DIY Homemade Dog Food - K9 Food Balancer
Make it yourself with confidence. K9 Food Balancer is the perfect solution for making nutritionally balanced, homemade dog food at a fraction of the cost and time that it would take to make it from scratch.
Paws Custom Pet Foods
has been making pet foods since 2007.
We have a wealth of knowledge about
the types of disorders many dog families encounter and we know how our whole food diets effect
positive changes to their health. We get daily requests to ship our frozen diets across the US but as you might expect, this option can be incredibly expensive if we are shipping overnight from Washington State to Florida. We developed K9 Food Balancer as an economical alternative. The kits are a simple “add meat & water” homemade dog food
solution that you can make at home in under and hour.
Each kit costs $54.95. Multi-kit discounts are built into our pricing so you can buy 2 kits at a time for $89.95 or our jumbo box, which is equal to 8 kits, for just $299.95. We offer $6.99 flat rate shipping on all three options within the continental U.S. The larger the kit size, the more
Finding the right fit for your dog
We have 7 kits to chose from based on your dog's unique needs. If you aren't sure or would just like to talk to someone to get a better feel about whether this will work for you, please call or email us. firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-285-9489. We pride ourselves on building lasting relationships with our clients. You can always come to us for assistance.
1) High Protein Recovery
is our highest protein recipe and calls for 70% meat.
formula was designed for breeds that are genetically closer to the wolf, dogs that are on a carbohydrate restricted diet to manage diabetes or cancer, and for athletic dogs or those recovering from injury. This diet can be too rich for smaller dogs, those with sensitive stomachs and especially dogs that are predisposed
to pancreatitis. In all cases, it's very
important that the fat content of the meat you select remain below 15%
to avoid complications. The vegetables used in this formula are low in
natural sugars (Low GI), rich in minerals and antioxidants, and posses
known anti-cancer / anti-inflammatory properties.
2) Healthy Dog Formulas – These diets fall into the moderate protein range, which is the ideal protein level for the typical healthy dog. Our core Healthy Dog Formula is our most popular recipe and mirrors the Paws Complete Diet we make ourselves at Paws every day. Our
Limited Ingredient Formula was designed with fewer vegetables for dogs with mild allergies or food sensitivities. And our Ultra-Limited Ingredient Formula
was designed for dogs with more severe allergies or intolerance. As
with all of our diets, you choose the meat.
3) Low Protein Formula
– Our Low Protein Formulas were designed for dogs with mild to
liver or kidney disease, pancreatitis, oxalate or uric acid stone
conditions, and large breed puppies where restricted protein amounts
during rapid growth phases can prevent bone deformities. Our
Low Oxalate Formula is specifically designed to be low
in protein and other oxalate containing ingredients. This is critical
in the prevention of these types of stones in the breeds that seems
genetically predisposed such as the Poodle, Llasa Apso, Schnauzer,
Yorkshire Terrier, Shih
Tzu and Bishon's; especially the males and our
Low Purine Formula was specifically designed for breeds
that are genetically predisposed to uric acid stone formation
due to purines found in many common dog food ingredients.
Dalmatians and Bull Dogs are common breeds with this genetic
predisposition.. These two breeds should not be fed any organ meats due
to their high concentration of purines.
All of our kits can be made with the meat of your choice. Our recipes call for quality USDA lean ground or chopped cuts of meat. The kits include 100% all natural, non-GMO air dried vegetables and a balanced mix
of our proprietary supplements to meet your dog's essential nutrient requirements.
DO YOU JUST NEED SUPPLEMENTS? No problem. Just tell us what the protein percentage is of the diet you are making and we will send the supplements from one of our kits. The core vitamins, minerals and fatty acids that are required in your dogs diet remain consistent while the calcium levels will vary.
Quality Protein Based Diets:
From a purely nutritional standpoint, there are certain constants maintained with all K9 Food Balancer kits .
While our kits don’t include protein, they call for the appropriate amounts of quality lean meats. This is important to point out as many online homemade or premix diets contain insufficient amounts of protein. This can lead to muscle wasting, malnutrition, obesity, poor muscle tone and related joint problems, poor skin and coat. Canine diets should be relatively high in good quality, highly digestible protein and void of useless carbs. Most commercial diets are made with poorly digestible meat-meals and by-products and most raw diets are made with excessive amounts of indigestible ground bone, and filter organ by-products rather that lean quality cuts of meat.
Essential Fatty Acids :
We know that diets made from meat and vegetables, regardless of protein levels, do not provide adequate amounts of the essential fatty acid, Linoleic Acid (LA), so we add Organic Hemp Oil to ensure that proper levels of this fatty acid are included in our kits. Hemp oil is well tolerated by dogs and contains proportionally correct amounts of Omegas 3 and 6, natural vitamin E, a full range of amino acids and several of the essential minerals our dogs need. This is a frequently overlooked essential nutrient in premixes and homemade diets.
Meat and vegetables are also not an adequate source of minerals for our dogs. Organic kelp is added to our supplement mix to bridge most of these additional needs however, an appropriate canine diet requires pretty significant amounts of calcium so this too must be supplemented. Our K9 Food Balancer formula's contain human grade calcium citrate to meet this need. Calcium citrate is particularly beneficial when dealing with issue involving oxalate and uric acid stones as the citrate reduces the amount of urine calcium excretion. This means that there will be less calcium available for the acids to bind to and form stones.
The last two constants in our diets are the additions of Vitamins E and D3. While small amounts of Vitamin E exist in our meat and vegetables, it’s not enough to meet our dog’s essential requirements. There are surprisingly few foods that contain measurable amounts of vitamin D so this too is supplemented in our diets to meet our dog’s basic needs. These two vitamins are commonly overlooked in premix and homemade diets.
Our supplements are enclosed in sealed foil packs that are included with your kit. In our standard size bag, you'll have either 2 or 3 packs depending on the formula. This will allow you to make multiple, smaller 8- 10lbs batches if desired, while maintaining the freshness of your supplements. The smaller trial size will make a single batch of food between 8-10lbs. The supplements map to the protein levels of the kit and are designed to be added as the final step in preparing the food, once the ingredients have cooled to room temp. This way, our added nutrients maintain their potency.
Our Air Dried Vegetables are 100% all natural, GMO free and are thoughtfully selected for their specific dietary goals. Gently air drying raw, cleaned and diced vegetables retains the nutrients from the vegetables, unlike freezing or canning. When the vegetables are cooked, some of those nutrients can be lost in the water, however, because our water is retained in order to re-hydrate the vegetables, those nutrients are not lost. Dogs primarily benefit from the fiber, moisture and minerals found in vegetables. Raw vegetables however, are not easily absorbed unless they are pulverized in a food processor or they are cooked. By cooking our diced vegetables, we retain a more appealing texture verses something that resembles more of a instant potato consistency.
K9 Food Balancer is the perfect homemade dog food solution that's
for your dogs unique needs!