Dogs are OMNIVOROUS carnivores. Most dogs can digest and utilize a diet consisting of a wide array of foods. Unfortunately, many commercial dog foods are loaded with non-nutritional fillers which can lead to deficiencies.
Pet food is processed at high temperatures (200 – 500 degrees). Vitamins and enzymes are inactivated at 112 – 117 degrees. The outcome of this high heat processing can lead to chronic inflammation including formation of glycation end-products which increases aging in pets.
Before an animal becomes sick, there are sub-clinical changes occurring in the body as a direct result of nutritional deficiency. Below is an example of a typical commercial dog food. Please note the red highlighted items. I have supplied details of what these items are below the ingredients list.
Ground yellow corn, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), soy protein concentrate, soybean meal, pearled barley, brewers rice, tricalcium phosphate, sugar, water, animal digest, sorbitol, phosphoric acid, salt, potassium chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, calcium carbonate, sorbic acid (a preservative), dried spinach, dried sweet potatoes, dried apples, dicalcium phosphate, choline chloride, calcium propionate (a preservative), DL-Methionine, added color (Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2, Yellow 6), zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, manganese sulfate, Vitamin A supplement, niacin, Vitamin B-12 supplement, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, copper sulfate, biotin, garlic oil, thiamine hydrochloride, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, sodium selenite.
Below is the basic recipe I feed my dogs. I do vary by adding lamb or bison in place of some of the liver from time to time. I also make a chicken based recipe. The one below seems to work the best.
2 – 32 oz containers low sodium, organic beef broth
2 Cups brown rice
3 Pounds ground beef (Organic, grass fed if can afford)
1 Package bovine liver (in frozen section)
1 Pound ground lamb
½ Pound chopped string beans
2-3 Large carrots finely chopped
5-6 Scoops Standard Process Canine Whole Body Support
8-10 Standard Process Tuna Oil Pearls
Pour low sodium, organic beef broth into a large pot, place on medium heat, add rice and stir. Bring to simmer, reduce heat to low and cover with lid until rice is cooked.
While rice is cooking, cut liver into cubes. Dice carrots and beans into small uniform pieces. When rice is finished, increase heat to high and add in ground beef, lamb and liver a little at a time, stirring to incorporate. When all meat is added and mixed well repeat with vegetables. Reduce heat to low, replace cover and stir occasionally until meat is browning. Turn off heat and leave covered. Continue stirring occasionally to uniformly reduce heat of the dog food. Once the temperature is slightly warmer than body temperature stir in Standard Process Canine Whole Body Support and Standard Process Tuna Oil Pearls.
This food is very perishable. Portion out the food into freezer containers. Put one in the refrigerator and the other 2-3 in freezer. As you run low on refrigerator supply, place one of the freezer containers in the fridge.
This is very nourishing. If your dog has hot spots, allergies, ear problems and other signs of malnutrition this should reduce and help correct over time.
Standard Process Canine Whole Body Support, Tuna Oil Pearls and other nutritional products are available at Dr. Tereo’s office and of course there is a reduced price structure for patients.