25 Mar | Posted by Greenacres | no comments |
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.
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
1 cup brown rice
2 cups water
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
2 boneless chicken breasts (with or without skin) or 4 to 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
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.
500g chicken livers
2 large eggs
2 cups self raising flour
2-3 tbsp olive oil
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.