how to make balanced homemade dog food

Commercial dog food could upset your pet's digestive tract
Commercial dog food could upset your pet's digestive tract (Image: Microsoft Office Clips)

After 2007's pet-food recall, you might be concerned about what you're feeding your dog. The best way to ensure he's getting only the best is to make it yourself. It's easy to make a tasty, well-balanced dog food right at home.

Things You'll Need

  • High-quality protein (such as beef or buffalo)
  • Carbohydrate (such as potatoes or rice)
  • Clean vegetables
  • Food processor
  • Baking pan

The majority of your dog's diet should consist of protein, which can be raw or cooked. Start with two parts protein like ground beef or buffalo.

Add one part cooked carbohydrate like rice, oats, potato or sweet potato. Don't use corn, soy, or wheat as they are common allergens. Start with white rice, and gradually add in brown rice for better nutrition.

Add one part raw or cooked vegetables. Carrots add fiber and vitamins and are ideal. Other vegetable ideas are green beans, zucchini and broccoli.

Add two beaten eggs.

Combine ingredients in a food processor and blend briefly.

After mixing all ingredients together, place in a loaf pan and cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Let cool and feed to your dog friend according to weight. She should get approximately 2 to 3 percent of her body weight daily. If she is a sedentary indoor dog, feed closer to 2 percent. If she is more active, give 3 percent. Split the total into two feedings if you like.

Store unused dog food in the refrigerator for up to four days. Cook ahead and store extra servings in the freezer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Frozen ground turkey works well as an inexpensive protein. Ask your butcher for animal parts, like carcasses, necks and backs. You may choose to add a vitamin or nutritional supplement to your dog's food. Check with your vet. Frozen vegetables may be substituted for fresh ones. Prepare individual servings and freeze for later use.
  • Only feed your dog fresh, raw bones. Dry, cooked bones can splinter and choke your dog. Never feed your dog table scraps like stuffing, fried food or sugary food like cookies. Don't use grapes and raisins, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, fruit, walnuts, chocolate, salt, bread, or anything containing yeast.

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