Doggiliciouus PremIum

Food as Medicine

Cardiac Support Meal plan for dogs

Genetic or Lifestyle?

Once diagnosed with a cardiac dysfunction, it's likely that it is going to be a life long condition that needs to be managed. And as with humans, diet plays a major role in managing heart issues.

The heart is very sensitive to clean healthy nutrition, and dogs most certainly benefit from having a proper diet designed to support the heart. If your dog is even slightly overweight, then get them on a weight loss program immediately.

 Weight Management plan

Even a few kilos of excess weight can cause the heart to overwork, and with a weakened heart, we do not want to stress it out. However, please do not make the mistake of over-exercising your dog. It will only do more damage. long runs, longer walks, drastically lower amounts of food won't make your dog lose the extra weight. These are human concepts, which don't work very well for humans either.

Lifestyle and environment are also very important and we help you get all 3 in balance. Several natural herbs can help you reduce chemical medication over time and our goals are to get you there while also managing the heart health and nutritional well-being of all the other organs.

 

Digestive Reset Meal plan

Nutrition and digestion go hand in hand. GOOD Digestion is the very essence of ​good health. If your dog is having any kind of digestive problems, then you can be sure that the whole body is facing the consequences.

Like with any problem, getting to the bottom of the problem is the key to restoring health and vitality to your dogs life. Medication often only offers SOS solutions without ever finding out the root cause. 

Bad nutrient absorption can also lead to behavioral and mood related problems. Hormonal dis-balance, inflammation, bowl irritation, regular bouts of loose stools or constipation. These are all signs that the digestive system needs some attention. 

There are several reasons to pay extra attention to the digestive system on a regular basis and really dive deep into what we are feeding, the quality of ingredients, the effect it has on the dog's body and systems. How is it affecting aging and inflammation? A mere 100 years ago, a 12 year old dog was considered senior. Today that number has come down to 7 or 8 years old. Could the dog food that we are so trustingly feeding our dogs be responsible for this? Could the GMO grains be responsible? Could the numerous chemicals, preservatives, colors and additives be responsible for this digestive breakdown of our dogs? 

These are hard questions to ask, but the answers are in these questions. 

For all those who haven't, Please take the time to watch a documentary called - Pet Fooled on Netflix. Even if you do not feed your dog commercial dog food. Watch it so you may have the opportunity to help another dog and their humans. 

As for solutions, there are few. Move to fresh food to improve digestion and bio-availability of the nutrition you are so lovingly feeding your dog. We make it as convenient as we can for you to feed your dog fresh food. And completely customizable meal plan allows us to specifically deal with the problems your dog is having. 

Digestive Reset Meal plan for dogs

IBS, Leaky gut, Digestive unrest and more

Nutrition and digestion go hand in hand. GOOD Digestion is the very essence of ​good health. If your dog is having any kind of digestive problems, then you can be sure that the whole body is facing the consequences.

Like with any problem, getting to the bottom of the problem is the key to restoring health and vitality to your dog's life. Medication often only offers SOS solutions without ever finding out the root cause. 

Bad nutrient absorption can also lead to behavioral and mood-related problems. Hormonal dis-balance, inflammation, bowel irritation, regular bouts of loose stools or constipation. These are all signs that the digestive system needs some attention. 

There are several reasons to pay extra attention to the digestive system regularly and dive deep into what we are feeding, the quality of ingredients, the effect it has on the dog's systems.

How is it affecting aging and inflammation?

A mere 100 years ago, a 12-year-old dog was considered senior. Today that number has come down to 7 or 8 years old. Could the dog food that we are so trustingly feeding our dogs be responsible for this? Could the GMO grains be responsible? Could the numerous chemicals, preservatives, colors, and additives be responsible for this digestive breakdown of our dogs? 

These are hard questions to ask, but the answers are in these questions. 

For all those who haven't, Please take the time to watch a documentary called - Pet Fooled (Can search on YouTube). Even if you do not feed your dog commercial dog food. Watch it so you may have the opportunity to help another dog and their humans. 

As for solutions, there are a few. Move to fresh food to improve digestion and bio-availability of the nutrition you are so lovingly feeding your dog. We make it as convenient as we can for you to feed your dog fresh food. And completely customizable meal plan allows us to specifically deal with the problems your dog is having. 

 

Weight Management Meal Plan for dogs

No. 1 Avoidable lifestyle disease

Managing our dog's weight is the easiest and the hardest task all wrapped in one big task. But it is also the most IMPORTANT task. Obesity or even slight excess weight can start a chain reaction of inflammation in the body that can cause a list of very serious diseases! Diseases that are operating under the surface at a cellular level doing damage and getting ready to attack the body from within. 

If your dog is overweight, the time to act is NOW. A holistic approach with a detailed progressive nutritional plan is the ONLY way to go. Any diet that remains static through the weight loss will eventually fail to achieve your goals. 

Excessive exercise is a very human concept, and a false one at that, its no surprise then, that it does not work with dogs and makes matters worse.

Dogs that are already suffering from cellular inflammation can have extremely adverse physical, mental and behavioral effects when made to over-exercise. Obesity is a human lifestyle disease that we have passed on to our dogs, it's time to reverse that.

There is a very long list of chronic illnesses linked to obesity in dogs such as cardiac issues, cancer, arthritis, Spondylitis, renal failure, liver failure, fatty liver and many more. 

Obesity in dogs has been declared the no.1 avoidable chronic lifestyle disease. We have gotten accustomed to looking at cute fluffy chubby dogs and thinking this is the new normal, so much so that we do not remember what a healthy weighing dog looks like in certain breeds. 

I can not stress enough the importance of shedding the extra weight. DO NOT relax by thinking that the dog in question is within the weight bracket prescribed for its breed. These weight charts have been proved redundant years ago. The way to find out of your dog is ideal weight - we must look at the Body Condition Score. Click here to see the chart.

 

Growth Support Meal Plan

Investing in Health

Puppies are an amazing addition to families, they bring joy, fun, and laughter into our homes. But they also bring the responsibility of ensuring that you give them the right tools and resources to grow up into healthy, fit young adults. 

If you are here, you are already toying with the idea of healthier food options, fresh food options and how to prevent unnecessary illnesses and medications. 

Getting on board with Doggiliciouus Premium services and meal plan means that we will assess your puppy's current health and plan their 3 pillars of health for them with you. 

Environment - Looking at what could prevent stress and injury.

Lifestyle - Exercise, activities and mental stimulation

Nutrition - All the little things in the right amount at the right stage to support their mental and physical growth. 

Puppies are a blank canvas and we love painting a healthy picture on them. 

 

Anti-inflammatory Meal plan

Hip dysplasia, Osteoarthritis, Spondylitis, Muscular inflammation

In dogs, hip dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, and in its more severe form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints. It is a genetic (polygenic) trait that is affected by environmental factors. 

Although progressive and degenerative in nature, the 3 pillars of holistic healthcare can considerably slow its progression and help your dog live a good quality of life for years to come. 

Reduction of slippages, Good grip while walking and eating, the right elevation of the bowl, The right kind of functional movements to help muscles around the joints get stronger, and the right kind of anti-inflammation ingredients, herbs. and remedies can go a long way to help the condition.

The 3 Pillars are - Environment, Lifestyle & Nutrition. 

Arthritis and hip dysplasia are both conditions that cause severe pain and inflammation in the joints and muscles surrounding the affected joints. Often, but not always, this is also combined with excess weight in these dogs. 

In such situations addressing the weight loss is of paramount importance. 

Nutrition will play a major role in being able to manage and delay the progression of the condition, and since this will prove to be a life long management, adopting a holistic natural approach early on will reduce the severe effects of chemical medication ( NSAID's) on the body. That leads to their own set of problems in the long run. 

 

Kidney / Liver Support Meal plan

Detox - Support - Rejuvenate - Detox

Liver and Kidney disease in dogs can be very difficult to catch in the early stages. Sometimes, the dogs will show no symptoms at all until the condition has turned chronic. It is important to do regular liver and kidney profile tests at the clinic regularly. Since these tests are not prescribed very often, it is important to be proactive about them and get them done even when all is well.

When the BUN or Creatinine values are off slightly, it is not a matter of concern as much as it is an opportunity to correct the diet and give the organs some support while it's still mildly dysfunctional.

Once diagnosed, a nutrient profile should be maintained for normal metabolic function. It is important to provide an adequate and highly digestible caloric density; avoid changes to mental function from toxins in the blood.

It is important to support the liver or kidney to repair/regenerate; decrease further damage to the organ; and maintain appropriate levels of sodium, chloride, potassium, and other minerals.

Now all this may seem like really complicated processes, but the simple part is this - Nutrition needs to be designed to keep the kidneys or liver functioning without stress, and all the minerals needed to be balanced. This is mostly attempted via processed ingredients and synthetic minerals, and sure this can be done with medication, but they all will come with their side effects on the body and other organs at cellular levels.

 

A holistic nutritional approach will support medical treatment and give faster results by utilizing nature-based ingredients and micronutrients that simply synthesize better in the body. Most synthetic minerals and vitamins have an absorbency rate as low as 2% and at best at 32%. This is where nature knows best! The absorbency of natural elements can be 65% at worst. There are also many phytochemicals that work together allowing the body to use these nutrients, in ways that science is barely beginning to identify. Hence factory-made vitamins and minerals just don't cut it when it comes to rebuilding health. 

 

Elimination Diet plan

Itchy, Flaky, Dry, Irritated skin

As soon as we see dry flaky skin or rashes; we think food allergies! At some level, we know that the health of the skin and hair is linked to the digestive system. Doing "band-aid" solutions with medication alone will only give temporary relief from the issues. Having said that, let's break these issues down to really understand what is going on inside. 

At the same time it is important to take note that although nutrition plays a HUGE role in maintaining great health for the skin and coat, it also comes in constant contact with our floor, our clothes, and anything that we put on them. Floor cleaners, dish cleaners, air fresheners, washing powders, dust and dust mites, insect repellants can all have adverse effects on the skin. 

Rashes - when you see hot spots and red inflamed rashes on your dogs skin, it s a given that there is an underlying reason for the inflammation. This could be due to intolerances to something that has been consumed or it could also be a bacterial or fungal infection on the skin. Either way, it is a result of a low or weakened immunity. Millions of bacteria and fungi live on our body and inside. And we don't all break into rashes on a daily basis. Something has gone off balance and unless it is addressed from within the body through systemic building of the immune system, it will continue to happen. 

Allergies & Food intolerance - Most times what we recognize as allergies is in fact intolerance to certain substances. This can be food or environmental. Intolerance can be built over time, in that sense, it is not always an instant reaction to the substance. An allergy however is an immune system based response and is a lot more severe and it is instant. Its is almost like a system shut down for a reboot. If your dog were to have an allergic reaction to something, you could expect a respiratory system response by shutting it down and having a hard time breathing. Or a cardiac shut down where the dog would go into a cardiac arrest, or even a skin response which would be severe swelling and discomfort. There is quite a stark difference between the two. And hence there is a difference in the management of the two conditions also. With an allergic response, you would really want to identify the substance and NEVER put the body in contact with it. With intolerances how ever, it can be rather complicated, and it's a matter of management and doing a systematic elimination of what could be causing a reaction. Now this is usually attempted by putting the dog on a hypoallergenic processed diet. However, that defeats the purpose, since you don't know what you have eliminated and what exactly is in that food. And you will never be in a position to know what can cause the reaction again. Also remember that once the body is in a compromised position, it can continue to develop more intolerances, and it's always in yours and the dogs best interest to know what substances those are via an elimination diet of fresh controlled ingredients. 

Dry skin, Dull coat & hair loss - More often than not, These are symptoms of nutrient deficiencies. And again, sure it can be tackled with synthetic supplements and tonics. But the problem will bounce right back as soon as you stop them. The really fool proof way to do it is nourishing the body from within with natural fresh, chemical free ingredients. 

Here's a little science; As far as the body is concerned, whether or not the dogs skin and hair look good is of very little importance. When the body gets a limited amount of nutrients, the first priority is the heart, brain, liver, kidneys, blood and all other organs in line. After which, if anything is left over, the surplus is provided to the hair and skin. This brings us back to the point that when the skin and hair are in bad shape, its most likely that there isn't enough nutrients to go around to the UNIMPORTANT organs like skin and hair. It would be simple if this is where the problem ended! The bigger problem with this is not visible to us; that the current diet is most likely not providing adequate nutrition to the other IMPORTANT organs either. And when on a kibble diet, this is usually the case. We see a very quick turn around in the hair and skin as soon as the dog food is switched to fresh dog food. 

 

Your Custom Meal plan

Your recipes

If you are a pet parent that has put in a lot of work and research into figuring out what your dog should eat and have this "ideal" recipe in mind, but don't have the time or the bandwidth to make all yourself? Worry not. Get in touch with us, tell us what you want cooked and we will prepare your custom recipe for your dog and deliver it home. 

It will be as simple as opening the pack and feeding your dog the ideal fresh food you had in mind. If there are some minor changes we deem fit, we will suggest them and incorporate them if you give us the go ahead. 

We understand you want to feed your dog the best, and we will be here to support you all the way through.