18. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Uncategorized

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29. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Uncategorized

Please note date change!

 

Want the nuts and bolts of why and how to transition your dog to a natural diet? Then join us Saturday, January 11, and get your dog on the path to health in 2014!

 

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Starting Your Dog on a Natural Diet

The recipe for health!

January 11, 2014 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

 

 

 

You might think that feeding a “premium”, “holistic” or “natural” dry dog food is the very best you can do for your dog. But, do you really know what’s in all those foods? Where the ingredients come from and how they’re processed? Why there have been so many recent recalls? Why so many people are turning to natural diets?

Dr. Laurie Coger and dog trainer and behaviorist Mary Ferentino will expose the truth about dog foods and show you a healthier way to feed your dog.

This hands-on workshop will take the mystery out of natural feeding. Come and discover how easy it is to get started. Take home notes and gifts. Snacks provided; bring your coffee and a comfortable chair.

Cost: $55   Early bird registration by December 21: $45

Where: Good Dog Training Center, 30 Kraft Avenue, Albany, NY, 12205

 

Click here for a registration form (PDF).

10. March 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Uncategorized

Are you confused by the endless array of dog foods, all claiming to be natural or “holistic”? Frightened and frustrated by frequent recalls of so–called “premium” dog foods? Tired of mounting veterinary bills because your dog has repeated ear and skin infections, anal gland problems, or diarrhea? Or perhaps you’ve heard about the health benefits of natural diets for dogs, but think it’s too complicated and time consuming?

“You are what you eat” applies to your dog too! To be truly healthy, your dog needs real, whole foods – not by products, poor quality filler, and other objectionable ingredients.  It’s easier  (and cheaper!) than you think to feed your dog a natural diet. Join us to hear all about natural diets and raw feeding, and see how to easy it is to get started.

What food does your dog really want?

This will be a hands-on workshop, where you can see, touch, and compare a variety of food options.

Saturday, April 13 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Cost: $35

Coffee and snacks will be provided

Where: Good Dog Training Center, 30 Kraft Avenue, Albany, NY, 12205

 

 

For more information, please email DrLaurieCoger at gmail.com, or call Good Dog Training Center at 518-446-1420. You can download a registration form (PDF) here.

10. March 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Uncategorized

The AVMA recently published another article on the debate over their anti-raw food policy. In the most recent Journal of the AVMA several veterinarians, including myself, expressed varying viewpoints on the policy. You can read the full article here.

What I find most interesting are the comments by Dr. David Chico, chair of the AVMA Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine and NY State Agriculture and Markets Veterinarian. Dr. Chico states that the council began considering a raw food policy when the Delta Society, now called Pet Partners (a service/therapy animal group), asked if any policies existed against feeding pets raw foods. Dr. Chico states that this policy was developed without contact with pet food companies. But if the Delta Society/Pet Partners’ question was the inspiration for the development of the policy, there is a bit more to the story.

What is not mentioned in the AVMA article is that the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Pet Partners is Brenda Bax, Marketing Director of Purina (see for yourself here). Back in 2010, when Pet Partners was the Delta Society, a policy was passed banning any service or therapy animal that consumed raw food from participating in their program. Prior to that, in 2008, Purina gave the Delta Society the largest donation it had ever received, in the form of a two year pledge. And just two years later, the ban of raw fed service and therapy animals was instituted. Hmm, does anyone else see a long term connection between Purina and the Delta Society/Pet Partners? And, although the AVMA Council may not have talked to any pet food industry people directly, how can anyone deny the influence of one of largest pet food companies in the chain of events leading to AVMA’s anti-raw food policy?

So why, you may be wondering, am I spending so much time on this topic? Simply put, it’s because I care about the health of animals. I have seen the improvements in animals when their diet was switched from processed commercial foods made from ingredients of unknown quality to a well planned diet compatible with their biology and consisting of fresh, fit for human consumption, ingredients.

Perhaps I shouldn’t care so much, and shouldn’t be writing this. Much of my paycheck, so to speak, comes from treating sick animals. Ear infections, skin problems, dental disease, vomiting and diarrhea all put money in the bank for me. Yet my own, raw fed dogs, over the course of over 19 years, rarely or never suffered from these problems. It is not uncommon for me to see a dog at the hospital for ear infections three times a year. In all the years I have fed a natural diet, I have never done a dental cleaning on one of my own dogs. Yet many of my patients have multiple cleanings, beginning before they are six years old! At somewhere between $400 and $800, this is a big expense for my clients, and income for me. But I’ll let you in on a secret — if I never had to treat another ear infection, or pull another infected tooth, I would be one happy veterinarian! If I could teach owners how to optimize health in their pets, instead of treating disease, I would be truly fulfilling the spirit of the Veterinarian’s Oath I shared with you in the previous blog.

A friend and I often joke about the curse of knowledge. In short, the curse means that the person who is more knowledgeable about a subject has difficulty seeing the subject from a position of lesser knowledge. Or in short, once you know more, you can’t go back. Once you know what commercial foods are made from? Well, you decide:

This? Is this food?

Kibble with water
The type of meat that goes into commercial meat meal. How many flies and rats are visiting this pile of carcasses and body parts? Are maggots food?

Or this? Does this look like food?

Turkey necks, fresh beef, egg, vegetables
Meat that goes into a natural diet is fit for human consumption

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15. November 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Foods and Feeding, Uncategorized

As you’ve seen in the previous post, we’re having a Raw Diet Workshop on December 1. I’ve had the chance to talk about natural diets with many owners, and they immediately understand why feeding this way is healthier for their dog. Once they know what’s in commercial dog food and how it’s made, they don’t want to feed it! The next question raised is usually, “So what exactly do I feed my dog?” And that’s what you’ll learn at this workshop — what and how to feed your dog in a way that meets his biological needs the way Mother Nature intended. This video will give you an idea of what we’ll be talking about:

Click here for a registration form.

Please note — couples registering together receive a 50% discount on the second registration. Bring your spouse, friend, or relative and save!

 

23. October 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Uncategorized

 

 

 

 

Mark your calenders — we will offer the Natural Diet Workshop on Saturday, December 1, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. The registration form will be available for download soon — or if you want to reserve your space now, simply email DrLaurieCoger@gmail.com!

More details to come…

11. October 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Uncategorized

The AVMA recently published another article on the debate over their anti-raw food policy. In the most recent Journal of the AVMA several veterinarians, including myself, expressed varying viewpoints on the policy. You can read the full article here.

What I find most interesting are the comments by Dr. David Chico, chair of the AVMA Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine and NY State Agriculture and Markets Veterinarian. Dr. Chico states that the council began considering a raw food policy when the Delta Society, now called Pet Partners (a service/therapy animal group), asked if any policies existed against feeding pets raw foods. Dr. Chico states that this policy was developed without contact with pet food companies. But if the Delta Society/Pet Partners’ question was the inspiration for the development of the policy, there is a bit more to the story.

What is not mentioned in the AVMA article is that the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Pet Partners is Brenda Bax, Marketing Director of Purina (see for yourself here). Back in 2010, when Pet Partners was the Delta Society, a policy was passed banning any service or therapy animal that consumed raw food from participating in their program. Prior to that, in 2008, Purina gave the Delta Society the largest donation it had ever received, in the form of a two year pledge. And just two years later, the ban of raw fed service and therapy animals was instituted. Hmm, does anyone else see a long term connection between Purina and the Delta Society/Pet Partners? And, although the AVMA Council may not have talked to any pet food industry people directly, how can anyone deny the influence of one of largest pet food companies in the chain of events leading to AVMA’s anti-raw food policy?

So why, you may be wondering, am I spending so much time on this topic? Simply put, it’s because I care about the health of animals. I have seen the improvements in animals when their diet was switched from processed commercial foods made from ingredients of unknown quality to a well planned diet compatible with their biology and consisting of fresh, fit for human consumption, ingredients.

Perhaps I shouldn’t care so much, and shouldn’t be writing this. Much of my paycheck, so to speak, comes from treating sick animals. Ear infections, skin problems, dental disease, vomiting and diarrhea all put money in the bank for me. Yet my own, raw fed dogs, over the course of 18 years, rarely or never suffered from these problems. It is not uncommon for me to see a dog at the hospital for ear infections three times a year. In all the years I have fed a natural diet, I have never done a dental cleaning on one of my own dogs. Yet many of my patients have multiple cleanings, beginning before they are six years old! At somewhere between $400 and $800, this is a big expense for my clients, and income for me. But I’ll let you in on a secret — if I never had to treat another ear infection, or pull another infected tooth, I would be one happy veterinarian. If I could teach owners how to optimize health in their pets, instead of treating disease, I would be truly fulfilling the spirit of the Veterinarian’s Oath I shared with you in the previous blog.

A friend and I often joke about the curse of knowledge. In short, the curse means that the person who is more knowledgeable about a subject has difficulty seeing the subject from a position of lesser knowledge. Or in short, once you know more, you can’t go back. Once you know what commercial foods are made from? Well, you decide:

This?

Kibble with water

The type of meat that goes into commercial meat meal

 

 

 

Or this?

Turkey necks, fresh beef, egg, vegetables

Meat that goes into a natural diet is fit for human consumption

Which would you choose?

28. January 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Uncategorized

“You are what you eat” applies to dogs too!

For real health, dogs need real, whole foods – not processed grains, by products and chemically degraded meats manufactured into kibble. It’s much easier (and cheaper!) than you think to feed your dog a natural diet. Join us for a simple, step-by-step plan to improve your dog’s health.

With over forty years of combined experience with natural diets and dog health, Dr. Laurie Coger of Bloomingrove Veterinary Hospital and Mary Ferentino of Good Dog Training Center, will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to take control of your dog’s health. In this four week class you’ll see, touch, and compare a variety of food options, and learn how to feed your dog as Mother Nature intended.
Feeding Fido: Four Weeks to a Natural Diet

Starting Date:  March 8

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Where: Good Dog Training Center, 30 Kraft Avenue, Albany, NY

Tuition: $85 (includes handouts, exclusive online content, surprises)

To Register:  Click here to email Dr. Coger.

Sign up below to receive updates and class info!

 

28. January 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Uncategorized

Welcome to the Canine Culinary Academy! The CCA is the resource for learning about natural diet and health for dogs. Our motto is Canis Nutrimens Veritas. Dog Food Truth. Through our free introductory information, online courses, publications, and personal telephone consultations, we will guide you in providing the best food and care for your best friend. And have some fun along the way!

 

 

08. January 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Uncategorized

Announcing my first free webinar! It will be on Sunday, November 11, at 10:30 AM EST. I’ll be discussing feeding your dog, an intro to the upcoming natural diet class in Albany on December 1. There will be plenty of time for questions.

You can join the webinar by visiting the my Spreecast channel. Be sure to RSVP for an email reminder. And if you can’t make the time, it will be available for download.

Hope to see you there!