Complete dog nutrition from Your Pet Chef
Feeding dogs is a hot topic these days. Raw vs. cooked. Carnivore vs. omnivore. Debates rage on all kinds of online forums and chat lists. And veterinarians aren't much help - you can find support for whatever view you choose.
As a dog owner, and not an expert on nutrition or canine physiology, it's hard to know what to do. I have one dog with food allergies (can't eat any poultry products) and one dog with such a sensitive stomach that he reminds me of myself.
It's easy for me to deal with my own gut issues - I know not to eat stuff that makes me ill. My dog Teddy can't really tell me "I don't feel so good after I've eaten bison." I have to observe what's going on with him (excessive salivating means he's nauseated) and take notes.
All my dog-feeding issues have been solved by the Your Pet Chef Cookbook. Full disclosure - the author/owner of Your Pet Chef is a friend and someone I trust completely. She also used pictures of my dogs in the book, so I think it's a gorgeous volume.
Lisa has done her research and come up with recipes that can be either raw or cooked (your choice) and provide complete and balanced nutrition for our dogs. The book (and her entire company) were born from her own need to find food solutions for her own Collie, Shelby, who was diagnosed with a disease that could be slowed through diet. She started preparing food for her own dog, and found out how many of us are dealing with dog-food issues. Like many entrepreneurs, Lisa's company was born out of her own need for solutions.
The Your Pet Chef Cookbook provides an overview of nutrition, ingredients, and preparation. Lisa's writing is entertaining and anecdotal - it doesn't read like a primer, but like you and a friend are discussing the topic. Recipe chapters include "Basic Recipes for Healthy Eating," "Recipes to Help Weight Loss," "Recipes to Help Medical Conditions," and "My Dogs' Favorite Recipes."
Dogs don't live by meals alone! Treats are great for training, rewarding, and bonding with your dog. When you make your own, you know exactly what goes into them and can control the portion size as well as the ingredients.
Teddy's very own recipe!
This is the recipe that Lisa developed just for my dog French Bulldog Teddy - she calls it "La Fete du Chien Francais" (The French Dog Feast)
- 1 medium jicama
- 1/2 c. pea pods
- 3 tbsp. kale
- 1 tsp. fish oil
- 2 tbsp plain yogurt
- 6 tsp. healthy powder (the formula in in the book)
- 4 oz. beef liver
- 1.5 lbs. ground beef
Puree all ingredients until smooth. Batter should have the consistency of peanut butter. Spoon into molds and freeze for 10 to 12 hours until needed. Feed as is, or bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.