Man himself is what he eats. Domestic animals are likewise dependent on man’s care for their sustenance and health.
Food itself does not give immediate strength. It is the use which the body makes of the food which gives strength.
Natural Rearing Diet:
- The paramount rule in a healthy canine diet is feeding raw foods, for the process of cooking foods is responsible for much of the disease found in the canine species. Cooking destroys the life-giving elements, and the entire composition of foods is altered by it. The internal organs cannot function as naturally intended because cooking semi-digests the food, thus the very strong digestive juices and the strong and muscular stomach and intestines are left only partly exercised and therefore soon weaken and become unhealthy. The nature of a dog’s internal anatomy is such that it is well able to destroy all disease, bacteria, and worm ova during the normal process of digestion.
- The next dietary rule of importance is the realization that dogs have far greater difficulty digesting cereals than flesh foods. Natural food should form 70% of their diet, and the cereal/grain portion should be kept separate from the meat – being offered as a separate meal.
- The third dietary rule is the regular resting of the digestive system through fasting. Between 4 months and 2 years of age, dogs should be fasted 1 day every 2 weeks. After 2 years of age, they should be fasted 1 day every week. Such fasting is natural in dogs and is essential to their complete health. On the fasting day, it is good to give the dogs watered milk with honey.
Additional recommendations for a healthy raw diet include:
- Feed raw bones with meat meal. Flesh without bones is unnatural. Bones are vital for Calcium and for worm removal.
- Feed raw eggs about 3 times weekly.
- Allow plenty of drinking water – no plastic or aluminum bowls.
- Cereals or breads should be whole-grain.
- Every puppy should rest and cleanse its internal organs frequently by fasting (half-days) on plain water only.
- Only feed meats 4-5 days per week.
- On the 6th day, give cottage cheese, eggs, and oatmeal with milk.
- Follow this with one day of fasting, which can include water with honey (1 heaping tsp/cup). This simple natural treatment wards off disease/toxins, and rests the digestive system and kidneys, and rejuvenates the dog.
- Fishmeal may be fed occasionally.
- Healthy dogs have smaller appetites than unhealthy ones.
- Basic rule: under no circumstances should solid food be given to dogs that are running a fever. Give them only water (plain or with honey).
The preceding information was derived from recommendations contained in The Complete Herbal Handbook for Farm and Stable by Juliette de Bairacli Levy.
Other helpful links on raw feeding:
The Natural Rearing Breeders Association - What is Natural Rearing?
"Dogs Are Carnivores", by Jeannie Thomason