Good Enough for the Queen's Dog

What is good enough for the queen's dog is good enough for my pug.

Our Pug was suffering from very bad skin allergies. It was so bad that there were raw patches in her skin. So we took her to the vet and they took care of the symptoms, but not the source.


Well, I heard that certain dog foods causes allergic reactions, and that is when I started making my own food for our Pug.

I buy a 5-lb bag of chicken legs with the thighs and drumsticks attached for about five dollars. I bone them, but then pressure cook the bones for about thirty minutes so that even if there are bones left, they are soft. I do leave the gristle and other chewable parts; she's a dog for heaven's sake! That does not mean I am careless and not pick out all the bones that I can find. I save the broth for soups and so forth.

I add 1 cup of cooked rice. I mix this with 1 cup of cooked cabbage and 1 cup of cooked carrots. I have used a can of mixed vegetables without trouble. If using the canned veggies, reserve the liquid to make everything easier to stir together. Otherwise, use 1 cup of the broth. I think this adds more protein for the animal.

The reason why I say that this is the food served to the royal dogs is because there was a TV special where the former chef to Queen Elisabeth II showed how he prepared the food for Her Majesty's Corgies. It was almost the same recipe with just livers substituted for the leftover meat on the bones. He actually added cabbage. Livers would probably be easier to use than boning the chicken; I just like making sure I have used everything to its fullest potential.

Our dog's allergies cleared up! Then we all remember about the tainted dog food from China.

Don't feed this to your dog while it is hot. My Pug is too comfort controlled to eat it hot, but my aunt gave in to her begging Boxer and then she had to clean up where he got sick. Her vet said it wasn't good to feed them homemade food. I think her doctor gets commission for every bag of canine products he sells.

I am not quitting. I save money and my dog is healthy. Healthy enough to run with royalty.

I think it is funny our Pug will even eat raw cabbage now. It is funny she doesn't like lettuce. And carrots have become one of her favorite snacks. They just need to be cut to the size of her mouth.

By Tim from Science Hill, KY

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January 7, 20091 found this helpful

I have frequently made food for our dogs, only I use ground turkey or beef, adding brown rice and vegetables. If desired, this can be mixed with dry dog food, to make the dry food more appetizing, or used alone as a delicious homemade dogfood. The dogs love it, and you are sure of what their food contains, when you make it yourself.

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January 7, 20090 found this helpful

Probably the reason your vet didn't want you to make your own food is that so often people don't come up with a balanced diet and lots of things are lacking that are important for the health of the animal.


I like your recipe and will try something like that for my dog. She's very aged and really is tired of her regular food. She's already eating cooked turkey drenched in broth but I know she needs more added to balance it out.
Isn't it amazing what we'll do for those some people call "just a DOG"!

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January 7, 20090 found this helpful

I give my 1 year old Malt-A-Poo chicken, chicken livers, & a natural supplement that I get from a vet. I read on all the food I give my six pound baby, as I will not give her
anything that has a by-products in it. Try to read all the ingredents in the dog food & if you can't understand it, don't give it to your dogs.
Happy Cooking. I do it.
Pat in GA

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January 8, 20090 found this helpful

I was told to NOT give chicken livers to a small dog (I had a maltese and have a bichon). The liver is a filter and all kinds of nasty things are left in it that can harm our little ones. I used to give chicken livers until I heard this.

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April 22, 20160 found this helpful

Chicken liver is safe for dogs in moderation. The rule of thumb is no more than 5% of a dogs diet should be liver.


If you really want to make it interesting cook up some chicken liver, heart and gizzards and watch your dog go nuts.

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By Liz (Guest Post)
January 8, 20090 found this helpful

Thank you for the dog food info I think I will make some too. My dog is allergic to corn & Walmart stopped selling the one that had no corn. Liz

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January 20, 20090 found this helpful

I am sorry but that is wrong to give chicken bones to the dog. They splinter in the stomach and cause problems.

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April 22, 20160 found this helpful

When chicken bones are cooked in a crock pot they become soft and safe for dogs as long as you cook it for around ten hours.

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October 10, 20120 found this helpful

daiquiri is correct in that liver is not good for anyone to eat. The liver filters all the toxins out of the body.


When animals and people eat liver they eat all the toxins left in the liver. I know that Dr Oz doesn't recommend eating liver for that very reason.

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October 11, 20120 found this helpful

Good for you! Not only do dogs get allergy problems but seizures as well. I stopped feeding phony dog food and for the first time in my dogs life he ate all of the real food. Never put him back on commercial food again. And I'd suggest everybody type into their search engine: "4D MEAT" because it's in the commercial dog food don't be fooled. Stop dogs from getting cancer from this crap. And, rescue groups promote commercial dog food because they get free food from them so they won't tell you the truth.

As for the bones harming the dogs; after the pressure cooker they are pulverized and soft not dried out & splintered.

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October 12, 20160 found this helpful

Whites potatoes can cause allergic skin reactions...worth a try....sweet potatoes are fine!

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