Discussion in 'Pets' started by earlycuyler, Jan 6, 2013.
I hear you can make your own. Anyone do this ?
Growing up, my dogs ate venison. Every year, I harvested a deer. We'd eat the tenderloins and other choice parts. The rest was portioned into servings for the dogs and frozen. Depending on the size of the deer, it provide enough dog food for the year...or at least supplement dry food.
So....your dog never really gets the excitement of 'New and Improved' venison....
I make a homemade dog food, but it is only a dinner treat and a supplement to the Canine Caviar Lamb and Pearl Millet kibble that they eat. I checked it out with a couple of vets and they did not have a problem with it as long as it is not their main diet. It consists of brown rice, scrambled egg, unsalted canned green beans, boiled hamburger and low-fat cottage cheese. I mix up batches and freeze it. I also freeze the water the hamburger was boiled in after rendering off the fat. Then when I serve it to them I add some diced baked chicken breast, some of the hamburger juice and a couple squirts of salmon oil.
I was going to give them a treat of canned food at dinner, but decided my own recipe was much more wholesome.
I'll post the recipe if anyone wants it. It is kind of a hassle, though, I'll warn you.
Mrs. H. will bake up some all-natural dog treats on occasion. I don't know the recipe but it sure stinks up the kitchen something fierce.
Yeah you can make your own but it's not NEARLY as tasty as the store bought stuff.
I've done it before for my darlings. When I had a pack of catahoulas I would at least supplement with natural diets. 4 was a lot to cook for. I'm hunting a baby black and tan coonhound pup for spring or summer and absolutely I am going to run with home cooking again.
The amount of recalls for even top name brands of dog and catfood is positively crazy.
And I'm talking top named brands like Iams and Eukanuba, Diamond, Wysong and more. Even dog treats have recalled for salmonella. Pigs ears in particular.
Dr. Pitcairn has some of the best most "do able" recipes. And his book "Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats" has been in my bookcase for over a decade and a half.
My best training treat is to make my own dried liver treats. I'm telling you my dogs would be ready to do the dishes the laundry and vacuum the house for just a simple liver chip
let alone sit or stay.
I am afraid of this to. My dog was laying on my bed, and started to heave, so I snatched him up and got him out. When he puked, it was all red and just terrible. I called my vet and tok the dog to the ER for pets and they checked him out. All was well. They figured that he just had a disagreement with the food. Any way, he was real shaky and all that went through my head was "Melamine". I just knew my dog was poisoned. The dog dispelled all the next morning by acting normal. Matter of fact he had his leash ready and was waiting by my door as usual. We have a pet shop here that makes organic dog chow in shop. I think im going to put him on that. Ill still take any recipes if you want to give them.
Oh that melamine recall was a nightmare a few years back. At the time I had my four catahoulas and four cats and it was crazy. My eldest cat Pyewacket was more 17 at the time and he was most definitely affected but lived thru it. Constitution like a horse. He refused to die and hung in with us till he was almost 21
But with the melamine no one could even predict what would happen with any of your pets down the road. How it would affect them and/or shorten their lifespan. So many beasties were affected.
I've know a lot of people who used to do raw diets, but many backed off raw because of so many problems with e coli, salmonella etc. Only ones that have access to a butcher they know or their own game that they've processed themselves have stuck with a raw diet.
I'm ready to pack it in for the day in a minute but I'll gladly give you Pitcairn's recipes tomorrow. I'll just put them up in this thread.
What breed and how old? Because Pitcairn's diets are designed for normal to special needs dogs.
And I'll be more than happy to pass them along.
He is a pit mix, 2 and 1/2 years old, and works out daily.
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