…feed him/her like one!
Our hairy monster is very much a member of the family. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not the sort that refers to him as our ‘baby’ or myself as ‘mummy’ (that kinda creeps me out) but he is definitely a paid-up member of the pack and we love him.
Since we love him we want to keep him around as long as possible and decided to feed him accordingly.
A healthy diet makes for a healthy dog, especially now that he is getting older and creakier, which is why we put some thought into preparing his meals.
Disclaimer: I am not a vet, nor have I had any training in animal nutrition. Please speak to your vet if you have any concerns or questions about this. I’m merely providing a reference point and opening it up for discussion.
Although dogs such as ours need some dry food (it helps clean their teeth), we try to limit the amount of kibble he has.
When he was sucking down a bowl a day he threw it all back up with alarming regularity and – those of a sensitive nature should look away now – it came up mostly undigested.
Yep, it looked just as plasticky and chemically after it had chilled out a while in his stomach as it did in the bowl. Gross.
Once we cut back on the kibble and started giving him a fresh meal each evening, the puking curse was lifted.
The recipe below is what we give him for dinner every night.
The amounts may vary a little but it basically follows the same format – starch, veg, fruit and meat.
I buy in bulk and make around ten portions at a time, shove them in the freezer and hey presto! Just take ’em out as you need ’em.
If you are worrying about cost, don’t. I buy ground turkey or beef from my local grocery store where it costs around $4 for a packet that will do six meals.
The oats are also the cheap kind and the veg/fruit usually comes from leftovers that we never get around to eating or the scraps that we are just too delicate to ingest (“oh no, my celery is slightly brown“).
Our dog is a pitbull mix who weights around 90llbs and we find this is ample for him.
A Single Serving of Our Dog’s Food
- 1/2 cup cooked porridge oats (or rice)
- 1/3 cup chopped apple (de-cored. Some dogs don’t tolerate the pips well)
- 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1/3 cup chopped vegetables (I usually do celery, broccoli stalks or carrot, best to start with small amounts if you are giving your dog anything new)
- 3/4 cup meat (usually ground turkey or beef but pretty much anything will do here when you’ve a dog like ours)
NB: We also give him some supplements. He is an old dog with a lot of muscle on spindly legs so we give him fish oil tablets and glucosamine. I’ll also throw in the occasional tablespoon of coconut oil.
Again, please do your own research on this if you are interested. I was hesitant to put this meal plan out there because I know it’s a very divisive issue and my approach is quite unscientific.
We just wanted to get our dog off the processed junk that’s so freely available and onto something more wholesome. This works for him.
If you are interested in snackage, take at look at this extremely helpful post on making your own jerky at immacrafty bitch.
To all the pet owners out there, what do you feed your animals? Do you think I’m missing something? Any advice on what to give an old dog with stiff joints and a penchant for resting his enormous bulk on your toes is very welcome.
And since you managed to get this far into the post, here’s a small reward for your trouble. This video freaks me out, but in a good way. Their dog training skills are to be applauded.