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(24,438 posts)
Mon Oct 3, 2022, 07:14 PM Oct 2022

Do you ever cook for your dog?

Our dogs are small, old and don't really eat much, so we spoil them. We just cooked the latest batch. It is beef hearts, kidney, chicken hearts, brown rice and carrots. We boil it all and chop it in the food processor, then bag and freeze it. We got about 10 lbs of food for around $25. It takes some effort, but cost wise it is a little cheaper than good quality wet food. And of course, the dogs love it.

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Do you ever cook for your dog? (Original Post) Mr.Bill Oct 2022 OP
Ahhh, they are well loved doggos! MLAA Oct 2022 #1
My Dad used to buy livers and kidneys from a produce factory and cooked them for our dog! kimbutgar Oct 2022 #2
Ours love chicken livers, Mr.Bill Oct 2022 #3
I did for the last couple years of my beloved border collie's life. luvs2sing Oct 2022 #4
Yes, I cook for Jack. AndyS Oct 2022 #5
Such a handsome fellow! niyad Oct 2022 #9
I did for my babies peacebuzzard Oct 2022 #6
Always! Tyche Oct 2022 #7
Does serving your dog whatever you are eating count? niyad Oct 2022 #8
We do that too. Mr.Bill Oct 2022 #10
My Mal ate everything that I ate, and I do mean EVERYTHING, with the niyad Oct 2022 #11
I don't have a dog spinbaby Oct 2022 #12
That's somthing we haven't tried yet Mr.Bill Oct 2022 #13
What do you do for any vitamins or PlutosHeart Oct 2022 #14
To be honest, I haven't researched that very much. Mr.Bill Oct 2022 #15
I use BalanceIt Yorkie Mom Oct 2022 #16


(2,220 posts)
4. I did for the last couple years of my beloved border collie's life.
Mon Oct 3, 2022, 07:40 PM
Oct 2022

He had developed myasthenia gravis, and his immune system went haywire. The only thing he could eat was rice and ground beef with vitamins added. There is a great book on home-cooked diets for dogs. I don’t remember the name of it, but it is by Volhard. Might be out of print by now.

The dog who owns us now is 70 pounds, so home cooking would be quite expensive, however, he gets small amounts of tasty, healthy people food in his meals.


(14,559 posts)
5. Yes, I cook for Jack.
Mon Oct 3, 2022, 07:43 PM
Oct 2022

He's a 23 pound fox terrier mix--I think part Bolivian Snake Retriever--because he's a picky eater. Would starve before eating dried food. Scratches the floor around the bowl if I put canned mash in it.

Stewed chicken, rice, peas n carrots, chicken livers and any fat trimmed off the pork shoulder (cooked to cracklins) all mixed up and frozen. I can feed him for two weeks for (best case) $10 and (worst case) $15. If I get really hungry I stir fry it and add an egg. Fried rice!

I'm retired, have nothing to do all day and take all day to do it . . .


(5,200 posts)
6. I did for my babies
Mon Oct 3, 2022, 08:01 PM
Oct 2022

With almost the same recipe. They lived well into the mid teens; were quite healthy
On edit: i really miss them! 😢


(86 posts)
7. Always!
Mon Oct 3, 2022, 08:04 PM
Oct 2022

Our Akbash, Willow, gets what we call Willow stew. It's usually a chicken, but sometimes beef or pork I find on sale, stewed with water then cooled and deskinned/deboned. I add barley or brown rice, split peas, bulgar wheat etc, with veggies (NEVER tomatoes lol), these days pumpkin, always dried cranberries and blueberries because she loves them.

With her kibble, and 2 eggs with rice for breakfast every morning, she eats well! She's a working livestock guardian dog and deserves it.


(24,438 posts)
10. We do that too.
Mon Oct 3, 2022, 08:06 PM
Oct 2022

I'm the type that trims all the fat off of meat. They always get that. We buy all of our chicken pieces with skin on. They love that fried.


(115,049 posts)
11. My Mal ate everything that I ate, and I do mean EVERYTHING, with the
Mon Oct 3, 2022, 08:11 PM
Oct 2022

exception of pickles. Only dog I have ever seen to eat artichokes, and properly.


(1,369 posts)
14. What do you do for any vitamins or
Mon Oct 3, 2022, 08:44 PM
Oct 2022

things needed for balancing the food? I used to do homemade and have been doing Honest Kitchen with added veggies and protein...and cutting back on the recommended amount.
I like Dr. Baskos book on dog food for special situations.


(24,438 posts)
15. To be honest, I haven't researched that very much.
Mon Oct 3, 2022, 08:55 PM
Oct 2022

I do know they need fiber, therefore the rice, and we use different vegetables in every batch. I do know they are acting younger and healthier than they do on the store-bought stuff. Their poop looks better and more regular, too.

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