A few weeks ago we invited Reina a 3 month old Golden-doodle into our house. Her diet was a typical puppy chow one. Through some research though I have found out that while most commercial dog food preparations contain lots of grains. Dogs have an aversion to grains similar to humans. The pet food industry has also not treated our pooches with the same love that our dogs deserve. Dogs are carnivores and meat is definitely “what’s for dinner” when it comes to them.
Being a chef I started to look at what types of foods do dogs like and what are some items that are good for them. Raw meat is a good first start as well as veggies. The ratio of meat to veggies seems to be 3 to 1 (3 parts meat to 1 part veggie). Also dogs need calcium through bones, egg shells and veggies like broccoli, kale, spinach, etc… Also some fat is fine but trim the excess off before feeding it to them.
The other surprising thing that I’ve learned through this is that bones become brittle when cooked. The uncooked bones can be crunched up by our canine companions. Things like chicken bones that you normally wouldn’t feed your puppy are soft and pliable in the uncooked state. Also the dog’s system is much heartier when dealing with raw meat and so shouldn’t be a problem for them.
Now what types of meat to choose? Variety can be good for your dog and things like chicken and turkey necks are fine. Also any meats that are fit for human consumption will be fine for your furry friend. Why human meat? Meat for humans are typically devoid of parasites that could be in other types of meats. Also the commercial freezing of some meats kills anything else. Wild game would be a different matter and residential freezers don’t hit the low temperatures needed.
As anything else consulting with your veterinarian before changing diets would be a good thing. Also monitoring your pup’s health is essential.
I hope you give it a try and that your puppy and you are the happier for it.
Calcium and Magnesium levels are generally the only two deficiency concerns when feeding a homemade dog food recipe diet. You may supplement calcium with unflavored yogurt, white cheese, pulverized egg shells, and sardines. Vitamin D (to release the calcium) can be obtained from cod liver oil or time spent outside, in the sunshine. Magnesium is found in kelp and spinach, which are both acceptable, but only when steamed first.
A Wing and a Prayer
- half cup organic cottage cheese
- half cup organic grated carrots
- 4-5 organic skin-on raw chicken wings (or cooked organic chicken, with bones removed)
The Doggy Unstew
- 1 lb. raw ground meat
- 2 cups ground or pureed vegetables
- 2-4 oz. raw organ meat (liver, gizzards, etc.)
- half cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 T ground kelp
- half cup plain yogurt
- 3 eggs with shells
- palmful of parsley
Mix all ingredients (chop, puree, or leave in large chunks, depending on your dog’s preference) and store in the refrigerator or freezer. This mixture should account for 20-40% of your dog’s daily diet.
The remaining 60-80% of your raw-food-eating dog’s daily requirement should consist of raw meat and bones (backs, necks, carcasses). These items should range from $0.00 – $2.00 per pound, depending on how friendly you are with your butcher.