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homemade dogfood?

Hi, I'm new. I was wondering if anyone had any good homemade dog food recipies that they would share with me. I sure would appreciate it. Thanks!
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Welcome to the forum. There is one condition......PICTURES! We all love pictures (and we NEED them).
Now to your question. Are you wanting recipes for a raw diet? Or just regular human grade food? I feed my one dog a raw diet. He has done really well on it. But i feed him a Natures Variety raw.

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Dog Food

A friend makes her own dog food all the time. She gave me a copy of the book she uses. It has recipes and other stuff as well.
Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats.
I haven't tried it yet but she swears by it.
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

I have to second the request for pictures, we just love them.

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Thank you

Thanks for the info. and don't worry, I'll be getting pictures of her on here as soon as i can figure out how And I'm trying to make dog food. I have read that there are alot of benifits to it. What exactly is a raw diet? Thanks, Jessi
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Hi Jessi:

I started making homemade dog food a few months ago and I follow the recipes in Dr. Pitcairn's book also. It is a little bit of work to gather all the ingredients you will need to make the supplements, but once you do, it isn't too bad. I end up cooking a double batch every 2 weeks or so, and freezing the extras.

I also just got another book, "Better Food for Dogs" by Bastin, Ashton, and Nixon. The recipes look simpler and they still look pretty sound nutritionally (with supplementation).

I was worried my dogs would get some sort of deficiency on a homemade diet, so I like that both of these books are pretty detailed in covering how to add the right amount of supplements (vitamins, minerals, etc.) and calcium.

Good luck!

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When I made homemade food, I would boil a small chicken and use the meat from that, organic broth, added brown rice, green beans and diced apples and celery. She liked it. Heck, I even thought it tasted pretty good!

I found the recipe off of a website for homemade dog food and it was also similar to one I had read on here.

I don't make it all the time, but I will sometimes put aside meat and vegetables that I am using to make dinner for the family and mix something up for her that isn't seasoned as much. Last night, she had 1/2 a sirloin hamburger patty and some torn bun and lettuce, and cheese...but that a was a special cheeseburger night I've had a really hard time getting her to eat, she's only eating every 2-3 days here lately because she's teething.

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Calcium supplementation

Dr. Pitcairn in his book talks about the importance of adding calcium to a homemade diet to ensure there isn't a deficiency over the long term. For the calcium to be used properly in the body, the calcium is supposed to be provided in the ratio of 1.2 to 1.4 : 1 (calcium to phosphorous). Just adding meat to their diet increases the overall phosphorous levels, which needs to balanced with additional calcium. Adding dairy products actually doesn't increase the calcium significantly because they are also high in phosphorous. Hope that isn't confusing - he explains it better than I can!

That being said, the dog I had when I was a girl ate 90% table scraps which was not a balanced diet and she lived to be almost 17 years old and died of old age. And I can't say my diet is optimally balanced either

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Jane where did you find the second book? It sounds interesting.
Hope Scout is doing well.
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Another Question

How long does it take for the home made food to stop giving her diarrhea? I made some yesterday, and Asia has been sick all day. Is there something i can add to harden her stool? This conversation is so disgusting I'm sorry! Any ideas?
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