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Feeding Your Pet With Safety In Mind

Published on November 15, 2016 by in BARF

By Robert Mueller

Man and animals are dependent on foods of plant and animal origin. As nature has taught us, food obtained in a fresh, raw state will spoil quickly. Thus methods to properly preserve foods and extend their shelf life have been developed and improved on over time.
Heat destroys nutrients found in processed foods.

Freshness Factor Affecting Nutrient Density

Some people are concerned about the fact that preserved food is not as healthy as fresh food. Preservation techniques such as freezing and dehydrating will decrease some of the nutritional value of the food. It’s true that truly fresh food is always preferable and contains the maximum nutrient levels – however frozen or preserved food is always a better choice than processed and heat-treated food.

At What Temperature Do Nutrients Become Damaged?

Heat destroys nutrients found in processed foods.

Heat destroys nutrients found in processed foods.

Foods that are heated to a temperature exceeding 118° Fahrenheit will be subjected to a destruction of the vital enzymes and “good bacteria” needed for proper digestion and utilization of nutrients by the body. For this reason, the preferred methods to preserve food (especially raw meat and fish) are through the procedures freezing and freeze-drying.

How Long Can Meat And Fish Be Kept From Spoiling?

Fish spoils quickly and in climates with above normal heat temperatures, it will often spoil in less than 12 hours. A popular method for extending the storage life of fresh caught fish is to cool it with ice or freeze it.
The speed that meat spoils depends on several factors such as: storage temperature, acidity of the meat, structure of the muscle tissue, and the overall hygienic conditions used to process the meat. For example, a firmer muscular tissue, such as beef, spoils less quickly than organ meats. Proper hygiene and clean handling of the carcass has a positive effect on storage life. A good rule of thumb is to preserve the meat as soon as possible after slaughter.

Signs of Spoilage

Spoilage is the deterioration of food, which changes the taste and smell and makes it a carrier of disease and germs. A typical sign of spoilage is when the meat smell is similar to that of rotten eggs. Consumption of spoiled foods can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pains and nausea. Serious cases can even lead to death. Preservation practices can have two important effects on food:

  1. Retention of the original qualities and properties of the food (such as freezing raw dog food).
  2. Creation of a radical change in the composition of the food, which results in a product with completely new properties and quality (such as through the extrusion and heat processing of kibble dry dog food diets).While there are other preservation techniques such as smoking, drying, corning, canning, and extrusion processing, nothing compares to the quality and integrity that freezing has to food. That is why at BARF World, we don’t employ these other techniques in making our natural raw meat diets for dogs.
Consuming rotten food can cause tummy upset.

Consuming rotten food can cause tummy upset.

Freezing Raw Bones

Fish and meat bones for canine consumption should also be frozen. This offers one of the safest ways to reduce the bacterial contamination levels and extends their shelf life considerably.

What About Freeze-Drying?

Another very popular method of preservation is freeze-drying. This method combines the advantage of minimal heat and vacuum that in combination lowers the moisture content of the food to approximately 2%. Bacteria have a much harder time growing in a low moisture environment. The only disadvantage that I can see with this method is the cost to preserve. Because the freeze-drying process takes quite a bit of time to do, it can significantly increase the ultimate cost of the product.

Proper Handling of Raw Meat – The Best Prevention Method

Handle raw meat safely.

While manufacturers can do everything right from slaughter to end product, it is also important for the consumer to practice safe handling procedures for raw meat for both their family and pets. Paying attention to the details of handling meat and fish will ultimately render a safe, superior quality product.

We regularly educate consumers to not leave raw meat diets unrefrigerated for long periods of time.  If the meat is not going to be consumed right away, it should be stored in a container with a lid and placed in the refrigerator for no more than 24-48 hours. Food left out for long periods of time, especially during the hot summer months or in warmer temperature climates can result in spoiled food and bacteria growth.

When feeding a BARF diet to your pet, it is best to not leave the food left out for too long. If your dog does not eat the food right away, cover their serving dish and put the food back in the refrigerator to be served later in the day. At the end of the day, you should dispose of any uneaten food. This helps to keep food at its peak freshness and avoid any digestive upset.

For more information about safe handling procedures for raw dog diets, visit our website at www.barfworld.com.

 
ggggRobert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF Diets® patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF®) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere.  To receive more articles like these in your email inbox,click here to sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” weekly e-zine absolutely FREE!

 
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Breeding Your Dog? Read This!

Published on November 9, 2016 by in BARF

By Robert Mueller

Proper nourishment is important for mom and pups.

One of the most important duties an expectant mother has is to prepare for a successful pregnancy. The same holds true for our dogs.

The success of any breeding exercise will depend on what your bitch has been fed throughout her life. The pregnancy will be a draining experience and will draw on nutrients deposited in her body long before she became pregnant. Her past nutritional history has a dramatic impact on her ability to become pregnant, her ability to hold on to the pregnancy, the ability to produce a large, healthy litter with no birthing problems, and to be able to supply plenty of milk to support the growing litter.

Dr. Ian Billinghurst, DVM, co-founder of BARF World and author of “Grow Your Pups With Bones” states in his book:

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“If your bitch has been fed a poor commercial dry diet or even a poorly constructed home-made diet such as an all meat diet, there will be major problems as a result. The ramifications of consuming a poorly formulated nutritional recipe are that she may never become pregnant in the first place. If she does, she may abort the puppies or produce deformed or a limited number of puppies. One must keep this in mind when beginning a breeding program. Here is another important consideration. When you know your bitch is close to coming on heat, temporarily increase both the amount and the quality of the food. Following this advice, her body will respond with brilliant hormone production and a maximum number of healthy eggs shed and a maximum number fertilized. This feeding bonus at mating time will produce the optimum number of puppies, with a very good chance that they will all be healthy. Elevating the levels of kelp, vitamin E, B, and C are important. Especially vitamin C because this vitamin aids in an easy delivery.”

Pregnancy is a very demanding event. It is a dynamic state that produces many changes and much growth inside the mother’s body in a very short period of time. It is because of this that a mother’s nutritional needs will change dramatically.

If the bitch has been fed a nutritious raw diet throughout her life, then for the first two-thirds of the pregnancy she will have the basis for a solid pregnancy.
The last third of the pregnancy is the most important phase because this is when the pups do most of their growing. The requirements at this point will demand extra supplementation with more protein, vitamins, essential fatty acids, and minerals (with the exception of calcium). If you see that your bitch has developed an increased demand for food, that is your signal that she is lacking those growth nutrients.

It is extremely important at this stage that you feed a diet that has been designed to allow growth to occur. Adjusting the amount to feed at the last third of the pregnancy will adequately allow for the growth spurt. Allowing the bitch to become fat from overfeeding will cause further complications with the birthing process. An underfed dog will have similar complications because of the reduced amount of milk production.

PLEASE NOTE: The science behind proper nutritional needs for the pregnant bitch is a complicated one. It is not the intention of this article to recommend all the requirements needed for a successful pregnancy. Instead, it is designed to outline the mere basics of the event and to outline a few of the more important choices to make to produce a healthy litter.

ggggRobert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF Diets® patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF®) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere.  To receive more articles like these in your email inbox,click here to sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” weekly e-zine absolutely FREE!

 
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The Secret To A Healthy Dog

By Robert Mueller

What is our first reaction when we discover that a severe disease, such as cancer, has attacked our pet and is spreading throughout his or her body? Hopefully, the answer is to change the dietary habits and become more aware of what we allow our pets’ bodies to be exposed to. While it may be too late to make a drastic difference in the outcome of the disease, we hope that a diet change can at least help to slow its progression.

Many think this is a nutritional diet.

Many think this is a nutritional diet.

Unfortunately for many, the connection of diet relating to disease i often realized after the fact. This is why we must be proactive about our pets’ health. Making the change to a biologically appropriate diet BEFORE there is a problem is the best way to prevent disease in our animal companions.

The benefit your pet receives from a biologically appropriate diet is similar to what you receive when you consume a healthy, whole food diet. The important difference between our pets and us however is the factor of choice. We can choose to eat an unhealthy diet and we can elect bad habits that may eventually lead to a diseased state, yet our pets do not have the benefit of these same choices.

If left to forage for themselves, dogs would scavenge for whatever is necessary to meet their nutritional needs. Modern pets, however, are forced to eat the food that is presented to them by their guardian. Therein lies the difference between the diet of a wild dog and one of a domesticated pet. The domesticated pet is subjected to the choices made by their human owner to complete their nutritional needs. Make the wrong nutritional choice for your pet and you can expect to see some serious health problems down the road.

You’re probably thinking, “This all makes perfect sense. So why do so many people continue to ignore such a simple concept like nutrition?”

Provide proper nutrition to your pet with a natural diet.

Provide proper nutrition to your pet with a natural diet.

In most cases it’s not the pet owners fault at all. The truth is that they just don’t realize the enormous effects that proper nutrition and holistic healthcare have on their pets. They think that the kibble and canned food diets they are feeding their dogs are good for them. They don’t realize that excessive vaccinations and exposure to chemicals and other toxins may be depressing their pet’s immune systems and leaving them vulnerable to disease. These pet owners are not being given the proper information they need to make an informed decision about their pet’s health. To become a knowledgeable pet guardian requires a fair amount of education and research.

BARF World’s main goal is to provide education on nutrition and natural pet healthcare. We provide this information a number of ways:

We try our best to educate our customers by sharing the health benefits of raw food and pet nutrition. You are probably reading this because you are already part of the BARF World family and understand the importance of raw feeding. I urge you to please share this information and have your friends and family subscribe to our weekly newsletter for more information.

ggggRobert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF Diets® patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF®) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere.  To receive more articles like these in your email inbox,click here to sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” weekly e-zine absolutely FREE!

 
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Tummy Ache? Reach For Pumpkin

Published on October 25, 2016 by in BARF

By Robert Mueller

With Halloween right around the corner you’ve no doubt seen the stores stocking up on pumpkins for the festivities. Pumpkins are plentiful this time of year so it seems like an appropriate opportunity to talk about this delicious and nutritious diet ingredient for our canine and feline companions.

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Ease your pet’s discomfort with a natural ingredient.

Pumpkin has been described as a mystery food for dogs as it is very unusual to find an ingredient that is able to control symptoms of diarrhea as well as constipation.

You can effectively relieve your pet’s digestive upset in a matter of a few hours by simply adding a puree of canned pumpkin to your dog’s regular food. The pumpkin puree is a good source of fiber and it has a high water content that will help with both constipation as well as bouts of diarrhea. The water in the pumpkin will hydrate the intestine which is needed to relieve the constipation and the high fiber content will absorb the excess water that is generated from the loose stool of an agitated colon.

It is recommended to use the 100% natural canned pumpkin variety for the best results, NOT the sweetened pumpkin pie filling that you use to make delicious pumpkin pies.

Dosage requirements mainly depend on the dog’s size. A good rule of thumb is two teaspoons daily for a small breed dogs (under 15 lbs.), a couple of tablespoons for dogs 15-35 lbs., and for large/giant breed dogs you can give up to 5 tablespoons of pureed pumpkin per day.

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Pumpkin can relieve tummy upset.

There are some nutritional advantages of feeding pumpkin as well. Pumpkin is packed with nutrition boasting large amounts of Vitamin A, Potassium and Iron. The health advantages of feeding your pets pumpkin include:

  • A resistance to infection
  • Improved night vision
  • Anti-cancer benefits
  • Improved blood pressure
  • Added support in the production of healthy red blood cells.

This year, instead of letting that leftover pumpkin go to waste, use it to help “trick” your pet’s digestive system into proper working order. This will “treat” your dog or cat using natural remedies instead of conventional treatments. Your pets will thank you for it!

 

ggggRobert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF Diets® patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF®) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere.  To receive more articles like these in your email inbox,click here to sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” weekly e-zine absolutely FREE!

 
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