Home Cooked Dog Food?

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Does anyone feed their dobies a home cooked meal? I spoke with my Dobies vet and he told us we could give them ground meat with white boiled rice. I was wondering if this is accurate. I had my babies on Blue Buffalo, but die to current circumstances, I had to down grade a lot! I can't afford the Blue Buffalo anymore but when they were eating it, They had beautiful coats and were very good looking! Now, they are kind of dull in color and Diablo developed those hot spots. I think that is why he got them. Anyway, I would like to try a home cooked meal for them! Any advice would be very helpful! Thank you in advance!

I feed rice and hamburger when my dogs have digestion problems, recovering from being sick or something of that nature. I don't think feeding just hamburger and rice is a complete enough meal. I'm currently feeding my 7mo old boy the blue buffalo but we are in the process of switching him over to raw. Even with raw feeding they tell you to supplement. If you are interested in that the B-natural website for pets has lots of info on it. The cooking takes out some of the nutrients as well. I have a book someone let me borrow called Raw & Natural nutrition for dogs. It has excellent recipes for dogs both raw and cooked. If you want I can post a few on here to give you an idea of what is considered a good cooked diet. Let me know if you are interested if you have any certain issues like heart, digestion, liver any kinds of problems that you may need to have a different diet. This particular book has recipes for everything.

My older girls are eating and have been for awhile the Kirkland brand dog food sold at costco. If you look at the ingredients of this food it is pretty darn good in comparison to the upper end foods at half the cost so this might be a good alternative for you without having to spend a fortune. I think it is 22. per bag. My older ones have done fine on it and I haven't noticed any skin issues or dulling of the coat. Every dog is different though.

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I don't think that ground meat and rice is balanced. 

I agree about the Kirkland food at Costco.  If you can't afford the Blue Buffalo, you might want to give it a try.  The ingredient list is decent for the cost.  I have used it in the past for my black Dobermans (I usually find the red coats a little more sensitive so didn't try it on them) but I am going to be using it in the future and trying it with some of the reds, too.

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We've tried a variety of kibble for Sofia.. I found Kirkland Premium for Adult dogs to be wonderful and super inexpensive. However our girl has a thyroid problem and we switched to Wellness Super5Mix Healthy Weight.. GADS.. it's expensive ..but the difference in her weight, attitude and coat condition is well worth it,.. I also add chicken and rice when she's 'off her feed' so to speak. Will give her a scrambled egg ( teensiest pat of butter) a couple of times a month as she just loves it. And for some reason acts as an appetizer enhancer. Sofia only eats three cups of meal a day.. doesn't seem like enough does it for an 85 pound dog and I worry that she's not getting enough nutrition. The Vet here seems to think it's okay,.. any thoughts?

Reading the ingredients is interesting. Most of the non premium brands are mostly corn meal and a LOT of salt.

Now the people at PetCo suggest not switching to another brand immediately.. to mix in the new with the old and gradually have them on the new feed.. is that true?

Thanks y'all for any suggestions and/or comments.. Three cups a day just doesn't' seem like enough food for anyone!

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When you're feeding a premium food, you don't need a lot.  If she's maintaining 85 lbs on 3 cups a day, you wouldn't want to give her more. 

And yes, food changes should be done gradually.  I usually go 1/4 new with 3/4 old for a few days, 1/2 and 1/2 for a few days, 3/4 new and 1/4 old for a few days and finally onto all new food. 

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Thank you so much.. We do three small-ish meals a day to help with her metabolism.

She's getting hard to keep up with now that her energy level has increased as her waistline has slimmed..She can run for miles. Just a shadow of ribs showing. Still a little picky but if I ignore it, set the food down and pick it back up 10-15 mins later.. it's clean plate club. 

It's taken almost a year for us to get the drift.. There's been a lot of speed bumps along the way with health problems, discipline matters, hated hares and Sparklett's men ( who incidentally  have sold their route to someone else) and I would encourage anyone with a rescued dog to have patience and understanding, but still maintain pack leader roles. She is Sofia the Wonder Dog of course and it would have been a whole lot  harder and not half as much fun without the forum!! Thanks guys!!

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I would greatly appreciate it if you could post some recipes or the name of the book so I can find it and go that route! I read a little about the raw diet, but I haven't really done a lot of research on it! As far as the Kirkland Dog food, I might give that a try! How big is the bag? Whit the Pedigree I'm giving them now, they go through a 40 lb bag in two weeks! It says to give them 6 cups a Day! Which I think is a lot! About twice a week, I mix in an egg with their food and since they are on the cheaper brand food, I give them 6 teaspoons a day of the Omega Plus. Its got the omega 3 and 6 that they are suppose to have. I just started them on that so I'm going to see how that works! Thank you for your advice!

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I feed Pedigree to mine and have fed it to my dogs for well over 20 years with good results. However, I do not use the guide on the back. The best guide on how much to feed is to look at the dog. Based on age, season and activity of the dog, the amount will vary. In the summer, the food should be cut back and increased in the winter. If you cannot see any hint of ribs, cut back a bit, if you can see just a shadow hint of the ribs, then that is the correct amount. If you can see ribs, feed more.

Red is 100 pounds and at one time was 147. He was diagnosed with low thyroid and was only being fed 3-4 cups a day. After putting him on medication, his metabolism increased, his food intake was increased slightly and his weight came off slowly. After a year we got him down to 95, but the vet and I agreed that was too light for his size so we upped it a bit. Of course you cannot turn it on and off, but you can trim a bit over time.

Princess is smaller, weighs a bit over 70 pounds and now gets about 6 cups a day, but does not always eat it all. On some days she may eat as little as 3. Red does eat 6 cups a day, and I think if I gave him 12, he would eat it all. He is a scarfer.