Our Christmas Turkey Dinner is made using raw British Turkey thighs and carcass with the bone in, heart, liver, carrots, broccoli, swede, whole eggs, kelp, herbs and flax seed oil. These ingredients are carefully combined in a ratio that will provide any working dog with the nutritionally balanced and complete diet they deserve.
As always, there are NO additives, NO flavourings, NO colourings, NO fillers, NO animal derivatives, and NO grains; just wholesome raw food a dog would naturally eat.
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You are what you eat: and this logic applies to your dog, too! It is unsettling how many dog owners do not know what is in their dogs food. Understanding what your dog is eating and ensuring that they are receiving proper, species-appropriate nutrition is an important part of responsible dog ownership. Get familiar with the ingredients in your dog’s food and make sure nothing potentially dangerous is going into their body.
The difference between poor quality food and excellent quality dog food lies in the ingredient list written on the bag. You want to see fresh, whole food ingredients such as deboned lamb, duck meal, blueberries, sweet potato and kelp with fewer vitamins additives added to the bottom of the list. There are certain “ingredients” that are – to be frank – quite disgusting.
Make sure you never feed ANY food or treats that contain any of the following ingredients! By avoiding these ingredients you will help keep your dog healthy, prolong their life and help prevent serious illness or disease!
One of the most, if not THE worst ingredient you could possibly feed your best friend. This “ingredient” consist of unspecified pieces of unspecified animals from unknown sources which is cooked down into a gruel. Animal digest can contain things like slaughtered animals, animals that died of disease or were disabled at the slaughterhouse, roadkill, useless scraps of meat not fit for human consumption and worst of all – euthanized pets.
Byproducts are famous for being controversial, but the reality is that the parts and pieces of poultry that go into this “ingredient” includes everything we do not consume. These ingredient are often unfit for human consumption and include parts such as under-developed eggs, intestines, ligaments, blood, feet, foetuses and carcasses. Byproduct is the left overs from meat processing that we cannot use.
Rendered fat from unspecified animals that can also contain rancid restaurant grease and oils that have been labelled as unfit for human consumption.
Whether it’s corn, corn meal, corn gluten meal or any other corn product, it is a cheap filler and inexpensive form of protein that dog food companies use to cut costs when manufacturing their kibble. Corn is not easily digested by dogs, nor is it a healthy source of protein. It is highly unnatural for carnivorous canines, and is one of the leading allergen sources for pets in our modern world. Corn contributes to making our pets bodies sluggish, while contributing to that “dog smell” that many pet owners complain about.
This is another gross ingredient that has no place in your dog’s food, consisting of rendered fat and tissue from cattle. Whether or not the cattle was diseased, disabled or dead before slaughter is unknown since there are zero regulations for it.
Oat Hulls / Rice Hulls / Other Hulls
Hulls are extremely inexpensive and utterly useless to our pets, often taken from processing for human food. This kind of product acts strictly as a filler to bulk up and bind kibble. There is no nutritional value other than difficult to digest fiber.
Extra salt in pet food is as unhealthy for them as it is for us and there is absolutely no need for salt to be included in a kibble, treat or food. There is enough sodium in healthy, whole meat that there is no need for any additional salt to a dogs diet.
Flavouring / Colour
A good quality kibble has no use for flavoring or color, since both of those things are often chemical additives that do no good for our pets. These are added strictly to encourage your dog to eat the food, and also to make it more visually appealing to you. If the kibble is colored, don’t buy it!
Sweeteners such corn syrup, fructose, sugar and sorbitol have NO business being in pet food and treats – dogs do NOT need any additional sugars added to their diets. Just like with people, sugar in dog food and treats promotes illness, obesity and will feed cancerous tumors!
Ethoxyquin is used as a preservative in many pet foods and should be avoided at all costs. This chemical is believed to contribute to kidney damage, liver damage, cancer, hair loss, eye disease, chronic colitis and more by many reputable veterinarians. It can also be used a pesticide!
This is an ingredient that is found in automotive ANTIFREEZE and is used to reduce moisture and prevent bacteria growth. This is a chemical additive that can cause cancer and a certain type of serious blood disease. This controversial chemical has already been banned in cat food, but is still used in dog food!
BHA/BHT (Butylated hydroxyanisole / Butylated hydroxytoluene)
These are chemicals that are used as preservatives and have been linked to promoting cancer in people and other animals! These ingredients can cause damage to the organs and may even cause cancer in the organs.
Consider switching to a raw food diet or a homemade diet where you can control the quality and ingredients yourself. A balanced raw food diet is the very best nutrition you could offer your pet, but there are also very good kibble options on the market that promote health and well-being! Get informed and be an advocate for your dog!
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We are out in open (safe) fields where the dogs can run, play chase, find new and exciting smells and thoroughly enjoy themselves
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This was our view this afternoon, how beautiful. We regularly do dog walks in the open fields at Lyme Park. The dogs have the freedom to run around and find new exciting smells. Stretching their legs, breathing in fresh, clean air.
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A healthy, nutritious homemade coconut and pear dog treat recipe that is grain free and egg free, making it ideal for dogs with allergies or food sensitivities!
Coconut flour is grain and gluten free and is a healthy, low carbohydrate alternative to bleached grain flour. Coconut flour is especially good for helping to improve the skin and coat. Coconut oil is a healthy, easily digestible oil that helps improve the skin and coat condition! Raw, local honey is also great for dogs with allergies and adds a healthy sweetness to the treat!
Lastly, this recipe uses pear puree (or baby food) as a main flavor ingredient and is sure to satisfy your dogs!
This recipe creates a moist, soft cookie. Due to the nature of the coconut flour, this specific recipe is not ideal for rolling out and cutting into shapes. You can treat these as drop cookies or simple roll them into small balls!
Due to a lack of preservatives in this recipe, these cookies will need to be stored in the refrigerator and can also be frozen!
- 1/2 cup of coconut flour
- 1/2 cup of pear puree or pear baby food
- 1 tablespoon of raw, local honey
- 2 tablespoons of virgin, unrefined coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons of water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine ingredients, mix thoroughly.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Roll dough into small balls, place on parchment paper.
- Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
It is very important to keep your dog at their ideal weight for their breed, type and age and to do this you must weigh your dog regularly. Keep a record of their weight so that you can quickly adjust their feed and exercise regime to account for any weight gain or loss that may occur over the course of their life.
We are currently experiencing an epidemic of overweight dogs. Did you know that in a PDSA report in 2014 it was estimated that 1 in 3 dogs in the U.K. are overweight? This can have a multitude of effects on your dogs’ health from lethargy, poor breathing, hip or elbow dysplasia, arthritis, heart disease and cancer. Ultimately, as with humans, if your dog maintains a healthy weight they will live a happier, healthier, longer life.
Here are some tips for checking your dogs weight, remember to look and feel your dog regularly to check their condition:
- Can you feel their ribs if you run your hands down their sides?
- Can you see your dogs ribs as they turn their body?
- Has your dog got a visible waist behind their ribs?
- Does your dog have a moderate covering of fat?
- Can you see your dogs abdominal tuck when you look at them from the side?
- Does your dog have excess fatty deposits at the tail, thorax or over their back? If they do they are too fat.
- Is your dogs spine prominent? If you can your dog is too thin.
Don’t forget, with all of these points it is important to take into account breed types, for example a greyhound’s ideal body weight and shape is very different from that of a bulldog.
When feeding your dog you should feed them according to their ideal body weight. For example if you have a dog that weights 22kg but their ideal weight is 20kg then feed them the correct amount of food for a 20kg dog and this should help them to loose weight, you should also feed them at the lower end of the recommended range of weight of food to encourage weight loss.
Obviously it may be necessary to adjust the amount up or down according to your dogs level of activity, breed, age, type and whether they are neutered or not; all of these have an effect on your dogs predisposition to weight gain or weight loss. For example if you have a working gun dog you may need to feed your dog a slightly increased amount during the picking up season when they are burning more calories.