This is my PERSONAL regime. It works for my dogs, and many others worldwide. HOWEVER, it may or may not work with yours, and you may want to consult your veterinarian. (insert laughter here)
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I feed my adult dogs once per day, in the evening. I fast a healthy dog once a week, with usually just a large knuckle bone and plenty of fresh water. The diet should be 60 to 80% raw meaty bones, and the remainder vegetable matter , mostly leafy greens, but variety is of great importance with the meat AND the vegetables. Some favorites in the Clearview household are green beans, frozen field peas with snaps, collards, mustard greens, romaine lettuce, broccolli cuts, carrots, celery, red or yellow bell peppers, sweet potatoes, canned pumpkin,chopped parsley, or other herbs when they are in season. They also love fruits, which I feed in season. Vegetables in the cruciferous family should be used with moderation, since they can cause suppression of the thyroid function in dogs if fed to excess. These include broccolli, cauliflower, cabbage, and bok choy. You should also only feed vegetables high in oxalic acid once a week - spinach, chard, beets, beet greens. Oxalic acid interferes with the absorption of CALCIUM. It can actually cause calcium to be leached out of the food that you've fed that day. No fresh rhubarb at any time - that's the highest in oxalic acid. One raw leaf can kill a small dog. Oxalic acid is also an industrial corrosive! For the best nutritional usage, the vegetables and fruits should be run through a food processor, or a juicer. If you use a juicer, feed the juice AND the pulp. You can pulp a large amount and freeze the excess. As with your own diet, fresh and organic is best, frozen is next, and canned should not be on the list, except for pumpkin. Be sure you use the PLAIN, and not the pie mix. Pumpkin is excellent for regulating bowel movements because of it's bulk, whether the dog has loose stools, or is constipated.
I use no grains, except for small amounts of incidentals left over from the table such as brown rice, or occasionally pasta.
For the meat portion of the meal, they get one or a combination of the following:
All meat is fed absolutely and completely raw. All chicken includes the bones. The meat included in the diet is 85 to 90% muscle meat and bones, and 10 to 15% organ meat.
Supplements include Norwegian Kelp granules, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Alfalfa, Cold Pressed Flax seed oil, purified fish body oil, organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, raw honey, and garlic. I use ground eggshell, or bone calcium when the meat/bone ratio is off, such as when I feed organ meat, or larger quantities of meat.
My older dog gets 5000mgs to 7000mgs of the C daily, along with 800 IUs of vitamin E. During periods of stress or heavy work, Vitamin C in increased. I give about one teaspoon Kelp per day, with an equal amount of alfalfa. Flax seed oil (one table spoon per day for an adult dog) is alternated with the purified fish body oil. About one tablespoon each of the vinegar and honey is given. Garlic is ground into the veggie mix to equal about 1/2 to 1 clove per day.
Occasional additives include cottage cheese, plain yoghurt, raw liver, or certain table leftovers. About once per week, they get a large beef knuckle bone to chew. Table scraps NEVER include fatty meats, chicken skin, or the like, and of course, NO cooked bones, or anything containing refined sugar.