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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Managing your pets weight

Managing your dog or cats weight with a natural recipe...

Today's dogs and cats are alot like their American counterparts... eating more than they should, given more treats than they need and continuing to gain weight.
Obesity continues to plague their population.  The grain, toxins and processed parts that are added to their treats and store bought food is creating havoc in their little digestive systems.  Think about it... what did dogs and cats eat before we came in to the picture?  Wild Meat and Plants?  Have you ever seen your dog eating grass?  This is because they naturally know that by eating grass they can help ease their digestive discomforts or naturally they know they need enzymes to help break down their food.   Below is a great all natural recipe you can use to help keep your dog healthy, happy and young.

Approx 1/3 of the diet is made up of the following:

1. Raw, naturally raised (without hormones and antibiotics), ground turkey; and whole, ground chicken, which makes up approx. 1/3 of the diet..
2. Raw, pureed organic carrots, celery and apples (in blender or food processor with water until baby food texture. Note: The apples and other fruit are not a good idea if your dog has an ailing pancreas; they have too much natural sugar; and they should be replaced with more green leafy vegetables--cabbage is good
3. Raw, organic egg yolks; THE YOLKS MUST BE RAW NOTE: Raw egg whites interfere with biotin absorption—a no-no!
4. Ground, organic flax, pumpkin and sesame seeds (flax only for the cat)

SUPPLEMENTS: [approx. 1/3 of the diet by volume]
· Organic, cold pressed flax seed oil
· Cold-pressed olive oil (usually organic).
· Fish oil (Carlson's or Now brand which we trust to be free of heavy metals).
· Lecithin granules (non-gmo by NOW brand).
· Solgar brewer’s yeast (debittered, & grown on sugar beets).
· Y.S. Organic Bee Farms royal jelly, bee pollen, & propolis,
· Organic kelp powder.
· Organic dandelion root powder.
· Organic alfalfa leaf powder
· Chlorophyll liquid or capsules—the cat gets organic spirulina powder instead of the chlorophyll that the dogs get; spirulina is high in chlorophyll and cats are crazy about it
· Garlic oil gel-caps for dogs. The cat gets a bit of the powder from a capsule of Kyolic aged, deodorized, organic garlic · MSM, glucosamine, and chondroitin for the German Shepherds. This is some extra prevention for them because of the breed’s tendency toward hip dysphasia.
· For Cats, 1/4 to 1/2 a capsule of Taurine to the mix for the day (depending on the size of the cat). This is crucial because cats have been known to be deficient in Taurine if it is not specifically added to their food.

DOG SNACKS:
Lots of organic celery sticks; organic cabbage leaves (which they love, and I sell at my store); diced organic carrots (diced because they poop out whole pieces when carrots are not pureed); organic, raw greens (usually dandelion roots [dried or fresh], parsley stems or spinach leaves).

WATER:
We steam-distill our own water, then “replace” the lost minerals by adding drops of Concentrace, by Trace Minerals Research, which come from the sea water from the clean side of the Great Salt Lake (minus the salt).
A diet that is high in fiber and complex carbohydrates slows the digestive process and helps to stabilize blood sugar levels.  By using the above recipe you can avoid commercially-prepared pet foods, which may contain high amounts of sugar and preservatives and possible cause more problems regarding insulin insufficiency and pancreatic disorders in dogs and cats.

Snacks are great but try celery, cut up carrots or cabbage.  Another alternative for a treat if you do the all natural diet is to add Acana Prairie a couple times a day.  We generally give our boxer about 10 pieces throughout the day.  The reason we are ok with Acana is due to their food process. Their Biologically Appropriate™ nutritional philosophy represents a new standard of pet food designed to nourish dogs and cats according to their evolutionary adaptation to meat and protein-rich diets.   

Exercise is another important part of keeping your pet’s blood sugar levels under control. However, be sure to keep the activity level the same from day to day.

Along with the correct lifestyle choices, herbal remedies and dietary supplements can make all the difference to your pet’s health.

 **This menu is a suggestion of a raw diet that has worked personally for my dogs and many others and is highly recommended when rehabilitating dogs who suffer from severe allergies, poisoning, obesity or poor immune systems.  If you have an emergency situation please seek the advice of your vetrinarian.
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