Dog Food: Healthy Powder Supplement

This supplement recipe is from Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats. The Healthy Powder is used in the Doggie Oats recipe and other recipes developed by Dr. Pitcairn.

Healthy Powder

2 cups nutritional (torula) yeast
1 cup lecithin granules
1/4 cup kelp powder
1/4 cup bonemeal (or 9,000 mg calcium or 5 teaspoons eggshell powder)
1,000 mg vitamin C (ground) or 1/4 teaspoon sodium ascorbate (optional)

Mix all ingredients together in a 1-quart container with lid and refrigerate.

Dog Food: Doggie Oats

This recipe is from Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats. Dr. Pitcairn believes that oats are a good choice of grain in cooking for pets. Not only are oats quick-cooking, but they contain more protein per calorie than any other common grain. It’s best to add some variety by substituting other grains at times (as recommended). That’s because each grain varies in its amino acid composition and its vitamin and mineral levels.

This dog food recipe can be used in the daily diet for dogs. This recipe will provide a fresh, home-prepared meal full of nutrition. Our Goldens love this recipe!

Doggie Oats

This maintenance recipe for adult dogs ranges in protein value from about 22% (using fattier meats or tofu with bulghur) to 30% (using turkey with oats).

8 cups raw rolled oats (or 16 cups cooked oatmeal)
2 pounds (4 cups raw ground or chopped turkey
½ cup Healthy Powder (recipe above)
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 cup cooked vegetables (or less if raw and grated)
3 Tablespoons bonemeal (or 5,400-6,000 milligrams calcium or 1 tablespoon eggshell powder)
10,000 IU vitamin A (optional if using carrots)
400 IU vitamin E
1 teaspoon tamari soy sauce or ¼ teaspoon iodized salt (optional)
1-2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced (optional)
15 milligrams iron (optional)

Bring 1 gallon (16 cups) of water to a boil. Add the oats, cover and turn off the heat, letting the oats cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until soft. Don’t stir while cooking or the oats will become mushy. Then combine with the remaining ingredients and serve.

Yield: About 22 cups, with 205 kilocalories per cup.

Daily ration (in cups):
Toy: 2/3 to 2 2/3 cups
Small: 2 2/3 to 5 1/3 cups
Medium: 5 1/3 to 7 cups
Large 7 to 9 cups
Giant 9 ¾ to 14 2/3 cups

Grain substitutes
: Instead of oats, you may use 4 cups of bulgur (add 8 – 12 cups water). If you are using poultry or lean cuts of beef, you may also use these lower-protein grains: 4 cups millet (add 12 cups water); 3 cups brown rice (add 6 cups water)
4 cups cornmeal (add 16 cups water)
4 cups barley (add 8 – 12 cups water)
The higher-protein grains are necessary to provide adequate amounts of protein.

Meat Substitutes: Instead of turkey, try chicken, hamburger, chuck, or beef heart; lean or medium grades are okay, but don’t use fattier meats.

Other Substitutes: If you use oats or bulghur, you may occasionally substitute either of the following for the meat: 2 pints cottage cheese plus 4 eggs, or 32 ounces of tofu plus 8 eggs. Add the eggs while the grain is still hot so they’ll set slightly and give the best texture.


Dog Food: Quick Oats & Eggs

This is a simple dog food recipe to use (especially if you have run out of dog food). This recipe is not meant as a substitute for dog food on a regular basis as it is higher in protein than most dogs require.

Quick Oats & Eggs

1 cup raw rolled oats (or 2 cups cooked oatmeal)
3 eggs
1 teaspoon bonemeal (or 600 mg calcium or 1/3 teaspoon eggshell powder)

Bring 2 cups of water to boil. Add the oats, cover with lid and turn off the heat, letting the oats cook in the hot water for about 10 minutes, or until soft.

Stir in the eggs and bonemeal. Let the eggs set slightly from the heat, then cool for a few minutes before serving.

Add a little nutritional yeast, if you wish.

Yield: About 2 ¾ cups, with 205 kilocalories per cup.
Daily ration: Makes 1 meal or a half-day’s ration for a medium-size dog. Double the recipe to make meal for a giant-size dog.
Grain substitutes: Instead of oats, use ½ cup bulgur (to cook, use 1 cup water to yield 1 ¼ cups cooked).