Steve with four generations of dogs. From the left, Popeye, his daughter Zowie, his Mom BeeBop and his Grandma, Grandma Daisy.
About the Author: Steve Brown, a consultant for veterinarians on formulating pet foods that meet European and North American guidelines. In 1998, he developed the first AAFCO-compliant, frozen, raw-meat based diet. After developing national distribution, Brown left the company to focus on research and education. He has authored the book Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet and co-authored See Spot Live Longer.
In this three part series, I will discuss how to improve your dog’s health, why balanced fats are critical and ways to improve the health of your dog.
Pet overpopulation is a serious issue, both for the country and for our region, one that Darwin’s is committed to doing something about. King County’s shelter does a great job of finding homes for the animals in their care, placing over 80% of the 7,000 dogs and cats left with them. While this is a considerable achievement, it still leaves over a thousand adoptable animals each year in the Seattle area without a home.
Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated to showing others how much you love them, so don’t forget your four-legged best friend. Who else waits patiently for you to come home and then dances with excitement at your arrival? Dogs love humans unconditionally, even if we sometimes don’t always have the time to give them the attention they deserve.
So this Valentine’s Day, here are a few ways to show your pet you love them.
February is pet dental month, which means it’s time to pay extra attention to your pet’s oral care. Dental disease is more than just yellow teeth, red gums and stinky breath. It may be a sign of a serious oral disease. If left untreated, it may affect your pet’s quality of life. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reports that 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some kind of oral disease by the age of three.
When you visit Darwin’s website, you’ll see that we refer to our meals as “raw," as this is the common term used for our kinds of meals. Having said that, we believe that the whole “raw vs. cooked” controversy is an unnecessary distraction from the real issue that should be focused on, which is “fresh food vs. processed food."
I’ve been feeding real food to my pets for more than 20 years. Like most pet owners who go down this path, I found my way to this approach because of a pet with health problems. In my case, the pet was Max, my Old English Sheepdog. Although he was only 10 years old at the time, Max was so arthritic that he could barely stand up. After trying everything that western veterinary medicine had to offer, I turned in desperation to a naturopathic vet.
Keep in mind, this was quite a while ago, and naturopathic medicine was somewhat unusual for humans, let alone for pets. But I was willing to try anything.
This is the time of year when many of us are thinking about our New Years resolutions – what we can do to help live a healthier life.
This year, while you’re thinking about what resolutions you can make for your own health, why not do the same for your best friend? Make a resolution to take better care of your pet this next year. That’s a resolution that will benefit not only your pet, but you as well, by assuring that your pet will live a longer and happier life. Continue reading →