3 Ways to Make Dog Food

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3 Ways to Make Dog Food
3 Ways to Make Dog Food
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Ready-made dog food is often filled with all kinds of preservatives and additives, and it's hard to tell if your dog is getting enough nutrients and enjoying the food. Although it takes a lot longer to make homemade dog food, you are pleased to know that his food is healthy and tasty. Learn what nutrients puppies need to stay healthy and how to prepare daily meals in two ways: cooked or raw.

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Method 1 of 3: Understanding Dog Nutrition

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Step 1. Know what nutrients dogs need

A dog's digestive system is different from that of a human and the balance of ingredients in a homemade dog food needs to be adapted to the special needs of these animals. When cooking for your dog, always remember the following:

  • Dogs are carnivores, so at least 50% of their diet should be made up of protein, which provides the nutrients and minerals dogs need to stay strong and healthy. Chicken, turkey, beef, lamb and fish are all acceptable sources of protein for a dog. They can also be fed eggs and vegetables that contain protein.
  • Guts, such as liver and kidneys, should be fed to the dog a few times a week.
  • Dogs can also eat grains, tuberous roots, and green vegetables, as long as these foods have been thoroughly cooked.
  • Feeding dogs a vegetarian or vegan diet can harm their digestive system, as they have difficulty digesting large amounts of vegetables.
  • Supplement your dog's homemade food with dog-friendly vitamins, ensuring he gets all the nutrients he needs. Check with a veterinarian which supplements are indicated. Your dog should get the proper amount of calcium to avoid bone problems as he grows and ages.
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Step 2. Decide whether you are going to feed your dog raw or cooked meat

Some people say that raw meat is better for dogs because they are not susceptible to the organisms that make humans sick when they eat raw steak or chicken. Other sources claim that cooked meat is a safer option.

  • Raw meat diets often include bones, which provide dogs with the necessary amount of calcium and other nutrients.
  • Research the subject to decide what kind of meat is recommended for your dog. Ask a veterinarian if you wanted more information.

Method 2 of 3: Preparing Cooked Dog Food

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Step 1. Cook 2.5 cups of meat

You can use ground beef, chicken, lamb, turkey or any other type your dog likes. You can fry, boil, roast, sauté, or prepare the meat in another way that cooks it completely.

  • Add a small amount of offal to this recipe every other week to ensure your dog gets the necessary vitamins.
  • Olive oil is safe for dogs, so feel free to use it and keep the meat from sticking to the bowls and pans.
  • It is not necessary to season the meat with salt and pepper. The taste buds of dogs are different from those of humans and too much seasoning can cause an upset stomach in animals.
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Step 2. Prepare 2 cups of cooked starch

Use white or brown rice (wholegrain can help with the dog's possible digestive problems), mashed potatoes, oats, barley, or cooked noodles. Cook the starch for a few minutes longer than usual to ease the dog's digestion.

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Step 3. Cook 1 ½ cups of vegetables

Use fresh or frozen vegetables, vegetables or fruits such as sweet potatoes, pumpkin, broccoli, spinach, peas, carrots, bananas or fruit in bunches. Place them in the oven until boiling and completely soft, then place them in a blender and blend until puree with a very smooth texture.

  • Dogs have difficulty digesting vegetables, so it's important to make sure they're completely smooth in texture before serving them to your pet.
  • If you don't have the time or availability to puree vegetables and fruits, you can substitute them for baby food or frozen pureed food. Just remember to check that the food is sugar free.
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Step 4. Add calcium

Dogs need a lot of calcium to build healthy bones, so it's important to add this item to their daily diet. Prepare 1/2 teaspoon of crushed eggshells or 1 teaspoon of bone meal, available at pet supply stores.

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Step 5. Mix the ingredients

Place meat, starch, vegetable puree, and calcium supplement in a large bowl. Shake the mixture very well and then separate the ration into portions suitable for one meal each. Put the servings that will be served immediately in airtight containers and store them in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve them to your dog.

Method 3 of 3: Preparing Raw Dog Food

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Step 1. Buy raw meat

Visit a market or butcher shop and buy one of the following types of raw meat. Purchase the piece still with the bone, as the bones are soft enough for the dog to chew and eat before being cooked.

  • Chicken legs, thighs and breast or whole chickens. The wings have an ideal combination of meat, bone and tendon that is very healthy for dogs to eat.
  • Pork meat, bones, head and tail.
  • Beef (except the bones, which are very hard) or beef and calf bones.
  • Lamb meat, bones and head.
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Step 2. Prepare the accompaniments

Raw meat can be supplemented with other sources of tasty vitamins and minerals your puppy needs to stay healthy.

  • Liver, heart and guts.
  • Whole eggs.
  • Whole fish fresh or canned.
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Step 3. Add vegetables

Dogs that eat a raw food diet get almost everything they need from meat, but including some vegetables in their diet is a great way to diversify it. Use the blender to make a puree from one or more of the following vegetables:

  • Spinach, carrots, kale or turnips.
  • Apples, pears or other fruits that your dog likes.
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Step 4. Serve raw food

Fill your dog's bowl with the proper amount of food, according to his weight. The food should consist mainly of raw meat, with some supplements and a little vegetables or fruits. Keep the meat and other food left over for the dog; place them in an airtight container inside the refrigerator.

Tips

  • Don't feed your puppy too many new and different foods at once. Food should be simple and never peppery or greasy.
  • Check out How to Make Dog Biscuits to learn how to make healthy homemade biscuits to complement your dog's diet.

Notices

  • If your dog has any special dietary needs, talk to a veterinarian before giving him homemade food.
  • Avoid foods that could be harmful to your dog, such as chocolate, dairy products, macadamias, potatoes, raisins, grapes, onions, powdered onions, rhubarb leaves, tomato leaves or stems, coffee or tea.
  • Watch out for nightshades such as eggplants and peppers (potatoes and tomatoes are nightshade too!). The dog cannot digest them, which makes them extremely dangerous for them.

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