Recipes for Dog Foods: Make Your Own Dog Food

Dog Food RecipesJust like with people, one of the easiest ways to keep a dog in good health is to feed them food that is healthy! Instead of processed foods and treats, home made dog foods with all natural ingredients can keep a dog healthier and more energetic – not to mention the potential cost savings that goes along with making homemade dog food!

Dog owners can make their own food for their pets. Just like for people, homemade meals can be better for dogs than pre-packaged food, because they are free of dyes, preservatives, or fillers. You’ll know what’s in your dog’s belly because you put it in the bowl. You can choose ingredients to keep their skin, teeth, bones, immunity, and digestion healthy.

It’s easy to find dog food recipes online!

My dog always seems to love meats like chicken and turkey. I can’t ever recall her turning any meat product down – especially home made dinner leftovers. You can choose from a variety of beef, chicken, and fish, or get in touch with their wild side with turkey, rabbit, or venison. Meat contains nutrients that most dogs can use for energy.

The grain debate. With food recalls and animals being diagnosed with organ failure and pancreatic cancer, many wonder whether to include grains in their dog’s diet. Many grains contained in commerical products are complex carbohydrates, which are difficult for animals to digest. Grains, such as corn and wheat are common allergens to dogs. My advice is to avoid grains if possible.

If you have any questions about potential allergies or health problems, always consult your dog’s veterinarian!

Below are a few recipes and some tips to keep in mind.

Salmon loaf

1 pound salmon
1 cup oats
1 cup diced vegetables
2 eggs

Mix ingredients and bake at 350 degrees.

German Shepherd Pie

1 cup chicken
1/2 cup steamed vegetables
1/2 cup mashed potatoes
1/2 cup no-sodium chicken broth

Put chicken, vegetables, and broth in a pan. Dollop the potatoes on top and bake at 375 degrees.

Always serve your dog appropriate proportions. If you are not sure, consult your vet.

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