homemade dog food. healthy or not?
Topic: homemade dog food. healthy or not?
November 23, 2019 / By Dee Question:
i have a german shephered... and i feed him a mix of dog food that i buy .. and also a food i make.. like.. chicken.. meat.. beef or somethin.. (all cooked) also rice and wts left of my food...
so.. is it healthy or...?
Best Answers: homemade dog food. healthy or not?
Brittney | 6 days ago
It can be healthy, providing its prepared correctly. I feed homemade food to my dog, but I took guidance from my vet. ALL meals MUST be balanced,with added vitimins and minerals.Ask your veterinarian to determine your dog's ideal body weight. You will need to check your dog's weight often to determine the need to make adjustments in the amount of food you are feeding. Factors such as age and level of activity strongly influence feeding guidelines.
Dogs need a diet that consists of 40 percent meat, 30 percent vegetables and 30 percent starch. Follow this formula to ensure that your dog has a well-balanced diet. : Cook meat before feeding it to your dog.Organ meat (such as liver, kidneys, etc.) and eggs are very good for your dog. Try making a mixture of ground turkey, rice and carrot for your own dog food. Meals made of ground beef, brown rice, brewer's yeast and carrots are also popular. Rotate the foods you feed your dog so that the dog gets a variety of foods. Use oatmeal, pasta, rice(brown is best) or potatoes for your dog's starch requirement.Keep cooked dog food in the refrigerator no longer than three days.
Consider the fact that many experts believe commercial dog food is actually unhealthy for dogs. Often the meat that is used in dog food is of a quality considered unfit for humans.!!!!
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Originally Answered: What is a good healthy homemade recipe for dog food?
check out this site... There are a lot of home made treats and food recipes. the anti flea recipe has me intriqued. I haven't tried making anything yet, but I am sure in the long run it would be cheaper to make than buy as beef broth and chicken broth are easy to make, and I already have all the flour ingredients as I make my own bread and I grow my own garlic. check it out-------lots of great recipes for your canine.
my mum used to feed our old dog cooked up cow heart, tunge, liver all that yukkie stuff dice it up a bit of gravey pees carrots and corn with a fare amount of rice, she'd do it weekly like make a lot up and put it into tub and feeze it and defrost it each day
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It's not a good idea to get your dog used to eating table food, because most people put some sort of seasoning on it and that's what's bad for the dog. If you're going to give your animal "people" food, season it on your plate, and give the first cooked stuff to the dog. NO chicken bones after they've been cooked. Raw is okay. Cooked people foods can cause pancreatic problems in some dogs.
Here's a guide.....FEEDING YOUR DOG
How you begin feeding your Dog will determine how she expects to be fed for the rest of her life.
It is important to start off right with her feeding.
There are many commercial brands available that will fit the specific needs of your Dog according to her age and physical characteristics.
A common misconception among Dog owners is believing that feeding their pets table scraps is good practice.
Unfortunately, this is completely false. Table scraps, although sometimes hard to resist feeding her, can cause problems.
First of all, table scraps do not consist of the balanced diet your pet needs which can cause
Many owners do not realize that feeding their pet table scraps can encourage obnoxious behaviors such as begging and barking for food.
Have you ever been at someone's home and watched their four footed friend beg at the table? Although you may think this is cute, remember, that Dog begs like that every time those people sit down to eat. Yes, morning, noon and night, they see their Dog either wobbling in a begging position or barking to get bites.
If you start your Dog off on the right foot when eating, your Dog will be healthier and not a
nuisance during your dinnertime.
TYPES OF FEEDING
Scheduled feeding and free feeding are two types of feeding you may offer your Dog. Both depend on your lifestyle and the personality and physical characteristics of your pet.
Scheduled feedings usually take place in the morning and evening and consist of measured amounts of food.
Free feeding is exactly as it sounds. You set a bowl full of food on the ground and the Dog eats
**Dogs that are on scheduled feedings are sometimes more easily trained than those allowed to free feed. This is because food can be used as a reward, where if the Dog is free fed, food may not be an adequate reward because the Dog can have it anytime she likes.
If your Dog eats excessively or is overweight, free feeding is probably not the best choice for your pet. Also, if your pet spends many hours alone during the day, free feeding is not a good choice. What goes in must come out and if your Dog eats while you are away, she may need to eliminate prior to your return.
There are many brands of Dog food available, and the most expensive brand is not necessarily the best. The bags or cans of food themselves will give you a guide on how much of that particular food you should feed your Dog according to her weight.
You can adjust the recommended amount based on the amount of exercise your Dog gets and the climate in which she lives. If your Dog spends the majority of her time in hot weather, she will not need the caloric intake of a cold weather Dog.
Also, you will find that your Dog may have an allergy to corn based foods. It may develop sores and scabs on its skin from excessive scratching. Once the corn- based food is eliminated from its diet, the sores go away. This is one reason many vets recommend a lamb and rice formula for your Dog.
Feeding Your Puppy - Puppies should be fed several regularly scheduled meals every day throughout the first three months of life. This will help prevent bloat. As your puppy gets older, you can reduce the feedings to two meals per day, morning and evening or offer free feeding as an alternative choice. Puppies require more calories and fat to grow.
Talk to your veterinarian about what type of food to feed your puppy through her first year of life. Many recommend specific brands and most recommend a food without a lot of additives.
Feeding Your Adult Dog - A Dog is considered an adult from about one year to six years of age.
This time period should have a balanced diet of quality food, offered according to the weight of your Dog, and rich in the vitamins and minerals needed to promote a healthy life.
Once again, consult with your veterinarian on the brand they would recommend for your particular breed of Dog. The vet should also have a medical history established by this time so they will also be able to add additional insight based on potential allergies or
weight problems your Dog may exhibit.
Feeding Your Older Dog - Most older pets retain their ability to digest the essential nutrients from food well into old age.
However, some older dogs do require an adjustment in their food intake dependent on their amount of physical exercise. An older Dog is usually not as active and therefore requires a reduction in calories.
Special food, designed for the older Dog, is generally a good idea. Most of these formulas contain moderate levels of high quality, highly digestible protein as well as modified levels of polyunsaturated fat and vitamins B and E for better digestibility and health of your older pet.
** I suggest.
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It can be.
Check out Urban Wolf. Its a premix of veggies and vitamins that you add water, sunflower oil, fish oil capsules and meat to. You can also add rice and other veggies if desired. I stopped feeding kibble and starting doing this two years ago for my labs that were intolerant of most grains. The problem with doing kibble and homemade is its easy to get too much of one nutrient and not enough of another. Many people do feed both so it can be done, but for me I find it easier to just make my dogs food and not feed kibble at all.
If you are not going to use a premix with vitamins in it then you will need to be careful of how much calcium, protein, potassium etc you are feeding, which is why I like the premix - it takes that part out and makes it so easy. If you don;t you might need to check with your vet to see what supplements to add.
We feed some healthy table scraps that are left (such as chicken, lean beef, veggies) and put them in the dog bowl after we are done eating...but not all the time, maybe once a week.
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When you think about it, what does your dog need from its food in order to be healthy?
Today our pets have a wide variety to meet their tastes and needs and we have our choice of what kind of food we can choose to feed them. Despite the variety, pet foods usually fall into three major categories. These categories are: Grocery store foods, these types of dog and pet foods are usually found in grocery stores and mass marketed retailers and can contain lower quality, less expensive ingredients. The second category is "premium dog foods," which can also be found in grocery's stores but are also found in pet stores and through your local veterinarian's office. These types of foods are usually made from some higher quality ingredients and are usually made evident by the expense of the food. Some of these pet foods though can contain lower quality ingredients that you aren't aware of. The third and final category is homemade dog food.More and more people are beginning to make their dog's food at home rather than buying commercial formulas. Homemade dog food doesn't contain any substances that could possibly be harmful to your dog's health such as artificial coloring and artificial flavors.
Another reason to make homemade dog food is the preservatives added to the commercial dog food. Homemade dog food has the benefit of optimum freshness without preservatives.
There are dogs that would greatly benefit from a homemade diet. Some dogs who suffer from allergies that cause severe itching may find relief once switched from commercial dog food to a homemade diet.
Processed dog food is a relatively new product and scientists don't fully understand the differences between commercial food and a diet of fresh food. There may be problems occurring in a dog's health because he is being given food that has had the nutrients cooked out of it and then sprayed back on.
Would you like to prolong the quality and length of your dog's life by 135%?You should keep your dog healthy by homemade dog food.
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Originally Answered: Homemade dog food recipe?
1 quart zip lock bag full of meat (liver, heart, tongue, etc. etc)
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
2 cups rice
1/2 cup oatmeal
Cut meat into small chunks and simmer in large 4 quart pot.
As it simmers, chop veggies in your food processor. Add them to the simmering pot.
stir regularly till all is partiallly cooked.
Add water to at least 1" above the meat/veg mix
simmer 10 to 20 min so water becomes a meat gravy.
have heat high enough that the water/gravy is bubbling.
Add rice and oatmeal. Simmer a few minutes, maybe 5, and then turn heat off and cover pot so rice absorbs all the remaining gravy.
Store overnight in closed container so it's cool.
NOTE: When you give the dog it's homemade dogfood, top the food with 3-4 dollops of plain yogurt. It's good for the digestion and dogs LOVE yogurt. If the dog is gassy, it can help with that.-!-