Pet Food Recipes

A selection of tasty and nutritious, high quality pet food recipes. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about these pet food recipes, just give us a call at (406) 755-8214 or send an email to info@calmanimalcare.

Helping Dogs with Tummy Troubles

Episodes of vomiting and diarrhea can be caused by a variety of situations, from access to carcasses during hunting season to dietary indiscretions involving garbage cans. Bacterial infections and toxins can be overwhelming, and acute pancreatitis is just outright life-threatening. If your dog has GI distress, it’s best to get a diagnosis to determine what treatment is needed. In any case, recovery will be faster with a little help in the diet department. We do have some commercially prepared bland diets available, but there’s nothing like a home cooked meal when you’re feeling under the weather.

Hamburger and Rice Formula

Use a good, aromatic white rice like Basmati or Jasmine. Cook one part rice in 5 or 6 parts water, rather than the usual 1:2 ratio. This will make the rice very soft and easily digestible. Cook hamburger, either by boiling it and pouring off the liquid, or sautéing and rinsing afterwards. Drain it and mix the hamburger in equal parts with the rice mixture. Regular ground beef seems to be better tolerated than venison.

After your dog has been fasted for a time (usually 8 to 12 hours, but sometimes 24 to 36 hours if there is persistent vomiting and fluids are being given by injection), feeding this formula is less likely to set off another bout of diarrhea or vomiting. Offer small amounts often, allowing the gut to rest an hour or two between feedings, giving less than half the normal amount of a daily ration spread out over the course of the day.

After all signs of GI distress have been gone for a day, start adding in small amounts of the regular diet, gradually changing over to the regular diet over a couple of days. Be careful to avoid treats and fatty food during this time.   Have plenty of fresh water available, as always, though because the rice has so much water you might not see your dog drinking as much as usual.

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Standard Pet Formula—adequate for healthy dogs and cats over 6 months of age

Due to the recent problem with contamination of ingredients in pet foods many pet owners are asking about cooking for their pets. This recipe is suggested as a starting point to be tailored to the individual animal’s needs.

1 pound fresh boneless skinless chicken breast
2 and 2/3 cups cooked white rice
1 tablespoon safflower oil
1/4 tsp Morton’s lite salt
1/4 tsp iodinated salt
3 grams of calcium carbonate without vitamin D (regular Tums – check size)
1 Centrum adult multivitamin-mineral supplement (no special senior, ocular, women’s or other versions)
1/4 tsp taurine powder (or 500 mg tablet) (taurine is optional for dogs – essential for cats)

Sauté chopped chicken breast in oil until thoroughly cooked. Add rice and salt. Grind Tums (calcium carbonate), multi vitamin/mineral tab, and taurine supplement together. Add to cooled mixture. Store in refrigerator. Larger batches may be prepared in advance and stored in the freezer.

Note: Do NOT substitute tuna for chicken or turkey as Calm Animal Care recommends a tuna-free feline diet.

Nutritional profile:
40% protein (Dry matter basis (DMB)) 12% fat DMB 6% calcium DMB 4.3% phosphorus 1.4:1.0 calcium:phosphorus Calories: 1046 kcal per batch or 1.12 kcal/gram Batch size: 932 grams

To feed, calculate caloric needs and divide into twice daily feeding. One recipe batch should provide adequate intake for a 40-45 pound dog for 1 day. Adjust intake to maintain ideal body weight.

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Dog Biscuits

2 cups whole wheat flour
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
1 egg
1/3 cup powdered milk
enough water to make a stiff dough

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Turn dough out on a greased cookie sheet, using your hands to press it out to desired thickness (about 1/8″ to 1/4″). Use a sharp knife to score dough  into biscuits of desired size and shape.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes until nicely browned. Turn off the oven, leaving the biscuits to dry for several hours or overnight. The longer you leave them in the oven, the crisper they will be. Break biscuits apart and store tightly covered. Freeze extras in zipper bags, and take out a week’s worth as needed.

Optional ingredients: sesame seeds, chopped sunflower seeds, wheat germ, molasses

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Dr. Pitcairn’s Feline Diet for Kidney Problems

1 1/3 cups (2/3 pound) ground chicken, turkey or lean heart
4 cups cooked white rice
4 eggs
2 tablespoons cold-pressed safflower, soy, or corn oil
1,500 milligrams calcium
1/8 teaspoon iodized salt
1/8 teaspoon potassium chloride (optional, for a saltier flavor)
1 teaspoon parsley, finely grated carrot or other vegetable (optional)
5,000 IU vitamin A
Taurine and other cat vitamins (about 5 days’ worth)
50 milligram level B complex (or 10 milligrams per day)
2,500 milligrams vitamin C (½ teaspoon sodium ascorbate)

Mix everything together in a large bowl.  Serve raw if the cat will accept it. Otherwise, mix all but the vitamins together, bake about 20 minutes in a moderate oven and then wait until it cools to mix in the vitamins. Occasionally, substitute 1 to 3 teaspoons of liver for part of the meat.

Note: Do NOT substitute tuna for chicken or turkey as Calm Animal Care recommends a tuna-free feline diet.

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Healthy Powder

2 cups nutritional (torula) yeast
¼ cup bonemeal (or 9,000 milligrams calcium or 5 teaspoons eggshell powder)
1,000 milligrams Vitamin C (ground) or ¼ teaspoon sodium ascorbate (optional)

Mix all ingredients together in a 1-quart container and refrigerate.  Add to each recipe as instructed. You may also add this mixture to commercial food as follows: a to 2 teaspoons per day for cats or small dogs; 2 to 3 teaspoons per day for medium-sized dogs; 1 to 2 tablespoons per day for large dogs.

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Doggie Oats

8 cups raw rolled oats (or 16 cups cooked oatmeal)
2 pounds (4 cups) raw ground or chopped turkey
½ cup Healthy Powder (above)
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 cup cooked vegetables (or less if raw and grated) (may be omitted occasionally)
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)

Bring 1 gallon (16 cups) of water to a boil.  Add the oats, cover and turn off the heat, letting the oats cook for 10-15 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; small—2 2/3 to 5 1/3; medium—5 1/3 to 7; large—7 to 9 ¾; giant—9 ¾ to 14 2/3+

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Mini Doggie Oats

The same recipe as above, divided by 4.

2 cups raw rolled oats (or 4 cups cooked oatmeal)
½ pound (1 cup) raw ground or chopped turkey
2 tablespoons Healthy Powder (above)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
¼ cup cooked vegetables (or less if raw and grated)
2 slightly rounded teaspoons bonemeal (or 1,400-1,500 milligrams calcium or ¾ teaspoon eggshell powder)·
2,500-5,000 IU Vitamin A (optional if using carrots)
100 IU Vitamin E
¼ teaspoon tamari soy sauce or dash of iodized salt (optional)
5 milligrams iron (optional)

Yield: About 5 ½ cups, with 205 kilocalories per cup
Daily ration: Same as for Doggie Oats (above)

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1 cup brown rice (or 2 ½ cups cooked)
1 cup (1/2 pound) lean hamburger (or turkey, chicken, lean heart or lean chuck)
1 cup cooked kidney beans (half of a 15-ounce can)
1 tablespoon Healthy Powder (above)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon bonemeal (or 1,600 milligrams calcium or 1 scant teaspoon eggshell powder)
1 5,000 IU Vitamin A and D capsule (or part of a larger capsule)
1 400-800 IU Vitamin E capsule
1 teaspoon soy sauce or dash of iodized salt (optional)
1 10-15 milligram iron capsule (optional)

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.  Add the rice and simmer for 35 to 45 minutes.  Mix in the other ingredients and serve.
About 4 ¾ cups, with 348 kilocalories per cup

Daily ration (in cups): toy—1/3 to 1 2/3; small—1 2/3 to 3 ¼; medium—3 ¼ to 4+; large—4+ to 5 ¾; giant—5 ¾ to 8 ½ +

* Reprinted from DR. PITCAIRN’S COMPLETE GUIDE TO NATURAL HEALTH FOR DOGS & CATS c1995 by Richard H. Pitcairn and Susan H. Pitcairn.  Permission granted by Rodale, Inc; Emmaus, PA  18098.  Available wherever books are sold or directly from the Publisher.

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