Patient Info: Aunt Jeni’s Homemade Raw Food Feeding Guide for Dogs

I recommend Aunt Jeni’s raw food for dogs and cats because of their high production standards, their predominantly organic farm sourcing of ingredients, and their commitment to making a complete and balanced diet for both dogs and cats. Aunt Jeni’s Homemade makes batches of food to order, emphasizing freshness. They also include enough vegetable and fruit variety in their foods (25 – 30%) to ensure that they provide all the nutrients required for growth and maintenance throughout all the life stages of a dog or cat. I carry five varieties of canine food: turkey, chicken, pork, beef, and fish. Their ingredients are shown below:

These five varieties vary in their composition of ingredients, their energy (caloric) density, and their food energetics. I recognize turkey as the most cooling and drying, Fish as cooling yet moistening, pork as neutral, or perhaps slightly cooling, and chicken and beef as warming. Patients suffering from acute inflammation generally benefit greatly from the cooling and drying quality of turkey food. Once balanced, with inflammation resolved, these patients may do well on a rotation through turkey, chicken, and pork. This provides for more nutritional variety, and the chicken and pork have more calories, helpful for weight maintenance.

Beef is reserved for patients that require a warming blood tonic meat. Because beef is a common food allergen for dogs, I often don’t recommend it. But if a patient is “chilly” and “Damp,” then feeding them lightly cooked AJ’s Beef can be helpful.

Fish is used to moisten a hotter, drier patient. It may be used as a supplemental food fed in conjunction with turkey to offset the turkey’s drying quality. It has a strong odor, and many clients object to feeding it, for this reason.

Feeding for the Season

Chinese medicine recognizes five seasons, pictured in the diagram below. For each season there is a function occurring in nature. Feeding patients appropriately for the season can help them move through the calendar year, in step with nature, in a more healthful way.

Some dogs will have sensitivity to certain meat proteins, which will simply not allow them to eat that variety. Beef is a common allergen for dogs, for instance, and many cannot tolerate it. For these individuals, the mildly warming chicken will work well. Patients may develop sensitivities to certain foods. Chinese medicine sees these more as accumulations of a certain energetic function. For example, if chicken is fed continuously, dogs will often begin to show ‘Heat’ signs, or signs of inflammation. Chicken is warming, but for many, this effect only surfaces once the food has been eaten continuously, for weeks, or even months. Therefore, rotating a cooling and drying variety, such as Turkey, with a mildly warming, higher fat food, such as Chicken, is a reasonable strategy to avoid gradually warming the body.

True allergies to turkey and pork are rare. Chicken allergies are more common, and Beef allergies are even more common. If an allergic reaction is suspected from feeding Aunt Jeni’s, it should be confirmed by feeding JUST the meat protein in question; pure turkey, pork, chicken, beef, or white fish. Sometimes it’s a reaction to other ingredients in the food. False conclusions regarding food allergens may be reached without this testing practice.

Raw food feeding is expensive and time intensive. But the whole food diets help so many dogs lead lives with less inflammation, full health, and vigor. Still, if the foods are fed incorrectly, such as feeding just one variety for years and years, it’s possible that imbalances may develop. I recommend that regular veterinary exams be performed to help guide dog parents as to the best feeding practices.