If the saying "You are what you eat" is true,
then I am sure that it also applies to canine nutrition. On
the internet, I see the quandary of what to feed on each list
that I subscribe to. Many breeders are talking to other breeders
about this. I, too, was among them. I feel that most owners
would do the right thing, if only they knew what that was.
I have spent many years researching this for myself and my
beloved canines. I have recently come across some information
that is working for each and every Siberian here at Aniak.
To start with, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, read the API
report titled, "What's really in dog food?"
It is very informative for all of you who really want to begin
to understand basic nutrition and what we are doing with the
diet of our Siberians at Aniak.
Our dogs are fed a natural diet. It is a "Back to Basics"
approach. I have always fed premium dog food because I wanted
to provide the very best diet available for my Siberians.
After all, they are worth it!!! I felt that premium foods
were necessary to have premium quality dogs. Of, course, I
expected my dogs to be healthy by my doing this. I had studied
nutrition in college for many years and I am continually researching
to find out what works the best and why it works the best.
At every dog show, there are many dog food vendors who represent
the major and newer companies who are marketing dog food.
I had always found it difficult to compare the labels on the
food because, they are not listed exactly the same way on
all of the labels. We have tried many of them but we never
thought that there was any real differences in them. It was
very frustrating. I was always looking for the "perfect"
food, but it seemed that it was not easy to find. I couldn't
see the forest for the trees.
In 1998, one of my new puppy-buyers shared
my entire new puppy information packet to a man who owns a
pet supply store that is Holistically-oriented. He told her,
"Tell your breeder that I like everything that she does
except how she is feeding her dogs." I called him and
he told me that what I was feeding at that time was not as
nutritionally sound as I thought it was. He suggested that
I read the book Give Your Dog a Bone, by Dr Ian Billinghurst.
I was open-minded and did as he suggested. I also read Dr
Billinghurst's other book, Grow Your Pups with Bones.
I then read the rest of the books on my book
list. I decided to try it. We switched the entire kennel
to the natural diet.
The results of this way of feeding our Siberians are immediately
apparent by just looking at their physical appearance and
observing how they act. My ten year olds are no longer "couch
potatos". They are youthful and energetic. They are playing
with the ten month old puppies here and keeping up with them
easily. Another benefit is the amazing transformation in their
dental hygiene. Their tarter encased, plaque-encrusted teeth
are now sparkling white. Gums are healthy and pink and, best
of all, no more doggie-breath. Their teeth are as white as
my little new puppy's are. The sparkling white teeth on our
dogs impresses everyone who comes here and sees them.
We have beautiful, lush coats and no skin dryness or flaky skin. If that is
not enough, we have no fleas or other parasites that can plague
our beloved Siberians. There is much more that I could say,
but I will be happy to discuss this with you personally. All
I can say in closing is that it is working beautifully for
us and my Sibes are LOVING IT.
They are beautiful and physically fit. They are healthy and
happy. What I am seeing as a result of our natural feeding
program is very reassuring. The level of health that they
are enjoying is unlike anything that I have seen or experienced
on any type of commercial feeding. WHY WOULD I WANT TO CHANGE
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