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Heirloom Boston Terriers
Nutritional Requirements and How to Incorporate Them
Vitamins
What it Does
Meats
Herbs
       
Vitamin A
Enhances immunity, prevents eye problems and skin
disorders. Important in bone and teeth formation.
Protects against colds and infection. Slows aging
process.
Vitamin A is fat soluble and can accumulate in the
body over time. It’s hard to get vitamin A toxicity from
food, but don’t add a lot of foods rich in vitamin A if
you feed a pre-made raw food that has added vitamin
A.
Chicken, pork, egg,
salmon, halibut,
haddock, sardines,
liver, kidney, brain,
tuna
Alfalfa, borage leaves, burdock root,
cayenne, chickweed, eyebright, fennel
seed, hops, horsetail, kelp, lemongrass,
mullein, nettle, oat straw, paprika,
parsley, peppermint, plantain, raspberry
leaves, red clover, rose hips, sage, uva
ursi, violet leaves, watercress, yellow dock.

****Alfalfa is an herb with many
nutritional benefits but it’s a big genetically
modified (GMO) crop.  Be sure to buy
organic alfalfa to avoid giving harmful
GMOs to your dog
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
Promotes growth, improves mental attitude, aids
digestion, helps strengthen nervous system and
prevent stress
Liver, rabbit, chicken,
turkey, pork, lamb,
goat, ostrich, buffalo,
egg, beef, salmon,
halibut, haddock,
sardine
Alfalfa ****, bladder wrack, burdock
root, catnip, cayenne, chamomile,
chickweed, eyebright, fennel seed,
fenugreek, hops, nettle, oat straw,
parsley, peppermint, raspberry leaves,
red clover, rose hips, sage, yarrow,
and yellow dock.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
Needed for red blood cell formation, aids growth
and reproduction, promotes hair, skin and nail
growth. Important in the prevention and
treatment of cataracts
Liver, heart, kidney,
rabbit, chicken, turkey,
pork, lamb, goat,
ostrich, buffalo, egg,
beef, salmon, halibut,
haddock, sardine
Alfalfa ****, bladder wrack, burdock
root, catnip, cayenne, chamomile,
chickweed, eyebright, fennel seed,
fenugreek, ginseng, hops, horsetail,
mullein, nettle, oat straw, parsley,
peppermint, raspberry leaves, red
clover, rose hips, sage, yellow dock.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
Essential for proper circulation and healthy skin.
Increases energy, aids digestion, helps prevent
migraines
Rabbit, chicken,
turkey, pork, lamb,
goat, ostrich, buffalo,
egg, beef, salmon,
halibut, haddock,
sardine, tuna
Alfalfa ****, burdock root, catnip,
cayenne, chamomile, chickweed,
eyebright, fennel seed, hops, licorice,
mullein, nettle, oat straw, parsley,
peppermint, raspberry leaf, red
clover, rose hips, slippery elm, yellow
dock
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic
Acid)
Enhances stamina, prevents anemia, helps wounds
heal, fights infection, strengthens immune system
Liver, heart, kidney,
rabbit, chicken, turkey,
pork, lamb, goat,
ostrich, buffalo, egg,
beef, salmon, halibut,
haddock, sardine
Alfalfa **** , burdock root, nettle,
yellow dock
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
Needed to produce hydrochloric acid. Aids in
absorption of fats, and protein. Mildly diuretic,
helps prevent kidney stones. Helpful in treating
allergies, arthritis, and asthma
Liver, heart, kidney,
rabbit, chicken, turkey,
pork, lamb, goat,
ostrich, buffalo, egg,
beef, salmon, halibut,
haddock, sardine
Alfalfa ****, catnip, oat straw
Vitamin B9 (Folate, Folic
Acid)
Works to produce red blood cells and helps iron
work properly in the body. Controls blood levels
of amino acids. Important in pregnant females to
lower risk of neural tube birth defects (like cleft
palates)
Liver, rabbit, chicken,
turkey, pork, lamb,
goat, ostrich, buffalo,
egg, beef, salmon,
halibut, haddock,
sardine
Rosemary, dandelion, parsley,
spirulina
Vitamin B12
(Cyanocobalamin)
Helps prevent anemia. Protects nervous system,
improves concentration, aids digestion
Liver, heart, kidney,
rabbit, chicken, turkey,
pork, lamb, goat,
ostrich, buffalo, egg,
beef, salmon, halibut,
haddock, sardine
Alfalfa ****, bladderwrack, hops
Vitamin C (Ascorbic
Acid)
Helps calcium and iron formation. Enhances
immunity. Helps prevent cancer. Aids in
production of anti-stress hormones. Antioxidant
required for proper tissue growth and repair, and
adrenal gland function
Liver, kidney, heart,
fish
Alfalfa ****, burdock root, cayenne,
chickweed, eyebright, fennel seed,
fenugreek, hops, horsetail, kelp,
peppermint, mullein, nettle, oat straw,
paprika, parsley, pine needle,
plantain, raspberry leaf, red clover,
rose hips, skullcap, violet leaves,
yarrow, yellow dock
Vitamin D
Essential for calcium and phosphorus utilization.
Prevents rickets. Needed for normal growth of
bones and teeth. Helps regulate heartbeat.
Prevents cancer and enhances immunity. Aids
thyroid function and blood clotting.
Note: Dogs can’t manufacture vitamin D from
sunshine like humans can, so they need to get it
from their diet. If you feed home-prepared raw,
unless your meat is from grass-fed animals or you
feed pastured eggs, you’ll need to feed fish or
supplement with cod liver oil for your dog to get
enough
vitamin D.
Egg, sardine, liver,
kidney, salmon, tuna
Alfalfa ****, horsetail, nettle, parsley
Vitamin E
Antioxidant which helps prevent cancer and heart
disease. Prevents cell damage. Reduces blood
pressure and promotes healthy skin and hair.
Note: vitamin E is not easily absorbed and less
than half the amount in food is available to the
body. Grass-fed meats are about four times higher
in vitamin E than grain-fed
Ostrich, buffalo, egg,
halibut, haddock,
sardine, kidney, liver,
brain
Alfalfa ****, bladder wrack,
dandelion, dong quai, flaxseed, nettle,
oat straw, raspberry leaf, rose hips
Vitamin K
Promotes healthy liver function. Helps bone
formation and repair. Increases longevity
Egg, halibut, haddock,
sardine, liver
Alfalfa ****, green tea, kelp, nettle,
oat straw, shepherds purse
       
Minerals
What it Does
Meats
Herbs
       
Calcium
Builds and protects bones and teeth. Helps
maintain regular heartbeat. Prevents muscle
cramping.
Especially in young dogs, it’s important to feed
sufficient calcium for bone and muscle development
Rabbit, chicken,
turkey, pork, lamb,
goat, ostrich, buffalo,
egg, beef, salmon,
halibut, haddock,
sardine
Alfalfa ****, burdock root, cayenne,
chamomile, chickweed, chicory,
dandelion, eyebright, fennel seed,
fenugreek, flaxseed, hops, horsetail,
kelp, lemongrass, mullein, nettle, oat
straw, paprika, parsley, peppermint,
plantain, raspberry leaf, red clover,
rose hips, shepherd’s purse, violet
leaves, yarrow, yellow dock
Copper
Converts iron to hemoglobin. Protects against
anemia. Needed for healthy bones and joints
Chicken, turkey, pork,
lamb, goat, ostrich,
buffalo, egg, beef,
salmon, halibut,
haddock, sardine
Sheep sorrel
Iodine
Needed in trace amounts for a healthy thyroid
gland and to help metabolize excess fat
Salmon, haddock,
seafood, egg
Calendula, tarragon leaves, turkey
rhubarb
Iron
Essential for metabolism, and the production of
hemoglobin
Rabbit, chicken,
turkey, pork, lamb,
goat, ostrich, buffalo,
halibut, haddock,
sardine
Alfalfa ****, burdock root, catnip,
cayenne, chamomile, chickweed,
chicory, dandelion, dong quai,
eyebright, fennel seed, fenugreek,
horsetail, kelp, lemongrass, licorice,
milk thistle seed, mullein, nettle,
oatstraw, paprika, parsley,
peppermint, plantain, raspberry leaf,
rose hips, sarsaparilla, shepherd’s
purse, uva ursi, yellow dock
Magnesium
Prevents calcification of soft tissue. Helps reduce
and dissolve calcium phosphate kidney stones.
Helps prevent birth defects. Improves
cardiovascular system
Rabbit, chicken,
turkey, pork, goat,
ostrich, buffalo, egg,
beef, salmon, halibut,
haddock, sardine
Alfalfa ****, bladder wrack, catnip,
cayenne, chamomile, chickweed,
dandelion, eyebright, fennel,
fenugreek, hops, horsetail, lemongrass,
licorice, mullein, nettle, oat straw,
paprika, parsley, peppermint,
raspberry leaf, red clover, sage,
shepherd’s purse, yarrow, yellow dock.
If your dog has a tendency to get
tendon or ligament injuries (like
cruciate tears), he may be manganese
deficient
Manganese
Minute quantities of this mineral are needed for
healthy nerves, blood sugar regulation, normal
bone growth and thyroid hormone production.
Note: Manganese is a very important mineral for
ligament and tendon strength because it activates
the enzymes that build collagen. If your dog has a
tendency to get tendon or ligament injuries (like
cruciate tears), he may be manganese deficient.
Rabbit, chicken,
turkey, pork, goat,
ostrich, buffalo, egg,
beef, salmon, haddock,
halibut, sardine
Alfalfa, burdock root, catnip,
chamomile, chickweed, dandelion,
eyebright, fennel seed, fenugreek,
ginseng, hops, horsetail, lemongrass,
mullein, parsley, peppermint,
raspberry leaf, red clover, rose hip,
wild yam, yarrow, yellow dock
Phosphorus
Needed for teeth and bone formation, nerve
impulse transfer, normal heart rhythm and kidney
function
Rabbit, turkey, pork,
lamb, goat, ostrich,
buffalo, egg, beef,
salmon, halibut,
haddock, sardine
Burdock root, turkey rhubarb,
slippery elm bark
Potassium
Regulates water balance, and muscle function.
Important for health nervous system and regular
heart rhythm
Rabbit, chicken,
turkey, pork, lamb,
goat, ostrich, buffalo,
egg, beef, salmon,
halibut, haddock,
sardine
Catnip, hops, horsetail, nettle,
plantain, red clover, sage, skullcap
Selenium
Provides an important trace element for prostrate
gland in males. Protects immune system and helps
regulate thyroid hormones
Rabbit, chicken,
turkey, pork, lamb,
goat, ostrich, buffalo,
egg, beef, salmon,
halibut, haddock,
sardine
Alfalfa ****, burdock root, catnip,
cayenne, chamomile, chickweed,
fennel seed, ginseng, garlic, hawthorn
berry, horsetail, lemongrass, milk
thistle nettle, oat straw, parsley,
peppermint, raspberry leaf, rose hips,
sarsaparilla, uva ursi, yarrow, yellow
dock
Zinc
Promotes growth and mental alertness.
Accelerates healing. Regulates oil glands.
Promotes healthy immune system and healing of
wounds
Rabbit, chicken,
turkey, pork, lamb,
goat, ostrich, buffalo,
egg, beef, salmon,
halibut, haddock,
sardine
Alfalfa ****, burdock root, cayenne,
chamomile, chickweed, dandelion,
eyebright, fennel seed, hops, milk
thistle, mullein, nettle, parsley, rose
hips, sage, sarsaparilla, skullcap, wild
yam
If you are not familiar with herbs, please check their contraindications prior to using for your specific pup.
****Alfalfa is an herb with many nutritional benefits but it’s a big genetically modified (GMO) crop.  
Be sure to buy organic alfalfa to avoid giving harmful GMOs to your dog