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Intestinal Worms And How To Treat Them Naturally

Have you ever gone to pick up your dog’s poop and noticed something wiggling around in there? While worms can look like something out of a horror movie, they are fairly commonplace among dogs. Dogs often get worms from eating infected feces, soil, water or carrion. Puppies can get worms from their mother as worms can penetrate the uterus to unborn puppies or can be spread through the mother’s milk. Not only are worms gross, they can also cause harm to your pet and therefore must be treated quickly. Fortunately, there are many natural ways to rid your dog of worms!

 

TYPES OF WORMS:

Roundworms: There are two species of roundworms that commonly affect dogs: Toxocara canis and Toxascaris leonine. They are long, white and spaghetti-like and absorb nutrients from the infected dog. These worms are visible in your dog’s poop. They initially infect the intestinal tract and then bury their way into other organs and tissues. Eventually, Toxocara canis make their way into the lungs and then airways where they are coughed up and swallowed again, re-entering the intestine to complete their life cycle.

Hookworms: Are short, blood sucking parasites with teeth. They can be fatal in puppies due to the amount of nutrients they strip from the dog. Hookworms have a similar lifecycle to Toxocara canis roundworm, moving throughout the body, to the lungs before re-entering the GI tract. These are not visible in your dog’s stool.

Whipworms: Live in the large intestines and attach to the colon walls to feed on your dog’s blood. These worms are not visible in the stool unless they are passed in a clump. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting and weight loss. Your dog can get whipworms from swallowing eggs in soil, water or other places that may contain dog feces.

Tapeworms: Live in the small intestine, attaching to the wall with its tiny six rows of teeth to absorb nutrients of food. They are flat and can be as long as a half foot or more. When excreted, the worm usually splits into small fragments and presents as small grains of rice in the stool. Your dog can get tapeworms from licking fleas off themselves or from eating infected animal carcasses or meat.

 

SYMPTOMS:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Lethargy
  • Weight loss
  • Dehydration
  • Cough (hookworm and roundworm infections)

 

While roundworms and tapeworms are visible in the stool, hookworms and whipworms are not. Therefore if your dog has any of the symptoms above, whether or not they present with worms in the stool, they should have a fecal test done.

 

Fun Fact: If you need to get a fecal test done to confirm the presence of worms, try to do it around a full moon. This is when parasites shed their eggs the most.

 

PREVENTION & TREATMENT:

Fed a fresh, whole food diet: Kibble fed dogs are more susceptible to worms because worms enjoy eating the starch and sugar found in kibble. 

 

Fermented veggies, coconut or milk kefir: Fermented food lowers the acidity of your dog’s body making it an unfavorable environment for worms.

 

Pumpkin seeds: The grit and fibre help move the worms out of the GI tract. Grind seeds before feeding.

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Fresh vegetables: Grated carrots, watercress, greens, squash, fennel, cucumber. The fibre contained in these veggies helps move the worms out of the GI tract.  

 

Pineapple: Contains bromelain, an enzyme that digests proteins. (include the stems)

 

Papaya: Contains papain, another enzyme to treat worms.

 

Pomegranate: Treats tapeworms.

 

 

Apple Cider Vinegar: Creates a more acidic environment that’s less hospitable for parasites. 

Olie Naturals Coconut Oil

 

Coconut oil: Facilitate removing the worms from the digestive system.

 

 

Bone Broth: Promotes digestive health and boosts the immune system. Especially effective around the full moon when parasites shed their eggs most.

Food is an effective and much safer method to naturally treat worms in your dog as opposed to using toxic, conventional deworming drugs.

Why won’t my dog eat?

Why won’t my dog eat?

It is not unusual for a healthy dog to occasionally go through periods of little-to-no appetite. If your dog seems normal otherwise and has a good amount of energy, refusing a meal or two isn’t a big deal! Instead of jumping to the conclusion that something is wrong with your pet, take a breather and read through the many reasons your dog may not want to eat.

 

They Are Just Not Feeling Well

Refusal to eat because of an upset stomach is not a health crisis, and not always a cause for concern. Dogs are scavengers! They get their noses into things they shouldn’t and investigate with their mouths. Your dog could have gotten into any number of things in your house or yard, or while out on a walk. Change in weather, flea treatments and other medications can also cause your dog to temporarily refuse food.

If his mood and activity are relatively normal, and he’s not repetitively vomiting or having watery diarrhea, missing a meal or two may be just what he needs. Give his digestive system a break and a chance to clear out whatever is irritating his stomach. Ensure he gets plenty of fluids (goat’s milk or bone broth work well to entice your dog to drink more while providing some nutrition), and your dog should be feeling much better soon.

If your dog is experiencing some loose stool, pumpkin can be beneficial and is a healthier alternative to starches like rice or oatmeal. The starchy nature of grains causes them to convert to sugars in your dog’s body, which can irritate their digestive system. Pumpkin is much less starchy, while also containing lots of vitamins and nutrients helpful to a dog who doesn’t want to eat. Pumpkin has lots of fibre, which will help bulk and firm up your pet’s stool, while having a soothing effect on the stomach. The slightly sweet taste and aroma is also enticing for a dog who might not be interested in his usual food.

Another cause of a change in appetite could any recent vaccinations. A common complaint after vaccines is a change in behaviour, temperament, and appetite. This is known as vaccinosis, and these changes aren’t always immediate. They can manifest themselves some time after the vaccines take place. We carry a fantastic product called Anti-Vaccinosis which will help to eliminate any negative side-effects of vaccines without decreasing the effectiveness of the vaccine.

They May Have Been Over-fed

We often have the idea or feeling that food=love and have the tendency to feed too much, or give lots of treats and snacks to our pets. In reality, our dogs have a stomach which is extremely elastic, and is made to eat large quantities of food in order to sustain long periods of time without any food. This is because their ancestor, the wolf, doesn’t have constant access to food like our pets do. When they are able to successfully hunt and capture a meal, they gorge themselves and then often go days before their next meal opportunity. While Fluffy or Fido may not look anything like a wolf, their DNA is almost identical, and their bodies work in pretty similar ways.

Now I’m not saying to let your dog gorge on a huge meal and not feed them for a few days, but take a look at just how much your pet is actually eating. All of those snacks and chews on top of their daily meals can quickly add up. It’s not hard to give another meal or two worth of treats throughout the day. How can you feed your pet “less” without starving them?

  • If you’re doing a lot of training and find yourself feeding lots of treats, replace meal time with training time! Those treats will now become his meal, and having him hungry at training time will also make those treats much more enticing. Check that your treats are healthy and balanced, since they’re making up a large portion of your dog’s diet. In fact, we often like to use freeze-dried or air dried raw foods as training treats! Check out some of our favorites here!
  • Try feeding fewer meals. Many adult dogs do very well having one meal a day instead of two. This is a more natural way of eating for them, and allows their body time to develop a stronger appetite before each meal.
  • Try doing a fast day or “bone day”.  A few times a month, try replacing your dog’s meal with a nice Image result for raw meaty bonesjuicy bone. His digestive system and organs will benefit from a period of rest to “cleanse” themselves.  In addition, a bone keeps him busy while giving him the satisfaction of chewing. It is no surprise that some of the healthiest dogs we see miss meals from time to time! Check out our guide to feeding bones here!

They Are Getting Bored

We wouldn’t want to eat the same thing for every meal, so why would our pets be any different? Variety is the spice of life!

  • Try rotating between a few different proteins to keep things interesting for your pet. Eating a variety of meats is often healthier for them too, as each animal has a unique nutrient makeup. Try to incorporate a good mix of red and white meats.
  • Think outside the box (or bag)! Feeding whole prey like an entire herring or quail, or a meaty bone like a neck or rib, is a great way to bring some excitement to your pet’s meal time. These are high value items to your dog, as he doesn’t get special treats like these every day! They are also great because having a “difficult” meal (as opposed to ground meat) is also mentally stimulating for your dog. Another great benefit is that crunching on bones cleans your dog’s teeth and keeps his breath fresh.

They May Be Stressed Or Anxious

Have you recently moved, or had a change in your family such as a new baby or dramatic shift in work schedule? Dogs can be stressed by change just like we are, and they also feed off of our own stress and energy levels. Sometimes these stressful periods will cause a dog to have a change in appetite or behaviour. Keeping to the same daily schedule of feeding times and walks throughout these times can help normalize daily life for your pet and ease some of their stress. You may also consider trying topical treatments or supplements.

They Could Be Simply Picky

We all want to do the best for our dogs, but sometimes we give in too much and end up fostering a picky attitude. Dogs who are offered many alternative foods or even treats when they turn their nose up to something, learn very quickly how to manipulate their humans. They know that when they turn down a particular food, something better (and probably less healthy)  is about to be offered next.

To break the picky cycle, offer your dog his meal and if he won’t eat, take his food away for a couple hours and try again later. Eventually he will learn that if he’s hungry, he will have to eat what’s in front of him. Think of it this way: if your children wouldn’t eat their veggies, you wouldn’t panic and offer them some chocolate, so why do this for your dog?

Next time your dog decides he doesn’t want dinner, don’t fret! Letting your dog get hungry is not a bad thing, and you aren’t being a bad pet parent! Look at your dog’s overall well-being, and try out some of the strategies we’ve given you. It’s also important to remember this: no healthy dog has ever starved itself to death!

Cannabis And Your Pets

Marijuana vs Hemp

No, the Cannabis products you’re giving to your pets are not the same as what you would find at Woodstock. While marijuana and hemp come from the same plant, Cannabis Sativa, marijuana’s THC content (the chemical which gets you “high”) is usually between 10 and 15 percent; but hemp must have a THC content of 0.3 percent or less. At this level, cannabis has no intoxicating effect, for people or pets. Hemp is higher in CBD, the substance that provides the therapeutic effects, and as such, medicinal CDB products are typically derived from hemp rather than marijuana.

 

How does CBD work?

CDB is short for cannabidiol, one of over 60 chemicals found in Cannabis called cannabinoids. The two main types of cannabinoids are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBDs are the therapeutic cannabinoids, while THC is the cannabinoid that gets you high. CBD does not have any psychoactive effects, and therefor does not alter your consciousness in any way.

All vertebrates have something called an endocannabinoid system, a nervous (or communication) system that exists throughout our entire body. This system works in reverse from how most nervous systems function, and instead of sending signals from the brain to the body, it sends signals from the body to the brain.

Two main cannabinoid receptors have been identified: CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are found primarily in the nervous system, connective tissue, gonads, glands, and organs. CB2 receptors are located in the immune system and its associated structures.

Endo means inside, and this means that the body produces its own form of cannabinoids. Our endocannabinoids are not nearly as strong as phytocannabinoids (the ones found in Cannabis), but they are so similar that they “fit” into the same receptors. You can think of the receptors as locks and the cannabinoids as keys. If we can supply extra keys to these nerve receptors, we can alter the signals that the nerves send to the brain.

 

How can our pets benefit from CBD products?

The use of CBD products may be beneficial in the treatment the following conditions:

  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Loss of appetite
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Pain
  • Cognitive (brain) function
  • Deteriorating quality of life
  • Digestive issues
  • Fatty tumors
  • Glaucoma
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Inflammation
  • Joint and mobility issues
  • Seizures
  • Skin problems
  • Stress
  • Tumors

As with any herbal medicine, for most ailments you may not see an immediate effect. You’ll need to be patient to fully see how it benefits your pet’s condition. Your pet may feel some pain relief in a few hours but other symptoms like inflammation may take a few days to show improvement.

 

How to give and dose CDB

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to dosing, and each pet may respond differently. We recommend starting slow with 1/4-1/2 of the recommended dose, increasing every couple days until you reach your desired effect. CBD can take 30 mins-1hr to take effect, so give each dose time before giving more product.

CBD is very safe and has no known drug interactions, and it is safe to exceed stated dosage levels if needed, as there is no risk of overdosing CBD. You can repeat doses every 4-8 hours or as needed.

 

We have several CBD products to suit you and your pet’s needs

Oils:

Apawthecary Pets:

  • Uses hemp terpenes, which also have some medicinal benefits, instead of CBD
  • Hemp terpenes work together with CBD to increase its effects, making it great to pair with CBD products for pets which require high doses of CBD
  • Flavoured and unflavoured to help finicky pets readily accept the oil
  • Available in 2 strengths, containing 4mg and 10mg of terpenes per mL

Noah’s Ark

CBD with Coconut Oil from Noah's Ark

  • Organic and non-GMO
  • The most highly-concentrated product we carry, this is a great option for moderate to severe conditions or large pets that would otherwise require high amounts of product
  • Available in two strengths containing 10mg of CBD per mL and 26mg per mL.
  • Each batch is tested for quality and purity assurance.

Treats:

Treatibles

  • Grain-free
  • Treats are a great alternative for picky pets who don’t like oils
  • More portable than liquid for travelling
  • 4mg of CBD per treat

Topper:

Steve’s Real Food Enhance Cannagurt:

  • Made with raw goat’s milk for vitamins, minerals, probiotics and amino acids
  • Added hemp protein which is high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It is also high in fiber, which helps prevent blood sugar spikes and maintains energy
  • 2.6mg of CBD per ounce rehydrated

Comparing Proteins: A compelling reason to add variety (Part 2 of 2)

Comparing Proteins: A compelling reason to add variety 

*To read part 1 of our protein comparisons, please click here

 

They say that variety is the spice of life, but it’s also the key to a healthy life! Variety isn’t just important to keep your pet from getting bored with their meals, it’s also important to make sure their diet is balanced and healthy. Different animals eat different things, and this means that their meat contains different vitamins and minerals, and have their own unique qualities. By providing your pet with a variety of different protein options, you can ensure that they are not getting too much of one nutrient, or too little of another.

 

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Kangaroos are not farmed, so they are a natural, free-range, organic protein! Kangaroo is a popular choice for dogs with allergies, and it is the lowest fat meat available. A great alternative to beef for dogs which are allergic, as it has a similar mineral and fatty acid profile.

Benefits:

  • With 2% fat or less, kangaroo is the ultimate choice for a low-fat diet.
  • A good source of omega-3 fats.
  • Contains the fatty acid CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). This fatty acid has positive effects on asthma, diabetes, inflammation, reducing body fat and helping to fight cancer.
  • High levels of iron, zinc, and B vitamins.

Things to note:

  • As kangaroo is only sourced from Australia, it travels across the globe to make it to your dog’s bowl, giving it a larger ecological footprint than locally farmed meats.
  • Higher cost. International shipping and the lack of farming to reduce demand make kangaroo one of the more expensive protein choices.
  • Because whole animals are not imported, kangaroo organs and bones are very difficult to source. Most diets are supplemented with organs and bones from other animals.

 

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One of the highest fat proteins available, lamb is a great choice for pets with high energy demands or those needing to gain some weight.

Benefits:

  • The best source of carnitine, an amino acid that is especially important for heart health.  
  • A good source of palmitic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid that has strong antimicrobial properties. 
  • Contains lutein, and antioxidant important for eye health.

Things to note:

  • Because of its high fat content, use intermittently with  low activity level. Those  who are prone to pancreatitis or suffer from IBD should look to other protein sources. 

 

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Llama

Llama is a great novel protein for dogs with allergies. They are a member of the Camel family, and share some of the same nutritional benefits, but are more common and accessible than Camels.

Benefits:

  • Very low fat and higher in protein, making it a good choice for weight management, less active pets, and dogs prone to pancreatitis.
  • Popular option for pets with allergies and elimination diets.

Things to note:

  • Llamas are more popular for fibre production than meat production, so llama products can be difficult to source. Thankfully, True Carnivores carries a fantastic whole-prey llama diet for cats and dogs.

 

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Despite misconceptions of pork being a very fatty meat, it is actually lower in fat than chicken and beef, if you purchase high quality whole pork not derived from trim. Pork is a very popular option for pets due to its wide availability, economical price and ease of digestion.

Benefits:

  • An excellent source of thiamin, selenium, niacin, vitamin B6
  • A popular option for pets with allergies and sensitive digestive systems
  • Options of meaty bones for dogs of all sizes
  • Is a successful protein choice in elimination diets.

Things to note:

  • Preferably obtain this protein from small farm producers or local sustainable sources to avoid gestation crate farming. British Columbia has several options for sources that are both sustainable and free from over medication.

 

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Rabbit is a good white meat alternative for pets with sensitivities to poultry. Higher in protein and lower in fat, it’s great for weight loss or less active pets.

Benefits:

  • Rabbit is one of the best white-meat sources of iron.
  • Contains selenium, an antioxidant that works to remove free radicals before they can do damage to the body. Some types of cancer, as well as signs of aging, can be battled with selenium. It is also important for maintaining thyroid function and a healthy immune system.
  • Lower in fat than other white meats
  • Rabbit ears or feet with fur are a great source of fibre for your pet’s diet
  • Good protein choice for elimination diets, due to its cooling effect on skin irritations and allergy symptoms.

Things to note:

  • Rabbit is not commonly farmed, and its meat has grown in popularity in fine dining. This demand has given rabbit a higher price point than other white meats.

 

 

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Salmon is a popular fish choice with well-known health benefits. For the healthiest option for your pet and the environment, look for wild, sustainably-caught salmon.

Benefits:

  • One of the best sources of omega-3’s, which balance the inflammatory omega-6 which is overabundant in most pet’s diets.
  • Contains astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant which gives salmon its red colour. It protects the heart, brain and nervous system from inflammation, and can improve skin’s hydration.
  • Low in mercury

 

Things to note:

  • Salmon contains and enzyme called thiaminase, which binds to Vitamin B1 (thiamin) and can lead to a deficiency which affects brain and nerve function. It shouldn’t make up the majority of your pet’s diet, but a few fish meals a week is perfectly safe!
  • Salmon is high in phosphorus, which is not recommended for pets with kidney issues.

 

 

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Sole is flat fish with white, very mildly flavoured meat. It is a great choice for pets who don’t favour the stronger flavours of other fish.

Benefits:

  • Sole does not contain the enzyme thiaminase, making it safer to feed in higher quantities than many other fish.
  • Leaner than oily fish like herring and salmon, making it a good option for pets dealing with pancreatitis or IBD, or those who need to shed a few pounds.
  • Wide availability makes it an economical protein choice.
  • Sole is a good option for dogs with protein sensitivities and for aiding in weight-loss.

Things to note:

  • Sole is not an oily fish, meaning it doesn’t contain any significant amounts of omega-3s. It should not be used to balance the omega fats in your pet’s diet.
  • Often fish diets do not contain organs. Make sure organs are added so that the food is nutritionally complete and balanced.

 

 

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A freshwater species of the Salmon family, trout are a great fish option to add to your pet’s diet without having any impact on the ocean.

Benefits:

  • An excellent source of Vitamin D, which aids the body in processing calcium and regulates the immune system.
  • High in omega-3s, which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
  • Rich in selenium, an antioxidant which defends against cancer and boosts the immune system, and promotes joint and heart health.

Things to note:

  • Trout contains and enzyme called thiaminase, which binds to Vitamin B1 (thiamin) and can lead to a deficiency which affects brain and nerve function. It shouldn’t make up the majority of your pet’s diet, but a few fish meals a week is perfectly safe!
  • Fish is high in phosphorus, which is not recommended for pets with kidney issues.

 

 

TurkeyImage result for turkey silhouette

Turkey is a popular white meat choice which is lower in fat than chicken. Turkey is a great protein choice when transitioning to raw, as it is easily digested and its higher bone content helps to firm up loose stool.

Benefits:

  • Turkey is a very rich source of the amino acid tryptophan. We all know tryptophan as the stuff that makes us sleepy after thanksgiving dinner, but it actually plays an important role in strengthening the immune system.
  • High in niacin, which helps to maintain a healthy heart. It is also useful in the treatment of arthritis and management of diabetes.
  • It is a very good source of the trace mineral selenium, which is an essential nutrient required for thyroid hormone metabolism, antioxidants, and boosting immune function.

Things to note:

  • Non-medicated, free-range turkey will be lower in fat and higher in minerals and nutrients than conventionally raised, grade “A” turkey.

 

After comparing the benefits and drawbacks of all these protein choices, we hope you can choose a few to add to your meal rotation that will work for your pet to give them all the nutrients they need for a long, healthy life!

Calcium, Phosphorus, and the “Balanced Diet” Demystified

“If the prayers of dogs were answered, bones would rain from the sky”– Turkish proverb

Calcium, Phosphorus, and the “Balanced Diet” Demystified

Do you sometimes feel like you need a nutrition degree to feed your dog a raw species appropriate diet?

One of the most common misconceptions that prevent people from feeding their dog a raw food diet is that they have been told or have heard that it isn’t “Complete & Balanced” OR that it is very difficult to do so. The notion that creating and balancing your dog’s food is an exact science that must be performed in the laboratory is simply untrue.

It’s much easier than you think! Of course, there are a few guidelines you need to follow – one of the most important ones is balancing the minerals, calcium, and phosphorus in your dog’s diet.  Since no one truly knows what “Complete & Balanced” means it is unfair to say the raw food diet is incomplete providing there is a good variety of foods on the menu!

Phosphorus

Meat itself is very high in phosphorus and low in calcium. The main function of phosphorus intake is the formation and growth support in your dog’s bones and teeth. Phosphorus is attracted to calcium (raw meaty bones), and together they form calcium phosphate. This gives strength to Fido’s bones and teeth. Phosphorus plays an important role in the body’s use of carbohydrates and fat, as well as in synthesizing protein for the growth, maintenance and repair of cells and tissues. Phosphorus also works with the B vitamins. It helps with muscle contraction, kidney function, heartbeat regularity and nerve conduction.

Calcium

Bone is high in calcium. Calcium is essential not only for bone health, but for nerve, muscle, heart, immune and endocrine function. It also plays a vital role in blood clotting. Excess phosphorus can lower calcium absorption and result in irritability, oversensitivity to sensory stimuli, and loss of muscle tone. Calcium deficiency can also cause skeletal demineralization, particularly of the pelvis and vertebrae.

Balancing The Calcium:Phosphorus Ratio

It’s easy. It might seem daunting to calculate the calcium:phosphorus ratio at home, but it’s really not that complicated.

Bones are a safe source of dietary calcium and if dogs eat enough of them, the diet will be balanced without a lot of difficult calculations – now stay with us here.

In dogs, the calcium(bones):phosphorus(meat) ratio should be about 1:1.

Something to remember is that when feeding a ground poultry diet, it automatically has a higher bone content than say a beef diet since the size of the animal is so drastically different.

Daily balance is not as vital as overall balance over time. Balance is achieved in weeks to months is when serving a wholesome variety of proteins.

Some extra care should be taken with growing puppies, as excess calcium (bones) can interfere with normal healthy bone mineralization and growth. This is especially seen in younger large and giant breed dogs. Large breeds fed excess calcium(bones) are more likely to suffer from developmental bone disease such as osteochondrosis (abnormal bone growth). For Example, feed less poultry which has higher bone content and more red meat which has less bone content.

Adult dogs need less calcium and if you’re feeding a raw diet with raw meaty bones, the adult dog’s body will absorb the calcium it needs and leave what it doesn’t in the intestines.

Overall, feeding a balanced diet is simple.

Tips & Tricks

  • Whole prey, fish, eggs, and tripe have a balanced ratio
  • Organ should not exceed more than 15% of the diet. Feeding organs once a week helps filter toxins out of the body. Remember don’t just limit your dogs organ intake to liver. One of our favorite organ mixes is Carnivora’s Organ Mix
  • Feeding things with the “YUCK” factor such as trachea and chicken feet are a good source of natural glucosamine. Things such as rabbit ears (with the hair still on) are good for fibre!
  • NEVER feed cooked bones. Once cooked not only do they lose their nutritional value but they become dry and brittle which causes it to splinter and break. This could lead to serious and immediate health problems
  • Raw Meat Bones(RMB) are different than Recreational bones. RMB’s are considered meal replacements; beef rib, turkey/duck/chicken/pork/lamb neck, whole quail, etc. Recreational bones are weight bearing bones such as knuckles and marrow bones.

Remember you know your dog better than anyone and each dogs phosphorus:calcium intake will fluctuate. Some dogs may get a little constipated if they get too much bone content. Others could eat a bone every few days with absolutely no problem. This is where you begin to learn if your dog needs more organ content on bone days or if your dog is smooth sailing in the realm of chewing and teeth cleaning (another bonus to feeding bones, they’re nature’s toothbrush).

If it’s still a bit confusing let us explain it with an average week for a raw fed dog who eats once a day. Please note this is strictly an example and not a specified meal plan.

Sunday: Ground chicken with bone, beef tripe, and organ

Monday: Whole fish and a turkey neck

Tuesday: Ground turkey with whole tripe

Wednesday: Ground whole prey diet beef (muscle meat/bone/organ)

Thursday: Ground whole prey diet pork (muscle meat/bone/organ) with tripe

Friday: Whole chicken carcass with beef organ mix

Saturday: Cheat Day! We love tripe – maybe mixed with a little bit of duck? Or heck, you weren’t planning on eating that steak the freezer, were you?

For even more information on making your own raw food check out one of our blogs posted below!

Homemade Raw Feeding: E to Z

If you have any other questions about feeding your dog a raw food diet, please as always feel free to contact us for a consultation by email or better yet, visit us in store!

** The suggestions given in this blog are based on the experience and knowledge of True Carnivores staff. Any of the information given does not replace the advice of a holistic veterinarian. **