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Lactose Intolerance and Your Dog

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Summer is one of those months where some of our canine pals sometimes got to have the so called lactose intolerance.  Feeding them much ice cream and cold dairy products can make them uncomfortable and in pain because of the condition called lactose intolerance.

What is lactose intolerance?

Lactose intolerance or hypolactasia is the inability of adults to digest lactose. Lactose is the sugar found in milk and other dairy produce.

Why does the body need lactose?

Lactose is needed in the body because of their high nutritional value and bioactive properties in improving health and wellness. The lactase enzyme in our body system and those of our pets are in abundance at birth and helps us thrive on our mother’s milk.  But as we grow old the body production of the enzyme diminishes and drops to a level of about 10% of its peak production making us prone to lactose intolerance.

How does lactose intolerance affect dogs?

Lactose intolerance is a common digestion disorder in dogs because dogs don’t have the key enzyme called lactase needed to digest lactose. Since the undigested lactose can’t be absorbed by the body system it remains in the intestines causing symptoms like upset tummies, bloating, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea which can lead to severe dehydration. However, depending on the dog’s metabolism, the effect and symptoms varies in several ways for different type of dogs.

Lactose in milk.

Although lactose is found in milk, this does not however mean that milk is ‘unhealthy’ for dogs.  In fact it is an excellent source of protein and calcium for dogs that are able to tolerate it.

First aid and relief for lactose intolerance in dogs.

The best rule of thumb in detecting if your dog is lactose intolerant is simply to limit or discontinue feeding of the particular dairy produce to help your dog recover. While limiting is the immediate relief, moderation is the key to health in in the intake of lactose replenishing food.

Integrating protein and calcium rich dog treats.

Since most of our pets are no longer pups thriving on their mom’s breast milk for their natural healthy supply of protein and calcium needs. A brilliant way to integrate protein and calcium rich milk and dairy products in your pets’ diet is through giving them protein rich dog treats from time to time.  MILKOTEIN is unique all natural dog treat with the highest level of protein than any other products in the market today.

Milkotein on lactose intolerance.

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Milkotein is made from the hard variety of yak’s milk called Chhurpi. During the process of making the Chhurpi cheese, most of the lactose of the milk were retained and strained away on the whey residue of the cheese during the coagulation process. The resulting cheese is virtually lactose-free and therefore will not pose indigestion and lactose intolerance to your dog.

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All Natural Healthy Dog Treats???

MILKOTEIN is a yummy long lasting all-natural dog treat with the highest level of protein that are great for growing bodies of your pets to keep them lean and fit. MILKOTEIN Dog Chews & Wonder Bites are made and distributed by PARASPETS LLC.

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Obesity on Dogs: A Lurking Threat To Our Buddies!

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Dog obesity is certainly one of the biggest health issue in raising and caring for our dog buddies. Due to our hectic schedules, we pet parents and caregivers often neglect and forget to watch on our pet diets. And because members of our household tend to also pamper our pets so much, we may have overlooked about things in our pets’ nutritional intake. Like us humans, lack of exercise and bodily activities as well as uncontrolled and unmonitored food consumption lead us to health conditions like obesity, dehydration, high cholesterol, high fat intake, high blood pressure, high sugar count, etc. Our pets likewise can suffer with the same condition.  But since our pets greatly depend on us for care, non-monitoring therefore lead their condition to get worse which when left untreated could lead to fatality.

In order to prevent health risks on our dog buddies, weight management, diet and activity monitoring must be well kept and maintained. In a recent study by the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention, 44% or approximately 33 million dogs in the US canine population were overweight. An alarming number indeed. Below are some of the revelations of canine obesity in the US:

  • Lack of exercise
  • Improper/abnormal diet
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Dog breed genetics

Obesity is a lurking risk and dangers to our pets since this condition could lead to the following health issues:

  • Cardiac arrest
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Orthopaedic injuries such as limb fractures, kneecap dislocations and other types of limb injuries and abnormalities.
  • Hypertension
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Other cancerous forms

The signs are often unnoticeable since our pet dogs have a natural tolerance to pain and since they can’t talk like us humans we may never know they are suffering in silence. They often continue to wag their tails, play with us, snug and rub their heads and bodies on us as if everything seems A-Okay. Thus, we pet parents must always be on the look out to monitor and care for them.  Their lack of activity, exercise intolerance, laziness, anxiety, unusual behavior are just of the symptoms barely noticeable to us.  It is important that our pets get to be examined by a Vet once every 6-12 months. Something not so hard to squeeze in from our busy schedules. To help you determine your pet’s weight check, try to do these simple tests yourselves to them:

 A.  Rib Scan. Try to run your hands softly along your pet’s ribcage. You should be able to feel the ribs in thin layer of tissue and fat. If you can’t feel the rib structure and felt only bulk of tissues underneath, chances are your pet is a candidate for obesity.

B.  Tuck View. In a side view angle of your dog, you must be able to view a tucked abdomen.

C.  The Curve. Viewing from above your pet, you must be able to view a moderate narrowing or hollowing at the waist just passing from the ribcage. If it’s a straight or bulging belly-like curve, indicates an excess or overweight condition.

Managing your pets’ weight will not only result in keeping them healthy generally but greatly help in preventing the onset of diseases and injuries that could lead them pain and suffering. A happy dog is a hralthy and lively one that fills our homes with pure happiness and endless joy to us.

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Healthy Dog Treats???

MILKOTEIN is a yummy long lasting dog treat with the highest level of protein great for growing bodies like Yoyo to keep him lean and fit. MILKOTEIN Dog Chews & Wonder Bites  are made and distributed by PARASPETS LLC. 

Why Are Dogs Crazy for Bones?

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Have you ever wondered why dogs have the fetish about bones? Why do you think they love to cling to the bones they love to chew and safeguard it with all their might? Let us try to examine how it came to be and what can we do to give them a better alternative to a thing which is not even that nutritious yet dogs love to have them. What is it in the bone that no other food can be?
The Carnivores
Bone chewing is a natural behavior for dogs. They got this trait from their ancestral genes – the wolves. Wolves are pack animals and great hunters. With their strong jaws and teeth, tearing on raw meat and grinding on hard bones are what they do on their early evolution. Today’s domesticated dogs’ trait have been more attributed to the modern man and with exception on chewing and gnawing on bones, today’s domesticated dogs were trained according to human’s acceptable ways. Dogs have learned to eat food, groomed and live the way how we humans are. Their food adaptation goes from its wolf-like carnivore diet to a wide ranging diet of meat to a non-meat basic dietary eating. More and more like that of the dietary patterns of its constant companion – human. Today’s domesticated dogs can eat both meat and non-meat food produce.
The Fetish on Bones
Through ages, dogs domesticated and have retained that fetish and habit on gnawing on bones. An ancestral craving trait they just simply cannot shrug off from their genes. But what is there in the not so nutritious bone that make them crazy about? The great satisfaction on gnawing on bones was pointed out by author Stanley Coren in some of his books like The Modern Dog, Why Dogs Have Wet Noses, etc. Apparently, the deposited fat left on the bone marrow and into bone itself has made the dogs so crazy about them. Until all the bone are ground down, the dog will continue to chew, gnaw and grind unto it. The deposited hidden fat keeps him going and going. In the quest for the mystery about bone chewing, there are several benefits on dogs’ bone chewing were discovered:

Bones Are Part of Dog’s Healthy Regimen
In the quest for the mystery about bone chewing, there are several benefits on dogs’ bone chewing were discovered:

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  • Bones keep the dogs delightfully entertained.
  • Keep him from getting frustrated. Frustration gets a dog’s destructive trait comes out. Often leading to resorting in other means to chew things like shoes, furniture, wallpapers or anything it can get to satisfy his chewing cravings.
  • Chewing and grinding releases some form of mental satisfaction, entertainment and happiness.
  • Relieves boredom and dullness on dogs.
  • Chewing on bones, help the dogs’ teeth get sharp and strong.
  • Chewing regulates and generates digestive enzymes and juices needed to digest their food.
  • Chewing and grinding makes their jaws stronger.
  • It helps remove plaques and tartars making their teeth and gums clean and bacteria free.
  • Fresher breath when oral cavity was cleaned.

The Dangers Lurks on the Fragments

As the dog enjoys the satisfaction of grinding and chewing brought by the bone, splinters and fragments were produced by it powerful act of grinding and chewing. These little pieces are often razor sharp and are potentially dangerous to the internals of the dog. It can lead to lacerations, bleeding and tissue tearing on oral cavity, oesophagus, stomach, intestinal tracts and other vital organs which could unfortunately be fatal.

Bone Treat Alternatives

Some manufacturers have created dog treats that mimics like a bone such as bone biscuits, raw hide dog bones and plastic bone look a-like. But all these artificial products leaves residue that are harmful still for the dog’s health faculties.

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A great dog treat product that is naturally based and non-irritating to dogs is MILKOTEIN. It has the highest 77% protein needed by your dogs to keep him lean and fit. Just like a true bone, MILKOTEIN is also longer lasting and can be reheated through microwave to retain its natural shape and nutrients. It is grain and soy free which are leading causes of allergies on dogs. It has no added colorings nor flavorings which could irritate and cause allergic reactions. Like the real dog bone, MILKOTEIN is also hard as a bone but does not splinter into sharp fragments which could pose dangers to your pets.MILKOTEIN is available for purchase via its ONLINE SHOP on the PARASPETS official website.

A hard habit to break.

True bones are far from being the most nutritious but a dog’s cravings for bones goes beyond the nutritional aspect of this age old treat. In fact, ‘No bone is a good bone in terms of the risks and dangers getting into their fetish. But just like us humans, we have habits that are not so beneficial to us and our health but wejust simply cannot just shun and shrug it off that quick. A bone to a dog is like a crazy habit they cannot do away such as cigarettes and alcohol addiction does to many of us human.

Metal Fragments Found by U.S. FDA on Some Pedigree® Dog Food Bags

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The US FDA ordered recall on some of the packages of the dog food brand Pedigree®. The contaminated bags were allegedly sold between August 18 to 25 at Dollar General Stores in Vicksburg, Magnolia as well as other Dollar stores in Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee. The FDA report said the affected bags were processed in a single Pedigree® manufacturing facility. The said facility was now shut down pending investigation and resolution.   The small metal fragments FDA said could have entered in the bags during the production stage and not embedded in the food itself but just the same can still pose risk and injury if consumed.  The FDA identified the affected Pedigree® product as the 15-pound bag of Pedigree ® Adult Nutrition Dry Dog Food. FDA further noted that no other Pedigree ® products and variants are affected. FDA advised the buying public to discard the dog food at once or return to its retailer for a full refund.  The Pedigree® Dog Food brand was owned and manufactured by American global food conglomerate, Mars, Inc.

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Source: IBTimes /FDA

Dog Treats???

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MILKOTEIN is a yummy long lasting dog treat with the highest level of protein great for growing bodies like Yoyo to keep him lean and fit. MILKOTEIN is made and distributed by PARASPETS

The ABCs on Understanding Dogs’ Food Labels

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Reading and examining the ingredients of the food pack and/or can before buying is a very wise routine when shopping for food we will feed to our pets. Just like us human, we meticulously see to it that we will only be eating food that not only suit our taste and budget but most importantly have the most if not the best nutrition it can give to nourish our body and wellbeing. Our beloved pets also deserve the best nutrition to raise them well. We all want our dog buddies to have that lean and fit look, shiny color best coat, healthy skin, physically and actively alert.  Through time heath conditions would occur and develop like allergies, itchiness, fur and coat shedding, diarrhea, etc. These may not necessarily be due to the food they ate or things they did. Knowing its cause can be due to a lot of factors. It may take some trial and error sessions to have these conditions manifest. A little enlightenment from your Vet might be the most valuable piece of information you can get to guide you in choosing what’s best for your dog buddies. Knowing the ingredients of their food will greatly help them to grow healthy, active and well balanced. It is therefore best to consult a medical practitioner like your Vets before purchasing and buying them. Below are some pointers and routines on how to help you read a dog food label of ingredients:

  • Ingredients are listed by weight. Dog food ingredients normally starts the list with the heaviest ingredients. According to the FDA, meat solids contain about 75% water. Protein concentrates can be found on meat meals that are water and fat free.
  • Be aware about ‘Complete and balanced.’ Nowadays, dog food often has a marketing labelling that are tagged as ‘complete and balanced.’ This is actually a matter of personal choice. Further examining the packaged is still wise. Dog food meat meal products may contain meat byproducts such as blood, bone, intestines, brains and udders. Hair, horns, teeth and hooves should not form part of the meat meal.
  • Be on the lookout for banned meat sources. Always be on the watch on news for ‘mad cow diseases’ and other FDA advisory diseases on meat products. Avoiding ingredients with brains and spinal cords from older animals are high risk for diseases.
  • Chemical sounding ingredients. If you have trouble understanding or reading aloud the ingredients, try to ask and research first about it. Chances are they were chemicals added during the processing, bleaching, coloring and preservation of the food. Their presence in the dog food must be explicitly approved by the FDA to be generally considered as safe for consumption.
  • Shelf life. The date of manufacture and expiration must be distinctly stated. It’s the responsibility of the manufacturer to post them on the label and it is our responsibility as consumers to only buy products, especially food products that are not yet expired to prevent diseases and illnesses that might have developed as well as quality has deteriorated on the products being bought. The date of manufacture serves as the consumers’ guide on the quality and freshness whereas the expiration date is the warning date for the product not to be opened and consumed anymore. Never bought expired and spoiled ones for they could surely pose dangers such as food poisoning, and other health conditions that sometimes fatal to kill once ingested and consumed.
  • Research about facts not fallacies. It is wise that we focus on the facts by verifying and asking an authority, in this case your best authority is your dog’s Vet who basically know the physical condition of your dogs. Friends and other dog parents might recommend food products they’ve used or seen on advertisements but your Vet is still the best resource person for everything that concerns about your dog including food packages from the pet shop and the groceries. It is not the storekeeper, the vendor nor the manufacturer of the food packages that knows best but your dog’s veterinarian.
  • Samples and Trials. Some food manufacturer offers free taste and sampling of their product as part of their marketing information and guarantee about the overall and general condition of their product. It is also an opportunity for consumers to observe its palatability for ingestion and consumption. They serve as trial pieces for observances against health indication on consumers such as occurrence of allergies, and other initial medical condition that might need further examination and treatment by a medical practitioner like doctors, vets, nutritionist, etc.

The label on food packages be it for human or animal consumption is your gateway to peek what’s inside them.  The ingredients, nutritional facts and product directions are just some of the information to help and guide us shoppers and consumers on what we are to feed, eat and consume inside those packages. It will greatly help and serve its purpose if we will try to understand each of the items in those food packages more importantly if is for the safety and general guidance of whatever food item was inside.  It will not only add up information and knowledge that will lead for a sound and healthy wellbeing especially for our beloved canine buddies since they basically really on us on what they will be eating.  Give them the safest and best and they will return the favor by giving back their loyalty, obedience and unconditional love 101%.

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