An easy recipe introduction to making your dog a home-prepared meal -- raw or cooked.
What You Will Need To Make Your Own Dog Food
1 very large tub, 1 very large dog knife
1 very large serving spoon
The unfrozen ingredients (enough for 3 weeks)
Large freezer bags or better still 4kg lunch boxes
Antibacterial wipes for wiping down
Some space and some time (20 mins)
5kg Chopped Meats
Chicken (on the bone) is head and shoulders above any other meat out there. Never mind breast meat, get the cheapest parts, the dogs need the cartilage and fat. If worried re bones, have a read of our article on bones. Also great is beef, lamb and oily fish.
1kg Organ Meat
Whatever you can find about the place, heart, liver, kidney, spleen’s fantastic. 10% of the diet. Really important stuff nutritionally. Check out best raw meats for dogs above.
1kg Par-Cooked Veg
Eg green beans, peas, carrots mix. From frozen is OK as they are half steamed already. Defrost and mush up (helps dogs get to the good stuff). Many like to steam first. Some breeds do better on cooked type for sure. Generally if you see it in the poo you may need to cook it but it’s usually not necessary.
2-3 eggs (whole)
2 tbl sp. kelp powder / gluten free brewers yeast
2 tbl sp. essential oils (fish oil / salmon / safflower / primrose for skin and coat condition)
1 or 2 cloves of fresh garlic, chopped (little bits are fine)
Herbs of your choice, work great in dogs. Eg parsley, slippery elm.
A little ripe fruit (avoid citrus and stones and chop up small).
Brown rice / sweet potatoes if you like, though no need. These varieties digest slower, which is better for carnivores. If you decide to use these use left over water from boiling your veg to boil them up!
How To Make Your Own Dog Food
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Chop meat roughly and fish into chunks (can include chicken items whole)
Cook vegetables until soft if required, mush / chop up if possible
Lump all the ingredients together in a big pot and mix with gloved hand
Bag in 1kg bags or preferably load into big 3 or 4 litre airtight lunch boxes
If you want you can add a pinch of prevention on top (garlic, Vit C, rosemary) to seal all that goodness in
Keep one lunchbox in fridge and freeze the rest (after wiping down with anti-bacterial wipe)
Food can be served nearly frozen, no harm just takes a little longer to digest, nice in summer
For more dog food guidance, check out Dr. Conor Brady's complete article: http://dogsfirst.ie/raw-dog-food-faq/how-to-make-raw-dog-food/
Used with permission of Dr. Conor Brady, Dogs First, Ltd.