Here’s a recipe that’s easy to remember because it uses one unit of each item, deriving part of its protein from beans. The protein levels vary from 22.2% (beef heart) to 23.2% (main version) to 28.5% (turkey and oats). The Calcium:Phosphorus ratio is consistently excellent throughout the many variations. If you want to boost the protein level by about 1%, you may add one (what else?) egg or one Tablespoon of nutritional yeast.
The key to convenience in this recipe is to cook large quantities of beans in advance. Follow the directions on the package. Freeze extra quantities in 1 cup multiples and thaw as needed. The main version uses rice because it coordinates well with many people’s own needs, but the other grain choices are higher protein, and for the most part, faster cooking.
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil for every cup of uncooked rice. Add the rice and simmer 35-45 minutes. Mix in the other ingredients and serve.
I have used this recipe when my dog has been sick or off her feed. It was given to me by a homeopathic vet. Oats make a good choice for the most frequently-used grain in cooking for pets. Not only are they quick cooking, but they contain more protein per calorie than any other common grain. Each grain varies, however, in its amino acid composition and its vitamin and mineral levels, so it’s always a good idea to make use of the recommended substitutions in this versatile maintenance recipe for adult dogs. It ranges in protein value from about 22% (fattier meats or tofu with bulgur) to 30% (turkey with oats).
8 cups rolled oats
2 lbs (4 cups) raw ground or chopped turkey
1/2 cup Healthy Powder
1/4 cup olive or vegetable oil
1 cup of vegetables, less if raw, grated (may be omitted occasionally)
3 Tablespoons bone meal (or 5,400-6,000 mg calcium or 1 Tablespoon eggshell power)
10,000 i.u. Vitamin A (none, if using carrots)
400 i.u. Vitamin E
(optional) 1 teaspoon tamari soy sauce or 1 teaspoon iodized salt
(optional) 1-2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
Bring 1 gallon (16 cups) of water to a boil. Add the oats, cover and turn off the heat, letting it cook from its residual heat for 10-15 minutes. Then combine with the remaining ingredients and serve.
Yields about 4500 kilo-calories, which is about 2-days’ food for a 90-lb dog, 3 days for a 50-lb dog, 4 days for a 40-lb dog, or 5 days for a 25-lb dog. With fattier meats like regular hamburger, this goes up to 5600 kilo-calories.
Grain Substitutes: Instead of oats, you may use 4 cups of bulgur (+8-12 cups water). Only if you’re using poultry or lean cuts of beef, you may also use these lower-protein grains: 4 cups millet (+3 qts water); 3 cups brown rice (+6 cups water); 4 cups cornmeal (+1 gal water); 4 cups barley (+2-3 qts water).
Meat Substitutes: Chicken, hamburger, chuck, or beef heart; either lean or medium grades are ok, but not too fatty. You may occasionally substitute either of the following for the meat (with oats or bulgur only): 2 pts cottage cheese plus 4 eggs (with oats only); 32 oz tofu plus 8 eggs. Add the eggs while the grain is still hot so they’ll set slightly and give the best texture. The higher-protein grains are necessary to provide adequate amounts of protein.
Healthy Powder: Combine 2 cups nutritional yeast, 1 cup lecithin granules, 1/4 cup kelp or alfalfa powder, and 1/4 cup bone meal (or 9000 mg calcium or 5 tsp eggshell powder). Optional: 1000 mg Vitamin C and 1 tsp garlic powder. Refrigerate.
Raw Food Diet is Key to Dogs’ Health
by Tracey Dempsey
You can cure many ailments with diet alone, and this is the most natural diet that I know. If dogs were out in the wild, they would eat a fresh-killed chicken, steal eggs and eat raw fish. I have tried to replicate this wolf diet.
A while back, Bailey, Guiness and Mocha became sick from their diet of venison and potato dried food. Guiness became very sick with possible liver failure. We got to the vet’s in time for Guiness and he was treated for about 3 weeks with liver tablets. We also found out that some time in the past, he had been shot 3 times with a pellet gun, with the bullets still in place.
Poor Guiness also had problems with wheezing and spinal stenosis, which caused his back legs to go limp after a run, so that he could not move or stand. I needed to change something and prevent further problems. PREVENTION is the key to everything. DRUGS are only are very small part and should be taken only when needed. I try to avoid drugs, as the side effects can cause so many other problems. I promised myself and my dogs never to feed them dried food again. I needed to get Guiness back in good shape, as the dried food had put 10 lbs. on him, adding pressure on his back legs. I was also concerned as to what was in the food I was feeding my babies. My next door neighbor fed her greyhounds (show and race dogs) a raw food diet called BARF. I shopped for the essential ingredients and began the diet.
My version of the raw diet is as follows:
• Raw chicken thighs from Albertson (.99 lb): One thigh in the morning and another thigh in the evening.
• Twice a week, I add a raw egg. Also, if the thighs are small, I’ll add an egg to give more protein. Don’t waste any of egg – grind up the shell and put it in the bowl for extra calcium.
• A cod liver oil tab once a day
• Vegetables (peas, green beans)
• A small can of low sodium carrots can be split between two dogs daily.
• Three times a week I add organ meat (chicken heart or liver.)
• Sometimes I’ll put in fruit, if bananas are not being eaten by Ryder.
• You can use fillers, such as sweet potato, regular potato or brown rice.
• Change it up once in a while, but not too much.
This diet is quick to prepare and the dogs can digest the bones because they are raw. Of course, never give them cooked chicken bones, as they can get stuck in the esophagus. Raw bones clean their teeth and contain calcium. This is a wolf diet.
Guiness is 9 years old now, and behaves like a new dog. He’s lost 10 pounds and is jumping over fences that he was unable to clear before. He is like a puppy again. We cannot believe the change. Bailey has always been slim and you can never feed him enough. He looks amazing for 8 years old.
Mocha has suffered with severe allergies, especially repeated yeast allergies from dried food. Although she is better, I have gone a step further to try to alleviate her allergies completely, We are now giving her a unique protein: rabbit. We are currently trying to get it ordered from Albertson. No eggs or chicken for Mocha, but she gets everything else. Sometimes I buy wild salmon at 10 pounds for $10 at Albertson and give that to her. She is definitely better.
I feel very good I’ve done this for my dogs, and get comments all the time about their coats and how great they look for their age.
Editor’s Note: Different dogs have different dietary needs. Anyone interested in exploring a raw food or otherwise homemade diet should be sure to read up on it before starting. Thorough research will ensure that you are feeding a complete, balanced diet.