HOMEMADE DOG FOOD

Canine Health and Nutrition Information from Dr Ken Tudor.

How Socrates Started a Homemade Dog Food Business (part 2)

Ken Tudor - Friday, September 13, 2013

Our Dogs that Eat HomemadePart Two of Three: After recovery from surgery, I put Soc on a homemade diet of chicken and rice. He immediately improved. I had previously used my old standby, cottage cheese and rice, without success because it turned out that he was lactose intolerant. At least now I knew how to feed our poor Socrates.  Read more...

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What’s All the Hype about Fish Oil?

Ken Tudor - Monday, August 19, 2013

Fish Oil is Very Important for Dog FoodEPA (or eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (or docosahexaenoic a cid) are omega-3, polyunsaturated fatty acids. EPA and DHA provide structure and function to all cell membranes. DHA is structurally important for brain and nerve cells, the retinal cells of the eye and skin cells. 

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If I Change Foods, Do I Feed the Same Amount?

Ken Tudor - Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Dog Food Calorie Values VaryCommercial pet food companies are not required to disclose the amount of calories in their pet food on the container label. For 75 years, pet owners have not known how many calories they have been feeding their pets. Since feeding instructions are always in cups or cans, owners assume that the calorie content of pet food brands is roughly the same. Unfortunately that is not the case.  Read more...

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Should You Not Feed a Hypoallergenic Diet?

Ken Tudor - Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Itching Dogs Sometimes Caused by Food AllergiesCommercial and homemade diets using novel protein and carbohydrates sources have become very common. This trend is due to the popular belief that most allergies are due to specific protein ingredients in the diet. Commercial food with lamb, duck, bison, venison and salmon are now readily available. 


Consumer fear of grain gluten has moved many food companies to use potato and sweet potato products as novel carbohydrates.


Actually allergies caused by food represent a small percentage of animals afflicted with allergies. Environmental proteins in pollen, fungus, parasites, dander and dust account for most allergic reactions in dogs. Changing food will not prevent most allergic conditions. Some dogs have both environmental and food allergies and food does reduce the severity of their allergic symptoms. 

 

Establishing environmental or food allergies by specific tests (skin tests, blood test or dietary trials) is important before changing diet. Celiac disease is actually rare in dogs and food sensitivity is probably due to a reaction to something other than grain or gluten in the diet.


Hypoallergenic diets tend to be more expensive, especially those using very exotic proteins, than diets using more common proteins (chicken and beef) and carbohydrates (corn, barley, wheat). Such an increase in food costs for a dog that does not have food allergies is completely unnecessary. More importantly, as the use of novel protein increases more dogs are exposed to them and they become less novel.


Diagnosing allergies becomes more difficult because it requires feeding a protein to which the patient has no previous exposure. As more animals are exposed to wider varieties of protein finding a novel protein will become more and more difficult for veterinarians and dog owners. This may mean feeding meat from animals that are less available and hence more expensive. It may require including animal species that spark a negative public response if they are used as a food source.

 

Hypoallergenic diets should be reserved for dogs that are proven to be food allergic. Consult your veterinarian before changing to a hypoallergenic food.

 

Dr. Ken Tudor,

THE DOG DIETITIAN

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How to Judge a Dog’s Fitness

Ken Tudor - Thursday, June 13, 2013

How to Judge a Dog's FitnessThe best way to judge the fitness or ideal weight of a dog is not by weighing it! The best judge is a dog’s BCS or Body Condition Score. This is an observational technique to evaluate body conformation.  Read more...

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Fat Is a Very Active Organ

Ken Tudor - Monday, May 20, 2013

Fat Dogs Have Greater Health RisksFeeding a wholesome homemade diet is only one-half of a complete health plan for your dog. Feeding the right amount of the balanced diet is the other half. Like in humans, carrying excess fat has major health consequences for dogs. Medical professionals have long thought that fat was a passive source of energy and insulation. The extra body fat weight was thought to exacerbate arthritis, reduce exercise, increase panting and possibly lead to diabetes but the influence of fat tissue on the body was grossly underestimated.  Read more...

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