Imagine if you had to eat the same food every day of your life. Beyond being painfully boring, wouldn't you wonder if you're following a nutritionally complete and balanced diet? Welcome to the life of a dog. Long ago, before commercially produced dog food, dogs ate many of the same foods as humans. There's a reason our dogs ask us for food: they're meant to eat a variety.
We've prepared some tips on how to prepare dog food, nutrition guidelines and our favorite homemade dog food recipes. Homemade diets are gaining popularity, partly because ingredients can be controlled, so there's no fear of dog food being recalled. In addition, many people are trying to eat healthier and want the same for their dogs. Some prefer homemade diets because they contain whole ingredients that are generally considered healthier than processed dog foods.
It's important to keep a close eye on your dog when you switch to homemade dog food. Keep in touch with your vet regarding any changes you notice, whether good or bad. For best results, keep track of your dog's weight and body condition over time. Weigh your dog at least once a week and contact your vet if you notice unintentional weight loss or gain.
Watch for vomiting or diarrhea that may occur if your dog is sensitive to one or more ingredients. Write down these or any other signs of illness and report it to your vet. These are the cooked weights and quantities of each food ingredient per day for a 15-pound adult dog (ideal weight). Final cooked weights vary in terms of water content and cooking times; however, weighing these ingredients is more accurate than measuring them by volume.
A whole egg (you can give it raw or you can cook it) Mixed vegetables raw or steamed. The recipe chart below contains a printable version of my favorite homemade dog food recipe, consisting of lean ground sirloin, brown rice, carrots, hard-boiled eggs, parsley and a few tablespoons of oil high in Omega. I've been making homemade dog food for years with a recipe similar to this one, but this is much easier. You might want to keep a collection of pet food recipes on hand at all times, so a cookbook is a great option.
Sometimes we supplement them with other foods (pumpkin, egg yolk, yogurt and natural food supplements for dogs). With the news about recalls and information on commercial dog food constantly changing, more and more dog owners are choosing to prepare their own dog food at home. Some have food sensitivity, get annoying in the belly easily, and others have digestive problems, so regular commercial food is better for those dogs. It's good to remember that most dogs can't switch overnight from store-bought dog food to homemade food.
Recipes for fresh dog food have ingredients that your dog could try for the first time, so do it slowly, with small portions. A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association reported that the lack of clear instructions in many prescriptions forces pet owners to assume that they may result in nutritionally inadequate food and may even be harmful if given to their dog in the long term. With the increasing number of pet food recalls, many dog lovers are moving from store-bought food to homemade food for their dogs. This recipe makes about six cups of food, which is equivalent to three days worth of food for Charlie, who weighs about forty-five pounds.
I use the homemade dog food recipe for my puppy Georgie and she loves it, she is very excited to eat at mealtime. .