Pet food recall in BC
Raw food diet
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning Pet Owners not to use a raw beef pet food made by Surrey Meat Packers of Cloverdale, British Columbia.
The dog food was only sold in British Columbia.
“The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Public Health Agency of Canada are warning the public not to use beef pet food sold last month at two locations in Canada’s British Columbia province because it may contain E. coli.
The affected product was made by Surrey Meat Packers of Cloverdale, British Columbia.
It was sold in 500-gram blocks assembled into 10-unit and 50-unit packages on location at Surrey Meat Packers, 6050-176th St., Cloverdale and at Jolly Meats and Fine Foods, 111 Charles St., North Vancouver, B.C.
Consumers who suspect they may have purchased the affected product are advised to check with the store where the pet food was purchased.
Any affected food should be thrown out.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency reported that it identified the contamination during a food safety investigation of some beef trims.
The investigation is on-going. No illness associated with the affected pet food have been reported.
Infection from E coli may cause serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses in humans.
Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea.
Although most people recover within seven to 10 days, pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems, young children and the elderly are most at risk for developing serious complications, according to the health agency.”
How we feed our pet family
Some folks ask us about our feeding program.
We are ALWAYS wanting the BEST for our pet family, puppies & Adults….so, we are constantly doing research…
We used to start our puppies off with Royal Canin Mini puppy food, after Mom weans them, at about 4 to 6 weeks old, and now we offer our babies the choice between the two…..”Orijen” puppy food, and/or “Royal Canin” puppy food.
The reason for this, is to reduce the amount of grains, and to offer more of a variety of vegetables and extra’s like fennel….
Some of our puppies like the Royal Canin, and some prefer the Orijen, so we offer them both.
We will let you know which food your baby prefers. Here is a review between both foods…..
Remember also, that we free feed our puppies and adults, so that they always have food available at all times, to prevent hypoglycemia!
Orijen vs Royal Canin: Dog Food Showdown
Finding the right food for your dog is an incredibly important process – there are just so many brands out there, you might not know which one to pick!
Orijen and Royal Canin are two of the most prominent and well-known dog food brands out there, but when it comes down to it you might have trouble picking which one to stick with when you’re standing there in the dog food aisle.
Orijen Dog Food: Snap Reviews
|Orijen 6-Fish Formula||
|Orijen Regional Red Recipe||
|Orijen Puppy Formula||
|Orijen Large Breed Puppy Recipe||
|Orijen Freeze-Dried Lamb||
FRESH FREE-RUN CHICKEN AND TURKEY, WILD-CAUGHT FISH AND NEST-LAID EGGS
ALL PUPPIES REQUIRE A DIET RICH IN PROTEINS AND FATS FROM A VARIETY OF FRESH WHOLE MEATS TO FULLY SUPPORT THEIR RAPID GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT.
Orijen Dog Food: Analysis
Orijen dog food prides itself on offering “Biologically Appropriate Dog Foods,” meaning that they take care to include as balanced and organic a diet for its canine consumers as they can.
To that end, Orijen works hard to ensure that their products have higher than normal concentrations of whole meat, including chicken, egg, red meat and wild-caught fish.
Because of this diversity, Orijen’s dog food provides a more complex array of proteins and minerals than a lot of conventional dog food (which is an incredible plus for your dog.)
As with all dog foods, it is vital that you look at the ingredients list to see if there is anything your dog night react to in a not-so-positive way.
In the case of Orijen dog food, there’s plenty to write home about; most of the ingredients include the aforementioned whole meats like chicken meat and meal, as well as liver, herring, turkey, whole eggs, walleye, salmon and more.
In addition, Orijen includes a wide variety of healthy fruits and vegetables, including red and green lentils, chickpeas, peas, butternut squash, blueberries, fennel, kelp and more.
When gauging the product by its ingredients, Orijen Dog Food seems to be incredibly stuffed with all-natural ingredients, with a 5.6% fiber content so you know your dog is getting all the digestive help it needs.
What’s more, the food is essentially grain-free, which is good for those owners with dogs sensitive to grain.
Orijen Dog Food
When you look at the numbers, Orijen’s products are up there with the best dog foods on the market.
According to Dog Food Advisor, its dry matter protein content is 42%, with 20% fat and 30% carbohydrates and a fat-to-protein ratio of 46%. Orijen’s food has more protein and fat than most other dog foods, but fewer carbs than on average.
Furthermore, you just can’t beat that level and variety of vegetables in a dog food product. I mean, come on – fennel and kelp? Lentils?
Your dog will be eating better than most people!
Orijen’s process for making the food is also highly laudable, and should be a real consideration when thinking about investing in this brand.
In addition to cultivating fresh local meats, fruits and vegetables from their Canada-based operation, the company also infuses their food with powerful probiotics that aid in boosting your dog’s immune and digestive systems.
All in all, Orijen is a powerful and incredibly healthy solution for your dog’s nutritional needs.
All of the proteins, vitamins and minerals that your dog will receive come from all-natural sources, which is enough of a blessing in today’s world of processed animal foods.
Royal Canin Dog Food: Quick Reviews
|Royal Canin Yorkie Formula||
|Royal Canin Puppy Formula||
|Royal Canin Labrador Recipe||
|Royal Canin German Shepherd Recipe||
Royal Canin Dog Food: Analysis
Royal Canin Dog Food is another brand that seeks to get into the doggy health food market, touting optimized formulas that offer individualized nutrition for your pets, and even have pure breed-specific solutions for the discerning dog owner.
Royal Canin has been around for quite some time, and offers a wide variety of products, specific to all manner of popular dog breeds, from Pugs to miniature Schauzers and beyond.
Unlike Orijen dog food, Royal Canin seems to offer a higher proportion of grains, carbs and protein for your dog..
For the Yorkshire Terrier brand of Royal Canin, for example, the most commonly found ingredient is brewers rice and chicken by-product meal.
Wheat gluten and corn gluten meal can also be found in the food, as well as corn, cellulose powder, dried beet pulp, vegetable oil and more.
Going down the ingredients list, you can also see a host of other ingredients like choline chloride and magnesium oxide.
Like Orijen, Royal Canin has a 5.6% fiber content, which is still good.
Both brands are good choices for your dog’s nutrition, but there are some differences you might want to keep in mind when making your dog food selection.
We offer our puppies both foods, as some prefer one to the other.
This way our pet family is Guaranteed to have their nutritional needs met to keep them Healthy, Happy and Strong.
We think you’ll agree.
We find, that after many years of experience, with training and feeding dogs, that the small, tiny, size of puppies, NEED to have food available at ALL TIMES. The reason why??
Here you have a very, tiny puppy, possibly weighing 2 lbs,,,,and you figure, you’re only going to feed it early morning, possibly a lunch, maybe a few hours away, and then dinner,,,,or maybe just two meals, breakfast and dinner…sounds right? NO.
If you have a tiny little morsel of a puppy, running around happily, enjoying his new family, tearing around the yard, and using up ALL of his energy,,,,they need to refuel. Simple as that.
So, now it’s ten o’clock in the morning, and you’re not planning on feeding little Rover until lunch time, as least, or possibly dinner.
That little puppy’s blood sugar is guaranteed to drop, and will go HYPOGLYCEMIC.
For those who don’t know what that is, it’s when your puppy is not receiving enough energy from food, and will go into a somewhat insulin reaction.
Hypoglycemia is a very scary thing to deal with.
Your dog will act as if it’s drunk, wavering back and forth, swaying, sometimes, not being able to walk,and will fall right over.
Now, if this happens, and you are NOT experienced, you will have to rush your puppydog to the Vets, which they will in turn, hook your dog up to an intravenous drip, Sub Q fluids, so that your dog can receive fluids, to hydrate them, and sustain them. Cost: $200 and up.
Lesson: FREE FEED YOUR PUPPY….They don’t eat much. They eat like birds, and will often just grab a kibble or two, run to their bed, munch on it, and run back for another one. They don’t gobble their food down, like they’re starving.
Another reason we like to free feed is: We raise our pet family with children.
We can NOT take any chances, of having a food aggressive dog, thinking he has to be protective of his food, in order to eat.
We supply more than one food bowl, and everyone eats together, with NO aggression EVER!…
Our dogs are used to eating dry kibble as their main staple but we like to offer our pets a variety from time to time, to ensure that they are healthy and happy.
Our babies also get cooked chicken, boiled hamburger, broiled steak, cooked fish, but NEVER ANY PORK OR HAM PRODUCTS.
This goes for chewies as well,,,as this will give them chronic diarrhea.!!
Our dogs also enjoy cooked eggs from time to time too..Your baby puppy does come to you pre-spoiled and loved! ♥
We add K9 Kelp, in their food, which is high in antioxidants, increases metabolism, reduces arthritic pain, helps with digestion, is gluten free, high in fiber, boosts the immune system, and promotes supple skin.
Coconut oil contains fatty acids, which are easily digestible and can improve skin and coat quality.
It also has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, which can help prevent yeast infections.
It should be slowly introduced into a diet, adding only 1/4 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon .
You can also add a drop or two of Oil of Oregano in your dog’s food.
This wonderful herb provides defence against bacterial, viral and fungal infections, candida, water-borne
illnesses and as a dewormer!
Oil of Oregano has also been used effectively for Giardia!
In many households, dogs are looked at as a furry family member, not just a pet.
We love our dogs and care for them almost like we would a child.
It is important that our dogs get a good amount of exercise, be clean and free of ticks and fleas, and to get fed a healthy and nutritious diet. Although there are dog foods out there advertising a brand as “made with healthful vegetables,” there is nothing like feeding your loyal friend a real piece of fresh vegetable. It’s good for his teeth, coat, bones, eyesight, and overall health. One of their favorites are baby carrots.
We snack on them, with our dogs, and they thoroughly enjoy them. We have never had a puppy or dog choke on them, ever.
If anything, they will chew the carrot up in tiny pieces.
The carrots provide natural glucose, for puppies, and as well, they are nice and cold and hard for teething! Our dogs LOVE them.
Fruits and vegetables can provide your dog with essential vitamins and minerals naturally rather than in supplement form.
Vitamins such as A and E can help your dog lose weight by promoting fat burning while fighting disease.
This is good news since a high number of dogs are currently overweight or obese.
Vitamin C is an immune system booster while minerals like iron is needed for healthy blood and potassium supports heart health.
Whether you feed your dog fresh fruit or vegetable slices as a snack or are incorporating some into their existing commercial dog food, you can rest assure that your dog will be getting important vitamins and minerals needed to be healthy.
If your dog is new to eating fruits and vegetables, sit with him and enjoy an apple or cucumber together.
Here is a list of 8 fruits and vegetables to keep your dog happy and healthy:
1. Apples are an excellent fruit choice for your dog’s health and a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber.
Make sure to not give the seeds or core because they could be choking hazards.
Best of all, juicy apple slices clean residue and build-up on your dog’s teeth.
2. Carrots are high in beta carotene and loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K, while also high in potassium and fiber.
Good for skin, eyesight, and for cleaning teeth and gums.
3. Sweet Potatoes. Heart-healthy and easy on the digestive tract, sweet potatoes contain more nutrients than white potatoes.
They are great for weight management and contributes to lowering blood pressure. High in fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and B vitamins. Our dogs love them!
4. Celery is rich in many vitamins and minerals: vitamin A, vitamin B, and vitamin C, and calcium, potassium, phosphorous, iron, and sodium.
This vegetable improves heart health and can lower blood pressure while helping to fight cancer. Bonus: celery freshens doggie breath!
5. Watermelon is made up of 92% water. Therefore, it’s excellent for hydration and skin!
Watermelon is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, potassium, and magnesium.
6. Green Beans make a fantastic low calorie and filling snack.
A great source of natural plant fiber and high in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese.
7. Bok Choy contains calcium for healthy, strong bones and teeth, and is good for the heart while protecting against cancer.
This low calorie veggie is packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K, and potassium. What is bok choy?
It’s a type of Chinese cabbage with thick white or green stems filled with water and green leafy tops.
8. Pumpkin is a low calorie food rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, beta-carotene, fiber, potassium, zinc, calcium, and magnesium.
About one cup of cooked pumpkin contains 3 grams of filling fiber.
We ALWAYS have 100% Pure Pumpkin on hand for our Morkies, anytime they may get tummy upset or diarrhea from eating something they found in the yard…it is a binder.
Feed these fruits and vegetables to your dog raw, or slightly steamed is okay, as long as you do not add any seasonings or oils.
Dogs don’t chew their food like we do and will likely swallow foods whole, so it is best to give them fruits and vegetables either thinly sliced, chopped well, or even pureed.
From time to time, we will put a cap full of Apple Cider Vinegar in our dogs water…..
Unless your dog is allergic to apples, he or she isn’t likely to suffer a serious reaction, and within a month you should be able to tell whether the addition is helping.
Commonly reported benefits include improvements in skin and coat condition, a reduction of itching and scratching, the elimination of tear stains on the face, fewer brown or yellow urine spots in lawns, increased mobility in older dogs, reduced flea populations, and an improvement in overall health.
We also offer Rice to our Morkie family often. We make it with half chicken broth, for flavor.
This is another binder, and is excellent for tummy upset.
To get the upper hand, with any kind of parasite, whether it be flea, tick, walking dandruff, lice, or any kind of worm,,,,we prefer to use Diatomaceous Earth, rather than Panacur, or Strongid…as this is a chemical or drug.
Strongid T is a suspension of pyrantel pamoate in a palatable caramel-flavored vehicle.
Each mL contains 50 mg of pyrantel base as pyrantel pamoate.
Pyrantel pamoate is a compound belonging to a family classified chemically as tetrahydropyrimidines.
It is a yellow, water-insoluble crystalline salt of the tetrahydropyrimidine base and pamoic acid containing 34.7% base activity.
Diatomaceous Earth is a dirt cheap way (no pun intended) to control external and internal parasites in your dog.
We prefer to do things naturally here at Morkiebabies….
Diatomaceous Earth is a non-toxic, safe substance made up from crushed fossils of freshwater organisms and marine life.
Crushed to a fine powder and observed through a microscope, the particles resemble bits of broken glass.
Diatomacous Earth is deadly to any insect yet completely harmless to animals.
Diatomaceous Earth’s mode of action for insect and parasite control is strictly mechanical.
The microscopically sharp edges contact the insect or parasite, and pierce their protective coating, so they soon dehydrate and die.
The larvae is affected in the same way.
The Benefits Of Diatomaceous Earth For Dogs
Internal parasites can be controlled by giving Diatomaceous Earth internally.
It is very important to note that it must be food grade – the earth used in gardens and pool filters can damage your dog.
Diatomaceous Earth can eliminate roundworms, whipworms, pinworms, and hookworms within seven days of being fed daily.
To be most effective, Diatomaceous Earth should be fed for at least 30 days, to catch all newly hatching eggs or the cycling of the worms through the lungs and back to the stomach.
Another use for Diatomaceous Earth is the control of external parasites and flies.
This is achieved by dusting your dog with Diatomacous Earth, along with his bedding area and surrounding carpeted areas.
Natural Supplements For Dogs
1. GI PROBIOTICS
Probiotics are mainly used to help your dog’s intestinal track when it is upset (i.e., diarrhea), but it can also help with a variety of ailments affecting its skin, eyes or nose.
Still, a majority of 2-GI probiotic powder or tablets are given to dogs when they are experiencing an irritated stomach.
By giving your dog the appropriate bacteria, probiotics can restore proper balance of intestinal bugs that might be in there.
This is the product we like to use:
Probiotic supplement for dietary management of dogs with diarrhea
Promotes intestinal balance
Promotes a healthy immune system
Helps reduce diarrhea associated with antibiotic therapy
Helps reduce diarrhea associated with stress
Convenient single packets, easily sprinkled on your dog’s food
2. FISH OIL
Fish and salmon oils are all important sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids.
These can be vital to a dog’s immune and nervous system and can help battle allergies and arthritis.
Many veterinarians routinely recommend them for inflamed skin conditions as it can reduce the swelling.
3. OLIVE OIL
You’ve probably heard about all of the positive benefits olive oil has on you, but were you aware of what it can do for your dog?
Adding a little bit of olive oil to your dog’s food bowl can do a number of things, including promoting weight loss and overall optimal health. Because of its high level of antioxidants, this natural supplement can defend your canine’s immune system, improve your dog’s cognitive development, improve energy, beautify your dog’s coat and last, but not least, extend their life. Need we say more?
The healthiest fix for your dog’s winter dandruff and dry skin problems is to add oil to his diet. You don’t have to run out and purchase special oils;
Two of the best; olive and coconut, are easy to find in supermarkets and health food stores.
I recommend them for glowing skin and coat and general health.