I’ll begin by saying that homemade dog treat recipes are definitely my forte, however I have dabbled in homemade dog food recipes in the past so I figured I would share what I have.
Healthy Homemade Dog Food Recipes
While I have added a few homemade dry dog food recipes as well as homemade raw dog food recipes to my website , I’m sure that most of you have realized that most of recipes found here are for dog treats. It wasn’t until I started working on my dog treat recipe cookbooks that I ever even attempted to make homemade dog food. This is why I had a partner for the cookbook projects. I was in charge of the dog treat recipes and she was in charge of dog food recipes. needless to say, I learned a lot and am happy to make my pooch a homemade meal every once in a while.
So let’s take a look at a few of these recipes now.
Homemade Dog Food Recipes With Chicken
It seems that chicken is the peanut butter of the homemade dog food world. Meaning, peanut butter is one of the most popular ingredients used in making homemade dog treats and chicken is used in quite a few homemade dog food recipes that I have come across. I’m it’s because chicken is low in fat and high in protein. I actually made the following homemade meal for my dog last night and he loved it!! It’s called Baily’s Barkin Grrrisotto. You get some more of my favorite homemade dog food recipes for FREE by signing up for my newsletter today.
Homemade Dog Food Diet
Because I’m more of a “dog treat expert”, I figured that the bulk of the dog food recipes that I share with you come from people who are more versed in this area. After watching the video below I really think I’m going to make it my business to learn more about homemade dog food. Do you know why so many other people feel the same way?
Most people are looking to give their pets fresh food made with quality ingredients. However, more people are choosing to make their pet’s homemade food to avoid all the “crap” that can be found many of the mass produced products. Did you know that many of the meats used in commercial food can be:
- from left over carcases that were originally used for human grade meat
- pumped up with antibiotic
- road kill
So as you can see, using homemade dog food recipes to make your dog a meal is certainly the better option! I was pleasantly surprised when I saw how easy it really is. You are also going to get a lot of different opinions when it comes to feeding your dog cooked or raw foods. If you are concerned about this you can always talk to your vet before you make any homemade meals for your pet.
Anyway, I’ve learned that whether you cook it or not, your homemade dog meals should consist of 50% protein. You can choose from several types of protein. You can use chicken, turkey, beef or fish. However, it’s recommended that you use the ground form of these meats. Again, you can either cook meat or use it raw. A lot of people are afraid of using raw meat but dog’s have a short digestive track which is great for processing raw foods. Some other forms of protein are eggs (raw or cooked), sardines, and a little dairy, like plain yogurt or cottage cheese are fine too.
Next ingredients are starches. Your homemade dog food should have at least 25% starches. Just keep in mind that it’s a good idea to cook the starches. Some of the more popular starches are sweet potatoes, rice, yellow potatoes, yams, or whole grains like millet, spelt and barley. Freshly cooked whole grains are safe to feed your pet’s according to some of the leading PHD’s in nutrition.
The last 25 % of your homemade dog food should be made of raw vegetables. Again, because of their short intestinal track, dog’s have no problem digesting these things! Some vegetables that you might want to use are broccoli, carrots, pumpkin and kale. You can also use fresh herbs like fresh parsley, basil, cilantro, and mint. Just make sure that you grind up all of your fresh vegetables before you add them to your homemade dog food recipes.
The last thing that is also a bit controversial are supplements. A lot of disagree but the recipe in the video below calls for bone meal. One tsp. of bone meal a day is good for a 40 lbs dog . Raw bones are fine too, just stay away from chicken bones. They splinter and can cut your dog. Dogs also need oil and fat which can come from the meat or or you can add fish oil or olive oil too.
So once you have all of your protein, starches and vegetables you simply combine them together and you’re done!! How easy is that?? Just combine all of these ingredients and you have a homemade meal that your dog will love. Another suggestion is to form your homemade dog food into patties and freeze them. You can make as much as you think you will need.