Last year I brought my overanxious Border Collie to the vet for a teeth cleaning. He was 13 and had never had the nicest breath, and we were way overdue to clean up his act. That was when I learned that my trusted companion was suffering from kidney disease. I was shocked, scared and unsure. Cooper was prescribed a kidney diet low in protein and salt, which he wouldn’t touch. For weeks, he moaned, hungry. He was up all night yelping. It disrupted the whole balance of our household. I felt helpless.
I sought out new veterinarians who had a compassionate bedside manner. On their suggestion I checked out balanceit.com (which also has recipes for cats). I could not be more grateful. The recipe that follows is a result of trial and error following this website’s nutrition guidance.
I know, “cooking for your dog?!” I hear it all the time. My answer is, “Yes, I do! It’s easy!” What’s more, it rescued my friend from dry, strange kibble he refused to eat. Here we are, 18 months later, and he has only had a slight progression of disease. The following dog food contains balanced nutrition that’s perfect for any dog. It is amazing to feed my best friend this food. I hope you feel the same. Sending love out to all our furry friends.
Cooper’s healthy hack dog food
4 cups organic white rice1 can pumpkin1 pound lean protein. We use lamb because he loves it and is allergic to chicken. You can try beef, chicken, turkey, eggs, salmon or combine based on your pet’s tastes.1 bag frozen butternut squash1 bag frozen broccoli1 bag frozen carrots1 bag frozen sweet potatoes
Rinse the rice until no starch can be seen in rinsing water. Place rice in a large soup pot and add plenty of water to about three inches above the rice. Bring to a boil and then lower to simmer. There is no need to cover or worry about overcooking; the more the rice is cooked, the better. Sometimes, I add a little extra water to keep from sticking. Once super soft, about 45–50 minutes, add can of pumpkin and mix. I do this once a week or so and then divide into three or four to-go containers, freezing two of them for later use.
For the main event, get a large storage container and place a layer of frozen vegetables on the bottom, then a layer of small rounded meatballs. Then add another layer of frozen vegetables, then small meatballs, until the container is full. Freeze completely.
To serve: In your dog’s bowl fill with frozen vegetable-and-meatball medley (quantity depends on size and weight of your dog). I break it up with my hands and make sure there is a bit of everything. For Cooper, because of his kidney disease, he can have no more than three meatballs per day. If you have a healthy young animal, feel free to load up on protein. Microwave 3-5 minutes until the meat is just cooked. Then mash with a potato masher until it resembles dog food. Top with pumpkin rice and mash again. This cools the whole mixture so it is not too hot. Sometimes I omit the rice if I am lazy and then go wild with vegetables and add a bit more sweet potato. The whole idea is to make this as convenient as possible, so it becomes a regular diet. Enjoy, woof!