Fasting: Dispelling Myth (Part 5)

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There are many ways to fast a healthy dog. One of the most common ways to reap the benefits of rest from food is intermittent fasting, which involves intentionally not feeding your dog for part of the day. Many people incorrectly assume their carnivorous pet should be nibbling or grazing all day like vegan ruminants such as cows and horses. … Read More

Fasting: Dispelling Myth (Part 4)

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In the Dog Cancer Series documentary I co-produced with Rodney Habib of Planet Paws, we interviewed Dr. Thomas Seyfried, one of the leading pioneer academic researchers in treating cancer as a metabolic disease. He’s been teaching neurogenetics and neurochemistry as it relates to cancer treatment at Yale University and Boston College for 30 years. The biggest fear of fasting for many … Read More

Fasting: Dispelling Myth (Part 3)

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It’s important to understand that therapeutic fasting is not starvation. Intentional fasting for health and wellness involves sufficient nutrient intake on non-fasting days to maintain vital tissues, organs and muscle, along with liver enzyme cofactors to help with fat breakdown and the release of toxins. On fasting days, water is always available. Starvation, on the other hand, involves no nutrient … Read More

Fasting: Dispelling Myth (Part 2)

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Complete or modified fasting is a normal occurrence in the lives of wild dogs, and is beneficial to their health, in part because it puts them into ketosis. In an article for Veterinary Practice News, my friend and fellow veterinarian Dr. Nancy Scanlan writes: “Wolves, the dog’s closest living relative, are a window into normal dog physiology (before modification by kibbled … Read More

Schemes Against The Raw Pet Food Industry (Part 4)

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Almost every raw pet food recall is an action by misinformed officials motivated by false information propagated by processed pet food manufacturers. Many once truly raw pet food companies have caved to FDA pressure to sterilize their products, which could increase risk of nutrient deficiency, endocrine-inhibiting plastic exposure, lipid oxidation/rancidity23 and pathogenic re-contamination. Other raw pet food producers are being bullied … Read More

Schemes Against The Raw Pet Food Industry (Part 3)

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Regulators claim pets increase human exposure to pathogens when they consume fresh, raw foods because they may poop out pathogens. However, the FDA referenced scientific studies in which dogs were fed chicken that was intentionally contaminated with eight forms of pathogens, showing that 56 percent of the dogs fed pathogens did not, in fact, poop them out, and of the … Read More

Schemes Against The Raw Pet Food Industry (Part 2)

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The FDA is pressuring fresh, raw pet food companies to sterilize their products to protect pet parents from pathogens. Sterilization can be done via cooking, pasteurizing or by using chemicals. If the FDA were to mandate sterilization of raw pet foods, these diets would no longer be “raw,” thus ensuring truly raw pet foods are eliminated from the market (which also ensures … Read More

What’s Really In Pet Food (Part 2)

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Although the purchase price of pet food does not always determine whether a pet food is good or bad, the price is often a good indicator of quality. It would be impossible for a company that sells a generic brand of dog food at $9.95 for a 40-lb. bag to use quality protein and grain in its food. The cost … Read More

What’s Really In Pet Food (Part 3)

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You may have noticed a unique, pungent odor when you open a new bag of pet food — what is the source of that delightful smell? It is most often rendered animal fat, restaurant grease, or other oils too rancid or deemed inedible for humans. Restaurant grease has become a major component of feed grade animal fat over the last … Read More

What’s Really In Pet Food (Part 4)

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Many chemicals are added to commercial pet foods to improve the taste, stability, characteristics, or appearance of the food. Additives provide no nutritional value. Additives include emulsifiers to prevent water and fat from separating, antioxidants to prevent fat from turning rancid, and artificial colors and flavors to make the product more attractive to consumers and more palatable to their companion … Read More