I've been Participating in the discussions at this really excellent site called dogfoodadvisor.com. It is created and maintained by the very dedicated Mike Sagman. The community is blessed with some really great and knowledgable members on various things "dog." A poster today asked for raw dog food recipes. Well, I didn't have the web addresses anymore; I deleted them when I was so sick because, looking at all that stuff hurt my eyes and I had to cut down on the clutter. Boy have I regretted that since! But as TIs we do what we have to, to get by.
So, while anyone could do what I did and run an internet search, I thought I'd just post them here, to get 'cha started. You-all can also go to an ebook seller and get various books by some great, knowledgable authors, for very little money. Bear in mind, I changed these recipes, adjusting them for toxicity. To get the real ones, you'll have to hunt them down. A few pioneers in ths diet are mentioned from the original websites recipes, search those names, and another mentor that I like is Leerburg.com he'll let you download hs recipes for free. Hope this helps. GFETE
Raw dog food recipes
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 cup of raw carrots, broccoli, red peppers and squash, mixed
2 cups of plain yogurt
1 tbsp. 500 IU fish oil
1 tbsp. 500 IU Alfalfa
1 tbsp. 500 IU Vitamin E
Prepare your dog's meal
Chop the vegetables into small, bite-size pieces. Mix all ingredients into a large bowl and add a 1/2 cup of water. Serve raw. Switch things up and use ground beef or ground or chopped chicken.
This recipe makes about 9 cups of food, more than enough for one day's rations for a small dog. Daily ration: 1 to 2 cups per day for a toy breed; 4 cups per day for a small breed; 6 or 7 cups for a medium breed; about 8 cups for a large breed; and about 9 cups for a giant breed.
Raw Food And Supplements
Many types of raw food can be beneficial for your dog. Some of the choices include meaty raw bones that are half bone and half meat. Chicken necks, wings and back, lamb and pork neck bones and turkey necks are good choices. Pulped fruits and vegetables, garlic and raw eggs can be included. Omega 3 fatty acids can be added as supplements; olive oil. Other good supplements are vitamins C and E, kelp powder, alfalfa powder, brewer's yeast, and apple cider vinegar.
Raw Food Recipes
Many creative and nutritional recipes are available.A good raw food recipe should provide nutrients, protein, fiber, carbohydrates, riboflavin, potassium, beta carotene, fat, iron, and vitamins A and C. Here is a good recipe:
Ingredients: 1 ounce liver, 2½ ounces chicken, 3/8 ounce sterilized food grade bone meal (grass fed source), ½ cup Brussels sprouts, ½ teaspoon olive, cold pressed, extra virgin, oil, ½ cup sliced carrots, pinch of cooked garlic.
All the ingredients should be washed. Peel the carrot and cut up, along with cutting the Brussels sprouts. Cut off the skin off the chicken and then cut into small pieces. Cut the liver. Mix the vegetables and meat together and then add the oil, garlic and bone meal
A raw food diet, coined the BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) diet by Dr. Ian Billinghurst, DVM, consists of 50 percent raw meaty bones and 50 percent raw meat, which needs to include organ meat such as liver, heart and kidneys. Because dogs are omnivores, pureed vegetables must be added; the vegetables must be pureed because dogs don't chew much and can't digest whole vegetables. Eggs, yogurt and omega-3 fatty acids round off a complete homeopathic diet.
When feeding raw meat, vary the protein source for your dog. Good protein sources include turkey, beef, chicken, lamb, rabbit and venison. If your dog is allergic to a certain protein source, avoid that type. Find organic meat that isn't polluted with chemicals used on many factory farms.
Vegetables can be raw or cooked, but include as wide a variety as possible with each meal. Vegetable sources include asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, celery, green beans, okra, pumpkin and squash.
To add more homeopathic nutrition to your dog's meal, Dr. Richard Pitcairn recommends adding this healthy powder to all homemade recipes: 2 cups brewer's yeast, 1 egg, 1/4 cup kelp powder, 4 tbsp. bone meal powder and 1,000mg vitamin C.
Build your dog's diet by combining any of the above proteins with any of the combined vegetables in a 3 to 1, meat to vegetable ratio. Add a raw egg and omega-3 fatty acid tablet from any local grocery store for complete nutrition. A 50-pound dog can eat about 1 pound of meat mixture per day; adjust accordingly to your dog's weight.
For a simple dinner, mix 6 oz. chopped meat, which includes organ meat, with 2 oz. ground vegetables listed above. Add 1 egg, 1 omega-3 capsule and a handful of fruit, such as apples, bananas or berries. Mix thoroughly and add 1 spoonful of grapefruit seed extract to kill bacteria. Top with 1 spoonful of organic oil, which provides twice the energy of other food sources. This makes one serving.
Though grains are considered unnecessary for dogs, raw Gluten Free oats can help your dog digest raw meat. If his stools seem a little hard, add a couple spoonfuls of GF oats or oatmeal.
A raw recipe with grains recommended by Dr. Pitcairn includes 5 cups raw oats, 3 pounds raw turkey, ¼ cup vegetable oil, 1 cup cooked vegetables, 6 tbsp. healthy powder mentioned above and 4 tsp. bone meal. Cook the oats and combine with the rest of the ingredients. This makes about five servings for a small dog, three servings for a medium dog and a little less for a large dog.
Difficulty: Moderately EasyInstructions
Things You'll Need:
Whole raw chicken, beef, pork or other meat
Starchy vegetables like carrots or sweet potatoes
Fruits like whole apples or pears
Eggs with shell
Yogurt, cheese or other dairy product
Choose a whole meat to serve as the basis of your dog's meal, such as chicken, beef or pork. Leave any bones intact and place it in your dog's bowl. If meat cost is an issue for you, ask your butcher about "throwaway" cuts of meat like chicken feet and organ meat. You can often buy these undesirable cuts cheaply.
Cut up raw, starchy vegetables and fruits. Mix these vegetables and fruits with a dairy product like yogurt. Put the mixture on top of the meat in your dog's bowl.
Crack eggs on top the raw food in your dog's bowl, and leave the egg shell in the bowl as well. Serve the raw food mixture to your dog at mealtime.
1 lb. raw ground meat
2 cups ground or pureed vegetables
2-4 oz. raw organ meat (liver, gizzards, etc.)
half cup apple cider vinegar
2-3 cloves garlic
1 T ground kelp
half cup plain yogurt
3 eggs with shells
palmful of parsley
Mix all ingredients (chop, puree, or leave in large chunks, depending on your dog's preference) and store in the refrigerator or freezer. This mixture should account for 20-40% of your dog's daily diet.
The remaining 60-80% of your raw-food-eating dog's daily requirement should consist of raw meat and bones (backs, necks, carcasses). These items should range from $0.00 - $2.00 per pound, depending on how friendly you are with your butcher.
In raw conclusion...
Of course, percentages of meat to vegetables is approximate. But most raw food experts agree - the most important part of a raw dog food diet is the meat. Our furry friends are carnivores, and eat little or no vegetables in the wild.
Benefits of a raw dog food diet include fewer, and more compact stools; muscle development in the jaw, neck, and shoulders (resulting from the chewing required by the meat and bone diet); better digestion due to slower, labored chewing; and an extended lifespan - thanks to an adherence to a natural, unprocessed, diet.
Have an aversion to feeding raw meat? Is your dog a scarfer, not skilled at chewing bones? Then debone it! Cook it! Read on for recipes that cater to the more evolved canine.
Organic, Homemade Dog Food - Good Food in the Nude
half cup organic cottage cheese
half cup organic grated carrots
4-5 organic skin-on raw chicken wings (or cooked organic chicken, with bones removed)
Pile up your dog's bowl (using our weight calculator) with these yummy ingredients and watch 'em fly.
3 cups ground buffalo (lean)
three quarter's of a cup grated mixed vegetables, including zucchini, broccoli, carrots, and sweet potato (I don't use sweet potato as dogs don't need carbs...)
half cup cottage cheese
Substitute ground turkey, chicken, or beef, if desired. Mixing meats is not recommended.
More Main Dish Recipes - Good Food with Attitude
Now that you have learned about the basics of home cooking for your dog, you can stir up these and many other recipes of your own creation. Here are just a few to spark your imagination. Remember, all foods should be served at room temperature, and left-overs may be stored in the refrigerator, tightly covered, for up to 4 days. Or, individual servings may be frozen for future defrosting and feeding.
Canine Casserole Recipe
1 cup cooked chicken or turkey
half cup steamed vegetables (carrots, broccoli, squash, spinach, sweet potato)
Combine all ingredients.
2/3 cup meat of choice, cubed
three quarters of a cup carrot and sweet potato, cubed
quarter tsp. garlic powder
Add all ingredients, except rice, to large pot and boil. When vegetables are tender, add rice and cook until done. Add more water as needed during cooking.
$4.50, 30 minutes
1 can salmon, deboned ( lots of people feed the bone, but I can't bring myself to it. I also have one dog that prefers it just ever so slightly cooked.)
1 beaten egg
Cottage cheese or plain yogurt
Combine salmon, egg, and cornmeal. Form into patties and press into more cornmeal. Sautee in a canola sprayed pan until cooked through. Chop and steam the vegetables. Cut salmon patties into small bites and combine with the vegetables. If the mixture seems too dry, add a bit of cottage cheese or yourt.
Basic Raw Dog Food Recipe
For A 20-25# Dog
1/2 cup raw meat (ground poultry, beef, lamb, organ meats)
1/2 cup raw pureed vegetables (variety!)
1 teaspoon bonemeal powder (double for puppies and pregnancy)
1/4 teaspoon ascorbic acid powder with bioflavinoids (vitamin C)
1/4 teaspoon kelp powder
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic (not powder)
1 teaspoon oil mixture (2 teaspoons with poutlry)
My basic recipe
2 lbs. Ground meat
1/2 - 1 C. Minced, lightly cooked veggies, (cruciferous, or carrots, occassionally a little cooked spinach)
2 eggs, with crushed shell
1/2 - 1 cup farmer, pot or cottage cheese or sour cream (something dairy with live acidophilus etc. Or use capsules, opened.)
1 Tbl bone meal powder
3 kelp capsules, emptied
1 Tbl. Parsley or oregano
1 teas. Garlic powder
optional, vitamin C powder and brewers yeast
Mix well, being careful not to cause the bonemeal to fly up, press into patties and freeze. Aprx. weight of patty, 4 oz. Store in ziplock bags in freezer. 50 lb. Dog gets 4/day. 6 lb. Dog gets 1 smaller one or 2/3 per day (2 - 3 oz. Per day)
Vary this with raw meaty bones and cooked veggies as available.A
Foods to be Avoided
Certain foods should be avoided completely, including:
Grapes and raisins, Onions, Mushrooms, Avocado, Hulled foods (corn, beans, peas), Tomatoes, Fruit, fruit pits and seeds, Macadamia nuts, Walnuts, Chocolate, Cooked bones, Coffee and tea, Yeast, Nutmeg, Salt, White foods (white bread, white rice), Foods included in the nightshade category may cause problems for some dogs (eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, white potatoes, iceberg lettuce, and raw spinach), and for some dogs, dairy can be pretty scary.
Kicking Portion Distortion
Not sure about your dog's appropriate feeding portion? 2-3% of total body weight is appropriate for most dogs. Very young dogs may need a bit more, while older or inactive dogs require less.
To calculate, multiply his weight, in pounds, by 16 to get his total body weight in ounces. Feed him 2-3% of that weight, daily. For example, if your dog weighs 50 pounds...
50 lb. x 16 oz. = 800 oz. (total body weight in ounces)
800 oz. x .02 = 16 oz. (total daily minimum food weight)
800 oz. x .03 = 24 oz. (total daily maximum food weight)
You may choose to divide your dog's daily food into two feedings, or you may want to stick with one daily meal. Whatever your dog is accustomed to is fine.
Or, you may choose to count calories...
Dogs that weigh-in at less than 20 pounds generally require 40 calories per pound per day. For instance, your 12 pound Yorkie will require approximately 480 calories per day (12 lb. x 40 cal. = 480 cal. per day).
Dogs that tip the scales at over 100 pounds usually need about 15 calories per pound of body weight, per day. For example, a 120 pound Great Dane will need roughly 1800 calories per day (120 lb. x 15 cal. = 1800 cal. per day).
On average, dogs require about 25 calories per pound of body weight, per day. If in any doubt, less is always more. Moderate canine body weight has proven to extend the lives of our best friends. And who doesn't want even just one more day?