The raw dog food diet is one of the most controversial feeding methods. Opinions are mixed on whether or not the diet is safe or if it could lead to diseases caused by the bacteria found in raw food. This healthy raw dog food recipe won't be suitable for all pups, so be sure to check with you veterinarian before feeding it to your pet.
The raw dog food diet is based on the natural diet of wild dogs (your dog's ancestors), which consists of the prey they catch and the stomach contents of those animals. Most people think of raw protein sources when it comes to this diet choice, but there's a lot more to it than that.
Wild dogs eat grass and other plants. The stomach contents of their prey contains a variety of plants. That's why a raw dog food diet must contain a balanced amount of meat, fruits and vegetables.
99% of homemade dog food recipes, whether raw or cooked, will require the addition of nutritional supplements. Adding the wrong supplements to your pet's diet or adding supplements in the wrong amounts can cause major health problems. For this reason, it's best to discuss any dietary changes with your veterinarian in order to get a professional recommendation on the necessary supplements to meet your dog's unique nutritional needs.
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Healthy Raw Dog Food Recipe for All Ages and Breeds
This healthy raw dog food recipe is made with just 6 ingredients. It is suitable for dogs of all breeds and ages, but you may need to add additional supplements to ensure it will provide 100% balanced nutrition for your Fido. The best thing to do is check with your veterinarian before switching your dog to this food.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: about 6 cups of food 1x
- Category: Raw Food
- Method: Raw
- Cuisine: Dog Food
- 2.5 cups boneless chicken breast (50%)
- 1 cup chicken livers (15%)
- 1/2 cup ground chicken bone (10%)
- 1/2 cup carrots (chopped) (10%)
- 1/2 cup green beans (chopped) (10%)
- 1 egg with the shell (5%)
As you can see, this recipe is just a recommendation based on a percentage model. A diet with variety is better for your dog, and will be more appealing as well. Just be sure to stay within this range to ensure you're providing well balanced meals.
Check with your veterinarian to make sure that this recommendation is going to be a good fit for your dog. Depending on your pet's age, weight, health condition, activity level, etc…, your veterinarian may recommend more or less of a certain ingredient. They may also suggest adding supplements and/or a multivitamin to this healthy raw dog food recipe.
If your dog is older or has dental health issues, you can lightly steam the vegetables to make them easier to chew. Steaming the vegetables may also be necessary to entice picky eaters.
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 97
- Sugar: .3 g
- Sodium: 56 mg
- Fat: 4.3 g
- Carbohydrates: .7 g
- Fiber: .1 g
- Protein: 13.1 g
- Cholesterol: 143 mg
How to store: You can store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or freeze them and they’ll keep for up to 3 months. Keep in mind that this recipe includes no preservatives, so it won't last nearly as long as commercial dog food.
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If you're new to the home-cooked dog food subject, I recommend you read more about “How Much To Feed” to understand serving sizes, “What Supplements To Use” to create well-balanced meals, and “How To Store” for tips on simple and easy homemade dog food storing in a fridge or a freezer.