For the average pet we recommend one to two meals per day. Aged or overweight cats and dogs should be fed once a day at dinner time. Younger high energy cats and dogs can be fed twice a day. Here are some suggestions of foods you may choose to add to the raw or home cooked foods you prepare. These suggestions also apply if you feed natural human grade quality dry food but then leave off the grains as the dry food contains the grains. Amounts vary according to your pet’s lifestyle and size.

VEGETABLES: either raw or lightly cooked with olive oil and garlic chopped or grated. Any type you would eat i.e. green beans, peas, carrots, celery, corn, all types of squash, red/sweet potatoes, spinach, asparagus, cauliflower, peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, etc. Only limitations are whether your pet will eat them or possibly develop gas or diarrhea. If so stay away from that vegetable. Dogs will usually eat vegetables more than cats.

DAIRY: These are rich and can cause diarrhea in some pets so limit the amounts. Cottage cheese, yogurt, cheeses, eggs (always cook the eggs).

FRUITS: any and all but in small amounts i.e. cherries, berries of all sorts, dates, figs, pears, plums, apples, oranges, peaches, etc.

MEATS: Fresh raw meat or lightly cooked in olive oil and garlic is essential for all carnivorous animals which our cats and dogs are whether we like it or not. Beef, chicken, turkey, veal, lamb, pork (COOKED NEVER RAW!), fish of all kinds. Raw chicken or turkey necks (depending on the size of the dog) are great for teeth and as a treat. Remove the skin where all the chemicals and antibiotics are stored. Offer only large soup bones that the dog cannot chew, crack and swallow the splinters. They chew out the marrow and pieces of meat and fat on the bones.

GRAINS AND LEGUMES: Always cooked never raw. Watch your pets weight and activity as to whether to feed grains or not. They are high in carb’s, taste good, and contain more calories than most pets need. Cats are very rarely interested in eating grains (they are more carnivorous than dogs). Stick to meat and vegetables for them. Pasta, brown rice (more nutritious than white), oatmeal, barley, beans of all sorts, millet are the main ones.

MISCELLANEOUS: There are many more healthy foods that you can share with your pet. The best oils to use for skin, coat and immune system are: no.1 cold pressed flaxseed, no. 2 coconut, no. 3 corn oil. These oils supply the essential unsaturated fatty acids that are good for both us and our pets. If you buy treats or other items like rawhides make sure they are naturally preserved not using chemicals like formaldehyde.