Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The well balanced home cooked diet for your 4 legged.

The guidelines...:

"20 - 30% grains (Examples include brown and white rice, oats, millet, quinoa and barley)
 10 - 30% protein (Examples include meat, fish, eggs, soy products, kelp, spirulina,   blue-green algae and dairy products)
20 - 40% vegetables (Examples include carrots, turnips, garlic, sweet potatoes, spinach, celery, lettuce, parsley, azuki beans, lima beans, soybeans, string beans, sweet peas, white beans, basil, seaweed, rosemary, dill, pepper, tarragon" also zucchini, and cauliflower.

Read more at http://suite101.com/article/what-you-should-know-before-you-cook-for-your-dog-a244094
The tweaks: adjust for age, weight, medical conditions, level of activity, allergies, intolerances, disease,  likes and dislikes... because yes, I am a DIVAAAAA and some things I just don't like at all... ick ick ick... broccoli...

The supplements, great guidelines here: http://canine-epilepsy-guardian-angels.com/supplements.html

The right philosophy:
“Homemade pet food is not about recreating the same thing you could get in a high-quality can of premium organic dog food,” Ms. Laino said. “It is about providing your animals with variety and the full gamut of nutrients, antioxidants, micronutrients and a variety of types of fat, et cetera.”    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/19/dining/19pets.html?pagewanted=all

And the caloric intake that keeps us healthy and NOT fat  should be......
http://www.metpet.com/Reference/Dogs/Food%20and%20Drink/caloric_requirements_for_dogs.htm

or how to actually figure it out this has done all the work for you.  Just enter the body weight: http://www.metpet.com/Reference/Dogs/Food%20and%20Drink/caloric_requirements_for_dogs.htm

OK based on that, I will walk my tush off every day without whining just so I can get my extra grubb.... life is so hard....

'vie

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