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Author Topic: Oy, my brain hurts. (Ingredients, Supplements, Serving Sizes)  (Read 2349 times)
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Pit Bull Lover
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« on: September 28, 2007, 06:38:12 PM »

Yes, I've searched the forums.  Yes, I've got a couple of books (Pitcairn's and Martin's Food Pets Die For).  And yes, I've trawled the Internet, but holy crikey, there's just too much info.  I'm not cook-ish, mathematically inclined, loaded with money or free time.  I need to cook in bulk and freeze/refrigerate in meal-sized portions much of the time (I don't have a problem cutting up apples or adding fresh bits like that to a pre-prepared meal.), but I'm lacking recipes that break it down that way.  I also haven't been giving her supplements because of the "China factor" but I've been clumsily homecooking for a few weeks and I need to balance things out better, I know, but it's got to be fairly simple and it can't be prohibitively expensive.  Help!  Please? 

Dog's weight: 64-68 lbs.
Fed twice a day.

[That burning odor you smell is the smoke coming out of my ears.  I've overtaxed the poor thing.]       
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2007, 12:46:30 AM »

whoaa.. PitBull!!!  Gotta calm down now, mate.  Its not as hard as all that.  You just have what is known as "information overload."  You just need time to digest all the info you apparently have been loading yourself on.  In the meantime, you have done quite well in giving some home-cooked meals for your doggie.  I have cats and the recipes I have are for cats, but I know someone here who could probably be of IMMENSE help to you - that's Straybaby - she home-prepares her doggies' food.  PM her for some simple recipes for starters. 
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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2007, 05:24:19 AM »

Pit Bull Lover- It's not that hard ! Think about your own meals,they don't balance either. But if you eat different foods;it will balance over the course of a week. I also make in bulk & freeze. Send me a pm & I will be happy to give you some tips.You can get most needed nutrients from foods you add to the recipe.I am feeding 3 dogs-75 lbs,25 lbs & 13 lbs. Also 2 cats-12 lbs & 18 lbs.

"the world's most inept extortionist"
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2007, 12:05:01 PM »

Sorry I forgot about dear ol' Lesleik who's a home-prep PRO too!!!  Sorry Les... it was really late last night and I had just finished reading a post from Straybaby that waswhy she was on my mind.  I do know that you're one of the home-preparers here in ITCHMO.  Its very very kind of you to encourage PitB-lover!  I wish more people will home-prepare for their companion animals!
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2007, 03:05:45 PM »

Pit Bull Lover:

Take the path in between......I give my Lab a little dry, a little canned & the rest is home-cooked meat & veggies.  I give the dry for the crunch, the canned for the vitamins/minerals & the home-cooked because she's a spoiled little girl..... Shocked

I too was freaking out.....afraid to give a vitamin pill for fear of the China factor or that I might be overdosing her on I decided on a combo.  I don't know that it's really any more expensive than all home cooking because I only give her a little of the dry & canned but enough so that I believe she's getting all her vitamins without any supplements.  And she paces & paces when I'm getting her dinner ready so it appears that she really likes it.....but it took me a while to get it down to a science.

Maybe that might work out better for you..... Tongue
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