A dog’s nutrient requirements aren’t linear to body weight. That is, a 20 pound dog doesn’t have 1/3 of the nutrient requirements of a 60 pd dog. A 100 pd dog doesn’t have 10 x the nutrient requirements of 10 pd dog, etc. This diet shouldn’t be halved or tripled or whatever it might take to make you think it’ll work well for a different weight of dog. It won’t. This diet meets the NRC recommended allowances for vitamins and minerals. It greatly surpasses protein and fat requirements and is not suitable for dogs with any kind of gastrointestinal or pancreatic issues.
The weights noted are cooked weights – what a food must weigh after it’s been cooked. Use a kitchen scale. Cups measure volume only (1 cup of feathers doesn’t way the same as 1 cup of gravel) Brown rice which should be cooked as 1 part rice to 3 parts water until the grains split open and are very soft. So soft and mushy that you wouldn’t want to eat it. Carrots and green beans should be cooked and pulverized. Feed chunks and you’ll see pieces of veggies in the stool.
Neither the foods nor supplements are optional. The diet is balanced only if fed as written. You’re not obligated to buy my brand of supplements, but you must buy the equivalent in that vitamin and mineral content must be the same. NOW calcium carbonate powder may be available at your health food store. If not, you’ll find it on-line.
Wean toward this diet over a 7 day period if you are currently feeding canned or dry food.
Disclaimer: Readers acting on this information do so at their own risk with full knowledge that a veterinarian should be consulted for advice. The author holds no responsibility or liability to any pet, person, or entity with respect to damage, loss or injury caused or said to be caused directly or indirectly by the information and diet provided herein.
Cooked diet for a 58-62 pound dog to be fed over a 1-week period – unless noted otherwise
Provides approx. 1170 kilocalories that break down as 35% from protein, 18% from carbohydrates and 47% from fat, or stated another way, 100 grams of protein, 52 grams of carbohydrates and 60 grams of fat.
80 oz ground beef, 15% fat, broiled (discard drippings)
3 1/4 oz beef liver, braised
7 large eggs, hard boiled, peeled
7 oz green beans, boiled and mashed
21 oz sweet potato, baked (discard skins)
1 1/2 cups long grain brown rice (dry amount)
6 tsp. NOW calcium carbonate powder
5 tsp bone meal
5 mg zinc
1 capsule Multi Mineral Complex
2 tsp kelp
1 capsule vitamin E 200 IU
1/4 tablet vitamin B compound per day
3 capsules (500 mg each) wild salmon oil per day
500 mg taurine per day
Tip: You can make a one-week batch of food and add calcium powder, bone meal, zinc, Multi Mineral Complex and kelp. Mix thoroughly and freeze in daily portions. These supplements tolerate your freezer whereas the others should be fed fresh, daily.
B vitamin can upset an empty stomach. Tuck 1/4 tablet in food that will be fed as a hand-held treat and given after a meal.