View Full Version : New Whole Dog Journal: focus on feeding

16th April 2007, 04:15 PM
New issue out -- They've got a couple of articles on feeding and one specifically on all the food recalls. Worth subscribing too in print or (what I recommend!) digital format! Lots in this issue that would interest most folks I think; it is always excellent.


This issue:

In October of 2004 we published an article (“When Foods Go Bad”) that discussed how owners could protect their pets from serious harm from contaminated or toxin-adulterated pet food. It outlined the lessons learned from the three previous commercial pet food disasters: the 1995 event involving vomitoxin in Nature’s Recipe dry foods; the 1998 aflatoxin event involving dry dog foods made by Doane Products; and the still-unidentified problem that sickened and killed dogs who ate certain lots of Go! Natural dry food in 2003.

You’ll never hear me say that coercive dog training methods don’t work; they can. Nor will you ever hear me say that positive dog training turns every dog into a model canine citizen. It doesn’t. There is a big difference, however, between positive and coercive training. When methods that rely on the use of force and application of pain fail, it’s often because of the dog’s inability to tolerate coercion and intimidation. This can result in serious long-term behavioral damage and sometimes physical injury.

Countless dog owners have witnessed the benefits of feeding their dogs a home-prepared diet, such as cleaner teeth, brighter eyes, thicker and glossier coats, more lean muscle and less body fat, and better energy level – hyper dogs often become calmer, while couch potatoes may become more energetic. Most of us who feed a raw dog food diet to our dogs include whole raw meaty bones (RMBs), animal parts that are at least half meat but also include bone that is fully (or mostly) consumed.

Dogs don’t develop allergies because they are exposed to allergens. Dogs are exposed to allergens all the time, usually with no reaction. Dogs develop allergies because something has made them vulnerable, and the culprit is often a combination of diet, stress, conventional medical treatments, heredity, and environmental factors. Ask a dozen health experts about allergies and you’ll get at least that many theories about what they are, why they happen, and how to fix them. What’s interesting is that even when they disagree, most allergy theories point to the same underlying causes. This is because allergic reactions, sometimes leading to canine skin problems, are symptoms of a deeper imbalance.

16th April 2007, 04:56 PM
Thanks for posting this Karlin! I just ordered mine. I have been eyeballing this for a while and this one seems to have so many good topics that I can't pass it up!

Wow...I just read the article about the raw diet..I don't think I could handle that!! I wouldn't mind cooking for them, but the concept of giving them whole chickens and bones makes me nervous!!

16th April 2007, 05:22 PM
Wow...I just read the article about the raw diet..I don't think I could handle that!! I wouldn't mind cooking for them, but the concept of giving them whole chickens and bones makes me nervous!!

Monica -

I feed Faith the Natures Variety RAW in the mornings and it's done AMAZING things for her.. It has bones/organs all ground up and it's put into equally portioned medallions.

I have definately noticed a difference in the gloss of her coat. Last time I went to the vet he said "Wow, what kind of food is she on?"

I am not sure about whole chickens but I'm thinking about caving into Linda's reccomendation of chicken necks :o

I think I need to subscribe too :dogwlk:

Cathy T
16th April 2007, 05:59 PM
This is one of the best places you could put your money! Every month I am amazed by their timely articles. Well worth the subscription fee!

16th April 2007, 06:23 PM
Question: so now that I have paid my $20, do I have access to past articles or do I have to pay for those?? There is so much information available, but I don't want to pay $10 per article to read them!:confused:

Cathy T
16th April 2007, 08:07 PM
Sorry. You have access to past articles but you do have to pay for them. :confused:

17th April 2007, 01:13 AM
Worth subscribing too in print or (what I recommend!) digital format!

I've been wanting to subscribe to this for a long time, but it costs us poor Aussies $42 US. So far I have not been able to find out how to subscribe for just the digital format, saving on postage costs. Is there a trick to this Karlin?

18th April 2007, 12:09 PM
Apparently they don't offer the online version only any more, so I took a deep breath and subscribed anyway. This months version looks excellent. Just printing it out now. Very keen to read up on all the nutritional stuff in this issue. :cool:

18th April 2007, 12:21 PM
Oh, that's a pain. I only want online access; seems silly to reuiwre people to take a print version!

I thought I would post this extract for people from the food article as perhaps it helps to clarify how to scrutinise ingredients:

You get what you pay for

During the Menu Foods/wet foods/wheat gluten incident, we quickly lost patience when hearing owners who said, “We thought we were paying for the best foods available for our pets, and now this!” If an ingredient is needed to make other ingredients resemble meat, when meat could (and should) be used instead, you’re not dealing with a top-quality food.

One of our most dearly held principles of dog food selection is that whole food ingredients are more desirable than food “fragments.” This means wheat, yes; wheat gluten, wheat mill run, wheat bran, no! Chicken meal, yes; chicken by-product meal, no! This is for two main reasons.

First, unprocessed foods enjoy less exposure to potentially harmful agents in the course of processing, storage, and transport. Second, fresh and minimally processed foods are more nutritious than ingredients that are several operations (and perhaps many months and many miles) from harvest. Processing reduces the vitamin content of many foods, and can destroy any unique nutrient properties they may contain, such as antioxidants, flavonoids, and enzymes.

In some cases, the fractions used in low-cost pet food are truly “fillers,” and comprised of the part of a raw food that human food manufacturers have little use for; peanut hulls and cereal fines come to mind here. In other cases, pet food formulators utilize certain fractions to provide just the right amount of a needed nutrient or attribute. Tomato pomace and beet pulp are examples of truly functional fragments.

We’re also sticklers for the use of whole meats from named species of animals (i.e., chicken rather than poultry; beef rather than “meat”) and meals made from whole meats from named species (chicken meal rather than poultry meal). All animal proteins (even by-products, which tend to be of lower quality than muscle meats) have more to offer dogs (and especially cats) than plant-derived proteins, especially wheat gluten and corn gluten (a case can be made for a certain amount of rice gluten).

We can’t think of any pet food recall in the past 10 years that was due to a problem with the meat (or meat by-products, to be fair) in the food. If one arises, however, we’ll bet the farm that the animal proteins in question will be low-cost by-products, rather than high-priced muscle meats.

In our opinion, the presence of an inexpensive fraction or by-product high on the list of a pet food’s ingredients should warn you that the maker of the food has cut a corner. If the food contains several fractions or inexpensive ingredients, its maker is definitely utilizing “least-cost formulation,” as in, “What’s the cheapest way to make a food and still meet these nutrient levels?” The more fractions and other inexpensive ingredients a food contains, and the lower a product’s price, the less confidence you should have in its quality.

Of course, pet foods that meet all of our selection criteria tend to be far more expensive than grocery store brands. You can’t buy filet mignon at a hamburger price, and you can’t expect top-quality ingredients to go into a product that retails for pennies per pound.