How to make Natural Homemade Meals for Dogs

June 10, 2018

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Making a natural, wholesome homemade meal for your dog isn't rocket science. It is simple, doesn't take a lot of time and if you prep your food, it is relatively fuss free. The benefits would outweigh the negatives of giving your dog food that is dehydrated, nutrient lacking and most of all, filled with preservatives. Lets not even go into the quality of meat they are fed while on dog kibble.

I made a change towards feeding our dogs a natural homemade diet when I almost lost my dog to kidney disease. I'd always fed my German shepherds with the best kibble. We had an amazing variety of organic food for the dogs when we were in Singapore. When we moved to India, the story changed. I was left with certain foods that I didn't perceive as good enough for the dogs.

We did our best and gave them the best we could find. Until the day came when we got the news that our dog was very sick. Things changed and I spent a lot of time researching diet changes for our dogs. It was then that I decided, it was time to go natural and homemade. Over the last few years, I'd experimented with numerous recipes and bought various books for research. At one time, we even considered trying a raw diet but decided against it owing to the uncertainty of the quality of meat where we lived. I'd have to raise our own chickens in order to ensure we get good raw meat for our dogs. The hubby shut that idea down as fast as he could.

The last 2 years, I've managed to find what works with the dogs. And I've been adjusting the amounts and certain ingredients depending on the season and the need to introduce some variety. We do a yearly blood test for the dogs and everything has been great since we switched to natural, homemade meal plans. Our babies are now seniors and except for a case of arthritis; we have a 12 year old and a 10 year old, both of whom have never given us any major issues since I switched them to homemade meals.

I supplement their diet with a multivitamins, calcium supplements, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin E and fish oil. The god send has been the introduction of Ayurveda medication to their diets - we get them specially made by an Ayurvedic doctor.

Our meal plans for our 35kg dogs, per dog are:

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Day meals

0.5 cup rice
0.5 cup mung dhal (omit this if your dog is allergic and supplement with cheese instead)
Oats 4 tablespoons
A pinch of organic turmeric powder

Winter: Ghee (clarified butter) 1 teaspoon
Summer: Curd 2 tablespoons with half cup grated cheese (optional)

Night meals

0.5 cup rice
0.5 cup mung dhal (omit this if your dog is allergic and supplement with cheese instead)
1 cup vegetables - cabbage, cauliflower, peas, carrots, potato
A pinch of organic turmeric powder

1 cup meat
1 can tuna in spring water

optional - 1 cup bone broth (I make mine from pressure cooking mutton or beef bones) Do not feed your dog the bones, just the broth.

If you have a smaller dog, you can adjust the amount given accordingly. The above measurements are based on a 30-35kg dog.

I believe that any journey to change a dog's diet is dependent on the owner. And I would advice that you research well and speak to your vet. I'm sharing my meal plans in the hope that it will help you on your journey to create healthy natural, homemade meals for your dog. I was very skeptical about taking my dogs off their kibble meals, always believing that kibble was the best option, because it was what I was told. But the last few years have taught me that its possible to feed your dogs healthy at home. Their blood tests and general good health as senior dogs have proven to me that we are on the right path. Our dogs are happy and healthy and we are grateful we made the shift.

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Additional research and reading materials I recommend:

Dr Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats by Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM, PHD and Susan Hubble Pitcairn

The Dog It's Behaviour, Nutrition and Health (2nd Edition) by Linda P.Case

Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs by Don Hamilton, DVM

Short tails and Treats from Three Dog Bakery by Dan Dye and Mark Beckloff

Cooking the Three Dog Bakery Way by Mark Beckloff and Dan Dye

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