Dog Food Recipes

If you have been following along you probably already know that I’m not a fan of processed kibble or even most canned dog food. I believe dogs should be eating real food and I’m not alone! Fellow blogger from Wisk and Dine recently posted one of her favourite recipes for real food dog food, Doggie Love Dog Food, go
check it out I’ll wait here.

Looks delicious right!? If you read all the way to the comments you might have seen mine. I told her how much I love that people are getting away from processed food and starting to make their dogs real food. And I mean it! Really nothing makes me happier, ok well there are a few things that make me happier. However, I did have some concerns and these are concerns I only have for those posting dog food recipes. My biggest concern is be concise, for example the nutrition would be quite different if someone recreating it used 10% fat ground beef as oppose to the 80% percent that she used. Not that it would be disastrous, but over time they may find that their dog isn’t getting enough fat and assume that all recipes are garbage because of that.

The other thing I noted was there was a lot of vegetable matter, now this is where it really gets into each dog is different. While dogs are carnivores it doesn’t mean that they can’t have veggies or even that they shouldn’t, further it does have a lot to do with their origins as well. For example huskies tend to love and do well with a diet of mostly fish. Echo who is a Giant Schnauzer, origins as a German farm dog, won’t touch fish; it’s not part of her natural diet. Of course that’s not to say that just because a dog doesn’t like something it’s not part of their natural diet.

In response to the comment I left she asked if I had any recipes I would care to share. And I’m finding that a little difficult, for the simple reason we don’t follow a recipe. Instead we have guide lines. She always gets 1.5-2.5lbs of raw meat and there is always some vegetable matter and oils and fats. How much and what precisely she is given depends on what she needs.

If you are new to dogs, feeding real food or raw I do not recommend this method. I know Echo very well, I mean really REALLY well. For example, there was a slight cloud to Echo’s eye, she is too young for cataracts and it really was barely perceivable. I realized this meant she needed more antioxidants and added more berries to her meals, it cleared up in a day. Or if her poops get dusty I know that she needs more organs. If she has been laying on the floor more than her bed or the couch I know she needs some rabbit and duck. Or vice versa if she doesn’t want to lay on the floor at all she needs some lamb. There are so many little tells we could talk about it all day, and there are even more that I haven’t discovered yet.

Here’s what she’s getting today:

1lb lamb (80% meat, 10% bone, 10% organ)

1lb beef/ chicken mix (75% meat, 15% bone, 10% organ)

3 small cloves of organic garlic (pressed)

5 dehydrated organic blueberries

10 dehydrated organic cranberries

2 sprigs of fresh parsley

4 sprigs of fresh mint

A sprinkle of bone broth powder

8 tsp organic cold pressed coconut oil

Enough water to make it look like slop, looks gross but that’s they way she likes it.

You may notice there is very little vegetable matter as she will be getting some throughout the day and she is a carnivore not an omnivore.

In case you are wondering the meat comes from a semi local company called Big Country Raw. I am not receiving any incentives from them to write this post. However, if someone from BCR happens to be reading this and wants to send some presents my way Echo loves duck lol.

BCR really does make my life much easier by having the meat bone and organs already combined. This is crazy important for anyone making their own food. Don’t forget the soft bones and organs! They even make it easy on those who are new to raw feeding with what they call dinners. These have vegetables already included so it’s a little more familiar and even less work. Simply thaw and serve.

So that’s for today, as for tomorrow, we’ll just have to wait and see. And in case anyone is wondering this is how I feed the humans too, just not raw.



Ugh fleas again.  I live in a bug zone, plenty of swamps and bogs the perfect breeding ground for all manner of creepy crawly things and while mosquitoes are irritating, gnats are annoying and spiders just plain creepy the worst is fleas. Flea season begins the moment the ground freezes and ends only after the ground has been frozen for 3 days straight. Of course unless they’re in your house then it’s never ending.  Keeping them under control is a must and not as easy as some would have you believe.  

If you talked to a conventional vet they would tell you to put some poison on your pets and around the house.  Of course they will charge you a fortune and don’t tell you all the side effects or that it might not work as fleas are becoming immune to these chemicals.  They do tell you, however, that if you don’t use these you’re a horrible pet parent. 

So what’s a pet parent like you (and me) to do? We, for obvious reasons, don’t want to douse our beloved fur kids in poisons and we don’t want them to have to deal with fleas either.  In my search for than answer I have tried many home remedies and before I get to what works let me tell you some of the crazy things I have done to get rid of fleas.

Blue Dawn Dish Soap 

Used on pet as shampoo, on floors and everything else that doesn’t fit in the washing machine.  This was recommended by a local vet. I was told the soap would suffocate the flea and was safe for use on even the most sensitive skin.

Does it sound too good to be true? That’s probably because it is.  First yes soap put directly on any bug will kill it, however, dish soap was meant to remove grease, oil and stubborn stains from dishes; and it does a very good job of that. Humans and pets have a layer of protective oils that are important not only to keep skin hydrated and from flaking but for providing a barrier from unsavory organisms. The dish soap that is so good at removing tough oils has no problem when it comes to the delicate protective oils. And once the dish soap has washed away it’s flea killing powers are gone too.

Essential oil blends

While essential oils can be very powerful I find in most cases they are over mixed a and thus do not target fleas very well.

Apple Cider Vinegar 

Tried both topically and orally, neither seemed to have much effect.


Orally, this showed some promise until I ran out of organic garlic and couldn’t find anymore.


Topically diluted, smelled great but showed no improvement

Diatomaceous Earth

Topically, once again showed some promise but was a bit messy.  However works great around the house and was amazing for the deer mice who roomed with me last summer.  Not so great for my big shaggy girl.

DIY flea shampoo

This was just a horrible mess and smelled even worse.

So what actually worked (and has worked more than once)? A bath and Coconut oil and lavender oil diluted in water.  Pretty simple eh? 

1. First soak for 8 min make sure all areas out of water are soaped up with a pet safe shampoo.

2. Rinse off and allow shake off (just make sure you pull the curtains across as fleas will be flying)

3. Squish any fleas you see even if they appear dead (they need to pop)

4. Grab an oil squeeze bottle run the tap so the water is very warm

5. throw in a few tbsp of coconut oil (not liquid)

6. about 30 drops of lavender

7. fill the rest of the bottle up with warm tap water and shake well.

8. Use oil dilution as leave in.

Why does it work?

The bath helps to reduce the amount of fleas hiding. Coconut oil contains lauric acid which is very effective  at killing fleas, lavender has been proven to repel fleas.

What do you do/use for fleas?