Making your own dog food can be very rewarding for both you and your dog. Especially in light of the various recent pet food recalls, it is refreshing to know exactly what your dog is consuming.
That is the big advantage when you prepare the food yourself. There are no surprises or potentially toxic ingredients that you find out about after the fact.
Making food for you dog does not have to be a cumbersome task. You just need some good recipes that are relatively easy to follow and implement.
Below I have included some really nutritious and easy-to-make recipes that are sure to please your dog more than the typical dry dog food we are accustomed to giving.
It is sometimes difficult to know whether your dog is getting adequate nutrition. Using your dog's health as your guide is perhaps the best method. If your dog appears happy, is energetic, maintains a healthy weight, lustrous coat and bright eyes, then his diet is probably optimal for him.
Also, consulting a vet is always a good idea. After you decide on what types of homemade dog foods you are going to feed your dog, you should consult your vet and ensure that your dog's nutritional requirements are being met. Your vet will know your dog's needs and can help you decide if you need to supplement what you are feeding.
Remember to make changes to you dog's diet on a gradual basis. This will avoid gastrointestinal issues such as
. Also use multiple recipes to vary the nutritional content and taste for your dog. The following is a recipe most dogs cannot resist!!
1 cup top-quality hamburger meat
1 slice cheddar cheese*
½ cup cooked oatmeal (liquify with milk to avoid chunks*)
½ cup minced green beans
¼ cup minced carrots
2 tbsp ricotta cheese*
*Avoid the cheeses and milk in lactose intolerant dogs
Mix the hamburger meat, green beans, carrots, and cottage cheese in a bowl. Stir-fry with 1 tbsp of cooking oil (olive or canola is best). Add small bits of a slice of cheese. Break 2 eggs over mixture, while continuing to stir-fry. If consistency is too chunky or dry, may use slightly more cooking oil and add some milk. Let the contents cool to room temperature prior to serving.