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Yogurt Got Me Tossed from a Raw Feeding Group

A to Z Challenge – Y – Sponsored by Natural Pet Pantry

Yep, you read that right.  I shared the below recipe in a raw food group last year and ended up getting dumped.

Mix 100% pure pumpkin (no spices) with a plain, fat free yogurt; spoon into ice cube trays, freeze, serve as treats

Looks harmless enough, right?

A dog owner asked if yogurt is okay to give to dogs.  I responded that I add it to a summer treat and they love it.  I added that I double checked with my veterinarian and he said it was fine.

That’s when a couple people pounced…

  • Them: Is your veterinarian trained in dog nutrition?
  • Me: Yes, are you?
  • Them: Yes, I’ve had 20+ years of experience raising dogs.
  • Me: No, I meant training from an accredited organization.
  • Them: We don’t appreciate you advocating foods that can kill dogs!
  • Me: Ummmm, our dogs have been eating this for a while and they’re doing great.
  • Them: This is a group for people who share honest and responsible information, if you insist on sharing dangerous things, then we’ll have to ask you to leave.
  • Me: Ummmm, okay.

And then I was tossed out.

Since then I’ve learned that there are many groups that are just as passionate about all things raw and it’s pointless to (1) take it personally or (2) engage.  I know what’s right for my dogs, I’m doing my homework, and some random stranger who has 10years of experience feeding raw doesn’t have a lick of experience with my dogs.

And to be honest, I probably got kicked out, because I was kind of a smart ass.  But know-it-alls who don’t know much more than I do annoy me.  This is also the same group that said glucosamine didn’t work for dogs and it was a waste of time giving it to them.

So what’s the deal with  yogurt?

Dogs are lactose intolerant and, like humans, some can handle more lactose than others.  This is why we give our dogs raw goats milk.  Since it hasn’t been pasteurized, it still contains lactase, which makes the lactose tolerable for dogs.  No gas, no diarrhea, and no vomiting.

Not ready for raw? Try cooking?

We don’t feed our dogs yogurt as part of their regular diet – it would be overkill for our pack.  But yogurt in cooked meals seem to be fine.

Natural Pet Pantry offers pre-made cooked meals.  And there are loads of cookbooks who can get you started.  Right now, I’m reading Your Pet Chef Cookbook.  It’s a book full to simple recipes by Lisa Hennessy.  And despite my avoidance of the kitchen in our house, I’m convinced that I can handle these recipes for our pack.

Your Pet Chef Cook  Book, Cooking for Dogs

Your Pet Chef has sections that…

  • explain quality ingredients,
  • offer basic recipes (that’s for me!),
  • offer recipes for weight loss,
  • offer recipes for medical conditions,
  • and share Lisa’s dog’s favorite recipes

A recipe from the author of Your Pet Chef

Here’s a recipe* for your dog to celebrate the upcoming Cinco de Mayo…

Cinco de Mayo Canine “Aperrotivo”

Equipment needed: Food processor, slicing knife, peeler, large mixing bowl, 9” x 13” baking pan, measuring cup, measuring spoons, spatula, spoon, plastic storage bags to store or freeze food

  • 1 large beet, (about 2 cups) peeled, sliced into 1” pieces
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 tsp. flax seed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 lb. ground beef, 83% or higher
  • 4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine the first 5 ingredients in your food processor and puree until smooth.  Combine the mixture with the ground beef until well blended.  Spread in the greased 9” x 13” baking pan.  Bake for about 60 minutes and remove from oven. Sprinkle with the shredded cheese.  

Allow to cool.  Cut into 1” squares and serve.  These tasty squares should be stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator or can be frozen.  They will last about a week in the refrigerator or 3 months in the freezer. 

*If you are uncertain about any of the ingredients, please review them with your veterinarian.

For Halloween, I want to be a broken record…

As I keep telling you, don’t allow yourself to be pushed in a direction that you’re not ready to take.  But definitely consider having some fun making your dog a healthy dish.  It will make you feel like a Rock Star when your dog devours your meal and asks for more.

Yesterday was X for the Xenophobe in the Mirror

Tomorrow is Z for Zealots, Crazies, and Fanatics About Raw


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