Homemade dog food, free from preservatives and rich with nutrients, is a healthy alternative to many store-bought dog foods. Homemade dog food made with eggshells is rich in calcium, protein, vitamins and minerals. A well-balanced diet for a dog should consist of 40 percent meat, 30 percent starches and grains and 30 percent vegetables. Pasta, rice, potatoes and oatmeal are an excellent source of starches and grains. Ground beef, turkey, chicken and organ meats are popular meat choices. Many dogs enjoy carrots, greens, broccoli and squash for their vegetable requirements.
Things You'll Need
- Eggshells Coffee grinder or mortar and pestle Ingredients for your preferred homemade dog food recipe
Determine the amount of eggshells your dog needs. Your dog will need half an eggshell (1/2 teaspoon, ground) per pound of food to get the required calcium for good health.
Dry the eggshells by letting them sit for a few hours or by drying them in an oven at a low temperature.
Grind the dried eggshells in a coffee grinder or with a mortar and pestle.
During the preparation of your dog's meal add the ground eggshells to the mixture.
Consider this example of a well-balanced recipe containing eggshells for your dog's homemade food:
1 lb. ground turkey
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 lb. bag mixed frozen vegetables
2 cups milk
2 eggshells, dried and ground
Brown turkey in a skillet. Cook frozen vegetables according to directions then process in food processor or mash with a potato masher. Combine cooked turkey, vegetables, cooked brown rice, eggshells and milk until mixed. Serve according to weight requirements for your dog. Store in refrigerator.
Tips & Warnings
- Always check with your veterinarian before changing your dog's diet.
- Cooked dog food should be stored in the refrigerator for no longer than three days. Grind the eggshells up finely so that they do not pose a choking hazard to your dog. Learn about foods that are toxic to your dog, such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, mushrooms and onions.
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