As a practicing veterinarian for 30 years, Dr. Kimber Schnepf believes that a wholesome diet may be the single most important factor in maintaining our dogs' good health. There is a lot of controversy over what is a wholesome diet for our pets and there is a multibillion-dollar pet food industry vying for our dollars with big ad campaigns. Dr. Schnepf believes that the ideal diet for your dog would consist of fresh and unprocessed food, organic when possible – balanced and full of variety, with high-quality ingredients, and no additives or preservatives.
There is a lot of information these days about what kind of pet food you should feed your pets and why. Thankfully, the trend is moving toward healthy, natural pet foods. One theory that is gaining popularity recommends customizing a dog's protein source based on breed and geographic ancestry. In other words, Siberian Huskies evolved from a cold climate and a high fat diet including fish may be most appropriate, whereas a Beagle is likely to thrive more on lamb, rabbit, and chicken.
Are you or someone you know allergic to your pet? Today in the US, up to 70% of households have a dog or cat and yet anywhere from 10-20% of the population has pet allergies. With numbers like that, chances are you or someone you know sneezes whenever they're in your house.
These days when it comes to finicky eating habits, cats don’t necessarily have a corner on the market. Many people find that dogs, and especially smaller dogs, have a tendency to turn their noses up at the food dish. Sure, some dogs would still eat a license plate (if you melted a little cheese on it). But more and more people are finding that dogs who used to have healthy appetites are suddenly eating like supermodels. And of course many cats are still eating like birds (pardon the pun).
A recent study found that most dog and cat owners switch their animal's pet food an average of once a year. Our best guess as to the reason for this is that people like to switch things up a bit from time to time. Pet owners who feed kibbled cat or dog food tend to realize at some point that their dog or cat has been eating the same thing, everyday, for its entire life, and thus they realize that they wouldn’t want to do that, so why would their pet?
Things are getting too big. Cars, houses, kids, and yes, pets. That’s right, our pets are getting too big. We all know obesity in American is an epidemic that has gotten out of control, but did you realize it was beginning to affect our companion animals as well? Obesity is defined as an increase in body weight, beyond the limitation of skeletal and physical requirements, resulting from an accumulation of excess body fat.
There is a common saying that pets should not eat “people food.” The myth is that feeding pets people food will not only give them diarrhea, but it will also turn them into beggars at dinner time. Depending on what kind of pet food you feed them and where, loose stools and begging can be avoided. There are some simple guidelines to follow when it comes to sharing the fridge and pantry with your pooch.
I was so excited when I brought my first bag of Sojourner Farms natural cat food home. At the time, I was working for a holistic vet who taught us all about the ills of our fast food culture. I knew about the toxic ingredients present and all about the synthetic additives added into most pet foods.
Once-a-day? Twice-a-day? Free-feed? Ask around and you’ll hear lots of different opinions on what is the optimal feeding schedule for your cat or dog food. So what is the correct answer? Well first off, rest easy as there is no hard and fast correct answer. That said, however, it’s our opinion that free-feeding is the worst way to go.
We are often asked if there have been any studies done on animals regarding cooked vs. raw pet food diets. Here are a couple of very interesting ones. Dr. Francis M. Pottenger had some very revealing results on a study he did between the years 1932 and 1942. His study was done on seven generations of a colony of cats. He fed half of the animals an all raw pet food diet, and the other half the same foods except that they were cooked.
Lots of people out there have critters who they’ve been told are “allergic” to certain pet foods, including some that are present in our cat and dog food recipes. Literally hundreds have told me that their vet, or an allergy “specialist” told them that their pet was allergic to corn, wheat, rice, or even meat. Partly I find it funny, considering that I don't know of any nature specialist who has found wolves or bobcats running around with meat and grain allergies.
Recently an article was written in our favorite publication, The Whole Dog Journal, by a woman who had successfully treated a severe skin problem in her dog with a regiment suggested by her holistic vet that included our Original mix. Her Airedale had suffered for nine years with severe skin problems and from conventional treatment methods that in some cases had her dog on the brink of death.
What is hypoallergenic dog food? Hypoallergenic dog food is designed to avoid ingredients that are typically thought to aggravate allergies in some dogs. A hypoallergenic dog food is the best dog food for allergies. Hypoallergenic dog food typically contains a short, simple ingredient list with a single meat source. Raw foods can naturally help with allergies because they contain naturally-occurring nutrients and enzymes which help to break down and digest food.