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Give Your Dog Optimal Nutrition and Save Money Too by Making Your Own Healthy Dog Food

Bonus: Make Your Own Healthy Dog Treats

by Tony Isaacs

(The Best Years in Life) Most commercial dog foods include a number of unhealthy ingredients and fillers which rob dogs of optimal health.  Top quality healthy dog foods are available, though one may have to do some searching and the price can be quite high.  Perhaps the healthiest and least expensive way to make sure your dogs are getting the best nutrition is to make your own dog food at home.  You may be surprised to find out what you can include and you are sure to be pleased with how inexpensive it can be compared to premium dog foods.

Dog and Their Diets

Dogs are descended from a common ancestor of the grey wolf and are very closely related. As such, they are predominately carnivores (meat eaters) whose digestive system is most suited to a diet of raw meat and meaty bones – although it might actually be more appropriate to use noted authority Dr. David Mech’s description:

"What scientists do know about wolves is that they are opportunistic omnivores. Left to their own devices, they will eat whatever they can whenever they can."

This is not to say that Dr. Mech has suddenly decided that wolves are not carnivores; however, it does illustrate the point (that) canines are carnivores that also eat omnivore foods. Dogs tend to be even more scavenger like than their close cousins the wolve and, contrary to what some would have you believe, some vegetables and fruits are well tolerated and even healthy.

If you are concerned with how your dog will react with a raw diet, start off with rare cooked meat and slowly wean them to raw.

Due to the high acid in their stomach, dogs are not susceptible to the bacteria that humans are and a raw diet is a benefit to them. Their stomach acid also allows them to digest bone. 

The BARF Diet

The raw food diet known as the BARF diet (Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods) consists of 75% to 80% meat and 20-25% vegetables and fruit (and fruit is optional).

BARF Diet Ingredients:

  • Bones – they MUST be raw – cooked/smoked bones are never safe as they will splinter

  • Meat – chunked or ground (beef, lamb, chicken, pork, etc)

  • Offal (liver, kidneys, heart, unbleached green tripe (which can be purchased in a can at your local gourmet pet food store)

  • Vegetables – broccoli, spinach, celery, bok choy, carrot, capsicum, broccoli, cabbage (red and green), collards turnip greens, summer squash (zucchini and crook neck), Chinese cabbage, parsley and kale.

  • AVOID grapes, raisins, avocado, onions, green peas, potatoes (except small amounts of yams), asparagus, plums, pineapple, rhubarb, tomato, black cherry, lima beans pumpkin, and corn and other grains. Grapes, raisins and avocado are quite toxic to dogs, onions are toxic to dogs and very toxic to cats.

  • Fruit – In general, limit fruits to small amounts and use fruits such as cored apples, cored pears, blue berries, honey dew, water melon, cantaloupe, orange sections (no pits), grapefruit sections, and bananas

  • Other Goodies - Whole egg, flax seed, garlic (except not for cats), kelp, alfalfa, kefir, ground raw non-irradiated almonds (make sure there is no mold and note that walnuts are poisonous to horses)

  • Yogurt and cottage cheese are good to mix with the fruit/veggies to entice the dog to eat them.

Note: Never feed a dog chocolate – it can be fatal in even small amounts. 

 

Recipe for 1 week of raw meat patties for a 50 pound active dog:

4 lbs ground meats – beef and/or lamb and/or chicken and/or turkey
2 cups raw goat milk or 1 cup yogurt or cottage cheese
3 raw eggs
1 apple (cored, no seeds)
1 glove garlic (not for cats though)
2 carrots
1 to 1.5 pound mixed veggies (such as sweet potato, broccoli, zucchini, kale, spinach)

Mix in food processor and make into patties to freeze.

No two dogs are alike in the amount of food they require; dogs typically eat 2% of their body weight, but more active or dogs with a high metabolism may require 3-4%. 

It is a good idea to give the raw diet in the morning and some dry, grain-free kibble in the evening.

You can also be creative and give chunked meat along with a mix of fruit/veggies/yogurt. Change is good to ensure a variety of nutrients. 

Once you determine how much your dog eats, you can mix in many of the recommended supplement items you choose.

Also note that when watering dogs, NEVER water them from a water hose. At the very least, give them filtered water from the sink. Or choose a good healthy water and perhaps add a small bit of Himalayan or sea salt for the minerals. And, if you add a bit of colloidal silver to the water you will find your dogs will likely have wonderful health as well as vigor and friskiness perhaps not seen in years.

As excerpted from:

An Anti-Cancer Protocol for Dogs

See also:

Why Alfalfa is Good to Feed Cats and Dogs

NOTE: If you would like to give your dogs and other pets the very best nutrition without making your own, we highly recommend Nature's Logic Pet Food. That is what we feed to our beloved "found dogs". It is simply the VERY BEST pet food available anywhere. 100% nutrient dense, highly digestible, protein rich pet food derived only from natural ingredients and whole foods including beef, chicken, duck, lamb, fish, venison & rabbit.

About the author

Tony Isaacs is a natural health advocate and researcher and the author of books and articles about natural health including Cancer's Natural Enemy.  Mr. Isaacs articles are featured at Natural News, the Health Science Institute's Healthiertalk website, CureZone, the Crusador online, AlignLife, the Cancer Tutor, the American Chronicle and several other venues. Mr. Isaacs also has The Best Years in Life website for baby boomers and others wishing to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. In addition, he hosts the Yahoo Oleandersoup Health group of over 3500 members and the CureZoneAsk Tony Isaacs - Featuring Luella May forum. Mr. Isaacs and his partner Luella May host The Best Years in Life Radio Show every Wednesday evening on BlogTalk Radio.

You can also find articles by Tony Isaacs at:

Natural News - http://www.naturalnews.com/author396.html

AlignLife - http://alignlife.com/author/tisaacs/

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