Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Bergen County NJ
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First attempt at home-cooked
So I am no longer working (this was planned, mostly because grooming full time was starting to take its toll on my joints) and noticed that Hanna was getting low on her Blue Buffalo. I had been reading about commercial dog food and home cooking. The more I looked at it, the less comfortable i was with commercial dog food and the more I thought, hey, I could do that.
I've gone through different phases with Hanna's eating, as she's a picky eater, from adding warm water, to bits of our dinner, to different wet food and finally the starvation method. Throughout the last couple of months she has gotten some tartar buildup AND lost weight. So finally I told the husband no more treats. I totally cut out all treats and only offered the dry kibble. Shockingly it only took a couple of days for her to reliably eat breakfast and dinner, though she still picks out some of the kibble and makes a mess on the floor. Oh and I also tried the fresh refrigerated food, I think it was called Fresh Pets. Well she loved it but at the end of the roll she got horrible diarrhea, so I'm not sure if it was linked to that but I did give it to her within the 7 days.
So here's what I made. This was very much "winging it" and just using what I had on hand. I am still planning on feeding the BB, probably in the a.m. and then the home cooked at night, if she digests it well. Measurements are approximate.
1/2 lbs lean ground beef
1 cup cooked oatmeal
1/2 cup mashed peas and carrots
1 mozzarella stick (only source of calcium I had that I could give her)
Drizzle of olive oil
If I actually planned it better I could have used slightly better ingredients and find out the right ratios of protein, carbs, calcium, phosphorus and fat, but considering, I think I got the basics. I would have to run it by her vet and also use supplements to make sure vitamins and minerals are covered. I gave her enough so that i thought she would leave a few scraps but she licked the bowk clean. I'll see how it comes out the other end.