Recommendations For Dogs
Diet | Exercise | Social Interactions | Emotional & Body Support
Dental Care | Natural Flea & Tick Control | Preventive Diagnostics
Recipe: Home Cooked Diet for Dogs
Fresh food diets are anti-inflammatory for most patients. “Fresh food” means a homecooked diet using the following recipe or pre-made whole food, diet with appropriate amounts of fermentable carbohydrates for your pet’s condition and adequate fiber such as the listed brands below. These diets digest at a healthy rate, maintaining healthy blood sugar levels and a normal intestinal flora (biome). They are low in chemicals that must be cleared and rich in bioavailable nutrients. It is essential that you follow a recipe that has been balanced to provide adequate nutrition to avoid nutritional deficiencies. Recipes must be followed exactly. If your pet will not eat the food as recommended, call our office for acceptable exchanges.
Freeze-dried foods are generally modestly anti-inflammatory, but nowhere near as much as a real food diet.
Kibble and canned food diets often increase inflammation. This is due to the fact that they are absorbed too quickly, causing a spike in blood sugar and resultant insulin resistance. Inflammation in animals often happens first in the digestive tract, where it can weaken the seal of the intestinal lining, allowing the immune cells on the other side of the gut wall to be in contact with ingesta. These cells are normally not exposed to intestinal contents. They start to react against substances within the ingesta (anything eaten or inhaled), but then increase immune reactivity and inflammation throughout the body, not only in the digestive tract, but also the skin and respiratory tract. Additionally, compounds such as glyphosate (Round-up), other pesticides, starchy foods and chemical additives can increase this reactivity. Many canned foods are cooked in the can, allowing for possible chemical contamination from can liners.
The following is our recommended Home Cooked Diet Recipe for Dogs. Gradually transition to the new diet over 1-2 weeks. Start by adding ¼ of new food into ¾ of old food. If this is well tolerated after 3-4 days feed ½ new food and ½ old food, after another 3-4 days of doing well feed ¾ new food and ¼ old food. After another 3-4 days of things going well, you can switch to all new food. All food should be cooked unless your dog is already eating a raw food diet.
Exercise should consist of three walks or outdoor exercise sessions of at least 15 min duration per day for healthy young individuals. For older animals the duration should be as long as he/she can exercise without any signs of increased stiffness/soreness – generally 5-20 minutes.
Avoid activities that encourage jumping and landing twisted (i.e., frisbee) or “peeling out” with very tight corners.
Allow your dog to determine how long they exercise unless otherwise directed by your veterinarian.
Avoid long periods of repetitive concussive exercise on hard surfaces (especially in puppies.) Instead, offer free movement exercise on grass or softer ground. Incorporate exercise on a number of different substrates/textures.
Keep intensity and duration of exercise consistent (avoid weekend warrior syndrome.)
Provide the opportunity for your dog friend to have regular social interactions with humans, dogs, and any other type of animal they will be spending time with throughout their life.
If your friend is showing any signs of anxiety during social interactions, discuss this with their doctor.
Spend lots of time with your animal friend when you are grounded, calm and present in the here and now. If you would like exercises and visualizations you can do to help foster this ability, schedule a private session.
Learn basic massage, acupressure, and spinal range of motion exercises that you can do daily to alleviate any tension and promote better health. You can join one of our group classes or schedule a private class.
Support your pet being able to express their own unique nature.
Create clear boundaries for your animal friend around what behaviors are acceptable or not. Help alleviate the stress that living in a human world can cause for animals. Contact our office if you need assistance in fostering this type of relationship.
Maintain a regular routine with your animal friend.
Bacteria feed on leftover food particles and create plaque on the teeth. This plaque hardens onto the teeth and is called “calculus” or “tartar” – you can see these areas as yellowish or brown staining. When this occurs, there is also bacteria up under the gumline that can start to cause irritation, discomfort and infections. Brushing your dog’s teeth once a day using a toothbrush and toothpaste made for dogs that has enzymes to help greatly reduce plaque build-up. Daily brushing will also mean your dog needs far fewer deep-cleanings and dental x-rays under anesthesia.
We also recommend starting Vetzlife oral gel, which will kill the unhealthy bacteria in their mouth, reduce ability of plaque to stick to their teeth, and help weaken any calculus already present in her mouth.
It is important to know that thorough deep cleaning of all teeth surfaces and dental x-rays require anesthesia. Anesthesia-free cleanings are often not helpful and can be harmful if they make the teeth look better without cleaning thoroughly under the gumline (where all the disease and infections start.) This can give you a false sense of what is truly going on in your dog’s mouth. Some people do attempt to do as thorough of a job as possible without anesthesia. Although these types of cleanings can be somewhat helpful, your dog will still need a deep cleaning and x-rays under anesthesia from time to time. When this is required is determined by your veterinarian. Make sure they are aware of all dental care that has been provided to your pet so they can make an accurate assessment.
If your pet needs protection from fleas and you would like to utilize chemical-free options.
- Flea & Tick Defense Spray repels fleas and ticks
- TheraNeem Pet Shampoo repels fleas and ticks, reduces itching, has antibacterial and antifungal effects
- B Complex VET chews (give as directed on bottle). Helps your pet not smell as good to fleas, reduces allergic reactions and stress response associated with itching
- Rescue Remedy Pet (if fleas are present) to help calm your pet, reduce the stress and frustration from itching
- Fleabusters powder – use as directed in the home to kill fleas and prevent infestations
- Beneficial nematodes (available seasonally at garden centers) – spray outdoors in yards/areas where your pet frequents. These are worm larvae that eat flea eggs and flea larvae. They are highly effective for reducing the number of fleas in areas with soil.
The following are the general diagnostics we recommend for all animals.
- Fur Mineral and Heavy Metal Analysis (FMHM) – Annually or as indicated by your veterinarian based on previous testing
- Chemistry panel, SDMA, Complete Blood Count, total T4 (animals over 6 years old), Heartworm, Tick disease screen and CPL (animals with any digestive issues or seeming ill/off) – Annually
- Fecal Parasite Screen – Annually
- Urinalysis – Annually
- Distemper and Parvo Antibody Titer Test – Three years after the most recent vaccination and then yearly
If we have not already established your pet’s vaccination protocol, please schedule an appointment for creating your dog’s custom vaccination plan based on their health, lifestyle and risk factors for contagious diseases.