How to Make Homemade Dog Food
Though opinions differ greatly, I believe that a healthy dog’s nutritional requirements can be fulfilled with three main essentials: nutritious food, sunlight, and belly rubs.
Whether it’s the food recall that flooded the news regarding unsafe ingredients or simply because they want their pets to eat healthy, more pet owners are considering making their own homemade dog food.
I have been making homemade dog food for years, long before the food recalls. With the advice of my vet and thorough research, I am confident that making homemade dog food is a better option for my pets. I am feeding them food that does not have chemicals, fillers, preservatives, and whatever else the manufacturers put in their to maximize their bottom line profit.
In addition, I also spoil my dogs by giving them 1-2 homemade dog treats each day. Read further for tips on how to make your own dog food. It’s actually very easy and less expensive, compared to the high quality dog foods out in the market.
Homemade Dog Food Recipes
Recipe #1 Rice & Veggies
By nature, dogs of all breeds and sizes are evolving as carnivores – biologically adapted for a diet rich and varied in fresh meats, with smaller amounts of fruits and vegetables.
The following recipes have ingredients that help maintain strong bones and teeth, improved immune system, high energy, efficient digestion, and an increased life expectancy.
Use this recipe as a foundation, but rotate different ingredients for a wider spectrum of nutrients. Keep the ratio the same and just switch different vegetables.
- 2 cups brown rice
- 1 pound ground beef or turkey
- 1/2 cup carrots
- 1/2 cup broccoli
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 sweet potato
- 4 cups water or (beef/chicken broth)
Chop vegetables up in smaller cubes. Put all ingredients into a large pot and cook for 30-45 minutes until vegetables are soft. Serve at room temperature. You can take it one step further and blend everything in a blender or food processor. This is a great idea for senior dogs, who require a softer texture for easy chewing.
Note: If you want to give your dog fish oil supplements with his food, make sure you put it in the food right before you are ready to serve. Fish oil supplements contain omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, which are sensitive to heat.
- Remember, homemade dog foodshould be served at room temperature, and left-overs may be stored in the refrigerator, tightly covered, for up to 4 days.
- Individual servings may be frozen for future defrosting and feeding.
Recipe #2: Crockpot Chicken
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup of green beans, chopped
- 1/2 cup of carrots, chopped
- 1/2 cup of broccoli, chopped
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (optional)
- 4 cups of water
Throw all the ingredients in a slow cooker and set it at low temperature for 6-8 hours.