Pet Food Questions Answered
First there are things you should not feed your pet no matter what.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, these foods are not safe for pets:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Chocolate (bakers, semi-sweet, milk chocolate)
- Coffee (ground, beans, chocolate-covered espresso beans)
- Moldy or spoiled foods
- Onions and onion powder
- Garlic and garlic powder
- Yeast dough
- Macadamia nuts
- Raisins and grapes
- Hops (used in home brewing)
- Fatty foods
- Raw eggs
- Raw or undercooked meat
- Products containing the sweetener xylitol
Also if your pet has a medical condition, there are certain diets that you can feed your pet to help those medical conditions.
There is an easy guideline to homemade diets:
DIET FOR ADULT DOGS
Amounts given are adequate for one day's feeding of a 20-35 pound dog (depending on age & activity level). Adjust amounts proportionally for your dog's weight. Starches may be decreased or omitted in case of digestive problems or for weight loss.
CHOOSE ONE PROTEIN SOURCE:
(meat amounts given in raw weight)
1/3 pound boneless chicken breast or thigh
3 large hard-boiled eggs
1/3 pound lean beef
Optional: once a week, substitute 4 oz organic liver for 1/2 of any meat source
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup tofu, firm
1 cup soybeans, cooked
1 cup lentils, cooked
CHOOSE ONE STARCH SOURCE:
With Animal Proteins:
2 cups cooked macaroni
3 cups cooked potato, with skin, chopped or mashed
2 cups cooked rice
2 cups rolled oats, quick, cooked
With Vegetarian Proteins:
2 cups cooked brown rice
2 cups cooked potato, with skin, chopped or mashed
2 cups cooked macaroni
1 cup cooked rice
1 cup plus cooked black-eyed peas
2-1/2 cups rolled oats, quick, cooked (1-1/4 cup raw)
1-1/2 cups cooked brown rice plus 1 cup cooked kidney beans
puréed veggie mix (up to 1 cup)
1 tablespoon olive oil, or 1/2 tbsp olive and 1/2 tbsp flaxseed oil
400 mg calcium (elemental, as calcium citrate or carbonate)
or 1200 mg (approximately 1-1/2 tsp) bone meal powder (human grade)
1/4 tsp salt substitute (potassium chloride) -- give 3 or 4 times a week
1 multiple vitamin-mineral supplement (human quality)
1 probiotic/digestive enzyme supplement
Vegetarian dogs should get Vitamin B12, carnitine (250 mg) and taurine (250 mg) once a week. Vegetarian dogs of breeds prone to developing dilated cardiomyopathy should get supplemental Carnitine (50-100 mg) daily.
Here is how we feed our pets-
I buy the reusable 1 cup and 1/2 cup gladware containers, make the food (I fully admit I cook all the meat- RAW scares me still) and then freeze. Normally we take out a few days worth to a weeks worth out of the freezer into the fridge. We feed morning time, home prepared only. During the day, they can nibble on a gravity feeder dry food. Snacks maybe once a day.
I am very picky about dry food I feed my pets. Currently we are feeding organic food that is only available here in Germany. However we have feed them Royal Canine in the past. You will be amazed how home prepared diets and the right dry food will do for your pet. Weight wise they are always on target. My dogs have never been overweight unless Scottie was on a predisone pack for his allegeries. The poo is smaller, because they are digesting everything, less waste product.
I can suggest a really awesome site for vitamins and dry foods. all natural, some organic.
Only Natural Pet Store. I love the products and never had any problems with shipping- even gift giving.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
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This was set off by a recent email asking me some questions on what are healthy foods. Therefore since, I had already blog this I thought I would add it to the recipe section also.