Why Make Homemade Dog Food: 13 Easy Recipes for Beginners!
Do you really know where the dog food you buy actually comes from?
The truth is that we don’t really know what is present in the bag of food that we buy for your furry friends!
Premade dog food consists of a lot of unhealthy things that are bad for your dog’s body, like, preservatives, sodium, pesticides, etc.
And, we really don’t know where these ingredients come from!
Homemade dog food is indeed more nutritious and healthy for your doggy friend.
And, it is not really very hard for you to make some dog food at home!
In this blog post, I’ll go through a few reasons why you should make dog food at home and will teach you 13 easy (and yummy) recipes that your doggy friend will love.
So, let’s get started!
- 1 Why Should You Make Homemade Dog Food!
- 2 13 Easy And Healthy Recipes You Need To Try Out!
- 2.1 Beef Stew
- 2.2 Easy Crockpot Beef & Rice Meal
- 2.3 Turkey, Rice and Veggie Mix
- 2.4 Pumpkin Dog Biscuits
- 2.5 Frozen Banana Treats
- 2.6 Chicken Jerky Strips
- 2.7 Peanut Butter Cookies
- 2.8 The Old Standard
- 2.9 Scooby’s Stew
- 2.10 Chicken & Veggies in the Slow Cooker
- 2.11 Turkey & Veggie Mash
- 2.12 Chili
- 2.13 Meat Cakes
- 3 Treat time!
- 4 A Quick Recap!
Why Should You Make Homemade Dog Food!
Since the day that I got my puppy, I’ve only been feeding him home cooked meals. And, my dog doesn’t even like dog food at this point!
In this section of the article, I’d like to go through a few reasons why you should be immediately be switching to homemade dog food.
So, let’s look at a few of these reasons, shall we?
This is my first point because it is all that it takes for me to convince people to switch to making their dog’s food at home.
Think of the dollars that you’d be saving when you don’t have to buy expensive dog food!
And, we all know how expensive the good kind of dog food can be! It will be a big relief to you when you don’t have to spend a lot of money regularly on dog food.
Feeding Your Dog Good Ingredients
Did you know that the meat that is used in dog food is deemed to be not fit for human consumption?
So, all of this time you’ve been feeding your little ball of fur bad and unhealthy meat.
And, the truth is that the meat used for dog food usually consists of parts of the animal like the eyeballs, cartilage, intestine, etc.
Isn’t that just cringe worthy?
Now, if you make your own dog food at home, you know exactly what you’re putting in it—be it legumes, meat, dairy, etc.
So, you don’t need to do a lot of guess work or worry a lot about the ingredients of the dog food!
Any and every type of processed food has preservatives in it.
Yes, including the pack of Greek Yoghurt that you bought from the grocery store!
So, it is always best if you cook your food (and your dog’s food) yourself to know that the food you’re consuming is:
- Free of any filler ingredients
Now, let’s take the example of a car.
Suppose you buy fuel for your car—but is it adulterated. Let’s assume that the fuel is mixed with water. This could go two ways:
- Your car could break down immediately
- Your car could slowly get damaged
The same is that case with your dog and the food he consumes.
So, you see, it is always better for you to eat fresh food!
Yes, digestion does improve when your dog is being fed home cooked meals.
Your dog’s body is more open to receiving nutrition from fresh food and the starch present in the home cooked food does well to your dog’s digestive system!
Now, isn’t that just great!?
Better Immune System
Is your dog prone to infection and disease?
A poor immune system is actually an indicator that things are really wrong with your doggy friend’s diet.
And, switching dog food brands don’t really help in this case.
That’s why I’m a huge advocate of making homemade dog food!
Fresh and nutritious meals will help build your dog’s immune system and fight off diseases and infections.
Talking to Your Vet Before Making The Switch!
You should always consult your vet before making any changes or twitches in your dog’s food.
The thing is that your vet knows much more about your dog’s nutritional needs than you do and it’s always a good idea to take advice from someone who’s a professional.
After all, you don’t want to unintentionally hurt your doggy friend, right?
So, if you get a green light from your doctor, you’re all set to make a switch!
But, make sure to introduce the homemade dog food to your dog slowly…
I have also written about a few good dog foods available in the market which you can read about here.
13 Easy And Healthy Recipes You Need To Try Out!
Do you think it is hard to make dog food at home?
Well, to be fair, cooking for your dog twice a day could be hard for the working folks—after all, in this day and age we don’t even cook for ourselves very often!
But, in this section of the blog post, I’ll make it extremely easy for you to make some awesome food for your doggy friend in your kitchen.
And, keep in mind that most of the recipes that I’ll be sharing with you can be batch-made on the weekend and you can simply freeze them for the week to come!
Isn’t that just amazing!?
So, let’s look at the recipes!
Did you know that there are certain ingredients in your kitchen that are healthy for dogs and can make great treats?
My dog likes to eat the following foods:
But, make sure that you don’t feed your furry friend these before reading about them!
There are certain precautions that you’ll need to follow in order to reap the health benefits of these!
A Quick Recap!
Switching from processed and packaged dog food to homemade dog food can not only save you a lot of dollars but can also positively affect your doggy’s health in the long run!
But, you should always make it a point to consult your vet before making any changes in your dog’s food.
After all, the vet knows an awful lot more about your dog than you do.
I really hope you found the recipes that I shared with you easy and helpful! Please leave comments if you would like me to add more recipes!
And, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to drop them down in the comments section and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.