February 22, 2012

Raw Food Diet for Dogs: a Good Idea?

Filed under: dog not eating — Dr. Amber Reed @ 11:10 am

Pet owners have recently embraced the best ingredients for their dog’s pet food, meaning that there has been a boom in the high-end prepared dog food industry. Another new option for dogs is raw food.

canine teeth careThe trend has particularly taken off in New York City. It consists of specially prepared foods like uncooked lamb livers, bison, alfalfa sprouts, and kale. Yet, raw food diets are not a new initiative; many dogs were fed uncooked meat before kibble was introduced in the 1950s.

The advocates of the raw food diet give multiple anecdotes as evidence of raw food diet benefits. Below is a list of the pros and cons of the raw food diet. Be an informed pet owner and make a decision on whether the raw food diet is right for you pet.

Pros:

  1. Raw food acts as a natural tooth brush.
  2. The time it takes a dog to chew a raw meaty bone gives their stomach adequate time to get the acids moving (aka you don’t need to worry about your dog being unable to digest it).
  3. Advocates argue that sluggish dogs become completely new dogs once they have begun the new raw food diet.
  4. Raw bones are safer than cooked bones, because they don’t splinter.
  5. Your dog will have better breath.
  6. Raw food diets are ideal for dogs that need to lose weight – they contain fewer calories and more energy than regular kibble – or for dogs with other diet related diseases, such as diabetes
  7.  No chemicals, preservatives, sweeteners, fillers and additives.
  8. Better digestion – natural raw food passes through easier.

raw food diet

Cons:

  1. On the other hand, there are many risks associated with the raw food diet, including sanitary concerns (the food carries microbes that could harm the pet and the household) and the possibility that the diet is not nutritionally balanced.
  2. Modern dogs have been domesticated for centuries (or thousands of years), so they may not be able to properly digest raw food.
  3. Some dogs with allergies can’t stomach raw food diets.
  4. The benefits aren’t proven; they’re anecdotal.
  5. Raw meat can contain harmful bacteria like E. coli and salmonella.
  6. They are time-intensive: as an owner, you will have to take the time to figure out what raw meat is the best for your dog, and this will take time. Additionally, you need to be present when the dog is eating they’re bone – you don’t want them to swallow a bone!
  7. Raw food diets are more expensive.

Warning to all: before starting a raw food diet, you should consult with your veterinarian, that way he or she will know what to watch for in future visits. And if a raw food diet isn’t right for your dog, but you are looking to increase the nutritional value of your dog’s meals, consider a nutritional supplement.

February 17, 2012

First Dog, Bo Obama

Filed under: dogs — Dr. Amber Reed @ 2:44 pm
Source: www.whitehouse.gov
'First Dog,' Bo

The Obama’s male Portuguese Water Dog, Bo, has been colloquially referred to as the “First Dog,” and after six months of intense anticipation Bo is finally arrived, and now starting to get comfortable at the White House.

Bo’s arrival was not without a hefty degree of scrutiny and criticism, however. You see, Bo was a gift from the Kennedy family, and so is not technically adopted from an animal shelter. This has some animal rights activists upset because the Presidential dog represent more than just a family having a dog; that aside, the Obamas seemed to indicate that they would adopt from an a shelter, and then they did not.

Cesar Milan, esteemed dog expert, has argued on behalf of the Obama’s, citing Bo as a ‘rescue dog,’ or a dog that is on its second home. This quelled the cries of the critics somewhat. The Obamas have also made statements acknowledging the need for them to reconsider a second dog.

Bo was bred by Julie Parker of Erie County, Pennsylvania, and is one of the nine littermates of the late Senator Ted Kennedy’s Portie named Cappy (Amigo’s Captain Courageous.) In fact, the litter as a whole was named “Hope and Change” in honor of Obama’s victory.

Bo is quite the dog. Manuel Roig-Franzia, of the The Washington Post, was granted exclusive initial access to Bo for the print media. She described the puppy: “Bo’s a handsome little guy. Well suited for formal occasions at the White House, he’s got tuxedo-black fur, with a white chest, white paws and a rakish white goatee.”

Here are some things that you might not have known about Bo:

His first living arrangement didn’t work out — Bo was originally intended to keep the company of an older female, but instead he ended up giving her a headache by trying to nurse on her. Oops. Bo didn’t figure out that not every bigger dog is its mother.

He comes from a sturdy stock — Bo’s mother, Penny, is an especially “pushy,” alpha-type dog, even in the presence of the actual male alpha father. Bo’s grown up around some tough cookies.

He was a presidential dog in training for weeks — Presidential dogs do not go through a simple series of “sit” and “stay” lessons; they are put through secret, intense training, in this case by the same dog trainer that the Kennedy’s used.

He has a talented older brother — Bo learned from the best. Everything that he learned early in life he learned from his big brother.

Bo will grow up to be big and lanky— Bo’s breeder says that because Bo was neutered quite early as a puppy, he will likely grow up to be nice and tall. He should fit in with the Obamas then, with Barack measuring in at just over 6′, and Michelle in a close second at 5’11”.

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