Happy National Dog Day!

(August 26, 2014) – Happy National Dog Day!

This holiday (also known as National Dog Appreciation Day) has been celebrated every year on August 26th since 2004.

The purpose of the holiday is to show appreciation for the millions of the dogs in the US that keep us safe and bring us comfort and companionship.

Many dogs even put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their disabled companion, and for victims of a tragedy that need to be pulled from wreckage.

National Dog Day founder Colleen Paige said,” I want this to be a day to encourage dog ownership of all breeds, mixed and pure – to help abolish puppy mills and end breed specific legislation so we can create a world where all dogs (and every animal) can live a happy, safe and abuse-free life.”

Compelling article on Canine epilepsy

How Dog Food Affects Seizures (Canine Epilepsy )

I recently found myself Googling “dog seizures” and visiting the websites on Google’s first page to see what may be new.  I was surprised, and also delighted, to see that practically everyone is now talking about the connection between feeding commercial dog food and dog seizures.  Truth has a way of floating to the top eventually, even if it takes generations.  I think that what has made the difference in seeing so many articles along these lines is because access to the internet has allowed those of us who have found our own solutions to conquering canine epilepsy to share our stories with thousands of people; whereas before, all we could do was tell our friends, family and neighbors if we stumbled onto something good.

There is no question that changing our dog Cory over to a raw, all natural meat on the bone diet was the reason that his seizures stopped.  But even so, I still wonder why that is.  Is there something in the make up of a dog that has a low seizure threshold and causes the dog’s system to react negatively to the grains, such as wheat, corn or soy in commercial dog food, so as to cause an allergic reaction resulting in seizures?

Or could it be that the culprits are actually minerals called phytates that are common in commercial dog food?  They are said to block absorption of important nutrients, so that the dog’s central nervous system is starved of those nutrients and rendered unable to function properly, thereby resulting in dog seizures.  Or is it that essential vitamins and minerals necessary to support the dog’s well-being so that it doesn’t fall below the seizure threshold get cooked out of processed commercial dog food, even if you choose a high quality one?

Whatever you believe, (and I met with a veterinarian last week who expressed his own opinion that favored the “your dog must be allergic to something in the kibble” option), I don’t understand why people don’t simply start with a change of diet for their dogs if they are having seizures.  What could it possibly hurt?

Why do some people reach for anti-epileptic medication first?  Or, worse yet, why would people throw away money to buy a product from a website that boasts that you, too, can join millions of other pet owners who have reported success by buying their product, which is of course an all natural blend of herbs, vitamins and anything else that sounds impressive, and is marketed under reassuring names such as EPILEPSY X or some such, while continuing to feed commercial dog food to their dogs?  I mean, if there is something in commercial dog food that inhibits absorption of the necessary nutrients, what good will it do to feed any supplements, no matter how wonderful they may be?

I know that not all dogs will be completely cured of canine epilepsy simply by a change of diet to either a home-cooked or a natural raw diet; and many dogs’ lives will be saved by anti-epileptic drugs.  These are decisions that must be made on a case-by-case basis by a loving dog owner and a trusted veterinarian who does not have any other agenda, such as commercial dog food to sell.  The point of this article is to ask anyone who is seeking answers that could help restore their dog’s health by reducing or eliminating seizures to stop feeding kibble or canned commercial dog food.  The only commercial pet food I would choose is one that is based upon the raw meaty bone diet, which is free-range and organic, such as Darwin’s Natural Selections with free-range meat and organic vegetables.

It took 5 years from the time I started feeding Cory the raw meaty bone diet until his last seizure, so be aware it doesn’t happen overnight.  But his seizures did become less and less frequent over that 5 year span, until they stopped completely; that was now over 5 years ago.

I wish all of you who are struggling with the pain of dealing with canine epilepsy comfort and support in your own journey to find answers that will work for you.  Cory and I hope our experience can help you fit together some of the pieces to the overall puzzle of reducing or even curing your dog’s seizures.

Sandra DeMers is the author of Cory’s Story, the true story of how one dog conquered canine epilepsy that will absolutely amaze you. Visit her website at www.corysstory.com for a wealth of information on dog seizures and to learn Sandra’s secret to good canine health. Hint: raw dog food played a crucial role in Cory’s recovery.

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Do brown eggs come from brown chickens?

It’s true!

White-feathered chickens with white ear lobes lay white eggs and red-feathered ones with red ear lobes lay brown eggs (this may not apply to all breeds). And besides that, there are certain chickens that even lay speckled eggs and blue eggs. But when you get down to the egg, nutritionally there is no difference. Read more about white and brown eggs.

Benefits of Eggs

usda organicAt Pack10, we are big proponents of eggs in our animals diets.  The benefits are seen in their coats, skin, & eyes!

The egg is a great source of protein; it helps build muscle, strengthen the hair, and repair tissue. Hardboiled is the most foolproof and straightforward method for feeding eggs to your pet, since there is no need for extra non-stick ingredients (i.e., butter, oil, or margarine for scrambling). The cooked egg can be cut into heart chunks, or diced and mixed into the usual kibble. The egg can even be given as is — after it has cooled thoroughly.   Raw eggs, on the other hand, are not generally recommended for cats and dogs. While there have not been health scares involving raw eggs and transmission of any major illness to domesticated animals, it is still better to be safe. Raw eggs do not impart any significant health benefit, and may only cause problems — issues of which are nullified by cooking the egg.

Pack10 uses only Certified Humane Eggs in all of our products.  humane

Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) is the leading non-profit certification organization dedicated to improving the lives of farm animals in food production from birth through slaughter.

The goal of the program is to improve the lives of farm animals by driving consumer demand for kinder and more responsible farm animal practices.

When you see the Certified Humane Raised and Handled® label on a product you can be assured that the food products have come from facilities that meet precise, objective standards for farm animal treatment.

 Read more about the benefits of eggs.

Bailey – Weight loss before & after – incredible 29lb. weight loss

After 11 months on Pack10 meals & treats Bailey loses nearly 30 lbs. and his limp!  We are so proud of Bailey and his pet parents for sticking to a healthy pet meal plan!  Bailey was not an over-fed dog,  he was simply not doing well on commercial pet food products.  Bailey continues to be fed a predominantly gluten-free Pack10 Natural diet.

Bailey’s quality of life, and life expectancy have significantly improved!

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Bailey - Before pic

Bailey - After Pic

Diesel – Testimonial

We wanted to share a before and after photo of our dog. Diesel is our 2.5 year old Boxer. About six months ago, we started noticing some hair loss/skin issues and weight gain. He had a few rolls on the back of his neck, and he was developing hair loss patterns on his back and sides. After a scare from a tumor on his paw (thankfully benign), we decided to take action and change his diet. We are happy to report that after six weeks of eating the Pack10 Natural diet, his hair loss, tumor and extra weight is now gone. What a difference it makes, when you give your pet the right nutrition! Both of our dogs are on this diet, and as you can see we are very happy with the results. Thank you Packten Natural!

— with Jon Thompson.

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Joey – A Testamonial – The simple discovery of a gluten intolerant canine

 The simple discovery of a gluten intolerant canine:
Joey is a small dog who had been on an unhealthful decline.  He wasn’t eating and was down three pounds from 13 to 10 lbs.  His owners were in a panic!
The owner of Joey is a friend of ours from a company I used to work for.  Last year, learning about Joey’s dilemma, we introduced Joey to our K-9 gluten-free meals.  Joey loved them!  After a few weeks on our meals, Joey was well on his way to recovering from the discomfort that food (prescription food – which can contain gluten) was causing him. He had gained all of his weight back!
Once he was well underway and eating like a normal food-driven canine, we introduced a variety of Pack10 Natural dog treats to him.  At that time, not all of our dog treats were gluten-free (they are now, though)!  After eating a gluten laced treat, Joey was back to his old sickly self!  Voila!  This is how we discovered Joey was gluten intolerant.  We no longer make gluten-laced treats with wheat products, and Joey no longer receives food with any form of wheat – gluten.
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