Food...for Thought (articles, ideas and considerations in food and supplements)*
The following information comes from Petsumer Report. Sometimes a picture is really worth a thousand words.
Misleading Advertising.Pet food labels or television commercials can show images of fresh meat and fresh vegetables. But, because of numerous FDA Compliance Policies (675.100, 675.200, 675.400, 690.300)...
Freezing dog/cat food in ice cube tray compartments is a great way to portion prepare and save your pet's food.
Whether it's fresh homemade food (as in photos below), canned food or hydrated (from freeze dried, air dried or dehydrated), freezing the food in "cubes" allows you to create individual portion "cubes", that can be thawed and used, on an "as needed" basis.
Many pet owners like to add a little fresh food, wet/canned food to their pet's regular food (such as kibble), to add variety, taste and moisture to the meal. It's easier and more cost effective to prepare larger batches of food, or use larger cans of canned food, but then you have to deal with using it up before it goes bad, especially if its a small dog or cat, because they don't eat much.
By portioning in cubes and freezing, you can:
Attached are the photos
of Leda and the hats she found this winter.
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Do you find the "zip-lock" on your vitamin pouch quit "zipping" after a while, and before you have finished using up all the vitamins? Do you keep opening the same jar of vitamins/supplements every day, every time you add them to your dog's food?
Get a hold of an empty (people) supplement bottle, with a flip top, (often found in a supplement section of a health food store/section) and reuse it, filling it with something like Missing Link, or Fundamental Vitality (supplements that come in 1# containers). I put about a week's worth in the reused bottle, so that I am not opening my main source as often, not exposing it to new air nearly as often, keeping it fresher longer. The flip top cap makes it easy to flip up and ether sprinkle the supplement on the food, or use a measuring spoon.
So you are recycling, reusing, saving time, keeping supplements fresher longer, and making it easier to administer them. Works great!
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Recently, I was shopping at a local wholesale store. I like to check out the pet section occasionally, to see what's out there. While it is sometimes hard to read the fine type, or in between folds and seams, it is worth doing so to get the complete information about what you are feeding your dog. You need this information in order to make observations and decisions regarding their health and care. Use your common sense to ask questions and draw your own conclusions. Do some research to find out more about ingredients and sources.
Here are a few examples of product information that raised further questions in my mind:
Kingdom's Premium Chicken
Note: Subsequent to writing this article, the FDA came out with a second warning/caution, regarding the many complaints they have had regarding chicken jerky imported from China.
Kasel Pig Ears:
(Note: You can use this method to surrogately test for your dog, or cat, or other person, by simply touching them while testing, and intending the test for them. This was forwarded to me via email, so I have no further information on the author. This is only one of many self-testing methods using energy. Try it. You might be surprised!)
Reproduced from an email sent to us, of unknown origin.
Hey, Chet, here's some interesting information. It works.
After undergoing detox last year, I suffered from various discomforts -- dizziness, stomach cramps, nausea, etc. I followed a strict vegetarian diet and yet some foods affected me.
On inquiring at our health food store here as to how I could know which food items agreed with me and which did not, the nutritionist, Bill Taylor, gave me this good information.
He said to know whether any food agrees with you or not, try this simple test. This is how the American Indians tested the food they gathered from the wild, because in the wild there would be poisonous plants which were not suitable for humans: Hold the food (say potato or soy milk carton) close to your heart, close your eyes, and think "Blank."
If the food is agreeable for your constitution, you will tilt forward.
If not, you will tilt backward.
This hardly takes 1-2 minutes.
I tried this with bananas and potatoes, thinking that they have potassium and would be good for blood pressure problems. But mistakenly I tilted backwards.
An analysis was done of my body fluids, and it was found that I had low blood sugar, and bananas and potatoes were the very items I should avoid for a while.
I tried this with raw almonds and soaked ones. The former made me tilt backward, while with the latter the tilt was definitely forward, though it was the same food.
This test sure works for me.
Do you ever say...
Many people tell me that their dog is a picky eater. The dog doesn't seem terribly interested let alone excited about meal time. Sometimes it is clear the dog doesn't like the food. They would rather have table scraps, or sometimes even nothing at all, in extreme cases.
Certainly first you need to rule out a serious medical condition like a bowel obstruction, poisoning, or other condition that would require immediate veterinary attention. Absent that, rather than considering the dog a picky eater, I think many of them are really being what I call "selective", that is, they are giving you important information about what they think they need (or don't need). Since most dogs don't listen to advertising hype, they usually are not being swayed by it. Photo shows Odie "scanning" his dinner, before eating it. I am now convinced many pets are scanning and checking their food energetically to see if it is good for them (strengthens their energy fields) or not (weakens their energy fields.) Odie would not eat it if he "felt" it would weaken him. The animals feel the energy differences. Humans can too, but most of us have tuned out those more subtle energies. We can, however, relearn them, or do various types of muscle testing or kinesiology, to get the same type of information.
Rather I think they are listening to their body about what it says it needs, and often times, I think it is greater nutrition that they want. Certainly "real food" like meat and veggies has more nutritional value than processed food, like kibble, or even canned dog food. My dogs would "scan" their food, carefully sniffing and checking it out. Given choices, like different kinds of dog food, or even "people food", they will eat that which they need/want most, first. Every dog is different, and certainly there are many variables to be considered. But in my opinion, it's not so different from people and "people food." We know fresh food has more food value (nutrition) than processed food, and some people are more aware and sensitive to their body's needs than others. Some of us eat things that are not healthy for us, even though we know better. But we humans don't usually give our dogs the choices that we give ourselves, so we don't get their side of the story, their opinion about what their body needs.
Think about it. Would you like to eat dry corn flakes for most/all of your life? Don't you think your body would eventually want something else? Aren't our bodies changing, on a daily basis, and therefore our nutritional needs change along with that? Don't we take supplements to help balance our bodies and nutritional needs? Maybe our dogs need the same consideration, for maximum health.
If you would like to find out your dog's opinion, try some food taste tests. Do them three or four times, mixing up the order of the foods. Include what you are now feeding, as one of the choices. We have lots of samples available, if you want to make it interesting, in trying a variety of foods. Video it, if you can. I always gave my dogs credit for at least 50% knowledge of what they need. Listening to my dogs' opinions about what they could and couldn't eat was one of the reasons my dogs lived many years beyond expected lifespans. You might be surprised at what they tell you. Food is one of the easiest factors to change in their lives, and frequently shows results in a relatively short amount of time (days, hours, even minutes). And you can always go back to feeding their current diet, if you don't see beneficial and positive results.
It's a fun and interesting way to get to know your dog better, and may lead to a longer, and higher quality of life, and doesn't cost anything to find out.
*Always consult with your veterinarian before engaging in any new course of action with your dog. The opinions and ideas expressed here are for informational and education purposes only. They are not intended to diagnose or treat any condition.
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