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How to Make Dog Food

How to Make Dog Food
Making your own dog food and feeding it to your pet is anytime better than commercial food. This article provides some tips to make dog food at home, and some simple recipes for the same.
DogAppy Staff
Commercial or processed dog food is considered to be injurious to your dog's health as it comprises preservatives, and most times even the nutrients are overcooked. This type of food may cause allergies, severe itching, and many health related problems in dogs. Hence, to avoid such conditions, it is always recommended to give your dog food that is free of contaminations, artificial flavors, and colors. Since a major part of the dog's nutritional requirements is the same as humans, try making it at home. It should contain water, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals in the right proportions to keep your dog happy and healthy. A simple recipe comprises ingredients like cooked brown rice, ground meat, vegetables, water, and a small amount of brewer's yeast. Since dogs can't digest vegetables very well, these should be processed before adding. The quantity of water mainly depends on whether you want to keep the food dry or wet.

Preparation

Following are a few steps that will help you in preparing dog food.
  • Always cook the meat before giving it to the dog. Meats recommended to be used are liver, beef, tuna, lamb, or chicken. In fact, organ meat (like liver, kidneys, etc) and eggs are quite healthy for the dog.
  • You can try preparing a mixture of ground turkey, rice, and carrots. Meals containing ground beef, brown rice, brewer's yeast, and carrots can also be considered.
  • Since peanuts are the only nuts that are safe for dogs, you can prepare biscuits by mixing peanuts, butter, flour, bone meal, powdered milk, brewer's yeast, and carrots.
  • Bone meal and raw, meaty bones are two of the finest ingredients that can be added to the meals to ensure that your dog is getting enough calcium.
  • Use of oatmeal, pasta, potatoes, etc., will maintain the dog's starch requirement, and adding grind eggshells will also increase the nutrient content of the meal.
  • Some foods that can be unhealthy for the dog and should be avoided are chocolates, coffee, tea, grapes, raisins, raw eggs, nutmeg, and onions.
Recipes

Following are some simple homemade dog food recipes that are nutritious and also easy to prepare.

Recipe 1
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs hamburger
  • 1 cup raw liver
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 10 oz shrimp or lobster
  • 1 boiled potato
  • ¼ cup wheat germ
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • ½ cup brown rice
  • ¼ cup brewer's yeast
  • A pinch of cinnamon
Directions

In a processor, add the beef, boiled potato, and shrimp or lobster. Crush the blueberries into a smooth paste and put into the processor. Now add the remaining ingredients and blend the mixture well. This meal has to be served fresh and raw to the dog.

Recipe 2
Ingredients
  • 8 cups oats
  • 6 cups barley
  • 3-4 bunches of broccoli (stems grated and florettes chopped)
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 2 lbs carrots (grated)
  • ½ bunch parsley (chopped)
  • 6 zucchini (grated)
Directions

Cook the oats separately, and the brown rice and barley together, in two different pots. Allow them to cool, preferably overnight. In a processor, add the chopped vegetables and blend well to form a thick puree. Combine this puree with the oats and rice and barley mixture, roll it into small balls, and serve to the dog. You can also freeze it for future consumption.

Making your own dog food requires a balanced mixture of 40% meat, 30% fiber, and 30% starch. This variation can slightly change as per the dog's breed and size. Before switching to a homemade diet from processed food, it is always suggested to consult a veterinarian. Start switching by adding small amounts of homemade food to the dog's regular dry food, and as the pet gets acquainted to the taste, gradually increase the quantity.
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