Learn how to make dog food and join the many other pet parents who have chosen to kick it up a notch for their pets. A naturally good and tasty home made dog food recipe will definitely get your dog's undivided attention at dinner time.
Even if you are nervous about making your pet's food, think how many times pets have been harmed over the years by bad ingredients in commercial food!
Whether you choose to make home made dog food on a regular basis, or on rotation with a commercial brand you trust, I know you'll feel more confident when you know exactly what's in the bowl. Food your vet recommends or is selling, isn't necessarily what's best for your pet.
In my view trying your hand at making dog food comes a lot closer to what dogs ate around the campfire not so long ago.
On a more practical note, what your dog eats has enormous impact on his
development and long term health, not to mention his quality of life.
And, because you made it yourself and know what's in it, you'll be able
to judge by observation the results of home cooked food for yourself.
Making dog food can not only benefit your pet, but will give you some peace of mind and clarity about the nutritional value of the food your pet is getting.
Much of the commercial pet food can't even come close to the quality that can be prepared at home. Watch your dog thrive once you start making his food, and enjoy knowing that you are protecting him from the slew of substances found in manufactured products that can actually do him harm!
When it comes to maintaining the health and well being of pets through food and supplements - knowledge is power and will help you to make the best decisions.
Dr. Pitcairn is a well-respected veterinarian authority and his book, Natural Health for Dogs and Cats, is a valuable resource that provides information to guide you in meeting your dog's nutritional requirements, which will be a big help while you are learning how to make dog food for your pet.
Many of us pet owners choose to make our dog's food because we can have more control over the quality, type and freshness of ingredients. And there is no better reward for your effort than watching your furball enjoy his home cooked dog food.
The best advice I can give when making the transition to homemade, is to keep the process simple! For this reason, I suggest making the food in bulk, then dividing and freezing the recipe into meal size quantities to be defrosted as needed.
The nutritional quality shouldn't suffer, because the food won't be frozen for that long. Also, if the ingredients are purchased in bulk, it will keep the cost lower.
Even so, you'll most likely agree that any extra pennies of cost are more than offset by the improved quality it provides for your best friend and family companion.
Okay, you may be thinking, I'm here to learn how to make dog food, but where's the recipe! Right, no worries, I'm not going to leave you stranded.
So, to get you going, here is a sample recipe from Dr. Pitcairn's book (with permission) that you can make in bulk:
*Healthy Powder: Thoroughly mix the following and keep stored away from light in a sealed jar.
**Bone meal: use the type for human consumption.
Makes approximately 18+ cups.
Optionally, you can lightly cook the meat if you are not comfortable with completely raw. You can also substitute different grains and/or meats.
While that's just one recipe, the referenced book provides several more recipes, including some natural dog treat recipes,
plus full information about pet supplements, and much more about dog
health, so I encourage you to get a copy. Your dog will benefit if you
When you are learning how to make dog food, don't be afraid to try different meats. In fact, many professionals believe that food rotation is healthy and prevents a dog becoming allergic to one type of protein or grain.
Here are some other proteins to consider:
And also Lean meats:
If you're not planning to use the healthy powder called for in the recipe, a great alternative supplement is Ultimate Missing Link.
If you have a dog with special needs when it comes to his/her nutrition, don't be concerned. You will find valuable information in the Dr. Pitcairn's book for making dog food for those pets that require variations in their diet.
Their needs are addressed by groups that include: pregnant or nursing females; young, half-grown and older puppies; older dogs; dogs living in cold or very hot weather; vegetarians; conditions of malnourishment, anemia or dogs in convalescence.
Adaptations to the diet are very well explained for these groups as well as making dog food recipe adjustments.
Because home cooked dog food will no doubt perk up your dog's appetite, here's a guide providing the
average daily amount of food your
dog needs based on his weight. Naturally, the amount of exercise he
gets will have a bearing on this also. But, keep an eye on Rover's
as a good indicator and adjust amounts accordingly.
|Dog's Weight||Cups of Food|
|5 lbs||3/4 cup|
|10 lbs||1-1/2 cups|
|25 lbs||3 cups|
|40 lbs||4-1/2 cups|
|60 lbs||6 cups|
|85 lbs||7-1/2 cups|
|105 lbs||9 cups|
|125 lbs||10-1/2 cups|
|150 lbs||12 cups|
So now you know how to make dog food, the next thing your dog will be expecting is Treats and not just any treat but home made "healthy" dog treats like this one made with many a dog's favorite ingredient - peanut butter.
So keep an eye out for our easy-to-make and healthy treat recipes which is our current project.
But before I go, here's a handy number for the ASPCA Poison Control Center should your pet accidentally consume something toxic (888) 426-4435