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Monday Mischief: Food = Fun

At DogDaz Zoo, I try to control the amount of food that any animal eats in a day based on their size and energy level. I parse out all kibble in the morning into containers and then give a portion at each feeding, making sure that there is some left over for evening in-house play. The dogs have several toys to chose from (1) a large feeding cube (mostly used by Sofie), (2) a medium feed ball (which was too big for Charles, too little for Lulu, and Sofie doesn’t like it). So I got, (3) a little feed ball (for Charles, who can’t figure it out), (4) a big rope jug (that Louise LOVES), and (5) a spinner (currently only Sofie’s survived because Louise ate hers – bottom is rubber).

Everyone waits, impatiently, in the evening for play time. I used to wait until 8 PM or so to do this, but now they have started demanding play time earlier and earlier. Sometimes, I give in and they have playtime only 30 minutes after dinner. What’s the difference, it’s all their food anyway.


Charles gets a special treat in a puzzle bowl with some kibble, because he is either too lazy for the feed ball, or just doesn’t want to lower himself to work for it. He loves a teeny tiny Busy Bone (r) and will gobble it up as soon as he finds one under the kibble.

We have lots of food fun at the Zoo. What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2017 in Dogs

 

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Monday Mischief: Cats Up – Dogs Down

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You would think that my animals never saw food before in their lives; 6 animals, 7 different foods, plus veggies twice a day (not including the snacks that I know V gives the cats). Everyone wants to be in THEIR SPOT or they don’t want to eat. Cats on the counter – dogs on the floor (or the dogs will gobble it all in a second). Nine likes privacy, so I hide him behind the cat food canister. I moved Mini Cooper recently next to Nine because she used to eat in front of the fish tank and was getting too distracted and never finished. Noel, of course, is in her window. Heckle and Jeckle Louise and Sofie chow down on the other side of the room in their puzzle slow bowls. Stella is in her private suite. I have to monitor or Noel and Sofie will gang up and eat everyone else’s food. I have learned that if I go do something in another room and don’t pay attention for more than a minute, there will be chewed bowls and even canisters on the floor very quickly.

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Can you see the tape holding the lid of the canister together and the chew holes?  Mommy left the room 🙂

What mischief did you get into today?

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Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2016 in Cats, Dogs

 

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

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HERE’S WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO ADD FRESH “HUMAN FOOD” TO YOUR PET’S KIBBLE

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.

SO IS IT A GOOD THING TO ONLY OFFER YOUR PET DRIED KIBBLE?

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.

( http://ilarjournal.oxfordjournals.org/content/55/1/100.full ) (Raghavan, Knapp, Bonney, 2005) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/16013542/

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

 

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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 ❤

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2016 in Dogs

 

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Monday Mischief: Feeding Time @ the DogDaz Zoo

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I am a certifibly crazy pet parent, especially around feeding time:  6 animals – 7 different foods

The Food

Food 1 and 2: Louise, with her autoimmune issues, gets Hill’s prescription Z/D (wet and dry). She has been doing really well on it and sadly, I can not find any cheaper alternatives.  I feed her in a ‘slow bowl,’ which really works too. (Thanks for the slow bowl idea, Eko.)

Food 3 and 4: Sofie, eats Natural Balance Venison and Sweet Potato (wet and dry).  I used to feed it to both dogs before I found that Louise could not tolerate most foods.  The dogs also get unsalted veggies with each meal, or pumpkin, depending on what I have in the pantry.

Food 5: Noel eats Friskies wet food.  All the cats used to be on this but Nine and Stella started to dislike it (as well as most dry foods), so now only Noel is on it.  Wet is my choice and I add a good amount of water.  (Dr. L says they would normally eat 4 mice a day, which would be meat and water mostly, so that is what I try for.)

Food 6: Nine and Stella don’t like any wet anymore (no matter how hard I try), so they are on Solid Gold – Indigo dry.

Food 7: The baby, Mini Cooper (who is not a kitten anymore), is on Blue Healthy Gourmet pate (wet only).  She does not like Friskies.  I haven’t moved Noel to the Blue because it is very expensive and if I can save a few bucks…

The Process

I have feeding down to a science. I open all dog food cans.  I make Louise’s food first because I want the fork to be free from contamination of other food. (Yes fork vs spoon, because Lulu’s food is very solid and it helps break it up more.) I mix the wet, dry, and veggies with water.  She then licks the fork.

Then it is whinny Sofie’s turn.  I mix her dry, wet, and veggies with water and then she licks the fork.  Sometimes I make them sit and give them an extra veggie or 2.

I take their food to the dog mat, they say their prayers (really they do) and chow down.

Now that they are busy I move to the counter to feed the cats. I open the cat cans. Mini first because she is a huge pest if I don’t.  Then Nine on the other side of the counter, followed by Noel, the patient, in her herb window.  The cats have to eat ‘up’ to keep food away from dogs.

The dogs are still busy when I go down the hall to Stella’s room and feed her (she is behind closed doors all the time so she is easy).

Back to the kitchen to make sure Sofie does not cat bowl surf the counter (which she does) and that Mini and Noel don’t gang up on Nine, who is a slower eater, because they do. They sit there and stare him down if I don’t watch.

This routine may explain why it is really hard to get anyone else in the family to help at feeding time.  I actually accomplish all this in a matter of minutes, but I have a plan (you have to have a plan at 5 am).

I don’t mind the different foods, it is just the cost that is killing me, and the need to shop at multiple pet stores because the foods are special and only sold at specific places (Z/D at a PetSmart with a Banfield Vet or at a Vet) and Natural Balance at Petco or a specialty store. But I got smart this month, I went on the internet and ordered things direct.  Maybe that will make life a little less crazy around pet food.

Feeding time at the Zoo!  Oh yeah, I repeat this again around 4:30 in the afternoon. No wonder I am always tired.

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Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2015 in Cats, Dogs

 

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DogDaz Warning: DEET In Dog Jerky Treats

I am sure that most of you have heard about the animals that have become sick and died because of contaminated dog and cat food from China. Since 2007, they have found MELAMINE in pet food and treats. Were you aware however, that since then the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported over 4,800 complaints and 1,000+ dogs, 24 cats, and at least 3 people have died?  Most of this has been linked to Chicken JERKY TREATS.

jerky According to an article in The Capital newspaper (Tuesday, June 17, 2014) by Dr, Francine Rattner, a veterinarian at South Arundel Animal Hospital in Maryland, samples were taken by the FDA recently of chicken jerky treats from veterinarians across the United States who treated dogs that became ill after eating them.  It is shocking to find that the chemical analysis shows the treats contain two really bad things – the insect repellent DEET and the drug AMANTADINE.

DEET is a common insect repellent and pesticide.  Amantadine is a drug used to treat Parkinson’s disease, some types of flu viruses, and for pain management in dogs.  Dr Rattner supposes that maybe the poultry farmers were using it to prevent avian influenza in their chickens, though it is not legal to use that drug on poultry in the US.

There is no direct proof that the contaminants in the jerky treats are responsible for the problems, so the FDA has not recalled the Chinese-made treats and many stores still sell them.

I thought that I was being smart by avoiding treats labeled “Made in China,” but, what I learned was that packages can be labeled “Made in the USA,” even if they include ingredients sourced from other countries (since it is put together here).  The only way that you can actually know where the ingredients come from is to contact the maker of the product, and if you are lucky enough to get the right person, they can tell you where their source is.

Bottom line: If you want to feed your dog jerky treats, make them yourself or do without.

Louise asks Why?

PLZ, DON”T CHANCE GETTING ME SICK!

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Posted by on June 26, 2014 in Cats, Dogs

 

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Tasty Tuesday: DogDaz Chicken & Rice

If you are a regular DogDaz blog reader then you know that Louise has a very sensitive stomach and Sofie has developed allergies to “who knows what and possibly everything.”  Every once and a while, I give their tummies a break with my simple DogDaz chicken and rice dinner.  This is not their regular diet since I do not add the required vitamins and minerals that a dog should have to maintain good health.  I use this to get their systems back on track. Some people say to fast your animal for 24 hours before starting any change, but I don’t do that. If your fur-baby’s tummy is out of whack, you might want to try this for a couple of days.

Note: Please make sure to get your dog proper animal care with a Vet when they are feeling poorly.  This post is by no means a cure for anything.  I believe that food is medicine, and medicine is food and just wanted to share a simple tummy tamer.

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Ingredients (for 12 cups):

4 pieces plain boiled CHICKEN (As lean as possible. I cut all the fat and skin off.)

1 cup white RICE

(Optional) 1/2 to 3/4 cup 100% pure PUMPKIN (NOT pumpkin pie mix, which is full of sugar and other stuff)

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Directions:

Time to prepare: about 90 minutes all together

1. Prepare the Chicken
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– Boil water (DO NOT ADD SALT.  Dogs do not need salt and too much can cause sodium ion poisoning).

– When boiling, reduce heat to simmer, cover pot and cook about 30 minutes or until the meat basically falls off the bone.

– Remove chicken and let cool.

– Save the broth (you will need some later and it also makes great chicken soup stock).  Skim the fat from the cooled chicken broth for the rice.

IMG_1006– When cooled, debone the chicken into small chunks and get rid of any still remaining skin or fat. (Think LEAN.)

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Prepare the Rice

IMG_1005 – Measure 2.5 cups (591.47 ml) of the broth (from previous step) into a pan and bring to a boil.

IMG_1003– Add 1 cup (236.58 ml) of white rice (easiest to digest for upset tummy) to broth and reboil.  Then cover tightly and simmer for 20 minutes.

– The rice will be soggy and soft when done.

– Let rice cool.

 

 

 

3.  Mix Chicken and Rice

IMG_1010– Add the rice to the chicken and blend them together with a fork.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_10124. Add Pumplin (with or without help from a cat)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Feed hungry dogs

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– How much you feed them depends on the dog’s size,  I give Louise (who is 58 lbs) 1 1/2 cups and Sofie (47 lbs) 2/3 cup, but don’t have any idea of the calorie or protein count.

– Mix with at least 1/4 cup of warm water to make it saucy.

 

Yummy

 

 

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Posted by on June 24, 2014 in Dogs

 

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DogDaz Update From China: There’s Food, So Where Are The Pets?

Obviously they have cats somewhere in China.  I found food and litter in the grocery store.

Obviously they have cats somewhere in China. I found food and litter.

There were signs of cats in a very small aisle in the grocery store,

Chinese dog treats in the grocery store.  I don't see dogs anywhere, though.

Chinese dog treats in the grocery store. I don’t see dogs anywhere, though.

There were also dog treats, but I have only seen 2 strays and 1 leashed dog in 3 weeks.  No cats.  Hummmm…..  I am really having animal withdrawal.  There are also no ground animals, no rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, not even snakes…  but I’ve been told if I go in the back of restaurants I will find rats.  Oh, I did see a bird at work last week.  I never realized how much I am tuned into the ‘other than’ human vibrations around me all the time, and without them, I am starting to get off balance.  I contemplated going to the Shenzhen zoo, but I am afraid that it might upset me if the living conditions are poor.

I miss my furries.  Sorry to whine.  

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo in China ❤

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2013 in Dogs

 

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