Most of us are aware that for optimal health the less processed and
cooked foods we eat the better. But it never enters our head that all
commercial dog food is cooked or processed. In nature their diet consists
mostly of other small animals like mice. Don't be mislead though into
thinking that this means that their diet consists of only meat.
Their diet is rich in all types of minerals and fiber. To begin with
mice are covered with dirt and fur, and most mice are consumed whole.
Then mice are mostly vegetarian and have vegetable enzymes in their
stomach, and their bones are high in calcium. Then the meat is raw and
enzmemactic. So can we duplicate this with the food we give them?
Yes, we have just started a new diet for our little dog, Brandy. It
goes like this: We cook some grain like oatmeal or white rice (brown
is hard for them to digest in the beginning). We then grate some carrots
or yams, etc. and lightly steam them. This is then all mixed together
and can be frozen in meal size bags. So depending on how much you make
up you could only have to do this once a month.
Then at each meal you take a meal bag out of the freezer and put it
in the refrigerator and take the one that was put in the refrigerator
the day before and warm it in some hot water. Once warm you mix it with
about 25% by volume fresh turkey (or other ground lean) meat from the
refrigerator, other vitamins and minerals such as a calcium balance
powder made from things like nutritional Yeast and kelp powder. Then
add flaxseed oil or fish oil etc.
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