How to make homemade dog food

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Do you really know what's in today's dog food? You're sure to know all the ingredients when you learn to make the food yourself.

A growing number of studies suggest that dog food on the market today is unhealthy,

often causing stomach, heart, and kidney problems. No wonder, after learning what typical dog foods contain, that it could cause medical ailments. Soybean meal and cornmeal are commonly used for the protein content of many pet foods. These ingredients are poor sources of protein compared to meats. BHA and BHT are also found in many varieties of dog food, and these chemicals are proven to be potential hazardous additives. If the ingredient label mentions bi-products, this could include the internal parts of animals such as heads, undeveloped eggs, feet, intestines, or even lungs.

The rules set down by the FDA for personal food consumption are not the same as rules for manufacturing dog food. Although food that is diseased or decayed is unacceptable for human consumption, it is considered fit for commercial dog food. Because of the practices of many dog food manufacturers, some people have taken upon the challenge of making their own dog foods. Although it is slightly troublesome to make all your own dog food, your pet will be much healthier in the long run.

Items often used for homemade dog food are leftover scraps of meat or bone, scrambled eggs, milk, and leftover vegetables. These can be stirred up in various combinations, then frozen or stored until the next day. Other possible ingredients include rice, pasta, and nuts. In many instances, you can make your own recipes easily by just thinking about how you would like a stew to look or how you would create a meal for your own family. You might want to start out experimenting on your own, or search library books or online resources to find specific recipes.

Try mixing together such leftover items as a couple of cups of macaroni, the same proportion of mixed vegetables, a pound of beef or chicken, 3 cups of water and one to two tablespoons of corn starch for thickening. First, you'll need to boil the meat, and then separate it from the broth. Prepare noodles and vegetables as you would for your own consumption, then drain off water. Dissolve the corn starch in a quarter cup of cold water, then add meat, veggies, pasta, broth, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a clove or two of pressed garlic. Bring to a boil, then stir in corn starch and water mixture. Turn the burner down on low and let simmer until the mixture starts to thicken. After it is the desired consistency and has cooled considerably, scoop out with a cup into freezer bags. Thaw the concoction the night before the intended feeding.

For a quick puppy snack or treat, pour a pound of chicken livers along with a cup of liquid into a blender and blend until it is completely liquefied. Add one egg and blend a minute longer. Pour into a medium-sized bowl and add a cup each of cornmeal and flour, along with a tablespoon of garlic powder. Spray baking pan with a no-stick spray and bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. After cooling, but while still warm, cut into small shapes and freeze until ready for consumption.

Another great meal for a dog is an omelet. Heat a medium-sized pan with a small amount of olive oil. Whip together with an egg and 2 tablespoons of instant or mashed potatoes. Spread in pan. Layer with a half cup of cooked veggies and a half cup of diced turkey or chicken. Cover and simmer until egg cooks and the mixture is warm. Sprinkle a quarter cup of cheese on top, then cook a few more minutes until cheese is melted and egg is golden brown. Let cool, then cut into slices.

Store in refrigerator until usage. Ideas for creating recipes are hamburgers and meatball meals, vegetable stews, canine cookies, or bacon and cheese recipes. A basic rule of thumb when making your own dog food is to prepare foods that look and smell good enough for you to eat, trying to include as much protein as possible. Keep homemade foods from spoiling by storing it in the refrigerator or freezer until needed. And for future reference, keep a doggy cookbook so you can recreate your pet's favorite dishes.