When I look for a supplement I make sure it is in a whole food form and benefits Stormy every way possible. Today I'm going to buckle down on why we use supplements, ALL the supplements I use & why.
What are the point of supplements?
The main use of supplements in a raw diet is to fill any nutrition gaps that need to be filled. They also may be customized to your dog's individual needs. For example, giving collagen for joints or dosing mushrooms for a cancerous dog. Supplements can be found in a whole food form or in a synthetic man made form. I personally only use supplements in their whole food forms. This ensures that Stormy is getting the most quality nutrients in their organic and most bioavaliable form.
All the supplements I feed not only ensure Stormy's optimal health in all aspects but are also in their purest, most natural, whole food state.
What's in my supplement cabinet?
I keep all my plethora of supplements in a cabinet. It is organized by most used to least used. Least used being all the way in the cold dark corner and the most used seeing my face on a daily basis.
Down below I've listed my most used to least used supplements and WHY I use them:
If you haven't read in my past blogs, like What I Look For In a Pre-Made Raw, then go do so now!
But I'll give a brief review why phytoplankton is my most beloved whole food supplement.
By feeding phytoplankton we go straight to the source of Omega 3s and cut out all the middle men that collect radiation, heavy metals, Omega 6s, oxidation and toxic waste in the ocean. Phytoplankton can be grown in filtered water in a controlled environment so there is absolute confidence that it is pure and wholesome. Phytoplankton also has a very powerful antioxidant called superoxide dismutase (SOD) which protects cells from free radicals (oxidation). Phytoplankton also requires SO little to gain all these wonderful benefits!
My favorite phytoplanktons are:
Mushrooms are great for immunity, antioxidants, vitamins/minerals and its cancer fighting properties.
When purchasing mushroom supplements it's important to keep in mind that not all mushrooms are treated the same. You want to look for mushrooms that have been grown outside and on logs like they're supposed to not ones grown on grains such as rice and oats in a lab. Another thing to keep in mind is how much of the mushroom is going in to the actual product. Many companies will only grow and add the mycelium and only a small part of the mushroom with the actual medicinal properties. To have the most potent affect you must ensure you're feeding the mycelium and the fruiting body.
My top favorite mushroom supplements to feed (with mycelium + fruiting body):
*Side note: if you have a dog with cancer of severe health problems, pairing these two products together are great to aid in healing the gut biome, immune system and body overall
(3) Fruits and Veggies:
Although some raw feeders choose not to feed plants I feed them at least every other meal!
Dogs naturally scavenge for fruits and vegetables in the wild.
Veggies & fruits provide an array of vitamins and minerals, fiber, phytonutrients and antioxidants.
When feeding vegetation I make sure to never feed more than 10% and that she's gets low glycemic vegetables and make sure they're either blended, grinded or broken down in some way to break down the cell wall and make the nutrients more bioavailable since canines don't have the enzyme amylase.
Fruits (especially berries) have polyphenols which are naturally occurring compounds that come from vegetation. These polyphenols feed the healthy bacteria in the gut and produce healthy by-products such as:
- phenyl valerolactone
- hydroxyphenyl acetic acid
- hydroxyphenyl propionic acid
Polyphenols are also anti-inflammatory (which prevents chronic illness), fight oxidative stress(dying cells from free radicals), cancer killing and detoxify the liver!
To read more on polyphenols click here.
Favorite veggies to feed (all organic because it actually makes a difference!):
- butternut squash
- fermented red cabbage & beets (click here for recipe)
* Side note: I always steer clear of cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, kale, broccoli and brussels sprouts when Stormy is in heat since they mess with hormones sometimes
Favorite fruits to feed (all organic because it actually makes a difference!):
(notice the berry trend)
- apples (with the skin for all those polyphenols)
- bell peppers
(4) Bovine Colostrum & Raw Goat Milk:
Colostrum is the mother's first milk. All mammals receive this nutrient packed liquid as a baby. But why is it so good for your dog now?
Colostrum is an immune boosting super food. It contains Immunoglobulins (also known as antibodies) igG, igM and igA.
igG antibodies which gives young animals passive immunity.
igM antibodies contain the first defense against harmful bacteria and viruses.
igA is the antibody a dog most abundantly makes. It coats the gut lining to identify and destroy foreign bacteria/viruses to prevent illness, chronic inflammation and allergies.
The proline-rich-polypeptide (PRP) in colostrum also balances and strengthens the immune system.
Colostrum also stimulates growth of hair, new cells, bone, muscle and connective tissue.
As well as containing MSM, commonly found in equine joint supplements, colostrum is antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiparasitic as well as having anticancer effects and relieving allergy symptoms and toxins from the body.
Bovine (cow) colostrum and raw goat milk is my go to miracles for when Stormy has an upset stomach (along with a 48 hour fast) to help heal her gut. My by far favorite bovine colostrum/ & milk is:
(5) Bee Pollen:
Bee pollen is the pocket or pellet of field gathered flower pollen collected by the wonderful hardworking worker bees. #thanksbees
Bee pollen has loads of proteins, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins and minerals and antioxidants.
It's benefits include easing allergies, anti-inflammatory, immune booster, aiding in weight loss, preventing cancer, lifting fatigue and improving alertness and concentration levels (when fed over time).
(6) Wildly Blended H+J:
Although Stormy doesn't have arthritis or any hip/joint problems, I like to feed a joint supplement for preventative measures and to keep fluidity in her joints as she ages.
Wildly Blended uses all whole food ingredients to target more than one health concerns. No fillers or additives, transparent and all organic. This is one of my favorite supplements to feed. Since it is all whole food ingredients and so potent, very little is needed to make a big impact.
The benefits of this all around supplement includes:
"Prevents loss of cartilage and promotes collagen production
Natural oils in turmeric root can enhance the bioavailability of curcurmin seven to eight fold
Reduces the risk of bone loss
Enhances muscle mass and strength
Decreases joint pain associated with hip dysplasia, Osteoarthritis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Enhances immune function due to powerful antioxidant, prebiotic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties
Increases the liver's natural detoxification enzymes and improves blood levels of liver enzymes" - Wildly Blended
Organic spinach, organic kale, organic collard greens, organic watercress, organic broccoli, organic bell pepper, organic blackberries, organic raspberries, grass fed and finished New Zealand beef collagen peptides, organic turmeric root, organic red reishi mushroom, organic camu camu, organic hawthorn berry, organic boswellia, organic parsley
To see more of Kinlee's array of supplements & treats, Click here
(7) Slippery Elm Bark Powder:
This is my favorite for any rear end and tummy troubles.
Slippery Elm Bark (SEB) is the inner bark (not the whole bark) of Ulmus rubra.
SEB is beneficial for coughs, sore throat, colic, diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bladder and urinary tract infections, syphilis, herpes, and for expelling tapeworms. I love to make DIY pepto bismol mix for myself when I have an upset tummy too!
But for Stormy I sprinkle a teaspoon of SEB over goat milk or bone broth and mix thoroughly.
SEB I use: click here
(8) Pumpkin Seeds
I don't feed any chemical dewormers so pumpkin seeds are my go-to!
Pumpkin seeds contain the amino acid, cucurbitacin, which paralyzes any worms and causes them to lose their attachment to the intestinal lining and make their way safely (and dead) out of the body.
But seeds aren't just great for their deworming benefits. Pumpkin seeds are also beneficial for their antioxidants, magnesium, and fiber.
(9) Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth (DE) is fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton.
It's beneficial for cleansing the digestive tract of parasites, supporting healthy digestion, improving cholesterol and heart health, providing the body with trace minerals, improving bone health, promote hair growth and skin healthy and strong nails.
I use DE in replace of chemical dewormers for a healthier, natural and more holistic approach.
In the winter I dose 1 tsp of DE once a week for maintenance and health benefits. But if I am feeding specifically feeding for worms, I feed 1 tsp on a daily basis for a month to eliminate any toxins and parasites by elimination. Large parasites in the stomach are actually cut up by the DE particles.
(10) Earth Animal Herbal Flea & Tick Powder:
Like I don't feed chemical dewormers I also don't feed chemical flea and tick preventatives. Therefore I turn to whole food alternatives like this one!
Living in Texas there is always a constant worry of fleas and ticks even living in the suburbs.
There's a fabulous hiking trail that is infested with ticks and she never has one on her thanks to this supplement!
This supplement changes the way their odor smells to the bugs and makes them unappealing to them. It's a great natural way to be confident in no creepy critters on your precious pooch.
Alfalfa – Contains a high mineral and vitamin content and is rich in protein, calcium, and vitamins E and K. "Garlic* – This natural repellent contains antibacterial and antifungal properties, and supports immune function while cleansing the blood.
Kelp – A source of iodine that supports thyroid function, which helps weight control and repels fleas.
Neem – Fights off parasites, bacteria, and viruses. Its detoxifying effects also make this a great immune booster.
Nettles – Very rich in potassium, calcium, and silicic acid.
Papaya – Supports digestion and purifies the blood.
Hawthorne – A source of nutrition and support for the heart."
For more information click here
You know your dog best and the supplements you feed should mold to the dog in front of you and benefit her in every way possible! My supplement list is always growing full of wonderful nutrient dense whole foods and rotated with every meal. Supplementing may seem laborious but if you take a step back and breath it's actually quite simple and doesn't require loads of critical thinking! If you ever have any questions about supplements I use or for yourself please don't hesitate to contact me.
As always, thank you so much for stopping by and Always Keep Exploring.