Adult Feed Program
by Linda Arndt ~ Canine Nutritional Consultant
say you are using the Blackwatch feed program means
you follow it totally. This is a comprehensive program
and in order for it to work you need to do exactly
as I state in each of my feed programs. You can
not just feed Eagle Dog Food and think you are on
my feed program and expect to get the results you
need to for your dog.
Before moving over to the
Blackwatch Feed Program please read my article on
switching your dogs diets.
This diet has 7 major components
and this is it in summary form. I know this is
a lot of information, but with this check list
you can see what is involved, then go down and
detailed information about amounts to use, WHY
to use them and where to purchase products.
- Super premium brand of kibble - list below
- Nzymes - Dietary enzymes which are missing
in all kibbles
- Probiotics and digestive enzymes - a combination
- Vitamin C
- Canned meats or raw/cooked meats
- Fruits and Veggies
And other Nutritional suggestions for specific
Blackwatch Adult Feeding Program
Food - Kibbble:
|Use a high quality, multiple-protein
based food of moderate protein and fat content and
naturally preserved. My list of quality foods below
and it is based on my laboratory tests, feed trials
and ethics of the company. This list is provided
for my puppy buyers.
Natural - 23% protein - 12% fat - for puppy
and most adults
Eagle Holistic - 24%
protein - 14% fat - puppies over 6 months and adults
Eagle Original - 25% protein - 15% fat -
for adults that need more calories/weight
Senior - 26% protein - 10% fat - over 5 years
All these Eagle dog food products have human
grade and organic ingredients, with multiple proteins
sources for building muscle, friendly yogurt-
like cultures (probiotics), digestive enzymes,
prebiotics, glucosamine HCL for joint support
(Natural & Senior), sequestered minerals,
naturally preserved, with NO
ethoxiquin BHA, BHT, and ester vitamin
C, yucca and balanced Omega 6:3 fatty acids.
This is the ONLY dog food ever feed trial tested
on growing Great Dane puppies over a long period
of development, and done with several litters
before it became available to the public many
years ago. Eagle has the longest track record
of any food being successfully fed to giant breeds.
To purchase Eagle Dog Foods:
1.Go to their website http://www.eaglepack.com
2. Find a distributor in your state/area on the
"find us" button OR
3. Call them and ask the where is the closest
place to purchase Eagle Dog Food.
If you must purchase Eagle over the Internet,
these two companies do a great job. I cannot recommend
any other services.
PetPals - California based but will ship
Waggin' Tails Pet Essentials - http://www.waggintails.com/
VIP-PETS -California based but will ship
|Do you feed
a commercial kibble?
If you do, then you need to know there are missing
nutrients in all forms of commercial brands of dog
food.These missing nutrients are dietary enzymes
and they are lost in the cooking and processing
of kibble. Therefore, YOU must supplement these
to your pet's diet on a daily basis. The absence
of this dietary enzyme has long term effects on
the body resulting in premature aging, skin problems,
food sensitivities, hotspots, seizures, orthopedic
problems and suppressed immune system. see info
FEEDING - Dietary Enzymes
- Dietary enzymes in a chewable healthy pet treat
or granular form
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:
- Allergic reactions
- Natural anti-inflammatory ~ so you can avoid
risky medicines like Rimaydl
- Orthopedic problems ~ HOD, OCO, Pano, Wobblers,
Hip Dysplasia, ACL
- Epilepsy and Seizures - due to vaccine reactions
- Vaccine reactions
- Cleanses residual toxins from medicines, flea
and parasite preparations.
- Boosting the immune system
- Reduces shedding
- Itchy ears
- Yeast infections
- Bladder infections
- Reduces healing time from injury, surgery
- Reduces recovery time from anesthesia.
Nzymes are from sprouts (food) so they do not
conflict with diet or any medications. I have
used the Nzymes for 17 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.
and talk to Stan at Nzymes, he is a wonderful
and caring man, and he will provide you with assistance
for your particular problem. 877- 816- 6500 -
FEEDING - Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes
Choice Naturals 4 in 1 Probiotics -
First Choice Naturals -4 in 1 - Probiotics (formerly
Daily Greens Plus)
This product fills the wholes in every diet,
processed or raw. It contains your daily dose
- Friendly bacteria or yogurt cultures/ probiotics
in the form of Lactobacillus / Acidophillus
and other cultures.
- Vitamin C in the form Ester C (fruits)
- Barley Grass - (veggies) your daily salad.
- Digestive enzymes - needed when using process
and raw diet.
Note: This product contains digestive
enzymes which does a different job than the
antioxidant enzymes in the Nzymes product listed
To order: 800-937-1104 Website: ~ http://www.firstchoicenaturals.com
For dogs prone to chronic digestive
upset, Bloat or Giardia use this Probiotic product.
Fortified /w Yucca - is 6 beneficial bacteria,
digestive enzymes and yucca. These are good yogurt
type bacteria which are microencapsulated to be
released in the lower intestine for tough to handle
intestinal problems such as IBD, Giardia protozoa,
bacterial infection, stress or bloat recovery,
loose stool, Parvo etc.
When a dog is on antibiotics, they MUST be on
Probiotics at the same time and continue after,
to replenish the intestinal flora of the gut.
Otherwise you will get loose stools and opportunistic
bad bacteria, such as staph, or yeast/fungus can
start to flourish in the gut. (see article Suggestions
for Controlling Yeast/Fungus Infections)
One pound lasts for many months and it is not
cost prohibitive and the benefits are well worth
the use. Breeds that are prone to Bloat/Torsion
need probiotic cultures in their diet to help
keep the pH balance where it should be as well
as help boost the immune system. To Order: 800
Feeding - Vitamin C
The canine Orthopedic
Foundation Association recommends Vitamin C supplementation
to help in the prevention of certain orthopedic
250mg of Vitamin C for puppies 8 wks - 10 wks
500mg of Vitamin C for puppies 10 wks - 12 wks
1000 mg of Vitamin C for puppies 12 wks - adults.
If they get a loose stool, try a lower dose or
a different brand.
If you use Ester C - use a lesser dose, 500 mg
of Ester C = 1000 mg of activity.
If you are using the
First Choice Naturals 4 in 1 Probiotics (listed
above) DO NOT use
any Vitamin C supplementation. For
more information on Vitamin C - www.belfield.com
FEEDING - Meat and Whole Real Foods
Canned Dog Meat:
3 Tbs. to 1/3 of a can of quality meat I choose
to use a little Eagle Holistic canned dog food with
tepid temp water for variety use Eagle canned meats,
but Nutro, Nature's Recipe are brands that work
well. Just make sure you do not use a grocery store
brand of canned food, your this can cause loose
stools and gas. Homemade soups work well too for
If you want to use raw meats, I recommend Country
Pet Dog Food. Country Pet makes a variety of flavors
of "no grain" rolls that are (blanched)
by a process of raising the temperature of the
product to just above 100 degrees C for a short
period of time for the final packing process,
this is done to ensure product safety during distribution
from manufacture to your dogs bowl. This is good
to use along with your kibble. www.countrypet.com
These include fruits and veggies, not necessarily
in large amounts, a little is better than none.
Berries melons, apples, banana, tomatoes, carrots,
broccoli, cauliflower, oranges, squash, sweet
potato, green beans, zucchini, garlic.
NO raw onions, avocado,
spinach, kale or chocolate which of course is
not a fruit, even though I do think of it as a
Water On Food:
Commercial foods need to be fed with moisture
so dogs don't over consume water after a meal,
and so the kibble does not pull moisture from
the dogs system in order to break down properly.
Use "tepid" temperature water never
hot or warm and never soak your food as it breaks
down and destroys nutrients. Mix up and feed immediately.
I use approximately 1 to 1-1/2 cups of water for
adults per each meal. Adjust accordingly for puppies.
If they have loose stools, you may be using too
much meat or water than necessary. Adjust that
before you panic and think they are sick.
It is very important to NEVER withhold
water from your dog. This can lead to over consumption
and bladder infections. Use common sense, do not
let them drink excessively after exercise or dinner.
Like a horse, let them cool down and then drink.
I have found if I have water available in several
places, they never overdo it since they know it
is available to them when they need it. That way
they drink less amounts of water, but more frequently.
Withholding water for fear
of bloat is a myth. Stress is the cause and bloat/torsion
is the response. It is much more complicated that
simply saying water is the cause of bloat.
Do not microwave, soak
or use hot or very warm water on your kibble.
It will destroy the integrity of the friendly
yogurt type cultures and the fragile vitamins/minerals
and amino acids on the food.
Feeding - Oxy-Drops -
Internal and topical uses for Systemic Yeast/Fungus
are a safe, liquid compound that has demonstrated
efficacy as a bactericidal, fungicidal and virucidal
agent. Oxy-Drops are important for animals that
are on diets that include raw meat. This will
help to keep the pathogenic bacteria from being
a problem. Also breeds
that are prone to bloat need Oxy- Drops because
it helps to keep an overgrowth of bad bacteria
supressed in the gut. If the bloating
is caused by systemic fungus (Leaky Gut Syndrome)
or pathogenic bacteria (Toxic Gut Syndrome), Oxy-Drops
along with Probiotics may help keep these in check,
as well as help maintain the correct pH of the
Oxy-Drops enhances the immune system and second
it releases slowly and oxidizes, cleaning toxins
from the body. Oxy-Drops acts on the organism
at cellular level with no unwanted side effects.
The best use of Oxydrops is to mix according to
instructions and pour over the dogs food daily.
Oxy-Drops have many other applications, in a diluted
form. For other uses see the websites below.
For more information on Oxy-Drops - http://www.nzymes.com/product-oxydrops.htm
For suggested dosages and uses for Oxy-Drops
To order online or call Stan - 877- 816-6500
you do not want to use kibble, or only part kibble,
here are some raw diet options
- RAW FOODS BASICS - Understanding their Usage
There are 4 types of raw diets that can be purchased
so it is CRITICAL people call the company and
ask HOW to use these diets to make sure they are
balanced and complete.
Types of Diets:
- Complete diets, with vitamins minerals and
balanced calcium/phosphorus ratio.
- Straight raw meats (incomplete diets) and
they need to be balanced in their calcium and
phosphorus ratio before you use them. This is
done with a companion product the company will
instruct you to purchase. (These must be used
with a variety of other foods in order to bring
them up to a complete diet)
- Grain/veggie/fruit diets and you have to add
the raw meat.
- Commercial kibble that is calculated to use
up to 20% raw meat with the kibble
listed below are are meat, veggie, fruit "balanced"
diets and can be use by alone or mixed with a
If you "insist on feeding raw meat, grind up chicken
necks, wings so they get the meat AND the bone
in a meal form, and use with kibble. Meat and
bone are balanced in calcium and phosphorus ratio
and MUST be fed together, or you can cause growth
Do not feed straight raw or cooked
meat only without the bone, and do not use a meat/rice
mixture as this unbalances your calcium / phosphorus
levels of your dog food. If you need a balanced
bland diet I can provide one for you.
Fruit Veggie Diets - You Add The Meat Component
These foods are a preparation
of whole grains, fruits and veggies. You must
supply the meat protein and follow their directions
exactly or you can unbalance the diet.
Kibble - You Can Add 20% raw meat
- EAGLE PACK
USING ANY RAW MEATS.....
are important for animals that are on diets that
include raw meat. This will help to keep the pathogenic
bacteria from being a problem. Also breeds that
are prone to bloat need Oxy- Drops because it
helps to keep an overgrowth of bad bacteria supressed
in the gut. If the bloating is caused by systemic
fungus (Leaky Gut Syndrome) or pathogenic bacteria
(Toxic Gut Syndrome), Oxy-Drops along with Probiotics
may help keep these in check, as well as help
maintain the correct pH of the gut. For
other uses see the websites below.
For more information on Oxy-Drops
For suggested dosages
and uses for Oxy-Drops http://www.nzymes.com/guidelines-Oxy-Drops.htm
To order online or call Stan - 877- 816-6500
Your Feed Programs - OPTIONAL
This enzyme is a necessary part of every cell
in the body and it is involved in each cells respiratory
chain and supplies energy to the organs. The older
we get the less our body has of this enzyme, which
protects the heart, lungs and the gum tissues.
It is an important part of the nutritional support
for an animal/human with cardiovascular problems.
(Along with 500 mg taurine and 1000 mg L-carnitine).
180 mg is recommend for an animal with heart problems.
I use 60-90 mg for normal maintenance dose. To
order, call 1-800-937-1104
Cereal Grass, Seaweed and Algae are excellent
organic sources for micronutrients. These products
are a series of blue-green algae or land grasses,
which provide micronutrients often missing in
all foods. Because they are from a food source
they body can use them and what is not needed
is excreted, unlike mined minerals such as oxides.
Because I use First Choice 4 in 1 Daily Probiotics, my dogs get thier component of grasses through the Pines
Wheat Grass incorporated into that
Wheat or Barley Grass
I feed my Great Danes (Pug,
Natural Pack (23%
protein / 12% fat)
I use this product from weaning through adulthood.
If I have an animal that we are starting to show
(dog shows) and they need more weight, I can safely
switch to the Eagle Original Pack which is a higher
caloric food. However, I do not switch to a higher calorie food until 10 months
of age, as I want
them to grow slow and even during the drastic
growth stages. Note: When not showing or after
showing I use the Eagle Natural Pack as my basic
food for most adults unless they need more weight
or Holistic) or less weight (Eagle
Eagle Kennel Pack
protein / 15% fat)
I use this product from 10 months if showing especially
on the males that may need a little bulk. I also
use it for bitches that are pregnant and I start
them on the higher protein half way through their
pregnancy and continue until the puppies are 3-4
months old so her body is repaired from the stress
of the litter. I use this food if a dog is on
the road showing so they consume less quantity
yet still get enough calories to keep on the needed
weight for showing.
(26% protein - 12% Fat)
This is a remarkable food for older dogs (5 yrs
+). We are told older dogs need less when in fact
they need more protein, usable protein to hold
muscle mass to support the bones. Nutrients need
to be higher to replace greater needs for the
elderly. Everyone reports higher energy levels
with this food and that has been my experience.
It also has joint support nutrition, which is
very important for the geriatric animal. (See
Senior Feed Program)
In addition to Eagle:
use Nzymes and Daily Greens Plus as well as fresh
fruits and veggies.Young adult males may eat as
much as 12 to 14 cups per day until mature which
means you may want to switch them up to a higher
protein/fat/calorie food to reduce the amount
they are having to process in the course of a
- Mature bitches approximately 6 cups per day
- Mature males approximately 7-10 cups per day
- Older dogs and bitches approximately 5-6 cups
Remember this is based on a moderate protein
food and in my case, the Eagle Natural Pack 23%
protein / 12% fat. If using a higher calorie food,
of course this amount would be less.
Puppies and older dogs should NEVER be placed
on a lite or low-protein diet. Cut back the amount
you feed rather than switching to a lower protein
and lower fat. They need the nutrients for their
organs and brain cells and their coats will suffer
Support For Special Needs
for Common Problems like Arthritis
and Orthopedic problems:
- Used to flush toxins from joints and as an
anti-inflammatory - (877-816-6500)
- Cardivet Plus or Syn-Flex
- Glucosamine plus
product for joint repair (see Orthopedic Feed
(Vita-Flex) - nutritional sulfur - (800-937-1104)
These products can be used together with no problem.
To help prevent this problem in adults, make sure
they are on Vitamin C and Nzymes. I use the Nzymes Product to support
the immune system, and prevent vaccine reactions.
Nothing is a guarantee
but this is a step in the right direction.
Any kind of elective surgery, i.e., cropping,
spay, neuter or emergency surgery such as bloat/torsion.
I use Nzymes
to detoxify 877-816-6500.
Co-Enzyme Q-10 - an antioxidant for gums, heart,
lung support (800-937-1104), Taurine and L-Carnitine
- Amino Acids which support heart (800-368-5057).
Dosages are listed on the container. These are
nutritional substances from food sources and do
not conflict with medications.
Based on information gained from the National
Bone Survey, I do not recommend using Sulfonamide*
antibiotics to my puppy buyers because these drugs
can cause serious side-effects like sloughing
of skin and internal bleeding and HOD-like symptoms
including;fever, aching joints, swollen joints, lack of mobility, depression
and anorexia. The following antibiotics are sulfonamides.
Another commonly used, potentially troublesome
antibiotics is Cephalexin (Keflex, Cefa-Tabs).
This can also produces the same symptoms as HOD
(fever,swollen/hot joints, immobility, anorexia)
even in adult dogs. I will use Chephalexin, but
with a watchful eye and if the dog starts acting
lethargic and achy, we stop the antibiotic, since
they are sensitive to it. Call the vet for an
alternative antibiotic and make sure you are using
a good Probiotic product to keep the digestive
tract functioning properly.
I will not use Sulfonamides drugs on my dogs.
A reaction can happen from 24 hours - 2 weeks
of being on an antibiotic. If there is a reaction,
my vet recommends Dexamethsone/Azium and discontinue
use or antibiotic.
* Research references on Sulfonamides on request.
hope that you find this program helpful. This
is a life long program and one that is used by
the top breeders in this country with many years
of success. This program is not to be use instead
of veterinarian care, diagnosis or treatment
Linda Arndt ~ Canine Nutritional Consultant