Anyone cook for their dog?

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by AimsChickies, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. AimsChickies

    AimsChickies Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    SW Florida
    I was wondering if anyone here cooks for their dog? We recently started, looking for some ideas. Thanks!
  2. Dread Pirate Roberts

    Dread Pirate Roberts Songster

    Jan 20, 2009
    I cooked for my dogs for a few months before switching to Halo's Spot's Stew (Salmon Recipe).

    I don't happen to remember the exact recipe, because I'm kinda drunk, but the ingredients were...

    pearl barley
    canned salmon
    frozen peas & carrots

    I googled a lot and found a lot of conflicting information on the ideal ratios of carbs, protein, and fat and made a spreadsheet to calculate my recipe. During this process, I also played around with using chicken breasts and eggs.

    My dogs never looked better once I started giving them home-cooked meals, but then I found that the Halo food was just as good and saved me time.
  3. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Songster

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    We cook a large batch of food every week for our dogs. It's usually the same basic ingredients with a few changes here and there to keep it interesting. Each batch contains:

    Brown rice
    Rolled oats
    Ground flax seed
    mixed veggies but no corn and fresh is better, frozen will do. Never canned though, too much salt
    chopped eggs with shell
    cooked ground turkey or chicken, liver, canned salmon de-boned, elk steak or ground...whatever we can get for a good deal...most often it's ground turkey

    Cook your rice, meat, eggs, then mix with the rest of the ingredients in a big mixing bowl. After it has cooled I put it in gallon ziploc bags, or small ziplocs if we are traveling to a dog show or somewhere else we might take them overnight.

    We do give them kibble as well, so they get a half and half mix of kibble and our homemade dog food.

    I've been doing this for several months now and the coats are shiney and they LOVE the stuff, never ever even a single grain of rice is left in the bowl.
  4. Dread Pirate Roberts

    Dread Pirate Roberts Songster

    Jan 20, 2009
    oh yeah, I also used Flax Oil.
  5. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    Yes and no. My dog has mostly a homemade diet with kibble out as a backup. However I do not cook it. Dogs are designed for raw meat and bone and they do fine on a diet like that. It's not complicated. Just feed a mix of raw parts to equal what would be found in whole prey. They don't need any grains so I only include grains if trying to put weight on a sick or malnourished dog. It's debateable whether they need any veggies but what they do need is best pureed in a blender or food processor not cooked.
  6. nzpouter

    nzpouter Songster

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    We feed raw, dogs hunt and they get percentage of their grain/ greens from their prey.
  7. ChknLvnFam

    ChknLvnFam In the Brooder

    Oct 4, 2008
    Central Kentucky
    It's a little tough and stringy...oh... cook for my dog...oops.
  8. I make my dog peanut butter oatmeal treats. She loves them!
  9. Pupsnpullets

    Pupsnpullets Songster

    Mar 9, 2008
    SoCal desert

    You need to fatten them up first!
  10. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing

    I dont have a dog but I am currently baking peanut butter bread for my chickens. I found a recipe and followed it except for adding a lesser amount of sugar and no salt. I know they like bread as a treat so I thought that adding peanut butter would improve the nutritional value.

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