Holistic Dog Food – Homemade Diet

Healthy Homemade Dog FoodThis will be enough food for one day for an average 25lb dog. A 50lb dog would get twice this amount and a 12lb dog would get half this amount. You can do the math for your dog’s weight.


You will need to feed 4 units of protein per day.

One unit of protein is equal to

2 oz meat or fish

1 medium egg

1/2 cup yogurt- note that 1/2 cup of yogurt counts as 1 unit of carbohydrate as well

1/3 cup cottage cheese- note that 1/2 cup of cottage cheese counts as 1 unit of carbohydrate as well

2 oz organ meat-you can feed up to one unit of organ meat several times a week if desired.


You will need to feed 4 units of carbohydrates per day

One unit of carbohydrate is equal to

1 cup vegetables such as-broccoli, brussel sprouts, greenbeans, peas, cabbage, spinich, squashes

1/2 cup fruits such as-melons, berries, bananas, tomatoes, apples. Also carrots at 1/2 cup.

1/4 cup cooked beans, lentils or chick peas

1/3 cup of grains such as-oatmeal or barley can be added if you wish. These are the best of the grains for a dog but note that grains in general are the least favorable type of carbohydrate for a dog. Try to limit this to one unit of the total amount fed per day if possible. You can also use whole wheat pasta or brown rice if needed.


1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 tablespoon bone meal

multivitamin as directed for body weight

1 capsule of fish oil unless feeding an oily fish such as salmon

500mg vit C

400 iu vit E

Please note that this diet will not be adequate or appropriate for all dogs. Be sure to check with your veterinarian before begining this or any other new diet for your dog.

Veterinary Chiropractic/ Spinal Manipulation/ Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation

sad doggieIs there really such a thing as veterinary chiropractic? What is spinal manipulation? Is there a difference?  What about Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation?  Could these terms be any more confusing?

Technically, the term chiropractic can only be applied when referring to humans. Thus, chiropractic is a term which does not technically exist within the field of veterinary medicine. While the term may not technically  be approved, however, the art of chiropractic care is most definitely alive and well within veterinary medicine. To get around the semantics, we often refer to chiropractic work on animals as spinal manipulation so these terms can be considered one in the same.

Lets complicate things further and look at another term, veterinary orthopedic manipulation (VOM). This is a technique which uses a chiropractic activator- a high velocity, low force instrument- to affect an adjustment.  Using the activator is a valid method of adjustment which some animals actually find preferable to manual hands on manipulation. I personally have an activator which I use on occasion. The difference between using the activator as a chiropractor would and using it as one would when preforming VOM is vast. I am certified in veterinary chiropractic (spinal manipulation) and have also taken the VOM weekend course to see what this technique was, and I did gain some insights in the VOM course. This method, as taught, however, is unrefined and very nonspecific. You are not taught to feel misalignments or subluxations, and thus you are not able adjust only those areas which have problems. Furthermore, no attempt is make to even begin to instruct students how to direct the applied forces so that you can use the least amount of force to affect your desired adjustment. I have seen results in using VOM as taught, but for my dog, I would consider it a poor cousin to a true chiropractic adjustment.

I do not doubt that veterinarians offering VOM services are doing so with the best of intentions and that many of their patients are benefiting. That said, I worry that not enough has been taught to make these practitioners aware of the need for caution in their treatments.  As a pet owner it is your responsibility to be aware what is being offered to you so that you can make informed choices for your pet.

Veterinary Acupuncture

Veterinary AcupunctureFor thousands of years acupuncture has been used to re-balance the total energy system of animals’ bodies to facilitate health and healing.  It effectively treats many varied conditions such as arthritis, disc disease, nerve pain, kidney failure, liver failure, cancer, and heart disease to name a few.

According to Eastern medicine, when an animal is healthy, there is a strong and even circulation of energy, life-force, or Chi which runs along well defined channels on the body surface and deeper within the body cavities.  These channels are called meridians.  These meridians are associated with internal organs, muscular and joint structures, and the nervous system.  Acupuncture points lie within the meridians, and are areas from which the flow of Chi can be influenced.  Thus influencing the associated organs, joints and the like.

For those who prefer to look at this from a more scientific point of view, we can shift and assess acupuncture from a western viewpoint.  Specific acupuncture point stimulation has been shown to produce many measurable results within the body.  These include increasing oxygenation and blood supply to areas treated; aiding in production of endogenous cortisone and other anti-inflammatory substances; releasing internally produced pain killers such as endorphins; and improving immunity by increasing white blood cell and antibody production.

Homemade Diets for Your Dog’s Health – Holistic Dog

Preparing Healthy MealsFeeding your canine or feline friend a balanced diet does not need to be that difficult, and contrary to popular belief, the ideal dog or cat food diet does not necessarily come from either a bag or a can. You can prepare a healthy diet for your pets just as you do for the rest of your family and your pets will thrive. That said, there is not one diet the is right for all animals. Raw vs. cooked; chicken vs beef; our animals are very different both inside and out and just because a particular diet is fabulous for your neighbors dog, does not mean that it will be right for yours. For example, an energetically “damp” animal would not be expected to do well on raw food. An allergic animal may not be able to process turkey or corn. Your veterinarian may be able to give you some pointers of where to start and which foods to avoid but ultimately, you will figure out by trial and observation what is best for your pet. Some supplements are necessary to balance any diet, and you should always work from a diet framework to be sure that you are aware of the differing needs of dogs and cats systems.

I believe that variety is key to any healthy diet. This is very different from what many veterinarians believe, I realize. Often a single food is advocated to be fed exclusively. And this may be needed for a diet trial or a very sensitive animal who can not tolerate a variety of foods, but I do not see this as the norm. There are theories that state that varying foods will contribute to your cat or dog becoming picky eater. This, however, makes no logical sense to me and the reality is that there are dogs and cats who are picky eaters who have always been fed the same food and have just never eaten well and others who receive a varied diet and develop picky eating habits. Lets step back for a moment and think about feeding anyone or anything. If you sit your child down to a dinner of chicken, broccoli, brown rice and cantaloupe, you should pat yourself on the back for providing a well balanced nutritious meal. If, however, you feed this same meal three times a day throughout your child’s life, you would obviously expect problems. First, deficiencies are likely to become evident. Beyond this, no one would be surprised to hear that the child is tiring of this meal. We readily recognize that the key to healthy eating is variety for ourselves.

To encourage your pets to develop and maintain good eating habits, I believe that you need to introduce a variety of different foods over time. Favorites can certainly be used repeatedly, but don’t be afraid of change. At the same time, and again, like with your child, if you provide a meal that is generally considered acceptable, you should expect it to be eaten. Bending over backwards to let your pet dictate the favorite and only acceptable meal of the moment will encourage picky habits. If you have a picky eater, skipping or not eating a particular meal well, may not necessarily be a major problem. This is of course assuming that the animal otherwise seems healthy and happy. On the other hand, you must be very careful with animals who are very young or very small as their bodies may not be able to handle missing a feeding. Furthermore, cats in particular should not be allowed to skip multiple meals as they can develop a particular and potentially deadly problem with their livers. This is especially a problem for overweight felines.

To continue with the controversy, the next question that often arises is whether or not to cook home prepared food or feed it raw. As with any change in your pets routine, consult your veterinarian for specific recommendations about your particular pet. There are many veterinarians who are very uncomfortable with raw feeding, and I will not say that all of their fears are unfounded, but I also recognize that there are risks with any food you feed. Aside from the many recent recalls, I have seen a dog choke and almost die from inhaling a piece of kibble that got lodged in his trachea. And that is not to say that kibble kills dogs, but to recognize that things can happen regardless of your diet choices.

With raw food, there are some realities. The first concern is feeding whole bones. If you are feeding chicken wings, necks, or other unground bone as a calcium source, you need to be sure that your animal is chewing the bones well before swallowing. “Gulpers” should never be offered whole bones.The second big concern with raw feeding is contaminated meat- salmonella or other bacteria which would normally be killed when cooking the food. You should know that there aredifferent ways to prepare your meat to minimize these risks and research is definitely in order if you are inexperienced in raw food preparation to minimize your risks. Many of my clients like the idea of raw feeding but are uncomfortable with the actual feeding practice. A great solution can be to get one of the balanced frozen raw foods on the market. The bones are ground and the diet is frozen immediately after processing to minimize chance of bacterial growth. Finally, and obviously, with any raw food, all surfaces must be washed to avoid the spread of bacteria. This includes the dog bowl. Please be especially aware of this if you have children in the house.

The biggest concern raised by veterinarians in regards to home cooking is whether or not the diet is balanced. You do need to supplement, meat is not a complete diet in and of its self, but it is not that difficult to balance your pets meals. And then comes the cardinal rule when feeding real food to dogs and cats. NEVER FEED COOKED BONES OF ANY SORT. These are sharp and will splinter when eaten. They are very dangerous. Be mindful that you also need to avoid onions, grapes and raisins, and limit consumption of garlic. Fried and spicy foods are not appropriate either.

If you do embark on either raw feeding or home cooking, do your homework, and discuss your plans with your veterinarian before beginning. If your veterinarian is unable to support your choices, it may be worth searching out another vet with whom you can discuss diet options. Good nutrition is a cornerstone of health and it is important that you can have open and honest discussions about this with your chosen veterinarian. I believe it is one of the most overlooked aspects of veterinary medicine. Once you begin feeding “real” foods to your pets, you may be amazed at the changes that you see in your pet.

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