Since this is a home cooked food thread I'll share supplement info..
If you're to cook for your dog, ground meat can be sautéed along with finely chopped veggies. The starch can be lightly boiled/simmered separately. I add 3 parts Safflower oil to 1 part fish oil.
The suggested supplements by my holistic vet are 'K9 Transfer Factor' and 'Bone Meal'. All measurements are weight, age, activity dependent. I disagree with whoever said the dog does not digest finely chopped, cooked vegetables, mine does. However this is a lot of work and I will probably be going back to feeding a complete and balanced premade raw diet in another month or 2 when my dog's gut has completely quieted.
Thanks - supplements are readily available here as well
To begin with, I am probably going to start with Royal Canin starter and then transition over gradually to home cooked after he is 4-5 months
I am in two minds over raw ..
Premade raw , while available, is hard to trust
Same goes for frozen meats
Having said that, fresh meat from a local meat shop is readily available but we have a 1 year old kid and with both wife and I in full time jobs, it would be hard to maintain the required level of segregation and avoid any possible contamination on either side
Am thinking of keeping a 50% meat/ 20% carb/ 20% veggies / 10% fat (coconut/mustard/safflower in rotation) with added supplements
Any thoughts on what amount (by weight) to feed a puppy?
I'm sorry, but our dogs did not digest the vegetables. They were ground up, not chopped, and were well cooked. I would think they would have been more broken down before cooking than your chopped veggies. They were very easily seen in their feces and looked just like they did before they were cooked and fed.
This is what we experienced, not some made-up opinion. I suppose your experience may be different and your dog has a different digestive tract than our dogs do. I would think that if you let your dog's waste dissolve in water for a day or so, you would see those same pieces of vegetables that you chopped and fed to him.
We believed our dogs were using those veggies, too, just like you do. We would have argued the same thing, until we saw that they were not digesting them at all.
Since I switched to home cooked for my other dog, she has been pooping well and I do not recollect seeing any unprocessed greens
Having said that, she is an Indian pariah (local landrace) that evolved naturally and is by consequence a very robust breed - Evolving over the centuries, while you forage for food will probably have made this breed capable of digesting anything that is edible