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The world's simplest healthiest guide to a raw meat dog diet

Meat based dog treatsLet's face it, everyone is busy and it seems like the only way you can feed your dog properly is to buy a proctor gamble or mars confectionary company bag of grains - they are two of the largest global "dog food" companies in the world after all.

You buy pellets or wet food in cans, because they tell you that it is the best thing you should do. They have tables of nutrients on the back of their packs. It is very convenient, though for decent quality you will be paying at least $15 per kilo of pellets that are mostly 70% plus cheap grains.

Really what you are doing is buying a sack of wheat or rice and saving time, but really badly short changing your dog. I have spent many hours researching and writing articles about the value of meat in a dog's diet, because the proteins supply bio available amino acids that grains and vegetables cant do, and because dogs are carnivores and deserve 90- 95% meat in their diet.  

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Meat's Bio availability & high essential amino acids for dogs health

Beef liver balls are 80% meatFor a multi-billion dollar industry ruled by companies pushing grain diets for dogs and cats it is not surprising that you will find very little legitimate research on natural meat based diets for dogs.

One article that seems to try do so is the "Assessment of the Nutritional Adequacy of Pet Foods Through the Life Cycle" from the University of California - and it discusses why bio availability of nutrients (meat being the most bio available) means that many grain based dog foods are not nutritionally adequate for your dog.

Hence why we suggest using meat based dog treats to supplement your dog food.

Read more: Meat's Bio availability & high essential amino acids for dogs health

Save 90% on your dog dementia medication, by DYI

Happy healthy dogs playingWorld first research (MINE) and a world-beating way of saving 90% on the cost of non-prescription anti-dog dementia medication!  

As a business person, I hate how some retailers find tricky ways of undercutting you. However when a company uses natural drugs puts them in capsules and marks up near 1000% on retail, then that is very hard to swallow. I have been searching for a way to protect my dogs brain as he ages and this looks like the best way, globally.

There are plenty of research papers on dementia for humans and dogs saying what the most promising anti-dementia medication for dogs are.  The main thing that aktiait and a few other dog brands have done is just put all these single chemicals into one jar.

Read more: Save 90% on your dog dementia medication, by DYI

What you need to know about anti dementia medicine for dogs Safe levels / NON TOXIC levels

dog longevityIn previous blogs we reviewed the prescription and non prescription choices of anti dementia drugs and came across one that uses great very common (and often created in our and our dog's bodies) ingredient drugs. The best thing was that these are chemicals that are a non prescription cocktail.

However this drug AKTIVAIT is not available in Australia and costs $80 AUD or more per month, if you import it cheaply.  IF however you really want to protect your dogs brain for as long as it is alive, want to give it the best quality of life, then once it turns 7, you may want to consider a daily treatment of effective anti dementia medication.

We reviewed all of the active ingredients in the last article and their function and found that they individually are quoted to provide some level of anti dementia protection ...

Read more: What you need to know about anti dementia medicine for dogs Safe levels / NON TOXIC levels

The best anti dementia preventative medication for your dog, AKTIVAIT Nutraceuticals chemical review.

Phosphotidylserine chemical symbol used for anti dog dementiaThe previous two articles looked at dog dementia and how to prevent or treat it with pharmaceuticals or Nutraceuticals. So I was wondering with what I feed my dog, how much more value another preventative medication might be now that he has hit a mature age. 

Here we reveiw the specific chemicals used in the most effective and popular anti dementia medication - AKTIVAIT

I feed my dog on a raw meat diet with 20% of high fibre premium pellets for intestinal health. To achieve aafco table minimum requirements (if you believe the tables and think that meat doesn't meet all vitamins and mineral requirements) I supplement my dogs diet with a high quality multi vitamin (which happens to be high in B, C and E vitamins, Selenium). What else should I do ... read on ..

Read more: The best anti dementia preventative medication for your dog, AKTIVAIT Nutraceuticals chemical...

VERY IMPORTANT if your dog is over 7 - Non prescription supplements prevent dog dementia

A human brain with dementiaMy dog turns 8 soon and this is the age where dog food companies create products which in theory help a dogs brain from excessive decline.

However even premium products are unlikely to put in enough active ingredients (along with the cost of their 'premium dog food' grains to really prevent damage).

My dog is mostly on a raw meat diet, so having high concern for my dog's wellbeing I know its important to consider what the latest products claiming to prevent dog dementia are and what are their effectiveness.

Read more: VERY IMPORTANT if your dog is over 7 - Non prescription supplements prevent dog dementia

Pharmaceuticals used Selegiline for dogs to treat and prevent dog dementia

adrafinil chemical symbolsMy dog Archie is nearly eight. At 7 is when most dog food companies market mature dog food to you, and some include supplements to help brain function and mobility. Most science paper tests for older humans and dogs seem to rely on the three same drugs, each with their own effects. However I have managed to find a few other chemicals that might help prevent your dogs brain from ageing.

As always your vet should have the final say, but here are some of the dog drugs that I found in the science papers and what their effects are. 

This blog concentrates on the three (plus Adrafinil) or so main prescription chemicals used in dog senile treatment as well as two new promising Non prescription options.

Read more: Pharmaceuticals used Selegiline for dogs to treat and prevent dog dementia

Why you should choose Kangaroo meat for dogs as dog treats all the time?

Archie dog eating Kangaroo JerkyI have some clients who say they would never use kangaroo meat for dogs to feed because they couldn't bear to think of poor old skippy being killed just for their dogs. Then there has been a little press about how California has made a ban on the trade in kangaroo skins and meat. Their first ban was in the 1970's when Americans decided that Kangaroos were a threatened species.

The ban was only lifted in 2007 and was meant to resume in 2016, but it has come early. And it largely seems to be driven by vegetarians and The Humane Society of the United States WITHOUT ANY REAL DATA, or humane actions that are needed by way of culls here.

Read more: Why you should choose Kangaroo meat for dogs as dog treats all the time?

Why a dog selecting Tripe (as dog food) as first preference proves carnivore theory

dog carnivore eating meatIf so many people where not hooked on buying convenient bags of grain for their carnivore dog, anyone trying to prove that a dog was a carnivore would be ludicrous.

The recent evolution from the wolf carnivore, their intestine length, stomach acid and the many other biological and physical set ups of dogs all point to them still being at least 95% carnivore - so what does a dog eating tripe have to do with more proof that they are a carnivore?

Put simply, there is a ridiculous argument out their (mostly by dog food manufacturers, then taken up by retailers - all of who make money off your dog) that you have to buy overpriced bags of grain for your dog because they need carbohydrates. And one of the most ridiculous arguments goes a little something like this - that wolves and wild dogs eat the prey's stomach first because they are trying to get at the grass and grain in the stomach.

Read more: Why a dog selecting Tripe (as dog food) as first preference proves carnivore theory

Healthy dog food - Dogs are only a tiny bit adapted to starch

two meat loving dog food dogsPt 3 " The genomic signature of dog domestication reveals adaptation to a starch-rich diet" paper was wrong.

HOW DO DOGS DIGEST FOOD?

This is a question of how well a domestic or companion dog's body digest different types of foods.

That is the whole point of why raw feeders use raw meat for their dog's main diet. Because it is bio available.

Read more: Healthy dog food - Dogs are only a tiny bit adapted to starch

A 2013 science paper gets it wrong about dogs and a need for starch

Healthy dogs loving MEATRebuttal of " The genomic signature of dog domestication reveals adaptation to a starch-rich diet" paper

This is part two of a critique of a 2013 paper that purported to investigate the evolution of the domestic dog, and ended up just being a support piece for feeding your dog inappropriate starch food.  This is part two of the review that looks at the WORD detail of their paper (not just the fancy maths).

Read more: A 2013 science paper gets it wrong about dogs and a need for starch

A 2013 science paper attempts to prove dogs evolved for a starch diet

a raw meat dog diet dogRebuttal of " The genomic signature of dog domestication reveals adaptation to a starch-rich diet" paper

The latest piece of research (2013) purporting to prove that dogs have adapted to eat starch, has the subtext that its ok to push this ability to tolerate some starch, to dog manufacturers forcing dogs to eat 80% of their food as grains and starch!

Read more: A 2013 science paper attempts to prove dogs evolved for a starch diet

How many kangaroo dog treats can you add to grain dog food - includes roo amino data

Roo essential amino acid summaryThe previous article looked at how Kangaroo meat compares to regular meats like Beef and Chicken regarding the amount of essential amino acids (protein) found in them.

This article gives you an insight into why Meat is so vital to a dogs diet (carnivore) when most dogs are fed a grain diet. As well as what the minimum amount of kangaroo meat is required to be added to some common grains to reach the aafco minimum standard for essential amino acids.

As a quick recap. AAFCO is the USA board that decides the minimum nutrients required in a bag of dog food to be called 'complete'. There remains a lot of controversy as to whether the few major global corporations were instrumental in make grain based dog food protein requirement (amino acids) artificially so low, and making the vitamins and minerals needed so high. The profit motive for this is that no regular meat could be classed as dog food, but grain, with the injection of a mass of minerals and vitamins, could achieve minimum standards, with a little meat.

Read more: How many kangaroo dog treats can you add to grain dog food - includes roo amino data

The importance of kangaroo proteins and amino acid for dogs and see data tables.

kangaroo essential amino acid summary

Almost no amino acid (protein) tables for any kangaroo meat are available on the internet, but just about every other food on the planet has such common information.. 

using my engineering background I have been able to track down source data from CSIRO and provide a breakthrough method of showing you for the first time, what % of essential amino acids are in Kangaroo meat, and why you should use it for humans and dogs alike!

Everyone knows that kangaroo meat is so good for humans because of its organic nature and its CLA's (omega 3 type). So it was surprising to find a complete lack of detailed amino acid information. As of 2014 this article provides the most complete work on Kangaroo meat amino acid profiles in the world.

NOTE amino acid percentages will vary depending on age, and exact species as well as between roos in the same species (red, grey etc).  However the same can be said for the nutrition data tables for any of the meat products we commonly consume such as beef pork and lamb.

For a better understanding of what the amino acide profile might mean to you, I have provided a direct comparison of Kangaroo meat amino acid values with commonly consumed meats.

Read more: The importance of kangaroo proteins and amino acid for dogs and see data tables.

How to calculate how many Dog Treats you can use as a dog food supplement

archie dog eating roo jerkyThis article is based on a question I recently had by a Healthy Dog treat client.

Her dogs absolutely love the treats that they have been eating from our shop, but her mother in law was concerned about how many treats (even healthy ones) that they can feed their dogs. There were a few other questions too, and I thought it would be useful for readers here to learn how you can safely use healthy dog treats as a meal supplement/ replacement for manufactured pet food.

This article shows how you can do simple calculations to safely supplement your dog's diet.

Read more: How to calculate how many Dog Treats you can use as a dog food supplement

Can my cat eat dog treats? Yes, if they are meat based, healthy dog treats.

happy catWhat is cat food?  What is dog Food? What is the difference between cat and dog reats? These are really the questions that people need answered before they feed their dogs and cats any treats.

Sellers of grain based dog treats like to tell you that dogs can eat a diet based on grains. The reality is that wild dogs (and their ancestors the grey wolf) eat 95% meat based food they catch or scavenge and eat other food when a meat source is not available. AND Cats are 100% carnivores!

Read more: Can my cat eat dog treats? Yes, if they are meat based, healthy dog treats.

What kind of dry dog food Australia to choose to feed your dog and why?

hadful of dog kibbleI believe in a raw diet for my dog, meat/offal/bones, as natural as possible. I don't believe a lot of grains or carbohydrates are necessary and there are very few scientific papers explaining why a carnivore needs much more than meat. HOWEVER a recent dog nutrition text suggested the value of carb fibre for the health of the intestine.

Particularly in forming harder stools and the 'moderately fermentable fibres' providing a good energy source for a healthy intestine.

This article answers the question of what kind of dry dog food Australia (kibble) a raw feeders chooses to feed their dog and why. Whether you feed your dog kibble, canned food or a raw diet. You may be interested in seeing the dog food trends currently available.

Read more: What kind of dry dog food Australia to choose to feed your dog and why?

How to Add human vitamins & minerals to balance a raw meat dog diet so it's complete like aafco recommends.

human vitamins for dogsThis article looks at how you can easily add one or more human vitamin tablets to a raw diet to be called "complete and balanced". In my dog's case, I only need to add half a vitamin & mineral tablet making the cost very reasonable.

This article looks at what minimum and maximum levels of vitamins or minerals are recommended and how you can achieve a perfect raw diet using human vitamins or even just to supplement your manufactured dog food diet. THIS is the final part of the raw diet (evolutionary diet) jigsaw puzzle.

Read more: How to Add human vitamins & minerals to balance a raw meat dog diet so it's complete like aafco...

Dog Food Vitamin & mineral deficiencies on a raw meat diet

Dog VitaminsPeople are funny, dog owners doubly so. I recently visited a UK forum that brags about its raw feeding credentials, however when I put up a detailed post about getting raw meat diets balanced and complete, I was 'hounded' down.

It seems that this is all too complicated for people. However, with massive over-farming of soils around the world, some major vitamins and minerals are missing from our soils, and so are missing from cattle and our dogs diet (if you feed raw).

If you think that the aafco (or nca or any other) nutrient table minimum and maximum nutrient values are not valid, you may also like to see what nutrient deficiencies or excesses can do to your dogs.

Read more: Dog Food Vitamin & mineral deficiencies on a raw meat diet

The Ultimate Raw meat Evolution Dog Food Diet - balanced with Minerals & Vitamins

dog vitaminsThe previous Ultimate dog food article described in detail how to calculate a dogs food energy needs and how to calculate the amount of meat and offal to use as dog food.

It was shown that a meat (offal and bone) only diet (like a grain only diet) will not meet the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) minimum requirements for a food to be called 'complete and balanced.'

This article looks at what kinds of vitamins and minerals would be needed to be added to a raw meat (evolutionary) diet if an owner wished to feed raw, while still meeting aafco guidelines.

Read more: The Ultimate Raw meat Evolution Dog Food Diet - balanced with Minerals & Vitamins

THE ULTIMATE RAW DOG FOOD AUSTRALIA'S MEAT DIET FOR DOGS show in nutrition tables

Dog Meat foodThis is a rare and very complete, a scientific approach to raw dog food Australia meat food feeding of a dog.

If you feed your dog kibble or cans, it will also help you understand how to adjust your food amounts if you decide to include any meat or offal in their diet.

You will find very little analysis of either manufactured dog food or raw diets on the internet, because it is either hard, or no money in it. Today this changes.

For a long time I have been researching and improving my dog's raw food diet, but now is the time where it all comes together. In this article I show how to construct a healthy raw dog food Australia diet (meat based) and compare it to the dog industry standard the aafco tables minimum nutrition requirements.

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Omega oil for dogs are the ultimate dogs essential fatty acid says science nutrition guide

Omega 3 capsulesEssential Fatty Acids benefit almost every cell in a human and dog's body.

However the main reason that owners become aware of Omega 3 and Omega 6, is that they are included in the ingredient list of their pet food or they see them at the chemist. What most dog owners with dogs who have allergic reactions and skin problems don't know is that the Omega's can massively help with these conditions.

That saves your dog a lot of pain, and you a lot of money in vet visits.

This article looks at the best sources of Omega 6 and Omega 3. We also define the specific quantities required and the best ratio of the essential fatty acids for optimum health results in your dog.

We also recommend 100% meat, organic dog treats that are very high in Omega 3 !

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Dog foods ONLY meet aafco standards by using masses of supplements

 kibble in a square

Most likely, you are one of the 97% of people in Australia who feeds their dog a manufactured dog food kibble or dog food can diet. These foods are recommended by vets (who also sell the products) and there is a lot of misinformation out there, often by the dog food manufacturers trying to scare you into never feeding your dog natural or raw food. But if you want to play it safe, you can still feed your dog some meat.

This article looks at (according to one nutrition bible), how much beef you are allowed to add to a dogs diet before kibble becomes NOT "balanced and complete". And why adding a natural preferred food (MEAT) to your dog's diet is so undesirable.

Read more: Dog foods ONLY meet aafco standards by using masses of supplements

Which ones meet AAFCO standards? Is it Dog food meat proteins or Grain Protein?

 dog food proteinThe typical three type of food protein you can feed your dog are meat, grain or vegetable.

Dog food Meat Proteins are the most natural (and easy to digest) for a dog (carnivore) to eat, however, they cost more for dog food manufacturers to use. Besides cost, ease of digestion and palatability are big things to consider.

However one of the biggest you may want to look at is what actual protein levels, vitamins, and minerals are in each of the main ingredients you buy in your dog food. The following is information from a major reference book on dog and cat nutrition, as well as nutrient tables included at the end of this article, give you insight into what goes into your dog food.

Read more: Which ones meet AAFCO standards? Is it Dog food meat proteins or Grain Protein?