Northwoods Boxers Has Gone Raw ! 

Just what goes into the kibble that we feed our dogs? You will be shocked and even horrified in some cases about the ingredients in the food that we feed our cherished four legged children. We have an alternative for you. You can read about it in the next several paragraphs. At the bottom of this page you will find links to websites and books that will mortify you. I warn you, do not click on the links if you are faint of heart and do not look at them in the presence of children because some of them are very disturbing.

In 2014 NWB transitioned all of our beloved Boxers to  Raw Diet and we require all of our puppy buyers to sign an agreement to continue feeding our babies Raw Diet. We put a lot of  research, love, time and money into doing the very best for our dogs and puppies so we will only place them in homes that will be as dedicated to their health as we are. Please read about our decision to go raw posted below.

We believe so strongly in this product that we have become a distributor and we deliver every other month all the way from Maine to RI along the 95 corridor so if you do not have a NWB but you would like to feed your own cherished pet the diet that we feed our dogs, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to help!

  Raw..... it does a Doggie good!!!! 

Northwoods Fiona (Age 14 months) She has been on Raw since she was 6 months old. Just look at her physique!

 Do you know that cancer is the number one killer of all dogs and cats in the US??? I heard this and ask myself why? Growing up we never heard of dogs and cats with cancer, what has changed? That put me on a mission. I had heard about raw and I thought it sounded like a great idea but I did not know where to start or how to do it and I was feeding a very high quality and very expensive kibble ($85 for 28 pounds) so I thought I was doing the best for my dogs. After a huge recall which included my very expensive dog food I decided to do my own research. What I found was horrific! The worst thing is that if your dog food says, "Meat By-Products", "Meat", "Meat Product", "Meat Pulp", "Animal Fat" it may actually contain euthanized animals from shelters! This disturbs me to no end and I could not believe what I was reading but it is true and it is legal. These animals are sent to rendering plants and mixed into dog and cat food. It is mostly in the less expensive super market brands but some of the higher end companies do it too. Thankfully, the food I fed did not have that ingredient but all kibble has synthetic vitamins, minerals and preservatives. Canines and felines cannot process many of these synthetic vitamins because their bodies do not recognize them so their bodies store these foreign products and it causes a plethora of health issues from allergies with itchy skin and feet, ear infections, skin infections, cysts, tumors, irritable bowl syndrome and cancers according to what I have read and it all makes total sense to me.


This is EXTREMELY important information! Please read carefully.

By Dr. Becker

It seems every week there's another manufacturer recall of a commercial pet food or treat for contamination or potential contamination. As a result, many pet guardians are rightfully concerned about the quality of food they feed their own dog or cat.

If you're a regular visitor to Mercola Healthy Pets, you know that I don't advocate feeding processed pet food. I always recommend dogs and cats be fed either a balanced homemade diet or a high quality commercially available fresh food diet, because it's the most nourishing food for them.

In addition to the potential for contamination issues in processed pet food, I have concerns about the long-term health consequences so many pets suffer after years of eating a highly processed, biologically inappropriate diet.

Pet Food-Related Nutrient Issues

When commercially available pet food causes sudden illness in a dog or cat, it typically involves either an infection from a bacterial contaminant, toxicosis (mycotoxins), or intoxication, typically from excessive amounts of vitamin D.

However, processed pet food-related nutrient deficiencies do occur, including thiamine deficiencies. In the case of vitamin D, the problem is "too much of a good thing." When it comes to thiamine (vitamin B1), the opposite is true.

Vitamin D Toxicosis (Hypervitaminosis D)

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. Your pet's body absorbs it in the same way dietary fats are absorbed, and excess amounts are stored in the liver.

According to Dr. Cailin Heinze, a Tufts University board-certified veterinary nutritionist, "Excessive vitamin D is typically introduced into commercial foods by formulation or production error."1 And unfortunately these errors have happened repeatedly, as demonstrated by a number of pet food recalls.

Dogs and cats can also ingest too much of this nutrient when well-intentioned owners supplement diets with sufficient amounts of D with even more, in the form of tablet, pill or liquid D supplements or multivitamins containing vitamin D.

Other avenues of intoxication not pet food-related include the ingestion of rodent bait and commercial skin creams containing high levels of vitamin D.

Symptoms of Vitamin D Toxicity

Symptoms of toxicity can include:
Excessive drooling 
Abdominal pain
Vomiting (sometimes with blood) 
Dark tarry feces
Loss of appetite 
Weight loss
Increased thirst and urination 
Constipation
Weakness 
Muscle tremors
Depression 
Seizures

Vitamin D toxicity is a very serious and potentially life-threatening emergency that requires immediate veterinary intervention. After accidental ingestion of a compound containing vitamin D, the first 72 hours are crucial in saving the animal's life.

Preventing Hypervitaminosis D in Your Pet

Most commercial pet food formulas contain at least the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) minimum recommended amount of vitamin D, through amounts found in pet food ingredients plus the addition of a vitamin D supplement.

There has been some controversy over how well synthetic vitamin D is absorbed and utilized by the body, as well as how the body reacts and responds to synthetic nutrients, in general.

But for pet food to be labeled as nutritionally complete and balanced, most manufacturers add a synthetic form of vitamin D.

If you prepare a homemade diet, food sources of vitamin D include halibut, salmon and other fish, cod liver oil (also high in vitamin A), cheese, yogurt or kefir, liver, and free-range eggs.

But contrary to popular belief, none of these food sources contain enough D to meet minimum nutrient requirements for most carnivores.

In addition, dogs and cats can't derive adequate levels of D from exposure to sunshine, unlike some other mammals. Because it can be challenging to meet optimal vitamin D levels for immune health, supplementation may be unavoidable in a D-deficient diet (which most homemade diets are).

I don't recommend additional vitamin D supplementation above and beyond feeding a balanced diet, unless blood tests show your pet is deficient.

So to summarize this confusing topic, commercial diets can run the risk of containing excessive levels of D, and if you feed a commercial diet you should be familiar with the symptoms of toxicosis.

Homemade diets run the risk of D levels being too low, and each animal's ability to absorb and utilize the vitamin D in any diet is variable. If you want to make sure your pet has optimal levels of this important hormone-vitamin, ask your veterinarian to check blood levels at your next visit.

Thiamine Deficiency

Thiamine, or vitamin B1, is a water-soluble vitamin absorbed from the diet through the small intestine, and is necessary for normal carbohydrate metabolism. Organs that use a lot of energy, like the brain, can be severely compromised by a thiamine deficiency.

A lack of thiamine can also lead to a buildup of lactate, resulting in acidosis.

Unlike many other nutrients in processed pet food, thiamine levels present some unique challenges, with the result that thiamine-deficient pet foods are an ongoing issue.

This is especially true, according to Heinze, for canned cat diets, in particular those labeled for intermittent and supplemental feeding only (unbalanced diets). And since cats require about three times the amount of dietary thiamine that dogs do, kitties are at significantly higher risk for developing a deficiency.

Insufficient Thiamine Levels in Pet Food

Thiamine is very sensitive to heat and time, and processed pet foods are manufactured at extremely high temperatures and are designed to sit for months on a shelf or in a freezer.

A thiamine deficiency can also develop from feeding pets large amounts of raw fish containing the enzyme thiaminase, which destroys thiamine, and also from feeding pet food containing sulfites, which inactivate thiamine. To compensate, manufacturers add in high amounts of thiamine to their formulas prior to processing, however, according to Heinze, it's possible that around 15 percent of canned cat foods still contain inappropriately low amounts of thiamine.

Pets fed high-carbohydrate foods may experience deficiencies because their bodies have a greater demand for thiamine to metabolize all those carbs. In addition, animals with intestinal disease that interferes with nutrient absorption may be thiamine-deficient, as well as pets taking certain medications like diuretics.

Symptoms of a Thiamine Deficiency

Progressive symptoms of a thiamine deficiency can take weeks to develop, but initial signs of general gastrointestinal upset including vomiting, excessive salivation, loss of appetite, and weight loss, often occur within a week after an animal begins eating a diet severely lacking in thiamine.

If the deficiency remains untreated, neurological signs will follow. Typically, a pet must be thiamine deficient for around a month before the terminal stage is reached. Once an animal has entered this stage, he or she will die within a few days if the deficiency is not immediately reversed.

Diagnosing thiamine deficiency can be complicated, because it exists in several forms in an animal's body and measuring the concentrations can be a challenge.

Most often a thiamine deficiency is diagnosed based on the animal's symptoms, dietary history, and response to treatment.

How to Insure Your Dog or Cat Is Getting Enough Thiamine

Treating a thiamine deficiency involves feeding a balanced, species-appropriate diet that has been analyzed to verify it meets thiamine requirements, and limiting or eliminating raw fish. If you want to feed your pet fish occasionally, I recommend sardines packed in water or wild caught, gently cooked salmon.

Often thiamine is given by injection for three to five days, followed by oral supplementation for two to four weeks.

If you're feeding a variety of high-quality, human grade commercial pet foods (preferably a balanced raw diet), you may not need to add more thiamine, especially if you buy small packages and use the food up in 60 days or less. If you're feeding a lesser quality brand or are preparing your pet's meals at home, a vitamin B1 supplement may be advisable.

Discuss both of these nutrients (vitamin D and thiamine) with your holistic veterinarian or pet nutritionist to make sure you are providing optimal amounts in the foods you are feeding your animals.

After searching for the best alternative to kibble we happened upon Performance Dog and decided it was perfect! The blend is designed by a renowned animal nutritionist, Dr. Patton, he designs many prey model diets for carnivores in zoos across the world. This diet is comprised of: 

Beef, Tripe, Trachea, Finely Ground Bone, Salt, Egg & Trace Minerals 

The diet meets AAFCO Specifications for Maintenance & Reproduction

Guaranteed Analysis • No Preservatives

Protein 14% Ash 1.30% Fat 10% Calcium .13% Fiber .85% Phosphorus .14%

               CUSTOM VITAMIN -- TRACE MINERAL PREMIX                                                   Added to Performance Blend at the appropriate ratio.

Performance Dog  is perfect for the needs of  your canine family member(s)s.

If you would like to learn more please visit our website at:

http://northwoodsnaturals.net


You can also call me for prices and delivery information and dates, we deliver all the way to RI along the 95 corridor!

This food comes frozen and is easy to store and serve. You can purchase 2 pound chubs or 5 pound chubs. I have posted pics at the bottom of the food and a few of our beautiful boxers. They are in tip top shape, so muscular and shiny. The picture of health! This food is good for puppies and adults, it is safe for all life stages.

Feeding raw is a bit more expensive than kibble but if your dogs are like your children, as ours are it is well worth the extra money to keep them happy and healthy. A healthy diet can also reduce your vet bills so it can save you money in other areas.

If you would like a custom quote for your pet, please contact me with the following information:

Your pets ideal adult weight

Exercise level

Age

I am also available to answer any questions pertaining to feeding your dog a healthy diet and how to transition.

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About Dr. Patton, the nutritionist that designed Performance Dog :

http://pattonanimalnutrition.com/

Also, please watch the YouTube video about Dr. Patton below.

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Northwoods Trueman Von Holland  (Age 6.5 yrs old) A picture speaks a thousand words!


Vanalyne Dori of  Northwoods (4 yrs old) Perfect muscle tone and a coat that GLOWS!