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So, today is usually Random Question Wednesday, but it got bumped because Rodney Habib hosted the most AMAZING Facebook Live today after a long hiatus as he worked on his canine cancer documentary.
If you've been following me for a while or read my book, then you know that I started feeding raw because of Rodrigo's laundry list of chronic health issues that returned no matter what his vet gave him.
- Food intolerances
- Environmental allergies
- Skin rashes
- Itchy paws (he licked his paws until he developed sores)
- Ear infections
- Soft stool and diarrhea
- Joint issues
- Behavioral issues
What I didn't know at the time was that the rounds of antibiotics the vet kept prescribing were contributing to his health issues, not helping.
Arrgghhhh!!! I get so MAD when I think about that veterinarian. Why didn't he know better??? At least now I do know better and I can help my dog and share with others. Anyway, I switched Rodrigo to a raw food diet because kibble causes chronic dehydration and inflammation, it's difficult to digest, and it's filled with a laundry list of unnecessary ingredients and toxins that come from who knows where – basically, it was killing my dog.
I saw improvement within the first two weeks and today, 4-1/2 years later, Rodrigo is a new dog!
Improving Gut Health
Today, Rodrigo receives a pancreas supplement (which I occasionally swap out for raw pancreas) along with kefir, raw goat's milk, fermented vegetables, and fermented fish stock. Oh, my! He's doing great!
In this video, Rodney shares foods that he recommends adding to our pets' diet and I wanted to add what I'm feeding to my dogs that is showing HUGE improvements in Rodrigo's health.
2 – fermented vegetables (carrots, beets, cabbage – 3 days a week); a great resource on fermenting vegetables is the Facebook page Canine Ascension – check it out NOW and follow. You can also buy them if you have a local “natural” grocery store nearby. Look for fermented vegetables that don't have onions and have a low sodium count. My favorites are less than 5%.
3 – fermented fish stock is a handy and smelly diddy from Answers Pet Food that is great for gut and joint health. The dogs love it. I split a carton between my four dogs one week per month following the serving suggestion on the container.
4 – digestive supplement (FullBucket) – one digestive supplement that I think beats everything on the market is made by FullBucket. When Rodrigo was at his worse gut-wise, FullBucket is what got him back on track. I no longer give my dogs FullBucket, having opted for natural sources now that I've joined a raw food co-op, however, I still believe it's the best supplement on the market.
5 – prebiotics (In Clover Optagest) – if you want a great GO TO prebioitic that feeds the digestive enzymes and probiotics in the gut, I recommend In Clover Optagest. It's a powder that mixes great in my dogs raw meals and I see improvement in their poop immediately (Scout can lean towards soft sometimes). And if you use the code KTTW, you can save 10% on your orders at InClover.com. I give this to my dogs a couple times a week to promote a healthy, “good bacteria” population in their gut.
5 – apples – my dogs pick their own apples all the time; they are great for the gut and they have anti-cancer properties. I think it's important to watch the sugar, so thankfully this isn't a year around treat. And I always take away the apple before the dogs reach the core and apple seeds, which are high in arsenic.
6 – kelp – I add kelp to my dogs' diet because it supports a healthy thyroid and boosts the metabolism, but that's not all. Kelp is also great for skin and coat health (reducing allergies) and it reduces tartar build upon the teeth. Wow, right? I give my dogs organic ocean kelp by Life Line.
Natural Prebiotics for Dogs and Humans
I didn't know that these are natural prebiotics too!
- Dandelion Greens
- Bananas – watch the sugar
- Flax seed