Here are some homemade dog food recipes that are vet-approved.
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Recipe 1: Chicken and Rice for 30-Pound Dog
According to the Massachusetts’ MSCPA-Angell Animal Medical Center here’s a great chicken and rice recipe for a 30 pound dog.
- Cooked dark chicken meat
- 2 cups of cooked white rice
- 1.5 Tbsp of mixed vegetables
- 2-3 Tsp of vegetable oil
- 2.5 scoops of Balance IT Canine supplement
1. Cook chicken as you normally would
2. Cook rice as you normally would
3. Boil vegetables
4. Take cooked ingredients and mix in a bowl with vegetable oil and canine supplement
5. Feed to dog
6. Store the rest in the fridge
Recipe 2: Chicken and Rice for 20-Pound Dog
- 1/4 pound of cooked skinless chicken
- 1 cup of brown rice that’s cooked
- 1 cup of white rice that’s cooked
- 1 Tbsp of vegetable oil
- 1/4 tsp of potassium chloride
- Calcium or bonemeal supplement
1. Cook chicken and rice as you normally would
2. Add cooked parts in a bowl with vegetable oil, potassium chloride, and supplements
3. Mix them together
4. Serve to your dog
5. Freeze leftovers
Recipe 3: Turkey and Vegetables
- 1.5 cups of brown rice
- 2 shredded carrots
- 1 Tbsp of olive oil
- 1 shredded zucchini
- .5 cup of peas
- 3 cups of baby spinach that’s chopped
- 3 pounds of ground turkey
1. Cook rice first according to its instructions
2. Heat olive oil in stockpot at medium heat
3. Add ground turkey to the pot and cook it until its brown (3-5 minutes)
4. Break turkey down into a crumble
5. Stir in vegetables and rice into the pot with the turkey
6. Cook mixture for 3-5 minutes
7. Let cool, then serve
8. Freeze leftovers
Do Vets Recommend Homemade Dog Food?
Some vets recommend homemade dog food because it lacks some of the problems found in dog food. There are often recalls on dog food because of certain disease outbreaks. Those diseased animals may have been used in the ingredients in the dog food. Because there aren’t typically as many checkpoints for dog food as there is human food, recalls are often common.
Some dog food also contains carcinogens. That’s why vets recommend homemade dog food. When prepared correctly and given the correct amount of supplements, the dog food is safer and healthier for the dog to consume. It doesn’t contain any harmful preservatives, fillers, or additives.
Some are wary of homemade dog food because homeowners aren’t always experienced enough to create dog food that satisfies their dog’s nutritional needs. However, following a vet-approved recipe will ensure that their dog receives all of the nutrition that they need.
What Are The Best Ingredients For Homemade Dog Food?
The staples of a high-quality homemade dog food recipe are protein, rice, vegetables, vegetable oil, and some form of a supplement. For protein, the best choices are chicken, turkey, or salmon. Dogs tend to enjoy these kinds of meats and they’re gentler on their stomachs.
Rice is used for fiber. It ensures their digestive system remains strong and that their stomach can digest the rich food.
Vegetables and vegetable oil are necessary to give dogs their vitamins and nutrients. Some dogs enjoy certain vegetables over others. As long as you give them the correct amount of vegetables–and a healthy mix of them–it doesn’t matter what specific vegetables you use. Finally, all dogs should have supplements added to their homemade dog food. These supplements ensure that the dog is receiving all of the nutrition they need.
Calcium, for example, can ensure that the dog doesn’t lose bone density over the years.
How Much Homemade Dog Food Should I Feed My Dog?
Because homemade dog foods are often richer than standard dog food, it can be difficult to know just how much to feed your dog. The rule of thumb is to feed your dog about 2-3 percent of their body weight per day. For a 50-pound dog, for example, that’s 16 ounces of food.
Those who tend to feed their dogs in cups should stick to the 1/2 cup per 10 pounds rule. A 10-pound dog will only need a 1/2 cup of homemade dog food while a 40-pound dog will need 2 cups. You can always make extra homemade dog food, then simply store it in your fridge or freeze for later. Just be aware that because it doesn’t contain any preservatives, the food won’t last too long. You’ll need to be wary of bacteria or mold growing in the food.
Can I Feed My Dog Chicken And Rice Every Day?
You can feed your dog chicken and rice every day. Dogs love the taste of chicken and don’t mind rice either. However, you cannot feed them chicken and rice alone. While chicken covers their need for protein and rice will give them plenty of fiber, they still need vitamins and other nutrients that they won’t receive from that meal alone.
Adding in vegetables or supplements can give them those vitamins.
You may also find that your dog becomes ill after eating chicken and rice. This may be because the food is too rich for them and their stomach isn’t used to it. You’ll want to start feeding them small amounts of chicken and rice, to begin with. You can even mix it with the rest of their standard dog food until that dog food is gone.
Once your dog is used to the chicken and rice, you can experiment with different vegetables. Your dog may enjoy carrots over peas, for example. Finding the right vegetable is important.
Even with vegetables added to their meal, you should still include a supplement to ensure they’re receiving all of their vitamins.
The kind of chicken you choose is also important. It needs to be dark and skinless. You can feed your dog with the skin attached if they’re underweight. Otherwise, the skin has too much fat that your dog doesn’t need.
You can serve your dog either white or brown rice. Many prefer brown rice because it’s healthier.