"How to Feed Your Dog Healthy Food."October 16, 2009 by Mike Strawbridge
When my last dog Jack died from lymphoma, I got really angry. I found out that I had been feeding him poison by giving him cheap commercial dog food. I was even further disturbed to learn that the "protein" content in cheap commercial dog food is often made up of road kill and pound puppies!
I determined from the day I brought Smash home that no matter what, as long as he lived with me, I would do my best to feed him only healthy food.
I learned about what wild dogs eat and what balanced nutrition means to a dog. I have studied nutrition in humans for a long time and my mom writes www.mealswithamessage.com so I had plenty of background to draw from in establishing a healthy diet for my dog.
Because wild dogs eat the whole animal that they kill, they get a balance of vitamins and minerals naturally from their prey. Domestic animals need that same balance but unless you are ready to go hunting for your dog, you are going to have to find others sources.
I have done a lot a research and found that dogs need raw meat in their diet and they need bones to keep their teeth healthy and to balance the magnesium and phosphorous levels. They also need many materials only available in fruits and vegetables. Ever notice that dogs eat grass?
I can now make day to day decisions about what to feed him based on what I have available. I also found some good recipes in the old book I had on the shelf "How to train a dog in six weeks." This book is now out of print so I won't bother giving you an amazon link to it.
As I was considering writing my own doggy cook book, I came across one that has everything that I would have written plus a whole lot more. John Miller's secret dog food recipes. You can find more information about how I feed my dog and more links on my blog at my-dog-smash.blogspot.com.
With the information in his book, you will know how to feed your dog to keep him healthy and happy without having to have a degree in nutrition or doing all the research I did.
I have also found that there are a few dry dog food manufactures that have taken the responsibility to make an actual nutritious dog food from good materials that you would use. However, these are expensive. I am testing one right now that Smash seems to like and appears to come from good sources. I still prefer to feed him food that I know the source of.
When I took my dog Smash to get his puppy vaccinations, my veterinarian remarked "What are you feeding this dog? I have not seen one so healthy!"
So, if you love your dog, don't feed him another bite of cheap commercial dog food. Throw that poison out! Start him on some raw beef until you have time to collect the ingredients for making your own healthy dog food and download John Millers book right now.
You know how happy your dog makes you feel, so return the favor.
Mike is also a contributing writer to http://www.pottytrainingsite.com for potty training humans.
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Mike Strawbridge October 16, 2009
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