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Food made at home is often healthier, more nutritious and tastier – the same can be said for homemade dog food.
However, make sure your homemade variety contains a combination of protein, fat, carbohydrates, calcium and essential fatty acids to ensure the food is nutritionally balanced to meet your pooch’s dietary needs.
Below are some simple recipes to try. After your dogs have been eating home fare for a few weeks, it’s a good idea to take them to the vet for a check-up to ensure they’re not gaining or losing weight and that they’re thriving on their new diet.
Homemade Dog Food – http://skinnyms.com/
1kg chicken thighs (skinless and boneless) 1 carrot, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup (frozen) green beans 1 apple (peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped) 1/2 cup peas (no salt added)
Rinse chicken, place in a large pot and cover with water. Add a steam basket to the top of the pot and add carrot slices, green beans, and apple pieces. Cover with a lid, bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a low-boil and cook until chicken is done and carrots are tender, approximately 35 minutes.
Add peas and continue cooking just until heated through, approximately 10 minutes. Allow to cool slightly then remove chicken and cut into small pieces or shred with a fork. Remove vegetables and apple pieces with a slotted spoon and add to a mixing bowl. Mash with a fork, potato masher, or mix in a food processor.
Combine chicken and vegetable mixture. Discard remaining broth. After cooled, store in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator for up to three days or freeze for later use.
Another recipe for Homemade Dog Food (with more ingredients) – see which one your dog prefers! – Barbara Laino, http://thebark.com/
This recipe feeds 2-3 large dogs for 7-10 days.
Grind the following ingredients in a meat grinder. Alternate ingredients so the grinder does the mixing for you. For example, grind six necks, one carrot, a handful of pumpkin seeds, then six more necks and so on. Mix with a large spoon as you grind.
Meat: • 18kg of chicken neck without skins • 4.5kg of chicken hearts • 2-4kg of organic chicken livers • 2 cans of pink salmon (optional)
Vegetables: Can be interchanged with other vegetables and fruits (no grapes or onions). Dogs and cats usually do not like citrus. • 1-2kg carrots • 1/2 a bunch of red cabbage • 1 beetroot • 2 apples • 1/2 a bunch of spinach or other dark greens
Other ingredients: • 1 cup of raw pumpkin seeds
Add a couple of the following items. Have these ready on hand as you are grinding and add a sprinkle here and there of each so you can thoroughly mix the batch of food. • 9-12 raw whole eggs (optional) • 2 000mg of vitamin C powder • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of kelp powder • 1/4 cup of tumeric powder • 1/2 to 1 cup of dried parsley • 1/2 to 1 cup of dried oregano • 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil • 1/4 cup of tahini • 1/4 cup of raw honey
After grinding and mixing all ingredients thoroughly, keep the food in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
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