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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Make Your Own Dog Food? Recipes? Opinions? ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 1/7/12 0:18 AM

I have been cooking ground turkey-bought in 5lb chubb at local discount store for $6.58. I add to it one bag of frozen french cut green beans, one bag mixed peas and carrots and one bag of sliced carrots. I cook thoroughly and then spoon into muffin pans and freeze. Then I pop them out and put them in freezer bags to use as necessary to mix in with kibble for my 3 dogs. But now I am wondering if I can get them just as good nutrition but cooking the meat and vegetables and adding it to cooked brown rice or oatmeal. And for not more than I pay for the dry dog food I feed that I am not entirely happy with.
Anyone have any ideas, recipes, thoughts?

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Date: 1/7/12 1:28 AM

Do NOT feed the dogs mushrooms. Period.

Some people grind meat on sale & make sausages... freeze & cut chunks off for their dogs. The meat is raw.. you could cook it first if you want. If your dogs have never eaten raw meat you have to wean them into it.

My dogs love oatmeal. And for their health we give them a probiotic tablet twice weekly.

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Date: 1/7/12 7:22 AM

Dog food contains all the essential nutrients a dog needs. I had considered making my own once too, but realized I'd never be able to make certain they were getting what they needed. I buy high-protein dog food - yes, it's expensive, but you only need to feed them half as much as other types with grains and filler - and then add vegetables, healthy leftovers from our food, etc. That way not a lot of food in our house gets wasted and the dogs get a wide variety. None of them are overweight either. We just don't overfeed them.

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Date: 1/7/12 8:17 AM


I also put out dry dogfood for my dogs as I do wonder how to duplicate any vitamins etc that may be in the store bought dogfood. that my dogs may need.
But I know there is a book written on how to make your own dogfood.. and as I am typing this.. I am thinking that as there are vitamins in our ''people'' food those may be the same vitamins that dogs need.. Perhaps Bird can tell us more on that. as I am not sure.

But I am with you all the way on this idea. With five dogs.. thats a lot of food/treats.. and I quit buying those ''dog treats;; at the store sometime back.. probably when I noticed that pound for pound.. I could buy real people bacon cheaper than beggin strips..

Those sausage cheese balls I make. the dogs love them too..

I also buy huge bags of fish sticks. and if I find liver or such on sale will cook it up.. cut it into bite size pieces for treats and so on.

My father raised prized birddogs for years.. He would take the store bought food.. put it in a skillet with water.. and whatever leftover bits of meat.. or vegetables were in the fridge.. or add cans of vegetables like you are doing. He would stir it all together getting a gravy of sorts.. and feed that to his dogs.. and Yes, he did have a veterianary degree so I am assuming he knew which foods were safe and which were not. Chocolate and garlic are big no nos.. but that is information you can google up.

I often make my dogs ''cookies'' from oatmeal or such.. And they do sale bottles of vitamins at the pet food stores for dogs. Both solid.. and liquid form you can use..

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Date: 1/7/12 9:09 AM

It can be difficult to get the required amounts and ratios of minerals like calcium and phosphorous in homemade foods.
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Date: 1/7/12 9:37 AM

There are a lot of internet sites, forums, and books published about raw and home cooked feeding, and as many different opinions on what is 'right' as there are here on PR regarding machines, notions, etc .


My dog needs vitamin supplements on top of her pre-mixed raw frozen diet I purchase. Her UTIs stopped when I added that. Yet some raw diet people say its not necessary. So.....It would be a good idea to spend some time on the 'net researching until you find a philosophy that works with your lifestyle.

Two Yahoo Groups I read, to learn more, are
K9 Kitchen and K9 Nutrition.

And do not feed onions to dogs.
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Date: 1/7/12 10:54 AM

I made mine for a while when there was that food scare cos of the China thing.I made up patties of ground meat (chicken,turkey, or beef and added rice and veggies to it and would freeze them. She loved it however it put unwanted weight on her. So be careful with portions. Honestly I don't really trust most of the main dog food companies but couldn't afford the really good stuff so that was another reason I made my own. Dogs face the same risk of processed food we do. Any food at it's purest level is best. You think it's bad some of the things that go in our food really should examine the ingredients of a bag of regular dog food and understand what the ingredients mean. And now since the US government has seen fit to allow horse meat to be processed and sold in the US we will be seeing that again in dog food. If we do get another pet to replace our dear Nicky the I will be more careful about what I feed he/her and how much. NIcky's weight issues definitely played a role in her going to the bridge sooner then later. And it's very hard to get weight off a dog or cat especially older as they exercise less.

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Date: 1/7/12 11:14 AM

I was just discussing dogfood at the dogpark this mornng and learned that Costco now carries this brand which is grain free
Nature's Domain
At this price I can easily justify my Costco membership since I'm paying twice the price to get high protein salmon dogfood for my two guys.

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Date: 1/7/12 11:19 AM

I have made raw dog food for Oscar in the past. He loves it. I grind up the meat, vegies and fruit and freeze it in flat packages. A 1/2 cup package replaces a full cup of kibble.

Dogs can safely eat chicken bones ONLY IF they are raw. A neighbour goes to the chicken processing plant and buys necks for his dogs. He freezes them and gives them to the dogs raw and frozen.

When I go to the butcher I buy Oscar a lamb or pig kidney or a lamb tongue. They are quite inexpensive and he just loves the treat.

Our pets love canned pumpkin. When Cassies tore her ACL and was waiting for surgery, the vet had us feed her 3/4 pumpkin and 1/4 her regular food. The cats decided they wanted to have pumpkin too.

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Date: 1/7/12 11:19 AM

i make all my dogs food @ home, also.

my lab mutt had so many skin/ear problems b-4. not any-more.

my source for info dogdishdiet.com.

the dogs love the food and their coats look better than ever, too.

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