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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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Dealing With Digestive Disorder

Published on October 18, 2016 by in BARF
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Domesticated dogs are fed inappropriate
foods for their digestive systems.

By Robert Mueller

“My dog has Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and I heard that a raw food diet like BARF will help. Can you give me some insight on this disease and if BARF can help?”

This is one of the most frequent questions we get from clients. Other than skin and allergy issues, which are the #1 problem, that plagues our companion animals, the second most troubling issue relates to digestion and gastrointestinal (GI) disturbances and in particular IBS which is a form of colitis, a condition that is characterized by inflammation or swelling of the large intestine.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is called a disease of exclusion. This means that because IBS is difficult to diagnose, several other disorders have to be eliminated before a proper diagnosis of IBS can be made. The symptoms include passage of small amounts of mucous stool, a watery discharge or very soft stool and it can be sometimes associated with painful defecation and an increased frequency of defecation.

As the disease progresses, it can trigger intermittent bloating, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. It comes as no surprise that a dog with this condition is reluctant to enjoy his/her normal meal, which can lead to underweight issues and lack of appetite.

Solve your pet's tummy issues with a natural diet.

Solve your pet’s tummy issues with a natural diet.

It’s interesting to note that wild dogs seem to be free of this disease.  Wild dogs search and find foods that are biologically appropriate and available. They eat what nature intended for them and as a result do not normally suffer from these types of digestive issues.

On the other hand, domesticated dogs are fed whatever their companion guardian elects to feed them. In this case, the domesticated dog may be subjected to many factors that he wouldn’t normally be exposed to in the wild such as a diet full of chemicals, pesticides, flavoring agents, fat sprays, and fillers.

In my experience of feeding the BARF diet for over 40 years I’ve seen firsthand the dramatic effects that our customers’ dogs have had  and how they have been able to turn around many digestive and IBS-type conditions just from making the switch to a bones and raw food diet (BARF). Changing your pet’s diet along with a specific supplement regimen approved by your veterinarian is the key to your pet overcoming IBS and other digestive problems.

The conventional vet treatment for this condition includes diarrhea medication, antibiotics, and steroids to reduce any inflammation. This may be necessary in the most extreme cases however alternatively, the holistic vet approach is to supplement the animal’s meals with dietary fiber. Give our E-BARF+ a try. This one-of-a-kind green superfood supplement not only improves digestion, it also supercharges the immune system so your pet can fight back against allergies, skin and coat problems, digestive issues, and even degenerative health concerns associated with age – naturally.  And of course the first step is to switch your pet to BARF…biologically appropriate raw food!

 

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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