When properly prepared, homemade dog food is the best option for feeding your canine family members. It doesn't have to be difficult to make your dog homemade food. Once you figure out your dog's unique nutritional requirements, you can find an easy homemade dog food recipe that will meet his needs without taking too much time to prepare.
It's important that you speak with your veterinarian before deciding to switch to a homemade dog food diet. Most homemade dog food recipes – yes, even the ones formulated and/or recommended by veterinarians – do not provide all of the essential nutrients that your dog needs. And, if your dog has special dietary needs or health conditions that can be effected by diet, a homemade diet is even less likely to meet his needs.
Your dog can become nutritionally deficient within a matter of days if he isn't eating the proper diet. Likewise, eating too much of a certain nutrient could end up poisoning your pet over time.
It's important that you work with a profession to figure out the right balance of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals that your dog's body requires each day. These requirements will be different for every dog, because they are based on a number of variables including:
- activity level
- overall health condition
Once you figure out the right balance for your dog, you can begin to look for an easy homemade dog food recipe that will meet your pet's nutritional needs. One of the best things that you can do to make it simpler to prepare food for your dog is to cook in bulk. You can make large quantities of a recipe and freeze it for use later; this way you don't have to cook for Fido every day.
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Easy Homemade Dog Food Recipe
- 2 lbs lean ground chicken
- 2 cups white rice COOKED
- 3 steamed carrots (chopped)
- 2 whole eggs (including shells)
- 1 tbsp. ground flax seed
- 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/3 cup low sodium chicken broth
In a medium-sized skillet, brown the chicken. Do not use any additional oil to prevent it from sticking. The natural fat in the chicken will prevent this. Once cooked, drain the fat and set it aside for use in another dish or discard it.
Crack the eggs and add them to the chicken. Also, crumble the shells and add those to the mixture as well. Continue cooking the mixture until the eggs are fully cooked.
Now, add the rice, steamed carrots, ground flax seed, pumpkin and chicken broth to the skillet. Stir until it is thoroughly combined. Once this easy homemade dog food recipe has cooled, you can serve it to your pet.
The serving size for this recipe is about 1/2-3/4 cup of food per serving for every 20-25 pounds of body weight. You should feed it twice per day. For example, if you have a 40-50 pound dog, you would feed him 1-1.5 cups in the morning and 1-1.5 cups again in the evening.
Remember that less active dogs and dogs with a slower metabolism won’t need to eat as much food as active dogs. It’s best to consult your veterinarian or a canine nutritionist about the proper serving size of this easy homemade dog food recipe for your pet and whether or not you should be adding any supplements to this meal.
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