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Pet Food Recipes

Recipes for Pet Treats

Use healthy pet food recipes to provide nutritious meals for your dog. Homemade pet food can include all the nutrients your dog needs. Find recipes for pet treats like dog biscuits and other homemade dog food.

Homemade pet food, especially for your dog, can be the best nutrition for his or her dietary needs. Canines have specific nutritional needs, so be sure that the ingredients you use to make the homemade dog food are ones that are safe, and healthy for dogs.

(For example, while a small amount of grain as an additive is okay, too much grain products in a dog's diet is not healthy for its digestive system.)

When you use recipes for pet treats and foods, you control the ingredients and you can be sure that your dog is receiving the best nutrition possible.

Most dogs love homemade pet food, so feeding them foods that you cooked especially for them should be easy. And if you feed your dog a mixed diet of cooked foods and raw foods then your pet will get everything he or she needs plus it will not be a lot of work to make meals for your dog.

Making Homemade Dog Food Takes Only a Little of Your Time

Cooking for your dog is easy (and can be economical if you plan and shop well). As long as you have the right ingredients, most recipes are fast and easy to fix. Because you control the ingredients, and because you will feed your dog foods that are healthy, your dog will be better able to ward off illnesses by developing a stronger immune system. A good diet can have a very positive effect on your dog's life.

Some commercial dog foods contain preservatives and questionable ingredients. These unhealthy ingredients and/or food additives will compromise the immune system and cause more illnesses. Some ingredients may even be responsible for shortening a dog's lifespan. A healthy dog should live 15 plus years with a healthy coat and skin and be free of other serious health issues.

Using recipes for pet treats and food and making your own homemade dog food will ensure that you are using the best ingredients for your pet. Discuss the recipe ingredients (main items used in most of your pet food recipes) with your veterinarian. (Your vet will know what foods commonly cause sensitivities such as allergies.) If you use the ingredients that your vet recommends, your dog will be happy, healthy and full of energy. Your vet may even have pet food recipes for you to try.

Healthy Pet Food Recipes

Start your homemade dog food cooking off right! Try this recipe:

Rice and Lamb

Cut up and mix together as if making a stew. This makes one serving for a larger dog and 2 servings for a smaller dog. You can refrigerate for one to two days after cooked, or package it well and freeze it for up to two months.

  • Lamb, 2 cups chopped boneless meat (trim off the fat)
  • Broccoli, 1 cup, chopped (or other green vegetables such as green beans)
  • Brown Rice, 1/2 cup cooked
  • Carrots, 1 cup, chopped
  • Potatoes, 1 large whole or 2 small to medium, cubed

Heat a pan and add a bit of chicken or vegetable stock to it. Then add the lamb and brown. Add the potatoes and vegetables and simmer until tender (usually about 20 minutes depending on how large the pieces are). Once this mix is cooked, keep the lid on the pot and turn the heat off.

In the meantime cook the rice according to the direction on the package in a separate pot (depending on the type of rice this can take between 20 minutes and 40 minutes (whole grain rice takes the longest). Cube potatoes and add to sauce pan along with the lamb. Cook until potatoes are tender and lamb is done.

Add the cooked rice to the mix, stir well. Wait till the food has cooled down before you feed it to your dog.

Keep the balance of food to about one third to half meat, one quarter vegetables and not more than one quarter (less is better) starch (that is potatoes and rice). Rice is better for your pet than potatoes, you can modify this recipe to eliminate the potatoes (many dogs develop food allergies to potatoes) and double up on the rice.

Your Dog's Health

Often when dog owners start cooking homemade pet food it's because their dog has developed allergies or digestive problems. Always discuss possible remedies with your veterinarian. Cooking and controlling your dog's diet can really make a difference to your dog's health.

We also recommend a product called PetAlive Digestive Support which is a herbal remedy developed to treat digestive system problems in pets and is FDA approved.

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