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Recipes For Dog Food and Treats


Cosmo Asleep After A Good Meal

Remember try to avoid treats with too much, salt, fat, sugar, artificial colors and flavor. Avoid corn  and soy if your dog has allergies to it.
Check the labels!


General FOOD Guide for Dogs:

For young puppies, lamb and rice combinations are often suggested for beginning meals- low allergy incidence and easily digestable . Introduce new foods gradually so as not to upset your doggies tummy.

Some authorities don't recommend using a lot of corn since it can produce gas or other problems.
Usually: Puppies under 5 months are fed 3 times a day and after 6 months twice a day and yet senior dogs once a day.

Adult Paps usually are feed twice a day since this breed is active and on the whole eats small portions at a time.

Plan meals at a consistant times, especially if housebreaking. After a while you'll get to know when your puppy is hungry. .

Also pick up the plate of food after 30 minutes.That's enough time for pooch to eat !
Don't keep food hanging around in the bowl. It is best to feed your pup at specific times in relation to house breaking!

Always provide fresh clean water. If you are housebreaking, pick up the water after 6 p.m. or so.

If you use snacks for training, make snacks healthy such as small carrot pieces ( frozen for teething ! ), pieces of whole wheat bread.etc. Small amount Peanut Butter on a piece of bread..
As a rule, I only give out training or treat snacks after my dog has finished the first dish of food in the morning.

Proper nutrition is essential for growing puppies!
We can spoil our dogs very easily.

There are also spinach, carrot, cheese, greens and peanut teething/tarter control bones for doggies
Read the labels. Learn the options.
C.E.T chews ( from the Vet ) are specially impregnated beefhide strips with a substance to prevent tarter buildup.

Never ever feed your dog chocolate It can be lethal related to the quality of chocolate also. May cause seizure and death.

Raisins and grapes in excess may cause kidney failure in some dogs; possibly related to pesticides on these products.

Antifreeze is also lethal if injested.

Don't feed Raw eggs ( salmonella ) and Raw salmon ( parasites )

And road sanding/melting salt can cause severe illness too.
Pet stores sell safe antifreeze as well as safe salt !

Don't let your doggie eat street snow whatever color- it may contain contaminants such as salt or antifreeze. Although I have heard eating snow can cause stomach aches and diarreha; dog owners as well as my Vet tell me eating small amounts of clean snow is normal and not harmful!

Sometimes an all dry food diet for particular large breed dogs can cause "bloat"( gulping down food/swallowing air/ intestinal twisting/blockage ) an immediate medical emergency.

Many indoor as well as outdoor plants are also poisionous to our pets

Gives a comprehensive list of outdoor and indoor plants

Cocoa Mulch may be toxic to dogs 

Dogs will also eat grass, tree bark and leaves at times!

Be aware of fertilizers/insecticides that may be sprayed on grass etc.

Eating poop is normal but not good :
Some doggies eat their or other doggy poop too!! Read up on this . Although objectional to us and not poisionous to them- It does not taste bad to them !!
Usually they eat it when undigested food particles are present in the poop.On the downside they can get parasites/diseases from eating poop.
Sometimes dogs ( esp small dogs ) have a lot of skin allergies- read about that too as there is a diet connection!

There is a debate on whether to feed raw or cooked meat. I preferred to cook it as I read many stories of pets getting sick /dying of eating unsuspected contaminated and putrid raw meat or even raw fish.

Some people feed BARF ( bones and raw foods ). I am learning more about this controversial dog diet. . Yahoo has many groups about pets and pet food diets.

There are also frozen tubes of dog food ( raw meat, veges etc. ) one may buy in specialized stores or off the Net that people advocate.( example; Fargo brand or Steves are two brands )

No matter what diet you choose:

Your dog should have good oral care. So yes, you must brush your dogs teeth ( no kidding ) no matter what diet you choose .

There is a controversy if dry food really cleans all the pet's teeth. From what I read, don't rely on dry food to clean your dogs teeth.

Don't spoil your dog with too many treats or you will have made a fussy eater ( or your doggy may get diarreha) as well as create an over weight unhealthy pet! 

Fat pets just as fat humans may have a reduced life span.
So read what you can if you are a new pet owner!

I'll admit it is still is very confusing to decide on canned vs dry or making your own foods. But let your dog be the guide for your decision

Remember: a healthy dog who eats properly should have:

Bright shiny eyes - no drainage or excessive tearing from eyes
( however in small dogs, blocked tear ducts may be a problem )

Soft and silky, shiny coat, not dull, dry, brittle No excessive itching or red or sore spots on the skin

Happy personality not lethargic or over stressed

Good poops, soft but firm stools, no diahrrea, no excessive and or mushy poops

No vomiting or stomach upsets






Please E-mail me your favorites!
(Assorted recipes -Most from the Net - I have not tried them! )




Cosmo's Favorite treat: Peanut Butter Snippets

piece of bread, size of a quarter
1/4 tsp fish oil or dog healthy oil
1/4 tsp peanut butter
finely grated carrot
Wet bread with oil, spread on peanut butter, roll in carrot. Make up a bunch and
Cosmo loves these! Feed one or 2 daily.
Cosmo also loves raw organic baby carrots which she gets daily

From Dinner and a Movie T.V. Show
K-9 Grain Treats

1/4 cup brown rice
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup bulgur wheat
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup corn meal
1/2 cup whole oats
1/4 cup oat bran
1/4 cup rye flour
1/2 cup powdered milk
2 tablespoons brewers yeast
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 cup vegetable oil or bacon drippings
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups beef broth
1 cup finely grated cheddar cheese
1/4 cup chopped parsley

Cook the brown rice as per package instructions.
Set aside to cool.
In a large mixing bowl, combine whole-wheat
flour, wheat germ, bulgur wheat, all-purpose
flour, corn meal, whole oats, oat bran, rye
flour, powdered milk, brewer's yeast, garlic
powder, and baking powder.
Add the bacon drippings to the dry mixture and
stir together until no large lumps remain.
In a small bowl, combine the beaten eggs, beef
broth, cheese, and chopped parsley.
Add the egg mixture to the K-9 grain mixture and
stir well to create a cohesive dough. Turn the
dough out onto a clean, floured surface and
knead 2-3 minutes.
Preheat oven to 300F. Divide the dough into
quarters; roll 1 quarter out to a thickness of
1/2". Use a cookie cutter or paring knife to cut
out nervous little mailmen, beckoning fire
hydrants, expensive shoes, harmless kittens, or
any other shape your dog finds uniquely
irresistible. Repeat with the remaining dough,
combining and re-rolling the scraps.
Bake the K-9 Grain treats on a parchment-lined
cookie sheet for 1 hour. Turn off heat and let
the treats remain in the oven another 30
minutes, until dry and crisp.
Makes about 50, 2 inch treats

Liver Brownies

Blenderize 1 lb rinsed raw chicken livers dumped into a blender with 1 whole egg including
shell (for calcium, big sprinkle of garlic, 2 carrots and then add mixture to 1 package of Jiffy corn muffin mix. Mix and bake in a greased pan for 15-20 minutes 325 degrees. Cut it into squares and may freeze.

Baby Food Soft Doggie Cookies

3 jars baby food -- (2 1/2 oz. each) either beef or chicken
1/4 cup Dry milk powder
1/4 cup Wheat germ (cream of wheat can be substituted for wheat germ)

Combine ingredients in bowl and mix well. Roll into small balls and place on well-greased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with a fork. Bake in preheated 350F. oven for 15 minutes
until brown. Cool on wire racks and STORE IN REFRIGERATOR. Also freezes well.

*Variation: substitute cream of wheat for wheat germ and then used tablespoon to
make cookie sized drops on plate. Microwave for 4 minutes on Medium-High. Suggest keeping an eye on them in microwave and perhaps start out for only 3 1/2 minutes. They do come out soft. Also suggested using Beef/Vegetable Dinner Baby Dinner instead of Beef or Chicken.

Tester's note: Definitely something to howl about! Cookies are soft and chewy
(good for older pets who have lost a few teeth). And they can be whipped up in no time.

BANANA BISCOTTI, Courtesy of Three Dog Bakery
5 cups White Flour
1/4 cup Peanuts -- chopped
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 medium Egg
1/4 cup Vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups pureed Banana
2 teaspoons Vanilla

Preheat oven to 325F/160C. Mix dry, then wet ingredients until lumpy. Add water,

one teaspoon at a time as needed. Knead by hand on table until mixed thoroughly.

Form into logs approximately 2" - 2 1/2" high. Flatten so that log is 6" - 7" wide
by 1" high. Place on non-stick baking sheets.
Bake approximately 30 - 40 minutes. Remove and cool for 10 minutes. Slice into 1/2" - 3/4" slices. Place on baking sheets and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool.



BREAD MACHINE Chicken Flavored Cookies

1 cup chicken stock
1 cup Bread or all-purpose flour
2 cup Whole wheat flour
1/4 cup Non-fat dry milk powder
1 1/2 tsp Yeast

Use dough cycle. Roll dough to 1/2" thickness. Cut with cookie cutters or a pizza cutter. Place on a greased baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in warm place about one hour. Bake at 325-degrees for one hour. When all are baked, turn off oven and leave overnight.
Store in airtight container.

Canine Carrot Cookies By People Food for Dogs, Katie Merwick (Elfin Cove Press)

2 cups carrots -- boiled and pureed
2 eggs
2 tablespoons garlic -- minced
2 cups unbleached all purpose flour -or rice flour or rye flour.
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup wheat germ

Combine carrots, eggs and garlic. Mix until smooth. Add dry ingredients. Roll out on heavily floured surface and cut into bars or desired shapes. Bake at 300 degrees for 45 minutes or to desired crunchiness. The centers will continue
to harden as they cool. Brush with egg white before baking for a glossy finish.
Source: "From Dog Fancy Magazine, February 1999."

Fannie Farmer Dog Bone Biscuits

2 Eggs
2 tbs. Soy flour
2 tbs. Wheat germ
2 tbs. Instant non-fat dry milk
4 tbs. Water
2 cups Whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 350F. Break eggs into a bowl and stir until blended. Add soy flour, wheat germ, dry milk and water. Stir until smooth. Add whole wheat flour and mix into egg mixture with your hands. Dough will be stiff and dry. Pat dough

into a rectangle 3" wide and 1/2" thick, then cut it into 3/4" wide bone shapes.
Place 1" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 25 minutes on one side and
turn over and bake 25 minutes on the other side. Cool biscuits on racks. Makes 16 dog biscuits.


1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. soy flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 c. peanut butter (sugar free -- smooth or chunky)
3/4 c. milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine wheat and soy flour and baking powder in mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together peanut butter and milk until well combined and smooth. Fold peanut butter-milk mixture into dry ingredients and
mix well to a soft dough. Turn out dough onto lightly floured surface; knead lightly.
Roll dough out to 3/8 - 1/4 inch thick; cut into pieces 1-2 inches square (depending
on dog's size). Place 1/2 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Store cooled biscuits in refrigerator. Woof!


Peanut Butter and Honey Dog Biscuits

3/4 c flour
1 egg
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 teaspoon peanut butter
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Heat honey and peanut butter until runny (about 20 seconds in the microwave.
Mix ingredients together and drop by 1/2 teaspoonful onto cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees Farenheit for 8 to 10 minutes. My dog is a Pug, and a half a biscuit is plenty for her. So if you have a bigger or smaller dog, adjust the biscuit size (and the cooking time). This normally makes about 45 to 50 biscuits.

Milk Bone-Style Dog Biscuits (HARD)

3/4 cup hot water
1 /3 cup margarine
1/2 cup powdered milk
1 pinch salt (preferably sea salt)
1 egg -- beaten
3 cups whole wheat flour

Variation: increase margarine to 1/2 cup and add 2 teaspoons sugar

In large bowl pour hot water over the margarine. Stir in powdered milk, salt, and egg. Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time. Knead for a few minutes to form stiff
dough. Pat or roll to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into bone shapes. Bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes. Cool. They will dry out quite hard. Makes about 1 1/4 pounds of biscuits. Costs around 30 cents per pound.

Wheat Free Tuna Biscuits

1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup oatmeal
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 can tuna in oil [small] -- undrained
1/3 cup water

Grind oatmeal in processor til a coarse flour, put in a bowl. to processor add tuna with the oil, and water , process til pureed, add all the rest of
ingredient. Pulse til mixture forms a ball, Pulse to knead for 2-3 minutes. Turn out to floured board , knead if needed to soft dough. Roll out to a
1/8"-1/4" thickness. Cut into desired shapes. Bake on lightly greased cookie sheet , at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely.


Wheat-Free Scotty Biscuits

1 cup oatmeal
1 cup rye flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon melted butter or margarine
1/2 cup milk

Combine oatmeal, 3/4 cup of the rye flour, sugar and butter together. Slowly add the milk till a firm but slightly sticky dough forms. Scrape out dough onto a wooden board or counter. Knead in the rest of the rye flour till the dough stiffens a little. Wrap in saran wrap and chill for one hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough till 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into shapes ( I like to use scotty dog cutters). Place on lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn off oven and let biscuits rest till cool in oven with the door closed. Store in air-tight container for up to 2 weeks.

Dog Cookies

1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour,
1/2 cup rolled oats,
1/2 cup ground millet,cornmeal or other flour,
1/2 cup sunflower seeds,
1 egg slightly beaten,
1 teaspoon mollases,
3/4 cup dry milk,
1/2 cup hot water,
1/3 cup vegetable oil,
1 Tbs. beef or chicken boullion.

Mix together all ingredients. Roll out and cut into animal shapes with cookie cutters. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.


Bread Machine Dog Biscuits

1 C beef or chicken broth
1/4 C nonfat dry milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1 C wheat germ
1 C bread flour
1 C whole wheat flour
1/2 C powdered Brewers Yeast with garlic
1 1/2 tsp. dry yeast.

Put ingredients in machine in order that your machine instructs.

Preheat oven to 325. Put ingredients into pan.
Use dough cycle. When done, roll out on a board floured dusted with 1/2 flour 1/2 corn meal. Roll dough to about 1/4" thickness and cut into desired shapes. Let rise for about 10-15 minutes and then bake for about 1/2 hour, or to desired crispness. Your dog will love this!

Liver Treats for Dogs

1 cup beef or chicken liver,
2 c. oats,
1 c. whole wheat or rye or barley flour,
2 eggs,
1 1/2 T. garlic,
1 T. parsley,
2 T. soy sauce or Braggs or Miso(optional),
1/2 c. powdered milk, (optional but nutricious).
Saute liver in bacon grease ( I would use olive oil ) for about 15 minutes, then simmer for 30-45 minutes. Add a little water if necessary. Let cool for about 30 minutes, and chop into small pieces.
Or you can add all the ingredients in a food processor. After chopping, add all other ingredients. Place in shaped spoonfuls on a baking sheet on 250 for 45 min. to an hour or set outside in hot sun to dehydrate. Let cool overnight.

Cheese Bone Dog Cookies

2 cups Un-sifted all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups Shredded cheddar cheese
2 cloves Garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup Vegetable oil
4 1/2 tablespoons Water (up to 5 tbs.)

Preheat oven to hot (400 degrees).
Make a cardboard pattern of a dog bone, 4 inches long or use a dog-bone cookie cutter.
Combine flour, cheese, garlic and vegetable oil in container of food processor. Cover, whirl until mixture is consistency of coarse meal. With machine running, slowly add water until mixture forms a ball.
Divide dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll out each piece to 1/2" thickness. Cut out bones. Transfer to ungreased cookie sheet. Do not re-roll scraps.
Bake in preheated hot oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until bottom of cookies arelightly browned. Carefully transfer bones to wire rack to cool
completely.Refrigerate in airtight container


Doggie Yum Yums

4 , 4-ounce chicken breasts
1/2 cup cheese of your choice
1/2 cup chicken liver (low amount for health purposes)
1 tablespoon minced raw garlic
1 tablespoon human greade bone meal
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup parsley (if fresh alfalfa is available it is much better for the dog)

Method: Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Do not over mix. Put 1 cup rolled oats in a large bowl. Using 1 tablespoon of the mix at a time, put into oats and roll into balls. Lay each ball
flat on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until firm. Remove and let cool.

Pa. Humane Society Recipe For Dog treats

1/2 cup cornmeal
6 tbsp Oil
2 cups whole wheat flour
2/3 cup water or broth

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together well. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes with cooky cutter. Bake
35-40 mins, let cool and store in tightly sealed container.

Makes about 5 dozen bone biscuits

1 cup flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup brewer's yeast (available at health-food stores)
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil
1 clove garlic, chopped medium
1/2 cup chicken stock plus 3 tablespoons for basting

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
Mix flour, wheat germ, brewer's yeast, and salt together in a medium bowl In a mixing bowl, combine oil and garlic. Alternately add 1/2 cup
chicken stock and flour mixture in 3 parts; mix until well combined. Knead about 2 minutes by hand on floured surface; dough will be
2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out about 3/8 inch thick Cut out bone shapes; place on prepared baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes, rotate baking sheet, and baste with remaining 3 tablespoons chicken stock. Bake 10 minutes longer. Turn off oven, leaving oven door
closed Leave pan in oven for 1 1/2 hours longer.


2 6-oz cans Tuna OR 1 14 oz can Salmon - do not drain
1 1/2 cups flour
1 TBS garlic powder or minced garlic (optional)
2 eggs
grated parmesan cheese (optional)

Process tuna, garlic and eggs in food processor or blender (or mix in a bowl). Add flour and mix to a brownie-like consistency. Spread into a
9x9-inch greased pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes. When the brownies are done, they will have a putty-like texture and the edges will
pull away from the sides of the pan.
Cut into squares and freeze.

Ham & Swiss on Rye Biscuits

You will need:
2 1/4 cups Rye flour
1 cup of grated Swiss Cheese
1 Cup of Grated Ham
1/3 Cup of vegetable oil
1 egg
1/2 Teaspoon Salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the flour, cheese, ham and salt in a bowl, then add the egg and the oil, mixing thoroughly. Roll the dough
out to about 1/2 inch and cut biscuits with a dogbone cookie cutter or use any other shape. Place biscuits onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for15-25 mins, depending on the size of the biscuits. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.


( I have heard that some dogs can get pancreatitis from eating too much fat.
This recipe is posted for your information only. Check with your Vet if you are
unsure if any food is not good for your particular dog ! My Cosmo has a very
sensitive tummy and I stay away from very fatty foods like the recipe below! )

1/2 c. bacon grease- cooled.
1/2 c. water
1 egg
cooked bacon pieces crumble
2 1/2 c. flour
1T. brown sugar
1/2 c. uncooked oatmeal

Mix bacon grease and egg with flour and oatmeal. Add water, Stir in bacon pieces. Roll out 1/2" thick and cut into dog biscuit shapes. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 min on one side. Than turn them and bake another 10 min. Break in half to see if down.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup oatmeal
1 1/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup meat broth or milk

Mix all till pliable, roll and cut. Bake 400F for 15 minutes. Cool and store airtight or freeze

Garlic Egg Cookies

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 large egg
1 tsp granulated garlic powder ( some brewer's yeast optional )
1 cup meat broth
Mix and store as above.





Making your own dog food

Since I acquired my first dog, a Papillon puppy December 2001, I decided to
research pet food. I decided to start to make my own after reading what dog and cat food really contains and the high incidence of cancer in our pets. Some people say what's the fuss, just give your dog a name brand dry dog food or a
supermarket canned dog food. Well I wanted to know more and as I read I was amazed what dogs and cats really eat. In a nutshell: Grains ( not meat ) are usually the primary ingredient used as fillers, animal and fat by products ( research and you'll be amazed what this stuff really is ), sugars, and artifical color and preservatives etc.
Well, below is how I did it for a while but now use natural canned or dry brands found in health food stores. After several months of cooked foods my puppy became spoiled and fussy. My fault because I gave her too many choices. This is
only my experience .But below is all the information that can aide you with your decision if you wish to make your own dog foods.

Refer to your Vet for guidance and questions .
I only pass on what I learned and read: I am still learning!

I , am not in 100% agreement with my Vet who advocates a name brand dry dog food. Corn is one of the first major ingredients- (used as a filler and often an allergen for some dogs ) and in my humble opinion, therefore not the best brand
of dog food..

The Whole Dog Journal, Dec. 2003 issue lists the top 23 canned foods.

To subscribe: http://www.whole-dog-journal.com
This is one of many publications you may interested in for up to date sound advice on dog related topics.


Step 1 :

MY Guide For Home Made ( Cooked ) Good Dog Food .
( Remember this is only a guide )

Please read what you can about making your own natural pet foods. There are a
lot of books available about this topic!!
Many, advocate raw foods ( i.e Barf -( bones and raw food ), many say cooked.
Ultimately it is up to you to learn as much as you can and decide how and what to feed your dog. Remember to introduce new foods slowly and that Paps often have sensitive tummies!

The Recipe

*1 part cooked grains ( brown rice preferred over white, barley, oatmeal, ,soy, whole wheat etc.- corn may be an allegan so be careful )

*1( or 2 ) part(s) cooked ground meat such as chicken , lamb, turkey , venison, fish, beef, rabbit- & once in a while organ meats such as liver. Some say not to combine varieties of meat and only choose one kind.

*1 part cooked vegetable very finely chopped combinations : carrots, sweet potatoes preferred over white , broccoli, zucchini squash, yellow squash, brussel sprouts, green beans, green peas , green peppers etc. Too much of
spinach, , garlic, eggplant and tomatoes may not be good for your doggie.  Avoid onions ( may cause anemia and other gi upsets )

Remember too much of what makes you poop will make your doggy poop too!
( Some say raw veggies in small amts. are fine for some dogs too i.e: raw or frozen carrots are great for teething puppies!)

*Also include a small amount of leafy green vegetables ( parsley, mixed salad
greens, a little spinach @ times helps with digestion)

To one serving dish of food daily :
mix in 1/2 tsp flaxseed oil, ( for a shiny coat ) 1/2 tsp brewers yeast and garlic mix or as suggested on label ( to provide essential B vitamins and get rid of fleas etc. ) 1/2 tsp human grade ( not garden ) bone meal also for calcium/phosphorous supplement or as suggested on the label .
OR learn how to make your own egg shell powder instead.

Also consider: daily chewable dog vitamin pills/ liquid vitamin as a supplement to the diet

Note: Miscellaneous Additions

( once in a while- not everyday )
Dairy products: dogs love cheese but avoid if it contains lots of salt and fat.
Fatty cheese can cause the runs. Cottage cheese is good, esp to firm up loose stools. To much calcium is not good either. Plain fat free yoghurt with probiotics  also good for intestinal upsets. As always feed in small amounts such as a dollop.

A cooked egg once in a while is also good, ( raw whites interfere with the absortion of biotin and raw eggs may contain unwanted bacteria etc. )

Fruits: avoid pits and seeds- some can cause illness or too much fruit-diarreha.

Some say too many grapes are bad for dogs and the issue of lingering insecticides on fruits may be a problem..

People Junk food: don't even start !

Stay away from very fatty and greasy meats which may cause diarreaha , even pancreatitis

Mix in a small amount of high quality natural dry food ) if desired as a filler Of note: Some authorites say not to mix dry and wet together because the dog's digestion is different for dry and raw foods but rather to serve each at separate times of the day. So try to read more about this topic please.

Meat Bones: I have read all sorts of debates about raw /cooked meat bones which may or may not be good for the dog and they may splinter and get stuck or pierce the dogs intestines. Some people cook soft bones ( or grind raw bones ) till they get mushy making them more digestible but as a rule avoid any cooked bones as raw is natural and  best !.
I decided not to give any meat bones to my dog.

For Diarreha: soft, bland foods are given such as cooked pasta, cooked white rice, cottage cheese, a soft boiled egg, boiled chicken

For Constipation: foods ( fiber and poop foods ) given such as cooked chicken livers, cooked pumpkin and cooked sweet potatoes, a bit of fatty poultry skin.
Remember use small amounts

*** Some experts advise to cook and freeze separately: veges, meat and grains and mix together when needed. Then for mixing together, add hot water to make into a stew mixture and then lastly add in the supplements.

*** One author who advocates people food for dogs suggests: fill an empty 13 or 14 oz. empty dog food can with: 1/3 of protein - cooked meat, 1/3 cooked veges, 1/3 of cooked carbs such as pasta, rice, bread , and maybe supplement a bit of cooked fruit etc all which should provide proper nutrition for your dog .


Either buy your meat ground fresh or frozen to cook
OR if using whole unground meat:

In a large pot place ( boneless ) chicken parts ( or meat of choice ) ( skin & excess fat removed from chicken ) with vegetable(s) of choice chunked and cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer cover until tender. Remove meat ( remove bones if bone in chicken ) and vegetables.Cool broth and skim off congealed fat.
Use the broth to moisten the dog food and save remainder for your own soups !
In a food processor chop meat and veggies separately. Mix together and blend in grains. Use some chicken broth to moisten. Mix in some chopped greens.
Note: I use 3 lbs chicken parts, 1 pound carrots, 2 large sweet potatoes, 1 small zucchini squash. a green pepper and prepared 1 cup raw brown rice which makes over 3 cups cooked ( I freeze excess rice/meat ) . I mix the ratio ( see above ) of erything together and pack into freezer container or freezer bags.
This recipe makes enough for a week for my small 5 lb puppy.

I freeze half of what I make. I do season a bit with some salt, pepper, garlic, parsley and olive
oil. I alternate the variety of meat weekly, so one week I may make doggie lamb stew!

Note: Many dogs may eat a wholesome human consumption diet :
So if you are making chicken and dumplings or lamb stew or steak and potatoes for the family- save some for your doggie.

If you have no time to cook for your doggie, many natural brands of canned dog food are available in 13 or 14 oz. cans.

Amounts of food: depends on age, sex, activity, illness etc.of your dog .
Normally one large can of dog food should be enough for a 20 lb dog daily.

I can no longer suggest pet food brands related to prior years recall list. 

There are also many other brands of wholesome natural pet food. Of course these are more expensive than the brand ones found in supermarkets

But natural good pet food should contain NO artificial color or flavor, No fillers such as soy or corn, No sugar, salt, artificial preservatives, poultry or meat/poultry by products , no rendered fat, and other yucky stuff. In other words it will be
almost human grade

Usually you get what you pay for!

Dream Coat ( brand name ) is also a supplement for dogs and cats to assure a shiny, healthy coat and good skin and can be found at health/natural food stores. In general adding some good oil to your dog's diet is important

Canned vrs dry is also another topic of debate. Canned may be more costly in the long run, needs to be refrigerated when opened. Dry supposedly is good for the teeth ( tartar control - ) and has less spoilage.
Please read the labels ( both of dry and canned ) carefully to read the ingredients, check for protein, fat, fiber and water content. Dry and canned
foods differ greatly in the protein and moisture content.

Currently Cosmo and Midge eat Newman's Own Organic canned and dry pet food. It is more expensive than some other foods and available online as well at some Walmart stores. 

 I may feed  them 2 to 3 times a day. ( 7 a.m., 12 noon, 5 p.m. )  . My dogs eat in small portions ( 1/4 cup or less, wet or dry ) . No allergies and  poops are well formed.

Currently I phased out Science Diet and  Nutro Natural Choice food  due to nutrition content, recalls etc.

Cosmo does have a sensitive stomach and therefore I feed her small frequent portions. I never let her over eat, or give her people food or give her too many treats; all of which gives her loose stools , gas or even diarreha. She gets the
canned in the morning and the dry thereafter.

And search the Net for a vast amount of sites containing information on home made
pet food as well as News groups and UseNet groups!





Verbena's Doggie Health Muffins

1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup orange juice
1/3 cup whole eggs
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup grated vegetables
(zucchini, carrots, etc.)
1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon wheat germ (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt Method

Mix together honey, orange juice, eggs and oil. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Add in shredded vegetables. Spoon into prepared muffin tins lined with cupcake wrappers. Bake at 375 degrees.


Doggie's Delightful Dinner

1 1/2 c dog food
2 - 3 tblsp peanut butter
1 - 2 tblsp butter
5 crackers
1 c boiling hot water

Mix dog food and water in a medium sized dish
Let it set for 5 min. Melt peanut butter and butter mix them with dog food Then crush and add crackers to the meal. Chill. And serve.


Meat Loaf For Dogs

2 lbs. chopped turkey
2 eggs
1/8 cup skim milk
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
4 oz low fat cheddar cheese
10 oz. chopped spinach

Combine meat, eggs, milk and bread crumbs and mix well. Pack half into a loaf pan and layer with the cheese and spinach and then add the remainder of the meat. Bake in a 375F oven until meat is done. Cool and slice


Dog Food

5 pounds of dog food meat containing bone meal,
2 1/2 pounds rolled oats or cracked wheat,
Enough water to barely cover the mix.
Simmer the mix for 45 minutes, divide into meal size portions and freeze. For variety add 1/2 mashed vegetables to every pound of dog food.

Vegetarian Dog Food

2 Tbs. oil,
1 cooked egg,
2 cups cooked vegetables blended unless very soft,
1 Tbs. nutritional yeast,
1 cup milk,
bread ends and leftover cereals
and beans.

Rice and Meat Dinner for dogs

1/2 cup to 1 cup Meat of choice*
*choose one: hamburger, ground pork (cook all the way through), ground chicken,
ground turkey, or liver
4 cups rice
1 cup vegetables*
*choose one or more of these: sweet potato, regular potato, green beans,
carrots, spinach
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic
Boil all ingredients together in a large pot. Be sure that pork is cooked all the way through. Cool food off and serve. For Variety: Noodles and Meat
Same ingredients as Rice and Meat Dinner, except for this:
Boil 1 pound noodles separately. Mix noodles in with meat and vegetable mixture
when ready to serve. Italian and Chinese noodles will both work.
For even more variety:
Try to substitute some canned fish ( salmon, mackeral ) in some meals. Dogs can
eat those tiny bones. A little of the canned stuff goes a long way --it has a lot of salt!

People food for dogs :

Fill an empty 13 or 14 oz. empty dog food can with prepared:
1/3 of protein - cooked meat of choice
1/3 cooked vegetables of choice
1/3 of cooked carbohydrates: such as pasta, rice, bread ,
And maybe supplement a bit of cooked fruit etc
All above should provide proper nutrition for your dog .


FAT BALLS - only for special diets and use temporarily!
( for poor eaters or under nourished dogs )

10 lbs. of cheap hamburger meat
1 large box Total cereal
1 large box uncooked oatmeal
15 oz of wheat germ
10 eggs
10 small pkgs. Knox unflavored gelatin
1 1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/4 cup unflavored molasses
pinch of salt

Mix all ingredients together in large or larger bowl. Place in freezer bags, approx. 1 lb. per bag. Place in freezer, thaw as needed. Feed raw.
Just pinch off the amount you want to feed and roll into a ball. Place on top of regular food.

Editor's Note:
This is an uncooked raw meat recipe and used by those who feed Barf ( Bones and raw foods.)
Consult your vet if you have questions. I personally would cook the meat!

I do not feed Cosmo any raw meat, poultry or fish!






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