Hope for Pets Nutritional Supplements

In a recent survey of about 100,000 people, the majority of dog and cat owners stated that they thought their pets were in very good health. But when veterinarians are asked the same question, most believe that pet disease is very widespread.

Whom should we believe?

Well, the statistics speak for themselves. 25% to 40% of puppies die before weaning. 60% of dogs who are older than six years of age will get cancer. 70% of senior dogs suffer from joint disease. And obesity is the number one health problem facing our canine population.

The primary cause of these widespread health problems is the food we feed our dogs. As with humans, processed foods can be very detrimental to a dog’s physical well-being – and the vast majority of our dogs receive a diet of highly processed foods throughout their lives. So they become chronically undernourished.

Dogs are carnivores. In fact, puppies do best with a diet consisting of 42% protein. But the protein they receive in today’s packaged foods is usually derived from cereal grains and from poor quality meats. What they really need, being carnivores, is a high level of meat proteins rich in essential amino acids, the building blocks for all of the body’s cells. Instead they survive on processed cereal grain proteins, are undernourished and often overfed, leading to obesity.

So if dog owners can’t purchase the optimal dog foods in their local supermarkets or pet stores, what are they to do?

Dr. Bill Barnet is a leading doctor of veterinary medicine who has been studying for the past 25 years the problem of pet nutrition and how to ensure our pets lead long and healthy lives. As a result of his research, he became convinced that dogs needed to have made available to them nutritional supplements (even more so than we humans do). So he focused on developing a dog nutritional supplement that owners could add to their pet’s daily meals.

Dr. Barnet recently introduced to the pet food market the results of his many years of research and product development. He calls it Hope for Pets – a powder that one sprinkles over the dog’s meals twice daily. Hope for Pets contains 16 separate sources of the vital proteins dogs require (including five amino acids which can have many benefits, including acting as antioxidants to enhance the dog’s immune system). He purposefully created it in a highly concentrated, low calorie form. It also contains APG-36 (which helps fight viruses, molds and harmful bacteria), glycomerine (to fight against joint pain), essential fatty acids and many other powerful vitamins and minerals. He has combined these various ingredients in a concentrated, synergistic manner to achieve a well-balanced highly beneficial nutritional supplement.

Hope for Pets can be used by pets of all ages, even from birth. Dr. Barnet believes that it can help our dogs lead much healthier lives and that it can help to extend their life expectancies, so dog owners can enjoy their pets for years to come. Hope for Pets assists your dog in digesting the nutrients in the food you feed him and also helps to promote the health of your dog’s coat and skin. Dr. Barnet will be releasing a similar product for our feline population in the near future.

Don’t Feed These Foods to Your Pets

We head for our favorite chair with snacks in hand, our loyal furry friend following at our heels knowing that something good is coming their way. But many of the snacks we give them can be toxic to them. Most people are not aware of these foods.

CHOCOLATE, COFFEE, CAFFEINE

When ingested, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death. Dark chocolate is even more dangerous than milk chocolate.

ALCOHOL

Any food products containing alcohol, or alcoholic beverages are also no-no’s.

POISONS FOR PETS

Many household products are poisonous to our pets. The following is a list of poisons that should be totally out of reach to pets and definitely never given to pets. Be sure to have these locked up in a secure cabinet. You can buy baby proof latches for cabinets.

HUMAN MEDICATIONS

Prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. These include: painkillers, cold medications, dietary supplements and antidepressants. A pet will easily reach for a pill container thinking it’s a toy filled with treats. Little do they know it’s poison for them. Also, be careful if you drop a pill on the floor. Pick it up before your furry friend finds it.

CHEMICAL HAZARDS

These are a substantial danger to pets. Some of these chemical hazards are: antifreeze, paint thinner, drain cleaners and pool/spa chemicals. These chemicals can cause depression, respiratory problems, chemical burns, stomach upset and, in some cases, even death. Be very careful of antifreeze. If you’re taking care of the car, keep your dogs and cats away from it. It is toxic to animals.

PLANTS

There are quite a few varieties of dangerous household plants. Some of these are azalea, rhododendron, sago palm,lilies, kalanchoe and scheffiara.

Lilies are especially toxic to cats and can cause life threatening kidney failure even in small amounts.

PEOPLE FOOD

There are certain foods that we enjoy that can be very harmful to our pets. Some of these foods are citrus fruits, raisins, avocados, chocolate, grapes, onions, macadamia nuts, coffee & caffeine.

INSECTICIDES

Fleas, fleas and more fleas. But treating your pet on your own can put your pet at risk. It’s important to talk to your veterinarian before starting any type of treatment for fleas and ticks. Misuse of products could include putting flea and tick products or treatment on the wrong pet.

HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS & CHEMICALS

Bleaches, detergents and disinfectants are toxic to pets. Lead. Pets are exposed to lead through many sources, including consumer products, paint chips, linoleum and lead dust when surfaces in older homes are scraped or sanded.

Easy Pet Training Techniques – 3 Simple Steps to Train your Dog

Dog training is an integral part of maintaining a healthy relationship between you and your pet. There are various pet books available at discount pet supply stores, but if you are looking for the cliff notes, I recommend this type of pet training formula. A typical 3-step procedure in caring for your animal should follow these 3 guidelines: Discipline, Exercise and Reward.

Discipline:

A dog more so than any other pets needs discipline. This is simply because the Canine species is one of the more social and trainable domestic pets. You don’t want your Labrador going crazy when company comes over or a Shepherd that barks at the moon. So, in order to train your pet, you must show it that you are the boss.

In the animal Kingdom, there is a hierarchy and this hierarchy is natural in pack animals, such as your dog. So, you simply show it that you are the leader. In order to do this, you must act like the leader. This means that your pet should follow you in and out of rooms, doorways or even on a leash. Never let your pet lead you and if it tries to go around you cut off its path just like a real Alpha male would do. Shorten your leash to 12in if your pet continuously pulls forward on the leash. Teach your pet discipline and never reward anything but the absolute best behavior. This stage requires much patience from the pet owner and is a crucial part of a healthy pets life. Remember you are training your pet, not the other way around.

Exercise:

Another critical aspect of training your pet is exercise. Certain breeds will require more exercise then others. Typically it is the working breed type dogs that require the most. For these types of pets a 45-minute per day workout session is crucial. Whenever possible you should workout with your dog. Whether it is throwing a ball, going for a jog or just walking around in the woods, this time is integral in bonding with your pet. Be sure to have a good dog leash or harness for your pet if you live in a busy part of town.

Typically dogs that are destructive or overly aggressive aren’t getting enough exercise. If your pet isn’t tired at night, run them during the day. If you give your dog adequate exercise it will help him or her calm down and be more responsive to training. Have a spot for your dog to sleep and ensure that they lay down there consistently. For outside dogs provide a dog house or structure and for inside dogs pet beds will work nicely. This again shows the dog their place in this household.

Reward:

Rewarding your animal can mean many different things. To a pet, reward may mean a treat, a nice scratch on the butt or playing ball. Keep that in mind when you are training your pet. You don’t want to come home and immediately love on your pet, because it may see that as reward for an action. Instead come home and ask your pet to sit or shake, then reward them with a hug or scratch. When you pet behaves badly, you do not hit your pet or hurt your pet, but rather do not reward your pet and ignore your pet. Remember, your pet sees attention as reward. In fact, you should often ignore your pet as you walk into the room.

Have you ever seen puppies or inferior dogs run up and lick an Alpha male? Of course you have, that’s the way they show they are subordinate. How does the alpha male react? He simply ignores them or shuns them away with a snarl.

Now remember the same holds true for this hierarchy. Your pets runs up to you and licks you or jumps on you, it wants attention, provide it only after a desired action and sometimes ignore it all together. This lets your pet know, you are the king and a pet that knows its place is much easier to train.

Pet Training can last a short period of time or a long period of time, but is totally dependent on the owner. When you train your pet don’t think like a human, think like a dog. How a dog interacts with other dogs, how they like to run and play and what makes them feel like they were rewarded. Pet owners often need more training then their pets. Follow these three steps and your dog is guaranteed to respond.