Sunday, May 20, 2007

Fried Lamb

  • Minced lamb meat
  • Chopped carrots + cabbage
  • Mashed pumkin
  • 1 clove of garlic - chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Sesame oil
Preparation & Cooking
Mixed the lamb meat together with the vegetable. Season with a little sesame oil.

Heat the oil till hot. Add garlic to fry till fragrance. *Beware not to over fry*

Add the ingredient to fry till cooked. Serve when cool.

*This recipe is self created. If you uses it to cook for your doggies, please comments! Thanks.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Cabbage Roll + Lamb Meal

  • Minced lamb meat
  • Slices of cabbage leaves
  • Chopped carrots + cabbage
  • Mashed pumkin
  • Sesame oil
Preparation & Cooking
Mixed the lamb meat together with the vegetable. Season with a little sesame oil.

Scald the cabbage leaves till the steam is soften.

Place the mixed meat-vegetable on the cabbage leaves and roll it.

Steam the cabbage roll for approx. 20 mins. Serve when it cools down.

*This recipe is self created. If you uses it to cook for your doggies, please comments! Thanks.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Macaroni Jumble

Makes approximately 6 servings.

  • 2 cups of macaroni
  • 2 cup of mixed vegetables
  • 3/4 to 1 lb. of meat
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tbs. corn starch *Advise to remove this. I don't like corn *hahaha*
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 3 large cloves of garlic (pressed)
Preparation & Cooking
Add meat and water to pot and bring to boil.

Simmer it for 15 minutes and strain off meat. Save 1 3/4 cups of boiled stock.

Now add water and boil macaroni until it begins to feel soft. Add vegetables and let it sit in water for a couple of minutes.

Strain noodles/vegetables and turn heat to medium.

Dissolve corn starch in 1/4 cup of cold water.

Add meat, noodles, vegetable, olive oil, garlic and stock to pot. Stir until mixture begins to bubble.

Turn heat to medium low and stir in water/corn starch mixture. Stir on element for a few minutes until it thickens (add more corn starch mixture if contents are still thin).

Remove from element and let it cool to room temperature.

Take 1 cup dry measuring cup and scoop out increments onto pieces of plastic wrap. Wrap up and freeze.

We will usually thaw one out the night before and split it up into two servings (we add some kibble).


Canine Casserole

  • 1lb lamb
  • 1 Carrot finely chopped
  • 1 Small potato finely chopped
  • 1 Stick celery
  • 1/2 Cups Sliced green beans (stringless)
  • 1 T Gravox or steak sauce
Preparation & Cooking
Place all ingredients into a large casserole dish.

Cover with water and mix. Place lid on casserole.

Microwave on high for 10 minutes, mix again and then medium for 10 minutes.

This should be cooked at least an hour before feeding so that it is well cooled.

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Fried Brown Rice with Fish

Serve 1 serving

  • 1 slice of fish fillet
  • 1/2 cup of carrots + lettuces + celery
  • 1/4 cup of cooked brown rice
  • 1 thin slice of cheese
Preparation & Cooking
Warm up the cheese and add a tbs of water into the pot. When cheese is almost melted, add in the brown rice to fry.

Steam the fish fillet for approx. 10 mins before adding the vegetables. Total steaming time should not take more then 20 mins.

Serve when it cools down.

*This recipe is self created. If you uses it to cook for your doggies, please comments! Thanks.

Carrot Salad

Makes 4 servings.

  • 6 medium carrots, trimmed and grated
  • 2 oranges
  • 1/2 cup raw pecan pieces
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries or cherries
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
Preparation & Cooking
Place the grated carrots in a medium bowl.

Peel one orange, cut the segments into bite-size pieces and add them to the bowl.

Add the dried fruit, parsley, olive oil and oregano, and toss to combine.

Cut the remaining orange in half and squeeze the juice into the salad. Mix well.


Lhasa Apso Lamb

Should yield 3 to 6 servings.

  • 1 pound lamb, ground -- cooked
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • 1 cup yogurt, skim milk
  • 4 cloves garlic -- crushed
  • 1/4 cup green beans, frozen -- chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrots, frozen -- chopped
  • 1/4 cup kale, frozen -- chopped

Preparation & Cooking
Cook Lamb and drain off excess fat if desired. Defrost frozen veggies, but don't cook them and chop to desired size.

In a large bowl mix cooked lamb, cooked rice, chopped vegetables, garlic and yogurt.

Slightly heat if desired to serve.

Refrigerate or freeze portions in zip lock bags.

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Canine Meat and Grain Menu

Makes: 3 dozen

  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2/3 cup Lean beef
  • 2 teaspoons lard or veggie oil
  • 1/4 cup vegetables, no onion*
Preparation & Cooking
Mix the above. You can cook the meat if you want to, use your judgment. Serve slightly warm.
*For supplements, add 2 tsp. powder and 1 tsp. oil to feed daily- now this is for a 5-15 lb. dog.

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Dog Food NO NO

Foods your dog should never, ever eat include:
  • Chocolate
  • Mushrooms, especially but not only wild mushrooms
  • Broccoli (though some experts think a little broccoli is good for the dog, isothiocyanate in this vegetable has been known to kill livestock, and definitely causes gastrointestinal problems in smaller animals.)
  • Grapes or raisins, sultanas, currants (these are all poison to a dog).
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Avocado
  • Certain gums
  • Some sweeteners, like xylitol, found in sugarless candies
  • Tylenol
  • Alcoholic beverages, especially beer; hops are a poison to canines
  • Cooked bones
  • Coffee (ground, beans, chocolate-covered espresso beans)
  • Moldy or spoiled foods
  • Salt
  • Yeast dough
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Fatty foods
  • Milk (you can feed lactose free milk or milk specially formulated for dogs)
  • Raw eggs
  • Raw or undercooked meat (unless you are a BARF expert)
  • Canned food (except those meant for dogs)
  • Corn, soy, and wheat (these are the three of the biggest culprits as far as food allergies in dogs goes - Itchy, red, flakey skin, and a dull coat are sign of food allergies)
Meats You Shouldn't Feed
Meats that can cause trichinosis are a no no to dogs. Ok, you probably don't find those listed meat around in Singapore except pork but well, it better to know right?
  • bear
  • pork
  • wolf
  • lynx
  • seal
  • walrus
  • wolverine
  • ground squirrels
  • fox (arctic and red)
Vegetable You Shouldn't Feed
Stay away from nightshade vegetables as some say they can cause skin problems and small sores in and around the mouth area. They are known to aggravate gastrointestinal problems, increase intestinal gas (like we need more of this), and cause indigestion. It may also be a factor in arthritis, stiff legs, and in calcium problems.

There a whole list of them but I'll list down some of the common ones:
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet and hot peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Paprika
  • Tabasco
  • Onions / Onions powder (the thiosulphate in them - the chemical that makes onions and garlic stinky - can cause haemolytic anemia, which will kill your dog slowly)
  • Garlic / Garlic powder (you can add a small amount to your dog's food, but it also contains thiosulphate and too much can kill.)



Nutritional Guidelines

Dogs need only one meal a day, should have 75% carbohydrates with 25% protein.

Below feeding guide is base on a 10kg dog.

Protein(Meats) - 1/4 lbs ** Most important source in a dog diet
For dogs, meats like liver, beef, lamb and fish (as well as horsemeat, according to one source) are especially appetizing.

Eggs or Low-Fat Cottage Cheese can be use to substitutes meats.

I usually stick to the following meat :
  • Fish fillet
  • Salmon fish (occasionally for the omega 3)
  • Minced lamb
You can also feed:
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Beef
  • Moose
  • Musk ox
  • Bison
  • Veniso
  • Organ meat - heart, kidney, liver, pancreas, gizzards, brain (but remember to ask the butcher to mince the organ meat and add a little fat, about 10%)
Remember, only use 1 source of meat in a meal.

Grain (brown rice, oatmeal or whole wheat bread, for instance) are highly recommended to be added into the pets meal.

Can also use :
  • Rice
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Yams
  • Pasta (prefer organic)
** Carbohydrate to Protein ration should at least be 3:1. **
*There a contradicting fact about grain. Some article I read doesn't recommend grains but I guess it up to individual. With grains, it make your dog feel full. At time when I'm lazy to steam grain, I'll do without it. Make sure that when there no grain added in the meal, the portion of meat to vegetable should be 2 parts of meat to 1 part vegetables. Puppies will need 3:1.

Vegetable - 1/2 to 1 cup
All vegetables must be cooked (or at least half cooked). You can have a variety of vegetables in a meal. Pulp or chop finely the vegetables for easy absorption. If the veggies are not chopped extremely fine you will see them come out in the stools. The finer, the better. By chopping finely, your dog will then really benefit from supplemental digestive enzymes to help digest the vegetables.

Can use:
  • Asparagus
  • Beet pulp (start slowly as they naturally purge the system)
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Parsely (small amounts act as it is a natural diuretic)
  • Peas
  • Pumkin
  • Sprouts
  • Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Generally, any green leafy vegetable is alright
A simple rule of paw: vegetables that are darker in colour generally have more nutrition. For example, red cabbage is more nutritious than green cabbage.

*Still not sure what vegetable to use, take a peek at the commercial dog food label. They should indicate the vegetable use under the ingredients section.

Minerals are essential nutrients needed by the body, and though they are present in natural food ingredients, supplementation of dog foods is usually required to meet the nutrient requirement standards developed by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). The following table lists mineral sources which are commonly found in dog foods. Foods high in each mineral are also listed.

Add 1/4 tsp per 20lbs of salt substitute (aka potassium chloride)
Add 1 tsp per 20 lbs of Vegetable oil/ Canala oil/ Olive oil.
Add 1/4 tsp per 20 lbs of sardines or liver to supplies B-12 (3x a week)

*hurmp* I usually skip this step as I got no idea what it about. Instead, I use those oil (can use rosemary oil) to fry my dog food.
Supplement added are flaxseed oil and/or Nupro. I feel that this two is enough, esp Nupro. It has most of the supplement needed.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Getting Started

If you are worried about the pet food recall and wish to start some homemade pet food for your pooch, but doesn't know how to get started ... here some basic information.

A dog needs at least a diet of about 40% meat, 30% vegetables, and 30% starch in the overall meal.

1st of all, determine the numbers of calories your dog need each day base on her size and weight and also her active level. Here a calories guide sample I found online that you can seek reference from. Calories Guide!
A good place to start is to calculate the number of calories that your pooch is currently getting on her regular diet, and adjust from there. Does she seem hungry? Add some vegetables? Is she gaining too much weight? Start watching the number of treats she's getting and if necessary, reduce her overall food intake.

Making the food Appealing
Pets use their sense of smell to evaluate a food therefore the smell must be appetizing. Using savory meats in your homemade pet food recipes will serve well for this.

Preparing the food
  • For convenience, cook your pet’s home cooked meals up to one week’s supply (or more) depending on your choice. *personally feel that 1 week is enough. Any longer, the food might turn bad.
  • Freeze the rest in daily portions separately.
  • Place next day’s food supply from the freezer to chiller compartment of your refrigerator for next day’s meal. Place a note at your fridge to remind you to do so everyday if not, your poor pet has not food to eat.
  • Warm up the food to room temperature with some hot water. Then add necessary supplements such as Vitamin C, Flaxeoil, etc
  • It is best to keep your meats, and vegetables in separate container