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Dr. Doug Knueven Weekend Part 1: Nutrition & Supplements March 23, 2009

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Dr. Doug Knueven shows accupressure points on Holly The Newf

Dr. Doug Knueven shows accupressure points on Holly The Newf

I had the most marvelous time this weekend with my family at Dr. Doug Knueven’s Pet Holistic Health Care Seminar in Mebane, NC. Kim’s sister, Jenn, of Blue Dog K-9, helped arrange the seminar at the APS of Orange County. We learned so much, I can’t cover it all in one blog. So I decided to put together a series of blogs about our very informative weekend. Dr. Doug spent day one talking about homeopathy, accupuncture and accupressure, raw diets and natural nutrition, massage, herbal medicine, chiropractic, vaccinations, and other forms of holistic pet health care. Dr. Doug has been very successful at integrating Western medicine with Eastern practices and philosophies.

He started the day by going through information on the inadequacy of nutrition training in veterinary schools today and the inferior quality of continuing education on nutrition. He told us these programs and the resources they use are paid for by the big commercial pet food companies. Gee…do you think there is any biases in what they are teaching in nutrition class? He told us that many commercial pet foods are high in carbohydrates with can contribute to obesity and cancer. Many of the commercial pet foods are filled with ingredients that are inferior (dead, decaying or diseased meat sources when processed) and not of human grade for consumption, filled with artificial flavoring and coloring (what dog needs to eat red pieces of kibble that looks like meat?), and processed to the point of having the potency of the nutrients destroyed.

Jenn has told us many times of all the dogs she sees in her practice that have terrible behavior problems, of which many are due to poor diets where commercial pet food with corn is used. I myself used to eat a dog food with corn in it. (Before my humans knew better!)  I was very nervous, had skin problems and hot spots, and left very large piles around the yard.  Dr. Doug suggests a natural diet, like I eat now, that consists of raw meat, bones, shredded vegetables, and organ meat. My hot spots and skin problems have disappeared and I don’t litter up the yard as much.

Dr. Doug reminded us that in a natural diet, 2-14% would be grains vs. most commercial dog kibble which is 50-90% grain.  He also talked about how feeding a commercial kibble for the life of your dog and not adding variety to your dog’s diet can be a factor in your dog developing food allergies. Dr. Doug spoke about the fact that dogs evolved eating raw meat, bones, organs, and shredded veggies from the stomach of their kill. Commercial diets have only been popular in the past 50 years or so. You will not mimic the natural percentages of diet with commercial kibble.

Dr. Doug then recommended his five essential supplements that he feels every dog should have: a natural multi-vitamin, fish oil, digestive enzymes, and glucosamine/chondroitin. He also recommends a probiotic for 2 to 3 weeks at the change of the seasons or if the dog has had diaherria or been on any antibiotics. Dr. Doug prefers natural sources vs synthetic in the supplements he uses. When we were informed of all the really bad things that can be in commercial pet food such as aflatoxin (a toxin created by mold that grows on grain),  Pentobartbital (a drug used to uthenize dogs), melamine, or even bone meal from other dogs and cats (yikes!)…it just makes good sense to do your home work about what your pet is eating.

There are good commercial dog foods available if you are not in a position to feed a totally natural diet. The Whole Dog Journal rates the 10 best every year. I use Flint River Ranch when I’m traveling. I know that Solid Gold and Wellness are high on the list. Dr. Doug told us that even if you can’t do a totally natural diet, any step that you can make to improve your dog’s diet or add natural components to it is better than 100% commerical kibble.

In the next installment of my Dr. Doug Knueven Weekend blog report, I’ll be talking about herbal medicine and homeopathy.

Raw Food Diet for Dogs January 12, 2009

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Raw food diet for dogs

Raw food diet for dogs

Kim finally got her act together and started to feed me a raw diet. Her sister Jenn has been raw feeding her three dogs for two years. Jenn has told Kim of all the health benefits associated with raw feeding. Kim went to a local butcher and bought all his leftover chicken necks and chicken frames. The frame is the left over part of the chicken that people don’t eat. Dogs, however, love the chicken frames. Kim bought 120 lbs. of meat.  I was so excited, I licked one of the boxes when she brought it home. She even bought me a few pigs feet as a treat. Jenn says her dogs love pigs feet. Jenn suggested several books for Kim to read on the subject of raw feeding your pet. She suggested Dr. Pitcairn’s New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats
, Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats
by Kymythy Schultze, The Holistic Health Guide: Natural Care for the Whole Dog (Terra-Nova Series)
by Dr. Doug Knueven DVM. There are also books written for cats. Kim’s favorite is The New Natural Cat: A Complete Guide for Finicky Owners by Anitra Frazier. Kim has a list of supplements to add to my raw food that Dr. Doug Knueven, DVM gave her last week during my holistic vet appointment. My first meal was so delicious, I didn’t even mind eating it outside. It was much more filling than the Nutro dog food I had been eating. Kim is still keeping a dry dog food around for times when we travel and for treats. Jenn suggested Flint River Ranch dog food. It’s been voted as one of the top ten dog foods in the country by the Whole Dog Journal. I really like the Lamb, Millet, and Rice flavor.  Kim became a distributor of Flint River Ranch so she could get it for me. She is also going to supply my  other dog friends who are interested in a healthy diet, but may not want to go the raw food route. They also make cat food that Mr. Kitten Britches really likes. (I like it too. I steal it when he’s not looking.) Well..it’s dinner time. You can bet I’m not going to be late.”