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Homemade Dogfood Advice from a Chef
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August 10, 2018
YES, people are poisoning their pets with low quality packaged food,
and by using allopathic 'medicine'.
by David C
As an animal lover, I'm appalled at the junk food most dogs and cats are fed, which as noted in this article, include some disgusting ingredients. Most packaged pet food doesn't provide a healthy diet - even the most expensive varieties are lacking in many vital nutrients.
As a chef, I use my culinary talent to make my own pet food, which has become my specialty. Dogs are omnivores like us, and evolved eating leftovers from human meals, and to a lesser degree - cats have too.
My dog gets homemade organic food, which I prepare in large batches every few days, filling quart ziplock baggies with meal-sized portions. There are a few foods humans eat that are bad for dogs, for instance: grapes, chocolate, and onions. Most foods we eat are healthy for dogs, however, they can't tolerate too much sugar, salt, or fat in their diet, or too many spices.
Foods that would be healthy for a baby are usually fine for dogs and cats. I use a coffee grinder to grind various kinds of seeds: flax, hemp, camellia, chia, sunflower, pumpkin seeds, etc. Various vegetables can be lightly cooked, or used raw, shredded so they can digest them: carrots, kale, chard, parsley, squash, beans, sweet potatoes and yams, etc.
For animal protein, a source of vital B-12 and high-quality protein, we use eggs, salmon, sardines, tuna, and liver or other organ meats from grass fed, free range cows, lambs, chickens, etc. Raw bones are good for keeping their teeth and gums healthy, as are cowhide chews, or cow and pig ears. Molasses is a good source of iron, and micro-minerals, plus it tastes good: I dissolve molasses in warm water, "blooming" chia seeds in it, then pour that over the food mixture, letting it "set".
After the water is absorbed and the food solidified, then I remix it again, to break it up into smaller pieces that are "al dente" (toothsome). Texture is important, so I like to add something crunchy into the mixture too, like oven toasted corn tortillas broken into little pieces, but go easy on grains, and starchy vegetables like potatoes.
Beans of various kinds are a good addition, as are squash - my dog loves butternut squash and pumpkin, much of which I grow organically.
Dogs can eat a diet similar to baby foods, as they too need to have their food prepared so they can digest it without chewing. I have a book on organic homemade baby food, which I use for ideas. Besides being much healthier for your pet, preparing organic homemade dog and cat food and treats, also saves money - pet food has gotten VERY expensive.
Veterinarians are allopaths, treating symptoms instead of the cause of health problems, so you don't want to use them except for emergencies, which hopefully never happen.
Vaccines and drugs are poison in almost every case, so we avoid using them. We can usually treat our pets health problems using holistic medicine, prepared ourselves inexpensively. By using a healthy homemade diet and holistic medicine, you can keep your fur babies healthy and happy, while saving money. Dogs and cats have a much better sense of smell than we do, and eating is one of the greatest pleasures in life for them, so it's saddening to see how most people feed their beloved pets a horrible diet of packaged food, often at great expense, and later pay even more money to veterinarians for treating debilitating diseases caused by the horrible diets.
Do yourself and your fur babies a huge favor, and learn to prepare your own organic homemade food, treats, and use holistic medicine. They will love you even more because you do that for them, and you'll love the way they are healthier and happier, alert and playful. Bon appetit...!
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