So you're really saying make people food for the dogs right?!?!? YES. YES I AM. Homemade dog food can be extremely easy and healthy for your dog if you do it right.
Homemade Dog Food Recipes...yes our pups are spoiled just a little bit!
Here's how it all began...
I came home from a long trip across the country to the aroma of chicken, veggies and rice on the stove. First of all I noticed that our oldest dog was excited. Not excited to see me. And she was the "run around like a bunny in circles" kind of excited. So I asked my husband "what's up with her?"
As he started plating their bowls with the sweet smelling chicken and veggie rice mix. I just looked at him like "really? SERIOUSLY?" Great now they are going to expect this all the time! But at that moment I glanced over at my oldest dog Cocoa. She was beaming with new found energy and as a result I thought hmmm maybe he's onto something.
So it turn's out that it was a total accident to feed the dogs homemade dog food recipes. Maybe it was the result of one dad's desperation in a hectic week alone with the kids. He was able to check it off the list in the middle of the crazy and not have to go to the store for dog food. So he just made their food while he was cooking for the kids...problem solved!
And it turned out to be a really great thing for our two pups. As a result our dog Cocoa became a much happier dog. Not just in the "I'm getting people food" kind of happiness but in the "I'm feeling healthier" kind of puppyhood joy.
Here are just a few things that we noticed (our experience):
- her joint problems seemed to disappear
- energy came back big time
- fur looked brighter and less dull
- eyes and teeth were brighter
- seems like overall we could see the improvement in her health
- also our other dog Emma had the same sort of improvements (although she did not need an energy boost!)
As a bonus, homemade dog food recipes saves us money too. Since we switch up the proteins according to what is on sale at our grocery store. It is way more budget friendly than most of the high quality dog food brands.
Here are a list of things to avoid when making homemade dog food (these can hurt your dog!):
- Anything with a pit (peaches, apple cores, plums)
- Chocolate and anything with caffeine
- Fish (large amount of fish are bad...treat it like a supplement or small amount once a week)
- Grapes, raisins and currants
- Macadamia nuts
- Milk and dairy
- Onions and garlic
- Raw eggs or meat
- Xylitol or artificial sweeteners...this one can be really bad! (Found in many sugar free foods)
- Unbaked dough
- Corn cobs
Here is a list of foods that can be included in your homemade dog food:
Protein...(also watch for bones in any meats)
- Red Meat
- Fish (only smaller amounts per day or a larger amount once a week)
- Liver (I don't know if I can do this one lol)
- Eggs (dogs 20lbs and up can have one egg per day but small dogs not as much)
- Plain yogurt, cottage, ricotta cheese or kefir (I almost left these off the list...watch these can cause issues though so try small amounts at first)
Fruits & Veggies...
- Fruits like bananas, apples (not core or seeds they are harmful), berries, and melon (again no avocados, no grapes, no raisins or pitted fruits)
- Veggies such as green beans, broccoli and cauliflower
- Potatoes...sweet potato or regular potato
- Squash and pumpkin
- Pumpkin (small amounts are great for them)
- Brown rice
Another thing, as far as proportions think balance! Here is a great article on the dangers of too much protein in your dogs diet. Puppies need more protein than adult dogs but we just generally try to add protein in a ratio of a third so that 2/3rds of the meal is grains and veggies.
DIY easy checklist to create your own homemade dog food recipes...