home made dog food recipes

Home Cooked Dog Food Recipes: Balanced Diet for Dogs

You can also keep your homemade dog food in the refrigerator for as much as a week.

Dog food ingredients

Make sure that no single food type like meat or chicken takes up more than half the diet.

  • Home cooked dog food should have meat product take up about half of the diet; many raw meat are high on fat which may cause obesity and if restricted too much it will lead to deficiency of other essential nutrients in your dog. A very good option is lean meats, which is low on fat. Always make sure that you take off the skin from poultry.
  • Your home made dog food should also include fish, which is a vital source of vitamin D. pink salmon and sardine are excellent choices of fish ingredient for home cooked dog food recipes.
  • Meat organs like beef liver is very nutritious but this should be alternated or mixed with chicken liver and other liver types.
  • Dairy products like plain yogurts and eggs are highly nutritious.
  • Include vegetables and fruits as part of the home cooked dog food recipes because they provide fiber which aids digestive health. Some beneficial fruits to include are melon, bananas, berries and apple.

Supplements for kitchen prepared dog food

Supplements are necessary if you are unable to achieve food variety for your dog while some other supplements are required. You should also be aware that that longer you freeze your cooked dog food the more the nutrients level drops.

  • Calcium is an essential supplement in your home cooked dog food, which you can get from mineral supplements, multivitamin and pulverized eggshells.
  • Most homemade dog food requires oil for calories, fat and specific nutrients. Some good sources of oil are fish oil which is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acid, cod liver oil provides vitamin D and A, plant oil is a good source of linoleic acid, a vital omega-6 fatty acid. Soybean, corn, walnut are good sources of linoleic acid.

Other minerals and vitamins

If you feed your dog on limited diet then the need for supplements become more important. Minerals and multivitamins supplements will fill up most of the missing nutrients in your dog’s diet including vitamin E, D and iodine.

Green blends will make up for the missing nutrients if your home cooked dog food recipes is lacking in green vegetable.

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The following two sections of this post will deal with the recipes needed in 2 major areas of home cooked dog food:

  • Raw dog food diet
  • Organic dog food recipes

Raw dog food diet

Over the past many years, lots of dog owners are being walking down the path of feeding their dogs with raw diet as compared with processed dog food, which is what you get off the shelf.

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Raw diet for dogs.

The idea behind raw diet for dogs is heavily promoted by BARF (biologically appropriate raw food) and if you will think about it for a moment that before dogs became domesticated by man, they evolved on uncooked raw food which they either hunted or scavenged.

Some dog health experts say that by feeding our dogs with processed food 100% of the time will negatively impact on their well being and health.

However feeding your dog on BARF diet improves your dog’s health, eliminates allergies, strengthens her immunity and improves her coat. All of these will ultimately reduce the number of trips to the vet because your dog is now a well rounded diet.

A dog feed on BARF diet will include the following:

  • Uncooked raw meat which should make up more than 50% of the raw diet and this include lamb, raw eggs, turkey, beef, ostrich, pork, buffalo, venison, fish, rabbit.
  • Dairy products: plain yogurt, cheese.
  • Vegetables and grains: oatmeal, broccoli, rice, carrots, cabbage, lettuce, kale, celery.
  • Oils: hemp oil, olive oil, safflower oil, flaxseed oil.

You should avoid the following foods, because they are potentially poisonous to your dog:

  • Walnuts
  • Chocolate
  • Avocado
  • Apple seeds
  • Mush room
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Potato stem and leaves
  • Raisin and grapes

Organic dog food recipes

These consist of a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and meat. Organic ingredients such as these are very healthy for your dog because they are low in fat and sugar. Here are some homemade dog foods you can try out at your conveniences:

Dog food recipes with turkey and vegetables

This basic food recipe consists of vegetables for additional minerals and vitamins and turkey for protein. Since turkey has less fat compared to beef, it is an excellent choice if you want to control the weight of your dog.

Basic ingredients:
  • Ground turkey
  • Chopped carrots
  • Chopped green beans
  • Brown rice
  • Cups of water
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Directions
  1. Cook the ground turkey in a frying pan over medium heat until it is thoroughly cooked.
  2. Boil a mix of the turkey (in step 1 above), water and rice in a pot until the rice becomes tender.
  3. Then add the green beans and carrot and cook until they become tender.
  4. Serve when cool.
  5. You can store the leftover in the freeze for as much as 5 days.

Beef stew dog food recipes

This consists of vegetables for vitamins, gravy for flavor and meat for protein. This is the homemade version of wet commercial dog food.

Ingredients
  • Small sweet potatoes
  • Flour
  • Beef stew meat
  • Diced carrots
  • Organic vegetable oil or water and a tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • Diced green beans
Directions
  1. First cook the potato cooked in the microwave until it becomes tender.
  2. Cut the beef stew meat into tiny pieces.
  3. Cook the chopped pieces of meat in a tablespoon of vegetable oil with medium heat until it is done.
  4. Take away the pieces of meat and reserve the drippings.
  5. Cut the potato into tiny pieces.
  6. Put the dripping on low heat and slowly add water and flour while stirring to create thick gravy.
  7. Now add the carrot, meat, green beans and sweet potato into the gravy and cook and stir until the carrot become tender.
  8. Serve when cool.
  9. You can store the leftover in the freeze for as much as 5 days.

You have everything to gain if you keep to a healthy and nutritious home cooked dog food recipes over commercially manufactured dog foods.

 

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