Dog food myths: Meat vegetables herbs and carbohydrates

Dog food myths:  Meat, vegetables, herbs, carbohydrates and diary products

Interesting facts and myths regarding dog food

Meat and Dog food

Myth: Dogs are wolves so they eat only very little vegetables?

A recent study found genetic differences in nutrition between wolves and dogs. In the course of domestication, the dog race has gained the ability to utilize starch better than wolves and therefore got an advantage over its wild cousin in its ecological niche, exceptions are dogs or pet dogs that lived under the supervision of human in human environment where limited menus of crops were available. Therefore, sled dogs are often poorer utilizers of starch than other dog breeds. The cooking of the starchy food is essential for dogs just as in the case of men.

We can not say that every dog ​​is a grain-eating vegetarian, but I personally consider a balanced mixed diet for dog to be healthy, which takes activity, breed and the individual into account, My Japanese dogs therefore get food made from approx. 50% - 60% meat (including offal), 20% - 30% cooked vegetables / fruit and 20% - 30% carbohydrates. This is just a little help and not a must.

should meat be cooked for dogs?

Cooking means "denaturation": In recent years it has been considered a bad habit to feed dogs with leftovers from human food, but there are some foods that are beneficial for dogs. Heating the individual components can even be beneficial,for instance vitamins can be better absorbed by your furry partner when served cooked food.

The cooking water or the brew should not be thrown away. Let me give you an advice you can prepare your dog potatoes. in my opinion potato water is not “toxic” for dogs either - although it is noted on various pages. Let me tell you one thing green and unriped areas of potato contains solanine so If you want to be on the safe side, you can take extra time to cook potatoes , simply take leftover, cooked tubers from your own meal or replace them with cooked parsnips. It is advisable to prepare everything in a saucepan after the cooking time in order to supply the dog with the valuable nutrients. 

For dogs,utilization of cooked vegetable food is many times better than raw - the nutrients shoul only be utilized through cooking. In addition, most dogs tolerate cooked fruits, vegetables better than raw ones. This is even same for grain. 

Do you know when meat is cooked, its protein structure changes, it is not something to be worried about but a cool phenomenon, when heated,the protein of the meat "solidifies" on the outside immediately and the meat is finely cooked. It largely retains its taste. Anyone who cooks for themselves can check that out. The process becomes clear when frying steaks. Because the heat is only initially high, the cook ensures that the steak stays juicy inside and that the meat does not lose its aroma.

Why cooked meat?

Cooked meat renders the virus which is otherwise dangerous for dogs, cooked meat is harmless food for dogs,cooked meat can be fed without hesitation, Cooked meat naturally contains less nutritional value than raw meat. However, I cook every type of meat myself , a balanced mixed diet can compensate for the loss caused by cooking. Intensity of given temperature also determines the loss of nutrients. The slow cooking process is gentle for meat. As already mentioned, minerals are unaffected by this because they are heat-resistant. If your own dog can handle raw meat, scalded or raw meat can also be offered to her,alternate Vegetables Edible fish and seafood may also be served.

However, in the case of sea fish, attention should be paid to the pollution in the fish. Not every dog ​​likes or tolerates fish well, which is why you should try it in small quantities.

Bones for my furry darling?

Bones are important for the dog's calcium balance. If the dog cannot or does not want to eat bones, the addition of bone powder is recommended.

Tip: Dogs not only love gristly, sinewy meat with skin, they also need it for their health. So ask the trusted butcher for sections. These are not low-quality waste, but simply what people don't like to have in their food, it is real culinary delight for dogs and it saves money too. This is not slaughterhouse waste, but high-quality muscle meat that customers don't like to buy.

Dairy products for dog

This is a nice addition to animal nutrients.
Sour milk products (yoghurt, sour milk, etc.) and cheese are easy to digest for dog because they are almost lactose-free due to their production.
Lactose-free alternatives are usually available for other milk products. Some dogs tolerate sheep's milk products particularly well.

Vegetables and fruits for dog

Almost every fruit,vegetable that tastes good and good for human is suitable for dogs too. Dogs who are a bit grumpy with vegetables can get used to them with low-flavor vegetables. Zucchini and cucumber are particularly good in this case, but carrots are also popular because they're loved by most of dogs when cooked.

In our standard menus you can often find apples and pears, which are particularly tasty when cooked. Forest berries are also gladly accepted. Every now and then banana ends up in the pot.

The dog kitchen is complemented by lamb's lettuce, other leaf salads are also gladly cooked. Spinach can also be processed, as can savoy cabbage or cabbage. 

Incidentally, after extensive research on one or the other “food legend”, our team found out that avocado is not as dangerous for dogs as it is claimed. The pulp of the avocado hardly contains persin, which is responsible for the toxic effect. The shell and core are particularly rich in persin. Unlike rodents and birds, most dogs can handle the amount in the pulp. This “urban myth”, which is spread on almost every nutrition site for dogs without your own research, was conceived from a single death in the USA. This dog had eaten tons of avocados and died from it. 
Of course, the avocado is not a must in the dog bowl, but the hysteria is not sustainable.
If you are unsure about the processing of a certain type of vegetables / fruit, you should leave them out.

 Tip:  Fruit and vegetables keep for a long time in the vegetable drawer like apples should be stored separately because the ethylene they contain allows other types of fruit and vegetables to ripen more quickly. Pears are a better choice for acid-sensitive dogs, they are considered to be very consumption.


Probably the most controversial component in dog food. Cereals in particular are considered to be allergenic and unhealthy for dogs, although countless dogs get along very well with it. When cooking for dogs, grain is not a cheap filler, but a consciously used, high-quality food. 
I really enjoy using millet, oats, and rice. 
Of course, the dog should be fine with it and if this is not the case or if you want to do without it for other reasons, there are enough alternatives. So-called pseudo-grains such as amaranth, buckwheat and quinoa, for example, which many dogs tolerate well, especially as flakes (as these are freed from the shell and the body can usually use them better).

If you don't want to give anything “grainy”, you can use the potato or sweet potato. Some other vegetables are so high in carbohydrates that they can be good sources, such as cooked parsnips. 
Chickpeas and beans are also naturally rich in carbohydrates. 
Most dogs like to eat noodles, I use normal egg noodles, durum wheat noodles or spelled noodles. Especially when they are left over from human consumption.

Herbs,species  and other additives

Anyone who cooks a lot naturally must absolutely pay attenron to the salt balance of the dog. That's why there is always salt in my brew. In many of the dog dishes,salt is not used, but it is vital. 
Dogs with kidney disease need a special diet  otherwise dogs need salt! I use sea salt.

Any valuable vegetable oil such as linseed oil, olive oil (both are not popular with all dogs because of their slight bitterness), pumpkin seed oil, hemp oil, coconut oil, walnut oil and sesame oil can complement the food. I mix one of the oils with lukewarm food.

As in humans, oregano, marjoram, thyme and other herbs in small quantities have a positive effect and gives a fine taste. 

Eggshell meal, which you can also mortar yourself, is a good little helper to meet the dog's high calcium requirement.

Every now and then I add a spoonful of honey and grated ginger to the menu, they offers  dog the same advantages as humans, especially in the case of cold. If you want, you can also use other additives from the BARF requirement.