In light of the recent pet food recall, this article will detail how to make your own dog food. If you want to opt on the very safe side, you can prepare food for your four-legged friend fresh and from scratch in your own kitchen. Here are some instructions to follow when you set out to prepare a balanced and healthy meal for your dog.
1. Before you change a pet’s diet, check with your vet.
2. Know that dogs need a diet that consists of about 40% meat, 30% vegetables, and 30% starch. This ratio (similar to The Zone diet, ironic, no?) is recommended for all canine diets.
3. Always cook meat before serving it to your dog. Raw meat can cause illness and hold harmful bacteria.
4. While it may gross to you, organ meat, like liver and kidneys are very good for dogs. There are a lot of vitamins to be gained by eating these organs.
5. It is a well-known fact in many health-food circles that many commercial brand dog foods are very unhealthy for pets. Frequently, the meat used in these foods is considered unsuitable for human consumption.
6. Start with a mixture of ground turkey, rice and carrots for your dog food. There are also a variety of recipes that include ground beef, brown rice, brewer’s yeast, and carrots.
7. Be sure to rotate the meals your dog eats so that Fido gets a variety of nutrients.
8. Add garlic to your dog food. Dogs like the flavor of garlic and it doubles as a natural flea repellent.
9. Include oatmeal, pasta, rice or potato for your dog’s starch needs.
10. You can also grind up some eggshells and add them to your dog’s meal. The eggshells have a lot of necessary nutrients.
11. Keep cooked dog food in the refrigerator and use it within three days.
12. Remember, whenever you change an animal’s diet, you risk stomach upset, including gas and diarrhea. Consider switching to homemade foods over a period of time, mixing commercial food and your homemade food.
13. NEVER EVER feed your dog chocolate.