Causes of Infertility in Dogs

Causes of Infertility in Dogs

I started breeding dogs in the late 1980’s and I have shown dogs in AKC conformation and performance since 1974. I did not get real interested in breeding dogs until I had learned a lot more about my breed at the time, which was Rottweilers. At that time, I was feeding a basic commercial kibble diet and added a few supplements such as vitamin C, B complex and vitamin E.

Wild Game Meat and Dogs. Which are Safe to Feed to Dogs?

Wild Game Meat and Dogs. Which are Safe to Feed to Dogs?

Wild game can have a large part in the dog’s diet. Hunting season is upon us and some caution on some meat choices is necessary information. Remember, wild game meat is far less fatty than the animals we raise for meat. If you switch to wild game, it is important to remember you may need to feed more of the wild game than usual of domestic beef, pork, chicken, and turkey.

How to Confirm if a Product, Supplement or Article is Reliable  –  Notes On Lack of Evidence about Green Tea and Longevity in Dogs 

How to Confirm if a Product, Supplement or Article is Reliable – Notes On Lack of Evidence about Green Tea and Longevity in Dogs 

I think we have all had the experience of ordering something online, only to discover it wasn’t as advertised, or worked as advertised. I don’t know how much money some of you have wasted, but let me tell you, through the years I have thrown away a lot of money.

Pancreatitis and Dogs: Diagnosis, Treatment and Diet

Pancreatitis and Dogs: Diagnosis, Treatment and Diet

Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. One of the functions of the pancreas is to release enzymes to help digest food. When the pancreas becomes inflamed, it releases enzymes in excess and begins to digest its own tissue. This creates great trauma and pain to the dog. Symptoms of pancreatitis include loss of appetite, vomiting, arching of the back with stomach pain, diarrhea, dehydration, and in some cases jaundice.

Digestibility of Animal Proteins for Dogs: Is There any Difference?

Digestibility of Animal Proteins for Dogs: Is There any Difference?

I recommend a variety of protein sources in the diet for dogs. That includes beef, turkey, pork, lamb, venison, elk and fish and other animal protein sources. The reasoning for this, is to make sure the dog gets a variety of amino acid sources and to stop possible allergies. While food allergies in dogs is rare, dogs can be susceptible if fed the same one or two protein sources daily. It is the over exposure to one protein that can result in allergic reactions after time, usually after the age 2. See Protein and Variety in the Diet here.

The Importance of Animal Protein and Fat for Dogs

The Importance of Animal Protein and Fat for Dogs

On occasion, I come across some commercial cooked food for dogs as well as certain recipes and idea on how to feed dogs, that are baffling to me. Most have far too many carbohydrates and too little animal fat. I believe most of the inventors of these foods or recipes mean well, but what I see is many people using human nutrition needs mixed up with canine nutrition. What many forget (or even don’t know) is that dogs are carnivores and humans are omnivores.

Preparing Meat for Home Cooked Meals, And All About Pork

Preparing Meat for Home Cooked Meals, And All About Pork

An important factor to consider in meat has to do with Taurine. There has been much talk about this amino acid lately. It is only found in animal food sources. It is paramount for heart health. When meat is cooked, the taurine is leached out with the juices. It is important to put this liquid back into the meat mixture you will feed your dog. Because of taurine loss, I do not recommend over cooking the meat at high heats.

Calcium and the Dog, How Much is Enough?

Calcium and the Dog, How Much is Enough?

Calcium levels have the ability to remain stable in the body because calcium is stored in the bones and teeth. If the diet is low in calcium, the body will use the resources stored in these areas until more calcium is introduced into the diet. While this stored supply helps keep other body functions running smoothly, shortages of calcium can affect bone and tooth health. That is why it is always a good idea to make sure your dog has a healthy supply of calcium in the diet.