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The Developing Puppy and Why Raw Diets are so Important

By Stephanie Minturn

Puppies develop in stages just like humans from birth to 18 months. These stages include…

  • The Neo-Natal Stage from birth to two weeks. During this stage, the puppy is born and develops senses of touch and taste.
  • The Transitional stage ranges from weeks two to four and during this time, the puppy begins to be influenced by littermates. Eyes and ears open, senses develop and walking begins.
  • The 1st Socialization Stage refers to weeks four through eight. During this time, puppies pick up cues from littermates and humans. He begins learning social structure and becomes more aware of his surroundings. Mobility also increases.
  • The 2nd Socialization stage is marked by weeks eight through twelve. Puppies usually learn their name during this stage and develop some independence. He is now able to leave his mother. House training may also commence at this stage.
  • The Ranking Stage lasts from three to six months and is the puppy version of the “terrible twos.” Your pup may display some fear or separation anxiety during this time as he is establishing their place within the family. Try to increase socialization and decreasing fear by introducing your pup to many people. Teething also occurs during this time, so hide your shoes!
  • The Early Adolescent stage lasts from months six to month twelve. This is when your puppy might test his boundaries and push the limits. Try using positive reinforcement during this stage. Sexual maturation also occurs during this stage in non-spayed or non-neutered pets.
  • The Late Adolescent stage lasts from months twelve to eighteen. Your pup is almost fully developed by now in the physical sense but is still very much a puppy mentally. He is soaking up his training like a sponge at this stage so don’t be afraid to challenge him with even more difficult tasks.

Your growing puppy deserves the opportunity to have a high quality life. It is important for puppies in all stages to receive plenty of exercise, receive adequate rest and eat a healthy diet. This is why it is so important to feed your dog the Barf Diet right away. Why switch your pup from all the natural and plentiful goodness of mom’s milk to a diet full of grains and fillers? It only makes sense to transition your pet from one natural food source to another. Feeding your pup raw will provide him with balanced and complete nutrition, prevent dehydration, eliminate allergies right from the start and provide a strong immune system! Check out our link at https://goo.gl/avRmoi  for more information on feeding your pet a natural raw diet so that he may thrive in all stages of puppy-hood!

Stephanie, is a Registered Nurse and proud mother, of 4 whom has always loved animals and the purity and beauty they bring into the world. She enjoys researching current trends and evidence based practice in the pet industry and relating it to the healthcare industry for humans. She has passion in discovering new found knowledge with other pet owners like herself.

 
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Let a Sleeping Dog Lie

By Stephanie Minturn

Have you ever wondered why your dog takes so many naps? It’s obvious that a dog’s sleep pattern differs from a human but by how much? The average dog sleeps approximately 12-14 hours per day, though puppies and larger breeds can sleep up to 18 hours per day. When and how much a dog sleeps depends upon a few factors. One being the amount of exercise they are getting on a regular basis. Physical activity helps improve the quality of sleep your pet receives during those power naps and the more active the dog, the less sleep he will need. But remember, dogs need to sleep longer than humans. The reason for this can be contributed to the lack of REM sleep they receive per cycle. REM sleep is the “deep sleep” stage where active dreaming occurs. Humans spend about 25% of sleep in REM sleep while dogs only spend about 10% here, raising their hourly requirements of overall rest. Therefore, let them rest, they need it and will have more energy in their waking hours because of it!

So, where should our pets sleep while they are catching all these extra winks? Statistics show that 45% of dogs sleep with their owners, 20% are in a crate or cage of some kind, 17% are in a dog bed, 14% are somewhere else indoors and 4% sleep outdoors. Many Vets encourage allowing your dog to co-sleep (share the bed). Co-sleeping provides many benefits such as lowering anxiety and depression in both humans and dogs alike and provides a sense of security and comfort. This is all thanks to the “happy hormone,” serotonin, which is released into the body. Serotonin helps our body to relax and rest and is beneficial in in the treatment of many disorders both mental and physical. So why not grab that fuzzy blanket, curl up with Fido and receive these benefits for you both? The quality and quantity of sleep your pet gets plays a significant role in their mental and physical health. Just getting the right amount of deep sleep can make all the difference!

Stephanie, is a Registered Nurse and proud mother, of 4 whom has always loved animals and the purity and beauty they bring into the world. She enjoys researching current trends and evidence based practice in the pet industry and relating it to the healthcare industry for humans. She has passion in discovering new found knowledge with other pet owners like herself.

 

 
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Raw Diets are “Eggcelent!”

By Stephanie Minturn

It is no secret that eggs are packed with a complete list of advantages for the human body but did you know that these benefits are also useful to our pets? Pet parents everywhere are feeding raw eggs, shell and all. Not only is this “whole food” an inexpensive and safe source of raw nutrition for your dog, but eggs are also one of the most nutritious and balanced choices you can make for your pet! Being packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, where can you go wrong?

Eggs are a great source of…

  • Vitamin A
  • Riboflavin
  • Folate
  • Vitamin B12
  • Iron
  • Selenium
  • Fatty Acids
  • Calcium (especially yolk and shell)
  • Protein
  • Omega 3’s
  • Choline (Supporting brain development)
  • Zinc
  • Biotin

Benefits…

  • Provides a healthy and shiny coat
  • Can aid in improving brain function
  • Improves the strength of muscles, bones and teeth
  • May help to prevent Cataracts and other visual problems
  • Helps to promote healthy pregnancies and lactation for breeding dogs
  • Helps to reduce inflammation in the body
  • Boosts immune system reducing risks of infection and degenerative diseases

Grab an egg and don’t be afraid to share with your pet! Whether cooked or raw, your dog will still receive great advantages. If you are a Barf World customer, you know that the Barf World diet includes egg in every recipe and provides these ‘eggcelent’ benefits to your pup every single day!

Stephanie, is a Registered Nurse and proud mother, of 4 whom has always loved animals and the purity and beauty they bring into the world. She enjoys researching current trends and evidence based practice in the pet industry and relating it to the healthcare industry for humans. She has passion in discovering new found knowledge with other pet owners like herself.

 
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Let’s Beat Pancreatitis!

By Stephanie Minturn

We have all heard of pancreatitis and most of us are well aware that it can become a problem in pets just as easily as in humans. What most people don’t know, however, are some of the details of this issue and how a natural, raw diet, like the Barf diet, can help to eliminate the incidence of this disease.

First, let’s talk definitions. Simply put, pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas (an organ located in the abdomen) becomes irritated and inflamed. Though small, the pancreas is very important, as it is responsible for producing hormones such as insulin and glucagon to control metabolism and glucose levels as well as other enzymes which are critical for digestion. When the pancreas becomes inflamed, digestive enzymes which are normally inactive until reaching the small intestine, become active in the pancreas instead. This causes a plethora of symptoms and can cause serious damage to the organ if the condition becomes chronic.

It is difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of pancreatitis but it has been found that it can be attributed to certain factors including a high fat, low protein diet, trauma, predisposing conditions such as Diabetes or Cushing’s Syndrome or certain medications and toxins.

Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Sleepiness or depression
  • Anorexia
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain as evident by unusual posture or guarding of the abdominal area
  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Jaundice

If you notice these symptoms in your pet, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Diagnosis is usually determined by blood tests which analyze enzyme levels. Elevations suggest pancreatitis but do not provide a definitive diagnosis as other health issues may also reflect elevated levels. Abdominal X-rays and Ultrasound may be performed as well as a needle aspiration biopsy to help identify whether or not your pet is experiencing true pancreatitis.

So how is it treated? Unfortunately, it’s not easy. There is no magic medication that will simply take this away. The treatment can be a lengthy process and is circumstantial to each pet. The plan of care often includes pancreatic rest, reducing the inflammation and pain and preventing further complications such as dehydration as well as keeping the dog free from infection. Usually, with acute pancreatitis, the dog is hospitalized and restricted from consuming any food or fluid by mouth for 3 to 5 days. This allows the digestive system to rest without the stress of creating enzymes. Once enzyme levels are within normal limits, small amounts of a low fat diet may begin. Antibiotics, pain medication and anti-emetics are often administered to minimize complications.

I know what you’re thinking, what an awful thing for our pets to endure! The good new is, pancreatitis can be prevented! And even if your dog has already been plagued with a pancreatic attack or even suffering from chronic pancreatitis, it’s not too late for help!

There articles out there that will tell you that it’s time to start practicing “tough love” on your pet and forcing them to abide by a low fat diet which you know they will hate.

So, is a diet that helps keep a lean body mass really that important? It absolutely is! But what if I told you that there is a diet that can not only help lower body fat but can also provide the living enzymes which are so crucial for digestion? A diet that gives your pet’s pancreas a break, so it doesn’t have to work so hard? Does this really exist? The answer is YES, it certainly does! The BARF World diet does just that and more! Except, you certainly won’t be practicing “tough love!” While providing low fat, high protein content, your pet’s risk of pancreatitis is significantly lower and your dog is sure to love his natural, raw meat diet meaning that you can have a healthy AND happy pet! How can you go wrong? To learn more about pancreatitis and how The BARF diet can help, visit our website at www.barfworld.com or call us at 1-866-282- 2273 (BARF)!

Mueller, Robert. “My Dog Has Pancreatitis. Can a Raw Dog Food Diet Help?” 11 June 2014. Blog.barfworld.com

Simpson, Mary. “Let’s Talk About Pancreatitis in Dogs.” 3 March 2015.

“Pancreatitis and Diabetes.” August 2001. www.caninediabetes.org.

Saxon, Bill. “Acute Pancreatitis in Dogs.” May 2014. www.pethealthnetwork.com.

Stephanie, is a Registered Nurse and proud mother, of 4 whom has always loved animals and the purity and beauty they bring into the world. She enjoys researching current trends and evidence based practice in the pet industry and relating it to the healthcare industry for humans. She has passion in discovering new found knowledge with other pet owners like herself.

 
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