Flies, Mosquitoes, Woodticks

For the last two years, I have been using a liquid product for horses, called in Canada UltraShield X, made by Absorbine, to protect my dogs from the pests that live in the bush. External products that are made for horses are good for dogs, and Aborbine now make the same UltraShield for pet protection.

It has proven to be very effective. It is a spray but but that wouldn’t work so well with a dog and I wouldn’t want to spray any in the face. I soak a sponge and rub each dog thoroughly through the hair, particularly around the face and ears. It lasts as much as a week, providing it doesn’t rain, and is more effective than the previous products I have used.

Absorbine is an US product and is called UltraShield in the US. www.absorbine.com

About fat in the summer

In order to keep the Inuit dog on an even metabolism, he needs to continue to have a portion of fat in the summer. Nothing more than the size of a thumb, but essential. During fall, the portion will increase until the full portion for winter. Notice I am not quoting any amount nor do I specify a date for fall as Inuit dogs are located in different climates. For instance, if 20 g of fat is adequate in the U.K. it is too little in northern Minnesota, and way too little in Nunavut.

 

Inuit Sled Dog International

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The Inuit Sled Dog International(ISDI) organization has for its goal the preservation of the Inuit dog in its purest form as a working dog. The ISDI concentrates its efforts on restoring the Inuit dog in its native habitat and acting as a resource for this unique dog of ancient lineage.


DIET FOR THE INUIT DOG

Inuit dogs DO NOT assimilate any cereals. Never give an Inuit dog kibble, no matter how good it claims to be – even though I stated that if there is nothing else, a grain free kibble is acceptable – because it still contains a whole lot of fillers – including psyllium, which serves to congeal food inside the intestines and can prevent diarrhea. Such diet could lead to bloat too.

However, the Inuit dog thrives on raw muscle meat, liver, tongue and heart with cooked lentils, a little vegetable oil and fat. He has a fantastic digestive system when fed the right food.

For a working female in a temperate climate (Add 20% of all the ingredients for a working male in a temperate climate):

450 g (½ pound) of good ground beef or any animal meat available (pork is never a great success) – medium not too fat but not the lean variety
– 50 g (2 oz) of beef liver
– 50 g of beef heart and tongue
– 10 mg of zinc
– 1 cup of cooked lentils (good and cheap are the Laird’s lentils, also called green lentils) – it takes about 20 to 30 minutes (may vary) to cook one cup of raw lentils which gives almost two cups of cooked lentils. Always use the cooking water in the mix.

Prior to cooking the lentils, rinse them with water and pick them over to remove any impurities like minute stones. Lentils are a field crop and sometimes a tiny stone is missed in the screening process.

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For those who wonder why I chose lentils. Here is the composition of lentils:
The % represents the daily requirements.
200 g = 230 cal –
Carb = 39.9 g  – 13 % (DR)
Fiber = 15.6 g – 63%
Sugars = 3.6 g
Protein = 17.9 g – 36%

Vitamin A 15.8 – IU 0%
Vitamin C 3.0 – mg 5%
Vitamin D ~
Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol) 0.2 mg – 1%
Vitamin K 3.4 mcg  – 4%
Thiamin 0.3 mg – 22%
Riboflavin 0.1 mg – 9%
Niacin 2.1mg – 10%
Vitamin B6 0.4 mg – 18%
Folate 358 mcg – 90%
Vitamin B12 0.0 mcg – 0%
Pantothenic Acid 1.3 mg – 13%
Choline 64.7 mg –

Calcium 37.6 mg – 4%
Iron 6.6 mg – 37%
Magnesium 71.3 mg – 18%
Phosphorus 356 mg – 36%
Potassium 731 mg – 21%
Sodium 4.0 mg – 0%
Zinc 2.5 mg – 17%
Copper 0.5 mg – 25%
Manganese 1.0 mg – 49%
Selenium 5.5 mcg – 8%
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Fats and fatty acids

Total Fat 0.8 g – 1%
Saturated Fat 0.1 g – 1%
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1 g –
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3 g –
Total trans fatty acids ~
Total trans-monoenoic fatty acids ~
Total trans-polyenoic fatty acids ~
Total Omega-3 fatty acids 73.3 mg –
Total Omega-6 fatty acids 271 mg