The Vegetarian Dog – Feeding Your Dog A Healthy Vegetarian Diet

The Vegetarian Dog – Feeding Your Dog A Healthy Vegetarian Diet

The Vegetarian Dog

Many dog owners are looking for a healthy way to feed their dog. One way to do that is with a vegetarian diet. If you are already following a vegetarian diet yourself, feeding your dog in the same way should be simple. If you are not a vegetarian, but wish you dog to be, the following are some simple suggestions on how to do just that.

Dogs have a higher protein requirement than humans. Although no optimum protein level is known, a vegetarian diet can meet the standard with a variety of legumes or other foods. There are many people who practice a vegetarian diet and are as healthy as those who do not. There is no reason that dogs cannot follow a similar diet.

To Vegetarians, the following is nothing new, but for everyone else, a little common sense and plenty of variety will make nutrient deficiencies unlikely and make your vegetarian dog healthy and happy.

A vegetarian dog would probably do better with multiple feedings as opposed to the one feeding with dry dog food. Larger vegetarian dogs should be fed twice a day while smaller breeds may need to be fed three or four smaller meals spread throughout the day.

Hint: Dogs do not get worms from drinking milk. Diarrhea or constipation is common due to your dog’s inability to break down lactose.

Wholegrain cereals like muesli or Shredded Wheat in milk would be good for your dog’s first meal. The later meal should be some combination of each of the following groups:

Protein

1) Cheese, eggs, nuts, textured soy protein, cooked lentils or beans, tofu, seeds (sunflower, sesame). Feed several of these at one meal to get a good balance of amino acids.

2) Raw or cooked vegetables and raw or dried fruit.

3) Brown rice or whole grain bread.

You may also want to mix a teaspoon of vegetable oil in your dog’s food to provide some of the essential fatty acids that he needs.

Foods to avoid

Macadamia nuts, Grapes or raisins, and raw onions should all be avoided as they can be toxic when ingested in large enough quantities. Chocolate and other caffeine products should also be avoided as it can be toxic and affect the heart and nervous systems.

Puppies that are weaned can be fed four times a day rotating the cereal meal and the later meal ingredients. Once they reach eight months to a year old, you can cut back to feeding them three meals a day and then down to two meals a day.

If your dog has been brought up on a regular meat diet, make the changeover to a vegetarian diet gradual. If your dog is very active there may be a problem of bulk to energy. Make sure you consult your veterinarian to ensure that sufficient energy can be obtained from the amount of food given.

Milk alone may not be an adequate source of calcium for puppies. Rapidly growing dogs of heavy breeds particularly need a high calcium intake, please consult your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns about your dog’s vegetarian diet.

Wayne Kostencki is a dog lover. He has owned or lived with dogs since he was a small child. During that time, Wayne has struggled to learn how to not just train his pets, but to be able to enjoy them as companions. You can find more information on his website, http://www.averagemansguides.com/.

Feeding Picky Kids: Ideas for Healthy Meals

Feeding Picky Kids: Ideas for Healthy Meals

Kids sure can be picky when it comes to food. Between one and seven years of age, it’s normal for them to be suspicious of all those unfamiliar types of food they are trying, and to refuse new foods. This is particularly so when the new types of foods are healthy ones, such as fresh vegetables. So what are some ideas for healthy meals you can feel your picky eaters, short of tricking them into it?

Pizza Faces

Kids love to eat food that’s presented in a fun manner. So make your own wheat pizza crust, spread a fresh organic pizza sauce on top, add some fresh veggies and low fat meats, and make pizza faces. Each child can pick their own crust, put the sauce on top and then create a face using peppers, pepperoni, cheese (with all that dairy goodness), and so on. Then you pop it into the oven and bake for ten minutes. Take out and serve up with carrot or celery sticks on the side, with ranch dressing to dip into.

Fish or Chicken Dippers

Kids love finger foods too. Fish and chicken are both healthy foods, with lots of protein for building brains. So put strips of these in the oven and bake, then take out and place on a plate on the table. Put bowls if different dipping sauces around, using fresh dairy ingredients. Kids will love all the new tastes as they dip the chicken or fish strips in the sauces. A glass of apple juice or milk on the side makes it even healthier.

Mystery Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are popular with most kids. You can add other veggies in with the potatoes, such as lima beans, carrots or peas. You can make it a mystery game, trying to find the hidden veggies in the mash, but the aim of the game is to eat the veggies too. Kids will love eating if you make it fun. Kids get lots of energy from the vitamins and carbohydrates in potatoes. You can make them healthier by using margarine instead of butter, or low fat sour cream or milk.

Macaroni Magic

There are lots of fun pasta shapes on the market, so you can use some imagination and make pasta meals with twists, wheels, alphabets and bow ties. If you let the kids choose the shapes they want they’re more likely to eat them at meal time. Try using a variety of sauces, preferably using organic ingredients, and put a little of the sauce on the side. Kids can then pick up a pasta shape with their fork or their fingers, and dip this into the sauce themselves. This is more fun for them than if you had mixed the sauce into it yourself, and that means they are more likely to eat it.

Meal times can be fun as well as healthy, if you can make eating a pleasant experience for your kids. They are then more likely to eat what you give them, get the nutrients they need and in the end avoid fighting obesity. They might even ask for seconds!

Dana Sherman is a certified nutritionist, with extensive experience in the area of dieting and weight loss. Dana’s approach places a large emphasis on changes in lifestyle to better your eating habits and your overall approach to food.

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Feeding Baby Green: The Earth Friendly Program for Healthy, Safe Nutrition During Pregnancy, Childhood, and Beyond

Feeding Baby Green: The Earth Friendly Program for Healthy, Safe Nutrition During Pregnancy, Childhood, and Beyond

The new “baby feeding bible” from the award-wining author of Raising Baby Green

Called the “Al Gore of Parenting” by Parenting Magazine, Dr. Alan Greene has written the follow up to his best-selling book and offers parents a definitive guide for making nutritionally-sound decisions for their children. Offers parents green choices for feeding children from when they are in the womb through toddler years.

This unique guide includes advice on how to transform a baby’s eating habits that will positively impact their health and development for the rest of their lives. Dr. Greene has included everything a parent needs to know about creating healthy, nutritious meals that help avoid childhood obesity, and prevent childhood disease. This must-have resource

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The new “baby feeding bible” from the award-wining author of Raising Baby Green

Called the “Al Gore of Parenting” by Parenting Magazine, Dr. Alan Greene has written the follow up to his best-selling book and offers parents a definitive guide for making nutritionally-sound decisions for their children. Offers parents green choices for feeding children from when they are in the womb through toddler years.

This unique guide includes advice on how to transform a baby’s eating habits that will positively impact their health and development for the rest of their lives. Dr. Greene has included everything a parent needs to know about creating healthy, nutritious meals that help avoid childhood obesity, and prevent childhood disease. This must-have resource

  • Shows how what a mother eats during pregnancy effects her baby’s health and eating habits for years after birth
  • Provides the definitive guide to “green” feeding for babies from pregnancy to toddlers
  • Filled with practical tips and advice for selecting and preparing earth friendly meals for babies
  • Shows the health benefits for babies who eat “green” with innate nutritional intelligence
  • The crucial follow-up to the best-selling book Raising Baby Green

In addition to working in his medical practice, Dr. Alan Greene makes regular appearances on the Today show and writes articles for the New York Times.

It’s Time for a Delicious Revolution

By Dr. Alan Greene

Konrad Lorenz made his mark by studying a special type of learning where key exposures during a critical and sensitive window of development can have a lasting influence – a process he called imprinting. The famous example of this is imprinting in geese. Newly hatched goslings are programmed to follow the first moving objects they see. They quickly become imprinted on this object and will move their little feet fast to keep up with it. This is highly adaptive. Most of the time. Usually this moving magnet is the gosling’s mother.

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Lorenz showed, however, that if he were the first mover that a gosling saw, it would be imprinted on Lorenz and follow him about, refusing to follow a goose. A goose could even imprint on a toy train and ignore other geese, even its own mother. Later, as adults, these geese would even choose toy trains for their life partners (which didn’t work out well for the geese — or the trains). Lorenz won the Nobel Prize for this work in 1973.

We’ve known for at least thirty years from animal studies that very early flavor experiences change which foods will later be preferred. Within five years of Lorenz’s Nobel Prize, food imprinting had already been demonstrated in snapping turtles, chickens, gulls, dogs, and cats.

Human babies also learn by imprinting, though ours is more complex, more forgiving, and occurs during a longer critical window. In particular human babies imprint on food. This is a highly adaptive mechanism — but in the second half of the twentieth century we have unwittingly imprinted our children on the wrong tastes and textures. They will chase after junk food and kids meals, and ignore a delicious, ripe peach or tomato packed with nutrients their bodies crave.

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Feeding Babies & Children : How to Feed a Child Healthy Snacks

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