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Old 01-21-2019, 02:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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we have done for our three boxers is changing their diet. It wasn't even a big change.
In the past we have used Fromm, Merrick and now Acana kibble. We feed Pork singles for one week and Grass fed Lamb singles the next bag. But that isn't what we recently changed.
We used to add a tablespoon or so of blue buffalo canned to the kibble.
We now make our own dog food using beef liver, kidney and ground turkey from the local butcher shop. We have three recipes, one with each of the proteins mixed with sweet potato, green beans, carrots oatmeal, brown rice etc. This is now added to the kibble using about two or three tablespoons to 3/4 cup of kibble. Twice a day. Morning and nite. Our dogs are mature, 7,8 & 9.
Their coats are smoother, softer & oilier. Best of all the shedding has almost stopped. It's no longer noticeable. The dogs are acting more energetic and mischievous. Back to their younger selves.
I think the Organ meat is very important and good for dogs.
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would you mind sharing how you prepare the recipes? Crockpot? stove top? cook times? Thanks in advance.
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Ground turkey stew:
Cook the ground turkey in olive oil covering the bottom of a large pot until done.
Add 2 1/2 cups water, 1 cup brown rice, 1/2 sweet potato peeled & chopped, (carrots chopped if desired.)
Cook until potatoes are tender and water is gone. Then the rice should be done then too.
Add veggies of your choice, chopped spinach, green beans, or/and zucchini chopped. (go lite on the beans given the latest studies on grain free diets)
Cover and let sit a 15 min or so.
Finally mash with potato masher.
A variation is to add scrambled eggs and mashed egg shells. (mash shells with bottom of a glass to powder) store in a bowl in refrigerator until gone.
We heat up daily portions in microwave, then mix with kibble.

Liver, kidney or heart stew:
Cook 1/2 Chopped sweet potato and 1 cup brown rice in 2 1/2 cups water until done.
Add 1 lb chopped meat. (liver, kidney or heart) simmer a few minutes.
Then add chopped veggies as in previous menu. If it's too watery add oatmeal, and/or kidney beans.
Mash as before and store in refrigerator until gone.

One other thing we have noticed is their breath is much more pleasant, since switching to these homade recipes.

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Proper nutrition is what any pet requires. My boxer, Rumses, also caused me a lot of troubles not long ago. You know, boxers are absolutely not picky dogs. They will eat everything that you give them. Therefore, the responsibility for proper, healthy nutrition rests on the shoulders of the pet owner. If you follow a few simple tips on how to provide a pet with proper nutrition, it will not have any health problems. If you prefer feeding your dog on the basis of fresh food, then for a change you need to take care that it receives all the nutrients necessary to maintain its body in a healthy state. But I prefer the prepared dog food for boxers as it contains everything a dog needs, it is easy to feed the animal with it and it is convenient to store it in large quantities. Since not any feed is equally well-suited and not all ready-made feeds have the same quality, after prolonged feeding with one product you can switch to another.
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Thanks for sharing the useful tips!
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I'm researching the best puppy food for my Boxer girl coming home soon. I've had two other Boxers before her, but want to make sure I'm up to date on the puppy food options.

What I cannot understand is why Royal Canin Boxer Puppy food is on the top of the charts when the first ingredient is chicken by-products? That's a big no for me, right there.
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I'm researching the best puppy food for my Boxer girl coming home soon. I've had two other Boxers before her, but want to make sure I'm up to date on the puppy food options.

What I cannot understand is why Royal Canin Boxer Puppy food is on the top of the charts when the first ingredient is chicken by-products? That's a big no for me, right there.
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Sounds like you know what to look for, there are plenty of good kibble out there without by products.
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I'm researching the best puppy food for my Boxer girl coming home soon. I've had two other Boxers before her, but want to make sure I'm up to date on the puppy food options.

What I cannot understand is why Royal Canin Boxer Puppy food is on the top of the charts when the first ingredient is chicken by-products? That's a big no for me, right there.
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I wouldn't feed any one of the top 3 in Lucky78's post.
I've had two Boxers who were absolute picky eaters.
Fromm, Merrick, Acana are better choices. Just find the ones your dog does well on.
Then buy some sliced beef liver or kidney or heart on a rotating basis. Cook it rare and toss small chunks in with your kibble.
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