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|I think you're overthinking this. I feed or have fed the following:
4.) Eggs (Raw)
7.) Lactose (Cow Milk, Etc.)
9.) Moderate Amount of Garlic
5.) Cantaloupe (LOVES cantaloupe)
8.) Lemon/Lime (and it was funny)
9.) Oranges/Citrus Fruits/Extracts
16.)Sweet Corn (Without Cob)
Common sense applies. Yes, tuna can be very bad. It contains some of the highest amounts of mercury of any fish. So don't feed it more than once a week. Same as you do for yourself, I'm sure. Dogs can react poorly to milk, just like humans. If they do, don't give them milk products. Some mushrooms are poisonous, but certainly not all. Don't let your dog eat things it finds in the yard, period, and he should be fine. Etc.
How much liver is too much?
I feed raw liver as about 5% of the overall diet. I feed that much because I generally feed an all raw diet and don't do much supplementing. I'm relying on organs to get a lot of nutrients. Feeding more than that you risk vitamin A toxicity. Although cooking does change the nature of a food, so if you're cooking it, it may be ok to feed more.
Can I use the Zip-N-Steam bags for veggies?
I'm personally uncomfortable with microwaving things in plastic, but if you're ok with it I don't see why not.
Is Total really an okay source of carbs/starch?
If you're like most, you're looking into homecooking out of concern for what you might be feeding in kibble, and to provide a fresher, less processed diet. If that's the case, I would never feed Total. The ingredients list reads like a poor quality dog food:
Whole grain wheat and brown rice flakes. Ingredients: whole grain wheat, sugar, calcium carbonate, whole grain brown rice, corn syrup, salt, lactose, monoglcerides, vitamin C (sodium ascorbate), beet juice concentrate and annatto extract color, zinc and iron (mineral nutrients), vitamin E (topopheryl acetate), a B vitamin (niacinamide), a B vitamin (calcium pantothenate), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B1 (thiamin mononitrate), a B vitamin (folic acid), vitamin A (palmitate), vitamin B12, vitamin D. Freshness preserved by BHT.
Should any of the fruits be cooked (for better digestion)?
I can't imagine a fruit I would want to eat cooked, other than apples. I think the meat of them is fairly digestible, but things like apple peel or whole orange slices would probably pass right through.
If most dogs are lactose intolerant, should they still have cottage cheese, yogurt, cheese, etc
No should or shouldn't... If it doesn't bother them as an individual, there's no reason they can't have those things. But none of them are necessary.
Can dogs eat citrus (Oranges/Lemons)? If so, I can incorporate this into their daily Vitamin C intake.
Can, but most likely will not. Dogs tend to hate citrus (hence citronella bark collars). You could try oranges. Quite a few dogs like them. But I don't think I've ever found a dog who would eat a lemon. And I don't know how much vitamin C they would provide.
What is the best type of rotation schedule? Daily? Weekly? Bi-Weekly? Monthly?
I feed something different every night, unless there's enough of it to last several days. I've based his diet on turkey, because it's cheap, a good source of RMBs, and he doesn't like chicken much.
I have heard that all nuts to some degree are bad for dogs. How does this apply to peanut butter?
It's just not something you want to feed by the gallon. Vance doesn't really like nuts, but Belle thought they were great. She'd get a few walnuts or pecans once and a while as a treat. Some are worse than others... I've always heard macadamias are bad. Peanut butter in itself really isn't a fantastic food... It's loaded with sugar. But it's not going to hurt anything if you use moderation.
PORK!! Is this known as a bad meat primarily because of its high fat tendecies? If so, then its affects should differ from dog to dog, right? Or is it considered bad because of its risk of Trichinosis or other parasites? If so, would this matter if the food is cooked thoroughly (140* or higher (temperature said to kill this parasite))?
Trichinosis. But if you're feeding good pork, the risk is minimal. If you run a search, you'll find there are topics dealing with this in the forums. It's also taken care of if you cook the meat throughly. The only time the fat would be downright bad is if your dog is overweight, or prone to pancreatitis. That said, I wouldn't feed cooked meat with big globs of fat on it, like some cuts of pork can have... That I would trim.
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