At one time, commercially made dog food seemed like the quickest and easiest way to give our dogs the special nutrients they need. But now, with more and more dog food products being removed from store shelves due to various health problems, is convenience really worth risking our dog's good health, or even their lives?

To be absolutely sure your pet is getting safe, nutritious foods that won't suddenly be recalled or be deemed unhealthy for some reason, make your own dog food treats and finally relax.

The first thing to remember when making the switch to homemade dog food recipes is to gradually introduce the new foods into your dog's diet rather than completely eliminating what they've been eating thus far. This is to ensure you won't be inadvertently causing any type of digestive problems for your dog such as diarrhea, an upset stomach, or vomiting.

So before you're stocking up on ingredients and recipes for homemade dog treats, make sure you slowly replace their old food, mixing in more and more new food each day until you're sure he or she is handling the transition well.

When searching for homemade dog food recipes, you'll want to see that each contain the right balance of daily nutrients that a dog needs. Aim for 50% protein, 30% carbohydrates, and 20% fats when making all of your dog's meals using a blend of delicious foods such as brown rice, carrots, and meats.

All you'll need to make dog treats for your pet is a little ingenuity and a few common ingredients. For goodies your dog will go crazy for, try using chicken and some fish in addition to beef along with vegetables such as broccoli or peas. With just a few recipes for homemade dog treats, you can create a tasty variety that even the fussiest of canines will love.

Never assume that just because a food is good or healthy for humans that the same will hold true for dogs. For instance, onions, raw garlic, grapes, and raisins are all nutritious foods, each with much needed vitamins, however, all of these items may be toxic to dogs and should never be include in any of your homemade dog food recipes. Another potentially deadly food that we love to eat is chocolate, which may cause serious consequences for your dog.

Recipes for homemade dog treats may require some baking or stove-top preparation, as rarely will a microwave be used to cook foods or treats for pets. This method of cooking may actually deplete foods of the vital nutrients, vitamins, and minerals your dog needs.

When using homemade dog food recipes to keep your pooch healthy and well fed, remember to only make a three day supply at a time, unless of course it can be frozen. Otherwise, foods may spoil before your dog has a chance to eat it.

This is especially true since you'll always be using the freshest of ingredients. When storing your dog's meals in the fridge or freezer, be sure to label the containers or bags with your dog's name and the date the food was made.

Using these simple but helpful hints to make your own dog food, you'll never have to worry if your precious dog is getting the right amount of nutrients they need to live a long, healthy life.

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