If you browse this website, you’ll notice a variety of natural supplements that I have found to be helpful in keeping my Shelties healthy.
In the beginning there were only one or two things I used but the more I researched, the more I found that I wanted to add to their raw food diet. After all, it's about OPTIMUM health.
I measured each ingredient out into each bowl on a regular basis. That quickly became really annoying.
A quarter teaspoon here, a half teaspoon there; multiple bowls and multiple supplements multiple times during the week. YUK!
So I figured out how to pre-mix it up, divide the portions to single serving sizes and freeze them.
Now I don’t even have to wait for a day where they get their meal in a bowl. I’m always looking for an easier way. ;)
Ideally, these are the dog food supplements I like to give my pups on a regular (though not necessarily, daily) basis:
You can see why I started pre-mixing this all up. Not to mention the powdered dog food supplements can billow up when using them dry and breathing them in is not fun.
I bought Whole Pumpkin Seeds and ground them in the Blendtec Blender
It was a tougher job than I thought, with the blender causing the pumpkin seeds to heat up as they were ground. Smaller batches make for an easier job and a finer powder which is better for the Shelties to be able to digest.
Not to mention those little pieces of pumpkin seed look white in the mix and if not digested would look like little tapeworm segments. UGH! So try to grind well.
All my Shelties eat the dog food supplements without any fuss. Well, all except Ditto. He was the hold-out for better taste!
So I started adding the canned pumpkin which is also good for constipation or the other end of the spectrum, diarrhea. It is a good bowel balancer for lack of a better term.
And it makes it palatable enough even for Ditto. Big baby!!
OK, so first thing I did was convert everything to a ratio so I could mix in mass quantities:
Use the “parts” as any measurement you wish, tablespoons, cups, whatever.
Grind the raw pumpkin seeds in the blender 'til fine. Add to the coconut oil, Add Olive leaf powder and Ginger powder. Oh, OK, I'm not sure why I'm specifying, just dump everything in a bowl and mix!
Hey, I didn't say it was going to look pretty! I found the perfect sized Cube Ice Trays - Set of 2 to use.
You don't have to measure anything, just glop the supplement on the trays, stuff the cubes full, scrape off the top with a knife or spatula and it's done.
Freeze for about an hour, pop them out into a zip lock bag and repeat til you are done.
Let me show you an easy-peasy way to make this for your pooch.
It was one of those epiphanies I get as I’m drifting off to sleep at night. Feeling grateful for the general health of my Shelties made me think of the less fortunate Shetland Sheepdogs out there. Having watched enough of the videos on rescued dogs, I wondered; if I had to care for a Sheltie that wasn’t mine for whatever reason, would I be prepared?
Thoughts of comfort food such as chicken soup came to mind. I remembered from years ago how bone broth was touted as “good for what ailed you”.
What could this broth do to help your Sheltie? If you are not feeding a raw food diet, at least she can get some benefits from whole bone by using the broth concentrate.
Or, even if she is on a raw diet but for some reason is not eating, has diarrhea or recovering from surgery, it is a food easy to ingest and tempting with its flavor and aroma.
Understand that a dog fed a raw food diet is making his or her very own bone broth in the digestive tract. Whole bones are crunched and enter the stomach where gastric acid leeches out all the good stuff listed below which is then digested. The remains exit the south end as unneeded material. So as a general rule, bone broth wouldn't be a necessary dog food supplement if your sheltie is healthy and fed a raw food diet.
Bone broth is known to have the following:
So being a “belt AND suspenders” kinda person, I thought it might not be a bad idea to be prepared… just in case…
The recipe below is incredibly simple. So simple, I’m not sure you could even call it a recipe. Julia Child has nothing to worry about.
Pour into these handy silicone trays and freeze. Once frozen pop them out and into a zip lock bag ready to use at a moment's notice.
I don’t know about you but I may join my dogs in a bone broth cocktail now and again. May keep my joints moving for another 30 years or so…