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Different Diets Mean Different Values For Your Pet!

By:  Robert Mueller

Blood analysis is an in-depth snapshot of everything that is going on inside your pet.

Here’s something all raw feeders should be aware of as well as those of you who are new to raw feeding.

“Blood testing results from raw fed dogs will often differ from those of their kibble fed counterparts and this is something you should be prepared for if you ever need blood work done on your dog. Below is a quick summary of what blood values are typically different.

The results below are taken from a study by Dr. Jean Dodds’ Hemopet, Petlifeline, Hemolife & Nutriscan that involved over 200 dogs of various breeds fed a raw diet for a minimum of 9 months prior to collection of the blood samples. The results of the laboratory tests were compared to healthy dogs fed dry kibble diet. Most of the blood values were comparable with certain exceptions.

TEST RESULTS:

NORMAL VALUES

Hematocrit: 37 – 55%

BUN: 6 – 24mg/dL

Creatinine: 0.4 – 1.4mg/dL

RAW FED DOGS

Hematocrit: 51.0 ± 6.6 – 53.5 ± 5.6%

BUN: 18.8 ± 6.9 – 22.0 ± 8.7mg/dL

Creatinine: 1.20 ± 0.34mg/dL*

KIBBLE FED DOGS

Hematocrit: 47.6 ± 6.1%

BUN: 15.5 ± 4.7mg/dL

Creatinine: 1.07 ± 0.28mg/dL

* Results found only in dogs fed a Volhard diet

Hematocrit: is the measurement of the percentage of red blood cells in whole blood. Decreased Hematocrit (anemia) can be caused by poor nutrition, parasites or chronic disease including cancer and liver disease. Increased values (dehydration) are more of a concern with the dry kibbled fed dog than the raw fed dog because of the lack of moisture of the diet. Raw fed dogs are also more likely to get adequate iron and vitamin B from their higher quality protein diets.

BUN (Blood Urea Nitrogen): is a waste product derived from protein breakdown in the liver. Low levels are most commonly due to inadequate protein intake, malabsorption, or liver damage. Increased levels can be caused by kidney damage, certain drugs, low fluid intake, intestinal bleeding, exercise, heart failure or decreased digestive enzyme production by the pancreas. Raw fed dogs typically have higher BUN levels because they consume more protein.

Creatinine: is also a protein breakdown product. Its level is a reflection of the body’s muscle mass. Low levels are commonly seen with inadequate protein intake, liver disease, kidney damage or pregnancy. Elevated levels are generally reflective of kidney damage and need to be monitored carefully.” – Dogs Naturally Magazine (http://ow.ly/EqF3u)

Vets with an understanding of raw feeding know what values to look for in the blood.

We bring this to your attention because of the response we get from many of our customers when they take their pets to the vet to have routine blood work done. A vet that is not experienced with pets that are fed a raw meaty diet may be alarmed with escalated blood values over normal. You will notice that raw diet fed dogs have levels that are higher than those of kibble fed dogs and the normal levels established for the species.  The dog’s ability to utilize the higher protein level in a raw fed diet is the reason for this.

Blood work is a critical indicator of a potential medical problem but knowing the normal levels based on the diet being fed will eliminate a lot of concern and misdiagnosis.

Remember, you and your vet are a team in the overall well being of your pet, so it is always awesome when you are all on the same page!  Being knowledgeable about blood work is extremely important because vets as well as human physicians rely on the information that the blood work reveals and treat accordingly.

According to Packaged Facts, the leading publisher of market research in the food division, the raw pet food market is growing so fast that it will double the growth of the “natural” pet food division (i.e. natural kibble, canned and dehydrated) in the next five years!

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&#174 BARF Diets&#174 patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF&#174) 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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No Bones About It!

By:  Robert Mueller

Feeding our companions the table scraps could ruin their holidays.

Thanksgiving is just about a week away and during the entire holiday period statistics show that most people will gain an additional five to ten pounds!  It’s not difficult when you think about it… with all the parties to attend, the delicious foods and freshly baked pumpkin pies with homemade whipped cream! This is the hardest time of the year to control our diets and it presents another dilemma for our pets as well. Often they get to sample different foods and are diverted from their regular diet choices.

It is at this time of year that we find ourselves with left over turkey carcasses that often get added to the dog bowl. This is probably the biggest danger the dog gets exposed to all year – cooked bones.

Unfortunately most people are unaware of the potential damage that can result from feeding cooked turkey, beef or ham bones to their dogs. Off the plate and into the mouth of the one looking up at you with those hard to resist begging eyes! It makes us feel good to include our best buddy as we celebrate the holiday spirit and to watch them savor the taste of that holiday bone treat.

Don’t Share!

However, no matter how much you’re inclined to share, I urge you not to feed cooked bones to your pet.  The problem with cooked bones is that they are harder, more brittle, and will splinter, whereas raw bones will not. Cooked bones are the ones most likely to be caught in the throat, to pierce the intestines, to set like concrete in the large bowel, or to potentially crack or break permanent teeth.

As much as bones are nature’s most perfect balanced blend of Calcium and Phosphorus when consumed raw, they become a potential health hazard when consumed cooked. Cooked bones are unnatural and a danger to your pet.

No Bones About It!

There are just no bones about the fact that a good raw meaty bone is natures tooth brush and provides a world of nutritious advantages compared to a cooked variety.  I have advocated the use of raw meaty bones for almost forty years and during this time I have also witnessed the damage caused by dogs eating cooked bones. Cooked bones are potentially fatal for dogs, but raw bones provide a formula for excellent health.

Benefits of Raw Meaty Bones

For this reason, I advocate that a dog’s diet should definitely contain raw bone to provide the needed blend of Calcium/Phosphorus in the perfect ratio. Using a raw natural uncooked bone source to supply the critical calcium/phosphorus ratio for your dog’s diet far exceeds the value of using artificial calcium supplementation. I suggest that the bone should be reduced in size to eliminate the damage to dogs with a smaller digestive capacity.

For Fun Too!

There are few that would argue the advantages of supplying a raw meaty bone for recreational purposes as well. Remember – not cooked, it must be RAW!  It is best to try and gauge the size of the bone to the size of the dog. A once a week treat of this nature is much better than the average allergy generating cooked biscuit treat on the market.

Let me leave you with something to think about today: When a dog receives fresh or frozen raw meaty bones in his diet (once a week is good) it’s like us eating an apple a day to keep the doctor away.  Your pet will definitely have fewer visits to the vet for health concerns.  The kindest thing you can do over the holidays for your pet is to continue to feed the BARF diet, avoid the temptation to let them sample rich holiday foods and definitely NO COOKED BONES please of any kind.

From all of the BARF World team,

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&#174 BARF Diets&#174 patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF&#174) 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 Soldier You Don’t Know

By:  Robert Mueller

It is estimated that since the beginning of their service, dogs have saved 10,000 American lives.

Did you know that the United States has been using military working dogs since the Revolutionary War? They were first used as equipment pack animals but throughout the years have offered their services as drug and explosives detectors, messengers, sentries, and scouts.

During the time of World War II thousands of families in America offered their dogs for enlistment in the US military – the K-9 Corps – once it became known that the armed forces of the United States needed dogs.

Service dogs are used today in Iraq, Afghanistan and in any area of the US military where needed. The breeds most commonly used are Shepherds and Labradors although Dobermans were also once a preferred breed trained for war. Unfortunately, these wonderful service dogs are not treated as well as we might expect.

When the U.S. pulled out of Vietnam, the serving military dogs, now classified as “equipment,” were simply left behind! It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. Over 4,000 service dogs were left in Vietnam. Many handlers tried their best to bring them back home but the military orders were firm – a big “NO”. Only about 200 made it back- and no one really knows what happened to the 4000 that were left there. Many were euthanized or handed over to the South Vietnamese Army. Many of these wonderful, loyal, dedicated animals that risked their lives for our country and our service men did not get to come home. But there is a great organization today working on behalf of these animals.

The United States War Dogs Association

In our research we found that the main organization working on behalf of service dogs is the United States War Dogs Association. A description of our canine heroes from their website: “It has been estimated that these courageous canine heroes saved over 10,000 lives during the conflict in Vietnam.

Today all branches of our Armed Forces are utilizing Military Patrol Dogs specializing in Drug and Bomb/Explosive detection. There are approximately 600-700 of these canines in the Middle East in such places as Kuwait, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. They are being used to patrol Air Bases, Military Compounds, Ammunition Depots and Military Check Points. They are guarding and protecting our Military Personnel as they were trained to do, with Courage, Loyalty and Honor.” Many call them the “Soldier you don’t know.”

This year, in honor of Veteran’s Day, BARF World will make a charitable donation to the United States War Dogs Association. Let’s be clear – while we don’t support war, we believe in the humane work that this organization does for these animals and their handlers and the necessity to recognize their heroism. If you’re interested in learning more about their activities, please visit Operation Military Care K-9 at: http://uswardogs.org/id40.html

From all of the BARF World team,

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&#174 BARF Diets&#174 patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF&#174) 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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Navigating The Massive Animal Supplement Market Don’t Get Fooled!

By:  Robert Mueller

Depending on your dog’s diet and health, they may need supplements.

Supplements for our pets are everywhere.  They’re sold online, in vet offices and pet supply stores. It really doesn’t matter what the problem is – there’s usually a supplement to help.  You can find supplements that will help relieve allergies, joint repair, obesity, liver and kidney disease, along with ones that replace the obvious deficiencies of vitamins and minerals in the commercial dog food formulas.  Once you decide that your dog needs extra help through supplementation, the quest begins to find the “supreme” supplement. And believe me this isn’t easy.  Finding the “one” that stands out among  “many” is quite a job because of the thousands of choices that exist in the marketplace today.

Why is there a need for so much supplementation today?

To answer that, we have to go back to the source…to the land.  Today, the pet food diets that are made from plant material are mineral deficient.  The soils in this country have been depleted of essential minerals and have also been treated chemically to the point that residual toxicity and mineral deficiencies are highly evident.

At BARF World®, many of the pet parents that come to us, find their dogs beginning to exhibit signs of toxicity and vitamin/mineral deficiency at 4-5 years of age. They see firsthand the residual effects and resulting disease and health degeneration and they are plenty worried.  Most times we can reverse the symptoms merely by making the change to the BARF Diet®, our natural raw meat diet.  But, many times it takes even more help, through supplements, to reverse the trend.

Research the right supplement
for your pet before you buy

Now here’s what makes choosing the right supplement even more difficult.  Supplements are a non-regulated industry. DSHEA (the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act) was written without including anything on animal supplements. As a result, the FDA only recognizes and monitors two types of animal products – animal food and animal drugs…but not supplements.  So it is virtually impossible to differentiate the hype from the truth.  It seems that everyone is able to make claims…and if you are not required by law to back them up you can basically say whatever you like. I know that sounds impossible in our highly regulated pet industry, but it’s the truth.  And there is a huge amount of money being made today in the supplement industry – for humans as well as for pets.

Here at BARF World® we approach supplementation differently.  We are determined to produce supplements that are “supreme” and that will substantiate whatever claims we make, whether or not law requires it.  Why? Because our ultimate goal is to return pets to perfect health and we believe diet and proper effective supplementation are key.

For example, right now we are currently working on a brand new supplement that will be a stand out winner for joint regeneration.  This new supplement is a remarkable improvement over the typical glucosamine/chondroitin supplements that continue to flood the market. Look, I can’t let the cat out of the bag just yet, but I will tell you that we have isolated a special ingredient with scientifically positive results that will help your pet like nothing you’ve ever seen before.  It’s simple in design with all natural ingredients and has proven scientific support to justify the claims!   Of course like everything from BARF World®, it’s backed by our money-back guarantee!

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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