IMPORTANT: Before making any changes to your dog’s diet, please consult with your holistic veterinarian to ensure the changes are compatible with your dog’s current health status. Weigh your dog before making diet changes. Having a baseline and tracking their weight will help you in adjusting quantities should they lose, or gain too much. The amount of food a dog requires will vary based on activity level, age and overall health status.
Cooked Meal for a 20 lb. Dog
- 8 ounces ground organic turkey thigh (boneless!)
- 2 tbsp ground organic turkey organ meat (liver, gizzards, hearts)
- ¼ c finely grated organic veggies
- 1 tsp ground raw sunflower seeds
- ½ tsp organic coconut oil
- ½ tsp salmon oil
- 500 mg Calcium Citrate (*must include this!)
*Adjust ingredient measurements based on your dog’s weight and activity level. The amounts listed above are for a 20 lb. dog who receives minimal exercise. A dog’s caloric needs can quadruple with intense exercise. Be sure to monitor your dog’s weight and adjust meal portions to meet caloric requirements.
- 40 lb. Dog: Above amounts x 2
- 60 lb. Dog: Above amounts x 3
- 80 lb. Dog: Above amounts x 4
Directions: Blanch veggies and set aside. Gently cook the (boneless) ground turkey thigh and organ meat at a medium low temperature. Remove from burner when most of the meat has turned white, but some remains pinkish. Place blanched veggies in food processor or clean coffee grinder and pulse until finely grated in appearance. Mix all ingredients together and serve after making sure the mixture has cooled down enough to eat.
Tips: Heat from the cooking process decreases the life force (vitality) of the food. Gentle partial cooking will retain more of the food’s vitality while still providing a meal that’s easier for some pets to digest than raw food. Blanching and finely grating veggies makes them easier to digest and enhances nutrient absorption.
- If your dog has a history of urinary tract infections, struvite or calcium oxalate stones, please ask your veterinarian for guidance.
- Track your dog’s urinary pH because it’s directly linked to, and impacted by their diet. You can buy pH strips at most pharmacies. The normal pH level for dogs is 6.5.
Nutritional Supplements (for a 20 lb. dog)
These are additional nutrients (supplements) that can be added to the recipe above and are not included in the nutritional analysis table.