Healthy dog food recipes are easy and fun to make. There are simple recipes that have a couple of their favorite ingredients. There are others you can make with several healthy ingredients. Make large batches that will be good for several days in the refrigerator or freezer.
These are some of the foods my dog raves about and they are safe and healthy for him: oatmeal, whole wheat flour, fresh ground beef, poultry or seafood, potatoes, carrots, olive oil, honey, re-hydrated fruit, apples, nuts that are unsalted or processed. All of these bought in a fresh or dehydrated state is free from fillers and additives.
Few people know what all of the ingredients are in commercial dog foods. There are plenty of stories out there about chemicals and fillers. The regulations for the US dog food industry are substandard. If dog food is not fit for human consumption then you may want to think about transitioning your pet away from the store bought food and making your own.
You know exactly what goes into it. You can add the oils that they need, add vitamin and mineral supplements whenever you feel it's necessary.
It can be much cheaper, I have kept track of the amount I spent on ingredients for the home made version and compared it with the same amount in canned store bought dog food and found a significant savings. Here are some healthy recipes that will make your precious pet feel pampered.
Sweet oatmeal bites
2 c. Oatmeal
1 c. whole wheat flour
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. honey
Water as needed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all of the ingredients together, blend well. On an oiled cookie sheet, form the dough in the shape and size you would like. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden. These can be used as treats for obedience training or just a snack anytime. Make a large batch up ahead of time, freeze the dough and you'll have it.
You can buy cheaper cuts of meat, ground beef, chicken or turkey. Any recipes with meat or raw eggs, I normally cook. My vet had said it's best to eliminate the possibility of salmonella or E-coli.
Chicken and rice delight
2 c brown rice
4 c water
2 c diced carrots
1 pound of ground chicken
Cover rice and water, cook on medium low heat in a 4 qt. dutch oven. This may take about 30 minutes, check occasionally. Set it aside to cool.
Put the chicken and carrots in a blender, add eggs, shells can be used also as a source of calcium, blend well. Cook the meat and egg mixture, on an oiled tray in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Combine all ingredients. Keep refrigerated and serve for several meals.
Beef and vegetables
2 pounds ground beef
2 c diced cook potatoes
2 c diced vegetables
Add water or homemade broth for a stew-like consistency.
Either cook this stove top or bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.
You can use a wide variety of vegetables The ones to stay away from are: onions and garlic, avocados, tomatoes and mushrooms. Other foods to avoid are grapes, raisins, also macadamia nuts. All chocolate and caffeine should be completely avoided and kept out of places your dog can get into.