HOMEMADE DOG FOOD

Canine Health and Nutrition Information from Dr Ken Tudor.

What You Need to Know About “Fillers” in Dog Food

Ken Tudor - Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Why is one type of carbohydrate given the bad name “filler” and another type of carbohydrate considered better nutrition?“I only feed my dog a grain-free dog food because it doesn’t have fillers which are bad for pets.” I hear this a lot during my nutritional consultations with pet parents. So, what is a “filler”? The word “filler” is used to describe a “bad” ingredient and generally refers to grain products in pet food. Grains are carbohydrates. But so are the potatoes, sweet potatoes, beans and tapioca used in grain-free diets. So, why is one type of carbohydrate given the bad name “filler” and another type of carbohydrate considered better nutrition?  Read more...

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Should I Feed My Vomiting Dog?

Ken Tudor - Thursday, November 06, 2014

How to Feed a Vomiting DogYour dog started vomiting during the night. You have heard or read that you should withhold food for 24 hours and see how he does. That way whatever he got into can clear the intestines. Or should you continue to let her eat even though she may not hold it all down? Or what do you do if she doesn’t want to eat?  Read more...

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Is There Real Meat in Commercial Dog Food?

Ken Tudor - Wednesday, October 01, 2014

How Do You Know if There is Real Meat in Your Dog Food?You buy dog food based on the first ingredient on the ingredient list, right? Because that is, by weight, the largest ingredient. And if it is chicken, beef, duck, lamb or fish, the largest ingredient is meat, right? These are the rules you are taught about dog food labels. But they are so misleading.   Read more...

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A Homemade Dog Food Challenge: Dogs with Special but Conflicting Dietary Needs

Ken Tudor - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Some Dogs Have Conflicting Dietary NeedsA client that was recently referred to me by her veterinarian wanted me to formulate homemade dog food that would help manage her dog’s advanced kidney disease. In preparation for her consultation appointment, I gathered the necessary information over the phone that I needed in order to have some recipes ready for her dog.  Read more...

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What Are Trace Minerals and Does Your Homemade Dog Food Have Enough?

Ken Tudor - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Trace Minerals Matter a Great Deal in Homemade Dog FoodHow would you react if you veterinarian told you your dog’s illness was caused by a lack of the tiniest amount of a certain mineral? You would be devastated. Trace minerals are essential in small quantities in the body. Because requirements are so small for these minerals, they are often called micronutrients. But although they are micro, they are mighty and necessary for proper body function. Trace mineral deficiency is not uncommon in homemade dog food.  Read more...

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Grass-Fed Meat: Maybe Not a Sustainable Choice

Ken Tudor - Monday, June 09, 2014

Grass Fed Live Stock May Be Less SustainableMany dog owners prefer homemade dog food so they can use grass-fed meats in the diet. They feel that grass-feeding is a more natural way to feed livestock and that the meat is healthier. And indeed the meat tends to be leaner. But because it is leaner, it takes more of it to meet total US meat demand. This actually makes grass-fed livestock a less environmentally sustainable method than the present feedlot method. The following information is from work done by Dr. Judith L. Capper, if all US demand for beef was met by grass-feeding cattle.   Read more...

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3 Easy Ways to Control Your Dog’s Weight

Ken Tudor - Thursday, April 03, 2014

What Size is Your Scoop?Almost 60% of pets are overweight or obese. A major cause of this trend is “proportion distortion” on the part of dog owners. Here are 3 helpful hints to prevent feeding your dog too much.  Read more...

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The Risks to Carbohydrates in Your Dog’s Food

Ken Tudor - Monday, March 31, 2014

Contaminated carbohydrates can be a problem in dog foodElementary school education would not be complete without the bread mold experiment. You remember. Moisten a piece of bread and put it in a dark place in the kitchen. Check in on it every day until it has blue-green mold. Some of you may have even looked at the mold under the microscope. Believe or not, that mold contained dangerous toxins.  Read more...

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Five Simple Ways to Evaluate the Quality of Your Dog Food

Ken Tudor - Monday, March 24, 2014

Dog ReadingDo you second guess your dog food choice every trip to the market or pet store? Is the clerk at the pet store always suggesting another dog food choice? Does your neighbor insist that what she feeds her dog is the best? Does your veterinarian insist on the brand that the hospital offers? How are you to decide? Trust your dog and your research. These 5 easy tests will help you make the right choice.  Read more...

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3 Meaningless Words on Dog Food Labels

Ken Tudor - Friday, March 21, 2014

Meaningless Words on Dog Food Labels Mislead Pet OwnersDog food is sold to humans, not dogs. So it is important that dog food manufactures use language that makes their product sound appealing to dog owners. Unlike human advertising, dog food makers have much more freedom with the language on labels. The three following words are the most popular at this time.  Read more...

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