Dog Healthy Diet
Processed Convenience Foods Happened (kibble)
When any living creature is primarily fed a diet which is not appropriate for its species, illness can result.
In its natural state, a wild dog makes a kill of a herbage-eating prey. The first part eaten is the partly digested stomach contents, which are likely to be a selection of grasses, herbs, fruits and berries. Next on the menu are the organs like kidney, heart, liver and brain-all rich in nutrients. Finally, the least nutritious of all, the lean muscle meat is ripped off the bones which are then gnawed on to clean and strengthen teeth and jaws. The smaller non weight bearing bones remaining are crunched up and consumed. Dogs are equipped with powerful hydrochloride digestive juices that nature designed to dissolve RAW bone so that it doesn't splinter inside the dog. But then I've never seen a group of dogs gathered around the camp fire waiting for their food to be cooked!
Please watch these two videos by renowned veterinarian Dr Karen Becker
I often hear the canine species' biologically appropriate diet referred to as a raw diet. But I prefer to call it a fresh food diet because it doesn't have to be all raw. Here is a list of some of the foods that are fed to Rutlands dogs and puppies over the course of a week-
A healthy dog is hungry at meal times.
RAW MEATY BONES are excellent for dogs
NO cooked bones - ever - Cooking bones changes their molecular structure in such a way that the dog's digestive system can no longer dissolve the bone. It is then brittle and can splinter inside the dog, and cause horrendous injury even resulting in death. You may get away with it a hundred times - but is it really worth the risk?
COOKED MASHED PUMPKIN, fresh or canned is excellent for diarrhea provided there is no bacterial or viral infection causing the problem. It's good to try first before rushing off to the vet.
COLD PRESSED FLAX SEED OIL is fabulous for skin and coat, and is a natural anti‐inflammatory. It contains the essential Omega 3 Fatty Acids that most other oils do not have.
One Tablespoon for a large adult dog, or a teaspoonful for a little dog or puppy, given two or three times a week provides essential Omegas and boosts the immune system.
Did you know that a hard boiled egg each other day is a natural anti-inflammatory for you and your dog?
BOILING OR SCRAMBLING EGGS FOR THE FAMILY?
Just pop an extra one in for your dog. Easy Peasy!
GOT SOME TOAST OR CRUSTS LEFT OVER FROM BREAKFAST? OR KIDS HAVE LEFT THEIR VEGGIES?
Don't bin it. Give it to your dog! Easy!
Diseases like diabetes, liver and kidney failure, pancreatitis, allergies, sensitive stomachs and addisons are pandemic in all dogs now as succeeding generations become weaker, with weakened immune systems similar to humans, since convenience 'foods' saturated with chemicals, carcinogenic food dyes and preservatives have replaced wholesome fresh foods. Genetic engineering of food crops which are added to commercially manufactured human and pet food and toxic agricultural pesticides also combine to make up silent killers and destroyers of good health.
Cobberdogs are not generally a gluttonous breed and will not eat more than what they need. If he's hungry, give him more, if he leaves some, give him less. Their appetite varies from day to day just like our own does. If he doesn't want his yogurt today, don't assume that he doesn't like yogurt, take it away and offer it to him again tomorrow or the day after.
The physiology of the dog is quite different to that of humans. They are built for 'feast and famine' and the human concept of 'three balanced meals a day' does not apply. Essential nutrients may be spread over the course of a week.
I am a well known proponent of feeding dogs fresh foods. But there are times when it's not available or not practicable to feed it and so I believe my dogs should be accustomed to kibble so as to avoid sudden changes in diet. I searched for and trialed a number of hi profile kibbles over time for my Rutlands dogs, until I finally learned enough to understand why my dogs were itchy and scratching despite being parasite-free and groomed. What I learned shocked me.
What I learned: Pet food labeling legislation is slack! "Natural" doesn't necessarily mean what we may think. That 'plump chicken' on the packet could be feathers and ground up claws and beaks - it's not illegal to represent it that way. 'Meatmeal' can be rendered down road kill, or even deceased animals sent from laboratories or vet clinics to commercial dry food companies that render it down into a powder which can then legally be called 'meatmeal'. Ghastly, but true.
Pet food which has listed as ingredients, Corn, Wheat, or Grains. Wheat and Corn and their by-products are known triggers for skin problems, hot spots and allergic reactions in dogs.
Then I found an Australian dog and cat food manufacturer who actually seems to care as much as I do about the wholesomeness of the pet foods they make. A kibble without the nasties. In consultation with Hypro, I'm grateful to be able to offer my puppy buyers some great specials to encourage them to continue feeding what their Rutlands puppy has thrived on. Something I've noticed is the way my dogs and puppies love this food, whereas in the past they'd pick at and waste kibble when they were offered it in addition to their daily fresh food. Seeing as there are no palate-pleasing nasties added, I conclude that they know what is good for them.