One of the best ways to ensure that your dog’s nutritional requirements are met on a daily basis is by avoiding commercially prepared dog foods and preparing home made dog food. In this way, you can be assured that there are no unnecessary additives, cancer causing preservatives, food coloring or by products, such as bones, hair, and carcasses contained in the food.
It is pretty straight forward to prepare home made dog food, you just need to shop for ingredients, as you would for your own meal preparation. If you can prepare a shopping list, purchase the required ingredients and then spend a few hours on the weekend preparing the food, you should have enough to last for up to five days if you keep your home made dog food in the fridge.
A list of some very nutritional items you can feed to your dog include poultry, meats, eggs, small quantities of organ meats, carrots, potatoes, and fiber sources including bran or rice. Always start with fresh ingredients and never over do the protein portion.
Dogs need more food than just meat and a strict diet of only protein will leave them susceptible to health issues including bone and joint problems. They require some calcium, nutrients, as well as protein and grains.
Some foods that you should never feed to your dog include grapes, onions, garlic, chocolate, raw meat, artificial sweeteners, and raisins.
All of these can be very toxic to a dog and can make them very ill.
Raw meat can contain bacteria, viruses, parasites or even salmonella.
Stir the ingredients together, cooking on low heat for about 20 minutes. Once fully cooked, store in a tightly sealed container in your fridge for up to 5 days.
The dog should receive about a half a cup twice daily.
Sprinkle a teaspoon of brewer’s yeast and ½ tsp of wheat germ over the top. You can also add in plain yogurt or chopped fresh cheese (1/8 cup).