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8 p.m. [main meal] Meat: approximately two ounces [as above]. Bones must be given with meat - meat without bones is not natural. Always raw. Chop chicken necks and tails into small chewable pieces. Add: one teaspoon of wheat germ; one teaspoon of bran [if bran is not available, a sprinkle of flaked cereals can be used]; one teaspoon cod-liver oil [in winter], olive oil [in summer]; a sprinkle of seaweed powder or spirulina [rich in natural minerals] which promotes dense body hair and strengthens nerves. Plus add one teaspoon raw green leaves: dandelion, parsley, watercress, celery or a mixture of several is good [no more than one teaspoon total]. The greens must be finely chopped with a large knife or a food processor as canines have difficulty in digesting cellulose. Mix this all together and serve. Be sure it it tepid [warm] not hot or cold.

A ration of a quarter to a half teaspoon [depending on the size of the dog, i.e. large breed or small breed] of finely minced garlic is also excellent and should be divided over the four meals, especially when worms or skin disorders are present. Do this every other day or every two days and monitor carefully to be sure there are no sensitivities to the garlic. I usually do one week on, one week off with the garlic. Using a food processor helps to mince the garlic fine.

One Raw egg can be given one or two times/week. Small pieces of apples, bananas or figs can be given as well, but in smal quantities as they may cause loose stools.

At four months of age, omit the 8 am feeding and start the first meal at noon. The cereal allowance should be increased fully to satisfy the appetite, and the meat to eight ounces or more. Raw vegetables can be put in a food processor to be "partially digested," such as carrot, celery, fresh or canned corn, and one teaspoon can be given over the course of the day in any meal. [That teaspoon can be of any one of the vegetables, or you can put them all in the food processor together.] Again, it is very important that these raw vegetables are ground fine in a food processor [not hand minced] for easy digestion. If you do not have a food processor, than steam the vegetables until "al dente" and mince finely.

At eight months of age, meals should be reduced to two: cereal at midday; meat in the evening, with sufficient food being given each meal to satisfy without the dog becoming overweight. The vegetables and greens should be given with the meat, the oils and vitamins with the cereal. See my Turkey Recipe for adult dogs.

FASTING: Every puppy between 4 months and 8 months old should have a half-day fast one day per week [suggested for a day with less exercise] by omitting the first meal of the day; and a whole-day fast one day per month with just water [or Smart Water with electrolytes], with some hard marrow bones to gnaw on. Every adult dog over 12 months old should have a weekly one-day fast, with water and fresh raw beef marrow bones to gnaw. Be sure the bones are not able to be chewed up and eaten. If the puppy's health or weight are a little under par, then home-made vegetable broth should also be available during the fast. If the dog is severely underweight or his health is compromised, consult your veterinarian regarding fasting.

*Cabbage water - chop and bruise fresh raw green cabbage and add three handfuls to one quart of boiling water. Simmer for 15 minutes. Strain out the cabbage. Whalaa! you have cabbage water. You can puree the cabbage and use it in their meat meal in small quantities. Refrigerate what you don't use. Good essential minerals.

 

 

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