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    DefaultHow much homemade dog food to give?

    My husband did not kill me for trying this on Christmas eve!!! But I made some homemade dog food: 1/3 meat, 1/3 rice, 1/3 vegetables. (rice is wholegrain, and meat is beef liver and chicken innards)

    And I made it without a clue as to how much to feed to my dogs :scare:

    So, two lab females, spayed, about 60 lbs and 50 lbs. I don't want to feed too much coz the littler one really has a tendency to put on the weight. What would be a good amount?

    Thanks very much, and a Merry Christmas to all of you

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    DefaultRe: How much homemade dog food to give?

    Please don't take this wrong, but that is not a balanced meal for dogs. If you want to learn more about homemade foods and/or raw feeding, go into that section of the board and they tell you exactly what you need to do so what you make is healthy and balanced for your dog.


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    DefaultRe: How much homemade dog food to give?

    labby is right about their diet needing to be 'balanced'.

    From my viewpoint I think your formulation is a bit too weighty on organ meats and lacks the proteins found in muscle meat.

    A while back my old Auggie began refusing Evo, California Natural, and Merrick's canned food; we used the canned food to 'prime' her (get her started eating) so that she would go on to eat her Evo kibble..... we have since switched that too.

    So then I started 'cooking' for her. My 'formulation' is a bit different from yours and I'm not sure of the proportions.

    1 1/4 lb. of stew beef
    1 cup of long grain whole brown rice
    2 cups of 'organic' (low salt/no msg) beef or chicken broth
    1 cup water
    heaping 1/2 cup of frozen peas&carrots
    1cup of frozen green beans

    bring to a slow boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover and simmer for 50 minutes.

    At each of her two meals a day Auggie gets 1/2 of a quarter pound hamberger ( broken in pieces to get the 8 pills down her gullet) and her meal consists of 1/2 cup of home cooked stew and 1/2 cup of Taste of the Wild kibble. Plus a tea spoon of high lignan fax oil; and at her evening meal she additionally gets maybe a 1/4 cup of leftovers and to lick the dishes. :surprise: Quite often I will add a table spoon of plain yogurt or cottage cheese to her morning meal. Auggie weighs 79 lbs., is old, a bit overweight and would be considered inactive.

    There is lots of good information and references on this subject in the Natural/Raw/Holistic section of this forum.

    "If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." author Will Rogers

    Auggie 12/29/95 ~ 01/15/09

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    DefaultRe: How much homemade dog food to give?

    I strongly suggest getting the book Home-prepared Dog and Cat Diets, The Healthful Alternative by Donald Strombeck.


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