HOMEMADE DOG FOOD

Canine Health and Nutrition Information from Dr Ken Tudor.

The Risks to Carbohydrates in Your Dog’s Food

Ken Tudor - Monday, March 31, 2014

Contaminated carbohydrates can be a problem in dog foodElementary school education would not be complete without the bread mold experiment. You remember. Moisten a piece of bread and put it in a dark place in the kitchen. Check in on it every day until it has blue-green mold. Some of you may have even looked at the mold under the microscope. Believe or not, that mold contained dangerous toxins.  Read more...

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Why Your Hypoallergenic Diet Isn’t Working

Ken Tudor - Friday, March 28, 2014

Dog Suffering from AllergiesYour dog is itchy. Your veterinarian recommends a diet that is considered hypoallergenic. After six weeks your dog is as itchy as ever. Why isn’t the food working? The main reason is that most dogs are allergic to things other than foods. Flower, grass, and tree pollens are the biggest culprits. Fungal spores and insect (fleas, house dust mites) are other common allergens. The second reason the food may not work is because it is not truly hypoallergenic. A recent study of these diets revealed that the majority contained meats not disclosed on the label.  Read more...

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Five Simple Ways to Evaluate the Quality of Your Dog Food

Ken Tudor - Monday, March 24, 2014

Dog ReadingDo you second guess your dog food choice every trip to the market or pet store? Is the clerk at the pet store always suggesting another dog food choice? Does your neighbor insist that what she feeds her dog is the best? Does your veterinarian insist on the brand that the hospital offers? How are you to decide? Trust your dog and your research. These 5 easy tests will help you make the right choice.  Read more...

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3 Meaningless Words on Dog Food Labels

Ken Tudor - Friday, March 21, 2014

Meaningless Words on Dog Food Labels Mislead Pet OwnersDog food is sold to humans, not dogs. So it is important that dog food manufactures use language that makes their product sound appealing to dog owners. Unlike human advertising, dog food makers have much more freedom with the language on labels. The three following words are the most popular at this time.  Read more...

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Exercise and Your Dog’s Health

Ken Tudor - Monday, March 17, 2014

Swimming is Good Exercise for DogsAlmost everybody agrees that exercise is essential for weight loss and weight maintenance. Research in humans overwhelmingly shows that a program of just 80 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week is all that is necessary to maintain a healthy weight on a sensible diet.  Read more...

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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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Preservatives in Dog Food: A Dog Owner Dilemma

Ken Tudor - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What are the concerns of preservatives in dog foodWithout preservatives the shelf life and safety of most processed foods would be limited if not impossible. Preservatives inhibit bacterial and fungal growth such as molds. They prevent spoilage, stabilize nutrients and maintain flavor. Antioxidant preservatives protect from the oxidation of fat and prevent rancidity. Preservatives serve the same function in dog food. But health concerns about synthetic preservatives worry many dog owners.   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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How Much Water Do Dogs Need?

Ken Tudor - Monday, March 03, 2014

How Much Water Do Dogs Need?When thinking about nutrition, most dog owners forget that water, not food, is the most important nutrient. All mammals, including humans and dogs can only last a few days without water. Within hours of water deprivation, the body begins shutting down blood flow to non-vital systems (skin, muscle, intestine, kidneys and other abdominal organs) in order to preserve water for the heart and brain. The water need of dogs is not a constant. The amount needed per day is dependent on many environmental and individual factors.  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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