Quinoa (our dog) and Kimba (our cat) were my inspiration to share why we choose to feed and care for our animal friends naturally.
asked a holistic veterinarian from Vancouver if he vaccinated his dog; he
did not. He had the rabies vaccine done when his dog was older
because he traveled to the U.S.
vaccination stays in the dog's system for 25 years and a titer test can
be done to see if the antibodies are still there. Think twice before
I've been told in California if your dog has a reaction to the rabies vaccination, your veterinarian can make a note on their file not to vaccinate.
Our animal friends depend on us to provide them with love, shelter and proper nutrition. Some animal friends are herbivores, some omnivores and then there are the obligatory carnivores.
Dogs are omnivores but require a high amount of protein and fat from real food such as egg yolk, raw milk, raw fat, raw bones, raw meat, connective tissue and organs, some greens and berries. In the wild, dogs forage for their food as well as hunt and kill. Raising a natural puppy means providing them with an all natural real food diet.
A healthy dog comes from healthy parents. Your dog's constitution may be strong and healthy or sensitive and often weak. A
sensitive dog will suffer from ailments such as digestive and immune system issues
which can manifest as food allergies. Food allergies show up as skin
conditions, weeping eyes, seizures, upper respiratory issues and so on.
A sensitive dog may also have hip and joint issues, digestive issues; irritable bowl, diarrhea, mucous in their stool, vomiting.
beauty of a real food diet is: a sensitive dog can become a strong,
healthy dog - and a strong, healthy dog can live a long, abundant life full
of comfort and joy until 11 to 30 years of age depending on the size
of the dog. The all natural puppy becomes a strong, healthy dog
Quinoa died January 21, 2012, and her death was extremely hard on me. If I could do it over again I would have raised her as an all natural puppy and dog.
Greta came into my life when I was ready to open my heart to having a puppy. Greta was born August 18th 2013 on a farm in the West Kootenays.
was born to a Kelpie who lived
with an Akbash on a farm - oops, they mated. The farmer whose Kelpie herds
the flock and whose Akbash guards the flock did not need a mix of the
two so he found very good homes for all five of these highly intelligent
puppies. Greta came home in October at 7 weeks. Her mother was a small
dog (about 35 lbs) and her dad was a big dog (about 100lbs), and she and her siblings needed a lot of food. The farmer had to wean them early.
Greta came home a little earlier than we would have liked, so for the first two weeks we wanted to provide the nutrients she would have received from her mother's milk. We put her on raw goat milk, raw egg yolk, Q's Super Greens for Animal Friends and extra FORCO; probiotic. Her first serving of goat milk was about 2 cups which she lapped up very quickly; 13 hours later she pooped a small baseball size of roundworms. She did this 3 more times. Raw goat milk is known to purge parasites. It's common for puppies and kitten to have roundworms and they are no longer a problem once the animal friend reaches six months of age. I chose to put Greta on a natural parasite cleanse which consisted of black walnut, wormwood, cinnamon, clove, thyme and garlic in glycerine. She was on this formula for one month.
Providing your puppy with a strong immune system will prevent fleas and parasites, and the best way to do this is through a natural puppy food diet.
A Natural Puppy diet would look like this
7 - 9 weeks
9 weeks is when I like to add
Here is a list of safe foods for dogs and cats.
Because dogs are omnivore you can play around with different foods to see what they like and need. If you have a garden full of herbs, your dog or cat will seek out what they need to help support their health.
Animals are so SMART!
Greta, her sibling Akee and Brody the chocolate lab all eat a real food diet.
The best natural flea remedy for puppies is to keep them on real food diet and not vaccinate, providing your puppy with a strong immune system. A strong immune system wards off infestations of fleas and parasites.
If you do have flea issues, use essential oils which ward off fleas and are non-toxic.