Ken Tudor - Tuesday, March 03, 2015
“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?
Ken Tudor - Thursday, November 06, 2014
Your 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?
Ken Tudor - Wednesday, October 01, 2014
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.
Ken Tudor - Tuesday, July 22, 2014
A 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.
Ken Tudor - Tuesday, July 15, 2014
How 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...
Ken Tudor - Monday, June 09, 2014
Many 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.
Ken Tudor - Thursday, April 03, 2014
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.
Ken Tudor - Monday, March 31, 2014
Elementary 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.
Ken Tudor - Monday, March 24, 2014
Do 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.
Ken Tudor - Friday, March 21, 2014
Dog 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.