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Dogs and Vaccines

New science comes out all the time concerning our dog’s health.  This information can be life altering to you and your dog.

At the top of the list now, is “Vaccines”.  What vaccines are necessary, at what age should they be given and which ones potentially could harm our dogs.

Vaccines are necessary because many diseases are life threatening, but…some of these very same vaccines are now known to cause other problems.  Problems like; joint and hip dysplasia, aggression, lymphoma-yes lymphoma ( a death sentence for your dog. )

Here at White Oak Golden Retrievers we believe in limited vaccines, holistic vet care and of course, a species appropriate diet.

There are many sources that you can research to get the most up to date information on what vaccines to give, when to give them, and which ones can wait.

Visit our website; http://www.whiteoakgoldenretrievers.com and then click on our “health and diet” page to start your research.  We hope you will join us in our quest to keep our dogs living longer and free of disease.

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Dog Food: Ten Scary Truths

Dog Food:  Ten Scary Truths

Written by Jan Rasmusen on December 13, 2010. Posted in Nutrition And Diet 9 Comments

 
 
dog bowlBy:  Jan Rasmusen

40% of dogs are obese. 46% of dogs and 39% of cats now die of cancer.  Heart, kidney and liver disease are epidemic. Like people, dogs are what  they eat. Save your dog a lot of suffering, and save yourself a fortune  in vet bills, by learning the truth about your dog’s diet. Here are 10 important things you may not know about what your dog is eating:

1)      Commercial dog food is “fast food.

Heavily-processed fast foods (burgers, fries, tacos, etc.) as a big  diet component can cause major health problems in people. How can fast  foods be good for dogs? Only dog food manufacturers think this nonsense  makes sense. Dogs and people share roughly 75% the same genetic makeup,  and we have similar nutritional needs. What we’re doing to our own  health with processed foods, we’re also doing to our dogs. And it’s  happening faster.

2)      People food is good for dogs.

Despite what you’ve heard from friends, vets and pet food manufacturers, wholesome ”people food” is good for dogs.  People food is only bad for dog food makers. The same fresh, nutritious foods people eat can offer your dog the  nutrition he needs and save you a mountain of vet bills.  It just takes a  little education to learn the small differences between human and  canine nutritional needs. (Hint: no onions, grapes or raisins. Rinse off  rich spices and sauces. Go easy on carbs and avoid wheat and corn.)

3)      Don’t presume the food your vet sells is a superior product.

Veterinarians, like medical doctors, learn relatively little about  nutrition in school. Much of what they do learn comes directly from pet  food company vets, sales reps, articles, studies, and seminars. If  your vet hasn’t studied and experimented on his or her own with raw or  homemade diets, it’s unlikely that he or she  knows bad food from good,  and may be acting on outdated information or superstition. And if vets  profit from selling one brand, and not another, they have a conflict of  interest that may influence their opinions. (Some may even be prohibited  by a manufacturer from selling more than one brand.)

4)      The quality of processed commercial foods is suspect.

Dog food may legally contain “4-D” meat: meat from dead, dying,  diseased and disabled animals. Add a little road kill, mill floor  sweepings labeled as grain, and corn contaminated with high levels of  pesticide (yes, really) and you have a recipe for ill health. The  cheaper the food, the cheaper the ingredients, the worse the nutrition. Read the labels!

5)      Kibble does not clean teeth.

Almost all dogs age three and over have dental diseases. Most of  these dogs eat kibble. That should tell you something.  Although a small  study once suggested that kibble might clean teeth better than canned food, better doesn’t mean effectively. Hoping to avoid brushing our dog’s teeth, we too willingly grasp at  kibble’s unsubstantiated health benefits. But pretending that kibble or  hard treats will keep teeth clean will only lead to huge vet bills, lost  teeth and much canine suffering.

6) “Complete and balanced” does not mean “optimum.”

“Complete and balanced” means that a food meets minimal theoretical health requirements for the average dog.  Food boasting that it  conducted Feeding Trials often just test only the lead product in a line  of foods.  Trials, too, are for only a small number of dogs for a short  period of time. Over time, nutrient and enzyme deficiencies are  inevitable. Of course, complete and balanced is better than not complete and balanced, but again, better does not mean good.

7)      Feeding the same food day after day limits nutrition.

Imagine eating corn, rancid fat and chicken wings (without meat)  every meal of your life, with the same mix of cheap vitamins and  minerals added. Nutritionists urge people to eat a variety of foods,  both for improved nutrition and also to prevent allergies. Dogs need  variety, too. But variety can cause gastrointestinal upset in dogs,  right?  In the short run, yes. Nutritionally-deprived animals have sick  guts. In fact, intestinal upset when switching foods is a sign your dog needs more variety. Once good nutrition has healed a dog’s digestive system,  the dog can eat different foods every meal — just as people do. Just  switch foods gradually over several weeks while your dog’s gut heals.

8)      Kibble is not better than canned.

Whereas canned food is preserved by the process of canning, most  kibble is preserved artificially. (Ever contemplate how much  preservative must be required to retard spoilage of food left out all  day?) Kibble begins as a dry cooked meal whereas canned food is canned  fresh.  Kibble is exposed to more heat than canned  (destroying nutrients). Worse yet, kibble is linked to kidney and  bladder problems in cats, and to bloat, a deadly problem especially for  large, broad-chested dogs. It’s also dehydrating. Of course, canned  isn’t perfect either. Fresh is best, raw or cooked. Next best is frozen  prepared food and then dehydrated and freeze dried foods, all available  at better pet stores.

9)      Some common foods can be hazardous to canine health.

Cooked bones and rawhide chews can cause major health problems  requiring emergency surgery. Wheat-based treats can bring on allergies.  Onions, grapes, raisins, chocolate, the article sweetener Xylitol and  other common foods can be toxic for dogs and must be avoided.

10)   Corn kills.

Most kibble is loaded with corn, a cheap filler. Unfortunately, the  corn isn’t the luscious kind you and I eat. It’s feed corn (like cattle  eat), or cheap feed corn remnants. Even corn meal dust counts  as corn. The corn may even have been condemned for human consumption,  there being no upper level of pesticide contamination for pet foods. If  that weren’t bad enough, corn (which gives us both high fructose corn  syrup and corn oil) is fattening. Any wonder so many dogs are obese and  suffer from diabetes?

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Improving your dog’s diet can add years to your dog’s life and save  you a fortune. It doesn’t require a lot of work or expense. It just  requires a little knowledge and the desire to give your dog the healthy  body he or she deserves. Check out the two chapters in my book, Scared Poopless: The Straight Scoop on Dog Care. (Read an excerpt about dog food myths.) And check out Dog and Cat Food Labels: Marketing Tricks That Cost You Money and Dog Food: What to Feed and Why.

Feed Your Dog Raw Eggs

 

Feeding Your Dog Raw Eggs – Good Or Bad?

Written by Dogs Naturally Magazine on March 26, 2012. Posted in Nutrition And Diet 22 Comments

 
 

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about raw feeding and it seems the poor egg is often dragged through the mud as a dangerous food for dogs. Opponents of eggs claim that they are too high in cholesterol, they pose a risk of salmonella and that they cause a biotin deficiency. To that, we say nonsense! Eggs are not only a cheap and safe source of raw food for your dog, they are one of the most complete and nutritious meals you can choose!

Here are the facts you need to know about eggs.

Eggs are a complete food source – Eggs are an important source of nutrition for not only many predators, but for the chick living inside it.  Inside the egg are all the nutrients necessary to grow a new chicken.  Eggs are also one of the most complete sources of amino acids, the building blocks of protein.  Eggs are a good source of:

Vitamin A Riboflavin Folate Vitamin B12 Iron Selenium Fatty Acids

Egg whites contain enzyme inhibitors – One of the reasons pet owners are warned off eggs is that the whites contain enzyme inhibitors which can interfere with digestion, especially in very young and old animals.  This is true, but it only means that eggs should not be the mainstay of the diet.  It is perfectly safe to feed several eggs a week to the average dog.  If you don’t see evidence of digestive upset when feeding eggs to dogs, then he should have no trouble if eggs are a regular part of his diet.  Cooking the egg white could solve this problem but much of the nutrition would be lost so it is best to feed it raw.

Egg whites cause Biotin deficiency – Egg whites contain avidin, a Biotin (one of the B vitamins) inhibitor.  Biotin is one of the B vitamins and is important for cellular growth, fatty acid metabolism and good skin and coat.  Biotin deficiencies are quite rare and it would take an extraordinary amount of eggs to create a deficiency.  Moreover, egg yolks are very high in biotin, so as long as you feed the entire egg, there are few worries.  There are other sources of biotin in the diet as well.  Liver is a particularly good source.  Once again, cooking the egg white will eliminate the risk but your dog will lose much of the nutritional value.  If feeding your dog eggs on a regular basis, simply make sure he gets the whole egg, not just the white.

Eggs contain salmonella – Dogs are well equipped to handle the bacteria in raw foods.  The health of the hen is also important, so it is best to choose eggs from organic, free-range chickens.  Proper storage and keeping the eggs cool will also go a long way toward keeping the harmful bacteria at a manageable level.

Don’t forget the shells – If eggs are fed with the shell on, they are a nearly complete food source for dogs.  The shells can also be valuable for dogs who have difficulty eating bones.  Simply dry the shells out and grind them in a clean coffee grinder until they are powdered and sprinkle the powder on your dog’s food.  It’s important to remember that many eggs are sprayed with a chemical to make them look shiny, so it is best to get your eggs from a local organic farmer.

Eggs are cheap, easily obtained and an outstanding source of nutrition for your dog.  The overall concensus with raw feeders is that the health benefits of eggs certainly outweigh the risks – and feeding eggs whole, the way nature intended, goes a long ways to counteract harmful imbalances.  Try feeding your dogs a few eggs a week and he will you’ll see better health, inside and out.

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