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  • Do you have a holistic approach to your recommended diets without white rice, corn, soy and wheat, leaning toward a natural ancestral diet, whether cooked or raw, for dogs and cats? Also, do you support prescription diets containing fillers and by-products?
  • We are not confined by such hot button marketing hype but will consider all options in the best interest of the patient.

    We formulate a homemade recipe or recommend commercial first based on the patient needs and then take into consideration owner preferences or beliefs. If the two interests collide, we then explain the difference to the owner and have then make the final decision. Usually in a direct one on one conversation, the pet owner is not really sure why they were anti-this or anti-that and so those demands often fade and they see a way forward best for their pet.

    Yes of course we take the whole patient into account - most vets do. Treating in a vacuum will fail every time.

    Some patients that require low or ultra low fats, and therefore must be fed a diet containing carbohydrates as an energy. Although starch is starch, there are many different sources of carbs. For those who are anti grain sources of carbs, we can usually use a tuber, pea, or bean starch depending on the medical condition(s) of the patient.

    There is no legal food definition of "fillers" so it is not clear what you are referring to ..... some call a carb source like corn a filler while others call the fiber source a filler .... It is a bogus term coming from a marketing ploy to confuse. Yes if the client wants a commercial option, and the patient needs more fiber to help manage a disease (such as diabetes and colitis), we do recommend more fiber and help find the best type, amount and combination of fiber types that will work for the patient.

    There are many different type of "by-products" if you checked out the AAFCO definitions and to simply say no to all is foolish. By-product legal definition is simply a "secondary" product; organs meat and bran are nutritious examples. And yes we do not shy away from organs meats when it is in the best interest of the patient, such as for cats, or bran if a patient would benefit from that type of fiber in their diet.

  • I have 7 cats and 1 female that will not eat or touch ANY of the cat foods that's out on the market. She only eas cooked chicken I know that she needs more nutrition and vitamins but I'm unsure what I need to give her could you please help little Miss Piggy
  • It appears that the diet as you have described it is not complete or balanced.  If your cat has no medical issues, we have an automated module for owners to obtain a balanced diet for their healthy cats.


    Go to You begin the process by logging into your account or opening an account for you, your pet and link it to your Vet info, then click on 'Services:’ drop down to “Homemade Diet Recipes’. Select the “See all ingredient options” to see all of our food options or one of several specific diet types (high or low calorie, etc.). You may select ingredients similar to those you are now feeding. The software will re-balance your diet properly and suggest vitamin & trace mineral supplements. The cost is $25 for the first recipe and $12 for each thereafter purchased at the same time. Recipes are available for immediate download after payment.


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  • I have a Yorkshire terrier,male 5 yrs,7.2 lbs,I want to put him on a homemade raw cooked diet.But I don't know where to start.His liver enzymes elevated ATL.Now he has a bladder infection which indicated bladder crystals.What protein foods do I give him and how much?example chicken .What foods do I give him daily due to these health issues, without causing any more harm?How much?protein, which foods in each category of nutrients,carbs,fats,protein,minerals,vitamins? how many slices of apples?how many blueberries?Can he eat fruit daily? Which fruit in his condition?Can he take supplements and vitamins?I am trying to balance without more harm.
  • If the dog already has an infection I would not be feeding a raw meat diet.
    If the dog has liver disease, he should not be on a raw meat diet.

    I cannot help you further without much more information.
    Please consider a Nutrition Consult with us starting at:
  • My 4yo female standard Goldendoodle just had surgery to remove a struvite stone. As per the recommendation of the lab, she should be put on a Rx diet such as Hill's c/d multicore or w/d. I would prefer not to feed this food as I've read that it contains higher levels of fat due to low protein and higher levels of sodium to encourage more water consumption. She's is still on antibiotics for another week, and the stone is gone. Since the struvite stones are a result of UTI, is the Rx diet necessary? I would prefer to feed her a more natural diet and supplement with cranberry extract. Would like to get your thoughts on that. Also, would changing her water from tap water to filtered or even distilled water make a difference?
  • Correct the initial issue is the UTI - manage that well and struvite stones will not form in 99.9% of dogs.
    Yes diet can help significantly in preventing or dissolving such stones but again struvite stones are a deficiency in antibiotics - not nutrients.
    Diet helps but is not the total answer.

    The low protein statements of c/d and w/d are not correct yes they do contain some sodium to help produce a dilute urine and increased urination - common tactic for all stones of any kind.
    Yes a homemade diet for struvite prevention is possible.
    'Cranberry' does not cause a sufficiently low enough urine pH consistently to be used in these cases. 
    No you do not need to drive yourself crazy with filtered or distilled water to prevent these stones.
    Most tap water does not contain phosphorous or magnesium in significant amounts relative to the dietary intakes to justify changing. 
  • I'm a cat owner. I'm used to feed my cat with commercial foods complete and balanced (wet and dry, 80% daily intake kcal) and plain meat or fish (cooked, incomplete and unbalanced, 20% daily intake kcal). Is it safe to feed 20% of the daily calories in the form of cooked plain meat or fish?
    What is the suggested limit?
    Thanks in advance.
  • That all depends on the commercial food fed.... most become unbalanced when more than 10-15% are diluted by a topper or add-on single food item.
  • is there a cookbooks for dogs dealing with cancer
  • No - not one I can recommend.
  • Just found your website and haven't done my due diligence as of yet...but, you offer the opportunity to ask a question. I'm searching for the top nutritionally complete commercial dog foods. Currently, I'm using a combo of two foods: Blue Buffalo grain-free kibble and Sojo's Complete. I choose those because, Blue offers a cold-formed vitamin that is purportedly "warmed" at 112 degrees F; and, Sojo's Complete (Turkey) because the company was: 1. Recently purchased by WellPet, and, 2. It advertises that they bath the raw meat in Ozone Water (best I can figure) that kills miro-pathogens. AND, they use both "freeze drying" and "air drying under 115 degrees F for the fruits and veggies) in order to both SAFE MONEY (I have 3 older LARGE BREED Honey-Bunny Dogs) and to "cook" under the heat-level that destroys enzymes. I would LOVE your best response! Thank you, so very very much! Dog Daddy Don from Hendersonville, NC.
  • Dogs do not need enzymes added to their food ... that is a marketing ploy. The dog’s own digestive system is VERY efficient and so adding "enzymes" to the food is absolutely not needed. But the idea certainly sells dog food. I read in a sci paper from Germany, that the dog pancreas is capable of putting out 70X the amount of enzymes needed to digest a meal. Adding enzymes to your dog’s food (unless he has a low TLI test) is simply a transference of dollars from you to them.

    The temp used to make dry or kibble food is no more the 325 or 350 C same as you use to cook your meat or bake a cake. Do you take enzymes?  So the "high" temp thing is just another fear based marketing tactic. Only a few (~3) vitamins are partially destroyed at these temps but according to the AAFCO regulations, the dog food product has to be nutritionally complete and balanced on the day of stated expiration (usually 6 months later). So in fact they actually contain alot more vitamins than is actually needed by the dog when the food hits the self for sale. None of these temps are high enough to "destroy" a mineral.

    Please do not be lulled into thinking the raw meat is safe b/c of the "ozone bath", freeze or air drying". The bacteria that cause food poisoning are not so easily destroyed. In fact, cultures of bacteria are actually freeze dried for storage and transportation, b/c they are not dead, and can be reconstituted when needed.

  • What ingredients are not suitable for dogs? I have read extendively about by-products, flavorings, corn etc. What are some of the top brands of dog food you recommend? I see names such as Orijen and Taste of the Wild mostly as top notch
  • There are no bad ingredients - there is bad information on the web for sure.
    There are no particularly good or bad ingredients but there are well made and poorly made dog foods.
    There is NO way to rate a dog food based on the ingredients list despite the number of self-proclaimed dog food rating web sites readily doling our advice to anyone who will listen.
    My preference is for Hill’s, Purina and Royal Canin because of their manufacturing techniques, quality control, they employ full time veterinary nutritionists, and they conduct original canine nutrition research in areas of great concern to pet owners. For these reasons, I do not think those companies you suggest would be "top-notch"
  • I understand that you do not recommend a raw diet, however, there is a business in our area that sells raw food and other "natural" products. I am curious as to your thoughts on their recipe they give to customers. Aside from possible parasites or bacterial contamination, is this recipe a balanced diet for all life stages? In particular, does this diet contain proper nutrients for a young puppy?

    20 # ground chicken
    10# other RMB (ground duck, rabbit, beef, lamb, etc)
    4# muscle meat (ground trachea / gullet, heart chunks, gizzard)
    4# organ meat
    4# tripe
    1 doz eggs with shells
    10 # vegetables
    2# blueberries if in season
    2 - 3 TBS minced garlic in the summer
    1 cup organic apple cider vinegar

    For this recipe she sells:

    10 # of Chicken Blend which is: Ground chicken frames with neck, chicken liver, chicken hearts
    20# of Special Blend #3 which is :Ground chicken frames with necks, ground beef, beef organs, beef heart
    4# Ground beef tripe with trachea, & gullet
    2# of Beef organ mix (beef heart, beef liver, beef kidney)
    10# of Northwest Naturals fruit & veggie (broccoli, sweet potato, carrot, romaine lettuce, apple, cranberry, blueberry.

    Mix all together in large plastic tub and freeze in smaller containers. When ready to feed, thaw and add fish oil, EBarf Plus, organic kefir or yogurt, coconut oil, digestive enzymes, goats milk and fermented fish stock.

    Also feed chicken wings & necks, duck & turkey necks, turkey wings, beef chunks, rabbit chunks, lamb breast etc. (It doesn't say how much to feed of this)

    Adult dogs - 2 - 3 % of body weight Puppies - 5 - 7 % of body weight
  • It would take several hours software work to correctly answer your questions.  You should ask the seller if she know the nutrient profile of this recipe as it compares with AAFCO growth requirements. If she gives you ANYHTING other than yes I have had it analyzed or checked by an Animal or Vet Nutritionist, then it is not.  To do so, would take several thousands of dollars to do correctly, and if she had spent that kind of $$$ on her product she would be most willing to tell and show you.

    As I glance through the ingredients .... I highly suspect the recipe is not complete or properly balanced, and so would caution anyone against feeding it until she demonstrated nutritional adequacy.

  • Hi there,

    I've rescued a 2y/o Chiweenie about 3 months ago and I am still going in circles about his diet.
    When we first got him we fed him Acana chicken (maybe 2-3 weeks). He started farting and burping and we soon changed it to Acana pork, (1 and a half months, approx) which worked for a while but then he seemed to not want to eat that anymore. We then switched to Acana lamb and he had straight up diarrhea. He was on the lamb food for 2 days. When we first took him to the vet - 3 months ago, they gave us a little bag of Royal Canin Dental (with chicken). After the 2 day lamb fiasco with the lamb food we gave him the Royal Canin and I kid u not his stool got better within a couple of hours (which I found really strange). We are on day 4 and he started farting again. He also scratches a lot and we found some hot spots that we are now treating with allergy medication (still trying to figure out if it is seasonal)
    Now I know you've heard this a 1000 times before but the reason why I tried Acana is because of the lack of grains and easy to read ingredients. Plus when I went back to the pet store, the ladies were rather aggressive towards Royal Canin - saying that corn makes dogs diabetic, that vets only suggest this food because they make money off of commissions and that it is just overall a not a good kibble.
    Any thoughts? Should I try Royal Canin with a different protein maybe - despite the fact that corn is the first ingredient on the list? Or maybe a different food altogether?
    Is there any good in doing with the kibble with the "easy to read ingredients"?

    I appreciate your help and congrats on the forum! I've read quite a bit already and it was very helpful!
  • Corn is unlikely the problem and does not cause any disease including DM.

    Most often with flatulence, they pet is reacting to (not allergic to) a carb source (usually soybean) and not the protein (meat) source.
    Most OTC food is contaminated with soybean inadvertently and so does not appear on the ingredient list.
    So changing from chicken, pork, lamb within the same manufacturer (obviously) did not change the offending ingredient.

    So to test this .... you will have to trial feed a food with a known guarantee of ingredients such as veterinary therapeutic diet designed for food allergic dogs.
    This way you know the carb source for sure and b/c it is veterinary therapeutic you do not have to worry about cross contamination at least during this food trial.
    Given it is a GI problem, you probably only have to test the food for 1-2 weeks to be certain.
    Given your vet has Royal Canin, try the Venison or Rabbit and Potato canned foods (not dry b/c it contains hydrolyzed soy proteins).

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