Create The Perfect Nutrition With Homemade Dog Food Recipes
While there are tons of different dog foods on the market today, the best way to be sure exactly what they are eating is to make homemade dog food recipes for your beloved pet.
When you first feed these healthy meals and you see how much your dog enjoys them, the time it takes to follow the recipes will not seem like a waste.
To maximize health, there are strict guidelines about how to feed both raw and cooked food to your dog. Follow these and your pet will enjoy vitality throughout their whole life.
Feed a diverse diet. No matter how healthy the ingredient, no one thing should account for 50% or more of the total food eaten.
Table scraps are fine. As long as the leftovers are palatable food that is okay to include in a healthy dog’s diet, they can be fed without question.
Feed more than 50% raw or cooked meat. Dogs are primarily carnivorous and maintain greater health when a large portion of their regular diet is made up of meat. This can be raw from a quality source or cooked without the addition of oils, sauces or spices. Fat content should be watched for overweight or sedentary dogs. However, feeding only lean, white meat can result in nutrient deficiencies. A good balance of meat types is ideal.
Raw meaty bones can be fed sparingly. While some dog owners worry about sharp or splintered bones causing choking or other injury, others feed them without incident. About one third of the total diet can come from RMBs. Cooked bones should never be served.
Organ meat provides high levels of nutrition. Not only can dog owners purchase organ meat for less than more premium cuts, they are ideal for supplementing homemade dog food recipes. Beef or chicken liver has a great store of nutrients but they should not comprise more than 5% of the overall diet. Other organs such as the heart can provide lean protein as well.
Add fresh or canned fish for vitamins and minerals. Instead of supplementing your dog’s diet with vitamin D, include approximately one ounce of different types of fish to every pound of meat or meaty bones you feed him. Canned fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines are all acceptable as long as they are prepared in water with no oil, dressings or spices added. Fresh fish should have the bones removed as you cook it. Certain and varieties like trout and Pacific salmon should never be fed raw.
Highly nutritious eggs can be fed daily. Any dog that weighs more than 20 pounds can consume up to one egg each day. Smaller dogs should have less. These can be cooked or raw.
Many types of dairy are tolerated and provide important vitamins. Avoid full fat cheeses and instead opt for lower fat dairy products like ricotta and cottage cheese, unflavored yogurt and kefir. Goat’s milk cheeses can be substituted as well and may help if there is a dairy allergy.