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Online Dog Food Warning

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Online Dog Food Warning

Are You Being Misled? Alarming Trend on Dog Food Websites

Yesterday, I was researching where people go to buy dog food online.

It was not long into my research that I began to notice an alarming trend:

Some of the large online pet food stores are withholding the most essential nutritional information on dog food labels. In particular, The Guaranteed Analysis.

The Guaranteed Analysis and Ingredients panels are where you, the consumer, can see what you are really buying. Dog food makers are legally bound to display accurate information in both panels, but this regulation isn’t always observed.

When you browse to buy dog food, you’ll discover cases where online pet food retailers show an Ingredients List but don’t show the Guaranteed Analysis panel! I even came across one store that showed neither! What are they trying to hide from you?

You really must see both pieces of information. Here’s why…

Your Dog’s Health Is In The Details

If a retailer discloses only the ingredients, it’s extremely misleading for consumers buying dog food online.

For example,

  • You could have Product A and Product B, both with identical ingredients.
  • The quantities of these ingredients in Products A and B could be very different.
  • As a result, the Guaranteed Analysis of Product A and B would also be different.

Have a close look at two real-life examples below.

You’ll notice the ingredient panels are identical:

Product A
Ingredients
– Chicken Meal, Pork Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Rice, Dehulled Barley, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Tomato Pomace, Flaxseed, Brewers Dried Yeast.

GUARANTEED ANALYSIS

Crude Protein (min.) 25.00%
Crude Fat (min.) 12.00%
Crude Fiber (max.) 4.00%
Moisture (max.) 10.00%
Calcium (min.) 1.70%
Phosphorus (min.) 1.10%
Vitamin E (min.) 120 IU/kg
Omega-6 Fatty Acids* (min.) 2.75%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids* (min.) 0.75%

Product B
Ingredients
– Chicken Meal, Pork Meal, Oatmeal, Dehulled Barley, Ground Brown Rice, Peas, Rice, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Brewers Dried Yeast, Flaxseed, Tomato Pomace.

GUARANTEED ANALYSIS

Crude Protein (min.) 27.00%
Crude Fat (min.) 14.00%
Crude Fiber (max.) 4.00%
Moisture (max.) 10.00%
Calcium (min.) 1.50%
Phosphorus (min.) 1.00%
Vitamin E (min.) 120 IU/kg
Omega-6 Fatty Acids* (min.) 2.50%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids* (min.) 0.50%

 

At this point, you might assume there is no difference between the two. WRONG!

That’s what some dog food makers want you to think.

But here’s how you can avoid that misleading trap …

When compared, the Guaranteed Analysis of Product A – vs – Product B, reveals:

  • Product A’s protein level is 25% and product B’s protein level at 27%.
  • So 100 grams of product A will have 25g of protein and Product B will have 2 grams more, which actually translates to 2/25 which is 8% more protein.
  • When comparing fat levels, 100 grams of each product will show 2 grams more fat for Product B and that translates to 16.7% more fats, which for dogs is actually healthier.

The lesson here? Pay close attention to the details on the Guaranteed Analysis panel.

The 3 nutrition-critical metrics to look for when buying dog food online are high level percentages for:

  • Protein
  • Fat
  • Omega 3 & 6

If at this point you may feel overwhelmed. Don’t. It only takes a few tiny-tweaks to your dog-food-buying smarts to make a lifetime of difference to your dog.

To help, here’s a quick video clip that explains ALL you need to know to make great decisions when buying dog food online. This clip gets you up to speed on the specific information on what to look for and what to avoid

Watch it here: https://stayloyal.com.au/7-things-about-dog-food.

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already?

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Good nutrition is the key to helping your dog live a long, happy life. Your little friend is depending on you to read — and understand — the label!

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3 Simple Steps to Stop Your Dog Becoming a Fussy Eater And… How to Cure it if They Already are Fussy!

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3 Simple Steps to Stop Your Dog Becoming a Fussy Eater And… How to Cure it if They Already are Fussy!

If you own a fussy dog, or you are unsure about how to feed your dog, then you’ll be pleased to read this.

I have been feeding dogs for over 30 years now and have used this technique for the last 20 years. In all that time, I have never had problems with fussy eaters. And fully 100% of the dogs whose owners have come to me for advice and tried this technique have gone from fussy to good eaters.

First, no dog is born fussy. Dogs are opportunistic hunters by nature. This means they scavenge food when given the opportunity. That’s how wild dogs became domesticated – it was easy to scavenge around humans and, over time, they became less and less wary of humans until eventually they became domesticated. Yet, this inherent scavenging behaviour continues, and is still strong in all healthy dogs today.

So, if dogs are not born fussy, then they must be learning (from us) to be fussy. How? Let’s look at this from a dog’s perspective.

Dog:   ‘Here comes John with my food again. I can’t possibly eat anymore, what with all the food he’s been feeding me. But if I don’t, he insists.’ [The dog reluctantly begins to eat.] ‘This is really too much for me. I can’t finish it.’

John: ‘Poor Dog, you’re not eating. You must not like your food anymore. I’ll go to the supermarket and get you something else.’

A few hours pass.

Dog:   ‘Oh, no, here he comes again. Doesn’t he know I can’t possibly be hungry? I just ate a few hours ago. Oh, wait, you’ve bought me chicken necks. I remember those from when I was a pup. They were delicious. OK, even though I’m full I’ll eat them before any other pups get them.’ [He eats, half-heartedly.]

John: ‘You don’t look like you’re enjoying that. I’d better try something else.’

The following day, at feeding time.

Dog:   ‘Here comes John with more food. I’m still full from all those chicken necks I made myself eat yesterday. And now he’s giving me the same amount of food again. I’m not gonna be able to finish this, but I’ll eat as much as I can. [Eats slowly, lifting his head repeatedly.] I can’t – I can’t even get through half of it today.’

John: ‘Dog, I wish you would finish your food. I’ll have to buy you some new food tomorrow.’

A few hours pass.

Dog:   ‘I think I‘ll go do my puppy dog eyes at John. He really likes it when I do that.’

John: [Jumping to his feet] ‘Awww, poor Dog, you must still be hungry. Let’s see what we have in the fridge. Look, a nice big juicy steak! Here, Dog, have this.’

Dog:   [Looks up, uncertainly] ‘I’m so full, but I hardly ever get steak. Who knows when I might get another chance? [Eats steak slowly.] That steak was so juicy, but now I’m about to explode. I’ll go lie down and try to digest all this food.’

The following day, at feeding time.

John: ‘Here, Dog, I bought you some new dog food. The lady at the shop said it’s the most popular brand of food and all dogs like it.’

Dog:   [looking up at John with puppy dog eyes, pleading] ‘I’m sorry, John, I know you want me to eat this but I’m so full I don’t want to eat anything. Let me rest and I’ll eat it tomorrow.’

John: ‘Wow, Dog, you are turning into a really fussy eater. I don’t know what to do with you. I’ll just leave this food here in case you want to eat later.’

Does this story sound familiar?

Now, I sped up the process, but it should give you an idea of how we, as owners, turn our dogs into seemingly fussy eaters.

The next step is Dog realising that when he turns his nose up at the food offered, John brings him something else, something even more tantalising. Congratulations, John, you have now created a really fussy dog.

Yep, that’s me – I’m John. So, now what do I do?

Let me show you how to reverse this process. First off, medical conditions can stop a dog from feeling the need to eat, so if your dog really is refusing to eat, a health check at the vet’s should be considered. Once you get the clean bill of health, it’s important to understand that while a dog will overeat, it will NEVER choose to starve itself. If they’re not eating, most likely they’re just not hungry.

Here is how I feed my dogs, and how you should do it too.

During feed time, place your dog’s food on the ground and walk away. Don’t watch your dog to see if it is eating. Some dogs feel uncomfortable if watched while eating. Come back in 10 minutes. If any food remains, take it away. Don’t offer ANY food until the next scheduled feed time. Repeat this process at EVERY feed time. Don’t worry if your dog doesn’t eat. When they’re hungry, they will eat.

This simple method works for two reasons:

Reason 1 –  Dogs love consistency. If you haven’t read my article ‘The No. 1 Rule Of Dog Training! read it now. If you feed any other way, you risk not being consistent enough.

Reason 2 –  Dogs, as I explained, are opportunistic hunters. By only allowing them to eat at feed time, they quickly learn that feed time is their only opportunity to eat.

So follow these three simple steps:

  1. Place food on the ground and say, ‘Good dog.’
  2. Turn your back and walk away. Don’t watch to see if your dog eats.
  3. Return in 10 minutes and remove any unfinished food.

It’s really that easy. And, I promise, your dog will love you all the more for it.

For more tips on what to feed, when to feed, and how much to feed, read our article “Avoid Health Problems by Following These Dog Care Tips!”.

Happy feeding!

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Avoid Health Problems By Following These Dog Care Tips!

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Avoid Health Problems By Following These Dog Care Tips!

This is how I feed my dogs and many of my friends feed their dogs. The focus is on doing what you can in everyday life to make your dog as healthy as possible and avoid your dog becoming ill.

Feed adult dogs once a day! I know many people feed twice a day and some people let their dog’s graze. Firstly… Grazing is bad. Your dog isn’t a cow or sheep. If your dog was in the wild it would eat sporadically. It would hunt on an empty stomach. Make a kill and eat. It would then rest. On a large kill a wild dog may rest and not eat for days.

A Dog’s Body Is Designed to Chase Down a
Meal On An Empty Stomach, Eat and Then Rest.

So here is the tip, take your dog for a walk before feed time whether it’s in the morning or evening. Allow your dog to recover from the walk before you feed. (Some dogs can recover in minutes some will need half an hour.)What does this do? When a dog exercises on an empty stomach it simulates going hunting, certain hormones are released to help your dog run faster and have more stamina. Plus, processes are starting in the intestines to get ready to accept food. These processes create extra acid and enzymes to help break down food. [WARNING: Some breeds (usually larger breeds) are prone to bloat, I would not feed these dogs unless they have been settled and calm for at least one hour. Best to consult your vet.]

By doing this your dog will get more out of his or her meal after a big day running around than if he or she sleeps all day. When a dog eats, a large percentage of their blood goes to the stomach area to pick up nutrients and help the intestines digest the food. (This is why it’s a bad idea to feed your dog BEFORE a walk!) The opposite happens to the blood supply when a dog has an empty stomach and is doing exercise; a large percentage goes into the muscles and organs to improve running performance to help ensure they catch their prey.

After feeding, allow your dog to rest. Some people recommend a few hours. I would say the longer the better. I like to walk my dogs in the evening when it’s cool and feed them after the walk. That way they get all night to rest and digest their food, the way nature intended.

That’s why grazing is bad, it doesn’t allow the intestines to go through that natural process of being empty, exercise building the acids and enzymes. Then being full and allowing time to digest the food. The intestines of grazers are always full not allowing them to rest. It’s ok for cows but bad for dogs, and cats for that matter.

Next tip is what to feed. I recommend a high quality grain free dog food. However that’s not all I feed my dogs. I feed and I recommend to all our customers to feed Raw Meaty Bones to your dog 2 times per week. The meatier and fattier the better. Bones like Lamb Shanks and brisket, Chicken frames and necks and wings. All have to be raw and make sure they are not too rancid (fresh is best but you will be surprised at what they can eat when you feed this way, the acid in their guts is capable of killing bacteria even in very rotten food).

Why do I recommend meaty bones? Two reasons, the first is that meaty bones are the best teeth cleaning dog product out there. Oral hygiene is crucial to your dog’s health and longevity. Second reason is that it varies their diet enough so feed time is more interesting. Please note: You may want to supervise your dog while eating the bones because bones can get stuck in places on the way down. It’s rare but it does happen. The benefits meaty bones bring far out-weight the risk.

My dogs look the best and seem the healthiest when I follow this procedure. I have tried feeding a completely raw diet and never could get my dogs looking as good as on the raw meaty bones for two days and Stay Loyal the other days.

This article is continued in- Avoid Health Problems By Following These Dog Care Tips Part Two.

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Avoid Health Problems By Following These Dog Care Tips-Part Two!

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Avoid Health Problems By Following These Dog Care Tips-Part Two!

Next tip is something no dog food company is going to tell you, except us at Stay Loyal! So please take it on board.

“It’s Better To Feed Your Dog Less, And Have a Healthy Lean
Dog Than Feed It Too Much and Have An Obese Dog!”

Sure you can feed your dog as much as it wants to eat, however it will only help dog food companies have more profits, however I don’t want that. I want your dog to be healthy and live a long active life. And the best way to do that is to use the feeding procedure above and limit food intake. If you can’t see your dog’s waist from both the side and the top you need to feed less food. If you can see one or two ribs, even better! A healthy dog is a lean dog with a shiny healthy coat.

Here’s a quick rundown on what to do… Most people like to give the same amount of food every day. However the correct way to determine portion size is to look at your dog’s condition and then decide how much food to feed. Eg; if you are feeding 2 Cups a day and your dog is looking too lean you will need to increase the portion to 3 cups for a week and then asses your dog’s condition again. Every week you need to assess your dog’s condition. After a month you may notice your dog is looking a little beefy so you cut back to 2 cups again. The correct portion size is the amount that keeps your dog at a lean healthy weight. The correct portion size will change with activity level, climate and age.

This last tip is unusual but essential if
you want your dog to be healthy.

It’s so unusual that most people won’t even try it. This is because they think it’s slack or cruel or they just can’t do it. What is it? It’s Fasting. I fast my dog’s for 48hours once every week or two. Sometimes I will give them a big feed of raw meaty bones and then skip a day. It’s like they have had a big kill, gorged themselves and needed two days to digest the large meal.

Fasting gives their digestive system a rest. Plus it gives the stomach time to build up extra acids and enzymes to digest the next meal. One thing you need to know about fasting your dog is that dogs don’t go through the same hunger pains and light headedness we go through because their body runs on fats not carbohydrates like us. So they handle it like a normal day. Dogs that have a routine will expect a meal but after a few months they catch on and don’t harass you for food on the fast day.

A quick summary of these health tips.

  • Feed your dog once a day.
  • Walk your dog on an empty stomach and then feed after your dog settles from the walk.
  • Allow your dog time to rest after a meal. The longer the better.
  • Feed fresh meaty bones two times per week, Stay Loyal Grain Free the other days.
  • Keep your dog lean. When in doubt, feed less.
  • Skip a meal every week or two, to allow proper rest of the intestinal tract.

Follow these tips and watch your dog’s energy levels increase, coat shine and muscles bulge. Most importantly they will be the healthiest they can be and that way they will be with us for a lot longer.

Sincerely,

Robert Belobrajdic

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7 Things Your Dog Wants You to Know Before You Buy Another Bag Of Dog Food!

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7 Things Your Dog Wants You to Know Before You Buy Another Bag Of Dog Food!

If you are unsure about the food you are feeding your dog, then here are some great pieces of information that your dog will love you for.

  1. Your dog wants you to know that he or she is a carnivore. That means that they mostly like eating meat. Because their biology also allows them to scavenge, they can eat almost anything but they do BEST on and mostly love meat.
  1. Although your dog is grateful for the food he is getting now, your dog wants you to know that most dog foods are based on grains not meat. These grain based foods are very hard for your dog to digest. They irritate and scrape your dog’s intestinal tract, causing discomfort, and sometimes pain. Grains have digestibility levels which can go as low as 54% (as in corn). Meats, on the other hand, have very high digestibility levels: 92% for muscle meats like chicken, beef and lamb! Meat protein is the biologically appropriate food source for your dog.
  1. Grain based dog foods are possibly bad for your dog and may be slowly causing health problems. After seeing thousands of dogs over 37 years of consultations veterinarian Dr T. J. Dunn, Jr has said “Grain-based diets for dogs, and even more so for cats, do not make nutritional sense and that is exactly why I was seeing those patients with the dry and flaky, sometimes greasy skin and coarse hair coats. They were eating “Complete and Balanced” grain-based diets with nothing else added. Why add anything when it is “Complete and Balanced” already?”
  1. Another thing… even though the dog food company is allowed to claim “Complete and Balanced” it may be missing essential nutrients like omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. These ESSENTIAL fatty acids are critical to your dog’s health but are NOT required for dog food companies to be able to make the claim “Complete and Balanced”.
  1. Scientific studies carried out on dogs demonstrate that not only is it important that dogs have these essential fatty acids in their diet but it’s crucial that the Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio is approximately 5 to 1! Plus it is crucial that the Omega-3 comes from Fish oil and not flaxseed/linseed oil. This is because scientists have found that the omega-3 from fish oil is absorbed ten times more than omega-3’s from flaxseeds. Plus Fish Oil has, DHA an important nutrient for brain and eye development in pups and brain and eye function in adult dogs.
  1. Your dog wants you to know that he is embarrassed and sorry about his sloppy, smelly messes. You need to know that as long as you feed grain based dog food, your dog will continue to produce these sloppy messes. Grain free dog food is mostly digestible meats with some vegies and fruit. Vegies and fruit are high in soluble fibre. Soluble fibre like beet pulp and Yucca are prebiotics and supply food for the good bacteria in your dog’s gut. These good bacteria help maintain a healthy digestive system which in turn creates a healthy immune system. Plus… the good bacteria also help digestion and create smaller and firmer stools, which are less embarrassing for your dog and you. Plus they are easier to clean up after.
  1. Finally… Your dog wants you to know that meat based grain free dog foods not only taste better they are healthier for dogs. Which means less health issues, and fewer trips to the vet.

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