Raw Recipes

by Patricia Goode
(Marnes, Deux-Sevres, France)

I have a 5 year old male cocker Eros, who has had a variety of skin problems. Looking on the site I was delighted to come across the suggestion of home made raw recipes. I would be very happy to try one or two to see if Eros likes them ( and reduces his skin problems) but as far as I can see none of the recipes actually give the amount the dogs should eat per day/meal.

Would it be possible for the recipes to say how many meals each would provide...by weight of the portions or numbers of meals?

Up to now Eros has eaten the amount of dried food per day given on the packet. With fresh food I am at a bit of a loss as to how much one would need to give him each day.

Thank you.

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Coconut Oil for skin conditions
by: Anonymous

Hi, my cocker had severe skin problems that I treated by feeding coconut oil to my dog. I cooked meat and veggies in it and his favourite was coconut rice pudding.

1 can Ayam coconut cream to 1 pkt quick Basmati rice. Mix together cook for 90 seconds. cool and serve.

Be careful not to feed them too much as they will have loose bowel movements. I gave Lucky 3-4 dessert spoons a day, start with 1-2 per day then increase.

If you're unsure Google coconut oil for dogs.

Smelly cost or losing fur
by: Elaine

I had this problem with my Clumber Spaniel. Finally, after several trips to vets and groomers, my new vet checked his blood fir thyroid problems.

Turns out that was it.

He went onto thyroid medicine, antibiotic, and anti-fungal, along with medicated shampoo twice a week. He was clear within three weeks.

By end of month his fur on his tail returned.

Also, I give him a probiotic, as well as a dollop of plain yogurt on top of his food with water added to dry food last. It helped digestion.

Plus, no smell of GAS anymore YAY!!

Skin Issues
by: Merle Ann

Hello...we have a 3 year old female names Lady. You can read her story under "A Diamond in the Ruff". She has major skin issues.

We have her on a dry holistic food but wish to suggest a particular shampoo that is wonderful. It is called "Dr. Hypo" and can be found on Amazon.com. It is a little on the pricey side but you do not need to use much.

Our groomer has used this from the beginning and we highly recommend it. Hope that this suggestion will help.

Merle Ann Fenske
Independence, CA - USA

Hi Merle Ann

Thanks for passing on this great tip!

Pauline (Web Owner)

Raw Dog Food Recipes
by: Pauline (Web Owner)

Hello Patricia,

Thank you for your question.

The reason I don't give recommendations for feeding your dog is because it will vary from dog to dog, depending on their weight, their age and their 'lifestyle'.

For example, if Eros is a really active cocker spaniel he will need more energy and so you would be able to feed him a little more without him becoming overweight.

A less active cocker would need less food daily.

My recommendation is always to chat to your vet first and ask his advice.

However, to answer your question, the amount of raw food your dog needs to eat each day to stay lean and healthy is around 2 to 3 percent of his ideal adult body weight.

Also, please note that his diet (ideally) should consist of between 40 and 60% meat and bones.

If you'd like to learn more about the raw food diet, I think you'll find this website very interesting.

I'd love to hear how you and Eros get on!

Kind regards,

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