Can I cook for my dog?

You want to eat healthily, so as your dog.

After adopting my dog, I kept feeding his the same commercial brand of dog food he had eaten at the kennel. A few months after, he started to develop heat rashes and dry skin.  In a desperate attempt to get my poor boy to stop scratching, I started reading up on dog food ingredients and learned that most commercial dog food contains meat byproducts, fillers, and general junk I didn’t want my dog eating. Your dog may not experience any illness or pain after eating commercial product. But you definitely don’t want your dear eating such unhealthy dog food.

After that, I switched to organic dog food and treats, but that started to get very expensive. For example, the treats cost about $10 for just a small bag. So I started to think about making dog food by myself!

To save some money, I started looking into different homemade dog food and treat recipes and found that I could save money by making my dog’s meals and snacks. In addition to the cost savings, the food I make for my dog is much healthier than commercial dog food. Most homemade dog treats keep for a week or more, and you can freeze homemade dog food, so you always have some cheap, healthy alternatives on hand for your pup.

Balance Diet with Variety

It’s important that the diet you feed your dog is “complete and balanced,” meaning it meets all of your dog’s nutritional needs. It is not important, however, that every meal be complete and balanced, unless you feed the same meal every day with little or no variation.

Home-prepared diets that include a wide variety of foods fed at different meals rely on balance over time, not at every meal. Similar to the way humans eat, as long as your dog gets everything he needs spread out over each week or two, his diet will be complete and balanced.

A human nutritionist would never expect someone to follow a single recipe with no variation, as veterinary nutritionists routinely do. Instead, a human would be given guidelines in terms of food groups and portion sizes. As long as your dog doesn’t have a health problem that requires a very specific diet, there’s no reason you can’t do the same for your dog.

Keep in mind that puppies are more susceptible to problems caused by nutritional deficiencies or excesses than adult dogs are. Large-breed puppies are particularly at risk from too much calcium prior to puberty.

See the picture below to understand what you are feeding your dog and get some rough idea of dogs’ nutrition.

Dog Nutrients

It’s all about nutrients! Canada’s Food Guide recommends eating a variety of foods from each food group to ensure each person meets their daily nutrient requirements. Pet food formulators use a combination of ingredients, each providing a specific set of nutrients to complete the total nutritional profile of the food. By consuming a formula that is complete and balanced, dogs and cats can meet their nutrient requirements without the need of supplements, top-dressing, or rotating diets.

You can see there are some vegetables, milk and egg. Obviously you may want to put in some fruits. You know just giving your dog a piece of kale or broccoli is telling him to stay away from fresh food. So you want to blend it, and cook it!

See the blender that I am using for creating my dog food!

Organic Dog Treats Rock!!!

You can create you own homemade organic dog treats. These treats have a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and meat your dog will love. By purchasing organic ingredients, and sticking to low-sugar and low-fat options, you can keep your dog healthy as well. And these are much cheaper than buying a can of pre-made organic dog food!

Peanut Butter Cookies

Dogs love peanut butter, and these cookies are a great way to sneak some fish oil into your dog’s diet. Fish oil improves your dog’s coat, making it shiny, soft, and healthier.

Look for organic peanut butter at your grocery store. Many commercial brands of peanut butter have unhealthy hydrogenated oils and additives. Better yet, make your own peanut butter using raw peanuts and peanut oil, and processing the mixture in your food processor.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of flour (white or wheat, if your pup has no wheat allergies)
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup of smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon of fish oil
  • 1 1/2 cups of water

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix the flour and oats together in a large mixing bowl. Pour in one cup of water and blend until smooth. Add in the peanut butter, honey, and fish oil and mix until all the ingredients are well blended. Check out the blender that I PERSONALLY use to blend your dog food!
  3. Slowly add the water until the mixture has a thick and doughy consistency.
  4. Lightly flour a cooking surface. Roll the dough onto the cooking surface to create a 1/4 inch thick sheet.
  5. Use a cookie cutter to create shapes. Place the cookies onto a baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool completely before feeding.

Tip: If the dough is too sticky to roll, slowly pad more flour onto the dough ball.

I love cookies and I bet dogs love too. Don’t let him miss any one of the best food in the world.

If you have any kind of food that you want to feed your dog, please leave a comment below and I Will Create a Recipe For YOU!

Cyril

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