3 Simple and Vet-Approved Home-Cooked Food for Your Dogs | Set aside your dog’s kibbles. Every once in a while, your canine companions deserve homemade, vet-approved meals and treats. Here are some ideas.
Can you see yourself eating the same food over and over again? Probably not. That is why at times, even your canine pals can get tired of the kibbles and wet dog foods you usually give them. To show appreciation and to reward your canine pals with all the happiness and service they have provided you over the years, why not make them simple, vet-approved home-cooked meals and treats every once in a while? That way, your dogs can eat fresh food and get vitamins and minerals from the fruits, vegetables, and meat you cook and prepare for them.
Before you start to plan a recipe in mind, it is essential to note which foods are harmful to your dogs so that you won’t make the mistake of adding them to the meal you prepare for them.
According to one source, home-cooked dog food recipes can be broken down to 50 percent cooked protein, 25 percent produce, and 25 percent cooked complex carbs. You can also inquire your vet about other diet needs you can incorporate in the meals and treats you will prepare.
Doggo friendly recipes to try
- 3 pounds of ground meat
- 1 cup whole grain pasta
- 1 shredded carrot
- 1 shredded squash
- 1 shredded zucchini
- 1 chopped apple
- 1 tablespoon calcium powder
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- Boil whole grain pasta on a pot of water. You can overcook it so its softer.
- Cook ground meat in olive oil (preferably). Drain excess juices.
- Once the pasta and protein are cooked, place all ingredients in a bowl. The pasta and meat will heat the vegetables.
- Mix all ingredients and serve a portion to your dog.
Dogs need daily walks. If you live in a cool and green community such as The Nest Horizon in Antipolo, there’s no need to worry much about your dog getting heatstroke, especially in the summer season. However, just to be sure, preparing a refreshing popsicle for your dog is ideal for keeping them feeling cool all day. The good thing about preparing dog-friendly popsicles is that it is entirely customizable.
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1 chopped banana
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- Add all ingredients to a food processor. Mix until you reach a smooth consistency.
- Add the mixture into four paper cups.
- Place a rawhide stick in the middle of the cup. It will serve as the edible stick in your pooch’s pupsicle.
- Freeze for at least 4 hours.
- Peel away the paper cup and let your dog lick their frozen treat.
Sweet and savory glazed dog biscuit
When training dogs, providing food rewards is effective. In your training sessions, dog biscuits are ideal rewards for your four-legged pals.
For the cookies:
- 1 cup pumpkin
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup oil
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
For the glaze:
- 2 tablespoons of melted bacon grease, chicken fat, coconut oil, or other fat that solidifies at room temperature
- 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs, and oil in a bowl. Add baking soda and whole wheat flour. Mix until stiff dough forms. Knead everything until flour is fully incorporated.
- Roll the dough. Use a cookie cutter or cut them in your desired shapes.
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
- Whisk bacon grease and peanut butter until smooth. Drizzle over cookies. Cool the glazed cookie in the fridge, then serve a piece to your puppy.
Preparing meals for your dogs can be time-consuming, but your dog will surely love you for taking the time and effort to prepare a healthy and delicious meal and treats.