Rutlands Australian Cobberdogs DIET. What do vets say?
Dogs across the world are victims of Lifestyle Diseases just like humans are. The tragedy is that we have come to accept and even expect it! Our dogs ARE what they eat, just as we are. Before reading down the page, please watch these videos with noted veterinarian Dr Karen Becker and EIGHT other top vets on informed decisions on canine 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.
Still not sure?
Dog diseases such as Diabetes, liver and kidney failure, allergies, sensitive stomachs and Addisons are pandemic in the 21st century as succeeding generations become weaker, and with weakened immune systems, similar to humans since convenience 'foods' saturated with chemicals, carcinogenic food dyes and preservatives have replaced old fashioned home cooking. Genetic engineering of food crops which are added to pet food and toxic agricultural pesticides also combine to make up silent killers and destroyers of good health.
But what about Bacteria in raw meat?
Nature has equipped the dog with powerful hydrochloric acid digestive juices designed to dissolve RAW bones. 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.
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 bows because their cheeks get pinched against their teeth when the 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.
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) This 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 18 months of age. FRESH CLEAN water should be readily available.
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.,
What Your Rutlands Australian Cobberdog puppy has already been fed :
Feeding Fresh is so Easy! There's no need for weighing or measuring with the Cobberdog, as they're rarely greedy eaters - if they're getting enough - and variety is the key to all round nutrition.
When you're preparing the vegetables and leafy greens for the family, why not put a few bits into the blender into the blender?
Add water or stock and blend until it's a sloppy mixture then mix it through some chopped or minced beef or lamb from the butcher. A stock cube will add some flavour if your dog doesn't immediately love it, but I think you'll find that he will. A raw egg ,shell and all can also be added into the blender. If you're feeding a puppy under six months old, it is better to omit the shell.
This meal mimics Nature just like the stomach contents of the wild dog's prey. For treats, instead of using those highly processed dyed, preserved, coloured (and expensive) items, try using LITTLE PIECES OF CHEESE. Practically every dog loves cheese.
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?
Give it to your dog! Easy!
(they often love peanut butter and it's good for them too)