Hot today! Frida is suffering from 'cold tail.'
Pet Valu on the Queensway (east of Parklawn) can order in a great fruit/veg mix from Sojo who makes the food. You can phone them and order it.
I get chicken backs from Rowe Farms on Roncesvalles; they also have beef liver; beef neck bones; chicken pet food (ground whole chicken in a sausage-like wrapping).
You can also order pet food (ground chicken) from St. Andrew's meat market in Kensington. It's about $1 a pound there! I used to keep my eyes open for deals at the supermarket, but I am more and more inclined to go to Rowe Farms (just because of the inhumane animal treatment elsewhere).
I add a trace mineral supplement (5 drops) which I buy at our local health food store, Evergreen, 1/2 teaspooon ground pumpkin seeds, 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar which is good for just about everything, and 1/4 teaspoon probiotic powder also from Evergreen. Oh and I give her 5 capsules of Omega 3 - which she loves and I give her as a treat after breakfast. The supplements are once day.
Green tripe is great. At Global, you can buy frozen tripe cubes and you can give these twice a week (1 - 2 cubes). You just give a bit less of the other meat for that meal. Sometimes I give Frida liver from Rowe Farms, but green tripe is better.
I also make sure Frida has meaty bones - she loves the Chicago ribs from Rowe Farms and of course she loves the beef neck (not marrow!) bones. She has these about twice a week. Her teeth are really white! Also, watch that the stook doesn't get too chalky or grainy, which means you have to cut back on bones. I find it helps if I give Frida ground chicken or meat without the bone for a day or two.
Oh - Honest Kitchen also makes a product "Preference," which is a fruit/veg mix. I used this before switching to Sojo and the quality is also excellent.
Some dogs don't know what to do with chicken backs and you have to hold it for them and teach them to chew and tear it apart. Frida used to throw up in the begiining, becasue she ate too fast without chewing enough. Even now, when she doesn't chew well, she will throw up (even the following morning) and I'll find a bit of bone she couldn't digest. I think dogs are amazing this way. But then you can always use ground chicken etc.
Stay away from pork and turkey; also don't give your dog wings (long bones and tough for them).
There's more info here http://www.barfworld.com/html/learn_more/Learning_directory.shtml.
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Janice is the founder of and primary caregiver at Happy Trail Dogs Service. She is also the founder of an arts-related non-profit and worked in the fitness industry for over two decades. She is an artist, editor, writer, and mother of two wonderful women and a glorious lab named Frida.