There are so many brands of dog food available today. But what happens if you do not want to spend a lot of money on kibble? Well, you can make your own food, with some of these healthy dog food recipes!
Homemade food is very nutritious - not just for us - but for our furry friends too! Most of the time - commercial dog food has additives and other ingredients that are not really good for our pets.
The answer is yes - and no.
This is only because they may not contain everything that our pets need - and sometimes, dogs may be allergic to some ingredients in the food.
And with the cheaper brands - they use less meat and put in more fillers - like corn and wheat.
At the same time - the more expensive brands do try to take into account the needs of dogs. And you will also be able to buy breed specific foods.
1. It is cheaper than buying processed food - surprisingly enough
2. There are many different dog food recipes out there that cater to every need
3. They use fresh ingredients
4. You have better control of what your dog is eating
5. It is much healthier than any store bought food
6. The digestive system of a dog needs to work - and processed food does not provide enough roughage
1. It is good to know if your dog has any allergies - so that you can avoid feeding them that food
2. A lot of dog food recipes use raw meat - which is not fully cooked at the end. This is usually safe because at the base - dogs are carnivores.
3. Use vegetables sparingly. A dog's digestive system is meant to process mostly meat.
4. Use white rice for the carbohydrate component of your dog's food. It is much easier for them to digest.
Disclaimer: I am not a vet - but these ingredients have worked wonderfully for my dog and are safe to feed. However, keep in mind that you should always control the amounts you add to their food - there can always be too much of a good thing.
That being said - there are plenty of ingredients that you can add to your dog's food.
Turmeric is known for its medicinal properties - and those properties extend to dogs too!
3. Help promote strong bones
Cinnamon is a spice that dogs love. It makes food smell divine - and adds a hint of sweetness to food too!
Carob is an ingredient that smells like - and looks like chocolate. But it is not chocolate! It is perfectly safe to feed to dogs and is good for humans too!
Coconut oil is a great ingredient to add to your dog's food. Not only do they like the taste - it promotes healthy growth of their fur!
Peanut butter is a yummy snack for your pet. You can feed them - a little - commercial peanut butter - but that does contain a lot of sugar and preservatives. In fact - you should consume only organic peanut butter too!
Carrots, potatoes and leafy greens are perfectly fine for your dog to eat. They provide fibres, iron and other vitamins that are essential to the growth of your dog
Eggs are full of healthy fats and proteins. But try to only give your dog one egg a day - because they do cause the digestive system to overheat
An apple a day keeps the doctor away! This fruit is great as a sweet treat for your dog. Apples provide a lot of fibre for your dog - essential for digestion. Plus they are crunchy - and we know, dogs love crunchy food!
Raw carrots are a healthy, crunchy treat to feed your dog. It also helps with their dental health - since carrots discourage the growth or plaque and tartar.
2. Berries and Grapes
3. Too much citric food
5. Chillies and other "spicy" spices
6. Too much dairy
7. Raw potatoes
Here are a few of my favourite dog food recipes. I make these for my dog all the time - and she positively loves it!
These pupsicles are a fun dessert to feed your dog. And it is a nice summertime treat. Try using fresh ingredients - and not canned mangoes for this recipe.
3 cups Mangos, chopped
1 cup Greek Yoghurt
1 tsp Lemon Juice
1. Puree the mangos to a thick paste
2. Mix the lemon juice with the mango puree - and add to the yoghurt
3. Blend this mixture to a smooth consistency
4. Pour this mixture into moulds - and use a hard chewstick or dog biscuit to make the popsicle holder
5. Freeze and serve like a regular popsicle!
For those cold winter nights - this recipe is a warm - comforting - bowl of love for your dog.
3 kilos Chicken - minced
1/2 cup Chicken or Lamb Liver
2 Carrots - chopped
1 cup Peas
1 cup Pumpkin - grated
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1. Make a broth with the soup bones and some water
2. Add in the liver, carrots, peas, pumpkin and chicken
3. Bring this to a boil
4. Allow it to simmer until the meats are fully cooked
5. Take a quarter of this mixture and blend to a smooth consistency
6. Add this mixture back to the broth and mix.
This dog food recipe uses a blend of spices - that are safe for your dog to eat - to create a delicious chicken curry for your furry buddy!
2 kilos Chicken Thighs - boneless
1 tbsp - Yoghurt
Cinnamon Powder - cassia variety
1. Prepare the rice
2. Put about a cup of water in a big pot. Add the chicken, spices - in very small quantities - and coconut oil to the water and allow it to boil
3. When the chicken is done - and most of the water has evaporated - stir in the yoghurt
4. Mix this "curry" with the rice and serve!
At the end of the day - you can choose to spend the time feeding your dog with homemade food - using these kinds of dog food recipes. But - if you feel like you do not have the time to devote to this regularly - it is okay. Like I said - a lot of the - more expensive - brands out there do provide a fairly well-rounded meal to your pet.
But - the way I see it - if you take the time to treat yourself to a good home-cooked meal - you could also show your dog the same love - and you know that if they could - they would do the same for you!
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