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    Recently I discovered my dog might have a food allergy and have decided the best thing for him (or at least I think) is to make my own dog food. I know what's going in and I can try different things and see what triggers him and what doesn't. I've been researching for two days now and have found a lot of stuff on homemade dog food, except the one thing I really want to know.

    Do I have to supplement vitamins or anything if I'm giving him homemade dog food? It will be cooked, one protein, one vegetable, one carb (rice/barley/oats/millet). I already give him an Omega Blend by the 'All Natural' brand I think. I've heard you have to supplement a multi vitamin and calcium but I just want to be sure.

    If anyone is able to tell me whether or not I need to supplement that would be great. Also if you have any tips for homemade dog food, or recipes I'd be appreciative of those too!

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    I feed my dog pet mince with Vets All Natural, which gives her a complete and balanced diet. There is no good reason to cook it really. It's just more work for no added benefit and I'm pretty sure dogs prefer raw anyway.

    I get my pet mince from the pet shop
    these days. It comes in 1 kilo packs and I buy like 10 and freeze them. I also regularly give chicken necks and fresh bones.

    I've a cat who appears to be allergic to beef. Not sure if that is a common allergy in dogs though. But fresh is definitely always better than processed.

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    Do a search on here I know there was heaps of stuff when I was looking.

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    I prefer to cook it just because my other dog doesn't seem to handle raw meat very well and I was also told that a lot of dogs can be allergic to raw beef/chicken.

    And thanks, I'll have a look.

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    What do you mean by 'doesn't seem to handle'?

    I have personally never heard that there is a difference between cooked or raw when it comes to meat allergies either.

    I started feeding my current dog raw a few months after I got her and I will never go back to anything else... But home-cooked must definitely be better than most commercial foods. Sorry that I cannot give you any recipes or an answer to your vitamin question. I'm pretty sure there's a thread somewhere here on cooked dog food if you do a search.

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    If I give her raw meat it goes straight through her.

    I know that a raw diet is much better for them then cooked as it holds all the nutrients, if I could give my other dog raw meat I would.

    Either way, like you said raw or home cooked is better then commercial!

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    When I visit my sister who cooks the dogs food Maggie goes mad for it, Loves it, but it goes straight through her and the farts!! er system isn't used to it. So take it slowly whatever you feed the dog so they c an adjust to it. I thing somewhere I read something like 70% protein and 30% grains and veg...Watch the dogs weight as carbs will add to their girth

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    Quote Originally Posted by kittykaila View Post
    If I give her raw meat it goes straight through her.

    I know that a raw diet is much better for them then cooked as it holds all the nutrients, if I could give my other dog raw meat I would.

    Either way, like you said raw or home cooked is better then commercial!
    I'm wondering if you were giving enough bone when you tried raw?
    Raw meat on it's own will give them soft or runny poops, add bone and it will firm up and provide calcium.
    It's best to start with chicken when going 'raw' then gradually introduce other meats. Don't forget to include the organs = lungs, kidneys etc etc

    Cooking the meat is a waste of valuable nutrients.
    Good luck with finding the balance that suits you and your dog.
    Last edited by grevillea47; 01-22-2013 at 07:13 PM.

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    raw meat on its own should not form sloppy poos, some dogs in fact cannot tolerate raw meat. If you need to cook it I prefer it to be 'poached', add some water and dont even let it bubble on the stove, just wait until it changes colour then put it straight in the fridge. You can add the vets all natural health booster powder to fill the nutritional gaps if you like, its the same brand as you're buying now. Conversely give the mix a go with the poached meat and try little bits of raw added down the track. When you cook meat you change it's protein structure so it's perfectly feasible your dog cannot handle it now, but may learn tolerance over time if you very very gradually add it to meals, I mean a spoon at a time.

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    I use-
    raw mince (budget human grade)
    grated sweet potato (50/50 meat to vegie)
    some sort of greenery (parsley or cabbage)
    Snoopy is a bit of a foodie so must have some parmesan sprinkled on top.
    Vit C powder (I do 1-2000 mg)
    omega 3 capsule
    COQ10 capsule
    When snoopy was still growing we also did some Glucosamine, maybe I should still do this.
    They get bones every day so I have never given calcium as a supplement.
    The Vit C ensures poops are nice and soft, they should not be pooping "rocks".
    Sometimes I will use leftover chicken, or if I have no meat, a can of tuna/2 cans sardines).

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