Food For Thought


*Dog/Cat food that has refined carbohydrates like corn and wheat are seen by the dog’s system as sugar. A recent study revealed that “within two hours of ingesting a diet high in refined carbohydrates the blood glucose was 50% higher than the basis level. Within four hours it was 50% below the basis level. These wild swings in blood glucose can overtax the pancreas and may possibly lead to hypoglycemia, diabetes or pancreatitis”.  This is the reason that I recommend non-grain food.

*If your dog got lost in the country, would it run into a wheat or corn field and eat the grain? OR would it eat road kill it found or eat a baby rabbit out of a nest it came upon?  Hmmmmm……..pointed canine teeth, jaw only moves up and down….NOT side to side…..carnivore!

*When a dry kibble is served, whether it is a dry non-grain or grain kibble, the dog‘s digestive system has to extract water from its’ tissues in order for the food to move through the intestinal track.  Years and years of moisture being extracted from the intestine system can lead to compromised conditions in some dogs AND 65% of disease begins in the gut!  This is the reason it is best to always pour water over your dogs’ dry kibble. 

*What if YOU ate a Big Mac & Fries three times per day for your whole life?  Great at first, right?  But what about after a few weeks, or a few months or a few years?  That’s what happening to your dog if you are not rotating his/her food!  What type of real nutrition could anyone or any animal get from ONE type of food only their whole life?  Don’t listen to your vet!  95% of them are taught nutrition by guess who???? The dog food companies!  AND in all of the years they study, they are only required a few hours of nutrition classes!

*85% of dog food companies give their recipes to dog food production companies to process and bag the food for them. Most people think that all dog food companies have their own facilities.  This is not the case.  Even some of the biggest companies do not have their own manufacturing plants. Out of the 38 companies I looked at, only 9 owned and operated their own facilities for dry kibble.  Although some of the dog food companies may have their own plants to manufacture the “dry” kibble, they usually do not have the capability to process “canned” food products, so if they do offer canned products from their company the canning processes are assigned to another production company which the dog food company does not own.

 *The production company (who makes the dry kibble for the dog food company) chooses where they purchase their ingredients from, unless a very strict contract by the dog food company has been legally set forth, which usually is not the case.  Those production companies end up purchasing most of their products from a third or even fourth party. Federal law requires food companies to be able to trace products one step forward and one step back so if they only check backwards one step, they may think they are purchasing from a US company but that US company may have purchased products from overseas!  This is how the 2007 “melamine” tragedy occurred.

*Some people are under the assumption that high protein diets are bad for dogs with renal problems.  The following is by

Kenneth C. Bovée, DVM, MMedSc
Department of Clinical Studies
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This published paper dispels the myth:   Mythology of Protein Restriction For Dogs with Reduced Renal Function

*NOTE: 2/18/12: Fox News @ 9am: Dr. Mark Segal had a segment on Arsenic in Organic Rice Baby Food. In this interview Dr. Segal said that “Arsenic love rice” meaning that while the rice is growing, the Arsenic that is in soil is absorbed into the plant. “Rice is grown in soil which can be contaminated more easily by arsenic.” Just an observation, but, what is happening to our dog’s if they are eating food with rice in it every day of their lives? Per: “Whether Arsenic enters the body by eating, drinking, inhalation through the lungs, or absorption through the skin, it is carried in the bloodstream to all parts of our bodies.  The liver converts absorbed Arsenic to less hazardous forms and the kidney’s then remove it in the urine. Most of the Arsenic is gone several days after exposure.  If greater amounts of Arsenic are absorbed than the body can detoxify and eliminate, the body can develop an increasing burden of Arsenic.  Chronic (long term) exposure to Arsenic  has been shown to increase the risk of cancer of the skin, lungs, urinary bladder, and possibly kidney, liver and prostrate.”

6 thoughts on “Food For Thought

  1. raschelle


    Very interesting article about whats in our dog food. I live in south africa we only get Hills, Eukanuba, Royal Canine and Earthborn holistic dry dog food pellets.

    We have fed our dog earthborn large breed puppy vantage before and he got severe diarrhea. Then changed to Hills which he loves. I am shocked at the ingredients in the food. What would you recommend as a good food from the above. He is great dane x boerboel, 8 months old. I do add chicken or beef mince to his hills, Is this a good idea.

    your advice will be greatly appreciated.
    Kind Regards

    • Hi Raschell,
      Welcome to the forum!
      I have been coaching another countrymen of yours from South Africa for about a year now, and I understand that the products there are few. This family has decided to feed totally raw food but they have small dogs so the cost is not as great as it would be for your large breed Dane x Boerboel pup.
      There has been some unsettling news here in the US. Royal Canin is now going to use Chicken “BY-PRODUCTS” in there kibble, which as you read on the “Dog Food Brand” page is not a good ingredient.
      The ingredients of the kibbles that you currently have to choose from would not be of my choosing, BUT, this is what is in your country currently and the only choice available. If you tell me exactly which brand your are using, I will go through the available products and see which may be better. I would have chosen Earthborn but unfortunately it upsets your baby’s stomach. Please tell me exactly how the food effected him and maybe we could correct it with some herbals.
      I was thrilled to see that you are serving some mince with his food. This is excellent! He is at least getting some good quality meat with his kibble which is so much healthier for him! Make sure that you add water to the kibble and let it set to soak for about 15 minutes before feeding. This will cause the kibble to expand in the dish, and not his stomach, which can cause blote.
      I will be happy to help in any way that I can.
      Best regards,

  2. Maureen Chute

    What a blessing it is to have access to your websites and wisdom! Thank you
    I have 4 dogs, 2 Australian shepherd a havanese Yorker mix and lab/ retriever mix (allergic to chicken). I want to feed the best that I can afford. For years now , their diet has been a variation of Acana formulas, including the “singles”, which to be honest , I am not sure is a great idea but they do love the duck and pear.
    Anyway, to keep this from getting to lengthy. The owners of the global pet store that I deal with here in Canada, strongly recommend the Canine Carvier. They speak very highly about and so I did some research and I am somewhat impressed. But I do have some concerns, one being the high calorie content. Would you give me your opinion on this food as well as your your thoughts on high protein food and the effects of it on dogs. I do like Acana’s sister brand Orijen but have read so many conflicting stories about high protein food and consequences on the pets organs and hyper activity. Thank you for your time

    • Thank you Maureen, you are very kind!
      I am so glad to hear that you are rotating your foods! The same food for a pets lifetime is SO unhealthy! It would be like you eating a Big Mac and fries twice a day for your whole life! LOL!

      Canine Caviar is a good food. The only thing that I do not like about it is the use of sodium selenite, but there are only a few foods out there that don’t use it.

      Here are your questions in bold and my answers. Hope they help!

      “But I do have some concerns, one being the high calorie content.”

      Yes, the KCals are different but the amount that you feed varies. CC claims “Higher Calorie count means better nutrient absorption”. I know several people who feed CC and are very pleased with it. If the Kcals are causing you a hesitation, give a few less treats per day to cut out the extra calories. My “Natural Healthy Steak Treats” on the recipe page would help AND the dogs would LOVE them! ;-]
      Canine Caviar Open Sky: 552Kcal per cup: 50# Active Dog = 1 ¼ to 2 cups daily
      Acana Duck & Pear: 435Kcal per cup: 50# Active Dog = 2 ¼ to 3 cups daily
      Orijen Adult: 478Kcal per cup: 50# Active Dog = 2 to 2 ¼ cups daily

      “your your thoughts on high protein food and the effects of it on dogs. but have read so many conflicting stories about high protein food and consequences on the pets organs and hyper activity.”
      These are some quotes that should ease your mind. Dr. Kenneth C. Bovée describes using dietary protein as a nutritional management approach in dogs suffering from kidney disease as a medical myth. The common belief that moderate and high protein diets cause kidney disease is also unsubstantiated.
      “Results of the 10 experimental studies on dogs have failed to provide evidence of the benefit of reduced dietary protein to influence the course of renal failure.”

      Unless your veterinarian has told you your pet has a kidney problem and it is severe enough to adjust the protein intake, you can feed your pet a high protein diet without worrying about ‘damaging’ or ‘stressing’ your pet’s kidneys. Also, you are not ‘saving’ your pet’s kidneys by feeding a low protein diet. Dr. Foster & Smith (while I don’t agree with much of what Foster & Smith put out, this is a great statement)
      Dogs are quite able to tolerate diets with protein levels higher than 30 percent on a dry weight basis. Dogs are meat eaters; that’s how Nature made them! Rats are not. So some of the early research on rats was assumed to be true for dogs … and the myth of “too much protein in a dog’s diet causes kidney damage” was started. And just like any seemingly valid rumor or assertion, it derived a life of its own and is only recently being accepted as untrue. Here is just one of many references that recently have appeared asserting the lack of data indicating that reducing the protein level in a food helps to protect the kidneys: “…restriction of protein intake does not alter the development of renal lesions nor does it preserve renal function. Considering these (research) findings, the authors do not recommend reduction of dietary protein in dogs with renal disease or reduced renal function in order to achieve renoprotective effects.”
      -Kirk’s Veterinary Therapy XIII, Small Animal Practice, page 861, written by Finco, Brown, Barsanti and Bartges They do recommend, though, that once a Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) level reaches 75, which is very elevated, that some restriction of protein intake be considered for beneficial effects unrelated to kidney function dynamics. These authors point out that phosphorus blood levels can play a major role in the health status of dogs with compromised kidney function.
      The following are excerpts from the Orijen White Paper:
      – dogs thrive on protein, the more the better and there is no upper limit that is harmful (pg 14/15/26/27); in fact, restriction of dietary protein can have an adverse effect on the kidney (pg 26)

      – excess protein is seldom converted to body fat. It is metabolized for energy or eliminated (pg 15)

      – high protein does NOT lead to kidney disease but is beneficial for the immune system, the central nervous system etc. (pg 15/26/27)

      – protein is sacrificed in commercial pet foods only because of cost of manufacturing (pg 15)

      – protein restriction in healthy older dogs is unnecessary and can be detrimental as their protein needs increase as they age; overweight dogs can benefit from a higher proportion protein diet (pg 15/28)

      – protein, not carbs, is the building block for hair and skin; carbs do nothing for the dog’s body structures (pg 17)

      – whereas carbs fuel the human body, it is fat that fuels the dog’s body (pg 18)
      I LOVE this statement: “Say you‘ve got a pair of old leather boots…
      some used motor oil… and a scoop of sawdust.
      Now, grind them all up… blend them together…
      and send that whole concoction to a food testing
      laboratory… for analysis.
      And the results?
      This toxic medley of rubbish
      Protein 32%
      Fat 18%
      Fiber 3%”
      In short, quality matters so check where the kibble company source there ingredients from! Is it USDA approved or USDA inspected? The meat can be inspected BUT if it’s then discarded/refused for any reason……this is what the pet companies typically use. Or, it is simply the bone and un-usable parts for the human line without any muscle meat attached.

      In the case of using Orijen instead or it’s sister brand Acana: Over the years, I have received two opinions on Orijen. It is either fantastic OR gives a dog diarrhea! So, if you decide to use Orijen, get some sample bags first. One of your dogs might get diarrhea from it and the other might do great on it!
      Hope this all helps!
      Best regards,

  3. margaret

    your website is great and i was so happy to find someone else that is following dr. beakers book! I live in nj so unfortunately she is not my vet and i am very new to raw feeding but have read and researched for the last year. I was wondering if you could be nice enough to help me with a question- her book calls for krill oil to be given in mg…how do you have find out how much you should give? do you use a dropper?thanks so much!!!

    • Hi Margaret!
      You have chosen a GREAT diet to follow for your “Fur Kid”! It is complete with muscle meat, organs, veggies, vitamins/minerals, oils eggs & fish. Don’t forget that besides the Krill Oil, your dog needs the Hemp Oil when beef is fed and Flax Oil when Fowl is fed. This will balance out the Omega’s that are missing in each. My boy is sensitive to Flax so I substitute Coconut Oil. But you can also add the Coconut Oil (which has fantastic properties!) along with the Flax or Hemp. If you are following Dr. Becker’s diet completely, on the 4 days per week that you are adding fish, take into account that one ounce of canned fish with bones (sardines, jack mackerel, pink salmon) averages about 300 mg EPA and DHA combined, so you may need to reduce the amount of Krill on those days. Healthy dogs can be given 100 to 150 mg EPA and DHA per 10 pounds of body weight daily; dogs who have health problems can be given up to 300 mg per 10 pounds of body weight.
      Important Note: Krill Oil should be discontinued for a time if surgery is scheduled for your dog as it could cause excess bleeding.
      All Krill Oils ARE NOT created equal, so do your homework! :-) Krill Oil supplies highly absorb-able essential Omega 3’s and powerful antioxidants, also vit. A & E. “Krill Oil carries Omega 3’s in the form of phospholipids – liposomes (little packages) that deliver the fatty acids directly to the body’s cells. Phospholipids are scientifically evidenced to be the safest and most effective carriers of EPA and DHA. They are the building blocks of cell membranes and cellular transport regulators that protect the cell membrane from free radical attach. The unique relationship between the phospholipids and Omega 3 fatty acids easily allows passage of the fatty acid molecules through the intestinal wall.” Be careful because Fish Oils and inferior Krill Oils lack this phospholipid complex. The minimum amount of phospholipids in a dosage of krill oil is 400mg per 1,000mg of krill oil. Read the label and make sure you see this information. If not, it may indicate you are not getting high quality, 100% real Krill Oil. Krill also contains astaxanthin and canthaxanthin. Astaxanthin is a natural carotenoid-type of antioxidant that is even more powerful than beta-carotene, alpha-tocopherol (Vitamin E), lycopene and lutein! Sure, you can buy cheaper brands, but are you getting the quality?
      According to Karen Becker, DVM who partner’s with, the amount of Krill Oil to give your pet depends on their current health and the wellness goals you want to achieve. If your pet is currently in good health, she recommends supplementing with Krill Oil is as follows:
      250 mg daily for toy breeds and cats (1-14 lbs)
      500 mg daily for small dogs (15-29 lbs)
      1000 mg daily for medium dogs (30-49 lbs)
      1500 mg daily for large dogs (50-79 lbs)
      2000 mg daily for dogs 80+ lbs
      Here is the article:
      also here:
      Mercola and Dr. Becker made a spray Krill Oil for pets:,1002.htm
      I use the human version:
      Here is the kids version if you have a small dog:
      I also rotate with this one:
      If you are interested in finding a holistic vet in NJ let me know and I’ll send you a list for your state.
      The home made vitamin/mineral recipe may seem a little involved but after you make it the first time, it will be a piece of cake! I can send you the site where you can purchase them and the only other thing you will need is an inexpensive coffee grinder!
      Please feel free to contact me any time with questions you may have about the diet. I’d be happy to coach you thru it!
      Best regards,

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