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Mistake #2: Using Untested Dog Food Recipes
Contents:
  1. Cooking for Your Dog
  2. How To Cook For Your Dog In 15 Minutes A Week
  3. What You Need to Know About the Top Dog Food Delivery Companies
  4. Why Cook For Your Dog
  5. Top 20 healthy homemade dog food recipes your dog will love – The Dog Bakery

Some dogs will have different requirements. For vegetables, aim for non-starchy types, like squash, green beans, broccoli and asparagus. Avoid potatoes although sweet potatoes are okay occasionally and starchy beans and legumes. Quinoa is generally well tolerated, as well as buckwheat or barley. Organ meat should be included in home prepared diets, as organs such as liver, heart, gizzards and even kidneys and pancreas, provide vitamins, minerals and enzymes that are not found in muscle meat.

Like feeds like, so pets with heart disease should be fed hearts, those with liver disease should be fed liver and so on. The amount of liver fed should not exceed 5 percent of the meal. Green tripe, which is the stomach of ruminants cows, sheep, goats, deer is a super-food packed with probiotic and digestive enzymes although it smells pretty awful. Dog parents tend to do about 10 percent organ meat, but may need to be adjusted.

Organ meats can be found at butcher shops or through online sources. Eggs are packed with good protein and healthy fats and fat-soluble vitamins — A, D, E and K. They are also great as a calcium source. Dogs can be fed eggs daily, either raw or cooked. Sardines are an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids, and generally canned sardines packed in water are easy to find and make a great addition to meals a few times a week. Mistakes commonly made by pet owners wanting to prepare homemade meals include feeding the same recipe over and over with no variation and failing to balance the vitamin and mineral levels in the food.

While not every meal must be complete and balanced, meals will need to achieve balance over time. Calcium will always be too low, as muscle meat is high in phosphorous and low in calcium. Pets fed low-calcium diets will develop osteoporosis. To avoid this look for calcium-rich foods, like ground eggshells or mineral mixes specifically made for home cooking. I recommend about to milligrams of calcium needed per pound of meat in the recipe. Trace minerals are often overlooked but can easily be balanced by feeding kelp powder or mussels.

Mussels are available in the frozen seafood section of most grocery stores or consider getting a supplement. Six to seven mussels per week will supply the required trace minerals. Vitamin D needs to be supplied in the form of eggs or fish; otherwise a vitamin D3 supplement made specifically for home cooking should be added. You can also add omega 3 fatty acids in the form of fish oils. Fish oil goes rancid very easily, so make sure the oil you are using is odorless. It should also not be stored as a liquid in a plastic bottle. Liquid fish oil should be in a pump bottle that is not exposed to air.

A good brand is Iceland Pure. I would recommend against flax oil. Judy Morgan is a nationally renowned author, speaker, and holistic veterinarian best known for healing her patients with whole foods, minimizing medications and chemicals, allowing the body to heal from within. We love the addition of Safflower oil here, which is added to help give shine to your dog's coat and provide needed fats for a healthy diet. This can differ a lot from dog to dog. Heat until boiling, reduce heat to a low boil and steam until carrots start to get tender, about 10 minutes. Drain off any fat and discard.

Add broccoli, cauliflower, and zucchini, and continue steaming until all vegetables are tender, but not mushy, about minutes. Allow vegetables to cool slightly then either chop in a food processor use a knife. The size of the vegetables will depend on the consistency preferred.

We usually pulse about three times in the food processor and get the vegetables to a finely chopped consistency, similar to canned dog food. Add chopped vegetables to the turkey and liver, stir to combine. Allow to cool before dividing into freezer safe containers. Photo by Blog. Meatballs Meatballs - how fun! We loved discovering recipes that felt close to actual human meals, or that were presented in an interesting and fun way.

Sumika, the writer behind the Mrs. Pacman blog, created this recipe while searching for a way to please her then year-old pup Maru, who had grown tired of her usual dry food diet. At first, she tried simply switching her to a wet food diet, but Maru had difficulty licking her mushy wet food up, which is where the idea for meatballs originally started. Directions: Put all ingredients in a large bowl.

Mix them all together and form them into any size of balls you'd like. Dredge the balls lightly in the flour, shaking off any excess. Put them in degree oven until done. Bake time will depend on the size of your balls; usually mine only take about 25 min. Mine are about the size of a muscadine or those donut holes. Photo by Waterearthewindfire. Here, she houses recipes, DIY projects, poetry, photos and more! Contained in all that magic is a magical raw dog food recipe. Well, Maureen created the recipe for her large breed dog Sam and the flat coated retriever lived to be 20 years old!

Pretty impressive, and likely largely attributed to his healthy diet. She developed the diet with her holistic vet sister after observing what Sam loved to eat and doing a bit of her own research. The food cakes she came up with were a hit, and she now feeds the same diet to her new canine companion, Charlie. A bit more labor intensive than some of the other recipes, but positively chock full of amazing ingredients and a real dream meal for any dog.

Ingredients: 2 cups rice brown or white Other fruit: peaches, pears, plums are all okay for dogs and nutritious. These turn food gray. Directions: Cook rice in broth til done the way you usually cook rice — I use a rice cooker Then, let cool Puree the yams in food processor, skin and all. Finely chop or grind the fruits and vegetables in a food processor the finer the more digestible.

I do one thing at a time in my Cuisinart and save time by NOT washing it out between ingredients. Put all of the ingredients into a very large bowl I use a huge bread bowl my brother gave me over 20 years ago Add the rest of the ingredients and stir well. I use my hands to mix it — there is a lot here. Mix with your hands or a spoon til all the ingredients have been incorporated into a squishy, moist glop.

Put waxed paper or parchment paper on 2 large cookie sheets. Freeze until hard. Put the cakes in airtight freezer bags and thaw as needed. The diet she is sharing here is the very one she fed her dog who lived to be 20 years old! Photo by Stories. Chili Chili, for a dog!? We found this fun recipe over on BarkPost , where it seems to have been written by a six-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog named Shirley. Impressive skills, Shirley! We love how different this recipe is, utilizing both cheese and pasta, not something you see often in dog food recipes.

Directions: First you need to boil the macaroni. In a frying pan, cook the beef. Add butter, carrots, corn and tomato paste to your beef and cook for about 5 minutes. Then add your beef mixture to your casserole dish, add your beef broth. After that, put in oven at degrees and cook for half an hour. A former obedience school dropout, best friend, model, and blogger she created this recipe out of boredom of eating the same food everyday.

She gets really hungryy when she gets to run around the forest with her 8 Bernese co-workers. Photo by Allrecipes. Meat Cakes We snatched this tasty recipe straight from All Recipes , an uber popular human recipe site that has a surprising number of homemade dog food recipes snuck in. This one comes from Shelly, who started looking for ways to cook for her four dogs after facing a bit of a dog food scare recalls will do that to ya!

She says her favorite thing about the recipe is that, like the chili above, it can be consumed by humans as well! The recipe is a hit on the site, with 42 reviews and nearly a five star rating!

Cooking for Your Dog

Users raved in the comments about how much their dogs loved the recipe, and many relayed how they adapted the recipe for their own tribe. We love recipe share sites like this, and are so happy to see dog recipes up in the mix! Directions: Preheat oven to degrees F degrees C. Grease 36 cups of 3 large muffin tins. In a medium saucepan, combine the rice with water.

How To Cook For Your Dog In 15 Minutes A Week

Bring to a boil over high heat, uncovered, and cook 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool several minutes, then fluff with a fork and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, carrots, celery, ground beef, and eggs. Mix ingredients together using your hands or a sturdy spoon. Add salt, olive oil, rolled oats, and rice; mix well. Fill each muffin cup with some of the meat mixture, and pat down the to make it firm.

Bake 45 minutes, or until surface feels set. Cool on a rack 10 minutes or longer. Remove the meat cakes by turning the muffin tin upside down over a sheet of aluminum foil. Tap each muffin cup to release the cake. Refrigerate or freeze in sealed plastic bags. Photo by Petguide. Meatloaf From meat cakes to meatloaf!

She also, from time to time, posts dog food recipes! It looks good enough for us to eat. Amy offers this up to her pup Oscar around every four days, splicing his diet up with less rich fare on the other days. Ingredients: 1 lbs. Directions: Preheat oven to degrees F. Hand-mix all ingredients in a bowl until combined thoroughly.

Press evenly into a loaf pan. Bake for 40 minutes. Refrigerate or freeze in slices for easy serving. She writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon a habit attributed to spending too much time with Oscar.

Photo by Wagthedoguk. We fell hard for this savory cake recipe, which looks gorgeous but is easy and cheap to make. Ingredients: 1 kg 2. Peel and chop apple into small pieces Minced the chicken in a food processor or just buy it already minced Cook brown rice according to package Mush vegetable mix Pulverize a whole egg so that shell is totally crushed. Blend chopped apple, egg and chicken together in a mixing bowl Mix vegetable melee and rice together in bowl.

Directions: Grease a cake pan or line with baking paper. Her successful blog Wag The Dog UK features advice, tips and stories from how to take your dog abroad, pet care, and recipes for home cooked dog food.

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Photo by Pets. Crunchy Kibble The makers of The Knot and The Bump created The Nest , a blog helping new couples navigate their new life and it's chock full of home, food and relationship content. Which, lucky for us, extends to dog food recipes like this divine crunchy kibble recipe. Herbs and spices may also be added to your dog's kibble, as long as they are not considered toxic to your dog such as onions or garlic.

Directions: Preheat your oven to degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with a light coating of baking spray and set it aside.

What You Need to Know About the Top Dog Food Delivery Companies

Pour the flour and powdered milk into a mixing bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine the ingredients and set the bowl aside. Mix the eggs, baking oil and liquid choice in the second mixing bowl with a wooden spoon until the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients and mix into a thick, moist dough, similar to bread. Add any additional ingredients that you wish to mix in, such as the cheese, shredded meat, pureed fruits or vegetables.

If the dough is too dry, add some additional liquid; if it is too wet, add some additional flour to get a smooth consistency. Use the wooden spoon to spread the kibble dough onto the greased cookie sheet until it is approximately one-half inch thick. Place the tray in the oven. Bake the dog food for approximately 45 minutes until Trit is brown and firm to the touch.

Pull the cookie sheet from the oven and allow to cool. Remove the baked "cookie" from the tray and break it into bite-sized pieces for your dog. Store the crunchy dog food in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Photo by Rachaelray. Spinach and Salmon Scramble Fish oils are excellent for pups, and surprisingly it was tough to find many recipes that incorporated fish in their ingredient list. This yummy dish from Rachael Ray is another dish you can share with your canine companion, as the meal works perfectly well for their human counterparts.

Dinner for two, coming right up! Add the spinach and salmon and cook until heated through. Add the eggs and stir continuously until cooked through, about 2 minutes. Let cool slightly and serve in a dog bowl. Andrew went through both culinary school and the hospitality program at Florida International University. Photo by Vegannie. This beautiful dish comes courtesy of VegAnnie , a blog run by Annie, a holistic health coach and PhD student in Austin. Directions: Preheat oven to F. Line baking sheet with tin foil. Pierce sweet potato with a fork multiple times around the sweet potato. Place on baking sheet and bake for one hour.

While sweet potato is baking, cook rice: Bring rice and water to a boil in stockpot. Lower temperature and simmer, covered, for about 45 minutes. Chop sweet potatoes into small pieces when cooled. Combine rice, beans, sweet potatoes, and kale stems and separate into 3 equal servings. Serve your pup this delicious and nutritious meal and see how much they love it!

Photo by Prettyfluffy. Serena has created many homemade meals for her dog Soda lucky pooch! In Serena created Pretty Fluffy as a place where dedicated dog owners could find stylish products, modern advice, and inspiration for living well with their pets. Photo by Mommyimhungry. Chicken Rice Balls A blog called Mommy? We always told the kids they can have a dog when they're grown. Well, that all changed one day at the kid's race banquet when our friends brought one of their fosters with them to hang out.

His name is Winks. He's a mix chihuahua we think Chipuggle and he's had eye trauma sometime before in his short 2 years so he only has use of his right eye, thus he's called Winks. We decided to try out the 2 week foster to adopt with him.

Why Cook For Your Dog

We loved him from the get go as well as he loved us! So he became ours. These chicken rice balls are gorgeous and full of so many things pups love - chicken, sweet potatoes and eggs. Ingredients: C. Directions: Roast chicken in ' oven for about 1 hour 25 minutes or until juices run clear. As chickens are roasting, cook the rice 4 C. Add in peas, kale and apple. Allow to boil then simmer until carrots and yams are tender, about 30 minutes.

Transfer with a slotted spoon to remove any liquid to a food processor, add fresh parsley and pulse until pureed. Cook scrambled eggs, plain. Cool chicken, then pick apart and add meat to a large stand mixer. On medium speed, mix until chicken is shredded. Add in cooled rice, veggie puree and eggs. Using an ice cream scooper, scoop out portions onto a lined baking sheet. To use, keep a day or two worth in your fridge to thaw. I microwave thawed portions for 22 seconds, frozen for about 45 seconds.

Feed to your furry baby. Rachelle Shockey Wife, mom and blogger of Mommy? I'm Hungry! Rachelle enjoys blogging about food recipes for people and pets. Photo by Healthfulpursuit. She recently added this dog food recipe, creating food pucks that are packed with nutrition for pups and are easy to eat and dethaw. Her pup Pebbles was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in May, which catapulted her original slight interest in feeding the dogs a raw food diet to an all out obsession in figuring out how to make raw dog food happen for the least amount of money.

That same week, she spent oodles of hours formulating the perfect homemade dog food for both of them. Lexy is 50 pounds and Pebbles is 5 pounds. So already, there had to be a drastic difference in the food she made for each of them. Raw where it counts, cooked where it benefits them and their little bodies! Get the full recipe at HealthfulPursuit. Leanne Vogel Leanne.


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Not that you need worry to much about presentation, yours is for eating not photographing, after all. Loafs are a great way to ensure ease of making while stockpiling a large amount of food for the week and turkey and veggies with eggs and oats are a great combo for most canine pals.

In a bowl, mix together the lean ground turkey, chopped carrots, and peas.


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Both are healthy for cats and dogs, giving them the nutrition they need for strong eyes and good digestion. Add the oats and eggs. Mix until the loaf mixture comes together. Oats help your pet's coat shine, and eggs offer extra protein. Lightly grease a loaf pan with olive oil and then add half the mixture to the pan. Place the three hard-boiled eggs along the center of the loaf and then cover with the other half of the ground turkey mixture.

Pop in the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Cut a half-inch slice from the cooled loaf and offer it to your pet. He'll be woofing for seconds! If feeding a slice to your feline, it's a good idea to chop it up before adding it to her feeding dish. Photo by Pawsh-magazine. Mini Omelettes Calling all breakfast for dinner lovers! Pawsh Magazine is a philosophy site about celebrating a life lived well with dogs. For four years it produced 10 stunning volumes in a traditional magazine format and in Pawsh changed its format to serve as a beautiful blog catering the same top-notch dog-loving content in a more convenient digital package for readers.

Today Pawsh is a lively blog that is read worldwide. Basically they gush about dogs on a daily basis. Pretty nice, right?

Top 20 healthy homemade dog food recipes your dog will love – The Dog Bakery

It is also incredibly versatile — not a fan of green pepper? Simply replace it with tomato instead, or broccoli or shaved smoked ham. Whatever your little pupster loves to gobble up! The egg offers your pup a wonderful protein boost, but just be sure that the egg is cooked all the way through as uncooked eggs can cause an upset stomach for canines. This recipe also makes tasty bite-sized treats if you cut it into smaller sizes once cooled.

Ingredients: 2 organic eggs green pepper, diced smoked salmon, thinly sliced 1 oven-safe ramekin.