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    Default Anyone feed completely home cooked?

    I'm going to start this. Was meaning to start about 6 months ago, but here I am. I have done extensive research, and will be buying a few supplements this week along with meat and offal. My pup is currently on raw, so it'll be interesting to see the differences with the cooked.

    I was wondering how other peoples' dogs do on this type of diet and if there are any good recipes out there.

    Also wanted to mention I'm using www.nutritiondata.com for full nutrient profiles of the diet I have picked to start out with.

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    I can't offer any advice but I'm sure others can help you.

    I was just wondering what you do if you go on holiday. Do you cook and freeze in advance and give this to your dog sitter? Would kennels defrost and cook a meal for your dog?

    I think home cooked is the best as long as it is varied. You sound like you have done your research Why do you want to change from raw? I have never fed raw but, after my dog was very ill after picking up the Campylobacter bacteria, I wouldn't feed raw myself. Just my humble opinion.
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    I've got many recipes posted in the Library section.

    Also, here are numerous links to recipes and nutritional info:

    http://www.dogaware.com/dogfeeding.html#Balance

    Also Monica Segal has a book and a pamphlet of recipes:

    http://www.monicasegal.com/catalog/p...products_id=66

    http://www.monicasegal.com/catalog/p...products_id=87

    She now has this pamphlet specifically about cavaliers (she owns cavaliers): http://www.monicasegal.com/catalog/p...roducts_id=161
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    I feed almost comlpetely home cooked and have been following Monica Segal's pamphlets. She also runs a great email group on yahoo called k9kitchen. My girls are both doing very well on home cooked diets. They have super shiny coats and i've been really pleased with the results.

    I won't feed a full raw diet because I've seen some of the effects of bones not completely passing. (despite what you will read) I'm halfway through my DVM, and have worked in vet clinics for many years. Those bones do not always pass! I've also seen cases of food poisoning. More than enough for me to never feed it.

    What my girls look like on a almost full home cooked.



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    My god those last two pictures were fab. The coats were so shiny.

    Whatever they are having i should feed my dog. I'm going to look at the recipes. I thought i was supposed to give my dog the puppy food. Like royal canin. I really must study all this.

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    Thanks for all the advice!

    I actually love the raw. And Misha gets ground bones, so no worries on them passing through! I worry about it being too high in protein though. There's no good info that I've found on whether high protein/acidity affects dogs the way it affects other animals. I just figure on trying the home cooked to see if he does better/worse than the raw. Per a DVM who also has a PhD in small animal nutrition, raw meat should pose no problem to a healthy animal if it's handled properly. The problem is in the handling. Your cow meat isn't the same as a freshly killed rabbit. That said, I think if you find reputable sources, it should be fine.

    I've come to the conclusion through others and much reading that just because an animal can survive without something (carbohydrates), doesn't mean that these things are not beneficial in the diet. Human do OK without antioxidant-packed foods like colorful fruits and veggies, but does that mean we should go without?

    As a vegetarian, I'm a little lost on where to find giblets. May have to see if butchers have them. I'll have to check out the reading material Karlin posted now. Also, thanks for the photos of your girls and the encouragement =)

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