If you follow me on Snapchat, you know that I meal prep for our 3 bulldogs. The motivation for starting this was that we would buy the high quality dog food and portion control, cut it back, etc and our 2 English Bulldogs continued to maintain or gain weight, mostly our girl Charley. It seems like no matter what I tried, the weight wouldn’t budge. This lead to her not being able to breathe well, her snoring could easily compete with a freight train and she would become winded very easily. We didn’t want that for her. She is only 2 and we want her to live a long, happy and active life.
I did some research and the “raw” diet was not an attractive option to me. There is something about throwing raw chicken and beef with the bones into a bowl and let them chew on it that didn’t sit well with me. These things immediately came to mind:
- They have little nubs for teeth, how could they chew a chicken bone enough to swallow it without hurting them or cutting their throat/stomach lining?
- The thought of having raw meat (germs) lying around or the pups thinking a chicken leg was a chew toy and carry it over and hop on the couch with a raw chicken leg spreading germs everywhere….no thanks.
No, just a big no for me on the raw diet.
A dogs ancestral diet is mainly protein and fats, basically a ketogenetic diet (no carb) and store bought dog foods are usually around 55% or higher in carbs so that explained why the gain in weight. It was then a decided to test out a clean eating for the dogs. I prepare chicken in the oven or crockpot, 73% lean/27% fat ground beef, sweet potatoes, snow peas and fresh parsley since it’s growing like crazy in my herb garden right now–plus, it helps freshen their breath!
I meal prep every 2 weeks for them. They eat breakfast and dinner and get 1-2 homemade treats inbetween meals. You would not believe the difference in them! Charley is down 6.5 pounds which may not sound like a lot but on a little meatball bulldog, it’s a lot. Here is her 4 month ‘transPAWmation” photo. 🙂 She looks much younger, healthier, she is more active, sleeps better and snoring is minimal! And our little man Otis is down 3 pounds too!
It’s crazy to see her before photo. We knew she was a little bowling ball but WOW! lol. I am a firm believer in meal prepping for our dogs. Even our vet was shocked by the results! When she went in for her updated shots and they weighed her they were happy she had lost weight as they instructed previously she lose 5-8 pounds. When they asked how she did it I told them and it was a look of shock. I’m not sure if it was shock that it was such a successful diet or shock that I make their food. haha.
The effort is miminal compared to the results! Your dogs deserve the best life you can provide for them.
The amount of protein, veggie, carb you give them will depend upon your size dog.
Our 2 English Bulldogs who are 46 & 55 pounds get per meal:
1/3C diced sweet potatoes
Our American Bulldog who is 85 pounds receives per meal:
1/2C diced sweet potatoes
As you will see there is no recipe posted below simply because it varies by dog weight. I have posted a video tutorial on the process to help get you started on my YouTube.
Click here visit watch the video or visit my YouTube Channel “FitHome&Health”
Please take a few minutes to watch it to learn where to buy the food for best prices, how to prepare, package and preserve your pups food.
If you have any questions please feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org