Ken Tudor - Monday, December 16, 2013
This is the question I get asked the most in veterinary practice. If only it were that simple. Like us, every dog is different with regards to metabolism and digestion of food. What works great for one dog may be a disaster for another. However, all dog food should meet certain criteria independent of brand. Read more...
Ken Tudor - Thursday, December 12, 2013
The foundation of most raw homemade dog food recipes are protein sources called “meaty bones” and “grinds.” These “meat cuts” were made popular by the veterinary originator of the Bones And Raw Food diet or the “BARF”
diet for dogs. Their primeval resemblance to part of the ancestral diet of wolves
and wild dogs and relative bargain price has reinforced their inclusion in raw
homemade dog food. However, the nutritional quality of meaty bones and grinds are
difficult to verify and may have health risks to dogs.
Ken Tudor - Monday, December 02, 2013
Ken Tudor - Monday, November 25, 2013
As I posted last week, dogs with a Body Condition Score or BCS
of 8 or greater are considered clinically obese. Most veterinarians feel that
the obese dogs are at much greater risk of fat related diseases and experience
a greater severity of symptoms with those diseases than overweight dogs.
Ken Tudor - Friday, November 22, 2013
The results of the 2012 National Pet Obesity Survey found that over 52% of US dogs are overweight. Many pet owners are unaware that their dogs are overweight. The Body Condition Score or BCS
is the best way to estimate a dog’s fitness. Dogs with a score of 6 or 7 are overweight.
Those scoring 8 or more are considered obese.
Ken Tudor - Monday, November 11, 2013
Almost two million Americans suffer intestinal pain, bloating and diarrhea caused by an allergic reaction to the gluten in grains like wheat, barley and some oats. This condition is called celiac disease.
Ken Tudor - Thursday, November 07, 2013
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” “Vegetables and fruits are necessary for a healthy body.” Generations of humans have been raised with these or like sayings. The USDA food pyramid is based on this notion. Homemade dog food with fruits and vegetables “looks” healthier to us. But do fruits and vegetables make homemade dog food better?
Ken Tudor - Tuesday, October 29, 2013
There is no question that opening a bag of dry dog food or a can of dog food is
easier than cooking for your dog. The same is true of grabbing fast food compared
to preparing a home-cooked meal. But most would agree that homemade dog food and
homemade family meals are healthier choices. Read more...
Ken Tudor - Tuesday, October 15, 2013
What is in Beans that would be useful in feeding dogs? Soybeans, alfalfa sprouts, bean sprouts, mung and green beans and cowpeas contain chemicals known as isoflavones. Many know of these naturally occurring chemicals for their antioxidant activity. The isoflavones found in the bean family have estrogen-like qualities. It turns out that those same isoflavones increase the daily energy expenditure in dogs and helps reduce body fat even without restricted calorie intake.
Ken Tudor - Thursday, October 10, 2013
What is in colored foods that you might feed to a dog? Colorful fruits and vegetables contain chemicals classified as phytonutrients. There are no recommended daily allowances for phytonutrients but they may in fact be one of the most important dietary ingredients for animals and humans.