There’s a lot of research on what type of diet is best for dogs. It’s hard for an average dog owner to know what is best with all the confusing ingredients in the dog food and marketing schemes in the pet food industry.
After watching Pet Fooled on Netflix it got me thinking, is the diet I’m feeding good enough? Does it provide the nutrients my dogs need?
As a disclaimer, I am not certified or in any way a nutrition expert for animals. The contents of this post is based on my personal findings and intended for sharing experiences and recording my journey to finding the best possible natural diet for my dogs.
Dogs react differently to ingredients, so do make sure that your dog is not allergic to any of the items listed if you intend to provide it to them. My dogs are very sensitive to new foods, so I tested it out over time by giving them new foods one by one to check if they reacted. To date they have had allergies to chicken, pet milk and dry cat food.
So, previously here is what I fed my dogs:
Dry food + Freeze dried food as a topper:
I looked up all 43 ingredients, and realised that I only know what 12 of them are! Isn’t that crazy? I can’t decipher what 31 of the ingredients are that I feed my dogs every day…This item is not as ‘simple’ as I thought it was.
I used the honest kitchen food as a topper because I know that dry kibbles usually do not contain enough nutrients and the dogs won’t eat the dry food on it’s own. It has a total of 20 ingredients, of which about 8 I know for sure what they are like chickpeas, pumpkin etc.
Being the curious person I am, after hours of researching I decided to take action and be in control of my pets’ diet to be able to be free from all the ambiguity that lies in the the pet food industry.
It is an ongoing process and in no way do I think that I have finished my journey on providing the best care for my pets’ diet but baby steps…
My new recipie
The Pet cubes site lists the ingredients in photos and since the products are all natural, I thought I can try and create it myself. It would save me a ton of money because the cubes are quite pricey (1 case $41) and I can copy the recipie easily so I don’t need to worry if I am providing enough nutrients.
I chose the Complete duck recipie here:
I decided to use most of the ingredients listed and gradually add on more. The reason being that my dogs are prone to allergies, and want to start off with ingredients I have given them before.
Ingredients ( 1 – 2 weeks worth )
- Duck thigh x 2 packs
- Broccoli x 1
- Butternut squash x 1/2
- Organic lentils x 1 cup
- Spinach – 1/2 a bag
- Carrot x 2
- Apple x 2
- Fish oil x 2 capsules
- Coconut oil x 2 tablespoons
- Water x 4 cups
Pressure Cooker / Large pot to boil ingredients
- Remove any small bones from the duck thigh with scissors or a knife. (Large bones naturally fall off when cooked and can be removed later.
2. Cut all the vegetables and fruits and combine in 1 large bowl. Add in the coconut oil, fish oil capsules, lentils and duck.
3. Place the bowl into the pressure cooker and leave for about 1 hour. The result should like similar to this:
4. Make sure to remove the bones from the duck out of the soup. Put into small zip log bags/ ice cube tray and freeze.
5. Thaw before their dinner and watch them enjoy
When switching diets, ensure that you do it gradually. I started by giving half a cube of the natural food alongside 1/2 cup of dry food for a couple days. I gradually reduced the dry food to only 1/3 cup and added 1-2 cubes of natural food.