Defined as: A “plant or plant part.” Valued for medicinal, savory or aromatic qualities. Once, hundreds of species of wild herbs, grasses, sedges, nuts, berries and seeds grew abundantly over expansive areas of virgin wilderness throughout the planet, untouched by the hand of man.
A vast variety of these seasonal plants are the established daily diet of all species of grazing animals, providing the necessary nutrients that their bodies need to function to their fullest potential. The benefits derived from these nutrients, in turn, become available to wolves and other predatory animals as they prey on and consume them.
Thousands of acres of this native vegetation have disappeared due to man’s development, and lands that were once the domain of all wild animals have now been turned into large-scale agricultural croplands, or have been paved over and urbanized. As a result of modern farming methods, very few varieties of grasses are grown for animals to feed on. Most domestically raised ruminants’ diets consist of just a few different types of grasses, flora and more recently grains, resulting in the further disappearance of indigenous plant life from the food chain, as we rely more and more on modern processed foods for ourselves and our animals.
As a direct descendant of the wolf, your dog still has the same dietary requirements. However, few canine diets contain any form of herbs or grasses.
Domestic dogs, like their ancestor the wolf, can oftentimes be observed chewing on grass and other plants. Some animal behaviorists see this as a sign of a deficiency in some essential elements once provided by those now rare or unavailable plants. Such forays into vegetarian habits usually result in regurgitation, and so it may be that the consumption is exploited as a purgative. However, caution must be urged: Ingestion of certain kinds of plants may prove toxic.
Timberwolf Organics has chosen specific herbs that have been consumed for thousands of years throughout the many regions of the earth.