Recipes to Help You Create Your Own Dog Food at Home

One thing that all dogs have in common is that they love food! Most pet parents feed their dogs kibble, wet food, and even raw food! Check out our last blog on the advantages and disadvantages of a raw food diet if you’re interested in that. 

If you want to make your own dog food at home, we got you covered! Keep reading this blog to find recipes to help you create your own dog food at home. Whether you’re trying a new diet or treating them to a delicious home-cooked meal, one of these recipes is sure to catch your eye.

 

Key Ingredients

When making recipes, the first thing to think about is the ingredients we need to make them. Also, you need to make sure your dog isn’t missing out on essential vitamins and minerals already included in kibble and dog treats. Nutritional requirements will differ depending on their body size. You should always consult your vet if you are unsure about an ingredient. Generally speaking, our dog’s nutritional requirements include: 

 

High-quality Protein

Protein is essential in our dogs’ diet and should be the main ingredient in their food. Whether you buy kibble, wet food, or raw food, protein should always be the first ingredient. Not only is protein an essential energy source in your dog’s diet, but protein also helps build, maintain, and recover muscle. Even though our canine friends are omnivores, meat was the primary food source of their ancestors. Be sure to include proteins like chicken, beef, or salmon in your dog’s meals. 

 

Fats

Fats get a bad reputation, but they are an excellent long-term energy source for your dog’s body to use and can be beneficial to their development. Many foods have some fat, including meat and fish like beef and salmon. Fats in the form of Omega 3 fatty acids can be beneficial to the development of your dog’s brain, eyes, and overall cognitive function. They can also help maintain joint health and leave them with a shiny and healthy coat. The best and most common fats given to dogs are in the form of fish oils. Adding fish oils to your dog’s meals can boost their immunity and health. 

 

Carbohydrates

Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients in our dogs’ diets to help with bodily functions and healthy development. Although a good energy source, our dogs don’t need many carbohydrates in their diets. Some dog food companies skip grains entirely and offer grain-free dog food. Other carbohydrates in vegetables and fruits can provide your dog with healthy nutrients and minerals. 

 

Calcium

Calcium is needed in the formation of strong and healthy bones. Although our dogs can’t have too many dairy products, they can enjoy some benefits to their diet and health. Small amounts of milk, cheese, and plain yogurt are foods your dog can enjoy. It’s crucial to remember that some dogs can only handle a small amount of dairy, while others may not. With any dietary change you are unsure about, be sure to consult your veterinarian for their professional advice. 

Recipes to Help You Create Your Own Dog Food at Home

Recipe Idea 1: The Balanced Bowl

Includes protein, carbohydrates, and tons of vitamins and minerals for a healthy and nutritious meal.

Ingredients: 

                   1 1/2 cups brown rice

                   1 tablespoon olive oil

                   3 pounds ground turkey

                   3 cups baby spinach, chopped

                   2 carrots, shredded

                   1 zucchini, shredded

                   1/2 cup peas, canned or frozen

 

See the full recipe and instructions here

 

Recipe Idea 2: The Protein Bowl

Ingredients:

                   6 cups cooked organic brown rice (3 cups uncooked rice)

                   2 pounds ground lean beef, cooked through, fat drained

                   4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and diced small

                   3 medium-sized carrots, shredded or thinly sliced

                   ¼ cup minced curly parsley

                   3 tablespoons of olive or safflower oil

 

See the full recipe and instructions here

We hope that this blog gives you ideas on recipes to help you create your own dog food at home. These are just two out of the many recipes you can find online. Please let us know about your favorite dog food recipes and follow and like us on social media!

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