Posts Tagged ‘pets’

Raw Bones – Natures Tooth Brush

raw bone

Just the other day I was performing the weekly check of everyone’s teeth. All of the cats teeth were in fine condition, Vitzy’s teeth were at the same level. Finally I got to Tucker, I checked his left side and everything was pearly white, when I checked the right then I noticed it… A broken tooth with root exposed on his top right carnassial… Damn…

I wondered to myself ‘What had I do wrong?’ & ‘What was different than any other week?’

Then I realized, the one thing that could have caused this was his ‘raw hock bone’ as Tuck doesn’t chew on anything other than dehydrated duck feet and his raw bones. I thought I was doing the right thing by providing raw bones to my pet. I did a little research, and I was right to a degree. Here are some of my findings:

Beef, Bison & Elk Bones
Hock bones, marrowbones (like soup bones and centre cut marrows etc), Dino bones and knuckle bones are among some of the hardest bones available on the market. They are all weight-bearing bones (and to think these animals often are more than 1000lbs in weight) so they are thick and sturdier than other bones. If staying with beef, bison or elk opt for non-weight bearing bones such as rib bones and neck bones as they are more maliable and less likely to fracture teeth.

Chicken & Turkey Bones
I’m still not too keen on feeding chicken or turkey backs and wings, just seems like too many little bones of different sizes. I think they could cause obstruction in a large dog if they don’t chew them down properly. Instead opt for turkey or chicken necks, as the bones in the next are more uniform in size and are easily passable to most dogs.

Other bones to consider
Lamb & llama bones are thinner in profile the the regular beef & bison bone. These are far more easily chewed down and are a better alternative to the larger weight bearing bones.

Pros to Raw Bones
– They help clean teeth by the friction of chewing and the availability of natural enzymes
– They keep dogs entertained and relieve stress
– Save money on unnecessary dental cleaning
– Alternative to artificial and raw hide dental chews

Cons to Raw Bones
– Can cause teeth to fracture and break, if not given an appropriate type of bone
– Dogs could choke on pieces if not supervised

More Information
Dogs Naturally – Recreational Bones
CAUTION: Bones Can Kill Your Dog – Find Out Which Ones Are Safe!
IVC Journal – Raw Bones

Essential Fatty Acids

salmon

The use of essential fatty acids is vital in any format of nutrition. The use of fish based or plant based oils are the most common forms of supplemental EFA’s. An essential fatty acid is something that the body cannot produce on it’s own and must be supplemented into the diet. Omega 6 is the only essential fatty acid for dogs and cats, although both Omega 3 and Omega 6 are recommended as a combination.

Where the B.A.R.F. diet requires Omega 3 and 6 supplementation, any diet could benefit as well, including any kibble based diet or dehydrated/ freeze dried diet. Common Omega 3 and 6 sources include: Salmon Oil, Pollock Oil, Coconut Oil, Flax oil, all-in-one combinations are also available. Once opened these oils (with the exception of coconut oil) should be refrigerated to maintain their benefits.

Benefits of Fatty Acids (Omega 3 and 6 combination)

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Aids in cardiovascular function (i.e. heart health)
  • Improved skin and coat (i.e. less shedding)
  • Digestive health
  • benefits the nervous system and eye function
  • Improves cognitive function

Efficiency of Oil

  1. Salmon Oil  – most readily bio-available for dogs
  2. Pollock Oil
  3. Coconut Oil
  4. Flax Oil – least readily bio-available for dogs

Other Sources of Omega 3 and 6

  • Salmon, tuna and other fish meat
  • Eggs
  • Spirulina
  • Evening Primrose Oil
  • Raw Organ Meats

 

Additional Resources

 Flax Council – Omega 3 Enriched Eggs

Walk N Roll Over – Coconut Oil

The Whole Dog Journal – Salmon Oil

Food Sources of Omega 3 Fats – based towards human nutrition

Dogs Naturally – Omega 3

The Dog Food Project – Essential Fatty Acids

 

Happy Thanksgiving for you and your pet!

thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, it often brings to mind cherished time with family and loved ones. With a table filled with such dishes as turkey, ham, potatoes, gravy and the like. Wonderful conversation and great togetherness to celebrate what we are thankful for.

For the busyness of the occasion it is better to be prepared as there can be dangers in sight of your pets. If you’re worried about how your animals will react around people or if you have just introduced a new pet-family member to your household, there are a few good things to implement as prevention to pet emergencies and the like.

A few things you can do in preparation are:

  • making sure your pets are well exercised before company arrives (walk your dog or play with your cat for at least 30 minutes) as any pent up energy could be released on un-expecting house guests.
  • Be sure not to allow any access to cooked bones to your pets, for example turkey bones and ham bones, as these are frail and may splinter easily.
  • Give your dog something to do while you sit down for dinner, mine enjoy getting a beef knuckle as they have to chew around all the crevices in order to get at the meat and marrow.
  • Feed the animals before dinner so they have full stomachs and may be less likely to beg at the table.

Great Thanksgiving Treats for your pets

  • Pureed sweet potato or pumpkin
  • Raw ham bone
  • Raw turkey neck and giblets
  • Thanksgiving themed canned food

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Amazing Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is a supplement that can benefit both people and animals. Its properties have been known to be antibacterial, antiviral, anti fungal and it also has beneficial properties when used both topically and orally.

Coconut oil is pressed from fresh coconuts and should be cold-pressed, unrefined, unbleached and extra virgin. Meaning the product should not be tampered with, and is often best found in its natural form in Health food stores. The unique thing about the fat in coconut oil is the fact that it contains (MCT’s) Medium Chain Triglycerides, which the body can break down in the Liver to promote efficient burning of energy and is also considered a healthy source of fat. The great thing about MCT’s are they are easily burned energy and can often assist with weight-loss programs. Other health benefits of using Coconut Oil are: Healthy skin and coat, immune system support and when applied externally it’s healing and soothing.

A Few Benefits for Humans

– Reduces Cholesterol (as Lauric acid increases the good cholesterol to improve ratio levels)

– Improves Insulin use (and blood sugar levels)

– Can Improve Alzheimer’s disease

– Improves many skin disorders (fungal infections, eczema, acne, etc.)

– Kills many bacteria and Viruses

 

A Few Benefits for Animals

– Improves skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, dermatitis, and dry itchy skin

– Reduces Allergic Reactions

– Disinfects and promotes healing of wounds, hot spots, dry skin and bug bites

– Improves digestion and nutrient absorption

– Helps reduce weight and increases energy

– Aids in Arthritis

 

In Closing, Coconut Oil is an amazing supplement that can be used by both people and animals. It is delicious as a topper on popcorn, or for use in cooking (works great in stir-fry’s). Or when used to benefit your animals health, It is a great alternative to many new synthesized sources of nutrients. An added plus it tastes delicious, my dogs love it mixed in their dinner (they lick around the kibble or raw patties to get at it first).

 

Additional Resources

Coconut Oil.com

Coco Therapy

Dogs Naturally Magazine – Coconut Oil

Dr. Oz – Coconut Oil

Whole Dog Journal – Cancer Prevention (Coconut Oil)

Tucker

Tucker

“Tucker” the source of my inspiration to start ‘Walk N Roll Over’. He has taught me to be playful, kind, explore everything, and take that leap of faith to opportunity. “Tucker” is a year and a half old shepherd mix that was rescued last year through the Pets For Life Foundation. He is a very happy boy and has an unbelievable goofy side to him. I’m hoping to start this blog as a platform for things I’ve learnt and through each experience as an avid animal lover and nutritional advocate.