- 1). Choose a lean ground meat such as turkey, chicken, extra lean beef, or lamb. Use 1/4 to 1/3 lbs.of meat for a 20-pound. dog. Cook the meat thoroughly to ensure all parasites and bacteria are killed but do not season, since some seasonings can be harmful to dogs. You may wish to feed your dog an organic meat product. You can also use a deboned fish such as salmon.
- 2). Choose another protein source such as eggs, cottage cheese, or yogurt using 1/2 to 3/4 c. for a 20-pound dog. Cook the eggs as desired, again without seasoning.
- 3). Prepare 1 to 2 c. of a carbohydrate for your 20-pound dog such as oatmeal, barley, different rice, pastas, or potatoes.
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Add an additional 1/2 to 1 c. cooked vegetable from either a frozen or fresh source. Be sure to avoid any vegetables that are poisonous to dogs such as onions and garlic. Suggestions from Terifaj include green beans, squash, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, and carrots.
- 5). Avoid a calcium deficiency with the addition of bone meal powder or calcium citrate, says Terifaj. She recommends 1/2 tsp. or 250 mg for a 20-pound dog. Besides this, there should also be a vet approved vitamin and mineral supplement in or with the food. Other supplements that Dr. Tracy Lord, D.V.M. suggests for a 25-pound dog include: 1 tbsp. olive oil, one capsule fish oil (if not feeding the dog an oily fish like salmon), 500 mg vitamin C and 400 iu vitamin E. Mix all ingredients for your nutritious dog food.