Brain Food. Animal Wellness

Brain Food

By: Claudia Bensimoun
As seen in: AWM Vol. 15 Issue 1

Did you know your dog’s diet can have an influence on his behavior and intelligence?

If you’ve ever felt lazy after eating a big meal, or hyperactive following a sugary treat, then you have an idea of how what we eat can affect our behavior. The same applies to dogs. In fact, scientists now believe it’s possible to change the neurological and physical aspects of a dog’s brain, thus directly affecting his behavior and intelligence, through nutrition.

Good nutrition vital to puppies

The best evidence that nutrition may play a critical role in brain function and behavior comes from studies conducted at the University of Toronto by a team of researchers and behavioral neurologist, Norton Milgram.These studies showed that gross development of the canine brain is extremely rapid during the first four weeks after birth, then slows considerably until the pup reaches adulthood. “Inclusion of fish oil rich in Omega 3 fatty acids in maternal foods has been shown to increase learning ability and ERG-assessed retinal function in growing puppies,” says Dr. Milgram. Feeding fish oil rich in DHA improves how quickly a puppy responds to training, and also enhances his cognitive development.

Linolenic (Omega 3) and linoleic (Omega 6) fatty acids play an important part in a dog’s diet. Dogs require both, but fat sources differ greatly in their concentrated amounts of Omegas 3 and 6. Both continue to be a major focus of study when it comes to behavior and nutrition. Omega 3 is found in high levels in fish oils. It is also found in flaxseed, what germ, canola and soybean oils.

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Benefits of Spirulina,Chlorella,Wheatgrass and Alfafa.Giving Our Dogs Options.


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Green foods are known as  nutrient rich plants ,such as algae,spirulina, chlorella, wheatgrass, barley grass and many different sprouts such as alfalfa.But what makes these green foods so terrific for dogs is that they contain all the vitamins, trace elements and minerals needed for both human and dog health. So whilst making your morning smoothie, go ahead and make one for your Fido too.Who doesn’t wish for an easy morning pick me up?

Benefits of Alfafa

  • Treats fluid retention and kidney problems
  • Detoxifying properties
  • Kidney cleanser

Benefits of Wheatgrass and Barley Grass

  • Both are similar in their medicine and therapeutic properties
  • Used to prevent cancer
  • Reduces inflammation and pain
  • Helps with digestion and assists the immune system by destroying all toxic substances .
  • Great for dogs that chew grass frequently( showing us that they are needing greens)

Benefits of Spirulina and Chlorella

  • Great sources for vitamins, minerals, proteins and antioxidants
  • Great supply of chlorophyll than any other source around
  • Easy to digest
  • Most important for preventative health for  all dogs
  • Spirulina cleanses the body
  • Protects the kidneys, especially those dogs on antibiotics and other meds
  • Chlorella has less protein than Spirulina, but more than chlorophyll.Reduces blood pressure and cholesterol,fights free radicals and also reduces inflammation
  • Rich in essential fatty acids
  • Sometimes can cause hyperactivity in dogs . Always check with your veterinarian before using and for dosage
  • Vondi‘s carries a wonderful Spirulina for dogs- powder sprinkle form for dogs.


1 cup plain nonfat organic yogurt

1/2 cup blueberries

1/2 cup mango

1 teaspoon flaxseed

Omega 3-6-9( correct  dosage for your size dog)

Combine all the ingredients and sprinkle the  recommended Spirulina dosage.

Improved nutrition strengthens the immune system and helps prevent cancer in your dogs.National reports indicate that there are over 175 carcinogens in human foods.With pet food being less regulated, the possibility of higher carcinogens does exist. Feeding fresh food is always best and adding supplements like Chlorella and Spirulina gives your dog a fighting chance against cancer and other dog diseases.Cancer cells will not multiply and grow unless the right conditions exists.Feeding your dog a healthy diet, supplemented with green super foods creates a less favorable environment for those cancer cells.


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Deskunking Your K9 & It’s Not With Tomato Juice


Paul Krebaum discovered possibly the best solution for eliminating odor on dogs who have been skunked.




Take 1 quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of liquid hand soap. Mix and immediately apply to the stinky pet. Then rinse thoroughly with tap water. For large canines, such as a Labrador or Mastiff, you may need to double the recipe to improve coverage. Keep the mix out of sensitive areas like the eyes and ears. Also, don’t allow your dog to ingest the mixture, because it can be dangerous and cause vomiting.


Keep all the ingredients on hand at home and don’t mix them until you have that incredibly  skunky situation.



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Beneficial Orange Foods For Dogs

Yorkshire Terrier


This super fruit contains significant amounts of pyridoxine-vitamin B-6. vitamin A and C, and copper, as well as many other vitamins and minerals.Mango and all other orangey- colored fruits such as papaya tend to help with ailments like arthritis,and helps to ease joint pain.Pop some mango cubes into the freezer to use as a treat or just add to some fresh organic yogurt for a healthy snack.Add some Omega’s & Spirulina powder.Mango is great for pancakes or cookies.They are full of flavor and vitamins.



Cantaloupe is a naturally sweet treat that most dogs enjoy.Remove the rind and seeds and use as a healthy treat.You can also puree the cantaloupe and combine with a low fat yogurt and freeze.Great for summer time, since this is a hydrating and refreshing fruit.


3.Unsweetened Applesauce.

Apples are naturally healthy for dogs and serve as a healthy treat.Apples contain lots of fiber and Vitamin C, which is incredibly good for a dog’s immune system & bone and joint health .Top off treats by adding a few spoonfuls of  applesauce.Freeze applesauce inside a Kong and watch your furry-best friend enjoy.Great for teething pups!



Like apples, pears are a great source of fiber.Pectin keeps your dog’s intestines healthy.Pears also contain Vitamin C, which plays an important role in antioxidant protection in a dog’s body ,as well as potassium, which helps in muscle contraction and nerve transmission.Great given as a slice or pureed with yogurt and given as a smoothie.Add some Omega’s and Spirulina and it makes for a super healthy doggie smoothie!


Always introduce new foods gradually to avoid an upset tummy.If you are not sure about a certain new food, call up your veterinarian.These healthy fruits can be added to smoothies, treats, lollies and are great foods to share with our furry-best friends.

Positive Training


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New Year’s Resolutions: Top 6 New Year’s Resolution Tips For Every Pet Parent

Tips for  Successful New Year’s Resolutions:


1.Order all your favorite dog magazines online.Treat yourself to having each and every one of them delivered to your door.

Best Friends

Modern Dog

Animal Wellness

Dog Fancy

Cesar’s Way


2.Go Green with your home and dogs.

3.Support the No-Kill movement and read:

’Redemption.The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No-Kill Revolution in America.’ by Nathan Winograd.

4.Adopt your next furry-best friend.

5.Support the Dingoes on Fraser Island and Jennifer Parkhurst

6.Get your furry-best friend veterinary insurance today – click link for best veterinary insurance

Make Every Day the Best Day For Your Furry-Friends!


Claudia Bensimoun

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Greatest Breeds! German Shepherd Dog

Country of Origin: Germany

This dog breed is also known as the Alsatian and Deutscher Schaferhund.

Group: Herding. UKC/AKC



History: The German Shepherd breed are descended from herding dogs.This fairly new breed was developed in the early part of the 20th century specifically for herding and police-military use.The German Shepherd has been used  as guide dogs as well as search and rescue and is one of the most popular breeds in the world.

Description: Apart from being so intelligent and loyal, this breed is a large ,muscular dog .With a long, strong neck, the back slopes to the tail.Tail is low and curves up ever so slightly.Hair is longer by the neck and thighs.Carrying a most beautiful coat, the German Shepherd comes in black and tan,black and red, solid black, and sables of varying shades,

White Shepherds have been bred from the beginning, the white Shepherd is not accepted in the show ring by many registries.

Height: 22-26 inches

Weight:60-90 pounds

Temperament: This breed is one of the most dedicated, sensitive and intelligent breeds around.Although protective of family and home,the Shepherd thrives on attention,training and play.Great with children , however may be difficult with smaller dogs.This breed needs training, exercise, mental stimulation and affection.

Activity Level: High

Special Needs: Lots of exercise, plenty of positive training from the puppy stage onwards, healthy diet with plenty of “live greens” and proteins- fish, poultry, meats- brown rice, quinoa.

The German Shepherd suffers from bloat and exocrine pancreatic insufficiency.

Also other common ailments-hip and elbow dysplasia, panostetis, epilepsy.

German Shepherd Dog Rescue

Best Friends Animal Society:

German Shepherd AKC

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Claudia Bensimoun

Last- Second Shopping For Your Furry-Best Friend!


“This mixed metals pet ID tag is made by soldering together a thick (18g) piece of brass, a thick piece of nickel silver and a cool copper heart. The edges are hammered and the corners are rounded to give it this slightly weathered look.” DogLegLeftDesigns



“Outside Skin: Premium leather specially treated with oils to withstand outdoor elements as well as retain its flexibility and shine.

Liner: Ultra soft premium leather for comfort.(suede liners also available)” Argos Collars



- PU leather dog collar.
- Includes up to 7 letters and 1 charm.


“Customized Leather Collar with Personalized Stamped Text in your choice of font color surrounded by 2 rows across by 2 rows high domed studs.” BullyMolosserMart



“This Dog dish stands approximately ten inches off the ground and will hold a small bag of dog food inside.

The bottom of the dog bowl is covered with non slip material so the dog bowl won’t slide around on your hard wood floor or tile.” TheGardenGarage




Let your babies enjoy the Sweetness of their VERY OWN Laineys Fruity Pizza© It is a Wheat crust Fruit Pizza filled with fat free, low Cal Yogurt, and changing fruits. Will include at Least 4 fruits. Some will be topped with Coconut.
“Laineys cookies are SO GOOD you JUST may forget they’re for Doggies and eat them Yourself! Go ahead…You wont be the first. & Your secret is safe with us!” LaineysPawTique





Happy Holidays! With the Very Best for 2013! Woof!


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The first luxury hotel for canines opened in Paris in 2011. Actuel Dogs in Vincennes outside of Paris, offers  the very best, catering to every dog’s unique needs. From heated pools, massage salons, gyms and training programs for their canine clients, Actuel Dogs not only pampers your canine while you’re at work but dines, trains and entertains them.The perfect place to remember if you’re traveling in Europe and want to lavish your furry-best friend with the best.

Le doggie velo-bicycle outings with Fido in the countryside

At Actuel Dogs ,furry-best friends enjoy a dip in the pool, relaxing massages, fine cuisine meals, calming walks through the nearby woods, and loads of other fun activities. When it’s time for a nap, canines are escorted to one of the hotel’s six rooms, adorned with soft cushions, framed dog prints and LCD Tvs, so they can watch their favorite DVDs.This sounds truly fantastic!
Before pet parents book their first stay, dogs are evaluated for aggressive behaviour, and if they pass they will enjoy a “concept that is human, but it’s completely adapted to dogs’ needs.”

Prices for a day at Actuel Dogs hotel vary between 26 and 35 euros ($36 – $48), but the luxury treatment and the fact that dogs aren’t kept in in small spaces, makes this an easy choice.

Dogs Rule!

Actuel Dogs bills itself as France’s first luxury hotel for dogs, and founders Devi and Stan Burun, a dog behaviour specialist and lifelong dog-lover, also offer training programmes for unruly canines and dog walks in the woods.Please go on their website, this luxury canine hotel is truly wonderful!After all, your canine does deserve the very best!


Clicker Training



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It smells revolting and is not exactly pleasant to prepare. But canine nutritionists and veterinarians have always said that these foods should be fed to your dogs at least once a week.You might be thinking,i really cannot do this, but you may think twice after reading about the nutritional benefits of these three super foods .

  • Improved appetite and digestion
  • Cleaner teeth and great for jaw and facial  muscles
  • Dry and itchy skin problems improved or eliminated
  • Coats with richer color, shine and lower susceptibility to fleas
  • Calmer temperaments and decreased waste in poop.

There are many nutritional benefits for your dogs from eating green tripe.  It contains a very diverse profile of nutrients including enzymes, omega 3, 6, 9 fatty acids, probiotics, and phytonutrients. Green tripe assists your canine in utilizing their food as well, aiding in the digestion process. It can also be used as an appetite stimulator. In cases where dogs refuse to eat their meal it can aid in stimulating the appetite.  Diets that do not contain live enzymes put a greater stress on the pancreas and other organs to help to breakdown food.


Fish is a wonderful food to feed our dogs. If you buy frozen fish fillet, keep in mind that it’s missing so many important nutrients.

Raw fish fillet is great because it’s a whole food. Remove all of the bones if fish is cooked. Fresh whole fish contains the blood, the guts, bones, the head, the internal organs, the eyes and of course, the skin is still on the fish too. Less expensive are the fish heads which contain all the nutrients of the whole fish and one can buy many fish heads and even do a fish stew for your dogs. Fish contains Omega 3,6, 9’s.

Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids play a vital role in healing inflammation. Replacing some omega-6 with omega-3 fatty acids can lessen an inflammatory reaction—whether it is in the skin (due to allergies), the joints (from arthritis), the intestines (from inflammatory bowel disease) or even in the kidneys (from progressive renal failure).The optimal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids for dogs is between 5 and 10 to 1. 
Omega-3 is an essential nutrient that is only available through diet. Fish is one of the richest natural sources of Omega 3 .


Liver is a nutrient-rich organ meat that most dogs readily eat. Liver can provide your dog with protein fat and vitamin A, all of which help him stay healthy if offered in moderation. Liver is also a good source of copper, iron, niacin, phosphorus and zinc. It provides many B vitamins, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and essential amino acids your dog needs from his diet to keep him healthy.

Try to buy fresh meat and fish for your dogs and combining them with fresh fruits and vegetables from your local fresh market.



Claudia Bensimoun


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