If you've received the okay from your veterinarian to feed your pup a homemade diet, this is a healthy and easy recipe to add to the menu. Finding recipes that are safe and healthy for your dog isn't as easy as doing a quick Google search. You need to make sure that the homemade diet you're feeding is providing Fido with adequate nutrition.
Every dog has his own unique nutritional requirements. Even dogs of the same age, sex and breed still have different needs. This is because their overall health status, activity level and genetics are different. Some dogs are overweight, while others could stand to gain a few pounds. Dogs in different stages of life need different nutrition.
Every dog has individual nutritional needs, and the only way to figure out your pet's specific needs is to work with a veterinarian or trained canine nutritionist. Without enough protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins and minerals your dog's body will not be able to function properly.
It's quite common for homemade dog food to lack the right amount of nutrients, but it's also possible that you could be feeding your pooch too much of a good thing. Don't think that it's okay to load homemade food with nutrient-rich ingredients and everything will be fine. It's not about the amount of nutrients in the food, it's about the balance of those nutrients matching your dog's individual nutritional needs.
So, the moral of this story is to be sure that you work with a professional to figure out what your dog's daily nutritional needs are. If you already have this information and you're looking for a quick and easy homemade dog food recipe, give this one a try.
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Chicken and Greens Skillet Homemade Dog Food
- 1 lb. boneless chicken breast
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 cup UNCOOKED quinoa
- 2 zucchinis (chopped)
- 1 cup green beans (chopped)
- 3 cups kale (chopped)
The first step is to cut the chicken breast into slices. Add the chicken slices to a warm skillet with the coconut oil. Cook until the chicken is thoroughly browned and cooked through.
While the chicken is cooking, prepare the quinoa according to the instructions on the package. Once the chicken has finished cooking, add the vegetables to the skillet. Cover and let the mixture cook on low heat for about 10 minutes or until the kale is withered and soft.
Add the quinoa to the mixture and stir until completely combined. Allow the food to cool before serving it to your pet.
You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 5 days. You can also freeze the cooked food in an airtight container for storage of up to 3 months.
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