About this recipe: This is a great simple homemade meal for a dog which can be added to based on the ingredients you have available. This recipe will feed two large dogs for approximately 4 days.
Supplement your dog's food with the correct ratio of calcium to phosphorous in addition to varying protein sources (including organ meat), fresh fruits and vegetables. It is also good practice to provide a daily multivitamin to dogs along with omega-3 fish oils and a pro-biotic. The following are toxic to dogs even in small amounts: onions, avocados, chocolate, macadamia nuts, garlic, grapes, raisins, apple pips and yeast dough.
While this recipe is a good base, it is not nutritionally sound. As a holistic nutritionist, I have formally studied pet nutrition. Your recipe needs variety and necessary additions. Try rotating protein sources (chicken, beef, fish,... and once a week supplementing with organs) and adding an omega-3 rich egg (cook the white, serve the yolk raw) at least once per day. You might vary your grains with rolled oats (which I first process to make into a flour, then simply add to food w/ warm broth before serving my dogs' meals), alternated with enriched white rice, long grain brown rice, and medium grain brown rice (cooked LONGER than for human consumption!). Also, add fresh vegetables lightly steamed and mashed such as carrots, squash, sweet potato, yam, peas, etc., and even apples once in awhile. Most importantly, you really should be adding cottage cheese or plain yogurt with every meal. Use a calcium supplement (at least 300 mg daily) and a multi. Adding alfalfa powder or other greens is necessary for cleansing the blood and immune health. Finally, if only one supplement is to be used, a good enzyme for dogs is imperatve. I use a great multi complex by "Only Natural Pet," calcium, alfalfa powder, an Omega 3-6-9 capsule, acidophilus (or other probiotic), and occasionally an enzyme. My dogs are athletes, their health and nutrition are very important! - 28 Mar 2008 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
This is on the right track, but you're leaving out calcium requirements and also the fact that ALOT of dry foods have been affected by this recall. I have my dog on an all natural diet. She 'basically" eats healthy foods that we eat. Everyone that is in the know is aware not to feed certain foods to dogs. I recommend a book by Carol Boyle on natural food for dogs. I have used this way of feeding my dog for two weeks and I can already see a positive difference. - 12 Apr 2007 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I use this same recipe to feed both of my dogs except that I add three ground Tums to the mixture after it has cooled, per my vet (I believe it has something to do with dogs needing phosphorous???). I have a 7-yr old border collie and a 14-yr old australian shepherd with Cushings disease and they love this. I often will use ground beef if I don't have ground chicken - but be sure your dog can handle the extra fat without any accidents in the house! - 13 Apr 2007 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)