Natural Rearing Diet



At Pipeline, all of our stock has been raised on strictly natural foods. We do not use any chemical preservatives, and supply adequate exercise to each and every dog. We do not recommend any other diet, and strongly suggest that if you do not feel that you can use our diet, and if you intend to change over to a commercial, that you ensure ahead of time that you can obtain one that is as free as possible of chemicals - ie. artificial flavours, colors, and preservatives. We also recommend that each dog be given additional vitamin C daily, in the form of a crushed vitamin pill (500mg.). Dogs are expected to produce their own vitamin c, but there is evidence to suggest that not all dogs do this efficiently. Lack of vitamin C causes a multitude of problems, excess of it causes none at all as it will be excreted in the urine.

What your pets ancestors ate

Let's start with the average day in the life of your pet's ancestor in the wild, a day in which he had no loving owner around to provide him with things his body had not been built to deal with. I want to go through this day with your pet's great-many-times-over grandfather so you can more readily visualize the reasons for the specific diet we will cover later.

Rufus wakes early in the forest. There is no bowl of kibble in front of his nose for breakfast, but that doesn't surprise him. There never has been a bowl of kibble there. What does surprise him is that the half-eaten prey he had been guarding overnight has disappeared from between his front paws, spirited away in the middle of the night by some darned animal. Well, that happens. Up and at 'em. Walk search, climb, stalk, run - in other words, exercise.

Now, when great-great-etc.-granddaddy killed his prey, he ate the intestines, liver, heart, stomach and spleen first. He didn't know it, of course, but these are what we call organ meets, and they store up certain nutrients that are not stored up in the bones and muscles. The organs of the prey also contained partially digested vegetables, fruits, and grains. These nonmeat foods provide certain other nutrients, such as unsaturated fats and carbohydrates, which are necessary for the dog, who is not totally carnivorous. Many nutritional veterinarians could tell you horror stories of desperately sick pets raised by well-meaning owners who were determined to raise their pets on "natural" non-supermarket foods. However, these owners mistakenly thought their pets were total carnivores, and thus needed only meat for their natural diets. Next, the dog went on to eat his prey's bones, fat, and muscles, to round out a full complement of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

As he later lazed in the sun, digesting his feast, he might occasionally catch himself an insect or two for a bit of dessert. An insect? Yes, insects contain protein and B12, both of which are necessary parts of a dogs diet. One must realize, of course, that these insects had not been sprayed with harmful insecticides.

After his feast, our great-etc. granddaddy dog or cat rested awhile or otherwise amused himself before he decided he would go to the nearest watering hole for a drink. He didn't know, you see, that many years hence fake food labels would be saying that it was best to set out a bowl of water with each feeding, or even to mix water directly with the "food" to make a nice rich fake gravy. He did not have nutritional veterinarians around to tell him that drinking water at the same time as eating will make minerals pass through the body without being used and will upset the acid alkaline balance of his system. He didn't need such specialists; it's only modern pet owners who do.

Free animals will still eat first, and then later go looking for water. They do not eat and drink at the same time.

Meat feeding

A dog's entire body is adapted for a meat diet, from the teeth fashioned for tearing and crushing, the powerful jaw bones and muscles, and the very small muscular stomach and short intestines: and, above all, the very powerful digestive juices peculiar to the carnivorous animals. In health, the dog's juices, both of the mouth and stomach, are strongly antiseptic, and this explains why they can digest meats and things that we cannot without harmful effect. The foremost law in meat feeding is FEED THE MEAT RAW. The cooking of meat is more mischievous in its results than the mere killing of the life forces which are present in all organic substances. Cooking artificially semi-digests the substance, and in this unnatural breaking down of the tissues, the rightful work of the stomach, intestines and digestive juices is partially done, leaving these organs unexercised. When this process is repeated day after day, it is understandable that they will soften and atrophy and in time they will be unable to cope with their natural work. Frozen meat should be thawed - to "natural" temperatures. Dogs fed habitually on cooked food diets, many of whom are deprived of real meat altogether, are host to a multitude of worms, failing of the kidneys and eyesight, as well as hearing. They often have an unpleasant body odour, and bad breath from the filthy brown tartar on their teeth. Often, they mature too quickly, putting extra stress on their systems, and causing aging well before their time. Beef, horsemeat and mutton are excellent. Head meat (cheeks, tongue, etc.) are usually reasonably priced. Moose and deer meat are excellent, though we do not recommend feeding raw rabbit. Meat can be fed in egg sized chunks to adults and older puppies, but puppies under six months of age should not be given liver, fat or other organ meats as they are too difficult for them to digest. Remember that in the wild, the puppies would only get what mother brought back to the nest for them, or food that she had pre-digested and regurgitated for them.

Cereal feeding

Cereal feeding is of equal importance as the meat feeding. It is on the cereals that the carnivore relies for most of the essential minerals as well as a majority of vitamins, including the vital fertility vitamin E, present in the germ of the cereals, especially wheat and maize. The immense feeding value in cereals can be understood when one stops to think about the magnificent health of a bull or stallion, raised on a vegetable diet. Dog owners who feed only meat and exclude cereals altogether are making a serious dietary error, and the animals so fed cannot possibly enjoy total health. Their diet is too one sided. The popular white flour cereals are of little value. It should be remembered that the canine always obtained some of the semi digested cereals in his diet, as the abdomen was one of the first parts of his prey to be eaten. Grains obtained in this manner would be partially digested, and, because of that, some preparation of grains is necessary for the modern dog too. The best method is flaking and rolling, as is done in the mills today. The flaked cereal should be then soaked overnight in milk or vegetable stock. The recommended cereal in this diet is rolled oats.

Milk

Most veterinarians will tell you that milk is not a natural food for adult dogs and cats, and this is true. The only way that milk is natural is if it is taken on from mother to infant by suction! HOWEVER, because it is impossible for us in the modern day to feed our animals meat "on the bone" as an animal in the wild would do, our animals are not getting the calcium that they would have. We have to replace it somehow. Milk is an excellent source of calcium. Goats milk is best, but if unavailable, cows milk will be adequate. Fresh cheese or cottage cheese is also a good source of calcium that dogs will enjoy. Hard yellow cheeses are indigestible.

Root vegetables

Carrots are a root vegetable rich in vitamins and minerals. They are an excellent supplement to the cereal feed, and are blood cleansing and worm removing. Prepare as advised for root vegetables, also feed raw grated carrots, as this is likely to expel worms and is high in vitamins. They also aid in the formation of good tooth enamel.

Miscellaneous

Honey:

Honey is the greatest of the natural energizers. It is a supreme nerve and heart tonic. Indeed it is the only stimulant that is not a drug. Predigested by the bees, it is absorbed directly into the bloodstream.

Kelp:

Kelp is, without a doubt, unequalled as a source of natural iodine. Adequate iodine insures luxuriant hair and skin health, lack gives rise to dry skin and loss of hair. Increased iodine intake permits better digestion and assimilation of the fatty elements in food, and the kelp also enhances skin pigment and colour tremendously.

Cod and halibut oils:

Are further food of value, during the winter months only. The main value of these oils is in their power to combat rickets. They obtain their richness directly from the seaweed and algae, high in vitamin D. Care should be taken that the oils are raw and unrefined, and stored in dark bottles away from light. Feed sparingly, one teaspoon daily, winter only.

Garlic:

The value of this herb cannot be overstated. It is a great aid in preventing worms, cleansing the intestinal tract, and promoting general health. Garlic should be fed daily along with the meat.

Natural rearing diet for adults

Midday:

Evening

A weekly supply of the grated vegetables can be made up and stored in the fridge. Recommended greens are parsley, celery or dandelion leaves. Every ADULT should have a weekly one day fast on water only, and a weekly half day fast - meaning meat only 5 days out of seven. Give LARGE raw bones frequently, but only on a full stomach. Do not give water immediately after a meal, but fresh water should be available at all other times.

Natural Rearing Diet For Puppies

A puppy should never be coaxed or tempted to eat. If food is not eaten rapidly, the pup should be fasted until the next meal time. Pups over four months should be given a half day fast one day per week, a whole day fast one day per month. A dog may well overeat on meat, but is unlikely to do so on plain cereals. Never feed hot food, remember natural temperatures. Puppies over seven months, or pups that are very picky eaters, should be fasted the same as adults. Regular fasting is an important part of the diet, as the kidneys must work very hard on a meat diet. The fast is very cleansing, and rejuvenates the dog.

8 am.

Noon

4 pm.

8 pm. Main meal.

As with adults, give large raw bones or dog biscuits frequently after meals to keep teeth clean. Do not give water immediately after a meal.

Never feed water that has been processed through a softener. This process removes vital minerals from the water.

After four months, stop the 8 am. feeding, and feed only three times daily. Meat should be increased to 1 lb. or more, and the cereal to satisfy the appetite. After 7 months, meals will be reduced to two, noon and eight pm. Sufficient food should be given to satisfy the appetite (within reason!). A seven month old pup would consume about 2 lbs. of meat and about 3 cups of cereal. Fat puppies must be cut back.

Fasting

Many people have difficulty dealing with the concept of fasting their dog. Keep in mind that in the wild, animals are only able to obtain meat on the days that they are able to catch prey. Therefore, nature has prepared their body for more than one fast day per week. (I do two half day fasts - my guys can´t handle the whole day, so two meatless days per week.)

Preparation

A lot of people feel that they just do not have the time to feed the natural diet, and cannot envision themselves grating carrots, etc. every evening for their dog. The natural diet IS more difficult than opening a can or a bag of kibble - but few of us would even consider living on TV dinners ourselves.

To speed up the feeding process, I make up about a week supply of the grated vegetables and store it in the fridge. I set up the supplements in an assembly line, and simply go from one jar to the next down the line. It is really NOT that difficult to do, and the health of the dogs is so much better on this diet that I don't feel that I can afford to feed any other way.

Dogs on this diet enjoy good health. They are not as highly prone to such things as hot spots, etc.

My very first Newfoundland was diagnosed at 10 months of age to have a severe heart defect. Even after surgery to repair the heart, she was given a poor prognosis, and was expected to live to be only 18 months to 2 years of age. She continued to have heart attacks after her surgery, and I truly believed that I would lose her in the predicted time span. She frequently vomitted her food up, carried poor coat, and was just not in good condition. When I finally put her on the diet, I could not believe the difference in her. She lived to be almost 11 years old - and even then I had to make the very difficult decision to euthanize her. I do not believe that she was able to absorb the nutrients out of dog foods, and the chemicals in them were wreaking havoc with her system. Because of the weak heart, we feared having to anaesthetize her for anything, but we finally had her spayed at six years of age, and she also came through that with flying colors.

Nuisance ailments are minimal on the diet. We had frequent bouts of tonsilitis, ear problems, vomitting, diarhea, etc. before using this diet. We rarely have any of those things now, and find that our veterinarian bills are minimal and for only routine things now.

Natural reared puppies are a joy to behold. They are born robust and strong and are given a good supply of milk by their well nourished mothers. There is a much lower incidence of puppy mortality. My bitches have been able to nurse their puppies up to nine weeks without being pulled down - and my nine week old puppies are usually upwards of 25 lbs., and not fat at all.

Will my puppy get worms from eating raw meat?

In reality, dogs get worms from other dogs.

There will be a much lower incidence of worms in Natural Reared dogs, simply for the reason that worms live in the mucous of the intestines. Puppies and dogs on their natural food do not have an excess of mucous in their intestines, because the lining of the gut itself is stronger and healthier. A healthy gut is inhospitable to worms, and more so when it is fed such things as garlic and grated raw carrots.

Parasites of any type are opportunistic, prefering a host that is unable to fight back. The truly healthy dog is less likely to suffer from this type of problem.

Remember when feeding your puppy that what you feed in the first year of life will essentially affect the whole lifetime of the dog. Make sure that nutrition is first and foremost.

References

If you have any questions about the diet do not hesitate to call and ask.