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Nurture Your Dog With A Home Made
Dog Food Recipe!

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A naturally good and tasty home made dog food recipe will definitely get your dog's undivided attention at dinner time. I know you love your dogs and want the best for them, so give them something to "woof" about by trying home made dog food recipes.

On the more practical side, what your dog eats has enormous impact on his development and long term health, not to mention his quality of life.

A homemade dog food recipe also gives you peace of mind and clarity about the nutritional value of the food your dog is getting that will benefit his health.

In this day and age of concerns over additives, antibiotics, hormones, sugar, salt etc., most of us dog lovers want to make sure we are giving our dogs the best diets available to meet their needs. Educating yourself will help you to make the best decisions for your pet.

Dr. Pitcairn's book, dr. pitcairn natural health for dogs book Natural Health for Dogs and Cats, is a valuable resource that provides information to guide you in meeting your dog's nutritional requirements, which will be a big help if you decide to start making home made dog food recipes for your pet. Many of us pet owners choose to make our dog's food because we can have more control over the quality, type and freshness of ingredients. And there is nothing better that watching your dog enjoy a home made dog food recipe.

The majority of commercially prepared pet food can't even come close because most of them are totally lacking the in vital ingredients your pet needs to thrive. If that is not bad enough, they contain a slew of substances that can actually do harm to our pets!

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Home Made Dog Food Recipe Details

To keep the process simple and easy to sustain, I would suggest making the dog food recipes in bulk, then dividing and freezing the recipe into mealsize quantities to be defrosted as needed. I don't think you have to worry too much about the nutritional quality suffering, because it won't be frozen for that long a period of time. Also, if the ingredients are purchased in bulk quantities, it will keep the cost lower. But you'll most likely agree that the extra pennies of cost compared to the improved quality, is worth it for your best friend.

Because a home made dog food recipe will no doubt perk up your dog's appetite, following is some information to give you a guide to the average daily quantity of food your dog needs based on his weight. Naturally, the amount of exercise he gets will have a bearing on this also. But, keep an eye on Rover's waistline as a good indicator and adjust amounts accordingly.

Dog's Weight Cups of Food
5 lbs 3/4 cup
10 lbs 1-1/2 cups
25 lbs 3 cups
40 lbs 4-1/2 cups
60 lbs 6 cups
85 lbs 7-1/2 cups
105 lbs 9 cups
125 lbs 10-1/2 cups
150 lbs 12 cups

Definitions Of Ingredients For Home Made Dog Food Recipes:

Fatty meats: Regular ground hamburger, roaster chicken (whole), lamb (neck, shoulder, leg, chops), pork chops, chuck roast, ground chuck, brains, tongue, sirloin stear, fatty beef heart).

Lean meats: Beef or chicken liver or heart, kidney, tuna canned in oil, fryer chicken (gizzard, drumsticks, thighs or whole), turkey (whole, ground, or dark meat), carp, salmon, catfish.

Daily supplements are recommended to be given along with the food servings indicated above.

Here is a sample recipe from Dr. Pitcairn's book that you can make in bulk:

  • 5 cups rolled oats -raw
  • 3 lbs (approx 6 cups) raw whole turkey, ground/chopped
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup vegetables, cooked or raw - grate if raw and use less
  • Supplements: 6 tbsp (approx 1/3 cup) Healthy Powder (pg 53)
  • 4 tsp. group 1 bone meal
  • 10,000 IU vitamin A (if using carrots, this is optional)
  • 400 IU vitamin E
  • 1 tsp. tamari soy sauce, or 1/4 tsp., iodized salt (optional)

Cook the oats, then add the remaining ingredients. Makes about 18+ cups. Optionally, you can lightly cook the meat if you are not comfortable with completely raw. You can also substitute different grains and/or meats.

The book gives you more recipes, full information about supplements, and a wealth of other information, so I encourage you to get a copy. Your dog will benefit if you do!

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Your Home Made Dog Food Recipes

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Nutritional Concerns of Dogs In Special Situations

If you have a dog with special health concerns you will find valuable information in the book regarding their nutrition also. Included in these groups are pregnant or nursing females; young, half-grown and older puppies; older dogs; dogs living in cold or very hot weather; vegetarians; conditions of malnourishment, anemia or convalescence. Adaptations to the diet are very well explained for these groups as well as home made dog food recipe adjustments.

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