Originally Posted by Rgeurts
I have been struggling with making food for Nookie and Thorin. It seems that Nookie has a hard time with most veggies (gas, spitting up etc.). He also has a lot of "heat" in his body. We saw the holisitic vet, it was a specialist from Calgary who was seeing Dr. Marsdens patients while he was on holidays. She said Nookie has so much heat radiating from his upper body and that could be contributing to all the "weird" episodes he has. She asked what we were feeding him and I gave her the recipe. It seems that a lot of the food he was getting is considered "warm" or "hot", so she said we needed to change it and gave me a list of warm/hot, cool/cold and neutral foods. One thing I was concerned about was a vitamin/mineral deficiency with the home cooked. I told her I was looking at some different pre-mix foods and she said The Honest Kitchen is a really good one. I had been considering trying it, but kept putting it off because availability is slim. So I looked in to it again and found a couple of stores here that carry it and are willing to order a few large boxes at a time for me. I have had both Thorin and Nookie on it for a week now and they seem to be doing well. Just wondering if anyone else has tried it? One thing I like is I don't have to worry about supplements and they actually pay close attention to the calcium/phosphorus ratio, unlike a lot of the other pre-mixes. It definitely isn't cheaper than home cooking, but if it's better for them, it's ok! We were spending around $400 a month on home cooking. This is going to be $500-$550 depending on the meat prices in our area.
This is the one I'm using:
Foundation-Mix For Homemade, Grain-Free Dog Food, All life stages (when mixed with meat)
n. Choice, Desire, Option, Selection.
Alfalfa, sweet potatoes, cabbage, celery, apples, spinach, organic kelp, coconut, bananas, zucchini, honey, tricalcium phosphate, choline chloride, zinc amino acid chelate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, potassium iodide, potassium chloride, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate.
* Protein, min 12%
* Fat, min 5%
* Fiber, 10% max
* Moisture, 8% max
Just add meat! The easiest way to make homemade dog food, Preference is a grain-free foundation diet, to which meat must be added with every feeding. The beauty of Preference is that you can add whichever meat you would like, so itís an excellent option for dogs that canít tolerate more common protein sources or who just like a little variety. Suitable for dogs of all ages including pups and seniors.
The one thing I really like is that all but 2 of the ingredients are cool/cold. The sweet potato and coconut are both warm, but the coconut is such a small amount and the vet said the sweet potato has a lot of nutrition and fibre benefits, so it's ok.