A complete diet for dogs should contain 3 main elements, water, minerals and vitamins. The diet should consist of:
The body needs fats and not all fats are unhealthy or fattening. Omega 3 for example.
A dog fed on a correct diet will naturally have enough Omega 3 fatty acid. Wild dogs eat brains, stomach and intestines which are high in natural substances such as omega 3. Pet dogs eat mainly dog biscuits or tinned food which may well contain inadequate omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 is required for:
- Flexible cell membranes
- It has an anti-inflammatory effect on cells and the body (skin problems, skin inflammations, etc.)
- It helps with arthritis
- Better “blood flow” in the tissues and thus improvement of muscle and skin tone because of a better oxygen supply
- Healthy and shiny skin without dryness
- Sustains brain cell and brain development
- Generally builds up resistance
- Positive effect on fertility
You should always ensure that there is a correct balance between omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Ensure that omega 3 fatty acids do not come into contact with oxygen as they will begin to oxidize and become toxic to the body. It is therefore suggested to administer it in a capsule form, preferably an additional antioxidant such as vitamin E. This will prevent the oxidation process in the body. Oxidizing substances make you more susceptible to diseases and speed up the aging process. If you take it in a liquid form make sure the container is dark, not transparent. Add vitamin E or olive oil, which contain natural omega 9 and also act as an antioxidant.
Omega 3 is one of the high quality and important nutritional supplements for your dog, bitch in whelp or growing puppy. It is also good for you and your family. It’s a fat, so take it along with a high-fat meal for optimum absorption.
Please avoid omega 3 in the form of krill. Krill is essential for whales and we also get it from fish oil. It is a good supplement but ecologically less responsible. If you have gall bladder problems, Omega 3 will help. Vegetable sources such as linseed oil often do not contain enough omega 3, with hemp seed oil being an exception. Cheap omega 3 products are often also of poor quality.
Another healthy fat is coconut oil. You can use it when cooking at high temperatures or deep fat frying. You can add about a coffee spoonful to your dog’s food. Coconut oil does not unduly tax the liver functions. Preferably use virgin coconut oil.
If your dog has problems with digesting fats then he or she may lack enzymes, have gallbladder problems, or sometimes have accumulated excessive amounts of waste in the body. You can administer an enzyme complex that helps digestion.
Detoxify using selenium, green clay, vegetables or the product ‘Metaclean of Metagnics’, to support the liver and kidneys, or to detoxify the heavy metals that accumulate in body fat.
Give your dog high quality protein, preferably fish and meat (white and red). You should feed at least 3 different meat protein sources and feed fish once a week. Oily fish also contains omega 3 fatty acids. If your dog is overweight, you may prefer feeding meat with a lower fat percentage, but always feed oily fish. Always using the same food can create intolerances and shortages.
Regularly adding a raw egg provides necessary high quality proteins (biotin …).
Dogs are predominately meat eaters but they do require vegetables. They cannot digest them when raw so use, for example, a slow cooker or juicer so that the vegetables are cooked and digestible but do not loose enzymes. Vegetables provide high-quality vitamins, minerals and trace elements and contribute to a healthy diet for your dog. Even if you feed dry dog food add some vegetables. The amount will depend on the weight of the dog.
Sugars from starch and other sweet products should be avoided at all times. This goes for you and your family as well. Refined sugars are among the causes of mood swings, weight gain, inflammation of the muscles and skin, ADHD phenomena, etc. Be careful as well with the amount of fruit that you eat.
Vegetables are also the source of the good bacteria (probiotics) in your intestines, contributing to good health.
Unfortunately, due to our poor soil and contaminated environment, we do not get enough vitamins, minerals and trace elements from our diet. Therefore, give a regular or daily complete multi-vitamin and mineral preparation to your dog. This will help you to avoid insufficiencies and possibly other problems such as eating faeces or other strange objects such as stones, etc. Products to promote a healthy body can be found, for example, at Puur, Mannavita, AOV, Energetica Natura, Natural Energy…
Deficiencies in vitamins, minerals and trace elements and bad eating habits (sugar) also cause acidification in the body. This may also cause numerous complaints such as muscle pain and osteoarthritis. You can help keep healthy acid levels in the body with cleansing products, for example, Alka.
Keep in mind that the intestine must be healthy to benefit from the diet.
However often we come across problems when the intestines are functioning badly and are affected by parasites, fungi and bad bacteria. Often the intestinal wall is also affected and we speak of ‘leaking bowel syndrome’. It is therefore important to check the dog’s faeces and if they are flat, are discoloured or smell badly or if the dog lacks appetite then we should think about how to boost the intestinal functions. Often this helps to reduce the itching caused by an allergy. If it is not a problem with the pancreas and there are no enzyme deficiencies, then use pre and probiotics. These can be combined with supplements to remove the parasites, fungi and bad bacteria and possibly use L-glutamine to help restore the intestinal wall.
In conclusion, we want to say that what is good for one dog is not necessarily good for another dog and nutrition should always be tailor-made.