn't been in trouble over Salmonella or other nasty stuff found in their food or dog treats, because they're the only ones that carefully monitor their suppliers and growers, and will NOT ue any ingredients from China or Korea.

      You can spend a lot more for fancy designer foods, but it isn't any better than Purina, and all their blends are based on research that Purina did (and continues to do) long before most of them were born. Their research has saved more dogs, and extended more dogs' lives, than anything else.

  46. QUESTION:
    Homemade petfood help needed?
    Does anyone know how to make homemade dog and cat food. I have no idea and need some help considering the choices nowadays are slim , if any. Thanks ahead of time IF you know how..

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend joining the raw feeding groups - see the link at my 360. They will include recipes but they're also a great source of advice and info.

      I'm about to do this myself. I've been researching for a while now, but it's time to just do it!

      My plan is to order 1 pound each of various meats - turkey, duck, goat.... - they're preground with organs and bones so all I'll have to do is supplement, probably with Instincts TC, although I'm probably also going to begin giving an enzyme/probiotic supplement.

      I'm getting the meat from a local(ish) supplier - Taylor Pond Farms. They're in Michigan or Minnesota and they deliver locally once per month, in addition to being able to buy online. There are other online suppliers for meat - Hare-Today is one, Bravo is another.

      I'm doing pre-ground because I'm not ready to invest in my own grinder. And I'm buying from these pet suppliers because they use either organic or hormone/chemical free meats.

  47. QUESTION:
    where can i get raw meat for my dogs?
    the abatior wont sell any to me. where could i get it for a cheap price and im not getting the stuff out the pet shop as its not 100% pure meat and also my collie pup(11 months) dont seem to thrilled to eat raw meat i gave him some in his breakfast (meat we didnt eat) and he didnt eat it so my other dog ate it
    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      If you're in the UK then try Landywoods, Durham Animal Feeds, Albion Meat Products, Anglian Meat Products, Redcastles... They're all online dog food suppliers.

  48. QUESTION:
    what sort of stuff cant u eat when pregnant i heard cream cheese is bad?

    • ANSWER:
      Most suggest pregnant and nursing women avoid:

      Albacore White Tuna
      Atlantic Salmon
      Bluefish
      Bonito
      Carp
      Catfish, Wild
      Cod (in most fish sticks)
      Crab
      Dover Sole
      Great Lakes Salmon
      Grouper
      Halibut
      Jacksmelt (PBDEs)
      King Mackerel
      Lake Trout
      Largemouth Bass
      Lobster
      Mackerel
      Mahi-Mahi
      Marlin
      Mussels, Blue
      Northern Pike
      Orange Roughy
      Oysters
      Perch
      Pollock
      Porgy
      Red Snapper
      Rockfish
      Salmon, Great Lakes
      Salmon, Farmed
      Sea Bass
      Shark
      Snapper
      Swordfish
      Tilefish
      Tuna Steaks
      Tuna, Canned
      Walleye
      White Croaker
      Whitefish, Lake
      Yellow Tail

      Absolutely avoid Tuna (canned and fresh). Although, if you MUST have Tuna, I'd highly recommend very sparingly and avoid all commercial brands (which have far less Omega 3s and high mercury levels) and instead stick with brands that only catch (not in nets, but individually catch) the youngest Tuna (because those have the least amount of mercury) and brands that only cook the tuna once thereby preserving the valuable Omega 3s.

      A good rule of thumb is to avoid bottom feeding fish and predatory fish including swordfish, tuna, salmon, crab because they eat other fish with mercury and therefore the mercury levels are compounded in these fish.

      Wild is safer and better than farm- or ocean-raised for our bodies and our environment. Fish is an important part of a pregnant woman's diet so it's important to learn which are safer to eat.

      Ready-to-eat seafood such as smoked fish and smoked mussels, and oysters. Actually, it's probably a good idea to pass on the shellfish altogether. However, I felt safe eating the nitrate-free Nova from Vital Choice.

      Raw seafood such as sashimi or sushi. Don't eat it raw. The only thing you should be eating raw is your generous servings of fruit and vegetables.

      Pre-prepared and store-made salads, including coleslaw because these things can carry the bacteria listeria

      Alfalfa sprouts are dangerous because they can carry e-coli bacteria and listeria. Alfalfa sprouts also contain the amino acid canavanine which is an anti-nutrient that can inhibit the natural immune system so they are best avoided anyway.

      Leftovers - save those for the husband; if you're like me, you'll probably get grossed out thinking about eating leftovers anyway. It's just safer to skip those unless they are from something you made and you know that you got them into the refrigerator promptly after it cooled down.

      Of course avoid raw or undercooked eggs for fear of salmonella. However, many suggest raw egg yellows too and in that case make sure they are fresh and splurge on the High Omega Eggs. And remember that all studies indicate that the real salmonella danger is in fast food and breakfast restaurants where they may not keep eggs at the proper temperature and therefore allow bacteria to grow. Therefore, you are probably safe at home, especially if you know your supplier and are getting fresh eggs (I feel safe eating and feeding our kids eggs with soft yolks because we get the eggs fresh each week with Delicious Organics) however, this is such a big risk for such a little benefit, that you may want to play it safe and cook them through.

      Same goes for meat, make sure it is cooked and not rare.

      Avoid processed meats like sliced deli meats which can contain nitrates and bacteria.

      Pre-cooked meat products which are eaten without further cooking or heating, such as pâté, sliced deli meat, hot dogs, and cooked diced chicken (as used in sandwich shops) can carry unsafe bacteria. Only eat these if they are steaming hot when you get it. And most deli meats have nitrates which should be avoided anyway.

      Don't drink unpasteurized milk (though others debate this) or foods (cheese) made from unpasteurized milk. Ultra pasteurized milk is also not good period. Low pasteurized short time grassfed organic dairy is safest and healthiest.

      Don't drink conventional milk because it contains rBGH; choose organic milk instead.

      Dioxins and other toxins build up in the fat of animals so it's best to use nonfat dairy products. But there is a lot of debate on the need for fat in one's diet and in particular once your toddler is growing, the fat is critical to brain development and their good health. Organic dairy is always a safer option.

      Some calcium supplements are made from ground oyster shells, bone meal or dolomite and therefore can be high in lead so don't supplement with calcium pills and check your prenatal to make sure it doesn't have calcium in it. Instead get your calcium, which you need, from leafy greens, almonds, sesame seeds, and dairy.

      Pass on the soft serve ice-creams and instead opt for the scooped ice cream on occasion. The soft serve machines do not get cleaned out regularly and can be a breeding ground for bacteria like listeria which can linger there. Listeria can cause you a stomach ache but can actually kill the unborn baby so it's a frightening bacteria. Hard ice creams and yogurts are fine as well as regular yogurt.

      Avoid soft cheeses, such as Brie, Feta, Camembert, Blue Cheeses, Ricotta, Mexican cheeses including Queso Blanco Fresco, and Asadero. These are safe if cooked and served hot, but I suggest avoiding brie and camembert since those are just usually warmed not really cooked. Hard and semi-soft cheeses from pasteurized organic non-rBGH milk are safe.

      There is controversy surrounding soy in the pregnant diet so it's best to avoid that too, except for fermented soy products like Miso and Tempeh. Read labels as many products contain soy oil.

      Avoid caffeine and even decaf coffee. Coffee has been associated with early miscarriage, even decaf. If you must have coffee, it's said that a cup a day won't do harm, but I'd encourage you to drink only organic coffee as regular coffee contains a lot of pesticides or better to move to Green Tea but ask your midwife or doctor about that first. If you want decaf, make sure it is organic too and Swiss Water Decaf only to avoid unnecessary added chemicals.

      Avoid Guarana because it contains caffeine and Kola Nut.

      Avoid diet drinks especially containing saccharin or aspartame.

      Alcoholic beverages - I know they say a glass on occasion is fine, but is the risk really worth it? Best to avoid all alcohol, and we're not just talking hard liquor, this includes beer.

      No hydrogenated oils or artificial colors or preservatives.

      Be cautious of essential oils, especially stronger scents including: bitter almond, basil, clary sage, clove bud, hyssop, sweet fennel, juniper berry, marjoram, myrrh, peppermint, rose, rosemary, senna, cascara sarada, sage, thyme, goldenseal, barberry, oregon grape root and wintergreen.

      Avoid some herbs including Fenugreek, Red Clover, Aloe, Don Quai, and Rue which can cause hormone actions or uterine stimulation.

      And obviously stop smoking and avoid second-hand smoke.


raw food for dogs suppliers

Raw Food Dog

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do you feed a dog raw food after they have been feed commercial dog food all their lives?
    I was JUST WONDERING. How do their jaw muscles get used to the new raw food, since the other dog foods don't help with building jaw muscles in a dog.

    • ANSWER:
      I assume they would be fine with it. I have always fed my dog dog food and one day he decided to steal all of the raw hamburger meat from the counter and eat it. He was fine. I think it is just natural for dogs to eat raw meat.

  2. QUESTION:
    How much veggies should I give my dog with his raw food?
    I feed my dog raw food, and the one he is eating right now doesn't have the veggies mixed into it like some brands, like urban carnivore. I want to give him fresh veggies with his meal but not sure much to give him. Hes a 17lb French Bulldog X Boston Terrier and he is 11 months old.He eats a half pound patty a day.
    Yes they do need Veggies!

    • ANSWER:
      No they don't!!

      While a dog may enjoy the odd carrot or piece or fruit, they have no nutritional need for them. They have no molars for grinding, amylase in their saliva or fermentation bacteria in their intestines - all proof that dogs do not need vegetables or have the ability to properly digest them.

  3. QUESTION:
    Precautions when switching my dog to a raw food diet?
    I'm thinking of trying a raw food diet for my dog for the first time. I understand that dogs are much more resistant than humans when it comes to parasites and bacteria which may be in the raw meat. What are some precautions that I can take? I heard soaking the meet in apple cider vinegar for a bit will take care of any parasites, etc. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You don't have to soak it in anything. I just wash the dog and cats meat like I do mine. Run it under cold water for a few seconds. After they are done eating you can wipe up their area with 50%white vinegar and 50% water. My dog with a sensitive stomach has never had a problem with bacteria. We tested apple cider vinegar for riding of ecoli bacteria in my biology lab and it did very poorly and if you were to use apple cider vinegar you want it to be raw and organic.

      EDIT: Vets hardly know anything about dogs diets and raw chicken, pork, beef, fish, bison, lamp, goat etc can be fed with no problem. The bones clean the teeth without brushing. Their is no risk with raw unless you don't feed it correctly.

  4. QUESTION:
    How can we start our dogs on a raw food diet?
    Hi, I would like to know more about feeding dogs raw food.

    • ANSWER:
      Check out these sites:
      http://www.rawlearning.com/
      http://www.rawfeddogs.net/
      http://www.rawfed.com/

      If you have a holistic vet in your area, I would also recommend visiting them to talk about raw diets. They generally are well-educated in the area and can be a source of support for you. Traditional vets receive generally one course in nutrition, sponsored by big dog food companies and using texts written by major dog food companies. So, they tend not to be well-educated on or supportive of the idea of raw feeding unless you're very lucky.

  5. QUESTION:
    Why do dogs have to eat liver on a raw food diet?
    Why do dogs have to eat liver on a raw food diet?
    My dog flat out refuses to eat liver unless it's dried and then only as a treat. She's on a raw food diet and the only organ she'll eat is green tripe.
    I do feed her supplemental foods to make up for the lack of organs - she gets a decent amount of green tripe; a whole raw egg (organic, local and pastured) a couple of times a week, she gets extra marrow as I make sure to feed her bones high in it plus she getsa high dose fish sourced omega 3 supplement once a week.
    Okay so if it's for the iron and the vitamin A won't the egg make up for the vitamin A plus she gets a variety of iron rich meat every week (beef, emu and kangaroo predominately)?

    • ANSWER:
      One way to sneak extra organs into a reluctant eater's diet is with chicken backs. Our butcher sells them to us, extremely cheap, with parts of organs still attached. It's harder to measure, for the 80/10/10 ratio, but it's practically the only way one of our dogs will accept organ meat.

  6. QUESTION:
    How much should I feed my dogs on a raw food diet?
    Hello, I have already decided to feed my dogs a raw food diet. I have done research on exactly what types of protein and vegetables are good for them, and what they cannot have. I can't find anywhere how much food exactly I should give them... I mean in ounces or pounds, and how many times a day I should feed them this. Their meals will mainly consist of chicken, lamb, potatoes, carrots, and rice. They are two female adult Golden Retrievers, one a little small for her breed. Any suggestions? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Most dogs will eat about 1.5-3% of their body weight per day. My dogs are between 70 and 80 pounds and get between 1.5 and 2 pounds a day. It still varies based on dog since one of my dogs is skinny and needs a little over 2 pounds per day and one gets chubby on more than 1.5 while the third dog gets somewhere in between. They get this once per day and it is NOT measured out perfectly every day -- some days they might get a bigger meal that is 3 pounds and the next day a smaller chunk of something that is only 1 pound. The important thing is balance over time, just like I don't measure out everything I eat every day.

      You can save the veggies for treats... they aren't necessary in a raw diet (or any other) as dogs aren't built to digest them in a useful manner. I'd also recommend some more variance in the meat sources and you really need to include some bone and organ in order to provide sufficient nutrition -- there's no calcium source in the foods you listed, for example.

      Congratulations on making the switch -- we switched last year and I've never looked back. It's scary at first but boy is it worth it once you get through those first humps.

  7. QUESTION:
    What do you think of the raw food diet for dogs?
    I feed my dog a mix of a little kibble with a raw food diet which consists of venison, chicken and egg. I was just wondering what other people used for their dogs and what you thought about the diet. It works well with my dogs and I don't have any weight problems and they have great coats. They really love the raw over the kibble that is for sure. It is a little time consuming to get everything ready for them as I have 8 dogs but I think it is worth it in the long run.

    • ANSWER:
      I feed raw. So I obviously like it.
      I would not suggest feeding kibble and raw together.as dogs digest each differently. if you want to do half raw half kibble. I would do one raw meal a day and 1 kibble a day.

      I keep Orijen dog kibble around in case I forget to thaw a frozen meal. Also use it for his treat ball.

      I use chicken (main meat source), Turkey(2-4 times a week) and some form of fish 2 times a week) every week. along With organs every few days, and eggs every FEW days.

      Dog kibble i only 60 or so years old.

      So technically raw it has been around much longer.

      My dog doesn't well on dog food. he gets loose runny stools (he has been on everything from 6 star gourmet food (orijen, taste of the wild welness ETC) to lowest junk possible such as ol roy or kibbles and bits, Purina ETC.

      RAW is the only way keeps a shiny Lovely coat,firm small tools. his teeth are remarkable my vet can not believe a 6.5 year old dog still has pearly white teeth not a sign of tarter, and I hae never bushed them.

  8. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend a good raw food diet for dogs?
    Can anyone give me adivise on how to change my dogs meals to the raw food diet,
    I have read a few things about it and apparently its good. I have a chihuahua x pug and a jack russel. I will keep to dry food in the day but i normally give them one (wet) meal how do i go about changing it and what can they eat.

    • ANSWER:
      If you feed kibble and raw its best to feed them separately. Feed kibble in the morning and raw at night. Mixing can cause problems with some dogs.
      Feed around 80% muscle meat, 10% bone, 5% liver and 5% other excreting organs. Start with a single bone in meat. Most people start with chicken. Feed chicken (or whatever you chose to start with) for a week or 2. If there are no problems start feeding organs. If there are no problems start feeding other protein sources. You usually want to feed at least 3 different protein sources but since you feed kibble a single source should be fine but its best to feed variety.
      They can eat anything. They can eat bones from turkey, lamb or anything smaller. They can have necks and tails of larger animals. I know they can have deer and pork ribs.

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the best grocery store dog food?
    I know none of them are great. I live without a car, so going to the specialty pet retailer is NOT an option, and preparing raw food for the dog is not an option either (too expensive and time consuming).

    • ANSWER:
      Purina One is the upgraded Purina (a little more expensive than the regular) but its supposed to give the dog the same benefits of the high end dog foods.

  10. QUESTION:
    Is feeding my cat raw food a good idea?
    I am going to feed my dog raw food,should I feed my cat raw too? How would I go about it? What do other cat owners give thiers?

    • ANSWER:
      You will find far better health going for a raw food diet, but you need to follow recipes so you get the right euantities of things in it, it's not all that complex. And there's y70% less UTI's by going that way as well.

  11. QUESTION:
    How much raw food mix should I feed my 15lb dog?
    I am going to start making a raw food diet for my newly adopted rescue dog. She is a jackapoo, not very active, but is a service dog in training, so she works everyday... How much of my 70%-80% meat, 30%-20% vegetable mixture should I give her? I would prefer ounces or pounds please.
    I dont want a hamster :) I love my dog!

    • ANSWER:
      stay with hamster kidu, h r u?

  12. QUESTION:
    What can you tell me about feeding dogs raw food?
    I want to switch my four-month-old pit bull/German shepherd puppy (who is allergic to grain) from Nutro to an all raw diet or maybe raw food with some kibble.
    Any information is appreciated as I know nothing about feeding raw food. I didn't even know you could do this until last night.
    Menus, amount, type of food, price, etc.
    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry but you can forget some of the answers you have had so far.

      Never feed raw WITH complete as suggested somewhere, and forget all the RAW is bad for them and shortens their life crap, and the YA is the worst place to get answers ....

      Gees... what is going on here tonight,

      I and quite a few of the regulars feed raw and have done for years. Please email me and give me a proper email address and I will send you a pile of stuff to start you off along with some recommended sites.

      When you email me I will send you sheets on various bits and pieces including a whole list of possible things to ask a butcher for.

      You are looking to basically feed 80% meat, 10% bone and 10% offal. You need to get going on it but keep reading so that you are getting clued up as you go along.

      Well done on an excellent choice - and I am sure you won't look back. Cheaper and better by far than any kibble you can get.

      http://www.rawfeddogs.net/http://www.rawmeatybones.com/http://www.raw4dogs.com/calculate.htm http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.htmlhttp://www.mypetcarnivore.com/rawfeeding...http://rawdiettruth.blogspot.com/ http://www.topdog.ie/index.php?pageid=ra...http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/RawCh...http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/RawFe...EDIT: Here is one list of vets around the country. http://leerburg.com/holisticvets.htm http://www.rawnaturalpetfood.com/

      http://www.dogster.com/forums/Raw_Food_D…http://www.dogforums.com/5-dog-food-foru… http://www.rawlearning.com/http://www.barfworld.com/

      Raw Feeding Links - Groups, websites and store sites for parts, organs, rabbits etc. http://www.prey4pets.com/servlet/StoreFr…http://www.rawfeddogs.net/http://www.hare-today.com/http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html http://www.mypetcarnivore.com/rawfeeding…http://rawdiettruth.blogspot.com/http://www.topdog.ie/index.php?pageid=ra… http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Rawfe…http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/RawCh…http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/RawPu…

  13. QUESTION:
    Is a raw food diet for Westie adult dog safe and healthy?
    I started researching the BARF diet after my dog got sick and I have decided to stop or at least start weaning my dog Bob off of store bought dog food.

    The comments I'm finding are mixed, while a large amount say it is a good idea there are a handful that say it's not healthy.

    Is it? Would Bob, my two year old (almost three) Westie be healthier on a raw food diet or would I be doing him more harm?

    • ANSWER:
      Feeding raw is the natural way for a dog to eat. Think about it - commercial dog food is a relatively new invention; people have had dogs as pets for hundreds of years before there was dog food.

      As long as you're researching it and feeding it correctly, its absolutely healthy. Even vets are on board with feeding raw now - my vet's office sells raw food.

  14. QUESTION:
    Where can I get wholesale foods?
    I'm looking to buy whole sale chicken wings for a company just making bone and raw food for dogs. Where can I get this either on the internet or locally in NJ?
    Forgot to add - I do not want to get it from BJ's Costco etc. I want to get it where the restaurants would so I'm not paying retail.

    • ANSWER:
      COSCO, sam's club or smart and final!!!

  15. QUESTION:
    Is it ok to start a toy dog on a raw diet?
    I have been reading up on raw food diets for dogs a little after my neighbor went on and on about the benefits of it. (She has a lab) I have a 2 yr old maltese and would like to try it with her, but is it alright for toy dogs or mainly for larger breeds? What are some good resources for getting started?

    • ANSWER:
      It's alright for any breed of dog, regardless of size. Before you start though, you should do quite a bit of research. Here's some websites to get you started:

      http://www.rawfed.com
      http://www.rawfeddogs.net
      http://www.rawlearning.com
      http://www.preymodelraw.com
      http://www.rawmeatybones.com

      I highly suggest you join the Yahoo Raw Feeding Group. They provide a wealth of information and are always happy to help you:
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfeeding/

  16. QUESTION:
    What do you guys think of raw food diets for dogs?
    We have a 3 lb 5 month old Chihuahua and a 12 week old Geman shepherd we just started feeding them natures variety instinct raw food. What are your guys thoughts on raw food diets? Good or bad? Why? Pros and cons. Thank you :)

    • ANSWER:
      I don't regard packaged raw food as offering any benefits over a good quality grain-free kibble such as Orijen. The purpose of feeding a dog raw food is not only to get nutrition inside its belly, but also to develop its jaw and shoulder strength by holding and tearing at food, to clean and strengthen its teeth by chewing on raw meaty bones, and to stimulate it mentally through the effort of manipulating and handling different kinds of raw food. Packaged raw food does none of these things.

  17. QUESTION:
    What are the benefits of a RAW dog food diet?
    What are the benefits of feeding my dog Raw dog food?
    What has it got to offer that food from pedigree,orijen,royal canin and other high name brands cannot offer.
    They hate raw?
    Or they hate the others?
    I had to post this.

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL at pedigree bottom.

    • ANSWER:
      No fillers
      No worries of recalls
      YOU control what is in your dog's food
      Cleaner teeth
      Stronger Jaw and neck muscles from actually chewing and tearing their food
      Better coats
      Better health
      Smaller and less fragrant piles to pick up
      Less money once you find a good supplier of food
      less 'doggy' smell and breath
      better health overall

  18. QUESTION:
    What is a raw food diet for dogs?
    I have heard people talk about a raw food diet for dogs, what exactly is that? What are the benefits and will it make him gain weight. He is pretty small for his size and he eats a healthy dog food and he still hasn't seemed to gain much weight. Any advice will help.

    • ANSWER:
      I feed prey model raw. I feed chickens, game hens, beef, pork, lamb and venison when I can get it. I don't use any veggies, dogs can't really use them unless they are "partially digested" already.

      I shoot for an 80:10:10 ratio. 80% meat, 10% bone and 10% organ. Of that 10% organ half is liver. This isn't met every time, but with a raw diet you're going for balance over time, just like in nature and just like with our diets.

      It can make your dog overweight, but any food can do that. You just need to feed the correct amounts. For a rawfed dog you start out with 2-3% of their IDEAL adult weight, and then adjust as needed.

      Benefits of a correclty done raw diet include:

      Healthier dogs
      Better skin and coat condition
      Good dental health
      Smaller less frequent poops (because the dog is using most of what it eats)
      Extremely lessened doggie odor

      Those are some general benefits.

      For my dog Bindi the benefits have been great. For the first 2 years of her life Bindi was a walking skeleton with fur. Several vet checks by a few different vets found nothing wrong. We tried every high quality commercial food I could get my hands on. She just refused to eat, she only ate enough to keep her from dropping over dead.

      Then at yet another vet visit I also mentioned her teeth. They were as brown and her coat. The vet said she would need yearly dentals for the rest of her life. Bindi is only 2 years old.

      Now on raw she has put on much needed weight, her teeth are as white this page, and he previously dry brittle coat, is gorgeous.

      If you are interested in this type of diet do your research. Done correclty the benefits far outweigh the risks. Remember dogs can and do choke and die on kibble every year, nothing is without risk.

      Some good books on the topic are Raw Meaty Bones, and Works Wonders by Tom Lonsdale. There are others out there too.

      Some raw diet links:
      http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html
      http://www.rawfed.com/dental.html
      http://rawfeddogs.net/
      http://www.rawlearning.com/

  19. QUESTION:
    How do I feed my pets raw food and is it really safe and healthy? I have a dog and 2 cats!?
    Raw food for pets?

    • ANSWER:
      First you should know that you should NEVER give an animal a cooked bone, it can splinter in their throat and kill them. Raw bones are great for them, and their teeth.

      Dogs eat more vegetables in their diet than cats, make sure you have a balanced diet for each.
      The problem with raw food is the amount of time required for just one meal, I suggest buying raw food meals to start out to make sure they have a balanced diet in the beginning. In fact, unless you are going to be a die hard raw food feeder, then only use these types of meals- or supplement your kibble meal with meat & veggies. Just look at these page for instructions on making raw meals.
      http://www.pet-grub.com/part3/
      Try the websites below for places that sell prepackaged raw food meals.
      And there is no problem with feeding raw food to cats and dogs as long as you don't let it spoil- and you have an already have a dog/cat with a healthy immune system. Their bodies can deal with Salmonella. Whole prey (mice/quail for cats) should be frozen first- (- although my cat always eat the mice in my backyard and he has not gotten sick...) this kills any parasites that can spread to your pet.
      Your pet will definitely LOVE the food better. Not only will they have texture in their food (image always having hard cereal or oatmeal to eat) but you can add much more variety.
      Research BARF (Bones And Raw Food Diet).

  20. QUESTION:
    How do you protect your pets from parasites while feeding them raw food?
    I'm thinking of switching my ferrets to a raw food diet. Maybe I'll do the same with any future dogs or cats too.

    I'm worried about worms though. People always say that eating food uncooked will give you worms. I know animals in the wild do it, a lot of dishes contain raw foods, and for a majority of our history humans are meat raw but.. I'm still worried.

    • ANSWER:

  21. QUESTION:
    What to add to a raw food meal to make it even more nutritious?
    I am living in a country at the moment that does not have prefrozen/prepared raw dog food (which is what I am used to giving my dog), so now I feed my dog raw chicken, raw beef, tripe and cow bones that I get from the local butcher. Is there anything I should be adding to make sure he gets all of his nutrients and stays super healthy?

    • ANSWER:
      All dogs need is Raw meat, edible bones, and organs to be ultra healthy! Here is a guidline to follow when feeding raw:

      80% meat (chicken, pork, beef, deer, fresh water fish, whatever you can find! A variety is good, but make sure you're dog gets more red meats than the others)

      10% bones - The bones must be edible though, like pork or chicken bones (bones are only unsafe for a dog to eat if they're COOKED because they can splinter) Dense bones, like cow bones, are actually not very good to give your dog, because they can chip they're teeth on them. Only give your dog bones that they can consume.

      10% organs - This includes liver, kidneys, heart, etc. Liver has the most nutrients tho, so make sure that at least half of the organs you give your dog is liver!

      That's all that you're dog needs :) Dogs are carnivores and don't have any need for veggies, grains, etc. They get all the nutrients they need from organs and meat. Tripe is alright to feed your dog every now and then. And so is raw eggs (egg shell and all), but only once in awhile, not every day. If you're dog's coat isn't as great as it should be, or his skin is dry, he could be lacking in Omega-3's, so you could fish oil supplements for him.

      Good luck to you and your dog, and Kudos to you for feeding him an appropriate diet!

      EDIT: You should consider checking out this Yahoo! Group for raw feeders of cats and dogs. I'm a member, and the people there are really knowledgeable and helpful. I learned ALOT from them! The site is posted below.

  22. QUESTION:
    How do I go about starting raw feeding my dog?
    I don't want to prepare it myself, I will buy the raw diet already prepared. My dog is on Wellness now, do I need to introduce gradually the raw food?

    Also, this food change is an attempt to fix his gastric sensitivity. How should I wait before getting to the conclusion it is or it's not working. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a group that I am a member of. It is completely free to join although you have to register. There is a wealth of information on this site. http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfeeding/ There are many people very experienced in raw feeding and are happy to help you along the way.

      I now prepare the food myself, but when I bought it, I used www.omaspride.com

      Here are some others I found on a simple search http://www.blingo.com/search?q=raw+food+dog

      I started feeding raw for similar reasons. It could take up to 2 weeks to see an improvement (just as with kibble) but I saw a change in his stools within 2 days. It is important to remember that you have to do a complete change, you cannot switch back and forth between kibble and raw. In fact, I suggest getting the kibble out of the house on the day of the switch. (I donated it to a shelter) It does not need to be gradual, although you do need to have determined if he is allergic to any meat. It is suggested you start with chicken or turkey, so please make sure your dog isn't allergic to those items first.

      Best wishes to you!

      edit to add: do NOT start off with organ meats or weight bearing bones, such as turkey legs. My dog did perfectly fine on Oma's and the only reason I switched to making my own is because my local butcher grinds the food for us and I add veggies and eggs in myself. It is just a matter of convenience.

      edit to add: I agree with the poster above that said you need to feed the right amount for your dog. I have an 80 lb pit/lab mix who gets 2.5 lbs a day. He is fed twice a day, 1.25 lbs each feeding and raw treats and raw meaty bones only. My friend's 45 lb boxer gets 1.5 lbs a day, 3/4 lb each feeding, twice a day.

  23. QUESTION:
    I want to switch my dog to a raw food diet?
    I've done research on this, I've joined several yahoo groups, etc. Since my dog has been on kibble for a little while(Blue Wilderness) everyone has suggested slowly started adding in raw foods and taking away kibble. Everyone has suggested starting off with a raw egg in the shell on top of a little kibble.

    However, I cannot find the answer to one question. Can my dog eat the shell as well? Is the shell a good part of the raw food diet?

    • ANSWER:
      I switched my dogs over cold turkey, pardon the pun! They also get organic whole eggs, shell and all. They love it and it is good for them.

  24. QUESTION:
    We want to start a raw food diet for our french bulldog boston terrier but we don't know where to start?
    We are feeding him royal canine brand of food and we have heard good things about the raw food diet, but we have NO idea where to start?
    What can you feed them? Does it have to specially prepared for dogs?
    Can you feed kibble for one meal and raw meat for the next like breakfast & dinner?
    Our dog is almost 8months old, is this a safe age to start raw meat or does he have to be older?
    basically any info you can give us will help!
    THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't recommend it at all. Though dogs are carnivores, they still need other nutrients that a meat-only diet can't provide. This will not make your dog healthier, and it's both time consuming and expensive.

      And though someone else claimed that kibble is just sugar, that's not true at all. Some kibble is like that, but if you're smart and do the research, you can find a hard food that's completely healthy.

  25. QUESTION:
    How many times per day should I feed my 11wk old/2yr old poms on the raw food diet?
    Should I feed the at separate times also? My little one likes to hog the bowl. Does it take the same amount of time to work it's way through the body as regular dry kibble since raw food is supposed to be absorbed more into he dogs body?

    • ANSWER:
      Raw fed dogs can eat between 1 and 2 times a day. However, with puppies and small dogs, more frequent meals are better, as they are more susceptible to hypoglycemia.

      Separate feeding is always best.

  26. QUESTION:
    For those who feed raw food, how many chicken wings might a 20-pound dog eat in a day?
    If a person were feeding chicken wings and nothing else (which I know, shouldn't be the only food they eat, but I'm experimenting with food sensitivities, so at the moment they're getting one thing).

    I know it varies by dog, etc., but if you could guess, I'd be grateful. (I mean, people who have experience feeding raw food could guess...)
    Thanks Kate. I have a whole bunch of books and have read a lot. I'm not feeding ONLY chicken wings long term.

    • ANSWER:
      Around 8 ounces. Or 0.5lbs.

      What you do is take the dogs weight, multiply it by 2 to 3 percent and then go from there. Sometimes the dogs looks a little chucky and you lower the amount, sometimes you raise the amount because the dog is getting skinny.
      It is kind of a guestimate. You really have to go off the dog after you start feeding raw.
      You want to feed chicken wings, but you will need to add a little organ in there as well. The dividing up is 80% muscle meat, 10% bone and 10% organ(half of which has to be liver, I just feed 10% liver).
      It is just a guide above, but it is the general balance you want to get with feeding raw prey model.

  27. QUESTION:
    What raw foods can you feed your pets?
    We're going to be switching our dogs to a raw food diet, and I was wondering what kind of raw foods are best.

    • ANSWER:
      Prey model diet. 80% raw meat, 10% raw bone, 5% live, 5% other organs. Just about any kind of meat you can find is great. You want to start with one protein source though. Most people use chicken. Feed chicken for at least a week and then begin adding new meats one at a time to the dogs' diet. I also feed green tripe, whole raw eggs, and fish oil.

      Here's a great page with some basic info: http://www.rawfed.com/myths/feedraw.html

      ADD: Yeah I found the tuna pretty amusing too. That isn't one I've heard before.

      ADD: Firstly, if you're feeding a correctly balanced raw diet, there is no need for dog food. If you do choose to feed dog food in addition to raw, they should never be fed at the same time because kibble and raw meat digest and different rates. This could cause an upset stomach.

      Secondly, chicken bones are excellent. My dogs get 95% of their bone content from chicken bones. Raw chicken bones do *not* splinter because they are soft and flexible. They're actually about the safest bones you can feed. Cooked chicken bones are another story. A dog should never be fed cooked bones of any kind.

      Thirdly, your dog will not get ring worm from raw meat. That is ridiculous. There should be definitely be red meat such as steak in a raw diet and it is no more dangerous for a dog than kibble.

      Eating raw meat is NOT the reason wolves live shorter lives than domestic dogs. The wolf (and the dog) is perfectly built to handle raw meat. The reason wolves don't live as long is because they live in the wild. It's not the pampered life of a house pet with regular meals every day, trips to the vet when they're sick, and balanced diets with all the needed nutrients. Wolves have to deal with weather, food shortages, and illness that domestic dogs are sheltered from.

  28. QUESTION:
    Why do people say that when switching food for your dog you should it slowly?
    Or they'll get sick.
    I don't know... My dogs and everyone elses animals I know have never got sick from switching and my dogs get a different food everyday now (I give them different fish everyday now with their raw food).
    Everyone elses dogs I know got sick from eating bad food, not switching abruptly to a new one.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, that's because you're feeding them a raw diet. That's consistant.

      They say it for kibble or wet food. It's because their stomachs are extremely sensitive and dog foods have very different ingredients and nutricional value.

      For example, let's say you're feeding Iams and are wanting to switch over to Beneful.

      This is Iams analysis:
      Crude Protein (min) 23.0%
      Crude Fat (min) 13.0%
      Crude Fat (max) 16.0%
      Crude Fiber (max) 5.0%
      Moisture (max) 10.0%
      Omega-6 Fatty Acids (min) 2.30%*
      Omega-3 Fatty Acids (min) 0.23%*
      Glucosamine (min) 350 mg/kg*

      This is Beneful's:
      Crude Protein (min) 25.0%
      Crude Fat (min) 10.0%
      Crude Fiber (max) 4.0%
      Moisture (max) 14.0%
      Calcium (min) 1.1%
      Phosphorus (min) 0.9%
      Iron (min) 100 mg/kg
      Vitamin A (min) 10,000 IU/kg
      Linoleic Acid (min) 1.3%
      Vitamin E (min) 100 IU/kg

      Look how different they are! Both are dry kibble foods, Iams is for large breeds and Beneful is their healthy harvest. There's not much difference when looking at the type, but the ingredients themselves are so much different it's insane. That's why you can't just give them a whole other food, you have to slowly switch them over so their stomachs can get used to it. Plus, dogs need a consistant diet or else they get sick.

      It works the same way with people, too. Think about it; my uncle for example ate unhealthy his whole life because he was a farm guy and ate meat mostly with a grain. Now, he's married to my aunt and she's very pro-health. She likes home-cooking and having her family it fruits and vegetables. Yet, if she feeds my uncle a lot of vegetables, he gets sick. Simply because his stomach isn't used to it.

      Also, I eat pretty decently. I enjoy eating semi-healthy and save "junk" food for snacking. So when I go eat at a burger joint, I usually feel sick afterwards and get diharea because I'm not used to it.

      That's how dogs are! But if you stay in the same range (you feed your dog raw foods) then they don't, just as people don't. But when you change their whole diet, like the Iams and Beneful, then they most definitely will get sick.

  29. QUESTION:
    Is a raw food diet good for a dog with struvite crystals?
    My pug is prone to struvite crystals and I am curious about the benefits of a raw food diet for his condition. Does anyone have any information? I just want him to be healthy!

    • ANSWER:
      A dog that develops struvite crystals should be on a food with a reasonable protein level (arounbd 18-25%) that promotes a healthy urine pH. I use California Natural for my own dogs (one also used to develop crystals). There are prescription diets available, as well, though they cost more, and often, there are healthier choices available. If the crystals continue to recur, a prescription diet may be the best choice. They haven't been back in my dog since I switched food.

  30. QUESTION:
    Is dehydrated raw food less likely to have parasites in it as normal fresh raw meat?
    I am starting to feed my dog raw, but got a little worried when I started reading about parasites in raw food. So I wonder, if instead of fresh raw I decide to feed dehydrated raw, will it eliminate the chance of my dog getting parasites?
    Laura A. I never said I'm feeding meat with parasites!!! Any raw meat can have parasites. Yes even the meat that you eat! That is why we are told to cook our meat up to a certain temperature to kill parasites and bacteria.

    • ANSWER:
      Yup, you freeze it. I would not feed wild swine or bear or beaver... wild game like this can carry a species of trichinella which is NOT killed by freezing... everything else, a week or so at zero degrees or colder and you're good to go. A lot of folks are worried about this and that initially. When they see the overall improvements in their dog and the enjoyment the dog gets from eating a species-appropriate diet, the worries kinda fade away.

  31. QUESTION:
    Is it ok to feed a puppy raw dog food?
    I asked a friend about dog food for my new puppy and they suggested Bravo Raw food. Is this good for a maltese puppy? Is this better for a puppy than other brands, like Canidae or Innova?

    • ANSWER:
      Raw is fantastic if you do it properly! :)

      Here is a great resource:
      http://www.basaltcanyonkennels.com/Basalt_Canyon_Kennels/Raw_Diet_%26_Health.html

  32. QUESTION:
    Anyone know any good raw dog food recipes and raw treat recipes?
    I am looking for some raw dog food recipes to start feeding raw for only part of the time. Have any ideas? Any healthy raw treat ideas? Summer treat ideas?

    Thank you!
    What about fruites and veggies?
    I tried feeding raw once. It made one of my bullies sick...it was not a kind I made it was a store bought kind. I want to try it again very slowly because I believe it will be better in the long run. What about eggs? I have heard raw eggs are good for them as well.

    • ANSWER:
      It is something that should be researched thoroughly. For example, you don't want to feed too many organs or weight bearing bones. Also, to reach the maximum benefit, you should donate your bag of kibble. It doesn't benefit the dog to have both as they digest differently in the body.

      I serve my dog a whole chicken in the morning and in the evening I serve ground up meat-ground with the bones in it (whichever meat I have for that day, venison, lamb, etc) with pureed (from food processor) veggies and fruits mixed in. My dog prefers not to have the veggies, so if I don't serve it this way, he won't eat them.

      Many people say that veggies and fruits are not necessary, but some do and I feel better knowing he has them. Dogs are omnivores and in the wild will eat grass.

      I cook a box of brown rice once a week and I daily add 1/2 cup of it to his evening meal.

      I am giving you some links that can go into more detail about the diet. I wish you the best and thank you for feeding your dogs the healthiest diet!

      The links I have prepared for you are ones that I have researched myself as well as ones that were sent to me when I joined the yahoo group for rawfeeding. I would suggest signing up for it. It is free to register, they don't spam you and you can opt out at anytime. http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfe...

      Why I chose to feed my dog a raw food diet:

      I adopted my lab/pit mix at 1 year old. He had been a stray and was the most amazing dog I have ever met. It was love at first sight. When I brought him home, I fed him (quality) kibble. He had daily diarrhea, often several times a day. I felt horrible for him. We were at the vet twice in the first month for his bowel problems. My vet told me to feed Science Diet, Sensitive Stomach Formula. I knew that SD is crap food, but I was desperate to help my dog. It worked! Then I found out that not only is there no nutriton in SD, but they add stool hardeners! I was so mad. The food was only masking the problem.

      I knew there had to be a better way. I was heavily reading everything I could about canine nutrition. I had my dog tested for allergies. (dogs can be sensititve to something without being allergic) I changed food every few weeks trying to fnd something nutritious that wouldn't make his bowels expode.

      I started cooking boiled chicken and rice for him and only feeding him that because that was the only way he'd stop having diarrhea and I could actually know exactly what he was eating. There had to be a better way.

      I had heard of raw feeing but it sounded crazy to me. I mean, feeding your dog bones? That's insane! They could choke! Well, after careful research and consulting with my vet, I decided that I had tried everything else and this was worth a shot. It turns out raw bones are GOOD for them! They don't splinter like cooked bones. They clean the dogs teeth. This is what a dog's digestive system was meant to eat!

      Aside from the diarrhea, my dog suffered frequent ear infections, UTIs, and anal gland infections. He had gas, bad breath and the frequent diarrhea. All of that is now gone! He is so healthy and his immune system fights off everything on his own. There are no more monthly trips to the vet (so costly!) and he has so much energy.

      I always suggest everyone should at least look into raw feeding, even if their dog is already healthy. Keep him that way, right?

      My dog is almost 80lbs and he eats 2.5 lbs of raw a day. He gets half of a chicken in the morning and his evening meal varies including eggs, veggies, duck, venison, bison, beef, turkey, fish, organs, etc. He loves it! There is nothing more satisfying than hearing him crunch on those bones because I know it makes him so healthy and happy.

      Keep in mind, you have to be careful with bone/meat ratio (explained in links) and what kinds of raw you are feeding. (example, too many organs or weight bearing bones can be bad)

      Links:

      http://www.rawfed.com/
      http://www.rawlearning.com/
      http://rawfeddogs.net/
      http://www.rawmeatybones.com/ http://rawfed.com/myths/preymodel.html
      http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html

      I wish you the best and if I think of anything else, I will edit!

      I feed him a tablespoon of yogurt a day - I put plops of yogurt on a freezer safe Tupperware and stick it in the freezer. I give him one a day as a treat. I don't believe it is necessary, but he hasn't had any digestive problems since I've been doing it. It's used as a treat.

      Other treats I have used are raw baby carrots, sliced apples and green beans. I also puree liver, mix it 50/50 with water and put it into ice cube trays as a treat.

      I used to buy from www.omaspride.com but now I do it myself. It isn't terribly cheaper but for me it is more convenient to pick up stuiff for him at my weekly trips to the butcher shop, which sells only organic fed, free range meats and dairy products. Also consider making your own jerky (or purchasing) out of venison, chicken, duck, etc.

  33. QUESTION:
    How to part - time raw feed my two dogs?
    I'd like to incorparate some raw food into my dogs diet (they are Shih Tzus). I'll be switching to a different dog dry dog food soon but I'd also like to learn how to feed my dog raw as well as dry. Any ideas?
    I'm switching from EVO because they were sold to P&G makers of Iams who is known for animal abuse - definitely not something I want to be associated with.

    • ANSWER:
      I dont have any sort of a system set up

      but if I'm cooking and have raw meat available

      I'll give Murph some, instead of his kibble for example

      Never had any problems or issues...he eats both just fine....

  34. QUESTION:
    Why are dogs so hungry when they're switched to a RAW food diet?
    A while ago, I tried a raw food diet for my dog. Only thing was.... he was ALWAYS hungry while on it. I had heard that others had experienced the same thing. I switched my dog back to kibble but somehow it doesn't sit right. Kibble is so not natural.
    Anyway, yes my dog was getting enough food according to his appropriate weight and needs yet he was still very hungry.
    It's a ground diet, ground meaty bones, organs... and so on.

    • ANSWER:
      Hard to say with out knowing the full diet
      Maybe there was something missing in the balance?
      Maybe the adjustment: Eating less good food to get the same nutrition will leave him his stomach feeling a bit empty?
      Filler as mentioned above, useless bulk.

  35. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever used Nature's Variety Raw Dog Food? What do you think of it? How does your pet do on it?
    Are you're pets any healthier on the raw food than the dry? Do you feed it to your dogs or cats or both? Have any conditions or diseases they had gotten better? Did they like it? Any other info/input is welcome. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      It's a pretty good raw food, although it has some things mixed into it in the cat variety that are unnecessary. However, it's readily available and convenient to feed, and certainly much better than dry of any kind. Dry food, by necessity, has grains in it that can cause sensitivities in dogs and cats. Our pets fed dry are much more likely to have skin issues like excessive shedding, urinary tract issues, inflammatory bowel disorders or "sensitive" stomachs. They also become obese on dry food because the nutrition is so diluted with the grains. They aren't satiated by dry food, and eat, and eat, and eat. This may also increase the risk of diabetes, particularly in cats who as carnivores are more at risk for issues with carbohydrates.

  36. QUESTION:
    Where did this raw pet food trend start?
    For anyone that's read research from a reputable vet school, feeding raw food to a pet limits the nutrition they can take in. For instance, feeding a dog corn is useless but processed corn is like 95% digestible. For some reason, people think corn is bad or that cooking is better than buying food.

    Does anyone have an idea where this started?

    • ANSWER:
      It probably started with someone who wanted to sell raw pet food.

  37. QUESTION:
    How much raw food to feed my dog?
    Hi I have an one year American Husky( German Spitz) large size well actually compared to other dogs, it is a medium sized dog. Could you tell me how much raw food and which kind of raw food should i give to my dog? Could you even give a few examples of a total balanced raw diet

    • ANSWER:
      See my dog vomits when we fed him meat... so i mean raw meat is worst then cooked so I'm thinking only meat treats from the store because meat sometimes triggers sicknesses

  38. QUESTION:
    Is a raw food diet for my dog a good idea?
    I really want to start feeding my 4 month old golden retriever a raw food diet. But, my girlfriend said that the vet told her that it was a terrible idea. hard to believe because of all the good things I have heard about raw food diets for dogs. why would a vet be against something like a raw food diet?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all a vet is not always a qualified dietitian...after all they push science diet, one of the worst dog foods simply because of the kickback they get. What ever you decide to feed, do your research!

      Here's a few links of pros and cons...

      http://www.bestfriends.org/members/health/dognutr.htm
      http://www.dogguide.net/raw-diet-basics.php
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raw_feeding
      http://www.mountaindogfood.com/HealthCare/Salmonella.htm
      http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/?p=5315
      http://www.rawfeddogs.net/Recipes

      ADD>>> And just for additional info for the incorrect post below, vets go to school 4 years undergrad usually getting a degree in biology followed with 4 years vet school followed by post-medical school training in a specific area such as small animal medicine or large animal then sometimes a sub-specialized fellowship. They are not usually a nutritional specialist unless they specifically studied for that. Vets just like doctors recommend certain things like brands of drugs or foods for vets. They do this because they get a percentage of the costs not because they are the best to offer...they are adequate. As for dog foods, common sense dictates what is best to feed your animal based on the nutritional ingredients. Nutrition has come a long way in the last 10 years and you will get just as many vets to give you reasons to feed raw or specialty foods as ones that say Ole Roy is fine. If you feed your animal based on what it's requirements are and read labels you can make an educated choice on what is best for your animal. A vet isn't necessarily the one to ask....just as you wouldn't ask a GP what a specialist needs to tell you. Pretty much the entire medial profession...human and animal alike recommend based on profit, that does not make them unethical, they do this because it's smart business. Also, a general practitioner is not a specialist in a specific area of study so they aren't always the expert in every field. And one last thing...although I personally wouldn't feed RAW doesn't mean it is a fad...it's been studied for many years and has scientific research to back it up (although there is still pro's and con's just as there is to most anything). To me personally it is just a difficult diet to follow correctly and requires more time than I want to put into it.

  39. QUESTION:
    Who can provide actual scientific evidence that feeding raw food is better than kibble?
    I want to know if any of the raw food advocates can find actual scientific evidence from studies which proves that feeding a raw diet is better for dogs than feeding high-quality kibble? I'm asking for actual research studies with the information from reputable universities, etc.

    I don't want any hearsay. I want real, documented facts. If you can provide it, I'll stop telling people not to feed raw. But I'm still not feeding it to my dogs.
    This was in response to Jocelyn's question for evidence the other way around. I asked to make the point that there isn't any scientific evidence out there either way. The closest is what some of you pointed out, that it is no better or worse (by the way, for the one mentioning Wal-Mart food, I said HIGH-QUALITY kibble.)
    And I don't tell people who feed raw not to, I tell people who've been told "Feed raw!" that they should read both sides of the issue and provide a link to an anti-raw website, because I feel there are too many people on here saying raw is BEST with no evidence to back it up.

    IMHO, all we have is opinion and anecdotal evidence, and the cons make more sense to me than the pros. Also, my dog eats kibble (a good one that uses human-grade ingredients and wasn't recalled) and he has a shiny, healthy coat, white teeth, doesn't stink and poops little. Why would I switch to something that does the same thing but has a higher potential to make dogs sick or be prepared wrong?
    P.S. Jocelyn, the title is "Top CONTRIBUTOR" not "Top Expert." This is a title given to me by the Yahoo Answers program. I have never claimed to be an expert at anything.

    • ANSWER:
      Check with Cornell Unv. and their canine nutrition reports...several yrs ago now they did not feel any food on the market was good for a dog based on wild dog eating habits and lab results from testing....

  40. QUESTION:
    What are some raw meats, vegies etc I could feed my dogs (see details)?
    as a "treat" a few times a week to supplement their kibble?? I've heard alot about the "raw food dog diet" but no recipes to be found.. Also, I've heard raw eggs are good for dogs and then that it causes a vitamin deficiency....???

    • ANSWER:
      I feed a raw diet to my dogs. I dont "partially" cook anything with them. They've been on this for 2 years and have never been healthier. I think the dogs that get violently ill from this have another underlying problem or have possibly been fed rancid meat. The raw I feed my dogs is human grade USDA inspected. I dont feed veggies...as dogs cannot process veggies like humans can. A dogs' system is the same as a wolf...contrary to popular belief domesticating dogs has not changed their system. We've only been feeding kibble for the past 50 years or so...dogs did fine on "table scraps" before that...and wolves on a raw diet before that. How can a system COMPLETELY change in 50 years?? Dogs eat meat and bones...and the intestines of the prey (which contain already processed veggies and grains). I feed my dogs turkey, chicken, beef, buffalo, ostrich, llama, kangaroo, tripe, organs, etc. It doesnt necessarily have to be a "recipe". If that's too much for you to change over for now (as it is for a lot of people) I'd supplement it with kibble if you'd like. Also, eggs are fine for the dogs...shell and all. Anyway, I'm prepared to get slammed for this...and as I always say...it's my humble opinion, and its worth what you pay for it.

  41. QUESTION:
    Is a raw food diet the key to absolute health?
    I'm always thinking about the idea of "absolute health"...there has to be some diet out there that is the best possible diet for a human...we have dog food figured out; the same food every day and they get all they need! Why isn't there "human food"?

    So, I wonder if raw food is the most natural and healthy way to eat. It sounds good on paper, but what do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi! Allow me to share with you my experience with "going raw"...
      I also think about what is IDEAL when it comes to health and nutrition, too. My curiosity and research led me to where I am now.
      I became a vegetarian initially because it really does NOT seem very natural to me to eat meat or animal products. Read this article by Milton Mills and really think about some of the reasons he gives.:
      http://www.all-creatures.org/mhvs/nl-2003-wi-meat.html
      My husband and spent all night talking about those exact things one night right before we made the decision to go veg. We had already gotten rid of a lot of chemicals from our lives and were trying to get a little closer to how we felt Nature intended us to treat our bodies; after really thinking about whether we're naturally suited to eat animal products we thought going veg made sense.
      I spent a lot of time reading different sites and browsing recipe books at the bookstore the first few months. I kept seeing stuff about "raw vegans" and I was really drawn to the idea of raw food. I kept buying raw recipe books and reading about all the experiences of people who have gone raw. It really did sound too good to be true! Again, though, it made sense to me. It just doesn't seem like Nature would intend for us to cook most of our food. I really respect the incredibly complex way that Nature manages to make everything work together so perfectly and I believe that (most)food in its natural state is perfect. Cooking it and adding chemicals to it...it all makes it not perfect anymore. We see this when we boil food and it loses so much of its nutrients to the water or when we heat food and it loses all the enzymes that Nature had to have put there for a reason. I read SO much stuff about raw foods before actually giving it a try. Honestly, I didn't think I could do it. But little things kept gnawing at me, like all the bizarre and elaborate recipes you could do with raw foods (not the most natural way to eat, but the next best thing - some of the recipes just looked so FUN) and things like photos of blood after eating raw food and then after eating cooked food (white blood cells en masse as if our bodies attack cooked food like it was poison!) and all the descriptions from raw foodists about how they GLOWED and had all this energy and were becoming more beautiful and more healthy every day. I was too intrigued and had to give it a shot.
      I went completely raw right away and stayed that way for about a month. Within the first week I noticed a big change in my overall attitude and energy level. People were commenting on what a good mood I was in. By the end of the month I was seeing that GLOW other raw foodists talked about and my husband even said my eyes sparkled. I felt fantastic. My food was digesting better than ever (I never really thought about digestion until I did it RIGHT and noticed the difference) and I had a whole new appreciation for the tastes and textures of food on a different level. I would say the whole experience touched me on several levels. Do you ever have experiences that just click with you as "right"? So, of course I stayed 100% raw, right? No! Can you believe it? The fact is, it was a lot of work the way I was doing it. I like to prepare complex meals and so I was doing a lot of recipes that involved blending and dehydrating and there were a lot of experiments that turned out awful. I travel a good deal and just didn't prepare as much as I should; eating at restaurants gets old when there's really nothing but salads for you on the menu. My husband was really losing patience with the food I was preparing, too. And we DO get addicted to certain kinds of foods: comfort foods, snacks like popcorn at the movies, real cookies, nice, hot soups. You don't realize how we associate so many different foods with different things in our lives until you do something drastic like go completely raw. Anyway, it got to be a lot of work and wasn't as satisfying as I'd like for me on an emotional level. I started eating soaked and cooked beans more and more often and eventually I found excuses to add more cooked food to my diet until I got to where I am now, which is about 50-75% raw depending on the day. I am a little disappointed in myself because I like to think I can do anything I put my mind to and I KNOW in my heart that raw foods CAN do amazing things for our bodies and health if we consistently make them a large part of our diet. I am going through an especially busy time in my life right now and I keep telling myself that when things calm down a bit I'm going to be better and smarter about my diet. I wish I could have stuck with it all the way, but, alas, no one is perfect. We can try to be, though, and I think a raw diet is a pretty good thing to aim for.

  42. QUESTION:
    What should you know about the BARF diet for dogs before you begin using it?
    I've been thinking about switching Judge to the BARF diet after he's through with his bag of dog food. Is it cheaper than buying Innova? How much time does it take to make raw food? How do you switch a dog off dry food and into raw? Any other info is helpful. Thanks a lot!

    • ANSWER:
      As far as cost, I don't know how much it is from-scratch. When I feed raw, I use Nature's Variety raw medallions, which cost about for 3 pounds. - http://www.naturesvariety.com/content.lasso?page=1483

      It takes some reserach to feed the correct ratio of meat/organs/bones and to feed the correct amount of food per your dog's body weight. Here are some helpful links for researching raw & BARF:
      BARF: http://www.barfworld.com
      Prey-model raw:
      http://www.dogster.com/forums/Raw_Food_Diet/thread/431875

      I feed my dog partial raw and partial kibble (in separate meals, as I've heard they digest at different rates and the raw bacteria feeds on grain in kibbles and can cause problems).

      I started off feeding 1/4 of the recommending feeding for raw medallions for her first meal, than 3/4 of the recommending feeding in her second meal. Then went to half and half after about a week or so. But some people do it cold-turkey (be prepared for runny stools for a few days though if you do the cold-turkey switch).
      .

  43. QUESTION:
    is it good to buy the pre made dog food raw like?
    like instinct raw food ,primal,Bravo... if yes which one is better?
    also if i buy this one its Quiet expensive for me..so can any one tell me how can i get the raw food for my dogs...where can i get it? how to make it properly for my dogs toe at?
    but where can i get the raw food to my dogs what sthe best store to get it?
    what should i get it for them?

    • ANSWER:
      No,it's a foolish waste of money.

  44. QUESTION:
    What Raw Meats Should I Feed My Dog With Food Allergies?
    I am going to start my dog on a raw food diet and was wondering what to feed him? He has food allergies so I know chicken is a no. What about turkey and duck? And are there any other meats he would likely be allergic too? A list of meats I COULD feed him would be helpful. He is a 9 year old 35lb beagle. The food allergies give him skin irritations and itches non stop.

    • ANSWER:
      Keep in mind that may dogs who are allergic to cooked chicken are not allergic to raw chickens. Same with any other protein.

      We feed chicken, turkey, cornish game hens, duck, pork, beef, lamb, sheep, goat, llama, guinea pig (not pigs who were bred to be pets), rabbit, oily fish (sardines, mackerel, anchovies, herring), and all wild game except for wild boar and bear.

      A GREAT site for learning how to feed raw is preymodelraw.com. It has a getting started guide, success stories, tips, etc. A great forum where any questions can be asked and quickly answer by extremely knowledgeable people is dogfoodchat.com. When I started feeding raw these two sites were a lifesaver. There are all sorts of questions and the folks here are very knowledgeable and many of them have been feeding raw for decades. There are pet owners, Search and Rescue dog owners, Service Dog owners, therapy dog owners, dog sport owners, herding dog owners, breeders, and more here who have tons of experience. May folks end up there BECAUSE they had a dog with food allergies and we have helped them figure out what proteins work best for their dogs.

      It's a great site. Give it a read and ask any questions you have.

      ETA: Kayoh, the pork industry in the US is pretty safe. We feed a lot of pork here. The parasites you want to watch out for are found in wild boar but not domestic livestock as it is carefully monitored. And the skins are not bad for a dog either. You don't want to feed a dog a meal full of skin but feeding chicken or turkey or whatever with the skin left on isn't going to harm your dog. Dogs NEED fat in their diets. Dogs without fat in their diets tend to experience some hair loss and get itchy. Adding a bit more fat to their diets can reverse that. I stay away from ground only because there are no teeth cleaning benefits. Many people feed only ground, especially for people withdogs who might not have many or any teeth like older dogs, hairless dogs, or rescues.

      There are lots of little do's and don'ts in raw feeding but they are easy to learn and easy to remember. All of the little things I panicked over in the beginning soon became second nature.

  45. QUESTION:
    Does anyone make their pets food?
    I have been reading alot about a raw food diet for dogs. I don't want to feed my dogs commercial pet food any more. I think it is not very good for them. Does anyone feed their dogs homemade dog food. If so, what, how much and what is the recipe. Any good resource on the subject. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      (First, it's "a lot", not "alot". Two words, not one ;-) )

      Before you decide to take your dogs off commercial pet food "cold turkey", remember that these foods have been formulated to provide your dog with specific nutrients. For example, dogs require these amino acids:

      * arginine
      * histidine
      * isoleucine
      * leucine
      * lysine
      * methionine
      * phenylalanine
      * threonine
      * tryptophan
      * valine

      They also require:

      Macro-minerals

      * Calcium (Ca)
      * Phosphorus (P)
      * Sodium (Na)
      * Chloride (Cl)
      * Potassium (K)
      * Magnesium (Mg)

      and micro-minerals:

      * Iron (Fe)
      * Zinc (Zn)
      * Copper (Cu)
      * Manganese (Mn)
      * Selenium (Se)
      * Iodine (I)

      Deficiencies in any of these can cause a number of health problems, or even death.

      If you can ensure making homemade food with the correct proportions of these essential nutrients - more power to you; however, most peoples' homes aren't equipped with the instruments necessary to measure these.

      You're better off feeding your dogs the commercially available kibble that's been formulated and tested to conform to known and proven standards of canine nutrition.

  46. QUESTION:
    What food is best for dogs, commercial, Barf diet or home made?
    Im preparing myself for when I get a new dog next year and heard commercial isn't good for dogs because it contains 4% meat the rest is crap and way too much water.

    Everywhere says the barf diet is the best then other sites say raw food isn't good for dogs, which brings me to home made. A lot of the recipes sound good but all of them contain vegetables. How do you get dogs to eat them? my last one would starve herself before touching cooked or raw veg.

    • ANSWER:
      I feed a prey model raw diet. Meat, edible bone, and organs. No veggies, unless one of the kids drops them on the floor.

      http://www.dogster.com/forums/Raw_Food_Diet

      Dogs don't need veggies, and in order for them to get anything out of them they have to be pureed. To much work for to little benefit. They get everything they need from meat/bone/organs.

  47. QUESTION:
    How do I get my cat off dry food and on to raw food?
    My cat has chronic UTI problems and I think it is because of the dry Iams food she is addicted to. Sometomes she will eat a little canned Iams but not often enough to make her well. I hoe I can reverse her condition by changing her diet. I want to get her off the Iams completely and on to a raw food diet. How do I do this? How can I get her to eat the raw food? Where and what raw food should I get and how should she be fed? how often and how much? Should I give her other foods in addition to the raw meat?

    Female cat, 8 years old. Medium sized.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there... I want to apologize in advance for the length of this answer. I just have a lot of info to share with you and I don't want to miss anything. : )

      I too have a male cat with a similar condition. However his UTI's led us to finding a Kidney Stone and he had to have surgery to have it removed. :( The poor thing. Being a male it's pretty rare from them to actually develop a stone. Usually they blow the stone/grain into their urethra and it blocks. But he didn’t. And from the looks and size of the stone, Doc is 100% convinced it’s been in there for years and years. :( Phat Boy didn’t show symptoms though so we didn’t know until I caught him straining. I tell you all that so you know that I understand your situation with switching foods. Been there… done that. And it is the best thing you can do for her. Just also understand though that recent studies have shown diet to not be the cause of FLUTD/FUS. However you can make some changes that can help your cat for the better.

      As for making homemade Cat food… it can be a huge ordeal and you could do more damage to your cat by feeding it an improperly prepared home meal. Especially a Cat that already has issues. Cats have very delicate dietary needs that must be researched thoroughly before feeding a RAW diet. There are NO “simple” homemade cat food recipes that work long term. I am not against RAW / BARF Diets for cats… I have tried it. I do know what is involved. It can be wonderful, but it can also be disastrous for your cat if you don’t know what you’re doing. Also know that Dog and Cat RAW diets are completely different. You will see that in your research. Be careful if you choose RAW, and know what you are getting into before you do it. If you feel you MUST go RAW, I recommend you start here http://www.catnutrition.org/. It’s a wonderful site with a lot of great information and recipes. Plan on spending a lot of time reading about this. No one here is going to give you the “simple” Answer to a RAW / BARF Diet for your cats.

      With that said, my advice to you is this... find a good high quality Human Grade Healthy, Holistic or Organic manufactured food instead.

      Put her on a high quality human Grade Healthy, Holistic or Organic canned only diet of 5.5 ounces of wet food split up into three feedings or more a day. I know you say she won’t eat canned… but if you take away the dry she will be more apt to eat what you offer. Also try warming it in the microwave for a few seconds to make t smell yummy to her. If even after she boycotts you and starves for two days… go back to dry. Some cats just won’t eat wet food.

      Let me give you a run down about foods…

      It's time for pet owners to wake up and take responsibility for what they feed their animals and quit trusting what those great big money hungry companies tell you. Research for yourself, learn, read the ingredients and make an informed decision for the health and safety of your beloved pet.

      With the recall, wheat gluten is the big suspect in cat food that everyone is trying to avoid, and it SHOULD be avoided. It should have been avoided all along. It’s nothing more than a cheap protein source used as a binding agent by pet food companies.

      Corn should always be avoided as well. It’s a huge filler worth NOTHING. Corn as an ingredient in cat food is a joke. Ever seen a cat chewing on a corn cob in a field? No, you haven’t.

      Cats, despite thousands of years of domestication, remain strictly carnivorous. True and honest meat eaters and that is what they need most. Protein from meat!

      As you search for your new pet food, be aware that there are three Categories of Pet Foods:

      -"Grocery store" foods – (Generic Brands and cheap name brands) Those foods found in grocery stores and mass-market retailers are made with lower-quality, less-digestible, inexpensive ingredients and are therefore a cheaper alternative. While easy on the pocketbook, "grocery store" foods normally do not provide your cat with the healthiest, most nutrient-dense ingredients.

      -Premium foods – (Iams/Eukanuba, Purina One, Hills Science Diet, Nutro and such) Foods often found in grocery stores, pet stores, and veterinarian offices that contain higher-grade ingredients, but still include many elements of "grocery store" food, such as artificial colors, artificial flavors, chemical preservatives, and "filler" ingredients such as corn and wheat products, by-products and even animal digest. Yuck! Premium foods are usually more expensive than "grocery store" foods because their ingredients are sometimes of a higher quality, and are therefore somewhat more beneficial and digestible. But don’t be fooled, some of those same so called Premium brands are sometimes worse than grocery store foods, but they charge prices like they are better. They aren’t!

      -Healthy foods – (Wellness, Eagle Pack, Drs Foster and Smith) The newest addition to the pet food market - provide pets with the highest quality, healthiest, and most nutritious ingredients. They are typically available for purchase online or direct from the manufacturer. Some better retailers are starting to carry them now. Complete Petmart carries a few healthy brand foods. Foods in the Healthy class - contain nutrient-rich ingredients. Formulated to provide optimum health benefits for pets, these foods often use real meat as the primary protein source, carbohydrate-rich whole grains like brown rice and barley and whole, fresh fruits and vegetables. They should not contain artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors. They will almost always be fortified with additional vitamins and minerals, and will use the best natural sources for fatty acids to help build healthy skin and a beautiful coat. Because healthy foods use high quality ingredients, you should expect to pay a little more than you would for other types of pet food. Remember, though, with healthy foods you can feed less since healthy foods are more nutrient-dense than other types of food so it often evens out or cost’s les than feeding foods filled with cheap non-nutritional by-products fillers.

      With all that information in mind, when you are choosing a new cat food, study the ingredients. All ingredients on pet food labels are listed by weight. Meaning whatever ingredients are listed first on the list, there is more in there. The first ingredients listed should be whole meat ingredients, protein sources, such as Chicken or Turkey. NOT just the word “meat”! Who the heck knows what that is? The word Chicken Meal is ok, but it should be a secondary ingredient, not first. Meal is the meat dehydrated and ground into a powder.

      The ingredients also should NOT include any by-products or animal digest whatsoever. Those are disgusting left over animal parts that are scraped off the filthy floors of meat and poultry plants. They should just go into the trash but they put them into pet food instead. EW!!!!

      Also make sure there are no artificial colors or flavors. And make sure there is no BHA and BHT used preservatives. These preservatives have been shown to cause cancer in both cats and dogs. Bad Bad stuff and it’s in almost every cat treat on the market. :(

      So, in summery of the ingredients… if you see the words by-products, Animal Digest, the word “meat” alone, Corn, Corn Gluten, Wheat Gluten, or BHA or BHT… stop reading, put down that bag and move on to the next.

      Be aware that when switching to a Healthy, Holistic or Organic food, you will pay for what you get. Good foods are not cheap. They are pricey and will cost you on a per bag basis much more. Just like steak costs more than hotdogs. But again, you will be feeding a better food and improving the over all health of your pet. Which in turn leads to less vet visits for illness now and more importantly later in life in their Geriatric years. You will also feed less of this food on a per animal basis because a smaller amount of food contains what your cat needs. Overall healthy foods are well worth it, if only for the piece of mind that the ingredients are safer.

      What are some good foods I recommend? I feed my cats Drs. Foster and Smith Holistic Adult Lite Dry cat food along with a mix of Wellness Dry. I also feed Merrick Canned.

      I purchase Drs. Foster and Smith online and have it automatically delivered to my door so I never run out and never have to go get it. It’s one of the best foods on the market and has no “fillers” in it. It is also very reasonably priced compared to other holistic foods. And when you’re feeding as many cats as I am, price is as important as ingredients. If you can't afford it, you can't feed it. So buy the highest quality you can and feel good that you are doing the absolute best you can for your pet.

      If you want to buy in a store, Complete Petmart is a good store and carries quite a few natural, organic, and holistic blends. Also check with your local feed stores. Old Mother Hubbard Wellness Brand is a great holistic food I feed. As is Eagle Pack Dry Cat food. Merrick canned is also a great source of nutrition and they will be coming out with a dry line this summer.

      I highly recommend people take the time to research for themselves, but the information I have given should get you off to a good start. Good luck choosing a new food for your cats!

      Side note… Please don’t feed Iams / Eukanuba. It’s ALL fillers, byproducts, animal digest and CRAP. Read the ingredients! There is nothing good for your cat in that food. Not to mention they conduct the most appalling animal testing you have ever seen. http://www.iamscruelty.com to see the terror they create.

      Drs. F&S Food Link - http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/NavResults.cfm?N=2002+6000

      Wellness Food Link - http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/wellness/cat_index.html

      Eagle Pack Holistic Select - http://www.eaglepack.com/Pages/HS_Home.html

      Merrick Foods: http://www.merrickpetcare.com/

      ****DO NOT FEED IAMS!**** http://www.iamscruelty.com

      *************************************

      Ok, so now you’re on your way to choosing a better food. Your key thing because of your cats UTI issues is to get her onto a low ash, low magnesium diet. The lower the better on both of those percents.

      You also want to encourage her water intake. Purchase a pet fountain. I bought a drinkwell from Drs Foster and Smith for my cats and they love it. http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Product/Prod_Display.cfm?pcatid=1783 And give her only Distilled water. Many vets believe that the quality, or lack there of, in tap water leads to URI’s. Giving distilled water will not add any uneeded minerals to her system. And it will help clean her out just like it does for humans.

      I hope that my suggestions help you help your kitty. UTI’s can be so frustrating. And sometimes… not matter what you do they still persist because of the cats body and how it reacts to things. I wish you luck in helping your kitty ward off the UTI’s!

  48. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog food for my dog and puppy?
    I have a 3 yr old lab-terrior mix, and a 13 week old dachshund beagle mix. I have been feeding them purina dog-puppy chow, but both are picky so I'm looking to change their diet. My grandma had recommended that I feed them raw foods but I want to keep them on the dry food. So my question is; what other dog food brands do you think is best for Duke & Dixie?

    • ANSWER:
      There's a dog food called Taste of the Wild. It's a great option because it's all stages so you could feed the same food to both of your dogs and it's a very high quality food. Most dogs love this food as well, even if they are picky. Try to find a local pet store that carries it and ask for a sample to try it out.


raw food dog

Homemade Pet Food Recipes

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Where can I get pet food recipes for my shih tzu?
    I am looking for homemade recipes for my shih tzu. I will only make her food because I lost a pet from the pet food recall,and I am just too scared to feed her commercial food. What type of fiber would I add to say roast beef and mash potatoes and carrots. Or ground meat with carrots and rice. Thank You in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m so very sorry that you lost your pet due to the contaminated food. Such a sorrowful loss! Abundant condolences to you!!!!

      I COMPLETELY understand your fear in feeding your shih tzu commercial food. I have always fed my dogs and cats Hills Science Diet. When I my career was in veterinarian medicine, we had a client that fed his a homemade recipe. He had MANY dogs since he trained for frisbee competition and he delighted the patrons at many major football & baseball events. If you want I will contact him for the recipe. His dogs and cats health were phenomenal! We ONLY saw them for spay/neuters and yearly exams including vaccinations. So you know that he was definitely feeding them correctly!

      There are vitamins and minerals that you MUST add to the recipe! They CANNOT live healthy on plain people food alone. I’m going to give you a list of web sites for now. As I said, if you want “The Famous Frisbee Dog Owners” recipe you may email me.

      Hill’s Science Diet has many Homemade Diets . . . I have FULL trust in them! The only ones which I have are for special needs. You could contact them at:
      http://www.hillspet.com/hillspet/utilities/selectLanguage.hjsp

      http://www.topsellingpetsupplies.com/search.aspx?keywords=science%20diet&ovraw=Hill's%20Science%20Diet&ovkey=hills%20science%20diet&ovmtc=standard&ovadid=12258766511&ovkwid=88657778511

      I HAVE NEVER USED THESE, SO I AM NOT ENDORSING THEM!
      http://www.cesarmillaninc.com/
      http://vetmedicine.about.com/cs/nutritionrecipe/index.htm?iam=dpile&terms=dog+food+recipes
      http://dog.justanswer.com/
      http://www.cooksrecipes.com/category/pet-recipes.html
      http://www.recipesource.com/misc/pet-food/dog/

      Best wishes, Deb

  2. QUESTION:
    What are good homemade dog food recipes?
    I am tired of the stupid pet food recalls, I want to make my own.

    • ANSWER:
      Consider a healthy raw diet. My dogs love it. It only takes me a couple hours each month to put together a month's worth of meals for my two large labs. Cost factor? I was able to cut my dog food bill in HALF after switching to raw. My dogs have never been happier or healthier.

      There is another diet option other than dog food. Some people choose to feed a raw diet. This involves feeding the dog raw meaty bones and organ meat. However it is not as simple as throwing a couple chicken bones in a bowl everyday. If you wish to feed this type of diet, do lots and lots of research first. Switching to this diet without knowing what your doing can lead to nutritional problems for your dog. I'll give you some links as a starting point in research if you are interested in this type of diet.

      http://www.willowglen.com/barf.htm.........

      http://www.bestfrisbeedogs.com/diets.htm...

      http://www.rawlearning.com/rawfaq.html.....

      http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html.....

      http://www.rawdogranch.com

      What's Really In Pet Food
      http://www.api4animals.org/facts?p=359&m...

  3. QUESTION:
    Homemade pet food recipes?
    With all the problems about pet food recall and now China denying that they imported to us. I want some good recipes for two small dogs. I've just been feeding them hamburg, rice,peas and carrots. I think they want a change.

    • ANSWER:
      Pet Biscuits:

      1 hour 30 min prep
      15 servings
      24-36 biscuits(depends on size)

      1 cup ground turkey or ground chicken
      2 cups white flour
      1 cup cornmeal
      1 egg
      3 tablespoons oil
      3/4 cup water
      2 teaspoons tarragon

      1. heat oven to 375* Grease cookie sheets.
      2. Cook turkey and crumble into bowl with wet ingredients.
      3. Mix dry ingredients into separate bowl.
      4. Add the dry to the wet and mix thoroughly.
      5. Turn out on floured surface and roll to 1/2 inch thick.
      6. Cut with bone cutters or what ever cutters you want.
      7. Place on cookie sheets; bake about 15-20 minutes.
      8. Cool on racks.
      9. Store covered in refrigerator.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are some good homemade recipes to cook dogs and cats?
    I think that it costs too much to buy dog and cat food all the time and after that dog food recall i dont really trust some dog food brands so i want to make homemade food. Could you tell me some good recipes or even better, show me a website for dog and cat food recipes.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there...yeah, I hear you on the cost of quality natural dog foods out there! I'm not sure how much money you will save by preparing your dogs meals at home but I suppose it is possible to buy in bulk and save some money if you do it smart!

      These links will take you to pages with tons of homemade dog food recipes, including treats and much more.

      Here's a link in case you are curious about feeding a raw dog food diet - http://www.organic-pet-digest.com/raw-natural-dog-food.html#recipes

      Here's a link to the general recipes page - http://www.organic-pet-digest.com/homemade-dog-food-recipes.html

      All of the recipes are recommended and vet approved for health and safety. There are also recipes submitted from people all over the world!

      Best!

  5. QUESTION:
    Does anyone make their pets food?
    I have been reading alot about a raw food diet for dogs. I don't want to feed my dogs commercial pet food any more. I think it is not very good for them. Does anyone feed their dogs homemade dog food. If so, what, how much and what is the recipe. Any good resource on the subject. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      (First, it's "a lot", not "alot". Two words, not one ;-) )

      Before you decide to take your dogs off commercial pet food "cold turkey", remember that these foods have been formulated to provide your dog with specific nutrients. For example, dogs require these amino acids:

      * arginine
      * histidine
      * isoleucine
      * leucine
      * lysine
      * methionine
      * phenylalanine
      * threonine
      * tryptophan
      * valine

      They also require:

      Macro-minerals

      * Calcium (Ca)
      * Phosphorus (P)
      * Sodium (Na)
      * Chloride (Cl)
      * Potassium (K)
      * Magnesium (Mg)

      and micro-minerals:

      * Iron (Fe)
      * Zinc (Zn)
      * Copper (Cu)
      * Manganese (Mn)
      * Selenium (Se)
      * Iodine (I)

      Deficiencies in any of these can cause a number of health problems, or even death.

      If you can ensure making homemade food with the correct proportions of these essential nutrients - more power to you; however, most peoples' homes aren't equipped with the instruments necessary to measure these.

      You're better off feeding your dogs the commercially available kibble that's been formulated and tested to conform to known and proven standards of canine nutrition.

  6. QUESTION:
    How can i make my own dog food- and save $ doing it?
    I have a 55 lb Flat Coated Retriever (black lab type dog). I really would like to make homemade dog food for her to save some money and to get her away from eating commercial dog food.
    Do you have any links to dog food recipes, any tips, do you make your own dog food, etc...
    I don't have a large freezer to store things in, but I was thinking about it and I Really want to try making her dog food.

    Let me know if you can help me out with it!

    • ANSWER:
      yes!
      Here is a website that will give you recipes for dog food:
      http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/cairnterrier.htm

      I personally love to make my dog treats! They are great for training, and they break easily into pieces for smaller dogs!

      Dog treat:
      Ground up dog food. half a cup
      Crumble in vegetables like carrots and celery. one fourth cup
      add a small amount of flour
      add milk or water, whatever you like best
      also add a small amount of peanut butter for color and taste
      mix and combine until you have a gooey substance, but on
      the wetter side.
      Roll out and use small cookie cutters to cut out the dog treats.
      Put them in the oven at 350 degrees and bake for awhile, until they look about done. Let them sit, because they will harden later.

      Dog food recipes:
      http://www.i-love-dogs.com/dog-food-recipes.html
      http://www.recipesource.com/misc/pet-food/dog/

      I hope that I helped!

  7. QUESTION:
    How to make homemade dry dog food?
    I have search online for some recipes but I haven't found any that I like. I would like a simple homemade dry dog food recipe, hopefully using what I have in my kitchen.
    Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Due to the recent pet food recalls, many pet owners are deciding to make their own pet food at home. This method ensures that the ingredients that you are putting into your animal’s food are safe and healthy. A simple pet food recipe is dry dog food morsels.

      Step 1-Start by taking the yeast and dissolving it in 1 cup of warm water.

      Step 2-Mix all the ingredients together once the yeast has dissolved. Knead the ingredients until a thick paste is formed. You may need to add extra water to the mixture.

      Step 3-Allow the dough to sit for at least 30 minutes once the paste is formed. This will permit enough time for the yeast to rise.

      Step 4-Roll the dough out on a generously floured surface using a rolling pin. The dough should not be overly thick once you have finished. Proceed to cut the dough into bite-sized square morsels using a small knife.

      Step 5-Place the squares on a large baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes. Allow the morsels to cool down and then serve to your dog. Feel free to store any leftovers and use for the next feeding.

  8. QUESTION:
    What have you done to replace cat food since the recall?
    Have your tried homemade cat foods? Or have you tried different brands?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there... Making homemade Cat food can be a huge ordeal and you could do more damage to your cat by feeding it an improperly prepared home meal. Cats have very delicate dietary needs that must be researched thoroughly before feeding a RAW diet. There are NO “simple” homemade cat food recipes that work long term. I am not against RAW / BARF Diets for cats… I have tried it. I do know what is involved. It can be wonderful, but it can also be disastrous for your cat if you don’t know what your doing. Also know that Dog and Cat RAW diets are completely different. You will see that in your research. Be careful if you choose RAW, and know what you are getting into before you do it. If you feel you MUST go RAW, I recommend you start here http://www.catnutrition.org/. It’s a wonderful site with a lot of great information and recipes. Plan on spending a lot of time reading about this. No one here is going to give you the “simple” Answer to a RAW / BARF Diet for your cats.

      With that said, my advice to you is this... find a good high quality Human Grade Healthy, Holistic or Organic manufactured food instead.

      It's time for pet owners to wake up and take responsibility for what they feed their animals and quit trusting what those great big money hungry companies tell you. Research for yourself, learn, read the ingredients and make an informed decision for the health and safety of your beloved pet.

      With the recall, wheat gluten is the big suspect in cat food that everyone is trying to avoid, and it SHOULD be avoided. It should have been avoided all along. It’s nothing more than a cheap protein source used as a binding agent by pet food companies.

      Corn should always be avoided as well. It’s a huge filler worth NOTHING. Corn as an ingredient in cat food is a joke. Ever seen a cat chewing on a corn cob in a field? No, you haven’t.

      Cats, despite thousands of years of domestication, remain strictly carnivorous. True and honest meat eaters and that is what they need most. Protein from meat!

      As you search for your new pet food, be aware that there are three Categories of Pet Foods:

      -"Grocery store" foods – (Generic Brands and cheap name brands) Those foods found in grocery stores and mass-market retailers are made with lower-quality, less-digestible, inexpensive ingredients and are therefore a cheaper alternative. While easy on the pocketbook, "grocery store" foods normally do not provide your cat with the healthiest, most nutrient-dense ingredients.

      -Premium foods – (Iams/Eukanuba, Purina One, Hills Science Diet, Nutro and such) Foods often found in grocery stores, pet stores, and veterinarian offices that contain higher-grade ingredients, but still include many elements of "grocery store" food, such as artificial colors, artificial flavors, chemical preservatives, and "filler" ingredients such as corn and wheat products, by-products and even animal digest. Yuck! Premium foods are usually more expensive than "grocery store" foods because their ingredients are sometimes of a higher quality, and are therefore somewhat more beneficial and digestible. But don’t be fooled, some of those same so called Premium brands are sometimes worse than grocery store foods, but they charge prices like they are better. They aren’t!

      -Healthy foods – (Wellness, Eagle Pack, Drs Foster and Smith) The newest addition to the pet food market - provide pets with the highest quality, healthiest, and most nutritious ingredients. They are typically available for purchase online or direct from the manufacturer. Some better retailers are starting to carry them now. Complete Petmart carries a few healthy brand foods. Foods in the Healthy class - contain nutrient-rich ingredients. Formulated to provide optimum health benefits for pets, these foods often use real meat as the primary protein source, carbohydrate-rich whole grains like brown rice and barley and whole, fresh fruits and vegetables. They should not contain artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors. They will almost always be fortified with additional vitamins and minerals, and will use the best natural sources for fatty acids to help build healthy skin and a beautiful coat. Because healthy foods use high quality ingredients, you should expect to pay a little more than you would for other types of pet food. Remember, though, with healthy foods you can feed less since healthy foods are more nutrient-dense than other types of food so it often evens out or cost’s les than feeding foods filled with cheap non-nutritional by-products fillers.

      With all that information in mind, when you are choosing a new cat food, study the ingredients. All ingredients on pet food labels are listed by weight. Meaning whatever ingredients are listed first on the list, there is more in there. The first ingredients listed should be whole meat ingredients, protein sources, such as Chicken or Turkey. NOT just the word “meat”! Who the heck knows what that is? The word Chicken Meal is ok, but it should be a secondary ingredient, not first. Meal is the meat dehydrated and ground into a powder.

      The ingredients also should NOT include any by-products or animal digest whatsoever. Those are disgusting left over animal parts that are scraped off the filthy floors of meat and poultry plants. They should just go into the trash but they put them into pet food instead. EW!!!!

      Also make sure there are no artificial colors or flavors. And make sure there is no BHA and BHT used preservatives. These preservatives have been shown to cause cancer in both cats and dogs. Bad Bad stuff and it’s in almost every cat treat on the market. :(

      So, in summery of the ingredients… if you see the words by-products, Animal Digest, the word “meat” alone, Corn, Corn Gluten, Wheat Gluten, or BHA or BHT… stop reading and put down that bag.

      Be aware that when switching to a Healthy, Holistic or Organic food, you will pay for what you get. Good foods are not cheap. They are pricey and will cost you on a per bag basis much more. Just like steak costs more than hotdogs. But again, you will be feeding a better food and improving the over all health of your pet. Which in turn leads to less vet visits for illness now and more importantly later in life in their Geriatric years. You will also feed less of this food on a per animal basis because a smaller amount of food contains what your cat needs. Overall healthy foods are well worth it, if only for the piece of mind that the ingredients are safer.

      What are some good foods I recommend? I feed my cats Drs. Foster and Smith Holistic Adult Lite Dry cat food along with a mix of Wellness Dry. I also feed Merrick Canned.

      I purchase Drs. Foster and Smith online and have it automatically delivered to my door so I never run out and never have to go get it. It’s one of the best foods on the market and has no “fillers” in it. It is also very reasonably priced compared to other holistic foods. And when you’re feeding as many cats as I am, price is as important as ingredients. If you can't afford it, you can't feed it. So buy the highest quality you can and feel good that you are doing the absolute best you can for your pet.

      If you want to buy in a store, Complete Petmart is a good store and carries quite a few natural, organic, and holistic blends. Also check with your local feed stores. Old Mother Hubbard Wellness Brand is a great holistic food I feed. As is Eagle Pack Dry Cat food. Merrick canned is also a great source of nutrition and they will be coming out with a dry line this summer. Some brands, not all, of Nutro cat food are semi-ok if you want to spend less money, however I personally would never chose their food for nutritional value.

      I highly recommend people take the time to research for themselves, but the information I have given should get you off to a good start. Good luck choosing a new food for your cats!

      Side note… Please don’t feed Iams / Eukanuba. It’s ALL fillers, byproducts, animal digest and CRAP. Read the ingredients! There is nothing good for your cat in that food. Not to mention they conduct the most appalling animal testing you have ever seen. http://www.iamscruelty.com to see the terror they create.

      Drs. F&S Food Link - http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/NavResults.cfm?N=2002+6000

      Wellness Food Link - http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/wellness/cat_index.html

      Eagle Pack Holistic Select - http://www.eaglepack.com/Pages/HS_Home.html

      Merrick Foods: http://www.merrickpetcare.com/

      ****DO NOT FEED IAMS!**** http://www.iamscruelty.com

  9. QUESTION:
    Any good recipes for homemade pet food?
    I've googled a few, but would like to hear from someone who's actually used the recipes and had good results as far as ease of use, and the pets eating it well. I would like both dog and cat food recipes.

    Thanks to all in advance!

    (I asked this yesterday in cats, got only one answer, was hoping some of you good dog people would help me out! :)

    • ANSWER:
      LOL Kay is right, once you give your dogs REAL food they will want nothing else. The only reason dogs love cheap crapinabag from WalMart is because that is ALL they are ever offered and it's not the food they LOVE.. They love to live! Whatever you put in their bowl is their only option to stay alive. So they love to eat crap because they love to stay alive. Ever consider that?
      Anyway, I have fed raw to my dogs for 6 years and suggest that you might try that instead of cooking up costly and time consuming recipes..
      http://www.rawfed.com
      Check out THESE EASY recipes!! http://rawfeddogs.net/

  10. QUESTION:
    Should I mix corn, peas, carrots and green beans in my dogs home made meals?
    I've been making homemade meals ever since the pet food recall and I was wondering if those veggies are safe. Do dogs also need dairy and fruits in their diets. If so any suggestions besides cottage cheese my dogs dont like that. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      There are some foods that should not be fed to dogs, as they can be potentially harmful.
      Here is a good link for answers of what not to feed dogs.

      http://www.doggiebistro.com/Common_Foods_Unsafe_For_Dogs.html

      As for making homemade dog food, here is an excellent link for Recipies for homemade dog food. http://www.globalpaw.com/dogtreats/dogmeals/alfalfahearts.php
      Here is another excellent site on making your own dog food and also has info on the added vitamin suppliments
      http://www.boxerlife.com/recipe.htm

      GOOD LUCK!!

  11. QUESTION:
    Any recipes for homemade cat food?
    My cat is 2 years old and is Siamese. I would like to make my cat a tasty meal (no fish please) maybe a bit of vegetables... any recipes? Thank You!

    • ANSWER:
      My dearly departed Blue Point Siamese Cat; Whipper used to eat cooked Asparagus...just steamed with a little margarine on it.

      Here are a few recipes:

      Finicky Feline Diet
      1 cup chopped cooked chicken
      1/2 cup cooked rice
      1/2 cup chopped broccoli, cooked until tender
      1/4 cup chopped carrot, cooked until tender
      Chicken broth
      Process all ingredients in a food processor or blender with enough chicken broth to hold together. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
      http://www.cooksrecipes.com/pet-food-recipes/finicky-feline-diet-recipe.html

      Gotta Have Sole
      Kitty Heaven
      Mackeral Cat Munchies
      Tuna Kitty Treats
      Vitamin-Rich Feline Meal
      http://www.cooksrecipes.com/category/pet-recipes.html

  12. QUESTION:
    Do you have any general dog food recipes?
    I've found a lot of recipes on line for biscuits and treats, but I would like some guidelines on how to cook a meal for my dog. Any site suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      I have recently started testing homemade food on my various dogs , 1 boxer 2 labs and a spanish mastiff and so far the one that they all seem to like best is:

      2 cups of cooked brown rice mixed with a cup of lean meat (either cooked or raw)
      add some grated vegetables cabbage or carrots are good , dont use onion) .
      Add a bit of vegetable oil or lard and mix up.
      I have a few more recipes i'll be testing and I am adding them to my Healthy pets website if they prove to be good. http://www.healthypetsarehappypets.com/recipes/

  13. QUESTION:
    How to make homemade cat food?
    How can I make homemade (wet) cat food? I usually feed my cats Natural Life dry cat food during the day, and canned wet food in the morning. But I want them to have more nutritional wet food, and I don't think the commercial products are good for them.

    Besides what I should make for them, how often should I give them wet food?

    • ANSWER:
      I would feed the cat wet food exclusively. You can prepare homemade raw food for your cats easily but you'll need some background information first. I suggest that you join the Yahoo raw feeding groups for support and information.

      For some information on cat nutrition read these to start. They are long, but worth it:
      http://catinfo.org/
      http://maxshouse.com/feline_nutrition.htm

      There are many excellent canned foods. You will not find them in a supermarket, dept store, or even in some of the chain pet stores (they may carry a couple).

      Some premium canned foods are: Natural Balance, particularly Ultra and Chicken and Liver Pate, Wellness, Wellness Core, Innova Evo and Innova Evo Duck and Merrick's.

      It is completely untrue that wet food rots a cat's teeth! I have had some very elderly cats with good teeth and gums! None of them ate much dry food, I used it when I went away overnight only. My dear Elvira was in her early 20's when she died and she had them professionally cleaned only twice - the vet was amazed at her teeth (she never lost even one) and gums.

      I'll try to update this later.

      If you are intimidated starting out this company makes a product that takes all the guesswork out of making catfood.
      Here is the recipe I use for about half my cats' raw food. Scroll down 1/4 of the page. You actually don't need a grinder for this if you are willing to chop everything up finely or chop some and put some chopped in the blender or food processor:
      http://www.felinefuture.com/?cat=28

      The recipe shown is for use with that product which is a supplement mix.

  14. QUESTION:
    What kind of homemade food is good for dogs?
    I would also like to know what kind of bones can they eat especially chihuahua? It's just that I'm very picky with what I give my dog. And also would like to know about homemade snacks.

    • ANSWER:
      It is extremely difficult to make homemade dog food that is nutritionally complete. Just buy a high quality dog food, such as Iams, Eukanuba, or Hill's Science Diet. This is much better than anything you could make, because it is nutritionally balanced for optimum health. If you don't believe me, ask your vet!
      If you care about your dog, especially a little bitty one, don't give it real bones! Everyone knows chicken bones can shatter and splinter, but so can pork bones. Beef bones are too hard. Since dogs have been domesticated by man, their teeth have gotten softer. A dog, even a big dog, can break a tooth on a beef bone. Natural bones are messy, too.
      Do your dog a favor and visit your local pet store. They have wonderful treats and chew toys available! A flavored Nylabone in the appropriate size will make your dog ecstatic and it is good for his teeth. They also have all sorts of treats and things.
      If you really feel the need to make something, type "homemade dog biscuits" in your search engine and see what pops up. There should be countless recipes available. Use your own judgement on what's best, going by the ingredients. Good luck!

  15. QUESTION:
    What do you think of Oven-Baked Tradition dry dog food?
    Just wondering, my Dachshund likes vareity, he gets easily bored with his dog food. We have been feeding him Canidae and he likes it but I was at the pet food store and saw this "Oven-Baked Tradition" dog food. It looks like it would be a good dog food for him, plenty healthy. Just wondering if any of you out there have had any experience with this and if you think it's a good dog food. Any links about the dog food would be appreciated also.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Here's a link to one of their products. You can surf their site for the others.
      http://www.ovenbakedtradition.com/prod_pouad_lsting.php?lang=en

      I haven't ever heard of it before, but looking at the ingredients, it looks like a pretty good quality food. If your dog hasn't had problems in the past switching from one kibble to another, he'll probably be fine switching to that from Canidae.

      In general, it isn't a good idea to keep swapping foods, but if your dog doesn't have any digestive problems with doing it and it's a matter of swap foods and he'll eat or stick with one and he'll starve, then go for it.

      If you really want to give your dog variety, I'd recommend a home-cooked diet. Raw diets have not been proven to be any better or worse than a high quality kibble like what you're feeding, but there's always the risk of parasites and disease transmission in raw meat, so seems like a home-cooked diet would give the benefits of a raw diet without the risk.

      If you do decide to go for a homemade diet instead of kibble, I'd recommend you spend the money to consult with a veterinary nutritionist to create a recipe/ meal plan that works for you and your dog and is nutritionally complete. If you can't find one in your area (ask your vet for a reference) try http://www.petdiets.com/

  16. QUESTION:
    What are some kinds of homemade dog food/treats I can make?
    I'm 14 years old, and getting ingredients wouldn't be that difficult.

    My dog, Stevie, is 7 or 8 years old he's a German Sheperd/Lab mix - if it matters. Recipe links would be appreciated. Thanks :)
    Thanks for the great ideas and links!

    • ANSWER:
      Dog Food:
      http://www.i-love-dogs.com/dog-food-recipes.html
      http://dog-care.suite101.com/article.cfm/homemade_dog_food_recipes
      http://allrecipes.com/HowTo/Homemade-Pet-Food/Detail.aspx
      http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/dogfoodrecipes.htm
      http://www.thedogfoodconspiracy.com/dog-food-secrets.php?hop=pueblopro7
      Dog Treats:
      http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/recipe_dogbiscuit.htm
      http://www.bullwrinkle.com/Assets/Recipes/Recipes.htm
      http://www.twodogpress.com/dogfood.html

      Good Luck With Your Dog! :)

  17. QUESTION:
    What exactly makes a petfood holistic?
    I know holistic is best, but can someone describe to me what makes the pet food holistic?

    • ANSWER:
      Holistic is REAL fresh food...no wheats no fillers no chemical no preservatives..All natural....Anything that is NOT from the grocery store pet food Aisle is the general definition...The basic recipe is to Make a base of brown rice or sweet potato/yam on top of that add boiled chicken, salmon or lamb on top of that add fresh diced carrot, celery, brocolli .......There are some wonderful sites online with homemade dogfood recipes on them,,Grocery store food is so dangerous and full of the most awful stuff..Check the internet by some USED to be veterinarians who went undercover investigating and researching the dogfood companies to find out what is REALLY in dogfood...I hope you have a strong stomach......Good luck with your adventure of researching Holistic Dogfood...8-)

  18. QUESTION:
    I looking for homemade kitten food recipes?
    Hey everyone, I need some kitten food recipes. NOT MILK FORUMALE. Something like tuna & salad sandwiches.
    Please post as soon as you can.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, You can consider boiling some chicken (no bones)
      * Make sure that meat is fresh, but be careful with raw meat. It may contain harmful bacteria. Cook it lightly if you want to feel sure, but ... don't overdo it, or you might lower the nutritional value.
      * Don't give too much fish, and definitely not daily. Remove fish bones.
      * Keep it varied. Give beef, chicken, turkey, fish. Avoid pork.
      * Tell your vet about the diet; he might give some food supplements like calcium, vitamin B or vitamin E.

      here is a link full of recipes
      http://www.healthrecipes.com/pet_supply.htm

      and here are some food tips
      http://www.ehow.com/how_12698_make-homemade-cat.html

  19. QUESTION:
    I need some super easy homemade puppy recipes for a chihuahua?
    For a picky eater would be good too. I saw a recipe with bouillon cube,canned chicken,green beans,rice but I can't find it again to see how to prepare it does anyone know similar recipes?

    • ANSWER:
      Buy a good puppy food from the pet shop.

      Put it out for your pup. If he doesnt eat it within half an hour, remove it.

      Depending upon the age of your pup, repeat this two to four times per day.

      I can guarentee that soon your pup will be waiting excitedly for the food to be put down and will be digging in and polishing it all off within minutes.

      You don't need to create recipes. A good quality brand of dog food will have everything necessary for your pups wellbeing and growth and will be MUCH better for him than anything you prepare from human food.

      If he doesn't tuc into his meal within a day then you have an ill puppy and he needs to go to a vet asap.

      A healthy puppy certainly will not starve himself.

      Don't pander to desires that you are creating for this dog. He may be small but he is just as much a dog as a GSD or Rottie. Would you be dancing around creating special meals for them and designating them as fussy eaters? No,so don't do it to your Chi.

      He's NOT a fussy toddler. He's a dog. In fact even if he was a fussy toddler I'd suggest the same! Too many silly parents dance attendence on their little children at mealtimes and create foodtime brats with bad issues around food.

      Do your dog a favor and stop fussing about his meals.

  20. QUESTION:
    How do I get my cat off dry food and on to raw food?
    My cat has chronic UTI problems and I think it is because of the dry Iams food she is addicted to. Sometomes she will eat a little canned Iams but not often enough to make her well. I hoe I can reverse her condition by changing her diet. I want to get her off the Iams completely and on to a raw food diet. How do I do this? How can I get her to eat the raw food? Where and what raw food should I get and how should she be fed? how often and how much? Should I give her other foods in addition to the raw meat?

    Female cat, 8 years old. Medium sized.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there... I want to apologize in advance for the length of this answer. I just have a lot of info to share with you and I don't want to miss anything. : )

      I too have a male cat with a similar condition. However his UTI's led us to finding a Kidney Stone and he had to have surgery to have it removed. :( The poor thing. Being a male it's pretty rare from them to actually develop a stone. Usually they blow the stone/grain into their urethra and it blocks. But he didn’t. And from the looks and size of the stone, Doc is 100% convinced it’s been in there for years and years. :( Phat Boy didn’t show symptoms though so we didn’t know until I caught him straining. I tell you all that so you know that I understand your situation with switching foods. Been there… done that. And it is the best thing you can do for her. Just also understand though that recent studies have shown diet to not be the cause of FLUTD/FUS. However you can make some changes that can help your cat for the better.

      As for making homemade Cat food… it can be a huge ordeal and you could do more damage to your cat by feeding it an improperly prepared home meal. Especially a Cat that already has issues. Cats have very delicate dietary needs that must be researched thoroughly before feeding a RAW diet. There are NO “simple” homemade cat food recipes that work long term. I am not against RAW / BARF Diets for cats… I have tried it. I do know what is involved. It can be wonderful, but it can also be disastrous for your cat if you don’t know what you’re doing. Also know that Dog and Cat RAW diets are completely different. You will see that in your research. Be careful if you choose RAW, and know what you are getting into before you do it. If you feel you MUST go RAW, I recommend you start here http://www.catnutrition.org/. It’s a wonderful site with a lot of great information and recipes. Plan on spending a lot of time reading about this. No one here is going to give you the “simple” Answer to a RAW / BARF Diet for your cats.

      With that said, my advice to you is this... find a good high quality Human Grade Healthy, Holistic or Organic manufactured food instead.

      Put her on a high quality human Grade Healthy, Holistic or Organic canned only diet of 5.5 ounces of wet food split up into three feedings or more a day. I know you say she won’t eat canned… but if you take away the dry she will be more apt to eat what you offer. Also try warming it in the microwave for a few seconds to make t smell yummy to her. If even after she boycotts you and starves for two days… go back to dry. Some cats just won’t eat wet food.

      Let me give you a run down about foods…

      It's time for pet owners to wake up and take responsibility for what they feed their animals and quit trusting what those great big money hungry companies tell you. Research for yourself, learn, read the ingredients and make an informed decision for the health and safety of your beloved pet.

      With the recall, wheat gluten is the big suspect in cat food that everyone is trying to avoid, and it SHOULD be avoided. It should have been avoided all along. It’s nothing more than a cheap protein source used as a binding agent by pet food companies.

      Corn should always be avoided as well. It’s a huge filler worth NOTHING. Corn as an ingredient in cat food is a joke. Ever seen a cat chewing on a corn cob in a field? No, you haven’t.

      Cats, despite thousands of years of domestication, remain strictly carnivorous. True and honest meat eaters and that is what they need most. Protein from meat!

      As you search for your new pet food, be aware that there are three Categories of Pet Foods:

      -"Grocery store" foods – (Generic Brands and cheap name brands) Those foods found in grocery stores and mass-market retailers are made with lower-quality, less-digestible, inexpensive ingredients and are therefore a cheaper alternative. While easy on the pocketbook, "grocery store" foods normally do not provide your cat with the healthiest, most nutrient-dense ingredients.

      -Premium foods – (Iams/Eukanuba, Purina One, Hills Science Diet, Nutro and such) Foods often found in grocery stores, pet stores, and veterinarian offices that contain higher-grade ingredients, but still include many elements of "grocery store" food, such as artificial colors, artificial flavors, chemical preservatives, and "filler" ingredients such as corn and wheat products, by-products and even animal digest. Yuck! Premium foods are usually more expensive than "grocery store" foods because their ingredients are sometimes of a higher quality, and are therefore somewhat more beneficial and digestible. But don’t be fooled, some of those same so called Premium brands are sometimes worse than grocery store foods, but they charge prices like they are better. They aren’t!

      -Healthy foods – (Wellness, Eagle Pack, Drs Foster and Smith) The newest addition to the pet food market - provide pets with the highest quality, healthiest, and most nutritious ingredients. They are typically available for purchase online or direct from the manufacturer. Some better retailers are starting to carry them now. Complete Petmart carries a few healthy brand foods. Foods in the Healthy class - contain nutrient-rich ingredients. Formulated to provide optimum health benefits for pets, these foods often use real meat as the primary protein source, carbohydrate-rich whole grains like brown rice and barley and whole, fresh fruits and vegetables. They should not contain artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors. They will almost always be fortified with additional vitamins and minerals, and will use the best natural sources for fatty acids to help build healthy skin and a beautiful coat. Because healthy foods use high quality ingredients, you should expect to pay a little more than you would for other types of pet food. Remember, though, with healthy foods you can feed less since healthy foods are more nutrient-dense than other types of food so it often evens out or cost’s les than feeding foods filled with cheap non-nutritional by-products fillers.

      With all that information in mind, when you are choosing a new cat food, study the ingredients. All ingredients on pet food labels are listed by weight. Meaning whatever ingredients are listed first on the list, there is more in there. The first ingredients listed should be whole meat ingredients, protein sources, such as Chicken or Turkey. NOT just the word “meat”! Who the heck knows what that is? The word Chicken Meal is ok, but it should be a secondary ingredient, not first. Meal is the meat dehydrated and ground into a powder.

      The ingredients also should NOT include any by-products or animal digest whatsoever. Those are disgusting left over animal parts that are scraped off the filthy floors of meat and poultry plants. They should just go into the trash but they put them into pet food instead. EW!!!!

      Also make sure there are no artificial colors or flavors. And make sure there is no BHA and BHT used preservatives. These preservatives have been shown to cause cancer in both cats and dogs. Bad Bad stuff and it’s in almost every cat treat on the market. :(

      So, in summery of the ingredients… if you see the words by-products, Animal Digest, the word “meat” alone, Corn, Corn Gluten, Wheat Gluten, or BHA or BHT… stop reading, put down that bag and move on to the next.

      Be aware that when switching to a Healthy, Holistic or Organic food, you will pay for what you get. Good foods are not cheap. They are pricey and will cost you on a per bag basis much more. Just like steak costs more than hotdogs. But again, you will be feeding a better food and improving the over all health of your pet. Which in turn leads to less vet visits for illness now and more importantly later in life in their Geriatric years. You will also feed less of this food on a per animal basis because a smaller amount of food contains what your cat needs. Overall healthy foods are well worth it, if only for the piece of mind that the ingredients are safer.

      What are some good foods I recommend? I feed my cats Drs. Foster and Smith Holistic Adult Lite Dry cat food along with a mix of Wellness Dry. I also feed Merrick Canned.

      I purchase Drs. Foster and Smith online and have it automatically delivered to my door so I never run out and never have to go get it. It’s one of the best foods on the market and has no “fillers” in it. It is also very reasonably priced compared to other holistic foods. And when you’re feeding as many cats as I am, price is as important as ingredients. If you can't afford it, you can't feed it. So buy the highest quality you can and feel good that you are doing the absolute best you can for your pet.

      If you want to buy in a store, Complete Petmart is a good store and carries quite a few natural, organic, and holistic blends. Also check with your local feed stores. Old Mother Hubbard Wellness Brand is a great holistic food I feed. As is Eagle Pack Dry Cat food. Merrick canned is also a great source of nutrition and they will be coming out with a dry line this summer.

      I highly recommend people take the time to research for themselves, but the information I have given should get you off to a good start. Good luck choosing a new food for your cats!

      Side note… Please don’t feed Iams / Eukanuba. It’s ALL fillers, byproducts, animal digest and CRAP. Read the ingredients! There is nothing good for your cat in that food. Not to mention they conduct the most appalling animal testing you have ever seen. http://www.iamscruelty.com to see the terror they create.

      Drs. F&S Food Link - http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/NavResults.cfm?N=2002+6000

      Wellness Food Link - http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/wellness/cat_index.html

      Eagle Pack Holistic Select - http://www.eaglepack.com/Pages/HS_Home.html

      Merrick Foods: http://www.merrickpetcare.com/

      ****DO NOT FEED IAMS!**** http://www.iamscruelty.com

      *************************************

      Ok, so now you’re on your way to choosing a better food. Your key thing because of your cats UTI issues is to get her onto a low ash, low magnesium diet. The lower the better on both of those percents.

      You also want to encourage her water intake. Purchase a pet fountain. I bought a drinkwell from Drs Foster and Smith for my cats and they love it. http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Product/Prod_Display.cfm?pcatid=1783 And give her only Distilled water. Many vets believe that the quality, or lack there of, in tap water leads to URI’s. Giving distilled water will not add any uneeded minerals to her system. And it will help clean her out just like it does for humans.

      I hope that my suggestions help you help your kitty. UTI’s can be so frustrating. And sometimes… not matter what you do they still persist because of the cats body and how it reacts to things. I wish you luck in helping your kitty ward off the UTI’s!

  21. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to make something more healthy for your pet then paying for a bag of corn?
    I always hear raw meat is good for your dog . I look at all these dog foods and your paying for the name on the bag but they all have the same ingredients CORN meal and meat byproducts . I want to make my dog something that is all natural and very healthy to eat like mayb like chicken or something so anyone that makes there pet food instead of over paying for crap what do you feed your large breed dog ?

    • ANSWER:
      I have to disagree with Twilitekiller (BTW, what animal hospital DO you work for?) Feeding your dog a meat meal isnt a good idea. meat meal is produced as a by-product from the removal of fat from animal tissues through rendering. All protein concentrates utilized by the poultry and livestock industries are by-products, consisting of all or a portion of the residue that remains after fat, oil or other constituents have been removed. This includes Meat and Bone Meal, Soybean Meal, Fish Meals, etc. Meat Meal is a BY PRODUCT honey..I'm also holding a bag of chicken soup for the dog lovers soul. i checked the 5th ingredient. its potatoes. all the other ingredients after that are veggies. do you even know what your talking about??
      Feeding your dog or cat a homemade raw diet is easy AND inexpensive. Vets are now handing out recipes to make at home and in my town's newspaper theyre going to publish recipes of raw diets.

  22. QUESTION:
    How can I raise money for my local animal shelter?
    It's summer, and I'm really glad to be raising money for my animal shelter to help the super nice lady that owns it. I have already come up with a couple of ideas, a lemonade stand and selling homemade strawberry jam (My mom has this awesome recipe and she said should could make some for us to sell) Me and my two friends are doing this. Are there any ideas? We want to raise enough to donate, then to buy pet beds, pet food, pet toys, etc. etc. so they need to be great ideas. Thanks for all the help!!

    Amara

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes it's easier to get people to donate items more so than money because people are always very wary of handing over money. Maybe if you team up with a locate pet shop owner. You could place a donation box in the store.

  23. QUESTION:
    What are some homemade treats good for both owners & pets?
    I wish to make cookies for my pets but am unsure what can and can't be used.
    I have received multiple answers to this question.

    • ANSWER:
      "Healthy Food for Dogs: Homemade Recipes" is a good book which will help you prepare dog food at home. You'll find dozens of recipes for delicious, economical, healthful dog food inside this book. For more information, please visit :

      www.ebookexplorer.com/book_1096.html

  24. QUESTION:
    can you suggest a source of recipes for homemade dog food?
    My dog was just diagnosed with abnormal pancreas readings after vomiting and diarrhea. He is doing better after a couple days on burger and rice and now I am interested in taking him off commercial dog food and treats and cooking for him at home.
    Does anyone have experience with a similar problem and/or have a dog food cookbook or resource they recommend?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to http://www.dogster.com/ and set up an account.

      Go to this page: http://www.dogster.com/forums/Home_Prepared_Food_Recipes/thread/640881 and use the guide to make sure your dog is getting a balanced meal.

      A problem with homemade diets is that they tend to be too low in calcium for dogs, so this tutorial will help to take the guess work out of it. Someone there is also probably tackling the same problem right now and can help you with your difficulties. The YA community is not quite knowledgeable enough to assist you.

      If you want a book try Dr. Pitcairn's :http://www.amazon.com/Pitcairns-Complete-Guide-Natural-Health/dp/157954973X

      It has a lot of really good recipes that also take the guess work out of home cooking.

      If making everything yourself seems daunting, try a premix like Honest Kitchen Preference http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/products/preference/ or Sojos Grain-Free http://sojos.com/europa.html

      If you can find a nutritionist or holistic vet in your area, they may be able to help you too. Don't let your vet put your dog on a prescription diet. They are a waste of money, nutritionally deficient and there is a very good reason that no one has made prescription foods for humans.

      Good luck!

      EDIT:
      Forgot to add these websites. With the Honest Kitchen one hit the older entries button to see more recipes.
      http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/category/recipes/
      http://www.halopets.com/resources/homemade-pet-food-recipes.html

  25. QUESTION:
    Where can I find homemade dog food?
    looking for recipes for homemade dog treats and foods?
    i don't feed my dog table scraps i am looking for recipes....for dog bones and sytuff like that, less chemicals

    • ANSWER:
      Never feed your dog too many dinner scraps or the same family menu, because 'human' food can contain 'unfriendly' components that are no good for pets... Homemade dog food is excellent when chosen and prepared correctly.

      The recipes are usually so good, that you'll want to try them yourself... Go ahead, it's normal food... The types of ingredients are the main consideration, usually organic and additive free.

      I have supplied a source link below to a few easy-to-prepare dog food recipes and treats... Your pooch will absolutely love them!

  26. QUESTION:
    How can I go about selling homemade salsa?
    My dad has had this recipe for years, whenever we make it we give some out to our friends and family and they love it. We call it secret sauce, so that'll probably be the name. We really want to sell it offically (not just to friends and family). But are unsure on how to go about it. Do I talk to local stores and see if they'd sell it? How do I make labels and stuff? Detailed answers would be most appreciated, ill be sure to pick the best answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi:

      Before worrying about labeling and sales, you need to look into how you will produce it. Your kitchen will need to be inspected and approved, likely by the Board of Health in your town, or Dept of Public Health in your state. These inspections take place in order to ensure that kitchens where food are prepared are kept sanitary and safe (ie, no pets, kids in and out, proper cooling facilities, etc.) If your kitchen isn't approved (and most in-home kitchens are not), you'll either need to make renovations in order to meet their needs, or rent a facility in your area in which to prepare it.

      After finding a place to prepare it, you'll need to get a permit or license for the product. Again, check w/the Board of Health in town, or Dept of Public Health in your state, in order to learn the requirements and procedures.

      Next, you can start looking into labeling and packaging suppliers. Make sure that it will be a profitable endeavor, accounting for all of the supplies, licensing, utilities (electricity, gas, etc) in advance...otherwise, you could lose money on it. You will also need to determine if you want to sell it frozen, or if you'll be canning it (in which case, you'll need machinery, and someone to teach you how to do it properly. Otherwise, you could cause customers who consume your product to contract Botulism, or other potentially fatal forms of food poisoning.)

      You'll need to become a business entity (either a DBA, which is less expensive, but much more risky, or a corporation, which offers more protection, but is more expensive to file) in advance of selling any products. You should get a PO Box address, and a cell phone or other phone line exclusively for orders, customer problems, etc.( If you are going to ship it to anyone, make sure you take postage and mailer costs, wrap, etc into account, too.) You will also need a website w/ email account.

      After that, contact an insurance agent to obtain the necessary kind of insurance you will need. Otherwise, if you are sued, your home, salary, and other possessions can be lost to a lawsuit and legal fees in court, if someone sustains serious injuries from your product. Legal defense in these cases is extremely expensive, with one letter to the plaintiff's atty often causing several hundred dollars. Always have a good -10k in the bank in case there is a lawsuit, and insurance won't cover the customer's injuries completely or at all.

      After you've researched all of that, then you can start thinking about where and how you might sell it. Think carefully though before going into this, because it's going to cost a lot of money (just as a recap: possibly renovations or a rented commercial kitchen, packaging, mailing supplies and postage, business license/corporation fees, inspection fee/licensing of your kitchen, licensing of your product, promotions for your product, labels, insurance, PO Box, cell phone line, website, some emergency money for legal fees, etc) and a lot of liability anytime you produce anything that goes into someone's body, whether or not you have insurance. Also remember that it can't be a completely secret recipe - you have to disclose all of the ingredients you put into it, as well as a warning stating if there is any possibility that allergens (nuts, fish, dairy) are also handled in your kitchen.

      You might want to contact some small companies in your area and see if they want to purchase your recipe instead...would be more cost-effective, and safe for you.

      Good luck!

  27. QUESTION:
    What is the best homemade recipe for my Great Dane ?
    I have a 4 month old Great Dane puppy and would prefer to take the time and cook his meals. I need a really good recipe to ensure that he grows big and healthy. I do not mind giving him supplements on this side I am just fed up with trying to find the "perfect" food for him. And and all help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Perfect diet = raw meat, bones and organs (80%, 10%, 10%) nothing he doesn't need and everything he does.

      http://www.rawfed.com/myths
      http://www.rawlearning.com
      http://www.rawfeddogs.net

      http://www.pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfeeding
      http://www.pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/RawChat

  28. QUESTION:
    Do you know any recipes that dogs can eat?
    Do you know of any recipes for dogs? Any helthful recipes and any recipes for treats?

    • ANSWER:
      hi,

      Cooking for your dogs is making a comeback. Some owners, scared by the 2007 pet food contamination scandal, trust what they make themselves more than what they find on shelves. Others just like to treat their best furry friend to a homemade goody every now and then.
      here are some choices:
      http://dogtime.com/dog-food-recipes.html

      hope this helps.

  29. QUESTION:
    What are some homemade goodies to make for hamsters?
    I really want to make some treats for my hamster. So post the recipe below! I will pick best answer!

    • ANSWER:
      Making homemade hamster treats: Hamsters are omnivorous, which means they eat both vegetables and meat. Their natural foods include grains, seeds, vegetables, and insects, and they will like corn, oats, or wheat mixed with dry dog food. Premixed hamster food from a pet store has complete nutrition, but some hamsters won't eat it.

      Their favorite foods are foods native to their dry habitat, like seeds. For protein and variety, they will eat some small insects.

      They like vegetables, but be moderate in how much you feed them. The key word for the hamster diet is variety. It keeps them healthy.
      Hamster Treats Recipe

      1/4 a teaspoon of peanut butter
      1 box plain Cheerios cereal
      variety of vegetables such as carrots, celery, bok choy
      small dog biscuit or stale or fresh bread
      bird seeds and sunflower seeds
      small amount of cheese

      Spread peanut butter on dog biscuit, stale or fresh bread. Stick cereal on top and press in some of you hamster's favorite small foods such as bird seeds or sunflower seeds. Next, press in vegetables around the Cheerios. Press cheese around the vegetables to cover. Have fun hiding the treat where your hamster has to climb to get it.

      Other treats that can be fed to your hamster include:

      Acorns, Almonds (shelled), Beechnuts, Biscuits, Boiled Potatoes, Brazil Nuts, Bread (fresh or stale), Breakfast Cereals, Cake - but not chocolate cake, Cashew Nuts, Chicken (cooked), Cheese, Coconuts, Crickets, Currents,Homemade Dog Biscuits, Egg (scrambled or boiled), Fish (cooked), Hazel Nuts, Mealworms, Meat (cooked), Pecan Nuts, Peanuts (shelled or unshelled), Pistachio Nuts, Prunes, Raisins, Sweet Chestnuts, Sultanas, Toast, Walnuts

      You should be careful not to feed too much sweetened food as these could cause the hamster to become fat.

      Never feed a hamster any of the following:

      Buttercups, Chocolate, Garlic, Onions, Rabbit Mix (containing antibiotic ingredients), Raw Kidney Beans, Sweets, Toffee

      Hamster Treats
      Banana Hamster Treat
      1/4 of a banana
      1 teaspoon honey
      1 tablespoon raisins
      small squirt lemon juice

      Mash up the banana and add a small squirt of lemon juice so the banana willstay fresh. Add the honey and raisins, then stir all together. Serve this in asmall bowl separate from hamster food mix.

      *Warning: Please note that some hamster owners find that peanut butter can cause hamsters to choke.

      Hamster Dream Dinner

      1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
      1/4 cup of oats
      1/4 cup of sunflower seeds

      Mix ingredients together and serve to your pet hamster.

      Hamster Bisciuts

      1/4 a teaspoon of peanut butter
      1 box plain Cheerios cereal
      variety of vegtables such as carrots, celery, bok choy
      small dog biscuit or stale or fresh bread
      bird seeds and sunflower seeds
      small amount of cheese

      Spread peanut butter on dog biscuit, stale or fresh bread. Stick cereal on top and press in some of you hamster's favorite small foods such as bird seeds or sunflower seeds. Next, press in vegetables around the Cheerios. Press cheese around the vegetables to cover. Have fun hiding the treat where your hamster has to climb to get it.

      Ingredients
      1 cup powdered milk
      1 cup wheat germ
      1/2 cup rolled oat or porridge oats
      1 (100 g) jar berry baby food
      1 egg white
      water, enough to moisten the mix
      Directions
      1Baby food note: I used Organix's Apple, Strawberry& blueberry compote; it's apple puree, water, blueberry puree, strawberry puree and ground rice.
      2You can change this to make different flavoured cookies- just avoid any baby food that contains leeks, onions, chives, spices, garlic or lemon juice as these ingredients are not good for hamsters.
      3Measure out dry ingredients into a bowl and whisk together.
      4Add in the baby food and about half a jar of water- If you're mixing by hand, rub and press down the mixture with the back of your spoon while mixing.
      5This makes a very thick and solid dough mixture but it will still be sticky.
      6Roll the mixture into tiny little balls about half an inch or so wide and flatten them slightly.
      7Place on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake at 175C (non fan oven) or somewhere inbetween 175 and 150C for a fan oven.
      8These don't take long to bake because they're so small- only bake them until they go a light brown around the outer edges.
      9This took about 8 minutes in my oven (fan oven) to give you an idea of the length of time.
      10Cool then store in an airtight container or in the freezer in a freezer-appropriate container
      I hope i helped!

  30. QUESTION:
    Is it healthy to feed my dog homemade food?
    Well, after watching so much youtube videos about homemade dog food, I just wanted to know if it is really nutritional and healthy for my dog. The ingredients are frozen carrots, chicken liver, frozen beans/peas, sweet potatoes, and white rice. Is that good or bad? Why? Thank you for helping me!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Charlito,

      Thank you for asking a great question. It shows you are a great pet parent with concerns for your pet's long term health. Yes, it is very nutritional and healthy for your dog. Many dogs who are fed home cooked or raw diets live longer, healthier lives. "You are what you eat" pertains to dogs as well. I am a Canine Chef and have been home-cooking for my dogs for over two years now as they were very sick. I have studied and read every book and worked with a Holistic Animal Nutritionists when creating my business to help busy pet parents who don't have the time to cook. Our recipes were created with a Holistic Animal Nutritionist, which humans can eat as well, but it is all about catering to your precious pet! We love our vet, but no longer have vet bills, except for our annual checkups.

      It is very important to know what you can and cannot feed your pets. Many dog cookbooks and websites list ingredients that are not the best for your pet. Do not use white rice as it is hard for dogs and humans to digest. Use Brown Rice, quinoa, barley or oats, preferably organic.

      Try to stay away from peas and carrots as they are genetically modified. Try to use fresh vegetables and cook or lightly steam them. Other than raw carrots, raw veggies are hard for most dogs to digest and they will just throw them up. Sweet Potatoes or Yams are great. Do not use white potatoes as they can be carcigenic. Do not use wheat or white flour or soy. "Why?" can be found on our website.

      Try to use meats that do not have any hormones or antibiotics. We only use 100% Grass Fed meats, which are more expensive that meats from feed-lots, but well worth the price in long term health, happiness and preventing illnesses. Plus you support local farmers who ethically raise their animals.

      Variety is key, as many nutrients are provided. Feeding the same meal to your pet can eventually cause allergic reactions. Make sure you are feeding the right proportions of protein, good fats and carbs. A Good Rule of Thumb is about 55-60% protein, 25-30 veggies and 10-15% grain. Make sure to "always" add a supplement from whole foods as well. Stay away from synthetic vitamins as their digestive system does not readily absorb these.

      I recently saved ,000 in surgery for luxating patellas on my dogs Cleo & Patra. How? Feeding whole foods that are nutrient dense and medicinal, along with acupuncture and raw marrow bones, which we sell.

      Dogs need alot of calcium and raw dairy is great for cats and dogs that are lactose intolerant. It also helps humans with allergies and asthma. It is the pasteurization process that everyone is allergic to, which destroys the lactic acid that your body and pets need to digest. Give them raw cheese as a snack as well. Remember to start slowly with anything new.

      At Cleo & Patra Canine Cuisine, we create healthy home-style cooked meals for dogs using only nutrient dense ingredients you can pronounce and your dog can easily digest. We have had much success in helping dogs get off their food allergy medications after two months on our food. Transitioning your pet's diet SLOWLY is very important!

      For more information and the many benefits of a home-cooked diet, check out our website at www.cleoNpatra.com. I've done all the homework for you. :)

      I've listed a few other sites below that will be helpful as well. We were the featured "Pet Food" product in Doggie Afficionado's "Green Living" Winter issue, which you can read on our site.

      Yes, our food is more expensive than kibble. Grass fed meats cost more as the animals live twice as long as animals from feedlots.
      All our preparation, cooking and vacuum-sealed packaging is done by hand . All our food sources are from the USA and we ship across the USA. "Know Your Source" of food is our motto.

      Our Canine Connections page lists our farmers so you can order from them for yourselves and your pets, as well as many good books, DVDs and website links on this subject.

      Either you are going to spend your money upfront on good nutrition or down the road on vet bills. Take you pick!

      Good Luck on your venture and don't hesitate to ask any more questions. Our concern is that pet parents are cooking properly for their pets, with the best intentions. Sorry for the long answer, but I am so passionate about this and want everyone's dogs to live as long a life as possible! :)

      Bone Appetit!

  31. QUESTION:
    Where can I find a comprehensive list of vitamins and minerals that should be in dog food listed by percentage
    This is the main reason Im reluctant to switch to a fully homemade diet. I have a couple lists based on different sized dogs so I used those to convert it to the weight of my dog. They all came out close, but not perfect, so Im worried he's going to end up with a bit too much of some things and a bit too little of others. Also Im working this out for multiple dogs, so the more precise the better.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Unlike dog food, homemade food isn't the same every meal and it does not have to be. You want variety over a period of a week just as with human diets. Commercial dog food is over enriched. It has more than enough vitamins, etc. but it is also lacking in freshness.

      Also, dog food is based on a recipe that meets the AAFCO standards either through feeding trials (a few dogs for 6 months) or, most often, through the recipe. That does not mean that every mouthful of kibble comes out exactly the same as the raw ingredients change over time. This is apparently what happened with the Chinese food poisonings where the protein content was boosted with a cheap ingredient so that the food met the 'standard' but was poisonous.

      You can add a doggy multivitamin if you are concerned.

      Pet food is a very big industry and there is a ton of misinformation including the ridiculous idea that human food is bad for dogs. Except for some ingredients, human food is excellent for dogs.

  32. QUESTION:
    Is there any 1 with a recipe for homemade guinea pig food?
    I wanted to know if anyone had a recipe for homemade guinea pig food.
    Although i hear good things about store bought pet foods, i want to be sure that every thing in my guinea's food is perfectly safe.

    any help will be greatly appreciated 8D

    • ANSWER:
      I use Oxbow Pellets
      2 C of Oxbow Pellets ground in blender
      1 pureed apple -or whatever your pigs like-basically everything safe can work
      1 pureed pear
      1 sprig of parsley or whatever your pigs like
      mix together,
      if dry add water until moist, but not gooey

      Roll into a sheet between two pieces of plastic wrap and put in chill chest for about 4 minutes to firm it up.

      Then using a soda bottle cap from a 2 liter bottle, cut out little circle shaped treats and place on a non stick baking sheet. I also stick a pellet on the top for decoration.

      PreHeat Oven To 350
      Bake for 15-20 minutes depending on size
      Turn oven off and allow treats to cool with your oven.
      I also put mine on a plate and place in fridge for a few minutes to be extra safe.
      My Hubby said that for Holidays you could use different cookie cutters and make eyeballs or facial expressions or decorate them with pellets before baking.
      I know there is a ton of varations you can use with this, but I only use the fresh organic veggies or fruits they eat daily or weekly.
      I grew tired of pet store treats, and never knowing what exactly was in them. I know everything I feed them is okay and approved on the foods list, so everything should be okay right?
      I did so much looking for ideas on the internet and all of the ideas included flour and corn and seeds and things like that. All of the ingredients were not on the piggy food list. So I decided to try my own idea. I hope someone likes it or can think of something different to try.
      But I must say Cookie LOVED IT. And now gets all excited and will do circles before I tell him to because he thinks he might have a slight chance at getting a treat. It also works great with the treats on my pig agility course. They will go through the little tunnels and up the ramp, and then at the end I know their reward is a better choice than those pet store treats.
      So does everyone think that it sounds okay?

  33. QUESTION:
    Where can I find information on the AAFCO dog food standards?
    I don't use commercial food anymore-I make homemade organic raw diets for my cats and dog from meat etc. and vitamins sold for human consumption. However, I want to make sure they're getting the right amounts of vitamins and things. If anyone can point me in the right direction that would be great. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Thats a tough one since they allow euthanized animals from shelters and vet clinics to be grinded into food (meatmeal) and allow other disgusting products in it. Ever hear of the woman Ann Martin? She wrote a book called 'food pets die for, shocking facts about pet food', it is excellent and also describes the animal cruelty performed by some companies such as Iams. In the back of the book she has recipes to make for your dogs and cats and talks a little bit about what they need.

      The best advice is to ask an Animal Nutritionist, not a veterinarian because they generally don't know what nutrition is best (they often get deals from pet companies like science diet and iams to advertise their food for a discount and the vet doesn't even really know how good that food is for an animal). I am really into talking about this so sorry if I am going on. But check out an animal nutritionist and I highly recommend reading that book.

  34. QUESTION:
    I need a recipe for chicken and rice for canning for our two small dogs?
    I am tired of buying dog food of all brands. I put the same food out for two weeks, They sniff and walk away. I was told by someone that had the same problem. They can chicken and rice. I will try that if I can get a recipe.

    • ANSWER:
      http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Lucky-and-Rippys-Favorite-Dog-Food/Detail.aspx

      Read the reviews for further recommendations though because as the the first reviewer states it's not complete or even near complete nutrition for dogs. Here is the review:
      While this recipe is a good base, it is not nutritionally sound. As a holistic nutritionist, I have formally studied pet nutrition. Your recipe needs variety and necessary additions. Try rotating protein sources (chicken, beef, fish,... and once a week supplementing with organs) and adding an omega-3 rich egg (cook the white, serve the yolk raw) at least once per day. You might vary your grains with rolled oats (which I first process to make into a flour, then simply add to food w/ warm broth before serving my dogs' meals), alternated with enriched white rice, long grain brown rice, and medium grain brown rice (cooked LONGER than for human consumption!). Also, add fresh vegetables lightly steamed and mashed such as carrots, squash, sweet potato, yam, peas, etc., and even apples once in awhile. Most importantly, you really should be adding cottage cheese or plain yogurt with every meal. Use a calcium supplement (at least 300 mg daily) and a multi. Adding alfalfa powder or other greens is necessary for cleansing the blood and immune health. Finally, if only one supplement is to be used, a good enzyme for dogs is imperatve. I use a great multi complex by "Only Natural Pet," calcium, alfalfa powder, an Omega 3-6-9 capsule, acidophilus (or other probiotic), and occasionally an enzyme.

      Here's the home page for pet recipes on allrecipes:
      http://allrecipes.com/HowTo/Homemade-Pet-Food/Detail.aspx

  35. QUESTION:
    What supplies do I need before I bring home a parakeet?
    Cage, seed mix, mineral block, a treat stick or food, a book on them, vitamins, toys and what else?

    I do have a credit card in case the bird needs to be vetted. This isn't an impulse purchase. I've wanted one all this year and would rather bring one home now than in the cooler days soon ahead.

    • ANSWER:
      1.) Love & Dedication
      2.) Make sure the cage is'nt round! (it makes them crazy)
      Love & Dedication
      3.) Research a reputable Breeder
      Love & Dedication
      4.) Do you want a cage pet or one you can interact with?
      Love & Dedication
      5.) Look for homemade recipe's (they tend to love them)
      Love & Dedication
      6.) Gravel & Grit (this helps w/ digestion)
      Love & Dedication
      7.) Perches (try to get at least one cement perch to help keep
      their nails trimmed down)
      8.) Oh, did I mention Love & Dedication?

  36. QUESTION:
    What are some good homemade meals for cats with sensitive stomachs?
    My cat had been unwell for a couple of weeks, and after seeing the vet we were told that she has a sensitive stomach. She doesn't like the Hills Diet tinned food, and we have been giving her raw chicken and turkey meat, sometimes with a little bit of rice and vegetables. But she is getting sick of it and is quite fussy. What are some good simple recipes and meal ideas for my cat? Thank you in advance for any help!

    • ANSWER:
      First things first. Chicken & rice & veggies is not a complete diet for a cat, unless you're adding things like calcium or feeding bone and adding taurine. If you wish to continue homemade meals, do some research to make sure you're covering everything. For homecooked meals I use a recipe from petdiets.com and for raw meals I use the recipe at catinfo.org. If you're only feeding a couple of home made snacks a week, this is not so important. But if feeding more than that, it's really important.

      Canned food is a great option - in the meantime or long term. Canned food is by nature easier on their stomachs.. fresh food, not dry hard bits that don't even resemble real food anymore :) To be safe I would look for grain free varieties at the pet store or a feed store, not much available at grocery stores in this category. Also you may consider adding pro-biotics to her food. You can purchase at a pet store or many options online at Amazon and such. Good luck!

  37. QUESTION:
    How much does it commonly cost annually to raise a kitten or a cat?
    Consider if you don't feed them store-bought packaged cat food and you don't get them a litter box, how much would it cost to raise one ? By the way, is it better to get them a litter box ?
    Do you have to license a kitten ? If yes, at what age ?
    Thanks for helping!
    Well, I'm planning to feed them homemade food.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know the exact cost annually to care for a cat/kitten. It depends on what brand litter,food,toys,etc that you give the cat. Since, each brand is priced differently. This site has the average price a cat/kitten cost annually.

      http://www.aspca.org/adoption/pet-care-costs.html

      It is best to get the cat a litter box. They need a private place to do their business. It should be big enough for the cat to comfortably turn around in.

      Not all states make you license a cat/kitten. It is best to ask your county law service to see if you have to. You should have the cat micro-chipped though. If you adopt the cat/kitten from a shelter they are usually already micro-chipped.

      Feeding homemade cat food is a good idea. But it will be a lot of work. You will have to ask your vet for a good recipe that gives the cat all its necessary dietary nutrition values. If you want to feed your cat a natural food. There are a lot on the market. A few are Blue Buffalo, Inova, and Wellness.

  38. QUESTION:
    What human food is okay to feed my pet rats?
    I want to start teaching them some tricks so I was wondering what human food is okay to feed as treats?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey! I could write an essay on things you could make for your critters.

      I feed my boys the 'Shunamite' Mix...

      50% Base food (Pets at Home Rat Museli, or any other commercial rat or rabbit mix)
      10% Dog kibble (I use James Wellbeloved Turkey and Rice),
      10% uncooked pasta (wholewheat or tricolour)
      30% cereals... why not mix and match? They must not be sugared, however. Things like Weetabix, Shredded Wheat, Oatabix and Ryvita's)
      You can use all of these ingredients as treats, too. :)

      For example... today, my boys had:

      Carrot, apple, curly kale, banana, tomato and cucumber.

      and for their tea...

      Homemade carrot and coriander soup with wholemeal bread and marg, and a chunk of chocolate cake and peach soya yoghurt and a chocolate drop each!

      They are omnivorous, so they, really, eat anything! Except... boys CANNOT have citrus fruits, especially orange - they contain massive amounts of d-limonene which is poisonous to male rats (but not to females. :) )

      Mine eat things like...

      Chicken thighs/legs,
      Tuna,
      Sardines,
      Mackerel in Tomato sauce,
      Omelettes with mixed veg,
      Sunflower seeds (very high in fat),
      Any type of nut (but peanuts are very high in fat),
      Dried fruit/veggies,
      Mixed veg smoothie,
      Fruit smoothie,
      Frozen fruit (blueberries are excellent),
      Frozen sweetcorn,
      Frozen peas,
      Cooked pasta with vegetable sauce or fish,
      Cooked egg noodles,
      Cereal and soya milk,
      Warm soya milk on it's on,
      Soya yoghurt (they ADORE this, in every flavour available),
      Soup,
      Mini roast dinners,
      Mini toad in the hole,
      Hardboiled egg (including the shell),
      Scrambled egg,
      Egg mixed with wholemeal bread (a big favourite),
      Porridge,
      Toast,
      Baby food,
      Potato,
      Broccoli,
      Carrot,
      Cucumber,
      Corn on the cob,
      Salmon,
      Nuts (but not peanuts, or peanut butter),
      Cottage cheese,
      Tinned tomatoes,
      Brown rice (with mixed beans, eg/ aduki, haricot and flagulet),
      Chocolate cake,
      Popcorn (plain or sprinkled with brown sugar),
      Lots of chocolate drops,
      Dog biscuits,
      The list is endless!

      and the list goes on. They can honestly eat pretty much anything - carbohydrates are good for them though so try and get a lot of pasta and noodles. Blueberries and curly kale is also excellent for them. :)
      Try and get meat only once a week, and fish once a week - too much protein is almost as damaging as too little.

      Try this forum...

      http://www.fancy-rats.co.uk/community/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=29684

      There, people talk about what the feed their rats and also gives guidance on their nutritional needs - it's fantastic and gives loads of treat and recipe ideas!
      My boys favourite 'human food' treat is Soya yoghurt in assorted flavours, dried and normal banana and chocolate cake!

      Hope i helped hun. :)

  39. QUESTION:
    I was thinking about switching my rats to a homemade diet, can this be done immediately?
    I know that with most animals, switching diets too quickly can give them upset stomachs. Also, I wanted to switch to suebee's rat diet, is this recommended? Or is there another recipe that would be better to switch too?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, like humans they can change diets from one day to a next and its fine :D

      Subee's diet and variations thereof are fantastic in the US

      you can ask for advice on this forum:
      http://www.goosemoose.com/component/option,com_smf/Itemid,118/forum,rat/board,3.0

      In the uk we have the 'shunamite diet' which works on the basis of subee's:
      http://www.shunamiterats.co.uk/diet.html

      of course you can mix and match the basic principles after you've done some more reading and research.

      http://www.fancy-rats.co.uk also has some good ideas floating about on mixing your own foods

      I make my own based on this principle:
      "basically you need at least three or four different grains. A good one to start with is wheat, barley and oats, as they are what's used in most pet food anyway, and are fairly easy to get hold of. Then you mix in the extras - I use broken shredded wheat, corncakes, rice cakes, multigrain pasta etc. Ideally, if you only have a few grains in the straight bit, then it's good to use contrasting cereals - e.g. if you're using wheat, barley and oats, it would be good to include some corn and rice cereals.

      Proportion-wise I just sling in a cup of everything, but if you're starting out, I'd generally aim for at least 40-50% of the mix to be straight grains, and an average protein level of about 10-12% (there will be a breakdown on the back of the bag - if you're using higher protein grains it may be necessary to tweak the amounts of each used a bit), so they basically substitute for the AH bit in the SD. It can then be tweaked to suit personal preferences and changes in ingredients in later batches. Tbh, as long as there is a decent variety of grains, and the nutrional balance doesn't swing to any extreme in terms of protein, fat, sugar, etc it's more art than science and will stand quite a lot of fiddling.

      Then you feed them a decent amount of fresh food in parallel (I think mine are about 2/3rds dry food to 1/3rd fresh). I've been doing this since late 2006 now, and I haven't had any signs of any nutritional deficiencies - everyone is looking pretty healthy and shiny coated."

      please find the above quote in its original context on this thread:
      http://www.fancy-rats.co.uk/community/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=98581&p=987068&hilit=cashew#p987068

  40. QUESTION:
    What to feed my five month old kitten?
    I got him about a week ago. Before that he used to be fed homecooked rice and fish. I have been trying to feed him commercially available dry food, but he doesn't like it at all. I don't want to feed him homecooked food all the time, because it probably doesn't contain all the nutrients. What should I do?
    I thought of getting commercially available wet food, but the only available one is Whiskas cat tuna.

    • ANSWER:
      The best food for your kitten is raw food. It's what cats are evolved to eat. Don't be concerned about e coli or salmonella. Cats digestive systems are way different than ours. Brands I like are Stella and Chewy's, Nature's Logic, Primal, Bravo and Nature's Variety. Or there are dehydrated raw foods that you rehydrate like Honest Kitchen. Or dehydrated kibble like Rubicon, Ziwi Peak, Feline Caviar, or Horizon. Because they are dehydrated, you get a lot of food that doesn't weigh too much, so it is conceivable that you could get it shipped to your house. If you buy in bulk, just make sure you freeze what you won't use in a month.

      I would at least supplement with raw food. But if your cat doesn't like it (try it a lot of different ways, cats can be tricky to switch over, but some like it mixed with canned food)

      Are there any smaller, local pet food stores in your area? If there are, they may carry some of these brands:

      For canned food I like:
      Weruva
      TIkicat
      Evo
      Innova
      Wellness
      Blue Buffalo
      Nature's Logic
      Nature's Variety
      Merrick
      Evanger's
      Anything else without fillers or mystery meat

      For dry I like ones that are not very processed. But if you feed these you need to supplement with raw and canned because cats need to get their moisture from food (they are desert animals, they didn't really evolve to drink water, just get it from prey).
      Acana
      Orijen
      Feline Caviar
      Nature's Logic
      Now
      Go Natural

      Variety is the key to a healthy cat. Switch between brands and protein sources so that your cat is getting a variety of nutrients from a variety of different source.

      Otherwise, Google cat food recipes because your cat is not getting enough nutrients from fish and rice (he honestly doesn't even need the rice). Dr. Michael Fox has a good homemade food:
      http://www.twobitdog.com/DrFox/specialreport_Article.aspx?ID=ef627231-4aea-4686-9951-5f2092ec4412&seword=recipe

  41. QUESTION:
    I need Ideas for a homemade diet for two different dogs?
    I have a 5 year old male yellow lab and a 11 week old basset hound puppy. I want to start giving a home made fresh food diet instead of bag dry dog food. What should I feed them?

    • ANSWER:
      I would like to "thank you" for so much being concerned about your dog's health. They give us so much happiness so it becomes our duty to take care of their health. Dogs do need balanced diet; there are various packaged food brands available like Royal Canin, Denes etc. However, home food is best but due to time constraints people they usually resort to packaged food. Good brand dog food they claim to be fresh and healthy for the pet.

      Nothing wrong with homemade dog food but it's imperative that you understand dog nutrition if you are doing this without help. just learn how to make excellent recipes that are balanced and healthy for dogs. best of luck.

  42. QUESTION:
    Any opinions on nutrient ratios when feeding dogs homemade food?
    Does anybody have any sources on what ratios or protein/carb/veg when you're making homemade food for your dog? Recipes are fine....

    Also - what vegetables are ideal to feed my dog? I know onions and grapes are no-nos.
    BTW - I'm doing homemade COOKED food, I haven't made the leap into raw yet and as of now have no plans to....

    • ANSWER:
      Protein sources: beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, fish, pork, cottage cheese, yogurt, eggs, beans, sunflower seeds, soy foods, liver. Limit tuna and swordfish due to mercury contamination.

      Vegetables: celery, broccoli, squash, kale, Brussel sprouts, parsley, okra, cilantro, turnip, asparagus, lettuce, peas, green beans, lima beans, garlic, etc. Add fruits, berries, melon in season.

      Carbohydrates: sweet potato, pasta, brown rice, millet, buckwheat, quinoa, barley, tapioca, etc.

      Fats: olive oil, sunflower oil, fish oil, butter, cream cheese, chicken skin, etc. Add up to 1 tsp. oil per 20 lbs. bodyweight, daily.

      Feed at least the same volume of home food as you would feed canned pet food:

      Approximate intake of commercial dog food = 12-14 oz. can/day for every 10-20 lbs.

      Most dogs should eat 2 meals a day. Snacks are fine for active pets.

      Add up to 1 teaspoon bone meal for every 2 cups of food to provide extra calcium.

      Add a multivitamin-mineral appropriate for your pet. Your veterinarian can help select a suitable formula.

      Dog feeding guidelines
      Adults, maintenance: 30% protein foods + 30% vegetables + 20% carbohydrates + 20% fats

      Adults, excess body fat: 50% protein foods + 40% vegetables + 10% fats + fiber supplement

      Adults with cancer: 40% protein foods + 30% vegetables + 10% carbohydrates + 20% fats

      Adults, kidney failure: 30% protein foods + 35% vegetables + 20% carbohydrates + 15% fats

      Puppies: 40% protein foods + 30% vegetables + 15% carbohydrates+ 15% fats

  43. QUESTION:
    So exactly what dog food is safe to give our dogs?
    I feed my dog purina dry dog food. I heard they recently recalled dry food but I was not sure which kind.

    • ANSWER:
      When you think about it, what does your dog need from its food in order to be healthy?

      Today our pets have a wide variety to meet their tastes and needs and we have our choice of what kind of food we can choose to feed them. Despite the variety, pet foods usually fall into three major categories. These categories are: Grocery store foods, these types of dog and pet foods are usually found in grocery stores and mass marketed retailers and can contain lower quality, less expensive ingredients. The second category is "premium dog foods," which can also be found in grocery's stores but are also found in pet stores and through your local veterinarian's office. These types of foods are usually made from some higher quality ingredients and are usually made evident by the expense of the food. Some of these pet foods though can contain lower quality ingredients that you aren't aware of. The third and final category is homemade dog food.More and more people are beginning to make their dog's food at home rather than buying commercial formulas. Homemade dog food doesn't contain any substances that could possibly be harmful to your dog's health such as artificial coloring and artificial flavors.

      Another reason to make homemade dog food is the preservatives added to the commercial dog food. Homemade dog food has the benefit of optimum freshness without preservatives.

      There are dogs that would greatly benefit from a homemade diet. Some dogs who suffer from allergies that cause severe itching may find relief once switched from commercial dog food to a homemade diet.

      Processed dog food is a relatively new product and scientists don't fully understand the differences between commercial food and a diet of fresh food. There may be problems occurring in a dog's health because he is being given food that has had the nutrients cooked out of it and then sprayed back on.

      Would you like to prolong the quality and length of your dog's life by 135%?You should keep your dog healthy by homemade dog food.

      http://ezinearticles.com/?Keep-Your-Dog-Healthy-By-Homemade-Dog-Food-Recipe&id=482336

  44. QUESTION:
    What are your money saving tips for buying food ?
    I recently discovered that I was spending about 60$ a week just by eating out!!! I'm a student living at home w/ my parents and i find that I am at times to lazy to make a lunch or i cant cook... but im trying to learn how to cook...so what I would like to know is if any of yous out there know of any healthy recipes that i can make ? and that wont be as costly ?

    • ANSWER:
      I hear ya!

      For healthy and simple recipes I suggest Allrecipes.com and for more advanced cooking FoodNetwork.com :D

      For shopping: I suggest shopping in bulk, sale or store brand items and coupons coupons COUPONS!

      So its a double whammy! LOL! I have a family of 5 plus 5 pets. I have a budget of 0 per week for all of us. And with the above tips I have change to spare! I have meals planned out for the week, homemade and I save a wad of cash!

  45. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any good recipes for homemade hamster treats?
    I don't want to buy treats for my hamster so much i want to make some homemade for free

    • ANSWER:
      Making homemade hamster treats: Hamsters are omnivorous, which means they eat both vegetables and meat. Their natural foods include grains, seeds, vegetables, and insects, and they will like corn, oats, or wheat mixed with dry dog food. Premixed hamster food from a pet store has complete nutrition, but some hamsters won't eat it.

      Their favorite foods are foods native to their dry habitat, like seeds. For protein and variety, they will eat some small insects.

      They like vegetables, but be moderate in how much you feed them. The key word for the hamster diet is variety. It keeps them healthy.
      Hamster Treats Recipe

      1/4 a teaspoon of peanut butter
      1 box plain Cheerios cereal
      variety of vegetables such as carrots, celery, bok choy
      small dog biscuit or stale or fresh bread
      bird seeds and sunflower seeds
      small amount of cheese

      Spread peanut butter on dog biscuit, stale or fresh bread. Stick cereal on top and press in some of you hamster's favorite small foods such as bird seeds or sunflower seeds. Next, press in vegetables around the Cheerios. Press cheese around the vegetables to cover. Have fun hiding the treat where your hamster has to climb to get it.

      Other treats that can be fed to your hamster include:

      Acorns, Almonds (shelled), Beechnuts, Biscuits, Boiled Potatoes, Brazil Nuts, Bread (fresh or stale), Breakfast Cereals, Cake - but not chocolate cake, Cashew Nuts, Chicken (cooked), Cheese, Coconuts, Crickets, Currents,Homemade Dog Biscuits, Egg (scrambled or boiled), Fish (cooked), Hazel Nuts, Mealworms, Meat (cooked), Pecan Nuts, Peanuts (shelled or unshelled), Pistachio Nuts, Prunes, Raisins, Sweet Chestnuts, Sultanas, Toast, Walnuts

      You should be careful not to feed too much sweetened food as these could cause the hamster to become fat.

      Never feed a hamster any of the following:

      Buttercups, Chocolate, Garlic, Onions, Rabbit Mix (containing antibiotic ingredients), Raw Kidney Beans, Sweets, Toffee

      Hamster Treats
      Banana Hamster Treat
      1/4 of a banana
      1 teaspoon honey
      1 tablespoon raisins
      small squirt lemon juice

      Mash up the banana and add a small squirt of lemon juice so the banana willstay fresh. Add the honey and raisins, then stir all together. Serve this in asmall bowl separate from hamster food mix.

      *Warning: Please note that some hamster owners find that peanut butter can cause hamsters to choke.

      Hamster Dream Dinner

      1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
      1/4 cup of oats
      1/4 cup of sunflower seeds

      Mix ingredients together and serve to your pet hamster.

      Hamster Bisciuts

      1/4 a teaspoon of peanut butter
      1 box plain Cheerios cereal
      variety of vegtables such as carrots, celery, bok choy
      small dog biscuit or stale or fresh bread
      bird seeds and sunflower seeds
      small amount of cheese

      Spread peanut butter on dog biscuit, stale or fresh bread. Stick cereal on top and press in some of you hamster's favorite small foods such as bird seeds or sunflower seeds. Next, press in vegetables around the Cheerios. Press cheese around the vegetables to cover. Have fun hiding the treat where your hamster has to climb to get it.

      Ingredients
      1 cup powdered milk
      1 cup wheat germ
      1/2 cup rolled oat or porridge oats
      1 (100 g) jar berry baby food
      1 egg white
      water, enough to moisten the mix
      Directions
      1Baby food note: I used Organix's Apple, Strawberry& blueberry compote; it's apple puree, water, blueberry puree, strawberry puree and ground rice.
      2You can change this to make different flavoured cookies- just avoid any baby food that contains leeks, onions, chives, spices, garlic or lemon juice as these ingredients are not good for hamsters.
      3Measure out dry ingredients into a bowl and whisk together.
      4Add in the baby food and about half a jar of water- If you're mixing by hand, rub and press down the mixture with the back of your spoon while mixing.
      5This makes a very thick and solid dough mixture but it will still be sticky.
      6Roll the mixture into tiny little balls about half an inch or so wide and flatten them slightly.
      7Place on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake at 175C (non fan oven) or somewhere inbetween 175 and 150C for a fan oven.
      8These don't take long to bake because they're so small- only bake them until they go a light brown around the outer edges.
      9This took about 8 minutes in my oven (fan oven) to give you an idea of the length of time.
      10Cool then store in an airtight container or in the freezer in a freezer-appropriate container

  46. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have dog food recipes for pancreatitis?
    I have an 11 yr old Shih Tzu who was diagnosis with pancreatitis. He will not eat the ID canned dog food prescibed. Any suggestions or homemade recipes to encourage him to eat. Day 4 of not eating.

    • ANSWER:
      here is some information on pancreatitis plus recipes

      http://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/pancreatitis/

      the recipes call for calcium, I use egg shell calcium
      http://www.pet-grub.com/pet-supplements/eggshellent-calcium.pets

  47. QUESTION:
    What are some homemade foods you can prepare for your pet?
    I recently adopted a shih tzu puppy, and have read online that homemade foods are much better than dog food bought of the shelf. So I was wondering if you guys had any doggie recipes to share.

    I thanks you, and so does my baby Luna :)
    Oops I thanks you lol, I meant, I thanks you.
    Geez, i meant I thank you. lol

    • ANSWER:
      I use 1/2 cup meat to 1 cup vegetables. My dog is allergic so there is no starch like corn or rice. We use 1/4 tsp powdered calcium,1/4 tsp kelp.1 pro biotic cap and 1 tablespoon salmon oil.

      This is not a treat. This is what they eat.

  48. QUESTION:
    what natural products can you find around the house that are useful in cleaning?
    i don't wish to use harsh chemicals anymore, i want to use natural, inexpensive items safe for people and my pets. i've heard of people using salt, olive oil, vinegar, chalk, and lemon juice....any tips or how-to's?
    thank you all so much for your kind answers, good job.

    • ANSWER:
      Check out these video's that Gill Deacon had on her show about Green Cleaning. I think that will help you to find more of what your looking for because they demostrate it.

      http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8593797317403493239

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      Try not to limit your options because you can find a lot on the web, books, tips and some there are quite a lot of freebies you can find on the web such as what I found here. Sometimes you have to try things out to see how they work if you are going to make them or buy them.

      If you have trouble finding a lot of the ingredients then you may want to consider buying some of your cleaning products. Shop and compare because often you can find better deals out there then just going with the first ones you find. Also if you decide to buy then ask a lot of questions when you go into a health food store on what kinds of products are out there.

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      Products you can make or get ideas about. (Some sites may require a subscription or newsletter. The one's I found are free subscriptions on www.care2.com. They have a lot of good helpful information on their site especially if you are an environmentalist.)

      Basic Cleaning Products (Tips and using basic household items)
      http://earthnotes.tripod.com/clnrecipes.htm

      BASIC SUPPLIES
      Baking Soda
      Barkeeper's Friend®
      Bon Ami®
      Borax
      Cornstarch
      Lemon juice Liquid Vegetable-oil based soap
      Mineral oil
      Vegetable oil
      Vinegar
      Washing Soda

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      More sites on basic cleanning tips of what to use.

      http://www.bellaonline.com/subjects/5479.asp

      http://www.cranberrylane.com/recipes-house.htm
      http://mlmgorilla.com/bestnaturalcleaningproducts/

      Just click on the title for cleaning products underlined in blue or on your left hand side you can click on the cleaning title.

      Whole list of ideas here.
      http://www.newdream.org/consumer/makecleaner.html

      http://frugalliving.about.com/sitesearch.htm?terms=Make%20your%20own%20cleaning%20products&SUName=frugalliving&TopNode=3278&type=1

      http://www.care2.com/channels/lifestyle/home
      http://www.care2.com/channels/solutions/home/344

      http://www.mrscleannw.com/tips/cleaning-products.html
      http://www.ecomall.com/greenshopping/coamerica.htm
      http://www.sideroad.com/Budgeting/homemade-cleaners.html

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      You will find a number of products in health food stores, food co-ops, and maybe some grocery stores.

      Products you can buy or healthy tips

      http://eartheasy.com/live_nontoxic_solutions.htm
      http://charityguide.org/volunteer/fifteen/natural-cleaning-products.htm
      http://healthy-home-cleaning-tips.com/
      http://www.vanessasgift.com/
      http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/jump.jsp?itemType=CATEGORY&itemID=211&searchid=inceptor
      http://www.naturescrib.com/natural-cleaning-products.html

      Natural Cleaning Products
      Heather Garrod - Co-Owner Planet Botanix
      Vivian Dickie - Registered Massage Therapist
      613.230.0222
      www.planetbotanix.com/

      Prevention Magazines list
      http://find.prevention.com/vignette/pvn/searchresult.jsp

      Cleaning Green
      by author Carla Elm Clement
      http://www.alive.com/1866a5a2.php

      List of health/natural /co-op food stores in U.S. and Canada
      http://www.greenpeople.org/healthfood.htm
      http://www.organicconsumers.org/foodcoops.htm

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      There are also books out there on cleaning. If you don't wish to buy the book maybe you can find some copies in the library? You will most likely find one's in the health food store to be more on the natural side of things when it comes to cleaning.

      Haley's Cleaning Hints by Graham Haley and Rosemary Haley (found this on the above title on another site.)
      http://cleaning.hints.businesscorrect.com/sh.cfm?sq=Cleaning%20Hints

      Consumer Reports How to Clean and Care for Practically Anything by The Editors of Consumer Reports

      http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_b/002-1218200-9466420?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=household+cleaning&Go.x=11&Go.y=6

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      Another thing you may want to look into is forums that specialize on house cleaning. I would recommend a group especially if you are new to all of this because they have a lot of tips they will share and you can learn a lot.

      Yahoo Groups
      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/holistic_house/
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/heavenlyhearthandhome/
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CleanAndCrunchy/
      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/toxinsinthehouse/
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Cleaning_House/
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HelpMeCleanMyHouse/
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Lets_clean/

      MSN Groups
      Try looking in the lifestyle, home or health section.
      http://groups.msn.com/browse.msnw


homemade pet food recipes

Home Cooked Dog Food Diet

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do I give my dog calcium tablets and a vitamin?
    I reviewed my home cooked meals for my dog and he approved but said the diet lacked calcium and he needs that for his bones. And he said he should have a vitamin every day. So, he is a very picky eater and I hid the vitamin in a hot dog bite. He spit out the pill and ate the hot dog. The calcium tbs are all flavored and he hates them also. I don't want to put 2 pills down his throat every day....but I do want to keep him on my own food diet. Any suggestions re how to get these pills in him?
    The vet recommended a doggie vitamin, not a human one.

    • ANSWER:
      Well greenies the dog food company also sells pill pockets for vitamins for medicine or dietary needs. i would suggest buying some of those at ur local pet smart or other animal supplies store. Hope this helped!!!:)

  2. QUESTION:
    What are some homemade dog food recipes?
    Not those "raw diets" but actual cooked dog food i can make at home? This is a horrible reference but i know sled dogs make some kind of stew for there dogs (it was called "slump" in Snow dogs (the movie)) But anyways, can someone give me links or books to look into? Thanks.
    @ Sammy, I did say it was a bad "reference" as i knew they did raw meats. I just don't feel comfortable giving my dogs raw.

    • ANSWER:
      I make a stew with diced or minced meat(red or white meat whatever I have at the time) rice or pasta, some mixed diced veggies(sweet potato, peas, potato, pumpkin,broccoli & whatever may work that I have at hand), dash of olive oil. I put all in a pot with enough water to cover it & simmer it for a few hours. When serving I add an egg, some chia seeds & a multi vitamin & mineral supplement powder.
      Dogs love it. I also bake a meat loaf with veggie for them too similar ingredients just put through the processor & into a loaf tin & bake it for an hour or so.

  3. QUESTION:
    Help needed for cooked puppy food recipe?
    I would like to feed my 14 week old Cocker Spaniel puppy home made cooked dog food. Please can someone offer me advise on what the best recipe would be - chicken based - or point me to a reputable online resource.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      A good quality commercial dog food is a far better alternative, at least at this stage of your dog's life. Growing pups need a well balanced diet (particularly with regard to things like protein and energy quality & quantity, and calcium:phosphorus ratios). Homemade diets can be a great thing, but the majority of the time they are poorly researched and can have serious consequences for the animal, especially when you're talking about a growing puppy. I would strongly advise keeping your puppy on a commercial dog food, at least until he/she reaches maturity.

      If your concern is related more to giving your dog some variety in his/her diet, it is easy to keep your dog on a dry food diet but substitute a small amount with meat (or a raw bone)/rice/vegetables/etc.

      If you are serious about feeding a homemade diet, you need to do your research very, very thoroughly and really should have the input of your veterinarian. Before you can even think about preparing a diet yourself, you need to have at least a basic understanding of a dog's nutritional requirements. I don't know of any online resources, but you may want to consider looking for a veterinary nutrition book online- one I'd recommend is the pocket companion to Small Animal Clinical Nutrition. This has a lot of material that the average pet owner will never need, but is relatively inexpensice, gives a very good overview of nutrition and does include recipies for homemade diets. I've just had a quick look on Amazon- they're about US new, but you can get one for less than US second hand.

      I hope that helps.

  4. QUESTION:
    whats the cheapest healthiest way to feed my two dogs?
    i only want to feed them high quality dog food or home cooked food. which is the best and most affordable? i was feeding them Evo but it was too exspensive and i had to drive really far to get it. now im feeding them canidae but they wont eat it unless i mix it with some wet food and its equaling out to the same price as the Evo. is cooking them food cheaper? whats the best most affordable way to feed my dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      I say that a raw diet is the best, and it is "cheap", too.
      Its a lot safer, too. There are too many unlisted, and unknown chemicals, and meat by-products in commercial food. It seems as if many people have forgotten about the pet food recall that happened not too long ago, and have gone back to feeding the dog foods that may cause them to get sick and/or die.

      Here are some useful links on info about the B.A.R.F. diet
      http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&q=B.A.R.F.+diet&btnG=Search&meta=

  5. QUESTION:
    What Foods Should Dogs Have If Home Cooking?
    I have started home cooking for my dog, and I know they should have a variety of meats. What other foods should be included in their diet. What supplements should be added if any

    • ANSWER:
      Pork beef chicken brown rice white rice whole wheat flour fats such as butter, vegetable oil ,olive oil veggies ,Fish oil smells and tastes nasty I mix fresh eggs in also I never give raw eggs or raw meat they carry disease such as salmonella and other nasty germs you can make you own dog biscuits too with dried milk and baby food meats just type it in dog biscuit recipes in your browser and browse thur the all dog food recipes pick out the best one and those he will enjoy they have dog cookie cutters at Walmart I am a dog lover I have 4 dogs my oldest one lived to 18 1/2 years old and another lived to almost 18 years old and I had one of the oldest boxers to live in the state of Wisconsin it is on record Love my dogs! Thank goodness there are others who care also EDIT~~ I do not know why dogs can not digest veggies and grains after all it is in all the commercial dog foods but most all commercial dog foods are made from corn animal waste and chemicals, lots of chemicals you need to be a scientist to read it all that is why you can keep the dog food in storage for so long &most of them smell so bad when you open the bag or can certianly not a healthy meal for our beloved pets We all know not to give most bones to our dogs or they can splinter and choke on them &round steak bones get caught in their throats. Basic good common sense is what is needed in preparing good wholesome meals for our pets

  6. QUESTION:
    What type of home made dog should i feed my rot pup and how is it made?
    I need a Menu card or a home made dog food list that i can feed my rot pup.Also and how is it made cuz i only feed it canned dog food and thinking to prepare my own healthy,juicy,delicious and nutritious dog food

    • ANSWER:
      The only way you'll be able to make a well balanced diet for your dog would be to set up an appointment with a board certified nutritionist and get a recipe from them. You'll spend a ton of money on ingredients and supplements, and you'll find yourself cooking almost constantly. Unless your dog has some special medical condition that requires a home made diet, you'll have a healthier, happier dog if you feed a good quality commercial diet. Find one that's formulated for large breed puppies.
      Home made diets that aren't prepared right will cause a lot of problems, and it's sad because all of those issues could be avoided.

  7. QUESTION:
    How to make homemade dog food?
    I have a 6 y/o 100 Lb. Rottie. She has been on commercial food her whole life, but has recently developed problems with digestion. I have decided to put her on a home cooked diet. I know that chocolate and onions are not good for dogs. Are there any other foods I should avoid? What are some good recipes and how much should I be feeding her daily?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Here's some example of dog food recipes

      Cheese Multi-Grain Dog Biscuits

      Dog Food Recipe Ingredients:

      •1 cup uncooked Oatmeal
      •1/4 cup butter or bacon drippings
      •1 egg, beaten
      •1 1/2 cups hot water
      •1 cup cornmeal
      •1/2 cup powdered Milk
      •1 cup wheat germ
      •4 oz (1 cup) grated cheese
      •3 cups whole wheat flour

      Dog Food Recipe Directions:

      In large bowl pour hot water over oatmeal and butter/bacon drippings; let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in powdered milk, grated cheese, egg. Add cornmeal and wheat germ. Mix well. Add flour, 1/3 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Knead 3-4 minutes, adding more flour if necessary to make a very stiff dough. Pat or roll dough to 1/2" thickness. Cut into shapes and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour at 300F. Turn off heat and dry in oven for 1 1/2 hours or longer. Makes approximately 2 1/4 pounds.

  8. QUESTION:
    Feeding home cooked food to my dog ?
    I'm from india and the highest quality dog food available here is royal canine and its not that good.

    I'm thinking about feeding my dog home made food.

    So how do i feed home cooked food to my dog ?

    How do i prepare it ?
    Also is it OK to feed him boiled chicken every other day ?
    Is it ok to feed my dog meat everyday ?

    • ANSWER:
      Plenty of people feed their dogs a balanced, researched home-cooked or raw diet, and their dogs thrive on it.

      The key is RESEARCH....you can't just throw some things together, or make meals based on what you "think" is good for them. The dietary needs for dogs are vastly different than for humans; things that are good for us; like vegetables & milk, can't even be utilized by the dog's body to its full benefit.

      A poorly researched home cooked/raw diet without all the essential nutrients can be worse for your dog than the nastiest commercial kibble on the market....so do your homework.

      Google "home cooking for dogs" and "raw diets for dogs". The raw diet is also known as the BARF (bones and raw food) diet, so you can google that as well. That will get you started with a few recipes/feeding plans & point you in the right direction so you know what resources to use during your research. Be sure not to simply copy recipes off the Internet & feed it to your dog *WITHOUT* understanding the dog's needs, what you're feeding and WHY.

      Good luck :)

  9. QUESTION:
    what kind of diet did you put your dog on after it got through pancreatitis?
    After keeping the dog on a bland diet for a week or two (after it got over the pancreatitis), what kind of diet did you use? which kind of dog food? or what kind of home-cooked meal?

    • ANSWER:
      Low fat home cooked,rice or potato with chicken breast/fish/boiled meat with cooked vegs

  10. QUESTION:
    What is the best over the counter dog food for diabetic dogs?
    My vet told me Science Diet light is pretty much the same as prescription dog food but my Jack Russell Hates it! Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Main Ingredients for Science Diet Light

      Brewers Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken By-Product Meal, Powdered Cellulose, Whole Grain Corn, Chicken Liver Flavor, Animal Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Soybean Mill Run, ....'
      http://www.hillspet.com/products/sd-feline-adult-light-cat-food-dry.html
      Main Ingredients for Prescription Diet w/d Canine Low Fat-Diabetic-Gastrointestinal (same manufacturer as Science Diet)
      Whole Grain Corn, Powdered Cellulose, Chicken by-product Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken Liver Flavor, Soybean Mill Run, Soybean Oil, Dried Beet Pulp, Lactic Acid, Soybean Meal,

      He's right they are close. Personally I'm not impressed with either. Diabetic dogs need more fiber and high quality protein. These have some fiber (whole grain corn, beet pulp, mill run), but the meat is by-product (which can be mostly feathers, beaks, feet, bones).

      The best over-the-counter foods will have some meat product listed as the 1st or 2nd ingredient and it will be identifiable (like "chicken" or "beef"). It will also have high fiber ingredients: anything with "whole grain", oats, most vegetables. They don't have to be prescription dog food.

      OR really consider adding to the dry food with some home-cooked, healthy meals (not table scraps!) that are high in protein and fiber, low in fat.

  11. QUESTION:
    How much food should I feed my dog?
    I have a 3 1/2 year old 65 pound dog. She has food allergies and to find out what she is allergic to, she is on an elimination diet. I decided to go the home cooked route. I am finding different answers as to how many cups a day to feed her. Does anyone know how many cups a day she should get?

    Thanks,
    Megan & Oreo

    • ANSWER:
      With a home-cooked diet, the amount is highly dependent on the ingredients and your dog's activity level and metabolism. Start with what seems like the right amount to you, then monitor her weight. If she's getting chubby, decrease the food, if she's looking thin, increase it. As her metabolism and activity level change throughout her life, you will need to continually adjust the amount of food she's given.

  12. QUESTION:
    What dog food should I start my pug puppy on?
    I want a quality brand that's best for the little guy, although I don't want to get in the habit of actually cooking for him, eg. rice and veges etc. I wouldn't mind mixing some mince in with dry dog food, you know? Things like that. I'm getting him next week and want to raise him on a healthy diet. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Kibbles & Bits is a HORRIBLE food!!! Ask the breeder what the pup has been eating, and they should send home some of the food with you. Feed your puppy a good high quality puppy food for the first year. Some good brands are, Canidae, Pinnacle, Wellness, NutriSource,some good but less expensive choices are, Diamond Naturals, Taste of the Wild, and Costco brand, Kirkland Signature. (which are both made by Diamond) Your vet can also help you pick a good food for your puppy! I wish you many healthy happy years with your new baby!!! Enjoy!!!!

  13. QUESTION:
    How expensive is it to make homemade dog food?
    About how expensive is it to make homemade dog food? My four dogs (3 large, 1 small) are currently on Science Diet (Large and Small bites) and it costs about -30 a week to feed them all. Does making homemade dog food with quality ingredients generally save money over feeding commercially marketed brands like Science Diet?

    • ANSWER:
      You'll have to do your own math here, based upon the ingedients you wish to us.

      For me, it was slightly more expensive to make my own-- boiled chicken with baked sweet potato and parsley. The parsley was home grown.. I factored that at .0$ because I was using as much in my own cooking as it was for the dog. The split chicken breast I could purchase at about 99cents a pound when I was lucky. Same price for the sweet potato.. so I added the cost of the energy to fire up my stove & stovetop, as well as the price for my time.. And the multiple vitamins I added... Probably +.50 a pound, but it was worth it.

      You can stretch that and reduce the price per pound by 'stretching' the chicken and potato with boiled rice, but of course you have to keep a closer eye on nutrition, since dogs aren't primarily vegetarians, I'd be reluctant to go too heavy on the rice for fear of ill effect.

      So, start with your own recipe, factor in price per pound of the components, divide by the ratio/s in the recipe, then you'll have your price. If you're lucky enough to have a hunter in the family, or can get your hands on free meat, then your cost is reduced accordingly.

  14. QUESTION:
    How to feed my son healthy foods?
    I have a 5 year old that loves to eat hot dogs, chicken nuggets, bacon and so on. I know he only eats like that because I let him. I have recently changed my own diet to be healthy and mostly home cooked. I cannot get him to eat the foods I cook. He will only eat the frozen foods. Like I said I know it is my fault. Is there anyway I can get him to change the way he eats slowly? He loves meatballs and meatloaf, could I hide vegetables in his food??
    Any help would be apprecitated.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, good for you for changing your own diet! That is the first step! Children learn by example! So allow him to see you eating these healthier foods. Rave about how good they are. He'll get curious and want to try.

      It's very easy to sneak veggies into things like meatballs and meatloaf if you make them yourself. Add in finely chopped carrots, broccoli etc to the ground beef (although I suggest using half ground turkey). Don't tell him they're in there.

      Have him help you prepare the food. Let him be a part of it and he'll be more apt to eat it.

      Kids love to dip! Let him dip his veggies in ranch or his favorite sauce.

      And if he's very stubborn and will still only eat frozen stuff, start buying the healthier versions made with veggies or turkey.

      Just try to make it fun and don't stress about it. Remember he won't starve himself.

      Good luck!

  15. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know how to prepare and cook dog food which has sufficient nutritions?
    I read many articles saying about dog food can harm and shorten dogs's lives, so I would like to try and prepare my own dog food for my dogs. Thanks all!!

    • ANSWER:
      It's okay, since you don't give your dog this following:
      1. Coffee (grounds and beans). Coffee grounds or beans can cause "caffeine" toxicity in dogs.

      2. Fatty Foods. Dogs love rich fatty foods. They often get these foods as treats, leftovers or from getting into the trash. Fatty foods can cause pancreatitis in any pet except miniature or toy poodles. Cocker spaniels and miniature schnauzers are particularly prone to pancreatitis. The dog may become very sick very quickly.

      3. Dairy Products . Dairy products are not highly dangerous but can pose problems for two reasons. Dairy products have a high fat content, and like other fatty foods, they could cause pancreatitis. The second danger is that pets digest dairy products poorly.

      4. Macadamia Nuts. Macadamia nuts, also called the Queensland or Australia nut, can be toxic ... but we don't know why. The reason may be a mystery, but the evidence is clear. As few as six to 40 macadamia nuts have been shown to cause severe toxic symptoms in dogs.

      5. Moldy or Spoiled Food . Dogs love to get into the trash. A medical problem arises when the trash contains moldy or spoiled food. In addition to food poisoning, some pets can develop tremors related to the ingestion of certain molds.

      6. Nutmeg. You may not realize this but high levels of nutmeg can be toxic - even fatal. The toxicity principle is not well understood, but signs of toxicity include tremors, seizures, nervous system abnormalities and death.

      7. Onions or Garlic . Dogs and cats lack the enzyme necessary to properly digest onions. A dog or cat that eats onions may experience gas, vomiting, diarrhea or severe gastrointestinal distress. All forms of onion and garlic are problematic, including raw, dehydrated, cooked or powder.ed forms. If large amounts of onion or garlic are ingested, or if onions are a part of your dog's daily diet, the red blood cells may become fragile and break apart.

      8. Xylitol (sugar substitute). Xylitol is a sweetener made from sugar-alcohol.It is found in sugar-free human food products, such as chewing gum and candy.

      9. Yeast Dough . When ingested, bread or yeast dough will "rise" in your dog's stomach just as rises in bread. This creates two problems. The dough often expands to many times its original size while inside your dog's stomach, causing your dog's stomach to expand as well. As the dough rises and ferments, alcohol is produced which can cause "alcohol toxicity."

      How to make home-food for your dog:
      http://www.ehow.com/how_12697_make-homemade-dog.html

      Yes, it's right, it's more tyring to make your own food than to buy in the market, but you are right. Dogs need certain nutrients that sometimes are not present in commercial dog food.

      TRIVIA: Did you know that a Sormet Collie who ate homemade vegan diet completed 27 years of age, in 2002?

      Good luck!

  16. QUESTION:
    I have a Maltese that's one year old. How can I get the dark tear stains out of the fur under his eyes. ?
    I feed him home cooked food- roasted chicken and pan-seared steak w veggies. And sometimes rice. He does like blueberries and raspberries too. I've tried several topical products but they dont work.

    • ANSWER:
      The staining is caused by bacteria or yeast. The moisture from the tears allows for bacteria and yeast to overgrow. Once the fur is stained there is not much you can do about it until it grows out, even if you have addressed the issues causing it.

      To keep it from happening you need to find out why your dog is overproducing tears. It could be a genetic deformity of the tear duct, an infection of the tear duct, allergies, or something else. I would avoid carbohydrates and grains in the diet. You probably want to skip the rice. Bacteria and yeast feed on carbohydrates. There is nothing wrong with doing a homemade diet, I do myself. But the diet you are feeding is very unbalanced. Number one would be calcium. Meat is high in phosphorus but has very little calcium. Having unbalanced calcium/phosphorus levels is very bad for the bones, and over time can cause major issues. You could always add some bone meal to the diet. Dogs also need organs, especially heart and liver. They contain essential amino acids. There are many other vitamins and minerals your dog needs that would be missing from the diet you described. Blueberries and raspberries are fine, just don't feed too much as they are high in sugar, but are a great source of fiber. You may want to look into improving the diet and maybe the staining will resolve.

  17. QUESTION:
    What kind of dog food receipes to feed a Brussels Griffon? Best Dog food?
    I currently own two Brussels Griffon's, both male, currently I feed them Nutro Small bites, and I boil a chicken breast and shred it, and mix that with the dog food.

    I am looking to switch up the diet for them. Something more nutrious-however they are picky eaters. Any suggestions would help.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      www.dogfoodanalysis.com will give you the ratings, broken down ingredient by ingredient, of all the kibbles out tehre. Nutro is a middle of the road food, better than supermarket brands, but there are alot better ones, Canidae,Solid Gold, Wellness, etc. Look for ethoxyquin free fish sources,& not BHT, BHA , all chemical perservatives. As for mixing up some homemade, beef hearts, liver, lamb heart, chicken livers, all good to cook at home & add for a treat & all excellent protein sources and won;t cost you much. Also my breeders recommends giving a can of salmon a week to add much needed fatty acids (Omega 3, 6,9)

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the best organic/holistic dog food for a Miniature Schnauzer?
    Either its environmental allergies or its food allergies that are causing our Miniature Schnazuer issues, whatever is the case, we want to find the best brand of dog food for our picky miniature schnauzer. She eats Blue buffalo dry grain free food right now with a couple table spoons of Nature Recipe Farm Stand Selects canned dog food. But the canned food seems to be making her have too soft of poop causing her to have issues as well.

    Thanks

    She is 7 in may.

    • ANSWER:
      Try Taste of the Wild.
      It is antibiotic & chemical free, grain free, with filtered water and is safe for all dog types/sizes.
      They have puppy version and adult version (only the adult version isnt labled "Adult" but the puppy version will say "puppy" in the name.)

      I wanted to feed my dog raw food diet, but after researching the risks of e-coli and salmonella bacteria that can be left/tracked all over the place as a result, I would rather not take the risk of such serious bacteria in my home.

      Then, theres always cooked meat option (which people say is bad because dogs shouldnt eat "cooked meat") but in reality, if your two options are cooked meat, or dog kibble (which is also cooked) then of course cooked meat is way healthier.
      The problem with that though, is you would have to buy organic, antibiotic/chemical free meat in order to avoid all those nasty chemicals in the meat going into your dog.
      Which would be EXPENSIVE.
      UNLESS you happen to know or get in touch with a hunter, that is.

      Just some food for thought. Hope you find the best solution for you and your dog. <3

  19. QUESTION:
    Can dogs live healthily on a vegetarian diet?
    If I fed my dog fresh vegetables, selected fruits, and soy and egg products for protein; will he live just as long and healthily as any other dog on a pet store bought, "dog food" diet?

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly, no. Dogs are carnivores, and their digestive systems are short and adapted for breaking down meat. They also have specific needs for essential amino acids, calcium/phosphorous amount and proper ratio, proper types and amounts of fats/oils, etc. It is very difficult to home cook a properly balanced diet using meat, and much more difficult to do so without meat. It is much healthier to choose a high-quality, meat-based commercial food such as Innova, Canidae, or the many other excellent products on the market.
      If you absolutely insist on a vegetarian diet, and I hope you don't, may I suggest the following three brands which are formulated for canine well-being?

      http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/dogformulas/Vegetarian.html (Dick van Patten's Natural Balance vegan formula)
      http://www.breeders-choice.com/dog_products/avodermdog_veg.htm (AvoDerm vegetarian formula)
      http://www.royalcanin.us/products/productdetail.aspx?ID=87 (Royal Canin vegetarian formula)

  20. QUESTION:
    Is it ok to feed my Bullmastiff regular food instead of dog food?
    So I have an 11 week old Bullmastiff and I want to cook food for him instead of give him dog food. What do you think would be best for him? I want him to be healthy and strong.

    • ANSWER:
      Its fine if you do your research on how to properly prepare and balance meals for your dog.

      Dogs require a meat-based diet. They get little to no nutrition from grains, fruits and veggies.

      There are some groups on yahoo regarding raw feeding (prey model and BARF) as well as home-cooked meals. I highly suggest you join a few of them and do some research there.

  21. QUESTION:
    How do I get my new dog to eat dog food?
    I just got him about two weeks ago, and he refuses to eat dog food because of his previous owners. They always fed him people food. How can I get him to start eating dog food?

    • ANSWER:
      Our puppy actually is not much of an eater and is very easily distracted. A friend, who is a breeder, suggested crating him during meals. He gets 20 minutes to eat in the morning, then I put the food up/away if he hasn't eaten. The same thing at night. Within a couple of days, he would eat the instant the food went in the crate, the entire contents of the bowl.
      As for making the switch, I don't think he'll starve himself, so I'd just go cold turkey and go with whatever food you're switching him to. Remember though, diet changes and the new home may cause some tummy troubles- he may get the runs for a few days!
      People food isn't necessarily a bad thing- it depends on the quality of the diet. Our food tends to be too seasoned and fatty for dogs, but some people do cook special meals for their dogs (in fact, it's very common for ill dogs to be ordered to eat boiled chicken and rice). And many many people choose to feed RAW diets, because they believe it's closer to the wild dog's natural diet. So the "people food" thing may not have been the worst thing ever, if they fed him a dog appropriate diet. If they were tossing him cheetos and hot dogs, that's a whole other story.

  22. QUESTION:
    Is it better to feed your dog home made food?
    I feed my dog homecooked food with Solid Gold vitamin supplements. I cook chicken, brown rice, sweet potatoes, carrots and broccolli together. (Veggies change from week to week and I somtimes add liver). This diet consist of 1/3rd meat, 1/3rd rice, 1/3rd veggies. I make crunchy home made dog biscuits with wheat germ and brewers yeast for treats. My dog appears very healthy and full of energy but I am wondering if this diet is really better for my dog than commercial dog food? I was feeding my dog California Natural lamb & rice dry dog food (a high quility dog food) until the last couple of months. Now she is completely on homemade food. I am wondering if she is missing any thing in her diet. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know about your dog but I would love to have that diet. Seriously though, your buddy is fine. Our dogs are all top breed and have always been fed home cooked meals. If the meal is well prepared and high in vitamins/minerals/fat/protein- which sure sounds like it is, they are fine. But just to be sure send me a dish or two and I'll try it.

  23. QUESTION:
    Does anyone make their own dog food for Chihuahuas?
    I am concerned with the dog food recall and want to start making my own dog food. My Chihuahua is 3 1/2 lbs.

    • ANSWER:
      When you think about it, what does your dog need from its food in order to be healthy?

      Today our pets have a wide variety to meet their tastes and needs and we have our choice of what kind of food we can choose to feed them. Despite the variety, pet foods usually fall into three major categories. These categories are: Grocery store foods, these types of dog and pet foods are usually found in grocery stores and mass marketed retailers and can contain lower quality, less expensive ingredients. The second category is "premium dog foods," which can also be found in grocery's stores but are also found in pet stores and through your local veterinarian's office. These types of foods are usually made from some higher quality ingredients and are usually made evident by the expense of the food. Some of these pet foods though can contain lower quality ingredients that you aren't aware of. The third and final category is homemade dog food.More and more people are beginning to make their dog's food at home rather than buying commercial formulas. Homemade dog food doesn't contain any substances that could possibly be harmful to your dog's health such as artificial coloring and artificial flavors.

      Another reason to make homemade dog food is the preservatives added to the commercial dog food. Homemade dog food has the benefit of optimum freshness without preservatives.

      There are dogs that would greatly benefit from a homemade diet. Some dogs who suffer from allergies that cause severe itching may find relief once switched from commercial dog food to a homemade diet.

      Processed dog food is a relatively new product and scientists don't fully understand the differences between commercial food and a diet of fresh food. There may be problems occurring in a dog's health because he is being given food that has had the nutrients cooked out of it and then sprayed back on.

      Would you like to prolong the quality and length of your dog's life by 135%?You should keep your dog healthy by homemade dog food.

  24. QUESTION:
    What do I need to add to my dogs home cooked food?
    I feed my Lasho-Poo cooked lean meat,and white rice (Baked chicken or beef, sometimes lamb.)
    What do I need to add to give him proper nutrtion?His skin is very flaky and dry recently. What kind of vitamins or suppulments should I add?

    • ANSWER:
      I would add vitamin e, vitamin c, and salmon oil for starters. You can go to http://b-naturals.com/ and get all the supplements you would need, with dosages (they are made for dogs). This site also has some excellent articles and links with information regarding home cooked and natural diets.

      I would also get Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats ( you can get it at his website: http://www.drpitcairn.com/books/pitcairn_book.html) It has an excellent home cooked diet you can follow.

  25. QUESTION:
    What is the best food to feed a dog with food allergies ?
    My vet speculates that our dog has food allergies and recommend we switch foods, but he didn't really give us any options. Anyone have any suggestions ?

    • ANSWER:
      The only way to find out what foods your dog is allergic to is to put him on a diet that contains a protein source AND a carbohydrate source that he has NEVER had before. That is because you have to be exposed to something more than once to be allergic to it. You cannot buy a food like this over the counter, unfortunately, because almost all dog foods use the same sources for calcium, phosphorus, trace minerals, and vitamins and these can be derived from food items that your dog is allergic to! So, most vets recommend either using a prescription food or home cooking the dogs food using a weird protein source and weird carb source. The prescription foods are nice because they are completely balanced with just the right amount of protein, carbs, fats, vitamins and minerals and they have taken care to not get any extra food items in the food, nor do they even cook or process the food in a dish that has been used to make other kinds of dog or cat food in. These diets are usually made by Royal Canin or Waltham, there may be some other companies too. But ALL these diets are sold by prescription only, you cannot get them from a pet store. They come in whitefish, salmon, rabbit, duck, venison, and sometimes even kangaroo. The carb sources are usually potato, rice, or peas. If you elect to cook for your dog, you will have to follow a diet that has the right percent of meat to carb and not add any extra vitamins or minerals at first, to be sure that the dog is not allergic to these ingredients first. You have to feed ONLY the prescribed diet, no treats or people food or dog bisquits or bones or table scraps, not even a flavored vitamin or heartworm supplement! And you have to do this for 2 months before you are sure it is going to work or not. It is difficult to follow such a rigid diet plan, but that is what it takes to be sure he isn't allergic to anything he is eating. Once you are on a diet that works, you can try adding in ingredients one at a time, one per week or so (like with new babies on their first baby foods) to see what else he can eat. There is nothing wonderful about raw diets compared to cooked ones where allergies are concerned. Good luck!

  26. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog food for fattening up a 6 month old puppy?
    I feed her 2 cans of food a day and if I feed her more she pukes it up and she can't eat dry food because she gulps it down and then pukes that up. She is to skinny and she needs to gain a little weight what is the best canned dog food to help her gain weight? The vet says she does not have worms and that nothing is wrong with her other than being a little underweight.

    • ANSWER:
      You could try getting her on a quality puppy kibble and supplement it with some chopped up meat (such as cooked and chopped up chicken gizzards, hearts, skinless boneless chicken, lean beef). If you cook chicken, you can add a bit of the unseasoned stock and stir that in. She may hold the food down better if you feed her smaller meals but more often, maybe three times a day to start since the Vet says she is a bit underweight. If your dog tolerates cottage cheese well, you can add some of that to the food. Our dogs love frozen banana slices for a treat in the summer. We nickel a banana, put the slices in a freezer bag- one layer and side by side and freeze. For added pleasure, we put a dab of peanut butter on top and finely grated carrot sprinkled over that. if your dog is eating one meal a day, and it is that amount, then she likely inhales her food and the amount in one meal plus how fast she eats causes her to throw up. Hence, smaller meals more often. Then, once she is keeping her food down and putting on some weight, you can start feeding twice a day with a few treats in between, such as dog biscuits, few slices of cored apple, mango, papaya, banana. Just small tidbits of fruit.
      You can try holistic select:
      http://holisticselect.com/large-breed-dry-puppy-food-lamb-meal-and-oatmeal
      If you were up to feeding a home cooked diet, that is an option.
      If you decide to introduce a new food, do it gradually and you can add some canned pureed plain pumpkin to each meal for the first week as you are gradually switching foods.
      Holistic Select comes in canned and kibble.

  27. QUESTION:
    Can a dog be switched from a raw meat diet to a homemade cooked diet? Should they?
    I will hopefully be acquiring a dog soon. He has been on a raw food diet for five years,with no issues. I am not against the raw diet, just uninformed.

    • ANSWER:
      All diets have pros and cons. Why not simply get one of Monica Segals booklets on how to feed a raw balanced diet and continue on the way the dog has been fed. She also has recipes for home-cooking to make sure you feed a correctly balanced home-cooked meal. The booklets only cost .95 and are available here;
      http://www.monicasegal.com/canine-nutrition-booklets.html
      She is a very well-known certified animal health care individual with several books. many booklets, and her latest book is in use at the Ohio University School of Veterinary Medicine.
      Monica is now on DogRead answering questions if you would care to go there and ask questions about a raw diet;
      Join yahoogroups.com..........it's free and then type in "DogRead". You can join immediately .

  28. QUESTION:
    Raw diet or cooked homemade diet for dog?
    I'm getting a new dog. I fed my old dogs dog food at first, and when they were older I started feeding them a cooked homemade diet, and they did well with it. I'm planning to adopt an adult dog, over 3 years old, and I want to do a homemade diet, but I'm not sure if I should do a cooked one or a raw diet. I know most people who try it love the raw diet, but I've also heard that some dogs do get ill from it. I guess it's just kind of hard for me to wrap my head around an animal eating raw meat and staying healthy.

    So, which is better? A raw diet or a cooked one? Assuming the dog I get has only eaten kibble its entire life, will there be any problems if I switch to a raw diet?

    • ANSWER:
      You will have a lot to do with a new dog in your home. Since you're used to the cooked homemade diet, just offer that to the new dog. I do this for breakfast and top the homemade with chunks of raw meat.

      I feed kibble for supper.

      Raw feed is fine, but I like the combination of homemade topped with chunks of raw best. It's personal preference.You don't need to switch to raw to be right ... or ok.

      All my dogs had only eaten kibble for years. When 2 became obese and too inactive, I switched to raw and later to homemade topped with raw. It excited my dogs. You can do homemade/raw for breakfast and kibble for supper to begin. I think you'll notice excitement in the dog over homemade/raw meals.

      "Clockwork" is incorrect.Homemade food has good nutritional value. Do a google search for "foods good for dogs". There are websites that tell you what nutrients dogs gain from the foods that are good for them. -!-

  29. QUESTION:
    How much should i feed my doberman pinchers?
    Im starting all three of my dogs on a home cooked diet. Two are doberman pinchers that are four months old and one is a 4 year boston terrier. I have done my research on what to feed them, but i cant find how much to feed them. I want the to start this diet today, because i have run out of store brand food. Im getting ready to go to the store, and then prepare it, so how much food should each dog get? And if there are any tricks to this. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.2ndchance.info/homemadediets.htm
      http://www.dogaware.com/wdjhomemade3.html
      Puppies
      The nutritional requirements of puppies vary from those of adults, and deficiencies (or excesses) are more likely to cause harm. Puppies need more protein, fat, calcium, and phosphorus than adult dogs do, but too much calcium can lead to serious orthopedic problems. This is especially true for young (prior to puberty), large-breed puppies. These increased needs continue as long as your puppy is growing, and are highest during periods of peak growth.
      The exact amount of calcium that puppies require is a matter of endless debate among nutritionists. I’ll outline the most prominent recommendations, and suggest an approach that should result in your home-prepared diet falling into the middle of these ranges.
      The 2006 National Research Council (NRC) guidelines recommend that puppies receive 3 grams (3,000 mg) of calcium per 1,000 kcals, which is four times its recommended amount for adult dogs. The minimum requirement is 2,000 mg/1,000 kcals.

      The nutrient guidelines published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) express the recommended amount in a different way, suggesting that puppy diets include between 1.0 and 2.5 percent calcium on a dry matter (DM) basis. In comparison, the 2006 NRC recommendations are 0.8 to 1.7 percent for smaller breed puppies (adult body weight under 55 lbs) and 0.8 to 1.2 percent for larger breed puppies (based on a diet that contains 400 kcals per 100 grams of food).

      Some nutritional research suggests that large-breed puppies have optimal skeletal development and mineralization when fed a diet that contains between 0.8 and 1.0 percent calcium (DM), as long as the diet uses high biological value protein (from animal products) that provides 420 kcals per 100 grams of food. The percentage of calcium needed increases when caloric density is increased (higher-fat diets), so that the total amount of calcium per calorie remains the same. The percentage of calcium needed also increases when more grains are fed, since the phytates in grains bind calcium.

      Studies have shown that skeletal abnormalities and lameness can result in large-breed puppies fed more than 2.6 percent calcium (DM), or more than 6,500 mg calcium per 1,000 kcals (one study found significant bone abnormalties in growing dogs feed 4,900 mg calcium per 1,000 kcals). The 2006 NRC recommends a safe upper limit of 4,500 mg calcum per 1,000 kcals for giant-breed dogs (the limit is likely higher with smaller breeds).Minimum amounts are less well defined, but problems may occur when diets contain less than 0.6 percent calcium (DM). The amount of vitamin D in the diet will also have an effect, since it increases the absorption of calcium. Small-breed puppies can tolerate a much wider range of calcium than large-breed puppies without developing problems.

      Heres my suggestion: If you add an amount of bone meal that provides between 1,000 and 2,000 mg of calcium per pound of food fed (not counting any low-calorie veggies), this should provide adequate but not excessive calcium. If you cook the meat, use the cooked weight to determine how much calcium to add.

      The higher amount in that range (2,000 mg per pound of food) will meet both NRC and AAFCO guidelines, providing between 2,000 and 4,000 mg of calcium/1,000 kcals and 1.6 to 2.0 percent calcium (DM) based on the diet recommendations I've given.

      The lower amount (1,000 mg per pound of food) will provide between 0.8 and 1.0 percent calcium, which some feel is most appropriate for large breed puppies. This is lower than NRC and AAFCO minimums, but not low enough to cause deficiencies. Remember, you need to add more calcium per pound of food fed if you use a high-fat or high-grain diet.

      Because puppies also need more phosphorus than adult dogs, I suggest using bone meal for a calcium source, rather than a calcium-only supplement. (Again, bone meal contains calcium and phosphorus in a ratio of 2:1.)

      If your dogs diet provides calcium in amounts that fall at the low end of the ranges suggested by experts, its advisable to supplement the diet with vitamin D, which enhances calcium uptake. (Don’t use calcium supplements that contain vitamin D, though, as the amounts will be too high). If you want to do your own calculations, you can analyze the diet you’re feeding using a nutrition analyzer (see Resources below).

      Remember that if you feed a diet that includes ground bone in appropriate amounts, there is no need to add additional calcium or phosphorus, as bone supplies both minerals in the right proportions. (Isn’t nature wonderful?)

      Puppies also require more protein than adult dogs. Remember that there is no danger in feeding high-protein diets to puppies. The best thing you can do for large- and giant-breed puppies is to keep them lean and slow-growing by limiting the total amount fed, not by limiting the percentage of protein in

  30. QUESTION:
    What should I do if my dog has been throwing up constantly the past hour?
    He keeps throwing up. He never throws up. He's about 10 months old. He had just one bowl of dog food tonight but my mom mixed in some leftover chicken meat.
    Is there any home remedy I can temporarily give him? I don't know if there are any emergency vets around, but if there are, should I take him to one? Or wait til tomorrow?
    I'm scared! :( He seems really sick.

    • ANSWER:
      Good chance the chicken was off! Hence the reason he vomiting, So basically he was accidently food posioned. Pet do react to off food. I would take him to emergancy animal clinic.

      NEVER give a dog pepto bismol, it is TOXIC, the ingredients have change and can cause DEATH now.

      If your dog does manage to eat a harmful or questionable food, call your veterinarian immediately. Do not give attempt to give him Pepto-Bismol or other products intended for humans. In dogs, these formulas can lead to gastric irritation or ulcers, bleeding problems, seizures and liver damage. Appropriate dosages are unknown, and medicines can be harmful, or even fatal, to canines.
      http://www.helium.com/items/181572-common-foods-poisonous-to-dogs

      Apples, peaches, and cherries can contain small amounts of cyanide, which is toxic to dogs. These fruits aren't actually toxic to dogs, it the seeds of these fruit that are toxic!

      Tomatoes and potatoes may contain solanine, which can lead to drooling, severe gastrointestinal upset (vomiting and diarrhea), loss of appetite, drowsiness, central nervous system depression, confusion, behavioral changes, weakness, dilated pupils and slowed heart rate in dogs. Tomatoes and Potato's aren't actually toxic unless the dog eat them when there green or the actual plants the fruit is produced on. this is what is actually toxic.

      Other harmful foods include avocados, coffee and tea, moldy cheese, onions, macadamian nuts.

      Bones can splinter or break into sharp pieces that may cause internal bleeding or blockages in dogs. Raw bones aren't actually toxic, but cooked bones are dangerous-cooked bones splinter and have a high chance of bein lodge in the back of the throat or in the intestines. Raw bones are far less likely to splinter and far less likely to get stuck.

      Peppers are fine, as long as the seeds are removed.

      Dog's are they carnivore's Are they really like wolves,hyena's and jackals?

      Or are they more like us? Is it foolish to feed them only meat? Should they be fed what their human family eat?

      The truth encompassess a little of each

      In the wild, other hunting animals that seem similar to dog's, such as wolves and hyenas, eat fruit, leaves, grasses, dig for roots and even obtain vegetable matter from the stomach of their prey.The bone's of their prey provide calicum and help keep teeth clean.Their diet's are highly varied and also change seasonally.

      A domestic dog fed on human diet struggles with dairy products and can actually be poisioned by some of the common ingredients in human pantries.

      Dog's are actually omnivorous.

      They need alot less meat protein then cats, ferrets, snakes and feeding a high animal protein diet to a dog will take a toll on its health.

      A dog is designed to digest a wide range of plant and animal products.

      Dog's must eat more then just muscle meat.

      They need plenty of carbohydrate's and fibre from vegetable and plant matter and only a very small amount of fat.their protein can come from both plant and animal product's.

      The other thing's to consider are sources of mineral such as calcium and phosphorous and of cause vitamins.

      CATS

      Cat's are strict carnivores.this mean that some of their nutritents can be obtained only from animal sources.

      However being a carnivore doesn't mean that all of the nutrients need to be from animal products or that a carnivorous animal could survive eating muscle meat only.

      A wild carnivore such as a lion will kill and eat an atelope.it will lickthe hair off and chew on the skin.the organ are consumed, including partly digested grass, leaves, and other grazed plant material.Last of all, the bones are eaten too.

      Cat's and Dog's are also very different in their needs

      Animal poisoning by drugs is by far the most common type of small animal poison exposure, accounting for 75% of 1990 toxin exposures as reported by the AAPCC and 82 of 425 fatalities. Dogs and, less frequently, cats, can be poisoned by human or veterinary drugs as a result of accidental ingestion or overdose just like children can; it is worth emphasizing that all medications should be placed out of reach of inquisitive noses which are too often attached to undiscriminating mouths!

      This section focuses on those medications which are too frequently given by well-intentioned owners for the purpose of relieving discomfort experienced by the animal and which instead can cause a much more serious problem for the pet. Human over-the-counter pain relievers are occasionally used in veterinary medicine for pain relief but they should only be given upon specific advice and direction of a veterinarian. Pain relievers, or analgesics, are not designed for use by cats and dogs and a minimal human dose can poison a pet. Cats and dogs do not utilize and tolerate drugs in the same way people do and human drugs should NEVER be assumed to be safe for animals.

      Acetaminophen (Tylenoltm) -XXX Top

      XXX - Emergency! XX - Highly Dangerous X - Dangerous

      Tylenol is, of course, a human over-the-counter analgesic medicine used to relieve pain. In people, after the pills are taken, the ingredients are broken down in the body by enzymes in the liver. In people, Tylenol is generally a safe and useful painkiller. Cats, however, have less of the enzyme required to detoxify the drug following ingestion. As a result, there are many dangerous metabolites, or break-down products of acetaminophen that bind to red blood cells and other tissue cells, resulting in the destruction of these cells. There may also be direct damage to tissue cells from the painkiller. As little as one regular strength tablet (325 mg) can poison a cat to the degree that it can develop noticeable clinical signs of illness. Two extra-strength tablets are likely to kill a cat. Dogs (particularly small dogs) are also susceptible to significant tissue damage from as little as two regular strength Tylenol and repeated doses increase the risk significantly. Signs develop quickly and can include salivation, vomiting, weakness and abdominal pain.

      Due to the significant toxicity to pets in relatively minimal dosages, the recommendation is clear - Tylenol should not be given to dogs or cats. Other, safer, drugs are available for pain relief; talk to your veterinarian about your own pet's specific needs.

      NSAIDs: Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Phenylbutazone, Naproxen - X Top

      XXX - Emergency! XX - Highly Dangerous X - Dangerous

      The pain relievers discussed here are known as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and are widely prescribed with caution by veterinarians to relieve pain from arthritis and other conditions. Animal dosages, however, are much lower than human dosages. Use of NSAIDs can significantly increase the risk for development of stomach or intestinal ulcers, particularly in a sick patient, or one receiving other medications. These pain relievers cause signs of poisoning by decreasing the mucous production in the stomach. Mucous serves to protect the stomach from the acids it secretes and reduction in mucous production decreases the protection the stomach has from acid secretion and increases the likelihood of ulcer formation. In addition these drugs indirectly decrease the blood flow to vital organs, particularly the kidney, and can result in significant kidney damage. Two regular strength aspirin in a small dog can cause clinical signs of poisoning. As with Tylenol, cats are more sensitive to these drugs and should never be given these medications unless under the specific direction of a veterinarian.

      Again, these drugs can be safely used and, in fact, are employed in veterinary practice every day in appropriate doses and after careful medical evaluation of the patient. The important point is to recognize that dogs and cats do not respond in the same way to human medications that people do. Any medications need to be discussed with and prescribed by a veterinarian prior to giving them to your pet to avoid an inadvertent and tragic poisoning.

  31. QUESTION:
    Can a puppy eat home made dog food?
    I would like to start cooking food myself for my puppy, who is four months old. Is it safe, or should I wait until she is a year old? I don't know if there are special nutrients she needs as a puppy that dog food contains, or if I can start feeding her rice, meat, and vegetables. Can anyone give me advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Designing a healthy doggy diet takes a lot of research and a lot of work. Ask the vet for an overview of canine nutritional needs and then check out some dog-food dietary or recipe books from the local library.

  32. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between natural and low-grade dry dog food?
    By "natural", I mean home cooked, raw, or high-end brands like Merrick, EVO, or Orijen.

    By "low-grade", I mean Alpo, Purina, Science Diet, etc.
    Okay, so meat by products and fillers are in the low grade stuff? Got it.
    I'm going to research why that's bad for dogs.
    Any links would be helpful!

    • ANSWER:
      The ingredients!

  33. QUESTION:
    Is it really bad to feed your dog human foods?
    Well, i don't like my parents giving my dog human food because everyone says its bad for them. But they don't listen and they keep giving her it. She's starting to not want her dog food. But when my aunt gives her dog human food like rice and beef and the things she cooks &her dog is 12 years old and still very healthy. I have also heard that some dog foods can be bad for your dog. &i wanted to know is it true that its bad to feed your dog human food? Most of my cousins that have dogs don't feed them dog food.

    • ANSWER:
      Human foods, if whole foods properly prepared, are probably the healthiest thing you could feed dogs. You pick the product so you know the freshness and can get info if there are things you want to avoid (such as meats from animals treated with hormones, antibiotics, etc) but even if you don't use those top quality organics, fresh whole meat, properly prepared grains, veggies and fruits are great for dogs. It is not difficult to feed a home cooked diet. Your aunt is obviously doing it right. It is better to avoid gravies, sauces, many spices and certain specific foods that can be toxic to dogs. Also, if you fed your dog mostly veggies or too much fruit that could be bad for your dog. It is not true that human food is bad for dogs. Some people act like fresh food will kill them when the meats, grains, veggies etc in almost all commercial dog foods are stuff you can't even feed to humans without risking health problems. Also, dog foods have shelf lifes of years usually. If a person ate cereal all the time they would survive, but would be lacking something in their diet for optimum health. If you are talking feeding nitrate filled lunch meat, beanie weenies, canned stew and other human food garbage, then it is absolutely bad for dogs as it is for people.
      We have three senior dogs, all are on a home cooked diet. If I would feed a dog food, I'd feed Acana or Orijen because those foods are made at a stellar plant with fresh ingredients and they have not been recalled.
      If I had a dog that was not prone to skin and coat problems or other health issues that was thriving on a dog food of lesser quality, I would probably not change that dog food, but whatever dog food I fed, I'd feed some fresh meat mixed with their food, often.

  34. QUESTION:
    can you suggest a source of recipes for homemade dog food?
    My dog was just diagnosed with abnormal pancreas readings after vomiting and diarrhea. He is doing better after a couple days on burger and rice and now I am interested in taking him off commercial dog food and treats and cooking for him at home.
    Does anyone have experience with a similar problem and/or have a dog food cookbook or resource they recommend?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to http://www.dogster.com/ and set up an account.

      Go to this page: http://www.dogster.com/forums/Home_Prepared_Food_Recipes/thread/640881 and use the guide to make sure your dog is getting a balanced meal.

      A problem with homemade diets is that they tend to be too low in calcium for dogs, so this tutorial will help to take the guess work out of it. Someone there is also probably tackling the same problem right now and can help you with your difficulties. The YA community is not quite knowledgeable enough to assist you.

      If you want a book try Dr. Pitcairn's :http://www.amazon.com/Pitcairns-Complete-Guide-Natural-Health/dp/157954973X

      It has a lot of really good recipes that also take the guess work out of home cooking.

      If making everything yourself seems daunting, try a premix like Honest Kitchen Preference http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/products/preference/ or Sojos Grain-Free http://sojos.com/europa.html

      If you can find a nutritionist or holistic vet in your area, they may be able to help you too. Don't let your vet put your dog on a prescription diet. They are a waste of money, nutritionally deficient and there is a very good reason that no one has made prescription foods for humans.

      Good luck!

      EDIT:
      Forgot to add these websites. With the Honest Kitchen one hit the older entries button to see more recipes.
      http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/category/recipes/
      http://www.halopets.com/resources/homemade-pet-food-recipes.html

  35. QUESTION:
    Is there anything to give a dog who is vomiting?
    She started vomiting this evening but not sure why. Her diet is dry dog food. I may end up taking her to the vet, but Is there anything I can give her that will help the vomiting stop?

    • ANSWER:
      Lots of water to keep her from being dehydrated - try but here is more info from a website. poor baby :o(

      Vomiting is the forcible expulsion of stomach and/or intestinal contents through the mouth. Vomiting occurs commonly in dogs. It seems to be caused most often by irritation of the stomach, called simple gastritis.

      Gastritis is usually caused by the ingestion of an irritant substance--for example, decomposed food, grass, aluminum foil, paper, or bones. The dog often first vomits food or another irritant material and later vomits clear or yellow fluid.

      Dogs with gastric irritation may seek grass to eat, but grass eating is often an "enjoyable pastime" for dogs and not a sign of illness. They may or may not be interested in their normal food.

      If your dog vomits once or twice, has no fever or obvious abdominal pain, and is no more than slightly depressed (inactive), you can probably treat the vomiting at home.

      *********

      It is time to seek veterinary help for vomiting if your dog vomits more than a few times, if the vomitus is ejected extremely forcefully, if there is blood in the vomitus or obvious abdominal pain, or if your dog seems particularly depressed or weak, has a fever, or retches unproductively, do not attempt to treat the condition at home.

      *********

      Even simple gastritis cannot always be treated successfully without the help of a veterinarian, and there are many other serious causes of vomiting, among them intestinal foreign bodies, bowel or stomach torsion (twisting) inflammation of the pancreas, kidney failure, and even certain forms of epilepsy.

      *********

      Some dogs, particularly young dogs used to eating several times a day, vomit during the hours preceding their regular meal. The vomitus usually looks like a frothy white or yellow fluid and is usually present in small amounts. This type of vomiting may be due to excess gastric acidity and can be controlled in several ways:

      1. Feed two meal a day (morning and evening).
      2. Allow free-choice feeding.
      3. Administer an antacid before the time when vomiting usually occurs. This last method is the least desirable since prolonged use may stimulate even greater secretion of gastric secretions.

      *********

      Another not-very-serious type of vomiting experienced frequently by young dogs occurs following meals, usually those who gobble their food, overeat, and/or exercise excessively immediately following eating. If your dog is an after-meal vomiter, you can try the following:

      1. If your dog normally eats with other animals, feed the one who vomits by him- or herself. Competition encourages food gulping.
      2. Feed smaller meals more frequently.
      3. Enforce rest after meals.
      4. Try a food that has to be chewed before swallowing (e.g., large-size kibbles).

      *********

      Home Treatment For Vomiting

      Never give a dog vomiting blood oral medications.

      Do not feed your dog for twelve to twenty-four hours following vomiting. At the end of twelve hours , you can offer a very small amount of soft, bland food such as cooked rice and skinless chicken breast, pasta, or potatoes mixed with low-fat cottage cheese (9-to1 ratio). If your dog keeps this small meal down for about four hours, another small meal can be offered, then another about four hours later. If no further vomiting occurs, the next day's meals can be normal-sized portion of bland food and the following day you can return your dog to a regular diet. Water should be offered only in small amounts but frequently in order to combat the tendency to dehydrate that accompanies vomiting. Large amount of food or water distend the already irritated stomach and usually cause vomiting to recur. An easy way to have water available in small portions is to place ice cubes in the water bowl and allow the dog to drink the liquid that accumulates as the cubes melt.

      Withholding food for 24 hours from very small dogs or puppies may lead to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and is dangerous. In this instance, withhold food for several hours and administer small amounts of honey, Karo syrup, or sugar water frequently during the period of food withdrawal.

      *********

      Medications

      Doses vary widely from pet to pet, however, so be sure to ask your vet for advice.

      1. Pepto-Bismol can be given. Give one teaspoon per 20 pounds of weight every four to six hours.

      2. Kaopectate is helpful for digestive troubles. Give one teaspoon of Kaopectate for each ten pounds of weight every four hours.

      3. Di Gel Liquid can be given up to 4 tbs. every 8 hours.

      4. Maalox can be given up to 4 tbs. every 8 hours.

      5. Antacid liquids for humans containing aluminum and/or magnesium hydroxide may help soothe the irritated stomach lining; however, the most important part of treatment is fasting! (Dose aluminum hydroxide antacids to provide 10mg per pound [22 mg/kg] of body weight every six hours.) If vomiting is present with diarrhea, drugs containing bismuth subsalicylate are best.

      Do not give any preparations containing aspirin when your pet has upset stomach.

  36. QUESTION:
    So exactly what dog food is safe to give our dogs?
    I feed my dog purina dry dog food. I heard they recently recalled dry food but I was not sure which kind.

    • ANSWER:
      When you think about it, what does your dog need from its food in order to be healthy?

      Today our pets have a wide variety to meet their tastes and needs and we have our choice of what kind of food we can choose to feed them. Despite the variety, pet foods usually fall into three major categories. These categories are: Grocery store foods, these types of dog and pet foods are usually found in grocery stores and mass marketed retailers and can contain lower quality, less expensive ingredients. The second category is "premium dog foods," which can also be found in grocery's stores but are also found in pet stores and through your local veterinarian's office. These types of foods are usually made from some higher quality ingredients and are usually made evident by the expense of the food. Some of these pet foods though can contain lower quality ingredients that you aren't aware of. The third and final category is homemade dog food.More and more people are beginning to make their dog's food at home rather than buying commercial formulas. Homemade dog food doesn't contain any substances that could possibly be harmful to your dog's health such as artificial coloring and artificial flavors.

      Another reason to make homemade dog food is the preservatives added to the commercial dog food. Homemade dog food has the benefit of optimum freshness without preservatives.

      There are dogs that would greatly benefit from a homemade diet. Some dogs who suffer from allergies that cause severe itching may find relief once switched from commercial dog food to a homemade diet.

      Processed dog food is a relatively new product and scientists don't fully understand the differences between commercial food and a diet of fresh food. There may be problems occurring in a dog's health because he is being given food that has had the nutrients cooked out of it and then sprayed back on.

      Would you like to prolong the quality and length of your dog's life by 135%?You should keep your dog healthy by homemade dog food.

      http://ezinearticles.com/?Keep-Your-Dog-Healthy-By-Homemade-Dog-Food-Recipe&id=482336

  37. QUESTION:
    does anyone know the calorific value of complete dry dog food?
    I want to swap to feeding turkey mince, rice and vegetables, but I have no idea how much to give him. I thought if I could work out how many calories his recommended dog food portion is, I could work out how much turkey and rice. Anyone know?
    The basic content is on the bag, protein, ash, oil, moisture. But not calories, unfortunately! I want to feed a more natural diet as hes bored with the biscuits and farts terribly!

    • ANSWER:
      Some bags have the calorie content, some dont. I have even found some of the websites do not have the calorie content. I have had to use the "contact us" link several times to request the calorie content. Kibble can range from 250 calories a cup to almost 600! Its great that you want to home cook for your dog. You can really control the quality of the ingredients that way. I suggest you join the Yahoo group K9 Kitchen. They can give you a lot of really good advice on how to make a balanced diet. There is also a book of the same name. If you dont want to do this research, then this is one case where I would recommend a good dog vitamin, in case your home cooking is missing something like calcium.

      Ro

  38. QUESTION:
    Benefits/ problems related to home made dog foods?
    After doing my research, I've learned that its fairly healthy to feed dogs homemade dog foods. The stuff that goes into dog food is sick!
    However... I need to try and convince my mother to let me make the food, and prove to her why it will be healthier for our Cockapoo.

    But, now I'm wondering. Is it really healthier for them? What are problems with feeding home made dog foods? Are there any benefits?

    I could buy a quality dog food; but my mom refuses to spend the money. Our dog has been living on Purina and Beneful for 9 years, and she claims shes not dead/ sick. While she does have some minor issues I've been concerned about (will give them in More Details) I'm not sure if they're food related.

    Please help me out and give me as much information AND sources as to why I should (or shouldn't) make my own dog food.

    Thank you!
    My dog has some breathing problems occassionally; especially when shes on a leash. She makes sounds like she is choking and breathes very strangely.

    She also has small bumps on her skin that about less than a centimeter in width and about the same/ a little bit more in their height. The bumps are the same color as her skin if not a bit pinker.

    Her energy level is also very poor. She never plays and sleeps all day, even though I take her for a walk almost every morning.
    Is it alright to feed them canned peas and canned tuna?

    • ANSWER:
      Most of the people on this site DON'T want to know about facts like you do because I guess to them ignorance is bliss, your concern for your pet is refreashing to see for a change. Tell your Mom I said she has reason to be very proud of you, most kids just don't care about anything but themselves these days.

      I can help you quite abit and get you going in the right direction. We have been home cooking our pet food now for about 3-4 months and within just the first 2 weeks the results were dramatic, and that's putting it mildly, far more than I ever expected. We fed "premium" pet foods which are also garbage, they all are. My GF just showed me plastic parts in one brand and hair in a brand called Innova. (dog or cat hair?, we have the pics)

      We have my Mom doing the home cooking now for 2 abused small dogs she is caring for along with us. They only have been on the home cooked diets for 3 weeks and are doing fantastic now, no more fear now that the one is going to loose his eye site anymore because his eyes are crystal clear again and the injured eye is so much better. (we also medicated his injured eye w/ anti biotic). His bloated body is also quickly returning to normal shape.

      The first thing you need to do is check out this site, he's a vet, PHD, writer, and studied nutrition as well, this mans book is saving our dogs lives no doubt about that and the other 2s.
      http://www.drpitcairn.com , read the nutrition page definiatly.

      As far as is it hard to do, no, my girlfriend enjoys making up the food, freezes about a weeks worth and we feed twice a day (once daily feeding causes bloat). The neglected dogs are getting fed 3 times a day as one is very under weight, we worked him up to it gradually. It's sad, he refused all commercial foods prior and was starving to death, the first night I brought him the real food he goobled it like he'd never eaten before. Now he cries before feeding like to say "don't forget me".

      Tell your Mom uncooked oatmeal is not expensive.(ingredient in one recipe) Ground turkey or chicken, nutritional yeast, kelp, a few select vitamins , organic eggs, whole organic milk, wheat bread, small amount of garlic, calcium/ phosphous (balanced amounts), a few other minor ingredients, they make a doggy meatloaf,lol and they really love it. The best part, it's nutritionally balanced, your pet will start getting healthier and less vet bills in the future. There are other meals to make in the book also.

      Tell your Mom you can't SEE liver or kidney damage that is happening in a pet till it's to late, your dog is way to young to be that lethargic (tired). This book also has natural flea remedies and I'll give you 2 links about the dangers of Frontline etc...(listed on sources below).

      I told my GF, your gonna give them diarreah when you make them their own food before we got the book, what a FOOL I was and addmit that now. I told her get it if you want (she would have anyways,lol), it was the best $$ we ever spent. No diarreah in 4 months, actually they go less, totally normal, and drink less water. Our 11 year old Yorkie is like a puppy again now playing a lot more and much more energetic, he no longer looks old anymore either.

      I saw you have an email listed, (if you didn't I was going to give you mine), tell your Mom if she won't get you this book, I will, I'm not rich by any means but if she won't help you save your dog we will. This book will tell you all you need to know about your pet, how to cook for it, dangers to it, conditions and how to treat, etc...

      I've had to euthanize 2 of my little guys in the past two years over kidney/ liver problems, I have no doubt if we had this book 12 years ago we'd still have them now, it's something you never want to go thru. Our 3rd died in surgery 3 years ago. Eventuually when you do loose your pet, at least you'll have peace of mind knowing you tried your absolute best to give it a happy and HEALTHY life. You can tell your Mom we have spent ,500.00 in the last 3 years on our vet costs, that should make her feel better about buting you this book so you'll know from reading it how to truly take care of him/her the best you can.

      My name on the email that will show up is "Jim D", like I said, tell your Mom I'll get you the book if she won't. If I can help just one more pet not suffer from commercial pet food that will be well worth what it may cost me. Good Luck. You can write me back and I'll have my GF answer any questions you have, she's researched 4 months steady now and is up on a lot of what's really going on.

      One more benefit to the book, you'll be able to educate other people as well about helping their pets, it's a great feeling to help when someone wants to know the truth about whats really going into pet foods etc... . and no more worries when the recalls of the pet food garbage crop up again, it's allready starting again w/ one brand.

      Edit: I missed the part earlier about the tuna, NO, it's heavily laden w/ mercury.

      Edit: The first post has very good points but the book tells you how much of each etc... Also, as for running that by your vet, most vets do not take nutritional classes and if they do it is usually an IAMS or some other pet food rep. giving them the info, WRONG info I might add.

  39. QUESTION:
    What are safe foods for kittens to eat?
    I have two 3 month old kittens. I am very interested in preparing home cooked meals for them. I was wondering what foods would be safe and what is the best way to prepare it.

    • ANSWER:
      Making a nutritionally complete homemade diet isn't easy. Research:
      http://www.catinfo.org/makingcatfood.htm (MAKING CAT FOOD)
      http://www.catnutrition.org/foodmaking.php (Foodmaking)
      http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?action=library&act=show&item=014 (Easy Homemade Diets for Cats and Dogs)

      Raw feeding is an excellent option but should be thoroughly researched before being attempted. There's a lot more to it than just feeding your cat raw meat. You need a careful balance of raw muscle meat, raw organ meat, and raw meaty bones. Research:
      http://www.rawfedcats.org/ (Raw Fed Cats)
      http://rawfed.com/myths/cats.html (Raw Fed: What About Cats?)
      http://www.rawlearning.com/ (Jane Anderson's Raw Learning Site)
      http://www.rawmeatybones.com/ (Raw Meaty Bones)
      http://rawfed.com/myths/preymodel.html (Raw Prey Model Diet Vs. BARF Diet)
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfeeding/ (Raw Feeding)
      http://community.livejournal.com/rawdogs/profile/ (Raw Dogs Livejournal Community [not just for dogs despite the name!], excellent raw feeding information on the profile page and overall helpful community for raw feeding questions.)
      http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html (Myths About Raw Feeding)

      Darksong~

  40. QUESTION:
    What else is required in the prey model diet?
    my dogs have just had their 1st pieces of raw chicken (1/4 each) but it seems like very lttle compared to what they used to eat (1/2 tin of dog food and dry mix) Am i giving them the right amount? Do they need any other vitamin rich foods or supplements?
    Siberian Husky (5 1/2 months old)
    GSD/Lab mix (4 1/2 years old)
    Advice from other raw feed owners appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      A prey model diet is dangerous and inaccurately named. It isn't what a dog would really eat as a predator because the meat is processed, even if not cooked. In the wild, dogs eat the whole animal, not just select cuts. That means they also eat organs and the contents of the digestive tract of the prey animal. Good luck finding lungs and guts at the grocery store. So you'll have to substitute if you really want to feed them a diet close to what their natural diet in the wild would be.

      If you want to feed raw, that's fine. I personally prefer home cooking to feeding raw because of concerns about bacteria loads on factory farmed meats. Either way, please do it with a balanced diet. That means you'll need to give vegetables in addition to meats, and you'll also need to give dietary supplements. This diet needs to be specially formulated for each individual dog and should be done by a qualified nutritionist, not based on what you can find on the internet. Your vet may be able to recommend a nutritionist.

      There are so many incredibly dangerous fad diets out there for dogs it is impossible for a lay person to weed out the good from the bad. Go for the expert who actually has credentials, not just someone who claims they've been feeding it to their dog and their dog is doing great or whatever.

      I used a nutritionist recommended by a trusted friend, with later adjustments made by my veterinarian as my dog's needs changed. Maybe your vet is cooperative about raw feeding, some are. But even if you can't work with your own vet, please do find a qualified expert to work with on this.

  41. QUESTION:
    How to make my dog gain weight and eat his food?
    I currently have a 1 year old BRT. I know it's bad but I've changed his food three times already because he'll eat something for a few months and then stop eating it and then get really skinny. This time I tried not to change his food but to get him to keep eating it by putting warm water in it, wet dog food, meat, tuna, and I got so desperate I gave him a pancake. I don't know what else to do. He's REALLY skinny now and needs to get his weight up ASAP but how can I do it and he won't eat his food?
    When he came home I had him in a dehydrated raw food (hydrate it and feed, and you could see the turkey and everything in it!) and it was really expensive! He stopped eating it so then I put him on Blue wilderness (also expensive) and he stopped eating it. Then I put him on the cheapo stuff from sams club (which he's on now) and he stopped eating it. I don't know what's left there to do :(

    • ANSWER:
      You might want to try putting your dog on a bland diet. It's 2/3 cup rice to 1/3 cup ground beef. It's super easy to cook en masse. Just stick in the fridge between feedings. Another idea is that you can supplement your dogs food with canned pumpkin - the pumpkin is healthy and has a good taste.

      Good luck. If this doesn't work, call the vet - as there may be an underlying issue.

  42. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend a great cookbook for making natural meals for dogs?
    I have 2 dogs, my chihuahua who is about 15 & my "ratcha"(chihuahua/rat terrier mix) who is a late 4. Just want to start making them healthy food. I've heard of all the crap they put in other dog foods. I purchased Science Diet because it's vet approved & I was told it's like 90% organic, but my senior dog doesn't really like it.

    Please help, Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      K9 Kitchen: The Truth Behind the Hype by Monica Segal (2nd edition) has just come out (Got my copy in the mail yesterday)

      K9 Kitchen
      Description:
      K9 Kitchen: The Truth Behind the Hype (second edition) by Monica Segal, AHCW

      Cutting through the current myths that surround home-prepared canine diets, this book presents facts as well as respectful consideration to feeding each dog as an individual. We begin with basic information, moving toward a better understanding of the nutritional needs of dogs, and providing analyses of commonly fed raw meaty bones and green tripe. The book provides 60 diet plans (20 cooked, 20 raw and 20 combination diets), the NRC 2006 nutrient requirements for adult dogs, and a step-by-step guideline to help the reader formulate a balanced diet.

      Recommendations:
      Suggested reading for people who want to learn more before deciding on an appropriate feeding method for their unique dog.

      http://www.monicasegal.com/catalog/product.php?cPath=25&products_id=66

  43. QUESTION:
    What do you think of Oven-Baked Tradition dry dog food?
    Just wondering, my Dachshund likes vareity, he gets easily bored with his dog food. We have been feeding him Canidae and he likes it but I was at the pet food store and saw this "Oven-Baked Tradition" dog food. It looks like it would be a good dog food for him, plenty healthy. Just wondering if any of you out there have had any experience with this and if you think it's a good dog food. Any links about the dog food would be appreciated also.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Here's a link to one of their products. You can surf their site for the others.
      http://www.ovenbakedtradition.com/prod_pouad_lsting.php?lang=en

      I haven't ever heard of it before, but looking at the ingredients, it looks like a pretty good quality food. If your dog hasn't had problems in the past switching from one kibble to another, he'll probably be fine switching to that from Canidae.

      In general, it isn't a good idea to keep swapping foods, but if your dog doesn't have any digestive problems with doing it and it's a matter of swap foods and he'll eat or stick with one and he'll starve, then go for it.

      If you really want to give your dog variety, I'd recommend a home-cooked diet. Raw diets have not been proven to be any better or worse than a high quality kibble like what you're feeding, but there's always the risk of parasites and disease transmission in raw meat, so seems like a home-cooked diet would give the benefits of a raw diet without the risk.

      If you do decide to go for a homemade diet instead of kibble, I'd recommend you spend the money to consult with a veterinary nutritionist to create a recipe/ meal plan that works for you and your dog and is nutritionally complete. If you can't find one in your area (ask your vet for a reference) try http://www.petdiets.com/

  44. QUESTION:
    I have been increasingly leary about commercial dog food and would prefer not to feed it to my new puppy.?
    Most commercial foods have rice or other carbs as a main ingredient. Dogs in their natural environment do not usually eat lots of carbs, only what is found in the stomach of an animal they have killed. Has anyone had experience with a raw diet, or a cooked diet using people food and supplements? Does anyone know of any dog foods that are healthy, without preservatives chemicals or euthanized animals in it?

    • ANSWER:
      I own three dogs, all on the raw diet. The benefits of it is of course they are getting 100% bio-available nutrients, enzymes, protein etc... You can taylor it to your dogs need. For instance my border collie is anemic so she gets extra organ meat. My min pin has watery eyes so he gets extra apple cider vinegar. There's less waste cause they are absorbing all they need from the food with no fillers or crap in there. Two of my dogs are 10 and one is 3. My ten years olds acts like 5 years olds, if not younger. It's just optimal health for them if done right. The basic ingredients would be meat, vegetables, organ meat, bone, oils and anything else you want like kelp, apple cider vinegar, alfalfa and on and on. Whatever your pup needs.

      Puppies need to eat about 5% of their body weight. Depending on their activity level. So a 20 pound dog would eat 1 pound of food per day. But it all depends on them. If they are very energetic and not gaining weight from what you give them then you can up it or if they are gaining weight than you decrease the amount of food.

      There are many websites and books out there. There are also pet health food stores that have raw food available pre made. That takes the guess work out of exactly what to put in, although it may be more expensive. The staff should be able to answer all your questions and guide you to some good books. Pre made raw food would have bone ground up into it whereas making it at home you can give them raw bones to chew. The raw bones help their theeth as well as offer many nutrients from the marrow and bone itself. They can't be given constantly because the marrow is so rich in nutrients that they can get the runs. But they chew on them for a day or two, get the marrow our, then have another chew for a day or two. Depends on the dogs size etc.

      I could literally talk forever about this because there is a lot to know, but once you get it down it is super easy and they'll love you for it. I'll attach just one website to look at but there are tons. Barfworld, raw diets....

      http://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/category/diet/

      http://www.mypetcarnivore.com/rawfeeding_basics.htm

      Any pre-made diet that you buy for raw will have no preservatives etc. in it. It will just be the basics. People food is dog food. Just not everything is healthy for them. Chocolate, some vegtables, all drinks besides water...also they get their carbs from the raw vegetables in their diet.

      I told you I can really talk forever so I'll just say do you research and you'll love it.

  45. QUESTION:
    What is a good low sodium food for large breed dogs?
    I have an Irish Wolfhound with Congestive heart problems, He needs a low sodium dog food. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Ask your veterinarian - they probably have a prescription diet that they recommend. It may be expensive, or it may not be something that you want to feed your dog, but this is important for his health. I don't know of any regular dog foods that are low in sodium, as most dogs don't require a low sodium diet. You may even be able to home cook for him, but please obtain some balanced recipes from your veterinarian or a dog nutritionist first.

  46. QUESTION:
    What should I feed a cat if I have no cat food around?
    We found a little stray kitty that decided to make our house its home (:
    I was wondering, what should I feed her?
    We have dog food & treats around. (i've only fed her a few pieces of a beggin' strip)
    We also have plenty of Filippino food around. xD (e.g. rice, pork adobo, white rice, lumpia, etc)
    & lots of ramen noodles. xD

    What do you think we should feed her?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, you should get yourself some high quality cat food when you get the chance (make sure "chicken" or "turkey" is the first ingredient, and not corn), to ensure they get nutrients formulated specifically for their needs. If you don't want to get them cat food and feed them only a homemade diet, please talk to a vet or animal nutritionist to make sure the kitty is getting what she needs. :) Thanks for taking her in!

      In the meanwhile, don't feed her rice or noodles, cats really don't need much carbohydrate- they need lots of protein and some fat. Dog food can probably be given in a pinch, but it doesn't have enough protein to sustain a cat. You could also try tuna, which the kitty will love, but again it's not going to provide enough nutrients if you feed them that for an extended amount of time. Chicken, meat, and cooked eggs might also be okay for a bit- but make sure you give it to the kitty plain, without spices or sauces, they can't handle as much sodium as we can.

      Avoid feeding raw eggs, and don't give them lots of milk! I know it's a typical belief that cats can drink lots of milk, but they can't live off it and it can make adult cats sick.

      Good luck!

  47. QUESTION:
    Anyone know any good raw dog food recipes and raw treat recipes?
    I am looking for some raw dog food recipes to start feeding raw for only part of the time. Have any ideas? Any healthy raw treat ideas? Summer treat ideas?

    Thank you!
    What about fruites and veggies?
    I tried feeding raw once. It made one of my bullies sick...it was not a kind I made it was a store bought kind. I want to try it again very slowly because I believe it will be better in the long run. What about eggs? I have heard raw eggs are good for them as well.

    • ANSWER:
      It is something that should be researched thoroughly. For example, you don't want to feed too many organs or weight bearing bones. Also, to reach the maximum benefit, you should donate your bag of kibble. It doesn't benefit the dog to have both as they digest differently in the body.

      I serve my dog a whole chicken in the morning and in the evening I serve ground up meat-ground with the bones in it (whichever meat I have for that day, venison, lamb, etc) with pureed (from food processor) veggies and fruits mixed in. My dog prefers not to have the veggies, so if I don't serve it this way, he won't eat them.

      Many people say that veggies and fruits are not necessary, but some do and I feel better knowing he has them. Dogs are omnivores and in the wild will eat grass.

      I cook a box of brown rice once a week and I daily add 1/2 cup of it to his evening meal.

      I am giving you some links that can go into more detail about the diet. I wish you the best and thank you for feeding your dogs the healthiest diet!

      The links I have prepared for you are ones that I have researched myself as well as ones that were sent to me when I joined the yahoo group for rawfeeding. I would suggest signing up for it. It is free to register, they don't spam you and you can opt out at anytime. http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfe...

      Why I chose to feed my dog a raw food diet:

      I adopted my lab/pit mix at 1 year old. He had been a stray and was the most amazing dog I have ever met. It was love at first sight. When I brought him home, I fed him (quality) kibble. He had daily diarrhea, often several times a day. I felt horrible for him. We were at the vet twice in the first month for his bowel problems. My vet told me to feed Science Diet, Sensitive Stomach Formula. I knew that SD is crap food, but I was desperate to help my dog. It worked! Then I found out that not only is there no nutriton in SD, but they add stool hardeners! I was so mad. The food was only masking the problem.

      I knew there had to be a better way. I was heavily reading everything I could about canine nutrition. I had my dog tested for allergies. (dogs can be sensititve to something without being allergic) I changed food every few weeks trying to fnd something nutritious that wouldn't make his bowels expode.

      I started cooking boiled chicken and rice for him and only feeding him that because that was the only way he'd stop having diarrhea and I could actually know exactly what he was eating. There had to be a better way.

      I had heard of raw feeing but it sounded crazy to me. I mean, feeding your dog bones? That's insane! They could choke! Well, after careful research and consulting with my vet, I decided that I had tried everything else and this was worth a shot. It turns out raw bones are GOOD for them! They don't splinter like cooked bones. They clean the dogs teeth. This is what a dog's digestive system was meant to eat!

      Aside from the diarrhea, my dog suffered frequent ear infections, UTIs, and anal gland infections. He had gas, bad breath and the frequent diarrhea. All of that is now gone! He is so healthy and his immune system fights off everything on his own. There are no more monthly trips to the vet (so costly!) and he has so much energy.

      I always suggest everyone should at least look into raw feeding, even if their dog is already healthy. Keep him that way, right?

      My dog is almost 80lbs and he eats 2.5 lbs of raw a day. He gets half of a chicken in the morning and his evening meal varies including eggs, veggies, duck, venison, bison, beef, turkey, fish, organs, etc. He loves it! There is nothing more satisfying than hearing him crunch on those bones because I know it makes him so healthy and happy.

      Keep in mind, you have to be careful with bone/meat ratio (explained in links) and what kinds of raw you are feeding. (example, too many organs or weight bearing bones can be bad)

      Links:

      http://www.rawfed.com/
      http://www.rawlearning.com/
      http://rawfeddogs.net/
      http://www.rawmeatybones.com/ http://rawfed.com/myths/preymodel.html
      http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html

      I wish you the best and if I think of anything else, I will edit!

      I feed him a tablespoon of yogurt a day - I put plops of yogurt on a freezer safe Tupperware and stick it in the freezer. I give him one a day as a treat. I don't believe it is necessary, but he hasn't had any digestive problems since I've been doing it. It's used as a treat.

      Other treats I have used are raw baby carrots, sliced apples and green beans. I also puree liver, mix it 50/50 with water and put it into ice cube trays as a treat.

      I used to buy from www.omaspride.com but now I do it myself. It isn't terribly cheaper but for me it is more convenient to pick up stuiff for him at my weekly trips to the butcher shop, which sells only organic fed, free range meats and dairy products. Also consider making your own jerky (or purchasing) out of venison, chicken, duck, etc.

  48. QUESTION:
    How do I keep my dog as healthy as possible?
    I want her to be like one of those old buff guys with their proteins shakes. lol. She's almost 9 and a chihuahua, we cook her food instead of dog food, she has also recently started taking a multi vitamin, and also fish oil because she developed REALLY bad dandruff. For breakfast, she also started eating actual dog food which I'm assuming is also good for her teeth.. And I think she needs to lose a couple of ounces lol. but I live in washington, so it's hard walking her everyday, plus we have two other dogs in the house and I don't want to leave them at home while im out with just her. She's going to get her shots soon too and get a teeth cleaning because her teeth are really bad.
    ALSO, What should I add to her food? Right now she eats white rice with meat and carrots cooked. And I'm not feeding her raw meat....
    She hates swimming....
    Washington.... It's really cold and it rains wayyy to often....
    And i do take her on walks on sunny days, when she looks tired i just carry her back home. And I think she's actually still pretty youthful, she stills runs and has no problem jumping and standing on her hind legs.
    is her walking around outside considered excersice? She plays outside for a little bit every morning.
    Shes not fat! She's just a little chubby I think.

    • ANSWER:
      Please look into feeding an all-raw diet.

      For cats, feeding raw is LESS expensive than kibble/wet canned foods: http://catcentric.org/nutrition-and-food/raw-feeding/how-much-does-it-cost-to-feed-my-cat-or-i-can-afford-to-feed-commercial-raw/

      The stomachs of dogs and cats are highly acidic, able to liquefy raw meat/bones.

      They are designed to handle parasites and large amounts of unhealthy bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella. Raw fed cats or dogs will have a strong immune system able to handle any viral, bacterial, or parasitic infection.

      Kibble decreases the acidity of their digestive system, so mixing kibble and raw meat is often a bad idea. Also, feeding raw bones is critical. They can't be cooked because cooked bones can splinter and cause injury/death. Raw bones are much more pliable and easily digested.

      Many vets recommend a kibble-based diet despite the inadequate nutritional value.. A small reason for this is that they can earn about 20% of their revenue from pet food sales and manufacturer kickbacks. The main reason, however, is because they receive about 2 weeks worth of training on animal nutrition, and guess who the teacher is? A representative from a pet food manufacturer.

      The pet food industry earns over billion annually in the US. Huge profit margins are gained by use of the cheapest ingredients possible.

      A major ingredient in dog/cat food is grain, such as corn, wheat, or soy. These are indigestible to them. They are literally the floor scrapings from mills that process these grains for human food. They can even include cardboard. This causes large, bulky stools, or at it's worst, causes bloat, diabetes, bowel problems, etc.

      Vitamins and minerals are added because they have been cooked out of kibble. Other ingredients are artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives. Colors are added to make it look good to us, but unfortunately they may be toxic and lead to kidney/liver problems and cancer.

      Compare the ingredients of a low quality dog/cat food to a high quality dog/cat food. The first ingredient may be some variety of meat. Maybe it's actually "meat" or "meat meal". "Meat" is a protein source that comes from rendering plants that process slaughter house leftovers, road kill, and dead animals from animal shelters and vet offices.

      They then sell the material to livestock feed and pet food manufacturers. Not only is it unbearable to think of our dogs as cannibals, bear in mind that the soduim pentobarbital used in euthanization is not eliminated in the rendering process.

      Today the pet food industry earns billions, yet faces countless lawsuits from owners who's animals were made sick/killed by their products.

      Also more info on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=dog+food+truth&oq=dog+food+truth&gs_l=youtube.3..0.17827.20231.0.20496.14.14.0.0.0.0.303.2342.2j9j2j1.14.0...0.0...1ac.1.52rVWtwYxMY

      Yahoo feeding group, found here:
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfeeding/


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    I am screening the homes for my puppies definetly.

    • ANSWER:
      Pedigree Petfoods do puppy packs. You can get them at champ shows from their trade stand. I am sure other dog food manufacturers do them also.

      I made up my own. Put in a weeks supply of the food they were on.

      I included a care sheet, with diet, grooming, health, worming and training advice, and advice on spaying/neutering. What to look for in a boarding kennel if they ever had to use one. And also things to tell the vet that the breed may be intolerant of (e.g. - adverse reaction to certain anaesthetic agents that could happen). I also wrote up a breed history I did it all in Word in the form of a book. Included some pictures, and just printed it off as I needed it.

      You could also ask your vet when you take them for their pre home health check. They often get free samples of dog food to hand out to customers. But if you do that, then get some to mix in with the food you are giving them just now so their digestive system becomes accustomed to the new food.

      I hope you get good homes for all your puppies.

  2. QUESTION:
    how much should I feed a 5 month old boxer per day?
    I have a 5 month old boxer and she is eating about 2 cups of food per day. I was wondering if this was the right amount? she was 3 lbs underweight when i got her and she is still looks under weight after 2 mouths. i am feeding her blue buffalo grain free puppy food. can someone please help me! i think i should be feeding her more but when I told the vet they didn't say i was feeding to less or tell me how much to feed her.

    • ANSWER:
      I got my puppy at 5 months, she was a rescue and severely underweight. She is 9 months now and very healthy and strong! I'd say give her about three cups a day. With plenty of water, walks and play time. Do this for about a month then go back to two cups. If she has not finished her food when you go to give her more just wait till the bowl is empty before a refill. Also give her a lil bit of meat from your leftovers ( steak, pork, chicken etc) these are great for protein and will help her weight as well. Just DON'T feed it to her from the table put it in her bowl. You don't want to start any bad begging habits. Once she reaches that desired weight then continue with two cups she will be just fine. Good luck!

  3. QUESTION:
    How old should my german shepherd puppy be before I feed him large breed puppy food?
    My german shepherd puppy is 10 weeks old and I have been feeding him regular puppy food. My breeder said I should wait a certain amount of time before I feed him large breed puppy food because of something that has to do with how fast it makes them grow & it's now good for them???
    Has anyone heard of this or do you know if I should start feeding him large breed puppy food yet? Thank You

    • ANSWER:
      I've never been concerned with 'large breed' food. What's more important is what's actually in the food....the ingredients, the protein/fat content, etc. If you feed a well balanced puppy food with lamb or chicken as the main ingredient, that's free of corn and wheat products, animal by-products, etc., you really don't need to worry about large breed vs. small breed. That's more advertising gimmick than anything. In any case, shepherds growth slows down substantially after 6 months, and it's usually about this time that I switch them to an adult food. Look for a protein content of 25-30 percent and fat content no more than 18%,, along with the ingredient criteria listed above.

  4. QUESTION:
    What puppy food should I feed my 6 month old 40lb Rednose Pitty?
    I REALLY like Artemis Med/Lrg Breed Dry Puppy food, but its so hard to find and way to expensive to order online. What is the closest next best thing?

    • ANSWER:
      This will answer all your dog food questions.

      http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/

      I fed my puppy Now! puppy food. It's grain free.

  5. QUESTION:
    What is the best brand of puppy food to buy?
    I am getting a miniature Australian Shepherd on Tuesday. I want to make sure he is getting the best care and food. I don't want to get him anything that wouldn't be good for his health.
    I don't care about price. I went out shopping yesterday and got him Wellness puppy food but I'm still looking for other brands that might be good.

    • ANSWER:
      Wellness is a very good brand. I would keep him on it. You might consider a grain free diet for your puppy, but Wellness is excellent food.

      doxie, my puppy is on taste of the wild and she loves it!

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the best brand puppy food to feed chihuahua puppys?
    i dont think the puppy food iam giving them is good enough for them. iam giving them purina puppy chow is that good?? or what brand should i give them. Worried Owner

    • ANSWER:
      Purina is CRAP. I feed my Chihuahua Orijen and Acana grain free. Named meats should be the main ingredients. Avoid foods that have corn, soy, wheat, by products, animal digest, added sugar, and artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives. That junk is nutritionally useless to a dog. Grain free foods are best. Dogs are meant to eat a meat based diet. You will only find good foods at your local holistic pet food store. Anything sold in a grocery store is crap. Read ingredients before buying. Other good brands are Before Grain, Nature's Variety Instinct, Wellness, and EVO.

      Orijen: http://Orijen.ca/

      Acana Grain Free: http://www.championpetfoods.com/acana/products.php

  7. QUESTION:
    What is a cheap healthy and nutritious puppy food?
    I am buying a puppy and need a puppy food that is cheap but good for a puppy and i am 14 so no rude comments.

    • ANSWER:
      Cheap, healthy, and nutritious do not belong in the same sentence. If it's cheap, it isn't going to be healthy or nutritious. Feed your puppy a high quality food. (I hope you're acquiring your puppy through a reputable breeder.)

      Not all pet food is made equally. A lot of it is full of corn, by-products, dyes, unhealthy preservatives, filler grains and all sorts of nasty stuff. A lot of pet food companies are perfectly happy to the dump cheap leftovers and things that aren't safe for human consumption (from human food processing plants) into their foods. Will it kill your dog? No, it has to be nutritionally complete and safe to even be marketed. Is it healthy? Not by a long shot.

      Corn is a low quality ingredient you never want to see in your pet food. Corn and low quality grains are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to food allergies in our pets.

      Thankfully, there are some excellent dog foods being made these days that include organic, human grade ingredients rather than trash not fit for human consumption.

      Examples of low quality foods to avoid: Anything you can find in a grocery store will be low end, Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Pedigree, Kibbles n' Bits, Beneful, Ol'Roy.

      Examples of high quality foods to look for: Innova, Wellness, Solid Gold, Canidae All Life Stages, Fromm Four Star, Merrick, GO Natural, Nature's Variety Prairie, Nature's Logic, Artemis Fresh Mix, Timberwolf Organics.

      Although the high quality foods are more expensive, you're getting what you're paying for. Less filler material and higher quality ingredients means more concentrated nutrients... this means you typically need to feed far less of the high quality food than you would of the low quality one. Which also means less poop!

      Seriously on a budget? Two of the most affordable of the higher quality foods would be Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul and Canidae All Life Stages.

      Before following your vet's food recommendation, keep in mind that vets get /very/ little nutritional training during their schooling. Besides that, what training they /do/ get is usually sponsored or taught by... you guessed it, the crappy pet food companies! They also often get kickbacks from the companies for pushing these products at their clinics (Science Diet, Royal Canin etc.)

      A great option is to go with an entirely grain-free diet. Many of the high quality foods now put out grain-free formulas. Some good grain-free diets include: Innova EVO, Wellness CORE, Blue Wilderness, Nature's Variety Instinct, Orijen, Horizon Legacy, Canidae Grain Free All Life Stages, Fromm Surf & Turf, Now!, GO Natural Grain Free, Sold Gold Barking At The Moon, Ziwipeak, and Taste of the Wild.

      Some pretty decent foods can even be found in common pet stores. Petsmart carries Blue Buffalo products (such as the excellent grain-free diet, Blue Wilderness). Petco carries Wellness, Solid Gold, Natural Balance, Eagle Pack Holistic Select, Blue Buffalo, Castor & Pollux Organix, Pinnacle, and Halo.

      If you can't find a food, most of the high quality dog food brands have websites with store locators on them that will help you find the store closest to you which supplies their products. Simply type the dog food brand's name into Google, go to their website, and type your zip code into their store locator.

      Another option, if you can't find anywhere around you that sells good foods, is to order your pet food online. Here's an excellent place to do so: http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/

      Remember that foods should be switched gradually (mixing the new slowly in with the old over the period of about week or so), especially when switching to a higher quality one, so as not to upset tummies. For example:
      Days 1 & 2: 75% old food, 25% new food
      Days 3 & 4: 50% old food, 50% new food
      Days 5 & 6: 25% old food, 75% new food
      Day 7: 0% old food, 100% new food
      Another option for feeding dogs is to feed raw. This is something that should be thoroughly researched before being attempted:
      http://www.rawfed.com/ (RawFed)
      http://www.rawlearning.com/ (Jane Anderson's Raw Learning Site)
      http://rawfeddogs.net/ (Raw Fed Dogs)
      http://www.rawmeatybones.com/ (Raw Meaty Bones)
      http://rawfed.com/myths/preymodel.html (Raw Prey Model Diet Vs. BARF Diet)
      http://community.livejournal.com/rawdogs/profile/ (Raw Dogs Livejournal Community, excellent raw feeding information on the profile page and overall helpful community for raw feeding questions)
      http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html (Myths About Raw Feeding)

      Also remember that freefeeding (leaving food down) is the fast lane to canine obesity. Make sure to have scheduled feeding times loosely based on the feeding guidelines on your dog's food. Adult dogs are typically fed two meals a day.

      More on dog food:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=main (Learn how to determine the quality of your dog's food.)
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ (Dog food reviews. Four stars is a decent food, five stars is a great food, and six stars is an excellent food.)

      Darksong~

  8. QUESTION:
    When should I start my puppies on puppy food?
    My chihuahua puppies are four weeks today. I was wondering when should I introduce them to puppy food? Also, whats the best brand for them. They already have teeth, so I was thinking I should start them today..

    • ANSWER:
      I start weaning all my puppies at 4 weeks.
      I start them on Eukanuba soaked in warm water with a bit of organic milk. They are totally free of Mama's milk at 5 weeks.

  9. QUESTION:
    What Ingredients to Watch For in Puppy Food?
    I picked up my 8 week old Golden Retriever pup yesterday and she was being fed Purina Puppy food, I want to get her off of it and onto something like Solid Gold or Blue Buffalo (or any other brands that you would recommend.) What ingredients do I need to avoid when choosing my new food? And is going 25% new food 75% old food at first a good ratio to start with? Thanks!
    Thanks everyone, besides T J who is asking me questions for some reason.

    • ANSWER:
      The ratio you have is fine; make sure to very gradually change her over, though (over the course of at least a week, if not more).

      Ingredients that you should avoid at all costs in your dog's food are corn, animal fat (unless noted that it's BHA-free, since BHA often contains carcinogens), soy products, wheat flour, and corn syrup. Those are just the major ones. The grains and corn have little or no nutritional value, and act largely as a filler and are actually indigestible.

      Premium and ultra-premium foods besides Blue Buffalo and Solid Gold are Innova, Wellness, Orijen, Weruva, Canidae, Taste of the Wild, California Naturals, Timberland...

      Always look for meat as the main ingredient, good foods should also have good carbs such as barley, rice, and oats. Veggies and fruits are a plus.

      Go on http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com to peruse different brands (you'll want to look for foods with a 4-6 star rating).

  10. QUESTION:
    What kind of puppy food should I feed my 9 week old lhasa apso puppy?
    I have been researching puppy foods and have come across so many different ones. I was wondering which were the best and healthiest puppy foods to feed a new puppy.

    • ANSWER:
      The site GoBlue gave you is good at seeing how foods rate.

      You could also look into a raw diet.
      www.bigdogsporch.com
      www.rawfed.com/myths
      www.rawlearning.com
      www.rawmeatybones.com
      -----------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Avoid anything that contains corn, soy, wheat, menadione, colors, by-products, ethoxyquin, BHT, BHA, and euthanasia drugs.

      If price is an issue and you dont like the idea of a raw diet yet, chicken soup for the dog lovers soul, blue buffalo, wellness, and solid gold barking at the moon are a few to look for.

      High quality dog foods:(not a complete list)
      Evo(grain free)
      Artemis-fresh mix and natural 6 mix
      Merrick
      Orijen(grain free)
      Innova
      Wellness core(grain free formula)
      Timberwolf organics
      Taste of the wild
      Blue wilderness
      Foundations
      Mmillennia(solid gold)
      PHD Viand

  11. QUESTION:
    What is the best brand of puppy food around?
    We're getting a Saint Bernard puppy soon- what is the best brand of puppy food?

    • ANSWER:
      Top rated dog food brands are

      Blue Wilderness

      GO Natural Grain Free Canine

      Innova EVO (Large bites)

      Innova EVO (Small bites)

      Innova EVO Red Meat (Large bites)

      Innova EVO Red Meat (Small bites)

      Innova EVO Reduced Fat

      Instinct Chicken Meal Formula

      Instinct Duck Meal & Turkey Meal Formula

      Instinct Rabbit Meal Formula

      Orijen 6 Fresh Fish
      Orijen Adult

      Canidae is up there--Science Diet is down low :(

  12. QUESTION:
    How do I get my dogs to stop eating puppy food?
    I have 3 adult dogs, one Great Dane, one German Shepherd, and one Rottweiler. After we tried to change them to adult food, they wouldn't eat it. They only ate their old puppy food. We've tried a lot of different brands too, and they won't eat it.

    • ANSWER:
      Put it down and do not give them anything else. They will not starve themselves, they will eat it when they get hungry enough. It's time to practice a little tough love.

      Make sure you're feeding a high quality brand of dog food.

      Not all pet food is made equally. A lot of it is full of corn, by-products, dyes, unhealthy preservatives, filler grains and all sorts of nasty stuff. A lot of pet food companies are perfectly happy to the dump cheap leftovers and things that aren't safe for human consumption (from human food processing plants) into their foods. Will it kill your dog? No, it has to be nutritionally complete and safe to even be marketed. Is it healthy? Not by a long shot.

      Corn is a low quality ingredient you never want to see in your pet food. Corn and low quality grains are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to food allergies in our pets.

      Thankfully, there are some excellent dog foods being made these days that include organic, human grade ingredients rather than trash not fit for human consumption.

      Examples of low quality foods to avoid: Anything you can find in a grocery store will be low end, Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Pedigree, Kibbles n' Bits, Beneful, Ol'Roy.

      Examples of high quality foods to look for: Innova, Wellness, Solid Gold, Canidae All Life Stages, Fromm Four Star, Merrick, GO Natural, Nature's Variety Prairie, Nature's Logic, Artemis Fresh Mix, Timberwolf Organics.

      Although the high quality foods are more expensive, you're getting what you're paying for. Less filler material means more concentrated nutrients... this means you typically need to feed far less of the high quality food than you would of the low quality one. Which also means less poop!

      Seriously on a budget? Two of the most affordable of the high quality foods would be Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul and Canidae All Life Stages.

      Before following your vet's food recommendation, keep in mind that vets get /very/ little nutritional training during their schooling. Besides that, what training they /do/ get is usually sponsored or taught by the crappy pet food companies! They also often get paid to sell some of their products at their clinics (Science Diet, Royal Canin etc.)

      A great option is to go with an entirely grainless diet. Many of the high quality foods now put out grainless formulas. Some good grainless diets include: Innova EVO, Wellness CORE, Blue Wilderness, Nature's Variety Instinct, Orijen, Horizon Legacy, Merrick Before Grain, Canidae Grain Free All Life Stages, Fromm Surf & Turf, Now!, Sold Gold Barking At The Moon, Ziwipeak, and Taste of the Wild.

      Some pretty decent foods can even be found in common pet stores. Petsmart carries Blue Buffalo products (such as the excellent grain free diet Blue Wilderness). Petco carries Wellness, Solid Gold, Natural Balance, Eagle Pack Holistic Select, Blue Buffalo, Castor & Pollux Organix, Pinnacle, and Halo. If you can't find a food, most of the high quality food brands have websites with store locators on them.

      Another option, if you can't find anywhere around you that sells good foods, is to order your pet food online. Here's an excellent place to do so: http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/

      Remember that foods should be switched gradually (mixing new slowly in with the old over about week or so), especially when switching to a higher quality one, so as not to upset tummies.

      Another option for feeding dogs is to feed raw. This is something that should be thoroughly researched before being attempted:
      http://www.rawfed.com/ (Excellent raw feeding information)
      http://www.rawlearning.com/ (More excellent raw feeding information)
      http://rawfeddogs.net/ (Even more!)
      http://rawfed.com/myths/preymodel.html (Raw Prey Model Diet Vs. BARF Diet)
      http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html (Myths about raw feeding)

      Also remember that freefeeding (leaving food down) is the fast lane to canine obesity. Make sure to have scheduled feeding times based on the feeding instructions on your dog's food.

      More on dog food:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=main (Learn how to determine the quality of your dog's food.)
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ (Dog food reviews. Four stars is a decent food, five stars is a great food, and six stars is an excellent food.)

      Darksong~

  13. QUESTION:
    What is the best puppy food for an outdoors dog?
    All you 'you dont deserve a dog he'll be lonley and miserable' people, I spend most of my days outside; I have nothing else to do in the summer at all. I was thinking maybe Purina was good, but I want you dog owners to tell me. What is the best puppy food out there?

    • ANSWER:
      I sure hope that by "Outdoors" you mean that he will be outside when you are and inside when you are simply because a puppy that lives primarily outside is not receiving the attention or socialization that a puppy should. If you ever decided to bring him inside then he would not be house trained and you would have a serious problem on your hands. Plus, depending on where you live, the living conditions could be very brutal especially if he has black fur or is a cold weather dog (like a Husky)

      Now to your question, choose a food that does not contain any animal by-products. By-products are the "non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals. It includes, but is not limited to, lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, livers, blood, bone, partially defatted low temperature fatty tissue, and stomachs and intestines freed of their contents. If a liver is found to be infested with worms, if lungs are filled with pneumonia, these can become pet food."

      By-products are disgusting and I doubt that you would eat them, so why would you feed them to your puppy?

      Next, look for a food that lists meat (be it beef, turkey, chicken, etc) as its first ingredient. Also look for a food that lists more than one source of meat. Moisture content is included in the meat and therefore will place it higher on the ingredient list than if it were dehydrated which would be placed much lower on the list. Having multiple meat sources helps to ensure that, even if the meat of the first ingredient was dehydrated, the food would still contain a sufficient amount of meat for protein.

      Also steer clear of any foods that include corn as their first ingredient. Corn holds little to no nutritional value yet is cheap to produce and thus, is included in most lower end pet foods as a filler. Corn is also hard to digest for dogs.

      Some food brands that are very good are Innova, Taste of the Wild, Orijen, and Blue Buffalo. Innova and Blue Buffalo may be the easiest to get a hold of as they can be found in stores like Petsmart. Be aware that grocery store foods are awful and ridden with by-products and corn (yes, Purina is too).

      When you look up the brands mentioned you may dismiss them as they are more expensive than big name brands. However, it is much better to start your puppy off right and pay a little more than pay thousands in a few years for any health complications that he may incur.

  14. QUESTION:
    How much should I feed my puppies?
    I've got two toy yorkshire terriers that are about four and a half months old and they weigh two and three pounds. I am feeding them Wellness puppy food free range and would like to continue to do so but I was just wondering how much they should be eating. I watch to see how much they are eating but they haven't gained much weight within the past two weeks and I wanted to know if they should be eating more.
    How much should each puppy eat on an average day?

    • ANSWER:
      hi,

      A puppy eats a lot of food. From birth up to six months of age, he'll need to eat two to four times as much as an adult dog to support all that growth. A good rule of thumb (paw?) is that after his first week of life, when his weight doubles from what it was at birth, a puppy should gain one to two grams per pound of anticipated adult weight each day. This means that if your German Shepherd puppy weighs 75 pounds as an adult, he should gain three to five ounces per day as a puppy.
      here are some guidelines:
      http://www.mediumurl.com/?r=302413119601334967422119860940

      hope this helps.

  15. QUESTION:
    At what age should I change my Cocker Spaniel puppy from puppy food to adult food?
    My Ryder will be 1 on the 28th of this month. Should I change his food to adult or should I keep him on Puppy food for a little while longer.
    Thanks everyone for the help. I will be gradually changing him over to adult food. The reason I haven't already is I thought you needed to wait until they are 1.

    • ANSWER:
      A year is a good time to switch. Have you considered feeding a grain free all life stages food like Taste of the wild?

  16. QUESTION:
    What puppy food would you recommend?
    When I got my puppy she was on diamond pet food which is apparently very hard to find so I will need to change her food once it runs out and I'm not sure what is the best puppy food to get her? I thought about beneful but I've heard it is actually very bad - what would you recommend and why?

    • ANSWER:
      The foods I highly recommend are...

      Wellness, Core
      Eagle pack holistic select
      Innova, Evo
      Azmira
      Canidae
      Merrick
      All the foods listed above are all made with Human grade ingredients. None contain by-products, wheat, or corn

      You are correct about Beneful being a bad food. Basically any foods you can purchase from a grocery store are all Horrible and serve NO nutritional value to your dog.

      Other food you should stay clear of is
      Science diet
      Eukanuba
      Nutro
      Iams
      These foods used to be very good foods back in the day but not anymore. They all contain By-products, Corn, and wheat. And are loaded with fillers which will make your dog poop more. Reson being that there is nothing good in the food that your dog can absorb into the body, vitamins etc., so all the bad stuff just goes right through the dogs system causing them to poop more often.

      How to grade your dog's food:

      Start with a grade of 100:
      1) For every listing of "by-product", subtract 10 points
      2) For every non-specific animal source ("meat" or "poultry", meat, meal or fat) reference, subtract 10 points
      3) If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points
      4) For every grain "mill run" or non-specific grain source, subtract 5 points
      5) If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first five ingredients (i.e. "ground brown rice", "brewer’s rice", "rice flour" are all the same grain), subtract 5 points
      6) If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points
      7) If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points
      8 ) If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3 points
      9) If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points
      10) If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 2 points
      11) If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is allergic to other protein sources), subtract 2 points
      12) If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points
      13) If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog is not allergic to wheat), subtract 2 points
      14) If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog is not allergic to beef), subtract 1 point
      15) If it contains salt, subtract 1 point
      Extra Credit:
      1) If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points
      2) If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or nutritionist, add 5 points
      3) If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points
      4) If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points
      5) If the food contains fruit, add 3 points
      6) If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3 points
      7) If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2 points
      8 ) If the food contains barley, add 2 points
      9) If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 points
      10) If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point
      11) If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point
      12) For every different specific animal protein source (other than the first one; count "chicken" and "chicken meal" as only one protein source, but "chicken" and "" as 2 different sources), add 1 point
      13) If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point
      14) If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide-free, add 1 point

      94-100+ = A 86-93 = B 78-85 = C 70-77 = D <70 = F

      Dog Food scores:

      Alpo Prime Cuts / Score 81 C
      Artemis Large/Medium Breed Puppy / Score 114 A+
      Authority Harvest Baked / Score 116 A+
      Authority Harvest Baked Less Active / Score 93 B
      Beowulf Back to Basics / Score 101 A+
      Bil-Jac Select / Score 68 F
      Blackwood 3000 Lamb and Rice / Score 83 C
      Blue Buffalo Chicken and Rice / Score 106 A+
      Burns Chicken and Brown Rice / Score 107 A+
      Canidae / Score 112 A+
      Chicken Soup Senior / Score 115 A+
      Diamond Maintenance / Score 64 F
      Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice / Score 92 B
      Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula / Score 99 A
      Diamond Performance / Score 85 C
      Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Ultra Premium / Score 122 A+
      Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Venison and Brown Rice / Score 106 A+
      Dick Van Patten's Duck and Potato / Score 106 A+
      EaglePack Holistic / Score 102 A+
      Eukanuba Adult / Score 81 C
      Eukanuba Puppy / Score 79 C
      Flint River Senior / Score 101 A+
      Foundations / Score 106 A+
      Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold / Score 93 B
      Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium / Score 73 D
      Innova Dog / Score 114 A+
      Innova Evo / Score 114 A+
      Innova Large Breed Puppy / Score 122 A+
      Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables / Score 110 A+
      Member's Mark Chicken and Rice / Score 84 C
      Merrick Wilderness Blend / Score 127 A+
      Nature's Recipe / Score 100 A
      Nature's Recipe Healthy Skin Venison and Rice / Score 116 A+
      Nature's Variety Raw Instinct / Score 122 A+

      Nutra Nuggets Super Premium Lamb Meal and Rice / Score 81 C
      Nutrience Junior Medium Breed Puppy / Score 101 A+
      Nutrisource Lamb and Rice / Score 87 B
      Nutro Max Adult / Score 93 B
      Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice / Score 98 A
      Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy / Score 87 B
      Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Wheat Free / Score 86 B
      Nutro Natural Choice Senior / Score 95 A
      Nutro Ultra Adult / Score 104 A+
      Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice / Score 23 F
      Premium Edge Chicken, Rice and Vegetables Adult Dry / Score 109 A+
      Pro Nature Puppy / Score 80 C
      Pro Plan Sensitive Stomach / Score 94 A
      Purina Beneful / Score 17 F
      Purina Dog / Score 62 F
      Purina Come-n-Get It / Score 16 F
      Purina One Large Breed Puppy / Score 62 F
      Royal Canin Boxer / Score 103 A+
      Royal Canin Bulldog / Score 100 A+
      Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult / Score 106 A+
      Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ / Score 63 F
      Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies / Score 69 F
      Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice / Score 97 A
      Solid Gold / Score 99 A
      Summit / Score 99 A
      Timberwolf Organics Wild & Natural Dry / Score 120 A+
      Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken / Score 110 A+
      Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold / Score 97 A

  17. QUESTION:
    I just got a puppy and want to know what is the best brand of puppy food?
    I have a 10 week old English bulldog she just started eating puppy food, but what puppy food is the best?

    • ANSWER:
      Top things to look for are grain free, no bi products, no coloring. I love Acana/Orijen foods. They are grain free, from human grade meat. If it is not human grade meat in the food it is coming from diseased, drugged, and already dead or dying meat. I would look up the FDA report on diamonds foods. They make a lot a foods. My dog was on theirs before the recall. After reading the report I decided I wasn't going to pay good money for a food that wasn't to my standards. Though people argue that acana/orijen is expensive it costs me 1.25$ a day to feed my 70 pound extremely active dog. Acana/Orijen is also an all life stages food so he can stay on it through adulthood.

      Blue buffalo can cause digestive upset in a lot of dogs. It is also not good for dogs prone to allergies. I tried it with my dog and it made him very sick. It is the best thing for my cat though, she's done great on it.

  18. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to feed my puppy The taste of the wild puppy food after the recall earlier this year ?
    If not please suggest some good puppy foods. I was thinking to feed Now puppy for large breeds .I got 8 weeks Newfie puppy.
    Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      CONGRATS ON YOUR NEW PUP! I LOVE NEWFOUNDLANDS!

      I feed TOTW High Prairie and they have done GREAT on it. The only reason I am changing it is because I want to upgrade, not because it is bad. It is a GREAT food for a GREAT price and is the cheapest grain-free food out there. :) If you want something better, try Acana(what I am changing to) or Orijen. The only problem is, is that these foods are PACKED with protein and you don't want a large-breed puppy having THAT much protein. It could cause him to grow too fast and ruin his bones growth. I would stick with TOTW till the pup is about 18 months and then change it if you want. :)

  19. QUESTION:
    Do people think there really is such a thing as a Free Puppy?
    I see on here all the time people asking where they can find a free puppy or a free dog.

    There is no such thing as a free puppy or dog. I mean you have to pay for vet care for the next 15 years or so. You have to buy dog food. Toys. Spay/neuter.

    Owning a dog is very expensive.

    I just want to know if people really think they are getting a free puppy?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, they really believe it. All they're thinking about is the puppy and it never occurs to them that the puppy needs shots, and vet care, and food every single day. I tell people that if they can't afford to buy a pet, they certainly can't afford to keep one.

  20. QUESTION:
    What is the best holistic puppy food?
    I have an 11 week old maltipoo. Once in a while she gets car sick and I have a feeling she might have a sesitive stomach. I've already bought Wellness Super 5 Mix Just for Puppies. At the pet store they also have Natural Balance and Canidae. Right now, she's been eating boiled chicken & rice, (the vet's orders), and I'm going to ween her on the puppy food.

    • ANSWER:
      I have researched this in depth since my poor dog died of kidney failure due to poor quality dog food!! (this is the only reason I answer these questions … to try and save a dogs life or at least to not let him/her suffer because of bad food)
      Fromm Dog Food is Great for dogs and cats …http://www.frommfamily.com/ - per 30 lb bag
      NO fillers….some good quality grains….NO corn….gluten or by-products or wheatNO BHT, BHA OR ETHOXYQUINNO artificial colors or flavors!!!
      ALL human grade food….fruits…veggies and probiotics!! WHOLE fruits and veggies!!!! Just like the kind we get at our grocery stores!MEATS ARE DEBONED BY HAND!!!! NOT BY A MACHINE
      check it out you wont regret it ! FROMM 4 STAR product line is the best!!!!!!! FROMM is a 100% HOLISTIC dog food. FROMM also has a grain-free option called surf & turf
      All meats,fish,fruits and veggies are from local vendors delivered as needed.to maintain freshness

      TOTWhttp://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/ … has a high protein content (not recommeded for non athletic dogs) Some TOTW choices have lesser amounts of protein.
      Taste of the Wild contains Ethoxyquin which is a toxic fish preservative. (TOTW says that the cooking process kills all of it but it scared me away from their product)
      around for a 30 lb bag .... its the cheapest 6 star food ..

      Remember : You get what you pay for. Keep in mind the top quality foods cost more but you feed less because there are no fillers or
      unwanted ingredients. So in the long run you will be saving money with food and vet bills because your dog/cat will be healthier.

      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/ lots of great dog food choices on this site !!(keep in mind this site rates on high protein and grain free foods)

      Here are the best of the best:Fromm, Blue Buffalo, Canidae, Halo, Holistic Blend, Newmans Own Oranics, Wellness,
      (all the above mentioned foods have " ALL LIFE STAGES" formulas)
      http://www.best-dog-food-guide.com/
      http://www.petfoodratings.net/dogs.html
      http://www.dogfoodscoop.com/

      Orijen and Welness are great but it is - for a 30 lb bag… high protein as well ..not good for non athletic dogs Orijen is WAY to high in protein for a non working/non-agility dog ..

      Fromm Is what my puppy gets it has a lower protein % and great ingredients! 5 outta 6 stars due to lower protein (but most dogs should not have high protein levels …. It makes their kidneys work overtime for no reason)
      You can get it online and if you go to the website you can find stores near you .. they wont be at walmarts and the like... they are in feed stores .. Agway..tractor supply stores etc

      IF your dog is not going to be a hard working/agility dog all this high protein can do more harm than good in the long run,,, you wont notice it now but it can take its toll on a dogs kidneys as it ages.

      http://4healthdogfood.tripod.com/ …
      there is also a brand called 4health at the tractor supply store.. it is only for a 35 lb bag.. and it seems to be of good quality. (not as good as the foods mentioned above but it good for the price if you are on a tight budget.)
      It is very close in ingredients to the more expensive brandsCheck out the ingredients for yourself… no corn, wheat or soy.A Very good choice if you cant afford Fromm, Wellness, BB, TOTW, etc…etc.
      also if you go to http://www.tractorsupply.com you can get a printable off coupon!!
      (they have Blue Buffalo, TOTW and 4Health)

      GOOD LUCK TO YOU AND YOUR FURRY FRIENDS!!!

  21. QUESTION:
    How much do you feed a young shitzu puppy?
    I might buy a shitzu puppy on Monday and I need to know should I feed it once a day or twice a day? I am planning on giving it puppy dry food and it has to be a grain free one I don't want to give it unhealthy puppy food.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on exactly how old your puppy is. We fed our dog four times a day, gradually changing it to two times a day. Just fill up the bottom of the bowl and she should be fine. Dry food may be a little bit hard on her teeth right now, so soak it in a bit of warm water for now.

  22. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to feed two dogs, two different kind of dog foods?
    We have two puppies. The older one is 13 months old and the younger one is 3 months old. We feed the older one Hill's prescription diet because he tends to get a skin rash. The younger one gets puppy food plus an additive for tears. Clearly they should not be eating each others foods and we have a good handle on it when we're home. But when we're not home, its a free-for-all. They both eat well, just not their own foods. They treat it like a buffet.

    Does anyone have any useful tricks or strategies that can solve our problem?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Feed separately.
      Mine are fed in their crates. I feed morning and evening; measure out 1/2 their allotted portion for the day and put it in their crates. (I do not shut the doors, though you may need to with yours.)
      If you don't have at least one crate, put them in separate rooms. After 5-10 minutes, pick up any uneaten food and put it away. They will quickly learn to polish it off before it disappears for the day.
      DO NOT free feed (by that I mean leave it out in the bowl all day)

  23. QUESTION:
    What are some healthy training treats for a 3 month old Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix puppy?
    We've been training him here at home, and next weekend he starts a 1 hour free puppy training class at Petsmart. I was giving him Beggin Strips treats but my mom said those aren't very healthy. For his regular food I've been feeding him Blue Buffalo small breed puppy food. Feel free to give any info just please no rude answers. Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      A good soft meat treat would be Wellness Wellbites. They have pretty good ingredients and my Chihuahua loved them. I just give her freeze dried raw meat from the brand Nature's Variety as her treat now though.

      http://wellnesspetfood.com/products.aspx?pet=dog&ft=3

      http://www.naturesvariety.com/products/treats/Instinct/fd

  24. QUESTION:
    Can I feed my adult dog puppy food?
    Okay so I got free puppy food am I allowed to give my dog who is an adult dog the food?

    • ANSWER:
      Changing his/her diet can result in very soft or runny stools and it can cause him to put on weight. I think you need to slowly add it to his regular food Some brands are listed for puppies and adults. If the first meal causes a problem you may decide it is not worth the trouble.

  25. QUESTION:
    What is the best puppy and dog food for giant breeds?
    What is the best puppy food and dog food for a giant dog breed?

    • ANSWER:
      Many vets and specialists do not recommend feeding a large breed formula to any dog at any age, especially to a puppy. It is too much protein and not enough fat for them, and it can make a puppy grow too fast, resulting in bone and joint problems.

      Anyway, there are some great puppy and adult formulas, along with some all life stages formulas, but you will not find any of them at your local grocery store. You will have to do some online shopping or go to your local pet stores and animal feed stores to find them and compare prices.

      I feed my dog Taste of the Wild High Prairie, which is an all life stages formula. It is grain free, and is one of the best commercial foods on the market. It isn't too high in protein, so it can be fed to puppies. Most other grain free foods should not be fed to puppies, because of higher protein levels. Another all life stages food is Canadie.

      Other great brands include Merrick, Blue Buffalo, California Naturals, Innova, and Wellness. They make puppy and adult formulas. You should feed a puppy formula until the pup is a year old.

  26. QUESTION:
    At what age should you stop feeding a dog puppy food?
    i have just gotten a puppy at 7 weeks old and we got it pedigree puppy food. at what age should we stop feeding it puppy food and give it regular dog food? its a pitbull if that helps.

    THX!

    • ANSWER:
      You can feed a puppy an all-life-stages food. Just adjust the amount that you feed according to the instructions on the bag. Taste of the Wild is a good brand to try, and it's all-life-stages. It is grain-free and has very good ingredients.

  27. QUESTION:
    Where can i find free puppies in south jersey?
    I'm looking for a place where I can get a free puppy as a gift for my fiancé... We live in south jersey and I prefer a small dog (bulldog), he really wants a huskie but we live in an apartment but I cant lie I want one too... Someone please help I've been all over the internet and can't find anything
    I have money for the dog tired of people thinking because im looking for something free im broke I already have a dog and want another so if you cant help me don't post.. P.S. my cat and dog I have were free so yea there are things in life that are free!!! I know how much it is to take care of animals we don't want kids so we are looking for animals thanks for being judgmental and rude world >_>

    • ANSWER:
      I doubt you will. backyard breeders sell their pups these days.

      Your question worries me. Even if you don't pay for a dog initially, dogs are expensive. You have the small stuff. Collar, leash, license, food and water bowls, bed, crate, toys, tooth brush and paste. Then you get into what to feed the dog. A low cost poor quality food that will have you asking questions like,"why does my dogs breath smell so bad?" "why does my dog have a bad body odor?" "what can i give my dog to give it a shiny coat?" "why does my dog scratch all the time?" That's what cheap food can do for your dog. Now a premium quality food has the nutrients a dog needs without the corn and wheat fillers that cause problems and they don't have by products (want to feed your dog cancerous tissue?) Premium quality foods come at a premium price but they are worth it. Okay so far the dog hasn't cost much, what 0.00 maybe 0.00? But we haven't been to the vet yet. Shots, wormer, never use otc's, they can kill your dog. Fleas? Still needs a vet, again otc's are harmful, even fatal. Spay/neuter, unless you are goining to add to the millions of homeless dogs that die every year. Then there's the anual vet visits for shots and check up, including dental. Yes those teeth will need cleaned to stay healthy. Bad teeth cause other health problems which will be more vet bills. The anual vet visits are when the dog is young and healthy. As it gets older it will need semi-anual visits. Then there's the dogs that develope diseases and need ongoing care and meds. Oh, did I mention when the dog gets ill and/or injured (and it will) it will need a vet then? Free dog? Cheap dog? There is no such thing.

  28. QUESTION:
    Anyone know of any free puppies in Kentucky?
    I am looking for a free puppy for my children. Doesn't really matter what breed it is. I would rather have one on the smaller side but might take others into consideration.

    • ANSWER:
      Thankfully there are not many FREE puppies left. About the only way to get a free one is from a personal friend, who happens to have a litter. You might let it be known at work,or your children can let it be known at school that you are looking for one. . The news stories have been recommending that any one with puppies ask at least -50 for them, as unscupulous men were taking free pups to use as bait to train their pit bull for fighting. Many household type puppies have been found when these sporters have been shut down.....So, adopting fees have gone up, and most people ask a small price for their pups..The sporting dog crowd are convincing when they adopt pups, using phrases like.. " We just want a puppy to be part of our family..He will have a forever home"

      Also, people who might be giving away puppies are encouraged to ask a price to make sure the pup will go to a home that can afford to give routine vet care, shots, heart worm meds, etc., and able to feed at least decent dog foods.

      So, you might try to save a little and apply to www. petfinder.com in your zip code area. They have soo many wonderful pups and young dogs available, as do your local shelters. Your shelter will charge about . Most of these are current on vaccines, and offer credit for altering...A great bargain! Best of luck to you and your kids!

  29. QUESTION:
    What are some good puppy foods for Border Collie/Beagle mix?
    She's three months old and needs a new puppy food. Her current one isn't very good.

    • ANSWER:
      ACANA Puppy & Junior:
      Chicken meal, steel-cut oats, deboned chicken, whole potato, peas

      BLUE Wilderness Grain-Free Puppy Food:
      Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Potato Starch, Peas

      Blue Buffalo Life Protection Puppy Chicken & Brown Rice:
      Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Whole Ground Brown Rice, Whole Ground Barley, Oatmeal

      BLUE Freedom Grain-Free Natural Chicken Puppy:
      Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Pea Starch, Peas, Turkey Meal

      Innova Puppy Food:
      Turkey, Chicken, Chicken Meal, Whole Grain Barley, Whole Grain Brown Rice

      Orijen Puppy:
      Fresh Boneless Chicken, Chicken Meal, Fresh Boneless Salmon, Turkey Meal, Herring Meal

      Wellness Complete Health Super5Mix:
      Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Oatmeal, Ground Barley, Salmon Meal

      There is no clear cut answer, it depends on your dog. Some dogs can't tolerate certain foods, don't like certain foods or just don't do well on certain foods.

  30. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know where to buy the Diamond puppy food ?
    I am getting a yorkie this weekend and the lady thats had them feeds them diamond puppy food. Where can you buy it live in alabama.

    • ANSWER:
      I find it at my local Tractor Supply store. But I'm sure there are several others that carry it. I'm sure any "farm store" will carry it, and probably some pet stores.

      However, I would do some research into dog foods and even consider switching to a better food. Since yorkie's eat so little in comparison to big dogs, I would buy it one of the best foods. Which is what we do with out chihuahua pup. Our large dogs get a good food with no corn, soy, dyes, or presevatives: 4Health.
      But out chihuahua gets Taste of the Wild. Which is COMPLETLY grain free. She LOVES it. It's about for a 5 lb bag.. But that lasts her more than a month. Believe me, its totally worth it to give them the best... And there is even better than TotW.

      4Health is good. Its sold ONLY through Tractor Supply and is one of the only decently priced decent dog foods ( for 30lbs). I can tell a huge difference in the amount my large dogs eat and their health since I switched them over to 4Health from supermarket foods like Ol' Roy, Purina, IAMS, and Pedigree.

  31. QUESTION:
    What is the best UK website for getting Pet food at reasonable prices?
    We have a new puppy and I just wondered if anyone knows any good UK websites that sell puppy food and treats at discount prices, preferably with free delivery? Thanks very much.
    UK ONLY PLEASE!!!

    • ANSWER:
      petplanet.co.uk
      zooplus.co.uk
      petsupermarket.co.uk
      petsathome.com (soetimes they have good offers on dog food)
      or muttleyandmog.co.uk
      some of these sites if you spend £29 or more then there's free delivery i normally use petplanet.co.uk

      for homemade natural treats
      daisysdogdeli.co.uk
      dog-treats.co.uk
      or doggiedobeg.co.uk

  32. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between purina puppy chow :all puppies and purina puppy chow :large breed puppies?
    My parents accidental bought purina puppy chow for all puppies instead of the puppy chow for large breed puppies. Should we take the bag back and get the large breed puppy food or is the all puppy food fine for her. Does she need the joint lubrication stuff in her food or will she be fine in the future and not get any joint problems unless she is overweight or getting old?

    • ANSWER:
      Purina puppy chow is crap, no matter what type, so I'd just switch to a higher quality food.

      Not all pet food is made equally. A lot of it is full of corn, by-products, dyes, unhealthy preservatives, filler grains and all sorts of nasty stuff. A lot of pet food companies are perfectly happy to the dump cheap leftovers and things that aren't safe for human consumption (from human food processing plants) into their foods. Will it kill your dog? No, it has to be nutritionally complete and safe to even be marketed. Is it healthy? Not by a long shot.

      Corn is a low quality ingredient you never want to see in your pet food. Corn and low quality grains are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to food allergies in our pets.

      Thankfully, there are some excellent dog foods being made these days that include organic, human grade ingredients rather than trash not fit for human consumption.

      Examples of low quality foods to avoid: Anything you can find in a grocery store will be low end, Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Pedigree, Kibbles n' Bits, Beneful, Ol'Roy.

      Examples of high quality foods to look for: Innova, Wellness, Solid Gold, Canidae All Life Stages, Fromm Four Star, Merrick, GO Natural, Nature's Variety Prairie, Nature's Logic, Artemis Fresh Mix, Timberwolf Organics.

      Although the high quality foods are more expensive, you're getting what you're paying for. Less filler material means more concentrated nutrients... this means you typically need to feed far less of the high quality food than you would of the low quality one. Which also means less poop!

      Before following your vet's food recommendation, keep in mind that vets get /very/ little nutritional training during their schooling. Besides that, what training they /do/ get is usually sponsored or taught by the crappy pet food companies! They also often get paid to sell some of their products at their clinics (Science Diet, Royal Canin etc.)

      A great option is to go with an entirely grainless diet. Many of the high quality foods now put out grainless formulas. Some good grainless diets include: Innova EVO, Wellness CORE, Blue Wilderness, Nature's Variety Instinct, Orijen, Horizon Legacy, Merrick Before Grain, Canidae Grain Free All Life Stages, Fromm Surf & Turf, Now! and Sold Gold Barking At The Moon, Taste of the Wild.

      Some pretty decent foods can even be found in common pet stores. Petsmart carries Blue Buffalo products (such as the excellent grain free diet Blue Wilderness). Petco carries Wellness, Solid Gold, Natural Balance, Eagle Pack Holistic, Blue Buffalo, Castor & Pollux Organix, Pinnacle, and Halo. If you can't find a food, most of the high quality food brands have websites with store locators on them.

      Another option, if you can't find anywhere around you that sells good foods, is to order your pet food online. Here's an excellent place to do so: http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/

      Remember that foods should be switched gradually (mixing new slowly in with the old over about a two week period), especially when switching to a higher quality one, so as not to upset tummies.

      Another option for feeding dogs is to feed raw. This is something that should be thoroughly researched before being attempted:
      http://www.barfworld.com/
      http://www.rawfed.com/
      http://www.rawlearning.com/
      http://www.wysong.net/controversies/rawmeat.shtml

      More on dog food:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=main (Learn how to determine the quality of your dog's food.)
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ (Dog food reviews. Four stars is a decent food, five stars is a great food, and six stars is an excellent food.)

  33. QUESTION:
    How is Puppy Food from Nutro Natural?
    I recentely started my 4 month old lab mix on puppy food from Nutro Natural, but I have not seen anybody reffering that in all the dog food questions asked here, so just concerned if its like Purina or something not great for puppies. Just for your info, I was giving him large breed puppy food before this one but it had bugs in it so decided to change it.

    • ANSWER:
      Nutro is kind of a middle of the road food.... better than Purina but not nearly as good as other high end foods:

      I have researched this in depth since my poor dog died of kidney failure due to poor quality dog food!! (this is the only reason I answer these questions … to try and save a dogs life or at least to not let him/her suffer because of bad food)
      Fromm Dog Food is Great for dogs and cats …http://www.frommfamily.com/ - per 30 lb bag
      NO fillers….some good quality grains….NO corn….gluten or by-products or wheatNO BHT, BHA OR ETHOXYQUINNO artificial colors or flavors!!!
      ALL human grade food….fruits…veggies and probiotics!! WHOLE fruits and veggies!!!! Just like the kind we get at our grocery stores!MEATS ARE DEBONED BY HAND!!!! NOT BY A MACHINE
      check it out you wont regret it ! FROMM 4 STAR product line is the best!!!!!!! FROMM is a 100% holistic dog food. FROMM also has a grain-free option called surf & turf
      All meats,fish,fruits and veggies are from local vendors delivered as needed.to maintain freshness

      TOTWhttp://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/ … has a high protein content (not recommeded for non athletic dogs) Some TOTW choices have lesser amounts of protein.
      Taste of the Wild contains Ethoxyquin which is a toxic fish preservative. (TOTW says that the cooking process kills all of it but it scared me away from their product)
      around for a 30 lb bag .... its the cheapest 6 star food ..

      Remember : You get what you pay for. Keep in mind the top quality foods cost more but you feed less because there are no fillers or
      unwanted ingredients. So in the long run you will be saving money with food and vet bills because your dog/cat will be healthier.

      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/ lots of great dog food choices on this site !!(keep in mind this site rates on high protein and grain free foods)

      Here are the best of the best:Fromm, Blue Buffalo, Canidae, Halo, Holistic Blend, Newmans Own Oranics, Wellness,
      (all the above mentioned foods have " ALL LIFE STAGES" formulas)
      http://www.best-dog-food-guide.com/
      http://www.petfoodratings.net/dogs.html
      http://www.dogfoodscoop.com/

      Orijen and Welness are great but it is - for a 30 lb bag… high protein as well ..not good for non athletic dogs Orijen is WAY to high in protein for a non working/non-agility dog ..

      Fromm Is what my puppy gets it has a lower protein % and great ingredients! 5 outta 6 stars due to lower protein (but most dogs should not have high protein levels …. It makes their kidneys work overtime for no reason)
      You can get it online and if you go to the website you can find stores near you .. they wont be at walmarts and the like... they are in feed stores .. Agway..tractor supply stores etc

      IF your dog is not going to be a hard working/agility dog all this high protein can do more harm than good in the long run,,, you wont notice it now but it can take its toll on a dogs kidneys as it ages.

      http://4healthdogfood.tripod.com/ …
      there is also a brand called 4health at the tractor supply store.. it is only for a 35 lb bag.. and it seems to be of good quality. (not as good as the foods mentioned above but it good for the price if you are on a tight budget.)
      It is very close in ingredients to the more expensive brandsCheck out the ingredients for yourself… no corn, wheat or soy.A Very good choice if you cant afford Fromm, Wellness, BB, TOTW, etc…etc.
      also if you go to http://www.tractorsupply.com you can get a printable off coupon!!
      (they have Blue Buffalo, TOTW and 4Health)

      GOOD LUCK TO YOU AND YOUR FURRY FRIENDS!!!

  34. QUESTION:
    What is the best food to buy for a Chihuahua pup?
    I bought some generic puppy food for all breeds, but i hear you have to be aware of the right kind of food for a Chihuahua.

    • ANSWER:
      I have researched this in depth since my poor dog died of kidney failure due to poor quality dog food!! (this is the only reason I answer these questions … to try and save a dogs life or at least to not let him/her suffer because of bad food)
      Fromm Dog Food is Great for dogs and cats …http://www.frommfamily.com/ - per 30 lb bag
      NO fillers….some good quality grains….NO corn….gluten or by-products or wheatNO BHT, BHA OR ETHOXYQUINNO artificial colors or flavors!!!
      ALL human grade food….fruits…veggies and probiotics!! WHOLE fruits and veggies!!!! Just like the kind we get at our grocery stores!MEATS ARE DEBONED BY HAND!!!! NOT BY A MACHINE
      check it out you wont regret it ! FROMM 4 STAR product line is the best!!!!!!! FROMM is a 100% holistic dog food. FROMM also has a grain-free option called surf & turf
      All meats,fish,fruits and veggies are from local vendors delivered as needed.to maintain freshness

      TOTWhttp://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/ … has a high protein content (not recommeded for non athletic dogs) Some TOTW choices have lesser amounts of protein.
      Taste of the Wild contains Ethoxyquin which is a toxic fish preservative. (TOTW says that the cooking process kills all of it but it scared me away from their product)
      around for a 30 lb bag .... its the cheapest 6 star food ..

      Remember : You get what you pay for. Keep in mind the top quality foods cost more but you feed less because there are no fillers or
      unwanted ingredients. So in the long run you will be saving money with food and vet bills because your dog/cat will be healthier.

      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/ lots of great dog food choices on this site !!(keep in mind this site rates on high protein and grain free foods)

      Here are the best of the best:Fromm, Blue Buffalo, Canidae, Halo, Holistic Blend, Newmans Own Oranics, Wellness,
      (all the above mentioned foods have " ALL LIFE STAGES" formulas)
      http://www.best-dog-food-guide.com/
      http://www.petfoodratings.net/dogs.html
      http://www.dogfoodscoop.com/

      Orijen and Welness are great but it is - for a 30 lb bag… high protein as well ..not good for non athletic dogs Orijen is WAY to high in protein for a non working/non-agility dog ..

      Fromm Is what my puppy gets it has a lower protein % and great ingredients! 5 outta 6 stars due to lower protein (but most dogs should not have high protein levels …. It makes their kidneys work overtime for no reason)
      You can get it online and if you go to the website you can find stores near you .. they wont be at walmarts and the like... they are in feed stores .. Agway..tractor supply stores etc

      IF your dog is not going to be a hard working/agility dog all this high protein can do more harm than good in the long run,,, you wont notice it now but it can take its toll on a dogs kidneys as it ages.

      http://4healthdogfood.tripod.com/ …
      there is also a brand called 4health at the tractor supply store.. it is only for a 35 lb bag.. and it seems to be of good quality. (not as good as the foods mentioned above but it good for the price if you are on a tight budget.)
      It is very close in ingredients to the more expensive brandsCheck out the ingredients for yourself… no corn, wheat or soy.A Very good choice if you cant afford Fromm, Wellness, BB, TOTW, etc…etc.
      also if you go to http://www.tractorsupply.com you can get a printable off coupon!!
      (they have Blue Buffalo, TOTW and 4Health)

      GOOD LUCK TO YOU AND YOUR FURRY FRIENDS!!!

  35. QUESTION:
    How much should I sell chipin puppies for?
    I have a minpin who was bred to my chihuahua.
    This is my first litter of chipins (chihuahua/minpin mixes).
    I am not sure how much to price the puppies at. I don't want to do "free to good home" for several reasons. One of which is I don't want them to end up being used for research. But I also want to at least break even.
    I want to give everyone who adopts one of our puppies an "adoption packet" which would have a collar, leash, puppy food, chew toy, a few treats, and maybe some other stuff. I want them to be prepared to have these puppies for life, not just until they grow into adults.
    And then there is the cost of puppy shots and everything.... so how much do you think I should sell these puppies for?
    I should have mentioned that I don't need to be told to spay my dog. I'm a big girl, and breeding my dogs is not in any way against the law. PLEASE don't tell me what to do.
    And as I stated above, I do not want to make a profit. But I would like to break even. Please re-read my above post.
    Also... MUTTS are if a dog has three or more breeds in them. Technicially, these puppies would be called MONGRELS. And they are recognized as a hybrid breed.
    bactowork, as I mentioned above, breeding dogs is in no way against the law. So please don't call me a crook.
    You wouldn't want to take away my "right to choose" would you?

    • ANSWER:
      SPAY YOUR DOG!

      THEY'RE MUTTS!

      You have no clue what you're doing. Don't count your pups until they are on the ground and 8 weeks old. Your ignorance can make you lose the bytch and the entire litter.

  36. QUESTION:
    How important is puppy chow for a 3-4 month old?
    I have an older dog and a new puppy, who regularly swap food bowls when I am not looking. The older dog is overweight and does not need puppy food, would it be OK or detrimental to health to feed both of them grown-up food?
    I am going to a healthy food for my grown-up dog, Pro-Pac

    • ANSWER:
      Puppy chows are formulated for maximum rates of growth. They are based on the same science that puts an abundance of affordable meat on out tables. There is plenty of evidence that fast growth and overweight puts excessive stress on the developing joints of large breed puppies. Also, excess calcium, over 1.5% plays havoc with young puppies joints.

      Many foods labeled adult or maintenance say in the fine print ''suitable for all life stages. Check the Pro-Pac, and if so, go ahead with it for both.

      Ignore the comment on corn. It is a myth put out by those selling expensive grain free foods.

  37. QUESTION:
    What is better for my dog Salmon and sweet potato dog food or lamb/chicken and rice?
    He is just transitioning from puppy food. The Salmon flavor has flaxseed which I was told was good for his coat.

    • ANSWER:
      Anything with relatively high levels of Omega 6 and Omega 3 will be wonderful for the coat. Flaxseed is one way to get there, yes.

      If you go for the Salmon based food, make sure it is ethoxyquin free.

      Unless we could see the ingredient listing of both foods, it would be very difficult to give you an accurate recommendation o which is better.

  38. QUESTION:
    how can i get rid of ants my my dogs food without harming the food?
    I leave my puppy food every morning but when i come back, It's full of ants, is there anythign i can do to prevents the ants? but with out using harmful chemicals

    • ANSWER:
      I think that your best bet would be to not leave the food out all day. Idealy dogs should be fed meals, just like humans. Teach him to eat when you put it down and not to nibble on it throughout the day. You can do this by encouraging him to eat it when you sit it down (give him about 30 minutes, maybe while your getting ready in the morning) and then take it away before you leave. He will learn to eat it while it is there. Then do it again when you get home. This may sound mean, but I can assure you it isnt. I used to be a veterinary assistant and have worked for a dog trainer and they would both tell you the same. By "free feeding" (leaving it out all day) you are greatly upping the chances of having an overweight dog, which can cause so many health issues. Also bu feeding meals you can monitor his food intake easier which will come in handy if he is ever sick because when you take his to the vet they will normally ask how much he eats at a time (by cups) on a normal basis, and how much he is eating at a time at that given point. So not only will you be avoiding the ants, but also helping your pet in the long run.

  39. QUESTION:
    What is the best puppy food for an eight week old Pug?
    I am getting my little girl on Saturday when she will be eight weeks old. Her breeder told me she feeds her puppies "Rowch Puppy Food" (Eagle?). I've tried to research it online, but I can't find anything.

    What is the most nutritionally sound food for a young Pug puppy? I would like the least amount of fillers/chemicals/etc. as possible.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      A high quality one.

      Not all pet food is made equally. A lot of it is full of corn, by-products, dyes, unhealthy preservatives, filler grains and all sorts of nasty stuff. A lot of pet food companies are perfectly happy to the dump cheap leftovers and things that aren't safe for human consumption (from human food processing plants) into their foods. Will it kill your dog? No, it has to be nutritionally complete and safe to even be marketed. Is it healthy? Not by a long shot.

      Corn is a low quality ingredient you never want to see in your pet food. Corn and low quality grains are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to food allergies in our pets.

      Thankfully, there are some excellent dog foods being made these days that include organic, human grade ingredients rather than trash not fit for human consumption.

      Examples of low quality foods to avoid: Anything you can find in a grocery store will be low end, Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Pedigree, Kibbles n' Bits, Beneful, Ol'Roy.

      Examples of high quality foods to look for: Innova, Wellness, Solid Gold, Canidae All Life Stages, Fromm Four Star, Merrick, GO Natural, Nature's Variety Prairie, Nature's Logic, Artemis Fresh Mix, Timberwolf Organics.

      Although the high quality foods are more expensive, you're getting what you're paying for. Less filler material and higher quality ingredients means more concentrated nutrients... this means you typically need to feed far less of the high quality food than you would of the low quality one. Which also means less poop!

      Seriously on a budget? Two of the most affordable of the higher quality foods would be Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul and Canidae All Life Stages.

      Before following your vet's food recommendation, keep in mind that vets get /very/ little nutritional training during their schooling. Besides that, what training they /do/ get is usually sponsored or taught by... you guessed it, the crappy pet food companies! They also often get kickbacks from the companies for pushing these products at their clinics (Science Diet, Royal Canin etc.)

      A great option is to go with an entirely grain-free diet. Many of the high quality foods now put out grain-free formulas. Some good grain-free diets include: Innova EVO, Wellness CORE, Blue Wilderness, Nature's Variety Instinct, Orijen, Horizon Legacy, Canidae Grain Free All Life Stages, Fromm Surf & Turf, Now!, GO Natural Grain Free, Sold Gold Barking At The Moon, Ziwipeak, and Taste of the Wild.

      Some pretty decent foods can even be found in common pet stores. Petsmart carries Blue Buffalo products (such as the excellent grain free diet Blue Wilderness). Petco carries Wellness, Solid Gold, Natural Balance, Eagle Pack Holistic Select, Blue Buffalo, Castor & Pollux Organix, Pinnacle, and Halo.

      If you can't find a food, most of the high quality dog food brands have websites with store locators on them that will help you find the store closest to you which supplies their products. Simply type the dog food brand's name into Google, go to their website, and type your zip code into their store locator.

      Another option, if you can't find anywhere around you that sells good foods, is to order your pet food online. Here's an excellent place to do so: http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/

      Remember that foods should be switched gradually (mixing the new slowly in with the old over the period of about week or so), especially when switching to a higher quality one, so as not to upset tummies. For example:
      Days 1 & 2: 75% old food, 25% new food
      Days 3 & 4: 50% old food, 50% new food
      Days 5 & 6: 25% old food, 75% new food
      Day 7: 0% old food, 100% new food

      Another option for feeding dogs is to feed raw. This is something that should be thoroughly researched before being attempted:
      http://www.rawfed.com/ (RawFed)
      http://www.rawlearning.com/ (Jane Anderson's Raw Learning Site)
      http://rawfeddogs.net/ (Raw Fed Dogs)
      http://www.rawmeatybones.com/ (Raw Meaty Bones)
      http://rawfed.com/myths/preymodel.html (Raw Prey Model Diet Vs. BARF Diet)
      http://community.livejournal.com/rawdogs/profile/ (Raw Dogs Livejournal Community, excellent raw feeding information on the profile page and overall helpful community for raw feeding questions)
      http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html (Myths About Raw Feeding)

      Also remember that freefeeding (leaving food down) is the fast lane to canine obesity. Make sure to have scheduled feeding times loosely based on the feeding guidelines on your dog's food. Adult dogs are typically fed two meals a day.

      More on dog food:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=main (Learn how to determine the quality of your dog's food.)
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ (Dog food reviews. Four stars is a decent food, five stars is a great food, and six stars is an excellent food.)

      Darksong~

  40. QUESTION:
    What is a good quality dog food for my yorkie?
    I have a 8 month old yorkie. I got her when she was about 3 months old and the breeder I got her from had her on Royal Canin puppy formula. I have been feeding her the same food ever since but I am not sure if this is even the best food I should be feeding her. Do any of you know of a much better quality puppy food I could feed her instead?

    Thanks:)
    I live in the US.

    • ANSWER:
      Good for you wanting to get her off Royal Canin. It's not a good food and there are much much better options. Look for a food that is free of corn, wheat, soy, and by-products. The first ingredient of any good food will be meat.

      Get a dry puppy formula and feed her twice a day. When she is a year old, start her on an adult formula.

      High Quality Foods:
      Blue Buffalo- http://www.bluebuff.com/
      Wellness- http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/
      Natural Balance- http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/
      Taste of the Wild- http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/
      Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul- http://www.chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com/
      Solid Gold- http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/
      Merrick- http://www.merrickpetcare.com/
      Orijen- http://www.orijen.ca/orijen/about/
      Canidae- http://www.canidae.com/
      Diamond Naturals- http://www.diamondpet.com/products/diamond_naturals/
      Natura (Innova, EVO, California Natural)- http://www.naturapet.com/
      Or go raw- http://www.dogguide.net/raw-diet-basics.php

      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=betterproducts
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

  41. QUESTION:
    What is the best puppy food on the market.?
    I'm looking for a puppy food that does not contain a lot of fillers , most on the market do.Any luck with Nutro Max?
    She is a pure bred Border Collie, 12 weeks old.

    • ANSWER:
      Nutro is a low medium grade food. Nutro Max is their lowest quality line.

      Not all pet food is made equally. A lot of it is full of corn, by-products, dyes, unhealthy preservatives, filler grains and all sorts of nasty stuff. A lot of pet food companies are perfectly happy to dump cheap leftovers in. Will it kill your dog? No, it has to be nutritionally complete and safe to even be marketed. Is it healthy? Not by a long shot.

      Corn is a low quality ingredient you never want to see in your pet food. Corn and low quality grains are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to food allergies in our pets.

      Thankfully, there are some excellent dog foods being made these days that include organic, human grade ingredients rather than trash not fit for human consumption.

      Examples of low quality foods to avoid: Anything you can find in a grocery store will be low end, Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Pedigree, Kibbles n' Bits, Beneful, Ol'Roy.

      Examples of high quality foods to look for: Innova, Wellness, Solid Gold, Canidae All Life Stages, Fromm Four Star, Merrick, GO Natural, Nature's Variety Prairie, Nature's Logic, Artemis Fresh Mix, Timber Wolf Organics.

      Although the high quality foods are more expensive, you're getting what you're paying for. Less filler material means more concentrated nutrients... this means you typically need to feed far less of the high quality food than you would of the low quality one. Which also means less poop!

      A great option is to go with an entirely grainless diet. Many of the high quality foods now put out grainless formulas. Some good grainless diet's include: Innova EVO, Wellness CORE, Blue Wilderness, Nature's Variety Instinct, Orijen, Fromm Surf & Turf, Now! and Sold Gold Barking At The Moon, Taste of the Wild.

      Some of the high end foods can be found in common pet stores. Petsmart carries Blue Buffalo products (such as the excellent grain free diet Blue Wilderness). Petco carries Wellness and Solid Gold. If you can't find a food, most of the high quality food brands have websites with store locators on them.

      Remember that foods should be switched gradually, especially when switching to a higher quality one, so as not to upset tummies.

      Another option for feeding dogs is to feed raw. This is something that should be thoroughly researched before being attempted:
      http://www.barfworld.com/
      http://www.rawfed.com/
      http://www.rawlearning.com/
      http://www.wysong.net/controversies/rawmeat.shtml

      More on dog food:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=main (Learn how to determine the quality of your dog's food.)
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ (Dog food reviews. Anything with five or six stars is a great food.)

  42. QUESTION:
    What type of dog food is good for a 10 Week old German/Australian shepherd?
    I bought a 10 week old german/australian shepherd today and would like to know what type of puppy food if good for him. I would like specific brands and/or puppy products.

    • ANSWER:
      I feed my German Shepherd "Acana Grasslands" dog food (made for all life stages) and he is thriving. You should choose a grain free food that has a lot of named meats as the main ingredients. Dogs don't need corn, soy, wheat, by products, animal digest, or artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives in their food.

  43. QUESTION:
    What do I do about a rescue puppy that eats to fast?
    I took in a puppy that had worms, straving, and having to fight for what food she did get. I have got her wormed but she is use to fighting for food and she eats so fast that she chokes. Her name is Lucy and she is a beagle and basset hound mix. I am hand feeding her now and there has to be an easier way to get her to stop. I have a older dog and another puppy in the house with her and i keep them apart when i feed them but when she smells food she goes nuts trying to get to it. Also what is a good can puppy food that want give her the runs. The other puppy is very pickey about what she eats. They do not fight but this is hard at feeding time. Thanks ahead of time for what ever help you send my way. I have 6 dogs and this is a first for me. I have never had one that ate so fast that she chokes. Dry dog food is out for sure. She does not chew food.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, feed her by herself. Either put her in another room, or put the other dogs out while she eats, so she won't feel that they are going to take the food from her.

      Moisten dry food with some broth, that will help a bit. Give her 6 small meals a day. It's quite normal for starved dogs to get the runs when they first start eating good food. That should clear up within a few days. No doubt she needs to be wormed too.

      Gobbling is a learning behaviour because she has had to compete for food. Once she learns that she will never go hungry again, she won't be as bad, but starved dogs often eat faster than the others regardless. A big heavy rock on top of her food will help to slow her down.

      Raise her dish on a stand, so she is less likely to swallow air as she eats, which can cause bloat. It took one cocker I rescued, a year to finally learn that he would always be fed.

      My latest Great Dane rescue learned that within two weeks, so I have been able to switch her over to free feeding.

  44. QUESTION:
    Is pedigree a good food to feed puppies?
    I'm thinking of feeding my puppy Pedigree puppy food. Is that a good food or no? Any other recommendations for food? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Well.. Anything that could be considered a "supermarket" pet food, is not a good food.
      Pedigree is a supermarket food.
      With Pedigree, the first ingredient is corn. Corn is bad for dogs and not part of a dog's natural diet. It actually is know to cause kidney failure. It also has an inadequate meat content.

      If you want a good puppy food to keep your puppy on then try Blue Buffalo, Taste of the Wild, Canidae, Orijen, 4Health(the only decent priced decent dog good, but only available at Tractor Supply stores). These foods will all cost more. But that's just what it costs to keep a healthy and happy dog.

      I keep my large dogs on 4Health (switching them once in awhile to TotW), and my small dogs on Taste of the Wild. Foods like Taste of the Wild and Orijen are the BEST you can get because they are completly grain free. While corn is the worst, really, no dog is meant to eat any kind of grain.

  45. QUESTION:
    What is a good dog food that isn't going to break the bank?
    So i have my puppy on Blue Buffalo puppy food right now but i just lost half my income and i need to find something that is cheaper but still good for him! I refuse to feed him anything that has anything to do with Diamond so don't even suggest that. Thank you! also i dont know if his breed matters but he is a border collie/ mini aussie mix!
    Hate to break it to half of you...but Beneful is horrid dog food.

    • ANSWER:
      I can tell you right now, those "big brand" dog foods and "premium" dog foods you see commercials for are not the good ones.
      Purina, Pedigree, Iams, etc. are not the best dog food you can offer your dog.

      I feed my dog Orijen senior dog food, but if you don't want to spend a lot of money, that's not the best choice for you (I'm from the USA, it's from Canada, shipping is around ).

      I would suggest something like Merrick Puppy Plate dog food, Chicken Soup Puppy, Artemis dog food, or Solid Gold.
      If you want a cheaper brand, try Innova puppy.
      I've just listed the dog food that I've researched and considered for my dog.

      Why I listed those food? Because they mostly contain a high amount of protein from various animals. There are some duck, fish, chicken, and turkey in them that offer good protein. They also include a lot of vegetables. If you want to do more research, I'm sure some of them even offer GRAIN-FREE dog food, which is good, too.

      The major reasons the dog food that come from Purina, Pedigree, and so on are because because they contain low-quality ingredients. People have listed Beneful as a good dog food. WRONG. The #1 ingredient in ground yellow corn. The #1 ingredient in dog food should ALWAYS be some sort of protein (Chicken, turkey, duck, salmon, etc.). The next ingredient is Chicken-by-product meal. What is by-product meal? It's not meat, I can assure you that. It's basically the tendons and tissue in the animal. Usually even contains butcher scraps, too. You do NOT want that for your dog. It may do your dog "good" but it's not "good" inside.
      It's not that corn is a bad ingredient, I mean, it's not the best, but it's not the worst. I consider by-product to be the worst. They claim corn is a source of energy, or easy to digest. That is a lie. Unless they turn the corn into a flour of some sort and cook it, then it might be better digestable, but corn is actually difficult for a dog to digest.

      I hope this helps. If you don't want to buy the dog food I listed, that's okay. I just hope this information helps you choose which brand to buy.

  46. QUESTION:
    Which of these dog foods would you recommend for a 3 month old beagle?
    I have narrowed what I would like to get down to these choices.
    Chicken Soup for the Puppy Lover's Soul
    Fromm Puppy Gold
    Solid Gold Hundchen Flocken Puppy Food

    Of these three which have you used and recommend.
    If you like something other than these let me know. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Fromm Puppy Gold is only a 4 out of 6 stars so not that one.
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=1469&cat=all

      Solid Gold Hundchen Flocken is given a 5 out of 6 star rating. No manfacturer guarantee that the fish is not preserved with a cancer causing preservative, ethozyquine.
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=893&cat=all

      Chicken Soup is also given a 5 out of 6 star rating. I choose this one because the fish meal is guaranteed to be ethoxyquine free (when you read the review you have to scroll down for additional comments which state the manufacturer does say it is free of this dangerous preservative). Also, they have added additional good bacteria sources for a healthy digestive tract. It is also probably cheaper than the Solid Gold.
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=908&cat=all

      I actually feed a grainless food Taste of the Wild, Wetlands formula, but I would not suggest this until your dog reaches maturity at a year.

  47. QUESTION:
    Is it ok to switch dog food brands for my 3 month old Schnoodle?
    I'm trying to find the best quality food for her, and a brand that is good for her health.

    Right now she is on Performatrin Ultra Puppy food, and I am thinking of switching her to Purina Pro Plan... Any ideas or tips?

    • ANSWER:
      Tip- the best quality food is not chock full of corn and fillers, like Purina Pro Plan. The highest-quality food is a grain-free holistic food. Many brands offer a holistic grain-free food- Natural Balance, Wellness, Blue Buffalo, Evo, Canidae, Taste of the Wild, Solid Gold, etc. I suggest an all-stages or a puppy variety because she is still rather young to switch to adult-only food.

  48. QUESTION:
    What is the best food to feed my puppy?
    I am currently feeding him Iams Proactive Health 1-12 month old puppy food, but am wondering if there is something more healthy for him. He is an austrailian cattle dog/ boarder collie cross, so he is very active with herding and agility
    I am talking about Brands of puppy food

    • ANSWER:
      I answered a question similar to this yesterday so I'll post a close answer to what I gave him.

      You should feed a good, High Quality food -Low or Grain Free and made with real meat as the first ingredient.

      Soy, corn and wheat are all unneeded fillers that are used to make a dog food cheaper, and aren't healthy for your pup. Make sure that the first ingredient is REAL meat (something like duck, Salmon, Chicken, Lamb etc...).It should be the first thing listed under ingredients.

      Ex. If it were a Chicken Formula, the first thing I would look for to be listed is- Chicken. Chicken Meal.

      Iams is okay, but not the best out there, and to the person who suggested Purina Puppy Chow I disagree with you completely, as Puppy Chow uses CORN of all things as the first ingredient, and is complete unhealthy crap.

      Anything that doesn't list the type of meat they use, or has corn as the first ingredient Is NOT a good food.

      My very first suggestion would be something like Orijin, Acana, Taste of The Wild, Fromm, Canadae, Wellness, Merrick or Blue Buffalo. If you're on a Budget than I'd look in Diamond Naturals or a food sold at Costco called Nature's Domain.

      Those foods all either have puppy formula's or are an All Life stages food.

      Also, If you have enough time to prepare it and can afford it I'd highly suggest looking into feeding a RAW diet or cooking for your dog.

      Overall, I'd suggest whatever food works good for you and your puppy!

      Good Luck!


free puppy food

Homemade Dog Food Diet

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How expensive is it to make homemade dog food?
    About how expensive is it to make homemade dog food? My four dogs (3 large, 1 small) are currently on Science Diet (Large and Small bites) and it costs about -30 a week to feed them all. Does making homemade dog food with quality ingredients generally save money over feeding commercially marketed brands like Science Diet?

    • ANSWER:
      You'll have to do your own math here, based upon the ingedients you wish to us.

      For me, it was slightly more expensive to make my own-- boiled chicken with baked sweet potato and parsley. The parsley was home grown.. I factored that at .0$ because I was using as much in my own cooking as it was for the dog. The split chicken breast I could purchase at about 99cents a pound when I was lucky. Same price for the sweet potato.. so I added the cost of the energy to fire up my stove & stovetop, as well as the price for my time.. And the multiple vitamins I added... Probably +.50 a pound, but it was worth it.

      You can stretch that and reduce the price per pound by 'stretching' the chicken and potato with boiled rice, but of course you have to keep a closer eye on nutrition, since dogs aren't primarily vegetarians, I'd be reluctant to go too heavy on the rice for fear of ill effect.

      So, start with your own recipe, factor in price per pound of the components, divide by the ratio/s in the recipe, then you'll have your price. If you're lucky enough to have a hunter in the family, or can get your hands on free meat, then your cost is reduced accordingly.

  2. QUESTION:
    What would a veterinarian say about homemade dog food?
    I want to start making homemade dog food. but i heard that sometimes the homemade stuff doesn't always have Essential vitamins that my dog needs. what would a vet say? is it dangerous to change their diet from store bought dry food to homemade wet food mixed with the dry food.

    btw the recipe i was thinking of have lamb, brown rice, carrots, broccoli, and potatoes.

    • ANSWER:
      Unless your dog has special needs, such as no teeth, I would feed a raw diet. If you have to cook the food, do it properly. Below is a link to Dr. Pitcairn. He is well known and offers sound advice for cooking for your dog.

      http://www.drpitcairn.com/

  3. QUESTION:
    Blance of nutrition in a homemade dog diet?
    I am researching ways to create a nutritionally balanced homemade diet for dogs. I am researching homemade diets and raw diets. Do any of you make homemade dog food? Where did you come up with your nutrition balance? Can you list some websites that tell what a good nutrition balance is for homemade dog food?

    • ANSWER:
      It does depend on the breed and their activities.

      For my sighthounds, I use a combination of the following:

      -cooked ground beef
      -cooked ground turkey
      -hard-boiled eggs
      -plain yogurt
      -salmon oil
      -Nature's Kitchen Preference dehydrated dog food supplement.

      We used to use regular turkey meat roasted when we had full birds in abundance, but the ground works better because you can cook it and the ground beef (73% lean is usually OK) at the same time in the wok.

      You can use raw eggs, but the boiled ones are safer.

      The salmon oil is good for their coats, comes in a pump dispenser, one squirt per 20# of pet weight.

      The yogurt is a good calcium source and keeps their gut flora balanced.

      The Preference is dehyrdated veggies, fruits, and greens that provide good vitamins and nutrients for them.

      We discovered this combinaton as a spinoff of a cancer diet we concocted for one of our previous dogs. We used to do kibble, but they hated it, and refused to eat it, so no more.

  4. QUESTION:
    Any suggestions for a basic homemade dog food with all neccessary nutrients?
    I want to start my dog, Story, on homemade dog food because she has a sensitive stomach. Lab/bull dog mix. She has been responding well thus far. White rice, chicken, carrots, cottage cheese, egg, and crushed egg shells. 40% meat and 30% carb and 30% vegetable. Her poop is no long runny. I just want a simple cut and dry recipie that I can switch out a few items for variety bi-weekly. I want to make sure she's getting proper nutrients and even if I have to give her suppliments; any suggestions. There are so many recipies that vary with ingredients like flax seed and cornmeal and oatmeal and other items. A list of different basic veggies, meats, and grain would be great. Nothing fancy. Thanks in advance. Serious responses only please.

    • ANSWER:
      I feed raw, but one of my dogs doesn't like raw so I have to do homemade with him.

      Here's our recipe:
      1/3 oatmeal
      1/2 meat
      1/6 veggies
      an egg
      canned Jack Mackerel/Sardines
      + yogurt/supplements and maybe a couple organs (liver, hearts, gizzards)

      The key to homemade diets is variety. Use turkey, beef, rabbit, pork, whatever meat you can find. Heck, I know some dogs who eat kangaroo and bison! Use varying types of veggies, like bok choy, kale, chinese cabbage, carrots, peas, alfalfa, etc. Whatever veggies you eat, save a little for your dog (as long as it's not poisonous like avocado). It's nice to have a basic recipe, but as long as you have a wide variety, your dog's diet will be "balanced over time".

  5. QUESTION:
    What are some good ways to make homemade DOG FOOD?
    I dont want to feed my dog canned food from the supermarket, does anyone have any recipes to make inexpensive homemade dog food? This is to feed a bullmastiff so it needs to have lots of chunky meat/bones etc.

    • ANSWER:
      this is my favourite recipe site http://www.rawfeddogs.net/Recipes

      Honestly there is no need to cook, chop, grind or puree - just make friends with your local butcher!!

      Giant breed dogs need to be eating about 2% of their ideal adult weight each day. For a bullmastiff this is between 41 and 59 kg - if you work this out out an average of 50 kg then your dog would need 'about' 1kg of food per day (50 x 0.02 = 1) Adjust the amount up or down based on your dog's appearance and activity levels.

      If you aim to feed over the course of a week or two about 2/3 meat and heart and the rest a combination of meaty bones and other organs then your dog will get everything it needs. Luckily being in Australia, roo is easily available, low fat and a great source of omega 3s. I buy roo chunks at petbarn - for 5kg bags. This combined with chicken halves, beef or lamb heart and organs like liver and kidneys is the basis for my animals' diet.

      ** millions of dogs the world over live long and healthy lives never eating commercial foods. don't let anyone tell you that you need a science degree to be able to feed your dog.

  6. QUESTION:
    What all the things I have to add to make the homemade dog food?
    Hi yahoo friends… I would like to make the homemade food for my dog so can anyone suggest me the procedure to make the homemade dog food…

    • ANSWER:
      Do not feed your dog bones, especially cooked bones. Fragments can become lodged in the digestive tract. Canines in the wild who eat bones have the benefit of consuming hair and hide too, which have been found to ‘pad’ the bone fragments and aid in their passing. Other foods to avoid that are dangerous for dogs are chocolate, avocados, mushrooms, macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, onions, and garlic. The best way to know what goes into your dog’s food is to make it yourself. With the recent pet food recall, many pet owners are doing just that. Though some experts argue that a homemade diet is best for dogs, this is best done temporarily until you can consult your veterinarian, as canines have definite nutritional requirements.

  7. QUESTION:
    What are your feelings about feeding dogs homemade dog food?
    I have been flirting with the idea of making my dog homemade food and mixing it with his dry food. I have been buying wet food and mixing it with his dry food but the price of buying both is going up. What are your thoughts about this? I want to make sure that he is getting all of the nutrients that are needed in his daily diet.

    • ANSWER:
      i think it is almost impossible for the average owner to provide a well balanced homemade dog food diet ... and i also think it is hard to figure out what the dog needs as vets are mostly clueless about nutrition and with so many complete and balanced dog food already available, a person really has to research to ensure all nutritional requirements are made ... i personally don't agree with it because buying and making food is more costly (and time consuming) than buying quality dog food ...

  8. QUESTION:
    What do we think is the best diet for a dog?
    does anybody have their dog on a homemade dog food?
    have you noticed any benifits?
    what kind of diet are they on?
    I have a labrador and i have been reading about different diets they can be on it looks to be such an improvment to the shop food.
    My dog is on a dry food diet at the minute 'eukanuba'
    what have people found to be the best diet for their dog?

    • ANSWER:
      I personally feed raw. No grains, very minimal vegetation. A dog is physiologically a carnivore so I choose to feed a carnivore's diet.

      Raw feeding is actually very simple. You figure out a percentage of their body weight and just feed that over the course of the day. That bit of math never changes once they're beyond the young puppy stage. Feed them in their crate or over a towel, wiped down afterward with Lysol if you're concerned about contamination, et voila! You're good to go. You feed a variety of organ meats, muscle meats, bones, and offal (other bits of the animal not normally found at the supermarket, such as tripe and skin.) There is no need to supplement with vitamin powders or root vegetable smoothies or whatever else that people freak out about. There are basic outlines - for instance, raw prey model is 80% muscle, 10% bone, 5% organ meat and 5% offal. You need to make sure there is a good percentage of fat included, otherwise the initial glorious sheen and health you see will start to fade to a dull coat and possible health issues.

      Once the detox is over you'll see a tremendous difference. Not to mention you'll SMELL the difference. A raw-fed dog does not have a 'doggy' smell, generally. You'd be hard-pressed to smell their fecal matter (I literally had to have my nose 1 foot away to smell anything, and it was an earthy dirt type of smell.) I tried my last pup on a good quality grain-free kibble in between raw, and holy cow could he clear a room in 2 seconds flat! Stunk to high heaven. Dental issues are pretty non-existent, because the dog is eating food that properly massages the gums and cleans the teeth. You know how when you eat bread-type foods, even crackers and potato chips? You'll get some stuck to your teeth, adhered like glue. Kibble is no different, only dogs can't whip out a toothpick to clean it out.

      Predators in the wild - feral and true wild animals - have a very varied diet. They don't eat the same thing every day and I believe that is what Nature intended and how I'll continue to feed my pets. If you're interested there are a ton of websites out there now, but here's a good overview of the diet at a glance: http://preymodelraw.com/how-to-get-started/

      I haven't had success with high quality kibble but others have. Hope this helps you!

  9. QUESTION:
    Could you suggest a dog diet or book for cooking homemade dog food?
    I have two 18 month old chihuahuas. They got sick ( runny doo doo ) The vet suggested a temporary diet where I cook for them. bland mashed chicken and rice, then switch back. Switching back made them sick again. They are doing okay now with the homemade food.

    After looking at the ingredients in a lot of dog food brands, I have decided I don't want to buy pre-made food anymore.

    Can you suggest a cook book for dogs?
    Yes I will verify with my vet.

    • ANSWER:
      Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats
      http://www.booksvariety.com/natural-nutrition-for-dogs-and-cats

      The Healthy Dog Cookbook: 50 Nutritious & Delicious Recipes Your Dog Will Love
      http://www.booksvariety.com/the-healthy-dog-cookbook-50-nutritious-delicious-recipes-your-dog-will-love

      all the best

  10. QUESTION:
    Any suggestions on food for my Yorkie?
    My 1 year old Yorkie has had diarrhea off and on for a month or so. I brought her to the vet and he said it was just a food sensitivity, no parasites or worms. So, he told us just to find a food that she is not sensitive to. We have had her on Iams, Eukanuba, Hill's Science Diet, and now Purina Beneful. She doesn't seem to be doing well with any of these. However, she hasn't been on the Beneful for very long. Any suggestions on what I could try to feed her. I have heard of homemade dog foods, anybody know anything about these? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      part of ur problem is that ur feeding a commercial dog food. commercial dog food is pure crap and should be treated that way. i had my dog on beneful once and he was gassy and had diarrhea a lot. so u need to switch to a good food with no fillers and other stuff. i reccomend Canidae, Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul, Wellness, Merrick, anything that isnt a commercial dog food. so anything u find at walmart or see on tv dont buy.

  11. QUESTION:
    Does anyone make their pets food?
    I have been reading alot about a raw food diet for dogs. I don't want to feed my dogs commercial pet food any more. I think it is not very good for them. Does anyone feed their dogs homemade dog food. If so, what, how much and what is the recipe. Any good resource on the subject. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      (First, it's "a lot", not "alot". Two words, not one ;-) )

      Before you decide to take your dogs off commercial pet food "cold turkey", remember that these foods have been formulated to provide your dog with specific nutrients. For example, dogs require these amino acids:

      * arginine
      * histidine
      * isoleucine
      * leucine
      * lysine
      * methionine
      * phenylalanine
      * threonine
      * tryptophan
      * valine

      They also require:

      Macro-minerals

      * Calcium (Ca)
      * Phosphorus (P)
      * Sodium (Na)
      * Chloride (Cl)
      * Potassium (K)
      * Magnesium (Mg)

      and micro-minerals:

      * Iron (Fe)
      * Zinc (Zn)
      * Copper (Cu)
      * Manganese (Mn)
      * Selenium (Se)
      * Iodine (I)

      Deficiencies in any of these can cause a number of health problems, or even death.

      If you can ensure making homemade food with the correct proportions of these essential nutrients - more power to you; however, most peoples' homes aren't equipped with the instruments necessary to measure these.

      You're better off feeding your dogs the commercially available kibble that's been formulated and tested to conform to known and proven standards of canine nutrition.

  12. QUESTION:
    What are some homemade dog food recipes?
    Not those "raw diets" but actual cooked dog food i can make at home? This is a horrible reference but i know sled dogs make some kind of stew for there dogs (it was called "slump" in Snow dogs (the movie)) But anyways, can someone give me links or books to look into? Thanks.
    @ Sammy, I did say it was a bad "reference" as i knew they did raw meats. I just don't feel comfortable giving my dogs raw.

    • ANSWER:
      I make a stew with diced or minced meat(red or white meat whatever I have at the time) rice or pasta, some mixed diced veggies(sweet potato, peas, potato, pumpkin,broccoli & whatever may work that I have at hand), dash of olive oil. I put all in a pot with enough water to cover it & simmer it for a few hours. When serving I add an egg, some chia seeds & a multi vitamin & mineral supplement powder.
      Dogs love it. I also bake a meat loaf with veggie for them too similar ingredients just put through the processor & into a loaf tin & bake it for an hour or so.

  13. QUESTION:
    Homemade dog food recipes and a schedule?
    I have a 5.5 lbs Yorkie/Chihuahua and I was thinking of putting her on homemade dog food. I don't want to have to put calcium supplements in her food, so I'm looking for calcium-rich recipes. Also, I am looking for a daily schedule (including recipes), so I know exactly what to give her every meal.

    • ANSWER:
      I cannot recommend feeding any of the commercial varieties of meat-flavored baked paste with chemicals added. Instead, why not feed your dog actual food? The dog’s natural diet is raw meat on the bone. Try it. The dog will love it, the diet will help him teethe properly as a pup, keep his teeth clean the rest of his life, satisfy his lifelong need to chew and results in innocuous feces.

      http://www.rawmeatybones.com/
      http://preymodelraw.com/how-to-get-started/
      http://www.rawfed.com
      http://www.rawfeddogs.net
      http://www.rawfeeding.net
      http://www.rawlearning.com
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/groups.rawfeeding/
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3wLTlqnMMg&feature=related
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stZCSUJa4EU&NR=1/

      The basic idea is to approximate a wild diet as closely as possible; raw meat on the bone and small amounts of organ meat [liver is most important, but also kidneys, pancreas, spleen, lungs and what is called green tripe]. Amount to feed is calculated as 2-3% of the dog's ideal adult body weight. Your veterinarian can help you estimate that; then you just do the math. You don’t have to be exact; all amounts are to be averaged over a week or two. Dogs [not toys or puppies] that get big, complicated meals sometimes will eat for two days and then not again for five. All perfectly normal.

      Most raw feeders that I've read have started their dogs on chicken: it is readily available and inexpensive, plus it is antibiotic- and hormone-free. The fat content is easy to control by how much of the skin you remove.

      No grain, vegetable or fruit is a significant part of a grey wolf's diet. Dogs are genetically grey wolves.

      Besides being unnatural, lately it is becoming more and more clear that commercial dog foods simply are not safe:

      http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/various-private-label-pet-food-recalls-due-to-aflatoxin.html/

  14. QUESTION:
    is it OK to feed a German shepherd different recipes everyday?
    i m feeding them homemade dog food i have different recipes is it ok for them to have different recipes everyday?

    • ANSWER:
      Dog food hasn't been around for that long. Before that, lots of people had healthy, happy dogs that ate table scraps or prepared meals. My dog has an allergy to a common additive ingredient in most dog foods. After many attempts at feeding her different diets, I finally decided to home cook, and she has never been healthier. I make sure to get blood work run annually to make sure I'm not missing anything, but so far so good.

      I find it odd that switching the diet of a dog who eats a particular kind of dog food every day can make it sick, but switching up the feeding of a home cooked diet won't usually bother him. This makes me wonder even more if dog food is the best thing to feed a dog.

      I did a lot of research before I decided on a diet for my dog, and I do change it up a little bit, but the idea is generally the same:
      40% Protein
      20% Veggies
      20% Carbs

      Her usual diet is:

      3.6lb package of skinless chicken thighs
      1lb of skinless, boneless chicken breast
      (after removing the bones from the thighs, this equals about 4lbs of chicken)
      1 two lb bag of frozen mixed veggies (carrots, corn, green beans, peas... you get the idea)
      1lb bag of rice (minus a hand full) (this makes about 2lbs of cooked rice)
      1 cut up sweet potato

      I put this all into a big pot with enough water to cover the chicken. I bring to a boil then let simmer for about an hour, then move the pot to cool. It's still pretty watery when it's cooling, but by the time I'm done with it, the water is well blended in.

      Pull out all of the chicken, (I use my hands) and remove all the chicken bones from the thighs, being very, very careful to get all the bones out. (cooking on the bone adds calcium)

      Squeeze the chicken (breasts too) through your fingers until mushy (also a great way to double check bone removal) then add to the veggies and rice, then squeeze that all together with your hands until well blended and crushed. It shouldn't be watery any more at this point. Place into containers and freeze all but 2 days worth. This is usually enough for 2 weeks for my little dog, maybe different for you. I serve with a quarter cup of Kefir on top for calcium (Found by the milk in most stores - Plain flavor, not reduced fat). I also give my dog a daily vitamin.

      I change it up once in a while with different veggies, other meats, adding some organ meat, or oatmeal but I always keep it 40%, 20%, 20% give or take the sweet potato.

      Home making food is a real lifestyle change, but it's just 2ce a month, and you'll know what's going into your dog. This diet costs about per week, which is less than I was paying for dog food before.

      Good luck!

  15. QUESTION:
    I would like a good homemade recipe for dog food. Does anyone have one that would be suitable ?
    I have a yellow lab puppy and a minature pincher that I want to feed a healthier diet. Looking for a dog food recipe for both. Can anyone help?

    • ANSWER:
      hey can eat most human uncooked foods non processed except ONIONS, GARLICS, or GRAPES, feed them a mixture of mostly vegetables and a little meat. Less meat means less dog farts

  16. QUESTION:
    What is the ideal ratio for homemade dog food?
    I'm very confused because when I made some research yesterday there's mixed opinions about how much protein, vegetables and starch should be in a homemade dog meal. I jotted down some info and got this one: 40% protein, 50% vegetables and 10% starch. Then I'd see comments that there needs to be more protein. Now I'm confused.

    So what's the correct ratio really?

    • ANSWER:
      A diet rich in protein is highly recommended for young pups that have already been weaned from their mother, and for young, growing dogs. Hunting dogs and other working dogs should also be given a healthy serving of protein during mealtime to keep their muscles and organs working perfectly.

      However, giving a dog too much protein can create its own problems. Increase protein intake has been known to damage the dogs' kidneys, which can lead to terminal kidney failure. Too much protein has also been associated with sudden changes in a dog's temperament.

  17. QUESTION:
    Is it ok to feed my dogs bread in addition to their dog food?
    My husband works at a restaurant that makes homemade bread and instead of throwing it away at the end of the day my husband is able to bring it home. My husband started giving the dogs a slice here and there for a treat and they absolutely love it. We are wondering if bread is good for their diet or is bad for them. Thanks.
    PS - They do eat dog food. By no means do I mean that we are only going to feed them bread.

    • ANSWER:
      My dog had dreadful problems, because of this I researched the ingredients of dog food. The experts now say that dogs should not be given grain, dairy food or anything remotely connected with beef. I now feed her a food which excludes the above.

      In retrospect I realise that my other (long gone) dogs had problems which I should have associated with grain. I never gave them bread, however grain is in almost every dog food.Now I know that grain, which is included in bread can cause problems, I now avoid any dog food which contains grain.

      Nevertheless, when my dog is near a lake where people feed the ducks, she often snatches the bread before the ducks can get it. Google "Grain in dog food" and make your own decision.

  18. QUESTION:
    Benefits/ problems related to home made dog foods?
    After doing my research, I've learned that its fairly healthy to feed dogs homemade dog foods. The stuff that goes into dog food is sick!
    However... I need to try and convince my mother to let me make the food, and prove to her why it will be healthier for our Cockapoo.

    But, now I'm wondering. Is it really healthier for them? What are problems with feeding home made dog foods? Are there any benefits?

    I could buy a quality dog food; but my mom refuses to spend the money. Our dog has been living on Purina and Beneful for 9 years, and she claims shes not dead/ sick. While she does have some minor issues I've been concerned about (will give them in More Details) I'm not sure if they're food related.

    Please help me out and give me as much information AND sources as to why I should (or shouldn't) make my own dog food.

    Thank you!
    My dog has some breathing problems occassionally; especially when shes on a leash. She makes sounds like she is choking and breathes very strangely.

    She also has small bumps on her skin that about less than a centimeter in width and about the same/ a little bit more in their height. The bumps are the same color as her skin if not a bit pinker.

    Her energy level is also very poor. She never plays and sleeps all day, even though I take her for a walk almost every morning.
    Is it alright to feed them canned peas and canned tuna?

    • ANSWER:
      Most of the people on this site DON'T want to know about facts like you do because I guess to them ignorance is bliss, your concern for your pet is refreashing to see for a change. Tell your Mom I said she has reason to be very proud of you, most kids just don't care about anything but themselves these days.

      I can help you quite abit and get you going in the right direction. We have been home cooking our pet food now for about 3-4 months and within just the first 2 weeks the results were dramatic, and that's putting it mildly, far more than I ever expected. We fed "premium" pet foods which are also garbage, they all are. My GF just showed me plastic parts in one brand and hair in a brand called Innova. (dog or cat hair?, we have the pics)

      We have my Mom doing the home cooking now for 2 abused small dogs she is caring for along with us. They only have been on the home cooked diets for 3 weeks and are doing fantastic now, no more fear now that the one is going to loose his eye site anymore because his eyes are crystal clear again and the injured eye is so much better. (we also medicated his injured eye w/ anti biotic). His bloated body is also quickly returning to normal shape.

      The first thing you need to do is check out this site, he's a vet, PHD, writer, and studied nutrition as well, this mans book is saving our dogs lives no doubt about that and the other 2s.
      http://www.drpitcairn.com , read the nutrition page definiatly.

      As far as is it hard to do, no, my girlfriend enjoys making up the food, freezes about a weeks worth and we feed twice a day (once daily feeding causes bloat). The neglected dogs are getting fed 3 times a day as one is very under weight, we worked him up to it gradually. It's sad, he refused all commercial foods prior and was starving to death, the first night I brought him the real food he goobled it like he'd never eaten before. Now he cries before feeding like to say "don't forget me".

      Tell your Mom uncooked oatmeal is not expensive.(ingredient in one recipe) Ground turkey or chicken, nutritional yeast, kelp, a few select vitamins , organic eggs, whole organic milk, wheat bread, small amount of garlic, calcium/ phosphous (balanced amounts), a few other minor ingredients, they make a doggy meatloaf,lol and they really love it. The best part, it's nutritionally balanced, your pet will start getting healthier and less vet bills in the future. There are other meals to make in the book also.

      Tell your Mom you can't SEE liver or kidney damage that is happening in a pet till it's to late, your dog is way to young to be that lethargic (tired). This book also has natural flea remedies and I'll give you 2 links about the dangers of Frontline etc...(listed on sources below).

      I told my GF, your gonna give them diarreah when you make them their own food before we got the book, what a FOOL I was and addmit that now. I told her get it if you want (she would have anyways,lol), it was the best $$ we ever spent. No diarreah in 4 months, actually they go less, totally normal, and drink less water. Our 11 year old Yorkie is like a puppy again now playing a lot more and much more energetic, he no longer looks old anymore either.

      I saw you have an email listed, (if you didn't I was going to give you mine), tell your Mom if she won't get you this book, I will, I'm not rich by any means but if she won't help you save your dog we will. This book will tell you all you need to know about your pet, how to cook for it, dangers to it, conditions and how to treat, etc...

      I've had to euthanize 2 of my little guys in the past two years over kidney/ liver problems, I have no doubt if we had this book 12 years ago we'd still have them now, it's something you never want to go thru. Our 3rd died in surgery 3 years ago. Eventuually when you do loose your pet, at least you'll have peace of mind knowing you tried your absolute best to give it a happy and HEALTHY life. You can tell your Mom we have spent ,500.00 in the last 3 years on our vet costs, that should make her feel better about buting you this book so you'll know from reading it how to truly take care of him/her the best you can.

      My name on the email that will show up is "Jim D", like I said, tell your Mom I'll get you the book if she won't. If I can help just one more pet not suffer from commercial pet food that will be well worth what it may cost me. Good Luck. You can write me back and I'll have my GF answer any questions you have, she's researched 4 months steady now and is up on a lot of what's really going on.

      One more benefit to the book, you'll be able to educate other people as well about helping their pets, it's a great feeling to help when someone wants to know the truth about whats really going into pet foods etc... . and no more worries when the recalls of the pet food garbage crop up again, it's allready starting again w/ one brand.

      Edit: I missed the part earlier about the tuna, NO, it's heavily laden w/ mercury.

      Edit: The first post has very good points but the book tells you how much of each etc... Also, as for running that by your vet, most vets do not take nutritional classes and if they do it is usually an IAMS or some other pet food rep. giving them the info, WRONG info I might add.

  19. QUESTION:
    Tell me something about homemade dog food?
    Hi yahoo people can anyone tell me about homemade dog food is that dog should maintain the diets like human.. If so tell me the tips to maintain the diet..

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes the dog food you buy in stores are not safe and to be on the safe side you will want to feed your dog homemade dog food. Should that ever be the case, all that is required is a simple mix of meat, vegetables and starches. Understand that dogs need a diet that consists of 40 percent meat, 30 percent vegetables and 30 percent starch. Follow this formula to ensure that your dog has a well-balanced diet. Consider the fact that many experts believe commercial dog food is actually unhealthy for dogs. Often the meat that is used in dog food is of a quality considered unfit for humans.

  20. QUESTION:
    What should I feed my dog with food allergies?
    After just spending £36 on a 2 week supply of Hills z/d food for my staffy/lab can you recommend a good homemade diet for a dog with food allergies? or a cheaper product?...this cost is on top of his steroid injections every 10 days until he is better .(he is insured but this doesnt cover the food needed to keep him well). Does anyone use a diet that has worked ?we also have another dog and 2 cats to care for hence the cost issue!
    Thanks for the great answers so far.He has had tests at the vets to determine the allergy including blood tests but the results didnt show what it was! but he is suffering with sore and itchy skin and has gone bald around his eyes.

    • ANSWER:
      I've recently changed my german shepherd with food intolerance to royal canine sensitivity. A big bag which is about £40 (14kg) last almost a month. Another option is burns dry food (venison) - this is recommended for food intolerance (approx £33/ month). It depends if you know exactly what he is allergic to. I was told usually it is an intolerance to the protein source eg chicken.

      My dog was eating poorly, losing weight and had serious diarrhoea but all that has cleared up over the last few weeks with royal canin sensitivity as recommended by my vets.

      Hope this helps.

      My pet insurance also covers me for the a clinical diet if recommended by the vet so i am managing to claim it on his insurance. (kennel club insurance)

  21. QUESTION:
    Is it healthy to feed my dog homemade food?
    Well, after watching so much youtube videos about homemade dog food, I just wanted to know if it is really nutritional and healthy for my dog. The ingredients are frozen carrots, chicken liver, frozen beans/peas, sweet potatoes, and white rice. Is that good or bad? Why? Thank you for helping me!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Charlito,

      Thank you for asking a great question. It shows you are a great pet parent with concerns for your pet's long term health. Yes, it is very nutritional and healthy for your dog. Many dogs who are fed home cooked or raw diets live longer, healthier lives. "You are what you eat" pertains to dogs as well. I am a Canine Chef and have been home-cooking for my dogs for over two years now as they were very sick. I have studied and read every book and worked with a Holistic Animal Nutritionists when creating my business to help busy pet parents who don't have the time to cook. Our recipes were created with a Holistic Animal Nutritionist, which humans can eat as well, but it is all about catering to your precious pet! We love our vet, but no longer have vet bills, except for our annual checkups.

      It is very important to know what you can and cannot feed your pets. Many dog cookbooks and websites list ingredients that are not the best for your pet. Do not use white rice as it is hard for dogs and humans to digest. Use Brown Rice, quinoa, barley or oats, preferably organic.

      Try to stay away from peas and carrots as they are genetically modified. Try to use fresh vegetables and cook or lightly steam them. Other than raw carrots, raw veggies are hard for most dogs to digest and they will just throw them up. Sweet Potatoes or Yams are great. Do not use white potatoes as they can be carcigenic. Do not use wheat or white flour or soy. "Why?" can be found on our website.

      Try to use meats that do not have any hormones or antibiotics. We only use 100% Grass Fed meats, which are more expensive that meats from feed-lots, but well worth the price in long term health, happiness and preventing illnesses. Plus you support local farmers who ethically raise their animals.

      Variety is key, as many nutrients are provided. Feeding the same meal to your pet can eventually cause allergic reactions. Make sure you are feeding the right proportions of protein, good fats and carbs. A Good Rule of Thumb is about 55-60% protein, 25-30 veggies and 10-15% grain. Make sure to "always" add a supplement from whole foods as well. Stay away from synthetic vitamins as their digestive system does not readily absorb these.

      I recently saved ,000 in surgery for luxating patellas on my dogs Cleo & Patra. How? Feeding whole foods that are nutrient dense and medicinal, along with acupuncture and raw marrow bones, which we sell.

      Dogs need alot of calcium and raw dairy is great for cats and dogs that are lactose intolerant. It also helps humans with allergies and asthma. It is the pasteurization process that everyone is allergic to, which destroys the lactic acid that your body and pets need to digest. Give them raw cheese as a snack as well. Remember to start slowly with anything new.

      At Cleo & Patra Canine Cuisine, we create healthy home-style cooked meals for dogs using only nutrient dense ingredients you can pronounce and your dog can easily digest. We have had much success in helping dogs get off their food allergy medications after two months on our food. Transitioning your pet's diet SLOWLY is very important!

      For more information and the many benefits of a home-cooked diet, check out our website at www.cleoNpatra.com. I've done all the homework for you. :)

      I've listed a few other sites below that will be helpful as well. We were the featured "Pet Food" product in Doggie Afficionado's "Green Living" Winter issue, which you can read on our site.

      Yes, our food is more expensive than kibble. Grass fed meats cost more as the animals live twice as long as animals from feedlots.
      All our preparation, cooking and vacuum-sealed packaging is done by hand . All our food sources are from the USA and we ship across the USA. "Know Your Source" of food is our motto.

      Our Canine Connections page lists our farmers so you can order from them for yourselves and your pets, as well as many good books, DVDs and website links on this subject.

      Either you are going to spend your money upfront on good nutrition or down the road on vet bills. Take you pick!

      Good Luck on your venture and don't hesitate to ask any more questions. Our concern is that pet parents are cooking properly for their pets, with the best intentions. Sorry for the long answer, but I am so passionate about this and want everyone's dogs to live as long a life as possible! :)

      Bone Appetit!

  22. QUESTION:
    Raw diet or cooked homemade diet for dog?
    I'm getting a new dog. I fed my old dogs dog food at first, and when they were older I started feeding them a cooked homemade diet, and they did well with it. I'm planning to adopt an adult dog, over 3 years old, and I want to do a homemade diet, but I'm not sure if I should do a cooked one or a raw diet. I know most people who try it love the raw diet, but I've also heard that some dogs do get ill from it. I guess it's just kind of hard for me to wrap my head around an animal eating raw meat and staying healthy.

    So, which is better? A raw diet or a cooked one? Assuming the dog I get has only eaten kibble its entire life, will there be any problems if I switch to a raw diet?

    • ANSWER:
      You will have a lot to do with a new dog in your home. Since you're used to the cooked homemade diet, just offer that to the new dog. I do this for breakfast and top the homemade with chunks of raw meat.

      I feed kibble for supper.

      Raw feed is fine, but I like the combination of homemade topped with chunks of raw best. It's personal preference.You don't need to switch to raw to be right ... or ok.

      All my dogs had only eaten kibble for years. When 2 became obese and too inactive, I switched to raw and later to homemade topped with raw. It excited my dogs. You can do homemade/raw for breakfast and kibble for supper to begin. I think you'll notice excitement in the dog over homemade/raw meals.

      "Clockwork" is incorrect.Homemade food has good nutritional value. Do a google search for "foods good for dogs". There are websites that tell you what nutrients dogs gain from the foods that are good for them. -!-

  23. QUESTION:
    What kind of dog food receipes to feed a Brussels Griffon? Best Dog food?
    I currently own two Brussels Griffon's, both male, currently I feed them Nutro Small bites, and I boil a chicken breast and shred it, and mix that with the dog food.

    I am looking to switch up the diet for them. Something more nutrious-however they are picky eaters. Any suggestions would help.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      www.dogfoodanalysis.com will give you the ratings, broken down ingredient by ingredient, of all the kibbles out tehre. Nutro is a middle of the road food, better than supermarket brands, but there are alot better ones, Canidae,Solid Gold, Wellness, etc. Look for ethoxyquin free fish sources,& not BHT, BHA , all chemical perservatives. As for mixing up some homemade, beef hearts, liver, lamb heart, chicken livers, all good to cook at home & add for a treat & all excellent protein sources and won;t cost you much. Also my breeders recommends giving a can of salmon a week to add much needed fatty acids (Omega 3, 6,9)

  24. QUESTION:
    Can I feed my rats a low fat dog food along with veggies/fruits and lab blocks?
    I'm getting a pair of male rats today and I don't really know what to feed them. I have read many different options of homemade mixes, but I also saw that many people feed their rats a low fat dog food that has between 16%-18% protein and somewhere around 4%-5% or so of fat. I was just wondering if it would be enough to feed them a dog food like this along with fruits, vegetables and lab blocks every day or if I should feed them something else.

    • ANSWER:
      They do perfectly fine on dog food as a staple food in their diet. It is best to get puppy food as it is more nutritional for them. You do not need to feed a combination of lab blocks and puppy food as they are both a staple food and contain the same value to a rats diet. Do one or the other or a rotation. You may also feed vegetables once everyday and fruits as snacks if you would like but they can do without. Nothing else is needed although it is good to give them some dried pasta as well. Not a lot but about a fourth cup would work for two. Don't give them a whole lot of variety as they will pick and choose and end up getting an unbalanced diet.

  25. QUESTION:
    Does anyone make their own dog food for Chihuahuas?
    I am concerned with the dog food recall and want to start making my own dog food. My Chihuahua is 3 1/2 lbs.

    • ANSWER:
      When you think about it, what does your dog need from its food in order to be healthy?

      Today our pets have a wide variety to meet their tastes and needs and we have our choice of what kind of food we can choose to feed them. Despite the variety, pet foods usually fall into three major categories. These categories are: Grocery store foods, these types of dog and pet foods are usually found in grocery stores and mass marketed retailers and can contain lower quality, less expensive ingredients. The second category is "premium dog foods," which can also be found in grocery's stores but are also found in pet stores and through your local veterinarian's office. These types of foods are usually made from some higher quality ingredients and are usually made evident by the expense of the food. Some of these pet foods though can contain lower quality ingredients that you aren't aware of. The third and final category is homemade dog food.More and more people are beginning to make their dog's food at home rather than buying commercial formulas. Homemade dog food doesn't contain any substances that could possibly be harmful to your dog's health such as artificial coloring and artificial flavors.

      Another reason to make homemade dog food is the preservatives added to the commercial dog food. Homemade dog food has the benefit of optimum freshness without preservatives.

      There are dogs that would greatly benefit from a homemade diet. Some dogs who suffer from allergies that cause severe itching may find relief once switched from commercial dog food to a homemade diet.

      Processed dog food is a relatively new product and scientists don't fully understand the differences between commercial food and a diet of fresh food. There may be problems occurring in a dog's health because he is being given food that has had the nutrients cooked out of it and then sprayed back on.

      Would you like to prolong the quality and length of your dog's life by 135%?You should keep your dog healthy by homemade dog food.

  26. QUESTION:
    Is it better to feed your dog homemade food or shop bought food?
    I am planning on getting a Saint bernard, and was just wondering whether it is better to make the dog food myself, or just feed him the shop bought food? making it myself would be much cheaper i would assume...any pointers/dog recipes?
    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      This is a matter of personal choice. If you feed good quality, which of course you should feed the best quality you can afford, then neither option is going to be cheap! There are some very good quality foods out there and I would recommend a number of complete dog foods. If you buy from a shop then the best rule of thumb I can give you, without going into a lot of nutritional details, is that look at the ingredients list on the bag. If the first ingredient says Chicken or Lamb and gives a percentage and there are vegetables included and not too much cereal, then you are on the right track. If it says "meat and animal derivatives" then you are looking at any old bits and pieces that they chuck in to keep costs down and will be of poor nutritional value.

      Protein levels are also important, you don't state whether your saint bernard is an adult or puppy. If it is a puppy, look for a specific puppy food which are higher in protein (energy) and suit the needs of puppies up to at least 6 months, ideally to a year old. If adult, then protein should be around 18-20%.

      Be careful of wet/canned foods, the protein levels are calculated on dry matter and so when a wet meat content is shown at 22%, it is actually more like 35%!

      If you want to do homemade, never feed beef, stick to chicken or poultry and feed 60% rice, 20% meat and 20% vegetables and you'll be on the right track. If you feed homemade, I can recommend a good book "The Dog's Dinner" by Val Strong which will give some good tips.

      Sorry it's a long answer, but it is important to get diet right. A lot of behaviour problems are caused or worsened by bad diets. Good luck.

  27. QUESTION:
    Is it better to feed your dog home made food?
    I feed my dog homecooked food with Solid Gold vitamin supplements. I cook chicken, brown rice, sweet potatoes, carrots and broccolli together. (Veggies change from week to week and I somtimes add liver). This diet consist of 1/3rd meat, 1/3rd rice, 1/3rd veggies. I make crunchy home made dog biscuits with wheat germ and brewers yeast for treats. My dog appears very healthy and full of energy but I am wondering if this diet is really better for my dog than commercial dog food? I was feeding my dog California Natural lamb & rice dry dog food (a high quility dog food) until the last couple of months. Now she is completely on homemade food. I am wondering if she is missing any thing in her diet. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know about your dog but I would love to have that diet. Seriously though, your buddy is fine. Our dogs are all top breed and have always been fed home cooked meals. If the meal is well prepared and high in vitamins/minerals/fat/protein- which sure sounds like it is, they are fine. But just to be sure send me a dish or two and I'll try it.

  28. QUESTION:
    What are good homemade dog food recipes?
    I am tired of the stupid pet food recalls, I want to make my own.

    • ANSWER:
      Consider a healthy raw diet. My dogs love it. It only takes me a couple hours each month to put together a month's worth of meals for my two large labs. Cost factor? I was able to cut my dog food bill in HALF after switching to raw. My dogs have never been happier or healthier.

      There is another diet option other than dog food. Some people choose to feed a raw diet. This involves feeding the dog raw meaty bones and organ meat. However it is not as simple as throwing a couple chicken bones in a bowl everyday. If you wish to feed this type of diet, do lots and lots of research first. Switching to this diet without knowing what your doing can lead to nutritional problems for your dog. I'll give you some links as a starting point in research if you are interested in this type of diet.

      http://www.willowglen.com/barf.htm.........

      http://www.bestfrisbeedogs.com/diets.htm...

      http://www.rawlearning.com/rawfaq.html.....

      http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html.....

      http://www.rawdogranch.com

      What's Really In Pet Food
      http://www.api4animals.org/facts?p=359&m...

  29. QUESTION:
    can you suggest a source of recipes for homemade dog food?
    My dog was just diagnosed with abnormal pancreas readings after vomiting and diarrhea. He is doing better after a couple days on burger and rice and now I am interested in taking him off commercial dog food and treats and cooking for him at home.
    Does anyone have experience with a similar problem and/or have a dog food cookbook or resource they recommend?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to http://www.dogster.com/ and set up an account.

      Go to this page: http://www.dogster.com/forums/Home_Prepared_Food_Recipes/thread/640881 and use the guide to make sure your dog is getting a balanced meal.

      A problem with homemade diets is that they tend to be too low in calcium for dogs, so this tutorial will help to take the guess work out of it. Someone there is also probably tackling the same problem right now and can help you with your difficulties. The YA community is not quite knowledgeable enough to assist you.

      If you want a book try Dr. Pitcairn's :http://www.amazon.com/Pitcairns-Complete-Guide-Natural-Health/dp/157954973X

      It has a lot of really good recipes that also take the guess work out of home cooking.

      If making everything yourself seems daunting, try a premix like Honest Kitchen Preference http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/products/preference/ or Sojos Grain-Free http://sojos.com/europa.html

      If you can find a nutritionist or holistic vet in your area, they may be able to help you too. Don't let your vet put your dog on a prescription diet. They are a waste of money, nutritionally deficient and there is a very good reason that no one has made prescription foods for humans.

      Good luck!

      EDIT:
      Forgot to add these websites. With the Honest Kitchen one hit the older entries button to see more recipes.
      http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/category/recipes/
      http://www.halopets.com/resources/homemade-pet-food-recipes.html

  30. QUESTION:
    Will home-made dog food for 8 week old puppy give it worms?
    I'm getting a GSD soon....
    I'm thinking about preparing it homemade dog food.
    It will Include Chicken,Rice,And Veggies. (Mainly)
    Also,Would it be good to feed him baby food? I was thinking about giving him "Chicken" baby food.
    Do you think this would be okay? Any recipes? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Food cannot give a dog worms unless there are worm eggs or cysts in it. Buy human-quality food and it won't be a problem.

      If you want to feed actual food, good for you. But a German Shepherd puppy doesn't need human baby food, and cannot digest rice or vegetables. Just feed him chicken parts, raw. Its the best, most natural and species-specific diet there is: dogs are carnivores. They eat raw meat. Feed him raw meat.

      Try it. The dog will love it, the diet will help him teethe properly as a pup, keep his teeth clean the rest of his life, satisfy his lifelong need to chew and results in innocuous feces.

      http://www.rawmeatybones.com/
      http://preymodelraw.com/how-to-get-started/
      http://www.rawfed.com
      http://www.rawfeddogs.net
      http://www.rawfeeding.net
      http://www.rawlearning.com
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/groups.rawfeeding/
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3wLTlqnMMg&feature=related
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stZCSUJa4EU&NR=1/

      The basic idea is to approximate a wild diet as closely as possible; raw meat on the bone and small amounts of organ meat [liver is most important, but also kidneys, pancreas, spleen, lungs and what is called green tripe]. Amount to feed is calculated as 2-3% of the dog's ideal adult body weight. Your veterinarian can help you estimate that; then you just do the math. You don’t have to be exact; all amounts are to be averaged over a week or two. Dogs [not toys or puppies] that get big, complicated meals sometimes will eat for two days and then not again for five. All perfectly normal.

      Most raw feeders that I've read have started their dogs on chicken: it is readily available and inexpensive, plus it is antibiotic- and hormone-free. The fat content is easy to control by how much of the skin you remove.

      No grain, vegetable or fruit is a significant part of a grey wolf's diet. Dogs are genetically grey wolves.

      Besides being unnatural, lately it is becoming more and more clear that commercial dog foods simply are not safe:

      http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/various-private-label-pet-food-recalls-due-to-aflatoxin.html/

  31. QUESTION:
    What is the Best Dog Food for Dog with Stones in the Bladder?
    My dog had stones in the bladder. He had operation 1 year ago. Looks like his start develop stones again. Prescribed dog food does not work. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Feeding a food that is high in moisture will keep your dog's bladder flushed out. So make sure to provide plenty of water and if you are feeding a dry food try adding water to it to increase moisture. You can also feed canned foods which are higher in moisture then dry foods. Also make sure your dog always has access to go to the bathroom so he never has to hold it. Here is a video from a vet. She explains why prescription diets sometimes don't work and she says that a low carbohydrate diet is the best way to go. She recommends a homemade raw diet as it is naturally very low in carbohydrates.

      http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2009/10/22/these-3-things-may-indicate-your-pet-has-a-bladder-problem.aspx

  32. QUESTION:
    What are some good homemade dog food recipes?
    I'm plannning on gradually switching my two dogs to a homemade diet, does anybody have any good links to recipes and nutritional info? Or your own recipes? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with Mia C - you need to know what you're doing when you feed home-made.

      My dogs have been on home-made for about 9 months now and are thriving on it. There's an excellent book out for anyone interested in feeding home-made (with raw meat) - Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats.

      It's got lots of recipes, as well as all the additives you need and what each one is for. If you decide to feed home-made, you're responsible for making sure your dog gets a complete diet. This book will make sure you're giving him that.

      It has a lot more info on dog care than nutrition, that's just the best reason to get this book.

  33. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have their dog on homemade food?
    I have decided to start making my own food for my Labrador retriever. I feed him twice a day, a total of 3cups dry dog food.
    Is there a way to make sure he is getting what he needs nutritionally, from homemade food.

    • ANSWER:
      We cook for our rottweilers. We give them 1/3 protein, 1/3 grain, and 1/3 veggie mix. We put chicken in a pot with water and add the veggies. After the chicken is done, we debone, deskin it and chop it and then add cooked rice to the mix. You can also give them oatmeal. We used carrots, beans, peas, cabbage, spinich, tomatoes, squash etc. No onions or garlic and go easy on the cabbage. After it's mixed together we add a couple of eggs and mix it up. We supplement their diet with fish and flax seed oil, b- complex, Vit E. Ask your vet if he approves of this recipe or any recipe you use before you make it.

  34. QUESTION:
    What brand of dog food are good for a Pug?
    I usually use Natural Balance for a dog food for my pug dog. I try to give her Natural Balance diet but she never eats it even though she's a LITTLE overweight. we dont know how many pounds but she is about 7--8 months and maybe 4 punds or 16 pounds.pllzz help me!

    • ANSWER:
      here is a great site to help you pick a good dog food:
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/
      http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/health/articles/feeding-homemade-dog-food.html
      http://www.pedigree.com/default.aspx

      Its really best to make your dogs food yourself, but nobody really has the time for that. the brands pedigree, blackwood pet food, and blue seal.. hope that your pug gets a good brand of food!

  35. QUESTION:
    What is a best dog food for a diabetic dog?
    What are some good dog foods for a dog that has diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      I fed my diabetic minpin Blue Buffalo, along with some homemade recipes.
      There are others out there that are even better: California Naturals, Solid Gold Barking At The Moon, etc.
      Make sure you don't get a premium food that is too high in protein. many of the top premium dry kibbles are, such as Evo, BB Wilderness, Timberwolf, etc.

      Most of the low end brands have sugar in them as well-something to stay away from!

      http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Diabetic-Dog-Diet-Should-You-Prepare-It-Yourself&id=430777
      http://www.diabetesindogs.net/dog-diabetes-diet.php

  36. QUESTION:
    Can a dog be switched from a raw meat diet to a homemade cooked diet? Should they?
    I will hopefully be acquiring a dog soon. He has been on a raw food diet for five years,with no issues. I am not against the raw diet, just uninformed.

    • ANSWER:
      All diets have pros and cons. Why not simply get one of Monica Segals booklets on how to feed a raw balanced diet and continue on the way the dog has been fed. She also has recipes for home-cooking to make sure you feed a correctly balanced home-cooked meal. The booklets only cost .95 and are available here;
      http://www.monicasegal.com/canine-nutrition-booklets.html
      She is a very well-known certified animal health care individual with several books. many booklets, and her latest book is in use at the Ohio University School of Veterinary Medicine.
      Monica is now on DogRead answering questions if you would care to go there and ask questions about a raw diet;
      Join yahoogroups.com..........it's free and then type in "DogRead". You can join immediately .

  37. QUESTION:
    I need Ideas for a homemade diet for two different dogs?
    I have a 5 year old male yellow lab and a 11 week old basset hound puppy. I want to start giving a home made fresh food diet instead of bag dry dog food. What should I feed them?

    • ANSWER:
      I would like to "thank you" for so much being concerned about your dog's health. They give us so much happiness so it becomes our duty to take care of their health. Dogs do need balanced diet; there are various packaged food brands available like Royal Canin, Denes etc. However, home food is best but due to time constraints people they usually resort to packaged food. Good brand dog food they claim to be fresh and healthy for the pet.

      Nothing wrong with homemade dog food but it's imperative that you understand dog nutrition if you are doing this without help. just learn how to make excellent recipes that are balanced and healthy for dogs. best of luck.

  38. QUESTION:
    So exactly what dog food is safe to give our dogs?
    I feed my dog purina dry dog food. I heard they recently recalled dry food but I was not sure which kind.

    • ANSWER:
      When you think about it, what does your dog need from its food in order to be healthy?

      Today our pets have a wide variety to meet their tastes and needs and we have our choice of what kind of food we can choose to feed them. Despite the variety, pet foods usually fall into three major categories. These categories are: Grocery store foods, these types of dog and pet foods are usually found in grocery stores and mass marketed retailers and can contain lower quality, less expensive ingredients. The second category is "premium dog foods," which can also be found in grocery's stores but are also found in pet stores and through your local veterinarian's office. These types of foods are usually made from some higher quality ingredients and are usually made evident by the expense of the food. Some of these pet foods though can contain lower quality ingredients that you aren't aware of. The third and final category is homemade dog food.More and more people are beginning to make their dog's food at home rather than buying commercial formulas. Homemade dog food doesn't contain any substances that could possibly be harmful to your dog's health such as artificial coloring and artificial flavors.

      Another reason to make homemade dog food is the preservatives added to the commercial dog food. Homemade dog food has the benefit of optimum freshness without preservatives.

      There are dogs that would greatly benefit from a homemade diet. Some dogs who suffer from allergies that cause severe itching may find relief once switched from commercial dog food to a homemade diet.

      Processed dog food is a relatively new product and scientists don't fully understand the differences between commercial food and a diet of fresh food. There may be problems occurring in a dog's health because he is being given food that has had the nutrients cooked out of it and then sprayed back on.

      Would you like to prolong the quality and length of your dog's life by 135%?You should keep your dog healthy by homemade dog food.

      http://ezinearticles.com/?Keep-Your-Dog-Healthy-By-Homemade-Dog-Food-Recipe&id=482336

  39. QUESTION:
    Can you make homemade cat food for a cat with lower urinary tract disease?
    He's currently on prescription food.. I don't want him to have UTIs or anything, but I also don't want him to die from poisoned food. The brand he's currently on has not recalled any cat food, but has recently started recalling some dog food. Can I make his food at home, or is there medicine in it that's otherwide unattainable or hard to get? The brand is Royal Canin.

    • ANSWER:
      Probably. I'm not an expert in that area, but let me see what I can dig up for you.

      60 seconds or so of research leads me to believe that better hydration is all that's required. For most cats (who have low thirst drives) that means either canned food or even a raw diet. And I don't think you need to get specialty canned food either. Just the fact that canned foods are 70-80% moisture is probably enough.

      But I'll keep researching.....

      Below are some quotes from Little Big Cat.

      I also recommend signing up at the groups I've listed. You can find more info about the diet connection to flutd there.

      "There are many medical diets made to dissolve struvite stones and to prevent recurrence of struvite and calcium oxalate stones. These include Hill's s/d, c/d(s) and c/d(o), Purina CNM-UR, Waltham's Control pHormula, and others. These are only available through veterinarians since they create specific acid-base conditions in the cat's body that should be monitored by your vet. Canned versions of these foods are preferable to dry.

      In one study, 60% of cats on a single dry food were symptom-free for a year, compared to 90% of cats eating one canned food. Homemade, organic, natural diets are always on the top of the "good" list for treating this and other chronic disease conditions, but only if they can be fed consistently. Diet changes must always be made gradually to minimize stress on the cat."

      "There are lots of diets and treatments out there. An individually tailored treatment program is needed for each patient. But, if I had only one rule I could make for all of them, it would be "no dry food."

      "Diet is a component of LUTD, though usually not the sole cause. Dry cat foods, particularly high-fiber "light" or "senior" foods, contribute to overall dehydration and high urine concentration. Cats with LUTD should not be fed any dry food at all if possible. Canned or homemade foods help keep the urine dilute, minimizing irritation and the risk of crystal or stone formation. Feed in timed meals rather than leaving food available."

  40. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know how to prepare and cook dog food which has sufficient nutritions?
    I read many articles saying about dog food can harm and shorten dogs's lives, so I would like to try and prepare my own dog food for my dogs. Thanks all!!

    • ANSWER:
      It's okay, since you don't give your dog this following:
      1. Coffee (grounds and beans). Coffee grounds or beans can cause "caffeine" toxicity in dogs.

      2. Fatty Foods. Dogs love rich fatty foods. They often get these foods as treats, leftovers or from getting into the trash. Fatty foods can cause pancreatitis in any pet except miniature or toy poodles. Cocker spaniels and miniature schnauzers are particularly prone to pancreatitis. The dog may become very sick very quickly.

      3. Dairy Products . Dairy products are not highly dangerous but can pose problems for two reasons. Dairy products have a high fat content, and like other fatty foods, they could cause pancreatitis. The second danger is that pets digest dairy products poorly.

      4. Macadamia Nuts. Macadamia nuts, also called the Queensland or Australia nut, can be toxic ... but we don't know why. The reason may be a mystery, but the evidence is clear. As few as six to 40 macadamia nuts have been shown to cause severe toxic symptoms in dogs.

      5. Moldy or Spoiled Food . Dogs love to get into the trash. A medical problem arises when the trash contains moldy or spoiled food. In addition to food poisoning, some pets can develop tremors related to the ingestion of certain molds.

      6. Nutmeg. You may not realize this but high levels of nutmeg can be toxic - even fatal. The toxicity principle is not well understood, but signs of toxicity include tremors, seizures, nervous system abnormalities and death.

      7. Onions or Garlic . Dogs and cats lack the enzyme necessary to properly digest onions. A dog or cat that eats onions may experience gas, vomiting, diarrhea or severe gastrointestinal distress. All forms of onion and garlic are problematic, including raw, dehydrated, cooked or powder.ed forms. If large amounts of onion or garlic are ingested, or if onions are a part of your dog's daily diet, the red blood cells may become fragile and break apart.

      8. Xylitol (sugar substitute). Xylitol is a sweetener made from sugar-alcohol.It is found in sugar-free human food products, such as chewing gum and candy.

      9. Yeast Dough . When ingested, bread or yeast dough will "rise" in your dog's stomach just as rises in bread. This creates two problems. The dough often expands to many times its original size while inside your dog's stomach, causing your dog's stomach to expand as well. As the dough rises and ferments, alcohol is produced which can cause "alcohol toxicity."

      How to make home-food for your dog:
      http://www.ehow.com/how_12697_make-homemade-dog.html

      Yes, it's right, it's more tyring to make your own food than to buy in the market, but you are right. Dogs need certain nutrients that sometimes are not present in commercial dog food.

      TRIVIA: Did you know that a Sormet Collie who ate homemade vegan diet completed 27 years of age, in 2002?

      Good luck!

  41. QUESTION:
    What kind of food should I feed my 2 year old Frenchie?
    I have always fed him castor & pollux organix dog food but recently he has had skin issues (almost like hives) and he is licking his paws. This is an organic dog food but i am guessing he is allergic to something. Can anyone recomend a good dog food for this breed and condition?

    • ANSWER:
      Castor and pollux is a middle grade food, not bad, just there are better foods out there. I would go for wellness core, evo, orijen, taste of the wild, solid gold barking at the moon, or other grain free food, or a homemade diet of boiled chicken for a few weeks, I prefer to keep rice optional and it has to be brown rice if you are going to feed rice.

      If the allergies persist after the 4 weeks of boiled chicken, the allergies are not all caused by food, although most are so I highly doubt your pup will need to see the vet if his food is switched to grain free or higher quality. At that point I would seek a holistic vet that isnt going to put your dog on meds that cover up the symptoms.

      www.dogfoodproject.com can help you with all the other stuff you want to avoid in dog food, but to get the good food, a feed store or pet boutique will be your first stop. I would ask what grain free foods they have and then pick from those. With some dogs, grain free is too rich and their poo is loose. If your dogs poo is loose after a week, try lowering the amount you are feeding by 1/4 cup per day and mixing in plain mashed pumpkin. The amount on the bag/website is typically too much anyway, but always start with that, then increase/decrease as needed.
      I have also heard people have an issue with their dogs weight once they get it down to the right amount for solid poo. If this happens, I recommend adding boiled or raw chicken to his food(feed raw separately from kibble, preferably a 4 to 5 hours before the kibble is fed). If that does not help him add on weight, I suggest seeing a canine nutritionist or asking this forum: www.bigdogsporch.com Many have dealt with that issue on the forum so they will definitely give you some advice.

  42. QUESTION:
    I need some simple dog food recipes made from human food
    I have a 120 lb dog with irritable bowel syndrome and a nine pond Yorkie. I've made the decision to cook for them, because all the best dog food brands still upset the larger dog's system.

    He does fine on beef and chicken, pasta, potatoes and rice. But what kind of things do I need to add to be sure he is getting a balanced diet?
    I meant nine pound Yorkie, typo.

    • ANSWER:
      This website has some great information on homemade dog food. It also has several links for recipes. Hopefully, you will find it helpful. Good luck!

      http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/dogfoodrecipes.htm

  43. QUESTION:
    Why do people say my homemade dog food is unbalanced?
    I'm online looking for balanced dog food, and their recipes all consist of meat, starches, and vegetables. But I have a few questions...

    I switched him over to cooking him food. My frist question, if i want 50% meat and 50% rice, can i measure a pound of uncooked meat and a pound of uncooked rice? or does the rice have to be cooked?

    Second question, how is this not balanced? his next meal will consist of white and brown rice, oatmeal, potatoes, ground turkey, carrots, spinach, celery, a little bit of radish, parsley, egg shells, and a few eggs. (I'll give him 40%meat and starches, the rest veggies, but how do I figure out the ratios? Do I just weight it?)

    Third question, how do I know how much to feed him? He's 50 pounds, does he need to eat a pound of food a day? 2 pounds?
    Well what else do I need? I give them vitamins, and add fish oil to their food.

    • ANSWER:
      Elizabeth, I explained this. Get Monicas recipes and you don't have to be concerned as she has it all figured out for you.
      www.monicasegal.com/canine-nutritional-booklets.html
      Every meat has different vitamins and minerals, every veggie starch and fruit do too. You need to know the balance a dog needs in order to feed home-cooked safely. I can't say it any better than that.
      Can a dog survive on an unbalanced diet.....sure, but why should they have to when it is so easy to do it right.

  44. QUESTION:
    How to make homemade dog food?
    I have a 6 y/o 100 Lb. Rottie. She has been on commercial food her whole life, but has recently developed problems with digestion. I have decided to put her on a home cooked diet. I know that chocolate and onions are not good for dogs. Are there any other foods I should avoid? What are some good recipes and how much should I be feeding her daily?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Here's some example of dog food recipes

      Cheese Multi-Grain Dog Biscuits

      Dog Food Recipe Ingredients:

      •1 cup uncooked Oatmeal
      •1/4 cup butter or bacon drippings
      •1 egg, beaten
      •1 1/2 cups hot water
      •1 cup cornmeal
      •1/2 cup powdered Milk
      •1 cup wheat germ
      •4 oz (1 cup) grated cheese
      •3 cups whole wheat flour

      Dog Food Recipe Directions:

      In large bowl pour hot water over oatmeal and butter/bacon drippings; let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in powdered milk, grated cheese, egg. Add cornmeal and wheat germ. Mix well. Add flour, 1/3 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Knead 3-4 minutes, adding more flour if necessary to make a very stiff dough. Pat or roll dough to 1/2" thickness. Cut into shapes and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour at 300F. Turn off heat and dry in oven for 1 1/2 hours or longer. Makes approximately 2 1/4 pounds.

  45. QUESTION:
    I need a VERY cheap and easy homemade dog food recipe?
    In short i'm only 13 and I don't get a lot of money I want to switch to homemade dog food because I know that kibble is just slow death in a bag. I need a recipe with really cheap but healthy ingredients. Please help

    • ANSWER:
      I feed my dog FreshPet Select! It is the closes thing to homemade food. It is extremely healthy. They have so many different selections from chicken to beef and much more. It is packed with protein. No meat by-product. I feed my Pom. mostly the chicken one. It has rice, chicken, carrots, peas, and daily vitamins. There is two types. One that cost .97 and the other .62. Not a bad price. It last 1 week- 2 weeks. I believe there might be a third size for large dogs. I know you asked for a recipe but this one of the best things to feed your dog besides a raw food diet. I buy this at Walmart. It is in the refrigerated section in the dog section. Just research it.

      Here is the link:
      http://www.walmart.com/ip/Fresh-Pet-Select-Brand-Dog-Food-Adult-Dogs-W-Chunky-Chicken-Turkey-Vegetable-Rice-Dog-Food-1.5-lb/10317282

      http://www.walmart.com/ip/Fresh-Pet-Select-Chicken-Vegetable-Rice-Recipe-Slice-and-Serve-Complete-Balanced-Food-For-Adult-Dogs-16-oz/10996846

  46. QUESTION:
    My dog WILL NOT eat dog food?
    I adopted a chihuahua a week ago and it is quite obvious from his teeth and all that he has never been on a dog foog diet espeically dry food! He won't touch it! I've tryed different brands, chicken broth on top, Iams gravy and nothing except for a few very desperate moments of bites of the wet food. I am worried about his nutrition, I think he has lost at least a pound.. Does anyone know of homemade dog food reipes that are truly sufficient in ingredients!! Thank you for any help.

    • ANSWER:
      The best option would be to take your dog to the vets for an exam, booster vaccs, and make sure they check the teeth good. Dogs teeth can have a huge affect in how much they will eat- if their tteth or gums hurt from say an infection up in one of the teeth, they may not want to eat. You may want to try mixing the wet food and dry food together and slowly remove the wet food as he gets used to eating the food. Canned foos really isn't all that good from them anyways, but sometimes you have to give it to get them to eat. The vets office sells Hill's prescription i/d canned dog food, which is really bland and easy on their stomachs- almost every dog will eat it, so maybe try buying a can and see if he will eat it. Otherwise, we always recommend either boiled chicken and rice or boiled hamburger and rice. Maybe if you mixed these combos in with the food your dog would eat it. Good Luck., hopefully he will quit being a picky eater for you!!

  47. QUESTION:
    Should I just feed my dog human food instead of dog food?
    Like, I don't trust any brand of dog food anymore. The ones I do, my dog doesn't like. So am I just better off feeding him chicken and vegetables, and whatever I eat? Yes, yes, I know, don't give him chocolate, dairy products, grapes raisins, etc. I know, I've done my research, oh and please don't suggest beneful or pedigree or any other food with by-products.
    Money is not a huge deal to me, my dogs health doesn't have a pricetag.

    • ANSWER:
      I would like to "thank you" for so much being concerned about your dog's health. They give us so much happiness so it becomes our duty to take care of their health. Dogs do need balanced diet; there are various packaged food brands available like Royal Canin, Denes etc. However, home food is best but due to time constraints people they usually resort to packaged food. Good brand dog food they claim to be fresh and healthy for the pet.
      Nothing wrong with homemade dog food but it's imperative that you understand dog nutrition if you are doing this without help. just learn how to make good recipes that are balanced and healthy for dogs. best of luck.

  48. QUESTION:
    What kind of food do you recommend feeding a dog with skin allergies?
    My friend's poodle has major skin problems... They have medication for her but they want to feed her the best kind of food that will help her with the issue. What kind of dog food is really good for dogs with skin allergies?

    • ANSWER:
      My dog as well has really bad skin problems which the vet says are related to allergies. I've been doing tons of research on it and have finally got the problem under control with diet.

      You want a low carbohydrate high protein food that is highly digestible. If they are feeding kibble then there has to be some carbs in it. Make sure there are no grains, also potato is not a good idea. Skin problems have a lot to do with digestion. Things like grains and potatoes and soy contain lectins. Lectins survive digestion and bind to the tiny hairs in the intestines. This decreases the dog's ability to absorb nutrients. The body tries to compensate by thinning the intestine walls so nutrients can be absorbed directly into the blood stream. But the problem is undigested proteins escape into the blood stream too. The body's immune system goes crazy attacking all those foreign proteins which releases histamines into the body and causes inflammation and itchiness. This causes the dog to itch like crazy giving rashes and skin infections. So the key to overcoming these skin allergies is improving and healing the digestive tract.

      Switch to a highly digestible high quality species appropriate food. The problem with kibble is it is not very digestible. It raises the ph of the stomach so it ends up moving to the small intestines before it even starts to digest, which is where the damage occurs. But if you must stick with kibble there are some things you can do. Choose a high protein low carb food without the offending ingredients. Adding water to it will make it more digestible. Adding digestive enzymes and probiotics will help aid digestion as well. Cooked dog foods completely lack enzymes to help break it down and dogs are not very efficient at making their own. Especially the enzyme that breaks down carbs. You can also add some raw apple cider vinegar which helps to dissolve all the gunk stuck to the hairs/villi and also raises the acidity of the food which helps with digestion.

      I had some good results with switching to a low carb dry food, but my dog is doing even better now that I switched her to a homemade raw diet. A good low carb kibble would be EVO Weight Management and it uses peas instead of potatoes. Wysong Epigen 90 is also good but a bit more expensive (Epigen 60 uses grain proteins). There are also a lot of low carb canned foods you could try. Bravo Balance is a great commercial raw food which is very low carb. Primal is also very good too but a bit higher in carbs. It will take a while to heal the digestive tract, sometimes a year but you should see immediate improvement after switching to a better quality food. Have your friends so some research on leaky gut syndrome and lectins, and here are some excellent resources that really helped me.

      http://dogtorj.com/?page_id=3295
      http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2009/07/02/does-your-pet-have-allergies-what-you-need-to-know-and-do.aspx
      http://www.healthexcel.com/base/DrLauraPowerLectinArticle.pdf


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Pet Food Suppliers

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Anybody know where to buy fortified oats in the UK?
    My step mum is on a new diet and one of the foods recommended is fortified oats. I've asked in Holland and Barrett but they haven't heard of them and after a useless websearch all I've come up with is pet food suppliers. Maybe someone knows of some brand name that makes them that I've just overlooked? My step mum thanks all answerers in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      I believe what you want is oats with added (fortified) vitamins and minerals. Complan does one. See http://www.auravita.com/products/AURA/HENZ10632.asp

      But I would just give her wholegrain oats (Mornflake) and add things that she can digest and part of her diet, e.g. fruits, fruit juices, liquidised soup, etc. if you can't find the ready fortified thing. It's just as good and cheaper.

      P.S. Weetabix also do one:http://www.weetabix.co.uk/brands/seriously-oaty/seriously-oaty-apple-and-raspberry/

  2. QUESTION:
    where can i get a rabbit breed chart?
    I've seen a chart of various rabbit breeds in my local pet food suppliers. unfortunately she has not had the shop for long, and is not willing to let me have it. she thinks its from burgess foods. i've had a look on their web page and cannot find anything about getting one. does anyone know where i can get hold of one?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to www.arba.net/breeds.htm

      That link has photos of all ARBA recognized show breeds. Many of the photos are a link to the specialty club of that rabbit breed if you click on the photo.

      A poster of all 45 recognized breeds and 13 recognized cavy breeds is available for US but they are currently out of stock. You can still order one when they get more in and that link is www.fortune3.com/ARBA2007/Products_Miscellanous_Supplies-1.html

      You can at least look and make sure this is the item you want, email them about future availability and order it when they get more.

      Steve

      Bit more: I see the mcmurray website has the same poster cheaper than the ARBA website, so that's a good deal if it's the American style rabbit you want. The third person has the European standard posters which show different breeds than the ARBA and even when they show the same breed, the European standard is different from the ARBA standard so the rabbits have a different look to them. Looks like you have a nice variety to choose from!!

      Steve

  3. QUESTION:
    What are your thoughts on the pet food recall? Are your pets safe?
    I was a bit concerned over the recent recall on pet food products. I do buy some of the brands listed, and was glad to find out our cans did not have the same expiration dates as the ones listed on the recall notice. Whew, that was a relief.
    Is there a process the food manufacturer follows such as testing their products to ensure their are no contaminants.
    http://www.menufoods.com/recall/index.html

    Go to this website to check out if your pets food is listed.

    • ANSWER:
      I have been a responsible pet owner for many years.This issue of unsafe pet food is truly scary. I have trusted many of the products listed in the recall. My 13 year old Golden Ret. surley would not survive kidney failure. I would hope that this will be a lesson to our pet food suppliers. we value our pets, we trust our vets and our pet food suppliers to see that our pets recieve the best nutrition and safety in their food.I am so thankful to the internet and the information provided so that i can protect my pets to the the best of my ability.How bad one would feel knowing their pet died from being given a meal.....

  4. QUESTION:
    Your opinions on building animal shelters?
    There are many stray dogs and cats in my neighbourhood. I have adequate but not momentous income. I had old school friends who are vets and some pet food suppliers.
    What do you think of my plan ethically, morally, religiously or personal views?
    I would like to know what your religions, be it Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, etc on this.
    Would it be tampering with nature? Some disruption or imbalance to the ecosystem? Unfair towards the food web? Permitted, encouraged, prohibited?
    I already have my stand but I just do wanna know what the world thinks. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      As far as Buddhism is concerned it would be completely encourage as Buddhism teaches to show love and compassion to all sentient beings this includes animals.

      In fact the worlds first every animal hospital/veterinary surgery was set up by King Ashoka a Buddhist king in Cambodia around 274 BC showing how buddhism would be backing you up with your plans for an Animal shelter.

      Best of luck :-)

  5. QUESTION:
    Question for grocery store employees: how does your store handle food waste?
    The store where I work throws out thousands of dollars worth of perfectly good food items- straight into the trash compactor- every DAY! Deli, produce, bakery, meat, pet food, flowers- EVERYTHING is sent to landfill. We get a lot of "pushed" product from our suppliers, and instead of anticipating that we will not sell it and donating it to charity, we enter it into the PDA as out of stock, and the company gets some money returned. I know that corporate has policies for managing food waste, but I'm asking normal every day people because they see what REALLY happens in the store.

    Thanks so much for your answers!

    • ANSWER:
      Our local Walmart store makes regular donations to the local food bank. Our local Save A Lot store does not and most stuff goes in the dumpster or is given to the employees. The SAL store tends to put stuff on special that's about to reach, (or already has reached), it's best by date. When you are dealing with chain stores it's usually Corporate that makes these decisions.

      Everyday people can influence corporate decisions by letter writing campaigns asking them to donate to local food banks instead of destroying the product. However different laws in different states sometimes limit what they are allowed to call a donation.

  6. QUESTION:
    Can anyone advise me on building a fox habitat?
    I'm considering getting a pet fox(probably a Silver). I've got plenty of space and have already found a Exotics Vet and a food supplier. Please don't tell me it's wrong or illegal, it isn't either where I live.
    I realise that I need strong materials and a large area, but how do I create an enriching environment?

    • ANSWER:
      Here's a fox forum you can ask on:
      http://www.raskbb.com/sybilsden/viewforum.php?f=6

  7. QUESTION:
    What happened to united we stand, divided we fall?
    Are the bailouts and stimulus packages designed to unite or divide us?
    The gasoline prices are increasing, the prices for pet foods are rising, everything is going up; except for our wages... Didn't the other suppliers learn from the petroleum industry blunder last year? Are we falling divided because our individual greed has prevented us from uniting and facing this economic disaster together?

    • ANSWER:
      We are divided because what held us together has eroded.
      * Faith
      * Perseverance
      * Honor
      * Fair Play
      * Justice
      * Love for One another

  8. QUESTION:
    I'm,looking to keep a pig in my garden in bristol and I want to know the law and regs in keeping livestock?
    I live in bristol and want a miniture pig in the garden as a pet. I have plenty of space and want to know the rules and regs in keepping a pig in the garden?

    I know I have to have neighbour permission and a food supplier and a vet that willing to aid my pig what else do I need?

    • ANSWER:
      You do not need anything. Only need a icense if you are transporting it or taking to market for selling or slaughter due to foot and mouth regulations

  9. QUESTION:
    Pet food recall, have they determined what it is contaminated with?
    I bet they know and just do not want to say, the recall alone is costing them a fortune. Is the exact same food being sold under different names at different prices? Have they actually determined what is in there that is causing the deaths. Sounds to me like a cooling line was leaking ethylene glycol (antifreeze) into the food. The symptoms match that type of poison. What have you heard?

    • ANSWER:
      From what I've read they know that the only thing different from their previouse products was their supplier of wheat glueten. They have a new suppler of that product in which now they have terminated that contract with their new supplier. They however still have no proof of what it is exactly in the product (not the wheat glueten - that has checked out normal) that is having these adverse side effect.

      You are right on the money about these symptoms running parrallel with ethylene glycol poisioning.

      According to a published article," Ingredients to Avoid" by BetterDogCare.com the thrid item on the page that is most commonly found is wet and semi moist food is, Propylene Glycol," a colorless viscouse hygroscopic liquid, CH3CHOHCH2OH, used in ANTIFREEZE solutions, in hydraulic fluids as a solvent."

      Its used to keep the product from drying out. Its said to be toxic if consumed, but is approved by AAFCO ( its a branch of the FDA, primarily oversease animal food products).

      " In the countries of the European Union, propylene glycol is not cleared as a general-purpose food grade product or direct food additive."

      Interesting..... whats in our beloved pets food.....

  10. QUESTION:
    I would like to know what would be a good and creative title for my research paper.?
    My research topic is veterinarian, but I would be writing about the costs of having to care for pets, etc. I would be arguing about how we could make animal food suppliers and such to make their products more affordable.

    • ANSWER:
      A good title for a research paper would be "Costs of Caring For Pets". You do not have to be creative on a research paper, you have to be accurate. A research paper does not argue anything, it merely presents the research. What you are talking about is an editorial.

  11. QUESTION:
    can anyone reccomend any wholesale pet food suppliers in uk?
    im starting my own business selling pet foods, im finding it very hard to find any good wholesale sources to get it from in or near to london u.k,
    id really appreciate any help anyone can offer
    thank you in advance!!

    • ANSWER:
      Do you have a Batley`s near to you?
      Nearly all our local pet supplies use them

  12. QUESTION:
    Where do you buy pet food?
    What factors are important in selecting your usual pet food supplier?

    • ANSWER:
      i buy all my pet food from my local horse feed store.it has a variety of foods the staff are knowledgeable and the food is good quality.
      for my fish i buy from a aquatic shop

  13. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know where I can find plastic lids to fit a food can? Not the pet food lids.?
    I am looking for something that will fit a 13oz size can and a 32oz can. I'm having a hard time finding anything, but pet food can covers. If anyone can refer me to a supplier I would really appreciate it. I plan on using them for storing infant formula.

    • ANSWER:
      Food cans are not safe when made out of any kind of metal, they should be disposed after opening, when it comes to baby formula they are not metallic, better use a Tupperware if you lost the lid

  14. QUESTION:
    What is the best kind of dog food for an adult maltipoo?
    I want to start him on a good diet with no cornmeal fillers or any bad non-human grade foods. I couldn't find much but I liked Kibbles & Bits small breed food. Is this a good choice? What about Pedigree, Beneful, Purina, etc.? I would like him to have lots of energy but I don't know much backround behind any of the foods as this will be my first dog. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Kibbles & Bits probably shouldn't be your first choice. Corn is the first ingredient - which really shouldn't even be in your dog's food. A lot of dogs can't properly digest corn- in particular, small dogs tend to have a lot of problems with corn. Additionally, the food contains several "wheat" ingredients and chicken "by-product." The other brands you mentioned also contain such potentially harmful ingredients. You don't need to feed your dog anything specifically made for "small breeds"- you need to make sure that you feed your dog the right AMOUNT of food for its size.

      Check out this webpage for good/bad ingredients http://www.the-puppy-dog-place.com/dog-food-comparisons.html

      and also see http://www.the-puppy-dog-place.com/dog-food-ratings.html

      van patten's and innova can be found at many large pet food suppliers, and all of the high-ranked brands can be purchased at reasonable prices online.

  15. QUESTION:
    We have the Food Safety Act 1990. What legislation / regulation covers the supply of pet-food. ?
    So many things can go wrong but how is the industry regulated. Chocolate is bad for dogs due to theobromine content. What happens if a choccy treat is mis formulated. Grapes are reported to be bad for dogs.Some 'complete' petfoods should contain genuine nutritional components, not necessarily just things that analyse well. If you know of any other special nutritional issues relating to pets please also add details in your replies.

    • ANSWER:
      The standards are similar to those for humans, things not covered are colourants that some dogs are allergic to and there are many hidden ingredients that even the suppliers will not tell you are in their foods. This has been a case for a friend of mine who has a dog with severe allergies that send him skits'. She searched certain companies and asked them about certain ingredients in the food that she knows from the vet are affecting his health through allergy tests. They would tell her nothing.
      visit Defras site and also search the food safety act 1990 ,food standards agency,and the animal health act. These documents will tell you the laws required in regards to foods in general whether it be for pets or humans. It will also tell you about withdrawing food for sale, food unfit for consumption.
      http://www.opsi.gov.uk/ACTS/acts1990/Ukpga_19900016_en_1.htm
      http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/welfare/domestic/index.htm
      http://www.food.gov.uk/consultations/ukwideconsults/2001/unfitmeatchain

  16. QUESTION:
    Where can I purchase pet supply salvage in bulk and broken bagged pet foods?
    I owe a small flea market booth and sell pet items at a deep discount. My supplier doesn't always have what I need and need to find the same deals that HE gets. I've search all over the web.

    • ANSWER:
      Try this http://amzn.to/cQfMLJ - they have a good stock of supplies, so its worth checking out. :)

  17. QUESTION:
    Where in the UK can i get a supplier of pet food wholesale ?
    I am starting up a new business as a pet shop and need a few suppliers ,but everyone online wants me to prove that i have a business to supply to even though i cant start until i get a supplier . Please somebody help me break the vicious circle ....thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Contact trade associations or to get offers from suppliers and manufacturers of pet food, send an email with your requirement to buy@epog.org

  18. QUESTION:
    What kind of food to feed my new kitten?
    I had a female cat that lived to the age of 23. I fed her nothing but dry food. (Whiskas) Now I have a male kitten, and someone told me that dry food will hard their kidneys because it crystalizes in their urinary tract. Has anyone else heard of this?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes absolutely true. Esp in males but dry food is very bad for all cats who are obligate carnivores. Meaning that while they survive on dry food and actually look pretty good their bodies simply don't utilize the carbs. Their bodies were made to eat protein and not veggies and bisquits. You were very fortunate to have a cat that lived to such a wonderful age without the complications of dry food. So many cats get diabetes around 11 or 12 years from dry food. Many don't. The "wonderful" dry foods like science diet are hyped. My girl ate whiskas wet in gravy and dry and I feel 100% certain she got diabetes from them. The cat foods with gravy have lots of carbs in. Since changing her diet she is beautiful. So much more than when I thought she was beautiful.
      Feeding a cat a healthy diet is of the utmost importance for the good health of every cat.
      Many people feel that dry is the best way to go. Vets feel it is the way to go. Why? Vets are taught very little about nutrition and they are taught what they know by the Pet Food Companies. The companies push dry as it is the very cheapest food in the world to make as they use fillers, vegetable protein and things that cats do not eat in normal life like veggies and fruits. Of course the veggies and fruits are NOT good for human consumption and thus they get it free or for pennies so the big suppliers can get rid of it.
      Dry does not keep teeth clean. A cats jaw is made to grab, tear and shred. They have no chewing action. When a cat barfs he throws up the chunks of food. Sometimes the dry shatters but that doesn't rub on the teeth either. A vet told me that she had an elderly cat around 20 who had had wet food her whole life and never had a problem with her teeth, but she had a 7 month old kitten who had to have every tooth pulled since they were so bad he was sick.
      Dry food causes diabetes, UTI's, Kidney problems and the list is to long to continue.
      The proper food is a diet for an obligate carnivore. Remember you have never seen a lion chasing a biscuit. Your cat needs wet food of good quality. It should be high in protein and under 10% carb. You should not feed your cat fish or seafood more than 1 or 2 meals a week if that much as they become addicted to it and it is high in phosphorous and low in nutritional value.
      http://www.geocities.com/jmpeerson/canfo...
      Here is a chart of most wet foods. The good and the bad. Look for one that is high in protein and low in carbs. Fancy feast is a good middle of the road one, and the cheaper brands but still following the rule are much better than any dry ever could be. Wellness is on the higher end with higher cost. But you have good food.
      It is cheaper to feed a cat the wet as they are filled up faster. Think if you are hungry and eat a bag of potato chips you are soon hungry but if you have a nice piece of chicken you are filled up longer. The same for a cat. I began adding small amount of water and mixing it in good for the meals and now add 1/4 cup water to 1/3 cup wet food. It is now like soup. It keeps the food from drying out and Cessan eats when she wants. She is a grazer and I let her be happy. She gained the weight she needed and then the weight gain stopped. If your cat is over weight he will lose weight on a wet diet.
      Here is a link explaining very clearly cat nutrition and care. It is excellent and I think every new cat owner should have to read it first.
      http://catinfo.org/ Good luck to you and your sweet kitty.

  19. QUESTION:
    Anyone know what wholesale suppliers are best for starting up selling pet food?
    I own a successful Dog Walking and Pet Care company and am wanting to expand to deliver dog food, chews, cat food ect to my customers and new customers. Does anyone know where's best to buy wholesale? I've heard Batley's are good? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      This market is now pretty tight but any local wholesalers will offer you the starting point you need, but your profit margin will be small because your buying power will be limited. Have you not thought of going all in a looking at a franchise like Oscars.

      Have a look at your local agricultural merchants and see where they are having there own brand dry dog food made under there own label, as this would be the way to go and to have your own label stamped onto a standard product.

  20. QUESTION:
    How did the rate poison, Aminopterin get into the Menu Foods recalled products?
    Two weeks ago, March 23, two New York State Labs announced and confirmed that Aminopterin had caused pets' death. Now no one is talking about it. No expert is coming out to relate to it and get to the bottom of this. Instead, everyone is jumping onto the China-bashing wagon. Is anyone out there really caring about the pets died of kidney failure?

    Melamine? No proof and never had any scientific tests shown it can cause kidney failure. Are we creating a China-hating culture?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think this is about China-bashing at this point. Officials in both USA and China are investigating to try and find out what happened.

      All they have told everyone so far is that the only link between two separate companies (Menu Foods and Hills Pet Nutrition) that had been contaminated is that they both got their wheat gluten from a supplier in China.

      The melamine is actually used as fertilizer in Asian countries, so I am not surprised that some was evident in the food. And it was reported by CNN that the melamine dosage in the pet food is unlikely to cause animals to get sick.

      On the other hand, the rat poison would definitely have made the animals sick or killed them. Rat poison is often used around mills and wheat storage areas to keep mice and rats from eating the grain, so it makes sense to suspect that the rat poison may be related to the wheat gluten. As far as I can tell, they are still trying to confirm that.

      I can see it possible (in China or in USA) that a farmer or factory somehow mixed up a bag of fertilizer or other bags and plopped a whole load of Aminopterin into some batch of wheat gluten, especially if it was mislabelled.

      In cooking for example, I know people who have mixed up their salt and their sugar and ended up with a really poor tasting cake!

      The problem here is that it is an emotional issue. With beloved pets dying you focus your anger on who you think is to blame. In this case, because the companies were buying from overseas and people in North America know that the standards may be different there, they get upset and feel it may somehow have been intentional.

      I think we need to wait and see what the investigation turns up, and make sure to put policies in place so that it does not happen again.

  21. QUESTION:
    What is the best food to put in Bird Feeders to attract the most Birds?
    I live in upstate N.Y. and feed birds all winter what food will attract the most birds?

    • ANSWER:
      Sunflower Seeds are a staple for bird feeders; although the husks are thrown onto the ground which make an awful mess. Many bird food suppliers sell Sunflower Seeds without the husk (often called Sunflower Hearts), which means less mess!

      A good seed mix will attract many different birds. Sunflower seed, peanut granules, millet, pinhead oatmeal amongst others are often found in Premium Quality seed mixes. I live in the UK so I cannot say for sure what birds you will attract, but I'm sure the seed mixes are relatively the same.

      As well as seed mixes, there are plenty of "Soft Foods" you can put on bird tables or the ground for birds that cannot use feeders or just prefer softer foods like raisins and small seeds. Suet, or "Fat" balls are loved by all birds. These either come in the shape of a ball in netting or you can but "blocks" which fit into a rectangular feeder:
      http://www.haiths.com/product-Suet-Holder-BFFADSUETFDR/

      All these foods are incredibly high in energy; exactly what wild birds need to survive the winter. This is provided the food is of High quality, usually good bird food is "stamped" or "certified" by a large national organisation (here in the UK it is the Birdcare Standards Association - BSA). Please DO NOT get bird food from local pet stores. More often than not the seed quality is incredibly poor, often mixed with foodstuff that is not safe for birds to eat.

      I hope I was some help, despite me being in a different country. Its fantastic you are helping the local wildlife through the tough seasons!

  22. QUESTION:
    What is the best brand of cat food? I kept hearing horror stores about all of the cat food.?
    I read Meow Mix, Purina, Whiskas, Blue, Fancy Feast, etc. were all bad I even read bad reviews about Nutro Natural and Blue cat food.

    Please help!

    I tried to start making my cats' food but they refused to eat it. I tried different recipes so none I stuck with buying cat food
    I have indoor cats.

    • ANSWER:
      Nutro has done a lot to make strengthen the safety and quality of its products. For example, Nutro manufactures all of its foods in Nutro owned facilities in the US. It does all the purchasing direct from suppliers to ensure quality, and each batch of food is tested for nutrition, freshness and safety before it is shipped. There are over 600 quality checks per day at each facility.

      Nutro factories are currently the only ones that are safety certified by the American Feed Industry Association who conducts random checks of facilities. You can learn more about this certification here
      http://www.petfoodfacility.org/

      I personally like Nutro Max Cat :)

      Hope that helps,

      Olivia
      Pet Nutrition Specialist
      Nutro

  23. QUESTION:
    Do you think a shelter will take an open bag of cat food?
    My new cat was on anti-bodies that made him loose his appetite. Not knowing it was the pills that was causing him not to eat, I bought a 2nd bag of food (science diet).

    Now that he is off the pills he is eating fine. So I am going to put him on the food I picked out. I opened the bag and filled his bowl up once. So it is pretty much a full bag. Will they take it even though it is open?

    • ANSWER:
      Rescue organizations may be more willing to accept the food than a shelter will. With the pet food scare last year, it may be dicey. A number of shelters have arrangements with pet food suppliers and don't take such donations.

      If you bought the food at Petco or Petsmart, they will probably refund you. Especially since the bag is so full. I have taken food back to them and exchanged an opened, mostly full bag for a different brand. No problem.

  24. QUESTION:
    So, should we ask Kaytee and other dometic bird food suppliers why there is so much crap in their food?
    Just an old bird brain.
    This is only 1 fifth of my birds diet, but I pay premium for empty shells, bird bisquits, ( what the heck are they anyway) they seem to make up all of a sudden about 40% of the bag, stems, some sort of clumps of processed fruits. I feel like they take this stuff off of the floors of plants who deal with seeds and nuts. They used to be reputable. Owners who have no clue could let their birds starve to death with this garbage.

    • ANSWER:
      Believe me, they've all got their pat answers. It's the same with all pet foods. We, the consumers love our pets, so it's hard for us to conceive of the idea that someone wouldn't have their best interest at heart. But they don't.

      And now, we are so brain-washed into believing that pellets or kibble are the best diets for our pets. I agree that pellets are a far cry from the crappy seed-only diets that were pushed in the 70s and 80s, but it's still a processed, manufactured product that has to be fortified with vitamins and minerals to make it balanced and nutritional.

      I feed pellets (NOT Kaytee) but only as very small portion of the diet. I believe fresh, whole foods are best. For example, instead of feeding my birds a pellet that is fortified with Vitamin A, I feed them foods naturally high in Vitamin A and Beta Carotine.

      I'm with you on this. I think what the pet food industry does is shameful. Unfortunately, most people don't want to hear it. They want what's easiest and cheapest, and if they think it's always worked best one way, they won't even consider an alternative.

      Thanks for the question.

      EDIT: I hate to tell you this, but I'm sure they do take it off the floor. It's a well-known fact that what they put into most dog and cat foods are the meats which are rejected for human consumption and tossed into a large pile on the floor. They even put in the ingredients list "mill sweepings." Since this is true for other pet foods, I don't see why it would be any different for bird "food."

  25. QUESTION:
    Good organic dog food brands and where can I get them?
    I am thinking of going to an organic dog food right now due to the mess that is going on now. Noone really seems to know what is going on with the pet foods and I would rather pay more and be safe.

    So any brands and where I can get them would be of great assistance thanks so much.

    jammie

    • ANSWER:
      Karma and Timberwolf Organics are availble throughout the country. I will post links to suppliers.>store locator> http://www.karmaorganic.com/
      http://search.onlynaturalpet.com/search.aspx?searchterms=timberwolf&click=11&s_kwcid=TC-1595-timber%20wolf%20organics-S-285-285&OVRAW=timberwolf%20organics&OVKEY=timber%20wolf%20organics&OVMTC=standard
      http://www.shopping.com/xPC-Timberwolf_Organics_Wild_Natural_Canid_Formula_Dog_Food_33_lb_Bag~r-1~CLT-INTR~RFR-www.google.com
      The wheat gluten responsible for all the contamination was imported from China. Just another way for dog food manufacturers to make more profit from inferior products.

      You will be safe to buy a PREMIUM food, such as Canidae, Innova, Natural Balance, Timberwolf Organics, California Natural, Karma, Solid Gold, or Wellness.
      These are made from HUMAN grade ingredients, and you can trust that they are safe..You won't find anything that is safe at your grocer's, or department store. Just go to your nearest local (not chain) pet supply shop

  26. QUESTION:
    How to convince my parents to get a pet?
    I want a pet (bird).My parents like pets but they don't want them in the house. My mom gets scared of birds (long and scary story) and my dad doesn't like when pets die. I am like bieng good to my parents and doing favors so they are buttered up. So I need some ideas so I can make them get a bird or how to present for me to get a bird?
    I basicily need ideas of how to get a pet or what pet to get

    • ANSWER:
      I would Recommend a Cockatiel for you since they are excellent for beginners and here are a list of information about a cockatiel. Also the price range is -100 depending on where you live but it's worth it being a cockatiel owner.

      With young cockatiels the male and female look the same so it is difficult to decipher their sex until they have been through their first molt at around six to nine months of age. Only then will the adult coloring show.

      How to determine the sex of your cockatiel

      males have a great vocal ability and whistle a lot
      females generally are fairly quiet
      males whistle and call, whereas females tend to screech
      females are often more likely to hiss and bite
      where applicable, males have slightly darker or brighter colorings
      on the face and orange cheek patches
      any hint of barring, markings or spots on the underside of the tail
      feathers or wings when they are spread indicates a female
      (you may need to hold your cockatiel up to a bright light in order
      to see any markings)
      males tend to strut around - they lift their wings slightly,
      stick their chest out and parade and strut, normally calling at
      the same time
      place a mirror in front of your cockatiel. How does it react?
      Normally a male will be fascinated and the mirror should hold his
      attention for quite some time while he performs in front of it.
      A female tends to lose interest fairly quickly.

      4) cockatiel care - what is the best cockatiel food ?

      Cockatiel diet is extremely important and is the key to having a healthy cockatiel - along with exercise.

      Give your bird a good-quality cockatiel seed mix (not parrot mix). These are readily available at pet suppliers and supermarkets. Be aware though that most ready-mixed cockatiel seed contains far too many sunflower seeds and these are extremely fattening. For this reason I tend to make up my own mix for my cockatiels. I buy a 50/50 mix of budgie seed and plain canary seed and then add a few sunflower seeds. Do not buy the seed in bulk - you are best to purchase small fresh amounts.

      Alternatively, you can offer your cockatiel a pelleted diet.

      Your cockatiel's diet must be supplemented with fresh fruit and vegetables on a daily basis - refer to the fruit and vegetables question below.

      Small amounts of 'people' food are fine for cockatiels occasionally. They can have a nibble on crackers, cereal such as cornflakes, hard-boiled egg and wholemeal bread. Also try rice, pasta, potato, pumpkin, sweet potato - these must be offered cooked, not raw.

      Cockatiels enjoy spray millet and seed treats such as honey bells or sticks. However, these are fattening and should be offered occasionally as treats only. Pet cockatiels can become overweight very easily so I recommend offering spray millet once a week if your cockatiel is fairly active, or if not, only once a fortnight. Seed treats are best given at two monthly intervals.

      Fresh drinking water is required daily. Also make available cuttlebone, and calcium, iodine and mineral blocks. Vitamin supplements in the drinking water once a week or fortnight are a good idea, although do not leave these in the water for long as bugs can grow very quickly. Some people prefer to sprinkle powdered vitamins onto the seed or moist food, eg apple pieces or spinach. Either way, be sure to follow the product's directions with regard to dosage amount and frequency.

      5) cockatiel diet - are fruit and vegetables necessary ?

      A cockatiel diet must be supplemented with fresh fruit and vegetables on a daily basis. An all seed diet often results in an unhealthy or overweight cockatiel.

      Try the following:

      FRUIT:
      apple, grape, guava, kiwi fruit, mango, melon, nectarine, orange, peach, pear, pomegranate, plum, strawberry, tangerine, watermelon

      VEGETABLES:
      bok choy, broccoli, carrot (chopped or grated), celery, chard, lettuce (but small amounts of lettuce and not too often as not a lot of goodness), peas, silverbeet, spinach, sweetcorn, watercress, zucchini.

      Favorites with cockatiels tend to be apple, egg, pasta, peas, rice, silverbeet, spinach, sweetcorn.

      Note that the fruit and vegetables should be provided:

      thoroughly washed
      in small pieces
      at room temperature
      unpeeled
      free of cores, stones, pits or pips
      raw (some cockatiels prefer certain vegetables cooked eg peas and
      sweetcorn - use your judgment here)
      fresh (obviously this will be the most nutritious for your cockatiel but
      you can use frozen or canned)

      Be aware that your cockatiel's droppings may be runnier than usual with an intake of fruit and vegetables.

      Some cockatiels will not take to fruit and vegetables straight away. Persevere as it can take up to a year before your cockatiel will eat them. Fruit and vegetables are an essential part of your cockatiel's diet so offer them washed and fresh each day - do not give up!

      6) cockatiel care - what cockatiel food can I not feed ?

      Never give your cockatiel alcoh

  27. QUESTION:
    In your opinion, what is the best cat food for adult cats?
    Just a bit of background, I feed my 2 indoor cats half a small can of applaws fish food each in the mornings (they don't eat the chicken) and then they get a hand full of dried food at 9am, 6pm and 10pm. But because the applaws is so expensive I buy them the cheap whiskas and gocat dry food (whichever is on offer that day).

    Should I switch to wet food only? Dry food only? Or is both the best solution for people who are at work all day?

    • ANSWER:
      You're dong just fine. Applaws can be found on offer sometimes - try all the suppliers like zooplus and pets at home, who offer on-line service and discount quality foods from time to time, then buy loads of dry food and stock up.

      Have you thought about Applaws dried food?

      My lot (6 cats) like a variety, one is sensitive to cereals (makes him violent) so he is fed on applaws (dry) and orijen (dry), and raw meat only, but the others love a bit of "junk" food, and fishy go-cat coupled with felix marinades is their junk fix which they enjoy every day.

      Don't get too hung up, if they are thriving on go-cat/applaws mix, just keep up the good work. Make a mental note, though, to limit the go-cat to one small bowlful per day so they're not filling up on the inferior stuff. If they like a pouch of Whiskas, let them have one each. Then they're not filling up on junk, and will stay trim, fit and healthy.

  28. QUESTION:
    Is "taste of the wild" dog food safe and healthy?
    I have a 10 month old Mini schnauzer, who up until now as on Wellness puppy food. our pet food supplier suggested Taste of the wild -- is that good? it's the salmon one.

    Thanks for any help! :D

    • ANSWER:
      I prefer TOTW over wellness given that the totw doesnt get sold in common petstores.
      Either food is great. The only reason I would switch to TOTW is to go grain free, so if that is your want, TOTW is a great food. Wellness also has a grain free line, but I prefer TOTW for grain free.

  29. QUESTION:
    How do pet food companies kill the frozen mice&rats that are used for feeding snakes?
    I assume they don't poison them, since that would likely be a problem for the snakes that eat them. Starving them would be inhumane and would also make them a pretty poor meal. So, how do they do it?

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, so many wrong answers.

      Freezing an animal to death is actually a very painful process and is looked down upon. Professional rodent suppliers will euthanize the animals using Carbon Dioxide. In small quantities it has an anesthetic quality and puts them to sleep eventually depriving them of oxygen and killing them. Cervical dislocation (breaking the neck) is also another approved method as it is very quick and painless, however it is not used that often because it has to be performed individually.

  30. QUESTION:
    Anyone know some uk suppliers of raw meat for dogs?
    I feed fresh home made food to my dog but don't want to have to keep feeding her tesco value chicken and stuff just because its all they ever stock that I can afford. The butcher's round here aren't great either. She does get a balanced diet but am looking for a better deal.

    • ANSWER:
      Domestic dogs aren't wholly carnivorous, a meat-only diet especially if it lacks bones is going to harm her as it lacks the balance of nutrients she needs to remain healthy.

      Feed her a "complete dog food". These words will be on the label of any nutritionally suitable foods and contain all she requires. These are typically canned or dried foods; if it doesn't have those precise words on the labelling then you have to assume it's a supplementary food which requires complementary feeding of your dog to maintain a balanced diet. They don't have to be expensive brand-names either.

      As for cheap meat, the only stuff cheap enough based on what you've said is unfit for consumption and there's a risk it will harm your dog. However, as a one-day-weekly treat traditional butchers shops used to sell "pet mince". This was a minced assortment of all the waste bits which were considered unfit for human consumption, but I think few do it these days for fear of legal/human health repercussions as real cheapskates used to feed their families on it or stick it into kebabs and curries.

      The only other thing you may be able to do is to see if there's a dairy farm near you. They pay to slaughter unwanted male calves which there's virtually no demand for and only get paid about £10 per carcase which often more than they cost to produce and kill. As long as you can beat what the pet-food/fertiliser company offers your dog gets a few weeks of cheap food, but you're still going to have to skin and butcher it and will need a large freezer. If you burn the hairs off the skin and dry it you also end up with dog-chews. To make the diet a more balanced one you'd still have to mix in some kind of dried dog food though. Don't use poultry farm waste though as their dead birds have normally died of disease and may harm your dog.

  31. QUESTION:
    What is the most positive/ leading business in the Philippines today, if any?
    We are planning to move back to the Phils and I hope you can give us bright idea what kind of business is better to start with in the Phils today. Is it really true the food business is stil the best and second are the franchising of the school (college for computers and nurses) Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I searched a good bit and found this, Hope it helps, I learned a lot today by searching this and it sounds like a wonderful place to be! Good Luck
      * Information Technology continues to be the Philippine’s fastest growing industry, with expanding opportunities for personal computers and peripherals, private automatic branch exchanges (PABX), enterprise software and network application tools.
      * Expansion and upgrade of Electric Power Systems through 2014 will create stable demand for equipment and accessories ranging from valves, boilers, steam generators and turbines to transmission/ distribution hardware and lines.
      * The Philippine Mobile Telecommunications market will continue exponential growth through 2007, generating demand for communications hardware and software ranging from base stations and mobile switching equipment to network management tools and voice management systems.
      * Best prospects for the expanding Building Products industry include specialized products such as waterproofing applications, specialty insulations and fittings.
      * With growth of U.S. market share in the new car segment, significant opportunities in the .6 billion Automobile Aftermarket segment exist for U.S. manufacturers of aftermarket engines, auto body parts and mechanical equipment.
      * Demand continues to grow for Consumer-Ready Food and Beverages due to retail expansion and liberalization, GDP growth and a preference for U.S. brands. Best product prospects include dairy, fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen vegetables, meats, nuts, processed food, pet food and wine.
      * Expansion of the billion Food Processing industry means increased opportunities for wheat, dairy products such as milk and whey powders, processed fruits and vegetables, beef and beef products, and nuts.
      * The Philippine mining sector offers potential for resource extraction activities. Opportunities await U.S. suppliers of mining equipment, technology and service expertise to be utilized in proposed mining activities all over the country.

  32. QUESTION:
    How much stock must you buy for your first pet boutique?
    I am a female of 24 years from South Africa.
    I work full hours and I absolutely LOVE pets.
    I have two cats and a Yorkie of my own.

    I will only supply to dog owners; products, food, treats, accessories etc.

    I will sell out of my own flat, and will have a website up soon for advertising and showing of merchandise and prices.

    How much stock do you purchase for your first pet boutique?

    • ANSWER:
      If it were me I'd be setting up accounts with all my suppliers and ordering off them as customers ordered.

      That way you dont need to keep too much stock, if any.

      I used to run a health shop. I would often phone suppliers and ask if something is in stock and have it sent down, would only take a day or two, then Id phone the customer to come pick it up.

      If you have alot of orders for a few of the products, your best sellers, you could keep spares of those in your flat.

  33. QUESTION:
    What do you think of Nutro dog food?
    I have been feeding my dog's Nutro, because at Petsmart, it is one of the best brands they offer. However, I have been looking at Petco, since I found one near-ish to me, and have found some foods that look better. One is Natural Balance Original, one I saw listed in another post. It costs about more a bag, at least. Would it really be better for my dogs, or is Nutro a good dog food?

    • ANSWER:
      Natural Balance is definitely better then Nutro. However, neither food is that great compared to the higher quality foods like Innova, Wellness, Fromm, etc. Here are the ingredient comparisons -

      Nutro Max:

      -Chicken Meal (Good!)
      -Wheat Flour (should not be in foods, no nutrition, filler)
      -Ground Whole Wheat (low grade filler, causes allergies
      -Rice Bran (good for digestion)
      -Poultry Fat (bad as the type of poultry is not identified - means the company is hiding something)
      -Corn Gluten Meal (the dried residue left over from processing corn, low grade filler)
      -Ground Rice (good but should be left whole)
      -Lamb Meal (good)
      -Dried Egg Product (egg shells or eggs not fit for humans)

      Natural Balance Original:

      -Chicken (good, but meal is better as it has had the water removed meaning more meat in the food)
      -Brown Rice (great)
      -Duck (good)
      -Lamb Meal (good)
      -Oatmeal (good)
      -Pearled Barley (good)
      -Potatoes (good)
      -Chicken Fat (okay)
      -Tomato Pomace (tomato skins, okay but better if the whole fresh tomato was used)

      Innova:

      -Turkey (good)
      -Chicken (good)
      -Chicken Meal (great)
      -Ground Barley (good)
      -Ground Brown Rice (great)
      -Potatoes (good)
      -Natural Flavors (good)
      -Ground White Rice (good)
      -Chicken Fat (okay)
      -Herring (good)
      -Apples (great)
      -Carrots (great)
      -Cottage Cheese (good)
      -Sunflower Oil (good)
      -Alfalfa Sprouts (great)
      -Egg (excellent)

      Innova is the healthiest pet food in the world so you can see when comparing Natural Balance and Nutro to it that Natural Balance definitely comes closer to resembling the ideal ingredients for a pet food.

      If you are thinking about switching to a higher quality food then it would be my first recommendation that you go with Innova because it is the better of the three however, Innova is not sold at Petco or most mass suppliers. The company likes to put its food into smaller stores where the staff tend to be more knowledgeable about food. If you check out their website www.naturapet.com you can find out if there are any other stores near you that sell it.

      If you can't find it then by all means go with the Natural Balance as your dog will benefit from the added nutrition.

      *My only other piece of advice that I like to pass on the people (and I mention it because of another post to your question) - VETS do NOT receive adequate nutrition training and are therefore not able to provide their clients with true beneficial nutritional advice for their pets. Most vets prescribe or recommend foods like Eukanuba, Science Diet, Purina, Royal Canin, Walthams, etc and these foods are all lower quality then the Nutro. So for the best nutritional advice, find a small pet specialty store with friendly knowledgeable staff and also take the time to check out ingredients yourself.

      All the best and good luck choosing a new food.

  34. QUESTION:
    Has anyone been able to get an answer from Menu Foods regarding vet bills and pet food recall?
    I wrote a question last month regarding tainted food and its' source. I had one cat die and two others sick. One is not doing well, we are trying a special diet. The other is doing ok.
    I have joined a class action suit as Menu Foods seems to be doing nothing about taking responsibility. My vet bills are over 00. The FDA has some cat food packets from me and it is being tested.

    • ANSWER:
      Sue,

      I'm terribly sorry about your kitties. This whole thing is just devastating.

      I hope you can get reimbursed, however I wouldn't hold your breath. Menu isn't taking resposibility for this. They are blaming thier supplier in China. Which means even with a class action suit, the only ones who will ever gt a dine are the lawyers. :(

      Good Luck though. And I hope your kitty pulls through.

  35. QUESTION:
    at what age should I start feeding raw to my kitten?
    what kinds of foods?

    I just deleted this question but asked it again.
    raw means not cooked
    no where do I find these meats? the store?

    • ANSWER:
      Good for you!

      I believe that they could begin eating raw as soon as they are weaned.

      I'm assuming you're aware of the fact that unless you feed the whole prey model, you need to supplement? If you're not aware of this, you'll have a bit of research ahead of you.

      I do feed some raw myself - the whole prey model - in addition to canned food, but I didn't start until mine were 2 years old. Incidentally, not on purpose. So I'm not really up on feeding raw to kittens.

      I do believe it's an excellent idea and it's what I would do in future and wish I had done from the beginning.

      I'm going to have to defer you to anyone else who might answer, but I'll dig up some links for you.

      What I can tell you in the meantime though is that there are a number of meats you can try. You don't have to feed all of them, but I think it's a good idea to offer some variety, perhaps 2-3 meats in rotation.

      Good, common meats are rabbit, venison, chicken, turkey, pheasant.....less common but still ok would be duck, lamb, goat, bison, elk.....

      Ones you typically won't feed are beef and pork.

      I'm pretty sure you can start as soon as they're weaned, but I don't want to make assumptions. Mainly I'm concerned about how much to feed to be sure you'll meet a kitten's greater needs for calories, etc. So I'm going to suggest you join any and all of the Yahoo groups devoted to raw feeding. I've linked to 2 below for starters, but just go to Yahoo groups and search for raw cat. You'll find lots of groups.

      Each of these groups have their own philosophy about HOW to feed raw and what types of meat to use, etc. But you shold be able to get decent info on getting kittens started.

      Good luck!

      Also, are you aware of where to find meats? If not, I can help you a bit here too.

      Meat sources: If you're in the midwest, check into Taylor Pond Farms. This is where I get my stuff. www.taylorpondfarms.com. You can also buy online - www.hare-today.com is one that's used by many. You could also get some meats from the grocery store, either pre-ground or you could grind it yourself.

      Also:
      Carnivore feeders and feed suppliers
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/CarnivoreFeed-Supplier
      MidAtlantic Raw Feeding Supplies
      http://http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/MidAtlanticRawFeeders
      NY Raw Feeders
      Westchester/Putnam counties
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/NYRawfeeders
      New York Raw Feeders
      Phyllis's group in NYC
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/ny_raw_feeders
      PA & NJ Raw Feeding Network
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/PA_NJrawfeedingnetwork
      Raw Feeders of Columbus, Ohio
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Rawfco

      Aunt Jeni/Homemade4Life
      http://www.auntjeni.com/homemade.htm
      Big Apple Herpetological
      (prey supplier)
      http://www.bigappleherp.com
      Big Creek Farms
      (prey/meat supplier)
      http://www.bigcreekfarms.com
      Bravo!
      http://www.bravorawdiet.com
      Eat Well Guide
      (search directory for sustainably raised meats)
      http://www.eatwellguide.org
      Eat Wild
      (directory for grass-fed meats)
      http://www.eatwild.com
      Halshan
      http://www.halshan.com
      Hare Today
      (prey/meat supplier)
      http://www.hare-today.com
      My Pet Carnivore
      (prey/meat supplier)
      http://www.mypetcarnivore.com
      Nature's Variety
      http://naturesvariety.com
      Oma's Pride
      http://www.omaspride.com
      Pep's Poultry
      (prey/meat supplier)
      http://pepspoultry.com/store/index.php
      Prey4Pets
      (prey/meat supplier)
      http://www.prey4pets.com
      Primal Pet Foods
      http://www.primalpetfoods.com
      Rodent Pro
      (prey supplier)
      http://www.rodentpro.com
      Steve's Real Food
      http://www.stevesrealfood.com
      Urban Carnivore
      http://www.urbancarnivore.com/
      Whole Foods 4 Pets
      (rabbit supplier)
      http://www.wholefoods4pets.com

      And last but not least, here's a link to a recipe should you choose to go that route: http://www.catnutrition.org/foodmaking.php

  36. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of spiders without spraying?
    My house is slowly being overun by spiders. I love the little guys the webs are getting too prolific! I have kids and pets so any idea about how to deter them without using chemicals would be great, thanks!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Get rid of all the cardboard boxes around. Spiders love cardboard since it is a wood product and they also love wood.

      Steps to Natural Spider Control
      1. Find out how they are entering your home. Find and seal all cracks in basement walls and in window casings and doorways. If there is just a tiny crack in your house, spiders will crawl through.

      2. Clean any places there are lots of spider webs, clean both inside and outside. Use a broom to sweep down if inside or use water to remove them outside.

      3. Keep clutter picked up inside the house so spiders won't have a place to hide. They won't stay in an area that is completely smooth and clutter free.

      4. Make your house unfriendly to other bugs. Spiders eat bugs, if their dinner isn't handy, there's no reason for them to hang around.

      5. Inside the house, look under beds, couches, and other furniture for hiding places and clean out with a broom. Any spiders can be sprayed with an indoor spray formula (described below).

      6. Essential oils:
      Rose oil
      Citronella Oil
      Lavender Oil
      Cinnamon Oil
      Peppermint Oil
      Citrus Oil
      Tea Tree Oil
      any of the above oils will kill spiders and other insects on contact!

      A Natural Spider Spray Formula for inside the house: To get Immediate Relief from spiders inside the house buy 8 oz bottle of Peppermint or Lavender Soap, or any other natural soap. Go to your local drug store (I've found a great supplier at the local arts and crafts store) and buy 1 oz of Essential oil.
      Add 5 tablespoons of the soap per quart water. Add 5 tablespoons of any natural citrus oil to the quart water which you added the soap and label it spider control spray. Add to sprayer and spray inside house where spiders are seen. Should be done as often as needed. This is not a long term solution but will provide you immediate help.

      You can also add 1 drop of any of the above (depending on preference to you) to 1 quart of water:
      Test for strength.

      7. Spray outside the house: Spray outdoor trash and recycling bins with any natural soap. Use the same formula as in #4 to spray the containers and the area around it with. You can also use any natural citrus based cleaner at 1 oz per quart water. Spray around the outside of the house and along any places that you see too many of them.

      8. Wear long sleeved shirt and long pants when cleaning up in areas you know have brown recluse spiders. Have spray bottle ready with spray formula.

      9. Clean up around the outside of the house and garden. Less trash, less spiders. Less places for them to hide in. Do spring cleaning every year and get rid of piles of wood etc that you are not using. You will be glad you did.

      10. Keep your trash bins away from the house because spiders will stay around them, hoping to catch the bugs that are attracted to them.

      11. Remove old vegetation or wood from against the house foundations. Spiders like to hide in these things and often find entrance from there.

      12. Trim back trees, bushes and other vegetation from touching the house walls.

      13. Keep pet food tightly covered to keep from attracting bugs which attract spiders. (Don't leave pet food in a dish all day.)

      Some Additional Suggestions:

      Put oil of pennyroyal on a cotton ball or scrap of cloth and place where you see spiders. (Use this with caution it is said that pennyroyal can be harmful to humans and pets. Personally I've never had a problem with it and actually love the smell.)
      Borax in shallow lids or just sprinkle on the floor under couches or beds or wherever the problem area is.
      Baking soda... same as borax.
      Kerosene. Use it on window screens and sills as well as doorways. (Kerosene is flammable until it evaporates, so keep it away from flame or heat.)
      Eucalyptus leaves in closets, drawers and under large pieces of furniture
      Use osage orange (also called hedgeballs or mock oranges).
      Chestnuts Proved Effective: Put chestnuts around the exterior walls of every room in the house as well as on all the windowsills.

      A Good Use for Tobacco:
      1) Get a package of pipe or chewing tobacco, soak it in a gallon of boiling water until it cools. Strain the liquid into a clean container. Put a cup of tobacco juice and 1/2 cup lemon dish soap into a hose-end sprayer and spray. This works on all kinds of bugs.
      2) Put a package of chewing tobacco in a quart jar of water, and let the jar sit out in the hot sun for a day so that the tobacco has a chance to steep slowly. Then strain the mixture into a sprayer. This mixture is poisonous and can actually be absorbed by the skin, so be careful. It can also be absorbed by the leaves of plants, so don't use it on food crops.
      Spiders and Lemons: I don't know if this is true or not but someone said that spiders have their taste buds on the tips of their legs and that they hate the taste of lemon pledge. Dust your windowsills and doorframes with lemon pledge, both inside and out, and any areas where they accumulate.

      I hope this was useful,Good Luck!!! :)

  37. QUESTION:
    Can anyone help me decipher the Dry Dog Food Mystery?
    I'm looking to get the best dry food I can for our puppy, I don't want to keep changing his diet to "hopefully" find the "best food" for him.

    The brands I've been looking at are Acada (I think that's how it's spelled) Royal Canin and Innova (so far)

    I'm open to suggestions...I'd love to hear anyone's experiences with any of these brands.

    I love that the first 3-4 ingredients of Innova are meat, with no preservatives...but am sticker shocked.

    Royal Canin so far is winning out...it's a little more expensive than what I've been looking at...but not horrendously, but again at least the first ingredient is real meat, with no preservatives.

    Acada (or whatever) I haven't actually gotten the chance to do a whole lot of looking into, but have heard it's good.

    I'm not at all interested in Hills SD, IAMS (anything), Purina, Ol'Roy or any of those, am looking for quality for the price, and want food that's going to give our puppy the best start and long life possible.
    Eukanuba is actually IAMS...
    Sorry 'bout that...puppy is a Mini Dachshund

    • ANSWER:
      Of those 3, Innova is the best. Here is what the Whole Dog Journal has to say about the top ten premium brands> http://www.nhratterriers.com/goodfood.htm
      these is a law suit going on now against Royal Canin, of some significance...From CBC news> http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/03/20/pet-food-lawsuit.html

      There are many high quality dog foods available these days..I used to feed Nutro Chicken/Rice& Lamb/Rice....My pups grew great, and, as my breed is long-coated, they had gorgeous coats in no time...
      However, their teeth were always stained..I never knew why, but they seemed to need constant cleaning, to be ready to show..

      So, I switched to Eukenuba, and they had better teeth, and nice coats..but bowels were always loose...

      I fed Abady's for 2 litters, and liked what it did for the pups..but it stank..and was too un-handy....

      I fed Purina Pro Plan when it came out..Pups did well..no complaints...

      However, my supplier recommended Canidae 21/2 years ago..WOW! I never knew that my oldsters could be so rejuvenated! Suddenly they were putting on gorgeous coats, and acting as puppies..full of play..dancing as we walked...It just blew me away...
      Then I took a 10 year old to have a cyst removed, and the vet came out amazed at her blood-work..he said that it was that expected in a 4-5 year old...He also said that he always cleans teeth while they are 'under', but that her teeth were absolutely clean..

      I took another in to be spayed, at 7 years old, and the vet was amazed at how white and clean her teeth were..and then when he took out stitches..commented that she healed so fast that the incision was already hard to see...

      All my dogs have just thrived on Canidae, and I would sure recommend it..It is made from all human grade ingredients, and natural preservatives..
      there are other foods that are likely as good..but, as Canidae is easy to find, and they are doing so well, I wouldn't want to switch..
      Other great dog foods that you can find most places, are Wellness, Innova, Solid Gold, California Natural, Natural Balance, Royal Canin..
      all of these are good value dog kibbles.
      IF money is no object, then Karma dog food, made by California Natural would be as good as it gets today. It is made from 95% organic ingredients, including free-range chicken, but costs about twice as much per pound as the other premium brands. Store locator is on the side bar> http://www.karmaorganic.com/

      Note: here is the site I was searching for to help you unravel the mysteries. The ratings for many brands are at the bottom> http://www.connecticutk9.com/dogfood.htm

  38. QUESTION:
    Question about my 25 week old kittens eating habbits?
    They liked canned food and dry but now they wont eat canned just the dry, i tried switching brands/flavour/size of meat etc and back to same as before but they are just eating the dry stuff. Is this normal and is it ok they only want dry. They seem fine in themselves no behavior or toilet changes.

    • ANSWER:
      Feeding a cat a healthy diet is of the utmost importance for the good health of every cat.
      Many people feel that dry is the best way to go. Vets feel it is the way to go. Why? Vets are taught very little about nutrition and they are taught what they know by the Pet Food Companies. The companies push dry as it is the very cheapest food in the world to make as they use fillers, vegetable protein and things that cats do not eat in normal life like veggies and fruits. Of course the veggies and fruits are NOT good for human consumption and thus they get it free or for pennies so the big suppliers can get rid of it.
      Dry does not keep teeth clean. A cats jaw is made to grab, tear and shred. They have no chewing action. When a cat barfs he throws up the chunks of food. Sometimes the dry shatters but that doesn't rub on the teeth either. A vet told me that she had an elderly cat around 20 who had had wet food her whole life and never had a problem with her teeth, but she had a 7 month old kitten who had to have every tooth pulled since they were so bad he was sick.
      Dry food causes diabetes, UTI's, Kidney problems and the list is to long to continue.
      The proper food is a diet for an obligate carnivore. Remember you have never seen a lion chasing a biscuit. Your cat needs wet food of good quality. It should be high in protein and under 10% carb. You should not feed your cat fish or seafood more than 1 or 2 meals a week if that much as they become addicted to it and it is high in phosphorous and low in nutritional value.
      http://www.geocities.com/jmpeerson/canfo...
      Here is a chart of most wet foods. The good and the bad. Look for one that is high in protein and low in carbs. Fancy feast is a good middle of the road one, and the cheaper brands but still following the rule are much better than any dry ever could be. Wellness is on the higher end with higher cost. But you have good food.
      It is cheaper to feed a cat the wet as they are filled up faster. Think if you are hungry and eat a bag of potato chips you are soon hungry but if you have a nice piece of chicken you are filled up longer. The same for a cat. I began adding small amount of water and mixing it in good for the meals and now add 1/4 cup water to 1/3 cup wet food. It is now like soup. It keeps the food from drying out and Cessan eats when she wants. She is a grazer and I let her be happy. She gained the weight she needed and then the weight gain stopped. If your cat is over weight he will lose weight on a wet diet.
      Here is a link explaining very clearly cat nutrition and care. It is excellent and I think every new cat owner should have to read it first.
      http://catinfo.org/ Good luck to you and your sweet kitty.

  39. QUESTION:
    Where do pet shops buy their supplies from?
    I am looking in to opening a pet shop in my local area and I need to know the name of a good pet shop stock supplier. I have looked in to everything else but this I cannot find any information about. Could someone please tell me a good website to visit that sells cheap stock to pet shops.

    • ANSWER:
      You're looking for wholesalers, you may be better going to the individual companies i.e. toy companies and pet food companies, their websites should be able to tell you the nearest wholesaler, or you may need to buy direct from them.

  40. QUESTION:
    About how much does it cost per year to have a pet snake?
    About how much does it cost to keep a pet snake? Including the price of all the equipment you will need and the vet bills and the medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      As stated, it depends upon the type of snake and what you use to house it. Most cornsnakes can be housed in rubbermaid tubs of varying sizes. These are cheaper than a lot of cages, but a 30 gl. glass reptile tank will suffice. I think they run about . You will need a thermostat which costs about and should last you for many years. Heat mat, the same thing. Attach it to a piece of glass from a picture frame-get it at the Dollar store for a dollar- and you can reuse the heater on whatever tank you use. My heat mats have been in use for 5 years or so with no failures. You can use paper towel or old newspaper as substrate if you want. Relatively cheap there or you can buy a big bag of aspen. That will last you for at least a year with only one snake. Whole tank changes only need to be done every few months. Spot changes whenever needed takes very little. A small handfull of fresh to replace what you clean out is fine. You can get water bowls, something to make hides out of and silk plants at the dollar store as well. You hopefully will never need a vet. I've had some snakes that have never needed one and I have one right now that has cost me quite a bit to work on. It depends upon how much the reptile vet charges. Mine's been quite reasonable. Should be very rare if ever that you'll need one though. Medicine would be the same. Most antibiotic injections are relatively cheap though. The food will probably be the main cost aside from the snake purchase itself. Depending upon where you go you can spend 50 cents to .00 for a mouse. I buy mine from a supplier and get a pretty good price for them. If you're feeding weekly, you can expect a food bill of about .50-.00 a month. Mine is higher of course due to having many more animals. Most don't eat weekly though. Adults eat every 2 weeks or more so your bill would probably be less once the animal reaches adulthood. Larger boas and pythons of course would cost more to feed due to the larger prey item. You could probably get away with an initial cost of 0 to purchase the tank, substrate, cheap snake like a cornsnake, thermostat, heat mat and any accessories. Yearly upkeep would probably be around 0 if you had no vet bills. This is feeding weekly at .00 a feed and electricity etc. If you do have vet bills for something serious, it can be hundreds of dollars a visit depending upon what is done. I've averaged -0 a visit for the one snake I've been treating.

  41. QUESTION:
    Timothy hay for rabbits is a treat or a staple food?
    Hi......I have read from several sources that given unlimited daily amount of timothy hay is really healthy for a rabbit. The fiber is good for digestion and overall health. However, on the bag of timothy hay that I buy (Kaytee is the brand name), it says that it is a "natural high fiber treat." So my question is.....should I treat the hay as a treat and give it to him sparingly, or should I give it in abundance and consider it a healthy and necessary food? Thanks to all!

    • ANSWER:
      Timothy hay should make up the bulk of your rabbit's diet. It helps their digestive systems stay healthy and the hay also helps keep your rabbit's teeth worn down naturally. Grass hays are essential for your rabbit's long-term health. Unfortunately, our local pet stores and chain pet suppliers frequently mis-label and misinform pet owners in order to make more money. They really do not care about the well-being of your rabbit, in most cases.

      You will also want to feed your bun a limited amount of a high-fiber pelleted formula. I recommend these websites for more information:

      www.oxbowhay.com
      www.americanpetdiner.com
      www.rabbit.org

  42. QUESTION:
    I'd like to open up a small dog and cat boutique, where do I find suppliers of products?
    I'd like to purchase dog and cat specialty treats, dog and cat food. Dog clothes, pet bowls, carriers... Also leashes and collars... Is there a magazine to buy that shows you different products?

    • ANSWER:
      PetCo has magazines with ads from different sellers and companies. Also check out Ebay. I found tons of stuff for my dogs and cats from wholesalers there.

      When you open your shop, let me know if you will have a website because I wouldn't mind ordering things from you.

  43. QUESTION:
    I'd like to open up a small dog and cat boutique, where do I find suppliers of products?
    I'd like to purchase dog and cat specialty treats, dog and cat food. Dog clothes, pet bowls, carriers... Also leashes and collars... Is there a magazine to buy that shows you different products?

    • ANSWER:
      www.petedge.com is a good place to start

  44. QUESTION:
    How do i get cats to stop peeing on the carpet?
    I have 3 cats and 2 of them hate eachother. I know that might be part of the reason there peeing, but regardless how do I get them to stop? It smells terrible and the pet odor remover doesnt work. They pee on the carpet every day now and it is getting tireing to clean up after them. I have 4 litter boxes and it still isnt working. I am desperate I dont know what to do.
    they are neutered
    and spayed. they are 2 males and 1 female

    • ANSWER:
      First off, it's very important that you completely remove the urine from the carpet, to prevent them from going in the same spots. Here's how:

      To remove the smell of urine from just about anything, first clean it with some sort of soap or kitchen cleaner. Then clean it with lemon juice. If you don’t like the smell of lemon juice follow it up with a little bit of vanilla extract. One of the most effective formulas I’ve found for removing ANY odor was from Popular Science Magazine. Mix 1 quart of Hydrogen Peroxide, with 1/4 cup of Baking Soda, and one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing soap. Saturate the affected area, rinse thoroughly with clean water, and the smell is gone. This is non-toxic and safe for your animals and children, and those with allergies. This is especially helpful for removing skunk odor from your outdoor animals. As always, test a small portion of fabric for color fastness, before treating a large area.
      What Won’t Work..
      There are many home remedies for treating pet stains and odors, and let me stress that most of them are not too bad as far as removing odors for humans’ noses. Vinegar, ammonia, baking soda, laundry detergents, lemon juice, fabric softeners, and commercial strength pet stain removers are all great for removing the odors that humans can smell. HOWEVER; you will need more to remove the odor for your cat’s nose. An enzymatic cleaner is the best answer, but it is slow and may take more than one application. (Nature’s Miracle is one of them.) The Hydrogen Peroxide/Baking Soda combo is fast, but can alter the colors of some fabrics. In the end, you must decide which application is best for your situation.
      Even if you clean a pet stain with soap and water certain micro-organisms remain behind and your pet can smell them. Enzymatic Cleaners are designed to completely eliminate the source of the odor by using enzymes to eat away the micro-organisms that cause the odor. The one drawback to these cleaners is that they are slow; it could take several weeks for them to completely eliminate an odor. Enzymantic Cleaners are available at most pet stores, organic/natural/health food stores, and even some hardware stores. You can also ask your vet for suppliers.

      Here are a few suggestions to your litter box problems:
      - Provide a box for each cat
      - Change litter daily
      - Provide constant access to a box
      - Go back to previously used brand of litter and/or
      - Discontinue new disinfectant
      - Move box to where it was previously used
      - Eliminate new or frightening noise near litter box
      - Move food and water away from litter box
      - If cat is only going in one spot, put the litter box at the exact location and gradually move it back to where you want it at the rate of one foot per day
      - If there are several places, try putting dishes of cat food in those areas to discourage further elimination there
      - Experiment with different textures of litter (cats prefer sandy litter)
      - Use a covered litter box for cats that stand in box but eliminate outside of it
      - Keep in mind that some cats are rather picky, and prefer to have two separate boxes (one to pee in and one to poop in)

      Anyone who has ever had the displeasure of litter box lapses in their home has probably asked the question "WHY!". "Why would my cat do such a disgusting thing in my home!" For the beginnings of an answer to this question, let's go back to how we train our cats to use the litter box.
      Think about it, how did you train your cat to use a litter box? If you are like most people, you probably put the cat in or near the litter box a few times and then counted on the cat's good sense to use the box later. Amazingly enough this method often works (try THAT with a dog), and the reason it works is because what we are counting on is not the cat's good sense but rather the cat's preference for a particular litter box material. Problems arise when your cat doesn't like or develops an aversion to the litter box that you have provided. Let's be fair here. There is absolutely no reason to expect every cat to like the same material, or even for one cat to prefer the same material over an entire life span.
      Ok, first lesson learned: You did not train your cat to use a litter box. At best, you offered the cat something recognizable as litter material. If your cat is having litter box problems then you will need to figure out how to make the litter box appealing to the cat. Here are a few options:

      1) Pain or illness can cause a cat to stop using the litter box. Cats are very adept at hiding illness, so if your cat is having litter box problems then the first thing you need to do is take the cat to a vet for a medical exam.
      2) If you aren't scooping the waste out of the litter every day then you need to start and start now.
      3) Perfumes or other odors can drive your cat away from the litter box. Scented litters are unacceptable to many cats, and the leftover scent from a cleaning product could also be a problem. Get rid of the perfumes, and scrub those cleaners away before giving the box back to the cat. Remember that cats have an acute sense of smell.
      4) Your cat may feel vulnerable when in the litter box. Is it in a noisy location (such as next to the washing machine)? Is it secure from little marauders like dogs and children, or even other cats? If the box is not semi-private, move it to a better location.
      5) Remember those preferences that we talked about earlier. You may need to offer several different types of litter before finding the right one. Strange but true, some cats will not use the same box for urine and feces, in which case you'll have to provide two boxes. The type of box could also be a problem. If the box has a cover, try removing it.
      6) Anxiety can lead to litter box lapses. Did some event scare your cat? This could be anything from a new couch to a new cat or even a new person in the house. If you suspect anxiety, confine the cat to a safe and secure place (maybe a bed room) until the anxiety has passed. Cats seem to hang on to their emotions, so the anxiety could last much longer than the actual event. No need to rush, leave that safe haven available to the cat for as long as possible.
      7) If you have multiple cats, chances are you'll need multiple boxes, maybe even with different materials in them.
      There is one more important distinction that you'll need to make. Is the cat refusing to use the litter box, or is the cat spraying? Spraying is a territorial behavior and has nothing to do with disliking the box. For more information on litter box problems or spraying, consult with a trained behaviorist.

      Correcting the Problem
      The key to solving elimination problems is to make the litter box more attractive, and the area where the cat is soiling instead, unattractive.
      Sometimes, just cleaning the litter box more frequently or changing its location will correct the problem. Other times, you may need to experiment with different combinations of location and kitty litter to find a solution. You may even want to offer your cat the choice of several different boxes, each with different kinds of litter, to see which he or she prefers.
      At the same time, you must break the cat's habit of soiling in the new location. Be sure to clean the soiled area thoroughly with a pet odor remover to get rid of any urine scent -- or your cat may be attracted back to the same spot.
      It's important to keep the cat away from the area. Try covering the spot with carpet runner, prickly side up, or use a device that delivers a harmless static shock or that produces a loud noise when the cat comes near, to help redirect kitty to his litter box. Adding a room deodorizer with a scent the cat finds offensive - such as a strong citrus or floral - can also keep the cat away from the area.

      When to See the Vet
      If your cat continues to eliminate outside of the litter box, a trip to the vet is in order to check for health problems. No behavior techniques will help a cat with a problem that requires the attention of a veterinarian.
      Urinary tract infections are a common cause of litter box problems, which your pet's doctor can diagnose and treat. A urinalysis can also rule out diabetes. Other conditions that may affect elimination behavior include arthritis - which makes is painful to climb in and out of the box - and constipation.

  45. QUESTION:
    what is the healthiest dog food for my Golden retrievers in Australia?
    hi i own 2 Golden retrievers 1 and 3 years old, i was feeding my dogs Purina super coat but my 1 year old got very sick and had to go into emergency due to the dog food, the vet told us to try optimum but wanted to make sure this is a good and healthy for my dogs i do not want them to get sick again or even lose them as they are our family. thank you so much :)

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know what's offered in Australia's pet stores but if you can get a brand called Taste of the Wild it's pricey but with how high quality the food is its worth it. I know you can buy it online if none of your local pet suppliers carry it but I highly recommend it this is the best food I've ever had my dogs on and they are incredibly healthy.

  46. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy bone meal in Townsville Qld Australia?
    I have tried health food shops plus pet stores to no avail..I'm happy to buy out of the area if I need to. I'm starting to make my own dog food and this one of the ingredients so if anyone can help that would be great.

    • ANSWER:
      Have a look in the directory and see if there is an Elders store. Agricultural suppliers might be able to help. Or try the meat works at Ross River if it still exists (long time since I was in Townsville).

  47. QUESTION:
    Can someone recommend a site that sells pre-killed pinky mice for snakes?
    I have a snake but there's nowhere in my state that sells snake food =/
    I considered just breeding mice myself, but I don't think I could handle feeding the snake live food
    So I need a site that will sell pre-killed pinkies. I've found a few sites but the shipping costs are just outrageous. The site also needs to accept money orders as payment because I don't have a credit card.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a list of snake food suppliers that do business by phone, online, or possibly in your local area. They cary a full range of feeders from pinkie mice to rats.

      Rodentpro

      Big Apple Herp

      The Wormman

      The Mouse Factory

      LLL Reptile

      Pet Ice Box

      Layne Labs

      Beechdale Animal Supply

      Hope I helped.

      Have a nice day (

  48. QUESTION:
    What are the top brands of animal feeds in Taiwan?
    what are the main suppliers or manufacturers of animal feeds in taiwan? are they imported? i need company names..

    this is for a research, so helpful answers will be very much appreciated...

    thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Two that I can think of right now are Hills and Science Diet.That is, if you're asking about pet food.


pet food suppliers

Raw Recipes

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    raw recipes that do not require a dehydrator?
    what are some raw recipes that do not require a dehydrator?

    what are good raw recipe websites?

    • ANSWER:
      www.rawfoodtrainingforlife.com

  2. QUESTION:
    Good raw food recipes anyone?
    I want to try and incorporate more raw food into my eating. Does anyone know any good raw recipes that you have tried or heard of? Any websites would be helpful also! Thanks so much!
    anything and everything I guess. I'm new to the raw thing so just any ideas that you think are healthy!

    • ANSWER:
      Cucumber and Avocado Sushi

      * 1 1/4 cups water
      * 1 cup uncooked glutinous white rice (sushi rice)
      * 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
      * 1 pinch salt
      * 4 sheets nori (dry seaweed)
      * 1/2 cucumber, sliced into thin strips
      * 1 avocado - peeled, pitted and sliced

      1. Combine the water and rice in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, or until rice is tender and water has been absorbed. Remove from the heat and stir in the vinegar and a pinch of salt. Set aside to cool.
      2. Cover a bamboo sushi mat with plastic wrap to keep the rice from sticking. Place a sheet of seaweed over the plastic. Use your hands to spread the rice evenly onto the sheet, leaving about 1/2 inch of seaweed empty at the bottom. Arrange strips of cucumber and avocado across the center of the rice. Lift the mat and roll over the vegetables once and press down. Unroll, then roll again towards the exposed end of the seaweed sheet to make a long roll. You may moisten with a little water to help seal. Set aside and continue with remaining nori sheets, rice and fillings.
      3. Use a sharp wet knife to slice the rolls into 5 or 6 slices. Serve cut side up with your favorite sushi condiments.

  3. QUESTION:
    Can someone please tell me the best website(s) for macrobiotic recipes and raw recipes - preferably low fat?
    I've heard a lot of raw food recipes are high in fat because they have a lot of nuts.

    I want healthy and tasty recipes.

    I have a food dehydrator and powerful blender - I believe these are required for many of these recipes.

    I live in Melbourne Australia so preferably recipes with ingredients that are easy to get here.

    • ANSWER:
      As a Raw Foodist, I use the following resources both as a participant in the lifestyle, and as a person transitioning to the lifestyle:

      http://www.goneraw.com

      great recipes, forums, and other knowledgeable information about raw foodism.

      http://www.vegweb.com

      also great recipes, forums, and other knowledgeable information about raw foodism, veg*n diets and lifestyles, and also macrobiotics. I would suggest going to forums and perusing the raw foods chit-chat forum; there is a lot of useful information about macrobiotics.

  4. QUESTION:
    Can you give me recipes for spagetti squash?
    I bought a spagetti squash for the first time. I want to try new foods. If anyone has either cooking or raw recipes, please send them way. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      * cut squash in half
      *rub inside with butter and salt and pepper
      *insert in a shallow baking dish, with a little water covering the bottom
      * cover with foil
      *bake at 350 for approx. 30 minutes
      You will know when its cooked by using a fork inside and it comes out in spegetti like strands
      * scrap out the strands and put in a bowl
      Now make a quike pesto sauce
      In seperate bowl whisk together:
      *1/2 cup olive oil
      *a handful of chopped basil,parsley (fresh is better, but dry ok to)
      1/2 teaspoon of finely diced garlic
      * 1/2 cup of grated parmesean or romano cheese
      *salt and pepper to taste
      whisk together and pour onto squash
      mix squash and pesto sauce together and serve
      grate a little cheese on top of each plate
      (note: pesto sauce usually contains pine nuts, you could add if you want, just crush them and add them to your sauce)
      I usually don't add them cause I never have them around, and it tastes fine without them.)
      Good luck!!!

  5. QUESTION:
    Does a Britta qualify for raw food recipes calling for filtered water?
    Raw food recipes and diets all call for filtered water. While I have thought my water of the last 8 yrs has been extremely good, I have become more aware of using filtered water. Does the Britta count?

    • ANSWER:
      Brita is filtered water, however it is not distilled water. Distilled water can be bought at your supermarket or you can distill it yourself with a distiller.

  6. QUESTION:
    Recipe for a babies first birthday cake- No sugar nuts and has to be vegan?
    I need a recipe for a cake that has no sugar, nuts or animal products. I would prefer it to have no flour. Sounds crazy but I know it exists. With his allergies its best to just stay with whole foods. Anyone know of a raw recipe? Something to hold up and look somewhat like a cake instead of a pudding?
    I would love to find a chocolate free version. Its for a one year old. Something simple but nice looking. Mabey something that only had raw whole foods.. hard to find though.

    • ANSWER:
      Try this Mudpie. It's raw and delish.

      Rawsome Raw Mud Pie! (very very modified from Living In The Raw Desserts)

      * 2 cups rolled oats, soaked 20 min
      * 2 cups pitted medjool dates
      * 2-3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
      * 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
      * 1-2 tablespoons hempseeds, optional
      * 1-2 tablespoons flax seeds or flax meal, optional
      * 1-2 teaspoons spirulina, optional
      * Drain the soaked oats, add them to the food processor, and process them in to a nice, fine meal. Slowly add the remaining ingredients (adding the dates a few at a time) until the mixture is well-combined and forms a nice ball. Transfer mixture to a pretty plate and shape with your hands. Garnish if you like. Brew tea. Enjoy. Bet you can't eat just one slice!
      * The fresh ground flax, the hempseeds, and spirulina are just some of the many optional additions that taste wonderful in this recipe! As garnish, we like to top the raw mud pie with fresh fruits, raw cacao nibs, shredded coconut...get creative!

  7. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know any raw food diet recipes?
    My new years resolution was to lose some weight. I am 20 years old, 5'5 and 195 pounds. I used to run cross country in high school but gained a crap load of weight in college. Now I am trying to lose that weight with diet and exercise. But does anybody know any raw food diet dishes? This diet does not include raw meat (ew). It is raw fruits, vegetables, and nuts. I know a few reciped. One is how to make raw salsa. But does anybody know any other raw recipes? It would be much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      http://rawfoods.com/recipes/

  8. QUESTION:
    Why are raw vegan recipes so ridiculously yummy?
    I just made a raw lasagna with oil & herb - tossed zucchini as pasta, marinated onions & spinach, basic raw marinara, sliced olives, and a cashew cheese i got from youtube- To die for!!
    This is coming from a very picky foodie (omni) who LOVES great gourmet food!
    What's you favorite raw recipe?
    :)
    @ roflwaffle:
    You can eat raw meat. It just has to be fresh- steak tartare, for ex...

    • ANSWER:
      Because no animals are in it! :D

  9. QUESTION:
    What is a dehydrator and where can I get an moderately-priced one?
    I am new to the whole raw food scene and want to start making raw recipes. A lot of them call for a dehydrator, so I what to know what it is and where I can buy one! Can anybody help me out?

    • ANSWER:
      Many years ago my father build his own. It was great. He said that by the time he made it, it may have been cheaper to just purchase one already build, but I could see that the quality was far superior to the store bought ones. If you want to, you can find such books in the library. I even found one in the library totally dedicated to solar dehydrators, since you'll be doing most of your dehydrating in the summer months, right? When things are in season, fresh, and cheaper. If I was going to buy a store bought one, I'd get a stainless steel one. Those plastic ones really suck and are not designed to last. My dad's was made from plywood, fan, heater, and drawers with stainless mesh frames. Pretty simple to make by yourself and you can take pride in your work and customize it to your needs too. I'm sure there are kits out there if you don't want to source your fan and heater yourlself.

  10. QUESTION:
    How can I kickstart my raw diet?
    I want to start the raw diet in April. I've read Victoria Boutenko's book, and I have a couple of raw recipe books.
    I have a few questions:
    -Is it impossible without a dehydrator?
    -What is a simple breakfast/lunch/dinner plan?
    -Where is the carbohydrate source?

    Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      It isn't impossible without a dehydrator, but it's a whole lot easier with one. Get a copy of Jennifer Cornbleet's book "Raw Food Made Easy For 1 or 2 People." The recipes don't require specialty equipment.

      I usually start the day with a smoothie. (Frozen bananas, fresh OJ, agave nectar) Frozen bananas are great to have on hand, because when you put them through a juicer or a grinder, it's just like soft serve ice cream.
      Lunch might be cashew ranch dip and veggies, or flax seed tostadas, with guacamole.
      Dinner might be nut burgers on onion bread, stuffed peppers, or lettuce wraps with Thai sauce.

      For a quick snack I usually grab a LaraBar and a coconut water.

      Fruits, vegetables and nuts are all carbohydrate sources.

      I've been raw for five years.

      edit: Dehydrators don't have to be expensive- Mine is a Nesco/American Harvest, and it was only about . You can find them cheap on eBay.

  11. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any good raw food recipes?
    I am new to the world of the raw food lifestyle and am having a hard time finding recipes that I like aside from plain fruits and veggies. Can anyone suggest some good raw food recipes??? (no nuts please.)

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.fromsadtoraw.com/RawRecipes.htm

      i highly recommend the book "raw food made easy for one or two people" by jennifer cornbleet. it's full of very quick and easy recipes.

  12. QUESTION:
    Can anyone make a raw vegan cake without nuts?
    I'm experimenting with raw recipes (particularly desserts) and I'm just overwhelmed with the amount of nuts that you're supposed to use in everything. I agree that raw is probably healthier, but the calorie count in so many of these recipes is just astronomical.

    I like being raw, but eating this amount of nuts can't be good.

    And yeah - I know that the key is moderation. But if a serving size is half an ounce, then that kind of defeats the purpose. :-)

    • ANSWER:
      Gourmet raw is always full of nuts.
      Real raw has very few.
      When you start going raw there is a TRANSITION period where you eat the raw cakes and other sweet and nut heavy foods.
      Most people get stuck here and forget that it's a transition.
      Once you've transitioned (anywhere from a day to a month) you give up those foods except for VERY occasional times and eat a diet of about 50% green leafy vegetables; 45% fruit and 5% nuts and seeds versus the transition raw diet of about 55% fruit; 40% nuts and seeds and 5% greens.

  13. QUESTION:
    What is a good raw frosting recipe?
    I'm trying to figure out a good raw frosting recipe for my almond flour cake. I've heard of using macadamia nut butter for it, but I'm still not sure how to make a good frosting that doesn't include agave nectar, honey, maple syrup, sugar or cashews. I also can't stand the taste/texture of coconut oil.

    Anyone know of any good frosting recipes within this realm?

    • ANSWER:
      Would it be possible to use macadamia nut butter with dates (or raisins) as the sweetener?
      Or banana if you don't mind the extra banana-y flavor.

      If you're willing to use agave nectar, what about this recipe?
      Frosting

      2oz avocado
      4 tablespoons cocoa powder
      2 tablespoon agave nectar
      For the frosting, mash the avocado until it reaches a smooth consistency. Add the cocoa powder and agave nectar and continue mixing until completely smooth.

  14. QUESTION:
    What is healthier - a raw food diet or a vegan diet? What is tastier - raw food or vegan?
    I am lactose intolerant.

    Some of the raw food recipes I've tried haven't been that good but the desserts have been great though.

    Best websites for easy and tasty meals for vegan and raw? Preferably where the recipes are rated and ingredients available in Australia.

    • ANSWER:
      i'm talking from personnel experience so trust me i used to be vegan at that time i had read so many "evidence" about the health benefits of a vegan diet(almost no disease, lot of energy , good for animals" i read so many theories about the vegan diet i almost became an expert i thought i would be healtier,happier etc. 6 months later after starting the vegan diet : went from muscular to as skinny as a toothpick (looked like i was about to die according to my parents) , no energy whatsoever, no sex drive, very pale skin, you could see the bones in my face, grumpy , always hungry no matter how much i ate, etc. food gurus might tell you that the vegan diet has all you need but strong evidence show that you lack: protein, calcium, vitamin a, d, and fat soluble vitamins, iron(a lot) , magnesium , essential fatty acids (only in fish omega 3 and 6 , enzymes to help with all chemical reactions in the body and many other things. many people have had serious problems with this diet i'm a guy but girls have misscarriages, their period stops, and other things (already mentioned above) i know a lot of things about nutrition and now my health is very good , i'm muscular(i have to i play basketball), always have energy , never tired , no headaches, physical ailment nothing. secret. i aonly eat natural food : a lot of meat (yes nothing satisfies your hunger better than animal food fish, poultry, chicken and it's low in calory so it helps you lose weight tremendously while cutting down on carbs wich make you gain weight ), lot of fruits, 4 cups of green tean every day, lot of water, basically an omnivorous diet but no junk food ,no sodas,no biscuits just natural foods . tribes in africa eat that way and have no diseases at all . so forget about those vegan know it alls anf follow my advice if you're fat you'll become normal ,too skinny you'll become normal as well with this diet you'll basically reach your ideal health and bodyweight.by the way i tried the raw food diet for 3 months this time i almost died. i don't wanna scare you but eat a natural, omnivorous diet .

  15. QUESTION:
    How do raw vegans avoid weight gain with eating nuts?
    I know raw vegans eat a lot of fruit and vegetables; however, a lot of raw vegan recipes call for A LOT of crushed nuts. That can't be very healthy can it?

    • ANSWER:
      Raw nuts are healthy within moderation. They contain good fats.

      Roasted salted nuts are unhealthy.

      A small handful of raw nuts per day will do you no harm.

      And they would be a LOT healthier than standard snacks of coke, sugary donuts, biscuits, that most people consume on a daily basis anyway.

      I eat a lot of raw vegan food but I don't eat nuts on a day to day basis. In fact, it is months since I last ate nuts.

      You only need lots of nuts to make gourmet raw vegan, and gourmet should really only be eaten as a special treat or occasionally anyway.

      Most raw vegan restaurants sell gourmet that use lots of nuts. But you would not eat it every day, as it is too rich for most people.

      As you get more into raw you will find yourself being less tolerant to rich foods and you will start to crave simple foods in their pure original state.

      I ate a small handful of raw almonds every day as a afternoon snack for months and during those months I also lost 66 pounds or dropped 4 dress sizes. During this period I also ate avocado every day, and that is another healthy fat that people tend to panic about.

      I have seen reports where they say "the healthy fats in raw almonds may help you lose weight" and "eating raw nuts lowers the risk of weight gain".

      So whilst raw vegans may eat healthy fats, they avoid unhealthy fats that most people consume daily.So it all balances out in the end.

  16. QUESTION:
    where would i find raw food recipes for Ayurveda?
    Im trying to help a friend by finding some raw food recipes for her class and im having a really hard time finding recipes that fit her dosha. any help?! i have no idea where to start. thnx.

    • ANSWER:
      Zucchini Fettuccine with Sesame Mango Sauce

      small or 2 large zucchini spiralized into thick noodles
      4 manila mangos diced
      1 ripe lemon juiced
      2 tablespoons tahini
      1 fourth cup water
      chopped mint leaves
      black sesame seeds for garnish
      Spiralize zucchini with the thick noodle setting with the spiral slicer* or use a vegetable peeler to make fettuccine type noodles. To make the sauce add mangos, tahini, water, and lemon juice to blender and blend until smooth. Top the zucchini noodles with sauce and garnish with chopped mint leaves and sesame seeds.

  17. QUESTION:
    Do you want to know why you should eat a raw plant food diet?
    101 Reasons Why You Should Eat Raw...

    1. You'll have more energy.

    2. You'll feel alive - just like your food.

    3. You'll nourish your body with food that is designed to be eaten.

    4. You’ll start to reverse the signs of ageing.

    5. You’ll achieve your ideal body weight

    6. You wont feel ‘fat.’

    7. If you’re too thin, you’ll start to look more healthy.

    8. You won't ever have to count a calorie again in your life!

    9. You’ll replace calorie counting with nutrient counting.

    10. Any cellulite will start to fade, or even totally disappear.

    11. You’ll start to truly love your body.

    12. You may notice you look as good as you did in your teens.

    13. You’ll acquire more endurance.

    14. You may notice that you become more flexible.

    15. Your skin will glow.

    16. Skin problems will be repaired.

    17. You'll never be sick (after a detox).

    18. If you are currently sick, you will recover in faster time.

    19. Any disease within the body may start to repair.

    20. You’ll feel light.

    21. You’ll feel free.

    22. You can bin any diet books you have that just make you feel fat!

    23. You won't worry about avocados and nuts having too many calories.

    24. Your food will excite you with its bright colour.

    25. You’ll wonder why you didn’t eat more raw food years ago.

    26. You’ll beat depression naturally.

    27. You’ll embark on a journey, which may thoroughly change your life.

    28. You wont be able to stop yourself from gasping at what others have in their supermarket trolleys!

    29. You’ll genuinely care about what you are putting into your body.

    30. You’ll be more conscious of what other people are putting into their’s

    31. You’ll recover more quickly after exercise.

    32. You’ll enjoy sex more.

    33. Your mind will be clearer

    34. Your taste buds will sharpen.

    35. Every time you try a new raw recipe, you’ll be in love with raw food all over again!

    36. Your family and friends will see how great you look and feel.

    37. You’ll become more positive.

    38. As your body changes, you’ll feel more motivated to eat healthily.

    39. You’ll love life even more.

    40. You will become more conscious of the effects of your other actions.

    41. Less sleep = more play, but what will you choose to fill this time? New hobby etc..

    42. You’ll start to listen to your body more, and tune into it.

    43. You’ll become more fertile (women only)

    44. You’ll have less painful periods (women only)

    45. Your monthly cycle may even change too, as you detox (women only)

    46. You’ll be detoxing out the years of less than optimum living.

    47. You’ll be less drawn to unhealthy food.

    48. The ingredients within junk food will repulse you.

    49. You’ll feel like you are really caring for your body (for maybe the first time ever.)

    50. Your other senses will become more acute.

    51. You wont ever need your oven again.

    52. You can use your oven as an extra cupboard.

    53. You’ll barely need your freezer.

    54. You can treat yourself to a huge fridge – and even then, it probably wont be quite big enough!!

    55. You can have friends over and impress them with your raw dishes.

    56. You’ll surprise yourself just how simple raw cuisine can be – over and over again!

    57. You’ll meet some fab ‘Life Buddies’ along the way, who share the same health interests at you.

    58. You’ll look great first thing in the morning.

    59. You’ll need less make-up.

    60. You’ll start to really care about what you put on your skin.

    61. You’ll start to really care about what you clean your house with.

    62. You’ll be more aware of the environment.

    63. You’ll be saving the environment.

    64. You’ll have much less waste that the average household.

    65. Your hair will grow not only quicker, but thicker too.

    66. Your nails wont always be breaking off – they'll be too thick and strong.

    67. Your hair will shine naturally.

    68. You’ll be drawn to other forms of high-energy.

    69. Your brain will function better.

    70. You’ll be more open to change and new ideas.

    71. You won’t ever burn yourself again.

    72. You’ll stand less chance of burning your house down.

    73. You’ll come across food that you would have otherwise never usually of tried – like Durians.

    74. Your tummy will be flatter.

    75. You’ll never ruin a meal by forgetting about it in the oven!

    76. Your friends and family wont actually believe you when you tell them that their meal isn't healthy!

    77. Your book collection will expand.

    78. You’ll discover the super foods!

    79. You can eat chocolate and lose weight.

    80. You can eat chocolate, full stop!!

    81. You can dust your juicer down and revive it again.

    82. You can treat yourself to a new one!

    83. You can leave your kitchen equipment out on the side, at least then you’ll remember it exists!

    84. You can have fun and games explaining what each piece of kitchen equipment does, to your guests.

    85. You’ll be an inspiration to others.

    86. You may just save someone’s life.

    87. You may save your own life.

    88. You’ll have the energy to love and appreciate each day.

    89. You’ll value the simple things in life.

    90. You’ll be living by the laws of nature.

    91. You’ll be more drawn to being outside, within nature.

    92. You wont be fighting food cravings.

    93. You’ll feel less drawn to alcohol and other toxins.

    94. You wont be taking in harmful carcinogens when you eat your meal.

    95. Unusual chemical changes wont be occurring within the body, every time you eat.

    96. You’ll know what a dehydrator can do for your diet.

    97. You’ll learn how to sprout.

    98. You’ll learn what a sprout actually is – no, we’re not talking Brussels here!

    99. You'll be the last one standing after a night out!

    100. You’ll live longer!

    101. You’ll be grateful that Total Raw Food exists!

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, people are being really mean to you. There's nothing wrong with sharing a little information. I'm starting to think that we DO need a healthy eating section.

      I agree that you feel a lot better eating that way, but I just can't stay out of Maggie Mudd. Neither can I leave the curly fries alone, or the popcorn or the reese's cereal....basically if it's not hurting an animal I'll eat it, despite the hydrogenated oils and all that other bad stuff.

  18. QUESTION:
    Raw food recipes for the holidays?
    I need something simple and not time consuming, as I am preparing Christmas lunch AND dinner for both sides of my family (who do not eat raw). Might there be something pre-prepared at my local Whole Foods market, or just an easy something to throw together that somewhat resembles a holiday meal?

    Also, if you have any raw recipes that you'd like to share, it'd be much appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Well a quick ebook might help for raw food recipes mentioned at the website below. This is not always easy i know because I have been a raw foodist for 11 years and when my family comes i have to fix standard American diet foods but I make raw apple pie or raw blueberry pie which only takes a few minutes and some raw recipe date pecan balls or squares which are simple. They don't know the difference. If i announce that anything is raw or living foods they think it might be healthy! Nurse Sue

  19. QUESTION:
    need raw vegan recipes that use corn?
    I just went to the farmers market and bought a few ears of corn, anyone know some raw recipes that use corn?

    • ANSWER:
      How about some tortillas?

      3 cups fresh corn kernels
      1 1/2 cups chopped bell pepper
      3/4 cup flaxseed, finely ground
      1 tablespoon lime juice
      1 tablespoon chili powder
      1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
      2 teaspoons ground cumin

      In a food processor, chop the corn and bell pepper. Add the remaining ingredients and process until almost smooth.

      Divide the dough onto two lined dehydrator trays and spread to the edges. Dehydrate for 3 to 4 hours. Flip over onto the tray and carefully peel away the sheets. Place back in the dehydrator for about 2 hours.

  20. QUESTION:
    I want to be raw foodest but I have some questions. Please answer them as best as you can.?
    How many degrees can I cook food to?
    Is Oil and Vinegar raw?
    How guaranteed am I to lose weight if I follow this about 75 percent or more of the time? How about 5 days raw and 2 days 75% raw and 25% cooked?
    What are some delicious raw recipes?

    Please check back, there will be more questions.
    wow
    you people are amazing help.

    • ANSWER:
      A problem with raw foods is that they are the highest in pesticides. Organic raw foods may be necessary, unless a person is very clever in working around the worst pesticides.
      Check out this web site for more detailed information about raw food dieting
      http://altmedicine.about.com/od/popularhealthdiets/a/Raw_Food.htm
      Myths about raw diet:
      http://vegetarian.about.com/od/beverage1/qt/rawmyths.htm

  21. QUESTION:
    Hey raw-foodists, do you have any recipes that require only a blender?
    I have a magic bullet blender. I do not have a processor or dehydrator yet, and I'm dyin' for some fancy raw fixin's :)

    Also, any other delicious, simple raw recipes would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      STRAWBERRY BLENDER BREAKFAST

      2 c. frozen unsweetened whole strawberries
      1 1/2 c. milk
      1/2 c. plain yogurt
      2 env. vanilla flavored instant breakfast mix
      2 tbsp. honey

      In a blender, combine strawberry, milk, yogurt, breakfast mix and honey. Cover, blend until almost smooth, stopping the blender and stirring as necessary. Pour into 3 or 4 (8 ounce) glasses. Serve immediately.

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      N. Y. TIMES BLENDER CHEESECAKE

      1 env. unflavored gelatin
      1 tbsp. lemon juice
      Yellow peel of 1 lemon
      1/2 c. hot water or milk
      1/3 c. granulated sugar
      2 egg yolks
      8 oz. cream cheese
      1 heaping c. crushed ice
      1 c. sour cream
      Crumb crust (see below)

      1. In an electric blender place the gelatin, lemon juice, peel and hot liquid. Cover and blend on high speed 40 seconds.

      2. Add the sugar, egg yolks and cheese; cover and blend 10 seconds. Add the ice and cream, cover and blend 15 seconds.

      3. Pour the mixture into 4 cup springform pan lined with a half a recipe for crumb crust and sprinkle with the remainder. Chill until set.

      CRUMB CRUST (Blender Method) :
      15 graham crackers
      1 tbsp. sugar
      1/2 tsp. cinnamon
      1/4 c. butter, melted

      1. Break 5 crackers into quarters and place in the container of an electric blender. Blend to crumbs by flicking the motor on and off high speed 4 times. Empty the crumbs into a bowl and continue until all the crackers are crumbled.

      2. Stir in the sugar and cinnamon. Add the melted butter and mix until all the crumbs are moistened.

      3. Press the crumbs against the sides and bottom of a buttered springform pan or 9 inch pie plate. Chill before adding the filling.

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      BANANA NUT BREAD (BLENDER)

      2 1/2 c. sifted flour
      1/2 tsp. salt
      1 c. sugar
      1 egg
      1/2 c. milk
      3 tsp. baking powder
      3/4 c. walnut meats
      1/3 c. soft butter
      3 sm. bananas, cut up

      In medium size bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Put the walnut meats into blender container. press button 4 for 10 seconds. Add to the dry ingredients. Put the sugar, butter, egg, bananas and milk into container. Press button 6 for 15 seconds. Stop motor to push bananas down. Pour over dry ingredients and mix until well blended. Pour in greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      BASIC BLENDER CREAM SOUP

      1 c. milk
      1/2 c. light cream
      1 c. chicken broth or 1 bouillon cube
      3 tbsp. butter
      2 tbsp. flour
      1 tsp. salt
      1/4 tsp. pepper
      1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
      1 c. cooked broccoli or other vegetables
      1 tsp. dry sherry (optional)

      Put all in the blender for 30 seconds, heat to serve.
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      BERRY BLENDER MOUSSE

      1 1/2 c. fresh strawberries or 1/2 of 16 oz. pkg. frozen, unsweetened whole strawberries, thawed
      1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, cut into sm. cubes
      1/2 c. sifted powdered sugar
      1 (4 oz.) container frozen whipped dessert topping, thawed
      Sliced almonds

      In a blender container or food processor bowl combine strawberries, cream cheese and powdered sugar. Cover and blend or process until mixture is smooth, stopping and scraping sides as necessary. Pour into a mixing bowl. Fold in dessert topping. Spoon mousse mixture into 6 dessert dishes. Chill 3 to 4 hours or overnight. To serve, sprinkle with almonds. Makes 6 servings.
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      BLENDER BANANA CAKE

      3 bananas (1 c. puree)
      1 c. vegetable oil
      2 eggs
      1/2 c. sifted flour
      1 c. sugar
      1 tsp. baking powder
      1/2 tsp. salt

      Grease (or Pam) 9x9 or 7x11 pan. Blend bananas, oil, and eggs in blender. In medium bowl mix flour, sugar, soda, and salt. Pour banana mix into flour mix all at once. Mix until just blended.

      Pour into prepared pan. Rap on table to break large bubbles. Bake in 350 degree oven 45 minutes or until center springs back when lightly touched. Spread on favorite chocolate frosting.
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      BLENDER BLUEBERRY SOUP

      1/2 c. sour cream
      1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen blueberries, partially thawed
      2 tbsp. sugar
      Lemon slices for garnish

      In a covered blender container at a low speed, blend sour cream, blueberries and sugar until smooth. Serve soup garnished with lemon slices. 2 servings, 1 3/4 cups.

  22. QUESTION:
    When cooking sloppy joes in a crock pot, is it okay to put the meat in raw?
    I've done it before, but for this time I was wondering if it was okay to put the meat in frozen and raw as opposed to thawed and raw. Every recipe result I searched said the same thing: to cook the meat in a skillet and then put it in the crock pot with the other ingredients? Is this necessary?

    • ANSWER:
      The ground beef has a higher fat ratio than other meats that you might do in a crock pot. The fat cooking out may leave your sloppy joe mixture a bit greasy.
      I would brown the ground beef first drain it then put all your ingredients in the crock pot.

  23. QUESTION:
    Anyone know any good raw dog food recipes and raw treat recipes?
    I am looking for some raw dog food recipes to start feeding raw for only part of the time. Have any ideas? Any healthy raw treat ideas? Summer treat ideas?

    Thank you!
    What about fruites and veggies?
    I tried feeding raw once. It made one of my bullies sick...it was not a kind I made it was a store bought kind. I want to try it again very slowly because I believe it will be better in the long run. What about eggs? I have heard raw eggs are good for them as well.

    • ANSWER:
      It is something that should be researched thoroughly. For example, you don't want to feed too many organs or weight bearing bones. Also, to reach the maximum benefit, you should donate your bag of kibble. It doesn't benefit the dog to have both as they digest differently in the body.

      I serve my dog a whole chicken in the morning and in the evening I serve ground up meat-ground with the bones in it (whichever meat I have for that day, venison, lamb, etc) with pureed (from food processor) veggies and fruits mixed in. My dog prefers not to have the veggies, so if I don't serve it this way, he won't eat them.

      Many people say that veggies and fruits are not necessary, but some do and I feel better knowing he has them. Dogs are omnivores and in the wild will eat grass.

      I cook a box of brown rice once a week and I daily add 1/2 cup of it to his evening meal.

      I am giving you some links that can go into more detail about the diet. I wish you the best and thank you for feeding your dogs the healthiest diet!

      The links I have prepared for you are ones that I have researched myself as well as ones that were sent to me when I joined the yahoo group for rawfeeding. I would suggest signing up for it. It is free to register, they don't spam you and you can opt out at anytime. http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfe...

      Why I chose to feed my dog a raw food diet:

      I adopted my lab/pit mix at 1 year old. He had been a stray and was the most amazing dog I have ever met. It was love at first sight. When I brought him home, I fed him (quality) kibble. He had daily diarrhea, often several times a day. I felt horrible for him. We were at the vet twice in the first month for his bowel problems. My vet told me to feed Science Diet, Sensitive Stomach Formula. I knew that SD is crap food, but I was desperate to help my dog. It worked! Then I found out that not only is there no nutriton in SD, but they add stool hardeners! I was so mad. The food was only masking the problem.

      I knew there had to be a better way. I was heavily reading everything I could about canine nutrition. I had my dog tested for allergies. (dogs can be sensititve to something without being allergic) I changed food every few weeks trying to fnd something nutritious that wouldn't make his bowels expode.

      I started cooking boiled chicken and rice for him and only feeding him that because that was the only way he'd stop having diarrhea and I could actually know exactly what he was eating. There had to be a better way.

      I had heard of raw feeing but it sounded crazy to me. I mean, feeding your dog bones? That's insane! They could choke! Well, after careful research and consulting with my vet, I decided that I had tried everything else and this was worth a shot. It turns out raw bones are GOOD for them! They don't splinter like cooked bones. They clean the dogs teeth. This is what a dog's digestive system was meant to eat!

      Aside from the diarrhea, my dog suffered frequent ear infections, UTIs, and anal gland infections. He had gas, bad breath and the frequent diarrhea. All of that is now gone! He is so healthy and his immune system fights off everything on his own. There are no more monthly trips to the vet (so costly!) and he has so much energy.

      I always suggest everyone should at least look into raw feeding, even if their dog is already healthy. Keep him that way, right?

      My dog is almost 80lbs and he eats 2.5 lbs of raw a day. He gets half of a chicken in the morning and his evening meal varies including eggs, veggies, duck, venison, bison, beef, turkey, fish, organs, etc. He loves it! There is nothing more satisfying than hearing him crunch on those bones because I know it makes him so healthy and happy.

      Keep in mind, you have to be careful with bone/meat ratio (explained in links) and what kinds of raw you are feeding. (example, too many organs or weight bearing bones can be bad)

      Links:

      http://www.rawfed.com/
      http://www.rawlearning.com/
      http://rawfeddogs.net/
      http://www.rawmeatybones.com/ http://rawfed.com/myths/preymodel.html
      http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html

      I wish you the best and if I think of anything else, I will edit!

      I feed him a tablespoon of yogurt a day - I put plops of yogurt on a freezer safe Tupperware and stick it in the freezer. I give him one a day as a treat. I don't believe it is necessary, but he hasn't had any digestive problems since I've been doing it. It's used as a treat.

      Other treats I have used are raw baby carrots, sliced apples and green beans. I also puree liver, mix it 50/50 with water and put it into ice cube trays as a treat.

      I used to buy from www.omaspride.com but now I do it myself. It isn't terribly cheaper but for me it is more convenient to pick up stuiff for him at my weekly trips to the butcher shop, which sells only organic fed, free range meats and dairy products. Also consider making your own jerky (or purchasing) out of venison, chicken, duck, etc.

  24. QUESTION:
    Raw food: What is the differnce btw roasted and raw almonds?
    I bought a book on raw food recipes, and it calls for raw almonds. Where do you buy raw almonds at?

    • ANSWER:
      You can buy raw almonds at most health food stores. The difference is, if you planted a raw almond, it would sprout and grow, because it contains live enzymes. If you planted a roasted almond, it would do nothing, as the enzymes would have been killed off by the roasting (any temp over 107 degrees will destroy enzymes. Raw food is awesome-has everything needed to digest itself-makes it easier on the body

  25. QUESTION:
    is there a cookbook that contains all 3 types of veg - vegetarian, vegan, and raw - food recipes?
    is there a cookbook that contains all 3 types of veg - vegetarian, vegan, and raw - food recipes?
    Pyar - could you please give me some good titles so I can actually buy one?

    • ANSWER:
      Most vegetarian cookbooks will tell you how to adapt recopies to make them vegan, but your better off buying a vegan cookbook. The same thing goes for raw food diets. I'm an ovo-vegetarian, so most my meals are vegan, except the few that include eggs but not dairy.

      -- Vegetarian and Vegan Recopies
      http://www.vegan-food.net/
      -- Simple Vegan Recopies
      http://www.simpleveganrecipes.co.uk/
      -- Vegan Recopies
      http://vegweb.com/index.php?action=recipes

  26. QUESTION:
    What is the diff between canned corn and husked corn? And recipes?
    What is the nutritional difference between corn straight from a can and corn that you take off the cob? I wanna make corn salad and canned corn is so much easier! Also anyone have any good raw food recipes?

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    What simple raw meal would give me proteins and fats, fill me up?
    Those nut patés and stuff are all making me ill. The smell of garlic is making me sick. What can I eat for supper?
    Today I had a banana for breakfast
    a green pepper dipped in tahini/agave syrup
    a pear
    a carrot
    a tiny bit of barley sprouts which i did not like
    a salad of parsely

    I am hungry. New to the raw food diet, and am no longer enjoying the raw recipes...

    • ANSWER:
      Enjoy the wholesome goodness of more carrots. They are full of protein and will fill you up.

  28. QUESTION:
    I don't like hot food unless it is just very mild should I leave out jalapenos in a recipe?
    The recipe seems to have about 5 or 6 pounds of ingredients with 2 jalapenos. I'm not sure if I should put in 1 jalapeno to prevent it being bland or not use them at all. It is a raw food recipe for Peroshkis (to Russians what pizza is to Italians).
    If I shouldn't use jalapenos is there a milder hot pepper or something else I should substitute?

    • ANSWER:
      No, it's not the seeds that you have to take out. It's the somewhat whitish ribs inside where the seeds touch the outer skin. Remove everything inside including the seeds, the stalk and its extension inside and the ribs or inner flaps to lessen the intensity. I don't guarantee, however, you'll get the hot completely out.

      To make things simpler, simply use red or green sweet bell peppers. There are cultured jalapenos without the fire. Then there are also the altered jalapenos that sting just a little.

  29. QUESTION:
    Need a Raw Food High Healthy Fat content Smoothie/Drink Recipe?
    I am trying to come up with the ultimate HEALTHY HIGH FAT,high carb,nutrient dense raw food smoothie. Raw food smoothies are so nutritious but lack considerably in healthy fats and calories.The best that I can come up with is adding coconut oil and cashews. Can anyone give me a raw recipe that is between 600 to 1000 calories?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some recipes to look over to help stimulate your brain.

  30. QUESTION:
    Can I dehydrate foods without a food dehydrator?
    I've been looking at raw food recipes, and there are a lot of dehydrated foods that look delicious! However, I don't have the money or the will to go out and buy a food dehydrator right now. Is there any way through the oven and/or sun that I can dehydrate my foods?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Put the oven on the lowest setting (mine has a "warm" setting that is 170 or 180 degrees.) Keep the oven door partway open to keep the heat down.

  31. QUESTION:
    can you use a brownie pan to make mini cakes?
    I want to make alot of little cakes decorated with different colors and designs, can I use a brownie pan or what about a mini cupcake pan? Any tips on how not to burn them or have them come out raw?
    Recipes would be greatly appreciated. Thank You

    • ANSWER:
      Most cake recipes include instructions for cupcakes.

  32. QUESTION:
    Where can i find raw food recipes that have ingredients that I can pronounce? Please simplify my shopping!?
    I am trying to switch to a raw diet but every recipe i find has lots of things in it that I don't know what are, and probably will not be able to find in my small town. I need tasty recipes using common food items.
    Let me re-interate i asked for recipes. I am fully capable of saying "Carrot" and I am also capable of eating a "Carrot" but "Carrot" is not a recipe. I am looking for meals to prepare for my family.

    • ANSWER:
      There's a book by Jennifer Cornbleet on easy raw recipes for one or two. Many vegan shopping sites do have raw items, and there's also a raw foods website, www.naturalzing.com. There's also a website called From Sad to Raw that has fairly simple raw recipes.

  33. QUESTION:
    Is agave syrup the same thing as Blue agave?
    All of my raw recipes call for agave syrup as a sweetener. I have some "blue agave" in my cabinets. Any reason these would be 2 different sweeteners?

    • ANSWER:
      I found this on allaboutagave.com hope it helps

      Agave nectar (sometimes called agave syrup) is most often produced from the Blue Agaves that thrive in the volcanic soils of Southern Mexico. Agaves are large, spikey plants that resemble cactus or yuccas in both form and habitat, but they are actually succulents similar to the familiar Aloe Vera.

      Agaves come in many sizes and colors — well over 100 species. Due to the Blue Agave's high carbohydrate content (which results in a high percentage of fructose in the final nectar), Blue Agave is the preferred species for producing nectar. Though there are other species used to produce agave nectars, such as the Maguey Agave, the premium nectars are produced from 100% Weber Blue Agave.

  34. QUESTION:
    What are some simple RAW Vegan Recipes?
    I've been looking online and all the recipes require ingrediants i haven't even heard of. It seems really complex. So what are some simple but satisfying raw food recipes? thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hmm, okay as a raw foodist I'm going to help you.
      90% of raw food recipes online are transitional foods meaning that you only eat them for a week or two then you transition over to the true raw diet.
      You don't need a dehydrator or a juicer but you will absolutely benefit from a blender.
      The transition raw food diet is about 50% fruit (sweet and fatty); 20% vegetables (this doesn't include greens); 20% seeds, nuts and oils and then 10% leafy green vegetables.
      What you're really aiming for is about 50% leafy green vegetables; 40% fruit and then 10% seeds, nuts and oils.

      The easiest way to eat when you're a raw foodist is by making green smoothies. 2 pieces of fruit; a REALLY large portion of leafy greens (baby spinach for beginners); water; supplements if you choose and a dash of cold pressed oil occasionally.

      GOOD LUCK!

  35. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have a recipe for stuffed grape leaves?
    I don't know what site to look on to find the recipe.
    I also can't find it in any of my cook books.
    II'm not sure if it's a raw food recipe.
    What type of oil and or vinegar do I use.
    What type of rice and lentils go in it.

    Any help will be much appreciated.

    For all anti-vegites out there;
    I DARE YOU TO CURB YOUR
    ENTHUSIASM AND REFRAIN
    FROM CHILDISH COMMENTS

    • ANSWER:
      Stuffed Grape/Vine Leaves or Dolmades are a Greek dish and actually don't contain, tomato, cumin, cheese, strawbwerries or lentils. (If you are happy with the lentils, add them)

      You need:
      6 Tbsp olive oil
      2 onions finely chopped
      4 oz (115g) rice
      4 Tbsp hot water
      2 tsp spearmint (dried)
      2 Tbsp parsley
      Salt and pepper to taste
      3 dozen vine leaves, fresh, or vacuum packed
      lemon juice

      Heat the oil and saute the onions.
      Add the rice and stir until transparent
      Add the water, mince and parsley and cook until the water is absorbed.
      Let the mixture cool and season to taste.
      Blanche fresh vine leaves, rinse and drain or rinse the packed vine leaves.
      Lay each vine leaf shiny site down and place a heaped teaspoon full of rice in the centre, then fold the upper and lower site in and roll like a parcel.
      Oil the bottom of a shallow saucepan and place the wine leaves next to each other, with the edge of the parcels down If they don't fit, you can put them in layers, but very tight to each other)
      Add the lemon juice and just enough water to cover them, cover them with a plate so they can't move and simmer for about an hour. Check if there is enough water once in a while.
      Allow to cool, pour extra virgin olive oil to taste and serve them with lemon.

      They are sometimes also eaten hot with an "avgo-lemono (Egg-lemon) sauce. If you are vegan, serve them with a dollop of soy yoghurt.

      Kali Orexi (Enjoy!)

  36. QUESTION:
    What does "Stoned" mean in refrence to food in the UK?
    I am looking at some raw food recipes from the UK,and it mentions the term stoned.What does it mean?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are looking at a recipie with cherries or dates for example, it means that the stones are to be removed.
      Thats what we say when we remove the stones? What do you say?

  37. QUESTION:
    Do Jews use a special recipe for preparing Thaksgiving turkey?
    Only yesterday I learnt that you can 'deep fry' a turkey. Are there any other methods besides the regular boiling for hours?
    What about sushi turkey..is there a raw preparation recipe?
    Are there any rare original Jewish herbs I can use to give my Turkey a different taste?

    • ANSWER:
      Below sounds like a very flavorful turkey recipe. I believe the Jewish would generally keep kosher. As for "sushi" never do poultry raw. May I also ask why one would boil a turkey unless they were making turkey and dumplings or turkey soup?

      ROAST TURKEY
      4 tablespoons olive oil
      1 teaspoon salt
      1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
      1 tablespoon paprika
      1 tablespoon garlic powder
      3 tablespoons apricot rib sauce or duck sauce
      1 (10- to 14- pound) turkey, fresh or defrosted
      8-10 ounces apricot nectar or pineapple juice
      GRAVY
      6 cups chicken stock
      turkey neck and giblets (optional)
      1 onion, quartered
      1 bay leaf
      6 Tablespoons margarine
      2 large onions, halved and thinly sliced
      1 teaspoon dried rosemary
      1 teaspoon dried sage
      1/3 cup all-purpose flour
      1/2 cup balsalmic vinegar
      Preparation:
      ROASTED TURKEY
      1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
      2. Make a paste out of the olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and apricot rib (or duck) sauce. Rub the spice mixture all over the turkey.
      3. Place turkey, breast side down, in a large roasting pan. You can sprinkle on more of the pepper, paprika and garlic powder, if desired.
      4. Let turkey come to room temperature for 20 minutes. Bake 2 hours, covered.
      5. Lower the temperature to 350 degrees and uncover. Turn turkey, breast side up, being careful not to prick skin. Bake 1 hour.
      6. Flip turkey again and baste with apricot nectar or pineapple juice every 15 minutes for 1/2-1 hour.
      7. Turkey is done when juices run clear when pierced with a fork.
      8. Place turkey on serving platter; reserve liquid in pan for gravy.
      GRAVY
      1. Combine the chicken stock, turkey giblets if desired, quartered onion, and bay leaf in a pot.
      2. Simmer about 1 hour or until reduced to 3 cups liquid, skimming the surface if necessary.
      3. In a large skillet, melt margarine over medium-high heat. Add sliced onion, rosemary, and sage. Saute about 15 minutes or until onions are golden.
      4. Add flour; stir 1 minute.
      5. Gradually whisk in chicken stock mixture, discarding bay leaf and quartered onion. Boil about 3 minutes or until the gravy thickens, stirring often.
      6. After transferring the turkey to the platter, pour the juices from the pain into a measuring cup. Skim off the fat. Add the juices to the gravy.
      7. Add vinegar to the roasting pan. Scrape up the browned bits. Pour the vinegar with the browned bits into small saucepan. Boil about 3-4 minutes or until reduced to 1/4 cup. Add to gravy.
      8. Rewarm the gravy and thin with more chicken stock if necessary. Pour over sliced turkey or serve on the side.

  38. QUESTION:
    Is it bad to eat a lot of raw nuts on the raw food diet?
    I'm going to start the raw food diet on new years and was wondering how much is too much nuts? A lot of my recipes are for raw desserts or raw fruit based recipes so they call for nuts in almost every recipe. I want to lose weight that's why I'm doing this diet but would I lose weight if I consumed nuts all day since they're high in healthy fat, but still fat? Thanx.

    • ANSWER:
      EVERYTHING in moderation!

  39. QUESTION:
    What exactly is agave, and where can I get it?
    I was sharing a raw-food recipe book with my mom when we found agave in many recipes. My mom does not exactly know what is it, she just knows tequila is made of it.
    Can I replace it with honey?

    • ANSWER:
      Agave is a succulent plant from Mexico. One of the things it's used for is to make tequila, blue agave in particular. Agave nectar is a sweetener, suppose to be sweeter than honey.

  40. QUESTION:
    Raw food diet - any good recipes out there?
    Does anyone have any good raw food recipes?? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      How about a Sushi Vegetable?
      It's very good. Very simple & easy to make!
      (Watch this video of how to make it)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO24w6px660

      Nori – These are thin sheets of dried seaweed.
      Sushi Rice – This type of rice is sticky rice and usually medium to small grain white rice.
      Vegetables – carrots, avocado, cucumber.
      Topping at the end with - Roasted sesame seeds

      Hope this help.
      ENJOY

      (You're welcome)

  41. QUESTION:
    Can someone point me to easy raw recipes that are easy and only require a regular blender?
    I do not have a dehydrator or vitamix and I do have a food processor, but it's not vitamix
    So I just wanted simple recipes that do not require too much time or fancy equipment, thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Soy Iquana
      Check out the link below - most the recipes that are on there only require a food processor or just your normal old blender.
      Once you get into a raw food diet you may want to consider a dehydrator - I found I really wanted a 'bread' type thing and this was the only way to make it.
      As for a Vitamix - they are great but not essential. I have a coffee grinder that I use to grind my flaxseeds and nuts and seeds when I wat to.

  42. QUESTION:
    In the hot humid summer do you like to cook?
    I hate to cook hot foods when it's already hot and humid, especially healthy whole dried legumes and grains that take up to an hour!

    What do you cook during hot and humid summers or if you have any limited cooking and raw food recipes let me know. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      No, I do not like to cook when it is hot, even though I have air conditioning. It seems like a waste of time and energy.

      Potato salad is good, pasta salad that comes in a box, three-bean salad made with olives, onions, green beans, yellow beans, and kidney beans is good with some Italian dressing in it, cold pickled beets, bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich, tomatoes stuffed with tuna fish salad, cucumber sandwiches with cream cheese, a little butter, and some Dill weed mixed together for the spread. I like boiled corn for a meal. There are always melons with cottage cheese which is good and cold. Just think of something you like and make it up.

  43. QUESTION:
    Are there any good Raw food recipes that a person can make without a dehydrator?
    I am a college freshman and i dont really have the money to throw aside and buy a dehydrator...some people suggest using an oven but that just actually cooks my food...i love veggie pizza idea but i have to dehydrate the base and the other recipe for it requires something you can only get in asian stores....if anyone has any suggestions for recipes it would be a great help....oh and i dont eat meat

    • ANSWER:
      One of my favorite recipes is the zucchini spaghetti!:

      Cut the zucchini into long shreds buy using a Julienne peeler (you can get a cheap one from Walmart).

      Pasta Sauce:
      1 large fresh tomato
      1 large red pepper
      1-2 stalks of celery
      1 clove garlic
      (4-5 fresh basil leaves)

      Blend all of the sauce ingredients in a blender or Food Processor.
      Pour nicely over the zucchini “pasta”. Some fresh curly parsley sprinkled over the top adds a nice touch!

      Also, you can get lots of raw food goodies like flax crackers and raw carob truffles online from wesites like www.naturalzing.com and www.rawfood.com =D!

  44. QUESTION:
    K.I.S.S (keep it simple stupid ) favorite raw recipes?
    a lot of raw recipes are loaded with ingredients and i just like to keep it as simple and quick as possible..like my fav raw food recipe is "Buckwheat" cereal which has germinated buckwheat, almond milk, dates, raisins, agave nectar and strawberries.

    Does anyone know any other simple raw food recipes??? Please share them with me

    • ANSWER:
      2 lbs. Napa cabbage, torn and placed in a bowl with 5 tbs salt and covered with water (at room temperature), marinate one day, drain, rinse, add 3 cloves fine chopped garlic, 1 tsp. fine ground ginger, 1/4 cup shredded green onion, Cayenne pepper to taste(a pinch), and 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar. Serve cold. Will keep weeks in the fridge.... but it lasts less than a week in mine.

  45. QUESTION:
    what is the perfect recipe for a tuna tartare?
    I am the owner of one of the most prestigious sushi wine bars of Italy. Our usual tartare, to my opinion, has grown tiresome. But it is difficult to find a good recipe.

    I ask you, to propose to me the most succulent, the most exquisit, the most excentric raw tuna tartare recipe. Or just your suggestion.

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Give this a try.....serve it with seasoned steamed veggies

      1/2 lb. sushi grade tuna
      freshly ground black pepper
      1/2 tsp. wasabi caviar (capelin roe with wasabi paste)
      4 long, slender chives

      Lemongrass oil
      1/2 cp. canola oil
      1 stalk fresh lemongrass, coarsely chopped
      combine canola oil & lemongrass in small sauce pan & heat over med.-low heat for 10 minutes. Take pan from heat & let sit until cool. Strain the infused oil, discard lemongrass & store the oil in a sealed jar until needed.

      Beet Vinagrette
      1/4 cp. chopped cooked beets
      3 tbl. red wine vinegar
      salt & freshly ground black pepper
      1/3 cp. olive oil
      combine beets, vinegar, salt & pepper in a food processor & process until smooth. With the motor running, slowly add olive oil in a gentle stream. Taste the vinagrette for seasonings & set aside until needed.

      Cut tuna into roughly 1/4 inch dice & put it in a medium bowl. Drizzle over 2 tsp. of the lemongrass oil & sprinkle with a large pinch of black pepper.
      Toss tuna gently to thoroughly mix.
      Arrange the tuna tartare in 3 small mounds on chilled individual plates & top each mound with some of the wasabi caviar.
      Drizzle about 1 tsp. of beet vinagrette around the plate. Lay the chives in an "X" across the center of each plate & serve immediately.

      Wine accompaniment: Chardonnay

  46. QUESTION:
    What are some good raw food recipes for a party with none rawfoodists attending?
    I'm looking for some fun but healthy and raw foods for a family party

    • ANSWER:
      sushi will be nice ans sashimi is great too , its japanese cooking .........you can try search on the net in raw food recipes.com

  47. QUESTION:
    Is alcohol permitted in a raw vegan food recipes?
    I have a vegan raw foodie friend coming over for a dinner party and for desert I wanted to serve truffles and perverse raw chocolates I make but they contain alcohol. I could just ask the person but would prefer to look knowledgeable.

    • ANSWER:
      If you're using it as a flavoring, I would think it's okay. Most raw vegans use condiments and spices which have been cooked, (Sriracha) since they are only using a tiny amount of them.

  48. QUESTION:
    What is a good and easy hobby?
    I need a hobby i keep finding myself very bored. I am 12 and i already play the piano and guitar i like to cook but my mom doesnt is a vegetarian so i can pretty much only cook raw foods. if you have any raw recipes that would be great too. but any hobby you can think of would be great!

    • ANSWER:
      Have you ever tried making cookies from rice crisps. Get a cup of cereal rice crisps and add 2-3 tablespoonfuls of your favourite jam or marmalade. Mix them together and give it a rectangle shape. Then cut the big piece into small rectangles and serve them to your family. This is all done with raw food.

      A hobby for a 12 year old... Do you like drawing? If so, get some crayons and draw things. Do you like scrapbooking? Writing? Reading?


raw recipes

Cat Treats

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How many cat treats should I give my cat each day?
    My cat Chili is 5 yrs old. She really likes temptations cat treats. They are really bite sized, and I give her about 6 to 10 in total throughout the day.
    The instructions say give them a treat "anytime", which does not tell you how many is too much in one day.

    • ANSWER:
      My cats like them too. The bag says to feed them treats "anytime" throughout the day. I give my cats treats in the morning only though. Usually 5 or 6 each. I think you are fine. Unless your cat is overweight or has medical problems.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between regular cat food and cat treats that makes cats love treats so much?
    Why don't they make cat treats into just regular cat food if cats love that so much? Is it perhaps fat content or something?

    • ANSWER:
      Best Answer - Chosen by Asker
      By JCK 4 years ago.
      My husband picked up a pack of treats, for 3oz so they're not cheap. It's 'Grilled Salmon Flavor" and the ingredients are: Ground wheat, chicken meal, corn gluten meal, rice, chicken fat and flavor. There isn't much nutrition in here and it's mostly filler (wheat and corn) that the cat can't digest. Yes, the cat loves them. I use Fancy Feast dry as a treat. It's better quality than the pack of treats and less expensive (less than for 1lb). The cat loves them too.

      For regular cat food, I feed my cat Innova Evo. It's high protein, low carbohydrate, and doesn't have any grains. There's a huge difference in it's nutritional value compared to the treats.

      A cat treat is like a dessert. It tastes good and generally has many calories and not much nutritional value. Using a treat as a reward is fine, just be careful it's not too much too often.
      4 years ago Report Abuse 0 Rating: Good Answer 0 Rating: Bad Answer
      Askers Rating: Askers Comment: Eek! it's funny because I have looked at the ingredients but didn't think about it.. i hate giving my cat grains

  3. QUESTION:
    What kind of cat treat to cats normally like the most?
    I want to buy cat treats for my one very picky cat. I have 3 cats, 2 of them love Temptation cat treats, but the third one will not eat them at all! I have tried many different flavors of it, and he will come running when i shake the bag as if he wants one, but when i put the treat down, he smells it, looks at me and walks away. Then my other cats eat his treats. Why do you think he does this, and what kind of treat could i try for him so he will possibly eat it?

    • ANSWER:
      Cat treats aren't recommended really, they're extremely fattening!

      Dreamers is always good though, or catnip.

  4. QUESTION:
    How can I get my cats to eat cat treats?
    My aunt gave me a huge box of cat treats for my two cats at home but they're not interested in them at all. Is there a way to get them to eat them or am I just out of luck? I'd like to teach them some tricks eventually.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no good reason to insist you cat eat treats! Treats are generally not
      as nutrious as regular cat food. So give them some canned cat food if you are
      not already - this is way healthier! Also - "Greenies" are a good one for the teeth.

  5. QUESTION:
    How often should I give cat treats to my cat?
    I've been feeding cat treats to my cat for the past month cause I heard its good for them but I'm not too sure how many I should give her. I usually give her 1-2 treats per day. Is that too many or too little? By the way, she is 7 years old.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      that sounds about right.

      I recommend reading the guidelines on the back of the packages and making sure you do your best to follow them. It also depends on the types of treats your giving your cat. If it is something high end with a lot of nutrience and natural products your probably ok giving her a little extra. If it is something lower end with unnatural ingredients and a lot of chemicals you should try to give her no more than 1 or 2.

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between soft and crunchy cat treats?
    Is there a main difference between soft and crunch cat treats? Also which should I be giving to a 3-4 month old cat?

    • ANSWER:
      It doesn't matter. Neither will impart any dental benefit. Choose the one with the least offensive ingredients. Many I've seen contain dyes and carcinogens.

  7. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know how to make natural cat treats?
    I would like to make wholesome cat treats instead of buying them. Storebought are very bad for any cat. Plus they can be expensive.

    • ANSWER:
      plain cooked roast chicken a nice treat make sure no bones

      unproccessed meat cooked without grease or any spices fine no pork or bones

      or make your own cat food this can be a real treat and much healthyer than store bought food youmust read this very carfully though

      http://www.catinfo.org/?link=makingcatfood

      hope this helps =)

  8. QUESTION:
    Where can I find high quality cat treats and how much are they?
    A friend recently told me that Pounce, which I've been feeding my cats for years, is a load of rubbish. What are some good quality cat treats, and where can I find them?

    • ANSWER:
      i usually feed my cat chicken...i just get some chicken from the butchers and cook it in a pan then give it to him...He loves it and goes crazy...

      try Asda they do good cat food as well...have you ever given him whiskas?
      Get him cat nip and maybe give him tuna or salmon...My cat loves tuna and goes mental when i give it him...

  9. QUESTION:
    Can I give cat treats to small dogs?
    I have two eleven week old miniature pinschers that we were giving small cat treats to as a reward for going potty or coming when called. The vet's assistant told us not to give them cat treats. They didn't give a reason why though. Is there one?

    • ANSWER:
      If you're giving just a small number, there shouldn't be a problem. However, having looked at cat treats when I wanted to leash train my cat, alot of them are pretty pitiful nutritionally. Lots of sugars, dyes, fillers, etc. One healthy treat my dogs adore (if it's sold inyour part of the country) is frozen Bil-Jac (not the dry). You can break it into tiny pieces and the dogs LOVE it. It's stinky, too, so it helps to attract their attention for coming when called. It does have to be kept in the fridge. Another really healthy treat: get liver at your local store and dry it in the oven. A friend of mine does this (I get mine from her, as the drying process does stink up the house!). She cuts them up and lays the little pieces on a baking sheet and drys them (I think at about 250 degrees) till they are dehydrated. Not quite as healthy, but much loved by the dogs, you can also use tiny pieces of cut up hot dogs! Mother Hubbard makes a very healthy tiny treat called Little Bits. They are available in bulk at Pet Supply Plus and in packages at PetSmart.

  10. QUESTION:
    How do I lure my cat out of the closet without cat treats?
    I swear I am dead sick of my cat coming out of my closet at 11:30 every fucking night. I am just about ready to throw him up against a wall. But I won't, however, because I am against animal abuse. I just want to know how to get him out without the use of cat treats. No stupid answers please.

    • ANSWER:
      Um.. every animal has a different personality so it depends on your cat but: if your cat is willing to respond to her/his name, why don't you lure her out by calling her name. And she probably reallly likes the dark, safe closet so you could get her something that makes her feel safe like that and train her to go into that one. or just go into the closet and speak gently to her and carry her out!

  11. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between dog/cat food and dog/cat treats?
    Why are there dog/cat treats that can only be given to pets a few times a day? Are they fattening? I was looking at some of the ingredients of a premium pet food and I was thinking: If pets love their food so much (assuming they do), couldn't you just give them a grain of dog/cat food instead of a dog treat as a reward? Both have meat-like stuff in it, both satisfy the pet, and isn't the pet food better for them?

    Is there some specific component in dog/cat treats that make them so much more appealing than pet food AND makes them so bad for them that they can only be given treats a few times a day?

    • ANSWER:
      Cat food and treats have birds in them.
      Dog food and treats have cats in them.

      ¬¿¬

  12. QUESTION:
    What are some good home-made cat treats, and how would i come to make them?
    My cat sometimes wants attention when i cant give it, and i have nothing to give it for its good behavior, like catching crows, rats, and red hissing weasels. So i was wondering if anyone has any good recipes for cat treats. Cat nip does not work.

    • ANSWER:
      It is an easy question

      Chicken ham turkey all plain Your cat is a carnivore

  13. QUESTION:
    How to make home-made cat treats and dog treats?
    I want to make some home-made cat treats and sell them. My friend makes home-made dog biscuits and sells them i don't know for how much. She puts them in a plastic bag with a tag called "Bam's biscuits" because her dog is called Bam. I was wondering if you have any recipes for cat or dog treats? My friend does like fresh breeze biscuits for fresh breath and tuna triangles. But I wanna do for cats. Please give me some name ideas and an idea for a "company" name and recipes. Thanks a lot xo

    • ANSWER:
      This is a great recipe. Buy some colorful clear-tinted cellophane paper that people use to wrap gift baskets… put about 5 – 10 cookies inside and then tie a bow around the top. Some store may even sell this kind of paper with a kitty-cat print. Have Fun!

      Kitty Cat Cookies

      INGREDIENTS:

      1 cup whole wheat flour
      1/2 cup cornmeal
      1/2 cup soy flour
      1/2 cup wheat germ
      1/2 cup dried catnip
      1/4 cup canned tuna (water packed) -- well drained
      1/2 cup juice from drained tuna -- Add water if needed
      1/2 cup corn oil
      1 egg -- lightly whisked

      DIRECTIONS:

      Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix. Then add remaining ingredients and stir to form a stiff dough. If the dough seems to sticky, add a little more whole wheat flour. Make dough into a ball shape and place on wax paper. Roll out to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into shapes with animal shaped cookie cutters, if desired. Reroll and cut more cookies until scraps are used. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for about 25 minutes. Store in a plastic bag, that you keep tightly wrapped, in the refrigerator.

      More recipes at: http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/everyda…

  14. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to feed a kitten normal cat treats?
    I want to start feeding my kitten treats to reward her for doing good things, but i am not sure if it is safe to feed her normal cat treats? Are there specific kitten treats on the market and if so, is it really that necessary to use them? i just dont want her getting sick or anything.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it is good for teething.

  15. QUESTION:
    Why do cat treats make the cats gain weight?
    Me and my mom give my 2 cats, cat treats (Friskia's cat treats) every night then we put them in the laundry room with all of there stuff like water food and toys. then we let them out in the morning. Why do they gain weight?

    • ANSWER:
      Cat treats are mainly junk food for cats. They are loaded with calories, so too many and you wind up with fat kitties.

      Cats are most active at night, and in a confined small space, they don't do much in the way of activity, so they don't burn calories.

  16. QUESTION:
    What are good cat treats you can find around your house?
    If I'm not interested in spending a fortune to find a good cat treat, what can I use in my cabinet as a substitute?

    • ANSWER:
      - a spoonful of plain yogurt with live active cultures is a treat AND good for kitty's stomach
      - a teeny piece of cheddar cheese
      - a piece of steamed broccoli or a green bean
      - a spoonful of meat-only baby food if you have a baby in the house
      - leftover steamed rice
      - cooked chicken
      - scrambled egg
      - an ice cube to bat around the floor or in a large tray is a great idea

      ...Pam

  17. QUESTION:
    What do "but understand some cats wont cuddle" and " cat treats" mean in the answer below?
    Question: I’ve had my cat since she was 10 weeks old, she is 3 now; to date she has never sat on my lap. I would appreciate any suggestions on how I can encourage her to sit on my lap please.
    Answer: try cat treats to get her there and she might find she likes it. but understand some cats wont cuddle unless its there way.

    • ANSWER:
      Cat treats vary - they can be hard little crunchies (Temptations) or freeze dried (chicken) pieces or even soft kinds.

      Not all cats are lap cats - some may sit on your lap for awhile, or lay next to you, but its not good to force the cat to stay in your lap - just makes them angry and less likely to come to you.

  18. QUESTION:
    what is a good substituton for cat treats?
    i started give my cat treats and now i've been layed off work and can't afford them. what is a good substitution for them? everytime i go near the location where i kept them he gets all excited and cries and it breaks my heart because i don't have anything to give him. he doesn't like people food so can't help him there.

    • ANSWER:
      Try catnip, all cats love that. You can get in a spray bottle so it will last a long time, spray it one of his toys

  19. QUESTION:
    I'd like a relatively easy (ingredients) recipe for making home made Cat Treats!?
    Im looking to give Cat treats to some of my friends at holiday. But I want to make some -out of regular ingredients, not hard to find things like Fish Meal, and Flaked dried Salmon etc.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Morris's Kitty Treats

      My cats love these, especially Morris.

      Ingredients:
      2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
      1/2 cup powdered skim milk
      1 teaspoon garlic powder
      1 egg -- beaten
      Flavoring: Meat drippings, broth or water from canned tuna (enough to make a stiff dough).

      Directions:

      Combine flour, powdered milk and garlic powder in a medium sized bowl. Add beaten egg, flavoring and mix well with hands. Dough should be very stiff. If necessary add more flavoring. On a well-floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with shaped cookie cutters of your choice. Place biscuits on cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

      I use the bottle cap off of a Coke bottle to cut them, you may not want to spend that kind of time.

  20. QUESTION:
    How to make homemade cat treats?
    I have nothing to do, so I was wondering how to make a cat treat out of cat food, and human food that is healthy...
    I have purina cat food, some cat treats, and some wet cat food... How can I make a cat treat out of those?
    Also, please tell me what human foods I might want to add, and how should I add them. I am not being cruel spoiling my cats. They are already spoiled, and plus they have been through a lot.

    • ANSWER:
      recipe for Savory Cheese Treats

      3/4 cup white flour

      3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

      5 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

      1/4 cup plain yogurt or sour cream

      1/4 cup cornmeal

      Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine cheeses and yogurt. Add flour and cornmeal. If needed, add a small amount of water to create a nice dough. Knead dough into a ball and roll to 1/4 inch. Cut into one inch sized pieces and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 25 minutes. Makes 2 dozen.

  21. QUESTION:
    do you know a recipe for home made cat treats?
    i wan't to make home made cat treats for my cat.any ideas?

    P.S.his favorit flavor is chicken
    i would buy him chicks but that would seem cruel+i have parakeets so i don't wan't him to eat the chicks infront of them.also he craves the parakeets enoughth already don't wan't him to wan't them more.

    • ANSWER:
      bit of chicken. bang, done

  22. QUESTION:
    Can you feed cat treats to dogs?
    I have some cat treats that I forgot to send home with my fiance's cats. Can I feed them to my dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      I do, just because the dogs won't leave me alone when I yell "kitty treats" to get the cat to come upstairs or if I can't find him in the house. The girls (my dogs) seem to love them as much as theirs.

  23. QUESTION:
    how do I make homemade cat treats using catfish bass or carp?
    wanting to make homemade cat treats for a treat for my cat I have tons of bass carp or catfish is their a good recipe for this for both hard treats and soft treats thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Remove the bones and dehydrate them. You can offer in larger bits or crumble it to use as a topping.

  24. QUESTION:
    How does a cat know a cat treat is a treat, does it taste of cat sweets or what?
    Might sound ridiculous to ask, but to a human a treat is ice cream sweets or chocolate, so what makes a cat treat taste special to a cat, as far as i can tell (not taste) its like regular dried food.

    • ANSWER:
      Your definition of a treat is way off. A treat is anything that someone really enjoys and you don't get it often. So a steak for someone would be a treat. So their treat is something they enjoy the taste of that they do not get on a regular basis, unless the owner od's them on treats.

  25. QUESTION:
    How to make your own cat treats?
    I want to make my cat some cats treats but I want it to be like something you can buy, like temptations, they need to look good and taste good for my cat but they need to be quiet easy!! And the ingredients need to be things from the kitchen cupboard! Thanks x

    • ANSWER:
      Kitty Cat Crunch
      2/3 cup whole wheat flour
      1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
      1/4 cup oil
      1(2 1/2 oz) jar baby food chicken or turkey
      1 Tbsp water
      Place all ingrdients in medium mixing bowl.
      Mix well. finish mixing with your hands.
      Place dough into a sprayed 9" square pan. Use a food can as a rolling pin to flatten dough evenly over bottom of baking dish.
      Cut dough into 1/2" squares. Use a plain table knife-cut 1//2" rows in one direction and then in the other direction. Leave squares in the pan.
      Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
      Allow to cool. Break into pieces along the cuts.
      Store in a freezer bag in the freezer for up to 30 days.
      Makes 2 cups of tiny treats.

      Kittie Tuna Treats
      1 cup whole wheat flour
      1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
      1/2 cup water
      1 Tbsp oil
      1 (3 oz) snack size can tuna
      2 tsp chicken bouillon granules
      Place all ingredients into a medium bowl. Mix well.
      Knead until dough is smooth.
      Place dough into a sprayed 9" square pan. Use a food can as a rolling pin to flatten dought evenly over bottom of baking dish.
      Cut dough into 1/2 " squares. Use a table knife, cut 1/2 " rows in one direction and then in the other
      direction.
      Leae squares in the pan.
      Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
      Allow to cool. Break into pieces along cuts.
      Makes 2 cups.
      1 (6 oz

  26. QUESTION:
    How often is it ok to give your cat a treat?
    My cat is 16 or 17, and we bought him some Pounce cat treats, ans he seems to really like them. How much and how often is ok? He also has a very sensitive stomach, and tends to puke when something doesn't agree with him.

    • ANSWER:
      They are called 'treats' for a reason.

      So dont overload it - about 3 a day?

      BUT, dont give them to him just because he is pulling the box of the shelf or something - then he will walk all over you. Give him an odd treat (maybe try and do it the same time off day) or give them to him when he does something good. Dont give him a treat if he has recently done something bad, though, like ripped your curtains or whatever XD

  27. QUESTION:
    Why do cats like treats more than cat food?
    What is it about cat treats that my cats go crazy for? Why don't they do the same thing to cat food to make them like it more?

    • ANSWER:
      To cats, cat treats are probably like candy is to us -- more tasty than regular food.

  28. QUESTION:
    Homeade Cat Treats that can be mailed?
    I am planning on making some homeade cat treats to send to my Mom's cat for Christmas. Here's the catch, she lives 2 regular mail days away and I dont want to have to ship it first class...any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      try and find a gift in a jar recipe for cat treats, that way your mom can mix it up when she gets it and it won't spoil, or if you can't find one and you have the recipe, make one your self by separating the ingredients in labelled baggies.

  29. QUESTION:
    I think my cat may be allergic to cat treats?
    I think my cat may be allergic to cat treats cause I'm noticing that when she eats them she gets sick and when she doesn't eat them shes fine. Is it possibe that she can be allergic to them? Like is it the tollerance for them or what is it. Like I stop giving them to her but i want to know what is it about the treats that this is happening? Cause the same thing happened to my friends cat too. We give them the same treats and havent really changes the brand at all. Is that it? Any personal Experiences or any ideas?
    I will make it clear that I have stopped the treats but i want to know what the issue is
    The Cat Brand is : "Whiskas Temptations- Salmon Flavor"

    • ANSWER:
      Well it could be allergies, like in humans they can just develop. Change type or brand of treats and see if there is any difference.

  30. QUESTION:
    What do cats love that I can put in my homemade cat treats?
    Im making cat treats but what can I put in my treats I'm putting in catnip but I want my treats to be unqiue, I will be grateful for any ingredients that are put forward! Thanks x
    And they will be fish flavoured treats

    • ANSWER:
      Liver. Its great for them too.

  31. QUESTION:
    What's the best way to get my cat used to treats?
    Recently my family and I have started to buy my cat treats. What is the best way to get him used to them?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, i dont think its tough to give a cat a treat, once they smell/taste it they usually love them! I'd say if you want to start off giving treats, do it when he is behaving well! Also, make sure not to give too many a day because then they'll prefer that over their cat food and try not to eat their food so they can just have treats.

  32. QUESTION:
    Can canned cat food be baked with flour to make cat treats?
    I want to make kitten or cat treats using canned cat food...

    • ANSWER:
      warm cat food stinks. i have never tried baking cat food, but i would guess the stink would be worse, you will probably attract every cat for miles.

      grains are bad for cats, so i would guess flour is too.

  33. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy cool claws cat treats?
    I live in/around syracuse NY and I would like to find where I can buy cool claws frozen cat treats. It is like frozen icecream for cats. But it is not icecream, it is formulated for their system.
    Help please!

    • ANSWER:
      Send them an email to see where they are available near you:
      info@coolclaws.com

  34. QUESTION:
    My dad feeds his cats only treats so how can I make them eat real cat food?
    My dad got his cats Tucker and Patches to eat only treats as their daily food. He his tried several times to switch them back but they wouldn't. He tried mix dry food in and wet food in but they refuse to it until dad picks every last treat. They need more than just cat treats. Can anyone help on how to switch them back to regular cat food?

    • ANSWER:
      No more treats period. Leave the food out so they can get it as they wish. When they get hungry they will eat, they won't starve to death with food sitting there.

      My dog did the same thing and I stopped feeding her treats, I started using the dry food as a treat and she started eating regular stuff again.

  35. QUESTION:
    Where can I find cat treat wholesalers?
    I am setting up a pet business, and although I have found wholesalers who do loads of dog products and treats, I can't find any that do cat treats? Can anyone help?
    Many thanks :0)
    Contrary to the answers already given, I'm not stupid! I've already tried Google obviously.....and a plethora of other search engines / keywords but to no avail. Any sensible answers, please?

    • ANSWER:
      Try this site. webbox are really good popular treats, most supermarkets sell them. Try undercutting by post! I would buy in bulk if they were cheaper.

  36. QUESTION:
    What happens if you eat a cat treat?
    I was at a party playing truth or dare, and was dared to eat one Temptation's cat treat. It was REALLY GROSS.
    I swallowed it all. Is this harmful to me or what?

    • ANSWER:
      LOL don't worry your not alone
      i did them same thing and nothing happened excepted i couldn't get the taste out of my mouth

  37. QUESTION:
    Do You Have Any Recipes for Cat Treats That Cats LIKE?
    Preferably ones with liver.
    I tried one recipe:
    http://www.nocans.com/cat-meat-treats.html
    (the natural crunchy cat treats on the page)
    But none of my cats like them.

    I'm looking for something someone has tried.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Below is a list of 11 recipes for kitty treats... some with liver, some with other main ingredients. Although I have not tried them, others have (see reviews).

      Me… kittyslave23… I know my place.

  38. QUESTION:
    Need All Natural cat treat recipes Winner will get best answer?
    Please help me find all natural cat treats
    Thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      Try Castor and Pollux Organic cat treats. I get mines from Pet food express. No corn, wheat or by products

  39. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a recipe for a healthy cat treats?
    Does anyone have any recipes for healthy cat treats?

    They need to be healthy and suitable for a pregnant cat to eat ;)

    • ANSWER:
      get some meat or liver, cut into desired sizes and dehydrate them.

  40. QUESTION:
    Can you give a 2 1/2 month old kitten cat treats?
    He eats dry food but I don't know if it's OK to introduce cat treats? Is there any other type of treats I can give him like raw fish or something?

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible, but you really shouldn't feed him cat treats. I suppose it is ok if you give him a very small portion of a can of tuna(But don't give him a very small portion of tuna all the time, just every once and a while). That should be fine, but you should wait a while to give him cat treats.

  41. QUESTION:
    What is "brewers dried yeast" and is it bad for my cat?
    I have a bag of Temptations cat treats (chicken flavor) and I read the ingredients, and I don't see corn gluten or wheat gluten anywhere, which is good. But I saw the ingredient "brewers dried yeast" and I don't know what that is, or if it's ok for my cat to eat. He has had acidic crystals blocking his urinary tract before, and he needed surgery to get them out. So I was just wondering if these treats are going to be safe for him to eat without any risk of getting crystals again. Please help! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Brewer's yeast is actually a very old method of flea treatment, since fleas don't like the taste of blood of a cat that has ingested brewer's yeast. That actually is effective for minor flea problems, and was common before things like Frontline were on the market.

      It is sold at health food stores. But when I was giving my cats brewer's yeast tablets, it also improved their fur. But the dose they were getting is far higher then anything in the cat treats.

      I can't see that they could have any connection with crystal formation. But also be cautious on the amounts of treats, as most of them are simply empty calories.

  42. QUESTION:
    What is the biggest food can a cat swallow whole without choking?
    I ran out of cat food so I gave my cat some cat treats mixed with some pieces of dog food. Each dog food piece was about one inch long, two centimeters thick, and the thickest part of the width was about 5 centimeters, it was shaped like a dog bone. Should I be worried about my cat choking?

    • ANSWER:
      A cat's nutritional requirements are much different than those of a dog. For example, cats require higher levels of protein than dogs. Cats must have the amino acid called 'taurine' in their diet; dogs can actually make their own taurine. A cat eating food deficient in taurine can develop severe heart disease and other health problems. Almost all cat foods now contain added taurine.

      Cats require a different form of Vitamin A than dogs do. Dogs can use beta-carotene as a source of Vitamin A; cats cannot. Cats can not manufacture the fatty acid called 'arachidonic acid' and must have it supplemented in their diet; it is not essential for dogs to have this fatty acid in their food.

      So, you see, if a cat is allowed to eat a significant amount of dog food, the cat would be eating a diet deficient in many of the cat's required nutrients. For your cat's health, be sure she is eating quality cat food.

  43. QUESTION:
    Dog and cat treats? is it legal to go door to door trying to sell them?
    me and my friends would like to sell the dog and cat treats we make..
    is it legal?
    would we get sued for used online recipes?
    and i heard how people sue other people because something happens to their animal so should we make them sign a paper saying if anything happens its not our fault?

    • ANSWER:
      I would not recommend selling anything without proper licensing, trademarking, or anything of that nature just in case your product makes an animal ill or even kills it. If the recipe isn’t yours to begin with and is simply one you found online then you definitely cannot sell it without consent from the original recipe maker.

  44. QUESTION:
    How can I get my cat to stop eating catnip?
    I have an 8 month old cat and he's perfectly healthy. The only thing he eats is Purina for cats and cat treats. I recently bought some catnip and put it on his cat bed, then he started eating it. He's never eaten the catnip before and he'd already eaten his food. Sometimes at night, he jumps on the counter top I have just for his supplies and gets in the catnip container which is opened like a step-on trashcan. Why is he eating it? Is normal for cats to do this? Can it effect his health? Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      It's normal for cats to eat catnip. Some cats roll in it, jump at it, etc. Catnip won't harm your cat at all. It won't affect his health and it's perfectly safe.

  45. QUESTION:
    What are the best food treats that I can give to my 5 months kitty?
    My kitty is so cute! I want to provide the best for her and make her the princess in the house. There are so many kinds of cat treats in the store. I would like to buy some for her. I think her kitten dry food and wet can food are sort of boring. Can some one recommend me some healthy food/treat for her. I just want her to feel that she is being loved!

    • ANSWER:
      The treats that my cats absolutely love are Natural Temptations....any flavor. :) you can get them at any pet store. The other thing you could get them is 'greenies' for them. Those are VERY good for their teeth. :) whiskas Temptations are good too! :)

  46. QUESTION:
    do you have a recipe for home made cat treats?
    recipes for homemade cat treats
    good nutrition too!

    • ANSWER:
      Try at Purina.com. Yes they would "prefer" for you to buy their product, but they get extra points for providing "full service" for your pet. My Stimpy certainly thinks so. LUCK

  47. QUESTION:
    Know a really good (and easy) cat treat recipe?
    I'm making dog bones and would love to make cat treat as well. Most of the recipes I'm finding either sound gross or just call for too many ingredients. I want something simple and inexpensive to make as I need to make a lot of them.

    • ANSWER:
      I would say if you want really easy things to feed your cat - try

      Raw Mince, chicken or beef
      Chicken strips or beef strips

      You might like to slightly cook some of these, if your cat prefers it. It's easy and requires barely any preparation.

      Raw Chicken Necks [not cooked] are often loved by cats. Never feed cooked bones

      You could like buy a whole heap, separate them into freezer bags/tupperware and freeze it. Unthaw however many servings you require in the morning and feed in the evening etc...

  48. QUESTION:
    Can you give cats with urinary tract disease treats while he is on prescribed food?
    Every time I give my cat treats he vomits since he has been on his prescription food.The vet never said anything about not giving him regular treats but I am assuming its not a good idea.

    • ANSWER:
      Treats in general are not good for cats. They love them, but it's like us eating candy all the time.

      I stopped giving my cats any kind of packaged treats when one of mine died of renal ( kidney ) failure. She had gotten to the point where she wouldn't eat her "regular FOOD", and would only eat the treats. After she died, I "tossed" all the Temptations, Pounce, etc........and have given my other cats NOTHING like that for a treat. IF ( when ) I give them a treat, it's only BOILED chicken ( no spices or salt ) or canned cat food......

      You can ask your vet for his advice........but, IMO.....no "treats", EVER..........


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The breed originated in Scotland. It was specifically bred to retrieve water fowl and other game birds. Consequently they have a soft mouth and love the water. It was originally a combination of the flat coated retriever, spaniels and bloodhounds. Later the Irish setter was also introduced along with the St. Johns water dog. All of this to produce the ultimate hunting dog for hunting parties. All of the breeds that were combined to make perfect goldens were sporting breeds.

The temperament of the golden makes them ideal candidates for use as seeing-eye dogs, hearing dogs, drug detector dogs and search and rescue heroes. Both the American and English Golden Retrievers are suited for these tasks.

English Golden Retrievers are prevalent in Europe and Australia. The English type is stockier than the American and Canadian Golden Retrievers. The muzzle is shorter and wider. Its forehead is significantly blockier and the chest is wider and deeper. The tail is also shorter. The English type male should be 22-24 inches in height and the females 20-22 inches. The UKC has not designated a breed standard for weight. The gait of the golden should be well coordinated, smooth and free.

The coats of English Golden Retrievers are light to dark gold. The undercoat is waterproof and dense. It should be straight, but moderately wavy is acceptable. The UKC does allow cream as an acceptable color, but the AKC does not. The darker mahogany color is not acceptable in the British show ring. Pure white is not an acceptable color, nor is black. A dog can be disqualified if its nose lacks pigment.

The kind, confident and friendly demeanor of the English Golden Retrievers is no different than that of its American and Canadian counterparts. They enjoy meeting people and dogs. They are not good watch dogs. Although they may have a very loud bark as a stranger approaches, they will welcome them and lead the stranger to the valuables in the home. They can be disqualified in the ring if they show any hostility to people or other dogs. This assures the potential owner of a good family dog.

This is an extremely intelligent dog that loves to work. They thrive on obedience trials as well as agility. As an active and fun loving animal, they are very adaptable to work or to sitting in a blind for hours during a hunt. They easily focus on a task and make owners proud in obedience competitions as well. Their desire to please their owners or handlers is unsurpassed. They do not require any harsh training and respond well to upbeat, positive training. Sometimes they appear to want to be a lap dog and love being with their people.

The basic difference between the American and the English Golden Retrievers is the way they look. Disposition is the quality that breeders seek and ranks up there with the appearance of the stockier English type.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    A premium quality dog food except for the popular ones?
    Whatever dog food brand is over-advertized (Pedigree, Purina, Hills, etc) is usually the most over-processed and the worst for any dog.
    I live in Eastern Europe, Hungary.
    Do you know any good dog food brand if not the best in your opinion to suggest?

    I had a dog and gave him "Nutro", a Canadian dog food which was supposed to have "real" ingredients inside but he died young, he was just 9 years old. He was a small breed and was supposed to live till 14 y.o.
    I am in the vet university and science plan is recommended by companies, not vets!

    • ANSWER:
      You don't say what this dog died of.

      A good dog food would have meat listed as the first ingredient on the label, not corn or meat by products. You need to head for a pet store, not grocery store, and start reading the labels.

      Another thing is to start looking at vaccinations. Most people still don't know the duration of immunity on vaccines as published in 1999 by Dr. Ron Schultz of Wisconsin University.
      http://svmweb.vetmed.wisc.edu/articles/68/5/39
      Don't take your vets word for what vaccines and how often. Look it up for yourself.
      Here's a site that gives you lots of links to read
      http://www.critteradvocacy.org

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the price of Canadie dog food and Blue Buffalo dog food?
    I want to know what one is cheaper, and healthier. Also does anyone know the Canadian price of the smallest bag of adult Canadie and Blue Buffalo dog food.
    Thanks to all who answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Im not sure of the canadian price, but in the US the 5lb bag of Canidae runs .99US at our pet food store. We used to feed canidae, but since they sold out o Diamond Pet foods our dogs were getting sick on it and we no longer feed it. We feed California Naturals now which is made by Natura Pet products, the same people who make Innova. A 5lb bag of that here costs 8.99US

  3. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy good dog food in canada?
    I want to buy good dog food brand like innova but cant find it any where in toronto. Can someone tell me where i can find them a good natural dog food store?

    • ANSWER:
      Look in the phone book for a Ryans or Global Pet store

      other way to find is the store locator on naturapet.com (innova )

      http://www.naturapet.com/where-to-buy/default.asp

      There are two great Canadian brands of pet food, which can be an asset, when the one mad cow incident occurs any dog food that contained lamb or beef made in the US was turned away from the border. which reeked havoc for pet owner if they ran out of food before Canada across the border again, which is one of the problems that happened to me.
      Right now I feed EVO rm but I am keeping a close eye on Orijen as they are supposed to be coming out with a bison formula, as soon as that occurs I will be switching so I don't run into that problem again with sick dogs, right now I make sure to restock once I get down to 2 weeks left of food

      But here are the Canadian companies http://www.petcurean.com/index.php?page_id=45 they make Go Natural, Foundations and Summit

      and champions food which makes arcana and orijen
      http://www.championpetfoods.com/

      These foods are also sold in the same stores as Innnova

  4. QUESTION:
    how good is purina pro plan wet dog food?
    my dog loves pro plan but i heard it is not a good dog food. what is a good wet/dry dog food? he hates his dry dog food, but i want him to eat both. how much wet and dry dog food should i use?
    i heard that royal canin is good. is it? and what is good wet/dry dog food
    what is better royal canin or blue buffalo?

    • ANSWER:
      Purina has the worst reputation for quality dog food. Here are some of the best:

      ORIJEN is as good as dry dog food gets. Orijen has great meat content, with deboned chicken, chicken meal and turkey meal listed as the first three ingredients, and lots of other name meats and meat meals listed just a little further back. Carbohydrates -- needed in a dog's diet, most experts say -- comes from high-quality sources such as russet potatoes. All ingredients are of very high quality, and meats and other proteins are certified as fit for human consumption by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (the company is based in Canada). The biggest negatives we've seen is that Orijen is harder to find than some other quality foods and that it's relatively expensive.

      INNOVA EVO DRY DOG FOOD (*est. per 13.2-pound bag) is another high-quality food with high meat content, and is high in the same type carbs that are good for human comsumption, as well.
      Among premium canned dog foods, Innova EVO gains recognition for its high meat content (95 percent) and quality ingredients. The food is designed to replicate what a dog might eat in the wild. Though many -- but not all -- experts swear by this and similar foods, such as Wellness 95% Chicken (*est. .16 per 13.2 ounce can), we've also seen reports that they can cause stomach upset, at least as first. Also, many say that premium dog foods such as Innova EVO are best suited as a supplement or for occasional feeding in conjunction with a top-quality dry food.

      CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE PET LOVER’S SOUL Dog Food (*est. for an 18-pound bag) is a strong lower-priced alternative. It has less meat, but the ingredients are all regarded as excellent. Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul dog food doesn't do too badly in that regard. More significantly, it's free of low-quality fillers and by-products, and the majority of its carbohydrates come from better-quality sources, such as potatoes and whole grains. While more expensive than the very cheapest dog foods, it is price competitive with better foods sold in supermarkets and large pet food chains, such as Iams Healthy Naturals (*est. per 17.5-pound bag), but rates considerably higher than most in terms of nutrition.

      ****MY CHOICE*** Experts say CANDIDE* ALL LIVE STAGES formulas are is among the better moderately priced canned dog foods. Ingredients are high quality, and there are no cheap fillers, by-products or chemical preservatives. Canidae can be fed as a sole food, though the manufacturer recommends a mix of 25 percent canned and 75 percent dry "to achieve a balanced diet and maintain firm stools." The company's dry food has come under some owner fire following a formulation change in the summer of 2008, but the canned foods are unchanged and still well regarded.

      Papaw

  5. QUESTION:
    Is there a fee to bring my dog to Canada for a weekend? Can I bring a small amt of dog food?
    I am traveling (by car) to Canada from the US over Labor Day weekend (just the weekend). We plan on bringing our dog. I have his rabies and vaccinations certificate (signed by the vet with a description of the dog, etc). Will they charge us a fee to bring him in/back? Also, I've read mixed things whether we can bring dog food or not, anyone know for sure? I was planning on bringing a small, sealed non-beef bag of food. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      All you need is the certificate proving the dog has a current rabies vaccination. There is no fee to bring a dog into Canada or into the US, no matter how long you are staying. Food can be a problem, but the problem is usually when you try to take a Canadian made dog food into the US, one that contains meat of any kind, canned or in kibble form. Taking US made food into Canada is not usually a problem, but these things change all the time according to whatever animal-borne disease they are worried about at the time. At the moment, it looks like you are okay to bring US meat products into Canada. Since your dog food is presumably of US origin, you can take it back with you too. Keep it in the bag it came in, since that's the only thing there is to say where it was made. http://www.beaware.gc.ca/english/brirape.shtml#a1

      I'd be very surprised if crossing with a pet took any extra time. I have crossed many times with dogs over the years and have yet to be asked for the rabies certificate. The last time I crossed into the US, they inspected my cooler and confiscated a few fruits and vegetables, they inspected the dog's dry food to be sure it didn't contain any Canadian meat, and they made me go back into Canada to get rid of some firewood that I had brought from home in Canada. I asked 3 times if they wanted to see the dog's papers and they just ignored the dog entirely aside from asking me to remove her from the car while they inspected everything.

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the price of Canadie Dog Food In Canada?
    I want to switch my dog off of Pedigree on to Canadie. I want to know what is the price of the smallest bag of Canadie All Life Stages Dog Food? In Canada. I want the Canadian Price please.

    • ANSWER:
      The 15 lbs bag is .99 at the store close to my home. I'm in Vancouver by the way.

  7. QUESTION:
    Trying to find out how many Kcals are in Actrium Adult Dog Food?
    I am thinking of trying Actrium Holistic Dog Food but I need to know how many kcals are in a cup before I purchase it. It's not listed on the bag, and I have emailed Walmart ( where it is sold ) but have not received a response. I've Googled it but can't seem to come up with anything. If anyone happens to know, that would be great. Thanks !

    • ANSWER:
      That is WEIRD that they don't know or won't say. It should be on the bag!

      Anyway if you have your pocket calculator ready you might be able to figure it out yourself.

      Here are the ingredients:

      Protein is 24% Fat 14%Omega 6 2.8% Omega 3 is 1.4%
      Ingredients -Chicken Meal,Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Potatoes, Rye, Chicken Fat ( Mixed with Tocopherols for Vit E) Chicken, Chicken Cartiladge (glucosamine), Tomatoes, Salmon Meal, Salmon Oil, Dried Eggs, Flaxseed Oil, Kelp, Calcium, Potassuim Cholride, Dicalcuim Phospate, Chicory Extract, Cranberries, Spinach, Broccoli, Sweet Potatoes, apples, Blueberries, Pears, Bananas, Vitamin A, E, C, Beta Carotene, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Probotitics, Yucca, Dried Rosemary, Cinnamon, Chamomile, Dandelion, Paprika, Garlic

      And here is the ingredient list for the Canadian version:

      chicken,ground yellow corn,wheat flour,ground wheat,poultry by-product meal,corn gluten meal,tallow preserved with mixed tocopherols (source of vitamin E),dried whey,dicalcium phosphate,salt,animal digest,potassium chloride, choline chloride, l-lysine monochloride,calcium carbonate, zinc sulfate,ferrous sulfate, vitamin supplements (E,A,B-12,D-3),riboflavin supplement,niacin,calcium pantothenate,manganese sulfate,biotin,thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, copper sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, garlic oil, menadione sodium bisulfate complex (source of vitamin k activity), calcium lodate, sodium selenite.

      guaranteed analysis
      crude protein min...26.0%
      crute fat min.........16.0%
      crude fibre max.......3.0%
      moisture max.........12.0%
      linoleic acid min.......1.4%

      There is a way to figure it out here:
      http://www.dogforum.org/showthread.php?t=6495

      Hope this helps!

  8. QUESTION:
    What dog food sould I feed my puppy - Burns or Orijen?
    I am getting a puppy in 10 days and am rattling my brain with researching dog foods. From what I can gather Orijen seems to be the best (it's a Canadian food, has any body heard of it or used it?). The breeder feeds Burns to her dogs and this also seems ok. In any case I will be sticking to Burns for a week or so but wasn't sure if I should switch.

    • ANSWER:
      Orijen is awesome. I love it, gives my dogs nice solid poos and also good for coats. My favourite food is the Honest Kitchen though. i prefer to feed raw.

      When you switch foods, try to do so over a month long process. Start out with 1/4 new food to 3/4 old food for a week. If your puppy does well on this mix, ie no runny stools or excessive gas, then move up to 1/2 new to 1/2 old food for a week or two. Again, if no problems come up, move onto 3/4 new food to 1/4 old for a week, then your puppy will be weaned completely onto the new food.

      Also ask if you can have a 1Gallon+ bottle of water from your breeder's water source. Bring your own empty bottle of course. The biggest causes of upset tummy in new puppies is change of water supply and change of diet too quickly.

      Good luck with new puppy!

  9. QUESTION:
    what is the best dog food for a chihuahua?
    some dog food are cheap but its bad. Any healthy food for a puppy?

    • ANSWER:
      Science Diet is terrible! Yes, it is true that most vets recommend it, but truth is, most vets don't know about nutrition. They get a few classes on it by the dog food COMPANY. And guess what the company is going to say??? That their food is best. Also, these popular dog food companies actually pay some students through vet school to get them to promote their food. Moreover, breeders and vets get "parties" and "prizes" for selling enough of their dog food brand, even though the food is of poor quality. If there are commercials about the dog food brand, don't buy it. Eukanuba, Purina, Science Diet, Iams, Ol' Roy, are examples of BAD foods!

      Diet means A LOT for a dog, especially one as little as a chi. When you feed properly, their fur will be SO much better, their health good, and even the umm..."stools" will be less stinky and less mushy. So easier clean up for you. If you change a dog's food, their personalities can too. better food = happier, healthy dog.

      What food is healthy? Well...first off, what's NOT healthy? Avoid byproducts in the food (byproducts are the nasty parts of the animal), corn should not be in the top 4 ingrediants (dogs cannot digest corn and it causes some nasty stool), no chemical preservative such as Ethoxyquin, BHA, BHT or Propyl Gallate. These are some of the things to look out for. If you don't see ________ (blank) Meal as the first ingrediant, they're cheating you.

      It can be complicating. Diet is a huge debate among responsible dog owners who want the best for their pets.
      Here are some links that will help you out:
      http://www.woodhavenlabs.com/dogfoods.html
      http://www.thepetcenter.com/imtop/bestfood.html
      http://www.dogaware.com/dogfeeding.html

      Some good foods:
      Canidae
      Eagle pack holistic
      Wellness
      Flint River
      Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul (my personal favorite)
      Innova
      Solid Gold
      Nutro natural choice
      Nutro Ultra (better than natural choice)
      Natural balance

      These were the top choices according to the Dog Journal:
      ACANA ~ Premium Canadian pet food, uses human grade and hormone free ingredients.

      Blue Buffalo ~ Human grade, hormone and antibiotic free ingredients

      Canidae ~ Human grade, hormone and antibiotic free ingredients

      Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul ~ High quality ingredients

      Doctors Foster & Smith ~ High-quality ingredients

      Dog Lover's Gold ~ Also available in Europe. Human grade, hormone and antibiotic free, free range ingredients.

      Eagle Pack Holistic Select ~ Human grade, hormone and antibiotic free ingredients. "Eagle Pack Super Premium formulas are nutritionally balanced so pet owners can mix up to 25% raw food with the Eagle Pack formulas."

      Flint River Ranch (multiple distributors) ~ Human grade, hormone-free ingredients.

      Fromm Four Star Nutritionals ~ USDA inspected meats, high quality ingredients (note the Classic line is much lower quality and not recommended). They also offer a raw frozen diet.

      Go! Natural from Petcurean ~ Human grade ingredients

      Innovative Veterinary Diets ~ Special diets for specific conditions, including allergies, IBD, kidney disease, etc. as well as a standard line of pet foods. See Prescription Diets above for more info.

      Merrick Pet Foods ~ Human grade ingredients

      Nature's Variety Prairie ~ Human grade ingredients

      Oh, and even though the very best brands may seem more expensive, they will actually save you money. Because of the number of good nutrients, your chi will actually eat less of it, but still get more nutrients than if he ate science diet. So you will be feeding less, and so you buy less food, and actually save money! And to top it off, your chi will be so much healthier!

      There is also the BARF (Bones and Raw Feeding) Diet. But no long-term effects have been seen to truly judge yet. Look it up if you're interested!

      Oh and of course, since chis are so small, make sure you feel the kibble to make sure its small enough to chew for him before buying. Some dogs just like other foods better than others. You'll have to try things out. The popular foods like Iams, Purina, Science Diet, etc usually put so much "flavoring" and nasty shit in their to make it smell appealing to the dog cause otherwise, the food is so bad that dogs wouldnt eat it. There was a commercial dog food whose ingrediants were actually found to be leather boots and water. Now techinally, leather is protein so they got away with saying it had so much about of "protein." But it was terrible.

      The ones that I listed are good. You should research and try them out.
      natura pet food has got a dog food comparison tool so you can see all the ingrediants. The ones listed first are the ones that make up the most of the food. Check it out:
      http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=tools-tab

  10. QUESTION:
    What type of dog food should I feed my dog?
    So I have an 11 month old pure bred chocolate lab, he will be one year old on february 16, 2013. When i first got him i fed him Acana puppy dog food which was expensive 60-70 dollars for a big bag of it, because it is canadian and all natural, I found it gave him diahreea, but i just pasted it off as it was just really natural good products, over time I started not to be able to afford that food so unfortuantley i had to swtich him to purin puppy chow which was 20 for a big bag and that really isnt satisfiying me, now as he is approching one year old i know i will have to switch him to adult dog food, and now I can afford to but him the more expensive dog food, because I want the best for him, So i was wondering if people could give me opionion and advice on which adult dog food i should switch him to since i can now afford more expensive stuff I would really love the most healthiest and good for him ! and i live in ontario canada, so anything that i can get my hands on here, and maybe even canadian based, I would out him back on acana because its the canadian version of buffalo blue, and i heard that is good, but i am worried about how it will effect his stomach like it did when he was a pup! thanks everyone.

    • ANSWER:

  11. QUESTION:
    Why are we reading so often about possible listeria contamination in food products?
    This food is processed in Canadian plants so where are the routine health inspections of such plant?Have the number of public health inspections and inspectors been reduced by the government to reduce costs ?I remember a few years ago about the public outcry to buy Canadian because the product was better made or safe to eat. Anyone remember the huge media outcry about "contaminated" dog food that came from China I know that animal food standards are different than food meant for human consumption. Shouldn't the public feel safe buying food processed in their own country? Why are there so many cautions and recalls about listeria now a days? Any input is appreciated. I'm not sure if this is the right category but it seemed the best suited.
    The most recent alert I heard of was a possible listeria contamination in Formaggio Deli Meats sold at Costco in Ontario.I didn't want to target any particular distributor because all have the potential to let their standards lapse.My point was has the government compromised public safety to balance the budget.I just get concerned when the media makes a statement made about a "possible Listeria" concern and there is little if anything in the way of future clarification.

    • ANSWER:
      This is to distract your attention from all the other contaminations- Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, GMO, Fluoride, Pesticide, Aspartame, MSG, Microwave, and other contaminations that have been going on for years. You feel that you are safe, because, they caught that little one, not realizing that there is a stampede of contaminations running over you right then.

      How can you have ridiculous Cancer statistics, like "one in three to get Prostate Cancer, is NORMAL," and other such statistics I do not accurately recall right now- but nobody realizes that all these additives and modifications THEY say are safe, are NOT safe- except they get called a "Conspiracy Lunatic?"

  12. QUESTION:
    What's the best high-fiber dog food on the market?
    I'm looking for all natural dog food with high fiber. No Iams. She was on that and it was not good for her because it has corn in it.

    • ANSWER:
      I have found the best food in the world is Orijen, if you can find it. It's a Canadian company.

      Another good choice that is non-corn is Blue Buffalo. You can usually find that at Petco.

  13. QUESTION:
    What brand and where can I find meat patties for my dog?
    I have a yellow lab that is six or seven yrs old. She weighs about 100 pounds. The vet tells us she needs to lose at least 10 pounds. I have tried mutliple dog food. I spoke to someone the other day that said meat patties helped change their dog's body composition from fat to muscle. Which makes sense because humans normally eat high protein foods to gain muscle. I am having trouble finding a reliable brand that is actually meat and is healthy for the dog. My dog has joint problems so she needs to lose the weight fast.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you tried the vet prescription diets for weight loss? Medical has a good weight loss diet called reducing that is often effective. That being said, I'm actually not that big on feeding kibble and cans, I much prefer feeding raw.

      When you say meat patties, I'm guessing you mean raw food. It sometimes goes by the acronym BARF standing for bones and raw food. It is fairly expensive when you buy it prepackaged, but it is also a well balanced food when bought prepackaged (as opposed to making your own which is much more time consuming and requires you to find a good recipe to follow).

      I have been feeding my dog raw food since he was a puppy. He used to eat Healthy Paws and after I moved he was put onto Tollden Farms. Both are great diets, I only switched him because it is easier for me to get a hold of Tollden Farms in my new city. These are both Canadian brands so I'm not sure how available they are elsewhere in the world. They come in bags of 6 lbs or 8 lbs with patties that are 1/4 lb or 1/2 lb (depending on the brand and the type of meat). Healthy Paws has lamb, beef, turkey, chicken, duck, and sometimes I can find goat. Tollden Farms has lamb, beef, chicken, venison, and boar. There may be more but these are the common ones that I have seen. My dog has allergies so I stay away from all poultry with him, but if your dog has no allergies, then you will want to go for leaner meat. These numbers are probably on the packages, but I would think you should stay away from boar because it is probably higher fat and calorie content than the others.

      Other brands I have heard of are Pets4Life and Paws and Claws. They are all very similar in what they are made of.

      I feed my dog 1 lb of meat a day and he is a 40 lb dog with a fairly high metabolism. You can follow the package instructions, but your dog would probably be eating 2-2.5 lbs of meat a day. You should keep him on the lower end if he is over weight, but be careful not to starve him. The weight loss should always be monitored by a vet to make sure your dog isn't losing weight too quickly.

      You should also think about increasing the amount of exercise your dog is getting. I know you had said your dog has joint problems, so you will want to keep it low impact (walking) and start slowly to build your dog's stamina, but increasing his metabolism will really help her to lose weight.

      Good luck!

  14. QUESTION:
    How can I get these pair of Canadian Geese to stay around my house and pond? My uncle says they are a breeding?
    pair about to lay eggs.. is this true? How can assure that they will raise babies and stay at or near our pond. I feed them bread and dog food today.

    • ANSWER:
      well there is no guarantee that they will stay because birds migrate but if you feed them your chances increase

  15. QUESTION:
    What government agency in Canda do you report problems with dog food?
    I need to make a complaint about a pet food product which is imported from the U.S.A.and sold in Canada. I can't find this info anywhere about which agency to report this problem to.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on the type of complaint you want to make. Try the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, they *might* be the one to contact. If they're not it, they can likely refer you to the correct department.

      Since the food is imported, you should probably contact the US FDA instead. If it's made in the US, they're the ones responsible.

  16. QUESTION:
    How Much Should I Put In?
    At the end of the summer, I will be geting a show - quality puppy. I am starting a bank account to save up for it. How much money sould I put in? These are the factors that need to be considered right now:
    cost of pup including shipping
    Importation fees
    Registration fees with the AKC, Canadian KC, KC, or Austrailian Kennel Council
    Food and Water Bowls
    Collar and Leash
    Crate and dog bed
    Ex - pen (playpen)
    Grooming Tools
    Toys
    Dog Food
    Grooming Table
    What do these things cost? What else needs to be considered?

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of that depends on the size/breed of dog you get.

      For example, a nice wire crate for a smaller dog will be around - US. If you have a large dog, it could be up to 0+ US.

      Registration fees are normally included in the purchase price of the dog.

      For a show quality dog, you will spend somewhere between 00-00 (or more, if the dog has very desirable bloodlines).

      Shipping is usually around 0-300 US if shipping to and from locations are both inside the US.

      Food & Water Bowls: for both

      Collar and leash: -20 for both (standard nylon collar & leash) I recommend Lupine brand for your day-to-day collar and leash because they are guaranteed; free replacements even if they are chewed up. Of course, if you are showing, you need the appropriate show leash in addition to your day-to-day equipment.

      Grooming tools: Depends on the breed what tools you need.

      Dog food - Depends on the size of the dog how much it eats. (Go with a quality food though, like one of these: Merrick, Solid Gold, Canidae, Timberwolf, Orijen, Wellness, Chicken Soup brand, Innova/EVO, etc..)

      Toys - average -5 US each

      Don't forget to budget for vet bills, flea preventative, heartworm preventative, etc.. I recommend budgeting at around 0 for the first year. (If you are showing your dog, then you won't be spaying/neutering it, so you can subtract that from the 0.)

  17. QUESTION:
    What do you guys think about my idea?
    It is coming up on a year now that I have had my Siberian Husky, Balto. He's a great dog! He gets tons of exercise daily, is great with other dogs, people, children, and even cats! (which is saying something for a Husky). He has been in several obedience classes, and has always been the star of the class. He has never destroyed anything, run away, or escaped.

    That being said, we live in an apartment. We are going to be moving in the end of March to another apartment community in a way better area, because we can afford more this year than we could last year. We are moving to a very specific area because of my boyfriend's work, and we do not have much to play with as far as options go. We have tried several places, and all do not accept Huskies to live there because they are on the "Aggressive dog list" with Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, etc. (Anybody who has ever met or owned a Husky would disagree with them being on that list, but what can you do...)

    So here is my question: we are hoping/planning to move into one of the apartments that does not allow Huskies. My dog is very quiet, but they may see him out when using the bathroom, etc. So. my idea is to tell them that we have another kind of dog that is on no such list, that simply looks like a husky. I was thinking a Canadian Eskimo Dog, or a Tamaskan. They are kind of rare dogs, but if we told them that my dog was either of those, they would not know the difference.

    What do you guys think of my idea? I know it sounds stupid, but there is really not any other choice.
    P.S. I am an extremely responsible owner. He has never bitten anything besides his dog food and he does not get off-leash at all! No good Siberian Husky owner would let their dog off leash!

    Pics of my dog: http://25.media.tumblr.com/89bdd734ab6f595ad983cf893db093a8/tumblr_mfrbwhCDZZ1qeqy1mo1_500.jpg

    http://25.media.tumblr.com/7be557916fa951df656e7d094300a177/tumblr_mfg00641ze1qeqy1mo1_500.jpg

    http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m8hvx0sljU1qeqy1mo1_500.jpg
    I tried honesty, but most places just say that they have policies with insurance companies and they would get in trouble. I have offered to show them his certificates for being successful in the classes. I have even offered to bring him in and let the management meet him!

    It is just a very frustrating process, moving and all. Especially when every place you can't go because your dog is on a stupid list.

    I don't think people would recognize him as a Husky. There are several breeds that look just like huskies, which he looks strikingly similar to. I know it's risky, but he's a great dog. I'm sure most Pit Bull or Rottweiler owners feel the same way as I do right now.
    P.S. Where we live now actually has a list that says Huskies cannot live here. I actually did not find out until a month or so ago. I walk by the office all the time and the manager often comes up and pats him. Haha. Just something silly.

    • ANSWER:
      Find something a little further away that works for you and the dog. You don't want to get kicked out for lying about the dog's breed if the landlord or leasing agent knows what kind of dog he is. Besides making you homeless, you wouldn't be able to use them as a good rental reference later. You never know when you're going to have a busybody neighbor who's a retired show dog breeder.

      Or, maybe try to persuade them with showing the dog's successes in the classes (I'm guessing you could get references from the trainers?) and maybe even offer a higher damage deposit? Sometimes that'll work.

  18. QUESTION:
    What do I need to do to bring my dog to Canada with me?
    I am moving from Mexico to Canada and am planning on bringing my dog, does anyone know what paperwork I will need? Also does anyone know if Pit Bulls/ American Staffordshire Terriers have been banned in Ontario?

    • ANSWER:
      All your dog import info is available at the Canadian Food inspection agency website at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/anima/heasan/import/dogse.shtml

      It does say right there on that page that you can not import pit bulls to Ontario.

  19. QUESTION:
    why does my dog eat grass and get sick in the mornings lately?
    he seems completely fine throughout the day, he likes his food and i'm not feeding him anything strange. he does however, like to run around the yard and munch on different things, including grass. he just seems to simply vomit a little in the morning and go on with his day. should i take him to the vet or wait for it to pass? it's been going on about a week.

    • ANSWER:
      Although grass may help with their digestion (same goes for cats) it doesn't mean they are going to puke every time after they eat it.
      My dog has eaten grass and not puked at all. I think it's just their way to calm their stomachs if they aren't feeling to good.

      I mean if he's not acting any differently and his poop looks normal, I would suggest maybe trying to change his food. Some dogs have slight allergies to some of the stuff they put in dog food - esecially if you have him on a lower quality food - that would explain why he may like his food even if it makes him feel sick, it's like McDonald's for dogs.

      Try changing him to something like Blue Buffalo - it's for a 30 pound bag (Canadian) and it doesn't have any fillers or biproducts that lower quality foods have.

  20. QUESTION:
    How much do you think my groceries would cost per month?
    -Female
    -5'2 - 107 pounds
    -Canadian
    -Have a small dog
    -Moving to a bachelor apt.

    With everything (toiletries, food, cleaning supplies, dog food etc)
    How much do you think it would cost?

    And why? (So I know I'm not just getting a random number)

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      I'm thinking .00 per week so around 0 or less!

  21. QUESTION:
    Did pedigree discontinue their lamb and rice formula?
    It seems every store i go to, they no longer have the lamb and rice formula and it is the only dog food our dog will eat/it is the only dog food she CAN eat, or she gets horrible... stomach problems. Anyways, does anyone still carry this food, or did pedigree just change its name?

    • ANSWER:
      It's still on the website.
      http://www.mypedigree.ca/site/en/DryFoodDetail.aspx?HEALTHYLAMBMEAL
      (Any other link still takes me right to the Canadian Pedigree site.)

      You could always try contacting them and ask.

  22. QUESTION:
    How come Canadians dont celebrate the 4th of july eh?
    I mean they are no diffrent than americans, they should have equal rights too eh!, not only that but they can light fireworks and eat at cookouts eh. maybe it would be best if all canadians move to america eh?

    • ANSWER:
      Eh eh eh!
      Maybe because canadians got their Independence on july 1st, not the 4th?
      Canada day fireworks are mad good and french hot dogs and poutine are probably the most amazing foods to eat to celebrate our Independence.
      Oh and I would not like to move to america thank you very much. Canada ftw.

  23. QUESTION:
    I am looking into getting a 2-3 year old dog from a shelter. What should be my annual cost for her?
    I have already looked into the basic supplies that I would of course need. I am just looking for vet, food, etc. The dog is medium sized, about 50 pounds. If you have any references for where you found information that would be greatly appreciated as well. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Shelters usually spay/neuter prior to releasing the dog. This will keep the vet cost down. You can count on at least 0 (Canadian) for regular vet costs/year.

  24. QUESTION:
    How much will it cost to feed a newfoundland dog per month?
    I am thinking about getting a Newfoundland, but I just wanted to know how much its likely to cost per month for food?!

    • ANSWER:
      Find the right person. :)
      I am a Newfie owner. My dog is 9 mths old now. I also know a network of Newfie owners from my breeder.

      The rule of thumb is a cup per month till 6 mths old. After six mths, it will be a trial and error thing. Each dog has a different metabolic rate. Give you an example, my dog has 8 sisters and brothers. The food consumption in this litter is ranging from 3 cups to 7/8 cups a day. What people should do is use the rib cage test, if too much bone, add more kibbles, if too chubby, cut down the kibbles. My dog is on a 6 cups diet for few mths now. As it is closer to 10 to 12 mths, most dogs don't need to eat as much but again each dog is different. So let's say if my dog is eating 6 cups now, 12 mths age he may need only 5. My experience is generally for female is around 3 to 4 cups and male is around 4 to 6 cups when reaching adulthood. A big huge bag of kibbles (good one) is around something (I live in Canada so it's in Canadian dollars)

      Newfie does better in a less starch diet I find. Currently I am feeding my dog Orijen and it does lots of good to him. Other owners mostly use Wysong. I also add good human food to my dog's diet such as pumpkin, fish, fish oil, fruit etc. Wysong has a product called Archetype which is quite good as a supplement.

      One thing though, don't neuter your Newfie till maturity (for male, it could be 2 years old). Why....for Giant breeds, they grow slow. My dog is currently closed to 100lbs but his daddy is 170lbs. He still has a long way to go. If you take away the testosterone too early (testosterone is an essential hormone for skeletal and muscle development), the dog will grow too tall and slanky and the muscle tone is not good. Which means later day your dog could develop bone problem or get injured easily. I know vet will tell you that if you don't neuter the dogs, they will mark, they will roam, they will get aggressive. From my experience and other owners, a lot of these comments are kind of exaggerated and a lot of them could be controlled by training.

      Email me if you have extra questions...chris75works@yahoo.com

  25. QUESTION:
    What's the most unusual 'people' food your pet enjoys?
    Now, before you get mad at me, I only share occasionally!!! It's not part of her regular food!

    My dog likes : Chick peas (garbanzo beans), French-Canadian pea soup and squash.

    My cat liked: dry cereal like Bran Flakes and cotton candy!

    Thanks for answering!

    • ANSWER:
      I have one cat that starts going crazy when I bring in the groceries...he's looking for the lettuce! He'll get so excited that he rips it outta the bag. He also likes celery and cucumbers!

  26. QUESTION:
    I recently changed to a high quality food and both my dogs have bad Diarrhea ?
    they were eating iams before and now they are on Summit a high quality canadian made food. they both have really bad Diarrhea and one vommited the other day too...i changed the food over 3 weeks ago gradually. now they are fully on the new stuff. What can i do? could they have caught something ?? ive been washing the bowls after every feeding and they are still very playful as usual.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be something they dont like in the food! I have never herd of summit food so I looked it up on my fav web site and it only has 3 out of 6 stars! although it better then Iams by one 1 star!

      Here is the web site I use it the best!
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

  27. QUESTION:
    Whats the best types of food to sell for morning lunch and dinner at a small restaurant in a gas station.?
    There's a lot of college students around here. And majority of the food places sells southern food, I want to be different.

    • ANSWER:
      Pizza !
      You cannot go wrong on pizza!
      Just make sure your pizza is a bit different and in a few different flavors that they will want to come to your gas station to get.
      Like white pizza ( mozzerella, alfredo sauce,and maybe chicken.
      Triple meat ( Pepperoni,sausage and bacon)
      Canadian bacon and pineapple.
      veggie
      or corn dogs
      hot dogs,
      pita pockets with filling ( Or use pie dough and make your own fillings)
      sloppy joes
      Maybe focus on hand-held foods :)
      Fresh fruit, ( Lots of folks "going healthy !)
      milk in flavors,
      chips,
      candy bars,
      veggies
      make sure you offer a little something for everyone.
      Tater wedges (another "no-fault" food !)
      filled rolls ( a dinner roll with a meatball and a bit of cheese and sauce )

  28. QUESTION:
    What is the bobcats food and predators?
    What is the bobcats food and predators?

    • ANSWER:
      Its preference is for mammals about 1.5 to 12.5 pounds (0.68 to 5.7 kg). Its main prey varies by region. In the eastern United States it is the eastern cottontail species, and in the north it is the snowshoe hare. When these prey species exist together, as in New England, they are the primary food sources of the bobcat. In the far south, the rabbits and hare are sometimes replaced by cotton rats as the primary food source. The bobcat is an opportunistic predator that, unlike the more specialized Canadian lynx, will readily vary its prey selection. Less commonly it will feed on larger animals such as young ungulates and other carnivores such as foxes, minks, skunks, small dogs and domesticated cats. Bobcats are considered the major predatory threat to the endangered Whooping Crane. Bobcats are also occasional hunters of livestock and poultry. While larger species such as cattle and horses are not known to be attacked, bobcats do present a threat to smaller ruminants such as sheep and goats. It has been known to kill deer.

      The adult bobcat has few predators other than man, although it may be killed in interspecific conflict. Cougars and gray wolves will kill adult bobcats, a behavior repeatedly observed in Yellowstone National Park. Coyotes have killed adult bobcats and kittens. Kittens may be taken by several predators including owls, eagles, foxes, as well as other adult male bobcats; when prey populations are not abundant, fewer kittens are likely to reach adulthood.

  29. QUESTION:
    can a Canadian person driving to the united states take the family dog along?
    I will be travelling to new england, u.s.a this july and would like to take my dog along. Does it need to be vacainated or need any papers?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Lizzy,
      You can, but make sure all your pet's paper work is intact, updated and all needles taking care of. (Also wouldn't hurt to ask a vet before leaving Canada's border.)

      I have friends that travelled down to Vegas, they had no problem going across but coming back was a real problem! They actually had to stay in Lynden while one of them went back to Canada to the vet they dealt with. Their pet was missing a certain needle. So buyer beware!

      Good luck have a safe trip, just make sure all is up dated.
      DO NOT TAKE DOG FOOD OR SUCH FOOD TOYS WITH YOU OR BRING BACK.
      BUY THERE LEAVE THERE!!!!!
      (Will hold you up as had happen)

  30. QUESTION:
    Any American/Canadian food you wish you could buy in UK shops?
    In regular supermarkets etc, that is, not specialist food importers web sites.

    • ANSWER:
      Lays
      Kraft Mac n Cheese
      AnW Root Beer
      Shockers candy
      Nerds
      Chips Ahoy
      Animal Crackers
      Chicken ina Biscuit
      Hersheys Kisses
      Whoppers
      Pizza Rolls
      Ranch Dresing!!
      Corn Dogs
      Chicken Gumbo
      Thick chicken noodle soup
      Cherry Pepsi
      Kool Aid
      Pink Lemonade
      Grape.....Anything!! ( I hate blackcurrent)
      Cheetos
      BBq chips
      Mountain Dew
      Candy Corn
      Tootsie Rolls
      In n Out Burger
      Taco Bell
      AnW
      Wendy's
      Pork n Beans
      Big Steaks!

      and sooo much more!!!

  31. QUESTION:
    So I want to know the other side to the commercial seal hunt?
    I've heard the side about the Canadian seal hunt being bad. I really don't support it, but I think that I wouldn't have a good argument if I didn't know more about the other side? An opinion from a seal hunter, links, or any info you have in general would be great. :] Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      well, just so you know, the Humaine Society of the United States (which has no affiliation with the regular humaine societies that work in your local animal shelter) has been busted for taking a wounded seal and making it suffer more in their filming http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Yds5Ga029M&feature=related and were busted accepting dogs at a special 'no kill' shelter, then killing them and illegally going behind some other business and dumping the carcasses. No one at the location was trained to properly kill the dogs humainely. The HSUS leaders have also been caught lying in a court of law. They withheld crucial information that put humans at risk so that it would be more spectacular when revealed. http://www.consumerfreedom.com/news_detail.cfm/headline/3572

      So, be aware that the group most vocal against seal hunting is actually a pack of liars.

      Now we gain natural resources from many places. We fish, we raise cows, we hunt deer. The seal are no different. There is a big population of seals, much higher than when there were whales. Whale populations cannot recover unless the seal population is held in check.

      But aside from that, we live in a society where it is acceptable to kill an animal for food and raw materials. Seals aren't hunted so much as they are harvested. The seal hunters use a big hammer and bash them in the face. It sounds bad, but it actually a very effective, fast, and humane way of killing. Plus, you ahve to be close, so less chance of a wounded animal slithering away to have a long painful death like if guns were used. Cows are slaughtered in generally the same manner, except the hammer is air-powered now, not swung by hand.

      If someone is totally against all fishing and all killing of animals (including insects) then they would not be hypocritical in decrying the seal harvest.

      However, most people go about eating fish and eating cow and think nothing of it, but because the seals are cute, they get upset. Is that really how we should judge mother nature? What appears as cute to us is worth saving what appears ugly to us should be destroyed?

      The fact of the matter is, life always ends in death. Absolutely no exception. What is short and what is long? Some trees live for nearly a thousand years, some tortouses and sharks for hundreds, some plants for days, some insects for days. Is it fair to judge life by human time standards?

      All life ends in death. All life thrives because of death. Too many modern people have stepped away from the food chain. They see their meat in Mcdonald's bags or in pink syrofoam at the supermarket, and are divorced from the reality that it comes from a living breathing creatures.

      Death is not bad. It simply is.

  32. QUESTION:
    What are most things you should know about the pup/owner before purchasing?
    Someone I know casually, bought a Yorkie for his gf and well the gf wasn't able to keep him so hes trying to get rid of the dog... He bough it from someone else and says that the pups CKC registered and has his first shot certificate. What else do i need to know and have?
    Also says he thinks hes around 10 months

    • ANSWER:
      CKC means it is most likely The Continental KC rather than the Canadian. If so it means the seller is most likely a puppy mill. Don't accept the dog, tell him to take it back or to the local animal shelter. Dogs from puppy mills are often unhealthy & have poor temperaments.

      If you are considering adopting this dog, how old is it, & has it been inspected or given a health check by a local, reputable vet? Don't consider taking it before it has been checked out by YOUR vet (it is like getting a house inspection before you buy one). Can you afford the costs involved in the additional shots it needs, spay/neuter & its food & training, not to mention supplies such as a crate, toys, etc.?

  33. QUESTION:
    Why did you get a dog if you can't afford to take it to the vet, to a training class or to buy it food?
    Why is that people get a dog and then watch it suffer and die because they cannot afford the health care it needs? Or drop it off at the pound because they couldn't afford to go to obedience classes? Or feed it it really bad quality kibble because it is cheaper?

    Please tell me WHAT was going through your head when you decided to buy (and take on the responsibility!) of that cute puppy in the window?

    • ANSWER:
      I've never understood this. I took on each of my animals knowingly, willingly and with total awareness of my responsibilities. The frustrating thing is that at least most people "get" it with dogs and even cats. No one seems to understand that you really do have to take your sick guinea pig/rat/hamster/mouse etc to the vet.

      Now, I know circumstances change and people lose their jobs. I've been there. I ate ramen noodles for weeks so that my hamster could have surgery. Actually, I borrowed the money from my parents for the noodles:-) I know that my pets frequently eat better than I do, especially if money is tight. I'm Canadian and therefor free to fix if malnutrition does me in, they're expensive to fix and really need high quality (or prescription) food.

      People don't think and they can't be bothered to put aside their selfish needs. When I was doing reception at a clinic I saw so many people refuse surgeries because they were too expensive. Then they'd wander outside and smoke a cigarette, or you'd see them at the liquor store later that day. You make sacrifices to look after your pets because they are completely reliant on you.

  34. QUESTION:
    When should I expect my Kennel Club Registration Papers?
    I pick up my Pure Bred Border Terrier next week from the breeders. It is a CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) registered litter.

    What sort of paperwork should I expect when I pick her up?

    When should I expect to see my registration papers which register my pup with the CKC? When should I expect to see papers that indicate the parentage/Genealogy? What other papers do I need?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      A good breeder will give you a packet of information. It should include pictures of is parents, their genetic testing, photocopies of their "best in show" or similar type certificates. Some breeders will even include that for their grand sires and grand dams. Most breeders will also include "grades of food", so you know what to feed them. Many will also require you to sign an adoption contract with a spay/neuter clause, so expect that. In addition, they will give you the CKC registration form. If it is anything like the AKC form, It will have their information on it, and they will have to sign the dog over to you on it. Expect to pay at least when you mail the form in. It can take up to two weeks to receive it in the mail, though if you do it online, you will get an email copy almost immediately.

  35. QUESTION:
    What do I need to bring my dog for a visit to the US from Canada?
    I want to bring my shih tzu for vacation to the Chicago area from Canada. We will be in the US about two weeks. His shots are up to date. What documentation or whatever do I need for the border?

    • ANSWER:
      His rabies vaccination certificate, not just the collar tag, and he is supposed to be vaccinated at least 30 days before entering the US. Sounds like you're covered. It never hurts to have a letter from your vet stating the dog is in good health, etc, but it's not required. I entered the US recently with two dogs and though I asked the border guys twice if they wanted to see the certificates, they never looked at them.

      They were far more worried about the mandarin oranges and Canadian firewood, both of which weren't allowed in, and the dry dog food I had with me. They read the label on the bag very carefully. They said lamb is a problem if it originates in Canada so if your dog eats it, switch to a US made food or some brand with only fish, or vegetarian to be really safe, before you go. Goat can't go in either, but I don't know any dog food that contains goat!

  36. QUESTION:
    Can I bring homemade cookies from Canada to USA?
    Hi guys,

    I am going in a trip from Canada to the USA and my mother wants me to bring homemade cookies to be delivered to one of her friend in New York. Is that ok? Am I going to have problem going through the customs with that kind of merchandise? Should I be declaring the cookies?

    Let me know, I never tried bringing food into the USA so I prefer to know before leaving!

    Thanks in advance!
    Just as a FYI, I am going via plane and not car.

    • ANSWER:
      SUMMARY: No Sweat, Cookies Okay But read over references about other stuff

      I am an American but not a custom agent.

      These are cookies for NY friend

      Suggest not wrapping cookies tightly in gift package until border is crossed

      That way U.S. Custom Agent sees cookies in there are just cookies, does not tear up gift box looking

      What's this? " Cookies my Mom made for her friend"

      Possible: "They have no MJ in them?"

      Answer "No" (better be true, dog on standby doesn't miss a thing...one sniff)

      I do not see a problem, because your Mom would not send you off with MJ cookies, eh?

      A plus if your NY friend is ill or needs cheering up: cookies for friend, good Canadians

      No, do not declare cookies because they are NOT CONTRABAND

      and contain no smuggled diamonds, yes?

      I never heard of prison time for cookie transport across USA border

      Once I brought Canadian lumber in

      Once I shopped at grocery store there, a whole bags worth and brought it in

      Prohibited and Restricted Items USCBP:

      http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/vacation/kbyg/prohibited_restricted.xml

      -- SEE, no cookies listed anywhere

      also here:
      homemade cookies permitted http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/vacation/kbyg/prohibited_restricted.xml#FoodProductsPrepared

      They are not cookies for sale and are not regulated by Bioterrorism Act

  37. QUESTION:
    Taking my three year old golden retriever on a 13 hour car ride...Any tips?
    We are planning on stopping a few times to let him out and run around (on leash of course), he already really does enjoy riding in the car but this is the first time longer than 45 minutes. Um yeah so any tips would be great or anything we should bring along besides the obvious (water bowl, food bowl, food, toys ect)
    Thanks in advance!
    oh an we will be traveling through a few states, is their any paperwork besides rabies certificate we should have?

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog should be fine, most dogs enjoy travelling and will just sleep most of the trip main thing as someone mentioned is making sure he is drinking as stress can cause a dog to pant heavily and if too much fluid loss they can overheat and develop a very high fever(hyperthermia which can cause seizures , coma and even death, early signs are distress with very shallow rapid panting) I have one dog that is extremely anxious by nature and I carry extra water(pre frozen as the start of a trip so it is cold) in large plastic pop bottles and a towel with me to be able to soak her thoughly down should she start to overheat, soaking the towel first placing around her chest between front legs, and pouring extra water on her feet and body inorder to bring her core body temperature down. I doubt this is problem that you would ever face with a golden since they are normally laid back by nature. But a good thing to know as it may aid one day in saving the life of another.

      Water is a good emergency item to carry with you in the event your car breaks down or overheats on the highway especially in hot weather as there maybe nowhere nearby shady that is safe to go, and you can cool down the dog in the safety of the car(needed to do once with 2 dogs when I got stuck in bumper to bumper traffic as a result of a severe fatal accident up ahead that shut down the highway for several hours and I had to pull off since my car was overheating temps outside was in the upper 90's a couple of the frozen bottles I put against the dogs bodies and others were used to wet the dogs down and used as drinking water later used the formerly frozen bottles when the others ran out, if I did not have the water on me I probably would have lost both to heat stroke)
      Changes in drinking water can affect some dogs like it does people and can result in diareaha, a way to avoid is to get the dog on bottled water before the trip and give on your trip

      If you are taking along a cell phone have a tag made up with your cell phone number on it, should in the unlikely event he gets loose, if someone finds him they have a way to get hold of you. If going across for example the Canadian border rabies shots are required so actual paper work is for the rabies shot is required, but if just travelling between states it is not really required to be shown a rabies tag should be on his collar though, carrying vet vaccination records is still a good thing should you need to stop at a vet for any reason as well as a record of medications he is on, so theire will not be any conflict in medications

      If there is room for your dogs favorite bed, taking it along can help your dog settle down easier to sleep in a strange place, if not put a blanket ontop of his bed to lay on prior to the trip, so it has his smell and take that along it will provide a familiar sleeping spot

  38. QUESTION:
    Are we really supposed to drink the milk of other animals?
    People don't drink the milk of other humans. We don't drink dog's milk, or cat's milk...only cow's milk. But a cow's milk is meant for nursing calves. Not people!
    Ok to clarify, you don't see a 30 year old man drinking another woman's milk. Babies, of course nurse...but not adults.

    • ANSWER:
      yeah,I know what you mean.I don't see why we have a milk group on the food pyramid.

      Yes... milk is Mother Nature's "perfect food" ...for a calf... until it is weaned.

      Everything you know about cow's milk and dairy is probably part of a Dairy industry MYTH.

      Cow's milk is an unhealthy fluid from diseased animals that contains a wide range of dangerous and disease-causing substances that have a cumulative negative effect on all who consume it.

      MILK'S BASIC CONTENTS

      *ALL* cow's milk (regular and 'organic') has 59 active hormones, scores of allergens, fat and cholesterol.

      Most cow's milk has measurable quantities of herbicides, pesticides, dioxins (up to 200 times the safe levels), up to 52 powerful antibiotics (perhaps 53, with LS-50), blood, pus, feces, bacteria and viruses. (Cow's milk can have traces of anything the cow ate... including such things as radioactive fallout from nuke testing ... (the 50's strontium-90 problem).

      LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH IN AMERICA
      http://webapp.cdc.gov/sasweb/ncipc/leadc... (1998)

      Rank Total Description

      1 724,859 Heart Disease (think fats/cholesterol: meat/dairy)
      2 541,532 Malignant Neoplasms (cancer: think toxins/milk/dairy)
      2a 250,000 Medical system (drugs/etc. think ignorance/incompetence)
      3 158,448 Cerebro-vascular (think meat milk and dairy)
      4 112,584 Bronchitis Emphysema Asthma (think toxins/milk/dairy)
      5 97,835 Unintentional Injuries and Adverse Effects
      6 91,871 Pneumonia & Influenza (think weak immune systems and
      mucus)
      7 64,751 Diabetes (think milk/dairy)
      7a 40,000+ Highway slaughter (men, women and children)
      8 30,575 Suicide (think behavioral problems)
      9 26,182 Nephritis (Bright's disease: inflammation of the
      kidneys)
      10 25,192 Liver Disease (think alcohol and other toxins)

      (2a and 7a were added for completeness)

      (note: Number 13 on the CDC list is -18,272 Homicide & Legal Intervention-. It is curious that the CDC would readily list law enforcement and homicides... and not the 250,000 deaths caused by the medical system!)

      CANCER FUEL

      Of those 59 hormones one is a powerful GROWTH hormone called Insulin- like Growth Factor ONE (IGF-1). By a freak of nature it is identical in cows and humans. Consider this hormone to be a "fuel cell" for any cancer... (the medical world says IGF-1 is a key factor in the rapid growth and proliferation of breast, prostate and colon cancers, and we suspect that most likely it will be found to promote ALL cancers).

      IGF-1 is a normal part of ALL milk... the newborn is SUPPOSED to grow quickly! What makes the 50% of obese American consumers think they need MORE growth? Consumers don't think anything about it because they do not have a clue to the problem... nor do most of our doctors.

      (See http://www.notmilk.com/igf1time.txt... for a time line)

      QUANTITY

      Each bite of hard cheese has TEN TIMES whatever was in that sip of milk... because it takes ten pounds of milk to make one pound of cheese. Each bite of ice cream has 12 times ... and every swipe of butter 21 times whatever is contained in the fat molecules in a sip of milk.

      MONSANTO AND rbGH (Posilac)

      Monsanto Chemical Co., maker of fine poisons such as DDT, agent orange, Roundup and more... spent around half a billion dollars inventing a shot to inject into cows... to force a cow to produce MORE milk (for an already glutted taxpayer subsidized market).

      Unfortunately, they created *FIVE* errors in their Frankenstein Posilac (rbGH) shot that direly affected all test animals... but that important report (Richard, Odaglia & Deslex, 1989) has been hidden from everyone under Clinton's Trade Secrets act. The Canadians read enough of this report (before it was stolen) to reject rbGH for their country.

      Monsanto's Posilac creates additional IGF-1 in milk: up to 80% more.

      The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) insists that IGF-1 is destroyed in the stomach. If that were true, the FDA has proven that breast feeding cannot work. Common sense says their "finding" is ridiculous because this growth factor DOES make the baby calf grow (rapidly, as mother natured intended). Visit the Dairy Education Board at http://www.notmilk.com/deb/100399.html... to review a DAIRY study that confirms what the FDA has lied about this for years.

      IGF-1 INCREASES

      This study involved two groups. One group consuming 12 ounces of milk a day and the other consuming the USDA recommended allowance of 24 ounces (three cups). This report notes that the participants consuming 12 ounces more milk per day... HAD A 10% RISE IN IGF-1 IN THEIR BLOOD SERUM! Now, consider that PER DAY, from ALL sources, the typical milk/dairy consumer ingests approximately 39% of daily diet from dairy... and that 10% increase becomes the "tip of the iceberg". We have NO idea of the non-dairy versus full-dairy difference but considering cancer rates... it has to be significant.

      FAT

      Whole milk 49% of the calories are from fat.
      "2%" milk 35% of the calories are from fat.
      Cheddar cheese 74% of the calories are from fat.
      Butter 100% of the calories are from fat.

      Most folks suspect that butter is all fat. Most folks have no concept of the just how much fat is in the rest of milk and dairy. Perhaps the 54% of Americans who are obese need to comprehend that milk, ice cream, cheeses, yogurts, and all the OTHER products that use milk derivatives (casein, whey, lactose, colostrum) are most likely a significant cause for their weight and health problem.

      CALCIUM

      Calcium? Where do the COWS get calcium for their big bones? Yes... from plants! The calcium they consume from plants has a large amount of magnesium... necessary for the body to absorb and USE the calcium.

      The calcium in cow's milk is basically useless because it has insufficient magnesium content (those nations with the highest amount of milk/dairy consumption also have the highest rates of osteoporosis. Proof? How about a controlled study of 78,000 nurses over a period of 12 years?

      Read more about it at:

      http://www.notmilk.com/deb/030799.html... Article on the 78,000 nurse study
      http://www.notmilk.com/deb/092098.html... CALCIUM AND BONE DISEASE
      http://www.notmilk.com/badbones.html... WHO GETS BONE DISEASE?
      http://www.notmilk.com/bonehead.txt... CRIPPLING BONEHEADS
      http://www.notmilk.com/calcium/index.htm... Consolidated info

      Cows milk has three times the calcium as does human breast milk. No matter, neither are very usable because in order to be absorbed and used their MUST be an equal quantity of MAGNESIUM (as exists in the greens that cows eat to get all the calcium they need for their big bones). Milk has only enough magnesium to absorb around 11% (33mg per cup) of calcium.

      Per the USDA 8 ounces (one cup) of cows milk contains:

      Calcium, Ca mg 291.336
      Magnesium, Mg mg 32.794

      The USDA recommends 1200mg of calcium per day. The USDA recommended three cups of milk a day only have 900mg of calcium. Some argue that only 1/3 of the magnesium is necessary. Mother nature seems to suggest it should be one to one. If the ratio for proper absorption were 1/3 magnesium to one calcium then no more than 300mg of that 900mg of calcium is usable. If, in fact, it is a one to one ratio... only 98.38mg of calcium is usable.

      It is not a matter of how much calcium one ingests... but how much one does not lose.

      PROTEIN

      Milk can be thought of as "liquid meat" because of its high protein content which, in concert with other proteins, may actually LEACH calcium from the body. Countries that consume high protein diets (meat, milk and dairy) have the highest rates of osteoporosis.

      THE 'WHOLESOME' PROTEIN MYTH

      87% of milk is water. That makes it VERY expensive water.

      Broken down into its basic groups... WHOLE MILK is:

      WATER FAT CASEIN OTHER PROTEIN
      87% 3.25% 4% 1% 4.75

      (note: that is 3.25% "milkfat" which includes the 87% water.)

      80% of the protein in milk is casein. Casein is a powerful binder... a
      polymer used to make plastics... and a glue that is better used to make
      sturdy furniture or hold beer bottle labels in place. It is in
      thousands of processed foods as a binder... as "something" caseinate.

      Casein is a powerful allergen... a histamine that creates lots of
      mucus. The only medicine in Olympic athlete Flo-Jo's body was Benedryl,
      a power antihistamine she took to combat her last meal... pizza.
      For the whole Flo-Jo story:

      http://www.notmilk.com/deb/092198.html,...
      http://www.notmilk.com/deb/111598.html... and
      http://www.notmilk.com/deb/112398.html... for the whole story.

      BACTERIA

      Cow's milk is allowed to have feces in it. This is a major source for bacteria. Milk is typically pasteurized more than once before it gets to your table... each time for only 15 seconds at 162 degrees Fahrenheit.

      To sanitize water one is told to boil it (212 degrees F) for several minutes. That is a tremendous disparity, isn't it!

      Keep in mind that at room temperature the number of bacteria in milk DOUBLE around every 20 minutes. No wonder milk turns rotten very quickly.

      PUS

      ONE cubic centimeter (cc) of commercial cow's milk is allowed to have up to 750,000 somatic cells (common name is "PUS") and 20,000 live bacteria... before it is kept off the market.

      That amounts to a whopping 20 million live squiggly bacteria and up to 750 MILLION pus cells per liter (bit more than a quart).

      1 cup = 236.5882cc 177,441,150 pus cells ~ 4,731,600 bacteria
      24 oz (3 glasses) = 532,323,450 pus cells ~ 14,220,000 bacteria
      (the "recommended" daily intake)

      The EU and the Canadians allow for a less "tasty" 400,000,000 pus cells per liter.

      Typically these levels are lower... but they COULD reach these levels and still get to YOUR table.

      CHOLESTEROL

      The cholesterol content of those three glasses of milk is equal to what one would get from 53 slices of bacon. Do you know of any doctor who recommends that much bacon per day?

      KOSHER

      Is cow's milk and dairy "Kosher"? Consider this:

      "D-3 always is derived from an animal. The sunlight reaction that converts 7-dehydrocholesterol to vitamin D-3 is a 'pure' chemical reaction that occurs in your skin in certain cells."

      "The provitamin known as 7-dehydrocholesterol is extracted and isolated from the skins of mammals and purified." (Marian Herbert of the Vitamin D Workshop U of C)

      Vitamin D-3 can come from four different sources:

      Pig skin, sheep skin, raw fish liver, and pig brains. Most of the time, Vitamin D-3 is extracted from pig skin and sold to dairy processors.

      Short answer to "is milk kosher" - probably not.

      OTHER 'STUFF'

      Fat and cholesterol. Lots of it. Per the dairy influenced USDA "food pyramid" all milk, dairy and meats should represent no more than 8% of the diet. Statistically, by volume of sales in a nation of 281 million Americans, it works out to almost 40% of the diet for MILK AND DAIRY.. without the meat.

      The milk of each of the over 4,700 mammals on earth is formulated specifically for that species. There are special lactoferrins and immunoglobulins (cow specific immunizing stuff) that in humans serve as allergens.

      LEUKEMIA

      According to Hoards Dairyman (Volume 147, number 4)... 89% of America's dairy herds have the leukemia virus. (more at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/notmilk/me...

      DIABETES

      The protein lactalbumin, has been identified as a key factor in diabetes (and a major reason for NOT giving cows milk to infants).

      CROHN'S DISEASE

      Mycobacterium paratuberculosis causes a bovine disease called "Johne's."

      Cows diagnosed with Johne's Disease have diarrhea, and heavy fecal shedding of bacteria. This bacteria becomes cultured in milk, and is not destroyed by pasteurization. Occasionally, the milk-borne bacteria will begin to grow in the human host, and the results are irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn's Disease.

      MAD COW DISEASE

      There may also be prions (pronounced PREons) in the milk and meat. This is crystalline substance that acts like a virus... with an "incubation" period of from 5 to 30 years. The end result is MAD COW DISEASE!

      HOMOGENIZATION

      Large fat molecules cannot get through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream. The cream no longer rises... because homogenization breaks up those large molecules into small ones that DO get into the bloodstream! This becomes an expressway for any fat-borne toxins (lead, dioxin's, etc.) into your (otherwise) most protected organs.

      CUMULATIVE EFFECTS

      How does this impact humans who consume cow's milk and dairy? Obesity (over 50% of Americans and rising), heart disease, cancer, allergies, digestive problems, diabetes, asthma, desensitization to antibiotics, behavioral problems, and the constant ingestion of dioxin's, herbicides, pesticides (and anything else the cow eats that is not good for any critter), that winds up getting stored in HUMAN fat... is not healthy by any measure.

      Those who resist believing the truth should understand that MOST of the world's population CANNOT tolerate the lactose in cow's milk. Up to 95% of the black population, around 53% of the Hispanics, etc.) So much for cow's milk being "natures perfect food" for humans! Mother nature knows better.

      Common sense question: Where was this massive "milk is a must" before refrigeration, pasteurization and mass transportation? Back when cows gave only 1-4 pounds a day it was quickly made into BUTTER and cheese! Now that those same cows have been tweaked and shot-up with Posilac to produce up to 55 or more pounds of milk per day... almost all year long... it is suddenly (after many thousands of years) a daily "staple". NOT!

      POLLUTION

      There are around 9.2 million dairy cows in the United states. Each dairy cow ingests around 330 pounds of feed (perhaps 50 pounds) and water (around 280 pounds or 33 gallons) per day. Allowing for the best dairy production of 55 pounds of milk per day (over ten times what mother nature designed the cow to produce) that means that what remains becomes "slurry".

      That means around 275 pound of urine and feces per day... per cow, for a daily total of 2.53 BILLION pounds of pollution. Per year... that amounts to around 923 billion pounds of UNTREATED pollution entering our streams, rivers, lakes... and drinking water systems.

      Cows are hot-blooded mammals. Like all other mammals they pass gas. Somewhat like elephants their compartmented digestive system is rather inefficient... which leads to the creation of MORE gas. During a Discovery Channel documentary on elephants a parting quip was that the average adult elephant passes enough methane gas per day to run a car about 20 miles.

      Cows are not much better. The English New Scientist (page 5 -31.8.96) mentions that cattle produce around 48 kilograms (105 pounds) of methane each per year and that more bubbles out of the animals' manure. Dairy cows eat more because they produce milk. With 9.2 million dairy cows times a minimum of 100 pounds of methane gas per year... that amounts almost a billion pounds of methane gas released into the atmosphere each year. With around 100 million beef cattle... pigs, sheep, and other "factory farmed" animals it should not be difficult to fathom the extent of this problem.

      This means that "Beef is a greenhouse-intensive food" and a major cause of global warming (with dairy a significant part of the problem).

      Another major point is:

      "Milk is a very strong pollutant: it is about 400 times more polluting than untreated sewage. To put it another way, 1,000 gallons of milk has the same polluting potential as the untreated sewage from a town of 7,000 people." Morlais Owen. Chief Scientist for Welsh Water. North Wales Weekly News. 24.3.88.

      SOME QUESTIONS ANSWERED

      Q: What is WHEY?

      A: Whey results when the FAT and CASEIN are removed from milk.
      In making cheese, the curds become the cheese.

      Whey's main components are bovine serum albumin and lactalbumin.
      There are other hormones contained in whey.

      Q: What happens to the:

      59 hormones, scores of allergens herbicides, pesticides, dioxins
      up to 52 antibiotics

      When made into cheese?

      A: Everything gets concentrated.

      When made into butter?

      A: The allergens get lost: but the dioxin's and
      pesticides and antibiotics remain in the fat.

      In the digestive system?

      A: Steroid hormones survive, as do dioxins and antibiotics.
      In homogenized milk, protein hormones survive... depending upon the
      gastric pH, some protein hormones in cheese survive, but not all...
      eleven steroid hormones survive.

      AND WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

      Eventually, everything is broken down, but not before the chemical messengers (hormones) "deliver their message."

      Each of those hormones and proteins acts differently and has different rates of degradation. BOTTOM LINE... they all survive to a certain degree... and the effects are cumulative.

      OTHER HEATH-TRASHING SUBSTANCES IN COW'S MILK

      Whey: Blood proteins. Bovine serum lactalbumin has been identified as a trigger for diabetes and other autoimmune diseases.

      Lactose: Two sugars. Glucose and galactose. Galactose has been indentified as a trigger for glaucoma. There are several columns that cover lactose (covering galactose and galactosemia):

      http://www.notmilk.com/deb/090599.txt... Dr. Gordon: Heart Disease
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/notmilk/me... Lactose is dangerous
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/notmilk/me... Ben's heart
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/notmilk/me... Female Cancers
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/notmilk/me... Lactose intolerance

      Colostrum (cow's first milk): Loaded with hormones, particularly IGF-I, along with loads of immunizing agents for COW DISEASES.

      Answers courtesy of the NOTMILKMAN. (notmilkman@notmilk.com)

      MILK...What a surprise!

      Read what a NOTMILK guest book respondent said:
      http://www.notmilk.com/gbooktalk.txt...

      For more of the WHOLE truth... visit:

      For all past newsletters visit with a wealth of information:
      http://www.notmilk.com/deb/column.html...

      and for the Daily Squirts of NOTMILK wisdom...
      http://www.notmilk.com/deb/squirts.html...

      Diabetics please read http://www.notmilk.com/deb/011099.html...

      Read up on "mad cow disease"? Visit
      http://www.milkgate.com for what may well be mankind's NEXT plague.

      http://www.notmilk.com/milkinfo.txt... my 2400 word overview (this file)
      http://www.notmilk.com/wholemilk.txt... USDA facts, and what they omitted
      http://www.notmilk.com/52reasons.txt... A reason for every week of the year

      Perhaps the BEST single reference:
      http://www.notmilk.com/a-z.txt
      Extensive reasons by ailment/topic

      QUOTES

      "It's not natural for humans to drink cow's milk. Humans milk is for humans. Cow's milk is for calves. You have no more need of cow's milk than you do rats milk, horses milk or elephant's milk. Cow's milk is a high fat fluid exquisitely designed to turn a 65 lb baby calf into a 400 lb cow. That's what cow's milk is for!" --Dr Michael Klaper MD

      "I no longer recommend dairy products after the age of 2 years. Other calcium sources offer many advantages that dairy products do not have." --Dr. Benjamin Spock

  39. QUESTION:
    How much will it cost to take 2 dogs from S. Korea to Canada? What is the procedure?
    We are living in South Korea and have two dogs. We will eventually be going back to Canada. We need to be able to bring th edogs with. They have their vaccinations. How long will they be quarantined for and how much will it cost.

    • ANSWER:
      Please keep in mind any kinda "heat" embargo where temp's will be too high.

      It's not a fun or cheap thing to have to do.
      I found Delta and Continental websites useful and easy.

      Go to your vet and start the learning and stuff. The Vets will be doing a health and safe to fly letters.
      Most airline require micro chipping - Its and airline requirement as I guess each airport has a scanner to track the dog should one every get loose.
      Stickers and food and water with the proper cage requirements.
      Expect some unforeseen $$ and stuff when you try and get out of Canadians customs. They can always throw a surprise at you !

      I took my large Doberman - Atlanta / Mexico City . TWO days to get him out of Immigration and customs. 0 dollars in some fee's, then find a large van that was a taxi to get us into Acapulco.0 dollars taxi..................His cage was so big it only fit thru cargo doors on a 757. No 757's fly into Acapulco !
      Had to fly him cargo and not ever flight was a "cargo" flight.

      Dont get on the plane unless you know ,and SEE him loaded, on that plane ,do not board !
      Best and hardest thing I ever did..................
      Now My Doberman and I hit the beach everyday here in Acapulco and I'd never have it ANY other way......................

      Fees ? I bet when all is said and done, 00 if not more..........Per DOG !!!!

  40. QUESTION:
    Is it OK to feed a husky dog a whole gutted frozen fish? Are the bones a problem?

    Aren't most sled-dogs in the arctic fed on frozen fish? And I don't think they go to the trouble of removing the bones.

    I've heard people say that it is safe (and even healthy) and others say it isn't (and extremely dangerous). Seems like I'm still getting a split opinion. Anyone out there with any real expertise?

    BTW - I've owned dogs all my life too (I'm 49) but I can't say with any certainty either way on this issue.
    And Paul, I want to give my dog that because it is good quality food and that is what I have. Don't worry though, I'm going to find out if it is safe first.

    You may be horrified to hear that she already fortifies her packaged dog food with snowshoe hares and ptarmigan that live in abundance on my acreage in the far north of B.C. It would be unfair to deny her that. That's what wolves/dogs eat naturally and have for thousands of years.
    And Paul, I want to give my dog that because it is good quality food and that is what I have. Don't worry though, I'm going to find out if it is safe first.

    You may be horrified to hear that she already fortifies her packaged dog food with snowshoe hares and ptarmigan that live in abundance on my acreage in the far north of B.C. It would be unfair to deny her that. That's what wolves/dogs eat naturally and have for thousands of years.

    • ANSWER:
      Bones are a problem yes. It's best to feed a de-boned filet versus a whole fish and make sure it's been frozen for at least 48 hours. Dogs can contract all manner of nasty parasites from fish meat especially, one of which is the deadly giant kidney worm (don't believe me? look it up...).

      To be honest I know there are many supporters or RAW fed dogs but to me, it's not worth the risk. If you must feed it raw meat, I would tend to stay away from fish when possible, especially whole fish.

      If you're dog LIKES fish-flavored food. Natural Balance as well as Hill's VET line (not to be confused with the pet-store line) of hypoallergenic diets (D/D) have great salmon and potato recipe canned and dry foods.

      EDIT: Yes, some people do feed whole raw fish unfrozen even without an issue BUT there is always a risk if perforation from the tiny bones, choking, and parasitic infection. I saw a documentary the other day on the Canadian Eskimo Dog. There is a breeder called Brian Ladoon that breed this rare dog in Manitoba, Canada. He feed his dogs "Perfectly Raw" frozen formulas. Another area of interest to you might be the Iditarod diet. Obviously your dog is not burning as many calories per day, but mushers tend to make batches of very high calorie high protein food consisting of commericla kibble, raw and frozen meat mixed with a vitamin/mineral/bonemeal complex and often times snow to make a stew. This can be frozen and fed frozen or thawed along the race. generally though if the diet includes fish, it will be de-boned salmon steaks OR ground meat and bones versus whole. It's easier to digest and less risk to the dogs.

  41. QUESTION:
    Why does my 6 year old highly prefer sodium nitrite foods?
    My son is a very picky eater. The foods he loves to eat are bacon, pepperoni, salami, ham (Canadian bacon), cheese, milk, and he likes chicken (sometimes), and he liked hot dogs until I started buying the natural kind.

    I have a friend whose son has the same exact preferences, too.

    It took me a while to figure out the sodium connection, but I don't want to keep letting him eat these foods, especially the processed meats.

    Any thoughts about why this could be, or what I should do about it?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with Dave 100%. I would SERIOUS suggest nipping that in the bud while he's young, as there is a definite link between diet and certain diseases. Here are some ideas on changing his diet, I've listed the sources below.

      1. Have regular family meals.
      2. Serve a variety of healthy foods and snacks.
      3. Be a role model by eating healthy yourself.
      4. Avoid battles over food.
      5. Involve kids in the process.

      Lead by example – kids will emulate their parents and if their parents enjoy a healthy lifestyle filled with whole foods and regular exercise, their kids will naturally want to be in on the fun.

      Limit the refined sugar and white flour – the more sugar and flour (which easily converts to sugar) that is in the system of a child, the more it sets up the desire for more. Make the sugar-filled stuff a treat, not an everyday occurrence, and remember that sugar is in almost all processed food so be sure to check your labels.

      Stock up on healthy, whole foods and make sure to offer a variety of choices – There are so many fruits for example that you could offer for snacks – apples, strawberries, plums, pears, and grapes to name only a few. Offering your child a variety to choose from puts some power in their court –** they are making the decision even though you are in control of the options. **

      Go for alternative snack choices – I think that fresh fruits (or veggies) are the best snack choice but once in awhile you could offer a “treat”, which is still on the healthier side – try out Mrs. May’s Naturals or Larabars. Mrs. May’s are mainly nuts and dried fruit and while they do contain some sugar, it is much less than you’d get in cake, candy, or cookies. On the other hand Larabars don’t contain any refined sugar but are still quite sweet due to the natural sugar they contain.

  42. QUESTION:
    Bringing my dog to the states with me?
    I want to go camping down in orgeon for a week or so, im coming from Canada. What will i need to show at the border for my dog to be allowed to cross?

    • ANSWER:
      Pets

      When examined at a port of entry, cats and dogs must show no signs of diseases communicable to humans. If there is evidence of poor animal health, an examination by a licensed veterinarian might be required, at the expense of the owner. The U.S. authorities may also require a health certificate. Vaccination against rabies is not required for cats. Dogs must be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days before entry, except for puppies under three months of age. Other animals are also subject to controls or quarantine requirements. Further information may be obtained from the U.S. CBP.

      When you return to Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will require proof of vaccination against rabies for all cats and dogs over three months of age. For detailed information, contact the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

      http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/report_rapport-eng.asp?id=308000

  43. QUESTION:
    how much does a bunny cost with everything you need with it in canadian dollars??
    how much does a bunny cost with everything you need with it in canadian dollars??

    • ANSWER:
      I paid about to adopt an already spayed rabbit from an animal shelter in Ontario..
      I use an extra large dog crate which cost me about with a corner litter box that cost about . My rabbit is free roaming the house most of the time though. The crate she pretty much just goes in to pee and I put her in there when I'm at work. Then I have two heavy crocks, one for water, one for food.. for both. I have a hay rack to keep the hay out of the bedding, that was about .
      Other then that, I just buy aspen shavings for the bedding and feline pine or wood stove pellets to use in the litter pan..
      For more information on rabbits available in your area and what to expect with a pet rabbit, see the Canadian Rabbit Rescue site here,
      www.rabbitrescue.ca
      http://www.rabbitrescue.ca/housing.html

      For a pet rabbit, you really want a neutered one so that you don't have a rabbit that spins around and sprays urine up to 5 feet away. I used to raise show rabbits and can tell you from experience that neutered is much better for pets..
      It's a heck of a lot cheaper to adopt one that's already neutered then to buy a bunny for in a pet store and then pay 0 to have them neutered which seems to be the going rate in Canadian vet clinics..

  44. QUESTION:
    Do I need a Health Certificate to take my dog into Canada, in addition to my proof of shots?
    I have proof that her rabies and other shots are up to date, but my vet charges additional for a "Health Certificate" that she has examined the dog recentlly and the dog is in good health. I would like to avoid the extra expense of the Health Certificate if it is not really necessary. We are driving from Maine into Quebec City by rental car. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You need a rabies certificate from your veterinarian.

      From the Canadian Food Inspection Agency:
      "Domestic or pet dogs may enter Canada if accompanied by an original valid rabies vaccination certificate, which is issued by a licensed veterinarian(2), in either English or French and which clearly identifies the dogs and states that they are currently vaccinated against rabies. This certificate should identify the animal as in breed, colour, weight, etc., and indicate the name of the licensed rabies vaccine used (trade name), including serial number and duration of validity (up to three years). Please note that if the duration of validity is not indicated on the certificate, the vaccine will be considered to be valid for one year."
      http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/anima/heasan/import/dog_chien_3e.shtml
      http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/anima/heasan/import/dogse.shtml

  45. QUESTION:
    I recently committed to being a vegetarian and advice is welcome...?
    Any tips on how to ENDURE would be helpful. Also, if you have any food ALTERNATIVES or ways to get those essential VITAMINS, please say so in your answer.

    • ANSWER:
      For the guy who said you don't get protein, you're wrong. I get more protein now then I did when I ate meat. Yves has a selection of veggie "meat" products that are high in protein, especially their veggie dogs. Best part is, EVERYTHING I've tried by them aside from the bacon tastes exactly (and better) then real meat, only much more healthier.

      If you have PC (President's Choice..may only be Canadian) where you live, try them too. They have healthy veggie meals and they even have veggie burgers and veggie "chicken" nuggets. My favourite veggie meal is from M&M, veggie spring rolls. SO delicious and a great lunch.

      For dinner sometimes I will get a low carb wrap, and fill it with veggies and such (lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, peppers, pickles, mustard, swiss cheese..mmm - you can even add "veggie" chicken to it or whatever you like). Delicious.

      Vitamins, I eat fruits for that. Oranges, grapes, bananas, apples, strawberries, watermelon, kiwi...many options. A lot of those are high in Vitamin A, B, C, fiber, etc.

      Good-luck!

  46. QUESTION:
    What kind of things could I give as gifts to Canadians in Korea?
    It needs to get through customs, be cheapish, and for a boy and a girl (Simon and Martina) :) I'm sending them Christmas presents. I know it's early but I wanna plan it now. What kind of things are hard to find or expensive in Korea but common and cheap in Canada? If you know them, what do they like? I know A&W root beer, ranch dressing, and Cool Ranch dioritoes. I also heard Deoderant is hard to come by... True?

    • ANSWER:
      Haha I read the title and knew it was for Simon and Martina :)

      Well, the other person is wrong, because if you watched one of their recent videos where they unboxed stuff people had sent them, one of the food items got taken by customs but they let them have the rest of the box.

      I'm sure they'd find it funny if you sent them deodorant xD like wrapped up cute like a christmas present. Well you could either get them food that they miss, like you already mentioned (I'm English, so I'm not sure I can help with that.. idek what ranch dressing is orz), or just like normal christmas gifts that you would get anyone else?

      If it was me, I'd send them food wrapped up with ribbons and stuff, and like dog clothes for Spudgy or something like that. If it's for christmas, you can get like reindeer costumes and stuff xD

      Good luck x

  47. QUESTION:
    Where do you buy ferret accessories in Ontario?
    I live in Canada, Ontario and I have seen a ferret in a pet store once (don't worry, I've been doing my homework, pet stores usually sell Marshall's bred ferrets, which aren't good) but I have never once seen a bag of ferret food or toys or a cage or anything. This worries me because I've been saving up money and doing research like crazy and I don't want there to be a problem when it comes time to get the stuff. So, for anyone living in Ontario, do you know where I get purchase some ferret products?
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on where in Ontario you live, whether or not you have any of the big chain stores in your area, or whether you only have local stores to choose from (in which case, I probably couldn't help you since there's no way for me to know what they carry :P )

      Bigger chain stores are your best bet for cages. Petsmart has a lot of selection. Pet smart, pet valu and superpet are able to carry or order the ferret nation 142, which is the most heavily recommended cage online.

      There aren't a lot of ferret toys out there in general. A lot of bigger stores will carry hammocks and stuff, but the best solution for actual toys to play with is to improvise and pick from the dog and cat sections. Avoid feathers, spongey balls or toys, and rubber toys since those can be problematic if pieces are swallowed. My ferret likes mini tennis balls (dog aisle), crinkle balls (cat aisle), and any cat toy that comes on a string for dangling around.

      Most pet stores don't carry very good ferret food. I don't think Global usually carries any. Pet valu only has marshall and 8-in-1 ultra. Pet smart can get those 2 as well as 8-in-1 crunchy and zupreem, which are better.

      My personal preference is to feed a very high quality cat food, since both ferret and *GOOD* cat foods are made about the same, and the very best cat foods are a higher quality than most ferret foods. Many people do this. Just never feed a ferret grocery store or lower quality cat food. If you'd like, I have a chart that rates cat and ferret foods together http://moredooks.herobo.com/search.php?chart=ferret

      Pet valu carries wellness core, go!, and instinct, before grain, and chicken soup. Global carries all those except for before grain. They also carry Innova EVO and Orijen. Petsmart carries blue and I think only the regular line of wellness (not core). Since Orijen and Go! are canadian brands, they may be easier to find at local non-chain stores.

      You can always buy stuff online too, but keep in mind that the shipping makes that option more expensive unless you can find a canadian site for it. Especially with cages :(
      FN 142's are 0-300 in stores in Ontario. You can find them online for less than 0, but then the shipping is always 0 or more :P
      I suppose that kijiji would be worth a look too for cages now that I think about it

  48. QUESTION:
    can you keep a mini lop rabbit in a 20 by 30 plastic dog kennel?
    as ive said before i would like to have a minilop rabbit
    (i dont have one yet). would there be enough space in a 20 by 30 dog kennel for a mini lop rabbit? also how much does it cost to own a mini lop rabbit or a year (Canadian $) the cage has ventalation windows and im pretty sure it could fit one mini lop rabbit. i would take the rabbit out of the cage atleast once a day to rome around my back yard . i have two dgs (border collies) and the cage used to be a bed for one of them so its pretty big

    • ANSWER:
      20 by 30 in what units? inches? feet? centimeters? That info would help. Rabbits are okay outside but it is much better to keep them indoors. During the warmer months, especially spring and fall, it is fine to let them roam around outside in a supervised, enclosed location. In the very hot summer months and the winter they should be kept indoors as they easily overheat in the summer and can die of heatstroke.

      So to get to your questions, if the kennel is in inches, then it will be okay for the rabbit to sleep in, but it will need to have time outside of it's cage, a few hours a day. This should be in a supervised area where all wires are covered or taken away so the rabbit doesn't chew them. Also you want to make sure he won't chew furniture and rugs that you don't want ruined, which is why you should supervise him. Make sure the dogs are not going to go for the rabbit, and that he isn't too scared of them. I have rabbits and a large dog and they get along alright as long as we keep him away when he gets too playful - he doesn't know how easy he could hurt them.

      In terms of cost, for one rabbit, here are the supplies you will need for starters:
      cage (which you have)
      food: Hay - /bag probably 1-2 bags per month, Vegetables - assorted leafy greens, broccoli, carrots, etc., Pellets (5lb bag about )
      treats - stick with dried cranberries! they love them
      water/food dishes: about
      Litter box - -15
      Litter - use a non-clumping litter, like Yesterday's News (available in Canada) for 13lb bag
      Brush, nail clippers, toys -30
      So you are looking at about -90 just for supplies to start up. After that, you will need to continue purchasing litter, food, and treats.

      I would budget /month on food and litter and that should be plenty for one rabbit.

      If you get a baby, you are going to have to make sure you feed him according to his age. Information on what you should feed at different stages can be found here:
      http://www.rabbit.org/faq/sections/diet.html

      Please remember that it is easy to litter train bunns. They make very good pets but they are NOT low maintenance and require a lot of social interaction to stay happy and healthy. They can live between 8-12 years. Vet costs should also be considered - the biggest fee will be the cost of spaying/neutering. If you are in the GTA or surrounding area you can email me at amylouie07@yahoo.ca and I can suggest some good vets for bunnies. They do not require yearly shots, but should get yearly checkups and you need to familiarize yourself with the signs of illness, since they can get sick very quickly and it can be costly if not caught and taken care of fast.
      http://www.rabbit.org has lots of info all about rabbits. If you are in the GTA area and want to adopt a rabbit, which will come fixed and health checked, check out http://www.rabbitrescue.ca
      Email me any other questions and I can help you.


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