Chef Ned's Kitchen

Recent recalls in the Pet Food Industry have raised interest among dog owners in home cooked diets for their dogs. Kauffman's Stress Protection Formula and Coat & Skin Enhancing Formula can play a vital part in balancing a home cooked diet for dogs.

Several key points should be taken into consideration when preparing a home cooked diet:

  • A home prepared diet is rarely spontaneously balanced. It requires the addition of macro minerals (i.e. calcium, phosphorus, and potassium), fat and water soluble vitamins, and trace minerals
  • Vitamin-mineral supplements should not be cooked or heated or stored with the food; rather they should be applied directly to the food just prior to offering the meal.
  • Owners should be aware that although vitamins and trace minerals are present in only small quantities they are very important and not optional.
    The most common errors in homemade foods occur when pet owners omit ingredients in balanced recipes based on personal preference or they omit the vitamin-trace mineral supplement. (Small Animal Clinical Nutrition, 4th edition, 2000, p 164, "Making Pet Foods at Home")



An Example Diet

A simple canine diet example developed by our Canine Nutritionist, Edward Moser, MS, VMD, DACVN (a.k.a. Chef Ned) is shown below. It includes your choice of either Kauffman's Stress Protection Formula or Coat & Skin Enhancing Formula. It is important to note that Stress Protection Formula or Coat & Skin Enhancing Formula will be the primary source of Vitamins and Trace Minerals and must be included to make the diet complete and balanced.

Since whichever supplement you choose will be the primary source of Vitamins and Minerals, it should be included in the diet at the higher usage level indicated on the label (Stress level or Maintenance Plus level). This level should be a minimum starting point and adjusted to the individual dog's needs. It is also important that neither supplement be overfed (no more than two times the Stress level or Maintenance Plus level).

  • Example animal description:
    • Five-year-old intact canine female; activity level - house pet with some daily exercise
  • Body weight:
    • 30 pounds (13.6 kg) with a body score of 3/5
  • Estimated energy requirement:
    • About 850 kcal ME per day (this will vary markedly among individual dogs +/- up to 15%). Some dogs will need a greater amount to maintain body condition and some less.


Remember, each dog must be fed as an individual; adjustments will need to be made based on caloric needs and activity levels.


The Recipe

Prepare the following separately:

  • Long grain plain white rice (no salt added); cooked volume 2-1/2 cups (approximately 395 grams, 435 kcal ME)
  • Fully Cooked Boneless, Skinless Chicken Meat, Diced - weight before cooking 8 ounces (225 grams, 200 kcal ME)

 

Allow rice and chicken to cool sufficiently to avoid burning dog's mouth. Mix thoroughly with the following.

  • Canola Oil - 3 teaspoons (approximately 13.5 grams, 115 kcal ME)
  • Micro-Ingredients
    • Four (4) Scoops (20 grams) of Kauffman's Stress Protection or Coat & Skin Enhancing Formula (80 kcal ME)
    • Six (6) bone meal tablets (10 grain equivalent; 32% calcium and 13% phosphorus). This is the equivalent of about four grams of steamed bone meal powder. Tablets or powder are generally available from health food stores
    • 1/10 teaspoon iodized salt (approximately 1/2 gram)
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt substitute - potassium chloride (approximately 1.25 grams)

 

Total dietary energy content is calculated to be about 830 kcal ME

  • 28% calories from protein; 27% calories from fat; 45% calories from carbohydrate Calculated dry matter nutrient content based on estimated nutrient content of ingredients:
    • Crude Protein 31.5%
    • Crude Fat 12.5%
    • Calcium 1.00%
    • Phosphorus 1.00%




Treats Recipes

For those of you looking to provide a wholesome home cooked treat for your dog, try one of these great home-baked biscuit recipes for your dog! The recipes shown here have been reviewed by our Canine Nutritionist, Edward Moser, MS, VMD, DACVN (a.k.a. Chef Ned) and are appropriate for Canine Diets*. The recipes all include a nutritional boost from either Kauffman's Stress Protection Formula or Coat & Skin Enhancing Formula. E-mail (info@KA-HI.com) or send us your favorite recipe and Chef Ned will review and incorporate either Kauffman's Stress Formula or Coat & Skin Formula into it.

Keep checking back here! If we post your recipe on this website we will send you a FREE one-pound canister of your choice of either Kauffman's Stress or Coat & Skin Formula. Please remember to include your correct shipping address and your supplement preference when submitting your recipe.



Tail-Waggin' Biscuits:

2-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup corn meal
1/2 cup either Kauffman's Stress Formula or Coat & Skin Formula (approx. 75 grams)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoons pure corn oil (or cooking oil)
1 egg
1/2 cup water


Cooking Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • In large mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients.
  • In a separate bowl, mix honey, oil, egg, water and barbecue sauce, and add to dry ingredients.
  • Mix until a consistent dough forms.
  • Roll dough to 1/4 inch thick.
  • Cut into your dog's favorite size and shape with cookie cutter.
  • Place on un-greased cookie sheet and bake for 25 minutes.
  • Allow biscuits to cool completely before serving*.
  • Makes approximately 2-1/2 dozen biscuits.

 

 



Tail-Waggin' Veggie Biscuits:

3-1/2 cups whole wheat four
1/2 cup either Kauffman's Stress Formula or Coat & Skin Formula (approx. 75 grams)
1/2 cup corn meal
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons fresh parsley (or 1/2 tablespoon dried parsley)
3 tablespoons pure corn oil (or cooking oil)


Cooking Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Mix water and oil.
  • Add flour, Kauffman's Stress or Coat & Skin Formula, corn meal, veggies and seeds.
  • Kneed dough for two to three minutes or until consistent throughout.
  • Roll dough to 1/4 inch thick.
  • Cut into your dog's favorite size and shape with cookie cutter.
  • Place on un-greased cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Allow biscuits to cool completely before serving*.
  • Makes approximately 2-1/2 dozen biscuits.

 

* As with most treats, commercial or home prepared, these treats should NOT be used in place of a complete and balanced diet.