Whats In Your Dog Food?

According to holistic veternarian Dr. Jane Bicks, the maximum life span of dogs is estimated to be around 25 to 30 years, yet the average dog generally lives no longer than about 13 to 14 years.

She says that this deficit is due largely to poor nutrition.

For example, canned food is about 75 to 78 percent moisture, which leaves very little room for nutrition.

In addition to containing what is generally considered the bottom of the barrel ingredients in terms of nutritional density, most conventional dog food products contain especially large amounts of sodium to make them palatable, as well as

dairy, by-products, chemical preservatives, artificial colors and other potentially harmful ingredients. The carbohydrate ratio is too high in some dog food brands as well, eventually leading to obesity, which is increasingly becoming a serious problem with dogs.

In fact, obesity is one of the greatest health concerns facing our dogs; it can cause unnecessary suffering and a shortened lifespan

Renowned research scientist Dr. Barry Sears believes that dog food should have about the same 30-30-40 ratio as the human Zone diet. This means a relatively small amount of carbohydrates. Not only do many dog food brands have a particulary large amount of carbohydrates, they are mostly grain based, which are exactly the ones the Zone diet tries to minimize.

Another problem, according to the USDA Agricultural service, is that mites often get into dog food pellets, which can cause a number of problems such as disease. They recommend keeping dog food cool and dry, and vacuuming in the places where the food is stored the food is stored a least once a week. In addition keep the are around the dish where the dog food is served clean.

Also, do not leave any dog food in your pet's bowl on warm, humid days.

It should be noted that harder working dogs require more protein and fat in their diet to maintain stamina and good body form. A dog food that is complete and balanced and includes at least 26 percent protein and 1650 kilocalories of metabolizable energy per pound is ideal. During the seasons when dogs are not working, their energy requirements decrease. Feed less of the high calorie

food or change to a less nutrient-dense dog food.

Dr. Jane Bicks has been honored on many occasions by the veternary profession and is the author of several books inlcluding 'Thirty days to a healthier, happier dog' and 'Dr. Jane's Natural guide to a healthier, happier dog'. She has been involved in many advisory boards including Canine Companions for independence and has served as the President of the Veterinary Medical association of New York City.

To find out more about her holistic food and other dog food nutrition facts, go to http://www.dog-food-nutrition.com/

About The Author

A. M. Wilmot is an author and researcher in the fields of human and pet health. For more info. go to http://www.dog-food-nutrition.com/



How to garden with pets in mind
Veterinarians are beginning to preach the gospel of gardening — primarily how organic fruits and vegetables can be used to improve the health of family pets. Everything from carrots to leafy vegetables and fruit can be added to the cat or dog dish ...

and more »

Fort Worth Star Telegram

Rainy weather adding to misery for pets with allergies
Fort Worth Star Telegram
Alison Diesel, a clinical assistant professor in the department of small animal clinical sciences at Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, said that while pet allergies are common during the spring and early ...

Sun Sentinel

Pampered pets enjoy the suite life: 130-room resort opens for cats, dogs
Sun Sentinel
Called the Posh Pet Hotel, it provides pampered pets amenities and services similar to those enjoyed by their two-legged best friends, bringing a new meaning to being "in the dog house." "People are like, 'Wow, I would stay here,'" said owner Lincoln ...


How Dog Owners Can Keep Pets Safe From Canine Flu
The number of dogs affected is impossible to gauge since there's no organized system for testing and reporting this kind of pet illness, says Edward Dubovi, PhD, professor of virology at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine. There are ...
Animal protection group: suspected dog flu in MassachusettsWLNE-TV (ABC6)
Newark, Ohio canine sickened from dog flunewsnet5.com
Vet warns of dog flu dangersWYFF Greenville

all 124 news articles »

Childhood Relationships with Pets
The Bark (blog)
Anyone who grew up with animals knows that you develop a special relationship with your pets. For me, my cat was a willing (although sometimes not so willing!) playmate in all my games of make believe. But the child-animal bond may be even more ...

Huffington Post

Why This Domestic Violence Center's Pet Shelter Is Crucial For Both Animals ...
Huffington Post
A 12-year-boy and his beloved cat have been reunited after a Phoenix domestic violence center opened a shelter for residents' pets. When Robert Pressler and his mother, Jennifer Pressler, arrived at the Sojourner Center two months ago, they didn't want ...


Tips to safely travel with your pets this Memorial Day
Make sure that dog tags are clearly visible because people are more likely to catch pets if they can be returned to their owner. If you pet has implants and he or she will be flying, you should bring a note from a veterinarian. When flying, be sure to ...
Keep Your Pets Safe This Memorial DayPatch.com
Tips to travel safely with your pets this Memorial Day weekendWoodwardNews.net
Memorial Day pet travel safety tipsWJXT Jacksonville
FOX 21 Online -Payson Roundup -LongIsland.com
all 10 news articles »

FOX 29

Puppies set for euthanasia for first time tonight, SA Pets Alive issues ...
FOX 29
SAN ANTONIO, TX- San Antonio Pets Alive! is facing an urgent crisis today and desperately needs the community's help. For the first time, puppies are scheduled for euthanasia Friday evening and San Antonio Pets Alive! is struggling to make room in ...

New York Post

Ancient hunter-gatherers may have kept man's best friend as pets
New York Post
Scientists studying the special relationship between humans and canines have made the discovery that cavemen who lived on Earth up to 40,000 years ago may have kept them as pets — or at the very least, guard dogs. Researchers at the Swedish Museum ...

and more »


KCAS Pets of the Week: Nina Rose and Emily
(WOOD) — Meet this week's pets of the week from the Kent County Animal Shelter: Nina Rose and Emily. First, meet Nina Rose, a 4-year-old American Staffordshire terrier mix. Nina Rose has a lot of energy and has great manners. She does very well with ...

and more »

Google News

PetsFriends.com - the best dating site for singles who are pet lovers!

home | site map
© 2006