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    Feeding my dog real food

    I have decided to try to feed my dog real food instead of dog food. I have read alot about being careful you make up the mineral and vitamins they need.

    Right now she still has dog food to eat and I have given her some cooked chicken and cooked ham and hamburger. She is a med to large dog and I am trying to get a handle on what is best for her.

    The reason I want to do this is she is getting too fat on dog food and yet she whines all the time for snacks. Since I have started this she doesn't want the snacks anymore. She has been so much more content and not so antsy.

    But I would like some feedback if anyone is doing this. I know she needs vegs and fruits but she isnt' too thrilled with eating them. I tried hiding some peas and shredded carrots in some ground turkey but she wouldn't eat much of it.

    Any help would be appreciated. I have been reading online about this but still not sure I have a good handle on it yet.

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    Id like to do that with my cat.
    The only people food shell eat is crispy bacon
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    I've had several friends who feed their dogs green beans, they say they love them.

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    I have two dogs; my little American Eskimo will eat anything, dog food, veggies you name it. My Akita, is finicky, I have to change his food because he gets bored with it and won't eat. When he gets this way I mix our food or some times just chicken or beef broth with his food and he'll gobble it down. I have to be careful with him because he's already had bloat and came close to dying so he has to have smaller portions which doesn't make him happy. He doesn't care for veggies but if the carrots/potatoes or even celery has been cooked in the stew and absorbed the flavors he'll eat it. But if its not cooked; forget about it. He can take a sub and have all the veggies left to one side like he took them off. Thank goodness any veggies he leaves in his bowl the little one gobbles up. I was raised in the country and we rarely ever bought dog food; that's what the left overs were for. I also give my dogs vitamins; that helps especially the Akita because he's getting up there in age and the ones I get help his skin, fur and his joints.
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    I don't have dogs, but I have cats and they are raw feeders. It is the way they were created- to be carnivores. They are Maine Coons and their breeder was a raw feeder, that's how we got started. She gave us a recipe and we add the supplements that we add to their rabbit and chicken. Try mypetcarnivore.com. I know dogs eat different from cats- all i know are cats.
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    In March 2009, my yellow lab, Maddy, had emergency surgery because a tumor ruptured and disseminated undifferentiated sarcoma cells throughout her abdomen and chest cavity. She was given a prognosis of 30-60 days without treatment (radiation and chemo for about $30,000) and 60-90 days with treatment. We brought her home and decided to treat it alternatively. The first thing we did was to change her diet. We switched to a natural food without additives of any kind. Then we reduced the kibble to 50% and supplemented with people food. Usually, I gave her raw beef, cooked chicken, or cooked pork. The choice varied according to my mood and what looked best to me that week in the store. I also added about 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast and some freshly ground flax seeds. I used various vegetables as she eats most any veggie. I also used herbal medicine for the cancer. Now, more than 3-1/2 years later, she is in fabulous health. She is 12 and looks like a dog half her age. She runs, plays and swims any chance she gets.

    your dog may prefer cooked vegetables, like sweet potatoes. Also, she may like cooked carrots. I would try a variety of vegetables, cooked if that's how she'll eat them. Also, you can add fruits. My dogs love apples and bananas and any other naturally sweet fruit. Maddy definitely has a sweet tooth; she won't eat green peppers but loves red peppers, for example. My Jackson will eat anything that is not nailed down (and if it's nailed down, he'll eat around the nail). You can also feed her fried pork rinds for treats. As I learned when I followed the Atkins diet, they are pure protein and no carbs. My two will do anything for them--

    there are some good books about this topic. One of my favorites is by Juliette de Bairacli Levy. She is so brilliant and worth reading.

    Good luck. If I can help further, let me know--send me a PM.

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    I tried for a while when my avatar, Jonah, was in liver failure. He recovered well and I stopped preparing all his food. I made stews for him, high protein with veggies. Also whole grain bread and apples. He loved it. Now he is back on the same food my other 2 Goldens eat- Beneful as a base supplemented with Prescription Diet Dental and frequent table food, they get daily leftovers ( I cook extra and take out food for the dogs that has little or no salt) and an egg once a week poached on whole wheat toast. They all love fruit and salad too (no dressing). You need to check with your vet that she is getting proper vitamins and nutrition.

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    I have never used any but, I know there are some natural dog foods, I think I would try those first. I have had toy poodles and now have a 7lb. Chihuahua. I had one larger dog, only fed him Iams dog food he did well until he was about 13 and had a cancer sore on his foot and that took him. All my dogs have had food down at all times and I found that food was not that big a deal. My Sis-in-law has three labs and feeds them twice a day and food is a big deal to them. Good luck with the people food, not real good for us, I can't think it would be for them.
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    Here's my experience with dogs and food.

    I have read that pork/ham are not suitable for dogs.
    That said, I feed our mutt whatever we eat.
    He is almost age 15 and was given only a year to live. That was in Dec. 2010.
    He still has problems but seems to enjoy his food and his walks and doesn't seem to be in any pain.
    He does sleep a lot but I think that comes with age. We give him 3 or 4 short walks per day instead of one long walk that he used to have.
    He loves fruit cake and blueberry muffins and cinnamon/raisin bagels and small pieces of banana/apple.
    He's not fussy about veggies except for green peas and green beans.
    He'll eat all meats and some he likes more than others.
    Her will eat minced meat only as a last resort.

    So that's just what our dog eats.
    I'm sure others feed their dogs the prepared dog food but we stopped feeding it to our furry friend.
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    My aunt has a dog with diabetes. She gets 2 shots a day and eats chicken and beef with peas or green beans. she eats twice a day and her food is a total of less than 2 cups
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    It is only in our modern age that we have "dog" food. What did people feed their animals 100 years ago? They ate whatever they caught and ate raw and whatever their owners had leftover from their food. As long as you can get some vitamins into their diet too, why not?

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    My parents raised, trained and sold German short haired pointers and English Spaniels. There was never an overweight dog in our kennel. We fed them twice a day a vet recommended diet of dog food in the recommended amount for their weight. They never had a snack. If they didn't eat the total amount for a couple of days they got a checkup on their health, as that usually indicated a dog that wasn't well. A dog that is hungry will eat. A pet that is over fed can be particular about its diet, but it will not willingly starve. It may lose a few pounds trying to convince its owner that the food dish is not filled with its favorite food - but who is the dog and who is the boss? Dog food companies spend tremendous amounts of money getting the nutrition correct in their mix of ingredients. You get to chose according to what you want for your dog - but you shouldn't let the dog chose what it eats and how much it eats. By nature a carnivore (your dog) will eat on a feast and famine schedule, only pets never get to the famine part of the schedule - only the feast, feast, feast. An overweight dog needs to eat less and exercise more just like a human does.

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    A few weeks ago I made a meal for the dogs....

    Long grain rice, wild rice, ground pork, green beans, peas and carrots.

    They loved it of course we didn't tell them there were veggies in their bowls...haha
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    Our dog Chili Palmer started to shed real bad and had dandruff also. All she wanted to do was sleep and eat dinner. When we let her out of her pen she would slowly walk over to a shaded area and go to sleep.

    We took her to the vet and she was diagnosed with a low thyroid condition. She is now on meds and is a totally different dog. She runs, howls, chases rabbits in the yard and has quite the doggie vocabulary.

    Also we changed their dog food to a lower fat content feed. So far Chili has lost 25 lbs. in 3 months. And her hair and skin have dramatically improved.

    We supplement their diet with knuckle bones and marrow bones. Our vet says their teeth are in excellent shape little or no tartar build up.
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    My dog came from a breeder that fed a raw food diet. A cooler of raw meat, etc. was sent home with me as well as the puppy. After four months, I switched to expensive "natural" dog food. It was just easier to let them do the work of balancing the diet. I divvy it up into two meals, with a large milkbone snack for their teeth. I do worry about another dog food catastrophe. My dogs are not just pets, they are beloved members of my family.

    I buy beef bones from Whole Foods and give them to the dogs raw...not cooked, never had any problems with broken teeth. One loves raw veggies and fruits, my rescue dog won't touch them. I observe the usual no onions, raisons, grapes, etc. warnings. If they get into something that causes tummy upset, it's meals of boiled hamburger and rice, pumpkin if necessary. They are big healthy dogs that are 6 and 13 years old with shiny coats, bright eyes, and clean teeth. They're not fat, but neither am I ~~ I did notice that some other brands of dog food say to feed my dogs 5 cups daily, while mine says only 2 to 3 cups daily.

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    my Chihuahua, Tinkerbelle is on a special diet due to her pancreas issues. She is on a diabetic dog food and lean meat and veggies. Green beans are her favorites...I will hold one and she will get so excited...nibbles it from my hand.
    I roast chicken legs for her...turkey...and even make a special meatloaf that has veggies in it.
    These things are mixed with her dry kibble.
    She is much healthier, and currently is off her meds. We will be doing more bloodtests in a few months to see if we have to go back on the meds.
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    Poor little Tink, she looks so sweet. Tummy rubs, love, and ear scritches out to her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattieMae View Post
    Poor little Tink, she looks so sweet. Tummy rubs, love, and ear scritches out to her.
    Tink says"thank you"...she loves her tummy rubs...
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    WE feed Bess Purina Fit and Trim (has all the measured vitamins, minerals, etc., that a dog needs. I stay on that. For snacks, however, she loves raw green beans, I always buy a bag of those little carrots and give her those. Never, never, grapes or raisins (there is something in the grapes that act with a dog's stomach. Raisins are grapes. I think it is the tannin in the grapes that isn't good. I remember the time Bess ate an Ande's chocolate mint. It was Christmas and we decided to give her a little nip of Christmas cheer (wine - grapes - getting the picture? Well, she got an Ande's mint and lucky for her, after a few small laps of the fruit of the vine, she barfed, royal!!! And there it was - the Ande's mint in its wrapper. She was in such a hurry to get it before I was able to pry her mouth open and get it out that she ate it whole and thank heaven we did give her a little wine because that candy and wrapper could have festered in her belly.

    We do give Bess all fresh vegetables, fresh fruit (except grapes/raisins), sometimes chicken and beef cooked. If there is any leftover gravy, I will put a tablespoon in her dish with her food and stir it up. She loves that! My cousin used to know of this place in Milwaukee that sold ground horsemeat and he gave Rivets that for dinner. He'd get several pounds ground up and packaged. Good thing my aunt didn't make sloppy joes!!!!!!

    We will give her tastes of a peanut butter cookie, but that's about it. She loves shrimp, muskmelon, squash (cooked). But seriously, I would keep a dog on dog food because of the nutritional value with people food as a treat! Bess, as prescribed by our vet, has been on Fit and Trim since she was three years old - she is getting the vitamins and minerals that dogs or other pets need, plus the snacks are not full of calories. She is going to be ten on January 3! Same day as my husband (that's the only way I can remember!)

    For those in the White Castle region like we are (St. Paul), my husband had a friend who, on his dog's birthday, took him to White Castle for a couple Gut Bombs! So we have been doing that with Bess too. Pure meat, good snack for her! Happy Birthday to Bess. Of course, anyone who wants to take me to White Castle for my birthday would have my undying gratitude for the rest of my life. I love those things!!!!!! With a shot of mustard.

    For those pets who have health problems, do what your vet says - he knows a heckuva lot more than we do and he is the main person who keeps our pets with us as long as possible, right?

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    I have a small dog who was severly over weight because my husband is a softy! and would give her a hefty seving of whatever we eat no matter what she already had. after a visit ti the vet for coughing and finding out that she was retaining lots of water due to the salt in our food, she has heart failure (left side deteriation) the extra weight is hard on her tiny legs and was squeezing her organs. She'll eat the expensive containers of dog food but no dry AND she was hungry ALL the time ( I know the feeling!) I boil the meat, mostly calf liver and mush it up so it's mixed throughout, and some barley and a bag of mixed veggies. I give her a cup in the morning with her meds and a cup when we eat supper, I put down about 1/2 cup of a good dry food during the day, if she's really hungry she'll eat it. it's not cheaper than can food but I do feel that it's better for them. We have a large old unhealthy lab too so I cook "dog soup" about twice a week!
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    Mine will eat broccoli -- raw or cooked! Also, apples cut up (when she's riding in the car). Be careful with things like cheese -- my brother lost his dog to feeding too much "people food" with cheese being such a binding food that it caused intestinal blockage. I would ask my vet about this as well.

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    try baby carrots as a treat and see if he will eat them...my small dog will chew on one for a long time before eating it...she always has toast in the AM with DH, thats their routine LOL
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    When the nation's pets began getting sick and dying from contaminated Chinese products in the dog foods, I began feeding my dogs raw. As it happens, I had been investigating raw food for several months before this happened, so it wasn't much of a stretch for me. There are several rawfeeding groups on Yahoo you may want to check out.
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    I feed mostly dry kibble (dog food) but always read the contents label to ensure that grain especially corn is not the first ingredient listed, since the ingredients are listed according to what proportion of the kibble they make up. It's surprising how many of the "top" ie most expensive dog foods are predominantly grain. Look out for terms like "beef flavour" rather than beef -- it means there is only a tiny amount of beef included. I save all our (human)meal scraps especially cooked vegetables and raw broccoli stalks and carrots, and add a few spoonfuls to the kibble, then add a small amount of hot water which helps to release food scent -- this makes the food more attractive to the dog (try this if your dog is a fussy eater). I also buy chicken carcasses (most of the meat cut off leaving only fat, gristle and bone) which are very cheap (about 5 for $1) and feed them RAW ONLY to my dog with a little hot water to take the chill off if they are straight from the fridge (and to release the scent). Raw chicken carcasses are very good for your dog -- lots of calcium, and plenty of jaw exercise crunching them up-- but don't use them if your dog bolts his food or competes with another dog or they can choke if they try to swallow whole.

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    Do watch out for the corn in dog food. Our Lab was allergic to corn and had lots of skin problems because of corn.

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