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What Do We Feed Our Puppy?

Georgie on the chair (1 of 1)-2

Not quite tall enough yet to steal Nutty the seagull’s food.

I’ve had some people ask specifically what we feed our 4 1/2 month old Akita puppy who, by the way, is now over 30 pounds. She was at the vet for a check up a couple of days ago and another client said, ‘That’s a movie star dog.’ The vet couldn’t stop stroking her fur back and forth and was obviously impressed with her health and temperament. On the way back to the Gabriola ferry we stopped at Buddies Natural Pet Food for a month supply of raw food. That’s all they do…raw food. There’s no kibble or anything processed in their store. They have their plant in Duncan, stores in Duncan, Victoria and Nanaimo. They have other locations on the mainland etc so see the retailers link below. The food they sell is fit for human consumption. There are other brands of raw food available as well such as Red Dog, Blue Cat, Mountain Dog Food and Pets Go Raw.

So Buddies sell bags of frozen 1 and 2 lb blocks of ‘meals’. By that I mean for example, beef and chicken (with ground bones), veggies and innards in the right proportion to what they would eat in the wild. This is important. So if you are going to feed your pet raw food, do it right. Yes you could make your own but the ground bone is important so that requires the right equipment.

Right now because Georgie is growing, we are using the beef/chicken meal as it is high in protein. They do have poultry on it’s own (chicken, turkey, duck), rabbit, lamb, pork, venison, etc. This time I bought a 20 lb bag of the 1 lb blocks and she gets about 1 of these per day (around $60). I also bought a bag of lamb necks, chicken necks and beef necks. These are almost all edible and serve as part of a meal. So this should stretch us to about a month. I also buy local (Gabriola) ground beef and make small balls and freeze so I can use these in between meals if she is hungry. She gets as much as she needs and we just watch her waistline. If it looks like she’s losing her waistline, we back off a bit. I divide her meals into 4 right now but 2 is fine. I’ll go to that when she is a bit older. Right now she needs the sustained energy so more times a day seems to suit her best. I’m home most of the time so I can do it but if you are working then 2x a day might be more practical.

Buddies also sell a variety of other supplementary foods for a change like herring (a stinky outdoor treat), antlers, tripe and they have supplements. I get supplements for Georgie from Standard Process Labs as they have a nutraceutical veterinarian line which is great. I give her 2 Optimal EFAs per day from Biotics which is 1000 mg. They also have treats available that are dehydrated so still technically raw. However, I make my own treats since I have a great dehydrator. Dehydrate at no higher than 113 F to keep treats raw. Over that and enzymes are destroyed. Click for recipes Beef Jerky and other jerkies. I have some in the dehydrator right now and she likes to hang out underneath it…just in case. LOL I also make cookies (no grain just meat, coconut flour to bind and other goodies so they are very packed with protein and flavour. Here’s a variation on the cookies too. I have also dehydrated thinly sliced sweet potato and I had some huge carrots from a local organic farm the worked too. I give her those from time to time. She likes apple and I dehydrated some cranberries but they take forever so I took them out early and throw a few in her meal and she likes those too. If you have a finicky pet, you will have to experiment. Ours seems to like everything except perhaps oysters:) We collected some at the beach and she wasn’t too interested in them. A new addition to Buddies line is dehydrated meals for ease when traveling…just reconstitute and voila! Buddies have a discount system too so you can get a break when you buy over $100 and all new customers get a discount.

Georgie on the chair (1 of 1)

Lounging around. Much to my surprise, shortly thereafter she leapt on to the glass outdoor coffee table. EEEK! Thank God it didn’t break!

So I guess that’s about it. It took a bit of figuring to start with but it’s easy now and it’s definitely paying off. Think of the life of your pet and how much more quality it will have and less trips to the vet. This is how they were meant to eat. Just like us…no processed stuff just real food.

I’ll talk a bit about vaccines another time. Oh and by the way, last night Georgie slipped while charging around the yard. Later I noticed one ear was bugging her. There was nothing to see inside so my husband, Rodney (aka Dr. DiffRANT) checked her neck and it was out so he adjusted it and no more ear problem. So keep in mind that some pet issues might need a chiropractor and there are some around that will see animals.

Retailers…coming soon to Fort Langley!store

I forgot, I make kefir too and she gets a bit of that every day for good gut flora:)

March 2015 update…Buddies doesn’t have it’s own retail outlet in Nanaimo anymore but Bark and Fitz now carries it at the same price. They just recently got out of the franchise and are called Fetch for Dogs. Same owner and location.

6338 Metral Drive, Unit 4B
Nanaimo, British Columbia
Canada
VPT 2L8

Sorry...can't help showing her off:)

Sorry…can’t help showing her off:)

 

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The Nasty Story About Puffed Wheat

I don’t agree with cold cereal at all but especially puffed cereal. This might be about puffed wheat but it applies to anything that’s puffed or extruded. Even your dried pet food is generally extruded, hence when we have had fur bearing critters in the house, they don’t get dried dog or cat food and my rabbit doesn’t get pellets. He doesn’t like them anyway. Smart little guy! Anything that’s been heated to extreme temperatures to produce a puff, pellet or flake is suspect. So just avoid it. There’s lots of other things you can have for breakfast.

A spoon containing breakfast cereal flakes, pa...

Don't eat this poison!

Check out the raw alternatives. The Almond Crunch is great! I love it with coconut or nut milk and a dollop of Olympic Krema Vanilla Yogurt. Throw a few berries on top and you’re good to go until lunch. Also, you’ve added some raw food to your regime and most of us are sorely missing this in our diet.

Another thing to be aware of…if you let a child snack on puffed rice cakes or eat these cereals for breakfast, you should know that each rice cake contains 14 grams of high glycemic carbohydrates and a typical bowl of cold cereal contains 30 to 40 grams of HG Carbs…more if you add milk. That can add up in a day. Add a couple of glasses of juice and you might as well have given the child 2 or 3 candy bars. Yes, there are more nutrients in the juice than in candy bars but the body will produce the same insulin reaction in both cases. Next thing you know you are wondering why your child has ADD and is on Ritalin. By the way, most cases of ADD can be turned around with total elimination of sugar in the child’s diet. I know it might seem extreme but we have proved it in our office…eliminating all sugar, including all starches has saved many a child from Ritalin and a lifetime of learning impairment and all the problems that come with it. Once the situation is under control, some of the carbohydrates can be reintroduced. However, they must be sensible choices. Stick with low to moderate foods on the glycemic index.

Ok, now you are probably thinking…well, then I’ll have hot cereal. WAIT!!! Think about it! They are high glycemic too! Yes, they have more nutrients (although not all of them do) but still you are starting your day with a sugar high. Out of all the hot cereals, slow cooking oatmeal is the most reasonable but I would still serve it with some protein. Dr. Diana Schawrzbein, author of the Schwarzbein Principle and the accompanying cookbook suggests eating oatmeal as a side dish, along with a protein such as eggs.

So here’s the main event…

The Nasty Story of Puffed Wheat

This is a true story about puffed wheat from Sally Fallon’s book Nourishing Traditions:
The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats.

Four sets of rats were given special diets.

Group 1) plain whole wheat, water, vitamins and minerals
Group 2) puffed wheat, water and same chemical nutrients
Group 3) water, white sugar
Group 4) water and the same chemical nutrients

Which group’s lives were shortest?

Group 2, the puffed wheat group, lived only 2 weeks.
Group 3 lived for one month.
Group 4 lived for eight weeks.
Group 1 lived for over a year.

The study showed that it wasn’t a matter of the rats dying of malnutrition; results like these suggested that there was actually something toxic about the puffed wheat itself. Proteins are very similar to certain toxins in molecular structure, and the puffing process of putting the grain under 1500 pounds per square inch of pressure and then releasing it may produce chemical changes which turn a nutritious grain into a poisonous substance.

Sally goes on to say that Paul Stitt, author of Fighting the Food Giants, states that Dr. Clark who shared his concern, took this report to the company who produced the puffed wheat. The president of the company said, “I know people should throw it on brides and grooms at weddings, but if they insist on sticking it in their mouths, can I help it? Besides, we made 9 million dollars on the stuff last year.”

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So not sure what to give the kids for snacks? What about celery sticks with almond butter, or an apple with some cheese. Much healthier and much more sustaining!

Here is a great recipe to help with potato cravings. Enjoy!

Potato Skins – 2 servings

2 large baking potatoes
1 tbsp butter, melted
2 tbsp sour cream, optional (thick Greek yogurt would be good too)
grated cheese, optional
chopped green onions, optional
bacon bits, optional

Preheat oven to 400 F. Wash potatoes and prick with a fork to avoid explosions! Put on
rack in oven for around 1 hour or until tender. Cool slightly and cut in quarters
lengthwise. Scoop out most of the flesh. Put the skins on a baking sheet. Drizzle the
shells with melted butter, season with salt and pepper. Add cheese if desired and place
back in oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until melted. Upon removal from oven add any of the
other suggestions above or your own favourite toppings.

Carbohydrates: 10gm per serving.

 
 

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