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Is Commercial Dog Food Bad?

Is Commercial Dog Food Bad? Most people think feeding a dog means heading over to their local pet store, picking up a bag of kibble, and pouring it in a bowl.  But what are you really feeding your dog? I almost can’t believe the amount of bad things I read about commercial dog food. Cooking food destroys essential nutrients and causes improper  ...

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Commercial Dog Food

The Main Ingredients in Your Commercial Dog Food

The Main Ingredients in Your Commercial Dog Food How do you determine which ingredients are the main ingredients in your dog’s commercial food?  Ingredients must be listed in weight order by common names that are defined by AAFCO.  So, generally, the first few ingredients listed are the main ingredients in your dog’s food.  Look for the first  ...

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Raw Dog Food

What is the BARF Diet?

What is the BARF Diet? When researching natural or homemade dog food, you inevitably come across the raw diet and most information refers specifically to the BARF diet.  The BARF diet is a raw diet created by Australian veterinarian Dr. Ian Billinghurst and stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food.  His raw food diet is available on his  ...

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Home Remedies For Your Dog’s Upset Stomach

Home Remedies For Your Dog’s Upset Stomach    IMPORTANT: Vomiting and diarrhea can be serious symptoms. This information is only for mild upset stomachs.  If your dog is in distress, you see blood in the stool or vomit, or suspect poisoning, CALL YOUR VET IMMEDIATELY.   Dogs are prone to mild upset stomachs.  It is usually due to a  ...

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Homemade Dog Food

How Much to Feed Your Dog on a Raw Diet

How Much to Feed Your Dog on a Raw Diet When I first switched Bella to a raw diet, I had the most trouble determining the appropriate amount to feed her when making homemade dog food.  When making homemade dog food, it’s up to the owner to determine how much to feed the dog whereas commercial dog food tells you right on the bag. Basically,  ...

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How To Switch Your Dog To Raw Food

How To Switch Your Dog To Raw Food   Two Methods For Switching To Raw There are two methods for how to switch your dog to a raw diet. One is an immediate switch to raw and the other is a more gradual switch.  Which you should choose depends completely on your dog and their tolerance for varying foods. Immediate  The easiest, and our  ...

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Homemade Dog Food

Homemade Raw Diet

Homemade Raw Diet There is a lot of controversy between using the barf diet or prey model as the basis of your dog’s homemade raw diet.  Essentially, the barf diet promotes feeding veggies and fruits while the prey model discourages it.  Since both arguments have merit, I think it’s up to the owner if they want to include them.  I  ...

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Homemade Dog Food

Cooked vs Raw Dog Food

Cooked vs Raw Dog Food Many people are opposed to the idea of feeding their dog raw food.  These pet parents reason that the vet recommended the commercial kibble, they don’t have time to prepare food for their dog, it’s too expensive, or the idea just generally grosses them out.  But many of these same people haven’t even looked into the raw  ...

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