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How to make a balanced diet?

This is the place to share your best homemade dog food and treat recipes with each other! Remember to use caution if your pet has allergies and to make any diet changes gradually so that your dog's stomach can adjust to the new foods you are introducing.

  
Mr. Jake the- Beagle

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Barked: Tue May 22, '12 2:20pm PST 
Hello,

Jake's been on a raw diet since January but at the moment I cannot find stable sources of varity other then chicken and beef liver (and even the liver is had to come by). So I'm looking into home cooking.

I'm looking for some pointers as to make a balanced diet. I saw the post here about using nutrition data.com and it's helpful buti'm not sure what i can use to fill certain gaps and is my dog alright taking in 500% his daily value of vitamin A while barely 17% of his vitamin D? Is there a place i can find a complete or long list of veggies and fruits dogs can eat?

I have so many question. red face

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Maxwell

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Barked: Tue May 22, '12 4:04pm PST 
I suggest reading through the B-Naturals newsletters and dogaware's most excellent sites on feeding dogs. Dogaware has a short list of do not feeds listed. There are very few veggies and fruits dogs cannot eat and many opinions on the subject!
http://www.b-naturals.com/newsletters
http://www.dogaware .com/diet/homemade.html

If I was forced to feed Max a cooked diet I would be feeding something like the low glycemic one on the B-Natural site.

If you work through the steps in Sedona's thread on balancing a diet in 21 steps that should help.

Since you are open to raw feeding check out the hounds' recent thread. They are planning to feed mostly cooked food but offer an edible meaty bone a couple times a week for calcium instead of fussing with egg shell or bone meal in the cooked food.

Don't be concerned with vitamin overages so much. Check how AAFCO's standards allow for a wide range and if you have a kibble bag in the house see how that kibble meets the standard.
http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/ResourcesforYou/ucm04 7120.htm
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