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Home Cooked Dog Food Diet

Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I give my dog calcium tablets and a vitamin?
    I reviewed my home cooked meals for my dog and he approved but said the diet lacked calcium and he needs that for his bones. And he said he should have a vitamin every day. So, he is a very picky eater and I hid the vitamin in a hot dog bite. He spit out the pill and ate the hot dog. The calcium tbs are all flavored and he hates them also. I don't want to put 2 pills down his throat every day....but I do want to keep him on my own food diet. Any suggestions re how to get these pills in him?
    The vet recommended a doggie vitamin, not a human one.

    • ANSWER:
      Well greenies the dog food company also sells pill pockets for vitamins for medicine or dietary needs. i would suggest buying some of those at ur local pet smart or other animal supplies store. Hope this helped!!!:)

    What are some homemade dog food recipes?
    Not those "raw diets" but actual cooked dog food i can make at home? This is a horrible reference but i know sled dogs make some kind of stew for there dogs (it was called "slump" in Snow dogs (the movie)) But anyways, can someone give me links or books to look into? Thanks.
    @ Sammy, I did say it was a bad "reference" as i knew they did raw meats. I just don't feel comfortable giving my dogs raw.

    • ANSWER:
      I make a stew with diced or minced meat(red or white meat whatever I have at the time) rice or pasta, some mixed diced veggies(sweet potato, peas, potato, pumpkin,broccoli & whatever may work that I have at hand), dash of olive oil. I put all in a pot with enough water to cover it & simmer it for a few hours. When serving I add an egg, some chia seeds & a multi vitamin & mineral supplement powder.
      Dogs love it. I also bake a meat loaf with veggie for them too similar ingredients just put through the processor & into a loaf tin & bake it for an hour or so.

    Help needed for cooked puppy food recipe?
    I would like to feed my 14 week old Cocker Spaniel puppy home made cooked dog food. Please can someone offer me advise on what the best recipe would be - chicken based - or point me to a reputable online resource.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      A good quality commercial dog food is a far better alternative, at least at this stage of your dog's life. Growing pups need a well balanced diet (particularly with regard to things like protein and energy quality & quantity, and calcium:phosphorus ratios). Homemade diets can be a great thing, but the majority of the time they are poorly researched and can have serious consequences for the animal, especially when you're talking about a growing puppy. I would strongly advise keeping your puppy on a commercial dog food, at least until he/she reaches maturity.

      If your concern is related more to giving your dog some variety in his/her diet, it is easy to keep your dog on a dry food diet but substitute a small amount with meat (or a raw bone)/rice/vegetables/etc.

      If you are serious about feeding a homemade diet, you need to do your research very, very thoroughly and really should have the input of your veterinarian. Before you can even think about preparing a diet yourself, you need to have at least a basic understanding of a dog's nutritional requirements. I don't know of any online resources, but you may want to consider looking for a veterinary nutrition book online- one I'd recommend is the pocket companion to Small Animal Clinical Nutrition. This has a lot of material that the average pet owner will never need, but is relatively inexpensice, gives a very good overview of nutrition and does include recipies for homemade diets. I've just had a quick look on Amazon- they're about US new, but you can get one for less than US second hand.

      I hope that helps.

    whats the cheapest healthiest way to feed my two dogs?
    i only want to feed them high quality dog food or home cooked food. which is the best and most affordable? i was feeding them Evo but it was too exspensive and i had to drive really far to get it. now im feeding them canidae but they wont eat it unless i mix it with some wet food and its equaling out to the same price as the Evo. is cooking them food cheaper? whats the best most affordable way to feed my dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      I say that a raw diet is the best, and it is "cheap", too.
      Its a lot safer, too. There are too many unlisted, and unknown chemicals, and meat by-products in commercial food. It seems as if many people have forgotten about the pet food recall that happened not too long ago, and have gone back to feeding the dog foods that may cause them to get sick and/or die.

      Here are some useful links on info about the B.A.R.F. diet

    What Foods Should Dogs Have If Home Cooking?
    I have started home cooking for my dog, and I know they should have a variety of meats. What other foods should be included in their diet. What supplements should be added if any

    • ANSWER:
      Pork beef chicken brown rice white rice whole wheat flour fats such as butter, vegetable oil ,olive oil veggies ,Fish oil smells and tastes nasty I mix fresh eggs in also I never give raw eggs or raw meat they carry disease such as salmonella and other nasty germs you can make you own dog biscuits too with dried milk and baby food meats just type it in dog biscuit recipes in your browser and browse thur the all dog food recipes pick out the best one and those he will enjoy they have dog cookie cutters at Walmart I am a dog lover I have 4 dogs my oldest one lived to 18 1/2 years old and another lived to almost 18 years old and I had one of the oldest boxers to live in the state of Wisconsin it is on record Love my dogs! Thank goodness there are others who care also EDIT~~ I do not know why dogs can not digest veggies and grains after all it is in all the commercial dog foods but most all commercial dog foods are made from corn animal waste and chemicals, lots of chemicals you need to be a scientist to read it all that is why you can keep the dog food in storage for so long &most of them smell so bad when you open the bag or can certianly not a healthy meal for our beloved pets We all know not to give most bones to our dogs or they can splinter and choke on them &round steak bones get caught in their throats. Basic good common sense is what is needed in preparing good wholesome meals for our pets

    What type of home made dog should i feed my rot pup and how is it made?
    I need a Menu card or a home made dog food list that i can feed my rot pup.Also and how is it made cuz i only feed it canned dog food and thinking to prepare my own healthy,juicy,delicious and nutritious dog food

    • ANSWER:
      The only way you'll be able to make a well balanced diet for your dog would be to set up an appointment with a board certified nutritionist and get a recipe from them. You'll spend a ton of money on ingredients and supplements, and you'll find yourself cooking almost constantly. Unless your dog has some special medical condition that requires a home made diet, you'll have a healthier, happier dog if you feed a good quality commercial diet. Find one that's formulated for large breed puppies.
      Home made diets that aren't prepared right will cause a lot of problems, and it's sad because all of those issues could be avoided.

    How to make homemade dog food?
    I have a 6 y/o 100 Lb. Rottie. She has been on commercial food her whole life, but has recently developed problems with digestion. I have decided to put her on a home cooked diet. I know that chocolate and onions are not good for dogs. Are there any other foods I should avoid? What are some good recipes and how much should I be feeding her daily?

    • ANSWER:

      Here's some example of dog food recipes

      Cheese Multi-Grain Dog Biscuits

      Dog Food Recipe Ingredients:

      •1 cup uncooked Oatmeal
      •1/4 cup butter or bacon drippings
      •1 egg, beaten
      •1 1/2 cups hot water
      •1 cup cornmeal
      •1/2 cup powdered Milk
      •1 cup wheat germ
      •4 oz (1 cup) grated cheese
      •3 cups whole wheat flour

      Dog Food Recipe Directions:

      In large bowl pour hot water over oatmeal and butter/bacon drippings; let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in powdered milk, grated cheese, egg. Add cornmeal and wheat germ. Mix well. Add flour, 1/3 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Knead 3-4 minutes, adding more flour if necessary to make a very stiff dough. Pat or roll dough to 1/2" thickness. Cut into shapes and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour at 300F. Turn off heat and dry in oven for 1 1/2 hours or longer. Makes approximately 2 1/4 pounds.

    Feeding home cooked food to my dog ?
    I'm from india and the highest quality dog food available here is royal canine and its not that good.

    I'm thinking about feeding my dog home made food.

    So how do i feed home cooked food to my dog ?

    How do i prepare it ?
    Also is it OK to feed him boiled chicken every other day ?
    Is it ok to feed my dog meat everyday ?

    • ANSWER:
      Plenty of people feed their dogs a balanced, researched home-cooked or raw diet, and their dogs thrive on it.

      The key is RESEARCH....you can't just throw some things together, or make meals based on what you "think" is good for them. The dietary needs for dogs are vastly different than for humans; things that are good for us; like vegetables & milk, can't even be utilized by the dog's body to its full benefit.

      A poorly researched home cooked/raw diet without all the essential nutrients can be worse for your dog than the nastiest commercial kibble on the market....so do your homework.

      Google "home cooking for dogs" and "raw diets for dogs". The raw diet is also known as the BARF (bones and raw food) diet, so you can google that as well. That will get you started with a few recipes/feeding plans & point you in the right direction so you know what resources to use during your research. Be sure not to simply copy recipes off the Internet & feed it to your dog *WITHOUT* understanding the dog's needs, what you're feeding and WHY.

      Good luck :)

    what kind of diet did you put your dog on after it got through pancreatitis?
    After keeping the dog on a bland diet for a week or two (after it got over the pancreatitis), what kind of diet did you use? which kind of dog food? or what kind of home-cooked meal?

    • ANSWER:
      Low fat home cooked,rice or potato with chicken breast/fish/boiled meat with cooked vegs

    What is the best over the counter dog food for diabetic dogs?
    My vet told me Science Diet light is pretty much the same as prescription dog food but my Jack Russell Hates it! Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Main Ingredients for Science Diet Light

      Brewers Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken By-Product Meal, Powdered Cellulose, Whole Grain Corn, Chicken Liver Flavor, Animal Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Soybean Mill Run, ....'
      Main Ingredients for Prescription Diet w/d Canine Low Fat-Diabetic-Gastrointestinal (same manufacturer as Science Diet)
      Whole Grain Corn, Powdered Cellulose, Chicken by-product Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken Liver Flavor, Soybean Mill Run, Soybean Oil, Dried Beet Pulp, Lactic Acid, Soybean Meal,

      He's right they are close. Personally I'm not impressed with either. Diabetic dogs need more fiber and high quality protein. These have some fiber (whole grain corn, beet pulp, mill run), but the meat is by-product (which can be mostly feathers, beaks, feet, bones).

      The best over-the-counter foods will have some meat product listed as the 1st or 2nd ingredient and it will be identifiable (like "chicken" or "beef"). It will also have high fiber ingredients: anything with "whole grain", oats, most vegetables. They don't have to be prescription dog food.

      OR really consider adding to the dry food with some home-cooked, healthy meals (not table scraps!) that are high in protein and fiber, low in fat.

    How much food should I feed my dog?
    I have a 3 1/2 year old 65 pound dog. She has food allergies and to find out what she is allergic to, she is on an elimination diet. I decided to go the home cooked route. I am finding different answers as to how many cups a day to feed her. Does anyone know how many cups a day she should get?

    Megan & Oreo

    • ANSWER:
      With a home-cooked diet, the amount is highly dependent on the ingredients and your dog's activity level and metabolism. Start with what seems like the right amount to you, then monitor her weight. If she's getting chubby, decrease the food, if she's looking thin, increase it. As her metabolism and activity level change throughout her life, you will need to continually adjust the amount of food she's given.

    What dog food should I start my pug puppy on?
    I want a quality brand that's best for the little guy, although I don't want to get in the habit of actually cooking for him, eg. rice and veges etc. I wouldn't mind mixing some mince in with dry dog food, you know? Things like that. I'm getting him next week and want to raise him on a healthy diet. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Kibbles & Bits is a HORRIBLE food!!! Ask the breeder what the pup has been eating, and they should send home some of the food with you. Feed your puppy a good high quality puppy food for the first year. Some good brands are, Canidae, Pinnacle, Wellness, NutriSource,some good but less expensive choices are, Diamond Naturals, Taste of the Wild, and Costco brand, Kirkland Signature. (which are both made by Diamond) Your vet can also help you pick a good food for your puppy! I wish you many healthy happy years with your new baby!!! Enjoy!!!!

    How expensive is it to make homemade dog food?
    About how expensive is it to make homemade dog food? My four dogs (3 large, 1 small) are currently on Science Diet (Large and Small bites) and it costs about -30 a week to feed them all. Does making homemade dog food with quality ingredients generally save money over feeding commercially marketed brands like Science Diet?

    • ANSWER:
      You'll have to do your own math here, based upon the ingedients you wish to us.

      For me, it was slightly more expensive to make my own-- boiled chicken with baked sweet potato and parsley. The parsley was home grown.. I factored that at .0$ because I was using as much in my own cooking as it was for the dog. The split chicken breast I could purchase at about 99cents a pound when I was lucky. Same price for the sweet potato.. so I added the cost of the energy to fire up my stove & stovetop, as well as the price for my time.. And the multiple vitamins I added... Probably +.50 a pound, but it was worth it.

      You can stretch that and reduce the price per pound by 'stretching' the chicken and potato with boiled rice, but of course you have to keep a closer eye on nutrition, since dogs aren't primarily vegetarians, I'd be reluctant to go too heavy on the rice for fear of ill effect.

      So, start with your own recipe, factor in price per pound of the components, divide by the ratio/s in the recipe, then you'll have your price. If you're lucky enough to have a hunter in the family, or can get your hands on free meat, then your cost is reduced accordingly.

    How to feed my son healthy foods?
    I have a 5 year old that loves to eat hot dogs, chicken nuggets, bacon and so on. I know he only eats like that because I let him. I have recently changed my own diet to be healthy and mostly home cooked. I cannot get him to eat the foods I cook. He will only eat the frozen foods. Like I said I know it is my fault. Is there anyway I can get him to change the way he eats slowly? He loves meatballs and meatloaf, could I hide vegetables in his food??
    Any help would be apprecitated.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, good for you for changing your own diet! That is the first step! Children learn by example! So allow him to see you eating these healthier foods. Rave about how good they are. He'll get curious and want to try.

      It's very easy to sneak veggies into things like meatballs and meatloaf if you make them yourself. Add in finely chopped carrots, broccoli etc to the ground beef (although I suggest using half ground turkey). Don't tell him they're in there.

      Have him help you prepare the food. Let him be a part of it and he'll be more apt to eat it.

      Kids love to dip! Let him dip his veggies in ranch or his favorite sauce.

      And if he's very stubborn and will still only eat frozen stuff, start buying the healthier versions made with veggies or turkey.

      Just try to make it fun and don't stress about it. Remember he won't starve himself.

      Good luck!

    Does anyone know how to prepare and cook dog food which has sufficient nutritions?
    I read many articles saying about dog food can harm and shorten dogs's lives, so I would like to try and prepare my own dog food for my dogs. Thanks all!!

    • ANSWER:
      It's okay, since you don't give your dog this following:
      1. Coffee (grounds and beans). Coffee grounds or beans can cause "caffeine" toxicity in dogs.

      2. Fatty Foods. Dogs love rich fatty foods. They often get these foods as treats, leftovers or from getting into the trash. Fatty foods can cause pancreatitis in any pet except miniature or toy poodles. Cocker spaniels and miniature schnauzers are particularly prone to pancreatitis. The dog may become very sick very quickly.

      3. Dairy Products . Dairy products are not highly dangerous but can pose problems for two reasons. Dairy products have a high fat content, and like other fatty foods, they could cause pancreatitis. The second danger is that pets digest dairy products poorly.

      4. Macadamia Nuts. Macadamia nuts, also called the Queensland or Australia nut, can be toxic ... but we don't know why. The reason may be a mystery, but the evidence is clear. As few as six to 40 macadamia nuts have been shown to cause severe toxic symptoms in dogs.

      5. Moldy or Spoiled Food . Dogs love to get into the trash. A medical problem arises when the trash contains moldy or spoiled food. In addition to food poisoning, some pets can develop tremors related to the ingestion of certain molds.

      6. Nutmeg. You may not realize this but high levels of nutmeg can be toxic - even fatal. The toxicity principle is not well understood, but signs of toxicity include tremors, seizures, nervous system abnormalities and death.

      7. Onions or Garlic . Dogs and cats lack the enzyme necessary to properly digest onions. A dog or cat that eats onions may experience gas, vomiting, diarrhea or severe gastrointestinal distress. All forms of onion and garlic are problematic, including raw, dehydrated, cooked or powder.ed forms. If large amounts of onion or garlic are ingested, or if onions are a part of your dog's daily diet, the red blood cells may become fragile and break apart.

      8. Xylitol (sugar substitute). Xylitol is a sweetener made from sugar-alcohol.It is found in sugar-free human food products, such as chewing gum and candy.

      9. Yeast Dough . When ingested, bread or yeast dough will "rise" in your dog's stomach just as rises in bread. This creates two problems. The dough often expands to many times its original size while inside your dog's stomach, causing your dog's stomach to expand as well. As the dough rises and ferments, alcohol is produced which can cause "alcohol toxicity."

      How to make home-food for your dog:

      Yes, it's right, it's more tyring to make your own food than to buy in the market, but you are right. Dogs need certain nutrients that sometimes are not present in commercial dog food.

      TRIVIA: Did you know that a Sormet Collie who ate homemade vegan diet completed 27 years of age, in 2002?

      Good luck!

    I have a Maltese that's one year old. How can I get the dark tear stains out of the fur under his eyes. ?
    I feed him home cooked food- roasted chicken and pan-seared steak w veggies. And sometimes rice. He does like blueberries and raspberries too. I've tried several topical products but they dont work.

    • ANSWER:
      The staining is caused by bacteria or yeast. The moisture from the tears allows for bacteria and yeast to overgrow. Once the fur is stained there is not much you can do about it until it grows out, even if you have addressed the issues causing it.

      To keep it from happening you need to find out why your dog is overproducing tears. It could be a genetic deformity of the tear duct, an infection of the tear duct, allergies, or something else. I would avoid carbohydrates and grains in the diet. You probably want to skip the rice. Bacteria and yeast feed on carbohydrates. There is nothing wrong with doing a homemade diet, I do myself. But the diet you are feeding is very unbalanced. Number one would be calcium. Meat is high in phosphorus but has very little calcium. Having unbalanced calcium/phosphorus levels is very bad for the bones, and over time can cause major issues. You could always add some bone meal to the diet. Dogs also need organs, especially heart and liver. They contain essential amino acids. There are many other vitamins and minerals your dog needs that would be missing from the diet you described. Blueberries and raspberries are fine, just don't feed too much as they are high in sugar, but are a great source of fiber. You may want to look into improving the diet and maybe the staining will resolve.

    What kind of dog food receipes to feed a Brussels Griffon? Best Dog food?
    I currently own two Brussels Griffon's, both male, currently I feed them Nutro Small bites, and I boil a chicken breast and shred it, and mix that with the dog food.

    I am looking to switch up the diet for them. Something more nutrious-however they are picky eaters. Any suggestions would help.

    • ANSWER:
      www.dogfoodanalysis.com will give you the ratings, broken down ingredient by ingredient, of all the kibbles out tehre. Nutro is a middle of the road food, better than supermarket brands, but there are alot better ones, Canidae,Solid Gold, Wellness, etc. Look for ethoxyquin free fish sources,& not BHT, BHA , all chemical perservatives. As for mixing up some homemade, beef hearts, liver, lamb heart, chicken livers, all good to cook at home & add for a treat & all excellent protein sources and won;t cost you much. Also my breeders recommends giving a can of salmon a week to add much needed fatty acids (Omega 3, 6,9)

    What is the best organic/holistic dog food for a Miniature Schnauzer?
    Either its environmental allergies or its food allergies that are causing our Miniature Schnazuer issues, whatever is the case, we want to find the best brand of dog food for our picky miniature schnauzer. She eats Blue buffalo dry grain free food right now with a couple table spoons of Nature Recipe Farm Stand Selects canned dog food. But the canned food seems to be making her have too soft of poop causing her to have issues as well.


    She is 7 in may.

    • ANSWER:
      Try Taste of the Wild.
      It is antibiotic & chemical free, grain free, with filtered water and is safe for all dog types/sizes.
      They have puppy version and adult version (only the adult version isnt labled "Adult" but the puppy version will say "puppy" in the name.)

      I wanted to feed my dog raw food diet, but after researching the risks of e-coli and salmonella bacteria that can be left/tracked all over the place as a result, I would rather not take the risk of such serious bacteria in my home.

      Then, theres always cooked meat option (which people say is bad because dogs shouldnt eat "cooked meat") but in reality, if your two options are cooked meat, or dog kibble (which is also cooked) then of course cooked meat is way healthier.
      The problem with that though, is you would have to buy organic, antibiotic/chemical free meat in order to avoid all those nasty chemicals in the meat going into your dog.
      Which would be EXPENSIVE.
      UNLESS you happen to know or get in touch with a hunter, that is.

      Just some food for thought. Hope you find the best solution for you and your dog. <3

    Can dogs live healthily on a vegetarian diet?
    If I fed my dog fresh vegetables, selected fruits, and soy and egg products for protein; will he live just as long and healthily as any other dog on a pet store bought, "dog food" diet?

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly, no. Dogs are carnivores, and their digestive systems are short and adapted for breaking down meat. They also have specific needs for essential amino acids, calcium/phosphorous amount and proper ratio, proper types and amounts of fats/oils, etc. It is very difficult to home cook a properly balanced diet using meat, and much more difficult to do so without meat. It is much healthier to choose a high-quality, meat-based commercial food such as Innova, Canidae, or the many other excellent products on the market.
      If you absolutely insist on a vegetarian diet, and I hope you don't, may I suggest the following three brands which are formulated for canine well-being?

      http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/dogformulas/Vegetarian.html (Dick van Patten's Natural Balance vegan formula)
      http://www.breeders-choice.com/dog_products/avodermdog_veg.htm (AvoDerm vegetarian formula)
      http://www.royalcanin.us/products/productdetail.aspx?ID=87 (Royal Canin vegetarian formula)

    Is it ok to feed my Bullmastiff regular food instead of dog food?
    So I have an 11 week old Bullmastiff and I want to cook food for him instead of give him dog food. What do you think would be best for him? I want him to be healthy and strong.

    • ANSWER:
      Its fine if you do your research on how to properly prepare and balance meals for your dog.

      Dogs require a meat-based diet. They get little to no nutrition from grains, fruits and veggies.

      There are some groups on yahoo regarding raw feeding (prey model and BARF) as well as home-cooked meals. I highly suggest you join a few of them and do some research there.

    How do I get my new dog to eat dog food?
    I just got him about two weeks ago, and he refuses to eat dog food because of his previous owners. They always fed him people food. How can I get him to start eating dog food?

    • ANSWER:
      Our puppy actually is not much of an eater and is very easily distracted. A friend, who is a breeder, suggested crating him during meals. He gets 20 minutes to eat in the morning, then I put the food up/away if he hasn't eaten. The same thing at night. Within a couple of days, he would eat the instant the food went in the crate, the entire contents of the bowl.
      As for making the switch, I don't think he'll starve himself, so I'd just go cold turkey and go with whatever food you're switching him to. Remember though, diet changes and the new home may cause some tummy troubles- he may get the runs for a few days!
      People food isn't necessarily a bad thing- it depends on the quality of the diet. Our food tends to be too seasoned and fatty for dogs, but some people do cook special meals for their dogs (in fact, it's very common for ill dogs to be ordered to eat boiled chicken and rice). And many many people choose to feed RAW diets, because they believe it's closer to the wild dog's natural diet. So the "people food" thing may not have been the worst thing ever, if they fed him a dog appropriate diet. If they were tossing him cheetos and hot dogs, that's a whole other story.

    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.

    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.

    What do I need to add to my dogs home cooked food?
    I feed my Lasho-Poo cooked lean meat,and white rice (Baked chicken or beef, sometimes lamb.)
    What do I need to add to give him proper nutrtion?His skin is very flaky and dry recently. What kind of vitamins or suppulments should I add?

    • ANSWER:
      I would add vitamin e, vitamin c, and salmon oil for starters. You can go to http://b-naturals.com/ and get all the supplements you would need, with dosages (they are made for dogs). This site also has some excellent articles and links with information regarding home cooked and natural diets.

      I would also get Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats ( you can get it at his website: http://www.drpitcairn.com/books/pitcairn_book.html) It has an excellent home cooked diet you can follow.

    What is the best food to feed a dog with food allergies ?
    My vet speculates that our dog has food allergies and recommend we switch foods, but he didn't really give us any options. Anyone have any suggestions ?

    • ANSWER:
      The only way to find out what foods your dog is allergic to is to put him on a diet that contains a protein source AND a carbohydrate source that he has NEVER had before. That is because you have to be exposed to something more than once to be allergic to it. You cannot buy a food like this over the counter, unfortunately, because almost all dog foods use the same sources for calcium, phosphorus, trace minerals, and vitamins and these can be derived from food items that your dog is allergic to! So, most vets recommend either using a prescription food or home cooking the dogs food using a weird protein source and weird carb source. The prescription foods are nice because they are completely balanced with just the right amount of protein, carbs, fats, vitamins and minerals and they have taken care to not get any extra food items in the food, nor do they even cook or process the food in a dish that has been used to make other kinds of dog or cat food in. These diets are usually made by Royal Canin or Waltham, there may be some other companies too. But ALL these diets are sold by prescription only, you cannot get them from a pet store. They come in whitefish, salmon, rabbit, duck, venison, and sometimes even kangaroo. The carb sources are usually potato, rice, or peas. If you elect to cook for your dog, you will have to follow a diet that has the right percent of meat to carb and not add any extra vitamins or minerals at first, to be sure that the dog is not allergic to these ingredients first. You have to feed ONLY the prescribed diet, no treats or people food or dog bisquits or bones or table scraps, not even a flavored vitamin or heartworm supplement! And you have to do this for 2 months before you are sure it is going to work or not. It is difficult to follow such a rigid diet plan, but that is what it takes to be sure he isn't allergic to anything he is eating. Once you are on a diet that works, you can try adding in ingredients one at a time, one per week or so (like with new babies on their first baby foods) to see what else he can eat. There is nothing wonderful about raw diets compared to cooked ones where allergies are concerned. Good luck!

    What is the best dog food for fattening up a 6 month old puppy?
    I feed her 2 cans of food a day and if I feed her more she pukes it up and she can't eat dry food because she gulps it down and then pukes that up. She is to skinny and she needs to gain a little weight what is the best canned dog food to help her gain weight? The vet says she does not have worms and that nothing is wrong with her other than being a little underweight.

    • ANSWER:
      You could try getting her on a quality puppy kibble and supplement it with some chopped up meat (such as cooked and chopped up chicken gizzards, hearts, skinless boneless chicken, lean beef). If you cook chicken, you can add a bit of the unseasoned stock and stir that in. She may hold the food down better if you feed her smaller meals but more often, maybe three times a day to start since the Vet says she is a bit underweight. If your dog tolerates cottage cheese well, you can add some of that to the food. Our dogs love frozen banana slices for a treat in the summer. We nickel a banana, put the slices in a freezer bag- one layer and side by side and freeze. For added pleasure, we put a dab of peanut butter on top and finely grated carrot sprinkled over that. if your dog is eating one meal a day, and it is that amount, then she likely inhales her food and the amount in one meal plus how fast she eats causes her to throw up. Hence, smaller meals more often. Then, once she is keeping her food down and putting on some weight, you can start feeding twice a day with a few treats in between, such as dog biscuits, few slices of cored apple, mango, papaya, banana. Just small tidbits of fruit.
      You can try holistic select:
      If you were up to feeding a home cooked diet, that is an option.
      If you decide to introduce a new food, do it gradually and you can add some canned pureed plain pumpkin to each meal for the first week as you are gradually switching foods.
      Holistic Select comes in canned and kibble.

    Can a dog be switched from a raw meat diet to a homemade cooked diet? Should they?
    I will hopefully be acquiring a dog soon. He has been on a raw food diet for five years,with no issues. I am not against the raw diet, just uninformed.

    • ANSWER:
      All diets have pros and cons. Why not simply get one of Monica Segals booklets on how to feed a raw balanced diet and continue on the way the dog has been fed. She also has recipes for home-cooking to make sure you feed a correctly balanced home-cooked meal. The booklets only cost .95 and are available here;
      She is a very well-known certified animal health care individual with several books. many booklets, and her latest book is in use at the Ohio University School of Veterinary Medicine.
      Monica is now on DogRead answering questions if you would care to go there and ask questions about a raw diet;
      Join yahoogroups.com..........it's free and then type in "DogRead". You can join immediately .

    Raw diet or cooked homemade diet for dog?
    I'm getting a new dog. I fed my old dogs dog food at first, and when they were older I started feeding them a cooked homemade diet, and they did well with it. I'm planning to adopt an adult dog, over 3 years old, and I want to do a homemade diet, but I'm not sure if I should do a cooked one or a raw diet. I know most people who try it love the raw diet, but I've also heard that some dogs do get ill from it. I guess it's just kind of hard for me to wrap my head around an animal eating raw meat and staying healthy.

    So, which is better? A raw diet or a cooked one? Assuming the dog I get has only eaten kibble its entire life, will there be any problems if I switch to a raw diet?

    • ANSWER:
      You will have a lot to do with a new dog in your home. Since you're used to the cooked homemade diet, just offer that to the new dog. I do this for breakfast and top the homemade with chunks of raw meat.

      I feed kibble for supper.

      Raw feed is fine, but I like the combination of homemade topped with chunks of raw best. It's personal preference.You don't need to switch to raw to be right ... or ok.

      All my dogs had only eaten kibble for years. When 2 became obese and too inactive, I switched to raw and later to homemade topped with raw. It excited my dogs. You can do homemade/raw for breakfast and kibble for supper to begin. I think you'll notice excitement in the dog over homemade/raw meals.

      "Clockwork" is incorrect.Homemade food has good nutritional value. Do a google search for "foods good for dogs". There are websites that tell you what nutrients dogs gain from the foods that are good for them. -!-

    How much should i feed my doberman pinchers?
    Im starting all three of my dogs on a home cooked diet. Two are doberman pinchers that are four months old and one is a 4 year boston terrier. I have done my research on what to feed them, but i cant find how much to feed them. I want the to start this diet today, because i have run out of store brand food. Im getting ready to go to the store, and then prepare it, so how much food should each dog get? And if there are any tricks to this. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      The nutritional requirements of puppies vary from those of adults, and deficiencies (or excesses) are more likely to cause harm. Puppies need more protein, fat, calcium, and phosphorus than adult dogs do, but too much calcium can lead to serious orthopedic problems. This is especially true for young (prior to puberty), large-breed puppies. These increased needs continue as long as your puppy is growing, and are highest during periods of peak growth.
      The exact amount of calcium that puppies require is a matter of endless debate among nutritionists. I’ll outline the most prominent recommendations, and suggest an approach that should result in your home-prepared diet falling into the middle of these ranges.
      The 2006 National Research Council (NRC) guidelines recommend that puppies receive 3 grams (3,000 mg) of calcium per 1,000 kcals, which is four times its recommended amount for adult dogs. The minimum requirement is 2,000 mg/1,000 kcals.

      The nutrient guidelines published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) express the recommended amount in a different way, suggesting that puppy diets include between 1.0 and 2.5 percent calcium on a dry matter (DM) basis. In comparison, the 2006 NRC recommendations are 0.8 to 1.7 percent for smaller breed puppies (adult body weight under 55 lbs) and 0.8 to 1.2 percent for larger breed puppies (based on a diet that contains 400 kcals per 100 grams of food).

      Some nutritional research suggests that large-breed puppies have optimal skeletal development and mineralization when fed a diet that contains between 0.8 and 1.0 percent calcium (DM), as long as the diet uses high biological value protein (from animal products) that provides 420 kcals per 100 grams of food. The percentage of calcium needed increases when caloric density is increased (higher-fat diets), so that the total amount of calcium per calorie remains the same. The percentage of calcium needed also increases when more grains are fed, since the phytates in grains bind calcium.

      Studies have shown that skeletal abnormalities and lameness can result in large-breed puppies fed more than 2.6 percent calcium (DM), or more than 6,500 mg calcium per 1,000 kcals (one study found significant bone abnormalties in growing dogs feed 4,900 mg calcium per 1,000 kcals). The 2006 NRC recommends a safe upper limit of 4,500 mg calcum per 1,000 kcals for giant-breed dogs (the limit is likely higher with smaller breeds).Minimum amounts are less well defined, but problems may occur when diets contain less than 0.6 percent calcium (DM). The amount of vitamin D in the diet will also have an effect, since it increases the absorption of calcium. Small-breed puppies can tolerate a much wider range of calcium than large-breed puppies without developing problems.

      Heres my suggestion: If you add an amount of bone meal that provides between 1,000 and 2,000 mg of calcium per pound of food fed (not counting any low-calorie veggies), this should provide adequate but not excessive calcium. If you cook the meat, use the cooked weight to determine how much calcium to add.

      The higher amount in that range (2,000 mg per pound of food) will meet both NRC and AAFCO guidelines, providing between 2,000 and 4,000 mg of calcium/1,000 kcals and 1.6 to 2.0 percent calcium (DM) based on the diet recommendations I've given.

      The lower amount (1,000 mg per pound of food) will provide between 0.8 and 1.0 percent calcium, which some feel is most appropriate for large breed puppies. This is lower than NRC and AAFCO minimums, but not low enough to cause deficiencies. Remember, you need to add more calcium per pound of food fed if you use a high-fat or high-grain diet.

      Because puppies also need more phosphorus than adult dogs, I suggest using bone meal for a calcium source, rather than a calcium-only supplement. (Again, bone meal contains calcium and phosphorus in a ratio of 2:1.)

      If your dogs diet provides calcium in amounts that fall at the low end of the ranges suggested by experts, its advisable to supplement the diet with vitamin D, which enhances calcium uptake. (Don’t use calcium supplements that contain vitamin D, though, as the amounts will be too high). If you want to do your own calculations, you can analyze the diet you’re feeding using a nutrition analyzer (see Resources below).

      Remember that if you feed a diet that includes ground bone in appropriate amounts, there is no need to add additional calcium or phosphorus, as bone supplies both minerals in the right proportions. (Isn’t nature wonderful?)

      Puppies also require more protein than adult dogs. Remember that there is no danger in feeding high-protein diets to puppies. The best thing you can do for large- and giant-breed puppies is to keep them lean and slow-growing by limiting the total amount fed, not by limiting the percentage of protein in

    What should I do if my dog has been throwing up constantly the past hour?
    He keeps throwing up. He never throws up. He's about 10 months old. He had just one bowl of dog food tonight but my mom mixed in some leftover chicken meat.
    Is there any home remedy I can temporarily give him? I don't know if there are any emergency vets around, but if there are, should I take him to one? Or wait til tomorrow?
    I'm scared! :( He seems really sick.

    • ANSWER:
      Good chance the chicken was off! Hence the reason he vomiting, So basically he was accidently food posioned. Pet do react to off food. I would take him to emergancy animal clinic.

      NEVER give a dog pepto bismol, it is TOXIC, the ingredients have change and can cause DEATH now.

      If your dog does manage to eat a harmful or questionable food, call your veterinarian immediately. Do not give attempt to give him Pepto-Bismol or other products intended for humans. In dogs, these formulas can lead to gastric irritation or ulcers, bleeding problems, seizures and liver damage. Appropriate dosages are unknown, and medicines can be harmful, or even fatal, to canines.

      Apples, peaches, and cherries can contain small amounts of cyanide, which is toxic to dogs. These fruits aren't actually toxic to dogs, it the seeds of these fruit that are toxic!

      Tomatoes and potatoes may contain solanine, which can lead to drooling, severe gastrointestinal upset (vomiting and diarrhea), loss of appetite, drowsiness, central nervous system depression, confusion, behavioral changes, weakness, dilated pupils and slowed heart rate in dogs. Tomatoes and Potato's aren't actually toxic unless the dog eat them when there green or the actual plants the fruit is produced on. this is what is actually toxic.

      Other harmful foods include avocados, coffee and tea, moldy cheese, onions, macadamian nuts.

      Bones can splinter or break into sharp pieces that may cause internal bleeding or blockages in dogs. Raw bones aren't actually toxic, but cooked bones are dangerous-cooked bones splinter and have a high chance of bein lodge in the back of the throat or in the intestines. Raw bones are far less likely to splinter and far less likely to get stuck.

      Peppers are fine, as long as the seeds are removed.

      Dog's are they carnivore's Are they really like wolves,hyena's and jackals?

      Or are they more like us? Is it foolish to feed them only meat? Should they be fed what their human family eat?

      The truth encompassess a little of each

      In the wild, other hunting animals that seem similar to dog's, such as wolves and hyenas, eat fruit, leaves, grasses, dig for roots and even obtain vegetable matter from the stomach of their prey.The bone's of their prey provide calicum and help keep teeth clean.Their diet's are highly varied and also change seasonally.

      A domestic dog fed on human diet struggles with dairy products and can actually be poisioned by some of the common ingredients in human pantries.

      Dog's are actually omnivorous.

      They need alot less meat protein then cats, ferrets, snakes and feeding a high animal protein diet to a dog will take a toll on its health.

      A dog is designed to digest a wide range of plant and animal products.

      Dog's must eat more then just muscle meat.

      They need plenty of carbohydrate's and fibre from vegetable and plant matter and only a very small amount of fat.their protein can come from both plant and animal product's.

      The other thing's to consider are sources of mineral such as calcium and phosphorous and of cause vitamins.


      Cat's are strict carnivores.this mean that some of their nutritents can be obtained only from animal sources.

      However being a carnivore doesn't mean that all of the nutrients need to be from animal products or that a carnivorous animal could survive eating muscle meat only.

      A wild carnivore such as a lion will kill and eat an atelope.it will lickthe hair off and chew on the skin.the organ are consumed, including partly digested grass, leaves, and other grazed plant material.Last of all, the bones are eaten too.

      Cat's and Dog's are also very different in their needs

      Animal poisoning by drugs is by far the most common type of small animal poison exposure, accounting for 75% of 1990 toxin exposures as reported by the AAPCC and 82 of 425 fatalities. Dogs and, less frequently, cats, can be poisoned by human or veterinary drugs as a result of accidental ingestion or overdose just like children can; it is worth emphasizing that all medications should be placed out of reach of inquisitive noses which are too often attached to undiscriminating mouths!

      This section focuses on those medications which are too frequently given by well-intentioned owners for the purpose of relieving discomfort experienced by the animal and which instead can cause a much more serious problem for the pet. Human over-the-counter pain relievers are occasionally used in veterinary medicine for pain relief but they should only be given upon specific advice and direction of a veterinarian. Pain relievers, or analgesics, are not designed for use by cats and dogs and a minimal human dose can poison a pet. Cats and dogs do not utilize and tolerate drugs in the same way people do and human drugs should NEVER be assumed to be safe for animals.

      Acetaminophen (Tylenoltm) -XXX Top

      XXX - Emergency! XX - Highly Dangerous X - Dangerous

      Tylenol is, of course, a human over-the-counter analgesic medicine used to relieve pain. In people, after the pills are taken, the ingredients are broken down in the body by enzymes in the liver. In people, Tylenol is generally a safe and useful painkiller. Cats, however, have less of the enzyme required to detoxify the drug following ingestion. As a result, there are many dangerous metabolites, or break-down products of acetaminophen that bind to red blood cells and other tissue cells, resulting in the destruction of these cells. There may also be direct damage to tissue cells from the painkiller. As little as one regular strength tablet (325 mg) can poison a cat to the degree that it can develop noticeable clinical signs of illness. Two extra-strength tablets are likely to kill a cat. Dogs (particularly small dogs) are also susceptible to significant tissue damage from as little as two regular strength Tylenol and repeated doses increase the risk significantly. Signs develop quickly and can include salivation, vomiting, weakness and abdominal pain.

      Due to the significant toxicity to pets in relatively minimal dosages, the recommendation is clear - Tylenol should not be given to dogs or cats. Other, safer, drugs are available for pain relief; talk to your veterinarian about your own pet's specific needs.

      NSAIDs: Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Phenylbutazone, Naproxen - X Top

      XXX - Emergency! XX - Highly Dangerous X - Dangerous

      The pain relievers discussed here are known as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and are widely prescribed with caution by veterinarians to relieve pain from arthritis and other conditions. Animal dosages, however, are much lower than human dosages. Use of NSAIDs can significantly increase the risk for development of stomach or intestinal ulcers, particularly in a sick patient, or one receiving other medications. These pain relievers cause signs of poisoning by decreasing the mucous production in the stomach. Mucous serves to protect the stomach from the acids it secretes and reduction in mucous production decreases the protection the stomach has from acid secretion and increases the likelihood of ulcer formation. In addition these drugs indirectly decrease the blood flow to vital organs, particularly the kidney, and can result in significant kidney damage. Two regular strength aspirin in a small dog can cause clinical signs of poisoning. As with Tylenol, cats are more sensitive to these drugs and should never be given these medications unless under the specific direction of a veterinarian.

      Again, these drugs can be safely used and, in fact, are employed in veterinary practice every day in appropriate doses and after careful medical evaluation of the patient. The important point is to recognize that dogs and cats do not respond in the same way to human medications that people do. Any medications need to be discussed with and prescribed by a veterinarian prior to giving them to your pet to avoid an inadvertent and tragic poisoning.

    Can a puppy eat home made dog food?
    I would like to start cooking food myself for my puppy, who is four months old. Is it safe, or should I wait until she is a year old? I don't know if there are special nutrients she needs as a puppy that dog food contains, or if I can start feeding her rice, meat, and vegetables. Can anyone give me advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Designing a healthy doggy diet takes a lot of research and a lot of work. Ask the vet for an overview of canine nutritional needs and then check out some dog-food dietary or recipe books from the local library.

    What's the difference between natural and low-grade dry dog food?
    By "natural", I mean home cooked, raw, or high-end brands like Merrick, EVO, or Orijen.

    By "low-grade", I mean Alpo, Purina, Science Diet, etc.
    Okay, so meat by products and fillers are in the low grade stuff? Got it.
    I'm going to research why that's bad for dogs.
    Any links would be helpful!

    • ANSWER:
      The ingredients!

    Is it really bad to feed your dog human foods?
    Well, i don't like my parents giving my dog human food because everyone says its bad for them. But they don't listen and they keep giving her it. She's starting to not want her dog food. But when my aunt gives her dog human food like rice and beef and the things she cooks &her dog is 12 years old and still very healthy. I have also heard that some dog foods can be bad for your dog. &i wanted to know is it true that its bad to feed your dog human food? Most of my cousins that have dogs don't feed them dog food.

    • ANSWER:
      Human foods, if whole foods properly prepared, are probably the healthiest thing you could feed dogs. You pick the product so you know the freshness and can get info if there are things you want to avoid (such as meats from animals treated with hormones, antibiotics, etc) but even if you don't use those top quality organics, fresh whole meat, properly prepared grains, veggies and fruits are great for dogs. It is not difficult to feed a home cooked diet. Your aunt is obviously doing it right. It is better to avoid gravies, sauces, many spices and certain specific foods that can be toxic to dogs. Also, if you fed your dog mostly veggies or too much fruit that could be bad for your dog. It is not true that human food is bad for dogs. Some people act like fresh food will kill them when the meats, grains, veggies etc in almost all commercial dog foods are stuff you can't even feed to humans without risking health problems. Also, dog foods have shelf lifes of years usually. If a person ate cereal all the time they would survive, but would be lacking something in their diet for optimum health. If you are talking feeding nitrate filled lunch meat, beanie weenies, canned stew and other human food garbage, then it is absolutely bad for dogs as it is for people.
      We have three senior dogs, all are on a home cooked diet. If I would feed a dog food, I'd feed Acana or Orijen because those foods are made at a stellar plant with fresh ingredients and they have not been recalled.
      If I had a dog that was not prone to skin and coat problems or other health issues that was thriving on a dog food of lesser quality, I would probably not change that dog food, but whatever dog food I fed, I'd feed some fresh meat mixed with their food, often.

    can you suggest a source of recipes for homemade dog food?
    My dog was just diagnosed with abnormal pancreas readings after vomiting and diarrhea. He is doing better after a couple days on burger and rice and now I am interested in taking him off commercial dog food and treats and cooking for him at home.
    Does anyone have experience with a similar problem and/or have a dog food cookbook or resource they recommend?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to http://www.dogster.com/ and set up an account.

      Go to this page: http://www.dogster.com/forums/Home_Prepared_Food_Recipes/thread/640881 and use the guide to make sure your dog is getting a balanced meal.

      A problem with homemade diets is that they tend to be too low in calcium for dogs, so this tutorial will help to take the guess work out of it. Someone there is also probably tackling the same problem right now and can help you with your difficulties. The YA community is not quite knowledgeable enough to assist you.

      If you want a book try Dr. Pitcairn's :http://www.amazon.com/Pitcairns-Complete-Guide-Natural-Health/dp/157954973X

      It has a lot of really good recipes that also take the guess work out of home cooking.

      If making everything yourself seems daunting, try a premix like Honest Kitchen Preference http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/products/preference/ or Sojos Grain-Free http://sojos.com/europa.html

      If you can find a nutritionist or holistic vet in your area, they may be able to help you too. Don't let your vet put your dog on a prescription diet. They are a waste of money, nutritionally deficient and there is a very good reason that no one has made prescription foods for humans.

      Good luck!

      Forgot to add these websites. With the Honest Kitchen one hit the older entries button to see more recipes.

    Is there anything to give a dog who is vomiting?
    She started vomiting this evening but not sure why. Her diet is dry dog food. I may end up taking her to the vet, but Is there anything I can give her that will help the vomiting stop?

    • ANSWER:
      Lots of water to keep her from being dehydrated - try but here is more info from a website. poor baby :o(

      Vomiting is the forcible expulsion of stomach and/or intestinal contents through the mouth. Vomiting occurs commonly in dogs. It seems to be caused most often by irritation of the stomach, called simple gastritis.

      Gastritis is usually caused by the ingestion of an irritant substance--for example, decomposed food, grass, aluminum foil, paper, or bones. The dog often first vomits food or another irritant material and later vomits clear or yellow fluid.

      Dogs with gastric irritation may seek grass to eat, but grass eating is often an "enjoyable pastime" for dogs and not a sign of illness. They may or may not be interested in their normal food.

      If your dog vomits once or twice, has no fever or obvious abdominal pain, and is no more than slightly depressed (inactive), you can probably treat the vomiting at home.


      It is time to seek veterinary help for vomiting if your dog vomits more than a few times, if the vomitus is ejected extremely forcefully, if there is blood in the vomitus or obvious abdominal pain, or if your dog seems particularly depressed or weak, has a fever, or retches unproductively, do not attempt to treat the condition at home.


      Even simple gastritis cannot always be treated successfully without the help of a veterinarian, and there are many other serious causes of vomiting, among them intestinal foreign bodies, bowel or stomach torsion (twisting) inflammation of the pancreas, kidney failure, and even certain forms of epilepsy.


      Some dogs, particularly young dogs used to eating several times a day, vomit during the hours preceding their regular meal. The vomitus usually looks like a frothy white or yellow fluid and is usually present in small amounts. This type of vomiting may be due to excess gastric acidity and can be controlled in several ways:

      1. Feed two meal a day (morning and evening).
      2. Allow free-choice feeding.
      3. Administer an antacid before the time when vomiting usually occurs. This last method is the least desirable since prolonged use may stimulate even greater secretion of gastric secretions.


      Another not-very-serious type of vomiting experienced frequently by young dogs occurs following meals, usually those who gobble their food, overeat, and/or exercise excessively immediately following eating. If your dog is an after-meal vomiter, you can try the following:

      1. If your dog normally eats with other animals, feed the one who vomits by him- or herself. Competition encourages food gulping.
      2. Feed smaller meals more frequently.
      3. Enforce rest after meals.
      4. Try a food that has to be chewed before swallowing (e.g., large-size kibbles).


      Home Treatment For Vomiting

      Never give a dog vomiting blood oral medications.

      Do not feed your dog for twelve to twenty-four hours following vomiting. At the end of twelve hours , you can offer a very small amount of soft, bland food such as cooked rice and skinless chicken breast, pasta, or potatoes mixed with low-fat cottage cheese (9-to1 ratio). If your dog keeps this small meal down for about four hours, another small meal can be offered, then another about four hours later. If no further vomiting occurs, the next day's meals can be normal-sized portion of bland food and the following day you can return your dog to a regular diet. Water should be offered only in small amounts but frequently in order to combat the tendency to dehydrate that accompanies vomiting. Large amount of food or water distend the already irritated stomach and usually cause vomiting to recur. An easy way to have water available in small portions is to place ice cubes in the water bowl and allow the dog to drink the liquid that accumulates as the cubes melt.

      Withholding food for 24 hours from very small dogs or puppies may lead to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and is dangerous. In this instance, withhold food for several hours and administer small amounts of honey, Karo syrup, or sugar water frequently during the period of food withdrawal.



      Doses vary widely from pet to pet, however, so be sure to ask your vet for advice.

      1. Pepto-Bismol can be given. Give one teaspoon per 20 pounds of weight every four to six hours.

      2. Kaopectate is helpful for digestive troubles. Give one teaspoon of Kaopectate for each ten pounds of weight every four hours.

      3. Di Gel Liquid can be given up to 4 tbs. every 8 hours.

      4. Maalox can be given up to 4 tbs. every 8 hours.

      5. Antacid liquids for humans containing aluminum and/or magnesium hydroxide may help soothe the irritated stomach lining; however, the most important part of treatment is fasting! (Dose aluminum hydroxide antacids to provide 10mg per pound [22 mg/kg] of body weight every six hours.) If vomiting is present with diarrhea, drugs containing bismuth subsalicylate are best.

      Do not give any preparations containing aspirin when your pet has upset stomach.

    So exactly what dog food is safe to give our dogs?
    I feed my dog purina dry dog food. I heard they recently recalled dry food but I was not sure which kind.

    • 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.


    does anyone know the calorific value of complete dry dog food?
    I want to swap to feeding turkey mince, rice and vegetables, but I have no idea how much to give him. I thought if I could work out how many calories his recommended dog food portion is, I could work out how much turkey and rice. Anyone know?
    The basic content is on the bag, protein, ash, oil, moisture. But not calories, unfortunately! I want to feed a more natural diet as hes bored with the biscuits and farts terribly!

    • ANSWER:
      Some bags have the calorie content, some dont. I have even found some of the websites do not have the calorie content. I have had to use the "contact us" link several times to request the calorie content. Kibble can range from 250 calories a cup to almost 600! Its great that you want to home cook for your dog. You can really control the quality of the ingredients that way. I suggest you join the Yahoo group K9 Kitchen. They can give you a lot of really good advice on how to make a balanced diet. There is also a book of the same name. If you dont want to do this research, then this is one case where I would recommend a good dog vitamin, in case your home cooking is missing something like calcium.


    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.

    What are safe foods for kittens to eat?
    I have two 3 month old kittens. I am very interested in preparing home cooked meals for them. I was wondering what foods would be safe and what is the best way to prepare it.

    • ANSWER:
      Making a nutritionally complete homemade diet isn't easy. Research:
      http://www.catinfo.org/makingcatfood.htm (MAKING CAT FOOD)
      http://www.catnutrition.org/foodmaking.php (Foodmaking)
      http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?action=library&act=show&item=014 (Easy Homemade Diets for Cats and Dogs)

      Raw feeding is an excellent option but should be thoroughly researched before being attempted. There's a lot more to it than just feeding your cat raw meat. You need a careful balance of raw muscle meat, raw organ meat, and raw meaty bones. Research:
      http://www.rawfedcats.org/ (Raw Fed Cats)
      http://rawfed.com/myths/cats.html (Raw Fed: What About Cats?)
      http://www.rawlearning.com/ (Jane Anderson's Raw Learning Site)
      http://www.rawmeatybones.com/ (Raw Meaty Bones)
      http://rawfed.com/myths/preymodel.html (Raw Prey Model Diet Vs. BARF Diet)
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfeeding/ (Raw Feeding)
      http://community.livejournal.com/rawdogs/profile/ (Raw Dogs Livejournal Community [not just for dogs despite the name!], excellent raw feeding information on the profile page and overall helpful community for raw feeding questions.)
      http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html (Myths About Raw Feeding)


    What else is required in the prey model diet?
    my dogs have just had their 1st pieces of raw chicken (1/4 each) but it seems like very lttle compared to what they used to eat (1/2 tin of dog food and dry mix) Am i giving them the right amount? Do they need any other vitamin rich foods or supplements?
    Siberian Husky (5 1/2 months old)
    GSD/Lab mix (4 1/2 years old)
    Advice from other raw feed owners appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      A prey model diet is dangerous and inaccurately named. It isn't what a dog would really eat as a predator because the meat is processed, even if not cooked. In the wild, dogs eat the whole animal, not just select cuts. That means they also eat organs and the contents of the digestive tract of the prey animal. Good luck finding lungs and guts at the grocery store. So you'll have to substitute if you really want to feed them a diet close to what their natural diet in the wild would be.

      If you want to feed raw, that's fine. I personally prefer home cooking to feeding raw because of concerns about bacteria loads on factory farmed meats. Either way, please do it with a balanced diet. That means you'll need to give vegetables in addition to meats, and you'll also need to give dietary supplements. This diet needs to be specially formulated for each individual dog and should be done by a qualified nutritionist, not based on what you can find on the internet. Your vet may be able to recommend a nutritionist.

      There are so many incredibly dangerous fad diets out there for dogs it is impossible for a lay person to weed out the good from the bad. Go for the expert who actually has credentials, not just someone who claims they've been feeding it to their dog and their dog is doing great or whatever.

      I used a nutritionist recommended by a trusted friend, with later adjustments made by my veterinarian as my dog's needs changed. Maybe your vet is cooperative about raw feeding, some are. But even if you can't work with your own vet, please do find a qualified expert to work with on this.

    How to make my dog gain weight and eat his food?
    I currently have a 1 year old BRT. I know it's bad but I've changed his food three times already because he'll eat something for a few months and then stop eating it and then get really skinny. This time I tried not to change his food but to get him to keep eating it by putting warm water in it, wet dog food, meat, tuna, and I got so desperate I gave him a pancake. I don't know what else to do. He's REALLY skinny now and needs to get his weight up ASAP but how can I do it and he won't eat his food?
    When he came home I had him in a dehydrated raw food (hydrate it and feed, and you could see the turkey and everything in it!) and it was really expensive! He stopped eating it so then I put him on Blue wilderness (also expensive) and he stopped eating it. Then I put him on the cheapo stuff from sams club (which he's on now) and he stopped eating it. I don't know what's left there to do :(

    • ANSWER:
      You might want to try putting your dog on a bland diet. It's 2/3 cup rice to 1/3 cup ground beef. It's super easy to cook en masse. Just stick in the fridge between feedings. Another idea is that you can supplement your dogs food with canned pumpkin - the pumpkin is healthy and has a good taste.

      Good luck. If this doesn't work, call the vet - as there may be an underlying issue.

    Can anyone recommend a great cookbook for making natural meals for dogs?
    I have 2 dogs, my chihuahua who is about 15 & my "ratcha"(chihuahua/rat terrier mix) who is a late 4. Just want to start making them healthy food. I've heard of all the crap they put in other dog foods. I purchased Science Diet because it's vet approved & I was told it's like 90% organic, but my senior dog doesn't really like it.

    Please help, Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      K9 Kitchen: The Truth Behind the Hype by Monica Segal (2nd edition) has just come out (Got my copy in the mail yesterday)

      K9 Kitchen
      K9 Kitchen: The Truth Behind the Hype (second edition) by Monica Segal, AHCW

      Cutting through the current myths that surround home-prepared canine diets, this book presents facts as well as respectful consideration to feeding each dog as an individual. We begin with basic information, moving toward a better understanding of the nutritional needs of dogs, and providing analyses of commonly fed raw meaty bones and green tripe. The book provides 60 diet plans (20 cooked, 20 raw and 20 combination diets), the NRC 2006 nutrient requirements for adult dogs, and a step-by-step guideline to help the reader formulate a balanced diet.

      Suggested reading for people who want to learn more before deciding on an appropriate feeding method for their unique dog.


    What do you think of Oven-Baked Tradition dry dog food?
    Just wondering, my Dachshund likes vareity, he gets easily bored with his dog food. We have been feeding him Canidae and he likes it but I was at the pet food store and saw this "Oven-Baked Tradition" dog food. It looks like it would be a good dog food for him, plenty healthy. Just wondering if any of you out there have had any experience with this and if you think it's a good dog food. Any links about the dog food would be appreciated also.

    • ANSWER:
      Here's a link to one of their products. You can surf their site for the others.

      I haven't ever heard of it before, but looking at the ingredients, it looks like a pretty good quality food. If your dog hasn't had problems in the past switching from one kibble to another, he'll probably be fine switching to that from Canidae.

      In general, it isn't a good idea to keep swapping foods, but if your dog doesn't have any digestive problems with doing it and it's a matter of swap foods and he'll eat or stick with one and he'll starve, then go for it.

      If you really want to give your dog variety, I'd recommend a home-cooked diet. Raw diets have not been proven to be any better or worse than a high quality kibble like what you're feeding, but there's always the risk of parasites and disease transmission in raw meat, so seems like a home-cooked diet would give the benefits of a raw diet without the risk.

      If you do decide to go for a homemade diet instead of kibble, I'd recommend you spend the money to consult with a veterinary nutritionist to create a recipe/ meal plan that works for you and your dog and is nutritionally complete. If you can't find one in your area (ask your vet for a reference) try http://www.petdiets.com/

    I have been increasingly leary about commercial dog food and would prefer not to feed it to my new puppy.?
    Most commercial foods have rice or other carbs as a main ingredient. Dogs in their natural environment do not usually eat lots of carbs, only what is found in the stomach of an animal they have killed. Has anyone had experience with a raw diet, or a cooked diet using people food and supplements? Does anyone know of any dog foods that are healthy, without preservatives chemicals or euthanized animals in it?

    • ANSWER:
      I own three dogs, all on the raw diet. The benefits of it is of course they are getting 100% bio-available nutrients, enzymes, protein etc... You can taylor it to your dogs need. For instance my border collie is anemic so she gets extra organ meat. My min pin has watery eyes so he gets extra apple cider vinegar. There's less waste cause they are absorbing all they need from the food with no fillers or crap in there. Two of my dogs are 10 and one is 3. My ten years olds acts like 5 years olds, if not younger. It's just optimal health for them if done right. The basic ingredients would be meat, vegetables, organ meat, bone, oils and anything else you want like kelp, apple cider vinegar, alfalfa and on and on. Whatever your pup needs.

      Puppies need to eat about 5% of their body weight. Depending on their activity level. So a 20 pound dog would eat 1 pound of food per day. But it all depends on them. If they are very energetic and not gaining weight from what you give them then you can up it or if they are gaining weight than you decrease the amount of food.

      There are many websites and books out there. There are also pet health food stores that have raw food available pre made. That takes the guess work out of exactly what to put in, although it may be more expensive. The staff should be able to answer all your questions and guide you to some good books. Pre made raw food would have bone ground up into it whereas making it at home you can give them raw bones to chew. The raw bones help their theeth as well as offer many nutrients from the marrow and bone itself. They can't be given constantly because the marrow is so rich in nutrients that they can get the runs. But they chew on them for a day or two, get the marrow our, then have another chew for a day or two. Depends on the dogs size etc.

      I could literally talk forever about this because there is a lot to know, but once you get it down it is super easy and they'll love you for it. I'll attach just one website to look at but there are tons. Barfworld, raw diets....



      Any pre-made diet that you buy for raw will have no preservatives etc. in it. It will just be the basics. People food is dog food. Just not everything is healthy for them. Chocolate, some vegtables, all drinks besides water...also they get their carbs from the raw vegetables in their diet.

      I told you I can really talk forever so I'll just say do you research and you'll love it.

    What is a good low sodium food for large breed dogs?
    I have an Irish Wolfhound with Congestive heart problems, He needs a low sodium dog food. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Ask your veterinarian - they probably have a prescription diet that they recommend. It may be expensive, or it may not be something that you want to feed your dog, but this is important for his health. I don't know of any regular dog foods that are low in sodium, as most dogs don't require a low sodium diet. You may even be able to home cook for him, but please obtain some balanced recipes from your veterinarian or a dog nutritionist first.

    What should I feed a cat if I have no cat food around?
    We found a little stray kitty that decided to make our house its home (:
    I was wondering, what should I feed her?
    We have dog food & treats around. (i've only fed her a few pieces of a beggin' strip)
    We also have plenty of Filippino food around. xD (e.g. rice, pork adobo, white rice, lumpia, etc)
    & lots of ramen noodles. xD

    What do you think we should feed her?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, you should get yourself some high quality cat food when you get the chance (make sure "chicken" or "turkey" is the first ingredient, and not corn), to ensure they get nutrients formulated specifically for their needs. If you don't want to get them cat food and feed them only a homemade diet, please talk to a vet or animal nutritionist to make sure the kitty is getting what she needs. :) Thanks for taking her in!

      In the meanwhile, don't feed her rice or noodles, cats really don't need much carbohydrate- they need lots of protein and some fat. Dog food can probably be given in a pinch, but it doesn't have enough protein to sustain a cat. You could also try tuna, which the kitty will love, but again it's not going to provide enough nutrients if you feed them that for an extended amount of time. Chicken, meat, and cooked eggs might also be okay for a bit- but make sure you give it to the kitty plain, without spices or sauces, they can't handle as much sodium as we can.

      Avoid feeding raw eggs, and don't give them lots of milk! I know it's a typical belief that cats can drink lots of milk, but they can't live off it and it can make adult cats sick.

      Good luck!

    Anyone know any good raw dog food recipes and raw treat recipes?
    I am looking for some raw dog food recipes to start feeding raw for only part of the time. Have any ideas? Any healthy raw treat ideas? Summer treat ideas?

    Thank you!
    What about fruites and veggies?
    I tried feeding raw once. It made one of my bullies sick...it was not a kind I made it was a store bought kind. I want to try it again very slowly because I believe it will be better in the long run. What about eggs? I have heard raw eggs are good for them as well.

    • ANSWER:
      It is something that should be researched thoroughly. For example, you don't want to feed too many organs or weight bearing bones. Also, to reach the maximum benefit, you should donate your bag of kibble. It doesn't benefit the dog to have both as they digest differently in the body.

      I serve my dog a whole chicken in the morning and in the evening I serve ground up meat-ground with the bones in it (whichever meat I have for that day, venison, lamb, etc) with pureed (from food processor) veggies and fruits mixed in. My dog prefers not to have the veggies, so if I don't serve it this way, he won't eat them.

      Many people say that veggies and fruits are not necessary, but some do and I feel better knowing he has them. Dogs are omnivores and in the wild will eat grass.

      I cook a box of brown rice once a week and I daily add 1/2 cup of it to his evening meal.

      I am giving you some links that can go into more detail about the diet. I wish you the best and thank you for feeding your dogs the healthiest diet!

      The links I have prepared for you are ones that I have researched myself as well as ones that were sent to me when I joined the yahoo group for rawfeeding. I would suggest signing up for it. It is free to register, they don't spam you and you can opt out at anytime. http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfe...

      Why I chose to feed my dog a raw food diet:

      I adopted my lab/pit mix at 1 year old. He had been a stray and was the most amazing dog I have ever met. It was love at first sight. When I brought him home, I fed him (quality) kibble. He had daily diarrhea, often several times a day. I felt horrible for him. We were at the vet twice in the first month for his bowel problems. My vet told me to feed Science Diet, Sensitive Stomach Formula. I knew that SD is crap food, but I was desperate to help my dog. It worked! Then I found out that not only is there no nutriton in SD, but they add stool hardeners! I was so mad. The food was only masking the problem.

      I knew there had to be a better way. I was heavily reading everything I could about canine nutrition. I had my dog tested for allergies. (dogs can be sensititve to something without being allergic) I changed food every few weeks trying to fnd something nutritious that wouldn't make his bowels expode.

      I started cooking boiled chicken and rice for him and only feeding him that because that was the only way he'd stop having diarrhea and I could actually know exactly what he was eating. There had to be a better way.

      I had heard of raw feeing but it sounded crazy to me. I mean, feeding your dog bones? That's insane! They could choke! Well, after careful research and consulting with my vet, I decided that I had tried everything else and this was worth a shot. It turns out raw bones are GOOD for them! They don't splinter like cooked bones. They clean the dogs teeth. This is what a dog's digestive system was meant to eat!

      Aside from the diarrhea, my dog suffered frequent ear infections, UTIs, and anal gland infections. He had gas, bad breath and the frequent diarrhea. All of that is now gone! He is so healthy and his immune system fights off everything on his own. There are no more monthly trips to the vet (so costly!) and he has so much energy.

      I always suggest everyone should at least look into raw feeding, even if their dog is already healthy. Keep him that way, right?

      My dog is almost 80lbs and he eats 2.5 lbs of raw a day. He gets half of a chicken in the morning and his evening meal varies including eggs, veggies, duck, venison, bison, beef, turkey, fish, organs, etc. He loves it! There is nothing more satisfying than hearing him crunch on those bones because I know it makes him so healthy and happy.

      Keep in mind, you have to be careful with bone/meat ratio (explained in links) and what kinds of raw you are feeding. (example, too many organs or weight bearing bones can be bad)


      http://www.rawmeatybones.com/ http://rawfed.com/myths/preymodel.html

      I wish you the best and if I think of anything else, I will edit!

      I feed him a tablespoon of yogurt a day - I put plops of yogurt on a freezer safe Tupperware and stick it in the freezer. I give him one a day as a treat. I don't believe it is necessary, but he hasn't had any digestive problems since I've been doing it. It's used as a treat.

      Other treats I have used are raw baby carrots, sliced apples and green beans. I also puree liver, mix it 50/50 with water and put it into ice cube trays as a treat.

      I used to buy from www.omaspride.com but now I do it myself. It isn't terribly cheaper but for me it is more convenient to pick up stuiff for him at my weekly trips to the butcher shop, which sells only organic fed, free range meats and dairy products. Also consider making your own jerky (or purchasing) out of venison, chicken, duck, etc.

    How do I keep my dog as healthy as possible?
    I want her to be like one of those old buff guys with their proteins shakes. lol. She's almost 9 and a chihuahua, we cook her food instead of dog food, she has also recently started taking a multi vitamin, and also fish oil because she developed REALLY bad dandruff. For breakfast, she also started eating actual dog food which I'm assuming is also good for her teeth.. And I think she needs to lose a couple of ounces lol. but I live in washington, so it's hard walking her everyday, plus we have two other dogs in the house and I don't want to leave them at home while im out with just her. She's going to get her shots soon too and get a teeth cleaning because her teeth are really bad.
    ALSO, What should I add to her food? Right now she eats white rice with meat and carrots cooked. And I'm not feeding her raw meat....
    She hates swimming....
    Washington.... It's really cold and it rains wayyy to often....
    And i do take her on walks on sunny days, when she looks tired i just carry her back home. And I think she's actually still pretty youthful, she stills runs and has no problem jumping and standing on her hind legs.
    is her walking around outside considered excersice? She plays outside for a little bit every morning.
    Shes not fat! She's just a little chubby I think.

    • ANSWER:
      Please look into feeding an all-raw diet.

      For cats, feeding raw is LESS expensive than kibble/wet canned foods: http://catcentric.org/nutrition-and-food/raw-feeding/how-much-does-it-cost-to-feed-my-cat-or-i-can-afford-to-feed-commercial-raw/

      The stomachs of dogs and cats are highly acidic, able to liquefy raw meat/bones.

      They are designed to handle parasites and large amounts of unhealthy bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella. Raw fed cats or dogs will have a strong immune system able to handle any viral, bacterial, or parasitic infection.

      Kibble decreases the acidity of their digestive system, so mixing kibble and raw meat is often a bad idea. Also, feeding raw bones is critical. They can't be cooked because cooked bones can splinter and cause injury/death. Raw bones are much more pliable and easily digested.

      Many vets recommend a kibble-based diet despite the inadequate nutritional value.. A small reason for this is that they can earn about 20% of their revenue from pet food sales and manufacturer kickbacks. The main reason, however, is because they receive about 2 weeks worth of training on animal nutrition, and guess who the teacher is? A representative from a pet food manufacturer.

      The pet food industry earns over billion annually in the US. Huge profit margins are gained by use of the cheapest ingredients possible.

      A major ingredient in dog/cat food is grain, such as corn, wheat, or soy. These are indigestible to them. They are literally the floor scrapings from mills that process these grains for human food. They can even include cardboard. This causes large, bulky stools, or at it's worst, causes bloat, diabetes, bowel problems, etc.

      Vitamins and minerals are added because they have been cooked out of kibble. Other ingredients are artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives. Colors are added to make it look good to us, but unfortunately they may be toxic and lead to kidney/liver problems and cancer.

      Compare the ingredients of a low quality dog/cat food to a high quality dog/cat food. The first ingredient may be some variety of meat. Maybe it's actually "meat" or "meat meal". "Meat" is a protein source that comes from rendering plants that process slaughter house leftovers, road kill, and dead animals from animal shelters and vet offices.

      They then sell the material to livestock feed and pet food manufacturers. Not only is it unbearable to think of our dogs as cannibals, bear in mind that the soduim pentobarbital used in euthanization is not eliminated in the rendering process.

      Today the pet food industry earns billions, yet faces countless lawsuits from owners who's animals were made sick/killed by their products.

      Also more info on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=dog+food+truth&oq=dog+food+truth&gs_l=youtube.3..0.17827.20231.0.20496.

      Yahoo feeding group, found here:

home cooked dog food diet