This is my blog page about correct doggie diet concepts. Yes, diet is a concept because every dog is an individual and can be custom fed.
First, my concept for feeding any animal species is try to offer as close as possible to what nature dictates it would eat in the wild. Imagine, sometimes God/Nature gets it right. Common Sense Please
Be aware, most of the wrong information you will hear about dog diets are articles written by the marketing teams of dog food companies, vets who do not raise animals, and animal rights people who know nothing of animals. Usually someone wanting to sell you something, or wanting others to hear their thoughts regardless of their education or experience on the subject. Anytime you read any subject... consider your source. And always ask yourself, Does that make sense? If they do not raise dogs/animals, or have something to gain from the information they give you, consider it a less viable source. My father always said... don't believe anything you hear, and only half of what you see. Yes he was a redneck American Indian, but there is a lot of truth to that saying.
* My motivation of educating you is to see that my puppies have a correct diet throughout their entire lives. Reading the dry ingredient list is very intimidating isn't it? Rest easy, a dog's diet isn't rocket science, and is something that you dont have to spend years of training to learn. Those ingredients are a long drawn out way to copy nutrients that is already in their natural diet... meat. Hopefully after reading this, you will gain the confidence to feed your dog a healthier diet and be free of the incorrect political correctness of the dry dog food companies.
Ahhh Diet... the biggest ongoing debate. Sometimes diet information is confusing when your not familiar with PROPER diet. for dogs So many online opinions, how do you know if that blog is from experience, or just guessing and theorizing. Even vets only deal with vaccines and surgeries, not always daily care needs. Know your source for information, listen to your experienced breeder, use common sense and you will be successful.
Here at TIG we feed as naturally as possible, incorporating natural and unprocessed foods. Dogs are meat eater, not vegetable eaters, so their primary diet is meat. Although, there are times we have to supplement with convenient foods, getting your dog used to a varied diet is always a good idea. With that said...
Very simple process, dosent have to be the same thing with every meal. Although I use what I have available, supplementing with the best ingredients will benefit your dog the most. Experiment with different meats and foods to better understand YOUR dog's needs. Listen to them, just like us each have their own individual needs and desires.
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* Ingredients... A raw dog food diet typically consists of:..
1) 80-90 % Muscle meat, any ground, fat and bones included if you can find it that way. * Avoid raw pork, and excessive chicken fat.
2) 5% Bone meal, ground and added to the food, large raw bones to chew on as a treat are good as well.
3) 5-10% Organ meats such as livers, hearts and kidneys
Some things I add... Eggs, Fish canned or fresh, ground Flaxseed, cooked rice, dairy products. And alter the meat source such as rabbit, beef, deer etc.
Veggies are considered fillers, minimize this to less than 5% of your mix cooked and mashed or shredded. Such as sweet potato, broccoli, squash, carrots. Apples or pumpkin, dairy, such as yogurt or cottage cheese.
* These ingredients can vary with store availability, or your dog's preference and tastes. Online shopping and your grocery store gives you endless options.
* including ground flax seed to keep progesterone levels up, and adds a level of omegas.
You will tweak your dogs diet as you see something does or dosent agree with him. Let him be an individual.
Make it, freeze it raw in portions...Store in containers in freezer...set out one day portion to thaw...feed at room temperature.
I'll Start right out on how I feel... Vegan, know that your dog is not a vegan creature. Please understand his needs and know that your diet is considered cruelty/ abusive to dogs. He will not process bean protein like you do...give him meat, or give him up! Get a bird or hamster.
Avoid Vegan doggie diets that are created by the uneducated. Dont send me hate mail, that is my opinion and just like you... I am entitled to my opinion. The difference in a human choosing a vegan diet, and a dog who is forced to be vegan is that a human requires only 20% protein from any source to be healthy. A dog requires 80% or more meat protein only to be healthy. They cant eat enough beans to make up the difference, their bodies do not absorb bean protein like ours do... Please think logically.
The main concept in choosing a diet for your dog is to ignore what have been taught by dog food manufacturers and think of what he would eat in the wild with no human intervention. They aren't going to eat a cooked dry kibble, they are going to eat RAW. They need only one simple ingredient (MEAT) and the rest is FILLER and are not what they were designed to eat.
There are so many ingredients in processed dog food, they make you feel it is what is necessary for dogs. Reality is that 90% of what is in processed dog food dry kibble is either filler or is necessary to hold the ingredients together after cooking. Common sense will tell you dog were designed to be scavengers, look at what wild dogs do. How is it that our domesticated dog needs holistic and gourmet foods to survive... they don't. If your dog is healthy, you can feed him just about anything and he will be fine, but meat is all he needs with a few variances. Some dogs may have more sensitive digestion systems, and need a limited ingredient diet, but they all need the same thing, you simply find the meat that agrees with your dog.
To make it simple, this is the easiest list of diet requirements in order of importance... Muscle Meat, Organ Meat, bone meal, water. Yep, that was a period at the end. Everything else is a variety of random nutrient "filler". Veggies and fruits will offer some nutrients to sustain them until their next meat meal., but mainly will just keep them from being hungry. Dogs do not process the nutrients of beans, fruits, veggies like humans do. They do like a variety in their diet just like we do and will enjoy many of the foods you do. Make an extra serving for dinner, and stop spending so much on dog food!