Thanks for this encouraging post. I'm always lurking around the HC threads/posts as I have a deep interest in doing this for my pup but I've found that it can be very confusing at times and overwhelming with much contradicting info out there to make it even more confusing. To boot, I'm not receiving much direction from my current vet so I haven't taken the plunge just yet. In the meantime, I've ordered Dr. Beckers book which I'm looking forward to reading and which I'm hoping will shed some light and provide specific direction to those of us that aren't fortunate enough to have a Vet that does as far as HCing goes.I use Animal Essentials Calcium in Nikki's recipe. I do not use yogurt to administer the required calcium, as I want to ensure she receives the proper amount, and I don't trust that all yogurts are processed properly to retain their vitamins/minerals. I used to make my own yogurt before I learned I was allergic to dairy. Many dogs do not tolerate cow's milk well, so it is probably better to used the powdered form of calcium than to give yogurt every day.
That being said, I give Nikki goat's milk yogurt a few times a week for the probiotics, and I also feed her veggies that are high in calcium. Yet, I have never had an issue with calcium-phosphorus ratios, or any other nutritional imbalances.
Her yearly blood work just came back, and it was perfect. I've home cooked for the last 1.5 years.
How many of us eat perfectly balanced and nutritionally complete meals every single day of our lives? Use a good recipe that is nutritionally complete and don't worry too much about it. If your dog eats good food that is nutritionally balanced at least 80% of the time, it will be fine.
About the Animal Essentials - if you don't mind answering -
1. Is there a too young time to start?
2. You wouldn't supplement with this unless he's on a home cooked menu correct?
About Probiotics -
Is there a non yogurt one that you would give your pup?
Wow....goat's milk yougurt? I haven't seen this one yet. He does love the goat's milk though...thanks for this suggestion. He looks forward to his morning milky.