In case you are curious, here is the list Justin provided for Biggie's diet (Ep. 5). By presenting you with this list, we are not suggesting it would be appropriate or safe for your dog. This list should NOT be used by you without you first consulting with your dog's veterinarian. The list does NOT constitute a balanced diet by itself. No ingredient or suggestion on this list should be taken without consulting with your dog's veterinarian. ALWAYS speak to your veterinarian and animal nutritionist to learn what foods are best for your dog and how to combine ingredients to make a balanced diet. Every dog has different needs and potentially different allergies.
Good Foods for Biggie:
• Salmon – Must be cooked
• Sweet Potato
• Low-fat mild cheese (ie: low fat string cheese) - good for cutting up in tiny pieces for treats, but in small amounts. Must be LOW or NO fat…rich fatty cheeses should not be fed to your dog.
• Plain rice cakes
• Apple slices (stay away from the seeds)
**A note on raw meaty bones: raw meaty bones provide optimal calcium-phosphorous balance. Meat provides phosphorous and no calcium. Bones provide calcium no phosphorous. Bones keep teeth clean & healthy. Raw meaty bones provide: protein, fat, fiber, antioxidants, enzymes, fatty acids, vitamins, & minerals.
There are some risks to giving a dog a raw bone: broken teeth, impactions of the mouth, throat, and intestines, and perforations of the intestines. With this in mind I always tell my clients to monitor their dogs while eating bones and I recommend softer bones like chicken wings & turkey necks. And NEVER EVER give a dog a cooked bone.
Bad Foods for Biggie:
• Onions, garlic, chives (Allium family)
• Macadamia nuts
• Coffee Beans
• Bacon (and other high fat foods)
• Any foods/gum with Xylitol
• Cooked Bones (danger of splintering)
• Unbaked dough
Home Made BiggieTreats:
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup canned pumpkin
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup chicken liver
½ cup water
Finely chop chicken liver in a food processor. Beat 2 eggs in large mixing bowl. After eggs are beaten add chopped liver and remaining ingredients to mixing bowl. Stir well. Add additional water if dough is too dry.
Place parchment paper on cookie sheet. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough on cookie sheet. Bake in oven at 350' for 20 - 25 minutes. Allow to cool for 30 minutes. Refrigerate cookies once cooled.
1 cup quick cooking oatmeal
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 can tuna fish
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 ripe banana
½ cup beef heart
1 cup water
Finely chop beef heart in a food processor. Beat 2 eggs in large mixing bowl. After eggs are beaten add chopped beef heart and remaining ingredients to mixing bowl. Stir well. Add additional water if dough is too dry.
Place parchment paper on cookie sheet. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough on cookie sheet. Bake in oven at 350' for 20 – 25 minutes. Allow to cool for 30 minutes. Refrigerate cookies once cooled.
• Carrots and Peanut Butter
• Those who have their pets on special diets can slice up and then bake their dog's wet food and use as treats that still comply with their diet regimen.