A common concern for dog owners who are feeding a home prepared diet is whether or not it is ‘complete’. People worry that it won’t be nutritionally balanced and that their dog will miss essential nutrients that can only be found in commercial dog food.
One of the most common questions asked when changing diets, either to raw, home cooked, a mixture of raw and home cooked or adding fresh food to kibble, is how to maintain balance in the diet.
Let’s look at the meaning of the word ‘balance’. Most commonly it is referred to as the calcium/phosphorus ratio in the diet. Phosphorus is quite abundant in all foods. Calcium, however, is harder to find in foods. Commercial pet foods add calcium to bring the calcium/phosphorus ratios into balance. In the wild, dogs will consume bones from their prey which gives them the additional calcium needed.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL! Lew Olson and B-Natural's would like to say 'Thank You' to all of our customers for their continued support throughout the year. Improving nutrition for our dogs is a common goal we all share. The best way to achieve this is by feeding fresh foods to your dog. With the New … Read more
Animal based fats are essential for dogs. They need fat for energy, to absorb fat soluble vitamins (vitamins E, A and D), protect the nerve fibers in the body and to protect the body from cold. Fat is also the ingredient found in food that makes it tasty for dogs.
Fat also contains essential fatty acids, such as omega 6 and omega 3. These help with healthy skin and coat. Dog’s deficient in these fats (most often omega 3) may show skin problems, seborrhea, dermatitis and poor hair coat. It is always important to add EPA fish oil capsules to any dog’s diet.
Bodie is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Cattle Dog mix who survived Mandibular cancer. Bodie’s owners used nutrition to help Bodie recover from cancer. This story was written by Bodie’s owners.
B-Naturals Newsletter – July, 2009 – Benny’s Story By Lew Olson, PhD Natural Health This month’s article is a special story about Benny, a Great Dane puppy who was near death before he was surrendered by his owner. We’d like to offer our thanks to Sarah Hamilton and Benny’s new owners, Jillian Morin and Phil … Read more
Essential Fatty Acids By Lew Olson • March, 2004 Newsletter Essential fatty acids are necessary components for the diet that help with healthy skin, hormone regulation, healthy fetal growth and development, reduced inflammation, and in some cases, they can also discourage tumor growth. They can also help to enhance the immune system. I will try … Read more
Essential Fatty Acids By Lew Olson • December 2001 Newsletter Essential fatty acids are generally found in fish oils and many vegetables and vegetable oils. The body cannot make EFAs so they must be provided through our diet. The Omega-3 fatty acids are proving to be the most beneficial. Since most of our pet foods … Read more
Allergies and Essential Fatty Acids By Lew Olson • Winter 1997 Newsletter Dog and cat allergies are probably one of the biggest reasons for today's pet owner to visit their veterinarian. Allergies can manifest themselves in a variety of symptoms in a dog or cat. Most often in dogs, these symptoms are loss of hair … Read more