|Barked: Thu Mar 29, '12 3:49am PST |
|Good job cooking for your dog, a worthwhile thing to do.
I don't think the Daily Boost is meant to complete a diet made from fresh food. It actually sounds like powdered freeze dried raw food meant to perk up the flavor of kibble. Fine but won't fill the holes in a meat, rice and veggy diet.
How about reading through the thread on links about home cooking for some ideas?
It is important to make every calorie count when feeding a puppy. Dogs thrive on fat and protein, feed mostly meat, egg, fish, possibly dairy and a little liver. My 38 pound senior citizen Max needs as much calcium, phosphorus, zinc, B12 and a number of other nutrients as I do! Meat, particularly red meat like pork, lamb and beef, is a better source than chicken. Meat isn't high in calcium, powdering eggshell and mixing 1/2 tsp of it with a pound of meaty stuff provides the right amount but mixing in 900 mgs worth of calcium in bonemeal is even better. To finish off the diet consider use 25% by raw weight of a mix of pureed or cooked low calorie vegetables like celery, greens, zucchini, broccoli and cabbage.
For tomorrow mix in 1/2 tsp of eggshell to a pound of meat in whatever you have already prepared, a pinch to 1/4 pound of meat would be fine. I microwave empty egg shells until they are crispy and use my old coffee grinder to powder the shell but a mortar and pestle or even a rolling pin work fine. It is a tiny amount of powder, mix in well. I would rather use human grade bone meal for calcium than egg shell, see if you can find one you trust. Next time you buy meat for her buy more pork, lamb or beef than chicken and get a container of beef liver. I would cut that liver into 1 ounce bits and add one bit for each pound of meat you cook. I put the rest of the bits on a sheet of plastic, rolled it up and froze for later.
I really like Lew Olson's Low Glycemic diet posted on B-Naturals newsletters.
I also think getting one or two of the cookbooks reviewed by Mary Straus on dogaware.com would be a good idea.
Something about a book in hand is very reassuring and I trust her judgement. Many of those books can be previewed on Amazon or Google books. If you are lucky some could be in your local library. A quick and easy check, if the recipes include calcium they are worth a look, if no calcium then the recipes aren't suitable for a complete diet.
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