Benefits of a Grain-Free Diet

Pet Parents Are Switching to a Grain-Free Diet

Pet parents are voting with their dollars, and are buying only pet food without corn, rice, wheat or soy. After switching from grain-based diet to a grain-free diet, pets (cats, dogs and horses) are getting healthier!

Here is a list of symptoms pets have from eating a grain-based diet:

Itchy skin allergies
Irritable bowel syndrome
Inflammatory bowel disease

Your Pet May Be Sensitive to Its Food

Being sensitive or intolerant to food is more common than having a food allergy. Your pet may only be sensitive to the grains that he/she is eating.  Actually, having a food allergy is rare in pets.

How did this sensitivity to food happen? Pet food manufacturers added grains as a filler to decrease their costs. Adding fillers does save pet manufacturers money, but it causes digestive problems in your pet!

100 years ago, pets only got table scraps. No one really cared then what their pets ate. Today, pet parents care more about their pets and about their pets’ health. Since more grain-free pet food is being purchased, pet food manufacturers needed to pay attention to this new demand. As a result, there are more grain-free recipes for pets than ever before. Be careful though. There are still high quality grain-free pet food and low quality grain-free pet food.

Test Your Pet’s Food

Dr. Jean Dodd has invented a NutriScan test. Since this test is a salivary test, it can be done at home or at your vet’s office. This test does not test for food allergies; it only tests for food sensitivities. (Check with your pet insurance company to find out if this diagnostic test is covered.) The test is $298. Click on the link to request the NutriScan test.

Obesity Problem among Pets

If your pet is overweight, replacing the grain with protein will make your pet less hungry. Laura Duclos, PhD, Director of Research & Development, Nature’s Variety recommends rotational feeding. This means changing the protein in the food so that your pet isn’t eating the same food every day.

How to Get the Perfect Dog Food

Rick Ketcham is retired, and is doing what he loves to do. Rick Ketcham is a doggie chef who will cook homemade dog food, and deliver it personally to your front door. Your dogs will love his homemade food. Check out his website ocDoggieDinners

In Conclusion

Grain-free pet food is the trend, but not all grain-free diets are the same. Pet food manufacturers continue to find short cuts to decrease their costs. For instance, and this is shocking, pet food manufacturers add meat that is obtained from a vet, and I’m describing euthanized pets. If your dog is acting lazy, it could be from eating anesthesia. Here is the link to back up this claim. In addition, GMO (genetically modified organisms) also could be added to the pet food in order to decrease the cost to the pet food manufacturer. GMO foods is still a mystery. No one really knows how your pet (or even you) will react to a genetically modified organism. Blue Freedom stands out as a high quality grain-free diet.

Is That Slime in My Pet’s Bowl?

You won’t be able to see the slime that is lurking in your pets’ water and food bowls. You need to empty your pets’ bowls; then, run your fingers around the rim and the bottom. Yuk.

When you don’t wash your pets’ water and food bowls, a slime accumulates in the in the bowl. The biological term for this slime is called biofilm, and it harms your pets!

I was guilty of refilling my pets’ bowls. When I saw that the bowls were dirty; then, I would clean them. After reading this article on biofilm, I can assure you that I wash my pets’ bowls daily!

Biofilm is a bunch of organic and inorganic bacteria that grows in your pets’ bowls. The bacteria are held together by a thick goo that allows the bacteria to stick to water and food bowls. This invisible biofilm contains inorganic and organic living and dead substances, which your pets are consuming.

Similar to all bacteria, biofilm can contain good bacteria and bad bacteria. I could be criticized because people who don’t wash pet bowls have healthy pets. That could be true because the biofilm contained in their pets’ food bowls are good and wonderfully healthy bacteria. People will also say that bacteria can’t stick to stainless steel pet bowls. That is a falsehood. After time, there will be a goo stuck to stainless steel pet bowls. Whether the bacterial is good or bad, no one will really know, unless you have a microscope.

The bacteria that can really harm your pet are the following: Listeria, E. Coli and legionella. Bad biofilm causes the following medical conditions in your pet: urinary tract infections, middle ear infections and bladder infections. Plus, the microbial infections can also weaken the immune system.

Since biofilm causes the above mentioned microbial infections, wash your pets’ bowls daily. Why take the chance that the bacteria in your pets’ bowls is only good bacteria. How easy is washing your pets’ bowls. Prevention will ensure that your pet your pet stays healthy!

When your pups go to a doggie care, make sure that they pet providers are washing bowls with hot water in their dishwasher. With so many dogs sharing the same water and food bowls, you can imagine how much bacteria is lurking that can’t be seen by the human eye.

In Conclusion

Biofilm exists on living and not living surfaces. It is the plaque on your teeth; it is the slime on rocks in the river; and it is the slime in vases where flowers are. The bacteria survives in moisture and water.  The good news is that you can get rid of this grimy build up of biofilm with a daily wash.

Heat Bulbs Are Different from Lights

Reptile Heating 

Reptiles don’t warm up from the inside like humans, cats and dogs do. Since reptiles are ectothermic or “cold-blooded”, they need warm and external heat to warm up in order to regulate their body temperature. Within their tank, our scaly friends need both warm and cool areas so that they can self-regulate their body temperature.

In nature, reptiles move into the sunlight or into a shady spot, as needed. By copying nature in aquariums, you need to have the heat and shade in increasing or decreasing degrees. Then, your reptile can choose between hot and cold. Place heat bulbs on a metal screen atop of a glass aquarium. You can also place an additional heat source underneath the tank.

Do not place a heat source such as, heated rocks for inside a cage because your pet can burn itself.

Setting your temperature in your tank so that it is warmer on one end than the other end is called setting a gradient temperature. Then, you can let your reptile decide where it is most comfortable. Click on the link to find out how to do this. How To Set Up a Gradient Temperature

Know What Your Reptile Likes

Temperature requirements vary for each type of reptile so you need a complete understanding of your reptile. If your reptile likes to hide, have shelters at opposite ends of the tank. If your reptile likes trees, then, have trees as an accessory.

You can overheat your pet if the temperature is too high. Conversely, when the temperature is too low, your pet won’t be able to digest its food. Plus, each season you need to change your bulbs!

Have A Good Thermometer

Thermometers help you mimic nature. Digital probe thermometers are commonly used. Also, be certain that your thermometer is placed correctly inside the reptiles habitat. The probe itself should be placed under the heat lamp, in the spot where your pet usually basks. If your thermometer placement is correct and it is still reading too cool – get a higher wattage heat bulb or add an additional heat source.

Reptile Lights

All life on Earth need sunlight for vitamin D, which absorbs calcium. Lights also enable your reptile to see. Reptiles can see more colors than humans. Some snakes can sense longer wavelengths of 5,000 nano-meters. Humans can only see the wavelengths between 400 nano-meters (purple) and 700  nano-meters (red).

A reptile’s brain needs the sun’s light to adjust its body’s daily and nightly rhythms.  The reptile perceives the position of the sun to the earth, the seasons, the sun’s movement across the sky and the changes in color as the day turns to night. Optimally, artificial light copies the sun’s light.

In Conclusion

Simulating, as closely as possible, nature is the goal for maintaining your reptile’s home. Carefully monitor its specific diet, climate and lights. Having a home for your scaly friend to bask in the heat and light will protect it from predators and human encroachment.