Make your own treat meal!
Since I am a chef, I can't help but offer a treat meal to supplement their regular meal. From my previous blog yesterday, I listed a number of natural dog treats that we are accustomed to. Take the brown rice as your base and add shredded carrots, or red peppers, maybe a little sardines and apple pieces. and viola!
Healthy dog treats
This is a topic close to my heart. But now i not the time to buy items from our heart just because the pet food manufacturers try to convince us that their treats are the best for our doggies. Hogwash.
Your best best is to go natural and here is a list of Healthy Dog Treats:
Cabbage: Considered cancer fighting food and good for your dog.
Frozen Sardines: Rich in Omega oils and very tasty
Brown Rice: cooked, yes bland but excellent for upset stomachs.
Red Peppers: Packed with vitamins and a sweet treat.
Pumpkin: Cooked or canned; lose weight, low fat, high fiber, and helps with diarrhea and constipation. Recommend starting with a tablespoon a day.
Apple: calcium, vitamin k, vitamin c, pectin, remove core and seeds and stems.
Quinoa; good for grain sensitivities, and good stomach settler
Carrots: cleans teeth
Cauliflower: raw; not too much, may cause gas.
Cheese: only hard chese, highly caloric, and avoid soft unripen cheese which may lead to stomach upset.
Now every dog is different but these are better alternatives than the stuff bought at stores in my opinion. If you are not sure about some of the treats, always see your veterinarian. I'm a dog advocate, not a dog dietician or veterinarian.
I was visiting the pet store this weekend. I had to get nature’s Miracle for Rocky, who seldom takes a piddle on the carpet. He tends to piddle on the wee wee pad or looks forward to going out. But as Pekingese are, they are self reliant and they do whatever they feel like. Anyway, I have been a Nature’s Miracle buyer for quite sometime. When they first came out, it was great, just shake and pour and let the enzymes kill off the urine. Now, you need to pour, wait a few minutes and soak up with a disposable napkin and its scented. Not exactly the same, but they have an extra strength in the red bottle that you just pour and let sit and the enzymes will breakdown the urine.
Anyway, as I was browsing, I did see a brand called INSTINCT, a sample packet of a natural dry kibble( dehydrated) with natural products, no fillers and decided to try it. I bought a beef and chicken one.
It's raw dehydrated kibble food, convenient and easy to serve while keeping the price down.
I couldn’t wait until I got home to feed one to Rocky. Place it with his regular kibble and he smelled it, showed some curiosity and like my dog, anything new that is introduced, he’s kind of weary. But eventually he started eating it. Hmmm, a very natural kibble freeze dried and the ingredients in black and white with no possibility ambiguity. Finally, for my Rocky a true kibble that is all natural.
In my opinion, he liked it. It cost $ 1.99 for the sample. Now I have o shop around for a good price as part of his regular meal now.
You may need to buy a couple small sample pouches and increase dosage while reducing his regular kibble and slowly ease his way into it.
You'll pay more for bulk size but at least you know its healthy.
Beef, Beef Liver, Beef Kidney, Pumpkinseeds, Beef Spleen, Carrots, Apples, Butternut Squash, Ground Flaxseed, Montmorillonite Clay (1), Dried Kelp, Broccoli, Mixed Tocopherols (2), Apple Cider Vinegar, Salmon Oil, Rosemary Extract, Blueberries, Dried Chicory Root, t, Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extract) (3), Apples, Carrots, Butternut Squash, Inulin, Flaxseed Oil, Peas, Chicken Eggs, Mixed Tocopherols with Citric Acid (a natural preservative), Ground Flaxseeds, Broccoli, Lettuce, Spinach, Apple Cider Vinegar, Parsley, Honey, Salmon Oil, Rosemary Extract, Olive Oil, Blueberries, Alfalfa Sprouts, Persimmons, Rosemary, Sage, Clove.
Crude Protein (min): 38.0%, Crude Fat (min): 24.0%, Crude Fiber (max): 15.0%, Moisture (max): 6.0%
1: Natural caking agent
2: Natural anti oxidant (Vitamin E)
3: Help to maintain normal bacteria balance in the lower intestine. They aid in digestion and help promote gut health.
ALL NATURAL RAW DEHYDRATED FOOD:
Opinion: HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Public Relation Confusion
There is so much information that we find on the web, books, forums and articles for us to learn about specific topics about nutritional information about raw food or dry kibble. It appears that the dry kibble contains ingredients that is not exactly good for our dogs. With the addition of chemical preservatives and artificial coloring, as long as it looks delicious to us as humans, then it must be good for our dogs.
But the funny thing is, our dogs see only black and white. Their sense of smell is what makes they choose tasty foods.
Now, we want to know the exact ingredients used in the dog food, but when journalistic reporters ask, they firmly deny that they cannot speak on the matter. Well, let's just say that if they used the right fresh ingredients, why not be transparent. So, that leads more inquiries by investigator reporters.
The negative press has forced the pet food manufacturers to confuse information out there. The cons of raw food by paid veterinarians on their payroll versus in dependent veterinarians. Then there are paid consultants justifying the cons of raw food versus consultants working on behalf of the consumers.
Pet food industry do their best to create confusion about what's the right information. BUT it has lead to frustration and more confusion to the point who is right.
To clarify, here's some info:
1. Pet food manufacturers don't care about your dog but only cares about you and how to win you over with visual presentations. Case in point, now most dry kibble has pics of the dry kibble with orange and green kibble (orange; carrots and green; peas) BUT the reality is dogs are color blind, they only see black and white. Second, our dogs are driven by smell. Their strongest sense is smell and hearing.
2. Pet food companies stress that raw food causes salmonella, ecoli and bacteria. BUT they want us to believe that their digestive system is the same as ours. The truth is a dog's digestion has more acid than us and stronger digestive system So, although it is true that salmonella and ecoli causes havoc on us, its not a problem for our dogs. So by these companies comparing our digestive system with that of a dog, that will confuse everyone.
3. Doesn't it say everything when these companies avoid telling us the buying consumer, what they use for the ingredients in the food. They have successfully been able to get away with special wording on the list of ingredients. Can you read all the ingredients used?
Personally, with my Rocky I bought him a package of dental cleaning bones and beleive it or not, they used so much salt ingredient derivatives, that Rocky drank soo so much water that when he relieved himself on his ee wee pad, it soaked up the entire pad. The minute I stopped, the back to normalcy of his urination.
So, their formula is to dispel all facts about raw food by causing massive confusion by the PR firms they hired and the veterinarians on their payroll.
It's been quite a week of frigid temperatures and I'm sitting in the den with Rocky by my side. He's so happy seeing me come thru the door with his front paws on my knees and I'm bending down to hug him close to me while his tail is wagging. Like with all of us, that hug gave him reassurance that I love him and I gently tell him, "good boy Rocky" and that was enough for him that Daddy was home. Rocky my buddy and trusted companion, my friend. Sitting with him, I can't help but think that for all the years I've been feeding him, not so nutritious dog food. I count my blessings that nothing has happen to him. I bring him to his annual checkups and he's fine. His weight is fine but never did I mention the food to my vet and whether it was a good brand. Never thought of even asking. But his medication vaccination is coming up and when I do see the vet, I will ask him what is the best dog food I can give to Rocky. Rocky is the victim of corporate greed, the value of his life to them is not worth a dime but to me hes everything. We've been through alot together, suffered hot Summers and frozen Winters, He loves going out for a walk but sometimes I just got to tell him its soo hot or its soo cold. He understands
I only wish there was a Pet Dog Food manufacturer that can provide nutritious dog food at a reasonable cost.
I read alot about raw food and its pretty interesting.
My next blog will cover this topic but for now I just wanted to share my feelings about Rocky, my pal and buddy.
I' sure many of you reading this can share the same feelings with your doggie. The best part is when I retire, he's ready to go and lay besides me on his new Christmas blanket that's warm and cuddly. Lately, he's been snoring. A tough day for Rocky, eating, sleeping and walking around waiting for me to come home.
His life is just as important as our life and I intend on getting the word out to educate people and teach them some facts about what is being manufactured to our doggies.
Your're going to love this blog topic. It's that time to buy our precious dogs their food. We go to the major pet Store and what do we see. Rows and rows of dog food. We usually purchase the same food because they know the taste and fel comfortable. But as you walk around and look at other brands, some show kibble with green and orange color. I'm thinking they want us to see that the kibble is made with carrots and peas BUT hold up, dogs are color blind!!!!!!!!!!, so are these companies looking out for our doggies are soliciting to us whats best for our doggies.
Look no further, notice the words used to market their delicious kibble. The intent is to make it delicious to you in how you view these words in your foods? (ie: delicious, wholesome, nutritious, No fillers, tastier, all the adjectives you could ever imagine. You ask how they can get away it? Easy, remember the law firms and lobbying groups focusing on the FDA? Legislation was passed to allow special wording without backing up these adjective claims.
Use psychology on the buyer both visual advertising and keywords that the buyer can associate with what they want in their food.
s you know, our dogs will eat their food if it taste good. What do companies that produe our food use to make things taste good? Salt, Sodium Nitrate, Nitrates!!!!!! Why not apply this concept to our dogs food. I bought product to specifically address dental health. Thee was so much salt, that my dog drank so much water, that when he had to go, the pad was completely soaked, Go figure. I stopped it and his urination was regular.
T.V host's selling dog food, why not jump on the bandwagon. It's a multi billion dollar business. You would think they should practice good for for their dogs but in order to cash in on this industry, keeping cost down is a major consideration, so is thei food real different and healthy? or more of the same. You see them advertising on TV, so its the image of an accomplished chef preparing goof for us, we assume they'll do the same with their brand of food? or not?
I say not!!!!!! They just want a small piece of the million dollar industry and using their star recognition help get them there.
These was a time when there were a few manufacturers of dog food. it was a simpler time to make the basic food for dogs. To captivate the market and to gain a greater market share, the companies needed to develop an advertising campaign to educe the public to buy their brand of dog food, whether it be through fancy packaging and lots and lots of advertising emphasizing the brand name and through it all we eventually associated a certain brand with quality.
Our parents may have heard of what they put into dog food but at the time, I might surmise that they said, "not in our dog food brand." There probably wasn't alot of information out there in terms of nutrition, proper labeling, it was only dog food. We trusted that these pet food manufacturers were looking into our interest of our doggies.
So, years, decades and generations continued to use what we felt was good food for our dogs
Personally, to this day, I've always trusted a certain doggie treat because I've always believed it was good for my doggie. They were very receptive and always looking forward to one. BUT, I never thought about how nutritious it is to my Rocky.
As with any industry that grows, it was important for these companies to be one step ahead of the game from a competition standpoint. Now there were other players competing with the big guys. The big guys had to diversify their product line and with their popular brands how can they make it better and in so doing, more demand therefore harder to maintain competition. The best was to keep competition at bay is to keep prices cheap. But how cheap is cheap. Are there alternatives to the big pet food manufacturers to keep pirces down? You bet and at what cost, well to our doggies.
You see, we are the most wasteful country in the world when it comes to food. Rather than throw it away,, use it for dog food. But these companies have alot of monies to cover each and every decision, using the right chemicals to enhance flavor to law firms hired to encourage the rights of the companies to lobbying groups acting in behalf of these companies .
To avoid special regulations, these companies source their work to other countries that their business practices aren't exactly ethical, in an effort to keep prices down!.
There's so much emphasis on market share and who the competition is, that any drop, will spur innovative ideas to capture the share back at any cost at of course our dogs health.
Multi National pet Food Industry
Like it or not business is in business to make a profit and I'm 100% back their claim to make money Our country and our economy is based on the free market system of making money. That's what makes our country the most powerful country in the free world.
HOWEVER, at what point does business make business decisions that are ethically unsound. From my research, the Pet Food Industry violates every ethical value that I can think of when it comes to providing food for our dogs.
Yes, these multinationals have millions of dollars to hire the best law firms, experts veterinarians, lobbying firms, advertisement and marketing. But, if you think about it, why hire all these firms and organization unless they have a strategic plan to maximize their profits unethically by any means? I mean, in my opinion, the CEO of these corporations should own a dog and so what would they want to feed their dog? Think of all the monies they would save from hiring all these firms to represent the corporations best interest. Millions and millions of dollars allocated!
Give the consumer what you as a CEO would give your dog and you'd make more profit without compromising food quality.
Aah, their argument is how do they reduce costs? Now these CEO's are graduates of the most prestigious schools in the country, but common sense supercede any advance education. Choose a tougher grade of meat, don't you think so? Considering the fact that all dogs come from the Wolf, the meat of live killed animals were chewed upon based on their carnivore style teeth used to rip and tear their meat apart?
Sable & Rocky
I had a previous Pekingese named Sable and he was unique in is special way and I enjoyed 16 years with him until his timely death. He was my first introduction to a Pekingese. I read up on the breed an they are descendants of the Imperial guard dogs in China where they sat with the emperors of china. Deeply self reliant, they protected the emperors of China by being their lap dog.
For the time I had him, no medical problems but healthy little dog. Because he was considered a long dog, as he aged, his back disc would pop and he would need a relaxant to calm his muscles down but overall he was a healthy little dog. All dogs have a unique personality but Sable was a kinder gentler little dog and his tail mane was beautiful. Definitely a trustful companion.
When he passed away, I was devastated, how could Sable do this? a part of me went with him, I cried and was upset, depressed, missing a loved one, he was indeed a part of family. but it was his time, he did lose his hearing so old age got the better of him. Maybe that was the better way to go. I've heard stories of a loved one had to be euphanize, although quick, our doggies know whats happening. They can hear the tone of our voice and sense our sadness. It's terrible either way. Where's my friend.