Will The Bacteria In Raw Pose A Risk To Me and My Children?

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Many of you who have been following us on Instagram will have seen we have just welcomed our son George into the world.

While most peoples messages have been on the lines of “how adorable”, “your dogs are so sweet, they love him..” I have got the odd massage saying that because my dogs are raw fed that they are going to kill my baby with bacteria!! Which is absolute nonsense.

The following is a article which I have been referring back to by rawfed.com

Myth: RAW FED ANIMALS POSE SIGNIFICANT RISK TO HUMANS

This is a myth made possible by our society’s pathological fear of bacteria. Of the millions of bacteria on this earth, it is estimated that less than 1% are harmful. Media and society as a whole have played up bacteria, painting it as an evil nemesis that must be stomped out with disinfectants, antibacterial everything, and unnecessary vaccination. This has resulted in the emergence of super-bacteria and “super-viruses”, no thanks to the improper use of antibiotics and the plethora of antibacterial soaps and products. Developmental biologists have recently learned that bacterial exposure is absolutely necessary for the development of a healthy immune system, among other things. Humans and dogs have evolved in the presence of bacteria, and insisting on a sterile environment has created more damage than good. So where does this intersect with raw feeding?
Raw diet critics tout this myth as a main reason for not feeding raw. Yes, there is bacteria in raw meat. Yes, this bacteria is sometimes shed in dogs’ feces. So if a raw-fed dog licks you, are you going to get sick? I suppose all things are possible, but on the whole: no, you will not get sick. This bacteria does not persist in the mouth of a raw-fed canine. Canine saliva contains lysozyme, an enzyme that lyses and destroys bacteria, but more importantly, the absence of plaque means the dog’s mouth is no longer a hospitable place for bacteria to inhabit. A kibble-fed dog’s mouth, however, provides the perfect environment for bacteria growth: plaque-covered teeth with sugary and starchy complexes provide both food and shelter for bacteria. The bacteria thrive in the mouth of a kibble-fed dog because it provides both a perfect atmosphere and a good food source (Lonsdale, T. 2001. Raw Meaty Bones.). Why does a kibble-fed dog have stinky dog breath? Because of the bacteria in their gums and on their teeth (just like the bacteria in our mouths gives us halitosis). A raw-fed dog’s mouth provides neither food nor a viable atmosphere for bacteria, which is why a raw-fed dog has odorless breath. So which dog would you be more worried about being kissed by and contracting disease from? I personally would be quite leery of the stinky-breathed, bacteria-laden kibble-fed dog. If one is still worried about being licked by a raw-fed dog, one has several solutions. Teach the dog not to lick, or avoid being licked. But if you have a healthy immune system, being licked and in contact with a raw-fed dog will not affect you other than boosting your immune system. This is the same thing for kids: being around and licked by a raw-fed dog will do nothing but boost their immune systems and help them grow up into happy, healthy adults.
As for dogs shedding bacteria in their feces: do not eat dog poo and wash your hands after feeding your dogs or cleaning up after them. Handle the raw meat you feed your dogs the same way you handle your own raw meat (which can get you sick if you eat it raw or do not clean up well enough afterward; do the experts really think that people are not smart enough to figure out that they should wash their hands and countertops after preparing raw meaty bones for their dogs? Apparently so.). If you have kids, teach the children not to eat dog poo and clean up immediately after your dog, and you will not need to worry. Bacteria is absolutely everywhere. You are just as likely, if not more likely, to get sick from your produce or a strange bathroom. You do not need to worry about the dog tracking bacteria through the house; there is plenty of bacteria throughout the house anyway, so any additional bacteria a raw-fed dog might add is negligible. Thousands of people—even immunocompromised people—feed their dogs raw with no bacteria issues and with stronger immune systems as a result.
Anti-raw people protest that raw-fed dogs pose a serious health risk to immunocompromised people and people with auto-immune disorders. Oddly enough, it is these immunocompromised people who have a better understanding of the important role nutrition plays in strengthening the immune system. A quick tour of the Yahoo! Rawfeeding group will reveal quite a few people who have an auto-immune disorder but have been feeding their dogs raw for many years with no ill results whatsoever. Anti-raw people (vets included) make it sound like immuno-compromised people (and most other people) are incapable of properly handling raw meat and cleaning up afterwards. The solution proposed—do not feed raw meaty bones!—is absurdly condescending (they assume we cannot clean up after ourselves and are incapable of feeding our dogs because we lack a credential in pet nutrition), and skips the most logical step: simply observe proper hygiene and use the same precautions you use in preparing your own meat. It is not that difficult, honestly.
People proclaiming this “serious health risk” claim seem to think people are incapable of a) properly feeding their dogs and b) cleaning up after themselves. Use good hygiene practices: clean countertops and utensils used to feed dogs, and wash your hands. Feed the dog outside or inside on a towel or plastic-type tablecloth you can reuse and wash when needed. Or feed the dog in its crate, or on an easy-to-clean surface. By training the dog to eat in one place, you will not have to “worry” about him tracking a mess or bacteria through the house. If you are still concerned about bacteria, clean your dog’s paws, mouth, etc. with a mild, safe antimicrobial like diluted white vinegar. Honestly, as long as proper hygiene is observed, the bacteria are a non-issue. Remember, you are sharing your life with an animal that licks its own rear and eats cat poop before licking your face

FOR MORE ARTICLES EXPOSING RAW FEEDING MYTHS VISIT WWW.RAWFEDDOG.COM/MYTHS/

An Easy and Affordable Guide to RAW

Raw feeding can be as easy or as complicated as you wish to make it.

Sure for many of us getting stuck into a carcass and hacking away all for the benefit of our dogs is both great fun and very satisfying. But for the newbie this can all be quite daunting.

We could also deconstruct the perfect diet scientifically and create flow charts and graphs on bone percentages, vitamins, offal content… Meal plans and supplements etc

But what is really needed???

Variety!!

 

Lets assume that you have already followed the plan to start introducing meats slowly or at least understood this concept in case your dog has loose stools from introducing too much too soon.

You need to make sure that you are feeding at least 5 different proteins. But the more variety the better!

Complete minces are great to help newbies with getting the ratios right with very little effort. But they are very expensive. You could be looking at spending £4 per day, £120 per month feeding this way!

For me that’s way way out of my price range owning 2 dogs. I don’t even spend that on my food for the month.

 

So how can I make it easy and affordable??

I am going to show you an example using the supplier I use called Landywoods which involves mainly minced (ground) meats with the occasional raw meaty bone. You can adapt this with different suppliers/companies just follow the same principles.

The packs of meat I buy are 454g (1lb) of Lamb, Beef, Green Tripe, Offal, Oily Fish (complete) , Chicken and Beef (20% bone), Duck (20% Bone), Pork (20% bone) and Turkey (10% Bone).

Lamb, Beef, Tripe, and Offal are all boneless with the fish being minced whole including bone, meat and organs making it complete 80/10/10.

So if you take a boneless pack, let say Beef for breakfast and a bone in pack for example Duck for dinner. Then you are going to achieve the desired bone ratio of 10%. Simple.

Its easier when you have more than one dog to cover the offal side of things but you could feed a pack of offal mince twice a week and also Oily fish twice a week.

Raw meaty bones should still be part of their diet if you can at least once a week but preferably more. There are so many benefits to RMB’s bone. Just make sure that if you feed a large meaty bone like a lambs neck for example which is around 50% bone that the next day you need just boneless mince.

The guidelines are just that. You don’t need to follow them to the letter just ensure that your dog is getting a decent variety so they are getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals they need as well as a bone content around 10-15%  over time your on to a winning recipe for a healthy dog.

 

Monday: Morning – Beef     Dinner – Duck

Tuesday: Morning – Tripe    Dinner – Chicken and Beef

Wednesday: Morning – Offal    Dinner – Lamb Neck

Thursday: Morning – Lamb    Dinner – Oily Fish

Friday: Morning – Tripe and Whole Egg    Dinner – Pork

Saturday: Morning – Offal    Dinner – Chicken Wings

Sunday: Morning – Turkey and Whole Egg    Dinner – Oily Fish

 

The above is just an example of the kind of diet I’m talking about. There are tones of options you can switch around.

This diet costs under £10 per week and it couldn’t be more simple. You take the 2 bags out of the freezer the night before to defrost. Open the bag and pour into the bowl and feed. Your dog will be thriving and you wont have spent any more time or money than if you fed processed junk food.

 

Other money saving tips:

1) Go to your local butcher and make friends. For one week buy your weekly meat in there.

A couple of steaks, some chicken breast…. Then ask politely if they would be willing to sell you some of their bones like Lamb necks, or pork spines etc which the butchers have to pay to have removed. Offer to pay a few pound for a bag of bones which will also save them from losing money removing them.

I now have a deal with my local butcher to take 16kg of Pork and Lamb bones every week for £5!

2) Get in touch with local hunters.

There are tones of people who enjoy to hunt and there are many Facebook pages dedicated to hunting and air rifle shooting where you can talk to these people.

Many Pigeon shooters will accept 40-50p per Pigeon or swap a Pigeon for a shotgun cartridge.

There are plenty of air rifle shooters who would take £1 per Rabbit.  

3) Find a local supplier.

I use Landywoods. They are about 40 minutes from my home but they are right next to a fantastic forest. So once a month I take the dogs over for a nice walk in the forest and then on the way home we go to Landywoods.

Not only does this mean I don’t have to pay £7 delivery costs but I also get 10% discount for buying on the door.

If you are not near a supplier or you don’t have the time to get to them find other raw feeders in your area and go half on the delivery. There are Raw Feeding facebook pages like ‘Raw Feeding Rebels’ and ‘Raw Feeding UK’ etc where you can find local feeders to you.

 

    

Feeding Time at the Zoo

I have had tones of great feedback from you guys about the posts containing whats on the menu for my two.

So here is what they have eaten this week.

To let you know where we are at size and portion wise. Hendrix (left bowl) eats 550g-600g twice a day. Luna (right bowl) eats 400g twice a day. This shows you how different dogs need different amounts of food.

While Hendrix is eating more than Luna he is only eating 4% of his body weigh daily. An average puppy at his age (7 months) should really be eating 5% which for 29kg Hendrix would be 1.45kg. However he just doesnt need that much for his body. Luna on the other hand is now 18 months old and would normally be eating around 2-3% of her body weigh. However she is eating almost 4% of her body weight too. She just needs more for her body and metabolism. At Hendrix’s age she was still eating 7%.

So although there are feeding guidelines they are just that, guidelines. They act as a good starting point and then you must alter to fit your dogs needs.

Also on top of their evening meals they all get garlic and Diatomaceous Earth every night as flee, worm and parasite prevention (type parasite into the search bar on this page to find out more). They also get a mixture of Turmeric, Black Pepper, Spirulina, Salmon Oil, Coconut oil and Natural Yogurt. All powders are fully mixed into their meat as to avoid any powders being inhaled when eating which could cause discomfort.

You will see on this weeks menu with have Wood Pigeon quite a few times. If you have been following us on instagram you will know that these pigeons were shot by me and retrieved by Hendrix and Luna as was the Pheasant too. Its about time these dogs worked for their food haha

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MONDAY:

Meal 1) Lean Beef, Lambs Hearts, Liver, Kidney and Egg with shell

Meal 2) Meaty Veal Neck, Beef Mince, Coconut Oil, DE, Turmeric, Spirulina, Garlic and Spinach for Luna.

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TUESDAY:

Meal 1) Whole Wood Pigeon (minus breasts) including all internal organs. Hendrix has lean Lamb Chunks and Luna has Green Tripe.

Meal 2) Half Salmon Head (whole head weighed 1.4kg)

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WEDNESDAY:

Meal 1) Half whole Pheasant, Half Pigs Heart and Tin of Sardines and Egg for Hendrix

Meal 2) Lean Beef Chunks, Green Tripe and Chicken Wings

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THURSDAY:

Meal 1) Liver Chunks, Kidney Chunks, Lamb Mince and Chicken Breast on Bone

Meal 2) Lean Beef Chunks, Lean Lamb Chunks, Chicken Wings

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FRIDAY:

Meal 1) Whole Wood Pigeon (minus breasts) with Lean Beef Chunks

Meal 2) Whole Sardines, Green Tripe with Chicken for Hendrix and Lamb for Luna

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SATURDAY:

Meal 1) Whole Sardines, Pigs Hearts and a Chicken Wing

Meal 2) Veal Ribs, Green Tripe, Lamb Mince with a Egg

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SUNDAY:

Meal 1) Whole Pigeon (minus breast) Green Tripe and Beef Mince

Meal 2) Meaty Veal Neck, Liver Chunks, Kidney Chunks, Egg and Broccoli Stems

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Lets talk treats!

I have been getting very worried recently because of various posts on Facebook regarding treats. Believe it or not all of these posts have all been from Raw feeders and they had no idea that what they were doing was so wrong and potentially dangerous to their dogs health!

So we know the huge benefits that raw feeding has for our dogs and it makes complete sense that we keep feeding healthy species appropriate food when it comes to treats too. But distinguishing the right ones from the wrong ones can be harder than you think.

First of all lets look at what we shouldn’t feed:

  • Dehydrated/Cooked/Freeze Dried/Air Dried/Puffed…… Feet or Necks!

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NO COOKED BONES, EVER!!! This is rule number 1 

When you go to the store looking for appropriate treats you automatically go for the packet that says 100% Natural and when you look at the packet is says 100% Chicken. So it must be healthy for your Dog?

Dehydrating and all the other named above are all forms of cooking where the moisture has been removed from the food and the bones altering their natural structure making them brittle and indigestible. Potentially causing internal blockages, splintering and tearing insides and even death. So avoid anything like Necks, Feet, Legs, Heads… most commonly Chicken, Turkey, Duck…

  • Grains (standard dog biscuits)

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OK so this is not exactly life threatening like the above but still important to avoid. We raw feed to get away from these processed and unhealthy and certainly not species appropriate ingredients. Wheat, Maize, Corn etc. so why give them in treat form??

Not only are these grains usually responsible for dietary intolerance but can effect your dogs in many other ways too. Including itchy skin, bacteria build up on teeth and gums and even increasing the chance of ear infections by 90%. The reason they can be held responsible for ear and yeast infections is due to them being full of Starch.

These types of treats are also packed full of other various Sugars, artificial colors, additives and unspecified antioxidants – a group of chemicals that includes many of the most controversial ingredients around due to their consistent links with all sorts of health and behavioral problems in dogs.

Bonios are one of the UK’s leading dog treats. There ingredients listed on there packet are Wheat (30%) and… well thats the thing, they don’t list what the other 70% are! How very worrying!!!

  • Raw Hide 

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But its called RAW hide? It most certainly is RAW!

Raw hide is basically the hide of an animal (usually a cow). There have been so many deaths due to dogs eating raw hide. Especially over this Christmas (2014) I seen several posts from people warning about their dogs in hospital after eating them. I even know of a dog who’s owner I was in contact with over Facebook that lost her dog and the vet revealed it was because they fed one of these bones to her dog. I must add that she fed a raw hide bone to her dog once a week for well over a year with no ill repercussions but obviously got a bad one which ended up costing her dogs life.

The process of creating the raw hide bone you see above is SHOCKING to say the least. 

The making of rawhide involves chemically separating the outer layer of skin (usually of a cow) from the hide.

They are then transported onto where ever they are going to be turned into dog treat while been soaked in more chemical to preserve it.

During processing, it is first soaked in an ash-lye solution to remove the hair & fat. Then it can be “cleaned”  with bleach and/or hydrogen peroxide. In some countries arsenic, or even formaldehyde is used in this process (banned in the U.S. and UK but most of the dog treats in our pet shops and supermarkets are not actually made in UK or U.S.)

  • Corn on the Cob

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But you would think this natural vegetable will be fine to feed? Corn on the cob has been responsible for thousands of dogs deaths!!

Corn is high in starch and sugar which increase the risk of yeast infections. But the most dangerous thing about Corn is that it is 100% indigestible!!

Eating the corn just comes out as it goes in. But the cob goes in, gets stuck and you will need to rush to the vets for immediate surgery to remove.

It doesn’t even have to be whole! A dogs only reason for chewing anything is to make it small enough to go down their throats. They have no digestive enzymes produced in the mouth like we do. So a chunk of cob which is small enough to fit down their throats in still far too big to get through their digestive system after it cant be broken down by the stomach. If you don’t get the surgery in time… RIP Rover.

  • Avoid anything made in China

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The Chinese have no food standard control laws for food which is for animal consumption. They have been known to be sorted in all sorts of polluted waters and dangerous environments. Many dog deaths have been attributed to Chinese Sourced treats especially in U.S. over the last 12 months!

Sometimes on a treat packet it does not state where its made. You can tell where its from from the bar code!

All bar codes that start at 690 – 695 are all MADE IN CHINA. 471 is Made in Taiwan

UK bar codes start with 50 and USA and Canada start with 00-13.

I’m sure you all probably know that chocolate, Alcohol, Caffeine and Onions are poisonous to dogs. But some people don’t realize that so are Grapes, Raisins, Prunes, Avocados, Macadamia Nuts, Chives and Leeks! 

So what treats should I give to my dog?

  • Raw Meaty Bones

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Raw meaty bones are an excellent treat to give to your dog! I must stress again RAW bones. Not Cooked! 

They provide great natural nutrition, Fats, Protein, Vitamins and Minerals.

Chewing on a raw meaty bone helps clean your dog’s teeth and dramatically reduces the likelihood of gum disease developing.

Its a serious workout! If you have every watched a dog go to work on a bone its not only their mouth that gets a work out, their whole body does from holding and stabilizing.

You should however make sure you are giving the appropriate RMB to your dog.

Weight baring bones from cows are not recommended. So the big leg bones you get at the butchers like the knuckles and marrow bones should not be fed because they are very dense and pose a potential risk to damage teeth.

While I mentioned cows above, Calfs (baby cows) weight baring bones are an great choice of bone. They are relatively soft. soft enough that you can (after great force) get a kitchen knife into it. But they are soft enough to be fed to dogs.

You should feed bones which your dogs can actually eat. If you were to ask me what I would choose to give to my dogs it would be the necks. Turkey, Lamb, Pork, Veal, Calf are all excellent.

Heads, Spines, Ribs, Sternum are all great alternatives.

Always feed supervised.

Other things like Trachea’s are great treats for dogs. They are not bone but tough cartilage which have many of the same benefits listed above.

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  • Dehydrated or Freeze Dried Meat and Organs

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What ever you do do not go away from this thinking dehydrated foods are bad for your dog because of point number 1. That only refers to dehydrated treats which include bone.

Treats like Chicken Stripe, Beef Strips, Tripe Sticks, Liver Slices and even Ears are all great for your dog. They may not have as much nutrition as if they were raw but they are certainly great to give as a treat.

You can even make your own dehydrated treats!

You can buy a dehydrating machine from as low as £20. Just make sure you slice the meat as thinly as possible to help reduce the drying time.

Here is my step by step guide from making cheap highly nutritious dehydrated dog treats 🙂

https://rawsomevizslas.wordpress.com/2014/12/19/rawsome-treats/

  • Vegetables

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Carrots and broccoli stems are my dogs favorites!

Apples (without pips and stalk) Melon, Mango, Cauliflower, orange segments are just some of the occasional treats you can give to your dogs.

  • Make your own healthy biscuits

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So as I said above grains should be a NO NO. So how would you make biscuits?

You can use alternate to wheat flour including Coconut Flour, ground nuts and seeds (not macadamia) Pumpkin, Chickpea and even curry powders.

Recipe:

500g Liver (any will do)

400g Coconut or Chickpea flour

2 egg

4 Tablespoons of water

Pinch of crushed Garlic

Teaspoon of turmeric

Teaspoon of Cinnamon

Teaspoon of Peanut Butter (optional)

Mix all ingredients together place on a grease lined or sheeted baking tray and cook on 180.c for approx 30mins.

You can even buy bone shaped cutters and press out shapes if you wish or just portion up with a knife.

I hope you have found this information beneficial.

Remember you are choosing for your dog so make sure you choose what is best for them. Keep them healthy and keep them safe.

Bligh Park Pet Health Center 17 Day Kibble Study

If you have not yet seen this video by Bligh Park Pet Health Center you need to! Follow the link above!!

The raw meaty bone fed volunteers — Doze 15 months, AWDRI Shenzi 2yrs, Molly 3 yrs, Pippa 6yrs — in peak of good health and in a spirit of self-sacrifice will eat nothing but Hill’s Science Death (below) for two weeks. The results speak for themselves.

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Make sure you follow them on facebook. I think they have tones of helpful information and advice to share!

https://www.facebook.com/BlighParkPetHealthCentre/info?tab=overview

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Spice Up Your Dogs Life – Lets Talk Turmeric

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Turmeric grows wild in the forests of South and Southeast Asia. It is one of the key ingredients in many Asian dishes. Indian traditional medicine, called Siddah, has recommended turmeric for medicine.

Adding spices to your dogs food is probably something you never even thought about doing. Some people would argue that dogs would not eat these spices in the wild so why would you feed them.

Well that is true. But while I may feed ‘Prey Model Raw’ which is the most biologically appropriate way for them to eat, I do add certain things which have proved health benefits. After all we all want our dogs to be as fit and healthy as possible, right?

Turmeric is something which I have looked into at great detail for my own personal use and have added to my own for many years. However I have only recently started supplementing this into my dogs diet after reading a number of articles and K9 research papers written by various Holistic Vets and University Scientists.

So what does it do for your dog?

WHAT DOESN’T IT DO????

  • Detoxifies the body
  • Purifies Blood
  • Acts as a disinfectant when added to a wound or cut and stimulates recovery
  • Stimulates bile production of the liver
  • Used to treat ringworm
  • Anti-Fungal
  • Anti-Bacteria
  • Anti-Inflammatory and helps relieve symptoms of arthritis
  • Lowers bad cholesterol levels
  • Aids Heart and Liver functions
  • Reduces chance of stroke
  • Anti-Cancer properties
  • Anti-Oxidant
  • Aids in the treatment of epilepsy
  • Helps relieve allergies
  • Helps in preventing the formation of cataracts
  • Used in treating depression (Yes, dogs can get depressed too)
  • Kills parasites
  • Heals stomach ailments, aids in digestive disorders, and reduces gas and bloating
  • Acts as a binding agent and therefore great for treating diarrhoea (Make sure you have lots of water available for your pet to drink!)
  • Aids in fat metabolism and weight management
  • High in fibre and rich in vitamins and mineral
  • Cleans Teeth

How much Turmeric to feed?

The suggested dosage is approximately 15 to 20 mg per pound of body weight in dogs, 150-200mg for cats. A simpler way of looking at it is a 1/8 to a 1/4 teaspoon per day, for every 10lbs of dog weight. Make sure your pet has access to water to ensure that they don’t get constipated.

You can feed the powder, which is most commonly available, or crushed or fresh root. Sprinkle it right on top of your pet’s food and mix or, if you home cook, you can add it to the recipe. Quality varies and if you are buying turmeric in a local supermarket, it may be grown using nasty pesticides and herbicides. This lowers the potency. If possible, try to get high quality, organic turmeric. Be sure to store it in a tightly sealed container, kept in a cool, dark and dry place.

According to Dr. Demian Dressler, DVM known as the “Dog Cancer Vet” and author of Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s

How I feed Turmeric:

If you have been following my recent posts you will know that my dogs are given natural alternatives to the horrid chemical worm and flee treatment poisons which you are ‘required’ to give your dog by most vets.

After speaking to a fellow raw feeder who also follows this natural approach to worming, we discussed about how we give the Diatomaceous Earth to our dogs.

If you don’t already know what Diatomaceous Earth is please type it into the search bar on the right.

I was fascinated by the way she feeds it and decided that I would give it a go myself and add my own little twist to it, Turmeric.

Every night after their dinner I give each of them an Ice cube full with all their daily anti parasite needs.

  • In a big bowl mix in either Goats Yoghurt or Goats Milk (In the UK you can buy these from Sainsbury’s and Waitrose. Or if you want the Raw Organic stuff which is better, you need to get it straight from a supplier, I use Landywoods)
  • If you are using an ice cube tray of eg. 2 x 14 cube blocks, mix in 28 days worth of DE. I use a heaped teaspoon for each day.
  • Add a tablespoon of Spirunila Powder (I will post about this wonderful natural product very soon)
  • Add a tablespoon of Turmeric Powder
  • Crunch in some black pepper (not only does this have its own health benefits for dogs but it also aids the Turmeric to get the most bang for your buck)
  • Mix all together
  • Add your dogs daily amount of Garlic, Either fresh or tablet to each cube. I add a tab into each cube. If you don’t already know how much garlic or you would like to know more about its amazing benefits type it into the search bar at the top on the right of my page.
  • Then poor all the mixture into the trays and freeze.
  • Feed each night with or after your dogs dinner.

As said above Turmeric has wonderful healing properties which are perfect for post-surgery and will help aid and speed up your dogs recovery. However it does thin the blood (which helps reduce the risk of blood clots and stroke) stop feeding as soon as you know that your dog need surgery and resume feeding after. See my post-surgery feeding post by typing it into the search at the top.

So now you know all about Turmeric it’s time to spice up your dogs life and help keep them strong and healthy.

Menu a La Hendrix

Hendrix in now 18 weeks old and those who are following his photos on Instagram (@the_prettypointers) will know that he is getting really big! He now weighs over 19kg and is showing no signs of slowing down.

The last week menu I posted was when he was 12 weeks old so I though I would show you how the big man is eating now.

He is now eating almost 1.4kg of meat per day with some additional veggies which are not included in his daily food weight. They are just extras because he like them. Luna is eating what he is for breakfast and dinner 450g each but she does not have the lunch time bowl.

In addition to these meals once a day they will be a Teaspoon of DE and Garlic mixed into them.

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Monday: 

Breakfast: Lean Beef Chunks, Green Tripe and Chopped Chicken Carcass

Lunch: Veal Ribs and Lean Beef Chunks

Dinner: Turkey Tail, Beef Heart, Coconut Oil, Manuka Honey and Spirulina

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Tuesday:

Breakfast: Turkey Neck Chunks, Turkey Breast Chunks, Chopped Lambs Heart and Cottage Cheese

Lunch: Chicken/Beef and Tripe Mince

Dinner: Half Turkey Wing, Beef Kidney, Cabbage and Carrot

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Wednesday: 

Breakfast: Chicken Leg with Ox Kidney

Lunch: Lambs Liver, Minced Beef, Turkey Chunks and Raw Egg

Dinner: Chicken Leg and Lamb Chunks

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Thursday:

Breakfast: Chicken Drummer, Green Tripe, Heart Chunk and Minced Lamb

Lunch: Green Tripe Chunks, Pigs Ear, Lambs Liver, Raw Egg and Cabbage

Dinner: Half Large Salmon Head, Broccoli, Manuka Honey and Cottage Cheese

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Friday:

Breakfast: Green Tripe, Lamb Hearts, Chicken Wings, Manuka Honey and Coconut Oil

Lunch: Turkey Chunks, Beef Chunks, Coconut Oil, Carrot, and Broccoli

Dinner: Veal Ribs, Beef Heart Chunks and Pigs Liver

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Saturday:

Breakfast: Lamb Mince, Heart Chunks and Chopped Chicken Carcass

Lunch: Chicken Breast on Bone, Lean Beef Chunks and Ox Liver

Dinner: Beef Trachea, Turkey Tail, Raw Egg, Natural Yoghurt, Coconut Oil, Carrots and Cabbage

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Sunday:

Breakfast: Beef Mince and Kidney Chunks

Lunch: Whole Mackerel, Beef Heart Chunks, Lamb and Kiwi

Dinner: Half Whole Pheasant

Post Surgery Raw Feeding

Many of you who follow us on Instagram will know that Luna went in for surgery yesterday to be spayed.

Usually after surgery your vets will either proscribe a ‘special’ kibble or suggest Boiled Chicken and Rice to help get your dog back on track. Well im sure if you are a raw feeder you already know that this is not what you should do but if the vet is telling you its best for your dog and you have no other knowledge of another way to do it you will probably follow their advice. Which will give your dog a funny tummy and most likely prolong their recovery time.

Why does the diet need to be different?

Well some people will tell you it doesn’t. However giving bones immediately after surgery may put unnecessary strain on your dogs body. Yes dogs need the calcium and glucosamine to help promote recovery however there is another way to give them everything they need Bone Broth!!

Bone Broth is a nutritional power house for you dog and is made from simmering bones on a low heat for a long period of time either in a slow cooker or in a pot on a very low heat. This nutrient dense stock is protein rich and contains vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin K, iron, thiamin, potassium, calcium, silicon, sulfer, magnesium, glucosamine, phosphorus, trace minerals, and glucosamine chondroitin sulfates!

Bone broth is a massive immune system booster which is perfect for helping get your beloved pooch back on track. It also help allergy and food sensitive dogs. Then there is the massive joint and bone heath properties it has… this stuff is amazing!

So how do I make it? 

What you will need:

  • Raw Bones (which you can get from your local butchers) most of the time you will see a bucket of bones at the front door but if not just politely ask if they have any spare bones which you can use. All the bones are great, Marrow Bones, Frame bones, Chicken Feet, Rib bones, Joint Bones. If they have a bit of meat on then that’s great, more nutrients.
  • Slow Cooker or Pot to simmer on the Hob
  • Water
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (4 Table Spoons). ACV helps to draw out the nutrients from the bone! This too is also a wonderful product to give to your dog and offers the following benefits.• Relieves or prevents arthritis

    • Improves digestion

    • Acts as a urinary system tonic, clears urinary tract infections, and prevents the formation of kidney and bladder stones

    • Improves the growth and condition of fur and hair

    • Clears the skin of bacterial and fungal infections

    • Reduces skin flaking and dander

    • Makes one less attractive to biting insects

    • Helps prevent food poisoning

    • Acts as a natural antibiotic by interrupt- ing the development of infectious bacterial and viral diseases

    • Relieves muscle fatigue

    • Alleviates itching

    • Improves ability to adapt to cold temperatures

    • Reduces hock and elbow calluses

    • When applied to the ears, clears and prevents ear infections.

Extras:

To give this already nutrient dense broth even more healing potential you can add the following:

  • Turmeric (3 Table Spoons) I will do an entire post on the benefits of Turmeric soon!
  • Garlic (4 Cloves)

Process:

  1. Add your Raw bones to the Slow Cooker or Pot and cover with hot water.
  2. Add the Turmeric, Garlic, ACV
  3. Keep on a low heat for 24 hours
  4. Remove all the bones and throw them away, DO NOT GIVE TO YOUR DOG! Cooked bones can cause all sorts of problems to your dog and may even result in death.
  5. Pour the broth into containers or Ice Cube trays and leave on the side (out of reach of your dog) to cool down before placing into your freezer to give to your dog later.

You don’t have to keep it in the freezer. You could place into a jar and keep in the fridge if you like and then pour into your dogs bowl. I chose to freeze mine in ice cube trays and feed frozen but you could also defrost if you wish.

Green Tripe

If you have not already checked out my post on green tripe I would advise you to check it out. Type Green Tripe into the search box on the right near the top and you will find my post ‘The Stink on Tripe’.

In short Green Tripe offers the following benefits

  • Treats and prevents vaginal infections
  • Treats diarrhea and GI infections
  • Aids digestion
  • Treats chronic constipation
  • Treats symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Enhances the immune system
  • Lowers the risk of pollen allergies
  • Helps weight management (both for adding lean muscle and losing weight)
  • Cleans teeth

It is full of live probiotics and digestive enzymes helping to aid your dogs digestion at this sensitive time. It will work absolute wonders to getting your dog fighting fit again! .

Manuka Honey 

If you don’t already know what Manuka honey is, it’s produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native manuka bush. Advocates say it treats wound infections and other conditions.

This too has so many healing benefits to your dog and to yourself! It is a Super Super Food in terms of healing and antibacterial benefits and has been used throughout the world for centuries to help heal wounds and speed up the healing process.

This can be fed to your dog daily and even placed directly on wounds which will produce dramatic improvements.

This is a very expensive product and the more potent the product the more expensive it is. The strength is measured on a scale for rating the potency of manuka honey. The rating is called UMF, which stands for Unique Manuka Factor.

Obviously the more potent the better healing benefits to you and your dog. I am using 15+ which was on offer £15 for a tub in Holland and Barrats. I could have probably found it cheaper online but at the time it was on my list to pick up so when I seen it I grabbed it.

How long to feed Broth and Tripe?

This really depends on the type of surgery you have had done. As Luna’s spay was Laparoscopic (Key Hole) it was not as invasive as the normal Spay so she will be fed solely this for two days and then she will have half this mixed with other meats including bone for the rest of the week and then back to her normal diet after that.

For other surgeries which are more invasive Its recommend to continue feeding for 7 days before feeding half which normal foods for the following week.

That being said this can still make up part of your dogs diet when ever you feel like feeding it. It has so many health, joints and immune system benefits which will your dog will thrive with for the rest of its life.

I will take a photo of her dinner bowl later for you to see 😀

Luna’s Rawsome Week

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So here is a weeks diet for Luna the 14 month old Hungarian Vizsla. She currently weighs 27kg and is on 3.5% of her body weight.

Most dogs this age would be on around 2-3% but if Luna eats any less then she loses weight. She is very active and exercises around 2.5-3 hours a day off lead.

On top of these meals she also has 50g of Liver every day fed as treats.

She also eats a mix of Natural Yoghurt, DE and Garlic after each meal 2.

I try to give her as much variety as possible not only for health benefits but to also keep it interesting for her.

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Day 1:

Meal 1: Chicken Wings, Beef Mince and Green Beans

Meal 2: Sardines, Green Tripe. Beef Kidney and Chicken Feet

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Day 2: 

Meal 1: Duck Carcass with Skin

Meal 2: Whole Mackerel, Beef Cheeks, Lamb Mince, Carrot and Broccoli

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Day 3: 

Meal 1: Veal Breast and Beef Chunks

Meal 2: Turkey Tail, Beef Kidney, Carrot and Broccoli

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Day 4:

Meal 1: Lamb Breast

Meal 2: Half Chicken Carcass, Beef Mince, Green Tripe and Raw Egg with Shell

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Day 5:

Meal 1: Turkey Wing

Meal 2: Beef Mince, Green Tripe, Chicken Gizzard and Coconut oil

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Day 6:

Meal 1: Chicken Leg, Beef Mince, Broccoli, Raw Egg with Shell, Coconut oil and the insides from the Trout

Meal 2: Beef Kidney, Chicken Gizzards and Whole Rainbow Trout

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Day 7:

Meal 1: Half a Pheasant, Beef Cheek with a Cottage Cheese and Natural Yoghurt Mix

Meal 2: Liver, Kidney, Heart and Half a Turkey Wing

A Rawsome Week in the Life of Handsome Hendrix

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Hendrix is now 12 weeks old and currently on week 4 of raw and is LOVING every meal!

He very active running around with Luna most of the day so he is still eating 10% of his body weight which currently is 12kg so he is eating 1.2kg every day. This was split into 4 meals for the first part of the week but when he turned 12 weeks old I reduced him to 3 meals a day. He was still having the same amount each day but it was portioned 3 times not 4. He is now eating Chicken, Beef, Lamb, Green Tripe, Liver, Kidney, Mackerel, Sardine, Veal, Eggs, Cottage cheese and Natural Yoghurt. Tomorrow I introduce Turkey and Duck!

Here is what he chowed down on this week! One meal a day has a TS of Yoghurt with his DE and a clove of garlic mixed in and then all mushed. I take the photos before I mash it all up so you can better see what he is eating.

On top of these meals I feed 50g of liver fed as treats every day.

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DAY 1:

Meal 1: Ox Heart with a Chicken Leg

Meal 2: Chicken Necks and Gizzards

Meal 3: Beef Mince, Green Tripe, Egg with Shell and Raw Broccoli.

Meal 4: Beef Mince and Green Tripe

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Day 2:

Meal 1: Chicken Leg and Beef Mince

Meal 2: Beef Mince and Lamb Heart

Meal 3: Chicken Mince, Half Mackerel and a dollop of Cottage Cheese

Meal 4: Chicken Mince and Half Mackerel

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Day 3:

Meal 1: Veal Breast and Beef Cheek

Meal 2: Chicken Wings and Beef cheek

Meal 3: Lamb Mince, Lambs Liver, Veal Rib and Cottage Cheese

Meal 4: Lamb Mince and Raw Egg with Shell

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Day 4:

Meal 1: Chicken Necks, Chicken Gizzards, Green Tripe and Yoghurt

Meal 2: Half Lambs Heart, Chicken Leg, Chicken Mince, Raw Egg with Shell

Meal 3: Half Lambs Heart and a Chicken Leg

Meal 4: Chicken Necks and Green Tripe

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Day 5:

Meal 1: Beef Trachea, Lambs Liver and Lamb Mince

Meal 2: Cottage Cheese, Beef Mince and Half Lambs Heart

Meal 3: Beef Mince, Half Lambs Heart and Raw Egg with Shell

Meal 4: Lamb Mince, Chicken Leg

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Day 6:

Meal 1: Beef Cheek, Half Chicken Carcass and Tin of Sardines in Sunflower Oil

Meal 2: Chicken Wings, Beef Mince and Broccoli

Meal 3: Half Chicken Carcass and Beef Mince

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Day 7:

Meal 1: Chicken Leg and Green Tripe

Meal 2: Half Chicken Carcass, Green Tripe and Beef Kidney

Meal 3: Half Chicken Carcass, Green Tripe and a Raw Egg with Shell

He will be eating most of these meals next week with the additions of Lamb breast, Turkey Tails, Turkey Necks and Duck Necks.

This is one well fed puppy!