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I want to feed my Westie a homemade diet (not raw). All those pet food recalls are scary. I was feeding Nutro, but apparantly that stuff is not good. All the other kibbles are either low quality or high cost, and you never know which one may be recalled next. I know the basic sources, chicken, lamb, eggs, yogurt, rice, potatoes, oatmeal. What I need to know is the starch/protein ratio. Should I add vegetables? Also, should I give a pet supplement such as Petabs? I heard that it should be 1/2 meat, 1/4 starch, and 1/4 pureed veggies, plus a vitamin supplement. Does anyone know if this is correct?:confused:
 

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First off .. You need to balance a meal for your Westie, meat, veggies, plus supplements here is a site where you can make up a recipe and balance it https://secure.balanceit.com/_clients2/supplements.php are some good sites you can look into and also you can use some of my recipes if you like?

I like the Honest Kitchen you can add your meat http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/index.shtml

Dog Food Project
http://www.dogfoodproject.com/

Dog Food Consultation
http://www.betterdogcare.com/?page=about

Dog Aware Supplement
http://www.dogaware.com/dogfeeding.html#supplements

Balancing a Home made Diet
http://www.dogaware.com/dogfeeding.html#Balance

Monica Segal Dietician
http://www.doggiedietician.com/

Books
Dr Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats - Dr Richard Pitcairn

K9 Kitchen, Monica Segal

Natural Nutrition for Dogs & Cats: The Ultimate Diet, Kymythy Schultze

The Healthy Dog Cookbook: 50 Nutritious & Delicious Recipes Your Dog Will Love by Jonna Anne, Mary Straus
 

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More importantly you need to balance calcium and phosphorus...that's a basic principle of feeding a homemade diet. Dogs don't "need" carbs. They get energy fromt he fat in their diet. Carbs obviously don't hurt them. But they don't "need" them. My dogs and cat haven't had carbs in 4 years now.

So first balance your calcium and phosphorus and then worry about the other stuff. If you dont' want to do all the biochemical computations then just follow a recipe from a reliable source like Pitcairn or Schulze.
 

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Hi:)....I've found that a mix of Dry Dog Food & Homemade Food works good.

I researched through Dog Foods and settled on Blue Buffalo Dry Food..www.bluebuff.com

My husky is 53lbs and 18 months old....he has a beautiful coat and is full of life, with a wet nose & sparkly blue eyes.

I feed him --- 1 1/2 Cups of Blue Buffalo Dry Food & three De-boned Chicken Thighs w/some Veggies (peas/carrots/green beans/sweet potatoes)

(sometimes instead of Chicken...he gets Beef or Pork, if we're having that for dinner -- but mostly it's Chicken)

He also gets a scoop of either Cottage Cheese/Ricotta Cheese or Cream Cheese -- he loves all cheeses.

Occasionally, he gets a small bowl of Vanilla Ice Cream & a couple of Milk-Bones.

He's doing great & is thriving!:):):).....
 
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