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How do I transition my dog to a new food?
Knowing how to properly introduce new food to your dog will make the transition to a new healthier diet easier on your dogs digestion system. A slow introduction schedule will allow your dog to adjust to their new diet without indigestion, diarrhea or constipation. Every time you introduce a new food to your dog’s diet, do so in a controlled and measured fashion.
Why do I need to add vitamins and minerals to a homemade dog food?
Calcium is essential in maintaining healthy teeth and bones, it plays an important role in blood coagulation and is essential in muscle contraction and nerve impulse transmission. Calcium should be taken in conjunction with phosphorous, and Vitamin D.
Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin whose main action is to increase the amount of phosphorus and calcium that is being absorbed by the intestine.
Calcium, phosphorous and Vitamin D are provided in the correct ratio to ensure a healthy dog diet.
In addition dogs need magnesium, potassium, and sodium for nerve impulse transmission, muscle contraction, and cell signaling. Many minerals that are present only in minute amounts in the body, including selenium, and copper, act as helpers in a wide variety of enzymatic reactions.
Calcium: Formation of bones and teeth; blood coagulation; nerve impulse transmission; muscle contraction; cell signaling
Phosphorous: Skeletal structure; DNA and RNA structure; energy metabolism; locomotion; acid-base balance
Potassium: Acid-base balance; nerveimpulse transmission; enzymatic reactions; transport functions
Sodium: Acid-base balance; regulation of osmotic pressure; nerve impulse generation and transmission
Chloride: Acid-base balance; transfer of extracellular fluids across cell membranes
Magnesium: Enzyme functions; muscle and nerve-cell membrane stability; hrmone secretion and function; mineral structure of bones and teeth
Iron: Synthesis of blood components; energy metabolism
Copper: Connective tissue formation; iron metabolism; blood cell formation; melanin pigment formation; myelin formation; defense against oxidative damage
Manganese: Enzyme functions; bone development; neurological function
Zinc: Enzyme reactions; cell replication; protein and carbohydrate metabolism; skin function; wound healing
Iodine: Thyroid hormone synthesis; cell differentiation; growth and development of puppies; regulation of metabolic rate
Selenium: Defense against oxidative damage; immune response
Vitamin A: Vision; growth; immune function; fetal development; cellular differentiation; transmembrane protein transfer
Vitamin D: Maintenance of mineral status; phosphorous balance
Vitamin E: Defense against oxidative damage
Thiamine aka Vitamin B1: Energy and carbohydrate metabolism; activation of ion channels in neural tissue
Riboflavin: Enzyme functions
Pantothenic Acid: Energy metabolism
Pyridoxine B6: Glucose generation; red blood cell function; niacin synthesis; nervous system function; immune response; hormone regulation; gene activation
Folic Acid: Amino acid and nucleotide metabolism; mitochondrial protein synthesis
Vitamin B 12: Enzyme functions
Choline: Phosopholipid cell membrane component
How can I help my overweight dog slim down? Obesity occurs in one out of four dogs in USA. Its incidence increases with age and is more common in neutered animals. Health risks include diabetes, heart disease, respiratory problems and osteoarthritis. The easiest solution is to feed your dog smaller amounts on the same feeding schedule. Use a measuring cup to accurately measure the portion of food given to your dog. Be mindful of snacks given to your dog. Cookies, chews and treats do contain calories, not accurately accounting for the caloric impact will hamper your efforts for the dog to shed weight. Its also vital to have the whole family on board and not sneak the dog extra food. Another option is to feed your dog one of the low-calorie recipes. The best Azestfor homemade recipes for weight loss are Chicken & Potato, Venison & Rice and Turkey.
Why won't my dog eat their food? To stimulate a dogs appetite the food should be served at room temperature. Dogs smell their food more than they taste it, therefore they prefer food that is warm and aromatic as this enhances the smell of the food. Food should not be hot, should be cool enough to touch.
These tips are for healthy dogs who do not have underlying medical conditions. Sometimes dogs don't want to eat a new food as it smells different. It is perfectly normal for a dog to occasionally self regulate and skip a meal
If the dog refuses to eat simply pick up the food after an appropriate time i.e. 15 minutes and store it the refrigerator. Do not attempt to force a dog to eat. At the next scheduled feeding time present the food again.
You can put some food in your hand and hand feed them. You can pretend to eat the food yourself, dogs are often curious about what we are eating.
Do not offer a perceived higher value food to the dog i.e. a treat. If you feed your dog treats after they refuse their food they are training you.
Can I use my own dog food recipe? We applaud you making a change in your dogs diet but we only guarantee that the Azestfor recipes meet AAFCO feed requirements. By following one of our 22 Azestfor recipes we have removed the guesswork of making homemade dog food complete and balanced. While substitutions of ingredients can work, we recommend working with your veterinarian to ensure the recipe you have created is complete and balanced.
Where are the ingredients from?
Country of Origin by Ingredient – Guaranteed Non China Tricalcium Phosphate – USA Natural Chicken Flavor – USA Chia Seeds – Argentina Potassium Chloride -USA Kelp Meal – Canada Calcium Carbonate -USA Magnesium Sulfate – USA Sodium Chloride – USA Choline Chloride – USA Vitamin E Supplement – USA Zinc Sulfate – Mexico Ferrous Sulfate – USA Copper Sulfate – Mexico Sodium Selenite – USA Thiamine Mononitrate -Germany Manganese Sulfate – Mexico Niacin Supplement – India D-Calcium Pantothenate – Germany Riboflavin – Korea Vitamin A Supplement – Switzerland Vitamin D3 Supplement – multiple Non-China Pyridoxine Hydrochloride – Germany Vitamin B12 Supplement – France Calcium Iodate – USA Folic Acid – France Proprietary formulations created exclusively for Azestfor, Inc. Azestfor, Inc is based in Los Angeles California, USA. Manufacturer is based in Illinois, USA. Co-packer is based in Southern California
Does the food meet my dogs nutritional needs? Yes all of the recipes were created by a nutritional scientist Ph.D they meet the standards set by AAFCO. AAFCO STATEMENT: AZESTFOR CANINE NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENT WHEN USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH AZESTFOR RECIPES IS FORMULATED TO MEET THE NUTRITIONAL LEVELS ESTABLISHED BY THE AAFCO DOG FOOD NUTRIENT PROFILES FOR ADULT MAINTENANCE
How much Azestfor should I give my dog? Each recipe contains specific amounts based on the ingredients. Feeding charts are included with each recipe in the drop down menu. As a guide for people adding the product just before serving the recommended dosage is One teaspoon of Azestfor per each cup of homemade dog food.
Can I add the Azestfor Homemade Dog Food Vitamins to raw food?
Yes Azestfor can be used with raw food diets. If you are making the raw food diet yourself than you can follow one of our 22 recipes for proportions and you would not cook the protein but you would still cook the carbohydrate. The reason why the recipes are published with the protein cooked, is that is the recommendation of the vet association due to the link of pathogens with under cooked meat. If you follow basic meat handling safety guidelines you will reduce the risk. If you are buying pre-made raw food, you can read the ingredients list to see if they have already added any supplementation. If not than yes add Azestfor.
Can I add Azestfor Homemade Dog Food Vitamins to kibble? No. It is not necessary to add vitamin supplements to commercial dog food, it is already complete and balanced. Over supplementation of Vitamins A & D can be harmful. If you are looking to improve your dogs health, we recommend feeding homemade dog food, it provides unsurpassed nutrition. Your dog will enjoy the benefits of eating fresh, wholefood ingredients, free of filler and preservatives.
Why can't I feed my dog table scraps? Introducing a new food can cause digestive upsets including diarrhea, gas and discomfort. Homemade dog food should be prepared simply. Human food is often prepared with herbs and spices that while tasty to us are not appropriate for a dog i.e. onions.