Blackwatch Senior Canine Feed Program - ALL BREEDS
HOW TO USE THIS ALL BREED "SENIOR PROGRAM"
SPECIAL NEEDS FOR SENIORS: Teeth, Eyes, Ears, Bladder Control.....
Seniors have special needs when it comes to day to day care. One
of the problems is the need to keep their teeth clean and tarter free.
Research shows that tarter free gums can extend their life by 3 -
5 years. There is a direct correlation between gingivitis, infected
gum line and heart problems. This has to do with different pathogenic
bacterias that can infect the muscle and lining of the heart. The
good news - no, the great news is - we no longer have to put a
dog under risky anesthesia to clean their teeth. We now have other
methods - safe holistic methods of removing plaque and tarter from
our seniors and young dog's teeth. Petz Life Spray or Gel and Fuzzy Plaque Zappers powder which goes in the drinking water works great and it's all natural.
This program is a comprehensive and consists
of several major components to support the needs of the Senior
dog - all breeds and sizes. These can be purchased in a comprehensive kit offered by www. FirstChoiceNaturals.com
For incontinence issues with seniors I highly recommend a product by Pet Naturals called Bladder Support.
This kit also includes additional immune support with Colostrum and DMG, and Co-Q-10 for heart, and much more. The other kit you can use for Seniors which is a more basic kit is called the CORE4 Kit#39 which includes a whole food vitamin/mineral/probiotic product, dietary enzymes, OxyDrops and a joint support supplement.
Where To Purchase Products
1. DOG FOOD - Precise Holistic Complete Senior - locate retailer at this website. The only other acceptable senior food on the market, if you can't locate PHC Senior would be NutriSource Senior - both are 26% protein/10% fat the ideal combination for seniors to hold muscle and not put on weight.
2. Filling N The Wholes - beneficial bacteria, digestive enzymes, and more!
3. NZYMES - dietary enzymes - in chewable Pet Treat or Granular (goes further) www.nzymes.com
4. OX-E-DROPS - antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungus - keeps pH of the gut healthy www.nzymes.com
5. Liquid Health Level 5000 - joint support supplement (glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM and herbs). www.Liquid Health Level 5000 Joint Supplement
Description of Supplements - Who - What - Why?
1. Food - Kibble and Canned
PRECISE HOLISTIC Senior Dog Food
Why This Senior?......I helped develope this food based on years of watching giant breed senior dogs have to be put down long before they were ready to go because they had lost muscle mass and energy due to inferior senior foods.
Most senior foods are low protein which means high carbs, they are low fat which means they have awful coats, their energy levels drop and they stop moving and become sedentary and fade away before your eyes. The lower calories should make them lose weight but the high grains in these foods make them gain weight. To top it off most senior foods have minimum nutrition when in fact Seniors, like human seniors, need OPTIMAL vitamins/minerals in order to live energetic, productive lives.
I decided to put a stop to this problem in the pet food industry. Years ago when I developed the Eagle Senior (when it was owned by Eagle, prior to 2009) it was the only food on the market that was appropriate for senior dogs of any kind. Then I was provided input into the Nutri Source Senior formula years later and in 2010 developed the Precise Holistic Complete Senior food for ALL BREEDS - this whole line won the Best Pet Food Award in 2010 by the Pet Business Industry Magazine!
Five specific things are needed for older dogs:
We have found a high quality multiple "usable" protein source, maintains muscle mass and energy levels so the geriatric dog will exercise and improve their joint flexibility. Their energy level increases and a feeling of overall wellness is evident on this food, and they do not act as if they are staving all of the time, because they are being provided with the proper nutrients for the aging dog.
DO NOT SOAK KIBBLE AND LET SET, OR USE HOT WATER ON YOUR KIBBLE IT WILL DESTROY THE INTEGRITY OF THE NUTRIENTS AND PROBIOTICS - YOGURT LIKE CULTURES ON THE FOOD.
2. Dietary Enzymes - in pet treats or granular (multiple pets)
Nzymes - is Dietary Enzyme in a chewable healthy pet treat or in granular form. Nzymes put the "living component" back into a cooked, processed, stored dog food. Enzymes are heat sensitive and lost in processing/cooking of all commercial foods or making home cooked diets. As owners we must put dietary enzymes back into the diet, in order to maintain proper wellness and not deplete the body of this important resource. This can be done by the addition to your diet with a product called Nzymes, a chewable pet treat, or granular form which can be sprinkled on the food to replace what is lost. In other words, Nzymes provide the body with the right nutrients to allow the body to make the chemicals necessary to detoxify (clean out) the body and repair itself.
Nzymes helps with the following:
Nzymes are from sprouts (food) so they do not conflict with diet or any medications. I have used the Nzymes for 20 years for my animals and I take the human product and have seen remarkable changes our health. By incorporating Nzymes into the diet, you are putting back the "living component" into the modern processed and cooked diets. This gives the body the tools it needs for repair and good health.
Website to order : FirstChoiceNaturals.com
Ox-E-Drops is clear a safe liquid that will kill pathogens: bacteria, fungus and virus. When feeding raw meat it is particularly important to use Ox-E-Drops to help prevent problems with the pathogens in raw foods. An added benefit is that Ox-E-Drops Drops does not kill the good bacteria of the gut and helps to encourage the growth of friendly bacteria. I believe Ox-E-Drops is very important component to a diet in the possible prevention of bloat and systemic fungus infections, toxic and leaky gut syndrome, because if it's ability to help keep the proper pH balance in the gut which is important in breeds that have a tendency to bloat.
Ox-E-Drops can be use diluted (1 cup of distilled water + 1 teaspoon of Oxy-Drops) for a solution to clean out ears, eyes, to spray on skin or use as a colonic. It is very beneficial in systemic yeast infections as well.
Dosage - 1 drop per 20 lbs of body weight. Use daily on food, mix with a little water and your canned Eagle meat and use as a gravy. During times of illness - double this dosage.
To order: www.FirstChoiceNaturals.com
4 in 1 Probiotics - This is a combination 4 friendly yogurt like good bacteria, 4 digestive enzymes, Vitamin C - in and Ester C form and Barley Grass. It fills the "holes in every diet", processed or raw. Do NOT add more Vitamin C to your dogs diet it is already this product.
First Choice Naturals 4 in 1 Probiotics contains:
5. Joint Supplementation
I have used Liquid Health Level 5000 joint supplementation with great success on my dogs. It is particularly noticeable when you introduce it to an elderly dog diet - they respond very well to joint nutritional supplementation. The amount of glucosamine in better dog foods is barely a maintenance level dosage, which is why I supplement my dogs. Whereby it is beneficial for all breeds ages and sizes, the large and giant breeds are particularly vulnerable due to their size, rapid development as a puppy and later tendencies toward bone cancer - normally of the long bone or growth plate.
There is a great new joint chewable tablet on the market that I just finished testing and it also protects the immune function and boosts energy levels. To read about Full Flex go to this link.
I believe most of these cancers can be prevented with a comprehensive diet and joint support during development. If a dog has had HOD, OCD or Pano as a young dog, I feel it is very important to use the dietary enzyme product and other "functional foods" with anticancer properties as part of the daily diet, in the hopes of preventing bone cancer as they age.
I start my puppies on joint supplementation at 10 - 12 weeks of age and continue throughout their adult life. With the large/giant breeds their joints have added stressed, so any thing that can help support them as they age, is a positive step in the right direction.
For more complete information: Level 5000 Joint Support
Options: For Variety - Meats - Fruits - Vegetable
I use holistic canned dog foods - holistic quality* for variety (beef, chicken, liver, lamb, duck, fish, puppy). I mix a couple of tablespoons of canned meat with tepid temperature water and make a gravy. OR you can top dress with one of the HONEST KITCHEN - an organic dehydrated raw meat /fruit/veggie mixe. I use about 10% of this in combination with my kibble.
*Do NOT use grocery store brand of canned food they are full of preservatives and 4D meats (dead, diseased dying and disabled) and they give the dogs stinky gas and are full of unhealthy fillers. NO homemade concoctions of meat/rice combinations that you make up at home, they are very unbalanced in their calcium and phosphorus levels and can cause growth problems.
Kitchen dehydrated raw dog food is what I use to provide a
10% raw component to my dogs kibble. It is balanced
in calcium and phosphorus ratios which are very important
in growing and elderly dogs!
THRIVE - 26% protein -18% fat - no grain/low gluten
HOW I MIX MY DOG FOOD
Nutritional Support For Special Needs
Cataracts - there is now hope for your pet with out having surgery. Go Here for info on Cataracts
Heart Health for the Elderly:
If you own a giant breed or one prone to heart problems it is recommended that you use the highest quality protein food and supplement with these components. These are nutritional substances from food sources and do not conflict with medications or each other and are good to use for heart disease and /or prevention. Here is an article to help you determine what Supplements for Heart Health would be very beneficial for your dog. My preference is to start these when the dog turns 3-4 years, but sooner would be even more beneficial.
Anti-Aging Supplement - Colostrum:
This amazing substance will regenerate and rejuvenate the immune function as well as heart muscle. It is highly recommended for dogs with cardiomyopathy. In the future you can order from the Nzymes company - in the meantime, get Immune Tree Brand at the Health food store or on line. You want "first milking" colostrum - guaranteed to be that it is.
Weight Problems and Seniors
2).Use this homemade Veggie Soup recipe as kibble replacer/filler when you are cutting back on your dogs diet. For example, if you normally feed 3 cups of kibble, and want your dog to drop some weight (slowly), then feed 2 cups of kibble (Nutri Source Senior), then add 1 cup of a veggie loaded broth to make up for the other cup of kibble.
Linda's Very Veggie Soup
2 Large cans of vegetable, chicken or beef broth - (low sodium or homemade).
Add LOTS of veggies - carrots, green beans, wax beans, zucchini, squash, tomatoes, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and optional : 1 clove minced garlic.
Seniors and Thyroid Issues
I always recommend a yearly thyroid test on senior dogs. So many times owners think their dogs are fading away due to old age when in fact their dog has a thyroid problem. We often think our pets have to exhibit some skin issues or hair loss before we entertain the idea of thyroid tests, but it has been my experience that this is not always the case. Also, the "so called" normal range varies for each breed and I always recommend using thyroid medication if your dog's test results come back in a "low normal" range. Thyroid medication is not cost prohibitive and makes all the difference in the world to you family pet.
Section C - Support Information - Required Reading