You will see the difference; your pet will feel the difference.
I often get asked what to feed my dog if I want to feed a homemade diet. Do I need to add supplements and what do I use? How do I include these into their diet? My dog has, dry skin, digestive issues, joint problems. What will I expect see feeding a homemade diet?
It certainly is less expensive, convenient and time saving to feed your pet bagged or canned food, but you are sure to spend in multiples on veterinary bills and medical care as your pet ages. As your pet ages, antioxidant production in their cells decline, making it more difficult for them to tolerate adversity; this includes their ability to tolerate nutritional deficiencies and illnesses. The obvious solution is to make your own from food that has not been processed providing the best quality nourishment possible beginning at puppyhood. I have been feeding our dogs vegetables, protein, and supplements for several years now.
Longevity promoting fruit and vegetables have antibacterial and antifungal benefits which play a key role in detoxifying mycotoxins found in processed pet food. Choose from cranberries, blueberries, avocados, bananas, raspberries, spinach, broccoli, celery, brussels sprouts, cucumbers, arugula, okra, asparagus, dandelion, Jerusalem artichoke, carrots, cilantro, parsnips, fennel, and parsley.
Depending on your dog’s taste buds and if they have any dietary concerns, you can choose a variety of proteins from eggs, beef, turkey, chicken, duck, lamb, pork, fish, venison, buffalo, or kangaroo. You will need to include organ meats like liver, kidney, tripe, tongue, spleen, pancreas, heart, and some ground bone from chicken, turkey, or lamb.
Supplementing with a balanced and biologically active fatty acid can help control inflammation and improve your pet's state of health. Supplementing with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are also important. These nutrients are needed by the cells to process these fats and help guide the fats down the right cellular paths by helping control oxidation. You can expect better breath, less gas or none, better mobility, plus an improved lustrous shiny coat.
Let’s keep it simple and start by blending 12 oz spinach, 5 celery stalks, 2 broccoli heads, 1 cup cranberries in a food processor or put through a juicer. If you use a juicer, blend the pulp and juice back together. This blend can be frozen and thawed out as required. These have anti-inflammatory properties, support heart health, are an excellent source of fibre, boost glutathione levels, are loaded with vitamins A, C, K, folate and minerals like manganese, magnesium, potassium, and antioxidants like D-mannose.
Feed the vegetable blend, ground beef with heart and liver, ground chicken with bone, and turkey, morning, and late afternoon 8 hours apart. Feed all food and treats in this 8-hour window allowing your pet to fast for 16 hours before the next meal or treat. The proteins can be changed up as you and your pet like, and the amount can be increased or decreased depending on your pet’s activity level.
Suggested meal for a 20 lb. dog
2 tbsp of vegetable blend
80 grams of raw meat protein with organs and bone
1/2 scoop of BioVITES
1/4 tsp of BioFATS
2 tbsp of bone broth (store bought or homemade)
1 raw whole egg on top, once per day (chopped up shell can be included)
The BiologicVET BioFATS and BioVITES will complete the nutritional value of the meal. BioJOINT can be added if joint problems are a concern, BioSKIN&COAT for food sensitivities or allergies and BioDIGEST for digestive issues. All of these in any combination can be used together depending on your dog’s state of health.
Feed the above meal twice a day and you should see some real nice changes in about 3 to 5 days. Bad breath, tear stains, hotspots, skin, and stool odour will go away, plus the coat will start to get shiny and thick with less hair loss. Even just adding the vegetable mix with the BioVITES and BioFATS to your dog’s current food will show healthy changes.
Of course, you can do variations of this depending on food availability and your dog. I understand that raw doesn’t always work for everyone. You can lightly steam the ground beef, organs, turkey, and chicken but do not cook the bone. Keep the vegetable blend fresh and raw.
Individually these different categories of nutrition can improve your pet’s health, but they really have a positive impact when they are supplemented together since they depend on each other for maximum biological activity. Put life back into your pet’s food — choose food that is as unprocessed and whole as possible and supplement with a species-specific fatty acid blend and a vitamin, mineral Phyto antioxidant. Your pet's health is in your hands.
Bone Broth Recipe
Put about 3-4 marrow bones in a crock pot, cover in filtered water, add ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 24 hours, then add carrots and celery and simmer for another 6-12 hours. Put the cooked celery and carrots in a container set aside to feed some in each of your pet’s meals until gone. Pick out the bones and discard. Strain the broth through a fine strainer into glass jars while very hot, cap and they will keep in the fridge for a few weeks or put in freezer containers to use later.
About the Author:
Ken Cowan has been actively involved in the Natural Health Products industry since 1981. Over the past decade his passion for health has turned to the health and well-being of dogs and cats—understanding their dietary needs and how they are similar yet drastically different, especially when it comes to digestion.