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Why you should choose Kangaroo meat for your dog treats ALL the time

Archie dog eating Kangaroo JerkyI have some clients who say they would never use kangaroo meat to feed their dog, because they couldn't bare to think of poor old skippy being killed just for their dogs. Then there has been a little press about how California has made a ban on the trade in kangaroo skins and meat. Their first ban was in the 1970's when Americans decided that Kangaroos were a threatened species.

The ban was only lifted in 2007 and was meant to resume in 2016, but it has come early. And it largely seems to be driven by vegetarians and The Humane Society of the United States WITHOUT ANY REAL DATA, or humane actions that are needed by way of culls here.

Read more: Why you should choose Kangaroo meat for your dog treats ALL the time

Why a dog selecting Tripe (as dog food) as first preference proves carnivore theory

dog carnivore eating meatIf so many people where not hooked on buying convenient bags of grain for their carnivore dog, anyone trying to prove that a dog was a carnivore would be ludicrous.

The recent evolution from the wolf carnivore, their intestine length, stomach acid and the many other biological and physical set ups of dogs all point to them still being at least 95% carnivore - so what does a dog eating tripe have to do with more proof that they are a carnivore?

Put simply, there is a ridiculous argument out their (mostly by dog food manufacturers, then taken up by retailers - all of who make money off your dog) that you have to buy over priced bags of grain for your dog because they need carbohydrates. And one of the most ridiculous arguments goes a little something like this - that wolves and wild dogs eat the prey's stomach first because the are trying to get at the grass and grain in the stomach.

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Healthy dog food - Dogs are only a tiny bit adapted to starch

two meat loving dog food dogsPt 3 " The genomic signature of dog domestication reveals adaptation to a starch-rich diet" paper was wrong.

HOW DO DOGS DIGEST FOOD?

This is a question of how well a domestic or companion dog's body digest different types of foods.

That is the whole point of why raw feeders use raw meat for their dogs main diet. Because it is bio available.

Read more: Healthy dog food - Dogs are only a tiny bit adapted to starch

A 2013 science paper gets it wrong about dogs and a need for starch

Healthy dogs loving MEATRebuttal of " The genomic signature of dog domestication reveals adaptation to a starch-rich diet" paper

This is part two of a critique of a 2013 paper that purported to investigate the evolution of the domestic dog, and ended up just being a support piece for feeding your dog inappropriate starch food.  This is part two of the review that looks at the WORD detail of their paper (not just the fancy maths).

Read more: A 2013 science paper gets it wrong about dogs and a need for starch

A 2013 science paper attempts to prove dogs evolved for a starch diet

a raw meat dog diet dogRebuttal of " The genomic signature of dog domestication reveals adaptation to a starch-rich diet" paper

The latest piece of research (2013) purporting to prove that dogs have adapted to eat starch, has the subtext that its ok to push this ability to tolerate some starch, to dog manufacturers forcing dogs to eat 80% of their food as grains and starch!

Read more: A 2013 science paper attempts to prove dogs evolved for a starch diet

How many kangaroo dog treats can you add to grain dog food - includes roo amino data

Roo essential amino acid summaryThe previous article looked at how Kangaroo meat compares to regular meats like Beef and Chicken regarding the amount of essential amino acids (protein) found in them.

This article gives you an insight into why Meat is so vital to a dogs diet (carnivore) when most dogs are fed a grain diet. As well as what the minimum amount of kangaroo meat is required to be added to some common grains to reach the aafco minimum standard for essential amino acids.

As a quick recap. AAFCO is the USA board that decides the minimum nutrients required in a bag of dog food to be called 'complete'. There remains a lot of controversy as to whether the few major global corporations were instrumental in make grain based dog food protein requirement (amino acids) artificially so low, and making the vitamins and minerals needed so high. The profit motive for this is that no regular meat could be classed as dog food, but grain, with the injection of a mass of minerals and vitamins, could achieve minimum standards, with a little meat.

Read more: How many kangaroo dog treats can you add to grain dog food - includes roo amino data

Kangaroo proteins & amino acid Importance for dogs & data tables. DOG TREATS

kangaroo essential amino acid summary

Almost no amino acid (protein) tables for any kangaroo meat are available on the internet, but just about every other food on the planet has such common information.. 

using my engineering background I have been able to track down source data from CSIRO and provide a breakthrough method of showing you for the first time, what % of essential amino acids are in Kangaroo meat, and why you should use it for humans and dogs alike!

Everyone knows that kangaroo meat is so good for humans because of its organic nature and its CLA's (omega 3 type). So it was surprising to find a complete lack of detailed amino acid information. As of 2014 this article provides the most complete work on Kangaroo meat amino acid profiles in the world.

NOTE amino acid percentages will vary depending on age, and exact species as well as between roos in the same species (red, grey etc).  However the same can be said for the nutrition data tables for any of the meat products we commonly consume such as beef pork and lamb.

For a better understanding of what the amino acide profile might mean to you, I have provided a direct comparison of Kangaroo meat amino acid values with commonly consumed meats.

Read more: Kangaroo proteins & amino acid Importance for dogs & data tables. DOG TREATS

How to calculate how many Dog Treats you can use as a dog food supplement

archie dog eating roo jerkyThis article is based on a question I recently had by a Healthy Dog treat client.

Her dogs absolutely love the treats that they have been eating from our shop, but her mother in law was concerned about how many treats (even healthy ones) that they can feed their dogs. There were a few other questions too, and I thought it would be useful to readers here to learn how you can safely use healthy dog treats as a meal supplement/ replacement for manufactured pet food.

This article shows how you can do simple calculations to safely supplement your dog's diet.

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Can my cat eat dog treats? Yes, if they are meat based, healthy dog treats.

happy catWhat is cat food?  What is dog Food? What is the difference between cat and dog reats? These are really the questions that people need answered before they feed their dogs and cats any treats.

Sellers of grain based dog treats like to tell you that dogs can eat a diet based on grains. The reality is that wild dogs (and their ancestors the grey wolf) eat 95% meat based food they catch or scavenge and eat other food when a meat source is not available. AND Cats are 100% carnivores!

Read more: Can my cat eat dog treats? Yes, if they are meat based, healthy dog treats.

Why I a raw feeder, feed my dog dry dog food (kibble) & what type.

hadful of dog kibbleI believe in a raw diet for my dog, meat/offal/bones, as natural as possible. I don't believe a lot of grains or carbohydrates are necessary and there are very few scientific papers explaining why a carnivore needs much more than meat. HOWEVER a recent dog nutrition text suggested the value of carb fibre for the health of the intestine.

Particularly in forming harder stools and the 'moderately fermentable fibres' providing a good energy source for a healthy intestine.

This article answers the question of what kind of dry dog food (kibble) a raw feeders chooses to feed their dog and why. Whether you feed your dog kibble, canned food or a raw diet. You may be interested in seeing the dog food trends currently available.

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How to Add human vitamins & minerals to balance a raw meat dog diet so it's complete like aafco recommends.

human vitamins for dogsThis article looks at how you can easily add one or more human vitamin tablets to a raw diet to be called "complete and balanced". In my dog's case, I only need to add half a vitamin & mineral tablet making the cost very reasonable.

This article looks at what minimum and maximum levels of vitamins or minerals are recommended and how you can achieve a perfect raw diet using human vitamins or even just to supplement your manufactured dog food diet. THIS is the final part of the raw diet (evolutionary diet) jig saw puzzle.

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Dog Food Vitamin & mineral deficiencies on a raw meat diet

Dog VitaminsPeople are funny, dog owners doubly so. I recently visited a UK forum that brags about its raw feeding credentials, however when I put up a detailed post about getting raw meat diets balanced and complete, I was 'hounded' down.

It seems that this is all too complicated for people. However, with massive over-farming of soils around the world, some major vitamins and minerals are missing from our soils, and so are missing from cattle and our dogs diet (if you feed raw).

If you think that the aafco (or nca or any other) nutrient table minimum and maximum nutrient values are not valid, you may also like to see what nutrient deficiencies or excesses can do to your dogs.

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The Ultimate Raw meat Evolution Dog Food Diet - balanced with Minerals & Vitamins

dog vitaminsThe previous Ultimate dog food article described in detail how to calculate a dogs food energy needs and how to calculate the amount of meat and offal to use as dog food.

It was shown that a meat (offal and bone) only diet (like a grain only diet) will not meet the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) minimum requirements for a food to be called 'complete and balanced.'

This article looks at what kinds of vitamins and minerals would be needed to be added to a raw meat (evolutionary) diet if an owner wished to feed raw, while still meeting aafco guidelines.

Read more: The Ultimate Raw meat Evolution Dog Food Diet - balanced with Minerals & Vitamins

THE ULTIMATE RAW MEAT DIET FOR DOGS including nutrition tables

Dog Meat foodThis is a rare and very complete, a scientific approach to raw meat food feeding of a dog.

If you feed your dog kibble or cans, it will also help you understand how to adjust your food amounts if you decide to include any meat or offal in their diet.

You will find very little analysis of either manufactured dog food or raw diets on the internet, because it is either hard, or no money in it. Today this changes.

For a long time I have been researching and improving my dog's raw food diet, but now is the time where it all comes together. In this article I show how to construct a healthy raw dog food diet (meat based) and compare it to the dog industry standard the aafco tables minimum nutrition requirements.

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Dog foods ONLY meet aafco standards by using masses of supplements

 kibble in a square

Most likely, you are one of the 97% of people in Australia who feeds their dog a manufactured dog food kibble or dog food can diet. These foods are recommended by vets (who also sell the products) and there is a lot of misinformation out there, often by the dog food manufacturers trying to scare you into never feeding your dog natural or raw food. But if you want to play it safe, you can still feed your dog some meat.

This article looks at (according to one nutrition bible), how much beef you are allowed to add to a dogs diet before kibble becomes NOT "balanced and complete". And why adding a natural preferred food (MEAT) to your dog's diet is so undesirable.

Read more: Dog foods ONLY meet aafco standards by using masses of supplements

The ultimate DOGS Essential Fatty Acid (Omega 3, 6) science nutrition guide

Omega 3 capsulesEssential Fatty Acids benefit almost every cell in a human and dog's body.

However the main reason that owners become aware of Omega 3 and Omega 6, is that they are included in the ingredient list of their pet food or they see them at the chemist. What most dog owners with dogs who have allergic reactions and skin problems don't know is that the Omega's can massively help with these conditions.

That saves your dog a lot of pain, and you a lot of money in vet visits.

This article looks at the best sources of Omega 6 and Omega 3. We also define the specific quantities required and the best ratio of the essential fatty acids for optimum health results in your dog.

We also recommend 100% meat, organic dog treats that are very high in Omega 3 !

Read more: The ultimate DOGS Essential Fatty Acid (Omega 3, 6) science nutrition guide

Dog Food. Meat Proteins or Grain protein, which ones meet AAFCO standards?

 dog food proteinThe typical three type of food protein you can feed your dog are meat, grain or vegetable.

Meat Proteins are the most natural (and easy to digest) for a dog (carnivore) to eat, however they cost more for dog food manufacturers to use. Besides cost, ease of digestion and palatability are big things to consider.

However one of the biggest you may want to look at is what actual protein levels, vitamins and minerals are in each of the main ingredients you buy in your dog food. The following is information from a major reference book on dog and cat nutrition, as well as nutrient tables included at the end of this article, give you insight into what goes into your dog food.

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Dry Dog Food Kibble. Composition adult V Mature V weight control. Which is best?

Dog PelletsFor those of you who feed your dogs dry pellets you will find this article quite interesting. It compares regular pellet diets of major brands with the Mature product (dogs  7 plus years) and weight control pellet diets. You will find a very high percentage of carbs in grain form for all but the last product analysed.

This analysis looks at the ingredient and nutrition profiles for Eukanuba, Advance, Hills Science Diet, Canidae , EVO as of July 2013.

This article looks at what the major companies do to change a regular pellet meal into a mature dog meal and a weight control meal. Each brand sticks to their main formula and tweaks it a little in the energy per gram, protein and fat percentages. This usually means changing the order of the first five main ingredients and their percentages, though percentages are NEVER stated for specific ingredients. There is often a stark difference in which grains the companies choose to use.

Read more: Dry Dog Food Kibble. Composition adult V Mature V weight control. Which is best?

Dog Dog Food kibble ingredient analysis of major brands on the Australian Market

dog food pelletsThis dog food pellet analysis was performed because I was looking at how to integrate pellets into a raw meat (including offal and bones) diet.

There are many dog feeding philosophies, but this analysis just looks simply at what you get for your money. I have compared the different brands nutrition tables and Ingredients list for Adult dogs. ENJOY!

You will find that every brand has a lot less meat, and a lot more grain than many people expect.

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Dogs should only eat cooked eggs, because of biotin & trypsin inhibition

Egg for dogsEveryone has an opinion on feeding your dogs eggs, but why not let science decide?

It has been found that biotin & trypsin are inhibited when you feed your dogs raw eggs, however you can neutralise the negative affects by thoroughly cooking the eggs. The effects of these vital enzymes is that chronic diarrhea and malnutrition can occur.

Still the reference text recommends only two cooked eggs per week for medium and large dogs.

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The use of carbohydrates (fibre) as nutrition in a dogs diet & supplement in a raw meat diet

Wheat slabThe information in this article is extracted from the Dog Nutrition bible  "canine and feline nutrition (Case et al). A raw meat diet typically does not use carbs. This article looks at the place of fibre in a dog's diet not only to help solid stool formation, but to strengthen the walls of the intestine by micro-organism support.

This carb concession is based on scientific nutrition principles developed over the last ten years. Wild dogs often get to eat the whole of the animal and that is why their intestines are strengthened, they don't necessarily need to seek out carbohydrates. However, It has been found that a carbs (preferably high fibre content and from the right sources) IS very important to all domestic dogs.

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The Australian pet food industry is owned by two companies. Grains anyone?

dog eating foodWould you buy your "dog food" from a confectionery company? There is every chance that is what you have been doing (and your parents) for most of your lives.  Have you ever wondered about where dog food comes from (or at least the companies behind them).  The two main companies selling 'dog food' in Australia are indeed giant international corporations and the next level down is occupied by pharmaceutical companies. How natural does that sound to you?

If you thought the supermarket duopoly of Coles and Woolies was bad, hold onto your hats! The two major dog food manufacturers in Australia that have around the same amount of market share as the supermarkets do in their market. YES REALLY. And that is why you feed your dog grains and vegetables instead of meat.

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Digestibility of dog food (& quality ingredients) is an important factor in nutrition

dog eating foodJust as palatability is an important factor in making dog food attractive to dogs, digestibility is more so. Digestibility is a direct measure of the proportion of nutrients in the food that are available for absorption (use) by your dog.

Carbohydrates (commonly grain in pellets and wet dog food) are useful for strengthening the intestine, however if most of a food is passed through a dogs systems undigested, the dogs body will work overtime trying to digest the food, flatulence can occur, malnutrition, or over eating in an attempt to gain sufficient nutrients. This article looks at the difference between low and high quality manufactured dog food and the digestibility of different dog food sources.

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Grain based pet foods & artificial palatability may mask your dogs real food needs

supermarket grain dog foodPalatability is the subjective pleasure than your dog or cat experiences in association with eating a food. And so it is the animal's perception of the food based on its senses and memory and not based on the quality of the food (or if it is good for it).

Just like digesting large quantities of chocolate might make humans feel better in the short term, and it is highly palatable to most people, it is not necessarily the healthiest option. This article looks at the specifics of palatability and how many dogs and cats can be fooled into eating more than their fair share of food.

Read more: Grain based pet foods & artificial palatability may mask your dogs real food needs

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