Sombra Ultrajante Filas Nutrition
The nutrition program that Sombra Ultrajante Filas uses in our
kennel is a compilation of many years of having researched and
tested various feeding programs, dog foods, and supplement programs.
We do not claim to be a nutritionist, a veterinarian, or an expert
in the field of the canine diet. We do, however, know that the
nutrition program we are using with our dogs has proven itself to be
of the highest quality. This program has given our dogs the best
nutrition, health, energy, skin, and coat vitality that we have ever
experienced with our beloved dogs. Since beginning this program, we
are seeing the results here at home, when we are involved in
athletic activities, at working events, and in the show ring.
Another fila kennel is using a program that is almost identical and
is experiencing the same results. As a result of repeated requests
from our friends, clients, and fellow canine enthusiasts, we have
compiled this article in order to share our nutrition program with
others. As with many programs that involve the health of your dog,
you should always consult your veterinarian, before implementing any
Components of our nutrition program
We have chosen to feed kibble that is grain free, has no soy, and
has no corn, to all our dogs. It has been our experience, most
especially with the filas, that raw does not offer a complete
balance of all criteria in regards to a well balanced canine diet.
One kibble that is excellent is Orijen or Acana. These foods are not
grain based, have the freshest of ingredients, and great protein
If the above dry foods are not available or appropriate for your
budget, there is a economical feed that is of good quality and
suitable for the fila. This food is produced by Costco Wholesale
Club chain and is produced under the name of Kirkland’s Dog Food.
They have three formulas which are all sound with limited grains
(rice alone) and no corn.
We fully support these feeds and use them in conjunction with each
other in our nutrition program.
As hard as we try to provide a nutritionally complete diet for our
beloved filas, it just is not possible to fill all the needs with
one product. Nzymes BacPak Plus is a blend of live, viable, and
naturally occurring microorganisms and digestive enzymes for pets of
all ages. This unique micro-encapsulated blend helps to promote
better digestion and improved assimilation of foods to optimize the
health of the digestive tract and immune system. This process
ensures that 95% of the viable bacteria reach the gastro-intestinal
An alternative probiotic that is available at most farm / feed
stores that is quite good and very affordable is OptiZyme. It is
located in the equine section. A sprinkle on top of your dog’s food
each day is sufficient to keep their systems more in balance. This
equals approximately one teaspoon per day per dog.
Nyzmes Granules are a functional human grade food and a natural
supplement. This concentrated “live” formula is designed to help
replenish important enzymes lacking in today’s diets of over-cooked
and pre-processed foods. This contributes to the body’s primary
antioxidant support system and helps stimulate production of vital
metabolic enzymes used to maintain many cellular functions.
Combined, these factors help cleanse dangerous free radicals and
toxins from the body.
Nzymes helps with the following:
Natural anti-inflammatory ~ so you can avoid risky medicines like
Rimadyl or Deramaxx
Orthopedic problems ~ HOD, OCO, Pano, Wobblers, Hip Dysplasia, ACL
Epilepsy and Seizures - due to vaccine reactions
Vaccine reaction prevention
Cleanses residual toxins from medicines, flea and parasite
Boosting the immune system
Reduces healing time from injury, surgery
Reduces recovery time from anesthesia.
This is an all natural mineral / vitamin supplement that was
researched by a nutrition doctor. It is a completely holistic
product which replaces the vitamins, minerals, and digestive enzymes
that a dog does not get in through their normal diet. This comes in
a liver based powder which when mixed with a small amount of water,
makes a delicious gravy that your dog will love. This is the most
complete as well as cost effective vitamin/mineral formula on the
market today that is made from holistic ingredients. We highly
recommend this product in the Joint Formula for all filas!!
Here is a sample listing of some of the ingredients found in the
Glucosamine Complex MSM
Ester-C Chelated Mineral blend Kelp
Flax Seed Lecithin
Bee Pollen Yeast Culture
Garlic Lactobacillus Acidophilus
Calcium Citrate and much more….
Depleted agricultural soils mean essential micronutrients are
missing in even the finest dog foods. The SOURCE micronutrients are
concentrated from seaweeds grown in nutrient-rich ocean waters.
Careful selection, harvesting, and low temperature dehydration
capture these nutrients at their peak. Source Plus concentrates the
entire ocean's bounty and then adds other important natural
ingredients to help young dogs grow strong and healthy and mature
dogs feel their best. Dog owners' reports include superior glossy
coats, healthy skin condition, successful breedings, and improved
temperament and appetites. This has been pivotal in the health of
From the very beginning of our owning dogs, our dogs have always
been fed salmon oil and cod liver oil in combination with our food
program. We have found that these two essential oils are rich in
Omega 3’s, keep our dogs coats and skin from becoming dry and flaky,
are a rich source of minerals that is often lacking in our dogs
diets, and they love the taste! Each dog gets approximately 1 ounce
a day of both oils. Be sure to begin the cod liver oil very slowly
and build slowly as this is very rich and could result in loose
stools if too much is fed to quickly. A good beginning is ¼ oz for
two days, ½ oz for three days, and ¾ oz for three days and then to
the full one ounce.
This is a product that is often easily found in any pet store!
Here is a partial list of raw veggies which can be placed in a
blender with some water and made into a puree to mix into your
kibble a spoon at a time or so. For quick ease of use, simply mix up
a batch, freeze in ice cube trays, pop out and store in a freezer
bag until needed. Take out a few cubes a day and there you have
wonderful fresh fruits and veggies for the dogs!
Celery Spinach Carrots Zucchini Cabbage
Apples Bananas Cranberries Coconut Sweet Potato
The only item I cook is the sweet potato. This is for ease of
blending. I have several dogs that will eat a sweet potato raw much
like a chew bone. Please note that raw potatoes become carcinogenic
for dogs and are NOT recommended for feeding.
I caution you to be careful when choosing raw meat to give to your
dogs. Often times the meat is from poor sources when sold for dogs.
It is best to get human grade meat packaged in an FDA approved plant
if you do not have access to a organic raw source which has met
cleanliness certification standards. If you have difficulty
obtaining a good meat source, I have listed below the packaged meats
that are part of our nutrition program. Each type comes in a two
pound package which can be frozen until ready to use.
BKH – 50% ground beef,
15% kidney, 35% heart
Veggie- 70% ground beef, 30% carrot, pea, green bean
Chicken-ground with bone
Whole ground rabbit
Turkey with bone
To give you a succinct over view of our exact program this is how a
typical feeding day will look…..
A.M. – Dry kibble, Nupro, Source Plus, Nzymes, BacPak Plus, frozen
veggie cube, 1 raw organic egg, ½ oz cod liver oil, and 1/3 cup
ground raw meat. Mix thoroughly and feed.
Noon – natural bones from our supplier
P.M. – Kibble, salmon oil, 1/3 c tepid water, frozen veggie cube,
raw egg from our hens, ½ oz cod liver oil, and 1/3 cup ground raw
meat. Mix thoroughly and feed.
Every third day is a raw day for our dogs and they get a variety of
raw meat, organ meat, and raw meaty bones for their meals.
We have found the combination of raw and kibble has almost
eradicated bloat within our kennel. Since beginning this feeding
program we have not experienced any bloat in any of our dogs. It is
our hopes/prayers that you will find the same great success as you
implement this program with your beloved dogs.
It is our desire that in sharing this information with you, perhaps
your dog will enjoy optimal health!!
Should you have any further questions concerning our nutrition
program, education sites/resources, or health care, please do not
hesitate to contact us. We are happy to share what we learn with
Have a great fila day!!
Shawn & Katrina Waldrip
Sombra Ultrajante Filas
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