Make your own dog food

I know this is a repeat post, transferred from my old blogger site, but I thought it was worth re-posting! It helps you save money on feeding your dog, and usually, your dogs will get better nutrition!

I have to thank Marta, a favorite client, and volunteer with I.C.A.R.E Dog Rescue. She’s been making her dogs food for a long time, and I finally jumped on the wagon this year.

If you buy premium dog food like I was (where you pay at least $1 a pound), you can save money by making your own dog food. Plus, chances are your dogs will like the homemade stuff. better! The biggest benefit is you know exactly what your dogs have eaten! Do you really know what’s in your dogs food, unless you make it yourself?

It’s pretty easy, specially if you make it in small batches. I make about 10 cups of rice and go from there.
The basic recipe is cooked Rice (50%), cooked protein (25%), raw or frozen blended veggies(25%) + ground oats or ground flax+ Supplements+ Seasonings

So, for this week, the mixture is:
10 cups cooked rice (part of it is brown rice)
5 cups cooked Protein (this week was Chicken and Hot dogs)…can use any meat. I’ve used steak, ground beef. I don’t recommend fish because it’s pretty stinky and your house will always smell like fish. Ground turkey works great, as do chicken livers.
5 cups raw, blended Veggies (Green beans and Carrots). frozen Spinach, peas also work well. Try to get low sodium if using canned. I Blend it, because dogs don’t really chew adequately and then they don’t absorb the nutrients.
1/2 cup raw flaxseed, ground or 1/2 cup dry oats, ground
20 servings of doggie supplement – I use a GNCPet Beef Flavored Vitamin. You can use Missing Link, or basically any dog supplement to add flavor and nutrients. Don’t worry if you can’t afford these! The meat and veggies you are giving your dogs is usually enough.
3 TBSP dry seasonings: Choose from Rosemary, Basil, Coriander, Parsley, Thyme, Tumeric
Just mix everything really well in a big bowl and divide into freezer containers. Store in freezer, thaw in fridge.

At serving time, add some water and heat in the microwave for about 45 seconds per 1/2 -3/4 cup serving. If you want to really tempt your dog, you can crack an egg over the serving, or crumble a vienna sausage into the bowl.

Good luck and happy cooking!

~April

April’s Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Services

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