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Dog Diets: Feeding tips to meet a dog’s energy needs for all activity levels

Lady had her third litter of six pups on January 28. Thanks to the excellent nutrition of Hubbard Life High Energy Dog Food, she and her pups are doing well.

As a breeder, I want a dog food that will keep my females in top condition when they are pregnant and keep up with the nutrient demand when nursing. Hubbard Life High Energy Dog Food is doing both. And it kept both of my dogs in great shape through the fall hunting period. Lady’s transition from hunter to mother went smooth thanks to the balanced, nutrient-dense design of the product.

Canine diets are balanced based upon the actual nutritional requirements of the animal. Dogs eat to meet their energy needs. As activity increases, their need for food also will increase. Likewise, an inactive dog will eat less.

Another way to change energy consumption is by changing products. An active dog could be changed from a low energy product such as Hubbard Life Maintenance dog food to Hubbard Life High Energy dog food to increase energy and other nutrients.

There are a multitude of dog foods available with a wide variety of protein and fat levels. It is often difficult to determine which is the best level of fat or energy for a particular dog. The energy requirements of dogs can vary greatly with their size (breed), age, activity level, body condition and season. The following information should help to explain each energy requirement factor.

If an average dog in maintenance relative energy requirement equals 1, a puppy’s energy requirement would equal 2, a very hard working dog or lactating dog’s energy requirement would equal 3, an active or pregnant dog’s energy requirement would equal 1.5 and an inactive or older dog’s energy requirement would equal 0.75.

Each Hubbard Life product is formulated and manufactured to meet the nutritional needs during various life stages, such as gestation, lactation, birth or growth.

The pups are now five weeks old and they are supplemented with Hubbard Life Puppy Food. This in combination with nursing will produce pups ready to wean at seven weeks. These pups will then be ready to go on a full diet of Hubbard Puppy Food, which makes weaning easier and makes the transition to a new home smooth at eight weeks.

Each puppy leaves our kennel with a bag of Hubbard Puppy Food so there is no question as to what they have been eating. To learn more about Hubbard Life pet foods visit the website www.hubbardlife.com.

If you have questions about nutrition during gestation and lactation or breeding management please contact me through the Hubbard Life Blog by submitting a comment.

Posted on 2/29/2012 by Dr. Dave Whittington  |  Category: Dog
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Corn in Pet Foods: Get the facts

Protein in corn provides nutritional boost

The question that I am asked about dog food more than any other is why we include corn grain in our products.

There are many myths about corn in pet food. The most important fact to dispel any concerns about corn in a dog’s diet is corn needs to be properly processed or cooked to ensure that dogs are able to digest it efficiently. That processing, used by Hubbard Life, is a standard and efficient mainstay in extruded or expanded nuggets.

Here are more myths and facts about corn in dog diets:

MYTH: Dogs are carnivores and should not eat corn, only meat.

FACT: Like pigs or humans, dogs are omnivores, meaning that they can and do digest and utilize not only meat or animal proteins, but also cereal grains and fiber.

MYTH: Meat is the ingredient of choice and dogs do not willingly eat corn.

FACT: I have raised a lot of dogs on the old homestead and there is no doubt, dogs like corn.

MYTH: Dogs need lots of protein that should from meat, right?

FACT: Dogs do require protein to meet their requirements for growth, reproduction and lactation and to maintain good health and appearance. Meat or animal proteins do an excellent job of meeting those requirements. But dogs can also digest and use plant proteins contained in corn, soybean meal and many other vegetable protein sources.

An important point is to always provide a balanced nutrition dog food with the correct level of protein and energy for your dog. Too much of either protein or energy will cause serious health problems for your pet, including obesity, kidney disease, lower quality of life and reduced life expectancy.

I want to ask a better question. Why wouldn’t you feed your dog a product like Hubbard Life that contains cereal grains – in particular corn? When properly cooked, corn is a nutritious, highly digestible and palatable foodstuff that is part of a well-balanced and varied dog food.

When you really care about your pet and want the best for them, get the facts. Contact qualified people who know and understand animal nutrition at www.hubbardlife.com.

Posted on 2/22/2012 by Dr. Doug Pamp  |  Category: Dog
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Pet Loss: How Soon Should You Get a New Pet?

Most pet owners have experienced the loss of a beloved pet. Many wonder if they can move on more easily and cope with the grief by bringing a new pet into the picture. When to get a new pet can be a difficult question to answer and it varies for each of us.

I found comments by Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed., to be very insightful. She claims that obtaining a new pet before you have had time to work through your grief can cause problems for both you and the pet. So, when is the right time? For some, the loneliness of an empty house makes grieving more difficult, and a new pet can help the process. Others, however, may feel resentful toward a pet obtained too soon.

The time to obtain a new pet is when you have worked through your grief sufficiently to be confident that you can look forward to new relationships, rather than backward at your loss.

Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to consider:

  • Do involve all family members in the decision to obtain a new pet. Make sure all members of the family have had a chance to work through their individual grieving process. Children build strong attachments to pets and might feel that giving their love to a new pet is “disloyal” to the previous pet.
  • Do look for a pet that is in some way different from your previous pet. Avoid obtaining a lookalike pet, because if the new pet looks like your previous pet, it is easy to be disappointed when it doesn’t act like that pet. Consider a pet with different colorings or markings.
  • Do consider the needs of your surviving pets. Will they welcome or resent a newcomer? Some pets seem to genuinely mourn the loss of a companion, and you may find that you need to introduce a new pet simply to comfort the survivor. Remember, however, that most cats and dogs are territorial by nature and it will take time to adapt to a new pet. Give your existing pets lots of love and attention when you introduce the new pet.
  • Don’t think of your new pet as a “replacement” for your previous pet. You don’t replace relationships; you build new ones. Your new pet will be a companion with whom you build an entirely new set of memories and experiences.
  • Don’t compare your new pet with your previous pet. After many happy years with an animal companion, it is easy to forget that, when it was a puppy or kitten, it, too was destructive, disobedient and un-housetrained. Your new pet will grow out of that phase too.
  • Don’t expect your new pet to have the same behaviors and characteristics as the one you lost. Instead, enjoy the new pet’s individual behaviors, responses and characteristics as they develop.

For more resources to help you cope with pet loss you can visit  www.pet-loss.net.

The site also mentions support groups, pet cemeteries and counselors.

Posted on 2/15/2012 by Amy Brown  |  Category: Cat, Dog, Equine, Poultry, Rabbit
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