When I cook for my dogs I measure ingredients by volume (as opposed to weight). Every week the meals are slightly different but the “master recipe” is the same:
70 % meat (minimum)
30 % vegetables/ fruit/ grain (up to)
The Master Recipe breakdown is as follows:
- 7 cups meat – both muscle meat and organs (eg. chicken breast and chicken hearts)
- 1 cup “yellow” vegetables (e.g. carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato, butternut squash)
- 1 cup “green” vegetables (e.g. spinach, kale, string beans, zucchini)
- 1/2 cup fruit (e.g. apples, blueberries, cranberries)
- 1/2 cup whole grains (e.g. oats, brown rice)
- 4 teaspoons of bone meal or seaweed calcium for dogs
- 1 tablespoon oil (e.g. coconut oil)
- 1 tablespoon unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
Based on Dr.Pitcairn’s “Healthy Powder” (from his best-selling book Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats)
- 2 cups nutritional yeast
- 1 cup lecithin granules
- 1/4 cup kelp powder
- Organic egg shells (about a dozen)
- 1,000 mg vitamin C in powder form
The egg shells are washed, dried and ground in a coffee grinder. Sometimes I substitute egg shells with 4 tablespoons of either bone meal or seaweed calcium for dogs. All ingredients are then mixed and stored in a Mason jar in a refrigerator. I sprinkle about 1/2 teaspoon of Health Powder directly into each dog bowl at mealtime.
Our dogs get skinned chicken necks as a complete meal once a week. They also get recreational bones for chewing, usually beef marrow bones with all fat trimmed off. Puppies are introduced to raw bones at around week 8.
It is important to never give cooked bones to dogs. Cooking changes bone structure and introduces a risk of bone splintering, which can be very dangerous. Raw meaty bones are highly digestible, have beneficial enzymes and help in maintaining good oral health.