Natural Feeding for Dogs: Some Recipes
These recipes use raw meats but not to the extreme, if you like, extent of the BARF diet. Some nutritionists would say this is not ideal. On the other hand others do advise cooking. Other holistic vets would recommend cooking the meat content as well there is I'm afraid much contraversy in the world. I think we all agree none processed foods are best. Use these as a guide as to what to feed along with the other information in the site, they need not be followed to the letter.
Recipes for Healthy Dogs
4 cups of Rolled Oats (cook in water for 10 minutes then combine with the other ingredients)
1 pound of raw mince e.g. turkey, chicken, beef heart etc.
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil,
½ to 1 cup raw grated or liquidised vegetables: e.g. carrot, courgette, and broccoli
2 tablespoons of bonemeal powder or 3,000 mg of Calcium tablets or 3 teaspoons of eggshell powder
5,000 i.u. Vitamin A optional if using raw carrot e.g. cod liver oil
½ teaspoon salt (Lo Sodium salt for dogs with heart problems)
1 clove of garlic.
2 tablespoons of the Supplement see below
This will give about 10/11 cups of which you feed. Small Breed about 2-4 cups; Medium Breed 5-7 cups; Large Breed 7-10 cups. Freeze the rest for another day.
Cottage cheese and eggs can be used in place of mince; 1 pint of cheese and 2 eggs in place of a pound of mince. If feeding mince with bone included as a lot of poultry pet mince is, then reduce the bone meal by half. If feeding bones as well then none at all.
Rice or Potatoes can be used in place of oats ½ cup (before cooking) of brown rice or 5 cups of cooked potatoes in the above recipe.
Rice and Beans
For those who which to avoid too much meat (not nutritionally ideal but perhaps there are other factors such as environment, cost etc.)
1 cup rice (2 ½ cooked) boil as usual
1 cup of raw minced meat
1 cup cooked kidney beans
1 tablespoon of 'Supplement Powder' see below
1 tablespoon veg oil
1 tablespoon of bone-meal or equivalent
1 5,000 i.u vitamin A and D capsule or cod liver oil equivalent
1 500 i.u. Vitamin E capsule
1 clove of garlic
Daily ration for medium dog about 3-4 cups make up in any quantity you like to store frozen. Add an egg for extra protein if required.
4oz of raw beef heart
6 slices of whole wheat bread, crumbled
1 cup of milk
2 large eggs
¼ cup of vegetables
1 tablespoon of Supplement powder see below
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
1 ½ teaspoon of bone-meal or equivalent
1 clove of garlic
100 i.u of Vitamin E
Combine all ingredients and serve raw or cooked in the oven until lightly browned. Add the supplement after cooking. This is enough for a dog of around 20 kg body weightQuick recipes
Oats and Eggs
2 cups of cooked oats
1/2 teaspoon of Supplement powder see below
1 teaspoon of bone-meal or equivalent
1 teaspoon of brewers yeast
1 cup of raw or cooked meat
1½ teaspoons of bone-meal or equivalent
½ teaspoon of Supplement powder see below
Feed with Natural Choice meal
Either meal is about ½ a days ration for a medium dog
For nursing bitches or growing pups or simply add an extra egg to other recipes:
3 cups of oats
2 cups of raw lean, meat Vary it (Cottage cheese can be used instead some days)
4 teaspoons of Bonemeal or equivalent
2 tablespoons of Supplement powder see below
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
7,500 units of Vitamin A
300 i.u. of Vitamin E
½ cup of vegetables
2 cups of nutritional yeast or brewers yeast
¼ cup of Kelp powder
1000 mg of Vitamin C (or ¼ teaspoon of Sodium ascorbate)
Mix together and refrigerate and use as in above recipes.
Alternatively use one of the following supplements we can supply:
Pet Plus, Udo's Pet Essentials or Missing Link. add some extra vitamin C (Ascorbic acid/Sodium ascorbate) 100mg per 10 kg twice daily ideally.
If you feel unable to feed a full natural diet, you can boost your dogs nutrition by using the following recipes which can be added to their diet on a regular basis. Variety is good it is best not to use the same one all the time.
Fresh Meat Supplement:
4 teaspoons of Vegetable oil,
4 teaspoons of Supplement powder see above2 teaspoons of bonemeal or 1 teaspoon of eggshell powder
100-200 i.u. of Vitamin E
5,000 to 10,000 i.u. of Vitamin A e.g. cod liver oil
up to ½ cup of raw grated or liquidised veggies.
1lb of raw minced meat e.g. turkey, chicken beef
Use ¼ cup of this to each cup of kibble
Cottage Cheese Supplement
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons of Supplement Powder see above
1 teaspoon of bonemeal (0r 1/4th of eggshell powder)
5,000 to 10,000 i.u. Vitamin E
¾ cup of cottage cheese
¼ to ½ cup of raw veggies.
This is enough for 2 to 3 cups of kibble.
Fresh Egg Supplement
1 teaspoon of veg. Oil
1 teaspoon of Supplement Powder see above
1/2 teaspoon of bonemeal
50- 200 i.u. of Vitamin E
Enough for ½ cups of kibbleWeight Loss Recipes
4 cups cooked veg (carrots, peas, beans corn etc.) fresh or frozen
2 cups of oat or wheat bran
2 cups of rolled oats
1 cup (8oz) of cottage cheese low fat
1 cup (8oz) of lean minced meat (turkey, chicken, beef, heart)
5,000 mg of Calcium or 2 tablespoons bonemeal or 1 eggshell powder less if pet mince with bone is used,
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast or 2 teaspoons pet plus
Cook veg in ¾ cups of water then add oats/bran and cover for 10 mins and allow to soften. Add other ingredients apart from the vitamins. Cool and serve refrigerate rest.
Weight Loss Diet 2
This is better for the smaller dog as more meat
1lb of minced meat
2 lb of cooked potatoes or 3 cups of cooked rice
½ cup of oat or wheat bran or vegetables as above
2 teaspoons of Vegetable oil
2,500 mg Calcium or 1 tablespoon of bonemeal
Dog vitamins and Pet Plus/Pet Essentials added at time of serving
Feed raw if possible apart from the cereals
Amounts to feed:
Ideal Weight in Kilograms Cups of Food to use
1 cup is around 8oz / 220g.
5kg 2-21/4 cups 10 kg 4 cups 20kg 6 cups 30 kg 8 cups
These are approximate always weigh your companion regularly to make sure his weight loss is steady. Come in and use our scales try to lose about 2-5% per month. Do not allow access to any other food apart from low calorie snacks like carrot sticksCanine Diet for Kidney Problems
4oz of minced beef
2 3/4 cups of cooked white rice (1 cup uncooked approx.)
2 tablespoons of safflower, soy or corn oil
600mg of Calcium (use Calcium lactate or gluconate if possible or otherwise Calcium carbonate or eggshell powder 1/3 teaspoon. Not bonemeal or any Calcium phosphate as we need to reduce this for kidney patients)
1/8 th teaspoon of iodised salt
2 tablespoons of parsley finely grated carrot or other vegetable
1/2 -1 clove of garlic minced
Dog vitamins plus
5,000 i.u. of Vitamin A
1,000mg of Vitamin C
Mix together in large bowl and feed raw if you companion will eat it like this otherwise bake for 20 mins. or so in a moderate oven. If cooking add the vitamins after cooking. Add a little liver sometimes 2/3 teaspoons in place of part of the meat and some Ghee or unsalted butter in place of part of the vegetable oil.
Encourage drinking by offering pure fresh water at all times and perhaps a broth of meat or fish once or twice a week.
Other things that may help:
Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)
2 drops of the tincture daily or alfalfa tablets 1 daily in food.
Marsh Mallow (Althea officinalis)
Give 1/2 teaspoon of an infusion daily for the first few weeks then twice weekly.
Make the infusion by adding two tablespoons of the plant to a cup of boiling water. Steep for 5 minutes
Berberis ( Berberis vulgaris)
2 drops of the mother tincture or 1x dilution in the water or broth daily for 2 weeks
Avoid all processed foods with additives, all flea sprays and other possible toxins the liver and kidneys may have to deal with unless we advice otherwise. This can include environmental toxins such as smoke and fumes and plastic feed bowls
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