Dr. Michael Fox's Homemade 'Natural'
Food for Dogs
2 lb. cubed stewing
beef, mutton or lamb (avoid ground hamburger
especially because of potential bacterial contamination): or one whole chicken,
or half of a small turkey cut into small pieces, ideally organically certified.
4 cups of COOKED whole
grain brown rice (or barley, quinoa, amaranth, rolled
oats, or rice pasta noodles) or 4 cups of chopped potatoes.
Pinch of salt
1 T. wheat germ
1 T. cider vinegar
1 t. brewer's yeast
1 T calcium citrate/ or lactate, or human-grade bone meal
Ideally, all ingredients
should be Organically Certified.
Combine all above
ingredients. Add water to cover ingredients, simmer,
stir, and add more water as needed until meat is LIGHTLY cooked. Overcooked
meats lose nutrients and can form
harmful byproducts. De-bone chicken parts and do not feed cooked bones since
they can splinter and cause internal injury. The recipe should be thick to be
molded into patties (add oat bran or rice or buckwheat flour to help
thicken).Mix well into the stew while it is still very hot, a cup full of blueberries
or chopped apple, and 1 cup
of either grated broccoli, cabbage ,collard
greens carrots, sweet potato or yam.
Then when cooled off
add 1 T. vegetable
oil (flax seed oil* or safflower oil), 1T. organic butter or coconut oil and
2 T.organic plain “live” yoghurt or kefir. And 1 t. Spirulina or
Chlorella, 1 t. powdered ginger and 1
t powdered turmeric.
Serve 1 cup full of this recipe
for a 30 lb. dog twice daily. Freeze the rest into patties and store in the
freezer. Serve thawed, or frozen to gnaw on outdoors in hot weather.
For variation, you
can use 2 cups of organic cottage cheese, plus 1 cup
of well-cooked lentils, chick peas (garbanzo beans), lima beans or other
pulses, or a dozen organic eggs as meat alternatives. Don’t forget, lightly
cooked, or if organically certified, raw calf and beef liver, heart, ‘green
tripe’ and kidneys are good sources of animal protein and other essential
nutrients. All pet food ingredients, ideally, should be organically certified.
(Note: some dogs are allergic or hypersensitive to some foods, especially soy,
beef, eggs, wheat and dairy products.).
T = Tablespoon
t = teaspoon
Also give the dog a daily
multi-vitamin and muti-mineral supplement with one of the meals, such as a good
quality human ‘one –a day’ supplement equivalent, crushed up in the food,
calculating one half of the human daily dose for a 50 lb dog: one
pediatric/baby one a day for toy dogs, or a specific dog product such as Animal
Essentials Multi-Vitamin and Mineral supplement. For dogs under 30 lb, and for
over-weight and less active dogs, use half the amount of rice or other
carbohydrate in the recipe. When the food has cooled, put daily portions in
food containers in the refrigerator, where it should be good for 3 days. Put in
the freezer if you have small portions for a small dog.
This recipe ( minus
any bones) can be put in a food processor and fed raw.
GRADUALLY ONTO THIS NEW DIET---MIX
INCREASING AMOUNTS OF YOUR DOG’S NEW FOOD WITH DECREASING AMOUNTS OF THE OLD
FOOD OVER A 7-DAY PERIOD TO ENABLE ADAPTIATION AND AVOID POSSIBLE DIGESTIVE
FEEDING: IT IS ADVISABLE
TO VARY THE BASIC INGREDIENTS FROM BATCH TO BATCH YOU PREPARE EVERY 1-2
WEEKS TO PROVIDE VARIETY AND TO AVOID POSSIBLE NUTRITIONAL IMBALANCES., ALSO,
MONITOR THE ANIMAL'S BODY WEIGHT EVERY MONTH INITIALLY SO AS TO AVOID EITHER
OVER-FEEDING OR UNDER-FEEDING, BASED ON THE AVERAGE DOG CONSUMING ONE CUPFULL
OF THE FOOD TWICE DAILY PER 30 POUNDS BODY WEIGHT.
I advise, since obesity is so prevalent in
companion animals today, weighing the animal at weekly intervals when
being put on a new diet and adjust the amount being fed according to any
decrease or increase in weight down or up from the optimum weight
determined by your veterinarian.
--NOTE: DIFFERENT ANIMALS HAVE SLIGHTLY
DIFFERENT NUTRITIONAL NEEDS ACCORDING TO AGE, TEMPERAMENT, AMOUNT OF PHYSICAL
ACTIVITY AND HEALTH STATUS.*** Large dogs require less food per pound body
weight, so adjust according to appetite and weight gain, and especially if
deep-chested and prone to bloat, give 3-4 smaller meals per day.***
Keep teeth clean by getting dogs, especially
toy breeds, used to a daily brushing. The best and safest natural tooth-cleaner
is a raw, scalded (to kill off bacteria) 3-4 inch piece of beef
shank/soup/marrow bone, or thin strips of scalded raw beef heart or shank
meat—the tougher the better!
NUTRACEUTICALS/HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS: Ginger
and turmeric are two examples of such that have a diversity of beneficial
digestive, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer pharmaceutical/therapeutic
properties. I would also add a little cinnamon for dogs with diabetes and high
blood pressure (often associated with kidney disease) and oregano, or thyme and
sage, and cumin or fenugreek for those with digestive/dysbiosis issues. I would
give a pinch in the food for habituation and acceptance then increase to about
one-half teaspoon daily of each for a 30-40 lb dog. A tablespoon daily of aloe
vera gel or cooked Jerusalem artichoke and chopped canned pineapple will also
help the gut microbiome and digestion. Older dogs with cognitive/dementia
issues can benefit from 1 tablespoon per 50 lb of coconut oil in their food
daily. Many people are surprised how many good medicines they have in their own
kitchens, such traditional wisdom---Hippocrates urging let our food be our
medicine and our medicine our food---is anathema and taboo and heretical to the
legal pharmaceutical industry.
******************************************************************** For more information on
holistic dog care, see my books The
Healing Touch for Dogs published by Harper
Collins and DOG BODY, DOG MIND published by The Lyons
Press.For details on the health risks of manufactured pet foods, see NOT FIT FOR A DOG: THE TRUTH ABOUT
MANUFACTURED DOG AND CAT FOODS, by Drs.
M.W.Fox, E.Hodgkins, and M. Smart, Quill Driver Books, Sanger CA 2008