|Barked: Sun Jun 3, '12 5:18pm PST |
|Cooked food does smell better. It is fun to clean up the dirty pot too. He gets to, right?
Calcium? If he is mostly getting home cooking he needs it, are you including it? Since Max and your guy are close to the same size he probably needs 1000 mg of calcium and 800 mg of phosphorus a day. The cooked stuff you are giving him is pretty good on phosphorus but might not be enough with egg shell calcium so bone meal with its 2 parts calcium to 1 part phosphorus would work better.
A cup of cooked sweet potato is higher calorie than brown rice! 250 to 219 or so. Sugary stuff too. Yum. Pumpkin is low calorie at about 80 calories a cup. Dogs mostly need veggies and such for the poop firming so low calorie stuff like zucchini, broccoli, cabbage and the like is fine. I would be keeping a food diary of how things go with each recipe, you may find out as I did that some stuff is not okay with him. Max does poorly with rice, wheat and sardines for instance.
Another guideline I got somewhere was a minimum of 1 gram protein per pound of dog even though less is acceptable by AAFCO and NRC standards. On raw Max gets 1.6 or so. On cooked even with serious phosphorus restrictions I could give Sassy 1.5 grams per pound. I would rather give a bit more than that but that is the way it goes.
I actually came to like the smell of cooking liver, I just gave Sassy the teensiest bit in her rice. Never imagined that could happen! As long as you practice safe food handling it should be fine to mix raw and cooked stuff.
I was very surprised at what fat did for Max. He was a life long bile vomit offender on kibble, on high fat raw that is gone. His sticky fly away fur is much shinier and silky on high fat raw. Don't reduce fat too much! Remember the percentage you see on nutritiondata is by calories, in kibble it is by weight. A rough exchange would be to divide by 2, 20% by calories is about 10% by weight.
Keep him at the lower amount for a couple weeks and drop some more calories if he doesn't start losing weight. Drop by losing the rice and high calorie veggies, not meat!
If he is fine eating raw and cooked then it is fine. Just know your dog and feed what works for you!
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