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 Post subject: Homemade dog food
PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 2:52 pm 
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Hi everyone!

Just wondering if you cook homemade dog food, and if so, what?

I sometimes roast a sweet potato, my dog likes to eat it pureed. I also made once the doggie cookies in Chloe's Kitchen, and they were a hit. Looking for other vegan ideas :)


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade dog food
PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 3:22 pm 
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Yeah, I cook food and treats when I have the time. I have a few dog biscuit cookbooks: Yummy for Dogs by Veronica Noechel, The Wholesome Dog Biscuit by Patricia Leslie, It's a Vegan Dog's Life (no author listed on this), and Vegetarian Dogs by Verona Rebow and Jonathan Dune (This one has nutritional information and recipes for constructing a homemade diet). I think some of them are out of print, but you might be able to find copies being sold online. There are also a lot of treat recipes online. (Here is an archived version of the old "Yummy for Dogs" website with a ton of recipes.)

I used to cook 100% homemade vegan food for my dog. I would use this recipe a lot, along with recipes from the Vegetarian Dogs book. Or I would use a pre-mix like Dr. Harvey's, where you just add water, protein, and oil to make a complete meal (I would use various beans, lentils, tofu, etc. for the protein). I've also used Vegepet Supplement, which is a powdered vitamin/mineral supplement that comes with recipes to make complete and balanced meals.

And I usually share my own food with my dog, as long as it doesn't contain any ingredients that are toxic to dogs (onions, macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, xylitol, etc.).


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade dog food
PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 3:32 pm 
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Awesome!! Thank you so much for all the info.


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade dog food
PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2014 11:14 pm 
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Thanks from me too. I've been thinking of supplementing my dog's dry food (V-dog) with some home-cooked meals. My only reservation is that he's kind of picky, so I'd hate to spend the time making meals for him that he won't eat. Is it mostly a trial-and-error thing?


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade dog food
PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:32 pm 
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I don't make my dog's full meals, but I do supplement her commercial diet with small treats of whole foods. I keep a "NEVER EVER" list of stuff dogs can't have on the fridge (I made a magnet. Husby does not know and probably would not think to look up what she can/can't have) and otherwise I quickly google on my phone before giving her something new. I start with a small piece and if she likes it add to the rotation. Maybe you could do the same, and then start out with meals made from components you know he likes?

So far I have added to her food, and she has liked:

olive oil
Cooked sweet potato
cooked & raw zucchini
cooked & raw green beans
cooked green peas
raw apple (careful no seeds!)
cantaloupe
watermelon (no seeds)
blueberries (these she likes frozen. hee. she gets one or two every time I make a smoothie)

Tried and she did NOT like:
raw carrot
lettuce

Undecided: raw spinach. I gave her a leaf after she had been randomly eating grass, thinking she "needed" some leafy things. She kept trying to chew it, having it fall out of her mouth, picking it up and trying to chew again.... I think she likes it she just can't figure out how to eat it? I keep trying on and off because watching her try to eat it is hilarious, and I'm a crasshole. hahaha.

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 Post subject: Re: Homemade dog food
PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 7:14 am 
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Ha! My dog takes the raw chopped carrots I give her, pretending she really wants them, and she hoards them in one of her beds, never eating them. She's like that.


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade dog food
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:54 am 
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Okay guys ive been getting harassed for feeding my dog meat. I was going to start feeding her the organs homsteaders dont use bc its cheap, healthy, and they usually throw them away so it wouldnt affect the supply and demand.... BUT if anyone can help me with this homemade vegan stuff id be soo grateful!

Would u guys do anything different for a large dog? Shes 100 pounds and not overweight. Pretty active. And totally NOT picky at all.

Also any experiences switching from a mainly meat diet to vegan? I do gives her peanut butter, rice, and cooked carrots for treats already anf she loves them.


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade dog food
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:36 pm 
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Two of my three dogs love carrots. They also love apples and like zucchini.

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 Post subject: Re: Homemade dog food
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:48 pm 
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SkottieMcFlea wrote:
Okay guys ive been getting harassed for feeding my dog meat. I was going to start feeding her the organs homsteaders dont use bc its cheap, healthy, and they usually throw them away so it wouldnt affect the supply and demand.... BUT if anyone can help me with this homemade vegan stuff id be soo grateful!

Would u guys do anything different for a large dog? Shes 100 pounds and not overweight. Pretty active. And totally NOT picky at all.

Also any experiences switching from a mainly meat diet to vegan? I do gives her peanut butter, rice, and cooked carrots for treats already anf she loves them.


Commercially prepared diets are really your best bet. Obviously They're not guarenteed to be balanced either unless they've been tested in AAFCO feeding trials (which I think for the most part only Hills and Purina do on most of their diets), but commercial diets at least follow guidelines (look for "Formulated to meet nutritional guidelines set by AAFCO" or what not to see if the manufacture is following them) and are more likely to be complete than just throwing some things together and hoping for the best. We have cats come in way too often on some raw style diet with serious health issues because of nutritional deficiencies, so I just can't back a completely homemade diet.

Personally, I don't feed my dog vegan and never will, but if you feel like you have to, I'd use one of the prepared diets and then maybe just add some fresh vegetables or whatever when you serve if you want to have some fresh food in there. I believe I've seen V-dog being reccomended most around here.


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade dog food
PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 1:44 am 
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Dogs love peanut butter, and these cookies are a great way to sneak some fish oil into your dog’s diet. Fish oil improves your dog’s coat, making it shiny, soft, and healthier. Look for organic peanut butter at your grocery store. Many commercial brands of peanut butter have unhealthy hydrogenated oils and additives. Better yet, make your own peanut butter using raw peanuts and peanut oil, and processing the mixture in your food processor.


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