Puppy Food Advice
"Sounds like a special pup. Are you sure you want to add in hours of cooking, calculating and general brain power when you have a new baby in the house? Even my adult rescues do a great job scrambling my brain waves...... See dogaware.com for a lot of information on feeding a dog fresh food. Good reading, books to refer to and so on. I've been feeding fresh food since 2007, that melamine scandal right when I had an elderly dog come up with kidney disease did it for me. I've fed cooked and I've fed raw. Raw is so much easier and you waste less - bone. I haven't fed a pup, understand you feed the same amount as you will the adult dog but divide the meals up so pup can physically take it in and digest it. I check the diet against the NRC numbers using a nutrition database and the calculator from Monica Segal's book 'Optimal Nutrition' and adding a bit of this or that to be sure it meets the goals. I did have success cooking a basic raw diet by cooking a whole chicken, removing skin and meat and cooking the bones in a slow cooker until the bones were soft enough to puree in a blender. Then I took double the weight of the raw chicken in liver, beef and pork cooked and blended/chopped that then mixed all the meats and the bone puree together. Any cooking liquid is part of the meal, keep it all. My raw fed dogs get a multi vitamin/mineral supplement, vitamin E and fish oil according to size as well. To feed I calculated 2% of the dog's ideal weight, conveniently was 10 ounces. If the raw ingredients weighed 300 ounces and the cooked 260 then I'd feed that dog 260/30 a day. You can imagine the mess doing all this but the elderly dog no longer tolerated a raw diet. Dogs need a lot of meat. You can add in 25% mushy rice or pureed veggies to the basic diet if you like. That dog that needed 10 ounces of raw? He needed nearly the same minerals and vitamins as an adult human but packed into 600 calories a day. Any recipe that doesn't have calcium added or isn't mostly meat isn't going to work for a pup. Or make up a tasty topper of meat/fish/egg/liver and substitute that for anything less than 25% of the total calories pup needs. No need to be so precise about how much bone and all that is in there if you do that but you still need to figure out the calories per ounce or cup or whatever the topper has."
"Just wanted to add that your pup is in the critical growth period (brain and body) and it's essential that required nutrients (vitamins, minerals etc) are included in his diet. JF4Dogs has an animal nutritionist that you can directly contact for advice without committing to a purchase. All their products contain supplements and they sell them separately if you want to make your own meals."
"I never thought I would be the person that made my own dog food, but after all the recent dog food recalls (the one we were using was on the list!), I felt I had no choice. I found this recipe on multiple websites and have been using it for several months now. It contains the appropriate balance of protein vs. veggies. I either use the 3 lbs of chicken in the recipe or 2.5 lbs of beef. I do add coconut oil, greek yogurt, ginger, and probiotics as well. My 9 lb cockapoo absolutely LOVES it!! www.aforkstale.com/easy-homemade-crockpot-dog-food/"
"Cook a whole chicken in 3 qts water. Discard skin and bones, chop and shred meat. use some of the broth to cook 3 cups rice. chop or shred 1 lb each: sweet potato, broccoli, green beans, carrots. Cook in chicken broth. combine cooked rice, cooked chicken, cooked veggies, mix, heat until 180 to kill the bad things or not. Makes about 16 pints. This is a supplement food, there is not enough calcium in this for a puppy. There are those who add calcium to a puppies diet using supplements. I used the above food, combined with commercial kibble, and cottage cheese."