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Old 06-24-2011, 08:00 AM   #1
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Homemade Dog Food

(should this be in "Nutrition"???)

My girlfriend and I are adopting a "Senior" golden retriever who needs a home. After reading up on all the dog food options out there, we've come to realize that the best option may be making her food at home. Most directives indicate an equal mix (I think according to calories) of meat, grain, and vegetables.

We'll include a glucosamine supplement. Can anyone offer any tips to enhance the diet? (multivitamins, etc)

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Old 06-24-2011, 08:34 AM   #2
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Re: Homemade Dog Food

i just feed mine a high quality dry food and mix in table scraps, meat trimmings, etc. I keep all of our bacon grease and stock from slow cooked meats to pour over it and she eats it like candy. Dogs are like us, the more natural the diet the healthier they'll be. Treats are available with multivitamins mixed in to supplement if you feel it's needed.
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Old 06-25-2011, 09:34 PM   #3
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Re: Homemade Dog Food

Do you think a wolf ever eats grain or vegetables?
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Old 06-26-2011, 02:26 AM   #4
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Do you think a wolf ever eats grain or vegetables?
Dogs aren't carnivores, they're omnivores. Wolves will quite happily eat fruit and vegetables. Sure, meat is the main course, but there's more than just that on their plate. Grains, they don't eat, but grains are a very "human" thing anyway.
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i just feed mine a high quality dry food and mix in table scraps, meat trimmings, etc. I keep all of our bacon grease and stock from slow cooked meats to pour over it and she eats it like candy. Dogs are like us, the more natural the diet the healthier they'll be. Treats are available with multivitamins mixed in to supplement if you feel it's needed.
Your dog is a very lucky creature indeed.
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Old 06-26-2011, 11:53 AM   #6
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Re: Homemade Dog Food

try reading up on the BARF diet for dogs, it's kinda like paleo for pets!
FWIW my parents make and sell raw dog food. it's just local but they have some links on their site for more info.

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try reading up on the BARF diet for dogs, it's kinda like paleo for pets!
FWIW my parents make and sell raw dog food. it's just local but they have some links on their site for more info.

barxx.com wfs
^^THIS^^ is how we feed our 4 pups. We've simplified by butchering and feeding rabbits and chickens when we have them and feeding them whole. We also went in on a side of beef and met the rancher and slaughter man out on the ranch to pick up the much of the offal that would have just been sent to the rendering plant.
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Old 06-28-2011, 03:12 PM   #8
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Re: Homemade Dog Food

I've converted my cats to a raw diet over the last several months. I'm fortunate that here in the Twin Cities we have a local raw pet food store (WFS) which supplies all kinds of different meats. I rotate the meats between chicken, duck, pheasant, turkey, etc. My one cat who is 16 years old with arthritis and kidney disease likes it just fine. The other is a bit more finicky so I mix with a more traditional canned cat food, grain free.
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