Why Make Your Own Dog Food?
Cooking your own dog food is a great alternative to Commercial dog food for multiple reasons. First being that in commercial dog food you have no absolute clue to what you are feeding your pet. Your go to dog food bag could be processed and high in excess calories leading to various health problems such as obesity, periodontal disease, diabetes, cancer, and arthritis. As apposed to making your own dog food where you can select the ingredients in your dog’s food, which is extremely helpful if your dog has allergies or health issues. Other benefits included better breath, cleaner teeth, more compact stools, and better skin. Consult with your Vet before making your own dog food to see what vitamins and minerals your pet needs, so you can add them to your homemade dog food.
How To Start
Start by selecting food that is beneficial and fits your dogs diet. You could choose foods from a farmers market, grocery store, or a bulk grocery store that are free range, organic, or anything you feel is best for your dog food. You can buy ingredients in bulk and prepare the foods in large batches so you can freeze smaller portions for later use, ultimately saving money, effort, and time. When making your own dog food it is a great method for providing multiple vitamins and minerals your pooch may lack. This way you can create a perfect recipe for your dogs needs and specifications and you could add a multi-viatimin to help you dog live a long and healthy life. All you need is a rice cooker or crockpot and some fresh and dry ingredients to start!
Basic Crock Pot Dog Food
1 large roaster crock pot
3 lbs ground meat, hamburger, turkey, chicken, or lamb (you decide or mix and match)
2 cups brown rice
8 oz zucchini
8 oz carrots
8 oz peas
Start off by adding about 2/3 water to crockpot. Then add all other ingredients. Set on low and cook for about 5 -6 hours. You can mash it with a potato masher about every hour. If the ingredients look like they may burn add more water. After it is all done cooking, mash and stir well. Let it cool completely before feeding your pup. Divide it into freezer bags for easy storage. This mix will last about 4 days in the refrigerator thawed and in the freezer for 3 - 6 months. A batch this large will feed two 30 pound dogs for about 6 days. Distribute the amount you feed your dog depending on his or her activity level.
You can add in multiple fresh vegetables instead of frozen depending on whats safe and best for your dog. Make sure to not add any seasonings at all. They are not good for dogs at all and you need to avoid giving them seasonings in general.
Kibble Dog Food Recipe
Preheat oven to 350 degrees then spray a cookie sheet with a light coating of baking spray. First Pour the flour and powdered milk into a mixing bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine the ingredients and set the bowl aside. Mix the eggs, baking oil and water/broth choice in the second mixing bowl with a wooden spoon until the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients and mix into a thick, moist dough, similar to bread. Add any additional ingredients that you wish to mix in, such as the shredded meat, pureed fruits or vegetables.
If the dough is too dry, add some additional liquid; if it is too wet, add some additional flour to get a smooth consistency. Use the wooden spoon to spread the kibble dough onto the greased cookie sheet until it is approximately one-half inch thick. Place the tray in the oven. Bake the dog food for approximately 45 minutes until it is brown and firm to the touch. Pull the cookie sheet from the oven and allow to cool. Remove the baked "cookie" from the tray and break it into bite-sized pieces for your dog. Store the crunchy dog food in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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