order to live, a dog must eat. How long the dog lives, as well as health,
immune system, behaviour and temperament, the ability to reproduce successfully,
and to recover from trauma, all depend on what is eaten. An animal that
eats well lives a long life, coping with everyday stresses and strains.
One that eats poorly is unhealthy and with age will begin to suffer from
"The Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog"
modern dog owners are taught to believe that feeding dogs is such a difficult
task, it is best left to the dog food companies. Nothing could be further
from the truth."
Dr Ian Billinghurst,
"Give Your Dog a Bone"
is fair to say that dogs will not only survive well on home-conceived,
home-prepared diets, but will thrive enormously. Their immune systems
should also be more robust. I have seen spectacular turn-arounds in chronic
disease from using diet modification alone. What is needed is restoration
of our confidence in ourselves to be able to feed our dogs. No one sells
us complete diets for our children, why do we accept them for our dogs?
On such diets the daily repetition, even of tiny errors, becomes significant
over a period, even in so-called 'natural' brands. Diets formulated from
freshly-prepared wholesome ingredients can bring untold benefits in joie-de-vivre,
activity and health, in addition to greater life expectancy."
MA VetMB VetFFHom MRCVS "Feeding Dogs the Natural Way"
that are Good for DOGS:
meaty bones, and lots of them: chicken wings, lamb necks, oxtail, rabbit
and pork ribs (some dogs are allergic to pork, so check).
should not be given cooked bones, as these can splinter and cause problems.
But dogs (and cats) have thrived on raw meaty bones for millions of years.
In addition to providing valuable nutrients, raw bones act as 'nature's
toothbrush'. They will remove bacteria and tartar, and prevent bacterial
build-up which otherwise would infect your pet's system.
bones will also promote healthy breath, rid your dog and cats of parasites,
and avoid the need for expensive veterinary dentistry. Animals fed a natural
diet, with a quality vitamin and mineral supplement, are virtually flea
proof, too. (Parasites thrive on weak hosts.)
bones dangerous? Cooked bones can be dangerous, and there is a remote
(one-in-a-million) chance that a raw bone could cause an obstruction.
However, a child could choke on a piece of apple, too. The health benefits
of natural feeding, in our opinion, far exceed the possible risk. Thousands
of dogs around the world are now being fed raw meaty bones - and their
owners are raving about the health transformation.
feed lightly steamed or mashed raw vegetables. Place raw vegetables in
a food processor or juice extractor so that cell walls are broken down
to resemble the stomach contents of prey. Alternatively, when you cook
your own vegetables, lightly steam some extra for your dog.
liver, heart, kidney, meat, and raw green tripe are beneficial. Also cottage
cheese, sardines, tuna, eggs, yoghurt, ripe fruits, garlic, grains, and
good quality human table scraps.
CATS: Follow the same principles as for dogs, but use smaller prey such
as raw rabbit, chicken, lamb, organic free range eggs, pulverised fruits
and vegetables. Cats need a higher ratio of meat and bones than dogs.
and mineral supplementation: we recommend Hawaiian Pacifica Spirulina,
available from Blackmoors, telephone 0208 842 3956. Comes in powdered
form to mix with your pet's food, and also in tablet form for you! (We
have no ties, financial or otherwise, with any commercial concern.)
Health Concern recommends a number of books to its members. We feel that
it is important that pet owners read-up on the dietary requirements of
their pets. This is because it is possible to make a few common errors.
Although you don't need a degree to feed your animals well, a basic understanding
goes a long way towards helping you avoid the pitfalls. Diets do need
to be balanced. You can do harm if you decide to feed only minced meat,
or only organ meat, or only bones, or only vegetarian.
Volhard's book, "The Holistic Guide to a Healthy Dog" is a mine
of information for the advanced home feeder. The book contains easy-to-understand
diet sheets, and explains why various nutrients are required, and the
deficiency diseases that can result. The book also serves as an introduction
to herbs, homoeopathy, kinesiology and other alternative therapies. Highly
from your local bookshop - the ISBN is 0-87605-560-9, published by Howell
Ian Billinghurst's book, "Give Your Dog a Bone" explains the
natural diet with humour and ease. Ian explains why pet food isn't good
for your dogs, and why bones, vegetables and table scraps are.
from Bookwise on the internet.
Day is one of the country's leading homoeopathic vets. He maintains that
a good, natural, diet is key to good health. His inexpensive booklet,
"Feeding Dogs the Natural Way" outlines the basic feeding principles
with common sense, a wider appreciation of the environment, and a respect
for all life forms.
from Chinham Publications, 43 High Street, Stanford in the Vale, Oxfordshire
SN7 8NQ, priced £5.
INFORMATION FOR YOUR PET'S HEALTH
addition to good quality food, your dogs and cats also need to kept away
from environmental poisons. For example, many flea control products on
the market contain harmful chemicals that can cause cancer and birth defects,
and disrupt the central nervous system. With a natural diet, flea control
is often unnecessary.
harmful alternatives, plus many useful and interesting facts designed
to help your dogs lead healthy, happy, lives, are detailed regularly in
are also extremely concerned about the over-use of pet vaccines. There
is absolutely no requirement for annual boosters - just as there is no
requirement for your children to be vaccinated every year.
are currently causing untold suffering in the pet population. But many
vets are beginning to take note of the damage caused by vaccines, and
Veterinary Record published a letter from a vet urging his colleagues
to read Catherine O'Driscoll's book, 'What Vets Don't Tell You About Vaccines'.
Other vets are suggesting that pets be blood-tested before vaccination
to ascertain whether it is even necessary. Often (invariably) it is shown
not to be necessary.
veterinary colleges across America are on record as saying that annual
vaccination is unnecessary, and even harmful. Practising vets in the US,
who also rely on vaccines for income, are slightly slower to heed this
are vaccines harmful? They are scientifically proven to cause arthritis,
epilepsy, cancer, skin disease, leukaemia, autoimmune diseases, and more.
Scientists have also shown that vaccines can be contaminated with retroviruses
that can permanently alter genes - causing untold suffering in subsequent
in the UK and elsewhere are, in growing numbers, relying upon the homoeopathic
alternative to vaccines to protect pets from viral and bacterial disease.
owners around the world are also relying upon less harmful forms of disease
prevention: optimum nutrition, herbs, homoeopathy, acupuncture, and more,
to both prevent and treat illness in their pets.
you have heard the rumours about pet vaccination and don't know what you
should do, please listen to your vet. But please also inform yourself
of the other side of the story! 'What Vets Don't Tell You About Vaccines'
will help you to make a more informed decision about your dog's, cat's,
or horse's preventative healthcare regime.
ISBN is 0 9523048 3 X, and it's distributed by Abbeywood Publishing at
the address below.
wish you many happy, healthy and love-filled years with your animal friends.
PO BOX 6943,
FORFAR, DD8 3WG