Commercial dog food V home made

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Hi all,

My dobe Max was raised on home cooked food (stated in proflie) The vet told me that a good quality Commercial Dog food is the best for a growing puppy SO I slowly introduced Advance which is one of the best Aussie dry foods available...Not too long I noticed he was getting bumps which turned into small sores, became dry and fell off leaving the hair missing a bit...The vet told me to bathe him in this special shampoo then rub this cream in to treat staphlococcal infection,which I did for quite a while.

I decided to take him to a different vet because nothing had stopped this skin problem...The vet immediately sais Max had allergies to food and believed it was chicken....HMM I knew in my heart it must be the dried food...I stopped all dry food and chicken and started just baking lamb, and mixing it with some rice and veges...ALL his skin problems are gone! I introduced other meats and not a problem.

 

There is so much to say! I'll see if I get any response fist before I talk more about diet and doberman health...By the way most doberman owners from the doberman club training that I spoke to in Perth Western Australia feed their dobes Raw Food (Barf diet)...I bake the meat and slightly cook the veges because Max had a very sensitive stomach when he was young up until at least 9 months and used to vomit raw food...

Cheers

Judy and Max 

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Hey Aussielady.. Welcome and we are delighted to have another member from Down Under join the forum

Max is a wonderful looking guy. I love the natural look. I'm trying to figure out how old he is.. At 28 inches he sounds like quite a big boy.

I am interested in your home made food. We live in Mexico and good quality pet food is hard to come by. we do have a Costco and we've been feeding Sofia Kirkland Brand signature, but it's not always available.. she has a low thyroid and I'd really like to try your home made recipe.. you bake the lamb ( ummmm smells sooooo good) add rice and veggies.. but how much.? Do you cook every day or store it in the 'fridge?

Thanks again for joining and we look forward to seeing alot more of you and Maxwell!!

Kate and Sofia

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Hi Kate and Sofia, Firtsly love your dog Kate...I looked at the pics...It's always a crazy love story with Doberman lovers!!!

It is so late here but I'll try and explain...I buy a pack of meat so probably 3lbs or 1.5 kilos...Bake it fairly high heat...Whilst it's cooking I cook 3/4 to 1 cup of rice...When meat is cooked I remove the meat to another pan and pop the rice in the meat juice and fat and mix it in...then I cut up about 1/4 or less of a cabbage and add a few spoons water to a separate pan and whilst it is starting to cook I grate 1 or 2 carrots.then add the grated carrots to the rice and meat gravy (so it tricks them a bit cause it tastes like meat!) Then cut the meat into chunks making sure there's no cooked bone and mix it in. Pop it in a sealed container or just leave in the baking tray covered...

This will store in a fridge for 3 or 4 days...Could be frozen into day servings...

Variations are for your imagination...My loved Baby girl Rage sadly missed lived for 14 healthy years

on this sort of diet...Maybe add some calcium, kelp or just give a raw marrow bone cut down the middle to expose the marrow/raw chicken necks are full of calcium...

Better go to bed!

I'll be trying to add photos of Max growing up...He is now 1 3/4 years old, he'll be 2 on 2nd March 2010. 

Cheers

Judy

 

 

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Judy --

 

Commercial dog foods have more fillers, too, and I know that the protein and the fillers can often cause allergies.  Steve came to us from a "raw" diet (like yours, it was lightly cooked) and I just couldn't keep up with it with my schedule.  I commend you for switching back.

Welcome to the Forum!

I've always fed my dogs commercial foods and very high quality foods until 4mo ago. My last litter had a lot of problems with digestion. The boy I kept from the litter continued to have looser stools no matter what food he ate. I finally after much research decided to go raw. I switched him cold turkey from that day on he has had no problems whatsoever with anything. He is thriving on it. In fact he is doing so well that I've switched my oldest Doberman to it not that she is unhealthy but I want to keep her in the best condition possible.

One of the other puppies from this last litter after talking with the owner switched her dog over to a grain free dog food and he has done wonderful on it. None of the digestion issues that were previously happening on the grain free. With this dog they to did an immediate switch (only because they had run out and couldn't get the bag he used to eat) My point in mentioning the immediate switch is that most dogs might have digestion upset for a few days with doing this. This was not the case with this dog or mine that I switched cold turkey.

After much study in dog food and diets I believe the grains in the foods to be most of the problems that people experience. I know I will never feed mine a food that is not grain free again.

I know many Doberman breeders and show people that have changed to raw because it is what is BEST for dogs.

good topic and welcome to the forum.