|Barked: Sun Apr 3, '11 9:51pm PST |
|My friend started homecooking for her 10lb dog, so maybe I can help a little. how long have you been feeding Bentley this way? It's severely lacking in nutrients. So much that I would get this dog on the highest quality multivitamin asap until you can feed better or he'll eat better. (try onlynaturalpet.com )
Also, for a yorkie he is borderline getting overweight so you might want to adjust less fatty, like hamburger should be at least 90% meat and 10% fat. (No fish sticks)
My coworker/friend feeding her dog ground eggshells for calcium(see the recent thread about eggshells!), red meat for minerals, organs for vitamins and phosphorus, fish for omega 3 oil, vegetables for fiber, and every 2-3 days a grain for extra fiber/phosph. The diet just started and her dog loves it, some dogs know what they're lacking in a diet and will want to eat that, so I bet once you get a balanced diet his desire to eat will improve.
If he's been eating this way for a long time, he's malnourished and not feeling very well, that is also why his appetite and skin aren't doing good.
ETA Oh also peas are a little high in the glycemic index. Try green beans, spaghetti squash, broccoli, cauliflower as those are low. Cook them well and mash. But please get the multivitamin -like today!
Aha..I read Bentley's page and see what's gone on..I'm really relieved he hasn't been eating this way for long lol! I was concerned. Sorry if it showed too much up there.
Anyway, if you want to feed homecooked, it will need a lot of varying up and balancing. if you don't want to do that, I'd suggest a high quality kibble/can and no treats, no people food, just put the dish down, walk away. maybe free feed for a while, since he has low blood sugar issues and needs to eat a few times a day?
but if you still want to homecook, here's an example recipe by Dr. Pitcairn:
5 cups rolled oats
3lbs whole or chopped turkey
1/4 cup vegetables
4 tsps bone meal
10,000 IU vit A
400 vit E
(of course your lil yorkie won't be eating all that in one meal lol, but you can make a big patch following those porportions)
Dr. Pitcairn also recommends adding an oil, kelp, lecithin granulas, sodium and vit C....I can't advise since I don't homecook (i feed raw) but I def recommend an omega 3.
Edited by author Sun Apr 3, '11 10:12pm PST
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