|Barked: Tue Jun 28, '11 9:23am PST |
|All the veggies you have listed are fine. I wish you could stretch your budget so the food you cook is half meat and half grains/veggies but that is how it goes, right? Like Cookie wrote, meat is where it is at. If I was forced to feed [currently prey model raw fed] Max cooked food I would be doing 75% meat/organ/fish/egg+25% pureed low glycemic index veggies if possible.
Make sure the tomato family veggies are ripe though, you know the leaves are poisonous and green parts have the same poison. Not sure about green pepper but green tomatoes aren't good for dogs. Once feed veggies that are safe for your family. Doesn't have to be the best quality but needs to be fresh.
Measure cooked grain, not raw otherwise you would be feeding a lot more rice than you thought you were.
Don't put too much of a new veggie into the food until you know they will eat it, that could be a lot of wasted food!
Either cook them until mushy or puree them otherwise they won't get any nutrition from them. Make sure that rice is super over cooked too. I actually wonder if white rice isn't better for dogs, there was a study done at Davis and dogs on whole grains and lamb kibble were low in blood taurine.
Since you are adding a lot of homemade food to the kibble you might want to add 1/2 tsp of powdered egg shell for calcium per pound of meat fed. Dogs need lots of calcium and this is easy and cheap if you ever eat fresh eggs.
I made up recipes and weighed the raw ingredients to know exactly how many calories was in the food. Since the water content changes the cup measure so much it is difficult to figure otherwise. Perhaps you could do raw measures and add it all up using the information on nutritiondata.com, then cook that up and measure how many cups it comes to? If your cooked food comes to 400 calories a cup and your dog eats 2 cups of 350 kibble a day then you might feed a scant cup of cooked food and a cup of kibble a day. And if the dogs get fluffy, feed less, if they get ribby feed more. You just need a starting out place, maybe doing the numbers once would be enough.
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