How to Feed Your Dog Naturally

Health begins in the kitchen. This means that the very best way to feed your companion dog is to prepare a fresh healthy meal. This is not as hard as it sounds.


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    Feed your companion dog all natural whole foods that contain no preservatives, added salt, sugar, artificial coloring or flavoring.
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    Select or prepare a pet food that uses only human grade ingredients. Never compromise on the quality of the ingredients that we feed.
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    Research commercial pet foods thoroughly before choosing a brand for your pet. Most major brand commercial pet foods, whether canned or dry, have been manufactured months, or even years, before being consumed by your pet. Preservatives are used to maintain this long shelf life. However, with careful research, you can locate healthy pet foods made of human grade ingredients, in small batches that are shipped to consumers within just a few weeks of being made (such as HealthyPetNet pet foods).
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    Consult the list of ingredients on any pet food you are thinking of buying to determine the quality of the food. Avoid pet foods that have corn, wheat, or other grains listed among the first few ingredients. These ingredients are cheap sources of protein used by many pet food manufacturers to meet the required protein requirements, but these ingredients offer little nutritional value and are offer highly indigestible to dogs and cats. We have seen horrible allergies in dogs and cats clear up just by changing the diet to a holistic pet food and by adding essential fatty acids, including flax, borage, hemp or evening primrose oils.
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    Consider preparing your own pet food at home if you prefer not to buy a high quality human-grade pet food. The reaction to asking people to cook for their animals is often an initial knee-jerk reaction- “Cook for my dog, I don’t even cook for myself!” But the reality is that once they try it, they find it is not that difficult and the results are so incredible that they make the commitment to their best friend to do the best thing. It really only takes about 8-10 minutes a day to cook a wholesome, balanced and all natural, preservative free meal. Most guardians see an immediate improvement in skin and coat, eye clarity, energy and vitality and digestion.
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    Prepare home-cooked pet food using a ratio of 40% protein, 30% grains, 30% vegetables and of course added oils. Rotate proteins every week because nature made each source of protein slightly different. The amino acid chains and concentration of amino acids is different in each and every protein and it is healthful for your companion to have each of these different amino acid chains. Suggested proteins are beef, tripe, chicken, turkey, fish, tofu, lentils and eggs.
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    Add and Rotate Oils. Suggested oils include flax, olive, hemp, borage, black current, wheat germ etc.
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    Include herbs and vitamins in a natural multi-supplement. Add one teaspoon of the following to every pound of food: Lecithin granules, Nutritional Yeast, Alfalfa Powder, Spirulina, Bee Pollen Granules. All of these have wonderful health benefits.


  • Use only chemical free, preservative free ingredients for pet foods.
  • As someone who home-cooks their dog's food, I use the following dinner recipe: Organic ground turkey (cooked in extra virgin cold pressed olive oil), organic long grain rice and organic mixed vegetables. In addition, they receive the following supplements: Omega 3 fatty acids, bone meal (human grade) and multi-vitamins. Snacks include organic Bulgarian yogurtand the occasional canned pumpkin. Bottled water that's been purified by reverse osmosis is a better thirst quencher than tap water that's been treated/ contaminated with fluoride and other chemicals.


  • Read labels. Remember any food containing animal protein has to have a preservative or it would become rancid! Unless it is frozen or freeze dried!
  • Not all foods that are labeled all natural actually are. Make sure the label says human consumption only.

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