DogDaz Zoo: Why Adding ‘Human Food’ Is So Important

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Today, ninety-six percent of pet owners around the globe are feeding dry commercial pet foods. Of those 96%, there is a large majority that believes dried commercial pet food is really all their pet needs and would never stop to consider the benefits of adding fresh “human food”.

(“Human food” definition in this article: clean sources of meat-based proteins and some organic plant matter, not beer and nachos 😉)

There are many reasons why some of these pet parents feel this way, however the most popular reason today seems to be the 50-year-old rumor that is in existence and still spreading.

You know the one: “Giving your animal table scraps is bad!”

How or when did this terrible rumor start?

Well, if we go back in time, research shows that shortly after the invention of processed pet foods, manufacturers were having a hard time convincing pet parents to make the switch from foods in their refrigerators to their commercial pet foods.

So in 1964, the pet food industry, along with the PFI, joined together with a whole bunch of marketing dollars and launched one of the most influential campaigns the pet world had ever seen: the “Ban All Table Scraps from your Pets’ Bowls” campaign!

Through thousands of newspapers, magazines, and news stations, the public was warned about the dangers of table food scraps or “human food” and the importance of feeding “processed” commercial pet food. From there, the giant smear campaign took off!

Not only did this clever campaign work, but it was so impactful that now, 50 years later, folks are still in fear of offering anything that is not labeled pet food.


Not according to ongoing research it isn’t, especially with today’s cancer rates being 1 in 2 dogs!

In a 2005 study conducted at Purdue University on Scottish Terriers, the results showed that adding fresh vegetables to dry commercial kibble actually prevented and/or slowed down the development of transitional cell carcinoma (aka bladder cancer)!

In the study, dogs ate a diet of dry commercial pet food, while some got an assortment of vegetables added to the mix at least 3 times per week.

When the study was concluded, according to the researchers, they weren’t really shocked by the results.

Here’s what they found:

Dogs that ate any green leafy vegetables, like broccoli, had reduced the risk of developing bladder cancer by 90% and the dogs that consumed any yellow – orange vegetables like carrots reduced the risk by 70%!

Seriously! A lousy carrot helped smash the potential of cancer.

( ) (Raghavan, Knapp, Bonney, 2005)

Yes, of course cats are obligate carnivores (must have meat to survive) and our dogs are facultative carnivores (carnivores with omnivorous potential if circumstances demand) so offering clean meat-based protein sources should always be top priority and essential.

However, because today’s world is ever-so changing due to factory farmed livestock being fed genetically modified grains and our planet being contaminated with every type of pesticide, fungicide and larvicide, the importance of fresh, organic plant matter to help detox the body couldn’t be more crucial.

So if the “cancer reducing benefit” doesn’t tickle your fancy enough to convince you to add any “human fresh foods” to your pet’s bowl, then maybe think of it this way:

How bad would it suck if someone forced you to eat dry processed foods your whole lIfe?!

writen by: Rodney Habib – Pet Nutrition Blogger



DogDaz Note:  Louise and Sofie get canned veggies, greenbeans (Lulu’s favorite), peas, carrots, and sometimes mixed veggies, with NO SALT.  I open the can and rinse the veggies under water, even if it says no salt, because I don’t trust the canning process. Louise likes her veggies mushy.  Somedays, they get pumpkin instead.    

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo <3


Posted by on February 11, 2016 in Dogs


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Wordless Wednesday: The Winter Sky

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WW 2.10.16 Winter Sky

The northern winter sky on the Magothy River, it kind of leaves me ‘wordless.’

Have a wonderful Wednesday.


This is a Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop. Thanks to BlogPaws for the hop. Head over there and see what they are blogging about.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo <3


Posted by on February 10, 2016 in Dogs


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Monday Mischief: Sofie Plays Hamlet

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To jump, or not to jump, that is the question: MM 2.8 To Jump

“Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover’d country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.–Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember’d.” – Hamlet by William 


Alas, I guess I better not.  My Mom would kill me. – Sofie Bear

What mischief did you get in today?



This is a blog hop. I hopped it from MYBrownNewfies. Check them out for more mischief.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo <3


Posted by on February 8, 2016 in Dogs


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Black and White Sunday: CatNip Preferred

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Why is it that no matter how many fun toys a dog has, the cat toy is always preferred?

Is that a cat paw sticking out from under the bed about to grab Sofie?

Have a great Sunday!


This is part of the Black and White Sunday Blog Hop. Thanks to Dachshund Nola and Sugar for hosting.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo <3


Posted by on February 7, 2016 in Cats, Dogs


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Caturday: Never Enough Whiteness!

Never enough whiteness

“There can never be enough whiteness in the world,” Noel says.  She seems to be very happy with the world outside the windows being her color, except that her herb window had so much snow on top of it (2+ feet) that it flooded.  Usually, if there are ice jams on top of it, I take the hair dryer and melt them, but all this snow made it impossible.  I am not really sure where the water comes in, but Noel came and told me that I needed to dry it up immediately.  She is such a nag sometimes.

I cannot imagine a life without cats!

Just another CATDogDaz morning at the zoo <3


Posted by on February 6, 2016 in Cats


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DogDaz Zoo: Sofie Update – Night Terrors Are Back

Mom! Louise has all the toys and she isn't sharing.

Every time I think that I may be getting a handle on Sofie’s night issues, I feel like I am going backwards.  The medication worked for about one week.  Now Sofie is having her night terrors every couple of nights instead of every night (which is a blessing).  She woke up last night at 3:20 AM and barked uncontrollably for about 5 minutes.  Then, I was able to calm her enough and get her to go back to sleep. (Was she really even awake?)  What triggers this behavior? No one was walking around the house – I did not hear any cars or animals outside.  I am not sure if the waking is inside her head or externally triggered at this point. I call what happens to her ‘night terrors’ because they are feelings of great fear experienced on suddenly waking in the night. That to me is what she is experiencing.  She is fast asleep and then she wakes barking, ruff up, tail erect, in alert protection mode.     

I tried the holistic route (Composure Pro, Shen Calmer, Adaptil); I tried the medical route (Xanax, Prozac, Phenobarbital, Clomipramine); I tried the behaviorist, what is left? Don’t say a pet psychic (not that I won’t try it), but just knowing that she is in pain doesn’t tell me how to help her.  Getting an MRI to rule out a brain tumor is very costly, and, if true, would confirm concerns but not leave me with any additional solutions. I have so many questions:

  • Medical: Was the Clomicalm just sedating her for the first week and now she is hearing outside noises again?

  • Herbal: Do I add Melatonin or some other night booster to help her sleep? (Vet said 4mg at night is OK)

  • Behavioral: Do other people’s dogs wake every night because of unseen noises?  Is this just ‘normal’ for some breeds?  Should I start walking her before bed to get her more tired?

  • Psychic: Is she picking up on something that I am doing during the night that I am not aware of?  I am a lousy sleeper (have been for years).  But I don’t startle awake and she tends to be sleeping when I wake during the night on my own.

I am feeling like such a personal animal parent failure.  If love could fix things all my animals would be perfect, but that does not work.  It is very lonely on this path to find a solution for Sofie.  It seems to me that Sofie and I have been abandoned by Vets, the Behaviorist, the family.   When something gets this complicated, no one wants to touch it.

Until I get her sleep under control, how can I hope to address her separation and thunder anxieties? Oh, Sofie, I know you want to be calm.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo <3


Posted by on February 4, 2016 in Dogs


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Wordless Wednesday: Cold Day and a Cormorant

Cold Day Cormant

I had to do a lot of calling because the dogs wanted to swim out to the platform in the icy water and eat the Cormorant.  I am afraid she would have eaten them.

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It is interesting that there is 2+ feet of snow up by the house but not on the banks of the river.

Have a wonderful Wednesday.


This is a Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop. Thanks to BlogPaws for the hop. Head over there and see what they are blogging about.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo <3


Posted by on February 3, 2016 in Birds, Dogs


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