|Barked: Tue Aug 7, '12 12:08pm PST |
I have fed my little Shih Tzu a homecooked diet for going on 8 years now, and I am so happy I have done that for her. Due to her yeast/allergy issues, we feed a LOW glycemic diet, so I do not add any grains or starchy veggies (no rice, barley, carrots, lentils, etc), so I can't help you with the ingredients you have listed in your "stew", but I can add that:
1/2 teaspoon of eggshell powder per POUND of "recipe" (as mentioned by Maxwell) is what we also use to balance her diet. That 1/2 tsp eggshell (calcium carbonate) is approx = 900 mg calcium.
So, if you go to using a packaged calcium (either calcium carbonate, or calcium citrate, for example), be sure to use the "900 mg ca per POUND of recipe) as your measure. Each calcium type differs in the mg per 1/2 tsp. I often ALT between both types of calcium every month or so. When I'm not using "ground eggshells", I use NOW brand "Calcium citrate" powder. But again, the amounts you use for each type will differ, so pay attention to the "mg" of calcium measure on the label. I usually end up using more Calcium Citrate to get to the same mg amounts of the eggshell powder, for instance.
Lew Olson's Diet for Arthritic Dogs Info:
Her main newsletter index can be found here:
I have used Lew's "Low Glycemic" homecooked recipes for my Shih Tzu the entire time. I can't say enough about how well my dog has done on it. I DO rotate the meats and veggies each recipe, so this type of diet is more about "balance over time" vs "balancing EACH meal for ALL nutrients". I prefer Lew's method, but I know a few people prefer the "balance at each meal" type. I think both can work IF you adhere to the directions (variety, supplements, etc). The one thing I DO balance "per recipe" is the calcium.
Btw, according to Lew's info in the above mentioned article, ALL starchy carbs can be "inflammatory". I have also read this in regard to people's diets as well. You may want to consider researching this a bit further, and maybe take out the grains and starchy veggies. I don't know... I have also heard that "nightshade" veggies can also aggravate arthritis, so maybe also research that as well.
Plant based foods bind calcium, as well as zinc. You may want to consider either adding in zinc rich foods, or add in a zinc supplement. I give my Tzu a zinc supplement, due to all the "green" veggies she gets in her diet, plus it helped with allergy-skin and skin-yeast issues she was having. I believe the dose is "1.5 mg zinc gluconate per kg of dog's bodywt", but don't quote me on that. Google will have much info on it. My Tzu weighs approx 15 lbs, and she gets 10-15 mg of zinc gluconate every other day. I either use a zinc gluconate pill, added to her meals (do NOT give on an empty stomach!), or I use a "zinc fortified" omega 3 fish oil suppelement (Dr Foster & Smith's).
We also added in omega 6, in the form of borage oil or primrose oil caps (this form of omega 6 has ANTI inflammatory properties, whereas most omega 6 are pro-inflammatory). Lew's recipes do NOT include adding in omega 6 (don't need to IF you feed fattier/dark meat poultry), but I mistakenly used only white meat when feeding chicken, and we had some issues. Now, I feed a 50/50 mix of white to dark meat when feeding chicken, but I still add in borage or primrose a few times per week.
Lew lists ALL the supplements you will need (incl calcium amounts) needed.
I used her Bertes supplements when I first began homecooking for Sedona, but I usually now just use "people" type brands so we can "share" probiotics, vitamins, etc. I have also used supplements from Azmira Holistic Animal (LOVE this brand! LOVE!).
I hope that helps! Good luck! I think you are doing a GREAT thing for your furbaby!
(btw, so as to not confuse.... I am NOT the "Sedona" that Maxwell mentioned in his post above. )
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