Our previous 2 dogs were alaskan malamute/german shepherd mixes. One of them had cancer 3 times (and died because of the 3rd cancer). After that, I did HOURS and HOURS of research on the web about dog cancers. What we feed our dog has a big impact on the health of the dog, and it can increase the risk of cancer. It is amazing what some companies put in their commercial dog food. So I try to make food and treats for our dogs. Because of time, I mainly only do it on the weekends.
Please Note: Dogs are NOT vegans. They need to eat high quality meat in addition to fruits and vegetables. This is the only place on this site that you will find recipes with non-vegan ingredients.
If you want to learn more about what is in a lot of commercial dog food - you might want to read this. (please note - it is DISGUSTING).
In my many hours of research, I also found out that commercial dog food that is high in grains (especially corn), can increase the risk of the dog getting cancer. Our dog that had cancer 3 times was on a special "weight management" dog food - sold only through the vet - the first ingredient on the list - corn. I am convinced that our feeding the dog this "corn based" dog food, caused his cancer (or at least significantly contributed to it). We feed our 2 current dogs a grain-free dog food.
It is interesting, one of our current dogs (who we fostered with a rescue group before we adopted her), is doing MUCH better on the grain-free dog food. When she was eating dog food provided by the rescue (a cheaper dog food that was not grain-free), she had constant ear infections. Once we actually adopted her and starting feeding her the grain-free dog food, she no longer has ear infections.
Another thing I learned in my HOURS of research - with dog food, it is the old saying "you get what you pay for". If you buy cheaper food, there is a HIGH chance it contains ingredients that are NOT good for the dog. The grain-free dog foods, which are better for the dog, are more expensive.
A GREAT site that "rates" dog food is: www.dogfoodadvisor.com
Note: The following recipes are NOT intended to provide the dog with its complete nutrition.
Peanut Butter Banana Frozen Treats
These are really simple. These make great treats in the hot weather - just pop them out of the ice cube tray. You might want to give them outside - they are messy when they melt.
Mix together some vanilla yogurt, peanut butter and bananas.
Spoon into ice cube trays and freeze.
Just pop one out of the ice cube tray whenever your dog wants a cool, refreshing treat !!!!
1 cup dry lentils
1 can pumpkin puree
2-1/2 pounds of chicken
3-4 cups of water
4 bullion cubes
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 can peas
Put the dry lentils and chicken in a crock pot. Add 3-4 cups of water and the bullion cubes. Cook on low for 8-10 hours or until the chicken and lentils are cooked.
I shredded the chicken instead of putting in big chunks.
In a bowl - mix the lentils, chicken, pumpkin, cheese and peas. I also added most of the cooking broth into the mixture.
Give to the dogs for a meal and watch them CHOW DOWN !!!!!!!!
If you refridgerate any, make sure to warm it up in the microwave for the dog's meal ! Dogs like warm food - it has more of a smell than cold food.
Rice and Fish
4 cups cooked rice
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
1 can pumpkin puree
3 stalks chopped celery
1 can tunafish with liquid
1 can salmon with liquid
1 can sardines with liquid
2 mashed bananas
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. May need to add a little water if the mixture is dry.