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Feeding Border Collies

It is all about feeding border collies he best diet we can possibly feed to ensure the health and wellbeing of our dogs. We choose to feed homemade raw following BARF principles using a variety of good quality meat, offal’s, vegies, fruit, vitamins and nutrients to meet all their nutritional requirements. We can source good quality meat, bones and offal delivered locally from Kankool or sourced from the local supermarket or butcher, vegies and fruit also from the local supermarket or greengrocer. Vitamins and minerals are easily sourced from health food, asian shop or online.

The puppies are also introduced to RAW FEEDING. I take great pride and many hours making good nourishing meals for our dogs. I believe that with raw feeding you are giving the dog what they would get in the wild and that is important to me. I do a lot of research on raising dogs in an ethical way and love learning new ideas.

So what is a BARF diet?

Get ready to go back to basics with your border collie. The BARF diet (aka Biologically Appropriate Raw Food or Bones and Raw Food) is all about giving your doggo the same fresh, uncooked, and unprocessed foods their wild ancestors used to eat. This means a diet full of raw meats, offal, bones, veggies, and fruits – basically anything that’s natural. With the BARF diet, you can make sure your dog’s food is balanced, wholesome, and full of natural goodness. And the best part? This diet is totally paw-fect for your dog’s omnivorous belly.

We may not be certified nutritionists or pet experts, but we’ve seriously done some research on the perfect border collie menu. And guess what? Our pups are now the picture of health and happiness.

A balanced and healthy diet is essential for the overall wellbeing of your Border Collie. Their diet should consist of high-quality protein sources, such as meat, fish, and eggs, as well as healthy fats, carbohydrates, and essential vitamins and minerals. Border Collies require a high-protein diet to support their active lifestyle and strong muscles. Avoid foods that contain fillers, artificial preservatives, and low-quality protein sources.

Since they’re active, their calorie intake might be higher than some other breeds.

It isn’t about just feeding border collies enough food, the quality of the diet and nutrition your border collie receives while they’re growing rapidly between 3-10 months can have an impact on their growth and development.

Proper Nutrition when Feeding Border Collies

 

Proteins: 55%

Proteins! Required to build their cells, tissues and organs. The BARF diet is all about raw meaty goodness: beef, chicken, duck, turkey, lamb, pork, roo, horse, and seafood. Fresh, unprocessed, and raw. Your dog needs a variety of meats to keep things balanced. Just remember to keep it lean for our adult dogs to avoid any unwanted fatty dogs. If you’re using any meat that’s wild caught or from unknown sources, remember to freeze it for 72 hours to keep any worms at bay.

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Raw Bones: 10%

Raw bones are an essential part of the BARF diet as they provide calcium, phosphorus, and other minerals that are necessary for strong bones and teeth. Do not feed cooked bones, as they can cause serious digestive issues. Bones we include in our border collie diet include ROO ribs, tails with fur on, LAMB brisket, necks, shank, BEEF brisket, necks, OX tails, PORK necks, ribs, CHICKEN drumsticks, frames, thighs, wings, feet, necks, whole chickens, TURKEY (when available) necks, drumsticks.

We do not feed weight bearing bones to our dogs. They are very hard, can chip teeth and can create blockages in the digestive system plus the dense bone can break off into sharp pieces.

Liver – 5%

Liver provides good amounts of vitamin B12, vitamin A, riboflavin and copper. It is also rich in the essential nutrients folate, iron and choline. Your dog’s stools will tell you when you have used too much as it will create loose and/or dark stools.

Other Organs: 5 – 10%

Other raw organs to feed include kidney, spleen, brain, pancreas, thymus, testicles, ovaries, brain, ligaments, green tripe, tendons, heart, tongue, trachea, gizzard, lungs and pizzle are all great sources of essential vitamins and minerals, such as iron, zinc, and vitamin A. These meats are also included in our Border Collie’s diet to ensure optimal health and nutrition.

Plant Material – Vegetables 10%, Fruits 5%

When it comes to vegies & fruits we feed the colour of the rainbow. Each colour group offers unique qualities that contribute to the overall health and wellbeing of your pet. Below is a list of fruits and veggies that we recommend for your border collie’s diet, with each colour group providing specific health benefits:

 

White: boosts immune health

Yellow: promotes skin health

Orange: has anti-inflammatory properties

Red: improves heart and blood health

Purple: enhances nerve and brain health

Green: aids in detoxification

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Feeding Border Collies Vegetables

Vegetables and fruits are a source of essential vitamins and minerals that may not be found in meat and bones and are necessary for maintaining good health. It is recommended to finely chop or puree them before serving. They’re low on calories but full of fibre, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that work together to fend off all kinds of nasties like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

Beans (green) – high in vitamins C and K, as well as fibre, potassium and have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.

Beetroot – One of the key nutrients in beetroot is folate. It also contains vitamin C, potassium, manganese’s, betaine and is a good source of nitrates.

Bell Peppers – good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6 and potassium, riboflavin, folate and vitamin E. A red bell pepper supplies twice the vitamin C and eight times the vitamin A content of a green bell pepper.

Bok Choy –  great source of vitamins A, C, B6 and K, as well as folate, calcium, and potassium, is rich in antioxidants and contains glucosinolates.

Broccoli – is a rich source of vitamins C, K, B, manganese, and is also a good source of folate, fibre, and antioxidants.

Brussel Sprouts – high in vitamins C, B6 and K, fibre, folate, potassium and glucosinolates.

Cabbage – vitamin C, K and B6. It also contains small amounts of vitamin A, E, and B9 (folate). Additionally, cabbage is a good source of potassium, calcium, and iron.

Carrot – Rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the body, carrots also contain fibre, potassium, and vitamin K. Free sugars in carrot include sucrose, glucose, and fructose.

Cauliflower – excellent source of vitamin C, K, folate, and fibre. It also contains compounds that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Celery – good source of vitamin K, B6, folate, and potassium. It also contains small amounts of phosphorus, magnesium, and manganese. Moreover, cauliflower contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, such as sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinolis.

Cucumber – Cucumbers are a hydrating food because their water content is 96%. They also contain Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Potassium, Magnesium and antioxidants.

Kale – high in vitamins A, C, K, B6, folate, and manganese as well as iron, calcium, and antioxidants. Kale is a good source of thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, vitamin E, and magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus.

lettuce – is an excellent source of vitamin K and vitamin A. With the exception of the iceberg variety, lettuce is also a good source of folate and iron.

Mushrooms (the ones you eat yourself, no wild) – are rich in vitamin D, zinc, selenium, potassium, copper, thiamin, magnesium, and phosphorous. They are also a good source of B vitamins. Mushrooms are also rich in protein and fibre. They have zero fat or cholesterol making this a healthy treat for obese dogs.

Parsnip – good source of vitamin C, folate, potassium, and manganese. Additionally, parsnips are rich in antioxidants, such as carotenoids and phenolic.

Peas – are packed with vitamins, including A, B1, B6, C, and K. Vitamin K as well as fibre and protein. Peas are also high in lutein, an antioxidant nutrient that supports eye, skin, and heart health.

Pumpkin – is naturally rich in fibre as well as vitamins A, C, and E and minerals like potassium and iron.

Red Cabbage – great source of fibre, vitamin C, K, and B6. is also high in antioxidants. It also contains anthocyanins and is a good source of potassium, calcium, and iron.

Spinach – High in iron, calcium, and vitamin K, and is also a good source of vitamins A, B C, antioxidants, beta-carotene, potassium, folic acid, and fibre.

Sweet PotatoHigh in fibre, vitamin A, C, manganese, potassium, iron and antioxidants.

Turnips – include Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, E, and K, Fibre, Folate, Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Folic acid, Potassium, Protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and Phosphorus. They also contain compounds called glucosinolates.

Zucchini – excellent source of vitamin A C, K, and potassium, zinc, manganese, copper, and phosphorus. It also contains small amounts of vitamin B6, folate, magnesium and is jam-packed with antioxidants!

Feeding Border Collies Fruit

Apples (minus the core) – provide an excellent source of vitamin C, are also loaded with carbohydrates and are high in fibre, which plays a role in digestion and blood sugar regulation.

Avocado (Flesh) – is a rich source of several B vitamins and vitamin K, with moderate contents of vitamin C, vitamin E, and potassium. Avocados also contain phytosterols and carotenoids, such as lutein and zeaxanthin.

Banana – Fibre, Vitamin C, B6, Potassium, Magnesium and Biotin.

Berries (frozen) – Blackberry, Blueberry, Cranberry, Raspberry, Strawberries – Berries, however, also contain small amounts of naturally occurring xylitol. This is a sweetener that is used in a lot of low-sugar foods. It’s very toxic to dogs in large amounts.

Blackberries are packed with antioxidants and phytochemicals.

Blueberries are low in calories and high in vitamin C, fibre, antioxidants, and phytochemicals.

Cranberries are high in fibre and antioxidants, and contain vitamins C, E, K, B1, and B2, plus manganese and copper.

Raspberries contain Vitamin C, K, B-complex, Potassium, Manganese, Copper, Folic acid, Iron, Magnesium and are also high in fibre, low in sugar and calories, and known for their antioxidants.

Strawberries are a good source of vitamin C, potassium, fibre, and antioxidants.

Kiwi Fruit – is rich in vitamin C, K, has a moderate content of vitamin E.

Mangoes – high in vitamin C and also contain vitamin A. Mangoes also contain antioxidants, such as flavonoids and phenolic compounds.

Papaya – rich source of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium and magnesium

Pear – good source of vitamin C, K, and potassium. They contain small amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, and vitamin E. Pears are high in flavonoids and polyphenols,

Watermelon – good source of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium and magnesium. Watermelon is also rich in lycopene.

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Additives 10% made up of:-

Eggs (including shells). The yolks pack a punch of choline and methionine, which are great for brain health and detoxification.

Dairy is all about Greek Yogurt, kefir and cottage cheese! It’s loaded with calcium and lactobacillus acidophilus, a friendly bacteria that keeps your gut happy and healthy.

Flax seeds are my go-to for healthy fats, but I like to switch it up with other nuts and seeds too (variety is key!).

Fish or fish oil is a natural source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are excellent for heart health and brain function.

Garlic is a powerhouse of vitamins B6 and C, plus minerals like calcium and iron. It’s also got thiamin and pantothenic acid to keep you going!

Kelp powder is low in calories but high in iodine and calcium, with a ton of amino acids to fuel your dog’s muscles.

Seaweed (Spirulina) is another favourite of mine, with essential fatty acids, protein, and iron, plus vitamins B, magnesium, and manganese.

And last but not least, My Doggie Weed (AKA Ascophyllan nodosum) is a 100% seaweed that helps promote good dental hygiene by breaking down dental build-up.

SUPPLEMENTS – SEEDS & NUTS

Nuts and seeds are the richest plant sources of Vitamin E. In raw feeding, seeds and nuts fall into the 10% plant matter category.

Nuts – are high in fat and calories so need to be limited in the border collie diet.

Almonds. Rich in fibre, Vitamin E, magnesium and manganese.

Brazil nuts – Rich in selenium and magnesium..

Pistachios – Rich in B vitamins and phosphorus.

Hazelnuts – Rich in fibre, vitamin E, manganese and copper.

Chestnuts – Rich in fibre, manganese, B vitamins, vitamin C and copper with antioxidant properties.

Cashews – Rich in magnesium, manganese, zinc and copper.

SeedsSupport digestive health, heart health, skin health and has anti-inflammatory properties. Reduces inflammation, Help get rid of intestinal worms, regulates blood sugar and also helps block tumour growth.

Chia Seeds (Soaked) – Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, fibre & protein.

Flaxseeds/Linseeds (Ground) – Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, phytochemicals lignans, magnesium and fibre.

Hemp Seeds – Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, manganese, fibre & protein.

Pumpkin Seeds (Ground) – Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, manganese, zinc and fibre.

Sunflower Seeds (Ground) – Rich in Vitamin E & B Vitamins with anti-oxidant properties

Sesame seeds – Rich in copper, B vitamins and fibre.

Other supplements we add to our border collie diet randomly.

wheatgrass – amino acids, chlorophyll, fibre, and enzymes. 

Herbs:

Basil – excellent source of vitamin K, iron, calcium, and vitamin A, manganese, magnesium, vitamin C, and potassium.

Dandelion – source of vitamins A, C, E, and K, calcium, fibre, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, and zinc.

Ginger – acts as an anti-inflammatory, soothing the digestive tract to reduce nausea. 

Mint – in combination with ginger, has long been considered as soothing to the gastrointestinal system.

Oregano – contains calcium, fibre, iron, manganese, Omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins A, C, and K, thymol and carvacrol, volatile oils.

Parsley – rich in vitamins A, C, and K, iron, folate, myristin and histidine.

Turmeric – is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant impact.

Things to Remember when Feeding Border Collies

Fat

Fat is a crucial part of a balanced diet for dogs, providing energy, insulation, and transport for essential vitamins. Border collies require moderate levels of fat to support their high energy levels.

Fats can come from flaxseed, canola oil, cod liver oil, herring, mackerel, sardines, coconut oil, sunflower oil,

Carbohydrates

Feeding Border Collies, like all dogs, are omnivorous but thrive on a diet that is high in animal protein and low in carbohydrates. However, plant material and some carbohydrates are still beneficial for dogs including sweet potatoes.

Fibre

The ideal fibre content when feeding border collies is around 3% to 5%. You can add fibre to your dog’s diet through vegetables such as green beans, peas, and carrots etc.

Vitamins and Minerals

The following is a list of vitamins that dogs need:

Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin that is required for growth, a healthy immune system, cell function, and eye health. 

B Vitamins regulate metabolism, are important for health of the nervous system, proper function of red blood cells, gene activation, hormone regulation, and a healthy immune system. 

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that reduces inflammation, improves cognitive aging, and healthy immune function. 

Vitamin D helps dogs maintain phosphorus and calcium balance for healthy bone and muscle growth. It is also important for the immune system and growth in puppies. 

Vitamin E supports the growth of puppies and is a fat-soluble vitamin. It benefits cell function, metabolism, and defence against oxidative damage.

Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin and helps prevent bleeding problems and improves blood clotting.

Choline is a key nutrient for dogs and aids in important liver and brain function. 

Macrominerals include calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, chloride, potassium and sulphur.

Trace Minerals include iron, zinc, copper, chromium, iodine, selenium, manganese and fluorine.

Water

Water is the most crucial nutrient for your border collie diet and is essential for keeping them hydrated and healthy.

Potential Benefits of Feeding Border Collies the BARF Diet

Improved Digestion, Healthier Coat and Skin, Stronger Teeth and Bones, Increased Energy and Stamina, Better Overall Health.

Potential Drawbacks of Feeding Border Collies the BARF Diet

Risk of Foodborne Illness, Nutritional Imbalances, Cost and Time.

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