Home Feeding a Dog: How to Give Manís Best Friend Manís Best Foods
Those dog owners who have decided to feed their pets human food have different reasons for it. Some dogs may have special needs (for example, some suffer from allergies), and these needs cannot be satisfied with dry fodders. Sometimes dog owners are not sure if all the ingredients in dry fodders are safe.
The decision of changing your dog’s diet to human food cannot be taken lightly. Modern dog fodders are serious investigations and developments. Years of tests and investigations are spent on their development. Their replacement for human food may have catastrophic consequences. Some dietitians are not sure exactly what should be given to dogs instead of fodders. If you have already decided to give only human food to your dog, you should watch over its health very carefully.
Human food should be introduced onto your dog’s diet gradually over the course of three weeks. If the change is too sudden or drastic your dog will have stomach troubles such as vomiting and diarrhea. During the first week you should give your dog 75 percent old fodder and 25 percent of the new food; during the second give equal amounts of the old fodder and the new food. During the third week, 25 percent old and 75 percent new fodder; during the fourth give the dog only new food.
You should know of one disadvantage of human food – it is boiled, soft and doesn’t need to be chewed, so the gums are not stimulated and the teeth are not cleaned from coating and dental calculus. This food is good only for its sustenance. That is why, when giving human food to your dog, you should also offer it something for teeth cleaning like a toy or a carrot. Besides, you should treat its oral cavity regularly and brush its teeth.
Using either human food or dry fodders, you should watch your dog closely. If your dog suffers from food allergies, you will find its state changes in a week or two after starting on the new diet. Your dog won’t feel much better right away, but you will notice relief or decrease of some symptoms. But if they have become more acute or some new symptoms have appeared you should remove new food from the diet and go back to the old stuff and let your veterinarian know about it. Maybe it will be enough just to change some food components but serious veterinarian consultation might be required.
Watch your dog’s weight. Many dogs like their food to be changed and they start eating lots of it and weight gain is often consequential. If your dog is gaining weight, the food portions given at each feeding should be made smaller.
Remember – your dog’s diet is important but it has an impact on your dog’s health. Keep watching your dog’s health and consult your veterinarian.
The following are some variants of home feeding. They were developed by dog owners who take care of their pets. These people were neither dietitians nor veterinarians, but some of them consulted specialists while working out the ration.
Please consult your veterinarian before changing your dog’s diet to household or human food. Watch it closely and report changes in the state of its skin, hair, teeth and physical activity to your vet.
Basis of home food
This is the basic diet for dogs that have no food allergies. The amount of food depends on the dog’s appetite, its activity, energy needs, weight loss or gaining weight.
Mix in a large bowl:
- 450g of cut meat (chicken, turkey, lamb) having fried it and having rendered the fat
- Boil and mash one small potato
- 2 cups of boiled rice
- ½ cup of boiled oat flour
- ½ cup of boiled ground barleys
- ½ cup of fresh grated carrots
- ½ cup of cut fresh green vegetables (broccoli, spinach, green haricot)
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of cut garlic
Keep the mixture in the fridge in a sealed bowl or put it in the freezer and defrost one or two portions daily.
Add one of the following ingredients during feeding:
- Yogurt (a teaspoon for smaller dogs, a tablespoon – for mid-sized dogs)
- Polyvitamin or mineral supplements
- Herbal supplement (depending on your dog’s needs)
This diet is useful for pregnant and nursing dogs and for dogs undergoing stress.
Mix in a large bowl:
- 450g of cut, fried meat (do not render fat from chicken or turkey)
- 4 large hard-boiled eggs, cut together with shell
- 2 cups of boiled brown rice
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