Raw meat diet for dogs
And of course, dogs would rather have raw bones and meat, if we'd give it to them. We might be worried about bacteria or squeamish (I certainly am - I've been a vegetarian for over 30 years)... They aren't - and their healthy digestive systems are still designed to take care of the bacteria they ingest.
Parasites in raw meat? Sure, they're there (as they are in cooked meat that isn't very well-done - and utterly enzyme-killed). A carnivore with a strong immune system won't be adversely affected by them as a weakened animal will. (You can always give your dog raw garlic too - one of the great wormers around, totally non-toxic!)
The bottom line... Geir says that he's seen dogs get sick on even "the best" commercial dog food. He particularly cautions against feeding any dog soy products. A vast number of dogs react severely to soy - he's mentioned eczema, itching, and sterility as possible results (three of many)... with the cause hidden in the food.
...Along with so many other possible allergens therein! "Severely" may mean an acute illness or a chronic health problem. And underlying food allergies may cause a hypersensitivity to a myriad of other substances, such as flea saliva, shampoos, pollens, and other types of environmental contaminants.
Anyway, cooked food is "dead food" - killed enzymes, killed vitamins, killed anti-oxidants. Some raw food is important for all of us; more is important for dogs (and cats).
This I've gleaned from several expert sources... Dogs need and are designed to digest enzyme-rich raw meat (including poultry and whole fish, some whole eggs) - not much in the way of dairy products, fruits, legumes, vegetables, or grains. ...Grains are especially difficult for them - they don't have enough of the amylase enzyme to digest carbohydrates. (The only grains that work well are pre-digested via fermenting - as would be found in the stomach of a carnivore's prey. Fermented milk products would similarly be far preferable.) They need some raw fat - don't feed only lean meat... just not lots of fat (venison or rabbit or quail - the wild prey dietary counterparts - don't have nearly as much as beef or lamb).
Hey, there's even a "Raw Meaty Bones Lobby Group" in Australia, led by a veterinarian! They amusingly "advocate" "chalky white dog poo" (and cat poo) - the natural (and unstinky!) result of a natural canine or feline diet. And they advocate the importance of raw meat and bones as being the mainstay of the canine and feline diet.
But most veterinarians receive absolutely no education on dietary needs... except from pet food manufacturers - ! So it's up to you.
(But if you change your dog's diet, do so gradually. Too much at once will be a shock to the system and trigger a toxin-cleansing process that will be uncomfortable for your pet and worrisome for you - diarrhea, discharges, and who knows what all. ...Go slow. And be aware that a dog that "inhales" kibble or canned food may need time to learn how to chew on a bone!)
Meat cautions: Hormones, pesticides, irradiation... Don't do it! Feed your critters only organic, un-fiddled-with meat. Non-organic organ meats are especially bad, filled with accumulated toxins. Many ocean-going fish are terribly polluted with heavy metals. Why take chances like that?... aren't you trying to improve their health?
And can all this cure a sick dog?
Geir Marcussen says - yes and no...
As he clarified in a discussion forum thread, this regimen isn't to cure the problem; this is for prevention of health problems. But yes, getting a sick dog onto a "raw meat, buried bone diet" will help it head for a cure.
I asked him to verify that he'd seen for himself that this change can turn their health around... He said yes. How long does it usually take to see results? ..."One month - but it's provided that you treat homeopathically to correct the disorder." (Of course, that's assuming that severe tissue/organ damage hasn't taken place.) For information on homeopathy, see the section called Homeopathy
- The Basics. (Other natural treatments may help heal as well - homeopathy, in the right hands, can work wonders, often fairly quickly.)
What if you just can't do this raw thing?
When I first heard of this idea of better health from buried bones, winter had set in for many months, the ground frozen and covered, hunting/butchering season over. (Not to mention the fact that I happen to live in the middle of nowhere and have only a tiny general store via which to do my shopping, which comes from hours away with not much refrigeration. ...And I'm not sure how raw meaty bones would fit in there.)
I have two suggestions... Digestive enzyme supplementation, and soil-based microorganisms. These will at least help you deal with the food that your dog is needing to digest.
...While you work on implementing a raw diet, and the buried bones, as soon as you can. (What, no yard to bury them in? - borrow someone else's and bury them yourself... or get some dirt and a pot!)
Disgorged food fed to puppies by mothers is... enzyme-laden! It gets them a jump start and up to speed on digesting. Sick dogs have "slackened speed" and need this same kind of aid to get back into shape.
Digestive enzymes are available in most health food stores, but you can also get them specially formulated for dogs (or cats). While the latter is best, those created for humans might have to do - but only if in powder or capsule form. (This is what you want for human enzymes too.) The binders in pills mean that they don't break up and start to work on what you eat until it's already passed down into the intestines - and that's not very helpful. The more readily assimilated powder goes to work on the food in your stomach - that's what you want.
Soil-based organisms have been found to be extremely beneficial for immune functioning. You probably know about the benefits of Lactobacillus Acidophilus to the intestinal tract... That's only one of many microorganisms - many of which are normally "indigenous" to the intestines - that help the body to cope with life's stresses.
Not many people know about Bacillus Subtilis and friends, health-giving bacteria found in the soil. As they release powerful enzymes that aggressively attack and destroy putrefactive elements in the soil, so too do they de-contaminate the body (animal or human) of yeasts, molds, fungi, and harmful bacteria. With our modern food-growing and -processing habits, of course, these are largely killed off both in the soil and on the way to the table... or pet food bowl.
There's one product that combines a safety-tested source of soil-based organisms (SBOs) with phytoplankton and other micronutrients that the organisms can feed off of to rapidly multiply... When they're re-activated by coming into contact with liquid. This is Nature's Biotics® (formerly known as "EarthFlora").
On the webpage I've linked to are audio files of pet owners who have used the product to wonderful effect on their animals. I also highly recommend reading the text file called "BIO/TECH News: Critters!" From this same point you can get to product information and other pretty darned interesting information about these little "critters" - SBOs.
Keep in mind, though, that ingesting SBOs replicates only one of the three major elements that seem to be effective in long-buried raw bones... the SBOs themselves. The other elements are the pre-treated calcium matrix of the bone and the marrow that's transformed by the SBO activity. (In fact... When I did bury bones in our fairly dry and sterile soil, I sprinkled the contents of a couple of SBO capsules over them - a kick-start, as it were.)
And then there's the astral force... Maybe you could bury a bottle of Nature's Biotics®?? (Just kidding! ...or maybe not, who knows?)
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