What homemade food is good for dogs and what is bad?

@puppynut (370)
New Zealand
January 5, 2012 1:20am CST
When the budget is tight I often wonder what I could substitute shop bought dog food. I feed my dog rice and meat and veges sometimes. But I wondered what things were actually good for their health and what is bad for them. I know chocolate is bad but what else?
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4 responses
5 Jan 12
RICE WITH BONELESS MEAT and veges are quite good for dogs. I GIVE OATS BOILED IN DILUTED MILK IN BREAKFAST. THOUGH SOME PEOPLE SAYS THAT MILK MAY NOT SOUT DOGS, BUT ITS FINE FOR MY DOG.FOODS WHICH CAN BE TOXIC ARE 1. FATTY MEATS LIKE HAM 2. COFFEE AND EXPRESSO BEANS 3. sodas 4. salt 5. potato,tomato, 6. liver 7. peaches 8. fruit pits 9. broccoli 10. onion and onion powder 11. yeast douh 12. grapes 13. candes and gums containind xylital 14. chickenbones.
@puppynut (370)
• New Zealand
6 Jan 12
Thank You. That's a very comprehensive list!! I'll be sure to avoid those things! I think I'm pretty safe with most things I feed him minus the onion. I'm guessing garlic is ok. I also limit the bread and wheat biscuits as I'm not sure if they are good or not.
6 Jan 12
Yes, wheat and corn products are also not good for dogs. Garlic is ok but in limited quantity, and not regularly. I give my pet a boiled goosgeberry and little raw turmeric with rice. I use to give him raw Neem barks to chew for better teeth but when I was in Europe, I could not get these things. I use to give him fresh fruits, like apple, blackberries, strawberries but all fruits should be without pits. Grapes are not good for dogs. I take the opportunity to request that, people who loves animals should also try to help and save stray animals all over the world and animals who faces brutality under Human hands.
@derek_a (10902)
5 Jan 12
We had a dog that would only eat cooked lambs hearts. No matter how much we tried, she would not eat anything else. I think she got the taste for them and knew we wouldn't let her starve. However, she put on far too much weight, and became lazy. Through our ignorance we had caused a problem. The hearts weren't very expensive so we thought we'd just let her have what she wanted. The vet said she was happy but far from healthy. She lived to 14 that was quite a good age for a dog, but didn't like going out for walks, because she got lazey. When we had the dog before, we had to take care that he didn't have chicken bones, because and he always "asked" for them when we had chicken. Chicken bone can spinter in sharp fragment and hurt the dog's inners, so it's best not to give them to dogs. There are special doggy-chocs that we used to get, that are specially for dogs. I don't think there's sugar in them, but can't be sure, but I know that chocolate that we eat, can damage them. _Derek
@derek_a (10902)
6 Jan 12
I was told that when a dog crunches up the chicken bones, they don't break like say a cow bone would, but spinter into long stick-like peices with sharp points on either end and that's what makes them dangerous for dogs. Yes, lambs hearts need cooking and not given raw.. I have not been told these things by a vet, but by other dog-owners, but I alway prefer to take that sort of advice anyway.. Unccooked meat does contain chemicals that if the dog eats too much of could do damage. In the wild, it is different because the dogs can go days without having a kill, and then they usually hunt and eat in packs so won't get as large a portion as we would give them. _Derek
@urbandekay (18312)
5 Jan 12
You could go to a knackers yard and buy horse or other meat not fit for human consumption and mix with oatmeal, some dogs are fed like that here. Be sure to worm regularly all the best urban
@puppynut (370)
• New Zealand
6 Jan 12
Thanks he often gets left over porridge so I was wondering if it is good for him or not! I won't worry now that the oats are bad for him.
@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
5 Jan 12
I've heard that onions are not good for dogs as well! I used to cook chicken liver and mix it with rice and veggies and then the next week I'll buy mince meat and do the same. I try to alternate so my dog wont get tired or sick of it and then he gets a treat once a week, likes raw beef kidney or red meat. Sometimes it really depends on what I can get cheaper in the market that I know my dog will eat it to make sure nothing goes to waste.
@puppynut (370)
• New Zealand
6 Jan 12
Thank you. That is helpful. I often feed him left overs with onion in it but I'll think twice about that from now on. He lives outside so I never know if what I'm feeding him is making him gassy or anything.