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Homemade-dog-food provides the best natural nutrition and dog-food-treats for your pet.
The best reason to do this in the first place, is to ensure that the food all of your pets are eating are not bogged down with extra hormones and chemicals.
You can buy all-natural organic, but it can get to be a bit costly for some people. There are many pet stores that carry quite a variety of natural pet foods that don't contain chemicals and preservatives, but contain a higher and healthier degree of ingredients. If you should decide after-all that making your own homemade-dog-food is not for you, you can opt for the store-bought dog-food-treats.
Making your own dog food takes a bit of extra time on your part, and requires committment to keep it up. Because your foods will contain no preservatives, they won't last forever. The best thing to do, would be to make quite a number of small meals ahead, and freeze them.
They may last a few days refrigerated at best if not frozen, and this means you will have to make up meals that much more fequently.
You should first know, that pet foods should contain a proper balance of nutrients. Too much of one thing, and not enough of the other is not going to be of much value, and will defeat the purpose.
Protein generally equals 40%, vegetables account for 30%, and carbohydrates make up the remaining 30%.
Vets actually encourage some raw food as a part of the diet for improvements to overall health of your pet.
Foods should be geared as closely as possible to what an animal would eat if he was undomesticated. This makes sense.
There are tons of natural dog-food-recipes available to access in case you are worried about not getting it right.
You may want to consider consulting your Vet in order to plan the proper way to get started at this, as there may be things you hadn't thought about.
For example, your dog may have some kind of illness or condition at the moment, and this requires a specific mix of food.
Your pet may not be able to digest the same kinds of foods that another animal can easily. Kittens and puppies always require more calories at their young age.
Personally, I would wonder if age and a prolonged certain way of eating all of his life would be an upset negatively in some way?
We all want to do the best for our animals, but though I think my dog eats like a king, (spoiled rotten with great table scraps) I am certain he gets way too much of one thing or another. I suspect his nightly feed of cheese and crackers can't be that good for him, but he sure loves it and quite looks forward to it.
You've heard that saying - "killing them with kindness"
I wouldn't want to be guilty of that, but I have no doubt that most of us are.
Wondering how to make up the best dog-food-recipes?
The Proteins provide the required amount of fats. You can get those from beef, turkey, lamb, pork and chicken. Eggs and seafood can used on occasion.
You can cut, dice or puree meats for your older dogs who may have trouble with their teeth, but do this only if really necessary. You want them to chew to help keep the teeth clean.
Homemade-Dog-Food Recipe for
1 pound minced meat
1 1/2 cups rice
4 cups finely chopped vegetables
1 bullion cube
5 cups water
Brown the meat and mix in rice with 3 cups of dissolved bullion water. Bring to boil and simmer 5 minutes. Add vegetables plus 2 cups water. Simmer 20 minutes.
Doggie Meat Balls
1 1/2 lbs raw hamburg
1/2 cup wheat germ oil
3 cups oatmeal
Mash ingredients up into balls and place on cookie sheet.
Freeze until you need them.
Microwave for 30 seconds per meatball, and make sure they
are not hot!!
Meat & Potato Stew
1lb ground beef
4 cups water
1/4 cup dry brown rice
2 stalks broccoli (chopped)
5 medium chopped potatoes
1 large carrot chopped
3 cloves garlic minced
Fry beef, potatoes, and garlic in the frying pan until browned.
Add water (boiled), beef, potatoes, garlic, and remaining
ingredients into a crock pot. Simmer until well cooked down.
There are many variations of homemade-dog-food recipes for homemade-dog-treats.
Try this one for homemade dog bones. You can get dog bone
cookie cutters which are sold in any number of kitchen supplies
Homemade Dog Bones
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1/3 cup corn meal
1/2 cup soy flour
1/2 cup ground up seeds
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tblsp. linseed oil
1 tblsp. vegetable oil
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup milk
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well to blend.
Add liquid ingredients to mix, and add a bit more milk if too dry.
Make a ball that can be kneaded and rolled out on a cutting board.
Roll out dough, and cut into shapes. Use a knife if you don't have cookie cutters.
Place on a well-greased pan, and bake at 350 F for 30 minutes or
How much more organic-style could making your own homemade-dog-food be?
And, think of all the bags, boxes and cans you are NOT
disposing of in the landfills.
Making your own dog food by following some healthy dog-food-recipes is a great gesture and is to be commended.
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