To help your dog or cat live a healthy and long life, cooking or preparing your own food may be your best and most preferred option.
Because in preparing our own meals we have control over the ingredients we use and the quality of the food. And as we get better at preparing our pets meals, we can fine tune elements catering to the pickiest of animals and those that have health problems.
What complicates things and puts animals at risk is when we do not correctly know how to prepare fully complete and healthy meals. People think that Chicken and Rice is healthy, but dogs and cats do not have the enzymes to break down and process certain things.
Because of this, we may actually be hurting our pets instead of helping, even if we have the best of intentions.
That is why it is very important to know how to correctly prepare meals and feed, so that all nutritional requirements are met. Some breeds do better with certain ingredients. Some dogs who lick their feet should not eat Sweet Potatoes or Pumpkin. And cats, even more difficult to make sure they get the correct amount of Taurine.
That's where we come in. We experts at nutrition. Not the vet type or the Internet chatter type of nutrition. But correct, species appropriate nutrition. We formulate and make meals for both cats and dogs, taking breed, age, and health ailments into consideration.
Do you have a dog with constant diarrhea? A cat that has crystals or stones? Did you vet tell you your pet has to be on a prescription diet in order to get better? If so, we can both advise and help you feed and care for animals.
Food Allergy Recipe Instructional
The best way to correct a dog’s food allergy or skin issue is through self preparing your own meals. Why? Because you control both the ingredients being used and the quality of the food. The biggest worry and point of concern are two things:
1) Balancing the diet
2) And using the correct ingredients to achieve the correct results.
Balancing the diet is a little more difficult because small things can be overlooked. In general, dogs lack some of the enzymes human beings have, so preparing the food correctly and using species appropriate ingredients is very important. Calcium and essential fatty acids are another component commonly overlooked in home prepared meals – making sure you have the adequate amount to promote growth and health.
In regards to skin issues – if your dog is itching and scratching, biting above their tail, chewing and licking their paws – then you have a food problem. In order to fix it, diet is the founding and key factor in working to relieve this ailment. Benadryl, antibiotics, steroids – they usually only work to suppress symptoms and can make the problem worse. If your dog is itching excessively and biting their feet, or has skin lesions and scaly skin, it is possible that it is yeast or fungal overgrowth. Preserving the immune system is key - so it is recommended to stop the following if you are doing any of them:
Internal Flea Medication
Treats containing starch or sugar (they should be pure meat treats)
Hold off on vaccines till your dog’s has normalized
Stop feeding human food and things like rice, pasta, breads, and fruit
The first step is choosing a meat source.
We try to help people keep cooking economical, so recommend cheaper cuts of meats. For those thinking they need to do organic to achieve good and correct health, we recommend it, but it is not necessary. Remember, if you were feeding dog food, regardless of what brand, it is dog food. So if you are preparing your own meals using foods that you get from a grocery store, the quality is already 1000 percent better and healthier than the foods used in any type of commercial product.
Good meats to choose from…
Turkey Breast (lean ground is okay too)
Chicken Breast (if you are concerned about a chicken allergy then do not use)
Beef chuck roast or other similar cuts of meat (if using ground beef we suggest using 85/15 or better)
Whitefish – this is the best and most nonreactive meat source you can use. Some dogs hate fish, fyi.
Bison / Pheasant / Vension – hard to find, but excellent choices as well
Cut meat and cook in a stock pot. We recommend an anodized stock pot.
Do not add any water, oil or salt when cooking.
Add the veggies first. Stir frequently so it does not burn. In a minute or so moisture will come out of the veggies and create its own broth. Then add meat and cook until meat is browned.
We prefer you use mostly green vegetables, just no peas. List of good vegetables…
Your Veggie mix can either be cooked with the meat or blended / emulsified and added raw.
If you cook your veggies, we suggest adding a multi vitamin that is filler free. The best multi vitamin is:
Symmetry by Whole Leaf Organics www.wholeleaforganics.com
The best mineral vitamin:
Mineral-X by Herban Theory www.herbantheory.com
If you blend / emulsify them and add them raw, then the prepared meal will be that much more vitamin rich.
Meat should be minimum 60% of the diet. The veggie mix the other 40.
This meat to veggie ratio is more ideal for adequate health.
60/40 means - 6lbs meat / 4lbs green veggies. Use a combination of at least 3 veggies.
You can cook and package food in portions, freezing them so you do not have to cook every day.
An easier way to prepare the foods is adding the meat and veggies into the pot all at once and cook it all together. We recommend separating it, but doing it all together is a choice.