I've just been doing some research to try to improve upon the homemade meals we feed our dogs and I've come across some great information. Here's a link to the specific section “Do Pets Require a Balanced Diet?” in Google Books, which lets you see a preview for free. It starts out with a summary of what's in commercial dog foods. It's revolting, in a word. You know how dog food always comes with a warning on the label, “Not for human consumption”? Not that I'd ever be inclined to eat dog food, but if I was, then reading this would certainly put an end to that habit. In fact, after reading this hopefully you don't want to feed your dog commercial dog food either. But the great thing is that the “Suggested Breakfast” and dinners don't look that difficult or time consuming to make. In fact, except for the meat and bones a lot of this is what we were already eating ourselves, raw fruit and veges, oat flakes, sprouted wheat, kefir or yogurt and eggs.
A couple other bits of information I gleaned from this:
- Chocolate is toxic to pets (it can kill them)
- Carob is good for dogs (it's a good chocolate alternative), it's rich in protein, calcium and phosphorus.
- Sugar is bad (well, we probably all knew that, but did you know it's often added to commercial pet food and snacks too?)
- Honey is good. Especially raw, unpasteurized honey. It's nutritious for feeding to your pet in moderation, of course. It's a nerve tonic and inhibits the harmful bacteria in the digestive tract. If your dog is sick you can add it to their water or put a small ball of honey in their mouth.
And, just in case you thought Flynn was just posing with that zucchini for the picture, here's proof. He actually decided to help himself to a snack and stole this zucchini Not that we minded, it's healthy for him and we had so much zucchini from the garden this summer we literally had boxes overflowing with it. I didn't get my dehydrator until towards the end of the season, so we had far more than we knew what to do with. We couldn't give enough of it away. So this particular zucchini is looking a bit sad because it had been sitting around for a while. But it obviously still tasted good enough to Flynn.
If you have a cat, check out the section “Feeding the Adult House Cat”
[amazonshowcase_b9a38ff2c473ae29c5cbbcba7ad3046d] All this comes from the book, The Encyclopedia Of Natural Pet Care which you can also find at Amazon. The book actually covers all kinds of animals, not just dogs.
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LOL, he is adorable, and he’s a health food nut. I’ve never met a dog quite like him. He loves nuts – just adores them. He eats all kinds of vegetables, and fruit. if any dog could be a vegetarian it would be Flynn, for sure! Thanks for your great comment, it’s made my day!
Hello – I know a trainer of police dogs who had a Border Collie he fed a veg diet who lived to 23!
I am no longer certain the place you’re getting your information, but good topic. I needs to spend some time finding out more or understanding more. Thank you for excellent info I was searching for this info for my mission.
Very interested in the articles of natural dog food. I just got a 7 yr old Grt Dane from a rescue & it seems he has a slight problem with his skin & fur. Dry Skin & loses little tiny clumps of fur every now & then. I’m thinking he eeds soe type of restorative diet.??
Yes, it’s just like us… if we don’t have a great diet when we get older it shows in our skin and hair. He may have food allergies… to wheat is common, or any of the grains. More recently I found out from a vet that chicken allergies in dogs is fairly common. It’s not an allergy to the chicken, but to all the antibiotics and things they are fed. But also take him to the vet to check that it isn’t mange first Judy. A good diet will help either way, but if it’s mange you want to get that taken care of asap!