posted on Apr, 14 2011 @ 09:46 PM
Storm is beautiful.
I have 3 dogs, well, 2 real dogs and a Shihtzu
My larger two eat dry food, and cut up vegies, and milkbones for snacks through the day. The Shihtzu can't chew the dry food well enough, and good
canned dog food is expensive, so I started cooking for the little one twice a day. It's way cheaper. Too expensive to replace the dry food for the
larger two though, but they get good stuff.
When I do training with snacks, I use cut up meat or cheese. It's cheaper than the packaged snacks, and healthy.
Sometimes I make a big pot of ground meat, lightly cooked, and add a handful of different mixed vegies, basil, oregano, or rosemary, and olive oil.
Sometimes I might add some brown rice or oats, but minimal because it's not a dietary need. It helps give more flavor variety.Then I freeze it in
containers, and it takes care of 1 meal for the day, and then the other meal I just work it from whatever I have around. Cook very lightly only, it's
better for them when it isn't cooked too much.
I don't do the raw meat diet, he has a lot of face fur, and he's always in my face. That type of diet works out better with larger dogs, and ones
without the long face fur. Egg yolk is hard enough to get out.
If they get a lot of variety in their food, they're less likely to end up with vitamin deficiencies.
If the meat you're using is lean, add more olive or flax seed oil. They need a certain amount of fats in their diets. Some veterinarians have oil
blends for sale.
If trying any other type of oil, research first. Canola, and soy might be genetically modified, corn is no good for anything.
2 or 3 times a week I cook up hard boiled eggs, or poached, trying to keep the yolk soft. All three get some egg as a snack. A spoonful of cottage
cheese or plain yogurt helps with the calcium requirement.
As the little dog gets older, I will be looking into if he needs vitamin supplements. His vet knows how he eats, and she's all for it. He's in
perfect health, and I've been feeding him for almost 2 years this way now. It's a good thing I like to cook...
No onions, garlic, or any chemicals or salt. I've also heard that garlic is bad for them, so I don't take the chance.
No raisins, grapes, grape seed oil, chocolate, avacodo, or macadamia nuts. They're all thought of to be poisonous.
Also, if there is anything in the house with xylitol, that artificial sweetener, be very careful. It's highly toxic to dogs if they get into
something containing it. It's in a lot of store bought baking these days, and gums and candies. My shepherd actually went into a friend's purse and
took out her gum one day. Glad she didn't chew on it.
Also good to add to homemade dog biscuits are shredded cheese, or peanut butter