Supplements can be a raw feeder’s best friend and in some cases, a literal lifesaver.
Essential for dogs suffering from specific illnesses, conditions or chronic ailments, supplements can provide a healthy dose of nutrients necessary for healing.
I’ll let you in on a little secret though.
Supplements are even more powerful when used as a preventative approach.
The right supplements can deliver superior nutrient support, keep the immune system strong and ward off illness and disease keeping the odds stacked in your dog’s favor.
As an enormous fan of supplements, I’m always eager to sing their praises. Though before you write me off as another pill pusher or supplement junky, hear me out.
Perhaps the biggest advantage in feeding a natural, real food diet today is what we have access to. While it’s difficult if not impossible to duplicate what nature can provide, there’s so much at our fingertips making it relatively simple for dog owners to go above and beyond for their dogs nutritionally.
Today I’m going to share two fantastic vitamin and mineral supplements I’ve been using with my dog.
Enter Dr. Peter Dobias
Peter Dobias is a licensed doctor of veterinary medicine hailing from Canada. With more than 20 years of conventional and holistic veterinary medicine under his belt, he’s super passionate about natural healing and dogs living a healthy lifestyle.
Here’s what I consider to be his brand’s major selling points:
- He provides products and supplements for dogs sourced only from human-quality ingredients.
- Products are made in the US or Canada and they do NOT import any ingredients from China
- Products are all natural and many are certified organic
- He sells general supplements and supplements geared towards specific conditions
- He provides worldwide online holistic veterinary consultations.
Soul Food is a USDA certified organic multivitamin supplement for dogs of all ages. These vitamins are naturally cultured and fermented meaning the body recognizes it as real food. It’s also easily absorbed and metabolized versus conventional vitamins that are synthesized from ingredients such as crude oil and coal. It’s even gentle on digestion and does not cause stomach upset.
Made from: parsley, alfalfa, dandelion root and leaf, turmeric, basic, asparagus, and organic apple cider vinegar powder.
Curious about plants in a raw diet? Read more here.
Green Min is an all-natural mineral supplement for dogs of all ages. It specifically targets dietary deficiencies and offers gentle detoxing. Green min will support and improve: energy, stamina, mobility, joint health, coat health, cell, gland, and organ function, digestion, nutrient absorption, hydration, and much more.
Made from dried, raw, whole-food ingredients: Alga Calcarea and Spirulina. Alga Calcarea is a seaweed superfood full of more than 20 essential minerals and bountiful phytonutrients. Spirulina is the most nutritionally balanced species of blue green algae, full of chlorophyll, omega oils, essential amino acids, beta-carotene and other nourishing phytonutrients.
Tips for Best Use
Dr Dobias recommends using Soul Food and Green Min together for best results. Let me tell you, using the supplements is a breeze. The back of the glass jars are clearly labeled, making it easy to see how much to include based on body weight. Since Ronnie is a big fella, I added 1 ½ teaspoons of the Soul Food and 1 teaspoon of the Green Min to his meals each day.
Upon opening both jars, I was pleasantly surprised and excited by the scent. I’ll be honest; I’ve tried some supplements in the past that dispersed quite the nauseating odor so it was refreshing to use something that didn’t trigger my gag reflex upon opening the jar each day.
After pouring in the recommended amount, I would jump right in and mix everything up by hand. This certainly isn’t necessary, though it’s a little trick I use to keep the kitchen clean. If you leave finely ground supplements or powders sitting on top of dog food, they may fly out of the bowl and lightly dust the surrounding area when your dog so eagerly and haphazardly shoves his face into his food bowl.
After mixing in the supplements, Ronnie’s dinner has a nice blue-green tint to it. From there I added any other ingredients planned for his dinner that evening. In this case it also included a few raw meaty rib bones, some liver, and a sprig of parsley for garnish – why not make raw feeding look good, right?
Before serving dinner, I gathered all my tried-and-true food disguises in the likely event Ronnie wasn’t interested in the turquoise additions in his food. He has a reputation for turning his nose up at any healthy, green ingredients and I was prepared. What happened next was surprising. He happily and hastily devoured his food.
Dr Dobias vitamin and mineral supplements are not only good for him but he can’t get enough! Overall, I’d say I was more than pleased with these product and would definitely recommend them for pet parents looking for a vitamin and mineral boost in their dog’s diet. Not only are they packaged nicely and easy to use but they’re stink-free, nutritious and my dog loves them. What more could you ask for?
What about everyone else out there, have you tried Green Min, Soul Food or any of Dr. Dobias’ other products? I’d love for you to share your experiences in the comments area.