April 23, 2020 Have you ever tried to make homemade dog food? I can understand why most people would answer, “…no way!” However, I guarantee that if you try it you will never go back to the store bought brands. There are many benefits to making your dog’s food at home. I would like to tell you about the positive changes that I have personally noticed in my dog.
They say “the proof is in the pudding,” and that holds true with the homemade food. All the dogs in our family love it! My dog knows when I begin cooking it. She stands at attention in anticipation of her delicious food!
The first reason to make homemade dog food is that you control what you put in it. Every ingredient is natural. It has no preservatives or other unrecognizable bits. I would encourage you to read the content of your store bought dog food.
A second reason for using homemade dog food is that it is nutritionally better for your dog. Your pet will show you how much better it is. Immediately, I noticed an increase in my dog’s energy level. Concurrently, her digestion improved. After a short time using the homemade food, my dog’s coat seemed healthier and she did not shed as much. I am sure that you will be able to recognize these changes in your dog, and also notice others.
During the current pandemic, it initially was difficult to find all the ingredients for my homemade dog food. My son tried to help by buying a very expensive freeze dried dog food from Sprouts. It is suppose to achieve the same results as the homemade food. It is also suppose to be easier since all you need to do is measure out the correct portion for your dog’s size, hydrate it by adding water, and let it stand for three minutes. After a couple of days of serving it to my dog, she began to show signs of her disapproval. The novelty had worn off! Most importantly, I noticed the negative effects. She began to have digestion problems. She was no longer excited about eating the food, and her energy level decreased. As soon as I could, I returned to my homemade dog food recipe. When she smelled it cooking, she began to anticipate it. As soon as I served her, she gobbled it all up!
I wish to share the recipe that I follow. It is not difficult to make. It does not have many ingredients. I encourage you to try it!
Aimee’s Homemade Dog Food
4 Chicken Breasts
2 Bags Shredded Carrots
1 Bag Frozen Spinach
1 Bag Frozen Peas
1 Bag Frozen Green Beans
1 Bag Fresh Sweet Potatoes
2 Cups Cooked Brown Rice
Boil the chicken breasts in 4 cups of water for 30 minutes on medium heat.
In another pot, add four cups of water and pour in all your washed sweet potatoes with the skins. Cook them until soft for about thirty minutes on medium heat.
Cook two cups of rice in four cups of water for twenty to thirty minutes on medium heat. I use the rice cooker to make my rice, but some people prefer making it in the instant pot.
Once your chicken is done, let it cool enough to handle and shred it to the consistency of a paste mix. You could use a food processor or a blender. I just shred it by hand.
After you have finished cooking the sweet potatoes, drain them and mash them into the consistency of mashed potatoes.
When the vegetables are soft, they are done cooking. DO NOT drain the liquid in the pot. Mash all the veggies in the pot to achieve the consistency of mashed potatoes.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken, all the veggies, sweet potatoes, and the rice. Mix all of the ingredients until well incorporated.
Congratulations! You have just completed your first batch of homemade dog food. Now, you will need to put your homemade dog food into Rubbermaid containers and freeze it. Don’t forget to keep one in the refrigerator to start feeding your dog right away. Each time I serve my dog’s portion, I heat it up for about one minute and thirty seconds in the microwave. Always test that it is not too hot before serving it to your dog.
A batch of homemade dog food should last you about a month. It depends on the size of your dog and how many times a day you feed your dog. I have a teacup size dog and I feed her twice a day: morning and night. You can easily double or triple the recipe to allow for your particular situation.
I commend you for trying this recipe! I know that your dog will love it! Remember to enjoy the process. Please share your experience with our Blog members.
Below are a couple of pictures to inspire you!