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Holistic vs. Natural vs. Organic What are the Differences?
October 16, 2007
Dear Fellow Dog Lover,

  • 1. Welcome

  • 2. Poll

  • 3. Feature Article: Holistic vs. Natural vs. Organic What are the Differences

  • 4. Readerís Write

  • 5. Recipe

  • 6. Wrap Up

  • Greetings!

    Thanks to everyone who has sent in pictures of your dogs! I love seeing them and I know others do too.

    You can now add pictures of your dogs directly! Just scroll to the bottom of the page and fill out the form.

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    Pet Food Recall

    The awful pet food recalls of last Spring are finally behind us (I hope!) how did these recalls affect the way you feed your pets? Poll

    Holistic vs. Natural vs. Organic
    What are the Differences?

    Whether itís pet food or human food, many of us are confused over the differences in these definitions. Letís define them.

    Organic is a farming method in which crops are grown on land that is free of chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides. According to the USDA, these can be "100% Organic," "Organic" (contains 95 percent organic ingredients) and "Made With Organic Ingredients" (contains at least 70 percent organic ingredients). Look for the USDA Organic Seal for verification of authenticity.

    Natural means the ingredient was grown without additives or preservatives. The soil in which these plants are grown isn't considered. Natural products are not federally regulated, so they may contain synthetic ingredients.

    Holistic is an integrated approach to the whole body and mind together. Itís not a definition as to how ingredients are sourced.

    Whole Dog Journal just did an article interviewing executives from some premium pet food companies about the long-term effects of the recall. Participants included founders and top executives from companies like Castor & Pollux Works, Wellness/Old Mother Hubbard and Eagle Pack Pet Foods among others. (These companies did not have foods in the recall)

    Theyíre in agreement that the whole mess made consumers take a hard look at what theyíre feeding their pets and overall has made the pet food industry clean itself up. (Itís about time!)

    Many people have switched to home cooked diets or raw diets getting away from commercial food altogether.

    Whole Dog Journal has had a fascinating series of articles on those topics in recent months. Including how to start and maintain healthy home prepared meals (raw or cooked) for your pets and tips and tricks to simplify it.

    If youíre not familiar with Whole Dog Journal itís a monthly newsletter focusing on natural dog care and training. The articles are written by long-time pet professionals and it has no advertising. I highly recommend it.

    Readerís Write

    New reader Millie wrote:

    I just signed up for your newsletter. Lance, my Golden Retriever is eagerly waiting his pumpkin treats. Lance has an allergy to wheat and corn: so I used cream of rice in the recipe.

    About the salmon oil pill. How many should I give him? He's 75 lbs. The bottle says itís 1000mg. Let me know what you think.

    According to Only Natural Pet, one pill should be given per 20 lbs. If Lance is 75 lbs., Iíd probably play it safe and just keep him on one daily pill unless your vet recommends otherwise.

    Salmon oil is great for your pet inside and out because itís loaded with healthy Omega-3ís and which are great for eyesight, the joints, healthy heart and brain and the skin and coat. Salmon oil comes in pills and liquid form to put on food so itís easy to use. Salmon Oil liquid

    Good call on changing the recipe to use cream of rice instead of cream of wheat. That's the great thing about cooking, many recipes can be adjusted to accomodate allergies and tastes!

    Keep up the comments, I love to hear from all of you.


    Patricia writes:

    I am interested in making unique dog treats for my dog sitting service in British Columbia.

    Just basic treat for small-medium pet dogs who are firmly disciplined and love family activities like catching frisbees in cold weather, and are gentle with children.

    Here's a basic treat recipe you can adjust to your dogís taste. To make training treat size treats, just cut smaller pieces before baking!

    Veggie Bones

    Thanks so much for reading. Donít forget, you can always write me by hitting ďreplyĒ. Give your dogs lots of love and remind them of their wonderfulness. Ďtil next time, Jennifer & Baggins

    Your in health and treats,
    Jennifer and Baggins

    Your stop for all-natural-dog-treat recipes and tips on improving your dog's health and happiness all naturally.

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