You’ve seen the look on your dog’s face when you offer her the same old bland commercial dog food. Yes, she’ll eat it, for she has no other choice, but you still find yourself wishing you had your own homemade dog food recipes to offer her for a change. Don’t you?
We all know that commercial dog food is less than perfect for your dog. It’s heavily processed food. You know what processed food does to a human body, don’t you? It makes people obese and unhealthy. Well, guess what – processed dog food makes dogs obese and unhealthy too:
- 40% of dogs in the USA are classed as obese
- 46% of dogs in the USA die of cancer
This article will hand you no fewer than 5 succulent, tasty, nutritious and healthy dog food recipes – all vet approved – that are easy to prepare and make, and a lot more affordable than the bland, unhealthy, heavily processed commercial dog food you’re feeding her now!
Fast food for dogs…
Oh, and don’t think that the dog food you see at the vet’s clinic is somehow superior to the stuff you buy at the supermarket. It isn’t! It’s probably more expensive, and it’s still heavily processed food. It’s like fast food for dogs. It is slowly killing her! She deserves better.
We now know without a doubt that heavily processed fast foods, things like hamburgers, fries, anything with ‘Mac’ in its name, tacos, etc., etc., are bad for us humans. Especially when they constitute a large part of our normal diet.
Well, it should come as no surprise to discover that fast foods are equally bad for dogs. If they are fed on heavily processed foods every day, their health WILL suffer, sooner or later. Commercial dog food is effectively the same as fast food for humans. It’s bad for dogs.
I could go on all day about how bad commercial dog food is for your dog, but I won’t. This article is about something better, your very own homemade dog food recipes, so here they are – 5 Dog Food Recipes – Easy, Healthy and Vet Approved:
1 – Beef and Liver Mixture
- 12 ounces (1 ½ cups) of beef
- 2 ounces (¼ cup) of liver
- 3 ½ ounces (½ cup) of plain yogurt
- 5 ½ ounces (¾ cup) of pureed sweet potato
This recipe is easy to prepare, and can be served raw or cooked. To serve raw, simply mix everything together and serve. It’s probably best to cut the meat into cubes first.
To serve cooked, cut the meat into cubes, then sauté, or fry quickly – stir fry, really – until cooked, but don’t overcook. Mix in the yogurt and pureed sweet potato, and serve when cool enough for your dog to eat safely.
2 – Meat and Vegetables with Rice
- 4 ½ ounces (¾ cup) of brown, long-grain rice
- 16 fluid ounces (2 cups) of water
- 10 ounces (1 ¼ cups) of chicken or turkey, organic and free-range
- 2 ounces (¼ cup) of broccoli
- 2 ounces (¼ cup) of sweet potatoes
- 2 ounces (¼ cup) of raw and grated zucchini
- 1 ½ tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
This recipe should be cooked before serving. Start by cooking the rice in the 2 cups of water. Bring to the boil and reduce the heat to simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Don’t undercook the rice. Your dog will digest it much better if it’s slightly overcooked.
Boil the chicken or turkey meat for around 20 minutes in water until fully cooked. Boil the vegetables in water for around 15/20 minutes as well. Drain the rice, chicken/turkey and vegetables, and mix well with the rice and olive oil. Serve when cool enough to eat safely.
3 – Dog Style Stew
- 1 pound of beef stew meat
- 8 ounces (½ cup) of diced green beans
- 8 ounces (½ cup) of diced carrots
- 8 ounces (½ cup) of flour
- 8 ounces (½ cup) of water
- 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 small sweet potato
Cut the stew meat into small cubes. Cook the stew cubes in a pan with the olive oil for 10 to 15 minutes until well done. Remove the cooked stew meat cubes from the pan, but keep the oil remainder.
Cook the sweet potato in a microwave oven until firm, but still tender. This should take about 5 to 8 minutes. Cut up the cooked sweet potato into small cubes.
Heat the oil remainder in the pan over a medium to low heat. Add some maize flour and water into the oil slowly, whisking vigorously all the time, to create a thick gravy.
Add the stew meat, carrots, and green beans into the gravy. Stir thoroughly to coat fully. Cook gently for about 10 minutes until the carrots are tender. Serve when cool enough for your dog to eat safely.
Any remaining stew can be sealed in a food container and kept fresh in the fridge for up to five days.
4 – Pumpkin Doggie Biscuits
- 4 fluid ounces (½ cup) of very cold water
- 6 ounces (¾ cup) of pureed pumpkin
- 8 ½ ounces (2 cups) of whole grain brown rice flour
- 2 ½ tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large egg
Heat up your oven to 320 / 350 degrees Fahrenheit. You will need two baking sheets, and baking paper to avoid sticking. Break the egg into a small bowl and lightly beat it. Then add the pumpkin puree, and mix until you have a smooth mixture. You can leave out the egg if you prefer.
In a larger bowl, mix the whole grain brown rice flour with the olive oil. Then, add the pumpkin mixture to the rice flour mixture, stirring constantly. Then, slowly add the water. Hand knead (mix) the ingredients thoroughly.
Place the dough in the two pieces of baking paper, or waxed paper, one piece of baking paper below, and one on top. With a rolling pin, roll out the dough to the required biscuit thickness.
Remove the top layer of baking paper. Sprinkle rice flour evenly on to the top of the rolled out dough, then remove the paper. Cut the dough to the required sizes. You can use a biscuit mold for this.
Place the dough/biscuits on a tray(s) and place in the preheated oven. Leave in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the top is completely dry.
Remove the biscuits from the oven when ready, allow them to cool, and store them in a tightly sealed food container. They are then ready to serve (one at a time, of course).
5 – Frozen Doggie Banana Smoothie
- 35 ounces (4 cups) of plain yogurt – NOTE: check first that the yogurt does NOT contain Xylitol. This is an artificial sweetener that can literally kill your dog!
- 2 (generous) tablespoons of peanut butter – NOTE: check first that the peanut butter does NOT contain Xylitol. This is an artificial sweetener that can literally kill your dog!
- 3 average-sized ripe bananas that have been peeled and mashed
This mixture will make approximately 8 treats of about 1 ounce each.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until it becomes a kind of puree. Pour or spoon the mixture into ice trays, or popsicle trays, and place them in the freezer, leaving them there until fully frozen. The frozen doggie banana smoothies will keep fresh in the freezer for at least two weeks.
These are ideal to give to your dog after a long walk on a hot summer’s day!
Please remember what I noted in the ingredients list about Xylitol. This is a sweetener that is deemed perfectly safe for us humans, but toxic for dogs. The Dodo says Xylitol is “…potentially deadly for dogs. If ingested, it can cause seizures, liver failure and death.”
You have to wonder, if it is so toxic for dogs, and it certainly is, can it really be so safe for us humans? I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t risk ingesting the stuff. Sugar is well-known to be bad for us, but I personally think Xylitol is a lot worse! Beware of artificial sweeteners.
Make your own dog food for a healthier pet!
Making your own dog food isn’t really difficult. It does take up a bit of time, of course, and there’s some cleaning of dishes, pans and utensils to do afterwards, but your dog deserves it. The long-term result of preparing handmade meals for your dog is to have her around a lot longer.
Let me tell you a little story:
Maggie was an Australian Kelpie. She lived on a dairy farm in Victoria, in the southern part of Australia. She died not too long ago at the ripe old age of – 30!
Yes, most dogs live to around 12 or so, but this incredible dog lived more than twice that long. Her owner, Brian McLaren knows for a fact that Maggie was 30 years old when she died, but has lost the papers that prove it. That means she can’t be in the Guiness Book of Records.
Brian says that he bought Maggie as a tiny puppy for his son, Liam when he was four-years-old. Liam was 34 when Maggie died.
A strange coincidence…
By a strange coincidence, the dog in the Guiness Book of Records holding the record as the oldest ever lived is one called Bluey. He lived for 29 years and five months, and spent his life also on a farm in – yes, Victoria, Australia, not too far from where Maggie lived.
Both these dogs lived on fresh foods. Brian McLaren said in an interview that Maggie never ate commercial dog food. She ate fresh meat, but she also ate cooked and raw vegetables as well. Bluey ate kangaroo meat, supposedly, but he never ate processed meat.
Is there a lesson here? I think so! Your dog may not reach the giddy heights of 30 years old, but she may have a much healthier, and extended, disease-free life if you feed her fresh, healthy, nutritious, unprocessed, natural foods.
Is your dog worth that? Only you have the answer…