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we found this recipe a long time ago, and fed it at snips for about a year. It was analyzed for nutrition, and it is a complete and balanced diet. The dogs thrived on it. The only reason we're no longer feeding this recipe is that we've switched over to the BARF (Bones and Raw Foods) diet.

5 lbs of ground beef or chicken
3/4 cup canola oil
4-5 cloves garlic
32 cups water
8-10 cups processed veggies (carrots, celery, pumpkin, zucchini, yellow squash, acorn and butternut squash, sweet potatoes, red peppers, beets, romaine lettuce, greens, and smaller amounts of peas, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, etc.) NO ONIONS
2-3 cans kidney beans
1/2 cup molasses (optional)
42-45 oz oatmeal (quick cooking oats)

Eggs can be added to boost protein

In a large 24qt pot brown ground meat, add canola oil and garlic. When well cooked, add water. Bring to boil, then add veggies that have been processed, (frozen or canned veggies will work too). I use dried kidney beans and soak them the night before preparing a batch of food. While I am cooking the meat I have the beans in another pot cooking them. Once cooked, they are added to the above mixture. Next, the oatmeal is added. Frequent stirring is necessary at this point as the mixture will stick. Remove from heat, cool and put into containers. The above mixture feeds 3 medium sized dogs for about for 1 week.

I occasionally add substitute brown rice for some of the oatmeal (this is especially good if your dog develops diarrhea when you first introduce this food). Introduce it gradually, mixing it in in increasing quantities to your dog's old food.

I also add a mixture called Healthy Powder (from Dr. Richard Pitcairn and Susan Hubble Pitcairn's The Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats) to each meal. I fed this twice daily and added 1 tsp of Healthy Powder to each meal for each dog.

Healthy Powder
2 cups nutritional (Torula) yeast
1 cup lecithin granules
1/4 cup kelp powder
1/4 cup bonemeal
1,000 mg vitamin C (ground)

Mix together and keep refrigerated.

See snips tips for more healthy recipes!

Need something for a special occasion?
This makes a great puppy birthday cake!

2 pounds raw liver (chicken or beef)
2 packages Jiffy corn muffin mix - follow the directions on the box
4 eggs
2 or 3 garlic cloves, chopped (I use the garlic in a jar, 2 tablespoons)

Preheat oven to 350F. Puree liver in food processor, add in Jiffy mix, eggs &
garlic, and blend until smooth. Pour into heavily greased pan ( I use a 9x13
cake pan, if you want the cake thicker, use a smaller pan). Bake for about 20
minutes, or until the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan. If it pulled
away from the sides, it should fall right out of the pan with just a little
coaxing with a spatula when you flip the pan over. (If you bake this in a jelly
roll pan, it comes out thinner, and you can cut it into small cubes to use as
training treats. It freezes quite well, so you can freeze the cubes in small
baggies until time to use it).

2 T. honey
2 T. peanut butter
1 ripe banana
Mix all above then add 32 oz. vanilla or plain yogurt.
Pour into ice trays and freeze.

A Vegetarian's Dilemma

As a vegetarian, I would like to give a little introduction to the information provided on diet. I believe that humans can have optimal health and happiness on a vegetarian or vegan diet, however, our companion animals, cats in particular, do not fare as well. Writing about the quality of meats in commercial foods, feeding raw, etc., I felt an uncomfortable twinge when referring to other domestic animals merely as meat. There is no easy answer to this question for me. If we continue to keep omnivorous and carnivorous animals as companions, then a certain number of cows, sheep, pigs, goats, fish, chickens and other animals will have to be slaughtered in order to feed them. In a perfect world, this would not be the case. In a better world, only our animal companions would be eating meat, ending the cruel, environmentally hazardous and unhealthy practice of factory farming.















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