Adult Dog Food - Tested by the Houston Chronicle

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Recipe by Dreamer in Ontario

(For 40-Pound Dog) After all the tainted pet food stories in the news lately, I thought some people might be interested in making their own pet food. I found this recipe in the Toronto Star. ***Adapted from �Small Animal Clinical Nutrition� by Hill�s Pet Nutrition Veterinary Consultation Service (courtesy of Rice Village Animal Hospital).***

Top Review by New England Clam Ch

I don't know who formulated this particular recipe, but it is not what I'd call canine healthy. Way, way too much fat, starch and salt. NO DOG should be eating 1100+ calories per day. I'm also very concerned about an adult vitamin tablet for a 40 lb dog. There are so many different vitamins on the market, each with completely different vitamin/mineral content, I do not know how anyone could make such a generic statement, never mind the newspaper giving credence to this. The vet should be working with the dog to determine if a daily vitamin supplement is needed and if it is, the vet will advise what vitamins/minerals and their values should be. This is a horrible recipe; where's the vegetables? If one is going to use rice, it should be a complex carb (long-grain rice) not the vitamin-deficient instant variety. Dogs do require some fat in their diet but it should be in the form of a sunflower, safflower oil or perhaps a small amount of cod liver oil. Certainly not beef or chicken fat!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 6 ounces 80% lean ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons chicken fat or 2 teaspoons beef fat or 2 teaspoons vegetable oil or 2 teaspoons fish oil
  • 1 13 cups cooked rice
  • 1 cup all-bran cereal
  • 34 teaspoon ground bone meal (or dicalcium phosphate)
  • 14 teaspoon potassium chloride
  • 1 (9 g) tablet vitamins (human adult vitamin-mineral tablet, *see note)


  1. Fry the beef in fat (do not drain).
  2. Combine beef with the remaining ingredients except for the tablet.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Serve with the tablet (either in pill form or pulverized and thoroughly mixed with the food).
  5. *Note: Feed your dog 1 tablet a day.

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