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Discover Winning Nutrition Tips For Brilliant Canine Health

Apr 3, 2008
Pet food marketing spiel will generally seduce you with images and messages which strike an emotional chord, such as food which echoes the breakdown of the human diet, or one which appears to be based on natural ingredients but is still heavily processed.

We need to read between the lines and use plenty of common sense. If we take into account the suffering animal and the expense of vet treatment, supporting your dog's health is clearly an important matter. Dog nutrition is not just about selecting the right food for your dog.

Much like in humans, dogs' eyes are very sensitive and can get infected if the proper vitamins and minerals are not provided. A dog's eyes are an easy way to spot if they are not in good health. When you're telling your pet how much you love him, take this opportunity to take a good look at his eyes.

In addition, you should pay special attention to mouth and paw care, so give your pets pads and claws a regular visual inspection. Healthy teeth will help your furry companion to have proper digestion from the get-go.

If you start out with a raw food diet, or at least one with no byproducts or gluten, your pet will rarely need to see a vet. If your pet happens to have medical needs, your vet may prescribe a prescription pet food diet.

BARF & The Parasite Myth. Many pet owners are providing their pets with raw food since recent scandals have shown that major brands had dangerous ingredients in their composition. The BARF diet, despite common misconceptions, is quite safe for dogs and cats.

Raw food can contain parasites and bacteria, like; Roundworms, Hookworms, Tapeworms, Trichinella - Trichinosis, Protozoa, Trematodes, Toxoplasma (cats only), and Salmon Poisoning Disease (dogs only).

But the reality is that when we say Bones and Raw Food (BARF) for dogs, we mean meat & meaty bones fit for human consumption. When non-raw advocates talk about the parasite risks, they neglect to mention that parasite levels are negligible in human grade quality raw dog food.

Freezing raw meat and bones usually does kill most parasites and bacteria, like the parasite in salmon that can kill a dog. Deep freezing salmonids (which include trout) for a day or two takes care of that parasite very effectively.
About the Author
Author: Rebecca Foxton can help give pets better health using FortiFlora Probiotics. For an brilliant source of nutrition tips for dog and cat owners, visit her pet nutritional supplements article series on Dog Buffs.
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