Healthy Homemade Food For Dogs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How can I make healthy homemade dog treats?
    Does anyone have a recipe for healthy, homemade dog treats? I have two small dogs, so I would need something for their size. Thank you!!

    • ANSWER:
      The people on my lab forum swear by these. I made them and my dog loved them. Super easy recipe to follow as well. Quinoa flour is available at most supermarkets, but if you can't find it try a health food store like Whole Foods.

      Pumpkin/Banana/Quinoa Treats

      2 eggs
      1 -24 oz bag of Quinoa flour
      1 -15 oz can of pumpkin.
      1-2 mashed banana
      1-1 1/2 cups of water - until consistency is like pancake batter

      optional: 1 tbs honey or agave nectar

      Mix all ingredients together in large mixing bowl.

      Lightly oil cookie sheets

      Drop by TBS onto cookie sheet, mashing each drop with fork after pan is full.

      Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Take out and cool.

      Leaving them this way, they will be rubbery and pliable. This is because of the pumpkin. I've seen this before with other pumpkin treats.

      For crisper treats - let cool completely, then rebake for another 30 minutes, then shut oven off, and leave cookies in oven for 1-2 hours.

  2. QUESTION:
    What homemade foods do you recommend for dogs, and why do you recommend them?
    They say homemade food is the healthier way to go with dogs, so I'd like to know which homemade foods you recommend and why.

    • ANSWER:
      I personally make my dog's food. It is just piece of mind that I know exactly what is going into their bodies. If you are going to make your dogs food yourself here are some things you need to know.

      Dogs (just as humans) need a balance of protein, grains, and vegetables. It is important to give them all of these (some kibble varieties skimp and use fillers instead). Some things to stay away from include grapes, avocados, nutmeg, raw eggs, milk, mushrooms, onions and garlic. All of these items have been known to cause disease or diarrhea. Broccoli and livers are okay in small amounts, but use them sparingly.

      I like to mix some kind of meat (i.e. boiled chicken, beef, or lamb), rice potatoes or beans, a little cheese or yogurt, some fresh veggies ( carrots and peas are a big hit for my pups ) and maybe a little egg here and there.

      All of these foods are deemed suitable for MOST breeds. You should always check with your vet before changing your dog's diet but these are good staples to stock up on. This should go without saying, but I'll say it anyway. Do not feed your dog candy, gum, and especially chocolate. Hope this gave you what you were looking for! Good luck

  3. QUESTION:
    Do you know any homemade dog food recipe that you can share with me?
    I'd like to cook food for my dogs. Do you have any recipe of a homemade food that your dog likes to eat?

    • ANSWER:
      When we used to live on a farm, we hated wasting any part of an animal.

      Boiled goats head and feet were usually a big hit with the Great Pyrenees we had, they seemed to prefer goat meat over other types, other than pig but that wasn't very healthy for them.

  4. QUESTION:
    What homemade food do you feed your dog?
    I am thinking of changing my dog (an 8 month old English Cocker Spaniel) onto homemade food because I don't want my dog having any cr@p they put in commercial brands. So I was just wondering what you give your dog at dinner time. Right now I feed him chicken mixed in with his food but what do you suggest is healthy to feed your dog regularly (providing that I would change the meals sometimes to whatever is healthy in the fridge) Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Not all commercial dog foods are crap.

      Better ones:
      Orijen
      Acana
      Wellness
      EVO/Innova
      Taste of the Wild
      Blue Buffalo

      Homemade dog diets are not easy to do. It is very hard to get everything your dog needs into a cooked homemade meal. The only "homemade" meal I would suggest is a raw diet. BUT you must do a lot of research to make sure you are doing it right.

  5. QUESTION:
    What kind of homemade Dog food we can give for 3 months puppy?
    I have a 3 months Rajapalayam puppy, What kind of homemade Dog food we can give for 3 months puppy for a good growth? shall we get good growth in puppy with homemade food itself? Give all your friendly suggestions to have a healthy puppy. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      ground beef and rice is good but should be mixed with high quality commercial puppy food to ensure the dog gets all the nutrition it needs.

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the best homemade Dog food for a Miniature Pinscher?
    What is the best homemade Dog food for a Miniature Pinscher between his 3-9 months of age?

    • ANSWER:
      You can make this in batches and freeze the portions
      500 gms of good minced beef,250 gms carrots chopped fine
      100 gms green beans, few cloves of garlic,300 gms of brown rice, 150 gms of mixed lentils( wash before)

      Put the rice, and veggies in a pressure cooker with 5 cups of water and cook till done- Have 12 plastic containers ready , cool the food and fill the containers ( the amount your dog eats) and cover tight with cling film or foil and deep freeze- Take out each container in the morning and let it thaw at room temp- You can microwave it for 2 minutes before serving it-
      Its healthier & cheaper than store bought dry food- You can also use 250 gms of chopped liver instead of meat or chicken or lamb

  7. QUESTION:
    What are YOUR homemade dog food recipes?
    I just recently had a huge scare with my dog due to dog food. To prevent this from ever happening again (and to make her healthier) I've decided to make my dog homemade food. I was wondering if anyone had any really good and healthy recipes to share with or if they had a really good site to recommend to me for my dog. Thanks a bunch :)

    • ANSWER:
      80% meat, 10% bone, 5% Liver, and 5% other organs. Simple :)
      I feed poultry and beef.

  8. QUESTION:
    What are healthy and tasty ingredients to put in homemade cat and dog food/treats?
    I want to make a holistic healthy food, so no corn, sugars, or artificial ingredients.

    • ANSWER:
      For cats, you only need meat, organ and bone really. There are carious recipes online on how to enhance this.

      I found a few for you:

      http://www.catnutrition.org/recipes.php
      http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Raw-Cat-Food
      http://www.holisticat.com/rawrecipe.html

      It's great that you are making a home-made food instead of buying the crap dry food. I am still feeding canned since my cat won't touch meat, but I'm working on it.

      Good luck!

  9. QUESTION:
    How to make healthy homemade dog treats?
    I have three little dogs and i love them all. Sadly my oldest one is a bit over weight and i can tell it effects her running and breathing. I do NOT want to starve her and i have cut down on her food but all of the dogs foods have fat in them. I have decided to make my dogs dinner. What are good recipes for dog food and healthy dog treats?

    • ANSWER:
      Hiya this is a good dog food for a elderly dog a grain free food best for a elderly dog removing grain can help with weight problems

      http://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/dogs/dry_dog_food/orijen/orijen_senior/44951

      heres a healthy dog treat

      http://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/dogs/dog_treats_chews/dog_chews/rinti/67398

  10. QUESTION:
    What is a good healthy homemade recipe for dog food?
    I would like to make my dogs theri food, I grow a nice garden, and don't mind buying meat. Do you have a good recipe for their health
    and digestive system?

    • ANSWER:
      check out this site... There are a lot of home made treats and food recipes. the anti flea recipe has me intriqued. I haven't tried making anything yet, but I am sure in the long run it would be cheaper to make than buy as beef broth and chicken broth are easy to make, and I already have all the flour ingredients as I make my own bread and I grow my own garlic. check it out-------lots of great recipes for your canine.

  11. QUESTION:
    Could you suggest a dog diet or book for cooking homemade dog food?
    I have two 18 month old chihuahuas. They got sick ( runny doo doo ) The vet suggested a temporary diet where I cook for them. bland mashed chicken and rice, then switch back. Switching back made them sick again. They are doing okay now with the homemade food.

    After looking at the ingredients in a lot of dog food brands, I have decided I don't want to buy pre-made food anymore.

    Can you suggest a cook book for dogs?
    Yes I will verify with my vet.

    • ANSWER:
      Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats
      http://www.booksvariety.com/natural-nutrition-for-dogs-and-cats

      The Healthy Dog Cookbook: 50 Nutritious & Delicious Recipes Your Dog Will Love
      http://www.booksvariety.com/the-healthy-dog-cookbook-50-nutritious-delicious-recipes-your-dog-will-love

      all the best

  12. QUESTION:
    What are the healthiest foods to eat on a diet?
    I am looking for the healthiest foods to eat. Im not on a strict diet, but I am cutting out bad fats and excess sugar. What foods are good to eat?

    • ANSWER:
      Healthy food ideas :)
      - Go for natural, organic foods if you can

      ~ Greek yogurt or yogurt (nonfat) - Greek yogurt has more protein than regular yogurt
      ~ Eggs, cheese, cottage cheese (2% is fine), goat cheese, skim milk or goat milk, etc.
      ~ Vegetables
      ~ Fruit & Berries :)
      ~ Beans (chickpeas, black beans, kidney beans, mixed beans, etc.) - full of fiber and protein
      ~ Veggie burgers (Amy's makes great veggie burgers)
      ~ Whole grain breads like multigrain bread, ezekiel bread, rye bread, whole wheat pitas, whole grain tortillas or bagels, etc.
      ~ Whole grain pasta or brown rice pasta, brown/wild rice, quinoa, etc.
      ~ Sweet potatoes or potatoes
      ~ Hummus
      ~ Oatmeal
      ~ Healthy cereals (Kashi, Nature's Path Organic, etc..high in fiber like raisin bran)
      ~ Nuts, seeds, almond butter, peanut butter
      ~ Non-dairy milks like soy, almond or rice milk
      ~ Ground flax seed to add into a smoothie, top yogurt, etc.
      ~ Olive oil
      ~ Salmon & Tuna
      ~ Tofu & Tempeh
      ~ Whole grain crackers
      ~ Whole grain waffles or pancakes

      Healthy alternative ideas :)

      healthy alternatives to foods.
      Examples:
      - Replace fast food french fries with homemade sweet potato or regular fries (made with a touch of olive oil, salt & pepper)
      - Replace candy with things like frozen grapes or banana slices, dried mango strips, dried blueberries/cranberries/cherries, raisins, etc.
      - Try a veggie burger on a wheat bun or a tofu hot dog
      - Replace white pasta with whole grain
      - For a creamy pasta sauce try tomato sauce with goat cheese mixed in
      - Enjoy pizza...but on thin multigrain crust topped with fresh veggies
      - Treats are totally okay in moderation :) For healthier options try: frozen yogurt, dark chocolate, vanilla greek yogurt with berries & grated dark chocolate or chocolate chips, etc.

      I hope this helps :)

  13. QUESTION:
    What are some good ways to make homemade DOG FOOD?
    I dont want to feed my dog canned food from the supermarket, does anyone have any recipes to make inexpensive homemade dog food? This is to feed a bullmastiff so it needs to have lots of chunky meat/bones etc.

    • ANSWER:
      this is my favourite recipe site http://www.rawfeddogs.net/Recipes

      Honestly there is no need to cook, chop, grind or puree - just make friends with your local butcher!!

      Giant breed dogs need to be eating about 2% of their ideal adult weight each day. For a bullmastiff this is between 41 and 59 kg - if you work this out out an average of 50 kg then your dog would need 'about' 1kg of food per day (50 x 0.02 = 1) Adjust the amount up or down based on your dog's appearance and activity levels.

      If you aim to feed over the course of a week or two about 2/3 meat and heart and the rest a combination of meaty bones and other organs then your dog will get everything it needs. Luckily being in Australia, roo is easily available, low fat and a great source of omega 3s. I buy roo chunks at petbarn - for 5kg bags. This combined with chicken halves, beef or lamb heart and organs like liver and kidneys is the basis for my animals' diet.

      ** millions of dogs the world over live long and healthy lives never eating commercial foods. don't let anyone tell you that you need a science degree to be able to feed your dog.

  14. QUESTION:
    Is it better to feed your dog home made food?
    I feed my dog homecooked food with Solid Gold vitamin supplements. I cook chicken, brown rice, sweet potatoes, carrots and broccolli together. (Veggies change from week to week and I somtimes add liver). This diet consist of 1/3rd meat, 1/3rd rice, 1/3rd veggies. I make crunchy home made dog biscuits with wheat germ and brewers yeast for treats. My dog appears very healthy and full of energy but I am wondering if this diet is really better for my dog than commercial dog food? I was feeding my dog California Natural lamb & rice dry dog food (a high quility dog food) until the last couple of months. Now she is completely on homemade food. I am wondering if she is missing any thing in her diet. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know about your dog but I would love to have that diet. Seriously though, your buddy is fine. Our dogs are all top breed and have always been fed home cooked meals. If the meal is well prepared and high in vitamins/minerals/fat/protein- which sure sounds like it is, they are fine. But just to be sure send me a dish or two and I'll try it.

  15. QUESTION:
    Is it healthy to feed my dog homemade food?
    Well, after watching so much youtube videos about homemade dog food, I just wanted to know if it is really nutritional and healthy for my dog. The ingredients are frozen carrots, chicken liver, frozen beans/peas, sweet potatoes, and white rice. Is that good or bad? Why? Thank you for helping me!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Charlito,

      Thank you for asking a great question. It shows you are a great pet parent with concerns for your pet's long term health. Yes, it is very nutritional and healthy for your dog. Many dogs who are fed home cooked or raw diets live longer, healthier lives. "You are what you eat" pertains to dogs as well. I am a Canine Chef and have been home-cooking for my dogs for over two years now as they were very sick. I have studied and read every book and worked with a Holistic Animal Nutritionists when creating my business to help busy pet parents who don't have the time to cook. Our recipes were created with a Holistic Animal Nutritionist, which humans can eat as well, but it is all about catering to your precious pet! We love our vet, but no longer have vet bills, except for our annual checkups.

      It is very important to know what you can and cannot feed your pets. Many dog cookbooks and websites list ingredients that are not the best for your pet. Do not use white rice as it is hard for dogs and humans to digest. Use Brown Rice, quinoa, barley or oats, preferably organic.

      Try to stay away from peas and carrots as they are genetically modified. Try to use fresh vegetables and cook or lightly steam them. Other than raw carrots, raw veggies are hard for most dogs to digest and they will just throw them up. Sweet Potatoes or Yams are great. Do not use white potatoes as they can be carcigenic. Do not use wheat or white flour or soy. "Why?" can be found on our website.

      Try to use meats that do not have any hormones or antibiotics. We only use 100% Grass Fed meats, which are more expensive that meats from feed-lots, but well worth the price in long term health, happiness and preventing illnesses. Plus you support local farmers who ethically raise their animals.

      Variety is key, as many nutrients are provided. Feeding the same meal to your pet can eventually cause allergic reactions. Make sure you are feeding the right proportions of protein, good fats and carbs. A Good Rule of Thumb is about 55-60% protein, 25-30 veggies and 10-15% grain. Make sure to "always" add a supplement from whole foods as well. Stay away from synthetic vitamins as their digestive system does not readily absorb these.

      I recently saved ,000 in surgery for luxating patellas on my dogs Cleo & Patra. How? Feeding whole foods that are nutrient dense and medicinal, along with acupuncture and raw marrow bones, which we sell.

      Dogs need alot of calcium and raw dairy is great for cats and dogs that are lactose intolerant. It also helps humans with allergies and asthma. It is the pasteurization process that everyone is allergic to, which destroys the lactic acid that your body and pets need to digest. Give them raw cheese as a snack as well. Remember to start slowly with anything new.

      At Cleo & Patra Canine Cuisine, we create healthy home-style cooked meals for dogs using only nutrient dense ingredients you can pronounce and your dog can easily digest. We have had much success in helping dogs get off their food allergy medications after two months on our food. Transitioning your pet's diet SLOWLY is very important!

      For more information and the many benefits of a home-cooked diet, check out our website at www.cleoNpatra.com. I've done all the homework for you. :)

      I've listed a few other sites below that will be helpful as well. We were the featured "Pet Food" product in Doggie Afficionado's "Green Living" Winter issue, which you can read on our site.

      Yes, our food is more expensive than kibble. Grass fed meats cost more as the animals live twice as long as animals from feedlots.
      All our preparation, cooking and vacuum-sealed packaging is done by hand . All our food sources are from the USA and we ship across the USA. "Know Your Source" of food is our motto.

      Our Canine Connections page lists our farmers so you can order from them for yourselves and your pets, as well as many good books, DVDs and website links on this subject.

      Either you are going to spend your money upfront on good nutrition or down the road on vet bills. Take you pick!

      Good Luck on your venture and don't hesitate to ask any more questions. Our concern is that pet parents are cooking properly for their pets, with the best intentions. Sorry for the long answer, but I am so passionate about this and want everyone's dogs to live as long a life as possible! :)

      Bone Appetit!

  16. QUESTION:
    How do you feel about vegan diets for dogs?
    I've heard of people putting their dogs on vegan diets, homemade or store bought food, and the dogs do well and live healthy lives.

    I'm vegan, but my dogs always got meat - first with dog food, and later on I switched them to a homemade diet using organic, local free range meats. I wouldn't consider using a vegan diet until it's been somehow proven that it's healthy and safe for them, although of course there are ethical issues that come up with using meat, which is why I settled for free range ones.

    So - what are your opinions on it? Would you ever feed your dog a vegan diet?

    • ANSWER:
      i had my jack russell terrier on a vegetarian diet for many years ... she developed severe allergies when she was just over a year old and nothing the vet did or prescribed helped including multiple changes in food ... she was even put on kangaroo kibble as a unique protein source ... her allergies were so bad she was on prednisone every other day just to keep her mildly comfortable ... i brought her to a doggie allergist where she was tested (cost close to a thousand dollars for consultation and testing, plus almost a full year of immunotherapy) and she was found to be allergic to most animal proteins ... and while i would not normally take nutrition advice from a vet, i saw the report saying what she was sensitive to and the specialist suggested a vegetarian diet ... which worked like a charm ... off all medication, no more traumatizing her skin from excessive itching, no more recurrent ear infections, paw problems, etc., she became a normal dog ... and she thrived on that diet for many years, very active in agility, flyball, fetch, frisbee, and could run beside my bike for miles, all eating nothing but a vegetarian diet ... dogs are omnivores regardless of how many people scream carnivore and protein is protein ... the average adult pet dog requires approximately 18% protein to be healthy and every well known vegetarian dog food out there meets or exceeds that protein percentage ... i probably would not have put my dog on a vegetarian diet just because, but there are dogs who do truly suffer major animal protein allergies and if a vegetarian diet helps with that, i see nothing wrong with it ... vegan might be too limiting ... the only vegan kibble i used was made by wysong and it was just a bonus topper to her other kibble and even the bag said that ... and btw, a raw diet is only around 21% in protein, hardly different from a vegetarian diet ...

  17. QUESTION:
    Looking for recipe or ideas for making homemade AND healthy dog food? Prefer food versus treat recipes.?
    Anyone know how to make HEALTHY homemade dog food? I have been able to find TONS of recipes for treats online but not really any for actual FOOD for my dogs. I have a 6 y/o Bichon Frise Male named Colbie, and a 1 y/o Teacup Chihuahua named Eris and of course I love them both dearly! I know that certain things that people eat are NOT good for dogs. But the ingredients in dog's food has got to come from somewhere and I would prefer I KNEW where it all comes from...most of which can be obtained by ANYBODY I would imagine! I am pretty sure I can get around using horse hooves and still feed my dogs something that is safe and nutritious! Sorry~just pre-fighting off the naysayers who would have been bound to deride me for feeding my dog something it shouldn't be eating because I certainly wouldn't waste my time cooking for my dog if I was making it something that was worse for it than the food I can buy in less than 2 min. at the store! THANKS FOR THE ADVICE!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I have done some research for you and this is what I have come up with, hope this is what you are looking for. I know this is for cats at the beginning, scroll down for the dog treats. I have cats and dogs. My dogs will eat the cats food as well. But maybe you can get something out of at least one of these.

      Cat Treats and Cat Treat Recipes

      Chick N'Biscuits

      1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
      1/2 cup chicken broth
      1 cup whole wheat flour
      1/3 cup cornmeal
      1 tablespoon soft margarine

      Preheat the over to 350 F. Combine chicken, broth and margarine and blend well. Add flour and cornmeal. Knead dough into a ball and roll to 1/4 inch. Cut into one-inch sized pieces and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Makes 18 cookies.

      Crispy Liver Morsels

      1/2 cup cooked chicken livers
      1/4 cup water
      1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
      1/4 cup cooked carrot, mashed
      1 tablespoon soft margarine

      Preheat the oven to 325 F. Place well-done livers in a blender with 1/4 cup water. In a bowl, combine flour and margarine. Add liver mixture and carrots and knead dough into a ball. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut into one-inch sized pieces. Place cookies on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 325 F for 10 minutes. Makes 12 cookies.

      Tuna Tidbits

      6 ounce can of tuna
      1/4 cup water drained from tuna
      3 T cooked egg white, chopped
      1/4 cup cornmeal
      1/2 cup whole wheat flour

      Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine tuna, egg white and water. Add cornmeal and flour and blend to form a dough. Knead into a ball and roll to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into one-inch sized pieces. Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes. Makes 12 cookies.
      Cat Treats and Cat Treat Recipes

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      Savory Cheese Treats

      3/4 cup white flour
      3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
      5 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
      1/4 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
      1/4 cup cornmeal

      Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine cheeses and yogurt. Add flour and cornmeal. Knead dough into a ball and roll to 1/4 inch. Cut into one inch sized pieces and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 25 minutes. Makes 2 dozen.

      Homemade Dog Biscuit Recipes

      If you are wanting to prepare homemade dog biscuit recipes made of chicken liver, cheese bone or anything else. You will find all of it pretty easy and simple. You can even treat dog fleas!
      Chicken Liver Cookies (Treat)

      2 cups Flour
      3 tbs. Vegetable Oil
      1 cup Wheat Germ or Cornmeal (or 1/2 cup each)
      1 Egg; lightly beaten
      ½ cup Chicken Broth
      (I use the liver water from boiling the livers)
      2 tsp. Chopped Parsley
      1 cup Chopped Chicken Livers, cooked
      Preheat oven to 400oF. Combine flour and wheat germ (or cornmeal). In separate bowl, beat egg with oil, add broth and parsley, mix well. Add dry ingredients to bowl a little at a time, stirring well. Fold in chicken livers and mix well. Dough will be firm. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead briefly. Roll out ½" thick and cut into shapes. Place on greased cookie sheets 1" apart. Bake 15 minutes or until firm. Store in refrigerator or freezer.
      Recipe from Marg MacFadden
      No Flea Dog Biscuits (Treat)

      (If your dog has a yeast allergy, I would not suggest making this)
      2 cups All-Purpose Flour
      ½ cup Wheat Germ
      ½ cup Brewers Yeast
      1 tsp Salt
      2 each Cloves Garlic, minced
      3 tbs. Vegetable or Olive Oil
      1 cup Chicken Stock (or any flavor you wish to use)
      · Preheat oven to 400oF. Grease two to three baking sheets. Combine first four ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, combine garlic and oil. Slowly stir flour mixture and stock alternately into oil and garlic, beating well, until the dough is well-mixed. Shape dough into a ball. On lightly floured surface, roll out dough 12" thick. Using a 2" biscuit cutter, cut dough into rounds. Transfer biscuits to prepared baking sheets. Bake 20-25 minutes or until well browned. Turn off heat and allow biscuits to dry in oven for several hours or over night. Store in refrigerator or freezer. Makes about 26 biscuits.
      Cheese Bone Cookies (Treat)
      2 cups all purpose flour
      1 1/4 cup cheese, any kind, shredded
      2 garlic cloves, minced
      1/2 cup vegetable oil
      4 tbsp. water

      · Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine flour, cheese, garlic and oil, knead well. Add water, if needed to form stiff dough. Roll out on
      floured surface to 1/2" thick, cut into shapes. Place on ungreased
      cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until bottoms are lightly
      browned. Cool on wire rack. Refrigerate in airtight container.
      Microwave Dog Biscuits (treat)
      1/2 cup all-purpose flour
      3/4 cup non-fat dry milk powder
      1/2 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
      1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
      1 tsp. sugar
      1/3 cup shortening
      1 egg, slightly beaten
      1 tbsp. instant bouillon granules - either beef or chicken
      1/2 cup hot water
      · Combine flours, milk powder, rolled oats, cornmeal and sugar in medium bowl. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add egg to dry this mixture, and stir. Add bouillon into hot water until dissolved. Slowly pour hot water/bouillon into flour mixture with a fork till all is moistened. Form dough into a ball and knead on floured board 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Divide dough in half and roll out each half to about 1/2 inch thick. Make cut-outs with cookie cutters, or make nuggets by rolling round into 1 inch diameter log, and cutting into 1/2 inch pcs. Arrange six cut-out shapes or 24 nuggets on a 10 inch plate. Microwave at 50% (medium) for 5 to 10 minutes, or until firm and dry to the touch. Rotate plate every 2 minutes and turn shapes over half way through the cooking time. Cool on wire rack. Shapes will crisp as they cool.

      Dog treat Recipes
      Liver Cookies (treats)

      1 lb Beef Liver Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
      Garlic Powder
      Corn Meal
      Whole wheat or White Flour
      Blend in regular blender until liquid. Measure the Liquid content (cups) and add an equal amount of Corn Meal and Flour, split evenly. (eg. 1 cup liquid liver to 1/2 cup corn meal and 1/2 cup flour) Add 1/4 tsp garlic powder per 2 cup volume and blend the whole mess together. Pour into a greased, glass baking dish. Pop into the oven and bake for 1/2 hr. Reduce heat to 250 degrees and continue baking for another hour. Reduce to 200 degrees and bake for another 1/2 hr. Remove from oven and let cool in the fridge. Once cool, cut into 1" square cubes. Freeze individual training portions in zip-locks or foil.

  18. QUESTION:
    Do you add eggshells for calcium only on raw meat or do you need to add it to cooked meat as well for dogs?
    I am planning on giving my puppy "Innova Puppy Food" and supplementing it with "Missing Link." I also on occassion would like to cook her some healthy homemade meals as well. Does the crushed eggshell powder only applies if you're using raw meat or does it also apply for cooked meat as well? Thank you so much for your time and attention to this matter!

    • ANSWER:
      I love it how people reply without addressing the question.

      Most commercially produced dog food contains added calcium, this includes commercially prepared food for a Raw diet. The only time a dog on a Raw diet needs the egg shells is when the food is prepared at home. In other words, if I buy all of the ingredients and mix it myself, then yes, I would add the egg shells. This also applies to people preparing a home made cooked diet. But if you are only occassionally making food for your dog, then there is no need for the additional calcium.

      Typically, the egg shells are rinsed, allowed to dry, and then pulverized into a powder.

      Missing link is really good. You should also give you're dog Raw, meaty bones (the soup bones from the grocer) even if your dog is not on a raw diet. The marrow is really good for them.

  19. QUESTION:
    How Do I Make A Healthy Homemade Dog Food For My Shetland Sheepdog?
    my 1 year old sheltie is gaining a little more weight than he should, i have been doing the requirements, less treats 2 hour walks.....but i want to make him a homemade meal everyday too.....i need advice and ingredients!!! PLEASE HELP!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Use a ratio of 40% meat, 30% carbs, and 30% veggies. The best meats to use are ground turkey, lean ground beef, chicken, lamb, duck etc. For carbs use brown rice, potatos, oats, millet, or barley. For veges use raw carroets, peas, or spinach. Also some liver and eggs are good to add. It would also be beneficial to put a multivitamin for dogs in it.

  20. QUESTION:
    How to make homemade dry dog food?
    I have search online for some recipes but I haven't found any that I like. I would like a simple homemade dry dog food recipe, hopefully using what I have in my kitchen.
    Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Due to the recent pet food recalls, many pet owners are deciding to make their own pet food at home. This method ensures that the ingredients that you are putting into your animal’s food are safe and healthy. A simple pet food recipe is dry dog food morsels.

      Step 1-Start by taking the yeast and dissolving it in 1 cup of warm water.

      Step 2-Mix all the ingredients together once the yeast has dissolved. Knead the ingredients until a thick paste is formed. You may need to add extra water to the mixture.

      Step 3-Allow the dough to sit for at least 30 minutes once the paste is formed. This will permit enough time for the yeast to rise.

      Step 4-Roll the dough out on a generously floured surface using a rolling pin. The dough should not be overly thick once you have finished. Proceed to cut the dough into bite-sized square morsels using a small knife.

      Step 5-Place the squares on a large baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes. Allow the morsels to cool down and then serve to your dog. Feel free to store any leftovers and use for the next feeding.

  21. QUESTION:
    Benefits/ problems related to home made dog foods?
    After doing my research, I've learned that its fairly healthy to feed dogs homemade dog foods. The stuff that goes into dog food is sick!
    However... I need to try and convince my mother to let me make the food, and prove to her why it will be healthier for our Cockapoo.

    But, now I'm wondering. Is it really healthier for them? What are problems with feeding home made dog foods? Are there any benefits?

    I could buy a quality dog food; but my mom refuses to spend the money. Our dog has been living on Purina and Beneful for 9 years, and she claims shes not dead/ sick. While she does have some minor issues I've been concerned about (will give them in More Details) I'm not sure if they're food related.

    Please help me out and give me as much information AND sources as to why I should (or shouldn't) make my own dog food.

    Thank you!
    My dog has some breathing problems occassionally; especially when shes on a leash. She makes sounds like she is choking and breathes very strangely.

    She also has small bumps on her skin that about less than a centimeter in width and about the same/ a little bit more in their height. The bumps are the same color as her skin if not a bit pinker.

    Her energy level is also very poor. She never plays and sleeps all day, even though I take her for a walk almost every morning.
    Is it alright to feed them canned peas and canned tuna?

    • ANSWER:
      Most of the people on this site DON'T want to know about facts like you do because I guess to them ignorance is bliss, your concern for your pet is refreashing to see for a change. Tell your Mom I said she has reason to be very proud of you, most kids just don't care about anything but themselves these days.

      I can help you quite abit and get you going in the right direction. We have been home cooking our pet food now for about 3-4 months and within just the first 2 weeks the results were dramatic, and that's putting it mildly, far more than I ever expected. We fed "premium" pet foods which are also garbage, they all are. My GF just showed me plastic parts in one brand and hair in a brand called Innova. (dog or cat hair?, we have the pics)

      We have my Mom doing the home cooking now for 2 abused small dogs she is caring for along with us. They only have been on the home cooked diets for 3 weeks and are doing fantastic now, no more fear now that the one is going to loose his eye site anymore because his eyes are crystal clear again and the injured eye is so much better. (we also medicated his injured eye w/ anti biotic). His bloated body is also quickly returning to normal shape.

      The first thing you need to do is check out this site, he's a vet, PHD, writer, and studied nutrition as well, this mans book is saving our dogs lives no doubt about that and the other 2s.
      http://www.drpitcairn.com , read the nutrition page definiatly.

      As far as is it hard to do, no, my girlfriend enjoys making up the food, freezes about a weeks worth and we feed twice a day (once daily feeding causes bloat). The neglected dogs are getting fed 3 times a day as one is very under weight, we worked him up to it gradually. It's sad, he refused all commercial foods prior and was starving to death, the first night I brought him the real food he goobled it like he'd never eaten before. Now he cries before feeding like to say "don't forget me".

      Tell your Mom uncooked oatmeal is not expensive.(ingredient in one recipe) Ground turkey or chicken, nutritional yeast, kelp, a few select vitamins , organic eggs, whole organic milk, wheat bread, small amount of garlic, calcium/ phosphous (balanced amounts), a few other minor ingredients, they make a doggy meatloaf,lol and they really love it. The best part, it's nutritionally balanced, your pet will start getting healthier and less vet bills in the future. There are other meals to make in the book also.

      Tell your Mom you can't SEE liver or kidney damage that is happening in a pet till it's to late, your dog is way to young to be that lethargic (tired). This book also has natural flea remedies and I'll give you 2 links about the dangers of Frontline etc...(listed on sources below).

      I told my GF, your gonna give them diarreah when you make them their own food before we got the book, what a FOOL I was and addmit that now. I told her get it if you want (she would have anyways,lol), it was the best $$ we ever spent. No diarreah in 4 months, actually they go less, totally normal, and drink less water. Our 11 year old Yorkie is like a puppy again now playing a lot more and much more energetic, he no longer looks old anymore either.

      I saw you have an email listed, (if you didn't I was going to give you mine), tell your Mom if she won't get you this book, I will, I'm not rich by any means but if she won't help you save your dog we will. This book will tell you all you need to know about your pet, how to cook for it, dangers to it, conditions and how to treat, etc...

      I've had to euthanize 2 of my little guys in the past two years over kidney/ liver problems, I have no doubt if we had this book 12 years ago we'd still have them now, it's something you never want to go thru. Our 3rd died in surgery 3 years ago. Eventuually when you do loose your pet, at least you'll have peace of mind knowing you tried your absolute best to give it a happy and HEALTHY life. You can tell your Mom we have spent ,500.00 in the last 3 years on our vet costs, that should make her feel better about buting you this book so you'll know from reading it how to truly take care of him/her the best you can.

      My name on the email that will show up is "Jim D", like I said, tell your Mom I'll get you the book if she won't. If I can help just one more pet not suffer from commercial pet food that will be well worth what it may cost me. Good Luck. You can write me back and I'll have my GF answer any questions you have, she's researched 4 months steady now and is up on a lot of what's really going on.

      One more benefit to the book, you'll be able to educate other people as well about helping their pets, it's a great feeling to help when someone wants to know the truth about whats really going into pet foods etc... . and no more worries when the recalls of the pet food garbage crop up again, it's allready starting again w/ one brand.

      Edit: I missed the part earlier about the tuna, NO, it's heavily laden w/ mercury.

      Edit: The first post has very good points but the book tells you how much of each etc... Also, as for running that by your vet, most vets do not take nutritional classes and if they do it is usually an IAMS or some other pet food rep. giving them the info, WRONG info I might add.

  22. QUESTION:
    How to make cakes or treats for your dog?
    Does anyone out there know any great homemade dog treats that are easy to make? Some that require Ingredients most people have in their house and/or ones that don't need to be baked.

    ANY recipes will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I am in the UK. Some of the treats which I will list are things that you can buy at the Supermarkets. Don't buy rubish treats from pet shops, they are full of nasty chemicals and they are very expensive. I never just give my dogs treats, they have to earn them.

      I am never harsh, I am keen on training. and I adore dogs. However I never give my dogs treats or even a hug if they do not earn this. A world renowned behaviourist told me "never give a dog owt for nowt"
      I think that because of how I dispense their treats, they know that I am the boss.

      My apologies, I tend to be long winded. Have a look at what I use as training treats and what I use for rewards.

      IDEAS FOR TRAINING TREATS

      Cooked Chicken - Iceland and Aldi have pieces of cooked chicken it’s available in bags which are about the size of a bag of frozen chip. The pieces of chicken are the size of a frozen chip. Dogs love this, I defrost the amount which I need for a training session and for my GSD's, I chop the pieces into the size of my little finger nail It’s cheaper than commercial dog treats and much healthier.
      Black Pudding - Is fantastic. It's available from butchers and supermarkets. Chop it up, bag it and freeze it.
      Cheese - Buy a large block of HARD cheese, chop it up, bag it and freeze it.
      Sausage - It's available as hot dogs in tins or you can simply buy ordinary sausage from the butchers, cook it, slice it and then freeze it. Supermarkets also sell cooked smoked sausage which you can also chop up and freeze
      Liver cooked in the oven, diced and frozen.I
      Liver cake - l/2 Ib liver, l/2 Ib plain flour, 1 egg, several cloves of garlic.
      Liquidize the liver and squash up the garlic, mix everything together OR just put everything into a food processor. The consistency should be the same as a Christmas cake. Cook in a Swiss roll tin, cool and cut in to treat size pieces and freeze.
      Hopefully the above will help and that you can buy them in your neck of the woods.

  23. QUESTION:
    How long does homemade dog food last?
    I have been reading really scary things about commercial dog foods and have been really considering making my own dog food. I have been doing some research online but can't seem to find something that tells me how long I can keep the food until it spoils. Any tips on making my own dog food?

    • ANSWER:
      i make my own dog food. i make just enough for it to last two days though. then i make more. the really healthy things to put in dog food is cooked rice,meat,cooked veggies,potatoes and stuff dogs would eat, then put it in a blender and mix it up. add water to dry food mix half your batch with they dry food and water and voila! a luxery meal!

  24. QUESTION:
    Any good recipes for healthy,homemade dog bisquits out there?
    So many things out there are unhealthy for dogs now and I'm just trying to be frugal.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is an example of some from the first website, but the second website has a BUNCH and it looks good. The thing about HOMEMADE dog treats, is you can make it as healthy as you want. Just use organic ingredients for each ingredient called for :)

      Pork Liver Biscuit Treats
      These biscuits are one of the greats of dog treat recipes. They can be cut to any size and will not crumble in your pocket. They also freeze well.
      1 lb. of calf or pork liver
      1 cup of flour
      1/2 cup corn meal
      2 Tbsp garlic salt
      1 Tbsp garlic powder or fresh garlic.
      Mix all of the above in a food processor. Ensure the mixture is thick - pour onto a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil, which has been oiled. Press flat and even. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Brownies are done when the pink is gone. Do not over bake or the brownies will crumble.

      Fresh Dog Breath Biscuit Treat
      Kill two birds with one stone by rewarding your dog with one of these treats and it's a recipe for fresh breath.
      2 cups brown rice flour
      1 Tbl. charcoal
      1 large egg slightly beaten
      3 Tbl. vegetable oil
      1/2 cup chopped parsley
      1/3 cup chopped fresh mint
      2/3 cup milk
      Preheat oven to 400. Combine flour, salt and charcoal. In a medium bowl, combine egg, oil, parsley and mint; mix well. Slowly stir in flour mixture, then add enough milk to make a thick dough mixture. Place a heaping tablespoon of dough about 1 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake 15 min., or until firm. Wait for biscuits to cool then store in the refrigerator air-tight container.

      Peanut Butter Biscuit Treats
      This is one of the easiest dog treat recipes and dogs love these peanut butter treats.
      1 1/2 cup oat flour
      1/2 cup soy flour
      1 Tbl. baking powder
      1-1/4 cup peanut butter
      3/4 cup milk
      Preheat oven to 400. In a mixing bowl, combine oat flour, soy flour and baking powder. In a blender, blend peanut butter and milk. Pour peanut butter mixture into dry ingredients and mix well. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly. Roll out dough 1/4 in. thick and cut into squares or use a cookie cutter. Place biscuits on baking sheet about 1/2 in. apart and bake for 15 min., or until lightly browned. Biscuits should be refrigerated or frozen.

      Bacon Biscuit Treats
      Bacon is a critical ingredient for dog treat recipes and this recipe with not fail your dog's taste buds - he'll be begging for more!
      3 cups whole wheat flour
      1/2 cup milk
      1 egg
      1/4 cup bacon grease -- or vegetable oil
      1 teaspoon garlic powder
      4 slices bacon - crumbled
      1/2 cup cold water
      Mix ingredients together thoroughly. Roll out on a floured surface to 1/2 - 1/4" thickness. Bake for 35-40 minutes in a 325 degree oven.

      Cheesy Dog Treats
      Dogs love cheese treats and the recipe is easy to make with simple ingredients.
      1 cup Oats, rolled
      1/3 cup Butter
      1 cup Water
      3/4 cup Cornmeal
      1 tb Sugar
      1 ts Bouillon, beef
      1/2 cup Milk
      4 oz Cheese, cheddar; shredded
      1 Egg, beaten
      3 cup Flour, whole wheat
      Boil water. Combine oats, butter and water. Leave to stand ten minutes. Stir in cornmeal, sugar, bouillon, milk, cheese and egg. Mix well. Form a stiff dough by adding flour, a cup at a time, mix well with each addition. On floured surface, knead in remaining flour until dough is smooth and no longer sticky, 3 to 4 minutes. Roll or pat out dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with bone shaped cookie cutter. Place 1-inch apart on greased cookie sheets. Bake in preheated 325 degree oven 35 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely.

  25. QUESTION:
    Can you give me a cheap homemade food mix for mice?
    I'm going to have MANY (~550 female) breeder mice soon and I want to know a recipe for homemade mice food that won't cost me a fortune. You can give me a small list if you want to.

    Thanks for reading my inquiry.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you sure you can't afford to buy mouse and rat food for them? It's the best and healthiest option but if you really can't, here are some things that mice CAN eat:
      low sugar cereal (Cheerios are BRILLIANT)
      almonds
      high quality dog biscuits
      oats
      sunflower seeds (you can buy large bags of these)
      unsalted crackers
      dried apple
      dried banana chips
      carrot
      wheat
      barley
      corn (dried is best)
      bread
      cooked and uncooked rice
      cooked pasta (spaghetti pasta is fun)

      DO NOT give your mice these:
      chocolate
      peanuts
      acidic fruits (lemon, orange etc.)
      acidic vegetables (onion, garlic etc.)
      sugary foods
      HOPE THIS HELPS!!

  26. QUESTION:
    What is a good homemade dog food recipe for dogs with allergies?
    My dog has allergies. Tried other vet recommended things with no success. Now I want to make my dog's food myself to see if that can help. I need a healthy recipe for dogs that is gluten and grain free. One that is good for dogs with allergies, and well balanced.

    • ANSWER:
      You could try feeding raw if the thought of raw animal carcasses don't put you off. It is much cheaper than feeding commerical dog food and you know exactly what the dog is getting. Hopefully somebody will provide some links.

  27. QUESTION:
    Can I feed my labrador only boiled lentils and fresh vegetables ?
    and what homemade food (vegetarian) can i feed to my little labrador pup ( 1 month old ). I don't want to feed him any readymade food. Please suggest me some recipies that can be used to make a proper dog food. Some vet has suggested me that making your dog just a carnivore or just a vegan will boost its lifespan. Is is true ?

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs are carnivores, they eat *meat* and everything that comes with an animal.
      You have a dodgy vet if they recommend putting a dog on a vegetarian diet which *will* KILL a dog.

      + If purchasing ordinary kibble isnt your kind of thing then check into raw feeding. This forum I have linked is informative and helpful.

      http://www.dogster.com/forums/Raw_Food_Diet

      You can *NOT* put a strictly carnivorous animal onto a vegetarian diet. It's unhealthy and the dog will surely suffer.

      Dogs digestive systems were not built to tolerate vegetables like humans. Dogs teeth were created to tear and rip into flesh and crunch on bone...not gnaw on a carrot. Considering dogs are the outcomes of wolves I somehow dont see a hunting animal digging through the shrubs or munching on leaves.

      One of *THE* most healthiest diets ANY dog can go on is a *strictly* raw. I;m not talking the raw with the added vegetables, I;m talking about the 100% meat,bones and organs from an animal.

      Both my dogs are fed raw, they are fed a variety of animals.
      Cow, chicken,turkey,duck,kangaroo,rabbit,goat and lamb.

      They are healthy [as said so by their veterinarian] and the dogs love to chew and actually eat what they were supposed to.

      Add: If handling meat or anything meat related is what bothers you then by all means purchase a good quality kibble. Dont stick a dog on vegetarian diet, you will make the poor thing unhealthy.

      Add2: Also you got your pup to young, a puppy shouldn't be taken away from its mother and litter mates until it is at least 8 weeks old.

  28. QUESTION:
    What have you done to replace cat food since the recall?
    Have your tried homemade cat foods? Or have you tried different brands?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there... Making homemade Cat food can be a huge ordeal and you could do more damage to your cat by feeding it an improperly prepared home meal. Cats have very delicate dietary needs that must be researched thoroughly before feeding a RAW diet. There are NO “simple” homemade cat food recipes that work long term. I am not against RAW / BARF Diets for cats… I have tried it. I do know what is involved. It can be wonderful, but it can also be disastrous for your cat if you don’t know what your doing. Also know that Dog and Cat RAW diets are completely different. You will see that in your research. Be careful if you choose RAW, and know what you are getting into before you do it. If you feel you MUST go RAW, I recommend you start here http://www.catnutrition.org/. It’s a wonderful site with a lot of great information and recipes. Plan on spending a lot of time reading about this. No one here is going to give you the “simple” Answer to a RAW / BARF Diet for your cats.

      With that said, my advice to you is this... find a good high quality Human Grade Healthy, Holistic or Organic manufactured food instead.

      It's time for pet owners to wake up and take responsibility for what they feed their animals and quit trusting what those great big money hungry companies tell you. Research for yourself, learn, read the ingredients and make an informed decision for the health and safety of your beloved pet.

      With the recall, wheat gluten is the big suspect in cat food that everyone is trying to avoid, and it SHOULD be avoided. It should have been avoided all along. It’s nothing more than a cheap protein source used as a binding agent by pet food companies.

      Corn should always be avoided as well. It’s a huge filler worth NOTHING. Corn as an ingredient in cat food is a joke. Ever seen a cat chewing on a corn cob in a field? No, you haven’t.

      Cats, despite thousands of years of domestication, remain strictly carnivorous. True and honest meat eaters and that is what they need most. Protein from meat!

      As you search for your new pet food, be aware that there are three Categories of Pet Foods:

      -"Grocery store" foods – (Generic Brands and cheap name brands) Those foods found in grocery stores and mass-market retailers are made with lower-quality, less-digestible, inexpensive ingredients and are therefore a cheaper alternative. While easy on the pocketbook, "grocery store" foods normally do not provide your cat with the healthiest, most nutrient-dense ingredients.

      -Premium foods – (Iams/Eukanuba, Purina One, Hills Science Diet, Nutro and such) Foods often found in grocery stores, pet stores, and veterinarian offices that contain higher-grade ingredients, but still include many elements of "grocery store" food, such as artificial colors, artificial flavors, chemical preservatives, and "filler" ingredients such as corn and wheat products, by-products and even animal digest. Yuck! Premium foods are usually more expensive than "grocery store" foods because their ingredients are sometimes of a higher quality, and are therefore somewhat more beneficial and digestible. But don’t be fooled, some of those same so called Premium brands are sometimes worse than grocery store foods, but they charge prices like they are better. They aren’t!

      -Healthy foods – (Wellness, Eagle Pack, Drs Foster and Smith) The newest addition to the pet food market - provide pets with the highest quality, healthiest, and most nutritious ingredients. They are typically available for purchase online or direct from the manufacturer. Some better retailers are starting to carry them now. Complete Petmart carries a few healthy brand foods. Foods in the Healthy class - contain nutrient-rich ingredients. Formulated to provide optimum health benefits for pets, these foods often use real meat as the primary protein source, carbohydrate-rich whole grains like brown rice and barley and whole, fresh fruits and vegetables. They should not contain artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors. They will almost always be fortified with additional vitamins and minerals, and will use the best natural sources for fatty acids to help build healthy skin and a beautiful coat. Because healthy foods use high quality ingredients, you should expect to pay a little more than you would for other types of pet food. Remember, though, with healthy foods you can feed less since healthy foods are more nutrient-dense than other types of food so it often evens out or cost’s les than feeding foods filled with cheap non-nutritional by-products fillers.

      With all that information in mind, when you are choosing a new cat food, study the ingredients. All ingredients on pet food labels are listed by weight. Meaning whatever ingredients are listed first on the list, there is more in there. The first ingredients listed should be whole meat ingredients, protein sources, such as Chicken or Turkey. NOT just the word “meat”! Who the heck knows what that is? The word Chicken Meal is ok, but it should be a secondary ingredient, not first. Meal is the meat dehydrated and ground into a powder.

      The ingredients also should NOT include any by-products or animal digest whatsoever. Those are disgusting left over animal parts that are scraped off the filthy floors of meat and poultry plants. They should just go into the trash but they put them into pet food instead. EW!!!!

      Also make sure there are no artificial colors or flavors. And make sure there is no BHA and BHT used preservatives. These preservatives have been shown to cause cancer in both cats and dogs. Bad Bad stuff and it’s in almost every cat treat on the market. :(

      So, in summery of the ingredients… if you see the words by-products, Animal Digest, the word “meat” alone, Corn, Corn Gluten, Wheat Gluten, or BHA or BHT… stop reading and put down that bag.

      Be aware that when switching to a Healthy, Holistic or Organic food, you will pay for what you get. Good foods are not cheap. They are pricey and will cost you on a per bag basis much more. Just like steak costs more than hotdogs. But again, you will be feeding a better food and improving the over all health of your pet. Which in turn leads to less vet visits for illness now and more importantly later in life in their Geriatric years. You will also feed less of this food on a per animal basis because a smaller amount of food contains what your cat needs. Overall healthy foods are well worth it, if only for the piece of mind that the ingredients are safer.

      What are some good foods I recommend? I feed my cats Drs. Foster and Smith Holistic Adult Lite Dry cat food along with a mix of Wellness Dry. I also feed Merrick Canned.

      I purchase Drs. Foster and Smith online and have it automatically delivered to my door so I never run out and never have to go get it. It’s one of the best foods on the market and has no “fillers” in it. It is also very reasonably priced compared to other holistic foods. And when you’re feeding as many cats as I am, price is as important as ingredients. If you can't afford it, you can't feed it. So buy the highest quality you can and feel good that you are doing the absolute best you can for your pet.

      If you want to buy in a store, Complete Petmart is a good store and carries quite a few natural, organic, and holistic blends. Also check with your local feed stores. Old Mother Hubbard Wellness Brand is a great holistic food I feed. As is Eagle Pack Dry Cat food. Merrick canned is also a great source of nutrition and they will be coming out with a dry line this summer. Some brands, not all, of Nutro cat food are semi-ok if you want to spend less money, however I personally would never chose their food for nutritional value.

      I highly recommend people take the time to research for themselves, but the information I have given should get you off to a good start. Good luck choosing a new food for your cats!

      Side note… Please don’t feed Iams / Eukanuba. It’s ALL fillers, byproducts, animal digest and CRAP. Read the ingredients! There is nothing good for your cat in that food. Not to mention they conduct the most appalling animal testing you have ever seen. http://www.iamscruelty.com to see the terror they create.

      Drs. F&S Food Link - http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/NavResults.cfm?N=2002+6000

      Wellness Food Link - http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/wellness/cat_index.html

      Eagle Pack Holistic Select - http://www.eaglepack.com/Pages/HS_Home.html

      Merrick Foods: http://www.merrickpetcare.com/

      ****DO NOT FEED IAMS!**** http://www.iamscruelty.com

  29. QUESTION:
    What are good homemade dog food recipes?
    I am tired of the stupid pet food recalls, I want to make my own.

    • ANSWER:
      Consider a healthy raw diet. My dogs love it. It only takes me a couple hours each month to put together a month's worth of meals for my two large labs. Cost factor? I was able to cut my dog food bill in HALF after switching to raw. My dogs have never been happier or healthier.

      There is another diet option other than dog food. Some people choose to feed a raw diet. This involves feeding the dog raw meaty bones and organ meat. However it is not as simple as throwing a couple chicken bones in a bowl everyday. If you wish to feed this type of diet, do lots and lots of research first. Switching to this diet without knowing what your doing can lead to nutritional problems for your dog. I'll give you some links as a starting point in research if you are interested in this type of diet.

      http://www.willowglen.com/barf.htm.........

      http://www.bestfrisbeedogs.com/diets.htm...

      http://www.rawlearning.com/rawfaq.html.....

      http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html.....

      http://www.rawdogranch.com

      What's Really In Pet Food
      http://www.api4animals.org/facts?p=359&m...

  30. QUESTION:
    is it OK to feed a German shepherd different recipes everyday?
    i m feeding them homemade dog food i have different recipes is it ok for them to have different recipes everyday?

    • ANSWER:
      Dog food hasn't been around for that long. Before that, lots of people had healthy, happy dogs that ate table scraps or prepared meals. My dog has an allergy to a common additive ingredient in most dog foods. After many attempts at feeding her different diets, I finally decided to home cook, and she has never been healthier. I make sure to get blood work run annually to make sure I'm not missing anything, but so far so good.

      I find it odd that switching the diet of a dog who eats a particular kind of dog food every day can make it sick, but switching up the feeding of a home cooked diet won't usually bother him. This makes me wonder even more if dog food is the best thing to feed a dog.

      I did a lot of research before I decided on a diet for my dog, and I do change it up a little bit, but the idea is generally the same:
      40% Protein
      20% Veggies
      20% Carbs

      Her usual diet is:

      3.6lb package of skinless chicken thighs
      1lb of skinless, boneless chicken breast
      (after removing the bones from the thighs, this equals about 4lbs of chicken)
      1 two lb bag of frozen mixed veggies (carrots, corn, green beans, peas... you get the idea)
      1lb bag of rice (minus a hand full) (this makes about 2lbs of cooked rice)
      1 cut up sweet potato

      I put this all into a big pot with enough water to cover the chicken. I bring to a boil then let simmer for about an hour, then move the pot to cool. It's still pretty watery when it's cooling, but by the time I'm done with it, the water is well blended in.

      Pull out all of the chicken, (I use my hands) and remove all the chicken bones from the thighs, being very, very careful to get all the bones out. (cooking on the bone adds calcium)

      Squeeze the chicken (breasts too) through your fingers until mushy (also a great way to double check bone removal) then add to the veggies and rice, then squeeze that all together with your hands until well blended and crushed. It shouldn't be watery any more at this point. Place into containers and freeze all but 2 days worth. This is usually enough for 2 weeks for my little dog, maybe different for you. I serve with a quarter cup of Kefir on top for calcium (Found by the milk in most stores - Plain flavor, not reduced fat). I also give my dog a daily vitamin.

      I change it up once in a while with different veggies, other meats, adding some organ meat, or oatmeal but I always keep it 40%, 20%, 20% give or take the sweet potato.

      Home making food is a real lifestyle change, but it's just 2ce a month, and you'll know what's going into your dog. This diet costs about per week, which is less than I was paying for dog food before.

      Good luck!

  31. QUESTION:
    How can I get my dog to be healthy eating human food she will not eat dog food?
    My boyfriend keeps feeding her human food even though I try to get her on her dog food. Is there a way she can get the nutrients she needs by eating human food? What can I feed her? She is always tired and I am supposing that she is not getting the nutrition she needs??? Anyone know anything it would help.?

    • ANSWER:
      You really should not make her a plate when you are serving lasagne. However, below is a link to some homemade dog food recipes. These should do the trick for that picky eater. Have a good weekend!

      P.S. Tell your boyfriend to stop feeding her immediately. Dogs have very sensitive stomachs contrary to popular belief and people food can be very harmful for them. Not to mention that it is very likely your dog will get gassy and have poopy issues from it.

  32. QUESTION:
    With the recent scare of the contaminated dog food, how would I make homemade dog food?
    With the recent scare with the contaminated dry and wet dog foods , I would rather make my own dog food and have my dogs safe and healthy. There are sites on the web, but none of them actually give you a physical recipe.

    • ANSWER:
      Try this website:

      http://www.i-love-dogs.com/dog-food-recipes.html

  33. QUESTION:
    How much and how often do I feed my chihuahua?
    I have a chihuahua between 6-8 months old. I make homemade dog food and feed her 3 times a day but she still seems like she is starving!!! Let me tell you what's in her food maybe that's the problem?.. Chicken carrots sweet potato regular potato banana green beans squash brown rice and an egg cooked in chicken broth blended together well... Am I not long something right? I don't want to starve her :(

    • ANSWER:
      I have 2 Chihuahua's that would both eat like they were starving if that's what I gave them! It sounds like you're doing a great job and you are an awesome pet owner for a) making your own dog food, it is SO much healthier for the dog that way. and B) being concerned that your dog was still hungry and asking us folks of Yahoo!. So keep doing what you're doing, she scarfs it down because she loves it! Three times a day is perfect for a 6 month old Chihuahua.

  34. QUESTION:
    I would like a good homemade recipe for dog food. Does anyone have one that would be suitable ?
    I have a yellow lab puppy and a minature pincher that I want to feed a healthier diet. Looking for a dog food recipe for both. Can anyone help?

    • ANSWER:
      hey can eat most human uncooked foods non processed except ONIONS, GARLICS, or GRAPES, feed them a mixture of mostly vegetables and a little meat. Less meat means less dog farts

  35. QUESTION:
    What are some foods that are fatal to hamsters?
    I've been trying to serve some homemade combos of food to my hamster, but I need to know as many fatal foods as possible so I don't make a terrible mistake and feed Tubby Ted the wrong thing! Please list as many fatal foods as you know, and number them! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hamsters will generally eat anything. From collared greens, to lean meat and fish, their diet is really only restricted by what you feed it. Generally stay with the store bought mixtures, as they tend to provide the required proteins and minerals your pet needs to remain healthy. Use other foods only as a supplement to your pet's primary diet. Be absolutely certain to never, under any circumstances, give the following foods and/or liquids to your pet, as they can cause your pet to get very ill, or even kill it.

      Avoid Alcoholic Beverages.
      Alcohol can kill your pet hamster very quickly. You should not even try to give it a couple of drops of alcohol "just as a joke." This is very serious, and if you love your pet, you will avoid alcohol at all costs. Avoid Pickles.
      Pickles are yet another killer of hamsters. Actually, anything vinegar-based, such as pickles, will cause your hamster to suffer a quick death. Avoid Sticky Candy.
      Gum, gumballs, toffees, and caramels should all be avoided. These can stick in the hamster's pouch causing drooling, but can also get stuck in the throat and cause suffocation. Avoid Hard Candy.
      Such as lollipops, hot fireballs, sourballs etc. These can get lodged in your hamster's throat and cause suffocation. Avoid food that may have been touched by other animals.
      Any food that may have been touched by other animals, such as dogs or cats, or any food that has been left out uncovered should not be given to your hamster. Food touched by other animals may have been urinated on, which is poisonous to your hamster. Food left uncovered can have bacteria on it that can cause your hamster to get sick. Avoid Cheeses.
      Although cheese is a good source of protein, and your hamster will gobble it up quickly, it can lead to very smelly feces being left in the cage. This will cause you to have to clean the cage more frequently. Avoid Citrus Fruits.
      Although hamsters love fruits and vegetables, citrus fruits such as oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, lemons and lime, should all be avoided. Citrus fruits contain citric acid, which can make your hamster very ill or worse. Do Not Feed Your Hamster Foods that are meant for other animals.

      Rabbit foods, for example, aren't very good for your hamster. Rabbits have a lower requirement for protein, and therefore, their food isn't actually good for your hamster. You should also keep in mind that some pet foods contain different ingredients that are specific to the type of pet that the food is intended for, and some of those ingredients can be harmful to your hamster.

      One thing to keep in mind is that just because your hamster CAN eat almost anything, doesn't mean that it SHOULD. Meats and fish, although readily accepted by hamsters, can be a source of harmful bacteria that can make your pet ill. For the most part, it's best that you stick with the store bought mixtures.

  36. QUESTION:
    Is cooking your dog food, healthier for them?
    I have an almost 9 year old chihuahua, and for years we've been cooking her rice with meat and carrots. But she's also been eating twice a day, for breakfast some of my dogs food (which I would say it's good for her teeth since it helps clean them since it's hard food?) and for dinner she eats her homemade cooked food. We started feeding her this because when she was younger, she wouldn't eat dog food because we spoiled her. And what else should we add to her food?
    Yeah, mine has really bad teeth too but we were planning on getting her teeth cleaned then talk to the vet about how to keep up with hr teeth. They are too little to brush really well.
    I've been giving her multiviatims for a few months now.
    Raw? She's going to get sick from raw... who knows what's in raw meat....
    And she's too old for bones. She doesn't like them much.

    • ANSWER:
      No..
      Cooking the meat alters the meat and destroys most of the nutrients present.

      Far better for her to eat the meat raw.

      She's not too old to eat bones. Raw, bone-in chicken is highly palatable and contains soft bones able to be handled by senior dogs.

      I know of dogs who have lost most of their teeth thriving on a prey model raw diet.

  37. QUESTION:
    Where can I find good,healthy,tasty dog teat recipes?
    Anyone know any good homemade dog recipes or where I can find them?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.stretcher.com/stories/981130a.cfm
      http://www.all-natural-dog-treat.com/homemade-dog-treat-recipes.html
      http://www.essortment.com/all/homemadedogfoo_riie.htm
      http://www.i-love-dogs.com/dog-food-recipes.html
      http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/dogfoodrecipes.htm
      http://www.fabulousfoods.com/recipes/misc/zdogbiscuit.html
      http://ezinearticles.com/?Free-Homemade-Dog-Food-Recipes&id=523291

  38. QUESTION:
    What is the ideal ratio for homemade dog food?
    I'm very confused because when I made some research yesterday there's mixed opinions about how much protein, vegetables and starch should be in a homemade dog meal. I jotted down some info and got this one: 40% protein, 50% vegetables and 10% starch. Then I'd see comments that there needs to be more protein. Now I'm confused.

    So what's the correct ratio really?

    • ANSWER:
      A diet rich in protein is highly recommended for young pups that have already been weaned from their mother, and for young, growing dogs. Hunting dogs and other working dogs should also be given a healthy serving of protein during mealtime to keep their muscles and organs working perfectly.

      However, giving a dog too much protein can create its own problems. Increase protein intake has been known to damage the dogs' kidneys, which can lead to terminal kidney failure. Too much protein has also been associated with sudden changes in a dog's temperament.

  39. QUESTION:
    What are some homemade dog food recipe for a large breed?
    I have a White German Shepherd. He is about 70 lb and 14 months old. I want to find some good recipes that I can make and store in the freezer. I'm mostly looking for recipes that include rice, vegetables, meat, etc. I don't want to make dog spaghetti or anything like that. If there are any directed towards large breeds that can help with the joints and hips that would be even better. Any items that should not be included, please list.

    • ANSWER:
      PetMix is a great homemade dog food. It is grain free and super healthy. My dog can't get enough of it.
      http://www.k9criticalcare.com/pages/PetMix-Homemade-Dog-Food-recipe.html

  40. QUESTION:
    is there a good,healthy homemade food that i can make for my Chihuahua myself?
    my chihuahua is kind of spoiled and doesn't want to eat his dog food,so im wondering if there is some kinds of homemade meals i can make for him instead?

    • ANSWER:
      Look up a B.A.R.F diet. Dogs have tricky stomachs and a lot of human food is poisonous to dogs such as onions, grapes, garlic and chocolate. Also dogs should NEVER EVER be fed cooked bones.

      http://leerburg.com/feedingarawdiet.htm

      A raw or BARF diet is the way to go if you want to spoil your dog.
      Just remember... changing your dog's food to suit his/her moods will create stomach problems. Pick a food and stick with it. When the dog is hungry, he/she will eat. His/her instincts will not let it starve.

  41. QUESTION:
    Can dogs get sick by eating bad quality food?
    I know some people who give their dogs not so good quality food and their dog is very healthy. Humans sometimes eat food with lots of preservatives and stuff we don't die and get diseases.

    • ANSWER:
      All the dog foods are formulated to have the same nutrients, http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/ResourcesforYou/ucm047120.htm

      Far more of the dogs get sick that are eating the expensive foods, raw, and homemade. The safest thing for your dog is one of major brands of kibble.

  42. QUESTION:
    What is a good website to find healthy dog treats and dental bones?
    I recently discovered www.dogfoodanalysis.com which does a phenomenal job rating dog foods and after doing much research I found out all the junk products I happily feed my Golden Retreiver every day. As you can imagine I'm disgusted, especially with myself for not doing my homework beforehand. I have found a new food product I intend to start purchasing tomorrow but now I would like to find healthier treats and something to chew on to keep her teeth clean. Any kind of information would be greatly appreciated thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Why not make them?

      Here are a bunch of recipes for homemade dog treats. I 'm sure you'll find one that you pup will love! http://www.dog-pound.net/other-dog-treats.htm

      My dog loves the magic meatballs!

      HTH

  43. QUESTION:
    How to make homemade food for my boxer?
    My dog is allergic to many foods, the vet told me to buy the venison and sweet potatoe food. I have bought a few bags but it is so expensive. My boyfriend is a hunter and we have a freezer full of venison. Does anyone know how to feed a dog this? I know I will need other ingredients to have a balanced diet. Im just curious if anyone has done this I am willing to spend time making it.

    • ANSWER:
      Just get some bonemeal powder/calcium supplements to add to the meat. Make sure you feed both muscle and organ meat. You don't need to add any veggies, grains, or other crap, just feed him the meat. Raw whole meats is a very healthy diet for dogs, and it will clear up his allergies in no time.

  44. QUESTION:
    I am getting a Weaten Terrier tomarrow. What is the best dog food for my dog?
    I am getting a Wheaten Terrier tomorrow. What is the best dog food for my dog?And is there any other good tips that will help me with my dog? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      There are so many schools of thought on dog feeding... Some people swear by raw/homemade, believing it's closer to dogs' intended, natural, ancestral diet. (If you do choose raw, though, be sure to do lots of research so you can do it correctly.) Other people believe that scientific advancements in nutrition and vitamins make commercial food the better choice. (You also have to do lots of research to choose the right commercial food for your dog, though!)

      Personally, I'm very intrigued by raw feeding, but I'm still doing my research and reading. For now, I feed my dogs Taste of the Wild, which is a grain-free, high-protein kibble. They *love* it! Even the pickiest one will accept a piece of TOTW as a treat and do tricks for it, which I couldn't believe. TOTW smells very meaty, so I assume it's pretty tasty, too. Plus, it's pretty affordable, compared to other similar-quality foods.

      I also use Stella and Chewy's freeze-dried raw chicken or beef patties as treats, broken up into little pieces, and I highly recommend that strategy. Much healthier than most treats, and you can easily control the size/amount because you break it up yourself.

      Check out dogfoodscoop.com or dogfoodanalysis.com for tons of info about dog foods. Both sites are unbiased, and they explain everything, from overall quality, to ingredients, to sources...

      A good rule of thumb is to *run* away from any dog food you can buy in a grocery store-- like Iams, Purina, Science Diet, Beneful, etc. They're full of fillers and lacking in nutrition. (With these crap-foods, most of what you feed your dog ends up coming out the other end, because it's not nutritionally valuable. After using a better-quality food, you'll notice that you actually need to feed less food, because your dog won't need to eat so much to get what he needs.) Big pet stores like PetCo, PetSmart, etc. have *some* slightly better foods, but I've found the highest-quality foods in small pet shops or online.

      Anyway... Good luck!! :)

  45. QUESTION:
    Is it ok for dogs to be fed commerical dog food or should they be fed specially formulated home-made food?
    Is anyone aware of any studies done on how harmful animal by-product meal can be to dogs? When answering this question, please state personal experience and/or scientific documentation.

    • ANSWER:
      Homemade food is good, but some commercial dog foods are just as good.
      Here is a site that will show you which dog foods are the best and the worst. I suggest that you get any one of the dog foods that are top rated.
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/
      Most of grocery store dog food formulas, like IAMS, Pedigree, Science Diet, Purina,and etc contain "meat and bone meal" which has been known to contain dead dogs and cats that were euthanized in animal shelters. Their bodies are picked up and bought by the truck load by "rendering plants" , that also pick up road kill, dead live stock, and etc. They are shredded, and boiled. They skim off the fat on the top of the "soup" and collected it and sell it to pet food companies as "animal fat", the rest of the animals' remains are crushed up, dried and sold to dog and cat food companies as meat and bone meal.
      You can read more about it here.
      http://earthislandprojects.org/eijournal/fall97/fe_fall97petfood.html
      Here is an article where the owner of a rendering plant talks about it. He says that cremating the dead shelter animals would cause pollution, and that rendering them is good.
      http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m5072/is_12_26/ai_115041999
      Here is further information on what you shouldn't see in the ingredients list in your dog's food.
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients
      Top rated dog foods like Canidae contain good healthy ingredients.

      The raw diet, which is also known as the B.A.R.F. diet is another good alternative to the grocery store crap dog foods.
      Here is information on getting started on it.
      http://www.njboxers.com/faqs.htm

  46. QUESTION:
    Does anyone make their own dog food for Chihuahuas?
    I am concerned with the dog food recall and want to start making my own dog food. My Chihuahua is 3 1/2 lbs.

    • ANSWER:
      When you think about it, what does your dog need from its food in order to be healthy?

      Today our pets have a wide variety to meet their tastes and needs and we have our choice of what kind of food we can choose to feed them. Despite the variety, pet foods usually fall into three major categories. These categories are: Grocery store foods, these types of dog and pet foods are usually found in grocery stores and mass marketed retailers and can contain lower quality, less expensive ingredients. The second category is "premium dog foods," which can also be found in grocery's stores but are also found in pet stores and through your local veterinarian's office. These types of foods are usually made from some higher quality ingredients and are usually made evident by the expense of the food. Some of these pet foods though can contain lower quality ingredients that you aren't aware of. The third and final category is homemade dog food.More and more people are beginning to make their dog's food at home rather than buying commercial formulas. Homemade dog food doesn't contain any substances that could possibly be harmful to your dog's health such as artificial coloring and artificial flavors.

      Another reason to make homemade dog food is the preservatives added to the commercial dog food. Homemade dog food has the benefit of optimum freshness without preservatives.

      There are dogs that would greatly benefit from a homemade diet. Some dogs who suffer from allergies that cause severe itching may find relief once switched from commercial dog food to a homemade diet.

      Processed dog food is a relatively new product and scientists don't fully understand the differences between commercial food and a diet of fresh food. There may be problems occurring in a dog's health because he is being given food that has had the nutrients cooked out of it and then sprayed back on.

      Would you like to prolong the quality and length of your dog's life by 135%?You should keep your dog healthy by homemade dog food.

  47. QUESTION:
    What is a healthy home made meal for a small dog?
    I just feel that feeding my dog only dog food is boring... And he really need some nutritients and vege more! And healthy gums... So what could be the best and easy home made meal for my dog?

    • ANSWER:
      feed him some kangaroo meat raw(or other lean meat) mixed with broccoli, carrot, asparagus, squash and celery (if bloating occurs remove broccoli as it is likely the cause if it still occurs remove each veggy until you find the cause) you should mix it with some of his dog biscuits to add fiber.
      here is a website with some info and recipes
      http://www.dog-obedience-training-review.com/homemade-dog-food-recipes.html

  48. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog food available in Australia?
    What is the best dog food avalible in Australia. Please do not tell me Canidae is because it is not avalible anywhere in Australia!

    • ANSWER:
      I KNOW!!! I'm in the WA area and all you find is PEDIGREE and Chum and all that other junk.Beleive it or not you may think i'm lying but i'm not! I have to actually order or import Canadae and Merrick dog food from America becoz i don't really like the other foods... Unbeleivable hey? I'd say make a homemade mixture of dog food... i do that with my dogs. I feed them... I feed my dogs a homemade mixture with some Canadae and some Merrick kibble thrown in. My home made mixture contains...

      2 x-tra large liver cookie bones crushed up
      1 raw egg
      2 tablespoons of peanut butter
      2-8 sardines (as much as i really want for a shiny coat, Omega 3 and fish oils)
      1/2 cup of Merrick/Canadae kibble
      Some cooked broccoli
      A pinch of garlic ( tasty smell)
      Some cheese
      Fresh Chicken
      1 cup of rice

      And I add a bit of different meats every now and then. I have 12 dogs and puppies so i got to divide the meals and sometimes add a bit more ingredients if i don't add enough!! They love it and it's yummy so you could try it. All ingredients yummy and healthy. You should try it if you don't mind the hassle of getting the ingredients together the first time you make it. But it's so worth it my dogs love it! It's like a little gourmet meal for your dog! But since you don't have Merrick or Canadae just add some beef or liver in (fresh).


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