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Best Homemade Dog Food Recipes

It is necessary for you to learn about your dogs’ nutritional needs before making homemade dog food. It is essential that you know what to include when making a balanced meal.

Once you’ve learned the basics, you can search for recipes and even create your own. The following is a list of necessary ingredients that you will need in order to make a complete meal for your dog.

1. Be sure to include a protein source in your dogs’ food. Protein provides amino acids; these are essential to making the best homemade dog food recipes. Common protein sources include; vegetables, beef, chicken, fish, and turkey.

2. While you should try to limit the fat your dog intakes, it is also needed to keep your dog healthy. Both animal fat and oils such as fish or linseed can be used as a source of fat. Fats allow the essential vitamins (A, D, E, and K) to be properly absorbed by your dogs’ body.

3. Fiber is also an important component in making your dog exemplary food. Examples of appropriate fiber sources include; vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. These can be incorporated into the food to ensure that your dogs’ digestive system functions properly.

4. Even though excessive amounts of carbohydrates can be harmful to your dog, it is essential to have some source of carbohydrates in the food. Healthy types of carbohydrates include; rice, oats, sweet potato, and potato.

Now you can enjoy making your dog the best homemade dog food recipes. Below are two recipes that are a perfect example of a nutritious meal.

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Doggy Loaf

• 3 cups of ground beef
• 1 ½ cups rice
• ¾ cups of finely chopped carrots, sweet potato, and broccoli
• ½ cup of tofu or cottage cheese

Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl, and then transfer into a loaf pan and into the oven (previously preheated to 350 degrees). You will have dinner ready for your dog within one hour. This meal provides your dog with nutrients and is also mouthwatering.

Flavorful Chicken Mix

• 1 ½ cups of boneless chicken cut into cubes
• ½ cup of peas and potato (also sliced into small pieces)
• 1 tbsp. fish oil
• 3 tbsp. chicken broth
• ½ cup of rice

Boil the chicken and vegetables together. Once these items are properly cooked, drain them and place a large bowl. Add in the chicken broth and fish oil and mix well. Cook in a saucepan for about 15 minutes. You will need to cook the rice separately and mix with the other ingredients in the end. Your dog will undoubtedly enjoy this hearty meal.

You have seen examples of the foods you can use in these recipes, but you should also be warned about ingredients not to include. Avoid feeding a raw diet: Raw meat often contains harmful bacteria and parasites that can cause serious health issues in your dog. There are also some toxic dog foods you should avoid. Some include; raisins, grapes, avocados, garlic, onions, seeds, chocolate, and macadamia nuts.

One last thing to keep in mind is that you can always choose to add supplements to your dogs’ food. This is a way of ensuring that your dog receives all the needed vitamins and minerals.

Now that you have learned the do’s and don’ts about the best homemade dog food recipes, you can start making your own. Remember to talk to your veterinarian about the food choices that are right for your dog.

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