Healthy Feeding Suggestions

Mission Paws’ible advocates for a carnivorous diet for dogs.

Nutritious food is paramount for a healthy dog, both inside and out.

Feed twice a day – morning and night.
Always have a large bowl of fresh water available.

Pet Food in Bali

We promote and endorse a raw food diet that can be ordered online and delivered to your door.

‘The single most important element in a dog’s life after us is their daily diet’ and we couldn’t agree more!

Several companies offer raw meals which include a wide variety of high-quality meat, including chicken, duck, turkey, beef, lamb, pork, fish, buffalo and rabbit. The food ranges from 80 – 100% raw meat and bone, complimented by offal, vegetables, fruit and herbs. Absolutely no grain, gluten or fillers and 100% preservative-free.

Just as with our own diets, variety is the key, ‘The best way to ensure that our dogs receive all the nutrients they need is to feed a wide variety from our raw diet menu as possible.’

You can order through DogMa Dogs or Kin Dog Food.

Why is my pet’s diet so important?

Have you ever witnessed a kid on a sugar high? Or a tired and lethargic teenager? Or someone with bad skin, overweight or a pale appearance?

Have you then looked at their diet, daily routine and their exercise habits?

If you compare a happy, healthy and energetic human to an unwell, lethargic and sick person and then compare their diets, you will see this is the KEY to their conditions. And that is the same for animals.

The fresher and the cleaner their diet, the better they will be, and the less you will spend on vet care.

We have found making our own fresh food for our dogs to not only be cheaper, but our pet’s fur, eyes, demeanour and general health are better.


We’ve created a VERY BASIC downloadable PDF with simple pet food ideas that are available in most homes. This is a good resource to start the conversation with individuals to help educate people about their pet’s food and the obvious health benefits.



Suggested Supplements

Buy online from our sponsor, Holistic Health Pet Care.

Fish Oil Capsule: (1 per adult dog once a day) or virgin coconut oil. Coconut oil can be given orally to dogs as a supplement, and it can also be applied topically on the skin to treat dry, itchy skin, lesions, ringworm, and so on. It has a lot of health benefits (both for humans and dogs), and since most dogs like the taste of coconut oil, supplementing is not a problem!

Turmeric: There are a number of recorded benefits of how this herb can help your dog. Pain: because all dogs are subject to arthritis, turmeric can play an important role due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It tops the list of natural remedies for treating dogs with stiff joints.

Turmeric healing or curcumin’s medical talents, which are widely reported, have effects on:

  • Blocking inflammation
  • Kills infectious bacteria and microbes
  • It improves the function and health of the heart
  • It’s antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, antimicrobial, antibiotic, antimutagenic, anti-inflammatory
  • It cures stomach ailments
  • It cures ear infections
  • It kills sinus infections
  • It kills parasites
  • It prevents cataracts

It heals damage from long-term diabetes and wounds caused by diabetes
Reference: Healthy Dog Club

Super greens boost your dog’s immunity to make them healthier and stronger.

Moringa leaves are loaded with vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids and more. One hundred grams of dry moringa leaf contains:2

Nine times the protein of yogurt Ten times the vitamin A of carrots 12 times the vitamin C of oranges
15 times the potassium of bananas 17 times the calcium of milk 26 times the iron of spinach
  • It’s loaded with antioxidants
  • Lowers blood sugar levels
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Maintains healthy cholesterol levels
  • Protects against arsenic toxicity

Reference: Healthy Pets

Apple Cider Vinegar:

ACV is one of the most useful supplements for dogs as it can give our dogs a lot of health benefits. It is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal; therefore, it prevents infections caused by bacteria and fungus. ACV also supports and boosts the immune system. ACV can be used topically and orally and is a “must-have” at home for dogs at all life stages. Available at supermarkets.

Source: Natural Dog Remedies


If your dog is over seven or if your dog is starting to show signs of joint pain, glucosamine is an essential supplement since its function is to maintain and regenerate healthy cartilage in joints. If glucosamine is depleted, degenerated joint problems such as osteoarthritis occur. Ask your vet or local pet store for this item.

Source: Natural Dog Remedies

Grapefruit Seed Extract:

Grapefruit seed extract (GSE) has powerful antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiviral, anti-parasitic, and antioxidant properties. It can be safely used both topically and orally on dogs for ear and skin infections, Candida yeast infections, and stomach problems caused by bacteria or viruses. A must-have for dogs (and people)!

Source: Natural Dog Remedies

Royal Jelly:

Royal Jelly can be used orally for allergies and digestive problems, and it can also be applied topically to burns, wounds, hot spots, and other skin problems. Like coconut oil, honey has loads of health benefits for dogs (and people), and because it is sweet, most dogs have no problem with the taste.

Source: Natural Dog Remedies


One of the most powerful natural supplements for dogs, probiotics are the “good bacteria” and are used to restore the normal balance of gut microflora (bacteria). They act as the body’s first line of defence against all the potentially harmful bacteria and other microorganisms that your dog eats or inhales. Thus, having a constant supply of these friendly bacteria in your dog’s GI tract can help prevent a wide range of health problems. Probiotic supplements are advisable for dogs at all life stages, but particularly for older dogs and those with chronic digestive problems, such as chronic diarrhoea, colitis, IBD, and so on.

Source: Natural Dog Remedies


Vitamins for dogs are as essential as they are for people. Vitamins are present in trace amounts in most foods, and they are essential for numerous functions performed in the body, such as acting as antioxidants, assisting in digestion and nutrient absorption, and keeping the skin and hair healthy. (For more information, visit our pages on Vitamins for DogsVitamin C for Dogs, and Vitamin D for Dogs).

Source: Natural Dog Remedies


Before Your Pet Comes Home

The first preparation you need to do is to set expectations both for yourself and your dog. You are doing a wonderful thing by giving a dog a home, and, in return, you are getting unconditional love, the most loyal friend and more than a few laughs for the rest of your dog’s life.

Enter into this new chapter knowing that there will be an adjustment period while your dog learns what it means to be part of your family. Change is difficult for anyone, and your dog will need time and patience before he/she realises that they have found a forever home. Some dogs may engage in stress-related behaviours such as hiding, escaping, and barking, and it’s likely they will need a refresher course in toilet training.

All of this is normal and best handled by remaining calm, rewarding good behaviour and showing your dog what is expected behaviour in her new home. This means learning to communicate clearly with them by using clear, consistent commands.

The absolute basics that your dog needs are:

  • Good nutrition, including constant access to clean water
  • Daily exercise
  • A frequently-cleaned toilet area
  • Time every day to be with their human family

Make sure you have all of your supplies:

  • Dog bed
  • Crate (if using one – the door should always be open)
  • A few week’s supply of pet food
  • Food bowls
  • Toys

If you are changing your new dog’s diet, do so over a week, gradually replacing a portion of their food each time. It’s vital in our hot climate that they have access to clean water all day.

Dog Zones, Boundaries, Rules and Puppy Proofing!

Decide where your new buddy is going to sleep and set up their bed. If you are crate training, make sure there is a comfortable bed or towels inside it and leave the door of the crate open.

Think about what your rules for them will be. Are they allowed on the sofa? On your bed? Are they allowed to jump up on people when greeting them? Are they allowed to “beg” at the table, or would you prefer that they wait in their bed while your family eats at the table? If you are getting a puppy, make your rules for the dog that he/she will grow to be.

Your bundle of fluff spends lots of time sleeping and hardly takes up space, but do you want them there when they are 15kg? There is no right or wrong answer but decide now for the long term.

If you have someone sharing your bed, one thing we highly recommend if you do allow your dog on your bed is only to allow them up there when invited. It can be as simple as patting your bed, but they will understand that it is a privilege. You will find it handy in the future if you need them to stay off the bed for any reason.

Consistency does not mean inflexibility, and don’t feel that you have to keep doing something that clearly isn’t working with your particular dog. Perhaps you started off with a rambunctious adolescent dog, and now that he/she has matured into a calm adult, you don’t mind them snoozing under the dining table at dinner. Relationships change over time, and so will yours with your pet.

We recommend not giving them access to the entire house right away. The bigger the space, the more overwhelming it will be for your dog. It’s also a good idea to be able to keep an eye on him/her for the first few days, so they don’t disappear unnoticed into your bedroom to chew up your favourite shoes or wee in some unseen corner. It can be difficult with open-plan homes, but perhaps you have a kitchen and lounge area that you spend time in and can puppy-proof.

Any electrical cords within your dog’s reach should be taped to the wall, remove anything breakable from lower shelves and make sure household chemicals and cleaning products are out of reach.

Will enthusiastic tail wagging sweep your favourite vase off the coffee table?
Put it up on a high shelf.

Decide on the training words and make sure your family or partner uses the same words for the same behaviours.

For example: “Down” means lying down on the floor; it doesn’t mean don’t jump on people, and it doesn’t mean getting off the couch.

A sample vocabulary might be:

  • DOWN: lie down on the floor,
  • OFF: don’t jump on people, don’t jump on furniture,
  • SIT: bum on the floor,
  • COME: stop what you’re doing and run to mum or dad,
  • GO TO YOUR BED: Go to your bed or crate; we love this one for when we are eating to prevent begging at the table.

Obviously, use any language you wish but be consistent.

Introducing your dog to her new home

When your dog first arrives at your house, take them immediately to their toileting area and spend some time with them until they pee and praise them when they do. If they seem to be hyperactive, a walk around your neighbourhood will tire them out with all the exciting new sights and smells. If they’re the quiet type, it will be enough stimulation to get used to their new home.

Once they’re taken inside, let them explore your dog-proofed area and sit back and observe. Most of our dogs have spent time in loving foster homes, but if your pup is recently rescued from the street, a shelter or perhaps the veterinary clinic, they may not have experience with sights and sounds that we take for granted. Stairs, televisions, toilets flushing, or washing machines can take some getting used to, and everyday objects such as brooms may seem threatening at first.

We recommend giving them restricted access to the entire house right away. The bigger the space, the more overwhelming it will be for your dog.

Keep the first few days low-key and uneventful. Don’t invite all your friends over to see your adorable new dog – that’s what Facebook is for 🙂 Establish a routine. Dogs feel secure when they know what to expect. Begin your regular schedule of taking walks, feeding, and sleeping.

Remember to take them out regularly to their toilet area. This is especially important with puppies. Pop them outside immediately after eating or drinking or when they first wake up. Praise them for their fabulous efforts. That little smile and tail wag are worth it!

The first few days may be stressful for your dog, and they may need to curl up in their crate, processing all the big changes. Let them have their quiet time and go about your day. They will find comfort as they learn that they can trust you to feed them twice a day and give them walks and affection.

Have fun building your relationship and teaching your dog what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour in their new family. Be calm and consistent, and don’t allow certain behaviours because you feel sorry for their sad past. Set them up for success in their bright future by making the rules easy to understand.