Dog Food Dilemmas and the Vegetarian Dog

20180203_185925It has been several years since I have written about dog food because I haven’t had a canine running around since our last big farm.  I was worried then, I am worried now.  Pentobarbital being found in dog food?  I know that the dead pile of animals at the slaughter house is what is used to make fido’s food but I recently learned that sometimes animals are picked up after being euthanized from shelters too.  That is how the euthanasia drug gets in there.



We lost our kitty to the cat food recalls over a decade ago.  We saw the reports and fretted over our greyhound four years ago.  The best brand of dog food on the market is currently being sued.  I look at my puppy and I just cannot have anything happen to him.  This is my first dog.  The others were the family pup, the kids’ dogs; Gandalf is our baby.


Not to mention that these pet food companies own all different brands from cheap to expensive with all the same ingredients and that these big companies house dogs and cats in cages to test on for their entire lives and I need a plan b.

Most folks I know that make their own dog food incorporate meat but I haven’t seen in my holistic practice that the dogs have been any healthier.  A dog’s digestive system is similar to ours where the intestines are quite long and they do not need meat to thrive.  Same as us.  In fact, wolves and coyotes in the wild eat more vegetables and fruit than they do meat.

A recipe I used to make my greyhound, Bumble was as follows:

2 cups of nuts

2 cups of vegetables (mostly leafy greens, add carrots, peppers, squash, etc.)

A piece of fruit (my pups have loved bananas, apples, etc)

2 Tb herbs

1 Tb olive, sunflower, or coconut oil

1 ts salt

1 clove of garlic (yes, garlic is very safe for animals)

Grind in a food processor.  Feed half in the morning and half at night and this feeds a 75 pound dog for a day.

That was before I had a five month old, eight-five pound, growing Great Pyrenees!  He eats that in one sitting!


I saw an interview with a gal whose dogs ate only what she ate.  She would make them little casseroles of what she was preparing.  They ate all the delicious food she prepared.  This makes sense to me because we eat really healthy food.  Who decided that table scraps were not good for dogs?  The dog food companies?  So with each meal I make extra for Gandalf.  We get all of the nutrients we need.  Our children got all they needed.  Our dog will surely get all he needs!

Stealing my recliner to watch a movie with Dad. Spoiled much?

And as a bonus, here is a recipe I found on PETA’s website for a cooked dog food recipe.

Homemade Sweet Potato–Peanut Butter Vegan-Dog Delight
Adapted from a recipe by Corinne Alexaki

6 cups filtered water
1/2 cup whole-grain rice
1/2 cup black or white quinoa
1 cup lentils
3 medium sweet potatoes, cubed
3 cups or 24 oz. natural peanut butter
1 1/2 cups or 8–12 oz. apple cider vinegar, optional (Vinegar helps stop doggie gas, but if your dog doesn’t have this problem, you can omit it.)

They added vitamins and flax seed oil and herbal supplements.


We make time for what we care about.  These three ideas can certainly get us all started on making our own healthy food for our beloved furry kids.


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