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“My Favorite Creation Ever… A Foolproof Two-Part System to Make Your Own Nutritionally Balanced, Fresh Homemade Food – Customized for Your Dog’s Needs”

One of the most common reasons why veterinarians frown upon homemade diets is because they’re often not nutritionally balanced. Getting them right can be tricky and time-consuming. Now there’s a simple, foolproof way to create nutritionally balanced, fresh homemade meals, designed exclusively for your dog’s needs.

 
Choosing right foods for your dog
Are you choosing the right foods for your dog?

You may not realize it, but feeding your dog means more than just filling her belly. When you choose the right foods, you help your pet thrive and not just survive. You’re building the foundation for good health.

Choosing the wrong foods can leave the window open to unwelcomed consequences.

It’s no secret... Dogs are experiencing disease epidemics like never before, and chronic degenerative conditions related to poor lifestyle choices, including food, are at an all-time high.

That’s why I’m so against most commercially processed pet foods. The ingredients manufacturers choose to add aren’t usually for your pet’s benefit – it’s for their bottom line. Fresh, healthy ingredients cost more than inexpensive fillers and mystery meat meal concoctions.

Even if you do choose the right foods for your dog, putting them together in a nutritionally balanced meal that your pet will eat is a whole other issue.

Many pet owners simply don’t know how to begin to do it correctly, and that’s a big problem.

In just a couple of minutes, I’m going to share with you something I’ve been working on for years. With the help of an expert pet food formulator, I’ve created an entire system to take the guesswork out of preparing nutritionally balanced, fresh homemade meals that your dog will love. I am so excited to finally be able to bring this to you!

First, let’s take a closer look at how you’re currently feeding your dog...

From Best-to-Worst, How I Rate Today’s Pet Food Diets

Type of Dog food
Surprisingly, my least favorite type of dog food isn't grocery store brand kibble

Recently, I rated all of the different types of pet food diets available today in big box stores, grocery stores and small, independent pet food stores. Here’s my list, from best to worst, starting with my absolute favorite type of pet food:

  1. Balanced raw, fresh homemade diet
  2. Commercially available raw diet (found in the freezer section of your small, specialty pet store)
  3. Balanced cooked, homemade diet
  4. Dehydrated or freeze-dried food
  5. Human-grade canned food (The label must say the ingredients are human grade, or they are not.)
  6. Human-grade dry food (It must state human grade so it won’t contain low-quality rendered by-products.)
  7. Super premium canned food (found at big box pet supply stores)
  8. Super premium dry food (found at big box pet supply stores)
  9. Veterinary-recommended canned food (purchased at your vet’s office or clinic)
  10.  Veterinary-recommended dry food (purchased at your vet’s office or clinic)
  11.  Grocery store-brand canned food
  12.  Grocery store-brand dry food
  13.  Semi-moist pouched food
  14.  An unbalanced homemade diet – raw or cooked

While many of these types of foods may be super convenient, they don’t necessarily provide the biologically appropriate, food-based nutrients necessary to maintain vibrant health in your dog.

What Pet Food Makers Don’t Want You to Know About the Food You’re Feeding Your Pet

Pet food makers
Less than one percent of pet foods on the market is human grade, GMO-free, organic or contains free range or ethically sourced meats

Most pet owners have little idea of what they are actually feeding their pets when they buy processed pet food.

Whether it’s dried kibble, canned food, dehydrated or frozen food, the trendy, artfully designed packaging provides few accurate clues.

Here’s the truth about more than 99 percent of pet foods on the market today:

Less than one percent is human-grade, GMO-free, organic or contains free-range or ethically sourced meats.

Pet parents are also unlikely to know these other closely held secrets about processed pet food:

  • Most pet foods are made from leftover and recycled food waste from the human food industry, and are not human grade.
  • Food is heated, on average, four times during processing before sitting on a shelf for up to two years, making its nutritional content questionable, at best (unlike fresh food).
  • Carcinogenic byproducts, such as heterocyclic amines, acrylamides and AGEs (advanced glycation end products) can result from the high heat processing typically used to make processed pet food.
  • The nutrients added to bring the food up to standards are typically feed-grade, cheaper forms of nutrients common in the animal feed industry, such as sulfates and oxides, rather than human-grade nutrients.
  • Nutrients degrade quickly, especially enzymes and B vitamins, even in the freezer.
  • Dry food provides only 12 percent moisture and not the 70 percent moisture found in fresh food needed to prevent organ stress and dysfunction.
  • The incidence of pet food recalls has never been higher with independent testing confirming heavy metals, glyphosate, phthalates, flame retardants, BPA and pentobarbital (pet euthanasia solution) in pet food.
  • Additives such as chemical preservatives, artificial colors, dyes, rendered fats and fillers are typically used with processed foods.
  • Palatability enhancers are often added to trick pets into eating food that isn’t biologically correct for them.
  • Commercial pet food sits on shelves for months to years before you buy it, with any remaining nutrients degrading by the day.

I think you can agree... It’s no wonder pet food makers don’t want you to know any of these dark truths about highly processed pet food.

Why the Right Food for Your Dog Isn’t Necessarily Sitting on Your Plate

pet fresh food
While feeding your pet fresh food may be the right idea, it must be nutritionally balanced

Many owners – maybe you, too – are often shocked to find any type of homemade diet on the bottom of my list. How could a homemade diet, even raw, be the worst food you can feed your pet, you may be wondering...

After all, it is homemade food, and you’re controlling everything that goes into it, right? How can it possibly be worse than grocery store kibble?

A lot of pet owners love sharing their meals with their dog. When they do, they believe they’re giving their pet better nutrition than what comes in a bag, box or can.

I certainly see this in my practice – an increasing number of misguided pet owners who think they're doing the right thing by serving their pet, say, a chicken breast and a few vegetables and calling it a day.

Clearly, “homemade” means different things to different people...

Sometimes pet parents take “homemade” to mean a little bit of everything they eat. Or many of my raw feeding clients assume feeding a rotation of several different meats, bones and organs will provide “balance over time.”

Unfortunately, research shows this rarely ever happens. Nutritionally unbalanced food, even homemade, is an accident waiting to happen for any pet.

As a practicing veterinarian, I see dogs with endocrine and skeletal issues, and even organ degeneration, simply because they’re not receiving a diet properly balanced with the essentials, like trace minerals, omega fatty acids and calcium.

Because of these increasingly common scenarios – along with, of course, misinformation from commercial pet food makers – fresh homemade diets, especially raw diets, have been ’black-listed’ by many veterinarians.

Recognizing this dilemma early on, combined with my passion for biologically appropriate fresh food for pets, I set out to find an easy and convenient way to help owners prepare affordable and nutritionally balanced homemade meals for their adult dogs.

More on that in just a moment...

One Important Reason to Take Control of What Goes Into Your Pet’s Food

grain-free-kibble
Grain-free kibble is high in starches and low in meat and taurine, an amino acid essential for heart health

Over the last century, the pet food industry has convinced owners to feed pets highly processed diets that sustain life. However, these foods don’t necessarily nourish pets as nature intended.

Processed pet food is a relatively recent addition to a dog’s ancestral history. Dogs evolved to eat fresh food, even after branching off from Canis lupis (gray wolf) thousands of years ago.

In fact, the first bag of commercial “dog food” arrived less than 100 years ago, and while dogs are amazingly resilient, I believe what we’re feeding them today is nothing less than nutritional abuse.

Because dogs are so adaptable, they are capable of consuming species-inappropriate foods, but not without consequences…

One other factor that many people don’t consider is the quality of today’s soils. Food can only be as healthy as the soil in which it is grown. Nutritionally depleted soil yields nutritionally depleted food.

Organically grown food is certainly better, but typically only in terms of fewer chemicals entering your pet’s body. While preferable to use conventionally grown food, using organically grown food in your pet’s food is not a guarantee that all the nutrients that should be there are present.

When you make your own food with wholesome ingredients and appropriate supplemental vitamins and minerals, you’re in control. You know what they are getting and what they are not.

Why I Believe a Balanced Raw or Gently Cooked, Fresh Homemade Diet Is the Best Food You Can Feed Your Pet

fresh homemade diet
A balanced raw, fresh homemade diet contains enzymes and nutrients typically destroyed by heat and processing

Here’s the bottom line: dogs need to eat fresh, whole, species-appropriate food to be optimally healthy. Fresh food diets mimic nutrient-dense ancestral diets. These are the foods that our pets have evolved to eat!

As you saw, a balanced raw, fresh homemade diet sits at the top of my best-to-worst list. This is my number one choice for many reasons, including:

  • Fresh, raw food contains all the enzymes and nutrients that are typically destroyed during cooking or other types of processing.
  • Homemade allows you to take complete control of the source and quality of the ingredients in your pet's diet.
  • Homemade allows you to take advantage of buying fresh, seasonal vegetables on sale and rotate your use of species-appropriate fresh meats and poultry.

Yet, when recommending a species-appropriate, raw, fresh homemade diet, I can’t stress this enough...

It must be nutritionally balanced or it is as good as worthless.

The trend for pet parents to feed a raw homemade diet is growing by leaps and bounds. However, this is only a good thing if that food is properly prepared with their dog’s personalized nutritional requirements in mind.

So, how can you make sure the food you prepare for your dog is balanced nutritionally and they’re getting everything they need?

Let me introduce you to Meal Mix my foolproof system for preparing fresh meals for your dog that they will love and you will feel good about feeding.

Introducing My Favorite Creation Ever... Meal Mix and Personalized Recipe Creator – a Simple, Foolproof Two-Part System for Making Your Own Nutritionally Balanced Fresh Homemade Food in Minutes

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Our Recipe Creator and Meal Mix takes the guesswork out of preparing nutritionally balanced meals for your dog

I firmly believe that owners who take the time to prepare their dog’s food want nothing more than to do it correctly.

Yet, when you ask yourself or anyone who has ever taken on the task, you quickly learn it’s not easy to do.

You have to do the research, hunt down the right foods, know how much to buy, figure out how to prepare and mix everything together just right.

Then you have to cross your fingers and hope your pet eats it.

If it sounds like a huge endeavor, it is.

It takes a lot of knowledge and effort to get it right.

Which is exactly why so many well-intentioned pet owners give up, either before their first attempt or after trying to do it a few times.

I developed our Recipe Creator and Meal Mix along with veteran pet food formulator Steve Brown for that very reason:

To take the guesswork out of preparing a nutritionally balanced meal for your pet.

Steve’s a real pro when it comes to formulating dog food. He created the first commercially available raw food diet in the U.S. more than 20 years ago. Today he maintains the largest nutrition database in the world for dogs – over 6,000 pages! Steve’s database is a virtual treasure trove... it includes AAFCO, FEDIAF, NRC, Ancestral and USDA nutrition information.

The two-part Recipe Creator and Meal Mix system that we created together provides a way for you to know exactly:

  • Which ingredients to choose
  • How much of each ingredient to buy
  • How to prepare the ingredients for optimal nutrition
  • How to ensure the food is nutritionally balanced
  • How to make sure it tastes good so your dog will eat it.

Our goal was to create simple, easy-to-follow recipes that contain a variety of ingredient options to make homemade, nutritionally balanced pet food a reality for people who want to feed fresh food to their dogs.

How to Prepare Nutritionally Balanced Meals for Your Pet Without Worry, Fuss or Confusion

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Kids love to help fix their pet’s meals

Meal Mix is much more than a single product – together with the Recipe Creator it’s a system for preparing nutritionally balanced food for your pet. As part of a total meal plan, you have unlimited access to recipes and ideas for feeding your dog a variety of healthy, balanced homemade meals – not just one!

Here is how the two-part Meal Mix system is designed to work together:

  1. The online Recipe Creator allows you to customize meals from a variety of ingredients that work best for your budget and your adult dog’s nutritional needs, based on his or her weight and activity level.
  2. Meal Mix, made-in-the-USA with human-grade vitamins and minerals, helps you create nutritionally balanced, fresh homemade food that you can trust in just minutes.

Steve and I felt strongly that our Meal Mix formula had to meet certain criteria:

  • The nutrients needed to be human-grade, unlike what’s used in most processed pet foods.
  • The nutrients had to be non-GMO, soy and gluten free.
  • The nutrients had to be versatile enough to be used in many different recipes to allow for nutritional diversity and rotation of meats, vegetables and carbs (if desired).
  • The formula had to meet optimal nutritional requirements for trace minerals and vitamins, not just the bare-bones minimum requirements necessary to sustain life like what’s found in most pet foods today.

While certain nutrients like zinc, vitamin D and E, iodine and choline are present in tiny amounts in many foods, they’re deficient in most homemade, fresh food diets. Which is exactly why so many veterinarians are against feeding homemade diets.

They know most pet owners are simply guessing when it comes to balancing nutrients. And they also know that adding a little bit of this and a little bit of that is a recipe for disaster and a very good way of creating nutritional deficiencies over time.

The whole idea of our Meal Mix is to help pet parents prepare fresh homemade food without having to spend a lot of money on expensive, rare ingredients. We want to make homemade food balanced and simple.

Meet the “Brain” of the Meal Mix System... the Recipe Creator

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You can use any type of raw or gently cooked meat or poultry with Meal Mix

It took me, with Steve’s help, three years to develop the two-part system: the groundbreaking, innovative Recipe Creator and Meal Mix Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement Mix for adult dogs.

Please note, this two-part system is designed to work together. It’s important to always use the Recipe Creator when planning and preparing meals for your pet with Meal Mix.

Let’s take a closer look at how the Recipe Creator – Meal Mix system helps you prepare nutritionally balanced meals for your adult dog…

  • Log in to our Recipe Creator at www.mealmixfordogs.com and enter your dog’s name, approximate weight and activity level. If you have more than one pet, you can create multiple recipes for each dog. You’ll discover exactly how many calories your dog needs to consume each day.
  • Customize your recipes by choosing what type of raw or cooked meat or poultry and vegetables (and starch if desired) you want to use. You have plenty of options, so you can pick your pet’s favorite foods.
  • Click “Create Recipe” to receive an assortment of customized recipes along with preparation instructions, nutritional information and suggested feeding directions.
  • Choose a recipe and prepare according to provided directions.
  • Add a high-quality source of omega-3s and a premeasured packet of Meal Mix (the recipe will tell you exactly how much to add of each), and you’re done.
  • Store the remaining portions in the refrigerator for up to three days or in the freezer for up to two weeks.

Starches and carbs are totally optional with Meal Mix. They’re not required for a nutritionally balanced meal, so the choice to include them is yours. If you’re working on a limited budget, or if your vet suggests reducing the protein in your dog’s meal, sweet potatoes or quinoa make great starch additions.

With the Recipe Creator, you have access to hundreds of meals that allow you to choose from meat-only recipes, meat and vegetable recipes, meat and starch recipes, or meat, vegetable and starch recipes to fit your budget and the nutritional needs of each dog in your family. You can view, print or email the recipes, and have unlimited access to hundreds of different recipe combinations..

The Recipe Creator tells you exactly what’s in each meal, too. It provides the full nutrient profile for a 1,000-kcal meal. Each recipe you create will have a specific kcal and feeding amount recommendation per day based on your dog’s activity level and weight.

Recipes can be doubled or tripled as desired to create the desired batch size that is appropriate for your dog’s caloric needs or to create multiple meals to be stored for later.

Because every recipe meets or exceeds the AFFCO nutrient standards for a complete and balanced meal for maintenance, you’ll know with no uncertainty that you’re giving your pet what they need.

What Makes My Meal Mix System Stand Apart

dog meals protein
You get to pick from more than eight different proteins for your dog's meals

A couple of other products may appear similar to Meal Mix on the outside, but if you look closer, you’ll realize there’s nothing else like it...

Here’s what sets Meal Mix apart from the others:

  • You don’t need to use carbs if you don’t want to. We designed our system to use just meat or poultry or a mixture of meat and whatever vegetables you choose.
  • The Meal Mix supplement is human-grade, not feed-grade like the others. Plus, mine is made only with human-grade ingredients and it’s made in a GMP certified manufacturing facility in the USA!
  • Contains no genetically engineered ingredients or GMOs, soy or gluten. This is especially important considering the pet food industry’s current trend in using genetically engineered soy as a filler ingredient in foods.
  • We use NO sulfates, oxides or sodium selenite, or menadione (synthetic vitamin K) which are all cheap forms of nutrients common in the animal feed industry.
  • Our Recipe Creator program allows for nearly endless variety. If your dog is a fussy eater or has digestive issues, food allergies or sensitivities, you can choose from more than eight different proteins, including many novel proteins.
  • Meal Mix is the only product on the market that can be mixed with red meats (ruminants), poultry or wild game (elk, goat, bison, rabbit) to make a complete and balanced meal for adult dogs.
  • Can be added to gently cooked or raw food.

You’re in complete control of every single ingredient going into your dog’s bowl. These days, that can bring tremendous peace of mind.

I couldn’t be more excited about Meal Mix and its essential companion, the Recipe Creator. In fact, I believe this is likely the most important product I’ve ever developed for Mercola Healthy Pets.

The Meal Mix system levels the playing field. A long-time dream of mine, it gives everyone the opportunity to feed their dogs fresh food because it simplifies the process and takes the guesswork out of meal planning and prep.

Order Meal Mix Today, and Delight in Knowing You’re Feeding Your Dog How Nature Intended 

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Whether you’re already preparing a homemade diet for your dog, or considering adding in a few homemade meals during the week and want to make sure you’re doing it right, Meal Mix along with our Recipe Creator provides that assurance and more.

This unique system makes preparing nutritionally balanced, fresh homemade food convenient and easy. There’s no guesswork... no searching for the right vitamin and mineral supplements... and, best of all, no hassle.

The only product on the market made with bioavailable, human-grade nutrients at a human-grade GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) facility, this is my favorite creation ever.

No matter if you offer your dog fresh homemade food at every meal or a few times a week, there’s no question in my mind. The more you can avoid highly processed, commercially prepared foods for your furry family member, the healthier and happier your pet will be. And you’ll know you’re taking the best possible step for your dog’s well-being.

I know you’re eager to get started, so order Meal Mix today. Once your package arrives, you’ll receive instructions on how to log on to our Recipe Creator. Be sure to always use the Recipe Creator when planning and preparing your pet’s meals.

With this two-part system, you’ll be well on your way to discovering why fresh, nutritionally balanced homemade food sits at the very top of my list.

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Frequently Asked Questions
  1. 1. Q: Do I need to use the Recipe Creator every time I prepare a meal with Meal Mix?

    A: Yes! The recipes you receive from the Recipe Creator are designed specifically for your dog and meet his or her unique needs based on weight and activity level. It’s the only way you can know for sure that you’re preparing a nutritionally balanced meal for your dog.

  2. 2. Q: Can I use the Recipe Creator and Meal Mix to make food for my cat?

    A: No, Meal Mix and the Recipe Creator are designed only for adult dogs. A cat’s nutritional requirements are much different from a dog’s. 

  3. 3. Q: I can use all commonly sourced meats but fish and eggs. Why doesn’t Meal Mix work with fish and eggs?

    A: Fish and eggs have very different vitamin and amino acid profiles than other protein sources, so this formula does not make a complete and balanced meal when fish or eggs are used as a base protein.

  4. 4. Q: Why do the recipes call for supplemental krill or fish oil?

    A: Krill or fish oil is needed to meet EPA and DHA requirements. Because it’s impossible to keep the delicate essential fatty acids stable in a powdered mix, we don’t include it in the Meal Mix supplement. To remain viable, these critical fats should be added right before the meal is served. You can choose any marine-sourced oil, such as sardine, anchovy, krill or salmon oil, and rotating oils is also smart. Flax oil and other vegetable sources of omega-3 fatty acids do not provide adequate amounts of DHA or EPA.

  5. 5. Q: Why are you suggesting adding in a vegetable oil like hempseed if I only feed my dog red meat meal?

    A: To add the missing omega-6 essential fatty acids missing from red meats. Poultry is a rich source of omega-6 fatty acids, so if you are rotating between red meats and poultry, this addition isn’t necessary. If you don’t want to feed (or can’t feed) poultry, then adding in a source of omega-6 fatty acids is necessary. Our favorite type of omega-6 oil is hempseed oil, but you can use other sources such as walnut, sunflower or safflower oil if you wish.

  6. 6. Q: Why do I have to use lean meats?

    A: Usually the cheaper the meat, the higher the fat content. Fat is a great energy source for dogs, but it displaces other key nutrients needed for health maintenance and disease recovery. Essential minerals are in the protein, not the fat. Using fattier meats than what’s recommended means there won’t be enough amino acids and essential minerals in the diet, which is dangerous and unhealthy over time.

  7. 7. Q: Why can’t I use this with my growing puppy?

    A: Puppies have different nutritional requirements at different ages of growth. This formula does not account for these different needs. It has been created to meet adult dog’s nutritional requirements only.

  8. 8. Q: I can’t afford organic, free-range meats or vegetables. Should I just keep feeding processed food?

    A: No. I encourage you to feed as much fresh food as you can afford. Keep in mind that the less expensive processed food you may be feeding is not only manufactured from factory farmed animals, it comes from the leftover parts of the factory farmed animals, so any type of fresh balanced homemade diet (organic or not, CAFO or free-range) is far superior to any processed food diet.

  9. 9. Q: I can only afford to feed one fresh meal a day, now what?

    A: No problem. Feed as many fresh meals as you can afford. If you feed your dog 14 meals a week and you can afford to feed half of those fresh, that’s a 50 percent improvement in your dog’s overall nutritional intake which will provide unbelievable health benefits over time.

    If all you can afford to feed is two homemade meals a week, you might want to consider dividing the meals into snack-size portions and feed a little bit every day as training treats or on top of your pet’s processed food, which you will reduce in portion size to account for the fresh food being added.

  10. 10. Q: Are there risks to feeding a raw food diet?

    A: One quick search of the FDA recall website reveals there are potential risks to feeding all types of dog foods, including a raw food diet. We recommend discussing your pet’s nutrition with a vet that understands fresh foods to find out what type of food, amount and feeding frequency is best for your dog.

    Most vets discourage raw meat diets if the patient has undergone GI surgery within the last month or has a white blood cell count that is below normal (indicating immunosuppression). Additionally, some oncologists recommend a cooked food diet to dogs that need chemotherapy during treatment but returning to eating raw food after treatment if they were receiving it prior.

    If you and your vet decide a cooked meal is best for your dog, you can still use Meal Mix. It will supply the necessary nutrients to make the food complete and balanced. A lightly cooked balanced fresh food diet is still superior to any store-bought foods.

  11. 11. Q: Can I give cooked vegetables?

    A: Yes, this is a popular feeding style. Some nutrient levels actually increase after gentle steaming (such as lycopene levels in tomatoes).

  12. 12. Q: Are there any vegetables I should avoid?

    A: Please avoid using onions. If you add potatoes, make sure you remove any sprouted “eyes” as they are toxic to dogs.

  13. 13. Q: Can I add fruit, and what fruits should I avoid?

    A: Fruit can be included. We recommend berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries) because they’re loaded with beneficial antioxidants for dogs. Pits must be removed from fruits before feeding. Avoid starfruit and rhubarb.

  14. 14. Q: I’ve heard some vegetables should be avoided for certain dogs?

    A: If you have a healthy dog, then follow your grandma’s advice and feed a little bit of all of them, except onions.  Here’s what we know about some vegetables and other produce:

    • Soy and yams have phytoestrogens, and soy is most always genetically engineered and contains anti-nutrients which may be harmful for your dog.
    • Cruciferous veggies can be goitrogenic and negatively affect your dog’s thyroid health if fed exclusively.
    • Vegetables have different oxalate concentrations, so some dogs predisposed to certain bladder stones do best avoiding high oxalate veggies, such as spinach and beets.
    • The lectins in legumes can lead to gastric upset and leaky gut.
    • Non-organic wheat, bulgur, spelt, barley, rye and oats contain at least some gluten (you can avoid traces of gluten by buying gluten free oats). These non-organic grains also often contain glyphosate, a likely carcinogenic herbicide.
    • Some vegetables are sky high on the glycemic index such as corn and potatoes, while some are very low. So, better choices for your dog’s metabolic health include asparagus, dark green leafy vegetables, green beans and zucchini.
    • All mushrooms that are safe for people are safe and even medicinal for pets. Mushrooms that are toxic to people are also toxic to dogs.
  15. 15. Q: What if I only want to feed meat (no added fresh veggies or a starch)?

    A: The meal is still balanced, but your dog will not get any fiber or roughage, food based phytonutrients or enzymes present in fresh produce. Research shows dogs consuming a meat-only diet have a less diverse microbiome than dogs fed vegetable matter.

  16. 16. Q: If grains are unnecessary for dogs, why would I add them to my dog’s food?

    A: Grains are typically added to reduce cost. Many people are able to afford fresh meals by offsetting some of the more expensive meats with other foods, such as grains, legumes or potatoes. Some animals have medical issues that require them to consume a lower protein diet or a higher fiber diet. I recommend organic whenever possible to minimize traces of glyphosate.

  17. 17. Q: How much should I feed my dog?

    A: See the Suggested Feeding Directions located at the bottom of each recipe page found in the Recipe Creator. Note that depending on your pet’s weight and activity level the recipe may yield less than the suggested feeding. In this case I recommend doubling the recipe amount for a higher yield.

  18. 18. Q: How do I transition my dog onto fresh food?

    A: There are many ways, but no one way works for every dog. To know if you’re transitioning your dog too fast or too slow, watch your dogs’ stools. Here are my general guidelines:

    The first step is to make a batch of food. You can calculate how much your dog needs to eat on a daily basis and divide the food into daily portions. Keep a few days in the refrigerator, and freeze the rest. We recommend making only the amount of food your pet will eat within two weeks.

    If you have a finicky dog or a dog with a sensitive stomach, the “slow trick” is recommended: remove five (5) percent of your dog’s old food and replace it with the same amount (five percent) new food. Watch your pet’s stools. They may become soft for a day, but they should firm back up.

    If stools are normal, replace 10 percent old food with 10 percent new food, and watch stools. Continue replacing old food with new food until your dog is transitioned completely onto their new food. If stools soften, simply continue feeding the same amount of new and old food until the bowels balance themselves, then proceed with the weaning schedule.

    Another option is to divide up one freshly prepared meal and use the food as treats throughout the day and feed the second meal of their regular food at night or vice versa – feed their old food for breakfast, then use their new food as treats for the remaining part of the day. Continue this for several days until stools are normal, and then discontinue old food entirely.

    Some super finicky and sensitive dogs may prefer the food cooked, initially, as cooking releases an amazing aroma that dogs find irresistible. If you wean your dog onto cooked meals and then would like to wean them onto raw food, gradually cook the food less and less.

  19. 19. Q: Do I need to stop other supplements?

    A: If you’re now adding certain nutrients (such as calcium or vitamin D) to your dog’s homemade meals as a means of balancing the diet, then yes, you should discontinue these supplements. Meal Mix provides all the required nutrients conveniently in one packet. Continue using probiotics, enzymes, joint or eye supplements, ubiquinol, astaxanthin or medications from your vet.

  20. 20. Q: Can I increase or decrease the amount of ingredients listed?

    A: No, this can create a nutritionally unbalanced recipe; however, the amount of ingredients listed on the recipes exactly may be doubled or tripled as desired for a higher recipe yield.

  21. 21 Q: I am specifying which ingredients I want, but receive too few recipes. How can I access more recipes on the Recipe Creator?

    A: If too few recipes are displaying after filtering the ingredients, choose your desired meat and skip to Create Recipe. All the recipes containing that specific meat will display on the page.

  22. 22 Q: Can I use vegetables in season even though there aren’t any recipes on the Recipe Creator with the seasonal vegetables I am looking for?

    A: Yes, you can use your desired seasonal vegetable following the Any Vegetable recipes. These recipes will list “Any Vegetable” in the ingredient list and can easily be found by selecting “Any Vegetable” when choosing your vegetable option in the Recipe Creator

  23. 23 Q: How can I make measuring foods simpler?

    A: Using a digital food scale when measuring the ingredients is recommended, especially for meat and vegetables. The directions in each Meal Mix recipe will also state the conversion of ounces to cups for each starch cooked and grams of vegetable oils in teaspoons.

  24. 24 Q: What is the purpose of the Meal Mix being in packets? Why isn’t it available in bulk?

    A: The individual Meal Mix packets are perfectly measured to provide the appropriate amount of vitamins and minerals to add to the recipes in order to create a nutritionally balanced meal. Just as getting too little of a vitamin can cause deficiencies, certain vitamins can be given in too high of quantities, and AAFCO has recommended maximum daily intakes for these vitamins. For this reason, Meal Mix packets should not be added to commercial pet food or recipes other than those found on the Recipe Creator as this could cause a nutrient imbalance over time. Additionally, using a different amount of Meal Mix other than what is directed in the Recipe Creator is not advised for this same reason.

  25. 25 Q: How can I save a recipe?

    A: If you find a specific recipe that you will be using again and again, we recommend printing, emailing, or bookmarking the recipe.

  26. 26 Q: What if I don’t have access to a desktop?

    A: If you don’t have access to a desktop but own a smartphone, mealmixfordogs.com is mobile friendly.

  27. 27 Q: How do I use Meal Mix in addition to feeding a commercial diet once per day?

    A: Take the daily recommended amount of kibble found on the bag or directed by your veterinarian and cut it in half; and take the Suggested Feeding Amount listed on your Meal Mix Recipe and cut that in half as well. Commercial pet food and Meal Mix recipes can be fed together, or separately throughout the day. Alternate ratios can also be used such as feeding 1/3 of the recommended amount of commercial food and 2/3 the recommended amount of a Meal Mix recipe each day.


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