There is a huge shift in the manner dog lovers are feeding their dogs. The overwhelming trend is that people are moving towards wholesome dog food recipes to prepare healthy and fresh homemade dog food.
The shift in our feeding habits has been triggered by many factors surrounding the dog food industry. This includes an increased awareness about the dubious contents of commercial dog food products, the dog food recall of 2008 and the comfort of knowing you're doing the right thing.
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Armed with a list of healthy, nutritionally balanced dog food recipes dog lovers are now preparing fresh meals for their dogs at home. Below are a few of the more common reasons why preparing homemade dog food is quickly gaining in popularity:
- You gain complete control over the ingredients that end up in your dog's bowl - and where these ingredients came from. Plus you are comfortable in the knowledge that the food has been prepared in a clean and pure environment (your kitchen).
- Many people who follow dog food recipes at home use exclusively organic, all-natural, holistic or human grade ingredients. This is great thing for the health and longevity of your dogs, and far removed from the chemicals, preservatives, fillers and other toxins found in a typical can of dog food.
- When you prepare dog food at home you can individually customize the meals to your dog's special wants, needs and taste. This includes the flexibility of preparing meals to help obese dogs, allergy sufferers, dogs with kidney problems, diabetes or joint problems.
- When you cook your dog's meals you can avoid processed foods and all the associated problems that come with it. People who feed a well balanced homemade diet believe that their dogs live longer and experience far fewer health problems.
- Through following nutritious dog food recipes you'll find it to be cheaper than most dog food brands in the long run. You'll also gain the piece of mind that your are doing the right thing by your dog and visits to your Vet will be reduced.
Cooking Your Dog's Meals Does Take
Research, Planning & Commitment
Using dog food recipes to prepare wholesome meals is a great idea but it comes with some added responsibility
. The benefits of getting it right are huge but we must ensure that the homemade dog food we provide is:
- The dog food recipes we follow must meet the nutrient requirements of our dogs. Meals must be well balanced and provide the right level of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins and water that our dogs require to thrive.
- Our dogs individual calorie requirements must also be met.
- Just as important as well balanced ingredients is feeding the right quantity or portion size of our homemade dog diet.
- When cooking or coming up with your own dog food recipes there are many foods that must be avoided. A comprehensive list (68 of them!) of these dangerous foods can be found in this homemade dog feeding resource.
- Always let the health and appearance of your dog guide your feeding plan. Plus it's well worthwhile to run the dog food recipes you will be using past your Veterinarian or a canine nutritionist.
My Favorite Dog Food Recipes
These are a few of my favorite dog food recipes for the simple reason that my dogs love them and they are healthy. I've fed these home cooked meals with great results to Shih Tzus
, Whippets, my Dalmation "Harrison" and a couple of Golden Retrievers
Dog Food Recipe 1: Tasty Chicken Casserole
1.5 cups boiled chicken cut into bite size pieces.
1/2 cup cooked brown rice
1/2 cup of boiled vegetables (carrots, pumpkin, potato, celery etc..)
3 tbsp unsalted chicken broth
Put all ingredients together in a big casserole dish (or saucepan) and heat for 20 minutes. Wait till casserole cools to room temperature and serve to your salivating dog.
Dog Food Recipe 2: Rice & Egg Pie
1 cup brown rice
2 cups of mixed vegetables (sweet potato, carrots, beans etc..)
1 cup of beef broth
3 free range eggs
1/2 cup low fat milk
1 cup low fat natural yogurt
1/2 cup water with 1 beef stock cube dissolved in it.
First cook the rice. Then in a large casserole dish combine the rice, beef broth and vegetables. In a separate bowl mix the eggs, milk, yogurt and beef stock. Add the two mixtures together and fold in well. Cooking time is 30 minutes at 180C.
Wait till your pie cools to room temperature and cut up into suitable sized portions.
Dog Food Recipe 3: Tuna Roll
1 can of Tuna in water
1 tbsp olive oil
1 celery stick
1 large carrot
1 tsp lemon juice
4 tbsp cottage cheese
Blend all ingredients together in a food processor - add the lemon juice last. Mold and shape into a roll and cut into portions when chilled.
Dog Food Recipe 4: Beef Cakes (my favorite)
1.5 cups brown rice
3 cups water
2 grated potatoes
4 grated carrots
2 chopped celery sticks
6 pounds of ground beef (or chicken if you prefer)
pinch of salt
3 tbsp of olive oil
1.5 cups of rolled oats
Preheat oven at 200C & grease 3 large muffin trays.
Cook rice with water in a large saucepan, then let cool to room temperature. In a large mixing bowl combine the potatoes, carrots, celery, beef and eggs. Mix these ingredients well with a wooden spoon. Then mix in the salt, olive oil, oats and rice.
Fill muffin cups with the mixture and pack down tightly so it is level with the rim. Cook for 30 to 45 minutes being careful not to burn them. Wait till cool then serve to your dogs and individually freeze the rest.
Dog Food Recipe 5: Merry's Pampered Pumpkin Cookies (thanks to pamperedpuppy.com)
2 cups organic brown rice flour
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
3 tsp wheat-free baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp powdered ginger
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
2 eggs beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups organic canned pumpkin (without spice)
1/2 cup water or apple juice (reserved)
Combine the dry ingredients and mix well. In a separate bowl, combine all the wet ingredients, except for the water or juice, blending well. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet very slowly. The batter should be thick but pourable. Slowly mix in the water or juice until you have a nice consistency.
Expert Tip: Place the bowl of batter in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. It will make the spooning of the cookies on to the cookie sheet much easier.
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Take about 1/2 Tbsp size drops and place them on a well-oiled cookie sheet. Swirl the batter around as you drop it so that you create nicely shaped cookies, ending in a peak.
Bake at 400°F for 10 minutes. Cookies should be firm, but still soft and chewy, just like you like your own cookies! This recipe makes its fair share of medium-sized cookies, so make care packages for all of the other canine pals in your life. They'll love you for it! (Just be warned that they'll be begging for more...) Store in an air-tight container.
Dog Food Recipe 6: Healthy Beef & Rice
480 ml (2 cups) brown rice, steamed
120 ml (1/2 cup) shredded carrots, steamed
120 ml (1/2 cup) chopped broccoli, steamed
5 ml (1 tsp) sunflower oil
220 g (1/2 pound) ground beef
5 ml (1 tsp) garlic powder
Heat the beef and garlic in a medium sized pan. Add the steamed vegies and rice. Sort into appropriate portion size and freeze.
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