Every organism who is a part of this world needs to eat in order to grow and survive. They derive energy from it to perform their daily tasks. Like we humans need food, other living beings also need some form of sustenance to go about their work. Animals also require food like us to live and survive. This also includes our pets. We bring them into our homes, and they become a part of our families. And we make sure that they get every comfort that we as humans enjoy.
So, keeping the eating requirements of dogs in mind, someone invented dog food. It is made with a balanced plan for the nutrients so that your canine gets everything in the correct amount for the day. But some of us also feel that this packed dog food is somehow still not enough for them and that we need to do something on our level to ensure that they are getting their fair share of essential nutrition. If you wish to get the best dog food for your pet that you can be sure will do only good for them, then these homemade dog food recipes are entirely yours to give them a try.
What is the Ideal Dog Food?
Before the list, we need to understand the contents of what makes ideal dog food. And we are also required to know that, just like human babies, puppies also require a different diet than adult dogs. They need special food items that help their bones and organs in their growing stage so their health benefits from all the nutrition that they are getting. Also, depending on their breed, they need this diet for a period of 9 to 24 months. If you need, you can give your adult dog a special meal, too, in cases like maintaining weight or keeping their strength with age, etc.
So, except for the case your dog needs a special diet, an adult dogs diet should contain the following –
- High protein diet – about 20% of the meal
- Fat – 5 to 8%
- Manganese – 1.2 mg in a 1000 calorie diet
- Phosphorous – 0.75 grams
- Calcium – 1 gram in a 100 calorie diet
- Iron – 7.5 mg
- Zinc – 15 mg
- Vitamins – A, D, B12 and E
- Niacin – about 4 mg in a 1000 calorie diet
- Folic Acid – 68 micrograms (1, 2)
Now that we know how much of a specific nutrient our dogs need, we can go on and create recipes that can be prepared at home for them.
Homemade Dog Food Recipes
For those of you who believe that the packaged dog food is not enough or does not make the cut to the healthy dog food, you now have the choice of preparing your own dog food in so many different ways. You can create something that your dog will not only like, but will also benefit hugely from. Plus you also get the satisfaction of knowing which ingredients were exactly put in there. You will sort through the constituents yourself and choose what goes in and what doesn’t. Here is a list of some homemade dog food recipes that you should surely give a try too.
1. The Old Standard
There are a few ingredients whose names will appear probably a lot of time when we talk about homemade dog meals. These are brown rice, turkey, and veggies. This recipe gives you the satisfaction of knowing what exactly you are serving to your dog, which is indeed a far bigger improvement as compared to all the canned food that you have been filling their food bowls with. The old standard recipe is called so because it has all the usual ingredients that you will see in many dog meals, and which are good for them. The best thing about this recipe is that it is highly customizable, which you will see more clearly a little later. Here is how you can make it at home –
- Brown Rice – 1½ cup
- Olive Oil – 1 tablespoon
- Turkey (Ground) – 3 pounds
- Baby Spinach (Chopped) – 3 cups
- Carrots (Shredded) – 2
- Zucchini (Shredded) – 1
- Peas (Canned or Frozen) – ½ cup
To make this, take a large saucepan and fill it with about 3 cups of water. In this water, cook the rice as per the instructions given on its packet. Keep them aside. Next, take large stockpot or a Dutch oven, and heat the olive oil in it over some medium heat from the stove. To this, add the ground turkey and cook it for a good 3 to 5 minutes, until it turns entirely brown. Also, ensure that the turkey has been properly crumbled while you are cooking it.
Add this to the spinach, carrots, zucchini, peas, and brown rice. Cook this until the spinach has completely wilted, and the mixture has been wholly heated, for about 3 to 5 minutes. Let the meal cool down entirely before you proceed any further.
Why Choose this Recipe:
Another advantage of making this recipe comes into play now. You don’t have to force your dog to eat the entire batch. You can easily divide it up into servings and freeze them with the date mentioned on the container. Whenever you have to serve it, just thaw it in the fridge overnight and heat it up for 15 to 30 seconds. The preparation is easy, and the recipe has many benefits too.
Also, the balance of this recipe is fascinating, with 50% of protein, and 25% each of veggies and grains. If you wish, you can alter this balance to suit the breed and need of your dog.
Recipe Source: Damn Delicious