Nutrition

Why I give fruits :

 

Apples: Source for potassium, fiber, phytonutrients, flavonoids, vitamin C. Note: Do not give dogs the core or the seeds, which contain arsenic.

Bananas: Source of potassium and carbohydrates.

Blackberries: Source of antioxidants (anthocyanins), polyphenols, tannin, fiber, manganese, folate, omega-3. High in vitamins C, K, A and E

Blueberries: Source of antioxidants, selenium, zinc and iron. High in vitamins C, E, A and B complex.

Kiwis: Source of fiber, potassium and high in vitamin C.

Oranges: Source for fiber, potassium, calcium, folic acid, iron, flavonoids, phytonutrients, vitamins A, C, B1 and B6.

Pears: Source for fiber, folic acid, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, copper, pectin and vitamins A, C, E, B1 and B2.

Pumpkin: Source for fiber, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, zinc, iron, potassium and Vitamin A. Also great to used with diarrhea in dogs.

Raspberries: Source of dietary fiber, antioxidants, potassium, manganese, copper, iron, magnesium. Rich in vitamin C, K and B-complex.

Strawberries: Source for fiber, potassium, magnesium, iodine, folic acid, omega-3 fats, vitamins C, K, B1 and B6.

Watermelon: Source of vitamins C and A, potassium, magnesium and water. Do not feed your dog the seeds or rind.

Rutabaga : A good source of Dietary Fiber, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Vitamin C, Potassium and Manganese.

 

 

NB : Avoid feeding your dog any type of seeds or pits. Although not all seeds are known to cause problems, it is better to be safe than sorry. What is known to be problematic or toxic are apple seeds, apricot pits, nectarine pits, plum pits, cherry pits and peach pits.

All my Collies are fed homecooked food. The vegetables are raw, and they also get raw chickenwings, raw oxtails and raw liver. They have superb coat, never any problems with stomach and they are very healthy

 

 

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Little Heike-mother

Little Heike-mother enjoying her raw liver

TengelMan is enjoing his dindin with meat, vegetables, pasta + +

Wild Villemo enjoying her raw chicken wing

My Collies food :

 

* Meat of different kind

* Different raw vegetables

that's crushed in a blender,

not onion

* Kelp/Alga/Seaweed

* Vitamin/mineral tablet

* B-vitamin

* C-vitamin

* Wheat germ oil

* Garlic in the tick-season

* Pasta

* Raw egg

* Raw liver (from young animals)

* Raw oxtail

* Raw chickenwings

* Fruit

* Once a week fish

* Omega 3

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Why I give C-vitamins: My Collies get this vitamin with their food every day. Dogs do produce some vitamin C, but we now know it is often not enough for dogs living with the daily stress of pollution, vaccinations, and those involved in performance training, etc.

This vitamin has many superb functions. It is an antioxidant and it strengthens the immunesystem; it helps to prevent high bloodpressure, helping in healing wounds. It’s water-soluble and can’t be overdosed (should the dog get too much it can get diarrhea and then just lower the dose). It is also a natural antihistamine and can help when the dog has allergies.

 

Why I give B-vitamins: My Collies get B-vitamins in their food every day. These vitamins are necessary so that they have a healthy nervous system. It’s water-soluble and it’s hard to overdose it, however should the dog get too much the urine will be bright yellow. B-vitamins help to maintain a good kidney-function, a good muscle-tone in the gastrointestinal tract and also help with eyes and skin. B-vitamins is also found in organ meat, poultry fish and eggs

 

Why I give Vitamin E/Wheat Germ Oil : It is also referred to as the “breeding-vitamin”, it promotes fertility. It is an antioxidant and anti-carcinogen. It’s the anti-age vitamin, and improve the immune system, heals the skin and prevent cataracts.

It helps to protect vitamin C and vitamin A from oxidation. It helps healing of wounds, aids in arthritis, helps with normal functioning of the nervous system, boosts muscle power and endurance in working dogs and prevents cell damage.It also involved in the formation of "own" vitamin C. This vitamin is found in whole grains, dark green leafy vegetables, eggs, and organ meats.

 

Why I give kelp/seaweed/alga (different name on the same product I use) : Kelp (I use kelp from my country, Norway) supports many of the dog's body functions. It cleanses the digestive system. It’s high in iron and it fortifies the blood, which then helps the heart to pump more efficiently. Kelp also contains calcium, iron, phosphorus, selenium + vitamins A,C,B.E and K.It is strengthening the immune system, very important in older dogs, which can protect them from a range of diseases. Also, dogs on kelp supplements are thought to heal faster from surgery, because the amino acids in the seaweed support tissue repair. The rich mix of iodine and other minerals in kelp makes it an ideal supplement to keep the entire glandular system, particularly the thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands, in healthy working order. Kelp improves the overall condition of the dog's skin and coat. Kelp also strengthens the body when they have rheumatism.

 

Why I give garlic : First it’s to prevent my Collies from getting ticks, that’s why they get garlic in “tick-season”, and I have done this for several years now. Garlic is also boosting the immunesystem, It gives a boost to bloodstream cells that kill bad microbes and also cancer cells. It has a detoxifying effect, and can help the liver in its job getting rid of toxins. Garlic is also fighting parasites, lower the cholesterol and triglycerides.

I never give more than ½ a clove per 5 kilo dog.

 

Why I give eggs : Eggs are high in fat and protein, and most of the fat is found in the yolk. I feed eggs raw as that way it don’t lose the nutrition (much nutrition is lost when the egg is cooked). And the myths about feeding raw eggs like it cause the dog to get a biotin deficiency is totally nonsense (you have to give an large amount of eggs if that should be correct and in fact let eggs be the main-diet). Eggs are cheap and a safe source to use for food, it’s a complete food source. Eggs are also the most complete source when it come to amino acids. Eggs is a great source of : Vitamin A / Riboflavin / Folate / Vitamin B12 / Iron / Selenium / Fatty Acids. It also keep their coat shiny and a good skin. My Collie-crew get’s whole raw eggs at least once a week. If you have a dog that have problems eating bones, you can grind up eggshells and sprinkle that over the food (but be sure that the egg hasn’t been sprayed with chemicals to make them look shiny).

 

I use eggs from our local farmer which make me sure that the eggs come from healthy hens.

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Vegetables I give my Collie-Crew :

 

Asparagus : Contains vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C and Vitamin E, along with the folate, iron, copper, fiber, manganese and potassium

 

Beans : Contains omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, C, and K. Also a good source of calcium, copper, fiber, folic acid, iron, niacin, manganese, potassium, riboflavin and thiamin, as well as beta carotene.

 

Broccoli florets : This is high in fiber and vitamin C and low in fat, I have given this in small quantities for many years. Some dogs might react with a gastric irritation as the florets contain isothiocyanates. I never give the stalks though.

 

Brussels Sprouts : Contain vitamins K and G, manganese, folate, fiber, potassium and vitamins A, B1 and B6, and extremely tasty thinks my Collies.

 

Cantaloupe : It’s also a good source of vitamins B-6 and C, fiber, folate, niacin and potassium. Cantaloupes are loaded with vitamin A and lots of beta carotene, which helps reduce the risk of cancer and prevents cell damage and also great for the eyesight

 

Carrots : They are excellent to give and are high in beta carotene and with lots of vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K, they are also high in potassium and fiber. Good for skin, eyesight, and for cleaning teeth and gums. If you have puppies teething you can give a frozen carrot to relieve the discomfort

 

Celery : Is rich in many vitamins and minerals, vitamin A, vitamin B, and vitamin C, and calcium, potassium, phosphorous, iron, and sodium.

This vegetable improves heart health and can lower blood pressure while helping to fight cancer and on another plus side it freshens their breath

 

Cucumbers : They contain vitamins K, C, and B1, as well as potassium, copper, magnesium, and biotin. Can even boost energy levels.

 

Peas : Super source of a particular B vitamin, thiamin, as well as phosphorous and potassium. Also loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin, which help protect the eyesight from deterioration as dogs age. They are very rich in dietary fiber.

 

Pineapple : Lots of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It also contains bromelain, an enzyme that makes it easier for dogs to absorb proteins (of course they don’t eat the prickly outside)

 

Pumpkin : Low calorie food rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, beta-carotene, fiber, potassium, zinc, calcium, and magnesium. About one cup of cooked pumpkin contains 3 grams of filling fiber. This is also great to give if they have problems with their stomach (diarrhea)

 

Spinach : It’s high in iron (almost twice as much of it as most other sources), it’s a particularly good option since it helps fend off inflammatory and cardiovascular issues, along with cancer.

 

Sweet Potatoes : Great source of vitamins E, A, B-6 and C, as well as calcium, iron, folate, potassium, copper, thiamine, iron and high in fiber. Contributes to lowering blood pressure are heart-healthy and easy on the digestive tract

Vitamins A and E

helps your dog to burn fat and lose weight, fights disease and slows the aging process

Vitamin C

can boost the immune system, promotes healing, and fights illness

Vitamin B-12

is important for cell growth and development

Calcium

promotes health and strong teeth and bones

Iron

is a mineral that’s essential for healthy blood and needed in oxygen transport

Potassium

supports heart, cardiovascular health

Some useful links :

 

Raw fed dogs

see here

Home-Prepared dog food

see here