Making homemade food for your pet takes more time than simply dumping commercial kibble into a bowl. However, the benefits of a homemade dog food diet greatly outweigh this drawback. This recipe isn't just suitable for a homemade meal, you can use the muffins as treats or a food topper as well.
Finding versatile recipes like this are a great way to begin your transition to feeding your pup a homemade diet. You can add homemade snacks and food toppers to get his body used to the higher quality food. After a gradual transition, your dog should fully adjust to his new diet, and it's quite likely that he'll be healthier than ever!
As with making any dietary changes, you need to consult your veterinarian or a trained canine nutritionist. You see, understanding your pet's unique nutritional needs is the key to feeding a healthy homemade diet. Your dog's nutritional needs will vary depending on a number of things, including:
It's important to consult an expert before switching to a homemade diet or trying new recipes. Once you understand how much protein your pet needs and how many calories he needs in a day, you can start finding recipes that will meet these needs and provide the vitamins and minerals that Fido's body requires.
Once you figure this all out, perhaps this recipe will make a good addition to your dog's diet!
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Homemade Meat Muffins for Dogs Recipe
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1.5 cups uncooked rice
- 1.5 cups old fashioned oats
- 8 eggs
- 2 grated sweet potatoes
- 2 chopped celery stalks
- 2 grated carrots
The serving size for this recipe is approximately 1 muffin for every 20 pounds of body weight. Note that these are full size muffins. If you use a mini-muffin tray, you'll need to estimate the serving size based on the size of the muffins.
Preheat your oven to 400°.
Cook the rice according to the instructions on the package. It should yield about 3 cups when it's fully cooked, as rice expands when it takes on water. Allow the rice to cool while you continue putting the meat muffin recipe together.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef and eggs. You'll need to squish them together with your hands, so be prepared to get messy!
Add the cooled rice, oats, and vegetables to the mixture and mash it all together with your hands until it's completely combined. Now, fill a greased muffin tin with the mixture. Cook the meat muffins for about 45 minutes or until they are cooked completely through.
Store leftovers in an airtight container the refrigerator for 3-5 days. You can also freeze the raw OR cooked muffins in an airtight container for storage of 2-3 months.
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