What Do I Feed My Dog?

What Do I Feed My Dog

In my previous two newsletters I discussed which brand of dry food to feed your dog as well as the Raw Food diet for dogs.  Some dog owners would like to give their dog more nutrition than conventional dry dog food provides and so cooking for your dog is a great way to do this. Cooking for your dog is also useful in treating certain food allergies as you know exactly what your dog is eating.

Cooking for your dog

It is important when cooking for your dog to remember to use the ratio of 40% protein, 50% vegetables and 10% starch. It is important to have a lot of variety when cooking for your dog as this will keep their diet balanced and nutritional. You can refer to my previous newsletter when choosing which proteins, starches and veggies to choose.

(Ensure you include lots of meaty bones to ensure your dog is receiving enough calcium.)

Below you will find some recipes which are quick and easy and will help you get started with cooking your own dog food. Remember to slowly introduce new food in order to avoid an upset tummy

Recipes

Easy Crockpot Dog food

INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped butternut squash
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup peas, frozen or canned

DIRECTIONS:

  • Stir in ground beef, brown rice, kidney beans, butternut squash, carrots, peas and 4 cups water into a 6-qt slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on low heat for 5-6 hours or high heat for 2-3 hours, stirring as needed.
  • Let cool completely

(http://damndelicious.net/2015/05/13/easy-crockpot-dog-food/ )

Crockpot chicken and brown rice

Base 
1 cup brown rice
2 cups water

Vegetables
1/2 lb. green beans, broken into segments
1 medium sweet potato, raw, cut into medium-sized chunks (leave skin on)
3 carrots, sliced into about 1″ thick rounds

Protein 
2 boneless chicken breasts (with or without skin) or 4 to 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Directions
1. Put all ingredients into the crockpot in the order given (layer, don’t mix).
2. Cook on low for about 8 hours, on high for about 5 hours.
3. When done, stir, breaking up the chicken into small pieces. Everything will be quite soft.
4. Let cool and serve; can be used with a quality kibble or by itself, in a serving size appropriate for your dog’s weight and activity level.
Refrigerate unused portion; keeps up to three days.

 

(https://thebark.com/content/dog-food-recipes-easy-crockpot-chicken-brown-rice)

 

Liver Bread Treats

Ingredients:

500g chicken livers

2 large eggs

2 cups self raising flour

2-3 tbsp olive oil

Method:

Liquidize chicken livers, eggs and olive oil until smooth. Mix together with flour. Spread into greased baking pan and bake at 180’s Celsius for 20 minutes. Cool and cut into squares, dry out in low oven overnight.

(http://www.dog-care-centre.com/Liver-bread-treats.html )

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