Preparing homemade food for your pet is the only way to create a diet that is customized to his exact nutritional needs. Unfortunately, most of the homemade dog food recipes that you will find in books or online are not nutritionally balanced for your pet. This nutritionally complete homemade dog food may meet the needs of some dogs, but it won't be suitable for every canine.
If you talk to your veterinarian about serving your dog a homemade food, they probably won't recommend it. Most general veterinarians are not trained specifically on proper canine nutrition. They also know that most pet owners won't take the time to research and properly prepare meals to meet their dogs unique nutritional needs.
If you're considering switching your dog to a homemade diet, the best thing that you can do is consult a canine nutritionist or a holistic veterinarian with training in canine nutrition. They will guide you in creating recipes that will offer your dog a 100% nutritionally balanced diet.
Don't forget that your dog's nutritional needs are constantly changing. These needs are based on many factors, including age, weight, activity level and health condition. As these variables change, your dog's diet will need to change too.
Nutritionally Complete Homemade Dog Food
- 1 lb. stew meat
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 small sweet potato (chopped)
- 1/2 cup carrots (chopped)
- 1/2 cup green beans (chopped)
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2-1 cup water
Cut the stew meat into pieces appropriately sized for your dog. Add the coconut oil to a frying pan, and let it melt over medium heat. Add the stew meat to the pan, and cook it until it is well done.
While the stew meat is cooking, cook the sweet potato in the microwave for 5 minutes or until softened. Be sure to poke some holes in the sweet potato before putting it in the microwave.
When the stew meat is well done, remove the meat from the pan and set it aside. Place the drippings back on medium heat. Slowly whisk in the flour and water to create a gravy.
Add the meat and vegetables to the gravy mixture, and stir to combine this nutritionally complete homemade dog food. Cover the pan and cook until the carrots are tender – about 10-15 minutes.
The recommended serving size for this nutritionally complete homemade dog food is about 1/2 cup for every 20 pounds of body weight. You need to feed 2 servings per day. So, if your dog weighs 20 pounds he will eat 1/2 cup in the morning and 1/2 cup in the evening.
You can store this recipe in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days. You can also prepare it in large quantities and freeze it for up to 2 months.
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