Saturday, July 4, 2009

A Dog's Diet Influences Oral Health

Your dog is your very best friend. Every single time you walk through the door your dog is so happy to see you that he wags his tail and practically smiles at you. How can you show your pet how much they mean to you? Well, one way is to take care of that smile for your pet. Did you know that your dog's diet can influence their oral health?

Humans need to brush and floss their teeth regularly to keep their teeth, tongue, and gums in good condition. Research has recently shown a link between good oral health in humans and a lower risk of heart disease. If good oral health can have such a profound affect on people, then it only makes sense to consider the impact it can have on man's best friend.

It is important to brush your dog's teeth frequently to keep plaque and tartar from becoming an issue. Even wiping his gums with a clean, damp cloth can be beneficial.

Your dog's diet also plays a role in your pet's oral health. Do you typically feed your dog canned or dry dog food? What kind of treats and toys do you provide for your pet? All of these things can affect the likelihood of trouble with your pet's teeth.

When your dog's diet is nutritionally sound, containing essential vitamins, nutrients, and enzymes, your pet's oral health will be at its very best. Feeding dry dog food rather than a moist canned variety is best for your dog. The tiny kibbles' hard surface rubs against the teeth to remove and reduce plaque. The simple act of moistening the dry dog food with water or gravy eliminates this property from dry dog food.

The treats you give your pet are part of your dog's diet just like snacks are part of a person's diet. As humans, we tend to want to overlook our snacking habits, so it can be easy to overlook the treats you give your dog. This is not a good idea. Carefully consider any and all items your dog will consume.

Do you give your dog bones, rawhides, jerky treats, or dog biscuits? Maybe your pet prefers greenies or corn starch chews. You may not have considered it, but tossing Spot a rawhide chew is like giving him a candy bar. The rawhide, for example, contains calories and is often provided between meals.

Many of the treats and snacks you provide in your dog's diet can be just empty wasted calories. Some treats, alternatively, provide excellent opportunity to improve oral health. Greenies, rawhides, bones, and hard dog biscuits all help to keep tartar at bay. The softer snacks, such as jerky treats, do not provide much relief from plaque. The healthy treat, on occasion, will also prevent your dog from having bad breath.

Your dog's diet must be healthy to ensure excellent oral health. Dry dog food is best whenever possible. Don't forget to select treats for your pet that will enhance your dog's diet. Consciously monitoring your dog's diet will positively influence your best friend's oral health.

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Your Dog's Health



Your Dog's Health: Are You Innocently Feeding These Eleven Foods That Could Kill Your Dog?
by SandraGBailey

Since diet is the foundation to your dog's health, you want to feed the best diet possible. I for one believe that the whole foods raw diet is the best. It consists of raw, organically raised meats and organic fruits and vegetables. By feeding this quality food to your dog, you will improve his health, quality of life and extend the length of his life.


But along with knowing what is best to feed your dogs, you must also be aware of what NOT to feed your furry companions.


The old saying is true - you are what you eat. If you feed poor quality dog food to your dog, his digestive system will bear the consequences. The organs that are affected are the liver, pancreas, kidneys and skin. The liver and pancreas are affected as part of the digestive system and the liver, kidneys and skin as part of the elimination system. The most damaging thing about the majority of dry commercial dog foods on the market today is that they contain toxic dyes, chemicals and preservatives. Those toxins build up in the body and over time cause damage to the liver and kidneys.


The number one killer of dogs today is cancer. In 1997, oncologists from Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine published diet recommendations to help combat cancer. Since cancer cells thrive on sugar and create lactate as a waste, they recommend excluding lactate-containing and glucose-containing fluids. The lactate poisons the dog by depleting its energy, making it weaker. So, limit sugars and simple carbohydrates. A diet that can meet the anti-cancer recommendations is a homemade species appropriate diet. That diet is the whole raw foods diet.


The 1997 study also provided knowledge of some other foods to avoid.


Chocolate - I hope that you already know to never, never, NEVER feed your dog
chocolate. It contains theobromine, which is toxic for your dog.
It also contains caffeine which is a nerve irritant. Your dog can
go into a coma and die from eating chocolate.


Sugar - Sugar in whatever form, is addictive, causes damage to the pancreas, and
depletes the body of vitamins and minerals.


Dairy products - Milk has foreign hormones and lactose, which is a sugar.
Most dogs do not have the lactase enzyme that is needed to digest
lactose.


Grain - Dogs do not need the carbohydrates in grains for nutrition and energy.
Fats and protein in a natural dog diet provide the fuel that your dog
needs. Grains break down into sugar in the body and they can also add
to many health problems. They can cause your dog to have skin allergies,
hot spots, bloating, ear infections, joint problems, and digestive disorders.
Some vets believe that they weaken the immune system and the pancreas.


Raw Salmon - Be careful in feeding salmon. In fact, it is better and safer to give
your dog Norwegian Salmon Oil. Salmon poisoning is an infectious disease
caused by a parasite fluke on salmon. Although it is mostly found in Pacific
salmon, it can occur elsewhere.


Onions - Raw or cooked, one quarter cup of onions can make a 20 lb. dog sick.
Onions cause toxicity by oxidizing hemoglobin in the red blood cells.
When this happens, it forms clumps in the red blood cells which prevent
them from carrying the oxygen that is needed. These small clumps are
called Heinz bodies and when veterinarians see them, they strongly
suspect onion toxicity. The signs of onion toxicosis are the same as
anemia and low oxygen in the body - lethargy, weakness, red urine,
decreased stamina, and pale or bluish gums.


Raisins and Grapes - Can cause toxicity in dogs. Some dogs may never be
affected, but for the ones who are, it is best to avoid feeding to any dog.
Some dogs will develop kidney damage within the first days of eating
grapes and/or raisins, which can lead to kidney failure and death. So, it
is in the best interest of your dog to avoid this food altogether. If you dog
should accidentally eat grapes or raisins and have a reaction to them, their
first reaction will be vomiting. Get them to a Vet immediately in that if
they are treated early, they can recover. At this time, it is not known what
the toxin is.


Macadamia nuts - They are toxic to dogs and create hind limb weakness,
tremors, depression, vomiting and fever. Dogs usually recover.


Moldy food - Dogs can have indiscriminating taste, as we know. And moldy
food can produce tremor syndrome that can result in seizures.


Peach pits - The pits and seeds of most fruits are toxic to dogs. Signs of
poisoning are drooling, vomiting, and lethargy. If you suspect that
your dog has eaten a peach pit or pit or seed of any fruit, take him to the
veterinarian as soon as possible.


Bread dough - A ball of dough can obstruct your dog's gastrointestinal tract.
Also, the yeast can ferment in your dog's stomach and cause signs of
ethanol ingestion or drunkenness.


I hope that you find this article helpful, and that it has helped raise your awareness that not all foods that may be good for you are appropriate for your dog's health. Many can cause very severe health problems. By avoiding potentially dangerous foods, and providing healthy foods, you can add to the quality and joy of your dog's life.


I wish you the best of life for you and your dog.



About the Author

Sandra Bailey, who has raised dogs for over 50 years, is the author of "Real Dogs Don't Eat Kibble!" She is a member of the National Center for Homeopathy,a Professional Member of the Animal Wellness Association, and a member of Canine Health Concern. She is the owner of the website http://www.TheNaturallyHealthyDog.com, and blog http://TheNaturallyHealthyDogSeries.blogspot.com.



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Dryer sheets are toxic to dogs and cats


PLAY TOGETHER, STAY TOGETHER
Did you know dryer sheets are toxic to dogs and cats? If you use fabric softener sheets, keep them away from your pets. These sheets contain detergents known as cationics that are potentially harmful, especially to cats.

Fabric softener sheets and laundry can smell sweet to curious pet. These can cause serious digestive problems, irritation of the mouth and tongue, and even death. It may be tempting to put a fabric softener sheet in a pet's bed or kennel but don"t do it.
Here are some Cold Weather Hazards
Antitifreeze
Liquid potpourri
Ice melting products
Rat and mouse bait

Common Household Hazards
These can be toxic to animals. Human medications such as pain killers, including aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen,diet pills
cold medicines, anti-cancer drugs, anti-depressants, and vitamins.

Poisonous household plants include marijuana, sago palm, dieffenbachia (dumb cane), lilies, oleander, castor bean, tulips and narcissis, cyclamen, yew, azalea, geraniums, mistletoe, and philodendron.

Be careful with the rawhide doggie chews, they may be contaminated with Salmonella, which can infect pets and humans who come in contact with the chews. They also pose as a choking hazard as well.

Rubber bands,string, yarn, and dental floss are easy to swallow and can cause intestinal blockages or strangulation.

Be careful fo collars that are too tight they can become imbedded into the skin of pets. The best way to measure is two fingers slip under collar.

Stuffed animals with plastic eyes, toys with removable parts, like squeaky toys can pose a choking hazard to animals.

Fabric softener sheets, mothballs, and pennies because of high zinc concertation.

Here are some Non-toxic Substances for Dogs and Cats
They are considered non-toxic, but may cause mild gastrointestinal upset
Water-based paints
Toilet bowl water
Silica gel
Poinsettia
Cat litter
Glue traps





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