DOC’S STEW: The healthiest version of my food for dogs & cats

Posted By: Andi on Sep 09, 2013 in Recipes, Uncategorized
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The Whole Pet Diet Chicken Stew
aka Doc’s Stew(r) – My Newest and healthiest updated recipe from my book

Special note: use organic ingredients whenever possible

5 pounds Whole Chicken or Turkey (bones, organs, skin and all) Beef is fine too!
6 – 8 cups spring water – (just enough to cover the meat. let the veggies steam, so don’t add too much)
1/2 pound of additional beef liver, or chicken liver or turkey liver (your choice)
1/2 pound of wild salmon
2 cloves chopped fresh garlic
1/2 pound green peas
1 pound coarsely chopped carrots
1 pound coarsely chopped zucchini
1 pound coarsely chopped yellow squash
1/2 pound of coarsely chopped green beans
1 pound coarsely chopped celery
1/4 teaspoon kelp powder Dash of dried rosemary
See Chef’s Tip on Freshly Grated Toppings

For Dogs: Add 12 oz. of Rolled Oats and adjust the water content to a total of 10 – 12 cups or enough to just “cover” the ingredients.

(I don’t recommend the grains portions for cats)

Combine all ingredients in a 10-quart stock pot (stainless steel, please). Bring to boil, reduce to low, and simmer for about 1 1/2 hours. Once finished (your carrots are soft), let cool and de-bone the chicken by hand. With an electric hand mixer (I use one available from Sears for about $19) or a food processor, blend all the ingredients into a nice puree. Using plastic yogurt containers, or Tupperware, make up “meal-sized” portions or what you will need for three days, and freeze what you don’t need immediately. Be sure and seek your pet’s advice for ideal meal sizes. Also, never serve cooked chicken bones to a pet; they splinter easily.

Yields: 20 cups for cats and 26 cups for dogs

Cat Feeding Directions: Average adult cat will eat roughly 1 cup a day; more or less depending on age, activity, level, current health, and season.

Time saving tip: You may purchase a few bags of frozen, diced vegetables at the health food store to save time in the preparation process. Fresh vegetables contain more nutrients, but in a time crunch, you can fall back on frozen when necessary.

Dog Feeding Directions: Daily, split the following recommendations into at least two meals.

10 pound dog: 1 – 1 1/2 cup
20 pound dog: 2 – 3 cups
40 pound dog: 4 cups

For each additional 20 pounds, add 2 cups. Remember, all pets are individuals and you will need to let your senses guide you. Amounts will vary depending on age, activity level, current health, weight and season.

Cat Tip: Cats should be allowed to eat for 1/2 hour, twice daily; remove and clean up all uneaten food, which gives the body plenty of time for brief fasts throughout the day. This recipe is especially important and beneficial for cats with kidney problems or FUS. Never serve hot or cold food to your cat. Room temperature is best

Dog Tip: To stretch your meal for dogs, you can add a slice or two of whole grain bread to each meal upon serving. Never serve hot or cold food to your dog. Room temperature is best

Ailing Pet Tip: A pet that’s under the weather and or in recovery should start with portions of only the broth. It will be easier for them to process the rich, amino acid filled fluids and their body will not be expending energy in the digestion process, which may take away from their natural healing abilities. A healthy pet can dig right into the chunky stew filled with all the great ingredients

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Discussion - 271 Comments

  • Carolyn Storz Oct 08, 2013 

    My Maltese-shithzu is 21 months old. I bake her chicken and cooked rice. No salt etc. is added. I remove all the fat. From time to time she develops diarrheal. Why is that.

    Carolyn

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    • Andi Oct 10, 2013 

      Hi Carolyn… any time you change a pet’s diet from what they are used to… they may develop loose stool. If you follow the recipes in my book for a wholesome stew and feed that every day, there is no doubt in my mind that your dog will have perfect movements and be gloriously healthy every day of her life. I don’t recommend rice, and I do recommend fat. I think you just need to get a copy of my book to make the connections. Keep us posted. You’re a great Mom for writing and wanting to make the healthy lifestyle changes. xoxo

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      • Corky Frost Apr 12, 2016 

        Dear Andi
        PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!
        My poor Scary Harry is my 13 year old pom who now has heart and liver problems. My vet had me buy a prescription dog food that my poor Harry hates. Can you please help me with a recipe that my baby will love.
        Thanks,
        Corky

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        • Andi Apr 18, 2016 

          Hi Corky,
          Sorry to have taken so long to respond… I was on a bit of a much needed vacation. No doubt your poor Harry hates that food. It’s awful! You are on the right track to make Doc’s Stew for him. Not only will he LOVE the taste.. but it’s going to help make all his organs much stronger. PLEASE begin the cooking process. You’ll adore how he responds to the new food and you’ll step back and watch a healthy masterpiece being created. Please keep us posted and also.. it wouldn’t hurt for you to get a copy of my book. It’s an easy read and explains everything you need to make him better. Remember.. it’s never too late to eat better! xoxo Andi

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    • DorrieL Dec 25, 2015 

      Just like you she needs fruits and vegetables daily. Probiotics are very helpful too.

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      • Andi Dec 30, 2015 

        Too much fruit can cause digestive problems. Please keep them to a minimum. xoxo

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  • Patty Reid Oct 10, 2013 

    I have three saints ranging in weight from 130 to 185. Would I really need 18 cups a day for the 185 pound saint?

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    • Andi Oct 10, 2013 

      Wow Patty! YOU are the Saint here! I couldn’t possibly tell you how much each dog would eat. Every pet is different, ranging from age, climate, health, activity level… etc. I don’t believe that your big baby would need THAT much food. (The portion recommendations are designed for small to medium sized dogs). My Border Collie gets 4 cups a day roughly. He is 55 pounds. Perhaps your big baby would need more like 10 – 12. Remember that this food is nutrient dense and they require less of homemade healthy food than bagged or canned. Hope it helps. Dive in. Make the food. See how they do. xoxox

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  • Tina Oct 11, 2013 

    I am researching and studying everything so I can switch my baby from what I thought was a very high quality and healthy commercial dog food to organically homemade. I have read on numerous sites not to use rosemary but to use parsley. I have read that rosemary is a nerve toxin. Should I avoid it?

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    • Andi Oct 13, 2013 

      Hi Tina, Glad you are making your baby’s food now. You cannot trust anything made in a bag or a can. So many recalls. So much hype about great pet foods. The only way to know what they’re getting is to make it yourself. Please never cook parsley and rosemary in very small proportions is fine. Perhaps it’s a great idea to get a copy of my book? You will surely be guided along the way. Do keep us posted and you have a lucky pup! xoxo

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  • Linda Oct 11, 2013 

    Andi, so glad to see you here again. Missed you much!

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    • Andi Oct 13, 2013 

      Awwwww Linda… Thank you so much! I have always been here for anyone who needed me. Sending hugs xoxox Andi

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  • Lindsay Oct 11, 2013 

    Do you ever use boneless chicken for this? I would just be paranoid that I’d miss one of the little cooked bones in there somewhere and that it would harm my dog. I’m sure he would love this recipe. My cat would as well!

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    • Andi Oct 13, 2013 

      Hi Lindsay! I really like encouraging people to use the WHOLE chicken if possible. The bones are very necessary because the calcium and other minerals get leached out into the broth, which is really the healthiest part of the stew itself. Just be careful to debone the chicken. It’s not hard to do. The meat falls away from the bone easily and you’ll be able to double check it once you actually serve it up. Hope you keep us posted on how your pets are loving it! xoxox

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    • Julie Oct 20, 2013 

      Lindsay, If you are afraid of using the whole chicken, you might try using thighs only since the bones are large. Maybe Andi can weigh in on this?

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      • Andi Oct 21, 2013 

        I really love the “whole” chicken and/but if it makes your life easier and you happier.. then by all means.. go that route. Holistic Living is just that… it’s what balances life to make it better! xoxo

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      • Bethe Feb 06, 2014 

        I made this stew for 8 years after my 2 year old Bichon was diagnosed with lymphosarcoma. I never had trouble deboning the chicken. She never had a problem with a small “missed” bone. She inhaled every meal!!

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        • Andi Feb 08, 2014 

          Bethe, I’m so happy your sweet one got to eat so many great meals. Bravo to the care giver! xoxo

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  • shirley Oct 16, 2013 

    Just made your chicken stew which both my dogs loved but i was wondering if the beef which you say you can use is just minced beef and also you dont use lamb in your recipe is there a reason for this?

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    • Andi Oct 17, 2013 

      Hi Shirley, Good questions… you may substitute any meat (except pork) for the chicken in the recipe. Most pets have an easier time digesting poultry, which is why I like to recommend that best. Sadly, “most” people begin cooking for their pets only when they see a problem crop up, rather than taking cooking as prevention. Be the brilliant chef you are, and PLEASE make a journal and take notes and photos. (Journal is in my book) xox

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      • Robin Sep 28, 2014 

        What about using wild game in place of other meats? Fresh game hasn’t been fed any hormones ect.

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        • Andi Sep 30, 2014 

          Hi Robin, it depends on which pets you are feeding. I believe that our pets do best being fed animals that would be a part of their natural food chain. So an animal smaller than it seems ideal. In other words… a chicken could be taken down by a dog or a cat. I have had friends feed deer meat to their pets and their pets became sick. No telling what parasites any “game” might be harboring. Use your best judgement and feed wisely. xoxo

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  • Melissa Oct 16, 2013 

    Thank so much for this recipe Andi!! I’ve almost finished the first batch and my two cats are loving it. It took a little bit of a transition for the female cat but the male laps it right up. I’ve notice a dramatic difference in their coats and energy. We moved recently from a large house to a small apartment so the male cat was not able to hunt for about 5 months. Now that I’ve started them on this diet they don’t shed nearly as much and are in a pleasant mood more often.

    Thanks again!

    P.S. I’m buying the book right now! You know your stuff!

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    • Andi Oct 17, 2013 

      Hi Melissa, I’m THRILLED to know you’re making your food and how well they’re doing already! YAY YOU! You actually sound like one of the great stories in my book.. You’ll recognize it when you read it and please keep us posted.. What a great Mom you are! xoxo

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  • wendy Oct 17, 2013 

    Hi I have a very itchy picky dog he likes a more solid food refuses wet.He came from a puppy mill cheap dry dog food.so I was wondering if your book has any meatloaf type recipes where calcium could be added? He wont touch stew or broth..

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    • Andi Oct 19, 2013 

      Hi Wendy… Some pets become “creatures of habit”… but I can’t think of ANY dog who didn’t LOVE their homemade food the way we recommend it. You already know that the cheap dry dog food isn’t providing what he needs to create glowing great health.. so, let’s make the switch as soon as possible. I REALLY recommend that you get a copy of my book which will truly help to walk you both through the steps of great health and there’s lots of tips for making the change as happy as possible. There are meatloaf recipes, but the stew is the healthiest of all. It’s the staple of what my own cat and dog eat. All the people on this website can’t be wrong! Bravo for making the stew and creating the best dog on the planet! xox

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  • wendy Oct 18, 2013 

    Also do the recipes meet or exceed aafco requirements?

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    • Andi Oct 19, 2013 

      AAFCO does not meet MY REQUIREMENTS! Remember… they also approved the “cheap dry dog food” you mentioned in your earlier post!

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  • wendy Oct 19, 2013 

    I think you are right. I made the stew today before I saw your answer .I took a leap of faith and my dogs both gobbled it up so I gave some to the cat. now to get your book and on to the oils. I hope his itching stops soon. we have tried every thing we could except steroids I refused to give them to him he was 6 mths when the itching started hes now a one and a half I didn’t want him on meds for life.

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  • Julie Oct 20, 2013 

    Andi, My dogs are doing great with the stew, oil & vitamin C suplements. Cat is eating the stew fine, unless I add vit C or the oil blend… then she won’t touch it. Any suggestions on how to get the oil into her? She really needs it for hairballs, etc. Thanks.

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    • Andi Oct 21, 2013 

      Hi Julie… Great Job! I understand that the vitamin C is very sour. Lots of cats turn their noses up at it. Perhaps you can try Ester C. It’s buffered and more bland. As far as the oils go.. how about just starting with a FEW DROPS of just salmon oil to get her used to it. Mix it very well into the food and gradually start adding the other oils. The salmon oil may be enough… You’ll have to judge.
      If you feed the stew all the time.. it should/could maybe be enough? xoxo

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  • Debra Frazier Oct 25, 2013 

    I have two English Setters 55 and 65 pounds, The smaller has serious allergies to gluten and apparently sensitivities to chicken, egg, turkey, potato, sweet potato and likely beef/bison. I have had success with duck and chickpea commercial kibble, but I believe pork is okay and want to modify your stew with pork and chickpeas and peas. Have you any experience with this and any recommendations? Thanks!

    I was planning to do a 1/3+ 2/3 mix of kibble with homemade to ensure he transitions without distress, because I have to be extremely careful with him. The other boy, not so much, although he does show some sensitivity to gluten.

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    • Andi Oct 28, 2013 

      Hi Debra, OH BOY!!!! Have you been given the run around! Most pets are not “allergic” to high quality, real, wholesome foods. (That are easy to digest, like the ones in my stews). They are “sensitive” to the crap that commercial pet food makers put into those store bought foods. Pets that test allergic to something on a Monday, do not necessarily test the same on a Wednesday. I REALLY believe and know that my recipes have helped tens of thousands off pets to live well. They come with sound advice and our work with so many dogs and cats over decades. PLEASE follow the protocol in my book. I hope that you get my book. It will explain so much of why we do what we do to help the animals. I would tell you NOT TO SUBSTITUTE anything, with the exception of eliminating the grains portions of my recipe if a dog is really ill. When the cat food recipe is made (without the grains) it is a bit easier for their bodies to assimilate the nutrients in the food. You will see. Please keep us posted and don’t start making food with pork and chick peas. I cannot see this being good at all. xox Andi
      And also – NO DRY FOOD EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Pattie Oct 26, 2013 

    Andi, I have a GSD that has EPI. I think I have purchased every dog food that has been made and my dog still has bowel issues. She is on enzymes now. What should I feed her?

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    • Andi Oct 28, 2013 

      Hello Pattie,
      Welcome to the world of healthy pets! Please get a copy of my book. It will explain why EVERY DOG FOOD can create bowel issues and dozens of other problems. You will enjoy reading it and sharing your success of a happy new GSD in a very short time. xoxo Andi

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  • Kimla Oct 29, 2013 

    Do I feed for what they weigh now or what they should weigh? They are Schnauzers that are over weight.

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    • Andi Oct 31, 2013 

      Hi Kimla,
      Feed what they should weigh. They will slim down beautifully! xox

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  • Nisha Nov 16, 2013 

    Hi Andi,

    I’ve just completed week one of your book. My 6 month old puppy and 4.5 month old kitten are doing well on the EFAs. The puppy is shedding more than usual but I will continue to give him the EFAs and observe.

    The stew is brewing in my kitchen as I am typing this. Tonight will be their first 100% home made meal. I did no have rolled oats so I put organic brown rice in the puppy’s portion.

    Here is my question:
    Do puppies and kittens have any additional/special nutritional needs to support their rapid growth? Do I need to add other items to their diet so they can grow strong(er) and healthy(ier)?

    Thank you.

    Best,
    Nisha

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    • Andi Nov 16, 2013 

      Hello Nisha, Congratulations in making your sweet ones the healthiest they can be. (Remember that the season is changing, and pets will shed their summer or winter coats twice a year so I’m not surprised to hear about the shedding. It will stop). I’m so happy to know that you’re making their food and not trusting their health to the pet food companies. Yes, growing kittens and puppies could use additional supplements. You will have to continue to read on to get those answers:) I’m sure that you’ll love how healthy they continue to become, and/but I would like to recommend that next time you don’t use the rice. Their diets are better without grains, and/but the oats seem to help more than the rice. Keep up the great work and don’t stop reading. Make sure you keep journals (in my book). You’ll probably never have to see the vet! Congratulations and BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxox

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  • Patricia Amaya Nov 19, 2013 

    Hi Andi,

    I’ve been feeding all three of my dogs with the recipes in your book for some time now. My then 12 year old rottie was in bad shape, having had surgery to have a tumor removed. Shortly after her surgery another tumor began to grow. I knew I had to make a change.
    I began feeding and supplementing her diet with everything you suggested and her tumor actually stopped growing! Her coat became shiny, she started moving better with less stiffness and I was beyond happy. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me another 2 1/2 years with my now almost-15 year old rottie.
    Unfortunately, she has been getting increasingly weak in her hind legs, and although she is still happy, eating normally etc I am becoming concerned. I know she won’t be with me forever, I can’t believe she is 15, but I’d like to keep her as happy and healthy as I can for as long as possible. I’ve had her since I was 11 and I can’t imagine her not being there when I walk in the door. Do you have any suggestions for what else I could do for her? I was thinking about increasing her Gluco/Chondroitin dosage but I don’t know how much would be safe to give for a 65 lbs dog?
    Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you again!

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    • Andi Nov 21, 2013 

      Hi Patricia, THANK YOU so much for starting my day off with such incredible happy news about your Rottie. She is one lucky pup to have you. If it were my dog, I would keep her really trim (of course) and make sure to give anywhere between 5,000 mg and 7,500 mg of Vitamin C a day. Make sure to spread this out over a few meals, as the vitamin c gets urinated out during the day. Try to exercise her at the beach, in a lake, pool.. The weightlessness of being in the water and swimming keeps everything toned and healthy. Keep up the great work. You’re a terrific Mom! xoxox

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  • Sandra L Dittmer Dec 04, 2013 

    I would like to try the stew recipe however, I’m surprised that you have called for rolled oats (for dogs) … All I’ve heard is that dogs should not eat grains so can you explain to me why you saying to add oats to the stew?

    Thank you.

    Sandy

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    • Andi Dec 06, 2013 

      Hi Sandra, So much of the details in the Whole Pet Diet Plan is explained in my book, but here’s my take: Corn, wheat, rice, potatoes are typically added into commercial pet foods to fill up the bag or the can. (We have no use for those commercial foods at all). However, oats help to purify the blood and also provide certain nutrients to help the body and aid in digestion. If you want a totally grain free food (which is also great…) then by all means.. omit the oats. Your stew will be thinner/soupier, and cost you a bit more to make, but will be incredible for healing the body. Use the recipe for cat food for your dogs and you’ll never go wrong. xoxx

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      • Heidi Feb 01, 2015 

        How about adding more sweet potato over oats?

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        • Andi Feb 03, 2015 

          Hi, the oats have medicinal qualities as well as an abundance of minerals that are great for your dog. I would skip the sweet potato before the oats. xox

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  • Rachel Dec 09, 2013 

    Hi..Just came across this site. It sounds wonderful and healthy. I have a colony of cats with a virus. Probably herpes virus. They are constantly having trouble with URI”s. What would you reccomend for a diet for them? I am giving them kibble with l-lysine,vit c and sun chlorella added. We are also having trouble with a bacteria skin problem causing abscesses that are antibiotic resistant. ;Thank You

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    • Andi Dec 10, 2013 

      Dear Rachel,
      Oh My Goodness! YOU REALLY need to get a copy of my book. It addresses the problems that most people have with their pets in a clear and concise manner. PLEASE get a copy. As far as any “disease” – regardless how it is labeled… ie: URI’s, skin problems, – I have found that it is typically (98%) related to what they are eating. I NEVER recommend any kibble. it is completely anti-nature. Some pets can live on it, but I don’t know of many that can actually thrive on it. It causes so may health problems. Of course I advise that a homemade food is given and my book addresses and offers all kinds of info on what supplements to give to help boost their immune systems. Please check out my book for the live and health of the ones you love. xox Andi

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  • Johanna Dec 14, 2013 

    I am just getting started with your book for my newest adopted addition.
    He has been having some behaviour issues and after a consultation with a trainer, many of the things you include in daily tasks with the pets is what she also suggested. When I read that I was thrilled.
    From reading the first 2 chapters in the book, it seems like obesity is one of the major problems; however, my boy has the opposite problem. I cannot keep weight on him and he is losing it.
    I assumed this recipie will help with all situations but I would just like to make sure since typically putting on weight is not the issue.

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    • Andi Dec 16, 2013 

      Hi Johanna,
      So glad you wrote to me. The recipe for healthy stew is so magical. Because it’s so nutrient dense… it helps to balance out the pet’s metabolism. So, an overweight pet will naturally slim down and an underweight pet seems to gain muscle and fill out so that they are perfectly proportioned. I believe that you will see your new sweet one fill out to where he feels fabulous! Keep up the wonderful work and do keep us all posted on your success! xoxx

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  • ellie Dec 30, 2013 

    Hi Andi
    Just read your book….I’m using a premix that I add meat and eggs and veggies to; it works well for my dogs but is a LOT of work…!! I was looking at your Chicken stew and wonder why…if the chicken is stewing for 2 hours you couldn’t just grind the bones in with the chicken….they get so soft…..not like in baked chicken.

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    • Andi Jan 06, 2014 

      Hi Ellie…. Cooked chicken bones do splinter. They don’t get that soft even after stewing for two or so hours. You could probably grind them down, and but it’s a lot of work and you already have the nutrients from them in the stew itself.. so it may be more work than you need to do! xoxo

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  • Sherry Payton Dec 30, 2013 

    Hi Andi, I was looking on line, and was confused with the amount of information about all this dog food stuff. I am a proud owner of a 2yearold 5lb. Chui Chua and a 3month old 9lb. toy Australian shepherd. I have never done a raw/BARF/or STEW diet for my dogs. I would like to start them on a STEW diet, what do you think. I want them to be happy and healthy and live long lives. What are the pros and cons. Also, What are some things I need to incorporate other than Kelp powder and Vit. D. How much Vit. D do they need? I don’t want to make my dogs sick putting too much or not enough vitamins. Do you have a recapie you would be willing to share and how much I should be feeding them? I guess my 5lb would be 1/2 – 1cup 2X’s a day? double that for my 9lb baby? is that right? Thank you, looking forward to hearing from you.

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    • Andi Jan 06, 2014 

      Hi Sherry,
      I’m so glad that you wrote me. OK… first of all.. EVERYONE does great on the stew diet. Seriously! I’m not a big fan of the raw diet, although I do like to incorporate some raw foods into their regime. I think that you should get a copy of my book which explains everything you really need to know about how much to feed, what vitamins, when, etc. etc. My Doc’s Stew recipe that you are commenting on is a great recipe and but I think that you may be feeding too much food. Remember that this food is really nutrient dense. Weigh your dogs. Watch them. (My book contains a very useful journal for guiding the appropriate foods, snacks, etc.) If they gain too much weight.. you are feeding too much. If they lose too much weight – you are feeding too little. The should be perfect. Keep us all posted on your success. Happy new year. Your pups are very lucky to have you. xoxo

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  • Lori Dec 31, 2013 

    Hi Andi, I have two hairless Chinese Cresteds. My youngest is only 12 weeks old. Is this Doc’s Stew suitable for a young puppy? How much should a puppy be fed? I did order your book. However have not received it yet. I’m very anxious to start reading it.

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    • Andi Jan 06, 2014 

      Hi Lori.. yes start immediately with the new food for all your pets. Today is the best day to begin. You will be blown away by the results. Keep us all posted! xoxo

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      • Lori Jan 12, 2014 

        I have been feeding the Chicken Stew for approximately two weeks now. Both dogs love it. One thing I have noticed, especially in my 2 year old is that he is urinating more often. I use to feed them dry food. I’m assuming this is normal. Does this normally continue or does it seem to straighten out after they are more accustom to the new diet? My puppy is not quite potty trained and seems to go at random yet so its hard to tell if she goes more than normal at this point.

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        • Andi Jan 12, 2014 

          Hi Lori, Your dogs will definitely adjust to the new wet food, and/but you may be putting too much water in it. Try adding a bit less the next time you make it. It is healthy for them to have the broth. Very healthy. Keep up the great work! xoxo

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          • Lori Apr 27, 2014 

            Hi Andi, I have been feeding my two Chinese Crested your stew for almost 4 months now. I add the essential oils to every meal however i discontinued using the vitamin mix because my 2 yr old gets a rash on his belly every time I use it. Are they getting enough vitamins and minerals with just the stew and oils or should I be trying some other supplements? I considered trying each supplement individually to see which one he is reacting to but not sure how much of each they need. Thank you in advance for all your help.

          • Andi Apr 27, 2014 

            Hi Lori,
            WOW! I’m so very glad that you discovered that the Vita Mix was not agreeing with your baby. Sometimes the yeast is a problem. What you may want to do is to try the vita mix without the yeast. It still provides a lot of benefit. (B vitamins) and see if there is a reaction. I think a whole diet of the stew and the oils will keep your sweet ones in the peak of great health for the rest of their lives. Bravo for making their food and keeping an eye on what works and what doesn’t. The art of great health is about stepping back and assessing your painted masterpiece. Keep us all posted on your success, please! xoxo

  • Tim Jan 05, 2014 

    Great recipe here, my dog loves it. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Andi Jan 06, 2014 

      Thanks for your kind words! xoxo

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  • Natalie Jan 08, 2014 

    Hi Andi!
    I am making this recipe right now for my 6lb. Morkie and my 12lb. Black Persian Cat. I have just started researching and making their food and treats! I am so excited I stumbled on your page. I will keep you updated on the results. Thanks for sharing all of this amazing info! Im so excited!

    Peace, Love & Cake,
    Natalie:)

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    • Andi Jan 09, 2014 

      Hi Natalie.. How lucky your sweet ones are! Happy that you’re doing the very best for them. Yes, please keep us all posted on your success and their great health transformations. xox Andi

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  • Karin Jan 10, 2014 

    Hi Andi –

    I am so excited to rediscover your book! I bought it years ago but thought I was too busy to make food and snacks for my kitties. Fast forward to the last year and my senior kitty, Cindy now has renal failure and won’t eat much. She also has diabetes and arthritis. My poor baby! Anyway, my vet said let her eat anything since she was withering away, so I remembered your book, and with my busy schedule I have figured out how to make Doc’s Stew in the multi-cooker to make it easier.

    AND THE IMPORTANT PART: Cindy loves it and has already gained back some of her weight. She also does not get sick as much. I am so pleased. I will now make time to read the read of your wonderful book.

    THANK YOU!!
    Karin

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    • Karin Jan 10, 2014 

      Oops! I meant… read the REST of your wonderful book!

      Typing too fast and getting ready to make some more Doc’s Stew right now…

      Karin :-)

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      • Andi Jan 12, 2014 

        Thank you! Enjoy xoxo

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    • Andi Jan 12, 2014 

      Oh Karin, I’m so happy and pleased to know about your lovely kitty. You are a great Mom.. Commercial pet food is so bad. Same with the treats. Taking your sweet one’s life and food into your own hands is a gift you give to her and yourself. Lucky Cindy. xox Andi

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  • Diane Jan 11, 2014 

    Hi, I have a mixed breed that has peri-anal fistulas. I have tried every diet and medication regiment known and been to numerous specialist. I am hoping that this diet will help.

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    • Andi Jan 12, 2014 

      Hi Diane, I don’t know of any problem that cannot be remedied with REAL, WHOLESOME, HEALTHY food that the body is easily able to utilize and assimilate and eliminate gracefully. Keep us posted and stay away from ANY commercial foods or treats. xoxo Andi

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  • Terri Jan 12, 2014 

    Hi! Just started my two schnauzers abigale and ginger on the stew. I prepared just the way you indicated in the recent website posting of the stew. But I only was able to get 12 cups blended in food processor.
    Was I suppose to include the broth in the mixing with the food processor to make the 26 cups?
    Thanks

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    • Andi Jan 15, 2014 

      Hi Terri,
      YES, you NEED to always include the broth. It’s where all the real nutrients are kept! I’m sure that Abigale and Ginger are very happy eating the “drier” version of the stew, and there is nothing wrong with it, but it’s not going to give you the really incredible nutrients that are contained in the broth. Next time… use it all (excluding the bones). It would probably be a great idea for you to get a copy of my book to help the whole process along. Your girls are lucky to have you. xoxo Andi

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  • Jaymee Jan 13, 2014 

    Hi Andi,

    This recipe looks great and very doable. A couple quick questions:
    1) I have a 1 year old Great Pyr, so I’m thinking about 8 cups would be enough for him? Any recommendations? We can also try it and see how he responds and adjust as needed.
    2) Can I double or triple the recipe and freeze?
    3) What is the approximate cost to make this his new food regimen permanently?

    Thank you for all of your wisdom!!

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    • Andi Jan 15, 2014 

      Hi Jaymee…Your big boy is very lucky indeed! Every pet is different, so you will adjust as needed. Good way of putting it!, Yes.. definitely double or triple the recipe. I always make four pots on my stove. I also bought an extra freezer to keep my food stocked. Cost will vary depending on your dog and how much he eats. The only thing that I know is that you’ll never have vet bills… so you’ll save big time on that! Thank you for your kind words. xox Andi

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  • Carrie Jan 23, 2014 

    I just finished your stew for my “terminal” 4 yr old. I am encouraged by all your and your followers comments. I was wondering about the consistency of the stew – it is not chunky or stew like but more of a thick purée, right? My dogs loved it and lapped it up but I wanted to make sure I had prepared it correctly. Thanks so much!

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    • Andi Jan 24, 2014 

      Hi Carrie… A thick puree is just fine. The more it’s broken down in consistency.. the better/easier it is for them to absorb and utilize the nutrients. Glad your pups are loving it. Please do keep us posted on your journey. Terminal is never a word I use. Things that are broken can be fixed a lot of times. My sweet Spot was also called “terminal” and he lived another 13 years! xoxo

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  • Sean Jan 24, 2014 

    Hi Andi–

    I came across your website, and was hoping you could answer a few questions. I have a 90lb male traditional Shar Pei/Weimaraner mix who just turned 7. He has been eating a steamed to order diet resembling those that Mary Strauss (from the Whole Dog Journal) has listed on her site for the past three years, and I have consulted directly with her to customize his diet. It resembles yours in a way, ie. varied muscle meat, organ meat etc. with some green veggies added on top of the weighed out portions.

    I supplement his current diet with finely ground egg shell to supply calcium in addition to other supplements like fish oil and VIt. E. I was surprised to read that adequate calcium is leached from the bones in the broth in the stew, but I trust your analysis.

    My main issue is that my dog has actually put weight on with this diet and stabilized at his current weight , though it’s muscle mass. Most days of the year, he and I hike or walk 3-5 miles daily. My concern is that he has also developed a few lipomas which isn’t unusual, but a bit discouraging considering his diet and exercise. I’ve had a full thyroid panel done, and all the numbers are in the ‘normal’ range. I’m wondering if he has an immune system, metabolism or other glandular issue. I’ve read contradicting reports about giving algae, kelp etc. to holistically treat the fatty tumors.

    One more question – any reason why I can’t use a crock pot to slow cook the stew recipe?

    Thanks for your information and feedback. I read everything I can find about my dog’s well being, and I’m certainly going to buy your book.

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    • Andi Jan 31, 2014 

      Hi Sean, I’m so glad you left your comments. There has never been an overweight pet on my stew…. I can’t speak to the ingredients in the formula you are using, but there is either something in the food that is causing the weight gain, or perhaps you are feeding too much. Sometimes people think that pet vitamins are fine because they claim to be healthy or natural. I cannot recommend ANY pet vitamins on the market. I would definitely look to see what it is that may be causing the problems and eliminate them to see what the difference is. No reason you can’t use a crock pot. Anything to save time is great. I hope that you get a copy of my book, as it might answer some questions you have to help your sweet one. Keep us posted on your success. xoxo

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  • Robin Jan 31, 2014 

    Hi Andi
    So happy I found your site! Love It!!
    Ordered your book this morning, can’t wait for it to get here; so I just had to print a couple of your recipes.
    Have made homemade dog food for my 2 Boston Terriers before, they are very picky eater, but love homemade.
    No more store bought for my fur babies!!
    Thanks for the great choices.
    Blessings to you

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    • Andi Jan 31, 2014 

      Hi Robin, So lucky your fur babies are eating well now! The difference between the health of a pet on commercial pet foods… versus homemade is astounding! Keep up all the great work and do keep us posted on their success! xoxo

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  • Linda Feb 02, 2014 

    Andi, We feed our babies, now just a year old, science diet. They are beginning to have an odor which is the exact smell of the dog food. I am looking forward to your stew. The vet told us to stay away from fat because of problems with the pancreas.
    I will let you know if the smell goes away!! Thanks

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    • Andi Feb 04, 2014 

      Hi Linda.. remember that we are what we eat. Pets should smell clean, fresh and healthy. Odors are a sign that the food they’re eating is not healthy or good for them. Change the diet and you’ll see how amazing they look, smell and act! Keep us posted. xox Andi

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  • Tammy Feb 08, 2014 

    Where can I purchase Doc’s Stew? And where do you find rolled oats??

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    • Andi Feb 08, 2014 

      Hi Tammy, Unfortunately we are not making the stew commercially available anymore, but you certainly shouldn’t let that stop you from grabbing my recipe and making it yourself. Your pets will love you forever! Rolled oats should be found at any health food store but if you cannot find them, just use whole oats. xox

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    • Teresa S May 11, 2014 

      You can buy rolled oats and all the oils necessary for the Great Coat at iherb.com
      They have free shipping on orders of $20 or more. If you use this code MHJ621 at
      the end, you will get $10 off of your order. Be sure to buy her book, because there
      is so much more info in her book even though the website is great.

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  • Kary Feb 12, 2014 

    Hi Andi!!
    I want to update you. My 14 yr old min pin had high glucose in his urine as of February 9,2014. He was drinking two full bowls of water a day and peeing puddles in his room
    I started him on the docs stew 5 feedings ago and yesterday he didnt have any peeing accidents in his room or potty ones either. And he hasnt even finished one whole bowl of water in two days. I know its still early in the process but it seems to be working! ^^

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    • Andi Feb 13, 2014 

      Hi Kary – I’m thrilled to know that you and your sweetie are getting such great results already! Bravo to the healing artist you are becoming. I am convinced that there is nothing about the body that cannot be improved or even cured with the right nutritional support. Sadly, no commercial pet foods are healthy enough to make the claim. Keep up the great work and do keep us posted! xoxo Hugs to Lucky

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  • Rowena Feb 15, 2014 

    Hello, my miniature dachshunds are both 16years old. They have developed an aversion to the Blue Senior dry dog food I’ve been giving them for the past 7 years…prior to that, they were on Science Diet. I would regularly give them rice and boiled chicken with mixed veggies when they would get their symptoms of major diarrhea then switch back to the dry then a few days later they would get the symptoms again. Can I switch them permanently to cooked food such as your recipe for the Chicken Stew, given their age? I know that for seniors I should stay on the lower side of the protein. Thank you for your help.

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    • Andi Feb 17, 2014 

      Hi Rowena, Any time you dramatically change a pet’s food, they may encounter some loose stool. I would think that for your sweet ones.. you should do the switch a bit gradually, but they should do beautifully and LOVE the food in a very short time. PLEASE do get a copy of my book for your library. It’s fun reading and really explains all you need to know to continue to have wonderfully healthy dogs that are “just reaching their senior years”. BRAVO! xoxo

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  • Paige Feb 28, 2014 

    Hi, Andi. I bought a copy of your book and have been making the recipes and using the vitamix and essential oils for our 3 chihuahuas for about 3 months now. They have never been picky eaters, but they absolutely LOVE the stew. It is so easy to make and I feel so much better knowing exactly what our dogs are eating. We’ve started calling our 12 year old chihuahua “the land shark”. She gobbles up her food and then sneaks up on the other dogs and tries to oust them from their dishes so she can eat the rest. We are adopting a 4th dog in March and we look forward to starting her on the stew as well. Thanks so much for all the great info.

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    • Andi Feb 28, 2014 

      Hi Paige, I’m thrilled to know how well your little ones are doing on the stew. It must be so much fun to see your little land shark try to get to the others! (Do you make the dun, dun, dun, dun song/noise as she’s approaching the others?:) Congrats on your newest baby. Starting them off on the stew means they have a lifetime of vibrant, glowing, great health. Bravo to you and the family! Keep us all posted! xox

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  • Adrienne Mar 04, 2014 

    Dear Andi (my nick name is Andi, too!) Is it ok to substitute fresh wild salmon with canned wild caught salmon? Thank you! Bought the book on Amazon today and looking forward to it!! – Adrienne

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    • Andi Mar 04, 2014 

      Hi Adrienne, I think the canned wild salmon will be just fine! Can’t wait for you to read the book! xox

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  • Tee Mar 23, 2014 

    I have three Italian Greyhounds and it seems like some days they like the chicken stew but there are more days they don’t like it. What can I do to entice them to eat it other than put shredded chicken on top? I am trying to raise them on a holistic and healthy diet and want them to like it so much!

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    • Andi Mar 24, 2014 

      Hi Tee, are you using the “exact” recipe from my book, or are you making it with “other” ingredients? I believe that they generally love it when it’s got all the good stuff that my recipe calls for. (Some people think that they should or could add “other” ingredients – such as spinach or kale, because it’s veggies that are healthy) – BUT – spinach and kale are both bitter and lots of pets don’t love that. If you are following my recipe – then there are also healthy “bribe” toppings that can be added on top to give variety. You can definitely find that chapter in my book. xoxo

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  • Sandi Apr 11, 2014 

    Hi Andi,
    Love your book! Just got it ( its the old version- Barnes & Noble didn’t have the new one) but I’m desparate to help my 12 yr old Kat. She is scratching & chewing herself raw. We’re working hard to alleviate any fleas (she’s allergic), and she’s very grain – sensitive. We had her on Pure Vita grain free-wet & dry – for the last yr and she did well at first, now I’m shopping for your stew and oil ingredients to make this weekend.

    My question is: Is including wheat germ oil in the oil mix still a good idea for her?

    Thanks so much.

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    • Andi Apr 12, 2014 

      Hi Sandi… you probably have the updated and newest version of my book. (Me on the back cover lying down with Holiday and Lola). It says 2006, but has been improved since then. Yes, wheatgerm is fine. Kat will definitely be helped in a very short time. There are unfortunately NO PET PRODUCTS that I can recommend because they are all such low quality. (even the premium, natural and supposedly healthy ones). Get her on the magical stew and keep us all posted on her success. Glad you found us! xoxox

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  • Penny Hartwell Apr 15, 2014 

    Hi Andi!
    Thanks for all the great information.

    Our overivew is: We have always cooked for our boys since we had that at 6 weeks…Around two, Elwood started having seizures and Jake is a bit anxious. They are the perfect example of Yin and Yang. Elwood internalizes and Jake lets you know what he is feeling. Both have allegies which is more recent (they will be 10 this year) I am guessing is environmental. (they currently get beef and veggies) and occasionally eat grass or poopl. We have eliminated grains the other year as we cannot identify what causes the seizures in El. We do daily massages, aromatherapy, chiropractic, herbs and acupuncture. As you can see, we are more than committed to our boys. I am about to cook the stew and glad I saw the updated recipe here. I am hoping the stew will help with the allergies and digestion.

    My questions are:
    Can it help with seizures and anxiety?
    We kept the EFA in the fridge and it is really quite think now. Is that ok? Should we remove from fridge?
    I was surpised to see garlic in the recipes. I keep hearing no garlic for dogs. Why is that the belief of the mainstream thought as you have clearly outlined the benefits? What is the negative to garlic?

    Thanks again! I refer the book to every pet owner I meet! If we can spread the word maybe we can finally save some wonderful companions from the deadly diseases that they are being subjected to.

    Continue your terrific mission! Much love from Chicago!

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    • Andi Apr 16, 2014 

      Dear Penny, Thanks so much for the good cheer! I’m so glad that you’re going to follow the new recipe for the stew. We constantly update the recipes, based on all the feedback and information we get. Yes, the stew should help with the seizures and the anxiety. I’m guessing that you may be giving them some “other” foods and/or pet treats that may be causing the problems. Remember… NO COMMERCIAL FOOD OR TREATS. EFA’s in the fridge are fine. It may be too cold in the area that you are keeping the oil. so.. move it to another part of the fridge. (If its on the door.. move to a shelf, or vice versa). I love garlic in moderate proportions as do all the holistic vets I know. Too much of anything could be a problem if it’s overused. There should also be no more digestive problems. If there are.. you are feeding things that are difficult to digest. I can’t say enough great things about the recipe for stews… but please don’t substitute “other” things. Some people make the mistake of using “other” veggies and those can be difficult on their system. Also… beef is harder to digest than chicken or turkey.. so let’s give them an easy time and not complicate their bodies. Please do keep us all posted on your success. I made a blueprint that is easy to follow.. Just do what the book says and I’m sure you’ll all be happier and healthier.. Keep up the great work. xoxox

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  • Alet Apr 23, 2014 

    Hi Andi, my beautiful 7months old Boerboel Matt has in past 4weeks started vomiting on 1st well known kibble now followed by diarrhea on next ( expensive) brand.! I plan to try your stew, buying ingredients today. I am concerned about the balance of protein calcium, phosphate and vitamins as he is a large breed and will still be growing for +- 12 months, probably ending up at 60+ kg. I have not purchased your book yet – does it have a section on correct puppy food/combination of ingredients? I am excited to try the stew but need to know that I give him all the nutrients he needs as a growing youngster, at present at 40 kg! Much regards from Cape Town, South Africa

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    • Andi Apr 23, 2014 

      Hi Alet, I don’t think that any pet food maker has the interest of your sweet pup’s health in mind as indicated by the symptoms you describe. I would start on the stew immediately and definitely get my book which lists all the supplements your soon-to-be big boy needs for optimum health and growth. My stew will assure strong bones, ligaments and joints and a long and healthy life without all kinds of unnecessary vet visits. Our resident Holistic Pet Chef and expert Rikki-Lee Schroeder lives in Cape Town. Perhaps you should contact her for a consultation? I’m sure she would love to know you more! rikkilee_schroder@yahoo.com
      Keep us all posted on your success. You’re about to have a very happy, healthy baby!. xoxo

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  • Linda Apr 30, 2014 

    Hi Andi! Trying to get my sister to get her cats changed over to your fantastic recipe. One is known to have UTI problems. All the more reason for feeding your recipe. What I need to know is, does the recipe contain enough taurine?

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    • Andi Apr 30, 2014 

      Hi Linda… yes that sweet baby should only be eating home made and NEVER dry! I can’t tell you how many people don’t realize that feeding DRY food actually CAUSES UTI’s. Sad, because it’s easy to understand that Dry food dries out all the organs and creates a multitude of problems. Taurine is found in both muscle meat and organ meat. Never an issue with home made – made the right way! xooxo

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  • Joanna May 10, 2014 

    What happened to Spot’s Stew? I’ve been making that for five months and just came here for the recipe and cannot find it. Do you no longer recommend that one?

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    • Andi May 11, 2014 

      Hi Joanna, I’m always updating and improving my recipes. The old Spot’s Stew recipe is still good, but the Doc’s stew is much improved! xoxo

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  • Nancy May 14, 2014 

    I have two Katrina rescue dogs and another puppy mill dog from Alabama who came up with heartworm, a yeast infection that was so bad it was outward on her skin and itching . Rotten teeth which I have removed 5. And old hard milk still in her nipples from breeding and was still there after 1/1/2 years after her last litter. Like many of the Katrina dogs they have kidney issues and pancreas issues since they developed bacteria that backed up into there systems and damaged those organs since many of them were in too much standing water for a long period of time before they were rescued. One has some kidney damage. The other pancreas issues. I was advised to not feed any grains and low protein diet. I have been making a ‘stew’ similar to yours for the last couple of years just thru my own research. I use ground chicken or turkey or boiled whole chicken de boned. I have laying hens but I only feed them the whites. They do get salmon oil on it and thy don’t seem to mind plus cranberries because one gets frequent UTI’s. Since half the year they have fresh vegetables, beans, carrots, squash, ( several types) and sweet potatoes from the garden the rest I have to freeze after blanching for the year. They also get blueberries, pears and apples when in season from my yard. All organic. They are worse than rabbits or deer in the garden. They ‘hover’ over the basket as I pick. If I turn my back on them they will run in and grab a whole squash or a mouth full of beans and take to their respective places in the yard to eat it. I have one who actually pulls radishes up by herself and eats them but doesn’t pull up the carrots. (I don’t have time to pesticide anything I grow LOL) I also raise 30 chickens a year and 6 turkeys for us humans in the house and sometimes after we eat them I boil the carcass, pick leftover meat off the bones and use that for a broth mixture. Is that bad? After we cooked it in the oven for ourselves? I was wondering too about the liver and gizzards. Is that too high protein? I generally throw out the chicken and turkey livers, hearts, gizzards kidneys, ect because no one in the family likes any of it. Also I can’t stop them from eating whole fruit in the fall.They love them. The pears and apples drop from the trees and when I let them out the door they race each other to look for the dropped apples and pears and scoff them. I know apple seeds aren’t good for them but what about pear seeds? Thank you

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    • Andi May 15, 2014 

      Hi Nancy, You’re an angel for all that you’ve rescued. Your questions are lengthy, so I’ll just get to the “meat” of the answers. First, I would definitely like to suggest that you get a copy of my book, because you’re the kind of Mom that would truly benefit. (You care so much:) I love the meat and veggie diet, and/but I really believe that cooking them all together presents the best kind of easily absorbable nutrition for them. Cooking it all together and the broth has the most nutrients of all. Raw veggies are more difficult to digest. Cooked chicken bones could pose a hazard for choking and splinters, so I would never use them. All of the organ meat could be substituted for the liver portions of my recipes. They are great. As far as ALL THE FRUITS that they are getting… I would not recommend that they have so much access to them. Fruit (too much of) can ferment in their bodies and cause ALL KINDS OF PROBLEMS. A little bit of fruit here and there is ok, but only as a small snack a few times a week. By letting them eat as much as they want, you are setting them up for further issues. My ideal protein to veggie ratio is about 50/50 meat and veggie. Vitamin C is very helpful for bacteria and provides wonderful anti-oxidants. (Good for kidneys as well). xoxo

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      • Nancy May 15, 2014 

        I’ve already ordered your book from Amazon yesterday after I found your site. I do cook everything together with the broth and deboned meat from the poultry But in the fall I f have to freeze the vegetables separately as they are harvested at separate times. When I mix a batch of food for them I use the broth from the deboned chicken that I boil after we ate it since there is much chicken left on the bones, add some ground poultry, and egg whites, then add in what I have for the frozen vegetables that I harvested. The cranberries and blueberries are also frozen and thrown in for cooking with the rest of my stew for them but the proportion is small in the mix.. Springtime makes vitamin’s for humans, dogs, and horses which is why I went with them, but obviously they don’t add things like the liver flavor and bovine flavor to make them chewable for humans. Thankfully. YUCK !
        It was so hard to find information when I found the potentially life threatening issues in the girls. Scouring the internet for recipes wasn’t easy. But what I came up with 3 years ago the BUN numbers came down significantly and their overall health has improved. And from bits and pieces I came up with a few of my own, but I was always worried it wasn’t balanced enough or I was missing a vitamin they needed. It will be nice to have a book hopefully with it all and recipes that don’t feel like I am missing something..
        I raise 80% of our food on the farm here. Our children, now grown, were always exceptionally healthy. Which is why when I found out the health issues of the dogs I turned to what I did for our family. Raise and cook the food myself so I know what is in it. I will add the vitamin C and hope that gives her further relief. It is a shame tho that when I was looking for healthy home made diets for chronic kidney issues and pancreatitis in dogs that your book didn’t come up.
        I look forward to reading the book.

        As far as the fruit. I can’t chop them down as we use them for food ourselves and they were existing when we bought the farm property 30 years ago. Unfortunately they are scattered around the 5 acre yard. But on the bright side, it is seasonal and short lived.

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        • Andi May 22, 2014 

          Hi Nancy – It sounds like you all live in heaven! Wish we could all eat as well as you and your family! Keep up the great work! xox – Andi

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  • Nancy May 14, 2014 

    PS. It seems like you are mostly food oriented holistic but wondered if you had other advice on joint issues. One has had ACL surgery and recovered well but still seems weak on that left rear joint. It was not genetic, but since she is a crazy field bred lab that has more energy at 7 then most dogs ever do as a 1 or 2 yr old dog. Still does. She just won’t slow down. When she was a year up to 5 years old everyone thought she was crazy with energy, but I funneled that excessive energy into Agility and Rally O for fun. No competition just back yard fun. I have to supplement her with Advanced Hip and Joint chewables for dogs from Springtime which has the Chondroitin sulfate, Glucosamine, and the only one I have found that has the Boswellia serrate extract which seems to make the difference for her. Do you have any further ideas to help with her being so hard on her joints? After an afternoon on the beach she is often stiff and lame for a day or two and I live on a lake but can’t keep her from playing flipping her Frisbee toy in to the air rushing around in the shallow water and jumping up in the air to get it. She goes to the down to the beach and does this totally on her own. Any suggestions of something in her diet that would help with the joints and inflammation?

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    • Andi May 15, 2014 

      Hi Nancy again… Vitamin C for the joints, considering you’re using Chondroitin and Glucosamine. I would only trust a human vitamin source though. Swimming is the best exercise for a physically challenged dog. Keep up the great work. And again… my book would be very helpful. xox

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  • Charlotte Jun 13, 2014 

    Hi Andie, I just stumbled onto your information and have read most of the comments. We have fed what we were told was a “great” choice of commercial dry dog food. We have a small toy poodle who will soon be 7. She doesn’t have any particular health issues as many above have stated but living in the south with heat and humidity we do deal with fleas all summer and she seems to “pick them up” even just going out for bathroom breaks. Also, she does have pretty bad breath. I don’t want to have her put under to have her teeth cleaned since she’s only 4 lbs. Will this type of diet help with her tendencies to attract fleas and also help with her breath? Also, what is the best way to start her on this program with her existing food? Thank you for your help!

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    • Andi Jun 14, 2014 

      Hi Charlotte, Yes, today is a great day to make the change for your little one! (After all – we’re never too old and it’s never too soon to eat better!). Fleas are attracted to the weaker animals and the bad breath is what she is eating. If you eat an apple, your breath will be like an apple. If you eat a salami sandwich – your breath will smell like that. I don’t recommend ANY dry food. It’s so anti-nature. Try the diet for a few weeks, step back and watch your sweet girl glow with great health. Its unmistakable. It wouldn’t hurt to get a copy of my book to help along the way. Keep us posted. xox

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  • Raquel Jun 19, 2014 

    I just came across your site and I’d like to thank you for giving us a plethora of wonderful information. I was initially looking up recipes for a Raw Foods diet for my fur babies ( 3 huskies, 1 schnauzer and 1 cocker spaniel). What is your take on this type of diet? Right now I am giving them grain free kibble and supplementing with raw eggs and coconut oil.

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    • Andi Jun 20, 2014 

      Hi Raquel, Thank you for your kind words. I have been working with literally tens of thousands of pets over the last thirty years and I listen to what the feedback is from my readers. Some pets can do well on a complete raw food diet, but I have found that cooking a balanced stew is actually easier for their bodies to absorb, utilize and eliminate and enjoy. I cannot say enough great things about the stews. As far as kibble is concerned (or any commercial pet food) the best thing I can say is to throw them out. They are not what you believe they are. I would love to suggest that you start on my stew and see for yourself. Oh yes.. by the way.. my book is a very easy read and will open your eyes to so many wonderful things you can do for the ones you love. Keep us all posted! xoxo

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  • Brigitte Davies Jun 20, 2014 

    Hello! I am about to get cocker spaniel puppy. He is about 5 months old right now. I am researching the best food to give the puppy and I was wondering about cost and serving size. And also if I could make an abundance of this food and then freeze is for later use. Thanks!

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    • Andi Jun 23, 2014 

      ABSOLUTELY! So, now get a copy of my book so that ALL your questions are answered. PLEASE start cooking for him. You and he will love the results and you’ll probably NEVER see the vet! Freeze excess and use each and every day! xoxo

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  • Brigitte Davies Jun 20, 2014 

    I was also wondering if you knew about ferrets. I know you posted about dogs and cats but I have ferrets also so I wanted to know if you know if this recipe could also be used for ferrets. I know they need a protein rich diet but after finding all this info about dog food I was wondering if I should switch their diet also.

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    • Andi Jun 23, 2014 

      Hi Brigitte, Ferrets do great on the cat food recipe and the other vitamins found in my book. Keep us posted. YES… don’t trust any pet food maker to give your pets anything close to what you can make yourself.
      xo

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  • Brigitte Davies Jul 05, 2014 

    Hi Andi! I just got my puppy and made your stew last night. And I heard that you should give dry kibble with the stew so that he gets use to it and slowly transition him. And after he ate his meal this morning hes been regiratating. And having soft stool. I’m not sure what to do to help him. Thanks.

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    • Andi Jul 07, 2014 

      Hi Brigitte, Anytime you change a pet’s diet.. some soft stool could occur. Please be aware that I DO NOT recommend any commercial pet foods, nor do I approve of using any dry food. Your sweet one will be fabulous on my stew alone forever.! Throw away the “pet” products and keep on cooking. He’ll be great! xoxo

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  • Natalie Jul 10, 2014 

    Do you purée the chicken too.

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    • Andi Jul 10, 2014 

      Absolutely! (just get rid of all the bones) xoxo

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  • Ruth Jul 18, 2014 

    Hi Andi, firstly THANK YOU for writing this book, it gives me hope in face of an ailing pet & also equips me as a pet owner with many helpful tools.
    My 14-yr old Siamese mix cat had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer with liver & thyroid problems. His kidney & pancreas readings aren’t good too.
    You mentioned for ailing pets to just have the broth. Just to clarify, so no puree is to be given? Can he have the chicken from the stew?
    Also, do you know if milk thistle may help his liver? My vet says not to give any supplements including the fish oil as it may tax his liver, but I read that these are actually helpful rather than taxing.
    Much thanks for reading this. <3

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    • Andi Jul 18, 2014 

      Hi Ruth, Thank YOU for your kind words. The book was written with so much love and has helped so many pets to live healthier and happier lives! I’m so sorry to hear this news about your sweet Siamese. The broth is given sometimes exclusively to help kick start the body and to not overwork the organs in the digestive process. If your cat is not eating.. then I would try the broth by itself. Otherwise, I would use the stew and all of it’s wonderful parts. Milk thistle is supposed to help detox. My guess is that the most important thing is to try to use the stew and or broth as the medicine. Food is what heals. Fish oils can be both good and bad. At this stage, I would concentrate on the stew and see if we can make some miracles. Please let us all know how it goes. Sending you love and hope that you can stop the progression with food. xoxoo Andi

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  • Monique Aug 10, 2014 

    Thanks for providing this recipe. I have an 80 pound dog and was wondering what it would cost a week or cost a month to feed him 7-8 cups of food a day? Also, what is the preparation time for this recipe?

    I’m looking forward to getting your book as well. Thanks much.

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    • Andi Aug 13, 2014 

      Hi Monique.. The preparation time for making the stew is about 1 1/2 hours of cooking/chopping. Deboning and storage (tupperware, etc.) is about a half hour. I don’t think that he would need 7-8 cups a day but maybe 5-6? But I can’t tell because all pets need different amounts. Depending on the activity levels, age, climate, etc. You will need to play with the recipe to find out what’s best for your big boy. As far as the cost.. it’s priceless to have a healthy dog with no vet bills. It is not any more costly to feed this diet than the premium foods now a days. Hope you’ll try it today!:) xoxo

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  • Jack Aug 14, 2014 

    I thought garlic, even in small amounts, is toxic for dogs and cats.

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    • Andi Aug 15, 2014 

      Garlic in small amounts has been found very useful for helping to boost the immune system. All of the holistic veterinarians I know – use it and recommend it. If you are uncomfortable using it, then it’s ok to eliminate it from the stew. There have been tens of thousands of dogs and cats that have responded beautifully with the ingredients in the stew. You have choices. It’s up to you! xoxo

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  • Karen Aug 27, 2014 

    I have 2 Lhasa Apso/Pap (brothers, age 12 @ 16 & 10 lbs. & a rescue Terrior X @ 10 lbs age 2. Both brothers when we 1st got them wld not eat dry food so I concocted a meat loaf recipe consisting of ground turkey & hamburger, eggs, broccoli, carrots, peppers, string beans, zucchini, celery, sweet potatoes, apple, cheese & brown rice and cooked 90 min then prepared in smaller portions and freeze, thaw & take out for meals. Last week I took brothers in for their Rabies shot & had vet do blood work as a baseline for their age. Vet said their protein level is high; normal range is 17-27 (theirs is 28 & 31). Vet feels protein levels are too high & is concerned what is going on with their kidneys. He suggests slowing switching to Hills K/d or Purina NF & rechecking in 6-12 wks. My recipe: 10# of turkey, 2.5# hamburger,4 eggs, 2 c cheese & 2 c cooked brown rice, plus remaining ingredients. My recipe is a labor of love, am I killing my pets? Is my recipe not balanced enough or am I missing certain vitamins? They each get 1/3 c p.m.

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    • Andi Sep 03, 2014 

      Hi Karen, You raise a VERY GOOD SET OF QUESTIONS HERE. I so appreciate your labor of love in cooking for these sweet boys. However… just because we make certain foods, does not make it balanced for their needs. Your meat loaf could be used once in a while, but obviously.. the numbers tell a story here. I don’t use or really recommend using rice. It’s always just a filler and does not provide them with any particular nutrition. I think that you are using too much meat for the formula. I would keep the meat to VEGGIES at about 50/50 and you won’t go wrong. I don’t like broccoli because it causes gasses, and peppers could be problematic. In my book I talk about the benefits of alkaline veggies. Green beans, celery, green peas, zucchini, squash and carrots. Those I have found to be the best. it’s not too late to bring their levels back to best, so please change the homemade food and definitely don’t get the commercial food. You will NEVER achieve the great levels of health on a commercial diet. Your vet is either trying to “sell” you more stuff, or is just not really comprehending how bad the commercial foods really are. Keep us all posted. I bet that if you stick to my stew recipe, that in 8 weeks they will have great numbers and be wayyyyyy healthier. xoxo

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  • Karen S. Aug 31, 2014 

    I noticed that you do not add kelp to your website stew recipe but it is listed in the recipe in your book. Why is that? Do I need to worry about there being enough iodine?

    Thank you!

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    • Andi Sep 03, 2014 

      Hi Karen, Thanks for pointing out the difference. You have a good eye! I really love kelp, so I would definitely add it in if you have access to clean kelp. The stew is still amazing without it, but it adds a good touch to it. xox

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  • Tracy Lynam Sep 04, 2014 

    I discovered your website and recipes yesterday, September 8! I ordered your book but couldn’t wait for it to get here and made my first batch of Doc’s stew. It is now finished and ready to be batched up!
    This spring we got our first Shih Tzu/Bichon ever. She is lovely but extremely finicky about what she eats! After she was spayed she had red bumps along the scar line, I thought it was a reaction to her medication during surgery but the redness lingered. I quickly learned about allergies and skin disorders that Shih Tzu’s can endure! This morning her diet has changed forever! Thank You! I cannot wait for the book to arrive! I believe I have just intercepted what could have been a disasterous future for my little Coco!

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    • Andi Sep 05, 2014 

      I am SO HAPPY for you and your little sweet one! You’ll probably never see the vet for any healthy problems and your little girl is about to look and smell and feel better than most any doggie on the planet! Keep up the great food and you’ll not need anything else! xoxo

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  • Cathleen Jones Sep 10, 2014 

    Hi Andi,
    I just stumbled across your book on Amazon and am ordering several copies so I can gift them to some friends with overweight dogs. I’ve been making home made food for my aging Gordon Setter just since January when his “sister” developed symptoms of CHF, I was able to give her the best quality food possible before she passed at age 13 yrs.
    Since then, our male Gordon has continued to eat this diet. He is trim (Gordons are rarely overweight) and has no issued with his joints. He goes to work with me where there are two other “office dogs” to run with in a securely fenced back lot. He runs circles around the overweight Lab that is half his age!

    My question is this…I use the E3 Live canine supplement of blue-green algae to supplement his food and was wondering what your thoughts were on this as a nutritional supplement containing all the omegas and a bunch of other nutrients.

    I am planning to convert to your stew recipe because the recipe I use now only yields small batches — 4 cups or so — and I’d rather make a larger batch and freeze…as I do for myself!
    I love that there is a website with recipes so I can direct my friends to see for themselves! I no longer feel like a “voice in the wilderness!” Bless you.

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    • Cathleen Jones Sep 10, 2014 

      PS — I should have mentioned that my male Gordon will be 13 years ‘young’ in November 2014.

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      • Andi Sep 11, 2014 

        BRAVO!!!!! xoxoxo

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    • Andi Sep 11, 2014 

      Oh Cathleen, I’m so pleased to hear how well your Gordon is doing on your homemade food! (There’s never been an overweight dog on my program:) You’re an angel for helping your friend’s pets to live better and believe me, I know – what a “voice in the wilderness” feels like too:)!!
      Because I am always suspicious of “pet products” that are made commercially, I don’t recommend any of them on the market. In all fairness, I have had no personal experience with the Blue-green algae supplement you mention, nor am I familiar with the company. I always recommend that people buy products that are made for humans, but can be used for the pets… or better yet – to find the ingredients they want to use and combine them at home. I would research the company and find out where they are buying their ingredients and sources. One really never knows, because there are so many companies that lie about that kind of thing. If your sweet one is doing great and there are no issues.. then you may have found a great combination that works for him. Please do keep us all posted on what you find. It’s great to share wonderful news! Keep up the great work.. What a great Mom you are! xox

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  • Mary Lou MacNabb Sep 12, 2014 

    I just got a Havanese puppy that is 9 weeks old. I have had trouble with him eating ever since I got him. They recommended feeding him baby food chicken and gravy until she started eating the dry food which was Royal Canine. I had to force feed him with a syringe for the first 2 weeks, It was very stressful. He is eating the dry a little now but he will only eat out of my hand or if I sit there with him a coax him. Anyway, I’ve been trying to research everything I can and want to feed him a healthy diet as I myself try to eat a whole foods diet.

    My question is I see you use garlic in your recipe and everything I have read says that garlic is toxic to dogs. Can you explain?

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    • Andi Sep 12, 2014 

      Hi Mary Lou, My recipes have been used by tens of thousands of pets for over thirty years and all of the results/comments/changes are remarkable to say the least. Most every holistic veterinarian uses and recommends garlic in small proportions and I believe that in moderation, it is totally fine. HOWEVER… if you are uncomfortable with ANY ingredient in ANY way… you can feel free to eliminate it. You will still achieve WAY BETTER RESULTS than you would feeding ANY COMMERCIAL FOOD, and if you have my book, you will see that I never recommend any DRY FOOD because it causes so many health problems. You have choices. You shouldn’t have to “coach” a young dog to eat. Dry food is so anti nature and there is NOTHING I have found healthy about it. While there is nothing wrong with apples for humans, if you ate 20 of them you would wind up with a heck of a belly ache. Moderation in everything is the key. I hope for the health of the ones you love you will consider making his food. With or without the garlic! xox

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  • Linda Sep 14, 2014 

    My dog is an 9 year old Akita and is about 20+ lbs overweight, per vet. She is being tested now for thyroid problems.. Is it to late to start her on your stew diet plan?

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    • Andi Sep 17, 2014 

      Never too late to start the stew! Wait till you see the amazing changes that take place very quickly. There’s never been an overweight dog on my plan. The fillers in commercial pet foods are typically to blame. Getting a copy of my book will also be helpful. Start TODAY! xoxoxo

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  • Jodie Sep 25, 2014 

    Have just bought as many ingredients as I can, but have a couple of questions while I wait for my book to arrive… Can I throw in the meat chubs that I have previously been using as part of the meat quota, then add some chicken drumsticks and carcases to bump up the bone portion? Does the salmon go in bones and all? Salmon here is usually upwards of $30/kg but there are other very affordable varieties that you can buy with heads still in tact – is this good to use? We don’t have zucchini so is ok to put silverbeet in the stew instead? And one last thing which I guess is lost in translation – yellow squash? Is that referring to small pumpkins? Sorry for all the questions, but I’m super motivated to get my lovely old girl started on this to see if she will improve. We are off for our 2hour trip for her massage therapy but the slow cooker is being prepped as we speak! Thanks so much for your help Andi, I have renewed optimism :-)

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    • Andi Sep 26, 2014 

      Hi Jodie, as long as you don’t use anything deemed “pet grade” and use entirely human grade ingredients.. the meat is fine. Just remember to remove all the cooked bones before you feed the stew. I really love the benefits of salmon, but other fish are fine to use. Use your best judgement. (I think I would filet the fish though… those little bones could be a problem???). Not sure what silverbeet is but if it’s an alkaline veggie.. let’s try it:) Yellow squash like small pumpkin, but again… alkaline veggie substitute. Pumpkin, when and if used should only be in VERY small proportions. I am positive that a wonderful, freshly made homemade diet (as close to my recipe as possible) will turn your sweet one around in no time. She is lucky to have you and keep us posted on your progress. (Sorry I don’t know your veggies either:( xoxox Andi

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      • Donna B Mar 09, 2015 

        Hi, Andi. Silverbeet is what we know as swiss chard. Given that you recommended against spinach or kale, and swiss chard is usually stronger in flavor, it probably is not a good idea. Jodie – the yellow squash that Andi is referring to is a summer squash similar to a zucchini, only yellow in color. Hope this helps.

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  • LuAnna Gratzer Sep 25, 2014 

    Hi Andi, thank you so much for your amazing book and website. I make both of my dogs food and supps with your recipes. I just had one question….when cooking the Doc’s stew, do you put the whole chicken in raw, or do you cook it first?

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    • Andi Sep 26, 2014 

      Thanks for the nice words LuAnna… cook ALL the ingredients together so that all the nutrients wind up in the special broth! xoxo

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  • Karen S. Oct 02, 2014 

    I would like to make your stew using beef, I have found a good source of grass fed chuck roast – would that be a good choice? Or is it better just to use ground meat?
    The same company makes ground beef in 80/20, 85/15 or 93/7.
    Thank you!

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  • Jenn Oct 05, 2014 

    Hii!

    I am new at feeding my dogs homemade dog food. Last night I cooked up my first batch after doing a ton of research. Unfortunatly I found your recipe after making my food already. I had some questions as far as portions of veggies fruits protien and grains go. I like to make a months worth for my 2 basenjis (feeding them twice a day). I bought ten pounds of chicken thighs deboned and boiled them with squash and sweet potatoes then added carrots and beans and apples and blueberries. I blended all of these together after and added the shredded chicken to the batch. Then I boiled about 8 cups of oat meat and added half of that. I added very little sardines (for calcium and omegas but not much). I then seperated the batch into two- one with grinded up chicken bones in a liquid form to give the vitamins and calcium from them and one without(so I can add salmon to once a week without giving to much vitamins found in bones). However, I am still concerned with them getting enough of the vitamins and minerals they need. Therefore upon feeding Iv been adding some plain yogurt, eggs and and powder vitamin supplement seperately. Only alittle bit (not even a teaspoon) for I am scared to over supplement. Can you recommend proper portion sizes for all and even ways to ensure they are getting enough of the nutrients they need?? I don’t want to under supplement either. I also read that frozen foods decrease in there nutrients so it is also best to add the extra powder supplement. My main concern is also calcium!! Any thoughts on my batch and what I can do to improve it would be greatly appreciated. Also any recepies that make about a months full of food would be helpful with proper proportion sizes.
    Thanks so much!
    Jenn

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    • Andi Oct 05, 2014 

      Hi Jenn, You pose some very good questions and I think that you are doing a pretty good job with your food choices. All pets have different nutritional needs. Supplement according to what they may be lacking in the diet. As far as the “amounts” to feed.. you have to determine how much to offer. This depends on your pet’s age, weight, activity level and even climate. (Pets tend to eat more in the winter than the summer:) My book goes into great depth on just about everything you need t know. I would only suggest that you don’t offer too much fruit, and also not to mix fruit into your stew with meat. (Fruit ferments and could cause some issues). I do believe that if you follow my recipe for homemade stew that you will have enough of what your sweet ones need to be healthy. I like cooking EVERYTHING together so that they get the benefit of the broth. (All the nutrients are found in the healthy broth, and I include the bones for calcium). You’ve got a great start. Again.. my book will help a lot and it’s a fun read. (I’ve been told). Keep up the great work and keep us posted on your success. xox

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  • Marguerite Oct 07, 2014 

    I’m curious why you object to pork. All of the meats available in the supermarket (except for some organic) have issues of contamination, antibiotics, high omega 6s and unnatural diets. Why is pork singled out?

    When I have fed Spot’s stew, I always cooked the meat separately because I cook large quantities of it at once. I puree the stew and ladle it over the cooked meat. It goes bad quickly, so I freeze it in small batches and take out a container every day or two. I will try the Doc’s stew this evening, but again, I’ve already got cooked meat, so I will do it with liver and gizzards, but no muscle meat and puree the whole thing. One of the meats I have cooked is a boneless pork loin that was on sale very inexpensively (less than $2 a pound). Mostly I feed chicken (whole or thighs or gizzards) or beef. The beef is ground “pet food” from a local processor that creates a mix of 60% ground beef, 10% liver, and 20% other organs. The organs are basically anything from the steer that can go through the grinder, so would include lungs, esophagus and other stuff. I feed that raw. They also sell ground tripe, which is quite stinky and I feed that raw as well. I usually give about one can of salmon a week, and I get a ground mix from a different supplier that includes chicken breast, necks, gizzards and livers, and I usually feed that once or twice a week.

    If I add animal bones to the Doc stew, will that be sufficient to provide calcium or is the calcium in the salmon and ground chicken mix sufficient for the dogs. I feed two grown collies, but have fed more than that previously. I am returning to your recipe because I have been dealing with a chronic on again, off again issue with loose stools. Stool check was negative.

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    • Marguerite Oct 07, 2014 

      Forgot to say that I have your book and I have recommended it to others.

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      • Andi Oct 07, 2014 

        You’re a really good friend! Thank you. xox

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    • Andi Oct 07, 2014 

      hi Marguerite, I only object to pork because it is more difficult to digest than poultry or fish. The purpose of cooking all of it together is so that the broth captures all of the nutrients and seems to help disburse it all evenly. I believe that cooking it all together is the best way, but to save time or if it makes your life easier… than by all means.. do what you are able to do. The proof is in the pudding. If it’s working for you.. then keep on going. HOWEVER… if you are getting chronic loose stool… you may want to work a little closer to my own recipes and see how that goes for a while. I believe that the bones add a good source of calcium. Keep notes, use my journal and thanks for sharing what you do! xoxo

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      • Marguerite Oct 07, 2014 

        I had departed from your recipes and my dogs did well for quite a while, but they are in a somewhat stressful situation and I think that is playing a role in their on again off again diarrhea. One notable thing is that there are large amounts of mucus in the diarrhea. I am hoping that optimizing the nutrition will help their digestive issues.

        Thanks for such a quick response to my questions.

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  • Lavamom Oct 10, 2014 

    Hello,

    You don’t mention what to do with the chicken skin once it has been cooked – do you throw it away with the bones, or do you process it along with the meat and veggies? Thank you.

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    • Andi Oct 14, 2014 

      Hi, use the skin. Remember we are doing WHOLE-ISTIC food. If your pets were out in the wild, they would eat the skin, bones, organs and even a bit of feathers too! xoxo

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  • Sharon Sargent Oct 11, 2014 

    I did buy your book and am very excited about your 8 week program! I have 4 cats and 2 dogs and all are being put on it. I tell you Andi..I may just put myself on it as well; with variations of course..but everything that applies to them also applies to me! Ok the stew is cooking as we speak. THe recipe in your book calls for a 2 1/2 lb chicken. I ended up buying a 4 1/2 lb Smart Chicken and doubled the recipe except for the water. I bought the 10 qt stainless stock pot (I could not believe how inexpensive they were! ($6.99 at Walmart) so could put in total of 13 quarts of water with the other ingredients. I see that your new recipe calls for about 1/2 of the water as the one in your book. So am a little confused. I will make up portions for my cats and then add the Barley Flakes and rolled oats for the dog food. Where my confusion lies is the amount of water especially after looking at your new updated recipe above? Am I correct in assuming the amount of water can be quite variable and is mostly dependent upon the consistency that our pets prefer? I got Bob’s Red Mill Barley Flakes Rolled Hot Cereal for the whole grain for the dogs portion of this recipe. I thought I had rolled oats at home but just have steel cut oats so can that be used or should I just add the Barley? Boy it smells good cooking!!! ! Can’t wait to try it. I will write you a testimonial if it works well for me! Thank you for your book and this page as follow up support!
    Sharon

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  • Sharon Sargent Oct 11, 2014 

    Forgot to mention..there was no neck or liver, heart or gizzard with my chicken!! I guess those go in the By-product bucket now!! I couldn’t believe it!

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    • Andi Oct 14, 2014 

      Hmmmm… unusual. We do love organ meat. (See website and perhaps buy them in addition to the whole chicken).

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  • Sharon Sargent Oct 11, 2014 

    One last thing..in your book you call for 1/4 cup garlic (which I doubled for my pot that is cooking since I doubled everything due to the bigger (4 1/2 lb) chicken!) since your recipe called for a 2 1/2 lb chicken. I used a whole garlic,probably about 10 or 12 cloves. I notice in your recipe above you only call for 2 cloves? Dang do I need to pull those cloves out if I can find them? For the amount of stew there is going to be it still is a small amount but I do not want to make them sick either?

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    • Andi Oct 14, 2014 

      The garlic is just fine. I use at least a full clove (not a head, but a clove) for my dog every day. The amount you are using is very small in comparison to the whole stew. You’ve got it all going well. xoxo

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  • Sharon Sargent Oct 14, 2014 

    I will add one more thing since you haven’t answered me yet. The stew is fine; although the additional garlic maybe why I have 3 cats that have not eaten it yet. I haven’t given in and fed them another food yet,but we are on day 3 of their hunger strike! I have 4 house cats, 2 dogs and one stray outside cat that I am feeding. The cat that I thought would take right 2 it..is on a hunger strike and snubs her nose a it when I put it down. I leave it down for 30 minutes then back in the refer it goes. My cat that I thought would be the trouble maker because he prefer only kibble..well he is eating it as is the outside cat. Both dogs love it. How long is it safe to go? Today I cooked a piece of liver and put it on top but that didn’t do it either. thanks in advance. Am going back to your book to see if my question is answered in there!
    Sharon

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  • Prince Oct 21, 2014 

    Thanks for providing this recipe. I am looking forward to getting your book as well. Thanks much.

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    • Andi Oct 23, 2014 

      You are most welcome! I look forward to hearing all the great news! xoxo

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  • Nancy Oct 27, 2014 

    I have A 14 year old Pyrenees and a 3 year old border collie/Pyrenees both weighing about 95 lbs each. The border pyre is allergic to chicken, turkey, duck, beef and bison as well as eggs and dairy. I know you stated you feel many of these allergies are not true allergies based on the feeling most dogs are sensitive to the commercial versions of these proteins instead of quality-raised organic versions. My dog is definitely allergic to the quality organic versions we’ve tried. His allergies manifest as both digestive distress and severe skin reactions that take many weeks to recover from.
    We have been using a limited ingredient fish and sweet potato dog food with success but I would like to take it a step further and create an even healthier homemade version. Do you have any recommendations on adapting this recipe using only fish – perhaps a combination of wild caught white fish and salmon?
    Many thanks!

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    • Andi Oct 28, 2014 

      Hi Nancy, you already know that I believe it is a “sensitivity” to the low quality commercial ingredients in pet food. Funny, I have found that some pets are actually sensitive to sweet potatoes and will be suggesting that people take it out of the recipe altogether. However, if you have been using fish with success.. just follow the format of the turkey/chicken versions and replace it with perhaps cod and salmon. I would lower the amount of fish you use a bit, so maybe try 35% fish and the rest… veggies. (Please use the veggies in my recipe for stew). Sometimes people make the mistake of using things like broccoli or cauliflower which creates gas in the system! Keep us posted on your success! You’re a great Mom for making those big boy food dishes:) xoxox

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  • Eleanor Erdogan Nov 01, 2014 

    I found Andi by accident and now my dog is so healthy, and a little fatter though, but i am so thrilled he has no more allergies or allergic reactions to that commercially prepared food i switched food every three months before the Whole Pet Diet. I give my guy also the EFA oils very good for his skin and coat. Love Andi and brag about the Whole pet diet to everyone!!! Thanks Andi

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    • Eleanor Erdogan Nov 01, 2014 

      PS Also we eat his food as much as he does, so i make his fresh twice a week, for me and my husband save the broth and some veggies for us.. we’ll all a little healthier thanks to Andi Brown

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      • Andi Nov 03, 2014 

        HA! I ate the stew for a month once and lost ten pounds! Bravo to your continued great health! xoxo

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    • Andi Nov 03, 2014 

      How wonderful Eleanor! I’m so glad that your sweet one is so healthy. You might be mistaking his hunger with his enthusiasm for wonderful food though. Perhaps you want to try using a little less food every day. He should be trim and slim. Or… perhaps switch to the cat food recipe (it’s less calories because it does not have grains… I bet he’ll slim down in no time!) xox Thanks for your kind words and sharing your story! – Andi

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  • Rebecca Nov 09, 2014 

    I’m so glad I found you! I am cooking the first batch of stew as I type and I am so excited for my babies! My teenage daughter and I have two Shiba Inu”s, Stormy and Patchouli. Stormy is young and fairly healthy but Chou is a little older and she has the most horrific skin problems I have seen! I have been treating her with organic pure peppermint oil mixed in coconut oil after washing her thoroughly in an organic peppermint shampoo. It’s relieved some of the itch but it only treats the symptoms. Her underlying issue is food. I have purchased some of the most expensive food on the market in an attempt to irradicate her allergy issues but to no avail. Some will work for a short time but then we go right back where we started from. We recently moved to the mountains and the air quality has not only helped our allergies but the dogs as well. We are walking more as opposed to just opening the door and letting them out…good for all of us! And we only drink spring water from a local spring. Your recipe sounds like the perfect solution to our puppie’s problems and it was surprisingly cheaper then purchasing some of the mid-level priced dog foods. They have been circling the stove all morning. I think they know what’s coming. I’m so excited for them…I intend to purchase your book soon. Thank you!

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    • Andi Nov 10, 2014 

      Hi Rebecca… Skin problems are a thing of the past and wait till you see what else the stew makes happen! You have some lucky pups and you and your daughter sound like you’re all on the path to glorious great health! Keep cooking and keep up the great walk/work! xox

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  • Bardie Nov 13, 2014 

    Andi,
    I have a year old Maltese. A few months ago she had to have three huge Bladder stones taken out. Now the vet has her on some food she HATES! Can she go on the stew? I am so worried we will have stones again but she is not a happy girl eating the food the vet is asking her to eat Willing to do anything. Just ordered your book!

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    • Andi Nov 16, 2014 

      Hi Bardie, Your sweet maltese will do beautifully on the stew, and guaranteed to love it. I urge you to begin immediately. (I would probably use the cat food version this time around. It has no grains and will be able to digest and absorb a bit easier than the version for the dogs.) She will love it and you’ll love the great health and no more vet visits for problems due to commercial pet foods. Glad you got the book, which will be really helpful. No reason to not begin to cook this weekend. Keep us posted! xoxoxo

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  • Snickers Dad Nov 20, 2014 

    Do I really need to blend into puree? My little boy is not very fond of anything blended every since I fed him chicken and rice (because of diarrhea). He won’t touch honest kitchen and even started ignoring Stella’s and Kitchen freeze dried that he used to love. I have to trick him but mixing chicken and some carrots into whatever I am feeding him so he will eat them. Even doing that, there will still be some leftovers (usually the re-hydrated freeze dried food).

    Thanks.

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    • Andi Nov 21, 2014 

      You can blend as desired! Please just use homemade.This is a truly great recipe!

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  • Dolores Nov 24, 2014 

    I’ve been cooking home meals for my 6 year old poodle mix for about two years. Lenny came to me as a rescue; and, I did not know about all the health issues that he came with until about a month later…..seizures, anxiety, allergies, ear infections, cataracts, a congenital back problem. I found your book when I was exploring options about how to help him. I’ve been preparing and serving only the stew. Since I’ve been serving him the chicken stew, many of his problems have regressed.

    My only concern is that, most recently, he has been refusing to eat. He seems to object to the added supplements. I tried and experiment and fed him only the food ( without supplements) for three days and he’s happily eating. I want him to enjoy his food and be healthy.

    I know that you don’t seem to subscribe to using commercial vitamins. What to do? Lenny dropped quite a bit of weight when he was refusing to eat; and, that was stressful to me and him. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

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    • Andi Nov 24, 2014 

      Hi Delores, It’s hard to know what his “objections” may be. You are making his vitamins from my book? Perhaps you are now adding too much and he doesn’t need as much as he did before. You must ask yourself.. “what changed” since he stopped taking the vitamins. Are you using a new brand of one of the ingredients? Is it a stronger taste or smell? (Taste it yourself.. sometimes vitamins are very bitter. See how it feels on your own tongue). Many times companies change their sources of ingredients. I would first taste it all yourself. If it seems ok, then just back off of the dosage. Remember that HIS FOOD is his MEDICINE now. You may have been giving him more during the chronic problems and now you might want to back off while his body has responded positively! xoox

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      • Dolores Nov 25, 2014 

        Thanks, Andi, for your quick response and sage advice. Yes, the vitamins are from your book (I made a substantial batch) and Lenny must be communicating a preference at this time. I’ve read your book a number of times and have looked at some of your videos. I’m guessing that I need to integrate…..for real…..that your recipes are “human-grade,”in other words, you wouldn’t feed your dog or cat something that you would not eat. This concept, then, goes hand in hand with also listening to our familiars. A partnership, indeed.

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  • Liz Marquez Nov 29, 2014 

    Hi Andi. I just ordered your book and Ir really excited. I want to start making the stew asap, because my dog suffers from itchy skin and chronic ear infections. I have a few questions. You mentioned in one of your posts that you will probably be eliminating the sweet potatoes, should I exclude them from the stew? I have also been told carrots are high in sugar, can I decrease the quantity? I’m very worried that my dog will have loose stools with this new diet, as in the past. Should I continue to feed her the dry food and gradually add the stew in slowly?

    Thanks,
    Liz

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    • Andi Dec 01, 2014 

      Hi Liz, GREAT questions! Most pets do just fine with the sweet potatoes, but let’s eliminate them for the moment. You can add them back in later on if you like. Carrots provide wonderful amounts of carbs and they are needed for energy. I see nothing wrong with the amount suggested. Most pets don’t have digestive problems when they switch “cold turkey”, but if your sweet one has a sensitive tummy, then by all means.. you can take 3-4 days to make the switch. It almost doesn’t matter, because if he is used to dry food – the loose stools could go on for that many days, regardless of how you introduce the new food. I would switch him when you are home to make sure he can relieve himself as needed. You be the judge. You are the healer now:)I now he’s going to do beautifully on the new diet. You should see everything clear up beautifully in a very short time. Your sweet pup is a very lucky boy. Keep us all posted on your success! xoxo

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  • Kimmi Dec 04, 2014 

    I have a cat with diabetes. I was told since they are obligate carnivores that cats should not eat ANY vegetables.

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    • Andi Dec 12, 2014 

      Hi Kimmi, Cats are obligate carnivores. You are absolutely right. That means that they should eat plenty of meat and NEED lots of veggies to help their bodies process the food correctly. If you only fed your cat meat.. it could lead to horrible kidney problems. Please always balance the meals the way that nature intended! (Get a copy of my book which explains it all). By the way.. I do not recommend ANY commercial/store bought cat foods, but most of them do contain veggies! (Not necessarily the good kind, either) The worst possible thing that you can give a cat with diabetes is grains. NO GRAINS xox

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  • Alisha Dec 08, 2014 

    I was wondering if there would be anything extra I would need to add to this for a puppy? I am getting a Great Dane puppy and would like to help him live as long as possible since they don’t have a very long life span. Thanks!

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    • Andi Dec 12, 2014 

      Hi Alisha.. Food is the foundation of life for the puppy into adulthood. I do believe that supplements should be given according to the individual pet’s needs. In your case.. strong bones, ligaments and joints. Vitamin C is crucial, and/but my book also talks about the benefits of all the other vitamins. Maybe time to get a copy of my book to help your sweet pup into adulthood and senior living joyfully! xoxo

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  • Denise Johnson Dec 12, 2014 

    Hi Andi, I came across your recipe for Doc’s Stew a few weeks ago. I was already feeding Wendy our Beagle/dachshund mix organic chicken and veggies. I have already come to the conclusion commercial dog food is a big problem. My ten year old pug has suffered from allergies and yeast infections for years. After adopting Wendy from a shelter and seeing some of the same issues I decided to stop buying commercial dog food. However, I knew just chicken and veggies wasn’t giving her the proper nutrition. I have just finished using the first batch of Doc’s Stew and have some questions before I make the next batch. The 12 oz of rolled oats is that by weight or 1 1/2 cups of rolled oats. I went by weight the first time. I also added more water than I should have. Through out the entire first batch Wendy actually seemed constipated which has never been a problem in the 3 years that we have had her. The last two days of Doc’s Stew I added just a few of mixed stem in the bag veggies and that fixed her constipation. I do intend to purchase your book, just hoping to get a response before I cook the next batch.

    Thanks, Denise

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    • Andi Dec 13, 2014 

      Hi Denise.. what lucky pups you have to be making their food and keeping them healthy! I would use the 12 ounces of oats and since all veggies have different amounts of moisture/water…(seasonally.. sometimes they are dry or moist, depending on the area they grow in) – you have to play the water portion by your senses. Adding a few more veggies can’t ever hurt.. but I’m guessing that it just took a few more days for her body to adjust. Remember that every pet is a bit different as they respond to the new food. You’re doing GREAT! Let your own senses guide you! Do keep us posted on your babies! And my book will help you keep track of all that works xox

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  • Anna Dec 30, 2014 

    Andi, I have two adult yorkies, one of which is plagued with yeast. I have been fighting it for years! I’ve been home cooking for about a year now, and always on the lookout for new recipes. The Doc’s Stew looks like something the “picky boys” would like, but I need to substitute some of the starchy veggies and other carbs for something that was less carb filled. Also, neither will touch salmon in any way, shape, or form (did I mention they are PICKY?). Everything else looks like a go, so what do you suggest for substitutes?

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    • Andi Dec 31, 2014 

      I suggest making the stew for cats. I would not be concerned with the veggies,(and they are carefully chosen for their extreme nutritional benefits), but I would eliminate the sweet potato. You can forgo the salmon, and substitute with more chicken. I REALLY love the salmon though, and I think that the “fish” taste is masked with the other ingredients. You should not be fighting any chronic problems is you have the right recipe. Let us know how it goes for the new year! xox

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  • Mary-Lyn Jan 02, 2015 

    I desperately want to get my dog and cats off of commercial kibble and this year I grew my own pastured poultry. I have made the recipe twice and the problem I have is that when I feed any more than a quarter of a cup to my dog (80lb rough collie), he gets terrible diarrhea. Any suggestions or maybe reasons as to why this could be. His kibble is a premium grain-free poultry based (Acana) and I add it slowly to acclimate him. Maybe I should add the oats? To cut the protein a little more? Thank you! PS I do have your book :) and have shared it with my family.

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    • Andi Jan 02, 2015 

      Hi Mary-Lyn, Welcome to the New Year and a new way of taking care of your Collie. I suggest that you ditch the commercial kibble and stick with my recipe exactly as it is written. It should not take more than a day or two for your pup to adjust and there should not be any digestive issues. As you may or may not know – I DO NOT RECOMMEND ANY COMMERCIAL PET FOODS. They are generally the root of all the problems. I don’t care if you think you have a great pet food. There is not a pet food in the world that can compare to what we can make ourselves. I hope you’ll make the switch and try the best that there is for the one that you love xoxoxo Andi

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  • Laura P. Jan 02, 2015 

    Hi Andi –

    thank you so much for your helpful and informative book. I’ve learned a great deal from reading it.

    I have a young red lab that I adopted this past June (2014). She is my 4th lab (not all at once!). I purchased your book immediately after she came to live with us. I have been following your recipes and recommendations to the letter and am seeing wonderful results. She loves the stews and the EFAs. I also include Dr. Pitcairn’s Healthy Powder with her meals.

    I so appreciate your book and all the wonderful and helpful information in it. My sweet puppy thanks you too!

    Laura P

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    • Andi Jan 02, 2015 

      Happy New Year Laura and your very lucky Lab! I’m so glad that your pup loves the stew and that she’s going to be vibrantly healthy for the rest of her life! Keep up the great work and keep us posted on your success! xoxo Andi

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  • Tania Jan 29, 2015 

    Hi Andi! Your recipe looks great! Can’t wait to make it for my cocker spaniel tomorrow! But isn’t garlic toxic?

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    • Andi Jan 29, 2015 

      Hi Tania, i’m thrilled you’re beginning the stew for your sweet one. You may omit anything you’re not comfortable about giving, but all the holistic veterinarians I know – use and recommend small amounts of garlic as a way to achieve better health for pets. Here is a link that talks about the benefits of garlic in a pet’s food. Keep in mind that anything in excess could potentially harm a being. (i.e: too much protein or too many carbs or chemicals, etc.) I believe that garlic is certainly beneficial in the amounts that I suggest. Hope this helps and do keep us posted on your success! http://www.petremedycharts.com/Learning%20Center/Introduction%20to%20Herbs/LH%20Garlic/Garlic_for_pets.html

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  • Mary Ellen Jan 29, 2015 

    Hi Andi me and my family just adopted a puppy from our local APL and i wanted to switch her over to your diet. The problem i’m having is that we don’t have a large income being a family of 7 now 8 with the puppy. I want to use the chickens that we raised and slaughtered but since we weren’t planning on a puppy they don’t have the liver. Is their anyway for me to cut costs? Also is there a place i could buy just the liver of a chicken? Thanks for your help!

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  • Heidi Feb 01, 2015 

    Do you have any grain free recipes? AND do you leave the skin on the fish?

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    • Andi Feb 03, 2015 

      Hi Heidi, I often recommend that dogs should get the cat food if they are really in bad shape. The cat food is the same recipe as the dog food, but without the grains. Cats should NEVER have grains. Leave the skin on the fish and the chicken and that’s the healthiest way to go! xox

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  • mary Feb 02, 2015 

    Hi! I love your recipe and feed it to 2 of my dogs. However I have a total of 15 dogs, ranging in size from medium to extra large. Most are high energy hunting dogs. Do you have any ideas on bulk dog food making. I would prefer to not spend everyday making dog food and I’m on a budget as well!!

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    • Andi Feb 03, 2015 

      Hi Mary, WOW.. there seems to be no budget when it comes to feeding 15 dogs! As far as bulk food….. hmmmmmmm… four pots on the stove? I’m sorry but I have no ideas at the moment. I will be coming out with a new book, though. It will be QUICK and easy recipes that are healthy and great for the pets. I hope that you’ll continue to give your pack the extra food somehow. xoxo

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  • Dion Feb 27, 2015 

    My 6 year old, 80 pound Lab/Shepherd mix is suffering from countless fatty tumors. One has rapidly grown as large as a tennis ball and has been aspirated by our veterinarian, who confirmed it was benign and recommended surgery. He has a wonderful disposition and the tumors don’t appear to be hindering his mobility; he is as active as ever! We just want to save his life. I will begin assimilating this food into his current diet and get him off commercial dog food. This was a great find! Thank you!

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    • Andi Mar 03, 2015 

      Hi Dion, So glad that the tumors are benign. It could be a wake up call for you to start making the food! Bravo to you for taking his health into your own hands. You won’t be disappointed! xoxo

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  • Pat P. Mar 24, 2015 

    ANDI: I agree homemade is better and that cats don’t need grains, but (as per your comments) why do they, obligate carnivores, “NEED” lots of veggies in order to help their bodies process the food correctly? That is not part of their “wild” diet, except, maybe, a little grass. They mainly eat muscle and organ meat, bones, skin and feathers.

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    • Andi Mar 27, 2015 

      The special veggies in my stew are designed to not only provide the body with the ability to process the food through the organs but also to provide all the necessary minerals and vitamins that they need. In addition, any cat eating only meat will likely develop kidney and urinary tract problems which is the worst thing that they can probably get.

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  • Susan Apr 20, 2015 

    what is your take on raw vs. cooked, vitamin/mineral supplements?

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    • Andi Apr 21, 2015 

      I believe that cooked food agrees more easily for most dogs. Raw diets are not the best choice for the majority of dogs because the cooking helps the to break down the enzymes and their bodies have an easier time assimilating the nutrients. Never cook vitamins. Add them in as you serve the food.

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  • Cait May 17, 2015 

    I am very excited to try your recipe this upcoming week for my 2 dogs and 2 cats. One of my cats had horrible digestion problems as a kitten and I would make him chicken and sweet potato meals for months until he healed. During that time I noticed his teeth had a lot of build up and his gums were red and inflamed. When he had healed I switched to dry foods and his gums became healthy looking again with regular coloring.

    I am worried that the softness of these meals will cause the gums on my furry children to flare up and the tartar to build. Has this been an issue and is there a way to combat build up on the teeth?

    Thank you for the recipe!

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    • Andi May 21, 2015 

      One of the best ways to keep your dog’s teeth clean is to offer them raw, soup or knuckle bones. They gnaw on them and clean their own teeth. For cats, it’s great to give raw chicken neck vertabrae. Another way to help the teeth is to take your finger nail and work from the gum line and actually pluck the plaque from each tooth gently. Anitra Frazier offers the step by step protocol in her book, “The New Natural Cat”. With a little practice – your pets will all have great healthy mouths. One of the other things about my stew is that there are wonderful enzymes in the broth that we feed them from the Doc’s Stew recipe. Healthy from the mouth to the tail. Keep us posted on your success! xo

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  • April Jun 08, 2015 

    Hi Andi! My sweet 6 month old Shar Pei loves the stew I make and inhaled it every time. The problem I’m having is that the whole pot is only lasting me around 3 days. She weighs close to 37 lbs. I give her 4 cups a day

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    • Andi Jun 11, 2015 

      Hi April, So glad she loves it. Don’t mistake “loving” it, for “hunger! We need to figure out what her body really needs. BUT.. a GROWING pup is in need of more than a dog that is fully grown. The whole body is developing and she needs fuel to make her strong. What is her ideal weight and how much exercise is she getting? I must admit that when I make my stews.. I make 4 pots on the stove at a time. I think you may need a bigger pot or several of them. Once she is really developed.. we can get into some other recipes that are quick and easy to make and less costly. I’ll try to keep you posted, but I may be writing a new book to share all kinds of other recipes. There’s lots more we can do for the sweet girl. I hope you have my book, because its got other recipes you can make too! You’re a great MOM. Keep going! xox

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  • Nhataly Jun 14, 2015 

    Hi Andi,

    I am making your Doc’s Stew now for my 19 year old cat and 12 year old rescue dog. Do you happen to know how many calories are in each serving (assuming a serving is 4 oz.)? Thank you for your help.

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    • Andi Jun 25, 2015 

      Hi, It’s “roughly” 25 – 55 calories per ounce! (Depending on which recipe you use). But don’t be too concerned with calories. There are nutrients that the body uses and your kids will either slim down naturally or get a little bulkier if need be. You will have to judge just how much to feed for their age, climate and activity level.

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  • Sue Underwood Jul 13, 2015 

    Hi Andi,
    I have a 9 year old Lab and a 1 year old Golden. I have been making your stew for over a year for them since my Golden died of a hemangiosarcoma. My vet is concerned about the calicium/phos ratio in the food. Is it ok or should I be adding a supplement?

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    • Andi Jul 15, 2015 

      Hi Sue,
      As long as you are making the food in my book or on the website… it has all the balanced nutrients to keep your sweet ones healthy for their whole lives. Aren’t they looking and feeling amazing? xoxo

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  • Lisa Brown Aug 11, 2015 

    My half-grown (9 mos old) female “wee grey beastie” (AKA Wisp) is a real garbage gut. She’s not overweight, but would be if I fed her the amount she wants. She was a stray, obviously starving when she wandered up into the back yard 3 mos ago. (Her age is per her vet.) Vet also said she may well be mentally scarred by her early experience with starvation. She inhales whatever you put in her food bowl. Should I be feeding lesser amounts more often? She’s getting 3/4 cup twice a day, but starts crying about 2 hrs before mealtime. Is this “normal” behavior?

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    • Andi Aug 12, 2015 

      Hi there… pets that have been eating poor quality commercial foods are typically hungry because there is so little nutritional value in most of the foods out there. Her organs have probably been starving for real food. Since I don’t know what kind of dog she is, or how much she weighs..it’s hard to determine what she should be eating. Many pets seem ravenous at first when they are given the stew.. and then their bodies seem to settle down when satisfied. I would definitely monitor her weight and give her more food. It will help to keep her calm and give her a sense of security as well. You will both find the exact right amount for her age (growing pets need more), her lifestyle (pets that are active also need more) and her needs in general. Unless she gains an unusual amount of weight – I would feed her more right now. You’re a great Mom for caring. xoxo

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  • Stephanie Martin Aug 23, 2015 

    Do you recommend this recipe for puppies? I have a three month old Yorkie and want to feed him the healthiest food I can while making sure he gets the necessary nutrients for growth and development.
    My last furbaby unfortunately died of cancer and I just wish I would have known about your incredible book because someone I know uses it and has seen a dog recover from cancer just by following the recipes. That is why I want to feed my new baby this wholesome diet!

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    • Andi Aug 24, 2015 

      Hi Stephanie… YES PLEASE start feeding your Yorkie the healthiest food in the world. I know that it’s the very best thing you can do. You have a very lucky little pup! xoxo

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  • Michelle Sep 13, 2015 

    Hi Andi

    If I don’t want to use turkey/chicken/beef is it ok to use more fish and maybe eggs? Our family is vegan and the thought of cooking and egg and fish is hard on my heart, let alone a chicken/turkey/cow.

    Right now he is eating salmon and sardines along with quinoa, peas, veggies including sweet taters and squash.

    Thank you!!!

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    • Andi Sep 15, 2015 

      Hi Michelle, I do understand your heart, but i hope that you’ll consider using the ingredients that are really better for your dog’s health. We want to find a proper balance in the ingredients that we feed to them. I’m not sure that the salmon and sardines isn’t giving too much oil or fat and poultry as the main part of the diet seems to be the best choice of all. Perhaps you could enlist the help of a friend to combine the ingredients of the stew, so you know that what your pup is getting is as healthy for him as it is for your human family to be vegan. I guess you will have to decide what you can and cannot do. Sorry. (Salmon as a part of the diet is just great, but I would not use solely fish as the protein). xox

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  • Marguerite Sep 18, 2015 

    I never came back to let you know how things worked out.

    My two collies had been experiencing chronic intermittent diarrhea for about two months and nothing I had tried worked. I came across this recipe and tried it. Within about 36 hours, my dogs had normal stools again. Appetites were good, weight was gained, coats were lush and vibrant.

    I made some minor changes to accommodate foods available to me here. I use a whole can of wild salmon instead of a fresh filet. I use it bones, skin and all. I have access to a variety of meats and make use of them. I mostly use chicken hearts and giblets, but also use chicken thighs, ground tripe, ground beef that is made for dogs and contains organ meats as well as muscle meats, including about 10% liver and whatever I can get at a good price at the farmer’s market.

    I can find almost all the veggies in frozen form at local supermarkets and generally for less than they cost fresh. I sometimes add something called pet pack, which is available at my farmer’s market from a poultry guy. It contains breast meat, hearts, gizzards, livers and necks.

    I’ll stretch things a bit with a slurry of rice and water. I’ve noticed more than once that one or another of my dogs will throw up undigested rice 8 – 12 hours after being fed. The slurry is just rice and water which is buzzed with a stick blender. More easily digested, apparently, as they no longer vomit undigested rice.

    I really want to thank you for this recipe and the guidance you provide. Feeding like this seems to be exactly what my dogs needed.

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    • Andi Sep 29, 2015 

      You’ve made my heart so very happy to know how well your dogs have become! Keep up the great work and do spread the good news. Thank you so much for keeping me in the loop. Sending hugs xoxox

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  • Aliyah Sep 19, 2015 

    Hi Andi
    I wanted to ask if I can only find Vit C without rosehip could I add 3 cups of homemade rose hip tea for the broth and then 3 cups of spring water? I make medicinal tea from leaves nothing added so was wondering if I can do that. Also Im in South Africa and cant buy yr book Amazon doesnt ship here. My kitty is struggling with a cold for months now he is a norwegian forest cat – big boy about 8 kilograms how much vit c could I start him with? Thanks so much!

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    • Andi Sep 29, 2015 

      Hi Aliyah, Yes, please use the Vitamin C without the rose hips. It will be fine. I would use about 500 mg. of vitamin c a day and see how he does. I do want to encourage you to make the stew that’s on my website. Without great food… you generally cannot achieve great health. Please make the stew and watch the miracles happen. I am surprised to hear that Amazon will not ship to South Africa. I have a very dear friend (and holistic pet healer) who lives there and I believe she got the book from them several years ago. xox

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  • April Oct 07, 2015 

    Hi Andi

    I’m wondering if this is ok to feed a brand new puppy that I will be getting. He will be 8 weeks when I get him and he is a Shar Pei

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    • Andi Oct 21, 2015 

      Hi April.. YES DEFINITELY start your baby right away. Never too soon to eat healthy. Thanks. Sorry I didn’t answer sooner. I missed your post! xoxo

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  • Angela Oct 10, 2015 

    Do you have to puree the mix? I would assume my dog would like it best not pureed.

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    • Andi Oct 21, 2015 

      I like to suggest that it gets mashed or pureed to some degree. It ensures that they won’t pick out the peas, or leave anything in the bowl. If your dog will eat all that’s in the plate, then there’s no need to puree. Just enjoy! xoxo Andi

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  • Kathy Oct 13, 2015 

    Oooh I’m so glad I found your website. My little Pineki has never eaten dog food since we got him at six weeks old. I’ve diligently cooked every meal…but he was eating quite a limited diet because he was getting very picky because I think he was BORED with what I gave him. I gave a variety but never at the same meal. I made this stew tonight and he watched with rapt attention and DEVOURED his first bowl! I am so pleased to know have almost two weeks worth of his stew in the refrigerator and freezer. Definitely going to be a happy little camper at mealtimes again!!

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    • Andi Oct 21, 2015 

      I’m such a happy little camper that your sweet baby is doing so well and enjoying the food. You’ve made my day and my heart feels wonderful. Thanks for sharing and please, won’t you write a little review on Amazon so that others may benefit from all the good you’re doing? Thanks and keep up the GREAT work! xoxo Andi
      http://www.amazon.com/Whole-Pet-Diet-Eight-Health/dp/1587612712

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  • Melanie Oct 16, 2015 

    Hi there. This recipe worked for my 7yo Ragdoll cat George, who has IBD. Up until 6 months ago he was a dried food addict. When he was diagnosed with IBD after a traumatic biopsy, I took him off the dry food. I have poured all my love, patience and money into getting him better for 6 months this year but the food thing has been an ordeal. Actually it has been a nightmare. My whole life has been revolving around trying to get him to eat well without conceding defeat and going back to dry. He just won’t eat raw (I have tried everything – my other cat has transitioned fine) and the best I’ve managed to get him to eat consistently is grain free shredded chicken in a can with a splash of homemade bone broth. So, I Googled home made chicken casserole for cats thinking if I could create a healthier canned style food he may just like it. I found your site, I did the shopping and cooked up the casserole in the slow cooker all the while thinking ‘there is no way he will eat this…. more good food and money down the drain!’. BUT…To my sheer delight and utter surprise he has been devouring this food. I can’t even begin to tell you how much relief this has brought to us both. I am thrilled beyond words!!! Now George and I have this food, his naturopathic routine and a lot more hope. (He has gained 200gm since starting this casserole.) Thank you. PS. when it was cooked, I set aside about half the chicken meat, blended the liquid & veges and the remaining half of the chicken bits, then poured the mix into cans and topped with chunks of chicken then froze. Just like store-bought only fresh and healthy :-)

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    • Andi Oct 21, 2015 

      I’m so very happy that you have found the right combination. Keep on going and for years to come you will see your sweet ones continue to blossom with great health! Spread the news, please. There is nothing healthier than the stews for the ones you love. PS: If you go to Amazon and write a review of the book and or the recipe, you’ll also be helping SO MANY PETS to live better lives. http://www.amazon.com/Whole-Pet-Diet-Eight-Health/dp/1587612712
      THANK YOU for making my day healthier and happier too! xoxo Andi

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  • Tamara McKeown Dec 20, 2015 

    Hi, I have a 3 year old Shih Tzu who has been diagnosed with a lot of food allergies, only meat he can eat are pork and lamb, he is allergic to all fish as well as wheat, carrots corn and all the usual culprits, the vet did the blood tests for the allergies, he eats the best dog food dry available he was doing ok but allergies have now flared up again, I want to change him to home cooking but because I am so limited to what he can eat I am at a loss as to where to start, any help would be great thanks

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    • Andi Dec 23, 2015 

      Hi Tamara. I believe that what your dog is “allergic” to is really the poor quality ingredients found in commercial pet foods. Dry food is such a bad choice, because it’s so highly processed and contains tons of fillers. It bears no resemblance to a real, natural, home cooked diet – made with human grade ingredients. PLEASE try my stew TODAY. Your dog will respond beautifully to it. TENS OF THOUSANDS of dogs diagnosed with the same thing have turned around in a very short time. There is no BEST dry dog food. Sorry. It’s true. Thirty years of helping pets to be healthy. These fans of my book can’t be all wrong:) Have faith. I have nothing to gain by sharing this with you, except my peace of mind. xoxo Andi

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  • Tamara McKeown Dec 27, 2015 

    thank you, he usually eats Acana, I will try the stew

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  • Janice Schollenberger Dec 31, 2015 

    Thank you Andi for this amazing book and sharing all of your wisdom. It is incredibly liberating and empowering to take my pet’s health into my own hands with your guidance. Question: I just made the Chicken Stew for my cat (book recipe, not update above) and felt that if I included all of the broth in the puree it would have been much too liquidy, yet I didn’t want to throw the broth away because it is so chock full of nutrients. What do you recommend? Would a pet drink the pure broth in addition to daily water?

    Thank you!

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    • Andi Jan 04, 2016 

      Terrific question Janice. I love how you’re thinking! The broth is very special and it’s so filled with nutrients. Some cats love lapping up the broth by itself, and others really are not “that interested”. Two suggestions… Use less water in the stew. Now I make a batch and a half and only use about 6 cups of water. It helps keep it thick and full of great aroma! Happy healthy new year. Keep up the great work. xoxo Andi

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  • Kimberly Jan 08, 2016 

    Hi Andi – I am so excited I found your website and am looking forward to making your stew for my 2 dogs and 1 cat. They all currently eat commercial dry food and I know that making their meals will be so much healthier.
    I just have one question, I have always heard that dry food / kibble is needed for their teeth (dental needs). If I feed them just the stew and other homemade meals, what do I need to incorporate for the dental needs?

    Thanks for all your great advice and recipes!
    Kimberly

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    • Andi Jan 14, 2016 

      Hi Kimberly – Glad you’re excited about making food and keeping your kids so much healthier! There is no evidence that dry food keeps teeth clean. If you ate a handful of pretzels… you would be pulling pretzel muck out of your teeth. Same thing with dry food. It does NOTHING for the teeth and is probably worse for them than canned food! Try giving them a raw knuckle/soup bone to gnaw on. They will love it and the gnawing action helps keep their teeth stronger too. As far as cats go… you can give them raw chicken neck vertabrae. They will love that as well. I’m not a big big fan of raw FOODS… but the bones won’t splinter, are healthy and do a good job! Lucky kids you have! xoox

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  • Melisa Feb 01, 2016 

    Hi there,
    My cats seem to be getting sick of the stew…they aren’t eating as much and don’t seem to be as excited to eat when its time (they don’t run over to the bowl like usual). How can I change this up a bit? Should I only do ground beef and the salmon? Do your pets get sick of the same thing everyday, all the time? If so, what do you do?

    Thanks,

    Melisa

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    • Andi Feb 03, 2016 

      I give my kitty the stew every night for dinner. Breakfast is a delicious mix of a small amount of fish. Your cats may just need a fun topping to make it more delicious. (Remember that we don’t want to trade healthy for delish though). My book has a lot of topping ideas, but you can try a bit of parmesean cheese, or a few drops of marinara sauce, or little bits of chicken or turkey on top. Just to give it a different aroma. Keep making the food. My pets have been on it for 17 years and we are our vet’s worst customer! xoxo

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  • Ann Rackley Feb 05, 2016 

    I finally found your recipe, online, on this website, and am cooking it for the first time. I have a 14 yr. old Somali. She weighs 6 1/2 to 7 pounds.
    I can’t find kelp powder but do have some “Main Coast” Organic Dulse Granules. Could I use that, instead of kelp, since they are both seaweeds? The label says that 1 tsp has 35 mg of sodium and 130 mg of Potassium. Also, 220% Iodine and 6% iron, based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    My second question is: Since this is sooo expensive, can I eat it also?

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    • Andi Feb 10, 2016 

      Hi Ann… you can definitely use the dulse. Just a pinch. small amount. Yes, you can eat it all too! What could be bad? xoxo

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  • Ann Rackley Feb 08, 2016 

    Hi Andi :)

    HELP? My cat won’t touch the stew I made for her. She tried a couple of licks and turned up her nose, acting as if she was trying to get it off her teeth. It has been 2 days, now, and she won’t eat it, but keeps begging for food. It was too soupy, so I poured off some of the broth and added it to the dry Orijen Whole Prey Diet she loves and now she won’t eat that, either.
    The texture is like baby food. Is it supposed to be that consistency? Maybe I cooked it too long? Or, food processed it too much?
    Any ideas?

    Thank you.

    Ann

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    • Andi Feb 10, 2016 

      Hi Ann, I’m so glad you reached out to me. The texture should be like baby food. Most cats are creatures of habit and really like what you got them used to yesterday! However… you should definitely keep going with them. Try adding a yummy topping that they really love. (A few bits of chicken, sardines, marinara sauce, parmesan cheese). Just as a flavor topping. I promise you that they will not starve themselves and if you persist during this “rough” time… you will definitely win with the healthiest kitty on the planet. Please don’t give up. 50 percent of the cats love it and 50 percent need some coaxing. Please keep me posted. You’re a great MOM!

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  • Karen Koenig Mar 13, 2016 

    My 11 y/o mixed breed-golden, shephard, collie, chow mix was just diagnosed with bladder cancer and growths on her adrenals that may also be cancerous. She also has an encapsulated fatty tumor that takes up most of her right side (not cancerous), she’s on piroxicam to slow the growths and help her arthritic back, the lump is pulling her back down. I just found your site and I was going to make the chicken stew, I have a frozen chicken in the freezer now. I’m hoping that I’m not to late in feeding her human food. The food she eats is high grade canned food, no additives, good quality human grade food. She’s always gotten good food, be it dry kibble or canned. Is it to late to get her eating this? I’m getting the ONCO powder, vitamin mix for her to boost her immune system. I’m giving her colloidal silver in her water, it’s stopped the blood in her urine. I want the best for her and to turn this around if I can. The cancer in her bladder extends down the neck of the bladder, hence the medication to hopefully slow the tumor growths. What else can I do besides making her the stew? I’m open to suggestions. She also gets milk thistle, I take it also for liver health. Please help. Karen, thanks.

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    • Andi Mar 14, 2016 

      Hi Karen,
      It is never too late to eat well and healthy. I DO NOT recommend ANY commercial foods. Dry or canned. There is nothing that can or will compare to the quality of what you are about to make for your sweet girl. PLEASE get a copy of my book as soon as possible. Make the stew as the recipe calls for TODAY. Keep her diet as clean as possible. I have witnessed many miracles in my life. I hope that you can experience that too! Stay true to the food. That will be your best defense. Keep us posted. xoxo Andi

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  • Wanda Mar 29, 2016 

    Hi Andi I have a 7 year old Shih Tzu who has lots of allergies I am not to sure to what.I was feeding him Hills Science Diet and he would just rip himself apart also he is overweight.I changed him over to Blue Buffalo Basics Grain free he is doing alright on that but still over weight so I give him half of what he should have and add cooked carrots to make up the difference.He is starving all the time but that is what the vet told me to do.He will eat anything toilet paper etc.If I feed him the food for weight loss he looses but scratches constantly if I feed him for allergies he gains weight.I am going crazy.Do you think this food will be ok for him.I am not sure I can get the vitamins to add to the food in Canada as I live in a very small town.I will order your book.

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    • Andi Apr 08, 2016 

      Hi Wanda, I’m so very glad you wrote me. I am POSITIVE that your sweet pup will do beautifully on the stew. The reason he is having the “allergy” symptoms is because there is no quality in the ingredients in the commercial foods you’ve been feeding him. Adding carrots is not doing any good for him and he is overweight because of the starches in the foods. Meat and veggies in balanced proportions will make him well. Get a copy of my book please, as it will help the process along and has lots of useful information. In the meantime.. please begin to make his food right away. Here is a link to the recipe http://www.thewholepetdiet.com/docs-stew-the-healthiest-version-of-my-food-for-dogs-cats/ and I am totally convinced.. you will never see the vet for skin problems, itching, eating weird things and he will slim down beautifully. Don’t go crazy. Just make the food and keep us posted on your success. xoxox Andi

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  • Troy Apr 05, 2016 

    I purchased your book and have been feeding my 6yr old German Shepherd the stew for 4 weeks now and he loves it! Unfortunately, now he seems to have developed a yeast infection on his belly and his feet and is very strong smelling, he had always been fed grain free kibble since he was a pup,and is not treat fed…. is there any ingredients in the stew I should avoid adding to clear up the yeast infection?
    Thx
    Troy

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    • Andi Apr 08, 2016 

      Hi Troy… I believe that your dog may be experiencing what’s called a “healing crisis”. Meaning – there could be a brief aggravation of symptoms as the body is ridding itself of toxins. (Even though you have fed what might be considered good food… kibble, in and of itself is not healthy and highly processed and does not contain quality ingredients, like the stew). The only thing that I would recommend is that you try to first.. see if it does clear up by itself. If it doesn’t improve in a few days.. then I would totally eliminate any of the grains in the food. Actually you’ll be making the cat food version of the stew. If that works.. then you’ll be best to stay away from grains entirely. I have a very close friend who makes her Lab a stew without poultry at all, and only uses beef as the protein source. This combination of veggies from my book and beef have made this dog incredibly healthy. He used to have all kinds of chronic skin issues. You will be the healing artist. You need to judge. Take notes. Use the pet profile and portrait. YOU will find the EXACT recipe to make him the healthiest he can be. The oils should also help the symptoms you mention. Have you made them as well? Keep us all posted as to your success. You’re a great DAD! xoxo Andi

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      • Troy Apr 10, 2016 

        Thank you! I will give the beef and no grains a shot. I do feed a tsp of the oils at each feeding and also add the vitamin C crystals…will keep you posted..
        Thx again!
        Troy

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  • Cheri Apr 08, 2016 

    Hi Andi. I have a new 9 week old golden retriever puppy. Is it OK to feed her this stew right from the start or dies she require some additional ingredients while she is developing? Also, are the feeding guidelines the same for a puppy? Thanks.

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    • Andi Apr 08, 2016 

      Hi Cheri, – Start TODAY! Puppies do amazingly well on the stew. You’ll never see the vet for the most common health problems if you stay true to the stew! I have suggestions for supplements in my book, (which I suggest you get, so you’ll know everything you need to keep her healthy). Puppies should eat 3 smaller meals a day if possible. You will monitor her weight and growth spurts with the help of the profile work pages in my book. Keep us all posted as to her glowing, great health. You’re a very good MOM! xox Andi

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  • Susan Icenhour Apr 26, 2016 

    Hi Andi, our family will be bringing home our very first puppy in about 7 weeks. He is a 6 day old Boston Terrior. We are all SOOOOO excited. I have done a lot of research on the best diet I can possibly give our new pet. I was excited to find your website and am planning to order your book so I will have lots of recipes. My question for you is how should I transition our puppy from what his breeder is feeding him to your recipes? Also, is there a variety of recipes in your book? I cant imagine eating the same thing day after day for years upon years. So I want to offer our pet a variety, but in a way that wont tear his upset tummy. Maybe some chicken recipes and some beef recipes or fish or turkey. Just curious what I can expect in your book. Third and last question…can I make a great deal of these recipes over the next few weeks while we are waiting to bring our puppy home and freeze it? What is the “shelf life”, so to say, for your frozen meals? Thank you

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    • Andi Apr 27, 2016 

      Hi Susan… what a LUCKY PUPPY you are about to have! I’m so thrilled to hear that you’ll be making his food and keeping him healthy for his entire long life:) There are many recipes in my book.. but the staple diet I like to feed all my “kids” is the Doc’s Stew,.. which you can find on my recipe tab on the website. I do recommend that people make as many pots as they can that will fit on your stove. It gets frozen, and I have found that it’s great for six months or more. I like to use poultry for 99 percent of the pets in the stew. I have found that it’s the easiest for them to digest. Beef is great too.. but I do limit it to about twice a week for my gang. There is fish in the stew for them as well. I am hoping to come out with my new recipe book in the next few months… which will give lots of ideas for variation.. but it needs to be done with conscious thought. Some people mix the food up too soon and the pets could have a problem digesting new and different things. So… again.. the Stew is the base recipe to achieve glowing great health. Small portions of “other” yummy and healthy things are fine, once your new baby becomes accustomed to the stew. Don’t make too many changes too quickly with a young pup. Use the stew right away. You’ll be potty training from the start, so let the food take over and do its job of creating a strong body. I can’t wait to hear how well he does and I know that you’ll never see the vet for the common problems that most people have with their pets if you stay away from commercial foods. Make sure you sign up for my newsletter, so you’ll be kept abreast of all that we make available. Congrats on your new baby. You’re a GREAT Mom already! xoxo Andi

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  • Terra Jun 01, 2016 

    Hi Andi!
    I have a 12-year-old cat who has CRF. She has eaten Taste of the Wild & Tiki Cat her entire life, but is now diagnosed with this awful renal disease. She hates the prescription food, K/D, and I think it’s garbage anyway. Do you think this would help her? She’s on Azodyl bid as well as Pet Wellbeing Kidney Support Gold drops bid.
    Also, Do you recommend adding taurine for cats?
    I’ve read that garlic is toxic to cats & dogs; is that false?
    I’m ordering your book now!
    Thank you!!
    Terra :)

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    • Andi Jun 05, 2016 

      Hi Terra, I’m so glad you’re reaching out to me. Sadly, there is not a pet food on the market that I can recommend because I don’t believe that any of them really promote great health. Most just sustain life. I am absolutely POSITIVE that Doc’s Stew will be incredibly beneficial for your sweet one. Just stick to the plan. Follow the guides in the book. No need to add taurine. Taurine is found abundant in both muscle meat and organs. All the holistic veterinarians that I know, use and promote the healthful benefits of garlic. When used in small proportions.. it is a great blood purifier. I have been using it for 30 years. You have to be comfortable with all of the ingredients, though. So – if you are not quite comfortable with the addition of garlic… you can omit it from the stew. Please start the stew as soon as possible. We formulated it because my own cat, Spot had kidney disease and was on the prescription food. The vets said he would not live past 9 months, and he lived another 14 years! Keep us in the loop. You will adore what the stew does for your sweet one. Toss the store bought food. xoxo

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      • Terra Jun 15, 2016 

        Thanks a million xoxo!

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  • Heather Jun 01, 2016 

    Are any supplements (calcium, etc) required to be added to the food just before serving, or during cooking?

    Thanks!

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    • Andi Jun 05, 2016 

      Hi Heather… supplements should never be cooked. Whatever you are adding to the stew should be added in the food bowl. I have MANY suggestions in my book for making your pet even healthier! xoxo

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  • Annette Aug 19, 2016 

    Hi Andi – thank you for your work and your book. I have a 9 year old Labradoodle who has been in the vet’s office so much during his life, I could write books! I’m finally taking him to a holistic vet who is monitoring him on a holistic level, and he’s doing ok so far. I’m trying to get him off of kibble. I bought a different dog recipe book, and have been feeding him from that book – it has a bit more variety than I get from your book – not a criticism at all!!!! Just a comment. I’m having trouble getting him off of kibble entirely – it’s me, not him. His ideal weight is 68-70 pounds, and for his whole life I’ve had trouble keeping weight on him. Right now it’s warm outside, but once it cools, he will again be very active and who knows how much I’ll have to feed him!
    I’m concerned about the oatmeal in your stew – he has had lower bowel problems his whole life, and many things give him the trots – not just processed dog food. Also, weirdly, his physical woes sometimes mirror mine, and I can’t eat oatmeal every day or it upsets my stomach. He is ok, oddly enough, with wheat and corn, but not with rice. Can I use a bit of polenta or grits or something instead of the oatmeal? Thanks in advance for your reply.
    I think your stew recipe is just what I’m looking for – but I’m still on week 1 of your plan.

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    • Andi Sep 01, 2016 

      Hi Annette, Thank you so much for your thoughtful e mail and message to me. Funny… there are so many articles I have written on pets mirroring their owners. They are emotional sponges. Now for the oatmeal… you can skip it. Dogs do better without any grains in the diet. (I do not recommend corn, wheat or rice). Some pets do just fine with barley. Or maybe even some really nice whole grain pasta from the health food store? If your sweet Labradoodle goes to the vet more than once a year for a check up… it is a definite sign that they are not getting the nutrition in the food you once fed. As far as the “variety” goes. Here’s what I recommend. Get your pup used to the stew with the poultry. Stabilize him on this. Stay with it for a month or two. Once he is completely healthy and fabulous.. you could try changing up the meat portion. So… perhaps some beef or some lamb or turkey. No pork. You will see amazing changes in him for sure. But for a pup with upset tummy… PLEASE don’t make any changes. The oats really won’t hurt him at all, but if you are uncomfortable with them.. they can be left out. (It actually helps to stretch the budget by adding them, which is always a plus). Sorry to have taken my time to respond to your comment, but I took a much needed vacation and now I’m back. Keep us in the loop. Can’t wait to hear how fabulous he is! xoxo Andi

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  • Jean Roberts Nov 05, 2016 

    How can the stew be chunky if you are pureeing it after cooking? Did I miss something?

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    • Andi Nov 09, 2016 

      You can leave it chunkier or puree it down to mush. Dogs like it less pureed/blended. You are the healing artist. Create the perfect food for your sweet pets.

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  • Janet Dec 12, 2016 

    So once you make the stew how do you store it? I see it can be frozen but how long is it ok once thawed..so I know how big a container to store it in for freezing. does it need to be refrigerated? and then is it served cold? thanks

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    • Andi Dec 20, 2016 

      Hi Janet,
      You freeze the portions you will not need and only keep refrigerated what will be eaten in 5 days or less. Never serve it cold. Always warm it to room temperature. I dish out the portion and heat it in the pan. (Not microwave). I think you should really get a copy of my book, which will explain everything you need in detail. It’s a fun read and I know you’ll love what real, homemade, healthy food can do for the ones you love. Keep us posted! xoxo Andi

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