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Cosmosmom re: homecooked food

Hi~
I am very interested in the menu for the homecooked diet that you have your boys on. What is a typical day's menu? Do you rotate it every day, every couple of days? Do they get any other type of suppliment or just the homecooked? Do you make it ahead of time or do you prepare it when it's time for them to eat? Do they eat veggies/fruits or is it mainly meat? Sorry for so many questions!
I have a very picky dog, and another one who is prone to itchy skin. I tried to switch them to Natures Variety w/ some frozen raw. It doesn't seem to be helping. (the picky one won't even touch it! grrrr). I think I remember reading that you said the food really helped your older dog in it's last years~ I would love to hear more about your homecooked diet!

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I tried all types of processed food, dry and wet until I began to prepare food myself.

Teddy's basic diet consists of either a roasted or boiled chicken, brown rice and frozen mixed vegies. I chop the chicken up into bite sized pieces and mix it all together. Half goes into the freezer until needed. This will last me at least two full weeks of feeding. I will at times add in grilled beef or lamb or broiled chicken hearts and gizzards for a change.

If he gets bored with this (very infrequently) I get a pound container of chopped chicken liver at my supermarkets deli counter and add a tablespoon of it into his meal.

I always warm the food in a microwave before feeding. I have been known to fill a bowl and warm it up for myself it tates so good.
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Katie,
A great book for this kind of info is:

K9 KITCHEN by Monica Segal. You can purchase at www.dogwise.com
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Teddy,
Sounds yummy. Can my dogs come to your house for dinner? I have the same problem. They are very picky. And when I see some of the ingredients on the better foods, I could make a lot more of it for a lot less. I have been adding liver lately, because they like the taste.

I live in Lynbrook. Where are you?
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I'm in Port Washington.
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Not too far, Teddy. I used to work at NSAL, so I am familiar with the area. Also, my hubby has been in St. Francis a few times

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Hi
I am not ignoring you about the recipie . I put it in one other thread but I will get it to you soon .
I have gone down the bunny hole for a few days .
It takes a while to type it out but basically the ingredients are chicken celery sweet potato yukon gold potatoes yellow squash and zucchini sometimes carrots - they do not digest too well and sometimes i add rice but i did not add it in the beggining . I waited to see what they could tolerate and then would add something else ..
I make a big pot and with two dogs it lasts about 4 days for two meals /
I will be back with how it is prepared later today
gotta run ..
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Moptop, I did a quick forum search for the word "celery" and found her other post. This one has all her previous written info on the home cooking.

Maybe that will save you some typing, Cosmosmom.
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Hi
Yes Thanks so much Kimberly - it does save a lot of typing .
I am sure you might think celery is odd but they like it and dogs cannot eat onion
I have revised the diet over time as it started out with fish and sweet potatoes & veggies . Cosmo did not eat it that often and he smelled like fish all the time .
I found the chicken veggie diet to be the one they liked the best and even though it is labor intensive . (I am going to try using a crock pot and see how that goes .)
Lots of chopping - I tried using a cuisinart but the consistency is not good .
The dogs love the chicken stew formula and they eat it up so quickly .
Twice a week I add yogurt - Plain - no sugar so no yoplait .
I do not usually freeze it but today I was traveling so I froze two batches so I would have food when I arrived at my destination . It was a great idea as we have food for today and tomorrow and it did not thaw out ..
My German shorthair ate a different formual - popular at the time . It had oats and cabbage and carrots and ground turkey . Eventually he could not tolerate the oats so we moved on to on a mashed potato and ground chicken and turkey . He loved Yukon Gold mashed potatoes and did well on them . I would add chicken broth to the potatoes instead of milk . He gobbled it up .
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