Dog Health Nutrition & Cat Health Nutrition

WHOLE FOOD LIST FOR DOGS AND CATS

When feeding a raw, whole food diet, it is important to take into account your animal friends' health and digestion. Some will need lightly cooked food, some will thrive on strictly raw food. I mostly feed raw, and the cooked I feed is bone soup or cooked egg whites. 

This is what my dogs' and cats' meals look like:


  • Emily and Greta, our dogs: raw room temperature milk, lukewarm bone soup, raw meat with organs and bones, Q's Super Greens.

Twice a week, I rotate into their diet: beans, grains, sour milk,  egg yolk and cooked egg white. I will also add  leftovers such as salad, stew and soup when there is some.

  • Niles, our small dog, has some sensitivities so his meal consists of: raw room temperature milk, lukewarm bone soup, Q's Super Greens.  Three times a week he will have hamburger (from grass fed  cattle). Once to twice a week he will have some grains, beans and soured milk.
  • Our cats eat meat, organ meat, bones, super greens, bone soup and raw goat or cow milk.

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It is really important for dog health nutrition and cat health nutrition to feed our animal friends chemical-free foods; animal friends are smaller than us and metabolize the chemicals much faster.  Choose foods that are pesticide-free, organic, and hormone-free whenever possible.

Whole organic/free range or wild game are foods that have not been altered, and contain all the minerals, vitamins, amino acids, enzymes (co-factors) needed by the body to provide optimum nutrition and health.

Enzymes, which are found in raw food, are destroyed in cooking. Enzymes are necessary for metabolic functions and digestion.

Enzymes:

  • aid in the digestion of food
  • are essential for the production of energy required to run the body
  • are vital for a healthy life!

Leaving kibble out for your dog or cat to nibble on  is extremely hard on their digestive tract, it causes them to activate digestive enzymes every time they smell the kibble.

Vitamins, minerals and hormones do not function without enzymes.

These special proteins are necessary for:

  • Every chemical reaction in the body
  • Normal activity of the cells, tissues, fluids and organs

When dogs and cats hunt their prey, it is rich in  saturated fats, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and essential fatty acid; especially Omega 3. The only  amount of grain a dog would eat in the wild would be  predigested and found in the stomach of the dog's prey.

It is important to re-create what a dog or cat would eat in nature

Dogs are omnivores &  cats are obligatory carnivores, feeding cats raw meat, organs; liver/heart, egg yolk, raw bone, bone broth and raw milk is the perfect diabetic cat food!  If your cat is an indoor cat add super green foods to prevent hair balls, and the 'sunshine vitamin' Vitamin D3 - to benefit the immune system.

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Did you know?

Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and they are destroyed when food is cooked or altered

Feeding our dogs or cats kibble or wet food is known to cause

  • gum disease
  • diabetes
  • joint and hip problems
  • skin conditions
  • renal problems
  • cancer.....1 out of 3 dogs and cats are getting cancer,  just like humans.  Poor nutrition and too much chemical exposure is known to cause cancer.

The reason dogs and cats drink so much water when they are fed dry (kibble) is there is no moisture. When dogs and cats eat meat, there is moisture and vitality in their food,  providing them with enough moisture to support kidney and bladder health (renal system).

Whole Food List for Animal Friends

MEAT

  • beef, bison, buffalo, lamb
  • chicken, turkey
  • fish, wild game
  • Offal meats: gizzards, liver, heart

EGGS & DAIRY

  • free run eggs (raw yolk mostly)
  • cottage cheese, kefir, raw cheese, raw milk, yogurt

I like to cook the egg white in  a small amount of butter or coconut oil


OILS

  • coconut oil
  • olive oil
  • raw pumpkin seeds
  • cod liver oil
  •  fish oil

COOKED GRAINS

DOGS - congee or cooked for those who have digestive issues or need to gain weight.

  • barley
  • brown or white rice
  • millet
  • quinoa

all dogs can have sprouted grains or seeds


VEGETABLES - raw or lightly cooked- 

  • chopped or grated: cabbage, carrots, lettuce, zucchini
  • cooked: sweet potatoes, yams

FRUIT

  • apples
  •  berries

I  like to stick with the tart fruit

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I like to have bone soup on the go at all times. I add it to my animal friends' meals for its amazing benefits to the muscular, skeletal and nervous systems. Bone soup has been used for many thousands of years, since the invention of fire, enhancing the lives of animal friends and their people.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 beef bones, chicken necks and back or a whole chicken
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar (*optional)
  • 1 tsp kelp
  • 6 - 8 cups water (make sure to cover bones with water)
  • Pressure Cooker -  Pressure cook on low for one hour or until bones are soft. After broth is done I put the bone soup into a regular stainless pot and warm as needed for meals.
  • Pot (stainless steel) -  Bring to boil then simmer on low for at least 12 hours.
  • Slow cooker - Put on high and cook for at least 12 hours.

*You may enhance calcium extraction by adding vinegar.  I recommend cooking the first soup without vinegar, as the added vinegar imparts a much stronger odor and may prove offensive to some.  Bone soup without vinegar smells as delicious as a roast. 

Bone soup is extremely nutrient-rich in

collagen, gelatin, hyaluronic acid, chondroitin sulfate, glycosaminoglycans, proline, glycine, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium

These nutrients are important for strong and healthy joints, bones, ligaments,  tendons and for healthy hair, fur and skin.

Did you know?

Glycine and proline are amino acids that are essential for well-functioning connective tissue, function and is the glue which holds the body together. These two amino acids are also responsible for healing microscopic wounds throughout the body and act as a natural anti-inflammatory.

Bone marrow is rich in saturated fat, and saturated fatty acids make up about 50% of the cell membrane that regulates the substances that flowing in and out of the cell.

Saturated fatty acids are necessary for bone health because calcium needs saturated fats for absorption.

Did you know?

RAW BONES are nature's toothbrush for dogs and cats. It is better to feed small or flat bones on a regular basis. The round marrow bones can wear down their teeth.

Chewing on bones improves -

  • Jaw structure and strength
  • Salivary glands function

AVOID - cooked, sharp bones, bones which splinter, bones small enough for dog to swallow without chewing.

Here are some bribe foods for those animal friends which are difficult to transition over to a raw food or whole food diet.

Add a small amount to their meal - 

  • a drizzle of melted butter
  • a sprinkle of nutritional yeast
  • a drizzle of sardine oil
  • a dash of soy sauce
  • a small amount of ketchup
  • a drizzle of bacon fat

Some cats are extremely challenging to change over, and those cats have usually spent many years on commercial pet food, which is full of sugar and additives that keep the cat wanting more.

I encourage you to keep trying; eventually they will eat their food, especially if they are indoor cats

Super Greens for Animal Friends

 Super Greens for Animal Friends provide a  high nutrient content of :

  • Antioxidants; which are known to help the body’s immune system stay strong.
  • Predigested proteins to build the body and detoxify chemicals.
  • Digestive supporting herbs which activate enzymes and prebiotics for healthy intestinal flora.
  • A full spectrum of vitamins, minerals and trace minerals.
  • Gentle blood cleansing properties, which impede the onset of arthritis and other degenerative diseases.
  • Gentle liver cleansing properties, which are known to support immune and hormonal health, impeding cancer and other immune system dis-eases.
  • Strong digestion and healthy elimination.
  •  barley grass  
  •  nettle leaf
  • dandelion leaf
  • spirulina 
  • comfry leaf
  • kelp  
  • Forco (digestive enzyme & probiotic)

Foods to Avoid

  • spicy foods
  • chocolate
  • some dogs onions 

How much do I feed my dog  daily?

Suggested Guidelines

Toys - 7 lbs - 15 lbs.........................................1/4 to 1/2 lb

Small - 16 lbs - 25 lbs......................................1/2 to 3/4 lb

Medium - 25 lbs - 50 lbs...................................3/4 to 1 lb

Large - 50 lbs - 75 lbs......................................1 to 1.5 lbs

Extra Large - 75 lbs - 100 lbs+..........................1.5 to 2lbs

Providing your puppy with a strong immune system will prevent fleas and parasites and the best way to do this is through an all natural puppy food diet.

A Natural Puppy Diet Would Look Like This  - Two Meals Per Day

Feeding a liquid diet when puppy comes home before 9 weeks of age

7 - 9 weeks:

  •  1/2 -2 cups room temperature raw milk; depending on the size of your puppy
  • one raw organic egg yolk
  •  1/4 to 1/2 cup bone broth
  •  1 tsp super greens for animal friends
  •  1 tsp of FORCO or room temperature plain organic yogurt or soured milk

9 weeks is when I like to add:

  • raw meat, (including organ meat)
  • raw milk
  •  egg yolk
  •  bone soup
  • super greens for animal friends. If you need extra healthy bacteria rich food (probiotics) add plain yogurt or soured milk.

To help prevent your puppy from chewing your belongings while teething, provide  raw bones, sticks or branches. 

If teething is really aggressive you can give your puppy homeopathic teething tabs for children. Most puppies will take them happily.  

Let them eat until their stomach is full, they know when to stop. It takes a lot of energy to grow!

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Indoor Cats and Kittens

How much do I feed?

Two small meals twice a day depending on their activity level and weight; kittens will eat until their stomach expands.

Meals - best to feed raw meat and raw milk 

  1. approximately 1 heaping tablespoon of room temperature raw meat mixed with liver, heart, bone and bone broth, 1 raw egg yolk, super greens for animal friends
  2. blend 1/4 cup raw milk with 1 raw egg yolk, super greens for animal friends
  • Make sure to add vitamin D3, twice a week; it's essential for their immune system and bone health. Vitamin D3 must be received from the sun or food, foods rich in vitamin D3 are cod liver oil, egg yolk, raw milk, raw fish

Suggested supplemental foods and herbs:

  • Vitamin D3 is essential for indoor cats. Start with 500 IUs or add 1/2 tsp. of cod liver oil to their meal twice a week.
  • Q's Super Greens for Animal Friends; prevents hairballs and rich in nutrients.

Outdoor Cats and Kittens

How much do I feed?

I feed my indoor/outdoor cats depending on their activity level and how much they hunt

Meals - best to feed raw meat and raw milk 

  1. approximately 1 heaping tablespoon of room temperature raw meat mixed with liver, heart, bone and bone broth, 1 raw egg yolk, super greens for animal friends
  2. blend 1/4 cup raw milk with 1 raw egg yolk, super greens for animal friends
  • Make sure to add vitamin D3, twice a week; it's essential for their immune system and bone health. Vitamin D3 must be received from the sun or food, foods rich in vitamin D3 are cod liver oil, egg yolk, raw milk, raw fish

Kittens will eat until their stomachs are completely expanded - start with a small bowl of milk or a heaping teaspoon of meat

Cats love bones and chicken wings as well. Our kitten Seymour loves to gnaw on dog bones and as soon as I go to the  freezer and get the raw bones for our dogs, he shows up and demands a bone as well!

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I highly recommend these books, they are what helped me understand why real food is essential for animal friends' over all health!

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