Transitioning Meal Plan
Transitioning Beef Mince Stew
As your dog’s homemade food will only be a proportion of his or her overall diet at this stage, our suggested transitioning diet consists of just four ingredients and is both simple and quick to prepare.
Because your dog’s digestive system will need time to adjust to proper food, and to make life as easy as possible for you at this stage, we would suggest making up a batch of food – enough to last, say, two or three days. When that batch is finished, make up another batch – once again sufficient to keep in the fridge for two or three days.
This is such a simple and quick recipe, there’s no reason why it couldn’t form the basis of many of your dog’s regular meals. Variety is important, so you would need to vary the vegetables according to the season or what you have available, and naturally the protein source would need to be varied as well. But other than that, if you’re a busy person, you can still feed your dog well with a recipe like this!
Read our full transitioning guide before beginning.
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If necessary, wash and then dice the potatoes and carrots. Don’t peel them. Most of the goodness in fruit and vegetables tends to be close to the surface so don’t peel and throw away the best bits!
Add the potatoes, carrots, frozen peas and mince to a slow cooker. Add the water, stir and leave to cook for 2 to 6 hours depending on your slow cooker. Add extra water if necessary.
Allow the mix to cool before apportioning and/or serving.
About this Recipe
This recipe is based on 60% Beef Mince, 10% Potatoes, 20% Carrots, 10% Peas. Dry weight 833g. Cooked weight 903g. Although not essential, try to use a single protein source for each meal, but by all means add eggs to any meal and feel free to interchange vegetables on a like-for-like basis.
Start off by feeding your dog 75% of his or her normal meal mixed with sufficient food from this recipe to make the meal up to 100% of its normal weight. Mix the food together so your dog can’t just pick out the new food and leave the old. This is not an exact science. It won’t matter greatly if you are slightly over or under at this stage. Feed this combination for a couple of days before introducing a 50/50 combination for a day or two. After a further day or two, feed just 25% of your dog’s old food and 75% homemade food. At the end of a week, your dog’s tummy will be fully adjusted to his or her new homemade diet.
Feed 100% homemade food and be amazed at the difference good food makes to your dog.
The above are estimates only. Once transitioned, have our team create a free Personalized Daily Feeding Guide for your dog and feed accordingly.
With the addition of some extra vegetables and seasoning, this recipe would be just as nourishing for you and your family as it would be for your dog. We tried it and found it perfectly acceptable. Just remember to add any seasoning after you have apportioned your dog’s food!
Recommended nutritional ratios: 60% protein (meat, fish, dairy, eggs) for amino acids, muscle growth and tissue repair, 30% fats (oils, fruit, vegetables) for fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamin absorption, 10% carbohydrates (sweet potato, potato, lentils, rice, pasta) for energy.
This recipe contains:
- Protein 60% 60%
- Fats 30% 30%
- Carbohydrates 10% 10%
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