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How To Keep Your Pet Safe This Winter

Published on December 6, 2016 by in BARF

By Monica Samson

This time of year holiday travel is at its peak. If you’re planning a trip yourself, you may be considering whether to take your pet along with you.  Like many other pet parents, you may worry how well your dog will do on a long flight or car ride.  For those with older pets, you may even worry about how the cold weather can affect your pet’s mobility.

Older dogs and those with arthritis or joint problems may be struggling with the adjustment to the climate change. The cold weather can make it difficult for your pets to stay active. The Mobility supplement, helps promote joint flexibility for dogs in their second stage of life or those with mobility problems. This product has dog_bootsbeen formulated for dogs that have begun to show signs of decreased activity due to joint pain or arthritis, are affected by extremely cold and damp weather, or dogs that feel pain when climbing stairs.

When the weather is cold (and in some locations throughout the U.S., beyond freezing), it can take us and our pets, a considerable amount of energy to fight through the harsh weather and get to where we need to go.  Our pets are much closer to the ground and may be having a more difficult time battling this winter weather than we are.  You may want to consider a sweater and some booties to keep your pet warm when you go out for walks.

Mobility is also great for helping pets maintain an active lifestyle or for those that enjoy activities like hunting and agility.  This product includes a blend of Eastern herbs for healing as well as Elk Velvet Antler to support and maintain:

  • Long term health
  • Joint mobility
  • Normal stamina and endurance
  • Healthy immune system
  • Normal blood cell health
  • Normal function and health of the kidneys
  • Eye function
  • Proper body functions and overall quality of life

Whether you plan to travel by car or plane, there are many things that you may need to consider in order to make the ride pleasant for everyone.  Here are a few things to consider when traveling:We want to make sure that our dogs have positive and comfortable experiences while traveling, especially during this time of year when we want to visit family and friends for holiday gatherings.  The cold weather can greatly affect how your dog feels during a long drive.  We have some great tips that may assist you and your family to help make it to your next destination safely and at ease.

  • undercover dogAm I traveling by plane or car?
  • Is my pooch comfortable with riding by car or plane?
  • Is my pooch comfortable in a harness, crate, etc?
  • Is my hotel or family okay with me traveling with my dog?
  • Does my dog have anxiety or get sick while traveling?

Remember, when it comes to traveling this holiday season you and your pet and not on your own. BARF World can ship your order while you are away on vacation within the Continental U.S.  Just remember to stay prepared when you are ready to hit the road so you can enjoy the holidays together.

References:
http://www.tripswithpets.com/pet-travel-tips-car
http://www.weather.com/outlook/homeandgarden/pets/articles/d59

ggggMonica is a mother of 2 kids and 2 tabby cats. Though her parents never allowed pets growing up, she has always been an animal lover. Her 2 cat’s are fans of the BARF Diet. When asked what convinced her to go with a raw diet for her pet’s, she replies, “I was a big believer of processed dry food but after seeing such an amazing difference in my cat’s coat and energy, I knew that the BARF diet was the way to go.

 
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How The BARF Diet Helps Manage Urolithiasis

Published on November 22, 2016 by in BARF

By Robert Mueller

Urolithiasis is a general term describing a common disorder of the lower urinary tract in dogs and cats. It refers to stones or uroliths that develop in the kidney, ureter, bladder or urethra affecting approximately 7% of cats and 3% of dogs seen at veterinary clinics.

Get your pet checked if you suspect an issue with their urinary tract.

Get your pet checked if you suspect an issue with their urinary tract.

This is typically a condition found in adult animals. There is a difference in the age and onset periods between the two species. This condition is rarely seen in cats younger than 1 year and most commonly diagnosed between the ages of 2 to 6 years of age. In contrast, for dogs the mean age at time of diagnosis is between 6 1/2 to 7 years.

There is also a relationship between gender and mineral prevalence. Struvite crystals are more common in females, while oxalate containing stones are seen more often in males. It is speculated that breed characteristics such as low activity levels and a tendency toward obesity may be influential factors.

What are the signs?

Clinical signs of urolithiasis in dogs and cats are nonspecific and depend on the location, size, and number of crystals present within the urinary tract. Most crystals are the size of a grain of sand or smaller. Clinical signs of this condition include:

  • frequent urination
  • dribbling of urine
  • urination in inappropriate places
  • strong ammonia odor in the urine
  • hematuria
  • prolonged squatting or straining following urination
  • constant licking of urogenital region
  • depression
  • anorexia
  • vomiting and diarrhea
  • dehydration

Can I manage this condition through my pet’s diet?

A diet with low water content will require your pet to drink more water

A diet with low water content will require your pet to drink more water

A raw meat diet meets the requirements for dietary management of this condition. Maintaining a diet that has urine-acidifying properties, proper levels of magnesium, high digestibility, caloric density, and high water content seems to reduce the formation of stones.

A carnivorous diet such as the BARF DIET has the effect of increasing net acid excretion and decreasing urine pH. This urine-acidifying effect is primarily a result of the high level of sulfur-containing amino acids found in meat. In addition, a diet that contains a high proportion of meat is lower in potassium salts than a diet containing high levels of cereal grains like kibble, which has been shown to produce alkaline urine when metabolized.

It can be theorized then that inclusion of high levels of cereal grains and low levels of meat in some commercial pet foods may be contributing to the development of struvite urolithiasis. (Struvite crystals are soluble at a pH below 6.6 and will form at a pH of 7.0 and above). Alkaline urine is required for the initial formation of struvite crystals.

Water Content Is A Key Factor

An equally important consideration in reducing formation of stones is to increase water content. Kibble diets that have a low water content (usually 10%) tend to cause a decrease in total fluid turnover and urine volume resulting in increased urine concentration, both of which contribute to struvite formation. The value in feeding BARF, a meat based diet containing 70% moisture, is obvious.

Surgical removal of uroliths (stones) is necessary in most cases of struvite urolithiasis in dogs. A major advantage of this treatment is that the clinical signs are quickly relieved, and then treatment can be focused on eliminating urinary infections and preventing recurrence. Properly formulated meat based diets, such as the BARF Diet, is the best way to control, aid, and prevent this condition in dogs and cats.

Urolithiasis is a complex condition with many varying factors that require analysis and treatment by your vet. As always, we recommend checking with your veterinarian before making any changes in your pet’s diet.

 

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 Hopes And Hazards Of Raw Feeding

Published on November 22, 2016 by in BARF

By Dr. Richard Patton

People charged with overseeing the safety of our food supply have a crucial role in society that is not properly appreciated. In a westernized community, food borne illness is so rare that citizens take food safety for granted. In the United States, the probability of a lethal food poisoning from any one meal is one in 73 million. Such stellar success actually makes it difficult for authorities to get anyone to listen to them, except in moments of high drama or sudden fear.

So maybe we should be more attentive when they sternly rap the desk with a hickory rod and promise dire things. Perhaps it is understandable when authorities get a bit over-reaching when nobody will listen to them. Understandable, but not acceptable. After a long career in science, the last person I will listen to is the one telling me they know what’s good for me or they know the answer to my question. The person I want to listen to, intently, is the one who says, “I don’t know the answer. But, I can tell you this…” The person willing to admit ignorance on a subject, indeed compelled to, is the one who has studied it carefully and deeply, and the one best able to inform others. Sadly, we are surrounded by evidence of the myopia of establishment thinking and dogma. You don’t have to cite the world-is-flat doctrine or the Spanish Inquisition for proof. For example, according to the all-knowing authorities in the 1960s, butter would kill you and margarine would prevent death by butter. Today, exactly the opposite is known to be true. Butter is a rich source of anti-cancer nutrients, while margarine is proven to be full of carcinogens. Simple total blood cholesterol is now understood to predict nothing, but for decades entire societies remade themselves at the altar of cholesterol.

Make the right choice for your pet.

Make the right choice for your pet.

Level headed professionals do not attack raw pet food with fear mongering. Raw food, human or pet, may be a vector for pathogens, but it can also be a source of beneficial bacteria, undamaged vitamins and enzymes, higher palatability and greater digestibility. There are people who have been selling raw pet food for decades and never had a single problem with salmonella or listeria. Everybody counsels that proper food handling is imperative, just as for any raw meat. What I’m saying: In considering the place of raw pet food in the larger picture, I do not blindly accept the perceived wisdom of its market competitors or its market policemen. The perspective from these sectors is part of the fact gathering and due diligence, but so too is the point of view and insights of raw food proponents.

In the US, there is a pet for every other person. They are everywhere. From this we can conclude pets must be of importance and value to people, bringing something worthwhile to their lives. It follows that there would exist an industry catering to pet owners. This is what happens in a free market society; entrepreneurs are rewarded for filling needs. Pet foods are a major portion of this support industry, with dry pet food the leading type. Dry pet food predominates because it is acceptable nutrition, economic and convenient. No argument here. Dry pet food is the cheapest and needs no refrigeration.

Dry pet food is acceptable nutrition but it is not the best nutrition. This should be another “no argument here,” but instead we run head long into the entrenched thinking of the establishment. At this point, I consider any observation from the dry pet food industry as inadmissible; these people have an ax to grind and should recuse themselves from the debate about acceptable vs best pet nutrition. It is allowed, without hesitation, they have a sound argument for convenience and economy, but dry pet food is too high in soluble carbohydrates and not the best diet. Some people want the best nutrition for their pet and are willing to work harder and pay more to have it.

Don't poison your pet.

Don’t poison your pet.

Keeping the home environment free of food danger is central to the mandate of regulatory agencies, and they see raw pet food as a vector for pathogenic bacteria to get into the home kitchen. Evidence they generated supporting their case: 7.6% of raw pet foods bought by the Center for Veterinary Medicine from on-line suppliers tested positive for salmonella (and 16% for listeria) compared to 0% of dry foods. In the US each year, salmonella causes 1.2 million illnesses in people, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths. Chickens are the source of the vast majority of these cases. Over 92% of non-human, non-clinical positive lab reports for salmonella are from chickens. According to Dan Engeljohn, Assistant Administrator of USDA/FSIS field operations: “Salmonella will never be eliminated. Salmonella is so ubiquitous in the market that you wouldn’t have any raw poultry unless it was all irradiated” (sterilized with radiation). As a matter of fact, the agency has a “performance standard” for rates of Salmonella contamination on whole, raw chicken, allowing a prevalence of 7.5 percent. In practice, however, inspectors consider poultry plants to be in compliance when five in 51 tests, or nearly 10 percent, are positive for Salmonella.

Oh. So the federal regulatory agency considers 10% salmonella occurrence in grocery store poultry as “background noise” but 7.6% in pet food as cause for alarm? That’s hardly an even-handed approach to consumer protection. The thing that is most irritating about this report from a federal agency is it is biased and out of context in its focus on raw pet food. Granted, salmonella is bad, regardless what vector it rides into people’s kitchen, but the real issue here is chicken, from any source, from raw pet food or from the grocery store. A more useful trial from the consumer’s perspective would be to sample grocery store chicken and raw pet food with chicken as an ingredient, and contrast the percent salmonella positives. We already know what each assays independently—they are identical. For proper scientific validation, all that is lacking is to have the two together in the same trial. An additional trial incumbent upon the agency to run is to look at salmonella in raw pet food with and without chicken as an ingredient. Without chicken, it may be devoid of salmonella, which we’re entitled to know.

If raw pet food with chicken as an ingredient and grocery store chicken are identical in percent salmonella positives, then the logical nature of this discussion should be to alert the consumer (and cook) of the hazard of raw chicken and to provide education and guidance on how to properly handle and prepare chicken. Of course included in this discussion should be raw pet food that contains chicken as an ingredient. The point: It is behavior unbecoming a federal agency to recommend against raw pet food yet say nothing against grocery store chicken when both are identical in their failings and chicken is many times more commonplace in the American kitchen than frozen pet food in the freezer.

Notes:
1. There are 330 million Americans eating 3 meals every day. That’s a billion a day for a total of 365 billion meals each year. CDC reports there are 5000 food borne illness deaths a year, or one for every 73 million meals eaten.

2. Get the facts. Raw pet food diets can be dangerous to you and your pet. http://www.fda/AnimalVeterinary/ResourcesforYou/AnimalHealth Literacy/ucm373757

3.USDA: No Foster Farms recall of Salmonella-tainted chicken for regulatory reasons. http://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.ssf/2013/10/post_76.html

An additional reference stating the 7.5% permissible level of salmonella in whole chicken. http://www.meatingplace.com/Industry/News/Details/45315?allowquest=true

ggggDr. Richard Patton has been an animal nutritionist for over three decades. “Most everything I have learned has been from my clients.” admits Patton.
His book, Ruined By Excess, Perfected By Lack Discusses the worldwide problem of overweight behavior—both of pets and people—is a critical aspect of any proper diet.

 
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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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