If you'd like to make an outstanding homemade diet for your poodle, Pulverize the following in a food processor: Carrots, parsley, zucchini, celery or practically any leftover veggies from your own dinners. One exception to this is onions; they could cause a reaction in the blood that might lead to death. Use a bit of filtered water to help the process. Use a stainless steel bowl and place a cup of these pulverized, organically raised vegetables in to start. Mix thoroughly with the following: 1 teaspoon Raw Unfiltered Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. 1/8 lb. Raw Organic Ground Turkey (in So. Cal. – Shelton’s brand) 3 to 5 Raw Organic Chicken Hearts (in So. Cal. – Shelton’s brand) quartered 1 teaspoon Mint (organic flakes) or 1/2 Clove Garlic (organic, steamed) 1 teaspoon Alfalfa (organic flakes or powder) ½ cup Sweet Potato (organic, baked or boiled – skin on) ½ Eggshell (organic or veg-fed) ground, use mortar and pestle ½ teaspoon Sea Kelp (organically processed with trace minerals) 1 teaspoon Organic Flaxseed Oil ½ teaspoon cold processed Cod Liver Oil (when working or in cold weather. Poodles do best with fish body oil.) 1 tablespoon ground pumpkin seeds Puppy will eat enthusiastically for 5 to 10 min. Then take bowl away. You may place leftovers in refrigerator (if there are leftovers). Or you may add to older, more patient dog’s meal. Do not keep leftovers for more than 1 day. And for Dessert 1 Raw Organic Chicken Neck (in So. Cal. – Shelton’s brand) These necks are made up of meat and bone. Standard puppies begin chewing and eating these delectable delights at just six weeks of age. This is an excellent source of calcium and a wonderful well-anticipated treat for your pup (dog or cat). Older dogs eat 2 or 3. Some of the large males swallow these treats whole. They are highly prized by your pets and can be used for reward, as can the raw hearts. If chicken necks or turkey necks are not available, supplement the diet with 1 tablespoon of Bone Meal mixed into the recipe above. Research the bone meal origins thoroughly. Feed turkey necks and ground chicken necks. Caution is stated here from experience: Dogs will try to make this their primary meal. Wait to feed until after dinner to discourage a bad habit of desiring only necks. Caution here too is stressed not to give more than one neck a day or perhaps 3 or 4 times a week due to promoting possible bone growth disorders promoted by too much calcium.
As your puppy grows, increase the food proportionately. (Note: If you are feeding this recipe in conjunction with a kibble diet check dog food ingredient list on bag regularly to make certain contents have not changed. They may change to lesser ingredients without notice. The best kibble does not contain corn or meat by-products. Careful of some of the Lamb and Rice diets as you may just be buying a large bag of rice! See how many times (the proportion) rice is used in different forms. Rice slows digestion and is used with lesser grade meats to keep your dog’s stools solid. By-products can be anything scrapped off the floor . . . . so you see why your dog will thrive with for-human-consumption quality ingredients.) Keep in mind that your goal is to feed your dog as he evolved. Steve's Real Food For Dogs and Halshan Premium Raw foods are prepared Raw diets also available online. It was most likely that your dog's pre-historic ancestors ate small game creatures such as rabbits, birds and deer. They in turn, have digesting vegetable matter. To replicate the fermenting vegetation make certain to pulverize vegetables for the best assimilation by your pet. Boiling works, but is less beneficial. The mint is given as an aid to digestion and pumpkin seeds to dissuade internal parasites. The vinegar is given to help a dog adjust to raw meat and can be discontinued after a few months if desired. Because they produce less gas than other potatoes, sweet potatoes are recommended. Broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage should also be used less frequently because of gas producing factors. Egg yolks are fine to add, but not the egg whites. Egg whites, unless cooked, contain a substance called avidin, which destroys the B vitamin biotin. Rice, yogurt and cottage cheese together should be given after skipping one meal for a first step in treating diarrhea, otherwise, no dairy products. Gradually add regular diet with mixture over several days. This diet is worth every penny and all the extra effort. An average Standard Poodle costs @ $90.00 per month to feed this diet. It is especially helpful to a working, lactating or geriatric dog. This diet is only a part of the Standard Poodles’ health care. Please also be aware not to over vaccinate; not to use anesthesia in conjunction with teeth cleaning procedures; and not to use pesticides directly (Advantage, etc.) on your poodles. The dog’s health is so greatly improved with this diet that the natural anti-flea defenses go to work for your pet. A pet in top health is resistant to many types of parasites. Special appreciation to Newfoundland breeder, Kymythy Schultze, whose holistic animal care seminar I first attended in 1995. The information assimilated that day has had a profound and beneficial effect on not only what I feed my line of champion poodles, but also how I select the food I prepare for my own meals. Recommended: "The Ultimate Diet" by Kymythy Schultze, available at: http://home.earthlink.net/~affenbar/ Prepared by Julie Borst, breeder, Tiara Standard Poodles, La Jolla, California, USA. Please feel free to copy for the benefit of pets everywhere. Acknowledgements appreciated. Updated October, 2000. 2
THE PRIMARY FEEDING RULE: REMOVE FOOD BETWEEN MEALS.
One of the important contributing factors to ill health for dogs and cats is food left in the bowl between feedings. Digestion has one of the highest priorities in the body, and while it is taking place, the blood supply and the body's energies are devoted to this task. Animals in the wild may eat only once a day or even every other day and then fast until the next meal. This gives their bodies a chance to eliminate waste from their cells and to repair and heal tissues. Studies show that it is the smell of food that triggers the body to prepare for digestion. Enzymes are produced, saliva and digestive juices start flowing, blood flow is redirected to the stomach, and the body slows down to accommodate the expected nourishment. If an animal is constantly smelling food from the food bowl, this digestive mechanism will tend to wear out. It is thought that cats and dogs age faster because of the resultant undersupply of blood to the major organ systems. Another effect of food left between meals in an increased tendency toward F.U.S. (Feline Urologic Syndrome) in cats. Every time a cat smells food, it creates an "alkaline tide" in its body as it prepares for digestion. It is this alkaline condition in the urinary tract that causes the crystals to form that block the cat's urethra. Cats who get F.U.S. frequently come from homes where food was made available all day long. We recommend that you feed fully grown pets once or twice a day. Leave the food down no more than 15-20 minutes, then pick it up and either refrigerate what is left or wash the bowl to remove all traces of food odor. Another benefit --- no finicky eaters. This is terrific information, c/o holistic vet John Fudens, DVM, HMC For more information on raw food diets for dogs and email lists to join, here's a link: http://www.geocities.com/bluegracepwd/barflists.html