"pet food" news and stories
Those Japanese television people really know how to up the ante. I practiced treat torture as a kid -- placing treats on the dog's nose, making them stay still as their eyes gaze longingly at the morsel sitting just right there. My family would put a flair on it and get our dogs to flip it and catch it in the air, but that's nothing compared to the Japanese television show above.
They take treat torture to the extreme. We're talking dogs salivating as more and more treats get placed on their snout and head. We're talking about a dog laying still as hundreds of treats get placed on his body. Heck, there's even a chimpanzee.
Go figure -- these pets have more foodie restraint than I could even dream of.
Filed under: Television/Film
According to Best Syndication News, dog owners are becoming increasingly health conscious when it comes to the diet of their pets. Not only are people shopping at high-end dog shops, be they're even using natural healthy ingredients to bake fresh homemade dog biscuits and cookies for their dogs. Many dog owners are concerned about preservatives and additives that are found in commercial dog treats at the supermarket.
The good news is that there appears to be a growing number of alternatives when it comes to purchasing dog food. You can head to a natural pet health food store or a locally owned pet supply store. Dogs can be allergic to grains too. Purchase gourmet grain free doggie treats that are high in protein and low in carbohydrates. You can even find vegetarian dog snacks that are made with whole fruits and vegetables.
Online, you can purchase all natural pet foods from Only Natural Pet Store or Thrive Foods. Why shouldn't pet owners be concerned with their pets' diet? To me, the trend towards natural pet food makes sense. What do you think?
Our pug, Lola, has been getting rather portly these days. Last week my husband and I had "the chat" about treat reduction, since we both have a bad habit of giving her a nibble of whatever we might be eating, be it toast, cheese, etc.
Obviously we want her to be healthy and that is our reasoning behind our new routine; but while wondering if there were any healthy substitutions this was brought to my attention. I had read many times that chocolate was bad for dogs, but after seeing this Today show episode I learned of some new items to look out for. Along with this list is a grouping of allowed items.
The book is filled with helpful information about what is good and bad to feed your pets, ways to supplement their diets so they get all the nutrition they need and more than 50 recipes for easy home-cooked food that your pets will love (I realize that cooking for dogs and cats isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I'm sure that there are some of you out there who share at least parts of your dinner with your pets many nights). The other useful thing in this book is that it will give you an insight into how food effects your pet's behavior. There is the possibility that if you have a misbehaving animal, their diet might have something to do with it.
Filed under: Cookbook Spotlight
The company's employees attend weekly meetings - often with their dogs poised by their sides - where both humans and animals carefully taste both individual dehydrated bits of the organic dog and cat food mixture, as well as the final product, to make sure the pets are getting nothing but the best.
The company got the OK from the FDA to use the term "Human grade pet food" on all of its labels. According to a rep from the company, the food is "probably a little bland by most human standards," but compared to what they imagine ordinary pet food to taste like, "really quite delicious!" (That answers the next obvious question: do the testers taste their competitors' food, too?)
Even the packaging is appealing and atypical for animal food - multicolored boxes with enticing names like "verve," "force," and "embark" that aren't a far reach from the packaged granola available for humans. They also make treats and supplements.
I'll admit, it sounds a bit odd at first, but after the recent horrific incidents of dogs becoming ill from tainted dog food, it's nice that a company takes this much care in producing a quality, safe product for their best buds.