Ken Tudor - Saturday, August 30, 2014
The last two posts have highlighted my worry of a potential surge in medical problems in dogs caused by improperly formulated homemade dog food. My concern in writing the articles was that the various
of those feeding homemade were based on
that would necessarily lead to unbalanced diets.
Ken Tudor - Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Last week I shared my fears of a coming
among dogs as a result of unhealthy homemade dog food diets. Despite the best intentions to offer their dogs the best dog food, owners are unwittingly depriving their dogs of vital nutrition. We have been told that a variety of wholesome foods rich in various nutrients will make yourself and your dog healthy. But "variety" or "rich in" are not the same as adequate or sufficient.
Ken Tudor - Tuesday, August 12, 2014
In an earlier blog I featured a story
of an English Bulldog that was admitted to an emergency referral veterinary hospital
in congestive heart failure. The reason for the heart failure was a lack of the
amino acid taurine in his diet. His owners had been feeding a vegan, hypoallergenic
recipe that they found on the internet for the previous two years.
Ken Tudor - Thursday, August 07, 2014
I have had clients bring dogs to the hospital because they were worried when it didn’t eat breakfast. I have had other owners bring in dogs that hadn’t eaten in weeks. And then there have been the countless dogs that were somewhere in between missing one meal to many meals. And always the two questions are the same no matter what the situation “What is wrong with my dog” and “How long can it go without eating?”
Ken Tudor - Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Do you remember that stage in your child’s life when they asked “but why” or “how” to every questioned you answered for them.
Remember how the chain would go on
and on as they tried to process and categorize the information. In this age of
information overload we can learn a lot from our children’s interrogation methods.
This is especially true when it comes to fad dog food trends like dog lifestyle
foods, dog breed specific foods and hypoallergenic dog foods.
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, July 07, 2014
Do you feed your dog the same amount of dog food every day no matter what season
it is? Did you know that seasonal changes impact your dog and make feeding changes
necessary, even in the summer? Where you live may be an important factor in the
way you need to feed your dog. Read more...
Ken Tudor - Monday, June 30, 2014
Dogs do not need specific foods in their diet. They need specific nutrients in
foods to promote better health. We now know that certain chemicals in certain foods
turn off or turn on certain genes in cell DNA. The regulation of these genes can
have beneficial or detrimental effects on the body. Nutrogenomics is a new field
of study of this impact of chemicals in food and the genetic regulation of body
cells. This is exciting. Read more...
Ken Tudor - Monday, June 23, 2014
There are days in veterinary practice when it feels like nearly all of the appointments are for itchy dogs. And I am sure many of you have booked vet appointments for one or more of your itchy, allergic dogs. Why are so many dogs allergic? The truth is we don’t know. Is it their diet? In some, but not most cases, it is the diet. What is the best dog food for itchy, allergic dogs? Research suggests that the answer is not commercial hypoallergenic dog food. Why?