As a breeder we base the way we feed our dogs around not only experience, but from scientific research and continued learning. Learning via holistic vets.
Did you know that if the mother of your puppy was raw fed during pregnancy, their is a very very high chance your puppy if continued on raw food will never have food allergies ? Scientifically proven.
Did you know that if the mother of your puppy was dried fed the chances of your puppy having dermatitis during its lifetime, and allergies to foods is much higher. Scientifically proven.
This is why here at Silvestre Show dogs we do our research and have learnt from not just our own experiences but learning from new online platforms increasing our knowledge from the top experts in their field on raw feeding.
Not only must the mum have a very good diet full of good nutrients which she will feed the puppies inside her with, but when they are born and start weaning they require various stages of different foods. They start with a chicken paste and milk. Which progresses to a variety. We use fresh goats milk warmed for our puppies. This natural source of great nutrients and pro biotic helps the gut flora of your puppy. Giving it a great immune system.
I would recommend you read the book " feeding dogs" By Dr Connor O Brady. It is available to purchase from Amazon.
When your buying a puppy these days you can buy from the inexperienced pet owner who will give you no practical advice on feeding, most likely give dried food as they do not understand raw, or you can come to people like ourselves who study every aspect of a dogs life especially diet. We can over complicate diet, when in fact we can give variety over a few days.
How your dog is fed, completely channel's the way forward in health. A raw fed dog is a healthy dog, but only if it is fed in the correct way in nutrients. A dog requires a variety of food groups to be a healthy pet. Fruits and veg can be fed along side meat, bone and organs. But do not forget herbs. Im just about to grow some fresh herbs for the summer time here at Silvestre in which I can grow a window box of herbs for my dogs. These will give fresh yummy goodness to our dogs and any puppies we may have.
It's the season for eggs here at Silvestre and the chickens and turkeys under cover, are laying fresh scrummy eggs. Sadly due to bird flu controls all chickens have to be under nets. But ours can still scratch around on soil and grass with covers over the top. But because they can not roam freely it effects the egg quality. So I am buying alfalfa blocks with grit and corn in it. This creates the most yellow of eggs, and these in turn are fed to our dogs. A fresh egg and shell has loads of nutrients in. Which is a benefit to dogs health. My Bracco makes me laugh as he loves a turkey egg each day and he follows me to the pen and carries the egg back. Now turkey eggs have a thick shell which if dropped gentle will not break. He has learnt to take the egg to a particular spot in the garden and chuck it against stone and it breaks and he then scoffs the egg. Dogs are not thick just like you will see a bird called a garden thrush which will take a snail to a stone and throw it hard against the stone to break it open then it can eat the insides.
Do not forget if you want a puppy that's been started in life to be on raw food, your getting a puppy that will have a stronger immune system for the future, and a blank canvas for you to work with.
Mrs Rachel Savage