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Old 11-18-2011, 03:26 PM
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Homemade Dog Food Help

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I recently started making my 3 dogs homemade food. I have a rottweiler (14), an australian shepard (9), and a black lab (8). I have done a ton of research but still have some unanswered questions. I currently feed them brown rice, chicken breast and/or ground beef, carrots, peas, and sometimes green beans.

My dogs are older and not very active. They range from 70-90lbs. I'm worried they might not be getting enough food, because they absolutely scarf down the homemade food. I did some research and by calories they are, but I thought I would ask for some opinions and advice.

Daily each dog gets:
3 cups of brown rice
1 cup of chicken breast or ground beef
1 cup of peas
1 cup of carrots

They also get homemade treats, at least 3 a day made with rice flour, flax seed and peanut butter. They also get a 1000mg of fish oil with peanut butter.

Advice? Thoughts? Any help would be greatly appreciated
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Well dogs will scarf anything they really like. I have had one or two that would not do that - look at the dog in my avatar he doesn't and I consider him weird. To them it is a treat they are getting and if they are being fed sufficiently then don't worry. I know my last dog thought that veggies were dog treats and you were not going to have cauliflower or baby carrots unless she got her fair share.
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You could consider adding organ meat to your mixtures. When I made the homemade mix for my highly allergic dog, I used liver and other organ meat as the basis. This can be obtained cheaply if you have a processing plant locally. The brown rice ration looks good.
I added spinich and sweet potato to mine as well as coconut oil but I was dealing with an underweight dog who had difficulty keeping pounds on. However the coconut oil made his coat so shiny I would probably continue with it for any dog I was making homemade food for. (the cold processed coconut oil is what I used)
I made up a weeks worth of meals at a time and froze them. The little dog I was feeding weighed 3 lbs, and his portion size was a muffin tin full. He would gobble it down in seconds.
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Nice man. This is need to my friend so i'll talk to him and he will defiantly enjoy to this.
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Do you save money on homemade dog food? I was thinking of starting to make my own dog food. I have tons of rice and chicken in the freezer.
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I feed my three ferrets a homemade raw diet.

Just a couple questions:

Are you feeding any organ meat? Liver, kidney?

What about heart meat (heart is a muscle, not an organ).

Where are they getting their calcium? If you're not feeding raw bones (only raw bones are safe, never feed cooked bones), you will definitely need to get a supplement.

You're also only feeding 2 meat proteins - I always say that 3 proteins is the minimum. Each animal has unique nutritional composition and feeding 3 helps to cover more nutritional basis.

Organ meat is crucial - I feed one meal of liver/kidney once a week. It is rich in vitamin A. I add plain canned pumpkin to the meal to help firm up stools. Liver and kidney produce dark stools.

My ferrets get 9 bone in meals a week. They get 4 boneless meals a week. One of those boneless meals is pure heart (rich in taurine and lots of other essential nutrients). The last meal is organ meats. I feed turkey, chicken, pork, beef, and Cornish game hen on a regular basis.

I watch their stools to see if everything is balanced. If the stools are dry, less bone is fed. Very wet stools, I add more bone and/or pumpkin.

If you decide to go cooked, you will need to supplement with vitamin, minerals, etc.

If you're interested in raw, check out;

http://rawfeddogs.net/

Or PM me with any questions

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Pink flower - I thought I would be saving money, but in the long run, with 3 big dogs and also considering my time, I didn't feel I was saving money. HTH

Thank you j2012 - you know A LOT about feeding raw! I decided that I just couldn't keep up with everything and I got so worried about them not getting everything they need - and by the information you gave me, they were not.

So I put them on Kirkland Mature Dog Formula and I'm not sure if that is the greatest option or not. I still make homemade food weekly, just not as their meal - they stare at me if I just give them dry food - so I give brown rice, carrots & broccoli with ground beef or chicken.

I know people have different opinions of store bought food - I have tried to do my research and also try to stay on somewhat of a budget - 3 big dogs and a 4th one on the way that is about 90lbs - I feel like it costs more to feed my dogs than my family!
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According to Dog Food Reviews | Dog Food Ratings, Kirkland is a great dog food. I don't personally use it, but I think I would if I had a Costco membership.
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