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 Alfalfa. Giving Our Dogs Healthy Options.


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Green foods like alfalfa, algae, spirulina, chlorella, wheatgrass, and barley grass are known to be nutrient rich plants.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 while making your morning smoothie, go ahead and make one for 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. It also reduces blood pressure and cholesterol, and  fights free radicals while reducing inflammation.
  • Rich in essential fatty acids
  • Sometimes can cause hyperactivity in dogs . Always check with your veterinarian before using, and for dosage


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 foods 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. As usual, get veterinary advice for making any dietary changes.

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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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