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Diet is the most important consideration in a pet's care.
It is the 1# factor in their health and life expectancy.

Statistics from veterinary organizations and dog and cat registries show that the life span of America's companion animals is now half what it was in the 50s and 60s. Nowadays our pets are plagued by allergies, skin and coat problems, tooth and gum infections, urinary tract infections, parasites, digestive disorders, diabetes, cancer and immune disorders. These health problems were very rarely seen 50 years ago before the introduction of commercial pet foods.

The pet food industry convinces vets and pet owners that only commercially prepared foods offer complete and balanced diets. The industry claims that medical problems will be encountered by feeding owner-prepared diets. Unfortunately, commercially prepared diets are not always complete and balanced either. More importantly they offer no choice about quality and wholesomeness of ingredients, which is of utmost importance to holistic health. Most of the ingredients in commercial pet food have been deemed unfit for human consumption, which is why it is being used in the pet food. If it were fit for human consumption, it would have been used in human food. For more information about what's really in pet food, click here. (I highly recommend you read this article)

We humans have the nutritional expertise to prepare our own diets. Humans develop health problems mostly from consuming processed foods rather than foods they prepare themselves. We pet owners can control dietary quality and wholesomeness when we prepare our animals' diets ourselves. In this way nutritional "completeness" and balance can be maintained.

There are some good books the provided recipes for home prepared meals for your dogs and cats, please see my book list.

I provide a few recipes here on this site for home prepared meals, but be aware that because we (the humans here at Fias Co Farm) are vegetarians/vegans, we feed our dog and cats a vegetarian diet as well. The recipes I provide here for pets are vegetarian oriented. If you do not wish to feed a vegetarian diet to your pets, please check out the my book list for meat based recipes. Whether you feed meat or vegetarian diets, your pet is much better off receiving home prepared meals than most commercially prepared ones.

How to make Herbal Dosage Balls

These are great for giving herbs to animals reluctant to eat the herb when it is mixed with their food. Also, you know exactly how much of the herb the animal is getting. I especially like these for giving herbal worm formulas to kids (young goats) and dogs because most of the time they love them and beg for more which makes it so easy to administer.

Herbal Dosage Balls For Livestock:
Mix together:

  • 1/2 cup (8 Tablespoons) powdered or finely crushed herb
  • 1/4 cup (4 Tablespoons) powdered Slippery Elm Bark (Slippery elm acts as a binding agent to hold the herb mixture together.)

Add:

  • 1/4 cup Honey or Molasses

With your fingers (or in a food processor), mix and kneed into a dough. Break into 16 even pieces, shape into balls and then roll the balls in a little bit of Slippery Elm powder just to coat. Each ball equals a 1/2 Tablespoon dose. Offer an herbal dosage ball to the animal first, and he may eat it right out of your hand. If he won't, shove it in his mouth. Often, the animal realizes the balls taste good and want more. If he spits it out, just shove further back in the mouth next time. (For goat kids, or other smaller animals, I break the balls into smaller pieces to administer.)

Herbal Dosage Balls For Dogs:
Mix together:

  • 1/4 cup (4 Tablespoons) powdered or finely crushed herb
  • 2 Tablespoons whole wheat flour

Add:

  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup Peanut Butter

With your fingers, mix and kneed into a dough. Break into 12 even pieces, shape into balls and then roll the balls in a little bit of whole wheat flour just to coat. Each ball equals a 1 tsp. dose. Offer an herbal dosage ball to the dog first, and he may eat it right out of your hand. If he won't, shove it in his mouth. Often, the dog realizes the balls taste good and want more. If he spits it out, just shove further back in the mouth next time.

 

 

 

Eggshell Powder (for calcium)

Whenever you use eggs, save shells. Wash shells out right after using the eggs and save them up for about a week or so until you have a "batch" worth processing. Bake shells at 350°F for about 8-10 minutes to remove the mineral oil coating and make them brittle enough to grind. Grind to a fine powder in a food processor, blender or coffee grinder (I use a coffee grinder). Make sure there are no sharp, gritty pieces.

1 tsp. of powder supplies about 1800mg - 2000mg of calcium.




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The information and statements presented on this site have not been evaluated or approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The use of herbs and essential oil for the prevention, treatment, mitigation or cure of disease has not been approved by the FDA or USDA. We therefore make no claims to this effect.

We are not veterinarians or doctors. The information on this site is based on the traditional and historic use of herbs as well as personal experience and is provided for general reference and educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, prescribe or promote any direct or implied health claims. This information is and products are not intended to replace professional veterinary and/or medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your vet and/or doctor. We present the products on this site and the information supplied here without guarantees, and we disclaim all liability in connection with the use of these products and/or information. Any person making the decision to act upon this information is responsible for investigating and understanding the effects of their own actions. Please read our Services and Conditions of Use and Limitation Of Liability policy.

 
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