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Dirty Dozen

Have you heard of the dirty dozen and the clean 15?

This is the 2019 dirty dozen! These are if you buy them, feed them (and eat them yourself ) what you should spending a little more and getting organic…. or switching these up and buying the clean 15 (but more on them soon.)
Fruits and veggies, seeds, nuts and extras are super important part of our canines diet! Despite what you read in various facebook groups, forums, manufactures only producing diets without extras etc etc. I’ve just recently read an article suggesting feeding none at all!!! But they conveniently selling their supplements instead (can you hear my eyes rolling from there?)
Im always the first person to say that our dogs are individuals and we should treat them as such. What suits one might not suit another, so just bare that in mind next time you read- dogs don’t need veggies! I can never really get my head around the fact we all want the best for our pets, yet this argument to feed or not to feed will divide for a while yet. There’s now research out there that’s undeniable for adding green leafy veggies to any diet,  3 times a week that will dramatically decrease disease markers. Look I’m not teaching grandma how to suck eggs, we all know the importance of eating fresh foods, and that’s the same for them, so let’s take a quick look why…. and then that will lend back to what to avoid or what to spend a-little extra on buying organic.
So our fruits and vegetables provide lots of nutrients; vitamins and minerals, phytonutrients, fibre, antioxidants, water and so much more! Plus lets not forget about naturally occurring enzymes (those help to digest food). I’ll do a separate blog about this too! As just mentioning some of the amazing properties they have in one sentence isn’t doing them justice.
Now there’s no point of adding all that amazing-ness if our choices for extras are plagued with pesticides. If you didn’t know they are as harmful to us as they are them. If you wanted to know more just google, just remember I did warm you before.

Now we aren’t all doom and gloom lets look at the clean 15, these fruits and veggies contain fewer pesticides than the dirty dozen and and usually easier on the wallet.

Remember we all do our best, don’t put your budget over buying organic just make the switch. Dont forget no matter what list you choose to feed dogs cant have grapes, cherry stones, strawberry tops, onions and its advisable to also avoid potatoes, hot peppers (can add flavour and can be given in small amounts, but always let them choose not to have it) and sweetcorn!
Remember fruits and veggies can be fed multi ways, whole, raw, steamed, dry fried, blitzed in fact any which way you fancy! Dont forget to get creative and start your feeding experince
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Diving Deeper

The most important piece of information I can tell you is that balance is achieved over time.

  • This means stop worrying.
  • This means you don’t need to feed a complete balanced meal every time.

What was your last meal? Was it complete and balanced?

In fact I have never ever met anyone that achieves a perfectly balanced meal 365 days a year 2/3/4 meals a day. If you do have a perfect recipe then it becomes imperfect as feeding this alone wouldn’t give variety

Balancing over time can be week, 0r a month

Fresh feeding guidelines key points

• Balance over time – one meal could have more bone content, another more meat or organ. The approximate ratio to aim for overall is:

70% Meat, Fish*, Sinew, Ligaments, Fat (10%), Skin, Fur and Feather (Organic, Wild, Free range, if possible)

-Chicken, Turkey, Duck, Lamb, Beef, Quail, Pheasant, Pork, Rabbit, Hare, Venison, Goat, Exotic Meats

*Oily Fish 2/3 times a week (Wild Caught, if possible)

-Salmon, Sprats, Herring, Smelt, Mackerel, Sardines, Mussels, Oysters (unless they have a shellfish allergy)

10% Edible Bone

-Ribs, Wings, Necks, Wings and Carcasses (not weight baring bones)

5% Liver

(if you cant source the other organs up liver to 10%)

5% Other Organ Meat

-Kidney, Spleen, Brain, Testicles, Thymus, Pancreas

5% Veggies

-Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale, Pumpkin, Leafy Greens, Jerusalem artichokes, Asparagus, Butternut Squash, Mushrooms,  Green beans,

2% Fruit

-Berries; Blackberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Red Currents, Coconut, Melon, Avocado, Pomegranate, Pears, Pineapple, Orange, Pineapple, Papaya,

1% Seeds and nuts

– Sunflower, Pumpkin, Hemp (soaked), Chia (soaked), Flax (soaked), Sesame, Almond(soaked), Walnut, Hazels, Sprouting seeds

1% Herbs

-Parsley, Basil, Dandelion,  Coriander, Sage, Thyme, Mint, Rosemary, Nettle

1% Extras

-Garlic, Ginger, Kefir, Bone Broth, Turmeric root, Seaweed, Pink Himalayan Salt, Algae

(Felines don’t need veggies and below in )

• Meats are high in phosphorus, bones are high in calcium. Ideal ratio is 1:1, that means that when you feed 10% bone its usually spot on. Whole prey, whole fish, whole eggs and tripe have a balanced ratio.

• Organ meat should not exceed 10% of the diet overall and 5% of that should be liver (beef liver has the highest nutrient levels). Feed liver once a week (or several small servings per week) and try to find an organic, free range source if possible because the liver is responsible for filtering toxins out of the body. If you cant source the other other (see above) up the liver to 10%

• If feeding pork or fish, be certain to freeze the meat for two weeks before feeding to reduce the small risk of parasites.

• NEVER feed cooked bones of any type as when bones are cooked they become harder and are dangerous for the dog as they can splinter and pierce the stomach or intestines. Raw bones are soft enough to bend and digest easily.

• Feel free to feed ‘weird and icky things’ such as chicken feet, beef trachea, tails, lung, kidney, testicles and pizzles (penis). Beef trachea, trim, chicken and turkey feet are loaded in natural chondroitin and glucosamine which help to build healthy joints.

• Weight bearing leg and knuckle bones from large animals such as beef should only be fed as a play bone. Play bones can be used to make bone broth. Raw meaty bones are the  sort of bones that are fully edible. They are fantastic for oral health, mental stimulation, nutrients, calcium and phosphorus and they are rich in omega 3 fats to name a few. Examples of the sort of bones are chicken wings, rabbit quarters, turkey necks, lamb ribs pheasant carcass I could go on.

• If possible, try to find grass fed animals that are not given hormones or medications if possible. Younger animals in general will have accumulated fewer toxins to pass on to your dog. Remember its important to choose wisely.

• Looking after their gut health is so important.  Adding fresh kefir, fermented veggies, bone broth, kimchi, soil! Soil I don’t mean just digging around the garden, unless you have clean soil. SBO’s, soil based organisms (there’s something to look up). It’s important to regularly be including these into their diet.

There are many sources of information and books out there about feeding a fresh diet. Remember what suits my pets might not suit yours. Keep a close eye on their stools, this is a great indicator of what’s happening. White stools equals too much bone, dark black stools can means too much offal, but always worth checking incase its a medical issue. You can balance meals out feeding a high bone meal for breakfast followed by a boneless meal for if that suits your pup.