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OK, here they are RECIPES ... finally!
Feed dogs two times a day if they will eat . . .
REMEMBER TO ADD A VITAMIN SUPPLEMENT!
NOTE: Too much meat protein can stress the kidneys and makes the digestive system work harder, so if a dog has kidney or liver problems or disease, meat protein is lessened or eliminated altogether. Meat is acidic and the meatless meal is alkaline. Feeding both creates a good balance and helps ward off disease [bacteria and viruses like an acidic environment to reproduce]. All healthy adult canines should fast one day per week, giving only vegetable broth and/or parsley water with a little honey and a pinch of sea salt for minerals and electrolytes. Having only pure water is ok too. Fasting allows them to detoxify. A nice raw marrow bone will help take the edge off the hunger if needed.
Overweight dogs can eat two times a day, but make the meals smaller so that they don't get so hungry.
I cannot wholeheartedly suggest any processed pet food, but if you must, review holistic veterinarian Dr. Becker's newsletter for additional information on feeding. Her newsletter is free and I highly recommend it. Click on Dog Foods in our Menu for help in choosing a high-quality dog food (I think that's an oxymoron). Always check the INGREDIENTS label on the bag of kibble [and cans] on a regular basis. Since there is no policing of the Pet Food industry, manufacturers change their formulas frequently any time they want. Without careful monitoring, poisoning and disease can occur [needing "Recalls"]. Just about any pet food you can buy in a grocery store is loaded with hard-to-digest grains, fillers, byproducts, antibiotics, growth hormones, sugar, salt, colors, stabilizers, MSG, etc. [see page one of Feeding Your Canine]. I also do not recommend dog and cat foods found in discount stores that have been stored for long periods of time in their warehouses. Temperatures vary widely and food gets rancid quickly. Often they are transported in trucks that are not temperature controlled. Note the shelf life ... years! Also, be careful about where you store your own kibble [near a window in the hot sun, a hot car, heated floors, etc.]. Keep the bag closed tightly, or best, keep the food in a sealed container. Store in cool, dry area. Buy only what you can use in 3-4 weeks max.
Put 5 lbs RAW MEAT (chopped or ground) in a large caldron. I like to mix a combination of chopped chicken with bones, ground turkey, and small chunks of beef to get a good balance of different nutrients. Add ground lamb or bison if you can afford it. Internal organs should not be used extensively as they are the "filters" of the body, so small portions of beef heart can be added to this mixture [i.e. one heart].
Add your veggies - It's very important to always use a Food Processor and puree, thus the veggies will be easier for your canine to break down and digest. [Avoid onions, grapes, raisins, cashews, avocados and macadamia nuts as these foods are toxic to canines.]. If you do not have a food processor, then grate the veggies very finely, and/or cook them al dente. You can use:
Carrots, broccoli, cabbage, celery, or zucchini. Just a bit, as too much fiber can cause stomach upset. For instance, to the 5 lbs of meat, I use about 1 cup of pureed veggies. All must be finely grated if you don't have a processor.
NOTE: Small amounts of yams, pumpkin and root vegetables are really great for your canine, an excellent source of easy-to-digest fiber, along with many B vitamins. Wash well and then bake [don't overcook] and added to the meal when serving. You can also buy pumpkin in the can (make sure there are no additives). About one heaping tablespoon per meal.
Substitute other veggies in same quantities. Any leafy greens [parsley, dandelions, mustard greens, spinach, chard] chop up and add fresh at each feeding as they get slimy and go bad quickly. Go easy on these greens as sometimes they cause gas. Again, you only need to add about one tablespoon [for large dogs] or one teaspoon [small dogs] in the meal.
Note: Spinach and chard have oxalic acid which inhibits absorption of calcium. Do not feed spinach or chard regularly. Kelp [seaweed] is also good sparingly as contains iodine and can inhibit absorption of iron. Dandelion greens are THE BEST if you can find them. They contain vitamin A which helps fight infections. They also act like estrogen in the body so they are a nice, gentle hormone replacement for spayed or neutered canines. Be sure they were not sprayed with herbicide or fertilizers. Always wash vegetables well, or place in water with lemon juice to help remove any toxic chemicals. Organic is always best.
Also in Food Processor [or mince finely] - garlic (sans the paper). When first starting your dog with garlic, use only a few cloves [to the 5-lb. meat mixture] until your dog gets used to it or he may not like the odor. Observe him over the next few days to make sure there is no allergic reaction. The next time you make the mixture, add a few more cloves until you are putting a minced half bulb into the 5-pound mixture. Make sure it is ground fine. Some canines develop allergies to large amounts of garlic, so you want to keep the total amount to the equivalent of 1/4 clove of garlic per day in their meat meal. Mixing a half bulb into the 5-lb. recipe will supply about this amount. I often alternate, mixing garlic into the recipe every other month to avoid developing sensitivities, or you can leave it out altogether if you prefer. I have been feeding all my animals garlic periodically for years as it is a great anti-parasitic herb, as well as being anti-inflammatory and an immune-system booster. Therefore it's great for those older dogs with arthritis. Important to Note: garlic is also a blood thinner, so if your dog is on any medications that thin the blood, eliminate the garlic.
One squirt of Braggs Liquid Aminos - Non GMO! which you can find in the Health Food department of most grocery stores - is cheaper than soy sauce without the chemical preservatives. This replaces any electrolytes the dog may have lost to loose stools, diarrhea or simple dehydration, and also supplements amino acids... and it tastes good! Go easy as it is still high in sodium, so add only when needed.
Mix all this together. To keep fresh, freeze what you won't use in one week. It is now known that freezing plastic [or heating it to 86 degrees or more] releases dangerous, carcinogenic toxins. I personally freeze all my foods in ceramic, glass, or brown or waxed paper whenever possible. Freezing meat has it's benefits as well as downfalls. Freezing raw meat for 4 weeks or longer helps kill parasites. But it also loses a lot of it's flavor, nutritional content and "life energy." Never freeze food that you will be feeding your canine for longer than 6 weeks.
A NOTE ABOUT FIBER: Raw veggies should be determined by the dogs needs, so consult your holistic veterinarian. They are essential for minerals and electrolytes, but if your dog is ill he may need more veggies than meat, or visa versa. Normally for a healthy canine, there should be about 15-20% total fiber foods [pureed]. You can pick up a small Food Processor for about $30, and believe me, after cutting and chopping up veggies for 15 years, I don’t know why I waited so long to get one. Cooked pumpkin, baked yams and sweet potatoes are a wonderful source of fiber, and high in the B vitamins that fight cancer, and most dogs love them.
Always give supplements fresh ... [do not mix in recipe and freeze]
WHEN FEEDING A HOME-MADE DIET - It's important to add calcium [bone meal] if you are NOT feeding raw bones. Protein powder, digestive enzymes, bone meal, vitamins and supplements are essential. See Dr. Pitcairn's recipes in his book and how to make "Healthy Powder." You can find the right kind of Bone Meal as well as Missing Link at a quality pet-supply store. Follow directions on the label. Note: Do not use Bone Meal from oyster shells or egg shells over a long period of time.
Vitamins and supplements - Give Probiotics regularly. Give proteolytic enzymes on occasion or if healing. Older or rehabilitating dogs, or dogs with arthritis can get enzymes daily. It is good practice to add some Fish Oils or Cod Liver Oil daily. You can find some great supplements on the Only-Natural Pet Store [click on banner below]. If your dog has any liver disease, do not give Cod Liver Oil but use 100% Beta Carotene as your source of Vitamin A instead. It's nontoxic.
I also use Puritan's Pride when ordering some of my herbal remedies, omega oils and supplements. "Human" supplements are less expensive, better quality, and I can take them too! Just do the research so you know the right ones to give your canine and how much. When buying digestive enzymes for your pets, make sure there is no Hcl (Betain Hydrochloride). When buying a multi vitamin, avoid those that contain iron.
Don't give your dog or cat cold or frozen food. Always warm meat mixture with hot water, or in microwave for about 30 seconds (1/2 lb meat) or 1 minute (up to 1 lb. meat) depending on the volume, before mixing with the dry kibble, enzymes or vitamins. If you already mixed the meat with kibble, Do NOT put in microwave as the kibble will turn to little, indigestible rocks. It will also kill the supplements. Warm mixture by pouring a little hot water on food, or let the food sit for a while to bring to room temperature.
If you are introducing the raw meat to your dog or cat for the first time, use about 10% meat mixture to 90% kibble and canned diet that they have been used to eating. After a few days, if their stools are still firm, gradually add more meat mixture and less kibble until you are serving about 75% meat mixture/25% kibble or canned. Remember to change over to a better-quality dog food if needed. If you wish to use a 100% natural-food diet, then vitamins, bone meal, and enzymes must be added to complete the diet nutritionally, as well as changing types of meats and body parts regularly to get a variety of nutrition. With cats, feed less dry food and more wet food to prevent kidney damage. Dry food is very harmful to cats when fed exclusively. Read more information on this in Dr. Becker's newsletter.
I am not fond of feeding most commercial pet foods, but if you choose to feed a diet solely of premium high-quality commercial dog food [either dry food or canned] you may notice loose stools or diarrhea. This is often caused by a bacterium that the pet food manufacturer adds to the food, called Interococcus Faecium. It is very robust and can overpower the flora in the dog's digestive system. Chronic diarrhea can lead to many health problems, so you want to add Acidophilus and Bone Meal [or raw chicken with bones] to the commercial food to help stabilize stools. It is actually better to mix the commercial food with My Turkey Recipe, rather than feeding the pet food as the only food source. [We also urge you to contact pet food manufacturers and ask them to omit Interococcus Faecium from their formulas as the formulas usually contain other probiotics.]
Regarding Grain - I have omitted using cooked grains in my meat recipe. Grains convert to sugar. Sugar leads to many health issues. Parasites love sugar. Sugar creates inflammation. Sugar enhances pain. Sugar leads to diabetes. Typical Cushings Syndrome is excessive heat .. sugar creates heat. A small amount of brown rice, millet or quinoa can go a long way, so if you feed these grains, a teaspoon [cooked] per meal is plenty. Always be aware of what you are feeding your canine friends. Use a grain-free pet food product. There are plenty of carbohydrates in my meatless meal, and if your pet is suffering from arthritis, Cushing's Syndrome, pancreatitis, or just needs to avoid carbs - substitute veggies, eggs, sardines, mackerel, cottage cheese, plain yogurt, etc. for the creamed corn and DO SOME RESEARCH... The information is out there!
IF you need to add grain for any reason to the 5 lb. meat mixture ...
Cook -1/2 CUP COOKED MILLET or brown rice, or quinoa. [Millet is easier to digest than rice and less expensive] NOTE: If you are feeding kibble that contains grain, along with the meat mixture, then do not add rice to my Turkey Recipe. If you are using a grain-free kibble, 1/2 cup of cooked grain in the 5-lb. meat mixture is fine once in a while. Baked Yam is actually a better substitute for grain and can be added fresh to the meal instead of adding to the mixture.
Some of this information has been gleamed from these websites. For more information on health updates and pet food recalls ...
http://healthypets.mercola.com with Dr. Karen Becker
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