Husky Raw Diet – Best Raw Food Diet for Huskies

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This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Snow Dog Appropriate Diet

The Homemade Cooked Diet

The Homemade Cooked Diet differs from the Raw Diet in that all the food is cooked. It is a good alternative for owners who do not wish to feed a Raw Food Diet. It is a good alternative for dogs that may have trouble processing raw foods or have special needs issues, but this diet must be supplemented with Calcium to replace the missing aspect of raw bones.

Cooked diets can be made ahead in larger quantities and then frozen into feeding sized portions. Just take out the frozen portion from the freezer the night before and allow it to thaw in the fridge. Hot water can be added to the thawed cold food to bring it up to room temperature before serving. All supplements can be added at this time.

The Basic Rule Of Thumb

The rule of thumb for a Cooked Diet is 40% protein, 30% grains, 30% vegetables. As you should not feed cooked bones to dogs, powdered bone meal and other supplements must be added to the cooked diet to make it nutritionally complete. As with the husky raw diet, this diet must be nutritionally balanced and complete, or your dog’s health will suffer. Please do consider getting the advice and guidance of a Canine Nutritional expert before switching your dog to a Home-Cooked Diet.

As with any diet, switch your dog over slowly to keep him from having digestive problems.

The problems with this diet very much mirror the problems with the Raw Diet. Convenience certainly suffers in a Home Cooked Diet. Meals must be planned and made ahead. Travel or boarding issues are the same as with the Raw Diet. Food must be kept at safe temperatures, but there is no danger of raw food pathogens in the Cooked Food Diet.

One area concern with the Cooked Food Diet is that cooking foods at temperatures above 118F tends to destroy or lessen the bio-availability of enzymes and some macronutrients. Cooking meat can change the molecular structure of its proteins rendering them less nutritious. Some vegetables can lose some of their nutritional value in the cooking process. However, the nutrition of the ingredients in the Home Cooked Diet is still more wholesome and viable than the high-temperature processing that occurs in many processed kibble foods.

In Summary

The truth is that there is no such thing as the perfect husky diet. They all have their benefits as well as their limitations. All we can do as good dog owners is to become very informed and take our cues from our dogs. It can become very apparent when looking at a dog whether or not it is thriving on its current diet. If your dog is not doing well with its current diet, consider making a change. Get help with creating a new diet from an appropriately qualified professional.

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  1. Your dog doesnt need seasoning ok. Give them chicken or some lean beef. Cook it a bit and u can use olive oil only why use salt dont use anything like that. Put some kale or spinach. Thats it. You want to add a 1/4 of orzo or barley. Sweet potato or pumkin 60 % the time and then to add liver and organ 10 % other days just give them a easier day only meat let them chill and have a keto day. Because in the wild if you dont think these animals didnt go without a few meals ajd theydigestion willl benifit from some lower consumption days your nuts still give them their meats and veggies but keep them keto i say i dont even like using rice or orzo or any grain they eat veggies and maybe some watermelon and apple but thats it

  2. ok i got a question, i Have 4 months old puppy and i am complete fool when it comes to dogs ( or long story short it is my first dog), so the question is like that i have found a middle class food (dry one) which so far fed on 2 portions by 100-140 grams per day looks fine for the dog , but i want to give him as well home cooked or raw food , preferable home cooked, ’cause the country in which i live is not really trust worthy from bio and no chemistry point of view, I want to know if it is a good idea to mix some
    pate with the dry food ? or to start directly with raw meat with the dry food ? and veggies ofc, he loves carrots and white cheese, jeez he is dying for the white cheese , but i have no other way to deliver him zink that fish oil.
    So is it a good idea to mix dry food with raw meat or simply boiled meet with rise and pate ? or whatever i am able to figure out ? Sorry if my question seems a bit chaotic, but as mentioned I’m new to puppy growing and i truly desire to make my husky well grown sled trained dog :) thanks in advance !

    • I use a home cooked diet mixed with a bit of good kibble or dry food. I get brown rice and a mix of ground turkey and lamb both cooked and then mixed. I bake off some sweet potato, pumpkin, spinach , broccoli either a mix of two is good. I always use garlic it’s very good for dogs. No onion, grapes, raisins or prunes because they are toxic. Mix in your garlic raw is best, with your rice and meat mix. Add some fresh chopped parsley and let it all cool to room temp. I make a big batch and freeze individual servings. I usually refrigerate one or two for easy use. I mix the portion of Home made food with some kibble and serve. Once in a while I add a lightly cooked egg or some chopped liver. This should help and I hope you the best of luck!! Also it’s good to make this and slowly add it into your dogs food in small amount adding more each day to get him used to it. Good luck!!

      • Hey I noticed that you said you give your dog garlic and I just wanted to reach out for your dogs safety :) garlic is very toxic for dogs and cats and is really hard on their tummies. Just don’t want anything to happen to your dog so thought I would say something! Best of luck!

  3. Do you have a good home cooked recipe i can follow for day to day feeding?

    • Feeding a dog with liver disease is not so much about following a recipe as it is about following a formulated ratio of protein, fats, carbs, and vitamins. A homemade diet for canine liver disease should include a significant amount of good quality fat that will provide necessary energy but at the same time high quality but low amounts of protein is vital to keep affected by the disease liver functioning strong. Some types of liver disease require restricted fat intake so check with your Vet about this. The general rule of thumb for liver disease is to feed 10% high quality protein. The digestibility and quantity of the carbohydrates found in your pet’s food should also be considered. Calories taken from carbohydrates should not exceed 45%. Zinc and potassium should be included along with some vitamins C and E. Vitamin K supplements might also be needed depending on your your dog’s particular circumstances. But always check with your Vet about YOUR dog’s particular health needs and for safe and appropriate dosages of supplements.

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