Love your dog?

Then feed him the good stuff!

Cooked meat, vegetables, brown rice & nothing else.

What is in our home cooked dog food?

Beef

Only low fat beef from my local butcher. NOT special dog meat, meat by-products, leftovers or scraps.

Seasonal vegetables

We cook variety of vegetables to give them as much nutritionalional variety as possible. So its not just a whole lot of potatoes and pumpkin. We put in broccoli, cauliflower, leafy greens, pumpkin, kumara, potatoes, beetroot, celery, courgette, parsnip and/or any vegetables that are in season.

Brown rice & oats

Brown rice is nutritionally superior to white rice so we opted for it. Wholegrain Oats are a very good sources of iron and so we include them.

Fruits & egg shells

Apple, pear, feijoa (seasonal). Fruits make up only a small part of the meal.

Its roughly 30% meat, 30% veges, 25% rice and 15% cooking water.

Water is included to preserve the nutrients that get drained into it during cooking.

Its all blended together, to ensure that dogs don’t just selectively eat meat and leave the veges aside.

We don’t add salt or any fats/oils into the meals directly because our customers have different nutritional requirements (low fat, low sodium diets). We would however recommend you add some good quality oils like olive oil, flexed, coconut oil when you serve. Also I would personally highly recommend turmeric powder with little cracked pepper (I add half a spoon turmeric to each meal – medium size dog). Turmeric has amazing anti-inflammatory properties and is a great anti-oxidant so adding it to older dogs diets can be beneficial. It is the most researched natural remedy and is used to treat wide array of problems in humans (just google it if you wish to learn more).

Why Commercial Dog Foods Carry ‘Not Fit for Human Consumption’ Label?

No meat by-products. NO Preservatives. No additives. No fillers.

Did you ever wonder why there is a ‘not for human consumption’ label on dog food packets? What’s in it that would harm humans? All pet food that contains by-products have to carry this label. Unless it specifically lists BEEF (not just meat but the actual type of meat) and has no not fit for human consumption label, the 'meat' is likely to be derived from Meat By-Products. By-products are ”the non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals (incl. lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, livers, blood, bone, partially defatted low temperature fatty tissue, & stomachs & intestines freed of their contents). Preservatives and additives are also included in most dog food to make it last for a long time.

What commercial dry or wet dog food can be healthier than real human home-cooked food? Meat cuts come direct from the local butcher (same place I buy my son meat), and veges from the local vege shop. No additives, no preservatives, no fillers, no chemical processing, just plain old cooking.

Do all you can to keep the vet away

Because dogs don’t get common colds as often as humans do, we can sometimes take their health for granted. Although they are more resistant to viruses and bacteria, they are not any more resistant to disease. If you consistently feed them a suboptimal diet packed with preservatives, sodium and low quality dog- meats they may be more prone to disease, just as humans would be.

A healthy diet is the cornerstone of health and wellbeing for your dog. It’s much easier and a lot less expensive to prevent illness than to treat it (not to mention the cost of stress when your dog falls ill). Give your dog the food you’d eat yourself. It won’t be a lot more expensive than the dry food you buy and it will give your dog the best chance of staying healthy and vital for as long as possible.

How much does it cost?

Small Dog

$10 daily portion
600g
  • $70 / week

Medium Dog

$13 daiily portion
1kg
  • $91 / week

Large Dog

$17 daily portion
1.5kg
  • $119 / week

Its slightly bigger portions than the dried food or dog rolls but that’s because there are no fillers or saturated fats so you can give them a little bit more to fill them up. Also there is roughly 15% of cooking water.

Because all food is home cooked, we have limited cooking capacity. At the moment we can accept only 10 new clients this month. Once this fills up we will remove the sign up link below so if you are seeing a signup button below it means there is still availability.

We only service following areas:

PARNELL - NEWMARKET - REMUERA - ORAKEI - MISSION BAY
- KOHIMARAMA - ST HELIERS - GLEN INNES - ELLERSLIE - MEADOWBANK

Questions?

Call or text us on 0212525626
or e-mail on info@humanfoodfordogs.co.nz

My story of how this all came about

Meet Biggy, my adorable 10 year old beagle. My sister and I got him after 25years of trying (my father is allergic to dogs so we had to move out first!). This dog is so clever he knows 63 commands! He was our little baby for the last 10years before I got my human son. He had been fed dry dog food / dog roll alternatively, since birth. He was never sick so we didn’t want to change anything in his diet as we figured that since he isn’t sick its good diet for him. Little did I know that dogs are very resistant to viruses and bacteria unlike us and so they rarely get sick. But they do get ill ...

Last year he started showing symptoms of Cushings disease. We ran thousands of dollars of medical tests and we still could not get a clear diagnosis. Vet said he doesn’t yet have clinical Cushings yet but he’s in pre-cushings stage. Just to fill you in quickly, this is the adrenal or pituitaty gland tumor that not too uncommon (hormonal disease). The treatment was this: wait until he starts showing more symptoms and then we’ll start him on hard core hormonal therapy that costs hundreds per month, with lots of undesirable side-effects. Yikes. Not just that but until he actually develops clinical Cushings it we can’t do anything at all. On top of that he was also limping due to arthritis, which is exuberated further by the cushings’ weight gain. So we went to see a holistic vet to get a second opinion. His advice was very simple (at least he had some): Flexeed oil, melatonin and natural food diet. I asked him to recommend me something and he told me a brand I forgot now what it was, but I remember this, he said: “This is the ONLY dog food in the world certified for human consumption!”. What does that mean?? What’s in the other dog food then that we can’t eat?! If its so bad that humans can’t consume it, can it still be good for dogs as they claim on the package? Well, I am not sure but I knew that I don’t wanna go into researching all dog food brands and what’s in each and get into the whole science around it. I wanted food that’s good enough for humans and the only other option was to cook myself.

It seemed like a big ask at the time, to cook for a dog (I often don’t cook for myself but get take outs instead!). But, new pains create new means, so we thought lets give it a shot. On my way home I stopped at the vege shop and bought trolley full of seasonal veges, brown rice and few fruits. I then went to my local butcher for meat and rolled up my sleeve and started cooking. All the while I was cooking he knew he’s in for a treat and was sitting next to me staring at the cookpot for the entire hour! When I served the food I did not see him salivate that much in his life and I never saw him eat that fast EVER. And he’s a beagle, they are well know for their love of food! I then got a bit hungry myself and poured me plate from the SAME BATCH (just added some salt/peper/oil). Now that is handy… It sounds gross I know cause you’re imagining dog salamy or smelly dog crackers but this food is different, its just meat, veges and rice blended (like baby food). You can eat it too, I do sometimes if I’m in a rush. I actually think my dog eats healthier than I do. Problem with us humans is that we want a variety and have very sophisticated pallets so we can’t mentally consume this kind of food daily. I wish we could, I would be much healthier.

I made a batch for 7 days and I froze all the containers. Then every night I unfreeze one container for the next day. You can microwave it too in just a few minutes, but we don’t own a microwave (I am bit of a health-o-phobe).

One other thing we did is we added turmeric to his meals (along with cracked pepper), flexed oil and olive oil. We add this when we serve his food so the oil is fresh not fried. His limping due to arthiritis has completely gone away and he can now jump on the couch by himself (I know I know he isn’t allowed on furniture but I am now happy that he CAN jump on;) He is maintaining a healthy weight despite Cushings (which is well known for weight gain / beer belly). I am happy to report that he hasn’t had any further symptoms develop as yet and it has been 1 year now. Fingers crossed, we keep that up for as long as possible.

Now I don’t know if his diet has contributed to his regression of the disease or if it was just the nature of the beast and good luck or something else. I do however feel that by feeding him this healthy diet that I am giving him the best chance to remain healthy. I am doing what is within my control to keep him as healthy as possible and that’s keeping me motivated to keep cooking. Illness is not fun for anyone so I do what I can to avoid it, at all costs.

Because all food is home cooked, we have limited cooking capacity. At the moment we can accept only 10 new clients. Once this fills up we will remove the sign up link below so if you are seeing a link/button below it means there is still availability.