Valencia thanks for the compliment
I do agree with BasKal though, be careful with Onion. Sambal, Peppers, Tomato, Spinach, and Cucumbers are also to be avoided; they don't digest very well. "Powerful", what is a "Powerful" dobie if he gets a cardic arrest at the age of 3?
I agree with you, health comes first.
Another thing I wanted to mention is that the selection of vegetables is also based on our experience, for example even though Broccoli is rich with vitamins and minerals, we stopped using it because it tends to produce gases in the stomach (same with Brussels sprouts, Beans, Turnip and Cabbage). The last thing we want is our Dobie farting around all day
Bmgillespie, we pretty much use the following rule: 80% fresh meat (little cooked), 20% vegetables. We blend both together in a mixer/blender and we add oatmeal (soaked with water). The oatmeal will provide some fiber to the diet, but it also makes sure the poop is dry!
Believe it or not we follow up even on our Dobie's poop, if it's not dry and it looks "light" then we know something is wrong.
Normally we feed our dog twice a day, he eats about 0.5kg before noon and about 0.5 - 1kg during the afternoon. Depending on his appetite.
When it comes to the supplements:
Caniderm-V: We add one spoon to the food
Garlic & Multi-vet tablets: 2 of each, twice a day (they do wonders! specially for skin rashes, specially under the chin! they simply disappeared!)
Omega 3 & Omega 6: One spoon each (healthy shiny true dobermann skin!)
Cosequin DS & MSM: Two tables each a day
When it comes to once a week Cheese/yogurt, we have this habit of making pizza on Friday evenings, and our Dobie knows whenever we open the mozzerella package to use it on the pizza, he's having some himself hehe
He can hear it from miles away!
I can't say that we are 100% BARF supporting people.. because when it comes to pork, turkey for example we feel that it makes more sense to cook them very well as they contain a lot of bacterias. We feel more comfortable doing that with red meat, there we cook a little/medium and sometimes we give our dobie a snack or two of non-cooked. BARF or not, as long as it's fresh that what counts for us.
Even though the "diet" might seem expensive or complicated, it's really not when you think about it. For us, we feel that dry food (we used Royal Canin, Hills etc) made things worse for our Dobie's health and we could see almost an immediate effect when we switched to fresh food. Maybe opening up the dry food box is easier than blending fresh food, but we'd do anything to gain couple of more living years for our dobie, he's been through a lot of crap since he was a pupp and we just want him to have a long happy life
One last point that I'd like to add (hope I'm not writing to much), fresh food helps decrease stress levels and stress is a key contributor to cardic arrests. I've seen many topics about producers such as Fedor or Jared (RIP) and a lot of discussions about looks, head shape etc (that's just an example, donno what food they get). But if we are to have healthy offsprings then we need to make sure that we genetically influence the breed by making sure we provide fresh healthy food, *specially* for producers that we believe are going to influence the breed (I'm not a breeder, just sharing my opinion).
I've read many studies about the importance of vitamins such as vitamin C to the developments of pupp, before and after birth. I feel that it is our duty to research, look further into this and research the implications of providing the right vitamins, minerals even during pregnancy, I previously wrote a post about it an no one replied
. Anyway, dry food is cooked in the ovin under high tempretures and that kills anything good in it. It's pretty much like eating McDonlads every single day.
In my opinion, a Dobie's life should start healthy, both in terms of diet (explaining to the owners about fresh food diet) as well as in terms of socializing and exposing puppies to different environments before delivering them to new owners to make sure stress levels are decreased to the minimum (lower cardic chances) and they are up for a good healthy start in life.
It's really sad that nowadays it seems that if a dobie lives for over 9 years then it's a "not bad", this seems to be a trend and most don't even make it to 9. As Bmgillespie posted a good question what has changed the past decade? I really wish for my dobie (just like everyone else) to live long and I will do whatever it takes to influence that, starting from healthy fresh food. I think we all, specially breeders, should look closely into this matter.
PS my Dobie is Paradiz Ronado Solomon x Ardens Charlene Clubnika, anyone happens to know anything about their predigee in terms of longevitity? I'm not an breeder nor an expert so it's hard for me to research this..
Anyway.. the above is just my opinion and my own experience...