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Articles Archive - Nutrition and Diet

This Archive includes the best of Nutrition and Canine Diet articles featured on Working Dogs Cyberzine since 1996.
  • Should Your Dog Eat BARF?
    Written by: Jorie Green, Managing Editor -

    These days, people are eating eggs and bacon as a way to lose weight, and shunning white rice as if it’s food of the devil. And who could forget the way we used to diet in the 80s the Grapefruit Diet, the Beverly Hills Diet, the eat-nothing-but-broth-and-then-binge-on-pie diet. (That wasn’t what the diet was called, of course, but it was basically how it was followed.)

  • Truth in Advertising: Not All Nutraceuticals Live Up to Their Claims
    Written by: Elizabeth L. DeLomba, DVM - republished here with permission from

    Everywhere you turn these days, there are advertisements for new products that make amazing claims about how a particular compound or herb will make your pet’s life paradise. Feed your kitty this magic potion, and no more itching for Fluffy! Try this new spray, and your old dog will run like a puppy! This garlic treatment surely will blast away all those fleas... even if it leaves Fido smelling like pizza dough.

  • Canine Cuisine
    Written by: Tracy Vogel, Staff Writer -

    Lots of people, at one time or another, have tried it. That doesn’t make them bad, just human.
    Curiosity gets the better of you. You glance around, make sure no one’s looking and take a nibble off the corner of a Milk Bone.

  • Moc's Liver Treats and Tracking Bait recipe is easy to make, healthful, and best of all -- no dog can resist them. Features creative ways to devise camouflaged tracking bait for a variety of surfaces and environments including sod, moon dust, even asphalt.

  • Use of oral supplementation to help manage arthritis has demonstrably risen in recent years. In yet another contribution by canine sports medicine specialist Dr. Henry De Boer Jr., he addresses the increased wear and tear on the joints of sporting and working canines and shares current information about Chondroprotective Supplementation for the Working Dog.

  • Marina Zacharias discusses some of the effects of chlorinated water, both when ingested by your pet and when applied topically, in her article Chlorinated Water: A Big No-No! published in the Natural Rearing Newsletter.

  • Feeding the Working Dog presented by Edmund R. Dorosz, BSA, DVM. The author discusses the role of proper nutrition when developing the highly-tuned working dog during various phases of activity.

  • Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats by Richard H. Pitcairn and Susan Hubble Pitcairn. This updated version of the Pitcairns' comprehensive guide to natural health care for pets covers the holistic approach to veterinary care that the authors have applied to the animals they have treated for many years. Their approach is one that promotes chemical-free nutrition, treatment, and natural healing for pets. Of special interest to the owners of working and sporting breeds are the extensive chapters on nutrition, including special diets for special needs dogs. I've modeled the natural food diets for my own working dogs on Pitcairn's recipes with excellent results. You can find this book in the Natural/Holistic Care section of the Working Dogs Book Store.

  • Author Ann Martin reviews her book Food Pets Die For: Shocking Facts About Pet Food. In her review, she shares her reasons for writing this book about the processed foods commonly fed to our pets. Her factual and often shocking expose of the commercial pet food industry is compelling many to rethink the wisdom of how -- and what -- they are feeding their animals. You can find this book in the Canine Nutrition section of the Working Dogs Book Store.

  • Animal Health Instructor Kymythy Schultze discusses how the strength of your pet's immune system, its resistance to disease, and its quality of life all depend on the food that it eats. She reviews some of the groundbreaking research into nutrition for our pets and explains the benefits of Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats.

  • The secret ingredient is theobromine, and if it's in that chocolate, you'd best not feed it to your dog. Breeder and canine nutrition resource M. Shirley Chong explains the risks of feeding real chocolate to canines.

  • University of Florida Veterinary School's Canine Vitamin Advisor automatically calculates and suggests the vitamin and herbal supplement dosage for your dog's age, weight, sex, and living environment.

  • Dr. Lowell Ackerman, DVM reviews the symptoms of Adverse Food Reactions and explains how to determine if such sensitivities are related to food allergies or to an underlying condition.

  • Call it "snacking", "snarfing" or just plain poop-eating, most folks would simply rather not know that their dog is committing such an unbecoming faux poo. But a lot of dogs do indulge in the culinary practice known by many as the "Kiss of Death." Veterinary student Erik Hofmeister has embarked on a research study to determine the causes and prevention of Coprophagia in the Canine.

  • Chris Zink, DVM, PhD is the accomplished author of the two bibles of competitive performance training, "Peak Performance: Coaching the Canine Athlete" and "Jumping From A-Z: Teach Your Dog to Soar." She discusses the importance of understanding locomotion, conditioning, nutrition, and proper training for dysplastic and special needs dogs in Coaching the Canine Athlete.

  • Chris Zink, DVM, PhD discusses why so many working dogs are overweight in Corpulent Canines?.

  • Drs. Altom, Tyre and Cummins of Auburn University studied the impact of different diets on the olfactory performance of canine athletes. In their report, Investigations into the Effects of Dietary Fat Source and Exercise on the Odor-detecting Capabilities of Canine Athletes, their findings suggest that physical conditioning may have the greater influence.

  • Marina Zacharias discusses some of the effects of chlorinated water, both when ingested by your pet and when applied topically, in her article Chlorinated Water: A Big No-No! published in the Natural Rearing Newsletter.

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