Making natural dog food recipes at home provides healthy food for your pet, and it's very easy to do. Simply balance his proteins, fats and carbohydrates with the occasional mineral or vitamin supplement to add more nutritional value.
The following is a basic guideline of ingredients needed to feed your dog healthy meals. You will have to gear them according to his size and the amount of food he typically eats per day.
Stock up on Proteins, Grains and Vegetables
Cooked ground lamb, poultry and beef are ideal for mixing into natural dog food recipes. Use quality organic meats free of hormones, chemicals and antibiotics.
Pass on vegetables high in oxalic acid since they will interfere with your dog's ability to absorb calcium; stay away from spinach, rhubarb and swiss chard.
Wholesome ingredients to incorporate into your dog's diet
Quick cooking grains:
- Rolled oats
- Brown rice
- Wheat berries.
- Cut green beans
- Lima beans
Fresh cooked vegetables:
- Finley grated carrots or zucchini
- Yams/sweet potatoes
- Baking potatoes
Tip: Natural dog food recipes can sometimes lack enough calcium. Sprinkle a bit of eggshell powder into your dog's food to make sure he gets enough.
Two Natural Dog Food Recipes
Recipe for a medium to large-sized dog:
- 1 to 1 ½ cup roasted chicken pieces, cut small
- ½ cup cooked, shredded carrots
- ½ cup cooked, green beans
- 1 tablespoon plain, organic yogurt
- 1 cup cooked barley
Recipe for a small to mid-sized dog:
- ½ cup ground lamb, beef, or poultry
- ½ cup brown rice
- ¼ cup lentils or split peas
- ¼ cup cooked peas
- 1 teaspoon canola oil