Many people today are interested in getting healthy dog food
recipes when feeding their dogs. When you prepare meals at home for your dog you can choose the ingredients yourself so you know what goes into the food. You know you are using quality ingredients. The food is always fresh because you can make just enough for a few meals. And, honestly, homemade food always tastes better than food from a dog food bag. Here is some information about healthy dog food recipes to help you make meals for your dog.Ingredients
When you make your dog’s food you can assure yourself that you are choosing high quality ingredients from your own stores. Most people like to use human grade ingredients that they would eat themselves when making food for their dog. You can set the bar as high as you like which means that, if you prefer, you can use organic foods and other foods that you consider better.
Once you bring the food home you will need to follow strict safety guidelines about storage and handling. Although dogs usually have a stronger stomach and gastrointestinal system than humans, you still want their food to be clean and safe. It’s a good idea to read the USDA’s fact sheets on safe food handling if you are going to cook for your dog or handle raw foods: You can download the relevant PDFs and keep them handy in your kitchen for reference.Nutrition
Dog owners often hesitate to make meals for their dogs at home because of fears that they won’t be able to provide their dogs with complete or balanced nutrition
. This is a natural fear since we want our dogs to be healthy. However, most of us are able to keep ourselves healthy without buying food out of a pre-packaged bag. You probably know how to cook for yourself or your family or at least make basic meals. If you can cook for yourself and keep yourself healthy, then you can cook for your dog and keep him healthy, too. You don’t have to be a nutritionist or an expert in canine nutrition in order to make food for your dog. Commercial dog food has only existed for about 100 years. Before that time it was normal for people to feed their dogs from the kitchen. We’ve learned some things about nutrition since that time, but you don’t have to buy commercial food in order for your dog to be healthy.
The key to keeping your dog healthy is providing him with a variety of different meats, organ meats, dairy, and vegetables over the course of each week so he gets all of the vitamins and minerals his body needs.Healthy Recipes
Most dog food recipes are fairly simple. They usually feature meat, dairy, a smaller amount of an organ meat, and some vegetables which act as a filler and provide vitamins and minerals. You can mix and match meat proteins, dairy products, organ meats, and veggies in almost endless combinations as long as you keep the same basic proportions.
If you are cooking for your dog you should give him:
• 50 percent animal protein (meat, organ meat, fish, and dairy such as plain yogurt or cottage cheese, eggs)
• 10 percent organ meat (liver, kidneys)
• vegetables which have been pureed or steamed so they are easily digestible
And, you should give your dog 800 to 1000 mg calcium (in addition to any dairy products in your dog's food
) per one pound of prepared food. Your dog needs this calcium to offset the phosphorus in the meat he is eating. If you are feeding your dog raw meaty bones you won’t need to add this calcium to his diet since the bones are full of calcium.
If you stick to these proportions then you can make your own recipes. Here’s one that you can use:Turkey and Veggie Dinner
• 1 pound ground turkey
• 2 cups brown rice
• 1 cut carrots, chopped
• 1 cup broccoli, pureed
• 4 cups waterInstructions
Cook the ground turkey over medium heat until the meat is thoroughly cooked.
Add water, brown rice, and turkey to a large pot and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook another 15 minutes or until the rice is soft. The longer you cook the rice, the easier it is for your dog to digest it.
Add the carrots and broccoli to the mixture and cook for another 10 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.Cool before serving to your dog.
Don’t forget to add the calcium to the meal before serving. Depending on your dog’s weight, this meal can be divided up and some of it can be set aside to serve again later. The rule of thumb for feeding dogs is to feed them 2 to 3 percent of their ideal body weight. So, if your dog weighs 100 pounds, you would feed them two or three pounds of food per day. A 50-pound dog would eat one to one and one-half pounds of food per day. Not per meal. Per day.
You can also use a good chicken recipe such as this one:Chicken Casserole
• 4 skinless chicken breasts (bone optional)
• 1/2 cup cauliflower, chopped
• 1/2 cup carrots, chopped
• 1/2 cup broccoli, chopped
• 1/2 cup rolled oats
• 4 cups low salt chicken brothInstructions
• Cut chicken breasts into small chunks.
• Cook chicken breasts over medium heat until cooked thoroughly.
• Add chicken, vegetables, rolled oats, and chicken broth to a large pot and cook over medium heat until the vegetables are soft (about 15 minutes).
• Cool before serving to your dog.
• Leftovers will store in your refrigerator for several days.
• Remember to add calcium to the meal before serving to your dog. You can use any vegetables that your dog likes, or change them each time you make this recipe. Other good vegetables to use include sweet potatoes, squash, and zucchini.Conclusion
It’s really not difficult to make healthy food at home for your dog. Some people worry about it because they have fed commercial dog food all their lives. However, you can feed your dog a very nutritious diet that you make yourself if you follow a few simple guidelines.
How to avoid future dog bite tragedies | Citizen-Times
-- [Dog management factors are key.
"Recent media reports of a dog bite fatality left our community wondering how we can prevent future tragedies and left us with more questions than answers. I would like to take this opportunity to share my research, which focused on peer-reviewed, fact-based, unbiased studies."
Wife Leaves And Takes All But The Dog, Guy Responds With Incredible Photo Series | Amazing Things
-- [Left alone in an empty all-white apartment, it was almost destined that Mantesso produce something spectacular to fill the blank canvas that now surrounded him both emotionally and physically. His bull terrier, who his wife had named Jimmy Choo after her favourite shoes, provided him with the inspiration to pick himself up, move on and make the best of the situation.
] -- This is great. :D
Shirtless Firefighters Pose With Abused Pit Bull For Charity, Set Our Hearts Aflame | HuffPost -- [Is it getting hot in here, or is it just some shirtless firefighters cavorting on the beach, alongside a formerly abused pit bull?]
World's Ugliest Dog Gets a Makeover | Jimmy Kimmel | YouTube -- [We wanted to do something special for Quasi Modo, the winner of this year's World’s Ugliest Dog Competition. So we reached out to celebrity stylist Carson Kressley and his team of hair, makeup and fashion experts to give the World's Ugliest Dog a full celebrity makeover.] -- Quasi is adorable, and Carson Kressley is fabulous. :D
Pit Bull on a Mattress | Gil Abramov | YouTube
-- [Loco plays with Light and Lian
] -- Who needs a trampoline when you have a mattress? :D
When I move out of my parents' house I would like to adopt a Pit Bull Puppy. What I would like to know is the difficulty of training that would be involved. I would also like to know what brand of food is best. I know that the puppy will have to fit my lifestyle, which I have figured out and written down. My other question is, do you think Villalobos is a great place to adopt from? Or do you suggest another rescue to adopt from? If so, which rescue is best? I'm sorry if these questions sound stupid, but I am trying to learn a bit more about the breed. Thank you.
I have a cousin, who is a vet and a huge supporter of the BSL garbage and I am trying to help educate her and change her opinion and view on pit bulls. Personally, I am against BSL and the like. Anyway. My cousin has come up with the crap that pit bulls are highly prey driven and tenacious. My rebuttal was: a lot of breeds are highly prey driven, especially the Terriers, some Toys, Hunting, Sporting and some Working dog breeds and not all pit bulls are that way. They have to be trained to redirect and/or ignore their drives. And tenacity-well that trait belongs to certain dogs of different breeds and has to be worked with. My question is this: was my rebuttal true and if not, what parts weren't true? I am trying to learn more about Pit Bulls because I hope to own one-one day.
Guys! Lillian Booth is the poster child at the vet's office for dental cleaning. The vet used her dental cleaning because she is the most well behaved and obedient of all his patients (I think maybe she hams it up good for the camera too)! So proud! I'm working on getting a better copy:
Pitbull puppy with deformed legs rescued from trash and from life of pain | DogHeirs
-- [Ransom was just 5-weeks-old when he was abandoned by breeders in Houston, Texas, who knew they could not sell the blue nose American Pit Bull Terrier because of a severe hind-limb deformity. A person found him in a trash can, rescued him, and posted a classified ad...
] -- Good lord, he's cute!
Proof That Pit Bulls Are Amazing and Loving Pets | Boredom Therapy
-- [Many believe that Pit Bulls are an unpredictable and extremely dangerous animal that should be banned. ... That’s why this video, which shows the true bond between a pit bull and its owner, is a beautiful thing.
Goooo Jelly!! Poundcake's littermate brother, Jelly (Ch. Alpine's Highwayman
), just won Best of Breed at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in NYC! :D
Vets fight to save hero dog who tried to shield owner from house fire | CNN
-- [Vets fight to save hero dog who tried to shield owner from house fire.
]News Update: Heroic dog taken off ventilator, shows strongest signs yet that she will pull through | WCPO Cincinnati
-- [Carmen critically hurt shielding owner from fire
]Vet update: Care Center Vets
(FB) posts her latest update
Carmen is coming off fluids and IV medications today. She still requires oxygen support at this time as her lungs continue to heal. She is eating and drinking on her own and will have some more rehabilitation today. Carmen is in good spirits and wags her adorable little nub tail to show it! She has started to give out some sweet doggie kisses to her family, Dr. Anderson, and her technicians. Rest is still needed as she recovers, but we are all so glad to see her strength and progress. Thank you to everyone who is thinking of Carmen and her family. Your generous thoughts and messages continue to surround her each day. #HopeForCarmen
Pit Bulls In Pajamas Aim To Warm People Up To The Breed | HuffPost
-- [Stephanie Karr lives in Canada, sews, and loves her doggies, so she's always made warm winter jackets for them. But for her thin-coated pit bull Thor, she stitched up an adorably warm, fleecy number that Thor could wear inside and out, for days at a time. However, her pajamas aren't just for big, blocky-headed dogs.
Stand Up For Pits Arlington Tix on Sale Now! | Stand Up For Pits
-- [The Stand Up For Pits Foundation is thrilled to be bringing Stand Up For Pits back to Arlington VA!
] -- This looks like a great time, for a great cause! Pibble adoption, silent auction, Angel's kissing booth, and Rebecca Corry's standup comedy, supporting Bully Paws, Baltimore Bully Crew, and Stand Up For Pits! (Not just in Arlington, but that's the closest stop to me!)
The Majority Project with John Bernthal | Animal Farm Foundation | Vimeo
-- [Be a part of The Majority and help put an end to stereotypes and discrimination! Visit: themajorityproject.com/
]I am a high school teacher. I am a *pit bull* dog owner. I am the MAJORITY.
English Bulldog puppy loves his new bed | Rumble Viral | YouTube
-- [Chunk, a 4-month-old English Bulldog puppy, just got himself a brand new comfy bed! Watch how the adorable little guy reacts after stepping into it for the first time.
] -- Ermahgerd. <3
The Daily Sweet Potato: Because Everyone Deserves A Little Happy | Humane Society of Silicon Valley
-- [You have to trust us that nothing bad is going to happen. We're not going to make you sad or gross you out or anything. No Sarah McLaughlin 'Let Us Ruin Your Day' ads, okay? Now that we have that out of the way, without prejudice meet the darling of HSSV: This is Sweet Potato.
Hello pibble friends!
Our dog Malcolm, formerly Pooch, is featured in a book about three pit bulls who were transported across the country for a second chance at life. The book just came out a few weeks ago. So exciting!Saving Sadie and Sasha
Pit Bull Comforts Deer Tangled in Fence Until Help Arrives | Life With Dogs
-- [Gotti is a pit bull, and is proving once again that all a pit bull ever wants is love. Upon seeing a deer caught in his human’s fence in their backyard, Gotti sprang into action alerting his humans of the situation. Gotti then stayed with the frightened deer, covering it in kisses.
Pajamas 4 Pitbulls
-- [Keeping Pibbles warm 'onesie' at a time!! Find the Perfect PJ's for your best friend in Fleece or Cotton blend prints that will be sure to put a smile on everyone's faces.
Former Michael Vick Fighting Dog Passes On, But Look At The Badass Life He Led | BarkPost -- [Hector was a friendly and compassionate Pit Bull that was loved by many. He truly did beat the odds proving that not every dog can be defined by his past. With training and lots of love the determined dog was able to help others and change stereotypes about his breed.]
"It is my sad duty to inform you all of my battle with Cancerous Mast Cell Tumors Lymphoma. You maybe noticed I have not been wearing a doggy collar. This is picture from yesterday (notice my pale gums but happy last smile for you). :)"
Mall Santa Fired For Turning Away Girl With A Pit Bull Service Dog | The Dodo
-- [A grinch masquerading as Santa Claus has been given the boot from his job at a mall in Southern California for allegedly refusing to be photographed with an autistic girl simply because she was with her service dog.
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Yes, Cherry? Is there something I can help you with? Some of my snack, you say? ;)
Welcoming committee when I got home from school September 5th -- Poundcake and Kate. :D
Cherry, focusing on Riss during the obedience/rally trial Nov. 6th. :)
my daughter joined 4-H. she is working with our older pitty Missy. don't mind the crappy picture. now I have a couple of questions. 1. I need a 6' leather lead and a buckle collar with no tags (she has a buckle collar but the thought of taking the tags off every time we do agility is ugh) so does anyone have any suggestions on where I can find these items. i want a good quality so I don't have to replace them all the time. otherwise we are pretty much set. I simply wanted to share my daughter pretty pitty in 4-H.
Rather than reply to everyone who commented with advice on my post yesterday, I thought I'd just do a new post.
I ended up mixing wet dog food into his dry, then adding water until it kind of looked like a disgusting doggy version of cereal in milk. I let it sit for about 45 minutes. He wolfed it down like he usually does, but instead of crunching on kibbles, he was able to slurp the kibble down. It did not seem to bother him that the food was mixed together and watery, but he will pretty much eat anything. I did the same thing this morning with the same results. Each time I've sat next to his crate listening hard for any crunching sound so I could whip the bowl away, but nothing. Success!!
Our next hurdle is the Cone of Shame. We were given a hard plastic one, and he is not happy about it. So far, he has only had to wear it overnight. I work at home, so I am with him all day. I have a small house so I can always see him and he has not tried to mess with his mouth, thank goodness! He gets upset when the cone crashes into something so everything in my living room has been pushed up against walls to make room for him. Poor little man.
The potential snag here is that he is always in his crate when I leave the house. The Cone of Shame will not fit in the crate. Should I a) put the cone on and shut my other dog in the bedroom, giving Huey the living room and kitchen or b) put him in his crate without the cone? I would hate for him to hurt himself while I am gone, but I'm also not excited about the possible damage he could do uncrated. Even with the cone, there is plenty he might try to get into that could potentially hurt his mouth! I'm trying to stay home as much as possible, but I have promised a friend to look after her pets tonight and tomorrow morning. It requires about 45 minutes total of being away from home (although she is fostering a puppy so maybe add some time to clean up puppy messes).
Sorry for all of the questions! Once again, I would be so grateful for advice!
Hi! So it's been a long time since I've posted, but I have a question that googling is failing to answer.
My dog, Huey, is supposed to eat wet dog food for 7-10 days. He has a couple of growths in his mouth that were biopsied today, and required a suture apiece. The vet just said wet dog food, but I didn't think to ask how much is adequate. His ideal weight is 80 lbs (and he is heavy right now at 93 lbs but maybe a diet is not the best thing right now?). The dog food can says 1 can per 10 lbs of dog a day. That's eight cans a day! Is that right?? Or is it high like dry dog food bags, to sell more product?
Any resources or information would be really appreciated. And some pictures because he's terribly handsome. :-)
10 Stereotypes About Pit Bulls That Are Just. Dead. Wrong. | Arin Greenwood | HuffPost
-- [HuffPost Green is launching a week-long, community-driven effort to bust the myths and raise awareness about pit bulls, a maligned 'breed' that often bears the brunt of dated, discriminatory legislation that can make it near impossible for these dogs to find a forever home.
Pit Bull Saves Injured 'Soul Mate' Chihuahua | The BarkPost
-- [Jonie really does love Chachi. Last week, a pit bull named Jonie was found carrying her injured friend, a Chihuahua named Chachi, in her mouth around a Savannah, Georgia neighborhood.
Cop Shoots Himself Trying to Kill Friendly Pit Bull | Care2 Causes
-- [When this friendly pit bull approaches a cop, the cop shoots at him! The cop ends up shooting himself, requiring an ambulance and causing quite a stir in the neighborhood. While we hope the officer is okay, it’s difficult for us to sympathize with unnecessary violence paired with breed specific discrimination.
Remembering Lennox | Animal Advocacy Examiner
-- [On July 11, 2012, a beloved and innocent dog named Lennox was killed, after spending 785 days all alone in 'secret kennels'; held by the Belfast City Council in Northern Ireland. On this sad anniversary, it is fitting to reflect on Lennox and what his life and death have meant.
TIME's 'Problem' piece: What a media giant's fumble can teach us about dog bites and an industry in decline | BAD RAP Blog
The number of dog bite injuries spikes in summer months, so to help curb the tide, news sites, trainers, advocacy groups and humane orgs roll out a perennial offering of bite prevention info as early as May. The efforts to educate seem to be helping: Reports from public health agencies around the US tell us that the number of bite injuries reported has declined significantly, even as the dog population has risen by millions during the time period bites have been studied.
What happens though when you take the same worthy topic of dog bite prevention, hand it to a life style writer on a very tight deadline, give the mike to two former bite victims with a whopping vendetta against pit bulls, omit science-based data and add the odor of a messy hoax -- one that falsified claims and exploited a child victim’s very real injuries for quick cash. What do you have?
A messy, tabloid-esque piece for Internet rubber neckers? Yes. Except in the case I’ve just outlined, the bomb that dropped came with TIME Magazine’s name on it. ... It’s so painfully bad, it seems to mock the nine 'Principles of Journalism.'
Another great pro-pit bull article. :)Ignorance Kills One Million Pit Bulls per Year | HuffPost
-- [I was a bigot. Hence, I can sympathize with all those who still are. I was terrified of pit bulls. I knew very little about them, but what I'd heard in the media sure sounded terrifying. But it turns out it's utter garbage. All of it.
It’s Time to End the Prejudice Against Pit Bulls | HuffPost
-- [It is truly astonishing how many otherwise progressive people consider their prejudice against pit bulls to be perfectly reasonable, when the data shows it isn't.
By now, you’ve probably heard about the abhorrent, hateful, anti-fact, anti-science, anti-pit bull hack job that Charlotte Alter wrote and TIME
magazine made the incomprehensible decision to run in their formerly-respectable publication. (FYI: Anyone who refers to dogsbite.org as a valid resource has invalidated their entire position.) Fortunately, Arin Greenwood of the Huffington Post
produced this masterful work of actual facts and science in response, and it’s a delight worthy of bookmarking for future reference.
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Our beautiful Roxy (our entire family, really) is being lied about to our new neighborhood in Ohio via messages on Nextdoor.com. Roxy is being called an "aggressive pitbull" that we "keep locked up inside" nearly 24/7 by a couple retaliating after we filed a bite report when their dog bit our daughter... for the second time! They are publicly denying that bites took place (unbelievable), and posting accusations that are so false, they're libelous! And so I've responded by creating a public Facebook group/page showing vids and pics of Roxy outside, on walks, enjoying car rides, being trained, performing tricks, and behaving gently with children, friends, our cat, and even a pet rat. Page also features testimonials from people who actually know our dog. Help fight breed discrimination one dog at a time by checking the site to help support our Rox-girl! https://www.facebook.com/groups/wesupportroxy/
Or simply enter "we support Roxy" in your Facebook search bar. Thanks, petbullers!