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New to Raw Feeding? 5 Reasons You’re Making the Best Choice for Your Pet

By Stephanie Minturn

New to Raw feeding? You are probably excited to get going! Beginning on this new diet journey can be very exciting but it can be a little scary at first and you may be feeling a little apprehensive. The Raw Specialists here at Barf World are here to help! We can help you get started with your new pup or even assist you in transitioning your senior dog to BARF. We want you and your pet to have the best experience and take full advantage of all the amazing benefits a Raw diet has to offer!

 

 

We have put together our top 5 reasons why you are making the best choice for your pet by choosing or switching to Raw:

  1. The life expectancy has shown to be prolonged in a Raw fed dog. We have seen dogs live up to 19 years, just as wolves do in the wild! You are providing a diet for your dog that is free of the toxins and fillers found in the common store bought kibble. Because of this, you’re helping to create a healthy, lean dog, full of energy and life! This allows you to love him longer!
  2. Enchanced Immune System. Who doesn’t want a better immune system? The BARF diet is full of pre and probiotics for your dog’s digestive tract and is packed with living enzymes! This means Fido will be getting sick much less than kibble fed dogs and is at a significantly lower risk for developing degenerative diseases. You will be staying out of the Vet’s office and out in the park with a frisbee where you belong!
  3. Kibble keeps the body in a constant state of dehydration. The Barf diet corrects this and helps to balance your dog’s natural electrolytes. This also enhances the immune system and allows your dog to live and perform to their full potential.
  4. Raw Diets satisfy the itch! Raw diets have shown time and time again that they are the answer to food related and environmental allergies. If you have a dog who can’t stop itching, has skin problems, including dry skin and hot spots then Raw is your answer, providing anti-inflammatory qualities that are unmatched by prescription medications and even prescription diets!. You will notice a difference within just a few days of ceasing the dry feedings. Barf provides a soft, silky coat and healthy skin. You won’t be disappointed!
  5. Raw diets are to thank for your pup’s smaller and disintegrating bowel movements. There isn’t much for the body to waste when it is using all the provided nutrients! Yep, you can give that pooper scooper a vacation!

Boosting the immune system, eliminating digestive issues, allergies and inflammation, lowering the risk of degenerative diseases, balancing pH and electrolytes and providing your pet with the utmost quality of life? There isn’t anything better that you could be doing! Congratulations on such a great choice!  Please call us at 1-866-282-BARF (2273) if you have any questions or anything you would like to share with our team!

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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Why You Should Pet Your Pet

By Stephanie Minturn

It is believed that touch is extremely important and abundantly beneficial among all living species. Our pups are definitely no exception and they often let us know when they want some affection and even where on the body they want that affection. Have you ever began patting a dog’s head and before you know it he’s on his back suggesting that his belly is a much better spot to rub? Dog’s listen to their bodies and they know what relaxes them just as we do as humans.

A good rub or massage can increase your dog’s circulation, decrease blood pressure, improve lymphatic fluid movement, strengthen his immune system, aid in digestion, reduce pain, improve mood, stimulate the kidneys and liver, and encourage deeper breathing.

So why wouldn’t you want to know more about how to “pet your pet?” After some careful research, I’ve found five fantastic tips on how to massage your pet while providing the greatest amount of relaxation and satisfaction!

  • First, remember to use gentle pressure in a slow, circular motion. You don’t need to massage deeply, just a light touch will do the trick. Keep your fingers together, forming a pad and to avoid using your fingertips. A soft touch using the palm of your hand will also pamper your pooch just right.
  • Start at their neck and work downward toward chest and front legs and paws. Then massage down the back and spine and down the back legs and tail area. This promotes a good lymphatic flow, reducing pain and swelling from arthritis or weak joints.
  • Massage your dog’s ears and face with a gentle, light touch. Don’t forget behind the ears, under the chin, and down the nose as long as he will allow this.
  • Add in some gentle stretching. Stretching out your dog’s legs is also good for muscle aches and pains. Always do it gently and do not put pressure on the joints. Your dog will pull away from you if he does not like it, giving you a que to stop.
  • Be sure to speak in a calm tone and choose a quiet environment. Praise your dog during the session. Five or ten minutes will suffice. Longer increments can actually worsen issues and create sore muscles rather than relieve them.

Remember, speak to your Vet if your dog seems to be in pain unrelieved with natural pain relief measures. Only massage gently, watching and listening to your dog’s response. Stop if he exhibits any signs of discomfort.

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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7 Dangerous Holiday Foods for Dogs

By Stephanie Minturn

The holidays are upon us and that means it’s time to embark in some culinary delight but take caution, while these treats may be delectable for you, some can be dangerous for your dog! Keeping your dog away from these common holiday foods will help keep your pet safe and keep you out of the Vet’s office.

  • Chocolate– this may be common knowledge for most pet owners, but in case you didn’t know, chocolate contains ingredients known as theobromine and theophylline. Both of which can be fatal for dogs and the caffeine content is a definite no-no as well.

 

  • Alcohol– another “no- brainer” but an important one. Not only do dogs normally weigh less than humans, they are also prone to liver damage from ingesting alcohol. Liver failure is fatal so be sure to keep the spirits away from Fido!
  • Poultry Bones– the cooking process causes bones to dehydrate and become brittle, this may cause splintering or puncturing in the stomach or intestines. Keep your cooking areas clean and free of bones.
  • Nuts– various types of nuts are high in fat and may cause pancreatitis which can be very painful and dangerous for your pet. Nuts can also complicate digestion and could cause intestinal obstructions.
  • Grapes and Raisins– Although the exact toxin is unknown, both are believed to be the culprit of sudden kidney failure in dogs. Fruit Trays and desserts containing raisins should be kept out of reach of your pet at all times.
  • Nutmeg– this spice is commonly found in pumpkin pies, sweet potato casseroles and other yummy dishes but nutmeg can cause seizures, tremors and a variety of complications related to the central nervous system. Remember, plain pumpkin and sweet potatoes are beneficial for dogs but be sure not to add any of the fixins’.
  • Milk– dairy products have the tendency to cause diarrhea and other digestive issues in pets thanks to their lack of the enzyme, lactase, which is the enzyme used by the body to break down lactose. Dairy products are not toxic to dogs but should be restricted or limited to reduce complications.

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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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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