For dogs only: Add 8 ounces whole barley and 6 ounces rolled oats, and adjust the water content to a total of 16 cups or enough to cover
the ingredients (I don’t recommend the grains portions for cats).
Combine all of the ingredients in a 10-quart stockpot (stainless steel, please) with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, then turn down the
heat as low as possible and simmer for 2 hours (the carrots should be quite soft at the end of the cooking time). Remove from the heat, let
cool, and debone the chicken. With an electric hand mixer, or using a food processor and working in batches, blend all the ingredients into
a nice puree; the stew should be slightly thicker for dogs and more soupy for cats. Using ziplock bags or plastic yogurt containers, make up
meal-sized portions. Refrigerate what you’ll need for three days and freeze the rest. Be sure and seek your pet’s advice on ideal meal sizes.
Serving Size: Amounts will vary depending on age, activity level, current health, weight, and season, but here are some guidelines. The
average adult cat will eat roughly 1 cup a day. Because dogs vary so much in size, consult the table below. The amount shown should be
split into at least two meals daily.
DOG’S WEIGHT TOTAL DAILY PORTION
Up to 10 pounds 1 to 1 ½ cups
11 to 20 pounds 2 to 3 cups
21 to 40 pounds 4 cups
For each additional 20 pounds, add 2 cups. Remember, all pets are individuals, so let your intuition and observations guide you. Ms. Brown
reminds us to “Monitor your pet’s weight and energy levels…” “Pay attention, observe, and listen to your pets. They have much to teach us.”
1 The Whole Pet Diet. Eight Weeks to Great Health for Dogs and Cats. Andy Brown with Foreword by Richard Pitcairn, DVM, pp. 90-91