Pet Food Ingredients – Be Mindful on What you Feed your Pekingese


Pet Food Ingredients – Be Mindful on What you Feed your Pekingese

Are you really aware about your dog’s pet food ingredients? The good, the bad, and the ugly ones?

When you go grocery shopping and you directly go to the aisle for pet food products and you see bags of kibbles depicting a smiling dog, having a oh-so-wonderful coat, having wonderful teeth condition, surrounded with images of grains, vegetables and a wonderful section of meat, and you then tend to believe that those are exactly the bag’s contents and that your beloved pet is getting the best there is to offer. Think again, my friend.

Most pet food manufacturers are actually subsidiaries of the industries of human food; the said companies have plentiful unfit for human consumption waste to sell to the, well, pet owners.

So, where does your money go after buying that pet food brand? Well, you are actually paying for the manufacturing, laboratory research, transport of the wholesaler and retailer  advertisements which includes paying the vets for endorsements, and the vet mark-up for a food prescription. In the end, you have to question, how much money is then spent on the ingredients? This is the only thing that truly matters for your dog and therefore should also matter to you. All those fancy packaging defies on what is truly inside and would somehow manipulate buyers to disregard on what is listed on the ingredients list. I hate to break it to you, but you have to read on in order to be educated.  You must be able to understand on what is listed because what may harm us can also prove to be dangerous to our four-legged companions. I know it is not easy to comprehend, however there are 2 keywords that you should look for: fresh and whole.

Pet Food Ingredients

If you check the labels on grocery store foods, you’ve probably already begun to see that the list of ingredients doesn’t always tell the whole truth about what’s in your food. The same goes for your pets’ food. Behind innocent-sounding words like “meat byproducts” and “meat meal” are horrific manufacturing practices that would turn your stomach. The nutritional considerations of pet foods go beyond the sources of meat in them. Pet food manufacturers add dangerous preservatives and vitamin fortifications that actually make your pets’ food less healthy.

Source: Natural News, by Jessica Smith


Meat is good for them. And as I mentioned earlier, for a dog’s food to be healthy keep it fresh and whole. When cooking, I cannot put in a whole lamb or cow in the pot. So what I do is mix muscle fat, a tiny fat from other organs to match whole as best as it can be. If you see meat in your dog food ingredients, that is good.

Meat meal

This means meat having its moisture removed. Not bad really, but this could be easily imported from God knows where. Each bag of dog food has a 1-800 number, call them and ask about it. Check where they are importing this product from.

Meat by-products

These are parts that are other than meat, exclusive of hooves, hair and horns. This is really not so good, and if you see this on your product label, it should be at the very bottom already.

Whole Meat

A whole turkey, duck or chicken can perfectly fit in my pot. And although it has its whole skeleton included, it also includes lean breast meat for your pet. If it is whole, then it is good. And when you see on your pet product label ‘poultry’ rather than saying chicken, duck or turkey, it usually means frames, neck and back which is bad.


Eggs are wonderful source of protein, however it is only good when it is whole. Try to find it on the label, they would state it there. If they would only say ‘egg product,’ it can be any or all parts of the egg, shell even sometimes be included.

MBM (Meat and bone meal) and poulty by-products

These are the ugliest of them all. This can range from road kill to euthanized pets, cut of cancerous tissues, feet, hands, out of date restaurant or supermarket waste. Not all pet products contain this though, usually this is found in the most cheap kind of pet food.

Anything that ends with ‘ose’

If you see this, then you are dealing with refined sugars which are considered to be one of the major contributors of human illnesses alongside the flour.


There are a lot of people who are generally okay with grains but are against corn, and a number of manufacturers take advantage of it by advertising their products as ‘corn free.’ In my own point of view, human grade ground corn is not bad, however it raks high on my allergen list and it also inhibits the uptake of serotonin. Serotonin is similar to dopamine, a neurochemical which would affect one’s behavior: promotes friendly socialness and relaxes. And studies also show that low serotonin levels would result in aggression (all species tested.) And since corn doesn’t have anything that grains cannot give, I don’t see its purpose to be in the pet food, but I also don’t think of it as something sinister or evil either.

Corn gluten meal

Now, this is one ugly ingredient here. This is a mill residue from syrup and cornstarch production. This has no biological value of any sort and just like all of the other glutens out there, it is just a protein filler. Another filler to be aware of is soy, I don’t want it anywhere near my pooch’s mouth either.

Ever since the grain-free trend became popular, potatoes has become one of the most popular pet food ingredients and was even marketed as better than the grains, but I can’t see why. Being a nurse, I know that they are nutritious however starchy too. Some dogs are even allergic to the nightshade family, which the potatoes belong to. Having said that, my final conclusion is, I don’t think whole potatoes are bad, just the isolated potato starch is. Keep everything in moderation to keep all illnesses at bay.

So, what is your say about it? This is just some facts with my own personal view on the matter. Let us know what you think.



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Raw food for dogs – Is it good or bad for your Pekingese?

Raw food for dogs – Is it good or bad for your Pekingese?

What do you think about raw food for dogs? Hhhhmmm.. this issue is quite a controversy between vets and pet owners for the past years. Now, let us all cut to the chase and know what is there in a raw diet and why owners are raving about it.

If it happens that your beloved pekignese turns up his nose on his dog food and goes on a hunger strike, maybe its too effete for him or he has a point for you. Whatever it is, a responsible owner would deeply worry upon seeing his beloved pet not eating. Then here comes another option – raw food diet.

No, it is not similar to our pets eating hamburger meat straight out from the package, but on a food that is specially made for them such as bison, venison, uncooked lamb, livers, chicken, alfalfa sprouts and carrots.

A lot of pet owners and handlers shared their personal stories about their dogs on a raw diet. Claiming that it improved their pet’s coat, bowel movement, and treating skin allergies.

True, the raw diet for dogs are not a new concept at all, long before kibbles were developed, dogs were given uncooked meat. However, the raw foodist in the pet care industry is quite new thus making a lot of veterinarians uncomfortable and worried. Our pets have been domesticated already and were trained to live with us, thus giving them raw food is quite harmful for both human and animal, in a way. However, the fanatics of raw food diet are hard to convince.

Raw food for dogs

Dogs in the wild did not have little cooked pellets that contained cooked vegetables and grains (or cooked meat, for that matter), thus their systems are not made for digesting these ingredients. A raw diet is a direct evolution of what dogs ate before they became our pets.

Some pet owners who have made the switch have noticed drastic changes in their pets, including:

  • Shinier, healthier skin
  • Fresher breath/cleaner teeth
  • Improved digestion
  • Improvement with allergy symptoms
  • Decreased shedding
  • Increased stamina
  • Firmer, smaller stools
  • A general increase in overall health

Source: The Dog Guide,

The Pros and Cons of Raw food diet:


  • Smaller stools
  • Increased energy levels
  • Less tartar, thus a cleaner teeth
  • Shinier coats
  • Healthy skin
  • No more allergies


  • Unbalanced diet. One must be dedicated enough to know the dietary content of each meat that you give. Some meats are higher in protein than others, while some are rich in vitamin A. You should know which portions to give in order to attain a balanced diet for your dog. Otherwise, his health will be jeopardized.
  • Health threats. This goes for both the dog and human involved. There are lots of bacterias in raw meat, and if you are careless, you and your family might get sick because of it.
  • Choking. There is high potential for choking here because of the bones that you’re giving. Aside from that, your dog may even lose a tooth or two and worse, have an internal puncture.

Now, have you decided whether raw food for dogs could benefit your pekingese or not? It is all up to you really. Just know that the pekingese breed is one picky eater, if you can see that he eats well with raw diet then go with it but ask consent from your vet first to be sure. Also, before you indulge your pekingese in this kind of diet, see to it that he doesn’t have immuno-suppression or else it may put him in great danger.

Hope this post has been of great help to you. Feel free to leave your comments below for us to know what you are thinking.


Pekingese Nutrition Questions

Pekingese Nutrition Questions

Together with their coat, size and shape, the nutrition of the Pekingese came a long way back in time. In line with their appropriate diet and nutririon are the common nutrition questions that the owners encounter with this breed. It is crucial when you select your dog’s food, you should consider their lineage and background as what proves to be good to other breeds may be otherwise for them.

Another advantage of giving your pekingese the right food is the money that you will be able to save on vet trips! If you know how to feed your peke right, she will have minimal health-realted issues. You must be aware that this elite breed is much more sensitive when it comes to their food intake compared to the others aside from the fact that they are also picky eaters.

We will be discussing a compilation of common questions so that it would serve as a reference to all of you. This will not only equip you with the knowledge, it would also guide you on what steps to make in order to improve your peke’s health.

Nutrition Questions

What’s a good diet for a 5 month old Pekingese puppy? The vet put her on Puppy Chow twice a day with milk in the morning. Is this ok, and what quantity would be best?

All dog foods are not created equal. There is a huge difference in ingredients, quality of ingredients and company standards. When wondering what to get or comparing your current food it is best to do as much research as possible.

Your options are a raw diet, which is one of the greatest diets for dogs. To learn more go to Raw really means nothing cooked; meat, bones and organs. This is not to be confused with allowing your dog to eat cooked bones, cooked bones are harmful, raw bones are not. This is the dog’s ancestral diet. If you think a dog should not be eating raw meat, go back and study wolves. Ask yourself what year was dog food made and then how long have dogs been around without our help of over processed dog food and gravy.

Another option is kibble and wet food. You can do both or just Kibble, but avoid doing just wet food. Feeding Kibble 2x a day 12 hours apart and wet food 2x a week in place of 1 feeding of equal calories is a good balance. DO NOT OVER DUE WET FOOD> When you are looking for a healthy dog food it is important that not only the kibble be high quality but the wet food, treats and chews be high quality as well.

Source: Yahoo! Answers, by Fetch

Other health-related questions:

Why does my pekingese eat his poop?

Coprophagia is the eating of feces while Pica is a medical issue which refers to a dog’s craving for non-food item. Though most of the time, the reason they eat their feces is the fact that they can still smell the food in it.

In general, none of the aforementioned conditions are the result of a certain illness, but it sometimes occur. Luckily, there are medical intervetions and behavioral modifications for these cases.

What is a pumpkin treatment?

Two of the most common dog issues are constipation and diarrhea. Canned pumpkins is a non-pharmalogical way of treating both ailments.

Canned pumpkins are actually pumpkins in puree form which are very high in fiber. Combined two tsps. of canned pumpkins to your pekingese’s food to aid their digestion process plus it absorbs excess water from the food. It would help make their stool more bulky and formed.

Is it true that Zinc enriched foods are the best treatment for dog’s diarrhea?

Zinc are very essential your dog’s body cells. Having enough zinc in their system would let them repair the digestive system, stomach, and intestines. Thus, resulting in your dog’s regular bowel movement.

My friend feeds his dog with raw food. He said that it has many advantages like good muscle tone and beautiful hair. Is this true?

It has been quite popular these days due to economical crisis. However, majority of the vets and experts are still uncomfortable of this fad going on among dog owners. Mimicking the dog’s diet when they are in the wild: raw bones, raw meat, fruits and vegetable is still very risky. Your pet would be very susceptible to dietary imbalances, bacterial contamination, parasites, and internal injury due to the bones.

Not all dogs are cut for the raw diet. If you happen to have an immuno-suppresed pet, then this is not for you.

What should I do to get rid of my dog’s smelly breath?

Did your dog vomit? Usually if he was vomiting, it is due to the bile and it lingers around their snout thus making them so stinky. I just usually bathe them.

Or you should go check his pearly whites. Are they rotting and badly stained? If so, you need the help of a professional to get it cleaned. Know that plaque and tartar can bring harm to your dog’s heart, liver and kidney.

If his teeth are intact, then try brushing him with doggy toothpaste, there is one in minty flavor. Or you could give him breath chews and dog breath strips or mints.

My pekingese is so picky that he won’t eat his dog food. What should I give him?

Try giving him chicken (thinly sliced) and mix it with his food along with some fruits and vegetable too. Just don’t giev him onions, grapes, fruit pits, bread, chocolate, raisins, or foods with xylitol since they are all toxic to dogs.

Just give him food on his bowl and he will eventually eat when he gets hungry enough. Pekes are well known for being picky eaters and stubborn, so don’t cave in. Just keep his bowl available with food 24/7 so that he can eat when he wants too.

There goes the common pekingese nutrition questions. There are still other nutrition-related questions out there but these are the most commonly asked ones. Every owner should take responsibility with the general hygiene and health of their beloved pekingese. If you know how to take good care of your pekingese, then in turn he would be with you for a long time.

Your point of view will be highly appreciated, so don’t hesitate on leaving a message below.


What does a Pekingese dog eat?

What does a pekingese dog eat? Feeding your Pekingese is all about trial and error to find the right food fit for your pet. Trying to find the right dog food for you is not merely about what your Peke will eat, rather it is locating the food that is nutritionally healthy for him. Majority of Peke owners and handlers have a hard time getting it accomplished.

The biggest issue for Peke owners is the fact that the dog is such a picky eater and would even go on hunger strikes most of the time. Dogs are smart in general and the Pekingese is a very smart breed. They are well aware how long they can live off without food or up until when you allow them to do it. True, they love snacks and treats but sometimes they refuse this too just to show you that they are upset about something.

There are various foods available there in the market that will suit your Pekingese. The key here is to find a food that will meet their needs and their taste. It can range from home made mixture, commercial dog foods, or a combination of the two. Most Peke owners will go for a mixture of ground turkey, liver, gravy and bits of vegetables and their pets love it. You can even mix dry dog food with this mixture if you wish.

What does a Pekingese dog eat?

What does a Pekingese dog eat?

A Pekingese’s diet should include a proportionate blend of rice, corn, poultry, soy and beet. Try not to give your dog food items like avocados, oats, white potatoes, horse meat, chicken and beef. Also you must make sure that your Pekingese consumes high quality protein. Optimum protein can from food items like eggs, small birds, mice and rats. Occasionally you may give your dog pleasant surprises in the form of foods laden with yummy fillers and sugars. If you are cooking for your Pekingese, then you may also add a vitamin supplement to fulfill aptly all of your dog’s nutritional needs.

Source: ezinearticles, by Milos Obrenovic

What to give:

Recommended amount is 1/2-1 cup high quality dry food per day, divided in 2 meals. A highly active dog will need more food than the lazy dog.

Raw diet is the term given to natural foods, in other words, not cooked. A Pekingese digestive system is a whole lot different from other breeds and you should consider a nutritious, balance meal for your pet. If you are unable to cope with his dietary requirements, he would start shedding excesively, temper tantrums, loose or constipated stool, etc…

Raw diet these days have increased in popularity because it is treating your dog the way nature does for him. So, a raw diet for your pekingese is the safest bet, that I know. He will be getting his nutritional needs and calories needed.

Raw diet consists of raw meats. Your pekingese’s body will function if he is able to ingest raw meat. It is the proper way to do things for them. In choosing the right meat, there are lots to choose from, fatty, lean, beef, venison, etc… Consult your vet for the approprite meat composition for your pekingese. Getting the right diet for your dog can go a long way in contributing to the general improvement of your pekingese.


Always bear in mind not to give them sweets, fried and spicy food. The pekingese like any other dog loves chocolate, but it is very bad for them. Chocolate is toxic for dogs due to the methylxantines present in them. A handful of chocolate can really kill a small dog.

Common Food Allergy:

  • Whey
  • Soy
  • Fish
  • Corn
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Eggs
  • Wheat
  • Lamb
  • Dairy Products
  • Chicken

Now, you don’t have to wonder: “what does a Pekingese dog eat?” Keeping your Pekingese healthy is an ultimate challenge for every owner.  It is not an easy task but it is sure is worth it just to see your Peke happy and live longer.  After all, a house is not a home without a pet, right?

Any suggestions? Don’t be timid in sharing your ideas with us, we appreciate every word that you would impart with us.


Pekingese Food – To Eat or Not to Eat

Together with their coats, shape and size, the Pekingese food and nutritional needs have been passed down from one generation to another. It is crucial that when you choose a diet for your pet, you would consider its breed origin as what may be good to other breeds can prove otherwise for your Peke.

Instead of trying to ironhand your pet to eat food that is all new to his system, it would be best to give him foods that have been found in his native place and have been eaten by his ancestors. These types of food can be easily absorbed in her system plus it won’t cause any stomach upset. See to it that your Peke’s diet would contain the essential nutrients such as: carbohydrates, vitamins, fatty acids, minerals and proteins.

One more advantage in feeding your Peke pup right is the cash that you get to save on trips to the veterinarian! If your Peke had been fed properly then you will not have to worry about any nutrition-related diseases (e.g. hot spots, itchy skin, allergies, constipation, yeast infection, liver and kidney problems.) Also take note that a Pekingese is much more sensitive on the food that he is eating comapred to other breeds, thus you will know right off the bat if he becomes ill on the food that you gave him.

Pekingese Diet and Nutrition

Pekingese Food and Nutrition

If you’ve ever owned a Pekingese you know how differently they act compared with most dogs that you’ve had. In 700 B.C., only the wealthy or royalty in China could own a Pekingese. They were a much larger dog originally but were bred smaller by Chinese priests. The first Pekingese arrived in the United States in 1902 as a gift to Alice Roosevelt, the daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt. They are known for their intelligence but are one of the pickiest eaters in the canine family.

Source: eHow, byLeanne Clute

Raw Diet

Cheap foods usually contains wheat, soy and corn. Such ingredients can irritate a Peke’s sensitive skin and stomach. Dogs who have a regular diet of cheap dog food will eventually develop allergies towards it. A frozen or raw diet seems to be a healthy choice for your Peke. This kind of diet should include vegetables, lean meat and fruit. It is also wise to give your dog a daily dose of vitamin supplement. Vets and experts recommend a blend of beet, soy, rice, yellow corn and poulty. They also warned owners to stay away from oats, beef, horsemeat and white potatoes. White rice is not as nutrient-rich as brown rice is, take note of that. All things mentioned above are foods that a Peke’s ancestor would have eaten, not to mention their body would respond well to digesting it.

Wet or dry food?

An argument in favor of a kibble is the fact that wet food is bad for a dog’s teeth. Nevertheless, a Pekingese have very tiny teeth and in general would have trouble in nibbling or chewing a kibble. In case you can find a high-quality dog food that is dry that your Peke loves, try to cut it into “bite size” forms so that it would be easier for him to chew. If you are worried about the effects of raw diet on your pet’s teeth, try to include some vegetables like carrots on his daily meal. This proves to be beneficial for their body plus it keeps their teeth clean!

Give it the right food and take pride in the health of your Pekingese. So this sums it all up about your Pekingese food and nutrition.

Let us know what you think about it and you can also tell us what you feed on your own Peke. Leave comments below and share this to your friends too.


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