Making your dogs meals from scratch offers you complete control over the ingredients in his diet. It also allows you to cater to Fido's nutritional needs 100%. This homemade dog food with cottage cheese is not only tasty, it's packed with essential vitamins and minerals that your dog needs.
Cottage cheese may seem like a bland food to you, but your dog will surely be enticed by the aroma. It is also high in calcium and protein, making it an excellent addition to dog food. Be sure to choose a low-fat option, as you don't want to add unnecessary calories to your pet's meal.
Cottage cheese has no toxic or poisonous properties for dogs, so you don't need to worry about that. However, it can definitely make your pooch sick if he eats too much of it. It's important to feed this ingredient in small amounts, like the limited amount in this food.
Of course, you'll also want to avoid this recipe if dairy gives your pet digestive problems. Like humans, some dogs are sensitive to lactose. If your dog suffers from excessive gas, diarrhea or nausea after eating this food, he may be sensitive to dairy. If this happens, you need to stop feeding this diet immediately.
Homemade Dog Food with Cottage Cheese
- 1 lb. ground chicken
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 cup cooked brown rice
- 1 cup cottage cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 1 cup spinach
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
Heat the coconut oil in a large frying pan. Brown the chicken in the pan over medium heat. While the chicken is cooking, you'll need to cook the rice in a small saucepan.
Cook about 1/2 cup of dry brown rice according to the instructions on the packaging. It should yield about 1 cup of cooked rice.
Add the rice, egg, vegetables and garlic to the browned chicken. I also include the egg shell, as it's a great natural source of calcium. I also frequently get asked about the safety of garlic for dogs.
There has been a lot of research on the benefits of garlic for humans. However, recent research is suggesting that garlic may also have health benefits for our canine companions. It is also true, however, that garlic can be toxic to dogs if they ingest large quantities of the substance.
To put it simply, do your research. At this point, we don't have any concrete evidence to show that garlic is good or bad for dogs. The only thing that we know for sure is that dogs should only eat garlic in small quantities.
Once you've added all of the ingredients (except the cottage cheese) to the chicken, cover the pan and cook on low for 5 minutes. Once it's finished cooking, add the cottage cheese and stir until all of the ingredients are evenly combined.
Once this homemade dog food with cottage cheese has cooled, you can feed it to your pet. The recommended serving size for this recipe is about 1/2 cup for every 20 pounds of body. This recommendation is for 2 servings per day. It is best to check with your veterinarian to get an exact serving size for your pet, as some dogs may need more/less calories than others.
You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. You can also store them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.