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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 recipes.

On a more practical note, 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.

Much of the commercial pet food can't even come close to the quality that can be prepared at home. Watch your dog thrive once you start making his food, and enjoy knowing that you are protecting him from the slew of substances found in manufactured products that can actually do him harm!

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Canine Nutritional Requirements

When it comes to maintaining the health and well being of pets through food and supplements - knowledge is power and will help you to make the best decisions.

Dr. Pitcairn's 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 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 no better reward for your effort than watching your dog enjoy home made dog food.

Homemade Dog Food Recipe Tips

The best advice I can give when making the transition to homemade, is to keep the process simple! For this reason, I suggest making the food in bulk, then dividing and freezing the recipe into mealsize quantities to be defrosted as needed.

The nutritional quality shouldn't suffer, because the food won't be frozen for that long. Also, if the ingredients are purchased in bulk, it will keep the cost lower.

Even so, you'll most likely agree that any extra pennies of cost are more than offset by the improved quality it provides for your best friend and family companion.

To get you going, 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, including many natural dog treat recipes, plus full information about pet supplements, and much more about dog health, so I encourage you to get a copy. Your dog will benefit if you do!

When you start making dog food recipes, don't be afraid to try different meats. In fact, many professionals believe that food rotation is healthy and prevents a dog becoming allergic to one type of protein or grain.

Other proteins to consider: Fatty meats, such as regular ground hamburger, roaster chicken, lamb (neck, shoulder, leg, chops), pork chops, ground chuck, sirloin steak, etc.

And also Lean meats: beef or chicken liver or heart, kidney, tuna canned in oil, chicken gizzard, drumsticks, thighs, turkey, salmon and other fish.

If you're not planning to use the healthy powder called for in the recipe, a great alternative supplement is Ultimate Missing Link.

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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Because a home made dog food recipe will no doubt perk up your dog's appetite, here's a guide providing the average daily amount 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.

Average Food Requirements For Dogs

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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

Treats.....Healthy dog treats are what most of us dog lovers are looking for and ones which will also benefit a pet's oral health. So as a finale, I'm including a 4-Paws dog treat recipe book that Rover and Roxi are sure to enjoy....did I hear barks of approval?

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