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"Chicken fat" is considered a reasonably high quality ingredient in pet food formulas, as are most named animal fats. Poultry fat, on the other hand, is an ingredient to stay away from.
AAFCO definition of poultry fat:
Obtained from the tissue of poultry in the commercial process of rendering or extracting. It shall contain only the fatty matter natural to the product produced under good manufacturing practices and shall contain no added free fatty acids or other materials obtained from fat. It must contain not less than 90 percent total fatty acids and not more than 3 percent of unsaponifiables and impurities. It shall have a minimum titer of 33 degrees Celsius. If an antioxidant is used, the common name or names must be indicated, followed by the word "preservative(s)".
Knowing what we now know about the "raw product" of the food rendering industry, note that poultry fat does not necessarily come from slaughterhouse chicken – or even from chicken.
It can come from anywhere, including "4-D animals" – dead, diseased, disabled or dying prior to slaughter. It might be chicken, or it might be turkey, geese, buzzard, seagull, unidentifiable roadkill with wings, or a pet bird euthanized at an animal shelter.
If your pet food contains Poultry fat its a cause for concern about feeding that food
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Tapioca is used as the starch source in some "no grain" pet foods. Tapioca (cassava root, manioc) is first and foremost a source of carbohydrates, but very little else. It is actually a nutritionally poor substitute for grains. And as you know Carbohydrates are usually not a good thing and promote weight gain!!
So if tapioca is high on the ingredient list there is a large amount of this ingredient in your pets food.
Yes ticks are on the rise in your neighborhood, however don't let the hype make you run out for a Vaccine or a flea and tick medication that could harm your pet. With a little precaution there's no need.
There are many effective natural sprays and spot ons that we carry and use on our pet and have never had a problem we check for ticks after walks or outside play and have in the past discovered a tick early, removed it and had no ill results. Here are some tips.
How to Check for and Remove Ticks
Checking for ticks
Check your dog for ticks every day, especially during tick season: spring, summer and fall, or year-round in warmer climates. Brush your fingers through their fur applying enough pressure to feel any small bumps. Be sure to check between your dog’s toes, behind ears, under armpits and around the tail and head, too. If you do feel a bump, pull the fur apart to see what’s there. A tick that has embedded itself in your dog will vary in size, something from the size of a pinhead to a grape depending on how long its been attached. Ticks are usually black or dark brown in color but will turn a grayish-white after feeding in what’s referred to as an engorged state.
Removing embedded ticks is a delicate operation because it’s easy for a piece of the tick to break off and remain in your dog’s skin if done improperly. Follow the removal steps below or consider bringing your dog to a veterinarian who can safely perform the task and, possibly, show you how it’s done. Infection can occur after 24 hours, so if you find a tick on your dog, remove it right away. Always wear rubber gloves to protect yourself from possible injury or infection.
Over the last two years Champion Pet Foods, makers of Acana and Orijen, have been planning and building their new U.S. kitchen in Kentucky. Not too long ago the new kitchen officially opened and started producing Acana dog and cat foods, both the Regional and Singles formulas as well as the new Heritage formula and new Singles treats. We’re excited to announce that the new U.S. made Acana formulations are hitting our shelves this month.
With this new change, only U.S. made Acana will be available to us and the rest of the U.S. The Canadian kitchen will focus on their Canadian and international markets. In this post we’re going to outline what’s new and what you can expect from the new Acana formulations. There are links at the bottom of this post to compare the current and new formulas and to check out their new Heritage formula and Singles treats.
Since the formulations will be slightly changing, we recommend transitioning your Acana fed dog or cat by mixing their current food with the new formulation. There is no need to worry about quality changes because Acana has brought their trusted high-quality standards with them to Kentucky.
As of right now only Acana is being produced in the new kitchen. For the time being Orijen will continue being produced in Canada, but Champion is planning to start producing Orijen in the Kentucky kitchen in the near future, possibly this year. We’ll keep you updated as those changes start to happen.
What to expect from your dog or cat’s favorite Acana foods:
Compare new and current Regional Formulas
Compare new and current Singles Formulas
New Acana Heritage Formula
Learn more about the Kentucky DogStar Kitchens
Are Any Bones Safe for My Dog?
Raw bones can be both safe and healthy providing you follow some guidelines.
You’re probably aware your dog’s ancestors and counterparts in the wild have been eating bones forever.
Canines in their natural habitat eat prey, including the meat, bones and stomach contents. In fact, your pup has a biological requirement for the nutrients found in bone marrow and the bones themselves.
Dogs love to chew raw bones for the yummy taste, the mental stimulation, and also because all that gnawing is great exercise for the muscles of the jaw.
Two Types of Raw Bones
We categorize Raw bones into two categories
These bones provide calcium, phosphorus and trace minerals which can be an essential part of your pup’s balanced raw food diet.
Recreational bones – big chunks of beef or bison femur or hip bones filled with marrow -- don’t supply significant dietary nutrition for your dog (they are not designed to be chewed up and swallowed, only gnawed on), but they do provide mental stimulation and are great for your pup’s oral health.
When your dog chews on a raw recreational bone, especially a meaty one with cartilage and soft tissue still attached, his teeth get the equivalent of a good brushing and flossing. This helps to break down tartar and reduces the risk of gum disease.
Dogs in the wild have beautiful teeth and healthy gums. This is because the prey they eat requires a lot of chewing which helps to clean each entire tooth.
At The Urban Dog we sell raw marrow bones all sizes, Chicken and turkey necks. This time of year is a great time to feed raw bones outside for recreation and for teeth and gum cleaning, try some today!
Freeze Dried: To preserve a substance, such as food, by freezing it rapidly and placing it in a vacuum chamber, where the water frozen in the substance evaporates through sublimation.
The process leaves the nutritional value the same as a food in its unprocessed state minus the water.
Freeze dried foods are a step above dry foods, as there is no cooking process where nutrient loss occurs, therefore providing superior nutrition to your pet.
We have brought in Vital Essentials Freeze dried, these formulas utilize meet bone and organ without vegetables, a food made in Green Bay Wisconsin
Primal freeze dried compliments our selection of frozen raw foods from Primal. This freeze dried food utilizes meat, bone and organs along with organic vegetables, fruit and coconut for additional nutrients.
Orijen freeze dried uses fresh regional hypo allergenic proteins from bison, elk, duck and quail meats, bone, organ and fruits and vegetables
All freeze dried can be used as meals or food toppers for picky eaters or just to boost your pets nutrition that they may not be getting from your regular food.
Unlike conventional pet foods which are cooked at high temperatures, freeze-dried foods are prepared without cooking, so they fully retain the natural properties of our authentically fresh ingredients.
Try some today and you will notice difference in your pets health and attitude!
By Dr. Becker