Juliette de Bairacli Levy is the woman globally known to have defined the term “Natural Rearing for Dogs” way back in the 1930s. Juliette was a Veterinary student who called it quits to travel and learn from people instead of textbooks. There’s a ton of articles published about her so I won’t outline her life here further than to say Juliette’s creation of herbal medicinal protocols and proactive approach to healthfully raising dogs is still the preferred natural method today. I have learned a lot about her and her methods and we do use some of her protocols.
Natural Rearing for Dogs
We are into the natural approach to raising kids and dogs here at Turning Leaf. I completely changed how I raise and feed my family in 2010 and I’ve never looked back. Over the years, I’ve learned so much and have seen and felt the benefits of living a cleaner lifestyle and using holistic methods to proactively treat and supplement.
Proactively supporting a body the best way you can, helps keep medical related bills lower and quality of life higher for longer. This is true with dogs too. Feeding a natural and proper diet enriches their lives.
Herbs for Dogs
Herbalists have used plants for thousands of years to topically and internally treat ailments.
Human Grade Aloe Vera is a known immune booster, Cinnamon is an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory; Garlic in low amounts that are safe for dogs are a major natural supplement for a dog’s blood. Turmeric, Rosemary, and Ginger are all three awesome herbs to give for a plethora of reasons. Deep Sea Kelp gives dogs thyroid support and is a great organic supplement of iron. There are a lot of helpful books about giving dogs herbs that I like, my favorite being The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog and Cat by the original advocate of herbs for dogs herself, Juliette de Bairacli Levy.
Whole Foods Not Synthetic Vitamins
Man-made vitamins are a convenient solution to getting what plants naturally give to your body. It takes chemicals and processing to make this happen. Does the benefit in the pill outweigh the added ingredients? No. Why use something that has added ingredients when you can just eat the food the pill was manufactured to mimic? If you read about various ailments you will also find natural treatments for them. If there is a deficit in the body then reaching for a real food to help fill that deficit. An easy example to give is about Omega 6 and Omega 3. Dogs don’t make a balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 so they need to get 6 from a food source. Plants like hemp are loaded with Omega 6. The hemp heart is a fierce source giving a 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3. Here’s a source of information about the difference between getting vitamins from whole foods and getting them from synthetic vitamins in pill form.
Chia is a mighty source of Omega 3 and a chia seed can hold ten times its weight in water. #sciencefact
Using Chia as a vehicle to get Omega into your dog and keep the dog hydrated is a double benefit. You can serve chia and water in a liquid form or stick it in the fridge and create a gel.
How to Feed Hemp and Chia to Dogs: Chia and hemp are two types of foods that aren’t easily digested by all dogs. Similar to vegetables. The answer to this problem is to turn the chia seeds and hemp hearts into powder. This opens each plant part up and allows the dog to maximally absorb the nutrients. This step is a must if you want the dog to benefit maximally from the plants and to not waste your money. #truth
Dogs are meant to eat raw meat and bones. They are meant to ingest organs of animals to convert into vital nutrients that their internal systems need to thrive. Free grazing of grasses and plants are a completely natural thing that dogs do because while they are primarily carnivores, they also are intelligent animals with a natural instinct to self-soothe which makes them carnivores with selective omnivore habits. Plants offer natural treatments and dogs are attracted to them. Instinctively, a dog knows when it needs to bind something going awry in its stomach and will choose to eat grass and herbs to do so. The scent of specific herbs will attract a dog to it when a dog’s stomach acids are out of balance.
A dog’s jaw and teeth structure are built to tear and chew through the muscles of animals. The digestive enzymes that are present in a dog’s saliva help begin breaking down the proteins immediately. The sharp teeth and controlled jaw of a dog allow it to carefully break down bones and use them for calcium. Again, why give a dog a calcium supplement to support their bones when you can just give them bones to do the job best?
Raising dogs with a biologically appropriate diet while using natural plant and herbal remedies gives your dog a fantastic quality of life. We feel giving our dogs anything less isn’t doing our best.