Most experts on canine nutrition will tell you that homemade dog food is the only way to provide your companion with proper nutrition that will meet his exact needs. If done properly, feeding your dog a homemade diet will provide proper nutrition throughout every stage of his life. This homemade doggy chili won't be appropriate for all canines, but your vet/canine nutritionist can help you add supplements or additional ingredients to cater the recipe to your pooch's needs.
Unless you plan on studying canine nutrition yourself, it's vital that you speak with an expert before switching your dog to a homemade diet. Even homemade dog food recipes that have been formulated/recommended by experts may not provide all of the essential nutrients that your dog needs.
If the diet you feed is not nutritionally balanced, your dog will become nutritionally deficient within a few days. Likewise, eating too much of a certain nutrient could actually poison your pet over time.
It’s important that you work with a professional to figure out the right balance of carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins and minerals that your pet’s body will require each day. They can also help you figure out how many calories are in the recipes you're feeding and how many calories your dog needs to eat each day.
Did you know that your dog's nutritional requirements are based on a number of variables? These variables include:
- activity level
- overall health condition
Now you can see why it is important to discuss this recipe (and any other recipes that you plan to feed your dog) with an expert. Before you switch your dog's diet, whether you're going with a commercial food or a homemade option, you need to be sure that it will give him the nutrition that his body requires.
Homemade Doggy Chili
for pups and people
- 2 cups whole wheat pasta
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil
- 4 carrots (chopped)
- 1 can tomato paste
- 1/2 cup low sodium beef stock
- 1 can corn
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350°. Cook the pasta according to the instructions no the packaging. Cook the ground beef in a skillet until browned.
Add the coconut oil, carrots, tomato paste, beef stock, corn and cream cheese to the beef and cook for an additional 5 minutes. The tomato paste and cream cheese will soften during cooking, making it easy to mix all of the ingredients together.
Transfer this mixture to a casserole dish and sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the top. Bake this doggy chili recipe in your 350° oven for 30 minutes.
If you enjoy the way this chili recipe smells, feel free to give it a try! The ingredients are all human-grade, which makes this a healthy meal for you and your pup.
As soon as this doggy chili has cooled, you can feed it to your canine companion. You can store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or freeze them for about 3 months.
The recommended serving size for this recipe is about 1/2 cup for every 20-25 pounds of body weight per serving. It should be served twice a day. Keep in mind that more active dogs may require more calories every day, while lazier pups might not need as much.
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