Jennifer Smith "listenstohorses" wrote:
I believe wheat grass is like a super food for everyone...
wheat grass juice has all kinds of health benifits, no?
Oats and oat grass is super horse feed....
Jami McBride wrote:
Chickens love Hostas too - so I wouldn't think they are bad for your puppy.
As I type this, I'm looking out my window watching my duck eat my garlic plant's leaves - oh well.
No thoughts on dirt except that it shouldn't hurt. Maybe your puppy is craving some minerals?
A list of ingredients to feed in your kennel:
* Raw Meat - Any raw muscle meat will work, I feed turkey hamburger because of price but normal hamburger is also just as good.
* A raw egg 3 to 5 times per week (with the shell)
* Turkey necks, chicken necks or chicken backs
* Chopped Veggie pulp (carrots, cauliflower, celery, green beans etc)
* Kelp and alfalfa - the fine powdered type
* Powdered vitamin C
* Essential Fatty Acids
o Cod liver oil
o Salmon oil OMEGA 3 - VERY IMPORTANT EVER DAY
o Flaxseed oil
* Glucosamine Powder (99% pure)
* Vitamin E - EXTREMELY IMPORTANT - YOUR DOG MUST HAVE THIS !!!
1- I cannot stress enough that you need to give your dog Vitamin E every day of its life. To gain the most beneficial effect from Vitamin E you also need to give Omega 3 (salmon oil every day) In my kennel I give each dog 2 Vitamin E pills (I probably could get by with one but they are cheap and an extra E pill per day will never hurt a dog) I also give one Omega 3 pill for every 10 pounds of body weight per day (a 80 pound dog gets 8 Omega 3 pills) If a dog does not eat the capsules you can cut the gel caps up and drain them. I personally feed the liquid salmon oil that we sell. It's not cheap but its very good. I give my pups 3 pumps per day adult dogs get 4 pumps per day.
2-In times of stress you should increase the amount of vitamin C that your dog gets
3 -When you have a pregnant bitch or a bitch that you are going to breed get her on folic acid
4 -Lactating bitches should get Red Raspberry Leaves
5 -Try and feed a pregnant bitch liver or heart meat once or twice a week (cut back on cod liver oil if you feed liver)
5-There are many more herbs and vitamins that people can consider for the pets. I will not go into all of them here. At the end of this article I have listed some excellent books that I would recommend to anyone who has an interest in the health of their dog.
I need to find away to preserve and store them so that they last longer.
Al Loria wrote:
Our dogs love to pull out worms and roll on top of them on their backs and rub their faces on them.
I have yet to find a single thing or activity that cant be rationalized as functional so I wont doubt you on that.Yea,natives here in the PacificNW had dogs(or domesticated coyotes) for hair/fiber but Im sure they ate them and the dogs ate their poop which I believe is what makes dog culture sustainable. That said,I do have dogs and supplement scraps with dog food,but I do alot of other unsustainable things too.
Emerson White wrote:
Any fresh green veggies are healthful, Wheat grass is just trendy. Bears also eat grass, the tender young shoots are actually calorie positive. Additionally if you eat the grass that has hardened off (like many dogs will do) the silicon chips that the blades form to protect themselves induce retching, which can help a dog get rid of stomach worms.
Emerson:if the last 15k years were so sustainable than why are people on here looking for "solutions".Clearly we have taken some wrong turns and while some dog cultures are sustainable,many are not.Lets not forget that the middle east was once very lush and at some point the use of dogs in that area was limited only to royalty and sport as the game dissapeared.My post was meant to explore some things a dog culture could do to avoid such a fate.While they are good at feeding humans(in more ways than one)it seems like the farms around here that get them end up also buying dog food so something must be missing from the equation.First people get livestock and they start buying grain,then they get a protection dog and start buying dog food.If the current models are sustainable,then why are people buying more and more stuff?I can appreciate you defense of convention though.
Don't worry. There is no problem with biotin deficiency if they are whole raw eggs.
Kathleen Sanderson wrote:
If you are keeping poultry for eggs, what you could do is feed the dog (s) basically whatever your family is eating, and add cooked eggs to that (raw egg only once a week or they'll get a biotin deficiency).
Raw egg whites contain a protein called avidin, which can deplete your dog of biotin, one of the B vitamins. Biotin is essential to your dog’s growth and coat health. The lack of it can cause hair loss, weakness, growth retardation, or skeleton deformity. Raw egg yolks contain enough biotin to prevent the deficiency, so this is not a problem with raw whole eggs.