But having just gotten our precious little Ziggy, I want to try to feed him in healthy, natural, less expensive ways. And he seems to GREATLY prefer Cesar-style wet food to the dry kibble. So I'm going to try my hand at some varieties like the ones I share below, and make it like baby food (freezing it in muffin trays for perfect-sized portions). I think it will be much cheaper and much healthier for him, with less fillers and better quality foods. We'll see.
As I've reviewed a variety of websites & recipes, here are some tips I've found helpful (even if you don't feed a raw diet, the percentages in this one are helpful:
According to one website, raw meat diets are preferable for dogs:
Vegetables may be combined with meat, to account for 20-40% of your dog's diet. Appropriate ones include: Broccoli, squash, Romaine lettuce, carrots, cabbage, celery, and asparagus.
This recipe sounds extremely simple:
One commenter suggests an alteration:
Tips from other commenters:
One natural dog feeder raises some important points:
This website provides information about dog's nutritional requirements.
IMPORTANT NOTE: ALWAYS avoid these foods, as they can be harmful, and even lethal, for dogs: grapes, raisins, onions, chocolate, garlic (sometimes debated), artificial flavorings, and some organizations advise against raw meat.
This homemade dog food recipe sounds great, and has a ton of "likes" on all recipes.com.
I just used that recipe as a foundation for the wet dog food I just made. He just scarfed it down, mixed 1/2 and 1/2 with dry kibble. Here's my recipe, made with items I had on hand in my fridge, freezer, and pantry:
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 lb. chicken breasts
- 1 can tuna
- 1 can black eyed peas
- 1 large can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
- handful soy nuts
- handful frozen blueberries
- 2-3 Tbsp. canola oil
- 1 c. cooked carrots
- 2 c. cooked broccoli
- 3 c. cooked quinoa
- small mix of leftover pork roast, potatoes w/ skin, and juice left in that pan.
This mixture filled 4 muffin trays, and I still have a large mixing bowl full of it, ready to refill the muffin tins once the others freeze. Like baby food, I will freeze these in muffin tins, and then heat up before each meal, or let them thaw 1-2 at a time in the refrigerator a day before he'll eat them.
Given his reaction today, it's a tasty mix. Given what I've read on the internet, it's a healthy mix. The only remaining factor is how it will do in his digestive system. If everything goes well, I'll just let the post stand. If we have any problems at all, I will come back and post/remove the recipe.