Several people have asked me what I feed my guys as their coats are shiny, their eyes are bright and they have loads of energy. I have listed below some of the diet I've fed my guys for years, and I also cook for them a fantastic stew and make their treats. I take feeding my guys very seriously, and attended a seminar in Boston to learn how to do it right. There are several books discussing the topic of feeding Raw, and several alternatives to 'kibble' for those who don't have the time to prepare their pups meals.
K9 Birthday Cakes
I am proud to offer K9 Birthday Cakes and 4TheLuvOfDogz Peanut butter biscuits and Liver Biscott's. I've had a great response from my canine agility students and massage clients over the past five years, I am now offering these direct or you can purchase my Biscuits at the Nederland People's Co-op and the B&F Grocery.
4TheLuvOfDogz Peanut Butter Biscuits
Delicious flavors are Peanut Butter biscuits and Liver biscott's, baked with only the best ingredients including Organic Quinoa Flour, Rosemary Leaves, Organic Kelp Powder, Lecithin Granules, Brown Eggs and Spring Water.
Below I've listed the basic diet for Tiki, Bear & Baci. As a eight week old puppy, Tiki ate Science Diet before I determined she was allergic to her food, prompting me to do research and switch to raw. Talisker, my little Sheltie, was 8 1/2 years old when I switched him to raw, and as you can see, he loved it! Bear & Baci were thrilled with their first raw food, coming to me as thirteen month old puppies.
The pack's daily food, twice a day is:
Raw turkey necks or chicken backs.
Talisker eating his chicken wing.
Nature's Variety Raw Frozen Diets
Nature's Variety sources all their ingredients from the United States, except for the New Zealand Venison. This is a great way to feed raw as everything is included in the 'hamburger' patty. Just make sure visitors don't throw them on the BBQ! Check out Nature's Variety online calculator to see how much to feed your pup!
BRAVO Green Tripe - This stuff smells horrible, they love it, and it's good for them!
Dr. Harvey's Canine Health - "The miracle dog food" and Honest Kitchen - two great easy options!
This is a wonderful mix which is easy to make and is so healthy even you can eat it! Just boil water, add meat, simmer and wha-la!
Missing Link Plus (with Glucosamine)
My guys get this every morning with breakfast to ensure they are receiving all the nutrients needed. The Glucosamine is a wonderful addition, with the body releasing what it doesn't use.
Vitamin E and Salmon Oil - alternating every two days, Very important for overall health and a shiny coat.
Fresh veggies and fruits - blended carrots, bananas, broccoli are some of their fav's. If I'm making some for me, they get some too. I always purchase extra at the store, and we have them every day.
Tiki with her Elk bone
4TheLuvOfDogz Treats are prepared by me and are so good you can snack on them too! Each package weighs approximately 1 pound, and sells for $15.00. The flavors are Peanut butter and Liver; and ingredients include Organic Quinoa Flour, Rosemary leaves, Organic Kelp powder, Lecithin granules, nutritional yeast flakes, brown eggs and spring water.
Biscuits in the making
A must have in the kitchen is Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats. The book is chock full of canine health information, recipes and is an easy read. It was recently revised and now covers environmental matters, including pollutants both inside and outside the home, Mad Cow & Lyme disease; as well as how to provide the very best in companionship and lifelong care.
Why Raw -- Nature's Variety says it well...
Some Benefits of Raw Foods
- Minerals better assimilated
- Vitamins more bioavailable
- Beneficial antioxidants present
- Amino acids more bioavailable
- Natural digestive enzymes still present
- Probiotics spared
- Amino acids such as taurine are not destroyed
Some Negative Effects of Heat Processing
- Loss of up to 100% of certain vitamins
- Loss of up to 60% of certain amino acids
- Enzymes destroyed
- Probiotics destroyed
- Loss of up to 10% of certain fatty acids
- Fats can become toxic or rancid
- Oxidation of cholesterol
Tiki at Granby Lake