Adult Dog Diet

 

In response to a number of inquiries from people who have our dogs, the following is what we feed our adults.  We feed twice a day, so the following is split over two meals.


1 pound of raw* ground beef
    We use ground beef which includes liver, heart, etc.  Inexpensive hamburger with a high fat content ( 20 to 25 percent) is a good alternative.   

(Optional - we also feed about a 1/3 pound of  fresh raw green tripe)

2 to 3 cups of dry food   We currently use Kirkland Nature's Domain Salmon Grain Free  (from Costco)  made by Diamond, other brands made by Diamond, available at pet stores, are Taste of the Wild, and Premuim Edge.  A good  high quality natural dry food is recommended(Preferably not made by one of the large dog food manufacturers available in chain stores and supermarkets).

1 Vitamin C 500 mg in each meal (Ester C is preferred)
 

The following are in one of the two meals:

1 Multi-vitamin  (Centrum, or equivalent)

1 Vitamin E 400 IU

1 Zinc Tablet 25 mg

Fresh Garlic (approximately 1/2 teaspoon)

Yogurt (approximately 1 tablespoon, given periodically)

Cottage Cheese/vegetables/leftovers/etc.  (Given periodically) 

 

Vitamins are soaked in warm water to dissolve, then meat, dry food, etc. are added and mixed.  (The vitamins we use are "people" vitamins, they are not "dog" vitamins which we find overpriced). 
 


A sampling of some better quality dry dog food brands with links to their websites:

        California Natural and Innova http://www.naturapet.com/     

        Cornucopia http://www.cornucopiaexpress.com/ 

        Eagle Pack http://www.eaglepack.com

        Fromm http://www.frommfamily.com/      

        Life's Abundance Life's Abundance Premium Natural Health Food for Dogs

        Natural Life http://www.nlpp.com/      

        Old Mother Hubbard http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/       

        Solid Gold http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/

        Taste of the Wild http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com

        Wellness http://www.wellnesspetfood.com

        Wysong http://www.wysong.net/     


*
About carnivores and Raw Meat 
* Article explaining the feeding of raw foods Nutrition 

**Innova and California Natural are available from Natura Pet Products, Inc.,  http://www.naturapet.com/display.asp

Older Dogs get Glucosamine - Chondroitin, or Fresh Factors natural food supplement tablets from Springtime, Inc. http://www.springtimeinc.com/dog/freshfactors.cfm


For a good analysis of the ingredients in dog food click here: The Truth Behind Pet Food

 For an enlightening report from the Animal Protection Institute about what is really in dog food 
 click here
http://www.api4animals.org/articles.php?p=359&more=1  



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