Homemade Dog Food Recipes – The Best Ways To Make Your Own Doggy Diet:
The best way to make your own dog food is to follow the recipe that you have found online or from other sources. However, there are several factors which affect the taste of homemade dog food.
You may want to consider these factors when making your own dog food recipe.
How much time do you have?
If you don’t have enough time to cook up a batch of homemade dog food, then it’s better not to bother with it. But if you’re busy, then you might need some extra time to prepare your homemade dog food recipe. So try out different ingredients and cooking methods until one works well for you.
Do you like the taste of certain ingredients?
Some ingredients are good for your pet while others aren’t so good. For example, garlic isn’t very tasty to most pets and some herbs aren’t liked at all by them. Try out different ingredients until you come across something that tastes good to you.
Are you worried about the safety of certain ingredients?
Many people are worried about whether or not certain ingredients are good for your pet. Some ingredients such as garlic, onions, and grapes have chemicals in them that can be poisonous to dogs. These ingredients aren’t found in most commercial food but you might have some of these ingredients lying around the house so it would be a good idea to remove these ingredients from your recipe.
The following are some common ingredients that you may want to avoid when cooking up your own dog food.
Grapes and raisins: Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. Even a few grapes or raisins can be enough to kill a small dog.
Dogs do not have the biological tolerance that humans have towards grapes and raisins.
Chocolate: Although many owners think that their pets love eating chocolate, it’s actually poisonous to them. Even baker’s chocolate is dangerous to dogs and it takes very little for it to become toxic.
Caffeine: Caffeine is found in many common foods and beverages including coffee, tea, chocolate, soda, and energy drinks. While these items are not good for dogs, caffeine is the main culprit.
It is a stimulant that can cause heart problems to dogs.
Onions and garlic: The chemical allium is found in onions and garlic. This chemical can damage red blood cells and affect the stomach and intestines of your dog.
Onions and garlic are found in many recipes and these can become toxic if eaten in large quantities.
Salt: Giving your dog table salt is extremely harmful to them. Dogs need less sodium than us, so table salt can be extremely harmful to their health.
If you want to add flavor to your dog food, then try using herbs and spices instead of salt.
Human Medication: Human medication is extremely toxic to dogs, even if the medication is meant for humans. Dogs have different biology and metabolisms compared to humans so what might be good for you can be extremely bad for your dog.
If you suspect that your dog has eaten any medication, then you should immediately call your veterinarian.
Cooking with Your Dog:
If you want to make the cooking process more fun for you and your dog, then you can do it together. All you have to do is prepare the ingredients before you begin cooking.
Let your dog smell and lick the ingredients that you are going to use so that they can become familiar with them.
When you begin cooking, try to let your dog eat the parts that fall onto the floor or get chopped up from the knife. This way they’ll be more inclined to eat the food since they will be more familiar with it.
Cook the ingredients first before adding them to the bowl so that your dog doesn’t get sick from eating raw meat or vegetables. Check the temperature of the food to make sure that it’s not too hot for your pet.
Cooking For Your Dog
There are many recipes that you can try out with your dog. You can look up recipes online or you can just use this recipe and adjust it as you want to suit your needs.
The recipe is as follows:
2 cups of whole wheat (or other whole grain) flour
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of black pepper
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 whole egg
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
Knead the dough for about three minutes. Separate the dough into 4 equal sized pieces and roll each piece out until it’s flat. Place the pieces on a cookie sheet and bake in your oven for 18 minutes. Allow the biscuits to cool off before feeding them to your dog.
If you are allergic to whole grains or if your dog has a corn allergy then substitute the whole wheat flour with all purpose flour (but not the other way around).
If you want to change the recipe up a little bit, then you can add some herbs, vegetables, or meats to enhance the flavor and nutritional content of the dish.
Herbs: Herbs are a great way to flavor your dog’s food without having to add excess salt or other strong seasonings. Just make sure that the herbs that you use are either fresh or dry, but not canned.
Some good choices for common household herbs are basil, rosemary, cilantro, and parsley. These are commonly found in most supermarkets and grocery stores. Try to use fresh herbs when possible since the flavor is much stronger and the nutrition value is much higher.
Meat: It might seem strange to humans, but dogs have a tendency to get bored of eating the same food every single day. By adding other types of meat, your dog will be able to get the nutrients that they need while also enjoying a much wider variety.
Of course you’ll need to substitute out meats from the recipe in order to keep it balanced. For every tablespoon of meat that you add, you’ll have to take away a tablespoon of chicken or turkey. If you’re going to add in beef, make sure to limit it to a maximum of one tablespoon per meal.
Carrots: Carrots are not only good for humans, but they’re also good for dogs. They provide nutrients and they improve the flavor of the food.
The best part about carrots is that they can be bought year round, even in the winter when other vegetables aren’t available. Of course you don’t have to use carrots in the dog food recipe. It’s your choice.
There are other ingredients that you can use if you want such as turnips, zucchinis, sweet potatoes, peas, or green beans. These ingredients don’t have any strong flavors of their own so they won’t impact the taste of the food too much.
How much your dog needs of each ingredient depends on their size, age, and activity level. If you want to know exactly how much nutrition your dog needs then you should probably visit a veterinarian or an animal nutritionist.
Don’t just guess because feeding your dog too much of one ingredient could have negative effects. Too much fat can also lead to health problems so don’t go overboard with the meat either. It’s much better to give your dog a few meals throughout the day rather than giving them a lot of food all at once. This will keep their hunger under control and keep them from getting fat.
Do you have any advice or a homemade dog food recipe that has worked for you?
Let us know in the comments section below.
Sources & references used in this article:
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