A common concern for dog owners who are feeding a home prepared diet is whether or not it is ‘complete’. People worry that it won’t be nutritionally balanced and that their dog will miss essential nutrients that can only be found in commercial dog food.
One of the most common questions asked when changing diets, either to raw, home cooked, a mixture of raw and home cooked or adding fresh food to kibble, is how to maintain balance in the diet.
Let’s look at the meaning of the word ‘balance’. Most commonly it is referred to as the calcium/phosphorus ratio in the diet. Phosphorus is quite abundant in all foods. Calcium, however, is harder to find in foods. Commercial pet foods add calcium to bring the calcium/phosphorus ratios into balance. In the wild, dogs will consume bones from their prey which gives them the additional calcium needed.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL! Lew Olson and B-Natural's would like to say 'Thank You' to all of our customers for their continued support throughout the year. Improving nutrition for our dogs is a common goal we all share. The best way to achieve this is by feeding fresh foods to your dog. With the New … Read more
B-Naturals Newsletter – July, 2009 – Benny’s Story By Lew Olson, PhD Natural Health This month’s article is a special story about Benny, a Great Dane puppy who was near death before he was surrendered by his owner. We’d like to offer our thanks to Sarah Hamilton and Benny’s new owners, Jillian Morin and Phil … Read more
Enzymes and Probiotics By Lew Olson • November 2003 Newsletter I often get requests from people wanting digestive aids for their dogs, but many seem to either not understand the difference between enzymes and probiotics or get them confused. In this newsletter, I will try to clear up the differences and hopefully cover this topic … Read more