Low-sodium dog food recipes

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Barked: Sun Jul 1, '12 5:42pm PST 
I'm new to making my own dog food for my lab. The vet has put her on a low-sodium diet and gave us a list of food that was approved. It includes
Chicken (light)
Pork (cooked)
Lima Beans
Tomato or Tomato Products
Corn Grits
Rolled Oats/Oatmeal (cooked)
Wheat Germ
Macaroni, Spaghetti
Shredded Wheat
Any High Fiber Cereal
Puffed Rice/Wheat
Almonds (unsalted)
Peanuts (Raw with Skin/unsalted)
Unsalted Butter

I'm looking around the net for recipes and was recommended to come here and see if I could find some answers. I'm hoping for a recipe that I cook once a week and can keep in the fridge/freezer to give her through the week. Any recipes would be GREATLY appreciated!!!

I'm triple- superior MAD- now!
Barked: Sun Jul 1, '12 6:40pm PST 
Max's raw diet has precisely the amount of sodium he requires unlike dry foods. Your vet is definitely on the right track, fresh is much lower in sodium than regular kibbles. How low does he want the diet to go? The cardiac kibble is about 75% of requirement if Max gets 600 calories a day.

Stay away from Cheerios for sure, an ounce contains as much sodium as Max needs per day. Not a good choice! You can go through this website to find out how much sodium is in various foods.
If you join up you can save the foods that look good to you in My Foods and make up recipes that way. See Sedona's thread on how to make a balanced home cooked food here.
http://www.dogster.com/forums/Home_Prepared_Food_Recipes/thre ad/640881

Why is white meat chicken okay and hamburger not? 85% raw hamburger actually has a bit less sodium than raw chicken white meat and more iron and zinc and a couple vitamins even. Pork is good stuff definitely use some.

A week's worth of cooked food was quite inconvenient for me, my pot couldn't hold it all plus I don't want to leave food in the refrigerator that long. I cooked every four days. Depends on your situation of course.

Here are some recipes from Dr. Strombeck. Just multiply them out for a week's worth of food. I wish there was a brand name for the supplement needed, you are on your own here. I suspect the one mentioned in Dr. Wynn's recipe would work just fine.
http://www .dogcathomeprepareddiet.com/diet_and_heart_disease.html#dog

Edited by author Sun Jul 1, '12 6:44pm PST

Bruno CGC

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Barked: Wed Jul 4, '12 10:09am PST 
just a little tip, when you buy meat, make sure it's not "enhanced" (injected with salt brine.) Much of supermarket chicken and pork nowadays is!


I am the Sock- Bandit!!!
Barked: Fri Jul 6, '12 6:58am PST 
Good point, enhanced meat isn't very good for dogs, they need much less salt than humans do. Also if you're cooking or feeding raw to avoid Chinese ingredients, carefully check the source of a big box store's chicken. They source quite a bit of fresh and frozen chicken from China now and it's not always prominent on the labels.

Whatever is injected in to the meat for enhancement should be on the label, and country of origin as well.