Discussing Questions And Answers About Vet Recommended Homemade Dog Food Recipes

Ruth asks…

Tempting a fussy eater?

Okay…still having problems getting Lottie to eat! She just doesn’t appear to be hungry! I don’t know what she was fed (or how often) in her previous home, only that she came with a tin of Pedigree (which, by the way, she won’t eat). She was quite skinny when I got her and has put on a little weight. However, she just isn’t interested in her meals. I know the dog she was with used to bully her and steal her food. The only thing she’ll even contemplate eating is James Wellbeloved meat pouches. However, she is meant to have 4 pouches a day and barely eats two. Any ideas on what to tempt her with? She loves “people food” such as chicken and fish but if I mix it in with her food she either picks it out or leaves the lot (if I mix it in really well so she can’t pick it out). She is a 5 year old Cavalier King Charles whom I rescued a week or two ago. Any ideas?
Bunny Lady, she is James Wellbeloved – www.wellbeloved.com these are hypoallergenic and free from anything nasty.
Also, just to add she is wormed etc. and has had a full vet check.

Jimmy answers:

There is much to recommend feeding your dog homemade dog food if you have the time to prepare it, and make sure you have recipes that give the correct ratio of nutrients, as well as the vitamins and supplements you’ll need to add. These can be mixed up in a bag, stored, and sprinkled in every meal.

Dogs should have a minimum of 18% protein for maintenance when they are adults, and 22% for reproduction and growth. Fat should be a minimum of 5% for adult dogs, and 8% for reproduction and growth. But the more fat that is in the diet, the more protein there should be. Fat makes dogs, as well as people, eat less by making them feel fuller. If they eat less, and there are less of other essential nutrients like protein and vitamins and minerals, the dog will not get the nourishment it needs.

Generally, commercial pet food is made according to the appropriate guidelines, but care should be taken if significant amounts of other food is added to the diet, and it is high in fat.

But whether you’re feeding your dog commercial dog food, or home made dog food, there are a few things to keep in mind so you don’t end up with a fussy dog:

* dogs should be fed once a day once they are no longer puppies, or two small meals, no more. Feeding your dog too frequently when he is older can turn him appear like a fussy eater, when he is actually full.

* feeding your dog too regularly can get him into the routine of expecting to eat at those times, too, and may lead to weight gain. Letting him get hungry, and feeding sensibly, will not harm him. In the wild, dogs would eat for once a day until they were completely full.

* Don’t stand and stare at your dog waiting for him to eat. He will likely think something is wrong, or something else is coming, and won’t eat.

* Don’t give into your dog and give him something else straight away if he refuses his meal, as he’s effectively training you and not the other way around!

* There’s nothing wrong with feeding your dog a varied diet, but don’t keep changing the food because he seems fussy and won’t eat it. Make sure nothing is wrong with him physically first, then if he is healthy, take charge of the situation. Put his food down, leave him to it, and then 30 minutes later go and check to see whether it’s been eaten. If it hasn’t, take it away, then at the end of the day put down some fresh food. Repeat the process, and take it away 30 minutes later if it still isn’t eaten. This way you’ll train your dog to eat his food, and not reinforce his behaviour.

Brian Kilcommons has a very interesting method for teaching dogs to eat their food. When the above fails, he prepared the dog food in front of the dog, making lots of ‘yummy’ noises whilst he did it. He made it slowly, and when the dog still wasn’t interested, he put it down in front of his face, then took it straight away and threw it out. He did this first at breakfast, then at dinner. At dinner, the dog in question was more interested, but he still threw it out after putting it in front of him. The next morning, the dog was jumping up and down whilst the food was being prepared. He put it down, pulled it away, then looked at him for about a minute, then left it for him to eat. That dog now eats anything put down for him.

* If your dog suddenly goes off his food, it could be because he has dental problems, or a stomach problem. Get him checked out by the vet.

* Some dogs do actually prefer a certain type of food, just as people do. Try your dog with a variety of foods, and if he only eats one type, and will starve himself if he doesn’t get it, the best solution can simply be to feed him that type of food.

* Don’t feed your dog a high fat diet, or junk food, including chocolate. It’s not good for them.

Hope this helps (:

Thomas asks…

What the most effective tear stain remover for dogs?

My little poodle has allergy problems she’s been on medication for it.She’s been developing tear stains and looking for a product that is really effective to get rid of her stains.I’ve used baby wipes or a warm wash cloth on it before it got severe and to remove the brown gunk.It wound up getting more severe.I bought inexpensive tear stain remover from the pet shop and it didn’t work for squat I guess you get what you paid for. Someone gave me some homemade recipe I actually forgot what it was but I remember it had peroxide in it and that’s why I didn’t use it I was scared it might get into her eyes.What tear stain product will actually remove these stains? I’m open to hear home remedies that work for your dog.Thank you

Jimmy answers:

Peroxide will help some, but you are correct do not get it into the eyes, it is cytotoxic (kills cells). Warm washcloth with a little bit of mild dish soap is recommend – I know it doesn’t clean the best :/

Not quite what you asked, but you may want to ask your vet if he/she has Prostora. It is an dietary supplement/probiotic (healthy bacteria). It doesn’t make a lot of sense but our clinic has seen some improvement on tear stains after trying out the product. Usually I am not a big fan of products like this, but I have seen first hand some potentially promising results – either way hope it helps :)


Susan asks…

Dogs raw food question?

Serious answers only please.

1. I was thinking about feeding chicken (with bone in) to her, should I grind it up or give it to her as is, I will be buying farm pre packged local chicken, prob chicken quarters.

2. How much do I give per weight, in pounds and how often in the day?

3. Is it cheaper then dry kibble? I pay 30 a month on kibble, will chicken cost more?

4. Can I just do chicken or do I have to add others or different meat?

5. Does it have to be kept fresh or can I freeze it and thaw it out

6. Is it better to use skinless/boneless chicken and avoid bones?

7. Any special cleaning to the chicken or can I take from package(with a rinse) to her bowl?

Greatly appreciated, thanks!

Jimmy answers:

1. You can grind it or feed it whole. It depends on your dog. Some dogs do fine with chewing up bones and some don’t. My dog doesn’t like to chew. She chews them just enough to where she can swallow them and then ends up vomiting large pieces of bone later. So my dog doesn’t do well on whole bone.

2. I follow a recipe book, which I recommend you finding one you like. My 60lb dog gets 4 cups a day which is about 2lbs per day. But it does depend on what you are feeding. If you are including more fat in the diet you can feed less since its higher in calories. But that may not necessarily be good. Its a good idea to figure out what is right for your individual dog. My dog is very lean and high energy and can handle a higher fat content. But I still feed her a pretty lean diet, with some extra fat here and there.

3. No its more expensive. If I get chicken for $2/pound and feed 2lbs per day that’s $120/month. Its not quite that much since I’m also adding cheaper organs and a small amount of veggies for fiber. But then factor in more expensive beef and turkey etc. It gets expensive. I guess it all depends on if you can find inexpensive meat, which is not easy in my area. Previously a $40 bag of kibble lasted 3 months. Kibble is the cheapest food you can find for a dog. But the higher expense is worth it. I was spending that much on the vet each month anyway. Now I she doesn’t need to go to the vet twice a month anymore.

4. No, you cannot feed just chicken. One you can cause a chicken allergy. Feeding the same thing over and over day after day is really bad for dog and people. The immune system gets overstimulated and starts to recognize chicken, or whatever other protein you feed constantly. The body will start reacting to it once it recognizes it. Two chicken does not have all the nutrients dog’s need. Variety is the only way to ensure your dog is getting everything it needs. You need to also be including organs, especially liver and hearts, and gizzards too. Just muscle meat is missing a lot.

5. Freezing is fine. In fact its a good idea. I freeze everything I give my dog first. Freezing for at least 3 days will kill most parasites. It doest kill bacteria though so make sure to freeze it when its fresh. Never use old meat.

6. If you are feeding a chicken meal some skin should be included, but not all. Some should be removed. The skin has the fat so you need to adjust it to your own dog’s needs. Bones cannot be left out. Your dog needs the calcium plus without the calcium the diet would be too high in phosphorus. This is when you can start seeing skeletal deformities. If you don’t want to feed whole bones, you can get a meat grinder and grind the softer bones. Or you can supplement with bone meal. I go with bone meal because of my dog’s unwillingness to chew her bones. But I plan on getting a grinder.

7.No need to rinse it, just give it straight from the package. Rinsing doesn’t clean off the bacteria anyway, there is really no point.

I recommend doing more research. Its definitely worth it. There are many different methods. I choose to go with the most difficult one, since I feel its the most balanced. I feed a very small amount of veggies for fiber. I also blend my own vitamins and minerals since I am not feeding whole animals. Without all the organs and blood the diet would be very lacking in salt, iron, iodine, magnesium, copper, zinc, efa’s etc. I also add digestive enzymes and probiotics. If you can find a source of raw unwashed green tripe then you can use that instead. I also add omega fatty acids, since I’m not feeding brains and eyes. There are a lot of different methods though and some would say no veggies and I’m overdoing it. Either way pick a method, do tons of research, and get a recipe book which will help take all the guessing out of it. A homemade diet can be the best diet or the worst diet, depending on if its balanced right.

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