Steam or boil easily digested, organically raised vegetables such as: carrots, parsley, zucchini, celery or practically any leftover veggies from your own dinners.
One exception to this is onions; they could cause a reaction in the blood that might lead to death.
Always save the (purified) water you have steamed or boiled the organically raised vegetables in to soak kibble for your pet's dinner. With the extra water, you may water happy plants when it reaches room temperature.

Fill stainless steel bowl with one inch of this vitamin rich water. Add cup of steamed organically raised vegetables.

Mix thoroughly with the following:

  • 1 cup of dry Innova Brand Kibble

  • 1 teaspoon Raw Unfiltered Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 1/8 lb. Raw Organic Ground Turkey

  • 3 to 5 Raw Organic Chicken Hearts quartered

  • 1 teaspoon Mint (organic flakes) or ½ clove Garlic (organic, steamed)

  • 1 teaspoon Alfalfa (organic flakes or powder)

  • ½ cup Sweet Potato (organic, baked or boiled - skin on)

  • ½ an Eggshell (organic or veg-fed) ground, use mortar and pestle

  • ½ teaspoon Sea Kelp (organically processed with trace minerals)

  • 1 teaspoon Organic Flaxseed Oil

  • ½ teaspoon cold processed Cod Liver Oil (when working or in cold weather)

  • 1 tablespoon ground pumpkin seeds

Puppy will eat enthusiastically for 5 to 10 min. Then take bowl away. You may place leftovers in refrigerator (if there are leftovers). Or you may add to an older, more patient dog's meal. Do not keep leftovers for more than 1 day.

And for Dessert

1 x Raw Organic Chicken Neck
These necks are made up of meat and bone. Tiara puppies begin chewing and eating these delectable delights at just six weeks of age. This is an excellent source of calcium and a wonderful well-anticipated treat for your pup (dog or cat). Older dogs eat 2 or 3. Some of the large males swallow these treats whole. They are highly prized by your pets and can be used for reward, as can the raw hearts. If chicken necks are not available, supplement the diet with 1 tablespoon of Bone Meal mixed into the recipe above.

As your puppy grows, increase the food proportionately. Check dog food ingredient list on bag regularly to make certain contents have not changed. They may change (to lesser ingredients) without notice. The best kibble does not contain corn or meat by-products. 
Careful of some of the Lamb and Rice diets as you may just be buying a large bag of rice! See how many times (the proportion) rice is used in different forms. Rice slows digestion and is used with lesser grade meats to keep your dog's stools solid. By-products can be anything scrapped off the floor . . . . so you see why your dog will thrive with for-human-consumption quality ingredients.

Keep in mind that your goal is to feed your dog as he evolved. It was most likely that his pre-historic ancestors ate small game creatures such as rabbits, birds and deer. They in turn, have digesting vegetable matter. To replicate the fermenting vegetation make certain to steam or boil vegetables for the best assimilation by your pet. The mint is given as an aid to digestion and pumpkin seeds to dissuade internal parasites. The vinegar is given to help a dog adjust to raw meat and can be discontinued after a few months if desired. Because they produce less gas than other potatoes, sweet potatoes are recommended. Broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage should also be used less frequently because of gas producing factors. Egg yolks are fine to add, but not the egg whites. Egg whites, unless cooked, contain a substance called avidin, which destroys the B vitamin biotin. Rice, yoghurt and cottage cheese together should be given after skipping one meal for a first step in treating diarrhoea, otherwise, no dairy products. Gradually add regular diet with mixture over several days.

This diet is worth every penny and all the extra effort. An average Tiara Poodle costs $50.00 per month to feed this diet. It is especially helpful to a working, lactating or geriatric dog. This diet is only a part of the Tiara Poodles' health care. Please also be aware not to over vaccinate; not to use anaesthesia in conjunction with teeth cleaning procedures; and not to use pesticides directly (Advantage, etc.) on your poodles. The dog's health is so greatly improved with this diet that the natural anti-flea defences go to work for your pet. A pet in top health is resistant to many types of parasites.

Special appreciation to Newfoundland breeder, Kymythy Schultze, whose holistic animal care seminar I attended in 1995. The information assimilated that day has had a profound and beneficial effect on not only what I feed my line of champion poodles, but also how I select the food I prepare for my own meals.

Books recommended:

"The Ultimate Diet" by Kymythy Schultze and
"The Nature of Animal Healing" by Martin Goldstein.

Prepared by Julie Borst, breeder, Tiara Standard Poodles, San Diego, California, USA.
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The following home-made cancer diet can be given to any pup with cancer, and follows the "low carbs, high fat, moderate protein" principle. It is important to understand that some additional supplementation (eg. high-quality Iron-free multi vitamin) is needed for complete nutrition.

  • 1 cup cooked brown rice

  • 2 eggs hard boiled

  • 1 teaspoon Flax Oil

  • 1 cup grated, lightly steamed or raw organic vegetables (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, bok-choy, cabbage, tomatoes etc…)

  • ½ cup low-fat cottage cheese

  • ½ cup cooked beef or fully cooked chicken or turkey (immune suppression from chemotherapy makes bacterial contamination a danger, so be sure to cook all meat thoroughly)

This is enough food for a 15-20 lb pooch for one day (double the above amounts for a 30-40 lb pup; triple the amounts for a 50-60lb). It should be fed in 2-4 servings at room temperature.

A balanced homemade formula for dogs with cancer. The following recipe will make three days worth of food for a 25-30 pound dog.

  • Lean ground beef, fat drained 454 grams (1 pound) (easiest is boiling but other ground meats - turkey, chicken or veal - are leaner )

  • Rice, cooked 227 grams (1 1/3 cups)

  • Liver, beef 138 grams (1/3 pound)

  • Vegetable oil 63 

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This recipe has been analysed for nutrition, and it is a complete and balanced diet. Dogs thrive on it.

  • 5 lbs of ground beef or chicken

  • ¾ cup canola oil 

  • 4-5 cloves garlic 

  • 32 cups water

  • 8-10 cups processed veggies (carrots, celery, pumpkin, zucchini, yellow squash, acorn and butternut squash, sweet potatoes, red peppers, beets, romaine lettuce, greens, and smaller amounts of peas, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, etc.) NO ONIONS

  • 2-3 cans kidney beans 

  • ½ cup molasses (optional) 

  • 42-45 oz oatmeal (quick cooking oats) 

  • Eggs can be added to boost protein

In a large 24qt pot brown ground meat, add canola oil and garlic. When well cooked, add water. Bring to boil, then add veggies that have been processed, (frozen or canned veggies will work too). Use dried kidney beans and soak them the night before preparing a batch of food. While cooking the meat have the beans in another pot cooking them. Once cooked, they are added to the above mixture. Next, the oatmeal is added. Frequent stirring is necessary at this point as the mixture will stick. Remove from heat, cool and put into containers. The above mixture feeds 3 medium sized dogs for about for 1 week. 

Occasionally add substitute brown rice for some of the oatmeal (this is especially good if your dog develops diarrhoea when you first introduce this food). Introduce it gradually, mixing it in in increasing quantities to your dog's old food.

Also add a mixture called Healthy Powder (from Dr. Richard Pitcairn and Susan Hubble Pitcairn's The Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats) to each meal. Feed this twice daily and add 1 tsp of Healthy Powder to each meal for each dog.

      Healthy Powder

  • 2 cups nutritional (Torula) yeast

  • 1 cup lecithin granules 

  • ¼ cup kelp powder 

  • ¼ cup bonemeal

  • 1,000 mg vitamin C (ground) 

Mix together and keep refrigerated.

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  • Along with ½ to 1 cup muscle meat and 3 tablespoons ground vegetables, combine: 

  • 1½ tablespoons nutritional yeast 

  • 1½ tablespoons ground eggshell 

  • 2 teaspoons lecithin granules 

  • 2 teaspoons powdered wheat grass 

  • 1½ teaspoons flaxseed oil 

  • Daily multivitamin 


  • ½ cup lamb, mutton or chicken

  • Six ounces tofu 

  • 1½ cups cooked brown rice, buckwheat, millet or oats

  • ¼ cup grated or chopped vegetables

  • Daily supplements as recommended (use a B vitamin rather than yeast)

Combine the ingredients and serve. Yield: about 3 cups



  • 1 package of chicken thighs with skin (family pack)

  • Remove chicken skin on half of the pieces and discard.

  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1½ cups water

  • 1 bag frozen vegetables (use one vegetable)

In crock-pot place chicken, garlic and 1½ cups water. Cook on LOW for 6 hours or until the chicken is completely cooked. Add vegetables. Stir. Meal is complete.

Before serving, carefully remove the bones. Serve at room temperature. Refrigerator for 6 days -- then discard.


  • 1 package of chicken thighs with skin (family pack)
    Remove skin on half of the pieces and discard.

  • 1 can kidney beans drained (10 oz. can)

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1½ cups water

  • 1 bag frozen vegetables or 2 cups fresh vegetables

In crock-pot place chicken, garlic and 1½ cups water. Cook on LOW for 6 hours or until the chicken is completely cooked. Add 1 bag frozen/fresh vegetables and kidney beans. Stir. Meal is complete.

Before serving, carefully remove the bones. Serve at room temperature. Refrigerator for 6 days -- then discard.


  • 2 lbs. medium fat ground meat or cubed steak

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1½ cups water

  • 1 bag frozen vegetables or 2 cups fresh vegetables

In crock-pot place beef, garlic and 1½ cups water. Cook on LOW for 6 hours or until the beef is completely cooked. Turn crock-pot off. Add 1 bag frozen/fresh vegetables. Stir. Meal is complete.

Serve at room temperature. Refrigerator for 6 days -- then discard.

The crock-pot is suggested for ease of cooking, but any method can be used.
Cooking, or feeding raw is not convenient for everyone, and you should not feel guilty or feel that you will never get the problem under control. You can still feed a high quality dry or canned food. However, it will take a little longer to get the yeast problem under control.

We suggest feeding your pet several small meals a day. Pets should be fed as we do -- breakfast, lunch, dinner and a light snack before bedtime. A feeding schedule is outlined below which you can adjust to your lifestyle.

    7:00 a.m. or when you get up: Dry food or homemade diet.
    11:00 a.m. Light snack: Vegetable, meat or yoghurt.
    3:00 p.m. Light snack: Vegetable, meat or yoghurt.
    7:00 p.m. Dinner: Dry food or homemade diet.
    Before bed: Light snack: Vegetable or yoghurt.

Supplementing is a Must When Treating Skin Disorders


Low protein diets play a role in the treatment of several conditions, such as kidney disease, advanced liver disease, and some forms of dominance aggression. [If your pet has been prescribed a low protein diet], but doesn’t like any of the commercial preparations, you might consider trying one of these home-cooked recipes.

(low-protein, low-phosphorous, high-potassium, normal sodium) for Dogs

  • 1 egg, large, cooked

  • 3 cups potato, boiled with skin

  • 1 tablespoon chicken fat

  • 1½ calcium carbonate tablets (600 milligrams calcium)

  • ½ multiple-mineral tablet 

Provides 600 kilocalories, 15.1 grams protein, 18.5 grams fat. Supports caloric needs of an 18-pound dog.
Provides phosphorus at 53 percent, potassium at 322 percent, sodium at 114 percent of dogs daily needs. To feed this diet with a normal amount of phosphorus, substitute 3 bonemeal tablets for the 1 1/2 carbonate tablets.

(low protein low phosphorus, high potassium, low sodium) for Dogs

  • ¼ cup cooked chicken breast

  • 3 cups potato, boiled with skin

  • 2 tablespoons chicken fat

  • 1 ½ calcium carbonate tablets (600 milligrams calcium)

  • ½ multiple vitamin-mineral tablet

Provides 689 kilocalories, 18.9 grams protein, 26.8 grams fat. Supports caloric needs of a 21-22 pound dog
Provides phosphorus at 45 percent, potassium at 301 percent, sodium at 54 percent of a dog's daily needs. To feed this diet with a normal amount of phosphorus, substitute 4 bonemeal tablets for the 1 1/2 calcium carbonate tablets.


  • ½ pkg. Salad Macaroni (cooked)
  • 1 Cup Brown Rice (Cook separately: 1C Rice w/2.5 C water/45 min.)
  • 2 Eggs Hard-boiled and chopped up finely 
  • 8-10 Tums Crushed (calcium carbonate) 
  • ½ pkg. Frozen Broccoli and 
  • ½ pkg. Frozen Carrots - steamed until crisp/tender (chop up finely) 

Mix everything together. Can be frozen in small portions. You can also add ½ -1 tablespoon. low calorie cottage cheese. 

I've also added a little bit of cooked ground chicken...and doubled the recipe for ease and frozen it in serving size portions.


  • 2½ cups whole wheat flour

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder 

  • 6 tablespoons low sodium, low fat chicken broth

  • ½ cup cold water

  • 1 cup cooked vegetable (green beans, carrots or mixed)

Combine flour and garlic powder, mix in chicken broth and vegetable(s). Add enough cold water to form a ball. Pat dough to 1/2" and cut with a dog biscuit cutter, cookie cutter or knife. Place on a non-stick cookie sheet & bake in a preheated oven @ 350F for 25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Since there are no preservatives, I recommend storing them in the refrigerator if they are not eaten within a week. They can also be made ahead and frozen.

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  • ¼ pound ground round or other lean meat 
  • ½ cup cottage cheese (uncreamed) 
  • 2 cups drained canned carrots
  • 2 cups drained green beans
  • 1½ teaspoons dicalcium phosphate2

Cook beef in skillet, stirring until lightly browned; pour off fat and cool. Add remaining ingredients and balanced vitamin-mineral supplement and mix well. 

Keep covered in refrigerator. Yield 1¾ cups. 

Feeding Guide 
Optimal Body Weight Approximate Daily Feeding

  • 5 lb......................1/3 lb
  • 10 lb.....................2/3 lb
  • 20 lb.....................l lb
  • 40 lb.....................1¾ lb
  • 60 lb.....................2½ lb

Snacking and scavenging should be absolutely forbidden during the reducing period. However, since many obese dogs are accustomed to begging (and receiving) an occasional tidbit of raw vegetable will add only roughage, vitamins and minerals, not appreciable calories.


Vitamins are organic molecules that generally cannot be made in the body, and therefore, must be supplied in the diet. They have a wide variety of functions, often acting as cofactors for enzyme reactions. Vitamins are of two distinct types: water soluble and fat soluble. 

The water-soluble vitamins are involved as co-factors in many metabolic functions, especially energy metabolism and synthetic pathways.

 THIAMIN (vitamin B1)
 RIBOFLAVIN (vitamin B2)
 NIACIN (vitamin B3)
 Vitamin B6
 COBALAMIN (vitamin B12)
 ASCORBIC ACID (vitamin C)

Deficiencies of most of the water soluble vitamins are rare in dogs and cats, due to the presence of adequate amounts of these vitamins in eggs, milk, meat and cereals. However thiamin, biotin and ascorbic acid can be limiting in practical nutrition of the dog and cat, and are therefore covered here in some detail. 

THIAMIN (vitamin B1)
Thiamin is needed for reactions in glucose metabolism and the oxidation of amino acids and fatty acids. A deficiency in thiamin intake leads to a severely reduced capacity of cells to generate energy. The dietary requirement for thiamin is proportional to energy intake, and feeding a diet high in carbohydrate increases the need for thiamin. 
Thiamin activity is rapidly destroyed by cooking or heating under pressure. Pet food manufacturers supplement prepared foods with thiamin to compensate for degradation during the cooking and canning processes. 
Sulphur compounds, such as sulphur dioxide, are often added to shelf-stable pet food products, sausages and pet mince as preservatives. Unfortunately these preservatives also break down thiamin. Dogs and cats can develop signs of thiamin deficiency when fed pet foods containing sulphur-based preservatives or if these foods are mixed with complete and balanced commercial pet foods. 

Some raw fish flesh and shellfish contain thiaminase which can cause thiamin deficiency when fed to cats. Thiaminase is readily inactivated by heating, so feeding of cooked fish to cats is unlikely to result in thiamin deficiency. 
The signs of thiamin deficiency can occur within two weeks on a thiamin deficient diet and tend to progress rapidly. Typical signs include reduced growth, anorexia, weight loss, seizures, fixed and dilated pupils, progressing to stupor and coma. If untreated, the condition is fatal. 

Biotin is needed for enzymes that regulate fat and glucose synthesis. Biotin is found in numerous foods and is also made by intestinal bacteria. There is no NRC requirement for biotin in dogs fed natural ingredients, since it is exceedingly difficult to produce signs of biotin deficiency in dogs and cats due to bacterial synthesis in the gut. 
Deficiencies are generally seen only after long antibiotic therapies which deplete the intestinal fauna or following excessive consumption of raw eggs. A protein found in egg white (avidin) prevents intestinal absorption of biotin. A deficiency of biotin results in impaired protein synthesis, resulting in scaly, dry dermatitis. 

Ascorbic acid can be made in the body of most mammals, except for man, primates and guinea pigs, all of which need ascorbic acid in their diet. Vitamin C is required as a reducing agent and for the maintenance of normal connective tissue as well as for wound healing and bone remodelling. 
Severe stress (or trauma) leads to an increased requirement for vitamin C because of rapid depletion in the adrenal stores of the vitamin. 
Dogs and cats do not normally require vitamin C in their diets. However depletion of vitamin C has been shown in greyhounds after exercise, and dietary vitamin C supplements for dogs under severe stress, such as racing greyhounds, sled dogs, and during convalescence from surgery and burns have been recommended. 

The fat-soluble vitamins ( A, D, E, and K) are stored in the body, mainly in the liver, whereas the water-soluble vitamins are not. 

Vitamin A
Dietary Vitamin A comes in various forms. ß-Carotene is the most important dietary source of vitamin A for most species. Cats lack the metabolic pathway necessary to convert ß-carotene to the active form, and therefore need vitamin A supplied from animal sources. Beta-carotene is a very effective antioxidant and is suspected to reduce the risk of cancers initiated by the production of free radicals. 
Vitamin A is essential in vision, control of bone growth and reproduction. Vitamin A is involved in the regulation of cell growth and cell differentiation and is essential for maintaining the integrity of the skin. 
Dietary excess of Vitamin A by feeding cats for prolonged periods on liver or by over-supplementation with cod liver oil or commercial supplements. Affected cats develop bone defects in the vertebrae. This is usually exhibited as difficulty and pain upon flexion of the neck. 

Vitamin D
The major role for vitamin D is in the regulation of calcium and phosphorus concentrations in the plasma. Vitamin D occurs in relatively large amounts in fish-liver oils, eggs, milk and butter. The active form is produced in the skin of animals under the influence of UV light. The dietary requirement for vitamin D is rather confusing because of interactions with calcium and phosphorus intake and the ability of dogs and cats to synthesise Vitamin D following exposure to UV-light. 
Vitamin D deficiency is extremely rare but toxicity can be produced relatively easily in both the dog and cat with over-supplementation of concentrated sources of vitamin D. Toxic effects of vitamin D include soft tissue mineralisation and damage to multiple organs, including the kidneys. 

Vitamin E
Vitamin E is a mixture of several related compounds known as tocopherols. Vitamin E accumulates in cell membranes, fat deposits and other circulating lipoproteins. 
Vitamin E functions as an antioxidant and together with selenium is important in maintaining the integrity of cell membranes by preventing peroxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids in cell membranes, giving protection against the adverse effects of free radicals and molecular oxygen. The dietary requirement for vitamin E is closely associated with the dietary intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids as this can affect the composition of cell membranes. The vitamins E and C are interrelated in their antioxidant capabilities. Active a-tocopherol can be regenerated by interaction with vitamin C. 
Selenium also functions as an antioxidant, and its dietary requirement is linked with vitamin E. Together with glutathione and the sulphur amino acids, these nutrients have an overlapping role in protecting to some extent against a deficiency of the others. 
The signs of vitamin E/Se deficiency are related to the intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids. In dogs, low vitamin E has been associated with skin disease. It has been recommended to include 0.6 mg vitamin E per gram of unsaturated fatty acids in a dog's diet. The requirement will increase even further if the dietary fat is rancid. In cats, excess intake of rancid fat accompanied by low dietary vitamin E leads to pansteatitis (yellow fat disease). 

Vitamin K
The major function of the K vitamins is in the maintenance of normal levels of the blood clotting proteins. Simple dietary deficiency of vitamin K is unlikely to occur in dogs and cats under normal circumstances, as they can obtain most if not all of their requirement from intestinal bacterial synthesis. Naturally occurring vitamin K is absorbed from the intestines only in the presence of bile salts and other lipids. Therefore, fat malabsorptive diseases can result in vitamin K deficiency. 
Accidental ingestion of rodent poisons is the most common reason for vitamin K therapy in small animal practice. Vitamin K1 therapy is required for up to 4 weeks to treat the effects of poisoning with long-acting anticoagulants used in new generation rodenticides. 

Key points

  • Thiamin activity in pet foods is easily destroyed by heat or sulphur-based preservatives

  • Vitamin C supplements may be required by animals under severe stress

  • Vitamin A toxicity can be caused by feeding too much liver to cats

  • Vitamin D is involved with regulation of calcium and phosphorus in the body

  • Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, which helps protect cell membranes

  • Vitamin K is needed to maintain normal blood clotting mechanisms

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