Homemade Dog Food

Homemade dog food is an excellent way to make sure your dogs are getting the nutrients they need.

| May 2009


DIGGING IN: Dogs will enjoy homemade dog food and snacks.

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My two Vizsla hunting dogs get homemade dog food twice each day. I mix an adjusted amount with good quality dry kibble.

Homemade dog food can be better than some commercial products. We don’t realize what’s in the food we give our pets. Always inspect the ingredients.

Commercial dog foods can contain preservatives, and are altered by chemical processes that can be unhealthy for dogs. They can also contain processed unknown animal products and fillers that do nothing to contribute to your pet’s health.

To avoid your dogs ingesting unknown dog food ingredients, make your own. Control not only the content, but the quality as well.

Reasons To Consider A Homemade Dog Food

Homemade dog food, your hunting dog will love you

* dog has allergies to food

4/26/2016 10:42:21 PM

I'm sure this recipe is a good one, but I do not have time to be making food for my dog every day or every other day.

3/27/2016 11:16:34 PM

If the author of this article is a "RN" makes me wonder about her qualifications..NO ONE in their right mind would feed this to their dog!! I hope...

3/27/2016 11:09:32 PM

Cin,as a Holistic nut, you are 100% RIGHT! Corn oil is GMO, and yes, starch, tums & vitamins are pointless!!! Fed RIGHT, humans & animals get all their nutrients & vitamins from their food! Vitamins are smoke & mirrors..if you want to add supplements, may I suggest Springtime Supplements? Non GMO, HUMAN Grade, pure, etc. I use it for my dog's seperation anxiety

3/25/2015 10:36:21 AM

Why ruin high quality dog with with synthetic supplements and Tums? There are several things wrong with this recipe!!! For one, dogs do not eat rice or corn in the wild and it is not necessary for their diet, it's only a filler! Corn oil is also a bad idea! Coconut Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil UNHEATED would be a better alternative! Better yet, omit it and give them fish oil instead!!! Why do dogs need salt? If anything, Redmond's Sea Salt or Himalayan only because of the natural minerals they contain! Never give your dogs synthetic supplements!!! The residue is not passed completely through the body and can accumulate over time. The Holistic, well balanced dog food already has a balance recipe so supplementing with multivitamins is unnecessary! You should supplement with Trace Minerals though because everyone is deficient due to conventional farming habits today that have depleted the soil and it will combat degenerative diseases which is caused from mineral deficiencies! It's a must for breeds prone to hip dysplasia which is degenerative. Give your dog only what they would normally find in nature! Raw meat, raw chicken bones, NEVER COOKED BONES!!! Their stomach acid is meant for breaking down raw bones and bone marrow is very important for their diet as is organ meats which are high in minerals! When dogs have dry itchy skin give them a little organic yogurt. You have to balance their gut bacteria and any "hot spots" will heal from the inside. Miso is also go for gut bacteria. You can mix a teaspoon with a quart of homemade chicken broth, bone broth would be better, and pour a fourth of a cup over their dog food. It is salty so give them plenty of water! Don't give them too much yogurt at a time though because it is a milk product and too much will give them loose stool. For toy breeds, just a heaping teaspoon would be enough. 20-50 lbs, a heaping tablespoon a couple of times a week. Our food is our best medicine as mother nature knows best! If your a diehard for making your own dog food, get a book from Dr. Becker who is a Holistic Vet for Real Dog food and educate yourself on Nutrition! You'll be rewarded by giving your dog a long healthy life with you!

dale lute
7/21/2014 11:56:44 AM

If you make this with Tums, Corn oil and human vitamins, what exactly are you gaining here? 5 oz of meat, and over 16 oz. rice?

4/24/2014 11:17:55 AM

I also make my own. I find it works very well to use a one-quart crockpot. I place chicken or beef, carrots, beans and enough water to cover. Crack in an egg crushing the she'll (which was walked) in as well. Cook it for about six hours then stir in cooked brown rice (optional) . I just spoon it over their kibble.

3/28/2014 7:18:37 AM

Please don't put Tums in your dog's food. It will neutralize stomach acid, and protein will not digest and calcium will not be absorbed. Tums are NOT a good source of calcium for this reason. Calcium must have an acidic environment to be absorbed by the body, whether human or canine. For a better, more species-specific source of calcium, consider raw meaty bones for your dog.

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