How long will your dog live? Will it be 10 years or 20? What will the vet bills be? The care you give them now decides the future ...
Our dogs eat a diet of 4 Health Lamb and Rice kibble made with grassfed New Zealand lamb. Our dogs also enjoy fresh and cooked meats, veggies, and oils. Some basics are fish oil, olive oil, coconut oil, cooked greens, cooked root veggies, bits of grass fed beef, sardines, or wild caught salmon, garlic in moderation, and the occasional strawberries, blueberries, and apple. I ferment veggies and often add the leftover "probiotic juice" to their food. They love to chew on smoked or raw bones and enjoy farm fresh eggs and eggshells. We avoid corn, wheat, soy, by-products, BHT preservatives, dyes, and chicken in dog foods and prefer to feed a pea free food.
We supplement this with Only Natural Pet Maxmeat as treats.
Feeding your dog a natural diet of raw meat, fruits, veggies, and supplements is one of the healthiest options. It preserves their teeth, supports their immune system, and promotes overall health. On a natural diet it is not unusual for dogs to live to 20 or more! Scroll through the slideshow to your right to see suggested brands of prepackaged raw and fresh prepackaged foods.
Why feed raw? It is a dog's natural diet! Most common health issues in dogs such as thyroid, dental, & kidney issues as well as dander, itching, shedding, and that nasty poop eating habit some dogs get are largely due to the unhealthy unnatural diet that pets are fed. Even "doggie odor" disapears on a raw diet! I highly recommend at least supplementing with a fresh or raw diet.
Homemade dog food
80% meat (examples are turkey, lamb, salmon, duck, beef, venison) I prefer to buy pre-ground raw
meat at my local discount food center. You can also just give chunks of meat to your dog, but it may be a messier process. No need to cook the meat.
10% organ meat (heart, liver, kidney, spleen, lung, tripe, brain, etc) This is harder to find. Asian groceries or local butchers sometimes carry it, or you can order online in various forms. offers an easy to serve preground mix.
10% bone and skin. This can either be preground into the meat (some pet stores carry meat and bone meal frozen), or you can just get fresh raw meaty bones and give them to your dog to eat. Butcher shops sell them, or just cut them out of your own food before you cook. As for skin you can buy meat with the skin still on, or buy dried duck or chicken feet for them to chew on.
Supplements such as raw organic egg, turmeric, probiotics (you can purchase canine probiotics at petsmart or on amazon), cilantro, parsley, extra virgin olive oil & coconut oil, black pepper, diatomaceous earth, garlic, red raspberry leaf tea (for unspayed girls), bone broth.
Pulped veggies such as spinach, kale, carrots, dandelion greens, bell pepper. You can buy them prediced and frozen if it is easier.
Some rice, potato, or other starch,
A few blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, or other fruit.
There is room for variation in this. I do a slightly different version each time. As with humans it is beneficial to eat a variety of things. I mix up and freeze a large batch of this and defrost in small quantities.
My dogs eat 4 Health Lamb and rice or puppy kibble when they go to new homes. These days there are many high quality brands to choose from. Some high quality kibble suggestions are given in the slideshow on the right. These are
free of corn, wheat, soy, by-products, BHT preservatives, and dyes - ingredients that signify inferior quality and that will shorten your pets life, degrade their health and can even cause serious allergic reactions in pets. All of the foods below are made with high quality meats and other ingredients, and important
supplements. We recommend avoiding foods that are chicken based due to the low quality of that type of meat when produced by factory farms.
Your dog can still benefit from these supplements with their meal:
Turmeric, probiotics, cilantro, parsley, virgin olive oil, virgin coconut oil, black pepper
Fresh ground veggies such as spinach, kale, carrots, dandelion greens, bell pepper.
Blueberries or cranberries for urinary health
Additionally it is good to occasionally change brands of food, or at least use a different formula. It is not healthy for them to eat the same thing year in and year out, they will begin to not fully absorb nutrients.
I feed puppies all they want in a meal 3x a day until 12 weeks, then 2x a day until 6 months. After that I feed a rationed amount 1x a day. I alternate feeding a raw homemade diet and high quality kibble.
Use the same guidelines that are used for buying dog food when buying treats avoiding corn, wheat, soy, sugar, dyes, and unnecessary chemicals.Look for treats that are essentially dried jerky.
We also recommend giving your dog purified water. The heavy metals found in city water supplies are very harmful.
Additionally avoid feeding canned foods regularly due to the aluminum content. Aluminum is very harmful to health particularly brain function. Canned food absorbs aluminum from the can during the cooking process.
Let's Talk About Weight
Being overweight creates many problems for your pet. It not only taxes their organs and joints, and takes years off of your pet's life, it also often leads to behavior problems. What is a correct weight for your pet?
If an adult dog is at a proper weight, you should be able to feel its ribs easily, and the dog should have a defined waist.
Excellent weight. Note the "tuck" at her waist, the smooth cheeks under her eyes, the well sprung ribcage
It is important not to use toxic "pet shampoos" that are offered
at many pet stores. We use Castile soap from Vitamin Shoppe or
Amazon, Trader Joes Tea Tree Oil Shampoo, or this recipe for
homemade pet shampoo. Natural flea and tick repellents that are essential oil based are also offered by Mercola and are available on Amazon.com including flea collars, drops, and sprays. We also occasionally use Bravecto during the height of flea season as a less toxic alternative than topical products. We use diatomaceous earth as a natural flea prevention and give garlic as a daily part of their diet to prevent fleas. I have also found Buzz Away essential oil bug spray to be very effective against ticks etc.
Common household air fresheners and cleaners are very harmful to you and your pet. They can even put tiny dogs into seizures, even death! We use essential oils for air freshening, and natural based detergents and cleaners.
Vitamin D is critical to your pet's health. Synthetic vitamins are not well absorbed, so make sure your dog gets outside for plenty of sunshine and excercise! Similarly many dogs eat feces. This is caused by a vitamin B deficiency where the dog is not absorbing the synthetic vitamins in the food. Give fresh foods rich in vitamin B to help resolve the problem.
Genetic health is important too. I test my dogs for DM (degenerative muscle issue), MDR1 (drug sensitivity), VWD (bleeding disorder), CEA (Collie eye), and PRA (progressive retinal atrophy).
A Word On Vaccinations
Most pet dogs are heavily overvaccinated. We follow a very limited vaccine protocol with our dogs. We vaccinate pups for parvo using Dr. John Robbs size adjusted vaccine doseage by weight at 7, 10, 13, and 16 weeks. After that research shows that the vaccine is good for a minimum of 5 years, usually longer. We vaccinate for rabies as close to fully grown as possible. Once again research has shown rabies vaccines are good for at least 5 years, so we get the 3 year rabies which is the exact same shot as the 1 year rabies! Small dogs suffer higher rates of vaccine related injury and death if the vet does not adjust the dose by weight since most vets give a chihuahua and great Dane the same dose. Vaccines contain many harmful heavy metals and toxins. Long term affects of vaccines are often seen in the form of behavioral issues as well as physical maladies.
Dental health is critical for long term wellness. Dental problems eventually lead to heart damage and even brain seizures, so dental care is essential to good health. Many breeders and pet owners never look in their dogs mouths and let them develop rotten teeth! As part of dental care we highly recommend giving real bones and tendons to your dog. These are readily available at pet supply stores and your local grocery store. They will keep your dog's teeth clean and provide much needed oral-stimulation. raw bones, dried poultry feet, bully sticks, and cow hooves are all good options. Additionally there are dental sprays that help reduce tartar buildup, and a routine dental cleaning at your vet may be needed.
Delay spay/neuter until at least 1 year of age to allow for proper bone and endocrine system growth. Additionally spaying too young can cause urinary issues. There are many health advantages to leaving your pet intact. They are at less risk of thyroid, urinary issues, as well as several cancers. Additionally the hormones help their bodies to regulate.
Detoxifying After Vaccination
Vaccinations destroy gut health. The health of the gut impacts brain and immune system function. It is critically important to detox after vaccination to help remove toxins and rebuild gut health. There are several ways to help your dog detox from vaccines – they’ll help rid his body of unwanted chemicals and side effects, but they won’t interfere with the vaccines themselves. You’ll want to try these as soon as your dog is vaccinated (don’t wait for symptoms to appear, start the detox right away).
Vaccines can disrupt the delicate balance of bacteria in the gut – this community of bacteria helps your dog manufacture and absorb vitamins and it’s the core of your dog’s immune system. You never want to damage this delicate community! Adding probiotics (plus their food, prebiotics) will help restore the delicate balance of bacteria in the gut. You can buy a pre-made prebiotic/probiotic blend or you can give your dog some kefir, sauerkraut or kimchi – any fermented food is a great source of healthy probiotics. Give probiotics twice a day (look for at least 10 billion CFU and avoid dairy-based probiotics) Garlic is perfectly safe for your dog in the right amounts. Garlic contains sulphur, which helps the liver detoxify from heavy metals. Dark leafy greens like kale, parsley and cilantro can help reduce the buildup
of heavy metals like mercury in the body. Give a half clove garlic per 10 pounds and add dark leafy greens to the meals daily. Also give a combination turmeric, black pepper, and olive oil added to their food
A List Of Holistic Veterinarians
Holistic Vet Clinic - Florida Brenda M. Tobin-Flood - South Carolina
Dr. Tamara Hebbler DVM - S. California Dr. Charles Loops DVM - North Carolina
Dr. Wendell Belfield DVM - N. California Dr. Christina Chambreau DVM - Maryland
Dr. Irene Devilliers D. I. HOM - Washington Dr. Larry Bernstein DVM - Florida
The products suggested here are ones that are recommended on other sources and appear to have good ingredients. We do not endorse or have financial interest in these products.
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