I spent hours researching the best homemade dog food recipes that are safe, healthy, and vet-approved. Damneddelicious.net rose to the top of the list for several reasons. I love that they provide mix and match recipes, based on the guidelines from dog nutrition experts, balanceit.com, which includes necessary percentages of protein, veggies, and fruit, based on your dog’s individual needs. Using these guidelines, you can create an endless variety of tasty meals.
Of course, and as always, check with your vet to be sure your dog is not allergic to any of the ingredients you choose to include in your gourmet doggie concoctions. By the way, “gourmet” does not mean “expensive.” In most cases, making your doggie’s food from scratch will not only be healthier for your dog but will also save you a lot of money. Here’s what damneddelicous.net has to share:
The best part about making homemade dog food – just like making anything at home – is that you know exactly what is going into the dog bowl, and not any of that questionable gelatinous gunk from the canned food.
But it’s important to note that dogs have different nutrient requirements than humans for their proportional body size, such as:
- High-quality protein (meat, seafood, dairy or eggs)
- Fat (meat or oil)
- Carbohydrates (grains or vegetables)
- Calcium (dairy)
- Essential fatty acids (egg yolks or oatmeal)
Now this recipe here has a balance of 50% protein, 25% veggies and 25% grains, but the ratios can easily be adjusted to suit your pup’s breed and/or needs.
Once you’ve made your batch, you can divide them up into single servings, note the date, and freeze it. When ready to serve, you can defrost it in the fridge overnight and nuke it for 15-30 seconds. That’s it! Now who knew that making dog food would be this easy?
DIY HOMEMADE DOG FOOD
yield: 8 CUPS
prep time: 10 MINUTES
cook time: 45 MINUTES
total time: 55 MINUTES
- 1 1/2 cups brown rice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 pounds ground turkey
- 3 cups baby spinach, chopped
- 2 carrots, shredded
- 1 zucchini, shredded
- 1/2 cup peas, canned or frozen
- In a large saucepan of 3 cups water, cook rice according to package instructions; set aside.
- Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add ground turkey and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the turkey as it cooks.
- Stir in spinach, carrots, zucchini, peas and brown rice until the spinach has wilted and the mixture is heated through, about 3-5 minutes.
- Let cool completely.
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