DOGS – CARE WITH NUTRITIONAL BALANCING SCIENCE
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© December 2016, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
Table of Contents
1. Food – Most dogs need 40-50% cooked chicken thighs, and 50-60% cooked vegetables. This is all, and this is critical! No raw food, no dairy products, no fruit and no table scraps other than these foods.
Veges. Among the vegetables, many dogs love carrots almost every day. However, mix in other vegetables, as well. All are good.
Meats. Among the meats, the favorite is dark meat chicken, in almost all cases. However, new research indicates that some dogs need the meat of other birds one or two servings per week only. This can be turkey, duck, quail, or pheasant. At this time, do not feed Cornish game hen to dogs.
Young dogs may also require a little raw meat every day.
Commercial dog food. Most is junk, no matter how expensive it is and what it says it is made of. Later in this article are the names of some that are better than the majority of them, if you must use commercial dog food.
Some veterinarians say not to feed human food to dogs because the dogs need the vitamins in the commercial dog food. We completely disagree with this, provided you feed the dog the correct human food. We also recommend a few supplements for all dogs.
Treats. A little leftover chicken or chemical-free jerky is fine as a treat. Stay away from almost all commercial dog treats, as they are not healthful.
2. Water – Always give your dog a choice of drinking water. This means put out two bowls of water at all times for your dog. One can be tap water, and it is okay if filtered through carbon only, but not fancy filters. No reverse osmosis water!. The other bowl should be filled with a spring water that you buy at the supermarket.
3. Warmth – Dogs mostly like the temperature at between 72-75° F. or 23-25° C. If your dog will be at a lower temperature for any length of time, I suggest a doggie sweater or covering of some kind.
If your dog lives out of doors in a doghouse, you can buy a red heat lamp (not a clear heat lamp), and leave it on in the doghouse to heat it up. This is probably better than other kinds of heaters for your dog. Please do not just leave your dog out of doors in the cold all winter. This is not ideal for your dog.
4. Love and attention. Dogs are very social animals, and they benefit from being around human beings very much.
Healing. Dogs can also do a lot of healing on human beings. They particularly help children with healing and to relax. So please do not just tie up your dogs or leave them at home all day, if at all possible. Speak to your employer about this, or wherever you work, have your dog(s) with you, if possible. They will appreciate it.
5. No drugs or vaccines. I know this sounds radical. However, if your dog is on a nutritional balancing program, he or she will usually not need any drugs or vaccines.
Most veterinarians will not agree, and may recommend quite a few vaccines such as rabies, distemper and others. Read up on both sides of the story and decide for yourself. Do not just listen to one side of the story, please.
A new study (2016) found that dogs overdue on their rabies vaccine often still had a high antibody titer and did not need to be quarantined or euthanized if exposed to a rabid animal. Here is the story:
Chemical sprays, etc. Also, avoid toxic chemical washes, chemical flea powders, and only use all-natural soaps, shampoos, lotions or other products. This is very important today.
Avoiding toxic food and toxic body care products is important for your dog.
6. Nutritional balancing. If you have access to it, I strongly suggest that you contact one of the practitioners here to begin a complete nutritional balancing program for your dog. The effects can be quite amazing.
The cost will be about $100.00 for the hair mineral test and consultation, and about $30-70.00 dollars per month for nutritional supplements. The program will include:
1. Specific amounts of cooked meat, perhaps a little meat of another bird, cooked vegetables (and which ones), and rarely a little raw meat.
2. Other food suggestions, in some cases.
3. A few important supplements – never more than four, targeted for your dog’s individual metabolic needs. Be careful with other programs – you can kill your dog with too many or the wrong nutritional supplements.
4. Perhaps other recommendations such as which drinking water, or a remedy for a problem.
This is an excellent investment, and your dog will thank you for it.
Dogs have been called man’s best friend because they are truly wonderful animals - friendly, smart, fairly safe when mentally healthy, and they do healing, as well. They also are fairly clean, meaning they do not spread disease nearly as much as do many other animals. This article may seem amazing, but is based on our experience with hundreds of dogs.
HEALTHY DOGS HEAL CHILDREN AND ADULTS
Dogs have a natural affinity for human beings, and especially for children. In fact, dogs can heal children in subtle ways that are quite powerful. Therefore, having a dog in the house with a child is generally an excellent idea.
It may not be safe to have a dog around a baby, however. But when your child turns four or five, I recommend to parents that they buy a small to medium-sized dog that does not shed a lot and is a clean dog. Rarely, a child is allergic to dogs.
Other uses for dogs. Dogs, of course, are used for hundreds of purposes on earth. Just a few of these are shepherding other animals, protecting homes and businesses, sensing or smelling out drugs, bombs and almost anything, hunting, seeing eye dogs, rescue dogs, pulling sleds, serving as food in some nations, and even performing tricks in circuses.
This list is just to give you an idea of the enormous ways in which mankind employs dogs around the world. As they have become domesticated, hundreds of breeds have been developed with varying skills and abilities. In this regard, dogs are a unique species of animal on planet earth, and mankind’s closest friend among the animals.
COOKED VEGETABLES. Dogs, unlike many other animals, are mainly carnivores. However, today dogs must eat cooked vegetables. In fact, raw vegetables and raw meat are bad for dogs! Possible reasons why cooking is needed are:
1. Dogs are toxic, due manly to their dog food, and from exposure to toxic chemicals, flea powders, vaccines and toxic metals and chemicals in the water. Cooked vegetables contain phytonutrients that help with detoxification.
2. The owners of the dogs are mostly ill, and dogs pick up the problems of the owner, to a degree. The cooked vegetables are needed for both the owner of the dog and the dog itself to heal the imbalances.
3. Other reasons may be the low level of minerals in all food today. This includes dog food, since dog food is made with the same ingredients as human food, and the soils of the earth are mainly depleted. Cooked vegetables, unlike other foods, contains a great deal of certain minerals that seem to be required today.
Why cook the vegetables? I am very familiar with the arguments that dogs can live in the wild on raw food, so we should not cook it and destroy the enzymes.
However, domesticated dogs are different from coyotes and wolves, for example, who are dog relatives. Dogs cannot extract enough minerals from tough vegetable fibers, so you must cook the vegetables until they are soft, not crunchy. Also, the raw vegetables seem to be a little hard on the digestive tract of domesticated dogs.
Getting a dog to eat cooked vegetables. In some cases, the dog will just eat the vegetables plain, especially if mixed in with some cooked meat. If not, then add some meat broth, meat gravy, meat sauce or best, the oil in which sardines are packed. Cover the vegetables with it, or mix it in, and usually the dog will eat it without any problem.
For a small dog, especially, cut up vegetables into small pieces or use a hand blender to puree the vegetables if you are having trouble getting your dog to eat them. However, do not add a lot of water to the vegetables. This is why a hand blender is much better than a regular blender that requires much more water in order to blend the food.
COOKED MEAT IS ALSO NEEDED
Most all dogs also require meat every day. They do not do well on pellet food that is mainly grain such as corn or wheat, and unfortunately, this is what many people feed their dog.
They require most meat cooked, in my experience. In addition, a few healthier dogs can handle a little raw hamburger or raw chicken every day or every other day.
Why cook the meat? The reasons why dogs need cooked meat may be similar to why humans needs cooked, rather than raw meat. It is more yang in macrobiotic terms, and it has many fewer bacteria in it. Raw meat is hard on the digestive tract of dogs. We find that cooked meat is much better.
The best meat. Usually, the best meat for a dog is boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Foster Farms brand is good in the Western USA, and some other brands are fine, depending upon where you live. I do not recommend Sanderson Farms chicken at this time because they continue to use more antibiotics.
Cook the meat for about 30 minutes, or pressure cook it for about 6 minutes. Do not overcook it and do not serve it raw.
Some dogs also need the meat of another bird once or even twice a week. This can be turkey, duck, quail or pheasant. Always cook it well.
Do not give dogs Cornish game hen or beef. Also, do not give dogs organ meat, except once in a while. It is too high in toxic metals.
Food allergies. Many dogs are allergic to beef. If you are having a problem with scratching, digestive upset or other possible allergy symptoms, do not give the dog any beef, even naturally raised beef.
Rarely, a dog is allergic or sensitive or intolerant of other foods. Try to notice if the dog is not feeling well after a particular type of vegetable or meat is eaten.
The easiest way to feed your dog. The best way to feed most dogs is when you shop for food, buy extra organic vegetables and extra meat. When you cook these for yourself, as I recommend on a daily basis, cook the extra and give it to your dog every day. This is probably the easiest and the best food for most dogs.
Also, for your dog (and yourself), you can cook the food once a day, or even once every other day, although fresher is better. Pressure-cooking is the fastest and best method (see Pressure-Cooking on this site.)
Better commercial dog foods. If you absolutely will not cook food for your dog, here are the best commercial dry dog foods I have found:
Nature’s Recipe - Grain-free
Wellness – Complete Health
Solid Gold – Salmon And Vegetable
Nature’s Variety – Lamb And Peas
* Natural Balance - Chicken Meal
Wild Pursuit – Lamb, Chicken Meal
Wild Pursuit – Guinea Fowl Formula
Halo Brand – not bad
AVOID. Zignature, Orijen and Evangers brands of dog food. It seems that they are more toxic products.
How much meat versus vegetables. The proportion of meat to vegetables in a typical dog’s diet should be about 40% meat or a little less, to 60% vegetables or a little more.
Feed the dog twice daily, in the morning and in the evening. The dog will usually not overeat, so if the food is all gone, you are probably feeding the dog too little food and increase it somewhat. If food is leftover, you are probably giving the dog too much.
Bones. Dogs also like and may need a bone to chew
on. This is to sharpen the teeth,
mainly, but it is also enjoyable for most dogs, and they can scrape some
minerals off the bones as well.
The bone must be huge so there is no possibility of the dog choking on
the bone. This is most
important. No chicken bones, at all, for example, should be given to a dog.
What not to feed dogs. DO NOT feed a dog just raw meat, although the dog can eat it. It is not good at all for most dogs today. However, as mentioned above, a very small amount of raw meat such as raw hamburger or raw chicken, perhaps, is excellent for some younger dogs.
DO NOT FEED a dog raw vegetables. Like human beings, they cannot absorb enough minerals from raw food, so raw vegetables are not the best food for them and will cause mineral depletion after a while.
DO NOT FEED a dog any sweets such as fruit, juices or other sweet food items. This is quite important if you want to have a healthy dog.
DO NOT FEED grains to dogs. Grain will make most dogs fat and ugly. Dogs should be sleek and slim, as are human beings when they are nourished correctly and when they balance their body chemistry with a nutritional balancing program.
DO NOT FEED dogs eggs or dairy products such as cheese or even a little raw butter, although some egg yolk can be wonderful for a dog’s coat about once a week. I do not suggest feeding a dog any milk or milk products. I am told they are not able to digest it very well at all, and it could make them ill.
DO NOT FEED DOGS any coconut oil or other vegetable oils at all.
DO NOT FEED DOGS any kelp or Endo-veggie capsules.
DO NOT FEED DOGS sweet potatoes or yams. They don’t work as well.
Drinking Water. Dogs need a good quality drinking water. Always give your dog a choice of drinking waters. Just put out two bowls containing two types of water, and leave them there. Good ones are tap water, preferably carbon-filtered, and a quality spring water. These are usually best. The dog will choose which to drink, and it may change on a daily basis.
Water to avoid. Drinking waters to definitely avoid include reverse osmosis water, in all cases. Also, I would not give dogs special types of water such as alkaline water, or energized water. Too often, these have been filtered or otherwise altered in ways that are harmful for the dog. Avoid water that has been filtered by a multi-stage filter, as sadly these often alter the water in ways that make it less desirable in some fashion, even though it is cleaner in terms of toxins.
Play. Dogs need a place to run and play. Dogs are playful animals and they really need a place to run around, kick up the dirt, chase birds, or chase smaller animals, and enjoy themselves. Otherwise they get bored, weak and tire out easily. This has to do with their minds and their body chemistries. Please do not forget this.
Inside or outside. Dogs are okay inside a home, but they are much happier outside, running around. This is very different, for example, from cats. Cats often prefer to be inside, although they too enjoy going out. However, cats easily pick up illnesses and parasites outside, whereas dogs can usually roam the yard without contracting many diseases, and therefore they are safer to allow outside.
Some people keep their dogs outside all year round, at times to keep the house cleaner, or for other reasons. This is not as good, actually, as allowing the dogs to be around you more. It is fine to keep dogs outside if you spend a lot of time out of doors. If you are inside, however, the dogs will get lonely and bored, and they will not be able to do their healing work on you, which is part of their mission. This may sound strange, but dogs have a healing quality and effect upon their owners that some people are aware of.
Sleep. Dogs sleep a lot if there is no excitement or nothing to do. This is normal and not a problem. It happens less out of doors, of course, as there are more distractions for them there. The extra rest, in fact, can be good for the dog inside the house or office. However, they need to be out every day, generally, even if it is raining or snowing.
Leashes. Dogs like to be on leashes. Many people think that dogs prefer to run free, but it is not true. Most dogs cannot judge situations very well, such as cars on the street, other animals, strange people walking by, and so forth. They mostly prefer being on a firm leash, preferably the type that is of a variable length.
Teeth. One must pay attention to a dog’s teeth. They can get infected and they may need cleaning once in a while, say every six months. If this is not done, they can get plaque buildup, cavities and worse problems. These cause bad breath, and they will sicken and perhaps kill a dog.
So pay attention to your dog’s teeth and once a year, at least, or
preferably twice a year, have the dog’s teeth cleaned at the vet and have the
dog’s teeth checked for cavities.
If you feed the dog correctly, they should not develop cavities, but it
happens, at times, anyway. Also,
do not feed the dog any sticky food that could catch in the dog’s teeth.
Cold weather. Most dogs can handle cold weather, although they must not be left outside in weather colder than about 50 degrees F. or about 10 degrees C., for longer than an hour or so. If they are, they tire and become frigid and cold, and will sicken like a child who goes out without enough clothing on in the cold weather. Thus, if you leave your dogs outside all year, be sure to heat their doghouse and keep them protected not only from the cold, but from too much sun and heat, and from rain, wind and snow as well. They will go inside, if given the choice, if the weather is too inclement.
Dogs and children. Some dogs have a real need to be around children almost every day. This is important for some dogs. They help children in subtle ways. They can help adults, too, but they prefer to assist children. Just take the dog to a park or schoolyard for an hour, or anywhere that children are. Soccer, football, lacrosse, or other games and events are very good places to allow the dog to visit – always on a sturdy leash.
Most dogs need a few nutritional supplements, but many fewer than people. Most dogs need some zinc, calcium, magnesium, copper, and perhaps garlic and a little manganese as well. Chelated minerals will work fine.
I find that the best way to find out which supplements your dog needs is with a properly performed hair mineral analysis – but only if you work with one of the practitioners listed on the referral page of this website. With it, you can learn your dog’s metabolic type, critical mineral ratios and important mineral patterns that must be corrected to restore the dog’s health. Below is more on this topic.
How to give supplements to dogs. To give supplements to a larger dog, one can usually just mix them in the food and the dog will eat them. For a small dog, you may need to grind them up in a pill crusher that is sold at the supermarket or pet store. Then mix them with the food.
One can also powder the supplements in a pill crusher from the supermarket or pharmacy. Then put them in a syringe with some water or carrot juice and inject them into the mouth, but this is usually not necessary.
Use regular human supplements for dogs, I suggest, as they are better quality than many that are designed for dogs.
Too many supplement are bad. Some people give dogs many too many supplements, just as some people take far too many supplements. Most supplements are quite yin, and dogs are very yin to begin with, so too many supplements upset the dog’s body chemistry. Do not give your dog a lot of herbs or other food supplements, please.
Herbs and homeopathy. Please do not give your dog herbs, as they are often toxic and too yin in Chinese medical terms.
Also, please avoid all homeopathy. I am sorry to have to say this. Homeopathic remedies can alleviate some symptoms. However, they are too yin, so they cause longer term problems.
The nutritional balancing detoxification procedures. Usually, dogs do not need the detoxification procedures that seem so vital today for human beings – the sauna and the coffee enema. In fact, never put a dog in a sauna as they can overheat easily. I have heard of people giving a dog coffee enemas. It can be done, but is usually not needed.
Dog reflexology. This is very good. Dogs do it to themselves, but they can get bloody doing it because their teeth are so sharp. So help them out. Use a human foot chart to guide you as to where to rub the paws.
The front paws are usually the most important ones to rub. Always do both left and right paws. Watch your dog and rub where he bites his paws to figure out where to rub, if you are not sure. Some day, we will have a reflexology chart for dogs. For now, use a human reflexology chart, as they are similar.
Red heat lamp therapy. This can be helpful for dogs. They will usually gravitate toward one of these lamps, especially if you are using it..
Diet is a key. Dogs have plenty of health problems, and in most cases it is simply due to feeding the dog incorrectly.
Commercial dog food. Unfortunately, ALL or almost all dog food is incorrect in its composition. Almost all of it lacks enough zinc, enough fat, and some fresh cooked meat that dogs require.
Almost all of it is made with grain, which is not a native food for dogs and it gives many of them diabetes, blindness, and cancers, among other diseases. This is truly unfortunate because most of this illness and shortening of life can be prevented with diet alone.
Heartworms. Our experience is that all dogs have some heartworms. The worm medicine dogs are given controls the parasites and keeps the numbers down to a manageable level. However, the medications always affect the overall health of your dog negatively.
Our experience is that heartworms can be eliminated in a well-fed and well-cared for dog by giving the dog a small amount of garlic. The garlic must be mixed into the food and the dog will not notice it and will eat it up.
A small dog (20-40 pounds) generally requires one half of a garlic capsule such as Endomet Garlic or Kyolic Basic. A medium-sized dog may require up to 2 capsules daily. A very large dog requires up to 3 per day. If the dog seems ill, reduce the number by one.
After an initial loading dose for a week or so, a low dosage is needed indefinitely, as the heartworms will come back. As the dog becomes much healthier, some dogs may be able to avoid their return, but this is rare, so far.
When the heartworms are reduced, the dog will become brighter, happier, and smarter. The dog will also be more alert and more active. This is all very excellent for a dog.
Doggie breath. This is not fun to talk about, but is a problem for many dogs. The usual reason for it is feeding the dog incorrectly, and occasionally it is due to an infection or a bad tooth. Rarely, it is due to liver toxicity with heartworms, perhaps, or some other poison.
Fleas. Here is a testimonial regarding fleas:
“Dear Dr. Wilson, I would like to thank you for helping me with my dog Basil. About a month ago I called you because my Basil was being infested with fleas every time we walked him, no matter how many times we bathed him and combed him to get rid of fleas he would get infested all over again when outside. You said he was out of balance so I told you over the phone the number on his hair mineral analysis and you made suggestions of what I should give him.
It's a month now since I started him on these 4 simple supplements, and the flea problem is gone! THANK YOU SO MUCH. He will get one or two fleas every so often, but this is it.” – I.S.
Warmth. Dogs that are placed on a nutritional balancing program will need more warmth, because their metabolic or oxidation rate will be a little slower (which is more normal). This is an important point. Dogs really do best at a temperature of about 75 degrees F., or warmer. So if your house is cooler, please warm it up for the dog.
Mild anemia and eosinophilia. This may be due to high tissue iron and aluminum. The iron is an oxide form. The source of iron and aluminum is generally well water. Hair analysis will reveal these high tissue levels. In this case, do not give the dog this water to drink. Instead, use spring water or another type of tap water.
Parvo virus. This afflicts some dogs. If a dog is on a nutritional balancing program, it will clear up and will not come back. Drugs are not needed and get in the way of deep healing.
This principle also applies to other conditions for which veterinarians often prescribe drugs.
Superdogs. Dogs that are given a nutritional balancing program designed specifically for them will usually turn into what we call “superdogs”. These dogs will have much superior health, many fewer infections, better teeth, better odors, no doggie breath (which is a toxic condition and nothing else), and they will often become much smarter and wiser animals.
Neutering and spaying. This is okay and does not harm a dog much at all.
Most puppies need to breastfeed for about 6 months or perhaps a little longer. During this time, they should not be given adult food of any kind. This includes kibble or pellet food (the worst), or cooked meat or cooked vegetables. Their intestines are not ready for these foods.
If a puppy less than about 6 months old is separated from its mother, or will not nurse for other reasons (see below), then the best milk for it appears to be goat milk. If possible, find some raw goat milk. Be sure to schedule at least four feedings each day of this to promote adequate growth and development. Be sure to warm the milk to body temperature.
Another option is to find a surrogate mother to feed the puppy – like a wet nurse for human babies. The breed of dog does not seem to matter much, but the mother must be willing to breast feed the puppy or it will not work out.
A puppy may require feeding through a baby bottle with a nipple on it, rather than just putting out a bowl of milk, if the puppy has not learned how to lick up the liquid. This is important. Also, the puppy should ideally be held in your arms during feedings, and not just left alone, if possible.
Reasons for problems with nursing. These are similar to those of human beings today. Sadly, mother dogs can be so malnourished due to their dog food that the milk is not appetizing to the puppies, after a few months, usually. As a result, they may reject it. Placing the mother dog on a complete nutritional balancing program usually can correct this.
If a puppy has been weaned earlier than 6 months of age. If you acquire a puppy who is less than 6 months old who is no longer breastfeeding, you can give the puppy some raw goat milk, but the puppy will usually also need some cooked vegetables and cooked chicken, as well.
Laboratory normal or ideal values. The hair analysis ideal values for dogs on the Analytical Research Labs canine graphs are not ideal, we are finding.
We are not interested in ranges, as most labs use. This has to do with the nature of nutritional balancing science.
Here are the current ideal canine hair mineral values I use. They may vary a little from breed to breed, but so far they do not vary much between breeds. Young dogs often have a faster oxidation rate, similar to young human beings, but this may not be normal. All numbers are in mg% or mg per 100 grams of hair:
Hair analysis patterns. The exact same basic hair analysis patterns that matter so much for human beings apply as well for dogs. These include the oxidation rate, the sodium/potassium ratio, the calcium/magnesium ratio, the adrenal ratio, the thyroid ratio, toxic metal levels and poor eliminator patterns, to name some of the most important ones.
Most dogs are fast oxidizers. This is an important difference between dogs and human beings that applies even to older dogs. The probable reason for this is their food, and because most are in better health than human beings.
Many dogs are very fast oxidizers. This is important to know. They become irritable, bark easily and too much, and may develop diabetes, cancer, seizures, and other problems due to this imbalance.
Many dogs have a high sodium/potassium ratio. This is an indicator of acute stress, in most cases. It is often due to their food.
Many dogs have an elevated calcium/magnesium ratio. This is usually due to their diets, which contain grain and perhaps sweeteners that are unnatural and unhealthful for dogs.
Toxic metals. Most dogs suffer with toxic metals, especially aluminum. This, again, has to do with their food. In addition, some water supplies, some drugs, and some flea products or other body care products contain toxic metals and toxic chemicals.
The amigos may be less of a problem for dogs than for human beings. The amigos are biounavailable forms of iron, manganese, aluminum and sometimes other minerals that are oxidants and irritants. This important topic is discussed in the article entitled The Amigos – Iron, Manganese and Aluminum.
SAMPLING INSTRUCTIONS FOR HAIR MINERAL TESTING – VERY IMPORTANT!
1. Do not bath your dog with soap just before sampling the hair. This is because it washes out the sodium and potassium, and will skew the test. There is no need to give the dog a bath before sampling the hair. See below if you just bathed your dog.
2. Wash the head area of your dog with a little alcohol on a cloth or napkin. Do not use soap and water even though clean well. The reason is that they can wash out the water-soluble minerals more than alcohol.
3. Now cut the hair sample from the head, near the brain. Do not take the sample from the belly, or anywhere else. Only take it from the head, and near the brain for the most accurate readings.
Be sure to cut off any hair that is more than about one inch or two centimeters long. Otherwise, you will get old readings from old hair.
Also be sure to cut enough hair or fur so it fills a tablespoon to overflowing.
If you have just bathed your dog with soap, you must wait until the hair is fully dry before sampling it. Then brush the fur on the head near the brain for 5 minutes before sampling the hair. This causes some of the natural oils to be restored to the hair. Otherwise, the test results will be less accurate.