(N.Morgan) When preparing for unexpected events, such as disasters or in climate weather and power loss, food loss, one must consider how their pets will fair during such trying and scary times.
One way to ensure your pet will be taken care of at a minimum cost is to make their dog food and treats homemade.
For what it’s worth, dog food is an easy and cheap thing to make… Keep rice, and dehydrated vegetables like peas and carrots. Just boil scrap meats and bones with the rice and vegetables mix. Leave or remove bones and feed.
Making your own pet food is not only cost effective, it is also an excellent way to ensure the health and longevity of your pets. You will know they are getting all of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients they need to stay active and healthy.
There are tons of different recipes on the internet that offer the maximum health benefits for your dogs and save you money as an added bonus.
Let’s review some of the do and don’t of what foods our dogs can consume.
Foods To Avoid
There are some ingredients which have been shown to cause illness (or death) in some dogs. Included in that list are:
Artificial sweeteners or artificial fats
Nutritious Foods For Your Dog
These are a list of some basic healthful foods to include in your pets diet. Please consult with your veterinarian prior to making significant changes to your pets diet.
Organ meats, liver (don’t overuse)
Cultured dairy products such as yogurt, buttermilk, cheese
Complex carbohydrates such as rice, potatoes, beans, legumes
Fiber sources such as bran, fresh vegetables, whole-grains.
Some of these foods may be fine in small “seasoning” quantities but to be sure, always consult with your pet’s veterinarian and follow his/her advise.
*Raw Meat – Raw meats and poultry can contain bacteria, salmonella, or parasites or viruses. Your dog can suffer from food poisoning just as humans can. Only cooking will make these foods safe for consumption.
(Sasha Morgan: Treat/Food Tester and Resident Chow Hound)
In an article by Angela Colley, 10 Healthy Homemade Dog Food Recipes and Organic Treats, Angela gives some great recipes to fill your dog’s organic diet menu.
2 to 4 chicken breasts
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Remove any excess fat from the chicken. Turn the chicken breast on its side and use a paring knife to slice the chicken breast into 1/8 inch thick strips.
Set the strips on a baking sheet. Bake for 2 hours.
Check the chicken before removing from the oven. It should be dry and hard, not soft or chewy. Allow the chicken to cool completely before serving.
Store the jerky in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Pro Tip: You can substitute sweet potatoes for the chicken in this recipe. Sweet potatoes make a healthy, vegetarian alternative.
Frozen Yogurt Pops for Dogs
If your dog loves to chase ice cubes around the kitchen, then he’ll love these frozen treats. They’re made from human grade ingredients and include fruit juice and carrots, which give your pup an added vitamin boost. Yogurt has calcium and protein, and can help your dog digest food.
Note that this recipe calls for non-fat yogurt, which is a much healthier alternative to other types of yogurt, especially if your dog is overweight.
6 oz. container of plain, non-fat frozen yogurt
1 cup of no-sugar added fruit juice
1/2 cup of carrots, minced
Add the yogurt, fruit juice, and carrots into a medium-sized bowl. Stir until the ingredients are smooth and well-blended.
Drop the mixture into the ice cube trays by spoonful.
Freeze until the ingredients are solid.
Pro Tip: Use hard plastic trays instead of the softer rubber ones to make the treats. The treats are easier to remove from a hard tray.
The videos below are more recipes and tips for making quality homemade dog food.