diet you feed your dog determines his health
and life expectancy more than any other care!
food you serve is not just something which has a few vitamins and passes
through your dog's system. What you feed your dog becomes your dog!
Why not consider a natural home prepared diet. This method of feeding
offers you complete control over the quality of the ingredients. Home
prepared diets are fun, easy, and cost less than premium commercial
foods. They are easy to make and use simple ingredients found in every
home. This method of feeding offers complete canine nutrition and is
not to be confused with feeding 'table scraps'. A simple meal for your
dog is made from rice, vegetables, and a quality source of protein like
chicken, turkey, lamb, tofu, eggs, cottage cheese or beef. Herbs, vitamins
and oils are added to make the meal 100% nutritionally complete. (For
recipe specifics and supplements visit www.naturalcanine.com) Home prepared
diets allow your dog to 'thrive' and not just 'survive'! They reduce
your vet bills in the long run, prevent many diseases, produce a beautiful
coat, keep the teeth white and gums free of tartar, increase energy
levels, stamina, and improve temperament.
Why not re-discover
what dog owners have known for thousands of years - a home prepared
diet is the best way to provide your dog with natural, healthy, nutrient
rich food- free from chemicals, additives, preservatives, fillers, artificial
flavorings, colorings, bacteria, drug residues and other toxic ingredients
commonly found in commercial food. Feed a home prepared diet and expect
good things to happen!
is extremely important in treating your dog's condition. Your dog IS
literally what he/she eats! The food that goes in BECOMES YOUR DOG.
A natural diet is the foundation for good health. Any disease or
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will benefit directly or indirectly from a home-prepared meal. You may
wish to consider home cooking for your dog to provide the best, healthiest,
natural food nutrition. It is easy, inexpensive and takes about 10 minutes
every few days. The 'batch' you cook up keeps in the fridge for 3 or
4 days. Once you get started and see the difference in skin, coat, general
health, temperament and energy level you'll be amazed. You'll wonder
why you didn't make this discovery sooner!
that most commercial dog foods (even 'premium' brands) use poor or low
quality, non human grade ingredients which are heated, highly processed,
and are held together with a wheat paste 'food glue' which is like wallpaper
paste. It also has NO living elements to provide enzymes, vitamins,
and other important nutrients found naturally in vegetables grains and
meat. Commercial food is 'sprayed' with chemical vitamins during extrusion
when the food nugget is still hot which destroys most of the vitamins.
Your dog receives about 20% nutrition from this food plus the 'dry'
food toxins accumulate in the digestive tract, organs and joints (arthritis).
This accumulation then becomes an aggravation and is the beginning of
the disease process. Skin conditions are generally the first sign of
trouble lurking inside as your dog tries to eliminate indigestible metabolic
on the other hand lets you know exactly what your dog is eating. You're
assured the ingredients are fresh and 'alive' with nutrition. There
is no better way to achieve excellent long-term health than by home
cooking. While we make no claims that it will 'cure' all ills- it is
so important as a first step to aid your dogs natural healing and immune
system to function at it's best. We cannot stress this enough.
We have an
excellent hypoallergenic human grade 'age specific' (puppy, adult and
senior) vitamin and an herbal blend (Hokamix 30) as well as an Organic
EFA oil blend and digestive enzymes (for the senior dog). You add these
to the food to cleanse and detoxify and they are perfectly balanced
for a canine. The recipe may be adjusted for your dog's particular condition
if necessary. (Heart, liver, diabetes, pancreas, etc) For protein you
will add a variety of meats (not all at once!) including, cooked chicken
or turkey, beef, lamb, tuna, tofu, cottage cheese or eggs. This gives
you so much latitude to use what's generally available around the house.
The basic recipe has peas, carrots, brown rice cereal, and oil which
cooks in one pot in about 10 minutes!
We can give
you all the details if you are interested.
Home Cooking Recipe
is a recipe- you will find this costs less than commercial feeds. I'll
give you a basic recipe, which is easy to make. In a short time you
will get a 'feel' for the diet and come up with variations based on
what you have around the house. Home cooking is easy and inexpensive
but it's not just about throwing table scraps into your dog's bowl!
list- (hopefully you have a food coop or health food store in your area)
You will notice also that we recommend 'organic' ingredients whenever
possible. In the long run this is important because many commercial
foods have pesticide and fumigation residues. If you cannot get organic
you might try rinsing or using a specially made vegetable wash to remove
surface contaminants. (This is for produce - not grains) It's a good
idea to rinse any vegetables. Arrowhead Mills 'Rice & Shine' organic
brown rice cereal. (Cooks in 5 to 8 minutes and is brown rice) You may
also cook whole brown rice, this is less expensive but takes longer
and may be more difficult to digest. When cooking whole brown rice add
sufficient water or broth to make it fluffy (well cooked) Organic quick
cooking oats - available in the 'bulk' section of most health food stores.
Make sure you get the quick oats and not the regular rolled oats. 2
medium organic carrots ½ - 3/4 cup frozen organic peas or green beans
1 tsp. oil (see our oil blend below) 1/4 tsp. salt or a dash of soy
sauce. 1 can NO FAT NO SALT chicken broth (optional) For protein any
of the following - cooked (skin-removed) chicken or turkey, lamb, cottage
cheese (low salt, low fat), tofu, eggs, beef, or fresh fish. For the
chicken we recommend Bell & Evans brand which is available at most supermarkets.
This brand has NO antibiotics or hormones - and Coleman Beef for the
beef - raised naturally with NO hormones or antibiotics) You can use
½ broth and ½ water in the recipe or use your own homemade chicken stock
(skim the fat) if you poach the chicken or turkey or cook ground turkey.
Poultry should be cooked through and beef or lamb may be lightly cooked
(rare). Cooking kills surface bacteria. In a single pot put 4 cups (or
2 cups water/2 cups broth). Grate 2 medium carrots and put in the peas/green
beans. Add the salt/soy sauce and bring to a boil. Add 1-cup rice cereal
and 1 cup quick oats. Stir and cook for 5 - 8 minutes. You may have
to adjust the liquid if it gets too thick. The consistency should be
like cooked oatmeal. That's it! You could also cook whole brown rice,
which is fine, but you have to allow about 50 minutes for cooking and
add the vegetables about 10 minutes before the rice is finished. This
reduces the cost considerably but increases the preparation time. Some
dogs have difficulty digesting whole grain brown rice. The Rice & Shine
Cereal is whole grain but as a cereal we have found it very digestible.
Remember this new diet must be introduced gradually to the dog. Begin
by adding 2 -4 tablespoons a day for the first 2 days then gradually
increase this over the next week. Allow about 1 - 1 ½ weeks to completely
change over. All dietary changes are stressful and should be made gradually.
To serve- allow cooked rice/veg mixture to come to room temperature.
Put 1 - 1 ½ cups rice vegetable mixture into the bowl. Add ½ to 1-teaspoon
oil, Herbs and vitamins (see below) and 1/4 to 1/3-cup meat. Mix together.
Larger breeds would require 2 - 2/1/2 cups rice vegetables mixture and
3/4 cup meat. Every dog is individual -you have to adjust the portion
size based on breed, size, metabolism, activity level and how many times
a day you feed. There are no hard and fast rules! Your dog should finish
the meal in about 5 minutes. If they don't, take away the food and adjust
the portion at the next feeding. If they finish in 2 minutes you may
need to add a bit more next time. We always suggest feeding 2 times
a day. It is important to watch the stools. At first softening of the
stools is common and OK. If you get diarrhea then you've added too much
of something or introduced some new element too quickly or maybe even
started the whole diet without GRADUALLY introducing it. Generally,
there is no problem. Here are a few guidelines - Puppies need more protein
(about 25-30%) Adult dogs need 18 - 25% Senior dogs need 14 - 18%. It
is best to feed your dog 2 or 3 meals a day rather than 1 big one.
home cooking kit includes: Hokamix 30 herbal supplement 1 pound $23.95
(lasts 1 -2 months) Age specific vitamins puppy/adult/senior - $10.05
(lasts about a month) Digestive enzymes - $15.05 - (lasts about 3 months)
Organic oil blend (fish/flax seed/soy oils) $13.95 lasts 2 months Individually
these items would cost $63.00- Our price for the 'kit' is $58.00. The
11 herbs and sea kelps in Hokamix 30 add naturally occurring vitamins,
trace minerals, chlorophyll, enzymes and hormones. The herbs themselves
aid digestion, cleanse and detoxify, promote healthy skin, and keep
the internal organs healthy.
The multivitamin is necessary to make sure all canine nutrition is met.
We use age-specific vitamins for puppies, adult and senior dogs. The
digestive enzymes facilitate absorption of nutrients so your dog gets
the maximum benefit from the wholesome ingredients you add. The Organic
oil blend lubricates joints, helps solve skin rash problems, add EFA's
(essential fatty acids) and is nothing short of amazing when you see
the shine and condition of the coat! (Takes about 2 weeks to notice)