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3 Things to Snoop for in Your Dog’s Food

This is my dude, Tony. He became my nephew a year ago. Love this dude.

One of the best investments you can make in your pup is to be sure that you’re are feeding them quality food. Just like human food, there’s a lot of junk food being sold as dog food (have a look here at this crap) . Even the dog food marketed as “healthy” grub can jack your dog’s mojo.

Why is it that our pets are getting many of the same preventable diseases that we are being diagnosed with? Many of our dogs’ chronic diseases are preventable with lifestyle changes that include cleaning up their diet. The most common diseases in dogs include, believe it or not, cancer, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Cancer in dogs has tripled since the 1960s (see nerdy brain candy section at bottom).

Common Health Problems in Our Pups
Sound familiar?
Time management. Cold exposure, sun, and earthing.
3 Things That Can Cause Your Dog to Start Trippin 
1. Grains 

Dog food companies spend tons of money trying to convince you that your dog needs grains for proteins, vitamins, and minerals. While corn and grains do contain protein and certain vitamins and minerals, they also contain toxins such as ones released from mold called mycotoxins. You may have heard about one of the more common mycotoxins, aflatoxin, found in a favorite human “health” food–nuts.

The mold in the grains (including corn) proliferates as a result of certain farming and storage environments. Environments with the right moisture levels and temperatures set up the perfect situation for these molds to grow in the grains that are used in your dog’s food.

In the short term, the mycotoxins disrupt your dog’s mineral absorption that jacks your dog’s energy production. Over time, the mycotoxin exposure can lead to a myriad of health issues like immune system compromise, liver and kidney damage, and cancer.

Reductionist propaganda at its finest. Poison ivy has vitamin C, should we eat that instead of kale?
You must sift through all the shit.
Pic credit: justrightpetfood.com (by Purina)
2. Corn

Corn (actually a grain, but gluten-free) is another ingredient you have to be on the lookout for in your dog’s food. Companies use ninja terms for corn to try to dupe you. Corn gluten meal, whole grain corn, corn flour, citric acid, maize this, maize that, fructose, maltodextrin, dextrose, zein this, zein that are used instead of “corn” as a marketing ploy. This is the same bs that the large human food producers try to pull over on you that you’re probably aware of by now.

Some indicators that your pup may have an issue with corn (and other things found in commercial food) in his food include flare-ups in his skin, eyes, ears and GI system or you find that your dog is itching, licking and scratching.

“…corn is not a filler and has nutritional benefits. Grains can actually be nutritious for dogs and cats, according to Lisa Freeman, veterinary nutritionist and clinical professor of nutrition at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. “Dogs and cats can digest and metabolize grains quite well. They’re not there as filler, but instead provide proteins, vitamins, and minerals.”
-purina.com

Take a quick glance here at a list of “generous” donors to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

These exaggerated claims on the benefits of corn originate from the big companies with money on their mind. Not your dog’s health.

3. Seed or Vegetable oils

Vegetable and seed oils that creep into dog food include canola or rapeseed, soybean, sunflower, safflower, rice bran and grape. These oils are loaded with omega 6 fats and can damage your dog’s health. Omega 6 fats, more so than most other fats, are highly oxidative leading to free radical production that jack your dog’s neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine.

When your dog’s neurotransmitters get out of balance from gut and brain inflammation as result of the omega 6 rich oils, your dog starts trippin. She starts peeing on the floor and using your new Christian Louboutin Directoire pumps or your new Jordan 4 Retro Eminem Encores as her new chew toy. You get pissed and take her to the vet. The vet puts her on anti-anxiety meds that lead to other symptoms that necessitate more medication. Get rid of the junk dog food, love on your dog, take her for a walk, and play with her outside daily. You’ll see the magic in your dog and you.

Another place you’ll find the omega 6 rich oils hiding is in your dog supplements. In many of the joint, skin, or reproductive health supplements for dogs, manufacturers use mixed tocopherols (preservative) from sunflower, soy, or corn. These fats are loaded with inflammatory chemicals that’ll jack your dog’s psyche.

This dude spends an hour or two on weekends with his cornerman for shoulder, spine, and pelvic therapy. His recovery program makes LeBron’s look JV.
“Healthy” dog food that you can get at “health” food stores like Whole Foods and Sprouts. See ingredients in pic below.
“In natural foods, Mother Nature does the balancing for us and the body takes what it needs. When artificially added–who knows what is absorbed?”

-Marina Zacharias, naturalrearing.com

Example Raw Food List for Your Dog

  • Muscle meat, often still on the bone
  • Bones, either whole or ground
  • Organ meats such as livers and kidneys
  • Raw eggs
  • Vegetables like broccoli, carrot, spinach, and celery
  • Apples or other fruit
  • Some dairy (raw if possible)“Wild canines eat nearly all the parts of their prey, including small bones, internal organs, blood, brain, glands, hair, skin, teeth, eyes, tongue and other tasty treats. Many of these parts of prey animals provide important nutrients, and in fact, this is how carnivores in the wild nutritionally balance their diets.-Dr. Karen Becker
Benefits of Raw Food For Your Dog
  • Improved coat health 
  • Healthier teeth and gums (won’t need those crazy amalgam fillings)
  • Improved lean mass (gainz!)
  • Better behavior (no more ADHD!)
  • Less waste production (no more Hershey squirts)

Meet Rusty, son of our beloved patient Mike D. Rusty knows what’s up. Look at him soakin’ in that sun. He even knows which way to face. I think dogs might be smarter than us.

5 Actionable Steps For Better Dog Health:

1. “Listen to your pet.” If your pet walks away from her food – especially a new bag or can of food discard the food. Your pet might be more aware than you about their food containing toxins like mycotoxins.

2. Avoid substandard commercial dog foods. If you see any grains, corn, vegetable oils, dyes or any ingredients you can’t pronounce, don’t buy it. If you really want to feed your dog grains, use human grade grains and prepare them by soaking.

3. If you try a raw food diet for your dog and you notice digestive issues, try cooking the vegetables and fruits to help ease digestion. A slow transition from commercial dog food to raw can be helpful.

4. Be sure to include organ meats and bones in your dog’s food. Organ meats and bone help to balance your dog’s vitamin and mineral levels. Again, take this slow if they’ve been on commercial food. Arcadia Meat Market has pint containers of beef cubes that you could use as a treat for your dog and it could also serve as a means for transitioning from the commercial feed. It’s grassfed beef trim and organ meats. Bomb nutrition in these cubes.

5. If you insist on the convenience of commercial dog food, you may want to consider supplementing your dog’s diet with a high-quality digestive enzyme to help lessen the burden on your dog’s GI system and body.

“Hey, Dad and Mom! Get me some of that raw grub! And no propellants!” -Gatsby
How about that sun making its way back northward? Instead of going to bed at 8:27 you can go at 8:38 tonight.

Have an awesome weekend!

Your Cornerman with love,

Dr. Thoma


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