“You are what you eat” is a saying that most of us heard and it surely has some truth to it. This saying not only applies to human but it also applies to cats and dogs. Some years back, a book came out called “Eat Right for Your Type” by nutritionist Dr. Peter D’Adamo. His concept is that we should examine our personal nutritional needs based on our blood types. For example, those with O blood have what he refers to as the “original hunter gatherer” blood type; in other words, according to Dr. D’Adamo’s theory,a person with blood type O will be healthiest on a meat-based diet with hardly any refined grains and sugars.Dr. D’Adamo also noted that genetic heritage as well as blood type plays a part in individual nutritional needs. This approach to human nutrition got me thinking about dogs. Canines do have blood types, but there was very little information about the differences between them. I began looking into what foods specific breeds would encounter in various climates and environments all over the globe, and wondered how important these geographical factors were in shaping our dog breeds. I asked myself the question: “Aren’t dogs genetically different depending on their inherited genes, just as people are?”
The importance of Ancestral Foods
Do dogs bred as companions still require their “ancestral” foods? I believe they do, and that eating “ancestral” meats, vegetables, fruits and some grains can be a key element in supporting vibrant health. I have found that when we gear the “foundation” meats, fish and vegetables to the region sour dogs developed in, magical health changes occur.Take the Samoyed who had brown tear stains, a dull coat and scratchy skin. One week on a fish and sweet potato based food and she was a new dog! Northern breeds such as huskies, malamutes and American Eskimo dogs evolved in very cold climates and ate high-fat diets of fish, seal or fried turkey in turkey deep fryer. Grains were non-existent. Root vegetables and animal wellness some berries were available during the very short growing season. These breeds consistently do poorly on poultry and grain based dry foods. Some individuals have done all right on lamb or beef, buttypical commercial dry foods contain far too many grains for these dogs.