UPDATE 2018: We no longer feed this diet to Mylah as her needs changed. She is on a fully raw diet again like she was years ago. This diet was great for the two years she was on it. The diet listed below is also not 100% complete and balanced and I updated it over time to make it more complete with nutrients by adding items such as organic beef liver. It was also formulated specifically for Mylah, her needs, weight, life stage, calorie requirements, etc.

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Excerpt from the blog post:

This homemade dog food literally saved Mylah’s life. I know that sounds extreme but a dog’s diet, like a human’s, is what sets someone up for living a healthy or unhealthy life. Mylah wasn’t unhealthy, but she was sick. If you don’t know all about Mylah and her autoimmune issues and diabetes, here is more info on her.

This diet might not be for every dog as every dog is completely different. I offer consults for diabetic dogs as well as natural nutrition plans in my Canine Wellness Services, be sure to check those out. Mylah needed something that we couldn’t buy anywhere – she needed something that could maintain her weight of 30lbs, keep her inflammatory bowel disease from flaring up and something that wouldn’t spike her diabetes. The University of Tennessee’s Veterinary Nutrition Service is who put this diet together for Mylah. If you have a very special needs dog like her I recommend contacting them. Before this diet, Mylah couldn’t keep weight on her and her IBD was getting out of control. We tried everything from raw to cooked to prescription. Nothing worked until this.

Before the diet she looked emaciated and was very weak, we were so worried she was nearing the end of her life. This diet changed everything for her. She eats 3 cups every morning and night and gets the food in a kong or duck hearts for a treat. She is a steady 30lbs on this diet. If you try this diet for your dog, depending on their weight, you might need to increase or decrease the amount you feed him/her. Every batch of food lasts us about 5 days.

We also add the following supplements to this food daily:

-3.5 teaspoons of Balance IT Carnivore Blend per day

-1 teaspoon of Nordic Naturals Omega 3 Pet per day

A few notes on how we make this:

-We buy the tilapia at a wholesale fish market in Chicago, it comes frozen in 30lb batches

-UPDATED: We use all fresh kale, green beans, cauliflower, and broccoli. We steam them for a bit and puree them to make them easier to digest.

-The barley we use is Quick Barley by Quaker

I am not a veterinarian and this is not meant to diagnose or treat your pet. Always consult with your veterinarian first 🙂




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The Diet that Saved My Dog's Life
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Passive Time 45 minutes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Passive Time 45 minutes
  1. Bake the tilapia in the oven. If frozen, you will need to bake for longer at 350 degrees. We bake frozen tilapia all at once using two trays for 45 minutes. Save the juice that the tilapia produces and use it in the food mixture.
  2. While the tilapia is baking, peel and slice sweet potatoes into 2-4 inch pieces. We cook them in a bowl in water for 20 minutes in the microwave.
  3. Start your barley on the stove according to the instructions.
  4. Once the sweet potatoes are done, take your bag of frozen vegetables and cook them in the microwave.
  5. Place the cooked sweet potatoes and vegetables in a blender and add in the canola oil. Puree until smooth.
  6. Once the barley and tilapia are finished cooking, add everything together including the salt in a giant container or pot and mix together thoroughly.
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