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A Pet Nutritionist's Alternative to Chicken & Rice

As a nutritionist for animals, there is one huge pet peeve of mine. Chicken and Rice. Every day I talk to well-meaning pet owners who were advised to give boiled chicken breast and white rice to their pets with upset stomachs. Not only is this outdated advice but in my experience, many pet owners are told to leave their dogs and cats on it for far too long. This can and often does result in gut microbiome damage, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Dogs and cats come down with stomach issues like vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, hunger strikes, etc for many reasons. And while it's true that we need their stomachs and intestines to rest a bit, we need to be exceptionally careful how we do it. I developed this recipe (if you can even call it that) and the ratios for it years ago and have been recommending it with a huge success ever since.

Three Ingredients.

Three Small Meals per Day.

Three Days Only.



2 parts 93/7 ground turkey

1 part organic canned pumpkin

1 part cooked rolled oats (sprouted oats preferred)


  1. Brown the turkey in a pan until just done, drain, and add to a mixing bowl.

  2. Cook oats according to package directions (start with half of what you need to allow for expansion). Add to bowl.

  3. Add pumpkin to bowl.

  4. Stir everything together until well combined.

  5. Feed 1.5 cups per 20 pounds of dog per day.

  6. Feed for no longer than 3 days at a time to avoid vitamin and mineral deficiencies


Why turkey, pumpkin, and oats? They are all easy to digest, have enough fiber to firm up stool, and are less likely to cause sensitivity reactions in dogs. So the next time Bella has an upset stomach, reach for these three ingredients instead of the chicken and rice!

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