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17 Golden rules to raise a well balanced dog

When getting a new puppy or a rescued adult dog many novce dog owners take it for granted  that every dog is by default  born knowing how to be a dog.  In reality pups depend on their parents and their pack to teach them how to become well balanced and happy dogs. When  becoming  "pet parents" we must fullfil this role.  We are not all biologists, zoologists or behaviourists but we can all acquire a pup or adult dog when ever we like. To protect your dog's wellness and biology as a canine, YOU must know your dog's biology and how this operates within the environment.

Right now, in the wild, adult social canines are changing their "time-keeping," providing support, slowing down time and ensuring that the new members of their family receive all they need to be balanced individuals, both within themselves and their environment and surroundings.  Dr. Isla Fishburn teaches us  how be the same for our own dog.

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New Zealand dog diet study - a wake-up call for animal nutrition!

 Dr. Emma Bermingham

Dog owners can improve the wellbeing of their canine companions by serving up a high meat diet rather than the “human-like” fare favoured by many, a new study shows.

The independent New Zealand study – only the second of its kind in the world – found the high meat diet is easier for dogs to digest, means more nutrients are able to be absorbed, and resulted in higher levels of bacteria associated with protein and fat digestion.

These higher levels of bacteria demonstrated a dog’s gut is biologically designed to digest a diet high in meat.

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All natural, home made ear cleaner for pets

Here is Dr. Karen Becker's recipe for super effective, all natural ear cleaner for your furry friends in awsome presentation by Rodney Habib of Planet Paws.


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Do Dogs Need Fruits and Vegetables?

Are you sick of conflicting information about plants in a raw diet?   Me too.

Nothing is more confusing to raw feeders than the debate over fruits and vegetables in a dog’s diet.

The raw feeding community agrees on the exclusion of grains in a canine raw diet. But they’re divided when it comes to the use of plants. And this is where the raw feeding ideologies take different paths.
 
Do dogs need fruits and vegetables for optimal health?

Most commercial pet food companies and “BARF diet” raw feeders believe fruits and vegetables belong in a dog’s diet. But “Prey Model” feeders advocate as carnivores, dogs have no need for plant matter.

Let’s get to the bottom of this debate right now....

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Hot Spots - What are they and how to treat them...

We are at the peak of hot spots season. Hot spots are also known as acute moist dermatitispyotraumatic dermatitis or superficial pyoderma. Those tongue-twisters are just scientific labels for inflamed, infected skin. Dr. Karen Becker explains what the hot spots are, what can you do at home to treat them and when to seek help from your veterinarian. 

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Seeds of death - Full documentary

If you are still feeding commercial diets please read your pet food labels carefully, if it contains corn or soy the chances are it contains genetically modified grains.
In this post I linked to the full documentary Genetic Roulette - Gamble of our lives. This video offered unmistakable evidence of danger associated with use of GMO foods. Unfortunately this documentary has, in the meantime  been scrubbed from the net.

Today Daily Pet offers another video about the dangers of genetically modified food. This award-winning documentary, Seeds of Death, exposes the lies about GMOs and pulls back the curtains to witness our planet's future if Big Agriculture's new green revolution becomes our dominant food supply.

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Getting your cat to eat healthier food

Learn how to transition your cat's diet from dry food, to canned, to raw. Dr. Karen Becker, a leading integrative wellness veterinarian, also explains why raw food is the best diet for cats.
Cats by nature have very addictive personalities and someetimes  transtion  from commercial foods  to  species appropriate diet can be daunting, in this excellent video Dr. Becker explains whys and hows...



Ebola and dogs

Excalibur at rest. (Photo: Via Facebook)

In the wake of potential Ebola pandemic, the case of infected nurse from  Spain whose dog was hastily euthanised amidst fears it may serve as  a carrier of Ebola virus,  has caused significant concern amongst many dogs owners. The World Small Animal Veterinary Association has published the following statement:

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How much water should your dog be drinking...

Have you ever wondered how much water your dog needs each day? Do you assume he’ll drink precisely the amount he needs if you give him free access to fresh clean water at all times?

If so, you might be surprised to learn that while some dogs instinctively know to drink just the right amount of water for their needs, some dogs don’t drink enough water, and others drink too much. So it’s possible your own canine companion is either under- or over-hydrated.

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Five health tips for a long-lived pet

If you've ever suffered the loss of a beloved pet, you know how truly devastating it can be. That's why loving pet guardians everywhere are motivated to keep their animal companions with them as long as possible.

Here are five of my top recommendations to help extend not only the quantity of your pet's life, but also the quality.

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Bizzare 'Tom and Jerry' syndrome affecting cats in the UK

In a bizarre development, cats throughout the U.K. are suddenly suffering seizures triggered by everyday household noises like rustling newspaper, the tapping of a boiled egg, or the click of a computer mouse.

Other noise-induced seizure triggers include popping pills out of blister packs, dropping metal items on tile floors or into ceramic bowls, hammering nails, and even cat owners slapping their foreheads or clicking their tongues.

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How stress afftects the health and happiness of cats

©Yannis Zikos

Compared to the behaviour of pet dogs, cat behaviour seems to present a perpetual puzzle. My guess is that humans will forever try to get inside the heads of their feline companions to learn what lies behind those gorgeous, mysterious eyes. What is she thinking about? What’s she about to do? Is she staring at me, or through me? Does she love me, or loathe me?

Recently, John Bradshaw of the University of Bristol in the U.K., a recognised expert on the behaviour of domestic cats and dogs, published a new book called Cat Sense. In it, he expresses the belief that while kitties have learned to live with and appreciate humans, they still don’t get us the way dogs do, and they probably never will.

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How the cats purr and why....

Feline Behaviourist Beth Adelman delves deeper into understanding Nora the cat's interest in the piano. Beth believes it is all about good vibrations. Dr Elizabeth Von Muggenthaler is a bioacoustician, who believes a cat's purr is a survival mechanism that has incredible healing powers.

The benefits of probiotics for dogs

Giving probiotics may help your dog to cope with the environmental stress of urban life.


Acidophilus (Lactobacillus acidophilus) is a common, well known form of healthy bacteria (intestinal flora) that belongs in the digestive tract of every mammal, working with the body to protect it and aid in the digestion of food. These safe, necessary organisms are an important piece of the "total health" puzzle and can even help prevent disease and alleviate illness. There are a lot of phenomenal benefits that come with supplementing our dogs with probiotics, but the exceptional boost to their immune system alone is worth making probiotics an addition to your dog's nutrition program!

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But, my cat is doing just 'fine' on dry food...

Every living creature is “fine” until outward signs of a disease process are exhibited. That may sound like a very obvious and basic statement but if you think about it……

Every cat with a blocked urinary tract was “fine” until they started to strain to urinate and either died from a ruptured bladder or had to be rushed to the hospital for emergency catheterization.

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Feeding Your Dog Raw Eggs – Good Or Bad?

 

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about raw feeding and it seems the poor egg is often dragged through the mud as a dangerous food for dogs. Opponents of eggs claim that they are too high in cholesterol, they pose a risk of salmonella and that they cause a biotin deficiency.

To that, we say nonsense! Eggs are not only a cheap and safe source of raw food for your dog, they are one of the most complete and nutritious meals you can choose!

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