Links to Home Cooked Recipes
Sample BARF Recipe
3 / 4 pound of raw meat, pieces of raw beef (not ground), raw chicken, mackerel, lamb, etc (twice a week use liver or kidneys.)
1 egg raw
1 / 2 clove garlic, chopped
2 T Yogurt
1 tsp honey
1 T apple cider vinegar
1 / 2 tsp Flaxseed oil
1 tsp powdered kelp seaweed
1 tsp powdered alfalfa
250 mg Crushed Vit C for dogs
1 / 2 cup Cooked Potato
Stir and serve.
Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide
When feeding kibble it is suggested that you find a small breed food and/or small kibble as dogs are lazy about chewing and it will help with their digestion.
When using kibble entice puppies with a tablespoon of wet food for the first 4 months to ensure adequate food intake.
Lastly, avoid plastic bowls. Glass or ceramic are fine but stainless is probably best.
One of the most important things to consider is what to feed your Havanese. We recognize there is not just one answer to this question, not only because of our different opinion but because different dogs also require or react differently to different things. What works for one does not work for all. In this page we will bring you some basic guidelines to consider to make you more aware of the dietary needs of our small breed dog and product labeling outlines in the food industry.
Basically, you have four options to consider:
To avoid stomach upsets switch foods gradually, 1/3 new to 2/3 existing for a few meals, then 2/3 new to 1/3 old for a few more until by the end of a 7 day period you are exclusively on the new product.
However, if you are ever experiencing a problem with a food product that does not look, or smell right. Or your dog is reacting negatively to it, then it is strongly suggested that you switch cold turkey. This may cause some intestinal reactions but it is better than the possible alternative. In such a case you can always add a tablespoon or two of good quality plain yogurt to help in the transition or transition with chicken & rice.
Before moving on to food there is one thing that is often overlooked at that is WATER - It is paramount that your dog have a clean bowl/pail of fresh GOOD QUALITY water everyday. Many tear stain problems have been resolved by switching to bottled water. Carefully consider the quality, freshness and availability of your dogs water everyday.
Kibble: There are a good quantity of brands and we've listed most that we like on the side panel. When making your decision there are things to consider.
1. Your dog's breeder - this should be your first resource for diet info. (Unless its a puppy mill/pet shop they either have no clue or don't care about nutrition for our specific breed) If you did your homework and purchased your puppy from a responsible breeder, then you should trust what they suggest. The only reason to change should be if the kibble the breeder prefers simply is not agreeing with your dog, or you can't locate it. Still you should discuss this with your breeder for a suggested alternative.
2. An experienced, responsible breeder of Havanese and experience and responsible do not equal the number of champions or shows - use your common sense in this area.
3. A Veterinarian who understands nutrition. You'd be surprised but not all of them do. They can be a great resource for alternative food choices if your dog displays digestive problems or food allergy reactions (which would be a valid case for using something like Science Diet).
Canned Food can be a good supplement to a kibble diet. However, canned food alone is not sufficient. For one it does not require chewing which is an important facet in any dog's diet. It can also encourage the build-up of tartar in the teeth. For an adult Havanese a good rule of thumb is to feed two meals per day one dry one with canned food ( about 1/3 cup dry to two tablespoons wet). Puppies can be fed the same but 3 to 4 times.
BARF - (a/k/a - Biologically Appropriate Raw Food)
Home Cooked Diet - Perhaps what used to be is coming back in style. Although yesteryear we used to feed our dogs table scraps that is not the same thing as home cooking for our Havanese. After the 2007 food recall this became the only trusted choice as we controlled what we put in. A quick recipe is the same you may use for a sick or non eating dog and that is boil some chicken and rice. :) However, if home cooking is going to be your permanent diet a bit of study is suggested as it maybe prudent to use supplements to ensure a balanced diet. Below are a couple recipes to get you started and be sure to check the resources on the left column.
Two Complete Home Cooked Recipes
Basic Canine Three-Part Combo - "The Original Dog Bible"
1/4 pound (1/2 cup) ground chicken, turkey, beef, or lamb (heart or muscle is okay; liver is okay but not more than once a week). Use one type of meat per meal and vary the meat at least every three or four days.
Continental Canine- Recipe from Dr. William Pollak, DVM
This is a quick and easy homemade meal containing the three basic food groups of raw meat, raw grated vegetables, and cooked grain.
2 cups water
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the raw oats, cover, cook 2 minutes, turn off the heat, let stand about 10 minutes. Stir in the rest of ingredients. Mix in some brewers or nutritional yeast, lecithin, and/or olive oil if desired.
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