Canine Health and Nutrition Information from Dr Ken Tudor.

Is Homemade Dog Food Hard To Make?

Ken Tudor - Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Making Dog FoodThere 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...

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Why Do Homemade Dog Food Diets Need Nutrient Supplements?

Ken Tudor - Thursday, October 24, 2013

Vitamins for Dog FoodLiving under the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) “Food Pyramid” has led to a belief that this formula leads to a nutritionally balanced diet. Providing a variety of foods in the relative amounts indicated by the pyramid, and now the segmented plate, is targeted at managing chronic human conditions like heart disease, strokes and diabetes.  Read more...

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Why Are There So Many Dog Food Recalls?

Ken Tudor - Monday, October 21, 2013

Looking for Dog Food RecipesIn just the first nine months of 2013, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted 31 recall and safety alerts for commercial pet food and treats. In 2012 there were 45 of these FDA alerts. Salmonella contamination or contamination risk lead the reason for recalls.  Read more...

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How Much Does Homemade Dog Food Cost?

Ken Tudor - Thursday, October 17, 2013

What Does Homemade Dog Food Cost?Are you frustrated with repeated recalls of commercial dog food? Have you lost confidence in the quality of commercial dog food after 8,500 pets died from pet food melamine contamination in 2007? You are not alone. More and more dog owners prepare homemade diets for their dogs. Many considering homemade ask us about the costs of homemade diets. The truthful answer is it depends and is dependent on the ingredient desires of the dog owner.  Read more...

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Can Beans Help Manage Weight in Dogs?

Ken Tudor - Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Beans for Dogs?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.  Read more...

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Are Colorful Fruits and Vegetables Good for Dogs?

Ken Tudor - Thursday, October 10, 2013

Are Colorful Vegetables Important for Homemade Dog Food?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.  Read more...

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Which is better commercial dog food or homemade dog food?

Ken Tudor - Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Which is Better Homemade or Commercial Dog Food?Is this a dilemma you face? You are not alone. We all want the best nutrition for our dogs but are not sure what the right choice is.  Read more...

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Does Kibble Really Keep Dogs Teeth Clean?

Ken Tudor - Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Inspecting Dog TeethA common belief among dog owners and veterinarians is that feeding soft food rather than dry kibbled food is worse for dog dental health. Actually there is no scientific evidence to support that claim. Although kibble eaters may develop less dental tarter, the incidence of gingivitis and periodontal disease is the same for both soft and hard diets.  Read more...

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Disasters - Protecting Homemade Dog Food

Ken Tudor - Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Protecting Dog Food in an EmergencyA hurricane or flood has knocked out power to your home. You have canned food, dry goods and bottled water for the family. Your dog eats homemade dog food. You have this week’s supply of her food and 200lbs. of uncooked meat in the freezer. Read more...

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How Socrates Started a Homemade Dog Food Business (part 3)

Ken Tudor - Sunday, September 15, 2013

Hearthstone Homemade for DogsPart Three of Three: Finding the right combination of supplements turned out to be more difficult than I thought. Every brand of vitamin and mineral has its own mixture of nutrients. There is no consistency and the variations were limitless. Furthermore, because human needs are different, these supplements contained dangerously high levels of some nutrients and too little of others. I was mystified that the authors of homemade recipe books could make non-specific supplement recommendations and ensure nutritional balance. I persisted in my research and found products I thought would meet the needs of dogs and tried them on Socrates, his brother Baxter and other dogs.  Read more...

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