CANINE DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
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.
WHAT DOES NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCY LOOK LIKE?
- Allergies, food sensitivities, gastrointestinal issues.
- Poor/incomplete response to therapy.
- Skin problems (hot spots, yeast, scratching)
- Musculoskeletal problems.
- Ear problems.
- Behavior issues.
- Auto-immune (AI) diseases
- Skin disorders (allergies, infections)
- Joint and ligament breakdown
- Thyroid disorders, Cushing’s, other AI disorders
- Poor wound healing
- Other modern day human diseases
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.
Beneful Healthy Harvest Ingredients:
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.
- “Ground yellow corn” is the entire ear of corn, including the cob, without the husk ground up. Corn is the leading source of allergies in dogs, but the number one ingredient in this food! Corn is not biologically appropriate for cats and dogs. Pet food companies use it as a filler and it makes huge POOPS!
- “Animal fat” is obtained from tissues of mammals/poultry in the commercial process of rendering. Look at the label for ingredients “animal fat”, “by-product meal”, “meat and bone meal”, “meat meal”, (not chicken meal/turkey meal/specific named meat meal) and Animal digest. The FDA, despite Federal law against this, allows diseased animals and rendered laboratory animals to become pet food ingredients .
- Note the minerals are from rock, non-food sources.
- Also of concern are the chemical names of the synthetic vitamins contained in this product.
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.
DR. TEREO’S DOG FOOD RECIPE
2 – 32 oz containers low sodium, organic beef broth
2 Cups brown rice
3 Pounds ground beef (Organic, grass fed if can afford)
2 Packages bovine liver (in frozen section)
½ Pound chopped string beans
2-3 Large carrots finely chopped
5-6 Scoops Standard Process Canine Whole Body Support https://www.standardprocess.com/Products/Veterinary-Formulas/Canine-Whole-Body-Support#.Xefr8-hKiso
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 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.