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Teeth and gum problems, a serious issue if left untreated.

Mouth infections maybe far more serious than they appear, particularly if left untreated.  “There is a link between oral hygiene, your animals immune system and the long term health of organs such as the heart, kidneys and liver.” (Pitcairn et al 2005)If bacteria are allowed to build up around the teeth and gums (usually from a processed diet of pet biscuits and or canned
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Please, give me Real Food!

“You can boost your pet’s health profoundly by making one simple decision…give him real food!” (Goldstein 1999)  It is well documented that vitamins, which naturally occur in fresh food produce are destroyed when heated and processed.  This applies in particular to the water-soluble vitamins that are more vulnerable to breakdown than the fat-soluble vitamins. 
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Health problems and dairy

What health problems could arise by the inclusion of cow’s milk in the diet?The most prevalent health problems we tend to hear in connection to pasteurised cow’s milk are:1. Lactose intolerance2. Allergies3. Problems connected with excess sugar in the dietThe milk sugar found in cow’s milk is lactose.  Many humans, cats and dogs unfortunately do not have the digestive enzyme ‘lactase’
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A dairy recipe kind to the digestive system

What form of dairy product is acceptable in moderation, if tolerated by the pet?There are situations where dairy produce in moderation can be modified such as when puppies and kittens are not being fed by their mother.  The author of ‘Raw and Natural Nutrition for Dogs,’ recommends a diet for puppies 1-4 weeks consisting of:1 pint goats milk2 egg yolks2,000mg EPA fish oil½ tsp
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Eggs, the perfect protein

“The egg is regarded as having the perfect protein.  It is the one against which all other proteins are measured.” (Billinghurst 1993)  A raw egg including the egg shell contains all necessary minerals, high levels of calcium (from yolk and shell), vitamins (except for Vitamin C), fatty acids, lecithin and enzymes.When comparing different foods in regards to the highest number
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Cow's milk in the diet

                        Why is cow’s milk not necessary for the health of dogs and cats?Cows produce milk for their calves and yet around the world there are not only billions of humans consuming milk but now it’s also being given to our domesticated pets.  It is being used in vast quantities to produce
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Cats and Dogs are Carnivores!

Vegetarian diets for cats and dogs are certainly possible for them to ‘survive.’ Unfortunately in the long term, surviving is just about all they would be doing.  Cats and Dogs on a vegetarian diet would certainly not have the same health, vitality or longevity as a pet on an animal produce based diet.If we compare the digestive systems of a herbivore to a carnivore,
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Fruit for cats and dogs?

Although fruit is not an essential inclusion in the diet of the dog or cat, what valuable nutrients are contained in both fresh and dried fruit?The composition of fruit in general is mostly water, soluble carbohydrates in the form of simple sugars, soluble and insoluble fibre, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, anti-oxidants, small amounts of protein, small amount of fat, vitamin A, carotene,
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Veggies to avoid in high quantities

There are certain vegetables that if given long term on a regular basis can cause dogs and cats to develop a depression of the thyroid gland.The vegetables to be aware of are: ·      cabbage,·      broccoli,·      cauliflower and·      brussel sprouts.  ·     
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How to prepare raw veggies for your cat or dog

The best ways to prepare vegetables at home to obtain optimal nutritional value for your pet.  The best possible way to prepare highly nutritious vegetables and fruits is to put them, in their raw state, through a juicing machine.  A juicing machine completely crushes the plant material, squeezes out the juice and forms a highly nutritious pulp loaded with nutrients.  The
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Can cats and dogs digest all forms of raw vegetables?

When wild dogs, foxes and dingos capture their wild prey for food, the first thing they eat is the stomach and intestines along with the crushed, partly digested plant matter (Billinghurst 1993).  This information alone should allow most conscientious pet owners to realise that the method in which dogs and cats absorb vegetable matter best is when it is in its crushed and partly digested
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Fasting for 24 hours

The practice of fasting a dog is considered to be a health benefit according to most holistic vets and authors of animal nutrition texts.  Fasting can be carried out one day a week with dogs.  During this 24 hour period without food there should be lots of fresh drinking water available, and maybe some fresh apple or carrot juice.  “Meal skipping frees up energy that would
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Battle of the bulge

Obesity in cats and dogs can be caused by several factors, which include:     A lack of exercise     Inadequate diet (commercial pet food with huge amounts of carbohydrates)     Boredom     Overindulgent owners     Genetics (particular breeds are more prone to obesity)    
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The Vegetarian Diet

“The canines we live with today are genetically far removed from their wild counterparts….even a wolf or a coyote is not a true carnivore.  A wild canine nibbles on grasses and other vegetation, as well as the stomach contents of his vegetarian prey…..it’s reasonable to assume that our dogs can rely on non-animal sources for a healthy diet.” (Allegretti et al 2003)Although
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Mincing bone and meat for fussy, toothless or elderly pets

If your cat or dog just won’t chomp on a raw meaty bone, there is a solution!You need a good meat-mincing machine that will mince the whole lot, problem solved.My meat-mincer, whilst it does not mince lamb or beef bones, does a great job mincing whole chickens.And as chicken bones are far superior to lamb or beef bones it’s no hardship.This meat-mincing machine is a Panasonic MK-G1800PI have
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Dietary advice for the Adult Dog

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Supplements for Longevity

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Eggs are Amazing!

Nutrient Content of a Large Egg Nutrient (unit) Whole Egg Egg White Egg Yolk Calories (kcal) 72 17 55 Protein (g) 6.3 3.6 2.7 Carbohydrate (g) 0.36 0.24 0.61 Total fat (g) 4.8 0.06 4.5 Monounsaturated fat (g) 1.8 0 2 Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1 0 0.72 Saturated fat (g) 1.6
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The Raw Barf Recipes for Dogs

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Say no to a cooked diet

Most cat and dog owners that opt out of buying commercial pet food and decide to make the food themselves automatically choose to cook the food.  This in itself is the first problem before even mentioning the ingredients.Cooked food for pets that may contain meat, some form of carbohydrate such as potatoes, rice or pasta and some vegetables.  this diet appears balanced and fairly healthy
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