Links to Get Started on Home Cooking!

This is the place to share your best homemade dog food and treat recipes with each other! Remember to use caution if your pet has allergies and to make any diet changes gradually so that your dog's stomach can adjust to the new foods you are introducing.

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I'm a lover not- a fighter
Barked: Tue Mar 13, '12 3:41am PST 
Hi Dogsters,
Thanks for the home cooking links & suggestions! Mom considered raw, but aside from the difficulty of doing it correctly, both of us seniors have serious immune-related issues that make raw diet unsafe for us as per several vets. She also has her kitties to think of, and home cooking may be easier for them too down the line (first she's starting with us dogs, since we'll eat just about anythingsmile

Mom wants us to try home cooking to see if she can provide something better than commercial food.

She is currently feeding us grain-free wet & dry, Merrick, Evangers, and Taste of the Wild. She already spends so much $ feeding us the best grain-free foods, why not home cook and provide them with better nutrition?

Ruu Crew

I'm triple- superior MAD- now!
Barked: Tue Mar 13, '12 6:56am PST 
You are not going to find many vets approving of a raw diet in the first place let alone for an ill dog but it is important for the caregiver to be comfortable with the diet. It is a big scary step to leave commercial balanced food behind and do it yourself. I did because those dog food recalls in 2007 kept getting closer and closer to Sassy's prescription diet and feeding her a quart of 'corn pops' a day just didn't seem right. And I still transitioned her same as I did between kibbles but it was much easier for some reason. She was a horror to switch kibbles but could handle new fresh foods much faster.

More links. Our own marvelous Sedona's thread on balancing homecooked food. Very advanced stuff but essential to making up your own recipes that you know will be complete. You could print it out and show the vet.
http://www.dogster.com/forums/Home_Prepared_Food_Recipes/threa d/640881

Dr. Fox's recipe. There is a HUGE error in it. Lists RAW rice, not cooked when cooked was meant. He says the recipe is about 1000 calories but a cup of raw rice is about 700 calories and it calls for 2 cups of raw rice plus a pound of meat. Far grainier than I like but it is a good enough jumping off point if you trust this guy.

Dr. Wynn's recipe. I love that the precise vitamin mineral supplement is listed.

Carol Doyle's way to feed your family and the dogs with the same foods. Just adjust the proportions!

Dr. Strombeck's book online! Balanced diets for special needs included.

A couple hints for recipes online. If a recipe doesn't have a source of calcium in it, pass. Dr. Pitcairn's Healthy Powder contains it, so if HP is mentioned then it should be okay. There should be at least 50% meat/fish/egg/dairy/organ by cooked weight. A recipe with 1 pound of chicken, pound of mixed veggies and 1 cup of raw rice would be 2 parts chicken, 2 parts veggie and 3 parts rice once cooked - on the bubble and I might pass. Red meat is far more nutritious than chicken, look at those more carefully. Liver is a powerhouse but easy to overdo, pass by recipes with mostly liver. Unless a recipe has lots of red meat and some liver it will need mineral supplements, the Strombeck and Wynn recipes include them. If you otherwise feel comfortable with a recipe you can always increase the red meat content and add a bit of liver of course.

I'm triple- superior MAD- now!
Barked: Sun Mar 25, '12 6:59pm PST 
Dogsters, I found a really awesome link on dogaware. All of Mary Straus's Whole Dog Journal book reviews are in an article here. Great for trying to choose a couple books that are worth the money.

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Barked: Tue Mar 27, '12 8:43am PST 
Thanks for the info!!! Can't wait to start cooking big grin
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