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Hi there

I'm new to this forum so firstly 'hi'

I wanted to ask if anyone has abandoned branded food and prepares their chi's food at home. I've browsed through here and can see that quite a few people have adopted a raw food diet, but to be honest, that doesn't work well for me as I'm a vegetarian. I don't mind putting a chicken fillet in a pot of boiling water then shredding it for the boys, but unfortunately I draw the line at handling seriously raw and bloody meat.

So my question is, does anyone have any advice on nutritional recipes for my boys? I have been feeding them Royal Canin kibble but after reading about all the horrible things in packaged pet food, I've scared myself out of feeding them this stuff and would much prefer to prepare homemade meals for them.

Thanks so much for your advice!

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I know several vegans who got over their reluctance to handle raw meat for their pets as they realized the benefits.

Cooking destroys nutrients/vitamins/enzymes so home cookers have to be very careful about supplementation to ensure the dog gets the right amount of vitamins/minerals for health.

http://www.healthy.net/scr/article.aspx?Id=848

http://www.k9joy.com/dogarticles/cooking.pdf

To me, home cooking is very complicated and there's not much room for error. The calcium/phosphorus ratio is critical. If you do decide to home cook - make sure that you have your recipes looked at by a canine nutritionist to ensure that they meet the dog's nutritional needs. Home cooking is not simple or easy. It requires extensive amounts of supplements to ensure that it is balanced so be cautious if you decide to go this route and make sure that you investigate this type of diet thoroughly.
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hmm ive done boiled chicken for 1 year straight successfully after being on kibble. then he started getting picky so we tried raw but no he refused for 3 days and from those 3 days hes glad to be back on cooked or boiked chicken. we add in a fried egg once a week or so also somee fun stuff like shreddded carrots and stringbeans. we also feed him some steak cooked with just veg oil or grapeseed vine oil. to me dexter is fine with his cooked food rather than kibble or raw. goodluck! also his hindlegs are so muscular from all that protein lol



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I looked up some information for you. Here's a guide to a BALANCED homemade diet that doesn't look too hard. Although buying all those supplements and making sure to incorporate them is vitally important.

http://www.dogaware.com/wdjhomemade3.html

If you do decide to do a home cooked diet, be sure you do lots of research and reading first!
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