Dog Health Food

February 6, 2013 in Health

My dog Toby had skin problems and scabs on his ears for over a year. Two different Vets couldn’t determine the cause and said it could just be allergies. We tried giving Benadryl and bandaging it, but it only helped a little. So I decided to see if food would fix his problem, like it fixed mine.

I started making  homemade dog food because it’s cheaper than the healthiest store bought dog foods and just a little more than cheapest dog food. Cooking for your dog doesn’t take much extra effort either; when I make my dinner I set a little aside before adding spices or other unfriendly foods for dogs.

It is important to remove all seeds; dogs have a hard time digesting them. Also, make sure to fully soak all beans and grains to aid digestion and nutrient absorption; soaking is good for us too. Beans need 12-24 hours with at least 3 rinses during the soak. Grains range from 1-6 hours, with 2 rinses. Soak beans with a little vinegar.

Dogs can be complete vegans or vegetarians, but they actually need more protein than us to keep a healthy gut. If you go meat free, make sure they eat bigger servings of non meat meals.

The process by which cheap store bought food is made is extremely disgusting. It’s made of rendered meat, which is disease livestock and roadkill. It’s mostly just blood mixed with fillers and it even contains feces. It’s the type of animal product that caused mad cow disease and is now illegal for cud chewing animals. So we feed it to pets and chickens… gross.

Now for some fresh air and fresh foods for our favorite pets. I only had Toby eating half plants, and half dog food without rendered meat. Adding fresh whole foods into his diet helped greatly. Cooking meats for your dog would be even better, but we don’t have to be perfect… we just need some fresh whole foods to live healthy and happily.

List of healthy foods for dogs:
No tree nuts ever! Remove seeds from fruit! Process all seeds!

  • Apples (no seeds)
  • Oranges (no seeds)
  • Watermelon (no seeds)
  • Bananas
  • Pineapple
  • Cucumber
  • Green Beans (Raw)
  • Carrots (Raw or cooked)
  • Potato, Sweet Potato Cooked
  • Squash, Zucchini, Pumpkin
  • Other Beans, on occasion
  • Brown Rice
  • Oatmeal
  • Quinoa
  • Peas
  • Lentils
  • Flax/Chia (Ground, soaked, and cooked in liquid)
  • Spirulina
  • Plant-based Yogurt (Low sugar and high fat type. Use sparingly for taste.)
  • Brewer’s Yeast, must be cooked
  • Nooch (Nutritional Yeast)
  • Peanut Butter (It’s not too healthy for dogs, but technically not a nut)
  • Oil (Olive or flax are best. Avoid nut oils.)
  • Eggs (If you must)
  • Cottage Cheese (If you must)
  • Parsley
  • Turmeric (Binds with toxins)

All of these can be made in bulk and serve for days.

  • Mashed cucumber, banana, spirulina, and yogurt… simple.
  • Cook lentils, brown rice, carrot, peas, curry, and parsley. Refrigerate and serve with apple juice or a bit of oil.
  • Boil sweet potatoes then mash with nooch and oil. Mash in some orange and serve.
  • Cook carrots, oatmeal, and flax.
  • Chop and bake carrots, squash, and apples. Add a little oil.
  • Blend a pound of raw green beans with a tbs of apple cider vinegar and oil, then add a little cooked cold brown rice, quinoa, or oatmeal.

If your dog doesn’t like something you’ve made then blend it up and add any of these: bananas, apple sauce/juice, yogurt, nooch, oil, spirulina, or peanut butter. Those are dogs’ favorite healthy foods. These next ones aren’t.

Dogs are allergic to:

  • Avocado skin and seed, but dogs love them so dispose carefully.
  • Grapes/Raisins
  • Peaches/Plums
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Raw Eggs/Raw Meat (Due to modern industrial processes)
  • Chocolate
  • Unbaked Yeast
  • Baking Soda or Powder
  • Onions
  • Garlic
Fresh foods not listed should be avoided, because they may not be toxic but they aren’t good. Like sugar, bread, and dairy; cheese and yogurt have helpful bacteria and are okay sparingly. No hot sauce, no spices… except parsley and turmeric.  I’m uncertain about many leafy greens and fruits not mentioned, so stick to the list