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I love making my dogs food at home. Being able to control what’s she’s eating.
The health benefits on a pets coats, eyes, bones and overall health are worth the little bit of time it takes to cook her food.
Knowing what’s in my pets food means a dog is getting it’s optimal health benefits and nutrients.
Tips for making your Dog Food at Home
The most important factor is balancing your dogs’ diet. You’ll always want to check with your veterinarian before you try any recipe. If the dog’s food is not balanced, it can quickly cause health issues, especially with puppies.
Whether you feed your dog raw or cook your pet’s food, meat should be the main source of protein. Dogs are protein meat eaters.
The best meats for homemade dog foods are chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, or pork.
You’ll want to make sure that the meat you choose is the freshest available. It should be fit for human consumption.
The fat content should stay between 15% and 20%.
Your pets vegetables should make up about 1/4 of the entire meal your feeding your dog.
Just as with us humans, vegetables provide a much-needed source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber to our pets diets.
The best vegetables to include are pumpkin, zucchini, carrots, peas, beets, yams, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, squash, and sweet potatoes.
Vegetables to be avoided are onions, potatoes, bell peppers, garlic, leeks, chard, beet greens, spinach bell peppers, and raw beans.
Dogs do not have the digestive enzymes in their systems to break down or the ability to metabolize carbohydrates. They have no nutritional value for dogs and should be avoided.
Carbohydrates in dog food are the leading cause of bowel disease, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease, and allergies.
Carbohydrates are a staple in commercial brand dog food.
High Protein Veggie Casserole
- 1/4 Cup Hamburger
- 1 Cup Cooked Rice
- 1 Large Chopped Hard boiled egg,
- 1 small Carrot
- 1/2 Cup Peas
- 1 Small Sweet Potato
- 1-2 TBSP Favorite Nutritional Supplement
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
- Add a little water or broth if too dry.
- Serve as is, or mix with dry kibble to supplement the diet.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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