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Popeye Dog - Healthy dog

Popeye is a very active happy dog who maintains his health with good food and nutritional supplements.
I just love to watch my dogs run, jump and play like puppies!

More and more dog lovers have decided to turn to homemade dog food diets—cooked or raw—as insurance against potential problems with commercial products. 
Question: Is a homemade diet really the way to go? 
Click below to find out.

Questions to ask when preparing homemade dog food.
Question 1.Dogs are carnivores right? So why do people add cooked rice to the dog food recipes?
 A: Dogs are carnivores and do great on a meaty bone based dog food. Some dog owners add the rice or potatoes to help the transition to a homemade dog food easier for the dog digestion and the owners wallet. You can and should eliminate the rice or potatoes out of any of these recipes if you love your dog. 
Question 2. “Fresh, wholesome foods will, over time, meet my dog’s needs if I vary the diet enough right?”
A: Fresh foods are indeed more nutritious than highly processed ingredients. In addition, when an owner prepares food at home, they know exactly what’s going into it. However, when analyzed, even diets based on wholesome, fresh ingredients can still come up low in various vitamins and minerals.
Question 3: My dog has Health problems___________, which dog food recipe do you recommend?
A: Every day we get many, many, questions from dog owners about specific dog illnesses and they are very hard to answer. To be honest, many go unanswered. While I have worked with animal nutrition for years, I am still not a veterinarian and not licensed to answer medical questions.
However, health is about prevention. If we do some research and figure out what our individual dogs need, we will prevent dog diseases and problems.
Bone up on your dog’s actual nutrient requirements by doing a bit of research; Read the latests dog food books and speak with nutritionists and vets (holistic, conventional and specialists). . “A multivitamin added to the food might help cover any gaps.”
The question here is this: Which multi vitamin, and with which diet? Any un-supplemented home-prepared diet will be low in some nutrients and adequate or high in others. Tossing a human multivitamin in the dog dish is not the answer.
Choosing an all-purpose multi made specifically for dogs doesn’t necessarily solve the problem either. These usually contain very low levels of nutrients because it’s assumed they will be added to commercial food, and so are unlikely to provide enough supplementation to round out a homemade diet. This is why “balanced” is not just a buzzword; it’s a valid and essential aspect of proper nutrition. Once you understand your dog’s nutritional needs, work out what her/his diet actually contains and then add what’s missing.
Question 4. “If I’m adding yogurt to my dog’s food daily food, she’s getting enough calcium right!?.”
A: Dogs require fairly high levels of calcium, and a little yogurt absolutely won’t cut it. Here’s a quick example: My own 25 kg(about 55 lbs.)dog Popeye, has a daily requirement of 1,250 mgs of calcium, and since his weekly diet alone—turkey, chicken, sardines, lamb and eggs, —only provides 1,750 mgs. That means I need to add over 12,000 mgs of calcium; in other words, more than 40 cups of plain yogurt. Or even better - RAW Bone! I grind up raw bones for him!
Calcium supplementation is always necessary unless you are feeding raw bones. I could recommend using a commercial carbonate or citrate form of calcium, or an eggshell crushed into a fine powder—one teaspoon of this powder (about 5.5 grams) equals roughly 2,200 mgs of calcium carbonate. To use eggshells, rinse them well and then you could bake for about 10 minutes at 300 degrees; use a small grinder to make the powder. Bone meal can be used if there is also a need to add phosphorus, but many homemade diets supply plenty of this mineral.
Question 5. “What if I eat carefully and read human nutrition books—and just follow similar principles with my dog?.”
A. This is a very common assumption but unfortunately, it isn’t accurate. Current nutritional guidelines for humans—who are omnivores—emphasize foods and ratios that may not be ideal for dogs. Ensure dietary balance by aiming for about 30 to 35 percent of total calories from fats, 40 percent from protein and the balance from complex carbohydrates at different times. (Percentages are guidelines, but are not as accurate as evaluating the gram content of a diet; this is another place where it pays to do the math.) 
Question: Why do all the math?
It is not really that complicated! Just use your head and remember - dogs are basically just  wolves that we have tamed. 
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