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Dietary Management for Dogs with Lower Bowel Inflammatory Disease

My dog is worried about the economy because Tux is up to $3.00 a can. That's almost $21.00 in dog money.
-Joe Weinstein

Dogs help 'divorce' kids adjust, say German researchers.

Paralysed dogs regain movement
15 April 2005
New Scientist- A PIONEERING treatment has allowed paralysed dogs to regain some movement. The results have raised hopes that the method will work in people too.

New study shows people and pets can succeed together in fighting obesity epidemic

Dogs may be able to detect some cancer tumors
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, PA -- Last March, soon after Debbie Marvit-McGlothlin learned she was pregnant, her dog Autumn started sniffing a tiny mole on the back of her leg.

Loving a pet has health benefits, study finds

Researchers Study Birth Control Pills for Dogs -- Texas A & M University has begun testing oral contraceptives on wild animals, which could lead to approval for use on pets.

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.

Dangerous Foods

Did you know that tea tree oil is toxic to dogs? Many dogs have died because of this.

Alcoholic beverages
Apple seeds
Apricot pits
Cherry pits
Chocolate (baker's,semi-sweet, milk, dark)
Coffee (grounds, beans, chocolate covered espresso.beans)
Hops (used in home beer brewing)
Macadamia nuts
Moldy foods
Mushroom plants
Mustard seeds
Onions, onion powder
Peach pits
Potato leaves and stems(green parts)
Rhubarb leaves
Tea (caffeine)
Tomato leaves and stems ..(green parts)
Yeast dough

Should you feed your dog frozen food?
"Frozen (iced) food should be used with great caution as it causes ulceration of the digestive tract. I have noted the care peasants take to prevent their animals from eating roots and other crops touched by frost. Refrigerated meat must be thawed out and, if necessary, well scalded with hot water. I repeat, iced meat is dangerous"
from the Juliette de Bairacli Levy book

Food Allergies The classical canine food allergy lesion distribution includes signs of facial itching, foot or limb chewing, belly itching, and recurrent ear infections

Non-allergenic potato recipe for dogs who are allergic to rice or wheat.

*Does your pet chew or lick incessantly?
* Scratch until there are oozing sores?
* Have chronic diarrhea, ear.infections, or vomiting?

Allergies in Dogs Nice introductory article

Questions and Answers about Food Allergies in Dogs and Cats

Non-allergenic potato recipe for dogs who are allergic to rice
or wheat.

Food Allergy (NZ)
Dogs are not likely to be born with food allergies. More commonly, they develop allergies to food products they have eaten for a long time.

A little place in Wisconsin that made dog food!
Dog food
Vitamins for dogs

Dog in Pain

Managing Pain in Dogs
 This issue of pain management in pets has been a topic of high priority within the veterinary profession.

Vitamins for your Pets

Bouncing Back From Injury with Help from Antioxidants & Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Exercise and a diet including fruits and vegetables keeps dogs more mentally aware

Recipes for dog treats

Favorite Dog Treat Recipes Here are some kitchen-tested dog treat recipes that the entire testing staff just couldn't resist!

Dog treat recipes Free and easy homemade dog food and dog treat recipes. Making tasty, healthy, homemade dog treats is easier (and cheaper) than you think!

How to Make Liver Treats for Your Dog,

More Recipes (NZ) Dog Biscuit Treat Recipes, Garlic Beef Biscuits, Vegan Dog Treat Recipe, Bread Machine Chicken Flavoured Treat.

Buy them here in Christchurch- Canine Catering

Gourmet Sleuth Need some fancy liver treats, flea collar biscuits, vegan dog biscuit treats? This site has a small collection of Dog Biscuit recipes



Food & Nutrition endeavours to provide mostly organic, natural foods with no artificial preservatives, providing your happy dog the best ingredients for optimum health!

Lifetime of Nutrition examines the nutritional needs of dogs throughout their various life stages and activities.

Large & Giant Breed Puppies Elsewhere on the site, she has feeding programs for small/medium puppies, small adults, medium adults, seniors, pregnant and lactating bitches, dogs with various ailments, etc.

The Whole-istic Truth About Pet Food

Is your dog a gulper? You can try feeding frozen food to your dogs at first, as it forces them to slow down and learn to chew their food. OR, cut up their food so force them to eat little by little.
A solution is to feed the dog only a few pellets at a time. It may take between 10 and 30 minutes to feed about a cup. Why not ask him some simple commands before you drop them!
You can also try to hide the dog food where the dog will have to use his nose in finding them. The dog should learn not to "wolf down" his food after a few sessions

"Feces eating can be related to an internal organ disease, so it could be related to a lack of nutrients.

But more often than not, it's behavior-related," Dr. Beaver said. "In young dogs, it may simply be exploratory in nature. Frequently, however, it's the result of boredom."

From Purina One, the 6 signs of good health using Flash software. Well presented, and easy to follow. Wait for the download. It's well worth it.

Dog Food Calculator How to compare different brands

Nutrition articles by Dr. Larry Siegal: Feeding raw , Daily supplements

The Human-Companion Animal Bond: The Bond and Behavioral Aspects of Feeding

Feeding everyday groceries to pets is animal cruelty

Earl Wolfe's Dog Food Comparison Charts

Trends in Home-Prepared Diets for Pets -- Very informative article and helps demystefy some of the myths of feeding milk, or eggs, etc to our dogs.

The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog and Cat Ms de Baircli Levy had been described as the Grandmother of natural/holistic Animal therapies. Spent most of her life with nomadic peoples, learning from them... where a veterinary clinic with antibiotics, vaccinations etc were unheard of.

List of pet food companies in NZ/Australia

Feeding your aging dog

It is not recommend tossing food on the ground, because it teaches the dog to scavenge and pick up "who knows what" at inappropriate times.

Editor's note: ...however, it's a great way to keep a dog's nose active!

The Beef On What's In Your Dog's Food "It's real important to read the ingredients in the food, not just whatever's the cheapest.

A lot of foods use a lot of corn and soy in them and they may be good carbohydrates, but they're not a lot of value to the dog.

You can create a lot of gas in your dog and stuff like that. They're fillers," Hamilton says. A lot of fillers means the dog has to eat more of the food to get the nutrition they need, which means you use more to feed him.

Dogtor J: Food Issues in Veterinary and Human Medicine
Maybe a crank, maybe onto something. I'd feel a lot better if he weren't anonymous. ("Weren't"? Ah, the subjunctive contrary to fact.) Article on epilepsy and diet is 32 pp, counting some letters from readers. That doesn't make it science, but it gives you a lot to bang on. Just that I'm always sketpitcal of people who come forward with simple solutions -- voila! -- to something with which people have been struggling for years

Tripe the best meal for hungry hounds- "Because it has a protein content of just 20% and the calcium/phosphorus ratio is almost balanced tripe is, in my opinion, the best meat to feed on a daily basis. Unlike red meat with its higher protein content and mineral imbalance, tripe can be safely given in virtually unlimited quantities. "

A reader says: USDA database, tripe has a protein content of 12%

Lamb has a fairly low protein level at around 16%, and even beef is only around 19% (it all depends on the cuts, too). By far the highest protein content is found in the white meats - chicken and turkey (around 24%)

Natural Food

VitaPower Exceed is a new liquid (oil) food enhancer specially formulated for working dogs. It contains polyunsaturated oil (omega 3 & 6 fatty acids) essential vitamin and minerals and flavourings of garlic, yeast & meat for improved health & conditioning. Scientifically formulated by Massey University

Parsley for Your Canine
If nothing else, it may help with "dog breath"

Bach Flower Remedies/Bach Rescue Remedy: to calm your dog or yourself...

BARK diets
Biologically Appropriate Raw Food

K9 Natural 100% (New Zealand) Natural and raw, l contains only quality ingredients and absolutely no added chemicals, additives or artificial preservatives.

Urban Carnivore raw diet -- mainly available in Canada -- Nice site, with some good advice on BARF or natural diet

Create a Nutritious Raw Dog Food Diet

Raw Fed Dogs
BARF recipes and resources, including links to various e-mail lists on raw feeding

American Dog Treats -- Dr. Patricia Whisnant's BARF raw foods

Healthy Hound Whole Pet Food (BC) : Commercially prepared BARF diet and other stuff has videos about raw meat diets.

Raw Advantage Pet Food Commercially prepared BARF

What foods to feed on BARF?
Dave says: Note: This is my opinion and others may well disagree. I say K.I.S.S. Chicken necks, wings, legs, giblets, carcass are all good. Lamb and/or mutton ribs or necks, organ meat (kidney, liver), Muscle meat including heart. Raw tripe - a dog will go 'nuts' over it although you may well be put off by the smell :-)

At least 50% of your dog's nourishment should come from Raw meaty bones,
30/35% from muscle meat,
5% from organ meat, and
5% from vegetables but don't worry it you are over/under for several meals. The purpose is to give variety and balance over time.

Remember, ALL dogs are different and the % ages given may need adjusting for YOUR dog.


Google Sniff & Fetch


Clipping a dog's toenails Excellent pictures of how to do it. And a nice site overall.

Trimming your pet's nails
Start by making nail trimming a positive experience for your pet. Give them one of their favorite treats before and after the trimming.Watch a video

What Harper Magazine said in 1843 about grooming

Cornell's article
Grooming according to Cornell

Ear infection / cleaning

 Ear cleaning

Dog Ear Care

Cleaning Your Dogs Ears Recipe for an alcohol-vinegar solution

Blue Powder Ear Treatment... a treatment found to work very well for ear infections


How to introduce a TOOTHBRUSH to your pooch
Taken from

* Slowly introduce your dog to the toothbrush. Get your dog used to the toothbrush by associating the toothbrush with treats.
* Peanut butter seems to work. In the first session, let your dog lick the peanut butter off the toothbrush. Do this a couple of times so that your dog associates the toothbrush with something good. This can be done in one night or over several nights for more timid dogs.
* Once you gain your pet's trust, slowly introduce the toothbrush to the dog's mouth and brush its teeth as you would yours. Be sure to brush the gum lines as well as the teeth.
* Don't worry if you can't reach all the back teeth. Chew toys such as cotton rope toys will help clean these areas.

Do not use human toothpaste.
As a human, you are able to brush your teeth and spit out the toothpaste. Dogs cannot. Besides, swallowing the fluoride in human toothpaste can upset stomachs and make them sick. *Flavoured toothpastes for dogs are available at most pet stores.

FINGERBRUSH Smaller dogs' mouths make it difficult to brush their teeth. In these cases, use a finger brush. A finger brush is like a tooth brush that fits on a finger. These smaller brushes allow you to massage the gum line and brush the teeth with a much smaller opening in the dog's mouth and is usually easier to manipulate.

Other thoughts on health

Jane's purely personal though about marmite
Use Marmite with caution, salt is one of it's main ingredient. Salt or it's taste is addictive, and excessive use of salt causes leaching of calcium out of the body. If you are looking to add B vitamins, try brewers yeast instead.

Bee Pollen
Could it be that Bee Pollen & Kelp are 2 different things that help with poo & soil eating dogs? Could it be that they both are sources of many trace elements that the dogs might lack?


Is it normal for dogs to eat grass?

"It is normal for dogs to eat grass in very small amounts," Dr. Beaver said. "Their ancestors ate [grass]. It's roughage. We tend to see a problem with consumption of grass when dogs don't have access to it all year long. When they're exposed to fresh grass, they tend to eat too much and can't digest. Because large quantities act as an irritant, the dog throws up. The owner then thinks the dog ate the grass to induce omiting [because it is sick]."

What to do if a dog is stung by a bee or wasp? Carefully remove the stinger with tweezers, if it is accessible, (only bees leave stingers)
Make a paste of baking soda and water and pply to the sting area
Apply an ice pack to relieve swelling and pain and alternate it on and off the sting site
Sit and comfort the dog until the pain has gone away. From American Kennel Club



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