Q: How much homemade dog food should I feed my dog?
A: Start off with the same portion of food you are currently feeding. Adjust the portion up or down depending on your dog’s weight loss or gain.
Q: Do I have to fast my dog before switching to a homemade dog food?
A: I highly recommend following the 24 hour fast outlined in the introductory method. This will greatly minimize the chance of your dog having digestive upset, vomiting and diarrhea all over your house, YUCK!
Dogs are gorgers and fasters by design so the fast is not hard for them. That said, you may find it easier to clean up vomit and diarrhea than ignore a little whining and begging for a day. To each his own:)
Q: Can I feed brown rice instead of white rice, isn’t brown rice more nutritious?
A: Dogs have a short digestive tract and have a difficult time digesting brown rice so much passes right through. White rice is easier for dogs to digest.
Q: Can I substitute cooked potatoes for the rice because I have heard white rice can have some arsenic in it?
A: Yes, this is fine.
Q: If dogs are carnivores why do you add the cooked rice to the dog food recipes?
A: Dogs are carnivores and do great on a meaty bone based dog food. I add the rice or potatoes to help the transition to a homemade dog food easier for the dog digestion and the owners wallet. You can eliminate the rice or potatoes out of any of these recipes if you like.
Q: Do you have a dog food recipe for puppies?
A: I believe it is best to feed a highly nutritious food to your dog for their entire life. All the recipes on this site are great for puppies and adults. So pick the dog food recipe that fits best with your time and budget and get started. Your pooch will love you for it!
Q: My dog has kidney problems which dog food recipe do you recommend?
A: Dog food with a high moisture content will help flush out kidneys, this is a good thing. All the dog food recipes on this site have a high moisture content.
Q: Do high protein levels cause kidney disease?
A: This is a myth that is still widely promoted. Read a quick article here to get some insight.
Q: My dog has___________, which dog food recipe do you recommend?
A: Every day I receive many, many, many questions from dog owners about specific dog illnesses and they are very hard to answer. To be honest many go unanswered. While I have worked with animal nutrition full time for about 20 years I am still not a veterinarian and not licensed to answer medical questions.
That said, I strongly believe many of the illnesses that plague many modern dogs are misdiagnosed and are actually nutritional deficiency diseases. So, I think the best place to start is always a healthy homemade dog food and all dogs will benefit from a highly nutritious meal.
Q: My dog has just been diagnosed with diabetes can I feed him one of these dog food recipes?
A: Diabetes is a serious illness and often require insulin shots. Click here for a detailed article on diabetes and your options to maintain your dogs good health.
Q: Do I have to use the supplements in the dog food recipe?
A: Yes, it is best to use the supplements I suggest. They contain many delicate nutrients and your dog will thrive when the dog food recipes are fed with the supplements.
Q: Can I use another supplement?
A: Yes, you can do whatever you want but “your results may vary”. I have fed these recipes with these supplements for years and so have thousands of others with awesome results.
Q: Do I have to use the crushed egg shells in the dog food recipes?
A: The eggs shells are in the dog food recipes to supply calcium and are important for that reason. Egg shell are a highly absorbable form of calcium and good to use. Some people are concerned about the sharp jagged sides and don’t want to feed them to their dogs. This is understandable. If this describes you you can blend the eggs in the blender are add calcium with Fidocal, a highly absorbable fine powdered calcium supplement for dogs.
Q: I see you hard-boil the eggs can I just feed them raw?
A: I hard-boil the eggs because the egg whites have an enzyme that binds with a B vitamin. It is questionable how big of a problem this would be for a dog but I’d rather be safe than sorry. I don’t think there would be any problem switching between the two, raw or cooked.
Raw vs. Cooked?
Q: Which is better to feed my dog, raw or cooked?
A: I personally feel raw dog food is best but the cooked dog food recipes on this site are super! Ultimately, you have to choose a dog food recipe that suites your lifestyle and budget. What good is any dog food recipe if it is to costly, time consuming or difficult to make?
Q: What about the bacteria on the raw food, will it make my dog sick?
A: Dogs have powerful stomach acids that help them not get sick from bacteria laden foods. Dogs are scavengers by design so it makes sense they can eat germy food and not get sick. If germs on food made dogs sick they would be dropping like flies every garbage day.
Q: Can I or my family members get sick from the raw dog food?
A: Yes, it is possible. If you or any of your family members is very young, old or has a compromised immune system you can succumb to the bacteria on raw dog food. Keep in mind the meat ingredients are all items you would purchase at the grocery store. So, wash up afterwards and you should be fine. If you have concerns by all means feed one of the cooked dog food recipes.