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How To Make A Balanced Home Recipe For Your Dog

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11 Responses to “How To Make A Balanced Home Recipe For Your Dog”


  1. Neo Says:
    July 13th, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Thanks for making that available.
    Was so glad to see at the end the discussion on the quality of the vitamins.
    Flax oil too – if it is exposed to air or heat goes rancid quickly and then becomes more harmful than helpful.
    If the right foods were being incorporated could one not skip supplementation altogether- Other than needing to target to specific health issues.
    Could you give us a discussion/Video on eggshells as a supplement. What about raw – apples and veggies- Thanks:>)

  2. Emily Says:
    July 13th, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Who would cook for your dog if he lived in the wild???
    I feed my two Papillions a raw meat diet.
    I start with ground vegetables and ad whatever supliments needed. I have found a butcher who saves chicken backs and necks and he ads my ground veg’s and puts the whole thing through the grinder. He freezes it in flat boxes and when hard he cuts it on his bone saw any size I want. I pop them into zip-lock bags and I have enough for about 4 months. Cost? $25.00
    They love it and I believe that it is the healthiest for them.
    Raw chicken is not dangerous for dogs only cooked chicken because the bones will splinter and puncture their stomach. A dog in the wild will kill and eat a whole chicken, bones, feathers and all. Do you cook like that every single night? Way too much work.

  3. Terri McDonald Says:
    July 13th, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I feed my dog Lexi, rat terrier mix, raw ground turkey, ground bones and organ meats included. Suplemented with brocolli, carrots, apples, banana, raw eggs including the shells ground up in my blender. I feed her 1 3/4 oz. ground turkey and about a 1 1/2 tablespoons of the veggie mix twice a day to keep the bone moving thru her system. My vet says she is doing well. Do you think she needs anything else in her diet? Occasionally, she gets a chunk of turkey neck, about 2 oz. for a meal, when the weather permits, must eat that outdoors or she drags it all over the house.
    Thank you for your help, Terri.

  4. Neo Says:
    July 13th, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Re the chicken – by poster.
    Breaking news is – Chicken contains so many antibiotics – it may be linked to urinary chronic infection.(gosh knows what else)(google headlines yesterday))
    Yep- would be nice to be able to feed raw- organic.
    Raw. There is the question . We are not feeding RAW wild diet. We are feeding high density animals requiring high amts of antibiotics. This is not going out and bringing down a bird/rabbit/deer. This is animals kept in small areas spreading disease. Ecoli and salmonella and yes the digestion is faster – ergo less time to multiply..but this is not free range non diseased animals.
    ( and yep i am at times a raw feeder. A HM cooked feeder and a kibble (supposedly high quality – yeh right feeder))
    I cant do only organic- At one point between fosters and rescues had over 500 lbs of dog:>)Big dogs weighing in at over 100lbs a piece.
    People grade definitely the best way to go. But what has been done to all our food – dogs/cats/ humans- is criminal.
    And our supp’s – chemical/synthetics. Likely more harmful than helpful/healthful.
    Obviously we need to get back to basics. Which is very hard to do considering the biggest crops are now GMO- just so we can spray roundup on them and they will survive….the chemical bath.
    Let alone that the gene splicing has made the food indigestible. Body cant even contend with it.
    Think Chrones or IBS and think GMO. Allergies and everything else. Or think selenium and iodine not availble inour soils, so therfor nor our crops.

    Obviously the best way to go is homemade. it’s difficult tho.
    oh i wish i had a lil foo foo only – and could afford to feed the best.Not reality tho. Nor is it reality for so many of us pet guardians.
    ~ If ~ If we really did get it together for our dogs or cats – re breeding/ homeless / adoption rescue. To feed a good diet. The world would not have this over pop of unwanted animals. We would recognize that a dog requires more than a bag of kibble and the breeders would not be so prolific because we would realize the cost to care for our pets and it would not be a cheap bag of kibble.
    We would not feed our human kids cereal and milk and throw in the vit’s because of diets so poorly lacking. At least one hopes we would not.
    Now the newest fad. Peas. Or Beans.
    Yeh for sure.; the oh so good ingredients – that are useless at high heat cooking. Exposure to air. (rancid) Healthy !. and it is a fairy tale …and half of it is not helpful in our pets diets but because human diets are moving that way so are our kibbles. Our human diets of salmon oil or flax – or veggies is not what is in that bag of crap dog food or catfood. But the public falls for it – for some reason.

  5. Marg Says:
    July 13th, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Can u do a raw food diet recipe? Thanks.

  6. Jean Says:
    July 14th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    You gave Lewis approximately 5 cups of the homemade food– is that only one feeding per day, or two (therefore 10 cups of food per day)?

    Thank you.

  7. Polly Gallanger Says:
    July 16th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Love to read your info, thanks so much. Do you have a recipe like for tiny dogs (6#). You had another video (some time ago)for real simple recipe I have used-tuna and couple other things I have used. Dogs are Yorkie girl and 2 maltese-yorkie male. Love homemade food but I want to be sure and have in it all they need so do it only occasional. Thanks! Polly

  8. Mark Vet Says:
    August 7th, 2012 at 7:08 am

    My dog dachshund in the name of Chucky loves homemade food. He has a bowels problem so that the food suits him.

  9. Larry Says:
    August 28th, 2012 at 7:46 am

    How about home prepared balanced meal for cats ?

  10. real food for dogs Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    WTF? OK, i understand that some people think dogs need some of the stuff we eat, but please answer me this.
    if humans weren’t IMPOSING diets onto dogs, what would they eat NATURALLY? what they can catch, and scavenge would be the answer right? so, how does a dog COOK a sweet potato?
    and how would it properly chew it? MOLARS? NOPE, hence the CANINE teeth, for tearing.

    was at the vets this morning (31/8/12) having a check up on our lil rescue (another story) and there was a dog in with lots of fur loss, bald patches etc. I KNEW, their answer to the question I asked before I asked it, “DOES HE HAVE DRIED FOOD?” “YES” they said.
    CLUE for the future people, DOGS EAT RAW MEAT and RAW BONES (NOT COOKED) they MAY go for little bits of greens if available, and supplements are handy as additional help. (and it is BS about bones not digesting, i have a video of my 10 week old puppy scoffing a salmon that is LONGER than her, 4 years ago)

  11. Becca Says:
    February 4th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Well, here in Aus we’re lucky. The mot common pet meat is wild shot kangaroo, low in fat (what fat there is is omega 3 and 6 and as organic as you can get unregulated. I mix up 1kg minced roo with an egg, a puréed carrot and another veg in season, about 120g of ground linseed, sunflower and almond, some extra oil (olive/flax) 2 tsp chamomile flowers, about 50ml colloidal minerals and any other herbs I think might help. This’ll last my 2 cavoodles 4-5 days, together with chicken carcass and bigger bones for brekkie, as this mix lacks bonemeal.

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