Did you read my info in the "seizure thread" regarding Phytate in dog foods and canine seizures...VERY interesting reading!
Vegies should comprise of approx. 20% of Bella's diet. Cook vegies first to make them easier to digest...blending them will help with digestion too.
Use vegies and fruit such as: spinach and other leafy greens (check to make sure not poisonous), sweet potato (peel first and boil), cabbage & broccoli (small amounts), apples & pears (NO cores or seed), small amounts of banana.
If you want to add grain...use brown rice and/or barley...NO WHEAT, CORN or SOY products.
I would also add 1 teaspoon of cold pressed Salmon oil/Virgin Flaxseed Oil for essential fatty acids and 1 teaspoon of kelp powder (can get it from health food shops) in each of her meals...add crushed egg shells (Anne said to microwave them first to make them easier to crush).
Remember...when you feed BARF...they eat less than they would with commercial foods, due to the foods being absorbed and digested at a different rate. Commercial dog food contains a lot of stuff that is not readily digestible to dogs
The following information is taken from Diamond Paws Staffordshire Bull Terriers website regarding what they feed their Staffords
BARF Adult Menu
BARF Adult Menu
Our diet is based on Dr. Billinghurst BARF diet books This Diet plan is for our Staffordshire Bull Terriers who are 3 months of age or older. Your plan may be different depending on your area and breed. If you are switching from commercial dogs foods then we suggest that you read this first.
60% raw meaty bones
15% crushed vegetables & fruit
25% meat mince & offal (organ meat, heart, liver, kidneys, brains, stomach (Tripe), intestines etc.)
It is VERY important to start out slow, with a very basic menu. Start with chicken necks and a meat meal with NO veggies or supplements for the first 3 weeks when you switch your dog to the adult BARF menu. Then add very small amounts of the veggie mix each day until you are at the recommended level for your dog’s weight. At 5 weeks start adding your supplements starting with flax seed oil. Again use this for the first week then slowly add another supplement. This should takes weeks even months to get to a point where you are adding all the recommend supplements. We also suggest NOT to add the supplements to the veggie mix, rather add them to the evening meal with yogurt being added to conceal the supplements. You will feel it important to change your dog’s menu as you go along. This is only a sample, suggested menu. You also may want to add or subtract supplements or different veggies, meat etc. as you go along. This is the great thing about the BARF diet menu it is very flexible.
Supplements: (when called for in menu)
Check this site for a great explanation of supplements!
Flax seed oil (usually 1 teaspoon)
Salmon oil (also known as fish oil) (usually 1 1000mg capsule)
Cod liver oil (usually 1 teaspoon)
Kelp granules (usually 1 teaspoon)
Evening primrose/borage oil (usually 1 1000mg capsule)
Vitamin E (usually 1 or 2 teaspoon of first cold pressed Olive oil or 1000mg capsule)
Vitamin C (usually 1 500mg table crushed)
Apple Cider Vinegar with "mother" from Health food shop (1 teaspoon)
All natural yogurt (1 or 2 tablespoons)
** Sasha’s blend (or another joint supplement) (usually half of recommend amount as precaution)
** Staffords are prone to arthritis. It has been shown that shark cartilage, glucosamine, chrondroitin and MSM are effective for preventing or prolonging arthritis. So we suggest adding Sasha’s blend or another joint supplement each day to your dogs diet. You should be able to get this at your local health food store or any homeopathic vet. You can also check some Internet sites as well.
Ground Meat: (when called for in menu)
Fish (fresh human grade or canned in water only)
Chopped Meat: (when called for in menu)
(Or any of these can be minced together and used as ground meat instead, making sure you are using equal parts of above)
RMB’s: (when called for in menu)
Whole Chicken carcasses
Duck, Rabbit, Quall etc.
Beef brisket, Beef neck
Pork feet, pork necks
Veggies: (add other veggies as desired, especially green leafy vegetables)
COS (Romaine) lettuce main ingredient (no iceberg lettuce)
Parsley (small amounts)
Carrots (low amounts)
Pumpkin (low amounts)
Tomato’s, but not the leaves though
Red, green, yellow capsicum (peppers) (not all at the same time)
Cabbage or broccoli or cauliflower (not at the same time)
Mixing the Veg mix: (also called veggie slop) (this is only a suggested way of doing this, find what is easy for you)
1) Put mixed crushed vegetables (allot of green leafy veggies) (NO onions, potatoes, peas or beans) in a blender then add ripe fruit (whole apples, whole oranges, papayas, mangoes, kiwi, rock melon (cantaloupe) May be over ripe but not rotten, then add 4-6 eggs with the shells, 1oz (286g) fresh garlic and 6oz (170g) natural yogurt or equivalent of nondairy probiotic
The yogurt is added to help the aid in digestion. It also adds good bacteria to the gut for good health. If your dog does not have problems digesting these foods than this can be taken out of the diet. However, our dogs love yogurt so we add a scoop (about a tablespoon) each day. This is of course all natural (non-daily preferred) yogurt.
AM – RMB’s
PM – Ground meat, veg mix, kelp powder, vitamin C, cod liver oil, salmon oil, Sasha’s blend, scoop of all natural yogurt
AM – RMB’s
PM – Chopped meat, veg mix, kelp powder, vitamin C, salmon oil, vitamin E, Sasha’s blend, scoop of all natural yogurt
Wednesday (light menu day)
AM – Large recreational bone & chicken necks/wings (half of what you normal would give).
PM – nothing or just yogurt
Thursday (Fish Day)
AM – RMB’s
PM – fish, veg mix, kelp powder, vitamin C, salmon oil, vitamin E, Sasha’s blend, scoop of all natural yogurt
AM – RMB’s
PM – Ground meat, chopped meat, vitamin C, flax seed oil, cod liver oil, salmon oil, vitamin E, Sasha’s blend, scoop of all natural yogurt
AM – Large Recreation bone & Chicken necks/wings (just a few)
PM – Ground meat, veg mix, vitamin C, cod liver oil, salmon oil, vitamin E, Sasha’s blend, scoop of all natural yogurt
AM – RMB’s
PM – Ground meat, chopped meat, veg mix, Vitamin E & C, evening primrose/borage oil, Sasha’s blend, scoop of all natural yogurt