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Improve Your Dogs Health With a Natural Diet


It goes without saying that your dog needs suitable nutrition to remain healthy. Vets and pet food manufacturers often have differing views on appropriate nutrition for your dog. Although commercial pet food manufacturers are motivated in large part by profits, commercially prepared foods are routinely recommended as part of an adequate, or good, diet for your dog. Sometimes your vet or dog breeder may approve of commercially prepared foods as your dog's sole diet. Many experts, however, tend to prefer a largely natural diet which for dogs is invariably comprised of meat and bones. Raw is preferable to cooked, as some of the minerals are definitely lost in the cooking process.

The reason why the commercially prepared pet food is so often fed to our dogs, is because, apart from the convenience, it can (depending upon the quality) actually contain many of the nutrients which are essential to your dog's wellbeing. The key word here is quality. There are in fact very, very few commercial manufacturers which produce nutrient-rich food. And they're not the brands you find in your supermarket, or even in most pet stores or vetinarians.

Raw bones with a little dry food as well as occasional rice or pasta, and perhaps the odd quality food scrap from your table, will generally contain most of the nutrients which your dog needs.

All dogs must obtain reasonable nutrition from their food to maintain excellent health and performance. The main nutrients required by your dog are water, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins. Vitamin or mineral deficiency in dogs fed a commercially manufactured diet today is not widely publicised. But then again, the slosh and dried formulae which are readily available from your vet or the local supermarket are not your dog's natural diet. If your dog was left to fend for itself in the wild (assuming it could manage to adapt, that is), would choose raw meat. And one of the reasons why meat, and especially bones, are so good, is the chewing action and the teeth cleaning function which the bones perform. Of course, there are also commercially prepared substitutes which can also effectively clean your dog's teeth and satisfy his/her need to chew.

A lesser known fact is that to feed your dog only meat (with no bones and no cereals or other carbohydrate source) can cause severe deficiencies: your dog is likely to become lethargic, sick, and even death has been known to occur from an all meat diet. But what about dogs in the wild, I hear you ask? Isn't meat a dog's natural diet? Isn't that what you just said, Brigitte? Well, yes and no: in the wild dogs eat the whole of their prey, not simply muscle meat - they thus obtain vegetable matter from the digestive tract of their prey, and calcium from the bones. As well, wild dogs occasionally, but routinely, add to their diet with plants, fruit and berries.

Most dogs relish some raw fruit and vegetables in their diet, so long as that's what they're used to. A dog who has been fed commercially prepared dog food all of its life won't be used to the taste of fresh food, so may well turn up his/her nose if you introduce such healthy food later in life. But persevere - try hand feeding pieces of carrot or apple to begin with. And if your dog is still very young, all the better. Start as you mean to go on and feed him/her some raw fruit and vegetables from time to time. Your dog's health will benefit!

(c) 2004, Brigitte Smith, Healthy Happy Dogs

Brigitte Smith is a dog lover with a special interest in natural health for dogs. For your free special report, as well as weekly tips, information, strategies and resources for a healthier happier dog, go to http://www.HealthyHappyDogs.com and submit your name and email address. Take a look around the site - http://www.HealthyHappyDogs.com - while you're there - you'll find lots of useful information.


TODAYS NEWS BY OFFICEJAX FREE ADVERTISING AND AD EXCHANGE SOLUTIONSMORE PETS INFORMATION RESOURCES updated Sun. July / 05 / 2020

Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of July 5, 2020 - Summit Daily News
Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of July 5, 2020  Summit Daily News

Keeping pets safe during Fourth weekend - KOLN
Keeping pets safe during Fourth weekend  KOLN

Cold Noses: Adoptable Pets of the Week - The Florida Times-Union
Cold Noses: Adoptable Pets of the Week  The Florida Times-Union

Pet safety during 4th of July: How to keep your furry friends from running off at the sound of fireworks - 13newsnow.com WVEC
Pet safety during 4th of July: How to keep your furry friends from running off at the sound of fireworks  13newsnow.com WVEC

Veterinary project on a mission to help pets in need - Stockton Record
Veterinary project on a mission to help pets in need  Stockton Record

Keeping pets safe during Fourth of July fireworks - - CBS19 News
Keeping pets safe during Fourth of July fireworks -  CBS19 News

Pets of the week: A couple of quiet guys looking for a home - Duluth News Tribune
Pets of the week: A couple of quiet guys looking for a home  Duluth News Tribune

PET TALK: Having a safe, paw-triotic Fourth of July weekend - Paris News
PET TALK: Having a safe, paw-triotic Fourth of July weekend  Paris News

Keeping your pets safe on Fourth of July with help from Wag N Wash - FOX21News.com
Keeping your pets safe on Fourth of July with help from Wag N Wash  FOX21News.com

Adopt-a-pets: July 5 | News | carolinacoastonline.com - Carolinacoastonline
Adopt-a-pets: July 5 | News | carolinacoastonline.com  Carolinacoastonline

Toasty summer days and more pets - Wilmington News Journal, OH
Toasty summer days and more pets  Wilmington News Journal, OH

Pet Pals TV: Heat strokes in pets - WISHTV.com
Pet Pals TV: Heat strokes in pets  WISHTV.com

Aggieland Humane Society Pets of the Week: Bella and Midnight - KBTX
Aggieland Humane Society Pets of the Week: Bella and Midnight  KBTX

Hot cars: What you need to know to keep children and pets safe this summer - KTIV
Hot cars: What you need to know to keep children and pets safe this summer  KTIV

High temperatures are felt by your pets as well - WHIZ
High temperatures are felt by your pets as well  WHIZ

Celebrate Independence Day With These Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island - Long Island Press
Celebrate Independence Day With These Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island  Long Island Press

Chicago text line can help reunite you with lost pet Fourth of July weekend - WGN TV Chicago
Chicago text line can help reunite you with lost pet Fourth of July weekend  WGN TV Chicago

Veterinarians offer advice to keep your pets calm during Fourth of July fireworks - KBJR 6
Veterinarians offer advice to keep your pets calm during Fourth of July fireworks  KBJR 6

Young-Williams Animal Center shares tips for keeping pets safe during Fourth of July - WATE 6 On Your Side
Young-Williams Animal Center shares tips for keeping pets safe during Fourth of July  WATE 6 On Your Side

Pets of the Month: Snoopy and Woodstock from Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue - WFMZ Allentown
Pets of the Month: Snoopy and Woodstock from Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue  WFMZ Allentown

Roxbury Resident Pursues Pet Pink Parakeet - TAPinto.net
Roxbury Resident Pursues Pet Pink Parakeet  TAPinto.net

Fireworks this weekend could be very stressful for your pets - WOAI
Fireworks this weekend could be very stressful for your pets  WOAI

NJ 'Moose's Law' prohibits animal abusers from owning pets - My Central Jersey
NJ 'Moose's Law' prohibits animal abusers from owning pets  My Central Jersey

The sounds of fireworks can be scary for many pets - WIBW
The sounds of fireworks can be scary for many pets  WIBW

Tips to protect kids, pets from heat - nbc25news.com
Tips to protect kids, pets from heat  nbc25news.com

Meet One of Our Adorable, Adoptable Pets - Ursula - Patch.com
Meet One of Our Adorable, Adoptable Pets - Ursula  Patch.com

Maggie and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week - AZCentral
Maggie and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week  AZCentral

Tips to Keep Pets Calm During July 4 Fireworks - NBC San Diego
Tips to Keep Pets Calm During July 4 Fireworks  NBC San Diego

Preparing your pet for life after the shelter-in-place - The Union Leader
Preparing your pet for life after the shelter-in-place  The Union Leader

TIPS: Keeping pets safe this Fourth of July - CBS19.tv KYTX
TIPS: Keeping pets safe this Fourth of July  CBS19.tv KYTX

Featured pets — July 4 | Pets And Animals - Frederick News Post
Featured pets — July 4 | Pets And Animals  Frederick News Post

Keeping pets calm during fireworks - fox2now.com
Keeping pets calm during fireworks  fox2now.com

Galveston County Animal Resource Center's pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston County Animal Resource Center's pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

Summer sun poses threats to pets and humans - CIProud.com
Summer sun poses threats to pets and humans  CIProud.com

Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

Dangers of foxtail barley to pets - KFYR
Dangers of foxtail barley to pets  KFYR

How to keep your pets calm this Fourth of July - KHQ Right Now
How to keep your pets calm this Fourth of July  KHQ Right Now

Keep your pets safe this weekend with these fireworks safety tips - Clarksville Now
Keep your pets safe this weekend with these fireworks safety tips  Clarksville Now

Veterinarians Talk Pet Safety During 4th of July Weekend - FOX 21 Online
Veterinarians Talk Pet Safety During 4th of July Weekend  FOX 21 Online

Dog bites are up; parents advised to supervise children, gives pets a little 'me time' - Omaha World-Herald
Dog bites are up; parents advised to supervise children, gives pets a little 'me time'  Omaha World-Herald

Boom in fireworks triggering veterans, terrorizing pets - News from southeastern Connecticut - theday.com
Boom in fireworks triggering veterans, terrorizing pets - News from southeastern Connecticut  theday.com

Fourth of July Pet Safety - WCJB
Fourth of July Pet Safety  WCJB

Tips for keeping pets safe and calm during fireworks - WDAM
Tips for keeping pets safe and calm during fireworks  WDAM

Animal Shelter Society shares pet of the week - WHIZ
Animal Shelter Society shares pet of the week  WHIZ

34 Pet Products From Amazon That Must Have Been Designed By Geniuses - BuzzFeed
34 Pet Products From Amazon That Must Have Been Designed By Geniuses  BuzzFeed

Colonial Capital pets of the week - New Bern Sun Journal
Colonial Capital pets of the week  New Bern Sun Journal

Frightened pets, fires come with illegal fireworks use - News3LV
Frightened pets, fires come with illegal fireworks use  News3LV

Great Lakes Mall hosting Shop With Your Pet - News-Herald.com
Great Lakes Mall hosting Shop With Your Pet  News-Herald.com

How to keep pets calm with more fireworks expected this holiday weekend - WKOW
How to keep pets calm with more fireworks expected this holiday weekend  WKOW

Spaying and neutering your pet can lead to healthier happier lives - Victoria Advocate
Spaying and neutering your pet can lead to healthier happier lives  Victoria Advocate

Business Intel: Pet grooming business opens in Roanoke - Roanoke Times
Business Intel: Pet grooming business opens in Roanoke  Roanoke Times

Pets, vets, vaccines and the pandemic: Animal and human health entwined more than ever in COVID times - capitalcurrent.ca
Pets, vets, vaccines and the pandemic: Animal and human health entwined more than ever in COVID times  capitalcurrent.ca

The Pets Left Behind by Covid-19 - The New York Times
The Pets Left Behind by Covid-19  The New York Times

What is the average cost of pet insurance? Depends on your pet - Business Insider - Business Insider
What is the average cost of pet insurance? Depends on your pet - Business Insider  Business Insider

Pets of the Week: Jasper and Herbert - Daily Bulldog
Pets of the Week: Jasper and Herbert  Daily Bulldog

These 17 pets would love to share space with you: June 27-28 - SILive.com
These 17 pets would love to share space with you: June 27-28  SILive.com

FDA cautions pet owners about infecting their pets in new video - CNN
FDA cautions pet owners about infecting their pets in new video  CNN

Pets perish in Otisfield fire that destroys mobile home and camper - The Bethel Citizen
Pets perish in Otisfield fire that destroys mobile home and camper  The Bethel Citizen

Pet of the Week: Puppy, Puppy, Puppies! - KGET 17
Pet of the Week: Puppy, Puppy, Puppies!  KGET 17

Pet caregiver provides tips to keep your animals calm - KLKN
Pet caregiver provides tips to keep your animals calm  KLKN

Special Report: The pros and cons of purchasing pet insurance - WSBT-TV
Special Report: The pros and cons of purchasing pet insurance  WSBT-TV

Pets of the Week: 100 Litter - WITN
Pets of the Week: 100 Litter  WITN

Paw Prints: Keep pet safe this Fourth of July - Pauls Valley Daily Democrat
Paw Prints: Keep pet safe this Fourth of July  Pauls Valley Daily Democrat

Keep your summer fun pet-safe and pet-friendly with top outdoor pet gear - CNN
Keep your summer fun pet-safe and pet-friendly with top outdoor pet gear  CNN

Class pets become long-term pandemic houseguests while St. Louis schools are out - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Class pets become long-term pandemic houseguests while St. Louis schools are out  St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Pet Of The Week: Zuzu - Pleasantville, NY Patch
Pet Of The Week: Zuzu  Pleasantville, NY Patch

Iowa Supreme Court sides with pet allergies over support animal in tenant dispute - KCRG
Iowa Supreme Court sides with pet allergies over support animal in tenant dispute  KCRG

2 puppies stolen from pet store; theft caught on camera - KMBC Kansas City
2 puppies stolen from pet store; theft caught on camera  KMBC Kansas City

2 pets killed in Fort Wayne house fire - WANE
2 pets killed in Fort Wayne house fire  WANE

Pet owners put furry friends on diets after they gained weight in lockdown - Fox News
Pet owners put furry friends on diets after they gained weight in lockdown  Fox News

Dogs, cash stolen in burglary at Daphne pet store - AL.com
Dogs, cash stolen in burglary at Daphne pet store  AL.com

Colorado Springs area pet organizations | Lifestyle | gazette.com - Colorado Springs Gazette
Colorado Springs area pet organizations | Lifestyle | gazette.com  Colorado Springs Gazette

How Pet Parents "Shop" for Pet-Friendly Accommodations - Quad-Cities Online
How Pet Parents "Shop" for Pet-Friendly Accommodations  Quad-Cities Online

Get a sketch of your pet, help Blue Ridge Humane Society - WLOS
Get a sketch of your pet, help Blue Ridge Humane Society  WLOS

Ways to keep your pet safe this 4th of July - KKCO-TV
Ways to keep your pet safe this 4th of July  KKCO-TV

Pet of the Week | Cluck Noris doesn’t need a home, a home needs Cluck Noris - Santa Cruz Sentinel
Pet of the Week | Cluck Noris doesn’t need a home, a home needs Cluck Noris  Santa Cruz Sentinel

Determine if a sidewalk or street is too hot for your pet in 7 seconds - wpde.com
Determine if a sidewalk or street is too hot for your pet in 7 seconds  wpde.com

Change Is Coming To The Way Pet Products Are Sold - Forbes
Change Is Coming To The Way Pet Products Are Sold  Forbes

Pets and Fireworks - Fox Baltimore
Pets and Fireworks  Fox Baltimore

Pet store worker threatened by customer over face covering - Albuquerque Journal
Pet store worker threatened by customer over face covering  Albuquerque Journal

Pet of the Week: Taffy - County 17
Pet of the Week: Taffy  County 17

New York State Thruway Authority: Grand opening held for expanded pet comfort area at WNY Welcome Center - Niagara Frontier Publications
New York State Thruway Authority: Grand opening held for expanded pet comfort area at WNY Welcome Center  Niagara Frontier Publications

Meet our pets of the week: A cat with no tail, a border collie mix and a donkey - STLtoday.com
Meet our pets of the week: A cat with no tail, a border collie mix and a donkey  STLtoday.com

These tips will help ease your pets as you return to work - WBAL TV Baltimore
These tips will help ease your pets as you return to work  WBAL TV Baltimore

Pets left behind by COVID-19 part of pandemic’s toll - Akron Beacon Journal
Pets left behind by COVID-19 part of pandemic’s toll  Akron Beacon Journal

Adopt a Pet: Theia - Ellwood City Ledger
Adopt a Pet: Theia  Ellwood City Ledger

Is Raw or Homemade Food Good for Your Pet? - WebMD
Is Raw or Homemade Food Good for Your Pet?  WebMD

Anxiety caused by the sound of fireworks can be fatal for pets: Experts - Yahoo Canada Shine On
Anxiety caused by the sound of fireworks can be fatal for pets: Experts  Yahoo Canada Shine On

Some families lose priceless mementos, family pets in River Fire - KSBY San Luis Obispo News
Some families lose priceless mementos, family pets in River Fire  KSBY San Luis Obispo News

Keeping your pets safe during monsoon season | Critter Corner - AZFamily
Keeping your pets safe during monsoon season | Critter Corner  AZFamily

Pet of The Weekend: Portobello - FOX 7 Austin
Pet of The Weekend: Portobello  FOX 7 Austin

Luke Is Basking Ridges Pet Of The Week - Patch.com
Luke Is Basking Ridges Pet Of The Week  Patch.com

Pets of the Week - Clarksville Now
Pets of the Week  Clarksville Now

Shelters struggle to keep up with skyrocketing demand for pet adoptions during COVID-19 - CBC.ca
Shelters struggle to keep up with skyrocketing demand for pet adoptions during COVID-19  CBC.ca

Pet of the week: Midnight, an older spaniel mix, needs a special home - MLive.com
Pet of the week: Midnight, an older spaniel mix, needs a special home  MLive.com

Porches, pizza and pets - Winnipeg Free Press
Porches, pizza and pets  Winnipeg Free Press

Pets with Potential: Tequila - WCAX
Pets with Potential: Tequila  WCAX

Firefighters rescue pets from Woodville bungalow fire - SaltWire Network
Firefighters rescue pets from Woodville bungalow fire  SaltWire Network

Want to Get Away With Your Dog? Getaway Makes Pet-Friendly Escapes for City Dog Owners Simple - PEOPLE
Want to Get Away With Your Dog? Getaway Makes Pet-Friendly Escapes for City Dog Owners Simple  PEOPLE

Meet the latest winners of The Mail's Pets of the Week - NW Evening Mail
Meet the latest winners of The Mail's Pets of the Week  NW Evening Mail

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