How To Make Raw Ground Meat, Egg And Rice Dog Food
What Is Home Made Raw Dog Food?
Home made raw dog food is merely your own mixture of nutritious and healthy cooked and uncooked foods that your dog enjoys eating. Many home made dog foods contain different types of raw meats with raw eggs and the shells and a verity of slightly cooked or raw vegetables and cooked grains such as rice and oats. Some foods like onions are extremely toxic to dogs so they must be omitted from the menu. Garlic is agreeable with most dogs dietary pallets and offers your dog many health benefits, therefore, garlic should be considered as a necessary ingredient. The grains should always be cooked because in their raw form they are of little value to your dog.
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The vegetables should be chopped up finely because many dogs will pick the larger vegetable pieces out of their dish refusing to eat them. If your dog requires any minerals of vitamins they can easily be added in correct measure into the bulk batch of home made raw dog food as you are preparing it. You can create different combinations of the home made raw dog food each time you decide to make a batch, thus, giving your dog a verity of meal entrées so the dog does not become bored with eating the same food every day.
Make Your Own Healthy Raw Dog Food
Making your own raw dog food can be a little time consuming so I have found that it works best for me to make a large batch that will feed my dogs for a least 2 weeks at a time. Because I am making a large amount of dog food all the ingredients that go into the batch of dog food will need to be prepared in large quantities before I begin combining it all together. Some of the ingredients like the grains need to be pre-cooked and then cooled before I can mix everything together. Other ingredients like the vegetables and the eggs with their shells need to be processed. The vegetables should be finely grated and the eggs and shells should be puréed. I also gather together and set up all of my needed equipment like my meat grinder and my bullet blender and my big mixing tub and storage containers.
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Preparing The Ingredients
The Meat And The Eggs
All meats are very expensive and to save money in the making of the dog food I have found that buying the meat in large bulk portions and grinding it myself is the most economical option. I am using beef in this batch of dog food. I purchased the beef in the bulk meats section of the local supermarket. I had to buy the whole 20 pound chunk, but I paid only about half of what I would have spent if I had bought smaller portions of the same meat. I also do not worry about buying the best grade of meat for my dog food. The poorer grades of meat sold in the supermarket are still fit for human consumption but usually tougher and not very enjoyable for humans to chew when eating. I am grinding this tough meat up with my meat grinder so toughness will not be an issue for the dogs.
The eggs go into the dog food raw and complete. I put the whole eggs into my blender and purée them up - shells and all. The eggshell is an important nutritious source of calcium for your dog and the membrane on the inside of the egg shell contains a number of other important dietary nutrients.
There are a number of cereal grains that are healthy to feed your dog. However, many pet experts have vastly varying opinions both in the approving of and the disapproving of the benefits of grains in a dogs diet. Basically the issue of health benefits from feeding your dog cereal grains remains strongly a matter of opinion.
I am using a rice in this dog food that I am making. When choosing any grain for your dog food the same rules used to choose a healthy food for human consumption should be considered. Try to get an unprocessed grain that still contains many of its natural nutrients. Whole grains that still contain their outer husk which retains much of the grains nutritious value are always the best choice for your dog. The whole grains provide the dog with much needed fibre in their diet. The rice that I have chosen is semi processed and does have the husk removed, but it is still a healthy long grain rice that will retain much of its nutrition even after cooking.
Though I am making raw dog food some of the ingredients would not be very pleasant for my dog to consume in the raw form and therefore cooking without over cooking these grain fillers will be necessary. I try to cook the rice just long enough to leave a little hardness in the core of the rice kernel - the stage commonly referred to by professional cooks as Al dente.
Preparing The Vegetables
Many different vegetables are healthy for your dog. The fresher the vegetables the more nutrients they will have. Garden fresh vegetables would provide the most value to your dogs diet, but when garden fresh vegetables are not available I choose frozen vegetables as a second best option.
In this batch of raw dog food I am using bulk frozen mixed vegetables that contain carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli. Like the rice I am cooking the vegetables to the Al dente stage. I have discovered that the vegetables must be grated finely before adding them to the dog food because many dogs will pick the larger pieces of vegetables out of their dish rather than eat them.
Mixing It All Together
I like to put a generous amount of meat into my home made dog food without inflating the cost per portion too much. I find that 1/3 meat. 1/3 filler grains, and 1/3 vegetables makes a good mixture that provides a well balanced diet for most dogs. To make a two week supply for my 3 dogs I require about 36 pounds of dog food. I am using 12 pounds of ground beef, 12 pounds of long grain rice, and 12 pounds of vegetables together with 1 dozen eggs. I like to use 1 egg for every 1 pound of meat that I use in the dog food.
Store In Portion Sized Containers
The weight of your dog can be a good indicator of the amount of food that your dog will need each feeding. There are many resources on the internet that can help you calculate how much raw dog food your dog requires based on your dog's weight. Once you have figured out the volume and weight of the dog's feeding portion you can put individual sized meals into zip-lock freezer bags or small plastic containers. I am using some 12 ounce containers that I picked up at the local dollar store. The 12 ounce size weighs about one pound when full of raw dog food which is a very handy size portion to work with in the feeding of my dogs. My large dog gets 1 pound twice daily and my 2 smaller dogs together get 1/2 a pound twice daily so having the dog food stored in 1 pound portions is ideal for me to work with. Because the dog food is raw it must be kept frozen and then thawed before feeding. I often use the microwave to thaw the dog food quickly and conveniently.
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Dogs Love It!
Caution Not To Feed Too Much!
Most dogs just love home made raw meat, egg, and rice dog food and they will quickly clean out their dishes and act as if they are still hungry by wanting more. The dogs will want to overeat just because they like the taste and texture of the raw dog food, but if you have given the dog the correct amount of food for the daily feeding the dog will have the proper daily nutritional value and not need any extra food. You may want to provide a bowl of kibble for your dog to access freely between major feeding times. I find that the dogs that want more raw dog food will usually not eat much of the kibble throughout the day when you refuse to give them extra raw food. This is a good indicator that the dog is not hungry and only wanted more of the raw dog food because it was tasty.
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