Next time you're cooking up some shrimp for your family, consider saving a few out for your dog. Shrimp are not just appetizing to dogs, they're also packed with nutrients that every dog needs. This tuna and shrimp dog food recipe has even been recommended for dogs with cancer.
Shrimp are rich in vitamin B12, which is important for metabolic processes and gastrointestinal health. They also contain vitamin B3, also known as Niacin, that is required for energy and production, blood circulation, proper enzyme function and more.
One of the reasons that this recipe is recommended for dogs with cancer is its high anti-oxidant content. Anti-oxidants have been shown to help fight free radicals, and they can reduce brain aging.
Shrimp are low in fat and carbohydrates, which means they are an ideal protein source for overweight dogs. However, they are also high in cholesterol. This means that you should not feed this recipe as an everyday meal for your pet. Work it into your homemade dog food recipe rotation, so your pup can have all of the benefits of shrimp without suffering from high cholesterol levels.
Homemade Tuna and Shrimp Dog Food Recipe
- 1 lb. cooked shrimp
- 12 oz. canned tuna in oil
- 1 large sweet potato
- 2 crushed garlic cloves
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 1/4 tsp. thyme
- 1/4 tsp. turmeric
Grind the shrimp in a food processor. Poke a few holes in the sweet potato, and cook it in the microwave until soft. Mash the potato with the skin included. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
You will need to use pharmaceutical grade turmeric – not the kind you find in the spice section of the grocery store. A substance in turmeric, Curcumin, has been shown to reduce inflammation. The health benefits are increased when you pair turmeric with black pepper.
Thyme is another great herb for dogs. It is rich in antioxidants and has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. Before you begin feeding your dog this (or any other) homemade food, be sure to check with your veterinarian. They may recommend adding additional supplements or ingredients to make the food nutritionally balanced for your pooch.
The recommended serving size is about 1/2 cup for every 20-25 pounds of body weight. This recommendation is for 2 servings per day. For example, if your dog weighs 25 pounds, he would eat about 1/2 cup in the morning and 1/2 cup in the evening (read more here).
Keep in mind that this serving size is a recommendation. Active dogs may need more calories, while lazier dogs may not need as many. Be sure to consult your veterinarian or a canine nutritionist for the best advice on the proper portions for your dog.