Updated: Jun 25, 2020
We are often asked what we feed our weens here on the Ranch, so we decided to share with you all what's on the menu for the crew. Read this to learn how much we feed the weens.
Dry Food: We use a dry kibble as a starting point. For convenience and digestive stability we offer the dogs a portion of kibble twice a day. Our favourite kibble is Orijen Dog Food*. It is made with Canadian meat and vegetables, and designed to be biologically appropriate for a dogs digestion. We will often switch up flavours/formulas with each new bag to give the dogs variety and challenge their digestive systems so they don't become sensitive to different foods.
Adding warm water: Have you ever watched a dog eat dried kibble? It's ridiculous. Their teeth and jaws have a hard time with the hard little bits. Either they inhale it and require a special slow feeding bowl, or they look like they have no idea what they're doing. So we throw on the kettle, make ourselves coffee in a french press and add some hot water to the kibble to soften it. Let it sit for a few minutes to cool and serve. They love the texture and it dramatically slows down their eating into something more savoury.
Our dogs enjoy a varied diet of raw meats, veggies, and dried prepared dog food with supplements.
Supplements: We like to supplement our dog's kibble experience with an assortment of oils and additives which offer many health benefits.
Fish Oil: Full of omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil for dogs and cats can greatly improve skin, coat, joint, and heart health, and more. We add 1 tsp in each bowl every other day. Flax seed oil can be used as well, but fish oil is much easier for them to digest.
Collagen Powder: Collagen is the main structural protein found in skin and connective tissues like joints, tendons, cartilage and ligaments. As dogs get older, their bodies create less collagen. Therefore, to keep our dog's joints and coats as healthy as possible we add 1.5 tsp of collagen powder to their food a 3 times a week.
Lecithin: This amazing supplement aids in fat absorption, promotes healthy brain development, glossy coat, and skin. We add 1 tsp to their food every 3 meals a week.
Brewers Yeast: Rich in Omega fatty acids, B vitamins and antioxidants, brewers yeast enhances health, potentially aids with flea control, and improves the immune system. Give in small amounts. No more than 1 tsp a day. We give them around half a tsp a few times a week.
Cinnamon: We give half a tsp two to three days a week to help improve brain function. Cinnamon is also great for warding off yeast infections and diabetes in dogs. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, so it's an excellent option for dogs with mild joint pain. Don't give to much, but in small doses it can be hugely beneficial.
Local Honey: Local honey is great for treating your dog for seasonal allergies. If your dog reacts to pollen then giving them local honey will boost their tolerance for these air-borne allergens. It also aids in digestion, and can be used topically to treat hot spots and infections.
Raw Meat: Our dogs all LOVE raw meat. We offer them raw meat a few times a week be it venison, beef, fish, lamb, chicken, or organs. Each type of meat offers a different range of amino acids and vitamins while supporting a healthy GI.
Veggies: We offer the dogs raw veggies for treats and toys. Coo will defend her carrot stick like it is the most precious item in the world. Sweet potato, carrot, broccoli, and many other veggies are great foods for dogs. We don't make these items a staple for them each day, but they offer great fun from time to time. You can use items like pumpkin and sweet potato to help your dog gain weight if needed as well.
*We chose Orijen brand dog food after reading a reviews.com article that reviewed over 3000 dog food brands and formulas to find the best options for pet owners like us. Read the updated article for yourself! Orijen pet foods purchased in Canada are made in Alberta at a very high quality standard. We are basing our experience on kibble made in Canada with Canadian ingredients. Read our previous blog called Food for Thought for more information. We are not promoting Orijen for commercial purposes. We just really like the product.