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  1. Thank you very much for your nutrition section on your web page. I started cooking for my dog as she got older and had senior cognitive decline and would only eat roasted chicken fed by hand. I am now a first time puppy parent and want to give him good nutrition, and feed him Taste of the Wild supplemented with whole foods.
    Have you had the opportunity to evaluate Buckwheat as a food source for dogs? It isn't really wheat,more of a seed that has many preparations. I made a kong stuffing of 1 jar natural peanut butter, 1 can garbonzo beans, and 1 container coconut yogurt. I think a little bit of buckwheat flour could turn this into a biscuit that is a bit sturdier and carry in a treat pouch. I have tried to cook with garbonzo bean flour and it doesn't have much structure so need a bit of support.

    1. Hi,

      I have had the opportunity to evaluate both buckwheat and Taste of the Wild so I will give you some recommendations on both.

      Taste of the Wild (example - Dry Food High Prairie Puppy)
      Get your puppy off of it ASAP. Taste of the Wild (made by the Diamond Food Processing) is full of carcinogens and toxins of which ethoxyquin in their ocean fish meal is just one such carcinogen

      High up in the list of ingredients is 'egg product' egg product is an ingredient in many lower grade dog food products (lower grade is not always predicated by price! as you know Taste f the Wild is not cheap to buy - but it is an inferior product). Egg product is made from waste material that cannot be used in human grade food production. It is a cheap source of often rancid, foul smelling, poor protein used to pump up protein levels in dog food that does not contain enough actual meat to provide enough protein.

      The probiotics that they put into the food (dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract) are all dead and therefore have zero health benefits for your puppy.

      I would suggest you switch to a better dog food (grain free) such as Orijin, Acana, Evo. What ever dog food you use - you should add additional Omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics (i.e. yogurt) to your dog's - you can read my articles on fatty acids, yogurt and probiotics.

      Buckwheat like all other grains are not a good source of nutrition for dog - grains can cause major health issues for dogs. Grains are the seed of the plant, no different than the seed of the wheat grass. A dog's GI tract is not designed to process grains. Have you tried coconut flour?

      Cheers, Karen

  2. Karen- I'm trying to take in your wealth of information that you provide here. I see a side list of topics, I'm particularly interested in the label Toxins in dogs avoiding cancer (4), when I click on that label or any it takes me to one of your articles, but I can't figure out how to get to the rest, I'm assuming that there are 4 total articles with that label. I searched your index but didn't see a topic on Cancer. Thanks in advance for helping to find all the information that you have spent so much time on and been so generous in sharing.

    1. Hi Shawna - most of the articles I write regarding nutrition and health deal with and/or touch on avoiding the development of cancer therefore I do not bother tagging them all as 'cancer'.


Important Note

1.0 Use of Foods, Herbs, Alternative Medicines:

Safe use of items and protocols in the article above, is your sole responsibility.

Foods, herbs and alternative medicines have health issue, condition and conventional drug interactions. Safe use of all substances and protocol are your responsibility.

Before you use any substance or protocol do your research. Check for cautions, contradictions, interactions and side effects. Do not use substances or protocols not suitable to your animal's individual circumstances.

If your animal has an underlying condition substances and protocols may conflict.

2.0 Definition of Holistic…

Food, herbs, alternative medicines are NOT ‘holistic’ they are a substance and MAY, or may NOT be ‘NATURAL’.

If you use a ‘natural’ substance (ie. an herb) you are using a natural substance, not a holistic substance.

Holistic is not defined by use of one or several substances. Holistic is an approach.

Definition of “holistic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press


"relating to the whole of something or to the total system instead of just to its parts"

"Holistic medicine attempts to treat the whole person, including mind and body, not just the injury or disease."

Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that health, and well-being.

3.0 Expectation a natural substance remedies a health or behavioral situation.

A natural substance used to treat symptoms. But, if factors causing the underlying issue remain you do not have a remedy.

Remedy requires a comprehensive approach. It is necessary to identify root cause. Remove items that trigger, cause or otherwise contribute to issues. Holistic approach includes design, implementation to treat, remedy and maintain long-term health.

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Wishing your dog and cat the best of health!

Karen Rosenfeld
Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer
Holistic Behaviorist - Dogs
Holistic Diet Nutrition Wellness Adviser – Dogs and Cats