We live with two 50-pound dogs, both mixes – one a rescue and the other a shelter dog. One of them, our collie mix, has had a problem with irritation on the outside of her nose due to food allergies. The vet put her on prednisone and informed us she would need to take them the rest of her life. After about 10 days she began falling when she tried to get up or go up stairs. We took her off the prednisone (gradually as required) and started serving her a “human food-grade” dog food which is dehydrated and mixed with water before serving. The dogs enjoyed it but the consistency was more like baby food. It was expensive and sometimes difficult to find. When our local Sprouts stopped carrying the larger size we, daughter taught us how she makes it.
Our collie’s walking health returned and her nose cleared up. The second dog, who never moaned and pawed for meals began letting me know it was time to eat if I wasn’t quick enough. THEY LOVE IT. The ingredients are simple – meat or chicken plus one (or a mix of) long-grain white rice, quinoa or oats plus a mix of veggies from the list below. The dogs much prefer a carrot the size of very fat quarter over one you can’t see in a dehydrated mix.
I researched the net and came up with two lists below. One of foods not to give your dog and the other foods that I read are safe to give your dog. You should always do your own research because I claim no responsibility and state I am not a qualified expert (proper disclaimer, eh?)
Here are the two lists:
DO NOT Feed Dogs The Foods On This List:
- Raw Meat
- Fried Foods
- Fatty Foods
- Moldy Foods
- Salty Foods or Snacks (occasional chip OK)
- Turkey Skin or Bones
- Ice Cream
- Raw Eggs
- Raw Potatoes
- Macadamia Nuts
- ***XYLITOL – a sugar substitute. Check foods for this, especially peanut butter!
“YES” Food List For Dogs
- Cooked Shrimp or Fish (no bones, not more than twice a week)
- Cooked Turkey (no bones, no skin)
- Cooked Pork
- Cooked Chicken
- Cooked Eggs
- Lean Meat
- Cooked Rice
- Cooked Quinoa
- Fresh Corn (not canned)
- Unsalted Cashews
- Green Beans
- Baked Sweet Potatoes
- Apples (no seeds)
- Cooked Broccoli (less than 10% of the meal)
- Cheese (Small Amounts)
- Honey For Allergies (1 T 2 x Day)
- Peanut Butter Raw and Unsalted NO XYLITOL (an artificial sweetner harmful to dogs)
The above lists are compiled from various sources through the internet and no claims of accuracy are stated or implied.
Recipe For Dog Food
There is no set recipe that we use. We vary the proportions to what we have on hand and gage the amount based on the ingredients going in. Below is a typical list of ingredients and methods.
Two Packages 1-1/3 Pound Lean Ground Beef Cooked Well (Two + 2/3 Pounds Total)
1 Cup Long Grain White Rice + 1 Cup Quinoa + 4 Cups Water. Steam in rice cooker until done (or see package directions for additional cooking methods)
6 Carrots, sliced
1 small bag frozen green beans or equivalent fresh
1 Yam or Sweet Potato Sliced
A handful of Broccoli
Steam the vegetables until just starting to get tender. Do not overcook.
Mix the cooked beef, the cooked rice/quinoa mix and the steamed vegetables. Divide into containers. Refrigerate what you will use in the next 2 days and freeze the rest until needed.
NOTE: I usually get two 8-Cup containers. We feed our dogs 3/4 Cup+ in the morning and 1 Cup at night each. Each container lasts us 2 days. Therefore, we make enough for 4 days for two dogs.
We keep a good quality dry dogfood on hand in case we run low on ingredients.
We will continue to update these lists as new information is discovered.