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Author Topic: DOGS: Recipes and Questions for Home Prepared Dog Food  (Read 30889 times)
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« Reply #60 on: June 11, 2009, 05:42:48 AM »

Nice site !
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« Reply #61 on: June 11, 2009, 10:01:14 PM »

It does have a lot of good info on it.  JanC was the one that brought it to my attention during the recall aftermath.

There are also some yahoo groups on home feeding your dog.  Some cover all types - whole prey raw to home cooked, others just focus on one type.  Lew of the B-Naturals website heads one of them.
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« Reply #62 on: June 13, 2009, 02:43:07 AM »

The B-Naturals site has some good info on dogs including recipes for home-made food.  They do sell supplements for home feeding, but still a good resource.  This page gives the basics of home feeding and links to past articles in the newsletter about it.

http://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/cooked-diet/?main_page=Apr2006.php

Wow. .. that's a great link!
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« Reply #63 on: June 13, 2009, 08:00:58 AM »

I get a monthly newsletter that has all kinds of nifty stuff in it.  If you look around on that site, you'll find a place to sign up for the newsletter.  Well worth it. Grin

This month's article is about cancer & herbs.......interesting reading.
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« Reply #64 on: June 19, 2009, 12:13:23 PM »

Cool newsletter. 

I'm getting up my nerve to take the plunge this week with homemade people food that we can share with our dogs. 

Beef stew with potatoes, organic carrots and organic celery.  No onion or garlic?  Anything I should leave out?  What about salt?  Pepper?  Just make it bland and add the seasonings for DH and myself?


Should I just give my dogs a little bit of stew to start with?  I'm worried about ending up with 2 dogs with loose stools.  Right now, they are on grain-free.
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« Reply #65 on: June 19, 2009, 12:49:48 PM »

Might be good to just top their dry for a few days at first, then increase the home-cooked till you're feeding all home-cooked for a meal each day (if you feed them twice a day).  I really think just changing one meal to all home-cooked makes a big difference in their health if you can't go all homemade.

I don't add any seasonings to the dogs' food and they scarf down everything.  Not sure how it works making people and pet food from same batch though.  Since I don't eat meat, I just make all their food separate from mine. 

I separtely cook meat & mixed veggies (potato, cabbage, carrot, apple) to freeze, then often make some oats or rice to add. or use rice cakes or puffed rice cereal.  Frozen beans, peas & carrots, & blueberries are additional ingredients I use.  All the ingredients could all be cooked together, but I like to alternate different meats and veggies in their meals. 

Yogurt, oil (alternate olive & coconut) & beef bones/chicken backs were the only supplements I was using in the past.  I've been adding Honest Kitchen the past few months to take the place of kibble & canned I used sometimes.  That seems to be working out well.

Congrats & good luck with the canine diet change!
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« Reply #66 on: June 19, 2009, 01:07:16 PM »

yummy...thanks for the tips Petslave.  I will be trying this gradually.   Like your idea of just as a topper at first.  They do get fed twice a day.  Can't imagine my dogs not liking it....they have never refused any food we offered them. They love homemade meatballs in homemade tomato sauce and meatloaf. 

If only cats were so easy to please. 
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« Reply #67 on: June 19, 2009, 02:51:27 PM »

When I cook Hannah's chicken (or whatever is the meat of the day!), I add the veggies to the water so it all cooks together.  I add a little bit of garlic powder & parsley to everything I cook for her......never salt or pepper.  I only make enough for a few days & then I switch the protein & veggies.  I use some of the water to make the rice.......I alternate between white & brown rice & whole wheat pasta.  I try to give her something a little different every few days.  Judging by the way she dives into her food (literally), I'd say she likes momma's cookin!!!!!

Right now I have two turkey drumsticks in a big pot w/celery, carrots & yams cooking in chicken broth.  I'm going to add a few white potatoes shortly & then that'll be good to go once I take the meat off the bones.  That's Hannah's turkey stew....... Cheesy

I do use a little kibble & usually add a little pumpkin, yogurt or cottage cheese & either a fish oil capsule or coconut oil plus I do give her Nupro (about half what they suggest) for her supplement.  I chop everything up as I go rather than using the processor & mushing it all up.......so she has a "chunky" meal.

People stop me constantly & comment on her beautiful, shiny coat & her lean body........when they ask what I feed her & I say I cook for her, the looks I get are hysterical.  You do what?

I've been home cooking for probably a couple of yrs now & it took a while to get to where I am now.  At first I did have to adjust the amount because she'd gain a little or lose a little but I have a pretty good system now & she stays pretty much the same, give or take a few lbs.  Wish I could say the same for me...... Tongue

ETA:  Also add eggshell along w/her other supplements.
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« Reply #68 on: June 19, 2009, 06:08:22 PM »

I was thinking the same thing when I was typing my post JanC - if I ate even half as well as the dogs I'd probably feel great!

It would be nice if the cats were that easy to please.  And my little dog.  Dutch picks out the meat and starches and leaves the veggies behind.  He's a meat & potatoes kind of guy. 

He also hates several of the HK flavors and literally gives me the death stare when I put his food down with all the good parts mushed up with one of the dreaded HK mixes. 
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« Reply #69 on: June 19, 2009, 07:28:46 PM »

LOL, Petslave.  Dutch sounds finicky like some of my cats, but he is a doggy.    Wink

Jan, do you cook the turkey drumsticks with the skin on them or discard the skin first?  One of my dogs used to love baked turkey skin years ago. 
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« Reply #70 on: June 19, 2009, 08:07:10 PM »

The skin contains a lot of fat right under it. I usually only leave it on if boiling the meat & refridgerating to skim the fat off. When I started cooking for them I would make soups or stews & use 2 stockpots. That way I could season ours after separating theirs. Plus I'm not into eating eggshells !  Wink I too wish I ate as well as my cats & dogs ,or that my weight stayed as steady ! I did find the cats were much more likely to eat homemade after seeing & smelling what the dogs were getting. I usually grind or puree most of it,but dice some for chunks to chew also. Or just add chopped or whole rinsed clams. I started out using a very wet homemade as a topper,then went to 1 meal of kibble & 1 homemade. Now they are all homemade or raw,kibble is only an occasional treat.
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« Reply #71 on: June 20, 2009, 06:52:00 AM »

LOL, Petslave.  Dutch sounds finicky like some of my cats, but he is a doggy.    Wink

Jan, do you cook the turkey drumsticks with the skin on them or discard the skin first?  One of my dogs used to love baked turkey skin years ago. 

Yesterday, because they were frozen solid, I threw them in the pot, skin & all.  If they are defrosted & I can get the skin off, then I do it that way.  She gets no skin, that gets tossed.

I almost always cook her meat in water/broth so I can add veggies & then use some of the water for her rice/pasta.  I put a little bit of the water into the plastic container, add fresh water & that's where I store the meat & veggies.  I have never bothered to refrigerate it & skim fat off.......that's too much trouble for me!  So I use a small amount of the liquid & discard the rest.  I know, probably where all the nutrients are but way too greasy for me.

You could cook up a bunch & freeze but my freezer has very limited space so I can't do that.  I mostly take the meat out of the freezer until it thaws out a tad & then throw it in water.......just cook it longer. 

Hannah may be a regal princess (so she thinks...... Roll Eyes.......) but she eats anything I put out for her.  I throw her fish oil capsules or Benadryl (if she's on a scratching jag) right into the mix & she gobbles it right down.  As far as she's concerned, I'm a gourmet chef (ha!)  One of these days I'm going to try baking biscuits for her. Tongue
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