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Archie is just getting over some sort of infection in his tummy and the vet recommended I feed him chicken and rice while he's not feeling good (along with a couple of medicines). I fed him this when he was teething and he loves it.

So I boilded a whole chicken and when the meat fell off the bones I put it in with rice. (this is the second week I've done this). I heat it up alittle and put it in with their dry food. Now I'm thinking if all three dogs love this, why can't I give it to them all the time. The dry food I give them is "Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul" (all natural).

Any advise, or if this is not advisable, let me know. About a month before that I started giving them Merrick brand caqn food. I had read somewhere on this website that it was good for them, and it looks wonderful - but for some reason, they're not crazy about it.

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Chicken and rice isnt nutritous enough. It doesnt have all the vitamins they need. If you wanted to get them on a homecooked meal, you should get doggie recipe books and maybe talk to your vet about it. You also would have to supplement the meal with vitamins and etc.
 

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BC's right. There's not enough calcium, for one, in that kind of diet. Dogs also need potassium and other nutrients and minerals so check with the experts before putting your baby on a home cooked diet permanently.

I purchased a supplement from B-naturals that is beef liver flavored and Pico won't eat his food when i put it on it. He likes my home cooking just the way it is but I do add calcium when I mix up each batch.

I have to find a less strongly flavored supplement and one that is kind to his liver as well.
 
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So, they're not getting enough nutrients and vitimans? Ok, now I'm back to dry food (Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul), Canned food (Merrick - various flavors) and sometimes i put cooked chicken on top to entice them.

They usually don't eat the dry food - but it's good for them, so I will continue to give it to them anyway.

Abbey is so little, she usually isn't too involved with eating. She takes a bite and is off socializing - too busy to eat. Arch is eating both bowls - now I have to stand guard cause I don't want my boy putting on weight (I just love that boy).

Thanks for the input, I feel like I'm spending a small fortune on these babies, and friends say they eat better than they do....but they're worth it...aren't they.
 

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theres a bunch of threads on this site about homecooked diets. search for them. to get the vitamins and nutrients---all you have to do is add veggies/fruit, buy pet tabs vitamins, and bonemeal. its not htat hard.
and your babies would LOVE it.
 
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