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    Default Making Your Own Food

    On doing some more research and speaking to some people who are interested in dog nutrition they pointed out to me that the diet I am giving my two dogs may not be sufficient.

    They have encouraged me to add more vegies into their diet.

    Atm they get:
    1) I 1/2 cup each a day of Eukubua dry food.
    2) A hip joint bone from the butcher once a week.
    3) A tin or two of Pedigree dog food a fortnight.

    The main person I was speaking too suggested making a wet food that has vegies in it but I am not sure where to start.

    Does anyone have at do it yourself recepies for wet dog food. I have two, so something that can be done in bulk and then frozen until needed would be good!

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    Ok, first question... WHY are you giving your dogs pal canned food?

    Euk is a complete food, you shouldn't need anything else if you're feeding them a complete good quality food.

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    I would get rid of the tinned food and vary the meat type

    Chicken wings, necks and carcasses are really good, lamb flap bones, lamb necks, brisket bones etc - I dont feed much red meat but my dogs still get lamb flap bones every so often and the ocassional dried lambs neck.

    Roo tails are great too if you can get them

    The dry food you're using should have enough vegetable matter however you could make up a mix of some raw veggies - carrot, spinach, cooked pumpkin, tamato, apple, orange, etc and mix it with some pet mince and use that as one of your meals a day.

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    ok, well forgetting the original poster for a minute , anyone got any good recipe's anyway? always good to mix things up occasionally.

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    I am giving them tinned food as a treat. I highly doubt two tins a fortnight is going to be catastrophic.

    Thanks for the suggestion Occy, I will def source out some pet mince. So I just give them the veggies raw, hmmmm, interesting.

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    I put the raw vegies in the food processer before mixing them with meat. This way the vegetable matter more closely resembles the semi digested stomach contents of prey animals. This suggestion came from my naturapath many years ago.

    I use silverbeet as it's so simple to grow and is always available fresh from the garden, carrot and parsley every day. Other fruit and vegetables are used when available. Avoid "windy" vegetables like cabbage, brussels sprouts etc. Go easy on sweet corn as some dogs are allergic to it.

    You can mix the vegies with mince or better still diced meat. With big dogs I feed the meat in chunks.

    I feed bones every day. Chicken wings, carcasses, brisket bones.

    I don't often feed chicken necks any more. A lot of folk are now saying the growth hormones and other nasties fed to commercial chooks are much more highly concentrated in the necks of the birds. Don't know if this is true but to be on the safe side I now only feed necks from naturally reared birds and these are expensive and not always readily available.

    Unlike most people I am not against the occasional use of tinned food. I always have a supply of Natures Gift in the cupboard. This is mainly because we live in an area prone to cyclones and floods and almost everyone keeps a stock of non perishable food in case of emergencies. As my dogs are all fed a natural diet I like them to get used to the taste of tinned food just in case they need to live off it for a short time.

    My elderly Pug has had part of her bowel removed and I have to watch out for constipation. A bit of tinned food now and then helps avoid the problem. This advice came from my Vet.

    I also feed fish at least once a week. Sometimes fresh. Sometimes tinned as in sardines.

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    Thanks deerhound, that makes perfect sense.

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    I totally agree with DH. I do the same for mine. Luckily tho, we don't get the cyclones here. LOL
    The more people I meet, the more I like my dogs.

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    I don't feed raw vegies - they come straight out the other end. I do think that a small amount of green herbage sometimes is good for them though.

    I also notice that when mine actually catch something wild (rabbits usually) or try and scavenge something dead as dogs do, the stomach contents is the only bit they leave behind.... So I've never been completely sold on the stomach contents theory.

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    Hi dreamingoflove

    i've got a few recipes that i feed to my dog, it maybe some help to you etc.

    I puree raw carrots, parsley,peas, beans but chop fresh spinach.

    save me typing the recipes again, here's a link to my dogs diets etc..i was given the thumbs up by Dr Billinghurst in regards to my dogs diets, i contacted Dr B & asked for he's opinion of my dogs diets- nutrition etc, i received an email & was told no probs with my dogs diet & recipes, just give some more raw meaty bones weekly

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/dog-food-...-raw-diet.html

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/dog-food-...linghurst.html

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