Homemade Dog Food Recipes

Your dog is an important part of your life, so you want to make sure he or she always has the best type of food available. You may not have realized how much of a difference you can make for your dog by preparing his or her food yourself. Making your dog's food yourself using fresh ingredients is a great way to reduce costs often associated with prepared dog foods while providing your pet with a satisfying meal that ensures he or she will eat every bite.

Simple Chicken or Fish Dog Food

1/2 pound of skinless, cooked chicken breasts or de-boned fish

2 cups cooked brown rice or potatoes

1 cup of diced carrots

1 cup peas

2 tbsp. of vegetable oil

1/2 tsp. salt substitute

Mix all of the ingredients together before serving to your dog. This recipe feeds a 40-pound dog. You can adjust the recipe by doubling, tripling or measuring into halves or quarters according to your dog's size. Your dog will need some extra calcium, so feel free to add bone meal powder or calcium citrate. A multivitamin taken daily also is helpful.

Canine Chili

4 boneless chicken breasts

1 cup each of drained kidney and black beans

1 cup diced carrots

1/2 cup tomato paste

4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

Optional 1/2 tbsp. of fish oil for fussy eaters

Cut the chicken breast into small pieces after trimming off the fat, and then cook on medium-high heat. Once cooked, add the chicken, broth, tomato paste, carrots, oil and beans to a stock pot. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. Serve once it has had a chance to cool. Store left overs for no more than five days.

Turkey and Rice Casserole for Dogs

6 cups water

1 lb. ground turkey

2 cups brown rice

1 tsp. dried rosemary

1/2 pkg. frozen cauliflower/carrots/broccoli

Put all ingredients except the frozen vegetables in a Dutch oven and stir until the turkey breaks up. Bring the mixture to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low. After simmering for 20 minutes, add the frozen vegetables to the other ingredients. Cook for 5 minutes after you add the vegetables, still over low heat. Allow the mixture to cool before giving to your dog. You should always keep this mixture refrigerated until it's ready for use.

These great recipes will help make your dog's mealtime more interesting. In addition to offering new flavors, they will help ensure that your dog doesn't tire of the same old foods.

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