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Old 06-02-2007, 07:57 PM
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Default Holistic vet recommended this food for my friend

My friend took her dog to a holistic vet and he recommended that she use this food and supplement it with chicken, beef, etc. What do you think of the ingredients. This is the website: http://www.animalwellness.net/garden.html

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Dr. Miller's Garden Food

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Any food that has been processed (that is, comes in a bag or can) has been subject to the high heat and pressure that goes with this procedure. That inherently makes it less digestible and nutritious than if those same ingredients were prepared fresh at lower, normal cooking temperatures.

Now you can easily make your pet fresh food of the highest quality, in individual meals or batches, with Dr. Miller's Garden pre-mix. Comprised of organic oats, barley and rye, combined with natural dried unprocessed carrots, tomatoes, spinach, green beans, split peas, lentils, parsley and garlic. To these most wholesome ingredients (all of the highest "human grade"), are added the "Superfoods" bovine colostrum and blue green algae. These add immune supporting nutrients such as immunoglobulins, lactoferrin, and transfer factor from the colostrum, and the essential fatty acids GLS (which is anti-allergy effects) from the algae. And the algae, the only vegetable with no cell wall, is completely digestible even by carnivores.

If you can boil water, you can make this food. You add to pre-mix, the meat (or tofu) of your choice, and oil, simmer for a few minutes, and your done!
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Old 06-03-2007, 12:31 PM
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I have never heard of or tried this food, but from the looks of the ingredients.........I'd say you could prepare this at home just as well or better, and be SURE what the ingredients are
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Old 06-03-2007, 01:46 PM
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Does that site have a page that lists the actual ingredients and order of ingredients in the bags for their dog food products? I couldn't find it, or guaranteed analysis. It's probably there though.
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Old 06-03-2007, 02:53 PM
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The ingredients for the food (not the pre-mix):
http://www.animalwellness.net/images/drmillereceipe.jpg

The ingredients for the pre-mix (not a complete diet--add protein source of choic):
http://www.animalwellness.net/images/drmillergarden.jpg
Organic Oats, barley and rye flakes dried, unprocessed green beans, tomatoes, carrots, lentils, split peas, spinach, parsley, bovine colostrum, spirulina (blue-green algae), garlic (granulated)


I think the Sojourner's Farm pre-mix is a good option as well:
http://www.sojos.com/dogfoodmix.html
Rolled Oats, Rye Flakes, Barley Flakes, Ground Pecans, Natural Calcium Carbonate, Kelp Powder, Carob Powder, Parsley, Nettles Leaf

or Grain-free Sojos Mix:
http://www.sojos.com/europa.html
Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Broccoli, Celery, Apples, Whole Egg, Flax Meal, Parsley Leaf, Calcium Carbonate, Carob Powder, Kelp Powder, Alfalfa, Ginger Root, Garlic
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Old 06-03-2007, 04:21 PM
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Thanks Herschel. I just looked at the first one, only one of the first four ingredients is meat, fish meal kind of dubious, and I'm not sure about the brewer's rice, and two of the first four ingredients are rice. What on earth is bovine colostrum?
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Colostrum is the pre-milk fluid produced from the mother's mammary glands during the first few days after birth. Bovine colostrum is derived from cows. Colostrum is a rich source of antibodies, growth factors and nutrients for the suckling neonate and may provide passive immunity to the newborn against various infectious microorganisms, particularly those that affect the gastrointestinal tract. It may also have other health benefits.
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Claims made for bovine colostrum are mostly unsubstantiated. Some preparations may have some antimicrobial effects. There is no credible evidence to support claims that bovine colostrum burns fat, builds muscle, speeds healing of injuries, regulates blood sugars, improves mood and fights depression or that it has anti-cancer effects.
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http://www.pdrhealth.com/drug_info/n...bov_0082.shtml
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..sounds disgusting.
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Not only that, it makes me wonder how they get enough of the stuff to market.

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Colostrum is the pre-milk fluid produced from the mother's mammary glands during the first few days after birth
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I wouldn't feed it, personally.

There are so many foods out there that are better... imho.
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Old 06-03-2007, 10:19 PM
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Not only that, it makes me wonder how they get enough of the stuff to market.
...or who collects it.

"So...what do you do for a living?"
"Oh, I collect collostrum from cows".
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