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Golden Paste Dosage
How much turmeric paste do you give for a 70-pound dog? ~ Bobbi
I've read different dosages on several sites. Many sites tell us to start with a small amount and build up because it can cause loose stool if we feed too much to our dog. Golden paste leaves a dog's system quickly, so it should be fed with each meal (more than once a day). I started my dogs off with 1/4 teaspoon in each meal and worked up from there to gauge their tolerance. Ultimately, you want to do 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight.
- Start by adding 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of golden paste to each meal
- Every 5-7 days, increase the dosage a small amount
- Once you notice pain relief, increased mobility, or a decrease in tumor size (yeah, I read this could happen and I'm blown away) – you've found your maintenance dosage
- For our healthy dogs, I stick with the lower dosage of 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon per meal, because more gives them diarrhea
Some dogs start getting this cat pee smell. In the beginning, Sydney gets it on the top of her head. I add a dash of cinnamon to her meals to prevent the smell. After a year of being on golden paste, the smell has gone away.
After adding turmeric paste to Sydney's diet, in combination with Canine System Saver, Sydney had improved mobility and was more active.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey
Can you mix apple cider vinegar and honey together to make popsicles for dogs? ~ Katrina
Absolutely! Apple cider vinegar and honey are in my favorite DIY weight loss drink (recipe below).
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs
When you add ACV to a dog's diet, it helps with…
- Digestive health
- Bladder (UTI) issues
- Clear tear stains
Benefits of Raw Honey for Dogs
When you add raw honey (try raw local honey, K9 Honey, or Green Honey Allergy Support), it helps with…
- Digestive health
DIY Weight Loss Drink for Humans
- 1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of organic lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of raw organic honey (local if you have it)
- juice or frozen fruit (optional)
- dash of cinnamon
Keeping Raw Fed Dog Dishes Clean
How do you clean dog dishes after feeding a raw meal? ~ Athiwan
I clean my dog dishes with dish soap and water, a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice, or I run them through the dishwasher. All methods have been effective. I prefer to use stainless steel dishes because I think they're easier to clean (and keep clean) than plastic dog dishes, which are porous and absorbs bacteria easily.
But are stainless steel dishes safe?
I've seen the safety of dog dishes brought up a few times in raw feeding groups and it made me wonder if I should rethink the dishes my dogs eat and drink from. In doing my homework, I found that stainless steel dog dishes are non-porous which prevents the absorption of bacteria. They are rust resistant and, from personal experience, they are easier to clean. So I buy dishes from a reputable brand to keep my dogs safe.
My Raw Fed Dog Is Still Hungry!
Is it normal for a dog to want more food after eating their proportioned raw meal? ~ Athiwan
I think the only dog I have that isn't full after meal time is Scout. All the other dogs are always down for more food. To tell the difference between “I haven't eaten enough and I'm still hungry” and “I'm super food motivated, but I've had enough food,” I kept an eye on their weight. If one of my dogs is losing weight and it's not due to a diet or illness, then I'll increase their food.
The percentages that we're told to feed our dog, i.e. 2% for maintaining, blah blah blah, are just a jumping off point. We start with those numbers and then increase or decreased based on each of our dogs' needs. Rodrigo weighs 60 pounds, Scout weights 72 pounds, and Rodrigo eats more than Scout. Any less and he turns into one cranky puppy.
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