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Old 01-08-2020, 03:47 AM
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Our little pup has been having funky poop, but acting as chipper and normal as always. DH doesnít think he needs to see the vet, he wants to see if it was something he ate over the holidays or the cheap treats he got him.

So...I got rid of the cheap treats, and started him on boiled chicken breast with rice and pumpkin. He gobbles down 2 bowls a day since Monday.

If I decide to keep making his dog food, how do I make sure he gets the nutrients he needs? Does anyone have a good recipe that provides a balance doggy meal?

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Old 01-08-2020, 04:46 AM
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When I did this I looked up recipes online. I haven't done it in a while, but I used my crockpot and cooked up a big batch on the weekend. Some things I remember that I included were chicken, frozen green beans, egg shells, chicken livers and a carb like rice or sweet potatoes. My son always complained that the dog food smelled better than ours.
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Old 01-08-2020, 06:26 AM
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I used this service to get a balanced recipe for my dog. Sabine is wonderful, and I know several people who have been very pleased with her recipes, even some specifically tailored for helping ease particular physical issues (like digestive issues, kidney disease, epilepsy, and arthritis).

http://www.betterdogcare.com/
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Old 01-08-2020, 07:35 AM
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We cook chicken and rice every week for our senior dog....he loves it with a little bit of chix broth poured over the top.
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Old 01-08-2020, 08:36 AM
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Donít forget that they need organ meat and bone as well as regular meat. If you look up RAW diets it will give you the formula for how much of each, although I donít know if cooking changes those percentages.


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Thank you!
Old 01-08-2020, 01:32 PM
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My pup will be eating like a king! Thanks!
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Old 01-08-2020, 01:53 PM
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If you do bone just be really careful, and make sure that it's raw bone only!
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:11 PM
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Good point, TeacherPK6. You can cook everything else, but never the bone. It can cause obstructions, tears in the esophagus, and all other sorts of nastiness if cooked.
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:47 PM
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There is a Facebook group called Home Cooked Diets for Dogs. The moderator, Emily Malik, has done an amazing job compiling resources. She wants it to be like a classroom where you learn the concepts and she doesn’t give recipes. https://m.facebook.com/groups/165172...?ref=bookmarks

Another good source is Dr. Judy Morgan. You can find her recipe for Puploaf online. She also has a YouTube video showing how she makes it. https://drjudymorgan.com/blogs/recip...memade-puploaf

I found it hard to commit to a home cooked diet but I do use the concepts I learned and incorporate some home cooked food with their dry food.
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Thanks again!
Old 01-08-2020, 03:26 PM
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I appreciate all the information! You guys are the best!


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Old 01-08-2020, 05:06 PM
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I was always afraid of not meeting my dog's nutritional needs so I find a dog food with ingredients I can live with as a base to my dog's diet. Then I offer small amounts of healthy options that I buy or make to help supplement the dry dog food. For treats I buy jerky great s that are sourced locally and are supposed to be safe. My dog also likes some veggies and fruits, and blueberries are a favorite.
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Old 01-09-2020, 07:56 AM
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Our dog was diagnosed with tons of allergies a couple of months ago. We can no longer give her anything from the pet store. Basically she can only have cheese, butter, pork, salmon, and potatoes. The doctor told us also to give her half of a tums and half of a multi-vitamin daily. She weighs about 16 pounds. It is amazing how this diet has changed her! She is 13 and is acting like a puppy again!
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