Discussing Questions And Answers About Veterinarian Homemade Dog Food Recipes

Mark asks…

What is the BEST meal for a pitbull?

I have a WONDERFUL pit bull, but she doesn’t seem to like ANY food we give her! Can someone please help me?

Jimmy answers:

In my search to find the best dog food available I have narrowed our options down to three broad groups. I’ve listed them here with a brief explanation and expand on all three options further down this page, including reviews and direct comparisons.
1. Commercial Dog Food: This includes the packaged foods you find at your local supermarket, pet store or veterinarian. Commercial dog food is available in dry, semi dry and wet (canned). All the big names that we know so well are represented in this group, such as Diamond dog food, Pedigree, Iams and Science Diet. Is the best dog food located in this group? Not likely.
2. Raw Dog Food: This is the group growing in popularity. It includes the raw dog food and bones you prepare yourself or pre-packaged diets like BARF and Steve’s Real Food 100% natural dog food diet.
3. Homemade Dog Food: Anything you put together yourself at home. Is following good homemade dog food recipes the best choice for our dogs?
Commercial Dog Food – A Look Below The Surface
This category of dog food is by far the most popular choice amongst us dog owners. Commercial dog food is so convenient and reasonably priced – but what are the long term implications of feeding it to our dogs, and is it really value for money?
The sad truth is that most of these commercial dog food products (regardless of what fancy name is printed on the label) are rubbish – these big companies are taking us for a ride. It’s bad enough that they are happy to deceive us and rip us off blind, but the thing that really gets to me is that they appear to have no regard whatsoever for the health or wellbeing of our dogs.
Not all commercial dog foods are killing our dogs – just most of them. Most of these products are woefully deficient in key nutrients and are chock full of toxic rubbish and fillers (like grain) that provide no nutritional benefit to our dogs.If your looking for a particular brand then maybe Nutro

Donald asks…

My Dog Ate a Vitamin?

This morning my Dog, a 10 month old Shar Pei, ate a Centrum chewable vitamin… Should I be worried? Or will one not hurt him?


Jimmy answers:

One vitamin should be okay. In fact, in her book “Dog Nutrition for Dummies” veterinarian Chris Zink has a recipe for homemade dog food that includes a vitamin tablet in it.
On the other hand a whole bottle of vitamins will send your dog to animal emergency with renal failure and cost you gobs of money. (Ask me how I know.)

Thomas asks…

How to get dog to eat prescription food?

My chihuahua was just diagnosed with kidney stones. Aside from the surgical option, my vet said that some types of kidney stones can be dissolved in 3-6 months by eating only Hill Prescription Diet S/D. I served it to my dog today, but he will not eat it. I feel sad for him, because he is signaling to me that he wants to eat, but he will not touch this food. I normally serve him regular dry kibble daily and small amounts of wet Beneful a few times per week. This prescription food is canned, but it looks dry and gross with no texture. Any ideas on how I can get him to eat it, or do I just need to make him “starve” until he is desperate enough to eat?

Jimmy answers:

Unfortunately, s/d is not the most palatable diet from Hills. However, it is important that you stick with the prescription food – it is a prescription and contrary to what most people on here think, if there is proof (ie. Radiographs) then your doctor is doing what is best for the pet not looking for some kickback (Hills doesn’t having a kick back for putting an animal on a prescription diet, or any real kick backs that I know about).

You probably do need to slowly introduct the food and not just give the s/d. Most likely, you can not add anything after you’ve made the switch (ie the gravy someone else mentioned) because the food works by altering the pH of your dog’s urine to desolve the crystals. Adding other things to the diet unfortunately can make it so the food isn’t working at all and surgery will become your only option. Make the transition over a week and if you are still having problems, here are a few options.

1. Ask your vet about another diet. Hills is only one of three (I don’t count the Iams/Eukanuba brand since not many vets carry these prescription diets) prescription diets. Purina and Royal Canin both make urinary stone disolving diets. I, personally, see a lot of success from Royal Canin’s Urinary SO. Your dog may accept one of these better than s/d.

2. There is a homemade version of s/d. You’ll have to ask your veterinarian (or email me if he/she doesn’t have it and you have to choose this route) for the recipe, but there is a home made diet version of s/d that your dog may take better. The recipe is made by Hills to mirror the action of s/d. They have a lot of home cooking recipes for thier prescription diets which is very useful for a picky eating dog.

3. Go to surgery. Your vet didn’t just look at your dog and say, hey, I’ll make some money and sell this food because I can. Your vet found a legitamate problem and has given you your options: a prescription food or surgery. I’ll admit some vets are all about making money off the client, but this is the same path we offer our clients so its not like its uncommon. (This is pretty much written towards all these people on here who think the vet is the devil)

I hope you can get your dog to eat the food and that it works for you. I’ve seen some remarkable results with using a stone desolving food so it is definately worth the effort so keep trying. BTW, in case someone suggests this, there is no kibble form of s/d, only canned. Good luck!

PS. Remember to measure the number of weeks the dr. Wanted your dog on the food starting when your dog is completely on the diet, not including the days you transition. Also, treats are a big no no on these prescription diets because they can counteract the food! So you’ll need to get him on the diet and nothing else.

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