My Chat with Rodney Habib
Feeding a Keto Diet with Answers Pet Food
Yesterday, Answers Pet Food published an infographic sharing how one can achieve ketosis through feeding their food, sharing the ratios that Rodney mentioned in my chat with him. This is a fantastic start for people who want to feed their dogs a keto diet to defeat cancer, help their dogs lose weight, or reverse diabetes or seizures.
For those of us who can't afford a 100% premade raw diet, I recommend finding a local raw food co-op and seeing if they can begin offering Answers Pet Food or using the below infographic and resources (further below) as a guide to creating a DIY keto diet for dogs.
The Benefits of Vegetables for Dogs
The topic of adding vegetables to a raw food diet for dogs is brought up in discussion regularly in my raw feeding group and we have four paths when it comes to feeding vegetables to dogs…
- Some raw feeders don't believe dogs need vegetables, so they don't add them to the raw meals.
- Some raw feeders create a meal that is up to 25% pureed vegetables to take advantage of the additional nutrients.
- Some raw feeders add green vegetables when a dog is on a diet; they help the dog feel full and curb hunger.
- Some raw feeders add fermented vegetables to take advantage of the additional nutrients and natural probiotics.
I began adding vegetables to my dogs' diet consistently upon a recommendation from my veterinarian. Instead of replacing protein with vegetables, I add 3 tablespoons to each of my dogs' meals. I don't stick with one recipe, choosing to alternate ingredients; for instance, in the summer, I add blueberries and cored apples to the mix. This week, the veggie mix includes:
I puree all of the ingredients, mixing everything together in a large stainless steel bowl, the transferring the veggie mix to Rubbermaid containers for freezing. If you have questions or concerns about your dog's specific needs, please reach out to a local pro-raw, holistic veterinarian.
Have Your DIY Raw Dog Food Tested
In my discussion with Rodney, he recommended having our dog food tested at a laboratory or agricultural college. While many of us are comfortable with the diet we've formulated for our dogs, others are concerned or curious if we're meeting our dogs' nutritional needs. As Rodney stated, we just want to make sure we're beating AAFCO standards.
Here is a list of places that I found around the country that offer laboratory testing of pet food:
- Central Testing Laboratories – $61-$75
- Midwest Labs – $33 for F5 Protein and Complete Mineral Package ($52 for canned food)
- Nutridata.co – $325
- RL Food Testing Laboratory – $100 for a recipe analysis, $200 for pet food analysis
- OmicUSA.com – call for a quote
- Eurofins – only works with companies; they will recommend laboratories for individuals
- Npal.com – adding to the list as a heads up that this is a Purina owned laboratory
Books on the Ketogenic Diet for Dogs
Blood Glucose Levels for Healthy Dogs
I shouldn't have been surprised that when I researched “blood glucose levels for raw fed dogs,” I came up with nothing. The lack of studies of raw feeding leaves us with very little information. So I started with blood glucose levels for healthy dogs, which range between…
- 70-140mg/dL – source: 2ndchance.info
- 80-120mg/dL – source: VCAHospitals.com
- 70-138mg/dL – source: Antech Diagnostics via Laurie Coger, DVM
I know that these numbers don't reflect what was on Rodney's glucometer but don't panic and stick with me. As soon as Rodney is finished with this cancer series, I'll gain more clarification on his glucometer readings. For now, I reached out to Dr. Laurie Coger for her help providing guidance.
Dr. Coger practices veterinary medicine, she is planning a one-day expo in New York in 2018, and breeds and raises Australian Shepherds on a raw food diet. She shared one of her dogs' bloodwork with me (to share with you). Puck's glucose levels were 105 mg/dL.
I followed up with Rodney on the blood glucose levels and he said that anything over 100 ml/dl is pre-diabetic in humans, and no dog should be above 85 ml/dl. Keep in mind that this is a fasted blood glucose level; it's best to test our dogs in the morning before breakfast or after a day of fasting. Rodney's dogs wake up in the low 40s and after they eat they go no higher than the 50s.
I plan to order a glucose meter to test my dogs. I'll update this post with those results. Stay tuned!
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