The FDA’s Salmonella Scare

The raw pet food industry is regulated by the FDA. This is because pet food is considered to be a ready-to-serve product where the chicken you buy from your butcher is not. Recently the FDA feels that regulations on the raw pet food industry needs to be changed and that “certain criteria should be considered in recommending enforcement action against animal feed”. In other words they want to do more testing on pet food and determine if they should reject food with very minute amounts of bacteria.

To HPP or to not HPP

Several raw producers have chosen to pasteurize or pressure sterilize their meat material to be sold as frozen raw diets. Most raw pet food manufacturers are doing this to minimize their risk of a recall. The problem is that the jury is still out on the impact that HPP has on the food.

Hermit Crabs & Bull Dicks

We just got back from Chicago attending the Backer Christmas Show. As usual all kinds of products were available. The booth next to us “Free Range Dog Bones” had all kinds of bull parts including the one most precious to the bull. Yes we are taking about Bull Dicks in Chicago and we are not referring to Irish cops. Bull sticks or pizzels, as some refer to them, are a big hit as a chew stick this year. Also for sale was the entire face of the bull sans eyes. The whole snout and jowls was intact and available as a chew.

Dog Park Social Structure

I am a regular at the dog park and enjoy it almost as much as our dog Bailey. Dogs are one of the most social species, and a dog park is like Disneyland for them.

HH Backer Pet Show (day 1)

The first day of the Backer Pet Show was very good. It started out a bit crazy as we were running all around the convention center trying to find out if our show sign was delivered by UPS only to discover that once again UPS failed to get it to us despite the guaranteed delivery we were given. I am really looking forward to finally getting an answer as to what happened.

The Growing Market Demand for Raw Meat Diets

More and more pet owners are realizing the benefits of a raw diet, but either do not have the time or worry about contamination and do not desire to make it themselves. The demand for a properly prepared, complete diet, raw meat pet food is growing exponentially.

When Vomiting Is Not About The Dog Food

When you pet vomits it can be a very alarming incident. Immediately you think “Is something you ate?”, “Are you sick?” and then the sympathy sets in and you feel bad for pour sick Fido.

Food Habits of Feral Carnivores: A Review of Stomach Content Analysis

A good deal of disagreement exists within the veterinary profession about the proper diet for dogs, some nutritionists advocating meat and fat rations and questioning the need for carbohydrates, and others describing a necessity for carbohydrates and suggesting deleterious effects from high meat protein diets. The proliferation of commercial dog food products and the hyperbolic television advertising associated with them have compounded the dilemma for the veterinarian and the dog-owning public.

Phosphorus and Calcuim in Your Dog’s Diet

Calcium and phosphorus are both essential minerals in canine diets. Calcium is a critical component of bone and cartilage, and it also plays a minor role in hormone transmission. Phosphorus is also a major component of bone. Calcium and phosphorus are found in bone as calcium hyoxyapatite, with a molecular formula of Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2.

Benefits of Raw Dog Food Diets

We all know that people need real, whole, minimally processed foods in order to thrive. So do dogs and cats. I’m sure no one here would want their children to live exclusively on a diet of only processed foods, like Special K¬ or Total¬ cereals. Why would you want your dogs or cats to eat only highly processed foods? Dogs and cats, like people, to be at their best, need a variety of whole minimally processed foods: meats, vegetables and fruits containing natural enzymes, phytochemicals and flavonoids.

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