The concern over food safety has led to the movement of dog owners to make their own home-made dog food. By making their own dog food known as holistic dog food, not only do they save money and are giving their dogs a nutritious and safe food source, but it is also easy to make.
They key to a healthy dog diet is to have approximately 70% carbohydrates, 25% meat, and 5% vegetables and other additions. A combination of meats and vegetables is necessary for these omnivores. Certain additions such as certain flours, bonemeal, and garlic can help the dog’s health and diet even more so.
The carbohydrate component in holistic dog food can consist of whole wheat flour, cornmeal, oats, soy flour and barley and sometimes white and brown rice can be used as well. This carbohydrate component should be the base of the diet.
The next major component of the holistic dog food is the meat. The best options for meat are quality products such as lean chicken, beef, fish, and egg whites. These can be then grinded to make the food making process easier.
Certain additions can be included to give overall nutrition to the dog. Such vegetables as carrots, potatoes, celery, corn, and spinach are good suggestions. Organic produce can be used so check for the availability of certain products. Grinding the vegetables helps digestion in the dog. A little bit of garlic helps keep the fleas away and some bonemeal or dehydrated milk can be added for extra calcium.
By combining the components with a little bit of water and cooking until the protein is done throughout, your dog food can be made at home. An easy to make recipe takes one cup cornmeal, one fourth of a cup of ground chicken, a tablespoon of ground carrots, and a little sprinkle of bonemeal combined and cooked in a saucepan with a half a cup of water. Most dog food recipes can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Certain foods must be avoided when making dog food such as chocolate or caffeine bearing products since it is known to cause seizures in dogs. Grapes, raisins, avocados, and onions should not be included in the food either. Avoid spices since some dogs can be sensitive to them as well.
The best way to watch and monitor your dog’s diet is to make your own food. Ensuring a balanced nutritious diet can impact a dog’s lifespan, weight, and energy level. A veterinarian should be consulted when making your own dog food. Not only will this make your dog healthier for years ahead but also will be less of a burden financially.
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