Supplementing The Raw Dog
Updated: 3 days ago
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, the supplements I use NOT to cover nutrient gaps & why.
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 its organic and most bioavailable 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 of 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 middlemen 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:
2. Mr. Ross Marine Phytoplankton (currently using)
Mushrooms are great for immunity, antioxidants, vitamins/minerals, and 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 that grew on grains such as rice and oats in a lab. Another thing to keep in mind is how much of the mushroom is going into 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 effect you must ensure you're feeding the mycelium and the fruiting body.
I also love making my own mushroom broth to feed as well since I know exactly what goes in for quality assurance!
★ For more on mushrooms & a recipe click here ★
My top favorite mushroom supplements to feed (with mycelium + fruiting body):
Tip: 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!
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 getting low glycemic vegetables and make sure they're either blended, ground 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...
hydroxyphenyl acetic acid
hydroxyphenyl propionic acid
Polyphenols are also anti-inflammatory (which prevents chronic illness), fight oxidative stress (damaged 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!):
Fermented red cabbage & beets (click here for recipe)
Favorite fruits to feed (all organic because it actually makes a difference!):
Blackberries (notice the berry trend)
Apples (with the skin for all those polyphenols)
Watch The Squad Chronicles about Fruits & Veggies with @WildlyBlended down below!
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 superfood. It contains Immunoglobulins (also known as antibodies) IgG, IgM, and IgA...
IgG antibodies which give 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 the 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 are 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:
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.
Its 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).
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 concern. 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 include...
"Prevents loss of cartilage and promotes collagen production
Natural oils in turmeric root can enhance the bioavailability of curcumin seven to eightfold
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 the powerful antioxidant, prebiotic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties
Increases the liver's natural detoxification enzymes and improves blood levels of liver enzymes"
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, salves, & treats click here.
★ Use code "GSDSTORMY10" for 10% off your order! ★
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!
I usually source my slippery elm bark powder from Mountain Rose Herbs as they practice ethical farming and eco-friendly operations. But Amazon does have SEB too if you're in need of it quickly.
★ To learn more about SEB click here ★
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.
Nuts & seeds should be soaked in water with a splash of apple cider vinegar (sometimes I’ll add Himalayan Pink Salt too) to rid the nuts/seeds of phytic acid which is incredibly difficult for dogs (and us) to digest and absorb nutrients. Soaking nuts decreases phytic acid greatly and releases enzyme inhibitors increasing bioavailability!
★ For more on nuts & seeds click here ★
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.
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 breathe 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.