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« on: September 20, 2007, 06:28:10 AM »

I've been cooking my dogs food since the recalls. He just had his checkup and the Vet said he was in great shape. He said he did feel a little fat around his ribs. My question is, just how much do you feed your dog and what % should be protein? He's 60 pounds and I'm giving him about 20 ounces of food a day.
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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2007, 11:58:16 AM »

Kocakoda, I'm just going to keep this up here, but I don't know what to tell you. 

I'm waiting for a couple of homecooking books to come in, and I've just been going by judgment on how much to feed my 9 month old puppies.  My food is cooked, not raw. 

I give them about a 1/2 cup in the morning and at night, and I feed them a small meal at noon, about 1/4 to 1/3 cup.  They each weigh 33 lbs., give or take 2/10 of a pound.  When they reach 1 year, I will cut out the noon time mini-meal, at least that's what I've read I should do..

My food now is around 75% meat (ground turkey, chicken, beef & eggs) and the rest is a medley of vegetables (variety of colors for various nutrients) and fruits.  They each eat about 1/3 of an apple per day.  I've pretty much stopped them on any grains the last few days, except for their homemade peanut butter cookies.  (Before I was feeding them organic rice or steel cut oats as part of their meals.)

My vet always says what a perfect body condition they have: nice waists, firm muscles, nice skin, & soft fur, so... so far, so good.  Their bloodwork just came back fine, too.  Because they have long bodies, I always thought they were on the thin side and often asked her about their "trim" bodies, but she swears they are perfect and doesn't like to see the "roley poley" puppies, as she calls them.

Maybe someone here who has already read pet cook books can give you better information.  As I said, I've done some reading on the web, but not enough to advise someone... just to relate that my babes seem to be getting enough food and are slowly and steadily gaining weight.  BTW, my dogs are ALWAYS ready to eat, so I'll give them a string bean, baby carrot shaving, apple cube, or a homemade biscuit (1/2" x 1/2").  I really limit the size of the cookies.  The size of the treat doesn't matter.  The dogs just know you're giving them a treat.  Every other day or so, I'll also stuff their Kong toys with organic peanut butter -- just a half teaspoon or so.  This is just my experience.

Can someone else speak of their experiences in self-prepared feeding?

(Hope the typing's OK.  My kitty has been chewing on my fingers as I type.)
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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2007, 09:21:10 AM »

My vet told me to pick up what ever isn't eaten within 30 minutes.  I have been using that as a gauge.  For the cats that is.  Daisy, the dog, will eat what ever you put in front of her.  I am struggling with getting her weight down.
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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2007, 11:12:45 AM »

kocakoda- Each recipe can be slightly different for amounts,but here are the recommendations from Dr Pitcairns book.toy up to 15 lbs,small 15-30,medium30-60,large 60-90,giant over 90 lbs.The average recipe calls for 33 % protein & 30 % fat. I cut down on the grains that they call for.More like 60-75 % proteins,a little steel cut oats or sweet poatos & some veg & fruit. The average amount for a medium dog is 6-7 cups. For a large dog about 8 cups. That seems high to me. My 75 lb 9 yr old lab mix gets about 2 3/4 cups 2x a day,plus treats at lunch & bedtime. When I started homecooking I was using the recommended amount & they all started gaining too much weight. Now that I've cut down they are back to a good weight. Sometimes when cutting grains they will still act hungry. Baby carrots,celery,apple slices, & green beans can help as a treat or in the food.Or you could try peas,a little more starchy & filling.Flaxseed meal is good also. Adds healthy fat & fiber without a lot of carbs.
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