Recipes for homecooked food?

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  1. DogstarAcademy

    DogstarAcademy New Member

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    Anyone have any good resources?

    I'm looking for recipes for homeCOOKED diets (not RMB or other raw models) for dogs, particualarly with an eye towards stew-type things that I could make in bulk and can.
     
  2. PoodleMommy

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    I read a lot by Dr. Pitcairn when I was considering this. To many peope he is like the "god" of this area of dog nutrition.

    He has a book that most stores sell that has a lot of info. on making your own recipes as well as a number of different recipes... he encourages you to switch out proteins and such to make sure the dog is getting the most balanced meal possible.

    Just me advised that it is a very very time consuming process, the reason I ended up not going with it.

    Good Luck.

    heres his website..

    www.drpitcairn.com/
     
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  3. vanillasugar

    vanillasugar just call me Nilly

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    I know ACooper homecooks for Phoebe and Orson... maybe she'll chime in.
     
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    Don't have anything to say but I'm likely going to do this when I move out, so I'm looking forward to see the responses.
     
  5. Bailey08

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    I've started feeding homemade. I am in no way an expert. ;)

    I, did, however, think these two sites were helpful: http://www.dogaware.com/dogfeeding.html and http://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/

    I switched to homemade because my pup has suffered from digestive issues (including from parasites) and I wanted to get him feeling better and build up his immune system to the extent I could. Honestly, commercial food kind of scares me, though I don't know that it should scare me any more than some of the commercial food I eat! ;)

    Anyway, there are a couple of supplements/dinner mixes you can get (e.g. Wysong's Call of the Wild, The Honest Kitchen and See Spot Live Longer) while you are figuring out the correct ratios of everything to make sure you're getting it right. This was probably more important for me since Bailey is still a puppy. (I also tried to put him on 50/50 commercial/homemade for a while (because I wanted to transition him slowly and in case there were any "holes" in my recipes), but he will barely eat his kibble/canned food anymore, so he transitioned pretty quickly!).

    Good luck!
     
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    I second both the sites that Bailey posted. Lew Olson and Mary Straus really know their stuff and the info and "consultations" are offered for free, whereas many other sites charge a fee.

    The Cooked Diet section on Lew's site is a great read:
    http://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/category/cooked-diet/
     
  7. bjdobson

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    I got this one from someone a few years ago. It works well. I've changed it a lot but it's a good start:

    Home Made Dog Food

    1 lb lentils or split peas, overcooked using only enough water to keep them from sticking

    Add in pureed....

    2-3 cloves garlic
    2-3 medium sweet potatoes
    2-3 carrots, but not every time
    6 to 10 eggs
    l lb fresh or frozen green leafy veggies (we're using kale)
    up to a 1 lb of other veggies (okra, broccoli, sometimes beats, green beans, zucchini, sometimes mixed veggies, once in a blue moon something like corn, carrots or peas which are higher "starch")
    about a cup of fruit (you don't have to use fruit, but I like to.)
    1/2 lb organ meat

    1/2 tsp egg shell powder or appropriate amount of human grade calcium supplement per pound of boneless meat

    7 lbs raw meat (or 7 cans, WELL rinsed and smushed jack mackerel, no need to add calcium with this)
     
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    They have provided a ton of information (I can't count the number of times I've read the dogaware food section!). And I e-mailed with Lew a couple of times (wanted to talk about supplements for my dog), and he was very responsive and really nice.
     
  9. doglover83

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    This recipe is pretty easy:

    Honey Oat Cookies

    1 cup Oatmeal
    1 ½ cup Whole Wheat Flour
    ½ cup Honey
    ½ cup Water
    ½ tsp Cinnamon

    1. Mix oatmeal and whole wheat flour together.
    2. Blend honey, water and cinnamon, and slowly mix with dry ingredients.
    3. Mix until a stiff dough is formed, adding more flour if needed.
    4. Place dough on floured counter and roll out, about ½ inch thick.
    5. Cut into shapes and place on ungreased cookie sheet.
    6. Bake at 350* for 20 minutes or until biscuits are crisp.

    The honey oat cookies smell really good. :)
     

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