I recently began to make some of my own dog food. Over the years, my dogs routinely seem to have the same problems over and over again. One of my dogs is now 16 years old, and has got hip problems. Since she is some kind of mix (most curiously probably a Beagle/Greyhound mix), this is mostly due to old-age. However, all my dogs have had non-cancerous growths on them, suspected (by the Veterinarian) to be caused by the dog food they eat. A Vet who has since been fired for not advising pet-owners to pay for expensive unnecessary shots told me that a few years ago. While I did change the dry dog food my dogs eat, I’m afraid that the damage has been done.
Do you know what is in most dog food? First, there are the “rendered” products. This includes the remains of animals slaughtered for human consumption – the entire left-overs, including rotting remains that have been left out in the hot sun for days. Also, road-kill and euthanized dogs and cats collected from animal shelters, including the flea collars, and cancerous animals who were euthanized due to various diseases. Spoiled human-grade meats are part of this rendering process, also.
Pesticides enter this food-stream from slaughtered livestock, along with the various medications that were given to them to increase their growth and milk production. These include large quantities of steroids and antibiotics. Fish filled with mercury and other heavy metals found in the ocean are also included.
I’ve been feeding my dogs a mix of dry and wet vegan dog food for a while now. However, the cost of vegan canned food was too much for my budget, so I’ve begun making them their wet food. They also get some left-over meat from my husband who is still a meat-eater. I’ve noticed that they are more chipper since they’ve been on this diet, and they certainly love their food.
My dog food includes the following: sweet potatoes, red and gold potatoes, cut-up carrots, peppers, rice, lentils, squash, peas and green beans. I peel the sweet potatoes and red/gold potatoes then cook them with the carrots until they are soft. While they are boiling, I cook up the lentils and peel and cut the squash and cut the peppers. After the mix of potatoes is soft, I’ll drain them and then mash them up a little. Then, I’ll add frozen peas and/or green beans to the pot. Usually I’ve got a good amount of left-over cooked rice and I add that along with the lentils to the pot. I wait for the peas and beans to get warmed up and then just mix it all together. I usually add some A-1 sauce to the mix for some flavoring. Once it’s cooled a little, I put it in glass jars. This will last about a week. So, for an hour or so once a week of chopping and cooking, my dogs get food that they really love. Just a note of caution, if you decide to try this, make sure that your ingredients are pet-safe. A quick search will let you know if any ingredient is good or bad for dogs.