If you owned a pet during the 2007 pet food recall, you understand all too well why so many people are making their own dog food these days. And it is not hard to do or as expensive as you may think.
Why preparing your dog’s food at home could be a better choice:
Most of us strive to provide the very best for our dogs. We make sure they get plenty of exercise, training, love and attention, tend to their medical needs, keep them safe, and believe to be feeding them pet food that is nutritious and wholesome. But are we? Commercial dog foods use preservatives, dyes, chemicals, fillers, animal by-products, corn, soy, additives, artificial flavors, and so on. And it is these ingredients, as well as some others, which are making our pets sick and slowly killing them. Pet food companies might have great ad campaigns depicting a yummy wholesome meal for our dogs, but have you read the ingredients?
This is why so many people have decided to take matters in their own hands. It’s the best way to know what goes into your dog’s food. By preparing homemade dog food recipes right in our own kitchens, we know we are feeding our dogs fresh foods and ingredients, without the use of preservatives, artificial ingredients, or any other contaminates that can harm our dogs.
Preparing homemade meals for your dog is easy and fast:
If you don’t think you have time to cook for your pet, think again. It’s super easy to do and you can make a big batch of food, separate daily food portions into freezer bags, and then thaw out as needed. Just be sure you use fresh vegetables or frozen – never canned vegetables.
Chicken Dinner Recipe for Dogs
- 2 pounds of boiled chicken meat finely chopped (no skin or bones)
- 1 cup cooked carrots finely chopped
- 6 potatoes boiled, peeled, and mashed
- 1 cup of cooked lentils
- 2 cups of fresh green beans steamed and chopped (or use frozen)
Finely chop and mash together cooked vegetables or simply mix them all together in a food processor. Then stir in the chopped chicken and separate portions into freezer bags until ready to use.
More homemade dog food recipes: You can come up with lots of recipes by using some other ingredients like turkey, brown rice, oats, potatoes, carrots, zucchini, sweet potatoes, green beans, squash, and peas.
Avoid using the following grains as they have been linked to food allergies: wheat, corn, and soy.
Final tips: Always consult your veterinarian about the nutritional requirements for your dog. Be sure to provide a variety of protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Familiarize yourself with the foods that are not safe for dogs to eat (chocolate, macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, onions, citrus fruits, cold cuts, mushrooms, fatty foods, and cooked bones). Also, when changing your dog’s diet, go slow. Too quick of a change can upset their digestive tract causing diarrhea.
Our dogs depend on us to care for their health and safety. Be a responsible dog owner. Get all the facts about feeding your dog and then make an informed decision. Don’t take for granted that the commercial dog food you are feeding your treasured friend is healthy because of their fancy ad campaigns.
Always consult your veterinarian before making drastic changes to your dog’s diet. Any current health issues, breed, and life stages will play a part in determining the nutritional needs of your dog.