What we feed here at Khadijah Performance Sighthounds
Daily, we rotate meats (Chicken/Fish/Beef/Liver). I fast them on Sundays-just giving some snacks, no full meals.
I choose Sunday since I always have something going on, it was easy to do. I don't fast my puppies.
Here's a excerpt from rawfed.com discussing the usefulness of fasting....
"A dog that is out of puppyhood and over one year of age can safely be fasted for a day as long as more food is fed on the other days to make up for that day without food. Fasting is implemented by many raw feeders with great results, and mimics a condition seen commonly in wild canids. Fasting is known to have wonderful benefits in cleansing and toning the body while helping the dog lay down muscle, not fat. The fast also allows raw feeders to feed bigger raw meaty bones on the other days and gives the digestive system a "break"."
We feed raw and kibble. I have nearly converted to a total raw diet, but in the meantime, we feed a small variety of Holistic Dry dog foods as well as raw (for us, a high quality kibble is quick and easy for our busy lifestyle, and much easier to travel with). Among the dry kibble we use is Timberwolf Organics, Wellness, Califoria Natural, Evo (Innova). We have heavily researched these foods and feel they augment our raw diet nicely.
Additional Protein Sources
EGGS: Contain high quality protein, amino acids, Biotin, Vitamin A, minerals, essential fatty acids, zinc, enzymes
COTTAGE CHEESE: Contains high in branch chain amino acids, and high quality protein, fat, calcium
RAW MEATS: EFA's (Essential Fatty Acids), quality protein, vitamins/minerals and iron (marrow) calcium
YOGURT: Cultures (for intestinal health) , calcium, proteins, vitamin B & A
OATES: Sojourner Farms Mix.
I am a firm believer in the health benefits of oats for humans AND dogs.
Yes, dogs CAN digest and utilize oats. But they must be the right form of oats.
I have examined all my dogs stools and guess what? No oats. They are completely digested. I occassionaly see 1-2 oat bits, but that's all. And I really have to LOOK.
Supplements We Use
Nupro, which is a vitamin powder also containing cultures, EFA's, Spirulina, Kelp, Bee Pollen and more. I personally seen several dogs switched to this product and witnessed dramatic results. It also it highly palateble because of it's dessicated liver base so even picky eaters love it. Demetri is Fanconi afflicted and Nupro is full of Amino Acids, which Fanconi dogs loose in their urine.
I also use Solid Gold - Sea Meal. It's much easier to find than NuPro, which I have to mail order, but I can occassionally find at dog shows. Solid Gold products are found at most Natural Pet Food stores and even Natural Grocery stores.
I belong to a co-op and work with other breeders and pet owners by buying meats in bulk. Group purchases are listed on the Database frequently where we can add ourselves to the order. Everyone must help pickup and deliver foods, as we have members all over the PNW. For more info or to join, go to WazuOr_BARF Yahoo Group
Bone Appetit Raw Food
An Oregon Coast manufacturer of complete Raw Diet packaged meals. Ships weekly to your door.
Other Whole Foods
Pumpkin: Pumpkin is really low calorie (20 cal per 100 g). The perfect vegetable for those who watch their pets weight. It is very rich in potassium and its levels in magnesium and iron are not to be neglected. The bright orange flesh of pumpkin is loaded with beta-carotene. This vitamin is an important antioxidant that helps us fight free radicals.
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