Dr. Ruth’s Original Crock Pot Diet for Pets

As many of you know, I used to work as a veterinary technician for Sun Dog Cat Moon Vet Clinic: www.sundogcatmoon.com

One of the things they focus on is food therapy. Dr. Ruth Roberts developed The Original Crock Pet Diet for cats and dogs. This basic diet is for the average healthy cat or dog. It does not take into consideration food allergies, specific health issues or the pet’s constitution. For more information regarding whether this diet is ideal for your pet, I strongly suggest you visit the website above, fill out the Pet Personality Form and Dr. Roberts will be able to diagnose which foods are best suited for your pet. For example, if you have the typical Jack Russell…you know the ones that are bouncing all over the place and can’t seem to calm themselves…then you have a Fire Animal and needs to eat Cool/Cold and/or Neutral energy foods.

I’m posting this recipe due to several requests on how to go about cooking for your pets. I will try to explain as much as I can here. For those of you new to Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, feel free to contact me or Dr. Roberts, as it would be easier to address individual questions one on one versus trying to put it all here.

The recipe is for one pet and will yield 16 cups of food.

You will need:

1 lb Turkey (it does not matter if it is whole or ground, with or without bones)

1lb White fish (Cod, Whiting, Tilapia) or Pork (white fish will stink when it’s cooking for long periods. You may either use Pork or leave the crock pot out on the porch or a well ventilated room while it’s cooking to avoid the smell)

1 lb Ground Beef (chunks of beef is fine as well)

4 tablespoons Coconut Oil

3 cups total of either Spinach, Collard Greens, Kale or any type of leafy greens will be okay to use either one at a time or mixed together.

4 cups Vegetables (preferably seasonal vegetables: green beans, butternut squash, zucchini, etc. Cats seem to prefer butternut squash over yellow squash and zucchini.)

1 can of Kidney Beans ( or 1/2 lb of dried kidney beans)

4 large Carrots or 2 large Sweet Potatoes

1/2 tsp dried Tumeric

1/2 tsp dried Mustard

1 clove of uncooked Garlic

1 tsp kosher or sea salt

1875 mg Calcium Powder per 3lbs of protein ( you can use bone meal, calcium supplements or tums)

( if cooking for cats add 6000mg Taurine…can be purchased at health food stores or vitamin retail stores. Alternatively, you can use Nu Cat supplements once daily added to the meal.)

4 cups of water or broth ( I use home made broth)

1 cup of Barley or Brown Rice ( this is located either next to the dry beans, rice or grain section of your supermarket. Quaker Quick Barley is around $1.59 a box)

Cut your  greens into bite size pieces. I used fresh collard greens from the garden. I prefer using fresh ingredients whenever possible. However, you can purchase shredded collards or pre-washed greens like Kale or Spinach…or you can use frozen or canned if in a pinch. Remember this diet is a step up from the commercial food you’re currently feeding…so it will be better regardless of whether it’s fresh or frozen. For the die-hards like myself, I use organic, fresh, local and homemade as much as possible. If I feel confident to eat it, then I’m confident to feed it!

I used a mixture of carrots and sweet potatoes. Just so you can see it’s okay to use both or one or the other. And Yes I left the skin on the sweet potatoes :) It has more nutrients! :)

Add it to the crock pot.

Add the chopped garlic.

Add the Kidney Beans. If using canned kidney beans, drain the liquid before adding or you’ll end up with an overflow while it’s cooking. If using dried kidney beans, you can add it directly to the crock pot. OR you can soak them overnight before adding them. Many people are concerned about the gas that is produced as a result of not soaking dried beans….especially if you’ve ever experienced your pet’s wonderful gas ;) While it’s true that soaking does help to remove the indigestible complex sugars (oligosaccharides) from the outer coating of the beans, it’s certainly not the primary reason to soak. The most important reason for soaking is that it allows shorter cooking times, and that preserves the most nutrients, so you get the benefits of all the proteins, vitamins and minerals in the beans and maximize their food value. But because you’re cooking it in a crock pot…the cooking time is a moot point! I would advise washing the dried beans to at least remove the accumulated surface dirt and bacteria.

Add your Tumeric, Mustard and Salt. Located in the spice aisle of your grocery.

Add the Calcium. Tums is included for the Calcium. More adventurous cooks use egg shells, and whole cow bones with marrow…but it’s harder to figure out the equivalent amount to keep it nutritionally balanced. Most times I use Bone Meal as a replacement. If you have access to bone meal, then substitute it gram for gram. So if you’ve got 250mg per teaspoon of bone meal, you’ll need 7.5 teaspoons to make the equivalent Tums. However, if you’re not that adventurous…you can use the Tums as we’ve calculated exactly how much you’ll need per pound of meat. That is, 2.5 tablets of the 250 mg strength Tums per pound of meat. It also does not matter if the Tums are flavored or not. My guys seem to like the orange and the peppermint flavors :)

Add your coconut oil.

Add your liquids. I used pork stock in this recipe. I have used chicken stock, beef stock, duck stock, fish stock, turkey stock, vegetable stock, goat’s whey or water. My favorite is goat’s whey because not only is it readily available to me but it is prized as a special drink to promote health, youthfulness and long life. This is because it is more easily digested and assimilated than most foods and because its broad array of minerals and trace elements makes up for many dietary deficiencies. I digress…My point though is that it just depended on what was available at the time or what their specific health need was at the time. Today we used the pork stock left over from making the pork belly and the roasted pork. However, if your pet has allergies to a specific protein…then keep that in mind as well.

Next add your proteins. Beef, Turkey and Pork were used for this recipe. Next week, my dogs and cats will be getting beef, fish and turkey…because that’s what I’d have lots of next week. Point here is variety is nice and much appreciated by all!

As you can see, the turkey has bones in it. My only word of caution here is when serving the meals, if you come across any broken sharp edged bones, please remove them. Ideally, the crockpot would have softened the bones sufficiently to the point where they are edible and can break apart easily between your fingers. Sometimes, this does not happen, so please remove them. My guys are used to eating bones, so it all goes in their pot. The cats however, I do remove the bones for them. I also remove the larger cooked beef bones, because it is a point of “discussion” between my guys. So to keep the household peace…the larger bones are removed.

Cover the crock pot. Set it on the Low setting and let it cook for at least 8 to 12 hours. I usually start this around 6 pm and leave it overnight, before moving on to the next step.

8 to 12 hours later…Add 1 cup of Brown Rice or Barley… I use Quaker Quick Barley. It’s cheaper and easier to use. You can also use pearl barley. It can be purchased in bulk at the Asian markets, Earthfare or Whole Foods. If using the pearl barley, allow additional time for it to soften. If you can’t find the barley, you can use brown rice. If you are on a completely grain-free diet, simply skip this step.

Mix up the cooked food and the brown rice or barley with an immersion blender, potato masher or the back of a cooking spoon.

Let the food steam for an additional hour. Turn off the crock pot and let it cool.

You can either portion out the food into individual meals or leave it in the crock pot. Refrigerate once cool. You can also freeze batches and reheat them as needed. To take the chill off the food, add some warm water to each meal. Mix in any herbs you may be giving with the warm water and food.

To fill the crock pot, use approximately 40% protein, 25% carbohydrates and 35% vegetables by volume in the crockpot. Always add 1875 mg of calcium per 3 pounds of meat.

Feed 1/8 to 1/4 cup twice a day for cats and dogs under 10lbs of lean body weight.

Feed 1/2 to 1 cup for up to 50 lbs of lean body weight.

And 1 to 1.5 cups for dogs greater than 50 lbs.

If your pet is heavy, start low. If your pet is thin and active, go medium to high, and adjust based on how the pet responds. Always change food gradually, mixing in 50 % of the old diet with 50% of the new diet. Phasing out the old diet over a course of 1 to 2 weeks.

This may look like a lengthy process, but it takes 15 minutes to prep and then the crock pot does the rest. I have a few clients for whom I cook and portion the meals. I do these in bulk, (sometimes puree all the ingredients, mixing it all together to look like a giant meatloaf), bake them in the oven, portion out each meal in ziploc or vaccum sealed bags and freeze them. You can get creative and make muffins using the same recipe and a muffin pan. You can also puree all the ingredients or not. It all depends on the amount of time you’d like to invest in cooking for your pets. It also depends on your pet’s preference…cats prefer a smoother consistency, dogs like the chunkier food offerings.

Some of you may be saying…this looks/sounds/smells good enough to eat! Well..it is…I’ve had clients add ginger, red pepper flakes, replace coconut oil with sesame oil, etc and you’re on your way to another wonderful crock pot meal ;)

There is an additional list of energetic ingredients for substitutions and treats. However, I recommend contacting Dr. Ruth Roberts to get the correct energetic foods prescribed for your pets. Some pets suffer from food related allergies…again, another reason to discuss any change in diet with your veterinary food therapist. Dr. Roberts can be reached at drruth@sundogcatmoon.com or contact the Sun Dog Cat Moon clinic at 843-437-0063 To determine what constitution your pet is,  you can complete the Pet Personality Form online at www.sundogcatmoon.com

I also make the diet for clients who have hectic schedules. We work alongside Dr. Roberts to determine and customize the diet for your pets. The food can be purchased in bulk or in individually portioned meals. Based on current market pricing, the cost to you can vary from season to season. But in general, retail costs around $6 per pound, and includes labor and delivery if you live within the Charleston area.

Enjoy!

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72 Responses to Dr. Ruth’s Original Crock Pot Diet for Pets

  1. Nefesh says:

    Perfectly done!! Thanks for the very specific pictures!

  2. Ruth M. Roberts, DVM says:

    Well done – a great synopsis on how to do this – seems daunting at first, but it actually takes less than 15 minutes to load the crock pot once you get a rhythm going.

  3. Evita says:

    Awesome post Ren!

  4. Tolliver Blakeley says:

    I was told by other veterinarians that garlic is toxic to dogs.

    • mypersonalchef says:

      Yes I have heard that too :) Along with a few other half truths and myths.
      One raw clove of garlic is safe for a 50lb dog to eat every day. Larger quantities can cause toxicities and cats are much more sensitive to garlic and onions. The amount listed in the crock pot recipe is safe for both cats and dogs.
      Another half truth that floats around the animal community is grapes! Rumor has it that grapes are toxic to dogs. This rumor emerged out of two case studies where 2.2lbs of grapes were consumed by two 40lb dogs. So the question remains…was it the quantity or the pesticides on the grapes that killed them? And do we make a medical decision based on two dogs?

  5. Robn Brown says:

    Thanks for the great information and recipe. Our 6-yr old black pug is making a wonderful recovery from HGE thanks to the knowledge imparted here.
    Gas has always been an issue with him so I’m using red lentils and old fahioned oats rather than kidney beans and barley. He gets three 1/3 C feedings daily; polishes the bowl clean; bounces around like a pup, and; has stopped his low grade itching.
    Thank you again and gods blessings.

    • Hi Robin,

      Sorry for the late reply…I forget my password sometimes and let it slide :(…BUT Great to hear about your pug!!! You’d probably want to stay away from broccoli and cabbage as well ;) It constantly amazes us that once the diet is changed a WHOLE host of other chronic issues disappear!!! Any where from ear issues, itching, skin allergies…the list goes on. The other great commonality is the “bouncy” joy these guys exude when it’s meal time :) We’ve got a 5 year old Brittany Spaniel who has back issues and walks on three legs for the most part. He places the fourth leg every now and then (mostly more often than not due to laser treatments and acupuncture)…but I’m digressing. He gets so excited about meal time. He jumps up and down, spins around and can’t focus on anything else other than the food that is about to make it’s way to his bowl. We make them sit and wait while we put the bowls down and step away before giving the “ok” to eat…the drool…the bulging eyes…the intense staring at the bowl!!! You can’t help but laugh :) Our cats also clamor around the counters when it’s meal time. We keep two squirt water bottles close by to keep them at bay while we dish the portions out.
      All the same …thank you for the update. Let us know if you have any questions.

      Renata

  6. rebecca says:

    Is there a fish based recipe ? My cocker spaniel has food allergies and needs a cooling diet. Any help would be appreciated.
    thanks

    • Hi Rebecca,

      Yes! You can substitute the proteins for fish. However, not all fishes are cooling. Cool to Cold fish include: Clam, Whitefish, Deep Sea Fish, Cod, Shark. A Neutral temperature fish include Sardines, Catfish, Mackeral, Herring and Eel. The Warm to Hot temperature would include Shrimp, Lobster, Anchovy, Salmon, Tuna, Mussel, Crab.
      The above diet is based on Neutral temperatures. But you can replace the Turkey, Pork and Beef with any of the Cool to Cold temperature fish. Just ensure you have 40% protein, 25% carbohydrates and 35% vegetables by volume in the crock pot.
      Just in case you are interested, here’s a list of other Cool to Cold ingredients you can use to substitute any of the vegetables or carbohydrates or to use as treats:
      Duck, Duck egg, Egg White, Oyster, Rabbit, Turkey, Yogurt, Alfalfa, Apple, Amaranth, Banana, Bitter Melon, Blueberry, Broccoli, Celery, Cucumber, Eggplant, Gingko, Kelp/Seaweed, Kiwi, Lettuce, Mango, Shitake Mushroom, Orange, Pear, Persimmon, Spinach, Strawberry, Tomato, Watermelon, Daikon radish, Barley, Brown Rice, Chrysanthemum, Flax Seed Oil, Green Tea, Honey, Millet, Mung Bean, Sesame Seed, Sesame Oil. Soybean Oil, Salt, Tofu, Whole Wheat.
      Let me know if this helps.
      Renata

  7. Louise Burden says:

    My male cat is 5 years old and weighs about 27 pounds. He is an inside cat and gets very little exercise – sleeps most of the time and loves to eat I have been giving him 3/4 cup of dry food once a day in the morning and 1/4 sm can of food at night. How much should I give him of your crockpot recipe?

    • Hi Louise,
      Sounds like you’re currently feeding him too much. I know it doesn’t sound like much. But for the crock pot recipe, you’d want to feed him 1/4 cup twice a day. I will strongly advise to fill out the Pet Personality form on the Sun Dog Cat Moon website: http://www.sundogcatmoon.com So you can know if the foods you are feeding him are appropriate for his constitution. Foods work the same way in animals as they do in humans…In that, some foods can cause “inflammation” or not get absorbed as readily as others. These can include corn, wheat and soy. I’ve found the Pet Personality form to be very helpful in narrowing which foods to avoid and which to focus on for optimal health. Keep me informed of his progress.+

  8. Julia says:

    I would like to add fiber via canned pumpkin. How much can I use in the crock pot recipe?

    • Hi Julia,

      I’m not sure if you got my response to your question on Canned Pumpkin to your pet’s diet?
      I submitted responses three times, but haven’t seen them come on on the blog. So I’m just double checking to make sure you got the response.

      Are you feeding it to a cat or a dog? How much does your pet weigh?

      The Crock Pot Diet has a lot of fiber in it already and so the addition of pumpkin to it may be overkill. However, as a general rule of thumb, you can substitute one cup of pumpkin for one cup of green vegetables. We usually recommend it for anal gland issues…as the addition of more fiber to the diet helps bulk up the stool for it to help express the anal glands naturally.

      However, if you’re looking for just fiber in the diet…then the Basic Crock Pot Diet has a lot of fiber in it already.

      I hope this helps.
      Renata

  9. Marilyn Sweeney says:

    Do you just feed once a day? Does it matter which time of day?

    I purchased the items listed today and was going to cook tonight, but then realized I didn’t get the pork, so will wait until tomorrow. I bought chicken instead of turkey, will that be OK?

    I’m currently feeding Hills CD and it is costing me a fortune! Found a great deal on 2 17.6 pound bags (that arrived yesterday), so will mix the crock pot food with the CD until it is all gone.

    Thanks for you help,

    Marilyn

    • Hi Marilyn,

      It’s meant to be fed twice a day, ideally for breakfast and dinner. Scheduled feedings are great because you can monitor your pets’ intake, as well as know if they’re eating or not. Eating or not eating is usually an indicator of whether your pets’ feeling well or not.

      Did you complete the Pet Personality form from Sun Dog Cat Moon? If so, what element is your pet? Reason I’m asking is that if you have a hot-natured pet or a FIRE animal, then feeding a hot-energy food like chicken, is not a good idea long term. But will be better than what you’re currently feeding.

      I’m assuming you’re feeding Hills C/D dry? If your pet has a urinary issue, then dry food is not going to be very beneficial to their system. In general, dry food/kibble is not very beneficial period! However, by adding warm water or mixing it in with the Crock Pot food, then you’re introducing moisture to the diet and the system. The body has a hard time breaking down dry kibble, which in turn makes it difficult for the kidneys and urinary tract system to function optimally.

      I’d feel more comfortable directing you on ingredients if I know what TCVM pattern your pet has. The Crock Pot Diet is based on Neutral to Cooling energy ingredients. Here’s a link to the Sun Dog Cat Moon website: http://www.sundogcatmoon.com If you haven’t already completed the Pet Personality Form, please feel free to do so. The diet is based on medical evaluation of each pet and can be customized to fit your pet’s nutritional and energetic needs.

      I hope this answers some of your questions.

      Renata

  10. Marilyn Sweeney says:

    Thanks for your response – yes, I did fill out the Personality Profile for both of my dogs – how soon before I hear back from them or was there something that I was supposed to see when I was on there? I’ll go back to that website to see if there is information as to what elements they are. As you said, anything I give them will be better than just what they are eating right now. I’ll make up a batch tonight after I’ve purchased the pork. Do you ever give pets dairy products – maybe cottage cheese?

    Thank you,

    Marilyn

    • Hi Marilyn,

      You should hear back from the clinic fairly soon. I’ll make sure they contact you today. Dairy products are okay in small quantities. So Cottage Cheese and Yogurt are good. Dairy can produce a lot of phelgm or inflammation if given on a regular basis. However, if you have a source for raw milk or even goat’s whey, then you can add it to the crock pot. Again in small quantities….like a cup or two of raw milk or 2 to 3 cups of goat’s whey. I’m not sure what resources you have at your location. There should be a local farmer’s market in your area…they may know where you can source either product. (If you want that is :) ) I think Thornhill Farms in McClellanville is closest to you…they may know sources as well.
      The Crock Pot Diet will also help with Jack’s anal gland issues. Basically an increase in his fiber intake will help bulk up his stools so he can express them naturally.
      They will also both have some weight loss while on this diet.
      Let me know how they do!

      Renata

  11. Marilyn Sweeney says:

    Sure will – thanks so much!

  12. Marilyn Sweeney says:

    I received the information from the Pet Personality profiles and Jessie has been identified as Wood while Jack was identified as Fire. Can you make any suggestions as to what the two of them together can eat and what to avoid? I understand that Jack should have cool foods, but am not sure about Jessie (Wood). By the way, they love the cooked food! I have quite a bit of CD left over, so suppose I’ll be doing half CD and half cooked food for quite awhile.

    Thanks for your help!

    Marilyn

  13. Veronica says:

    Can I shorten the cooking time by setting the crockpot on high for 5-6 hours? What are your thoughts on this?

    • You can give it a try :) There are some trains of thought that the slow cooking puts less heat energy into the food and creates a more digestible flavorful format. As we all age, we have less ability to digest things well. So with slow cooking, animals with digestion issues are better able to absorb and utilize the food efficiently. I know when I’ve tried it in the past, I didn’t get as desired a result as I would with the longer lower setting. One of my Food Therapy instructors at The Chi Institute, Dr. Bruce Ferguson, is a strong believer in the slow method. But I’d like to know how it works out for you if you do.

      • Veronica says:

        It seemed to work well on the high setting, but I may go back to using the low setting since my dogs tend to have digestion issues. It took about 5-5.5 hours on the high setting and the pups LOVED it just as much as when I cooked it on the low setting last time. Thanks for responding!

  14. Veronica says:

    One more question…….How long does this recipe last in the refrigerator after it is cooked? I’m a little hesitant to use it for too long just in case bacteria begins to set in.

    • Ours lasts three days because we have three dogs over 50lbs…so they go through it quickly. However, I do know it is safe up to five days in the refrigerator.

      • can some be frozen?

      • Hi Kathy,
        Yes it can be frozen. I’ve got three dogs over 50lbs as well…plus five cats on the diet. So we typically make a huge batch and freeze portions of it. I’ve also made batches for clients where we portion out each meal and freeze it…the client then pulls out each day’s meal the night before, defrosts it and it’s ready to serve with some warm water the next day.

  15. Patti says:

    Is there a crock pot kidney diet for dogs? My 11 year-old 65 lb. Yellow Lab has Chronic Kidney disease and the low protein diets the Vets are feeding her are not going over well.

    • Hi Patti,

      I’d highly recommend you submit the Pet Personality Form located under the Sun Dog Cat Moon home page: http://www.sundogcatmoon.com
      Dr. Roberts will be able to help you figure out what is needed for your pet’s nutritional needs.
      The Basic Crock Pot diet is a Neutral Energy based diet and with all food changes, I recommend you consult Dr. Roberts befoer making any changes.
      But to answer your question….YES there is a diet. BUT you will need to complete the Pet Personality Form so both Dr. Roberts and myself will have a more informed background towork with.
      Dr. Roberts is also great with email contacts….so I will forward this to her and she will be expecting your completed form, so she can guide you towards a better diet for your Lab.

      Renata

  16. AMANDA says:

    Hi!
    As suggested I filled out a personality form and then never heard back? Should I fill it out again? Thanks-

    Amanda

    • Amanda,
      I have forwarded your information to the clinic. They had a staff change, the person who had been responsible for responding to the forms is no longer employed at the clinic….so please expect a call from the clinic either today or tomorrow.
      Please let me know if you have any additional questions or concerns. I apologize for any inconvenience.
      Renata

  17. Amy McGuffin says:

    Hi, I am a small animal veterinarian, and I just met a client who is using this recipe as the their pet’s diet. They came in because their pet (a very lean, underweight Pit Bull mix) has been losing some weight recently, and all else is apparently healthy. I wanted to calculate how many kcals per day this pet is receiving, and came to this website to try to figure it out. Do you have any idea? They are currently feeding 1-1.5 cups of this diet twice a day. Thank you!

  18. Pam says:

    I have an 11 year basenji-mix with EPI (I put enzyme on all his food) and recently diagnosed with renal failure. He is currently hospitalized for a kidney flush. Re-doing labs to see if there is any change. Is this crock pot recipe okay for a dog in renal failure?

    • Hi Pam,

      I know you too received a response from Dr. Ruth. So please ignore this post as it’s meant for everyone else reading the blog.

      As with all specific health concerns, Dr. Ruth will contact you personally to address your questions. You may post your questions here, but as each case is a specific medically related issue, we won’t post those responses on the blog. Each pet is different and we don’t want anyone self diagnosing. Feel free to complete the Pet Personality Form found on the website and someone will contact you.
      http://www.sundogcatmoon.com

      Renata

  19. Danielle says:

    I have a two part reply, these are both in reference to an older male feline (over 10 y.o.):

    First, I’ve read online in a couple places that when cooking for cats, you can substitute heart (like chicken hearts) for Taurine and liver for Vit A & D. It seems more affordable to buy chicken livers and hearts rather than Taurine at a health food store, if those can in fact be substituted.

    Secondly, other recipes for cat food also seem to require many more supplements in addition to the foods listed in the crockpot recipe above, such as a Vit E supplement, Vit B complex, fish oil, salt with iodine, etc. Are all of these things necessary?

    Thank You!

    • Danielle,

      I know you’ve already received a response from Dr. Ruth regarding your questions. So this response is for those following the Food Blog :)

      Please post your specific questions and concerns about your pet’s food diet and health here. I will forward those concerns to Dr. Ruth at Sun Dog Cat Moon and she will get in contact with you on a one to one basis.

      The reason we don’t post her responses is that each case is a medical evaluation of your pet. Therefore each response would not apply to the general public. While the above recipe is a basic diet…it can be individualized to meet the specific needs of your pet/s.

      Thank you again for your continued support.

      Renata

  20. Maegan says:

    One of the dachshund-friendly sites that I follow on Facebook forwarded this recipe. My dog is an extremely picky eater (I did not thick this was possible for a dachshund!) I cooked it today and gave Tula a taste… She LOVES it! I mean she heard me putting it away three rooms from where she was sleeping & galloped out for more! Thank you so much, Maegan

    • Happy to hear it Maegan! My Brittany Spaniel, Sam, who also has a bad back…dances and jumps for joy everytime we pull the crockpot food out for breakfast and dinner. He’s my Silly Ham Sam :)

  21. Denise M says:

    The crock pot pet food recipe say’s add Taurine for the cats. Well I plan making this food for my cats and my dogs. Will Taurine harm my dogs or do I need to make seperate batches for each of ,omitting items that are not needed for each? This would seem not very cost efficent if so. Looking forward to trying this soon for both cats and dogs. Hope thay can all eat from the same batch if so, I will be cooking weekly!

    • Hi Denise M,

      It’s easier to add the Taurine to each meal versus the entire batch…that way you’ll know that your cats are getting the right dosage of taurine per meal.
      SO in that case, no you won’t have to make separate batches. You may also want to look at a multi vitamin product like Nu Cat which contains taurine and other essential vitamins for cats.
      Hope they’re doing well on the diet.

      Renata

  22. Hello! Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe! I came here from http://lowcountrydog.com/story/sections/crock-pot-cooking-dogs-40109, and I wanted to point out that on that website, it says 3.5 cups of greens, and on this website, it says 7 cups. I currently have my first batch cooking, and I had gone off the guidelines on the other site. Which is correct? Do I need to add more greens? I don’t currently have more… Will it hurt if I feed this to my dog this week?

    I also wanted to ask about treats. Do you give your dogs treats in addition to this? I was going to make some beef liver treats for my dog. He usually gets 2 treats/day. I was only going to include liver and eggs, then bake them at 220. I was considering adding blueberries as I saw that some recipes do. Do you have an opinion on the blueberries?

    Thank you,
    Daniél

    • Daniel,

      Sorry for the late response…It’s been a busy year making dog food for clients :)

      The other site has the updated recipe. And no…the additional greens will not hurt…which I’m sure you’ve figured out by now :)

      If you visit the Sun Dog Cat Moon website, they have a list of ingredients that can be substituted for your dogs/cats…based on their specific needs, energy level and season.

      All of your above treat options are great! My only word of caution…the energetics of food affect each of us (pets and humans) differently. The diet is based on Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. It is a NEUTRAL energy based diet…which makes it perfect for any type of pet. However…if you feed a HOT/WARM energetic food to a FIRE animal, for instance…think of a jack russell bounding all over the place with lots of energy…that a Fire animal example…and you choose to feed this Fire animal…Chicken for example…then you’re basically feeding fire on fire…which can make that jack russell’s energy as hyper as it’s always been…or lead to what is known as Excess Heat…often resulting in skin or ear issues.
      SO I always defer to Dr. Ruth Roberts of Sun Dog Cat Moon…to help you customize a diet plan and know which food energetics are best for your individual pet. That includes the treats :)

      Their website is http://www.sundogcatmoon.com and Dr. Ruth can be reached at drruth@sundogcatmoon.com

      Hope this helps…Renata

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  24. i am concerned about the sw potato peels. reg potato peels are poisenous to dogs….sw pot peels aren’t???? please answer…

    • Kathy you can rest easy…they are not poisonous…when COOKED. Like everything else blown out of proportion…neither are regular potato peels!!! They are poisonous when they are consumed RAW or if they are GREEN. This also makes them poisonous to humans!
      It’s the same with the garlic in the recipe…when consumed in large portions, they are toxic. But they are beneficial when consumed at right doses.
      Same with grapes…the story behind lethal grapes and dogs came out of a study done where the dogs were fed large volumes of grapes. The question remained…did the dogs die because of the large quantity fed or because of the pesticides on the unwashed grapes that were fed in large volumes?
      Thank you for asking…we always want to be careful around our babies as their health rests in our hands.
      Renata

  25. Monica Jae says:

    I made this for my dog & added a container of cottage cheese when it cooled. My dog was underweight & malnourished (we rescued him from some of our family that have taken a bad turn in life). I mix it with his dry food. He has put on 10 lbs in a month, sleeping regularly, has his energy back & his coat is soft & shiny. Looking forward to the next batch & getting a bit more creative. Thank you!

  26. Monica Jae says:

    I added a container of cottage cheese to the cooled mixture too. My dog loves it & has finally started to put a little weight on.

  27. Vivian Campbell says:

    Thank you for posting this recipe and thus informing me about Dr. Ruth. I live in Egypt and have lately decided to cook for my 9 year old Yorkie, Samantha. Although our choice of commercial foods has increased in recent years, it is still not the best and not reliable. I filled out all the forms and had a telephone consultation with Dr. Ruth. Samantha loves this food! I’m still learning and Dr. Ruth is great about answering my questions. I’ve posted your link on my Yorkie site (www.yorkiepartners.com). We all want to do the best we can for the wellness of our babies and this and Dr. Ruth are a godsend! My vet here will be very pleased that I am cooking for Miss S.

  28. Jen says:

    I have a happy 4 year old Shih Tzu named Boo. He weighs no more than 14 lbs and he is not over weight. His is average active for the breed. He loves to play but also loves a good nap. I’ve seen he has problems with his ears and he licks his front paws. I suspect he’s alergic to canned foods and I want to do what’s best for him. I want to start making his own food but I’m worried about the contradiction in the total calories needed online calculators and the serving size suggestions you have here. According to the calculators, my guy needs about 500 calories a day. Your food has about 285 calories, if I’ve done the math correctly. Do you have any feedback for me? He currently eats one small can of dog food a day, along with kibbles available all the time, and regular small tastes of people food. I think he’s getting probably 400-500 calories total. Could it be the type of calories make your food more nutritious and cuts down on waste products? Thank you.

    • Jen says:

      I need to correct my post. My math comes up with approx 285 calories per cup of your recipe. My small canned dog food has about the same amount of calories. When I estimate the number of calories in his canned food, the kibbles, and the people food he gets, and the occasional bacon flavord dog treats he likes, I estimate he’s getting a total of 400-500 calories per day. Thanks again for your time.

    • Jen,
      Thank you for researching diets for Boo! I’ve forwarded your concerns to Dr. Ruth Roberts of Sun Dog Cat Moon. Her direct email is drruth@sundogcatmoon.com
      You can also visit the website: http://www.sundogcatmoon.com for more information.
      They will be better able to address specific concerns regarding Boo’s health and diet.
      Please let me know of your progress.
      Sincerely
      Renata

  29. Glenn says:

    Hi – using a calorie calculator for my dog (50+ pound boxer/lab, 10 months and very active) and it spit out 1,300 calories which would be roughly 4.5 cups/day of this recipe (using Jen’s calculation of 285 calories/cup). Does this sound right? My girl is a picky eater (in that she does not like to eat kibble, even fancy stuff) and I’m looking to give her something she’s going to be more into so I can be sure she’s getting all the nutrients and everything that she needs. Thanks for any feedback.

    • Hi Glenn,
      Please feel free to contact Dr. Ruth Roberts at Sun Dog Cat Moon. She has made some updates on the recipe which addresses these concerns. I strongly advise anyone reading this blog entry, to contact Dr. Ruth Roberts. The above diet is meant to be a neutral energy based diet and is a great starting point for any pet. However, it is still a medical diagnosis for your pet. Dr. Ruth has put a lot of research and work into this diet…with amazing results as some of you can attest to. SO feel free to visit the Sun Dog Cat Moon website for further information and specifics that can be customized to your pet’s individual needs and energetics.

    • Hi Glenn,
      I had forwarded your questions to the clinic. You may contact Dr. Roberts directly at info@sundogcatmoon.com
      Renata

  30. V says:

    I have 3 happy and healthy dogs that get lots of variety in their diet. I used to feed the prey model raw diet for over 2 years, but I have been doing some crockpot recipes lately too. I appreciate this recipe. I’ve seen the updates on Dr. Ruth’s blog, and I look forward to making this up soon. Thank you.

  31. V says:

    Also, is the dried mustard a necessary ingredient in this particular recipe? If so, please explain why. Thank you.

  32. cathy says:

    Hi, I’m making this recipe and only have the taurine capsules in the NOW product in 500 mg capsules. Am I to use 12 capsules in a serving? Also, I have the tums in 750..would I only add ONE tums per batch? Thanks so much in advance.

  33. cathy says:

    Thanks for your comment. Dr. Ruth did get a hold of me. She said to “add taurine to each batch of food- and add 12 capsules to each batch.” She used the word ” batch.” I asked per “serving.” To me a batch is the whole pot..and serving is a bowl size. I’m thinking I add taurine to EACH MEAL one time per day- though I feed twice per day. I just want to make sure I don’t make any mistakes. I may just order the Nu Cat and go from there.

    • Hi cathy…Yes…per serving is a bit more difficult to gauge. Nu Cat is your best option as you can ensure your cat gets the right dosage each meal. It is a great multi vitamin. Thank you for getting back to me. Dr. Ruth and the SDCM staff are awesome!

  34. V says:

    Just a friendly note from someone who feeds both cooked/raw. I feed a variety and believe in “balance over time”. If you feed only one kind of food all the time, you need to be more concerned with having a healthy, balanced food like the recipe Dr. Ruth provided. She is providing a complete and balanced recipe for the batch. If some bowls of food have more vitamins/calcium/taurine than other bowls, that doesn’t matter because once you feed the entire BATCH to your animal, they received everything they need—”balance over time”.

    Just the fact that you are feeding fresh, whole ingredients is going to make a world of difference. :)

  35. Cathy says:

    Thank you, mypersonal chef! I will order the Nu Cat. Yes, Dr. Ruth is VERY kind in what she does!
    I very much appreciate her mailing me back. Thank you, V. I too feed raw,cooked,canned, some kibble ( grain free), fruits, veggies,yogurt,pumpkin,sardines, etc. I wanted to make sure I get this recipe correct as I’m always scared I’ll mess up on something. I wanted to add this to their rotation diet. I have 3 small older doggies and one cat. I feed commercial raw – but one day would like to make my own. My brain just won’t let me go there yet. lol. Thanks for your help! :0)

  36. V says:

    You’re welcome, Cathy. Wow–with that delicious variety, you’re not “messing up” anything for your pets LOL. I can understand why you would get a bit more nervous re: your cat and the taurine though. Good luck..I hope the recipe works out for you and your very lucky pets. :)

  37. Cathy says:

    Your very sweet ,V! You just got me thinking about something. lol When I read what you said about ” Dr. Ruth has provided a complete and balanced recipe.” I believe for my 10 yr. old Chihuahua – I’m gonna put him on this and only this ( w/ a multi- vitamin) for a few wks and see how he does. He has itchy red skin..and I don’t know what he’s allergic to. Carrots, peas, potatoes.
    All of that is in the foods he eats. His raw & canned. I do know he’s allergic to fleas…and I try my best to go natural and no chemicals – but he will still have a flea here and there. Your pets are lucky to have you, too. :0) Ill come back in a few wks. and say how the recipe is going.

  38. Amy says:

    Just made this for my 12-yr-old beagador ;) per my vet’s recommendation and I am thrilled to say she hoovered it! She was diagnosed with protein-losing enteropathy last week and hasnt been too keen on the prescription food… in fact, she hadn’t eaten for nearly 3 days (and I tried wet and dry food). Now I’m hoping her tummy digests this easily. Left out the rice/barley and served it over some of her rx royal canin food.

  39. alitaworld says:

    I make it into 1/8 cup
    meatballs and freeze them in ziploc bags. As one bag runs out I take another out of the freezer.

  40. Laura says:

    Hi there! This recipe is awesome I just want to make sure I’m correct with the amount I’m feeding my dog is 43 pounds and so he should get 1/2 to 1 cup a day? Or is that based on 1/2 to 1cup in morning and at night??
    Thank you!

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