Spike Says: Some Home-Cooked Alternative Food For Dogs

17 11 2008

There are times when your pet may have some digestive issues and commercial dog foods may irritate their bowels as they fight off the issues.  If you find that your pet is in need of some alternate food, try some of the following:

  • Ground turkey, ground chicken, and meat from chicken wings and thighs (NO BONES)
  • Brown or unbleached rice
  • Vegetables like carrots, corn, peas, and squash (make sure you cut them into small, bite-size pieces)
  • Oatmeal

The key is to prepare these items as blandly as possible.





2 responses

21 11 2008

There have been times I have simply run out of dog food and I’ve cooked rice and added a can of tuna and some frozen mixed vegetables. My dog really dug that! I’ve read if you are going to make food for your dog for an extended time, you should add a supplement that contains bonemeal and perhaps multi-vitamins.

23 11 2008

Raw poultry bones don’t splinter like they do when they’re cooked. Generally, cooked food doesn’t contain the high nutrients of raw food, and the chemical changes that occur when food is cooked make it difficult or impossible for dogs to break down into useful nutrition. Think of it this way: how was food cooked for wolves in the wild before domestication? I put my two dogs on an all raw diet (beef plus bones, chicken plus bones, turkey plus bones, carrots, green beans, apples, egg shells, flax meal – all ground up) and they’ve since begun eating less, pooping less, had more energy than they ever had on commercial dog food, become leaner and stronger, been sick less, and have higher stamina. Beyond a higher cost and less convenience, there is nothing at all bad about an all raw food diet for dogs.

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