Tips For Making Your Own Homemade Dog Meals And Treats

Tips For Making Your Own Homemade Dog Meals And Treats

Dog meals and snacks don't have to​ hard to​ make or​ take a​ lot of​ time. Many snacks can be grabbed straight out of​ your refrigerator and are much healthier than baked goods.

However,​ there are a​ few things that I have noticed regarding many homemade dog food recipes that you​ should avoid doing.

1. Don't microwave your dog's food. Microwaving kills vitamins,​ minerals and nutrients. the​ radiation also alters the​ cell structure of​ the​ food. Scientific studies have shown that humans that eat microwaved foods have significant and disturbing changes in​ their blood cells. Microwaving has many serious side-effects,​ including altering the​ minerals in​ vegetables into cancerous free radicals. It's bad enough that we humans continue to​ use microwaves to​ cook our food... let's not subject our animals to​ it​ as​ well.

2. Many recipes that I've seen promote using beef/chicken bouillon cubes and/or canned beef/chicken broth. These products have very high and unhealthy sodium levels. Either use sodium reduced broths or​ better yet make your own.

3. Obviously,​ some sort of​ flour is​ needed to​ bind together baked dog biscuits. However,​ instead of​ using white flour,​ whole wheat flour and/or cornmeal in​ your recipes,​ substitute spelt flour instead. It's much more easily digestible for both humans and animals. Flour and cornmeal are hard for animals to​ digest and many are or​ can become allergic to​ these grains.

4. Don't feed your dog too many "baked" treats that contain flour and cornmeal. Opt for more natural,​ healthy,​ and uncooked treats (some recipes are listed below).

Healthy Homemade Dog Food Recipes

You can make up several days worth of​ dog food at​ one time or​ cook them up while you​ prepare your own supper. Here are a​ few recipes to​ try out:


Shepherd Pie

6 oz beef or​ chicken broth (low sodium or​ make your own)
1 pound ground beef,​ chicken or​ turkey
1 cup mashed potatoes
1/2 cup mixed vegetables (no onions or​ mushrooms)

Mix broth,​ meat and vegetables together. Grease casserole dish and pat mixture into dish. Top with potatoes. Bake at​ 300 degrees for 30 minutes.

Sometimes your dog may have a​ slightly upset stomach with possibly some diarrhea involved. the​ following recipe is​ a​ nice bland mixture that still tastes good and should help to​ solve your pup's tummy problems.

3 boneless,​ skinless chicken breasts,​ cut up (either raw or​ cooked)
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 cup cooked carrots
1 cup non or​ low-fat cottage cheese

Mix together and serve according to​ you’re dog’s size,​ weight and activity level. This recipe should be good for one large dog for 1 main meal or​ 2 smaller meals. if​ you​ desire,​ you​ can also add 1 tbsp of​ flax seed oil for added essential fatty acids.


Quick Dog Treats

Dogs,​ like humans,​ like to​ have their snacks. the​ following two snacks are healthy and quick to​ prepare:


Frosty Cube Treats

1 large container plain yogurt (make sure it​ contains live acidophilus cultures and no sugar or​ artificial sweeteners)
1 cup ground carrots or​ ground apples or​ lightly cooked ground liver

Mix together and fill ice-cube trays. Freeze. Pop one out for a​ treat when frozen.


Banana Mash

1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese
1 ripe banana,​ mashed
1 tbsp flax seed oil

Mix together and serve for a​ nice,​ quick,​ healthy snack.

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