Posts Tagged ‘Diet’

Reading Pet Food Labels

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

This great article is from Dr. Becker’s website. What you feed your animal companion makes an enormous difference.

The Best and Worst Foods for Your Animal Friends

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

This article was copied from which is an excellent source of information for your animal friend’s health.

The List of Best-to-Worst Foods

1. A balanced, raw, homemade diet is the best food you can feed your dog or cat. It will be nutritionally balanced because you’re following recipes like those found in the cookbook I co-authored, Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats. Raw means the food is unadulterated and still contains all the enzymes and nutrients that are typically destroyed during cooking or other types of processing. Homemade is the best option because you are in complete control of the quality of ingredients in your pet’s diet. I recommend pets get plenty of nutritional variety, and another great thing about serving homemade is you can buy seasonal fruits and veggies on sale, as well as protein sources (meats), and use them in rotation.

2. The next best thing you can feed your pet is a commercially available raw diet. This is a raw food diet that someone else has done the heavy lifting to prepare. It’s important that the diet is balanced, and you should be aware that there are raw food pet diets entering the market that are not yet proven to be nutritionally complete. These foods often say For supplementation or intermittent feeding on the label. You’ll know if the raw food you’ve selected is balanced because it will say it right on the packaging: This food has been proven to be nutritionally complete or adequate for all life stages. At the present time, these diets are found only in the freezer section of small/privately owned or upscale pet boutiques – not in the big box pet stores. You can also find a selection online.

3. Cooked, balanced homemade diet. It’s the same diet found in number 1, above, except that it’s cooked. This means some of the nutrient composition has been diminished through processing.

4. Human-grade canned food. If the label doesn’t say the ingredients are human grade, they’re not. Pet food made with human-grade ingredients is also a great deal more expensive, so that’s another way to tell what you’re getting. This type of diet is the most expensive you can feed your pet. What I tell my clients is, If you have more money than time, you can purchase human-grade canned food for your dog or cat. But if you have more time than money, I recommend you make a balanced, homemade diet right in your own kitchen for a fraction of the cost.

5. Human-grade dry food. As I discussed earlier, dry food is not as species-appropriate as a moisture-dense diet. Human grade is very important because the food is approved, in theory, for human consumption, which means it doesn’t contain low quality rendered by-products.

6. Super premium canned food which can be found at big box pet supply stores like Petco and PetSmart.

7. Super premium dry food.

8. Veterinary-recommended canned food. Vet recommended canned foods are purchased at your vet’s office or clinic. Typical brands are Science Diet, the Purina veterinary lines, Royal Canin and Waltham.

9. Veterinary-recommended dry food.

10. Grocery store brand canned food.

11. Grocery store brand dry food.

12. Semi-most pouched food. The reason this type of pet food is so far down the list is because in order for the food to remain semi-moist, an ingredient called propylene glycol is added. This is a scary preservative that is a second cousin to ethylene glycol, which is antifreeze. And while propylene glycol is approved for use in pet foods, it is unhealthy for dogs and cats. I do not recommend feeding any food that contains this additive.

13. Dead last on the list and the worst thing you can feed your pet is an unbalanced, homemade diet either raw or cooked. I’m seeing an increasing number of misguided pet owners in my practice who think they’re doing the right thing by serving their pet, say, a chicken breast and some veggies and calling it a day. Yes, the food is homemade, but it’s nutritionally unbalanced. Pets being fed this way are showing up at my clinic with endocrine abnormalities, skeletal issues and organ degeneration as a result of deficiencies in calcium, trace minerals and omega fatty acids.

Shedding and Hot Spots

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Not to toot my own horn but recently I’ve had quite a number of people contact me and tell me what a wonderful job Power Paws is doing to keep shedding to a minimum in this summer’s heat. 21 years ago I invented Power Paws. I was drinking an energy shake every morning that I mixed myself. The main ingredient was nutritional yeast and Vitamin C crystals. My cat, Buster I was always around meowing and asking for handouts and I began to sprinkle the mix on his food. Within 2 weeks his fur coat looked a lot shinier and he stopped shedding nearly as much. I saw an opportunity and began mixing it in my home and selling it at local pet food stores. Customers soon discovered that it also healed hot spots in dogs. Now I feed my cats a raw food recipe and I also add the Power Paws. Our hairball and shedding problems are really quite mild in spite of the fact we hate air-conditioning and only turn it on in the worst of conditions and did I mention we have 5 cats! To Health!

Truth About Pet Foods

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Please visit this site to learn more about the horrors of commercial pet foods:

The Importance of Feeding your Cat a Biologically Appropriate Diet

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

For many years I’ve recommended a grain free diet for cats. My clients who make the switch report immediate improvement in overall health. Please view this video about the subject. This vet explains why this diet is important for your cat!