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    What type of Dog Food is best for your Pet?
    Copyright 2004, A. M. Wilmot

    The first problem that new pet owners face is generally the 
    issue of food. What should we buy and what should we stay away 
    from? Introducing a young dog to the world of food should be a 
    very delicate process. Owners should carefully monitor how much 
    food is given to the new pet versus how much they are eating. 
    We should be stringent about how quickly we increase the amount 
    of food because we always run the risk of overfeeding.
    Renowned holistic veternarian Dr. Jane Bicks claims that the 
    maximum life span of dogs is estimated to be between 25 to 30 
    years, And yet the average dog usually lives no longer than 13 
    to 14 years.
    Dr. Jane claims that this difference is caused mostly from 
    substandard nourishment.
    For example, canned food is about 75 to 78 percent moisture, 
    which leaves very little room for nutrition.
    In addition to containing what is generally considered the 
    bottom of the barrel ingredients in terms of nutritional 
    density, most conventional dog food products contain especially 
    large amounts of sodium to make them palatable, as well as 
    dairy, by-products, chemical preservatives, artificial colors 
    and other potentially harmful ingredients. The carbohydrate 
    ratio is too high in some dog food brands as well, eventually 
    leading to obesity, which is increasingly becoming a serious 
    problem with dogs.
    In fact, obesity is one of the greatest health concerns facing 
    our dogs; it can cause unnecessary suffering and a shortened 
    Renowned research scientist Dr. Barry Sears believes that dog 
    food should have about the same 30-30-40 ratio as the human Zone 
    diet. This means a relatively small amount of carbohydrates. Not 
    only do many dog food brands have a particulary large amount of 
    carbohydrates, they are mostly grain based, which are exactly 
    the ones the Zone diet tries to minimize.
    Another problem, according to the USDA Agricultural service, is 
    that mites often get into dog food pellets, which can cause a 
    number of problems such as disease. They recommend keeping dog 
    food cool and dry, and vacuuming in the places where the food is 
    stored the food is stored a least once a week. In addition keep 
    the are around the dish where the dog food is served clean.
    Also, do not leave any dog food in your pet's bowl on warm, 
    humid days.
    It should be noted that harder working dogs require more protein 
    and fat in their diet to maintain stamina and good body form. A 
    dog food that is complete and balanced and includes at least 26 
    percent protein and 1650 kilocalories of metabolizable energy 
    per pound is ideal. During the seasons when dogs are not working, 
    their energy requirements decrease. Feed less of the high calorie
    food or change to a less nutrient-dense dog food.
    Dr. Jane Bicks has been honored on many occasions by the 
    veternary profession and is the author of several books 
    inlcluding 'Thirty days to a healthier, happier dog' and 
    'Dr. Jane's Natural guide to a healthier, happier dog'. She 
    has been involved in many advisory boards including Canine 
    Companions for independence and has served as the President 
    of the Veterinary Medical association of New York City.
    To find out more about her holistic food and other dog food 
    nutrition facts, go to http://www.dog-food-nutrition.com/ 

    A. M. Wilmot is an author and researcher in the fields of human and pet health. For more info. go to http://www.dog-food-nutrition.com/ To join the free Healthy Pets Newsletter send an e-mail to mailto:webmaster@aaronsfreebies.com with 'Pets' in the subject line.

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