HOMEMADE DOG FOOD

Canine Health and Nutrition Information from Dr Ken Tudor.

How Long Should You Cook Meat for Homemade Dog Food?

Ken Tudor - Thursday, February 04, 2016

Monitor meat temperature to make sure you are creating a "bacteria safe" meal.Cooking meat for homemade dog food has two advantages over using raw meats.

 
1) Cooking meat kills bacteria. Meat can become contaminated by bacteria in the following ways:
 
a) The animals may harbor bacteria before being slaughtered
b) During processing at the slaughterhouse
c) During transportation to the store or butcher
d) During cutting, packaging and storing by the butcher
e) During storage and preparation in our kitchen
 
2) Cooking makes meat more digestible. Despite what you may have heard or read, raw meat is not more digestible than cooked meat. Gentle cooking breaks chemical bonds and increases the digestibility of the amino acids from meats so they are more readily absorbed from the intestines. Much of the protein in raw meat is passed in dog poop, undigested. Undigested protein also encourages the growth of gas producing bacteria in the colon.
 
But you can over cook meat and decrease its quality. Meat only needs to be heated to an internal temperature of 170o F to kill bacteria. No matter how you cook the meat for your homemade dog food, a meat thermometer can tell you what the temperature is in the middle of meat cut. For fried, ground meats, complete browning is a good indication of reaching the correct internal temperature.
 
Don’t rely on cooking times recommended in your cook books or recipes. Monitor the temperature so you are creating a “bacteria-safe” meal without destroying the quality of the protein.

 

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How Can Diet Help Dogs With Kidney Disease?

Ken Tudor - Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dogs with Kidney Disease do Better with Homemade Dog Food All of the sudden your dog starts drinking a lot of water. He needs to go out more frequently to urinate. You also notice that the urine is clearer and less yellow than it used to be. After blood and urine tests your vet tells you your dog’s kidneys are failing and will need a special low protein diet for the rest of its life. You leave the vets office with so many unanswered questions. What is kidney disease? What caused it? Why my dog? What do these treatments do? Why does my dog need a special food? What if my dog won’t eat the food, then what? You need answersRead more...

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Vomiting and Diarrhea in Your Dog: It Could Be Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Ken Tudor - Sunday, February 15, 2015

Vomiting or Diarrhea may indicate Inflammatory Bowel Disease Your neighbor tells you her dog has had long episodes of vomiting and diarrhea for the last two years. She is convinced that it is some sort of reaction to the ingredients in the food. She just hasn’t found the right food that will stop the symptoms and recover the lost weight. You tell her that those symptoms may be a sign of something more serious and she should take her dog to the vet. Instead she says she is going to the pet store and find out which food the 18-year old dog food expert behind the counter recommends for her sick dog. You’re right. This dog needs a trip to the vet, not the pet store. The dog could be suffering from inflammatory bowel disease or IBD. With proper treatment and diet, her dog could enjoy a quality, symptom free, longer life.  Read more...

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Why the Type of Protein in Your Dog’s Food is Important

Ken Tudor - Sunday, February 08, 2015

The Type of Protein Matters for the Health of your Dog You shop for a dog food with lots of protein. But did you know that the type of protein in the food is even more important than the total amount of protein? Proteins are not all the same. It turns out that the proteins used in regular dog food are not as healthy as you would like to believe.  Read more...

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Which Dogs Have Short Bowel Syndrome?

Ken Tudor - Friday, December 26, 2014

Short Bowel Syndrome is a decrease in the length of the intestinesEarly in my veterinary career I had to perform emergency surgery on a dog to remove pieces of a Jacuzzi control box, complete with wiring, from the intestine of a young Siberian husky. The wires and metal fragments he had eaten had been in the intestines long enough to cause infection throughout the intestines. A large area was dead so I had to remove a long segment of the small and large intestines. After he recovered, he was unable to form normal stool and often had uncontrollable diarrhea when fed normal dog food. His shortened bowel did not allow thorough digestion and absorption of his food. His short bowel syndrome (SBS) needed to be controlled. But how?  Read more...

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Homemade Dog Treats: Don’t Be Fooled By the Ingredients

Ken Tudor - Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Healthy Dog Treats - Sometimes Not So HealthyAs a provider of homemade dog food recipes and supplements, I am always on the lookout for homemade recipes for homemade dog treats. Finding recipes for healthy homemade treats was harder than I thought.   Read more...

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