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 is 2 meals a day, raw fed. We don't use a commerical prepared food, but rather source out, feeding different proteins, but primarily chicken. 

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

Ground Mix with 500 mg Vitamin C, heaping tablespoon of plain yougurt and 1/2 sliced banana

Supper:chicken carcass with green beef tripe, and a heaping tablespoon of ground mix veggies

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 beans (I buy frozen), carrots, sweet potatoes, turnip

Never feed onions, mushrooms or grapes/raisins.