JUST BE KIND Supplement
Maybe you have been feeding your dog homemade food or even a raw diet as you do not trust processed dry or tinned dog food – then this supplement to make delicious healthy wholesome and balanced homemade food is for you!
Why supplement a homecooked plant-based diet?
Plant-based foods (no animal products) should be carefully checked by a vet or animal nutritionist as they may be deficient in arginine, lysine, methionine, tryptophan, taurine, iron, calcium, zinc, vitamin A and some B vitamins. Meticulous attention to detail would be needed to assure nutritional adequacy and palatability.
We provide all of these and more in our JUST BE KIND supplement formulated by a vet and pet nutritionist to ensure accuracy and also palatability!
Together with german vet nutritionists, we have formulated the recipes we provide in our JUST BE KIND website specifically for the UK pet owning population using foods that we would normally buy. Please see the 4 delicious recipes below that are full of all the nutrients that your dog needs and all completely balanced.
It can be daunting to cook for your dog, but we offer help to ensure that you get it 100% right for your dog – it is easier than you think and is certainly the healthiest way to feed your pet – see the video below.
Our Homemade Umami Recipe
Our Feed The Rainbow Recipe
Our Homemade Terrific Tofu Recipe
Our Potty about Polenta Recipe
Watch a video of vet’s dog who just loves his homemade food!
We answer your questions here about homecooking
We advise batch cooking the recipes to make it easy and quick for you
You can either boil all the ingredients in a large pot or use a pressure cooker as everything needs to be cooked well and then mashed to ensure optimal absorption of all the nutrients for your pet. It is then possible to bake the food to offer a ‘bite’ for fussy dogs, but most dogs love the food and its healthy ingredients!
Why does Taurine and l-Carnitine need supplementing?
You may have read that these supplements are important for plant-based dogs. In fact plant-based dogs can get all the nutrients they need either from the food itself, or by synthesis in their liver where they produce Taurine themselves, as we also do.
However, there are a few breeds of dog that may benefit from supplements of Taurine and L-Carnitine because they are unable to produce sufficient amounts themselves. These dogs are therefore genetically predisposed to developing the heart condition Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM). These dogs may benefit from treatment with supplements. It may even be possible to avoid the condition developing by supplementing their diet.
It is important to realise that this issue only affects dogs from certain breeds and even then, not all dogs from those breeds. It most commonly occurs among pure bred deep-chested larger dogs, such as Doberman pinschers, Deerhounds, Boxers, Great Danes, Dalmatians, and more recently seen in Golden Retrievers.
It can also affect some smaller dogs such as Cocker Spaniels and English & French Bulldogs. If your dog is from one of those breeds we highly recommend always supplementing Taurine and l-Carnitine that is present in just the right quantities in the JUST BE KIND Supplement.
What About Supplementing Vitamin D?
If you are able to walk your dog for at least an hour everyday in the sunlight, then both you and your pet on a plant-based diet should not need further supplementing with Vitamin D. We all know that this is not always feasible for both our pets and ourselves (with our weather patterns in the UK).
Dogs are able to absorb Vitamin D from the sun through their skin just as we do even though they are covered in fur. Dogs with darker skins will absorb slightly less (as occurs in humans as high melanin levels inhibits the production of Vitamin D). Vitamin D requirements increase in our dogs with itchy, atopic pink skins and white fur. It is common for dogs with these conditions to naturally take themselves outdoors to ‘sunbathe’ – yes very often with their pink bellies exposed to achieve maximum Vitamin D absorption from the sun!
Vitamin D is so needed in the body as it is required to absorb calcium to build healthy bones as well as a strong immunity to fight infections whether on the skin or in the body. It also prevents autoimmune conditions that can be as bad as diagnosing cancer in your pet.
We recommend Vegetology Omega 3 Algae oil in the homemade recipes as it has Vitamin D added through natural plant-based sources from lichen, not derived from sheep wool or lanolin as found in all meat-based foods. Algae oil contains the purest form of Omega 3 DHA and EPA – where fish get their Omegas from and we need to leave the fish in our oceans – there is no such thing as sustainable fishing!
How Important Are B Vitamins?
As shown in the comment by FEDIAF above, they are concerned about Vit B deficiencies in plant-based dog food diets. Vitamin B is found in most meat-based foods although this meat that most dogs are fed, has the Vitamin B supplemented in feedlot livestock as most of them will not graze on the grass enough to receive their requirements of natural Vitamin B.
The JUST BE KIND supplement that we sell has all the Vit B’s added that your dog needs and this gives it a very palatable taste to your dog!
Why is it so important to weigh the quantities needed?
When you consider the surface area of a Chihuahua compared to the surface area of skin of a Great Dane, the little Chihuahua has a much higher metabolic rate and surface area. This then translates to having a much higher protein requirement compared to a large dog as all that fur (with a higher surface area) requires more protein to grow adequately. The same is true for the fat percentage as well as other vital nutrients – they differ according to the weight and metabolism of your dog.
More About JUST BE KIND Supplement
Our JUST BE KIND supplement powder contains the vitamins, minerals, trace elements and amino acids that are essential for dogs fed a purely plant-based diet. This ensures that the homemade recipes that we provide are fully balanced with all the important B Vitamins as well as Calcium, Taurine, L-Carnitine, Methionine, Zinc and the required amino acids and minerals that are lacking in a plant-based diet.
JUST BE KIND supplement is free from artificial additives, colourants and preservatives and has the addition of valuable pre and probiotics to support a healthy digestion in your dog.
Minerals, Chicory root extract (as a source of prebiotic fructooligosaccharide), Yeast products (as a source of prebiotic mannooligosaccharide), Bacillus velezensis (as a source of probiotic), Rapeseed oil
Crude Protein 21%, Crude Fat 1%, Crude fibre 0.1%, Crude Ash 59%, Calcium 18%, Phosphorus 2.5%, Sodium 1%
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
Toy breeds (up to 5kg) 2g/day (2.5ml or ½ tsp)
Small breeds (5 – 10kg) 8g/day (10ml or 2 tsp)
Medium breeds (10 – 20kg) 10g/day (12.5ml or 2 ½ tsp)
Large Breeds (20 – 40kg) 18g/day (20ml or 4 tsp)
Giant breeds (40+ kg) 28g/day (30ml or 2 tbsp)
Our recipes include the instruction to make a nutrient rich ‘icing’ by mixing the required amount of supplement with the oils needed or peanut butter, as well as some herbs such as fresh parsley and mint, or oregano and then making up a paste using oat milk. This is then ‘iced’ onto the cooled cooked food and not heated to ensure that the valuable vitamins and probiotics in the supplement are not affected.