This is a special (temporary) diet that my be recommended by your veterinarian. It is often recommended as a temporary diet for diagnosing food allergies. Your veterinarian may also recommend this as a temporary diet for treatment of gastro-intestinal problems. Depending upon the recommendations of your veterinarian, the potatoes may be substituted by white rice.

Step 1. The basic ingredients comprise a single protein source and a single carbohydrate source. Frozen meats or fish are the cheapest options, but the choice of ingredients must be based on the animal’s previous dietary history.

Step 2. Excess fat should be removed from meat sources to reduce the chance of digestive upsets.

Step 3. The meat or fish can be microwaved, baked or boiled.

Step 4. The cooked meat should be broken up into small fragments using a mixer or food processor (this is not necessary if minces are purchased).

Step 5. The carbohydrate source can be boiled, steamed or microwaved.

Step 6. Final appearance of the meat and carbohydrate sources prior to mixing.

Step 7. The meat and carbohydrate — in a ratio of 1 part meat to 2 parts carbohydrate — should be thoroughly mixed together so that they cannot be separated by the animal. Using a food processor at this stage can lead to a diet that lacks texture due to a very small particle size.

Step 8. The final diet should be weighed into appropriate sized portions for the particular animal. The bags of food can then be frozen until use.

Step 9. For small dogs and cats, it is possible to prepare the diet in weekly batches. For larger dogs, more frequent cooking is required.

This type of home-cooked bland diet is often fed to animals with specific food allergies and / or digestive tract problems.Due to the fact that this diet is deficient in various minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients, please consult your veterinarian before using it as a substitute for commercial pet food.