FEEDING YOUR CHESAPEAKE BAY RETRIEVER

Have you looked at the ingredients in “premium” pet foods lately? It may shock you...

  • By-products - often includes tissue from dead, diseased, disabled & dying animals; hooves, hair, hide, beaks, feet, feathers, urine & fecal wastes.*
  • BHA/BHT - can cause allergic reactions, fetal abnormalities and abnormal behavior; affects kidney and liver function. BHT is prohibited in England, Sweden and Austria.*
  • Ethoxyquin - (santoquin) - anti-oxidant and herbicide which has been found to cause liver tumors and accelerate some forms of cancer.*
  • Artificial colors - coal tar derivatives & possible carcinogens; increases sensitivities to fatal viruses and can cause mutations.*
  • Artificial flavors - The same substances that have caused hyperactivity in children.*
  • Sugar - (sucrose, dextrose, corn syrup, etc.) - interferes with the ability to digest protein, calcium and other minerals; inhibits growth of beneficial intestinal bacteria; can stimulate production of fat (outside its calorie content).*
  • Sodium nitrate - produces nitrosamines (powerful cancer causing agents); known to have caused deaths; induced sever arthritic symptoms; mutagenic, teratogenic and toxic; linked to abnormalities of the immune system.*

These are but a few of the harmful additives used commonly in pet foods. Begin reading labels & checking those ingredient lists. Remember, ingredients must be listed in order of descending predominance; the first ingredient is the primary one, the second listed is next, and so on.

The ONLY foods we recommend are clean, natural ones that will truly nourish Chesapeake puppies all they way through adulthood. If you're used to purchasing pet food at the grocery store, its time to readjust your shopping habits. The money you save at the cash register buying cheap food will be greatly multiplied by what you spend at the vet. Plus, you will feed less of a better quality food, and because they are so much more digestible (no fillers), you'll have less waste to deal with. Keep in mind, though, that the mere cost of a food is NOT an index of its true quality. Please, be an informed consumer. Read labels.

At the time of this writing, we have had very good success with our Chessies on the following foods with
the listed formulas:

GO! DAILY DEFENCE
Chicken Recipe

Precise
Foundation
Eagle Foods
Holistic Formulas
Canidae
All Life Stage Benefits
Steve's Real Food
Frozen Raw Food
Solid Gold
Millennia Dog Food
Evangers Dog Food
Chicken/Pheasant/or Duck

These products plus the supplements below, are available through mail order
Holistic Pet Center or 1(800)788-PETS.

The addition of a small amount of fish (cooked) will benefit your Chesapeake greatly. It is particularly advantageous during growth (i.e. puppyhood). NEVER feed soft moist type foods to any animal. They are the most chemically laden, NON-foods imaginable and will lead to a myriad of health problems.
Puppy eating.

Please read those labels and be aware of more than advertising hype.

Many companies are jumping on the health food band wagon with foods no better than the average grocery store variety .

Feel free to call us at any time for advice on foods, or whatever. We want your Chessie to have a long and vital life.

Chesapeake's  are normally  very  good eaters.  Indeed,  a  Chessie  going  off  his food is nothing to be ignored. Feeding a  variety  of healthy “goodies” can help  provide additional  vitamins and minerals  as well as important enzymes. These  “goodies”  should be  kept to  a small  amount  (10-20% of total diet)  and MUST be first rate, healthy foods - never  sugary treats, chocolate, refined (white) flour products or highly processed foods.
Some examples include:
  • Vegetables and Fruits Chessies usually  love fresh produce,  and puppyhood is the perfect time  to introduce them;  give your  pup a raw carrot for a  chew toy,  or try a broccoli stalk. Give fruits in small amounts so as not to cause diarrhea, but by all means, offer an occasional apple wedge or such. If veggies are added to the diet (vs. being used as a ‘chewie'), they will offer more nutritive value if they are cooked lightly. Grapes, berries, melons, apples, banana, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, oranges, squash, sweet potato, green beans, zucchini, garlic are often enjoyed by my crew.
  • Grains cooked , whole grains (or rolled grains soaked overnight); oatmeal, brown rice, millet, barley, wild rice, etc.
  • Dairy products use these very sparingly,  and take note  of any intolerance's  your dog may have (diarrhea).    Usually goat milk products and  cultured products are digested more easily (yogurt, cottage cheese).
  • Meats can be used very sparingly;  as previously noted,  we feel  Chesapeake's do well when supplemented  with fish  (cooked)  i.e.  salmon, sardines, mackerel; keep muscle  meats to  a minimum, and offer occasional organ meats.
  • Oils Flax seed and Safflower, 1 to 1 1/2 TBS. can be added over food daily.
  • Fresh Raw Foods fruits, nuts, veggies, raw meat 2-4 times per week 1 teaspoon-1/4 cup depending on what each animal will tolerate.
    Water Lou eating an apple.
    Chessies usually love fresh produce.
ENHANCING YOUR FEED PROGRAMS
Even when feeding the best natural pet foods your Chesapeake will benefit from moderate supplementation. One of the most important nutrients to use is Vitamin C. Although dogs synthesize this vitamin in their bodies, there is some question as to whether they are able to produce enough to cope with all the stresses of modern living. Studies have been done that implicate a lack of Vitamin C to an increased incidence of Hip Dysplasia. It is known to have important influences on the immune system, thereby being essential in resistance to viral and bacterial diseases.

The following are our recommended dosages;

AGE
First four months
Five to eighteen months (gradually increasing)
Adult maintenance
Working

DAILY DOSAGE
500 mg.
500mg. -1,000mg.
1,000mg
1,500mg. - 3,000mg.
Always change dosage gradually; a sudden increase can cause temporary diarrhea. Maintenance dose can be increased during a period of illness, convalescence, or following any exposure to communicable diseases.
  • Green Foods Cereal Grass, Seaweed and Algae are excellent organic sources for  micro nutrients. These  products are a series of blue-green algae or land grasses, which provide micro-nutrients often missing in all foods. As they are from a food source the body can use them and what is not needed is excreted, unlike mined minerals such as oxides.
  • Vitamin C For our recommended dosages please review the information above.
  • MSM Nutritional sulfur - 1/8 - 1/2 teaspoon daily according to weight.
NOTE: Do not feed onions to your dog.
They can cause an anemic reaction in some dogs, from very mild to fatal.  There is no way of knowing ahead of time how your dog may react, so be on the safe side - - hold the onions! There is also a question on grapes - so be cautious with grapes and raisins as well.
View Aksala's recommended foods


It is highly recommended that your dog be fasted  (withhold all food) occasionally.  The process of digesting a meat diet puts a great stress on the intestinal organs. This regular fasting gives these organs a much needed rest as well as giving the body an opportunity to rid itself of accumulated toxins. During the fast (which can be once a week, or once a month),  ALWAYS have fresh drinking water available.  You may also offer watered-down raw milk or  broth several times a day - in small amounts. 
Don't fast puppies under 6 months. Don't fast prior to working your dog extensively; this should be a time of rest.

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