Homemade soup is great for your dog and yourself! Never use canned soup; the sodium content is too high and, once again, it is not fresh.
Give your dog soup over rice, pasta or even his commercial dry food or just let him lap it up! This recipe takes 10 minutes for preparation and then 4 hours to cook SLOWLY over simmering heat on the stove.
Alternate each week or monthly with the following: Beef marrow bone
soup or beef oxtails, fish soup (try to get the head and tail part with
bones included. Only use "fin and tail" fish, not shellfish or bottom
feeders. Also, make chicken and turkey soup.
These homemade soups provide your dog's body with the gelatinous
substance that is needed for his body to create collagen. It is great for
joints, bones and connective tissue. Many years ago, our grandparents would
consume homemade soup or broth daily. They knew the importance of it in
their daily diet. They also shared it with their pets. In fact, homemade
soup was always the basis for their homemade pet food.
Beef Marrow Bones (or Chicken Thighs, Turkey carcass or leg or Fish)
3 - 4 potatoes or 2-3 cups rice or barley (pre- made)
Veggies - pick from this list: 4 -5 - carrots, kale, beets, spinach (not good if dog has kidney problems), green beans, zucchini, yellow squash,
broccoli, parsley. Garlic - optional (use just 2 cloves when first introducing it to your dog's system, build up to more once they
are accustomed to it).
Olive oil ( 2 - 3 TBLS.)
Water (filtered, if you can't trust your water system).
Cut the veggies into chunk sized pieces. Put all ingredients into a
large stock pot, fill 3/4 with water. Bring to a rolling boil,
then turn down to simmer. Simmer for 4 hours. (You can also use a crock pot. This recipe is the only one that we cook for long periods of time.)
Take off the stove and ladle everything, except the marrow bones,
into a blender. Take the marrow bones (or all bones) and remove the marrow
into the mixture.
Blend all ingredients together until thick. Discard the marrow bones
(and all bones)! DO NOT give these to your dog! Only raw bones are to be
given to your dog. These bones have been cooked and softened, increasing the
chances of them breaking up and splintering in your dogs intestines.
Pour the soup mixture into daily-sized containers. Put some in the
freezer for the following week, use the rest in the next 2 -3 days.
For chicken, turkey or fish , do the same as above, but you may blend
the bones in with the whole mixture if you have a good blender. To make sure
that all of the bones are blended well, strain your mixture through a fine
Use one of the following meats: ground chicken, turkey, or beef. You also can use beef hearts, tri tip beef or liver, but before you put them in the casserole dish, these meats should be put in a small amount of water in a sauce pan, brought to a slight boil ONLY. Let cool for a few minutes, then blend in a blender or food processor to cut up for the casserole.
For the veggies, choose 1 - 3 of the following: zucchini, yellow squash,
carrots, broccoli, kale, green beans, spinach.
Take the meat mixture and put in the bottom of a casserole dish.
Grate the veggies over the meat mixture. Layer that with the cottage
cheese. Take handfuls of oats and scatter as a crust over the cottage
cheese. Beat the eggs with olive oil and pour over the crust.
Bake at preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.
Remember, if the dish is runny, it is NOT for your eyes but for your
dog's stomach! He's not interested in what it looks like!
This meal can also just be made vegetarian, if you don't have any meat.
Be creative with this dish. Don't always use the same ingredients. Remember,
your dog likes variety, too!
Master Dog Chef Micki
Voisard runs Dog Chefs of America