|Purred: Sat Jul 16, '11 3:46pm PST |
For competitive dogs: There will never be a “right” answer for what to feed each animal or person as each is different and processes food differently. Randy Wysong, in Rationale for Animal Nutrition says, “the prefacing comments in the NRC “Bibles” of dog and cat nutritional requirements caution that minimum requirements are not known with certainty, that recommendation are simply good guesses and will likely be modified….not 100% complete.” Int he newest Natural Dog magazine, Jean Dodds’ suggestions of supplements for very active dogs (competition) include – alanine, glutamine, taurine, carnitine, glucosamione, chondroitin sulphate, Vitamins E, C, B1, B2, Omega – 3 fatty acids, siberian ginseng, natural antioxidants and medicinal mushrooms. ” (summer 2011).
Calcium supplements: All agree that feeding a balance of Calcium and Phosphorus is critical to health. Too many people switch to a fresh food diet (GOOD) of meat and vegetables and forget the critical CALCIUM because they choose to not feed meat with bones still attached. This is critical. Newer books on nutrition give differing opinions of the calcium source – Dr. Pitcairn and Susan Hubble’s Natural Health for Dogs and Cats, Steve Brown’s Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet, Dr. Becker and Beth Taylor’s Dr. Becker’s Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats all discuss the differences between using ground egg shells, bonemeal, ground fresh bones and algae calcium powders. While the differences could be important, most importantly you need to feed one of these sources of calcium if you are not feeding bones with your fresh (cooked or raw) meat.
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