Hausenbrook Dobermans

You are what you eat!

At Hausenbrook we believe in feeding our dogs the best food we can to give them the best chance at a long, healthy life. Our current feeding regiment includes a kibble meal, featuring Acana dog food and a raw meal, that is home prepared.  

The following notes are from an education session held by the Barrie Kennel & Obedience Club.

Evolutionary Diet

What is it? Biologically appropriate raw food.

Why do it? Because there has been an overall decrease in the health and well being of dogs in the last 75 years, since the introduction of processed pet foods. (physiological view point)

What to expect?

  • Increased energy
  • Dog loves the food
  • Big white teeth
  • Decrease in eye problems
  • Improved coat, less skin problems
  • Decrease in degenerative diseases in puppies after a couple of generations on BARF

How do we do it?

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    1. raw meaty bones- bones for calcium and phosphorus, 50/50 meat/bones, variety- chicken necks, backs, wings, ribs 

for older dogs 50% of diet,  60% for most, 75% for pups

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    1. meat- any source- muscle (ground) RAW, variety     10-15% of diet
    2. organ meat (again variety- stomach, liver, lung, brain) 10-15%, 2-3X/wk
    3. vegetables (need to be ground) 5-10%, couple of times a week

Recreational- knuckle or marrow bones- from butcher (BONUS- help to keep the teeth clean)

Feeding 1.5 – 8% of body wt.

1.5% of body wt. for giant breeds

2-3% of body wt.for med-large dogs

5-8 % of body wt. for puppies/toy breeds

Example- 100 lb dog X 16 oz = 1600 oz.

1600X.02= 32 oz of food daily

raw meaty bones 32 X .6 = 19.2 oz

meat                    32 X .15 = 4.8 oz

organ                   32 X .15 = 4.8 oz

veggies                32 X .10 = 3.2 oz

-on days that don’t get organ meat maybe give a whole egg (2 oz for a large egg)

- yoghurt (live culture)

supplement with kelp (for thyroid health), alfalfa, essential fatty acids (omega 3 & 6, from fish), garlic

Recommended books- Dr. Ian Billinghurst- the BARF diet

                                     Dr. Tom Lonsdale- Work Wonders

Concerns-

  1. bacteria  (e.g. neospora) – “if in doubt, throw it out”, use the nose test, only use meat suitable for human consumption
  2. availability- join/start a raw co-op
  3. diarrhea- usually during the transition, short lived (use a probiotic)
  4. cost- less $, more labour 

 

 Our Feeding Regiment

Breakfast: 1 cup Acana kibble, 1/4 of a banana sliced, heaping tablespoon of plain yogurt, 1000mg Vitamin C, 400 IU Vitamin E, 1/2 tsp herring oil, 1/2 tsp dried kelp (once a week), 3 times a week one whole egg, once a week sardines, 1/2 tsp ground egg shell (I keep the shells from the eggs, let them dry then grind in a coffee grinder), mix with small amout of water.

Supper: 4 oz mixed ground meat (I make these ahead, freezing in muffin tins), 4-8 oz. chicken backs (depending on the size of the dog), 2 tbsp veggie/fruit "stew", mix with small amount of water.

In the ground meat mix there is beef organ meats, and ground beef (I buy cheek meat from a meat packer), or lamb or pork- depends on what is available at the time, I use lamb in the winter as the price on flanks is less than in the summer.

veggie/fruit stew- for these items to be of nutritional benefit they need to be ground/chopped. I prepare the mix by putting all items through the food processor, then mix and freeze in large yogurt containers. Fruits used regularly: blue berries, cranberries, apples Vegetables used regularly: spinach or romaine lettuce, zucchini, peppers, green peas (I buy frozen), carrots, sweet potatoes, turnip, brocolli or cauliflower in small amounts

Never feed onions, mushrooms or grapes/raisins.