The Carnivore Companion Feeding Dogs
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 behavior. 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, behavioral 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.
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 (and cats!) 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.
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.
Water is one and essential fatty acids and water soluble fiber are another. Fresh greens in the form of digestive enzymes are another. I have provided some ideas for water soluble forms of fiber that are high in vitamins, especially Vit A that cats require. These ingredients can be used to supplement the meat loafs. Always pushing for organic sourcing whenever possible, it is important to protect your carnivore companion from pesticides, insecticides and genetically engineered poisoning.
Cats and dogs now both will have to deal with hair. Coat maintenance with grooming will help but what helps more is plenty of good quality essential fatty acids and the vital nutrients the skin and hair coat require. Feeding a Raw Food Diet is exactly what this doctor orders. The raw foods should be from green fed sources. The benefits of omega 3 fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid and the vitamins and minerals listed earlier. A healthy companion will have a healthier coat and stronger digestive system to deal with that coat when it comes through. Hairballs that are not passed can become surgical cases.
A good book which is classified as “The Definitive Guide to Homemade Meals” is Lew Olson, PhD’s Raw and Natural Nutrition for Dogs.
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”.
Dr. Tom Lonsdale has provided the following 120 page PDF file of information “Work Wonders” for the veterinary client who is being taught proper companion carnivore nutrition. look for the PDF file of Works Wonders on Dr. Tom Lonsdale’s website.
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 www.rawmeatybones.com 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 on Amazon.com or on www.dogwise.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.dogwise.dom 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.
What Dr. Tom Lonsdale, Dr. Lisa Pierson, the research doctors at the Colyer Institute, I and Linda Zurich are all trying to do is to educate you about the profound results of natural diet and natural care for the captive carnivore.
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.
The benefits of fasting are discussed and well fed healthy dogs can be fasted 1-2 times a week. This work is backed up with the more recent scientific evidence that caloric restriction and fasting will result in longectivity and less chronic disease.
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, flavor 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 a 24 hour fast before the quick change.
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.
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 www.localharvest.com and search by state to find your resources local.
Carnivore/Raw Meat Suppliers who support the NRBA
A supplier of natural, whole food for the raw fed carnivore. Nicole firstname.lastname@example.org
The raw food store for discerning dogs and cats. Dakota dakota@truecarnivore
S.A.D.= Species Appropriate Diet because the best dog food is raw dog food. Alissa email@example.com
Raw meaty bones and more. Located in NE OH Contact for special pricing firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Kim Bloomer, Animal Naturopath has a very resourceful website for raw food feeding at http://aspenbloompetcare.com/pet-resources/raw-feeding-information . One can spend all day learning the basics on going raw and feeding natural with this great free resource!