A while back I published a post about Canine Life’s new Muffin diet. It was so intriguing to me that Thomas and I decided to see what it was all about. I bought the pre-made muffins with turkey and sweet potato and holy cow the dogs went nuts for them. And that was it, we decided to fully commit to the home cooked diet and kick the kibble forever.
We decided to buy the muffin mix and bake our muffins at home so we could control what went in them.
The Ottawa Dog Blog Home Cooked Diet Recipe and Directions
with TONS of photos! Check out the entire set on flickr.
What You Will Need
All food prices from Loblaws unless otherwise stated
- Canine Life Pre-Mix Adult Trial Pack (20 Muffins) – $8.00 @ Bark & Fitz in Kanata
- Blueberries – $2.50
- Butternut Squash – $2.99
- Apples – $3.28 kg
- Frozen Beans – $2.00
- Eggs (free run large) – $4.19
- Safflower Oil (organic) – $4.79
- Cranberry Juice (organic) – $10.99
We now buy the 6kg bag of muffin mix ($45.00 @ Bark and Fitz) because it lasts much longer. This bag usually lasts us around 3-4 months. We use the regular muffin mix, but Canine Life also offers a gluten free and a cancer mix so you can tailor it to your dog’s specific needs.
This method of feeding is also great because you can control what goes IN the muffins. Our recipe is a lower protein mix for our dogs, but your dogs might prefer or require more protein so you would add a meat in there. The muffin mix comes with a sheet with substitution options. For example, you just need a green vegetable and an orange vegetable.
Orange vegetables are: carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, butternut, acorn or hubbard squash.
Green vegetables include: green beans, zucchini, broccoli (not if your dog has a thyroid problem)
For added protein, you can use: regular ground beef, chicken, turkey, veal, lamb, venison, ostrich, buffalo, salmon, tuna, pollack or mackarel.
The Canine Life website as a huge list of ingredients that are in the muffins to make them awesome. That list is also included in the muffin mix package.
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