How to create a healthy dog!!

Why a raw diet?

Dogs are Omnivores – meaning they can survive on meat and/or vegetables  and require both meat and vegetables.

The process of cooking food is unique to humans. Cooking is the oldest and simplest form of preserving food. The process of heating destroys natural enzymes, vitamins, essential fatty acids, proteins, amino acids and renders many minerals unavailable for absorption.

A well-designed diet of raw food can provide all the available macro and micronutrients necessary for perfect health. The easy part is that because it has not been cooked or processed, it supplies all the nutrients in an easy to digest and absorb form. The aim is to match the natural components of a wild dog’s diet - a generous portion of muscle meat and raw bones, some organ meats (liver, kidney, heart), and a balance of carbohydrate and vegetable matter, equivalent to the partially digested gut contents of the prey.

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‘The 5 minute fight’

I would like to bring your awareness to the 5 minute fight or 5 minutes of resistance that a lot of riders encounter when riding their horse and believe it to be quiet normal and expected.  I want you to sit back for a moment and ask yourself a few questions – is the horse a very forgiving animal?  Do they give and give some more?  Are they very sensitive creatures?  Are we teaching/explaining it to them in a way they can understand?  Is each individual horse different – in its learning, physical abilities, strength andemotional capacity? 

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Gastric Ulcers

Gastric ulcers are extremely common in all horses.  Horses are designed to graze continuosly, any alteration in this can cause ulcers in as quickly as 24hrs.  Continuous grazing provides protection of the stomach lining and also reduces the gastric acid contact.

Studies indicate that around 37% of leisure horses, 63% of performance horses and 93% racehorse have gastric ulcers.  Foals are a particular risk due to their developing immune system, changing gastrointestinal environment and susceptibility to stress i.e. weaning, feed changes, illness, injury with around 50% of foals in the first few months of life developing gastric ulceration.

Grain & pellet feeds change the production of gastric acids in the gastrointestinal system increasing the chances of ulceration.  Stress reduces the normal protective mechanisms of the gut.

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Tying Up

Also known as Exertional Rhabdomyolysis,  Azoturia, Monday morning sickness, PSSM

Rhabdomyolysis:  breakdown of muscle

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