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Healthy Homemade Dog Food for Your Precious Pal

Updated on April 13, 2011
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Healthy homemade dog food recipes are important to pet owners who want to know exactly what is going into their dog’s body. Many of the dog foods on the market today contain fillers and other ingredients that are of questionable value to a dog’s healthy diet. Also, with all of the recent dog food recalls, making Fido’s food at home can provide a great level of comfort to concerned dog owners.

Some dogs develop conditions such as skin allergies as a result of the contents of the store-bought food they’re eating, which is another great reason to make your dog’s meals at home. Home-cooked recipes for your dog are not only healthy, but also cost-effective. Try these healthy homemade dog food recipes to help your dog become a little friskier, healthier and happier.

Doggy Burger Mix

1 cup ground beef, sautéed with 1 tbsp canola oil

2 eggs, boiled and chopped

½ cup oatmeal, cooked

1 jar green beans baby food

1 jar carrots baby food

2 tbsp cottage cheese

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Serve to your dog when the food has cooled. Refrigerate the rest in a sealed container and use within 3 days. To make sure your dog is getting all nutrients, you may want to add a good multivitamin made especially for dogs.

If you would rather feed your dog chicken, here is a nice, easy recipe to cook up.

Doggy Chicken and Rice Dish

1 cup chicken, boiled and chopped

½ cup brown rice, cooked

½ cup mixed vegetables, boiled

4 tbsp chicken broth, unsalted

Combine all ingredients together, and serve to Fido at room temperature. Refrigerate leftovers (if any!) in a sealed container and use within 3 days.

You may also switch the chicken for salmon to add some variety to your healthy homemade dog food recipes.

Make Their Diet Safe

While making food at home for your dog sounds incredibly simple, there are a few things to be aware of. Certain foods may be healthy for us humans, but can be dangerous for dogs. When making recipes for your beloved dog, it’s a good idea to look up individual ingredients on the Internet to make sure there are no adverse effects.

Some of the more common unsafe food items for dogs are things we might not even think twice about giving them. Broccoli in large amounts can make dogs ill, and corncobs can obstruct a dog’s digestive tract. Avocado has a component called persin, which causes heart problems and digestive upsets and grapes and raisins have an unknown substance in them that causes kidney failure in dogs. Onions and garlic contain a substance called thiosulphate, which can trigger digestive upsets, hemolytic anemia, and death.

The point is not to be scared of preparing your dog’s food, but to do so with the proper awareness of what ingredients contribute to healthy homemade dog food recipes and the importance of doing a little homework on what is acceptable to feed to them. And once you know the things to avoid, it is very easy to come up with new recipes for your dog to enjoy.

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