WHAT TO FEED YOUR PET

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 which can be ordered on-line and delivered to your door.

‘The single most important element in a dogs 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 & Rabbit. The food ranges from 80-100% raw meat & bone, complimented by offal, vegetables, fruit & Herbs. Absolutely No Grain, Gluten Or Fillers & 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 pets 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 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 pets fur, eyes, demeanour and general health is better.

Every day meal suggestions!

The following information is general advice, but as each dog is different we recommend that you talk to your veterinarian, especially if your dog has any special dietary needs or has a reaction to a standard diet. Portions sizes vary based on the breed, age, size and exercise.

The amount of food required will depend on your dog’s size, breed, age and level of exercise, but take care not to overfeed or underfeed. Your vet will be able to weigh your dog, assess your dog’s body condition score and provide advice.

Adult dogs should be fed at least twice a day to avoid bloat, which can be fatal. You should also avoid exercising your dog immediately before or after eating, to avoid bloat, particularly deep-chested dogs.

Fresh drinking water must be available at all times.

Reference: RSPCA

Our Home Cooked Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2kg Chicken Necks / Breast (depending on budget)
  • 1kg liver
  • 1 Medium Pumpkin (cut into 1cm cubes)
  • 2kg Spinach (any kind washed and shredded)
  • Tumeric (either fresh or powder)

METHOD:

1) Put meat in a rice cooker or pot on the stove and add water to cover the contents. Set to COOK. It will take approximately 30mins depending on your rice cooker / stove. The longer you cook the more tender the meat and easier to cut up.

2) Once cooked pull the meat out and allow to cool. Do not throw out the juice / chicken stock.

3) Add the finely cut pumpkin to the chicken stock and boil until tender, approx. 5minutes

4) Add the spinach and cook for about 3 minuets

5) Take the vegetables out of the stock or drain the liquid. Remember to keep the water / chicken stock. It contains all the nutrients.

6) When all cooled down, remove the chicken from the bones. Throw the bones away (put in a small plastic bag before putting in the bin to ensure a little furry snout doesn’t sneak it from the bin later). Mix all together.

Optional for picky eaters – When cool put in the blender and use the vegetable stock Some dogs pick out the vegetables so blending it ensures they get the nutrients.

8) Grate fresh Turmeric, or sprinkle 1-2 teaspoons into the mix. Stir

9) Once cool prepare portion sizes to suit your dog/s

TIP: Put the chicken stock in a container and place in the fridge. In 24 hours all the oil will rise to the top. Scrape this off and throw away. The dogs don’t need the extra fat, but it is the slushy brown stuff that has all the good stuff in it!

10) Dish up! Your dogs will LOVE it!

Supplements we suggest

 

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!

 

Tumeric: 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 for 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

Spirulina / Moringa
Super greens boost your dogs 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

9 times the protein of yogurt10 times the vitamin A of carrots12 times the vitamin C of oranges
15 times the potassium of bananas17 times the calcium of milk26 times the iron of spinach
  • It’s loaded with antioxidants
  • Lowers blood sugar levels
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Maintains healthy cholesterol level\s
  • 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.

Source: Natural Dog Remedies

 

Glucosamine

If your dog is over 7 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 occurs.

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 virus. A must-have for dogs (and people)!

Source: Natural Dog Remedies

 

Honey

Honey 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

 

Probiotics

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 diarrhea, colitis, IBD, and so on.

Source: Natural Dog Remedies

 

Vitamins

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, keeping the skin and hair healthy. (For more information, visit our pages onVitamins for Dogs, Vitamin C for Dogs, and Vitamin D for Dogs.)

Source: Natural Dog Remedies

PREPARING FOR YOUR NEW PET

Before Your Pet Comes Home

The first preparation you need to do is setting 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 she realises that she has found a forever home. Some dogs may engage in stress related behaviours such as hiding, escaping, barking and it’s likely she 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 her 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 her human family.

Make sure you have all of your supplies:

  • Dog Bed
  • Crate (if using one – the door should always be open)
  • A few weeks 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 her food each time. It’s vital in our hot climate that she has 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 her 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 her will be. Is she allowed on the sofa? On your bed? Is she allowed to jump up on people when greeting them? Is she allowed to “beg” at the table or would you prefer that she waits in her bed while your family eats at the table? If you are getting a puppy, make your rules for the dog that she will grow to be.

Your bundle of fluff spends lots of time sleeping and hardly takes up space, but, do you want her there when she is 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 in your bed, is to only allow her up there when invited. It can be as simple as patting your bed but she will understand that it is a privilege. You will find it handy in the future if you need her 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 she has matured into a calm adult, you don’t mind her snoozing under the dining table at dinner. Relationships change over time and so will yours with your pet.

We recommend not giving her 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 her the first few days so she doesn’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 her training words and make sure your family or partner use 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 get 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 her immediately to her toileting area and spend some time with her until she pees and praise her when she does. If she seems to be hyperactive, a walk around your neighbourhood will tire her out with all the exciting new sights and smells. If she’s the quiet type, it will be enough stimulation getting used to her new home.

Once she’s taken inside, let her 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, she 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 her 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, sleeping.

Remember to take her out regularly to her 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 is worth it!

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

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