You Can Make Your Own Dog Food

Why would you want to make your own dog food, with so many different brands of dog food on the market?

The answer is if you make it yourself you know exactly what's going in the food, and perhaps even more important, what's not in the food.

The major pet food manufacturers would have you believe that when you make your own dog food it is somehow unsafe for your dog.

They ignore the major pet food recalls in the last several years where food was contaminated and hundreds, if not thousands of pets died.

For hundreds (if not thousands of years) since dogs have been domesticated, they have eaten what they could catch, and leftover food from humans.

Dogs are simple to please with food. They eat pretty much anything and everything - they are excellent scroungers and scavengers.

Unlike cats, which are strictly carnivorous, dogs are more like bears and people and are omnivores. An omnivore eats and digests both meat, vegetables, grains, and fruits.

Unless your dog is one of the large dog breeds you can probably make you’re your own dog food for less than the cost of the best canned dog food.

You may be asking yourself "How can I possibly make sure that my dog gets everything it needs nutritionally when your make your own dog food?"

If you serve a varied diet you'll naturally cover all the bases.

Here's a simple trick: When you make your own dog food it should be

  • 1/3 protein source
  • 1/3 veggies and fruits
  • 1/3 carbohydrates like rice or potatoes

Rotating the types of protein, veggies, fruits and carbohydrates you serve insures your pampered pup will get everything they need.

Homemade dog food is not leftovers but you can use left over people food if you cook healthy for yourself.

Don't salt the food and watch the fat content.

While pizza could be a once in awhile treat, a fast food diet isn't good for you or your dog.

There are a few foods dogs shouldn't have including:

  • Grapes
  • onions
  • alcoholic beverages
  • most nuts
  • milk
  • mushrooms
  • salt

The following is garbage which some dogs consider food

  • peach and plum pits
  • cherry pits
  • coffee grinds
  • egg shells
  • spoiled food
  • tomato, potato, rhubarb leaves

Avoid those and your dog should be okay, but don't panic if he gets into the compost unless it's truly rotten.

If your dog has a chronic disease don't switch to making your own dog food until you visit your veterinarian.

Too much protein can be a problem, or too many carbohydrates can be a problem.

Change the dog's diet gradually to avoid tummy upsets.

Start by mixing a little of the homemade food with the store bought food and gradually increasing the amount of homemade food.

Within a couple of weeks your dog could be eating a healthier diet.

Make your own dog food Breath Biscuits

    Dog Food Recipe Ingredients:
  • 2 cups brown rice flour
  • 1 Tbl. charcoal
  • 1 large egg slightly beaten
  • 3 Tbl. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • Dog Food Recipe Directions:

    Preheat oven to 400. Combine flour, salt and charcoal. In a medium bowl, combine egg, oil, parsley and mint; mix well. Slowly stir in flour mixture, and then add enough milk to make dough the consistency of drop biscuits. Drop heaping tablespoons of dough about 1 inch apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake 15 min., or until firm. Store cooled biscuits in tightly covered container in refrigerator.

    We hope you enjoy making your own dog food and your best friend enjoys this tasty dog food recipe!

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