I must admit, this post on dog food at home was written and ready to publish weeks ago … but the day before I had intended to advertise our family dog daisy ( represented in this post ) jumped our fence and was hit by a car and killed.
children (and I) have taken quite difficult so I was not ready to publish a post about pets when the loss of our dog was so fresh in my mind.
Because many people think of their dog as part of the family, who want to give their pets the best possible diet. For us this means dog food at home. A true pet food diet.
Please always be sure to consult a veterinarian or specialist before making any changes to your pet. I am in no way an animal health expert, and I’m just sharing what worked best for our family.
made food doghouse
Shortly after our transition to real food I started researching the actual diets of pet food company to find out what they are the best options were for our dog and cats. Some things seemed obvious to me:
- Eating the same thing every day probably was not healthy for domestic
- processed foods for dogs and cats grain based not they were obviously traditional diets for pets. (Guess what dogs eat in the Tennis nature: Is not soy or corn)
- Our pets went crazy trying to get to certain foods I ate as coconut oil, raw meat and other
I researched, checked out several books on the subject and talked to a veterinarian friend to get an idea of what dogs really necessary. I found that there were a few good store bought options, but were expensive and hard to find in our area
something that had not even considered more preferred .. homemade dog food
once thought about it, the idea made sense. The healthiest foods for humans are almost always those who are prepared fresh at home, why should it be different for our pets?
The only difference was that dogs and cats obviously have different nutritional needs, so a strict human (including home) diet was not the best option. Dogs need enough protein and more calcium than humans.
dog food in the wild
wild dogs do not eat a uniform diet cooked packaging, so maybe you should consider that dogs in our homes should not either. In the wild, dogs eat raw meat, bones, organs and even the foliage, sometimes
Think of it this way :. Dogs who eat fortified foods pre-made enriched with vitamins every day would be similar to humans subsisting on breakfast cereals . Sure, it may have added enough vitamins to keep it alive, but it would be boring and not optimal for health
teeth and digestive systems of dogs are designed to eat raw meat, bones and organs :.
dogs and cats have the internal anatomy and physiology of a carnivore (Feldhamer, GA 1999. Mammology: .. Adaptation, Diversity and Ecology McGraw-Hill on page 260.). They have a highly elastic stomach designed to hold large amounts of meat, bones, organs, and hide. Their stomachs are simple, with a blind undeveloped (Feldhamer, G. A. 1999. Mammology: .. Adaptation, Diversity and Ecology McGraw-Hill on page 260.). They have a relatively short intestine above and a short, smooth, colon unsacculated time. This means passes through food quickly. Vegetables and vegetable matter, however, needs time to sit and ferment. This is equivalent to two longest points sacculated, the larger and smaller intestines, and sometimes the presence of a blind. Dogs have none of these, but have the shorter foregut and hindgut consistent with carnivorous animals. This explains why plant matter that leaves the same way as he entered; there was no time to be broken down and digested (among other things). People know; It is why I will tell you that vegetables and grains have to be preprocessed for your dog to get anything out of them. But even then, feeding vegetables and grains to a carnivorous animal is a questionable practice. ( source )
There are some great books and resources with recipes and instructions for dog food Healthy homemade, but the optimal diet we settled in for our dog was:
- raw meats (beef, bison, chicken, etc.)
- raw bones (turkey necks, shoulder bones, etc.)
- the viscera (heart, liver, kidney, tongue, etc.)
- sardines (for extra calcium) -occasionally
- occasional cooked like carrots, broccoli, spinach, vegetables etc (this is somewhat controversial and some sources say that dogs should not eat vegetables).
- occasional canned pumpkin natural (such as digestion, some sources do not recommend this either)
- probiotics (to replace the natural bacteria that have received from other animals and soil if eating a wild diet)
- bone broth
transition to raw foods for dogs
a veterinarian friend gave me an important piece of advice about switching to any new diet with a pet … start slowly and work up. We started by the addition of small quantities of raw meat every day. We also started with only one new food at a time (similar to how we would like to introduce foods after an elimination diet in humans).
We gave raw chicken for a week and once did well with it for a week, add the beef, then organs, etc.
again consult an expert veterinarian or holistic pet health for specific advice and do your own research before changing your pet’s diet.
What about bacteria?
When we started this, I wanted to make sure that the bacteria present in raw meat would not be problematic for our dog. I figured that since no wild dogs routinely eat small animals and even freshly killed bodies of animals that are days old. In research and ask a vet, I found that some dogs may have digestive symptoms when switching to a raw food diet, but this is due to changes in diet and not because of the specific bacteria.
Dogs are surprisingly well equipped to cope with the bacteria. Their saliva has antibacterial properties; containing lysozyme, an enzyme that destroys smooth and harmful bacteria. Their short digestive tract is designed to push through food and bacteria quickly without giving bacteria time to colonize. The extremely acid environment in the intestine is also a good deterrent bacteria colonization. ( source )
Of course, I was still careful to handle meat safely when giving our dog. We defrosted just what was needed and not give more than you would eat at once so you would not go wrong.
A healthy day for Daisy include raw meat, offal and raw bones with other foods in smaller amounts and added probiotics that seemed to help improve digestion and what could make transition easier.
is safe Writing dogs Bones?
this is another question that was because many times he had heard it was not safe for dogs to eat certain types of bones, especially chicken bones. Again, this makes no sense, because every time Daisy took a rabbit, would eat the whole thing, including bones, no problem
turns out that the bones are cooked pose a problem :.
Not in premiums. Cooked bones splinter and can get stuck in the throat of a dog. Raw bones are flexible, and the calcium content is absolutely essential to the health of a dog. In addition, chew bones keeps the teeth clean. No more astronomical dental bills! ( source )
foods to avoid dog
Foods that are beneficial and healthy for humans are not necessarily healthy for dogs. In the research, I found many foods that should not be given to dogs. Here is a partial list:
- Onions and garlic
- macadamia nuts
- chocolate or caffeine
- Grapes and raisins
- salt (dogs do not need as much as we do)
- Any xylitol thing with yeast
- Others, depending on the dog (ask your veterinarian)
Tips dog Food
Do some research and find a diet that you are comfortable to feed your dog. For us, this was mainly raw diet. I found some tips that helped save time and money to feed our pets this way:
- make friends with the local butchers and try to get inexpensive cuts of meat that are not often required at a discount (turkey necks, organ meats, big boned knuckles, etc.
- Consider adding a probiotic … this helped greatly digestion
- Our dog does not need as much raw food as she dogfood dry … probably because it was more nutrient dense
- I have also done treats for pet dogs occasionally to add variety to your diet
- to make things easier, I sometimes raw premixed meats, organs, eggs and broth and frozen in portions sized food so I could defrost as needed
books and additional Resources
I found the following useful books for learning and the introduction of a raw food diet:
what you feed your dog? Have you ever tried a diet of raw food for your pet? Please share your own tips below!