It is common for some Alaskan Malamutes to have sensitive tummies. We consulted with holistic vets who explain that some dogs may have an intolerance to common fillers found in kibble such as peas, carrots, and even chicken. Imagine feeding your dog the best human-grade food and yet they still have tummy issues? This is why we like to identify what food our dog's body does not tolerate. Foods that do not agree with our body can affect behavior (grumpy, aggression), cause unrestful sleep, body ache(s), skin irritation or ear infections. We had a dog that scored red (highly intolerant) to pumpkin. That is a go to food for upset tummies! Most of our Malamutes in the rescue are fed FreshPet which uses 100% farm-raised meat and veggies, sourced in the USA and best of all there are no preservatives. Some of our adopters cook for their pups, provide a raw diet, or a combination of both (cooked food and raw treats).
Some vets recommend trying different kibble, but it can be expensive and difficult figuring out what works. If you go this route, try a limited ingredient diet with a single protein such as Merrick LID. You can also try and contact the dog food company and ask for samples. However, we recommend getting an intolerance test immediately to prevent pancreatitis, bloat, or aggression because your dog doesn't feel well.
PET INTOLERANCE TESTS
For the price of a vet visit, you can submit hair samples for analysis using tests by Modern Allergy Management ($75) or 5 Strands ($150 detailed report). These tests identify foods with different levels such as yellow, green, and red (Level 3 highly intolerant). CHAAMP does not get paid for this endorsement. We have successfully used these tests and saved money on vet visits and prescriptions by removing the root cause. Please do your own research and find out what works best for your pup. Each dog is a unique individual, and you know your dog best.
Intolerance Testing using hair samples.
CHAAMP has used both of these products for our Malamutes with success. Lean what foods to remove from your dog's diet and watch their health improve.
Natural Canine Nutrition and Health by Dr. Conor Brady
"I’ve been doing this a long time, studying and reporting on the pet industry from the inside out. It’s clear there is today a terrible amount of bad information out there, much of it a result of the unregulated influx of corporate cash into our veterinary sector. We’ll do our best to protect you from the worst of it but for now trust absolutely nothing in a packet with a picture of a dog on it. Question everything." Dr. Conor Brady, DOGS FIRST
While we would love to feed our Malamutes raw food or humane grade dog food 100%, we understand it can be expensive. You can make your own dog food or supplement kibble by adding real meat, bone broth, and veggies. You can also visit your local butcher and purchase chicken feet, and fresh bones for your dog to eat raw. Please visit DOGS FIRST for a wealth of FREE information by Dr. Conor Brady or purchase his book, "Feeding Dogs Dry or Raw? The Science Behind the Debate". We listened to his presentation on "The Role of Nutrition on Behavior" during the 2020 Pet Professional Guild's Geek Week and it was an eye opener!
Other topics from Dogs First Ireland by Dr. Conner
Fish Oil Supplementation In Dogs
Resources below will guide you step by step to create balanced customized meals:
Balance IT - BalanceIT.com
Just Food for Dogs - JustFoodForDogs | Real Food for Real Good Dogs
"Barker's Grub" by Rudy Edalati - Barker's Grub : Easy, Wholesome Home-Cooking for Dogs: Edalati, Rudy: 9780609804421: Amazon.com: Books
A good way to cook for dogs is to use the Instapot as recommended by Dr. Pema DVM, CVA, MAc, LAc for Lucky Bucky who had tummy issues. Here is a modified recipe:
3 lbs. of ground lean turkey (or other meat)
1/2 cup Quinoa
1/4 cup of white rice (optional)
1 bag Organic cauliflower or another veggie
1/2 bag shredded cabbage
Sprinkle Himalayan salt
2 cups water
Put pressure cooker top on
Cook on meat/stew preset for 36 minutes
When serve cold out of the fridge, do not microwave, add hot water to warm and moisten the serving. Microwaving the food kills precious vitamins.
PET INSURANCE for your dog
CHAAMP is not associated with these companies. We recommend that you shop around, do your own research, and ask others about their experiences. We have several adopters who use pet insurance to pay for surgery and sick visits only and some who pay extra for wellness exams. Choose an option that best suits you and your budget. Check with your home insurance to see if they offer pet insurance.
Lucky Bucky's mama uses Pumpkin Pet Insurance.
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