When I think of what’s in cheap dog food, I cringe and try to imagine being forced to eat the same stuff – no thanks! When picking a food for my dog, the best compromise of price, what she likes and what has a fairly good rating was Cesar Canine Cuisine at the time. But, after reading the dog food section of Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen, I decided to re-look into it and was shocked to find it with a low 1-star rating on Dog Food Analysis! Not only does it contain an uncomfortable amount of chemicals and preservatives, but animal products of questionable quality. Ugh, I would never eat something like that and certainly do not feel good about what it might be doing to my dog’s health. I remember in my first raw foods class, the instructor said she was converting her dogs to raw as well and finding they love a nuts and veggies when prepared in a dog-friendly fashion.
In Ani’s book, she has a recipe her 95 lb. Rhodesian Ridgeback loves and it’s a lot of food that includes a couple of cups of nuts, greens and herbs. Well, I have an 8 lb. chihuahua who probably can’t eat a meal that weighs as much as she does … though sometimes I feel I eat my weight in vegetables throughout the day! Plus it’s not a cheap recipe and I figured I’d start her on a smaller scale recipe probably more realistic for the everyday dog-loving raw foodie.
Lively Small Dog Chow
- 1 small clove garlic
- 1 tsp. pink sale
- 1 cup almond pulp
- 1 cup greens (spinach, kale, etc.)
- 1 tbsp. chopped cilantro
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
Place all ingredients into a food processor and chop to a fine pate, then serve. Makes two small dog servings or one larger dog.
I served it to her, she smelled it for an extended period of time and started eating.
She got about half way through, stopped and looked at me with sad, watery eyes like I was trying to kill her.
I’m guessing she hit a chunk of garlic and got freaked out. She seems to have an abnormally high sense of smell, spices and strong odors startle her and on walks, she stops to smell everything. I think I can omit the garlic and tone down the cilantro for her next batch. But larger dogs may like the garlic and seasonings.
From my understanding and reading, converting a dog to a vegan diet takes careful nutrition planning as it does for humans. Currently I’m trying raw vegan dinners on her only a couple of nights a week, giving her traditional dog food and slowly transitioning to more whole food meals for her whether vegan or not. The raw instructor I talked to feeds her dogs meals like this regularly and only gives them real, human-consumption quality meat twice a week. Something that is more realistic to me since we buy a fraction of the meat I used to and often have leftovers since only hubby is eating it. But this is new territory for me, so I will continue to test raw vegan recipes for dogs as well as research nutrition.