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Guest Contribution : The Ingredients that Are Good and Bad for Your Pet Dog

The Ingredients that Are Good and Bad for Your Pet Dog

Meet Jordan Walker, one of the regular contributors at the Coops And Cages blog. As one who shares the same interest in dogs, Jordan will talk about those good and bad ingredients that could be found in our pet dog’s plate.

Ingridients that are good and bad for your pet dog

Dogs are one of the best animal companions. They could be your partners during your morning walk at your neighborhood’s nearby park. They could be your silly roommate that keeps you away from being bored. Or they could just be your energy fix when you’re feeling down. Because your pet dog makes you happy, you feel the need to feed him more as a token of gratitude, as a sign that you also care for him.

The happy face that you see from your dog when he’s eating makes your heart filled with warmth. But as a responsible pet owner, you need to be more aware and more conscious as to what you feed your dog. You want your pet to be happy, too, right? In this article, you’ll be able to know the good and the bad ingredients to your waggling animal companion.

The good and bad meat ingredients

Meat is an essential part of a dog’s diet because it is a great source of protein. Protein consists of amino acids which are important for your dog’s growth and development. Meat could come from chicken, duck, turkey, pork, beef, lamb and salmon. The lean parts of these meat sources are considered good meat, but how about the so-called bad meat?

Bad meats are generally the by-products of slaughtered animals such as the head, neck, lungs, liver, kidneys, blood, bones, brain, spleen, etc. Though most people think that these by-products are also meat since they come from animal sources, they are not really classified as meat because they lack real meat content. Plus, these by-products might be consisting of diseased tissues and organs.

Depending on the breed, size and activity of your dog, his protein requirements differ from any other dog.

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Whole grains and corn/soy/wheat products

Foods containing carbohydrates provide energy to your pets. Examples of carbohydrate-rich foods are whole grains such as corn, soy, wheat, rice, barley, oats, potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, and many more. It is often debated that dogs don’t really have a nutritional need for carbohydrates but they could still burn carbohydrates to use as an extra source of energy and help improve their digestion.

You may include whole grains in their diet as long as you provide them with quality ingredients. But among the whole grain products that you should cross out in your list are corn, soy and wheat, as well as the milling leftovers. This is because these whole grain products are only considered as cheap fillers in any dog food.

Essential fatty acids and animal fats

Fats have gained a bad rap in animal nutrition, but not all fats are bad. Essential fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6 are among the good fats that your pet dog needs. You could derive these good fats from salmon oil, flaxseed oil, canola oil, chicken fat and pork fat. These essential fatty acids add flavor to your pet’s food and they also help your pet to maintain a healthy and shiny coat.

On the other hand, animal fats which are obtained from the “4-D” class (dead, dying, diseased, disabled) are obviously bad for your pet’s consumption. If bad fats are fed to your dog, your pet would be at risk of developing health problems such as obesity.

Natural and artificial preservatives

Preservatives are usually added to your dog’s kibble to prevent early spoilage of the food, as well as improve its taste. Though preservatives are generally attached to the notion of unhealthy and artificial, there are actually preservatives which are good for your dog such as the natural tocopherols (vitamin E) and ascorbic acid (vitamin C).

Ethoxyquin, propylene glycol, BHT and BHA are some of the artificial preservatives you have to watch out for when choosing dog foods. These artificial preservatives are often linked with the development of several health conditions such as cancer, kidney and liver damage, and intestinal blockage.

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Now that you have known what’s good and bad for your pet dog, it is really essential for you to read the dog food’s label. If you want your pet to stay healthy, stay away from the abovementioned bad food ingredients. As to how much good food your pet dog should consume, always ask your vet first. Dogs have different built, activities and health conditions. Based on their current health status, your vet may prescribe your dog to eat as much as this or as little as that. But generally knowing these tips, you know what food ingredients need to be consumed or avoided. Dogs would feel your love for them if you treat them as you love yourself. Provide them shelter, give them nutritious food and play with them!


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Jordan WalkerAuthor: Jordan Walker

Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can via Google+ or Twitter: @CoopsAndCages


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breakOUTS : Ingredients to AVOID in your Skin Care Routine

Hiya Poutlings

Your hormones are really not always to blame for breakOUTS. After having a lengthly discussion with one of our readers who believes its unfair that she had to deal with skin problems throughout high school and now, almost 15 years later, she still gets acne. She is frustrated, and I don’t blame her, I get frustrated with the odd breakout here and there. While a bad breakout may no longer “ruin your life” like it may have in highschool, acne-prone people are born with about four to five times more skin cells than the average person and produce more oil than the average person as well, and basically its the combination of these factors that make up acne however there are other, sneakier ways that you could be irritating your skin as well to form acne breakouts later in life, ways you aren’t even aware of, so if you’re at a loss as to why you’re getting all zitty, the culprit may very likely be in your daily routine, undercover.


There are certain ingredients that can cause irritation in makeup or skin care products, the ones to really watch out for are :skin care

ARTIFICIAL COLOUR – look for FD&C in the ingredients list, which means the product has artificial colour. This can irritate the skin and if it’s in your lipstick or blush, it can cause breakouts around your mouth or on your cheeks.

LANOLIN – this forms a film on your skin, trapping dead skin cells and bacteria, which is the prime cause of acne and it can also give you mililia, those tiny white bumps on your skin.

PETROLEUM – this is oil, and as you may have guessed, you don’t really need to be putting more oil on your face.

ISPROPRYL MYRSTATE – this can actually make your skin feel less greasy, but it also clogs the pores and causes skin irritation, while drying out the essential hydration for healthy skin. It might seem like a good idea to dry out oily skin with harsh cleansers, soap and alcohol based toners – and skimp on the moisturizer but your skin is far more complicated than that, because drying out your skin will make it produce more oil because it naturally tries to correct itself.

ARTIFICIAL FRAGRANCE – this can irritate your skin and cause breakouts. Try to use as many fragrance free prodcuts as possible.


LOOK after your skin, or it won’t look after YOU!


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#DermalogicaSuccess Event

Hiya Poutlings

Anyone that has followed our blog for a while will know without a doubt, that I am not very loyal to my makeup brands simply because there are TOO many I LOVE, but I am so loyal to MY skincare brand, Dermalogica.

I was thrilled when I was invited to this very special lunch event on Monday afternoon at the Westin, Cape Town which featured the 2 founders of Dermalogica and the masterminds behind the products and education. We started off with a gorgeous lunch, then proceeded to watch and listen to the very inspiring people on the stage.


Ray & Jane Wurwand

This is a power couple of note, who are seriously passionate about what they do. That passion and vision is evident in their product, Dermlaogica. They founded Dermalogica in the 1980s. Jane noticed a lack of results driven products in the marketplace and decided to do something about it.

The very first thing that set Dermalogica apart from many exisiting skincare ranges was the ingredients that they used in their products, which seems silly now but as Jane so aptly explained it – in the ’80s it was all about having pink products for oily skin, green products for combination, etc.

Dermalogica’s stance of using artificial colours, synthetic fragrances, S.D. alcohols, lanolin or mineral oils that other companies were using really set them apart from the rest of the cosmetic industry at the time, simply put they insisted on much higher quality ingredients – ones that would rather help your skin than harm it.

Even back in the ’80s (before I was born) the FDA in the States required products to be listed on retail items, Dermalogica were the pioneers in placing ingredient listing onto their professional products which logically, makes even more sense than having the ingredients listed on retail products as the skin therapist can know exactly what she is putting on your skin.

Fun facts about this power couple:

  • Ray Wurwand is South African, he grew up in Worcester and went to UCT.
  • Ray and Jane both lived in Cape Town,  before emigrating to the states, Jane worked in skincare while she lived here.
  • Jane is passionate about social media and you can follow her on Twitter @Dermalogicajane
  • They have two children, both girls.
  • Their business philosophy on coping with a hectic work life and home life is inspiring “It’s not about balance, it’s about resilience.”

“Chanel is a company I admire. They are modern yet have stayed true to who they essentially are.” – Jane Wurwand

Doctor Diana Howard & Annet King

Doctor Diana Howard is the vice president of research and development at Dermalogica and is the most interesting scientist I’ve come across in a while. Annet King is the director of global education. They were both there to shed some light on their latest product launching in South Africa in August, Dermalogica Ultrasmoothing Eye Serum.

Doctor Diana Howard shed some light on how more effective a serum is around the eye area, rather than a cream as a serum is generally a thinner substance. By virtue and the nature of the substance you get higher concentrations of actives and get them to go into your skin quickly and effectively. Serums also deposit concentrated doses of active ingredients and nutrients on the skin. They are the fastest growing category as consumers seek to aggressively address the signs of skin aging.

Annet King added that its great for reducing “puffiness” and waking up the eyes in the morning or even as a mid day pick-me-up as she described using it over her makeup after hours of sitting in front of the computer, she also mentioned that she wears more makeup than a drag queen, so – she’s one of us pouters! 😉

I will be sure to review the product in full detail for you, as I was utterly spoilt and got my own Ultrasmoothing Eye Serum to take home to try – you will all have to wait for August till you can get your paws on it too.


A little history on my love affair with Dermalogica
I first encountered Dermalogica when I was a spotty faced arrogant teenager and first started going to a salon close to my home, called the Coliseum, in Johannesburg in the early 2000’s. This salon, was of course, the salon I religiously went to for years upon years of skin treatments – I fell in love with how my skin felt after a facial… however I could not afford the products, and still being in school my mother laughed at the prices and would rather send me for facials instead so every time I went to the Coliseum I would simply swoon at the products on display.
Roll on about 7 years later and I was turning 21, in 2011. I was a bit depressed, felt a bit old, and my skin was in a BAD condition. My amazing skin therapist in Johannesburg Nathalie slowly got me buying the products one by one, (one a month to be precise) and voila, I was in a whirlwind romance with this brand and all the great stuff it does for ones skin. I promise, my product reviews are coming one day… soon….. if someone can give me about 5 hours extra day! lol

thank you Dermalogica for such a wonderful day at the Westin!

x missfitz


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