We recently began our journey of feeding our pups Missy & Buzz a homemade diet, using Dr. Harvey’s Grain-Free Veg-to-Bowl pre-mix. (<– read my article about it here!).
One of the key components of the homemade diet is adding your own protein, which I personally love as it puts me in control of the quantity AND of the quality of the protein our pups eat!
Dr. Harvey’s suggests to rotate the protein you add to your dog(s)’ meals on a weekly basis, as different protein sources such as poultry, beef, lamb, or salmon have different compositions of amino acids, as well as different levels of fats, nutrients, and vitamins.
So for the last 16 days, we’ve been rotating between ground beef & ground turkey, and also introduced chicken breasts…yes, chicken ~ if you’ve followed K9sOverCoffee for a little while and have been reading my posts, you probably know that I’ve mentioned several times that Buzz doesn’t do well on chicken.
Well, he didn’t use to, or maybe I should say that he wasn’t given the right KIND of chicken before and consequently didn’t tolerate it very well..
I had a feeling that the quality of the chicken might have something to do with it, and made sure to purchase all natural chicken breasts without any artificial ingredients, from chickens fed grains, vitamins, and minerals, but no added growth hormones or stimulants and no antibiotics.
And what do you know?! Buzz has enjoyed and digested the chicken breasts just as well as the turkey & the beef. I’m so thrilled!
From grass-fed, natural angus beef, raised without antibiotics or added growth hormones. Contains no artificial ingredients and is minimally processed.
All natural ground turkey that has been family farmed without the addition of any antibiotics, growth hormones or stimulants. It contains no artificial ingredients and is minimally processed.
All natural, boneless skinless fresh chicken breasts. Gluten-free, no artificial ingredients, minimally processed. From chickens fed grains, vitamins, and minerals, but no added growth hormones or stimulants and no antibiotics.
Mixing Ground Turkey & Chicken Breasts
Turkey Necks As A Special Topper
All natural, gluten-free, minimally processed, without any artificial ingredients.
I came across the turkey necks while shopping for the pups’ meat, and figured they would make an excellent topper. Needless to say, the pups loved them 😉
It took me about 20 minutes to cut/pull the meat away from the turkey neck bone though, so this special topper will remain in the category of special, OCCASIONAL toppers..
Side note: I didn’t throw out the wonderful turkey juices that were created while boiling the turkey necks (for about 45 mins) ~ I used them with the pups’ meals 🙂
Update December 2016: Now that Missy & Buzz have been transitioned to eating raw food, raw meaty bones such as turkey necks are part of their diet. No more cooking them 😉
Still To Come
Still on my list of “protein sources to try out” are salmon, lamb, and lentils.
Decent salmon & lamb are a little harder to come by in our neck of the woods here in rural NC, and the closest Fresh Market is almost an hour away from us.
We’ll have to wait until we are headed to civilization for a day trip to get our hands on some good salmon & lamb.
Have you made the switch to homemade doggie meals or been thinking about it? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!