With all the attention paid to dog food safety and security, many owners are turning to their own closets for a solution – homemade dog food. This “new” trend isn’t exactly new, but we think it’s about time everyone got the hang of it.
I started making my own dog treats a few years ago because my dog, who is now 15, was having trouble chewing his treats, but I am by no means the only pet owner to adopt. this trend, and many dog owners even manufacture their pets. ‘daily meals from scratch. We’ve put together some handy tips on what meals owners feed their pets. These recipes are for dogs, but there are also recipes for cats online.
Charli’s Congee Crock-Pot
Picture: Cynthia Bowman / Joy Journalist
Love this Cynthia Bowman slow cooker take out dog food recipe for her dog Charli because she cooks while you work on other things. This is ideal for older dogs with failing teeth or dogs with sensitive tummies. Bowman says the carrots in this recipe are great for preventing loose stools.
For 4 medium dogs
Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 4-8 hours | Total duration: 4 hours 10 minutes – 8 hours 10 minutes
- 3 cups of brown rice
- 3 cups of protein, chopped (beef, liver, turkey, lamb, salmon or tuna – fish will crumble after cooking)
- Bone marrow (optional)
- Chopped carrots and various greens (whatever you have on hand, a few handfuls should suffice)
- Supplements recommended by your veterinarian
- In the slow cooker, add the rice, protein, marrowbones and vegetables.
- Cover the ingredients with water and cover the casserole dish.
- Set the slow cooker to high power and cook for 4 hours, or set to low and cook for 8 hours.
- Let cool and remove the bones before serving. A 45-pound dog needs about a quarter of this at a time twice a day, so adjust the portions to your dog’s size and feeding schedule. Add any supplements recommended by your veterinarian just before serving.
- Refrigerate leftovers to reheat (not too hot!) The rest of the week. During the winter, add a little water while reheating to create a broth-like porridge to warm your dog’s interior.
- Feed your dog at least once or twice a week.
- Use any meat or fish on sale and have the butcher grind it (the fish will crumble in the slow cooker, but make sure it’s totally boneless).
- Save the chunks of vegetables thrown away from the family meal (i.e. broccoli stalks) and always safe-to-eat veggies you throw away.
Hoosier’s Broccoli and Apple Quinoa
Picture: Alyshia Kisor-Madlem
Alyshia Kisor-Madlem began serving it to his dog Hoosier after two incidents involving a pet food recall and gastroenteritis. She says you can replace turkey with chicken or use sweet potatoes and pumpkin or other dog-safe fruits and vegetables.
For 7 small dogs
Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 30 minutes | Total duration: 40 minutes
- 1 cup of quinoa
- 1 pound ground turkey (she uses Jenni-O)
- 1 (9 ounce) package of Microwave Steamer Broccoli Cups (i.e., Green Giant Steamers)
- 1 organic red apple, cored and sliced
- Supplements recommended by your veterinarian
- In a saucepan with 2 cups of water, place the quinoa. Put the pot on the burner set to medium to medium-high heat and bring it to a low boil and continue to cook, stirring periodically until all the water is absorbed.
- Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and over medium heat, brown the turkey, breaking it up with a spatula, until completely cooked (no pink).
- While the quinoa and turkey are cooking, microwave the broccoli according to package directions.
- In a small food processor, put the cooked turkey, steamed broccoli, apple slices and any supplements recommended by your vet and chop them to a crumbly consistency (stop before it turns into a paste ).
- Mix well with the quinoa (putting the crumbles in the bowl in half helps).
- In an airtight container, store the mixture in the refrigerator (reheating one serving at a time if necessary) for up to a week. This recipe will feed an 8 pound dog once a day for 7 days. Adjust the serving size based on your dog’s size and feeding schedule.
Soft dog training treats
Image: Heather Barnett / SheKnows
Alexis Toriello, dog behavior consultant, goes through a ton of treats… as you can imagine. But she doesn’t want to fill her canine clients with “the canine version of Doritos,” so she makes her own at home. She tells us that they are very economical and that they freeze well, but she warns us not to use beef livers because they do not mash well.
Makes 2 pints
Preparation time: 5-10 minutes | Cooking time: 10-15 minutes | Total time: 15-25 minutes
- 1 liter of mashed chicken livers
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- Tapioca flour
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Mix the liver and eggs with enough tapioca flour to make a spread.
- Using a rimmed baking sheet, roll out the dough and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Right out of the oven, let it cool, then cut it into the best sizes for your dog. Freeze what you won’t use immediately and keep the rest in the fridge.
Tips for feeding your pet human food
- Learn about what dogs and cats can and cannot eat.
- Talk to your vet first to understand your pet’s dietary needs. He or she may suggest that you feed your pet supplements as well.
- Know the risks of feeding your pet raw foods. We do not recommend it.
- Understand your pet’s dietary needs, they are different from yours.
- Understand that feeding your pet human food can change their grooming habits (including the consistency of their poop).
- It doesn’t take longer to make pet food than it does human food; it just depends on your recipe. You can also prepare food once a week and refrigerate or freeze it.
- Never salt your pet’s food.
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