All “Complete and Balanced” Pet Food Isn’t Right For Every Pet

When a bag, can, or other container of pet food says complete and balanced, what does that mean?

It simply means that the mix of ingredients in he pet food has enough of the nutrients needed in the diet to prevent most diseases due to deficiencies of proteins, fats, minerals, and vitamins. Diets are tested to ensure they won’t make your pets sick.

Most dogs and cats seem to thrive on commercial pet food. However, individual dogs and cats may need a different type of diet to stay healthy, prevent disease, or treat medical issues. Dry food is the most common food purchased for pets, but not all pets can tolerate dry food and some need to eat a different type of diet. Some dogs or cats may need more oils for a dry coat, less carbohydrates to lose weight, a different meat or gluten-free diet for allergies (skin, ear, or bowel issues), more moisture (canned, homemade or raw) for the prevention or treatment of urinary crystals or stones, or holistic, homemade, or raw pet food for severe allergies, bowel issues or seizures. Most commercial dry food is geared for the average pet without health issues. These mixes of ingredients may not be healthy for a pet with allergies to wheat, obese pets, or those with urinary problems. Even raw food aficionados forget that not all dogs do well on a raw diet if they are fed a raw diet with beef or chicken, and they are allergic to a certain meat. The type of meat, the presence of grain or glutens, the amount of oils, and the percentage of moisture all can affect the health of your pet.

Where do you turn for advice? Can you ask your vet? Most veterinarians are trained to advise a different prescription diet for each medical issue. These diets may work, but may not be readily eaten by some pets. Some of the dry medical diets aren’t really much better for the pet’s health than most commercial foods. One urinary diet may help with crystals, but has wheat in it, that may cause skin problems. Prescription diets may be too expensive for some people and the pet suffers because they are offered no alternatives.

What are you supposed to do? Can you ask your vet about other types of diets that may work? How about homemade or a raw diet? Feeding canned food versus a kibble diet for weight loss? Feeding raw, meaty, bones to keep teeth clean? Most vets won’t know practical nutritional advice, because most were not trained to give it. Millions of pets are thriving on different diets, but most veterinarians are only trained to give advice on commercially “complete and balanced” diets and their prescription diets. Don’t blame your vet for not giving you alternatives like a homemade or raw diet or even simply supplementing your pet’s diet with healthy “human food”. We just weren’t trained to do that.

10 years ago, I started questioning the way we feed our pets. I had to reeducate myself and learn nutritional principles. I read books on the diet of the wolf and 100’s of labels on commercial food and raw food. I read books on feeding raw food and home cooking, as well as many books on human nutrition. As a result, I started advising my clients to feed different ingredients depending on their pets needs. For example, many purebred dogs and some cats need to avoid wheat-filled treats and food. Avoiding glutens in sensitive pets may cure ear problems, skin problems, bowel issues, and even seizures. With the success of nutritional counseling, I saw that different types of ingredients and moister food (canned, homemade, or raw), helped with weight problems or helped control medical problems like preventing urinary crystals from forming in both dogs and cats. I came to realize that our pets are individuals, and that each may need more than the common commercial kibble for optimum health. Some pets may need different ingredients in the dry food. Other pets may need to eat moister canned food, raw food, or home cooked food to be healthier, leaner, or to help with medical problems.

After my research and success, I wrote “Dog Dish Diet: Sensible Nutrition for Your Dog’s Health” in 2009. I updated a couple sections and published the second edition in 2011. Many clients wanted more slow cooking recipes that were in the book, so I published an eBook. “Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet” with slow cooking recipes and nutritional advice for both dogs and cats. There isn’t a day that goes by when a client or reader tells or emails me that they changed the type of food or the ingredients in the diet to help with a medical problem. I am so happy to know that I have truly helped pet owners become part of the health care team to treat or prevent chronic medical problems. I’m convinced that the right mix of ingredients may often prevent those problems or the need for medication.

If you want to treat or prevent medical problems in your pet, check out my blogs, you tube videos (, and my books, Dog Dish Diet and Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet .

Here’s a you tube video on “ingredients” in pet food.

Dr. Greg’s Dog Dish Diet

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AJ Smith hired by Washington Redskins as senior executive

AJ Smith hired by Washington Redskins as senior executive
The Washington Redskins announced Wednesday that they have named former San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith as a senior executive with the team. Offseason Forecast: Redskins. With the offseason under way, Around The League
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Citadel cuts 25 to 30 jobs, including senior manager: report
Citadel LLC, the Chicago-based hedge fund operator, is cutting 25 to 30 jobs, including that of Senior Managing Director Matt Cushman, according to a report. Reuters, quoting unnamed sources, said Citadel is consolidating its technology and support
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Sleepy Abby

This is little Abby, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel who lives in Beaulieu-sur-Mer – currently asleep on my coffee table!

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Question: Hi I have an 8 year old Maltese that weighs approx. 7.5 and is in good health. He is a picky eater and I have him off dry food as either the size is too big for him to chew and he is picky. He is off Chicken and Soy, wheat and corn due to itching. This has helped a lot in the past 18 months. I found Halo surf and turf and am trying it as the kibble is small however I am concerned with the protein which is 28%.

Could you please tell me if this is too much for an 8 year old? Good health but I don’t want him on it if too high. I just bought it this weekend and as of now, just getting a few bites with his food. Thank you!

Answer: Thanks for your question. If your Paddington does not have any issues with kidney or liver disease, this level of protein should be just fine. Healthy middle aged and senior dogs do not necessarily need lower protein foods. In fact, high quality higher protein diets can help maintain lean body mass in dogs as they age.

Hope this helps.
Dr. Donna Spector

Answers provided to pet owners by Dr. Donna Spector should be considered information and not specific advice. Answers are to be used for general information purposes only and not as a substitute for in-person evaluation or specific professional advice from your veterinarian. Communications on this site are very limited and should never be used in possible cases of emergency. Halo, Purely for Pets will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on any information or content contained in a blog or article post. If you have consulted your veterinarian and if you are still concerned about your pet’s condition or if your pet has chronic, complicated or undiagnosed problems, Dr. Spector can offer consultations for you and your veterinarian via


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New Orleans Animal Rescue in Peril

NEW ORLEANS (PRWEB) September 11, 2005

Despite the heroic efforts of volunteers and animal groups from both Louisiana and around the country, time is running out for the animals trapped in New Orleans, after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Help is desperately required to rescue animals trapped in the flooded ruins of New Orleans or roaming the streets in hungry packs.

Help is also urgently required to help care for the hundreds of animals rescued and located in shelters with no power or running water.

Here’s how you can help!

-BOAT OWNERS! Boats are urgently needed. Flat bottomed boats,

canoes, anything that can be used to travel around the flooded streets of New Orleans, and which is big enough to hold rescued animals. You must be able to transport the boat to the Louisiana SPCA ( shelter established at 9093 St. Landry Rd., Gonzales, LA 70737. HSUS volunteer Linda Nealon can be contacted at Gonzales on (225) 647 0712, but that line is very busy.

Bring a boat and it WILL be used.

-ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL PROFESSIONALS. Anyone with professional animal rescue, control, veterinarians, vet techs – particularly those with water hazard training–would be extremely welcome to come help search and rescue animals from the hazardous flood conditions.

Come to the Gonzales shelter.

NEW ORLEANS NATIVES. We need people familiar with the backstreets of New Orleans to help navigate the backstreets of the City. Come to the Gonzales shelter.

OWNERS OF LARGE TRUCKS: We need people, preferably with `official- looking” vehicles (flashing lights, the name of a rescue agency painted on the side will help rescuers navigate in the city) to help transport rescued animals out of New Orleans to Gonzales. Come to the Gonzales shelter.

BRING SOME SUPPLIES! Gonzales desperately needs the following: water proof walkie talkies and flashlights, D batteries, insect repellent, sunscreen, waders, animal medical supplies, heavy duty gloves for handling wildlife, and containers full of gasoline. Bring them to Gonzales! They are urgently required.

-POST STUFF. The US Postal Service is supplying Gonzales again. Mail higher value, lower volume items to the shelter like meds, etc.

-CALM DOWN DISTRESSED PETS. Our rescued dogs are freaking out. If you can even just drop by for an afternoon with some dog treats, chew-toys and “greenies” and pet a few distressed pooches, and take some for a walk that would be a tremendous help.

The Humane Society of Louisiana, St. Francis Animal Shelter and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary are jointly operating a huge emergency shelter at 115 Obed Magee Rd., Tylertown, MS 39667, where rescued animals are cared for in the longer term, before being adopted.

-HELP US TRANSPORT animals from Gonzales to Tylertown. Bring large vehicles suitable for animal transport to Gonzales.

The Tylertown Shelter has hundreds of animals but hardly any

volunteers to look after them. There is no electricity or running water. There are no landline phones. We desperately need helping hands. You cannot post supplies to Tylertown, as the US postal service has not resumed in the area.

-LOOK AFTER RESCUED PETS. Come down to Tylertown, but bring your own food, clothes, tents, medical supplies and enough gasoline to drive here and back home. Think of this as a camping expedition with a purpose. We do not have the resources to support volunteers. People with experience of caring for small mammals and exotics like spiders

and birds are especially welcome.

-BRING YOUR CONTRACTOR SKILLS. We are trying to erect new portable buildings to house the vast number of animals being moved to Tylertown. We need people with the skills and tools to erect fences and buildings, wire up generators, etc.

-BRING BUILDING SUPPLIES, GENERATORS, GASOLINE etc. Anyone who can supply portable building kits, fencing etc., please bring it to Tylertown.

-WE NEED AIR CONDITIONING. If you have AC units which can run off generators and could bring them down help set them up that would vastly improve the miserable hot conditions for the distressed rescues.

-BRING SUPPLIES. At Tylertown we need walkie talkies, flashlights, D batteries, insect repellent, sunscreen, animal medical supplies,heavy duty gloves for handling wildlife, and containers full of gasoline.

The Humane Society of Louisiana”s Executive Director, Jeff Dorson is at Tylertown and he can be reached on his cell phone at 901-268-4432. However phone reception is patchy in Tylertown and Jeff is very busy.

PLEASE NOTE: We are desperately short of people, so anyone helping out must ensure that they can look after themselves, and have enough gasoline to get back home.


The Humane Society website is now back online at and is ready to accept credit card


Alternatively, send checks (made out to The Humane Society of

Louisiana) to our emergency temporary office at P.O. Box 238, Sharon Center OH 44274.

Contact: Dana Nesbitt (President)

Humane Society, LA

Cell: 901 268 4610


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GIVEAWAY // Win a Pair of Gentle Souls Shoes (of Your Choice!)

Win a Pair of Shoes from Planet Shoes and Bubby & Bean!

I am SO excited to be partnering with the amazing today for a truly incredible giveaway!  I recently became the proud owner of a pair of their shoes (the Gentle Souls Blinique in Chocolate), and I can’t even tell you guys how in love with them I am.  They are crazy comfortable, the quality is impeccable, and they’re one of the chicest pair of sandals I’ve ever seen.  In addition to the fact that Planet Shoes carries thousands of gorgeous shoes (from over 160 brands!), they also have a commitment to respect the earth, which is a pretty big deal in my eyes.  Their mission is to find designs that blend function, style, and comfort with eco-ethics, and they work alongside several environmental organizations in effort to better our planet.  I’m a fan.  And now you have the chance to own a pair of your very own from their Gentle Souls line (my favorite!) – a $ 120 to $ 395 value – of your choice!

Win a Pair of Shoes from Planet Shoes and Bubby & Bean!

To enter, just visit the Planet Shoes website and leave a comment below telling me which pair of Gentle Souls is your favorite.  That’s it!

Once you’ve completed the mandatory entry above, you can also gain one additional entry for each of the following.  (*Please put each extra entry in a SEPARATE comment in order for it to count).

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This giveaway is open through March 6th and is open to all Bubby and Bean readers who live in (or can have their prize shipped to) the U.S. and Canada.  The winner’s name will be randomly chosen and announced shortly after.  Thank you again to Planet Shoes for offering our readers the chance to win a pair of their amazing shoes! GOOD LUCK!

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Meadows Wickenburg Sponsor the Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk

Wickenburg, AZ (PRWEB) March 02, 2013

The Meadows trauma and addiction treatment center in Wickenburg, Ariz., is a sponsor for the second year of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Out of the Darkness Campus Walk at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., on Saturday, March 23 from 10:00am to noon. A team from The Meadows will also participate.

According to information provided by the AFSP, a person dies by suicide every 15 minutes in the United States, claiming more than 36,000 lives each year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students, and the third for youth ages 15-24, with adolescent depression -undiagnosed, untreated or both – as the number one cause.

The walks are 3-5 miles in length and are planned for college campuses throughout the United States with proceeds benefitting the AFSP. The funds raised are used for AFSP’s research and education programs to prevent suicide, increase national awareness about depression and suicide, and provide support for survivors of suicide loss.

?We are pleased to support this very important event,? said Jim Dredge, The Meadows CEO. ?The Out of the Darkness Campus Walk campaign helps bring attention to the need for more suicide prevention education.?

For more information about AFSP and the Out of the Darkness campus walks, visit To participate on The Meadows team, visit There is no cost to participate.

The Meadows offers a Grief Workshop throughout the year that is designed to assist participants in addressing and resolving the issues surrounding loss, whether from death of a loved one, end of a relationship, or a major change in social or economic status. For more information about the Grief Workshop, visit

The Meadows is an industry leader in treating trauma and addiction through its inpatient and workshop programs. To learn more about The Meadows? work with trauma and addiction contact an intake coordinator at (866) 856-1279 or visit

For over 35 years, The Meadows has been a leading trauma and addiction treatment center. In that time, they have helped more than 20,000 patients in one of their three inpatient centers and 25,000 attendees in national workshops. The Meadows world-class team of Senior Fellows, Psychiatrists, Therapists and Counselors treat the symptoms of addiction and the underlying issues that cause lifelong patterns of self-destructive behavior. The Meadows, with 24 hour nursing and on-site physicians and psychiatrists, is a Level 1 psychiatric hospital that is accredited by the Joint Commission.


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Friday is for Favorites // The Hello March Edition

Anthropologie Bi-Tonal Shirtdress

I have a serious thing for shirtdresses.  They’re simple, comfortable, elegant, and timeless.  You can style them a million ways.  But this shirtdress may just take my obsession to a new level.  The neutral beige + mint colorblocking, the tailored cut, the silky drape of the fabric…  Sigh.  And paired with these insanely gorgeous booties, this look is perfection to me.  My birthday may be ten months away (exactly today), but if any friends or family reading this felt inclined to get me a very early present in the form of this outfit, I wouldn’t argue.  FYI.

blood orange margarita

Considering the fact that this recipe is now three years old and I just came across it this week, I guess I’m a little behind.  But I don’t care.  Anything that involves my all-time favorite cocktail and blood oranges is timeless in my book.  Also, I am impatient and this recipe takes two minutes.  It’s perfect in every way.  If I can find some blood oranges, margarita party at my house this weekend.  

Free People Hair Chalk

I’ll admit that I’m not the most adventurous when it comes to hair color.  My sister has had every length, style and color of hair known to man over the years, but I stick with the same: long and brown.  It would be fun to be able to add some occasional streaks of color when spring and summer roll around though, and I think Free People’s hair chalk is the perfect solution for me.  It looks easy as pie to apply (that rhymes!), and it’s vibrant, but washes out.  I’m sold.

This image of monks passing by a giant reclining Buddha in Laos took my breath away.  I would absolutely love to visit this place.  I’m actually in the process of renewing my passport (anyone else felt bummed when you had to replace all those stamps/memories with a fresh book?), and this is definitely on my list.  Someday…

You Are Good At Things

As soon as I saw the title of this book, I knew I wanted it. I mean any book called You Are Good At Things has to be encouraging, right?  But as I read more about it, I realized just how rad it really is.  Note description: “This comical checklist invites you to celebrate all of the skills that you’ve been overlooking. Can you intuit the subtle rules of sandal season or lace your sneakers in awesome 80s style? It’s time to live it up! Are you a master of moseying? Then make the most of it!  Do you write perfectly level on unlined paper? Find a pen already!”  Yes, please!  I’m picking up a few copies this weekend, because clearly its awesomeness needs to be shared with friends.

Holland Lop

You guys know how much I adored my sweet Bubby dog, for 16 wonderful years.  But what you probably don’t know is that for 7 years, I also had a bunny named Belle.  He (I thought he was a girl when I got him, hence the name) was a Holland Lop and looked just like the bunny in the image above (via Wikipedia).  He was also the most bad ass rabbit ever.  He was house trained, slept in bed with me, traveled with me, and was quite possibly the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen.  He and Bubby were BFFs – in fact, Belle used to hop up to Bubby every night so they could sleep next to each other.  (They spooned.  It was ridiculous.)  I’ve had bunnies on the brain all week, and am thinking it might be time to seriously think about visiting some local rescues.  I’ll keep you updated… 

Assembly Home Mixed Stripe Rug

I like stripes you guys.  A lot.  I think stripes add the perfect something to home decor (and clothing too).  I actually already have two striped rugs in my house, but they are black and white.  And I’m thinking that my very neutral design scheme could benefit from a little springtime color, like the lively (yes, lively) orange in this awesome mixed stripe rug.  I love how the stripes are divided not just by color, but by direction as well.  It’s the little things.

I wasn’t going to say that I’d fallen in LOVE (get it? get it?) with this gorgeous little clutch/wallet/keeper-of-all things, but fact of the matter is that I have, cheesy pun and all.  Aptly named the Hunter Zip Multifunction, it has all sorts of compartments to stow daily necessities.  Even more than the multifunction aspect, I’m digging the color.  It reminds me of everything spring – robins’ eggs, bright skies, clear streams.  And you just can’t go wrong with looking at the word “love” everyday, right?

Seriously though, how awesome is this?!  This Australia-based group, called Spreading Happy, dedicates their time and energy to “creating and spreading positive vibes everywhere they go.”  I printed out this image and pinned it up at my desk.  Amazing.

Time for another edition of Friday is for Favorites!  For new readers, ‘Friday is for Favorites’ is my (once upon a time weekly; now more accurately monthly) series where I become a rebel, and break all of my own rules of design cohesiveness to which I normally adhere on the Bubby and Bean blog.  No themes, curated collections, or matching aesthetics here.  Just a gathering of a few random things that I happen to be loving most this particular week, now shared with you. 

I should mention that despite the lack of any intended continuity between my picks in this post, I noticed after compiling this week’s favorites that the majority of them have some sort of springtime inspiration behind them (at least in my specific reasoning for loving each of them).  I’ve had spring fever for a while now, but I’m guessing that because today is March 1st (woooot!) and the official first day of the official first month of spring, it’s now in full effect.  Hello March!  So glad you’re finally here.

What are your plans this weekend?  This is officially the second full weekend that my husband will be home in 2013 (the first being January 5th!) – and after he goes back on tour in a few days, he won’t be home again for another weekend until April.  So this weekend is basically the best thing ever in my mind.  It’s going to be so awesome to wake up tomorrow morning and know I get a real weekend with my best buddy!  And even more awesome is the fact that my sister is coming up from Indianapolis to visit my grandmother and have some family hang time.  It’s funny how the times have changed you guys.  I used to really only look forward to the weekends where there was something exciting going on – a show, a party, a trip.  Now I look forward to the super mellow weekends that involve family and close friends so much more.  It took a long time for me to get to this point (I’m 30-something, and the ‘something’ isn’t early 30s anymore; I’ll leave it at that), and I have to say, I like it. 

I hope the rest of your Friday is wonderful.  And your first day of March too! 

Speaking of it being the first day of a new month, please say hello to March’s fantastic new (and returning!) sponsors!  They’ve got some pretty great things to offer in their shops and blogs, so make sure to take a minute or two to click on their pretty graphics over there in the right sidebar and see for yourself. 

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Feb 25, What’s Your Doggy Worth?

Dog food manufacturers have acknowledged the priceless bonding between you and your pet. In their advertisements they confirm your pet is not a property like your TV or your car. No, you have a real relationship with your furry pal and it deserves the healthiest dog food. Then when your dog dies after eating it, it suddenly returns to being just property and you get the animal’s market value plus the veterinary bills recovered. Is that fair?

Animal rights lawyers and pet owners now argue these laws are outdated and fail to consider the position of pets being companion animals in today’s society. The growing legal recognition of pet’s value is in the spotlight because of the dog food recall affecting over 100 brands in the USA. Animal rights advocates aim to upgrade the legal status of pets to somewhere between property and humans.
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