Switching to HOMEMADE! Need help with ratios!
So I've decided to switch to homemade dog food for our big man Gunner. He is 8 months old and I cant say I've had a lot of problems with him but he definatly has irregular poops, smells often and scratches and sheds like craaazy! I'm a stay at home mother so I think this will work out great for me. I also have 3 small children so the raw diet isn't something I'm interested in.
I've read up about all the types of meats/organs allowed, occasional fruits, the best vegetables and grains but I am needing suggestions on the ratios of each.
I have decided to double cook the grains first, for digestion purposes, then add in all the other ingredients such as the meats and vegetables. I'm going to do this crockpot style and add eggs(with shells) and or cottage cheese/yogurt right before feedings, whenever necessary. I think I'll do salmon or tuna once weekly also.
Let me know what you think!! And any ideas about ratios would be great! RECIPES WELCOME!!!
I think most on here do their homemade diets raw, but here are some references for cooked. Just make really sure that it is a complete "balanced" diet. I would think supplements are a must.
Mary Straus: DogAware.com Articles: Sample Homemade Cooked Diets for Dogs
Monica Segal: Cooked Diet Recipes e-Booklet
I just switched Myah to homemade as well. She was a big puppy, then hit a plateau where she wasn't growing. She started to get a little bit scratchy, but the biggest telltale sign was when she vomited her food up in the car - 7 hrs later, and it was still undigested! She was on grain-free, expensive food. We had tried a few brands.
We considered raw, but we do not have the place for that kind of mess. But perhaps someday. My friend tried raw and her dog just vomited it up like crazy and was sick. Each dog is different. All of my dogs, up until now, ate kibble and were "**** happy" to have it - no people food! But...it's a new day, with my sweet Myah. She no likey the kibble....tough on her tummy.
Anyway, I did a bunch of research, and I came up with "categories" that each meal comes from:
Meat -- beef, chicken, pork, fish, eggs, etc...
Carbs -- potatoes, rice, pumpkin, squash, beans, etc...
Fruits/Veggies -- pumpkin, squash, peas, green beans, carrots, blueberries, apples, etc...
Calcium -- plain yogurt, cottage cheese, dried milk, etc...
Fat -- olive oil, safflower oil, peanut butter, etc..
I add flaxseed to every meal. I make sure she has about 1 cup of meat, 1 cup carb, 1/2 cup F/V and 1/2 cup calcium stuff. I drizzle a tablespoon of oil over it and sprinkle the flax.
The category lists are longer than what I've typed in here. Just do the research about what works with canine digestive systems (and what is toxic) and see what your baby likes! Variety is key, so that they are getting all the vitamins they need.
She is doing AWESOME! She cries for her food, eats it in one setting, never vomits and is gaining weight again/growing. No more scratchy and her coat is super soft and silky!
Tonight, she had 1 cup ground beef, 1 cup cooked potatoes, some chopped up raw carrot, canned chick peas, a bit a gravy (ha ha, leftover - she loved it), a bunch of blueberries, a big scoop of yogurt and a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of flax.
I made a salmon meat loaf for her one night....canned salmon, eggs, plain yogurt, peas, pumpkin seeds, rice, oil....gosh, I don't even remember. But she thinks I'm the greatest cook around. :wub:
Variety is the key.
When we move into a place with a bigger yard, we will try raw. But for now, this saved my baby's tummy and she's now actually digesting her food.
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