Homemade Dog Food: It’s What You Should Eat, Too

Last Saturday, we picked up the first new addition to our growing family: Jasper the golden doodle. He is a joy, a challenge and…the most precious dog I have ever seen (as anyone says about their dog or pet).

jasper

With his pick up from the breeder, we received a lot of lovely things to help him grow into a great family dog, including a bag of very nice dog food. It has a lot of added nutrients and, along with the multi-vitamin the breeder recommends, we feel all set to provide our dog with vital nutrients.

Yesterday, I went on to order more of the dog food. It isn’t terribly expensive, but I was curious about DIY dog food, as I have been curious about everything DIY and from scratch. There are tons of resources and recipes, and they are fairly simple. I compared to the list of ingredients in the dog food that was provided for Jasper to what it would take to make my own, and here is what I came up with:

Store bought dog food, high quality brand:

INGREDIENTS:
Chicken Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Oat Groats, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a natural source of Vitamin E), Dried Beet Pulp, Brewers Dried Yeast, Flaxseed Meal, Natural Flavors, Dried Egg Product, Catfish Meal, Calcium Carbonate, Lecithin, Potassium Chloride, Dried Carrots, Canola Oil, Monosodium Phosphate, Dried Celery, DL-Methionine, L-Lysine, Salt, Dried Blueberries, Fructooligosaccharide, Taurine, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium thermophilum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Vitamin E Supplement, Dried Broccoli, Dried Beets, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Pomegranate Extract, Dried Parsley, Dried Lettuce, Dried Watercress, Dried Spinach, Manganese Proteinate, Beta-Carotene, Niacin Supplement, Manganese Sulfate, Inositol, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Zinc Oxide, Biotin, Riboflavin Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Selenium Yeast, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Copper Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Vitamin A Acetate, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid.

Contains a source of live (viable), naturally-occurring microorganisms.

Many of the homemade recipes call for ground chicken or turkey, brown rice, carrots or pumpkin and peas or broccoli, and maybe flax meal. Sounds like a yummy dinner for a human! Here is how the portions should be weighed out per ingredients:

MEAT/PROTEIN: (2 1/2 cups) At least 50 percent of a dog’s diet should be composed of protein. Organ meat, such as liver and kidney, should be fed to your dog a few times a week. You may use ground beef, chicken, lamb, turkey or any other type of meat your dog likes. Add a bit of olive oil to cook, but no spices, salt and pepper.

VEGETABLES AND GRAINS: (2 cups) Dogs may also eat grains, root vegetables and green vegetables, as long as these items are thoroughly cooked. Use white or brown rice, mashed potatoes, oatmeal or barley. Cook a few minutes longer than you normally would to make it easier for your dog to digest.

OTHER VEGETABLES AND FRUIT: (1 1/2 cups) Use fresh or frozen fruit or vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, squash, broccoli, spinach, peas, carrots, bananas, or berries. Boil them until they’re completely soft, then transfer them to a blender and puree until smooth.

CALCIUM: (1/2 tsp) Dogs need a lot of calcium to build healthy bones, so its important to add it to their daily diet. Crushed eggshells or bone meal you can buy at pet stores.

Place the portions you don’t serve right away in airtight food storage containers and refrigerate them until serving time. Of course, organic ingredients are ideal, and the amount of food you feed your dog in one sitting should be checked according to his/her size.

Inspired by http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Dog-Food

 

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