Eggs take very little time to prepare and provide highly digestible protein. Eggshell can be finely ground and used as a calcium supplement.
Recently, I had the pleasure of working with a loving dog parent named Judie, whose rescue maltese Cooper (aka Coopie) was suffering heart disease and getting care from a cardiologist. Judie contacted me in September 2019 about home cooking, and we got right to it!
I would like to share another quote from a veterinarian, regarding homemade dog diets. This is from Dr. Gary Richter, DVM, whose book I just purchased:”Preparing food at home means you are in control of the quality and freshness of ingredients and the food can be custom-tailored to your pet’s needs.”
Never feed cooked bones. The bones are removed before serving. This recipe for dogs uses beef marrow bones and vegetables for a rich but nutritious snack. It is not a full meal-more of a flavor and nutrient-enhancer.
Did you know that in the United States, most cases of hypothyroidism are immune related? If that is the case for humans, it might also be the case for dogs. Indeed, thyroid disease is very common in dogs here in the U.S. Here is what my research is telling me.
This time of year, pumpkin abounds here in Connecticut. They are only available for a few months out of the year, but when they’re here, they’re everywhere! Every year, I buy several pumpkins, usually the smaller ones so I can fit in the oven. I display them around the house and then one by one, I bake them.
Seinfeld’s “Newman” may have called broccoli a vile weed, but he had no idea what he was missing health-wise with that cruciferous catch. Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables can help protect health in significant ways, and this likely applies to your dog too.
The Food and Drug Administration has been investigating possible connections between certain pet diets and a heart condition called canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). They recently put out an extremely informative report with detailed information that can help you navigate this increasingly confusing and disturbing problem.
This is a true story I like to call Boomie’s Turnaround.
Boomie, seen here, is a 10-year old Entlebucher Mountain Dog, loved by Cynthia and Mike from Massachusetts. In early 2019, Cynthia contacted me with concern about Boomie’s health. Recent lab tests, including bloodwork and urine tests, had revealed high levels of protein – Cynthia’s veterinarian became concerned about early stage kidney disease. Cynthia asked me about a recipe to make for Boomie.
When changing diets, how much to feed is often a question for dog parents. Homemade is a different from commercial in seemingly endless ways, including the logistical difference of serving sizes. Commercial food generally has serving suggestions on the label. It is easy to get accustomed to the new feeding guidelines though, and before you know it you will be serving your dog just the right amount of homemade.
Unfortunately, millet is now present in some pet foods – not good news for many reasons. While millet does contain some vitamins, minerals and fiber, it is not beneficial for dogs (and after reading this study, I don’t plan on eating it either).
One of my goals in teaching people how to cook is to make it simple. One way to do this is to make extra of what you are making for yourself, and then save some for your dog. Of course, this only applies to certain kinds of food. It does not apply to foods that are overly fatty, fried, spicy, sweet or otherwise inappropriate for dogs. It DOES apply to fresh meats, vegetables and other dog friendly ingredients.