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Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet


by Gregory S. Martinez, D.V.M.

Once they tried the slow-cooking recipe in Dog Dish Diet, (available at http// many

of my clients and readers fell in love with the idea and practice of home cooking for their dogs. I have to admit that I am now cooking for my dogs 95% of the time.


hy would dog owners want to cook for their dogs?

1. Some people need to know exactly

what is in their dog’s food to help with med- ical conditions. If you add an ingredient or two at a time, then you may be able to determine what ingredients cause ear, bowel, or skin problems in your dog.

2. Home-crocked dog food contains less

preservatives and processing chemicals. Recalls and troublesome chemicals are often in the news. Once you are comfortable with the process of home crocking, you won’t have to worry about these alarming reports.

3. Home-crocking dog food allows you

to control the ingredients with the ease and economics of slow cooking. Home crocking dog food can be less expensive and more healthful than most commercial dog foods. Slow-cooking for your dog may both save you money and make you part of the “pet health care team.”

Most dogs seem to thrive on commercial

food, however many dogs with moderate to severe itchy skin, chronic ear infections, hotspots, soft stool or diarrhea, seizures, kidney and bladder problems, pancreatitis, diabetes and other chronic medical prob- lems may need different and healthier ingre- dients or a home-cooked diet for their med- ical condition to improve. For those dogs that suffer from moderate


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to severe chronic skin and ear allergies or bowel problems, home cooking may be the best way to avoid endless cycles of costly veterinary tests and treatments. Home- crocking dog food may help you decide what ingredients work best for your dog instead of buying expensive prescription diets. I have watched many clients buy an expensive hypoallergenic or prescription food only to throw it away after their dog refused to eat it. Home crocking dog food allows you to try different ingredients out on your dog and use that information to buy different a commercial dog food with different ingredients or to try different slow cooking recipes!

Dr. Greg Martinez has

been a partner/owner of the Gilroy Veterinary Hospital since 1987. Introduction to Canine Crock Pot Cooking is included with the purchase of Dog Dish Diet.

Obesity ~ continued from page 7

requires both reduced caloric intake (eating less) and increased caloric expenditure (more physical activity) or 60% diet and 40% exercise. For dog owners, take your

pet on a brisk, thirty-minute walk twice daily. Swimming is a good form of exercise for dogs that have difficulty walk- ing. Discontinue feeding human foods, including table scraps, and high calorie treats, in small portions. Instead, offer pieces of carrots, broccoli or veteri- nary-approved low-calorie treats. Indoor cats are more prone

to obesity, and have less oppor- tunity to stay trim through exercise. Games that stimulate predatory instincts are usually irresistible for cats and the use of fishing rod toys that encour- age some aerobic activity will be a helpful part of your pet’s exercise regime. Remember that everyone should run and play, including cats. With today’s advances in

nutrition, weight loss for pets has never been easier. Your vet- erinarian will design a safe and effective weight loss program to meet your pet’s lifestyle. Remember that the reason you are doing this is to help your pet live as long and healthy as possible. Who knows, you both may benefit from your pet’s diet and exercise program! Dr. Lauren Jakubowski practices

at VCA San Martin Animal Hospital. In addition to providing nutritional counseling for her patients, she also treats pocket pets, birds and reptiles. Contact: (408) 683-4777 or www.vca-

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