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  1. Rami Nelson says:

    Hi,
    You have a great website and I would like to start feeding our dog the raw dogfood. I was wondering if you have a raw recipe that uses chicken? Thanks very much,
    Rami

  2. Steve Beilstein says:

    Hi,

    My wife has a 10 week old French Bulldog, we’ve had her on the easy cook recipe for about two weeks. She we be about 16 lbs fully grown, how much should we be feeding her? We’ve been giving her about 1/2 cup a day and been feeding twice a day. Do you think this enough for her or hold we increase the amount? Thanks,

    Steve

    • Steve,

      That sounds about right. You may find that you increase the serving size a little as she grows. If she starts packing on excess weight then cut back a little.

  3. Hi. I just came across your website at the right time. I have 3 dogs that just don’t like their kibble anymore and I feed them the best holistic food I can find. Most of the summer they have just been eating every other day or just one meal. Basically just picking a few bites here and there. I wanted to know what percentage of fat should the beef be. For myself I usually buy the 95% fat free beef. Would that be okay for my dogs? Also my one dog has HGE. Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis so I have to be careful with her. But she has had chicken and rice and does well on it. And she does well on beef too.
    Thank so much and thanks for sharing this :)
    Lynn

  4. My 5 year old golden retriever just had bladder stone surgery and is now on a special diet ,,,,Royal Canin SO. Can you suggest any recipes for homemade treats I could make since her regular dog biscuits are probably not good for her? Thanks, Linda

  5. Hello,
    We have an 8 year old Lab recently diagnosed with Hepatitis. He’s not a big fan of the dog food our vet recommended for his condition. Do you have any home-made dog food recipes specifically for dogs with liver problems? Your input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  6. Becky Skidmore says:

    Hi Ed,
    Im looking to start cooking real food for my dog, she has extreme shedding problems and continually looks bloated and she has stinky breath. Im concerned that its her diet, I purchase purina pro plan weight management food and it states on the back of the bag that it has real chicken in the food but she still looks overweight and she still sheds so Im at my wits end. I recently started on a Paleo plan myself (no grains, no suar, lots of protein)and I have felt so much better so that really led me to believe that I should clean up her diet as well. My question is Roxie weighs 53 lbs so how many cups should I feed her and how often, in example, I feed her 1.5 cups n the morning and 1/4 cup in the evening. Should I wean her off the dry food onto the cooked food and will all this make her have loose stools? I know Ive asked alot of questions but I am just a newbie. Thank you so much in advance and I look forward to hearing from you. Becky Skidmore

  7. I have an Olde English Bulldogge who is allergic to a lot of foods. He itches and scratches and sheds when he has a reaction. He was tested by the vet to determine what he is allergic to. We are currently feeding him prescription dog food from the vet that is very expensive and I still don’t think he’s doing as well as he should be on that. So I’m in search of a homeade recipe for dog food to try. He is very allergic to rice, or any wheat, grain, potatoes, etc. Can you recommend a replacement for these ingredients? He can have chicken, pork, eggs, venison, fish and flaxseed, beef is questionable. I want to make sure he’s getting what he needs. Thanks so much for your help.

  8. Hi Ed! I’ve just discovered your website and love it. I have a 3 year old Dachshund and have been wanting to try a homemade diet/raw diet for a while now…she’s been experiencing constipation so it’s really kicked me in the behind to get this going! How do you suggest I wean her off her dry food? Appreciate the help!

    Stacey

  9. Beth Tymick says:

    I have a 12 year old Bichon Frise who has been itching for years. He has spent the last 6+ years on Prednisone (which is no longer controling is itching). He also has problems with his pancreas (digesting fats). The lowest fat kibble to be found is Natural Balance foods, they have 2 or 3 with 10% minimum fat. I just found you site and would like to put him on your Yeast Starvation Diet. I am concerned with him about the raw fat in the meat. How does the raw fat compare to the added fats in kibbled food? On his current diet Natural Balance Duck and Potato food we are not able to get his pancreatic enzymes down to a measureable range, his readings are off the measurable scale. I would appreciate any suggestions you might have.

    Thanks so much.
    Beth and Dandy

  10. Hello,

    I am very intrigued by making healthier for my dogs, homemade dog food. I do have a question about the hormones in standard FDA approved ground beef; is it, or any other additives, anything to worry about? I try to buy meat with no hormones for my family but that will get awfully expensive when feeding 4 dogs!

    Sincerely,
    Carmen

  11. Hi,
    I have an 18 month old Dalmatian and I have been home cooking for him for approximately 3 months. Part of the reason I began was due to the lack of low purine commercial foods on the market and the other reason was his loose stool and gas from the only low purine dog food I found. I was wondering what you can suggest for his special need ie genetic mutation of uric acid production common in dals and bulldogs?
    I have been feeding him combinations of the following foods, all organic and prepared with filtered water:
    Protein sources: chicken breast, chicken thighs with skin on during preparation, boiled eggs, ground turkey.
    The other foods I combine are as follows: mashed potatoes (sometimes with a little skin left on), mashed white sweet potatoes, acorn squash, and the following foods I purée in blender for better digestion: green beans, carrots, brown rice, zucchini, yellow squash, pasta -sometimes white mostly wheat – always organic.
    I also feed him homemade cantaloupe sorbet lol. It’s only cantaloupe in the blender and then frozen in single servers. If I can find fresh mango I add that.
    As for supplements I have not had much luck finding vitamins for dogs without liver.. So after too much late night reading : ) I now alternate daily between seaweed calcium from Ireland made for dogs and cats and udos choice pet essentials. I purchased irganic kelp but haven’t added it yet.
    Chief snacks on ice cubes as treats since he isn’t a big water drinker. I also add enough water to each meal making his bowl look like stew somedays and soup other days!
    My main concern is that while he no longer has gas and his stools are perfect :) he appears to the eye to have leaned out a bit since the switch to my home poked diet. We are extremely active since these dogs need vigorous exercise! Our daily routine involves either a 2 1/2 mile bike ride (at his pace) or a same distance jog along with at least an hour in the pool split up depending on how hot he is after biking/jog. We usually play fetch in the pool in the evening but that is covered in the hour of pool time. We are in sunny south Florida : ) and are heating the pool so his routine doesn’t change since these dogs need so much activity.
    I also Check his urine ph which varies but seems more on the acidic side rather than alkaline.
    Any advice would be beyond appreciated!
    Seeing Spots,
    Susan

  12. I have a 12 year old Springer Spaniel with Cushings. He takes Lysodren 3 days a week (basically chemo therapy). Overall he is doing better than I thought he would, 2 years after diagnosis. But still has very bad ear infections, itchy skin, licks everything constantly and has lost the ability to jump on the sofa (his favorite place to sleep).

    I am planning on starting your yeast starvation diet as soon as I get the supplements. Do you think this will help him with the Cushings as well?

    Also, do you know if the supplements are “China” free…. I am very paranoid about anything that is manufactured with any ingredient from there.

    • Pam,

      I always think feeding a highly nutritious homemade dog food is beneficial. The supplements I recommend are made in the USA with USA ingredients, nothing from China. Good question!

      • Ed, like Pam I have 13 yr old English Springer Spaniel with Cushings as a result of an adrenal tumor. She has arthritis. The surgical option for the tumor seems unrealistic and we are hoping to make her comfortable, and and enhance her quality of life to the inevitable decision that is ahead of us. I’m considering you raw diet and am asking your advice on an arthritis supplement that might keep her mobile.

  13. hi! what a great website you have here. so before i begin a new diet for my “piggies”, i have a few questions..i have 2 dogs (mixed breeds) 11 years old-brother & sister who have put on a few extra pounds. my female is 60lbs & my male is 80lbs. they have been on fit&trim for about 5 yrs & regular walks to no avail of losing weight. my male is actually not even enjoying walks anymore, hes slow & sluggish. that being said do you have any “diet” recipes you would recommend? and where can i purchase the supplements you add right before feedings?

    • Megan,

      Most dogs will lose unwanted fat on the yeast starvation dog food recipe. The single serve packet supplements are in some of the videos. Dinovite discontinued packaging the dinovite liquid in this manner due to leaky packets. I also use the Dinovite powder with great results.

  14. Venita Gaddis says:

    Good Morning Mr. Lukacevic:

    I have a 2 year old French Bulldog. January of this year we had well blood work done.
    Her only symptoms were loose stool and itchy feet. Tests showed elevated liver enzymes from bile getting into her blood stream. Took her to the University of Georgia where they did further tests including a sonogram of her liver. Showed vascular displasia of blood vessels going in and an under developed liver.

    They suggested Hills ZD which is an allergenic food without the animal protein which her liver could not handle. After eight weeks she had normal liver enzymes.

    The problem is her paws are still breaking out and itching. I would very much appreciate you opinion of this situation as I understand you have resolved many issues for our pets we love so much.

    I thank you for your time in helping me with this.

    Venita Gaddis

    • Venita,

      It sounds like you have veterinarians working on your dog so I don’t think it makes sense for me to give a opinion. I don’t want to suggest something that could harm your dog.

  15. im not sure where my second post went too, but i have been researching this homemade dog food extensively & would like to try your cooked dog food recipe. the only thing is it would take about 30lbs of meat to feed my dogs for 1 month-which could break the bank! so i was wondering if i could split the meat in half with something like lentils that are cheaper but still high in protein.

  16. I have a 3 year old Bichon with severe digestive issues and allergies, been trying different digestive products and detox products however he is unable to tolerate any of the products well. Some products do help a bit but not the full effect. Hoping you can guide us in the right direction.

  17. ED
    I had been feeding my dogs good quality dog food but it seemed that after a week or so they would quit eating it. They would just turn their noses up at it as if to say “your kidding, you want me to eat this?” I came across your website and started my 3 year old weimeraner on the cooked dog food recipe. He loves it!
    I would like to start my my senior dog on homemade as well but she has an intolerence to chicken and egg. It makes her eyes and ears very itchy.
    Do you have any suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Corey

  18. Debbie Bellows says:

    I am very pleased about finding your website. My dog has allergies to grains so he is on Earthborn Coastal Catch. My problem is ,I am staying with friends with my dog. I would like to do some healthier foods but I have very limited freezer and refrigerator access as I have to share space. His treats are antlers, and all natural and holistic, made by Nutrisource, and NOTHING made in CHINA! What could I give him that would be raw and good for him also while he still on his kibble. Thankyou for your help. Debbie Bellows

  19. I started feeding my Corgi puppie (6 months) your raw dog food a week ago…I cannot believe the difference in her! She has more energy – likes to go for runs instead of walks…and NO MORE GAS! Her demeanor is totally different – happy and carefree – because her stomach isn’t so bloated (I imagine!). Thank you for a great website! Your raw dog food recipie is easy to make – and store and Sadie is happy so, of course, I am happy! Thanks Ed!

  20. Hi,
    You site is very informative and interesting. THANKS! I rescued a spaniel mix a few months ago. She is a very sweet dog however she scratches her entire body (ears,belly, paws, hind quarters, etc., ) constantly….poor thing. I have changed her food to no avail. The vet put her on a short course of Vetalog but as soon as she was off of it the itching returned. In fact, it never stopped but calmed down alittle. Now the vet has her on Atopica. I really hate the potential side effects of this medication and as of yet it is not helping. The dog has no open sores nor does she have an odor. Do you think this could be a yeast problem? I would like to try her on your yeast elimination diet. Also, on your site, in one place you say to add 1 TABLESPOON of the supplements and in another place you say to add 1 TEASPOON. Could you please clarify. Thanks again.

  21. Hi again,
    A couple more questions; During the initial 8 days of starting any of your food “diets”, for example you say to start the dog on 1/4 serving for 2 days. Does the dog get any other food? Example: day 1 – no food
    Day 2+3 – 1/4 serving, NOTHING ELSE (other than water)?
    My dog hates and will not eat hard boiled eggs. Can I add scrambled eggs or raw eggs to the mix (with shells) instead?
    I have always heard that a dog should never eat just “soft” food, that they always need to have a dry food (kibble) to provide a way of keeping their teeth clean. Is this just not true? Thanks again.

    • Les,

      The introductory method I outline is designed to limit the chance of digestive upset for your dog. Saving you cleaning up vomit and diarrhea at 3 AM. This method also suits a dog’s biology. Dogs are gorgers and fasters by nature and do well with this method.

      Yes, you could scramble the eggs but blend up the shell too, so your dog gets the calcium. If you don’t want to use the egg shells then add some calcium like Fidocal.

      I’ve found dogs fed these homemade dog food have clean white teeth. The high carbohydrate and filler content of kibble is what I think contributes to tarter build up on a dog’s teeth.

  22. Hi Ed,

    I’m feeding my 3 year old Weimaraner the “Easy Cooked Dog Food ” recipe with ground beef. He loves it and has had no issues. I would like to switch my senior Ridgeback to this recipe too. However she has an intolerance to eggs. Eggs make her eyes and ears very itchy. Is there something I can use to replace the eggs in the “Easy Cooked Dog Food” recipe?

    Thanks,
    Corey

  23. Hi! I recently adopted a 8 month/3 Lb chihuahua puppy from my mom (who got him from someone else, so I am guessing on the age.) The dry food he was on when I first got him he liked, of course it was vet prescribed for when he had worms. Worms are gone, food is gone. I tried two different grain-free foods and he did not touch either. I found out a little late because he was supplementing his bully stick for his food. Went to the vet to find out if there was an underlying cause to his not eating. He LOVES the canned food the (new) vet gave him. But its something I know I will eventually have to wean him off of. He actually loves rice so I am thinking the grain-free thing might be a mistake. He doesn’t eat much in general but your homemade food looks WAY better than anything else I might buy at the store. Plus he has dental issues so the softer food may be better. Thoughts?
    Thanks,
    Maggie

  24. Tracy Scheig says:

    Hi Ed,
    I have two black lab bird dogs and we have lots of pheasant in the freezer. Can we use pheasant breast meat ground up in your cooked recipe?

  25. Hi Ed, I have recently come to your website in my search for healthy dog food. I make pet products and would like to ad homemade food to the list. I started my 3yr old chihuahua mix on it as a trial run for the people who may be interested. I believe you said aprox half a cup for a 10 lb dog and i am wondering is this for the entire day, I feed her twice a day so 1/4 cup per feeding, so am I supposed to add the supplement amount that you put in or is that amount for half a cup and I need to split it up? Also I have found that my cat likes the meals as much as my dog does, is it good for her as well or is there a different supplement that a cat should have compared to a dog. Out of all the websites I have found you are the most intelligent one out there! Are you going to have more recipes soon as I would like to offer more than just the chicken and beef recipes. I plan on blogging the entire trial process on my website, have tried the chicken and rice cooked meal and she will finally eat so I believe this is a great idea. Thank you for all the information you have provided and I look forward to seeing more!

  26. Hi Ed
    We are about to bring a puppy into our lives. I do want to cook his food. But I’m not sure if the recipes are ok to feed puppies. Any advise or adjustments to the cooked recipes?
    Thanks

  27. MaryRose Kalama says:

    My dog has been dignosed with liver problems and should not eat any red meats, he should eat chicken, fish , sweet potatoes, do you have receipts for me to cook for him and also what vitamins and minerals should I give to him so that he gets the proper nourishments.
    I was also told that he has allergies.
    Thank you,
    Mary

  28. Cindy Morse says:

    Hi Ed…i have a 10 year old pug who had a seizure when he was 6 months old and then none until about a month ago and then yesterday he had 4……now i was told to stop protein because protein causes seizures. Now your recipes for the chicken….isn’t chicken protein??? Also the dog treats you posted have protein….what can i use for treats with out protein? Thanks!

  29. Hi Ed,

    I actually came across your site while searching to see if snap peas were healthy for my 6 year old Yorkshire Terrier. We used to give her carrots but since learned they are high in sugar. In reading posts on your site it appears it is difficult for dogs to digest vegetables. Thank you for the newfound knowledge. I am planning to start my Daisy on the yeast starvation diet. She has some dry scaley skin and the vet was telling me that she has blackheads which I didn’t believe and was not going away with the medication he provided. In reading other posts it appears that she has the same symptoms such as a recent ear infection, smelly breath and overall odor even after bathing. She sometimes bites at her paws as well. I thought her skin issue was a reaction to the flea and tick treatment, but in reading your information I believe she will benefit from the homemade recipes. I ordered the Dinovite and Lickochops and can’t wait to get my little girl on track to a healthier life. Thanks so much! I will let you know how it works out once I receive my supplements.

  30. Hi, Ed,
    I loved reading your blog and the whole site is great- full of a lot of good information, especially when you READ ALL OF IT. I was advised with “no scientific proof” from my vet that a raw dog food would be something to try with my dachshund chihuahua mix. She recommeneded Stella and Chewy, but I started out with Primal Patties to see if he would even eat them (cuz they were on sale). Corey had started losing his hair on his underside and had what looked like was teenage acne. Little pus filled areas that dried out in rings; very strange. After the 3rd round of antibiotics, I gave in to the raw idea. Initially, I didn’t want to invest time and money in 45 cups of dog food that wouldn’t get eaten. I could deal with a dozen overpriced hamburger patties at a store where they guaranteed he would eat them or I could bring them back. OK! Well, he wouldn’t eat them raw, so I cooked the first one like a burger and did a bit less “well done” each meal (adding 1/4 scoop of dinovite but not the lick o chops to the burger to get him used to it) until I stopped cooking them entirely and he was eating the dinovite and raw Primal Patties until this morning.

    I wanted to share my success story in case others were curious about the frozen patties and today was the first day of the recipe for raw using hamburger and your raw recipe. He’s essentially been on RAW for 8 days and he has a ton of energy, doesn’t graze eat anymore (meaning he likes his food!)
    I saw that the stool content would be less, but for a 20 # dog, I see about 2-4 cranberry sized hard pellets 3x per day. Is this normal? I have been giving him a small ish bone from the butcher each night as a snack since he doesn’t really have any choice for dog treats. Is the bone perhaps causing the rocklike stools or is it the new diet?

  31. Hi Ed.
    I am grateful for your site. We have 14 years old husky/lab mix. We rescue him 5 years ago from shelter with sensitive stomach syndrome. He is on vet recommended I/D gastro dry and wet food. For last 6 months his health declining every day. Vet told us that his liver is not in a good shape (licking enzyme) and age is taking toll on him. I would like to try your recipes however which one will be more beneficial for him: yeast starvation or raw or just easy one. Your recommendation will be greatly appreciated.

  32. Kate Allen says:

    Hi Ed,
    I’m new the raw dog food idea but I’m about to order everything needed! I have an 1 1/2 yr old, 8 lb. Italian Greyhound, Dimitri. We adopted him from a breeder about three months ago and I’m having trouble getting him to eat. I wouldn’t be so worried because I know this breed can be like that, but hes started loosing his fur. A few sites say this is almost like male pattern balding (its only around his ears, belly, lower legs and tail) but I cant help but to think that he missing something from his diet! I plan on trying the easy raw recipe, how much do you suggest I feed him and do you have any other suggestions? Thank you so much! I’m thrilled I found this site!
    -Kate

    • Kate,

      I think you will be pleased with the results. As far as serving size, feed the same portion as your current food as a starting point. Then adjust the portion up or down a little if he gains or loses weight.

  33. I have enjoyed your website very much and will be switching to the yeast starvation diet. We have a Shih Tzu who has been very sick. She is 14 years old. She has no energy and whimpers if you touch her. Her breathing sounds like she has asthma. She has been to the vet so many times and has been diagnosed with Cushing’s along with a heart mummer. The vet suspects she has cancer because of the levels that came back from her blood tests. She has had six surgeries to remove these skin tags. They just keep coming back. She consistently licks her feet because of these grows. Her stomach looks swollen and she has red patches on her stomach. First I tried the holistic food, she didn’t seem to improve. I have changed her diet to skinned chicken and white rice. I have put her on probiotics. I have bought complete natural shampoo. The Vet wants to treat her with medication. He says it will make her sick. I don’t want her to suffer but I am trying to find healthy solutions for her to make her feel better. Any suggestions.

  34. Just a few comments – digestive issues gone (our house is a little less “fragrant”) and he loves it. Also, the brown beard stains are gone!

  35. Denise Pokrywka says:

    Ed,
    You’re website has been amazing and so helpful! I love reading all questions and your answers were a tremendous help.
    We have 2 Shiba Inus – 12yrs and 2 yrs. Our older shiba, Nichi Yoobie, had been healthy and active his whole life. As with all us, his activity level began decrease with age. My daughter moved back home and brought her shiba pup with her. He wasn’t excited at first but he began to accept her and even became more active with her around. In the last 2-3 years we noticed several ‘random’ health issues cropping up for him: low thyroid, excessive winter shedding, allergies, nervousness, and anal gland infections most recently. Always a good eater, Nichi’s appetite was beginning to suffer. We had chalked it up to his age and perhaps some to the extra energy of the newer pup as well. But, I still wondered if there was something more I could or should be doing for him.
    We have always used what I considered a very high quality kibble with the canned version as a treat. However, Nichi’s recent healthy issues took a toll on his appetite. Two rounds of antibiotics since last December from the anal gland infections seem to take the worst toll on him. He was barely eating and it was all I could do to get him to even eat half of what he should. He never had any weight issues but now he was beginning to look too thin. I was making chicken and rice but knew he couldn’t stay on that forever even with an added multi-vitamin. That’s when I found the recipes for homemade dog food. I followed both the cooked beef version (with some added beef liver as incentive :) ) and the cooked chicken version, but substitued turkey. I have worked the Dinovite into the main mixture per the recipes and feed it to both dogs. Our older dog, Nichi, absolutely loved it! It was like he had his old appetite back and literally licks his bowl clean. I’m using up the vitamin E and fish oil supplements we already had on hand for him but will add the Lickochops to our next batches. Of couse, Nyla our younger dog loves this as well. She’s a much less picky eater but definitely goes town on this stuff.
    So, we are only on 2 weeks of the homemade food with Dinovite mixed in but I’m already noticing some improvements in Nichi’s energy and stool quality. I’m encouraged to see some improvement already and hoping for the best as we continue. I also made a batch of the bone stock with the turkey bones and put about 1/2 tbsp in for each dog.

  36. M. J. Luckenbaugh says:

    Hi,
    My dog, Goldie, 5 yr old American Pit Bull, has had itchy, bumpy (like mosquito bites) skin and over the last year has developed a smell (my husband said it smells like yeast – I say toast). The vet said he had never seen anything like it (What?!?) and suggested allergy tests. His ideas were allergy to grass, weeds or my house. No thanks, and how do I eliminate her from outside(grass) and inside(house)? I have been investigating and trying quite a variety of foods – all dry, for the past 4 yrs. Finally determined it was yeast after extensive search on internet. Tried apple cider vinegar program. It worked great, but Goldie didn’t like it much. Backed off on vinegar and still on dry food – all her symptoms came back. Finally found a site that described the mosquito-like itchy bumps and blackish skin patches, especially around belly hair follicles. Yeast Infection! Was relieved to read that a compromised digestive system/immune system can lead to other allergies. Their remedy still included dry food. So, I kept looking and finally found your site. Goldie has been on your yeast starvation diet for about a month and everything was going fine until a few days ago. Foamy, then watery diarrhea. She’s still eating and her nose is still cool and wet. Any thoughts on what caused this? I am 100% sold on this diet and know that it’s not the food.
    Thanks for your time.
    MJL

    • It sound like a yeast die off is happening. This is also referred to as a detox period. Sometimes during this time symptoms can get worse but it passes with time.

  37. Richard Stockmeyer says:

    Hi Ed, I have a 12 yr old chihuahua mix that been diagnosed with diabetis. I had bought some food from vet that she recomended from Hills, you can only by from vet, but the dog won’t touch it, would rather starve. I tried for 3 days. He’s back on his kibbles and bits. The vet wants him to eat twice a day, and give him his insulan. He loves raw hamburger. Could he benefit from any of your receipts? I have 2 other little dogs, and if I feed one something, I would like to feed them all the same.

  38. Hi Ed, just wanted to say thank you for your wonderful recipe. I have a 7 year old chihuahua cross who has been suffering for about 6 months with a rash in his groin area. The rash was small red marks and sometimes a small, pimple like pustule would form. The vet said he had an infection in between the layers of his skin and put him on antibiotics. The rash went away, the antibiotics ran out, and the rash came back. I knew if I returned to the vet he would most likely recommend we try switching dog food types/brands. So we played kibble roulette. We switched dog food brands, we switched protein sources, nothing worked. (Oh, and these were the “good” dog food brands like Taste of the Wild, California Natural and Solid Gold.) The rash would diminish and then worsen. It never went away again. I decided to take matters into my own hands and stumbled across your site. I purchased the Dinovite supplement and the LickoChops Omega-3 supplement. My dogs and eagerly awaited the delivery of the package each day so we could begin our raw food journey. Finally, it came. Well, today is day 3 of the raw food meals and my dogs rash is completely gone. I never would have dreamed it could disappear so quickly. The dogs love the food, it is not difficult to make, and the best part: I feel good about feeding it! Thank you for helping us and so many others. -Erica, Jonesy and Hudson

  39. I’ve enjoyed reading your website and have a 9 yr old Airedale that is overweight. I want to start him on the homemade food but am concerned about giving him so much white rice. Do you have any suggestions for weight loss/control? Maybe I’ve missed it in an earlier post. Thanks for your information.

  40. Having hard time finding the right dog food, feel like my dog is missing somthing in her diet. She is ways grazing on twigs and almost anyting she can find, also grass roots and plant roots. What can I do for this, she vomits next morning when she eats foren mater. Need help

  41. Hi Ed. Thanks for providing these great recipes. I am looking to start my 10 year old lab on the chicken and rice recipe and gradually move to the others in time. My vet has recomended not including the crushed egg shells due to the fact that I do not have a blender and the risk of the sharpness of the shell. Do you think a calcium supplement will be needed in this case? Also, my vet was concerned about my lab receiving the proper amount of fiber as well so she recommended adding canned pumpkin or sweet potato to the recipe. Does the Dinovite supplement have fiber in it to help with dogs that have a history of having soft stools and the occasional diarrhia? Thanks for all you advise!

  42. Hello,
    My dog is getting all her teeth pulled :(
    I now need to feed her soft food but I am not a fan of canned food.
    What do you recommend?

  43. HI Ed,
    Just to let you and others know that after almost three months, things are getting much better. I think with time, dinovite, raw diet minus carbs and adding Supr O mega, yogi seems a lot better for the most part…still some small rashes and dark places in the groin, but he is so much more comfortable, which means I am too! How to keep the oil from the tube of Supr O Mega from smelling up the frig? I thought maybe making it cold would make it more solid, but I guess I was wrong…well worth the smell, since this boy loves it and it is making a difference in his comfort. Do the capsules of Omega 3 that you sell have the same value as the tubed product? If so I will order that next time…if not I will put up with the smell, and consider it well worth my dog’s health and comfort. It is so good to have found comfort for him and even if he has another cleansing period, I know that comfort comes around for longer and longer periods. We Thank all of you there, and I am so touched that I receive e mails asking how the boy is doing…the support you offer is second only to the DinOvite!
    Thanks
    Carole and Yogi

    • Carole,

      The fish oil is messy and smelly. The smell I can’t change but the mess I’m working on by changing caps and making the hole a little smaller. This seems to work with the tests we’ve done. It is good to hear Yogi is doing better.

  44. Thank you for (1) a very easy recipe outlined step by step and (2) providing a much healthier as well as cheaper alternative to kibble. My guy and I have a rescue Siberian Husky that has a very delicate (even for huskies) system. When we picked him up from the shelter, he was 12 lbs. underweight, throwing up bile, and could not have a solid bowl movement. Almost a month later he has put on four healthy solid pounds, setting down, and has normal movements. He is also much more settled, but don’t take that for less hyper! His energy is amazing but it is not the nervous, stressed energy he exhibited in the beginning. I can tell he is much happier with the cleaner, healthier food as it really is a foundation for a happier, healthier dog! My guy and I thank you very much!

    (I write this as I am cookin’ dog food!) Cheers!

    Bonnie, Doug, and Baron (woof!)

  45. Katherine says:

    Hi I have a 16 yr old Chihuahua. He has an enlarged heart and is on vetmedin, lasix, and rimadyl. He has always loved people food. The vet tells me he doesn’t have a lot of time left and that his liver enzymes are elevated. I want him to be happy for what little time he has left. He has lost 2 lbs since last october. Would either the raw or cooked diet be a good choice for him?

  46. Thanks so much for your recipes. My puppy loves the raw food and her coat is shiny and silky. My question is that I see the egg shell bits coming out in her stool. Does this mean I am not crushing the shells fine enough. I try to crush them pretty small. I worry that if I see them coming out the “other side” that she is not getting calcium she needs. What do you think?

  47. Dave Salling says:

    I will try this recipe and was wondering about the use of veggies (my Long Haired Doxie likes green beans, carrots and sweet potatoes) in this raw meat recipe and not the supplements you mention.

  48. Jenreno859 says:

    Hi,
    My chocolate lab had all the symptoms of thyroid problems – rough coat, ratty tail, overweight, hair loss. He was 116 pounds and looked like a walking suasage. All tests for thyroid came back negative, and the vet suggested “an expensive food that might help boost his metabolism”. I said the heck with that, and discovered your website.
    I have 4 dogs – 2 labs, a lab-chow mix, and a rat terrier. They all love your cooked recipe. Chance, my fatty, looks a little thinner after a month. He sure has more energy! I have also been supplementing with dulse drops from a natural food store (for him only), bone stock, flax seed meal, fish oil, and nutritional yeast. All my men are doing good. Chance’s coat is less rough, and the hair is coming back on his tail. Now he looks like a frankfurter instead of a bratwurst. I’m hoping to get him down to cocktail frank. It is also fun to cook for them – kind of like making mudpies as a kid. Throw in nutritious stuff and they never complain! Thanks, Mary

  49. With these cooked recipes can I alternate between the two or do I have to fast if I decide to give my dog some variety?

  50. Shirley says:

    I just came across you website: it’s like I’ve discovered the Holy Grail. I have a 12 year old cross border collie mix who has allergies every year. He’s been on Atopica, cortisone for years…only Atopica worked but my insurance no longer covers it; we’ve reached our max. For the past 6 months he’s been losing his eyesight….sad to see him bumping into walls and trees. My vet can’t explain why. It’s time I do something to help my dog so should I start with the raw food diet or the cooked diet or the yeast starvation diet? Thank you for your website.

  51. I have found your site to be very educational and I have learned quite a bit about dog food within the past few months. I began the yeast starvation diet for my schnauzer approx. 2 1/2 weeks ago. I am not seeing a difference in her skin or her itching. I was hoping for some results within the first few weeks. Any suggestions? I am also going to up the amount that I am giving her as she has been losing weight and she acts like she is starving every day when it is time to eat. Any advice or feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

    • Nikki,

      You can increase the serving size per day. Make sure you are feeding the recipe as presented with the supplements. Give it at least 6 months. The first few weeks dogs can actually get a little worse.

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