Have you noticed your dog having some GI issues? A sensitive stomach can be a curse for some pets, but dietary changes may help them feel a lot better. What is right for someone else's dog may not be the right choice for your pet though. Instead of taking advice from family, friends, or the internet, be sure to run this homemade gentle dog food recipe past your veterinarian.
Before you change your dog's diet it's important to consult an expert in canine nutrition. It's not likely, but GI problems could be a sign of a more serious health condition. It's best to seek advice from your vet to ensure there is nothing more serious going on.
Your veterinarian will also evaluate your pooch to assist you in choosing a diet that will meet all of your nutritional needs. While this homemade gentle dog food may be easy on the digestive tract, your vet may recommend adding additional supplements or a multivitamin to meet your dog's daily nutritional requirements.
Homemade Gentle Dog Food Recipe
- 1 pound venison (cubed)
- 2 cups sweet potato (cubed)
- 8 ounces frozen broccoli, carrot, and cauliflower mix
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 tbsp. dried rosemary
- 6 cups water
This is a slow cooker recipe, which is great if you're a busy pet owner who doesn't have a lot of time to prepare meals for your pup. It's easy to pop in the ingredients, set the slow cooker and come back hours later when the dish is ready.
To begin, add the water, venison, sweet potato, and rosemary into the slow cooker. Cook the recipe on low for 4 hours. Add the frozen vegetable mixture and stir until they are thoroughly mixed in.
The heat from the homemade gentle dog food will warm the veggies. Once the food has cooled, add the pumpkin and stir. Now, you can feed this meal to your canine companion.
The recommended serving size is about 1/2 cup for every 20 pounds of body weight. This recommendation is for 2 servings per day.
Your veterinarian can help you adjust the serving size to the right portion for your pet. Active dogs will require more calories than lazier pups. Your dog's weight, age, and health condition will also affect the amount of food he will need each day.
Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. You can also make this recipe in bulk and store it in an airtight container in the freezer for 2-3 months.