How to make homemade Chewy dog food
Dog owners are willing to do anything for their pets, including making their own food. Cooking homemade dog food may seem like a daunting task for a pet owner, but you'll find that it's not such a daunting task given the many homemade dog food recipes you can try.
Why do dogs need homemade food?
Commercial dog food manufacturers may want you to believe otherwise, but feeding your dog homemade food is actually good for your dog.
Perhaps the most obvious benefit is that you can personally choose the ingredients to be used in your dog food. This is very important if your dog has allergies or you just want to get rid of certain ingredients review.
You can also be sure that the food you are giving him is 100% safe. In a time when dog food recalls due to possible contamination have become very common, you will have peace of mind knowing that the food your dog is eating will not make him nauseous.
You can also save time and effort when you prepare your dog's food. Cooking food in large branches will allow you to do this because you can freeze smaller portions that you can later feed to your dog.
Of course, cooking food for your dog is also beneficial. Although cooking can take time, you can end up saving a lot of money in the long run, especially if you buy the ingredients in bulk.
What nutritional recommendations should you follow?
While there are many benefits you can get from cooking for your dog, it doesn't mean you just give him what you have at home.
And please don't even think about giving him leftovers, especially fried and fatty foods. This can increase the risk of health problems such as diarrhea and pancreatitis. Worse, he may end up eating toxic foods like onions.
Just like us, our dogs need a nutritious and balanced diet. This means that the homemade food you give your dog should meet all of his nutritional needs.
Below are general nutritional guidelines that you should follow when feeding your dog:
- 50 percent of his diet should consist of vegetables.
- 40 percent should consist of protein from animal meat, eggs/dairy and seafood.
- 10 percent of carbohydrates should consist of grains and beans.
However, this should not give you the impression that you will feed your dog the same food every day. Just like humans, dogs want variety in their food.
But you may be wondering – what ingredients can I use in making dog food? Shredded beef or small strips of beef are good sources of protein. I also recommend turkey as it is very easy to digest. It is also widely available and cheap.
You can also give your dog chicken. As with turkey, you should have no problem getting it. Lamb is another good source of protein. You can also give beans and eggs, but in moderation.
As for vegetables, safe choices are carrots, spinach, green beans, peas, celery, pumpkin, and cucumber. Give them broccoli and cauliflower with caution, as these can cause gas.
As for carbs, rice, boiled potatoes, yams and oatmeal are good choices. You can also give him pasta without oil or salt.
Best Homemade Dog Food Recipes
Here are 10 great homemade dog food Chewys you can make for your dogs:
1. dog-style beef stew
Beef stew is a very good homemade dog food. It is rich in protein and fat thanks to the beef, and the vegetables contain the vitamins and minerals your dog needs. This recipe should make four cups, and that's enough to feed your dog for 2 days.
- One sweet potato, small.
- ½ cup diced tomatoes
- 500 grams of stewed beef
- ½ cup flour
- ½ cup diced green beans
- ½ cup water
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Step-by-Step Guide :
- Start by cooking sweet potatoes in the microwave. The potatoes should become firm and soft in 5-8 minutes. Once it's done, set it aside.
- Cut the stew into smaller pieces. Then cook them in a tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium heat. You want the meat to be well-cooked. This should take about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Remove the beef from the pan.
- Heat the remaining oil over medium to low heat before adding the flour and water. Whisk the ingredients until a thick gravy forms.
- Dice the sweet potatoes. Add this to the sauce along with the meat, carrots, and green beans. Stir to coat.
- Cook for 10 minutes or until carrots are soft.
- Allow to cool before serving. Leftover stew can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
2: Pumpkin Biscuits for Dogs
This is a great homemade dog food. Pumpkin is a great source of fiber. In fact, a tablespoon of pumpkin mixed with regular food is usually recommended for dogs who have bouts of constipation or diarrhea.
- ½ cup very cold water
- 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 cups whole-grain brown rice flour
- 1 large egg
- 2 ½ tablespoons flaxseed oil or olive oil
You may choose to forgo eggs if your dog is allergic to them.
Step-by-Step Guide :
- Preheat the oven to 160 to 180 degrees.
- Use a couple of baking trays and baking paper to prevent sticking.
- In a separate bowl, mix the beaten eggs and pumpkin until the mixture is smooth. If your dog is allergic to eggs and you don't want to use them, just smooth out the pumpkin puree.
- Mix the flaxseed oil and brown rice flour in a large bowl. Add the pumpkin mixture to the rice mixture, then slowly add the water. There should be some rice left over that can be used later for the cookie stuffing.
- Mix the ingredients by hand, then use two sheets of baking paper to roll out the dough to the desired thickness.
- Remove the top baking paper and pour the rice flour over the dough. Press it lightly against the waxed baking paper.
- Remove the paper and cut the cookies to the desired size.
- Place them in the oven and cook for 30 to 40 minutes. You'll know the cookies are ready when the top is completely dry.
- Cool before serving.
3. All in one bowl
This is a dish that should give your dog plenty of protein, and in combination with beef, chicken and turkey. The dog will also get plenty of carbs from the potatoes and rice included in this recipe. And I assure you that he will be satiated with this meal.
- 500 grams of ground beef.
- 250 grams of minced chicken
- 250 grams of ground turkey
- 500 grams of small carrots
- 2 small potatoes
- 3 eggs whipped
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 3 cups brown rice
- 2 cups water
Step-by-Step Guide :
- Cook beef, chicken and turkey together in a 6 liter Dutch oven. Add rice, chicken broth and chicken. Cook over medium heat for half an hour.
- Add carrots, potatoes and eggs. Cook for another 20 minutes.
- After that, transfer the mixture to a storage container.
This is a pretty simple dog food that you should have no problem making for your pet. I think this should be enough to feed your dog for 2-3 days.
4. Chicken jerky.
Are you concerned that commercially available chicken jerky is bad for your dog? Maybe you're worried that these products have a lot of additives and preservatives? Why not make your own?
Homemade chicken jerky strips are the perfect replacement for store-bought rawhides. You can be sure that there are no preservatives or chemicals in it. What's more, you can keep them in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
It's full of protein, which your dog needs. It is also good for his teeth since it is tough and chewy.
- 2-4 chicken breasts.
- Sweet potatoes (if you want your dogs to have a healthy vegetarian alternative)
Step-by-Step Guide :
- Preheat the oven to 100 degrees.
- Remove excess fat from the chicken. Flip the breast on its side and use a vegetable peeler to cut it into strips.
- Place the strips on a baking tray.
- Bake for 3 hours.
- When the chicken is dry and hard, take it out of the oven. Allow it to cool completely before serving.
5. Frozen yogurt.
This is another great homemade food for your dog, especially in the summertime. Your dog can chill with it with this delicious and tasty treat. It's quick and easy to make, too.
In addition to being a tasty treat for your dog, it's also quite packed with nutrients. It is rich in vitamins with added fruit juices and carrots. It is also rich in calcium and protein through the use of yogurt.
It should also be noted that this recipe calls for skim yogurt, which is a healthier choice. You would love to give this treat to your dog, especially if he is overweight.
- 200 grams of plain nonfat frozen yogurt
- ½ cup carrots
- 1 cup sugar-free fruit juice
Step-by-Step Guide :
- In a medium sized bowl, mix together the yogurt, fruit juice and carrots. Mix well until mixture is smooth.
- Spoon the mixture into ice cube trays.
- Freeze until the ingredients have hardened.
To make it easier for you to take the treats out of the tray, use hard plastic trays. These treats should last 3-4 days.