11 Ways You’re Shortening Your Dog’s Life

I found this article today and I actually agree with the whole article!
Please give it a read.
It’s on the PetMD website and it’s filled with great information.
See if you’re guilty of some or all of these “dog sins”.
I’m pleased to say…I’ve passed the test with flying colors!


How to Choose The Best Type of Dog Food

Raw Dog Food: Make It Easy for You and Your Dog  

by Diane Burket

What do you feed your dog?
Is it nutritious and appropriate for your dog?
Is your dog healthy and have a shiny coat….or dry skin and sore joints?

Here’s a non-biased dog food rating with “1” being the best food and “13” being the worst:

    Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food, Hi Prairie Canine Formula with Roasted Bison & Venison, 30-Pound Bag
  1. Balanced raw homemade diet
  2. Commercially available raw food   (nutritionally complete)
  3. Cooked balanced homemade food
  4. Human grade canned food
  5. Human grade dry food
  6. Super premium canned food
  7. Super premium dry food
  8. Veterinarian recommended canned food
  9. Veterinarian recommended dry food
  10. Grocery store canned food
  11. Grocery store dry food
  12. Semi-moist pouch food
  13. Unbalanced homemade food
These foods can make a difference between surviving and thriving.  
If you think your dog can thrive on table scraps, you’re wrong.
Table scraps do not provide a balanced diet and will eventually lead to disease and unhealthy conditions.

So….what to do? 
How can you feed your dog a healthy diet?
(This may not apply if your dog has a disease or other condition)

* Your dog needs species appropriate foods and lots of variety.  What does that mean?
  • High Protein
  • High Moisture
  • Low Starch (low grain)

  1. Read the ingredients on the label.  If the 1st or 2nd ingredient is corn—it’s crap
  2. A specific meat, like chicken, lamb, beef (not by-products) needs to be 1st and 2nd on the label (besides water)
  3. Whole vegetables and fruits
  4. No rendered products (road kill, euthanized animals, beaks, manure, etc.)

Good food makes the difference between surviving and thriving. 

Be sure to check out my article, “Best and Worst Dry Dog Foods“.     

For a great video about making informed decisions about your pet’s foods,
check out Dr. Karen Becker.


Best & Worst Dry Dog Foods

by Diane Burket

Do you feed your dogs any of these dry foods?  I sure hope not!

  • Beneful (recently making dogs sick and even causing death)
  • Purina Dog Chow
  • ‘Ol Roy
  • Hills Prescription
  • Alpo
  • Pedigree
  • Kibbles ‘n Bits
  • Science Diet Adult Advanced Fitness Original
  • A lot more inferior foods in the market

Did you know these foods have the lowest rating for dry dog food?
The first and main ingredient in most of these dog foods is corn—a cheap, controversial,  low nutrition ingredient that often causes allergies—and makes dogs poop too much.
Feeding your dog these foods is like feeding your kids a diet of unhealthy fast foods.
The only ones benefiting from these cheap foods is the manufacturer….and sometimes, your veterinarian.  

Another main ingredient in these cheaper foods is meat and bone meal, a dry rendered product (more about rendering coming up) from mammal tissues, including bone, blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure and stomach contents.  Yikes!  Manure.  OMG!

OK…let’s talk about rendering.  A rendering plant is a processing operation where dead animals are recycled into products such as human food, pet food and industrial materials.  Where do they get these dead animals?  Fasten your seat belt—Animals condemned at slaughterhouses, diseased or dying livestock or poultry, road kill, euthanized cats and dogs, horses, dead animals from farmers, dead zoo animals, rats, mice, spoiled and unsold grocery store meat…do I need to go on?!)   If the ingredients on the label do not specify the source of meat (like beef, chicken, pork), don’t feed it to your beloved pet. I don’t even want that stuff in my house!

It pisses me off that the manufacturers lie to the public.  They spend lots of money on commercials & beautiful packaging, then lead so many good folks into believing they’re feeding their dogs nutrient rich food. It’s a big lie—and the dogs and humans pay a big price for this deception.

FYI—I am transitioning my dogs and cats away from all dry foods.  Please read my article:  http://www.infoaboutcatsanddogs.com/2013/12/are-you-killing-your-pets-with-dry-food.html

However, if you insist on giving your dog dry food….read on…

Do you know why your vet might recommend low quality food like Science Diet and Hills Diet?  Besides having little or no training in nutrition, veterinary schools receive reading materials, grants and other resources from manufacturers of these low grade foods in hopes that future vets will sell and recommend their food to the unwary public.

Sooo…what to do?!  Switch to a good brand.  Spend more money on food and less money at the vets office.  I’ll go into more detail in another post later.  For now, run out and buy one of these highly rated dog foods.  It’s best to purchase the canned food as dry food is not as healthy for your dog. I’ll list these foods in order of quality.  #1 being the best:

  1. Orijen Adult Formula – The Best!  Not cheap.  
  2. Blue Buffalo Wilderness Duck Recipe
  3. Taste of the Wild High Prairie
  4. Wellness Core
  5. Castor & Pollux Organix Adult Dog Food
  6. Innova Evo Turkey & Chicken
  7. Natural Balance Original Ultra
Dogs love Orijen and Blue Buffalo and don’t require as much food as when they eat crappy food.
Another important benefit of feeding high quality food is—dogs don’t poop so much!  
Why?  The food is full of nutrition and not packed with fillers, like corn and cheap grains.