I have been making my own dog food for 15 years, with much success. I've basically followed Pitcairn's theory and used his book, as well as other input from my vet with regard to dog specific needs.
Currently, we decided to go from buying the ground meat at the grocery store to purchasing whole chickens from a local butcher who grinds it for us. I inspected it before purchasing to be sure the bones are not splintery, big, etc., and you cannot tell bone from meat. So I am happy with this choice. I add a little canned veg and boiled rice to it, and I do boil the meat til the red is gone.
I realize that many prefer raw, but at this point, I just can't bring myself to do it, so my basic recipe is what I'll use.
My questions are regarding additional supplements, and then, sort of off topic, giving bones.
As for the supplements, both our dogs have some health issues, so they get some individual specific things that they have had for years (Milk thistle, slippery elm). And I had been using the Pitcairn powder which is a brewers yeast, kelp, bone meal and vit C mix. I'm wondering if I need this, or maybe can just add part of it, such as the kelp and vit c?
And what about a Pet Tab type of vitamin/mineral supplement?
Do they "need" this?
My heads spinning a bit with all I'm reading because there seems to be a good amount of contradiction.
I was giving a vit/min supplement when we were using the grocery store meat as the base, but not sure that's necessary where we are feeding organic whole ground chicken?
And as for bones, I am so nervous to give them fresh bones to chew if I can't supervise them, but, I am sold on the benefits so I do want to start this.
What are the best bones for this purpose?
I have a Jack/Rat mix who is 1.5 years old, and a 11 year old Lab/Chow mix who has had numerous health issues and is on seizure meds for neurological incidences that she's had in the past. She used to be quite the chewer, but, the past year almost, she does not chew things that require a lot of mouth strength. She used to love bully sticks, marrow bones, etc., but now she turns her nose up at anything "thick" like that.
Thanks in advance for any iput, guidance, shared experiences!