Is your dog a fussy eater? Are you tired of buying that bland, store-bought kibble that lacks the taste of real meat and nutritional value that your pup deserves? Either way, we’re here to tell you why a homemade diet may be the way to go. Maybe you never thought you’d be the type of person to cook up homemade dog food. After all, isn’t that far too expensive and time-consuming to do every day? In reality, DIY dog food costs you the same or less than your current kibble and your dog’s health will thank you for it in the long run. Your dog will also reward you with immediate gratitude as you’ll add far more enjoyment to their mealtimes. Read on for some DIY dog food your pet will love.
You can find many DIY dog food recipes online but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re balanced or completely suitable for your particular dog. Your dog’s weight, size, breed, and food intolerances have to be considered. For example, some of the most common food sensitivities for dogs are beef, chicken, lamb, fish, dairy, egg, soy, and wheat. And if your pup is allergic to one of these things, they’re probably allergic to another.
You also need to take into account the balance of proteins, healthy fats, carbs, calcium, and essential fatty acids. It is important to remember to never give your pup only one of these as it will likely make them sick. While you might think that you dog only needs a big bowl of protein, it’s too much for their stomach and can make them sick. Different recipes have different ratios but it’s generally safe to give your dog a meal that contains about 50% high-quality protein followed by equal amounts of grains and vegetables. If your dog has a grain allergy, substitute more vegetables.
It is always best to consult with your veterinarian before completely changing your pup’s diet to homemade food. Be sure that the recipe you’ve chosen is nutritionally balanced for your particular dog and if any additional supplements are needed. That said, here are some yummy recipes to get you started. We promise we won’t judge you if you want to have a taste yourself.
As we mentioned, if a pup is allergic to one thing, it’s likely it’s allergic to another. Here we have a recipe for those pups who are allergic to dairy, and a lot of proteins. If your pup is allergic to grains, skip on the pasta and add more vegetables.
This recipe is suitable for a crockpot or you can just cook it on the stove. You don’t even need to cook the vegetables if your dog is older or has dental problems. Just boil the pasta and cook the turkey in a pan with the olive oil. Then mix everything together. Easy peasy. This recipe contains a ton of healthy fats from olive and coconut oil and the added calcium aids in bone health and growth. Put the finished product in individual plastic baggies to last for one week. Freeze the rest and thaw as needed.
This recipe is guaranteed to be a hit with your dog. Not only does it include a generous helping of both beef and pork, but it is also filled with antioxidants. Add some sweet potato on top and this meal is every pup’s dream.
This is another recipe that can be made in a crockpot or on the stove. There is really no particular method to cooking this recipe, just make sure the meat is completely cooked. We also recommend cooking the sweet potatoes so they’re easier to chew. Then, combine everything together and you’re good to go. If you’re cooking for one medium-sized dog, this recipe should last about two weeks. Depending on the deals you scored on your weekly grocery shopping trip, this may seem expensive. Be sure to stock up when you notice the items you need are on sale and/or buy in bulk to save money. Check out some CBD dog treats from FOMOBones too!
We hope we have given you something to think about with these awesome and easy examples of DIY dog food. Your pooch will love them. Taking the extra bit of time to put together a homecooked meal for your dog has so many benefits. You’ll be able to feel your dog’s gratitude at the end of a tasty, satisfying meal that fills them right up. After all, the whole point of having a dog is to give them the best life they can possibly have, so what’s that extra few minutes?.
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