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Understanding Raw    FAQs    Sample Diet    Weaning Pups on Raw   

Understanding the Raw Diet and its Supplementation

Raw meat, fish and eggs provide essential amino acids/protein, enzymes, antioxidants, Vitamins A, C, D, E, K, B1, B2, B3,  B5, B6, B12, biotin, choline, folic acid, inositol, iodine, pantothenic acid, paba, fatty acids, caldium, phosphorus, magnesium,  iron, potassium, chromium, copper, manganese, selenium, sodium, sulfur, vanadium, zinc and CoQ10.

Raw veggies provide enzymes, antioxidants, betacarotene, carbohydrates, fiber, phytochemicals, Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, D, E, K, boron, choline, folic acid, inositol, iodine, paba, pantothenic acid, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, iodine,  magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sodium, sulfur and selenium.

Below are the supplements that we do add to our dog's daily diets. Personally we give Shaklee vitamins which are all organic and have been subjected to strict clinical studies, unlike most store bought vitamins.  We have noticed a huge difference in our dogs using Shaklee. If you are looking to purchase Shaklee supplements please contact me directly or use the "Additional Links" links.

If you are only going to add a few things to your dog's existing diet, make it vitamin C, B-Complex and Vitamin E. Vitamin C is an immune booster. We give approx 500 mg of Vitamin C twice daily to our Rottweilers.  Vitamin C is water soluble, meaning that the body will dispose of what it does not use.  If you are finding loose or watery stools, cut back on Vitamin C until they are firm again.  This will be your dog's optimal dosage.  Vitamin C is particularly helpful during times of stress.

We supplement our dogs with a maximum of 800 IU of Vitamin E daily but 400 is OK.  It is used for its' antioxidant properties.  Vitamin E is not water soluble and you can cause problems by over-supplementing. 

B-Complex - with all eight Bs promotes a healthy cardiovascular system. Shaklee B-Complex is formulated so that the hard-to-absorb but critical B vitamin, called folic acid, is readily absorbed.

Kelp contains vitamins A, B1, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, C and E, plus zinc, viotin, bromine, calcium, choline, copper, inositol, iodine,  PABA, potassium, selenium, sodium and sulfur. Its iodine content is very good for glands and organs, especially the thyroid and liver.

ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS (Flaxseed/Borage/Hemp/Cod Liver/Salmon Oils):
Flaxseed oil, fish oil and eggs are a good source of the omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseed oil also contains omega-6 essential fatty acids.  Fatty Acids play a vital role in establishing a healthy lipid barrier in the skin to block irritants and infections.  Remember that oils need to be kept refrigerated.  The general consensus is that rotating oils provides the best results.

Of the 22 minerals essential for health, apple cider vinegar contains 19 in exactly the right amounts.  Included are potassium, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, sulphur, iron, copper, silicon and pectin. ACV also contains natural malic and tartaric acids which are important in fighting body toxins and inhibiting unfriendly bacteria.  There are claims that the additional acidity of ACV helps the digestion process.

We include either Kyolic liquid garlic or a clove of fresh garlic in our dog's morning meals.  Garlic helps to enhance overall health and is a natural antibiotic, while also serving to keep both internal and external parasites away.  There are varied theories about feeding garlic.  We strongly recommend it.

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria which are already present in a healthy intestinal system, but we supplement with Animal Essentials Plant Enzymes and Probiotics. Yogurt can also help re-establish normal intestinal function.  Yogurt is especially useful during times of stress which includes diet change.  It is also believed that Yogurt has immune boosting properties.

It is our feeling that a large breed dog (especially puppies) should never be supplemented with artificial calcium.  This is because it is crucial that calcium is in the proper ratio with phosphorus.  Supplementing with calcium often sends the body into imbalance.  If it has been determined that a dog does need calcium supplementation, we suggest eggshells.  Save your eggshells, leave out to dry and then crumble on food. If they are getting enough raw eggs, chicken wings and backs etc they should be getting enough calcium.


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