Functional Raw Foods To Add To Your Dog’s Diet
Dr. Buchoff gave us a list of some of his favorite functional foods and why you should think about including them in your dog’s diet.
These are some of his favorites:
Coconut oil – high in medium chain triglycerides, supports the immune system, is antimicrobial, provides digestive support, improves skin and hair health, and is good for the joints. Feed 1/2 tsp per 10 lbs, twice a day.
Apple cider vinegar – antibacterial and it helps with weight control and diabetes. It’s also an antioxidant. Give your dog 1 tsp per 50 lbs mixed with his food.
Spirulina – boosts immune system, improves digestive and bowel function, detoxifies the body, prevents and treats cancer, and helps with allergies. Add 1¼ tsp per lb of food.
Turmeric – a powerful antioxidant, a polyphenol, anti-inflammatory, inhibits cancer cell growth, helps delay aging and chronic disease and an alternative to NSAIDS. Start low and increase slowly. If you’re using a powder, give 1/16 to 1/8 tsp per 10lbs of your dog’s weight.
Garlic – high in inulin (a natural prebiotic), amino acids and vitamins. It improves circulation, detoxifies the body and it’s antimicrobial and antiparasitic. Feed it raw and make sure it’s organic. Add 3.4 grams per pound of food.
Adding these to your dog’s food on a regular basis will improve his health overall.
Dr. Buchoff received his pre-vet B.S. degree and an M.S. in Immunology from Rutgers University in New Jersey. He received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (BVScAH) from G.B. Pant University in India. He has completed numerous courses in alternative modalities including homeopathy, Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (chiropractic), acupuncture, glandular nutritional therapy, cold laser therapy, and Reiki.
Before opening up Holistic Pet Care, PA, Dr. Buchoff owned and operated North Bergen Animal Hospital in North Bergen, NJ for almost 20 years.
Professionally, Dr. Buchoff served four years as President of the Northern New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association and more recently as Vice President and President of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (2002-2006).
You may see him on reruns of The Pet Stop (New 12 NJ-TV), which he hosted for 50 episodes. He has been featured in newspapers, magazines, and on television and radio.