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Old 03-21-2007, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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I used to cook up a combination of vegies, rice, and lamb for my greyhounds. They loved it and I knew what they were getting.

This was a good combination but not perfect. With the latest scare, I am going back to preparing this recipe again; however I recognize it needs more nutrients, etc.

What are your suggestions and do you have any recipes that you would like to share?

Thank you!!
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Old 03-21-2007, 10:03 AM
 
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Do some googling for the BARF diet and you should be able to find what your dog needs for nutrients. You may want to finagle it to fit what's convenient for you, rather than follow exact BARF diet regimen.

My brother used this diet for his Redbone Coonhound and swore by it. The dog LOOKED okay, but he got tremendously food aggressive. Then again, he was kind of a dud to begin with.

The coonhound I mean.

I like my brother just fine.
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Old 03-21-2007, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay
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I have also read and have only recently been using brewer's yeast and garlic in dog food to ward off fleas (they don't like the smell of your pet once the brewer's yeast starts coming through), and the garlic is supposed to be exceptional when it comes to boosting their immune systems and killing intestinal worms. NOTE TO CAT LOVERS WHO ARE READING: Garlic is poisonous to cats. Brewer's yeast is safe for cats. I have also read much on Omega 3 fish oil and have been giving my dog and cat some everyday with their food. They LOVE it.
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Old 03-21-2007, 11:06 AM
 
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Because of the pet food scare does anyone think mixing my puppies dry food with low fat/low sodium people gravy is a good idea?? He loves canned food but I'm going to wean him off. Or, should I just stick with dry food?
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Old 03-21-2007, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay
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I don't think there is any more risk to our pet food supply than any other food risk that we, as humans, encounter or have most recently encountered. The only thing that I do definitely know about feeding just dry is this: If you have a large barrel-chested dog, and you are feeding only dry (without soaking some of it first in water to soften it up), your dog has a risk of developing "bloat". That is a serious, life-threatening blockage in the intestines due to food not moving through properly. My vet recommends mixing some wet with dry so that the food will move through the intestinal tract in a reasonable amount of time OR soaking some of the dry food until it softens and then mixing that with dry food (pets needs dry food to keep their teeth healthy).
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Old 03-21-2007, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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FedUpInFtMyers - So true - I mix a little warm water in my dogs kibble - let it stand for a moment and then feed.

Thanks!
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Old 03-21-2007, 06:51 PM
 
Location: The Denver, CO area
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Our vet put my dog on a strict diet (to loose weight). She has boiled chicken mixed with veggies (green beans, green peas, carrots, squash, etc) & we add a a packet of Beneful prepared meals.
My dog has lost weight on it & she loves it! We buy the frozen bags of peas, etc.
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Old 03-22-2007, 03:29 AM
 
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I used to cook up a combination of vegies, rice, and lamb for my greyhounds. They loved it and I knew what they were getting.

This was a good combination but not perfect. With the latest scare, I am going back to preparing this recipe again; however I recognize it needs more nutrients, etc.

What are your suggestions and do you have any recipes that you would like to share?

Thank you!!
Do some research on BARF(bones and raw food). I recently switched to Raw feeding and just like every other raw feeder out there, I swear by it. I have 4 dogs and I cant even begin to explain the difference I see in them. They are happy, energetic, thier eyes are bright, they are more focused, their teeth are healthy, they have lost weight....etc.. I have one dog who has had so much trouble with his joints, and his front legs were extremely bow legged...He could only take a short walk on a good day. I am not exagerating when I say that he can now walk a mile a day and his legs are straight now. They get excited at meal time. Best of all I know exactly what is in their food and I dont have to worry about stuff like the recent food recall. I promise you, if you try it you will also swear by it. Its hard to believe all the wonderful things raw feeders tell you about until you actually do it and see the change in your own dogs.
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Old 03-22-2007, 07:46 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Even before the recent pet food scare, I became educated on what is found in pet food by reading this http://www.newstarget.com/012647.html (vomit-inducing, so be warned)

We make our own dog food as well. Chicken, veggies (I've lately read that broccoli isn't good for dogs, so we cut that out), fruit and oats.
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Old 03-22-2007, 04:43 PM
 
Location: The Frenchie Farm, Where We Grow 'em Big!
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Even before the recent pet food scare, I became educated on what is found in pet food by reading this http://www.newstarget.com/012647.html (vomit-inducing, so be warned)

We make our own dog food as well. Chicken, veggies (I've lately read that broccoli isn't good for dogs, so we cut that out), fruit and oats.
Try carrots!!! We use the baby type for treats. And boil the larger ones for meals.
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