Studying Psychology at the University of New England, the Agricultural Sciences students had to do a chemical analysis of a leading brand of Pet Food. They found that among other things it contained nicotine.
This is a serious question given the frequency we have of collecting and disposing of said extrusion from our beloved fur kids' bottom. Let’s start with a healthy poo: Firm but not hard, slightly moist – it should leave a damp spot where it has been on the concrete, but no residue, no poo is left behind. While the dog should need to push to get it out, but not strain or have discomfort. The poo should not have an offensive odour, beyond smelling like ‘poo’.
Tonight we are all having roast chicken and vegetables, and that is pretty easy ‘homemade (dog) food’. Between the two of them they eat a quarter of a small chicken, so that costs about $3 for the serve, or $1.50 each.
What is it about Chocolate and Dogs? Theobromine is the toxic agent in cocoa and dogs can’t process it as well as humans. Theobromine has less impact on humans and we tolerate much larger doses (and yes it would be possible to overdose on chocolate and quite a few of us would like to try that!)
Choice. We think we have it, are making it, but without knowledge, true choice is not possible. That is what started me on this journey, to share my knowledge and learning about how and what we should feed these loving companions of ours and to offer dog lovers information so they could have a choice and make informed decisions.
Dogs and cats have been fed our leftovers since the dawn of our (symbiotic) relationship with them, but now it appears that this is being blamed for the crisis in pet health. In my view it is the Commercial Petfood that is the culprit in the obesity epidemic, not the leftovers.
Did you know that nutritional deficiency is the No. 1 concern of vets with a homemade dog diet? This isn’t a reason to feed your dog commercial pet food, but it is the reason that I developed Wellbeing Essentials for dogs.
My 11-year-old Cavalier appears to have become heartily sick of his dinner of (human grade) meat, including lamb, chicken, or beef, together with a holistic kibble, to which I add a spoonful of the Wellbeing mix. Any suggestions?
Part of advertising spin about why we need to feed our dogs commercially made pet food is because it is 'balanced and complete' and most vets will say (rightly) that dogs have different needs to humans and you can't be sure that food you make will be 'balanced and complete'.