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Melport Meadows Pups

                       SAMOYED DOG FOOD RECIPES
PUPS HAVE FREE CHOICE ACCESS TO DIAMOND NATURALS LAMB AND RICE KIBBLE.
IN ADDITION, YOUR PUP (AT 10 to 15#) HAS BEEN EATING THE FOLLOWING EACH EVENING:
      MIXTURE OF (WE BLEND IT IN BLENDER OR FOOD PROCESSOR)-                                                            
1 TBSP. PULVERIZED VEGGIES OR OCCASIONAL FRUIT                 1/2 TSP. KELP                                                                                                                                  1/2 TSP. FLEA FREE                                                                            
SOMETIMES EGG, CAN ADD CRUMBLED SHELL                          1 TBSP. YOGURT                                                                                1 OZ. RED MEAT*                                                                             
WE MIX MEAT WITH VEGGIE MIX UNTIL CLOSE TO 8 WEEKS, AT WHICH TIME MEAT MAY BE FED GROUND OR IN LARGER PIECES AND PLACED IN THE DISH WITHOUT MIXING.                                              
ABOUT 2 OZ. RAW CHICKEN PIECES                                                   BONY PIECES SUCH AS WINGS, BACKS, NECKS ARE BEST.                                 BONES FROM THE BUTCHER ARE LEFT OUT FOR CHEWING AT ALL TIMES, AS AVAILABLE.     (ONCE HOME, WE RECOMMEND ELIMINATING KIBBLE AND FEEDING DOUBLE THIS AMOUNT ...9 TO 13OZ. TOTAL DAILY FOOD... FOR AN 18# PUP - AND DIVIDING IT BETWEEN 3 DAILY FEEDINGS WITH ACCESS TO LARGE BONES FOR CHEWING.)                                                   


OUR ADULT DOGS ARE GETTING THE BELOW RECIPE EVERY EVENING.  WE ONLY FEED THE ADULTS ONCE DAILY - OUR YOUNG DOGS, UNTIL THEY'RE FILLED OUT, AND PREGNANT AND NURSING MOMS, GET FED IN THE MORNING ALSO.  WE SOMETIMES LEAVE KIBBLES FREE CHOICE IF THEY SEEM TO NEED MORE CALORIES.  MEATY BONES ARE A GREAT SOURCE OF NUTRITION AS WELL.  WE JUST LAY OUT THE VARIOUS COMPONENTS IN THE DISH:
       MIXTURE OF (WE BLEND IT IN THE BLENDER OR FOOD PROCESSOR)-                                                    
4 TBSP. (TO EQUAL 1/2 CUP W/ YOGURT) PULVERIZED                      VEGGIES OR, OCCASIONALLY,  FRUIT                                                     1 1/2 TSP. KELP                                                                                   1-2 TSP. FLEA FREE (TO REPEL TICKS, FLEAS & MOSQUITOES - IS ALSO                               NUTRITIVE AND IS A SKIN AND COAT CONDITIONER, GREAT FOR IMMUNE SYSTEM)                 1 TBSP. OMEGA 3 OIL (OPTIONAL)                                                                                   SOMETIMES EGG, CAN ADD CRUMBLED SHELL                                                                      4 TBSP. YOGURT                                                                                                                         8 TO 12 OZ. CHICKEN PIECES*                                                         4 TO 8 OZ. RED MEAT*
BONES AVAILABLE FOR CHEWING BETWEEN MEALS.

                      LARGE BREED DOG FOOD RECIPES
Pups have free choice access to Diamond Naturals Lamb and Rice kibble.
In addition, your pup (at 15 to 20#) has been eating the following each evening:

      Mixture of (we blend it in blender or food processor)-                                          2 Tbsp. pulverized Veggies or occasional Fruit            1 tsp. Kelp                                                                                        1 tsp. Flea Free                                                                              Sometimes we add Egg                                                                2 Tbsp. Yogurt with Live Cultures                                        About 2 Tbsp. Ground Red Meat  

We mix meat with veggie mix until close to 8 weeks, at which time meat may be fed ground or in larger pieces and placed in the dish without mixing.                                About 3 oz. raw Chicken Pieces                                                     Bony pieces such as wings, backs, necks are best.                           Bones from the butcher are left out for chewing at all times, as available.       (Once home, we recommend eliminating kibble and feeding double this amount ...9 to 13oz. total daily food... for an 18# pup - and dividing it between 3 daily feedings with access to large bones for chewing.)                                                   


Our adult dogs are getting the below recipe every evening.  We only feed the adults once daily - our young dogs, until they're filled out, and pregnant and nursing moms, get fed in the moring also.  We sometimes leave kibbles free choice if they seem to need more calories.  Meaty bones are a great source of nutrition as well.  We just lay out the various components in the dish:
       Mixture of (we blend it in the blender or food processor)-                                                     6 Tbsp. (to equal 3/4 cup w/ yogurt) pulverized Veggies or,                            occassionally,  Fruit                                                                          2 tsp. Kelp                                                                                                                     2-3 tsp. Flea Free (to repel ticks, fleas & mosquitoes - is also                           nutritive and is a skin and coat conditioner, great for immune system)                1/2 Tbsp. Omega 3 Oil (optional)                                                                             Sometimes Egg, can add crumbled shell                                                                      6 Tbsp. Yogurt                                                                                                                        10 to 21oz. Chicken Pieces*                                                       10 to 16oz. Red Meat*
Bones available for chewing between meals.

The goal is to feed about 2% of an adult dog's weight daily, and then adjust to the dog's individual metabolism and activity level.  A pup needs 3-4% of his body weight in food daily (weight in pounds x 16 x .03).  His ribs should feel like the back of your hand... not too prominent and not too padded.  Actual needs Depend upon individual metabolism and on whether chewing bones are provided.

ALSO NOTE:  Our experience is that some Great Pyrenees and many Samoyeds may get fat on 2% of their body weight.  Some komondors need more.  You must always evaluate on an individual basis.

SIMPLE TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR PUP'S FOOD:

If I were just making food for a dog or two or three it could really be quite inexpensive and fairly uncomplicated.  Here are some of the ideas we use, and some that would work even better for feeding a small number of canines....


1) Buy together with a buying club.  There are groups who pool together to have meat ingredients delivered in bulk at less cost.  Search online for one in your area.


2) Buy from a surplus food dealer in your area in bulk or from a renderer who specializes in butchering down livestock for animal food.  Here's one near Madison:  


Bailey Farms -    http://www.baileyfarmspets.com/products.php


3) Grow extra food in your garden or purchase surplus vegetables from your grocery store, chop and freeze for future use.


4) Save out the stems from the broccoli, cores of cabbage and apples, leaves from the celery, beets, and other vegetables.  Use almost any part of a vegetable that doesn't normally make it to your table. 


5) Use the pulp from your juicer.


6) Buy when you see a good sale advertised and freeze.


7) Grind and save food that is marginal and you don't think your family would appreciate that it's on it's way out...ground up in his food your dog won't even notice!


8) Get raw milk from a local farmer and make it into yogurt using a plain yogurt with live cultures from the grocery store.


​9) Save out some of your own dinner and simply don't cook it.  


10) Companies making a raw dog food are now many.  However, they are usually quite expensive if it is a complete food, and many times the raw foods still contain grains.  Also...ground bone meal doesn't have all of the same benefits as whole bones that are chewed up.  If you do your research, though, you may find some options on the commercial market that will work well for you.


E-MAIL YOUR OWN ADDITIONAL TIPS FOR SIMPLIFYING THE MAKING OF YOUR DOG'S FOOD AND WE'LL ADD THEM TO OUR LIST!