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Old 12-08-2011, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Kansas
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I bought a little book called "Vegetarian Dogs" that explained all about the nutrition involved with such a diet. We have homemade almond milk and our dog loves that! We and our dog see very little meat now.
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:28 AM
 
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I'm more concerned that your homemade diet might not be meeting your dog's nutritional needs. If you intend to make his food on a long-term basis, you really need to either consult with an animal nutritionist or use a prepared mix with known nutritional value. Even though it's a little pricey, I highly recommended food made by The Honest Kitchen. They make several blends for allergy-prone dogs. Because the food's dehydrated, not cooked and extruded like kibble, it retains its nutritional value, and you can buy either one that includes meat or one to which you may add varied types of meat. My dog doesn't drink much water, either, but because I know it's on his food, I'm not worried! Good luck with your boy.
While your concern is valid because a poorly done homemade diet, whether raw or cooked, is dangerous long-term, a properly done one is the healthiest choice you can make for your dog, And, there are plenty of resources both online and in books to learn to do it right. Or, you can use pre-mixed raw or dehydrated raw (THK is one of these) for all or part of the diet.
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:29 AM
 
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I bought a little book called "Vegetarian Dogs" that explained all about the nutrition involved with such a diet. We have homemade almond milk and our dog loves that! We and our dog see very little meat now.
*Sigh* Just what a carnivore needs!
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Old 12-08-2011, 09:05 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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There was a study decades ago where a bunch if cats were Not feed meat & the whole bunch went blind..... Dogs Need Meat too!
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Old 12-14-2011, 07:31 PM
 
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A couple more questions for y'all:

Should I leave the skin on the chicken thighs? Right now I pull it off, but I'm thinking maybe the extra fat/calories would be good for him.

Would white potatoes make his breath smell like......POOP? I'm switching back to yams, which leads to my next question...

Do you have to peel yams for the food?

Thanks again!
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Old 12-14-2011, 08:02 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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skin on or off is a very individual thing, play it by ear, if you feed no skin right now try leaving a little bit of skin on and slowly increasing the amount...some dogs have no problem with skin, others its a little too rich for in larger amounts.

i dont do veggies (only green tripe) but id peel both white and sweet potatoe, mostly because most potatoes available arnt organically grown, and if theres going to be pesticides ect there going to be primarily on the skin (even scrubbing wont take 100% of chemicals away if theres been exposure).
the peel is also rather tough and even cooked would be mostly undigestable
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Old 12-22-2011, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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No need to be concerned about not meeting his nutritional needs - my boy eats better than most people! I will never go back to packaged dog food, since it took me 2 months to figure out what he's sensative to, and I don't want him to break out in those nasty red sores ever again. I consulted our vet and I monitor his weight. I make a combo of meat/veg/starch, suppliment him with safflower and flax oil, and a multivitamin.
Is your homemade formula cooked or raw?

I've been feeding my 4-year-old (45 lb) dog homemade cooked (brown rice, cooked meat and veg's with bone meal and flaxseed). Various people have told me that the plaque on her back teeth and sometimes bad breath is from cooked food, which they say dogs should not eat. I just purchased some kibble made by Taste of the Wild, but now I don't know what else to supplement with. Anyone have any suggestions? I don't trust locally bought raw meat, and I would imagine she needs some veg's.
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Old 12-24-2011, 06:15 AM
 
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Is your homemade formula cooked or raw?

I've been feeding my 4-year-old (45 lb) dog homemade cooked (brown rice, cooked meat and veg's with bone meal and flaxseed). Various people have told me that the plaque on her back teeth and sometimes bad breath is from cooked food, which they say dogs should not eat. I just purchased some kibble made by Taste of the Wild, but now I don't know what else to supplement with. Anyone have any suggestions? I don't trust locally bought raw meat, and I would imagine she needs some veg's.
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There are several sites to assist you in learning to feed raw. There are differing ideas as to whether or not veggies are necessary but most (not all) agree that dogs do not need grains. We feed ours primarily meat and bones with some organ meat (liver, kidney, etc). We also feed both homemade and pre-mixed raw and feed some fruit and veggies.
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Old 12-25-2011, 10:46 AM
 
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We feed our two hounds a mix of Taste of the Wild and semi-cooked meats. We heat the meats in a water base that is then poured over the kibble. We tried 100% raw, but neither were thrilled by it. We wil add sweet potatoes (they will not eat the skins) and occassionally brown rice.
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Old 12-25-2011, 06:24 PM
 
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We feed our two hounds a mix of Taste of the Wild and semi-cooked meats. We heat the meats in a water base that is then poured over the kibble. We tried 100% raw, but neither were thrilled by it. We wil add sweet potatoes (they will not eat the skins) and occassionally brown rice.
Other vegetables too, or just sweet potatoes?
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