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It’s Natural. Really?

By:  Robert Mueller

The misleading natural claim is not just limited to pet products…

The word “natural” can be defined as “existing in or caused by nature; not made or processed by humankind”.

By this definition, most dog foods on the market today would NOT be able to be classified as “natural”. And you would think that a diet that contains chemicals that you can’t pronounce, and offers ingredients that are of low quality and are far from being “natural” would not qualify as a natural pet food product. But it’s not quite that simple…both in the human and the animal realm.

Here’s the way the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) sees it for us humans:

“From a food science perspective, it is difficult to define a food product that is ‘natural’ because the food has probably been processed and is no longer the product of the earth. That said, FDA has not developed a definition for use of the term natural or its derivatives. However, the agency has not objected to the use of the term if the food does not contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances.”

It gets a bit trickier when it comes to pet food labels.  (Why is this so often the case?)

“Natural” in the name doesn’t mean that the ingredients are.

According to AAFCO:  “Natural” – A feed or ingredient derived solely from plant, animal or mined sources, either in its unprocessed state or having been subjected to physical processing, heat processing, rendering, purification extraction, hydrolysis, enzymolysis or fermentation, but not having been produced by or subject to a chemically synthetic process and not containing any additives or processing aids that are chemically synthetic except in amounts as might occur unavoidably in good manufacturing practices.

You might want to read that again.  It’s a direct contradiction to the definition of the term “natural”.  And if you think about what happens in a rendering facility and everything that gets “rendered” (just about everything) the definition is really quite meaningless.

In essence, almost anyone can call their product “natural” without repercussion, making it all the more important to be vigilant in your study of the labels of pet foods on the market today.

Why is it important to use “natural” ingredients in a pet food diet? Using heat to process a dry pet food creates a much different result than what Mother Nature intended.  I like to use the analogy of what happens when you cook an egg. Once the alteration and chemical structure is changed there is no way to reverse it. Unfortunately, once it has been altered, the utilization and function is changed and becomes less effective in the body.

The bottom line for all pet caretakers is to try and find the right fuel for the tank. Which ingredients and what processing method produce the most advantageous nutritional result.  Ask yourself this question; which diet produces the most natural, untainted, source of balanced nutrition for my pet?

Depending on the processing, good ingredients could lose their potency.

When all comparisons are made, it is really easy to pick out the winner. The one diet formula that meets the challenge of superior ingredient quality, lack of heat processing, and elimination of harmful chemicals and toxins, is a natural, raw meat diet – the BARF Diet.

There are few that can challenge the winner based on these specific criteria.  Each pet food product carries specific advantages and disadvantages. No pet food item is 100% a winner in all areas, but it is a hard challenge to find one that supplies the maximum nutrient advantages of a raw meat diet while offering the convenience and health promoting properties unmatched by commercially prepared formulations.

Ben Franklin was remembered for establishing what he called the pro/con comparison chart.  He suggested that you take a piece of paper and draw a vertical line down the middle of the paper. On one side, list all the reasons why the product or situation is advantageous and on the other side list all the disadvantages. Your decision will become immediately clear using this exercise because the side that lists the most advantages is the winner.

Try it for yourself and see if you agree with all the benefits of the “BARF DIET”.  You might also want to review all the qualifications for use of the term “natural” if you see it on your pet food label.

Fortunately, the “BARF DIET “ philosophy does qualify as a naturally formulated pet food and as such can consciously be labeled as biologically appropriate for the species.

-Robert Mueller

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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Pumpkin… It’s The Miracle Food For Pets!

By:  Robert Mueller

Pumpkin may be just what your pet’s upset stomach needs.

I don’t know about you, but it seems like all I see in the grocery store these days are pumpkins… and lots of them piled high outside in bins… and I guess it’s not surprising with Halloween right around the corner. I’ve never really thought of pumpkin as a fruit but that is the correct classification.  It’s not a vegetable as many people believe.

Pumpkin has been described as a “ mystery food”, a “super food” and the “miracle” for pets because it is able to cure symptoms of diarrhea as well as constipation. But before you begin any treatment like this, it’s always wise to consult your veterinarian just to be sure of the underlying cause of the problem.

What makes pumpkin so special? Pumpkin is rich in carotenoids, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, magnesium, zinc, potassium, vitamin A, iron and of course FIBER!  It’s low in calories too.  In fact, foods like pumpkin that are so rich in carotenoids have been shown to decrease the risk of various cancers and the two carotenes found in pumpkin – beta and alpha-carotene are very powerful phytonutrients.

Some of the other health benefits of pumpkin are:

  • A resistance to infection
  • Improved night vision
  • Improved blood pressure
  • Added support in the production of healthy red blood cells.

Now let’s get back to your pet…

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. You can buy canned pumpkin in almost any store.  Be sure you get 100% natural canned pumpkin (organic if possible) and not the sweetened pumpkin filling that is used for those delicious pies!

You can get this natural remedy at your local supermarket.

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.

How much should you feed your pet?  This all depends on the size of your pet but a good rule of thumb is two teaspoons daily for small breed dogs (under 15 pounds), 2 tablespoons for dogs 15-35 pounds and for large/giant breeds you can give up to 5 tablespoons of pureed pumpkin per day.

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!

-Robert Mueller

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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Putting A Price On Health

By:  Robert Mueller

Does the price and quantity reflect the quality?

If you were to ask 100 dog owners what they consider a healthy diet to be for their dog, you would get 100 different answers.  No kidding.  In my forty plus years in the dog feeding business I have asked this question hundreds, maybe thousands of times and each answer is a little bit different. The truth is, although nobody really knows the absolute 100% best way to feed a dog, there are some important things that I would like to bring to your attention.

You see, every manufacturer has their own agenda.  Some are, unfortunately, in it just for the money.  They create cheaper diets that match a cost level affordable to almost anyone.  Others formulate their diets according to an ingredient and nutrient base that will, at best, just “support” life.  Nothing else.  Here at BARF World, we produce a diet that is nutritionally supportive for the reproduction, optimum health and longevity of all dogs rather than just the “basic” needs of life.  And our mission is to return all pets to perfect health through a biologically appropriate raw diet that takes them through all life stages in optimum health.  We are steadfast in our determination to succeed.

Of course I know not many companies ever talk about this stuff… their personal motivation and reasons for selling their products (especially if it is just monetary) and you can understand why.  Just look at the variety of brands out there today and all the expensive advertising, commericals and general marketing hype.  It’s all aimed right at you…the vulnerable consumer.

You are the one that actually decides the destiny of any pet food company. The survival of any brand depends on your purchases – the plunking down of your hard-earned cash for the best diet on the market for your pet.

Let’s get back to the criteria that we consider important for creating a life-long healthy pet food. Read through the list carefully. These are some of the important things that we consider here at BARF World when developing our diets.

  • The diet must be biologically appropriate for the species
  • The highest quality of ingredients are used
  • All heat processing is eliminated
  • No preservatives chemicals are added
  • All protein sources are procured from USDA sources
  • Each ingredient used is designed to provide a specific nutritional or biological function
  • Diets are prepared according to the human standards established by USDA
  • Unnecessary and allergy causing ingredients such as those found in dry pet foods and kibble, like corn, soy and wheat are never present in the BARF diet.
  • There is a low carbohydrate content
  • We are continually looking for ways to improve our diets without compromising the quality and efficiency of the diet.

If you are not feeding the BARF diet now, how does your food compare?  You see, any manufacturer can throw together a diet or copy existing formulas and then make “claims” as to adequacy.  I’m proud to say that BARF World has been a pioneer in the industry of commercial raw foods and I have personally been involved in selling raw food diets for over 40 years.  We have a history of success and I hope you and your pet are part of it!

We welcome your suggestions and comments with regard to our products and service or anything else you want to mention (please send to rob@barfworld.com). I read and will try to answer all of them. Thank you in advance for sending them to us.  And as I mentioned, you are the ones paying our salaries here and supporting our mission.  We hope our efforts and products meet with your approval.

Until next week,

Rob

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 “Hype” About Hypoallergenic Dog Food Is It Really A Cure For Allergies?

By:  Robert Mueller

Quick fixes are not a cure

If you have ever had a pet with this problem, you know the aggravation that exists not only with the pet but with the guardian as well. If your pet can’t sleep because it is itching and scratching all night, guess who else can’t sleep? And we feel so helpless if we have tried everything and even the vet has given up!

You see, the customers that search us out, have been told by their vet that they have no further suggestions. They have administered antibiotics, steroids, and topical sprays and ointments that haven’t worked.  Here at BARF World, we call them “Band-Aid” fixes – the ones that may give initial relief but in the long term they cause more harm than good.

The first question we ask when a customer calls with an allergy issue is:  “What are you feeding your pet?”  The answer is often kibble or a grain based diet of some sort. The next group of questions has to do with the environment factors since many allergies are a result of environmentally triggered conditions. When the pollen count is high or when the lawns get chemically treated with pesticides we see the allergy numbers get higher.  Remember, your dog keeps his/her nose 2 inches from the ground and this allows for more reaction to environmental triggers.

Is “Hypoallergenic” Pet Food The Solution?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s a variety of hypoallergenic foods on the market today

The latest marketing blitz is all about “hypoallergenic” pet food formulas.  Being of a curious nature I did a little research on the term “hypoallergenic” and here’s what I found.  The term first came to use in the cosmetic industry (makes sense!). Basically it means that the product or food is “designed to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response, by containing relatively few or no potentially irritating substances.”

And here’s something even more interesting.  There are NO labeling guidelines or regulations to using the word “hypoallergenic” on any product or pet food. 

I searched AFFCO to see if the term was even mentioned anywhere in the regulatory codes for dog food…and it’s not.  Likewise when the FDA tried to establish regulations for the cosmetics, the big cosmetic money interests lobbied to block them and nothing, to my knowledge, is in place at this time to regulate the usage of the term in that industry!  And that all started in about 1955.  So just like term “natural”, it appears hypoallergenic can be used by almost anyone.  Keep that in mind.

Now in most cases, the well-known pet food companies are responsible enough to reduce allergy-causing ingredients in their product when they do label them “hypoallergenic”.  Remember the definition – “containing relatively few or no potentially irritating substances”.  Hmm… so doesn’t that mean that the rest of their products probably do contain substantial amounts of the ingredients that do cause allergies? Or can they just label anything these days “hypoallergenic”?

I do believe that most reputable pet food companies do reduce some of the allergy-triggering ingredients when they claim “hypoallergenic” and if you choose to feed this food you will be giving your dog “less” of the harmful ingredients that may have caused the problem in the first place.  For example, if the hypoallergenic food contains less grain and if grains are responsible for triggering the allergy then by eliminating the grains you will eliminate the trigger.  But this is only a halfway point in solving the allergy issue.

BARF Is Naturally Hypoallergenic!

Your pet will experience fantastic results when converted to a complete and balanced raw meat diet formula. The reason this diet works so well is because all of the grains and processing damage are eliminated and the ingredients are of much higher quality.  By completely removing the possible contamination from pesticides, herbicides, foreign chemicals, fat sprays, and preservatives when you feed the BARF diet, you will immediately reverse the allergic condition of your pet. Most people are astounded by the results.

“No more itching, no more red eyes! Pepper would rub her back on the ground and always have a red belly. Once on the BARF Diet, it all cleared up in a couple of weeks.”

- Sherry Butler
Bedford, TX

When will I see results from the BARF Diet?

The time frame we see normally is between 30 to 90 days. It is during this time that the body undergoes a detoxification of the poisons and emits them through the skin.  We offer warnings that a skin condition may be aggravated during this process but we encourage the guardian to stay with the program because the allergic condition generally takes a long time to develop and it will take a while to cure.  That is just good common sense.

Oh and one more point about the “hypoallergenic” diets.  Since different pets are allergic to different ingredients, there obviously can be no such thing as a food that is hypoallergenic for every pet on the planet. If it is a food ingredient that is the trigger for the allergy, the natural raw meat diet is without question relief waiting to happen.  Our files are full of satisfied customers that had almost given up hope to finding a cure to this problem until they called BARF World.

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“My Maltese, Grace was so sickly before I switched her to the BARF Diet. She was highly allergic to fleas, suffered from hot spots and was just a mess. She couldn’t even run around anymore – it was very painful to see her this way. She completely turned around for the better after only a month on the BARF Diet. Thank you BARF World!”

- Karen Fread
Eighty Four, PA

In general, bad quality pet food may deplete the immune system over time, because they are laden with toxins and other substances that place unnecessary burdens on your pet’s body, or because they lack important nutrients, antioxidants, enzymes and so on. The importance of the immune system cannot be over emphasized. It is this protection mechanism in the body that helps defend healthy dogs from having allergy concerns. We find those pets most affected are ones that have been exposed to the “Band-aid” fixes that have compromised the immune system and thus the allergies prevail.

If your dog suffers from any of the following common signs of allergies,  it is time to make a change to raw:

  1. chronic itching and scratching
  2. dandruff and odorous coat
  3. chronic ear infections
  4. chronic licking of paws
  5. diarrhea, vomiting, gas, bloat
  6. lethargy or hyperactivity.

Simply eliminating high-risk ingredients such as corn, wheat, soy, rice, and beet pulp can help some pets that have food sensitivity.  For others, the problem is more complex and an easy solution is to convert to the BARF diet, a higher quality food, with no heat processing or harmful ingredients.

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“Pago and Sasha’s allergy problems are gone. They are the healthiest dogs really and I absolutely attribute that to what they are eating, the BARF Diet. They’re doing great, even at 10 and 13 years old. We never have to clean their teeth.”

- Debby Allen
Port Townsend, WA

A change this simple can make life a lot better for you and your pet.  Please give us a call at 1-866-282-2273 or visit our website at www.barfworld.com and give your pet a chance to beat his or her allergy conditions quickly and easily!

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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