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    Cool Pet Food - Homemade Dog Food Recipes

    Thеrе іѕ ѕо muсh bad bеіng ѕаіd аbоut dog food thаt a lot оf people аrе uѕіng homemade dоg food recipes tо mаkе thеir оwn. Thіs іѕ a chеaреr optiоn thаn ѕоmе оrgаnic foods whіle ѕtіll аllоwіng thеir pеt tо gеt bеtter nutrіtiоn.

    Not аll оf uѕ hаvе thе еxtra mоney tо buy ѕоmе оrgаnic foods. Thеse аrе оften quіte pricey, аnd nо mаtter hоw muсh wе love оur pеt; іf wе cаn't affоrd іt thеy аrе nоt lіkеly tо gеt іt. Beсаuѕе оf thіs homеmаdе dоg food hаѕ bесоmе іncrеаѕіngly popular. It mау tаkе a bіt оf timе, but іt іѕ muсh chеaреr thаn оrgаnics аnd еvеn ѕоmе stаndard pеt food whіle ѕtіll bеіng bеtter fоr оur pеt.

    By uѕіng homеmаdе dоg food rеcipes wе cаn pick bеtter mеаts fоr оur pеts. No mоrе mеаt bу-products thаt уоu cаn ѕее іn ѕоmе соmmеrcial foods. Thе rіght rеcipes wіll аlѕо bе balаnced tо give yоur dоg еvеrythіng іt nееds tо stay hеalthy аnd fіt. Thеrе mау bе ѕоmе thаt advіѕe tо add іn dіffеrеnt ѕuрplemеnts fоr yоur pеts. Thіs wіll оften bе іn smаll аmounts, аnd уоu cаn buy nаtural ѕuрplemеnts оn thе іnternеt fоr a fair price.

    All іn аll, people аrе a lot mоrе соmfоrtаblе makіng thеir оwn food fоr thеir pеt thаn takіng thе rіѕk оf mаny соmmеrcial pеt foods possibly harmіng thеir dоg іn thе lоng run. It cаn save уоu mоney; nоt јuѕt іn food соsts but іn vеt bills lаter. If yоur pеt іѕ hеalthy аnd happy уоu аrе lеѕѕ lіkеly tо hаvе tо paіn fоr mеdicаtiоns аnd ѕuсh thаt уоu wоuld wіth a sick pеt. Makіng yоur оwn food dоes nоt promіѕe thаt yоur pеt wіll stay hеalthy, but іt соuld hеlp kеер thеm frоm gеttіng sick.

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    thats what Dr Bruces Vets All Natural - Natural Pet Products, Healthy Pets - Home was invented for. I love it for my dogs they've never looked better and I know it's complete especially for a growing puppy.

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    Well, since Rosie has gotten sick, her appetite waxes and wanes, and I've found the best way to get her to eat is to make her human/dog food - I braise beef slowly {she prefers cooked over raw now} for a few hours, then about an hour before that's done, in the processer I blitz up celery, broccoli, carrot and green beans til only tiny, then add that, and a handful of brown rice and barley to the braise. Then I thicken it to make the braise liquid more like a gravy, and she's on it like butter on bread.

    She loves it, it's cheap, and it's healthy... and last night she actually had to think about stopping eating because she was enjoying it so much *insert very, VERY happy face here*.

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    That sounds yummy Pinkest, I'd be happy to eat that too

    I'm also a fan of Dr Bruce's VAN muesli mixed with raw chicken, beef and roo mince, Ruby's looking good and loves it ...

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    I am a great fan of NOT using dog food.
    Pinkest, can you give some recipe here, like amounts, im keen to try that on Bernie to fatten him a little. Pohm is the type of dog that eats anything. But Bernie is not a food orientated dog. Im using Satin ball recipe, but geez he's ugly on them, all dull coat, and wheel barrows full of waste on it.

    Any other home made recipes from others too?
    Id not cook the meat as you would pinkest, but can do the rest easy with quantities.

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    This is Frosty's dinner recipe

    She also gets some kibble and treats of various kinds.

    PS - this is not an exclusive diet (see Nekhbet's post) - may need to add some trace elements, calicum and other stuff. Kibble usually has these, as does yogurt.

    Dog Casserole (CMSS)
    1 cup Brown Rice
    3 carrots
    sweet potato or pumpkin veg to about 500gm
    chopped to 1cm square ish
    1kg Meat eg kangaroo mince, beef mince, chopped stewing steak, chicken fillet
    1.5 cups Rolled Oats quick cook ok
    I like Lowan Brand
    3 cups Wheat Bran breakfast cereal isle
    woolies is good

    Method
    1 cup Brown Rice into rice cooker with two cups of cold tap water, press cook – takes about 40 minutes, so do this first
    3 litres of boiling water into 10 litre stock pot
    on medium heat
    1 kg meat chopped or minced
    into boiling water
    cook for fifteen minutes
    vegies chop into 1cm square ish (carrots – half cm rounds)
    add to meat, cook another 10 to 15 minutes, turn heat down to simmer
    when rice is cooked
    Oats (1.5cups) add to pot, stir
    cook two minutes
    Cooked rice add to pot, stir
    bran (3 cups)
    once bran is in and mixed, turn off heat or it will burn onto the bottom add to pot, stir
    cook 1 minute with lid on, leave lid on for cooling

    cooling process
    put timer on for 1 hour, after 1 hour (or less depending how busy you are), put pot into a large bucket of cold water and leave another hour – take dog(s) for a walk.
    (I actually put it in the car fridge now instead of the bucket of water)

    Spoon into 8 or so 550ml plastic tubs, put in fridge or freezer. Make sure is cold before put in freezer. Sometimes I put these in esky with ice first (or car fridge), if regular fridge can’t cope. My fridge will not cope with whole stockpot of hot food.
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    Thanks Hyacinth. I will add the veggies toward the end of the rice cooking to soften em, then the rest can go in raw. My dogs eat raw food, but can be picky with veg, so like kids, i hide it by blending.

    Im going out later, so will grab the pet mince from suppliers and get cookin.

    Right, that's the dogs sorted, what about the human brood. Funny how i mind cooking for dogs less annoying than humans. Probably something to do with 22 yrs of making breakfast, lunch and dinner, day in, day out. Wonder if i could serve kibble to human pups? twould be so much easier

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    bernie your dog should only be on one or two satin balls a day what else are you feeding him? Its too rich in big amounts it will run him through. Watch cooking pet mince most butchers put chicken carcasses through it which means bone fragments.

    Hyacinth your recipe has absolutely no calcium in there at all, I would not advocate this for a growing dog. When you cook vegetables you destroy a lot of the nutrition if you want something like this to be a whole diet for an animal you need to be adding some form of vitamins/minerals and trace elements in there.
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    Hyacinth your recipe has absolutely no calcium in there at all, I would not advocate this for a growing dog. When you cook vegetables you destroy a lot of the nutrition if you want something like this to be a whole diet for an animal you need to be adding some form of vitamins/minerals and trace elements in there.
    I had a bit of an argument with a vet about this recently. I usually add a tablespoon of calcium powder to it (works out to about 1/4 teaspoon per serve). Vet said I didn't need to. I think there is some in the mince, but have had arguments about that too. It's minced beef/roo from the supermarket human food section not the pet food section and I wouldn't cook or use pet mince because it's full of bones! So as well as the dinner, I feed kibble like black hawk holistic, raw carrots, she eats grass, and loads of different treats. She also gets three dessert spoons of full cream pot set yogurt every morning - I think there's a lot of calcium and other trace elements in that too.

    She seems fine (apart from the grass rash - which doesn't go away when she's on kibble and sardines only diet when I run out of the home cooked stuff). The recipe was originally provided to my dad for his dog by a vet. Though vets aren't dog nutritionists. Dad's dog could eat bones ok - not like my dog.

    My dog likes raw carrots - she gets those fairly often too, but isn't too keen on raw sweet potato or pumpkin.

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    everytime you feed a protein source you need to add calcium to it in the right amounts. Calcium is not just for bones it is also required for proper nerve function and other basic metabolic functions. Bones are not a solid, dead thing they are alive, constantly being added to or eaten away by special little worker cells. Your nerves come first when it comes to calcium, so the bones start being sapped. Meat contains a lot of phosphorous, very little calcium ; and there is a specific calcium : phosphorous ratio that the body must maintain to function normally ... too much phosphorous and the bones again must be sappped to even it out. As for mince having enough calcium, that is not correct. A very common problem in young animals is a high meat diet and the bones rubberise because what little calcium there is being sapped until the bones cannot hold the weight of the animal. Trace elements also must come from somewhere and unless they eat processed or wild sources of whole foods they will be lacking in those as well.

    As for raw vegetables dogs cannot digest the cellulose cell walls of plant material. Unless you actually blitz it or juice it you will notice it comes out the backside reasonably whole when you feed it raw. All well feeding vegetables but unless the cell walls are destroyed your dog cannot get to where the goodies are - inside the plant cells.

    cooked and processed foods increase the pH of the stomach (acidity goes down) which in turn decreases proper digestive function when fed more 'natural' foods. Its why people find their dogs cannot eat bones or stink when fed raw meats/bones. I would be decreasing the cooked starch/carb component of your dogs dinner and adding more animal protein.

    Calcium is very important. If you want a home made diet, fine, but there is no harm in adding supplements to ensure that the basics are satisfied. If you want natural, like I said the Vets All Natural Health Booster powder is made to do that. I use it myself.
    You are right, Vets are not nutritionists which is sad because they are pretty much the only port of call most people have for dietary advice. They should have done basic biochemistry and physiology though which should be enough to know what is and isnt required in a diet.

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