HOMEMADE DOG FOOD

Canine Health and Nutrition Information from Dr Ken Tudor.

Why Buying Dog Food in Bulk Can be Unhealthy

Ken Tudor - Friday, March 14, 2014

Big Bags of Dog Food May Lead to SpoilageThe popularity of Costco is testimony that Americans like to save money by purchasing in large quantities. Why not? If you have the storage space for paper goods, dry goods, processed and frozen food, it makes perfect sense to stock-up. Buying the giant economy bag of dog food may save money, but it may affect Fido’s health. All savings may be wiped out by a visit to the vet.   Read more...

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Is Your Dog Food Safe for Humans?

Ken Tudor - Thursday, March 06, 2014

Petri Dish used to Detect Salmonella in Dog FoodRecently the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association have issued policy statements warning pet owners from feeding raw diets. Their warnings are based on studies suggesting that raw diets for pets are more susceptible to Salmonella contamination. These precautions are not without merit. A recent study showed greater Salmonella contamination with raw diets compared to dry, commercial diets.   Read more...

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Soybean Oil: A Good Alternative for Homemade Dog Food

Ken Tudor - Saturday, March 01, 2014

Soybean Oil is a Good Choice for Homemade Dog FoodCorn and canola oils are excellent oil choices for homemade dog food. For many reasons, some dog owners prefer to use other sources for fat. Unfortunately, there are few oils that meet the necessary fat requirements for dogs. Soybean oil is the exception. The combination of omega-6 and omega-3 fats in soybean oil makes it a good oil alternative for homemade diets.  Read more...

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Understanding Dog Food Labels: Part 2

Ken Tudor - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Understanding Dog Food Labels is FrustratingYou look at a bag of dry food and the guaranteed analysis says it contains 21% protein. The same company’s wet, canned food guaranteed analysis only has 8% protein. The dry food has more protein, right? Wrong! The nutritional content of dry food and wet food cannot be compared directly. That type of comparison would be like comparing apple to oranges. This post shows how to make the comparison an accurate, apples-to-apples analysis. As with all pet food labeling, it requires you take a calculator or smart phone with a calculator to the store.  Read more...

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Vegan Diets and Your Dog’s Health

Ken Tudor - Friday, February 21, 2014

Vegan Diets for Dogs are RiskyFor many reasons, dog owners are increasingly experimenting with non-traditional diets for their dogs. Homemade diets allow this flexibility. Well balanced homemade dog food is not easy to achieve. This is especially true for dog owners seeking a vegan alternative. The following medical case from the teaching hospital at Ohio State University is an example.  Read more...

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The History of Dog Food: The Post War Boom

Ken Tudor - Monday, February 17, 2014

Commercial Dog Food After WWII Changed How Dogs Are FedThe explosive growth of commercial dog food after WWII coincides with the economic and demographic changes resulting from the war. These changes increased demand for dog and Fido no longer had to settle for what was left from dinner.  Read more...

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Understanding Dog Food Labels: Part 1

Ken Tudor - Thursday, February 13, 2014

Dog Food Labels are Purposely ConfusingThe most difficult challenge of choosing dog food is deciphering the label. Although not perfect, the human food nutrition labels are much easier to understand than dog food labels. It is very difficult for dog owners to really find out the nutritional content of their dog food. This is the first in a series to hopefully shed some light on dog food labels.  Read more...

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How Dog Foods Make Your Dog Fat

Ken Tudor - Monday, February 10, 2014

How Dog Foods Make Your Dog FatThere are many reasons almost 60% of pets are overweight. We spoil them with treats. Our busy lifestyles interfere with regular exercise. But we are not the only reason. The way pet food is formulated has even a greater impact on the weight of our pets. How Feeding Instructions Encourage Overeating  Read more...

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Does Variety = Balanced Homemade Dog Food?

Ken Tudor - Thursday, January 30, 2014

ScaleHuman nutritionists stress the importance of variety as a means of achieving a balanced diet. Rotation of meats, vegetables, grains and oils is thought ensure the necessary needs of the body. Many feel the same is true for homemade dog food. This concept is based on the idea that the body, ours and dogs, can “catch up” or store nutrients that may be missing in the diet. Variety will provide one day what nutrients may have been missing other days. Over time it is thought that all will even out and provide adequate nutrition. Although this may be true for some nutrients, like oil soluble vitamins and some minerals, it is not true for others.  Read more...

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How to Choose Recipes for Homemade Dog Food

Ken Tudor - Monday, December 30, 2013
Man Considering Homemade Dog FoodWith all of the dog food recalls, you have decided to take control of your dog’s nutrition. You choose quality ingredients from the market. You prepare recipes found from popular internet sources. Then you discover that a recent scientific study revealed that 95% of homemade recipes for dogs found in books and on the internet are nutritionally inadequate. Recipe recommendations from non-veterinarians were particularly faulty. With so few reliable sources, how do you choose a quality homemade dog food recipe?  Read more...
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