Dog Healthy Diet
When I was a young girl growing up, there was no dry dog food (kibble) and canned food was used rarely as a quick standby. In general, dogs ate the household leftovers, fresh raw meaty bones, raw eggs they stole from the hen house and scraps from the butcher. Their coats were naturally glossy, health vibrant, and teeth naturally white and strong into old age - without tooth brushing or cleaning under anaesthetic. Vet visits were rare other than for vaccination and accident. What a different story it is today! Shockingly, we have accepted it to be 'normal' for our pets to succumb to human lifestyle diseases ....even when still young!
But what about Bacteria in raw meat?
Nature has equipped the dog with powerful hydrochloric acid digestive juices designed to dissolve RAW bones. Harmful bacteria does not survive in the gut of dogs fed a biologically appropriate diet (raw)
There is no need to weigh or measure the food you give your Australian Cobberdog Dog or Puppy. They 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.
IF YOU WANT YOUR DOG TO HAVE A HEALTHY APPETITE Don't leave any food down for nibbling ad hoc. Allow 15 minutes with no distractions and if your dog has walked away from it for any reason, then without a word, take it up, pop into the fridge to keep fresh and leave it to offer again at the next scheduled meal time.
Dogs eat what they 'know' they need on any given day. Often, dogs are thought to be 'fussy' because they refuse the same kind of food that they loved for the past week. Trust your dog's judgment. He knows what he needs better than we do. Variety is the key to good health by spreading different nutrients over days and dogs instinctively know it. Some dogs don't like eating out of narrow bowls because their cheeks get pinched against their teeth when they chew.
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.
A healthy dog is hungry at meal times.
FEEDING FRESH AND RAW IS QUICK EASY AND NATURAL
When your new puppy comes home, for the first twenty four hours you should feed him/her cooked Chicken (with the bones removed) which is a bland meal that will not upset the puppy's stomach after his or her stress of changing home.
After the first twenty four hours, the diet should be just the same as it is on this page for grown up dogs, only in smaller quantities and three times a day for the next couple of months. Quantities increase and frequency decreases as the dog grows with once daily feeding after 12 to 18 months of age. FRESH CLEAN water should be readily available at all times.
DID YOU KNOW THAT DOGS CAN NOT DIGEST PLANTS UNLESS THEY ARE CRUSHED TO BREAK UP THE CELLULOSE? THE BLENDER COMES IN HANDY FOR THIS A COUPLE OF TIMES A WEEK.
In the wild wolves and dogs have this requirement met when they eat the partly digested stomach contents of their plant eating prey.
fresh raw meaty rib bones,
RAW MEATY BONES are excellent for dogs
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.
Inflammation is an often silent pre-cursor to disease. Prevention is so much better than treatment!
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 teasponful for a little dog or puppy, given two or three times a week provide essential Omegas and boost the immune system. It isn't necessary to give it every day to a healthy dog.
Did you know that one hard boiled egg each day is a natural anti-inflammatory for you and for your dog?
TIP IT IN AND MIX...EASY!
PREPARING VEGETABLES FOR THE FAMILY?
You could put the raw choppings scraps into your blender, add a little water or stock and blend to a sloppy consistency then mix it through your dog's minced or chopped meat. EASY!
This is a handy meal in which to add herbs such as milk thistle (don't give to pregnant females) and nettle. Both are great blood purifiers and tonic for liver and kidneys.
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?
Give it to your dog! Easy!