|Barked: Thu Feb 17, '11 11:17am PST |
I am interested in getting Tobi on a home-cooked diet, or at least maybe partially onto one. I do have a lot of questions, though, and a couple of conditions that may make it difficult.
1) First off is that I don't eat red meats, and I don't enjoy the smell/handling of red meats if I can help it. Sacrifices can be made, of course, and I'd be happy to whip up some beef or something once in a while to spice it up, BUT I would be focusing on chicken and/or fish, and maybe eggs if I can balance meals with them. Is this viable, or is red meat really that much better for them that their diet should be based on them?
2) It seems like people have enough trouble balancing adult formulas, and Tobi is only 5 1/2 months old. Should I wait until he is finished growing to introduce a new diet, just in case what I'm making is not enough for him? He is on a high quality puppy kibble at the moment that seems to be treating him very well, so I don't see a point in wrecking a good thing.
3) Is it possible to do 50/50 kibble and home-cooked, and would this maybe make it easier to balance vitamins and minerals? I know home-cooked can be rather pricey, and I'm on a bit of a budget, so I'd like to spice up his food without running myself out of house and home lol.
4) I have already come up with some good resources from looking around this thread, but most of them are regarding adult dogs. I was wondering if someone had a website/book/etc. that could help me calculate a puppy's needs, or any ideas on how I could figure this out?
Thanks in advance for the input