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Feeding the Carnivore Companion
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The purpose of this Ebook is to collect valuable information for those who want to do what is best in feeding their companion carnivore. Nutrition is the foundation of health, the most important area of study, the need for expertise and yet this most important subject was lacking from our veterinary curriculum.
The link to major commercial processed pet foods have indeed pervaded every corner of the learning institutions concerning animal care. I myself was handed a book by Hill’s Nutrition in veterinary school and told “this is your small animal nutrition information”. Unfortunately, the goal in feeding our companion carnivores by these commercial pet food companies was similar to the goal of formulating rations for livestock. How to find the least expensive commodities and turn that into something you could feed the animal for the most profit.
This was the beginning of the physical degeneration of the companion carnivore, being fed cheap grain and carbohydrate products. Ingredients far, far removed from a natural carnivore diet. Gluten, a major source in the processed diets, a known fertilizer and herbicide! Not many veterinarians are even able to discuss proper feeding of companion carnivores because they simply have not been taught what proper companion carnivore nutrition is. Conflicted information from commercial pet food companies is not the place to go for information. There are self proclaimed canine nutritionists who have celebrity vets as advisors, but the great deal of information available is no more “expert” than the conflicted material I received from the commercial pet food companies.
Take heart that the difficulty in finding the truth is not only difficult for you but nearly impossible for your veterinarian, unless he or she independently went looking for the truth. Dr. Richard Pitcairn was one veterinarian that did; I asked him where he went for the information for his book, The Natural Care Of Cats and Dogs. His reply “I did not take any formal training. I utilized three sources — books on nutrition, books on physiology, and intelligence. The books were not academic and the "intelligence" was not intellect. I mean that I tried as much as possible to look at the whole picture and see it from that perspective.”
I like that answer, there was no conflict from commercial interests, he had no training course to select from so he hit the books on the topics of nutrition and physiology and used his brain to discern the importance of the information available.
So, let us take a look now from the “scientific” standpoint of what history can reveal for us. A recent article appeared that gives us a starting point of many thousands of years ago. 
http://news.discovery.com/animals/paleolithic-dogs-111007.html
Paleolithic dogs with mammoth meaty bones in mouth that prove domestication of canids by humans preceded thousands of years earlier than previously thought. This is proof of the domesticated canid carnivore diet, raw meaty bones.
The remains of three Paleolithic dogs, including one with a mammoth bone in its mouth, have been unearthed at Předmostí in the Czech Republic, according to a new Journal of Archaeological Science paper.
The remains indicate what life was like for these prehistoric dogs in this region, and how humans viewed canines. The dogs appear to have often sunk their teeth into meaty mammoth bones. These weren’t just mammoth in size, but came from actual mammoths.
"These skulls show clear signs of domestication," Germonpré said, explaining they are significantly shorter than those of fossil or modern wolves, have shorter snouts, and noticeably wider brain cases and palates than wolves do.
With an estimated body weight of just over 77 pounds, the shoulder height was at least 24 inches."The shape of their skull resembles that of a Siberian husky, but they were larger and heavier than the modern husky," she said.
Based on what is known of the human culture at the site, the researchers believe these dogs “were useful as beasts of burden for the hauling of meat, bones and tusks from mammoth kill sites and of firewood, and to help with the transport of equipment, limiting the carrying costs of the Předmostí people.”Since mammoth meat was likely the food staple, the scientists further believe that the surplus meat “would have been available to feed the dogs.”
Rob Losey, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Alberta, told Discovery News that the new study is "very convincing," and shows "quite clearly that the dog domestication process was underway thousands of years earlier than previously thought."
He added, "The distinctive treatment given some of the remains also is compelling, and this indicates to me that a special connection had developed between people and some canids quite early on.

Not only is the proof of domestication of the carnivore canid uncovered but also of the extraordinary bond that was already at work between humans and their domesticated canids.
Now let’s look further into non conflict sources of information for more scientific proof of what can now be seen as a relationship made over the millennia.
Looking to the experts at Coyler Institute (www.coylerinstitute.org) whose mission is to improve the life of thousands of animals by assembling, coordinating, focusing, and directing the application of the latest developments and techniques in the fields of human medicine and dentistry for the immediate benefit of the animals upon which the quality of OUR own lives so seriously depends, we understand that the information they provide is not at the sake of making money selling a commercial pet food diet, but rather in the preservation of the animal itself and the benefits of biodiversity which are necessary to the survival of this planet.
The need for reliable nutritional information is fundamental to the task of maintaining both the systemic health and the reproductive capability of all species.
The Coyler Institute shares their findings with veterinarians as well as the public that has brought carnivores into their homes to keep as companion animals.
So, it is here that I chose to start my search of how to feed the companion carnivore.
The purpose of this booklet and its resources and references is to provide the reader with solid nutrition information they can apply to providing the proper nutrition for the carnivore at their side.
THE CARNIVORE COMPANION
“Dogs, being carnivores by nature, are meant to eat raw meat and do not have a problem doing so.

Diet for Puppies
Many folks ask me what they should feed their new puppy. Answer: Raw, raw, raw. Puppies are growing at an exponential rate and need all the highest quality nutrients possible for their bodies to develop properly. The raw diet is critical to offer their bodies and minds the appropriate building blocks to lay down a strong foundation at this juncture in their life.
The amount to feed is still based on their body weight, but because they are puppies and growing rapidly, typically they are fed 1.5 to 2 times the amount needed to feed an adult dog. The raw diets I offer are formulated for all stages of the life of a dog; there is no differentiation. They just need species appropriate nutrients that will help them thrive and have the best quality of life a human can offer to them.


  



The benefits of the green fed or grass fed animals used to produce animal meat and products to feed the comparative carnivore as well as the more humane methods of production make this the source you want to locate for feeding your carnivore companion.


It is best to know that a balance of nutrition happens over time and not in any certain day’s meal. Also there has been work on the front to support fasting and limiting caloric intake in order to increase longectivity. This would be in keeping with the truth for carnivores, that not every kill was a success, not every day was there plentiful food resources.
The most important nutrient necessary for obligate carnivores and specifically for the cat is water. Drinking a healthy amount of water is vital to a cat’s health. Two thirds of the cat’s body weight is water and water serves as a center of all chemical processes in the body.

 

Water is involved with most physiological functions; it transports nutrients and oxygen through the blood stream and into cells, humidifies the air in the lungs, regulates body temperature, protects and moisturizes the joints, internal organs, helps to eliminate wastes products of metabolism through the kidneys and the gastrointestinal tract.


Raw meaty bones are advised twice weekly at least and are effective in reducing formation of dental plaque and dental calculi. (Hakerstroth et al, 1984) The need to feed a natural diet has far reaching consequences. From oral health, digestive health, immune health to neurological health and behaviour, the need to feed a proper natural diet impacts gene expression. The etiology of much of the oral disease is related to the physical characteristics of the diet and the chemical changes those diets. There are sufficient data and clinical examples - now published in the literature - to cause concern among clinicians.
Unnatural diets of starchy processed food like ingredients also contribute to inflaming the gastrointestinal tract which then set up pathogenic bacteria. Having the wrong bacteria colonizing the gastrointestinal tract will lead to the wrong bugs present and the making of even more plaque on the teeth.
Millions of dogs eat kibble. And millions of dogs—at least 85% of all dogs— suffer from periodontal disease by age 3 as a result of eating these processed foods (Penman, S. and P. Emily. 1991. Scaling, Polishing and Dental Home Care. Waltham International Focus. 1(3): 2-8. In Lonsdale, T. 2001. Raw Meaty Bones. pg 110). This translates to teeth covered with plaque and teeming with bacteria. These bacteria get into the gums and provoke the body's inflammatory response continually for the rest of the animal's life. Dogs are doomed to have nasty teeth and rancid breath. "It's normal," people said. "Dogs are supposed to have bad dog breath."
But as greater awareness of periodontal disease and its effects on the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, joints, skin and other systems of the animal grew, so did the industry for 'alleviating' the problem. Now you can buy a myriad of dental gnawing and plaque-scrubbing "bones"—most of which work minimally. Special dental formula foods were formed to clean pets' teeth, but these effects are inconsequential. Vets hand out toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental washes, and dental bones to their clients' owners, instructing them to brush their carnivore's teeth regularly and to schedule frequent dental cleanings for the pets—dental cleanings that cost hundreds of dollars. Instead of treating the problem at its source, veterinarians and pet food companies and pet industries market hundreds of different products and services that are simply band-aids and attempts to cover up the
 
problem. It is not an industry motivated by the welfare of our pets, but by greed and money.
http://rawfed.com/myths/kibble.html

Let's not forget that dogs NEED to gnaw. It exercises the important Masseter muscles, is good for the gums and tartar control, and also is a non-specific anxiety releasing mechanism. Dr. Jeannie Thompson recommends bully sticks, cow hooves, dehydrated tracheas which are all safer than rawhides. Rawhides are the worst thing to give a dog to gnaw on. They are processed; they are not digestible and can become an obstruction in the bowel requiring surgery to remove them. Rawhides also harbour bacteria for the type of feedlot cows that have been fed badly with corn and treated with antibiotics so that lethal E. Coli bacteria are even known as “feed lot E.coli”.
Unhealthy cows mean unhealthy meat
Switching cows from grass to grain puts more money in the beef industry’s pockets and cheaper meat on the supermarket shelves. But at what price? The stomachs of cows are naturally pH neutral. A corn-based diet, however, creates an acidic environment that contributes to a host of health problems. Corn-fed cattle are prone to serious health conditions such as bloat, diarrhea, ulcers, liver disease, and a weakened immune system. To combat these health problems, cattle are continually fed antibiotics, which leads to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that increasingly render modern medicine ineffective.
The threat of E. coli
An acidic intestinal tract also favours the growth of E. coli. Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, states that the lethal strain of E. coli known as 0157:H7 is believed to have evolved in the gut of feedlot cattle. The development of a more acidic environment in cows’ intestinal tracts created an acid-resistant strain of the pathogen, which is able to survive the acidic conditions of the human stomach and prove fatal. In the documentary Food, Inc., Pollan states that switching feedlot cattle to a grass diet would eliminate 80 percent of the E. coli in the cows’ digestive tracts
http://www.healthytheory.com/corn-fed-vs-grass-fed-beef

The Coyler Institute is tracking these changes as it relates to veterinary dentistry. Unnatural diets are responsible for periodontal disease, for oral disease, gum disease and this is the gateway to the digestive tract. The digestive tract is then responsible for assimilation of nutrients and therefore influences all other systems of the body 
The Colyer Institute is based on the work of a British Scientist, Sir Frank Colyer who began researching dental disease in animals 100 years ago. He found the proof that departure from a natural diet and natural conditions breed disease. Progressive periodontal destruction of the animal’s masticatory apparatus resulted if the food fed was not a natural diet. Sir Colyer found that relocating of a wild animal from its natural habitat into a captive environment brought about radical change in environment of its oral cavity leading to a wide number of oral diseases.
Both chemical and traumatic injury results in gum trauma that progress to oral disease. Bacteria form dental plague and it was found that if the consistency and texture of the food was not natural that this was responsible for producing bacterial plaque, especially a softer diet than was natural. Another reason the diet consistency matters is that foods of firm consistency increase the number and distribution of the blood supply to the gingival tissue. This healthier gingiva supports metabolism and vitality of all supporting structures and therefore for life.
For dogs, the need to gnaw is natural. Although they do gulp down meals on the run in the wild, as man took the dog into his family and provided the food for them, the need to gnaw became more important. The masticatory process, teeth, periodontal ligament tempomandibular joint and the muscles of mastication now have a larger role than ever in cognitive function and mental health and behaviour. While dogs are “gnawing their bone”, they are releasing potent neurotransmitters, increasing blood flow, stimulating the brain, release insulin to mop up glucose. The benefits of having raw meaty bones are vital to the health of the dog. The trigeminal nerve that runs under that big Masseter Muscle is a blood rich and neurotropic environment that must be kept exercised and productive. If not, behavioural problems will surface.

Another scientist, a dentist, Weston Price for whom the Weston Price Foundation is named, showed also that straying from a natural diet to the feeding of processed foods leads to oral cavity and dental disease in humans. Weston Price went all over the world following these phenomena. Natural diets gave strong and vigorous physiques. Francis Pottenger’s research known now as the Pottenger’s Cats Studies showed that feeding processed foods to carnivores lead to genetic disease and skeletal changes that would then take 7 generations of raw food feedings to correct.
A YOUTUBE video can be viewed at here; 
The Price-Pottenger Story 
that shows the Price-Pottenger results that document the unnatural foods to physical degeneration link. Weston Price has a book entitled Nutrition and Physical Degeneration that shows this link to nutrition and physical degeneration in humans. Francis Pottenger’s work shows the link of this nutrition and physical degeneration in cats. 
The Price-Pottenger Nutrition

Foundation has a book about this natural diet and health link.
http://www.ppnf.org/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=228
So, it all starts at the mouth and what is put into it.
Hands down, the healthiest diet for all animals is whole foods and natural raw diet. Carnivores, even those at your side require a diet fit for a carnivore and this includes raw meaty bones. The raw meaty bones provide the oral stimulation necessary in order to properly stimulate the oral cavity and maintenance of the masticatory apparatus is also responsible for mental health.
Cats that are vaccinated with injections of FVRCP are also at risk for dental caries and herpes infections that lead to periodontal ligament destruction.
Injecting Herpes into the cat reactivates latent Herpes and can lead to ocular, nasal and oral disease. Also, I have found references to the infective viruses in cats being the very vaccine virus strain they were vaccinated with. Injecting Calicivirus makes no sense as this is another disease like Herpes that is at war on mucosal surfaces. Injecting the antigens for Herpes and Calicivirus in cats or Parainfluenza or Bordatella for dogs will not protect the animals. This initiates diseases that would not have gone that deep had only natural disease been the case.
 
So keep your companion safe and be very cautious over any vaccines used as there are vaccine induced diseases that may not ever be rectified once the vaccine is injected. With the ability to perform titer testing, protect your pet by tittering first.
I have rescued cats from kidney failure that was brought on with injectable FVRCP vaccine administration, serum sickness, kidney eczema, by immediately feeding wet foods and administering high levels of antioxidant vitamins. The warning to the owner was to never ever allow another vaccine to be injected. Most of the injectable vaccines contain other kidney toxic ingredients like phenol red or aluminum, both of these components vaccines. Cats fed inappropriate commercial foods, full of inappropriate ingredients such as carbohydrates, devoid of the most important nutrients of all; good quality protein and water quickly deteriorate to a compromised companion animal. Diabetes and obesity are the most easily recognizable diseases brought on by dry kibble feeding ad lib. LUTD or lower urinary tract disease is also brought on by feeding dry kibble. Heart disease is also found in nutrient deficient processed food feeding.
Q. I’m a vegan for health, environmental and animal cruelty reasons, and I’d like my pets to be vegans too. What’s your take? Answered by Dr. Marty Becker, Vetstreet: 
Cats must have meat.The feline system is designed to depend on the consumption of other animals to survive and thrive. Unlike humans, who are omnivores and can stay healthy on a variety of different kinds of diets, cats are “strict” or “obligate” carnivores. Just like their distant cousins the lion, tiger and cheetah, house cats and dogs not only prefer meat, they can’t maintain good health without it. If a cat doesn’t get enough protein in his diet, his body will actually break down its own muscle tissue to get the nutrients he needs.
Cats sponge vitamins and amino acids from their prey. There are some nutrients that an omnivore can produce or convert from food that cats have to get ready-to-use from their diet. Among these are vitamin A, niacin, and the amino acids arginine and taurine. Each of these nutrients is essential for good health. Without usable vitamin A, for example, a cat can suffer vision problems and a weakened immune system. Taurine is critical for heart health and also for healthy eyes. Unless your cat is dining on a fresh catch several days a week, you need to provide a diet that provides these nutrients in usable form. That means meat.
The 2007 Pet Food Recall was due to corn gluten and wheat gluten. Both of these genetically engineered crops have been found to cause the same kidney and liver failure in the animals that it did in the laboratory mice fed these diets. So far, the carbohydrates in the commercial pet foods are not only unnatural for the carnivore, they are now often genetically engineered!
Another important consideration besides the genetically engineered foods is the very use of prey animals that have been treated with anti parasite and antibiotic medications that is common to “doctoring”. When any animals are kept “unnaturally” and fed unnatural diets, they end up getting sick and then requiring further adulterants in the form of medicines and vaccines.
See the information about how supplementing endangered eagles (birds of prey) with rabbits “doctored” with antibiotic medication and parasite treatments have led to the immunosuppression of the eagles fed the “unnatural” prey animals. This blogspot by John Platt discusses this information; 
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/extinction- countdown/2011/10/27/please-dont-feed-the-endangered-eagles/
[One of the world’s rarest raptors, conservationists frequently supplement the bird’s natural prey with farm-raised rabbits. According to a study published in this month’s issue of Ecological Applications, such rabbits are often treated with antibiotics and antiparasitics, and young eagles that eat this meat face depressed immune systems and higher levels of pathogens in their systems]
More specifically here is information obtained directly from the
Ecological Applications article found at;
“We found that fed individuals were often inadvertently “medicated” with pharmaceuticals (antibiotics and anti-parasitics) contained in supplementary food (domestic rabbits). Individuals fed with medicated rabbits showed a depressed immune system and a high prevalence and richness of pathogens compared with those with no or safe supplementary feeding using non-medicated wild rabbits. A higher presence of antibiotics (fluoroquinolones) was found in sick as opposed to healthy individuals among eaglets with supplementary feeding, which points directly toward a causal effect of these drugs in disease and other health impairments.”
More: http://www.esajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1890/11-0038.1
This brings into question the sourcing of all foods for all populations. What are we doing by feeding our companion carnivores’ medicated sources of foods? For that matter what are we doing to our own health? I do not think only endangered wild animals are at risk of immunosuppression from eating medicated foods.
RAW FED CATS
“The diet forms the foundation and the cornerstone upon which ultimately health of the individual is built.” Linda Zurich
The best resource available to how to feed your cat properly is Linda Zurich the author of www.rawfedcats.org , which is an online resource she created some years ago to help people learn about how and why to feed their cats a more natural diet of whole raw foods and to care for them more holistically.

EMERGENCY & DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
There is a place for dehydrated or freeze dried raw diets and this is when traveling, or under evacuation directives for emergency and disaster preparedness. Just as there are many families obtaining emergency supplies of dehydrated organic foods with 25 year shelf life for the human family members, there is a reason for the carnivore companion to be familiar and to accept freeze dried or rehydrated raw foods. Canning the foods for cats is also one method to have next to best in case of an emergency with possible power failures limiting access to raw or frozen raw diets.
 
Make sure you have made a Plan for the Entire Family

Man finds his dog after tornado had flattened most of the town.

 




Here is a reference for documenting the importance of probiotics to animal food as a supplement;
http://www.waltham.com/about3.htm
Research shows the benefits of Lactobacillus to dogs and cats immune health. Fermented foods like kefir, wheat germ, nutritional yeast are living raw foods that can help provide nutrition for your pet.
Additionally enzymes should be added to the diets of our companion carnivores. Raw whole foods contain enzymes but adding enzymes to the diet will always benefit the pet’s resources for producing enough essential digestive enzymes and reserving those needed proteolytic enzymes for essential life processes. If some adaptogen herbs and living super foods were also included in the essential greens, this would be an advantage for companion carnivore. Especially the ones that are not free to forage and scavenge and hunt outside for themselves.
Raw food feeding is detoxifying and when a companion carnivore is going through detoxing commercial processed diets full of grains, look out! You need to have a professional you can count on to help you onto the process.
www.australiancanine.com

Always pushing for organic sourcing whenever possible, it is important to protect your carnivore companion from pesticides, insecticides and genetically engineered poisoning.








A good book which is classified as “The Definitive Guide to Homemade Meals” is Lew Olson, PhD’s Raw and Natural Nutrition for Dogs.

found at - www.australiancanine.com
Feeding the Companion Carnivore Canid-

“In the zoo without bars”
Like many vets, Dr. Tom Lonsdale came to find that processed foods do immense harm and natural foods work wonders for the dogs and other carnivores. He has provided the answer on how to make the change for health by getting your adult dog off canned or packaged food. For the puppy weaned to raw information is provided to start your carnivore companion from the very first, “on the right stuff”.
Dr. Tom Lonsdale Quote; “At a fundamental level, I reckon we’ve misinterpreted nature. As far as carnivores are concerned, they don’t just chase the deer for food, but for food and medicine combined”.
Feeding raw foods is no longer a matter of fad; this is now recognized as a matter of necessity. Dr. Tom Lonsdale, a veterinarian who heads up the path to feeding dogs raw food has written a book, Raw Meaty Bones, in which the process of feeding raw foods is demystified. French and Finnish veterinarians have even helped the information in Raw Meaty Bones becomes translated into several languages. Dr. Lonsdale’s book, Raw Meaty Bones which is the foundational text I have most commonly found the base for feeding companion canid, can be purchased at 
www.australiancanine.com


Dr. Lonsdale’s book is 390 pages of expert advice. Tom never takes anything for granted, he is always looking for the proof, “where’s the beef”? From mouth rot and dog breath to his cybernetic hypothesis of periodontal disease, Dr. Tom Lonsdale has found the same scientific proof that British Scientist Frank Colyer, American dentist, Weston Price and researcher Dr. Francis Pottenger all uncovered; that natural diet is the most important impact on health, vitality, longectivity and genetics, PERIOD.
“Explaining the concept of feeding raw meaty bones is simple but the implications for health, profound!” Dr. Tom Lonsdale www.rawmeatybones.com
While on the website, www.australiancanine.com check out Catherine O’Driscoll of Canine Health Concern’s DVD documentary, In Search Of the Truth on Natural Care For Dogs. I purchased this DVD and show it to clients, students, friends, families, rescue organizations and dog breed
 
clubs as the truth on Natural Care is so profound. You are not likely to find the truth about natural care for dogs from vested commercial interest parties wanting to “sell” you something. Here is some of the information from Dr. Tom Lonsdale’s Work Wonders 120 page handout for veterinary clients;
He tells you what table scraps are safe and also to never ever feed cooked bones. He also offers insight on why the dogs go after bird droppings and kitty poops in the litter box; vitamins and enzymes! In the natural life, vitamins and enzymes are important, real natural vitamins, not synthetic chemically adulterated add in later vitamins. Since the feces of other animals are a source of digestive enzymes, dogs with a deficiency will 'recycle' by eating the enzyme rich poop. Rabbit poop is one of the richest sources not only of digestive enzymes, but also B vitamins. Many dogs, if they stumble upon rabbit droppings, will scarf them right up to take advantage of those nutrients.
And dogs on entirely processed, dry food diets, who eat no living foods at all, will intentionally seek out other sources of digestive enzymes to make up for their own lifelong enzyme deficiency.
Cats with enzyme deficiencies, malabsorption, or who are fed poor-quality diets can provide litter box temptations for dogs in the family. Many cheap dry foods contain ingredients that are not bioavailable, so ingredients are passed out in the stool undigested, providing scavenging dogs with the opportunity to "recycle." The enzymes and bacteria found in some animal feces are an important supplement under natural conditions.
Feeding your pet a diet containing human-grade protein, probiotics and supplemental digestive enzymes can sometimes curb the urge to find gross sources of free enzymes around the yard or in the litter box.
The recipes from Dr. Lonsdale’s Works Wonders calls for 70% of diet to be fed as raw meaty bones with the other % composed of green tripe (use only grass fed sources of this tripe and not bleached versions from feedlot cows), heart, lung, tongue etc, based on the deer-prey model of feeding. The liver which is composed of very high quality proteins, fat, enzymes and vitamins should be fed every 2 weeks. Some left overs, cooked vegetables, steamed or fermented cultured vegetables or pureed sweet potatoes or pumpkin can be part of the feeding so long as at least 70% is raw meaty bones, chicken backs or carcass.
On average the small dogs get Raw Meaty Bones equaled to 3% of their body weight over the course of a week. A 10 pound dog eats 2 pounds of food a week. A big dog needs less at 1% of his weight in raw meaty bones a week. He advises the adults get fed once a day and that evening is best.
Works Wonders has information on food safety and food storage, feeding human grade sources over not human grade and the implications of that. Also, food storage, feeding areas, feeding rituals are discussed. On page 43, he gets down to the switching over to a raw food diet and the best way to do this.
Dr. Lonsdale notes that switching your pet’s diet to raw is the most important thing you can do to promote health vitality and longectivity and reminds us that happily, most dogs are still very much in touch with their inner wolf!
As far as switching to raw, he advises to “just do it”. A natural diet is very detoxifying in its own right and you must be ready to understand why some “get loose for a bit” while bad bugs (bacteria) is evacuated and the beneficial bugs get cultivated for takeover. My recommendation is that feeding probiotics is a good idea along with colostrum and perhaps some edible dirt! Not necessarily pigeon poop but a more pleasant additive of soil based microorganisms and a bit of healthy healing clay.
Dr. Lonsdale advises when switching onto raw, to stick with one food type at the beginning, like all chicken backs. This will allow faster changeover of beneficial bugs and stabilization of gastrointestinal micro flora.
Lonsdale warns about the dry kibble fed dog that is now an addict to his dry food that often contains chemical attractants. I have found evidence of leptins, flavour enhancers, and excitatory neurotoxins that chemically addict carnivores to these processed kibbles. The grains are very attractive to the brain, just like sugar. So, if the inner wolf isn’t in touch, try adding slowly.

Dr. Lonsdale warns that although he uses the “if they have teeth” give them raw meaty bones adage. He does warn that a place for feeding carcass paste when it is all ground into a paste is in mega esophagus dogs. For them he advises finely ground.
Breeders report fewer c-sections in dogs that are raw food fed as opposed to those trying to survive on a processed food diet. Also the offspring of raw food mothers outperform those of processed food fed. If you note the parade of beautiful well balanced dogs at the end of the DVD, In Search of the Truth of Natural Care for Dogs, you have to see the evidence first hand for yourself.
I would also mention here that I have the whole series of books that Juliette de Barcali wrote on the raising of animals naturally. Her wisdom has been sought since her realization that processed food feeding did not produce the fit dogs she was looking for in breeding champions. Her dogs, the Afghan breed that brought her Champions were all raw fed dogs. Offspring of raw fed mother dogs, are simply more vigorous than processed kibble fed mothers.

Starting the puppies at 3 weeks of age on whole pieces of raw meat and chicken backs will generate expert crunchers on the soft chicken bones by 6 weeks. Feed a variety of different foods. Sources of calcium are whole carcasses or raw meaty bones. The fecal residue of naturally fed dogs will be about 1/3 of the dogs fed processed foods. The little white poos as they are fondly referred to are a sign of a raw fed dog. The bulky, slimy and stinky fecal material of processed food fed dogs is getting to be a matter of biohazardous contention in neighborhoods and parks. The more waste, fibers and fillers in processed foods diet, the more bulky the fecal residue will be.

Veterinary teaching with pet food marketing have for many years been directed against table scraps and created unnecessary alarm. In the books Dr. Lonsdale has prepared he lists the types of table scraps that are fine to add to that other 30% of the dogs’ diet. However, his mandate for the 70% raw meaty bones will be the only way to assure the companion carnivore the periodontal health.
A raw meaty bone or carcass based diet contains little or no carbohydrate. There are no essential carbohydrates for us or for our companion carnivores! Yet, commercial pet food companies are stating that over 50% of our pet’s diet should be carbohydrates. This goes along very well with their use of high load carbohydrate foods that would have otherwise been landfill, but it is not the way to feed a carnivore. What the current processed pet foods do that are high in carbohydrates is advance chronic disease, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, pancreatitis Cushing’s, Cushingoid conditions and of course the BIG “C”, cancer. Carbohydrates and starches are not healthy foods for the companion carnivore. The convenience and economy of feeding a harmful processed kibble diet will cost at the other end.

In Dr. Olson’s book, Raw & Natural Nutrition for Dogs, the following information on carbohydrates is noted; dogs do not have grinding teeth, nor a long digestive tract or even amylase in their saliva. They have a difficult time with diets high in complex carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates tend to stay in the dogs’ digestive tract longer, which slows down the digestive process and can lead to spasms and irritations in the large intestine as the dog must labor to process them. Ref: Laflamme, Dottie, DVM, PhD Nutritional Needs of Older Dogs.
http://pets. yahoo.com/pets/dogs/hn/nutritional_needs_of_older_dogs. 25 Purina
We have learned that dogs lack the digestive system for converting carbohydrates into a form they can utilize. Symptoms of a diet too high in starches can range from bulky, smelly stools to dehydration, gas and irritable bowel syndrome. In the long term, carbohydrates can dramatically reduce your dog’s quality of life and results in health complications.
The stool of carbohydrate eaters is too big, contains too much moisture and smells terrible. This is a digestion system under stress.
In the DVD Eat, Drink and Wag Your Tail, Master Dog Chef, Micki Voisard takes you through the process of preparing homemade food for your dog There is also a hike out into the dog park trails where you can identify who is healthy and being fed whole foods versus who is getting fed dry kibble and has a digestive tract that is not healthy.


I was given a book entitled “How Pet Foods Saved the World”, they did this by keeping a very large amount of garbage out of the landfills. This garbage is heated at high temperatures, denaturing proteins and restructuring rancid fats. The highest paid employee of a processed food plant is the food scientist that makes the resulting kibble edible to the dog.

Recently, the only company that I ever would allow to sell a dry kibble in my retail store was the defendant in a class action suit for falsely advertising the use of “human grade ingredients” with
a food that was so healthy “even you would eat it”. That company was the one that tried to fill a niche of offering a high protein no or low carb convenience food which was not at all even economical. The lesson I learned is that there is little too little control over the pet food industry.
 
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The 2007 Pet Food recall should have confirmed us on that. Now with the marketing ploys and false advertising of the pet food industry, I think it is time to take matters into our own hands.


If you are not seeing the benefits of sourcing your own grass fed or greenfed meats, then perhaps you should become aware of the lack of labeling requirements for genetically engineered crops and the production of cloned animals. This, like the idea to change carnivores’ raw meat requirements to cheap carbohydrates is just another way that vitality, health and longectivity will be affected by not going raw and not keeping it natural.
Dr. Lonsdale recommends feeding the inner wolf a rotating cycle of varied meat sources. Beef, Fish, Chicken, Lamb, Pig, Chicken, Beef, rabbit, Chicken, Fish, Turkey, Offal and then Lamb-the idea is to feed a varied natural raw meaty bone diet. His book is full of resources; Linda’s book Raw Fed Cats is full of resources. My final advice is to check always for grass fed raw food meats for your companion carnivore at local markets and search by state to find your resources local.



Barney eating grass, because he is fed processed foods and thinks he is an herbivore!

Lacy the old girl still knows to run out in the spring and get some of that green green grass. This was taken in March and Lacy having come from Jackson Hole, Wyoming was glad to see the green grass at Saguaro ranch in Arizona.

The whole dog herd went with me to track out healing plants on the farm this March morning and they all found plants of their own to munch. They do this every single morning and I have to admire the innate wisdom of their bodies.


 
A young pup discovering the healing properties of dandelion!
 
Nothing but the best for the ones you love!
Special thank you to all who freely contributed to this EBook in order to help educate the proper way to feed your Carnivore Companion. This information was gathered as a resource for the public and was not “sponsored” by any pet food company.
The next section I will touch on Raw Vs Cooked, which is my personal opinion. 
The issue of Raw Vs Cooked has been a major discussion, is it safe, is it for all dogs. The answer is yes and no. Some canines do well with a raw diet, other’s will not, each canine is an individual with their own set of needs. It is more important to eat a fresh balanced diet, than to be stuck in the fixed belief that the food must be raw.
Your carnivorous companion must eat a meat-based diet, that would be the one point I will stress, canines eat meat it is biological, mentally a must, so what ever, your personal preference is on your own diet, your carnivorus canine must be also respected, in regards to their own wellbeing.
Canines who should eat cooked food are those, who have had recent gastrointestinal surgery, and those who are on chemotherapy, or have a suppressed immune system. This doesn’t mean, that they can’t eat raw, they should eat cooked until they recover and have a good balance of normal flora in the gut, also keep in mind, the taste and needs of your canine are always changing, canines who have been happily devouring their raw food, may one day refuse it. In Chinese medicine, there are health conditions when cooked food is needed and when raw is needed, for interest you could grab a book on Chinese medicine. Some examples could be they prefer their liver served warm, or as they get older prefer it cooked, or like my Khan decided at 80 he wanted raw but still happy to eat leftover dinner, one thing to point out is not to feed cooked and raw together, as can cause tummy upset, at least 5 hrs apart, some dogs don’t have any problems, as I’m thinking of Tao who ate the sushi, in the plastic, I left on the kitchen bench, as I went to get into my tracky dacks then the next morning I awoke to find the empty butter on his bed, HHHHmmm , yes all 250g of butter, any way, I’m getting off track, laughing at my dog, some dogs do fine, just don’t let your philosophy about food, lead you to ignore what your canine tells you, be observant and flexible, if you don’t like to watch your dog eat and crunch chicken feet, don’t watchMany canines suffer needlessly from a dizzying array of preventable health problems. Environmental toxins, overuse of vaccinations and pharmaceuticals and biologically incorrect diets, cause the majority of the disease and degeneration found in our dogs today.

Dogs are carnivores.

If you can right now, take a look inside your dog's mouth. It is an evolutionary work of bio-engineerinng excellence. The jaws are hinged and powerful. This design is specific to allow for effective tearing and crushing of raw meat and bones. A canine's stomach is highly acidic and their saliva lacks amylase. The high acidity facilitates the breakdown of raw meat, bones, and bacteria. The lack of amylase makes carbohydrate, cellulose and fiber break down and digestion very difficult. Your dog is anatomically and physiologically designed to eat a carnivorous diet. Because canines evolved following the laws of nature (not the laws of convenience and enterprise), once you start following these natural laws, your doggy's tail will never stop wagging in gratitude

            


Pet Food –

The first commercial dog food was introduced in England about 1860. James Spratt, an electrician from Ohio, was in London selling lightning rods when he saw miserable street dogs ganged up along the piers waiting to being tossed mouldy hardtack biscuits and scraps of rotten food.         

This was a very old type of feeding called "trencher feeding" that had existed in the U.K. since before there were dinner plates. A "trencher" was a flat piece of bread once commonly used as a plate or underneath a rough wooden plate. Food was served on this bread and the bread and the table scraps (along with spoiled food and boiled knuckle bones) were then "tossed to the dogs." Commercially prepared pet food, has a relatively short (less than 100 years), but interesting history. Believe it or not, the only food made exclusively for pets prior to the early 1920s were dog biscuits! During the 1920s and ‘30s, the pet food market began to expand a bit. Americans with enough money to purchase their pet’s food could find dehydrated, pelleted and canned formulas made from meat and grain mill scraps. But most pets were still fed primarily raw meat and table scraps, plus whatever food they hunted for themselves. The Great Depression of the 1930s and early ‘40s had a significant impact on the growth of the commercial pet food market, however, lack of industry regulation invited anyone who wanted to make a buck to produce a can or bag of pet food. During that period, canned pet food accounted for over 90 percent of the market. During World War II (1939 to 1945), not only was metal rationed, but pet food was categorised as “non-essential” by the U.S. government. The combination spelled death for the canned pet food industry. In addition, food rationing led to fewer table scraps. Pet owners who could afford to bought dry pet food or dog biscuits – the only commercially available products at the time.
Byproducts of WWII: Dry Pet Food and Processed Human Food
Unfortunately, pet owner’s love of dry pet food has endured well past the end of World War II. The war also sparked the processed food revolution in the U.S. Spam and similar products were developed in the 1930s to feed the troops abroad and to help with food rationing restrictions at home. All the factors that made processed food attractive to humans ultimately had a significant impact on the pet food industry as well. The period after the end of WWII was a time of enormous economic growth and expansion in the U.S. Jobs were plentiful and more Americans were able to buy their own homes. As more families moved out of cities to suburbia, giant supermarkets replaced small grocery stores. Consumer demand for processed foods, for fast food – for food in general – kept pace with increases in educational and employment opportunities, individual wealth, and ever-expanding lifestyle options. In responding to the tremendous increase in U.S. consumer appetites, the human food industry created vast quantities of agricultural scraps from slaughterhouses, grain mills, and processing plants. Pet food manufacturers immediately understood the unlimited opportunity of human food waste to their industry.
By 1960, Pet Food Companies Were Able to Mass-Market Kibble
It’s absolutely true -- our pet population provides a place for recycling waste from the human food industry. Grains that fail inspection, uninspected pieces and parts of waste from the seafood industry, leftover restaurant grease, deceased livestock, and even roadkill is collected and disposed of through rendering -- a process that converts all sorts of human food industry waste into raw materials for the pet food industry.In the late 1950s, a U.S. pet food company developed a way to create kibble from boiling cauldrons of meat, fat and grain scraps – it’s called extrusion. The raw materials are purchased by pet food manufacturers who then blend the rendered fat and meat with starch fillers. They add bulk synthetic vitamin and mineral supplements, and then they extrude the mix at high temperatures, creating all sorts of toxic reactions including advanced glycation end products and heterocyclic amines. This is what passes for pet food and it’s sold to consumers at a tremendous profit. This “advancement” in manufacturing allowed pet food companies to capitalise on the popularity of kibble. Now, they were able to mass-market the type of pet food most popular with pet owners due to its convenience and low cost. Today, there are hundreds of kibbles, canned and semi-most dog foods to choose from. This is remarkable, given that not quite 60 years ago, commercial pet food was almost unheard of.
Have We Chosen Convenience Over the Health of Our Pets?
No one really argues with the fact that in order for optimal health to occur, animals – including humans -- must consume the foods they were designed to eat, and preferably whole, fresh and unadulterated. This is known as species-appropriate nutrition. For example, vegetarian animals must eat vegetation for optimal health. Carnivores must eat fresh whole prey for optimal health.
There is no such thing as dog food, bird food, cat food-
      Food is just food-species-appropriate.
Carnivorous pets have not evolved to digest and assimilate foods like corn, wheat, rice or potatoes – yet these are the very foods the vast majority of pet food manufacturers use as primary ingredients in their formulas. Fortunately, dogs are extremely resilient creatures. Not only do they not die immediately upon eating biologically inappropriate foods, but it often takes years before the significant physical degeneration that occurs from a lifetime of eating the wrong foods becomes noticeable. Just as in Humans! One of the reasons we’re able to deceive ourselves into believing convenience pet foods are good for dogs is because the changes to a pet’s health and vitality brought on by a dead, processed diet are usually not immediate or acute. For over a half-century, our pets have been fed inappropriate diets that have kept them alive, but not thriving. In fact, we’ve created dozens of generations of animals that suffer from degenerative diseases, Allergies, Skin diseases, Cancer, Renal, Dental to name a few linked to nutritional deficiencies.


Origins of Dogs-

A good place to start a discussion of our carnivorous pets is to go back to the roots of the dog prior to domestication. The domestic dog, whose taxonomic name is Canis lupus familiaris, is a domesticated form of the gray wolf, which is a member of the Canidae family of the order Carnivora. Most scientists believe dogs were domesticated from gray wolves about 15,000 years ago. But DNA analysis published in 1997 suggests that the transformation from wolves to domestic dogs occurred more like 130,000 years ago. Data suggests dogs first diverged from wolves in East Asia, and these domesticated dogs quickly migrated throughout the world. Of course, humans began selectively breeding dogs to create animals that suited their needs and their likes. 
Today's Dogs are Carnivores Just Like Their Wild Ancestors-
 Despite humans’ desire to create certain physical characteristics in dogs – this is called their phenotype or how animals look externally – their genetic makeup remains essentially the same as their wild ancestors, which should tell you something about the foods they should still be consuming. Of course, all animals are biologically equipped to assimilate and digest foods they were designed to eat. For example, earthworms are naturally designed to process dirt. The entire GI tract of worms, from the mouth to the other end where waste is excreted, was designed for this purpose. Cows are designed to eat grass, and their GI tracts are set up perfectly for this. They have big, round, flat teeth used to grind grasses and an unbelievable range of motion in their mandibles, allowing them to chew, chew, chew, and chew. Cows have a lot of range of motion laterally in their jaws. Dogs do not have this range of motion in their jaws. Their jaws move up and down only, like a trap door or a hinge, because dogs are gulpers, not chewers. They don’t have chewing teeth. Dogs have incredibly sharp interlocking teeth designed to rip and tear flesh.They also have very short GI tracts compared to vegetarian animals that need to ferment foods, as carnivorous animals consume foods with potentially very heavy pathogen loads. The bodies of carnivores are designed to get foods in and back out very quickly.The ancestral lifestyle of a carnivore includes lots of variety and seasonal variability, meaning certain prey was more prevalent at certain times of the year. They thrived consuming fresh, living, whole animals. But carnivorous animals do not eat clean foods. Dogs did not evolve to consume sterile foods. They have digestive tracts that are designed to be resilient and handle the loads of naturally-occurring bacteria that are present in the foods they eat. Their food in the wild was Nutritionally, moisture-dense, meaning the prey they consumed was primarily water. The carnivorous lifestyle required a tremendous amount of exercise and exertion. Food was not served to them, so they had to stealthily catch it. This provided intense stimulation of all the senses, plus nervous, skeletal, endocrine, and circulatory system involvement. Carnivorous animals had daily rigorous workouts in an attempt to catch enough food to stay alive.


Most Pet Food is Biologically Inappropriate for Dogs 
What’s very important for pet owners to know is that “pet food” is a relatively new concept. However, animals have hunted prey or, in the case of dogs, scavenged -- for millions of years. And although recent research suggests domesticated carnivores were able to adapt to some degree to starch in the diet as humans became planters and farmers of grains, dogs have most definitely not evolved into vegetarians over time. 
Remembering-Dogs jaws move up and down only, like a trap door or a hinge, because dogs are gulpers, not chewers. They don’t have chewing teeth. Dogs have incredibly sharp interlocking- teeth designed to rip and tear flesh. The decision to lead a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle is not a choice humans should force on their carnivorous pets-That's why the recent reports that Ellen is developing a vegan line of pet food alarm me. Not only is DeGeneres hugely popular as a comedian, actress, author and talk show host, she's also admired as an animal advocate. As such, my concern is that her creation of a vegan dog food could persuade pet owners to remove animal protein from the diets of their carnivorous canine companions. This move will compromise the health of countless dogs, Even death of precious pets who depend on their humans to provide the right kind of nutrition for their biological needs. Over the last hundred years, major pet food companies have produced most of their products using a base of corn, wheat, rice, or potato. However, our carnivorous pets have not evolved to be able to process those foreign foods. The good news is dogs are adaptable and resilient unlike other species, for example, snakes. If we suddenly forced snakes to eat grains or consume vegetation, they would simply die, demonstrating rather visibly and quickly that they were not provided the correct food source. Dogs are among the most resilient animals on the planet. They are able to withstand really significant nutritional abuse, in my opinion, without dying. Degeneration and disease does occur as the result of an inappropriate diet, but sudden death does not. Instead, we’ve created dozens of generations of nutritionally weakened animals that suffer from degenerative diseases linked to nutritional deficiencies – a link the traditional veterinary community has not acknowledged. Is the entire system flawed? Yes. But pet food industry giants are realising that pet owners are becoming more educated about their flawed system, and they are trying to clean up their image. We are beginning to see words like “natural” and “no byproducts” on labels. We’re beginning to see “grain-free” and “naturally preserved” on labels as well. Manufacturers are hearing the grumbles of educated pet owners and are changing their marketing to try to regain lost customers.
Common Pet Food Myths-

I found it hard at first, many years ago, so I understand that for pet parents doing the very best and wanting only the very best for their canine, it can be easy to buy into marketing gimmicks that human parents would never fall for. For instance, how often have you heard a paediatrician say, “Never feed your baby anything but X brand of baby food, because feeding a homemade diet could be dangerous to your child’s health?” Never. But you do hear it often in the veterinary world. Or how about this one: “Switching your brand of baby food could lead to GI problems, so feed only one brand or type of baby food to your children for the rest of their lives to avoid GI problems.” You would never hear this, either, from a competent paediatrician. And yet, you hear this type of advice all the time in the veterinary industry. It’s startling to me to know that entire generations of people actually believe pets must have “pet food” to be healthy, there’s a host of other myths you’ve probably heard. For example, pets can derive all the nutrients they need for vibrant health from a dry nugget that can be fed day after day, year after year. Or that if you don’t feed crunchy foods to your pet, his or her teeth won’t be clean. Or canned food is too rich, and raw food is just a recent trendy craze that could be risky. A lot of people have also been lead to believe their veterinarian wouldn’t recommend X brand of food if it wasn’t good for their pet... that all cats should eat fish and drink milk... that veterinarians are the people to trust for the most up-to-date information pertaining to nutrition... or that disease, degeneration, and poor vitality have nothing to do with day to day nourishment. 
All myths. 
So... What are the Facts?
Number one, carbohydrates are not a necessary component of a carnivore’s diet, dogs have very low amylase secretion. The intense heat used to process commercial pet foods diminishes or destroys the benefits of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes in food. Processed pet foods require supplementation to replace lost nutrients. The heating process also significantly reduces the digestibility of amino acids in pet food, amino acids are the life line for canines, digestibility of meat-based protein is proven to be superior to plant-based protein – plant-based-protein is the type used in most inexpensive commercial pet foods. So in a nutshell, for 99.99 percent of their time on earth, dogs have consumed a natural diet. For .01 percent of the time, they have consumed an extruded, processed diet. Dogs evolved to consume a low-carbohydrate diet. But for the last century, the majority of pet owners have fed pets a high-carbohydrate, low-moisture diet. This has created significant metabolic and physiologic stress, and convenience pet foods have become the root cause of most, of the inflammatory processes-skin diseases, all of the diseases that plague's our dogs are linked, related to unbalanced cooked, raw and processes foods. On a dog food label list of ingredients, you’ll find water, protein, fat, fiber. The word carbohydrate is almost never mentioned. Fiber is an indigestible carbohydrate-it is primarily plant cell walls resistant to digestion.



Common Health Problems-
Common health problems associated with commercial kibbles and wet/moist foods.-Cancer, Heart disease, Obesity, Bloat, Hyperthyroidism, Urinary tract disease, Kidney disease, Dental disease, Chronic digestive problems ,And so on…
The Problem With Synthetic Nutrition!
Have you ever looked at a dog food label? Not the part about chicken and rice, the bottom half where it starts to look more like an organic chemistry textbook than a food label. All of those long, convoluted chemical names are, you guessed it, chemicals! They’re not food.
Real vitamins are living complexes that contribute to other living complexes like cell repair, circulatory activities and collagen production. They coexist in food with other living complexes like enzymes and essential trace minerals and they all function synergistically.
Synthetic vitamins, the kind found in premixes, were never alive nor part of anything alive. That’s what synthetic means: it occurs nowhere in nature. Synthetic vitamins are chemicals and the body recognises them as chemicals, just like it does any other drug. This is why vitamins and drugs are both measured in milligrams. This is also why we have something called “vitamin toxicity.”
It’s virtually impossible to get too much vitamin D from sunshine or foods but dogs are harmed from vitamin D toxicity from pet foods each and every year. Vitamin D toxicity, or hypervitaminosis D, causes bone loss and abnormally high serum calcium levels, which can result in kidney stones and the calcification of organs like the heart and kidneys. These are really common issues in dogs today yet nobody looks at food as a cause until dogs literally drop dead from eating it. Otherwise, nobody makes the connection and the synthetic vitamin D builds up in the dog and creates insidious and seemingly unrelated disease.
Similarly, it’s virtually impossible for real food to cause vitamin A toxicity but synthetic vitamin A toxicity is well published and probably a lot more common that you might think. The effects of vitamin A toxicity include:
increased tumour growth 
joint disorders 
dry skin 
enlargement of the liver and spleen 
immune depression 
birth defects
Half of adult dog’s die of cancer while joint disease is affecting today’s dogs at epidemic proportions.
Kibble Creates Malnutrition!
Here are the takeaway points every pet owner should know about synthetic vitamins and premixes (and this applies to all premixes, not just those made in China):          
Vitamins, minerals and enzymes all work together as co-factors. If one part is missing, in the wrong form or in the wrong amount, then entire chains of metabolic processes will misfire, causing a downward spiral in health that can take months or years to manifest as disease. 
Synthetic vitamins are treated as drugs by the body and like any other toxin, must be filtered by the liver. Dr Casimir Funk says this about synthetic vitamins: “these are highly inferior to vitamins from natural sources, also the synthetic product is well known to be far more toxic.” 
Even small doses of vitamin D and vitamin E have been shown to significantly decrease immune function. 
Ascorbic acid is not vitamin C, it is a chemical isolate of vitamin C. 
Synthetic vitamin B is manufactured from coal tar and vitamin B12 comes from activated sewage sludge 
Most vitamin D and lecithin is made from irradiated vegetable oils. Isn’t just a bit counter intuitive to eat something derived from oxidative trans fatty acids with the expectation of better health? 
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can be associated with virtually every disease. Dr DW Cavanaugh of Cornell University states, “There is only one major disease, and that is malnutrition.”
Real Life Research On Fake Vitamins

What are the real life ramifications of these synthetic vitamins? There are a lot of studies that have a common theme and that is that synthetic vitamins don’t behave in the body like the real ones do. Their actions are either incomplete or harmful. Here are some studies you should be aware of:
The 1994 New England Journal of Medicine contains a study were 30,000 Finnish subjects were given beta carotene (which the body turns into vitamin A, a vitamin valuable for DNA synthesis and protecting the cells from harmful free radicals) to show the value of antioxidant vitamins. In this study, the subjects who received the synthetic beta carotene were actually 8 times more likely to suffer fatal heart attacks and strokes than those who didn’t. 
In that same study, people taking the fake beta carotene also suffered significant increases in cancer. Lung cancer alone increased by 18%. The study was actually stopped because of the dangers to the people in it. What’s ironic is that synthetic beta carotene which, along with vitamin A, is a powerful antioxidant, is stabilized in refined vegetable oils which are oxidized trans fatty acids, the very things that antioxidants are meant to protect against! 
Two years later, another study was published in the Lancet showing that synthetic beta carotene actually blocked the antioxidant activity of all the other naturally occurring carotenoids in the diet. So the naturally occurring vitamins in the food were blocked by one fake synthetic vitamin. 
In one study done in pigs, vitamin B rendered every subject sterile. (Dr Barnett Sure, Journ Natr 1939) As you can see Nutritional science is not a new idea, it has just been lost, until now!
  Two Wrongs Don’t Make Alive-

The solution to dead food isn’t adding dead chemicals. At best, they are useless and at worst, they are toxic to the dogs eating them. Pet food manufacturers know their food is devoid of nutrition so they add synthetic premixes in. Pet owners know kibble isn’t as good as real food, so they add supplements and most of these products also contain fake, dead, synthetic vitamins. Your dog needs to eat real food and the best way to tell if it’s real food is that the label has food on it, not chemical names. If you see any ingredients on your dog food label that look like they would come from your drug store instead of your fridge, then don’t buy it – it’s fake!
Looking at a typical dog food label we see such things as: Acetate, Palmitate, Thiamine mononitrate, Thiamine hydrochloride, Thiamine Chloride, Pyridoxine hydrochloride, Cobalamin or cyanocobalamin, Ascorbic Acid, Pycnogenols, Irradiated ergosterol or Calciferol, dl-alpha tocopherol, Menadione, Beta Carotene and Retinoic acid . How many of these are true vitamins? None – they are all synthetic chemical derivatives.
To meet all of his nutritional needs, feed your dog food. Not people food, not dog food, just good old fashioned food. Clean, fresh meats are an excellent source of vitamins A, E and D (as is coconut oil). Other vitamins can be sourced through organic produce grown in mineral rich soil, When you need for yourself or your dog vitamins, look for whole food supplements. Unlike their synthetic counterparts, whole food vitamins are made from entire plants with the whole vitamin complex intact. The body actually recognizes this as food, not a drug, and the body doesn’t have to compensate for any missing elements because they are all there, just the way Mother Nature intended them to be. Whole food vitamins don’t leech the body of their missing co-factors and don’t cause a vitamin imbalance leading to disease.

 


Nutritional Goals for Your Canine
To live a long happy healthy life, more hugs, more playing, more walks, more laughter, more together, more life- 


A diet that is as species-appropriate as possible (low in carbohydrates, high moisture content, and unprocessed) 
A variety of fresh, whole foods that are nutritionally complete and optimal for the species 
Providing everything their body needs and nothing it doesn’t 
Helping you to understand the difference between biologically appropriate and metabolically stressful diets. This means we must put aside our religious and/or political beliefs and recognize that most of us have preconceived ideas we must address in order to provide the best possible food for our companions. 
The reality is most pets live their entire lives without consuming any living foods. They eat an entirely processed diet from birth to death. There are a wide variety of reasons for this. Not everyone believes food matters to overall health. Many people don’t correlate disease with diet. And there are also people who realize there’s a connection, but just don’t find the correct way to put it all together, but now you will. Another huge issue is that veterinarians don’t receive an objective education in animal nutrition.
Your Pet’s Health is it Determined by Genetics and Environment?
I believe health and wellness are based on two factors: genetics and environment.
Nutrigenomics- is the emerging field of study that links our lifestyle choices to genetic expression, which means the food you feed your pet has the potential to either up- or down-regulate target genes. What this means is that early identification of cell markers can allow doctors to provide nutritional intervention and return the patient to cellular health, avoiding genetically predisposed disease. This is huge. 




Can a Diet Overcome DNA-

A dogs genetic makeup-DNA can’t be changed, but it’s phenotype or expression of the DNA, can be influenced by diet at a cell level eg: what is eaten can alter arthritis, omega 3 fatty acids came out on top, the joints contained less metalloprotease, an enzyme that degrades the cartilage and more protein that inhibited the metalloproteases. Diets have shown, via gene expression, to be able to change dog’s metabolism from fat storing to fat burning-energy. I don’t know how many times I’ve watch, the biggest loser with people saying half way through-it’s amazing I now, don’t have type 2 diabetes and so on, to me it’s not a miracle it’s just logic.
Environmental factors that influence genetic expression include not only the foods you choose to feed your pet, but also antioxidant intake, exposure to chemicals, and overall toxic load. Chemicals include topical flea and tick preventives, yard and household chemicals, and medications (including vaccines).
Water and air quality also play a role, as does your pet’s weight, sex, age, breed, prior diseases and injuries, hormonal balance and level of physical fitness. 
Research shows the best way to reduce metabolic stress and chronic inflammation is through lifestyle choices, in particular the food your pet eats. 

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The purpose of this Ebook is to collect valuable information for those who want to do what is best in feeding their companion carnivore. Nutrition is the foundation of health, the most important area of study, the need for expertise and yet this most important subject was lacking from our veterinary curriculum.
The link to major commercial processed pet foods have indeed pervaded every corner of the learning institutions concerning animal care. I myself was handed a book by Hill’s Nutrition in veterinary school and told “this is your small animal nutrition information”. Unfortunately, the goal in feeding our companion carnivores by these commercial pet food companies was similar to the goal of formulating rations for livestock. How to find the least expensive commodities and turn that into something you could feed the animal for the most profit.
This was the beginning of the physical degeneration of the companion carnivore, being fed cheap grain and carbohydrate products. Ingredients far, far removed from a natural carnivore diet. Gluten, a major source in the processed diets, a known fertilizer and herbicide! Not many veterinarians are even able to discuss proper feeding of companion carnivores because they simply have not been taught what proper companion carnivore nutrition is. Conflicted information from commercial pet food companies is not the place to go for information. There are self proclaimed canine nutritionists who have celebrity vets as advisors, but the great deal of information available is no more “expert” than the conflicted material I received from the commercial pet food companies.
Take heart that the difficulty in finding the truth is not only difficult for you but nearly impossible for your veterinarian, unless he or she independently went looking for the truth. Dr. Richard Pitcairn was one veterinarian that did; I asked him where he went for the information for his book, The Natural Care Of Cats and Dogs. His reply “I did not take any formal training. I utilized three sources — books on nutrition, books on physiology, and intelligence. The books were not academic and the "intelligence" was not intellect. I mean that I tried as much as possible to look at the whole picture and see it from that perspective.”
I like that answer, there was no conflict from commercial interests, he had no training course to select from so he hit the books on the topics of nutrition and physiology and used his brain to discern the importance of the information available.
So, let us take a look now from the “scientific” standpoint of what history can reveal for us. A recent article appeared that gives us a starting point of many thousands of years ago. 
http://news.discovery.com/animals/paleolithic-dogs-111007.html
Paleolithic dogs with mammoth meaty bones in mouth that prove domestication of canids by humans preceded thousands of years earlier than previously thought. This is proof of the domesticated canid carnivore diet, raw meaty bones.
The remains of three Paleolithic dogs, including one with a mammoth bone in its mouth, have been unearthed at Předmostí in the Czech Republic, according to a new Journal of Archaeological Science paper.
The remains indicate what life was like for these prehistoric dogs in this region, and how humans viewed canines. The dogs appear to have often sunk their teeth into meaty mammoth bones. These weren’t just mammoth in size, but came from actual mammoths.
"These skulls show clear signs of domestication," Germonpré said, explaining they are significantly shorter than those of fossil or modern wolves, have shorter snouts, and noticeably wider brain cases and palates than wolves do.
With an estimated body weight of just over 77 pounds, the shoulder height was at least 24 inches."The shape of their skull resembles that of a Siberian husky, but they were larger and heavier than the modern husky," she said.
Based on what is known of the human culture at the site, the researchers believe these dogs “were useful as beasts of burden for the hauling of meat, bones and tusks from mammoth kill sites and of firewood, and to help with the transport of equipment, limiting the carrying costs of the Předmostí people.”Since mammoth meat was likely the food staple, the scientists further believe that the surplus meat “would have been available to feed the dogs.”
Rob Losey, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Alberta, told Discovery News that the new study is "very convincing," and shows "quite clearly that the dog domestication process was underway thousands of years earlier than previously thought."
He added, "The distinctive treatment given some of the remains also is compelling, and this indicates to me that a special connection had developed between people and some canids quite early on.

Not only is the proof of domestication of the carnivore canid uncovered but also of the extraordinary bond that was already at work between humans and their domesticated canids.
Now let’s look further into non conflict sources of information for more scientific proof of what can now be seen as a relationship made over the millennia.
Looking to the experts at Coyler Institute (www.coylerinstitute.org) whose mission is to improve the life of thousands of animals by assembling, coordinating, focusing, and directing the application of the latest developments and techniques in the fields of human medicine and dentistry for the immediate benefit of the animals upon which the quality of OUR own lives so seriously depends, we understand that the information they provide is not at the sake of making money selling a commercial pet food diet, but rather in the preservation of the animal itself and the benefits of biodiversity which are necessary to the survival of this planet.
The need for reliable nutritional information is fundamental to the task of maintaining both the systemic health and the reproductive capability of all species.
The Coyler Institute shares their findings with veterinarians as well as the public that has brought carnivores into their homes to keep as companion animals.
So, it is here that I chose to start my search of how to feed the companion carnivore.
The purpose of this booklet and its resources and references is to provide the reader with solid nutrition information they can apply to providing the proper nutrition for the carnivore at their side.
THE CARNIVORE COMPANION
“Dogs, being carnivores by nature, are meant to eat raw meat and do not have a problem doing so.

Diet for Puppies
Many folks ask me what they should feed their new puppy. Answer: Raw, raw, raw. Puppies are growing at an exponential rate and need all the highest quality nutrients possible for their bodies to develop properly. The raw diet is critical to offer their bodies and minds the appropriate building blocks to lay down a strong foundation at this juncture in their life.
The amount to feed is still based on their body weight, but because they are puppies and growing rapidly, typically they are fed 1.5 to 2 times the amount needed to feed an adult dog. The raw diets I offer are formulated for all stages of the life of a dog; there is no differentiation. They just need species appropriate nutrients that will help them thrive and have the best quality of life a human can offer to them.


  



The benefits of the green fed or grass fed animals used to produce animal meat and products to feed the comparative carnivore as well as the more humane methods of production make this the source you want to locate for feeding your carnivore companion.


It is best to know that a balance of nutrition happens over time and not in any certain day’s meal. Also there has been work on the front to support fasting and limiting caloric intake in order to increase longectivity. This would be in keeping with the truth for carnivores, that not every kill was a success, not every day was there plentiful food resources.
The most important nutrient necessary for obligate carnivores and specifically for the cat is water. Drinking a healthy amount of water is vital to a cat’s health. Two thirds of the cat’s body weight is water and water serves as a center of all chemical processes in the body.

 

Water is involved with most physiological functions; it transports nutrients and oxygen through the blood stream and into cells, humidifies the air in the lungs, regulates body temperature, protects and moisturizes the joints, internal organs, helps to eliminate wastes products of metabolism through the kidneys and the gastrointestinal tract.


Raw meaty bones are advised twice weekly at least and are effective in reducing formation of dental plaque and dental calculi. (Hakerstroth et al, 1984) The need to feed a natural diet has far reaching consequences. From oral health, digestive health, immune health to neurological health and behaviour, the need to feed a proper natural diet impacts gene expression. The etiology of much of the oral disease is related to the physical characteristics of the diet and the chemical changes those diets. There are sufficient data and clinical examples - now published in the literature - to cause concern among clinicians.
Unnatural diets of starchy processed food like ingredients also contribute to inflaming the gastrointestinal tract which then set up pathogenic bacteria. Having the wrong bacteria colonizing the gastrointestinal tract will lead to the wrong bugs present and the making of even more plaque on the teeth.
Millions of dogs eat kibble. And millions of dogs—at least 85% of all dogs— suffer from periodontal disease by age 3 as a result of eating these processed foods (Penman, S. and P. Emily. 1991. Scaling, Polishing and Dental Home Care. Waltham International Focus. 1(3): 2-8. In Lonsdale, T. 2001. Raw Meaty Bones. pg 110). This translates to teeth covered with plaque and teeming with bacteria. These bacteria get into the gums and provoke the body's inflammatory response continually for the rest of the animal's life. Dogs are doomed to have nasty teeth and rancid breath. "It's normal," people said. "Dogs are supposed to have bad dog breath."
But as greater awareness of periodontal disease and its effects on the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, joints, skin and other systems of the animal grew, so did the industry for 'alleviating' the problem. Now you can buy a myriad of dental gnawing and plaque-scrubbing "bones"—most of which work minimally. Special dental formula foods were formed to clean pets' teeth, but these effects are inconsequential. Vets hand out toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental washes, and dental bones to their clients' owners, instructing them to brush their carnivore's teeth regularly and to schedule frequent dental cleanings for the pets—dental cleanings that cost hundreds of dollars. Instead of treating the problem at its source, veterinarians and pet food companies and pet industries market hundreds of different products and services that are simply band-aids and attempts to cover up the
 
problem. It is not an industry motivated by the welfare of our pets, but by greed and money.
http://rawfed.com/myths/kibble.html

Let's not forget that dogs NEED to gnaw. It exercises the important Masseter muscles, is good for the gums and tartar control, and also is a non-specific anxiety releasing mechanism. Dr. Jeannie Thompson recommends bully sticks, cow hooves, dehydrated tracheas which are all safer than rawhides. Rawhides are the worst thing to give a dog to gnaw on. They are processed; they are not digestible and can become an obstruction in the bowel requiring surgery to remove them. Rawhides also harbour bacteria for the type of feedlot cows that have been fed badly with corn and treated with antibiotics so that lethal E. Coli bacteria are even known as “feed lot E.coli”.
Unhealthy cows mean unhealthy meat
Switching cows from grass to grain puts more money in the beef industry’s pockets and cheaper meat on the supermarket shelves. But at what price? The stomachs of cows are naturally pH neutral. A corn-based diet, however, creates an acidic environment that contributes to a host of health problems. Corn-fed cattle are prone to serious health conditions such as bloat, diarrhea, ulcers, liver disease, and a weakened immune system. To combat these health problems, cattle are continually fed antibiotics, which leads to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that increasingly render modern medicine ineffective.
The threat of E. coli
An acidic intestinal tract also favours the growth of E. coli. Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, states that the lethal strain of E. coli known as 0157:H7 is believed to have evolved in the gut of feedlot cattle. The development of a more acidic environment in cows’ intestinal tracts created an acid-resistant strain of the pathogen, which is able to survive the acidic conditions of the human stomach and prove fatal. In the documentary Food, Inc., Pollan states that switching feedlot cattle to a grass diet would eliminate 80 percent of the E. coli in the cows’ digestive tracts
http://www.healthytheory.com/corn-fed-vs-grass-fed-beef

The Coyler Institute is tracking these changes as it relates to veterinary dentistry. Unnatural diets are responsible for periodontal disease, for oral disease, gum disease and this is the gateway to the digestive tract. The digestive tract is then responsible for assimilation of nutrients and therefore influences all other systems of the body 
The Colyer Institute is based on the work of a British Scientist, Sir Frank Colyer who began researching dental disease in animals 100 years ago. He found the proof that departure from a natural diet and natural conditions breed disease. Progressive periodontal destruction of the animal’s masticatory apparatus resulted if the food fed was not a natural diet. Sir Colyer found that relocating of a wild animal from its natural habitat into a captive environment brought about radical change in environment of its oral cavity leading to a wide number of oral diseases.
Both chemical and traumatic injury results in gum trauma that progress to oral disease. Bacteria form dental plague and it was found that if the consistency and texture of the food was not natural that this was responsible for producing bacterial plaque, especially a softer diet than was natural. Another reason the diet consistency matters is that foods of firm consistency increase the number and distribution of the blood supply to the gingival tissue. This healthier gingiva supports metabolism and vitality of all supporting structures and therefore for life.
For dogs, the need to gnaw is natural. Although they do gulp down meals on the run in the wild, as man took the dog into his family and provided the food for them, the need to gnaw became more important. The masticatory process, teeth, periodontal ligament tempomandibular joint and the muscles of mastication now have a larger role than ever in cognitive function and mental health and behaviour. While dogs are “gnawing their bone”, they are releasing potent neurotransmitters, increasing blood flow, stimulating the brain, release insulin to mop up glucose. The benefits of having raw meaty bones are vital to the health of the dog. The trigeminal nerve that runs under that big Masseter Muscle is a blood rich and neurotropic environment that must be kept exercised and productive. If not, behavioural problems will surface.

Another scientist, a dentist, Weston Price for whom the Weston Price Foundation is named, showed also that straying from a natural diet to the feeding of processed foods leads to oral cavity and dental disease in humans. Weston Price went all over the world following these phenomena. Natural diets gave strong and vigorous physiques. Francis Pottenger’s research known now as the Pottenger’s Cats Studies showed that feeding processed foods to carnivores lead to genetic disease and skeletal changes that would then take 7 generations of raw food feedings to correct.
A YOUTUBE video can be viewed at here; 
The Price-Pottenger Story 
that shows the Price-Pottenger results that document the unnatural foods to physical degeneration link. Weston Price has a book entitled Nutrition and Physical Degeneration that shows this link to nutrition and physical degeneration in humans. Francis Pottenger’s work shows the link of this nutrition and physical degeneration in cats. 
The Price-Pottenger Nutrition

Foundation has a book about this natural diet and health link.
http://www.ppnf.org/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=228
So, it all starts at the mouth and what is put into it.
Hands down, the healthiest diet for all animals is whole foods and natural raw diet. Carnivores, even those at your side require a diet fit for a carnivore and this includes raw meaty bones. The raw meaty bones provide the oral stimulation necessary in order to properly stimulate the oral cavity and maintenance of the masticatory apparatus is also responsible for mental health.
Cats that are vaccinated with injections of FVRCP are also at risk for dental caries and herpes infections that lead to periodontal ligament destruction.
Injecting Herpes into the cat reactivates latent Herpes and can lead to ocular, nasal and oral disease. Also, I have found references to the infective viruses in cats being the very vaccine virus strain they were vaccinated with. Injecting Calicivirus makes no sense as this is another disease like Herpes that is at war on mucosal surfaces. Injecting the antigens for Herpes and Calicivirus in cats or Parainfluenza or Bordatella for dogs will not protect the animals. This initiates diseases that would not have gone that deep had only natural disease been the case.
 
So keep your companion safe and be very cautious over any vaccines used as there are vaccine induced diseases that may not ever be rectified once the vaccine is injected. With the ability to perform titer testing, protect your pet by tittering first.
I have rescued cats from kidney failure that was brought on with injectable FVRCP vaccine administration, serum sickness, kidney eczema, by immediately feeding wet foods and administering high levels of antioxidant vitamins. The warning to the owner was to never ever allow another vaccine to be injected. Most of the injectable vaccines contain other kidney toxic ingredients like phenol red or aluminum, both of these components vaccines. Cats fed inappropriate commercial foods, full of inappropriate ingredients such as carbohydrates, devoid of the most important nutrients of all; good quality protein and water quickly deteriorate to a compromised companion animal. Diabetes and obesity are the most easily recognizable diseases brought on by dry kibble feeding ad lib. LUTD or lower urinary tract disease is also brought on by feeding dry kibble. Heart disease is also found in nutrient deficient processed food feeding.
Q. I’m a vegan for health, environmental and animal cruelty reasons, and I’d like my pets to be vegans too. What’s your take? Answered by Dr. Marty Becker, Vetstreet: 
Cats must have meat.The feline system is designed to depend on the consumption of other animals to survive and thrive. Unlike humans, who are omnivores and can stay healthy on a variety of different kinds of diets, cats are “strict” or “obligate” carnivores. Just like their distant cousins the lion, tiger and cheetah, house cats and dogs not only prefer meat, they can’t maintain good health without it. If a cat doesn’t get enough protein in his diet, his body will actually break down its own muscle tissue to get the nutrients he needs.
Cats sponge vitamins and amino acids from their prey. There are some nutrients that an omnivore can produce or convert from food that cats have to get ready-to-use from their diet. Among these are vitamin A, niacin, and the amino acids arginine and taurine. Each of these nutrients is essential for good health. Without usable vitamin A, for example, a cat can suffer vision problems and a weakened immune system. Taurine is critical for heart health and also for healthy eyes. Unless your cat is dining on a fresh catch several days a week, you need to provide a diet that provides these nutrients in usable form. That means meat.
The 2007 Pet Food Recall was due to corn gluten and wheat gluten. Both of these genetically engineered crops have been found to cause the same kidney and liver failure in the animals that it did in the laboratory mice fed these diets. So far, the carbohydrates in the commercial pet foods are not only unnatural for the carnivore, they are now often genetically engineered!
Another important consideration besides the genetically engineered foods is the very use of prey animals that have been treated with anti parasite and antibiotic medications that is common to “doctoring”. When any animals are kept “unnaturally” and fed unnatural diets, they end up getting sick and then requiring further adulterants in the form of medicines and vaccines.
See the information about how supplementing endangered eagles (birds of prey) with rabbits “doctored” with antibiotic medication and parasite treatments have led to the immunosuppression of the eagles fed the “unnatural” prey animals. This blogspot by John Platt discusses this information; 
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/extinction- countdown/2011/10/27/please-dont-feed-the-endangered-eagles/
[One of the world’s rarest raptors, conservationists frequently supplement the bird’s natural prey with farm-raised rabbits. According to a study published in this month’s issue of Ecological Applications, such rabbits are often treated with antibiotics and antiparasitics, and young eagles that eat this meat face depressed immune systems and higher levels of pathogens in their systems]
More specifically here is information obtained directly from the
Ecological Applications article found at;
“We found that fed individuals were often inadvertently “medicated” with pharmaceuticals (antibiotics and anti-parasitics) contained in supplementary food (domestic rabbits). Individuals fed with medicated rabbits showed a depressed immune system and a high prevalence and richness of pathogens compared with those with no or safe supplementary feeding using non-medicated wild rabbits. A higher presence of antibiotics (fluoroquinolones) was found in sick as opposed to healthy individuals among eaglets with supplementary feeding, which points directly toward a causal effect of these drugs in disease and other health impairments.”
More: http://www.esajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1890/11-0038.1
This brings into question the sourcing of all foods for all populations. What are we doing by feeding our companion carnivores’ medicated sources of foods? For that matter what are we doing to our own health? I do not think only endangered wild animals are at risk of immunosuppression from eating medicated foods.
RAW FED CATS
“The diet forms the foundation and the cornerstone upon which ultimately health of the individual is built.” Linda Zurich
The best resource available to how to feed your cat properly is Linda Zurich the author of www.rawfedcats.org , which is an online resource she created some years ago to help people learn about how and why to feed their cats a more natural diet of whole raw foods and to care for them more holistically.

EMERGENCY & DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
There is a place for dehydrated or freeze dried raw diets and this is when traveling, or under evacuation directives for emergency and disaster preparedness. Just as there are many families obtaining emergency supplies of dehydrated organic foods with 25 year shelf life for the human family members, there is a reason for the carnivore companion to be familiar and to accept freeze dried or rehydrated raw foods. Canning the foods for cats is also one method to have next to best in case of an emergency with possible power failures limiting access to raw or frozen raw diets.
 
Make sure you have made a Plan for the Entire Family

Man finds his dog after tornado had flattened most of the town.

 




Here is a reference for documenting the importance of probiotics to animal food as a supplement;
http://www.waltham.com/about3.htm
Research shows the benefits of Lactobacillus to dogs and cats immune health. Fermented foods like kefir, wheat germ, nutritional yeast are living raw foods that can help provide nutrition for your pet.
Additionally enzymes should be added to the diets of our companion carnivores. Raw whole foods contain enzymes but adding enzymes to the diet will always benefit the pet’s resources for producing enough essential digestive enzymes and reserving those needed proteolytic enzymes for essential life processes. If some adaptogen herbs and living super foods were also included in the essential greens, this would be an advantage for companion carnivore. Especially the ones that are not free to forage and scavenge and hunt outside for themselves.
Raw food feeding is detoxifying and when a companion carnivore is going through detoxing commercial processed diets full of grains, look out! You need to have a professional you can count on to help you onto the process.
www.australiancanine.com

Always pushing for organic sourcing whenever possible, it is important to protect your carnivore companion from pesticides, insecticides and genetically engineered poisoning.








A good book which is classified as “The Definitive Guide to Homemade Meals” is Lew Olson, PhD’s Raw and Natural Nutrition for Dogs.

found at - www.australiancanine.com
Feeding the Companion Carnivore Canid-

“In the zoo without bars”
Like many vets, Dr. Tom Lonsdale came to find that processed foods do immense harm and natural foods work wonders for the dogs and other carnivores. He has provided the answer on how to make the change for health by getting your adult dog off canned or packaged food. For the puppy weaned to raw information is provided to start your carnivore companion from the very first, “on the right stuff”.
Dr. Tom Lonsdale Quote; “At a fundamental level, I reckon we’ve misinterpreted nature. As far as carnivores are concerned, they don’t just chase the deer for food, but for food and medicine combined”.
Feeding raw foods is no longer a matter of fad; this is now recognized as a matter of necessity. Dr. Tom Lonsdale, a veterinarian who heads up the path to feeding dogs raw food has written a book, Raw Meaty Bones, in which the process of feeding raw foods is demystified. French and Finnish veterinarians have even helped the information in Raw Meaty Bones becomes translated into several languages. Dr. Lonsdale’s book, Raw Meaty Bones which is the foundational text I have most commonly found the base for feeding companion canid, can be purchased at 
www.australiancanine.com


Dr. Lonsdale’s book is 390 pages of expert advice. Tom never takes anything for granted, he is always looking for the proof, “where’s the beef”? From mouth rot and dog breath to his cybernetic hypothesis of periodontal disease, Dr. Tom Lonsdale has found the same scientific proof that British Scientist Frank Colyer, American dentist, Weston Price and researcher Dr. Francis Pottenger all uncovered; that natural diet is the most important impact on health, vitality, longectivity and genetics, PERIOD.
“Explaining the concept of feeding raw meaty bones is simple but the implications for health, profound!” Dr. Tom Lonsdale www.rawmeatybones.com
While on the website, www.australiancanine.com check out Catherine O’Driscoll of Canine Health Concern’s DVD documentary, In Search Of the Truth on Natural Care For Dogs. I purchased this DVD and show it to clients, students, friends, families, rescue organizations and dog breed
 
clubs as the truth on Natural Care is so profound. You are not likely to find the truth about natural care for dogs from vested commercial interest parties wanting to “sell” you something. Here is some of the information from Dr. Tom Lonsdale’s Work Wonders 120 page handout for veterinary clients;
He tells you what table scraps are safe and also to never ever feed cooked bones. He also offers insight on why the dogs go after bird droppings and kitty poops in the litter box; vitamins and enzymes! In the natural life, vitamins and enzymes are important, real natural vitamins, not synthetic chemically adulterated add in later vitamins. Since the feces of other animals are a source of digestive enzymes, dogs with a deficiency will 'recycle' by eating the enzyme rich poop. Rabbit poop is one of the richest sources not only of digestive enzymes, but also B vitamins. Many dogs, if they stumble upon rabbit droppings, will scarf them right up to take advantage of those nutrients.
And dogs on entirely processed, dry food diets, who eat no living foods at all, will intentionally seek out other sources of digestive enzymes to make up for their own lifelong enzyme deficiency.
Cats with enzyme deficiencies, malabsorption, or who are fed poor-quality diets can provide litter box temptations for dogs in the family. Many cheap dry foods contain ingredients that are not bioavailable, so ingredients are passed out in the stool undigested, providing scavenging dogs with the opportunity to "recycle." The enzymes and bacteria found in some animal feces are an important supplement under natural conditions.
Feeding your pet a diet containing human-grade protein, probiotics and supplemental digestive enzymes can sometimes curb the urge to find gross sources of free enzymes around the yard or in the litter box.
The recipes from Dr. Lonsdale’s Works Wonders calls for 70% of diet to be fed as raw meaty bones with the other % composed of green tripe (use only grass fed sources of this tripe and not bleached versions from feedlot cows), heart, lung, tongue etc, based on the deer-prey model of feeding. The liver which is composed of very high quality proteins, fat, enzymes and vitamins should be fed every 2 weeks. Some left overs, cooked vegetables, steamed or fermented cultured vegetables or pureed sweet potatoes or pumpkin can be part of the feeding so long as at least 70% is raw meaty bones, chicken backs or carcass.
On average the small dogs get Raw Meaty Bones equaled to 3% of their body weight over the course of a week. A 10 pound dog eats 2 pounds of food a week. A big dog needs less at 1% of his weight in raw meaty bones a week. He advises the adults get fed once a day and that evening is best.
Works Wonders has information on food safety and food storage, feeding human grade sources over not human grade and the implications of that. Also, food storage, feeding areas, feeding rituals are discussed. On page 43, he gets down to the switching over to a raw food diet and the best way to do this.
Dr. Lonsdale notes that switching your pet’s diet to raw is the most important thing you can do to promote health vitality and longectivity and reminds us that happily, most dogs are still very much in touch with their inner wolf!
As far as switching to raw, he advises to “just do it”. A natural diet is very detoxifying in its own right and you must be ready to understand why some “get loose for a bit” while bad bugs (bacteria) is evacuated and the beneficial bugs get cultivated for takeover. My recommendation is that feeding probiotics is a good idea along with colostrum and perhaps some edible dirt! Not necessarily pigeon poop but a more pleasant additive of soil based microorganisms and a bit of healthy healing clay.
Dr. Lonsdale advises when switching onto raw, to stick with one food type at the beginning, like all chicken backs. This will allow faster changeover of beneficial bugs and stabilization of gastrointestinal micro flora.
Lonsdale warns about the dry kibble fed dog that is now an addict to his dry food that often contains chemical attractants. I have found evidence of leptins, flavour enhancers, and excitatory neurotoxins that chemically addict carnivores to these processed kibbles. The grains are very attractive to the brain, just like sugar. So, if the inner wolf isn’t in touch, try adding slowly.

Dr. Lonsdale warns that although he uses the “if they have teeth” give them raw meaty bones adage. He does warn that a place for feeding carcass paste when it is all ground into a paste is in mega esophagus dogs. For them he advises finely ground.
Breeders report fewer c-sections in dogs that are raw food fed as opposed to those trying to survive on a processed food diet. Also the offspring of raw food mothers outperform those of processed food fed. If you note the parade of beautiful well balanced dogs at the end of the DVD, In Search of the Truth of Natural Care for Dogs, you have to see the evidence first hand for yourself.
I would also mention here that I have the whole series of books that Juliette de Barcali wrote on the raising of animals naturally. Her wisdom has been sought since her realization that processed food feeding did not produce the fit dogs she was looking for in breeding champions. Her dogs, the Afghan breed that brought her Champions were all raw fed dogs. Offspring of raw fed mother dogs, are simply more vigorous than processed kibble fed mothers.

Starting the puppies at 3 weeks of age on whole pieces of raw meat and chicken backs will generate expert crunchers on the soft chicken bones by 6 weeks. Feed a variety of different foods. Sources of calcium are whole carcasses or raw meaty bones. The fecal residue of naturally fed dogs will be about 1/3 of the dogs fed processed foods. The little white poos as they are fondly referred to are a sign of a raw fed dog. The bulky, slimy and stinky fecal material of processed food fed dogs is getting to be a matter of biohazardous contention in neighborhoods and parks. The more waste, fibers and fillers in processed foods diet, the more bulky the fecal residue will be.

Veterinary teaching with pet food marketing have for many years been directed against table scraps and created unnecessary alarm. In the books Dr. Lonsdale has prepared he lists the types of table scraps that are fine to add to that other 30% of the dogs’ diet. However, his mandate for the 70% raw meaty bones will be the only way to assure the companion carnivore the periodontal health.
A raw meaty bone or carcass based diet contains little or no carbohydrate. There are no essential carbohydrates for us or for our companion carnivores! Yet, commercial pet food companies are stating that over 50% of our pet’s diet should be carbohydrates. This goes along very well with their use of high load carbohydrate foods that would have otherwise been landfill, but it is not the way to feed a carnivore. What the current processed pet foods do that are high in carbohydrates is advance chronic disease, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, pancreatitis Cushing’s, Cushingoid conditions and of course the BIG “C”, cancer. Carbohydrates and starches are not healthy foods for the companion carnivore. The convenience and economy of feeding a harmful processed kibble diet will cost at the other end.

In Dr. Olson’s book, Raw & Natural Nutrition for Dogs, the following information on carbohydrates is noted; dogs do not have grinding teeth, nor a long digestive tract or even amylase in their saliva. They have a difficult time with diets high in complex carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates tend to stay in the dogs’ digestive tract longer, which slows down the digestive process and can lead to spasms and irritations in the large intestine as the dog must labor to process them. Ref: Laflamme, Dottie, DVM, PhD Nutritional Needs of Older Dogs.
http://pets. yahoo.com/pets/dogs/hn/nutritional_needs_of_older_dogs. 25 Purina
We have learned that dogs lack the digestive system for converting carbohydrates into a form they can utilize. Symptoms of a diet too high in starches can range from bulky, smelly stools to dehydration, gas and irritable bowel syndrome. In the long term, carbohydrates can dramatically reduce your dog’s quality of life and results in health complications.
The stool of carbohydrate eaters is too big, contains too much moisture and smells terrible. This is a digestion system under stress.
In the DVD Eat, Drink and Wag Your Tail, Master Dog Chef, Micki Voisard takes you through the process of preparing homemade food for your dog There is also a hike out into the dog park trails where you can identify who is healthy and being fed whole foods versus who is getting fed dry kibble and has a digestive tract that is not healthy.


I was given a book entitled “How Pet Foods Saved the World”, they did this by keeping a very large amount of garbage out of the landfills. This garbage is heated at high temperatures, denaturing proteins and restructuring rancid fats. The highest paid employee of a processed food plant is the food scientist that makes the resulting kibble edible to the dog.

Recently, the only company that I ever would allow to sell a dry kibble in my retail store was the defendant in a class action suit for falsely advertising the use of “human grade ingredients” with
a food that was so healthy “even you would eat it”. That company was the one that tried to fill a niche of offering a high protein no or low carb convenience food which was not at all even economical. The lesson I learned is that there is little too little control over the pet food industry.
 
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The 2007 Pet Food recall should have confirmed us on that. Now with the marketing ploys and false advertising of the pet food industry, I think it is time to take matters into our own hands.


If you are not seeing the benefits of sourcing your own grass fed or greenfed meats, then perhaps you should become aware of the lack of labeling requirements for genetically engineered crops and the production of cloned animals. This, like the idea to change carnivores’ raw meat requirements to cheap carbohydrates is just another way that vitality, health and longectivity will be affected by not going raw and not keeping it natural.
Dr. Lonsdale recommends feeding the inner wolf a rotating cycle of varied meat sources. Beef, Fish, Chicken, Lamb, Pig, Chicken, Beef, rabbit, Chicken, Fish, Turkey, Offal and then Lamb-the idea is to feed a varied natural raw meaty bone diet. His book is full of resources; Linda’s book Raw Fed Cats is full of resources. My final advice is to check always for grass fed raw food meats for your companion carnivore at local markets and search by state to find your resources local.



Barney eating grass, because he is fed processed foods and thinks he is an herbivore!

Lacy the old girl still knows to run out in the spring and get some of that green green grass. This was taken in March and Lacy having come from Jackson Hole, Wyoming was glad to see the green grass at Saguaro ranch in Arizona.

The whole dog herd went with me to track out healing plants on the farm this March morning and they all found plants of their own to munch. They do this every single morning and I have to admire the innate wisdom of their bodies.


 
A young pup discovering the healing properties of dandelion!
 
Nothing but the best for the ones you love!
Special thank you to all who freely contributed to this EBook in order to help educate the proper way to feed your Carnivore Companion. This information was gathered as a resource for the public and was not “sponsored” by any pet food company.
The next section I will touch on Raw Vs Cooked, which is my personal opinion. 
The issue of Raw Vs Cooked has been a major discussion, is it safe, is it for all dogs. The answer is yes and no. Some canines do well with a raw diet, other’s will not, each canine is an individual with their own set of needs. It is more important to eat a fresh balanced diet, than to be stuck in the fixed belief that the food must be raw.
Your carnivorous companion must eat a meat-based diet, that would be the one point I will stress, canines eat meat it is biological, mentally a must, so what ever, your personal preference is on your own diet, your carnivorus canine must be also respected, in regards to their own wellbeing.
Canines who should eat cooked food are those, who have had recent gastrointestinal surgery, and those who are on chemotherapy, or have a suppressed immune system. This doesn’t mean, that they can’t eat raw, they should eat cooked until they recover and have a good balance of normal flora in the gut, also keep in mind, the taste and needs of your canine are always changing, canines who have been happily devouring their raw food, may one day refuse it. In Chinese medicine, there are health conditions when cooked food is needed and when raw is needed, for interest you could grab a book on Chinese medicine. Some examples could be they prefer their liver served warm, or as they get older prefer it cooked, or like my Khan decided at 80 he wanted raw but still happy to eat leftover dinner, one thing to point out is not to feed cooked and raw together, as can cause tummy upset, at least 5 hrs apart, some dogs don’t have any problems, as I’m thinking of Tao who ate the sushi, in the plastic, I left on the kitchen bench, as I went to get into my tracky dacks then the next morning I awoke to find the empty butter on his bed, HHHHmmm , yes all 250g of butter, any way, I’m getting off track, laughing at my dog, some dogs do fine, just don’t let your philosophy about food, lead you to ignore what your canine tells you, be observant and flexible, if you don’t like to watch your dog eat and crunch chicken feet, don’t watchMany canines suffer needlessly from a dizzying array of preventable health problems. Environmental toxins, overuse of vaccinations and pharmaceuticals and biologically incorrect diets, cause the majority of the disease and degeneration found in our dogs today.

Dogs are carnivores.

If you can right now, take a look inside your dog's mouth. It is an evolutionary work of bio-engineerinng excellence. The jaws are hinged and powerful. This design is specific to allow for effective tearing and crushing of raw meat and bones. A canine's stomach is highly acidic and their saliva lacks amylase. The high acidity facilitates the breakdown of raw meat, bones, and bacteria. The lack of amylase makes carbohydrate, cellulose and fiber break down and digestion very difficult. Your dog is anatomically and physiologically designed to eat a carnivorous diet. Because canines evolved following the laws of nature (not the laws of convenience and enterprise), once you start following these natural laws, your doggy's tail will never stop wagging in gratitude

            


Pet Food –

The first commercial dog food was introduced in England about 1860. James Spratt, an electrician from Ohio, was in London selling lightning rods when he saw miserable street dogs ganged up along the piers waiting to being tossed mouldy hardtack biscuits and scraps of rotten food.         

This was a very old type of feeding called "trencher feeding" that had existed in the U.K. since before there were dinner plates. A "trencher" was a flat piece of bread once commonly used as a plate or underneath a rough wooden plate. Food was served on this bread and the bread and the table scraps (along with spoiled food and boiled knuckle bones) were then "tossed to the dogs." Commercially prepared pet food, has a relatively short (less than 100 years), but interesting history. Believe it or not, the only food made exclusively for pets prior to the early 1920s were dog biscuits! During the 1920s and ‘30s, the pet food market began to expand a bit. Americans with enough money to purchase their pet’s food could find dehydrated, pelleted and canned formulas made from meat and grain mill scraps. But most pets were still fed primarily raw meat and table scraps, plus whatever food they hunted for themselves. The Great Depression of the 1930s and early ‘40s had a significant impact on the growth of the commercial pet food market, however, lack of industry regulation invited anyone who wanted to make a buck to produce a can or bag of pet food. During that period, canned pet food accounted for over 90 percent of the market. During World War II (1939 to 1945), not only was metal rationed, but pet food was categorised as “non-essential” by the U.S. government. The combination spelled death for the canned pet food industry. In addition, food rationing led to fewer table scraps. Pet owners who could afford to bought dry pet food or dog biscuits – the only commercially available products at the time.
Byproducts of WWII: Dry Pet Food and Processed Human Food
Unfortunately, pet owner’s love of dry pet food has endured well past the end of World War II. The war also sparked the processed food revolution in the U.S. Spam and similar products were developed in the 1930s to feed the troops abroad and to help with food rationing restrictions at home. All the factors that made processed food attractive to humans ultimately had a significant impact on the pet food industry as well. The period after the end of WWII was a time of enormous economic growth and expansion in the U.S. Jobs were plentiful and more Americans were able to buy their own homes. As more families moved out of cities to suburbia, giant supermarkets replaced small grocery stores. Consumer demand for processed foods, for fast food – for food in general – kept pace with increases in educational and employment opportunities, individual wealth, and ever-expanding lifestyle options. In responding to the tremendous increase in U.S. consumer appetites, the human food industry created vast quantities of agricultural scraps from slaughterhouses, grain mills, and processing plants. Pet food manufacturers immediately understood the unlimited opportunity of human food waste to their industry.
By 1960, Pet Food Companies Were Able to Mass-Market Kibble
It’s absolutely true -- our pet population provides a place for recycling waste from the human food industry. Grains that fail inspection, uninspected pieces and parts of waste from the seafood industry, leftover restaurant grease, deceased livestock, and even roadkill is collected and disposed of through rendering -- a process that converts all sorts of human food industry waste into raw materials for the pet food industry.In the late 1950s, a U.S. pet food company developed a way to create kibble from boiling cauldrons of meat, fat and grain scraps – it’s called extrusion. The raw materials are purchased by pet food manufacturers who then blend the rendered fat and meat with starch fillers. They add bulk synthetic vitamin and mineral supplements, and then they extrude the mix at high temperatures, creating all sorts of toxic reactions including advanced glycation end products and heterocyclic amines. This is what passes for pet food and it’s sold to consumers at a tremendous profit. This “advancement” in manufacturing allowed pet food companies to capitalise on the popularity of kibble. Now, they were able to mass-market the type of pet food most popular with pet owners due to its convenience and low cost. Today, there are hundreds of kibbles, canned and semi-most dog foods to choose from. This is remarkable, given that not quite 60 years ago, commercial pet food was almost unheard of.
Have We Chosen Convenience Over the Health of Our Pets?
No one really argues with the fact that in order for optimal health to occur, animals – including humans -- must consume the foods they were designed to eat, and preferably whole, fresh and unadulterated. This is known as species-appropriate nutrition. For example, vegetarian animals must eat vegetation for optimal health. Carnivores must eat fresh whole prey for optimal health.
There is no such thing as dog food, bird food, cat food-
      Food is just food-species-appropriate.
Carnivorous pets have not evolved to digest and assimilate foods like corn, wheat, rice or potatoes – yet these are the very foods the vast majority of pet food manufacturers use as primary ingredients in their formulas. Fortunately, dogs are extremely resilient creatures. Not only do they not die immediately upon eating biologically inappropriate foods, but it often takes years before the significant physical degeneration that occurs from a lifetime of eating the wrong foods becomes noticeable. Just as in Humans! One of the reasons we’re able to deceive ourselves into believing convenience pet foods are good for dogs is because the changes to a pet’s health and vitality brought on by a dead, processed diet are usually not immediate or acute. For over a half-century, our pets have been fed inappropriate diets that have kept them alive, but not thriving. In fact, we’ve created dozens of generations of animals that suffer from degenerative diseases, Allergies, Skin diseases, Cancer, Renal, Dental to name a few linked to nutritional deficiencies.


Origins of Dogs-

A good place to start a discussion of our carnivorous pets is to go back to the roots of the dog prior to domestication. The domestic dog, whose taxonomic name is Canis lupus familiaris, is a domesticated form of the gray wolf, which is a member of the Canidae family of the order Carnivora. Most scientists believe dogs were domesticated from gray wolves about 15,000 years ago. But DNA analysis published in 1997 suggests that the transformation from wolves to domestic dogs occurred more like 130,000 years ago. Data suggests dogs first diverged from wolves in East Asia, and these domesticated dogs quickly migrated throughout the world. Of course, humans began selectively breeding dogs to create animals that suited their needs and their likes. 
Today's Dogs are Carnivores Just Like Their Wild Ancestors-
 Despite humans’ desire to create certain physical characteristics in dogs – this is called their phenotype or how animals look externally – their genetic makeup remains essentially the same as their wild ancestors, which should tell you something about the foods they should still be consuming. Of course, all animals are biologically equipped to assimilate and digest foods they were designed to eat. For example, earthworms are naturally designed to process dirt. The entire GI tract of worms, from the mouth to the other end where waste is excreted, was designed for this purpose. Cows are designed to eat grass, and their GI tracts are set up perfectly for this. They have big, round, flat teeth used to grind grasses and an unbelievable range of motion in their mandibles, allowing them to chew, chew, chew, and chew. Cows have a lot of range of motion laterally in their jaws. Dogs do not have this range of motion in their jaws. Their jaws move up and down only, like a trap door or a hinge, because dogs are gulpers, not chewers. They don’t have chewing teeth. Dogs have incredibly sharp interlocking teeth designed to rip and tear flesh.They also have very short GI tracts compared to vegetarian animals that need to ferment foods, as carnivorous animals consume foods with potentially very heavy pathogen loads. The bodies of carnivores are designed to get foods in and back out very quickly.The ancestral lifestyle of a carnivore includes lots of variety and seasonal variability, meaning certain prey was more prevalent at certain times of the year. They thrived consuming fresh, living, whole animals. But carnivorous animals do not eat clean foods. Dogs did not evolve to consume sterile foods. They have digestive tracts that are designed to be resilient and handle the loads of naturally-occurring bacteria that are present in the foods they eat. Their food in the wild was Nutritionally, moisture-dense, meaning the prey they consumed was primarily water. The carnivorous lifestyle required a tremendous amount of exercise and exertion. Food was not served to them, so they had to stealthily catch it. This provided intense stimulation of all the senses, plus nervous, skeletal, endocrine, and circulatory system involvement. Carnivorous animals had daily rigorous workouts in an attempt to catch enough food to stay alive.


Most Pet Food is Biologically Inappropriate for Dogs 
What’s very important for pet owners to know is that “pet food” is a relatively new concept. However, animals have hunted prey or, in the case of dogs, scavenged -- for millions of years. And although recent research suggests domesticated carnivores were able to adapt to some degree to starch in the diet as humans became planters and farmers of grains, dogs have most definitely not evolved into vegetarians over time. 
Remembering-Dogs jaws move up and down only, like a trap door or a hinge, because dogs are gulpers, not chewers. They don’t have chewing teeth. Dogs have incredibly sharp interlocking- teeth designed to rip and tear flesh. The decision to lead a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle is not a choice humans should force on their carnivorous pets-That's why the recent reports that Ellen is developing a vegan line of pet food alarm me. Not only is DeGeneres hugely popular as a comedian, actress, author and talk show host, she's also admired as an animal advocate. As such, my concern is that her creation of a vegan dog food could persuade pet owners to remove animal protein from the diets of their carnivorous canine companions. This move will compromise the health of countless dogs, Even death of precious pets who depend on their humans to provide the right kind of nutrition for their biological needs. Over the last hundred years, major pet food companies have produced most of their products using a base of corn, wheat, rice, or potato. However, our carnivorous pets have not evolved to be able to process those foreign foods. The good news is dogs are adaptable and resilient unlike other species, for example, snakes. If we suddenly forced snakes to eat grains or consume vegetation, they would simply die, demonstrating rather visibly and quickly that they were not provided the correct food source. Dogs are among the most resilient animals on the planet. They are able to withstand really significant nutritional abuse, in my opinion, without dying. Degeneration and disease does occur as the result of an inappropriate diet, but sudden death does not. Instead, we’ve created dozens of generations of nutritionally weakened animals that suffer from degenerative diseases linked to nutritional deficiencies – a link the traditional veterinary community has not acknowledged. Is the entire system flawed? Yes. But pet food industry giants are realising that pet owners are becoming more educated about their flawed system, and they are trying to clean up their image. We are beginning to see words like “natural” and “no byproducts” on labels. We’re beginning to see “grain-free” and “naturally preserved” on labels as well. Manufacturers are hearing the grumbles of educated pet owners and are changing their marketing to try to regain lost customers.
Common Pet Food Myths-

I found it hard at first, many years ago, so I understand that for pet parents doing the very best and wanting only the very best for their canine, it can be easy to buy into marketing gimmicks that human parents would never fall for. For instance, how often have you heard a paediatrician say, “Never feed your baby anything but X brand of baby food, because feeding a homemade diet could be dangerous to your child’s health?” Never. But you do hear it often in the veterinary world. Or how about this one: “Switching your brand of baby food could lead to GI problems, so feed only one brand or type of baby food to your children for the rest of their lives to avoid GI problems.” You would never hear this, either, from a competent paediatrician. And yet, you hear this type of advice all the time in the veterinary industry. It’s startling to me to know that entire generations of people actually believe pets must have “pet food” to be healthy, there’s a host of other myths you’ve probably heard. For example, pets can derive all the nutrients they need for vibrant health from a dry nugget that can be fed day after day, year after year. Or that if you don’t feed crunchy foods to your pet, his or her teeth won’t be clean. Or canned food is too rich, and raw food is just a recent trendy craze that could be risky. A lot of people have also been lead to believe their veterinarian wouldn’t recommend X brand of food if it wasn’t good for their pet... that all cats should eat fish and drink milk... that veterinarians are the people to trust for the most up-to-date information pertaining to nutrition... or that disease, degeneration, and poor vitality have nothing to do with day to day nourishment. 
All myths. 
So... What are the Facts?
Number one, carbohydrates are not a necessary component of a carnivore’s diet, dogs have very low amylase secretion. The intense heat used to process commercial pet foods diminishes or destroys the benefits of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes in food. Processed pet foods require supplementation to replace lost nutrients. The heating process also significantly reduces the digestibility of amino acids in pet food, amino acids are the life line for canines, digestibility of meat-based protein is proven to be superior to plant-based protein – plant-based-protein is the type used in most inexpensive commercial pet foods. So in a nutshell, for 99.99 percent of their time on earth, dogs have consumed a natural diet. For .01 percent of the time, they have consumed an extruded, processed diet. Dogs evolved to consume a low-carbohydrate diet. But for the last century, the majority of pet owners have fed pets a high-carbohydrate, low-moisture diet. This has created significant metabolic and physiologic stress, and convenience pet foods have become the root cause of most, of the inflammatory processes-skin diseases, all of the diseases that plague's our dogs are linked, related to unbalanced cooked, raw and processes foods. On a dog food label list of ingredients, you’ll find water, protein, fat, fiber. The word carbohydrate is almost never mentioned. Fiber is an indigestible carbohydrate-it is primarily plant cell walls resistant to digestion.



Common Health Problems-
Common health problems associated with commercial kibbles and wet/moist foods.-Cancer, Heart disease, Obesity, Bloat, Hyperthyroidism, Urinary tract disease, Kidney disease, Dental disease, Chronic digestive problems ,And so on…
The Problem With Synthetic Nutrition!
Have you ever looked at a dog food label? Not the part about chicken and rice, the bottom half where it starts to look more like an organic chemistry textbook than a food label. All of those long, convoluted chemical names are, you guessed it, chemicals! They’re not food.
Real vitamins are living complexes that contribute to other living complexes like cell repair, circulatory activities and collagen production. They coexist in food with other living complexes like enzymes and essential trace minerals and they all function synergistically.
Synthetic vitamins, the kind found in premixes, were never alive nor part of anything alive. That’s what synthetic means: it occurs nowhere in nature. Synthetic vitamins are chemicals and the body recognises them as chemicals, just like it does any other drug. This is why vitamins and drugs are both measured in milligrams. This is also why we have something called “vitamin toxicity.”
It’s virtually impossible to get too much vitamin D from sunshine or foods but dogs are harmed from vitamin D toxicity from pet foods each and every year. Vitamin D toxicity, or hypervitaminosis D, causes bone loss and abnormally high serum calcium levels, which can result in kidney stones and the calcification of organs like the heart and kidneys. These are really common issues in dogs today yet nobody looks at food as a cause until dogs literally drop dead from eating it. Otherwise, nobody makes the connection and the synthetic vitamin D builds up in the dog and creates insidious and seemingly unrelated disease.
Similarly, it’s virtually impossible for real food to cause vitamin A toxicity but synthetic vitamin A toxicity is well published and probably a lot more common that you might think. The effects of vitamin A toxicity include:
increased tumour growth 
joint disorders 
dry skin 
enlargement of the liver and spleen 
immune depression 
birth defects
Half of adult dog’s die of cancer while joint disease is affecting today’s dogs at epidemic proportions.
Kibble Creates Malnutrition!
Here are the takeaway points every pet owner should know about synthetic vitamins and premixes (and this applies to all premixes, not just those made in China):          
Vitamins, minerals and enzymes all work together as co-factors. If one part is missing, in the wrong form or in the wrong amount, then entire chains of metabolic processes will misfire, causing a downward spiral in health that can take months or years to manifest as disease. 
Synthetic vitamins are treated as drugs by the body and like any other toxin, must be filtered by the liver. Dr Casimir Funk says this about synthetic vitamins: “these are highly inferior to vitamins from natural sources, also the synthetic product is well known to be far more toxic.” 
Even small doses of vitamin D and vitamin E have been shown to significantly decrease immune function. 
Ascorbic acid is not vitamin C, it is a chemical isolate of vitamin C. 
Synthetic vitamin B is manufactured from coal tar and vitamin B12 comes from activated sewage sludge 
Most vitamin D and lecithin is made from irradiated vegetable oils. Isn’t just a bit counter intuitive to eat something derived from oxidative trans fatty acids with the expectation of better health? 
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can be associated with virtually every disease. Dr DW Cavanaugh of Cornell University states, “There is only one major disease, and that is malnutrition.”
Real Life Research On Fake Vitamins

What are the real life ramifications of these synthetic vitamins? There are a lot of studies that have a common theme and that is that synthetic vitamins don’t behave in the body like the real ones do. Their actions are either incomplete or harmful. Here are some studies you should be aware of:
The 1994 New England Journal of Medicine contains a study were 30,000 Finnish subjects were given beta carotene (which the body turns into vitamin A, a vitamin valuable for DNA synthesis and protecting the cells from harmful free radicals) to show the value of antioxidant vitamins. In this study, the subjects who received the synthetic beta carotene were actually 8 times more likely to suffer fatal heart attacks and strokes than those who didn’t. 
In that same study, people taking the fake beta carotene also suffered significant increases in cancer. Lung cancer alone increased by 18%. The study was actually stopped because of the dangers to the people in it. What’s ironic is that synthetic beta carotene which, along with vitamin A, is a powerful antioxidant, is stabilized in refined vegetable oils which are oxidized trans fatty acids, the very things that antioxidants are meant to protect against! 
Two years later, another study was published in the Lancet showing that synthetic beta carotene actually blocked the antioxidant activity of all the other naturally occurring carotenoids in the diet. So the naturally occurring vitamins in the food were blocked by one fake synthetic vitamin. 
In one study done in pigs, vitamin B rendered every subject sterile. (Dr Barnett Sure, Journ Natr 1939) As you can see Nutritional science is not a new idea, it has just been lost, until now!
  Two Wrongs Don’t Make Alive-

The solution to dead food isn’t adding dead chemicals. At best, they are useless and at worst, they are toxic to the dogs eating them. Pet food manufacturers know their food is devoid of nutrition so they add synthetic premixes in. Pet owners know kibble isn’t as good as real food, so they add supplements and most of these products also contain fake, dead, synthetic vitamins. Your dog needs to eat real food and the best way to tell if it’s real food is that the label has food on it, not chemical names. If you see any ingredients on your dog food label that look like they would come from your drug store instead of your fridge, then don’t buy it – it’s fake!
Looking at a typical dog food label we see such things as: Acetate, Palmitate, Thiamine mononitrate, Thiamine hydrochloride, Thiamine Chloride, Pyridoxine hydrochloride, Cobalamin or cyanocobalamin, Ascorbic Acid, Pycnogenols, Irradiated ergosterol or Calciferol, dl-alpha tocopherol, Menadione, Beta Carotene and Retinoic acid . How many of these are true vitamins? None – they are all synthetic chemical derivatives.
To meet all of his nutritional needs, feed your dog food. Not people food, not dog food, just good old fashioned food. Clean, fresh meats are an excellent source of vitamins A, E and D (as is coconut oil). Other vitamins can be sourced through organic produce grown in mineral rich soil, When you need for yourself or your dog vitamins, look for whole food supplements. Unlike their synthetic counterparts, whole food vitamins are made from entire plants with the whole vitamin complex intact. The body actually recognizes this as food, not a drug, and the body doesn’t have to compensate for any missing elements because they are all there, just the way Mother Nature intended them to be. Whole food vitamins don’t leech the body of their missing co-factors and don’t cause a vitamin imbalance leading to disease.

 


Nutritional Goals for Your Canine
To live a long happy healthy life, more hugs, more playing, more walks, more laughter, more together, more life- 


A diet that is as species-appropriate as possible (low in carbohydrates, high moisture content, and unprocessed) 
A variety of fresh, whole foods that are nutritionally complete and optimal for the species 
Providing everything their body needs and nothing it doesn’t 
Helping you to understand the difference between biologically appropriate and metabolically stressful diets. This means we must put aside our religious and/or political beliefs and recognize that most of us have preconceived ideas we must address in order to provide the best possible food for our companions. 
The reality is most pets live their entire lives without consuming any living foods. They eat an entirely processed diet from birth to death. There are a wide variety of reasons for this. Not everyone believes food matters to overall health. Many people don’t correlate disease with diet. And there are also people who realize there’s a connection, but just don’t find the correct way to put it all together, but now you will. Another huge issue is that veterinarians don’t receive an objective education in animal nutrition.
Your Pet’s Health is it Determined by Genetics and Environment?
I believe health and wellness are based on two factors: genetics and environment.
Nutrigenomics- is the emerging field of study that links our lifestyle choices to genetic expression, which means the food you feed your pet has the potential to either up- or down-regulate target genes. What this means is that early identification of cell markers can allow doctors to provide nutritional intervention and return the patient to cellular health, avoiding genetically predisposed disease. This is huge. 




Can a Diet Overcome DNA-

A dogs genetic makeup-DNA can’t be changed, but it’s phenotype or expression of the DNA, can be influenced by diet at a cell level eg: what is eaten can alter arthritis, omega 3 fatty acids came out on top, the joints contained less metalloprotease, an enzyme that degrades the cartilage and more protein that inhibited the metalloproteases. Diets have shown, via gene expression, to be able to change dog’s metabolism from fat storing to fat burning-energy. I don’t know how many times I’ve watch, the biggest loser with people saying half way through-it’s amazing I now, don’t have type 2 diabetes and so on, to me it’s not a miracle it’s just logic.
Environmental factors that influence genetic expression include not only the foods you choose to feed your pet, but also antioxidant intake, exposure to chemicals, and overall toxic load. Chemicals include topical flea and tick preventives, yard and household chemicals, and medications (including vaccines).
Water and air quality also play a role, as does your pet’s weight, sex, age, breed, prior diseases and injuries, hormonal balance and level of physical fitness. 
Research shows the best way to reduce metabolic stress and chronic inflammation is through lifestyle choices, in particular the food your pet eats. 

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Soul - A dog is a part of mother nature, a living, feeling being with a full set of needs and rights all it's own, the dog has memory, will, intelligence and experiences the entire gamut of emotions, among them love, dedication, faithfulness, joy, regret, fear, sorrow, desperation, anger, jealousy, shame, pride, imagination, curiosity and on and on. Not only does the dog have a soul but a very rich soul the true meaning of love, loyalty, it is the dog that truly loves us, sometimes beyond expectation, beyond measure, beyond what we deserve, more indeed than we love ourselves, because the soul of the dog is love, the dog can love other animals, itself and us with a completeness, a purity and an intensity, that we can admire and perhaps even learn to emulate.No dog will ever lie to us about love.
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Australian Canine is focused on providing high-quality service dedicated to improving dog's lives, we take that responsibility and strive for excellence to fulfil every member of the pack to live life to the fullest-more years, more hugs, more together, more time, more walks, more play, more fun, more family, more laughter, more walks on the beach in the park more memories of a quality of life and love.
We provide a nutritional consultation services to dog owners and canine professionals. A non-invasive test is used to analyse your canines health statistics, Based on your animal's test results, we design an individualized nutritional protocol that is effective for resolving health problems, restoring vitality and optimizing performance.

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My wish for your pack to live life to the fullest-more years, more hugs, more together, more time, more walks, more play, more fun, more family, more laughter, more walks on the beach in the park more memories of a quality of life and love.
Australian Canine - Ceo- Carrie Whyte-Master’s Degree in K9 Nutritional Science, which is the area of Biochemistry that is specifically concerned with the effects of foods and food components, chemical components of effects upon body tissue, ill health-the food matrix. To attain ideal health and fight disease, it all comes down to Nutrition. australiancanine@gmail.com 

 
 
 

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Bravo Recalls Select Chicken and Turkey Pet Foods Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 26, 2014 - (Manchester, CT) Bravo of Manchester, CT is recalling select lots of Bravo Turkey and Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

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Bravo Recalls Select Chicken and Turkey Pet Foods Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk
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