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Two Dogs are Better than One

By Stephanie Minturn

If you are a pet parent of one amazing pup, you may already be thinking of bringing a second dog into your home to love and care for. Extending your fur family can be a very exciting time for the entire family but it is not uncommon to have some fears. A concern among pet parents around the globe is introducing additional pets into the home and the anxiety it may cause your already settled pet. Well, not to worry, you are not alone. As a matter of fact, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the average American household has at least two dogs and many of them had only one dog for a significant period of time before introducing a second. It is not uncommon to worry about how your first pet will handle the stress of having a new animal in the home and fortunately, there are many tips available to help alleviate some of this stress.

A new dog can cause your pet stress

First, it is important to determine whether or not your dog is ready for a playmate. Does he have any behavioral issues that needs to be addressed such as excessive hyperactivity, separation anxiety, house training accidents or aggression? If so, you may want to resolve these issues before bringing a new pet into the mix. Many behaviorists feel that a second dog is opt to mirror the current dog’s behavior, causing more problems, not only you as an owner but for the pets as well. Most Vets recommend either getting two dogs at the same time or waiting for at least a year and until initial training is complete before adding a second.

 

Another important step in the process is selecting the right dog. It is vital to choose a dog that is compatible with your first dog. For example, if your first dog’s personality is more docile, bringing in a high energy pup could be annoying to your dog and cause some unnecessary problems. On the other hand, a slight increase in energy or perhaps adding a more confident dog to the home with a dog who lacks confidence may help your first pet. This is very situational and should be given careful thought. Size and breed are also important considerations and should be researched beforehand.

After taking these steps into account, you are ready to introduce your new member. You have done everything in your power to choose the right fit for your family and the day has finally arrived! Here are some tips to make that first introduction a smooth one:After taking these steps into account, you are ready to introduce your new member. You have done everything in your power to choose the right fit for your family and the day has finally arrived! Here are some tips to make that first introduction a smooth one:

  • Don’t attempt to introduce the pups alone. Be sure that both dogs are on a leash and each has their own handler.
  • It’s a good idea to have an activity planned, such as taking a walk. Walking allows some parallel interaction and also provides enough of a distraction until the dogs warm up to one another.
  • Allow the dogs to sniff each other, ideally dogs like to sniff nose to nose and then nose to rear. Watch the sniffing closely and be aware of any signs such as growling or showing teeth. If this takes place, firmly tell the dog “no” and back off a little, calmly separating the dogs and trying again in ten minutes.
  • If there are no negative signs displayed but instead, a great deal of excitement, hold the leashes up high as the dog’s sniff and play so that they do not become tangled. Still, keep them on their leashes, as a great deal of excitement can sometimes turn to aggression in a hurry. Once you feel comfortable, you can let the dogs off of their leashes.

Once the pups are off of their leashes, here are a few ongoing tips and precautions to take while things are still new:

  • In the beginning, it may be a good idea to keep the pets separated in the home while you are away. The use of baby gates are a good way of accomplishing this. Be sure to show each dog individualized attention, by talking to them and petting them in front of the other when returning home.
  • Keep the dogs separated during mealtimes and “chew times” with their bones or toys until they are very comfortable with each other and the new environment.
  • Monitor play times and introduce these times slowly, watching for any signs of aggression.
  • Take your dogs on walks together. Walks are especially important to strengthen the bond between them. It gives the effect of walking in a pack which is instinctual. By walking in between them or in front of them, it shows them that you are the only alpha and that they are on the same playing field as one another. This will ultimately allow your pets to become closer.

Remember, patience and consistency is key. Adding to your family is a heart warming experience and the rewards of two canine personalities in one home are endless! Chances are, they will love one another just as much as you love them both. By following these tips, I hope that you find your experience to be a positive one!

 

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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Satisfying the Itch

By Stephanie Minturn

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You’ve heard it before, Raw Diets can help eliminate those pesky allergies that haunt our pets! But why? How can we eliminate this issue with something as simple as a diet change? Well, allow me to explain.

When your pet is itching and digging at their skin, your first instinct is to treat the symptoms of allergies to relieve your pet. But this will only mask their symptoms rather than treat the underlying cause, leaving you to pay hundreds of dollars in Vet bills and prescription medications.

Symptoms of dog allergies include:

  • Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin Increased scratching
  • Itchy, runny eyes
  • Itchy back or base of tail (most commonly flea allergy)
  • Itchy ears and ear infections
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Snoring caused by an inflamed throat
  • Paw chewing/swollen paws
  • Constant licking

These symptoms can lead to some very serious health problems, including infections and a variety of intestinal disorders. If your pet is suffering from any of these symptoms, the answer could be in their food. Pet allergies became more common as the popularity of “convenient” grain based diets began to consume popularity. Luckily, more and more folks are catching on to this trend and are returning to Raw diets to rescue their pets from this potential harm.

Food allergies can arise when a protein is misidentified as an invader in common pet foods and triggers an immune response in the body. This accounts for the inflammatory symptoms that plagues your dogs and is the body’s way to protect itself from the invader. A Raw diet mimics your dog’s natural diet, normalizing and strengthening his digestion and immune system naturally. Containing a good balance of essential fatty acids, active enzymes and other immune-normalizing and strengthening nutrients, the Raw diet reduces stress on the body, while allowing a natural reduction of inflammatory conditions and a lower risk of infection.

Even if you’re sure that your dog’s allergies arise from pollens and other environmental allergies, a Raw diet is the answer to your issues as well! A Raw diet is so easy on the dog’s digestive system and thanks to its immune system strengthening properties, it allows your dog to handle the load of environmental allergies much easier. Many times, allergic responses are caused by an extreme overload to all of these allergies and a weakened immune system.

A natural, Raw diet takes your dog back to his roots. Back when allergies were obsolete. No more cortisone shots, no more prescriptions, no more antibiotics. Just a healthy and vibrant pup, thriving without the constant nagging of allergy symptoms!

https://www.barfworld.com/allergies October 2017.

https://wagwalking.com/condition/grain-allergiesGrain Allergies in Dogs.” October 2017.

https://pets.webmd.com/dogs/allergies-dogs#1Allergies in Dogs.” 2015-2017.

 
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Raw Diet for Puppies

 

By Robert Mueller

 

It has been proven that the more raw, unadulterated foods we consume, the better our health will become as a result.This is the same dietary change that is also being suggested to promote optimum health for pets.  With the recent expansion of dietary concepts for pets that center around an evolutionary feeding regimen, pet owners now have a way to give their companion animals the best chance of stopping the decline of their pet’s general health.

Puppies need good food.

Puppies need good food.

Why Feed A Raw Meat Diet To Your Puppy

To address this topic I think it first requires some education on the advancement of pet food diets.  Since the early 1930ʼs, the health of domestic dogs in the Western world has gradually declined; I am specifically referring to the skeletal health of puppies and the reproductive health of the parents.  This decline can be attributed to a combination of factors; predominantly the societal switch to commercial dog food containing an inferior level of nutritious ingredients, the manufacturing processing, and the inappropriate restriction of proper exercise.  However, the main culprit for the decline in canine and feline health is the ingestion of an inappropriate diet, caused by the inclusion of grain-based ingredients in pet food.  This has led to the development of unwanted degenerative diseases, obesity, and developmental skeletal issues.

Skeletal issues normally result from rapid muscle and bone growth.  Feeding a puppy a natural raw food diet that is biologically appropriate is the key to encouraging gradual skeletal growth and to promote healthier reproductive capacities of the adult dog.  Providing a well-balanced raw diet for puppies will help reverse existing conditions as well as prevent future disease and skeletal problems.

Transitioning A Puppy From Mother’s Milk To Raw

Now that you understand how important it is to feed your growing puppy a raw dog food diet, making the conversion to raw becomes a matter of learning the proper combination of ingredients to give your pet for maximum nutrition.  Having a basic understanding of how heat processing (cooking) is detrimental to the final product is also important.  You must feed Mother Nature’s blend of naturally obtained ingredients, in the right proportions, in order for your pet to truly experience the benefits of being fed a bones and raw food (BARF).

The best time to convert your puppy to a raw, species-appropriate diet is at the 4-5 week stage.  This is a critical time in the development of the skeletal frame thus the importance of allowing the development to be gradual is the critical factor.  To achieve your puppy’s desired rate of growth, you must only feed enough food to support a moderate growth rate of about 75%.  Introduce the raw meat dog food blend and eliminate any grain-based, or heat processed diets from the animal’s dietary plan; if the mother has been given the proper raw food nutrition as well, there will be an adequate supply of nutrients from the milk.

Pumpkins aid in digestion.

Pumpkins aid in digestion.

 

How To Make The Switch For Puppies

We offer two suggestions for the introduction; the fast switch, or the slow approach.  Most puppies (which have not yet been influenced at this point with dry dog foods that have been flavor enhanced) can be converted to a raw dog food diet with a fast switch approach without incident.  The young puppy often takes to the new diet like a duck to water.  However, we do offer suggestions for a slow conversion for any puppy that has developed gastrointestinal issues in the past, mainly from ingesting inappropriate dry dog food.

It is also important to note that feeding a raw meat diet, which is nutrient dense, eliminates the need to have separate “puppy”, “adult”, and “senior” formulas; instead portion control is used throughout the different stages of the animals life.  This is totally different than the commercial pet food industry’s attempt to adjust the inferior nature of their dry pet food ingredients to accommodate the various nutritional requirements for each life stage.

Here is an additional list of potential benefits your puppy will experience from being fed a raw food diet:

  • A reduction in stool volume and odor
  • Elimination of doggie breath
  • Controlled bone and muscle development
  • Improved skin and coat
  • Increased energy
  • Improved immune system function

A word of caution:  It is critical to eliminate long periods of walking/running or strenuous exercise, beginning from the 5-week puppy stage until the growth stage has ended and the bones have hardened.  Following this advice will additionally help to eliminate any future skeletal issues in your growing puppy.  Remember that bone health is even more important in large and giant breeds.  It is recommended that you wait until at least 15 to 18 months of age before stressing the joints, however, smaller breeds can be exercised sooner (at the 10 to 12 month stage).

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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Raw Diet: It’s not just a pile of poo…

Many pet owners choose their dog’s food by lovely packaging and attractive pricing… which is why I would personally like to congratulate you on being a proactive pet owner and researching the best diet for your pup!

 

Heat destroys nutrients found in processed foods.

First, I would like to ask you this…Would you consider eating a diet composed of mostly bread, cookies or crackers? Of course you wouldn’t! That is why you are questioning these grain based diets for your pet! Most allergies arise from corn, wheat, and other common grains causing health problems among our dog friends. They also account for a substantial amount of carbohydrates in a dog’s diet causing Weight issues, Diabetes and Inflammatory conditions.

 

You are reading this article for one of two reasons…either you are already feeding your pup a raw diet and are furthering your knowledge on the subject OR you are considering raw feeding and are attempting to gather every bit of information you can before beginning or making the switch! Either way, thank you for being here! Raw feeding is one of the most important and rewarding choices you will make for your dog!

In a recent issue, I touched on the benefits of Raw Feeding such as Enhanced Digestion and Absorption of Nutrients, Elimination of Allergies and Hot Spots, Softer Skin and Coats, Healthy Teeth and Breath, Optimum Immune Systems, Healthy Body Mass and a Decrease in incidence of Degenerative Diseases. These benefits are what brought you to raw feeding in the first place but why is it that raw feeding can provide such a plethora of advantages? Well, allow me to fill you in on the details!

The first major claim of raw feeding that we are going to explore, is the ease of digestion, smaller stool sizes and enhanced absorption of nutrients. Why is a Raw diet better for digestion than dry? The answer is in the enzymes! Living enzymes are proteins made by living organisms, which act as catalysts, making digestive and metabolic processes function properly. These enzymes assist your pet’s body to break down food and absorb the maximum amount of nutrients necessary for good health. By feeding your dog an enzyme-rich Raw food diet, you will reduce unnecessary stress on your dog’s organs to produce these vital enzymes on their own. This promotes optimum digestion and absorption. You simply can’t get enough of these enzymes and less stress on the organs means a longer and healthier life for your dog!

Some of you may be thinking, “okay, so maybe my kibble fed pup isn’t getting these enzymes from their food but they DO make some them so at least they’re getting a little…what’s the big deal?” Think again kibble feeders! The living enzymes are extremely important but they aren’t the only beneficial component to a raw diet. Moisture is another crucial aspect that most pet parents don’t even consider. Processed dog food such as kibble contains little to no moisture, causing liver, kidney and metabolic stress on the body. This puts your pup’s system into a state of dehydration. Even minor dehydration (which shows little outward symptoms at first) can put a huge amount of stress on the kidneys therefore it is almost like feeding humans a diet of bread and crackers and then only allowing a small amount of water on the side. That should make you thirsty just thinking about it!

Before your pup starts showing signs in the form of serious disease, their stool will give you clues to what is going on in there! It is a fact that you can tell so much about the health of humans and animals alike just by examining their stool! Don’t worry, I am not saying that you have to play in your pet’s poo…. but its appearance can definitely give you an indication of their overall health! Your pet’s stool should be small, firm, light in color and should disintegrate easily. This indicates that he is absorbing the maximum amount of nutrients from his diet and doesn’t have the need to waste a large amount of unnecessary “fillers”. Grain provides a large amount of waste thanks to the abundance of its non beneficial ingredients. You will not find that in a Raw diet. This also accounts for a more mild odor and who doesn’t want that? The more essential nutrients your dog is eating and absorbing, the less offensive the smell!

While it is absolutely fantastic that our pooper scooper moments are a little more pleasant when feeding a Raw diet, the most important aspect of this enhanced digestion is the degenerative diseases it can help to prevent in terms of the digestive tract. The risks of kidney and liver disease, as well as inflammatory bowel disorders are significantly decreased thanks to a decrease of stress on vital organs and an adequately hydrated body system!

So, if you are the pup parent who already feeds raw, I hope you feel enlightened and proud of your decision! You are giving your pet the best diet there is! And if you are a parent who is thinking of making the switch or starting your new puppy on Raw, please consider us here at Barf World and visit us at www.barfworld.com or call us at 1-866-282-2273 (BARF) to begin! We would love to help!

References:

www.barfworld.com

Contrasting Grain-based and Meat-based Diets for Dogs”    T. J. Dunn, Jr., DVM. 2017. www.petmd.com.

When your dog’s poop looks like this, visit your Vet.” Dr. K. Becker. July 15, 2015. www.petmd.com

Kibble: Why it’s not a good option for your dog.” Roxanne Stone MSC. 2017. www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com

 
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