Pet Food Q&A

  • Domestic Pets require on average 2% – 3% of there total body weight in food per day  (a dog weighing 50lbs requires 1.5lbs of food per day, a cat weighing 12lbs requires  about 2 oz-3oz per day.) Divided into 2 or 3 meals a  day.
  • Dogs require at least 50% meat in their diet.
  • Cats NEED at least 75% meat  if not more.

                  ( This includes muscle meat AND organ meat)

  • Veggies need to either be boiled and mashed or puree’d.
  • They need daily calcium, Taurine, and omega oils added.
  • You can throw together a meal in about 30 mins.
  •  If you free feed kibble,  then switch to  home cooked or  raw  diet you will  find your animals  are  totally satisfied with 2 or 3 meals  a day instead.
  • Bones … in the 48 years I have had animals they have always had raw bones, Never once have I had an animal  have a problem. I am not saying that sometimes problems don’t happen because they do. However ppl take one bad occurence and run with it. Often times ppl will  tell you “don’t feed  bones because they will cause A B C.” Truth is if you are really unlucky it MAY cause A B or C. It is like saying do not let your pet go up and downstairs because it will fall and break a leg.  It could  happen  but rarely does. The only warning I would give regarding bones is  DO NOT FEED COOKED BONES. ( cooking makes the bones brittle and the can splinter.)
  •   Muscle Meats to feed :  Ground Beef, Deer, Lamb, Mutton, Turkey, Chicken, Rabbit, Buffelo, Ostrich, Fish.
  • Organ Meats: Heart, Kidney, Liver, Intestines.
  • Other  sources: Eggs, Apples, Bananas, Oranges. Grated Cheese.
  •  My favorite additions to meat and veggies:  Canola Oil with vitamin E, Cottage Cheese, Plain Yogurt, vitamin C, Taurine, Cod Liver Oil, Crushed egg shells, and Oyster calcium.
  • List  of  fruits and Veggies :      Asparagus: Beets : Broccoli: Brussels Sprouts:  Cabbage: Carrots: Cauliflower : Celery :Dandelion Leaves : Kolrabi: Kale : Okra :Parsley: Parsnips : Peas :Pumpkin : Rutabagas:Squash : Sweet potatoes :Swiss chard :Turnips :zucchini apple: Avocado: Bananas: Blackberry: Blueberry: Cherries: (STONE REMOVED) Kiwis: Melons: Papaya: Peaches:

As a general rule feed your dogs in these amounts, split up in two meals twice per day.

  • 6 oz/day for 10 lbs dog
  • 12 oz/day for 20 lbs dog
  • 18 oz/day for 30 lbs dog
  • 24 oz/day for 40 lbs dog
  • 30-36 oz/day for 50-150 lbs dog

11 thoughts on “Pet Food Q&A

  1. hey …pretty much info u have there…i was actually searchin for recipes for my cats…but reading this alos helped!!

  2. Hi

    I was having a problem getting my pyr to eat he was on raw but when I took him in for his shots. He atarted to get sick eating raw food so the vet told me to try kibble and with out any luck. It was then I talk to a breeder of Pyrs that I had some luck when sh told me about cooking hamburg with veggies etc etc.. What I would like to know can you add any species juat to give it some smell .

    Len

  3. Len you could try adding beef liver or fish, either should gain his interest.
    I would actually be tempted to try him on raw food again, it may just have been a reaction to the shots that made him sick.
    You could also add some cottage cheese.

  4. I’m working on it I promise 🙂
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  5. i have an 8 yr. old yorkie who has a huge-bloated belly. she is about 2#’s over-weight i’ve tried every diet and senior food out there with no good results.i was feeding her blue buffaloe, still bloated belly. she can’t excercise too much because she has that small trach and can’t breath right when she gets excited. i can take her for a walk but not run.she also has a very small bite. i recently tried my own homemade food. i give her about 40% chicken breasts, 30% brown rice and 30% veggies. she loves it. 1/3 cup 2 x’s a day. she still seems bloated and hungry all the time. her snacks are carrots. can you help me with something here?

  6. i posted this question 1- 12., and responded to your e-mail. sunni tested neg for worms. so any insight would be helpful. i can’t imagine feeding her less for she seems like shes starving all the time now. i have an 8 yr. old yorkie who has a huge-bloated belly. she is about 2#’s over-weight i’ve tried every diet and senior food out there with no good results.i was feeding her blue buffaloe, still bloated belly. she can’t excercise too much because she has that small trach and can’t breath right when she gets excited. i can take her for a walk but not run.she also has a very small bite. i recently tried my own homemade food. i give her about 40% chicken breast, 30% brown rice and 30% veggies. she loves it. 1/3 cup split up for 2 x’s a day. she still seems bloated and hungry all the time. her snacks are carrots. can you help me with something here?

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