Yearly Archives: 2012

Find the Best Dog Breed and Dog Food Reference Charts

 Choosing both a  new dog and the dog food that fits your new dog and your pocketbook are big decisions.  FindTheBest is a valuable resource for selecting the best type of dog for any living situation and any personality type.  FindTheBest is a great reference for information on 193 different breeds comparing dog temperament and breed standards as well as physical features like size, coat and color.
 
 This reference presents the facts in easy to use tables and allows for side-by-side comparisons of different breeds and consumer products so that you can find the best.
 This is a great reference for researching everything from the best dog breeds to the best dry dog food before purchasing, and for anyone to make a quick and informed decision.
Grayson Nance is a recent graduate of UCSB and now works with FindTheBest where you can compare anything from cat breeds to the best espresso machines.   
  This reference is a great example of how quality dog foods are becoming more popular. However I don’t see my favorites: Taste of the Wild:Salmon and Sweet Potato, Royal Canin:Duck and Potato, Halo Products, and Natural Balance: Many hypoallergenic ingredients.
However this digital chart is an example of  how much dog food ingredients are changing . Categories include grain free , organic, and  no preservatives. The commercial dog food industry is responding to dog owners that want to feed their pets a healthier mix of ingredients. Dog foods now have better meats, veggies, and fruit instead of carcasses, meat by-products, and grain. 
50% of my day is spent treating the result of feeding poor quality dog food or owners not realizing that individual dogs can’t tolerate certain food ingredients.  
Some dogs require extra healthy oils or added human food ingredients to some commercial food to make up for the lack of healthful whole foods. Even though the food says”complete and balanced” some dogs need more fat and oils, less carbs, or more moisture in the food. In Dog Dish Diet , I talk about the history of dog food and ways you can help your dog eat a mix of commercial, human food, raw food, and homemade food for better health.
Canned food, slow cooking meat and veggies, feeding raw meaty bones or chicken wings, and  feeding raw food may be a better choice than any dry food for those dogs suffering from medical problems. 

 

The Way We Used to Feed Our Dogs

I received the following email from Bernese Mountain Dog owners that talks about how feeding practices have changed over the years. In Dog Dish Diet, I advise owners to feed a variety of healthful ingredients in addition to a good dog food. Some dogs thrive on good quality kibble, canned food, raw food, or homemade food. Each dog is different and some need better or different ingredients in the food. Some dogs really feel better on moister, hypoallergenic ingredients or higher amounts of proteins and oils in the daily diet. I personally cook for my dogs and occasionally feed them canned food(Halo Products or Duck and Potato). I also feed them healthy human food and raw chicken wings and thighs to help keep their teeth clean and provide good nutrients for the joints.

That’s what the Dog Dish Diet is about: Feeding a variety of healthful foods!

The second edition is now available on amazon.com and as a kindle eBook!

 

Dear Dr. Greg,
My husband and I were showing at the Gavalin KC Dog show a while ago and bought your book. Over the 52 years we have been married and had dogs I have fed kibble, raw food, cooked, and a mixture of things etc. Thirty plus years ago we got our first Bernese Mountain Dog. I have struggled over all those years to find just the right thing to feed and supplement with. Ever hopeful, I started reading your book in the car on our way home to Carmel Valley and finished it that night. Wow! It took me straight back to the early 1950′s. My mother used to cook a stew of horse meat( yuck, I thought as I looked at my favorite steed and sighed at the fragrance of the barn, the hay, the horses and even the manure) and veggies from our garden plus anything else she could think of. Our dogs thrived! How had I come so far and forgotten those days?

Your wisdom has jerked me back and a large crock pot is on my ‘to buy’ list this week. I can hardy wait to get started on the Dog Dish Diet. We have four Bernese( from 3 to 11 yrs. old) so it won’t be a small undertaking. 

Thanks for the book and all for all your shared information gathered over the years. 

Sincerely, 

Chris House 

Carmel Valley, CA

Back and Neck Pain in Dogs

Dogs are very commonly affected by back and neck problems, just like you and I. These problems can come on suddenly and really be painful. Dogs will often be reluctant to jump up, go up stairs, or will cry when lifted. A back or neck problem may make your dog shiver or shake and act “puny” or miserable. Pain often makes dogs refuse to eat.

Painful disc problems in the neck may cause limping in the front legs, and a disc problem in the rest of the spine may cause rear leg problems. If your dog becomes paralyzed and can’t move their front or hind legs, seek help immediately!

Aspirin may help mild neck or back pain. Check out the aspirin dosages at http://dogdishdiet.com: 11 Practical Home Remedies.( To the right of this article!) If you Dog has any symptoms of arthritis: pain or limping that gets worse or really painful. Please get them checked out! Fish oil pills, glucosamine chondroitin and MSM products also really help!

The slow cooking recipe in the Dog Dish Diet will help most dogs lose weight and contains natural glucosamine chondroitin products to help dogs feel better.

The Second Edition Dog Dish Diet, book and kindle edition, is now available at http://www.amazon.com/Dr-Gregs-Dog-Dish-Diet/dp/0984127801

Your dog is a prisoner to what you put in its bowl. Dog Dish Diet helps you make better choices!

Benefits of a more natural diet for treating, reversing and preventing common canine health issues.

Tune into Thriving Canine Radio to hear Dr. Greg Martinez DVM review the benefits of a more natural diet for treating, reversing and preventing common canine health issues.
Catch Dr. Greg’s show on Thursday afternoons at 4:00 Pacific Time.

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Thriving Canine Radio is a dog talk radio station for dog-lovers dedicated to bringing you helpful tips and insightful information so that you can experience a better life with your dog! Tune in often as we’ll be growing our schedule of programs to include more experts and additional shows on a variety of dog-related topics.

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One of my readers consulted with their vet about supplementing chicken and veggies to their chihuahua’s meal. The vet was worried about pancreatitis if their little dog ate too much fat. I worry about chronic skin and ear issues if they eat too little fat. I have found that if dogs are transitioned into eating wholesome healthful human food, they will become accustomed to variety and suffer less problems if fed something different. Dogs that eat kibble every day of their life are more apt to suffer pancreatitis and bowel problems wen they get a hold of real food.Imagine eating Cheerios every day, all day for 5 years, then getting a steak. Think you might get indigestion? A variety of different foods helps keep the bowel tuned up and ready for change as well as provides a variety of needed nutrients.

Check out the Dog Dish Diet and home cooking download!

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What Do You Do if a Dog Gets A Cut?

You are sitting in the warm sun or walking down a path, enjoying a few moments of relaxation when your dog comes in from the yard, field, or from a romp with fellow dogs dripping blood.

The first thing to notice is the attitude. Is he or she wagging their tail and looking around like nothing happened? Breathing hard and staggering? Is there lots of blood?  Screaming in pain? Holding a wobbly leg up that appears broken. Has a wound that looks very deep and ragged or a big skin flap that is easily moved and loose, Has a deep wound that the muscle, tendons, or something very indescribable can be seen. All those signs should  signal a trip to the veterinary ER. Dogs lash out when they are painful, so be real careful when you touch a wound or swollen area. In fact, it may be a good idea to use a gauze muzzle to avoid getting bit.

If the wound doesn’t look too bad and your dog seems OK, then you can take a closer look at it. A little warm water with baby shampoo or dawn detergent will really help you get a good look at the wound so you can figure out the next move. If the wound is small and you are not going to rush to the vet, you can trim the hair a bit. Then you can wash it a bit more. If it looks bad…away you go to the vet.

If it doesn’t look terrible You may decide to give your dog an aspirin(One adult 325 mg per 30 pounds twice daily) and put some antibiotics(neosporin) on it and wait till your vet opens up in the morning. You can try a bandage but most bandages come off or are eaten. Then you have a vomiting and bloody dog. If the wound is open a bit, but you can pinch the skin together easily, you can apply crazy glue on the edges. Don’t put the glue into  the wound, under the skin it can make things worse!

If your dog becomes obsessed with licking the wound, you may need a bandage or a collar to keep them away.Occasional licking helps clean it up and heal, but too much licking may irritate the wound.

Wiping the wound daily with warm soapy water or hydrogen peroxide, and then applying antibiotic ointment will keep the wound clean.

Check out my video. A Cut on a Dog

 

 

We eat a variety of foods to stay healthy, but for some reason, most vets and commercial dog companies warn against feeding healthy “human food”. The healthful ingredients in a variety of foods actually ensures that your pet is getting all the antioxidants, omega 3′s, phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals it needs to stay healthy. In the Dog Dish Diet, I explain why some dogs need to eat differently to treat or avoid chronic skin, ear, or bowel issues. The book comes with a short download to help you start “canine crocking” . I’ve advised thousands of owners to feed better commercial food, raw food, canned food, or homemade food, and it really makes a big difference!

Make a New Years Resolution to

“Occupy Your Dog’s Bowl With a Better Diet”