Raw Diet Recipes
Raw Cat Food Diet
Recipe Made WITH Real Bones and Raw
Recipes for Felines Step-by-step pictorial and guidance
to making and feeding RAW cat food produced by Anne Jablonski. Read Anne's
letter to veterinarians
Feline Diet The cat is a creature who has total dependence on raw meat.
Cats are obligate carnivores, and need a lot of meat in the diet. I believe
that the grain based commercial diets are killing our cats. Cats are now
dying of kidney disease, get diabetes, hyperthyroidism,
IBD, etc. Commercial foods have only been popular for cats for the last
couple decades. Before that, Fluffy was fed a variety of people food, and
got a chance to hunt for herself. While I truly believe cats belong indoors
in today's world, it has limited their diet. While indoor/outdoor cats
hunt and often choose that over commercial foods, indoor kitties aren't
given that option. It scares me to think that we may be slowly killing
our felines. My raw-fed cats have great teeth (unheard of in many cases),
great coats, great condition, their coats gleam, they're incredibly soft.
And VERY active!!! Even the vet has noticed a difference (not that he's
seen the younger 2 for anything besides routine care...)
own cats eat ONLY raw meat and, while this is
not mandatory for good results in the diabetic cat, it is a very good way
to provide some of the natural, unprocessed nutrition the cat evolved to
utilize best." Dr.
Elizabeth Hodgkins DVM
The closer we can approximate the raw diet that Nature has designed
felines to eat - a diet they have been eating successfully for eons - the
more natural, digestible and appropriate their diet will be. And the closer
we can come to modeling our cats’ diets this way, upon Nature’s ideal,
the more the natural benefits of eating this way will impact their overall
health and well being. A whole raw foods, or prey model, diet for cats
can be comprised of a combination of a variety of whole, raw, small carcasses,
(for example small game hens, chickens, duck, quail, rabbits, mice, rats
and/or fish) along with a variety of different parts of other, larger carcasses,
(such as things like turkey, lamb, goat, pork, ostrich, emu, elk, venison
and/or beef) which are fed over time in the relative proportions that are
found in the average prey animal. The idea is that the overall diet be
comprised of a similar ratio of body parts that Nature uses to make up
whole carcasses. learn
about salmonella and other bugs? The digestive systems of dogs
and cats are short, acidic, and handle bacteria well. This is why they
are not susceptible to salmonella, parasites, or e-coli from tainted meat
as humans are. Humans have very long digestive tracks which allow food
to 'linger' for 24 hours or more, thus allowing more time for parasites
to get into their bloodstreams. Some people add Fulvic
to their pet's raw food diet. According to research, Fulvic neutralizes
toxins and can eliminate food poisoning within minutes. When
it encounters free radicals with unpaired positive or negative electrons,
it supplies an equal and opposite charge to neutralize the free radical.
fulvic acid acts as a refiner and transporter of organic materials and
cell nutrients. According to A. Szalay, fulvic acid has the ability to
dramatically detoxify herbicides, pesticides, and other poisonsthat it
interacts with – this includes many radioactive elements. This detoxification
process may extend to animals and humans.
about Zoonosis? "Zoonosis
is an infectious or parasitic disease, which is naturally passed from vertebrate
animals to humans, and vice versa, e.g. tuberculosis, rabies or brucellosis.
"Dogs and especially cats can shed Salmonella organisms in both their feces
and saliva, meaning that transmission can occur via licking. A pet dog
or cat licking your hand is a very common occurrence. Sometimes a pet may
lick the face of a child, helping germs spread more easily. Animal saliva
contains many pathogenic
agents. --- Learn about Healthy Alternatives to Raw Food
Next Best Choice to Raw Food - Healthy kibble for dogs and cats.
from Shirley - I fed my former dog Shastaa
homemade grainless balanced raw food diet which included
raw meat, raw eggs, raw veggies, seavegetables, Chia
seeds, etc. (see recipe). My new dog,
is very finicky and won't eat veggies, etc. He only likes to eat raw meat
such as chicken, pig feet, beef heart, etc. However, I won't feed my dog
meat exclusively. I believe that chia seeds or flaxoil,
oil, kelp, glyconutrients,
eggs, greens and other nutrients
are important to support a dog's health. Therefore I supplement Kuuma's
raw meat diet with
healthy kibbles, which
he seems to enjoy.
I discovered a new way of
feeding my dog veggies. Instead of storing my the pulpe of my green
juice in the refrigerator or freezer until I am ready to prepare
a batch of raw dog food, I store the pulp in an airtight container at room
temperature. A month or two later, the pulpe is completely decomposed or
pre-digested by naturally occuring friendly bacterias. This is "yogurt"
for my dog, shock-full of nutrients and pro-biotics. It smells like poop,
and the dog loves it! Why
Do Dogs Eat Poop? Some people warn against feeding dogs broccoli,
cabbage or cauliflower (cruciferous plants) because they claim that it
can produce gas, which may at some point cause a portion of their belly
to invert, requiring euthanasia or surgery. Other people say that broccoli
and cauliflower should be lightly blanched (lightly steamed) in order to
rid them of the harmful toxins. Shasta and Kuuma
have never had gas from their food, let alone an inverted
belly. I've also heard that an overuse of cruciferous plants can interfere
with thyroid functioning in people and animals. I give Shasta small amount
of cruciferous plants. They have never suffered any adverse effects from
these vegetables. I feed her mostly grounded or pureed raw carrots and
greens (the pulp from my green juice)
Much Healthier On
A Raw Diet: a testimonial
I was born, grew up, lived and worked on ranches until I was 27 years
old. We grew our own food: meat, veggies, and fruit. Our dogs got to eat
whatever didn't make it into the freezer or onto the table...raw food.
I don't remember ever taking a dog to the vet for anything. Our dogs lived
to a ripe old age and worked cattle right along side us and our horses.
It's kind of embarrassing for me really. The fact is that I started feeding
popular dog foods to my dogs after I moved to town. I should have known
better. My dogs were ill a lot, had bad, scratchy coats, allergy symptoms,
icky teeth, really bad breath, some were fat, and some very, very skinny.
The thing I remember most is that my dogs tried to tell me...we call it
finicky but it's really the dog telling us the food isn't good for them.
Has your dog turned his nose up at his food? You probably did the same
thing I did. Add a little gravy! Who knew that those dog foods were bad
for dogs?! The dogs did!
Changes in our dogs after starting raw food:
We've only been to the vet for rabies shots, an old tooth that needed to
come out, and a broken leg. Remember when Bruno broke his leg a few years
ago? Recovered quickly. Our vet just couldn't believe it. Quick healing,
perfect blood work, and clean teeth. Kari had a broken molar when she came
to live with us. At 16 it finally started to bother her. The vet couldn't
believe how perfect her blood work was and even gave us a discount on the
surgery because her teeth didn't need cleaning. learn
Kari our Golden Retriever, rescued at 8 years old, grew young again! She
lived to be 17 years old. She passed away quietly February 2002 of old
Bruno (born 1994), our rescue boy, grew sleek and strong, his nose turned
black, quit having bellyaches, and he can breathe again. Bruno can hold
his own at a full run all day long.
Dancer's (born 1995) fear of thunderstorms lessened from uncontrollable
fear to wanting a hug and she changed from a skinny minny to a beautiful
girl with a gorgeous coat.
Tilli (born 1996) lost her baby fat that just wouldn't go away no matter
how much she exercised. Now she has an svelte figure. She's the Frisbee
dog. Energy galore.
The Importance of Bones and Calcium, Phosphorous
in Carnivore's Diet
Richard H. Pitcairn, D.V.M., Ph.D - Dogs and cats, their kind in the
wild, eat a large amount of calcium. This happens because they chew on,
and swallow, bones which have large quantities of calcium in their makeup.
It is assumed that with time they have adapted to having this kind of diet.
It is not completely clear that they must have this much calcium to be
healthy. In other words, perhaps they can adapt to lower levels. It certainly
seems that way for many of the animals I have known that, for one reason
or another, have had small amounts of calcium in their diets. They often
seem just fine. There is evidence that the growing animal is the one most
sensitive to calcium deficiency. This makes sense if we remember that it
is during this time that the bones of the body are rapidly enlarging. They
are made up primarily of calcium and phosphorus. In any case, it seems
wise to supply the amounts of calcium that are typical of the natural diet
and our recipes are formulated with that consideration. To give you some
idea of how much more calcium is "required" by a dog compared to a human
being, consider this comparison. The amount of calcium the average woman
needs is the same as that required by a small 10 lb. dog. A larger dog,
say a 100 lb. German Shepherd requires about 10 times as much as this average
woman. It is difficult to find sources of calcium that can add this much
to the diet. The natural source is bones
and we find that this is also the most ample source with which to formulate
"The common practice of feeding meat without bones (or bone
meal) is nutritionally disastrousfor dogs
and cats. There are far too many people giving eggs and meat to their pets
without providing a balance to all the phosphorus they contain. Meat contains
no calcium, and lots of phosphorus; bones contain lots of calcium. Eggs
contain lots of phosphorus; the shells contain calcium. That is nature's
balance. If we feed meat without bones or eggs without shells, or aren't
sure of the correct ratios of those things to feed, we must use something
to replace them. It is a common and tragic mistake to give a diet far too
high in phosphorus to cats and dogs." Christie Keith from Natural
diet.... what is it? Raw fat is also vitally
important in carnivore's diet for optimum health and performance.
Samples Recipes of Raw Pet Food
The following websites offer samples and recipes of raw
food they feed their pets (he sample
recipes may be at the bottom of these pages)
Feeding Calculator As a general rule, a normal active dog require
about 2% of its body weight per day. A highly
active dog may require about 3% of its body
weight per day. No two dogs are alike in their metabolic rates, age, or
activity levels Puppies can use up to 10%
of their growing body weight. Use the online calculator
to calculate the amount of food needed by body weight.
- Ready-To-Eat Safe, Healthy RAW
Diet Day by day detailed recipes: the dogs eat a diet based on
raw meaty chicken bones. This makes up about 75% of their main diet. The
rest is made up of crushed veggies, fruit, organ meat, beef bones, some
starches and raw meaty chicken bones.
Miller, professional dog-fancier offers dozens of recipes. (they
are not raw-food recipes but they are well worth looking at)
Feeding a Natural Diet Christina
The home of Aniak Siberians
- Our dogs are fed a natural diet. A "Back to Basics" approach
Bodhi's Natural Diet:
This is what I have found to work the best at this time for Bodhi and my
budget, since he is retired from heavy training.
Sample recipe of what Shirley (author of this
website) feeds her dog Shasta everyday At 12 years of age, Shasta remains
in good health. She rarely has to see a vet because she is so healthy.
She eats raw eggs, raw organically grown veggies, kelp, flaxseeds,
raw whole fish, raw bones, all sorts of raw meats including organ meats
and I make sure that all meats I purchase for her at the market is NON-IRRADIATED.
I fast her on water every other day.
Cocker Rescue: Rescued Cockers: From Poor Health to Vitality within
two months on a natural raw diet.
Terrier owner: "BARF( Bones And Raw Food) is best - I use natural
and organic food - I treat with homeopathy - I give lots of unconditional
Robinson from Menlo Park, CA: sample raw diet for her Collie and Siberian
Reared German Wire-haired Pointers. Willow's diet is now completely
raw and natural and includes absolutely NO commercial kibble.
Naturally Reared Afghan Hounds.
Mary and Peter Voss have been involved with Afghan Hounds (both breeding
and rescue) since 1989. Their philosophy: "a dog will catch it's food and
devour nearly all of it...the flesh (good source of protein), fat (a good
energy source), bone (high in calcium and helps keep teeth clean), muscle
and organ meats, and the stomach contents (filled with plant material consisting
of herbs and grasses). The philosophy behind the idea of Natural Rearing
is to try and reproduce the way in which dogs feed in their natural state.
Natural-Rearing diets are based on fresh foods such as raw meats, raw bones,
raw vegetables and herbs. Because dogs in the wild would not eat every
day, 1 day of fasting (only for adult
dogs) per week is also part of the Natural-Rearing diet. This allows the
animal to cleanse it's body of toxins."
Poodles and Dalmatians
Read how Dave and Marlene helped their sick Poodles and Dalmatians
recover their health with a raw diet. See their sample diet and chart for
Jubilee Airedales are raised
on a species-appropriate diet of raw meaty bones, raw meat, and raw vegetable.
The Jubilee Diet is a combination of the diets presented in Ian Billinghurst's
Raw Feeding FAQ -
step by step guideline
Your Dog a Bone and Grow Your Puppies with Bones; and in Kymythy
Schultze's book, The Ultimate Diet : Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats.
Volhard's website has a great deal of information about pet nutrition
But Wendy differs from others in that she mixes grains with her homemade
raw pet diet and adds vitamins.
Pat McKay Rawfood
Basic Recipe Our own domestic cats and dogs must eat live food
just as carnivores do in the wild to be at their optimum health. (NOTE:
Most veterinarians disagree with raw bone concept, inclding me, Shirley)
All their dogs are presently reared and maintained successfully on their
explication of Dr. Ian BillinghurstsBARF program (BARF
= bones and raw food). Learn about their specific feeding programs. Riveriene
Farm consults and teach alternative feeding methods for dogs (and cats).
Pet bulletin board is designed to enable you to interact with
fellow pet lovers (dogs, cats, ferrets, birds, more). Post messages, reply
to questions, meet friends, learn and more.
a Natural Diet
by Christina Bredenkamp
Making the change to feeding raw foods can be so very traumatic ...
to the owner! The dog would be very happy to acquire some nice raw beef
or chicken. But we, as the owners, make all of those decisions for our
pups. My own diet, which varies with what is available, consists
mainly of turkey and chicken necks. The turkey necks don't have any fatty
skins on them so I have to add fat to the diet. I do this by adding a few
chicken necks which have lots of skin on them. I also give chicken backs
sometimes. They are very crunchy but also provide lots of fats. Remember
that these fats are from natural
sources. They have not been degraded by heating, causing them to become
rancid and unuseable by the body. My 130# Dane bitch eats 2# of turkey
necks and 3-4 chicken necks twice a day. I throw in a chicken liver once
a day or so. About every third meal I feed a 1/2 pound veggie patty made
according to Billinghursts' recipe. My patties are packed and frozen in
1# weights (which for me provides 2 feedings) in sandwich ziplock baggies
for ease of feeding. The necks are packed and frozen in one gallon ziplock
baggies with 4 - 5# of turkey and chicken necks in each. Again very easy
to use. I take what I need out of the freezer once a day and allow it to
thaw while the previous days' food is put into her 2 bowls for that days'
If for some reason she won't eat a meal, it isn't a bad thing. Fasting
helps the body rest. Don't sweat it. Just pick up the food within 20 minutes
and return it to the fridge for the next timed feeding. They are usually
hungry enough to eat the next time. Of course, if your dog won't eat for
a two days, something else is wrong and you need to find out what. A trip
to the vet is in order. One thing I no longer really worry about is bloat.
I still practice the usual precautions, but since I am not feeding cereals
that will swell up in the tummy and take more than three times the digestion
time needed (unnatural for a dog's short digestive system designed for
raw meats), I don't worry. I have experienced bloat in 3 of my dogs (before
feeding BARF). I still watch for symptoms, etc. But now I don't worry.
YEAH! Raw foods pass through the stomach in 4 hours, not over 12. The enzymes
are still intact for use by the body to convert the food into nutritional
building blocks. It gets to the intestines quickly rather than spoiling
in the stomach trying to be digested into something that the dog still
can't use. The changes you will see in your dog will amaze you! Our allergies
disappeared. Skin is smooth and supple with a glossy coat. No greasy coats
or infected ears. Wounds heal fast. Fat turns to muscle. Stamina increases.
Play increases. Vet bills decrease. You have a happy, healthy dog.
Yes, you do need to watch for problems. Like turkey necks that get thrown
back up and re-eaten because they were so long! I cut mine in half now
because it grossed dear hubby to watch that. Too large food chunks can
also choke an animal, no matter what kind of food is being fed. Do watch
for bones being thrown up. They will be undigested bones, nice and clean.
Usually with grass. If your dog wants to eat grass, then let it. They are
doing it for a reason. Usually because of a tummy upset. It also cleans
out the colon. The grass catches the bones in the tummy that don't digest
and helps bring them out one way or the other. This can be a sign that
you need to cut back on the foods with bones and feed more veggies or less
boney foods. Also, they can pass bones in the stool and sometimes that
can cause problems. I don't feed meats with large/long bones in them, like
turkey legs or chicken legs and thighs. These are weight bearing bones
and can splinter more easily. The necks have small bones that can pass
through if undigested. I feel better with this. They also contain lots
of cartilage which is a natural source of glucosamine and chondroiton.
NEVER feed cooked bones. They all splinter and can pierce the gut, causing
a lifethreatening condition. Try going the healthier route and give your
dog a raw bone!
"My animals diet, which varies with what is available, consists mainly
of turkey and chicken necks. The turkey necks don't have any fatty skins
on them so I have to add fat to the diet. I do this by adding a few chicken
necks which have lots of skin on them. I also give chicken backs sometimes.
They are very crunchy but also provide lots of fats. Remember that these
fats are from natural sources. They have not been degraded by heating,
causing them to become rancid and intolerable by the body." Christina
Bredenkamp, Great Danes
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Minerals and vitamin deficiency
Our soil, plants, and especially commercial foods are woefully deficient
in key nutrients. Scientists theorize that mineral deficiency subjects
us, and our animals, to more diseases, aging, sickness and destruction
of our physical well-being than any other factor in personal health. I
supplement my dog's diet (and my diet too) for optimum health with the
following: flaxseed oil (linseed oil),
seeds, kelp and fulvic
minerals and/or marine phytoplankton (naturally
occuring absorbable plant derived minerals),
rich in naturally occuring vitamins and clay to
promote healing and to detoxify. Shirley
Excerpts from Juliette de Bairacli Levy's marvelous book "The
Herbal Book for the Dog- A Complete Handbook of Natural Care and Rearing"
About prey eating (pp 15-16):
"In the wild, hair and underskin are part of a natural flesh diet and
supply essential roughage to exercise the strong muscles of the digestive
tract, acting also as a mild laxative....Animals in the wild, after tearing
off some outer skin and flesh of their victims, unfailingly show a preference
for certain organs of the body: first the intestines, then the eyes. The
intestines supply a good source of demi-digested starch and green herbage....
The other chose organs are the eyes, which animals gouge out with great
eagerness. (Seagulls, which are partly carnivorous, always greedily seek
the eyes of drowned bodies, animal or human.) It is no doubt some mineral
salts which attract the carnivorous animals, phosphorus and iodine normally
being present in the eye tissue. Dr Weston
A. Price.... states: '.... they know that the tissues forming the back
part of the eye are good for food. Science has recently demonstrated that
the retina of the eye is one of the rich sources of vitamin A.'.."
About eggs (p 38):
"Eggs from hens, ducks, or turtles are a rich source of mineral salts
and vitamins.... Eggs must be fresh, as staleness renders them indigestible.
They should be fed raw, because cooking causes them to adhere to the digestive
tract.... Eggs are quite a natural food to the dog, for dogs will seek
out and eat the eggs of sea-birds and other birds, such as game-birds,
which lay their eggs on the ground. Eggs are very *unsuitable* food for
sick animals because of their highly fermentative properties. During the
heat of fever, for instance, they rapidly poison the body instead of strengthening
it. Egg-and-milk has long been the most misguided of orthodox medical-recommended
invalid foods; the giving of such food has done about as much to spoil
cures by orthodox treatment as has the popular use of the destructive sulphonamide
group of drugs. It is claimed that raw egg-white harms health: I
do not agree. Egg-stealers, such as foxes, weasels, cats and rats keep
very well, thank you!"
Learn more about Juliette
de Bairacli Levy, an extraordinary women and champion for natural
health and well being of animals and children.
William Winter DVM:"Following my great success recommending raw
natural diets, I began to explore other aspects of Ms. Levy's Natural Rearing.
fasting. To this day
I do not believe that I have ever discovered a healing technique quite
as powerful. I have recommended fasting for 10,000 to 20,000 animals
and have seen true miracles over these years of practice. Ms. Levy says
it is one of the TWO MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF NATURAL REARING. The
other being a raw diet. It can be said
that I will start every chronic patient on a fast and begin recommending
fasting for all animals beginning at about one year of age."
Bone of Contention: Are Dogs Natural
By Nora Lenz, www.NoMoreVetBills.com and www.RawSchool.com
Some dogs are notorious for devouring almost any food put before them,
but if you’ve tried without success to feed fruit to your dog, you may
answer “no” to the above question. It turns out that personal preference
doesn’t come close to settling the issue, however.
Whether or not fruits and vegetables are a natural part of the canine
diet remains a bone of contention among raw and home-feeding dog owners.
Recent studies on the wolf, the closest living relative of today’s domestic
dog, are shedding new light on the subject. Using telemetry (satellite
guided tracking), wolves can be followed so closely that researchers can
study exactly what they eat and when. One study, Foraging and Feeding Ecology
of the Gray Wolf, by Daniel R. Stahler, Douglas W. Smith and Debra S. Guernsey
tracked the eating habits of wolves in Yellowstone National Park.
Preliminary evidence suggests that kill rates decrease as much as 25% in
summer, when fruit and other plant foods are available. Further studies
exploring seasonal changes in wolf predation are still underway.
Yellowstone wolves tend to be more selective than wolves inhabiting
areas with more natural predator-to-prey ratios. Nevertheless, they
sometimes went without fresh meat for up to several weeks, according to
the study. In summer, fruit was available to fill in the gaps, but in winter
they subsisted by scavenging carcasses consisting mostly of bone and hide.
Although it differs by continent, studies on wolf scats have shown evidence
that wolves commonly eat a wide variety of fruits, including berries, cherries,
apples, pears, figs and grapes. Yes, grapes!
The dietary classification for dogs usually boils down to the question:
Omnivore or carnivore? Actually, both are correct. Dogs belong to a class
of species called “facultative carnivora”, meaning that they have all the
faculties of a carnivore, but are able to survive on foods other than prey,
when necessary, for extended periods. In practical terms, this classification
is not distinguishable in any meaningful way from omnivorism.
While fruits seem to be a natural variable in the canine diet, the same
cannot be said for vegetables, as a whole. The difference is digestibility.
The nutrients in vegetables are encased in a tough cellulose membrane and
require the kind of teeth that can chew and grind them. Dogs aren’t
equipped with these, and they lack the digestive enzymes that would do
the trick in lieu of chewing. The only possible exception to this
is some starchy vegetables, which resemble overripe fruit in composition
when they are cooked. Examples would be yams, sweet potatoes, squash
There is no doubt that prey has been the main preferred food source
for dogs throughout their biological history. However, scarcity of
prey has featured prominently enough to hold important clues for modern
dog owners seeking to feed their pets properly. If we want to truly
replicate nature, we have to feed prey foods only as frequently as dogs
have historically had access to them, on average. Lacking that precise
data, all we can do is estimate a range, based on the evidence. The
frequency end of the spectrum will be easier to pin down than the infrequency
end, since the latter is based on fragmented information and will represent
the elusive mean average of all those occasions when dogs experienced prey
scarcity. Giving great consideration to widely varying individual
factors like size, condition and activity level of the dog being fed, optimal
is likely somewhere between 2-4 times weekly to a few times per month.
Wolves have been known to go as long as 6 months without a kill. This
is probably rare, admittedly, but it would be just as uncommon for a wolf
to eat his fill of prey everyday for days and months on end, like many
domestic dogs do. And it must be noted that wolves are extremely
physically active, unlike most domestic dogs.
Domestic dogs that are fed prey foods too regularly are often overweight,
sluggish, and symptomatic in one way or another. This is true regardless
of whether the food is raw or cooked, commercial or home prepared, although
dogs fed a homemade raw diet will have far fewer health problems, of course.
Often, these dogs will not eat fruit. There is no reason for a dog
to eat a secondary food like fruit if primary foods are fed with such regularity
as to produce the conditioned expectation of getting them. When owners
switch to feeding prey foods on a more infrequent or random basis, and
particularly if appropriate fasting days are thrown in, they often find
that their dogs will eat fruits readily even though they shunned them before.
When this kind of ‘rotational’ feeding plan is implemented, owners almost
always see positive changes in their dogs as well, like increased energy,
shinier coat, better digestion and symptom cessation, especially if only
one type of food is fed per day (as opposed to mixing foods together, which
complicates digestion) and the foods are raw and biologically appropriate.
Feeding fruit regularly is beneficial not only because it simulates
the gaps in primary food availability that a dog would experience in nature,
but for what fruits don’t contain: namely, excess fat, stored toxins,
nutrient imbalances, etc. Even when dogs are raw-fed, the foods that
are produced in the modern meat industry can’t ideally meet their nutritional
needs because they don’t precisely resemble what wild dogs have eaten throughout
their history. For example, humans have developed methods that produce
food animals with a higher than natural ratio of muscle to bone.
Wild birds that are capable of flying hundreds of miles have tiny breast
muscles, while modern domestic poultry that can’t fly at all have huge
mutated chests that are only good for one thing – feeding humans.
These manipulations create nutritional excesses or imbalances in those
who eat them, even when the consumer is a carnivore.
In addition, producers often feed indigestible, inappropriate foods
and toxic substances that get stored in food animals’ fatty tissues and
cause problems when eaten by dogs. There are other problems, too,
like the lack of freshness, unavailability of whole animals and finding
food animals with bones that are small enough to either be ground or chewed
and consumed by small or medium-sized dogs. Dogs need the entire
bodies of prey, not just muscle meat.
So for civilized dogs, fruit represents a valuable break from the excesses
inherent in modern foodstuffs. Fruit, in fact, is so easy for a dog's
body to break down that a day of only fruit allows almost as much rest
for the digestive tract as a fasting day. And with modern dog owners being
as reluctant as they typically are to employ the crucial ‘famine’ part
of the natural feast-and-famine cycle that dogs are adapted to, fruit can
provide the emotional satisfaction of feeding while allowing digestive
rest at the same time.
The idea that plant foods actually represent a larger proportion of
a dog's natural diet than previously supposed would explain the anecdotal
success that some people are enjoying raising vegan and vegetarian dogs,
as well. For dog owners wanting to minimize the use of animal products
for ethical, ecological or financial reasons, feeding meat less frequently
in favor of fruit and other appropriate plant fare offers this opportunity
while not compromising the health of the dog. Even if owners are
not constrained by such concerns and wish only to keep their dogs in optimal
health, fruit can be an important piece of the puzzle.
• "Foraging and Feeding Ecology of the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus): Lessons
from Yellowstone National Park", Daniel R. Stahler, Douglas W. Smith and
Debra S. Guernsey
• "Wolves: Behavior, Ecology and Conservation", L. David Mech and Luigi
• "The Wolf’s Natural Diet – A Feeding Guide for your Dog?" Mogens
About the author:
Nora Lenz is a 10-year practicing natural hygienist and specialist
in transitioning to a raw food diet for humans and dogs. She has
been teaching people how to avoid and reverse disease through removal of
cause for 6 years via classes, private consultations and her websites,
Sample Recipes of Home Made Rawfood Diet for Animals
Get inspiration from breeders and pet owners who share their ideas, experience
and recipes about RAW homemade meals.
Recruits Support Group This is a group of like minded souls who have
come together for the well being of their pets. They are a Support Group
for people who have chosen to feed their cats and dogs a Species Specific
Raw Diet and to care for them as much as possible in an Holistic way. Many
of them have fed a raw diet for many years, some only more recently. How
did they get here? Some came here through recommendations by friends, but
many of us were struggling alone after reading books by Pitcairn, Volhard
and Billinghurst. They were looking for that "bit extra" and for others
who shared our beliefs and could give us support. They have found that
support with Raw Recruits.
There is also a email list
you can join. Find support, help, feedback, motivation, etc. about
all issues related to BARF diet (BARF = Bones and Raw Food - it refers
to a type of diet fed to dogs and cats, which totally excludes all commercial
dog foods. also check out the (BARF = Bones and Raw Food)
Improving Your Animal's Immune
System and Overall Health with Nutritional Support
A groundswell of nutrition conscious veterinarians are beginning to
recommend to their clients that they supplement their animals diet with
a daily dose of flaxseed oil and other important nutrients.When the diets
of animals were fortified with flax, within three weeks their coats developed
a beautiful sheen, and dandruff was greatly diminished. There are amazing
testimonials about animals recovering from cancer, diabetes and other severe
degenerative illnesses with a nutritional product called Transfer Factor.
colleagues and I have found this product (transfer factor) to be very effective
in modulating the immune system. Transfer factor is a "soup" of immune-modulating
factors, which contains a leukocyte-type molecule that can passively transfer
immunity from one mammal to another by stimulating cell-mediated immunity
and is antigen specific. Richard Bennett, Ph.D., an Infectious Disease
Microbiologist and Immunologist from the University of California, Davis
School of Veterinary Medicine, believes this could be the most significant
development in animal health care in decades. We have a great number of
veterinarians and clients who are experiencing very positive results in
a broad area of disorders, including periodontal. "Charles
W. Brown, DVM more
Wendell O. Belfield, D.V.M. "Their pets may have diarrhoea, increased
flatulence, a dull hair coat, intermittent vomiting or prolonged scratching.
These are common symptoms associated with commercial pet foods." In 1981,
as Martin Zucker and I wrote How to Have a Healthier Dog, we discovered
the full extent of negative effects that commercial pet food has on animals.
In February 1990, San Francisco Chronicle staff writer John Eckhouse went
even further with an exposé entitled "How Dogs and Cats Get Recycled
into Pet Food". more about the poison in pet food
Holistic Animal Health
and Optimum Pet Nutrition
A growing number of veterinarians state that processed pet food is
the main cause of illness and premature death in the modern dog and cat.
In December 1995, the British Journal of Small Animal Practice published
a paper contending that processed pet food supresses the immune system
and leads to liver, kidney, heart and other diseases. Dr. Kollath, of the
Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm, headed a study done on animals. When
young animals were fed cooked and processed foods they initially appeared
to be healthy. However, as the animals reached adulthood, they began to
age more quickly than normal and also developed chronic degenerative disease
symptoms. A control group of animals raised on raw foods aged less quickly
and were free of degenerative disease. For a return to health, pets require
a diet which strengthens the immune system and most closely resembles that
which they would get in the wild. It's really easy to do. Click
here to learn more...
are not the only creatures on earth who can benefit from raw foods
about the Incredible healing power of raw foods for
humans (Including personal accounts of cancer cures)
Most human illnesses and diseases are due to
a deficiency of vital nutrients. When you supply your body with the proper
nutrients, in a form that your body can use, it knows how to repair itself!"more
Sodium Deficient Diet
Health: How Animals Keep Themselves Well and What We Can Learn From Them
For millennia, humans have observed animals in the wild eating plants
and minerals and applying naturally occurring topical antitoxins from the
same sources to combat infectious wounds, parasites and internal disorders.
Herds of elephants risk injury and death in a perilous journey to hidden
salt caves where they supplement their sodium deficient
Learn more about real salt for human and animal
Overweight Pet: Weight
Management for Dogs and Cats
Obesity is a significant health problem in many pets, and can contribute
to major disease. There are many easily identifiable causes of weight gain
Rearing Healthy Pups and Kittens
Pet owner often complaint that their new puppy is sick with diarrhea,
vomiting, running eyes and ear infections. A lot of money is spent on veterinary
care and medication, often with poor result. Learn how to wean your pup
or kitten to natural raw food diet. Learn about alternate method of vaccination.
You will see all symptoms of ill health clear up in a few weeks and your
animal will thrive. Breeders who have changed their animal's diet and used
alternative methods of health care and vaccination have observed dramatic
health improvement in the young and adult alike, including larger litters
and less complication of prenancies and birth such as premature birth,
smaller litters, frequent C-section required, tiny or weaker puppies; sick
pups and high rate of puppy mortality.
Feline Natural Diet
"I've been feeding a natural diet to my cats for over six years now.
Initially I used the diet developed by Dr. Jeffrey Levy, a homeopathic
veterinarian living in Williamsburg, Massachusetts."
dog and cat food Quality pet food with only natural, wholesome
ingredients and nutrient dense with vitamins, minerals, fats and fatty
acids which are essential for the optimal health of your dog or cat. learn
Our pets are prone to suffer from minerals and trace mineral deficiency.
For optimum health, I supplement Shasta's
diet (and my diet too) with the following: fulvic
minerals or marine phytoplankton (consist
of an immense arsenal and array of naturally occuring powerful phytochemicals,
biochemicals, supercharged antioxidants, free-radical scavengers, super
oxide dismutases, nutrients, enzymes, hormones, amino acids, antibiotics,
antivirals, and antifungals), bee pollen (rich in
naturally occuring vitamins), kelp (marine plants),
right kind of salt (not common table salt); magnesium
oil,(a miracle mineral in its healing effect on a wide range of diseases
as well as in its ability to rejuvenate the aging body). and clay
promote healing and to detoxify) and with flaxoil
(also knows as linseed oil - rich source of omega3 fatty acids). Shasta
does not drink
tap water. I give her only filtered
water which is free from toxic chlorine and fluoride. I support my
immune system and that of my animals with Transfer Factor
and by raising our Glutathione
level. . I never cook or warm up food in a microwave
oven. Please read about the Hidden Hazards of
have witnessed the amazing healing power of homeopathy,
phytoplankton in traumatic emergency situations and in acute and chronic
disease with my own health, that of my family and my dogs: Nadja,
and Kuuma. Some of the healings were nothing short
of miraculous, including my
own healing. When Nadja ate rat poison and was vomiting large amount
of green fluid, the vet said she didn't have a chance to survive. I saved
her life with the homeopathic remedy Arsenicum 10 M. If I need guidance,
I will get a phone consultation with a
holistic veterinarian. I had been chronically sick for years, addicted
to prescription and over the counter drugs. Unfortunately, instead of generating
a cure, the medications (steroids, antibiotics, antihistamine, etc.) merely
temporarily suppressed my symptoms, weakened my immune system, and in the
long run made me sicker. I completely turned my health around with the
incredible healing power of homeopathy, raw food
diet, herbs, and nutritional products such
seeds or oil, clay,
Factor. I'm not a doctor or a nurse, but when a member
of my family get sick or injured (including my animals) I immediately use
homeopathic medicine, herbs and nutritional supplements with excellent
you have a question about holistic animal health or need assistance? contact
Shirley or call 323-522-4521 or 323-989-3372
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