Anything on this list in moderation, with variation is a healthy pet food choice.
· Lean chicken or turkey, skinless and boneless
· Beef, ground or cubed, cooked
· Liver, raw or cooked
(no more than once a week to avoid a vitamin A toxicity build- up)
· Most fish, including tuna and salmon
· Whole (cooked) grains, like brown rice, wheat, couscous, oatmeal, and quinoa
· Boiled pasta (without sauce)
· Eggs in any form –
scrambled, hardboiled or poached – no more than a few times a week.
You can even feed your dog the eggshells – bake them for ten or fifteen minutes to soften and then grind them up. Some veterinarians believe that you can safely feed raw eggs to your dog while others are concerned of risks of salmonella poisoning or biotin deficiency. (My own dogs only get the no-drug, no-hormone, free-range eggs that I eat and I scramble them.)
· Nearly any raw or steamed vegetables –
carrots, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, brussels sprouts, etc.
· Lettuce or other leafy greens
· Boiled potatoes: the more colorful the potato (like gold and purple), the healthier it is. Red and brown potatoes are harder for dogs to digest, but sweet potatoes, which are not true potatoes, but the root of a flowering plant, are a good source of vitamin A.
· Peanut butter
(organic is better, as many commercial peanut butters are high in sugar and additives)
· Cheese (no pepperjack or other spicy or flavored cheeses, please)
· Milk, cottage cheese, or plain greek yogurt in small quantities (is a probiotic)
· Many fruits, including apples, oranges, watermelon, pears, bananas, etc. Keep portions small, because too much fruit can cause an upset stomach and diarrhea.
· Organic apple cider vinegar can be added to your dog’s drinking water to aid digestion and deter fleas (roughly one teaspoon in a quart of water).
Do Not Feed List:
In order to avoid instigating too much weight loss, we add cooked hamburger with added fat or butter or coconut oil to the serving to make up the fat content - about 2 tablespoons extra per feeding for big dogs. Especially if you are using lean meats. I found the regular hamburger to have plenty of fat and did not need to add more.
Mix cooked hamburger, fat, cooked long grain rice = ¾ cup 3 times daily plus fruit & veggies and I make up a larger recipe and then refrigerate to serve all the dogs throughout the entire day.)
The protein to carb ratio needs to be carefully calculated to avoid the opposite effect which is storing instead of burning fat.
Add a veggie like: kale, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, carrots or pumpkin and mix; add yogurt, applesauce, blueberries or other fruit and mix; ingredients are closely measured and you will want to use that diet calculator link I provided at the top of this page until you get the hang of the portions and can eyeball from repetition.
I used the advice of Dr. Karen Becker,
Pet Nutritionist and her cookbook.
It took the mystery out of how much
to feed any size dog or cat.
Excellent Value and instilled confidence
in me to continue feeding raw and
whole foods to my pets.
Add supplements according to the instructions on the bottle and refrigerate when not in use to avoid the fish oil going rancid and making them sick (puke/poop). This picture is of the ones I use:
Greens, Origins, Camelina Oil,
Cold Water Fish Oil, Joint Rejuv
Ingredients are on the website: Carnivora.ca.
Thank you KKennels for introducing us to the raw diet! We got a pup from you thinking we would feed kibble food and you recommended raw. With your coaching we feel great about feeding raw and whole foods to our pup, Buddy!
Great Nutrition Advice!