I have been asked many times by people who feed their dogs a raw food diet about the use of grains as part of canine nutrition. I am aware that there is a great deal of controversy about the use of grains in the canine diet.
Since many of the people who ask about this are using Canine Health- The Miracle Dog Food , which is my pre-mix and the diet that I have advocated for over 25 years, I respond to their inquiries with the following information which is based on knowledge of chemistry and the facts.
For those who are using Canine Health- The Miracle Dog Food we look at the way in which the food is prepared “in reverse”.
Canine Health is prepared with 6 ounces of protein to 7 1/2 ounces of water, which makes a total of 13 1/2 ounces. To this we add 1/2 to 1 ounce of oil and 3 scoops of Canine Health, which is a mixture of 6 different organic grains and 9 different vegetables and herbs. These 3 scoops equal 2 ounces of which one ounce is vegetables.
So the total amount of grain is approximately 1 ounce per pound of food, which is equal to approximately 6% of the total prepared recipe.
In reality this is quite a small amount.
I use grain to provide glucose or storage glycogen, which is vital to a healthy canine diet.
Every athlete knows that taking in pasta or grain loading prior to an athletic event, provides the necessary storage glycogen for the athlete to have sufficient glucose for muscle performance for the duration activity. This glucose is necessary for all muscle function.
I have seen that wheat, corn and soy can cause problems with animals so we do not put them in Canine Health. Our grains are certified organic, pre-cooked and freeze-dried which makes them easy to digest free of preservatives and incredibly healthy.
Some dogs do well on a completely grain-free diet, and for them I made Veg-to-Bowl , a grain-free mix of wonderful dehydrated and freeze-dried veggies. This mixture blended with meat and oils makes a wonderful grain-free meal.
But some dogs do better with grains, in fact, in my experience, many, many dogs improve dramatically when using our Canine Health with raw or cooked meat.
Nature made all muscle and brain function (99%) using glucose and oxygen. Carbohydrates, such as grains, are stored in the in the liver as glycogen this is then released as glucose in the blood as the body requires it.
For over 55 years most of the original “commercial dog foods” were made with 100% grain, using primarily wheat and corn. We know now that these grains were used because they were inexpensive fillers. Today most commercial foods still contain 40-70% grains.
I am not here to knock any other manufacturer, but I know that the companies who manufacture these foods don’t have even the slightest clue about good nutrition for dogs. What we do know, is that given in small amounts with lots of other nutritionally sound additions, grain is very beneficial to a dog’s overall good health.
I see that dogs do incredibly well and thrive on 6-10% grain
in their diet. Dogs are able to utilize the glucose from grains, as athletes do when they are performing.
We have come a long way in understanding how best to feed our canine companions.
We now know how to do it better and improve our lives and the lives of our companions by providing the best nutrition possible.
I am positive that the real problem with commercial pet food is the added preservatives, coloring agents, poor quality protein sources and poor quality fat sources.
Feeding natural and healthy protein, rotating the source each week, adding good healthy oils, also rotated weekly, together with vegetables and a small amount of organic grains, will dramatically improve a dog’s health and well-being.
This is what I know makes the optimal diet for dogs.
It is amazing to me that a supplement like Co Enzyme Q10 or Co Q10, as it is sometimes called, is known by so few. Those people who do know about this wonderful supplement use it religiously for themselves, but most never think to give it to their companions.
This supplement is remarkable and I recommend it for all dogs and cats over the age of 7 years. Co Enzyme Q10 is not just a superb antioxidant, but has properties not found in other supplements.
Co Enzyme Q10 is protective of the heart and cardiovascular system and can retard the aging process and slow the progression of chronic degenerative diseases. This substance is produced naturally by the body, but as we age the production diminishes. This is true in dogs and cats also.
I have found that older dogs and cats benefit enormously when this supplement is introduced and administered on a daily basis.
I am hoping to spread the word about this supplement, because I have seen great results and I believe many animals lives could be greatly enhanced by the use of this supplement.
So useful is this supplement that some enlightened cardiologists recommend it across the board to patients with heart disease, a history of heart attack or hypertension and generally for their patients over the age of 40.
I have seen that older dogs and cats benefit greatly from the daily use of Co Enzyme Q10 , not just to reverse existing health problems, but to prevent problems from occurring and I am always in favor of “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.
This is such an easy step in a program of good health for our mature companions and the results can be extraordinary.
These animals were truly a little light in the darkness.
Note: We brought my mom home from the hospital yesterday. She has a long way to go, but we expect a full recovery.
We are so very happy to welcome you to Dr. Harvey’s new website and to our blog. We hope that you will watch our site grow and hope that you will visit the site often. We intend to provide you with as much information as possible. Our goal is to help guardians make intelligent choices for their companion animals.
The blog will feature articles from Dr. Harvey and other members of our staff.
We welcome your comments and look forward to hearing from you.
Barkotti are the first handmade, vegetarian, and preservative-free biscotti for dogs made with organic ingredients
Dr. Harvey’s, a longtime leader in the natural and organic pet products world, has just released an all-natural and organic biscotti for dogs. Named Barkotti, these biscotti treats are made with 100% human grade ingredients to promote good health and strong teeth and gums. The company has worked on developing this health bar giving it a taste that is irresistible for dogs. Barkotti contain no preservatives, chemical dyes or additives. Barkotti, contain no wheat, corn or soy, added salt or refined sugar and contain no wheat gluten or rice gluten. Barkotti, are filled with a variety of vegetables, apple and herbs and mixed with organic flours and bee pollen, providing a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals in each treat. Barkotti, encourage healthy teeth and gums and can be used as training treats.
Dr. Harvey’s has packaged the Barkotti in new green packaging using recycled and recyclable materials that are printed with soy ink. The company is making a serious effort to use environmentally sound choices for both their packaging and packing. Dr. Harvey’s has long been a proponent of using organic and chemical-free ingredients in the production of their pet products for companion animals. The company wants to reflect its use of these high quality ingredients in its packaging.
" I couldn’t be more excited", said Dr. Harvey, founder of Dr. Harvey’s, "this has been a challenging and wonderful project for us. The biscotti look great and they smell incredible. I could not be happier with the results. These treats are going to make for lots of happy and healthy dogs. I fought to make them in the US in a human bakery, I fought to make the packaging “green”, and I fought to make a treat that is truly healthy for dogs, without chemicals and I won." he said last Wednesday as he watched the first boxes of Barkotti be packaged for shipment.
Barkotti are handmade in the US in a human bakery, using only organic and 100% human grade ingredients from the US. We have had an overwhelmingly positive response from our company taste testers, Dane Cohen and Sasha Basset Cohen, both of whom found Barkotti to be irresistible." stated company president and CEO, Wendy Shankin-Cohen. “We couldn’t be prouder of this health treat and it’s packaging. They are so beautiful. We expect Barkotti, to set the bar quite high, when it comes to quality products for companion animals. Barkotti are a wonderful addition to all of the high quality products that Dr. Harvey has created for us.”
Dr. Harvey has been making the finest all natural and organic products for companion animals for over 25 years. His mission has been to educate guardians about why animals need to eat fresh wholesome foods, avoid chemical additives, avoid salt and sugar and rotate proteins in the daily diet. Education continues to be Dr. Harvey’s mission. Known worldwide for the quality of the ingredients he uses in every product. Barkotti, is his most recent creation, adding to the over 100 unique health products he manufactures for companion animals. Barkotti are available in fine retail pet shops, pet boutiques, health food stores and all- natural pet stores throughout the US and Canada, Hong Kong and Japan and from many fine online retailers.
PLEASE NOTE: Barkotti are available in 1 pound boxes in 2 sizes FOR SMALL DOGS and for MEDIUM TO LARGE DOGS
About Dr Harvey’s A pioneer corporation in the manufacturing of all- natural and organic foods, treats and supplements for dogs, cats birds and horses. Dr. Harvey’s supports animal rescue and champions the humane treatment of all animals on our planet.
This has been a very busy time for us filled with so much excitement. Launching this new website is particularly important to me, because I finally have a vehicle to speak to you. These days, I spend much of my time speaking to individuals on the phone about their companions needs. I have spent close to 30 years teaching people the benefits of feeding our companions an all-natural diet and the dangers of allowing our companions to ingest preservatives, chemical additives and coloring agents.
Now with the internet and our new website I have a forum to speak to all of you about all the things that are on my mind.
I want you all to know the reasons that I believe the things that I teach. I will be commenting often about things that you can do to improve the health and longevity of your companion dog, cat, bird or horse. Welcome and stay tuned!