Cooking for your dog!!!!!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Mattemma, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    Anyone have any basic recipes for their puppies and dogs?Been collect them online.

    Anyone give organ meats? I see lamb parts sold like liver, kidney, and hearts.That good to give?

    I have 2 older dogs and a 3month old puppy.They are just getting over massive poops from kibble I bought at Walmart.Hoping they survive without the ill effect I have read last night for so many other dogs. I promised myself no more store stuff.

    Since mine is on the mend I am going from rice milk to rice to rice and chicken.Then it is time for some basic meals. I read calcium is an issue,so I was wondering if I can grind up some of the chickens oyster shell and add it to the food.

    I did raw for a time,but I really just want to stick with cooks food for now.Any favorite recipes or sites with recipes?

    I have done stews before with some or all of these:turkey,beef, chicken,rice,barley,oats,carrots,sweet potato,peas.

    Thank you for suggests.

    Oh also giving some yogurt and kefir,just a bit,to help heal the gut.Poor dogs it was like I gave them ex-lax.
  2. dainerra

    dainerra Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2011
    I don't do cooked food, I always did raw. Just wanted to point out that heart isn't considered "organ" meat. It's muscle :)

    kidneys are kind of stinky in my opinion. only fed those a couple times, they grossed me out. The dogs loved brain though and ate liver ok. Too much organ meat isn't good for them though - high in fat and can lead to the runs!
  3. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    I cook.

    10 pounds meat, 2 cups of a carbohydrate, and a couple of pounds of chopped veggies. Fruit gets thrown in if I have it.

    I use a different meat and a different carb each time. I will feed liver, 1 pound of liver with 9 pounds of muscle meat.

    Raw (not cooked with the dog food) cottage cheese and yogurt. You can add bone meal pills for calcium. You can also crush up a child's multivitamin and add that to the food after it is cooled, if you are worried about vitamins. (I don't, but it is OK to do so)

    I feed beef, pork, lamb, chicken, turkey, duck, goose, catfish, elk, giblets, and rabbit. I feed oats, brown rice, barley, quinoa, red yams, and pumpkin. They get whatever veggies are on sale or out of my garden. No onions or garlic, but just about anything else is acceptable. My dogs love apples or pears cooked into their food.

    Puppies get exactly the same food as the adults.

    Whatever I am butchering or that comes out of the gardens or the fruit trees, they get. Then I buy the huge bagged chunks of meat from the restaurant supply store because that is good quality and a bit cheaper. I've got a grinder so I grind the meat to make it easier to cook and process. It makes the veggies more palatable if I grind them when I grind the meat, You don't need to grind. You can cook and chop. The dogs love it that way with the meat in chunks, but it is more work.
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2012
  4. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    I've run the figures over and over. Feeding real food cost the same as feeding a super premium kibble. When the price of meat and veggies goes up and the food gets more expensive, I check and the good kibble has also gone up in price and it still costs the same.

    Home cooked food does not contain any fillers, so you feed a very small amount. It's best to figure out how many calories in the food and how many calories a dog the size of yours needs. It's almost shocking how small the servings of home cooked look.

    I started with the recommended calories for my dogs and then had to cut back quite a bit from there, because my very active dogs were getting fat. My 6 pound Papillons each get 1 Tablespoon in the morning and 1 Tablespoon in the evening. They are in perfect condition. If you tried to feed them on that volume of even top quality commercial food, they would starve to death,
  5. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 10, 2010
    I have this book: "Dr. Pitcairn's New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats"

    It covers feeding ,micro-nutirients and supplements that you need to add when making your own pet food. Includes recipes for cats and dogs. It is cooked food, and you can freeze some for later. It also has alot of information on illness and supportive care.

    I have used the recipes for when my dog came home from the vets after pancreatitis. All three dogs loved the food, the sick dog recovered and had the most beautiful coat. She was shiney and glossy. However, as a Lab - she found the quantity lacking for the recommended feeding and was getting too fat because she was inhaling her portion and stealing the others food. I got tired of the food prep, searching for the supplements, and the supervised feedings - so I went back to store bought.
  6. canesisters

    canesisters Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2011
    WOW! Talk about timely.
    Yesterday I was out walking off a tiny bit of Christmas dinner and noticed that my yard seems to have suddenly become covered with GIANT dog poos! I remembered hearing something years ago about feeding a special diet will reduce the amount of poo so I checked in here to see if I could find anything about it - and TAADAA! The very first post is about cooking for dogs.
    Much more research to do....

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