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Feeding Your Cara Puppy


Q. What food do I feed my puppy and where do I purchase it?

A. I can’t emphasize the importance of feeding your puppy a quality diet. For many years, I have fed my dogs a high quality food with wonderful results. The two main dietary ingredients are raw, red meat and PHD (Perfect Health Diet). Remember, dogs are carnivores. They are designed to eat meat, raw, red meat. In fact, dogs find 10-day old (uncooked) hamburger quite savory. A dog’s digestive tract is equipped with the appropriate enzymes to deal with the “built-in” bacteria that comes with raw meat. Cubed beef is also beneficial and encourages the stomach to work a little harder in order to “process” it. At Cara Kennels, the first solid food that my puppies get is raw, red meat about the size of a golf ball.

You can order your PHD by phone (1-800-743-1502) Tell the folks there you want to purchase the same food that I buy. You can also order on line www.phdproducts.com. This food is not available in your local pet stores; only by phone or on line. The knowledgeable PHD representatives can help you set up a regular automatic shipping schedule so that you never run out of food. You can arrange for your PHD to be shipped right to you door by UPS.

I also suggest you include some additional supplements in your puppy’s daily diet. They are as follows:

  1. Liquid Dispersable Fastrack – The appearance and performance of your dog is dependent upon the proper balance of bacteria in the digestive tract. The unique combinations of natural lactic-acid producing bacteria, yeast, enzymes and vitamins in Fastrack probiotic products help to ensure a healthy digestive track, higher energy levels, enhance appetite, improved hair and coat, and increased performance and endurance. This probiotic may be increased to prevent or treat diarrhea.
  2. Naturmix is a universal digestive enzyme needed in order to digest the four primary food types: proteins, fats, carbohydrates and fiber. Digestive enzymes will assist in overall improvement of coat, digestive problems and energy levels, and help fight allergies.
  3. Hokamix - Hokamix is a unique, all natural, all herbal, supplement consisting of vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants, trace elements, essential fatty acids, chlorophyll, fiber, proteins,  carbohydrates and other nutrients that occur naturally in the herbs. The herbs in Hokamix help create a situation within the stomach in which the flora is better able to recreate itself. It helps the body neutralize the toxins which may have entered the body’s system after eating or drinking food or water containing chemicals. Research shows that many diseases are the result of metabolic imbalances and deficiencies. Hokamix can help with these problems by detoxification and providing missing nutritional properties found in plants. Adding antioxidants to your dog’s diet is important as it boosts the immune system enabling the body to naturally fight off  sickness and disease.
  4. Olewo – These are dried carrots in an easy-to-use pellet form. Olewo Carrots help improve your dogs health by providing valuable vitamins, minerals and trace elements which contribute to a well balanced diet. Along with its high carotene content (an important pre-cursor to vitamin A), Olewo carrots also contain significant B-group vitamins. It will also improve your dog’s pigmentation and coat. Reds become redder and all other colors become richer and darker throughout the dogs body.
    Fastrack, Olewo, Naturmix and Hokamix can be ordered either by phone (800) 825-1669 or on line at www.naturmix.com.
  5. Norwegian Kelp – Kelp addresses vitamin and mineral deficiencies that are essential for a long and healthy life. Norwegian Kelp contains over 12 vitamins, 60 major and trace chelated minerals and 20 key amino acids. Norwegian Kelp Product of Florida (www.kelpproductsofflorida.com) or (800) 932-7089.
  6. Apple cider vinegar-Another important ingredient to be added to the diet. Taken internally, apple cider is credited with maintaining the acid/alkaline balance of the digestive tract, providing trace minerals and helps with bad breath.
  7. Unrefined coconut oil or x-tra virgin olive oil can be used. You can add about 1 teaspoon of coconut oil per 10 pounds of body weight starting out with small amounts and increase gradually. Coconut oil helps make the coat shine, stops itchy skin and scratching and rids that “doggy smell” within a week or two. For information about coconut oil’s well documented health benefits, you can go to www.coconutresearchcenter.com.
  8. Table scraps – Don’t be afraid to throw in some dinner “leftovers” in your dog’s meals. (i.e. veggies, potatoes, pasta, etc).

Q. Is there anything else that I should include in my puppy’s diet?

A. An added source of high calcium for puppies six months and under is cottage cheese. This can also be found in powdered milk. Yogurt is also an excellent means of providing acidophilus. This is beneficial for the intestinal tract providing necessary “good” bacteria in order to maintain a healthy balance.

Always keep in mind that your puppy’s development, both physically and mentally, has a direct relationship to diet.

Q. Can I give-a-dog-a-bone?

A. Yes! BUT ONLY A RAW BONE! You can give your dog an occasional (once a week) RAW marrow bone from your local butcher or local supermarket. Chewing marrow bones is a healthy past time for your puppy and adult dog. The marrow is extremely healthy, the bones are natural plaque removers for his teeth, and a bone will keep your dog entertained and busy for hours. Raw bones are wonderful tools to be used in crate training. But REMEMBER . . . NEVER give your dog a cooked bone! Cooked bones can splinter and cause internal injury. Pay attention to the size of the bone that you give your dog. If you have a big dog, give him a big bone. If you have a small dog, give him a small bone. When you dog has worked on a bone for a while reducing it to a small size and allowing the whole thing to fit in the mouth, it is time to take it away to prevent the possibility of choking.

Q. The preferred canine beverage is . . .?

A. WATER. Your dog should always have access to fresh, clean water. Large amounts of water should NOT be given prior to your dog exercising. Large amounts of water should NOT be offered immediately AFTER your dog has exercised or is overly thirsty. Wait a little while until any panting slows down or subsides and then offer small amounts of water. I also add a little grapefruit seed extract to the water. This helps prevent parasites, kills germs and acts as a natural antibiotic.

Exercise – The MOST important “food” you can “feed” is quality exercise! Quality exercise is a good walk for 1-2 hours daily. This walk provides you and your dog the opportunity to develop a correct bond and establish you as the pack leader. Nothing is more important!




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