Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins
(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 ï¿½Small Animal Clinical Nutritionï¿½ by Hillï¿½s Pet Nutrition Veterinary Consultation Service (courtesy of Rice Village Animal Hospital).***
- 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 1⁄3 cups cooked rice
- 1 cup all-bran cereal
- 3⁄4 teaspoon ground bone meal (or dicalcium phosphate)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon potassium chloride
- 1 (9 g) tablet vitamins (human adult vitamin-mineral tablet, *see note)
- Fry the beef in fat (do not drain).
- Combine beef with the remaining ingredients except for the tablet.
- Mix well.
- Serve with the tablet (either in pill form or pulverized and thoroughly mixed with the food).
- *Note: Feed your dog 1 tablet a day.
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!