The most common diet fed to dogs worldwide is a commercial kibble dog food, which is NOT considered a real food diet. Commercial kibble is essentially a dehydrated vitamin pellet made from overcooked food ingredients and often contains poor quality and disease-promoting additives. Unfortunately for our dogs, most dog food companies do not have the health and wellness of our pets in mind, but consider the pet food industry to be an excellent way to make a lot of money without understanding the true nutritional needs of our dogs. While dogs can survive on that $20 bag of kibble from your grocery store (a food that often contains by-products, preservatives, animal digest and other unhealthy ingredients), they will not thrive. A poor diet can result in a weaker body, poor physical condition, a shorter life, and a lack of resistance to disease and illness.
Can a bad choice in diet for your dog really have an impact? Yes, it absolutely can. On the rare occasion a dog may live a reasonably long life seemingly unaffected by a poor quality kibble diet, but this is not the common result. Feeding your dog a poor quality kibble is the equivalent of you eating nothing but fast food; You are going to eventually develop illness and disease and have a low quality of life due to the poor state of your health as a direct result of your diet. Perhaps if dogs lived 50-100 years we would see more of the same decline in them due to poor diet as we see in ourselves. Sure, you may be fine at first while eating your diet of cheeseburgers, fries and milkshakes - but eventually, you'll pay the price. Our dogs pay the price, too.
WHAT IS A REAL FOOD DIET?
A real food diet is exactly how it sounds, it is a diet that consists of only real food - raw, cooked or a combination of both - and contains no junk ingredients, harmful additives or preservatives. A real food diet is full of living nutrition, living enzymes and species appropriate foods that promote health, disease-resistance and longevity. The two examples of a real food diet are a raw food diet and a homemade dog food diet. While both diets require that you take your dog's nutrition into your own hands and lose the convenience of commercial kibble, they will inevitably change your dog's life for the better.
WHY SHOULD I SWITCH MY DOG TO A REAL FOOD DIET?
Real food promotes health in our dogs the same way a healthy diet affects us. If we eat lean protein, vegetables, fruits, healthy grains and stay away from junk and fast food we will find ourselves feeling better, looking better, getting sick less often and living longer. The same goes for our dogs! A diet high in protein, low in carbohydrates and containing no grains is how dogs can get strong, live longer and feel better.
WHY SHOULD I NOT FEED MY DOG GRAIN-BASED KIBBLE?
Dogs are carnivores. While they can and will eat grains and vegetables, they are biologically designed to eat the same diet as their ancestor, the wolf. Dogs are scientifically classified as carnivores, and there is a reason for that. Experts in biology, zoology and taxonomy have their copious amounts of research and evidence supporting the dogs classification as a carnivore. You can learn more about what makes the dog a carnivore by reading my article on the topic, click here
.SHOULD I FEED A RAW FOOD DIET OR A HOMEMADE DOG FOOD DIET?
Whether you choose to feed a raw food diet or a homemade dog food diet is entirely up to you. Whatever diet you are most comfortable with, and can provide easily and efficiently, is the one you should go with.
A raw food diet consists of feeding your dog raw meat, raw bones and raw organs. This is the most species appropriate option for your dog. Carnivores and omnivores have been eating this type of diet for millions of years, and dogs really thrive on a raw diet. You can learn more about raw feeding and the amazing benefits by my reading my article: The Incredible Raw Food Diet for Dogs
A homemade dog food diet is not as species appropriate as a raw food diet due to the cooking of most ingredients and the high inclusion of carbohydrates, but it is absolutely superior to a commercial kibble diet. Cooking destroys nutrients and kills enzymes, which is why a balanced homemade dog food diet must contain a whole food multivitamin and use as many raw ingredients as possible. A homemade diet contains real food, high moisture content and absolutely no junk fillers. Real food promotes real health. Ideally, the most species appropriate homemade dog food contains no grains, is high in protein and has a medium to high carbohydrate content. You can learn more about the benefits of a homemade dog food diet here: The Benefits of a Homemade Dog Food Diet for Dogs
.WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE?
Keep learning, do your research, consult with experts and make the decision to change your dog's life with a real food diet.
Here are some more resources to help you make an informed decision and make the switch to a raw food or homemade dog food diet.
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There is nobody you can call, in the way that we can call for an ambulance, to assist you if there is a medical emergency with your dog. While you are figuring out how to get your pet to the closest veterinarian hospital, performing animal CPR can potentially save their life and keep them alive until you can get to an emergency veterinarian establishment.
When you need a simple homemade dog cookie recipe that you can have ready in half an hour, these treats are perfect! They use only 3 ingredients, bake for 20 minutes and are full of beneficial nutrition.
Coconut flour is grain and gluten free and provides healthy oils for improving the skin and coat. Peanut butter, ideally all natural, is a great source of protein and fantastic flavour. Lastly, the eggs provide additional protein and skin and coat healthy fats and oils. If you use all natural peanut butter, these treats are fairly low calorie!
- 1 cup of coconut flour
- 1 cup of all natural peanut butter
- 4 eggs
Halloween is a fun, exciting and spooky time of the year for people and dogs alike! So many people incorporate their furry family members into these fun celebrations, it is important to send a message of safety and care for our canine companions on Halloween night!
Not all dogs enjoy the scary costumes, spooky decorations, frightening soundtracks and noises, and the excited hustle and bustle of children dressed as ghouls on Halloween day. It is important to know your dog, and know what they can and cannot handle. If your dog struggles with fear or is uncomfortable with all the excitement of Halloween night, it would be best to provide them with a safe and quiet place for them to spend the evening. Avoid exposing a frightened or nervous dog to the sometimes stressful aspects of Halloween, we don't want them to endure situations that are frightening or upsetting for them if they don't have to.
Be wary of all the chocolate and Halloween candy that will likely be very accessible for dogs on Halloween night. Store candy in high places, within containers or cupboards, and take special measures for dogs who counter surf. Chocolate and some artificial sweeteners are highly toxic to dogs; Reports of dogs passing away from eating chocolate are common. If your dog consumes Halloween candy, take them to your veterinarian immediately so that they can have your dog vomit the candy as soon as possible and so that they can administer some medication to help the body avoid absorbing the toxic aspects of the candy.
Supervising your dogs around the Halloween directions will ensure that they do not chew and eat any decorations. If they do chew and eat decorations, it could cause intestinal obstruction which would require emergency surgery. To prevent any unnecessary stress and potential illness, supervise your dogs around the decorations and keep them somewhere safe when you cannot supervise.
If your dog enjoys all the fun and excitement of Halloween and is kid, dog and people friendly - consider taking them for a walk with your family while you trick or treat! They will love spending time with you and being involved in a family activity! There are tons of different Halloween costume for dogs, so if they are happy and are not bothered by a costume, it is a fun way to enjoy the season and make others smile!
Keep your dogs safe, and have a Happy Halloween!
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The Healthy Canine eCookbook
is a collection of nutritionally balanced and complete homemade dog food recipes. There are 25 grain free recipes that provide excellent variety, nutrition density and living enzymes for your furry family!Each recipe requires a whole food multivitamin for dogs (a list of recommended supplements is included in this eBook) and provides owners with the information they need to feed this diet successfully.A homemade diet is highly beneficial for dogs and is superior to commercial kibble diets.
Switching to a homemade dog food diet can make your dog healthier, stronger and more resistant to disease. A homemade diet can also lengthen your dogs life and improve their quality of life as they enter their senior years.Visit the K9 Instinct shop to purchase this eBook!
Thanksgiving Day is one of the treasured holidays in which we gather with our families to celebrate, eat and enjoy each others company. Most dog owners include their furry family members in the celebrations, whether their dog is laying in front of a warm fire in the family room or enjoying some snacks off their plate from underneath the table. Everyone has their own way of celebrating the holidays, and there is no reason why it cannot be an enjoyable occasion for your dog as well!
Many dog owners want to share their homecooked food with their pets, which is why it is very important to know your dog and to know what foods are considered toxic to pets.
If your dog is enjoying the amazing benefits of a homemade dog food diet
, or a raw food diet
, then a little bit of your homecooked food will be fine to share. If your dog is fed a commercial kibble diet, you need to know their level of tolerance and stomach sensitivity prior to feeding homecooked food to avoid giving your dog an upset stomach.
It is extremely important to be aware of the food that is considered unsafe and even toxic for pets to consume. Do not feed anything containing onion, garlic, grapes, raisins, xylitol, artificial sweetners, raw yeast or bread dough, macadamia nuts, alcohol or avovado. Those ingredients have been deemed toxic and can harm your pet.
Depending on how big your family is and how loud these events can be, it is important to provide a safe and quiet place for your dog to sleep if they require it. Holidays can be hectic and busy for many people, and some dogs do not tolerate loud noise and large crowds very well, so be aware of your dog during these special gatherings.
For dogs that must stay home during the holidays, consider bringing them a special treat or snack to make it special for them as well! You can even make a special homemade meal
that night for your canine companion using dog friendly ingredients!
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Autumn is here; The weather is getting colder and the trees are changing colours. What better way to celebrate the season of fall then by baking an easy, inexpensive tray of homemade dog treats filled with the flavours of the season!
Warm your home with the aroma of apples, cinnamon and pumpkin while making your furry family members a healthy treat they can truly enjoy that also carries with it some health benefits. These aromatic cookies are made with wholesome coconut flour, which is grain and gluten free and can improve the condition of your dog's skin and coat. Cinnamon is a stomach soother that can also help regulate blood sugar, improve digestion and alleviate inflammation. I've paired the cinammon with pure unsweetend applesauce and pure pumpkin puree, both of which are packed full of nutrition! Pumpkin can improve digestion, help firm stool up and soothe an upset tummy.
- 2 1/2 cups of coconut flour
- 1 cup of applesauce
- 1 1/2 cups of pure pumpkin puree (NOT pie filling)
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 4 eggs
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a large bowl add your coconut flour, pure pumpkin puree, unsweetened applesauce, cinnamon and eggs.
- Combine all 5 ingredients and mix thoroughly.
- Cut out your shape of preference with a cookie cutter, then place cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
This batch makes approximately 50 large cookies! Half the recipe for a smaller batch! I like making a big batch so that I can give cookies away to family and friends with dogs!
Coconut flour is a tricky flour to work with, it absorbs an immense amount of liquid and can be crumby at times. If your dough is too moist, add more coconut flour 1/4 cup at a time. If it is too dry, add more applesauce and pumpkin 1/4 cup at a time. Eggs are your binder, so if it is too crumby add another egg. This flour won't roll out the way wheat flour will, so just work with it! It will bake well and make a yummy soft dog cookie!Since there are absolutely no preservatives used in this recipe they must be refrigerated. Cookies can be left out for 2 or 3 days at a time.For more homemade recipes, nutrition information, blog articles and more like K9 Instinct on Facebook!Don't forget to check out my other homemade dog treat recipes!AngelK9 Instinctwww.k9instinct.com
Dental care is more important for your dogs than you may realize. Periodontal disease has become the most common disease in our furry family members, which is a hard fact to digest since dental disease is extremely easy to prevent.
As dogs enter their golden years, poor dental health is the ticket to a shorter life riddled with illness and potential disease. Bad dental health can cause liver, heart and kidney disease; Infection from ill-kept teeth can travel through the blood stream and infiltrate the body's organs, which inevitably causes disease or failure. Since dental disease in dogs can be easily prevented, it is important to find a cleaning routine that works best for you and your dog.
You can use safe, natural and effective methods to keep your dog's teeth white and clean without having to spend a lot of money or jeopardize your dog's health.
A RAW FOOD DIET: NATURE'S TOOTHBRUSHThe incredible raw food diet is nature's toothbrush, having been the ancestral diet of all carnivorous and predatory animals for millions of years.
A raw food diet does not leave residue or food particles on the teeth, which turn into tartar and plaque, and the natural crushing and chewing of raw bone scrapes the teeth and keeps them clean.
BRUSHING TEETH WITH COCONUT OIL The amazing benefits of coconut oil for dogs are no longer a secret
! Coconut oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and is a very effective deodorizer! If your dog has bad breath, give brushing with virgin, unrefined coconut oil
a try. You will be impressed with the results!
AN ALL NATURAL GEL FOR DOGS WITH DENTAL DISEASEIf your dog has already developed dental disease, a great option along side a good brushing routine is adding an all natural but effective dental gel. PetzLife Oral Gel works by softening the build up on teeth and beginning to break it down so that you can brush or scrape it away. This is a natural, effective product I often recommend and have used myself on my cats!
CHEWING SCRAPES THE TEETH
By offering your dog a raw bone, an elk antler chew or a toy designed to help clean teeth via chewing can help reduce build up on the teeth, and is also an excellent preventive. Chewing is a natural, instinctual thing for a dog to do and can benefit them in terms of mental stimulation and enjoyment as well! Get a raw beef hock from your local butcher and monitor your dog as they enjoy this healthy, natural "toothbrush"!
Implementing a brushing routine with good recreational chewing is a great way to prevent dental disease in your canine companions, but there are safe and natural options for fighting dental disease too! If you have more questions about keeping your dog's mouth healthy, do not hesitate to contact me
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Dogs love fruit! Fruit is delicious, packed full of nutrition and can make a refreshing (and grain free) snack - a great alternative to store bought "junk" treats found in many pet stores. Fruit is also an important part of many homemade dog food diets
, and can also be added to a raw food diet
as well. When not incorporated into meals, fruit makes an excellent treat for dogs!Not every fruit is safe for dogs, so I have compiled a list of fruit that has been proven safe and beneficial for our furry family members. While fruits (and vegetables) are not necessary in a dogs diet, they can certainly act as a nutritional boost or act as a healthy snack. Much like the "Healthy Vegetables for your Dogs" article I have previously written, you can use any of the fruits mentioned on the following list!
Replace store bought treats with pieces of fruit, or add some fruit to your dogs diet and give them something nutritious and healthy!
A mini powerhouse of nutrition, bananas contain protein, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, potassium, iron, vitamin C, folate, magnesium, vitamin A and more! They are tasty and make a great fresh or frozen treat!
These antioxidant rich berries are FULL of nutrition, including but not limited to vitamin K, manganese, vitamin C, dietary fiber, vitamin A, folate, phosphorus, calcium and potassium! Ideal for brain health, eye health and the cancer fighting properties!
Rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, folate, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and more, strawberries make a healthy and tasty treat that is low in calories and high in taste and nutrition. Another excellent frozen treat for dogs!
Do NOT feed the core or seeds - they contain arsenic! The apple flesh itself is healthy, crunchy, low calorie and refreshing! Full of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium! A few apple slices a day keeps the veterinarian away!
Do not feed seeds/core. Light, low calories and refreshing! Pears contain vitamin K, vitamin C, folate, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium! A few pear slices make an excellent summer treat!
Known for helping to maintain a healthy urinary tract, cranberries can help flush the kidneys and prevent urinary infections. Cranberries are rich in antioxidants, vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, phosphorus and potassium!
Refreshing, full of water, and perfect for a fun snack on a hot summer day! Watermelon is full of vitamin A, vitamin K, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and water! Watermelon is great for helping rehydrate dogs!
Full of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, niacin, folate, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and omega fatty acids, cantaloup is another fun and refreshing snack for dogs that can also help rehydrate them!
The Northern Biscuit Bakery is a phenomenal Canadian company producing a fantastic variety of wheat free and grain free dog cookies
. All ingredients used within these recipes are sourced locally and are fresh, and the Northern Biscuits dog cookies
are completely free of chemicals, useless fillers and any other junk ingredients dogs do not need in their bodies.
NORTHERN BISCUITS VARIETY:
- Peanut Butter and Banana
- Canadian Bacon
- Peanut Crunch
- Smoked Fish
- Grilled Wild Boar (Grain Free)
- Grilled Bison (Grain Free)
- Glazed Duck (Grain Free)
- Beef Tripe (Grain Free)
- Pumpkin Pie
- Turkey Cranberry
- Grilled Venison
The Northern Biscuits Bakery is one of my favourite companies producing healthy dog treats, and their reputation is outstanding. The ingredient read is phenomenal, leaving no room for junk ingredients or unhealthy additives. The Northern brand ensures high quality treats with local ingredients that taste and smell as good as they look!
The treat packaging is beautiful and does an excellent job representing both the quality and flavours within the individual recipes. The cookies are crunchy, fresh, appealing and rustic looking. The recipes that include meat such as bison and tripe do not smell terrible, but the intensely flavoured recipes such as the Pumpkin Pie treats smell incredible.
In conclusion, I have to say I am very pleased with Northern Biscuit's impressive selection of wheat and grain free dog treats. The quality is high and consistent, and the ingredient read is top notch. You can't go wrong with these healthy, locally sourced treats.
When I brought these home, Hunter was very interested in the bags. I offered him three large Glazed Duck cookies and he drooled all over the floor while he ate them. Then, to my absolute surprise, he went in the kitchen and sat by the chest freezer on which the bag of cookies was sitting and stared me down. He liked them enough to sit by them and quietly ask for more, so they are a new favourite in our home!